Ray’s diary Tuesday, October 2, 2015
So how does Ray start his day or his night and what is he doing between time? Also, Ray is going to show you how to read the news you are hearing or seeing so that you will be able to figure out how true it is. Ray also has an announcement you aren’t going to want to miss.
From Ray’s Diary
Donald Trump took part in a New Hampshire political tradition Wednesday, holding a town hall on the same night one of his top rivals was holding court with voters in a nearby town.
Trump, speaking with voters in Derry, N.H., at around the same time former Florida governor Jeb Bush held a town hall in Merrimack, told one voter who asked about his “hubris” that “it takes guts to run for president.”
In a lengthy answer that also touched on the centerpiece of his campaign — his plan to end illegal immigration — the billionaire real estate developer said he would “build the greatest wall that you’ve ever seen.”
And rest assured, it won’t be an eye sore, Trump assured the crowd. “If they call it the Trump Wall, it has to be beautiful,” he said. He also touched on gun rights, saying, “I’m a big Second Amendment person…. Big.”
Another member of the audience expressed concern that his website only had one detailed policy position, his immigration plan. Could he offer any other specific proposals?
“We’re going to do a lot of policy positions,” he said, but added that it was important to have “flexibility.”
He later signed an audience member’s copy of The Art of the Deal, suggesting that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry read it “quickly.”
Meanwhile, Bush at his voter forum — Trump joked attendees at that event were “sleeping now” — called Trump “the current front-runner” and said “he’s done a pretty amazing job to get to that point.” Bush added, though, that “Mr. Trump doesn’t have a proven conservative record.”
“He was for a single-payer system for health care until very recently — not a very conservative point of view,” Bush said. He also criticized the cost of Trump’s immigration proposal.
In the RealClearPolitics rolling average of New Hampshire GOP polls, Trump holds the top spot, ahead of Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Earlier at a news conference that served as an opening act, Trump opened his attack on Bush and slammed Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee who lost to President Obama.
“I don’t see how he’s electable,” Trump said of Bush. Trump, as he has previously, called Bush’s comment that Iraqis want to know the United States has “skin in the game” in the fight against the Islamic State “one of the dumber things I’ve heard ever in politics.”
As for Romney, “he failed, he choked,” Trump said, likening him to a golfer who missed a putt on the 18th green.
And in case you had any misunderstanding about Trump’s intentions, he sought to put that to rest.
“I’m not going anywhere.”
Donald Trump on Friday condemned an attack on a homeless man by perpetrators who reportedly said the businessman was “right” about illegal immigration as they administered the beating.
“Boston incident is terrible,” Trump tweeted. “We need energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect. I would never condone violence.”
The tweet came a day after the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination said he had not heard about the incident and added that people who follow his campaign “are very passionate.”
Authorities have accused two men of urinating on and beating up a homeless man on Tuesday; during the attack, police said, one of the assailants “stated Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”
Donald Trump has at times been criticized for being light on policy specifics —immigration notwithstanding — during the opening months of his presidential campaign.
But that doesn’t mean he’s been reticent on any number of other issues, to say the least. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the current leader in GOP presidential polls shares his thoughts on a range of issues, including the controversy over his comments about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Hillary Clinton’s email use at the State Department and much, much more.
A few highlights:
On Megyn Kelly
Trump sparked criticism with his remark following the Aug. 6 GOP debate in Cleveland that Kelly had “blood coming out of her … wherever.” How does he feel about the dust-up in retrospect?
“To be honest, the whole subject was fun,” Trump said, explaining as he had before that his comments had been misconstrued.
He also addressed whether he’d appear on Kelly’s show. “Unlikely, but it could happen,” he said.
On the Hillary Clinton email scandal
“This looks like Watergate on steroids, frankly,” Trump said, regarding the Democratic presidential front-runner’s exclusive use of a private email account while she served as secretary of State.
“You can’t have a nominee who is under investigation,” he added.
On Bill Cosby
Trump explained that he’s “never been a fan” of the comedian’s humor, which he described as “slow and stupid.” He also weighed in on the allegations that Cosby drugged dozens of women over the years and sexually assaulted them, including the recent revelation that Cosby admitted during a deposition that he’d acquired drugs for this purpose.
“What amazes me is he was so quiet and then you see these depositions,” Trump said in the interview. “What was he doing? Was he drunk? You see he admitted all this stuff on top of everything else. I think he’s weird.”
On whether he’d serve as vice president
“I just don’t think it would be good for them, I don’t think it would be good for me,” Trump said, in case anyone was holding out hope for a Bush-Trump/Walker-Trump/Rubio-Trump ticket.
Speaking to an Alabama radio host Friday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump discussed his religious views and vowed to fight the so-called war on Christmas.
“There’s an assault on anything having to do with Christianity,” Trump said on Yellowhammer Radio with Cliff Sims on Friday. “They don’t want to use the word Christmas anymore at department stores.”
“There’s always lawsuits and unfortunately a lot of those lawsuits are won by the other side,” Trump said. “I will assault that. I will go so strongly against so many of the things, when they take away the word Christmas.”
Added Trump: “I go out of my way to use the word Christmas.
On who should play him in a movie about the 2016 campaign
“Somebody really, really handsome. That’s the only thing that matters,” Trump said.
Former president George W. Bush jumped into the 2016 presidential race Thursday with a fundraising letter on behalf of brother Jeb.
“This is a consequential time in our nation’s history, and we need a strong leader,” the 43rd president said in the missive. “Jeb took on tough challenges as Florida’s Governor and delivered results. I know he will do the same as President.”
The Bush campaign is also planning a “donor summit” for late October in Houston featuring Jeb’s brother and his father, former president George H.W. Bush.
The George W. Bush fundraising e-mail comes as Jeb Bush has fallen behind in Republican polls to GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
“My brother will be a tremendous President,” George W. writes. “He is a proven leader with an optimistic outlook and a clear, conservative agenda for America’s future.”
The former president added: “He’s got a tough road ahead — take it from someone who’s been there. With his strengths and your support, he will succeed. But he needs you.”
Actress Ellen Page confronted Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Friday at the Iowa State Fair over his stances on religious liberty.
During his campaign, Cruz has consistently mentioned he would stand up for the religious liberty of Americans, including those who have closed their businesses after backlash due to religious beliefs.
Page, who is gay and known for her roles in Juno and the X-Men franchise, asked Cruz about the persecution gay and lesbian people face in other countries. Cruz, who did not appear to recognize the actress, said there was no moral equivalency between instances in Jamaica with those in the Middle East, where Islamic terrorists have gone after Christians.
Here’s some of the exchange between Page and Cruz:
Cruz: “Does that trouble you at all that you draw a moral equivalence between Christians in Jamaica and radical Islamic terrorists? In ISIS they’re beheading children — they’re not morally equivalent. Murder is murder is murder and it’s wrong, it’s wrong across the board.”
“There is a difference between a community like Jamaica – they may have different standard, they may not be celebrating a gay pride parade, but they’re not murdering people – if they were murdering people it would be wrong.”
Page: “A lot of gay people are getting killed in Jamaica.”
Cruz: “But in Iran and ISIS, it is the governmental body that is executing them for being homosexual…”
Page: “Yeah, that’s a whole other thing.”
Cruz: “…and why does the Obama administration not stand against them?”
Page: “I don’t know, I would love to speak with Obama about it.”
Cruz: “Well, great, then we’re agreed on that.”
The actress is hosting a TV show for Vice Media titled Gaycation With Ellen Page, and her confrontation with the GOP political candidate is planned to be part of that series, her publicist told The Hollywood Reporter.
Ray’s diary Tuesday, October 2, 2015