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This is absolutely a “must share.” Philippe tends to stay behind the scenes, but there is no doubt that in another life he could have been a contender … for a Tony Award, an Emmy, and an Oscar! He is an entertaining writer, as well!

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What I Learned From Playing Donald Trump

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By PHILIPPE REINES

I lied. I bragged. I flailed my hands and arms. I wore a long red tie. Really long. I did it all.

Except take responsibility. For anything. Ever.

While some people who know me might think I’m describing myself, I’m not. I’m describing the three months last year that I was the Donald Trump stand-in for dozens of mock debates against Hillary Clinton (who was played by Hillary Clinton).

To truly become Trump, I had to immerse myself in all things Trump. I watched every clip of Trump I could get my hands on. All the primary debates, rallies, TV interviews. As I told Politico’s Annie Karni a few months ago, I got so into my role as Donald Trump that I began to lose my sense of where my tie ended and he began.

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We should know by now, two weeks in, what the new administration’s tactic is. Like a shell game con artist, they employ a certain sleight of hand. They throw a fireball out that dazzles, enrages, and engages attention. While we are attending to this distraction, even more serious shady doings are going on somewhere else that we somehow miss. An example.

Yesterday, Trump’s meandering, inept introduction of Black History Month so astonished (and, frankly, amused to the point of Twitter parodies) that while we were all attending to 199-year-0ld Frederick Douglass “who has done a terrific job that is being recognized by more and more people,” the Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson for secretary of state while Congress removed an anti-graft section of Dodd-Frank that will permit petroleum companies (among others) to conceal payments to foreign governments.  Actually, according to one source, all of these things happened.

Today, at the National Prayer Breakfast, there was this:

“And I want to just pray for Arnold if we can, for those ratings” Trump says after boasting Apprentice “went down the tubes” once he left”

The media and the social nets went nuts!  Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

The US Treasury just amended Obama’s sanctions order to ‘authorize certain transactions’ with Russia’s FSB

Who’s going to notice this after Trump prayed for Arnold’s pitiful ratings?

Of course back on September 24, Hillary Clinton’s campaign issued this statement.

Hillary for America Statement on Bombshell Report About Trump Aide’s Chilling Ties To Kremlin

Friday, HFA senior national spokesperson Glen Caplin released the following statement in response to the new bombshell report that Trump’s foreign policy adviser is being probed for suspected meetings with senior Russian officials:

“It’s chilling to learn that U.S. intelligence officials are conducting a probe into suspected meetings between Trump’s foreign policy adviser Carter Page and members of Putin’s inner circle while in Moscow. You have to ask why he would meet with Igor Diveykin, who is believed by U.S. officials ‘to have responsibility for intelligence collected by Russian agencies about the U.S. election.’ This comes as Russian hackers continue their attempts to influence the outcome of our elections, something Trump openly invited. This is serious business and voters deserve the facts before election day.

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During the October 19 presidential debate, this.

WALLACE: Secretary Clinton, I want to clear up your position on this issue, because in a speech you gave to a Brazilian bank, for which you were paid $225,000, we’ve learned from the WikiLeaks, that you said this, and I want to quote. “My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders.” So that’s the question…

TRUMP: Thank you.

WALLACE: That’s the question. Please quiet, everybody. Is that your dream, open borders? CLINTON: Well, if you went on to read the rest of the sentence, I was talking about energy. You know, we trade more energy with our neighbors than we trade with the rest of the world combined. And I do want us to have an electric grid, an energy system that crosses borders. I think that would be a great benefit to us.

But you are very clearly quoting from WikiLeaks. And what’s really important about WikiLeaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans. They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions. Then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the Internet.

This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government, clearly, from Putin himself, in an effort, as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed, to influence our election.

So I actually think the most important question of this evening, Chris, is, finally, will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear that he will not have the help of Putin in in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans, which he actually encouraged in the past? Those are the questions we need answered. We’ve never had anything like this happen in any of our elections before.

WALLACE: Well?

TRUMP: That was a great pivot off the fact that she wants open borders, OK? How did we get on to Putin?

WALLACE: Hold on — hold on, wait. Hold on, folks. Because we — this is going to end up getting out of control. Let’s try to keep it quiet so — for the candidates and for the American people.

TRUMP: So just to finish on the borders…

WALLACE: Yes?

TRUMP: She wants open borders. People are going to pour into our country. People are going to come in from Syria. She wants 550 percent more people than Barack Obama, and he has thousands and thousands of people. They have no idea where they come from.

And you see, we are going to stop radical Islamic terrorism in this country. She won’t even mention the words, and neither will President Obama. So I just want to tell you, she wants open borders.

Now we can talk about Putin. I don’t know Putin. He said nice things about me. If we got along well, that would be good. If Russia and the United States got along well and went after ISIS, that would be good.

He has no respect for her. He has no respect for our president. And I’ll tell you what: We’re in very serious trouble, because we have a country with tremendous numbers of nuclear warheads — 1,800, by the way — where they expanded and we didn’t, 1,800 nuclear warheads. And she’s playing chicken. Look, Putin…

WALLACE: Wait, but…

TRUMP: … from everything I see, has no respect for this person.

CLINTON: Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.

TRUMP: No puppet. No puppet.

CLINTON: And it’s pretty clear…

TRUMP: You’re the puppet!

CLINTON: It’s pretty clear you won’t admit…

TRUMP: No, you’re the puppet.

CLINTON: … that the Russians have engaged in cyberattacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and that you continue to get help from him, because he has a very clear favorite in this race.

So I think that this is such an unprecedented situation. We’ve never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election. We have 17 — 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing.

WALLACE: Secretary Clinton…

CLINTON: And I think it’s time you take a stand…

TRUMP: She has no idea whether it’s Russia, China, or anybody else.

CLINTON: I am not quoting myself.

TRUMP: She has no idea.

CLINTON: I am quoting 17…

TRUMP: Hillary, you have no idea.

CLINTON: … 17 intelligence — do you doubt 17 military and civilian…

TRUMP: And our country has no idea.

CLINTON: … agencies.

TRUMP: Yeah, I doubt it. I doubt it.

CLINTON: Well, he’d rather believe Vladimir Putin than the military and civilian intelligence professionals who are sworn to protect us. I find that just absolutely…

We were warned by Hillary even though no government agency stepped up to clarify the situation.  Some of what we heard back then appears, more specifically, in what have come to be known as the Christopher Steele Memos.

There we learned, not only of Kremlin quid pro quos for the lifting of sanctions, as cited below, but also of potential ‘kompromat’ on Trump. (see p.9) Unfortunately, the media focused heavily on the ‘kompromat’ which involved some hanky-panky with prostitutes rather than on the bigger picture which included influencing U.S. voting blocs in order to get Trump elected so that sanctions could be lifted. The implication of that ‘kompromat’ is, of course, that Trump can be blackmailed to do anything the Kremlin wants.

Memos: CEO of Russia’s state oil company offered Trump associate, allies a stake if sanctions were lifted

While it remains true that these memos have not been verified, it is awfully spooky that these sanctions are being lifted.  Can we expect the Ukraine sanctions to fall next?

Oh, and by the way, subsequent to all of that there was this in October! No one knows who bought those shares.

The deal on the sale of a 19.5 percent stake in Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft will bring Moscow some $11.1 billion in revenues, the company announced Saturday.

Hillary Clinton and her team tried to warn us. But, you know, emails, wikileaks, ‘flawed,’ ‘ill,’ and ‘shrill.’ Not the perfect (female) candidate – which is the enemy of not just the good, but of the best yet.

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The next time the ‘central committee’ sends up a flare, look in the other direction. That is where the damage will be occurring – in the shadows.  Watch this space!

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Watching this debate, I kept thinking that this one was more like a presidential debate than any of the previous ones.  Chris Wallace did the best job of moderating:  keeping the audience and the participants in adherence to the rules and moving to the topics he had chosen.  In some cases I wished he had not been so strict, but, in the end, he was fair.

It was more like a first debate should have been rather than a last.

So there I was thinking the last shall be first.  Where does that come from?  I finally had a chance to visit the rest room and was thinking Matthew.  Well holy moly!!!  Look!

Matthew 20:16King James Version (KJV)

16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Seriously!  It IS Matthew 2016.

The last debate was more like a first debate, and that says something about this entire contest. This last one is really the first chance we have had to hear anything much from Trump on issues.

The first question was about SCOTUS appointments.  Not 30 seconds into the debate Donald said he was not going to appoint any nasty women who hate him like the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  It did not go better for him from there. I do not know why anyone was saying the first 11 or 25 minutes he was in control.  Seriously? He was off on his me-me-me-me-me within the first minute!

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After the debate who waded into the crowd?  Who stayed onstage like a football huddle?  Who ran to the cars?

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With Hillary!  Yes we are!  >>>>

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Who won the debate?  Could it be the person who said she would accept the results of the election?

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Many are called.  Few are chosen.  Let’s choose Hillary!

 

 

 

 

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For the last time tonight, Hillary will show Trumppresidential_donorslast-debate

Let Hillary know you have her back!

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There is no sense in trying to analyze this one based on content.  Trump’s strategy was to deflect every question to prepared and overworked talking points.  The pictures, however, say it all.  The kinesics and proxemics in this debate were everything.

Things began by looking pretty normal for a town hall format.  Hillary looked very executive.  By that I mean Chief Executive.  She also looked beautiful. I know that is shallow, so shoot me. It’s been a long night of looking upon the very unpleasant countenance of Trump.  Hillary’s appearance was a form a refreshment in a desert of suits made in Mexico and ties made in China.

Look. Pictures are worth thousands of words.

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When Trump was talking Hillary remained seated and engaged.

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When Hillary was speaking, Trump remained standing.

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Hillary seated.  Trump standing and speaking.

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Hillary speaking.  Trump standing and looking challenging.

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Even when he is pointing at her (rudely) she remains seated.

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She also smiled a lot. Her face remained pleasant.  She stayed composed throughout and her demeanor was always appropriate.

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Then Trump began doing the most bizarre thing. He stood behind her in a way that came on the TV screen like a Jennifer Lawrence photo bomb.  It appeared on TV screens as threatening, stalker-like behavior.

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She talks.  He stalks.

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She was talking and he interrupted.  The appearance is that of a duet.  But it was her turn.  He was told several times not to intrude on her time.

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He scowled.

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What is this?  She was speaking to the person with the question.  He had apparently lost interest.  He walked around like a bored teenager waiting for the ticket window at the rock fest to open.

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Look at his face when she is speaking.

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What’s this?  Leaning on his chair?  Where is the stamina?  But he would not sit.  Must maintain the advantage of his height.

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Maybe he thought it looked presidential.

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In Trump’s case, the chair was holding him up. Why didn’t he just sit down?  At least in 1776 when the founding fathers sing “Sit down, John,” John Adams was actually speaking and making sense.  Trump just seemed to need a respite.  She was talking.

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Debating the first woman nominated by a major party for president.

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While Hillary sat attentively when he had the floor.

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Like a two-year-old.  “My back is turned.  You can’t see me.”

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Lurking.

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Mussolini face. Il Duce lives!  Viva!

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Such a sourpuss.

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Even when he tried to smile the scowly face came through.

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Smirking.  The attempts at smiles looked more like mugging.

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But Hillary remained composed, pleasant, and presidential throughout.

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As far as content went, this debate was a spider’s web.  Trump spun off questions into so many unrelated topics that Twitter was rife with people asking what he was talking about.  For Hillary even to attempt to refute the unrelated kitchen sink of statements would have taken far more than the two-minute allotments.  She was onto his game and said she knew he was “into big diversion” to get away from how his campaign was going.  Not only was his body language menacing, Trump threatened her with a special prosecutor to “look into her situation” (whatever that is supposed to mean) should he be elected.

This was far from an informative debate, no fault of Hillary’s.  Trump was so contentious that at one point he switched to debating moderator, Martha Raddatz, who actually has been in war zones, as Trump has not, and knows something about military strategy while Trump does not.  Trump drove so many ersatz topics onto the floor in tiny time capsules that there was no way for Hillary to load on with refutation.  She let him have his head because that’s what you do with a mad, feral animal which is what Trump was.  He huffed and puffed like the wolf in The Three Little Pigs – or was that more sniffing?  He is completely undisciplined, untamed, and lacks all capacity for improvement. Not redeemable.

Visually, there were times when Trump appeared to be stalking Hillary.  Pacing back and forth while she spoke. It was most unsettling.

This was not the best presidential debate in our history.  In fact it was creepy.  None of that was Hillary’s fault. She tried her best to keep this on topic and on issue.  Trump used every distraction in opposition to her attempts.  How we score winning and losing should not be based on whether his tactics succeeded. It should be based on which candidate answered the questions and did not drive the car into a ditch.

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It was difficult to keep up with the incohesive barrage of buckshot Trump sprayed far and wide, but the infinitely patient fact-checkers at The Briefing offer this.

Do you think Hillary did a great job last night?  Give her a boost!  Chip in!  She has your back.  Let her know you have hers!

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If you are an avid Hillary supporter and grassroots volunteer, you get many emails in the course of the day from various arms of the campaign asking for specific help on a variety of tasks.  One thing you are never asked to do is help Hillary prepare for the debates.  Nevertheless, I do receive random emails and messages offering exactly that kind of unsolicited assistance.  Hillary does not need our help with that.  Buzzfeed‘s Ruby Cramer‘s latest opus explains how Hillary goes on the debate stage loaded for bear, and why nothing the average or even above-average supporter could never come close to the kind of ammunition Hillary has in her arsenal.

The article treats one characteristic of Hillary’s that I like best.  It is the reason why I think she will be an awesome president: she is diligent, assiduous, leaves no stone unturned, and has a mind like a steel trap!  Read this, then watch the debate tonight.  Trump will not be ready for the incoming.  Enjoy! Be prepared to cheer!

Hillary Clinton Already Knows The Bad Thing You Said

It’s no accident that Hillary Clinton throws obscure facts, names, and comments at opponents during debates. She loves opposition research. She delights in it, personally reading every detail and methodically storing it away — part of what makes Clinton, whether in debates, or day to day on the campaign trail, “obsessive” when it comes to being prepared.

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It was November in Iowa, and Martin O’Malley was polling at 4%.

This was not, however, about to stop Hillary Clinton from ensuring that if and when the little-known Maryland governor attacked her ties to Wall Street on the debate stage, which he did, she would be ready with a perfectly tailored response, which she was.

“Well, you know, governor,” she said, “I know that when you had the chance to appoint a commissioner for financial regulation, you chose an investment banker in 2010.”

It was with the same specificity and ease that Clinton landed one hit after the other on Donald Trump in the first debate, weaving into nearly every exchange a dredged-up quote or damning data point from nearly every period of her opponent’s life.

“And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest,” Clinton said by the end of the night, introducing the world to Miss Universe 1996, whom Trump once criticized for gaining weight. “He called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping.’”

“Donald,” Clinton said, ready with the line. “She has a name.”

Trump put his face to the mic. “Where did you find this? Where did you find this?”

“… Her name is Alicia Machado.”

“Where did you find this?” Trump asked Clinton a third time.

The question has perplexed her opponents on the debate stage before. But for the aides who have worked with Clinton in close proximity on campaigns, the hyper-specific and obscure jab, delivered with on-the-spot precision, is their boss’ trademark. As described by current and former staffers, Clinton is a candidate who insists on being “humongously prepared,” who consumes research with “obsessive” rigor — and who, perhaps more than most elected officials, delights in the art form known by political professionals as “oppo.”

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