This page is a personal reflection, based partly on a personal anecdote. It’s based on my own quest to figure out if Donald Trump is “for real” in his presidential aspirations. There is no question that Trump is a fighter. He will fight for what he wants, and he will keep fighting until he gets it—or until it would be too costly to go on. And then, he just redefines what his goal was, so that he doesn’t have to admit defeat. We touched on this in other stories, such as the story on Trump’s trip to Mexico and Phoenix immigration speech.

The question is when Donald Trump uses the terms “we” and “they,” who does he mean, exactly? He will fight for himself, and for his family, no question. That’s probably why the GOP national convention ended up being, primarily, an exercise in family advancement. It’s probably not that Trump couldn’t find anyone else to speak. Instead, his goal was to showcase family members, give them public exposure, plus something to add to their resume.

All of us are “tribal.” We take care of ourselves, then our family, and then other groups of people, such as our church, or political organization. It’s clear that Trump’s loyalty does not extend very far for the Republican Party. In fact, he has trashed most Republicans, including the last two presidential nominees, plus the last Republican president. He also criticizes the leadership, such as Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. He even worked to defeat House Speaker Paul Ryan—until it was obviously a lost cause, and then, characteristically, Trump endorsed Ryan. Same for incumbents, John McCain and Kelly Ayotta—lukewarm in all cases.

No one seems to receive Donald Trump’s endorsement until after he receives theirs. He was critical of the entire Republican Establishment, including chairperson Reince Priebus—until Priebus surreptitiously began working for him, even before the primaries were over. Now, Priebus receives glowing praise.

Personally, I had a similar “friend,” locally. We were never boyfriend-girlfriend, despite associating socially (publicly) for more than a year. She goes through life looking for opportunities, and will grab any and all possibilities, as long as she thinks it will forward her finances and/or prestige. She works very hard at it, just as Trump does.

Also like Trump, this person also watches out for her immediate family. She works to give them anything they want, and they have absorbed her positive attitude, and ability to get what they want. Just like Trump’s family.

One reason I never allowed the relationship to grow was that I could not quite figure out whether I could ever become part of her “inner circle,” or whether I would be just another victim of her personal avarice. I guess that question was answered when she married a local politician and, frankly, sucked him dry. She has even dragged out the divorce for two years, so far, so that she can take advantage of the marriage (such as medical coverage), and avoid giving up what the court has already said she “must” give him.

Trump has exhibited a similar attitude. Obviously, he has said that bankruptcy is just a smart tool to use to avoid loss. When asked if he felt bad about what the banks lost, Trump said that he didn’t feel bad at all. He said the bank was stupid to take that big of a risk—betting on him. Clearly, banks are not part of his “inner circle.” Ironically, that doesn’t hurt his candidacy, because most of us hate banks, anyway.

What is surprising is that Trump’s supporters don’t seem to mind about the contractors, especially small contractors, who have lost, not only through the bankruptcies, but even in successful ventures. They see his empire. They know he has billions in wealth. What could go wrong? They have a contract. They submit a bill. Then Trump tells them what percentage of the bill he intends to pay. And they find that he will fight like a pit bull in legal matters, and he has very deep pockets. He’d rather pay a hundred thousand to lawyers, than pay the full ten thousand he owes. Contractors are not in his “inner circle.”

However, in addition to family, Trump’s employees are in his “inner circle.” There are plenty of stories of his generosity. And while he is a micromanager, he is also known to hand over responsibility to his underlings—saying he knows they can do it. In some cases, these people achieve much more than they thought they could, just by associating with Trump and his positive thinking. Also, he really has promoted women to high positions—because he knows they will make him a lot of money.

If you’re in the “inner circle,” you will do well with Trump. If you are an “outsider,” beware. And that is the big question of this campaign year. Some say Trump is not serious about being president—that he’s just in it for the fun of it, and for the free publicity, which he can then leverage for future financial gain. For example, some have said Trump will build a media empire after the election, which would take little of his time, but would build his stature, and could become a very lucrative venture.

But when Trump is on the stump, he looks at his supporters and convinces them that they will be in his “inner circle.” He tells them that their concerns are his concerns, and he promises that he will fix all their problems. And the thing is, with Trump’s single-minded drive, he has achieved most of the things he has set out to do. There are no “failures,” there are only “setbacks,” and he immediately begins work on the next goal.

Yes, Trump has hurt some people. But maybe he’s like General Anastasio Somoza Garcia, dictator of Nicaragua in the 1930s and 40s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) supposedly remarked in 1939 that “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” The idea is that if someone is helping you, it doesn’t matter what he does to anyone else. In fact, maybe he’ll harm your opponents in the process.

We’ve never had a presidential candidate like Donald Trump. If the United States were part of his “inner circle,” he could become the best president we ever had. He’d make competitors shake, because they have no idea what he might do next. Allies—if they pay their share—would know they’d be in his “inner circle” and benefit along with us.

And that’s what this election comes down to. Do you really believe you’re in his “inner circle?”

55 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, I tried to read it. Seriously I did, but simply could not stomach it. How has the Democratic party helped Chicago? We are talking about POLITICS not a business owner, but ELECTED OFFICIALS. If you really understood that a business owner takes care of his business. Not the citizens, that is supposed to be our elected officials, the REPRESENT US!
    Then you have philanthropist. He isn’t one of those either. However, he doesn’t trust other organizations greed. In recent reports of how much money actually goes to the cause, it is not surprising. I myself have had to research in order to donate. That doesn’t mean that he hasn’t helped many people. He has just not for media coverage. I think that is honorable.

    But my question to you is. Why have our elected officials represent and uplift our economy. Why hasn’t Obama rewrite the NAFTA agreement? Why is he pushing another trade agreement, TPP? Why are we doing alot of business with dictators these last few months? Why is Obamacare failing? Why are people not aware of classified emails? Why are people not being prosecuted? Why is Syria not declared a war even if the Congress declared genocide? You see these are simple questions.
    And finally why are you not reporting it?

      • This page is a personal reflection, based partly on a personal anecdote.-Goethe

        You are obviously never going to confront the many issues with Hillary Clinton that even CNN has done. Why?
        As far as I’m concerned this has turned into another media outlet with no integrity. Before you would simply post the videos… Then it was revamped and now is an editorial board. It is not Central, but far left.
        I will continue commenting on these pages, more as a protest then a need to actually learn anything. 🙂

          • Because I am deeply disappointed in your style of reporting. In the beginning of this app you provided video… Just flat out video. We commented, argued, debated, and praised one candidate or another. Now it is an editorial board. Same as any other pos out there. It went from being an original to being a replica. And I am disappointed. It is my duty to even out your editorial with a comment. It isn’t exactly the same, but it is all I can do. Thank you.

  2. I think that you are already too generous with who is in his inner circle. I think that rather than a circle, there are circles. His family is obviously in a very close circle, but I think employees are in another not quite as close. I think that he alone occupies that “inner” circle. I think that the general public will never be included at all. In short, he cares much more about himself than anyone else, including his family.

    • I respectfully disagree, he has been saying the same thing for years now. He truly loves our United States of America. Isn’t that great?
      So I’m going to tell you a story about a flea… I have 4 dogs that have an acre of land to roam and a doggie door to enter. This year we had alot of rain and hot weather great for those critters to jump the fence from the strays. I have a problem. They are in my house. So what would be your suggestion? 1. Kill all the strays. Nope. 2. Kill my dogs? Nope. 3. Clean house and double down on protection? Ding ding ding… Absolutely.

  3. Whether he likes it or not, Trump has now become a politician. That being the case, exactly WHO is in the inner circle of any politician? I can’t be too long on this post as I have to meet Hillary Clinton at my local Starbucks for some chit chat.?

    What Trump did in his business dealings during bankruptcies is pretty much what any other businesses man will do. Ethical or not, they take advantage of the rules that are afforded them, for their benefit. The dealings he had with those who would suffer most, SMALL CONTRACTORS, I personally find distasteful. After he bamboozled the first few owners, you would think others would stay away, but doing business with the wealthy is a MAGNET. Unfortunately even if you know you might get burned.?

    As far as your topic goes, WILL WE EVER BE IN TRUMP’S INNER CIRCLE. My answer to that is a resounding NO. But Trump will try his utmost to make his presidency like his business SUCCEED. That we will all be carried along for the ride, should he be successful is a bonus to the country.?

    • The ONLY reason that Trump has the appearance of success is because he started out inheriting not only his father’s money but also his connections. He then proceeded to make proffit when he could in the normal ways, and when that did not work he made priffut by cheating those who were least able to defend themselves. What makes you think he could ever be a success in leading a country? What makes you think his schemes to benefit him and his kids would ever benefit the rest of us?
      I would like to remind you that while he talks about bringing manufacturers back to this country, he manufactures his own foods exclusively in other countries. His businesses in this country hire foreigners brought in for seasonal work.

      • I don’t know how to break it to you, but I need to. First off he is making a profit like any other businessman by taking advantage of cheap labor abroad. Do you think Apple manufactures it’s products in the US?

        If you think that the most untrustworthy, phony, vile excuse for a human being that is called Hillary Clinton will do better, than you better go back into your cave. Apparently you are unaware of the uncounted scandals that have surrounded the CLINTON CRIME FAMILY for the last quarter century.

        • Still posting under a fake name and throwing false accusations without a shred of proof. It’s no wonder you don’t want anyone to know who you are.
          You point out that Trump makes a profit by using cheap labor, as if that is a mark of honor. You do not seem to realise that is one of the chief reasons that a cut throat, selfish businessman can’t ever be sucessful at running a country.
          If it makes you feel superior to insult Hillary Clinton and to call me names, go right ahead. I’m quite sure she has been called worse, and by much more intelligent people. As for me, rest assured I do not live in a cave, and I have a real name. I might point out it is a name I am proud of and not afraid to speak my mind without hiding behind a pseudonym. (That means a made up name like Straight Shooter.)
          Why not try to find one little piece of proof for one of your claims. This would be an example of a fact. Donald Trump has been fined as a result of an illegal campaign contribution to the Florida attorney General four days after she announced she was investigating Trump University. A few days after the contribution she announced that her office would not persue the investigation.
          See, those are facts, not that it looks bad, not that it appeared to be “pay for play”. That it was indeed a bribe. Can you find any facts against Hillary Clinton, or just smears and innuendo not backed by facts?

            • I will try to explain again. Please read this slowly so it will sink in. The J is for James, that’s J-A-M-E-S, James. The last name is SILCOTT. The 1 is a leftover from the way emails were formatted when I first made that email address on America Online. The picture is even me, granted it is from about 56 years ago. Now do you understand? And is it Mr. or Mrs. Shooter? What is the ethnicity or the history of the first name Straight?

            • How do I know that your name is James and not John, Jasmine or ??????. To be honest with you I can’t say I give a CRAP.

              It does seem strange that a man or woman who has to be in their 60’s, judging by the picture would still use initials. Are you ashamed of your name? How do I know that the picture next to your ?name? is really yours? This all seems too contrived.

              Now I wonder, do you understand or do I have to ask my questions of you more slowly?

            • Are you misspelling things again? You can always turn on auto correct or if that doesn’t work, USE A DICTIONARY!!!?

            • (a) What misspellings??

              (b) Let’s focus on the ideas and not pick on something as superficial and irrelevant as spelling.

            • You accuse me of hate and vitriol, yet it is you that is unrelenting in your attacks against me. Why, because I don’t and won’t subscribe to your ideology?

              For your information I have no problem letting anyone know where I stand, be it politically or on any other subject. From the details you gave me about yourself, I would say that we are close in age, but LIGHT YEARS apart in values.

              To answer some of your questions:

              1) I do not live in my mother’s basement. If you live in your mom’s basement, don’t project your reality onto someone else. Very childish for someone your age.

              2) I post under a pseudonym because I choose to do so. I am not afraid of what you or others may think about me, I just don’t care to give too many details about myself to strangers. You posting under your first initial, last name and then a number is about as CLEAR AS MUD.

              If you are satisfied with my answers good, if not, well TOO BAD. Why can’t we agree that OPINIONS ARE LIKE A $$HOLES, EVERYBODY HAS ONE.

              Trump for PRESIDENT 2016.?

            • You choose to post under a false name so that you can spew false charges, with no facts and hide behind it.
              As far as misspellings, spell check is responsible for some of them, some are typos as a result of a small Android keyboard.
              As far as values, anyone voting for Donald Trump clearly has none. As evidenced by his worship of Putin, his disrespect (birtherism) of the current president, his embrace of white supremicists, his ability to stand on every side of any issue within a single sentence, and even the way he grabbed his own daughter’s ass after her speech at the RNC, Trump is totally devoid of values. If that is not enough, how about his bribe to the Florida AG to drop the Trump U investigation? How about Trump U in itself? How about the small contractors he defrauded, that you yourself referenced? These are just a few highlights of the things that make him unfit to serve in any public office, let alone the most powerful in the world. You will notice I have called him only by his name and not by any of the juvenile names resorted to by many. This is not respect for him, for I have none for him either as a man or as a candidate. It is out of respect for this process and the others in this discussion.
              You are the one in this discussion spewing hateful, childish names, smears and accusations that are not grounded in evidence. Do you want to talk about Whitewater, the Clinton Foundation, the email server, bring it on! But be prepared, with facts to back up your arguements! I will be prepared. I have my facts. Both about Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. I don’t shy away from an arguement, but to argue with someone who flings accusations without facts is pointless, as neither of us will be convinced of anything, nor will we learn anything from one another.
              As far as your not using your real name, you are right, your real name would mean little to me. We are unlikely to ever meet face to face, and I certainly do not plan to egg your house. I just think that a person who uses their real name will be more honest about what they say, and careful about how they say it.

            • You know that whatever I say you will find fault with. The reverse is true as well. Why don’t we AGREE TO DISAGREE and leave it at that.

        • Last time I checked apple was not running for president whilst trumpeting bringing jobs back to America. Why are you okay with such utter hypocrisy from a candidate? You have yet to realize it ( and I doubt you will) but you just admitted your boy Trump is an immoral sleeze ball who is perfectly contempt shipping jobs overseas.

          • If you read my post, I said that Trump has taken advantage of loopholes available to any businessman. His clothing manufacturer preceeded his run for president.

            What Trump may do in the future is unknown. One thing for sure is that Billary is an untrustworthy, lying, phony POS. For a quarter century she and her philandering husband have been tabloid fodder, going from one scandal to another. In so many words she is a known quantity and that quantity is not appealing except to the foolish.?

            TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT!!!?

            • More garbage accusations, no evidence. Do we judge people by what they do, or by what they were accused ( without evidence) of?
              What came out of Whitewater? How did the impeachment plot come out? What came out of the Bengazi hearings, the Clinton Foundation accusations, the email investigation? These investigations cost millions, paid for by you and me, and yet they have revealed no wrongdoing.
              Now on the other hand, what about the Trump Foundation bribing the Florida AG so she would not persue the Trump U investigation. Clearly a case of pay for play. Do you find that presidential.
              All of his goods manufactured overseas, yet you believe he will bring back good paying jobs?
              I’ve got news or you, Sant wears a red suit and has real hair. Not a business suit and fantasy combover-and around.
              P.S. Hillary will be president.
              P.P.S. The emoticons are still childish.

            • I agree with you, Hillary will become president. Does president of LEAVENWORTH work for you?

              As far as you thinking that the emoticons are childish, I am really hurt. I was including them for you as I thought something visual might be helpful for you. After all I believe you were trying to write SANTA but somehow came up with SANT.?

              That’s what I get for trying to help out the less intellectual!!!?

            • Hurling insults and never providing any backing for your claims is juvenile. Supporting a bigot, who heaps praise on the world’s worst tyrants, and has proven to be a world class fraud in his business practices is just illogical. Hiding from the world behind a false name is just sad. I truly feel sorry for you.
              As I have said before, if you want to leave the petty name calling behind and have an adult discussion, I will be here. If you can’t get beyond the juvenile, then get your diaper changed, get your bottle and take a nap. Your childish prattle is getting booring.
              P.S. the emoticons really are childish.

            • Your long sermons are getting equally as boring. You missed your calling, you should have been a TELEVANGELIST!!!?

              As I said in my last post to you it is getting very tiring responding to your incessant WHINING!!!?

              I won’t ever get to see things my way and you certainly won’t get me to see things your way. I guess we will see in November who the majority of people agree with.?

            • No long sermon, just one question. Can’t you find even one single solitary fact to support your point of view?

            • How about this, WHERE THERE IS SMOKE THERE’S FIRE. Even you have to admit that all of the FAUX PAS associated with Hillary can’t all be VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACIES.

              You also had James Comey say how RECKLESS, Hillary Clinton was with her emails.

              Had you or I been that reckless we wouldn’t be writing these posts to each other. We would be in a maximum security jail someplace. Hillary Clinton is running for president. How do you reconcile that??

            • I have been watching the Clintons since Bill’s first run for the presidency, and if you don’t believe that there is, and has been a conspiracy to take the Clintons down then you haven’t been paying attention. You say where there’s smoke there is fire, but when that smoke is generated artificially by the opposition you will find no fire no matter how much smoke.
              The FBI investigated the email issue thoroughly, and found no intent to mishandle sensitive information. Comey did say that she was careless. He also said that there was no evidence of her server being hacked. He also said she did not lie to their investigators. There is also proof that she was following practices suggested to her by former Secretary of State, Colin Powell. And yet Powell has not been investigated at all, let alone the multiple times that Clinton has. He has not been grilled for one minute by the house oversight committee, let alone for eleven straight hours, like Clinton was. So does the smoke around Colin Powell contain fire, is he also a criminal?
              I asked for any facts you have to back up your assertions and you come back with more smears, no facts. Yet you are able to support Trump in the face of insurmountable evidence that he is a fraud, a bigot, a communist sympathizer, and a pathological liar.
              Oh well, they say ignorance is bliss, you must indeed be one happy person.

            • I love the fact that all of you Trump supporters are so easy. You are ignorant and proud of it. When you are asked a question about Trump, your answer is “Oh yeah Killery (not a mispelling, your word) is a crook.”
              You are indeed a fool, and I don’t really expect any better from you. I don’t tease children, animals, or mentally challenged people. Trump supporters, however are a special case. You are really a danger to yourselves and our way of life, you deserve no quarter. I hope you are not too disappointed when the most qualified candidate, Hillary Clinton wins over the fraud Donald Trump.

            • You do you realize that you are nothing but a BLOWHARD. Calling me or anyone else names is beneath a POMPOUS TWIT such as your kind. By that I mean those with limited mental capacity.?

              Now why don’t you do me a favor and STOP BOTHERING ME!!!?

            • Once again you prove your powress at name calling and smearing someone with allegations not based in fact.
              All I asked from you is to back just one of your allegations with fact. You refuse to do so. All you do is deflect, a question about Trump invariably gets a gratuitously nasty answer about Clinton. Why don’t you admit that if Trump killed your dog and stole your icecream, you would gush about how wonderful he is and how he will always get your vote.

            • Since you have ascertained that ALL BY YOUR LITTLE SELF, is there really any need to continue this pointless back and forth??

              If you read anything I send you, then you have read that you aren’t going to change my mind. I have resolved that I won’t change your mind, so I suppose we are at a STALEMATE.

              No sense continuing. Bye, Bye!!!?

            • Not a single fact to back up your ridiculous positions? Just one would do. Just one charge against Clinton, with some fact to back it up. Or just one reason to back Trump, again with at least one fact to back it up. And please remember Hillary does not begin with K, and crooked is not part of her name. Look back at my comments. I have commented on Trump’s character, and his actions, but I have not made up juvenile nicknames.
              Do you even know why you hate Hillary Clinton? Do you know why you idolize Donald Trump?

            • Is your mind going? I call her Billary not Killary, that apparently was posted by another very perceptive individual, like me. ?

              To answer your question as to why I hate Clinton it is easy. For the past 25 years she has shown time and again to care for nobody but herself. Her MEGALOMANIA is only exceeded by her greed. If she were running against the DEVIL himself he would get my vote.?

              If you want to believe you win, be my guest. I don’t want to BURST YOUR BUBBLE. Liberal tantrums are so juvenile!!!?

            • No tantrum, just fact. A fact is a concept with which you do not seem to be aquainted. A fact is a piece of information that can be shown to be true by evidence. An opinion, on the other hand is something one believes, no evidence required. You seem to confuse the two. You call names, you hurl insults, but you do not quote facts. Any impartial viewer reading these posts would call your posts “tantrums” not mine. I have given reasons for my positions. You have given vitriol, hate, name calling and unfounded smears. I can only hope that something I have presented would lead you to examine your beliefs and whether or not they are indeed founded on any degree of reality. I really do feel sorry for someone who is taken in by someone as transparently evil as Donald Trump. Watch the news, even the likes of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnel, and Lindsay Graham can no longer defend him.
              P.S. The latest set of emoticons, the reference to the devil complete with a cute little devil emoticon were particularly juvenile.

            • Fighting for healthcare for all as first lady, fighting or healthcare for children as first lady, fighting for the victims and first responders after 9/11. Declaring that women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights to a hostile Chinese audience. These are all signs of megolomania, and that she thinks of no one but herself.
              By the way, MY mind is not going, I know Hillary starts with H, not B or K.

    • I am neither Republican NOR Democrat NOR member of any dividing entity – I am an American – period – always have been. In fact, the only person I’ve ever voted for was Ross Perot – because he wasn’t a politician. And in looking back it is clear that it is the vice-grip that the 2 political parties have had on this country, has caused so much division and damage to America. So all would likely get a good read from the following:

      I have a bit of a different take on your last paragraph. I think it makes a lot of sense that Trump, if he wins, WILL put America in his inner circle. The reason is simple – when he announced he was running, he & it was a long shot, with no investment risk involved. BUT, now that he’s gotten this far, and, despite the odds could win the presidency of the U.S., he has the grandest opportunity of all time to further build his BRAND (his name). It’s all over his buildings, products etc. If he does poorly as president, that will FOREVER reflect poorly on his BRAND. He simply can’t afford that and it makes sense that he would go to whatever lengths to make his presidency of the U.S. a resounding success – probably one of the greatest successes in history.

      Now, as for why in the world he says some of the ridiculous things that come out of his mouth..? Well that’s another story. I think it makes sense that he’s lived his life inside a ‘yes man’ bubble, where virtually anything he does and certainly anything he says is absolutely wonderful.

      But upon entering the public arena on a more regular and consistent basis, he’s had to learn that if he wants to further BUILD his BRAND, rather than DESTROY his BRAND, he has to look at things a bit more broadly and, curb his tone as well. And although it’s taken over a year, we now see that he has done exactly that – curbed his tone in pursuit of the greater goal – his BRAND. His kids are his legacy, and the future of his BRAND in history. An extremely successful presidency would set his BRAND, and in turn, his children’s futures with a foundation no-one has ever seen before. If you think the Bush-Clinton dynasties were powerful, then with his current world-wide BRAND recognition, combined with actually ‘Making America Great Again’, would likely see multiple TRUMP presidencies in the future. But … they too would have the same responsibility – to not break the BRAND. So looking at it from a strictly ‘self benefiting’ point of view, logical deduction dictates that America stands to WIN BIG with TRUMP – and that likely holds true for at least several generations’ time.

      YES, for Donald Trump, achieving the presidency AND, making it an extremely successful presidency for America is the greatest opportunity of his lifetime. And it’s his biggest gamble too because as we all know, challenges can come before a presidency which can challenge its historical perception. But TRUMP knows this, and he has always found a way to win, and by extrapolation, America would win big as well.

      Conversely, I don’t understand those who consider themselves to be Democrat, sticking their heads in the sand in support of someone who (for only 1 of many very good examples), was responsible for fulfilling the security of an overseas Ambassador (John Christopher “Chris” Stevens (April 18, 1960 – September 11, 2012) ), and received over 600 requests from that Ambassador for added security – to no avail, and then when that Ambassador, staff & minimal security were brutally murdered – she contrived with the sitting president to SPIN the travesty into something other than her responsibility – a fake YouTube video claim. AND THEN – in front of the Ambassador’s coffin AND TO HIS MOTHER’S FACE – LIE TO HIS MOTHER claiming the YouTube video caused it, obviously to deflect her willful responsibility in these deaths. To those people I say ‘shame on you’. Maybe it should’ve been YOUR child murdered and dragged naked through the streets. Maybe if he was YOUR child you’d think differently about supporting someone whose family name is synonymous with the word ‘lie’. Pull your head out of the sand and act like an actual human being – or at least – TRY to.

      • I have asked over and over of your kind, some facts to support our charges. Yet you come, saying your only vote was for Perot. If you were old enough to vote on 92, and you do not say that was when you first became of voting age, then you have missed a lot of elections. Therefore your opinion means little. But you come here spouting the same charges against Clinton without evidence, and claiming Trump as a very successful business man.
        The fact is that Trump was not only born with a silver spoon, he started his career with a million dollars of daddy’s money and all daddy’s connections. And even with that his story is full of multiple bankruptcies, cheating those business and many employees who worked or him. He manufactures many types of goods, all overseas, yet he claims that he alone can bring jobs back.
        There are many allegations thrown at the Clintons, but when hey are exhaustively investigated, they prove false. And then instead of being put behind hey are resurrected over and over.
        The Clinton Foundation has been accused of many types of malfeasance, but hen investigated has been found to e one of the best run charities in existence, with more than 90% of money collected actually going to the intended purpose. The Trump goundation, in the other hand, managed by Trump imself not only seems dodgy but has actually paid a fine for an illegal donation to the Florida attorney general’s campaign. When you add to that that the AG actually solicited the donation just days after her office started to investigate Trump U. And then days after the donation she dropped the investigation.
        The investigations into the Clinton foundation showed NO EVIDENCE of at for play.
        Trumps history is full of lawsuites, fines and allegations of cheating business partners. Add to that is bigotry, his misogyny, his support of the white supremecists, dictators and so forth, I don’t see how anyone sees him as possible world leader.
        I guess if you are white( like I am), holier than thou Christian ( I am not) who feels that those other races ave displaced you ( I dont), I guess I could see how Trump appeals to you.

        • In reading this and other of your writings here, you clearly have issues with the truth jsilcott1. I told you I wasn’t a Trump supporter and it’s also evident in my reply to Straight Shooter, yet as too many with their head in the sand on the clintons (check your mirror), you contrive your own truth and claim it to be reality. Again, I’m not a Trump supporter. Do you get that yet?

          However, the case I made on ‘is America in Trumps inner circle’ was a sound one based on Trump’s ego, his defense of his Brand and his Name legacy. Despite whatever money he actually has, he can NOT afford to produce a failed presidency. But if clinton keeps the clinton pattern, with her producing a failed presidency she can simply say ‘what did you expect? We lie to you and too many of you believe us again and again, and then you’re surprised when we stick it to you – again?’

          You rattled on about so many clintonisms that I never mentioned anything about. I said that after over 600 requests for added security, all denied, while standing next to Ambassador Steven’s dead body and speaking to his MOTHER – CLINTON told his mother a bald faced lie to save her own skin blaming her failure to act on a YouTube video. You and everybody else knows that disgusting fact is true. But you never mentioned that in your blather – did you… Of course not, because you can’t see what you don’t want to see with your head stuck in the sand.

          Oh, and by the way, thinking people don’t respond to schoolyard tactics like ‘if you don’t vote you don’t have a say’. Only sheep and idiots respond to or repeat such blather. You were given that statement by a sheepherder and like a good sheep, you repeated it. The fact is that if I’d voted for any of the other candidates over those years (like you apparently), I would’ve only supported the corruption that’s had our Country locked up for many decades. And this has all come to light during this campaign season with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Your sheepherders pushed Bernie out and denied millions of his supporters an honest, fair DNC campaign committee. Everyone knows that truth too now only because of WikiLeaks. But no doubt you stuck your head in the sand on that one too. Let me guess… I bet you even believe in the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Tisk tisk. Enjoy your grass, & clover for now. You’ll be told what to think again real soon I’m sure. Some forbs should do the trick I’d think. Bon appetit!

  4. I frankly do not give a tinker’s dam* whether I am in Trump’s inner circle, outer circle or no circle at all. We have basically four choices for President in 2016…..Trump, Clinton, Johnson or Stein. As far as I am concerned, Johnson and Stein are captives of the “Twilight Zone.” That leaves Trump and Clinton ……Clinton is beyond redemption. That leaves Trump.

    • Did you watch the Commander in Chief forum. Trump was able to convincingly portray an orang-outan impersonating a baboon. He failed to answer a single question that was asked until he was asked about his secret plan to defeat ISIS. Then he revealed that if elected he would ask the generals for a plan.
      In other words, he had no idea, much like his stance on every other subject.

    • Why is it that Trump supporters all have one common trait, they will believe any smear about Clinton, without any proof, yet disbelieve anything about Trump no matter how much proof is offered.

      • You need to read my Reply to ‘Straight Shooter’ above. I’m not a Trump supporter, but what you claim Trump supporters are doing – you yourself are actually doing. Think, and don’t be a Sheep.

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  6. I am neither Republican NOR Democrat NOR member of any dividing
    entity – I am an American – period – always have been. So all would likely get a good read from the following:

    I have a bit of a different take on “Straight Shooter”‘s last paragraph (below). I think it makes a lot of sense that Trump, if he wins, WILL put America in his inner circle. The reason is simple – when he announced he was running, he & it was a long shot, with no investment risk involved. BUT, now that he’s gotten this far, and, despite the odds – could win the presidency of the U.S., he has the grandest opportunity of all time to further build his BRAND (his name).
    It’s all over his buildings, products etc. If he does poorly as president, that will FOREVER reflect poorly on his BRAND. He simply can’t afford that and it makes sense that he would go to whatever lengths to make his presidency of the U.S. a resounding success – probably one of the greatest successes in history.

    Now, as for why in the world he says some of the ridiculous things that come out of his mouth..? Well that’s another story. I think it makes sense that he’s
    lived his life inside a ‘yes man’ bubble, where virtually anything he
    does and certainly anything he says is absolutely wonderful.

    But upon entering the public arena on a more regular and consistent basis,
    he’s had to learn that if he wants to further BUILD his BRAND, rather
    than DESTROY his BRAND, he has to look at things a bit more broadly and,
    curb his tone as well. And although it’s taken over a year, we now see
    that he has done exactly that – curbed his tone in pursuit of the
    greater goal – his BRAND. His kids are his legacy, and the future of his
    BRAND in history. An extremely successful presidency would set his
    BRAND, and in turn, his children’s futures with a foundation no-one has
    ever seen before. If you think the Bush-Clinton dynasties were powerful,
    then with his current world-wide BRAND recognition, combined with
    actually ‘Making America Great Again’, would likely see multiple TRUMP
    presidencies in the future. But … they too would have the same
    responsibility – to not break the BRAND. So looking at it from a
    strictly ‘self benefiting’ point of view, logical deduction dictates
    that America stands to WIN BIG with TRUMP – and that likely holds true
    for at least several generations’ time.

    YES, for Donald Trump, achieving the presidency AND, making it an extremely successful presidency for America is the greatest opportunity of his lifetime. And it’s his biggest gamble too because as we all know, challenges can come
    before a presidency which can challenge its historical perception. But
    TRUMP knows this, and he has always found a way to win, and by
    extrapolation, America would win big as well.

    Conversely,

    I don’t understand those who consider themselves to be Democrat, sticking
    their heads in the sand in support of someone who (for only 1 of many
    very good examples), was responsible for fulfilling the security of an
    overseas Ambassador (John Christopher “Chris” Stevens (April 18, 1960 – September 11, 2012) ), and received over 600 requests from that Ambassador for added security – to no avail, and then when that Ambassador, staff & minimal security were brutally murdered – she contrived with the sitting
    president to SPIN the travesty into something other than her responsibility – a fake YouTube video claim. AND THEN – in front of the Ambassador’s coffin AND TO HIS MOTHER’S FACE – LIE TO HIS MOTHER claiming the YouTube video caused it, obviously to deflect her willful responsibility in these deaths. To those people I say ‘shame on you’. Maybe it should’ve been YOUR child murdered and dragged naked through the streets. Maybe if he was YOUR CHILD, you’d think differently about supporting someone whose family name is synonymous with the word ‘lie’. Just play any number of videos from their history. Pull your head out of the sand and act like an actual human being – or at least – try to.

    By the way, if (#1) you’re voting for hrc simply because she’s the 1st woman with a viable opportunity at the presidency, then that’s a lot like an overly excited teenage boy’s first chance at gettin’ lucky. Don’t expect much that’s any good cause you’re not gonna get it. Besides, with a little patience you know you could do better. Remember, if you’re successful, and you’ve kept your head in the sand ignoring the clinton history, if you vote for her you’ll always bear the shame of not waiting for a respectable woman candidate. But if you’re (#2) part of the crew voting for hrc because you just want more free stuff, then remember – that other people have to pay for your free stuff through their hard work. And if you unappreciatively just look that gift horse in the mouth (as far too many do), then that in itself says all it needs to say about you.

    THINK people, and don’t be a Sheep. You’re not a Republican and You’re not a Democrat. The insiders (aka ‘establishment’) are, and if you look back over many decades, it’s clear that they only view you as sheep. Think not? Look at congress’s approval rating over decades. They told you to vote as a party sheep, and you did again and again, and look what you and your Country got for it.

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