Monday, March 21, 2016

Donald Trump's border wall gets the John Oliver treatment. Does not survive intact.

Courtesy of Time:  

Last night, Oliver spent a new episode of Last Week Tonight doing his impression of the Kool Aid Man, knocking down the wall that the Republican presidential candidate wants to build to separate Mexico and the United States in order to curtail illegal immigration. While Trump has estimated the wall would only cost $4 billion, Oliver notes that, “Donald Trump’s margin of error is only the GDP of Moldova.” 

Oliver did the math on the project and the cost in both dollars and common sense is much more. In his take down of the idea, Oliver noted that the wall would cost an estimated $26 billion, would sit on on private property, could take up to ten years to build and has serious effectiveness issues. Oliver believes there is a better way to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain — buy everyone waffle irons.

Well great, now I'm hungry for waffles. 


  1. Anonymous4:52 PM

    ...and damage to the environment
    ...and effect on wildlife
    ...and maintenance costs
    ...and repair for damage from earthquakes, floods, etc.

  2. Anonymous5:27 PM

    And lucrative for Donald.

  3. Anonymous5:29 PM

    That was funny and so right.

    But sometimes I do wonder if the Donald is intentionally making a parody of the GOP and the fundamentalist xtians.

    He sounds so ridiculous when his 'speeches' are cobbled together. If he has one iota of intelligence, he has to see that. Hell, it's on video. And as we all know, narcissists love to watch themselves perform.

    And if that's the case, then he'll pick Hillary as his VP and she'll be my President anyway.

    1. Anonymous8:18 PM

      It has been written Trump speaks/writes at a 5th grade level.

      Now this maybe because he has to dumb it down other wise his supporters wouldn't understand his message.

  4. Anonymous5:34 PM

    I wish somebody would ask him (I know, I know, that would involve reporting instead of pontificating....) how freight trains coming from Mexico to the border crossings would be stopped and searched to his satisfaction. And cargo planes. And freighters crossing the Gulf of Mexico.

    1. You're being too logical. Now cut that out! There's no room for logic. I'd suggest a 6 foot deep rat wall to ward off the tunnels, but ... well, you know, silliness & logic are not compatible. Hahaha!

  5. Anonymous5:36 PM

    I lived in a town on the border for many years. A fence is a completely retarded idea.

  6. Anonymous5:53 PM

    If it wasn't so scary that this puffed up buffoon could actually be elected, I'd be saying "go right ahead," so these angry masses that attend his rallies get EXACTLY what they voted for.

    They think they have it bad now? Just they wait, and don't come whining when it happens.

  7. Anonymous6:00 PM

    I have an idea guide for drumf,tunnels.

  8. If Trump is elected, and he fails - it's Obama's fault. After they blame Obama, they'll impeach Trump. Hell, I hope Sarah's not his running mate. Ack ......

    1. Anonymous1:46 AM

      Well Obama is still blaming everything on Bush, so fair is fair.

    2. Anonymous3:54 AM

      Anon at 1:46 am. The mess that President Obama inherited on January 20, 2009, was entirely the fault of George W. Bush. President Obama has worked tirelessly since then to extricate the country (and the world) from it.

  9. Anonymous6:21 PM

    As one columnist said, he's just not very smart. If he had invested his inheritance, he would have greater actual liquid cash. He has abused his inheritance.

  10. Anonymous6:23 PM

    He won't build the wall until he finishes building the dc hotel. Cheap labor.

  11. Anonymous6:34 PM

    Trump Campaign Manager Faces New Allegations Of Pushing, Sexually Suggestive Comments

  12. Anonymous6:37 PM

    O/T I wish Bill Clinton would STFU!

    1. Anonymous9:05 PM

      He helped her lose the nomination in 2008 so yes, if I was her I'd muzzle him and lock him in a closet during the campaign season, or send him on a long vacation with one of his mistresses.

    2. Anonymous9:29 PM

      He has been misquoted & it's a right wing smear. He was talking about the GOP for the last 8 years, not President Obama. Check out Crooks and Liars blog about it.

    3. Anonymous9:37 PM

  13. Many undocumented folks in the US did not sneak over the border - they overstayed their visa. How will the wall prevent that?
    But, hey - ban pre- shredded cheese. Make America grate again!

    1. Anonymous8:12 PM

      They overstayed their visa.
      Exactly, I worked for a company in metro Detroit that hired 99% H1B1 workers. The trick they used was to send them to Windsor Canada, where they had an apt, so they didn't have to send them back to India when they weren't working.

      We also had people apply that had been in the US for a couple of years without visas or working.

      Instead of spending all this money building a wall, they need to spend the money for Department of Homeland Security (formally the INS) to keep track of those who get visas and whether they leave when they are suppose to. The don't have the manpower at this point.

  14. Anonymous6:40 PM

    Go to red and read about john Barron, Trump's other personality that he adopted to handle the stress of his screw ups in the 80s. This is very scary.

  15. Anonymous6:41 PM

    There Are Hours Of Audio Of Donald Trump’s Nationally Syndicated Radio Show In The 2000s

  16. Anonymous6:49 PM

    Did anyone include the cost of doors or gates and border patrol agents to staff them? I assume there will be SOME access points in this ridiculous structure.

    And is he planning to gild it like his penthouse in NY? I don't think they added the cost of gold leaf into the estimate.

  17. Anonymous7:02 PM

    Hillary Clinton crushed the entire premise behind Donald Trump's campaign during an interview on CNN's Final Five special.

    1. Anonymous8:23 PM

      Ask the people of Flint MI, what happens when the governor is a businessman.

    2. Anonymous1:45 AM

      lol. politicusa, cause they don't over-reach or anything.

  18. Anonymous7:10 PM

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  19. Anonymous7:11 PM

    At this point, I kind of wish The Donald WOULD be elected. Inagine the effect upon these morons when they get what they think they want???

    Who would they have to blame it all then?

  20. Anonymous7:12 PM

    Thanks for sharing Gryphen. I needed something to laugh at while I wait for my bones to heal.

  21. Anonymous7:15 PM

    See 're the Wash Po's interview with Trump today. His answers are absolutely bazaar. He is not well mentally. I had no idea.

    1. Anonymous7:39 PM

    2. Anonymous7:44 PM

    3. Anonymous8:31 PM

      Oh boy, he is still fuming about Rubio's comment about his hands!!!

      He spent most of the time in this interview discussing his hands, how people tell him he has great hands, strong hands.

      The guy is so insecure!! I cannot wait til the Trump/Clinton debate, unless of course the GOP gets rid of him first.

  22. Anonymous7:30 PM


    It's the largest winery on the East Coast," Trump bragged. "I own it 100 percent. No mortgage. No debt. You can all check. You have to go check the records, folks. In fact, the press, I'm asking you, please check."

    Well, Politico did check. He owns it zero percent. The winery's own website states that it has absolutely no affiliation with Donald Trump.

  23. Anonymous7:31 PM

    Donald Trump doesn't lie!

    Trump also said the U.S. doesn't export anything to Japan (we exported $62 billion worth of goods last year)

  24. Anonymous7:34 PM

    Xcerpts of bat shit crazy interview of trump by so editorial board. Gawker

  25. Anonymous7:44 PM

    WP considers trump a radical risk. See hufF post. He may be going down hill now. It's over now.

  26. Anonymous7:46 PM

    First Lady Wannabe Melania Trump how do you feel about your husband’s crush on his daughter Ivanka's body?

    Donald Trump Won’t Stop Joking About Banging His Daughter

    Trump makes an über-creepy sex joke about his daughter Ivanka Trump.

    At 69, he can still carry on like the teen who was yanked out of prep school and delivered to Col. Dobias, the take-no-shit instructor at the military academy. After I met Ivanka and praised her to her father, he said, “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father . . . ”

    ... Trump was asked how he would feel if Ivanka posed for Playboy. “It would be really disappointing — not really — but it would depend on what’s inside the magazine. I don’t think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

    Earlier in 2003 on The Howard Stern Show, Donald Trump was also bragging about his daughter’s hot body: “You know who’s one of the great beauties of the world, according to everybody? And I helped create her. Ivanka. My daughter, Ivanka. She’s 6 feet tall, she’s got the best body. She made a lot money as a model—a tremendous amount.”...

    1. Anonymous7:59 PM

      Donald when you changed Ivanka's diapers did you get woodies.

    2. Anonymous9:23 PM

      That was before she got her face done.

  27. Anonymous7:52 PM

    What country is Melania Trump from? Can't be Russia. If you compare Russian weightlifter Marina Lupas's naked pictures to Melania Trump's naked pictures that explains why Marina isn't married.

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    A Super-PAC that has operating under the name Make America Awesome has released a Facebook targeting his chief adversary — Republican frontrunner Donald Trump — by featuring a nude photo of his wife, Melania.

    Just one day until the state-wide caucus in Utah, the ad is one of three that the group has released onto its Facebook page

    See below for Donald Trump's wife

  28. Anonymous7:59 PM

    I don't think we have to worry about Donald. I think it's over except for his tantrums.

  29. Anonymous8:00 PM

    would sit on on private property
    Not a problem for Dummkopf Trump, eminent domain, he stole property from an old lady to build a parking lot, what is some "sand" from patriotic Americans.

    How does Dummkopf propose to build this wall where the border is in the middle of a river? Pontoons :)

    What a waste of money, ecological and wildlife disaster, what does he plan to do about preventing them from tunneling under the wall? Hire gophers to patrol?

    I swear if we could harness all the hot air that comes out of his mouth, we could heat the whole USA for at least the next decade.

  30. Anonymous8:02 PM

    Wow, Sara and trump crashing on the same day. Karma is beautiful

  31. Anonymous8:15 PM

    Today at AIPAC, Donald Trump mentioned Ivanka is having a baby. You guys keep your minds out of the gutter. No it's not Donald's. Right Donald?

  32. Anonymous8:40 PM

    The Republican race serves as a useful distraction from how bad things are for Clinton

    Donald Trump will (almost certainly) never be elected president. Here’s why.

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has said several times he would “loosen up” libel laws. Listen to his response when The Washington Post editorial board asked him how, exactly, he would change them, which includes discussion of violence against protesters.

    1. Anonymous8:53 PM

      From the article above:

      'Democratic candidate (likely Hillary Clinton) will win the same share of the nonwhite and college educated white vote that Obama did, which, if anything, is generous to Trump. Given the overall margins that Obama won these states by — which are in some cases quite large — Trump would have to improve enormously on Romney’s performance among blue collar whites:

      — In Michigan, where Romney beat Obama by 53-45 among working class whites, Trump would have to win among them by 62-36, an improvement of 18 points.

      — In Wisconsin, where Romney beat Obama by 50-48 among working class whites, Trump would have to win among them by 56-42, an improvement of 12 points.

      — In Pennsylvania, where Romney beat Obama by 56-42 among working class whites, Trump would have to win among them by 63-36, an improvement of 13 points.

      — In Ohio, where Romney beat Obama by 57-41 among working class whites, Trump would have to win among them by 60-38, an improvement of six points. (This is lower than the others because Ohio was much closer overall; but even six points is a pretty sizable improvement.)

      Now let’s be even more generous to Trump. Let’s assume he can win college educated white voters by larger margins than Romney did (which seems unlikely, though not impossible), and calculate how much he would need to improve over Romney’s performance among white voters overall, meaning among both working class and college educated whites taken as one group. (This again assumes the Dem wins among nonwhites by the same margins Obama did.) If you factor in demographic shifts, here’s what you get:

      — In Michigan, where Romney beat Obama by 52-46 among white voters overall, Trump would have to win among them by 58-40, an improvement of 12 points.

      — In Wisconsin, where Romney beat Obama by 50-49 among white voters overall, Trump would have to win among them by 54-45, an improvement over Romney of eight points.

      — In Pennsylvania, where Romney beat Obama 54-44 among white voters overall, Trump would have to win among them by 58-40, an improvement of eight points.

      — In Ohio, where Romney beat Obama by 56-42 among white voters overall, Trump would have to win among them by 58-40, an improvement of four points. (This seems doable, but again, this presumes Trump makes inroads among college educated whites and that the nonwhite spread remains the same.)'

    2. Anonymous9:32 PM

      Great article. Thanks.

  33. Anonymous9:31 PM

    Wow. This is a Republican in 1964, fretting over the prospect of Goldwater becoming President.(Johnson vs Goldwater)

    Imagine what he would think about the current crop of Republican candidates, especially Drumpf and Cruz.

    Why Barry Goldwater’s family is against Donald Trump

    1. Anonymous9:51 PM

      When Jackie Robinson Confronted a Trump-Like Candidate

      “The danger of the Republican party being taken over by the lily-white-ist conservatives is more serious than many people realize,” Jackie Robinson cautioned in his syndicated column in August 1963. He was worried about the rise of Barry Goldwater, whose 1964 presidential bid laid the foundation for the modern conservative movement. Today, Goldwater’s shadow looms over Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination.

      “During my life, I have had a few nightmares which happened to me while I was wide awake,” Robinson wrote in 1967. “One of them was the National Republican Convention in San Francisco, which produced the greatest disaster the Republican Party has ever known—Nominee Barry Goldwater.” Robinson, a loyal Republican who campaigned for Richard Nixon in 1960, was shocked and saddened by the racism and lack of civility he witnessed at the 1964 convention. As the historian Leah Wright Rigueur describes in The Loneliness of the Black Republican, black delegates were verbally assaulted and threatened with violence by Goldwater supporters. William Young, a Pennsylvania delegate, had his suit set on fire and was told to “keep in your own place” by his assailant. “They call you ‘nigger,’ push you and step on your feet,” New Jersey delegate George Fleming told the Associated Press. “I had to leave to keep my self-respect.”

      The 1964 campaign was pivotal for Republicans because, despite Goldwater’s loss, the GOP came away with a dedicated network of people willing to work between election cycles to build the party. The GOP has won more presidential elections than it has lost since Goldwater. Donald Trump’s campaign plays on fears and resentments similar to those that fueled Goldwater’s presidential bid five decades ago. It is not yet clear, however, how this strategy will play out with an electorate that will be the most racially and ethnically diverse in U.S. history (over 30 percent of eligible voters will be racial or ethnic minorities).

  34. Anonymous10:22 PM

    A fight over core conservative principles is currently at the center of the Republican party. What are the prevailing ideals, and which candidate embodies them the most? In this segment from PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff examines the rift within the party and interviews experts on their opinions.

  35. Anonymous10:24 PM

    'Final five' presidential candidates talk policy and trade barbs at town hall event

  36. Anita Winecooler3:58 PM

    Great clip, haven't laughed so hard since Bristol announced her impending disappointment! The man is right, get a DeWalt ladder, best ladder on the market.
    I wish he could work in Sarah's suggestion from her reality show. Have Todd build the fence, saves time, money and it blows down the first time someone coughs. That is, when humpty dumpty gets glued back together.


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