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5/2/2016

Does Donald Trump Act Like a Tough Guy to Compensate for . . . Something?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:48 am



Politico has an endlessly fascinating piece about the Sniveling Coward (cached link; no links for bullies):

Who was really doing the deals that made Trump famous? Wayne Barrett will tell you the only signature that really mattered on a contract belonged to Trump’s father, Fred. What broke up Trump’s first marriage? Harry Hurt III writes that Ivana “confided to female friends that Donald had difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection.” How did a man who came perilously close to personal financial ruin sell himself as a master dealmaker? By exaggerating everything, including his net worth, which Timothy O’Brien revealed was far less than advertised.

As much fun as it has been to have an election where we discuss the genitalia of one of the candidates, we don’t need Donald J. Trump using the U.S. military as a substitute for his own allegedly failed sexual equipment.

I could quote the piece endlessly . . . there is the time his dad told an author that he hoped Donald’s plane crashed with him in it; the fact that he inherited $150 million from his dad (conservatively); and so much more. But I think I’ll leave it right there. It is absolutely worth your time.

44 Responses to “Does Donald Trump Act Like a Tough Guy to Compensate for . . . Something?”

  1. Going to pass on this one.

    njrob (2696e6)

  2. nobody ever asks if Ted Cruz does good erections on his penis or if he too struggles

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  3. wayne barrett, scum sucking varmint that helped take down guiliani,

    narciso (732bc0)

  4. here’s some context what will maybe help provide context for an honest discussion about the intersection of conservatism and erectile dysfunction

    4 Ways Pornography Hurts The Environment And National Security

    Step aside, climate change.
    Pornography is a real sociopolitical threat.

    oh my goodness

    help me jesus

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  5. “Something?”

    Perhaps

    Rick Ballard (0ef036)

  6. I won’t let Cruz take your porn, happyfeet.

    nk (9faaca)

  7. I mean it. I know how to set up a porn shelter in the Caymans.

    nk (9faaca)

  8. I may not agree with your porn but I’ll fight Blu Ray to the death if it does not play it.

    nk (9faaca)

  9. well the first two were ivanka’s no,

    http://www.thediplomad.com/2016/05/why-i-will-vote-for-trump.html

    narciso (732bc0)

  10. Trump’s insecurities make it impossible for him to admit he is wrong, even when he clearly is such as his denial that Mike Tyson is a rapist. His solution is to blame everyone else, typically by calling them liars.

    Trump may be able to get away with this strategy in business and politics, especially in New York where the media cares more about ratings than truth, but it doesn’t work in foreign policy according to Robert Gates:

    Addressing the Republican front-runner’s recent foreign policy speech, Gates said it showed someone who “doesn’t understand the difference between a business negotiation and a negotiation with sovereign powers.”

    The former Defense Secretary also voiced concerns about Trump’s willingness to take advice.

    “One of the things that worries me, Martha, is that he doesn’t appear to listen to people,” Gates told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. “He believes that he has all the answers, that he is the smartest man in the room.”

    Gates also said he worries about  “[Trump’s] unpredictability, his lack of understanding of the complexity of international affairs, his threats, his claims that he’s going to make other countries do things, when, in fact, the president of the United States does not have the power to make them do things.”

    DRJ (15874d)

  11. I would consider gate’s advice, more had he actually spoken up against Obama, at the times it mattered, and don’t get me started on martha raddatz,

    narciso (732bc0)

  12. The claws have been fully unsheathed. I said that last night.

    (But what we should do right away is stock up on batteries for our you-know-whats in case Cruz gets elected.)

    nk (9faaca)

  13. narciso,

    In this instance I think it’s the message that matters, not the messenger.

    DRJ (15874d)

  14. in case Cruz gets elected

    everybody gonna have to go off the grid!

    ted takes all the fun out of fundamentally transformed to where now it’s just damentally transformed, which, this is no good

    hah Mike Tyson is iconic (not pooper)

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  15. narciso,

    I am disappointed in The Diplomad. He is voting for Trump because he says we are in desperate times and must take great risks to fix things. That may make him feel better but it makes no sense. It’s the same as saying “I lost my job so I should take all my money and bet it on the lottery.”

    DRJ (15874d)

  16. nk,

    Whose claws? The media have not achieved the secondary objective regarding Trump as yet. The “fully unsheathed” part pertains to the primary objective of electing Clinton. There is plenty of time between July and the end of October for a complete vivisection of Little Man.

    Rick Ballard (0ef036)

  17. The day I find ANYTHING in Politico or any other Democrat Media Complex site to be “fascinating” is the day I hang officially it up.

    Colonel Haiku (1ec93b)

  18. OTOH – It’s never too early for PIG BY ASSOCIATION ads if you’re a Dem pol. Boozman is pretty safe but greater distance from the dumpster fire is going to be necessary for 5-7 GOP incumbents hoping to remain in the Senate.

    Rick Ballard (0ef036)

  19. Ugh, this is a hit piece with a lot of gossip and name calling. Barrett’s a leftwinger; he’s going to ascribe racism to everything. He called Giuliani every name in the book.

    There may be something of interest here but there’s so much rumor mongering that it’s not worth it.

    And to be clear: I wouldn’t vote for Trump if he was running against Koko the guerilla.

    SteveMG (16d5b9)

  20. It’s pretty clear that Trump is hiding his tax returns to obscure fact he isn’t a billionaire.

    SPQR (9a0143)

  21. Wow… what happened here… body snatchers?

    Haven’t visited in a while and this place sounds like Daily Kos!!

    Patterico, you did it, my nigga!

    PS (ce7fc3)

  22. It’s pretty clear that Trump is hiding his tax returns to obscure fact he isn’t a billionaire.

    More likely it’s that he pays no income tax.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  23. What is the reason, can anyone guess, that Bernie Sanders is hiding his pre-2014 tax returns?

    Sammy Finkelman (643dcd)

  24. I can actually understand not releasing the whole return — other people’s confidences might be exposed, for example. Romney only released an abstract, stating only top-line numbers. Why can’t Trump just release his 1040 without the supporting forms? That really can’t impact any “audit”, nor does it expose his business partners to crowd-bothering.

    But he won’t because even the top line numbers are indefensible and/or embarrassing.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  25. What is the reason, can anyone guess, that Bernie Sanders is hiding his pre-2014 tax returns?

    Large capital gains?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  26. yes, the place has changed, they don’t even laugh at politico anymore,

    narciso (732bc0)

  27. Trump says Bush lied us into the Iraq War and he also tried to get Pelosi to impeach Bush. And Trump’s supporters have no problem with it. Among other things.

    So, yeah, politics has very strange bedfellows. Although I think citing a piece in Politico is a different bedmate then what Trump’s said and done.

    SteveMG (16d5b9)

  28. Trump’s supporters want daddy to give them stuff and hugs just like he’s been giving Juan and Jamal and they don’t care about anything else. Waaah!

    nk (9faaca)

  29. These shit-for-brains nitwits keep it up and any of the mainstream media actually cover this sort of stuff instead of sweeping it under the rug, who knows, they may just get Trump elected… not good!

    https://pjmedia.com/video/graphic-video-this-is-how-bad-the-anti-trump-protests-have-gotten/

    Colonel Haiku (1ec93b)

  30. These sh*t-for-brains nitwits keep it up and any of the mainstream media actually covers this sort of stuff instead of sweeping it under the rug, who knows, they may just get Trump elected… not good!

    https://pjmedia.com/video/graphic-video-this-is-how-bad-the-anti-trump-protests-have-gotten/

    Colonel Haiku (1ec93b)

  31. 20. It’s pretty clear that Trump is hiding his tax returns to obscure fact he isn’t a billionaire.

    SPQR (9a0143) — 5/2/2016 @ 11:18 am

    prowlereguy will be along shortly to demonstrate that the words “forensic accounting” mean no more to him than the words “yield to ramp” mean to a typical Texas driver.

    Sorry, Texas. I love you. I wish I could tell you you’re perfect. But I can’t, at least not when it comes to driver’s ed.

    I’m exiting the freeway via the freeway off ramp and I AM PASSING THE SIGN THAT TELLS THE DRIVERS ON THE FRONTAGE ROAD TO “YIELD TO RAMP” and nearly get mowed down and I definitely do get flipped off. I’m left with the same sense of wonder I experience in the Kroger parking lot; where all of a sudden did this enthusiasm for breaking the speed limit and driving with reckless disregard come from and why the *&$#@ doesn’t it show up on the g*#d#$%ned freeway where it could do me some good.

    But, no. I’m stuck behind some lady hogging the fast lane whilst going 45 who’ll later try run me down in the parking lot at Lowe’s. In her Suburban, on the phone, flipping me the bird.

    Anyhoo I’m looking forward to prowlerguy’s input on this & how you just can’t tell how much denero Donny is making from his tax returns. Like a 9/11 truther mouthing off about how you can’t melt steel with fire.

    Steve57 (412496)

  32. paging admiral painter, to the red courtesy phone,

    http://observer.com/2016/05/kremlin-provocations-and-war-games-risk-real-war/

    narciso (732bc0)

  33. Was the $150M Trumps dad left him in property?
    If so, he’d have to pay some amount of tax on the inheritance and also raise operating capital from somewhere because rents at the time of transfer may not cover property taxes, building maintenance costs etc. Maybe his dad left him a tranche or two of dogs

    If my parents left me a portfolio of properties worth $150M, lawyers and accountants in the first year could be over a million and if/when I need liquidity fast to pay everything, I might have to sell some of my best properties because those are the most liquid. I’d have to get the banks to restructure loans and they may not want to. That $150M could turn into $80M of property within the first year, still be be land rich and cash poor.

    Point is that most people talk about inherited millions like it was $150M cash, tax free.

    The left talks about large inheritances as if they are an odious transfer of piles of ill-gotten cash, which had been built on the backs of slaves (ignoring CEO’s of Apple, Nike who actually did build a pile of cash on the backs of slaves)

    The left also intentionally confuses gross sales with net profits because they can act like you are a heartless greed monger and then tax, fee and regulate you accordingly. The lefty idiot son of the local Congresswoman told people on the city council that a project bought for $1M and sold for $2M gave $2M of profit.
    He wanted that small of a project to have to pay a higher fee that is supposed to go to a fund to build or buy low income units.
    He kept it up even after he was corrected.

    steveg (fed1c9)

  34. Leftists do not understand anything about money.

    Though Trump’s inheritance seems large, in terms of what he has turned it into, it is not.
    It would be very EASY to blow $150 Million (that was not cash, BTW… lots tied up in illiquid RE)
    when engaging in billion dollar projects.

    $150 Million is only 15% of a billion dollars…. not so much. Trump is a brilliant business man, like it or not.

    Look at the elite athletes who made that much money and ended up.. I kid you not… dead broke a decade later…

    Inheriting money is NO guarantee of keeping it or making it grow…. I know what I’m talking about.

    And let’s not forget: “Barry, you did it, my nigga!”….

    How far we’ve come! Martin Luther King would be Soooooo proud!

    pts (ce7fc3)

  35. well it’s a full chimp circle, barrett and d’antonio are among the worst

    narciso (732bc0)

  36. I am disappointed in The Diplomad. He is voting for Trump because he says we are in desperate times and must take great risks to fix things. That may make him feel better but it makes no sense. It’s the same as saying “I lost my job so I should take all my money and bet it on the lottery.”

    It depends how much “all my money” is. If you’re down to $1 then a lottery ticket probably is the most rational way to spend it. Because there is nothing else you can buy for $1 that can possibly make you noticeably better off. If you spend it on food you’ll last a few more hours, and then you’ll be back in the same hole, whereas with the lottery ticket you have a chance in mumblety million of actually getting out of the hole.

    Milhouse (87c499)

  37. Everything in that piece seems to hit all the Trump-hating talking point just a little too perfectly. It seems to me that Mr. Patterico has lost his marbles over Mr. Trump rather alarmingly.

    Boris (77667e)

  38. Thanks for your “concern”, Boris

    JD (52076d)

  39. I think Diplomad is wrong, though, because I think the odds of Trump actually making America great are about the same as those of Clinton having a massive “road to Damascus” change of heart and doing the same. Hey, it could happen. Just as I could win the lottery. And just as Trump could turn out OK.

    Milhouse (87c499)

  40. Mr. Trump has every intention of turning out ok

    what are you some kinda nihilist

    happyfeet (831175)

  41. steveg, I’m sure leftists do intentionally confuse gross sales with net profits and for the very reasons you listed. The sad thing is I (naturally) watch all those restaurant and bar shows on TV and John Taffer will ask some looser how much they made and the guy invariably says something like “we were making $20,000 a week when we opened”. He “made” no such thing, he grossed 20k. In that business if you know what you’re doing on 20k you can net 2-2,200. If you’re good, real good. The thing is Taffer never challenges or corrects them. It drives me crazy. Clowns like that going around saying they made 20 grand give people the wrong impression. I owned restaurants that grossed 3-4 million a year and I didn’t make anything near 20k a week net. That’s a friggin’ million dollars a year. And I can see that guys little pissant bar is not doing any 10 mil gross. They’re doing 700k gross if they’re lucky. So if they manage it themselves they can pull down about 140k a year net.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (734193)

  42. I think Diplomad is wrong…

    Milhouse (87c499) — 5/2/2016 @ 5:07 pm

    The Doplomad rarely is. I suggest giving him time and some room.

    Steve57 (412496)

  43. Rev
    As you know, a lot of bar owners already think that the gross is theirs to spend on themselves, when actually it is comprised of other peoples money like vendors, employees, taxes. Which is why so many bar/restaurants that are packed go belly up. The owners see the gross and take too much out for themselves.
    Classic killing the goose that lays the golden egg fable rings true.

    steveg (fed1c9)

  44. The Diplomad is rarely wrong. But this is one of those rare occasions when he clearly is.

    Milhouse (87c499)


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