Five Years Ago Trump Launched His 2016 Campaign | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

It was five years ago, on June 16, 2015, that Trump formally launched his presidential campaign disrupting American politics. Peter Baker of The New York Times reacts. Aired on 6/16/2020.
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Five Years Ago Trump Launched His 2016 Campaign | The 11th Hour | MSNBC


  1. Too bad Trump didn’t have an escalator after his speech at West Point the other day.
    That ramp just destroyed him.

  2. I’m waiting for the Simpsons episode to see what happens next!, I hope it’s Trump spending time in jail with Sideshow Bob!

    1. I wish they showed that when Lisa succeeded Trump as president. We could breathe a sigh of relief knowing that he is going to end up in jail for sure.😂

  3. At West Point Trump looked like he was walking on bubble wrap and trying to pop every bubble on his way down that ramp. 😄

    1. He has lifts in his shoes. Don’t be so judgmental. That girdle could’ve been comfortable either.

    2. America needs to stick a great deal more gentle sloping ramps in donnies dotard bunkerboys way, metaphorically and literally speaking.

    3. Hypocrisy in action. Here you are mocking Trumps health while 4 years ago you condemn anyone who dare questioned Hillary Clinton’s health.

    4. Ike the Viking 👈 & you STILL have a SEVERE case of living on the channels you hate, talking to those you hate, about the truths that you hate, all day, every day, year on year. But, you’re, “not,” mentally ill, or just paid to be here, right, son? . . . SMH

  4. brilliantly said, ty mr baker and mr williams. that people will sign that waiver is absolutely chilling…

    1. btw, it feels more like 15 years, the worst years our nation has seen. instead of facing outside forces trying to destroy us, it is coming from both within and without (putin). we must win out over this hellish nightmare.

  5. A review of the public record reveals a clear and disturbing pattern: Trump owes much of his business success, and by extension his presidency, to a flow of highly suspicious money from Russia. Over the past three decades, at least 13 people with known or alleged links to Russian mobsters or oligarchs have owned, lived in, and even run criminal activities out of Trump Tower and other Trump properties…

    Many used his apartments and casinos to launder untold millions in dirty money. Some ran a worldwide high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower—in a unit directly below one owned by Trump. Others provided Trump with lucrative branding deals that required no investment on his part…

    Taken together, the flow of money from Russia provided Trump with a crucial infusion of financing that helped rescue his empire from ruin, burnish his image, and launch his career in television and politics. Trump was 4 billion dollars in debt, and American banks had stopped loaning him money after multiple bankruptcies. Trump was financially ruined until the Russians bailed him out. “They saved his bacon,” says Kenneth McCallion, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Reagan administration who investigated ties between organized crime and Trump’s developments in the 1980s….

    For two years, ending in 2013, the FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on a sophisticated Russian organized crime money-laundering network that operated out of Trump Tower. In April 2013, a little more than two years before Trump rode the escalator to the ground floor of Trump Tower to kick off his presidential campaign, police burst into Unit 63A of the high-rise and rounded up 29 suspects in two gambling rings. The operation, which prosecutors called “the world’s largest sports book,” was run out of condos in Trump Tower—including the entire fifty-first floor of the building. In addition, unit 63A—a condo directly below one owned by Trump—served as the headquarters for a “sophisticated money-laundering scheme” that moved an estimated $100 million out of the former Soviet Union, through shell companies in Cyprus, and into investments in the United States.

    The FBI investigation led to a federal grand jury indictment and arrest of at least 29 people, including one of the world’s most notorious Russian mafia bosses, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov. Known as the “Little Taiwanese,” he was the only target to slip away. Tokhtakhounov, who had been indicted a decade earlier for conspiring to fix the ice-skating competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics, was the only suspect to elude arrest during the FBI raid on Trump Tower. He remains a fugitive from American justice.

    Tokhtakhounov’s whereabouts remained unknown for the next seven months after the raid on Trump Tower.  The Russian crime boss fell off the radar of Interpol, which had issued a red alert. Then, in November 2013, he suddenly appeared live on international television—sitting in the audience at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. Tokhtakhounov was in the VIP section, just a few seats away from the pageant owner, Donald Trump.

    “He is a major player,” said Mike Gaeta, the agent who led the 2013 FBI investigation of Tokhtakhounov and his alleged mafia money-laundering and gambling ring, in a 2014 interview with ABC News.

    1. @Ike the Viking he told Russia to find Hillary’s emails on live tv yes they helped him

    2. David J 👈 The above comment is well worth your time, people. Give it a read. You’ll be glad you did ✌️👍

    3. Ike the Viking 👈 & you have a case of living on the channels you hate, talking to those you hate, about the truths that you hate, all day, every day, year on year. But, you’re, “not,” mentally ill, or just paid to be here, right, son? . . . SMH

    4. Why on earth was this man able to become the most powerful person in the world. I thought the Americans vetted their presidential nominees.

    5. Ash Roskell Ash Roskell What are you even talking about? You are sounding more incoherent than Trump can ever dream to be.

  6. “Give me ten years, and you will not recognize Germany anymore!”
    ― Adolf Schicklgruber @ election slogan, 1933

  7. It’s more than that, it’s 19,000 people who *won’t* wear masks because their Dear Leader says it shows weakness. Like peer pressured teenagers.

  8. Trump is officially a cult leader! He asks people to risk their life for him, and they do it without question.

  9. Who ever goes to that Trump rally and they know Covid 19 is here needs to be ______ ! So nasty.

  10. *Five years ago, Trump rode the escalator down & stepped right into the Biggest Fraud Perpetrated on the American Public while aided by a **#ComplicitGOP**!*
    *This GOP is more than deserving of the “Political Extinction Event” (PEE 😉) that is coming for them this November! **#VoteGOPintoRetirement*

  11. Ever since Mr. Trump said that he is the law and order president, everyone forgot that he is a criminal.

  12. Feels like 50 years. So much has happened since then . . . I do hope his rally is well attended, though? Wuh Huh Huh Huh 😉

  13. I love how he had to pay people to be there. Is he going to start yelling “were going to finish a wall and make Mexico pay for it” It’s going to be fine at his rallies, they are handing out 1 size fits all maga hoods.

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