Trump Doesn’t Know Latinos, Hillary Doesn’t Care About Them

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By Rick Sánchez

If there is one line for Latinos in America who want desperately to look admirably upon their leaders, but were again sadly disappointed in this third and final debate it’s this phrase uttered by Donald Trump toward the end.

“We take better care of illegal immigrants than we do our veterans.”

First of all, it’s not true. But here’s what neither he nor his opponent understands about Hispanics in America, who are the people in code that Trump is really addressing when he talks about ‘illegals.”

Hundreds of thousands of Hispanic Americans serve in our nation’s military. They make up 17 percent of all new recruits and 8,000 of those are undocumented. It gets better, because among elite groups like the Marines, the percentages of Latinos are even higher. Do you think Trump knows that 18 percent of Marines serving in the Iraq war were Hispanic?

Latinos have come to expect Trump to thump his chest with erroneous information about immigration that is demeaning to Hispanics.

“They’re pouring over the border”— not true, actually more are leaving than arriving.

“They’re killing Americans”— not true, actually undocumented immigrants commit way fewer crimes than any group including all citizens.

“We have to build a wall” — not true, we could use digital technology to secure our border.

“They have to leave and get in the back of the line” — not true and not fair. Actually, immigrants who’ve been here for decades have paid taxes, contributed to our communities and are way too vested with plenty of skin in the game to be discarded or replaced by somebody with no connection or commitment to America. Think about it.

Of course, we could not expect a candidate who announced his campaign by attacking Mexicans calling them “criminals and rapists” to know these important facts, but any self-respecting student of our present immigration reality should know and be able to recite the facts.

Which brings me to Hillary Clinton. Hispanics in America are still waiting for a sign from Mrs. Clinton — one where she demonstrates her appreciation for Latino contributions to America, not just for often voting democrat.

Rather than treating Latinos like victims and complaining about Trump’s meanness, what she should have pointed out – if she were truly invested in all Americans, as she says she is – would  be the following:

Mr. Trump, your plan to deport millions of Latinos and break up families would destroy our economy. We would lose more than 60 percent of farm workers, driving up the cost of produce by as much as ten fold. We would also lose between 6 and 10 percent of our workforce and cost our economy an estimated $1.6 trillion.

Mr. Trump, did you know that study after study including one conducted by Texas’ comptroller demonstrates that even undocumented immigrants provide a net gain, not a net loss for statewide economies? The reason is simple, they pay more into the system in consumer, property and even income taxes than they could ever hope to get back, because they are ineligible for welfare, too young to get sick and rarely seek indigent care or hospitalization.

Mr. Trump, you should know that Latinos in America are now spearheading our nation’s economic growth by creating more small businesses than any other group and hiring more workers than most large companies. In fact, the buying power alone of Latinos in America has increased 45 percent in the past five years. In fact, did you know that if Latinos residing the United States were a country, they would represent the 12th largest economy in the world?

Once again, Latinos in America are left to choose between bad and worse. We come away from this third and final presidential debate with one candidate who doesn’t know and doesn’t want to know anything about Latinos — and another who should know, but doesn’t care.

Your Editor Asks: Why should candidates pay special attention to us? Shouldn´t we join the rest of the country and choose the one that will not discriminate.

Latinos and the Presidential Transition

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By Angelo Falcón, The NiLP Report

latinosAs this year’s Presidential election comes to a close, discussion is beginning to turn to what follows. While most of this focuses on is what the next President would be doing once he or she takes office, as well as the challenges facing the major political parties, the Latino community needs to pay more attention immediately to the intermediate issues of the Presidential transition process. This is mostly paid attention to immediately following the election results but is a process that has already been in play for some time now. Reviewing what had been done and being planned for this transition reveals that the Latino role in this process is almost nonexistent.

An important aspect of the Presidential transition process is the identification of key political appointments for Cabinet and other positions in the new administration. One think tank recommends that the new President needs to have at least 100 appointments confirmed by Inauguration Day, and another 400 confirmed before the Congress takes its summer recess in August. This will present a major challenge for the Latino community given our poor representation in federal government positions, regardless of which political party controls the White House.

Despite the strong support President Obama receiving in 2008 and 2012 from Latino voters and the appointment of a number of high-profile Latinos such as Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and others, President Obama’s overall record of Latino political appointments to his administration was, it runs out, extremely poor. An analysis by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) found that Latinos only made up 7.1 percent of his total appointments despite representing 18 percent of the U.S. population. This analysis found that in his first year in office, Obama’s Latino appointments represented only 5.5 percent of the total he made that year.

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This means that, even with a Democratic president, the Latino community cannot assume that it will be fairly represented in federal political appointments. Under a Trump Administration, Latino appointment prospects would appear more bleak, since it appears that even moderate Latino Republicans, many of whom repudiated a Trump candidacy, would encounter major ideological vetting obstacles to appointments. Beyond political appointments, Latinos remain the most underrepresented group in federal government employment overall: in fiscal year 2015, Latinos made up only 8.5 percent of federal government employees. In either case, the Latino community will continue to face major challenges to achieving a fair level of representation in the federal government.

The Presidential transition process officially began on May 6th with an Executive Order by President Obama that established the White House Transition Coordinating Council (WHTCC), the Agency Transition Directors Council (ATDC) and directed the ATDC to consult on transition-related issues with the existing President’s Management Council (PMC). As described by the White House:

Working in close coordination, these three councils provide guidance to agencies in gathering briefing materials and other information relating to the Presidential transition. The councils also oversee the preparation of career employees who are designated to fill noncareer positions on an interim basis during a Presidential transition, and assist in the offboarding of political appointees concluding their service and the on-boarding of political appointees joining service to work for the President-elect. In addition to these three councils, OMB and GSA are convening regular calls and meetings with other Federal agencies, boards, and commissions throughout the government so that they receive guidance for their respective transition preparations.

This transition process is comprised of three phases:

Phase I: Pre-Election, during which the White House transition groups meet and prepare materials for the transition.

Phase II: Post-Election, which focuses by November 9th on the following:

  1. President-elect and Vice-President-elect Offered Support
  2. Agency Review Teams Begin Arriving at Agencies
  3. Selection of Incoming Presidential Appointees Begins

Phase III: Post-Inauguration. On January 20, 2017, the Inauguration and the on-boarding of new political appointees begins.

A review of the 23 Agency Transition Directors Council Members, which includes its co-chairs, and of its four staff members, reveals that there are no Latinos involved in this transition process at the policymaking level.

Besides the transition team of the next President, a number of other government and non-government bodies play an important role in assisting in this transition process. This includes:

A review of the board members, staff and experts associated with these NGOs assisting the Presidential transition process reveals that lack of any Latino representation at any level.

The Presidential candidates have begun organizing their own transition teams. In May, Donald J. Trump announced that his transition team would be chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. It also includes Bill Palatucci as General Counsel, Richard Baggar as Senior Leader, William F. Haggerty as Director of Appointments.

In August, Hillary Clinton announced her appointment of former Interior Secretary and former US Senator Ken Salazar as chairman of her transition (also see here for an overview). In September, Clinton added Obama staffer Stephanie Valencia Ramirez as a co-director of oureach for the transition. Salazar will be leading four team members: Tom Donilon, who served as national security adviser under President Obama; Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan; Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress; and Maggie Williams, the director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics and a longtime Clinton confidante. Also, two top campaign policy advisers for the Democratic nominee, Ed Meier, and Ann O’Leary, shifted full-time to the transition efforts. Heather Boushey, the executive director of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, will be the team’s chief economist. The Clinton campaign has begun to set up its vetting process of its Cabinet and other political appointments, a process expected to be led by Jim Hamilton of the firm Morgan Lewis.

What role will the Latino community be playing in the Presidential transition process? Will the presence of Ken Salazar as chair of the Clinton transition make a difference for Latinos? What role will national DC-based Latino organizations like the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, the National Council of La Raza, LULAC and others be playing in this process? Beyond just submitting resumes, do our national Latino organizations have plans to assure that Latino concerns are addressed during this transition and that Latinos are real players in this process? Or, will this be another instance in which Latinos will continue to be political outsiders despite the supposed importance of our vote?

Angelo Falcón is President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP), for which he edits the online information service, The NiLP Report. He can be contacted at editor@latinopolicy.org.

Your Editor Asks: Is the Republican Party. In its present form, ready for this responsibility?

Trump´s Mother. The Forgotten Woman In His Life

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By Orcuil Crichton

The American people know more about the family of Donald Trump than perhaps that of any other presidential candidate — beside Jeb Bush, of course. It is common knowledge that Trump’s father was a real estate developer in New York, that he married three models, and that he fathered Ivanka in addition to four other children. But less known is the story of the woman who raised “The Donald.” So who is Donald Trump’s mother?

Her name was Mary MacLeod Trump, and she passed away in New York City in 2000, at age 88. According to her obituary, in addition to her role as wife and mother, Trump was a prominent philanthropist in the city. Much of her philanthropical work centered in Jamaica, Queens, where the Trump family lived. She actively supported the Woman’s Auxiliary of Jamaica Hospital and the Jamaica Day Nursery. And there was plenty of money to give; by the time of his death, Trump’s father, real estate developer Fred Trump, had accumulated a fortune worth $300 million.

Mary MacLeod was born in Tong, Scotland in 1912 and met Fred Trump on a trip to New York. She emigrated to the U.S., and the two married in 1936. She visited her home country often, and sometimes brought young Donald and his four siblings with her. She spoke Gaelic, and taught her children some of the language.

She was a religious woman, according to statements by Trump. She was also traditional, according to her son. “Whenever anything was on about, ceremonial about the Queen of England she could sit at the television and just watch it. She had great respect for the Queen and for everything she represented,” CNN reports Trump said.

Trump’s mother buried a son, Trump’s older brother, Freddy Jr., when he was just 43. According to The New York Times, Freddy Jr. drank heavily. Donald became his father’s protege instead. He worked with his father in real estate until Fred Trump’s decline due to Alzheimer’s, and his eventual death in 1999. Mary passed away only a few months after her husband, in 2000.

In 2008, Trump traveled to his mother’s birthplace in Scotland to meet with his maternal relatives. He originally planned on building a $1 billion luxury golf resort in the area in honor of his mother’s family. “I wanted to do something special for my mother,” Trump said, according to The Guardian. After local environmentalists protested the hotel’s construction and Trump butted heads with a wind farm located near the proposed property, he abandoned the plan and chose to develop in Ireland instead.

Trump has been surrounded by immigrant women for most of his life. In addition to his Scottish-born mother, both Trump’s ex-wife Ivana and current wife Melania were born outside the U.S.

New pictures of Donald Trump’s mother bear witness to a family saga he cannot bear to tell, the black and white photos track the life of Mary Anne MacLeod, the island girl who became the wife of New York property magnate Fred Trump and mother to his controversial son.

Together with the memoirs of Mary’s teenage penpal Agnes Stiven, they highlight the immigrant heritage of the US politician who wants to build a wall against the world.

In these portraits of one girl from Lewis is the story of how modern-day America came to be.

The three phases of European emigration – the Old World home, the ocean voyage and the opening door to wealth and happiness in the New World – are captured in prints from the 1920s and 30s.

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The teenage Mary MacLeod sitting on the windowsill of a “white” house near Stornoway

Born in 1912, Mary was part of a large family in the crofting village of Tong, the biggest such settlement in the Outer Hebrides and three miles from the island capital, Stornoway.

Mary’s father was postmaster in the village as well as a fisherman and so one of the first to elevate himself out of the endemic rural poverty.

When she started her penpal correspondence with Agnes – an east coast girl of her own age whose prize-winning painting and address had appeared in the Dundee Courier – Mary described “her lonely life on the island”.

The story most often told is that Mary went to the US on “holiday” to see her older sister Catherine who had left for New York.

But the memoir of their friendship that Agnes left behind puts that Trump myth to rest.

Agnes wrote: “Mary’s older sister in New York invited her to visit her there…and soon afterwards her sister found her a job as a nanny with a wealthy family in a big house in the suburbs of New York.”

Mary became the fourth of the MacLeod sisters to migrate to seek her fortune in the New World.

According to Agnes, she and Mary met in Glasgow in the late summer of 1928 when Mary was on the way to America for the first time.

“Mary had long fair hair and blue eyes, my hair was short and dark and I had hazel eyes. Each thought the other was pretty,” Agnes recollected in her journal.

“Mary’s news in 1929 was not so optimistic. Her employers had been involved in the Wall Street Crash which shook not only America but the whole world. Mary lost her job and went to New York City to find employment.”

Meanwhile Agnes, a gifted linguist, had became a post-graduate scholar at Marburg University in Germany.

She recalls in her memoir that she next met Mary in 1934 in Glasgow when Mary left again for New York “where she now seemed to have settled”.

Agnes wrote: “We spent a hectic day together in Glasgow. In the morning, we went on a shopping spree and I particularly remember that in a big store on Sauchiehall Street, she bought a pair of fur-backed gauntlet gloves for her boyfriend Fred. I said I hoped he’d like them and she said, ‘He’d better.’”

On her 1934 visit, Mary and Agnes went to view the Queen Mary, then the world’s largest passenger ship, on the Clyde. She was being fitted out and without her distinctive four funnels.

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Mary at Clydebank in 1934

Agnes snapped Mary on the quayside, a flared coat and jaunty hat adding to her glamour. “I thought Mary was very pretty, with her hair still quite long and permed,” wrote Agnes.

“I saw Mary off on board the ship at Clydebank that evening and that was the last time we saw each other until 61 years later in London.”

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Between 1880 and 1920, more than 25million foreigners arrived in the US.

Scottish emigration reached a peak in the 1920s, with 363,000 Scots leaving for the US and Canada in that decade.

The pictures are marked on the back by Agnes as being “en route” on the SS Transylvania, the Anchor Line passenger vessel that ran between Glasgow to New York in the inter-war years.

Shipping records show that Mary MacLeod, by then 22, arrived again in the United States in 1934.

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Mary in a swimming costume on the steps of a pool in Long Island, where the elite of New York decamped for the summer.

The coy look of the girl on the Hebridean beach is replaced by a glossy poolside pose reflecting the golden years of Hollywood.

From domestic service to glossy glamour girl, Mary MacLeod had made it.

Two years later, she was married to Fred and would have five children: Maryanne, Fred jnr, Elizabeth, Robert and Donald, or Donald John as he is known in Tong.

Agnes noted: “She didn’t tell me the man she married in January 1936 was ‘the most eligible bachelor in New York’.”

War separated the two friends and altered the course of Agnes’s life.

The German man she married in 1938 went on to become a Panzer tank commander.

He came out of the war a damaged man, and the couple divorced, forcing Agnes and her children to return to Britain.

Most of her correspondence with Mary, apart from a few letters and photos at her parents’ home in Scotland had been lost.

The meeting was brought about because Donald Trump’s growing fame meant he was the subject of a documentary made by the newsreader Selina Scott.

Agnes recalled in her memoir that she was paying little attention to the programme at first.
But her ears pricked up at the mention of “Donald’s mother, who was a Scot originally Mary MacLeod from Lewis.”

A hopeful letter to “the apartment on the 64th floor of Trump Towers” received a swift reply and the friendship was picked up again with enthusiasm. The two women met in London in August 1995 to their great delight.

Mary regularly returned to Lewis before her death in 2000 at the age of 88.

Agnes died in March 2002, leaving a trove of photos and memoirs.

Mary’s eldest child, Maryanne Trump Barry, a senior US judge, visited Lewis often with her mother and made a £150,000 donation to the island’s Bethesda hospice in her memory.

But Donald Trump appears to have little interest in his island roots.

He visited Lewis in a great wave of publicity to promote his Scottish golf interests but public references to his mother’s background are conspicuous by their absence.

Maybe that is because these pictures of Mary MacLeod tell a very different history from the anti-immigrant bombast of his campaign trail speeches.

From the foreshore of Lewis to the exclusive swimming pools of Long Island, from sea to shining sea… Mary MacLeod’s pictures tell the story of a country made great by immigrants – people just like Donald Trump’s mother.

Your Editor Muses: Although she is no longer alive to comment, I wonder what she would say about her son’s ambition to make it harder for immigrants, documented or not, to start new lives in the United States, as she did herself.

Introducing the Trump News Channel—Coming in 2017?

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If Donald Trump loses, his consolation prize may be a whole new right wing media juggernaut.

Most political observers are skeptical that Donald Trump has helped his chances of winning the presidency by entrusting his campaign to the executive producer of Breitbart News, Stephen Bannon; or by hiring Roger Ailes, who left his position atop Fox News amid a sexual harassment scandal; or by pitching his rhetoric to Sean Hannity viewers and Drudge Report readers, rather than more typical Americans; or by spending so little of the money he has raised on television commercials; or by appearing to care so much about the ratings his Republican National Convention speech got and so little that its viewers were turned off, not turned on.

There is so much about the Trump campaign that doesn’t make sense so long as one assumes that its purpose is to propel the candidate to victory at the ballot box. But what if those involved now perceive a more attractive––or at least plausible–– endgame? Atop the campaign, there are three men whose past behavior suggests both a powerful desire to attract the eyeballs of a mass audience and a talent for doing so.

What if Tuesday, November 8, marks not an end for Donald Trump and associates, but the beginning of Phase Two in an effort to launch a media juggernaut that challenges Fox News for supremacy on the right across all platforms?

It is hard to imagine that Trump and those in his orbit haven’t considered what they will do if they lose in November, or that the media business hasn’t occurred to them (as it occurred to Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and many other GOP politicians). The longer Trump lags far behind Hillary Clinton, the bigger incentive those whose salary he pays have to prepare for whatever is next––and the more their interests diverge from both the GOP and the conservative movement.

If today’s polls hold through election day, Trump and associates will be proved failures at electoral politics. But even if that proves so, I wouldn’t bet against a right-wing media behemoth that brought together Trump, Roger Ailes, Stephen Bannon, Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, and Sarah Palin, especially if they had some help:

Fox News Channel’s No. 1 primetime lineup could be in jeopardy if network boss Roger Ailes gets booted. Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren all might exit the network if parent company 21st Century Fox gets rid of Ailes in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former host Gretchen Carlson, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The three hosts have all spoken out publicly in defense of Ailes, who has been under internal investigation since shortly after the Carlson suit was filed. O’Reilly, Hannity and Van Susteren have contract clauses that would allow them to depart if Ailes leaves the network, according to a Financial Times report, which cites two people briefed on the situation.

I am not alone in wondering if a media company of this sort is in the offing.

“The breakout media star of 2016 is, inarguably, Donald Trump, who has masterfully—and horrifyingly—demonstrated an aptitude for manipulating the news cycle, gaining billions of dollars worth of free airtime, and dominating coverage,” Vanity Fair reported in June. “Now, several people around him are looking for a way to leverage his supporters into a new media platform and cable channel.”

Trump is indeed considering creating his own media business, built on the audience that has supported him thus far in his bid to become the next president of the United States. According to several people briefed on the discussions, the presumptive Republican nominee is examining the opportunity presented by the “audience” currently supporting him. He has also discussed the possibility of launching a “mini-media conglomerate” outside of his existing TV-production business, Trump Productions LLC. He has, according to one of these people, enlisted the consultation of his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who owns the The New York Observer. Trump’s rationale, according to this person, is that, “win or lose, we are onto something here. We’ve triggered a base of the population that hasn’t had a voice in a long time.”

“It now seems very plausible,” John Ziegler writes, “that the remainder of the campaign might be used as little more than a marketing campaign for a future competitor to Fox News Channel.” The “let Trump be Trump” approach would certainly facilitate that end, whether or not it was the candidate’s conscious intention.

For that reason, GOP officials and movement conservatives ought to be preparing for worst case scenarios. And a Donald Trump Network is perhaps the worst case possible.

A Trump campaign expecting to lose and then launch an effort of that sort would have every incentive to hoard campaign donations to pay back debt incurred by Trump himself; to be maximally inflammatory, polarizing the electorate while further cultivating a core of true believers; to aggressively blame Fox News, National Review, Glenn Beck, and all other potential competitors in order to alienate them from their audiences; even to sabotage the GOP down ballot, depending on just how cynical the folks running things are. After all, what could be better for business, if you’re a new media conglomerate to the right of Fox News, than a Hillary Clinton presidency supercharged by a Democratic House and Senate?

Nor would the nightmare for the right end on election day. Even after a huge Trump loss, a Trump News Network could help a destructive faction that might have faded in other circumstances to keep driving the Republican Party toward white identity politics, egregious misinformation, ideological incoherence, destructive infighting, and attacks on minority groups, with all of the attendant costs.

Since the Bush Administration, I’ve been warning the right that its media demagogues were doing great harm to the conservative movement, the Republican Party, and the country. A Trump News Network, while a ludicrous and absurd satirist’s gold mine, would do even greater harm, as I’ve tried to capture in this programming guide that doubles as palliative gallows humor in this dark time:

6 am to 9 am –– Abreast World News with the Women of Miss Universe: Awake to perky pageant winners bringing you sports, weather, and everything you need to know about the loser countries that they fled for America.

9 am to 10 am –– Paid programming: Ben Carson’s Non-GMO Brain Health Supplements

10 am to 11 am––Queer Eye for the Alt-Right Guy starring Milo Yiannopolous: Milo and co-host Ann Coulter work to help white nationalists look fabulous.

11 am to 2 pm––Sarah Palin’s Real America: A folksy look at the “silent majority” communities that the MSM, sipping their elite cocktails, doesn’t want to show, with defending-our-shores soldiers and clean coal miners who did built that. (Shot on location in Los Angeles and Vancouver.)

2 pm––Paid programming: An array of Donald Trump products presented at huge discounts by Little Marco Rubio.

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm–– To Catch an Illegal: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his most ruthless team of undercover racial-profilers post wanted ads for day-laborers in communities just like yours. Little do the applicants know that their papers, if they have any, will be vetted by the same team of forensic analysts that debunked Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

4:00 pm to 5 pm–– The Enemy at Home: An evening roundtable where a rotating group of national security experts vetted by Breitbart.com expose the sharia takeover of America on Crooked Hillary’s watch. Tonight’s guests: Andy McCarthy, Pat Dollard, Pam Gellar, and Liz Cheney.

5 pm –– News Hour with Greta Van Susteren and Jeffrey Lord

6 pm –– Hannity and An Empty Chair: Inspired by American hero Clint Eastwood’s moving speech at the 2012 RNC, Sean Hannity squares off for a nightly debate against Barack HUSSEIN Obama, who is represented by an empty chair. Audience members can vote-by-text for the winner for $1.99.

7 pm –– We’ll Do It Live with Bill O’Reilly

8 pm to 9:30––The Protégé: Donald Trump continues his quest to Make America Great Again TM, judging contestants competing for the right to become The Protégé, one of four aspiring candidates that Mr. Trump will self-fund with audience donations in the 2020 GOP primary. The winner will challenge Crooked Hillary in the general election.

9:30 pm to 10 pm––Behind the Scenes of The Protégé with Scott Baio: Exclusive footage and outtakes that didn’t make it to air, tips on success from Donald Trump, and a check-in with Don Jr. on his latest projects.

10 pm to 11 pm––Women Who Work with Ivanka Trump and Caitlin Jenner

11 pm to 12 am––Rockin’ Late Night with Ted Nugent

12 am to 3 am––The Women of Miss Universe After Dark

3am to 5 am––The Greatest Tweets: Wisdom from Donald Trump and a curated selection of the very best communicators scrolling as Sinatra plays.

5 am to 6 am––Pilates with Melania Trump and sidekick/towel-boy Chris Christie.

In seriousness, anyone who helps Trump to build a media company will have earned the ire appropriately aimed at those who empower callous bullies and mendacious bigots.

May it fail as a laughing stock if it launches at all.

Your Editor Opines: I prefer that he fails miserably in the election.  Our consolation will be to olympically ignore his news channel.

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