By Roy Steele
The well known bigot, birther, businessman, and senior citizen tea-bagger who masquerades as a Greedy Old Party (GOP) activist, Donald Trump, either temporarily lost his mind or was drunk on election night, and used Twitter to let the world know.
The high profile Willard Mitt Romney supporter was clearly acting like a sore loser, and in my humble opinion The Donald should know better. As a result of his egotistical Twitter rants, he’s unleashed the fury of progressive voters, who started an online petition to demand that Macy's sever their business relationship with the opinionated Trump..
As a Willard Mitt Romney surrogate, he used that relationship to legitimize his extremist political views.
Buzzfeed writer McKay Coppins wrote an excellent story about the relationship between the birther Trump and the Romney campaign.
In spring 2011, Trump had floated the idea of his own presidential run, with his main platform plank having to do with exposing President Obama's fraudulent citizenship. His bombastic birtherism — and the relentless media attention it attracted — was enough to propel him to the top of some early Republican primary polls. He ultimately decided not to run, but reserved the right to endorse.
Trump's appeal to the Republican base was undeniable, and, to many on Romney's staff, utterly perplexing. Among the savvy sophisticates who populated the campaign headquarters in Boston, Trump was viewed as a joke and a blowhard — an outrageous figure whose fixation on Obama's birth certificate was, at once, bizarre and off-putting, according to campaign sources.
But he was also popular among the very voters Romney was most concerned about winning over. And the candidate's aides believed — perhaps naively — that if they could win his endorsement, they might be able to win the hearts of his many conservative fans.Donald Trump’s endorsement was great political theater, and that's it - as I haven’t seen any evidence suggesting that his support translated into votes.
While he may be popular with tea-bagger voters, Trump has never been embraced by New York’s wealthy old guard, as they view his ostentatious personality with derision and suspicion. The shameless self-promoter uses every avenue he can to promote that he’s wealthy, smart, and a good businessman, in spite of multiple bankruptcies by businesses that he has largely controlled..
In response to Trump’s boorish behavior, Angelo Carusone, the Director of Online Strategy for Media Matters for America, started a petition drive targeting Trump’s business relationship with Macy’s. The petition states:
Macy's: Donald Trump does not reflect the "magic of Macy's." We urge you to sever ties with him. Macy's says it has a strong obligation to be "socially responsible" and that "actions speak louder than words." Indeed. It's time to act.In support of their position, the petition cites the following reasons why Trump should be fired.
Donald Trump engages in especially unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior. He has:
Long engaged in sexist behavior. Trump has a long record of personally attacking women he disagrees by calling them "unattractive," ugly or fat. He once sent a target a personal note telling her that she has the "face of a dog." Not even his own daughter is immune to Trump's sexism. While referring to his daughter, Trump observed: "She does have a very nice figure...if [she] weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."
Hypocritically complained about jobs being shipped overseas to China, despite the fact that almost his entire clothing line sold at Macy's is made in China and other Asian nations.
Use his public platform to deny the reality of climate change. Following Hurricane Sandy, Trump publicly declared: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
Perpetuated the racially charged birther conspiracy, repeatedly arguing that President Obama has been lying and was not born in the United States.If Trump is going to play with the big boys in the national political arena, while making incendiary remarks that infuriate and offend scores of people (Republican and Democratic consumers alike), he’s going to pay the consequences. As I write this, the petition has 542,369 signatures and the tally is climbing.
You can be sure that if right-wing politics has a negative effect on Donald Trump’s wallet now or in the future, he’s going to either have a quick transformation to a man with moderate views, or he will swear off politics altogether.
Regardless, the way I see it, we the people will win --- no matter what happens.
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