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Trump tangles with Latino newsman, launches fresh attacks on GOP rivals

DUBUQUE, Iowa — To anyone who thought Donald Trump might soften his tone after a new round of criticism of his presidential campaign, the Republican front-runner proved here Tuesday night that he will not be tamed.

Trump booted the nation’s top Latino newsman out of his news conference, but moments later he let Univision’s Jorge Ramos reclaim his seat in the front row, and the two men sparred passionately about illegal immigration.

Next, Trump added to his enemies list. He refused to apologize to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, whom he ridiculed anew on Twitter on Monday night. He launched fresh attacks on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, two GOP presidential rivals. And he sprinkled spicy slams against former Florida governor Jeb Bush, another Republican contender, throughout his speech at a rollicking rally.

To top it off, Trump went after the entire political class in Trumpian fashion, saying he wants to outlaw teleprompters (one of his best applause lines of the night) and asserting that as soon as politicians get to Washington, they become “impotent.”

“They look at these beautiful buildings, these beautiful halls, and all of a sudden they become impotent,” Trump said, as the crowd laughed. “Is that an appropriate word? I think so.”

Trump’s lively visit to Dubuque, where he rallied an estimated 3,500 supporters inside a convention hall on the banks of the Mississippi River, comes as he expands his campaign in Iowa and other key states.

Trump appeared onstage with Sam Clovis, a prominent Iowa conservative activist who had been former Texas governor Rick Perry’s state chairman but abruptly defected from Perry’s camp because of fundraising troubles. Trump poached Clovis and named him a national campaign co-chairman and policy adviser. Trump’s top Iowa strategist, veteran organizer Chuck Laudner, is a friend of Clovis and had been courting him for weeks.

Trump also announced five additional staffers in several early-voting states, including Charles Muñoz as his Nevada state director. In South Carolina, Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of the Citadel, is now Trump’s state coalitions director, while James Epley is his upstate regional director. He announced hires in New Hampshire as well.

Trump, who is leading GOP polls nationally, said in an interview that he is determined to expand his campaign in the coming weeks, moving from a small circle of aides to a national grass-roots operation that he hopes will sustain the momentum he has built this summer with raucous speeches and seemingly nonstop appearances on television talk shows.

“They said I wouldn’t run. They said I would not file the papers. They said I didn’t have a campaign,” Trump said, with a hint of exasperation. “Well, I did — and I do.”

Two minutes into Trump’s news conference here Tuesday, the candidate had a tense exchange with Ramos, one of the country’s most recognizable Mexican-Americans.

Ramos stood up in the front row of journalists to ask Trump about his plan to combat illegal immigration. But Trump did not want to answer.

“Excuse me,” he said. “Sit down. You weren’t called. Sit down.”

Ramos, holding a piece of paper, calmly said: “I’m a reporter, an immigrant, a senior citizen. I have the right to ask a question.”

Trump interrupted him. “Go back to Univision,” he said. Then Trump motioned to one of his bodyguards, who walked over and physically removed Ramos from the room.

The ejection lit up social media. Reporters asked Trump why he removed Ramos. At first, he accused Ramos of violating his news conference protocol. “He stood up and started screaming,” Trump said. “He’s obviously a very emotional person.”

But moments later, Ramos returned to his seat in the front row — and Trump called on him. For five minutes, they tangled over immigration policy, an issue on which both men have passionately different views.

“Here’s the problem with your immigration plan,” Ramos said. “It’s full of empty promises.”

He said it would be unconstitutional to deny citizenship to what Trump calls “anchor babies,” children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants. The candidate disagreed, saying that it could be done as an act of Congress and that some legal scholars argue that the 14th Amendment should be changed.

“A woman’s getting ready to have a baby,” Trump said. “She crosses the border for one day, has the baby — all of a sudden for the next 80 years, we have to take care of” the child.

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The next question from Ramos: How do you build a 1,900-mile wall across the U.S. border with Mexico?

“It’s very easy,” Trump said. “I’m a builder. . . . What’s more complicated is building a building that’s 95 stories tall.”

The questioning continued. At one point, Trump said, “I can’t deal with this.” A Trump aide interrupted and asked Ramos, “Is there one question — one question?”

Yet Trump let the questioning continue, seemingly determined to prove his case. “I have a bigger heart than you do,” he told Ramos. “We’re going to do [deportations] in a very humane fashion.”

He went on to assert that gang members in Baltimore, St. Louis and other cities are illegal immigrants.

“Listen, we have tremendous crime,” he told Ramos. “We have some very bad ones. Do you mind if I send them back to Mexico?”

Ramos replied, “No human being is illegal, Mr. Trump.”

The candidate’s response: “Well, when they cross the border, from a legal standpoint, they’re illegal immigrants when they don’t have their papers.”

When Ramos pressed Trump on polls showing his unpopularity among Latinos, Trump would not accept the premise and turned the question on him: “How much am I suing Univision for right now? Do you know the number? I know you’re part of the lawsuit.”

“I’m a reporter,” Ramos said.

“Five hundred million dollars,” Trump replied. “And they’re very concerned about it, by the way. I’m very good at this.”

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Costa reported from Washington.

© 2015, The Washington Post

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David John Francis


Haven’t the people noticed that the American population is placed on the auction block as it was with slaves in the early years then forward from the original 13 colonies and sold today to the highest bidder? Much the same happens currently as we are ‘bought and sold’ inside the hallways of Washington by the Politicians who are supposed to protect us? As the lobbyists hustle in and out of the offices, nobody knows how much money changes hands to buy future votes. Not all, but many lawmakers at the end of their careers find themselves at least millionaires after providing special favors for special interest earlier in their days in Washington. As the door closes on one financial winner, it is followed on by becoming a highly paid lobbyist after leaving Congress.

I think to some degree that Trump constrained himself, when the pundits and anchors pile-up on him and I suspect his character will become more mellow as he races towards the finish line.

Everybody knows by now that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are the proverbial puppets of big business and the corporation. For all his bluster Donald Trump has revitalized the American dream, for every American. Perhaps his greatest interaction with his huge audiences is the fact that wealthy donors cannot buy him. That means foreign countries are unable to change his mind on building a wall. But along with the wall that possibly be scaled with a ladder or an underground route for drug cartels, is the technology that equipped with unmanned drones and the massive impact of the US Border Patrol not restrained by the overreach executive orders of King Obama. If most of the other politicians involved in building the wall, such as Bush, Clinton, Sen. Harry Reid, Speaker John Boehner, Sen. McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham it would never see the light of day, as it would never gain any headway and end up in a pile of discarded Congressional bills.

But even if the wall is not sufficient to stop the hordes of illegal aliens who will try to broach its razor wire escapement? The original pilot program of E-Verify has now been running for many years, then the US citizenship & Immigration Services released In January 2013, E-Verify a new, searchable database that enabled the public to find employers enrolled in E-Verify system. However, as I said, it’s still voluntary and Currently employers have a choice to use E-Verify or not, but with a tough, hard case president as Trump E-Verification will be—MANDATORY—and employers will not escape its full enforcement.

With a total of about 7.6 million business establishments in the United States according to 2008 U.S. Census Bureau data, only about 3 percent of all employers have enrolled in the system. Optional doesn’t work? If compulsory, it would also require all legal workers eventually to reregister with E-Verify databases or to enroll in a new database in order to obtain PIN numbers used for the first round of verification or to “unlock” their data. With this type of system it would still be somewhat vulnerable because it would allow people to “share” an identity (unless it was linked to a bio-metric system or an expanded version of the current photo-screening tool).

This would be the time to recruit a thousand veterans for the job of overseeing E-Verify as a new solution to come down hard on employers, who still feel their above the law. This would be a better Immigration law, than sending militarized agents to the domains of illegal immigrant families and arresting them. It really is a financial war, as the cost for the pregnant Mothers who arrive here skirting the US Border Patrol, or the 40 percent ‘Overstays’ who arrive by plane or enter a port of entry never returning to their country of residents.

The problem is easily answered the heavy duty penalties would stop employers from hiring illegal aliens parents, so they will have to leave and certainly take their children or leave them with lawful relative.

It costs government at all levels in California government approximately $21 billion a year for the housing, health care, education, crimes and jobs stolen by illegal aliens. The Heritage Foundation did a study and taxpayers would save $719,000 a year for every family deported.

According to a (FAIRUS) Federation of American Immigration Reform, in a 2010 report calculated the total contributions (mainly taxes) generated by the illegal migrants, and then subtracted the cost of taxpayer aid to those migrants. The aid includes education, subsidized housing, food stamps, tax credits, medical expenses. Overall, the report found illegal migrants cost taxpayers a total of $113 billion a year. The report then “accounts for taxes paid by illegal aliens [which is] about $13 billion a year, resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of about $100 billion.”

The Birthright Citizenship law, as equated to the 14 amendment, was never foreseen by the founding fathers as a way for millions illegal aliens women to smuggle their progeny into America and then thriving on all the benefits rewarded to US citizens. Its become a heighten outrage as American taxpayers realize they are paying for foreign nationals who barged their way into our country and more or less welcomed by this administration to consume the available benefits, that people work for a lifetime.

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Get off your high horse and understand why the founding fathers of the USA actually came. They came for opportunity of a better life. And then let’s not forget who they initially took the land from. The natives, who were essentially invaded and looted by these European ancestors. They robbed the indigenous of their homeland and then segregated them to live on isolated reservations. But yet you say, “In California it costs government approximately $21 billion a year for the housing, health care, education, crimes and jobs stolen by illegal aliens”. That is a conveniently short sighted statement that has no basis in our nations historical roots of development.

Look at the current influx of undocumented immigration taking place in Europe at this particular moment.

You spoke from a very elitist perspective, David John Francis. It certainly says a lot about you. Anyone who could support an obvious bigot like Trump, is most likely a man who was most fortunately born into a similar scenario as he. You may not be a billionaire, but you might do well to put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a while. Empathy for those unlike you, will certainly foster a better understanding of the current difficulties so many face in this world. Resources are absolutely finite, and it is shameful that governments have allowed certain individuals to hoard them. It is long overdue, we must properly tax the elites, so we can have a better functioning society.

Trump will not be found near the finish line of this Presidential race. This campaign is just a normal part of his flamboyant self, looking to gain promotion and more of a foot hold for his billion dollar business initiatives. I don’t believe he has any intention of becoming President. His only sincere objective is in promoting his own brand. This man is far from a public servant, but his demonstrative persona is certainly entertaining to some, at least from a demented point of view.

The only thing able to be more manipulated than data, are people. And the 24 x 7 corporate news cycle certainly knows this. Say it enough, and eventually people will take it as fact. That has proven to be very dangerous for our over-worked and under paid society, whose grossly over paid bosses are only concerned with consistent economic growth that lines their personal bank accounts. Now they are using this corporate data collection to privatize and ultimately monetize education for their own nefarious purposes.

Supply side economics has devastated this world, and its dogma is directly responsible for the inequalities that currently exist. Hence, Fox News. It is the Rupert Murdochs and Donald Trumps of the world who have exasperated these problems since Reagan. But yet, you want to blame it on the poor and disenfranchised? The people who essentially have no voice?

How about enforcing anti-trust laws and moving back towards a society of small mom and pop type businesses, instead of supporting a corrupt system of crony capitalism which has only fostered monopolies. Maybe if elites actually paid taxes, then we wouldn’t have to worry about so much of the nonsense that currently surrounds our sinking ship.

All billionaires should be taxed at 90%. They certainly don’t need that much money, and it can be better utilized to help the entire world in regards to solving real mainstream problems. But in order to do this, real public servants must be placed in government. The current system of millionaire congressmen sucking up to billionaire businessmen is not working. It has hi-jacked Democracy in favor of Oligarchy….

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