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Donald Trump is the President Mark IV (Read Mod Warning in OP)

  • 24-07-2018 1:12pm
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    Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 14,454 Mod ✭✭✭✭johnnyskeleton


    Mod note:

    New Thread for discussion of Donald Trump. Towards the end of the last one things were getting a bit personal, so let's try to avoid that this time around.

    Same rules apply re: link dumps, one liners etc. Other than that I hope you all enjoy a robust and illuminating debate.
    Mod Warning as posted on August 2

    OK folks, in recent weeks this thread has frequently gotten out of hand. Despite numerous warnings, cards, and bans, we've still got far too many people just ignoring the forum charter.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 33,029 ✭✭✭✭Penn


    https://apnews.com/9f26e4a32322470fa290d4607cc1089b?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP&__twitter_impression=true

    Trump Administration likely to announce plans to provide billions of dollars in financial aid to farmers suffering as a result of Trump's trade war.

    The art of the deal, indeed...


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,530 ✭✭✭jooksavage


    Penn wrote: »
    https://apnews.com/9f26e4a32322470fa290d4607cc1089b?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP&__twitter_impression=true

    Trump Administration likely to announce plans to provide billions of dollars in financial aid to farmers suffering as a result of Trump's trade war.

    The art of the deal, indeed...


    As a farmer myself, I can't see this cutting it with US farmers. It might put food on the table for the time-being but every farmer would opt for a fair price for their produce over this "hardship money". Also, if it's anything like the compensation schemes over here, there's going to be a heap of bureaucracy involved. Again, not something that generally endears already-stretched farmers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,237 ✭✭✭mcmoustache


    The latest tweet from the man himself is rather interesting.
    I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!

    As with most of what Trump says, it's somewhat devoid of reality and contradicts things that he has said previously.

    It'll be interesting to see how many people start repeating the claim.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,704 ✭✭✭✭everlast75


    That tweet is probably the most embarassing tweet he has ever sent.

    And that is saying something.

    Apparently he has forgotten to put the "wink wink" at the end


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,759 ✭✭✭jobbridge4life


    ELM327 wrote: »
    I don't think HC can win though, that's the thing.



    Look who followed Reagan. GHW Bush. A down to earth back to basics southern man and southern wife. Perfect "old school" american.


    There needs (for the blue side's sake) to be a similar down to earth candidate. Bush Senior, not Carter/Clinton is the way to go here.

    I mean it is this basic ignorance of headline facts, not to the mention nuances, of American politics that makes me question everything you post.

    This is not the first time you have been spectacularly wrong on the simplest of matters.

    The Democrats need a down to earth southern gentleman. The Republicans however can nominate an accused rapist, serial sexual assailant, bankrupt, protectionist, liar by nature, who insults them, the country and everything in general and win? Really?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,975 ✭✭✭✭StringerBell


    I replied to him too, he actually brought a reply out of me this time. The man is unreal, whats that the 4th or 5th flip flop on Russia in a week?

    He really does think his supporters are absolute idiots of the lowest order who will just swallow any line of bull**** he feeds them. Is he right? Well, I guess there is evidence to suggest he is.

    But great, nice to see him on back on the Russia interferes with elections train today, or at that moment anyway. What is the commander in chief doing to protect the integrity of the elections now that he is sure they will be working hard to effect change.

    "People say ‘go with the flow’ but do you know what goes with the flow? Dead fish."



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,237 ✭✭✭mcmoustache



    He really does think his supporters are absolute idiots of the lowest order who will just swallow any line of bull**** he feeds them. Is he right? Well, I guess there is evidence to suggest he is.


    What's even more fascinating is his supporters' defense of the positions that he takes and then contradicts hours or days later. I think it was you that mentioned this over the weekend although others may have too.


    This pattern repeats itself so many times:


    Trump takes a position - his supporters defend it.
    Trump takes the opposite position - his supporters defend this position too.
    Repeat. Repeat.



    I mean, think about it for a second. How does it even make sense? All it does is rip their credibility to shreds. When it's pointed out to them, you get some serious mental gymnastics and literal nonsense,



    And then they wonder why they're getting a hard time in a fact-based forum.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,975 ✭✭✭✭StringerBell


    Yes I am fascinated by how much they can take, how many times he can make an absolute fool out of them and they continue to do the same things. There is definitely a PhD in it for someone looking to add to the body of work in the field of either personality cults/political science/cognitive dissonance.

    "People say ‘go with the flow’ but do you know what goes with the flow? Dead fish."



  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 16,635 ✭✭✭✭dr.fuzzenstein


    Yes I am fascinated by how much they can take, how many times he can make an absolute fool out of them and they continue to do the same things. There is definitely a PhD in it for someone looking to add to the body of work in the field of either personality cults/political science/cognitive dissonance.

    I think it's merely a Pavlovian reflex at this stage.
    Trump could just stand up there and ring a bell and the crowd would go nuts for him.
    Throw a few doggy treats and they'll walk into the fires of hell for him.
    I don't think any higher brain functions are involved.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,704 ✭✭✭✭everlast75


    Trump has finally gone full George Orwell. He is trying his last trick. "Don't believe your eyes. Believe me instead"

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1021851618466308097?s=19


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,727 ✭✭✭✭Inquitus


    everlast75 wrote: »
    Trump has finally gone full George Orwell. He is trying his last trick. "Don't believe your eyes. Believe me instead"

    I don't think Barnier is going to take much **** off of Trump when he meets him shortly, the EU has a bigger economy and we can go toe to toe with the US if we have to, as Phil Hogan said today, we should face him down on this trade spat and not give an inch.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/eu-should-bully-trump-back-on-trade-policies-says-hogan-1.3573733


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,704 ✭✭✭✭everlast75


    Inquitus wrote: »
    I don't think Barnier is going to take much **** off of Trump when he meets him shortly, the EU has a bigger economy and we can go toe to toe with the US if we have to, as Phil Hogan said today, we should face him down on this trade spat and not give an inch.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/eu-should-bully-trump-back-on-trade-policies-says-hogan-1.3573733

    If Trump gets me to agree with Phil ****ing Hogan, that'll be actually the worst thing he has ever done


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,299 ✭✭✭✭The Backwards Man


    We're going to run out of Roman numerals before this is all over.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,921 ✭✭✭✭BonnieSituation


    We're going to run out of Roman numerals before this is all over.

    We can just move to letters then... :P


  • Registered Users Posts: 39,250 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    everlast75 wrote: »
    If Trump gets me to agree with Phil ****ing Hogan, that'll be actually the worst thing he has ever done

    Not a fan of big phil then ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 39,250 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    I tried to just let his rubbish pass me, but the carry on in Helsinki just dragged me back in full time. I just can't believe the office of the president of the United States has been reduced to this.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,299 ✭✭✭✭The Backwards Man


    Are there any American industries that aren't negatively affected by tariffs?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,237 ✭✭✭mcmoustache


    everlast75 wrote: »
    If Trump gets me to agree with Phil ****ing Hogan, that'll be actually the worst thing he has ever done


    Whatever issues I have about our politicians here, at least they live in the same reality as the rest of us. They might have self serving solutions to problems but they don't tell us that our problems don't exist or call them fake news. Sure, they spin and they also lie from time to time but when they're presented with evidence of their lies, they backtrack or pretend they meant something else but they don't tell us that black is white. They at least know that they've been caught out.


    This is what's mad about Trump and his supporters. The lies are so obvious and his supporters still repeat them. On his inauguration, he was calling it great weather when we could see rain and ponchos. That's pretty close to pissing on your leg and telling you it's raining. I even remember people repeating the lie about his crowd size. The posts are still there, ffs.



    There's simply no comparison between Trump and regular politicians in a democratic society. There's also nothing like the same fanaticism, sycophancy and aversion to reality among supporters of political parties here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,969 ✭✭✭✭alchemist33


    Penn wrote: »
    https://apnews.com/9f26e4a32322470fa290d4607cc1089b?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP&__twitter_impression=true

    Trump Administration likely to announce plans to provide billions of dollars in financial aid to farmers suffering as a result of Trump's trade war.

    The art of the deal, indeed...

    This sounds suspiciously like socialism. I wonder if any of his vocal supporters will notice


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,237 ✭✭✭mcmoustache


    Are there any American industries that aren't negatively affected by tariffs?


    Ivanka's clothing line. It looks like that operation is winding up though.


    It's hard to think of anything that's natively sourced along the supply line and even harder to think of natively sourced raw materials that aren't indirectly affected by tariffs. Wood carved from fallen branches and sold on etsy should be ok.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,684 ✭✭✭FatherTed


    I think it's merely a Pavlovian reflex at this stage.
    Trump could just stand up there and ring a bell and the crowd would go nuts for him.
    Throw a few doggy treats and they'll walk into the fires of hell for him.
    I don't think any higher brain functions are involved.

    Well he something along the lines of "I could go up 5th avenue and shoot someone and I'd get more popular" before the election. He's right. His base is doubling down so he can do no wrong in their eyes. Plus according to some polls his popularity is increasing among GOP(and perhaps independents) as well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 817 ✭✭✭blackwave


    The latest tweet from the man himself is rather interesting.



    As with most of what Trump says, it's somewhat devoid of reality and contradicts things that he has said previously.

    It'll be interesting to see how many people start repeating the claim.

    Interesting how it went down on The Donald, as you would expect no mention about President Trumps Russian links, etc. Instead, the narrative was bringing mandatory voter ID. Not sure how much this really is over there but according to this https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/debunking-voter-fraud-myth it's over exaggerated. However, posters here that are more up to date with this might have better sources on how much of an issue it really is.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,237 ✭✭✭mcmoustache


    blackwave wrote: »
    Interesting how it went down on The Donald, as you would expect no mention about President Trumps Russian links, etc. Instead, the narrative was bringing mandatory voter ID. Not sure how much this really is over there but according to this https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/debunking-voter-fraud-myth it's over exaggerated. However, posters here that are more up to date with this might have better sources on how much of an issue it really is.


    I saw that too in the_Donald. I have no problem in principle with voter id laws. In fact, it makes complete sense to me that someone should verify who they are before voting anonymously. The problem is that in the US, this gets abused to an insane degree. For example, if you choose to allow handgun licences and not student id, you can see how that could alter the demographic of the voters. Imagine if you had to have a Fine Fáil ID to vote - that's basically what they do with voter id laws.

    EDIT:

    I'd like to add that people should check out the_donald regularly. Not to swallow any of the nonsense but just to see the talking points before they're regurgitated here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,530 ✭✭✭jooksavage


    Looks like the Trump-Cohen relationship is well and truly dead now that Cohens lawyer is releasing tapes to CNN to highlight Trumps criminality and his clients innocence. Was a bit disappointed by the content of the tape actually. I mean, it would end any normal presidency, without a doubt, but I was expecting some toxic misogyny... as if that would finally turn the tables and convince his supporters he's a POS.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,704 ✭✭✭✭everlast75


    jooksavage wrote: »
    Looks like the Trump-Cohen relationship is well and truly dead now that Cohens lawyer is releasing tapes to CNN to highlight Trumps criminality and his clients innocence. Was a bit disappointed by the content of the tape actually. I mean, it would end any normal presidency, without a doubt, but I was expecting some toxic misogyny... as if that would finally turn the tables and convince his supporters he's a POS.

    They are only 12 of the tapes. There are more. And that's just from Cohen.

    Wait until the NBC tapes go public


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,165 ✭✭✭Captain Obvious


    The problem with voter ID laws in the US is they are marred by the same issues as voter registration and constituency borders. Partisan bodies chosen to implement them. Gerrymandering and voter purges are still happening.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,949 ✭✭✭✭ELM327


    I mean it is this basic ignorance of headline facts, not to the mention nuances, of American politics that makes me question everything you post.

    This is not the first time you have been spectacularly wrong on the simplest of matters.

    The Democrats need a down to earth southern gentleman. The Republicans however can nominate an accused rapist, serial sexual assailant, bankrupt, protectionist, liar by nature, who insults them, the country and everything in general and win? Really?
    The point I was making is clear and still stands.
    The whole point, which seems to have been missed by everyone in your titillating race to get the next barb in, is that you won't out Trump Trump, and you need to go the opposite to win. Sensationalism and celebrity (eg Oprah) won't win.



    The point regarding Bush senior was perfectly apt as he moved and lived most of his adult life after university in Texas. Same with Barbara.



    Sometimes I wonder why I bother, absolutely no point posting when I'm met with an nice equilibrium of loosely concealed aggression, thinly veiled social justice warriorism , and simple "I'm better than you because I'm on the left"....which has now morphed into "I'm better than you because you are a Trump supporter".


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,704 ✭✭✭✭everlast75


    ELM327 wrote: »
    The point I was making is clear and still stands.
    The whole point, which seems to have been missed by everyone in your titillating race to get the next barb in, is that you won't out Trump Trump, and you need to go the opposite to win. Sensationalism and celebrity (eg Oprah) won't win.



    The point regarding Bush senior was perfectly apt as he moved and lived most of his adult life after university in Texas. Same with Barbara.



    Sometimes I wonder why I bother, absolutely no point posting when I'm met with an nice equilibrium of loosely concealed aggression, thinly veiled social justice warriorism , and simple "I'm better than you because I'm on the left"....which has now morphed into "I'm better than you because you are a Trump supporter".

    On the contrary. I think you've been treated quite well considering your views on racism.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,949 ✭✭✭✭ELM327


    everlast75 wrote: »
    On the contrary. I think you've been treated quite well considering your views on racism.
    If you consider the treatment handed out here, the complete bile and vitriol spouted in my direction, the oleaginous undercurrent replied to pretty much any comment I make - regardless of what I say or how down the middle it is - then if you extend that same level of welcome to migrants I'd be happy with that.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,165 ✭✭✭Captain Obvious


    ELM327 wrote: »
    If you consider the treatment handed out here, the complete bile and vitriol spouted in my direction, the oleaginous undercurrent replied to pretty much any comment I make - regardless of what I say or how down the middle it is - then if you extend that same level of welcome to migrants I'd be happy with that.


    What do you consider yourself "down the middle" on that has been given bad treatment?


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