The Russians check in with support for Trump

From Reuters:

By Andrew Osborn | MOSCOW

Americans should vote for Donald Trump as president next month or risk being dragged into a nuclear war, according to a Russian ultra-nationalist ally of President Vladimir Putin who likes to compare himself to the U.S. Republican candidate.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a flamboyant veteran lawmaker known for his fiery rhetoric, told Reuters in an interview that Trump was the only person able to de-escalate dangerous tensions between Moscow and Washington.

By contrast, Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton could spark World War Three, said Zhirinovsky, who received a top state award from Putin after his pro-Kremlin Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) came third in Russia’s parliamentary election last month.

Many Russians regard Zhirinovsky as a clownish figure who makes outspoken statements to grab attention but he is also widely viewed as a faithful servant of Kremlin policy, sometimes used to float radical opinions to test public reaction.

“Relations between Russia and the United States can’t get any worse. The only way they can get worse is if a war starts,” said Zhirinovsky, speaking in his huge office on the 10th floor of Russia’s State Duma, or lower house of parliament.

“Americans voting for a president on Nov. 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on Planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary it’s war. It will be a short movie. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere.”

Zhirinovsky’s comments coincide with deep disagreements between Washington and Moscow over Syria and Ukraine and after the White House last week accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations.

Even as WikiLeaks released another trove of internal documents from Clinton’s campaign on Wednesday, Putin insisted his country was not involved in an effort to influence the U.S. presidential election.


Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, Russia, October 11, 2016. Picture taken October 11, 2016.

Zhirinovsky likes to shock liberal public opinion and he has frequently heaped scorn on the West, which he and other Russian nationalists regard as decadent, hypocritical and corrupted by political correctness.

His combative style, reminiscent of Trump’s, ensures him plenty of television air time and millions of votes in Russian elections, often from the kind of blue-collar workers who are the bedrock of the U.S. Republican candidate’s support.

Zhirinovsky once proposed blocking off mostly Muslim southern Russia with a barbed wire fence, echoing Trump’s call for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Zhirinovsky, who said he met Trump in New York in 2002, revels in his similarities with the American businessman – they are the same age, favor coarse, sometimes misogynistic language and boast about putting their own country first. Zhirinovsky has even said he wants a DNA test to see if he is related to Trump.

But unlike Trump, a billionaire real estate developer who casts himself as the anti-establishment candidate in the U.S. presidential race with no past political experience, Zhirinovsky is a consummate political insider who has sat in the Duma for more than two decades.

Putin has also praised Trump as “very talented”, while the Republican candidate has said the Kremlin boss is a better leader than U.S. President Barack Obama. Clinton has accused Trump of being too cozy with Putin and questioned his business interests in Russia.

In other comments that have delighted Moscow, Trump has questioned the value of NATO for Washington, has spoken ambiguously about Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and suggested that the United States under his leadership would adopt a more isolationist foreign policy.

“He (Trump) won’t care about Syria, Libya and Iraq and why an earth should America interfere in these countries? And Ukraine. Who needs Ukraine?,” said Zhirinovsky, who once counted himself a friend of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and whose deaths he still laments.

“Trump will have a brilliant chance to make relations more peaceful … He’s the only one who can do this,” he said, adding that Trump could even win a Nobel peace prize


In contrast, Zhirinovsky described Clinton as “an evil mother-in law” and said her record as secretary of state under Obama in 2009-2013 showed she was unfit to lead her country.

“She craves power. Her view is that Hillary is the most important person on the planet, that America is an exceptional country, as Barack Obama said,” said Zhirinovsky. “That’s dangerous. She could start a nuclear war.”

In typically chauvinistic remarks, Zhirinovsky said Clinton’s gender should also bar her from the presidency.

“Most Americans should choose Trump because men have been leading for millions of year. You can’t take the risk of having one of the richest, most powerful countries led by a woman president,” he said.

Asked about lewd comments Trump made about women in 2005 that have harmed his campaign, Zhirinovsky defended the Republican: “Men all round the world sometimes say such things that are just for their comrades. We must only consider his business (and political) qualities.”

Though Putin and Trump have never met, Zhirinovsky said he believed they could establish a close working relationship, adding: “Victory for Trump would be a gift to humanity. But if Hillary Clinton wins it will be the last U.S. president ever.”


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How do the 88 generals justify their endorsement of a draft dodger?

I’d like to see how the 88 retired generals who endorsed Trump explain that to all the POWs that he denigrated when he said that they weren’t heroes in his book.  Or how they look soldiers who were awarded Purple Hearts for their injuries in combat after he said to a veteran with one “I always wanted one.”  Or what it means to support someone who obtained seven draft deferments before being declared 4F for that life-threatening condition called bone spurs.  Explain that. Comment at

Trump solidifies position as one issue candidate in continuing poll


 Immigration Takes a 5-1 Lead Over

Taxes, Healthcare and Jobs (Combined)

By Respondents at

 San Rafael, CA—July 21, 2016—After 10 months of polling at, voters have resoundingly declared that Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump resonates on a single issue, immigration.

Asked to choose among four issues (healthcare, jobs, immigration and taxes), respondents have declared that immigration, by a 5 to 1 margin over the other three (combined), is the single issue with which they identify him.

“Not only is the margin enormous, but it is also trending up,” said Gary Tobin, who has been conducting the polling on his site ( since October of 2015.  “Days go by when there isn’t a single respondent who identifies Trump with anything other than immigration.”

Tobin said the response rate of 35 percent of site visitors who vote has remained steady for more than six months.  “While I don’t claim that the poll is scientific, the results are remarkably consistent over time.”

Attributes that have been seen as “identifiers” of Trump’s style are clearly delineated by voters.  “’Egotistical,’ which is singled out by 20 percent of the voters, continues to attract the most votes and has increased dramatically (10 percent) in the last 30 days.  Rounding out the Top 3 are ‘buffoon’ at 14.7 percent and his proclivity to ‘insult people’ at 13.6 percent,” Tobin said.

Tobin, who is self-funding the site through his company (TOBIN & Associates), tallies and logs every vote the old fashioned way (by hand) “lest I be audited.”  Unlike Trump, he does not solicit funding on his site “although I have considered going into the baseball cap business with the logo which I own.”

About TOBIN & Associates

 TOBIN & Associates (, headquartered for nearly a decade in New York City, has operated from offices in San Rafael since 2004. It was founded in 1995. Tobin’s personal business history includes senior corporate communications positions with major global corporations.  He began his career as a journalist with the Palo Alto (CA) Times and later at the San Francisco Chronicle.


The Man Who Built a Wall Around Himself

For all his rhetoric and 140-character Tweets, Trump is genetically unable to build a coalition with the very people who should be allies.  Rather than cementing their opposition to his opponent, he seems bent on alienating them.  For 50 years, he has employed a specific, confrontational behavior.  Judging by his serial bankruptcy filings and his 3500 lawsuits, its success rate is only defensible in his own mind.  Increasingly he has become a one-note, one issue candidate who can no longer claim that he is self-funded; who long ago abandoned his pledge to release his tax returns (“none of your business”); who demonstrated his support of veterans by denouncing ex-POWs as “not heroes in his book,” and has self-proclaimed a “very good brain” all the while unknowledgeable about the very Constitution that he wants to enforce.  Comment at

The Ferengi Candidacy of Donald Trump

When Donald Trump recently said that if he didn’t win the Presidency that he thought his entire campaign would have been a waste, he was simply falling back on the Ferengi ethos best summed up in the question “Where’s the profit in this?”  He was bluntly telling his supporters that he wasn’t running because he wanted to change the way government was run or that he thought he had bold ideas of governing.  The only justification that he could cite was his desire to win; it was his “profit” motive.  It was a statement monumental in its cynicism and enlightening as the view into how his mind works.  Comment at


The Trump Fallacy

Here’s the thing about Trump. He has no moral compass and “truth” is an “it depends” variable in his life. The reason there are so many “gotcha” questions about what he stands for is because he doesn’t stand for anything. Everyone changes his/her mind once in awhile and people sometimes even forget things that they have said. But Trump pathologically denies even audio, visual or printed evidence of what he has said. He cannot actually “lead” because his vision of the world is a defensive posture against things that he cannot control. And being President requires functioning in a world sometimes out of your control and molding it by collaborating, learning and growing. He has not demonstrated those qualities. Ever. is a place to express your opinion.

Trump: Never met a rule he wouldn’t break if it benefitted him

From Time Inc.:

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump broke the rules set by Fox News at Thursday’s GOP debate, consulting with his campaign manager during a commercial break.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, went on stage to speak with the businessman at the first commercial break, violating Fox’s rule that candidates would not be allowed to have contact with their campaigns, CNN reported on Saturday, citing rival campaign sources.

The anonymous sources said Trump has consulted with his campaign manager backstage at previous debates, even though it was forbidden. Thursday was more extreme, they said, because Lewandowski met with Trump on stage.

Lewandowski refused to leave the stage when asked, so the network allowed the other campaigns to consult with their candidates as well.

From TOBIN & Associates:

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