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Donald Trump Uncovered


I have been fascinated by Donald Trump ever since he appeared on the world stage of politics. I have been studying him by reading his biographies and reading reviews of his books on Amazon.I also read Tony Schwartz’s article in the New Yorker as to how he served as Trump’s ghost writer for the Art of the Deal. After much observation, research, and analysis, I have come to the conclusion that Trump is a master manipulator. Here is a list of rhetorical devices that Trump has cited and that he uses for tools of manipulation. These are his words, not mine.

  • Truthful Hyperbole
  • Think big
  • Divide and conquer
  • Counter puncher
  • Play to fantasies
  • Hate the media
  • Play to win
  • Perception is reality
  • You can’t con people, at least not for long.

Truthful Hyperbole

Truthful Hyperbole is an exaggeration of the truth. It can be used in both positive and negative exaggerations of the truth. From a logic standpoint, either something is the truth or it is not, but a hyperbole by definition is not to be taken literally. So if something is not to be taken literally, how can it be the truth? "Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill." is a good example of truthful hyperbole.

He also uses this technique so that he can just barely stay on the edge of truth and sometimes go into false areas. He does this to test the waters and see if his assertions will stick. If his assertions don't work, then he may or may not back off and soften his approach. But, I believe, you will never be able to pin him down. He is a master at "tap dancing" and "now you see me, now you don't.

I have included two video clips below.

One is a clip from the movie Chicago, where Richard Greer plays a lawyer named Billy Flynn who tap dances his way through court proceedings to get his friend Roxy off the hook, because she shot her husband.

The other one is a clip from the movie The best little whore house in Texas where Charles Durning plays the Governor of Texas who can't be pinned down by the press by singing and dancing to a tune called "I love a little side step." They are both quite entertaining, but if you don't watch them that's O.K. too. But I think they embody what Trump is about.

Name Calling and Glittering Generalities

Name Calling and Glittering Generalities are two propaganda techniques that Trump uses. Name calling is used to diminish your opponent’s position, instead of supporting your opinion with facts. Glittering Generalities uses important sounding "glad words" that have little or no real meaning.

Trump uses these techniques very effectively by combining them with many adjectives and repeating them over and over again. Name calling is one that he uses and that he used to divide and conquer his GOP opponents to win the nomination for president. Do you remember, little Marco, lying Ted, low energy Jeb, crooked Hillary, and crazy Bernie, just to name a few? He still calls Hillary, crooked Hilary.

He uses adjectives such as huge, amazing, fantastic, beautiful, incredible, to amplify his message, by repeating them in one sentence and using them several times in his speeches. If he wants to diminish the value of something or someone, he uses words like rigged, unfair, fixed, crooked, and corrupt. He plants seeds of doubt and new thinking by using these words. He states, "If Hillary wins the election then, it must be rigged." So if she is elected, in his mind and his followers, Hillary only won the election because it is rigged. That is difficult to be prove one way or the other, however, those words can be used to malign her forever.

When you experience name calling and glittering generalities ask yourself the following questions:

  • What does the name or label mean to me?
  • Does the idea in question have a valid connection with the real meaning of the name or label?
  • If the glad word is removed, does the idea still have merit?

Think big

Trump says, that if you are going to think, you might as well think big. Trump comes from a privileged background, so it is much easier for him to think big. Unlike people who are not as privileged as he is. However, he does know how to play to peoples fantasies, even if you are rich or poor.

This is a no brainier, everything that one sees and hears about Trump is big. His buildings, golf courses, business transactions. Even his debt is big and so are his tax returns, if he ever releases them. They claim the only thing that is small are his hands.

Play to win

Trump loves to win, no matter what the cost. Do you notice how many times he uses the words win, winning, winners in his speeches? He changed his campaign staff so that he could position himself better against Hillary. His need for winning gave him the impetus to take out the whole republican primary field.

When he was being interviewed by Larry King. Larry asked him, "You said you made a million dollars for that speech. The record shows it was 400,000?". Trump's answer was, "In my mind, it was worth a million dollars after all the promotion fees were paid." In his mind he was the winner.

He also claims, he and Putin met on a 60 Minutes show of which he later denied ever meeting Putin. He also says Putin called him brilliant. When in fact, Putin called him the Russian name for colorful. But Trump believes he called him brilliant so in Trumps mind he wins.

When Trump uses words, they don't always mean the same thing as common usage. When he says that Mexico will pay for the wall. In his mind the word "paying" might mean painful...who knows?

Perception is reality

When Trump was developing properties, he had arranged for a loan from a group of bankers. The bankers were coming to visit the property, but there was nothing there except clear land. He told his people to get heavy equipment and operators and just keep everybody busy to look like there was a lot of development taking place. When the bankers arrived, one of them asked, “Why one worker was digging holes and the other one is following with his tractor and burying the same hole?” Trump in his inimitable way put up a smoke screen by changing the subject and the banker never asked the question again.

He went to Louisiana to help the flood victims, even after being told by the Governor, that his presence would be too disruptive. He was shown with Mike Pence unloading packages from the back of a truck. It turns out the packages were Playdoh. The photo op took all of 49 seconds. This gave him the ammunition to criticize Obama and Hillary for not being there and to make it look like he was being very presidential to his supporters.

When he met with the President of Mexico, he claimed he was being very presidential by meeting with a head of state. But he was just there for the photo op, because he did not even talk about the wall. Again, it was ammunition to criticize Hillary for turning down her invitation from the Mexican President.

Counter puncher

Trump is a counter puncher. He says, if you criticize me or attack me, I will hit you 10 times as hard This was evidenced in his criticism of Rosie O’ Donnell and Megan Kelly. Where he called Rosie a fat pig and told Megan that she is bleeding from her whatever.

Trump counter punched Hillary's statement with a video about how she called half of Trump's supporters deplorable. His video states that she called millions of working class people deplorable.

In propaganda terms, that is called a false equivalence. It's the same as comparing apples and oranges. He changed it from half of his supporters to millions of working class people. There simply is not evidence to support his statement. He also said he won the popular vote, if you discount all the illegal voters. Hillary won the popular vote by over 2 million votes. If one uses a little bit of logic, that means that over 2 million people had to cast illegal votes.

Hate the media

Actually Trump doesn’t hate the media. On the contrary, he loves the media. When he says he hates the media, it gives him a platform to argue against the media. Once he does that, then he becomes the authority and they lose. He also loves the media because they give him as much attention as he requires to feed his ever needy egomaniacal persona . It doesn’t matter whether the attention is positive or negative as long as he gets the attention. In his mind, he will always turns it in to winning.

Play to people’s fantasies.

  • Wouldn’t it be great if he could build this big, beautiful, giant wall that has a beautiful door and keep out all of those evil Mexicans that come here to rape, steal, and commit crimes, and then have the President of Mexico pay for it?
  • Wouldn’t it be great to bring jobs home again from overseas and increase our job market?
  • Wouldn’t it be great to wipe out ISIS, immediately?
  • Wouldn't it be great to improve our infrastructure and repeal Obama Care?
  • Wouldn't it be great to increase our military strength?
  • Wouldn’t it be great to have a strong authority figure like Trump to Make America Great Again?

You can’t con people at least not for long.

Trump says, "You can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion, you can get all kinds of press…but if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on."

All of the techniques I have covered worked well for Trump in the business world. But being on the world stage of politics and in front of the media for the world to see is another story. His rhetoric and actions are being recorded for all the world to see and hear.

In the digital world, it is very easy to play back something that he has said and/or done that contradicts his current thinking on that same subject. So it is very easy to prove that he is a hypocrite. However, he is a master at manipulation and confusing his questioners.

He won the election as president? In the final analysis, I believe he is nothing more than a big B.S er salesman and is selling himself as one his products by diminishing the value of the competitions products. But he is extremely amazing, and very, very, very good at it.

He is now on the world stage as President Elect. Only time will tell if he has the right stuff.


Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on May 05, 2020:

Thanks for your comments and insight.

RTR TRUTH MEDIA Tom on May 05, 2020:

Red herring.... for the record, I am not a fan of Trump. I honestly am a conservative, but I can not stand him, that being said, the popular vote was a "rigged affair". A long time Democrat and Clinton supporter revealed that the tech companies had caused major damage and had the power to sway with their will. And did.... it wasn't enough. He testified before congress. His name I can not recall. But you are a good writer and researcher. You would find it interesting if nothing else.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on April 14, 2017:

Catherine: Thank you for the suggestion in your other comment. I unpublished that hub after I rewrote it, thinking that people who already read it would recognize it and not read the update. Also I wanted all new comments based on the rewrite. I'm new to this re-writing "gig", but I won't unpublish another one. Thank you so much for your suggestions and comments. Have a great holiday.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on April 14, 2017:

Brad: I just read it again. I think you are right, but it does say a lot about his character that is still relevant. I will tweak it to add current examples. Thanks for the suggestion.

Brad on April 13, 2017:


I think you need to update this hub to current times.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on April 13, 2017:

You nailed it. Or should I say you nailed him. (Donald Trump) At first I thought he was just a buffoon, but I very quickly saw how he was an evil manipulator. He said outrageous things and some people believed it because it was what they wanted to believe.

I read some of your comments about trolls. You can use the settings in HubPages on your profile page to limit comments only to HP members. However some hubbers are trolls too. Also I have had people join HP just to troll me. (They never wrote a hub.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on February 02, 2017:

Norine: I read HJ Res 104 and it is law, but it does not specify each of the laws. But it is interesting that they were able to sneak that in under Education Day.

Norine Williams on February 02, 2017:

Decoy After Decoy!

Ever heard of the New World Order? I keep asking "What's going to happen to the "poor and ignorant" people who are the Majority in President Trump's eyesight?

The "Doomsday Clock" is ticking!

Mr. Russo, Google the article "Now the Government can kill Christians" and read about the "Guillotines in America!" Read how "President George W Bush Sr signed Agenda 21, under the united nations charter, but he also signed legislation for HJ Res. 104 into law" (Bill Dannemeyer,U.S. Congressman, 1979-1992)! Read about the "Noahide Laws!"

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on December 04, 2016:

They know the truth, but are too scared to use it against him. No, I think this is the people's fight! We are all going to have to activate our Twitter accounts!

I feel like Alice who fell through the looking glass. Up is down now.

Trump should have been jeered when he made fun of the disabled reporter. Not cheered on to the highest office in the land!

What has happened to Earthlings?

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on December 04, 2016:

Austinstar: I saw something on CNN Brian Stetler's, Reliable Sources. He said we should all start calling out Trump's lying by tweeting the truth to other news outlets. I have a twitter account that follows many news casters. I just haven't used it in a long time, but I'm willing to give it a try. Thanks for dropping by.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on December 04, 2016:

I fervently wish that the media would quit giving Trump positive coverage or make excuses for his behavior.

Trump is a fraud, and his ignorant, dangerous policies should be exposed!

The media is not being fair to the people of this country. They keep trying to make Trump seem like a rich bully, or someone to be pitied.

He is DANGEROUS and no one is reporting on this!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on December 03, 2016:

I have updated this hub to Trump's current circumstances. It's interesting that he is still using the techniques that I have outlined since he started running for President.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 11, 2016:

Austinstar: That's right if he deregulates financial reform, we are in for another meltdown.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 11, 2016:

Just keep a close eye on your investments and the economy all.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 11, 2016:

AP: The Russians even came forward and said that they had been in contact with Trump's staff during the campaign. They were also in be with Julian Assange and his wikileaks emails. I'm not a conspiracy person, but when the statement came from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, they were almost proud they were able to do it. I also believe that the GOP wanted Trump, so that they could keep their jobs, but they are going to use him and Mike Pence will actually run the country the way the GOP wants them to.

Alternative Prime from > California on November 11, 2016:

Mike ~ "Delusional Donald" didn't WIN the "Electoral College" because of "GOOD Campaigning" or "Brilliant Strategy" ~ He's actually still as "DUMB & Ignorant" as he always was ~ He WON because of an "OVERT Conspiracy" which includes "Communists & the FBI" ~ The TIMING of the "E-Mail MEMO Drop" which turned out to be EXACTLY what I & a few others suspected it was, DUPLICATEs, was NOT Coincidental, it was a "Premeditated SCHEME" against Hillary that worked which means we have SUBVERSIVE Elements within OUR OWN Bureau but that was CRYSTAL Clear anyway right ?? ~ The ELECTION was Stolen & that's that ~ the INVESTIGATIONs into Giuliani etc will come soon enough & there are ways to "OBSTRUCT & Block" the Radically INSANE Republican Agenda to come considering the MAJORITY of Americans VOTED Against "Drumpf" ~

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 10, 2016:

Guliani just announced that a Hillary Clinton prosecution is not out of the question. Geez, Louise - SORE WINNERS!

But one thing Trump got right, they system is rigged. By Putin

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 10, 2016:

Mike, I fear for our country, as I said to Lela, nuclear weapons for Iran for one, and the Supreme Court, which is supposed to be a balance, and the Republicans have made it clear that they will make it a strictly conservative court that do as they want and only the way they want, to me that is wrong and Un-American and unjust.

Bless you my dear friend

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 10, 2016:

Austinstar, Shyron: Look at this way. Hillary won the popular vote. That means more people actually supported her agenda than Trumps. However, she lost the electoral college vote, because her people didn't campaign as much in the states that have big electoral college numbers, because the polls showed they had it in the bag. Trump did campaign more in those states, therefore he won. We have to campaign to have the electoral college removed. It is outdated and archaic. It was created to keep black people from voting, because they were only 3/5 of a human being...Can you imagine that?

After Trump's first transition meeting with Obama, he said Obama is a great man. While he was campaigning, he said Obama is the worst president in history. B.S.. at that level has consequences, especially for those who believe it and act on it. He will never apologize for the birther movement and there are still people who believe he was born in Kenya.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 10, 2016:

Syron, I don't interact with the trolls either. I did once and it cost me posting privileges. They are not worth it. It is now costing them posting privileges.

But, the main thing is, leave this country or watch it go up in flames. Most people don't understand what is coming. The Jews stayed while Germany imploded, and look what it cost them.

The only place on the globe that even might have a chance to survive is the Southern hemisphere. And even that is doubtful.

My husband doesn't want to leave, so I am fighting that. This election may have cost me my marriage of 26 years. I can't live like this. I feel like I am being raped. A woman with no power against evil men.

This election showed the great divide between blacks and whites, but it also showed the huge divide between men and women.

How do we continue to live in a place where women and minorities are powerless?

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 10, 2016:

Lela, please don't leave, we don't need to leave our country, we need every sane person to pick-up the pieces. I don't feel sorry for those that voted for DT, they deserve what he does to them, unfortunately the rest of us don't. He said he is going to see that Iran gets nuclear weapons, that's what I fear the most.

Please ignore the parrots (i.e. the ones who repeat everything you type) these people have the mentality of a 4 year old. I will not interact

with those children.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 10, 2016:

I'm going to hang around for a few months to see what comes of these lawsuits against Trump. But even if he is impeached or forced to step down or resigns, Pence is the Christian Taliban, so it might even be worse.

BTW, I noticed that the actual Taliban has already asked Trump to withdraw from Afghanistan. For that reason alone (if he actually does it), it might help in some small way to save some brave U.S. soldiers.

But I still think the Northern hemisphere is in for a rude awakening. Just based on the EPA (no)-director pick.

Obama is going to try to set up a global climate change committee on his own. Might be of some benefit, I hope.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 10, 2016:

Sorry that the smog will come back for you guys. But seriously, I stayed for G. W. and it nearly cost me my life. I cannot live through Trump's destruction. It will be complete. Maybe I can see it more clearly than others, but I cannot stay to watch this world tragedy.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 10, 2016:

Dean Traylor: I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley where the smog used to hang right against the mountains. I remember going to Mt. Wilson and I couldn't even see the L.A. basin. There was just this big thick gray covering over the whole basin. It will be interesting to see what he does about many government programs that are for the general welfare of the people, not big corporations and big moneyed interests. He may increase the economy, but it may be at a cost to our health and well being.

Dean Traylor from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story) on November 10, 2016:

Hey People, I have concerns about EPA appointment, too. I remember in elementary school having to deal with sig alert days in which we had to be kept inside the classroom when the smog got thick. Mind you that I grew up in the South Bay -- the least smoggiest area in the basin, thanks to a constant sea breeze that blew that crap out. Still, there were times when you couldn't see the San Gabriel Mountains at all. Luckily those alerts have been drastically reduced since EPA and others started getting involved in reducing emissions.

Dean Traylor from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story) on November 10, 2016:

Austinstar, please don't move. Stand your ground. These folks will soon realize the follies of their ways. The best you can do is guide them to the light, no matter how obnoxious they are.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 09, 2016:

G CNN stands for Cable News Network.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 09, 2016:

People, I saw that and that is why I feel very sorry for everyone that voted for Trump. One of the reasons, anyway. They are expecting the Great White Hope, and what they will get now is something drastically different.

They will not get jobs, they will not get healthcare, they will not get clean air, or water, they will not get a great country again. And they are too stupid to know this.

It's all too sad. I'll wave to y'all from the beach in S. America, sigh. Adios y que les vayan bien.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 09, 2016:

Austinstar: He is picking Myron Ebell to be head of the EPA. He is in bed with all the polluters and big polluting energy companies. They will probably dismantle or deregulate the EPA to the point where it will be powerless. We worked for many years to get pollutants and smog out of the L.A. basin. It's a beautiful thing, but forget it now that Trump and his merry men are taking over. It will be called smoky valley again.

Take care and thanks for dropping by.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 09, 2016:

Trump is going to change the name of America to Trumpland (pronounced Trumplund). The name of the White House will be Mara Largo North.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 09, 2016:

Shyron: He played to people's fantasies and brought out the dark side in himself that made it O.K. to bring out the dark side in others. The only thing I feel good about is that Hillary did win the popular vote. She didn't get enough electoral votes. I guess Trump knew how to play the game because he campaigned feverishly in states that had the most electoral votes. I think the head of the FBI played into this as well. For many years, the right wing propaganda machine has successfully characterized Hillary as a monster that in reality does not exist. What did exist is that she was a threat to their agenda. I feel sorry for Hillary. Those that voted for Trump don't even realize that she is their loss. Congress and soon the Supreme Court will not have a balance of power. They have decimated our democracy.

Trump is supposed to go to court for Trump University and the women who are suing him. But knowing how he can manipulate people, I'm not even sure he will go.

It's good to hear from you. I feel like we are now in the minority. Take care my friend.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 09, 2016:

Shyron - The destruction started today with Trump's pick for EPA head. I may change my mind and move to Uruguay. There is little hope for the entire Northern Hemisphere.

Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on November 09, 2016:

I have to hand it to you, Austinstar, you never fail to entertain from the "far" side of reason! If you can't stand that:

Gays will have to move back to the closet.

People of color will have to go on the defensive again.

Atheists will have to hide again.

More people will be homeless.

Health care will be a joke.

The rich will get ridiculously richer.

The poor will die.

Hate may actually drive us all into a civil war.

Colleges will be out of reach for anyone other than the elite rich and they never learn anything.

Better start tithing to a Christian church now, or be ostracized from your community.

The dumbing down.

Then why are you going to Mexico? ROFL

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 09, 2016:

Mike, this is still a great hub, even after the results of yesterday.

I fear for my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and it sickens me that anyone would have the gall to expect me to move to another country. On both sides of my family I have Native American ancestors and the ancestors that came here from other countries have been here for 6 generations according to genealogy research.

Fear mongering! The Berniefan (not a Hubber) said. Must be a rich person to not have any fear of the power the conservatives have, or is one of them and does not care. My husband and I live on a fixed income, and this is the first time I remember the GOP in total power and when they tried to end Social Security either the Democratic Senate, Congress or the President was there to protect it, because it was the Republicans who wanted to end it, i.e. George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush (who did deplete the SS surplus to fund his private war in Iraq) and there were many others.

So to the Berniefan, you too will age and if SS is ended maybe it will not matter to you, but if that is what you have to live on, you will be out of luck with the current regime.

Mike this is a sad time in American history, thank you for writing this.

God Bless you.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 09, 2016:

DTMB - I don't give a flying F*ck about HP moderators. And I like them more than I do you.

Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on November 09, 2016:

ewwwe gross AustStar PP really, you condone this kind of Ted Nugent comment? Watch out HP moderators are watching.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 09, 2016:

I guess we should all start learning to speak Russian or Chinese. And stock our homes with food like the Mormons do. Actually, Utah is a beautiful state. But how do they live without coffee?

I am planning to move to Mexico and I do hope Trump does build that wall. I want nothing to do with North Americans anymore.

I will be just as gracious to a Trump win as all the Republicans were to an Obama win. There is no hope left.

Gays will have to move back to the closet.

People of color will have to go on the defensive again.

Atheists will have to hide again.

More people will be homeless.

Health care will be a joke.

The rich will get ridiculously richer.

The poor will die.

Hate may actually drive us all into a civil war.

Colleges will be out of reach for anyone other than the elite rich and they never learn anything.

Better start tithing to a Christian church now, or be ostracized from your community.

The dumbing down of America will reach completion.

The rich will truly rule. Too late to be careful of what you have asked for, you got it.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 09, 2016:

Austinstar: It is one thing to win a campaign. It is another to lead a country and fulfill your pledges and promises. I have a feeling there is going to be buyers remorse, just like Brexit once the rubber hits the road and they realize what they have done.

Berniefan on November 09, 2016:

For all of those that voted for Hillary; you can have sour grapes or you can choose to show all of the deplorable people who elected Trump how to act gracious in defeat and support your new president. If you fight him tooth and nail the same way Republicans fought Obama then you are just as bad as they are and justify what they did.

The fact is that he is America's president, so we are all in this bed together. The people have chosen.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 09, 2016:

To all who voted for Trump. You have made your bed, now you must die/lie in it. Let me know when Trump has magically given you all jobs, re-negotiated (bankrupted) our trade agreements, and turned the white supremacists into functioning human beings. Ted Nugent is grabbing more than his dick right now. You all are such lovely people.


Berniefan on November 09, 2016:

I guess DTMB isn't the one who has to eat crow?

Borders are still open for those who said they were moving to Mexico and Canada if Trump won.

Suzie from Carson City on November 04, 2016:

Mike's points can't really be argued with. Since you have such passionate ideas and opinions DTMB, I suspect you could write excellent hubs. Then it is your work, your words and you have control. You can express your thoughts, share your knowledge and still be able to exchange comments with other writers.

Makes a lot of sense and sounds like a Win-win for you.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 04, 2016:

Anybody can criticize, but where you when the paper was blank? I believe that if you are going to be on a site that promotes writing, then you should be a member and write articles, not just criticize the authors.

I'm sure we all work very hard at writing decent articles by doing research and analysis, but a troll just just roams around the Hub sphere and looks for ways to demean others who don't agree with their opinions.

If I want to express my opinions and argue my points, I create forums where the format lends itself to that type of engagement from both sides.

I have never had a hub unpublished before based on peoples comments and I don't appreciate it So let's respect each others efforts and creativity and move on from here.

Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on November 04, 2016:

Yes, I agree with you Paula, seldom with Mike He has a nack for deleting my on topic comments, I'm surprised he hasn't already deleted these.

Suzie from Carson City on November 04, 2016:

Paula says that poor Mike has been through enough today due to our rude & ignorant troll. Let's not hijack his thread with "off-topic" discussion please.

HP has already admonished all of us to make sure our comments apply to the Hub topic. We had no choice today but to deal with the troll, but he won't be back. As soon as he realizes that all hubbers intend to delete his comments and ban him from their sites, he'll have to go trolling elsewhere. The sooner, the better. Bah-bye Wild Bill!

It's pretty apparent that the 2 opposing sides (politically) are very hyper-sensitive and on edge. Take a deep breath. (I would imagine that Lela is not fond of your reference of "looney tunes statements." Is that OK in your opinion? ) Tit 4 Tat....Goose-Gander....isn't that the way it goes? 4 more days...that's all. Just 4 more.

I say we should both give Mike the Go ahead to delete these 2 off topic comments of ours....don't you? Fire away Mike. You have the right.

Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on November 04, 2016:

What you just said Paula "Outside Intruders who enter our site to stalk, harass and intentionally create chaos have no place here and are not welcome" is so true and I agree 100%...only when you condemn people for trying to force anyone to QUIT HP I wonder, are you making an exception for people like Austinstar who on this very comment section said:

"I nominate for exclusion from HP:




and any other trolls that do not write HUBS!

jacklee writes a few, but they are clearly biased.

The other two just troll."

Sounds to me like what's good for the goose should be good for the gander, don't you think? I see no difference between austinstar and the troll you rightly accuse.

There are no rules on hubpages that require participants to write hub pages so instead of attacking people simply because they don't meet her made up standard (which actually is transparently an excuse for the fact she can't stand that they disagree with her looney tune statements) she should be taking her complaint up with Hub Pages.

What say you, Paula?

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 04, 2016:

or move to Mexico! I hear Iceland is also nice, in spite of the name.

Republicans would like it most if they moved to Saudi.

Suzie from Carson City on November 04, 2016:

Mike....I can speak only for myself.. I love you, I appreciate your friendship and loyalty and most of all your awareness of the ongoing problem we have here at HP. Outside Intruders who enter our site to stalk, harass and intentionally create chaos have no place here and are not welcome. I don't know if Lela told you this, but this bold, nasty Troll told Lela he would not stop harassing her until he forced her to QUIT HP! He publicly and boldly printed that. She has a screen shot and sent it to HP, weeks ago.

Peace, Paula

(4 more days Mike...I admit the stress & anxiety is high. So....let the best win and we all must learn to deal with the outcome.)

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 04, 2016:

Paula and Austinstar: Those comments were not intended for you. I was merely informing you of the status of this hub. I apologize for causing you any grief.

However, they were for the troll and we all know who you are. If you have not joined hub pages, then you should not be allowed to make personal derogetory comments about my followers. I have been instructed by others to delete your comments and report you to hub pages for any further violations.

Suzie from Carson City on November 04, 2016:

Mike....Check your email please.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on November 04, 2016:

fpherj48; Wild Bill; Austinstar: This hub was in violation of bad language and was subsequently unpublished. I didn't think that the body of the article had anything derogatory, but when I checked the comments, I did find some pretty bad stuff. After I deleted those comments, I requested to have the hub published again and it was published almost immediately. So they really are monitoring hubs for proper language. For you trolls out there, let this be a lesson to you. They are watching you.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 01, 2016:

Paula, I do see it now! This is more disgusting behavior by the ugly trolls. I took a screen shot and will report it to the team also.

Wild Bill on November 01, 2016:


Didn't you just say this on Jackie Lynnley's question about Donna Brazile?:

"Q: How do U know when it's time to break from Hillary? A: When U can LIE UR ass off 2 Megyn Kelly on live TV & look in2 the camera & feign indignation, deny loudly while stuttering 2 drown out the voice asking the Q. U can't answer w/ truth."

The fact is that you play both sides of the fences depending on whose company you are in. When you are around your old HP friends like Lela, you play either the Independent card or you badmouth Trump, but your true feelings show by the other company you keep on the conservative Q?A's and Hubs. Just admit to her that you are a staunch conservative. All she has to do is look at your comments to know.

Suzie from Carson City on November 01, 2016:

Lela.....See that comment that is allegedly mine? (fpherj48?) What's missing? My profile photo? We had this conversation. Those words above did not come from me. Feel free to scroll my "activity." You will see no comment from me on this hub (except now THIS one)....

So back to the team I go with this. They told me to inform them whenever our sweet TROLL does this to me so that they can remove it.

In my world.....NO ONE wins by default. Paula

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 31, 2016:

One can only hope.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 31, 2016:

Booga Booga!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 31, 2016:

Austin Star: I'm beginning to realize there are two realities. One is created by Fox New, Brightbart, Trump, and Alt Right. The other reality is created by what they are now calling the Main Stream Media. All of these news shows create a deluge of information that can be confirmed by a persons bias on either side of the fence. If one believes in conspiracy theory, they can confirm their beliefs on the internet. If one believes Trump is a good guy, they can find information to support that as well. If they believe Hillary has been abused by right wing propaganda, there is plenty of information to support that as well. Once the information has been confirmed, there is no need to look any further, because it becomes fact as long as it supports the persons agenda.

I long for the old days when there was the 8 p.m. news by Walter Cronkite and Huntley Brinkley. Everybody argued from the same source because they presented the news from two view points, just once each night, not on a 24 hour echo chamber. Thanks for dropping by and your comments.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 31, 2016:

Yes they are! I love it when we get to dress up and get candy. And Trump's defeat will be so sweet. What are you going to do for the next 8 years? Eat crow?

Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on October 31, 2016:

Well you know it's halloween, the goblins are out!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 31, 2016:

I nominate for exclusion from HP:




and any other trolls that do not write HUBS!

jacklee writes a few, but they are clearly biased.

The other two just troll.

I've been on HP for over 7 years now (200+ hubs), and before HP quit kicking out the bad apples, it was a really nice place. I would like to see a resurgence in quality hubbers like you, peoplepower73!

Write on.

P.S. to bradmaster - you wonder why people won't read and comment on your hubs and questions? It's because they are poorly written, you ignore answers by qualified people, you are very biased and don't acknowledge the facts, and your grammar is bad too.

DTMB? - You seem in need of a rubber room with a nice white jacket.

PPS - Paula, I'm begging you, please do not vote for Trump! Talk about a liar and a crook. He is the biggest one ever!

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 19, 2016:

DTMB: I didn't delete it. It was grayed out when I replied. It must have been the HP police.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 19, 2016:

DTMB: I read your entire hub and some of the comments. You believe the left and the communists have caused the dummy down of our society. I believe it is the right wing propaganda and Fox news that have caused the problem. Most people who listen to Fox News accept what they hear on blind faith, because it is easier to accep as fact instead of doing the research and analysis. So as Elizabeth Warren just tweeted Trump, "Why don't you put on your big boy pants" and write more hubs? They don't have to be about politics.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 18, 2016:

DTMB: I find it interesting that in three years all you have written is one hub. And you have the nerve to criticize my hubs. Why don't you try writing some hubs instead of trolling hub pages with your conspiracy theories. Anybody can criticize somebody else's work, but it takes a real writer to do research and analysis to write factual information. There must be a reason why HP has banned you so many times.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 18, 2016:

Brad and DTMB: I think you guys are going to have to find your own forum. This hub is about Trump and his behavior. I will approve your comments, but please don't hijack my hub page.

Brad on October 18, 2016:


I added your comments on my hub, Political Questions for October that can be answered with 8192 characters.


BTW, hp is exhibiting the same thing I see with the MSM

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Can you really compare the Sexual Assaults proven against Bill Clinton with unproven Sexual Assaults

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against Donald Trump? Even the level of the assault of Kissing, seriously. You would put that on the same level as a B..J..

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hp seems to be biased to the extreme left.

They give no reasons or explanations.

I understand that is to be expected because of where they are located.

But, I have seen blatant some really questionable questions that they seem to have no problem with here.

As long as it is against Trump.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 12, 2016:

Jack: And you think I'm a liberal and I don't believe in the constitution and the rule of law? What would cross the line line with you? Anything goes Trump and repubs...good guys, Dems and Hillary,..evil. I follow your posts and they are biased towards the right and contain a lot of conservative, self- righteous idealism that is not based in reality. You have a nice day as well

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on October 12, 2016:

You choose to read what you wish. Wikileaks deserves the Nobel Peace prize for exposing all these insidious acts and the "honesty" in their beliefs perpetrated by insiders against the people. You can honestly tell me that you are OK with all these things going on... What in your mind would cross the line? I am just curious. Democrats - anything goes, Republicans - evil... I have news for you. I am neither. I am a Conservative and a patriot who beliefs in the Constitution and the rule of law. I am consistent in my believes and actions. I will call out both sides for their wrong doing. If you follow my postings here and my hubs, you would have seen that. Have a nice day.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 12, 2016:

Jack: I don't blame them. It's a fact. No, other countries were not part of the Chalibi agenda with the neocons. Other countries came into the coalition as part of the UN resolution. Clinton voted for the war as well as all other congressmen except Obama.

Here is an excerpt from the Huffington Post.

"Clinton’s record on the resolution and the Iraq war is stuffed with as much fiction as fact. Start with the resolution. It did not explicitly call for waging war against Iraq. It demanded that Saddam Hussein permit UN inspectors back into Iraq to determine whether he was indeed ramping up his alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. It gave a hard deadline for him to agree to inspection and failing that authorized military action. It hedged the war call further by emphasizing that the U.S. must continue to push for “further diplomatic or other peaceful means” to get Hussein to comply. It hedged things further by mandating that Bush before waging war tell Congress why a military assault was necessary.

Clinton didn’t take Bush’s statements on Iraq totally at face value. Bush national security advisor Condoleezza Rice swore to her before she voted that the resolution was intended to get inspections going again and not just as a cover to start a war.

We now know that Bush shamelessly lied about the weapons, and Hussein’s aim to make and use them. However, though it was widely suspected that it was all a tissue of lies, given Hussein’s hideous and bloody record of invasion, intimidation, and gross human rights violations, there was just enough doubt to make it seem that Hussein was a real threat to blow up the region. This was enough to sell the resolution to 28 other Senate Democrats who along with Clinton voted for it."

What lies and treachery came out of the wikileaks emails? It was all about campaign strategy. Did you even read the emails I posted?

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on October 12, 2016:

I am not excusing the Chalabi stuff, just being realistic. You blame Bush and neocon for this? They were deceived just as every other country, The Iraq war had a coalition of many countries... were they all part of this conspiracy? Clinton voted for the war as well, what's her excuse? You are playing monday morning quarterback when our country is falling into pieces. I am glad for wikileaks for exposing the lies and trechery of the Democrats and the media. It is doing the job of past journalist like Woodward and Bernstein.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 12, 2016:

Jack: So Chalabi makes no difference to you about the false pretense of the invasion of Iraq and how he and the necons started it? Instead of reading news outlets, why don't you do research on wikipedia, they are totally unbiased and vetted by groups of knowledgeable people? I read the Wikileaks. That is behind the scenes strategy by the DNC both sides do that. Here are the six most explosive wilikleaks according to Vanity Fair:


By the way you can thank Trump for asking Putin to hack Hillary's email. That is better known as treason when a civilian asks an enemy head of state to do something that could be detrimental to the national security of our country.

You should check you stuff out on Snopes. You will see, they rate the false, the truth, and also those still in process. But it requires a lot of reading. I'm not sure you are up to that, based on your responses. You would rather just argue with me based on making up your own mind. So I give you a multitude of facts and you would rather just ignore them.

Here is the reality of the Clinton Foundation accusations, some are true, some are false and some, they are just waiting for more information to analyze. I don't twist reality, I try to present the facts and the root cause of issues. I think you know that by now. What have I presented to you that is false and a twisted reality?


Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on October 12, 2016:

Pp73, what you described about Chalabi was exposed years later. In the run up to the war, even the New York Times supported the war on Iraq before they changed their mind...

I have no false alleigance to Fox news. I watch and read most news outlets and make up my own mind.

The recent Wikileaks exposed the corruption of the DNC, the White House, the main street media and the Clinton operatives and the Clinton foundation. In their own words... go read it and try and defend them. I like to hear your twist on reality my friend...

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 11, 2016:

Jack: In other words, you didn't believe a damn thing I said, nor did you even go to wikipedia and look up any of things I asked you to verify that I'm not lying. . I put all the time and energy in explaining it in detail, but if you want to continue to spread false information, that is your prerogative. It just saddens me that so much false information is spread around, because of Fox News and their right wing agenda. I'm not blaming 9/11 on Bush, but you said there was no terrorist attacks while he was in office. For your information 9/11 was a terrorists attack. For your information Clinton sent cruise missiles to Bin Laden's training camps while he was being investigated for his affair with Monica. Congress said he was trying to distract them from his investigation and it was a case of the tale wagging the dog. Bush had Bin Laden in his sights in Bora Bora, but he let him go. Why? I guess you know that Obama took him out? Bush went to war in Afghanistan after 9/11, because that is where Bin Laden training camps were. Then after that he invaded Iraq because of alleged WMDs and alleged Al Queda, neither of which were in Iraq at the time. I told you that Israel was afraid that Saddam was going to attack them. One of the reasons we went to war was to protect Israel. The necons in our defense department had tight connections with Israel. Most of them were Jews and had affiliations with the Israeli government. Please look up what I told you to, just to satisfy in your mind and mine that I'm not lying. I feel that confident about what i said, whether you believe it or not.

Here is the excerpt of neocons from Wikipedia, just in case you don't look it up. I guess I'm going to have to force feed you the info.

Neoconservatives peaked in influence during the administration of George W. Bush, when they played a major role in promoting and planning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[1] Prominent neoconservatives in the George W. Bush administration included Paul Wolfowitz, John Bolton, Elliott Abrams, Richard Perle and Paul Bremer. Senior officials Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, while not identifying as neoconservatives, listened closely to neoconservative advisers regarding foreign policy, especially the defense of Israel and the promotion of democracy in the Middle East.

Here is the excerpt from wikipedia on Achmed Chalibi

Chalabi was a controversial figure, especially in the United States, for many reasons.

In the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Iraqi National Congress (INC), with the assistance of lobbying powerhouse BKSH & Associates,[6] provided a major portion of the information on which U.S. Intelligence based its condemnation of the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, including reports of weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to al-Qaeda. Most, if not all, of this information has turned out to be false and Chalabi has been called a fabricator.[7]

That, combined with the fact that Chalabi subsequently boasted, in an interview with the British Sunday Telegraph, about the impact that their alleged falsifications had on American policy, led to a falling out between him and the U.S. government. Furthermore, Chalabi was found guilty in the Petra Bank scandal in Jordan.

In January 2012, a French intelligence official stated that they believed Chalabi to be an Iranian agent.[8]

Jack, if you want more, I'm happy to force feed you.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on October 11, 2016:

PP73, please don't assume that I am ignorant of the Iraq issues. I lived through that period as you and I wrote extensively about it. Are you blaming 9/11 on Bush when he just took office 9 months earlier?

If anything, the 9/11 incident was brought about by Clinton and the distraction he created with the impeachment. Any other President would have resigned to safe the country from being put through more than 6 months of distraction while our enemies plotted. In addition there are tapes that show Bill Clinton being offered Bin Laden and he rejected it because he claimed "we had no jurisdiction..."

The early part of the war was tremendously popular among all. It was only when it dragged on did the Democrats broke rank and used the lies to damage Bush and our foreign policy. They claim it was about oil and we did not take one drop of Iraqi oil. They claimed Abu Graib caused more rebellion and NYT cover it on the front pages day in day out...

They claim the WMD was cooked up by the Bush Administration where as all intelligence agencies were looking at the same info including the French, the Israeli and the British intelligence.

The final lie was linking that we went to war because of 9/11.

With regard to Obama pulling out of Iraq, don't tell me it was Bush's fault. He was the commander in chief and he wanted to end the Iraq war and pulled out using that as an excuse. Every general told him not to do it and he over rode them. How is that for command decision?

Finally, Obama claimed that Gitmo was the cause of the terrorists recruitment. He vow to close it within his first year in office. Guess what? he didn't.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 11, 2016:

Jack: Achmed Chalibi: Was an expatriate of Saddam's who came to this country and told the necons, including Paul wolfowitz and his gang, that Saddam had WMDs. He wanted to get even with him because he extradited him. He sold the neocons and Bush and Cheny on the idea. He had a cousin living in Germany, code named curved ball, who came up with fake documents to cinch the deal. Bush asked Colin Powell to sell it to the UN, when there was no evidence. Colin Powell being the good soldier that he was came up with artist renderings of what chemical facilities looked like. Now I'm not that smart, but I know that if your are going to prove something to a group of people, you don't use artists concepts of what it looks like in a powerpoint presentation, you us real photos. i read Colin Powell's book and he said it was all B.S. but it was enough to sell the U.N. When they attacked, Achemd Chalibi thought he was going to go in and become the president of Iraq but they didn't let that happen. It was all false pretense, the purpose of it was to protect Israel from Saddam's scud missiles that he used in Persian Gulf 1. When Rice said he was attacking his neighbors that is what she meant. Congress did vote on it, because Bush said if you are not with me, then you are against me.

As far as not having any attacks under Bush, what do you call 9/11?

Obama pulled troops out of Iraq, because of the binding Status of Force Agreement Bush made with Maliki, the Prime Minister of Iraq. Obama had to pull the troops out or breach the agreement that Bush made. Pulling troops out of Iraq did not start ISIS. It was started by Anwar Al Bagdadi who is the current leader of ISIS. He was a prisoner in Camp Bucca. While there he plotted with his fellow Sunni prisoners to start ISIS. They released him because he acted like a model prisoner, but all the time he and his fellow prisoners were waiting to set up ISIS, for a while they were part of Al Queda,, but they had a falling out and they went out on their own. This all happened during the Bush administration. Obama and Hillary had nothing to do with it. If you don't believe me, here is an article that I wrote on ISiS. Please google everything I have said, but don't use right wing propaganda. Go to wikipedia and google Achmed Chalibi, Anwar al Bagadi, and then neocons see what you come up with. Also look up the Status of Force Agreement that Bush had with Iraq.. Saddam was bragging, but he was faking it, He also had tanks, fighter aircraft and artillery that were balloons that looked real from the air. They even had heaters in them to make them sensed by infrared.

Jack, you have to stop believing the crap that comes out of right wing propaganda. Do yourself and everybody else a favor and start questioning the stuff you hear and see. Don't accept it on blind faith. Most of it is miss-information to throw you off of the facts. You will find I don't make this stuff up. I provided too much detail for me to do that.


Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on October 11, 2016:

Peoplepower, I don't want to go back and argue over the Iraq war but I must correct your false accusations about the Bush war. It was not started under false pretense. Every intelligence services agreed that Saddam had weapon's of mass destruction and he himself bragged about it. Congress voted on it including Hillary and Kerry... The war was not started as a rush...It was debated forever in the UN and our troops were stations in Kuwait waiting for the final word. Under Bush's 8 years, we were safe and no terrorist act was perpetrated on the homeland. Unlike under Obama, where we had incidents after incidents. Worse, by pulling out of Iraq, he create the vacuum that started ISIS. Should I go on?

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 11, 2016:

OMG Are you kidding? They are the problem with this country. They are owned by Rupert Murdoch who is an Australian. They have bimbos for newscasters who sit in couches and wear short skirts up to hoochies. Their programs are called shows for a reason. They are not the news. They are the right wing propaganda machines that has brainwashed people like you into the thinking Hillary is evil and Obama was born in Africa with a different name. There people like Sean Hannity and Limbaugh are paid megabucks to put out miss-information to make you part of the voting block for republicans and having your vote against your best interest without you even knowing it. It easy to believe sound bites because you don't have to use any critical thinking, You just accept what they say on blind faith.

Godssondp on October 11, 2016:

CNN is CLINTON NEWS NETWORK. I found your problem it is your source. Try Fox News for some truth and not a twisted nonsense. It's people who are tired of lies and corruption telling it straight.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 11, 2016:

Jack: A motto of "We leave no man behind" doesn't cut it. The republican congress did not want to fund any further assets to Benghazi as part of their sequestration program to cut back on defense spending. Your one sided bias is telling. Yes Bush started the war under false pretenses that caused thousands of people to die. Yes republicans tried to block everyone of Obama's move, but he succeeded in spite of them.

Read the last paragraphs, you don't make this stuff up.


Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 11, 2016:

Godsondp: You wanted to know about Hillary's accomplishments and what has she done for her country. Here they are:


Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on October 11, 2016:

Your justifying bad behavior with other bad behavior is tiring. Everyone should answer for his/her own actions. Don't you agree? or it only applies to people you disagree with. The fact is, according to the CIA operatives on the ground, someone gave the stand down order. Who did? Nobody knows after 4 Congressional investigations. The incident happened over 13 hours. Don't tell me we had no assets to try and save those people. We say leave no man behind as a motto. Apparently, it only applies to deserters like Bergdahl. Your one sided bias is telling. Just blame it all on Bush and the evil Republicans... After 7 and a half years, Obama is clean as a whistle and the most transparent administration that brought us Obamacare. Jonathan Gruber is right, the stupidity of the American voter...

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on October 11, 2016:

Godsondp: Welcome to hub pages. This is straight from the horses mouth. Comey's FBI transcript from FBI. gov. This requires some reading, but if you want to learn the truth, then you need to read this. It is no B.S. Further, if you do not accept the findings, that's your problem.

Hillary did not leave four Americans to die, but even if she did, they are four. How about all the thousands of people who have died in Bush's war?


Here is the CNN summary on Benghazi. Again these are not simple sound bites. They are the truth and it requires a lot of reading. It is much more complex than Hillary left four Americans to die.


Godssondp on October 11, 2016:

When you were given the secret classification you seem to remember that and the workings i'm sure. Do you buy into the lies about Hillary not knowing the markings of such "C" classified. It has always been do something and tell the people something else. Does this sound like the type of person we need? The hard evidence has for the most part been pushed aside or destroyed by Obama and his corrupt. The doubt has been placed into a large majority of America. I hate to be lied to. Blessing to you Sir and God Bless

Godssondp on October 11, 2016:

jackclee lm has the best comments here thus far. Hillary is crooked as they come. Show us some proof other wise. All I see is more negative and accusations about Hillary while Trump is just being a rude mouthy ass. Actions matter like letting 4 Americans to die. Making a stand for open borders. I guess ya'll need to do you homework and see what Islam is doing to France and wants to do here. SAVE AMERICA VOTE TRUMP

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on September 14, 2016:

Ah Shyron, thank you for dropping by. You are one of my favorites. After seeing how he uses these techniques, it really helps me understand him. The funny thing is, the people who support him are willing to overlook all of that. I'm afraid the bashing of his opponents is going to become the new normal. They will stop paying attention to him and then he may do or say something really serious or dangerous.

Blessings to you as well my friend.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 14, 2016:

Mike, this is awesome, and I love the video clips.

I wish that everyone would read this, and understand the consequences of a trump Presidency, and every time I see the Donald I keep thinking about the old saying: "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time."

Blessings my friend

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on September 14, 2016:

Hi Larry: Now when I watch him, I can apply what I have learned and it all makes more sense. Thanks for dropping by.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on September 14, 2016:

He is a fascinating guy. A scumbag, but the sort of scumbag that captures our imaginations.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on September 13, 2016:

Jack: I didn't protest. I asked you a series of questions that you did not answer. You have a nice day.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 13, 2016:

Mile, calm down and breath. Have a nice day. Let's just agree to disagree. Thou doest protest too much.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on September 13, 2016:

Jack: Do you have a need to know about her classified information? If this was truly classified. Then it follows that you and everybody else, does not have the need to know. Classified information is exempt from the FIOA. What was or is the consequences of her handling the classified information. What scandal? She didn't create a scandal. The congressional investigation created the scandal. What if they never investigated, what would the consequences be? Did she cause an event that jeopardized our national security. Where is the deception? She was notified way before the investigation, they were going to be looking at her emails. Did they give her a directive to tell her not to delete her emails? I don't thinks so. Again, if you don't have the need to know, then you are not granted access. You say I'm biased, why don't you look in the mirror. Just because she deleted some of her emails does not make her paranoid about secrecy. Again, the GOP is not satisfied until it finds a smoking gun. What if there is no smoking gun? How long is this facade going to be carried on? When is enough, enough? With Patreus, they had hard evidence as to what he had done. With Hillary, there is never any hard evidence. It's all conjecture and conspiracy theory. Yes I'm biased because she has been treated unfairly by Fox news and the GOP. Yes she acted recklessly, but not criminally.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 13, 2016:

Your bias is showing. It is clear to me that the intent was to avert FOIA requests. The reason for her own server. The FBI chose to ignore that. The Benghazi affair brought this into open. It was trying to understand what happened there that unravel this whole deceipt. I wrote about this in another hub. If everyone in our government acted like her in handling classified material, God help us. This scandal was her doing. Her paranoia about secrecy lead to this. She is unfit to govern just like Trump for different reasons as I also wrote about.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on September 13, 2016:

Jack:The FBI said she did not act with criminal intent. That's the key thing here. If she is guilty of anything, it is she is not tech savvy. The whole state department is guilty of not having standard operating procedures in place for the marking and movement of classified information. I served four years in the Air Force and handled a lot of classified information. Classified is the lowest level, then secret, then top secret. They are all marked with those appropriate words spelled out, not the letter "c." I worked with the National Security Agency for many years. I was granted a secret clearance with crypto access. I developed the procedures for the movement of classified coding materials in the Minuteman missile fail safe system for Strategic Air Force Command Headquarters (SAC). My procedures became part of SACs SOP. I know one thing for sure. Access to any information was only on a need to know basis. If you didn't have the need to know, you were not given access.

As far as Benghazi goes, Hillary did not have the intent to kill those four people. If you analyze it carefully instead of accepting what fox news and the congressional investigations say, it was the fog of war. It was not her negligence. She asked for more funding to increase security in the embassy, but it was denied by the republican congress. If you don't believe me, google it.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 13, 2016:

Mike, as the FBI director said, there is a much higher bar for criminal indictment. That does not make her free and clear in the public arena. You are making the same mistake. There is no vast right wing conspiracy against the Clintons. Many of the scandals were self inflicted. IMHO.

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on September 13, 2016:

Thank you Jack: Hillary is nothing like Trump. I have said this many times. Hillary has been made to be a criminal by right wing propaganda. However in congressional investigations, she is always guilty until proven innocent. The last time I looked, that was really a violation of our civil rights. Our constitution states that in a court of law, you are innocent until proven guilty. But with the game the GOP plays, they will never be satisfied with the investigations and the FBI reports, because once they do, the game is over. If she really is a criminal and as guilty as they say, why is she not tried in a court of law, with supporting evidence.?

Mike Russo (author) from Placentia California on September 13, 2016:

MizBejabbers: I agree with you. Hillary should not apologize. By doing so, she is playing right into Trumps hand. Thanks for reading the article.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on September 13, 2016:

Excellent summary with details on Trump. I commend you on a great hub. The question is will you do a comparable one on Hillary Clinton?

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on September 13, 2016:

It astounds me how Trump's followers simply can't be confused with the facts. That alone sets forth their mentality. Trump is the master of propaganda as no matter what he says, he puts another spin on it when it is questioned.

It disappoints me that with as much political experience as Hillary has, she has not mastered that game. I believe that Hillary is making a big mistake by apologizing for some of the things that she has said. She should stand behind her words especially when they are true such as calling a portion of Trump supporters "deplorable". Stand behind that statement because for a candidate to apologize for what that person says on the campaign trail shows weakness.

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