Reason 1: He Mocks The Handicapped
Let’s not forget that he publicly mocked Serge Kovaleski, a journalist with a physically disability. Trump claims to have never met Kovaleski, despite the reporter having written about Trump’s troubled business dealings for the N.Y. Daily News from 1987 to 1993; when Kovaleski had interviewed Trump in his office at Trump Tower and at a dozen press conferences throughout the years. Kovaleski says aside from all those meetings Trump should remember him when he covered the launch of the Trump Shuttle and spent an entire day with Trump in 1989. Of course Trump probably wanted to forget about Trump Shuttle as the debt-burdened airline closed within its first year of operations.
When asked specifically about having met Kovaleski, Trump’s response was to slam the New York Times for asking the question and disgustingly claim Kovaleski was grandstanding on his disability. Here’s the Quote: “Somebody at the financially failing and totally biased New York Times said that, over the years, I have met Mr. Kovaleski. Serge Kovaleski must think a lot of himself if he thinks I remember him from decades ago — if I ever met him at all, which I doubt I did. He should stop using his disability to grandstand and get back to reporting for a paper that is rapidly going down the tubes.” Absolutely Disgusting!
Reason 2: Muslim’s on Rooftops
This is the man that went on television and proclaimed there were thousands of Muslim’s dancing on rooftops in Jersey City. Here is Donald Trump’s Quote: “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.
I live in Jersey City and it is so terribly offensive to say that hundreds let alone thousands of Muslims were cheering on rooftops when there simply isn’t any proof. It’s the worst kind of scapegoating and it’s sick that Trump’s xenophobia has activated a group of people in this country that supports him.
Reason 3: Trump’s Vegas Steakhouse Shut Down For Health Violations
Trump claims to be a great business man but when you look at his business today all it is is a rubber stamping of his name on things. Trump is itself the brand and the man has zero to do with the management of these businesses that sport his name.
A perfect example is Trump’s Steak House at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, which was sited for 51 health violations including, ready to gag: expired yogurt, month old caviar, two week old tomato sauce, expired peanut dressing, an improperly functioning freezer, five month old duck, undercooked halibut and improperly thawed raw tuna.
So if you’re voting for Trump I hope you make time to stop by his Vegas Steak House next time you’re in town. I hear the botulism is delicious.
Reason 4: Trump’s Extramarital Affairs
I find it so amazing that nearly 30 years ago Gary Hart’s presidential bid was destroyed on the innuendo and inconclusive facts of an affair with Donna Rice. Yet today we have Hillary Clinton, whose husband had numerous affairs in and out of office; Huma Abedin whose husband is a sexual deviant and Donald Trump who’s working on his third marriage after an extramarital affair with Marla Maples, which ended his first marriage to Ivana Trump.
The divorce from Ivana was particularly public as her and Marla had it out in the tabloids. At one point Ivana screamed at Marla to leave her husband alone. Trump certainly doesn’t back down from his infidelities. At one point Donald had a radio show called Trumped! That ran from 2004 to 2008 and infidelity was a continual topic of the show. At one point he shared his disappointment with Boeing’s decision to fire an executive because of an extra-marital affair. He said quote: “If you really did a poll, I would bet you most of the powerful men running companies are having affairs.” Lovely!!
Reason 5: Trump’s Philanthropy or Lack Thereof…
Trump has continually boasted about his charitable givings. He has often tied his charity pledges to new products coming on the market. In 1988 when his book The Art of the Deal came out he promised a portion of the proceeds would go to fight homelessness, for Vietnam Veterans, AIDS and Multiple Sclerosis. Based on the success of the book those types of charities should have ended up with several million dollars.
However, the truth is that he gave $101K dollars to veterans organizations, $26K dollars to fight homelessness, less than $13K dollars for AIDS charities and only $4K dollars to multiple-sclerosis research. All the other donations went to charities related to Trump’s life including his high school and college. The School of American Ballet, where Ivanka Trump studied and a private school that educated Trump’s son Eric both got more than the AIDS and multiple sclerosis contributions combined.
For a billionaire, Trump is pretty stingy with his money. He set up a foundation to give his money away but in the past 15 years he’s donated less than $3 Million dollars. He was pressured into giving a million dollars to a nonprofit group helping veterans’ families after he had made a public pledge and the news media hawked him about it until he relented and wrote the check.
Even Howard Stern questioned him about his charitable givings. In an interview in 2004 Stern asked Trump if he was making more than a million dollars from The Apprentice show. Trump said he was getting a lot more than that and Stern estimated it was more like $2.5 million. Trump said quote: “Yeah, I don’t do it for that. I’m giving the money to charity.” and once again named AIDS research as one of the benefactors. But the facts speak for themselves and the Trump charitable foundation only gave $1,000 to AIDS research that year.
And that’s it. I’m done. After producing ten episodes talking exclusively about Donald Trump I can only hope that I never have to talk about him again. Now in the final wrap up before the election I’m going to focus on the candidate I’m voting for. If you don’t already know it’s Gary Johnson. Let’s explore together what my voting for him means both from a political standpoint where we’ll explore what the Libertarian philosophy is and what I hope to gain by making a political statement voting for a third party. I hope you’ll join me on that journey.