With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Trump's favorite expression is, "believe me". It's almost like he's begging his audience to buy-in to his often outrageous statements as a matter of faith. In last night's debate he told us to believe him a total of seven times. That's seven shots if you were using the phrase in your drinking game. Let's see if we should have believed him.

Believe Me#1...
Now, look, we have the worst revival of an economy since the Great Depression. And believe me: We’re in a bubble right now. And the only thing that looks good is the stock market, but if you raise interest rates even a little bit, that’s going to come crashing down.
No, I don't believe you. First of all, what's the rating scale based on? Secondly, you are running on the Republican ticket. You know, the party who's economic policies caused the world global economic collapse since the Great Depression. For you to then turn around and criticize the pace of the recovery is unbelievable.

Believe Me #2... 
 And believe me: The day Obama goes off, and he leaves, and goes out to the golf course for the rest of his life to play golf, when they raise interest rates, you’re going to see some very bad things happen, because the Fed is not doing their job. The Fed is being more political than Secretary Clinton.
No, I'm not believing this one either. What does Obama playing golf have to do with the Fed raising interest rates? The Fed did raise interest rates slightly (a quarter point) last year. It was the first time in 9 years, going back to the Bush administration and there was no objection or dissent from either party. The sky didn't fall. In fact, the recovery and job growth sped up a bit. It may have cooled off an out-of-control real estate market a bit. So I can see why you would oppose it. But in what sense is that "political"? Only in the sense that everything is "political", including you.

Believe Me #3
When you have your staff taking the Fifth Amendment, taking the Fifth so they’re not prosecuted, when you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the Fifth, I think it’s disgraceful. And believe me, this country thinks it’s — really thinks it’s disgraceful, also.
Okay, I believe you here, sorta.  By why trash the 5th? What's your problem with the Bill of Rights? Also, only one person who worked directly for Clinton is known to have asserted his Constitutional right against self-incrimination: Bryan Pagliano, a computer specialist who held a political appointment at the State Department and also worked for the Clinton family.
It's not just the 5th Amendment you have problems with, it's the 1st as well.

Believe Me #4
CLINTON: And maybe because you haven’t paid any federal income tax for a lot of years. (APPLAUSE)And the other thing I think is important...TRUMP: It would be squandered, too, believe me.
You're probably right here too. But those of us who aren't billionaires don't get to say: Oh, I think I won't pay any taxes this year because the money will be squandered on war or on a border wall. It's unbelievable that you can get away with that.

Believe Me #5
I’m all for NATO. But I said they have to focus on terror, also.And they’re going to do that. And that was — believe me — I’m sure I’m not going to get credit for it — but that was largely because of what I was saying and my criticism of NATO.Believe Me #6
Bullshit. You are not for NATO. You have advocated the U.S. pulling out of NATO if other members couldn't pay their bills. Cut the crap.

Believe Me #6  
I think we have to get NATO to go into the Middle East with us, in addition to surrounding nations, and we have to knock the hell out of ISIS, and we have to do it fast, when ISIS formed in this vacuum created by Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton. And believe me, you were the ones that took out the troops. 
No, not believable. First of all, Obama and Clinton didn't take out the troops as Obama promised he would. There are still 5,000 troops plus many more mercenaries in Iraq and there's more on the way to fight ISIS. Second, they didn't "create" the vacuum. It was created as a split with the old al Qaeda leadership and supported financially and militarily, possibly by your business pals, the Saudis (Trump is building hotels in Jeddah). The real deal is that ISIS is a product of the original invasion of Iraq (which, believe me, you supported) and the never-ending "war on terrorism".

Believe Me #7
I met with Bibi Netanyahu the other day. Believe me, he’s not a happy camper.
No, I don't believe you. First of all, Netanyahu is not a camper. Second, he's happy as a pig is poop. Wouldn't you be if Pres. Obama just gave you $38 billion.

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