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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He grew up in poverty in Brooklyn, attending public schools and college before becoming a captain of industry, leading a key division for a multi-billion-dollar international company. He opposed the Vietnam War, he's pro-Choice, he appreciates the contributions of immigrants (though, especially, Jewish ones), and he thinks the government should provide healthcare for all, though he opposes tax increases on principal. For decades, he has supported Democrats and Republicans, most recently John Kasich. We have argued politics for decades, but I have always found him a sane person, albeit with a world view completely skewed by an unquestioning support for anything done by the Israeli government. Still, my father supporting Donald Trump? In our first column, he excused Trump's attack on a Gold Star family. In the second part of our Pulitzer-worthy series, Dad (not his real name) argued against Hillary Clinton because she's a "liar" who is also rich while Trump, he says, is only rich. In … [Read more...] about Inside the mind of a Trump voter: My Dad is OK with Putin and doesn’t care how Trump made his money
Senseless debater Donald Trump Williamsburg, Va.: Trump did not prepare. Clinton overprepared. Trump did not follow up on so many issues that could have put the last nail in Clinton’s coffin. Perhaps Mark Cuban and Donny Deutsch are right that Trump wants to lose the election by a narrow margin and then blame the loss on a rigged and corrupt system. By then, his following will be astronomical and he can start his own cable network, where he can pontificate 24 hours a day. This is what more and more followers are beginning to believe — among them, myself. John Lemandri Manhattan: Dumb Donald is so dumb. How dumb is he? Dumb enough to think he can build big businesses with a “small” ($14 million) loan from his dad and on the backs of all the little guys he has stiffed; pay no federal taxes on his billions; insult every race, color, creed and sector, and then present a plan to give his wealthy 1% cohorts an even bigger tax break. And we the American people will … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on presidential debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
Violence, mayhem, racism, hatred. Another day, another Trump rally. How did Donald Trump’s message go from them (Mexicans, Muslims) against US, to us against them (white against black). Making the transition from xenophobia to white supremacy was not his intent — I will never believe it was — but it became its natural progression. It is the way every dictator starts: Us against them until it’s us against his army. QUIZ:WHO SAID IT? TRUMP, HITLER, MUSSOLINI, STALIN? Don’t be fooled by the suit, the tie, the massive comb-over. Donald’s not your wacky uncle made good. He’s a man who has whipped the country — on both sides — into a frenzy, unleashing the hate that we’ve somehow managed to keep contained like Godzilla in chains. I refuse to believe he meant this to happen. But his unspoken message was interpreted was “go for it” when he didn’t denounce the Klan, when he said he’d like to punch … [Read more...] about Donald Trump has whipped the country into a frenzy and his ‘us-against-them’ antics have gone from amusing to alarming
Donald Trump, or his unabashed persona, is certainly no stranger to the spotlight. He was in a Bobby Brown music video and everyone is familiar with his reality show "The Apprentice." But there are more, so many more, occurrences of hilarious Trump appearances and mentions in pop culture. Here's a list of the 6 best: Sesame Street parodies Sesame Street is probably the last place to expect a parody of anyone, but it seems that even The Donald wasn’t safe from the characters on this long-running children’s show. First in 1988, the show featured a Muppet named Ronald Grump. Grump was a grouch who approached Oscar the Grouch about building "Grump Tower" on Oscar's property. Then, in 1994, Joe Pesci dressed up as another Ronald Grump for the "Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!" This incarnation of the garbage mogul gone mad has Grump trying to demolish Sesame … [Read more...] about From Sesame Street to Rudy in drag: 6 of the most ridiculous Donald Trump moments
It’s not really about the horses Chattahoochee Hills, Ga.: It should be obvious to everyone by now that the reason NYCLASS is stooping to such despicable tactics is because the facts regarding carriage horses prove there is no actual reason to ban them (“Vile tactics in horse ads,” July 1). Investigations show the horses are well cared-for and content. Quinnipiac polls show New Yorkers favor keeping them by a wide margin. The safety record of carriage horses is unmatched by any other equine activity. And legally, there is no compelling governmental interest in banning the industry. Which raises the question: Why on earth is NYCLASS spending such vast amounts of money attempting to ban them? Is it truly just about the real estate, or are they hoping to make even more money selling the electric cars to the city? One thing is for sure: It’s not about the horses — and never has been. You don’t spend millions trying to ban well cared-for … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on carriage horses, Donald Trump and disabilities
“Crooked Hillary.” “The devil.” “Such a nasty woman.” How many times did Donald Trump call Hillary Clinton those epithets on TV or in print throughout the long, heavily covered presidential campaign?Social scientists will tell you that if you hear something over and over — like Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States — some people will come to believe it whether it’s true or not.All forms of media helped amplify Trump’s personal attacks on Clinton, and we ate it up like hungry zoo lions at feeding time, boosting network and cable TV ratings to the point where a CBS chairman Les Moonves actually admitted the bombastic Trump was “damn good” for business. More: Hillary Clinton's unplugged book tour: Where was this person in 2016? More: CNN needs to slow down after Russia story resignations and retraction On her book tour and in the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump, move over. It’s Hillary Clinton’s turn to bash the news media.
Arizona Sen. John McCain is back in the national political spotlight, having come under fierce attack from Republican presidential contender Donald Trump over his POW status during the Vietnam War and his efforts to help veterans.The controversy exploded July 18 when Trump, the celebrity real-estate titan, told an Iowa audience that McCain is “a war hero because he was captured” and that Trump likes “people that weren’t captured.” McCain earlier had stoked the feud by telling the New Yorker magazine that Trump had “fired up the crazies” at his July 11 rally in downtown Phoenix. The uproar over Trump’s anti-McCain tirade continued all week as organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Officers Association of America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America , Concerned Veterans for America and even the National Border Patrol Council defended McCain, a former Navy aviator who was shot down in 1967 and endured … [Read more...] about John McCain: I was ‘surprised’ by Donald Trump’s fury
Three Indiana businessmen have been chosen to help President Donald Trump make his case for tax reform during his Indianapolis visit Wednesday. Kip Tom, owner of Tom Farms in Leesburg, John Gannon, owner of Custom Wood Fencing in Greenfield and Aaron Williams, director of field marketing an analyst relations at Topcoder in Zionsville are among those the White House says would benefit from tax reform. And the Trump administration is referring media to them to tout the benefits of tax restructuring. Trump has released few details for his plan so far, but plans to unveil a "comprehensive report" on Wednesday. According to activists briefed on the plan, changes will likely include lowering the corporate rate to at least 20%, condensing the current seven tax brackets to three and reducing the top rate for individual income earners to 35%.The lowest bracket's taxes would increase. Tax reform: Why President Trump is coming to … [Read more...] about 3 Indiana businessmen to help Trump make his case for tax reform package
Billionaire mogul Donald Trump announced his 2016 presidential run Tuesday. Below is the text of his speech: Last quarter, it was just announced, our gross domestic product - a sign of strength, right? But not for us. It was below zero. Who ever heard of this? It’s never below zero. Our labor participation rate was the worst since 1978. But think of it, GDP below zero, horrible labor participation rate, and our real unemployment is anywhere from 18-20%. Don’t believe the 5.6. Don’t believe it. That’s right - a lot of people up there can’t get jobs. They can’t get jobs because there are no jobs because China has our jobs and Mexico has our jobs. They all have our jobs. But the real number, the real number, is anywhere from 18-19 and maybe even 21% and nobody talks about it because it’s a statistic that’s full of nonsense. DONALD TRUMP IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT Our enemies are getting stronger and stronger by the … [Read more...] about Full transcript of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential announcement