Ask Trump About Policy. Go Ahead.

One of the amusing things about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is that when you ask him about specific policies, he either has grandiose claims of what he would do that he can’t do on his own (build a wall on Mexican border, void trade deals) or, even better, he just tells you how great he is.

Trump continued this message on Loesch’s show, once again arguing that his much-maligned comment was “absolutely perfect” while criticizing McCain for supposedly failing veterans.

Eventually, Loesch repeatedly asked the GOP presidential frontrunner “what would Donald Trump do in a Trump administration to improve” the Veterans Affairs system.

Rather than offer specifics, Trump simply boasted about his experience in business management — “I managed a great company, I built a great company” — and criticized U.S. trade relations with China, Japan and Mexico. He also bragged about the simple fact that he is a candidate for president.

That’s his answer to everything: I’m rich! I’m powerful! I’ll fix it, you don’t need to know how! Wrong answer, Donald.

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  • sugarfrosted

    Trump: the politician we deserve, not the one we need or want.

  • colnago80

    But the rubes in his marching and chowder society eat it up, the Donald giving the finger to the lame stream media.

  • Mr Ed

    Policy wonks and technocrats are seen by the voting public as boring. We are flirting with electing Zaphod Beeblebrox just because he entertains us.

  • raven

    Based on his long standing past strategy, Trump would just run up huge debts and have the USA declare bankruptcy.

    That is his universal solution to everything.

    I saw a list of Trump’s failed projects and bankrupt companies. It was a dozen or so.

    AFAICT, he is good at transferring investor money into his personal accounts, often without them getting anything in return.

  • raven

    http ://joe-burd.newsvine.com/_ news/2011/04/30/6561229-donald-trump-exhibiting-discernable-clear-signs-of-clinical-mental-instability-scores-of-skeletons-in-his-closet-de-facto-disqualified-to-run-for-president

    2011

    Let’s look at some of his skeletons that might suggest he wouldn’t make a good leader of the free world:

    Trump Plaza Hotel bankruptcy. On Nov 2, 1992, Trump’s Plaza Hotel was forced to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after being unable to make its debt payments. Under the plan, Trump agreed to give up a 49% stake in this luxury hotel to Citibank and five other lenders.

    Trump Shuttle closure. The Trump Shuttle became no more when it merged with Shuttle Inc, operating as USAir Shuttle in 1992.

    Donald Trump personal bankruptcy. By 1994, Trump slashed a large portion of his $900 million personal debt and washed away $3.5 billion in his portfolio’s business debt.

    Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts’ bankruptcy. On November 21, 2004 Trump’s company filed for bankruptcy. Trump said the filing was “really just a technical thing” as the best way to implement a restructuring plan.

    Donald Trump personal bankruptcy (again). Once again, Trump filed for personal bankruptcy protection and restructured his debt in 2004.

    Taj Mahal bankruptcy. On November 22, 2006 Donald J. Trump’s casino empire filed for bankruptcy protection after months of negotiations with bondholders over restructuring a crushing debt.

    GoTrump.com. Donald Trump’s online travel search engine was launched in 2006. Just a year later it folded.

    Trump 29 Casino. Now known as Spotlight 29 Casino because Donald Trump’s ownership/management involvement ended in 2006.

    Donald Trump Ocean Resort Baja. This Mexican resort was never built and investor’s deposits (up to $500,000.00) have not been returned. Trump claims these buyers are “lucky” because they would have lost more money in a tanking market had the projects been actually built.

    Trump Towers Tampa. Trump is being sued right now in Tampa, Florida for taking deposits on a 52-story condo tower that he never built. None of the buyers got their $45,000 deposits back. And in an ironic twist, initial sales of this condo were so successful that all deposits were returned to charge a higher price.

    Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago. Trump built the second tallest building in Chicago… he also defaulted on a $40 million loan. Rather than having to pay the bank loan, Trump demanded the same bank should pay him $3 billion for “undermining the project and damaging his reputation.”

    Trump Magazine. Trump’s private-labeled publication (which was aimed at affluent readers in major US markets) suffered from sagging ad sales. It folded on May 19, 2009. This was Trump’s third failed attempt at offering a magazine bearing his name.

    Trump International Hotel & Tower New Orleans. If constructed, this Trump Tower would become the tallest building in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana at 70 stories high. But the project was put on hold in February of 2009.

    Trump Entertainment Resort Holdings bankruptcy. On February 17, 2009 casino operator Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (with a debt ratio of $50 million in assets to his $500 million in debt).

    Donald Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium. Donald Trump was sued for fraud over his New York SoHo condo offering in 2010. The lawsuit by 15 plaintiffs alleged that during the first 18 months of marketing, Trump advertised that the building was “30, 40, 50, 60 percent or more sold” when in fact just 16% of the units were sold.

    Trump Ocean Resort Baja Mexico. Instead of a 525-unit luxury vacation home complex with pools and tennis courts, this project is shaping up to be a legal battle with a big hole in the ground. Dozens of angry buyers sued Trump for failing to complete the project. Trump claims he only lent his name to the project (and it was the developers who allowed the project to fail).

    Trump International Hotel & Tower Fort Lauderdale. Construction was to be completed by the end of 2009 featuring 298 hotel condominium units. Having defaulted on a $139 million loan, Donald Trump announced in November of 2010 he was no longer affiliated with the project.

    Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas. Through the end of February 2010, the 1,282-unit condominium hotel had only closed on 302 units. That equates to a 23.6% vacancy rate. It was forced into renting out the building as apartments.

    Trump International Hotel & Tower in Dubai. This 62-story mixed-used building on the Palm Jumeirah’s Golden Mile was first announced in 2005. Construction was never started and the $2.9 billion project had been canceled and replaced with a shopping mall.

    When you run the math, that’s 19 failures in less than 17 years… that averages one new failed business every 11

    months. Even worse, a lot of people were financially ruined because of this single “successful” business guru.

    Trump has a long history of failing and sticking the cost to the investors.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Trump isn’t a details guy. He’s a big picture guy. And he takes up the whole frame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.rhetts Chris Rhetts

    Let’s not forget that most of Ross Perot’s answers to questions about policy followed exactly the same strategy, and he got almost 20 million votes.

  • raven

    TL;DR version: When you run the math, that’s 19 failures in less than 17 years… that averages one new failed business every 11 months

    1. My first thought was, “who in the hell would invest a dime in anything Trump is even near?”

    2. Got me. Who knows?

    3. I suspect it is OPM, Other People’s Money. A hypothetical example: You know that trust fund at Bear Stearns or Lehman that Grandfather left to the mentally disabled grandaughter. The hedge fund one.

    Do you know why it vaporized and disappeared one day?

    Wall Street and Hedge Funds can be highly efficient money pumps. And that hose end in your accounts isn’t flowing your way.

  • sugarfrosted

    @7 He reminds me of the know nothing party. Virulently anti immigrant: nothing about actual policy.

  • raven

    OT but related.

    Jeb Bush pushes to ‘phase out’ Medicare

    MSNBC‎ – 1 day ago

    Jeb Bush believes he can “persuade people” to get rid of Medicare. … On the contrary, while Republicans fight to eliminate the Medicare program, Democrats have had great …

    John Ellis Bush just called for the elimination of Medicare.

    Medicare is wildly popular and successful. Especially among the Tea Party base, old white people of average income.

    John Ellis is tone deaf. So far he wants to start a war in the middle east like his brother and eliminate Medicare, which even George wouldn’t dare do. This is what happens when you are stupid and grow up in a bubble of immense wealth and privilege.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Let’s not forget that most of Ross Perot’s answers to questions about policy followed exactly the same strategy, and he got almost 20 million votes.

    And let’s also not forget that Perot was several orders of magnitude more intelligent than Trump, and had a far better private-sector track record.

    Never thought I’d find myself expressing nostalgia for Ross Perot, did you? We used to have a better class of empty blowhards…

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    John Ellis Bush just called for the elimination of Medicare.

    Has anyone other than MSNBC covered that? If everyone else was busy babbling about Trump, then that explains Trump’s purpose in the GOP, and it explains why an ordinarily disciplined party apparat have not chosen to shut him down.

  • raven

    Has anyone other than MSNBC covered that?

    It’s been widely covered by the news media. Except, I’m guessing, Fox NoNews. OTOH, very few people follow the news media any more.

    I imagine John Ellis will walk it back as soon as his puppet masters get back to him.

  • dingojack

    sugarfrosted (#9) – apparently the ‘know nothing’ party rolled easily into the GoP.

    I’m a little confused here, what can the GoP do about Trump anyway? Could they disendorse him? If they did, could they stop him from using the term ‘Republican’? Would it really do anything but further harm their chances to have him ‘outside the tent pissing in’?

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    Bum-Trumpet couldn’t even squeeze a profit outta a casino!?!? So much for ‘the house always wins’.

    @@ Dingo

  • Synfandel

    Chris Rhetts @7 wrote:

    Let’s not forget that most of Ross Perot’s answers to questions about policy followed exactly the same strategy, and he got almost 20 million votes.

    If Trump ends up going independent, I will jump for joy, because most of the support he takes with him will be bled off of the Republican vote, nearly assuring a Democratic victory. And whatever qualms I have about the presumptive Democratic choice, Hillary Clinton, she would be worlds better than the least objectionable of the GOP candidates (who, at this point, is probably Jeb Bush).

  • Synfandel

    Raging Bee @12 wrote:

    John Ellis Bush just called for the elimination of Medicare.

    *Sigh* There goes my least objectionable Republican.

  • Synfandel

    Dingo @15 wrote:

    Bum-Trumpet couldn’t even squeeze a profit outta a casino!?!? So much for ‘the house always wins’.

    With strippers! If he can’t even shake down strippers, who wants to hand him a 3.8 trillion dollar federal budget?!

  • D. C. Sessions

    John Ellis Bush just called for the elimination of Medicare.

    No, he called for a “phase-out.” Meaning the usual “55+ year old people who vote in every damned election” will be (as it were) grandfathered into the current plan, leaving the inattentive-but-more-often-Democratic ones out to dry.

  • D. C. Sessions

    *Sigh* There goes my least objectionable Republican.

    You know what’s even more discouraging?

    Even so, he’s *still* the least objectionable.

  • howardhershey

    Wasn’t the last President who had a business background initialed GWB, MBA? And the last one that started his own successful business was Herbert Hoover, right? Tell me again how a business background leads to success in the Presidency?

  • raven

    No, he called for a “phase-out.” Meaning the usual “55+ year old people who vote in every damned election” will be (as it were) grandfathered into the current plan, leaving the inattentive-but-more-often-Democratic ones out to dry.

    Oh.

    Another GOP war is it? Generational war always goes over well.

    We will take Medicare away from our kids. And they will retaliate by putting us in the worst nursing home they can find.

    This is a great example of GOP family values. Setting kids against their parents and vice versa.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    …the least objectionable of the GOP candidates (who, at this point, is probably Jeb Bush).

    Subject to change without notice, as you just noticed. Not that the distinction is all that meaningful anyway…

  • whheydt

    About H. Ross Perot…. Back when he was running I had some work colleagues that had worked for EDS, so I got a few inside stories. When friends asked me (because of the IT connection) if I was going to vote for Perot, I told them that I’d be more inclined to vote for him if I knew less about him.

  • whheydt

    Re: howardhershey @ #21…

    I suppose it depends on how you class Jimmy Carter’s peanut farm.

    As for Hoover…what I tend to remember him for is–together with his wife–successfully translating Georgius Agricola’s seminal work on mining and metallurgy, De Re Metallica (Pub. 1545). Herbert’s background was as a mining engineer and Katherine was a classical languages scholar.

  • scienceavenger

    This is just performance art, a la Herman Cain, not intended to be serious. Trump is just better at it. He should get Beastie Boys to do his theme music.

  • caseloweraz

    Mr Ed: Policy wonks and technocrats are seen by the voting public as boring. We are flirting with electing Zaphod Beeblebrox just because he entertains us.

    Do you think Trump even knows who Zaphod Beeblebrox is? I think it would be entertaining for members of the press to start referring to him by that name.

    “Great policy statement, ZB!” “Hang in there, ZB.” Like that.

  • lorn

    The underlying faith of the plutocrats, and Randianism, is that virtue is denominated in dollars and cents. Those with the most money are the most virtuous. Wealth is proof of a persons worthiness and those things wealthy people do should be taken as guide to what everyone should do.

    From that perspective Trump is right, not because of what he does or thinks, rather what he does and thinks is right because he is rich. Failure to understand, and align yourself, with this is mainly a matter of your relative poverty, and unworthiness.

  • Synfandel

    lorn, that makes me Satan himself.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    The underlying faith of the plutocrats, and Randianism, is that virtue is denominated in dollars and cents…

    To be more exact, they believe RATIONALITY is denominated by dollars and cents; because money and numbers mean rationality, and money is how we quantify all the things that need to be quantified. If we can’t assign a money value to something, then, by definition, it has no value, and there is no other reliable objective means to even comprehend it. Money and numbers are rational, everything else is soft, mushy, and emotional.

    And the only “virtue” Randians recognize is rationality (as they understand it); so yes, money is rationality, but not as directly as you claimed.

  • D. C. Sessions

    RE: Herbert Hoover

    Dude got rich on mining. In WWI he was in charge of humanitarian relief (e.g. food for the Low Countries, which had their own produce confiscated by German occupation.) In addition the the funds provided by the Government, he spent quite a bit of his own money making it all work.

    He may have been a poor President (although his Cabinet gave him some spectacularly bad advice) but unlike the current crop of Republicans, he was not a sadist who rejoiced in others’ suffering.

  • colnago80

    Hoover is symptomatic of the failure of engineers in the oval office. Three of our worst presidents were engineers, US Grant a civil engineer, Herbert Hoover, a mining engineer, and James Earl Carter a nuclear engineer. Eisenhower, a civil engineer had a modestly successful presidency and was the exception.

  • mithrandir

    @27: Great idea – I like that. I’m going to start referring to him as Zaphod on other online hangouts I comment on. When space allows, I’ll probably throw in something about how the famous combover is actually covering his second head or something.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ mithrandir : That thing on his head is really his second head!