STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Congress to Trump: Act Presidential – But That Is Just the Wrong Approach
By Daily Bell Staff - June 15, 2016

Clinton hits Trump for pushing ‘conspiracy theories’  …  Clinton, who spoke from a union hall, hit Trump for being simplistic on fighting terrorism Clinton also turned her focus to Trump’s most controversial idea: Banning Muslims from entering the United States … [She accused] the presumptive Republican nominee of peddling “lies” because “he has to distract us from the fact he has nothing substantive to say.”  -CNN

Trump is supposedly drifting into negative double digits against Hillary and perhaps one of the reasons is that he’s not been blunt enough.

There are plenty of hints that he understands the real problems. But  he’s not verbalizing them. He’s using some tough rhetoric but it’s not necessarily accurate.

The hope we share with others in the alternative ‘Net media is that Trump supports at least some libertarian positions with calculating, populist zeal.

Marry Ron Paul to Donald Trump and you might create a revolution, at least a political one. (Some of this may be occurring but we’re not certain how much.)

But The Donald seems mostly to be sticking to his Make America Great Again theme.

And now Hillary has begun to attack it.

Using the term “radical Islamic terrorism” and banning Muslims and people from countries with terrorism ties from entering the United States.

Clinton said Trump’s plan to ban Muslims was “especially nonsensical” in this instance because the shooter in Orlando — Omar Mateen — “was born in Queens, New York, just like Donald Was himself.” “So Muslim bans and immigration reforms would not have stopped him,” Clinton said.

We anticipated this in a recent article we posted entitled, Trump Takes Strong Anti-Islam Position After Orlando Shooting.

Donald Trump is blaming radical Islam for the recent Orlando shooting. We wish he would take the opportunity to explain that Western Intel agencies helped create Al Qaeda and ISIS in the first place.

Trump could also explain that Western shootings and bombings are inevitably accompanied by a lot of suppressed information. There are plenty of questions about the Orlando shooting.

Trump is sticking to a populist message that supports the larger narrative of an Islamic threat to the US. Thus, he opens himself up unnecessarily to criticism.

For instance, in her speech Hillary criticized Trump’s suggestion that Obama hadn’t done enough to prevent terrorist attacks.

She also criticized a previous position that Trump had taken regarding questions about where Obama was born.

What Donald Trump is saying is shameful. It is disrespectful to the people who were killed and wounded and their families. And it is yet more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be commander in chief.

Of course, he is the leader of the birther movement which spread the lie that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. I guess he had to be reminded that Hawaii is part of the United States.

We found Trump’s skepticism of Obama’s birth certificate to be refreshing. Obama after eight years remains a man of mystery. Even his kindergarten records reportedly remain sealed. And there is plenty of speculation that he was born in Kenya.

We’d like to see Trump ask more fundamental questions about mainstream narratives. This would actually put him in a more defensible position. Hillary can attack Trump as a racist because he suggests that Muslims be kept out of the US.

If Trump would go a step further, as he did with the birther issue, and offer up the truth to the American public – that the war on terror is actually a Western concoction – he would remove himself from charges of racism and shove the entire debate to a different place.

Hillary also attacked Trump for criticizing President Obama as weak.

After the shooting on Monday, Trump went on Fox News and suggested that Obama was sympathetic to ISIS.

“(Obama) doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands,” Trump said. “It’s one or the other. And either one is unacceptable.”

Clinton said that even in a time of divided politics, “This is way beyond anything that should be said by someone running for president of the United States.”

“And I have to ask, will responsible Republican leaders stand up to their presumptive nominee or will they stand by his accusation about our president?” Clinton asked, adding, “History will remember what we do in this moment.”

Trump should know that Obama doesn’t make foreign policy decisions. These are made by the Pentagon, US intelligence agencies and others even higher up in the decision-making process.

But by placing the decision-making responsibility with Obama, Trump misrepresents the actual process. His calculated bluntness leaves him open to reprisals because it is not entirely accurate.

It is Trump’s apparent honesty that appeals to many people. And his willingness to take action.

But instead of talking about getting rid of Janet Yellen, he might suggest doing away with the Federal Reserve entirely.

Congressman Ron Paul dealt with fundamental social, economic and military issues when he ran for president. He received considerable pubic support as a result.

 

Conclusion: Trump’s success like Ron Paul’s before him indicates that Americans are willing and even anxious to be told the truth. Congressional Republicans want Trump to tone down his rhetoric further so as to offer a Presidential image. We think he should go the other way.

 

 

 

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  • dmartin11

    I agree, he needs to go even more the other way. That’s what thinking people are craving these days. The last thing Trump supporters want is more of the same old schtick.

  • FreeOregon

    Has anyone noticed Trump is “antifragile” to use Nassim Taleb’s phrase?

    It makes little difference what he says. If a professional politician or the media attack him many people conclude Trump is right, that he’s on to something big.

    Perhaps he deliberately goaded Obama into attacking him for his statements following the Orlando massacre.

    How can Hillary attack him if her very attacks make him stronger?

  • Praetor

    Ok! I know what the problem is, and I’m a nobody! Its the people!

    How would someone be elected to the highest office in the land, when the majority of people are on you’re side, but the machine and the minority is against you.

    ‘THIS IS’ a majority rule society, but the minority holds the reins, and controls the machine. So, you say, something to keep the majority on your side, then you say, another thing to get the minority to hesitate and re-think their position and hope for the best. The machine you call them liars, cheats, phonies and manipulators. Then you let the Congressional Republicans think they control you, and you’re going to follow the game plan.

    Ron Paul was way to honest to deal with a very dishonest system!!!

  • Demonocracy

    Clinton said Trump’s plan to ban Muslims was “especially nonsensical” in
    this instance because the shooter in Orlando — Omar Mateen — “was born
    in Queens, New York, just like Donald Was himself.” “So Muslim bans and
    immigration reforms would not have stopped him,” Clinton said.

    So the Pulse was a gun free zone and Hillary wants to turn the whole nation into a gun free zone with more gun laws.

    So how would more gun bans have stopped Mateen if he already broke an existing gun free zone law?

  • Demonocracy

    Trump should know that Obama doesn’t make foreign policy decisions.
    These are made by the Pentagon, US intelligence agencies and others even
    higher up in the decision-making process.

    Why then is he referred to as the “Commander In Chief”? This refers to his role in dealing with Pentagon issues at least.
    Article II, Section 2, Clause I of the Constitution

    How can a dictator in chief make an executive order to alter the constitution, (the second amendment) , but not one for foreign policy? Both Obama and soon to be Hillary have promised to use executive orders for gun control.

    • In our view, modern presidents do not make significant policy decisions. The policies of the Obama administration are much the same as those of the Bush administration.

      • Demonocracy
      • Bruce C.

        I think they do, but it’s based upon the information that they’re given. I wouldn’t doubt that it’s framed in such a way that certain choices and decisions become obvious or compelling. It could also be completely untrue.

    • Lisa Montez

      That sounds like the beginning of the insurrection.

  • Bruce C.

    I continue to wonder how much Trump actually knows.

    It would be interesting to know what Ron Paul thinks of all this.

    However, I also don’t know how much most people – and by that I really mean his POTENTIAL voters – know or believe or want to hear. Policy wonks like “us” may hang on his every word and analyze them but most don’t. After all, who are his potential voters? Who are those who aren’t already supporting him? What do they want to hear? Stated differently, are they conceptual thinkers or are they more “pragmatic”?

    Does the “LGBT” crowd care about much of anything politically other than their “rights”? Trump may have actually gained some of “their” votes by pointing out that Hillary is beholden to the countries that persecute “them.” I’m not at all sure how talking about the US government’s creation of ISIS, etc. sends the same message. The anti-gay issue is fundamental in Islam, which subsumes ISIS, so focusing on ISIS doesn’t go deep enough. I don’t think “they” care about ISIS as much as Islam in general. All the horrible stuff done to LGBTers in the ME is due to Islam which existed before ISIS.

    • Lisa Montez

      I have been saying for many years that the politicians in Washinton are good FOR NOTHING and that I’d rather have random people off the street leading us. Well, with Trump, we not only get a non-politician, but one who believes in the free market. Plus, he’s willing to make friends with Putin, which we know Hillary won’t do.

  • BT

    Trump has exposed Obama and Hillary for creating ISIS:
    http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/01/03/trump-obama-clinton-isis-sot.cnn

    IT was Hillary that led the Birther movement charge during the campaign:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Np_HS7JN8

    Obama now does make foreign policy with his “kill list” and E.O. of military preparedness, more s than any other president. So while not 100% correct, it paints a picture of a reality the media doesn’t openly share.

    • Thanks. The trouble is that Trump is not consistent. His rhetoric shifts … a lot. So often it’s hard to know where he stands …

  • Lisa Montez

    Apparently Clinton does not remember that it was she, herself, who started the whole birther issue in the first place.

    I remember hearing that in 2011, Obama, himself (along with Hillary) put a temporary ban on immigrants from Iran (maybe Iraq, I can’t remember).

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