Trump: The Bully Makes a Point

by Diane Dimond on July 20, 2015

A Shoot-From-the-Lip Bully

A Shoot-From-the-Lip Bully

It has been intriguing to note that in this era of citizen division and Us-versus-Them mentality – during this time in our history when every perceived foe must be labeled – no one has called out presidential wanna-be Donald Trump for what he is.

He is a bully. He is a self-aggrandizing, opportunistic bully and blowhard who heaves out vile stream-of-consciousness pronouncements, feigns wonderment at the horrified reaction and threatens to unleash his pack of lawyers on anyone who gets in his way.

But Trump has pointed his privileged finger at an important social issue…. Something that has put him, at least for the time being, at the top of the popularity polls of republicans seeking the nation’s highest office.

Reality? Its Not Just Illegals From Mexico

Reality? Its Not Just Illegals From Mexico

It is the nation’s immigration problem. The absolute failure of our elected officials to get their arms around the difficult issue of who has — and is still — entering this country illegally.

Every once in a while the court jester’s proclamation lands with a thud as truth.

Donald Trump has dared to speak out loud about the elephant in the room. Of course, he predictably spoke of it in ugly and offensive terms but the core message has resonated with the electorate. Citizens have been waiting for someone brave enough to at least put illegal immigration on the table for a real discussion.

Remember when your mother scolded you for not picking up your bedroom and it just got messier and messier? That’s our immigration system in a nutshell. Our elected “leaders” have ignored the mess for so long – and added to it with their sloppy responses to crises like last year’s rush of illegal child immigrants across the southern border – that, today, we can’t even see the floor of our problem.

Do Our Laws Mean Something or Not?

Do Our Immigration Laws Mean Something or Not?

It’s easier to dismiss the messenger (as a billionaire loudmouth) and criticize his ill-chosen words (“They’re bringing (in) drugs…crime…they’re rapists”) than face the fact that illegal immigration is a huge problem in the United States. It has been for years and politicians have done nothing much to right the ship. And it is not just about Mexicans. Who knows how many Middle Eastern terrorists have slipped across our borders?

It has been interesting to watch how the mainstream media responded to Trump’s spotlight on our immigration chaos. They repetitively re-played his mean-spirited comments and went after other presidential candidates to get their response to what he had said. The main focus was on whether Trump’s positions hurt the Republican Party as a whole.

There were no exposés on the broken immigration system, no visits to the border detention camps set up last year which still house many of the thousands of mothers and young children who crossed the border. No interviews with Immigration Services officials about future policy plans.

An In-depth Look at Trump's Construction Site

An In-depth Look at Trump’s Construction Site Workers

Instead, the media took a look inside Trump’s restoration project of the old US Post Office in Washington, DC.

The Washington Post reported that, “A Trump company may be relying on some undocumented workers to finish the $200 million hotel” project.

  CNN’s Anderson Cooper tossed zingers at Trump asking if it wasn’t hypocritical of the presidential candidate to say illegal immigration is “killing this country” and then employ illegal workers for his project.

“I hired a very big contractor, one of the most prestigious, one of the best in the world, to build the building,” Trump explained.

“It is their responsibility,” he said, to police workers at the site. But Trump agreed the buck stopped with him and he said he’s ordered the contractor to scour each sub-contractor’s employee list.

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Trump to CNN: Can’t guarantee all my workers are legal.

He reminded Cooper of the millions of illegals in this country and how difficult it is for employers to know who is who.

I’d sure like to see reporters dogging lawmakers on Capitol Hill with the same kind of investigatory fervor.  None are asking if we need new laws or just better enforcement.  None are asking politicians why they still can’t reach a compromise on how to revamp the nation’s immigration policy. How about tossing some immigration questions to President Obama during his next news conference? He has been giving speeches about the “broken system” of criminal justice in America. Well, isn’t this another example of that?

The societal problems illegal immigration creates will only get worse unless someone on the national stage keeps the topic center stage and demands change. Or until politicians produce a sensible overhaul of our current system.

Or until we demand it.

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Facebook Friend Drew Rutberg writes:

“I can tell you why he is with me. Many republicans feel the GOP is a poor white washed version of what it used to be and should be. We have too many republicans today like Jeb Bush that are simply Obama’s in sheep’s clothing and that is the exact opposite of what we feel America needs or we what we want in a candidate. So many members of the GOP invoke Ronald Reagan’s name but Trump is one of only two (Scott walker being the other) that act like Reagan. Trump doesn’t have a politically correct bone in his body and I like that about him. He is saying what needs saying and people’s delicate sensibility be damned. Is he brash? Sure is. Is he rude? Without a doubt. Is he a megalomaniac? Name a candidate that isn’t. Will he reverse the damage Obama had done at home and abroad ? I believe he’s the best one to try. We tried electing a nice guy the past eight years and look at the mess that has left us in. You don’t have to like Trump on a personal level. No one is asking you to have lunch with him., but if you want a president that’s stands for old fashioned American values and not socialism disgusted as political correctness at least consider Trump.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Facebook Friend William Drummond writes:

“People are fed up, and they aren’t taking it anymore!// It’s like Greece. No matter who you vote for, you get screwed.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Twitter Pal bubbleeyed writes:

“@DiDimond I appreciate his not pussyfooting over others “feelings”… I mean BUCK up people, it would take a lot more than words to hurt”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Noozhawk Reader Illiteratus Morus writes:

“Obama spent his presidency doing as much as he could to destroy our national identity and culture. No African, Asian, Middle-Eastern or South-American country in the world would allow foreign illegal invaders to enter with massive entitlement yet zero expectation of assimilation. And for so many reasons. Even the top guys at the CDC can’t believe the risk he’s put the entire nation at.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Twitter pal JoLoDiBenedetto writes:

“@DiDimond He speaks what everyone knows and is afraid to say.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Twitter Pal GlowInTheDark48 writes:

“@DiDimond I have to admit, I enjoy watching an egomaniac self implode.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Twitter Pal marc7brewer writes:

” @DiDimond honestly, i just wish he would go away. seems he was/is always about himself”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Twitter Pal TTodd070603 writes:

“@DiDimond He doesn’t speak for me, but neither do any of the candidates! Our government has been taken over by their parties, not the people //we the people is no more…”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Twitter Pal MelanieEinstein writes:

“@DiDimond Just ignore the idiot….”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Twitter Pal fwitzie_53 writes:

“@DiDimond YES! someone non political, maybe honest. Not a puppet,Go Donald.#weneedchange.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Twitter Pal BobbiNJ writes:

“@DiDimond Absolutely not! He doesn’t speak to me or for me or anyone I know. The man’s a buffoon and dangerous. Wish he’d go away.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Twitter Pal Chrisahull writes:

“@DiDimond It’s doubtful the media will ignore Trump, especially the liberal media, the debates will weed out the inarticulate ones!!!”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Twitter Pal copperbird7 writes:

“@DiDimond God, no! He’s a blow hard who lives in a bubble. Why the avg person would think he knows anything about real life is a mystery.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Facebook Friend Sean Sweeney writes:

“Current political polls notwithstanding, Donald Trump has zero chance of becoming the GOP nominee and even less of a chance of becoming president. That’s good news for Donald Trump because he has less-than-zero interest in actually becoming president.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Facebook Friend William Drummond responds:

“Trump has created a cult of personality that is powerful and worrisome. In the last month Trump’s media coverage has vastly eclipsed that of the Pope. Trump might do great mischief even if he does not get the GOP nomination.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Facebook Friend Drew Rutberg responds:

” I couldn’t disagree more, Sean. They will give the nomination to whomever they think can beat Hillary and Trump could do that hands down. I believe his interest is real and it is based on repairing the damage of the past eight years and the damage of at least four years of Hillary Clinton.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Facebook Friend Frank Cirillo writes:

“It’s a symptom of the dumbing down of ‘murica’.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Sean Sweeney replies:

” I absolutely agree that if given the choice today between Trump and Clinton, the American people would vote for Trump. I also think that if given the chance, the American people would have voted for Sarah Palin but thankfully that didn’t happen either. He’s a bored, petulant child who’s only running to feed his ego and has NOOOO interest whatsoever in having a “job” for 4 years.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Facebook Friend Kilburn Hall writes:

“Trump: I don’t need to be lectured.
The billionaire has a point. After all… Trump is a billionaire. He doesn;t need cowards who traded information with the VC for preferential treatment like McCain or Kerry shot in the ass while running away from the enemy to lecture him. Trump is successful. He knows how to make money, how to be successful. He’s a billionaire. I keep repeating this fact which seems to be lost on mainstream Americans. In Trumps world, Obama, McCain, and Kerry aren’t fit to be a bellboy at one of the Donald’s hotel towers. All three are conniving, backstabbing, political weasels that America needs to be rid of. So is Hillary who is spending her summer campaigning a full two years ahead of the November election cycle 2016.
Trump is a breathe of fresh air for he has the balls to confront the political, pompous windbags like McCain and talk about the real issues confronting America. A lot of pundits say he has zilch chance of being elected. Does this mean he shouldn’t run? Has American politics sunken to this new low? If you can’t win why bother? John McCain has called his own constituents who want a secure border “crazies.”
McCain the politician has failed the state of Arizona and the country. His run for president was a freaking joke and he treated it like a joke by naming Sarah Palin as his running mate then pulling the rug out from under her. McCain and his Senate colleague Bernie Sanders, their legislation to cover up the VA scandal, in which 1,000+ veterans died waiting for medical care, made sure no one has been punished, charged, jailed, fined or held responsible.
McCain has abandoned our veterans. Maybe Trump will fight for our veterans…maybe not but he is a damn sight better alternate to the lazy, backstabbing weasels we now have in power. McCain traded information with the enemy as a POW in Vietnam for preferential treatment. Can we believe a damn word this man says now when he is in the pockets of the military industrial complex and perpetuates war after war in places where the U.S. has no business?”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Facebook Friend Dennis Blakeley writes: (of supporting Trump)

“No more, not since the draft dodger, put down a war hero, Sen John McCain….”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 3:50 pm

ABQ Journal Reader Len Estill writes:

“Once again, the only persons sounding sane are you and Gary Johnson!! In case the message is not forwarded, please go (here) https://www.ouramericainitiative.com/ and read his take on Donald Trump.

If he throws his hat in the ring, I will certainly vote for him, whether he has a chance of winning or not. It’s the only thing my moral conscience will let me do. The Republicans and Democrats and both crazy and I’m ashamed of all of them.”

Len Estill
Tijeras, NM

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Twitter Pal reallex1 writes:

“@DiDimond Donald Trump is a very dangerous man,full of hate and is always about himself,i hate this prat !!!”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm

Twitter Pal gbyland writes:

“@DiDimond Is this real life? How is Trump polling so well?”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Twitter Pal ChrisMichaelW writes:

“@DiDimond people are addicted to his views now! Sad!”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Twitter Pal Smwtass writes:

“@DiDimond I have to agree & I think the other Republicans are also always pointing, judging, blaming. They’re just not as boisterous.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Twitter Pal KHShan writes:

“@DiDimond Neither was Romney. WHINOs crying about true conservative, blah, blah, blah. Along comes a democrat & they love him. Hypocrites.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Twitter Pal Organic_Reality writes:

“@DiDimond He will not get my vote. I don’t think he holds women in high regard either.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Facebook Friend Nancy Kiley Erickson-Flake writes:

” I don’t think he’s qualified at all but I do like how he’s touching on subjects most other candidates won’t go near. I wouldn’t vote for him for sure.”

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Diane Dimond July 20, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Facebook Friend Anton Lavelle writes:

” Hi Di….Because he’s saying what “we’re” thinking… (and saying)But at the same “we” wouldn’t vote for ourselves.”

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Michael De Lazzer July 21, 2015 at 1:08 am

Great article. I’m a solution person. Having spent enough time in Mexico to have a basic understanding of the culture and the problems facing hard-working families, I came to the conclusion that there are really only two possibilities which would produce a result of would-be immigrants staying in their homeland.

What I witnessed in Mexico was this: The working class have no incentive to stay there. The government is corrupt. The water is dirty. Many homes don’t have indoor plumbing or electricity or sewage systems. Some homes don’t even have the luxury of a roof. The pay for their work is minimal (even the U.S. jobs pay well below our standards). Poverty is everywhere. The risk of hopping the border to get a better wage and a sliver of opportunity for a Mexican citizen is worth the effort.

Put yourself in the shoes of someone who happened to be born in Mexico and take an honest look at the life they live, then take a close look at the opportunities at their avail if they can make it to the U.S. without detection. Schools, jobs, clean water, plentiful food, it’s paradise, from a certain perspective.

I mentioned solutions. The first one is harsh. When an illegal immigrant is caught crossing the border, they are currently detained and sent back. They might even get a meal and a shower. If that penalty became harsh– say a labor camp– or violent (use your imagination here) the flow of immigrants would cease. Hardly a, “Give us your poor and huddled masses,” solution, but an effective one if the goal is to deter.

The only other solution is to dump money into the Mexican economy. Send a details into Mexico to solve the infrastructure problems. Hold companies who farm out their labor to Mexico to a higher standard. Create, essentially, a Mexican welfare state. Once living conditions improve, the incentive to leave the country will come to an end.

Until one of these two solutions are presented, the immigration problem will continue. There is simply no incentive for Mexican workers not to risk coming to the United States under the current conditions.

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Diane Dimond July 22, 2015 at 2:04 pm

I love this reply, Michael!
Perspective. Discussion. Solutions.
Thanks for writing!

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Diane Dimond July 22, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Twitter Pal Remnant0888 writes”

“@DiDimond No one so far has. But he puts THE PC stuff away. I want someone to speak for all. #Truth Jeb, no. Lyndsey, no..even Hilary, no.

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lex coleman July 27, 2015 at 10:13 am

who Trumped da Trumped da Trump? Da Thrump trumped da Trump.
point is, Rudd Weatherwax would be proud that Lassie was on-point. Bur like any unleased corpotatist lap dog he growlith too much. The golden mane waves in the wind as he chases the imaginary bad guys along his imaginary fence…his message drowned out by his own bark. He is a contender for high office in need of a poop bag. Too bad ole Rudd died off…this Lassie is in need of a trainer.

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lex coleman July 27, 2015 at 10:20 am

who Trumped da Trump? Da Thrump trumped da Trump.
point is, Rudd Weatherwax would be proud that Lassie was on-point. But like any unleased corpotatist lap dog he growlith too much. The golden mane waves in the wind as he chases the imaginary bad guys along his imaginary fence…his message drowned out by his own bark. He is a contender for high office in need of a poop bag. Too bad ole Rudd died off…this Lassie is in need of a trainer.

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