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There’s no need to go further than the end. As illogical as this sounds, it’s true. There is simply no reason for any presidential candidate to raise a personal feud with Rosie O’Donnell to the level of presidential debate.

That Trump feels “Rosie O’Donnell is fat” and that she’s “mean” is truly of no pressing significance to 80 million Americans, and speaking of it at the debate belittles the office of the presidency.

Friends, this debate was not “American Idol.” It’s was not “The Apprentice.” This was to be a serious discussion about the future trajectory of America between two final candidates for the most powerful position on the planet.

Instead, in front of God and 80 million Americans, Trump gave Hillary the gift of “Rosies.”

Trump served up Hillary’s presidential victory on a Trump Signature gold plate. Hillary is no doubt still dizzy considering her good fortune.

Suffice it to say, post-debate, few other than the zombie wing of that organization formally known as the Republican Party could help but reluctantly concede amazement at Trump’s detachment from anything approaching reasonable conduct for any person remotely attempting appearance as “presidential” – let alone thoughtful and rational.

No, we need not go further with our consideration of Trump than the Rosie O’Donnell sequence.

Can you imagine a Barack Obama, or even a gaffe-prone George Bush, or a Ronald Reagan, or Bill Clinton, or George H.W. Bush picking on a B-level TV actress in front of a national audience?

Has Trump become fully disconnected from the reality separating real reality and reality TV? Has too much time playing to dumb audiences in WWF wrestling and “The Apprentice” dumbed down Trump himself?

Under Hillary’s light pressure something inside Trump got unhinged and with that manifest unhinging, so too did Trump’s chances to surpass “Lyin Hillary,” as Trump so churlishly nicknames his opponent.

While most of his performance was disqualifying, truly Trump needn’t go further than those last two minutes, piling on about Rosie and fat folks and beauty queens and other such dithered blathering.

So convoluted by debate’s end had Trump’s syntax become that we’re not exactly sure what he was even hoping to communicate.

Trump’s was a political meltdown for the ages, and Hillary didn’t have to do a thing but to let him ramble and dig himself deeper. Eighty million Americans are now eye witnesses to political suicide by unrestrained mouth.

This debate surely threw fuel on the fire of that wacky conspiracy theory that Trump is actually working for the Clintons and that his entire candidacy has been a ruse to get his friend Hillary elected. Trump’s erratic display was convincing enough to promote such a crazed notion.

Returning to seriousness, acting as he did Monday night alone should disqualify Trump from consideration as president. America was given a gift to view, up close and personal, just how dysfunctional Trump behaves under even the modest stress that the crafty Clinton applied.

Imagine the same Trump you saw subjected to the toughest and shrewdest of world leaders working to get his goat. Oh, heaven help us.

Yes, Trump lost the election at “Rosie.” But wait, there’s more.

Second to his meltdown display of Rosies, Trump also self-sabotaged, boorishly bragging that not paying taxes makes him smart.

While Trump bemoans that our airports are Third World, that our freeways are crumbling and our bridges are falling and everything about America is “terrible, terrible,” he admits he hasn’t paid his fair share for having earned his fortune living here.

Where is there example of presidential leadership here? Yes, his tax moves may be technically legal. But Trump saying paying no taxes makes him smart also, by inference, makes you and me schmucks for paying for the very broken down airports, roads, bridges, security and military from which he benefits, yet bemoans.

In Trump-world, everyday Joe taxpayers like you and me are dumb suckers. So just who’s supposed to pay for all this surrounding us?

It gets worse: Trump’s proposed “tax plans” have “beautiful tax cuts for the rich” trickling down beautiful jobs for us dumb folks. The Trump Organization and family would be a primary benefactor.

We would be “dumb times two” if we let him get away with more of the same – especially under the shroud of the presidency.

There’s no need to go further. A reading of the debate transcript will have anyone’s jaw dropping multiple times over. Trump is wholly unfit by so many measures to represent Americans and America.

“Just say more crazy things,” Hillary goaded Trump at the debate. Trump took that bait, played his fate, and ran with crazy all night long.

Thank goodness he let all America see who and what he really is, before it was too late.

Thanks to something as trite as Rosie, Trump’s campaign is pushing up daisies.

Gary Horton is a Santa Clarita resident. “Full Speed to Port!” appears Wednesdays in The Signal.

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  • So, Horton, look me in the eye (figuratively) and tell me that YOU don’t take every single tax deduction you legally can.

    Tell me that YOU willingly and knowingly pay MORE taxes than you’re legally obliged to.

    Tell me that YOU, as a business owner, don’t pay out your own personal dollars to hire the absolute best tax preparers or attorneys or whatever you use, to make sure you pay the absoluter MINIMUM amount to the government that you can get away with.

    Tell me that if YOU have a year in which you legally owe no taxes, you’ll still turn around and write a check to the government anyway.

    If YOU can’t do that, then you’re a blatant hypocrite for doing EXACTLY what you’re trying to rake Trump over the coals for.


    • tech

      If you’re expecting a straight up answer from a “Progressive” on taxation, here’s your sign, Brian:

      “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

      Gary’s objective is to drive focus onto the shiny object du jour. In the VP Debate last night, that’s exactly what the amazingly manic Tim Kaine did.

    • indy


      The logic used by his poster ignores the reality that the wealthy use large dollars to fund lobbyist than then write ‘loopholes’ into the tax laws that allow somebody like Trump to ‘legally’ pay less taxes.

      All income earners rich or poor should pay proportionately a tax rate that covers the nation’s ‘infrastructure and resources’ used.

      It’s vital that the capital gains tax be raised to the existing normal income . . . to reflect this usage.

      The whole idea of deferring taxes to the wealthy since they create jobs ignores this as well.

  • Gene Walker

    This is where Horton will attempt a deflection with “I’m not the one running for president”, as if that somehow will assuage his hypocrisy.

    • Of course he will.

      This nonsense is EXACTLY why so many really good people simply refuse to participate in politics. Why would anyone want to subject themselves to such absurd attacks?

      And why does anyone have to apologize for being a SUCCESS at their business? Where’s all the outrage about Pelosi’s wealth? Why wasn’t the Kennedy fortune ever under such scrutiny? Would Truman have been blasted for being a failure in the business world?

      • CaptGene

        I saw Hildabeast out blasting Trump for losing almost a billion dollars of his own money, surprisingly, she was mute about the SIX BILLION dollars that went missing from the State Department on her watch.

        Only a political neophyte hack like Horton could support a lying incompetent like Clinton.

        • So then, Hildebeest, which is it?

          Is he incompetent for losing money at his business, or a “crook” for not paying taxes in years when he took business losses?

          It must be nice to be a libtard, when you never have to be consistent about anything.

  • projalice11

    “Gary Horton: Everything’s coming up ‘Rosies’ for Hillary”

    Rosie is getting her just dues *****

  • projalice11

    The egomaniacs side kick threw the egomaniac under the bus because he couldn’t defend him
    in a logical and truthful way ****

    Pence was campaigning for himself , and he did a pretty good job. *****

    Kaine was criticized for interrupting and rightful so, but he had a good teacher in Trump******

  • tech

    While Gary wants us to focus on poor Rosie, this:

    Drip, drip, drip.

    Virginia Hasn’t Stopped Noncitizens From Voting, Watchdog Finds

    Illegal Voters Uncovered in Philly Are ‘Tip of the Iceberg’
    Law firm uncovers illegal immigrants, convicted felons on rolls — and some have voted in crucial swing state

    • tech


      State Police raid Indy office in growing voter fraud case

      Justin L. Mack and

      Indiana State Police raided a voter registration agency in Indianapolis, as an investigation into voter registration fraud has expanded into nine counties in all. (Dwight Adams/IndyStar) Wochit

      Indiana State Police investigators on Tuesday searched a voter registration agency on Indianapolis’ north side as they look into a voter fraud case that spans nine counties.

      The investigation began in late August when police learned of the filing of fraudulent voter registration forms in Marion and Hendricks counties.

      The investigation has expanded from Marion and Hendricks counties to include Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake and Madison counties, according to a statement from State Police.

      Police said the growing number of involved counties leads investigators to believe that the number of fraudulent records might be in the hundreds.

      The possible fraudulent information is a combination of fake names, addresses and dates of birth with real information.

      As part of the expanded investigation, State Police detectives served a search warrant for the business offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project in the 2400 block of North Meridian Street.

      • It’s all a figment of your imagination, tech. Xenophobia. Conservative paranoia. Voter suppression.

        After all, nothing’s been PROVEN, so it doesn’t exist.

        • tech

          I appreciate you acting as Steve’s proxy while he figures out how to comment on the new system, Brian.

          • My pleasure. I consider it a solemn duty.

  • “…Trump’s campaign is pushing up daisies”

    As usual, I have to preface this with a reminder that I am not a Trump supporter and I will not be voting for him.

    That having been said, what drugs is Horton on? It’s a tight race, the dems are worried. Horton is just whistling past the graveyard. As usual, Horton is completely un-tethered from reality.

    • tech

      Facts don’t matter when you’re part of the local DNC campaign cabal, CG. The overt and covert sock puppets are all on the same team, hoping to flip SCV to Code Blue.

      Recollect that Mr. “Rational Center” escaped Los Angeles and hopes to spread the “Progressive” contagion here.

      • Yeah, it’s funny how that works.

        The “progressives” turn their own neighborhoods into trash heaps. Then they decide they don’t like living there anymore, so they decide to move to a “better” area, like here.

        Then once they’re here, they decide that they want to impose on US the same idiotic ideas and policies that trashed their own neighborhoods to begin with, the very pox they fled in the first place.

        I mean, that’s the very personification of the phrase “stuck on stupid”.

  • noonan

    Steve isn’t the only one that struggled to figure out how to comment. Sheesh Signal, why? WHY?

    • tech

      It was a rather flawed process to migrate to the WordPress platform with zero communication to the community, noonan. From a business perspective, it’s a lower priority than content and advertising.

      That said, I’m personally pleased with no longer having to tolerate the creaky architecture of the “Morris Multimedia” platform.

  • noonan

    Isn’t advertising revenue partly driven by “clicks”? If so, I would expect a substantial decrease.

    • tech

      Correct. The content and advertising was ready for clicks upon migration. Commenting wasn’t as I stated.

  • dukie

    Does the Signal pay this guy to write this drivel? If they pay him a dime he should give them eleven cents in change.