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Donald Trump tells La Crosse Tribune: 'Temperament is one of my greatest assets'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with the La Crosse Tribune on Tuesday at The Charmant Hotel. The businessman was in La Crosse for a fundraiser.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday America needs a president with a “strong temperament” and firm tone, and, despite widespread criticism, he is the candidate who has it.

“I think temperament is one of my greatest assets. I’ve won all my life, I’ve been winning,” Trump said during an interview with the La Crosse Tribune. “I always thought that temperament — I mean I have always felt — and been told — that my single greatest strength is temperament.”

Trump critics — including some prominent Republicans — have said he doesn’t have the temperament to be president. Only 17 percent of respondents to an NBC News poll released Tuesday thought he had the “personality and temperament to serve.” Among those who identified as Republicans, 19 percent thought he was fit to serve.

The real estate mogul — who in recent weeks lashed out at the parents of a Muslim soldier who died in Iraq and engaged in public feuds with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other members of his party — suggested his Democratic rival lacks a steady hand.

“I actually think that Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a good temperament. I thinks she’s very unstable in certain ways,” he said. “I don’t think she has what it takes to make our country into and turn our country into a winner again.”

Trump was in La Crosse Tuesday for a $2,700 per-plate fundraiser at the Riverside Center. Earlier in the day he met with former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Logistics Health founder Don Weber at Weber’s Charmant Hotel.

Mary Jo Werner, a partner with the consulting, tax and accounting firm WIPFLI, said about 100 people attended the lunch, where Trump spoke for about 15 minutes about the economy, immigration and law and order.

Werner, who said she supported Trump before the event, went “to hear what he had to say with my own ears, unedited.”

“It was not loud and outspoken,” she said. “It was very businesslike.”

Tuesday marked Trump’s first visit to La Crosse since April 4, when he rallied supporters ahead of the GOP primary. Sen. Ted Cruz won the state, though Trump carried the western part.

A Marquette Law School poll released last week showed Trump trailing Clinton by 15 points among likely voters. He fares worse with female voters.

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Trump is confident he can win over those women in the 83 days before the November election.

“All I can do is talk about safety, talk about security, talk about women’s issues, which I’m very happy to do,” he said. “But I think we’re going to do very well. I think in the end we’re going to come out very nicely.”

Tax plan to have ‘immediate’ impact

Trump said his tax plan, which the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has estimated would reduce federal revenues by $9.5 trillion over the first decade — would not require cuts to balance the budget because it would spur immediate economic growth.

“I think it will be very close to immediate,” he said. “Right now companies are leaving because the taxes are so high. We’re the highest industrialized nation in the world in taxes. And I think it’s going to have an immediate effect.”

But he promised to trim the $3.8 trillion budget anyway.

“I’m not talking about the cuts. Of course I’m going to make cuts,” he said. “In many different ways, the country is very fat with waste. It’s waste, fraud and abuse.”

Trump suggested the Department of Education, which this year has a $70.7 billion discretionary budget, and the Environmental Protection Agency which runs on about $8.6 billion. For comparison, the nation spends about $615 billion on defense and $590 billion on Medicare.

“If you look at the Department of Education, if you look at the department of environmental protection, these are massive bureaucracies that have tremendous room for cutting. Tremendous.”

Better times?

Trump, whose campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again!” said he views the 1980s as the time when things were good for the nation, though he also hearkened back to the late 1700s and early 1800s.

“The industrial revolution was certainly — in terms of economically — that was when we started to grow,” Trump said. “I liked the Ronald Reagan years. I thought the country had a wonderful, strong image.”

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TotemPole

dump trump

Mullettruck

People like dopey keep me coming back to this website. This site used to be fine trolling grounds a few years ago but it sorta died off in the last year. The thing about dopey though is he he's a one trick troll who's only response is to call someone a liberal and complain about obama. The weird part is he thinks someone like Trump actually would give 2 craps about some place like La Crosse. To complain about Hillary is to complain about Trump. Trump is the only candidate Hillary could run against and win. It was all set up by Bill Clinton and the elites. Trump and the Clintons are old friends. Trumps just a tool, and he's not even one of true rich elite. All you have to do is look his background and business dealings. He's barely survived and he'd have done way better if he just invested his dad's money in a stock market index fund. Trump's a pawn and a false candidate designed to self destruct the republican party and rattle out all the old guard. His rallies are designed to attract attract just the sort of people the New World Order wants to track and herd in to Fema camps the day after the election when they all riot claiming the election was rigged. Trump is an expert at media manipulation and mind control tactics. Every time he tries to make a point take note how he repeats it 3 times and ends it with "people say" "everyone knows". These are all common ways to manipulate others while speaking. It puts the followers like dopey on edge because they are thinking about how they don't want to be the odd one in the herd not thinking the group thought. Notice also how his speaking cadence alters towards the end of this statements to reinforce the point. Trump is here to weed out all the resistance against the New World Order that George Bush promised us years ago.

tower

Only in your dreams Dudley. In your case it is called projection. A serious mental problem. But as you wish. Crank likes to deflect from his great historical declaration on white slavery in the 1860's. He cited a wonderful source out of PA. He ended up looking like a fool. Or the time he told us about a homophobic Rev in IL and channeled what he really said. Kind of like he does with Trump. A real Karnac the Manificant. As far as using lotion, at least I have something to use it on.

crank

Yes, we heard about your Hillary doll too. Use your lotion on Madame Secretary but I don't feel comfortable hearing about it, tower. Just keep it to yourself, eh?

tower

Now we can add the lie about Hillary raising money in foreign countries.

hrpufnstuf

That's because of The Great Recession started by the Republicans. It's hard to bring job numbers back like those of the Clinton era.

dopey

Walker has Wisconsin's job numbers better than the Newt Gingrich "Contract with America" years. Www.bls.gov/wisconsin

Redwall

We know well what the Democrats have to offer from corrupt Hillary to bought-and-paid-for Shilling, to follow-the-leader Kind. Just look at Milwaukee and Chicago, where the inhabitants are frustrated to be unwitting pawns of a selfish democrat machine whose main products are welfare and used heroin needles.

dopey

They might take heroin and shoot cops, but the will consistently vote democrat well after they're dead.

Mullettruck

Umm Scott Walker, Milwaukee... Better check your history.

Condor Kid

Chip Manure is full of his own stuff.

hrpufnstuf

Republicans are the biggest drag on the economy. Look how fiscally irresponsible Scott Walker has been. Can't even balance a budget. This was something he and all the Repig's were going to fix. We're in just as much debt as we were before that lying clown took office.

ou812

hrpuwhatever lazy unemployed crackhead worthless DUMBOCRAts drag down the economy more than anything. there are fewer workors now than when the totally worthless SLOBAMMA TOOK OVER WHAT A FRICKING JOKE!!!

tower

Are we getting as unhinged as dope and crank?

oldhomey

ou, ou, ou. ANOTHER eloquent, modulated, well-reasoned voice from the ultra right-wing.

tower

Another great economic wonderland of conservative thought is Kansas.

dopey

Kansas is a AA credit, Illinois is on the brink of junk, Chicago and Detroit and Philly are junk.

dopey

A balance budget is required in Wisconsin. Wisconsin's credit rating has improved under Walker, and $652 million in new bonding in this budget (Doyle's last budget included 2.7 billion for comparision). 100% factually accurate as always.

Condor Kid

Face it! Trump is a spoiled brat, American pig that never grew up!

dopey

Mr Nonsense, you just got to admit that democrats are a financial drag on the rest of us. You simply cannot support yourselves.

At $14,000 per year in k-12 education expenses, the taxpayers will have on average well over $150,000 invested in each and every student that goes to public school, yet we still see what our democrat controlled inner cities look like.

Liberal policies have failed, time to quit throwing money down the liberal rat holes.

tower

We obvious failed with you.

dopey

Full of facts aa usual.

Mullettruck

Wisconsin is around $10k. you got your numbers wrong.

dopey

Actually $11k, but you are correct. LaCrosse is almost $14k.

tower

crank, I see I touched a nerve yesterday. Oh to be so sensitive. No wonder you went away after old homey and myself pulled your shorts up for you.

crank

I will at acknowledge oldhomey seems quite intelligent though we disagree about most things. Tower, to classify yourself in the same league intellectually as oldhomey is but another of your delusions. ...along with the notion that I spend my time away from La Crosse trolling the comments section of the Tribune web site.

You seem to have almost as big a man-crush on oldhomey as you do on me. It's satisfying to know I have gotten in your head this way but it's a bit creepy to have you obsessing about me even when I'm not around.

Dream big, I suppose but I'm pretty sure oldhomey would appreciate it as much as me if kept your fantasies about my pulling shorts down or up between you and your bottle of hand lotion...mmmm-kay?

tower

No dope, Denmark, Germany, Holland, all of Scandinavia, France, Austria, Holland, Belgium. Try getting the head out and quit lying so much.

hrpufnstuf

Its amazing how you know so much about Hillary's personal health. I guess she has a lot of open records at your disposal. Please send me a copy of her records that show this info. You won't.

tower

Gee dope, thought everything you say is factual. Yet you lie about high tax rates ending wealth and economies. Apparently you haven't study Europe.

dopey

Gee tower of nonsense, I guess you're no econ major either. Which European Country are you referring to? Greece? Portugal? How about Italy? Their respective credit ratings....Caa3, Ba1, Baa2.

Yeah Tower (can I call you Mr Nonsense instead?) Let's keep following the Obama European fiscal model....what could possibly go wrong? Maybe China will bail us out?

crank

Dude: Don't even get into it with economics with tower. Numbers are not his strong suit. He insists he knows what he's talking about and when you try to point out he's wrong...? Well, you've seen it.

Here he is in action. Read the comments from this article earlier this year and you'll see Mr. Nonsense and his math/econ skills in action...classic. [lol] [rolleyes]

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/state-and-regional/powerball-jackpot-increases-again-to-b-on-strong-sales/article_739093db-3e0c-5cec-addc-47758fbcd110.html?mode=comments

tower

No wonder you dropped off the site after you got bit** slapped yesterday. You really had to waste your time going back how far? You really want to go through your stupid comments of the past? We can if you want. Or you can go back to the present subject, of which you obviously have trouble with.

dopey

Wow.... he is an econ/finance major after all, probably a PHD. Let's just fire up the printing presses and give every man woman and child (including "undocumented" immigrants) $10 million each. They could then afford to pay for their healthcare and education for eternity, heck, the whole country could just retire and enjoy their lives.. Problem solved. I just love liberal econ...

oldhomey

Dopey chooses to model his ideals on the worst examples, and he assumes here that Greece, Portugal and Italy are the ideal examples of liberal European social democracies. That's why he has chosen Trump as his ideal candidate. He has batted zero for four on these choices. If you want to look for ideal social democracies, look to Germany and Scandinavia and France. I would have included Britain, but Brexit calls Britain into question. So you will willingly follow Trump and his tax policy that will put us $12 trillion more in dutch rather than turn the ship around, as Obama has slowly managed to do even as the GOP has refused to work in any way, shape or form with him. You want to know what could go wrong, dopey? Put Trump into office.

dopey

Seriously Mr Nonsense, do you even research before you post? Have you looked at the historical growth and unemployment rates of your European idols?

Europe is in a death spiral.

GrandpaS

From Dopey: "Grandpasenile.... There are exceptions to every rule, but check the prison system and the welfare rolls. They are overwelmingly liberals." First, for the record, I am not senile. Second, ask 10 college professors which way they lean. I bet 8 of them lean toward liberal. And being in prison doesn't make you a liberal. Being on welfare doesn't make you a liberal. Willingness to change and improve things makes you a liberal. Keeping things the way they are and not tolerating any change, like cars instead of horse drawn buggies or an African American getting elected president, or taking care of only the people who are rich enough that they don't need it. make you a conservative.

hrpufnstuf

Argueing with Dopey is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good you are it craps all over the board and then struts around like it won.

Buggs Raplin

Hillary has serious health problems, possibly Parkinson's disease or something neurological from the brain clot she suffered from a fall in 2012. Paul Joseph Watson has a 5 minute video on this easily accessible through a google. As to temperament, a recent book by a former secret service agent details her rages, and how she in all likelihood gave Bill a black eye. She is one sick puppy, both physically and mentally.

Frangel45

What a hateful non-factual piece of garbage. Shame on you.

Buggs Raplin

Typical liberal comment using 'hate' for an argument. You obviously are unaware of Hillary's severe health problems. Even her 'close' and I mean very 'close' aide Huma Abedin has described Hillary as 'often confused.' She's got neurological problems-small seizures, as seen in the viral bobbing head video of Paul Joseph Watson. Hey, when liberals lose an argument, they just scream racism or sexism or 'hate' to deflect from the truth.

tower

Aaaah, the Squadron Leader of the Wingnut Flying Monkey Squandron.

oldhomey

Buggs, to say that you are aware of Hillary Clinton's serious health problems is equivalent to your saying that the human race began with the landing of space aliens, Anunnakis, in Mesopotamia 6,000 years ago. It is all SO convincing. That's why we also subscribe to your "evidence-based" assertions that the CIA staged the 9-11 terrorist attack, George HW Bush was a co-conspirator in JFK's assassination, the two Russian brothers were framed in the Boston Marathon bombing, the Centers for Disease Control is willfully spreading autism on behalf of Big Pharma and Porky Pig is canoodling with Daisy Duck behind Petunia's back. Right.

oldhomey

I wrote my Porky Pig response to Buggs even before I read his "close, really close" post at 2:22pm. That post shows what a true low-life Buggs has become. Instead of describe Huma Abedin as "'close' and I mean very 'close' aide", why don't you have the courage of your obvious convictions here, Buggs, and simply lay it out, telling us you are sure that these two women are in a romantic liaison? Are you afraid of being sued? Perhaps you should be. Are you willing to show real evidence that brought you to that conclusion, or are you simply conceding that it is based only something you read on one of your less than credible alternative media conspiracy websites? Why not be a man and own up to some of the garbage that you try to retail on these posts? Are you a coward? It would seem so.

Opus

Mule fritters! This nonsense was started by an ultra conservative website.

Buggs Raplin

Hillary has severe health problems, and she's emotionally unstable as well. Go vote for her then, and watch out for WWIII due to her mental health problems.

spirit3

Buggs, so when are you also going to publish your book? I need something to read that will make me laugh before my medication wears off. :-)

Buggs Raplin

So..you're on medication. I'm not on medication, but perhaps that explains your comment, which makes no sense in terms of the discussion at hand.

oldhomey

It is quite obvious, Buggs, that you are somebody who actually needs to be on psychotropic drugs. Get some help. You'll feel better.

tower

NBR is also full of krap, as usual. Quit lying, you don't get Parkinson's from a blow to the head. At least try to act somewhat smart.

John222

I know the good people of Wisconsin didn't buy into this pseudo campaign, but those hee-haw morons down south actually think this campaign is real. Wow they're dumb. But I guess with the pseudo base the republicans have been relying on for years what do you expect.

Condor Kid

Future Trump's will probably want to change their name vack to Drumpf.

Tim Russell

Mark this down - Donald Jr. will be a candidate for President in 2024.

truthbknown

I'm out of room on my "mark it down calendar". To many people think they know more than they actually do. I have an ex-friend that emphatically proclaimed the Sarah Palin would be the first Women President. Duh, to both of them. The ground is littered with Republican STARS that have fallen from the sky. Seems anyone that can walk and chew gum at the same time is a star. Bars set a little low over on that side of the universe

John222

Bill Clinton and Trump have pulled off a fascinating plot to keep a safe margin ahead of the republican party. Good show guys. These people are actually buying this? Wait till Trump's book comes out when this is done. Man will they feel dumb.

JimB

The fact THAT Trump thinks hi temperament is an asset shows just how delusional (and dangerous) he is. Despite repeated warnings from party heads to tone down his comments, he continues to insert his foot in his mouth at every opportunity. I can say with some certainty that Hitler felt the same way as he does about his temperament, and that if he is ever put in a position of authority, that Trump will lead us down the same path as Hitler lead Germany.

tower

lookout, he was being sarcastic.

lookout

Trumps Temperament joke is the worst one I've ever heard

SellingCrackToYoKids

Lets get Gary Johnson into the debates so he can expose how crazy both of them are. Blood thirsty war mongers, both of them, Hillary wants to finish destroying Syria--- and it worth noting here this is a change of policy from Obama, who has turned his focus from Assad to ISIS, even so much as removing Iran and Hezbollah from the terrorist list for their efforts in fighting ISIS-- and Trump wants to do a regime change in Iran. Both Syria and Iran are countries General Wesley Clarke identified as being regime change targets under the Cheney/Rumsfeld foreign policy coup. And what do you know, Cheney and Rumsfeld both endorsed Trump! Hillary has a great neocon following too, they are both terrible people.

It is not acceptable for this foreign policy philosophy to continue. It is worse than the 'realist' foreign policy and the realist foreign policy completely lacks regard for human life, priding themselves on not using nuclear weapons in order to excuse massive civilian death caused by other means to complete their objectives. And with the incompetence of our leaders their objectives and means are often--- way way way to often--- misguided and wrong. Toppling Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria, (and next, Iran), was the chosen path to fight terrorism (which was an issue because of our stationing of troops in Saudi Arabia 'just in case Iraq acted up' and other previous transgressions), but has resulted in a dramatic increase in terrorism!

Calling Gary Johnson a libertarian is a bit of an affront on libertarianism. He is a socially liberal fiscal conservative. He is a perfect candidate for people who 'like government' and want it to be more efficient and less militaristic. He is a genuine and reasonable individual.

dopey

Old deadbeat....point out one post that is not factually accurate?

rlfreedom

love your trump


love your pro america talk


no to establishment crony capitlism

Machiavelli

[tongue_smile][tongue_smile][tongue_smile]Re: "Donald Trump tells La Crosse Tribune: 'Temperament is one of my greatest assets'"

Hmmm... let's look for an example of Trump's true temperament. Easy peasy. Vera Coking for President!

Donald Trump, NJ agency partnered to take elderly widow’s home for limo parking

Redwall

Trump's televised speech from Milwaukee tonight was superb. Inner city people need jobs. They don't need four more years of cheap pandering (Hillary's specialty).

GrandpaS

Of course they need jobs. But did Trump say how he's going to accomplish that? He usually doesn't. HOW is he going to destroy ISIS "very, very quickly?"
How is he going to get immigrants to give the "proper answers" to his questions if they know what the questions are and can have their rehearsed answers ready? HOW, Donald, HOW? By wishing? By commanding? "Cuz I said so?" And his great temperment, like throwing that mother and her crying baby out of one of his rallies and calling Carley Fiorina too ugly to get elected, will make a lot of friends for the US when he starts doing that on an international basis.

dopey

Tell me about all the jobs democrats have created in cities like Detroit and other minority communities?? That's right, they haven't. Why continue with policies we know don't work?

GrandpaS

Tax cuts to the mega-rich in 2001 and 2003 happened, and then a few years later, the Great Recession started. So tax cuts don't work. American businesses just kept the extra money and have been moving their jobs to lower paying countries for at least a generation now. That's probably the biggest part of our economic problems. Since 2008, the unemployment rate nationwide has dropped from approximately 10 % to 4.9%, and the Dow Jones average has gone from 6,000 to 18,000. Unfortunately, many of those jobs are low paying, courtesy of companies like Wal-Mart who pay $8 an hour and only give them part time hours so that people like you can complain about people who don't have enough money to pay their own bills. Are there some chronically "work-challenged" people (as in, lazy?) Yes. But what if when I called a large company for customer service, I got an American employee instead of one from Mexico or India or Taiwan or China or.......?? What if instead of cutting support to our school systems, we built them into the best they could be and taught kids that there's a better world to pursue than the one they're stuck in? And again, back to my original question: How is Trump going to make all those promises come true? How? You didn't even touch that subject. Complaining about lazy liberals and "Obummer" policies doesn't work all by itself. Somebody also has to say, "We could do this and that to accomplish our goals." Where is that from Donald Trump? Instead, we get, "Well, I'm the only one who could do that." Oh. Well, that answers everything then, I guess.

dopey

Grandpasenile...tax cuts for the rich caused the economy to slow down? I am guessing you are not an econ major. If your hypothesis was true, Venezuela would be booming. Most liberals are deadbeats that pay no net taxes, so any real tax cut by definition is going to tax payers, (not sure what a socialist like you considers rich).

Liberal tax and spend poliicies have failed our inner cities miserably. The losers in life want to punish success with punitive tax rates knowing full well that nowhere in the history of the world has taxing producers at punitive rates helped the overall economy.

The democrat party is a coalition of the lazies, crazies and criminals. As a group, the give little and ask a lot from the rest of us.

oldhomey

Well said, Grandpa.

Condor Kid

Bion's Mobile and the Mileage store on Cass are good places to buy gasoline!

lutefisk

it really is a mullet of sorts

Cassandra

The Tribune should have asked him the direct question: Is sarcasm a valuable trait in a head of state?

Redwall

Yes, it is a valuable skill as anyone trained in persuasive speech would acknowledge (leaves you out).

It is also much more valuable than being a pathological liar, as in Hillary Clinton and her hubby the sex offender.

hrpufnstuf

I was right Dopey. EXACT OPPOSITE!

dopey

About? You think millions of refugees is a sign of success? Ummmm ok.

dopey

Just curious, how many press conferences has Hillary had in the last year? I keep forgetting.

Cassandra

She's still winning the votes! Voters listen to Trump and are turned off by his "ideas" and his rudeness.

dopey

Cuz she promises free stuff to deadbeats. Hugo Chavez was elected as well.

oldhomey

"My posts, as always are 100% factual," sez dopey. Of course.

truthbknown

She's kept her foot out of her mouth, if you were looking for a silver lining

lookout

My dog has better temperament that Trump has and my 5 year old next door neighbor can keep secrets better than Trump so I can't wait to hear what comes out of Trumps mouth after he gets his national security briefing.

crank

You and the 5 year-old next door keeping secrets...? Perhaps you shouldn't say anything more. [huh]

Tim Russell

It has been reported that Trump's campaign manager received some $12 million from Putin's lackey in Ukraine. So let’s turn this around. Imagine if Clinton was a fan of Putin and her campaign chairman had strong ties to Putin's ally. Trump would say "look folks, you can't make this up. She is working for the Russians. In fact Putin is running her campaign and will control the US if you elect her. That's NOT putting America first! Believe me!"

Cassandra

Trump is the Manchurian Candidate.

oldhomey

I prefer to think of him as the Siberian candidate. But we're both of the same mind.

dopey

Old deadbeat...Obama, "sober", "reasoned"? I guess those are not millions of refugees fleeing his "jv squad", they must be tourists! Lol

Nothing says successful foreign policy like a stream of refugees and thousands of headless corpses five years into your presidency.

Fyi, did you know the Iranians not only didnt sign the agreement, but they get to do their own INSPECTIONS!! Thats hilarious, I feel much safer.

Maybe Hillary can do for the USA what Obama did for the Mid East and Chicago?

oldhomey

dopey really has the drop on me here. Was it him who said facts are facts? Except when they aren't I guess. dopey. Along with climatehoax, two of the most perfectly assigned screen names on these posts.

dopey

I guess you can't dispute them.

oldhomey

Hmm. The Middle East was a nasty place but relatively stable until a certain president ordered an American invasion of Iraq in 2003 based on false premises. The ensuing war, the longest in this nation's history, left wreckage and disorder from one end of the Middle East to the other, a mess that Obama inherited coming into office. It's been a tragic and difficult situation that has defied the efforts of all good offices around the world to sort out. But Obama has been strong and he has not been shy about using force when and where he can without committing us to an all-out, open-ended war that would have no defined goals. It is a new kind of war, but it is beating back ISIS and al Qaeda significantly at this time. Now and in the future it is an effort that is going to require smart and aggressive tactics that are being developed on the fly. What we definitely do not need is a dopey, inexperienced, hot-tempered, clueless, narcissistic president who cannot contain his emotions or his mouth, sure to cut us off from any meaningful partnerships in this horrible, looming fight and struggle. Your assessment of the Iran nuclear agreement fits your screen name perfectly. Dopey.

dopey

Nobody had even heard of ISIS and there were not millions of refugees untill well into Obama's presidency....

The last image of Iraq under Bush was of purple fingers signifying people had voted.

oldhomey

Yes, dopey, Bush invaded Iraq without knowing or understanding the people, the culture, the history or the political realities there. It was relatively easy and quick to remove Saddam and his cronies from power. But Bush never had a plan of what to do next. In fact, he didn't have clue as to what to do next. He and his minions cobbled together a showy election. Ah, democracy. A new Iraq was born in the vision provide by W. and his oblivious team. The new Iraq, faced with its old culture, history and political realities, splintered apart with reverberations throughout the Middle East. Do you think if we put perhaps two million boots on the ground there that we could have held the place together? No, we would have been shipping back body bags in the hundred thousand range or more, purple fingers or not. And the refugees would have been crossing borders and seas in search of a safe haven for their women and children regardless. That's what I think, but then I am not dopey, like you are.

tower

crank, you are the one that brought this up. So prove what you assert, or in your own words, shut up and just vote.

crank

Yawn... [yawn]

hrpufnstuf

What ever Dopey says is the complete opposite of the truth. Complete!

dopey

My posts, as always are 100% factual.

oldhomey

Yep. Facts are facts, dopey says, and when he cites something as a fact, it's a fact, except when it isn't. It's a little bit like catch 22.

dopey

But they always are.

johnnybragatti

Stealin" from Kwiks Trip is like taking from Drumpf ....
not a bad idea ...do it!!!

dopey

We know you liberals arent going to work for it. It's either handed to you or you steal it.

jakep

Well I'd appreciate the opportunity to get together for lunch and you can tell me how I am not working for it.... What do you do by the way?

dopey

I work for a living (amazing enough with a union)

dopey

(*without a union)

oldhomey

"My posts, as always are 100% factual," dopey boasts. Sure.

GrandpaS

How can you make such a dumb statement, dopey? Do you not know any liberals anywhere who have jobs? Liberal and Lazy are NOT the same word. What a foolish, incorrect thing to say. You say stuff like that and your credibility goes down the tubes. It really does. You come across as an unthinking, brain-washed parrot.

dopey

Grandpasenile.... There are exceptions to every rule, but check the prison system and the welfare rolls. They are overwelmingly liberals. Outside prison, welfare, public unions and parent's basements, you find very very few liberals. That is a fact.

Which party does the 47% that pay no income tax vote for? If you guess right, I will buy you a KT donut.

chucker

Hitler jr. !!! what a BUlly he is !!

jakep

This man is an absolute menace. Of all of the ridiculous comments that come out of his own mouth, these are the three items concern me the most about this particular candidate and the functionality of the republican party in general...
1. The Senate of the United States Refuses to even hold a Hearing for the seating of the recommended Supreme Court Nominee, provided by the sitting President of the United States.... This is one of the fundamental duties of the Senate, per the constitution. This is typical of their obstructionist approach to EVERYTHING our current President has offered.
2. Trump, as a candidate has refused to make his financial statements available to the American Public. Though not a requirement, this is a disqualifier in personal opinion. I would be willing to bet my less than 1 BILLION dollar paycheck that this man pays less to support the government annually than I do..
3. His campaign kicks people displaying the United States Constitution out of the room..... I don't particularly consider myself a Dem, but anyone wanting to flash a US constitution and is booted for it has some larger questions to answer....
This man, by his own words, has proven himself to be a liar, a bigot and incompetent in all basic matters of public administration. Though I don't vote Dem often.... I'm with her. (29 year old male, College Educated, Employed and in Onalaska)

dopey

Hillary is a liar. How do you think her and Billy got so much cash? It wasn't from working and it wasn't from owning a business....

Tim Russell

They wrote a number of books. But seeing as how you don't read any books, I can see how you missed that.

dopey

They mad 200 million after taxes writing books? Must have been pretty amazing books, lol.

Mullettruck

People like dopey keep me coming back to this website. This site used to be fine trolling grounds a few years ago but it sorta died off in the last year. The thing about dopey though is he he's a one trick troll who's only response is to call someone a liberal and complain about obama. The weird part is he thinks someone like Trump actually would give 2 craps about some place like La Crosse. To complain about Hillary is to complain about Trump. Trump is the only candidate Hillary could run against and win. It was all set up by Bill Clinton and the elites. Trump and the Clintons are old friends. Trumps just a tool, and he's not even one of true rich elite. All you have to do is look his background and business dealings. He's barely survived and he'd have done way better if he just invested his dad's money in a stock market index fund. Trump's a pawn and a false candidate designed to self destruct the republican party and rattle out all the old guard. His rallies are designed to attract attract just the sort of people the New World Order wants to track and herd in to Fema camps the day after the election when they all riot claiming the election was rigged. Trump is an expert at media manipulation and mind control tactics. Every time he tries to make a point take note how he repeats it 3 times and ends it with "people say" "everyone knows". These are all common ways to manipulate others while speaking. It puts the followers like dopey on edge because they are thinking about how they don't want to be the odd one in the herd not thinking the group thought. Notice also how his speaking cadence alters towards the end of this statements to reinforce the point. Trump is here to weed out all the resistance against the New World Order that George Bush promised us years ago.

oldhomey

You can add one other attribute to your c.v., jakep. Smart. For those who don't know what smart is, this is the simple equation: not dopey = smart. Stated in another way: smart = not dopey.

GrandpaS

Bullseye, Jakep. You nailed it. And America seems to have forgotten that you don't vote for a party. You vote for a candidate. You are NOT bound to vote for some clown your party sets out just cuz that's who your party set out. Want to "hang on to your freedoms?" Vote for whomever you want to.

7291

I think a teenager with low blood sugar has a more even temperament than him, and more sophisticated knowledge of world affairs.

dopey

We certainly do not need another leader with Obama's temperament. The entire world knows he is a fool and they are not laughing with him. Remember the red line in Syria? The joke of deal with Iran, the Bergdahl debacle and most recently the Iranian ransom payment. Is it any wonder China is building islands in the south sea and Putin took Crimea?

Trump is the only candidate who has accomplished anything. The Obama, Clinton and Kerry failed foreign policy has not only left tens of thousands of dead bodies, and rape victims (especially christians, gays and ethnic minorities), it has flooded the west with refugees and the crime wave and expense that has come with them.

I will take Trump's temperament and judgement over Hillary or Obama any day.

oldhomey

Yes, dopey, we have all noticed how world leaders are so heartened to see Trump become a major candidate for the American presidency. The evidence is in. All over the world people are in the streets laughing at us for electing a sober, reasoned president like Obama twice. They wait with great anticipation to see Trump, vainglorious, cynical and totally incapable of reining in his temper or his ignorance, become the most powerful person on Earth. It's a given. Why can't people be dopey enough to see this???

dopey

Venezuela, Greece, Iran, China and every socialist sh&thole that wants to see a weaker USA are cheering Obama's election and rooting for Hillary. Again, nothing says success like a stream of refugees and dead police officers.

oldhomey

"My posts, as always are 100% factual," boasts dopey. Right.

GrandpaS

Note that those refugees are coming TO America, not running away from it. Is there a message in that?

dopey

Grandpasenile....you think refugees streaming into the West is a sign of successful foreign policy? Wow...only in the mind of a liberal.

Obama's legacy is a stronger Russia, a stronger soon to be nuclear armed Iran, racial riots, dead cops and several European countries dealing with terrorism and crime. Yeah, let's vote Hillary so she can carry on his policies.

John222

Mack, you are 100% right! They can't see it though? Hahahaha!

Opus

And here I was wondering why Comedy Central cancelled "The Daily Show"....they were opening the time slot for Trump! The dude is hysterical!!

John222

Don Zietlow hosted the event for this disaster of a man to come to town!!! Get with it man!

Asiseeit

good job Mary jo , takes a lot of guts to admit ones a fool.

Tim Russell

She is actually on the Tribune Editorial Board.

Mack

Do Weber and Kwik Trip really not know that they are hosting a Democratic mole that has conspired to infiltrate the Republican party and this entire campaign is choreographed to make the Republican base look like a bunch of goofball whackjobs? Bill Clinton is behind the entire thing.

Mo' Money Scott Walker

Mack, I think perhaps you and I are the only ones who really get it.

John222

Do you want you're hard earned gas money going to Donald Trump? Go somewhere else to fill up until after the election! Tell your friends on facebook. Power to the People! Zietlow of Kwik Trip must pay!

dopey

Yawn...who cares. Take your EBT card someplace else.

HelloNewman

Yes John 222. Zietlow has a different political view than you. That's his right.

His company provides a lot of jobs in our community. Good paying jobs with benefits. They also donate to the community and have helped out in area natural disasters.

But hey, lets make Kwik Trip and its employees pay because the owner doesn't have the same political views as you!

You remind me of the Milwaukee Democrats that burn down their own neighborhood businesses.

Just Democrats being Democrats.......

Cassandra

You need a broader brush to paint your opponents. SMDH.

John222

Boycott Kwik Trip. And if you can't do that entirely fill up somewhere else until the election. Don Zietlow of Kwik Trip must pay now.

GoBucky

And what did Don do that was so grave to deserve that?

tower

Well Bucky, Don can spend his money any way he wants. But people who are his customers can spend theirs any way they want. Personally, I will give my money to people I agree with before giving it to people who apparently stand for everything I don't believe in.

dopey

You support people spending their own money however they want? Does that include education?

LAX

If temperament is his greatest asset, BS-ing is right up there with it! He has a natural talent for it...i.e. pathological.

oldhomey

I don't know what a "strong temperament" is but in Trump's case, it seems to fit that he is "temperamental", which means being likely to become upset or angry and unpredictable in behavior or performance.

Since he hearkens back to as far as the 18th century as being when the US was great, back then there was a "proto-psychological theory that suggest four fundamental personality types, sanguine (optimistic and social), choleric (short-tempered or irritable), melancholic (analytical and quiet), and phlegmatic (relaxed and peaceful)." Choleric is the only possible category for Mr. Trump.

Today the Keirsey Temperament Sorter is the most widely used psychological rating index of individual personality types, and only one of its "types", called "Promoters", fits Trump. "Promoters are the most adept among the types at maneuvering other people to their position. They make a point of getting to know those in positions of influence. Promoters are also resourceful, knowing where the fun and the action are. They like to indulge themselves in the finer things in life . . . they are gifted at earning others' confidence." In other words, Trump's "strong temperament" is indeed a weak, lame qualification to be president.

Hey19

So, Mr. Freud... Hop into your 18th century time machine and tell us what type of four does Hillary Clinton fall into?
And give us her KTS rating index, too, while you're at it...
Oh, and since you are suggesting others take out their dictionaries, I'm still waiting for you to show, not merely tell, me the sarcasm in your posts from yesterday. Learn me, oh wise one...Give me an example of your brilliant use of sarcasm... Point it out...

oldhomey

When somebody tongue in cheek objects to somebody who has called into question that person's intellect, it could be called sarcasm if the aggrieved person pleads: "Yes, Quinn, that is one of the more evil aspects of offering college educations to young folks. They might major in Electability, where they learn all the stuff they need to know about government stuff, fund raising stuff, shaking hands-kissing babies-knocking on doors stuff, faking good polling numbers stuff, lying about your past stuff, and ballot stuffing stuff. To major in it, you have to first take Electability 101, "registering to vote". I quote from the UW-L catalogue listing for this course: "In this course the student learns how to register multiple times under various assumed names, addresses, genders and ethnicities. Offered only in election years, to pass each student will have to prove he or she voted at least three times. To achieve the highest score, the student will have to provide proof of voting at least 24 times. Using one legal vote in that number is optional." It is dreadful that this sort of thing is a feature of our campuses, but what would you expect of such nests of Communist liberal agitating professors? It's best to stay hidden out in Whitehall, where people are sane and sensible. At least some of them are, but there is even some pink in that community. Be careful out there." On the other hand, Hey19, you have learned me that you may well be too determinedly ignorant to know what sarcasm is or use it. That would put you in Donald Trump's company.

oldhomey

Among my many failings and ineptitudes are my clumsy and barely functional computer skills. I see that side of me kicked in somehow in my answer to Hey19, where I somehow pasted in a portion of a post on another commenter into the middle of this one. I believe that this one should have read:

When somebody tongue in cheek objects to somebody who has called into question that person's intellect, it could be called sarcasm if the aggrieved person pleads:

"Learn me, oh wise one...Give me an example of your brilliant use of sarcasm... Point it out..."

I am undecided as to whether or not to give you the benefit of the doubt here that your plea was an act of sarcasm. On the other hand, Hey19, you have learned me that you may well be too determinedly ignorant to know what sarcasm is or use it. That would put you in Donald Trump's company.

Hey19

oldhomey: Perhaps I am determinedly ignorant as to what sarcasm is, or how to use it... Ha. Good one. (I had to look those big words up in my dictionary.)
So, thanks to you for your patience and for your help in attempting to learn me what that ginormous word is all about, dude...
Meanwhile, in the last few days, you've managed to put words into my mouth that I haven't said, managed to splice your answers to me with those directed to others, and pretty much leveled ad hominem attacks toward me, all the while while sidestepping my repeated attempts to have you point out YOUR sarcasm, in YOUR posts, not examples from others...
Since it is now clear that you aren't making any sense in what is now your apparent drivel,* and can't comprehend what I've written, I'll cut you some slack. For I am a compassionate conservative...
Carry on, and Forward, buddy...
* I used my thesaurus for that one!
Gee, I wonder if this post is too sarcastic for liberals to understand???

oldhomey

Hey19, your efforts at self-improvement are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

kingman10

amazing to me how this guy still cannot talk in complete coherent sentences. He talks like a drunk sitting on a bar stool spewing a bunch of bs about how great he is. Anyone who puts their trust in this type of person needs to sober up!!!!

crank

By rights, you should be equally amazed by the inability for our current President to speak extemporaneously. Obama couldn't speak without his tele-prompter. Someone else writes for him, he reads the words and when it breaks Mr. Obama turns into a stuttering mess.

True, Trump has proven he can really get himself into trouble by speaking off the cuff. Obama has equally proven it's easier to tell lies while reading statements prepared by others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RczG-uTBplc

tower

Is that why Trump looks like a graduate of the Evelyn Woodhead Sped (correct spelling) Reading Course when he tries to read off the teleprompter? Maybe he just doesn't read real well.

dopey

Obama comes across as the class clown and thats the way the world views him (as well as Biden and Kerry). "climate change is our greatest threat"... Seriously, you cannot make this up.

While the "JV squad" is killing and raping across the Mid East, these clowns are worried about putting gays in the military and women in combat. I am sure Putin shakes in his boots whenever the big O speaks.

Can anyone listen to James Taylor sing without laughing these days?

oldhomey

Good Lord! The fantasy league really has things cranked up for this string of posts. Crank and dopey are taking cracks at some of the smartest people in recent US government history while defending saps like Trump and W. The unreality machine goes on. Even George Orwell would be impressed.

dopey

Kerry and Big O sure taught Iran a thing or two.....again, nothing says success like a stream of refugees.

Fresh with billions of US cash, Iran and Russia are the new power brokers in the Mid East, a sure sign of success.

oldhomey

dopey's 8:27pm post is more proof that "My posts, as always are 100% factual" in his dopey estimation.

Frangel45

Right on - ditto. It has gotten worse as the day wears on....

tonyrobertsiv

This is not intended to be either incendiary or even political, but Trump never wanted to be President. It was a business move to strengthen his brand and improve his negotiating power with NBC (or another network) for The Apprentice. Before he knew it people were latching on to his statements and then his ego and sociopathic personality took over. To this day people around him feel he will either quit or be forced out before we get to the general election. He does not want to be the loser in this election and if he stays in it until the end, he will be, by what is appearing to be a landslide. But then again, who knows?!

crank

Yes, I've thought the same thing. I said so here... Ross Perot was another one. We're pretty far down the road, however.

"Here's the thing..." There are enough people who will never vote for Hillary because they know who she is. You may choose to turn a blind eye to her faults. Fine, shut up and vote.

I'd make the case that Hillary is no less ambitious, no less corrupt, has just a large an ego, etc. as Trump. Clearly, Trump is not the best candidate for president. I'd say neither is she. From the time she was in the White House with Bill she has shown she is in it for herself. Face it, the trib-lib Trump critics on here would never vote for ANY GOP candidate. Likewise, there are conservatives who would never vote for ANY democrat (especially Hillary).

Hell, I would have voted for Sanders over either of these two but I'll never vote for Hillary. I wrote in these comments that I'd write-in Chip Denure if Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton were the candidates left standing. I'm voting but I sure as heck won't be voting for Hillary.

Here's why... Hillary has a vast political machine dug in like a tick on a hound. The DNC, justice department, political cronies, people willing to do whatever she commands because she is plugged in to Washington DC. It is demonstrated by the cover-ups and scandals that date back to the subpoenaed Rose Law Firm records which were 'lost' in the 1990's and found to be in the Clinton residence in the White House the whole time (safe and sound). It continues today with the FBI ignoring the e-mail and security issues to State Dept. scandals. She'll be dangerous as President because she'll be untouchable as ever and has willing accomplices already in place.

Compare that to Trump... Trump is an outsider who won't likely be able to get support from either party in congress for anything he wants to do. He doesn't have the clout. If he does anything illegal, corrupt or un-Constitutional, you know there are people willing to give close scrutiny to and expose his every move. It's happening already. Witness the people screaming TREASON because he made a joke on the stump about the Russians having Hillary's missing emails. Opponents love to shout that Trump is a fascist without really knowing the meaning of the word and that he will become a dictator. Actually, Hillary Clinton is better positioned and more likely to become a dictator. Look at her decades-long history of corruption and her willing accomplices in positions of power within the press, government, Wall Street, etc. to cover for her and do her bidding. Is anyone going to do this for Trump? Not at all likely. Trump is far less a threat to this nation than Hillary Clinton.

Spout off, trib-libs. Or... Just shut up and vote.

oldhomey

Gosh, Crank, after that BRILLIANT disquisition, we are humbled and honored. You have put everything in perfect, proper, correct perspective, leaving not a shred of anything left that anybody might disagree with. Devastating. Just devastating. And even then, you have given us stupid liberals options. We can spout off or just shut up and vote. One question, however. If this evil harridan has carefully laid plans and built up networks of operatives inside the government who are so beholden to her that they have and will continue cover up her horrible crimes against the state and society, what is her end game? World domination? Imposing an LGBT dictatorship in America that will outlaw heterosexual marriages? Establishing a free state for ISIS somewhere in the southwest so that they have easier access to behead Americans at will? Setting the ATF on Buggs Raplin to take away his guns and bar him from paranoid conspiracy websites on the Internet? Perhaps it is the latter, as much of your information would seem to have come from those sites. But please do tell us. We are SO fascinated by your erudition.

crank

I see you have chosen to spout off. There is plenty of room for disagreement and no amount of rhetoric from either of us will cause either of us to shift our position. Perhaps, again, just shut up and vote.

oldhomey

Gosh, I had NO intention of offending you, crank. I thought you would be pleased that I bowed to your brilliant effort and humility. I simply had one question, and you have declined to answer it. I wonder why.

teddyj

Trump is the only way to make Walker look electable. They could have ran as the TWO BOOB party.

Enjoylife54669

Temperament is an asset, hate to see his liability. His temperament is way out there. He would be the biggest threat the United States ever faced. We would be condemned by the other world leaders with his comments on NATO.

crank

Biden was stumping for Hillary in Scranton, Pennsylvania yesterday. At one point he says Trump can't be trusted with secret nuclear codes then points directly to the guy on his security team who has them.

Biden Puts Nuclear Codes At Risk, Media Laugh It Off

Proof of Shapiro's charge can be found by reading ABC, CNN and NBC's coverage of the same event. Not a peep about Biden pointing out the guy with the nuclear codes.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/joe-biden-donald-trump-qualified-nuclear-codes/story?id=41392681

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/15/politics/joe-biden-hillary-clinton-scranton/index.html

kingman10

I looked up your sources crank, you are delusional. Biden simply points while talking all the time, many speakers do. How do you know what a person has in their briefcase. There was no video to watch. You are barking up the wrong tree.

oldhomey

Wow, Crank, the desperation of the Trump campaign really becomes clear when it sends out talking points like this for you to hand out. Pathetically stupid.

tower

Read the story on Townhall. First, a Secret Service agent doesn't hold the codes, a military officer does. Second, don't you think a guy with a brief case handcuffed to his wrist just maybe is be a dead give away as to who holds the codes? Third, do you think the VP has the codes or does the President have the codes? I don't think they have copies all over the place. I think we can toss this one into the same bin as the white slavery post and the mind reading of an IL pastor going on a homophobic rant.

crank

So you're saying Biden is a true liberal (like you) and was lying. You know how you can tell, right? Lips moving... right, you've heard that one before. [rolleyes]

Do you actually know the protocols for the nuclear codes, tower? Or... is this another of those times where you simply make things up?

Maybe they changed the rules when Biden became VP. They told him they have a guy following him with the codes but now they really keep the brief case empty because the idiot tells everyone about it. "Psssst! Hey.....see that guy over there? He has the nuclear codes in that brief case. Wanna see 'em?" [batman]

oldhomey

Crank, do you know what rhetorical questions are? How about these: "Do you actually know the protocols for the nuclear codes, tower? Or... is this another of those times where you simply make things up?" You would be well advised to answer those questions on your own behalf. You obviously don't know what you're talking about.

Condor Kid

Funny that he's not talking about the recent polls where Clinton is demolishing him. His days of winning are near the end. If Trump or anyone like him were ever to be elected president, federal troops would have to be unleashed upon our civilian population. Democracy ends there. Maybe Trump and Putin would be okay with that?

teddyj

So now we know he's orange and stupid.

Mo' Money Scott Walker

True, it does not take a genius to be president.

AirForce Retired

Seriously deranged. Far more dangerous to the USA than any terrorist, a danger to the world. His hero Putin must be so proud.

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