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Trump on Adelson: 'Good paper, owned by a great guy'

Donald Trump lays the compliments on Sheldon Adelson, the Netanyahu backer who recently pledged his support for the Republican nominee. But Trump hasn’t always had nice things to say about Adelson and his money.

By Shuki Tausig

At rally in Nevada last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mentioned Sheldon Adelson, the American casino mogul and patron of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

“Did you read that in your good paper? Good paper, owned by a great guy — Sheldon, Sheldon, Sheldon Adelson,” Trump as part of an attack on the Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama’s flagship healthcare program.

The “great paper” he referred to is the Las Vegas Review Journal, the largest newspaper in Nevada, which Adelson anonymously purchased last year. The identity of the purchaser was only revealed through investigative journalism by the paper’s reporters, who found that he paid significantly more than market value.

The paper’s journalists went on to write a series of articles critical of Adelson and the new ownership’s attempts to influence the editorial line. That is, until its top editors and writers were replaced and the critical voices were silenced.

Back at the rally last week, Trump made sure to note that Adelson is a “big supporter of Israel.” Perhaps the largest donor to Republican political campaigns this season (though he has given far less than the $100 million he donated in the 2012 campaign), Adelson sat on the fence in the current election until he announced his support for Trump in May.

A few weeks ago, Adelson pledged $25 million to a Super PAC supporting Trump, according to The Guardian. In Israel, Adelson’s newspaper Israel Hayom provides favorable coverage of the Republican presidential candidate.

Trump, for his part, has held numerous positions on Israel during the campaign, not all of which have sat well with Adelson’s views, the most memorable of which was when he said Washington should be neutral toward Israel.

It is worth noting that Trump did not always think of Adelson as a “great guy.” When the casino mogul had pledged support for Republican rival Marco Rubio’s campaign in October 2015, Trump tweeted: “Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!”

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    1. Carmen

      The Groper/sexual predator/racist inciter-in-chief (or, amerikkka’s netanyahoo)

      Trump Is Talking About Voter Intimidation
      The Republican nominee asked his followers to patrol polling places.
      By Yezmin Villarreal October 04 2016 2:12 AM EDT

      “During a campaign stop in Pennsylvania Saturday, Donald Trump told his followers that after they vote for him for president, they should grab their friends and go to “certain areas” to “watch” the voters.

      “I hear too many bad stories, and we can’t lose an election because of you know what I’m talking about,” said the Republican presidential nominee, according to the Washington Post. “So, go and vote and then go check out areas because a lot of bad things happen, and we don’t want to lose for that reason.”

      Trump appears to tell supporters to form roving voter intimidation squads

      Sick minds think alike:

      P.M. Netanyahu Facebook video ”Right wing gov’t in danger Arabs …
      Video for p.m. netanyahu facebook video ”right wing gov’t in danger arabs voting in droves” 0:30


      Dailymotion Apr 29, 2015

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    2. Ben

      Yes, Netanyahu looks real smart now, doesn’t he? Having recklessly, blatantly, with massive egotism and malice aforethought, thrown in his and his country’s lot with the Republicans and this complete jackass, Donald Trump. Trump is now going down in flames in the most embarrassingly self-destructive and morally bankrupt campaign in American history and the Republican Party is undergoing a spectacular crack up in which all their hypocrisies are being hung out like dirty laundry. Heckuva job, Bibi!

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    3. Ben

      You know, it’s amazing. You would think that America would have had its utter fill of privileged, silver-spoon-in-mouth but (despite the Ivy League degree) completely uneducated ignoramuses–children in man-sized suits, making fatuous decisions destroying millions of lives. I mean, of course, that America would have learned from its ill-fated adventure with the idiotic George W. Bush. But no, now a sizable portion of its citizenry flirts with an even more idiotic and destructive candidate, the appalling Donald J. Trump. As George Will, who just eviscerated Trump, Pence, the Republicans, and the journalists just wrote, “Perhaps it is imprudent to nominate a venomous charlatan.”

      And at what late stage, its hour come round at last, will Israelis wake up and say to themselves the same thing about Netanyahu and the settlers they coddle and let run loose like children in a Disneyland theme park? We don’t know. At the present moment right wing Israelis (America’s “ally”!), like Putin, are still rooting for Donald J. Trump, so that they can have another fatuous buffoon to manipulate for four years. They miss Bushie. Obama, a true adult, is such a bummer for them.

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