Donald Trump Jr.'s position on women and diapers is in keeping with the view held by his father, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In a 2005 interview unearthed by BuzzFeed, the senior Trump told radio hosts Opie and Anthony that he doesn't change diapers because it's a woman's responsibility. "There's a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife, and you know, there's a lot of husbands that listen to that," he said. But not Trump.
In a later interview with Howard Stern, Trump emphasized that his wife, Melania, is responsible for all childcare: "She takes care of the baby and I pay all of the costs."
But the most telling Donald Trump Jr. came a year after the one above:
At dinner w our greenskeeper who missed his sister's wedding 2 work (luv loyalty 2 us) "No big deal hopefully she'll have another someday";)
Clinton opened herself up to attack with her "deplorables" comment, but not this attack.
Tim MurphySep. 15, 2016 4:22 PM
Donald Trump dropped by the Waldorf Astoria in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday to outline his economic proposals to a roomful of New York businessmen. Most of it you've heard before: He'll cut corporate taxes and pay for it by renegotiating trade deals and demanding that foreign countries like Japan and South Korea reimburse 100 percent of the cost of stationing American troops there. ("They don't pay us! I say, 'Why? Because we don't ask!'")
But Trump also took some time to disparage his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for heaping "scorn and disdain" on tens of millions of Americans. Trump was referring to Clinton's comments last Friday, at a fundraiser just a few miles away hosted by Barbra Streisand, when Clinton said half of Trump's supporters were "irredeemable" on account of their racist, sexist, or homophobic views. (This was all a way of saying—if you've been living under a rock—that those voters were a "basket of deplorables" she had no shot at winning.)
Clinton has received a good deal of blowback for those comments. But speaking to an almost entirely white room on Thursday, Trump ripped into Clinton in a way that severely distorted her comments.
"My opponent described tens of millions of American citizens as deplorable and irredeemable," he said. "How can Hillary Clinton seek to lead this country when she considers its citizens beyond redemption? The hardworking people she calls deplorable are the most admirable people I know. They are cops and soldiers, teachers and firefighters, young and old, moms and dads, blacks, whites, and Latinos. But above everything else, they are all American. They love their families, they love their country, and they want a better future."
Trump on Clinton: "The hard working people she calls deplorables are the most admirable people I know." https://t.co/qhf20TjJIL
Except Clinton wasn't referring to black and Latino voters as "deplorables." She was referring to people who don't like black and Latino voters as deplorable. It's a difficult dance: Trump is trying to deflect his campaign's documented embrace of white nationalist supporters and the like—his campaign CEO ran a website that has a "black crime" vertical—by recasting Clinton's criticism of such bigotry as bigoted.
Trump, one day removed from a visit to Flint, Michigan—and just a few hours after disparaging the pastor who had welcomed him to her church—used the embattled city as both a cautionary tale and a punch line. Telling the affluent attendees of Thursday's event that he "spent a lot of time in the city of Flint," he pivoted to a discussion of Ford's announcement Wednesday that it was moving much of its small-car manufacturing from Michigan to Mexico.
"It used to be cars were made in Flint and you couldn't drink the water in Mexico," Trump said. "Now cars are made in Mexico and you couldn't drink the water in Flint."
After the speech, as he was interviewed onstage by the hedge fund titan John Paulson, Trump returned to the idea of political correctness he had attacked earlier. PC thinking was ruining America, he said. "People are afraid to walk, they're afraid to talk, they can't speak," he said. It's deplorable.
He lavished praise on the rapper Pras, then admitted he'd never heard of him.
Tim MurphySep. 13, 2016 6:00 AM
Donald Trump doesn't listen to hip-hop. "The problem is my life is so wild I just don't have time," he told Vibe in 1999. But that didn't stop him from making cameos on two hip-hop albums in the 1990s: Method Man's Tical 2000: Judgment Day, and Pras' 1998 classic Ghetto Supastar.
Trump's appearances on both albums were limited to short voicemail messages that play during interludes.
"Hey Method Man, this is Donald Trump and I'm in Palm Beach and we're all waiting for your album," he said on Tical 2000. "Let's get going, man, everybody's waiting for this album!"
On Pras' album, the singer's first solo effort after the Fugees broke up, he lavished praise and made a bold prediction. "Hi, this is Donald Trump and I have no doubt that you're going to be a big success," he said. "Now after knowing you, I know that you're going to be right up there, and I hope very soon you're going to be in the leagues with me. So good luck."
Trump's prediction was off. While fellow ex-Fugees Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean went on to big things, it would be seven years before Pras released a second album, the disappointing Win Lose or Draw. Trump confessed to Vibe afterward that he had never listened to Ghetto Supastar and had no idea who Pras was.
Pras, for his part, appears to have soured on Trump. In May, he told the TV network Showtime that its "corporate bullying" was responsible for Trump's lead in the polls:
He's promoting the latest Clinton conspiracy from Alex Jones' InfoWars.
Tim MurphySep. 8, 2016 11:59 AM
On Thursday morning, Donald Trump Jr., the son and adviser of the Republican presidential nominee, shared the latest Clinton conspiracy theory with his 637,000 Twitter followers: Hillary Clinton may have been wearing an earpiece during the candidates forum held the previous night. Just as surprising was Trump's source for this latest news flash: the website of Alex Jones, the nation's top conspiracy theorist. Jones is a 9/11 truther who has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre never happened and that the government is deliberately turning kids gay by sneaking estrogen into juice boxes.
The article that Trump Jr. promoted cited conservative actor James Woods for drawing attention to the supposed earpiece, and it suggested that Clinton needed the earpiece for secret coaching or to receive lines she might forget.
Trump Jr.'s tweet is the latest evidence that the Trump clan views Jones as a legitimate news source and a media figure who deserves courting. Jones was a special guest at the Republican convention in Cleveland. In December, candidate Trump called into Jones' radio show and said to the host, "Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down." The older Trump has cited Jones to support his claim that thousands of Muslim Americans danced on rooftops in New Jersey after 9/11. (They didn't.) Many of Trump's recent talking points, such as his questions about Clinton's health and his warnings of a "rigged" election, were first raised by Jones, who has collaborated with Roger Stone, a longtime adviser for the senior Trump and a well-established conspiracy theorist in his own right. (Stone wrote a book saying that LBJ killed JFK.) Jones has told listeners that he recently spoke with Trump—an assertion the Trump campaign did not deny. As Jones put it in a segment last month, "It is surreal to talk about issues here on air and then word-for-word hear Trump say it two days later."
The earpiece theory quickly took hold among Trump loyalists, including senior adviser AJ Delgado, who asked Clinton on Twitter, "When will you stop cheating the public?" (The tweet was later deleted.)
Trump backer John Nolte, a former editor at Breitbart News, tweeted, ""What do YOU think was in her ear? Maybe the sniper fire damaged her hearing."
By the way, Jones' Infowars website has long claimed that the Bilderberg Group, a collection of government and business leaders whose annual confab is a favorite target of conspiracy-mongers, is a key part of a covert scheme to create a "scientific dictatorship" that will exterminate the "useless eaters," that is, 80 percent of the human population—and that in 2008 this cabal hand-picked Barack Obama to become president, "with the plan being that Hillary would essentially pick up as president for a third Obama term."
Back on Earth, the Clinton campaign quickly shot down the earpiece rumors:
Steven Bannon’s stint at Biosphere 2 ended with an ugly lawsuit.
Tim MurphyAug. 26, 2016 2:51 PM
Long before Stephen Bannon was CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, he held a much different job—as the acting director of Biosphere 2, a $200 million scientific research facility in the mountains outside Tucson, Arizona.
The original Biosphere project, completed in 1991 by a company called Space Biosphere Ventures and funded by a Texas billionaire named Edward Bass, was an attempt to turn science fiction into reality. Eight individuals were to live and work entirely within a series of domed and self-contained buildings, where they would grow their own food, recycle their own waste, and demonstrate that humans might be able to survive in space. But when that two-year experiment ended in disarray—it was overrun by ants and cockroaches—the company turned to a group of outsiders for help in turning it around. At the head of that effort was Bannon.
At the time he was hired by Bass to run Space Biospheres Ventures, Bannon was managing his own investment banking firm, Bannon & Co. Some Biosphere-ites were concerned about Bannon, who had previously investigated cost overruns at the site. Two former Biosphere 2 crew members flew back to Arizona to protest the hire and broke into the compound to warn current crew members that Bannon and the new management would jeopardize their safety.
Under his management, the focus of Biosphere 2 shifted from survival—the Survivor-like challenge of enduring two years inside a literal bubble—to planetary research. Specifically, as Bannon explained in a 1995 interview with C-SPAN, Biosphere 2 would be a place that focused on studying societal challenges like air pollution and climate change.
Breitbart News, the media company which Bannon ran for four years before taking a leave of absence to join Trump's campaign, has adopted an antagonistic approach toward the topic of climate change, mocking climate science as "tosh" and "eco-propaganda" and claiming that the Earth is actually cooling. But Bannon sang a much different tune when he was interviewed by C-Span at Biosphere 2 in 1995.
"A lot of the scientists who are studying global change and studying the effects of greenhouse gases, many of them feel that the Earth's atmosphere in 100 years is what Biosphere 2's atmosphere is today," Bannon explained. "We have extraordinarily high CO2, we have very high nitrous oxide, we have high methane. And we have lower oxygen content. So the power of this place is allowing those scientists who are really involved in the study of global change, and which, in the outside world or Biosphere 1, really have to work with just computer simulation, this actually allows them to study and monitor the impact of enhanced CO2 and other greenhouse gases on humans, plants, and animals."
Bannon left Biosphere 2 after two years, and the project was taken over by Columbia University. (It is currently part of the University of Arizona.) But his departure was marred, as the Tucson Citizen reported at the time, by a civil lawsuit filed against Space Biosphere Ventures by the former crew members who had broken in.
During a 1996 trial, Bannon testified that he had called one of the plaintiffs a "self-centered, deluded young woman" and a "bimbo." He also testified that when the woman submitted a five-page complaint outlining safety problems at the site, he promised to shove the complaint "down her fucking throat." At the end of the trial, the jury found for the plaintiffs and ordered Space Biosphere Ventures to pay them $600,000—but also ordered the plaintiffs to pay the company $40,089 for the damage they had caused.