1) His tax returns. Do you want to see the tax returns of past US Presidents, current Presidential candidates and previous Presidential candidates? Here you go. Notice anyone missing? Oh, that would be Donald Trump. Trump has been shown on video saying he would share his tax returns if nominated. So why the sudden change in heart? We actually believe candidates should be able to change their minds on issues. But on matters where it appears they are hiding something, we should ask them “what are you hiding?” Have we yet to get a straight answer on WHY Trump won’t make them public? The only answer Donald Trump sees fit to give is that the rate at which he is taxed is “none of the public’s business.”
2) His statement that “2nd Amendment people, there is something you can do.” To start an investigation on this issue, let’s just ask Trump, shall we? Let’s not rely on a statement from his staff—let’s ask him in person exactly what he meant. Since it was so potentially dangerous—if what we think he meant could actually lead to someone’s death—-let’s ask him several times, in several different occasions, and let’s not let him talk over us, interrupt us or deflect from the questions.
3) His business dealings. Just today, The New York Times released a report on Trump’s business dealings. Did you know, for example that the companies he owns have at least $650 million in debt? For those who still see him as a business “success”, might want to re-think that. Then there is the question of how he did succeed at things that were seen as successful. Throughout the years, Trump has been accused of using illegal immigrants and working around immigration system (including reports of undocumented Polish workers who were never paid for building the Trump Tower); non-payment or underpayment of contractors; and intimidation tactics against unionizing employees. Want a cheat sheet so you can try to catch up on the worst of it? Here’s one, courtesy of The Atlantic. What we would like to see with all this is—-given all of Trump’s past business practices—how well is he likely to treat the people who will work for him and with him at the White House, should he become President?
4) Trump University. Yes, it is under investigation right now, for allegations of fraud. We can let justice run its course on this one. But there should also be a close watch to make sure that any “settlement”—should that be the outcome—is funded properly.
5) His medical history. If you support Trump, read this story, then help answer the following questions. Trump himself reportedly released a letter back in December of 2015 written by his doctor, speaking to Trump’s physical health. The letter reads in part: “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Really? Healthier than, say, JFK? And the letter states also that the medical exam that revealed “only positive results”. But…”positive results”, when you are talking about medical tests usually means something bad. Perhaps Trump could quickly put us all at ease by simply having the medical exam and tests repeated by a White House physician. We would be happy to see any other candidates go through the same set of tests.
6) Asking Russia to hack into DNC emails. In late July, Trump became the first Presidential candidate to invite a foreign nation to hack into another’s emails: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” an apparent reference to Mrs. Clinton’s deleted emails. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” Moreover, one thing that we do know is that Russian hackers have already been involved in hacking into nearly 20,000 emails of Democratic politicians. Trump’s inciting and unleashing further cyber-espionage on his political opponents not only exhibits troubling ties between Trump and Mother Russia, but a type of modern day bullying and invasion of privacy that merits investigation.
7) Trump accusing the President of the United States of treason. Is that allowed—especially when the accusation is by the very person who is looking to take over that job?
8) The allegations made in this lawsuit. A lawsuit was filed against Trump charging “RAPE, SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, CRIMINAL SEXUAL ACTS,SEXUAL ABUSE, FORCIBLE TOUCHING, ASSAULT, BATTERY, INTENTIONAL AND RECKLESS INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, DURESS, FALSE IMPRISONMENT, AND DEFAMATION” Here is a copy of the lawsuit. The suit alleges that Donald Trump had raped a women known as “Jane Doe” as a minor at parties held with Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein has been named in multiple similar lawsuits over the last several years, served 13 months in jail, and is registered as a sex offender for life:
Donald Trump has stated publicly he knows Jeffrey Epstein—this is from a 2014 New York magazine profile of Epstein:
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump booms from a speakerphone. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
9) Business connections with Russian oligarchs, outstanding debts and ties to Putin. This goes well beyond whether Trump admires and is personal friends with Vladimir Putin. (He is.) From what we know so far from following the money, Trump’s tries to Russia go far deeper than that. After his bankruptcies, Trump himself has been highly reliant on money from Russia, most of which has has come from among oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin. Moreover, over the course of the past several months, credible evidence has emerged linking Trump and his campaign advisers to Russia. Just this week, his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was linked to receiving large sums of money in illegal payments from the former pro-Russian ruling party of the Ukraine. Among the evidence that surfaced was an off-the-books, handwritten ledger detailing a series of secret payments — among them, a $12.7 million payout to Manafort. For someone who purports to seek the office of Commander in Chief of the USA, his strong personal and financial ties to another world superpower must be investigated.
10) Where are the millions of dollars of charitable contributions Trump says he has donated? Apparently when Trump is investigated—for example, by the Washington Post—he will make good on some of the things he said he would. At a press conference in May, Trump took pains to call the media “dishonest” for asking him where the money was going, but in the end he did pay veterans groups millions of dollars from a highly publicized fundraiser in January.
However, questions still remain about money that Trump he has said he would donate to charity from some of his other endeavors, such as “The Apprentice.” Trump Vodka, Trump University, his books. The total pledged amount is said to be $8.5 million. His foundation has not given away any money since 2009, and even then it was under a third of the total amount pledged. Trump and his staff have maintained that additional money was given privately, off of the foundations books.
And you know how Trump could prove that actually happened the way he said it did? By releasing his tax returns. Please see point #1 of this list, rinse and repeat.
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