Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

Trump: Valueless

Warren Buffett threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump again last week. It happened after Trump lied about Buffett’s federal income tax payments on national TV.

During the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Trump said Buffett “took a massive deduction,” suggesting it was the kind that the Republican nominee used for years to dodge income taxes.

The next morning, Buffett reported to the world that he paid federal taxes every year since 1944 when he was 13. He owed $7 then. Last year, he paid $1.8 million, about 16 percent of his $11.6 million income. He gave $2.858 billion to charity that year. Yes, that’s billion with a b.

By contrast, Trump’s “charitable” foundation is under investigation for self-dealing, and he is the first presidential candidate in 40 years to refuse to disclose any federal income tax information.

In August, Buffett, who is six times richer than Trump, challenged the Republican nominee to a tax throw down. The point of honor in that duel would be revealing their returns. Buffet pointed out that both men are under audit, so that would be no excuse to chicken out. Still, Trump begged off.

It’s not enough for a presidential candidate to boast before adoring crowds. It’s crucial that candidates both embody and demonstrate American values. Those standards don’t include lying or shirking taxes or bragging about sexual assault or creating a charity to pay a candidate’s own bills. Buffett demonstrates American values in both words and actions. Trump displays utter obliviousness to those values.  

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The Third Debate Was a Sexist Mess

Natasha Geiling

Natasha Geiling Reporter, ThinkProgress

Running for office as a woman is never easy — and during the third and final presidential debate, sexist attacks against the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton were on full display.

It began when Republican nominee Donald Trump characterized Clinton’s reaction to the D.C. v. Heller decision — in which the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms — as “angry” and “extremely upset.”

“The D.C. v. Heller decision was very strongly and she was extremely angry about it,” Trump said. “I watched. She was very, very angry when upheld. And Justice Scalia was so involved, and it was a well crafted decision, but Hillary was extremely upset, extremely angry.”

Moderator Chris Wallace then doubled down on Trump’s characterization, asking Clinton, “Were you extremely upset?”

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Another Woman Just Came Forward to Say Trump Assaulted Her

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee Immigration Reporter, Think Progress

Just one day after the third and final presidential debate, another woman has come forward to say that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump groped her 18 years ago after a U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens, New York.

Karena Virginia — a self-described yoga instructor and life coach who lives in the New York City region — said at a press conference on Thursday morning that Trump approached her in 1998 while she was waiting for her car service in Flushing, New York.

“As I was waiting, Donald Trump approached me,” she said. “I knew who he was, but I had never met him. He was with a few other men. I was quite surprised when I overheard him talking with the other men about me. He said, ‘hey look at this one. We haven’t seen her before. Look at those legs’ as though I was an object rather than a person.”

Virginia became visibly emotional when she described Trump groping her.

“He then walked up to me and reached his right arm and grabbed my right arm,” she said. “Then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I was in shock. I flinched. ‘Don’t you know who I am?’”

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Union Matters

Election 2016: Members Speak Out

Joe Shelley
Local 9-508

Joe Shelley, 43, of Hanahan, S.C. has been a union member for a decade and serves as recording secretary for USW Local 9-508 at KapStone Paper and Packaging.

“For me, right to work is the big difference between Trump and Hillary Clinton. He supports a national right to work. And she opposes right to work.

Right to work has been in South Carolina for as long as I can remember, and I know its dangers. It is designed to cut union funds and not allow us to do good things for our members. That endangers unions.

“If unions do well, the middle class does well and communities do well. So right to work is a threat to the middle class and to communities. And Donald Trump supports that threat.”


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How's It Feel, Trump?

How's It Feel, Trump?