If Things Don’t Work Out With The GOP, Will Trump Run As A Third-Party / Independent Candidate?

Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul Donald Trump, speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, July 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

According to the publication The Hill, Donald Trump said that the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will “absolutely” increase if the Republican National Committee is “unfair” to him during the election season.

“The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy,” the Trump told The Hill in a 40-minute interview at Trump Tower on Wednesday. “The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.”

Asked whether he would run as a third-party candidate if he doesn’t seize the GOP nomination, Trump said that “so many people want me to, if I don’t win,” according to The Hill.

“I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans,” Trump said. “Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.”

The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, called Trump earlier this month asking him to “tone down” his controversial rhetoric. More recently, the RNC rebuked him for saying that Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is not a war hero. Trump didn’t apologize but has since said that the 2008 Republican presidential nominee is a war hero, according to The Hill.

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/22/thanks_donald_trump_how_his_insane_campaign_and_fingers_crossed_third_party_bid_dooms_the_gop/

Trump Says He Gave Out Senator Lindsey Graham’s Phone Number ‘For Fun’

Donald Trump reportedly has no regrets about giving out Senator Lindsey Graham’s cellphone number on Tuesday, writes Politico.

On Tuesday, Trump ramped up his attacks on the South Carolina senator – who made headlines Monday for calling the Donald a “jackass.”   Trump even gave out Graham’s private phone number.

He began his rambling diatribe by calling Graham a “lightweight” and an “idiot,” and by saying “He doesn’t seem like a very bright guy. He actually probably seems to me not as bright as (former Governor) Rick Perry.”

In fact, Trump said Wednesday that he gave out Graham’s cellphone number “for fun.”

When asked on “Fox and Friends” whether he was sorry about sharing the South Carolina senator’s personal number during a campaign event in Graham’s home state, Trump said, “not at all.”

Trump referenced Graham calling him a “jackass” two times – once on CBS and also on CNN.

“He’s got zero in the polls,” Trump declared. “I did it for fun, and everybody had a good time, and we had a packed house. We had a beyond-packed house. We had auditoriums next door that were packed…”

http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-lindsey-graham-phone-number-for-fun-2015-7

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/donald-trump-lindsey-graham-cellphone-response-120460.html#ixzz3gd2kObBm

Geraldo Rivera Threatens To Knock Out Fellow Fox Host Eric Bolling


The Young Turks

In a fit of melodrama, pundit Geraldo Rivera appeared on Fox News’ show “The Five” on Monday and threatened to “knock out” fellow paid host Eric Bolling during an argument about Donald Trump’s comments about immigration, writes CNN.

Geraldo Rivera plays the paid liberal on the show.

The other four are generally right-wing conservatives, rounding out “The Five.”

Earlier, co-host Jesse Watters referred to President Barack Obama a “skinny community organizer.”

They then spoke about the killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant, and Rivera accused Trump of using her death as a platform to speak on illegal immigration.

“It is exploiting and sensationalizing,” Rivera said.

“From a guy who exploits and sensationalizes everything,” Bolling interjected.

“Are you talking to me?” Rivera asked, using his best Taxi Driver impersonation.  Rivera is known for his sensational news and talk shows.  “You’re lucky that you’re my friend. I’d knock you out right now…” he said.

(Updated article)

Trump Calls CNN’s Anderson Cooper ‘Pathetic’ On Immigration Questions


CNN

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump became irritable when pressed on immigration by CNN host Anderson Cooper on Wednesday.

Trump did not appreciate Anderson Cooper’s line of questions surrounding the construction crew he hired to build his Trump Tower in Manhattan back in 1975.

The CNN host asked about a court case that Trump settled in 1999 surrounding 200 illegal Polish immigrants alleging they were paid less than minimum wage back for their work in 1975.

“I hired a contractor,” Trump replied about the Trump Tower construction crew. “Anderson, I hire a contractor. The contractor then hires the subcontractor. They have people. I don’t know — I don’t remember, that was so many years ago, 35 years ago they said we had some illegal immigrants.”

A report on Monday by the Washington Post claimed Trump has employed illegal immigrants on current hotel projects, which was also brought up by Cooper.

According to Business Insider, The Post’s Antonio Olivo talked to 15 of the workers, some of whom “acknowledged that they remain in the country illegally.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/undocumented-immigrants-donald-trump-hotel-report-2015-7

Change.org Petition For NBC To Cut Ties With Donald Trump

Recently, Univision decided to drop Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant from the network lineup.

Univision is the largest Spanish-language broadcaster.  They decided to not air the annual Miss USA pageant next month due to the presidential candidate’s recent comments on immigration.

In a statement recently, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) lauded Univision’s decision to sever ties with Trump and urged NBC to “follow Univision’s lead.”

Members of the coalition include business, media, and cultural advocacy groups like the National Council of La Raza, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Presente.org and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, according to CNN.

Close to 200,000 people have signed a three-day old Change.org petition that calls for NBC to cut ties with Trump by dropping the Miss USA Pageant, the Miss Universe Pageant, and The Apprentice franchise.

Citing actions taken against Phil Robertson by A&E for his anti-gay views, Petitioner Guillermo Castaneda Jr. urged NBC to side for “ethics, principles and values” by dropping Trump.

“A few days ago, one of your reality show stars by the name of Donald Trump decided to announce his candidacy for the largest public position in the United States, the presidency,” wrote Castaneda. “He called Latinos … rapists drug users and criminals,” writes Entertainment Weekly.

“I am not a rapist,” Castaneda continued. “I have never taken drugs, and the worst thing I have ever done is going fast on the freeway from time to time,” continued Castaneda Jr. “I am not worth $4.1 billion, but my people spend way more than that on your advertisers. We have a voice and we decide the future of this country.”

http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/27/media/donald-trump-nbc-univision/

A Look At Donald Trump For President

Secular Talk

Here is a look at Donald Trump running for President by Secular Talk.

“The real estate mogul and TV reality star launched his presidential campaign Tuesday, ending more than two decades of persistent flirtation with the idea of running for the Oval Office,” writes CNN.

“So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again,” Trump told a crowd at the lavish Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York, according to CNN.

He gave a “lengthy and meandering 45-minute speech” that hit on his signature issues like currency manipulation from China and job creation, while also taking shots at the president and his competitors on the Republican side, according to CNN.

Donald Trump Wholeheartedly Supported By…Daughter

Ivanka Trump told CNBC Wednesday that as an American, she’d be “very lucky” if her father, Donald Trump, ran for U.S. president.

“I would support him and encourage him wholeheartedly,” Ivanka Trump said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”

“I have the unique perspective of being by his side every day and understanding how incredibly capable and just want an amazing visionary he is. As a citizen, it would be amazing if he makes that decision,” she said.

Ivanka Trump is the executive vice president of development and acquisitions for The Trump Organization, according to CNBC.

In March, Donald Trump formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for President of the United States for 2016, but he has yet to announce a decision. He also considered a presidential bid in 2012.

(Read More: President Donald Trump will save us? Ha! )

In a statement regarding the exploratory committee, the real estate developer and star of “The Apprentice” Donald Trump touted his Hotel business experience and wealth.

http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-how-donald-trump-is-framing-his-potential-presidential-campaign-2015-3

Brand Looks At Trump In Scotland, Fossil Fuel Use

Trews

In this episode of The Trews, Russell Brand discusses world leaders’ pledge to end the reliance on fossil fuels and examines Donald Trump’s activities at his golf resort in Aberdeen, Scotland.