CNN, Don Lemon, Interview With Donald Trump – Along With A Warning….

Last night Donald Trump gave an excellent interview to Don Lemon on CNN.  Here’s the video (HatTip TrumpVideos):

Unfortunately, there should also be a strong warning to Team Trump regarding an increasingly heavy and frequent demand coming from the media machine.

Trump first familyThe media want to see Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, brought out onto the campaign trail.  There is a historical reference here that bears repeating and warning.  The media don’t do this unless they fully intend to utilize the spouse of their target in a concerted effort to marginalize the candidate.

Who is Ben Carson’s wife?  Who is Marco Rubio’s wife?  Where is the story on Carly Fiorina’s husband or Jeb Bush’s wife?

Why are none of the other candidates being asked the same or similar questions?  The answer lies within two words “Sarah Palin”.

The Park Row and Madison Avenue conscripts have failed to gain any traction with direct attacks against Donald Trump.   Wall Street, via the RNC/GOPe Rovian “Operation Hummingbird” can only do so much from the perimeter; they need an inside attack to exponentially assist their cause.  This is simply how they roll.

Dragging Melania Trump into an highly scripted, highly optical and highly planned series of ambush interviews is another way to attack a political opponent.  For recent points of reference, ask the Palins.

They Attack By Using Compassion –  Everything, I mean EVERYTHING, down to the color of the carpet, the size and dimensions of the chair, the filters on the camera, everything is professionally used to paint a narrative.  The interviewee doesn’t stand a chance amid the clatter and chatter of the conscripts as they sell the reasoning….

Let’s get some background shots, wow, Frank make sure you get the 600 sq. foot walk-in master closet, (Frank knows the Emelda Marcos approach). Is that real mink? That’s beautiful, must have cost a fortune… etc.

Generally a professional narrative builder will be assigned the task of producing just the right mix of  questions and answers to form the construct of a highly-charged, yet incredibly nuanced, angle to put the candidate into a situation where they are forced to go off point and begin responding to the answers given by the spouse, or other.

Ex:

So, did you ever feel uncomfortable marrying a man who was twice married before”?

Seems innocuous until you understand the objective is to splinter the candidate from various smaller segments of the electorate.  Death by a thousand paper cuts.

“How did you feel in family events with children that are not yours”?  “Did the kids accept you as their step-mom”?

Interviewee begins to feel awkward, the aim of the questioning is to make feelings surface which will change the responses.  Disconnect the brain from the mouth and get the person being questioned into auto-response with emotional sensibilities.

“In the life of Billionaires there are many who use the term “Trophy Wife”, did you ever stop to consider (Katie Couric version: “did you ever worry”) that you were merely a representative image of your husbands success”?

Strike at the optics, create the impression in the viewer something about the target, the candidate, they might not have thought of before.

“I mean, as a high profile fashion model you probably saw many affluent, and powerful, men of substantial wealth and influence; what was it about Donald Trump that gave you a sense of willingness to get to know him”?

Interviewee begins to feel defensive, a loss of self esteem assists the questioner into generating the next requested emotion, anger.

“So you never had a moment when you felt invisible, or your sense of self was diminished because of the power and influence of your spouse”?  “After all he is a very powerful man, and could probably have any woman he wanted.  This never concerned you, especially given Donald’s background”?

Leave lots of dangling participles to aid the viewer in drawing their own conclusion and providing the interviewer plausible deniability to what the real intent and motivation of the interview actually is.

“Then again, you are very beautiful yourself; you could probably have any man you wanted, what was it about this man, Donald Trump”?

A compliment, intended with an ulterior motive, helps the interviewee begins to drop their guard.  Then comes the divisive questions intended to put a chasm between the candidate and spouse.

“How do you feel when you see all of these crowds of adoring fans fawning over your husband”?

“Your husband has said some rather controversial things about President Obama.  Some people see him as a racist or a bigot.  How do you defend your husband against these accusations”?  (Katie Couric version: How do you protect your children against those racist accusations?)

Etc. etc.

And it goes down hill from there.   Katie Couric is the subject matter expert at this interview approach – However, she has trained legions on how to do it.

They know just the right combination of snide complimentary charm, mixed with underhanded intents.  They know exactly what soundbites the “editors” of the piece need to have in order to create the optic and narrative.

Megyn kelly Katie couric

Nothing good ever comes from this.

Ever.

Regardless of how prideful, skilled or adept the person being interviewed sees themselves.  No-one is beyond being manipulated in a one-on-one interview to deliver the exact outcome of the agenda-driven production staff.

The actual target, in this case Donald Trump, is then led into the next phase where he is forced to respond to questions about his wife’s answers.  While he’s doing this the campaign message is lost – satellite trucks then diverted to the homes of his kids and his in-laws.   Drew Griffin reports live from Slovenia at 8pm with a report about Melania’s childhood boyfriend; college roommates located… etc.

Just about the time the candidate begins to highlight how unfair this seems, the chattering class gather quickly on the media script: “well he put his wife out there, on the trail”?

What’s Ben Carson’s wife’s name?

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153 Responses to CNN, Don Lemon, Interview With Donald Trump – Along With A Warning….

  1. good advice. i know the donald is listening. hope melania is watching.

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  2. ManWithNoParty says:

    This is a good warning. Given the Donald’s savvy with the Media over 30 years, I feel pretty confident that he has got this.

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  3. Masterdeviance says:

    Great catch, Sundance! I was wondering about why Lemon was suddenly so interested in Melania…

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      Actually, I think Trump is rolling her out per plan. There was the excellent WaPo article which came out yesterday, plus the online promo of the exclusive People piece. Trump, Melania, Barron on the cover. Hit’s newstands soon.

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      • JeremyR says:

        I seriously doubt Melania is a fool. She is likely as business savvy as Donald. Even though the media appears to control the narrative with Trump, he is in control because he knows them. Think Don Knotts in Hot lead and cold feet. “I know he’s faster, and he Knows he’s faster. He knows I know he’s faster, but he doesn’t know that I know he knows I know he’s faster, so that gives me the edge. ” (I know its not an exact quote) The important thing though is Trump knows what they are up to, and is playing them like a chess master taking on a five year old. He could just wipe them out in four quick moves, or he can play the game masterfully to their level, lead them on, let them take a number of important pieces, and still win with only a pawn. The big difference is that the five year old would learn a lot from the game. the media? Meh.

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      • peachteachr says:

        Savey, almost identical to how Hollywood rolls out a new film. First there are the covers on various magazines then the interviews. Good insight, Sharon. So it appears Mr. Trump is a few steps ahead of the tv media. I wrote a post below saying this would not work. I looked forward to reading how y’all saw it. It’s part of The Treehouse’s allure.

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Once again, you’re a step or two ahead of the consultant agenda, Sundance. The problem with previous campaigns (I’m thinking of Sarah Palin getting ambushed) is that all the candidates employed consultants who came from the same political subculture. (We didn’t think of them as the uniparty then, but that’s what they were) So, naturally they all tended to think and act alike. It didn’t come as any surprise that the Palin consultant that set up the damaging interview with Katie Couric was, if I’m not mistaken, a friend or associate of Couric. Palin obviously didn’t know this and walked into an ambush interview that colored the rest of her campaign and continues to dog her today. This is something one hopes Trump is very much aware of.

    Trump’s advantage, thus far displayed with great skill, is that he has more direct experience dealing with media—from both the inside and outside—than any other candidate. He knows things the other candidates have to have paid consults to advise them about. Trump knows all about how producers work behind the scenes to shape the information flow of a show. With this in mind, I can’t seem him allowing his wife or children to play the media game. Both he and they should, by all accounts, be pretty media savvy and so my guess is that they’ll adroitly avoid climbing onto the petard the GOPe and media have prepared for them. Sigh, if only Sarah Palin had known . . .

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      GO TRUMP!!!

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      Just finished watching the interview. It’s interesting that CNN, surprisingly given their ideological orientation, has thus far given solid interviews in which Trump is asked relevant questions. This could be the Huntly-Brinkly era of 40 years ago. They’re obviously sandbagging Fox News, making their interviews look cheap and tawdry.
      In this interview, we get to see Trump the manager. I would not want to be an Obama era bureaucrat sitting across from President Trump . . .

      Something else to consider about Trump. This guy made his money building large, complex, buildings. Although, he now hires skilled people to do this work, Trump is a guy to knows how to build things. If he needed to do it, he could supervise pouring the concrete foundation of a skyscraper, an expensive, complex task involving thousands of yards of concrete—a task with no margin for error.

      Not many of our presidential candidates could even be trusted to repair a busted back-yard fence. Think about it. GO TRUMP

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      • wanthetruth says:

        Speaking of knowing construction and how to build… saw video of Ivanka on a show where she spoke of loving all facets of construction and told a story of when she was around 6.

        Christmas toys – she got a Barbie and the boys got Legos and Erector sets. She locked herself in Eric’s (I believe) bedroom and super-glued Legos into Trump Tower facsimile. She got in trouble and punished.

        So funny, but even more special – her Dad came to her a few days later and said (as best I remember), “It’s been bothering me, the Trump Tower you built … you put three set backs on it and there’s only two.” Such a great story and obviously mega smart Ivanka even as a child.

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        • zephyrbreeze says:

          Donald Trump also specializes in the Hospitality industry. Where professionals constantly ask themselves, what can we do better, how can we perform better, so that people choose our hotel, our restaurant? That’s Trump’s mentality: total disgust at incompetence, and dysfunction is business especially when the customers are complaining. He runs 5-star establishments and must aim for perfection. Notice Trump’s curiosity about what people are saying, about the polls. As a professional that is what his is accustomed to responding to, in order to please his customers. Journalists mock him because he is a “germa-phobe.” That speaks pretty well of his hotels don’t you think? In the lodging industry being a “germa-phobe” gets you promoted.

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      • NYGuy54 says:

        That was the best single interview with Donald Trump I’ve seen since he started campaigning. He was great. No not great. He was presidential. If the media would deal with him like that, he would win going away.

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        • TheTorch says:

          Have to agree with that. I think it was excellent as well. Something I have also noticed which I think is very encouraging, is that he seems to get better in every interview, so he is clearly learning and improving before our eyes, which should come as no surprise from the guy that wrote the Art Of The Deal. It is a great indication of how he would run the country. Problem with the political establishment is they make the same mistakes over and over again, as they never learn, or simply don’t care.

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        • The Boss says:

          CNN got a ratings bounce in a matter of days when Trump personally took on Fox. Perhaps they are realizing that being fair – and not as a slogan, but as SOP – has its rewards. The people will tune in, and tell others about it. That’s free advertising. No one knows that better than Trump.

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        • NYGuy54 says:

          Pardon me for replying to my own comment but did anyone notice that Trump intends on issuing a position paper on waste in the federal government in the next few weeks? That would be a great companion piece to his tax policy and potentially steal one more piece of ammo away from the naysayers.

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      • frangelica1 says:

        I agree – there is nothing like on the job training to learn everything you will eventually manage. Trump has a good solid base of multiple experiences under his belt that makes him an ideal all around manager and a President that will always be able to identify the heart of any problem, such that the best solutions can be applied.

        There is no other candidate out there as good as Trump for President and there hasn’t been any decent Presidential candidates for many years!

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    • lilbirdee'12 says:

      As for Sarah’s “consultant”…you can thank Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace for the constant barrage of attacks inflicted upon her and her family, imo.

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    • General P. Malaise says:

      I am of the opinion that mclame was failing intentionally to get obama in. his pick of palin was supposed to reduce his chances but she almost dragged him to victory so he had his own staff torpedo palin.

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      • IntoTheFray says:

        I agree. I don’t think McCain ever truly wanted to be the president. I light of what we now know, I think McCain’s nomination was about two things:
        1.) Getting Obama elected and
        2.) Getting revenge on Sarah Palin.
        If McCain’s plan was to be president, he is a buffoon. He ran one of the worst campaigns I’ve ever seen. How did he get nominated? I guess we now know.
        If you look at Gov. Palin’s history, she was elected as governor on a platform of cleaning up a corrupt, “good old boy”, GOPe administration in Alaska, which she did. What she didn’t realize at the time is the extent that the Political Elite(PE) would go to to punish her for exposing them and their corruption. I think she thought that the corruption was somehow endemic to just Alaska and the politics there, but as we now know, is PE wide. She had to be punished for her audacity, and she was. Her “handler”, right after the campaign, defected back to the DemocRATS, which tells me everything I need to know about the situation. I can’t believe that McCain wouldn’t know the true nature of this individual, so he is either an idiot, or as corrupt as they come. Also, many “Republicans” jumped on the “trash Palin bandwagon” almost immediately. I had trouble at the time understanding this, but I now know why. Once you put the pieces together it is all very telling about McCain and his true intentions. McCain may at one time have been a war hero, but he is now nothing more than a corrupt member of the corrupt PE which is totally anti American. Sad

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    • stella says:

      The McCain staff didn’t like Sarah Palin; therefore, they did nothing to protect or help her.

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    • rashamon says:

      “Sigh, if only Sarah Palin had known . . .”

      And having the stunning intelligent John McCain as President would have been better? Sarah missed getting hit by a tornado. IMO, she simply never should have gotten involved with that campaign. She was used, used, used to further the Progressive narrative.

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    • prettyplease says:

      I love Trump and I do not know how to handle the massive media hatchet jobs that are going on. Did anyone see the latest back stab by princess Kelly on her show DIRECTLY after the semi-softball interview with O’Reilly on 09.29.15. Fox News buried the hatchet alright, straight into Trump’s back. No way Kelly did this without permission. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZvHdyUNluc. I am assuming that the above interview is a Trump response to Marc Thiessen’s critique. BTW, Thiessen was a speech writer for GW Bush and Rumsfeld.

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    • darcy says:

      McCain threw the race; he sacrificed Palin as part of the plan.
      That’s my read.
      He’s on team red-axis; Palin’s on team American Patriot.
      He was going to throw the race anyway; why not take an American Patriot down while he’s at it, throwing her to the sharks, as he did. Choosing Palin was for optics: it made it look as if there really is a two-party system, and the move disarmed and distracted the base sufficiently enough to keep them focused on the Palin story of the day — to the exclusion of everything else. (Maybe George Soros whispered some hint of such a move into McCain’s decrepit ear, and he ran with it.)
      (I’m no great fan of Palin; but I think she is on our team.)

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  5. regedit says:

    Agree- be careful-i would even keep family away completely
    until the convention and potential nomination

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    • PerryC says:

      I wouldn’t worry about Ivanka and Don Jr., they’re more than capable of handling the MSM. Don’t know much about Eric. At any rate, I think his kids are an asset to Trump for the campaign, they’re really smart, well-adjusted, and telegenic. The fact that Ivanka’s besties with Chelsea isn’t a great thing, but that shouldn’t be difficult for Trump to navigate if it ever becomes an issue of optics.

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      • judyw says:

        I’ve seen Eric interviewed and he follows his father’s skill in mastering the topic…whoever it was interviewing Eric kept trying to ask irrelevant questions and Eric politely kept talking about the subject he wanted to discuss. His Eric Trump Foundation just held a fundraising gala for St. Jude’s Hospital and Geraldo Riveria was there. Also, to his credit every $ raised/donated goes to St. Jude’s. 🙂

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  6. 2x4x8 says:

    “talent”
    paid more for delivering what is wanted

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  7. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Hope so, Remember when Yebbie’s wife went wild, spent something like 5-8 grand on clothes/shoes and other bobbles when Yebbie was Gov. of Fla.? Mamma Bush cracked the whip on her……..
    When Trump’s security people see somebody put a mic/camera in her face, the press gets smack down.

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  8. rsmith1776 says:

    EXCELLENT catch. Sundance, Donald Trump should really take direct (if discreet, all the better) advice from you.

    Contrary to many people, I don’t believe he is an all vain man. To have the success he has, to delegate things the way he does, he must be really humble. Inside, where it counts, but not let enemies see vulnerability.

    There are few people who could give The Don better advice than you could . . .

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  9. Ivehadit says:

    She just needs to attend some of his events and be seen. She is beautiful and there is a natural interest in her because of that. The other candidates’ wives can’t hold a candle to her in that regard. She should wear her hair up and look like a Jackie Kennedy.
    But no single interviews. Maybe some with Donald.

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    • smiley says:

      I politely disagree on the Jackie Kennedy bit.
      yes…she had a LOT of style and glamor and appeal.
      but I think its a mistake for Mrs. Trump ( or anyone) to try to “be” another Jackie Kennedy.
      she doesn’t have to, for one thing.
      she has her own style, glamor and appeal, and her own sense of confidence.
      she just needs to be adroit and graceful with the onslaught of obnoxious snipey tabloid questions thrown at her, and show that she can handle awkward moments with some panache…not get all bogged down in gossip that makes for juicy check-out stand magazine covers.
      steer the interview into something of substance with a sense of humor but also with a good command of who she is, and what she’d like to do as First Lady.
      operative word : Lady.
      and a little razzle-dazzle.
      stun the living daylights out of the liberal hags.
      🙂

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      • wondering999 says:

        I recall reading about Eisenhower’s wife being very shy. After reading this I can imagine why she would have been, in addition to normal shyness

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        • smiley says:

          true.
          but way back then, in the 50s, women weren’t “proving” anything…
          more behind the scenes “help-mates”…and “home-makers”..type thing.
          the media (tv) was in its infancy then, too…so this “celebrity” thing we have today didn’t exist.
          people/women were more modest then.
          a lot more modest.
          it was considered a “virtue”.
          … how times have changed.

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      • Arkindole says:

        Jackie and JFK are a world gone by. There was a lot of love for the both (except my dad). A lot of pain when we saw his blood on her pink dress. A lot. That was the end of the old world and values and the start of our “Great Society”.

        I agree that the wives need to stay away from the campaigns. We didn’t hear much from Mooch until she got in and started serving moldy bread and trash talking the oppressors.

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    • wondering999 says:

      I’m glad the article defended Mrs. Carson. That photo made me mad.

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    • MsCynlynn says:

      The Carsons look much happier than that other couple.

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    • tnwahm says:

      There are countless unflattering photos of Mooochelle, many even in thousand dollar dresses.

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    • Jett Black says:

      The Devil always dresses up evil in pretty facades–read the description of the snake in Genesis–and the apple. It’s an old saw, now (repeated for authenticity’s sake in “Animal House”) that Satan appears to be the most attractive and interesting character in Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” That’s because that’s how it really is with evil deceivers.

      People who’re honest and modest about their appearance, whether outwardly blessed, like the Trump ladies or blessed with inward, radiating beauty, like Mrs. Carson or both, reflect the beauty of God’s creation, not just a facade. May God bless and help them to honor Him in all they do.

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    • ssupsky says:

      What a horrible thing for people to say about that lady. Perhaps she may not look like a model, but who cares. I bet she is a beautiful woman on the inside and that’s what counts. Besides, her and Ben look very happy together.

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  10. mossomo says:

    “a professional narrative builder”

    AKA: New media analyst

    There’s a whole cottage industry of ‘professionals’ who ‘inference’ to push their narrative. “He convinced me,” comes to mind. He’s gonna “tax the rich” despite a tax cut, lol.

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  11. John Galt says:

    I expect Trump is way out front on this as usual. The Trump clan is a pretty media savvy bunch.

    Here’s a little example. Eric’s wife, Producer, Inside Edition

    https://twitter.com/laraleatrump

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  12. Rick Stans says:

    I agree with Sundance 100%. The Media is corrupt and Anti-Trump. Rove is losing the battle and so is the GOPe. Their direct hits on Donald are not doing enough damage….it’s like the punch drunk boxer who can’t land the KO! They wanted Donald out by now…it’s been 90 days of Trump @ #1…all the Kings of the Media and all the Pundits of Foolish Men, couldn’t put Yeb! back together again.

    I tweeted Donald and told him to keep his family away from TV media reporters for now. They have no interest or true concern about his family…only the desire to create a firestorm. They seek to light a match by entrapment, dished out by a talking head looking to enhance their career by taking the Donald and/or his family down.

    First the media wanted policy positions and then specifics. I believe Trump has now supplied Immigration, 2nd Amendment. and Tax positions already. He mentioned that within a couple more weeks he will have a new policy for the VA. When is the demanding press going to start hitting ALL the other candidates about where their written policies are. These debates are a joke….allowing people on the main stage with 3% (rounded up) support.

    If I was Trump, I would demand that the next debate at the end of October should only allow a candidate with 10% or more on the MAIN stage. (so it can be informative) All the rest can be the JayVee happy hour. If not, if I was Trump I would tell the RNC I’m out of the next debate. Then I would buy two hours of competing air time (on a different channel against the GOP debate) and invite Levin, Hannity and Rove to be moderators. Rove would likely decline but it would be great to expose him as the Master behind Operation Hummingbird and the GOPe takedown plan against Trump for the electorate to understand. This could easily be done by Trump in a masterful way. The last half hour of the debate climaxes by bringing out Melania in order to introduce her to the electorate with sincere questions on her positions as a possible First Lady and her feelings about family.

    I would be willing to bet that the ratings for Donald’s sit-down interview would dwarf the next farce of a debate in pure numbers of viewers. Partaki, Walker, Perry, Jindal, Paul, have already made a farce out of the GOP pledge. Why should we keep this GOPe clown car running through the next 9 or 10 debates (scheduled??)

    Let’s get YEB out now!! Go for the knock out punch this month. YEB stated today that the folks he trusts tells him not to worry, that he will be the nominee. I say let’s not let YEB stick around. We can knock this down to Trump, Carson, FioRino, and Rubio (maybe 1 more).

    At the very least, I wonder if Fox or CNN (or any other for that matter) will ask any other candidate if they are Homophobic or Racist?

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    • winky says:

      I love your idea about the debate….nobody would watch the debate if Trump was not in it…I do not care about the debates they have because they want to take out who they want to take out and I already know everything I want to know about Trump to know he is our man. There is another issue that I wish would get discussed …Bush was seen wearing his AGENDA 21 pin (UN control) last week that daddy Bush signed us on to. Not many really want to talk about it but that is what a lot of the problems are about that we are having and I believe that the next president if it is globalist Bush will finish us off to the point of no return……..that is where Obama has gone and it will just keep on going with Common Core and Gun control and all the rest….it will not be good.

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  13. daveinsocal says:

    Sundance, thanks so much for the wonderful education and all your hard work.

    Folks, Trump has tapped into something magic… I just came from walmart in deep libtard southern kalifornia. I happened upon a black lady cashier and teased her for reading the People magazine to initiate small talk. She started laughing, and without prompting she volunteered she is trying to read up on Trump. She then proceeded to tell me something needs to be done before Russia does something and the world is going to hell and kalifornia is worried about charging ten cents for a plastic bag…I am telling you, all I did was listen while smiling.

    The elite political class has absolutely no clue how much they misjudge what Trump has touched on. I have heard more people recently in total agreement with what he says, and are openly talking about it is incredible and fascinating to behold. Back to the lady in walmart – I asked if she was going to vote for him. She paused a moment, then said I don’t know but you could tell she was thinking about it.

    Trump 2016!

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    • winky says:

      Rush had a democrat caller today who said he felt many democrats would vote for Trump because he felt they did not have a candidate. He said that the tax plan and the healthcare plan resonated with him and he said that he felt that Trumps support would be much higher because more Dems would be voting for him. Actually if one was wealthy you would have to be nuts not to vote for him if your taxes would go down and you could bring all your money back to the states……I think he has covered all the bases…..he is a smart guy.

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    • Trust No One says:

      @daveinsocal Please go back to that lady in Walmart and tell her if she wants to vote for Trump she has to register as a Republican to vote in the primary. I’d bet she’s registered Democrat. That is the ONE point I wish Trump would begin to mention in all his interviews and speeches. He could say it while talking about his poll numbers. Slip it in each time. Make people understand what they have to do to support his candidacy.
      I’m in Northern CA and if I ever run into anybody that supports Trump in this county, I’ll probably keel over in faint! lol
      I’d think anyone in CA not registered Republican change registration in case party changes rule. I found this on CA SOS website

      How are presidential primary elections conducted in California?
      Qualified political parties in California may hold presidential primaries in one of two ways:

      Closed presidential primary – only voters indicating a preference for a party may vote for that party’s presidential nominee.
      Modified-closed presidential primary – the party also allows voters who did not state a party preference to vote for that party’s presidential nominee.
      If a qualified political party chooses to hold a modified-closed presidential primary, the party must notify the California Secretary of State no later than the 135th day before Election Day.

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  14. Daniel says:

    Trump is incredibly smart and wise. He’s like an edgier Columbo. He swaggers in a manner people associate with “brutish” and “low-brow.” And yet he responds very well in everything we have seen so far and often pre-emptively.

    Whatever the warning I have confidence that Trump knows the strengths and weaknesses of every member of his family and the people who work with and for him. He will manage that.

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  15. Juan says:

    Good advice to Donald. He surely knows the media loves to build people up only to tear them down. As Trump gains in popularity across a broad spectrum, look for the media (especially the MSM) to do whatever they can to destroy him. It goes without saying MSNBC will lead the attack, with CNN right behind … Don Lemon included. Right now he’s using them for his current purpose … eventually he will have to protect himself from the wolves in sheep’s clothing.

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    • R-C says:

      My guess is that Trump is aware of all this. Remember, he mastered the television world, from the inside, on his own terms. He knows these entertainers who call themselves “newsmen”.

      Trump has been out-thinking them all–his opponents; his enemies; his detractors–from the get-go. No reason to believe he’s not wise to their next moves.

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  16. R-C says:

    That interview was a HOME RUN. Pitch-perfect.

    I admire how Trump comes to these interviews armed with a handful of the latest polls.

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    • dizzymissl says:

      Scratch that. Not what I wanted to post, but the article is good. I was trying to post this comment from the story:

      James Konakowitz Kim, I do part-time security guard work at. TRUMPS golf course hotel 5 star at Los Angeles California. He pays us security guards for his events weddings etc. He pay us better than any other posts I work for. His personal employees Hispanic 90% are all happy working for him. His daughter actually runs his many businesses. Those hotel and golf course employees are being paid $18 per hr and higher with full benefits health insurance vacation maternity. He has his attorneys for free make them.legal. just be up front with him. He treats those people well.
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    • ZurichMike says:

      What else would expect from the media arm of the Democratic Party?

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  17. THE best interview Trump has given yet. Hats of to CNN and Don Lemon. They let him speak at length on important issues, and he gave great common sense replies. Trump is so perfect for the job…multi, multi talented.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Agree with my fellow Treepers: This is THE BEST interview Trump has given. He was poised, graceful, fact-based, and yet still competitive and above all POSITIVE. I was cheering the entire interview. And this all on CNN — imagine how the GOPe and FOX must be fuming and hopping mad. As Sundance would say: ‘splodey heads all around! Please, I urge all of you to watch the entire interview and widely share it.

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      • PatriotKate says:

        Don’t give Don Lemon too much credit as it was not really intended to be fair. He TRIED as best to trap, intimidate and embarrass Trump, but Trump rolled right over him (the homophobic question – Trump rolled right over that). I also agree it was the best interview I have seen.

        Have you ever noticed that Trump’s detractors always end up smiling? They try to tear him down and his spunk earns their respect.

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  18. rumpole2 says:

    Lemon asks:
    “What kind of First Lady will Melania make”

    I can’t WAIT for him to ask Hillary
    “What kind of First lady will Bill make”

    Follow up could be
    “Hillary, do you cherish men?”

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  19. keebler AC says:

    I didn’t have a chance to listen to the CNN Don Lemon interview but will bookmark for later :). I’m trying to catch up with Trump’s interviews and I just finished watching O’Reilly. What an obnoxious and odious, arrogant @ss of an anchor! He kept interrupting the Donald when he didn’t get his answer. It was very, very annoying. He asked the Donald really silly questions suitable for recess in third grade. I suggest viewers call in or email and complain even if Trump is trying his best to humor BOR stating BOR is mostly fair. Boycott BOR’s advertisers and let Fox and their sponsors know it!!!

    CNN if smart, will grasp this chance to out pace FOX and Murdoch.

    Melania and Ivanka are beautiful, educated and classy women – the kind Shillbots despise. Hillary was known to be ready to steal or kill Princess Diana’s PR hire just because Diana was so popular. These Democrat harpies follow Hilda-beast do so purposely because she’s unethical and crass like them. Hilda according to insiders is a nasty piece of work and a foul mouth, just like her supporters. The less they are exposed to these women and their male supporters – the better. Don’t let their eyes and attention turn to a target like they did with Sarah Palin!

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  20. Doodahdaze says:

    They employ the most highly trained communications experts in the world to plot their sneak attacks. I think Sir Donald is aware of this because of his experience in the media himself.

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  21. winky says:

    If we are blessed to be saved by a President Donald Trump we can at least have peace of mind that we have not had in a long time that we will not be sold out .I just pray we can get through this year and get this man elected ……we all deserve something good to finally happen. I just do not know how to describe how I feel but it has been such a long hard road with this president. I dream of this wonderful man and his beautiful family gracing the Whitehouse and knowing that they are there to better our lives and to save America.

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  22. boutis says:

    You can see them itching to go after Mrs Trump’s modeling career. Disgusting. Leave her alone. She has a young boy to raise and better things to do than deal with the “journolister” creeps.

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    • Concerned says:

      I think they’re itching to go after Mrs Trump because they think they can trip her up to provide some epic damaging sound bite. They think she’s stupid because she’s beautiful. I hope right now she is engaging in practice interviews so that when the offensive questions are thrown at her it will be nothing for her to deflect them gracefully.

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  23. 1hear2learn says:

    Great interview. After Trump, Don Lemon plays Jeb’s response to Trump’s “political bullshit” comment at his NH speech regarding Bush & Rubio’s fake friendship, and Bush totally whiffed it again by going right back to a typical BS answer (after trying to be coy and make the reporter actually repeat Trump’s statement verbatim (what are we 12?). Pretty fun to watch actually, as I’m sure Trump saying it’s political bull shit instead of BS is so offensive it will shock and repel evangelical voters. It may be bad taste, but let’s face it, it’s not the 1950’s any more, and most people do use foul language these days… Trump just doesn’t hide it like the others, who you know say far worse when off mic… phonies.

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  24. facebkwallflower says:

    Excellent interview. Only one small improvement for next time questiooned about children turning out; needs to includes a reference to their mothers’ influence on them as well. This interview was not the place to include for exact reasons outlined in this post on bringing out the family. On his own, outside of answering question, could mention.

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    • NCPatrick says:

      Yes, there is the entire Marla Maples segment of Trump’s life that will be splattered and splashed, along with the daughter that resulted from that marriage. Remember that there are five Trump children, and a small piece I read a few months ago said that Marla and that daughter live in California and Donald had had little influence on her growing up life (as in millions upon millions of split marriages) .. I’m sure Marla and daughter never had to chase him for child support, but it will be an Achilles’ heel for the campaign. I have been wondering why nobody has chased them or Ivana down for interviews, the bastards! Once he and Marla split up, I don’t remember ever hearing her name again. But we must prepare ourselves for the coming onslaught. ‘

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      • facebkwallflower says:

        Interview with Marla and daughter. I don’t see them trashing Donald. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p90Ht6xFDHY

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        • NCPatrick says:

          Thank you so much for finding this video and sharing with me. I had forgotten all about her until Trump came into the spotlight this year. I was really happy to hear Tiffany say she has a warm relationship with the other Trump kids, so maybe I was nervous for nothing.

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          • facebkwallflower says:

            It appears Donald showed respect to the women as mothers to his children and made an effort to get along for the children’s sake. He values his own mother and looks like he never would deny his children from having a mother. Marla sounded like it was her choice and she appreciated Donald acquiescing to her to raise Tiffany as a single mother and more sole full-time parent than shared and part of regular Trumpdom. Maybe worried she would lose her to all things Trump? Whatever, it is obvious his children all know they are loved by both parents and have open communication with them. Neither ex seems to want to trash Donald.

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    • Guess he could also include men’s health issues, considering the continuing shorter lifespans worldwide, but then again that never gets talked about from anyone.

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  25. Ellie says:

    i wished he had credited Ivana for doing such a great job raising his children as well. Love her!

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  26. georgiafl says:

    ANY candidate’s wife should refuse to answer the personal questions, “I prefer not to get into personal and family matters, but would rather discuss the causes dear to my heart that I would support if I were First Lady.’

    Set firm boundaries with the Media from the beginning.
    DON’T talk about feelings, but facts.
    DON’T talk about past, but future.

    Keep those boundaries intact – like the ‘big beautiful wall’ that Trump is going to build on the Southern Border.

    The only door for the Media should lead to the State Rooms.

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  27. mcfyre2012 says:

    They have to do something to derail the Trump train. First, they dogged him about specifics for his plans…but not the other candidates. Now , he has given specifics, which a lot of people like…so they have to change tactics.

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    • Sandra says:

      He provides details … and then they press him for more details. Because “the American people want to know”, right?

      I was recalling when Scott Pelley wanted the scoop on Trump’s tax plan and Trump totally shut him out. It was hilarious.

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  28. Sandra says:

    I’m so tired of these MSM interviewers claiming that they are asking questions on behalf of “the American people”. Then why aren’t they asking the same questions of the other candidates? Has anyone heard any other candidate getting pressed on foreign policy, taxes, health care, or anything else? Expected to provide details at such an early stage in the primary process?

    Trump is so awesome in one-on-one interviews. He controls them. He doesn’t allow himself to get cut off when he wants to finish a thought. He’s a quick thinker and a fast talker. It’s so great to watch.

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  29. 1harpazo says:

    Lacena aka Candy.

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    • It took a while to realize that you were posting the name of Ben Carson’s wife, which just underscores SD’s point: No one in the media is asking much about the spouses of the other candidates. So little, in fact, that we don’t even recognize their names when we see them.

      Lucena “Candy” Carson (nee Rustin):

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  30. IMO the media will eventually get their way, and will drag Mrs Trump into the fray, if by no other means than by waging a one-sided campaign against her to which she (or The Donald) will eventually feel the need to respond.

    Certainly, Mrs Trump’s modeling career will provide images that will be used to depict her in an unflattering light, and will be used in an attempt to alienate support from the more “prim and proper” minded people in his base. If you doubt that, just visit any left-leaning site that makes comparisons between Michelle Obama and any past (or potential) first ladies. View the comments there that mention Mrs Trump, and see the nature of them. Nice, eh?

    But, from what I’ve read about Mrs Trump, she’s not just “another pretty face” who can’t handle herself in public, and she is unfaltering in her support for her husband. Yes she could fall prey to the type of scheming media attack that SD outlined (heck, anyone could) she certainly has the composure to present herself well when given the opportunity. If The Donald wants to make her more “visible” to the public, he certainly has the means to orchestrate “appearances” that can be controlled (scripted) to prevent those “gotcha” moments. And perhaps that is exactly what he has in mind, rather than turning her out for the wolves to devour. He has already mentioned that she is a champion of “Women’s Health” issues, which would make an excellent focus to counter any attacks that portray Donald as waging a “War on Women”.

    At any rate, I look forward to seeing Mrs Trump in the White House. It would quite refreshing to have a First Lady that has the sense to not stroll off of Air Force One in a pair of jean-shorts.

    After 8 years of THIS:

    America will be PROUD to see more of THIS:

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    • prettyplease says:

      After looking at MO wearing inappropriate clothing to just about every occasion, boy howdy, I am ready for a change. Why she persists in wearing dresses that are straight out of “Leave it to Beaver” from the ’50’s I do not know. That dress she wore when the pope was here and the fact that they were late gave me visions of her slinging bags of groceries from the A&P on to the kitchen counter and racing out the door. I was sooo grateful when she wore that black, boobies pop out dress in front of the Chinese prez that she didn’t have any boobies to pop out. Whew!

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  31. kallibella says:

    Trump is smart and savvy in not volunteering too many details about his foreign policy stance should he become our next POTUS. I do not find it evasive or improper, especially since we are dealing with the events of just the last 24 hours involving Putin, Iran and ISIS.
    We have to keep in mind that our moribund “honor system,” only works in this country and not around the world, and especially not with ex-KGB and islamists.
    I hope that Trump’s handlers and strategist recognize that Melania Trump is the target of the media and they would do anything in their power to bring him down using her against him, and that the RNC/Rove/Megyn Kelly would be the first to attempt to entrap, dismantle and bring down Trump.

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  32. mpmp2015 says:

    RE: After 8 years of THIS: [pic], America will be PROUD to see more of THIS: [pic]

    OUCH!! Epic burn!! Yikes!!!

    In this case, a picture is worth more than a thousand words; more like 10 billion words or $10 billion dollars.

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  33. blaze says:

    My greatest fear and it will get worse everyday until the 2016 election is the “what if” Donald Trump does not get elected POTUS. That fear gets far worse every time I hear Trump speak or even the RINO Bush.

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    • jonvil says:

      Yep!
      Knowing that the Liberal/GOPe/NWO prostitutes will do anything to stop him, a very realistic fear. What’s worse is knowing that there’s not a damn thing that can be done to prepare for the worse.
      This is America’s last chance

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  34. pig farmer says:

    Oh, come on. Don Lemon just wants to get a hot babe on his show. Just like any other red blooded, American male. No, wait…..

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  35. paulgilpin says:

    i get the point of the the warning to the donald, however, melania is already out there.

    simply google “melania trump interview” on youtube the the results. many. many.

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    • Yes, but that was before The Donald became a serious threat (candidate) to the GOPe. From what I read this AM (NY Post), they are currently turning down requests for interviews with Mrs Trump.

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      • paulgilpin says:

        point taken.
        english being a second language for melania, full disclosure, i have trouble with english as a first/only language, it appeared she was struggling somewhat with the fluidity of her comments. i don’t know what the language is they speak in slovenia, but i would like to see her unload on joy in her native tongue. i wouldn’t be able to understand a word of it, but i bet no one would have any doubt what she was saying. 🙂

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  36. peachteachr says:

    Before I read all of your comments, and I enjoy them this time of day, I believe the media is in for another huge fail if their new track is attack Melania Trump. She is so very beautiful and when she married Trump she was still young enough to overlook some foolish decisions. She’s led a fairly quiet life except for glamorous appearances at Trump openings and charities. I do not believe this dog will hunt.
    Carly = bad business
    Jeb = wife who tried to bring untaxed goods into US
    Rubio = corporate lawyer or banker
    Donald = beautiful, stay at home mom, charity work
    I believe our anger problem is joined by millions, that silent majority we’ve known was rising with us. I don’t believe the MSM has the mojo to pull this off. Clinton’ campaign is fragile. Trying a woman for her misdeeds attack might turn and consume Hillary and probably Jeb’s wife, Columba as well.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Correction
      Cruz’ wife Heidi Is the banker.
      Rubio’s wife is a former Eagles cheerleader, homemaker and works for patron/donor Norman Braman’s charity.

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      • peachteachr says:

        TY, georgiafl. I was trying to do it from memory.

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      • prettyplease says:

        If you look up the stats on Rubio ‘s wife, she is somehow linked to a charity/foundation that paid her $53k a year plus what appears to be $149k in travel expenses which was at the same time she was traveling all over with Rubio and they were saying that the campaign was NOT paying for her to travel. The kicker is the “foundation” only gave out $250.00, that’s right, $250.00 that year. This smells like the make work job that MO had in Chicago. Added to that, the YUGE advance Rubio got for his book, $800K, sounds like the same tricks the dems used to fund BHO back in the day. Never forget that Rubio was the “charm offensive” for the Gang of Eight/McConnell group.

        Ted Cruz’s wife was and will be a manager for Goldman Sachs and has ties to the Council on Foreign Relations. Neither of these are good signs to me.

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        • PatriotKate says:

          Cruz’s wife has been the major stumbling block for me as well. While other sites seem to be totally enamored with Cruz, he turns me off. They both worked in the Bush Admin. She also authored the position paper on the North American Union – the globalists next step and hence the entire open borders policy of Clinton, Bush and Obama.

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          • prettyplease says:

            Yep! Added to that, Cruz has triple citizenship and his father was not an American citizen when Cruz was born. That puts him into the gray area aka swamp that surrounds bho n could lead to a challenge in years to come if Cruz made POTUS. Cruz is doing a great job in Congress and he should stay there.

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  37. ZurichMike says:

    It just dawned on me — hours later — that Trump said something very, VERY clever. When discussing the status of his campaign, he mentioned that he is under budget — he thought he would have spent $20 million on advertising except that he’s getting a lot of media coverage and doesn’t need to spend on advertising. [sound of ZurichMike slapping his forehead] What he said to Don Lemmon was in effect that by focusing on Trump, and asking fair questions, advertisers will line up to sponsor your shows.

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  38. Christy says:

    I wish we could vote him in today! America is so in need of a president that knows what he’s doing! As a black woman having a president like Obama who seems to enjoy instigating race wars has been a nightmare! I feel Obama is also racist towards white people which makes me really uncomfortable. Obama leaving our borders wide open and approving dangerous terrorists to enter America has just been insane. I constantly wonder why Obama has not been impeached for all the harm he’s caused us. I will literally do a happy dance once Obama is gone.

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  39. Juan says:

    Lemon got a small bounce in his ratings, but still placed behind even MSNBC’s O’Donnell. As usual Hannity destroyed them both with over two million viewers. O’Donnell had 981,000 & Lemon attracted 823,000.

    On Tuesday, with Trump visiting BOR he clobbered all of them with 3,263,000 viewers. That’s why he had to patch up the feud with Fox. Plus for those that still think MK is losing share, she beat BOR again last night in both the demo & total viewers … almost doubling CNN & MSNBC numbers.

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    • PatriotKate says:

      I have a suggestion. I have not watched Fox in a couple of years, except for the infamous debate and I was furious within the first five minutes. If Trump appears on Fox, DON’T WATCH IT. It’s almost always available later online if you want to watch. Then, by all means, watch him on other networks.

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  40. facebkwallflower says:

    One can’t help but suspect McCain says this just to try to put holes in Donald’s reaction to Russia and Syria http://www.dcclothesline.com/2015/10/01/mccain-arm-syrian-rebels-to-shoot-down-russian-planes/

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  41. gary lacey says:

    I vote for Trump in 2016, if he isn’t on the ballot, I will not vote.

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  42. jeans2nd says:

    Thank you for pointing these things out. Mr. Trump had, what I thought, was an excellent interview on Morning Joe this a.m. Am now able to see these interviews with a fresh set of eyes, in several perspectives.

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  43. e.g.g. says:

    A few days ago Romney was interviewed and was asked about Trump. Romney said Trump will not be the Republican nominee for POTUS.

    He sounded very sure. It was disturbing. And if Romney knows there is wrong doing and illegal activities afoot, he should be above it and distance himself.

    So, does the United States have an unbiased watch dog group that can monitor the Primaries and Election? If so would there be any way to convince them the Primaries and Election will need to be monitored?

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  44. Amy says:

    Amen.
    However, it does seem like Assad is worried about killing the rebels more than Isis? No?

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  45. shipley130 says:

    The question that enters my mind after watching this interview is if Americans deserve a great president. We have become the spoiled rotten child in the family that throws tantrums every two minutes.

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  46. mjalbaine says:

    Great catch Sundance. I do suspect Melania is smart, as in the interview she did not want to answer on of that old Walrus’ conniving questions. That damn Barbara Walters. Every moment of that damn interview pissed me off. I can’t stand that woman, she needs to be PUT in her place.

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