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Donald Trump Needs To Stay Away From the Internet


Monday was the Presidential debate.  Towards the end, Hillary Clinton laid into Trump about his comments about Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe winner.  “Miss Piggy” because she had gained some weight.  Trump claims she gained 60-70 pounds.  I have yet to see any picture of Miss Machado that supports that claim.  “Miss Housekeeper” because she is Latina.  Trump sputtered and had no real response.  Since then he has dug deep to go after Ms. Machado and Clinton’s invoking of her during the debate.

His most recent rant — a series of tweets sent out at 2:30 this morning — show one of the most basic problems with the idea of Trump as President.  He is too stupid and too ignorant to realize that you shouldn’t believe something just because it’s on the internet.

Yesterday, I saw for the first time a suggestion that Miss Machado was a “porn star.”  This was buried in comments on the right-wing blog I read on a daily basis.  (I know, I know.  I’m still working on kicking that habit.)  I decided to google “Alicia Machado porn star.”  And there it was a 20 second video of “Alicia Machado” in a porn video.  No need to check.  Take my word for it.  The woman in the video appeared to look like Ms. Machado, but who can really tell?

Apparently, Trump saw similar comments or posts somewhere yesterday because part of his middle of the night rant was an accusation that Miss Machado was in porn and had a “sex tape.”  And that maybe Hillary should have looked into her past before relying on her in the debate.

Well, yeah, maybe she should have.

But maybe Trump should have done a little more research of his own before going off on his Twitter rant.

It’s one of the most frustrating things about the internet.  There is more propaganda, crap, and outright lies posted on the internet than actual truths and reality.  And far too many people will believe just about anything they read when it’s on the internet without doing the most basic of things.  Go to google, type in a relevant search time, and fine the alternative perspective.  That is the truth.

That Donald Trump believes whatever he reads on the internet, without first confirming it through some other source?  Best reason there is to conclude that he should not be President of the United States.  Sorry, but that’s called a hair trigger.  We don’t need a President with a hair trigger.  We don’t need a President who will believe whatever the person in front of him is saying.  We don’t need a President is so uninformed, clueless, and uninquisitive that he fails to inform himself about things — to the point where he is susceptible to the liars and fools that populate the internet (well, except for me and you, of course).

If Trump were serious about winning the election, he’d stay away from the internet for the next six weeks.  I’m guessing he won’t do that.

And in other words, I remain completely perplexed about what I’m going to do come Election Day.  I have danced with the idea of voting for Gary Johnson, but have heard far too much about him in the last week or two that is not consistent with what I want in a President.  He is too uninformed, too lackadaisical, too much of a pothead, too laissez faire when it comes to the role of government for my taste.  There are some positions he has that I absolutely love to see in a Presidential candidate.  But at the end of the day, there are far too many negatives that come along with him.

It should be clear I won’t be voting for the Drumpfster.

And I still can’t find it in me to vote for Hillary Clinton.  I just don’t want to do it.

What is a guy to do?

 

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27 responses to “Donald Trump Needs To Stay Away From the Internet

  1. cinthiaritchie September 30, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Suck it up and vote for Hillary. Trump is too f*cking dumb (can I say the F word on your blog??). The fact that the guy has a noticeable paunch and still makes comments about fat people is so wrong. But the worst part is that he’s clueless. Basically, he’s a bully. It’s scary that he’s gotten this far and scarier still that there are American people who actually believe and support him. WTF, eh? P.S. I kind of wish I could just go to sleep and wake when the election is over.

    • kingmidget September 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      You say whatever you want on my blog. I think you’re right about him being a bully and his popularity shows how immature a segment of the American population is because they have fallen under the sway of that bully.

  2. hirundine608 September 30, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Is it really so wrong to be reading a right-wing blog? What is right, or even left wing? I find it deceitful to be labelled a conservative. A party that does not conserve. Just as it’s wrong to consider someone left-wing, as being libertarian. Yet courts fascism. They are deceitful terms, chosen to mislead a public. Anyway, one should always listen to the arguments or debates. If we are true to ourselves? One should chose the most able candidate. Even if they are both dumb.

    Maybe? Hold your nose and vote for Mr. Johnson? I mean it’s not like he’s going to win, is it? Oh and really you don’t think your country has not been run by someone on drugs before? Drugs probably more harmful, to the position, than cannabis. Even … gasp, alcohol?

    Once the political system realizes it has to put more work into having worthy candidates, maybe they actually will.

    Does it really matter who is President? It’s not like the position runs the country. The President is now reduced to yes man/woman for the bankers and the British Crown. That’s who own the United States of America.

    Especially since the richest country in the world has now been robbed. See your public debt. It is criminal, I tell you. Cheers Jamie

    • kingmidget October 1, 2016 at 8:04 am

      I read the right-wing blog for the very reason you indicate. But I get sucked into the comments far too much. And then there’s the impact it all has on my blood pressure. 😉

      One of the rationales for voting for Johnson was that he isn’t going to win and it would be a protest vote against Clinton and Trump. But the more I hear of him the more I realize just how much I disagree with him on a lot of his policies.

      I thought the Chinese owned America.

  3. Pamela Beckford October 1, 2016 at 5:18 am

    What are your reasons for not voting for Hillary? She was not my first choice but I support her.

    • kingmidget October 1, 2016 at 8:07 am

      The biggest reason for me is that she and her husband were paid over $150 million over the last 15 years giving speeches to special interests. That’s money directly in their pockets, not campaign contributions or donations to their foundation. If they wanted to make a lot of money shilling to anybody and everybody that was their choice, but for me it disqualifies her to serve as President. And while I think many of the “controversies” about her are completely manufactured, there’s just too much smoke. I’m also done with the political families. Since 1976, there has been only one election (2012) that didn’t involve a Clinton or a Bush. I’m done with both families.

  4. Kevin Brennan October 1, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Gail Collins spells it out today for people who hate both Trump and Clinton. Here are your three options, according to Gail:

    “A) Announce you’re not going to vote, saying, “I know, Afghan voters braved death threats from the Taliban to go to the polls, but I am just too depressed.”

    “B) Follow the Ted Cruz lead and say you’ve decided to vote for Donald Trump. Perhaps you could wear a badge saying “I’m like Ted.” Your friends might feel this means you’re so obsessed with self-promotion you’d throw in your lot with a person who insulted your wife and suggested your father might be connected to the Kennedy assassination. But I’m sure they’ll understand you’re really only interested in the repeal of Obamacare.

    “C) Go vote for Hillary Clinton. Nobody sulks during critical moments.”

    • kingmidget October 1, 2016 at 8:08 am

      She forgot about Johnson and Stein. 😉

      Cruz’s decision to vote for Trump and announce that he is doing so is pretty stunning. How do you vote for a man who did to Cruz what Trump did and after the things you said about Trump? Just incredible. A demonstration of no moral backbone.

      • Bruce Thiesen October 2, 2016 at 10:59 am

        Cruz is nothing but cynical about the voters, our country and his supporters. Rubio, Christie as well. Remarkably so. Morals and principles don’t seem to be the primary motivations with these charlatans.

  5. coastalmom October 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I promised my daughter that I’d really educate myself this election. Ya know how 20 somethings know all that they know and have to nudge their poor parents to get with it? LOL.
    Anyway, I took her seriously. I really have been trying to educate myself with fact finder non partial truth, rather than listening to the rhetoric from either side. Been trying to find clips of speeches and conversations straight from their mouths. Funny, I really didn’t feel that either of these two that are now our choice… had a chance.
    Hmmm… so now that they are our only choice, I didn’t want to vote just because I come from a very Republican background. Nor did I want to be influenced by my daughter who left as a staunch Republican only to find herself in the very liberal community of Hollywood. Which I must say I feel has influenced her.
    When my kids were little, I used to use a lot of metaphors trying to teach them… one was… If you are standing on a chair and the other guy is on the ground, it is easier for them to pull you down than for you to pull them up.
    Not saying which is which in this case, because I still have not decided! But I do have to say that I have run into a lot of good & documented things in Trump’s history, more than the bad that I was looking for. And well, Hillary has a lot of scary things that I’ve also learned about. I am not sure what is worse… the delivery or the message. Yeah know?
    In a lighter note… you gotta find the sense of humor in this… did you see Saturday Night Live’s interpretation of the first debate? Too funny!

    • kingmidget October 2, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      You say that you have come across “a lot of good and documented things in Trump’s history.” I’d like to know what those things are because the media really doesn’t report much of that. I’m sure, though, that there are plenty of good things he has done over the years. I just don’t think it overcomes the negatives that come along with him. I’ll be honest … given his comments about women in particular, I don’t understand how any woman can vote for him. And, for different reasons I feel the same about Hillary. She’s past the sell by date. 😉

      And now I’ll have to go watch the SNL video which I have yet to watch. Thanks for the link.

    • kingmidget October 2, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      So, I just watched the video. That was tooooo funny. Thanks again for providing me with the link.

      • coastalmom October 5, 2016 at 8:10 pm

        I tried to post what I was talking about and go back and get this one… which isn’t the main one that I wanted to share, but here is one more… not the one that has all the acts of kindness but here is another perspective that I ran into….
        And then I’ll go back and get the one that I was talking about… (WordPress won’t let me go back and get them both – or I don’t know how!! 🙂
        http://endingthefed.com/black-female-trump-exec-steps-forward-with-bombshell-i-can-no-longer-remain-silent.html#.V_EtmICcQAc.facebook

      • kingmidget October 6, 2016 at 6:49 am

        There are also plenty of people that will tell you that Hillary Clinton is the kindest, warmest individual you’ll ever meet. Who loves children. I don’t dispute that there are plenty of people who know Trump who disagree with how he is being portrayed by some during this campaign, but you would find the same people who have the same opinions of Hillary Clinton. If the good stories about Trump are sufficient to overcome some, or all, of the horror stories about him, I hope you are opening yourself to the positive stories about Hillary.

        I’ll agree that a lot of what is churned out during campaigns is manufactured and exaggerated and made up. But that goes for both sides, all sides.

  6. coastalmom October 2, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I read your post when you first posted it and had to come back to find it. I love your writing! You should be getting paid! I think you are funny and informative and fair. I just wanted you to know that I don’t usually re-find posts to comment on them. But yours always intrigue me!

    • kingmidget October 2, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you. Those are the kindest words somebody can say about something I write. Particularly when it comes to politics. So many are so locked into their views of these things that anything that contradicts those views is immediately suspect and unfair.

      Also, I thank your daughter for encouraging you to get more engaged. I only wish the options were better for you. And me.

    • kingmidget October 6, 2016 at 6:57 am

      I have no doubt he has done many good deeds in his life. Do those good deeds, however, wipe away the hateful, intolerant things he has said over the last year and a half?

      The Clinton Foundation (while you can have issues with how it raises money) has done some incredibly good things that have positively effected the lives of who knows how many people around the world.

      This is a really tough issue for me. What I try to do is get through all of the crap that is thrown out there and try to figure out who the person is and what their positions really are. I don’t think either Trump or Clinton are nearly as bad as their opponents portray them to be. I think the media does a horrible job of actually reporting the “truth” to us.

      What it comes down to for me is that neither of them pass my personal smell test. I don’t trust Trump and object to so many of the things he has said and done during the campaign. He may be a lot of things, but Presidential he is not. Besides the hateful things, he has frequently been dishonest during this campaign. And he should make his tax records public just like every other candidate for President does.

      As for Hillary, I don’t believe a lot of the allegations against her but have my own reasons for being unwilling to vote for her. It comes down to the tens of millions of dollars she and her husband have made giving speeches to special interests. It’s obscene creates such a potential for conflicts of interest. She should have decided whether she wanted to remain in politics or whether she wanted to make money that way. She can’t have it both ways.

      So, neither of them is getting my vote. I don’t really worry about Hillary as President. I worry a lot about Donald Trump as President.

  7. coastalmom October 5, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Sorry, I have been working late and haven’t had time to jump onto this side of my world for a while.
    I’ll have to go see what you’ve been posting. If you wrote about the VP debate? Etc. OMG I love Pence. I hope that Saturday Night Live does a skit on that! Pence couldn’t get a word in edge-wise!!!! What a rude and annoying display of self control that was! Can’t wait for SNL’s version!

    • kingmidget October 5, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      I didn’t post about the debate. I know Kaine interrupted but Pence did as well. I wonder what happened to the old days when candidates didn’t interrupt each other during debates.

      • coastalmom October 14, 2016 at 6:59 am

        Yeah the only President I have any connection with at all is Regan. And neither is a Regan from where I’m sitting. And now after a million more smearmercials… I’m stumped.

  8. coastalmom October 14, 2016 at 7:04 am

    My daughter who I raised to think for herself. And I are going back and forth on differnt issues. I threw out some info on Hillary defending an rapist of a 12 year old and she came up with the facts of the case where she didn’t want the case, did her job, and that there were more circimstances regarding the facts. Which in my mind at first, could never have an excuse as to why she’d defend him…. maybe excuse would not be the right word… maybe a reason might be better. But it just goes to show that the smear tactics don’t tell the whole story. I am still searching. Still not totally swayed one way or the other. Do though, fear who is appointed in their wake and what that means for the future.
    Keep posting. You make me think.

    • kingmidget October 14, 2016 at 7:26 am

      So I’m a lawyer but in criminal law. Fortunately. But I will never question an attorney who represents a defendant in a criminal case particularly given the circumstances of her case. She didn’t volunteer. She was assigned. She was a relatively new attorney. Regardless of the charges, every defendant is entitled to an attorney who advocates for him or her. I’ll never hold against an attorney that they fulfilled that responsibility. Our constitution and our democracy depend on it.

      • coastalmom October 14, 2016 at 7:32 am

        That’s what my daughter pointed out. Thank goodness for raising smart kids. Lol. So THAT was obviously a knee jerking emotional jump to conclusions strike against me! I think my point is… that how many (on both sides) smear-mercials… are people taking for fact without educating themselves? So many people are voting just on the basis of the propaganda they buy into.

      • kingmidget October 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

        For the most part, I try to ignore the character attacks during campaigns. Until there is a level of credible questions that have been raised about the candidate’s character. Trump’s own words have done that to him. I don’t need the character attacks, I just need to see what he has said over the last 1 1/2 years. In his own words. He’s not suitable. Clinton is a bit tougher to pin down.

  9. coastalmom October 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Your point exactly: You shouldn’t believe something just because it’s on the Internet. ;D

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