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Is Donald Trump a Socialist?

Date: Friday, April 15, 2016 12:24 PM EST


The last time I called the President of the United States was in 1980. I needed to speak to him about something important. My birthday was coming up.

Jimmy Carter was President then. I wanted to visit with him and interview him.

I had been calling up every politician for months and trying to interview them. Some responded and some didn’t.

I kept calling the White House.

By the way, a weird thing happened to me the other day. I was trying to call my first wife to arrange schedules with my children.

I forgot her phone number. I had to actually email her and ask for her phone number.

But now, sitting here as I type this, as if it were yesterday I can remember the White House’s number from 1980. 202-456-1212. And no, I did not Google that.

I got ahold of someone, a secretary, and asked if I could meet the President on my birthday. I didn’t live anywhere near the White House. But I knew if they said, “Yes,” I could convince my dad to take me there. I was going to turn 12 years old.

They were kind enough to not say “No” directly but they gave me reasons. “The hostages in Iran” and “the coal miner’s’ strike.” The President was very busy dealing with those situations.

I asked for Rex Scouten, the Chief Usher of the White House. He took my call. Eventually, on my birthday, he gave my dad and me a private tour of the entire White House.

Afterwards my dad said, “That’s it, ok? No more long distance calls. Focus on schoolwork.”

I never listened to him. Only a year later I joined a cult and started sneaking into NYC almost every day instead of going to school.

But that’s another story.

This race for President is a joke. But so is every race. What maniac would ever want to be President?

But the media reporting the story is just as bad. As one producer once told me, “We are just trying to fill up the space between advertisements.”

At least he was honest with me. As opposed to saying something like, “We need to report the news.”

A few months ago I wrote about Donald Trump. I said he was a scam and that he was saying outrageous things not to win votes but to actually weed out the people who would never like him so he would be left with the lowest common denominator who would be loyal to him.

I said he would cap out at 12% of the polls. I was dead wrong. I don’t know where he’s at now because I don’t read the news but I guess he is somewhere around 30 or 40% of Republicans.

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