As the Donald Trump campaign for president objectively sputters and backfires like a broken-down jalopy into the second debate with Democratic opponent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this evening, six examples of the Republican candidate’s most outrageous behavior preceding the release, as reported by CNN and the Atlantic, of the first tranche of a number of lewd audio and video recordings reported by AP to exist are examined.
It has been noted that with less than a month until election day, many voters, busy with the responsibility of jobs and regular American life, are only beginning to consider candidates now, with vice-presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine being described as being “widely unknown” to American voters by Pix 11.
The Donald Trump campaign is one compromising such a baffling amount of nonsense that consumers of its rhetoric could easily become disoriented, or even numb. The head-spinning nature of the gaffes causes those exposed to them to almost forget the preceding, equally, if not more, over-the-top claptrap hurled at the public in an almost-neverending, machine-gun style.
1. The Donald Trump Campaign Launch
Comedian Jon Stewart celebrated the launch of the Donald Trump campaign in the lobby of the Trump Tower in Manhattan in June 2015, as reported by Alternet.
“Trump is the part of your brain that says let’s go take a s*** in the mailbox at 3 a.m.,” Stewart was quoted reacting to the start of the Trump presidential campaign.
“When Mexico sends its people,” Trump said, referring to non-existent actions on the part of the Mexican government at his campaign launch, “they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. And they’re bringing those problems with them. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Donald Trump’s immigration plan has evolved to include a wall running the entire length of the Mexican border and a roundup of undocumented immigrants with criminal records, who he describes as “bad dudes,” his first day in office if elected, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
2. When He Said That Surviving Vietnam POW, Senator John McCain, Isn’t A War Hero
In the weeks following the launch of the Donald Trump campaign, which Business Insider reported was attended by paid actors, whiffs of the private personality that seemed to be unveiled with the tranche of lewd Trump tapes were already coming to the surface.
At an Iowan Republican forum, Donald Trump was asked about the time he described Senator John McCain as “a dummy,” as reported by RT.
Trump grimaced when asked about McCain’s status as a war hero and spoke sarcastically.
“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured. OK?”
John McCain was shot down over Vietnam during the U.S. war in the Asian nation and held captive for five years, as reported by the New YorkTimes.
Despite this, John McCain actually endorsed Donald Trump, but has since disavowed support with the release of the first batch of sexually explicit presidential audio recordings, as reported by the Inquisitr.
3. When He Mocked Pulitzer Prize Winner Serge Kovaleski
Trump was quoted at a 2015 rally that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey cheered and celebrated as the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001. MSNBC asked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who covered the terrorist attacks, if Trump could be correct.
The Pulitzer Prize winning author stated that he had no recollection of “anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating” on September 11, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
Trump proceeded to mock Kovaleski at campaign events and in the media over the following days. He told CNN that Kovaleski should stop “using his disability” to “grandstand.”
Serve Kovaleski is diagnosed with arthrogryposis, a condition described by the Seattle Children’s Hospital as one where joints don’t “move as much as normal and may even be stuck in one position.”
In response to Trump claiming that he did not know Kovaleski personally, the reporter claimed that he had been on a “first name” basis with the Republican candidate for years, perhaps raising questions with rejections on the part of the Trump campaign and others of assertions that the candidate was physically impersonating and mocking Kovaleski’s appearance at a subsequent South Carolina rally.
4. Megyn Kelly Had “Blood Coming Out Of Her Wherever”
Even before Donald Trump’s baffling attack on the celebrated New York Times writer, his comments about Fox News‘ Megyn Kelly fact-checking him during an early Republican debate were perceived as “vitriolic” by her managers with Fox, as reported by the Inquisitr.
Even more baffling is that since Fox News issued the statement calling for a stop to Trump campaign attacks on Kelly, the head of the organization, Roger Ailes, has been ousted in a scandal that has seen a multi-million dollar settlement with former employee Gretchen Carlson over sexual allegations that Megyn Kelly has joined in making, as reported by the New York Times.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. There was blood coming out of her whatever,” Trump stated about Kelly.
Roger Ailes is commonly described as being a close friend to the candidate and advisor to the Trump campaign.
5. Trump’s Baffling Comments On Hillary Clinton And Gun Control
“I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons,” Donald Trump stated to a rally audience in Miami in September.
“They should disarm. Right? I think that they should disarm, immediately. What do you think?” Trump asked the crowd gathered.
His comments appeared to be met with lukewarm approval.
“Take their guns away. She doesn’t want guns. Let’s see what happens to her.”
The Miami comments followed comments made in August, in Washington, that U.S. citizens would have little choice in many important issues if Hillary Clinton is elected and allowed to choose the next member of the Supreme Court.
“Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know,” Trump was quoted by The New York Times.
The U.S. Secret Service was reported to have spoken with the Trump campaign with regard to the baffling rhetoric, as reported by CNN.
Hillary Clinton supports “common-sense gun safety measures” that include banning suspected terrorists who are named on “no-fly” lists from being able to purchase firearms, as reported by PolitiFact. The Democrat does not support a handgun ban. Bernie Sanders does not either, as reported by On The Issues.
6. That It Wasn’t Until September 16, 2016 That Donald Trump Finally Stopped Questioning President Obama’s Birthplace
Polls indicate that a majority of Republicans continue to doubt that President Barack Obama is an American citizen, as reported by NBC News.
In the years leading up to the beginning of the start of the Donald Trump campaign for president, the candidate had been a vocal proponent of a theory that Obama was born somewhere else and pestered the first African-American president to produce his birth certificate.
President Obama released his birth certificate in 2008. Despite this, Donald Trump continued to further a birther conspiracy that continues to this day, as reported by Slate.
As recently as 2012, Trump was tweeting that Obama’s birth certificate is a “fraud,” though he has now acknowledged that he was incorrect. It appears conceivable that Donald Trump’s views on President Obama’s birth may continue to fluctuate.
The first dump of lewd Trump recordings of a reported many, on top of his insistence that the exonerated Central Park Five may actually still be guilty, as reported by the Inquisitr, gives his opponent Hillary Clinton, debate moderators Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper, and the American public, several lines of questioning this evening and over coming days.
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