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The Devil in the Details

Jen Sorensen
© Jen Sorensen

Look, as someone who has started and run companies that did a lot of marketing, I understand what Trump is doing. He is “selling the sizzle, not the (Trump) steak”. Details and specifics just get in the way of removing money from your customers’ pockets. As a casino owner, he knows that his customers are gamblers who are attracted to the allure of money and glamor, no matter how false. That’s what he does, so he treats voters the same.

If you Google Trump’s official website and click on it, all you see is one page hitting you up for money. Here are the only details from that page:

To every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you:

I’m With You, and I will FIGHT for you, and I will WIN for YOU.

This is a MOVEMENT. Contribute today.

That’s all you need to know. Send money to Trump, a billionaire who promised to self fund his campaign so he would never be beholden to special interests.

Trump called his opponents “puppets” for using super PACs and for taking contributions from wealthy donors that he said always come with strings attached, but he just totally flip-flopped. Ironically, the chairman of his new super PAC is Florida governor Rick Scott, who has used his position as governor to enrich himself.

In the press release for the new super PAC, the first thing Scott says is “It’s time for us to fire the politicians. That’s what this election is all about.” That’s right, a sitting politician is promising that he will fire the politicians. And the super PAC itself will be run by veteran Republican operatives like Chris Christie’s former campaign manager and people like Alex Castellanos, who used to work for Mitt Romney and the Bush family.

Even though the super PAC was just formed, it has already received a $2 million contribution from a California real estate developer, and $100,000 from the nation’s largest coal company. So Trump, what strings were attached to those contributions?

Back to Trump’s official website. Like I said, it was just one page asking for money, with no links to anything else. But I’m persistent and finally figured it out. Way down, the last thing on the page, in small type are the words “Privacy Policy”. If you click that, you are taken to a page that has links to the “details”. So let’s look at them.

The very first link on the page is “Issues”. If you click on that, the very first thing on that page, and four times larger than anything else on the page, is a video titled “FORMER STUDENTS SPEAK OUT IN SUPPORT OF TRUMP UNIVERSITY”. And if you scroll down, the last thing on the page is another video titled “TRUMP UNIVERSITY TRUTH”. I am not kidding you.

UPDATE: Trump’s lack of specifics, or even predictability, seems to be working on some people. In an interview, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks made it clear that he was working to harm Hillary Clinton and keep her from being elected, adding that he not only opposed her candidacy on policy grounds, but that he considered her a personal foe. When asked if he would prefer Trump to be president, Assange gave the excuse that what Trump would do as president was “completely unpredictable”.

Also published on Medium.



  1. David freeman wrote:

    Unpredictable yes, but ‘completely unpredictable’ no. I think it is safe to predict that he would be a disaster in unpredictable ways. We have little idea what his bad policies will but they’ll be bad.

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  2. redjon wrote:

    It might be interesting to see four years of Trump emails…

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 1:24 pm | Permalink
  3. Wildwood wrote:

    We can’t even see his tax returns. Maybe some hacker could dredge those up for a look see along with his emails.

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    Maybe Hillary should ask the Russians to hack into his tax returns. 🙂

    And as incompetent as Trump has been on other things, you would think it would be relatively straightforward to hack into his emails. But come to think of it, does he even use email? Or just Twitter.

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 3:52 pm | Permalink
  5. David freeman wrote:

    I think just Twitter. Sad

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 5:13 pm | Permalink
  6. Dave TN wrote:

    There is a quote
    “Hindsight, or our ability to see our past clearly, is a learning function that, when damaged … renders us unable to look at the past to guide ourselves through the present and into the future. Without this ability, we cannot learn from our mistakes. We cannot clean up the wreckage of our actions. We are locked into a cycle of repeating the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. This is commonly known as the definition of insanity.”

    BARBARA S. COLE, The Gifts of Sobriety

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm | Permalink
  7. Wildwood wrote:

    I’m wondering if the lead contamination in our water is more widespread than is being admitted.

    Friday, July 29, 2016 at 8:04 am | Permalink