Hundreds Accuse Trump Of Not Paying His Bills

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Trump often promotes himself as a savior to the middle and working class, and a champion for the people of America. In the primaries he repeatedly and consistently rallied his supporters against companies that left the US and took their jobs with them, as well as promising to return good paying jobs to working class people in states like West Virginia and Pennsylvania once he becomes President.

But in an article published yesterday in USA Today, hundreds of those very same working class people claim that Donald Trump’s companies didn’t pay them for their work. More than 200 mechanic’s liens were found by the USA Today review, ranging from $75,000 to more the $1 million. An that’s just for Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City.

Trump’s various companies have also been cited 24 times by the Department of Labor for violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, for failing to pay appropriate overtime or minimum wage. The cases were settled when Trump agreed to pay the back wages.

Many of the other small businesses owed money by the Trump empire were not so lucky. With an army of lawyers on retainer, Trump’s strategy seems to be to tied the suit up in court for sometimes years, until the litigant gives up or can no longer afford to fight. When asked about these suits, Trump turned it against the people that his company had stiffed, saying “Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely.”

This shows bad judgement in Donald Trump’s companies. Either he didn’t take the time to vet these companies and find the reputable ones for good work, or more likely he just doesn’t like paying his bills. These are not just a few isolated cases, there are hundreds of complaints of getting short changed by the Trump company. There were 253 claims in 1990 just on Trump’s Taj Mahal.

Trump doesn’t like to pay full price, famously promising to default on the US loans from China to only pay back a portion of what is owed, destroying the credit of our nation in the process. This is a man that has declared bankruptcy four times . Former Trump Plaza President Jack O’Connell said that this was Trump modus operandi. “And then when it came time to pay the bills,” Trump would say “‘I’m going to pay you but I’m going to pay you 75% of what we agreed to.'” Sometimes Trump would go as low as to offer only 30 cents on the dollar.

Sources:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/10/dozens-lawsuits-accuse-trump-not-paying-his-bills-reports-claim.html

Trump Thinks “Iran is Taking Over Iraq”

In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union program on Monday, Donald Trump gave a long interview touching on many of his policy stances, including the most recent Mexican judge snafu dominating the headlines.

One short line of questioning caught my attention, a position that I had not heard Trump espouse before and one that shines another light on his complete lack of understanding of world politics and foreign policy. He thinks that Iran is taking over Iraq. Here is the Trump’s quote from the above video, taken from a the transcript.

“So, I was against the [Iraq] war a long time ago, and it destabilized the Middle East. And that’s exactly what I said was going to happen.

And I also said Iran will take over Iraq, because we ruined the balance of those two militarily. We destroyed — we knocked out one of the two balancing prongs. And Iran is taking — as sure as you’re sitting there, Iran is taking over Iraq.

They’re taking over the oil. They’re taking over everything.”

Trump provided no evidence that this is happening. This is not a prophecy that Trump is so fond of making, this statement is in the present tense: “Iran is taking over Iraq.”He neglected to mention that the current Iraq government and army is propped up by the might of the US military.

Iraq is a sovereign country and owns all of its oil. According to factcheck.org, Iraq produced a record amount of oil last year, making it the second largest producer of oil in OPEC. Part of this increase comes from the Iraqi government being able to retake some oil fields from ISIS.

This is another example of Donald Trump lying to America causing unnecessary fear and showing his deep misunderstanding of the reality of global politics.

Sources:
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaNWST8ij7I
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1606/05/sotu.01.html
http://www.factcheck.org/2016/06/trump-wrong-on-iraqi-oil/

Trump Tells Another Lie About Oil

http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=25152

Trump Slams Clinton For Invading Libya, A War He Supported in 2011

In an unusually restrained speech read off of a teleprompter last night, Donald Trump avoided the controversies of the last week and focused on a more positive and constructive message, hoping to unite a GOP party that is slowly backing away from the presumptive nominee. That doesn’t mean that he didn’t take a couple of shots at Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“America First means on foreign policy, we will never enter into any conflict unless it makes us safer as a nation. It has to make us safer as a nation. This is the opposite of Hillary’s foreign policy, which invaded Libya, destabilized Iraq, unleashed ISIS, and threw Syria into chaos, and created the mass migration, which is wreaking havoc all over the world.” There’s a lot to unpack there, but let’s focus on “invaded Libya.”

The intervention in Libya was to promote a cease fire in their ongoing civil war, and was led by a 19 country NATO coalition, not the United States alone. While as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was a proponent for war in Libya, though she has recently called it “a work in progress” rather than a failure. In any case, it was not the quick air strike war that NATO was hoping for.

Sunday, on the Face The Nation show, Trump was asked about his views on Libya, to which he lied and denied that he supported an intervention in Libya. John Dickerson then cuts to a 2011 video blog where he says “we should go in, we should stop this guy.” Trump seems genuinely confused, stammering to where Dickerson got this quote. The Libya question starts at 3:20 in this video:

DICKERSON: Let me ask you about Libya, you’ve been highly critical of Libya. You were also for military action to oust Gaddafi, and military action to take care of the humanitarian situation in Libya. You supported that.

TRUMP: When you say I supported, what, uh, I supported Libya?

DICKERSON: Yeah, you supported intervention in Libya.

TRUMP: I did? Where do you see that?

DICKERSON: In a video blog from 2011 you said: (Check the 3:40 mark in the above video)

TRUMP: We should go in, we should stop this guy, it would be very easy and very quick. We could do it surgically, stop him from doing it, and save these lives.

TRUMP: That’s a big difference from what we’re talking about.

In fact that’s exactly what we’re talking about. Trump is slamming Hillary Clinton for an intervention, led by NATO and 19 other countries, that did not go according to plan. This is a military intervention that Donald Trump supported in a video blog produced by himself. Trump made a speech yesterday criticizing Clinton for Libya one day after he was show a video of himself supporting that very same war.

Sources:
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MYvdDNNgYQ
http://www.vox.com/2016/6/7/11880448/donald-trump-victory-speech-transcript
Hillary Clinton Has No Regrets About Libya
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-delivers-restrained-victory-speech-with-teleprompter/

 

Trump Calls His Staffers “Stupid” and the Media “Racists”

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In a publicized telephone call with his supporters yesterday Trump overruled an internal Trump campaign memo ordering his high profile supporters to stop talking about the Trump University case, and his racially charged commentary on Judge Curiel. Bloomberg reported that the email said “The best possible response is ‘the case will be tried in the courtroom in front of a jury—not in the media.'” Trump dismissed that saying “Take that order and throw it the hell out.” He added “Are there any other stupid letters that were sent to you folks? That’s one of the reasons I want to have this call, because you guys are getting sometimes stupid information from people that aren’t so smart.” To reiterate, this is Trump his own staffers “stupid” and “not so smart” trying to spin his openly racist remarks to some of his biggest Republican supporters, such as former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, and current Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Near the end of the coversation, Bloomberg reported that instead they should retort with “The people asking the questions—those are the racists,” Trump suggested. “I would go at ’em…I’d let ’em have it.” Not a very strong or coherent response to his comments that are so clearly racist. It’s unclear how helpful this schoolyard policy of “No I’m not, more like you are” will be in a media that has turned very quickly on the presumptive Presidential nominee.

The media is not the only group turning on Trump for this most recent round of comments. In a surprising turn,  Republican Senior Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham has essentially backed Hillary Clinton in the upcoming Presidential election. In the wake of the Donald Trump’s racially charged comments on Mexican and Muslim judges, Sen. Graham urged Trump supporters that “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it.” Sen. Graham didn’t back off, upping the ante by adding “This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy” and most shockingly “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”

Sources:
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/07/politics/lindsey-graham-donald-trump/index.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-06/trump-orders-surrogates-to-intensify-criticism-of-judge-and-journalists
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/06/06/donald_trump_to_surrogates_only_listen_to_me_not_my_staff.html

Trump Says It’s “Common Sense” That Mexican & Muslim Judges Are Incapable of Impartiality

Donald Trump has drawn heat in the media for remarks made last week that Judge Curiel, an American of Mexican descent, should be removed from the Trump University case because he would be biased against the Presidential hopeful. Instead of backing off these inflammatory statements, Trump has doubled down that certain races and religious affiliations are not capable of impartially judging his case.

Yesterday on the Sunday morning show “Face the Nation,” at the 13:00 mark in the above video Donald Trump elaborated on his belief that he is being discriminated against by the above judge because he’s “going to build a wall.” Because a ruling in the case did not go his way he believes “this judge is not treating [him] fairly and there’s something going on.”

At the 15:00 mark in Trump’s interview with John Dickerson, the interviewer asks Trump if he thinks a Muslim judge would be biased. Trump dodges the question multiple times, talking about Syrian refugees, but the interviewer sticks with the question and asks it three times before Trump gives an answer:

DICKERSON: My question is if it were a Muslim judge would you also feel like they wouldn’t be able to treat you fairly? Because of that policy of yours?

TRUMP: It’s possible, yes. Yeah. It would be possible, absolutely.

DICKERSON: Isn’t there sort of a tradition though in America that we don’t judge people by who their parents were and where they came from?

TRUMP: I just don’t care about tradition. I’m talking about common sense, ok?

Donald Trump believes that casual racism and white privilege is just “common sense.” When asked about the American tradition of judging a person on their own merits and not the acts of their parents, Trump relies “I just don’t care about tradition.” What is more un-American than that? How is President Trump supposed to negotiate with other countries if he believes that they aren’t capable of behaving impartially?

Sources:
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9ATvo2Y8CU

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/donald-trump-amplifies-racist-attacks-mexican-muslim-judges-article-1.2662144

Trump Says He Didn’t Want Japan To Get Nukes, CNN Calls Him Out

At a rally in California this week, Trump said that he got a copy of Hillary Clinton’s speech and that “it was such lies about my foreign policy, that they said I want Japan to get nuclear weapons. Give me a break.”

CNN cut together a video of Trump lying about this issue. First a clip of Trump saying “They said I want Japan to nuke. They said I want Japan to get nuclear weapons. Give me a break.” Immediately cut to an interview with Anderson Cooper and this exchange:

TRUMP: North Korea has nukes. Japan has a problem with that, I mean they have a big problem with it. Maybe they would in fact be better off if they defend themselves from North Korea.

ANDERSON COOPER: With nukes?

TRUMP: They would be better off, including with nukes, yes! Including with nukes.

In March Donald Trump advocated nuclear weapons for Japan. He did it unequivocally and definitively as seen in the above video, and in several other speeches in late March. Now he is denying it, but the proof is right there.

Foreign Minister of Japan, Fumio Kushida, has said that “It is impossible that Japan will arm itself with nuclear weapons.” As the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack, it is a central tenet of the Japanese government’s policy to never arm itself with nuclear weapons.

CNN and the media at large is finally taking some pride in themselves as journalists and calling Donald Trump out on his incessant disdain for the truth. As seen in the above video and the delightful image below, CNN is using the chyron at the bottom of the screen to fact check Trump, instead of using it to regurgitate his numerous falsehoods.

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Sources:
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g14Fk0EnyfQ
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/02/politics/donald-trump-nuclear-weapons-japan/
http://thedailybanter.com/2016/06/cnn-calls-out-trump-lie/

CNN Uses Chyrons to Fact-Check a Trump Speech on Nukes As He Gives It

https://whatdonaldtrumpliedaboutyesterday.com/2016/03/31/trump-gives-a-terrifying-and-contradictory-answer-on-nuclear-proliferation/

Trump Donates $35K to Texas Attorney General That Dropped TU Fraud Case

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In 2010 the office of then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott put together a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Donald Trump’s Trump University. The case was never filed, Trump University got out of Texas and the head of the consumer division that built the case is alleging that the case was dropped for political reasons.

“The decision not to sue him was political,” John Owens, deputy director of the Consumer Protection Division under Abbott, told the Dallas Morning News. “Had [Trump] not been involved in politics to the extent he was at the time, we would have gotten approval. Had he been just some other scam artist, we would have sued him.”  Donald Trump later donated $35,000 to Greg Abbott’s successful gubernatorial campaign.

This is not the first time that a donation has been made to an Attorney General that has dropped a fraud case against Trump University. Just three days after a spokesman for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi expressed interest in joining with New York’s fraud case, the Donald J. Trump foundation donated $25,000 to a fundraising committee supporting Bondi. The investigation was quietly dropped shortly thereafter. Three days later.

Sources:
http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/06/greg-abbotts-top-consumer-attorneys-built-a-5-4m-case-against-donald-trump-but-it-never-happened.html/
http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/politics/2016/06/2/ap–greg-abbott-given–35k-gubernatorial-campaign-donation-after-trump-university-probe-in-texas-dropped.html
http://hotair.com/archives/2016/06/03/why-donald-trumps-donation-to-greg-abbott-probably-isnt-cronyism/

Trump Seeks Endorsement From NM Gov. Martinez 9 Days After Asking NM To Vote Her Out

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In an interview with the Santa Fe New Mexican on yesterday, Donald Trump discussed his desire to have the endorsement of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. “I’d like to have it,” Trump said of the endorsement. “I respect her. I have always liked her.”

Trump didn’t respect her nine short days ago, when he scolded her in front of 8000 of her constituents at a rally in Albuquerque. He blamed her for various economic problems and told the assembled crowd that she was not doing her job. “We have got to get your governor to get going. She’s got to do a better job. Okay? Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job,” Trump said, as he proposed a sarcastic solution. “Hey! Maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going. She’s not doing the job. We’ve got to get her moving. Come on: Let’s go, governor.” He also accused her of allowing Syrian refugees into New Mexico, though he produced no evidence of that. Martinez opposed Obama’s plan to allow Syrian refugees into the US.

Are those the statements of a man who “respects” our nation’s first Latina governor? Does telling a crowd that New Mexico’s first female governor is “not doing her job” four times in 20 seconds means that he “likes” her?

At this time Gov. Martinez has declined to endorse Trump. She says that she will not endorse Trump until he addresses the problems of New Mexico. “I am where I have always been,” Martinez said said of a possible endorsement. “It’s very important that he address what is needed in New Mexico, in reference to our labs and our military bases. He’s not addressed it yet.” Martinez was also specifically critical of his language and policies regarding Latinos and immigration.

Sources:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/06/03/after-criticizing-new-mexico-gov-martinez-trump-now-says-he-wants-her-endorsement/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/05/25/trump-accuses-new-mexicos-republican-governor-of-not-doing-her-job/
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/trump-shifts-tactics-to-woo-martinez-endorsement/article_3dffa8c2-2928-11e6-9070-f7ac894bd97e.html

Released Trump University Documents Reveal Many Contradictions By Donald Trump

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Trump makes a lot of statements, but rarely under oath. With the recent release of the court documents in the Trump University fraud case, the public has a chance to compare the statements that Donald Trump has made in the media and what he has entered into the public record as a deposition under oath. Let’s just say they don’t exactly match up.

In a promotional video for Trump University, Donald Trump said “We are going to have the best of the best … and these people that are handpicked by me.” When ask under oath in a deposition in December 2015 if he could remember the name of even a single instructor that he ‘handpicked’ he responded “You’d have to give me a list. You’d have to show me the list. I actually went — I would go and just walk in and just stand in the back of the room on occasion just to see how they were doing. But it’s been so many years, I wouldn’t be able to do that.”

He admitted in the deposition that not only did he not ‘handpick’ his instructors, but had almost nothing to do with their hiring. He said that he “would see resumes,” but admitted that most of the hiring was done by employee Martin Sexton. “I told him…I want very good people,” Trump said.

Trump has also said that he never wanted to settle the case. “I actually thought that people were very happy at the school,” Trump said in the deposition. “I was very surprised. That’s why I didn’t settle this case, which I could have settled very easily a long time ago.” He elaborated in a 2013 interview with George Stephanopoulos, saying that “I could have settled this very easily with them. They wanted to settle it. I didn’t want … no, I don’t want to settle this at all.”

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is litigating the case and has called Trump University “a fraud from beginning to end,” disagrees that Trump refused to settle.  On MSNBC on Thursday Schneiderman said”[Trump] did offer to settle. He settles cases all the time.”

Sources:
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-conflicting-answers-trump-university-hiring/story?id=39565791
http://money.cnn.com/2016/03/04/news/companies/trump-university-donald-trump-under-oath/index.html?iid=EL

Trump Calls Judge In Trump University Case a Hater, Biased and “Mexican”

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Trump University is embroiled in a lawsuit for allegedly defrauding its students. Last week the U.S. District Court Judge in the case, Gonzalo Curiel, has allowed the unsealing of documents that the defense claimed were trade secrets. Obviously the judge did not agree.

So Trump has gone on the offensive. At a rally this weekend he said of the case that “there should be no trial. This should have been dismissed on summary judgment easily, everybody says it. But I have judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater.” He went on to say that “the judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great. I think that’s fine.” You can almost hear the hesitation in his voice as he knows what he is about to say is offensive and irrelevant, but he just can’t help himself so he back pedals with “which is great.” Judge Curiel was born in East Chicago, Indiana and his parents immigrated from Mexico.

Trump also took issue with the fact that Curiel was appointed by President Obama, saying “we’re in front of a very hostile judge. The judge was appointed by Barack Obama.” Presumably Donald Trump would like to pick his own judges in the fraud cases where he is a defendant.

Of course Donald Trump took to Twitter to air his grievances, and he doubled down on his vitriol on Monday towards the respected U.S. District Court Judge:

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Charles Geyh, a legal ethics expert at the Indiana University stated in a Reuters article that “Mr. Trump’s conduct could be subject to sanction for indirect criminal contempt of court…He has impugned the honesty of the judge in a pending case, and has done so in the context of a political rally that seems calculated to intimidate by inciting anger among his supporters.” A contempt of court summons would put a crimp in a Presidential campaign, though that Reuters article said it was unlikely that Trump would be formally sanctioned.

Judge Curiel has stayed largely silent on the matter, though he did admit that Trump’s candidacy played into his decision to publicize the documents, saying that Trump is “the front-runner in the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential race, and has placed the integrity of these court proceedings at issue.”

Sources:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-judge-idUSKCN0YK0PA
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/28/politics/trump-university-donald-trump-documents/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/30/politics/katrina-pierson-criticizes-trump-university-judge/
https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump