What Does Trump's Biographer Think of Him?

Updated on August 14, 2019
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MY ESOTERIC likes to think of himself as a bit of a polymath with degrees in Statistics, Accounting, Computer Science, & Operations Research

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Biographer Tony Schwartz

Tony Schwartz wrote the book The Art of the Deal for Donald Trump. In doing so, he has spent probably more quality time with Trump than anybody else, save Trump's several wives. Schwartz spent the good part of a year following Trump around, attending his meetings, listening into his calls, and interviewing him. Consequently, he developed a well-informed impression of what Donald Trump is really like—and he didn't like what he saw. He shared his impressions with Dr. Bandy Lee in her book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.

While unlike the other health care professional who also contributed to her book, Schwartz is not such a professional. Instead, he is just a very keen observer with an unprecedented access to the man who became President of the United States. Compare what he sees in Trump with what physiologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals pick up from reading what Trump tweets, seeing him on television, and observing how he interacts with the world.

Here is what Tony Schwartz says about Donald J. Trump.

Low Self-Esteem

Or to put it another way, Trump's sense of self-worth is always at risk. Schwartz relates that when he first met Trump in 1985, it was evident to him that Trump "lived nearly all his life in survival mode." Always trying to prove himself to, according to Trump, himself and his father, Fred1. In talking about his father, Trump notes that he was "strong and tough as hell", but noted about his brother Fred Jr., who died of alcoholism, "There were inevitable confrontations between the two of them [Fred and Fred Jr.]. In most cases, Freddy came out on the short end." 2 Donald was not going to come out on the short end.

At War With the World

To survive, Schwartz ultimately sensed, Trump had to "go to war with the world"; for him, life was a "binary, zero-sum choice." He believed that "you either dominated or you submitted" and that you either "create and exploit fear, or you succumb to it", as Trump felt his brother had. Schwartz believes Trump assumed this "narrow, defensive outlook" early in life. Other contributors to Lee's book think it was around the age of 13, when Fred sent Donald off to military school, upending his life of luxury.

This is the age where Trump goes when stressed, as he told Schwartz: "When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I'm basically the same." Tony thinks Trump's "development ended in early childhood." Trump never became nuanced, as adults do, choosing their battles to best advance their own interests. Instead, Schwartz observed that Trump "fought for his life" every moment of his life; he "took no prisoners." Trump made clear to Schwartz that he "treated every encounter as a contest he had to win, because the only other option from his perspective was to lose, and that was the equivalent to obliteration."

A Need to Dominate

Trump must never look bad in his own mind, even when he is demonstrably so. Schwartz points out that Trump made him describe all of his deals as great successes, including his major flops. For example, major failures were all of the casinos he owned and ran—everyone went bankrupt hurting thousands of people. Another is his failed attempt to create a rival to the NFL.3

Lack of Compassion

Trump explained that from an early age he was "assertive, aggressive," and that he "once punched a music teacher in the eye" in elementary school (who knows if that is true). This goes to show that Trump has a need to dominate, no matter who gets hurt in the process. Schwartz saw in Trump no sense of guilt for his actions, no compassion for others—it was just the law of the jungle for Trump and he loves it. Schwartz notes that "Trump was equally clear with me that he didn't value - nor even necessarily recognize - the qualities that tend to emerge as people grow more secure, such as empathy, generosity [unless it is to get something in return], reflectiveness [self-awareness], the capacity to delay gratification, or, above all, a conscience, an inner sense of right and wrong. Trump simply didn't traffic in emotions or interests of others."

Domination Over Truth

We all know now that Trump has a pathological problem with telling the truth and not distorting facts. Schwartz saw this years ago by noting "that facts are whatever Trump deems them to be on any given day. When he is challenged, he instinctively doubles down - even when what he has just said is demonstrably false." The Washington Post has documented well of 10,000 of these instances, just while Trump has been president and not counting the several thousand more he uttered during his campaign.3

Schwartz says he saw this many, many times. For example, exaggerating the number of floors in Trump Tower (inconsequential) or that his casinos were doing just fine even though he knew they were going bankrupted (consequential). We see it today with crowd size (inconsequential) to claiming the Chinese are paying for his tariffs when it is importers and American consumers (very consequential). It goes as far as Schwartz asserting something we all saw in real time that "Trump sees no contradiction at all in changing his story about when he fired Comey and thereby undermining the statements of his aides ... His aim is never accuracy; it's domination."

We all know that Trump, even though he calls himself a conservative and a Republican today, he has no true ideological beliefs. His only sense of self-worth is from his "conquests and accomplishments". Trump would often start off with "Can you believe it Tony?" and then go on to describe is latest triumph. But Trump, as Schwartz says, is was never happy. Like any addict, as Tony puts it, Trump needs the next accomplishment to be bigger and better than his last fix. He notes that even becoming President will not, in the end, be enough for Trump—he must do something to get an even larger high. And so it goes until he ODs. The problem, of course, is that if he ODs while President, what happens to America and the world?

1 Fred Trump was born in New York, but according to Trump in his book, Fred was born in New Jersey and later, as President, in Germany.

2 Phrases in quotes are from Tony.Schwartz's contribution

3 What is even more amazing is die-hard Trump supporters don't recognize this and those who voted for him for economic reasons simply don't care so long as the economy keeps chugging along.

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      • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        More proof that what Schwartz says is so true about Trump:

        And #TraitorTrump keeps on Lying. From this weekend in front of the G6:

        1. Melania has gotten to know the murderous Kim Jong-Un. - LIE, she has never met him. Just like his bald-faced lie that his father was born in Germany.

        2. "we gave them $150 billion." - We never gave Iran any money that wasn't theirs to begin with. Even if he doesn't like giving peoples money back to them, he lied about the amount; in fact they got access to 10s of billions in frozen assets.

        3. "The EU is another one: we've been losing $180 billion a year for many years." - more lies. He knows very well that the trade deficit with the EU never exceeded $114 B in 2018 and much lower in previous years. He also misleads in making the gullible think a trade deficit is bad - it is not as any non-Trump economist will tell you

        4. Trump said of China: "We have billions and billions coming in." (tariffs) - HE KEEPS lying about this. AMERICANs, not the Chinese pay our tariffs. Ask any 5th grader.

        5. "Trump claimed again that unemployment for Asian Americans is at the lowest rate "ever." - Sighhhh, lie. Asian unemployment is higher than in the last month of Obama's term.

        6. "But we are now the number one energy producer in the world " - IT IS THE "NOW" that is the lie. We gained that spot under Obama in 2012.

        When is his LYING going to stop?? I guess in 17 months.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        3 months ago from Canada

        About Brad and Trump and all alike -- In psychology they call it "negative strokes", when kids can't get attention by behaving well, so they make noise or act obnoxiously, because by being "bad" they, at least, get to be noticed.

        As they grow up, they will pull your leg with preposterous, non-sequitur reasoning, constructing their own logic which will make every normal person's head spin -- all just to be noticed, to be talked about, to be opposed.

        Trump has been a champion at that -- creating enemies all around the world and lying with passion of a compulsive liar, changing opinion overnight, and making you wish that Papa Fred was still around to help him AGAIN to get out of the mess he got himself into.

        If ANY stories about him are to be taken seriously -- why not add this one: Namely, he never wanted to become a president, he confided to someone that he just wanted to be on the list of the candidates "because that would be good for the business".

        Hey, how is this one for a juicy story? Why not, if the world is supposed to believe in every story about his "genius" and his "phenomenal success" as president (which wouldn't merely be a continuation of Obama's doings).

        And, how can anyone have a heart to hate the dude -- he is just another in the company of all those folks who don't know how the hell to use that organ between ears.

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        Randy Godwin 

        3 months ago from Southern Georgia

        Brad is fun to play with, but no one really takes his BS seriously except the other Trump trolls. I do believe he likes to hear himself speak...

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        Dean Traylor 

        3 months ago from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story)

        I stopped reading his responses, too. The last thing I read from him was a not-so-subtle dig at me. It was so bonkers and incoherent, that trying to respond to it would be waste of time. But, I've noticed that he's been rebranding his article with these numbers after his title.Basically, Brad being Brad.

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        Randy Godwin 

        3 months ago from Southern Georgia

        I've stopped reading Brad's BS at all. It isn't worth the effort...

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        Vladimir Karas 

        3 months ago from Canada

        Dean -- It takes at least two rational persons for a rational dialog -- less than that means you are in a rational monologue, and the only rational purpose of it may be to have fun mocking irrationality.

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        Dean Traylor 

        3 months ago from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story)

        What dark times we live in. Don the Con found a new group to con, and somebody acting like Brad (or possibly Brad in disguise) is throwing out ideologically incoherent rants and calling it the "truth."

        Speaking of Brad....I've tried to ask him a question about the silly numbers/codes he puts on his articles and never got a response. It's not like I read his articles (or muster the strength to read them). Who knows...the guy used to get the name of the college he supposedly graduated wrong.

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        Randy Godwin 

        3 months ago from Southern Georgia

        Betty seems to be a Fox News conspiracy devotee, Dean. She sounds just like Limbaugh and Hannity in her fake news about Obama's corruption during his administration. She's apparently blind to Trump's many faults and lies though.

        Typical of those who were taken in by the cretin to begin with, and no doubt ignorant of his many business failures and lawsuits in the past.

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        Face it Dean, there are several possibilities here.

        1. Any news Betty doesn't like is Fake News, just like Trump

        2. Betty is Brad, and #1 still applies

        3. Betty works for the Russian Internet Research Agency and is really a KGB colonel (which Brad may be as well, if they are different).

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        Dean Traylor 

        3 months ago from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story)

        Betty, I looked into it, and came to a stunning conclusion. Much of it came from (and excuse the oxymoron statement) the real fake news. Like I said, in a Gish Gallop argument, I do not address everything mentioned, because I don't have the time to debunk everything. I've heard them all, and investigated them. Much of it came from nefarious ideological sites known for pullng a fast one (as a former journalists 20+, I had to deal with similar groups then. And today, I still do. I know their tactics and I know the people they target.

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        She can't even get her facts right. For example,

        "4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018." FACT, the 4.2 was downgraded to 3.5% in the latest update to GDP. She also fails to mention Obama's 2-3.9%, a 4.6%, 5.1%, and 4.9%. Just saying.

        "For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year." - ACTUALLY, it's NOT. The current projection is 2.1% for 2019, 2% in 2020, and 1.8% for 2021.

        "4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office." - THAT MAY be true, but OBAMA did MUCH better.

        Damn, this is fun.

        "More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history." -- OF COURSE there are, there are more people to be employed than ever before in our history.

        "Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades." - FINALLY, a true claim. Of course that just continued OBAMA's trend.

        "The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record." - YES IT has, and thank you President Obama (under who most of it has happened) and to Trump for not screwing it up yet.

        "Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record." - IS ACTUALLY true and false. It is at an all time high because America's population is at an all time high. It is FALSE because this is not the first time job openings exceeded people willing to work them; 1973 for example. BTW, job openings exceeded those willing to work under OBAMA.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        Dean Traylor,

        Did you even bother to look into the things I mentioned. If you had you would have nothing to argue about.

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        Dean Traylor 

        3 months ago from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story)

        Betty, if you are not interested in fake news propaganda, then why do you spread it? And yes, I know about fake news, because I've written about it, too.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        Dean, I'm not interested in the fake news propaganda. The economy was completely wrecked by Obama. Trump fixed and greatly improved it by removing job killing policies that Obama enacted.

        Obama was likely the most corrupt POTUS in USA history. The entire "Russian collusion," nonsense was so insane, I couldn't believe that anyone would even fall for it. Now we know that Obama was involved in it from the get go.

        I guess some people like being lied to by the Obama legalized Propaganda used on the American people in 2012.

        Did you know that Hitler used the same sort of propaganda the left is using?

        Don't comment on this, just look into it. You'll find it's 100% accurate. :)

        Here's just one link from an actual reporter from 2012 that goes into this fact.

        It's only 3 minutes long.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf2Qg3Te1IU

        You can find the actual laws that were changed on official government websites.

        It's not difficult at all.

        I actually have a few articles that cover much of this. You're free to read them, or not...

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        Dean, I am beginning to think Betty is Brad, their styles are almost identical.

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        Dean Traylor 

        3 months ago from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story)

        Obviously, Betty, you've caught a contagious disease known as confirmation bias. I think you want to believe all the good things about him, even if much of it is a fantasy created by him (or his alter ego John Barron).

        I usually don't engage in a gish gallop arguments. Simply stated, I don't have time to go through all the bs that's flung at me. But, let's points some stuff out.

        1. The economy was trending toward improvement before Trump took over. In fact, if it wasn't for a few advisors who distracted him from signing a document to end a lucrative trade agreement with South Korea, that trend may have slowed down within the first few months of his presidency. It turns out distracting him was pretty easy.

        2. With the exception of a few spikes, economic growth has been slowing down. Compare the numbers between Obama's last two years with Trumps first two and it is apparent.

        3. While the unemployment rate is at a record low, it's not giving us the full story. For starters, unemployment rate was low and trending down when he took office. Additionally, another number nobody talks about....those who gave up looking for jobs was trending up. Also, the unemployment figures don't usually are for non-farming employment. Some cities have high unemployment rates due to farms closing or being foreclosed, as well as workers being deported.

        Also, when you look at where the jobs grew (health care, green jobs and education being the two biggest), it surprises me that the stuff he condemned grew while the ones he championed (coal mining) has lost jobs -- in part demand for coal has dropped. He didn't look at the big economic picture, at all. In addition to that, many corporations are working with states and ignoring his decrees (i.e.California and the car companies. And before you go on a California rant, the state had the most economic growth during this period, in part because in many cases they went against Trump)

        4. Polls (which I'm pretty sure you'll cherry-pick the data for ) may state that people are confident about the economy; however, around 30 % give Trump credit for it.

        5. Yes, we've had the longest economic growth....that's lasted for nearly 10 years. Trumps been in office for a 2 1/2 years. But that may come to a screeching halt if he keeps playing with the tariffs, forcing us the consumer to pay more while at the time souring and destroying trade agreements with other countries. Sure, the focus is on China. They aren't fair all the time, but all the cheap stuff Trump placed his name on (remember, he tends to sell his name ot products rather than make them) were made in China (especially his beloved MAGA hat).

        6. The unemployment rate among African-Americans is just another spin of Trump. While the number for African-Americans are at historic lows, Trump was only responsible for a 1/2 percentage of it. Like everything else, it was trending down. In fact, the enormous decline happened under Obama. Trump came in like a designated hitter placed on third base and cheers the loudest when someone bats an RBI, thinking he's the hero of the game. I haven't seen the numbers on Hispanics, thus I will not comment on that.

        As I mentioned, I can go on and on. But, considering that you basically gave me a Gish gallop argument (not sure what that is? I wrote an article about it), I will keep this at a minimum.

        I will end it at this. Trump is a snake-oil peddler who has a history of taking credit for things he didn't do or had minimal participation in. You dig deeper into him you find out his stories are simply houses of cards...or like the golf course built on a crumbling cliff near my hometown.

        But then again, many of you blindly follow this huckster. Thus, you probably never will do your homework on him....except to find minute or false information that paints him as the second messiah.

        As Dorthy did in the Wizard of Oz, take a look at the wizard behind the curtain. It's not really that impressive.

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        Betty, you say "President Trump is doing a fantastic job and has accomplished more in office than any POTUS I can remember." AND I ask exactly what do you think he has accomplished that hasn't hurt America?

        Most of the time I get no answer but sometimes they reply with the only piece of major legislation he has passed, the GOP Tax Scam. While it did help rich people and rich corporations, it didn't do diddly for the middle class and hurt the lower class a little. It also is driving TRILLION dollar deficits because the promised GDP growth never happened.

        So we will see if you can come up with a list of helpful accomplishments.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        I'm sure there's all kinds of misinformation like you just showed. How about addressing the 3 stories I listed without needing a link?

        I can add more to those three. It's not my problem if you want to be blindly led by fake news.

        In fact, I can show that much of it is propaganda. I'd be happy to do just that. :)

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        I just read most of your Right-wing link. It was as bad as the stories it falsely claimed to be fake news. Not one of the 8 articles I fact-checked was fake. An in one, the Sinatra story, they flat out lied, which puts into question all of the other junk they wrote. Nancy Sinatra did tweet what CNN said she did (and then deleted it). Another media source found it anyway and posted it.

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        Betty.

        1 . A contributor is not an employee

        2. Everybody, including Fox, got the The Covington Kids and Smollet wrong. Why aren't you picking on Fox?

        3. You are picking on MSNBC for reporting a true story about Erika Thomas? Don't you like the truth being reported?

        And you send me to a link that is further Right than MSNBC is Left? Interesting.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        Dean Taylor,

        Simply saying that someone is a "fraud," doesn't make it so...

        President Trump is doing a fantastic job and has accomplished more in office than any POTUS I can remember.

        Here's a list of his many accomplishments that have been FANTASTIC for our nation.

        Economic Growth

        4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.

        For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.

        Jobs

        4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.

        More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.

        Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.

        The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.

        Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.

        Unemployment claims at 50 year low

        African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.

        African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.

        Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.

        Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.

        Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.

        Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.

        Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.

        July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.

        Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.

        July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.

        Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.

        Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.

        Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.

        Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”

        68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.

        Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.

        Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.

        Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.

        Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.

        Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.

        100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.

        American Income

        Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.

        Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.

        Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.

        Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.

        Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.

        Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.

        Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.

        Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.

        American Optimism

        Small business optimism has hit historic highs.

        NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August.

        SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.

        Manufacturers are more confident than ever.

        95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.

        Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.

        12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.

        Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.

        American Business

        Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.

        Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.

        Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.

        ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.

        Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.

        Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.

        Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.

        Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.

        Deregulation

        Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.

        Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.

        Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.

        Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.

        Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.

        Tax Cuts

        Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law

        Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families.

        Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.

        Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.

        Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.

        Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.

        Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.

        Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.

        Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.

        9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.

        More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.

        Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

        Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.

        Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.

        Worker Development

        Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.

        Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.

        Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.

        Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.

        Domestic Infrastructure

        Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.

        Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.

        Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.

        Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.

        Health Care

        Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.

        Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.

        Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.

        Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.

        FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        Hey Scott,

        Go to the twitter page of Tony Shwartz, his profile says this:

        "Best-selling author, political commentator and besotted granddad. Watch me on

        @thebeatwithari on @msnbc."

        MSNBC doesn't just twist what the President says, they have twisted several news stories.

        1. The Covington Kids

        2. Jussie Smollett

        3. Erica Thomas and the "white man," who told her to "go back home."

        Here's a link to an article that covers even more fake news stories not only by MSNBC but other leftist networks as well, including statements made by MSNBC's Joy Reid.

        https://thefederalist.com/2017/02/06/16-fake-news-...

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        Dean Traylor 

        3 months ago from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story)

        Betty. Ive known Don was a fraud since the late 80s. All that shwartz did is affirm what many of us who actually do our homework on this snake oil peddler knew. I think it's dangerous to ignore the red flags that have been flapping in the wind and turn this chump into a golden calf (and remember what happened after the first calf appeared?)

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        Prove Shwartz works for MSNBC, not that it makes any difference.

        Prove that Shwartz worked for MSNBC when he wrote Art of the Deal

        Prove that MSNBC " twist and exaggerate every single thing the President says ..." Best I can tell, they just report what Trump says and that is more than enough.

        It is Fox Opinion that twists words and meanings - they are the dangerous ones (besides being Trump's propaganda arm). I here lying Sarah Sanders took a job with them, she will fit right in.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        Tony Shwartz is delusional.

        He works for MSNBC, which is a network of completely anti-Trump propaganda.

        They twist and exaggerate every single thing the President says and does.

        That is what's dangerous. Those who aren't looking into these matters for themselves to see what was actually said or done are also dangerous.

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        Dean Traylor 

        3 months ago from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story)

        This just popped up on Tony Shwartz's Twitter feed:

        "Trump has moved into a florid megalomania. He is a terrifying threat to all Americans and the world at large. It is insane not to invoke the 25th amendment before it is too late & the damage is irreparable. Act now."

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        Vladimir Karas 

        3 months ago from Canada

        Mike -- Long, long time ago I noticed how victory had nothing to do with the strength of the winner, but everything to do with the weakness of the loser. Trump seems to have been playing on that card all along.

        Recently I smiled seeing on You tube a video of a gutsy domestic cat staring whiskers-to-jaws at an alligator's eyes -- which made the beast back off into water. One single move on the part of the croc and the cat would have ended up as a snack. But, there is this thing called brainwashing, or bluff, even in the world of animals.

        I finished my rather modest study in psychotherapy with a thesis which I titled in Latin: "Hypnosis Mater Civilisationis Est" (or: Hypnosis is mother of civilization). After having devoted some decades of studying and observing suggestion at work (including mass-suggestion and its application in history records), I chose that theme for my thesis.

        I never read Trump's book, but I think it's rather elementary -- however, even basics of knowledge combined with a persistent application can produce some amazing results.

        And that's possible only due to people's incredible suggestibility -- not the skill of the deceiver. Hence my beginning statement that "it's not about the strength of the winner but the weakness of the loser".

        Contrary to something you might call "obvious", he was not a typical winner -- just a struggling loser, messing things up and then getting rescued by Papa Fred and/or bunch of powerful lawyers and advisers.

        He feeds of struggle, so he needs to create a lot of enemies, always knowing that either his bluff or his team of lawyers will let him win. He is perfectly capable of screwing up the economy beyond recognition while presenting a few apparently promising moves. Like winning in a few small battles is supposed to mean "winning The War".

        Basically a gambler, he is not coming from a position of a player with a strong hand -- like all those billions he is claiming, plus his much self-advertised status of a "genius" -- but rather a bluffer knowing that he can win with a bad hand against strong opponents by acting as a winner.

        Exposing his tax records would be his terrible downfall, equal to grabbing his cards from his hand and throwing them face up on the table.

        That's, in a short version, my assessment of Donald Trump.

        One disclaimer is in order. No matter what I ever say about Donald Trump comes in a spirit of a "diagnosis", not "hate". To accuse me of hating the dude would be like telling your doctor he "hates you" after he told you that you have a stomach ulcer.

        I'm a happy camper, and to me it honestly makes no difference whether he gets reelected or he gets impeached. Just like the rest of the commenters here, I am only exercising my freedom to express my opinion.

        It may not even be accurate -- but it's mine.

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        Mike Russo 

        3 months ago from Placentia California

        Vlad: That is a very astute observation. In his book, the Art of the Deal, Trump said that he plays to people's fantasies. It is what a good salesman does. So these people who are holier than thou, would like to be like Trump, but they can't because of their religious values and beliefs, but they let him do it for them and then rationalize that he is fulfilling their deep seated needs from the dark side.

        That's why the Evangelicals, when questioned as to why they support him say, "Who am I to judge him, we are all sinners, in God's eyes?"

        That makes perfect sense to me now. That's why in his rallies, they cheer his violent rhetoric, when he says things, like knock the crap out of them. That is really what they would like to do, but are restrained by their religious beliefs.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        3 months ago from Canada

        Dean -- According to my observation, some folks are simply prone to fanaticism, and it doesn't matter what will become their obsession, as they are investing a lot of exaggerated enthusiasm in either politics, religion, personal status, or business "opportunities".

        As a rule, they create their own world around which they build high defensive walls -- so it's practically impossible to reach their "better sense of reality".

        So it appears to be the case with the disciples of Trump, who sheepishly fall for something only they can see as a charisma, because it somehow matches a part of their own mentality hungry for radical changes.

        They are actually just projecting their own inner issues onto the political arena, seeing him as an example of what they "should" be doing in their own lives -- unscrupulously change something there for which they don't have guts.

        So, to them it doesn't matter how much he lies and fabricates the data as it comes convenient to him -- because it's something coming from "strong guts". Like a bunch of hippies rebelling against the Establishment, they cheer every time he publicly swears ignoring the code of diplomatic, white-glove mannerisms, not realizing how he does it on purpose to win their hearts. Actually, a rather cheap, but effective strategy, when you want to get votes from every pissed employee or spouse, anybody feeling as being pushed around too much and eager to spit on those "established rules".

        In my teenage years I met some of similar "heroes" adored by meek dudes who secretly wished they had his "balls". The irony, of course, was -- and it is with Trump -- that such "macho" was merely displaying a strong defensive overcompensation for his own secret softness.

        But he could fool those around just the same, because people do fall for appearances, not looking behind that defensive cover. Pity.

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        Dean Traylor 

        3 months ago from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story)

        I've listened to Schartwz talk on this matter. There's definitely no love lost between him and Don the Con (and who can blame him?). It also reminds that that book spawned the first Trumpies I had the misfortune to deal with -- a bunch of business majors/quick-rich schemers trying to sell their own brand of snake oil while obsessing over the stocks they blindly bought in hopes of becoming instant millionaires.

        Of course nowadays he's found a whole new set of rubes to fall under his "spell."

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        Only if they are off-topic. If they are on-topic, I approve factual and non-factual comments; it just needs to be on-topic.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        I'm sure you'll deny factual ones. :)

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        Now that I have broken my own rules and allowed comments (and even participated in) not dealing with the subject at hand. I will deny future ones.

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        You may not "believe that there are many denominations", and that is fine; you are entitled to your beliefs even though they are false. There are hundreds of different Christian denominations and not one of them have an identical understanding of your god - not one. Explain that.

        Why do you like a god that wants you to be subservient to men?? You want quotes - here:

        https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/And-God-S...

        It is sad you have no issue, feel no remorse, feel no guilt with the genocide the English, French, and Spanish visited upon the Native Americans by their invasion of the American continent. Even though I wouldn't be here, the Native Americans should not have welcomed them but fought back when the Europeans first set foot on their land.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        Vladimir, In your last response you said:

        "So, let me dump some water on this fire. I am a Canadian living in Canada, and I don't care who is your president."

        So maybe focus on your own politics like I suggested before.

        Secondly you make so many uninformed and unfounded statements, which is typical of leftists, that I'm finding it ridiculous to continue responding to you.

        You've accused me, not only about facts about my nation, but also about my own personal studies. When I called you out on it, you claim to have no religious affiliation that would give you any standing on Biblical theology.

        I can't quite put my finger on it. Discussing anything with a leftist is like talking to a brick wall. They say the same things over and over again, sometimes with a different slant, but I'm convinced they do not care about actual facts but are emotionally driven.

        I also told you that I'm not angry in the least...that's your own deflecting. :)

        I just believe in honestly, if you find honesty to be an indication of anger, that's not my problem.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        3 months ago from Canada

        Betty -- You are calling me "uninformed", Since you are not directly involved in activities of the White House, logically that means that you are only cherry-picking from news being offered - which makes you "selectively informed", which boils down to uninformed. Simple logic.

        Furthermore, it is possible to observe without caring -- and I am simply observing the whole political circus without really caring who is the president.

        Also, I don't care about my Prime Minister either, to me all politicians are just careerists pretending to care about the welfare of the people. I'll give you a simple logical proof. Have you ever experienced any substantial difference if Dems or Reps were in power? No, you didn't. Because both are, in their own ways, merely exponents of the ruling rich class, regardless of their ideology.

        And, for the last part, I was not insulting your religious beliefs -- I told you clearly to "feel free to keep believing what you want, as I respect your devotion to God." Your anger made it sound different.

        By the way, your religion teaches you to be more accepting and tolerant about people of different opinion. It's nobody's duty to imitate your views. And yet you are so quick to call people "uninformed and opinionated" -- instead of accepting others' freedom to believe in what they intuitively and logically see as more acceptable.

        But, well, I guess you have your own definition of Christianity, in which it's O.K. to play normative, and get angry when people dare to think differently.

        I am not "accusing" your beloved president of anything. He has been accusing himself enough through all videos which don't lie. For, I am just watching videos with him. The dude lies a lot, contradicts himself, insults people, and uses profanities. -- Amen.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        I know you are in Canada, I saw this on your profile.

        It's amazing how you "don't care who my president is," as you are very uninformed and opinionated about him. You responded to me, not the other way around.

        I personally don't like Trudeau, and I don't go out of my way to make false accusations about him.

        You made false accusations about my President, and worse, my study of God's word.

        If you think you're dumping "water," on a fire, you've even invented your own idea that I'm somehow angry. Or you're just deflecting.

        I'm not at all upset or angry. I am confident in God's word, and in the outstanding job President Trump is doing for my nation. I'm also very familiar with people who don't actually look into the uninformed information they freely spout.

        Maybe focus a bit more on your own nation?

        At any rate, I learned nothing new from a propagandist fed leftist. :)

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        Vladimir Karas 

        3 months ago from Canada

        Betty -- LOL, you really are taking seriously all this, aren't you. I thought we were only having a little exchange of opinions, nothing else -- now it has escalated into a debate.

        So, let me dump some water on this fire. I am a Canadian living in Canada, and I don't care who is your president. And I don't belong to any organized religion. And I know nothing about politics.

        Instead, I am just playing with logic, that's my cup of tea. I look what's going on without attaching any significance to what either Reps or Dems have to say.

        My passion is de-hypnotizing from social brainwashing, using our own logical mind -- free from political, religious, medico-pharmaceutical suggestive influences. So, it makes me smile when you ask me to quote parts of the bible which would support my views.

        At this point we might as well terminate our little conversation. Let's say you win, I lose, you are right, I am wrong, and I should not stick my Canadian nose into matters that are not my business.

        Here, now we are friends again.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        3 months ago from Canada

        Betty -- Your definition of a "pioneer" does not remove the fact that a "pioneer" automatically becomes an "intruder" when he claims a "freedom" to "explore and inhabit" someone else's land.

        We have this interesting habit of calling "hostiles" those who dare not to let us take what belongs to them. Just like we call "terrorists" those who retaliate for our killing a mass of their people in a war that was from the very beginning characterized as illegal. In short, we have a strange double standard when we talk about something "illegal".

        Let's not go technical here by calling a tribal society "one without established immigration laws", which would somehow mean that their land is up for grabs -- intrusion is intrusion.

        Since we have something like legal immigration laws, we call intruders "illegal immigrants" in our scenario -- but intrusion always means the same, with or without a patriotic cosmetics attached to it.

        We can't change history, and we don't have to feel guilty for whatever our ancestors did in the past -- but at least we can go honest about it. That way we are also closer to our religious ideals, aren't we? It's also a historical fact that our forefathers were slave runners, many of them rich government officials.

        Thus, let's see what we can do today to correct their mistakes, so that the history doesn't just repeat itself -- since it seems to have this nasty habit.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        Mike Russo,

        In order to ask this, can you give specific scriptures and passages that back up what you said?

        Thank you.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        By the way, here is the "literal," definition of a pioneer.

        pi·o·neer

        /ˌpīəˈnir/

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        noun

        1.

        a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.

        synonyms: settler, colonist, colonizer, frontiersman/frontierswoman, explorer, trailblazer, discoverer

        They were not "illegal immigrants."

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        Good morning Valkaras,

        Instead of sticking to the literal interpretation of the scriptures you're reading into them what you want to read into them. That, along with reading only what seems relevant to a person is how different interpretations are made.

        I'm one who doesn't believe that there are many denominations, but God's truth is the same to all who follow Him and seek Him with all their hearts, mind and strength.

        But since you have your own "interpretations," then fill me in. Show me the scriptures that back up your claims, if you can...

        You mention propaganda. I actually have an article on that as well and it's backed up with literal facts.

        Since you interpret the bible the way that seems right to you, do you also interpret the fact that Obama changed anti-propaganda laws back in 2012, making it perfectly legal for the mainstream media to use propaganda on you?

        This is the very reason I avoid the vast majority of MSM, because I research everything and I don't just accept what someone tells me something means.

        You don't sound "strange," to me at all. I've met, and talked with many others like you who have been fed garbage by the MSM and you gobble it up. Sorry, but that is just a fact. Even certain search engines are set up to give you anti-Trump garbage.

        I told you facts about the earliest settlers. They were pioneers and they set the foundation of this nation. Before them there was no foundation.

        You can run to the "white men stole the land," nonsense. Every nation on earth was once occupied by another people. I'm not going to educate you on this fact. RESEARCH.

        By the way, President Trump did not call all illegal's rapists, killers and drug pushers. That is a key message that the propagandist news feeds you. Go find the actual video that doesn't just give you a small portion, and then tells you that he said that.

        What he said was,:

        "Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

        But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people."

        He was speaking of those illegally crossing our borders. He is correct. Do you know how many have died because of drug smugglers? Did you know that up to 30% of all people who are illegally crossing the border have children with them that are not even theirs? There are many coming in who are child traffickers. But since you want to make everything non-literal, the I suppose that the fact that Obama released children at the border to known child traffickers is a "false interpretation..."

        A left leaning fact checker even verifies this. Check Snoops it for yourself. Obama also had the "cages," set up. When the border patrol facilities were over crowded, Obama simply had entire families dropped off in places like Phoenix AZ, in 110 and higher temperatures. I lived in that area for a while, and it wasn't uncommon to have people die out in the elements in that area.

        It's a fact that when the U.S. implemented an economic embargo on Cuba, Castro sent thousands of Cuban prisoners to the USA during 80s and the 90s.

        Face it, people who break laws by entering another sovereign nation without going by that nations established laws makes them law breakers. Try to enter Mexico by crossing the border. You'll end up in jail.

        I realize "literal," facts mean little to you because you want to believe what you want to believe.

        I'll stick with the facts.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        3 months ago from Canada

        Betty -- I have absolutely no desire to sound disrespectful towards your line of reasoning, but then I can't respond to it without making such an impression.

        For the most part, it's about something that I would call your "locked mind" -- your sticking to a deliberate interpretations of the scripture in which you somehow saw Trump as a "God-chosen" president.

        I am painfully aware that nothing can possibly make you reexamine your own conclusions, because your mind is switched to belief-mode where no self-challenge is possible.

        So, it's a kind of pointless to try to make you understand how God has nothing to do with Trump's presidency. If that was true, then He also had "His own reasons" to put Obama, Clinton, or any other man so far in the White House.

        Scriptures, and God's will, have been "interpreted" in many ways, some of them resulting with the Inquisition's torturing and killing of untold number of innocent people.

        In other words, believers tend to see their own chosen "proofs" in scriptures. Even you just said that "only God knows the details" -- but then you go on explaining those details.

        That story about Trump's generosity might as well be fabricated as a part of his propaganda to increase his popularity among voters. I don't want to compare him to someone like Hitler, but there was also a story about Hitler who once stopped his motorcade, stepped out of his limo and gave his sandwich to a poor looking man. And he also adored his loyal dog -- so that someone might reason how an "animal lover must be a good person".

        And, your way of seeing the difference between settlers and illegal immigrants doesn't really hold water, because there was hardly any difference there. Settlers did come for a better life, and they did seize the land of the Natives -- not really asking for permission, as you know.

        I am not saying that illegal immigration is O.K., but there are ways to regulate their influx without building a wall and calling ALL of them "criminals, killers, drug-pushers", etc.

        Nevertheless, I must admit I really am talking nonsense here, because none of this is making any sense to you, or to anyone else whose bible told them that Trump was a "gift of God".

        As a matter of fact, I don't want to play right-wrong games with you, and to me it doesn't mean anything to prove you wrong.

        So, feel free to keep believing what you believe, I am just another person who happens to express his opinion which is different from yours, that's all.

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        Betty, you do understand don't you that what I wrote are the views of the ONE person who knows Trump better than anybody other than his wife and kids. His observations about Trump are supported by many, many psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental healthcare professionals which I am writing articles about as well.

        The world must be warned about The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. He is a person Jesus Christ would rail against just as he did the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        Valkaras,

        We can most certainly interpret scriptures. The entire bible works together, and God makes it clear what is and isnt acceptable. We can also see that those whom He judged worthy to be used would fall short by our own standards. The fact is, God placed Trump in office. If you doubt this see my article about it. I give example after example from the scriptures themselves.

        We are to judge but not condemn because God knows details that we do not know. He sees the full picture whereas we see through a glass darkly.

        You made a few unfounded accusations agaisnt the President. If you take time. to research, you'll find that Trump is a very generous man.

        I read one article that a staff member at one of his hotels wrote about. It was a story about a homeless woman who workers could not get to leave the hotel. Trump met the woman and talked with her and he ended up giving her a room for as long as she needed it. He also made sure she would have three meals a day. That is not something an uncaring person would do.

        Also you compared illegals to the original settlers.

        They didn't come to America looking for a better life. How do i know this is a fact? At that time there was no America. They came here, settled here, and trough hardships and the Revolutionary war they established the United States of America. They laid the foundation so others could come here under our constitutional laws. They most most certainly went through very serious stages to establish our laws, fully expecting future generations to uphold them.

        Lawlessness is also a Biblical prophecy and we are seeing it in action right now.

        Before 1932 all who legally entered into the USA respected our laws, learned to speak English and proudly waved the American flag. There was no such thing as welfare, free housing, free medical care or food stamps until after 1932.

        Those who are in Christ most certainly can judge by his word.

        Those who do so know exactly what I'm speaking of.

        I'm responding on my cell phone, so please forgive any typos. I haven't mastered the tiny keyboard.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        3 months ago from Canada

        Betty -- I respect your devotion to God, and above all I respect your claim that you are "not perfect" -- because I am not perfect either, so it will be easier for me to say what I want to say, as one imperfect person to another.

        I see, in your version of being imperfect you are still able to interpret what personal traits God appreciates in a POTUS. My version of imperfection doesn't contain that ambition, so to me God is too unfathomable that my imperfection would be enough to interpret His likes and dislikes.

        You can like Trump for any other number of reasons -- but not the one that you mentioned.

        No, the whole evidence is too clear that he has no heart for poor folks, and somehow that doesn't make him qualified for a "true Christian". I just don't see Jesus congratulating him for preventing some poor people from upgrading their lives because their own countries are not allowing it. And I don't know why it somehow reminds me of the American beginnings, when just a bunch of some hopeful migrants came over to seek a better life on this continent. They were lucky, because the Natives didn't have strong enough immigration policies -- or was it strong enough weapons -- to stop them.

        Well, I am probably wrong, but that's only because in my imperfection I dare to imagine what Jesus would think of Trump's immigration policies. How silly of me to say these things about a man who is so "pro-Christian", who loves all races because they are all God's children, and who shows such a respect for women, and who wouldn't use any profanities out of his pure Christian heart.

        Well, I certainly do agree with you over one thing -- God REALLY is merciful, by giving equal opportunity to all kinds of individuals to become a president.

        And, please, don't take me wrong -- all this is a comment coming from a very imperfect person. Sometimes I just yap some nonsense. Peace.

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        I shared an article a few days ago about the Biblical take on different people whom God has used which included some of the traits of those people.

        For myself, I'm not perfect. I don't go around looking for perfection in everyone, and I know that God is very merciful. I personally didn't vote for the last president because I saw a video where he mocked God and His word.

        President Trump is the most pro-Christian POTUS I've ever voted for.

        There's so many other reasons that go into Globalism and the end time prophecies that are directly tied to the scriptures and I see the push for it happening with the left, as well as some RINOS.

        I also have an article called, "The Mystery of Babylon," which might explain why I feel very strongly about this.

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        Mike Russo 

        3 months ago

        Betty: I read your About page and I see you are a passionate Christian. Why do you support Trump when he violates so much of Christian doctrine, values and beliefs?

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        Betty A F 

        3 months ago from Florida

        I read through your article Scott, and it's clear that you are a "hearsay," kind of person.

        If you ever happen to be elevated to a position that puts you in the spotlight I imagine that you'd have a vast amount of people who feel they know you well enough to push nonsense and lies about you simply for attention.

        I don't have much more to say about it, other than, it's clear you have a very clouded view of the President, and you're clearly full of yourself. :)

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        Mike Russo 

        3 months ago from Placentia California

        I read excerpts from Art of the Deal on Amazon. Trump's parents sent him to Military school because he was such a troublemaker. He was miserable his first year and then he learned how to divide and conquer. After that he would pit people against each other and he became captain of his company.

        I'm no shrink, but I have watched a lot of You Tube TED talks about narcissism and he exhibits the classic symptoms of a person suffering from the highest level of NPD.

        They say at that level, they are beyond changing. They constantly want to win. Even when they are losing, in their mind, they think they are winning and will double down on issues, even to the point of lying.

        They recommend that if you get into a conflict, the best thing to do is not engage them. That robs them of oxygen they need for their constant need for attention.

        Instead of engaging them, they recommend that you just tell them you are sorry for the way they feel. They don't know what to do after that because you are not engaging them, but you are robbing them of their oxygen. Of course, it is hard to do when it is the president of our country. God, I even hate saying that.

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        Scott Belford 

        3 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        He certainly has. One of the most disappointing things a saw recently was a supporter talking to two former and current Trump supporters, one white, one black. (there were two other white women who opposed Trump).

        The interviewer talked a little bit about Trump's racist attacks on the "squad" (this was before the broadside against Cummings) and then asked the two Trump guys if they were still going to vote for Trump, The both said yes and when asked why they both replied because the economy is still good.

        When asked specifically if Trump's racism bothered them, the white said no, that is just Trump and what is important is the economy. The black said yes, it did bother him - but look, the economy is good and I don't want to upset the apple cart!!!

        The kicker is the black guy said he had a bunch of conservative black friends who don't see it his way and are very upset with Trump's racism. So upset, they are dumping Trump and going with Harris or Biden.

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        Doris James MizBejabbers 

        3 months ago from Beautiful South

        Scott, what is there left to say? You've said most of it, if not all. Today my husband handed me a story to read about the stock market dropping, all in connection with the tariff on exports from China. Where is all that new industry he promised us? I believe he has this country in a "mellofahess", as me pappy used to say!

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        Scott Belford 

        4 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

        Thank you for taking the time to read my article and for providing a comment, Vladimir.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        4 months ago from Canada

        Scott -- As a Canadian living in Canada I have no reason to hate Trump, and, as I stated elsewhere, to me it makes no difference if he gets impeached tomorrow or reelected as president of the US.

        Moreover, after heaving read over thousand books on human nature out of a life long studious hobby -- and although not becoming a bona fide shrink -- I have developed some of that professional ethics, so I can't badmouth the dude only because I think that he has some considerable emotional, if not character issues.

        With this behind us, I must say I always saw him as a survivalist, soft inside and making a somewhat pathological effort to overcompensate for that softness with a macho-image.

        It's not my call to describe him as a good or a bad president, because I have no qualifications in matters of running a country, and reports about the true state of economy are confusing enough. While some speak in his favor, the other sharply disagree, even hinting at possibility that he is leading the economy towards a sure disaster.

        So I am merely talking about him as a man, not as a president. Without knowing anything about this report by his biographer, I even wrote in some of my HP pieces about my modestly presented view on Trump as a softie hiding behind his strong front of money and social status, always with a bunch of good lawyers to clean or prevent his mess.

        Nothing more to add. I'll leave it to his political adversaries -- since I am not one -- to make the case bigger than this. But, would I, on my instinctual level, trust him as my president? Simply -- no.

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