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by on February 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

Nor has it yet dissuaded a Chinese company from producing Trump brand diapers.

That is from 1999.

By the way, here is a 2000 passage about Trump:

Oddly enough for a man who all but lives in the media, Trump has no public relations to speak of. In a day when even petty tycoons protect themselves with platoons of spokespeople and media people, he relies only on his longtime assistant Norma Foederer and returns most reporters’ calls personally, making him one of the most accessible businessmen anywhere. How ironic a man of his statue and money has to prove himself to the world everyday. Donald Trump is a very goal-driven person and I believe will always resurface no matter how his investments turn out. Trump summed his future in these few words, “Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken.”

1 Horhe February 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Honestly, the man wasn’t even on my radar until he surfaced in the election. But now I support him wholeheartedly, even if he loses, if only for his effects on the stultified public discourse, especially on immigration and losses from trade.

2 bjk February 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Trump displays impressive understanding of optionality and embedded puts:

“I think one of the things you have to think of is that the golf land is not just golf land; it’s land that if I want I can close up and build into thousands and thousands of units. And not one person has ever mentioned it.”

3 Steve Sailer February 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

I had lunch once with the real estate developer who built the sea-cliff golf course that he later sold to Trump after the project went broke (due to the 18th hole falling into the Pacific), which is now Trump Golf Los Angeles.

We spent a lot of time discussing local NIMBY politics and environmentalism. It had taken the developer’s family 30 years to get the garbanzo bean farm they owned turned into a golf course. The idea that Trump could someday get the permissions from the various agencies to plow under the golf course for homes, much less apartments is unlikely.

4 Steve Sailer February 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm

My impression from following Trump’s career buying and building golf courses is he’s gotten better at it over the year (e.g., his recent plans to remodel Turnberry to bring it up to the full potential of its oceanfront site look tremendous). But he’s also made mistakes due to the Trump Reality Distortion Field keeping people around him from pointing out that certain small problems are actually big problems.

For example, he bought Trump Los Angeles in Palos Verdes in the hopes of making it the premiere tournament site in the Los Angeles area. But when he got the LPGA to hold a tournament there, it turned out to be a disaster for spectators because part of the agreement between the original owners and the EPA was to preserve habitat for the (supposedly) endangered California Gnatcatcher bird by leaving strips of impenetrable sagebrush between each fairway. This made it very hard for spectators to get around the course, and it also made the course too hard for women pros because they were constantly losing their balls in the sagebrush. That trial run pretty much ended Trump’s plan to get a bigger tournament to his course.

5 Steve Sailer February 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm

But Trump now owns the most visually spectacular course on the British Open rota, Turnberry, where he hosted the British Women’s Open last summer. He’s got plans to rebuild the course to bring the rocky coastline into play almost as much as Pebble Beach. When he’s done with that, for the Royal & Ancient to pass up the greatest tournament course in Britain for the Open just due to political prejudice against Trump would be scandalous.

They might, of course, but that’s one of the big things that has turned a lot of heads in Trump’s favor over the last year: he’s putting real money on the line to fight corporate smothering of freedom of speech and democracy. His stance on immigration has cost him a lot of contracts, but he hasn’t folded.

6 msl February 22, 2016 at 9:46 pm

I’d like to think that there is some insight to be gained from your golf-autism, Steve.

7 collin February 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Well South Park was right, everything that has occurred in modern times, happened first on The Simpsons. Just hope the country does go bankrupt from investing in children.

8 Rich Berger February 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm

What episode is that? I want to watch it right now.

9 iluvtacos February 22, 2016 at 5:07 pm
10 The Anti-Gnostic February 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm

March 9: The Monster has escaped from his place of banishment.
March 10: The Corsican Orge has landed at Cape Juan
March 11: The Tiger has shown himself at Gap. The Troops are advancing on all sides to arrest his progress. He will conclude his miserable adventure by becoming a wanderer among the mountains.
March 12: The Monster has actually advanced as far as Grenoble
March 13: The Tyrant is now at Lyon. Fear and Terror seized all at his appearance.
March 18: The Usurper has ventured to approach to within 60 hours’ march of the capital.
March 19: Bonaparte is advancing by forced marches, but it is impossible he can reach Paris.
March 20: Napoleon will arrive under the walls of Paris tomorrow.
March 21: The Emperor Napoleon is at Fountainbleau
March 22: Yesterday evening His Majesty the Emperor made his public entry and arrived at the Tuileries. Nothing can exceed the universal joy.

(H/T Steve Sailer)

11 Stillman Brown February 22, 2016 at 6:06 pm

“You’re taking me to Saint Helena? Napa has fabulous golf.”
Better make it Clipperton, then.

12 ricardo February 22, 2016 at 6:57 pm

Applause all round.

13 jim jones February 22, 2016 at 2:52 pm
14 ElamBend February 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm

The first Republican debate he participated in it was clear that he was someone who was quite capable of thinking on his feet and coming up with answers off the cuff (good, bad, or whatever answers; he didn’t appear caught off guard ever). The other candidates, more used to set-piece sound bites, were clearly caught off guard and it made his performance look all the better. This anecdote seems to add a little depth to that; i.e. he’s had practice. Over time, the other candidates have caught up somewhat and at the same time Trump’s statements have begun to appear more practiced and repetitive.

15 Nik February 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Let’s dispel once and for all with the ficiion that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he is doing, he knows exactly what he is doing.

16 Peter M February 22, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Trump diapers reminded me that in the north of England trump is a synonym for flatulence. It appears to be a dated usage, though a fairly young friend of mine from the north was aware of it.

17 Jeff R. February 22, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Kind of off topick, but a guy from Sweden I know told me that “Pitt” is a slang term for male genitalia in Swedish and he can’t help but giggle anytime anyone mentions “Pittsburgh.” Now, I often wonder about what other words or names in English sound funny in other languages. Like what if ‘Jeff’ is slang for ‘crackhead’ in Brazil or something? I need to be aware of these things.

18 Viking February 22, 2016 at 5:25 pm

Foster means foetus in Norwegian. I thought it hysterical that he was alleged to have performed abortions.

19 EgoOne February 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm

‘people use “非死不可” (“must die” in English) because they sound similar’

20 Jb February 22, 2016 at 9:56 pm

From the 2008 election:

“Haqabi” is Egyptian slang for “prostitute.”

21 Matt February 22, 2016 at 3:08 pm

The 2000 link about Trump connects to a middle-school level report about Trump that does not contain the quote provided

22 Nish February 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

It’s there…

23 Bill February 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Trump is a classic narcissist .. It’s fun to see a narcissistic personality acting it out in national presidential debates.

From Mayo:
“If you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may feel a sense of entitlement — and when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything — for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care.

At the same time, you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation. To feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make yourself appear superior. Or you may feel depressed and moody because you fall short of perfection.”…..

“DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:

Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
Exaggerating your achievements and talents
Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
Requiring constant admiration
Having a sense of entitlement
Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
Taking advantage of others to get what you want
Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
Being envious of others and believing others envy you
Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner
Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence, it’s not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal and value yourself more than you value others.”

My former secretary had an MA in Psychology and identified one of my partners as a narcissist, which description fit him exactly. He also had one other attribute not listed above: if that lawyer failed, he immediately blamed the associate who worked for him for the failure. Just like Donald, he liked to say: “You’re Fired.” And, he was proud that no associate became a partner under him.”

I wouldn’t want to be a Cabinet officer in a Trump Administration.

24 anon February 22, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Don’t all politicians have some sort of personality disorder? For one thing, most of them are sociopaths.

25 Keith February 22, 2016 at 4:41 pm

I was going to say the same thing. You have to be a narcissist at that level.

26 Urso February 22, 2016 at 7:08 pm

You literally have to think for yourself, ah yes, of the 300 million people in the country obviously *I* am the one who deserves to have the reins of power. My decisions will be objectively superior to anyone else’s.
If I was president I’d probably spend four years on the floor of the oval office in a fetal position in sheer terror at the decisions they were asking me to make.

27 JWatts February 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm

“If I was president I’d probably spend four years on the floor of the oval office in a fetal position in sheer terror at the decisions they were asking me to make.”

I just read a science fiction story (written in the 1950’s/60’s) with that as a theme. The local Human Star System alliance elects candidates based upon empathy. They elect a whole lot of vice presidents at the same time. The average President has a term of a few weeks before having a nervous breakdown.

The story ends with the Chamberlain calling the First Vice President the day after the election. To tell him he shouldn’t plan on heading back to his home town the next day.

28 Nathan W February 23, 2016 at 4:39 am

“If I was president I’d probably spend four years on the floor of the oval office in a fetal position in sheer terror at the decisions they were asking me to make.”

Thanks for the great laugh! While it’s hard to feel sorry for someone who runs to take on a job like that, we definitely can be too hard on them sometimes, given the near impossibility of making any sort of particularly good decision for a lot of the things they MUST decide about quickly.

29 Todd K February 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Not George McGovern. Then again, he didn’t do so well at the national level…

30 AlanHan February 22, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Bill, your quoting of DSM-5 points to the error of your pop diagnosis of Trump’s mentality. Trump doesn’t fantasize about success. He has it. He doesn’t fantasize about the perfect or beautiful wife…he’s had three. And he isn’t the least unaware of his foibles and weaknesses. If you’d been close to his protracted negotiations with investors and banks, you would know that he typically came away with good deals but aware that he’d missed a few possibilities. He openly questioned his own work. Those he trusted were certainly able to voice critiques. As you well know, though, Trump finds it foolish to accept criticism from people who do everything a bit worse than he does, or who want to leverage criticism into winning against him. I think that’s sensible.

31 Bill February 22, 2016 at 10:58 pm

Every narcissist needs someone to look up to him, and follow him, until he fails, and turns on you. Putin is probably a narcissist, as is the leader of North Korea. Only when they turn on you, you’re not likely to remain alive.

32 Ray Lopez February 23, 2016 at 12:11 am

AllanHan wins, Bill loses. Modern psychology is often nothing more than classifying well known human traits as “disorders” in order to qualify for Medicare payments. It’s a scam.

33 Alain February 23, 2016 at 12:55 am


Great post Alan.

34 prior_test1 February 23, 2016 at 3:04 am

‘Trump doesn’t fantasize about success. He has it.’

So much success that he threatened to sue the Washington Post for publising details of his personal involvement in bankruptcy –

‘He doesn’t fantasize about the perfect or beautiful wife…he’s had three.’

Meaning, oddly enough, he has not found perfection yet.

‘And he isn’t the least unaware of his foibles and weaknesses.’ – Really? Because pretty much the entire world is convinced that Trump as president would ensure that Bush can rest assured that he will not go down in history as America’s worst president.

‘If you’d been close to his protracted negotiations with investors and banks, you would know that he typically came away with good deals but aware that he’d missed a few possibilities.’ – So, to quote from that notable left wing rag the Daily Mail – ‘According to the report, Trump has repeatedly ‘play[ed] down his personal role’ in the casino’s bankruptcy, including documents in the story that detailed a host of bitterness he left behind in the city along the way.

The story even includes Trump’s testimony before New Jersey’s Casino Control Commission as he was trying to obtain a license, arguing that ‘It’s easier to finance if Donald Trump owns it. With me, [investors] know there’s a certainty they would get their interest.’

Asked about the chances of failure, Trump said at the time, ‘We can have a depression. The world could collapse. We could have World War III. I mean, a lot of things can go wrong. I don’t think they will.’

In a Post interview, Trump said the casino eventually proved to be a financial success despite the 1991 bankruptcy filing, and defended his use of junk bonds based on the poor economy at the time.

‘I didn’t want to have any personal liability, so I used junk bonds. I accept the blame for that, but I would do it again,’ Trump told the paper, while denying ‘represented a personal failing.’

‘This was not personal. This was a corporate deal. If you write this one, I’m suing you,’ he said.’

‘He openly questioned his own work.’ – See above

35 TMC February 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm

“would ensure that Bush can rest assured that he will not go down in history as America’s worst president.”

Pretty sure that honor was passed from Carter to Obama several years ago.

36 So Much For Subtlety February 23, 2016 at 5:14 am

Bill, you do notice that this describes Obama to a T, right?

You think he has not done a good job despite being thin skinned, unable to handle criticism, deluded about his abilities, etc etc?

37 Bill February 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

Yeah, a guy elected by his classmates to be the head of law review, whom is classmates praise for doing a good job and working collaboratively, a guy who declined a high paying job to do community work where community groups were the actors, those are all signs.

Cmon. Look at Trump. His business fails, and he blames the banks, and turns a loss into a success based on how much he was able to get the banks to give up. First, if you take out a loan, you make promises. If you do not pay back a loan, you break promises. Second, the guy instead of saying it is his business failure, blames the banks who were foolish enough to give him a loan. Finally, he treats it all as an example of his great negotiating skill. Either he’s delusional, or you are, or both.

38 anon February 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm

I think Donald Trump should distribute some of those Trump branded diapers to his detractors. A bunch of babies, all of them.

39 prior_test1 February 23, 2016 at 3:41 am

So, this would be the typical sort of thing that a crybaby company sole shareholder would say when talking about their inability to keep that company out of bankruptcy, right? – ”This was not personal. This was a corporate deal. If you write this one, I’m suing you,’ he said.’

Trump knows all about being a crybaby – it is just another reason his supporters exult him, tending to be crybabies themselves.

40 Anon February 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm

….”a man of his statue .”

I hope the day never comes when we have a statue of this man. And even if we did

….”Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck…..” ( Ozymandias : Shelley)

41 Mark Thorson February 22, 2016 at 10:45 pm

At least we know there’s a studio in Pyongyang that can make them. Too bad about the boycott. 50 feet high in bronze would be very cool. If he becomes President, maybe he can lift the boycott and negotiate a quantity discount.

42 Ray Lopez February 23, 2016 at 12:13 am

@MT – only fifty feet? Think big man, big, man, big man! 500 high feet is more consistent with Communist / Asian style monuments.

43 Anon February 23, 2016 at 12:23 am

Donald Drumpf finally is making dummkopfs of us all.

44 HC February 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm

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