Forward Thinking

Donald Likes Bibi

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The Donald is backing Bibi.

Trump, the flaxen-haired publicity hound last seen pushing birther conspiracy theories in the U.S. presidential race, made what he likely considered a major announcement this afternoon (then again, he thinks everything he says is a major announcement).

He’s backing Benjamin Netanyahu in the January 22 Israeli elections.

“Vote for Benjamin. Terrific guy. Terrific leader. Great for Israel,” Trump said in a web video published January 15.

The endorsement is short on policy but high on praise for the incumbent prime minister. “You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin Netanyahu. There’s nobody like him,” Trump said. “He’s a winner.”

Trump is a real estate and casino mogul who is also the star of the TV reality show The Apprentice. He toyed with making a Republican run for president last year, punctuated by his latching onto discredited questions about President Obama’s birth certificate.

Netanyahu is projected to come out on top in next week’s electoral contest, though he’s facing pressure on his right flank from the settler candidate Naftali Bennet and frustration from the religious Sephardic party Shas over his alliance with the Russian party Yisrael Beitanu.

What does Trump think of all this? He hasn’t said. He sure does like Netanyahu, though.

“He’s highly respected,” Trump says of Netanyahu. “He’s highly thought of by all.”

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Everyone's a Handwriting Expert — Even The Donald

By Susan Armitage

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Donald Trump

We know Jack Lew’s signature wouldn’t win any gold stars for penmanship. President Obama even joked that if he’d known Lew’s John Hancock was so loopy, he would have reconsidered his nomination for Treasury secretary.

But self-proclaimed handwriting analyst Donald Trump says Lew’s signature isn’t just bad. Rather, it tells the real estate mogul-turned-wannabe Republican political leader something about Lew’s innermost thoughts.

It’s “extremely secretive,” Trump told Fox News (via Politico).

“It shows he’s a very, very secretive person, unbelievably secretive, which of itself is interesting,” Trump asserted.

And what might “secretive” Lew have to hide? Trump thinks his 2011 testimony to Congress on Obama’s economic plan was “probably false and probably knowingly false.”

Hmmm. Wonder what some Democrats might say about The Donald’s combover hair-do. Maybe he didn’t get enough love as a child.

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