Just Picture It

Just picture it: Donald Trump in the White House raiding the treasury, while the Snow Queen intones in one of her many languages, “Let them eat cake.”

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Melania Trump on CNN

This picture has been trapped in my brain since last night when I watched Melania Trump sit down for an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper to defend her husband’s “boy talk.”

My initial reaction to the Melania Trump interview was one of understanding. I was married for thirty (30) years. A marriage that produced two wonderful children, before imploding and exploding in divorce court. I understand what a wife will do to support her husband, what a mother will do to protect her child, what a woman will do to protect her family.

Melania is doing what she thinks is best for her son, herself & her husband, just as Hilary did many years ago. In the end, Bill was impeached. (Here, I could try to explain the difference between Bill Clinton’s behavior and the behavior that Donald Trump bragged about while on the bus with Billy Bush; but, deep down, I think that even ardent Trump defenders know the difference.) So, it appears to me that if Trump is elected president, the country will go through impeachment proceedings again. All because Donald Trump admitted that he, habitually, assaults women; and, according to his words, he will not be able to stop himself from doing it again. Also, once the genie is out of the box, you cannot put it back. The investigation and digging will not stop simply because Melania Trump said her husband is a “gentleman.”

So, while those in the Trump camp tell us that Melania is a private person who did not ask for nor expect to be in the spotlight, and who does not deserve public scrutiny; her marital struggles are no longer private struggles. Perhaps, if Melania had followed the Pat Nixon model (stand silently, stoically by one’s husband) rather than a variation of the Hillary Clinton model, she and her son could expect to weather the storm in private. But, Melanie chose to take a more modern approach in trying to protect her family. Unfortunately, she is at war with the wrong enemies. As I see it the enemies are not the outsiders — the left-wing media, the Clintons, nor those forward women who slip their telephone numbers to Donald right in front of her. It appears, based on Donald Trump’s words, that the enemy is Donald Trump.

The video of Donald engaging in “boy talk” with Billy Bush of Access Hollywood and, more recently, The Today Show (from which he was fired for participating in “boy talk”) can be found here.

After a good night’s sleep, my view of the Melania Trump interview has changed, somewhat.

Now that I’ve slept on it, I wonder if it took Melania Trump so long to come forward in support of her husband because she was busy memorizing the “speech” that she wrote herself, much like the speech she delivered at the Republican National Convention. Perhaps, like many Miss Universe contestants, Melania Trump is an aspiring actress. Last night, it appeared as if she was reading for the role of First Lady of the United States. Last night, Mrs. Trump told us that if we select her as the next First Lady of the United States; she will work to protect our children from the evils of the internet. Perhaps, she could start by forbidding one of the “boys” in her household from tweeting when he should be sleeping.

I cannot wait to see what SNL does with the Snow Queen, whose nudie pictures are “art work” and whose husband (at age 59) was egged on to engage in “boy talk” with Billy Bush.

Donald Trump’s Character Disqualifies Him for the Office of President of the United States. 

It’s been more than 8 hours since the 2nd presidential debate ended, and I still feel shell-shocked. I feel like Donald Trump assaulted Hillary Clinton on live TV, while we watched. 

For me, it boils down to this: Trump was exposed making repugnant statements about how he treats women. Rather than apologizing and taking responsibility for his offensive words, he went on the offense by pointing out a man (Bill Clinton) whose behavior he considers worse than his. Compounding this, Trump assembled a group of women who hate Hillary Clinton and let them loose in an arena where Hillary was, for all intents and purposes, held hostage. Trump used these women to do his dirty work — torment Hillary Clinton in full view of mesmerized spectators, including her daughter. I am embarrassed that I watched. 

All of this was done because Donald Trump wanted to win a debate and, ultimately, become president of the United States. Trump’s actions proved once and for all that the content of his character is not what we need in a United States President. He simply does not understand that “just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.”

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump in the first ever Commander-in-Chief Forum

On Wednesday night, September 8, 2016, NBC and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America sponsored a televised Commander-in-Chief Forum.  This forum, hosted by NBC’s Matt Lauer, provided an opportunity for each candidate to appear presidential while showcasing his/her command of foreign policy and readiness to command our troops.  Lauer and veterans posed questions to the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.

Even as Matt Lauer tried to handicap Clinton by questioning her, ad nauseam, about her emails; she came off as a much better presidential candidate in terms of knowledge of the issues to be faced as the Commander-in-Chief, experience and temperament than Donald Trump. HRC was unflappable. That’s why I’m with her.

Donald Trump bluffed his way through the forum as he trashed the generals and advisors around President Obama. Trump also offered an aside that intelligence experts who briefed him were unhappy because President Obama is not listening to them.  (I’m sure he only shared this piece of gossip with his closest friends, since he refuses to share his plans to defeat ISIS with the voters, lest some foreigners should get wind of it.) In other words, Trump did not appear to possess the knowledge, the discretion, nor the temperament to be a Commander-in-Chief who could make me feel safe.  Besides, who wants a president who plans to let his daughter run the country, while he and his Melania (an acceptable immigrant) entertain Vladimir Putin in the Rose Garden.

I am not an expert. I am not a pundit. I am just a voter and that’s just the way I saw it.

View the full Commander-In-Chief Forum here and you decide. Commander-In-Chief Forum