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Saturday, September 24, 2016

5000 rally for Trump in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, September 22, 2016

 9/22/16, "Why Delco thinks Trump will make America safe again," Delco Times, (Delaware County, Pa.), Loretta Rodgers

Delaware Cty., Pa.
"More than 5,000 people packed Sun Center Studios Stage 2 Thursday night to get a glimpse of Republican Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and hear his signature message of “Make America Great Again.” 

Cars were lined down Concord Road from Sun Center past Northley Middle School and some individuals said they arrived at 2 p.m. for Trump’s 7 p.m. appearance. 

We are here to see our next president, said Parkside resident Ronnie Klekota, accompanied by his wife Robin. “Mr. Trump stands for all the values we stand for and the values of our forefathers.” 

Prior to entering the gates leading to Sun Center Studios, a group of protesters carried anti-Trump signs, but according to police, there were no major incidents.

Two individuals were removed from the venue prior to Trump speaking and another during Trump’s speech. 

Wearing a pink T-shirt with the words, “Adorable Deplorable” on the front, Brookhaven resident Mary Lou Astle said she is supporting Trump because he loves America.

9/22/16, Chester, Pa.

“I think he is a true patriot,” she said. “He wants to help the people of the United States. He doesn’t act like a billionaire. He acts like an everyday, regular Joe. 

Following remarks by Delaware County Republican Committee Chairman Andy Reilly, legendary Indiana Hoosiers basketball coach Bobby Knight introduced Trump to thunderous applause.

I’m here because I love the United States,” Knight said. “I know you feel as strongly about our country as I do. Donald Trump is a guy that when he becomes president he will know how to work with anybody in the world. People know who he is now and they know two things about him. They know how smart he is and they know how damn tough he is. He is not going to be a wimpy president. You have an opportunity to elect a smart, tough man who will make a tremendous difference.”

 Trump took the stage to chants of ‘USA, USA, at precisely 7 p.m. and told the crowd he is going to win the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the general election in November.

“We are going to win the White House and we are going to have a government that serves you, your family and your country, and we are going to do it on Nov. 8,” Trump said. “I’m going to make a simple promise and it’s called safety. We are going to make America safe again.”

During his hour-long speech, Trump spoke of the unrest currently taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“There are people living there who only want their children to be able to walk home safely from school, and to all the people living in the inner cities across the country I say these words to you tonight, ‘I am with you and I will fight for you, I promise,’” Trump said. “The job of a leader is to stand in someone else’s shoes and see things from their perspective.” 

He also took issue with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton calling at least half of his supporters, “a basket of deplorables.” 

“Hillary Clinton calls people who don’t support her deplorable,” Trump said. “I call anyone who doesn’t support me an American citizen who is entitled to equal representation under the law. I will be president for all Americans and will extend my hand to anyone interested in making their cities safer for our citizens.” 

Trump said it is important to work with and not against the police. “Sixty-five people have been shot in the city of Chicago since Friday,” Trump said. “The problem is not that there is too many police, the problem is that there are not enough police. Our police have a great responsibility, and we must do everything we can to make sure they are properly trained, they respect all members of the public, and that wrongdoing is addressed. Our men and women in blue need our support and our gratitude.”

He discussed the failures of the inner cities, stating that Democrats have been in charge for decades and nothing changes. 

“It is time for a change,” he said. “It is time for a new American future.”

Trump spoke of job creation, women’s rights, education, childcare, tax reduction, the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, drug abuse and addiction, trade, and security. 

For decades, Hillary Clinton said she’s been fighting for women and children,” Trump said. “I ask, why are 70 million American women and children living in poverty? She’s been there for a long time and says she’s going to fix this, fix that, do this, and do that, but what has she done for 35 years?...All talk, no action."

Trump said the people in the United States want a commander in chief who will defeat “Radical Islamic terrorism, and defend our borders.”

“We will build the wall,” he said to cheers. “And Mexico will pay for the wall. They might not know it yet, but they will pay.”

He spoke of opioid abuse, stating that thousands of American families have been and continue to be affected. 

I will stop the drug flow across our borders,Trump said. “These drugs come across the border and make their way into our urban and rural communities. This will change very quickly after we win in November.” 

Trump said on his first day in office he will begin lifting all regulations that are hurting workers and businesses. 

“America will be come the best place to invest in the future,” he said. “The next great American invention is right around the corner.”

And he spent quite a bit of time discussing how manufacturing jobs have left Pennsylvania and how jobs have been lost.

If Hillary gets in, what are your chances of recovery? ... Zero,’’ Trump said.

He encouraged those in attendance to vote, adding that Clinton is spending a fortune on negative advertising. 

“She has outspent me 50 to 1 in Florida, and we are leading there,“ he said. “You have 46 days to change the world, 46 days to make possible every dream you dream for your country and your state. You can deliver justice for every forgotten man, woman and child in this nation. The arrogance of Washington, D.C., will soon come face to face with the righteous verdict of the American voter – and that’s you. We will show the world that America is back, bigger and stronger than ever before. 

At the end of the rally, New Jersey resident Kathy Serra said she was very glad she made the trip to see Trump. 

“He was amazing,” she said. “I believe in what he says. I am against globalization, and for the United States. He can stop illegal immigration and create jobs. He can indeed make America great again.”" Image, Delaware County, Pa. Image caption: "Following his lengthy speech at Sun Center Studios in Chester Township, Donald Trump gives a final curtain call before escaping behind the scenes on Thursday. Rick Kauffman-Digital First Media"

9/22/16, Delco Times image


Labor union bosses protected Wall St. and globalists at July 2016 Democrat Party platform meeting, ensuring TPP trade deal had no opposition. Hillary supporters, 'the corporate wing of the Democratic Party,' per Cornel West, whipped members to oppose anti-TPP language-NBC News, Wall St. Journal, 7/9/16

"Chamber of Commerce Lobbyist Tom Donohue: (Hillary) Clinton Will Support TPP After Election.” Huffington Post, 1/28/16 
Hillary Clinton had a lead role in writing TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement:

1/10/2013, "How Hillary Clinton Created a U.S. Business-Promotion Machine," Bloomberg, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Indira A.R. Lakshmanan 

subhead: "China's Economy"... 

"She’s (Hillary Clinton) pressed the case for U.S. business in Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other countries in China’s shadow. She’s also taken a leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade pact that would give U.S. companies a leg up on their Chinese competitors."...

Note: For the record, Trump has admitted that in the past he was among those who benefited from cheap foreign labor. 6/28/16, in Monessen, Pa.: "Trump said globalization made a number of politicians very wealthy, confessing that he used to be one of them." More on this topic at the end of this post. Admissions don't make people saints, but if made should be noted.
Top labor union officials and Hillary Clinton backers kept TPP safe at the July 2016 Democrat Party platform meeting. While union officials approved general language against free trade deals (described as "window dressing" by Cornel West), they refused to allow amendments that opposed TPP.

AFL CIO Pres. Trumka freely admitted earlier in 2016 that TPP is a bad deal in particular noting its failure to deal with currency manipulation, but when it mattered most labor bosses sided with globalist profiteers. Trumka, 3/3/16: ""Omitting currency rules from the TPP benefits Wall Street, making the TPP a tool for off-shoring jobs, not for job creation," he (Trumka) wrote. "If Congress is waiting for more evidence that TPP is a bad deal, this is it.""...3/3/16, "Ohio lost 112,500 jobs due to trade with TPP countries: EPI," Cleveland Plain Dealer, Olivera Perkins, Cleveland, Ohio 

At Democrat Party platform meeting in July 2016:

"It was clear as a string of trade union presidents lined up at the microphone to oppose the Sanders amendments that his forces were outmatched...." (parag. 11)

7/9/16, "Bernie Sanders Defeated on Trade in Democratic Platform Fight," NBC News, Alex Seitz-Wald, Orlando, Fla.

"In a major defeat during an otherwise fruitful process for him, Bernie Sanders failed to get strong language opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership inserted in the draft Democratic platform at a party meeting here Saturday.

Instead, the committee approved an amendment backed by a large swath of labor unions that called for tough restrictions on trade deals, but did not explicitly oppose the trade pact with a dozen Pacific Rim nations....

The Obama administration supports it (TPP), and the desire to avoid embarrassing the president carried the day, with the labor unions acting as a political shield for the White House.
Delegates twice Saturday morning voted down stronger opposition language as Sanders supporters booed and chanted "sellout." Some eventually walked out of the meeting entirely.

Many said they doubted Clinton's stated opposition to the TPP and saw her delegates' votes here as a sign she intends to backtrack during a potential vote on the TPP during the lame-duck session of Congress later this year...

"We've had no speech here in favor of TPP, but we can't bring ourselves to say we oppose TPP," said Sanders delegate Robert Kraig.

But it was clear as a string of trade union presidents lined up at the microphone to oppose the Sanders amendments that his forces were outmatched....

Both the Clinton campaign and the DNC were whipping members to oppose stronger anti-TPP language, as a courtesy to Obama....

AFSCME President Lee Saunders, acting on behalf of pro-Clinton labor unions, which make up the vast majority of the labor movement, proposed the amendment that ultimately succeeded.
The 452-word amendment, which labor leaders felt went as far as possible without running afoul of the White House, lays out numerous restrictions desired for trade deals. But it does not oppose the TPP, leading to objection from Sanders' team....

Former NAACP Chairman Ben Jealous, another Sanders ally, tried to add a secondary amendment to Saunders' that simply added the language "and that's why we oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership." It was voted down 106-74.

Sanders' side warned that Donald Trump could outflank Democrats on trade, claiming the Republican Party could include stronger language against the TPP than Democrats had in their platform.

A final Sanders amendment, proposed by activist Jim Hightower, failed 104-77.

The first draft of the platform, produced by 15-member working group, essentially punted on trade. That left plenty of room for non-Sanders forces to argue they had made major additions to the platform.

But after going all in on the clear anti-TPP language, it will be difficult for Sanders to spin the outcome as a victory....

Sanders is expected to endorse Clinton on Tuesday in New Hampshire."...


Wall St. Journal: The Platform Committee was dominated by Hillary supporters ("the corporate wing of the Democratic Party," per Cornel West) who wouldn't allow anti-TPP language:

"The Platform Committee, dominated by supporters of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, voted down the (Sanders' supporters anti-TPP) measures."

7/9/16, "Democratic Party Platform Rejects Sanders Language Aimed at Scuttling TPP," Wall St. Journal, Peter Nicholas, Orlando, Florida

"Bernie Sanders suffered a setback...when the committee drafting the official convention platform on Saturday turned back an effort to repudiate a major 12-nation Pacific trade deal.

Sanders loyalists put forward amendments that would have written into the platform specific language rejecting the proposed trade pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Platform Committee, dominated by supporters of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, voted down the measures. Instead, members approved more open-ended language that does not explicitly condemn TPP, but says all free trade deals should be held to a strict standard that protects U.S workers.

The Sanders allies on the committee did not believe that language–put forward by Lee Saunders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor union–was tough enough. They wanted the platform to state that TPP should not even come up for a vote in Congress....

Cornel West, another Sanders backer on the platform panel, said: “It’s clear the corporate wing of the Democratic Party wants the window dressing of populist language–Bernie Sanders language–but are not serious about it.”

When the Sanders forces lost, some members walked out of the hotel ballroom where the committee has been meeting.

“You don’t care about people. You only care about profits!” one man shouted on his way out the door....

During the Democratic primary season Mr. Sanders was unwavering in his opposition to TPP and free-trade deals more broadly.

As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton had described TPP as the “gold standard” of such trade deals. But she reversed course during the campaign, coming out against the trade pact."...

Another important player in the platform debate is the White House. President Barack Obama has been pushing for adoption of TPP, saying it is necessary to ensure the U.S. stays competitive in the global economy.

Mr. Obama remains a popular figure in the Democratic Party and his views carried weight among Platform Committee members. Some did not want to seem disloyal by coming out against a free-trade deal Mr. Obama has embraced.

Veronica Turner, a Platform Committee member who supports Mrs. Clinton, said in an interview: “I thought it was important not to embarrass President Obama.”

After the voting, members continued to argue. Standing on line at the lunch counter, a Sanders supporter traded insults with an Obama supporter, who accused him of “giving a middle finger to the president.”...

Despite the furor over trade, Mrs. Clinton and her Democratic primary rival seem to be bridging differences."...


Added: Insiders expect Hillary to return to her support of TPP after the Nov. 8 election:

7/2/16, "Obama backtracks on UK trade warning to limit Brexit fallout," AP, Josh Lederman

"Current and former Obama administration officials are operating under the assumption that Democrat Hillary Clinton, if elected, would come around to supporting Obama's trade deals."...
Added: Hillary supporter worries she's vulnerable on trade, April 2016 article:

4/2/16 article: Some see Hillary vulnerable to Trump due to her longtime support of massive free trade deals that harm Americans. Much of Trump's appeal from day one has been his message that these deals have wiped out American jobs and entire regions of the country. Hillary Clinton isn't seen as someone who'll fight against corporate-driven trade policies. Her corporate donors think she'll support TPP after the election-Huffington Post

4/22/16, "Hillary Must Toughen Up On Trade In Case She Is Nominee Against Trump," Huffington Post, Dave Johnson

"If Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee she had better get tough on trade - and mean it.

One of Donald Trump’s main elements of appeal to his voters - if not the main appeal - is his stance on trade and bringing jobs back to America. It is a winning message and Clinton is waaaayyyy behind the curve on this. 

Much of Trump’s campaign message is about how our country’s trade deals have wiped out jobs. On Day 1 [June 16, 2015] much of his speech announcing that he was running was about trade. 

From the transcript, here is some of the trade talk: 

“That’s right-a lot of people up there can’t get jobs. They can’t get jobs because there are no jobs because China has our jobs and Mexico has our jobs. They all have our jobs. [. . .] I’m going to tell you a couple of stories about trade, because I’m totally against the trade bill for a number of reasons.

... Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have people that are stupid. We have people that aren’t smart, and we have people that are controlled by special interests and it’s just not going to work. 

So here’s a couple of stories. Happened recently, a friend of mine is a great manufacturer, and you know, China comes over and they dump all their stuff.

...And it’s impossible for our people here to compete. So I want to tell you this story. Friend of mine is a great manufacturer. Calls me up a few weeks ago, he’s very upset. I said, ‘What’s your problem?’ 

He said, ‘You know, I make a great product.’ 

I said, ‘I know, I know that, because I buy the product.’ 

He said, ‘I can’t get it into China. They won’t accept it. I sent a boat over and they actually sent it back. They talked about environmental, they talked about all sorts of crap that had nothing to do with it.’ 

I said, ‘Oh, wait a minute, that’s terrible. Did anyone know this?’ 

He said, ‘They do it all the time with other people.’ I said, ‘They send it back?’

He said, ‘Yea, so I finally got it over there, and they charged me a big tariff.’ 

They’re not supposed to be doing that. I told him. Now they do charge you tariffs on trucks when we send trucks and other things over there.  

Ask Boeing. They wanted all their patents and secrets before they agreed to buy planes from Boeing. 

Hey, I’m not saying they’re stupid. I like China. I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?" 

There’s much more if you keep reading. From that moment on in his campaign, he has continued to talk and talk and talk about trade. Trade and jobs are at the center of Trump’s appeal. He rightly says China is killing us on trade and taking jobs, and people listen. He wrongly says that immigrants are taking people’s jobs, but people believe it and people listen. But it’s all jobs, jobs, jobs, and it’s a powerful message.

Well-To-Do Donor Class Likes Trade As It Is 

America’s well-to-do elites think everything is going fine. Their stock portfolios are way up, so they’re feeling good. They’re writing op-eds about how well things are going and how our corporate paradigm is doing so well for us and the world. The elite “donor class” is giving huge sums to “continuity” politicians. This is elites talking to other elites and not at all hearing what is going on in the country. 

Donald Trump is not dependent on this donor class and he is saying that things are not fine, that wages are not going up, that jobs are hard to find, that trade is killing us. So people for whom things are not going fine, for whom jobs are hard to find, for whom wages are not going up and who trade is killing are listening. And that is most people in the U.S. 

There is a must-read on Trump and trade at Bloomberg: Trump Wave Builds in a Steel Town Forsaken by the World Economy 

"The town of Johnstown was devastated by floods not once, not twice, but three times in less than a century. Then came the economic wave that washed away the steel industry, and with it a way of life. 

Now a backlash is building in the maple-studded hills of southwestern Pennsylvania. Captured in interviews and confirmed in statewide polls, the sentiment is propelling Donald Trump toward the Republican nomination, and possibly even the presidency of the world’s biggest economy. 

It’s the feeling people get when they’re afraid of being left behind. 

This town is beyond distressed. We’ve been destroyed. It’s sad, because this was a good place to grow up. You didn’t have to lock your door,” said Robert Vargo, 63, as he talked politics with a friend in a McDonald’s. The retired Johnstown native, who worked as a security guard despite having an engineering degree, plans to vote for Trump. People are sick of being ignored. That’s why Trump is popular. He’s actually saying the things people are afraid to express.


"Trump’s proposed remedy has already helped him win in places that resemble Johnstown: in the Rust Belt that used to make up the country’s manufacturing heartland, and down through the Appalachians, rich in coal but racked by poverty. The billionaire argues that decades of “disastrous” trade deals and immigration policies have destroyed the American middle class. He’s promised to slap tariffs on Chinese goods, deport illegal immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a border wall." Just go read it.... 

Hillary Clinton is not seen as someone who will fight against our country’s corporate-driven trade policies. In the most recent New York primary exit polls, for example, voters who self-describe as pro-trade voted for Clinton over Sanders 61 percent to 39 percent. In Michigan voters who feel trade takes away jobs voted for Sanders 56 percent to 41 percent. 

Clinton has been hedging. For example, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) she said, just before the first Democratic primary debate, “based on what I know so far, I can’t support this agreement.” But she also said, “I still believe in the goal of a strong and fair trade agreement in the Pacific as part of a broader strategy both at home and abroad, just as I did when I was secretary of state.” 

Clinton has said she will not lobby her supporters to vote against TPP and other such corporate-dominated agreements. She has not said that TPP and other corporate-dominated trade supporters won’t be invited into her administration. She certainly will not demand that Obama withdraw TPP from consideration by Congress. 

The result? Clinton has a credibility problem on trade. Almost no one believes her. (See Chamber of Commerce Lobbyist Tom Donohue: Clinton Will Support TPP After Election.”)

“Pro-trade” voters vote for her. Pro-trade” donors continue to give the max to her campaign. In fact, this hedging has left the donor and corporate class believing she is on their side, that she supports the “free trade” agenda that has killed off so many jobs, factories, entire industries, entire regions and left us with enormous, humongous trade deficits year after year after year - while making a very few at the top wealthy beyond belief. 

Clinton is hedging, leaving herself room to appeal to the donor and corporate class. But if Clinton “moves to the center” on trade after the convention, as business and donor community believes she will, she risks losing those voters who feel that these trade agreements have ruined their lives, their towns, their regions and their country.

Will they believe she is against these trade deals? Or will they turn to Trump?...A few past warnings: 

Trump Taps Into Economic Anxiety Resulting From ‘Free Trade’“: 

"Trump is tapping into an economic anxiety felt by many, many Americans. Our trade policies are at the root of this anxiety, and Trump knows it and says it, and people nod their heads. 

...If you go to the “flyover states” and even vast parts of the coastal states you see towns, cities and entire regions where shops, gas stations, even entire shopping centers are closed and boarded up. You see empty houses with the porches collapsing and roofs caving in, and somewhere you will find the “old factory” - a fenced-off empty building with broken windows and weeds growing in the cracks in the parking lot....What happened?

Factories closed and jobs dried up and our government didn’t do a thing about it. This left people competing for what’s left of the jobs." 

‘Free Trade’: The Elites Are Selling It But The Public Is Longer Buying

Why Trump Gets Traction From Trade“:

"Donald Trump is getting traction. He is talking about trade, jobs, China, manufacturing, China, jobs, China and China--and it is resonating with a public sick of being told to ignore what they can see in front of their faces. 

Nobody, other than OPEC, is ripping off the United States like China,” he says. And he climbs in the polls."

"This (Huffington Post) post originally appeared at Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF."...

Added: Trump has admitted that in the past he was among those who benefited from cheap foreign labor. 6/28/16, in Monessen, Pa.: "Trump said globalization made a number of politicians very wealthy, confessing that he used to be one of them." He eventually saw that massive so-called free trade deals (such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and pending TPP, and TTIP) are barbaric, an endless search for the world's cheapest labor that always put America last, have destroyed millions of lives and entire regions of the country. Admissions don't make people saints, but for the record Trump has admitted his past actions on this issue. Also for the record, in 2008 Obama's promise to renegotiate NAFTA was a key part of his campaign, but he broke his promise right after his 2009 inauguration: 

2/9/2009, "NAFTA Renegotiation Must Wait, Obama Says," Washington Post, Michael D. Shear 

""Now is a time where we've got to be very careful about any signals of protectionism," the president said....The president's message served as a reminder of last year's private assessment by Canadian officials that then-candidate Obama's frequent criticism of NAFTA was nothing more than campaign speeches aimed at chasing support among Rust Belt union workers." 

Per CNN, 7/6/16, NAFTA can be cancelled by any of its signers merely by giving six months written notice: "NAFTA's Article 2205, which Trump cited in his speech last week in Pittsburgh, is only 34 words and simply says that a party may withdraw from the agreement six months after it provides written notice." 

Following is excerpt from Trump's 6/28/16 economic policy speech with the NAFTA reference cited by CNN. It's 4th in 7 steps to quickly return US jobs:

From transcript of Trump speech on trade reform, "the quickest way to bring our jobs back," in Monessen, Pennsylvania includes 128 footnotes. Footnotes are numbered below, text of footnotes at link:

6/28/16, "Declaring America's Economic Independence," Donald J. Trump speech, Monessen, Pennsylvania 

"A Trump Administration will change our failed trade policy - quickly
Here are 7 steps I would pursue right away to bring back our jobs.
One: I am going to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has not yet been ratified.
Two: I'm going to appoint the toughest and smartest trade negotiators to fight on behalf of American workers.
Three: I'm going to direct the Secretary of Commerce to identify every violation of trade agreements a foreign country is currently using to harm our workers. I will then direct all appropriate agencies to use every tool under American and international law to end these abuses.

Four: I'm going tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers. And I don't mean just a little bit better, I mean a lot better. If they do not agree to a renegotiation, then I will submit notice under Article 2205 of the NAFTA agreement that America intends to withdraw from the deal.
Five: I am going to instruct my Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator. Any country that devalues their currency in order to take advantage of the United States will be met with sharply.

Six: I am going to instruct the U.S. Trade Representative to bring trade cases against China, both in this country and at the WTO. China's unfair subsidy behavior is prohibited by the terms of its entrance to the WTO, and I intend to enforce those rules. 121, 122
Seven: If China does not stop its illegal activities, including its theft of American trade secrets, I will use every lawful presidential power to remedy trade disputes, including the application of tariffs consistent with Section 201 and 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. 123, 124."...


Monessen, Pa. news article about Trump's appearance and economic policy speech:

6/29/16, "Trump outlines economic plan in Monessen speech," Herald-Standard, Christine Haines, Monessen, Pa.

"Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Tuesday offered an invited audience of 250 supporters a vision of the Mon Valley that once again includes manufacturing jobs--if he is elected president.

I want you to imagine a much better life, and a life where you can have the American dream again,” Trump said.

The Pittsburgh region played a crucial role in building our nation,” Trump said. “Our workers’ loyalty was repaid with betrayal.”

Trump said globalization made a number of politicians very wealthy, confessing that he used to be one of them.

Trump called for strict enforcement of existing trade laws to give America economic independence, saying it was the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) approved in the 1990s that helped bring about the end of American jobs."...


Added: Trump's views on trade aren't new: Jan. 10, 2011 transcript of Trump 14 minute interview on Michael Savage radio show. It was the first time Trump was on Savage's show. Trump explained his concerns about US trade deals, China currency manipulation, and US foreign policy in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Russia. (I taped and transcribed the interview and posted it on this blog on 1/11/2011).


Friday, September 23, 2016

Jan. 10, 2011 transcript of Donald Trump interview on Michael Savage show. Trump explained his concerns about US trade agreements, currency manipulation by China, and US foreign policy regarding Iraq, Afghanistan, and Russia

Donald Trump was interviewed by Michael Savage on Savage's radio show Monday afternoon, 1/10/2011, for about 14 minutes beginning at :34 in the first hour. The two happened to meet at an event the preceding weekend and Savage invited him to call the show. I was listening to Savage's show in Manhattan as I often did and continue to do, recorded the interview on tape and transcribed it. A link may exist but I don't know of one at the moment. (S=Michael Savage, T=Donald Trump):

"S: Run the country like a business not like an empire. There's only 1 man I know who can do it, that's Donald Trump. Donald, welcome to the Savage Nation. Thanks for being with us.

T: How are you, Michael, you're a piece of work, that I can tell you.

S: Well now, we don't know what you really mean when you say that. But look, when you and I spoke yesterday, I asked you straight up, I didn't mince words. I said to you where do you stand on tariffs with regard to Chinese goods, and you didn't blink, you didn't mince words. Tell the audience what you think should be done.

T: Well look, nobody is hurting-outside of OPEC-this country more than China. What China's doing to this country is absolutely a sin and it shouldn't be allowed, and somebody has to speak to them. Somebody called me last week, the head of China is coming next week to see the president, and they said, what message would you have that the president should give? I said, the president should cancel the meeting. And IMMEDIATELY cancel the meeting, until such time as they stop manipulating their currency, etc., etc., because when they manipulate their currency our companies cannot compete with theirs, they just can't. Beyond labor, beyond other things, they can't compete, and I will tell you as a big buyer of products, glass, and lots of other things, the Chinese are very, I mean, do we make anything in this country anymore? It's being made in China and other countries, but China is the big culprit. And the advantage they have is through a manipulation of their currency. So, what I say to you very simply is that I would absolutely tax all products coming in from China. Then you'll say to me, oh, but don't they loan us a lot of money by buying our bonds? And I would respond by saying, if you tax their products those bonds will be paid off very, very rapidly.

S: What tax? What per cent?

T: I would say 25% and I would say a firm, strong 25%, and then, you know what, when they start behaving properly. You know, we're building cities in China, we're building China, we're rebuilding the whole place, because what they're doing is they're taking all of our jobs. And it's very interesting, I don't know if you heard Bernanke, Ben Bernanke the other day, but he said very strongly, job market won't be back for 5 or 6 years.

S: Yeah, I heard that, that's terrible. Well, you and I had one point we disagreed on where you said you cannot buy anything made in America anymore, and I said, Mr. Trump, you're wrong about that, you can buy a congressman.

T: (Laughs) That's very true.

S: (Laughs) It's sadly true. So in addition to saying you're fired you now want to say, "You're elected," huh?

T: Michael, I don't believe 5 or 6 years because why are jobs coming back to this country if everything is being made in China, Mexico, lots of other places? You know what happened in Iowa? Iowa, it's very sad. Newton, Iowa, Maytag, because of our brilliant system, Maytag moved their manufacturing and virtually everything out of Iowa, Newton, and into Mexico.

S: Yeah.

T: And all the jobs.

S: That's because of NAFTA and the WTO. Now we on the conservative side in the media were opposed to that in the '90's, we opposed NAFTA, we opposed WTO, we were called crazy at the time. Would you repeal any of these international agreements if you were president, Mr. Trump?

T: Well, NAFTA's been a total disaster, it's just been unbelievable how horrible, you go up and look at New England, all you see is empty factories that are just decaying buildings.

S: Yes.

T: And those people moved out and they moved over to Mexico and other places. And you take a look at what's--the truth is the United States is a whipping post for the rest of the world. And the reason is our people aren't smart enough or tough enough to do something about it.

S: One of my callers, Rich in Pittsburgh is calling, and he's saying in China they tariff our products, is that true?

T: Totally true. I can tell you about a steel company, which I can't mention, but I can tell you about a steel company, and I'm talking about a big one, where they can't, they're not allowed to go into China and sell steel. Look, at General Electric recently, where General electric was forced to give up all their technology and all their secrets in order to do business in China. I mean it's terrible what's going on, and we do nothing. Look at South Korea, there's another one, there's another beauty.

S: Right.

T: I just can't even believe. But look at South Korea, they have a trade agreement that's so bad and so one-sided for them and against us. Then the president goes there recently, and they refuse to sign it because they want more. Then all of a sudden, a couple of shells get lobbed onto one of their islands by North Korea.

S: Right.

T: And all of a sudden, they come back and they say, no, no, we will sign the agreement because they are my great allies, they're our great allies.

S: (Laughs) Right.

T: Sure, as we have the SS, as we have the George Washington aircraft carrier, one of the great boats of the world.

S: Right.

T: And many destroyers sailing right toward North Korea, and I said to myself, they make hundreds of billions of dollars of--let's use the word profit, because it's easier to understand.

S: Yes.

T: With the United States with their televisions, their cars, everything else. The agreement is horrendous. We're protecting them, why aren't we being paid for that? This nation is so rich, much richer than us, actually, but why aren't they paying when we sail those incredible ships over to North Korea, which by the way, cost millions of dollars an hour--

S: What you're saying is why doesn't south Korea pay for the price of sailing the ships and the men going there to protect them, is that what you're saying?

T: Why doesn't South Korea pay us something? Which means why don't we ask South Korea for something? Instead, what to they do? They go out and they give us a trade agreement that only an idiot from our standpoint would sign. So, it's a very, very, sad situation.

S: But, Donald, if you were the chief executive of the United States of America, would you do some of the more controversial things that I've called for such as, let's go to Iraq. Many men lost lives, lost limbs, lost eyes, we lost our national honor in many ways for what? They're sitting on a sea of oil, they've never given us a free barrel of oil. George Bush said they would pay us back though oil. We never got one free barrel. Don't you think for example, Iraq owes us a few hundred million barrels of oil in exchange for how many billions we spent there?

T: Iraq has 15 trillion dollars of oil sitting under its land, people don't realize. After Saudi Arabia, they're the second nation for oil. Now, we've spent a trillion and a half, OK?

S: Yeah.

T: They should pay us back. They should pay us back. Now I don't know if that's necessarily the greatest example, only because it's not like Iraq is, I don't know, a lot of people would say, did we really do them a favor. If you go over there, it's a total mess. Which, by the way, Iran will take over as soon as we leave. What we've done in Iraq is unbelievable.

S: Yes.

T: You know, they've been fighting for hundreds of years back and forth (inaudible) equals.

S: Absolutely.

T: Now we've neutered Iraq, so that as soon as we leave Iran will go in and take over that oil which is very interesting.

S: Well, as, look, when war broke out I said, this could be the greatest blunder, military blunder in American history, I hope Bush is right and not wrong because if he's wrong, all that's going to happen is the Shia dominated Iran is going to dominate Iraq which was run by the Sunnis under Saddam, who was a balancing power to the Shia power within his own country and Iran. It was a complete mess, but let's look at Afghanistan. If you were president, would you pull the boys out of Afghanistan

T: I'd get out as soon as I could. Now you have to understand, Michael, I'm a very, very hawkish person. I believe in REALLY strong military, stronger than what we have right now.

S: Right.

T: I believe in all of that.

S: So do I.

T: What we are over there is policemen. You know we didn't lose a war, if we pulled out, we won the war. But we're policemen over there. We're not meant to be policemen.

S: Yes. You know, in my book Trickle up Poverty, Mr. Trump, I end it by saying, run America like a business, not an empire. And, I went on the air tonight and I said I finally have found a businessman who I think could run this country not only like a business but AS a business, because it IS a business. Every nation fundamentally is a business. But you can't run a business at a loss, let us say forever, can you?

T: Well, I'd also say a business with compassion, because there are certain times where government really can help people, and that's a great thing. But you know when I look at for instance, you mentioned Afghanistan, think of this. $52 million was given to somebody--in a suitcase.

S: Yes.

T: To go to Afghanistan.

S: Right.

T: It ended up--we just found this out--it ended up in Dubai.

S: In Dubai, yeah.

T: Now, Dubai is not doing well.

S: Right.

T: It ended up in Dubai. Now you say to yourself, we give $52 million in cash, I mean who ever heard of $52 million in cash--I have numerous cash businesses, but my cash businesses I watch closely. I have--accountants watching the people. Then I have people watching those people. I want to know who is the colonel or the general or whoever it is that gives 52 million in green to Afghanistan, and then it ends up somewhere in Dubai, which is another part of the world. And I say, who are the people that give this money? Is it a colonel? Is it a corporal that carries it out? Is it a private, like the Wikileaks private? And then I say of the money that was given, 52 is an odd number, how much was stolen before the 52 got there? And who stole it including our own couriers? So when I look at that 52 million in cash, if you think about what that is, you say, who authorizes something like that?

S: I don't know, I didn't.

T: No but, can you imagine?

S: No, I know what you're saying, where did the money come from, who did it go to? Look, you only have a minute left in this segment, there's a lot more we have to cover in the months to come. I don't even know if you're running. Are you really ready to run for the presidency, Mr. Trump?

T: Well. I'm a proud American, I love this country. I've never seen anything like what's happening now. I've never seen OPEC go so crazy as they are right now. Oil is now $90 a barrel, it should be $30. I've always been told by a certain very smart friend of mine who's truly an expert on oil, that whenever we have oil above 30 and 40, this country HAS to lose money. And I believe that it was OPEC and I believe it was the oil prices that really caused the almost demise of our economic nation. It was a horrible thing. It got up to almost $150 a barrel--

S: Well, it's a commodity that in essence is acting as a currency. That's what it comes down to. If we have inflation, the barrel of oil becomes the equivalent of the deflated dollar in reality to the Arab. In other words he goes to New York and he wants to buy an apartment in Trump Plaza that was $10 million, and suddenly it's $15 million. He wants more money for his oil, yes or no?

T: It's--the problem we have with the devalued dollar--and they devalue it on a daily basis--is you're going to be paying $25 for a loaf of bread, and you're going to be paying $10 for a Coca Cola. I mean the devalued dollar, which is no longer a respected currency, as you know-

S: Yeah

T: Is ABSOLUTELY just hurting this country, and it's going to hurt Number 1, level of respect, Number 2, wait til you see and you see it now, you see the price of copper, you see the price of gold, you see the price of all these commodities INCLUDING oil going through the roof. And it's a very, very serious situation for this country. It's very important.

S: But when will we know, when will we know if Donald Trump really wants to really run for the presidency?

T: Well, I would say I'll make a decision sometime by June. You know we have Celebrity Apprentice going on very soon. I'm not allowed to run during that time, because otherwise everyone else has to get 2 hours of prime time television. Somehow, I don't think that's going to happen.

S: Right.

T: It terminates, season 11 comes to an end during the month of June, and I will make a decision sometime then. But, it's a very sad thing. What's happening to this country is very sad. And I've never seen it where this country is such a whipping post, and just doesn't tap the respect of other nations.

S: Run the country like a business not an empire. We need a really successful tough-minded man like Donald Trump, in my opinion. I would definitely back you if you ran, and I haven't backed anyone, because I see nobody who can beat Obama out there on the Republican side. That's a terrible thing to say when you consider Obama is such a terrible president. That the Republicans are going to do it all over again, Mr. Trump. That's what I say, we really need you out there.

T: Michael, health care is destroying many, many companies. I know for a fact. I have friends that are literally closing up their companies. They're not going to be able to afford health care. And just one other little thing. You know, we signed recently a treaty with Russia.

S: Yeah.

T: How would you like Russia dictating when and where we can build missiles? I mean do you think this is great now that Russia's telling us what we can build, when we can build it, it's sort of amazing.

S: I covered this in a chapter on what's in the START Treaty, I tried to warn America. Why the president and those 9 Republican turncoats agreed on the START Treaty without any discussion really concerns me, because we have now become an (inaudible).

T: That's a real beauty, and part of the beauty is because they don't want us to have a defense system. So, you're not allowed to defend yourself, you can't build missiles. Russia telling us what to do, and they rush out and approve it. It's UN-believable.

S: Well. we have a lot more to cover, and I know it's not the last time Donald Trump will be on the Savage Nation, at least I hope not. And we're giving you an open door to the most important independent nation in the country, which is the Savage Nation. I sincerely mean it. This is not for ratings, Mr. Trump, this is to save the country that I love ever since I've been a Boy Scout in Queens, New York, And I hope you're the guy who's going to do it, and you're the guy who's going to save this country.
T: Well, thank-you very much, Michael, you have a great show, and I really do, I can't say a hundred percent, but I agree with so much of what you say.

S: If you agreed with me a hundred percent, I'd really worry about you.

T: (Laughs). Thank-you, Michael, and we'll be on again.

S: Donald Trump on the Savage Nation. It's 48 minutes after the hour."


Trump leads in North Carolina 45-43, PPP North Carolina poll, Sept. 18-20, 2016. Trump has 5 point lead among independent voters. Hillary has only 76% of democrat support in NC, 16% of NC democrats support Trump

Trump 45
Hillary 43
Johnson 6
Undecided 7

Sept. 18-20, 2016 (Sun.-Tues.), 1024 North Carolina likely voters, 3.1% error margin, 80% land line, 20% internet. 43D, 33R, 24 Ind (p. 7)

9/21/16, "Presidential race tied, Cooper up in NC," Public Policy Polling

PPP North Carolina chart above, page 30

page 3, "Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,024 likely voters from September 18th to 20th. The margin of error is +/-3.1%. 80% of participants, selected through a list based sample, responded via the phone, while 20% of respondents who did not have landlines conducted the survey over the internet through an opt-in internet panel."


Charlotte Police: 70% of rioters arrested came in buses from out of state, are criminals, not protesters-CNN, Hains, Real Clear Politics. ('Yes, yes, yes.' This violence was gleefully anticipated by Hillary's largest single donor, George Soros)

George Soros gleefully anticipated violence on American streets: "Yes, yes, yes," and says the unrest will be an excuse for government restrictions on American freedom that could be worse than the violence itself. (1/23/2012, Newsweek, "George Soros on the coming US class war," John Arlidge, 4th parag. from end) Soros is a top Hillary Clinton donor. "Soros has given more than $30 million to groups working for Hillary Clinton’s election in November, making him her largest single donor."

9/23/16, "Charlotte Police: 70% Of Rioters Arrested Are Out Of State "Instigators"," Real Clear Politics, Tim Hains

"Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Todd Walther told CNN's Erin Burnett Thursday night that 70% of those arrested in race riots in that city this week were not locals.

"This is not Charlotte that's out here," he said. "These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protestors, these are criminals."

"I'm not saying all the people, but we've got the instigators that are coming in from the outside. They were coming in on buses from out of state.
If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night. I can about say probably 70% of those had out-of-state IDs. They're not coming from Charlotte."


Now it turns out 1811 from terror countries 'accidentally' received US citizenship, 315,000 more may slip through. 3 had access to secure commercial airline facilities, one is a 'law enforcement' officer, Inspector General report-Breitbart (Both Republican and Democrat establishments want US to be a third world toilet to supply globalists with endless cheap labor)

9/23/16, "Obama Administration Shut Down Whistleblower Program Revealing 1,811 Aliens From Terrorist Countries Granted Citizenship," Breitbart, Katie McHugh

"Under the Obama administration, 1,811 aliens from terrorist countries were granted U.S. citizenship instead of being deported—and the Obama administration ended the program that uncovered the extensive fraud.

Originally, the Associated Press reported that the aliens’ fingerprints were not in searchable government databases, allowing them to apply for citizenship under different names and birthdays. 

The scope of the problem is massive: “Fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals, the Associated Press stated. “Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants’ files to add fingerprints to the digital record.”

Three of the aliens under final deportation orders who were granted citizenship gained access to secure commercial airliner areas and maritime facilities. Another is working as a law enforcement officer.

But the Obama administration shut down that program, the Office of Inspector General found:

"In 2016, OPS [Office of Operations Coordination] eliminated Operation Janus and disbanded its staff, which raises concerns about the future ability of ICE [U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement] and USCIS to continue identifying and prioritizing individuals for investigation. Since 2010 and until recently, Operation Janus identified these individuals, created watchlist entries to ensure law enforcement and immigration officials were aware of them, and coordinated DHS and other agencies’ activities related to these individuals. Two DHS employees outside of OPS said that without Operation Janus, it would be difficult to coordinate these cases and combat immigration fraud perpetrated by individuals using multiple identities. We received this information late in our review and cannot assess the future impact of this change."

ICE didn’t consistently log the digital fingerprints of illegal aliens their agents found until 2010—and federal prosecutors have repeatedly declined criminal cases that could end in the aliens being stripped of their citizenship.

The implications were not lost on one DHS whistleblower.

“If the Department of Homeland Security was serious about this, they would not have shut down the program that discovered this lapse in the first place,” whistleblower Philip Haney said on Fox and Friends Tuesday. “They say they’re addressing it, but they shut the program down that originally discovered it. It’s hard to effectively address it. But they say they have recommendations that the agencies are following, and they’re expecting a follow-up report.”

Haney believed that “high-level fraud” took place: “These individuals are from countries of concern, for terrorists. All of them. The report makes that quite plain. If you come to a law enforcement officer, and you don’t have your complete records, your fingerprints in particular, that could halt the process right there. How people came into the country, either legally or illegally, and accidentally gained citizenship is an impossible concept to me, as a law enforcement officer.”"


Comment: It's technically correct to say "the Obama administration" shut down the program, but the GOP Establishment agrees 100% with everything Obama does. The political class is determined to destroy civilized America and make it a third world toilet so globalist donors have an endless supply of docile cheap labor. The same thing is playing out in Europe.



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