The reality TV show candidate has turned to a familiar source for speech material — Hollywood. Donald Trump’s fiery and hostile speech Thursday in West Palm Beach appeared to be modeled after — and in some places a downright imitation of — the famed speech given by actor Bill Pullman in the 1996 hit movie “Independence Day.” In the movie, U.S. President Thomas Whitmore, played by Pullman, rallies military forces from around the world to unify against the aggressive race of outer-space aliens that has invaded Earth His inspiring speech has been oft-quoted in the 20 years since the film was released. While Trump’s speech Thursday was far longer than Pullman’s, its ending appears to be eerily similar to the actor’s speech in the movie. Pullman’s speech ends: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to … [Read more...] about Did Donald Trump model his fiery Thursday speech after Bill Pullman’s famous rallying cry in ‘Independence Day’?
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Donald Trump has stopped insulting people long enough to finally release his first policy paper — on immigration reform. It is every bit as shallow, ignorant and dangerous as one would expect from the man who launched his campaign by smearing Mexicans who cross the border as drug-runners and rapists. But there’s a silver lining here. By finally moving beyond bluster to, theoretically, policy, Trump reveals how callous, unworkable and economically catastrophic his immigration ideas would be in real-world America. Most famously, Trump wants to build a humongous border wall — and have Mexico pay for it. He now explains he would get the money with measures like upping entry and visa fees. HEIDI KLUM RESPONDS TO TRUMP'S 'NO LONGER A 10' COMMENT Never mind that the vast majority of the undocumented immigrants who have crossed that border did so to become contributing residents of the United States, many filling jobs Americans are loath to take (like … [Read more...] about This is Trumpistan: Donald Trump’s ignorant, dangerous immigration proposals would decimate the American economy and pit the nation against itself
Defending Fox’s Megyn Kelly against Donald Trump is as sexist as believing she needs defending in the first place. Bombastic, trouble-making Trump is an equal opportunity offender. If you’re on his radar, you’re insulted. I’ve traded insults with The Donald, off-and-on, for the entire 20-odd years we’ve known each other. In fact, the first time we met was when he had a mutual friend reach out to me because I had insulted him in a column. He knows how to play the game and so do we in the media — regardless of gender. Yet still, the Kelly autopilot defenders assume that this smart, badass woman isn’t as tough and strong as Trump or any man. She is. It presupposes that Kelly needs defending because she can’t defend herself. She can. It presumes that because she’s a woman she doesn’t give as good as she gets. She does. The presidential contenders, hangers-on and media pundits so outraged that Trump sunk … [Read more...] about Stasi: Like him or hate him, Donald Trump offends everyone without prejudice
Bad press has so far been like fertilizer to Donald Trump’s popularity. But his defense of his sons’ sport of slaughtering exotic African animals could be the kill shot to his presidential aspirations now that possibly both Cecil the lion and his brother Jericho have been slaughtered.G GIRAFFE HUNTER SAYS SHE'S 'MOST HATED WOMAN IN THE WORLD' In case you don’t know, the Trump boys went on a kill safari in 2012, and proudly posed with the African leopard and water buffalo they had slaughtered. Another photo shows them laughing beside a noose from which hangs an alligator. Does it get worse than two great white hunters and an animal noose in Africa? GUIDE IN CECIL THE LION SLAY BREAKS DOWN There’s even the horrific photo of Donald Jr. smiling while holding the bloody, severed tail of, yes, the elephant he shot. This elephant slaughter “sport” they love, is, surprisingly even more prolific than the barbarism of lion killing. HUNTER … [Read more...] about Donald Trump defending sons’ sport killing of exotic African animals may finally doom billionaire blowhard’s campaign
Corrections/Clarifications: An earlier version of this story imprecisely described an aspect of Donald Trump’s business interests. His company no longer operates casinos.WASHINGTON — If voters decide to hire billionaire Donald Trump as their president in 2016, they couldn’t actually fire him from the job he now holds.Federal law doesn’t explicitly prohibit President Trump from continuing to run the sprawling real-estate and brand-marketing empire that is the Trump Organization, federal ethics experts say. And the conflict-of-interest rules that bar Cabinet secretaries and other high-ranking executive branch officials from overseeing matters that boost their personal bottom lines don’t apply to the president.“The president holds a constitutional office, and it’s very difficult constitutionally to restrict the president’s activities,” said Robert Kelner, a Washington lawyer who specializes in ethics and election laws. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s candidacy raises novel ethics questions
The biggest civil war of summer was supposed to be Captain America and Iron Man facing off in a superhero popcorn movie. But in the past few months, battle lines have been drawn all over pop culture, with tempers flaring, cooler heads not prevailing and hate spewing everywhere, mostly on the Internet.There was DC vs. Marvel as fanboys and fangirls hotly debated comic-book franchises. Old-school Ghostbusters fans vs. the new reboot’s female stars. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian vs. Taylor Swift in a he said/she said war involving lyrics and Snapchat videos. Those who were excited to see Suicide Squad vs. the critics who reviled it, with RottenTomatoes.com becoming ground zero for trench warfare.And then there's the presidential race, where two weeks of conventions featured political parties calling each other out and cable news coverage showcased surrogates of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sniping at one another 24/7.“What I see right now … [Read more...] about Summer’s civil war: How did pop culture get so negative?
One of the many paradoxes of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy is that it’s dominated politics without changing how politics are practiced.Despite Trump’s prominence, his rivals are not aping his tactics. They’re advertising on TV when they can afford to. They’re staying on script. They’re not using the word “idiots” to describe voters in Iowa.No one else ridicules a woman’s personal appearance, denigrates the service of a famous POW or cites FDR’s wartime roundup of immigrants as a happy precedent.No one else has dispensed so readily with conventional virtues, such as modesty (“I’m really, really smart).’’ And no one else has been denounced by everyone from Dick Cheney to J.K. Rowling (who pronounced Trump worse than Voldemort).Trump has given voice to an angry, alienated segment of GOP voters that will not easily be placated, much less enticed to follow the eventual nominee when and if Trump … [Read more...] about Donald Trump has dominated, but mostly hasn’t yet changed American politics
Someone, please find Donald Trump a copy of the Constitution — preferably a simplified version with pictures and charts. Once he absorbs what it says, perhaps he will stop trying to tear it apart.Trump is angry at athletes for exercising their right to speech; but his anger did not begin there. Last February, at a campaign rally in Texas, Donald Trump spoke of "open(ing) up libel laws." He never explained exactly what he meant but clearly is fed up with the First Amendment, which prohibits denying freedom of speech and the press. More: Trump lying about Comey firing isn't new More: Montel Williams to Trump: We're not North Korea. NFL players can choose to take a knee. Athletes and journalists are not his only targets. Last November, Trump suggested imprisoning people or revoking their citizenship if they burned an American flag. Never mind that the Supreme Court has already come down on the other side of that issue. “If there is a bedrock … [Read more...] about NFL protests: Donald Trump fumbles First Amendment football
I was 20 in 2006 when I was crowned Miss USA. Few people knew my name and my “Miss USA story." Later that year, millions knew my name because of my real story, the story I didn’t want shared. I became famous as “Mess USA” when my boss — now the president of the United States — tossed me into rehab after I tested positive for cocaine. Rather than strip me of my crown or add to the negative press with a humiliation campaign, Donald Trump surprised me, and shocked the world, when he held a news conference and declared: “Tara is going to be given a second chance.”It was 10 years ago that I got out of treatment, and I thank him for my 10 years of recovery. I will always be profoundly grateful. He saved my life and, essentially, made me great again. As part of my journey, I have become a vocal advocate for recovery, and today I speak out for the millions who do not have a voice.There … [Read more...] about Donald Trump made me great again: Former Miss USA
Cops must have clean records Manhattan: In his June 18 column “Blue gems in the rough” Denis Hamill interviewed a retired NYPD deputy inspector who believes that the commissioner should accept recruits who once had trouble with the law. As a detective with 30 years of NYPD service, I think that is wrong. There are many cops who were raised in bad neighborhoods under equally bad circumstances but made the conscious decision to stay out of trouble and join the NYPD. I grew up in the Howard Houses in Brooklyn, in a working class family, and every day I witnessed young males in the community committing acts of violence against our own people. As a teenager in Brownsville, I made the decision to live my life as my parents had taught me, so I decided to become a police officer. If a candidate is willing to break the law prior to becoming a police officer, what’s to say he is going to be any different behind the badge? When elected officials, community activists and … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on police, guns and Donald Trump