A Donald Trump Primer

These days, the first thing I want to know about anybody is whether they’re antismoking or not. And if they’re antismoking, my opinion of them will start falling, and it’ll carry on falling indefinitely thereafter.

So the first thing I set out to find out about US presidential candidate Donald Trump, currently leading the Republican field, was whether he was an antismoker or not. This is where Hillary Clinton falls down in my estimation (and never gets back up).

First the bad news:

In his book “The America We Deserve,” Trump claims that he’s never tried marijuana. “I’ve never taken drugs of any kind, never had a glass of alcohol. Never had a cigarette, never had a cup of coffee,” he wrote.

Not looking good: he’s a man who doesn’t even drink coffee. Yet it seems that, even though he doesn’t partake himself, he’s not a prohibitionist.

The Donald says if he is elected President he would legalize drugs and use tax revenue to fund drug education.

That’s what I’d do too. But I want to know what his attitude to tobacco is. There are lots of people who’d legalise marijuana, and criminalise tobacco, all in the same breath. Here’s the answer, maybe:

The anti-smoking movement has garnered a religious-like adherence to the belief that government should dictate to businesses whether they can allow smoking, partial-smoking, or no smoking in their establishment.  The anti-smoking movement has sparked a fanaticism in people as anti-smokers harness and abuse the power of government to smokers the ability to patronize pro-smoking establishments.  In this anti-smoking climate, there can be no choice, no freedom, and no civil liberties in public for both smokers and business owners.

The sad part is that a good thing – namely, the promotion of health – is being distorted to create an evil outcome.  In other words, UAW casino labor union, American Cancer Society, and many do-gooders are trampling to the rights of casino owners and patrons in the name of health.  There is more to the health component in this circumstance of government-imposed smoking bans.  There is the question, “will America continue to be a free society, comprised of a free people taking responsibility for their choices?”  in Atlantic City, the answer is most certainly and unfortunately “no.”

Those who seek to impede on the freedom and liberty of all fight tirelessly to achieve their ignoble desire.  Where are the smokers fighting for their right to smoke while they gamble?  Where are the casino owners to defend the right to set their business affairs?  Besides Donald Trump, the casino owners have deserted the cause of fighting for their rights.  They are resigned to the fact that smoking will be banned in their casinos.

So Donald Trump is a casino owner who fights for the right of gamblers to smoke.

Maybe Trump has passed my principal test? But what’s his attraction otherwise?

Enough with politicians
Many Americans have realized that politics has become an ugly game in this country where those who are supposed to represent us aren’t fiduciaries working on our best interests. With that landscape, people are looking for any candidate who can’t be bought off or isn’t beholden to some group or groups because they need the campaign financing. This is part of what Trump symbolizes to them.

Enough with political correctness
Many Americans are also done with political correctness. Virtually anything that you can say or do these days will end up offending someone or some group. The P.C. police seem to think that being offended is some type of civil-right violation, which leads to too many not being willing to say anything at all…
Trump, despite the language in which he often communicates, gets points for not being worried about offending anyone. He says what he thinks — and, apparently, what is on the mind of many — even if it’s done in an inelegant or downright gruff manner. It is the willingness to say things the way that he sees them and not having to caveat, water down or dance around his take that is appealing to many.

Stop being a wussy
People want the type of leader who won’t swap Taliban terrorists for a believed deserter, who will enforce laws already on the books and who will hold the philosophy of “go all in or don’t go in at all.”

Well, I’ve had it with the British and European political class too. They don’t represent me either. And I’ve had it up to here with political correctness as well. And interestingly, although he says he would come down hard on the so-called Islamic State, Trump actually opposed the Iraq war.

On immigration, Trump has been compared with Nigel Farage.  Ann Coulter backs him:  “I love Trump. I love him, and I think he can win.”

Since entering the race, he’d been pummelling lots of people, including George W Bush, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and more. ZeroHedge has the list.

Donald Trump is a multi-billionaire who made most of his money in real estate. He announced his candidature in the middle of June. He’s always been a rather flamboyant self-promoter, and as one of the judges on the Apprentice TV show he became a household name in the USA (if he wan’t one already). The result is that a lot of people don’t take him seriously. Ralph Nader:

This is a teachable moment for the mass media. Failing to take Trump seriously could set a dangerous precedent for future candidates with fresh ideas, looking to shake up the controlling status quo.

The Huffington Post, which carries my column, announced that it is excluding Trump from its political coverage and instead filing all stories about the man leading the Republican field, according to the most recent polls, under entertainment.

If they existed in the 1980s, would they have done this to that B-list actor, Ronald Reagan?

As far as I can see, nobody is taking Trump seriously. Almost everybody assumes that it’s just a stunt he’s pulling to boost his name recognition, and say that he won’t last the race.

And maybe they’re right.

But what if they’re wrong?

I haven’t taken any interest in US politics for 10 years or more. That may start to change. If nothing else, Trump is different. He’s breaking all the rules. And naturally he’s being called a racist and xenophobe.

Here’s Trump’s presidential announcement speech. The bit where he makes supposedly ‘racist’ remarks about Mexicans is at the 8:00 minute mark. I didn’t think they were racist. You judge for yourselves:

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51 Responses to A Donald Trump Primer

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    The Donald has run before for president,he seems to be the type that likes to create and make campaign issues happen. He wants to create the debate and boy he tapped right into it this time with illegal immigration and crime. Then that murder in frisco happens and it turns out the gun used was stolen from an FBI AGENT from his car.

    The Donald shows no signs of letting up in the polls,the mans climbing and climbing leaving the RINOs behind in the dust. He is leading the debate,he created the debate and the people are listening and the money pouring in.

    But the Donald does have some Rino tendencies,but then we cant have everything can we.
    Between him and Rand I will lay my vote out. The rest are no better than Obama and his ilk.

  2. Joe L. says:

    I really want to like Donald Trump. I want to support a candidate who doesn’t abide by the so-called “rules.” I consider myself an independent, through and through. I’m so sick and tired of this two-party system that is overrun by special interests on both sides. Liberals and conservatives are now just two sides of the same coin. That being said, I have always considered Donald Trump a media whore who will do anything for publicity, and I’m not sure his interests are genuine. I also do not trust anyone who claims they’ve never drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes, or drank coffee. Coincidentally, another of the world’s largest media whores, Gene Simmons from KISS has made the exact same claims. I can’t stand him, either. Something’s just not right…

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      The problem is both parties are identical twins except on election day/birthday then they act like they are fighting…………

      • Joe L. says:

        What’s even worse is the show they put on in the primaries. Democrats degrade other Democrats and Republicans degrade other Republicans. As soon as the primaries are over, they magically make up and the losers wind up being great supporters of the party-mate they just spent months bashing. It’s such a load of bullshit.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Besidesthe 100s of millions wasted nationwide paying for the bashing media outlets

  3. Lepercolonist says:

    Republican nominee John Kasich proposed an additional $ 1.00 per pack tax on cigarettes in his latest 2015 budget proposal. The State of Ohio compromised at $ 0.35 per. He is out of consideration for my vote.

    Republican Mike Huckabee endorses a nation wide smoking ban !

    • Joe L. says:

      “We shouldn’t allow people to pour the toxic, noxious fumes of a cigarette into a place where people have to work.” – Mike Huckabee

      I can’t recall the last time I “poured” my cigarette “fumes” anywhere.

      Also, I just noticed that Huckabee pulled no punches with his ban. Apparently, Arkansas has banned smoking in vehicles with a child present since 2006:

      “Q: The Clean Indoor Air Act does not permit smoking in government-owned vehicles. What about privately-owned vehicles?
      Answer: Act 8 does not address smoking in vehicles owned by non-governmental or private businesses or by private individuals. Therefore smoking is permitted in such vehicles. However, the Arkansas Protection from Secondhand Smoke for Children Act of 2006 (Act 13) prohibits smoking in all motor vehicles in which a child, who is less than 6 years of age and who weighs less than 60 pounds, is restrained in a child passenger safety seat as required by Arkansas law.”

      But then the lines get surprisingly blurry. They seem to allow exemptions for 21+ establishments:

      “Q: I own a bar, and one night a week it is open for teens between 16-18 years of age. May I take an exemption at other times, if I do not allow anyone under 21 years of age to enter then?
      Answer: No, Act 8 states that bars and restaurants are only eligible for an exemption if owners or operators do not permit anyone under 21 years of age to enter the premises at anytime.”

      However, they turn around and say this:

      “Q: Can I build a building just for smokers at my business?
      Answer: No, Act 8 does not allow smoking in any enclosed area.”

      Talk about confusing.


      Mike Huckabee can go suck-a-D.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      I had a bumper sticker that said simply FUCK HUCK

    • Frank Davis says:

      Perhaps we could find out which candidates are smoker-friendly and which aren’t. Clearly Hillary and Kasich and Huckabee aren’t. But Trump is, at least a little bit. What about the rest?

  4. waltc says:

    Don’t get carried away with Trump. Like Bloomberg, he’s a super-Richguy who’s used to getting his way, having all the power in any room or arena he’s in and therefore would either be a bullying autocrat or implode from his own gaseous fury if crossed . He’s not used to being crossed and retaliates like a 4th grader–or a 4th grader with a grenade. While obama makes the mistake of thinking he can sweet-talk Putin, ISIS and the ayatollahs, Trump thinks he can out-bully them. A brinksman, he’d start ww’s 3, 4 and 5. Thin-skinned. Belligerent. Petulant. Self-adulating. His ego and narcissism is bigger than obama’s and if you don’t like it in Obama… Then too, like obama, he’s a magical thinker.

    What else can I say nice about him? Classless. Ostentatious. Expedient. Opportunistic. Like bloomberg, to paraphrase and reverse the old Groucho Marxism, he’d belong to any party that would have him as a member. He,s changed his positions on every issue including the ones he’s getting famous for now. Right now, like Hillary, or P T Barnum or the Wizard of Oz, he’s playing to the gallery. A showman, he’s latching onto genuine concerns, but he’s hollow bluster.

    And one other thing: he’s a well-known germaphobe. Never shakes hands. So i wouldn’t trust him on shs.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Trumps a capitalist thru and thru even from the old school capitalists

    • Frank Davis says:

      Never shakes hands.

      In one video I saw yesterday, a British TV interviewer asked him about that, and shook hands with him too. So he does actually occasionally shake hands. But he doesn’t want to.

      I spent much of yesterday finding out all I could about him because he seemed to be saying similar things as Nigel Farage. But I suppose the message I eventually got was MONEY. Money, money, money, and then some more money. Trump’s prescription for America is to bring the money back from China and Japan and Mexico, by doing smart deals with them (unlike Obama). And so Trump’s prescription for America is the same as Trump’s prescription for himself: make as much money as you possibly can, and then make some more.

      I lose interest in money after I’ve got enough of it

  5. I listened to the speech. In my opinion it was notable as the worst underwhelming non speech ever. What a lot of waffle. If I remember rightly, it wasn’t long ago that some Scottish farmer whose land Trump wanted for a golf course told him to go fly a kite. I was proud of that. Long may we live Trump free.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I actually found it quite interesting. I think that’s because he’s not a politician like the rest, which he was at pains to point out were “completely controlled by lobbyists, donors, and special interests,” (unlike him because he’s super-rich.) And I think that’s true in the UK as well as the USA. And of course Tobacco Control.is a special interest.

      So Trump can say whatever the hell he likes. Nobody can touch him. And that’s rather refreshing. But the only thing Trump believes in is MONEY. And that’s not very interesting.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Trump can get Americas finances str8 for a change and get our tax policy fair and equitable for a change and get rid of all the lefts wasted social programs used to make good little socialist kids out of our kids in later life. Like HEADSTART and other programs like that.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    Risdon Prison inmates getting around smoking ban, documents reveal

    Inmates at Tasmania’s Risdon Prison are trafficking tobacco products in and effort to get around a ban imposed in January, documents reveal.

    Since the ban, there have been 160 prison offences committed by more than 80 inmates.

    The smoking ban has lead to increased tensions inside the prison and was the cause of violent destruction in two medium security units over Easter.

    Prisoners have gone to extreme lengths to continue smoking, from lighting up a concoction of nicotine replacement therapy patches and dried tea leaves, to puffing away on grass clippings and dried leaves.

    The ABC has obtained new details under right to information laws about the methods being used by inmates to obtain tobacco and continue secretly smoking, or to sell as a hot commodity on the prison black market.

    Three prisoners have been caught attempting to traffic tobacco products into the prison, mainly during face-to-face contact visits with people from the outside.

    Official documents show that on March 6 during a contact visit, one prisoner was observed on camera acting suspiciously with his visitor and it was suspected the inmate was slipped something.

    Afterwards the inmate, who denied they had done anything wrong, was strip searched and found to be concealing tobacco in his sock.

    Tobacco being smuggled during contact visits

    Former Risdon guard Tony Burley said this was a common method of smuggling and it was often successful.

    “The quantity of tobacco coming into the prison is in line with what would be expected to be a contraband item, we’re not talking huge amounts coming in, but it relies on what can be hidden and what can be secreted,” he said.

    “During a contact visit a visitor may have items secreted in their mouths, or other bodily cavities, or in baby nappies etcetera and those contraband items are then transferred to the prisoner during the visit either by a kiss or touching of hands.”

    Another smuggling attempt occurred on March 23 and involved a minimum security prisoner who was returning from leave.

    Official documents report that during the strip search the inmate denied he had hidden anything saying:

    “No I don’t, I wouldn’t be that silly I have parole coming up soon.”

    But the inmate was found with a roll-on deodorant bottle with loose tobacco packed inside.

    Prisoners are using creative ways of trying to avoid detection while soaking their nicotine patches to try and remove the nicotine from them.

    Inmates have been caught using drink bottles, ice cream containers and old boots to conceal the patches.

    Claims prisoners smoking tea at $20 per bag

    They have also developed a preference for which brand of tea is best to smoke.

    In an official file note, one prisoner’s partner complains that after authorities banned tea bags, a used one was now worth $20 on the black market.

    The prisoners are doing whatever they can to avoid detection while smoking, from hiding in corners away from cameras, to huddling in groups on the oval or over the sink in their cells during lockdown.

    As revealed by the ABC, they have also destroyed five microwaves while attempting to light their makeshift nicotine patch smokes.

    One incident March 9 records how potentially dangerous this could be.

    An inmate wearing a black singlet and underwear is watched on camera using a microwave in the common area.

    He creates a “substantial flame” to light an object before guards are forced to step in and act.

    Tom Lynch from the public sector union, which represents some prison staff, said the number of breaches was disappointing but unsurprising.

    He believed the smoking ban was being implemented reasonably well.

    “This is a major change for these guys and I think we need to understand that and it’s going to take years, just like it did in other places, for people to accept that you can no longer smoke in prison,” Mr Lynch said.

    In a statement, Director of Prisons Brian Edwards said the ban had not caused any major incidents.

    “The implementation of the smoking ban was always going to be challenging but overall it has been well accepted and has not caused any major incidents, outside of attempts by some inmates to circumvent the ban.”

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      This is a major change for these guys and I think we need to understand that and it’s going to take years, just like it did in other places, for people to accept that you can no longer smoke in prison,” Mr Lynch said.

      Years to accept……………lmao bloody arse off like who will ever get use to that NOBODY that’s why we fight no matter the political side we may be on.

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Alcohol is next plain packaging target, warns Australian lawyer

    “I think there has been rumbling among the public health community about what’s next: is it just tobacco? What about sugary foods? Fatty foods? What about alcohol?” Rubinstein told the Sydney…


  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    China losing control as stocks crash despite emergency measures

    Margin debt on the Chinese stock market has reached $1.2 trillion. ‘We suspect that it’s a matter of time before banks may have to face the music,’ Bank of America says


  9. harleyrider1978 says:

    Crispr: Breakthrough announced in technique of ‘editing’ DNA to fight off deadly illnesses

  10. Frank Davis says:


    On Monday’s edition of “Fox & Friends,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck speculated that an “irritated” Sandra Bland could have “attacked” Officer Brian Encinia with her cigarette, because the co-host is “sure someone has, in the history of this land, used a cigarette against a police officer.”

    Putting aside the fact that “the history of this land” contains a nearly infinite number of otherwise innocent objects that could, in a pinch, be used by someone, somewhere as a weapon. At this very moment, I have access to pens, a lamp, a cup of rapidly cooling green tea, not to mention the very keyboard on which I type these words — any one of which could conceivably be used to attack another human being.

    Just because I could toss a cup of lukewarm green tea at any police officer who walks into my office doesn’t mean that, should a police officer actually enter my office, he or she should feel immediately threatened by my Bigelow. There’s no logic to that logic — it’s effectively a license to live in perpetual fear of everyday objects, and Hasselback wants to grant it to law enforcement.

    But Hasselbeck continued, albeit oddly, stopping and starting almost as if her brain didn’t want allow her mouth to eject the words it’d ordered her to say. “What if, I mean, there are times, I’m sure, someone has, in the history of this land, used a cigarette against a police officer,” Hasselbeck said. “Maybe chucked it at him — pushed it at him?”

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      you forget frak when hasselbeck came from the VIEW with the sell out smoker who said shed march in the streets against blomberg over smoking,remember her………..hasselbeck is a rino of the umpth degree and FOX news went to the left when they broght her in 18 months ago,,,,,,,,,,,I rarely watch them anymore because of that. Save for maybe Stossell.

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

    What 6 Smoker Vs. Non-Smoker Identical Twins Look Like After Years of Smoking | World Truth.TV

    Even though identical twins are as close to genetically identical as possible, changes in lifestyles can affect two people very differently. Take for instance…



    I went to kenya and spole with NAZAS lead scientific witch doctor and he stated emphatically he can tell a womans age without even knowing here name………The charge would be 10 million dollars for his study. He has a very large family was his reasoning,but his list of clients includes Obama,merkel and many other EU and anti smoking advocates. He said they came to him devoid of any new ideas to continue their agends with and begged for his wisdom. Hense the aged identical twins study above.

    • beobrigitte says:

      This one is a little easier. The woman on the right is clearly the smoker between the two.
      Well, is she or is she not?

      Again, the woman on the left is obviously the smoker.
      Well, is she or is she not?

      If these “twins” are ‘genetically identical’ why has one a different nose to the other? (best seen in the 4rth and the last pictures)

      The 5th picture shows that the “non-smoker” has a mole underneath her left nostril…

      Just what springs to mind:

      – Perhaps we might say that in the subject genetics and gene expression more (and INDEPENDENT) research is needed.

      – Nothing has been stated about the residency (i.e. background radiation level etc. etc.) of these individuals nor do we know about the individuals’ line and location of work etc. etc. etc.

      – N = 6 pair of twins? REALLY????

      As per usual, superficial and shoddy anti-smoker propaganda which REALLY did make me laugh out LOUD:
      Because identical twins are almost genetically identical, they make for an interesting test group when evaluating differences in lifestyle over a prolonged period of time. If you mix in the different factors, say for instance smoking, you can get an accurate picture of the effects of smoking or not on a nearly identical genetic sample. But in this case, you don’t even need fancy tests to see the difference in twins that smoke and their counterparts who don’t smoke. The difference is blatantly obvious.

      “So if we mix in the different factors, say for instance smoking you can get an accurate picture of the effects of smoking or not on a nearly identical genetic sample.”

      Laughing out loud!!!!! Which different factors were mixed in, say for instance smoking???

      (That’s a REALLY embarrassing piece of anti-smokers’ “literature”…)

      • Joe L. says:

        I also love the tiny sample size and how they conveniently omit all other variables besides smoking.

        Also, I must say that between four of the six pairs, there’s practically no difference between the twins whatsoever. I strongly disagree that the differences caused by smoking are “blatantly obvious.” This is pure garbage.

        • I thought exactly the same. Sun? Alcohol? Bereivement? Physical Illness? Mental health? Financial status? Accident? Life experience? I enjoyed looking at the photos. Nothing was blatantly obvious to me except that it takes all kinds of things to shape a face.

  12. harleyrider1978 says:

    France shrugs off the smoking ban – FT.com

    There is something quintessentially French about smoking. It’s tough to imagine Brigitte Bardot or Catherine Deneuve without a smouldering cigarette in hand. Songwriter Serge Gainsbourg was rarely without his filterless fags, which he…


    behind a paywall

  13. harleyrider1978 says:

    Trump Exaggerating His Net Worth (By 100%) In Presidential Bid

    He claimed his net worth was nearly $9 billion. We figure it’s closer to $4 billion — $4.1 billion to be exact.


    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Trump should now announce what the stock market is truly worth in real dollars as ive heard from many sources its over valued by 60% or more due to phony fiat money the FED uses to keep pumping it up. No doubt that’s where trumps 9Billion dollar value came from. They simply applied real value to his cash and holdings.

  14. harleyrider1978 says:
  15. Frank Davis says:

    Pat Buchanan predicts Donald will be part of ‘the Final Four’ 6 months from now

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/could-trump-win/#vivqb2KwucKDUV2s.99

  16. Frank Davis says:

    The Hill

    While polls show that Trump is a serious contender for the GOP nomination, they also consistently show he’d lose by a wide margin in the general election against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

    The latest CNN/ORC survey shows that in a head-to-head match-up, Clinton would take 57 percent support to Trump’s 38 percent.

    That would be a nightmare.

  17. harleyrider1978 says:

    French Kissing’ Creates Greater Risk of Head and Neck Cancer Than Smoking, Say Doctors


  18. smokingscot says:

    The thing I notice is Trump is talking about the effects of the smoking ban after first hand knowledge of what it did to the casino business in Atlantic city.

    And one of the casualties was:


    That shut in 2014 leaving over 1,400 people out of work and $20 million down the tubes.

    That hurts.

    For sure the guy’s everything y’all have mentioned, yet to my mind I see trump as representing tens of thousands of business owners who have lost their all on account of the smoking ban. And that cannot be all bad.

    Should he manage to shift the emphasis (of the smoking issue) to the commercial, social, tax, revenue and employment angle, I suspect he knows he’ll appeal to those who have lost out to smoking bans as well as those who are fearful of the possibility of one being imposed on them.

    Yes he’ll use his money to get noticed and yes he may fall by the wayside – as he has in the past – but (to my mind) there is a very big difference betwixt him and Michael Bloomberg. He made his money setting up a texting system for brokers’ that morphed into the Bloomberg television and such that we know today (and the ticker tape’s been replaced by on-line real time info for brokers). He had one good idea, then built on it and refined it. It has virtually no relevance to any outside the business / finance industry.

    Bloomberg never got the top job, he never tried – and now he’s mad keen on buying his way into the Kingdom of Heaven. In short he wants to be remembered.

    Trump has a background that shows he’s way ahead of the curve on the mass market – and pretty darned good at milking the super-rich wannabe market. He loves making money and deals and he may now have the staying power to get the top job.

    What he does should he ever get there is unnerving, especially with regards to foreign policy. I do not want to see the hawks gain serious influence in the White House ever again. Nor do I want to see a reversal on Iran or Cuba, especially Iran. Yet he has no love of the SNP, because he got their measure many years ago, showing he’s no fool and a pretty good judge of character, particularly with respect to our Salmond.

  19. Trouble with the Trump speech was that he didn’t SAY anything. I know nothing about him, so I watched that video “green” so to speak. By the end I learned nothing. The strokes were SO broad it left me confused as to what he actually was standing for. There used to be an “I have a dream ” or “This is how ” message. But maybe it’s early days.

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