Another Gem from Quora

THE QUESTION: What is something Donald Trump does that demonstrates his high class?

THE ANSWER: (From Melissa Jeswald)

And, we must admire his class at being a devoted father and husband. He must really, really care, since he has done it 3 times. And he is clearly enamored of Melania; their public touching and knowing glances is but a glimpse at a true fairy-tale romance.

And what about his education (starting with his stellar Military Academy years- how better to mold a future leader)? And, of course, his lawyer threatened Wharton and other schools because (as Trump has said himself) he is so humble it would be totally embarrassing to find out what a genius he is. Classy people don’t boast about their education!

The same can be said of his vast wealth. Having to divulge his tax returns would show he has so much of the bestest money, he wouldn’t be relatable anymore. Classy people don’t brag about how rich they are!

He’s so virile! His doctors say so. You know, they made up the bone spur thing because Trump would have fought his way to the front lines and created such a brave, inspiring figure that the Viet Cong (or King Kong, I forget, maybe both- jungles, y’know) would have fled in terror and maybe committed suicide en masse and then we wouldn’t have any good war movies. It was safer to keep him stateside, where we can all benefit from his valour and perfect smartness as #45. Good call, doc!

I applaud him for using golf as a way to get the real work done. What a gentleman’s sport. Everybody knows real deals are brokered on the golf course, so everyone complaining about that can just shut up. And, he’s using his own courses so he won’t inconvenience those of the military. How magnanimous and classy!

And his appointments and staff… so sad. Being the GENIUS Trump is, no one can possibly keep up with his razor-sharp intellect! Oh, Kushner and Trump kids can, cuz they’ve been around him, that’s why they are so qualified. They have personally been taught Trump’s secret “art of the deal”, so it’s understandable that no one else has his level of expertise about EVERYTHING. Literally everything, since he explained he has “a big brain” and “good genes”. And, it is physically impossible to get a Press Secretary that truly understands those best words Trump uses; it’s not his fault there aren’t any smart press secretaries. Now we have Ms. Mac a Ninny. This one is going to work out (see the cross she wears? Obviously she must be devout so when she says “I’m not lying” she’s telling the truth. Wait a minute…).

His devotion to God is admirable, too. While his predecessors were seen going to church, Trump has his own personal shrine in the White House bunker. He does not want to be seen making a display of his religiosity, unlike past Presidents who mocked God by being seen attending services! Totally classy!

What he has done that makes my heart leap is his great eloquent speeches. They unite left and right, rich and poor, and people of all races. If you haven’t been inspired, it’s because his big brain’s best words are too perfect and you just don’t understand. I mean, with such a sophisticated sense of humor, wry wit, coupled with his extraordinary gift for insightful analyses of complex subjects, how are we, the great unwashed, supposed to keep up? It’s we who lack class.

And Twitter! What a clever way to make sure your words of wisdom reach the masses. Did you know that once Bibles were written in Latin? Some dude had the great idea to translate it so anyone who was literate could read the Bible for themselves. “Trump the Great” knows this. It’s takin’ it to the people! We are indeed fortunate that a man of such high class will communicate to we knuckle-draggers with a technology we can understand. Derp-de-derp.

And only the highest of high-class people would spend time with foreign leaders like Putin and Kim Jong-un! Don’t people realize he is explaining to them the intricacies of modern Democracy and a Capitalist society? The reason those fuddy-duddy Europeans are mean is they think they know it all. Know-it-alls!

I almost forgot the foolish “environmental” thing. Rush Limbaugh said it best that “the planet will be just fine.” Right? Give that man a Prezidential Medal of Freedumb! Once all the people are dead, the environment will be clean again! You environmentalists are so short sighted. Sheesh.

Courtesy of gq.com

What Did Bolton Mean?

In an interview with NPR related to his very-soon-to-be-released book (The Room Where It Happened), John Bolton made this comment related to Donald Trump:

Once he’s free of any reelection pressure, it’s going to be revealed — what one of my greatest concerns is — is that he’s not a conservative.

It’s a “given” that at his core, John Bolton … irrespective of his criticisms of Trump … is a Republican. A very conservative Republican.

So why do you think he made the claim that Trump is “not a conservative“?

Bolton goes on to warn that if Trump is reelected, Republicans will “likely soon understand that Trump’s priorities are not in line with their own.”

What do you think Bolton is saying?

A Former Cop Speaks Out

I recently came across a post that, IMO, needs as wide an audience as possible in the contentious and disturbing times we’re currently experiencing in the U.S.

The original write-up, entitled “Confessions of a bastard cop”, apparently appeared on Medium.com (a subscription service) and then was shared on THIS BLOG.

The blog owner offered this introductory remark:

This is a very important piece. Please read it and share it. It’s by a 10-year veteran of some city in California, who calls himself a bastard.

It is one VERY powerful “confession” and IMO needs to be shared with as many people as possible. It’s quite long, but well worth your time.

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Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay

Answers from Trump Supporters

Copied from a Facebook post:

THIS WAS ON A FRIEND’S PAGE: An anguished question from a Trump supporter: ‘Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?’

THE SERIOUS ANSWER: Here’s what the majority of anti-Trump voters honestly feel about Trump supporters en masse:

That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought “Fine.” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/04/10/trump-university-settlement-judge-finalized/502387002/)
That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, “Okay.” (https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-hotel-paid-millions-in-fines-for-unpaid-work)
That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, “No problem.” (https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/list-trumps-accusers-allegations-sexual-misconduct/story?id=51956410)
That when he made up stories about seeing Muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, “Not an issue.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/11/22/donald-trumps-outrageous-claim-that-thousands-of-new-jersey-muslims-celebrated-the-911-attacks/)
That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn’t care, you exclaimed, “He sure knows me.” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/23/president-donald-trump-could-shoot-someone-without-prosecution/4073405002/)
That when you heard him relating a story of an elderly guest of his country club, an 80-year old man, who fell off a stage and hit his head, to Trump replied: “‘Oh my God, that’s disgusting,’ and I turned away. I couldn’t—you know, he was right in front of me, and I turned away. I didn’t want to touch him. He was bleeding all over the place. And I felt terrible, because it was a beautiful white marble floor, and now it had changed color. Became very red.” You said, “That’s cool!” (https://www.gq.com/story/donald-trump-howard-stern-story)
That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw. (https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/donald-trump-criticized-after-he-appears-mock-reporter-serge-kovaleski-n470016)
That when you heard him brag that he doesn’t read books, you said, “Well, who has time?” (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/americas-first-post-text-president/549794/)
That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, “That makes sense.” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/19/what-trump-has-said-central-park-five/1501321001/)
That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, “Yes!” (https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-trump-campaign-protests-20160313-story.html)
That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man’s coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, “What a great guy!” (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/donald-trump-orders-protesters-coat-is-confiscated-and-he-is-sent-into-the-cold-a6802756.html)
That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, “Thumbs up!” (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/why-cant-trump-just-condemn-nazis/567320/)
That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, “That’s the way I want my President to be.” (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-insult-foreign-countries-leaders_n_59dd2769e4b0b26332e76d57)
That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they’re supposed to be regulating and you have said, “What a genius!” (https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/12/29/138-trump-policy-changes-2017-000603)
That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, “That’s smart!” (https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2018-03-05/how-is-donald-trump-profiting-from-the-presidency-let-us-count-the-ways)
That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was in the middle of water and you have said, “That makes sense.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/09/26/the-very-big-ocean-between-here-and-puerto-rico-is-not-a-perfect-excuse-for-a-lack-of-aid/)
That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, “falling in love” with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, “That’s statesmanship!” (https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/02/politics/donald-trump-dictators-kim-jong-un-vladimir-putin/index.html)
That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids, has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas – he explains that they’re just “animals” – and you say, “Well, OK then.” (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/more-5-400-children-split-border-according-new-count-n1071791)
That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise. (https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/democracy/reports/2018/06/04/451570/confronting-cost-trumps-corruption-american-families/)

What you don’t get, Trump supporters, is that our succumbing to frustration and shaking our heads, thinking of you as stupid, may very well be wrong and unhelpful, but it’s also…hear me…charitable.

Because if you’re NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.

– Adam-Troy Castro