Hillary Clinton was mostly right in her characterization of Donald Trump's supporters as deplorable or disillusioned:
You know, just to be grossly generalist, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," Clinton said, according to BuzzFeed News. "The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.
Clinton said the other half are people struggling who have found hope in Trump's message.
That other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for a change," she said. "They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.
I say she was "mostly" right because no one really knows what percentage of Trump supporters fall into the basket of deplorables and what percentage fall into the basket of those who have given up hope in the government. It could be 50-50. It could be 40-60. It could be 30-70. It might even be that there are three baskets and not two. The third basket being comprised of drooling imbeciles and aspiring zombies who must call on every neuron in their brains to figure out how to breathe--the type of people who would love nothing better than to bomb a town they know nothing about. So we really don't know how many baskets there are or what percentage of Trump supporters fall into each basket. I suspect though, that the largest basket--probably by far--contains those who have given up on our government. They believe our leaders are only out to line their pockets and accumulate power. They believe our leaders don't give a damn about them. And they believe that Donald Trump is their savior. Why they believe a billionaire who takes delight in firing people will look out for the interests of the little guy is beyond me. But they do. They are wrong, of course, but the Clinton campaign has to convince them they are wrong in believing that Donald Trump cares about them or their country. Here are two campaign commercial I would put together if I were competent at making good videos.
Announcer (voicing over a picture of Donald surrounded by mountains of $100 bills): Donald Trump says he is worth $10 Billion. How much did this billionaire Donald give to charity out of his own pocket? In 2009 he gave a donation under $10,000 to the Police Athletic League in New York . (Briefly flash a sign with "$10,000" written on it) And he gave a gift of--- oops, Billionaire Donald didn't give anything else to charity-- not even to the Donald J. Trump Foundation. (Briefly flash a sign with "$0" written on it) And in 2010 he gave $0 to his Foundation. (Change the sign to "2010: $0"). And in 2011 he gave $0 to his Foundation. (Change the sign to "2011: $0"). And in 2012 he gave $0 to his Foundation. (Change the sign to "2012: $0"). And in 2013 he gave $0 to his Foundation. (Change the sign to "2013: $0"). And in 2014--you guessed it, he gave $0 to his Foundation. (Change the sign to "2014: $0"). The Trump Foundation hasn't released its financials for 2015 yet, but as best we can tell he gave $0 in 2015 as well.
Billionaire Donald Trump only started giving to charity out of his own pocket again in 2016 when his lack of charitable giving came under close scrutiny by the media. On January 28, 2016 he skipped the Republican Debate and held a fund raiser for veterans instead. He tried to convince us that he cared about veterans by pledging to give $1 million to a charity that supports them. [Use clip from between 4:29 and 4:48 of this video.]
But February passed and Donald's $1 Million check was not in the mail. Then March passed and still no check. People were starting to ask--where was the money Donald had promised? Then April passed and still no check. By late May reporters were practically screaming, "Where's the check?" Donald Trump finally coughed up the money in late May, but only after Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold conducted a VERY public Twitter campaign trying to track down the missing money. [Show the following images]
Why did it take this public embarrassment for Donald to keep his promise? To be fair, Trump did direct other people who owed him $2.3 million to give the money to the Trump Foundation instead of paying him. But asking others to send money to his Foundation violated New York State law because the Foundation never registered with the state to solicit money and it never submitted annual audited financial statements. Why didn't it submit audited financial statements as required by law? Was it to prevent the watchful eyes of the state from seeing it commit fraud? Whatever the reason, New York State's Attorney General issued a Cease and Desist order requiring the Foundation to stop soliciting money from others.
And how did the Foundation spend its money? It paid $258,000 to settle lawsuits against Trump's businesses, it paid $20,000 to buy six-foot-tall portrait of Donald Trump, it spent another $10,000 to buy a four-foot-tall portrait of Donald Trump which he had hung at the Trump National Golf Resort in Miami, it spent $12,000 to buy an autographed Tim Tebow helmet, and it violated IRS rules by making a $25,000 contribution to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's Political Action Committee. If he does this with money from his own charity, what will he do with our taxpayer dollars?
[Use this photo of the four-foot tall painting, but first ask Enrique Acevado for permission to use it in Hillary's ad]
But Donald Trump isn't just a charity cheapskate--he uses every trick in the book to avoid paying taxes. He paid $0 in federal income taxes in 1978, 1979, and 1984, and he paid either $0 or close to $0 in 1991 and 1993. His 1995 tax return declared that his businesses lost $916 million. That means Donald Trump might not have paid any income tax at all between 1993 and 2010. But we should have pity on the Donald. While his businesses were going bankrupt his creditors forced him to live on an allowance of only $450,000 a MONTH.
But if you think Donald Trump just hates income taxes, think again. He hates taxes so much that he put goats on two of his New Jersey golf courses to lower his property tax by getting them designated as agricultural properties. And who can forget when Trump declared on his presidential disclosure statement that his National Golf Club in Westchester was worth more than $50 million soon after he tried to lower his property tax by telling the local property tax authorities that it was worth only $1.35 million?
And when Donald Trump doesn't pay for his fair share of the tax burden, who has to pay it? WE DO! He sleazes his way out of taxes and leaves US holding the bag to pay for roads and bridges and schools and national defense. Even with all his billions, Trump thinks he doesn't have enough and he wants US to pay for HIS fair share. He wants US to trust him with OUR hard earned tax dollars. He must think we are SUCKERS for doing so. Why should WE vote for Donald Trump when DONALD TRUMP DOESN'T CARE ABOUT US?
The second commercial starts out using a clip from same video as was used in the first commercial above. It was recorded at a fundraiser Trump held instead of going to the January 28th Republican debate. Donald Trump makes a surprising admission at 12:27-12:42 of the video.
I don't feel good about turning down money, because my whole life I've been greedy, greedy, greedy I've grabbed all the money I can get. I'm so greedy, but now I want to be greedy for the United States. I want to grab all that money. I want to be greedy for the United States.
Announcer: For once we agree with you, Donald Trump. You have been greedy your whole life. You have been greedy, greedy, greedy. You gave less than $10,000 to charity in 2009. You spent nothing on charity out of your own pocket between 2010 and 2014. We've seen no evidence that you spent money on charity in 2015 either. You only started giving to charity again in 2016 when the bright light of the media was focused on your lack of giving. And you took over $250,000 from the Trump Foundation to settle your company's legal fees.
And that's not all, you multi-billionaire skinflint. You used every trick in the book to lower your tax personal bill as much as possible and force your fair share of the taxes on US. You paid $0 in federal income taxes in 1978, 1979 and 1984 and paid either $0 or close to $0 in 1991. And you may have used the $916 million your businesses lost in 1995 to weasel out of paying icome tax between 1993 and 2010. Oh, we know you were going through tough times in the early nineties. That's when your casinos were going bankrupt and your creditors forced you to live on only $450,000 A MONTH. That's right, I said a MONTH, not a year. Poor Donald. No wonder why you couldn't afford to pay taxes then.
And it's not just your income tax that you used shenanigans to get out of. You went so far as to put goats on two of your New Jersey golf courses to get them designated as agricultural properties to lower your property tax bill.
And who can forget when you declared on your presidential disclosure statement that your National Golf Club in Westchester was worth more than $50 million soon after you tried to lower your property tax by telling the local property tax authorities that it was worth only $1.35 million? Shame on you, Donald Trump!
Remember when you bought a $29 million dollar yacht in the 1980's? You said you did it for the good of America. You said, "I like to see the great jewels of the country being owned by the people of this country." So did you give the yacht to the government to establish as a museum? No, you kept if for yourself. And you used offshore and out-of-state corporations to buy the yacht and lease it back to you so you could weasel your way out of a $1.7 million New Jersey sales tax bill.
[If possible, the Clinton campaign should obtain copyright permission from ABC News to replace the two paragraphs highlighted in yellow above with this report At the very least, Clinton campaign accounts should repeatedly tweet out a link to this video.]
Yes, you have been greedy. So very, very greedy. And now you want us to believe you that you have miraculously transformed from someone who spent his whole life being greedy for himself into someone who gives a damn about us? Give me a break. You are not just greedy. You are a liar. The Washington Post said you were
the rare politician who will repeat false claims, over and over, even after they have been debunked by fact-checking organizations. Most politicians will simply stop repeating a claim after receiving Four Pinocchios, our worst rating.
The Post also said your false claims were "too numerous to tally". Politifact documented 137 statements that were "False" or "Pants on Fire False". And the New York Times documented 31 whoppers in one week. And Newsweek tells us a story of the most interesting whopper of all. Jeb Bush said during the second GOP debate that you contributed to his campaign in hopes of getting him to approve a casino that you wanted to open in Florida. Bush said that despite your generosity towards him, he said "no" to your casino. You said that that never happened. You said you NEVER wanted to open a casino in Florida.
Yet in 2007 you stated in a deposition under oath that you DID want to open a casino in Florida. So which is it, Donald? Did you, or did you not want to open a casino in Florida? Did you lie to the Republicans during the debate, or did you commit perjury in 2007? You had to do one or the other. There is no third option.
It's a good thing you are not Pinocchio, Donald Trump. If you were then your nose would be slamming into the Andromeda Galaxy. [Show cartoon of Trump with his nose growing into space and slamming into the Andromeda Galaxy]
But now you want us to believe you've changed. You want us to believe that you are not lying to us and that you are no longer greedy for yourself. You want us to believe you have suddenly grown a conscience and now want to look out for our interests. There's a story you might find interesting. You may have heard it before. It involves a snake.
Update 10/7/16 There is one more incident that proves that Donald Trump cares only for himself. I have not included it in either of the two commercials because doing so would make them too long and unwieldy. However it is worth noting that Donald Trump was willing to play mean-spirited hardball with members of his own family, even when his nephew's baby's health was at stake. The following is from a December 19, 2000 article in the New York Daily News. Keep two questions in mind when you read this: How can anyone believe that Donald Trump cares about us? How can anyone believe that he would be willing to change the tax code that has saved him hundreds of millions of dollars because he wants to help us?
Even when it comes to a sick baby in his family, Donald Trump is all business. The megabuilder and his siblings Robert and Maryanne terminated their nephew's family medical coverage a week after he challenged the will of their father, Fred Trump. "This was so shocking, so disappointing and so vindictive," said niece Lisa Trump, whose son, William, was born 18 months ago at Mount Sinai Medical Center with a rare neurological disorder that produces violent seizures, brain damage and medical bills topping $300,000. The Trump family feud has come to light in recent days as the dispute over Fred Trump's estate is being played out in Queens Surrogate Court. The patriarch left between $100 million and $300 million, according to different family estimates. A separate case over the denial of medical coverage that Fred Trump freely provided to his family for decades was filed in Nassau Supreme Court. Both lawsuits were filed by Fred Trump 3rd and Mary Trump, the children of Donald's late brother, Fred Jr. They offer a rare window into one of New York's most prominent families, a world where alliances and rivalries are magnified by power, money and the tough-nosed tactics of Donald Trump. "When [Fred 3rd] sued us, we said, 'Why should we give him medical coverage?'" Donald said in an interview with the Daily News last week. Asked whether he thought cutting their coverage could appear cold-hearted, given the baby's medical condition, Donald made no apologies. "I can't help that," he said. "It's cold when someone sues my father. Had he come to see me, things could very possibly have been much different for them.