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Donald Trump for President - Um NO!

Uploaded: Jan 2, 2016
I like Donald Trump –as a TV personality and the host of The Apprentice shows, but NOT as President of the United States! Trump is an entertainer, like Clarabell the Clown, with crazy orange hair and wacky gestures. Both Clarabell and Trump toot their own horns, but Clarabell at least used a real horn and not his big mouth.

When Trump toots his horn, he's usually making outlandish claims that appeal to bigots and guys who wish they could get away with saying and doing what The Donald can. He's used some "politically incorrect" language about certain ethnic and racial groups, but he always adds the caveat, "Some of them, I suppose, are good people." He never explains what "good people" are, but probably not "murders and rapists" like their stereotyped cousins.

Just as Donald is critical of some groups, he is also very complementary of others. You may recall his comment about who counts his money. "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."

Those short guys with yarmulkes are Jews. Donald loves Jews. His daughter is married to an orthodox Jew, whose family also happens to own the other half of New York City that isn't owned by The Donald. It's almost like one of those marriages the European aristocracy used to join their territories and status.

But it is a very good marriage. She converted to Judaism and even keeps Kosher. They are expecting their third child and seem to be a very happy, well-grounded family. Donald may not have always been a good husband, but he has been a good father.

Despite his good qualities, Donald Trump is not qualified to be President. His only political experience is spreading his money around to candidates on both sides of the isle. Doesn't that make him one of those dreaded rich people who buy candidates? So now isn't he trying to buy the Presidency for himself?

POTUS (President of the US) is not the same thing as being a CEO or a business owner. The Executive branch is just 1/3 of the division of powers written into the Constitution. Congress makes the laws, the President approves (signs) or rejects them, and the Judicial branch (courts) enforces them.

The President cannot walk into the Senate and point to a Senator and say, "You're Fired!" Voters in the 50 States "hire" their Senators and Congresspersons, not the President. We may not like the representatives from other parts of the country, and they might not like ours, but that's how elections work. The name of the game is "Compromise." Not everyone gets everything they want, but most of us get some of what we need.

My speculation is that Trump really doesn't want to be President. That would be a demotion wouldn't it? He'll play this role until it gets closer to the Primaries, and then he'll decide to support the candidate who has the best chance of winning (probably not JEB!).

Then he'll negotiate a plumb position in the Cabinet, probably Secretary of Commerce, where he could negotiate trade agreements, encourage innovation, and foster operational excellence. In other words, "Make America Great Again." At least I hope so.

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Posted by Jackson, a resident of Parkside,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 2:04 am

I find the comparison of Donald Trump to that clown racist. You are attacking him for the colour of his hair. This is 2016 and that type of attack is unacceptable!

Posted by Jackson, a resident of Parkside,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 2:09 am

Comparing Trump to this clown is a form of shaming. It would be no different than if you were to compare Barack Obama to Flava Flav simply because they are both black. That behavior is disgusting!

Posted by Shirlee, a resident of another community,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 10:14 am


Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 10:20 am

DKHSK is a registered user.

"I love this quote. It’s from Mahatma Gandhi. He ran a gas station down in St. Louis for a couple of years. Mr. Gandhi, do you still go to the gas station? A lot of wisdom comes out of that gas station"

(Quote from Hillary Clinton during a 2006 fundraiser)

Yep, she's a paragon of class, that one.

Not condoning the Donald, what he said was stupid too.

Jeb and Kasich are done. Hopefully they'll announce their exit after Iowa.

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm

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I knew I'd get some flak for comparing Donald Trump to Clarabell but I couldn’t resist the similarity of those photos. They are both in an almost identical pose with their names consciously displayed. I softened up on Trump as the blog goes on, but he still isn't qualified to be President.

Some of you Trumpanzees are impressed that he's spending his own money to BUY the Presidency. The Donald (The only man in the World named Donald), might be suffering from Affluenza. That's a disease of the Rich that makes them believe they are above the law and entitled to do anything they want.

Trump makes proclamations about being President as if it is the same as being a King. According to him the President can override existing laws and create new laws on his own. I recall a war a long time ago to get rid of the King. Why would anyone want to elect one now?

Trumpanzees, you need to learn something about how our government is structured; so you wouldn't continue to expose your ignorance in public. Here's a link to the Constitution of the United States. Web Link

Every American should READ The Constitution before considering voting for Donald Trump as President. This is from Article I Section 1:

"All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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SHale and All,

None of these early candidates, especially the Republicans, will be the party's candidate in November. Right now I'm supporting Rand Paul again. I'll probably write another blog about him if he's still in the running as we get closer to the election.

However some of you readers will probably have to hold your noses because unless the Republicans can nominate someone who can win, Hillary will probably be our next President.


Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 4:03 pm

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I learned some interesting things about Clarabell the Clown that I didn't know when I was doing research for this blog. There were three different actors who played Clarabell between 1947 and 1960. The original Clarabell and creator of the character was Bob Keeshan, who later went on to greater fame as Captain Kangaroo. Web Link

Bob Keeshan was a wonderful children's entertainer for most of his life. There are a lot worse people to be compared to than Bob Keeshan.

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 6:46 pm

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We do not know who the next president will be.
None of the current candidates running for that office is a good fit for America.

Hillary Clinton is the media shoo in for the presidency.
Hillary has health problems, we the voter are in the dark on.
Her well published fainting spells, hospitalization, recovery?
What type of medications is Hillary ingesting to maintain her equilibrium?

The next president will appoint a minimum four justices to the U. S. Supreme Court. Justices Breyer, Scalia, Kennedy, and Ginsberg are aged from 78-83 years.

Hillary has enemies, accumulated over the years, since her husband became president and anointed her to establish a national health care program, and through her time as head of state.

What will the revenge be, coming out of a Hillary white house?
Will her vice president be Bill Clinto?

Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 7:26 pm

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12th Amendment:

"...But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States"

Bill Clinton cannot be Vice President.

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 7:44 pm

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The issue is arguable.
Is it born in America ineligible question, or is it a former elected, born in America president serving in an born in America elected spouse administration?

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 2, 2016 at 8:09 pm

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Dan is referring to the term limits. Bill has served two terms as President, so he is not eligible to be President again. There are no term limits on the Vice President, as far as I know; so Biden could run as Hillary's VP. That's not going to happen, but it could.


Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jan 3, 2016 at 7:31 am

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The constitution was written before term limits.
Bill Clinton can serve as vice president if elected.

If Hillary is the president and cannot fulfill her term, the speaker of the house would become president because Bill Clinton has served two full terms as president.

The Constitution does not clearly address this issue and seems to apply only to unborn in America and under age thirty-five.

Posted by SHale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 3, 2016 at 8:22 am

I think there was a comment Trump is not 'qualified' to be President. Afraid they need to READ and UNDERSTAND the Constitution. He is very qualified based on THAT document.
In modern times has there ever been a 'poor' President? A middle class President? The office is bought. Just a question of which PAC is paying for it. At least Trump can use mostly HIS money (if he wants). He certainly doesn't NEED to sell his soul (I'm guessing he does have one) or owe a lot of favors to get elected.
And yes, Trump makes horrible statements; and yet the American public still goes gaga for him. Whether or not those folks actually vote, is a different thread.
And the Democrats? Hillary who stayed with HIM just for her political career? Do we really want that thinking in the White House?
I think with many voters you vote for the least stinky......Less than a year from now at least we will know the main 2 we get to select from......

Posted by Vox Pop, a resident of Birdland,
on Jan 3, 2016 at 9:47 am

Why Roz, shame on you indeed -- you're pandering for clicks, just like the rest of the pundits who cover that boor. I don't think he deserves the ink.

The most common endorsement I hear for that candidate is that "he's saying things that everybody thinks." While that may be true, most people can recognize when a preposterous idea pops into their head -- they analyze it and wisely reject it. The small but significant segment of the population that lacks that analytical capacity makes up the majority of his supporters.

BTW, did you find out whether Clarabell has a driver's license? Google's technology is not yet ready, and Some clown needs to steer the GOP car!

Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jan 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

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Term limits outlined for the President are outlined in the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1951, and it states that a person cannot be "elected" for more than two terms.

The 12th amendment states that a person who is ineligible for the office of Presidency is also ineligible to be elected Vice President.

So at best, this is a constitutional question because of the use of the word "elected".

In addition, the 12th also says that the Prez and Vice Prez cannot be residents of the same state, so one of the Clinton creeps would have to take up residency in Arkansas.

It's not as cut and dried as you think.

Posted by Damon, a resident of Foothill Knolls,
on Jan 3, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Donald Trump is a clown. I still can't believe that he's the leading Republican candidate for President. Just goes to show how dysfunctional the Republican Party has become.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jan 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Trump: Web Link

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm

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I knew writing about The Donald would attract a lot of comments, but I really wasn't "trolling for clicks."

I'm working on a new blog about Rand Paul. He is conservative, but he's no clown. I have not made up my mind yet on whom to vote for or even which party, but I have made up my mind on whom I won't vote for.

NO MORE BUSHES AND NO MORE CLINTONS. If the choice is between Jeb and Hillary, or Hillary and Trump, I will probably vote for Rosanne again.


Posted by Vox Pop, a resident of Birdland,
on Jan 3, 2016 at 10:23 pm

So, Mr. old whine in a new bottle, you think Mr. Kluget is the only smart guy in the valley? He's not. And anyway, why the fascination with who's who, especially from one who also chooses to remain anonymous?

Posted by Ready for Change:, a resident of Blackhawk,
on Jan 4, 2016 at 9:31 am

Trump may not have the political savvy you think the POTUS should have but he's certainly more of a leader than Obama or anyone else that currently hold office in either political party. He's not a politician and that's fine with me. We don't need politicians we need people who can step up and lead this country without feeling they need to observe political correctness and apologize to the world for being the greatest nation on earth. Wake up Roz and smell the fresh roses.. The old ones are wilting and beginning to stink.

Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 4, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Roz: I am not a Trump advocate, but clearly if anyone acts like they are king it is Obama with his illegal "executive orders" on immigration, and soon to be on gun control. I think Kasich, Rubio, and Christie all would make a much better President than Hillary. Again, I am not a Trump supporter, but at least with him he is honest and you know his opinions, unlike Hillary who is a serial liar, and one of the most untrustworthy individuals to run for President in the last 30 years. America knows Hillary is a liar, as a poll found that the number one word associated with her was "liar". I would take an honest self promoter(Trump) over a liar anytime.

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm

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A choice between Trump and Hillary is a terrible one and one I hope voters will not have to make. We don't need the "lesser of two evils." Let's make sure at least one of the candidates isn't evil.

I'm very disappointed with Obama, but he has resorted to using and overusing Executive Orders because he has been blocked so often by Congress. I wonder if these can be overturned by the Supreme Court. That's what it's role is supposed to be.

Apart from Obama's abuse of power, I believe that background checks at gun shows are reasonable protection and not a violation of the 2nd Amendment. Dylann Roof would not have been sold a gun if a proper and legal background check had be done when he bought it. Nine good people would still be alive.


Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Jan 5, 2016 at 9:06 am

For once I agree with Dan. Mods -- will you kindly ban that jerk P40? It's not his first indecency.

Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 5, 2016 at 10:23 am

P40: You owe Roz an apology. Your comments went way over the decency limit. As to looks, some of the best Presidents of my party were certainly not the best looking, i.e. Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ike, etc. Hillary is a liar and would make a horrible President, but it has nothing to do with her physical appearance.

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm

rosalindr is a registered user.

Thank you all for defending me against the Troll. I'm not bothered by what he/she/it said, but I appreciate all of you coming to my defense!


Posted by Vox Pop, a resident of Birdland,
on Jan 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm

It would be hard to find a better proof for my proposition that the Trumpanzees (great term, Madam!) lack analytical capacity. Thanks for the confirmation, PWN40YO. We hardly knew ye, nor would we ever want to.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jan 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm first post inadvertently ended up on Tom's blog. Sorry.

Incidentally, I don't believe that I'm coming to your defense.

The foul cracks are not just about you. Many youth read your blog and if you have any decency, then please consider your comments in assuming the role of compliant victim.

Others have a right not to tune in read what you've approved simply because it doesn't bother you?


cholo pololo mololo

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jan 5, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Correction: Others have a right to read your blog and not experience the rants of a highly disturbed American. Just because you don't feel offended, that doesn't mean that you are not encouraging such violence against innocent others.

grow up...duh...

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 5, 2016 at 6:21 pm

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Why would you think that because some bully calls me names on the Internet, I should care about what he or she says? I don't. I'm not going to give him/her any power over my feelings. I am NOT a "compliant victim." I don't consider myself a victim at all. If I am setting any kind of example for young people, it is be true to yourself and don't give these bullies any power over you.


Posted by TL Nelson, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:20 am

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The only person more undesirable as President than the obnoxious Donald Trump is "the evil one whose name cannot be uttered".

Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago, a resident of Castlewood,
on Jan 7, 2016 at 6:56 am

[Post removed.]

Posted by Tom, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm


I am all for going after every candidate in terms of policy, their own body of work and of course their own words. Once you go after any aspect of physical appearance you lose me. Do you think it fair to consider looks in terms of a candidates ability to be a good leader? I certainly hope not. I for one am disgusted with what appears to be a final of Trump vs Clinton. Can we not do better than this?
To me this is the real story here.

Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on Jan 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

I understand and respect Roz' point about not dignifying juvenile ravings with a response, but I also think there's a civility point to be made here.

My daddy advised me early-on not to fight with a pig, since you can't help but get dirty, and the pig is entertained. There's a corollary that you also don't have to let a pig into your house. This particular boar/boor/bore has made himself unwelcome by coarsening the dialogue without adding anything of value.

Under the circumstances, I'd close the door, but that's for Roz here, and Gina generally.

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:09 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Tom Cushing,

I absolutely agree with you.
I flagged this pwn40ya a few days ago on a topic I wrote that he commented on.

The moderator took his comment down.
He reposted his comment today, I flagged it again.
The moderator did not take it down.

I have pointed out this inconsistency on Gina's part in previous email.
I also asked that he be banned in an email to the moderator.
However, he remains active.

Again, different moderators, maybe? Or just ongoing inconsistent moderating.

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm

rosalindr is a registered user.

I wasn't, or didn't intend to, comment on Trump's looks, which are in my opinion quite ordinary. I was commenting on his behavior and self-aggrandizement, which are more relevant to the office he is seeking.

Hillary's looks, and mine for that matter, are irrelevant to running for President, but it is notable that Chris Christie had his stomach stapled to drop his excess weight. So he must believe looks are important.

I see that Gina has not suppressed some of the more outrageous comments, so I shall do that when I finish writing my reply. I'm quite sure the one attributed to "Cholo," was not written by the person who usually uses that name.

Pleasanton may have been very nice 40 years ago, but the school system could not have been as good as it is now. The person writing under that nom-de-blog would not have passed a third grade writing test. Illiteracy is not a trait that enhances credibility.


Posted by Tom, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm

I have very serious problems with Mr. Trump, Mr. Cruz and Mrs. Clinton.
Mr. Trump does say SOME things that need to be said but he is indeed a side show.
He cant deny the www to ISIS nor can he deny encryption. Neither can be done.

I can also find major flaws with the other two major current candidates but they are at least legitimate candidates.

Posted by Pleasanton was nice forty yeas ago, a resident of Castlewood,
on Jan 7, 2016 at 6:41 pm

[Post removed.]

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 7, 2016 at 7:20 pm

rosalindr is a registered user.

Pleasanton, No it is not!

You do not understand what "Free Speech" means. See my blog about it. Web Link

There is NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN A PRIVATE BUSINESS. Repeat that after me. Gina, I, Tom, even Tim Hunt can reject or remove any comment that he/she feels is inappropriate on their blog or in this newspaper.

Conversely the Government cannot censor me or this newspaper if we write something unfavorable about it. It is a one-way freedom and you are going the wrong way.


Posted by, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jan 28, 2016 at 2:58 pm is a registered user.

Big bad Donald is afraid of a little blond woman on Fox. Awww. How about adding that to his list of "qualifications" to be President. Go get him, Megan!


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