Donald Trump and his Willing Executioners in the Visual Media 8-26-16

Donald Trump and his Willing Executions in the Visual Media?

Richard J. Garfunkel


If one wants to know why the country allowed the rise of Donald Trump, a con man, a swindler, a sexual predator, a fraud, a serial adulterer and mendacious exploiter of half-truths. Just look at the mainstream visual media and look at how they have cravenly sought ratings, ignored the truth of this character, refused to do the research, and were unprepared with the answers to their own questions. Who were the enablers? Joe Scarborough and his feckless, moronic collection of nobodies, the self-important Chris Matthews, who is so over-the-hill it has stopped being funny, and people like Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper. Just last night Cooper confronted Trump with his nefarious background of racism with regards to his business practices on housing.

Was Cooper prepared? Of course not. He asked Trump about the charges of red-ling and racism with regards to his rentals. Trump, of course, answered with bald-faced lies, protestations of innocence, a false narrative that not only begged the issue, and acted like it was a tempest in a teapot that happened decades ago. Cooper instead of being prepared with the real facts about Trump, his violations, the citations, and the fact that the Trump companies ignored their own agreements and had to be sued again by the government, just folded like an empty suit. Trump talks of being able to reform the system. He talks about his fairness, his friendship and support of minorities. He talks of political reform. But, where is the media on his admissions of buying political votes and favors? Where is the media regarding the reality that Trump has perverted the system? Where are the questions on his politic contributions, like his $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation? Does that smack of hypocrisy and outright mendacity?

This has been going on for months. Not only have so-called news people, who are just high paid talking heads, ignored the reality of this character, they have given him a  “pass” on almost all that he has written and said. In fact, he is treated like a rational person, who is reflecting the true, inner feelings of a significant percentage of the public. But, is he really rational? Have they really explored his duplicity, which has almost reached the level of schizophrenia? What of the truth about his draft physical and the possibility of his phony 1Y status, regarding his so-called bone spurs at age 21? What of his “recent” doctor’s letter, which asserts that he would be the “healthiest man” ever to serve as president? That letter has more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese. Why were there no real questions about the doctors, their certification, when it was written, and is it really legitimate? What of his wives and the real stories of his first divorce, which is in the public record? What of his current wife’s Sapphic photos, her illegal work in America with a visitor’s VISA, her phony resume, and her plagiarism? Doesn’t all of that count? Can one imagine if this happened with Michelle Obama?  What of his phony books and his specious, ghost-written tome, “The Art of the Deal,” where he talks of his sexual exploits and his totally invented business background? Did the media spend more than five minutes with his ghost writer, Tony Schwartz, who even though he signed a non-disclosure, and was willing to tell the public about the “real” Donald Trump? What of his phony claims of charity? Where are the records? Who was promised “what,” and was “what” ever really delivered? Why has it been left to the Washington Post, the NY Times and other print media to reveal his double-dealing  with his so-called charity, his collapsed gambling empire, his phony Trump University and Institute, his 4000 litigations, his 169 times in Federal court, his father’s arrest in a KKK riot, his father’s slumlord empire in Queens, NY, and their business history of racial profiling, red-lining and discrimination? He even has made phony claims about what benefits he offers his employees. Are there any follow up and research into those lies?  Has anyone really focused on his former investors, partners, suppliers, and clients, and how they have been stiffed? Isn’t his business practices and history a reflection of his character and honesty? That is his record, why isn’t that a “free-fire” zone which should be exploited? Isn’t that information the key to his qualification for office? Where are the talking heads on these issues? This is a man who has lied about his marriages, his four bankruptcies, his business practices, and his previous political and social positions. He and his handlers even deny and constantly spin and amend his own statements. He started his campaign with a thug as his campaign manager. He then went to Paul Manafort, who has been connected to illegal cash payments, an avoidance of taxes, connections with Putin, the Ukraine, and the Russian Mafia. Finally when the heat was raised to furnace proportions he dumped him. But, what of the business connections between Manafort, Putin and Trump? Where has that issue gone? He now has as the head of campaign management team, an out-and-out racist and misogynist, in the personage of right-wing’s prime hitman, Steven Bannon of Breitbart. Who will be next?  Of course, one of the last pieces to this Trump puzzle, is in the words of Winston Churchill about Russia, “…(Trump) It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; …” Isn’t that the real issue of this campaign, aside from the fact that Trump is a bigot, unqualified, and unhinged. The real Trump is hidden in his “House of Cards,” debt-ridden, financial empire and taxes. That is where the connections, the obligations, and the duplicity will eventually be revealed. The sooner the better.

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A lifelong New Yorker, who now lives full-time in Palm Beach County, Richard was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and he was educated in the Mount Vernon public schools He graduated from Boston University with a BA in American History. After spending a year on Wall Street as a research analyst with Bache & Co., he joined a manufacturing and importing firm, where over the next twenty-five years he rose to the position of chief operating officer. After the sale of that business, Richard entered into the financial services field with Metropolitan Life and is a Registered Representative, who has been associated with Acorn Financial Services which is affiliated with John Hancock Life Insurance Company of Boston, Ma. Today, he is a retired broker who had specialized in long-term care insurance and financial planning. One of Richard’s recent activities was to advise and encourage communities to seek ways to incorporate “sustainability and resiliency” into their future infrastructure planning. After a lifetime in politics, with many years working as a district leader, which involved party organizational work, campaign chair activity and numerous other political tasks, Richard has been involved with numerous civic and social causes. In recent years, Richard served in 2005 as the campaign coordinator of the Re-Elect Paul Feiner Campaign in Greenburgh, NY and he again chaired Supervisor Feiner’s successful landslide victory in 2007. Over the next few years, he advised a number of political candidates. He has served as an appointed Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh, with responsibilities regarding the town’s “liaison program.” He was a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of the Town of Greenburgh, NY. Richard has lectured on FDR, The New Deal and 20th century American history in the Mount Vernon schools, at the Westchester Council of Social Studies annual conference in White Plains, and at many senior citizen groups, which include appearances at the Old Guard of White Plains, the Rotary Clubs of Elmsford and White Plains, and various synagogue groups around Westchester. In the winter of 2006 Richard was the leader of the VOCAL forum, sponsored by the Westchester County Office of Aging, which addresses the concerns of Westchester County’s Intergenerational Advocacy Educational Speak-out forums for senior citizens. Richard has given lectures for the Active Retirement Project, which is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center on the Hudson, the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, and other groups around Westchester County. Richard also is the founder and Chairperson of the Jon Breen Memorial Fund, that judges and grants annual prizes to students at Mount Vernon High School who submit essays on public policy themes. He also sponsors the Henry M. Littlefield History Prize for the leading MVHS history student. Richard serves on the Student College Scholarship Committee of Mount Vernon High School. In past years Richard chaired and moderated the Jon Breen Fund Award’s cablecast program with the Mayor and local and school officials. Richard has been a member of Blythedale Children’s Hospital’s Planned Giving Professional Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the committee to re-new the FDR Birthday Balls of the 1930’s and 1940’s with the March of Dimes’ effort to eliminate birth defects. Their renewal dinner was held at Hyde Park on January 30, 2003. Richard is currently an active contributor to the Roosevelt Institute, which is involved in many pursuits which included the opening of the Henry A. Wallace Center at Hyde Park, and the Eleanor Roosevelt – Val-Kill Foundation. In 2007, he proposed to the City of Mount Vernon an effort to develop an arts, educational, and cultural center as part of a downtown re-development effort. Richard was a team partner with the Infrastructure & Energy Solutions Group. IEFG which has developed innovative strategies for the 21st Century. Richard hosted a weekly program on WVOX-1460 AM radio, called “The Advocates,” which was concerned with “public policy” issues. The show, which was aired from 2007 until May 15, 2013, has had amongst its guests; Representative Charles Rangel, Chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, along with hundreds of others. All the 300 shows are archived at Richard currently gives lectures on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR and the Jewish Community, The New Deal, FDR and Douglas MacArthur, 20th Century American Foreign Policy Resulting in Conflict, and Israel’s Right to Exist. Richard lives in Boynton Beach, Fl, with his wife Linda of 44 years. They have two married children. Their daughter Dana is a Rutgers College graduate, with a MS from Boston University, and is the Assistant Director of Recruitment at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Their son Jon is an electrical engineering graduate of Princeton University and a senior software architect at NY/Mellon Bank in NYC. Richard J. Garfunkel Recent Appearances: KTI Synagogue, Rye Brook, NY- Long Term Care & Estate Conservation- Anshe Shalom Synagogue, New Rochelle, NY- Long Term Care- American Legion Post, Valhalla, NY- Long Term Care and Asset Protection- Doyle Senior Ctr, New Rochelle, NY-Long Term Care and Asset Protection- AME Methodist Ministers, New Rochelle, NY, LTC and Charitable Giving- Profession Women in Construction, Elmsford, NY, LTC and Business Benefits- Kol Ami Synagogue- White Plains, NY, Long Term Care and Disability - Beth El Men's Club-New Rochelle, NY-Long Term Care-Is it Necessary- Greater NY Dental Meeting Javits Ctr, NY, NY- LTC and Disability- IBEW Local #3 , White Plains, NY, Long Term Care and Asset Protection, Health Fair -Bethel Synagogue, New Rochelle, NY-LTC and Disability, Heath Fair- Riverdale Mens Club CSAIR- Riverdale, NY- LTC- Life Weight Watchers of Westchester and the Bronx-LTC and Tax Implications Sunrise Assisted Living of Fleetwood, Mount Vernon, NY-LTC Sprain Brook Manor of Scarsdale-LTC- November 15, 2001 Sunrise Assisted Living of Stamford, Connecticut, February 2002 Kol Ami Synagogue, White Plains, NY, February, 2002 The Old Guard Society of White Plains, NY, April, 2002 The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY August, 2002 Kol Ami Synagogue, White Plains, NY, October, 2002 JCC of Scarsdale, Scarsdale, NY, November, 2002 The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY, January, 2003 The Rotary Club of White Plains, NY January, 2003 The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY April, 2003 Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, NY January, 2004 Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, NY March 2004 Kol Ami/JCC of White Plains, NY November, 2004 The Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, January 2005 The Sunrise of Fleetwood, Mount Vernon, April, 2005 The Woodlands of Ardsley, assisted living, November, 2005 The Woodlands of Ardsley, assisted living, December, 2005 The Woodlands of Ardsley, assisted living, January, 2005 Rotary Club of Elmsford, April, 2006 Kiwanis Club of Yonkers, June, 2006 Greenburgh Jewish Center, November, 2006 Temple Kol Ami, White Plains, February, 2007 Hebrew Institute, White Plains, March, 2007 Temple Kol Ami, White Plains, NY, April, 2007 Westchester Meadows. Valhalla, November, 2007 Hebrew Institute. White Plains, November, 2007 Art Zuckerman Radio Show- January, 2008 JCC of the Hudson, Tarrytown, February, 2008 Matt O’Shaughnessy Radio Show, March, 2008 WVOX –Election Night Coverage, November, 2008 WVOX – Inaugural Coverage, January 20, 2009 The Advocates-host of the WVOX Radio Show, 2007- 2010 Rotary Club of Pleasantville, February, 2009 Hebrew Institute of White Plains, May, 2009 JCC Hudson, Tarrytown, December, 2009-10-11-12 Brandeis Club, Yonkers, March 25, 2010

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