Earth to Donald Trump:  Words Matter

by Diane Dimond on December 7, 2015

Bluster Works in Business – But in the White House?

Would you do business with someone who routinely exaggerated his or her ability? Someone who, in the course of trying to sell you something, said things that were cocky, vague or just not true?

Clearly, it would be foolish to buy anything from a person like that. Lying about the goods and services to be delivered in the course of doing business is a crime. Its fraud at worst, false advertising at best.

Keep this in mind as you listen to Donald Trump on his I’m-bigger-smarter-stronger-more energetic-richer-than everyone-else campaign for the White House. Too bad he’s selling himself instead of, say, one of his skyscraper apartments because if his promises were all about a real estate deal one might have legal recourse.

Trump repeatedly says he’s worth “in excess of $10 billion.” Forbes says it’s more like $4.5 billion, a Bloomberg analysis pegs Trump’s fortune at $2.9 billion. With a wave of his hand Trump declares everyone else is wrong and he is right.

False Statistics on Black Crime Rate - No Apology

False Statistics on Black Crime Rate – No Apology

He blithely tweeted out a bogus crime statistic recently claiming blacks had killed 81% of white murder victims.  The FBI’s says that’s dead wrong.  White citizens were murdered by other whites 82% of the time. Did Trump apologize? Nope, not his style.

He also never explained why his grandly promised endorsement from 100 black pastors never materialized. Gee, I wonder why.

Now Trump has made what smells like an extortion demand for $5 million before he’ll appear at the next presidential debate on CNN. Does Trump believe running for president is like negotiating his old contract for a reality TV series? Does his self-glorification have no bounds?

By now we’ve all heard Trump swearing he saw, “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey celebrating as the World Trade Towers smoldered. No matter that the claim has been roundly declared false by government officials and extensive searches of newsroom archives. The man who wants to run America stubbornly insists he has a “great memory” and everyone else has forgotten the event.

Insists His Memory is Better Than All Others'

Insists His Memory is Better Than All Others’

How many blustery false statements does it take before this man is seen for what he is?

Trump supporters say they admire his shoot-from-the-hip pronouncements. They apparently don’t see that he keeps shooting himself in the foot.  A full 70% of those polled see through Trump’s braggadocio and do not support him. I bet that number grows as his fact dodging continues and Americans begin to tire of his shallow just-leave-it-to-me-and-everything-will-be-okay act.

The world already knows what Trump thinks of Mexicans crossing into the US. “They’re bringing drugs … crime…they’re rapists,” he famously said. His disdain for women became apparent when he said of his opponent Carly Fiorina, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” Muslims living in America realize he is not their friend after he declared, “I want surveillance of these people!”

And, while he denies it now it is pretty clear Trump was, in fact, mocking a disabled reporter when he mimicked journalist Serge Kovaleski who suffers from a congenital joint condition that caused his wrists to wither and his body jerk.  Trump defended his shake filled performance saying he has no idea what Kovaleski looks like. The reporter says, “Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years.”  Who’s lying?

Serge Kovaleski Says He's Met Trump Many Times

Kovaleski Says He’s Met Trump Many Times

Trump has alienated many Blacks, Hispanics, women, Muslims, the disabled and lots of others who keep waiting to hear details of exactly what the country would look like under a Trump presidency.

How would Trump’s non-compromising personality mesh with an already combative Congress?  Can a man who is used to getting his way effectively negotiate peace with an obstinate world leader like, say, Russian President Vladimir Putin? Diplomatic skills aside, should Americans feel comfortable that a man who conducts business by bullying sits within arm’s reach of nuclear launch codes?

A Trump presidency would surely be filled with the same kind of verbal bombast and made-for-TV soundbites that his campaign has featured.

Says He's Better, Smarter, Stronger, More Energized

Says He’s Better, Smarter and Stronger

Asked how he’d right the shaky U.S. economy Trump declared, “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” On his trade policy, “I will beat China. I always beat China.” And what does he say is the key to his immigration policy?

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me.”

Bragging does not a sound public policy make. In business you can bluster. In politics the fate of the world is at stake.

At first Trump seemed like the antidote to all those bland speaking politicians. But now The Donald’s act is as tiresome as a used car salesman who won’t let you test drive the car but keeps assuring you everything will be just fine.  Maybe we need a Lemon Law for politicians.

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 8:57 am

ABQ Journal Reader BJ Raynes writes:


I just finished reading your column on Donald Trump and I can only say, “Thank you.” Last night I watched “The Making of Trump” on the History Channel in order to try to understand this man’s “popularity” with whoever is responding to the ubiquitous polls that say he is leading the GOP pack of presidential contenders. What I gleaned is that Trump is, indeed, a great real estate mind and marketer/brander, but managed to lose his fortune two times by not following up with the operations of his casino purchases. So, think about if, God forbid, he wins the presidency what he will do once he gets in to office – won’t bother to follow up on anything since he will have already “won” something he has been looking at doing for over 30 years. Hard to imagine how he would “govern”. And, dealing with foreign heads of state, fugeddaboutit.

Anyway, I told my husband months ago that I felt the world was coming to an end because the US was actually thinking that Donald Trump would make a good president. And, mostly because he “speaks his mind”. I understand that people are tired of the politicians, but just because someone can be a racist, bigot and bully at will, doesn’t make him any kind of candidate for anything. He is demonstrating all the things that we teach our children not to do/be.

Enough of my editorializing. I loved your column. Please keep up with the good work talking about things that actually matter in this country.

Maybe you should run for president.”

BJ Raynes

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:04 am

BJ,

Me for President? Not in a zillion years. ~ DD

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:03 am

ABQ Journal Reader Phil Davis writes:

“Ms, Dimond, I think we’ve all had enough stories about the fathead from New York. How about an opinionated piece about the tens of thousands of people who attend his events? How does one explain this? Are these people registered to vote? What are their political leanings? Are they racist? Who will scoop up the fathead’s support should he implode?

Would any of this this be a reasonable subject for you?”

Phil Davis
Albuquerque

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:04 am

Mr. Davis:
I wondered about these questions too, Mr. Davis.
I really don’t write about politics much – unless and until I think the issues of crime and/or justice apply. (I really would like to see a “Fraud in Politics” law – but it’s never going to happen.
Most important – who will get Trump’s followers should he be pushed aside. Cruz would be my guess. ~ DD

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:24 am

Noozhawk Reader Auto Coalition writes:

“Two things wrong with this article: 1) Video footage from a NYC CBS station that was broadcast live just a few days after 9/11 clearly showed that hundreds, if not thousands, of people were cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center in Paterson, New Jersey. That video backs up Trump’s claim that he witnessed people cheering in New Jersey on 9/11: 2) The crime statistics that were retweeted on Trump’s twitter account has 2 statistics switched. The “81%” statistic was accidentally switched with the correct “16%” statistic, both columns being above/below each other. Of course, Diane won’t admit that Trump got one thing perfectly correct: The recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino, which was carried out by a Pakistani national who cleared every vetting process, proves that we have no way of properly vetting thousands of “refugees” coming in from terrorist hotbeds like Syria.”

He’s as much of a liar as Hillary.”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:24 am

Noozhawk Reader Capt. Bouchard replies to AutoCoalition

“Where’s the link to that video footage of yours again?”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:25 am

AutoCoalition replies to Capt. Bouchard

“Trump has placed the video clip, which is on Youtube, on his twitter. “

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:25 am

Capt. Bouchard replies to AutoCoalition

“Thank you for that very fascinating clip. Well worth viewing.
The clip makes a specific reference to witnesses who say they saw eight men cheering on a roof, but it contains no video footage of that or the “thousands and thousands of Muslims” that Trump says he saw.”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:27 am

AutoCoalition replies to Capt. Bouchard:

“No, witnesses saw “swarms” of people cheering, 8 people were detained for questioning. Former NYC Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani and even former CBS news anchor Dan Rather have confirmed that celebrations did indeed take place in NYC and New Jersey on 9/11. It’s all over youtube.”

Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:28 am

Note of clarification:
I don’t find anything of the sort “all over” the internet.
Google Rudy Giuliani and find a CNN interview he did about a week ago. It was on the morning show. Giuliani said there were NO reports of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey….but there were reports of about 30 celebrating at a candy store one of them owned in Queens. The NYPD got a call to break up a fight that broke out at that candy store — kids from the nearby housing project were beating the crap out of those celebrating the fall of the twin towers. – DD

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

Noozhawk Reader Capt. Bouchard writes:

” I think that’s the point of Dimond’s column: Trump says whatever pops into his head, and his fans believe exactly what he says because … he said it.

Donald Trump says HE witnessed, on TV, “thousands and thousands” of Muslims cheering in New Jersey. Provide the link to the clip that shows what he saw. There ARE a lot of YouTube videos about it, but they all use words to describe what witnesses say they saw, not the pictures.

I’m no fan of Islam, and I believe there are quite a lot of Muslims who want to wipe out America, but Trump can’t just make up stuff if he wants to be president of the United States. He needs to be better than Obama, not the same.”

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Nancy December 7, 2015 at 10:39 am

Diane,

I’m so surprised he’s gotten this far. We’ve had this conversation and I think he initially got everyone talking politics and saying what was on our minds. I think he is a reflection of our deep rooted distrust and frustration with the government’s lame approach to homeland security, health care, fair and reasonable taxes, terrorism…the list goes on. And how many would put trustworthy and politician in the same sentence, these days? People are just desperate to find someone who will get something, anything, accomplished to the citizenry’s benefit. And Trump’s grandstanding is just a gross exaggeration of what our elected officials with far more diplomacy have been doing all along (arguably, with some exceptions) – lying and making empty promises.
I’ve turned Trump off and only wish Paul Ryan were running. It’s gonna be another flip a coin election.

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 10:40 am

Facebook Friend Diane DiCarlo writes:

“He is NOT PC Diane……..unlike you! GO Donald….all the way to the White House!!!!”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 10:43 am

Facebook Friend Kurt G. Kaner writes:

“Apparently, Donald doesn’t run his businesses with the same insulting manner. Yes, he’s over the top, but no one can deny that he can succeed. To squabble about how much Donald’s worth is silly.

Actions matter more then words. I believe that’s his allure. He doesn’t pander to the masses. Hillary does. It’s so disingenuous.

And I’m not a big fan of DT. I’d like to here details. Not many are giving them or if they are there’re crazy….. Bernie Sanders.”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 10:44 am

Facebook Friend Bill Voinovich writes:

” I LOVE the very first line of the story…”Would you do business with someone who routinely exagerated his or her ability???
Seems to ME, we ALREADY HAVE a guy like that in the white house….///If there WAS a fraud in politics law, there wouldn’t be enough HONEST GUYS in WASHINGTON to FILL A PHONE BOOTH…
THAT’S why there IS no such law, Diane… smile emoticon”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 10:44 am

Facebook Friend Susan Alloggio writes:

“Thank God someone understands! Do people have the “Michael Jackson syndrome” with Trump?…or what? If I hear the words “Politically correct” one more time!! It’s called “Politically informed” LOL No shame in that.

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 10:46 am

Facebook Friend Drew Rutberg writes:

“He reminds me of Ann Coulter in the respect that I sometimes how he says something can make me cringe but like Coulter I agree with what it is they are saying. Personally I find political correctness far more offensive than anything Mr. Trump has said.”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 10:46 am

Facebook Friend
Bonnie Dudley writes:

“Trump2016. But of course I’d vote for a Striped Ass Baboon before the criminal Democrat they are running.”

http://freebeacon.com/issues/friends-in-high-places-3/

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Reader Rudolfo Anaya writes:

“Congratulations on your recent article revealing Trump’s nonsense. I wish others were as courageous as you.”

Rudolfo Anaya

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Noozhawk Reader Lou Segal writes:

“Tea Party aficionados who support Trump will have a lot of explaining to do when Trump takes down the Republican Party in Nov of 2016. If he somehow becomes the Republican nominee this summer, expect Hillary to be the next President and most probably a Democratic takeover of the Senate and maybe the House in 2017./// Republicans need at least 35% of the Hispanic vote to win a national election. Although Trump continually deludes himself into thinking that Hispanics will support his candidacy, that like most of the nonsense that comes from his mouth is utterly fallacious. The reason why I think we could lose the Senate and possibly the House is that I think a Trump candidacy will motivate Hispanics and other Democratic constituencies to vote in far greater numbers than if we had another Republican nominee. The problem is that Trump and also Cruz are dividers, and I don’t think a Republican can be elected president unless he is an uniter.

You don’t have to compromise your principles or your beliefs to enlarge the tent which is now required to win national elections, but to purposely incite and alienate huge chunks of the population to appeal to a narrow base (30% of all republicans) might get you nominated (I hope not) but will never win a general election.

Finally, and most importantly, he isn’t qualified to be President. You, Deapster, of all people, who have a vast and sophisticated understanding of public policy and current events, should not be seduced by his incoherent and infantile pronouncements on just about any important policy matter (for example: I beat China all the time). He is utterly incapable of explaining how he would solve many of the vexing and extremely complicated problems the next president will have to grapple with. Trump is much more suited for reality TV; leader of the free world is above his pay grade.”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Noozhawk Reader awakeallready writes:

“Dimond asks “Does Trump believe running for president is like negotiating his old contract for a reality TV series?”

He views everything through the lens of ‘how much money can I make doing this?’, including the hijacking of our election process. Do not be fooled by the charlatan DTrump.

He will exit the stage the moment he feels he cannot profit from being on the stage, and a year from now he will brag without a shred of shame about how much money he made from being a candidate for U.S. President.”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Noozhawk Reader TGSBA writes:

“After searching YouTube, I found a few Trump posts of these alleged American Muslim demonstrations cheering the fall of the twin towers. What I found were brief clips of what could have been taken in an American Muslim neighborhood with children and adults cheering, but no clue as to where, when, and what they were cheering about. Also a scene that appeared to be in London with protest signs regarding the Iraq war (2 + years after 9/11) and ISIS flags (many years after 9/11).

The Trump propaganda machine is in full gear. But they are nowhere close to Goebbels standard, thank God. Ms. Dimond’s comments are well considered and a good warning to all of us.”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Noozhawk reader mctiredofit replies to tgsba

“I suppose obama and his shoddy administration has not been demonstrated to be liars. The current administration is full of liars and deceitful people. All politicians are puffing constantly throughout their entire career, and you have the crust to accuse Trump of doing the same. What a hypocrite!”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Noozhawk Reader awakeallready replies to mctiredofit

” 1) If, as you say “All politicians are puffing constantly throughout their entire career”, then accusing Trump of this is not hypocritical, it’s being consistent.
2) If you cannot see how qualitatively and quantitatively different Trump is in the degree to which he blatantly lies to you, then you are blind.”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Noozhawk Reader AN50 writes:

“Well this is exactly what the democrats want to see, republicans crapping all over each other for this idiotic clown show of a campaign. Yes, the “Donald” is right in the thick of it whipping up the fervor.

Look, people, Donald is entertaining, he is popular and he is saying things other candidates won’t, which is why he is so popular. He gets that and keeps saying more. Does he lie? Are his lips moving? Good grief Diane, he lies outright, without all the polished lawyer crap and madison avenue focus group psyops PR politicians use. His lies are naked, easy to see and mostly he just shrugs them off. Would he be any better lying like HRC? I mean that woman is incredible how she can spin a yarn with a straight face and make everyone think she is being honest and sincere. Bernie doesn’t lie, as much anyway, but his lack of economic acumen is a lie of omission. Uh, no Bernie, you can’t do that and no it won’t work, sorry old chap.

Anyway, Trump is doing his job of making some of the other upstarts look good enough to nominate. And any one of them is a huge improvement over what we have or what we would get under HRC. Just try to keep that in mind. What we as conservatives and even some blue dog democrats don’t need is HRC in the WH. What a friggen disaster.”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Noozhawk Reader gatorarms writes:

“The “Donald-appeal” testifies to the veracity of that old saw (incorrectly attributed to Twain) that a lie will travel around the world while the truth is still pulling its boots on.

Donald (and the republican machine) has the Limbaugh/Hannity echo chamber to thank for his success. They’re all angrybirds of a feather, and the indignant chickens are coming home to roost.

I expect Ron Fink’s incisive counterpoint to this Dimond piece later this afternoon 😛 “

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Twitter Pal CindyDailey writes:

“@DiDimond Well HRC has told some whoppers too. So shouldn’t she be under the same scrutiny as Trump?”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Dear Cindy:

She absolutely should be under the same scrutiny…all politicians should. Furthermore, the media should call them out when they dodge answering tough questions!

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Twitter Pal nlawson946 writes:

“@DiDimond he plays the media like a violin…”

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Diane Dimond December 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Facebook Friend Joya Colucci Lord writes:

“Another well-reasoned, well-written article, Diane.

In my not-so-very-humble opinion, Trump is dangerous. As he proselytizes from him ivory (Trump) tower, Joe Sixpack seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. For example, over the weekend I witnessed a classic Trump-inspired moment. Walking back to our lodging in Hell’s Kitchen, I saw a man screaming at a taxi driver that “we’re bombing your country — we’re raping your women and children — we’re killing your people — don’t you understand that?” I almost couldn’t believe my own ears. When has that become acceptable? Unfortunately, between the relative anonymity of the Facebook post, the 140-character sound-byte brevity of the Tweet, and the applause for the [disrespectful] blustering of the Trumps of the world, it has, somehow and sadly, become “appropriate” to exhibit this behavior.

This is not the America our founding fathers envisioned, I am sure.”

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