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    Why scandal-hit Trump can still remain in office

    1. Last year ( 2018 ), Australia has gone 27 years without a recession, a record of continuous growth of which dozens of other countries including the United States would be envious. But despite that, its political culture can more often resemble that of a coup-prone banana republic.

    At least that's what Malcolm Turnbull said when he wrenched power from then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a leadership coup in 2015, and three years later the excitement continues as Turnbull finds himself on the receiving end of the knife.

    The merry-go-round of Australian political leadership pulled down another leader in August 2018, making former treasurer Scott Morrison the country's sixth Prime Minister in just over a decade.

    So why can't Australia keep a Prime Minister for more than three years?

    Meanwhile in Britain, every leader of a major UK-wide political party who contested the 2015 general election has since stepped down.

    2. In Australia and Britain, leaders find it hard to stay long in office even though they live a clean life without scandals. In the US, however, despite all his scandals, the White House incumbent won't "drop like a rock" (using one of his favourite phrases) off the political arena. Bragging in a tweet on May 11, 2019, he even warned China of BIG TARIFFS after his reelection in 2020:

    “I think that China felt they were being beaten so badly in the recent negotiation that they may as well wait around for the next election, 2020, to see if they could get lucky & have a Democrat win — in which case they would continue to rip-off the USA for $500 Billion a year,”...

    “The only problem is that they know I am going to win (best economy & employment numbers in U.S. history, & much more),” he continued, “and the deal will become far worse for them if it has to be negotiated in my second term. Would be wise for them to act now, but love collecting BIG TARIFFS!”

    3. Let us look at all his great "American values" which any future US leader must possess in order to “accomplish more than any other in American history".

    (a) Even now, Donald Trump still refuses to release his taxes.

    (b) By the end of April 2019, he has told a staggering 10,000 lies since taking office, some big, some trifling.

    (c) He received military draft deferments five times – once for bad feet and four times for college. Thanks in part to the deferments, he did not serve in Vietnam.

    (d) He criticized military veteran and Senator John McCain, saying, "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured."

    (e) New York Times investigation: Trump helped his parents evade taxes, 'including instances of outright fraud'.

    He helped "his parents dodge taxes" in the 1990s, including "instances of outright fraud" that allowed him to amass a fortune from them, according to an analysis Tuesday from The New York Times.

    Trump received at least $413 million in today's dollars from his father's real estate empire, starting at the age of 3.

    (f) When the unnamed friend “acknowledged some bad behavior toward women,” Trump gave him the following advice, Woodward writes:

    “You’ve got to deny, deny, deny, and push back on these women,” he said. “If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you’re dead. That was a big mistake you made. You didn’t come out guns blazing and just challenge them. You showed weakness. You’ve got to be strong. You’ve got to be aggressive. You’ve got to push back hard. You’ve got to deny anything that’s said about you. Never admit.”

    4. Why can such a scandal-hit guy survive a full term in office and even has the prospect of being reelected for a second term in the supposedly "model democracy"? Why do both political parties show no eagerness to remove the scandal-hit guy from office? I can only explain the puzzling phenomenon with this little fictitious tale:

    When a man opened the door one morning, he found a flea-infested, rabid dog lying on the doorstep. His first instinct was to chase the unwelcome guest away. However, a thought suddenly flashed through his mind that he could make good use of the dangerous beast.

    One evening while walking the dog after dinner, he saw his business rival in a nearby forest. Trailing at a safe distance, the man found a golden opportunity to kill his rival when they reached a secluded spot. Hearing the sound behind him, the business rival turned and saw a dog rushing at him. He drew his gun and shot at the beast, but not before he got a bite on his left hand which he used to ward off the attack at his throat.

    The wounded man rushed at once to hospital for vaccination. Meanwhile the wounded dog ran back to its master. Instead of saving its life, his master killed it and dumped the body into a crocodile-infested river.

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    “You’ve got to deny, deny, deny, and push back on these women,” he said. “If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you’re dead. That was a big mistake you made. You didn’t come out guns blazing and just challenge them. You showed weakness. You’ve got to be strong. You’ve got to be aggressive. You’ve got to push back hard. You’ve got to deny anything that’s said about you. Never admit.”

    That seems like reasonable comment, given the psychology of women.

    He is basically saying, stand up to them like a man and do not display weakness. Mind you, I would not go as far as lying to them, because this contradicts the "be strong" advice, since it takes moral strength to admit your mistakes. If they are wrong though, then yes, you must force through the truth and drum it into their heads. They might flip out at the time, but they will respect you for it. You see women like to compare notes with other women and people in general. If you told the truth they will find out eventually and come back and apologise.
    Who cares where you were wot night
    Now we have you under this light

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