Donald Trump can make fun of the injury that crushed the side of my face and took the sight in my right eye all he wants – I've dealt with tougher opponents than him. I may not be able to see out of my right eye, but with my good eye, I can see that Trump is a man who inherited his money and spent his entire life pretending like he earned it. In Searchlight, we learned a thing or two about hard work that Trump may not have learned at his boarding school. Trump rips off working people with scams like Trump University. And while the people he ripped off suffer, Trump sits at the posh resort he bought with his daddy's money, with no understanding of the misery he caused. Now, Trump's business interests in foreign countries and his Ponzi-scheme fraud of a 'charity' make clear that Trump intends to scam all of America just like he rips off hard-working people. Trump can insult me all he wants but the American people deserve answers to these questions: Why did Trump appear to use his charity to enrich himself and bribe elected officials who were investigating his scams? Why does Trump refuse to cut ties with business interests that would allow him to exploit American foreign policy to enrich himself? What is Trump hiding in his tax returns? If Trump wants to be president, he should be properly vetted. If Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan had the public's interest at heart, they would lead the Republican Congress to investigate these and other questions with a fraction of the energy and taxpayer money Congressional Republicans used to pursue Huma Abedin's maternity leave records. But Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan want to leave town for another two months, just a few weeks after returning from the longest summer recess in more than half a century. And the Republican Congress has shown nothing but blind obedience to Trump, going so far as to hold a Supreme Court seat open for six months in the hopes that Trump can fill it. If the Republican Congress refuses to do its job, the media has an even greater responsibility to get answers to these questions. We know how to spot a con artist in Las Vegas. And Donald Trump is a con-artist.
History will look back and note that Republicans in Congress treated President Obama with unprecedented disrespect. - President Obama is the first President to be denied a hearing on his budget. - He's the first President to be denied a hearing on a Supreme Court nominee. - President Obama is the first President asked to show his birth certificate. - President Obama is the first President to face over 500 filibusters here in the Senate. The only thing Republicans have done this year was to prove that they are the party of Trump. He is the monster the Republicans built. He is their Frankenstein monster. President Obama is a good man and he deserved better than the unprecedented disrespect Republicans have shown toward him. America, which twice elected Barack Obama to be its President, deserves better.
Yesterday, Donald Trump – the standard bearer for the Republican Party – delivered one of the most un-American speeches ever from a major party’s nominee. Trump was hateful and vicious – everything that Republicans knew him to be when they made him their Party’s nominee. Trump used his remarks to foment hatred against millions of innocent Americans based solely on their religion. He denigrated Muslim-Americans – all 8 million of them. This level of hate is incomprehensible. It is incomprehensible that any presidential nominee would foster and promote systemic bigotry. These are frightening times, and Trump’s fear and paranoia are making us less safe. While Muslim and LGBT communities are trying to unite us, Trump is doing just the opposite. He’s trying to divide us. If we accept this kind of rhetoric as part of our political dialogue, we are all guilty of normalizing hatred. We must make clear that Donald Trump does not speak for us. We must stand arm-in-arm with our Muslim allies around the world who have been victims of terrorism, who say to the radicals ‘not in my name,’ and who are helping us defeat the terrorist threat. Republicans must do what they haven’t had the courage to do: Stand up to Trump. Donald Trump is no leader. He is unfit to be our President and unfit to stand for the values upon which this country was founded.
I appreciate the kind words from President Obama. He is a forever friend and I'll always treasure our relationship. Link
Today’s announcement is incredibly important and long overdue. Harriet Tubman exemplifies America’s deepest values of freedom and justice and she continues to serve as a guiding light in the fight for equality in our nation. Her influence can be felt everywhere – from the push for higher wages and equal pay for equal work, to efforts to improve education and reform our criminal justice system. Having this brilliant woman’s portrait on the $20 bill is a powerful statement of our values and serves as an inspiration to young girls everywhere. This should only be the beginning. I encourage Secretary Lew to continue the effort to make our currency more representative of the nation. Link