American Bridge Statement On The First Presidential Debate

American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on the first presidential debate:

“Donald Trump confirmed tonight, once again, what we already knew — he’s unfit to serve as Commander in Chief. His complete lack of substantive ideas and two-minute long tirade on birtherism aside, Trump couldn’t manage to keep his temper in check for even a few moments before he lashed out. While Republicans watched with bated breath hoping “presidential” Trump would appear tonight, it became clear that “presidential” Trump simply does not exist. Trump showed himself to be angry, thin-skinned, prone to lies, and operating on a hair trigger temper — and those qualities have no place in the Oval Office.”

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Trump’s War On Women

Once again, Donald Trump went after Hillary Clinton in sexist terms, with nothing to back it up. Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has launched openly sexist attacks against journalists (e.g., calling Megyn Kelly a “bimbo”), defended past remarks calling women “dogs” and “disgusting animals,” and insisted that women have an easier path through life than men.

But that’s just the beginning of Donald Trump’s decades of following through of his own advice on women: “you have to treat ’em like shit” — and he’s been particularly outspoken on his apparent view that mothers should stay out of the workplace, at least where he’s in charge.

And in a running mate, Trump chose a man that once forcefully assorted with all the authority of a non-expert with no idea what he’s talking about that, “day-care kids get the short end of the emotional stick” and suggested that working mothers’ induce “stunted emotional […]

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Unstable. Unpredictable. Unfit.

Donald Trump thinks that his temperament is his greatest asset? He is proving tonight just as he has time and time again that he is temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief. Trump has proven time and time again that he is temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief.

When challenged, Trump loses his mind at the drop of a hat, blindly lashing out critics, and easily baited by something as inconsequential as a single tweet. Trump’s unstable and utterly unpredictable; the only certainty is he’ll never apologize.

Trump’s campaign is occasionally able to keep him from lashing out and control him via teleprompter. But there is no teleprompter for the presidency. And that’s why Donald Trump’s volatile and unstable temperament make him a serious threat to our economic and national security and fundamentally unfit to be commander in chief.


Here are just a few of Trump’s most dangerous and erratic moments from the past year: 


Trump ashed […]

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He’s racist.

Donald Trump reverted back to the same racist insults and mentality he’s spewed throughout this campaign and his life. He would implement stop and frisk nationally, denigrates the lives of African Americans and Latinos, and spent 5 years promoting a racist conspiracy theory that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. Earlier this month, someone on Trump’s staff finally convinced him to begrudgingly say that Obama was born in the U.S. — but that doesn’t mean Trump believes it, and the way Trump’s essentially dodged questions on his birtherism since then suggests he probably still does.

Donald Trump hasn’t apologized for years of his racist birtherism, nor similarly for the broader, deep-seeded racism and moments of bigotry that have defined his campaign.

Here are just a few instances of flagrant racism and bigotry that Trump should — but refuses to — apologize for tonight:

Trump’s called immigrants […]

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Trump-Pence 💖s Outsourcing

Donald Trump is once again talking a tough game about protecting U.S. jobs, but his and Mike Pence’s records on outsourcing don’t give either of them much credibility.

Trump and Outsourcing

Trump claims he’s against outsourcing, even as he profits off companies that outsource — and that’s just the start of his hypocrisy on the issue. Essentially every Trump-branded product is (was, for the many now-defunct goods) manufactured overseas; from Bangladesh and Vietnam, to Honduras and Mexico.

And on top of that, Trump has also brought in thousands of foreign workers over the years, having sought “at least 1,100 foreign worker visas since 2000.” Even as he’s launched his presidential bid, Trump companies have continued to bring in foreign workers, including at his Mar-a-Lago club and at Trump Vineyard.

Pence and Outsourcing

Pence’s outsourcing record is no better than Trump’s: he’s approved millions in taxpayer funds for companies that outsourced or went on to outsource.

As chair of Indiana’s “jobs” agency, […]

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Equal Pay Opponent Pence’s Indiana Has 10th Largest Gender Pay Gap Nationally

With Governor Mike Pence in charge, it’s no surprise that Indiana women aren’t receiving equal pay for equal work. Pence has been a longtime opponent of equal pay, voting three times against the Paycheck Fairness act and three time against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act while in Congress.

Here’s Pence’s impact after four years as governor: a recent study from The American Association of University Women has found that Indiana has “one of the largest gender pay gaps” in the country, according to the IndyStar. In the Hoosier state, “women earn just 76 percent of what men earn,” the 10th largest gender pay gap across the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Pence had an opportunity to support legislation that would guarantee women receive fair wages in Congress, or at the very least guarantee due process to fight back against employer discrimination. But apparently Pence — who’s said working mothers cause their kids […]

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MEMO: We Already Know Who Trump Is

TO:         Interested Parties
FROM:   Jessica Mackler, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE:         We Already Know Who Trump Is 
DATE:    September 25, 2016

We’ve had nearly four decades of Donald Trump living (and forcing us to watch) his life in public, so we know exactly who Trump is as he takes the stage at the first presidential debate Monday night.

Trump is a sexist bully with a history of discrimination against African Americans and Latinos. He intentionally appeals to white nationalists and gives a voice to their xenophobia and irrational hate. He admires foreign dictators and is a danger to our economic and national security. Knowing all we know about Donald Trump, he has proven himself completely unfit to be commander in chief.

Trump showed in the primary debates that no matter what he does or says at the debate, Trump is who he is. He has good nights and bad […]

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