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  posted on 8/5/2016 at 08:11 AM
http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/04/technology/trump-campaign-business-foursqua re/index.html

Trump's campaign may be hurting traffic to Trump properties
by Seth Fiegerman
August 4, 2016: 2:25 PM ET

Donald Trump's campaign to make America great again may not be so great for his businesses.
There has been a clear decline in foot traffic to Trump-branded golf courses, hotels and casinos in the U.S. since Trump entered the presidential race last June, according to data released Thursday from Foursquare (yes, that Foursquare).
The data, based on the activity of Foursquare's 50 million monthly users, shows a growing falloff in visits starting in March as Trump emerged as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.
Foot traffic to Trump-branded properties was down 17% in March and April from the same period a year earlier. In July, foot traffic was down 14% year-over-year.
By comparison, Foursquare's data found that traffic to those properties was "steady year-over-year" before Trump announced his candidacy.
A key factor in the decline, according to the report, is that Trump's properties are overwhelmingly located in blue states where consumers are more likely to take issue with the candidate's policies and campaign rhetoric.
"His hotels, casinos, and golf courses are mainly located in reliably 'blue' Democratic states, and depend highly on guests and visitors who live in the region," Foursquare's team wrote in a post sharing the data.
Related: Clinton's Facebook page says 'Sign Up'; Trump's says 'Shop Now'
The Trump SoHo in New York and the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago are said to be two of the properties that have experienced the largest declines in foot traffic.
There has also been a noticeable decline in women visiting Trump-branded properties, according to the study, perhaps reflecting the criticism that Trump insults and offends women.
Reps for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to request for comment.
While the data shows a decline in traffic to stores, it doesn't make any claims about sales.
It's also possible that some Foursquare users are more embarrassed to publicly check in to Trump's locations, but are still going -- though Foursquare says the data is based "mostly" on actual visits rather than self-reporting.
It's worth noting that many Trump-branded properties are not actually owned by Trump. Instead, Trump often licenses his name to properties.
This isn't the first study to suggest Trump the candidate is hurting Trump the businessman.
One recent report from Hipmunk, an online travel service, found bookings for Trump Hotels were down 58% in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier.
Another survey late last year from BAV Consulting found the Trump brand was less associated with traits like "prestigious" and "innovative" among wealthy consumers.
Foursquare, best known for letting people "check-in" to various locations, has increasingly been positioning itself as a powerhouse for consumer data. Earlier this year, it correctly predicted a decline in Chipotle (CMG) sales.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2016 at 12:27 PM
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Washington - Donald Trump backed off a false claim Friday morning, admitting he had not seen a video of a $400 million payment being unloaded from a US plane in Iran.

The Republican nominee had claimed at rallies twice this week that such a video existed, saying in Maine on Thursday that it was provided by Iranians "to embarrass our president because we have a president who's incompetent."

What Trump had actually seen in news reports was video of three American prisoners who Iran had released arriving in Geneva, Switzerland.

Trump admitted his error in an early-morning tweet Friday, without actually saying he was wrong.

"The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!" he tweeted.



 

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  posted on 8/5/2016 at 09:15 PM
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Gloucester-mass lies do not advance your cause.


Funny coming for someone who openly supports liars


What do you support? Every fact checking organization shows that Trump lies more


Oh please! Hillary heaps lies on top of lies and then lies about the lies she's telling.

 

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Gloucester-mass lies do not advance your cause.


Funny coming for someone who openly supports liars


What do you support? Every fact checking organization shows that Trump lies more


Oh please! Hillary heaps lies on top of lies and then lies about the lies she's telling.


Keep slurping it up, alloak. Maybe someday you may get a clue. No, no way.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2016 at 09:45 PM
I find it incredible that despite all of the fact checking people show that Trump is nothing more than a liar and a con man, there are people who attack Hillary as a liar. Low info voters.
 

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  posted on 8/7/2016 at 12:49 AM
Trump removes protesters who silently hold up copies of the Constitution from his rally in Maine. His supporters boo those holding up copies of the Constitution. So much for the Republicans being the supporters of the Constitution.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/04/politics/donald-trump-protests-constitution/

 

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  posted on 8/7/2016 at 06:40 AM
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I find it incredible that despite all of the fact checking people show that Trump is nothing more than a liar and a con man, there are people who attack Hillary as a liar. Low info voters.


Why? All politicians lie every time they speak. It's just part of politics. Trump's supporters don't care about the lies, in the same way liberals don't care about Hillary's lies. It's support of an overall message.

 

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I find it incredible that despite all of the fact checking people show that Trump is nothing more than a liar and a con man, there are people who attack Hillary as a liar. Low info voters.


Nicholas Kristof goes after this kind of false equivalence in today's NYT and writes:

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Yet the idea that they are even in the same league is preposterous. If deception were a sport, Trump would be the Olympic gold medalist; Clinton would be an honorable mention at her local Y.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/opinion/sunday/clintons-fibs-vs-trumps-hu ge-lies.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

 

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  posted on 8/7/2016 at 10:58 AM
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Nicholas Kristof goes after this kind of false equivalence in today's NYT and writes:

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Yet the idea that they are even in the same league is preposterous. If deception were a sport, Trump would be the Olympic gold medalist; Clinton would be an honorable mention at her local Y.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/opinion/sunday/clintons-fibs-vs-trumps-hu ge-lies.html?ref=opinion&_r=0


X2. I also think people attribute Bill Clinton's lies to her.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2016 at 09:09 PM
Didn't any Hillary supporters see the interview with Mike Wallace? The woman is pathological and when confronted with what James Comey said she says that's not what she heard the FBI director say. She is nuts. Everything she said about the email scandal was false and the director confirmed it. The Washington Post gave her four Pinnocchios but it never gets mentioned on CNN. ABC,CBS, or MSNBC. Pat Cauddell, a former Jimmy Carter pollster said in his 45 years in politics he has never seen the media so slanted towards a Presidential candidate. I'm no Trump fan. He's blowhard. If they're going to ride Trump they should do the same to Hillary. It's B.S.! I'm a registered Libertarian and am voting for Gary Johnson. Not much of choice between the other two candidates. My wife says:" with a country over 300 million people this is the best we can come up with?" Unfortunately my response is always the same: "Yes dear".
 

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Didn't any Hillary supporters see the interview with Mike Wallace? The woman is pathological and when confronted with what James Comey said she says that's not what she heard the FBI director say. She is nuts. Everything she said about the email scandal was false and the director confirmed it. The Washington Post gave her four Pinnocchios but it never gets mentioned on CNN. ABC,CBS, or MSNBC. Pat Cauddell, a former Jimmy Carter pollster said in his 45 years in politics he has never seen the media so slanted towards a Presidential candidate. I'm no Trump fan. He's blowhard. If they're going to ride Trump they should do the same to Hillary. It's B.S.! I'm a registered Libertarian and am voting for Gary Johnson. Not much of choice between the other two candidates. My wife says:" with a country over 300 million people this is the best we can come up with?" Unfortunately my response is always the same: "Yes dear".


These latest lies by Clinton are already "baked in"--as they say--to people's perceptions. Actually, if you were to ask the other GOP presidential candidates they would say that Trump got a disproportionate share of the media attention in the primary and that this was the way that Trump designed his campaign. Trump got a lot of free media and he is still getting a lot of free media.

Trump also lies continuously and it is a real problem challenging a good liar like Clinton if one has the same proclivity.

Check this out.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-historic-liar_us_57a72edce4b03ba6 80129d06

You are worried about how you will vote. Others worry about the future and whether there will be a country in 4 years if Trump is given a turn at the presidency. They are two bad candidates but people are sure Clinton can do the job. Funny thing is that Trump acting out is improving Clinton's positive ratings.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2016 at 08:37 AM
I just want to take a moment to express my appreciation for Swifty's recent posts in this and other WP threads. He makes unemotional, well reasoned, and thoughtful points. When I see a post from Swifty I make sure to take the time to seriously consider his input. Well done!

OK, back to our regular programming....

 

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  posted on 8/8/2016 at 02:29 PM
Joke of the Day:

"I hear that Donald Trump is watching the Olympics tonight. He's seeing how high the Mexican pole vaulters go." - Gov. Gary Johnson

 

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  posted on 8/8/2016 at 03:37 PM
Anti-Trump conservatives recruit candidate for WH bid
By Tom LoBianco, CNN
Updated 3:08 PM ET, Mon August 8, 2016

Washington (CNN) - Conservative Republicans have recruited a former CIA staffer and top House GOP aide to launch an independent White House bid -- and he could cause problems for Donald Trump in a key state if he gets on the ballot.

Evan McMullin opened his bid for the White House Monday morning, announcing on his website: "It's never too late to do the right thing. And if we work together, there's nothing we can't achieve.".

"Evan has spent his entire career in service to our nation and today he's continuing on that path as a candidate for president -- he is running first and foremost out of a deep love for this country, and because he understands the true brand of American leadership that is required to be Commander-in-Chief," McMullin's campaign wrote in a message to supporters.

McMullin, who had been the policy director for the House Republican Conference, is a longshot for the White House at best -- facing high hurdles in the form of ballot access deadlines that have already passed in many states -- but will offer anti-Trump conservatives an alternative to Trump and Clinton.

McMullin's presence could be felt most in Utah, where anti-Trump conservatives rallied behind Ted Cruz in the primaries and McMullin has one week to make the ballot. Cruz beat Trump 69%-14% in Utah after Mitt Romney urged Republicans in the Mormon-heavy state to fight Trump.

McMullin is a graduate of Brigham Young University, the university owned and operated by the Mormon church, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Utah, which is typically a reliably red state in presidential contests, has emerged as a possible toss-up. If McMullin were to draw enough conservatives from Trump, he could possibly throw the state to Hillary Clinton.
McMullin worked for 11 years in the CIA, three years as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, and as a top staffer on the Hill since 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile.

An aide to the Conference said Monday morning that McMullin is no longer an employee of the Conference.
Anti-Trump Republicans, led by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, stumbled in earlier efforts to recruit someone to run and some of Trump's most vocal opponents, like Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, have ruled themselves out of running.

McMullin on Monday afternoon sought to differentiate himself from both nominees.

"Hillary Clinton is a corrupt career politician who has recklessly handled classified information in an attempt to avoid accountability and put American lives at risk including those of my former colleagues," McMullin wrote on his campaign site.

And of the Republican nominee, McMullin wrote: "Donald Trump appeals to the worst fears of Americans at a time we need unity, not division. Republicans are deeply divided by a man who is perilously close to gaining the most powerful position in the world, and many rightly see him as a real threat to our Republic."

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/08/politics/evan-mcmullin-conservative-trump-cli nton/index.html

 

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  posted on 8/8/2016 at 04:20 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-national-security_us_57a8d2dce4b0 aae2a5a0ba36

50 Republican National Security Officials Eviscerate Trump In Open Letter
Trump “would be the most reckless President in American history,” they write.

 

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50 Republican National Security Officials Eviscerate Trump In Open Letter
Trump “would be the most reckless President in American history,” they write.


This is about as powerful as it gets. I doubt this would make the Trump masses pause and think about their votes.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2016 at 05:59 PM
i wonder if Breitbart came up with a positive spin on this.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2016 at 06:14 PM
i guess he spun it himself

http://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-responds-to-50-gop-natsec-experts-deno uncing-him-theyre-why-the-world-is-a-mess/

 

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  posted on 8/8/2016 at 08:22 PM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gop-senator-why-i-cannot-support-tr ump/2016/08/08/821095be-5d7e-11e6-9d2f-b1a3564181a1_story.html

GOP senator: Why I cannot support Trump

I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.

When the primary season started, it soon became apparent that, much like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mr. Trump was connecting with many Americans who felt that their voices were not being heard in Washington and who were tired of political correctness. But rejecting the conventions of political correctness is different from showing complete disregard for common decency. Mr. Trump did not stop with shedding the stilted campaign dialogue that often frustrates voters. Instead, he opted for a constant stream of denigrating comments, including demeaning Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) heroic military service and repeatedly insulting Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize. But it was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing — either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level — that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president.

My conclusion about Mr. Trump’s unsuitability for office is based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics. Instead, he opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities. Three incidents in particular have led me to the inescapable conclusion that Mr. Trump lacks the temperament, self-discipline and judgment required to be president.

The first was his mocking of a reporter with disabilities, a shocking display that did not receive the scrutiny it deserved. I kept expecting Mr. Trump to apologize, at least privately, but he did not, instead denying that he had done what seemed undeniable to anyone who watched the video. At the time, I hoped that this was a terrible lapse, not a pattern of abuse.

The second was Mr. Trump’s repeated insistence that Gonzalo Curiel, a federal judge born and raised in Indiana, could not rule fairly in a case involving Trump University because of his Mexican heritage. For Mr. Trump to insist that Judge Curiel would be biased because of his ethnicity demonstrated a profound lack of respect not only for the judge but also for our constitutional separation of powers, the very foundation of our form of government. Again, I waited in vain for Mr. Trump to retract his words.

Third was Donald Trump’s criticism of the grieving parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq. It is inconceivable that anyone, much less a presidential candidate, would attack two Gold Star parents. Rather than honoring their sacrifice and recognizing their pain, Mr. Trump disparaged the religion of the family of an American hero. And once again, he proved incapable of apologizing, of saying he was wrong.

I am also deeply concerned that Mr.&#8201;Trump’s lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments would make an already perilous world even more so. It is reckless for a presidential candidate to publicly raise doubts about honoring treaty commitments with our allies. Mr. Trump’s tendency to lash out when challenged further escalates the possibility of disputes spinning dangerously out of control.

I had hoped that we would see a “new” Donald Trump as a general-election candidate — one who would focus on jobs and the economy, tone down his rhetoric, develop more thoughtful policies and, yes, apologize for ill-tempered rants. But the unpleasant reality that I have had to accept is that there will be no “new” Donald Trump, just the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone he perceives as being in his way or an easy scapegoat. Regrettably, his essential character appears to be fixed, and he seems incapable of change or growth.

At the same time, I realize that Mr.&#8201;Trump’s success reflects profound discontent in this country, particularly among those who feel left behind by an unbalanced economy and who wonder whether their children will have a better life than their parents. As we have seen with the dissatisfaction with both major- party nominees — neither of whom I support — these passions are real and the public will demand action.

Some will say that as a Republican I have an obligation to support my party’s nominee. I have thought long and hard about that, for being a Republican is part of what defines me as a person. I revere the history of my party, most particularly the value it has always placed on the worth and dignity of the individual, and I will continue to work across the country for Republican candidates. It is because of Mr. Trump’s inability and unwillingness to honor that legacy that I am unable to support his candidacy.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2016 at 08:32 PM
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50 Republican National Security Officials Eviscerate Trump In Open Letter
Trump “would be the most reckless President in American history,” they write.


This is about as powerful as it gets. I doubt this would make the Trump masses pause and think about their votes.


Considering the alternative not for a second.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2016 at 09:30 PM
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gop-senator-why-i-cannot-supp ort-trump/2016/08/08/821095be-5d7e-11e6-9d2f-b1a3564181a1_story.html

GOP senator: Why I cannot support Trump

I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.

When the primary season started, it soon became apparent that, much like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mr. Trump was connecting with many Americans who felt that their voices were not being heard in Washington and who were tired of political correctness. But rejecting the conventions of political correctness is different from showing complete disregard for common decency. Mr. Trump did not stop with shedding the stilted campaign dialogue that often frustrates voters. Instead, he opted for a constant stream of denigrating comments, including demeaning Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) heroic military service and repeatedly insulting Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize. But it was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing — either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level — that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president.

My conclusion about Mr. Trump’s unsuitability for office is based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics. Instead, he opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities. Three incidents in particular have led me to the inescapable conclusion that Mr. Trump lacks the temperament, self-discipline and judgment required to be president.

The first was his mocking of a reporter with disabilities, a shocking display that did not receive the scrutiny it deserved. I kept expecting Mr. Trump to apologize, at least privately, but he did not, instead denying that he had done what seemed undeniable to anyone who watched the video. At the time, I hoped that this was a terrible lapse, not a pattern of abuse.

The second was Mr. Trump’s repeated insistence that Gonzalo Curiel, a federal judge born and raised in Indiana, could not rule fairly in a case involving Trump University because of his Mexican heritage. For Mr. Trump to insist that Judge Curiel would be biased because of his ethnicity demonstrated a profound lack of respect not only for the judge but also for our constitutional separation of powers, the very foundation of our form of government. Again, I waited in vain for Mr. Trump to retract his words.

Third was Donald Trump’s criticism of the grieving parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq. It is inconceivable that anyone, much less a presidential candidate, would attack two Gold Star parents. Rather than honoring their sacrifice and recognizing their pain, Mr. Trump disparaged the religion of the family of an American hero. And once again, he proved incapable of apologizing, of saying he was wrong.

I am also deeply concerned that Mr.&#8201;Trump’s lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments would make an already perilous world even more so. It is reckless for a presidential candidate to publicly raise doubts about honoring treaty commitments with our allies. Mr. Trump’s tendency to lash out when challenged further escalates the possibility of disputes spinning dangerously out of control.

I had hoped that we would see a “new” Donald Trump as a general-election candidate — one who would focus on jobs and the economy, tone down his rhetoric, develop more thoughtful policies and, yes, apologize for ill-tempered rants. But the unpleasant reality that I have had to accept is that there will be no “new” Donald Trump, just the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone he perceives as being in his way or an easy scapegoat. Regrettably, his essential character appears to be fixed, and he seems incapable of change or growth.

At the same time, I realize that Mr.&#8201;Trump’s success reflects profound discontent in this country, particularly among those who feel left behind by an unbalanced economy and who wonder whether their children will have a better life than their parents. As we have seen with the dissatisfaction with both major- party nominees — neither of whom I support — these passions are real and the public will demand action.

Some will say that as a Republican I have an obligation to support my party’s nominee. I have thought long and hard about that, for being a Republican is part of what defines me as a person. I revere the history of my party, most particularly the value it has always placed on the worth and dignity of the individual, and I will continue to work across the country for Republican candidates. It is because of Mr. Trump’s inability and unwillingness to honor that legacy that I am unable to support his candidacy.


Not surprising at all. I guess she likes people coming into this country illegally then letting them enjoy our social welfare programs and public schools paid for by the American taxpayer. As for Mr. Khan and his family, when they came here was ISIS around? No. There wasn't an organization going around saying they were going to infiltrate the refugee population from war torn countries. Keeping them out makes sense. See how much fun Germany is having with these refugees. Don't forget his connection to the Clinton foundation. He was no random choice to speak either. Susan Collins should switch to Independent so she can caucus with the Dems like Maine's other Senator. I think she'd feel right at home.

 

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50 Republican National Security Officials Eviscerate Trump In Open Letter
Trump “would be the most reckless President in American history,” they write.


This is about as powerful as it gets. I doubt this would make the Trump masses pause and think about their votes.


Considering the alternative not for a second.


Is this is the same group of clowns that said invading Iraq was the right thing to do.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2016 at 05:15 AM
If there is any politician that I can say I've been proud to support, it is Susan Collins. And now she's made her constituents proud again...

Susan Collins: Why I cannot support Trump

By Susan Collins, Special to The Washington Post
Posted Aug. 08, 2016, at 9:40 p.m.

I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.

When the primary season started, it soon became apparent that, much like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, Mr. Trump was connecting with many Americans who felt that their voices were not being heard in Washington and who were tired of political correctness. But rejecting the conventions of political correctness is different from showing complete disregard for common decency. Mr. Trump did not stop with shedding the stilted campaign dialogue that often frustrates voters. Instead, he opted for a constant stream of denigrating comments, including demeaning Sen. John McCain’s (R-Arizona) heroic military service and repeatedly insulting Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize. But it was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing — either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level — that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president.

My conclusion about Mr. Trump’s unsuitability for office is based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics. Instead, he opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities. Three incidents in particular have led me to the inescapable conclusion that Mr. Trump lacks the temperament, self-discipline and judgment required to be president.

The first was his mocking of a reporter with disabilities, a shocking display that did not receive the scrutiny it deserved. I kept expecting Mr. Trump to apologize, at least privately, but he did not, instead denying that he had done what seemed undeniable to anyone who watched the video. At the time, I hoped that this was a terrible lapse, not a pattern of abuse.

The second was Mr. Trump’s repeated insistence that Gonzalo Curiel, a federal judge born and raised in Indiana, could not rule fairly in a case involving Trump University because of his Mexican heritage. For Mr. Trump to insist that Judge Curiel would be biased because of his ethnicity demonstrated a profound lack of respect not only for the judge but also for our constitutional separation of powers, the very foundation of our form of government. Again, I waited in vain for Mr. Trump to retract his words.

Third was Donald Trump’s criticism of the grieving parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq. It is inconceivable that anyone, much less a presidential candidate, would attack two Gold Star parents. Rather than honoring their sacrifice and recognizing their pain, Mr. Trump disparaged the religion of the family of an American hero. And once again, he proved incapable of apologizing, of saying he was wrong.

I am also deeply concerned that Mr. Trump’s lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments would make an already perilous world even more so. It is reckless for a presidential candidate to publicly raise doubts about honoring treaty commitments with our allies. Mr. Trump’s tendency to lash out when challenged further escalates the possibility of disputes spinning dangerously out of control.

I had hoped that we would see a “new” Donald Trump as a general-election candidate — one who would focus on jobs and the economy, tone down his rhetoric, develop more thoughtful policies and, yes, apologize for ill-tempered rants. But the unpleasant reality that I have had to accept is that there will be no “new” Donald Trump, just the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone he perceives as being in his way or an easy scapegoat. Regrettably, his essential character appears to be fixed, and he seems incapable of change or growth.

At the same time, I realize that Mr. Trump’s success reflects profound discontent in this country, particularly among those who feel left behind by an unbalanced economy and who wonder whether their children will have a better life than their parents. As we have seen with the dissatisfaction with both major-party nominees — neither of whom I support — these passions are real and the public will demand action.

Some will say that as a Republican I have an obligation to support my party’s nominee. I have thought long and hard about that, for being a Republican is part of what defines me as a person. I revere the history of my party, most particularly the value it has always placed on the worth and dignity of the individual, and I will continue to work across the country for Republican candidates. It is because of Mr. Trump’s inability and unwillingness to honor that legacy that I am unable to support his candidacy.

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/08/08/opinion/contributors/susan-collins-wh y-i-cannot-support-trump/

 

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  posted on 8/9/2016 at 05:17 AM
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-national-securi ty_us_57a8d2dce4b0aae2a5a0ba36

50 Republican National Security Officials Eviscerate Trump In Open Letter
Trump “would be the most reckless President in American history,” they write.


This is about as powerful as it gets. I doubt this would make the Trump masses pause and think about their votes.


Considering the alternative not for a second.

To the contrary, considered and rejected.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2016 at 06:39 AM
"Now, if Donald J. Trump does win, OK, it’s going to be a real opportunity for people like white nationalists," the American Nazi Party's chairman said.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2016/08/07/nazi-leader-says-trump- will-real-opportunity-for-white-nationalists/Qt1BPYdkq7zAWlq6o5vwNI/story.h tml

 

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