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Trump’s criticism of Cruz renews questions about temperament

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    Vice presidential running mate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., right, listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an goodbye reception with friends and family following the Republican National Convention, Friday, July 22, 2016, in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND >> Donald Trump followed the script in his big speech to the Republican National Convention. Less than 12 hours later, he was free-form again, Trump being Trump, resurrecting a conspiracy theory linking the father of his chief rival from the primaries to John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Trump’s plunge into a lengthy litigation of past spats with Ted Cruz — even bringing up his retweet of an unflattering photo of Cruz’s wife, Heidi — did nothing to assuage Republican fears about their standard bearer after a national convention complicated by unforced errors.

The episode raised questions, too, about how he might govern inside the White House, having so far led a scattershot campaign marked by a short temper and a seemingly improvised approach to policymaking.

Presidential candidates typically come out of their conventions looking ahead to the general election and intent on expanding their appeal beyond the partisans who showed up. Trump took a bizarre look backward at what was billed as a post-convention thank you reception Friday for supporters and staff at his Cleveland hotel.

Reviewing one of the ugliest chapters of the nomination contest, Trump mentioned Cruz’s father, saying “All I did was point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.” There is no evidence linking Rafael Cruz to JFK’s murder.

Republicans lustily cheered their nominee on the convention’s closing night but not all can figure out what he’d be like in the Oval Office.

“It remains a mystery how exactly he will govern other than through platitudes and statements like, ‘The violence will end,’” said Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary under President George W. Bush.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter who was on the short list for running mate, said: “Trump tends to take, very personally, attacks and he tends to counterattack very aggressively. That’s a fact. And it doesn’t seem to be changeable.”

He went on: “He would govern with great intensity. He would push the margins on many things.” Gingrich said Trump would make mistakes, “Yes. But he would do something.”

Earlier in the week, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who supported Trump at the convention, told The New York Times that Trump made a “rookie mistake” when he questioned a core commitment to NATO allies.

Trump’s NATO comments sent shockwaves across Europe and the diplomatic world, only a taste of what the response would be if Trump had been musing from the Oval Office.

Convention misfires began before the gathering itself.

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was billed on the convention speaking program released by the campaign last week, but described his appearance as a rumor and didn’t come.

On the convention’s opening night, most delegates left after Melania Trump’s address, and Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, a rising Republican star, spoke to an overwhelmingly empty convention hall.

Mrs. Trump’s speech was well-received — for a few hours. But striking similarities were uncovered between portions of her speech and the one delivered by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic convention. The fallout dragged on as campaign chairman Paul Manafort repeatedly insisted there was no plagiarism. Finally on Wednesday, the campaign released a statement blaming a writer for unknowingly lifting passages from the speech.

Then came the Cruz missile. Trump’s team allowed him to take the prime-time stage, despite knowing he would not explicitly endorse Trump. The Texas senator’s speech sparked a torrent of boos. It was another setback for a convention that aimed to unify the party.

Trump repeatedly stepped on his own messaging, for example phoning in to Fox News just as the mother of an American killed during the attack in Benghazi, Libya, was speaking powerfully onstage. His lengthy interview with The New York Times on foreign policy robbed attention from running mate Mike Pence hours before his keynote address.

Manafort rejected the idea that the campaign’s message had been muddled.

“The speeches have all been well-received,” he said Friday. “And that’s the bottom line: People are hearing the message. He predicted a bump in the polls next week.

Fleischer said that by conventional standards, he’d grade the convention a C-plus or B-minus, but this isn’t a conventional campaign.

The political class “will judge those things and call it poorly done, and for good reason,” he said. “But most of the voters just focus on what Trump says and what he represents.”

Henry Barbour, a Republican national committeeman from Mississippi, was willing to forgive the Trump’s campaign mistakes.

“Every convention, every campaign has mistakes, and that’s OK,” he said. “It’s July. There is ample time for folks who need time to understand why Donald Trump is a better pick than Hillary Clinton. He’s not George Washington, not Abraham Lincoln, but he’s a heck of a lot better than Hillary Clinton.”

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Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.

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        • He’ll make the arrogant, bigoted, chauvinists proud and the rest of us too. The sheep following a criminal are in for a big surprise.

        • I doubt it. Hillary is surrounded by brilliant people as compared to a nut surrounded by other nuts.

        • Keaukaha, Jul 13, 2016 – Connections between Clinton and acolytes of the imam, Fethullah Gulen, could … Gulen’s followers control many Turkish institutions, including the media, courts, and police force.
          Campaign contributions, hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Please take a few minutes to follow the money.
          Hillary Clinton is Wall Street’s preferred candidate: Financial execs pouring millions into her campaign to defeat Trump.
          She went from rags to riches off the backs of Americans and she wants more.
          No more chapters. Children don’t vote, adults do.

        • Mostly is the key word not all and it came from your mouth. You and lespark keep on chasing your own tail.

      • That’s not what your sect leader said. Didn’t you vote for Bush and Romney? You haven’t figured out why they’re not voting for Trump?

  • There is no way I can vote for Trump but then again, THERE IS NO WAY I CAN VOTE FOR CLINTON. WHAT DAMM CHOICE DO I HAVE????? What choice do the voters have in voting for Clinton who is devoid of any positive, I repeat, positive character traits in a leader which incl. HONESTY, INTEGRITY but then again, how can anyone vote for Trump who really doesn’t know what he is saying and is literally a “loose cannon” should be gain the White House. WHAT CHOICE DO THE VOTERS HAVE BETWEEN THESE TWO CANDIDATES?? WHAT CHOICE DO I HAVE FOR EITHER CANDIDATE?? Please don’t tell me to vote for the lesser of two evils. I see no difference….and so it is as we move into the general election in November……….GOOD LUCK TO EACH OF YOU AND ALL OF YOU IN YOUR CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT!!!!

    • The person is only one facet. While you may not like the candidate, vote for the party which matches your values. The president alone does not set the agenda, it takes the members of each party to pass legislation which often is a reflection of the ideals of the party.

    • Take a look at Gary Johnson, Libertarian, or another one of the minor party candidates. You might find someone who matches your values and philosophy. They won’t win but in our political system, your voice doesn’t carry any weight anyway. Vote your conscience and sleep well. I’m done voting AGAINST candidates.

      • “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0pdZPwBnmw”. Your vote, and mine, carry weight.Together, we’re twice as powerful. Once Gary’s on the national stage, he’s so much better than the “other two”, his momentum will snowball. He needs your support now to get there.

      • Not voting against a candidate makes sense. Unless one of the candidates is a vindictive, violent, bigoted, racist xenophobic buffoon. For the good of the United States, it’s probably worth considering voting against that candidate.

        • Can’t wait for the NYT headline…Vindictive, violent, bigoted, racist xenophobic buffoon wins Presidential election.

        • Sarge you just commented the exact reasons why that won’t ever happen. Mahalo for your support. Remember engage your brain clutch before you comment.

    • Voting for a 3rd party candidate this year (any of them) is a throwaway vote; you might as well tear your ballot up and throw it away. 3rd parties don’t have enough of a base to make them viable. In order to change that, you have to build them from the ground up, getting them in local office, and state level, growing the number of your supporters. It takes time to do that. You can’t just give your vote to a 3rd party during the presidential election year and expect that will help change anything in future. People might complain about the two top candidates this year, but most people haven’t done any word that would really have made things different. It’s easier to just sit back and say “Oh, why do we have two bad choices?” than to put in the hard word to affect real change.

      • Poi doggy, Trump will chew ISIS up like a rabid dog. Just the kind of never say quit temperament we need right now. No more lies, no more failed policies, no more inaction. We don’t need a POTUS who has been bought and paid for by every Middle East country and Wall Street.

        • Mr. Trump quits all the time. Haven’t you seen the list of failed businesses and bankruptcies?

          Trump Magazine
          Trump Airlines
          Trump Steaks
          The several Trump casinos

          And on and on. And then on again.

        • That’s a terrific start now how about the second verse. It’s got a catchy beat. You wasted your time as a lawyer. Should have been a song writer.

        • Trump the man who avoided the draft like Dick Cheney??? Those are some convenient foot problems those two have…..

      • Stick to your guns. Don’t vote. Brilliant! Once Johnson is on stage with the two loonies, votes for him will begin pouring in. Your essay doesn’t factor in the distaste generated by this particular election cycle, which already has Gary closing in on the 15% poll number needed to get him face to face with America.

  • Former Trump fans: Now that you realize this orange-haired dude knows nothing about running a respectable campaign–not to mention a country–it’s okay to admit you made a mistake. You are now a little more educated and ready to move on. Besides, Trump only likes the under-educated, so just be glad you’ve outgrown him and his rabble-rousing ways.

    • Nothing new. He’s entitled to his opinions same as you. Go on and vote your conscience. He is exactly what this Country needs. Guys like you snipe at him all the time. So what’s the big deal.

        • Living in Hawaii, the tell was when he said being POTUS wasn’t easy. Hillary made sure of that. Hillary makes Cruz look like an angel what she did to Obama as Dam Secretary. She screwed up the Middle East, took money from Wall Street. She went from rags to riches. She enriched herself at the expense of America and now she wants more. Please don’t let her anywhere near the WH.

        • Not Trump. He doesn’t operate like Obama or Clinton. He’ll chew that bone to bits, eliminate Obamacare, negotiate deals, build the wall, walk and chew gum all at the same time.
          You got to do better than that.

  • >>>complicated by unforced errors.

    Shouldn’t that be “unforseen errors”. Funny, but I’ve seen that error in other articles, too. Am I missing something?

    • No, it’s unforced. That means his mistakes happen even though there was no immediate provocation to his bizarre tirades.

      His errors are definitely expected. Just not forced.

  • >>>striking similarities were uncovered between portions of her speech and the one delivered by Michelle Obama

    And also lifting lines from Rick Astley without attribution or apology.

  • Even if he could obtain the votes of college educated women–he can’t–this is the reason the will not win.

    Even if he could obtain the crucial votes of Blacks and Hispanics–he can’t –this is the reason he will not win.

    Even if he could win the critical states like Ohio, PA, Florida and Virginia–he can’t–this is the reason he will not win.

    Even if he had a intricate ground machine and financial development plan in place–he doesn’t –this is the reason he will not win,

    Even if he was an ardent student of foreign and public policy–he is not–this is the reason he will not win.

    Summarily, he lacks both the comportment and disciplined carriage of what is needed in this position. Regardless of whether you are a D or R or in-between, from Ford to Obama, each has had the required modicum of respect and restraint of office. The office is not for the petulant and impertinent, and his history has only shown that at his core, he is basically a precocious 70 year old man that cannot hide the worse parts of himself, that personal attacks and vitriol are not only something that he is capable of, bur rather part of his basic constitution.

        • Mahalo nui. The office is not a play thing. It is not a sandbox in which to settle scores. It requires an incredible amount of restraint and afore-thought. It holds not only our present place in the world, but equally important, the history and obligations that have been earned and vested all the way back to Washington.

          If you have a proclivity for sound bites, if you just cannot help yourself, if every slight or snit must be acted upon, or you are just emotionally stunted to the point that lashing out is deep in your DNA, the Oval Office is no place for you.

        • Comparing Obama and Trump is basically illogical, they are on two distinct levels. One has worked hard for everything in his life, has always tried to fit in, in a variety of divergent environments, and has always reached an uber level of success at every platform and arena.

          The other is the proverbial silver spooned elitist. He has never lived outside upper Manhattan. He has nary a fiend of color or in the middle class. His bombastic ways are legendary and have a documented history that go back over 40 years of rather serial lawsuits. His recklessness with finances total losses over a billion dollars. His personal life in shambles, a trail of womanizing and severely broken relationships. Anger and spite are his calling cards. Even his admission to Wharton was tethered to his father making a huge donation to the school…

          One is a serious person with a legendary work ethic , self-composed and with a keen intellect, the other, well, not so much….

        • Ikefromeli your comments are so intelligent and genuine that it is sad that it is rebutted with a sarcastic joke. Arrogance seems to be a common trait among Chump and his supporters.Your comments are much admired and appreciated.

        • Thanks for your opinion. Now we need a fact checker. Pot smoker at Punahou and attending college as a foreign student. Would you apply the Peter Principle to Obama?

    • If all you say is true the race is over. You have nothing to worry about. Yet, he’s just like Rocky, he keeps coming back for more. He’s struck a nerve like Bernie did. College educated men and women, blacks, whites, Latinos, uneducated, unemployed, underemployed, are tired of the status quo. We need a guy like Churchill, Paton, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan. MEN with resolve to lead us. Not some corrupt old hag that takes money from every Middle East pay to play country and Wall Street.

        • Well, I asked your buddy ike who he has voting for, but got no answer. How about you?

        • Keaukaha, I’m trying to prevent you from making a mistake. Do you google or are your comments based on the bias. Expand your horizons and find out for yourself.

      • Trumps disadvantage is that the old hag is married to Bill Clinton one of the most brilliant presidents to have ever served. Trump is married to beautiful woman who can hardly speak English who happens to worship Michelle Obama his arch enemy’s wife. How u figgah?

    • Logic do not apply to Trump supporters. Hate, anger, racism, various phobias, and pure ignorance are the only attributes that apply. Wait for the usual angry responses from the usual suspects to know it’s true.

      • Each day, he seems more and more Presidential. For HiLIARy’s sheep SA has a story about her but there aren’t many comments. Could it be the sheep have nothing positive to say about their queen?

        • We’re too busy commenting on the numbskull. We don’t have to worry about our next POTUS Hillary Rodham Clinton.

      • The good news is that your vote won’t mean anything here. Mrs. Clinton will win in a landslide in Hawai’i, and will take the electoral college votes.

        You can rant all you want. It won’t, and can’t, do anything.

        • Then why may I ask are you wasting your valuable time here? UFC Fight Night at 1200 hrs on KHON. c’ya later

        • Cause multi task watch the fights and text. Democrats the party of intelligence.

    • Bs, thanks for the reference. I read it with an open mind. We should all do the same. Nobody knows for sure what Trump will be like until he’s in Office. There certainly are some concerns. His pre POTUS life style & career surely has its issues. Most successful people have had their ups and downs. However, I am not to concerned. Hillary, on the other hand leaves nothing to chance. Her career has been pock marked by one crater after another beginning from her days at Rose. Her character continues to be suspect.
      Thanks again

      • That’s exactly why he won’t get there. The man is too strange even you admit that nobody knows what he will do if becomes the POTUS. What a scary thought.

  • And let me submit the following to allow reality and facts to this most relevant discourse:

    Many might think that Trump has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He does NOT.

    He actually has an undergraduate degree for just the two years he spent there. Yes, Just two years. Trump was not able to get into the Wharton School (undergraduate) when he applied to college. He spent his first two years at Fordham University – a respectable school, but nowhere near as rigorous as Wharton (either undergraduate or graduate). Furthermore, The circumstances of his rather circuitous admissions are rather suspicious, as donation records show that the older Trump may have used endowment committements as a leveragefor him to gain admittance.

    So, very telling….

    • WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MATTER. NOBODY GOT KILLED,THEIR BODIES MUTILATED AND DRAGGED THROUGH THE STREETS OF BENGHAZI.
      IM SORRY BUT I AM AN IGNORANT UNEDUCATED TRUMP SUPPORTER. I KNOW I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO ATTAIN YOUR INTELLECT. WHAT IS COMMITTEMENTS AND LEVERAGEFOR?

      • Lespark settle down if you can’t keep up with big boys then leave the chat room tomorrow is another day. It’s not even noon and you’re working yourself into a frenzy. Remember sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Save your energy you’ll really need it when Chump is dumped.

        • What do you think about Bernie getting the screw job. Same like those 4 guys in Benghazi or taking sniper fire is Bosnia. You and me are just starting.

        • Bernie is going to the dnc and throw his full support to Hillary. The Democrats have their differences but don’t get down and dirty like the Chumpsters. They will come in solidarity because they got their act together and are mature and responsible not like the preschoolers on the other side.

  • There is no place for economic conservatives in the Trump party, which envisions federal micromanagement of every aspect of the economy from trade to investment to such social-justice-warrior concerns as the so-called gender gap and family-leave mandates. There is no place for social conservatives in the Trump party, either, unless they are very naive or very, very cynical. It is difficult to believe that as movement to reclaim the seriousness and sacredness of marriage and family is going to be led by Donald Trump. Trumpkins sometimes settle on a word such as “globalist,” and the current one is “binary,” by which they mean that the election is a choice between A and B — or at least between A and Not-A. That’s true, but there are other binaries, too, such as the question of whether Trump is fit for office or unfit for office. I believe him to be unfit — and obviously so — and the rottenness of Hillary Rodham Clinton does not change that. With his remarks on NATO, Trump already is making the world a less stable and more dangerous place. His threats to pull the United States out of NAFTA already are having a disruptive effect on private investments. Some of my more libertarian-leaning friends, having watched the same Cleveland circus I did, are demanding: “Well, what about Gary Johnson?” I would not go so far as to call Johnson unfit for office, but I do not think he would be a very good president, either. I will concur with those who note that the odd fact is that the Libertarian party ticket this year has more extensive governing experience and better executive credentials than either of the major-party tickets so far. Assuming that Mrs. Clinton does not persuade Rick Perry to be her running mate, that won’t change. So, what to do? I suppose the thing to do on Election Day is to follow Ted Cruz’s advice and pull the lever as your conscience dictates, if you’re into that sort of thing. But there are 364 other days in a year, during which we have an obligations as citizens to understand and speak the truth about what is happening in our politics, and to oppose it. John Lukacs, the great historian, has written that the United States (and much of the rest of the world) really has two national-socialist parties, one a little more nationalist and the other a little bit more socialist. That certainly is the case so far as the 2016 presidential elections are concerned. You can pick your poison, but it’s still poison.

    Who wrote this– a blabbing liberal? A democrat operative? Some environmental hippie living in hipster Portland who rides her bike everywhere?? Nope, nope and nope. This was written by the ever vigilant and always conservative National Review……..again, so very telling.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/438226/donald-trump-republican-convention-party-not-conservative

  • So, let’s pose the serious and somber question is Trump a racist?

    I’ve waded through 1,021 pages of documents from that legal battle, and they are devastating. Donald Trump was then president of the family real estate firm, and the government amassed overwhelming evidence that the company had a policy of discriminating against blacks, including those serving in the military.

    To prove the discrimination, blacks were repeatedly dispatched as testers to Trump apartment buildings to inquire about vacancies, and white testers were sent soon after. Repeatedly, the black person was told that nothing was available, while the white tester was shown apartments for immediate rental.

    A former building superintendent working for the Trumps explained that he was told to code any application by a black person with the letter C, for colored, apparently so the office would know to reject it. A Trump rental agent said the Trumps wanted to rent only to “Jews and executives,” and discouraged renting to blacks.

    Donald Trump furiously fought the civil rights suit in the courts and the media, but the Trumps eventually settled on terms that were widely regarded as a victory for the government. Three years later, the government sued the Trumps again, for continuing to discriminate.

    In fairness, those suits date from long ago, and the discriminatory policies were probably put in place not by Donald Trump but by his father. Fred Trump appears to have been arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1927; Woody Guthrie, who lived in a Trump property in the 1950s, lambasted Fred Trump in recently discovered papers for stirring racial hatred.

    Yet even if Donald Trump inherited his firm’s discriminatory policies, he allied himself decisively in the 1970s housing battle against the civil rights movement.

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    Another revealing moment came in 1989, when New York City was convulsed by the “Central Park jogger” case, a rape and beating of a young white woman. Five black and Latino teenagers were arrested.

    Trump stepped in, denounced Mayor Ed Koch’s call for peace and bought full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty. The five teenagers spent years in prison before being exonerated. In retrospect, they suffered a modern version of a lynching, and Trump played a part in whipping up the crowds.

    As Trump moved into casinos, discrimination followed. In the 1980s, according to a former Trump casino worker, Kip Brown, who was quoted by The New Yorker: “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor. … They put us all in the back.”

    In 1991, a book by John O’Donnell, who had been president of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quoted Trump as criticizing a black accountant and saying: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.” O’Donnell wrote that for months afterward, Trump pressed him to fire the black accountant, until the man resigned of his own accord. Per, the NYT.

    Hmmmn, that whole thing about walking and talking like a duck, is starting to make a bunch more sense now…..

  • JUST SHOWS WHAT A 2 FACED B*****D TRUMP IS AND THAT HIS IS A RACIST … HIS DAUGHTER SAID HE IS COLOR BLIND … SHE IS SO RIGHT … WHITE IS THE ONLY COLOR HE SEES … AND IF ELECTED MRS TRUMP WILL BE THE FIRST FIRST LADY W/ “SURGICALLY AUGMENTED” BREASTS …

    • Got nothing against “surgical augmented breasts” but the Trumps underwent wrong surgeries. What they really need is surgically augmented brains.

      • Fact check, fact check, fact check. Mr Trump moving up in the polls. We need more attacks to stop him. So far they just are not working. “Make America Great Again”

      • Hey “Oxtail” … too late for that … What Ted Cruz really needs to understand is that his last name is C-R-U-Z … and the last I checked it’s HISPANIC … Republican racist like Trump don’t like Hispanics and in this case they only want his support. Ted doesn’t understand this … he thinks just because he is a member of the GOP they/the GOP will like him. Hopefully he learned when he got his “Okole” boo’d when he refused to endorse “Richard Cranium” … Ted you’re HISPANIC … the GOP doesn’t like YOUR KIND … I’m Asian … they don’t like my kind either … why do you think David Duke FORMER HEAD OF THE KKK is running for office. If he wins between him and “Richard Cranium” we’ll have another Civil War and that’s if North Korea / China / or Russia doesn’t Nuke us first

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