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In need of help, Trump finds few willing to work for him

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    The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump makes a speech at his revamped Trump Turnberry golf course in Turnberry Scotland Friday June 24, 2016.

WASHINGTON >> Donald Trump has finally conceded that he needs more than the bare-bones campaign team that led him to primary success if he’s going to compete against Hilary Clinton.

Yet Trump is finding that many of the Republican Party’s most experienced political aides just aren’t willing to work for him.

From Texas to New Hampshire, well-respected members of the GOP’s professional class say they can’t look past their deep personal and professional reservations about their presumptive presidential nominee.

There are exceptions, but many operatives who best understand the mechanics of presidential politics fear that taking a Trump paycheck might stain their resumes, spook other clients and even cause problems at home.

They’re also reluctant to devote months to a divisive candidate whose campaign has been plagued by infighting and disorganization.

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    • Keonigohan, completely agree with your post. AP+SA are talking to the RINO’s who know they will be exposed if they get close to Mr. Trump.

        • There’s NOTHING positive to post about Trump. The man is one big NEGATIVE. “Make America great again”; so he thinks America is NOT great already? What a nice thing to imply about the country and system that allowed him to operate his businesses. And he lands in Scotland and claims that the Scots are going wild and cheering over Brexit? Obviously he didn’t even bother to read about the Scottish results, namely over 60% voted to STAY in the EU. Trump is an eembecil.

        • Kauai…your hiLIARy has Amb. Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty & Tyrone Woods BLOOD on her hands….but to you “what difference does it make” correct?

        • re kauai

          I believe it is spelled imbecile, not eembecil.

          And if it is your intent to name yourself after the island, I believe the correct spelling is actually kauai’i, not kauai.

        • Can’t find anyone to help with his campaign? How on earth is he expecting people to sign up and “die for” what he stands for?

        • Keoni, you are correct, it does not matter, as HRC will beat trump like a step child who stole—have a nice day, pillock.

        • @kuroiwaj…..my response to your support supposed to be a Thumbs Up…iphone emoticon translation gone wrong lol

      • Heard the Kim Kardashian will be named Secretary of State by Trump if he wins. He likes chicks around him. She may be his 4th wife! And regarding Libya, Obama kept us out to the ground action. Trump, McCain, Lindsey, and other Republicans wanted us to invide. Instead of 4 dead you be blaming Hilary about 4,000 dead. Which is better?

        • You forgot to mention the many requests by the Amb for needed added security…hiLIARy’s response crickets crickets

  • Mr. Trump’s racism and bigotry has made him a pariah. Professionals who want to actually work after Mr. Trump loses the election are running from him as if he’s radioactive.

    It’s more and more likely that the Senate will revert to Democratic control. That can’t happen soon enough.

    Get ready for eight years of Hillary Clinton and her SCOTUS choices.

    Go Trump!

        • Keonigohan – There you go with the woman comments again.

          No matter how many times you write them – over and over and over again – they’re always original and hilarious!

          You certainly are a Trump supporter!

    • Can’t wait to see the latest polls. Her VP pick is just one thrombosis away from the POTUS if she is elected. Once they reconstruct her calendar the truth about her self dealing will be exposed. If you want a crook and a liar for POTUS deal her in.

      • Still waiting for Dick Cheney’s appointment logs, the ones that included all of the meetings at which he let Big Oil write the Bush energy policy.

    • “Racism” and “bigotry” can be used to classify examples of behavior.

      When such a word is used for character assassination it is meaningless and unproductive.

      When you say someone “is” racist, you say that this person is infected by some kind of evil essence.

      In fact there is no such essence. Racism is just a word, that derives its meaning from examples.

      So you might properly say that you would classify some act as racist, but to say that someone “is” racist, is part of a delusional thought pattern.

      A person cannot be a word, and that is all it is, a word.

      It is a fairly common modern delusion, often among the more articulate and educated.

      This is because they are much better at it, and more prey to the delusion that their mental constructs are reality, or deeper truths.

      To avoid this kind of jump from the real world up into the delusional world of imagined essences, and the consequent lack of rational discussion, think it is necessary to:
      1. List the example of an act that you think is racist
      2. Define what you mean by racist
      3. Explain why you think that act satisfies that definition

  • Their reason and logic is sound, working for Trump is a risky move they may regret far into the future. Can’t say I blame them for refusing to get involved.

  • They are looking for Trump campaign workers in the wrong places. Would suggest a KKK rally or white supremacist convention for eager and dedicated employees ready to do ‘battle’ for the Donald. BYOB, Bring your own brass knuckles or batons.

  • The political campaign for Hillary and Donald is just a big circus. Free rides everyone… ferris wheel, merry-go-round, roller coaster and more, plus all the laughter from the stand-up comedians. Just a big joke…what course is this country heading for? Right now, can’t figure out what course the ship is heading with the present skipper…circle, zig-zag, backward and it’s surely not heading on a straight course. Just hope that the new elected skipper doesn’t let the ship go backwards because it will surely cause a mutiny.

    • The POTUS might be the skipper but his crew has been mutinous from the beginning. While he may have had the con at the wheel the Republicans had the engine room. There were times this ship went dead in the water for no reason other than to try to take control of the con. So if this ship is sailing in a sporadic course it’s because at times it is just drifting due to the mutinous acts of those running the engineering plant.

      • It’s on the skipper’s watch and he has failed miserably. His job is to bring people together instead he emerged as the Great Divider. He is great at the blame game. Anybody but me.

        • So, by that pillock logic, the wasting of a huge surplus, 9-11, the lives of thousands of service folks and a global financial crisis occurred during GWs tenure, so it’s entirely his fault??

  • It doesn’t sound like Henry M. Paulson Jr., chairman of the Paulson Institute and a former U.S. treasury secretary and chief executive of Goldman Sachs, will be signing up to work for Trump after he stated:

    “Republicans stand at a crossroads. With Donald Trump as the presumptive presidential nominee, we are witnessing a populist hijacking of one of the United States’ great political parties. The GOP, in putting Trump at the top of the ticket, is endorsing a brand of populism rooted in ignorance, prejudice, fear and isolationism. This troubles me deeply as a Republican, but it troubles me even more as an American. Enough is enough. It’s time to put country before party and say it together: Never Trump.”

    • I remember Hank Paulson.

      My impression of him was that of a person with a high conceit and a modest talent.

      “hijacking” ?
      I associate this word with a person who takes over an airplane by force, without the consent of the passengers.
      In this case the passengers had a vote, and the person won the nomination.

      His remark confirms my earlier impression.

      • Yes, of course. Your analyses makes perfect sense. Goldman Sachs has been long known for seeking out people of “modest talent” for the CEO position. What better way to insure success?

        You are one amazing thinker! Let me guess ….. Trump supporter?

        • Goldman Sachs is the Vampire Squid. Paulson bailed out the big banks at the cost to the American taxpayer. Brexit could be a payback but GS only down 7% so far. Check out the number of Goldman Sucks folks in government. Amazing. Let me guess ….one of the sheep?

        • My comment exposed a fallacy. Try reading it again before you shoot off your mouth.

          Based on your remarks, It is my opinion that a modest talent is one to which you yet have to rise.

  • This is an excerpt from a much longer article that has more perspective. Here are some examples:

    “‘Right now I feel no obligation to lift a finger to help Donald Trump,” said Brent Swander, an Ohio-based operative who has coordinated nationwide logistics for Republican presidential campaigns dating to George W. Bush.

    ‘Everything that we’re taught as children — not to bully, not to demean, to treat others with respect — everything we’re taught as children is the exact opposite of what the Republican nominee is doing. How do you work for somebody like that? What would I tell my family?’ Swander said.”

    “Chris Wilson, a senior aide to Ted Cruz, said the Texas senator’s entire paid staff of more than 150 ignored encouragement from Trump’s team to apply for positions after Cruz quit the presidential race. Wilson said that even now, many unemployed Cruz aides are refusing to work for the man who called their former boss ‘Lyin’ Ted.'”

    “A new generation of top talent active in more recent years has shown little interest in Trump. In Iowa, experienced operative Sara Craig says she will not work for Trump or even support him. ‘I am more interested in working on down-ballot races,’ said Craig, who helped elect Joni Ernst to the Senate from Iowa and directed a pro-Bush super political action committee.”

    A shame the SA didn’t print the whole piece (maybe couldn’t afford it?). If the story interests you, do a search on google and you can find it in its complete version.

  • 121 of the top Republican national security experts signed a letter which stated:

    “His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle. He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence.

    His advocacy for aggressively waging trade wars is a recipe for economic disaster in a globally connected world.

    His embrace of the expansive use of torture is inexcusable.

    His hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric undercuts the seriousness of combating Islamic radicalism by alienating partners in the Islamic world making significant contributions to the effort. Furthermore, it endangers the safety and Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of American Muslims.

    Controlling our border and preventing illegal immigration is a serious issue, but his insistence that Mexico will fund a wall on the southern border inflames unhelpful passions, and rests on an utter misreading of, and contempt for, our southern neighbor.

    Similarly, his insistence that close allies such as Japan must pay vast sums for protection is the sentiment of a racketeer, not the leader of the alliances that have served us so well since World War II.

    His admiration for foreign dictators such as Vladimir Putin is unacceptable for the leader of the world’s greatest democracy.

    He is fundamentally dishonest. Evidence of this includes his attempts to deny positions he has unquestionably taken in the past, including on the 2003 Iraq war and the 2011 Libyan conflict. We accept that views evolve over time, but this is simply misrepresentation.

    His equation of business acumen with foreign policy experience is false. Not all lethal conflicts can be resolved as a real estate deal might, and there is no recourse to bankruptcy court in international affairs.”

    • You still don’t get it. Trump in anti establishment as is Bernie. We the people will decide. Brexit is an example of how the tide is turning. “Make America Great Again”

      • Not sure what you think I “don’t get.” The article’s lede is that Trump can’t get “well-respected members of the GOP’s professional class” to work for him. Do you need the names of the 121 signatories of the letter I quoted?

        • Your comprehension skills are less tha desired. Sarge22 comment is brief & to the point…read it again, you might get his point.

        • You’re right. Thankfully, Mr. Trump’s remarkable ignorance of world affairs and the Constitution are becoming more well known. He is mercilessly misinformed. Having him as the Republican nominee is almost too good to be true for Democrats.

          The forecast now is a Trump loss in 42 states. If that happens, the Senate will definitely revert to Democratic control, and it puts the House in question.

          Thanks, Trump supporters!

        • The forecast for today is rain but the sun is out. So much for forecasts. 22% of Bernie supporters will vote for Mr Trump. It’s just the beginning.

        • They just did several polls, and over 90% of Bernie folks said they would vote HRC. Again, facts always trump (pardon the pun) mere opinion.

        • The poll I just heard, which was referenced in an interview with Sanders, had 21% of his supporters going for Trump and 18% for Johnson.

      • With a name like Sarge22, I would think that you might have seen through some of Trump’s bluster when he was caught by the Washington Post trying to scam the veterans charities that he claimed to be supporting.

    • Over 11 million people voted for him, the most in nomination history.

      Perhaps these 121 people should go past the sound bites, go a little deeper, and find out why?

      • Because we have a whole lot of poor, uneducated, disenfranchised, white folks who somehow think America was better in some revisionist version.

        • Me….I’m a kanaka who is enjoying the spoil of the top 1%. That said, Trump wouldn’t know a poor person if they provided him with a section 8 housing form.

  • don’t know why the leadership of the repubs just dump is joker. he really is not serious to him this is a game. how can a scamming business person and tax cheat be a us president?

  • Trump has allowed himself to become mired in a series of petty battles rather than pivoting to a general-election message and strategy. The man cannot help himself and is clinically pathological in his inability to be just a sliver of presidential. For instance, he recently spent an inordinate and needless time in California, which will had no bearing on the GOP nomination, rather than concentrating on swing states he must convert in order to be competitive in the electoral college.

    He claims he will put California in play in November. California hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential nominee since 1988. In the past six elections, Republicans have lost California by 13, 13, 12, 10, 24 and 23 points. It’s also the most diverse state, that is to say, the exact demographic in which utterly rejects him.

    The latest Field Poll shows him losing California to Clinton by 19 points. Yet the most significant thing Trump has done campaigning in a state very Hispanic leaning, is to directly attack the only female Hispanic republican governor, Susanna Martinez of NM, who also chairs the Republican Gonvernors Associatiom, and thus instigate even further backlash from a Hispanic community whose power in elections continues to rise. Just plain stupid….

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said several times in recent days that he worries that Trump could do to Hispanics what Barry Goldwater’s 1964 campaign did to African Americans. Goldwater’s opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 turned African Americans into the most solid bloc of voters in the Democratic coalition.

    Y’all just make me chuckle….

    • And alas, with another pithy comment, your candidate laggards even further behind and is abandoned even with his own party. You bring-up this non-sensical thought that he will embolden those on the far R of the party, and it will thus cleanse the party of RINOs. That is just incredibly short-sighted and moreover, a certain loss for the Rs. First, there are not enough voters on the far right to win an election, and any pollster or political scientist can tell you that is already a given.

      All presidential races in the last 50 years, are won within th margin of 47-53 %. What does that mean practically speaking?? It means in a general election you need to tack towards centrist voters, thus galvanizing any far end of the political spectrum actually hurts you in the general election–just ask Mitt.

      This is politics 101: it’s clear you just don’t understand demographics, population trends, the electoral college and contemporary political history and data.

      • That’s a little better, but I guess those folks in England didn’t take politics 101. I know apples and oranges. Fox News, Hannity Special:The Clintons Scandals is now on.

      • It’s RINO: RINO (Republican in Name Only) is an officeholder or candidate who is a member of the Republican Party, but holds views to the political left of most Republican voters, or simply does whatever the liberal media wants.

      • In any event, George Will is no RINO, he is a standard bearer of the party. It’s odd, all this evidence, data, one gaff after another, with absolutely no improvement, and yet you still say Donald will win–there is a word for this–denial.

        You only ever submit opinions, no numbers, no data, not a detailed articulated on how you might syllogisticlly win the race–but rather, only a overly simplistic, Donald will win.

        My pops use to say, wish in one hand and sh?t in another, and I’ll tell you what hand will fill up first. Your just wishing at this point, and deep inside, you desperately and begrudgingly know it…..

    • Man, this guy boolakanaka is full of it. Talks about Trump. What about Hillary? What about Obama?
      Hillary is on medication to control clotting. She’s like her foundation. One for you, ten for me. Money missing, calendar missing, records missing, emails missing. If they want Hillary deal me out.boolakanaka can have her.

      • Thanks, I will. The subject is Donald, what you just did Les, is called avoidance.

        I take peace, that the Rs, could have made a very competitive race for the White House, as there is always party fatigue after 8 years of the same party, and history has always shown that voters are ready for a change. But, boy y’all blew it–big time.

        Because of Trump and this illogical fascination, you will now lose both the house and senate. And for even better measure, at least 3 new Supreme Court justices will be ushered in during the next 4 years, setting up a democratic majority on the Supreme Court of the next 40 years…very well done — mahalo nui!!!’

    • Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department staffer who set up Hillary Clinton’s private server, invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 125 times during a 90-minute, closed-door deposition Wednesday with Judicial Watch. Working off an index card, Pagliano read the same crafted statement each time.

      • At least he invoked the Fifth Amendment and didn’t outright lie like crooked lying HiLIARy. Does a State Department staffer taking the Fifth really look good. Kinda like the IRS scandal. Very sad

        • Have to agree ,the country is in bad shape and we need Mr Trump to improve our educational system. With Hillary we will continue to go down hill and Bill will have a free lunch.

        • Sarge, tell,me this and be honest. Why do Red state (or R states) dominate the following: poorest states, most uneducated, most unhealthy, less insured, lowest employment, highest in social welfare and least diverse??

          I’m waiting…..

        • boolakana, Re R state

          I think you might be mixing up effects, causes and correlation.

          According to
          http://www.westernjournalism.com/new-gallup-map-shows-republicanmost-democrat-states/
          the most Repub and Dem states are

          Republican stronghold
          Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Tennessee, and Alabama

          Democratic stronghold
          California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland

          This looks somewhat like rural versus urban, which in addition to providing a partial explanation as to why they vote the way they do, may also explain the incidence of these other factors that you claim, but which I did not personally check, and for which you provide no reference.

          Some might say that perhaps the less sophisticated rural life provides a wisdom lost to the city slickers?

        • To determine the nation’s 100 poorest counties, we downloaded data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This data covers five years ending in 2012, and includes more than 3,000 counties and county equivalents (such as Louisiana parishes). This data enabled us to rank-order these jurisdictions based on two commonly used measurements — median income, and percentage of the population in poverty.

          As for determining whether a state is “red” or “blue,” we decided to define it by whether the state voted for President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in 2012. This means we counted North Carolina and Indiana as red states, since Obama lost them in 2012 after winning them in 2008. (Though either way, the differences would have been marginal.)

          So how did the data turn out?

          For median income, we found that 95 of the 100 poorest counties were located in red states. Here are the 10 poorest, all of them red states….

        • According to data compiled in a new study, 9 of the 10 least educated states in America also voted Republican in the last presidential election.

          24/7 Wall St used educational attainment data from the U.S. Census Bureau to rank all 50 states in terms of higher education level. The results were not surprising to those who pay attention to our national discourse.

          All ten of the most educated states in the United States voted for President Obama in 2012. The ten most educated states were Minnesota, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado, Massachusetts. Only one of the ten least educated states (Nevada) voted for President Obama in 2012.

          The ten least educated states were:

          10). Idaho

          9). Indiana

          8). Oklahoma

          7). Alabama

          6). Nevada

          5). Louisiana

          4). Kentucky

          3). Arkansas

          2). Mississippi

          1). West Virginia

      • All this is moot. Hillary is not going to make it to the starting gate. They’re talking about Trump because they don’t want to talk about embarrassing Hillary. If she can’t keep track of her appointment book or top secret emails she might press the atomic button by “mistake” and say if I had to do it over again I probably wouldn’t have done it.
        She was up at 3 am when the Beghazi massacre was going down but she didn’t have a speech writer and Bill was with Jeff Epstein.

    • All this is moot. Hillary is not going to make it to the starting gate. They’re talking about Trump because they don’t want to talk about embarrassing Hillary. If she can’t keep track of her appointment book or top secret emails she might press the atomic button by “mistake” and say if I had to do it over again I probably wouldn’t have done it.
      She was up at 3 am when the Beghazi massacre was going down but she didn’t have a speech writer and Bill was with Jeff Epstein.
      The Democrats had the President and Congress but failed to pass gun control and immigration. All the Democrats are good for is sitting around eating Auntie Mazie’s spam musubi. It’s time for a Republican President like Trump. The Republican Party isn’t Red, they’re yellow, I’ll concede that.

  • Come Jan 2017, who ever becomes POTUS…..we will all need to lower our expectations……the Rich and Poor will thrive…..the Middle Class will continue to take a big hit and shrink.

    set something aside for the next down turn…….otherwise eat drink and be merry.

  • In his unhinged speech after the Brexit vote, Trump referred to the people of Scotland, the country of his mother’s birth, as “Scotch,” so I guess he would describe himself as half-Scotch.

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