Sunday, June 19, 2016

Trump, the Lovable Scamp...Or NOT???

Maureen Dowd, today:
Having seen Donald Trump as a braggadocious but benign celebrity in New York for decades, I did not regard him as the apotheosis of evil.
Yes, he always seemed benign.
When an African American showed up to rent an apartment owned by a young real-estate scion named Donald Trump and his family, the building superintendent did what he claimed he’d been told to do. He allegedly attached a separate sheet of paper to the application, marked with the letter “C.”

“C” for “Colored.”

According to the Department of Justice, that was the crude code that ensured the rental would be denied.

Details of this secret system, as well as other practices that the Trump organization allegedly used to exclude black residents from its buildings in Brooklyn, Queens, and Norfolk, Virginia, in the 1970s, were recorded in a lawsuit brought by the DOJ against Trump and his father, Fred, in 1973 for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act.

Totally benign.
Yusef Salaam was 15 years old when Donald Trump demanded his execution for a crime he did not commit.

Nearly three decades before the rambunctious billionaire began his run for president – before he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, for the expulsion of all undocumented migrants, before he branded Mexicans as “rapists” and was accused of mocking the disabled – Trump called for the reinstatement of the death penalty in New York following a horrific rape case in which five teenagers were wrongly convicted....

Michael Warren, the veteran New York civil rights lawyer who would later come to represent the Central Park Five, is certain that Trump’s advertisements played a role in securing conviction.

“He poisoned the minds of many people who lived in New York and who, rightfully, had a natural affinity for the victim,” said Warren. “Notwithstanding the jurors’ assertions that they could be fair and impartial, some of them or their families, who naturally have influence, had to be affected by the inflammatory rhetoric in the ads.”
Benign like you wouldn't believe.
During Donald Trump’s 1992 divorce proceedings, his wife provided a deposition that detailed an upsetting, ugly sexual assault.
We rejoin Dowd's column just in time for its shattering conclusion:
Now Trump’s own behavior is casting serious doubt on whether he’s qualified to be president.
In related news, Dowd is rethinking her initial positive impression of ISIS.


Yastreblyansky said...

Dammit, I just started writing this post. Never mind, yours will do fine!

Never Ben Better said...

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

So write something else, Yas -- we'll be here. You guys are all on a roll.

Tom Hilton said...

Oh, sorry Yastreblyansky!

Ten Bears said...

There's nothing inherently wrong about picking low hanging fruit.

jfxgillis said...

My favorite part:

"His obnoxious use of ethnicity only exposed the fact that Republicans had been using bigotry against minorities and gays to whip up voters for decades."

Wait. "ONLY"? That's all it did? It didn't expose those voters? It didn't expose Trump?

Unknown said...

2 AM comment on Dowd column: Ernest Lamonica Queens NY 10 hours ago
Maureen you have been kissing up to Donald for the "get" you missed so much. "Well he had me up to Trump Tower Friday afternoon and it was.......". If you want to know what other women think of your Gilded Boy he is a 'serial abuser of women that men wont talk about because male insecurity". It is so true. Male Insecurity along with Religion have caused more deaths than anything else in human existence. Trump exhibits the traits any abused women, physical, monetary, etc. can attest to. Ann Jones here says it far better, from a women's point. than I ever could. BTW 70 % of women, who are 54% of voters. will never vote for Trump:

CWolf said...

Dowd needs to retire from journalism and just become Howard Stern's sidekick.

Yastreblyansky said...

Couldn't help myself in the end. Or couldn't stop helping myself. To borrow Ten Bears' metaphor that fruit was not only hanging low, but it was luscious, and there's plenty for everybody!

chrome agnomen said...

and some things really do bear endless repeating!