Once again, Trump tells it like it ain’t

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A gleeful Rush Limbaugh called it “the kind of press conference Republican voters have been dying to see for who knows how many years,” and it was certainly that. In an epic performance Tuesday, Donald Trump stood before the cameras and attacked the media with a literal vengeance, calling one individual reporter a sleaze and another “a real beauty” and berating the press in general for some 40 minutes as “unbelievably dishonest.”

And yes, conservatives who have longed for media that tell them what they want to hear, who have fumed for decades when their preferred version of reality is contradicted or challenged, were thrilled at the performance. Trump was venting not just his own frustrations but theirs as well; he was “telling it like it is,” and they just loved him for it.

But one small question, if I may: The phrase “telling it like it is” contains a strong commitment to the truth, does it not?  It’s not “telling it like we wish it was,” or “telling it like it ought to be,” but “telling it how it actually is”. You can’t give someone credit for “telling it like it is” when they’re actually “telling it like it ain’t.” Or at least you shouldn’t, not if the truth is important to you.

So let’s explore:

Trump had claimed since January that he had personally given $1 million to veterans charities, part of a larger $6 million that he raised for those causes. He then repeated the claim for the next several months on national television, in speeches and in interviews, eager to spread the story of his own largess.

In fact, here’s the original Trump press release, describing the personal donation as a done deal and including a list of charities that were already pre-approved to receive the total of $6 million:

donation

The fundraising claim served multiple functions for Trump. At the time, it gave him an excuse for ducking a Fox News debate, it highlighted his supposed wealth and it demonstrated his support for veterans, a cause dear to the heart of many Americans. And when questioned about it in the subsequent weeks and months, he and his campaign told the press repeatedly that the money had been donated and disbursed.

Yet money seemed to be missing; the numbers didn’t add up. When questioned, Trump and his campaign claimed the money had all been handed out to veterans groups. When the veterans groups in question were contacted, many said they hadn’t seen a dime of it. What was going on?

Reporters — including those at Fox News , at The Weekly Standard and The Wall Street Journal — pressed the question, and for good reason. If a presidential candidate had repeatedly and publicly taken credit for a $1 million donation, but had never actually made that donation, then that would be legitimate news. Surely the American people ought to know that kind of thing about a person running for president, especially given the high public profile that Trump had given the pledge.

And what do you know?  Trump had never actually made that donation. He took credit for it for months without actually coughing up the cash. He finally did make the donation last week, but only after the Washington Post published an expose confirming that Trump had flamboyantly written a check with his mouth but had failed to write one with his hand. In short, he was shamed into it.

The story about the additional funds contributed by others followed the same tortuous path. In the weeks immediately following the Trump fundraiser, some $3 million did make it to grateful veterans charities, but by late March the disbursement process just stopped, leaving almost $2 million unaccounted for. Investigations by the Associated Press and National Public Radio found that the remaining money wasn’t disbursed until just last week, again on the very day the Washington Post interviewed Trump about its fate.

Without media pressure, who knows what would have happened to it?

It was especially delicious to hear Trump “tell it like it is” Tuesday when he claimed that “I wanted to do this out of the goodness of my heart. I didn’t want to do this where the press is all involved … If we could, I wanted to keep it private because I don’t think it’s anybody’s business if I wanna send money to the vets.”

No, nobody’s business. Juxtapose that with this, from January:

 

Part of Trump’s performance Tuesday was surely calculated bluster, designed to draw attention from the actual facts and focus it instead on the drama. But the anger? That was real. That was sincere. It was the anger of a man who had been caught in a rather large lie, and who didn’t like it much. How dare he, the great Mister Trump, be questioned! How dare he be held accountable for his own words and promises!

And if he’s elected president, he said Tuesday, we can expect a lot more of that attitude. That too was real and sincere.

 

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C_Casselberry
C_Casselberry

Everybody on here whining that Jay won't go after Hillary.


Newsflash to the goobs and rubes whining - lonely Kyle Wingdingfield's blog is where you need to be so you can have the echo chamber you crave.  


Over here, Jay is going to distinguish between excrement and apple butter. Sorry that Trump is the excrement but you voted for him not us.

tireOfIt
tireOfIt

If we have Crooked Hillary, then we must have Don the Con.

Bob Hamilton
Bob Hamilton

I m just glad I don't spend my money on this liberal rag

tireOfIt
tireOfIt

Toxic Trump is the result of years of right-wing media.  They finally got what they want.

Forrest Kim Clinard
Forrest Kim Clinard

Bookman proving what Trump said about the press. Only one candidate is being investigated by the FBI.

Julie Rush
Julie Rush

if you spent this much time AJC telling the truth on Hillary she would be in Jail!!!

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Barack Obama: If we turn against each other based on division of race or religion. If-if-if-if-if-if-if-if-if-if-if we fall for, you know, a bunch of okie-doke, just because, you know it-it-it. You know, it-it-it-it-it-it sounds funny or the tweets are provocative.  Boy, he really came out swinging, huh?

honested
honested

@DownInAlbany 

As an old white guy I suggest we go ahead and divide....

Leave the moron contingent of old white guys looking confused as they float away on the iceberg.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

A new poll of registered voters showed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton with a slight lead over Donald Trump in a general election matchup, but the presumptive Republican nominee continued to excel among white males.

The Quinnipiac University poll released today had Trump leading among white men and white women, with the gap most pronounced among white men without a college degree.

The poll had Trump leading Clinton among white men, 60 percent to 26 percent, in a head-to-head matchup. Among white women, Trump had a 1 point lead, 41 percent to 40 percent, which was within the poll's margin of error.

Hillary Clinton Has Slight Lead Over Donald Trump in New Poll

Trump also led slightly among registered voters who do not have a college degree, 43 percent to 42 percent. Among registered voters without a college degree, his lead was largest among whites, with 55 percent favoring Trump to 28 percent favoring Clinton, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

College-educated white registered voters preferred Trump to Clinton, 46 percent to 38 percent, but among all college-educated registered voters, the lead flips, with 47 percent for Clinton and 39 percent for Trump. How can this possibly be?

honested
honested

@DownInAlbany 

So chump leads with a minority and Clinton leads overall.

Clinton Victory in November!!

Deal with it.

Jerry Watkins
Jerry Watkins

Do a story about a Hillary lie or delve into Clinton Cash allegations from a neutral investigative reporting position... until then, you are a pathetic biased liberal rag AJC. No one is listening. Trump 2016.

rimsky
rimsky

A woman who fought in the Iraq war was fired because she was a reservist.  She, by law, has to fulfill her duty as a reservist.

There are more and worse skeletons in Liar Trump's closet.  

Wonder will his sheep will still follow him.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@rimsky Supposedly, the most damning comments were in writing.  IF the allegations are true, it should be a slam dunk, huh?

goat diddler
goat diddler

Not for the addled, hapless Drumpfettes...

Summer Smith
Summer Smith

Remember people that the AJC has become and is nothing more than the tabloid trash that you see at the grocery store check-out. Most everything published from them is far from the real truth. Keep in mind that the AJC should only viewed as entertainment. Real and Objective Journalism has been dead for a long time at this operation.

rimsky
rimsky

@foo2u Too bad he had to open the pandora's box.

What the Pratt fella do not realize the libs, progs and independents carry too legally.

gadem
gadem

@foo2u Every year they scream someone is coming to take their guns, when will that actually happen? I've heard that for the last 20 years. At some point someone will say wait....you can't keep scaring me with that same dog and pony show.

Peachs
Peachs

Clinton has lived in the White House, been in the public eye and under the microscope for decades, yet Trump the private citizen, who has lived life on his terms in his decoder, his self promotions and spin, always, never answers any questions of who or what he is. 


We know about Clinton, so stop with the, 'what about her", and tell us something, anything about you, who the world is starting to see is a thug, loser and liar.  

R W
R W

When Bookman goes after the Clintons, and there are plenty of lies, deceptions, money for favors,  immorality etc  following Hillary, then I might take Mr Bookman seriously.

rimsky
rimsky

@Obazo Not Your mind is playing tricks on you.

BTW prove it buster. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@rimsky @Obazo Not There have been 2 "critiques" of Hillary in the last 12 months.  There have been at least 75 anti-Trump op-eds this calendar year (yes, I made up the 75, but, I'm willing to bet it's close).  Draw your own conclusions.

Peachs
Peachs

"Donald J. Trump’s personal letters, alternately admiring and acidic, offer an archive of his emotional states and have become mementos for hundreds of recipients." NY Times


John Dewberry a local developer, and ex Tech quarterback got a call from Trump one day years ago.  In short Trump offered Dew his name on John's building for some million dollar check to Trump. 


Dew amused more than mad, thought about it for about a second, and shot back, "I will let you put Dewberry on your buildings for a tenth of that, but we only take cash!"

rimsky
rimsky

@Orange15 I won't pass by you people mass raping men women and children.  Was doing it for ages.

So projecting your inner desire on others.  Pathetic.

Noland Bell
Noland Bell

Trump is correct about the media! Stop the hate AJC!

Kamchak
Kamchak

Ooooooooooooh, Shouty Face pics.

A sure sign that someone is shooting blanks.

Just sayin'.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Kamchak  You only think that because you are a "wussy white male".

goat diddler
goat diddler

TeeDee loves him some violence.

Quite the internets tough, that one is.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Got to love the irony about ideologues posting about establishment ideologues.

Is it perilous?

TBS
TBS

True that

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Got to love the irony when establishment ideologues call others who challenge them ideologues.

Almost guaranteeing problems for Clinton, Sanders has named strong ideologues to his committee seats, people not given to compromise. To take one example, the Sanders appointments include at least two strong supporters of the Palestinians, and his backers are planning to propose that US Middle East policy be less favorable to Israel; it’s hard to think of a more inflammatory issue. Another curious Sanders appointment is Cornel West, who has called President Obama a war criminal. The platform itself may not matter in the realpolitik of the election, but a turbulent convention can. How Sanders and his forces act if his platform proposals lose in the committee or on the convention floor will reflect on Clinton’s control over the party going into the general election.

Red and Blue Agony

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/05/26/election-divided-parties-red-blue-agony/

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TBS 

 How many times will he say before Jesus that he is a counter puncher only to be the first one to name call and insult?

I wonder if god will allow others to be there at the pearly gates to watch him squirm....

td1234
td1234

@TBS Oh here come TBS with his lame accusations based not on any facts. Come on son, you can do better than that. 

honested
honested

@Kamchak @TBS 

I'm sorry, but I just can't fathom this attachment to imaginary omnipotent beings and (if they existed) why they would provide excuses for morons.

TBS
TBS

Oh yes.. Some say they pray daily that God allows them to be at the gates when the non believing libs are judged

Wonder if the prayer is the same for the conservative non believers

Don't think that has ever been mentioned although we have several non Christian cons bloggers

Bless his heart

Jesus is so proud

goat diddler
goat diddler

Evidently songs sung about killing the gays?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

Go away pest. You are not relevant to any discussion. 

So, not only do you have nothing to substantiate your assertion, you have proven that BS about being a
"counter puncher" is also a big fat lie.

Got it.

td1234
td1234

@PaulinNH You proved my point. You twisted words from an article and contributed them to me based on your own perceptions. That is lying about the person. You lied. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @Kamchak 

It's ok tiny dog.

I still believe there should be 24 hour Abortion Clinics (financed by taxpayer funds) in all 24 hour pharmacies.

Reality is not that hard to embrace.

td1234
td1234

@PaulinNH And you can show where I said those exact words? You are a prime example as to the way the propaganda machine of progressives work. Just lie long enough and people will hopefully believe. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@honested @td1234 @Kamchak Nothing wrong with that - TD doesn't think a woman aborting the baby of a 13 yo male is not a traumatic experience.

TBS
TBS

Like a candle in the wind

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@honested @td1234 @PaulinNH  Believe that TD didn't say "

td1234 5ptsFeatured
1 hour ago

Cops Say 13-Year-Old Boy Traumatized From Endless Sex With Hot Teacher......


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"There is no way a 13 year old make is traumatized from having sex everyday with a 24 year old hot teacher. I am calling BS on the headline. "

When immediately above it he posted:  "Vera became pregnant with the boy’s child, but eventually aborted the baby."

So - he's saying that a 13 yo getting a 24 yo pregnant and her aborting the baby is not a traumatic experience.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@td1234 @PaulinNH  Just lie long enough - ROFLMAO.  I seem to recall someone posting most of the day that Trump didn't spend 3 months lying about giving $1MM to vets

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@td1234 @PaulinNH No I didn't prove your point.  You said that the headline about the 13 yo being traumatized was BS.    You posted it right below where you posted that the woman had an abortion. 

Did you take any English language classes or logic at KSU?

Do you even read what you copy and paste? 

YOU posted that the 13 yo became a prospective father and that the mother had an abortion - and YOU posted that the headline for the piece that it was traumatic was BS - ergo, a 13 yo getting a woman pregnant and her having an abortion was not traumatic.

goat diddler
goat diddler

Paul Horner is shocked... SHOCKED I tell you...