The attacks on Trump
Trump “University”: This was a pretty bogus business. Trump should be ashamed of himself for letting his name be associated with that. Does the guy have no shame?
While I would love someone with the demeanor of Mitt Romney to be president, unfortunately that’s not going to happen. In fact, the upper-class demeanor of Mitt Romney turned off the blue-collar white voters he needed to win states like Ohio. Trump will crush Hillary in Ohio.
Trump ties made in China: I think that putting a billionaire real estate developer’s name on a tie is ridiculous. Who would buy such a tie? And Why would Trump want to get involved with a silly side business like that anyway? Does he really want his name everywhere that badly?
But of course the ties are made in China or some other place with low wages. Nothing is manufactured in the United States. During the last week on this blog, we mentioned that luxury paper notebooks like Moleskine and Baron Fig, and eyeglass frames and lenses are all manufactured in China. Good luck buying anything manufactured in America.
No, I don’t find it hypocritical for someone to say we need to do something about China stealing all of our jobs, while personally taking advantage of cheap Chinese labor to cut business costs. I don’t expect any businessman to voluntarily take on much higher costs when every other business isn’t doing that.
And for that matter, I don’t find it hypocritical for Warren Buffett to speak out against the tax breaks he personally takes advantage of. Every rich person takes advantage of those same tax breaks. Why should Buffett pay higher taxes? He has already done his part to advise Congress to take away the tax break. But Congress refuses to listen to him. At least the Republicans in Congress refuse to listen to him.
Polish illegal immigrants working on his construction project: Probably the thing with construction projects is that you hire a bunch of contractors who then hire subcontractors, and you don’t look too closely about whether everyone is 100% legal with how they obtain their workers. That’s probably standard operating procedure in New York City real estate. If you were to take the attitude of Rubio, you would never eat out at a restaurant or hire a lawncare company, because there’s such a good chance those businesses have illegal workers.
Also this happened more than 30 years ago. Before Rubio was arrested for doing only God knows what in a parked car with a gay pornography producer.
Tax returns: I don’t know what anyone expects to find in his tax returns. Nothing interesting has ever been found in a candidate’s tax returns, except that they make a lot more money than the average voter. Ted’s returns would be the most interesting because I’d like to know how much money his wife is making at Goldman Sachs.
Maybe Trump is doing with his tax returns what Obama did with his birth certificate? He’s going to hide them for a while and let everyone go crazy making a big deal about them, and then release them in October making everyone seem silly because whatever’s actually in them is going to be a lot more boring than the speculation.
Israel: Trump was Grand Marshal of the Israel parade in 2004. That should be enough said! The Jerusalem Post also says: “[Trump] has consistently and strongly supported Israeli positions on many critical issues, including the Iran nuclear deal and Israeli- Palestinian relations. He has also criticized US President Barack Obama for his attitudes toward Israel and warmly praised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” Although the stupid leftist Jerusalem Post hates Trump anyway because he’s against immigration. Suicidal liberal Jews would rather have an Israel-hating immigrant-loving Muslim-loving Barack Obama in the White House so they can feel morally superior to the working-class whites (including working-class Jewish whites).
Trump’s use of seasonal foreign workers: Every hotel and resort takes advantage of H-2B visa workers. Once again, why is Trump going to put his hotels at a huge disadvantage over every other hotel? As a businessman, he’s going to take advantage of the laws to make as much money as possible. That’s what I would do if I owned a business.
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In a case of me missing the obvious last night, I’ll point out now that all of these attacks against Trump came from Rubio, a guy who in all previous debates avoided sparring with Trump.
Rubio obviously entered the debate having memorized all of these anti-Trump talking points, prepared to use them against Trump as he did.
But as I wrote last night, this is too little too late. I don’t see anything about this debate changing the current polls which show Trump winning every state on Tuesday except for Texas, which will be won by Cruz and not by Rubio. Cruz will then say he won two states to Rubio’s zero states, he has way more delegates than Rubio (even though TX isn’t winner-take-all, Cruz is still going to win a hell of a lot of delegates there), polls show Rubio losing in Florida, it’s Rubio who should drop out and not Cruz.
Of course Rubio won’t drop out, and neither will Cruz, and Rubio and Cruz will split the anti-Trump vote until Trump has won the majority of delegates.