In Bob Fields' letter, he said he is a "die-hard Republican conservative," and he goes on to say that "our political system in America seems to be going to hell in a hand basket," ("Trump presidency is not going to end well," The Daily News, May 18). He goes on to say we have "a carnival barker as president who maniacally keeps hawking the freak show tent."

This should have come as no surprise to Fields. Donald Trump showed us who he is during the 18 months prior to the election. All of what Fields said in his letter was entirely predictable with Trump in the White House. He was apparently put into office by "die-hard Republican conservatives."

You get what you vote for. For the record, I did not vote for Trump.

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Doyle Beard

exactly why Hillary was the worse candidate.

Steve Fouga

They were both poor candidates. As an independent, I can't speak for Republican voters. As a moderate, I can't speak for Conservative voters. But it appears they sold their souls to get ANYONE other than a Democrat elected.

We'll see how that works out. So far it looks mediocre-to-bad for just about anyone other than the rich. So rich folks, good on ya! But we'll see.

Oh, and the Russians. It's okay for them too. [cool]

Carlos Ponce

So it's "Russia, Russia, Russia". Thank you for the laugh, Steve (Jan Brady) Fouga. [wink]

Steve Fouga

Russia, Russia, Russia... Budget, budget, budget... Conflict, conflict, conflict of interest... Nepotism, nepotism, nepotism... Incompetence, incompetence, incompetence... Corruption, corruption, corruption... Laughingstock, laughingstock, laughingstock!

It's mostly bad, Carlos, and getting worse.

Carlos Ponce

Steve Fouga, Steve Fouga, Steve Fouga. Liberal nonsense, Liberal nonsense, Liberal nonsense.
Steve, what did you think of Trump's speeches in the Middle East? Some Liberal media (like MSM) did not even report their content.

Steve Fouga

Carlos, the speeches were excellent. He's doing a fine job on his first overseas trip.

Doyle Beard

Believe if you can read between the lines the reason HRC lost was because she was the worse candidate. I did not say Trump was good. Trump did not win because he was a good candidate but HRC lost becasue she was the lowest of lowest and the libs, snowflakes and cupcakes cant figure that out. Just want to blame others its their fault.

Carlos Ponce

The hatred filled Liberal media has done such a good job of Demonizing Trump that even Bob Fields has begun to question his candidacy and presidency. I suggest quit looking at BIASED reports being passed off as news. Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center report shows the Liberal media is putting out over 90% anti-Trump bias. This does not include legitimate dissension but just unfounded biased reporting. The overall tone of news reports is what is in question, not necessarily the facts. But even some content is questionable, AKA FAKE NEWS.

Keith Gray

14.4% return on my investments... is what I sowed...

Jim Forsythe

When a President tweets out things, that are not always well thought out, and the volume he does , negative coverage will follow.

"The Wall Street Journal showcased slightly less critical coverage than their broadcast counterparts, at 70 percent negative coverage of the president"

Presidents , that have more press , will get more negative coverage.
"A third major part of Harvard’s study compared Trump’s coverage to that of the three previous presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
Trump scored 80 percent negative coverage, whereas Obama, Bush, and Clinton received 41 percent, 57 percent, and 60 percent, respectively."

Carlos Ponce

"things, that are not always well thought out" Just because you and others don't like what he's posting doesn't mean they "are not always well thought out". I think you are used to press releases which are sanitized and politically correct but do not necessarily reflect the president's views. If Trump wants to retract his statement he could always issue another tweet. Notice he rarely does that. What you get is his candid comments. I find them refreshing.[beam]

Steve Fouga

Trump's tweets are as well-thought-out as he can make them. I think the guy has an actual mental deficit, so he can be somewhat excused for what he tweets. [unsure]

Carlos Ponce

Just pray he doesn't catch "Liberalitis" - now that's a "severe mental deficit"![innocent]

Steve Fouga

Trump becoming a Liberal might be enough to make me a Rightist... [beam]

Jim Forsythe

Steve, his history shows that you may  be changing parties, if he keeps up his pattern.  .

Trump's political party affiliation has changed numerous times over the years. Trump was a Democrat prior to 1987. In 1987, Trump registered as a Republican in Manhattan.
Trump first vaguely expressed interest in running for office in 1987, when he spent almost $100,000 to place full-page advertisements in several newspapers.
Reform (1999–2001)
Independent (2011–12)
Republican (1987–99, 2009–11, 2012–present) 
From 2001 to 2008, Trump identified as a Democrat
When asked in 2015 which recent president he prefers, Trump picked Democrat Bill Clinton over the Republican Bushes.


Carlos Ponce

nothing but Jim Speak and Jim Post.[rolleyes]

Jim Forsythe

"nothing but Jim Speak and Jim Post." What part is not true? Was he not a member, of each of the following?
Reform (1999–2001)
Independent (2011–12)
Republican (1987–99, 2009–11, 2012–present) 
From 2001 to 2008, Trump identified as a Democrat

Did he not say this?
When asked in 2015 which recent president he prefers, Trump picked Democrat Bill Clinton over the Republican Bushes.

Carlos Ponce

"nothing but Jim Speak and Jim Post."
This should have been attached to:
Jim Forsythe May 26, 2017 9:57am

Mike Zeller

" I find them refreshing". Then why are you constantly posting, DO NOT take Trumps tweets literally. This is what he was trying to say, this is what he really meant, this is Carlos' interpretation. There is no need to try and explain what comes out of Trumps mouth, he is a big boy and I DO take what he says literally.

Carlos Ponce

When did I ever say or post, "DO NOT take Trumps tweets literally."???????????
I have ALWAYS posted, "I find them [his candid tweets] refreshing." Check the record. I like politicians who don't hide behind a facade of politically correct double talk. Problem is that those with intelligence know what he means. Some people guess but like a poor marksman, miss the point. Take for instance "wall". We knew Exactly what Trump meant. However, Liberals misinterpreted that word to mean a brick and mortar construct only.
"Wall" - anything used to keep out those who will circumvent our borders. In some places it means a brick and mortar structure but in other places something else. But I guess a NARROW interpretation comes from people with ...........[whistling]

Jim Forsythe

"May 17-- When did I ever say or post    DO NOT take Trumps tweets literally."???????????"Maybe this rings a bell.
May 17 Carlos said.
"Does anybody really think the White House has actual "tapes"?" So you went on to say what Trump meant.

"Take for instance "wall". We knew Exactly what Trump meant." Yes , this is what Trump administration meant.
March 6, 2017     
"The Trump administration has revealed what the wall on the Mexican border will look like — 30-foot concrete barriers.
The description was included in a modification the Department of Homeland Security made Friday to a preliminary notification for bids.
“For planning we anticipate procuring concrete wall structures, nominally 30 feet tall, that will meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage,” says the updated notice.
The bid request “for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico” is due to be published Wednesday..
The bid process for Trump’s signature issue is off to a fast start — vendors have until March 20 to submit concept papers, with bids, including pricing, due May 3. Homeland Security will select several manufacturers, according to the notice".

Carlos Ponce

So, when did I ever say or post, "DO NOT take Trumps tweets literally."???????????
I NEVER DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Explaining about the "wall" to those who cannot fathom the idea that a "wall" can be something more than a "brick and mortar structure" just points out that there is a general definition. Liberals NARROW definition of that word displays their inadequacies.
Now, When did I ever say or post "don't take Trump's tweets literally"?????????
I never did.

Jim Forsythe

"Does anybody really think the White House has actual "tapes

Carlos Ponce

"Does anybody really think the White House has actual 'tapes' ?"
President Trump is old school so you can forgive him for using old school terms. But anyone with sense knows precisely what he means.
Here's a dictionary of old school terms:
tape - electronic recordings, audio or video or both
wiretap- electronic surveillance
"Does anybody really think the White House has actual 'tapes' ?" Not really, but we know what he means. However if our "tech savvy" forum users like Jim use that term then...................[rolleyes]

Jim Forsythe

"Does anybody really think the White House has actual 'tapes' ?" The President said tape, you interpreted what he meant.
"There is no need to try and explain what comes out of Trumps mouth, he is a big boy and I DO take what he says literally"

"But anyone with sense knows precisely what he means." Just as other times, you have interpreted what he says. This time it was on what kind of tape  he was using ,to recorded conversations in the White House.
How do you know , if they are using tape or not ? You do not know. Could it be a reel to reel system, and it uses tape. ?
"Reel To Reel Tape Player" are the  recorders used, for the best quality sound

Carlos Ponce

"The President said tape, you interpreted what he meant." No interpretation needed, just common sense. Of course Trump haters will get it WRONG. C'est la vie politique! [beam]

Jim Forsythe

A gente vai se amar
a gente vain dançar
essa é a vida
lalalallala

Just because some one can talk, Trump speak , does not make them smart.

Carlos Ponce

It's not called "Trump Speak", it's called common sense.[beam]

Jim Forsythe

"It's not called "Trump Speak", it's called common sense" You can call it, what ever you want , but it is still Trump speak
"Trump-speak is typically off the cuff, unconsidered, contradictory, strongly expressed and essentially transitory. It mixes long-held beliefs and prejudices with barely grasped facts and dawning realities. It’s like a bloke talking loudly in the pub who “just read this stuff in the paper”.
Trump-speak says, repeatedly, that the US embassy in Israel will definitely move to Jerusalem until, suddenly this week, it is not up for discussion. It says the prospect of North Korean nuclear missiles threatening the US mainland is “not going to happen”. Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s paranoid dictator, thinks it will. So what next? Trump-speak is silent.
On Iraq, Trump is consistent but clueless. The 2003 invasion was the worst ever decision in history. US policy, he said, was akin to “throwing rocks into a beehive”. On Syria, Trump-speak is all over the place. The president-elect must have had a briefing, because he now favors' “security zones” – presumably, the safe havens plan favored by Hillary Clinton.
It was “terrible” to shoot old ladies in Aleppo, Trump said – on that, all can agree. But Trump says he “trusts” the shooter, Vladimir Putin, and looks forward to doing “great things” with Russia. What this may mean is anybody’s guess, although the Russian president probably has his own ideas. A Nato pullback in eastern Europe for starters.
Trump-speak is whatever Trump believes US policy should be at any given moment. This is not necessarily how policy is or how it will be. Trump-speak is the exact opposite of George Orwell’s newspeak, which was all about thought control and limiting alternative ideas and choices. It is thus essentially chaotic.
Trump-speak is more akin to doublespeak. Working out what the next US president really thinks, when he often appears not to know himself, is going to be a full-time job."

Jim Forsythe

@realDonaldTrump
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.
3:23 PM - 6 Aug 2012
@realDonaldTrump
I am being proven right about massive vaccinations—the doctors lied. Save our children & their future.
8:30 AM - 3 Sep 2014

You can debate if his tweets are ok ,but can we chance that his tweets are a real risk or not to the USA?
"This is not a far-fetched scenario. Putting aside the specter of state-sponsored Russian hacking, in the past year alone, the Twitter accounts of Kylie Jenner, Mark Zuckerberg, Keith Richards, Sundar Pichai, Drake, Travis Kalanick, the National Football League, and the foreign minister of Belgium (to name a few) were hacked or accessed by someone who wasn't supposed to have access. Many of these infiltrations didn't require sophisticated skills or the ability to hack Twitter. Bad actors can often gain access to an account through a third-party app that has permission to post to Twitter, for example. These hacks didn't take the expertise or resources of a nation-state; some of them were done by a Saudi teenager. And Trump's account has been hacked before. In 2013, someone gained access to his account to tweet Lil Wayne lyrics. "

If a Trump tweet firestorm was unleashed by hackers , disaster could happen!
"All of which leaves the @realDonaldTrump as a vulnerable major target that could be exploited for financial gain, geopolitical instability, or worse. Scary! "


Lisa Blair

Well played, BigJim! 😊😊😊

Jim Forsythe

Thanks

Doyle Beard

Garbage

Jim Forsythe

Doyle, which part is garbage. The tweets, are real tweets. Cell  phones are easy to hack.
"Report: Trump still uses his unsecured Android phone to tweet
His reported use of an unsecured device is 'very troubling,' analyst says; that would probably get any other government employee fired"

Carlos Ponce

"Biggest celebrity of the past year or so, and coincidentally the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump now has ditched his old Android phone that many speculated was the Galaxy S3 or S4, and switched to an iPhone.
White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. broke the news tonight on the new administration's favorite media outlet: Twitter. Mr. Scavino Jr. confirmed that the latest tweets from Mr. Trump that were marked as coming from an iPhone were indeed from the president himself. Trump has been tweeting from his new iPhone in 'the past couple of weeks.' "
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Donald-Trump-now-uses-an-iPhone_id92543

Dan Scavino Jr.‏Verified account @DanScavino
.@POTUS @realDonaldTrump has been using his new iPhone📱for the past couple of weeks here on Twitter. Yes, it is #POTUS45 reading & tweeting!

Daniel Scavino Jr. is the White House Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President.

Jim Forsythe

It good that the President has a more secure Iphone. Apple issued 70 patches for the IPhone , they are working on more.

RonShelby
Ron Shelby

Here's an individual who has access to learn the intelligence gathering capabilities and tools in current use. He probably found out that the apple platform was more secure than android, keeping those with prying eyes out...including the FBI.

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