The Embarrassment-in-Chief

For those of us who thought that Trump might “clean up his act” once he was president now know: What we saw is what we got. Trump is a boor. Always been one, always will be one.

When he was a businessman in New York, he could trample on others, throw tantrums, sue people, stiff contractors and insult employees.

Now, the whole world is listening to every word that comes out of his mouth. And it’s not pretty. Trump speaks like a fourth grader, and he rambles. Listen carefully and you will notice that he says everything two or three times to fill dead air. A point that could be made with five well-chosen words expands into ten paragraphs of drivel. Only when he reads off paper or a teleprompter does he utter sentences, but they are stiff and wooden. He is not even a good reader, or his speech writers are bad writers so his words don’t ring real.

Here is the problem, though. As a CEO, if you can’t speak, or can’t control what you say, you’re being punished by your business and your customers. When you’re the president of a nation, you have the smartest people in the country paying attention to what you do and say, and the very sharpest foreign leaders and diplomats are at your table or next to you at the lectern.

These people can tell immediately when you don’t know what you’re talking about. Trump’s statements about NATO funding today were utterly ridiculous and simply exposed him as a fool. Every world leader knows that now. And worse, everyone who works for Trump, either his direct reports in the White House or Cabinet, or the people in the EPA, in NASA, in the CIA, FBI and the NSA – all highly intelligent, expertly educated, highly credentialed professionals – all cringe every time our Embarrassment-in-Chief opens his mouth or posts on Twitter.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.

— attributed to Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, and many others.

I know what Angela Merkel is thinking now, and it’s not just because I speak German.

Cuban on Trump – Take 2

Every single Trump hotel and golf course it toast. Done. Over. Bernie Madoff now has a better brand.

I agree. I would not stay in a Trump hotel. Period. It would be outright weird. Take it from a guy who spends between 60 and 75 nights in hotels every year.

Hawking: “Trump bad man. Real bad man.”

Apparently Trump’s campaign folks didn’t like Hawking’s big words describing Trump: “Demagogue,” and “lowest common denominator.” Check out this article in the New Yorker for a hilarious account by Corey Lewandowski:

If Professor Hawking wants to do some damage, maybe he should try talking in English next time.

I gotta tell you, you have to speak English, believe me, and keep it simple, that I can tell you!

It’s Not Brain Surgery

Ben Carson

I used to think that brain surgeons were brilliant. We have the expression in English: “It’s not brain surgery,” akin to “it’s not rocket science.”

After watching Ben Carson in the debates in the last few months, my opinion of brain surgeons has dropped significantly.

Would I want Ben Carson doing surgery in my brain? Honestly – No!

Then there is Donald Trump. Would I want to do a real estate deal with that man? Not if my life depended on it. I would not buy a used car from Trump. He can talk big when he talks about other people’s money and other people’s kids (sending them off to fight wars). But he has filed bankruptcy four times. He calls it “he has used the system.”

I have never filed bankruptcy, I have always paid all my bills, even when the investment property I bought before 2007 dropped to 33 percent of its value. It’s still upside down, I am still holding on to it, meeting my obligations.

But then, of course, Trump is a billionaire, and I am not. He’s good with other people’s money.

Do I trust these people?

Take a wild guess. It’s not brain surgery.

Redistribution of Wealth

Yesterday I heard some statistic that the richest 15 people in the United States have more wealth than the bottom 100 million combined.

Donald Trump is not one of those 15. On the Forbes list he is at rank 121 with his $4.5 billion. He always says he should be ranked higher and claims $10 billion, but be that as it may, objective observers put him at number 121.

I am sure I am part of the 100 million on the bottom. And so are likely you, my hardworking reader. What I don’t get is this:

When Obama was first running for office, some eight years ago, everyone called him the great “redistributer” even though the redistribution was well underway, starting with Reagan and going on through the Bush years. And the redistribution was not what we all were talking about. It was a redistribution of wealth from the pockets of workers like me and you to the pockets of the billionaire class like Trump. And Obama hasn’t slowed it down. It’s still going on.

What I also don’t get is this:

How in the world does Trump collect supporters among the 100 million, workers like you and I, and convinces them that he, one of the billionaire class, has our best interest in mind? Do Trump supporters really think he will do the right thing for the middle class and start stemming the tide of redistribution that has been going on for decades, so the wealth of the workers stays with the workers?

They really believe that he understands what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck?

They really think he would even care?

So I sent another thirty-five dollars to Bernie Sanders today. Call me crazy.

We Are All Muslim – by Michael Moore

Michael Moore

Today I went & stood in front of Trump Tower & held a sign until the police came. Then I went home & wrote Donald a letter. Here it is:

Dear Donald Trump:

You may remember (you do, after all, have a “perfect memory!”), that we met back in November of 1998 in the green room of a talk show where we were both scheduled to appear one afternoon. But just before going on, I was pulled aside by a producer from the show who said that you were “nervous” about being on the set with me. She said you didn’t want to be “ripped apart” and you wanted to be reassured I wouldn’t “go after you.”

“Does he think I’m going to tackle him and put him in a choke hold?” I asked, bewildered.

“No,” the producer replied, “he just seems all jittery about you.”

“Huh. I’ve never met the guy. There’s no reason for him to be scared,” I said. “I really don’t know much about him other than he seems to like his name on stuff. I’ll talk to him if you want me to.”

And so, as you may remember, I did. I went up and introduced myself to you. “The producer says you’re worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are. I’m from Michigan. Please don’t worry — we’re gonna get along just fine!”

You seemed relieved, then leaned in and said to me, “I just didn’t want any trouble out there and I just wanted to make sure that, you know, you and I got along. That you weren’t going to pick on me for something ridiculous.”

“Pick on” you? I thought, where are we, in 3rd grade? I was struck by how you, a self-described tough guy from Queens, seemed like such a fraidey-cat.

You and I went on to do the show. Nothing untoward happened between us. I didn’t pull on your hair, didn’t put gum on your seat. “What a wuss,” was all I remember thinking as I left the set.

And now, here we are in 2015 and, like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.

Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here’s a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.

So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other’s brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.

We are all Muslim.

Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don’t like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you’ve said.

And then leave the rest of us alone so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong — at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch. You’re not so tough, Donny, and I’m glad I got to see the real you up close and personal all those years ago.

We are all Muslim. Deal with it.

All my best,
Michael Moore

P.S. I’m asking everyone who reads this letter to go here (, and sign the following statement: “WE ARE ALL MUSLIM” — and then post a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying “WE ARE ALL MUSLIM” on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag ‪#‎WeAreAllMuslim‬. I will post all the photos on my site and send them to you, Mr. Trump. Feel free to join us.

P.P.S. – To sign my statement for #WeAreAllMuslim, go here on my website:

Giving Foreign Aid to Israel

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About a year ago I put together this chart of foreign aid the United States gives. Not surprisingly, Israel is on the second slot on the list, after Afghanistan, with $3.1 billion.

Now, Israel is asking the U.S. for $5 billion, according to this article. They want F-35, the most expensive weapon system ever made, costing between $100 million and $200 million EACH, depending on configuration.

The United States has no business giving any money to rich, successful and – mind you – socialist countries. Here is a picture of a New York City street. We have our own needs, and we’re not taking care of them. Sending $3 billion a year to Israel is unconscionable. And the Israelis asking for another $2 billion more is an insult. Netanyahu, who has been insulting and slamming Obama for years, has a lot of nerve. He must really think we’re all stupid.


We have no business supporting rich, powerful and successful countries like Israel with any money.

We have this attitude about socialism being a terrible thing. Israel is a socialist country. In Israel, men are paid to study rather than work, if they so choose. The country basically pays people to have children and put them in daycare. In our country, our leaders fight against this, call it freeloading (to use a mild term). Yet, we send our tax dollars to Israel supporting exactly those policies, and we don’t even blink.

I am actually with Donald Trump on this one: This is really stupid!

This is an example of how screwed up our priorities are.

The Socialist and the Plutocrat

Bernie Sanders has jumped out to a nine-point lead over front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, and he’s gained ground on her among Iowa voters in the Democratic presidential race, according to a pair of brand-new NBC News/Marist polls.

In New Hampshire, the Vermont senator gets the support of 41 percent of Democratic voters, Clinton gets 32 percent and Vice President Joe Biden gets 16 percent. No other Democratic candidate receives more than 1 percent.

— NBC News

The way things are going right now, we’ll have to choose between a plutocrat and a socialist for the next president. Where is the middle of the road?

We have 318.9 million people in the United States, and these two are our choices?

Whatever we do, the country is doomed. This is not good, this is not good at all.

Arab Solidarity, the Saudi King and Donald Trump

Syrian Refugees
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When the Saudi King visits DC, he books an entire hotel. And we think that’s cool. I wonder what Donald Trump would say to the Saudi King?

“Man, you have to build a wall! Aren’t you a nation of laws? You have to keep out the illegal and the criminals! Yeah, some of them are good people. I love them, and they love me.”

If Trump were king, that’s what he would do. But Salman already is king. So that’s what he does.