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Why I Support Donald Trump (a guest post)

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So I absolutely love having guest posts here at jeffpearlman.com—whether I agree with the people or not. Yesterday I engaged in a brief Donald Trump Twitter debate with Amy Moreno, and after a few words I invited her to state her feelings here (specifically, we were discussing my blog post, titled MY CASE AGAINST DONALD TRUMP). To my great delight, she accepted the invitation. Amy, who writes under the pen name “August Steele,” is the author of “Wrinkles.” She’s a senior writer at Truthfeed.com and loves pugs and Game of Thrones. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Amy, show us what you’ve got …

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I remember seeing images of the massive crowds of people at Obama rallies and thinking, “These idiots belong in a cult.”

Who gets that excited over a friggin’ politician?

Suckers.

Fast-forward about seven-and-half-years, and while I still believe that anyone who supports Obama is a “sucker,” I have a much broader and deeper understanding of what that movement represented. It’s like that saying goes, “Don’t judge what you don’t understand.” And truthfully, right or wrong, most people who criticize, do so from a place of ignorance or narrow-mindedness.

I liken it to a sports game. When you’re on the playing field, you have a vastly different panorama and experience than the guy who’s sitting in the nosebleed seats.  People like me who criticized the Obama movement some eight years ago were doing so from the cheapest seats in the stadium – screaming obscenities at the players on the field because we thought we “knew better.”

And maybe we did.

I could sit here and argue all of Obama’s failures until I’m blue in the face, using cold hard facts, tangible examples, and Obama’s very own words to prove my point – and I’d be right – or would I?  Nowadays facts are subjective and open to “interpretation” or “spin.” It’s not about absolutes – it’s about perception.  It’s as if perception trumps truth (pun intended).

Nowadays so-called “truths” are based on your opinion of someone or something. Good, bad, or indifferent it’s your reality, so make of it what you will. It’s like having your very own built-in “safe space.”

The wussification of America—but that’s a different piece for another time.

Trump’s critics attack him and his America First agenda using that very “perception strategy.” They define him, his supporters, and the movement based on what they see from their vantage point, perched high above the playing field.

The good news is that this is normal social behavior. Humans have always been compelled to speak with absolutions and authority on topics we don’t fully comprehend – it’s a lot of conjecture mixed with a helping of sentimental fluff, combined with predisposed convictions. The result is something that resembles truth on the surface. However, peel back the top layer and what you find is shameless hyperbole.

Which leads me to why I’m here today …

In a strange stroke of cyber luck, my Twitter path crossed with Mr. Pearlman, who as you may know, is a robust anti-Trumper. He shared his scorched-earth anti-Trump piece with me and dared me to tell him “where he went wrong,” as if I would read it and be rendered speechless by it’s “truthiness.”

That didn’t happen, by the way.

I read Mr. Pearlman’s piece, which was well-written and passionate. However, I didn’t learn anything new.  He used the same stale talking points that nearly every anti-Trumper uses—Mr. Pearlman was just more eloquent in his delivery.

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However, all compliments aside, Mr. Pearlman was wrong on almost every point (except trashing Hillary—he got that right).

He incorrectly stated that the Trump movement is grounded in anger, and then went on to accuse Mr. Trump of being “anti-veteran” just because he doesn’t embrace panhandling. I disagree with panhandling as well.  The businesses Mr. Trump spoke of did not sign up to be societies “social justice warriors.” Likewise, homeless vets deserve better than begging for loose change in front of stores.  Thankfully, Donald Trump has a comprehensive plan to assist our nation’s forgotten vets which will add up to a hell of a lot more than pocket change.

Interestingly enough, it’s these sort of baseless attacks that are indicative of perception-politics. I “feel this way” so it “must be this way.”  This way of thinking leaves little room for impartiality.

In the spirit of broadminded debate, I’m here to destroy Mr. Pearlman’s skewed perception of Donald Trump—yet we all know that won’t happen. In reality, Mr. Pearlman asked me to refute his piece because he thinks I can’t.

Perception politics.  Everyone is a winner. Everyone is a loser.

For me, the Trump movement is not about anger.  I am an avid Trump supporter, and I am not running around punching puppies or kicking baby strollers. On the contrary, like most Trump supporters I know, I’m full of hope because I believe that Donald Trump’s America First strategy will help a lot of people who have been screwed sideways by years of neoconservatism, progressive bullshit, politically correct rubbish, and job-killing globalization.

When I think of what lies ahead for this country, I get excited. I am eager to put Americans first with comprehensive, fair trade, safe and secure borders, a strong military, and an economy run by a businessman with an impressive 97 percent success rate.

I’m a “big picture” kinda girl—I don’t get stuck in small, irrelevant places, bogged down by tedious details which have little, if no impact on my daily life.

Speaking of tedious details—do I care that Trump has evolved on issues?

No.

I was pro-choice five years ago. I’m pro-life today.

Shit happens. Shit changes. That’s life.

Truthfully, though, this entire “Trump debate” isn’t about his stance on abortion or his past “praise” of Hillary. It’s about people like Mr. Pearlman who simply don’t like Trump’s personality.

That’s all it is.

He’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

He’s bombastic, loud, and can come off as pushy.

I get it.

But the picture is so much bigger than that.

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I don’t like my neighbor Joe very much—he’s condescending, snobbish, and effeminate. I’ve got bigger balls than he does, and that bugs the shit out of me. However, I don’t misconstrue his words or actions and spin stories about Joe, so they fit my bias agenda and then call it “truth” and challenge others to prove me wrong.

That’s not my style.

People have a right not to like Trump’s personality, just like I have a right to my opinion that Obama is more interested in apologizing for American exceptionalism and shamelessly pandering to foreign nations versus putting America first.

And please don’t get me started on Hillary—we’d be here all day.

There’s no question that Donald Trump is pushing buttons and challenging the status quo; he’s a threat to politically correct safe-spaces that many people hold sacred.  However, what’s incomprehensible are the wildly incorrect statements regarding his business success.  For example, citing four bankruptcies and “Trump steaks,” as legitimate examples of “failure” is an absurd argument made by people ill-equipped to discuss matters of high finance. It would behoove these folks to visit Donald Trump’s website and evaluate his business portfolio.

The people who judge Donald Trump, and call him a “con man” or a fraud remind me of Monday morning quarterbacks—out-of-shape couch surfers belching up useless analyses for highly-skilled professional athletes.

No offense to all you “high financiers” out there, but the sort of business Donald Trump conducts on a daily basis is beyond the realm of what average people can comprehend and in many cases that very fact renders you unqualified to critique him. Once you’ve created a fraction of what he has built, we’ll talk. Until then, your criticism and claims of “fraud” are conjecture based on a skewed perception.

It’s not “the reality.”  It’s “your reality.”

Donald Trump is one of the greatest luxury real estate developers of all time, and he employs thousands of hard-working American people. Whether you love him or hate him, Donald Trump is a proven success within the private sector.  His “go big or go home” mentality has its risks – billionaires “wheel and deal” in ways we can’t fathom. Donald Trump’s rare failures coupled with his countless victories make him more suited to run this country. Because life is uncertain, and if you can source success from failure, you’re ten steps ahead of the game.

The Trump movement is not about “Hitler” or hatred – it’s not racist or xenophobic, or whatever other “trigger words” you want to attach. It’s a revival of a bygone era when average Americans believed they could attain the American dream and who celebrated the exceptionalism of this great country.

Supporters of the Trump movement see him as an inspiration – a bridge over the troubled waters that lead back to a hopeful America filled with promise and prosperity.  Furthermore, he’s a personal inspiration to many who believe they too can achieve greatness through hard work and dedication.

I started this piece by mentioning how I eventually came to understand the Obama movement—I think it’s apropos to end on that same note.

After eight years of Obama, in what I would describe as “hell on Earth,” I am finally at a place where I understand how the people who disliked George W. Bush felt when he left office—and what the promise of “hope” meant to them. It means the same thing to me—only this time I’m part of the game. I’m on the field, overwhelmed by the extraordinary energy and the hopeful chants of “USA! USA! USA!” from my fellow patriots, as we cheer Donald Trump to victory—and as the stadium explodes with excitement, I glance up and see you. You’re seated where I sat some eight years ago, high up in the nosebleed seats. You’re frustrated as hell, and screaming obscenities at the players on the field because you think you “know better.”

Maybe you do.

But more than likely you don’t.

  • Ted Mark

    Anybody who describes the last eight years of Obama’s presidency as “hell on Earth” has a ridiculously skewed view of both reality and Hell, a view that longs to return to those glorious days of yesteryear when racism and xenophobia meant American exceptionalism.

    • AuthorLAnthony

      Ted, I watched Obama over that time, and I watched congress too. It takes effort to chronicle the major events that took place, and I for one am not ready to write about them – but Amy clearly left much to be desired with a comment that blames Obama. How many people, besides Amy, do not understand the limits and duties of POTUS?

  • Chris Byrne

    Honestly, while well written I do not get it. Where is the substance?

    You write that “Thankfully, Donald Trump has a comprehensive plan to assist our nation’s forgotten vets which will add up to a hell of a lot more than pocket change.” But yet where is any sign of this plan? How does this match up with his company, the renowned “Trump University” firing Reservists for fulfilling their duties? How do you explain this breach of law?

    How do you excuse his involvement in Trump U and the money he made from it? Yes, he is not the only one who does scams like this, but they are not running for President.

    How do you excuse the venom he is spewing towards that Federal judge in California?

    And could you explain what you mean that the last eight years of Obama’s presidency as “hell on Earth”? I do not like Obama particularly because of his policies, but it has not been the hell we experienced under W – an unjust war, thousands of dead and wounded, financial collapse (even though that came about from Legislation that Clinton signed).

    And I cannot resist a little snark: He has not yet been in office 8 years. That won’t be until next January when he leaves.

    • AuthorLAnthony

      I don’t think she put a lot of thought and effort into her piece. It is very well written. I guess she doesn’t write many opinion pieces. We were looking for her whys, which she must have in her head, and didn’t realize readers can’t read her thoughts.

  • AuthorLAnthony

    Jeff, please ask Amy to answer this ONE question. I have seen Donald Trump speak in person during the primary. Why should I vote for him? I did not vote for Obama. He did not give me one reason to. Trump said NOTHING during the speech I heard to answer that question. He said two things: he would win, we had to untie the party…and, wait for it, he would win even if we did not unite. So his last words were essentially that he didn’t need my vote. Now, I paid a lot of money to see him speak in person. And that is all he said.
    What perceived reality do you (Amy) have that explains why I should vote for him? Perhaps Obama wasn’t qualified. Perhaps Bush wasn’t qualified. Personally, I would never assume that Trump’s resume qualifies him for POTUS. If that is enough for Amy, so be it.

    • Susan Burke

      You paid to hear Trump speak?

      • AuthorLAnthony

        Republican Fund Raiser

    • Marie

      Maybe you should take a look at his positions at http://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions

      • I would love to believe his positions. Based on what he says and does, which of his positions should I believe? Give nuclear weapons to Japan? I don’t agree. Make Japan pay for our nuclear weapons? There are smarter people than Trump who haven’t been able to figure how to do that. I’d be a fool to think a man with Trump’s experience could. Maybe he would try, but if he failed what would be the consequences? We went to war with Japan over oil, you think that nation isn’t a threat if we push them too hard? So we go to war against a former ally or better yet, arm them with nuclear weapons.

        Get jobs back from China? Trumps own products are made in CHINA and Bangladesh!

        Marie, looking at his “positions” gives me reasons not only not to vote for him but fear what harm will come to America with his inexperienced dangerous posturing that isn’t supported by the evidence.

        • Marie

          I have done some research and Japan already has nuclear weapons or the ability to make them now. I don’t think we should continue to bow to other countries out of fear that they may use them. We need to show strength so they don’t. What he actually said is that he would walk away from Japan and other countries if they did not give their fair share for protecting them. We can longer afford to pay for the protection of all these nations without some form of compensation, when most of them can afford to pay us.

          As far as China, he has admitted that some of his brands and many other products are being manufactured in China and other countries. It’s because it is too expensive to to produce here due to all the unnecessary regulations which he will investigate and lift the ones not needed. That will help to bring manufacturing back home to the USA. All of his items sold on his website are made in America. I have purchased some. Naturally there are spinoffs made elsewhere.

          I respect your opinions, but I like what I see from Mr. Trump. He does say some things that could of and maybe should of been said differently. But, I will take that any day over the alternative. I don’t share the beliefs of today’s Democrats including the 2nd amendment and Pro-life. I also am NOT a globalist. Obama has ruined this country and Clinton will only continue with his agenda.

          • sounds reasonable. If he wins I hope I’m wrong. But there are plenty of companies making products here – I used to work for one of them. I doubt regulations are the reason some people claim its “too expensive” for manufacturing in the US. Unnecessary regulations is not the reason many companies moved, it’s cheap labor. I learned that studying Economics in college. I assume Trump knows that too. I wonder why he says its regulations?

          • lucke1949@yahoo.com

            Please tell me which companies are making products here. I always look for “Made in America” and what I mostly find is made somewhere else or made somewhere else and distributed by an American company. I’ve discontinued consuming Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers because they are made in Mexico and distributed by you know who. I don’t do a lot of clothes shopping but when I do it is hard as “H” to find American made. When I was young it was rare to find anything made in another country. I remember when flip flops arrived. We called them Jap Flaps (oh so politically incorrect in today’s climate of everyone being Bu#t Hurt and the need for a safe space because they’re wussy’s). On occasion I watch Shark Tank and when they find out the entrepreneurs product is “Made in America” they instantly ask them why they haven’t tried having it made in another country. They want to get the cost of production down!! I’m not a economic major but that tells me something is making it more expensive to produce here than elsewhere. Why is that? Why, for one, does Nike produce their astronomically priced tennis shoes outside of the United States? Why is Carrier moving to Mexico? Please enlighten me to what drove American companies to foreign countries other than cheap labor. Thank you.

          • AuthorLAnthony

            most major personal products companies still manufacture in US. Proctor & Gamble Lever Brothers Kimberly Clark 3M Georgia Pacific. For other products you have to look at smaller firms. It is not easy as you know. I guess if you google made in USA you will find what you’re looking for.

          • lucke1949@yahoo.com

            Thank you. I was hoping to walk into department store’s and find ‘Made In America’ which in my outings has been futile.

          • JoeRecruitNik

            “As far as China, he has admitted that some of his brands and many other products are being manufactured in China and other countries. It’s because it is too expensive to to produce here due to all the unnecessary regulations which he will investigate and lift the ones not needed. ”

            What an idiotic statement.

            You think it’s regulations that led American companies to outsource?

            You don’t think it had anything to do with paying pennies for manufacturing jobs as opposed to dollars per hour?

            What about automation? How is Trump going to force American companies to stop using automated processes to bring back American jobs?

            You people are a danger to society.

  • Chris Bauer

    Doesn’t work for me in the least, Amy. Every chance Trump has had to show us something, plans, ideas, the way America should act in the highest of profiles, and from the highest pulpit, he’s gone negative and exclusive and simply pandered to the disenfranchised, and told his audiences that no matter what those plans are, whenever he gets to them, they’re going to be terrific. Foolish thinking, with absolutely no substance, no feeling for women (unless they’re “hot”), no feeling for minorities. Sorry, but he fails as a human being, a businessman, and a wannabe world leader when he speaks like he does about these topics. Anti-humanist, anti-feminist, anti-minority. Every one of those labels is accurate, and each one alone is bad enough to count him as anti-American, because that is not who we are as a country. He is an absolute embarrassment, and the rest of the world is both laughing at him and his supporters while at the same time incredibly frightened that a groundswell of fools might put him into office. He’s bad for the country, bad for the planet, and unprecedented as the wrong choice for the office.

  • Brian Charles

    Whew! Amy uses a lot of words without accomplishing much. Her analogies split hairs and are very forgiving without actually countering the arguments against Trump.

    It amazes me how she (and so many others) are so desperate to get him in the Oval Office that they’re willing to overlook his staggering number of character flaws.

    • Marie

      They ALL have character flaws, but they hide them from us! I like seeing the Real person, not the fake character!

      • Brian Charles

        Technically, everyone has character flaws, including you & I, but some people have many, many more of them — like Donald Trump — and it’s perfectly fair to point that out since he’s running for president.

        And since you brought it up, who IS the “Real person” when you’re talking about Trump?? In recent years, he’s changed almost every political view he has, and he’s been caught many times contradicting himself on things (Trump University & numerous others) he’s claimed in the past.

        He seems so FAKE. I get the impression he’ll say anything to get what he wants, and the truth matters little to him.

        • Marie

          I think he is as authentic as the average American and he relates to most of us. I have changed my view many times as have most normal people. I happen to like his character flaws. He reminds me of my late father and in fact, he reminds me of myself and I am not a racist or a bigot. I am human! Life happens, you learn, you change! I worry about some people who never change their views no matter what! I believe he will win the Trump U case as I have explained below. I also know that he does not have blood on his hands. He will not dessert our vets. He respects our law enforcement. He will fight for the middle class. He is NOT a globalist, and he will build the wall. It’s ironic that many celebrities and politicians who oppose the wall are living in a fully protected world and some with nice big walls around their own homes. These are the people whose children are fully protected!

          • Border protection is more complicated than a wall. Did you read about the tunnels? Have you heard about people smuggled in cargo containers on ships entering Los Angeles ports? The California coast line is hundreds of miles of virtually unguarded beachhead. Where there is a will there is a way. A more affordable and realistic approach would be to identify who is coming and why. Then decide what to do about each group.
            You know what making Mexico pay for the wall sounds like to me? The war on drugs. How’s that working out? Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Trump may mean well, but just like most of us he isn’t smart enough or experienced enough to do what he says he can. Every opponent he would have, and there are many, would isolate him, and trap him. Let him become governor of a state first. Then see how his deal making works. That would prove it without gambling and putting our whole nation at risk. Didn’t his casino fail? This is too important to risk our country in the hands of a failed casino owner.

          • Marie

            Of course we all know about the tunnels and ships cargoes. The wall is just one main step in protecting our country. He knows who to talk to and what can be done. He listens to the experts, not the bureaucrats. We do not have enough time for Trump to be a governor. He doesn’t needs to be. He has been in charge of so many people and so many projects that he is well experienced in the field. I agree he doesn’t have a lot of foreign policy experience but neither does a governor, and he will be surrounded by people who do.

          • I respect your insight and while it is not your opinions of Trump that trouble me, it is my opinions of Trump that truly disturb me. My insight is that Trump is actually two people. He is the man with the good qualities you see. He is also the other man IMHO that is not quality person you and your dad is. There is a dark side. Trump not only tolerates racists he baits racists. That is a very dark character trait and a very dangerous one, What do you do when you don’t get your way? Do you do anything to win? Do you believe in win at all costs? I hate when I don’t get my way. I had to learn too many times to lose. I chose not to try to win at all costs.
            Have you heard Trump say all that matters is winning? He will win no matter what the cost. If it means stirring race hatred to get votes, he’s already done that. You say he isn’t a racist like you aren’t. Would you tell racists not to vote for you? Or do you think there aren’t any racists supporting him? Why are they supporting him? What do they think he’ll do for them?

          • Marie

            I am glad that someone has one thing in mind for our country and that is winning. It’s about time, our president put America and it’s people first! Who are the racists he tolerates. I do not think he is a racist at all. I see all different people supporting him. The only problems I see are the people who are paid to protest and the people who are here illegally.

          • Chris Byrne

            Ummm, David Duke and the KKK?

          • Marie

            With that ridiculous comment I will end it here. Bye and the best to you!

          • Chris Byrne
          • You may have heard people say not voting for Trump is a vote for Clinton. I don’t usually talk about her because I’m not a democrat. I don’t think it is right to tell you or anyone else how to vote. That is your decision. I don’t think it’s right for people to tell me how to vote AND that I have to vote for one person because if I don’t that means a vote for the other (nonsense). Who I vote for or don’t is MY decision. I’m just sharing why I can’t vote for Trump. I just really want all voters to make informed decisions. You appear to be trying to do that. Here’s a hypothetical question. If Clinton was running against her
            “evil twin brother “, who would you vote for?

          • Marie

            Neither. If Clinton had an evil twin brother and they both had the same record, I could not vote for either of them. I do not share the Democratic Globalism positions.

          • Chris Byrne

            re the “To the Trump University haters bit: the problem is it was built on lies, starting with the notion that he would “hand pick the instructors/mentors.” He admitted this was untrue under oath in a deposition.

          • Marie

            If this is true as you say, I do not consider not hand picking the instructors such a big deal. If this was the worst thing he did, then there’s not a problem. Most people gave rave reviews 98%. Why did it take so long for these people to come forward. I think they are either trying to make a buck, realize that they should never have signed up because they aren’t willing to put in the work, or they are being paid by someone to press charges. We will see. The truth eventually comes out.

          • Chris Byrne

            Read the depositions. It specifically addresses the “98% raves.” This has been in the courts a while (i.e. not new and they are not being paid by somebody), and they want to recover from the fraud. Add this to the news that Trump made significant campaign donations to the Attorney Generals of Texas and Florida after they dropped investigations of Trump U.

            WHAT CONSTITUTES FRAUD

            Under common law, three elements are required to prove fraud: a material false statement made with an intent to deceive (scienter), a victim’s reliance on the statement and damages. – See more at: http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/issues/2004/oct/basiclegalconcepts.html#sthash.ThMdmZwf.dpuf

            Element #1 – material false statement made with an intent to deceive (scienter)

            First of all, the defendant must have made a false statement of fact that has a direct correlation to your contractual agreement.

            The advertising materials stated that he “Trump” personally selected each of the teachers and mentors. Under deposition, he acknowledged he did not.

            They will have to prove he knowingly did this, but how could he argue that it was not knowingly?

            Element 2: a victim’s reliance on the statement

            They bought in because it was Trump and he stated that he handpicked the instructors and mentors, when he did not.

            Element 3: damages

            The Plaintiffs individually lost thousands and thousands of dollars because what was promised was not delivered.

          • Trump said yesterday that they are suing to get their money back

          • Brian Charles

            On the subject of how “authentic” Trump is, I couldn’t disagree with you more. Go on some of the fact-checking websites — I can’t list them because then this comment won’t post — and you’ll see that Trump has a rich history of lying during the campaign. One of the most prominent websites has called him the “King Of Whoppers”.

            As far as what you claim he will do if he becomes president, remember this: TRUMP HAS NEVER HELD ELECTED OFFICE IN HIS LIFE. Marie, when you say he will do this or do that, that is pure speculation on your part, because Trump has no track record whatsoever to examine.

            I have no problem with someone changing a view now and then, but Trump has changed almost all of his in recent years, and that smacks of someone who’s desperate to get elected — or someone who doesn’t know what he’s doing in the first place.

          • Marie

            I respect your opinions, but I couldn’t disagree with you more. I realize I’m on a chat for mostly Trump haters so I won’t continue to keep putting in so much time here. Please do not consider that a sign of giving up or giving in :)

            I really do not believe any of the “prominent” websites anymore since so many stories have been debunked. I also do not consider the term “king of whoppers” an ideal term to be coming from a “prominent” site. Kind of sounds like Trump, doesn’t it? lol (that was a joke) The media and the internet sites are all controlled by the special interest groups and/or globalists and are totally biased. I never see any information that gives an honest report of both sides. It’s either For Trump or Against Trump. No unbiased reporting anywhere!

            I have seen tapes of Trump with the same positions on many subjects over the last 30 years and I have also seen many where he has changed other positions. Once again, that’s human.

            I think we need someone different. Remember, the President has a cabinet and these members are made up of people with many many years of legislative, political, and foreign policy experience. He will have many experienced tongues and brains on his side. I am not concerned.

          • Brian Charles

            I’m not going to “continue to keep putting in so much time here”, either; in fact, this is my final post on this thread.

            Trump IS controlled by a special interest group: his vastly inflated ego. The man is a egomaniac, and that was apparent even back in the 1980’s.

            And it doesn’t matter who would be in his cabinet. He’s shown time-after-time that he won’t listen to his campaign team, so why would he listen to his cabinet?? As an egomaniac, he values only one opinion: his own.

          • Marie

            It appears to me that many people here value only one opinion…there own! Bye!

          • Thank you for spending the time you have on these comments. Hope you don’t think it was too me wasted

  • 4aCo-operationation

    I think you did a fine job Amy; for the record I am over 50 years old, registered NPA; have always voted 3rd party and I am probably the only independent voice of the nine posts here. I notice they all want Donald Trump to prove something to them but not one of these hypocrites expects the same from Hillary Clinton and even worse the can’t give one reason anyone should ever vote for her They think they speak for the “rest of the world” but only a fool would ever believe their shill for hillary crap much less say it. In the end Barrack Obama is an outright traitor against U.S. and so is their sleazy candidate Hillary Clinton

    • …and what part of “I never voted for Obama” did you ignore? Thank you for your ignorant opinions. They reinforce real fears about “independent” Trump supporters. Tell me why I should vote for Trump? You didn’t cause you can’t.

    • Brian Charles

      ARE YOU SERIOUS?? Many (if not most) of us who can’t stand Trump also have major problems with the other candidates, too. Clinton and Sanders are far from ideal candidates in their own right, as well.

      Trump has made a lot of reckless statements that haven’t passed muster, and the public & media have the right to ask him tough questions — especially since he has no history in public office to examine. It’s not our fault that he has such extremely thin skin.

      • 4aCo-operationation

        Hillary is a traitor and any one who supports her is a fool.

  • …….Jew for Trump

  • Keith Huntoon

    Amy, I can’t say I’m for Hillary. I wanted to believe in Trump when he started his campaign. I’d love a President who is an ‘inspirational leader’ that offers hope, but what exactly has Trump done or said to inspire? Platitudes about ‘making American great again’ and ‘renegotiating our debt’ (with American citizens, who own 67% of it) don’t inspire. He rarely, if ever, addresses policy questions. When he does discuss policy, it’s evident his knowledge and understanding of world politics, history, economics, trade, national debt, constitutional law, manufacturing, etc are severely lacking. He has admitted to being ignorant about foreign policy and said he’d hire a very talented General, but then says ‘I know more about ISIS than the Generals do, believe me.’ What General would ever want to work for him if his/her ideas aren’t respected? Let’s look at his interpersonal skills. He attacks everyone who disagrees with him or isn’t willing to accept poor answers to fair questions. He calls people names, comments on their looks, incites violence and offers to pay the legal fees of those who hurt protesters. Is this a leader who inspires or the spoiled bully in 5th grade we all knew? Amy, technology has changed the world. The ‘bygone era’ is gone. This doesn’t mean there is no hope, but the future will look different than the past. Every day, we’re more interdependent on other nations and economies. Isolationism didn’t work 75 years ago and can’t work now. The leader of America must be a person who is knowledgeable about the world and can build relationships, not kick and scream when he doesn’t get his way. It’s easy to have a ‘go big or go home’ mentality with investors money, but not when our nations best interests and long term health are at risk. ‘Putting it all on black’ isn’t Hope. It’s gambling with a less than 50% chance of success. I agree, we need an inspirational leader. With almost every passing comment, Trump illustrates he is not that person.

  • tomdfw1

    Amy was TARGET on! I am not a Trump lover, but she is so much more correct than your drivel Jeff.

  • JoeRecruitNik

    “Thankfully, Donald Trump has a comprehensive plan to assist our nation’s forgotten vets which will add up to a hell of a lot more than pocket change.”

    What?

    WHAT?

    WHAT THE F*CK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

    I agree with you on one point, Jeff was wrong when he said the Trump movement was about anger. It isn’t. It’s based in stupid logic.

    Trump said he has a plan, so he must have a plan.

    Share that plan with us Amy. Please, as a veteran, I’d like to know what his plan for me is.

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