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Trump is Psycho Weird: Voting Rigged? … Hillary is the Devil?

More character defining moments of a psycho person.

He says if he loses Florida 3 months from now, because polls show him winning now… It is proof of voting fraud and there will be widespread civil disobedience and a constitutional crisis.

This guy is dangerous.

If Bernie made a deal with the devil by supporting Hillary, then maybe, just maybe, the republicans who are now supporting Trump against their own principles, in order to be good republicans, are also making a deal with the devil?

He is a reflection of what the republican party has become.

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Trump is kind of punking Ryan

What games is Trump playing with Paul Ryan?

When I worked in a medium security prison as a counselor, we would call this a form of asexual punking. This is when a gang leader puts down a member in front of others so that they kowtow to the authority of the gang leader without question.

Trump wants total loyalty from other republicans and he is going about getting it like a gang leader would.




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Trump puts down mother of crying baby

Trump put down the mother of a crying baby after he said not to worry about it. He said that she didn’t understand and waved her off with his hand.

He also said that the baby was “young, beautiful and healthy… that’s what we like.” What is he referring to in the video? Young women?

Trump is weird…


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Trump calls for Khizr Khan’s wife to speak while his wife plagiarizes Michelle Obama

Trump is all twisted up in trying to seem intelligent about Khizr Khan’s wife speaking. He thinks his wife is being submissive to her husband as if somehow that is culturally wrong.

He accused Khizr Khan of not writing his own speech. Yet it turns out that he wrote the speech with his wife. They speak together.

Then we have Trump’s own wife plagiarizing Michelle Obama in her convention speech.

Trump is in no position to say that Khizr Khan’s wife should speak on her own, when his own wife could not.

“It’s a kind of arrogance to be so certain you’re past redemption.” ― Ellis Peters

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Explaining Trump’s Appeal, Part 1

by Mike Kimel

Explaining Trump’s Appeal, Part 1

The reason Donald Trump has been unstoppable so far is that Republicans, and now Democrats as well, don’t seem to understand what motivates Trump voters.  The single most important driver is, as (almost) always, the economy.  The table below illustrates the problem:

Figure 1 - Real Economic Growth - From NIPA Table 7.1Figure 1

As the graphs shows, American real economic growth rates have been awful since the year 2000.  The economy has performed worse than in any other comparable period since 1930, which includes the Great Depression.  This is largely the fault of the two men who were Presidents at this time, but they had a lot of help.

When the people who got us here – Republicans and Democrats alike – tell us that the economy isn’t so bad, it doesn’t sound credible to people whose gut matches the numbers.  Only the gullible, or those have done well but have no empathy believe it.  So when both parties are peddling similar economic policies – in fact, the very policies that were in place when we got where we are now – upsetting the apple cart becomes more than appealing.  It becomes rational.

That leaves an opening for a guy like Trump who promises he will truly deliver on Obama’s campaign promise to bring Hope and Change.  Trump is erratic enough to prove that if he wins, change of some sort will come, and for many, without change there is no longer room for hope.

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Trump’s behavior is Bullying according to

The #1 priority in our schools is to stop bullying. Any administrator in our school system, by law, must drop anything and everything that they are doing to deal with a situation of bullying. That is the law.

If Trump becomes president, his bullying behavior will cause bullying to increase in our schools.

Yet the bigger problem is that his bullying will create conflicts nationally and internationally that will lead to serious and lasting problems. That is the result of bullying unless it is stopped.

Below is the definition of bullying from (US Department of Health & Human Services)

Bullying Definition

An unhappy teen boy walks away from bullying girls. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Leaving someone out on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Spreading rumors about someone
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

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