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Donald Trump’s substance-free table pounding must cease

Everyone knows by now that Donald Trump is an extremely successful businessman, but in trying to fill the considerable holes in his political platform Trump has resorted more often than not to promises and personal insults rather than putting forth concrete policies.

Take for example in Saturday night’s debate when The Donald was asked about whether he still believes former president George W. Bush should have been impeached over the Iraq War. Aside from the fact that it’s a stupid Donald Trumpand completely irrelevant question concerning a president who’s been out of office for over seven years, Trump didn’t take the high road. Instead, he answered:

“First of all, I have to say, as a businessman I get along with everybody. I have business all over the world…

“George Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes. But that one was a beauty. We should have never been in Iraq. We have destabilized the Middle East…

“You call it whatever you want. I want to tell you. They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction, there were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction.”

The establishment dominated audience didn’t take it well, which only served to make The Donald double-down on his position.

Seeing Trump debate kind of reminds me of an old axiom I learned in law school that goes something like this:

If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither on your side, pound the table."

Trump has specially saved the “pound the table” tactic for Jeb Bush – an easy target – and especially for Ted Cruz.

In trying to assail Ted Cruz’s candidacy, Trump has neither the law (the Constitution) on his side nor the facts, so he’s resorted to pounding the media (“table”) with absurd accusations regarding Cruz’s eligibility for the office of presidency, as an example.

And he’s counting on an uniformed public to swallow his blather, largely because it distracts from any real discussions of his proposals or qualifications.

Bradford Richardson of The Hill reports, “Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to bring a lawsuit challenging rival Ted Cruz’s eligibility to serve as president — unless the Texas senator ‘clean[s] up his act.’

“’If [Ted Cruz] doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen,’ Trump said in a tweet.”

Can you imagine someone doing this to John McCain in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012? Politics certainly needed a change, but do we have to resort to such childish tactics to achieve it?

The whole notion of Donald Trump demanding for Cruz – or any of the other candidates – to stop with negative ads is absurd, because to him, negative campaigning includes any kind of examination of his background or his proposals.

He would much rather the nomination was handed to him rather than win it. So much for the beauty of spirited competition.

Do you think the Democrats are going to go along with Trump’s complaining about negative ads if he goes up against Hillary Clinton in the fall? Of course not. He’s whining about Republicans because he knows he can get away with it, seeing as a good portion of conservatives aren’t wild about the party brand right now.

The GOP richly deserves a healthy dose of criticism – especially from its own members – but Trump’s constant “table pounding” goes beyond legitimate commentary. For him to call Cruz a “nasty guy,” as he did repeatedly in Saturday night’s debate, is just about the ultimate illustration of the pot calling the kettle black.

Beyond the pettiness, Trump’s bloviating is just another ploy to keep the media and his opponents off balance while engendering more “free” news coverage. Why do you think a debate moderator would ask him about impeaching a former president if they didn’t want a heated and likely insulting response?

In business negotiating sessions Trump’s table pounding creates more room to move towards his position. In politics it buys time for him and delays actually having to offer something substantive.

The Trump “act” has been going on for over half a year now. If he doesn’t like the way politics works, he should go back to building skyscrapers.

Trump backs down on George W. Bush impeachment

It should come as no surprise that Donald Trump the table pounder walked back his comments concerning George W. Bush on Sunday – a little.

Jon Prior of Politico reports Trump said on ABC’s This Week, “I don’t even think about it. It’s past time. He was — he made a horrible mistake, we all make mistakes. His was a beauty. His was about as big a mistake as you can think of.”

Not much of a retraction but The Donald said later in the day it was for “other people to say” whether Bush should have been impeached.

Jon Prior also reported Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio took issue with Trump’s comments on the former president, with Cruz saying The Donald’s words were straight out of the “fever swamps of the left.”

There’s certainly nothing wrong with Trump expressing views contrary to the Iraq War. To have been against the war doesn’t make one a traitor or not conservative. But to keep advancing crackpot conspiracy theories about Bush’s failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks is another matter.

To say GW Bush failed to act on CIA intelligence is indeed something that would be found in left-wing circles. Negligence is one thing. Deliberate omission is another.

The whole episode sounds like another “table pounding” tantrum on Trump’s part. It worked during his decades as an entertainer but doesn’t have much of a place in political discourse. And when it happens, he should be called on it.

Trump’s celebrity is fair game for his opponents to assail and his temperament is definitely part of the conversation. The poor demeanor Trump exhibited on Saturday night wasn’t surprising for him but it made other candidates – like John Kasich and Ben Carson – look much better by comparison.

If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination and then the presidency, he’ll have to find a way to dial back the over-the-top rhetoric that he’s known for. Otherwise it won’t be long before his own supporters turn on him. His act will get old quickly.

“Table pounding” has a shelf-life and it’s definitely about to expire.

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Perhaps someone should tell donald trump that the first attempt to knock down the twin towers was in 1993 when bill clinton was President.
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Further, George Bush was inaugurated in mid January 2001 and the attack on the twin towers by the 19 terrorists was on September 11, 8 months after Bush took office. Any intelligent person should be able to figure out that the planning stage of the attack took place before Bush took office.
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The conflict between the muslims and the west has been on going for over a century and can not be blamed on anyone living today. The real issue here is whether we in the west understand that the radical muslims want to spread the islamic religion and sharia law world wide by force if necessary and the so called moderate muslims support sharia law.
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We had better become informed to the agenda of the radical muslims and defend our way of life.

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Trump cannot stand when everybody does not agree with him

Trumps Free Table Pounding

This Republican race is about the best from the worse. These Republicans among the best Jeb Bush and Donald Trump should stop attacking one another and focus on the issues and what they are really about and what they have to offer the American voters and how they can connect to the American voters.
President George W. Bush was full of substance and style and I support his efforts to invade Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power this war was justified and terrorists groups like ISIS and Al Qaida threats to the security of America could be worse if President Bush had not invaded Iraq.
Mr. Donald Trump is currently leading in all the polls and he has to show the American people his stance on the issues including,illegal immigration, abortion, gun rights and securing the borders, pro family and gay marriage if he can also connect with evangelical voters he's going to have no problem being elected as the Republican nominee for the White House voters want to know what the Republican candidates can bring to the table instead of attacking one another.

Trump 100% Right on Target

In my opinion, Trump was 100% on target. I liked and voted for George Bush Sr. And Jr. Twice. Jeb, unfortunately is not half the man of his father or brother. As most people in the Bush inner circle confirm, Jeb has always been the dumb down of the Bush Clan. The Bush rivalry of Ted Kennedy.

That being said Bush allowed Cheney to convince him there were WMD's in Iraq despite CIA contradictory reports. Although Jeb asserted Collin Powell condoned the invasion, that in fact was false. Powell, tried to rationalize with Bush but Cheney won out. Powell like any good executive then publicly supported Bush. However, shortly after the invasion Powell resigned. Norman Schwarzkopf, the orchestrator of Desert Storm was also highly critical of Bush's actions. Trump was right about Iraq, over American 4,000 lives were lost and countless injured physically and mentally.

Dick Cheney when Defense Secretary under GHWB wanted to continue into Bagdad after Desert Storm was so successful. Collin Powell then Chairman of Joint Chiefs and Norman Schwarzkopf the field general in the theater opposed the continuation.

Cheney was obsessed with Sadam Hussein and when the reports were coming in about WMD's he provoked Bush to go to war against Iraq. Powell then Secretary of State stated both publicly and privately that CIA and intelligence reports were unreliable. Donald Rumsfeld then Defense Secretary was given a 8 page memorandum , by air force Major General Shaffer then head of Intelligence for Joint Chiefs that outlined, several points of unreliable information regarding WMD's. The Bush administration despite the known facts wanted to take down Sadam Hussein.

I voted for Bush Sr. Twice and Bush II twice. But our invasion of Iraq was a military and strategic FUBAR! Trump was directly on target for criticizing GW Bush and his administration. They used WMD's as an excuse to enter a personal war against Sadam Hussein.

The take down of Iraq created a total destabilization in that region. Clearly, Bush made a calculated error on the time we'd be in the region. Original estimates stated we would complete the Military campaign in less than a year and a stable democratic government within 2 years. When Bush left office in January 2009 there was still a 144,000 USA troops in the theater.

The destabilization of the Middle East was exacerbated by President Obama's take down ( Hillary Clinton FUBAR ) of Qaddafi and the whole Mess in Benghazi. The destabilization was worsened when against advice of Joint Chiefs, Obama prematurely withdrew troops from Iraq. The result was the collapse of a democratic government and the rise of ISIS.

Trump was 100% correct laying it out on G W Bush's door step ( I am and was a George Bush (both) supporter ). But Bush was blinded by Cheney and Rumsfeld and created one of the biggest FUBAR's in modern day USA military history ( second only to Kennedy and then LBJ to wage war in Vietnam). Trump never called for Bush's impeachment last night despite being coerced by CBS moderator.

Furthermore, USA intelligence reports alerted GW Bush about 9/11/2001 but chose to disregard them as unviable ( again Cheney and Rumsfeld influence). So despite being a super strong supporter of Bush. He and his advisors created a major FUBAR in dealing with terrorist. Cheney who I was never a fan of, used the terrorist attack on 9/11 to pursue his personal agenda throughout the years of the Bush administration.

All and all Trump finally spoke out what all America already knew. He did so because there are tens of thousands of Vets that are not being cared for while Cheney gets the best possible medical care from the government.

Personally, thought Trump not only demoralized Jeb Bush but showed he's incompetent and resting on the laurels of his families, not his, accomplishments.