The Omaha Oracle Warren Buffet has pledged to do “whatever it takes” to ensure Donald Trump loses the presidential election.
Deep in the heart of GOP stronghold Omaha, Nebraska Hillary Clinton took the stage with billionaire businessman Warren Buffet on August 1 to make her case to the American people. Why would Clinton visit Nebraska, a state which hasn’t been won by a Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964? Three reasons: Attempting to win the split electoral college vote (Nebraska is one of two states that isn’t winner-takes-all), appealing to the residents of the next door state of Iowa, and using Nebraska’s favorite billionaire to question faux billionaire and GOP nominee Donald Trump’s fitness to be president.
Buffet wasted no time by ridiculing Trump’s insistence that he won’t release his tax returns despite every other presidential nominee in memory doing so. Buffet wants to know what is it that Trump has to hide if he is so proud of his business acumen, and he then made Donald Trump “an offer I hope that he can’t refuse” which shocked the Omaha audience.
Buffet said, “Donald Trump, at one point, said that he can’t release his tax returns because he is under audit. Now I’ve got news for him, I’m under audit too! And I would be delighted to meet him anyplace, anytime, between now and election. I’ll bring my tax return, he can bring his tax return, nobody is going to arrest us. There are no rules against showing your tax returns, and we’ll just let people ask us questions about the items that are on there.”
Buffet continued, “How many of you would be afraid for your tax returns to be made public? No. You’re only afraid if you got something to be afraid about. He’s not afraid of the IRS. He’s afraid because of you. So send the word to him if you will.”
The Omaha billionaire then brutally attacked Trump’s dismal business record, “You know the history of his enterprises where he was borrowing money. Where one time after another where he went into bankruptcy.” Buffet continued to laughter by the audience, “I’ve really never known another businessman who brags about his bankruptcies. To tell you the truth, why not, it is his claim to stardom.”
Trump enraged Buffet, along with millions of others, with his comments about the Khan family whose son nobly died in the deserts of Iraq in 2004 protecting his fellow soldiers. Buffet said, “Now the final straw occurred this weekend, and you know about it…Mr. Khan had offered Mr. Trump a copy of the constitution. Mr. Khan said Trump had ‘sacrificed nothing and no one.’ Quite an accurate statement. And Trump said, ‘I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I’ve worked very hard. I’ve created thousands of jobs, and I’ve had tremendous success.’ George, a little overcome, said, ‘Those are sacrifices?’ and Trump, believe it or not, said ‘Oh sure. I think those are sacrifices.’
Buffet furthered his demolition of Trump, “Now the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Khan died a dozen or so years ago. In that dozen of years we’ve employed a lot of people. I’ve had fun doing it. We’ve made money, but I have made no sacrifice. No member of the Buffet family has gone to Iraq or Afghanistan. No member of the Trump family has gone to Iraq or Afghanistan. We’ve both done extremely well, and our families have not sacrificed anything. But how in the world can you stand up to a couple of parents who lost a son and talk about sacrificing because you were building a bunch of buildings?
“When I heard that my mind went back to the McCarthy hearings, Joe Welch had a young assistant maligned by Sen. McCarthy and McCarthy went on and on. Finally Joe Welch couldn’t take it anymore and said, ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir?’ and I ask Donald Trump, ‘Have you no sense of decency sir?'”
Buffet also announced his new voting campaign called “Drive 2 Vote”, which Buffet says will help voters get to the polls. Buffet vowed, “I will take at least 10 people to the polls who would otherwise have difficulty getting there.” He also boasted of reserving a trolley with 32 seats and challenged the audience, “Let’s give America a civics lesson.”
Will Buffet’s efforts be successful? Will his influence help Hillary Clinton be the first Democrat in over 50 years to turn Omaha blue? Only time will tell, but we hope Buffet’s civic lesson is heard far and wide by the American people.
Watch Buffet’s full speech below:
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