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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Donald Trump claimed theSouth Carolina primary on Saturday, news networks projected, taking another major step toward the Republican presidential nomination as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio battled it out for second place in the Palmetto State.

Early returns projected a closer-than-expected victory for the New York businessman, but a victory nonetheless.


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He will take it all, because he has ba!!s. I think he will make the us better for us all. He will stop giving all the other countries the money we all work for. O gives the Muslim one billion a year. That's not counting what he gives each and every country over here


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Goodness Sandfly you are getting down right eloquent!


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He "won" with just over a third of the Republican voters.  Given his towering "dislike" factor, I expect almost all of the votes for the other contenders who drop out will go to Trump opponents who stay in the race.  In due course Rubio or Cruz will be getting more than half the Republican votes.  All Trump actually knows about politics is where to drop the $$ to insure the approvals needed for his next project.  Saying and doing are very different things, and so far he has said NOTHING about how he will actually do ANYTHING.  Just another barroom loud mouth bully; just another Hillarious but with testosterone poisoning.


I'd prefer Cruz, but doubt that he's electable, and Rubio's upbeat personality and likely unlimited access to $$, should beat the hell out of the Democrat's Faustian choice of a serial felon or an unrepentant commie.  Moreover, in the long run Cruz could do far more for this country by being the AG for at least four years, (think what he could do to bring justice to the incompetently corrupt minions of the current administration - whether elected, appointed, or craven anonymous "regulating" mandarins), and then replacing one of the lefty birdbrains currently debasing SCOTUS.  Dr. Carson would be a good Secretary of HHS, but would probably be most effective as head of the FDA.  Patreus [sp?] would be my pick for SecState or SecDef, and Paul Ryan SecTreas.  Other very talented and honest non-nut case conservative/libertarian candidates abound for other key slots.  The important thing is to get the right people into those policy making positions of great power but lower profile.  Trump would use those slots like chips in a poker game, doling them out for his personal benefit.



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And in the interest of properly vetting the would be most powerful man on earth,



Donald Trump and the mob

(CNN)Donald Trump's glittering empire of New York skyscrapers and Atlantic City casinos have long had a darker side, allegations that the mob helped build them.

Trump's alleged ties to New York and Philadelphia crime families go back decades and have been recounted in a book, newspapers and government records.

"The mob connections of Donald are extraordinarily extensive," New York investigative journalist Wayne Barrett told CNN in an interview.

Barrett, the author of the 1992 unauthorized biography "Trump: The Deals and the Downfall," wrote that Trump's life "intertwines with the underworld."

The allegations are getting new scrutiny as Trump runs for president, largely on his record as a successful, and extraordinarily wealthy, businessman. As Trump cements his leads atop the polls, questions about how he made his billions, and who helped him make them, are starting to take center stage.

A Trump spokesperson did not respond to multiple requests for comment on this story.

To be sure, organized crime had ties to the New York and New Jersey construction industry in the 1980's and early 1990's, making contact between developers and mafia-controlled companies almost unavoidable at times.

"There was a certain amount of mob association during which the father and he were building, which was very difficult to avoid in the New York construction world," Barrett said, adding, "He went out of his way not to avoid them, but to increase them."

In a recent Federalist article, David Marcus writes that Trump bought the property that his Atlantic City casino Trump Plaza would one day occupy -- for twice market price -- from Salvatore Testa, a Philly mobster and son of one-time Philly mob boss Philip "Chicken Man" Testa. (Springsteen fans might recognize the elder Testa from the opening lines of the song, Atlantic City.)

In his book, Barrett writes that Testa and a partner, who together headed a Philly mafia hit-squad called the Young Executioners, bought the property for "a scant $195,000" in 1977. In 1982, Trump paid $1.1 million for it.

"The $220 per square foot that Trump paid for the Testa property was the second most expensive purchase he made on the block, even though it was one of the first parcels he bought," Barrett wrote.

The casino was built with the help of two construction companies controlled by Philly mobsters Nicademo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and his nephew Phillip "Crazy Phil" Leonetti, according to, as Marcus notes, a New Jersey state commission's 1986 report on organized crime.

Trump also had a decade-long relationship with Scarfo's investment banker, according to Barrett's book.

In Manhattan, Trump used the mob-controlled concrete company S&A to build Trump Plaza condos. Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno, head of the Genovese crime family, and Paul Castellano, the don of New York's Gambino family, controlled S&A, according to federal court records Barrett cited in his book.

Barrett noted that he built the Trump Tower out of concrete, instead of steel, at a time when the mafia controlled much the concrete industry.

"While dealing with the concrete cartel was inevitable for any developer in the period when Trump Tower was built, Donald took the relationship several steps further than he had to," Barrett wrote.

In a Philadelphia Inquirer article from the time the book was published, reporter David Cay Johnston summed up Barrrett's unauthorized biography, writing that it "asserts that throughout his adult life, Donald Trump has done business with major organized-crime figures and performed favors for their associates."

Trump was a target of a 1979 bribery investigation and was questioned in a 1981 racketeering probe, but neither federal investigation led to criminal charges, Johnston wrote.

More recently, Johnston, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, wrote an article called "21 Questions for Donald Trump" where he asked, "Why did you use concrete instead of steel girders" to build the 58-story Trump Tower?




They don't call him “The Don” for nothing.

A newly-revealed video deposition shows real-estate mogul Donald Trump confused when asked under oath about his relationship to a twice-convicted felon with ties to the Mafia.

Trump has long faced allegations of connections to the mob, but his relationship with Felix Sater — who pleaded guilty in 1998 to racketeering in a fraud scheme involving the Genovese and Bonanno crime families — represents a more direct link between the presidential candidate and organized crime.

“If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn't know what he looked like,” Trump testified in the video deposition, which was obtained by ABC News.


But Trump reportedly named Sater as a senior business adviser in 2010. The Russian émigré carried a Trump Organization business card with the title “Senior Advisor to Donald Trump” and appeared in numerous photos with Trump.

Trump and Sater were seen together attending a Denver business conference in 2005 and at a 2007 launch party for the Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium project, according to ABC News.

Sater was not immediately available for comment Thursday.


Trump had worked with Sater previously during the man's stint as an executive at Bayrock Group LLC, a real estate development firm that partnered with Trump on numerous projects after renting office space from the Trump Organization. But Sater's past was not widely known at the time because he was working as a government cooperator on mob cases and the judge overseeing Sater's own case kept the proceedings secret. After Sater's criminal history and past ties to organized crime came to light in 2007, Trump distanced himself from Sater.

Less than three years later, Trump tapped Sater for a business development role that came with the title of senior adviser to Donald Trump.


According to Trump lawyer Alan Garten, Sater's role was to prospect for high-end real estate deals for the Trump Organization. The arrangement lasted six months, Garten told the Associated Press.

The revelation about Sater's role is significant because of its timing and directness, and marks the first time the Trump Organization has acknowledged publicly that Sater worked for Trump after the disclosures of Sater's criminal background. Trump has said that among his secrets of success is that he surrounds himself with the “best and most serious people” and with “people you can trust.”

Sater never had an employment agreement or formal contract with the Trump Organization and did not close any deals for Trump, Garten said.

“He was trying to restart his life,” Garten told the Associated Press. “I believe he was regretful of things that happened in the past.”

Sater's LinkedIn profile shows him working as a senior advisor for Trump from January 2010 until 2011.

Trump did not know the details of Sater's cooperation with the government when Sater came in-house in 2010, Garten said. But Garten noted that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch praised Sater's cooperation with the federal government, when senators asked about him during her confirmation hearings early this year. She said Sater cooperated against his Mafia stock fraud co-defendants and assisted the government on unspecified national security matters.

“If Mr. Sater was good enough for the government to work with, I see no reason why he wasn't good enough for Mr. Trump,” Garten said.

Sater pleaded guilty in 1998 to one count of racketeering for his role in a $40 million stock fraud scheme involving the Genovese and Bonanno crime families, according to court records. Prosecutors called the operation a pump-and-dump scheme, in which insiders manipulate the price of obscure stocks and then sell them to hapless investors at inflated prices. Five years earlier, a New York State court had sentenced Sater to more than a year in prison for stabbing a man in the face with a broken margarita glass.


How Close Was Donald Trump To The Mob?


Donald Trump is running for president. Many believed or hoped that the Donald’s latest foray into national politics was nothing more than a public-relations move, not a serious attempt to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


But now that Trump holds the lead in national polls, as well as polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, it’s time to take his campaign seriously. Media outlets like Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal, which are covering Trump’s run as an entertainment story, not a news story, are making a mistake. If Trump wants to be a serious candidate for president, and has the numbers to back it up, he must be vetted like a serious candidate for president. A good place to start is to take a hard look at Trump’s ties to Philadelphia and New York organized-crime families.


Donald Trump’s Connections to Organized Crime

Trump was building his eponymous empire of hotels, casinos, and high rises in the early 1980s in New York City and Atlantic City. In both places, the construction industry was firmly under the thumb of the mafia. And in both places there are literally concrete connections between La Cosa Nostra and Trump’s lavish projects. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump for decades, has written a very useful list of questions for Trump. Many focus on his ties to the mob. In addition in his 1992 book, “Trump, The Deals and the Downfall,” author Wayne Barrett lays out a slew of suspicious dealings and associations.

The Atlantic City story starts with Trump’s purchase of a bar, at twice its market value, from Salvatore Testa, a made man in the Philadelphia mafia and son of Philip “Chicken Man” Testa, who was briefly head of the Philly mob after Angelo Bruno’s 1980 killing. Harrah’s casino, half owned by Trump, would be built on that land, and Trump would quickly buy out his partner, Harrah’s Entertainment, and rename the casino Trump Plaza.

Trump Plaza’s connection to the mob didn’t end with the land purchase from Testa. Nicademo “Little Nicky” Scarfo (who became boss after the elder Testa was blown up) and his nephew Phillip “crazy Phil” Leonetti controlled two of the major construction and concrete companies in Atlantic City. Both companies, Scarf, Inc. and Nat Nat, did work on the construction of Harrah’s, according the State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation’s 1986 report on organized crime. In addition, Scarfo, whose reign as head of the Philly mob was one of the bloodiest in history, controlled the bartenders union, which represented Trump’s workers in Atlantic City, according to George Anastasia’s book, “Blood and Honor.”

One more link to organized crime lurks in Trump’s past Atlantic City dealings. He had aclose association with Kenny Shapiro, an investment banker for Scarfo. According to secret recordings of then Scarfo attorney Robert F. Simone, Shapiro was intimately involved with bribing Atlantic City Mayor Michael J. Matthews, whose term would end in 1984 with a conviction on extortion charges. On the tapes, in 1983, Simone, talking about Leonetti, states: “He’s a nice-looking boy…Nicky’s nephew, he can sit with the…mayor. Ah, and Kenny’s (Shapiro) got the mayor through this kid Phillip.”

The Connections Don’t End in Atlantic City

Trump’s association and business dealings with known mafia figures was not limited to his Atlantic City projects. In New York City, several of his buildings were built by S&A Concrete Co., a concern partly owned by Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno, the boss of the Genovese crime family. In addition to this business relationship, Trump and Salerno were both represented by high-power attorney Roy Cohn. In his book, Barrett cites an anonymous source who confirms that on at least one occasion Trump and Salerno had a sit-down in Cohn’s apartment. Trump has denied this claim in the past.

How can the candidate who promises to secure the border and bring good jobs back to America explain having farmed out good-paying jobs to a bunch of illegal immigrants?

Is it reasonable to assume that Trump had no idea that S&A was run by Salerno’s Genovese borgata when Trump’s own attorney was so closely linked to that organization? After all, if Trump (who likes to point out that he has “one of the highest IQs”) is as smart as he would have everyone believe, how could he have been so naive?

Another issue that needs to be addressed in Trump’s New York operations is the use of undocumented Polish workers to demolish the Bonwit Teller building, which made way for the Trump Tower. Only a handful of union workers from Housewreckers Local 95 were employed on the site, the vast majority were illegal Polish alien workers, toiling under inhumane conditions, and wildly underpaid. Trump and his associates were found guilty in 1991 of conspiring to avoid paying pension and welfare fund contributions.

Two questions arise from this. First, how did Trump get away with using such obvious scab labor without raising the ire of local 95? More importantly, how can the candidate who promises to secure the border and bring good jobs back to America explain having farmed out good-paying jobs, legally entitled to American workers, instead to a bunch of illegal immigrants? When the rubber hit the road Donald Trump didn’t walk the walk, he lined his pockets and sold out American workers.

Is it possible that Trump was simply involved in an industry which in the early 1980s was so infiltrated by the mafia that he couldn’t help but have tangential ties? Could this myriad of associations, points of contact, and shared affiliations with known mobsters just be the price of doing business in that business at that time? Sure. And if Trump were just a private citizen, businessman, and reality TV star, he would be under no obligation to explain any of this. But he isn’t. He is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president of the United States.


Donald Trump Has Explaining to Do

As one of a handful of people within reach of the most powerful office in the world Donald Trump must explain why so much of his early career is peppered with appearances by powerful underworld figures. Had Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, or Scott Walker bought so much as a used car from a known mafioso, it would be front-page news. Trump bought a piece of land for $1 million from the son of Philadelphia’s former mafia Don, and used it to launch a gambling empire

It isn’t only Trump who has a responsibility here. The news media, which is enjoying his playful romp through electoral politics, needs to wake up on this story. Trump isn’t just fooling around this time. He wants to play in the big leagues, and in the big leagues they play hardball. The major investigative news outlets in this country with the resources and wherewithal to seriously scrutinize Trump’s ties to the mob need to start doing so, sooner rather than later.

Former mafia members need to be interviewed. Transcripts of wiretaps and interviews with the major players in Atlantic City and New York crime syndicates need to be reviewed. The work of Barrett and Johnson, among others over the past decades that show Trump’s underworld connections, need to be re-examined. Gary Hart and John Edwards learned that a serious run for president exposes all the dirty laundry, Trump needs to know that truth applies to him, too.

LGD INPUT HERE, you can bet your bottom dollar that while the media has given" The Duck" so much

free coverage during the primaries if Trump wins the RNC nomination the only thing we'll all hear about 

is what a mafioso bastard that he is. They will eviscerate this man like he was the devil himself. And the 

consequences of that will sour the republican vote so much as to give the election to Hillarious.


  It’s time to stop treating Trump as a sideshow. He is being treated with kid gloves because nobody thinks he can win. Everybody is simply waiting for him to implode under the pressure of his own enormous ego and unfiltered motor mouth. But rather than plunging his run into chaos, his racist ramblings about immigrants and undignified digs at John McCain’s military service have excited some supporters. They think he speaks truth to power. They think he is the only honest man in politics. And no degree of exasperation from level headed news people and party officials seems to tamp his populist surge.

Being a loudmouth bigot, the Archie Bunker of 2016 who says what people are too afraid to say, is working well for Donald Trump. But it’s time to hold his feet to the fire. This is a man who did a significant amount of business with mass murderers whose plunder of public and private funds added up to billions. What did he know about them? Maybe more importantly, what do they know about him?

We need to welcome Donald Trump to his new place in serious national politics with a cold, hard look at the crooks, conspirators, and criminals who peopled his early career. Either the Donald will attempt to weather such scrutiny, or he will disappear from the race under it. Either way, that scrutiny needs to start now.




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What do the NYdaily, CNN, Daily KOS, ABC, Washington Post, The Federalist, Pensito review, WSJ and LGD all have in common?


They all want to see Trump taken down.


The above article is almost identical in each out let.


If true I know it will be on Fox tomorrow on M Kelly's show as she HATES Trump. 


HC will be on it too - or will they?




Come on RV

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Trump is not the's his supporters that can't see through their own rage to make a rational decision.  The world may be laughing at us now, but it will be positively ROTFL if Trump is elected.   :facepalm:  I'm starting to understand how divemaster, RV ME, WHN, etc.....are feeling, as in.....How can people be so stupid!!!  


GO RV, then BV 

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Trump is not the's his supporters that can't see through their own rage to make a rational decision.  The world may be laughing at us now, but it will be positively ROTFL if Trump is elected.   :facepalm:  I'm starting to understand how divemaster, RV ME, WHN, etc.....are feeling, as in.....How can people be so stupid!!!  


GO RV, then BV 


Trump is not the problem, the professional politicians are the problem.  Seems to me his detractors who would vote for known criminal Hildabeast can’t make a rational decision.  Talk about a laughing stock, the world will be laughing themselves so hard they will pee their collective pants at President Hildabeast.


So you do not mistakenly think I am stalking you, I am only responding because you called me out.  For the record, I am not a Trump supporter, I will vote for him over Bern or Beast if he is the nominee, but I have done nothing to support him.


I support the candidate that I think would be the best President from the field that is running.  The same exact candidate you specifically stated the Country needs at this time.  We both recognize Cruz is what the nation needs, but only one of us is willing to support what we both agree would be the best.


You stated previously Cruz is what the Country needs (which would mean by definition Hidabeast would be the exact opposite) but you would only vote for a Republican if it were Rubio.  I can’t think of a better example of an irrational decision, doesn't seem all that intelligent either.

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Trump is not the's his supporters that can't see through their own rage to make a rational decision.  The world may be laughing at us now, but it will be positively ROTFL if Trump is elected.   :facepalm:  I'm starting to understand how divemaster, RV ME, WHN, etc.....are feeling, as in.....How can people be so stupid!!!  


GO RV, then BV 

Oh boy Shabs ! You have ticked off America tonight ! I don't know if you do this by reasoning or it's your designation of utter bliss. If I'm so blinded that I'm can't see, I will ask the same of you because we have tried your method of madness "of course without consent" but I it ain't working buddy and that's what I believe. I totally respect you because we have the same God to share and I know that you believe. Give us some rope and I'll give you some rope and I'll see you on the other side brother.
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