Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Correspondence: America’s new Manchurian candidate

Edited by Moristotle

Too bad you didn’t have this photo of “Trumpet Mouth” on Sunday (“Tricker Tweeter”), from “A cesspool with teeth…AKA Donald Trump’s mouth…” [Pouring My Mouth Out, July 31]

It is encouraging that The Donald continues to display his utter unfitness to be anywhere near our November presidential election: “Donald Trump Criticizes Muslim Family of Slain U.S. Soldier, Drawing Ire” [Maggie Haberman & Richard A. Oppel Jr., NY Times, July 30]. Excerpt:
Donald J. Trump belittled the parents of a slain Muslim soldier who had strongly denounced Mr. Trump during the Democratic National Convention, saying that the soldier’s father had delivered the entire speech because his mother was not “allowed” to speak.
    Mr. Trump’s comments, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that will air on Sunday, drew quick and widespread condemnation and amplified calls for Republican leaders to distance themselves from their presidential nominee. With his implication that the soldier’s mother had not spoken because of female subservience expected in some traditional strains of Islam, his comments also inflamed his hostilities with American Muslims.
    Khizr Khan, the soldier’s father, lashed out at Mr. Trump in an interview on Saturday, saying his wife had not spoken at the convention because it was too painful for her to talk about her son’s death. [read more]
In the 1962 film with Frank Sinatra , The Manchurian Candidate, Major Ben Marco was a bit stealthier than our current candidate Donald Trump is being....“How Paul Manafort Wielded Power in Ukraine Before Advising Donald Trump” [Steven Lee Myers & Andrew E. Kramer, NY Times, July 31]. Excerpt:
WASHINGTON – Few political consultants have had a client fail quite as spectacularly as Paul Manafort’s did in Ukraine in the winter of 2014.
    President Viktor F. Yanukovych, who owed his election to, as an American diplomat put it, an “extreme makeover” Mr. Manafort oversaw, bolted the country in the face of violent street protests. He found sanctuary in Russia and never returned, as his patron, PresidentVladimir V. Putin, proceeded to dismember Ukraine, annexing Crimeaand fomenting a war in two other provinces that continues.
    Mr. Manafort was undaunted.
    Within months of his client’s political demise, he went to work seeking to bring his disgraced party back to power, much as he had Mr. Yanukovych himself nearly a decade earlier. Mr. Manafort has already had some success, with former Yanukovych loyalists – and some Communists – forming a new bloc opposing Ukraine’s struggling pro-Western government.
    And now Mr. Manafort has taken on a much larger campaign, seeking to turn Donald J. Trump into a winning presidential candidate.
    With Mr. Putin’s Russia, and its interference in Ukraine, becoming a focus of the United States presidential campaign, Mr. Manafort’s work in Ukraine has come under scrutiny – along with his business dealings with prominent Ukrainian and Russian tycoons. [read more]
Grateful for correspondence, Moristotle


  1. I wondered about Manafort when I saw him Sunday. I told Janie that guy keeps saying things he wished Trump would say not what Trump says. I can't understand how the so called Christians justify their support.Do they really think a VP under Trump with have any power. Trump is a one man show.

  2. And Trump has already identified perhaps his #1 reason for when he loses the election: "It was rigged." The guy's an unwitting (as in both unconscious & witless) comedian.