Trump with Michael Flynn – who thinks the TPP agreement includes China
❝ Donald Trump went on CNBC this morning, and, over the course of a wide-ranging interview, once again reminded the world of the most fundamental fact about his candidacy — he doesn’t really seem to understand any aspect of American public policy.
…He was allowed to ramble and dissemble across a variety of topics — including who sets interest rates, how monetary policy impacts the economy, and how his own money is invested, finding time for a racist personal attack against a rival politician.
“I believe it’s a false market,” Trump said of the current state of American stocks. “I don’t even invest in the stock market.”
❝ Trump’s personal financial disclosures to the Federal Election Commission have been fairly skimpy given the complicated nature of his finances, but they clearly show that he does in fact own millions of dollars in stock…
❝ Then for good measure, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.”
❝ In a normal election cycle, a candidate making an offhand racist remark about a sitting US senator would be a big news story…
In a normal election cycle, a candidate making an offhanded lie about the state of his personal finances would be a big news story.
Seriously. Stop. Take a breath. Now imagine if Mitt Romney had run exactly Mitt Romney’s campaign but then suddenly in mid-September went on television and called Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas for no reason. It would have been huge.
❝ This year, basically nothing. Trump being kinda racist is a dog-bites-man story…Trump lies all the time, so that’s not a big deal…His business dealings pose such obvious and flagrant conflicts of interest and ethics problems that lying about his stock holdings doesn’t seem like a big deal.
❝ Separately, one of Trump’s top policy advisers went on CNN this morning to denounce “this whole, you know, Trans-Pacific trade agreement with China.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not a trade agreement with China. It includes 12 countries and none of them is China…
“All this was inspired by the principle — which is quite true within itself — that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.” — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X