“Character Defining Moment” for Trump: Golf Tournament in Mexico
The PGA moved a golf tournament from one of Trump’s courses to Mexico City. Trump was upset. Trump said, “If I become your president, this stuff is all gonna stop.”
It is clear in his immediate reaction to the decision that he plans to use the power of the presidency for his own personal business interests. In Trump’s own words from the video below, “Not good.”
And to say that the golfers should have kidnapping insurance is something that a bully would say to create conflict. He puts down the opposition to create conflict on his terms. Then he works to win the conflict. That is how a bully works.
When you are too much for the PGA Tour and Cadillac, you are too much.
I think enquiring minds want to know how, exactly, he plans to end “this all.” Cuz there are some American voters who believe Trump won’t send the military into action unless there is an actual military attack on American soil.
This doesn’t seem to qualify.
These are the comments of Mark Salter, arch Conservative and former chief of staff to McCain. This is the single most blistering attack I have seen on Trump. But he raises a particular point that is truly alarming about Trump-Putin and, unfortunately, all too credible, namely that the Russians have him under their thumb financially. Trump is simply unable, by nature, to do or say anything that is not personally beneficial to himself. Anyway…
“Josh Marshall at TalkingPointsMemo, a partisan though usually careful news organization [whose work I have been following, who repeatedly expresses his aversion to conspiracy theories and who has been doing some real straight reporting], observes that Trump’s debt load has increased dramatically and his past bankruptcies have made it virtually impossible to secure financing from U.S. banks. Trump has become “highly reliant on money from Russia, most of which has over the years become increasingly concentrated among oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin.”
Could it be that a major party nominee for president is beholden to Russia’s leader and might compromise the security interests of the U.S. and our allies to maintain that relationship? We don’t know the answer. It’s scary enough that the scenario can’t be dismissed out of hand as a far-fetched Hollywood plot or a delusional rant from the fever swamps of American politics.
We can’t begin to answer the question until Trump releases his tax returns for the last several years. The media should make this the focus of every interview with Trump and senior Trump staff. The Republican Party chairman should urge him to release his returns. The Republican leadership in Congress should insist on it. Every American voter should demand it.
There are legitimate suspicions about whether Trump’s business relationships could compromise his loyalty to our country. Unless and until he puts them to rest, not by dismissing them but by disproving them, he should be considered unfit to hold the office of president.”