Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ivana Trump rejects Rape Allegation/Donald Trump Edition

Donald Trump said there was no cap in the amount of money he would be willing to put into his campaign for Republican nomination for president if his message continues to resonate with voters.
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Ivana Trump rejects rape allegations, says she and Donald Trump are ‘the best of friends’  —  Just a day after allegations reemerged that Donald Trump raped his ex-wife, Ivana Trump, the bombastic billionaire's former spouse played down the controversy, saying that the two are still “the best of friends.”
Anyone thinking that Donald Trump will take a beating in the polls over recently resurfaced accusations from 1989 that he raped his then-wife, Ivana Trump, might want to think again – because she’s come out in force to defend him.
“I have recently read some comments attributed to me from nearly 30 years ago at a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald. The story is totally without merit,” Ivana said in a statement obtained by CNN.
Ivana Trump rejects rape allegations, says @realDonaldTrump would be “an incredible president” http://t.co/aboBaz2kuI pic.twitter.com/GVNj8ifdTU
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 28, 2015
Not only did Ivana Trump state the allegations of rape against her ex-husband were completely distorted, she also threw out an endorsement.
“Donald and I are the best of friends, and together have raised 3 children that we love and are very proud of. I have nothing but fondness for Donald and wish him the best of luck on his campaign,” she said in the statement.
“Incidentally, I think he would make an incredible president.”
I recently heard a panel of journalists complain on a radio show that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump won't stop hijacking the news cycle and is effectively preventing them from covering other stories. There were no such complaints during Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, even when it consisted mainly of platitudes about "hope and change."
Trump is trying to win the reality game show of "Apprentice: U.S. President." History suggests that the strategy for winning consists of getting as much attention for yourself and your ideas as you can. So what's the problem? Don't like that he's good at it?
Trump's extensive track record as an entrepreneur proves that he's capable of closing his mouth and getting things done when the time comes -- a transition with which many politicians struggle. But Trump isn't in that role yet. He's in the job of "candidate" right now.
The only thing that surprises me about the reaction to the success of Trump's candidacy thus far is that there's any surprise at all. Why would American voters choose career politicians over a longtime entrepreneur with worldwide name recognition? Why would they eschew a candidate known for having survived difficult struggles to create value and opportunity in tough economic times when exactly the same thing is now desperately needed?
A new poll of voters likely to take part in the New Hampshire Republican primary shows Donald Trump with the biggest lead he has yet held in the GOP race. The Monmouth University poll, released Tuesday morning, has Trump at 24 percent — double the support of the next-highest Republican, Jeb Bush, at 12 percent.
Scott Walker and John Kasich are tied for third at 7 percent apiece — a significant drop for Walker from recent months and a significant advance for Kasich, who announced his candidacy on June 21. Following are Marco Rubio, at 6 percent; Ben Carson and Rand Paul, 5 percent; Chris Christie, 4 percent; Ted Cruz and Carol Fiorina, 3 percent; and the rest of the field.
The survey suggests Trump's appeal is strong across the spectrum of voters likely to go to the polls in the New Hampshire primary. Among registered Republicans, his support is 21 percent. Among independents, who are allowed to vote in the GOP primary, his support is 29 percent. Trump leads among voters who call themselves very conservative, as well as among those who call themselves somewhat conservative. Only among moderate voters does Bush lead, and even among them, Trump is just 4 points behind.
Trump: The Case for Despairing — About America  —  No sense pretending: Donald Trump is the only news of the 2016 race, and this fact says something very troubling about the Republican party, the conservative electorate, the mass media culture, and the United States in general.
Donald Trump is riding high in the polls in the key early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, but a closer look inside the numbers show that the Republican mogul is drawing support from two very different groups of voters, according to the latest NBC News-Marist public opinion polls released Sunday.
One group is underpinned by older voters who are heavily Republican and conservative (in New Hampshire, where he leads the field). The other is driven by younger voters who are more likely to describe themselves as independent and moderate (in Iowa, where he's in second).
Donald Trump Reacts to Chattanooga Shootings on 'The O'Reilly Factor'
Without a doubt, Donald Trump has done the conservative base some tremendous favors recently. He instinctively understands the mood of the country on key issues and is tapping into the anger at all of Washington -- all Democrats, the Jurassic media, the Republican establishment politicians, consultants, lobbyists, and donors, and of course the conservative establishment media – as only Donald Trump can do. He is demonstrating that his instincts are superior to most politicians, and he certainly has all the right enemies at the moment.
Donald Trump and the high priests of the press  — Having decided that Donald Trump is unworthy of his popularity, the grandees of journalism are hard-pressed to explain why he is so popular.  — “It came slightly ahead of schedule,” The Wall Street Journal gleefully wrote last week
After a Daily Beast article that the GOP candidate allegedly raped his now ex-wife in the late 1980s, Trump is responding with his trademark blustering
At this point, we’d save time by running a headline when Donald Trump doesn’t provoke an outrage. Like the old joke about being able to tell a politician is lying because his lips are moving, it’s just a safe bet that, if Trump is conscious, something gross is happening. And if his campaign so far is any indication, it won’t matter – the Trump machine will slough it off like water off a Duck Dynasty.
This time, the awful thing comes from 1989. The Daily Beast asked the Trump campaign about a story from Harry Hurt III’s 1993 book The Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, in which Trump allegedly tore out clumps of then-wife Ivana Trump’s hair before allegedly sexually assaulting her in a way that, according to Hurt, she characterized to friends as “rape,” later clarifying that she felt “violated” but not in “a literal or criminal sense.”
The most surprising revelation in recent presidential polling is not that Donald Trump has low favorability in key states — a welcome indicator of national sanity — but rather that Hillary Clinton's numbers are almost as bad.
Put another way: A vacuous, gaffe-prone, xenophobic, conspiracy-minded reality television star whose nomination, by most accounts, would destroy the GOP has about the same approval ratings in Colorado and Iowa as the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination.
A recognition begins to dawn: Democrats may be coronating a wounded queen.
Horse-race polling conducted early in a presidential contest means very little, as President Fred Thompson and President Howard Dean can attest. But while early polls are not predictive of outcomes, they can be indicative of weaknesses.
If Donald Trump can lead his closest rival in New Hampshire’s Republican primary by a 2-to-1 margin even after mocking local favorite John McCain’s five years as a prisoner of war, it’s time for Republicans to drop the idea that Trump will burn out or be blown away.

Hilarious: Two Plain-Speaking Black Women ‘Stump For Trump’ (NSFW) Video Warning for offensive language: HT: ahander