Trump’s statement about Megyn Kelly highlights once again his misogyny, and Jack Wheeler has the goods on this blowhard:
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He (Trump last night) said nothing of substance whatever – try to find a counterexample in the transcript. A close personal friend of mine has a net worth much higher than Trump’s, has known him for many years, and has intimate familiarity with his business dealings. Here is what he tells me:
“Trump is an incoherent wind bag – a symptom of the cheapening of our culture like Kim Kardashian. He got his start with his father’s money made from subsidized housing projects in Queens, and his father’s ties to New York City politicians. He’s been a crony capitalist from day one.
In the 1980s, when he tried to become a client at Goldman, I and the other senior partners there turned him down because of his seedy reputation and that he was de facto bankrupt. It was the same a few years later at Lazard.
He’s lost his money on these tacky casinos which use just his name for a fee while the bond holders control the equity. He was bailed out by his cheap TV reality shows. In truth, he has no real business other than clever capitalizing on his name.
I estimate his net worth to be well south of a billion in real terms since he attributes massive value ($3 billion) to the “goodwill” of his name, the Trump “brand.” He takes future projected revenues (like TV show contracts) and calls them assets.
He is no conservative, not even remotely. Rather he’s a populist saying what he thinks will get him attention. He’s a lover of cronyism, a big supporter of Hillary, and in no man’s land politically.
It’s the GOP leadership’s shame that this guy can emerge due to their ineptitude and the voters’ exasperation with them. That said, his candidacy will end like the Hindenburg.”
And lest we forget, Trump has numerous weaknesses –- notably a huge blind spot about the jihad threat, including a disturbing willingness to kowtow to jihadist intimidation and surrender the freedom of speech.
The case of Donald Trump is one of the basic freedom of speech, in New York and in America in general. For everyone, not just for the Donald.
What Trump clearly doesn’t understand is that the freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced.
I have written extensively on why Donald Trump is so wrong. And more just keeps coming.
“Donald Trump’s ‘bloody’ slam of Megyn Kelly gets him booted from RedState Gathering,” by Celeste Katz, Denis Slattery, and Cameron Joseph, New York Daily News, August 8, 2015:
Donald Trump made a decidedly graphic comment against debate moderator Megyn Kelly Friday night while on CNN.
Finally, with one more nasty slur, Donald Trump has the right wing of the Republican party seeing red.
Trump was left in the cold when he was uninvited from a pivotal gathering of conservatives — angered by more Trump venom directed at Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.
In an interview on CNN Friday night, Trump blasted Kelly for bringing up his years of piggish, anti-women remarks, as she questioned him during the Republican debate Thursday.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever,” Trump said.
Hours later, the leader of the annual Red State Gathering in Atlanta announced on Twitter that the Donald was no longer welcome at the weekend event — and Kelly was asked to join the conference in his place.
“I have rescinded my invitation to Mr.Trump. While I have tried to give him great latitude, his remark about Megyn Kelly was a bridge too far,” organizer Erick Erickson wrote.
“His comment was inappropriate,” Erickson explained in a statement. “It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him. But I just don’t want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal. It just was wrong.”
Late Friday night, Erickson told the Daily News he made the decision out of “common decency.”
“I mean, come on, you’re going to accuse Megyn Kelly of having her period and that’s why she asked the tough questions … I just think that’s crap.”
Trump initially appeared hardly cowed by the snub from Erickson, or the prospect of losing the support of the party’s conservative base, which has catapulted him to No. 1 in the polls.
“This is just another example of weakness through being politically correct,” his campaign said in a statement early Saturday morning.
“For all of the people who were looking forward to Mr. Trump coming, we will miss you. Blame Erick Erickson, your weak and pathetic leader. We’ll now be doing another campaign stop at another location.”
Trump took to Twitter early Saturday to say his “blood” comment was in reference to Kelly’s nose.
“Re Megyn Kelly quote: ‘you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever’ (NOSE),” Trump wrote. “Just got on w/thought.”
His campaign said in a statement “only a deviant would think anything else.”
“Mr. Trump made Megyn Kelly look really bad — she was a mess with her anger and totally caught off guard,” the statement, in part, said. “Mr. Trump said ‘blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever’ meaning nose, but wanted to move on to more important topics.”
Trump’s team also said it was an “honor” to be disinvited to the conference.
“Mr. Trump is an outsider and does not fit his agenda,” the statement said.
The bombastic billionaire was in full attack mode all through Friday.
On “Morning Joe” Trump denied he’d made some of the chauvinistic comments brought up during the GOP debate.
“I didn’t say many of those things,” he said. “I don’t know where they got some of these words. Not that I’m an angel, but I don’t recognize some of those words.”
But every one was documented at the time. And Trump added to the list early Friday morning, retweeting a Twitter backer who called Kelly a “bimbo” after calling her “not very good or professional” in a tweet of his own during an hour-long, 3 a.m. Twitter tantrum.
Megyn Kelly asked him about derogatory comments he has made about women during the Fox News debate, with which he claimed it was only Rosie O’Donnell.
“You really bombed,” he said to her after calling her “overrated and angry.”
He also tagged Fox News contributor Frank Luntz as a “low class slob” because the focus group Luntz conducted didn’t like what they saw of the loudmouth on the debate stage.
“Don’t come to my office looking for business again. You are a clown!” Trump tweeted at Luntz, who first got under his skin a few weeks ago in Iowa when he provoked Trump into insulting John McCain’s war record.
Strangely, Trump was at his gentlest Friday talking about Hillary Clinton. Trump said during the debate that Bill and Hillary Clinton came to his 2005 wedding to Melania Knauss because of his major contributions to her campaigns and the Clintons’ charity.
“I said, ‘Be at my wedding’ and she came to my wedding. She had no choice,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Clinton told reporters the two couples were “long established” acquaintances and called the comment hurtful.
“It hurt her feelings, I’m sure, to hear him suggest he didn’t actually want her there for her company,” she said.
Trump said Friday he was “joking” about that.
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