These are among the sharpest political satirists around today and of course they addressed the Trump recording and the debate.
Nobody personifies the ‘Get off my lawn!’ sentiment better than Black and his latest rant is epic.
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The locker rooms of America strike back
The repeated defense by Donald Trump and his surrogates that the recording of his disgusting comments about women was simply ‘locker room talk’ has caused offense to athletes who spend a lot of time in actual locker rooms, and they have reacted angrily to what they see as a blanket slur on all of them, as can be seen here and here. Maybe Trump has his own locker room where he only hangs out with Rudy Giuliani, Roger Ailes, and Newt Gingrich. I can well believe that those four talk like that in private because they all seem to be what we used to call ‘dirty old men’ and ‘lechers’, people who become completely unhinged in the presence of women.
I have been curious as to the origins of the recording of Donald Trump that has caused such a sensation, how something made in 2005 lay dormant until Friday. Here is some background to how the recording was made. It arose in the context that Trump had been working for NBC on his own show The Apprentice from 2004 until he decided to run for president last year, and in 2005 had been invited to appear as a guest on another of their programs Access Hollywood.
The video below of two women who call themselves Trumpettes (and wear T-shirts to proudly prove it) is quite revealing of the widely differing perceptions between supporters and critics of Donald Trump that I wrote about earlier. They defend Donald Trump and say that what most observers consider a bad few weeks and debate performance are actually deceiving. They believe it is all part of a grand plan to lull Hillary Clinton into a false sense of security and that he is going to simply rip into her at the next debate.
To little surprise, there are now reports from sources within the Trump camp that say that the boss is upset with the praise that Mike Pence’s performance in Tuesday’s debate is getting. Apparently Trump can’t stand someone who even tells lies better than him.
It has become a cliché that the real scandal in the US is not what is illegal but what is legal and this is amply demonstrated in the way that the real estate industry has obtained massive loopholes that benefit themselves and that Donald Trump has then exploited for his own benefit.
David Cay Johnston is a veteran reporter whose beats are economics and taxes. I have read a couple of his books and have linked to him frequently because he knows his stuff. As a bonus, he has also been following Trump’s career for several decades and this combination makes him the perfect person to explain what might be going on with Trump’s massive tax loss in 1995 that has been in the news this week.
The report by the New York Times based on an anonymous source who gave them three pages of the 1995 joint tax return filing by Donald and his then-wife Marla Maples is both revealing and puzzling. You can see the document there and the main item that the media has focused on is that they declare a loss of $916 million.