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History tells us that once a stupid rich man gets poor, he doesn't usually get rich again… unless he is Donald Trump.
—John Green[1]

Donald J. Trump (b. 1946) aka The Donald®, John Miller, and John Barron is a heel wrestling personality,[2] reality TV star, lifestyle enthusiast,[note 1], and owner of one of the worst comb-overs in history.

Nowadays, he markets himself as a Turbo-Wingnut: he's a climate change denier,[3][4] is militantly pro-life, wants to toughen up America by building a Great Wall of Mexico.[5] and eliminating the Deptartment of Education, thinks vaccines cause autism,[6] yada yada. This is a substantial reversion of his earlier positions: Trump used to be pro-choice,[7] pro-universal health care,[8] and has donated more than half a million dollars to Democrats over the last two decades, including the Wicked Witch of East, Hillary Clinton.[9] This must be distinctly understood, or nothing frustrating can come of the story we are going to relate.

In the summer of 2015 he commandeered the Clown car, running on the hazy slogan of "Make America Hate Great Again". He's loud and flashy. He's brash and a bit of a douchebag. He's a little bit sexist and a little bit racist. He's basically America personified! That's the essence of his campaign, and it's all anybody really knows about this "blue-collar billionaire."[10] Trump himself stopped being a real person sometime around the mid-eighties.[11]

The substance of Trump's candidacy has been making dick jokes and period jokes, and giving voice to the dark, hateful side of "took ur jerbs!". (In 2011, he also became the first presidential hopeful to use the word "fucking" in a speech![12]) So far he is leading the polls, and he's barely spent any money on it.[13] Everything we know about U.S. elections is no longer valid. Politics has become Whose Line Is It Anyway?, where everything's made up and the points don't matter.[14]

Despite his status as a living cartoon,[15] even Donald is no exception to the stopped clock: He regularly calls out the neoconservatives and their hired help.[16] His annihilation of the Club for Growth is also on point.[17]

He once recorded an audio commentary for a film that is regarded as the greatest of all time by several critics. The name of said film? Citizen Kane, of course. You can find it on YouTube.

Contents

[edit] It begins

George H.W. Bush started this when he considered Trump for VP and planted the idea in his head, not realizing that Trump was some kind of Cthulhu in the making and unknowingly screwing his second son out of the chance.[18]

[edit] Testing the waters

He was a long-shot Republican contender for the 2012 Presidential nomination, so he could have run against Barack Obama. Then as now, Trump had no political experience, though he has a good deal of bankruptcy experience. Trump's ongoing activities were hard to reconcile with "conservative" positions: he owes a substantial portion of his wealth to his involvement in the gambling industry, and his apparel line is manufactured in the very country that he wanted to hit with punitive tariffs.[19]

Content to surf the media wave and pocket the donations,[20] Trump didn't hesitate to jump on the Fox News bandwagon, appointing himself the Birther-in-Chief and demanding to see Obama's long-form birth certificate.[21] He also believes Bill Ayers ghostwrote Obama's Dreams From My Father.[22] Remember when being a Birther was basically the peak of crazy in political discussions? Times have changed, man.

He dropped out of the race after the aforementioned speech, which goes against his work ethic heavily endorsed on The Apprentice. (Don't give up!) After NBC took The Apprentice off the air in '07, Trump returned to hawking steaks.[note 2]

Just goes to show you, never write a candidate off this side of Arlington Cemetery.

[edit] Trumpapalooza

I built a little empire out of some crazy garbage / Culled the blood of the exploited working class / But they've overcome their shyness / Now they're calling me "Your Highness" / And the world screams "Kiss me, son of God"

—- "Kiss Me, Son of God", They Might Be Giants

Much to the dismay of GOP power-brokers and the delight of comedians everywhere, Trump declared in June 2015 that he is running for Emperor the President of the United States on the 2016 Republican Presidential ticket. He immediately received backlash for his racist comments against Mexican immigrants during his announcement speech, which cost him his beauty pageant and other television deals.[23][24][25]

Conventional campaigning just wasted money this cycle as "vanity" candidates, like Trump and Carson, began way ahead of the candidates spending millions on field operations.[26] He absolutely Trump crushed Rand Paul and Jeb Bush, both of whom had robust field campaigns. Thanks to state GOP rules that were designed to stop extreme candidates from getting delegates, he was able to claim 100% of South Carolina's delegates despite getting barely a third of the popular vote. Oops.

Now the presumptive nominee, Trump threatened to run as an independent if the GOP stole the nomination via a brokered convention,[27] which likely would have ushered in the end of the GOP. A few stalwarts remained in the race, but the writing was on the wall. The party is already fissured and if enough people vote Trump in, career politicians would have to adopt platforms more in line with Joe Sixpack if they want to be electorally successful. At last tally, the party has now alienated a even bigger percentage of women, minorities, seniors, urban professionals, and anyone else who isn't an "ignorant, angry white guy" — PZ Myers. But nothing's perfect. (It's also oddly reminiscent of the 1992 campaign: Perot split the conservative vote allowing Clinton to win with less than 50% support.[28])

Jeb! is already sorely missed. We enjoyed Trump roughing him up on national TV, but it got unduly nasty sometimes. He generally seemed to profess sincere beliefs and kept it to politics, rather than all this testosterone-soaked, white victim crap. Now that the more politically focused among the party are disillusioned and silent, we are truly left with only the most odious and pathetic caricatures. So settle in and prepare to have your minds awakened (again and again) to the sad plight of the white man, burdened and repressed all at once by the Great Strahweh, peace be upon him.

[edit] Campaign promises

So the thing about Donald Trump is, he's full of shit. So the error you've made, as a sane human being, is giving any consideration to his idiotic ideas. The people are being conned and misled, as is so characteristic of Trump's schemes. Almost all of his ideas and proposals are absolutely disastrous from the perspective of someone who wants a prosperous United States. (Even electing Trump would do unmitigated harm to America's global standing.)

Issue "Solution"
Tax reform Trump makes a lot of anti-corruption noises but doesn't make a case for it which extends beyond trust me.[29]

Trump tax plan while claiming that it wouldn't increase the deficit as according to Trump it would really help the economy has been calculated $10 trillion revenue loss even by both conservative and liberal groups.[30] His plan would also increase wealth inequality as it would give the wealthy ridiculous tax breaks.[31]

Healthcare So, pretty much Obamacare except that the insurance cartels companies can headquarter in whichever states have the weakest consumer protection laws and force their plans on everyone else.[32]

For all of Trump's macho-man image, this is a remarkably pusillanimous plan. Trump's candidacy has been based on ditching standard Republican orthodoxy and pushing through populist goodies that benefit the masses (or at least the white male ones). But this healthcare plan is a standard establishment Republican nothingburger which is indistinguishable from what lots of other Republicans have offered up. This indicates that Trump does not feel secure about his position in the nomination process, and is trying to signal to the Republican establishment that he can adopt some of their stances, too.[33]

Border security The wall Trump proposes to stop illegal Mexican immigrants is a non-starter. Mexico will not pay, and Pew research suggests more Mexicans are returning to Mexico than are emigrating to the United States.[34] In any case, we doubt Mexico would ever forgive being extorted out of $20 billion dollars (after already having ceded a huge swath of what is California though Texas following the Mexican-American war). And the USA's global reputation would be irreparably harmed if we began bullying our neighbors for nonsensical building projects. Trump hinted he may go to war if Mexico refuses to pay.[35] Moreover, the majority of US construction workers are undocumented Mexican immigrants. Is Donald going to hire illegal immigrants in order to build a wall which specifically designed to stop illegal immigrants? Will they agree to build it?
Foreign policy China, bad! China, bad! TRUMP SMAAAAASH![36][37]

As is typical of a Republican, Trump has begun to pivot away from his earlier statements ("sorta neutral") about Israel.[38] Trump also wants to Mafia-ize the U.S.'s national security posture. (It'd be a sad sight if Russia invaded you next week.) The military is oversized because of their own military adventures, and he has the gall to chastise Europe for not chipping in.[39]

National Security In what Tricky Dick on a bender might mistake for a foreign policy strategy, Trump said that the way to defeat ISIS was to "bomb the shit out of them", then send [Exxon]Mobil to suck out all the oil.[40] He also thinks we should "take out their families", which means he's advocating for civilian deaths in war. Further, Trump isn't just talking about immediate family like wife or children. He's talking the whole family: grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews. Whoever has a familial connection to the terrorist, he wants to wipe them out, regardless of their culpability.[41][42] He'll also bring back torture, though he knows it doesn't work, since "they deserve it anyway."[43] Caedite eos! Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius![wp]

In what will become a pattern, he has since doubled down on the idea, explicitly calling for a national database that registers and identifies all Muslim Americans.[44] When he inevitably tries to backpedal, or insist that it was not his idea, do not believe him.

Trump also thinks we should "close up" the internet to stop ISIS. Just like that! Which likely means, Whatever I don't like will be shut down.[45]

[edit] Establishment pushback

TV turns [Trump] on and only TV can turn him off... He has no need for the RNC. He already owns primetime.
—former CNN anchor Campbell Brown[46]

Trump doesn't have a voting record and his statements have created an incoherent and contradictory impression of what he believes in. This is problematic because it creates an inability to truly judge his candidacy, since he really has no platform. (The cardinal rule of any cult is to keep it vague.)

The interesting thing is that Trump has gotten as far as he has with virtually no support from the establishment to begin with. He's already solid with evangelicals.[47]Sure, Christie's endorsement will give him a boost, but Trump has proven that he can pull ahead based only on his own message and ability to dominate the media. Then again, Trump just relies upon playing on America's stereotypes: you don't need a grassroots, boots-on-the-ground campaign when you're just parroting things that the hoi polloi want to hear, you just need a media platform. CNN's job is to make money, and Trump brings eyeballs.[48]

This is a guy who flaunts his wealth like someone who just won the lottery and has a gold plated stroller for his kid. It's taking everything the party holds dear—capitalism, family values—and turning it into a reality TV joke. Not to mention that Trump's approach to the electorate—appealing to lower class whites while doing even worse than Romney with Hispanics—is the opposite of the strategy GOP insiders settled on after the 2012 loss. Yet Trump was their only slim chance at a winnable option in the first place. And with Scalia's death the stakes are just too high to let the presidency slip away.

Trump might be a big player in NY real estate, but he's not a team player–the dressage crowd who somehow manage all to be related to one another (yep, even Obama is related to some of our famous political leaders). Add in his public courtship with the type of scum that GOP donors have been quietly dining out on for ages, and he could be a serious problem for them in the future. Which bring us to...

[edit] Sow the storm and reap the whirlwind

They've been tailoring the suit for years. It just happens to fit Trump perfectly.
—Sam Seder, The Majority Report

Bircher tactics work. If this election is a litmus test, then the entire Republican party fails it.[49][50] And that really gets to the heart of the problem: the Republicans have managed to convince their base of the validity of Trump-style statements without acting on them when elected. The party made its bed with the softcore racism, and now their base is going to make them sleep in it. Those who know better realize that a Republican Party that openly supports xenophobia will go down in flames, but they're powerless to stop it from happening because they've been doing everything to convince the base that xenophobia is the way forward. The "Silent Majority" has always held these beliefs under the surface. They've not been very politically active; they're too busy hating the world for changing to even bother voting. But now, Trump has re-activated that base.

Trump's lack of credentials shouldn't even be controversial in the libertarian sphere, but it is. It's no secret how the libertarian movement is disproportionately filled with white nationalists, but it's still surprising how many immediately abandoned all of their principles to support the guy over Ron Paul's own son. If anything, they should be the ones who hate Trump the most, but their partisanship and tribalism is really showing this year.[51] Yet paleoconservatism has always been a populist movement, and Trump knows exactly how to fire those people up, to get the Mussolini juices flowing (which some think the U.S. actually needs as an alternative to the cult of Putin).[52][53][note 3]

This is obviously right in Trump's own wheelhouse anyway. Some forget that Trump joined the Reform Party back in 1999.[54]

[edit] Deep cover liberal?

See the main article on this topic: Deep cover liberal
If Donald Trump were a Democratic mole placed in the Republican Party to disrupt things, how would his behaviour be any different? I don't think it would be.
George Will[55]

Serious Republican talking heads are half-entertaining rumors that Trump is not, in fact, a top-level douchebag, but actually one of the most successful political double agents ever planted.[56] It's easy to see the appeal of this theory: It's painful for conservatives to admit the party is getting its just desserts for pandering to cretins; they'd rather just pretend that it's due to Hillary's witchcraft.[57]

[edit] Rhetorical tricks

[edit] Star quarterback

Apparently Hillary Clinton does a pretty good Donald Trump. Then again, it’s not exactly hard. You just squint your eyes, react to every question as if you caught a whiff of a stinky steak fart, and call everyone a "LEW-sur".
—Michael K.[58]

The biggest Overton shift this year has been anyone believing that Donald Trump is "anti-establishment." (His life's work has been about creating things and spaces exclusively for the wealthy.) Liberals and conservatives are just wired differently. Republicans generally respond better to displays of strength and forthrightness, whereas Democrats generally respond better to bipartisanship and compassion.[59]

With that in mind, it's no surprise that the candidate with the best "tell it like it is!" game on Twitter and in debates is pulling ahead. For better or worse, Trump looks at life like buying a used car. You go in with bluster and threaten to walk if they don't give you what you want. If you start from a reasonable position, the other side pulls you in the wrong direction. This was the takeaway from The Art of the Deal, and it's a strategy in touch with the perceptions of the GOP base. Many still think that Romney had the general election sealed up, but choked. It's why Don's portrayal of his opponents as boring, dumb, nerdy,[60] losers,[61] low-energy[62], chokers[63] or "choke artists"[64] have been so effective.

In the minds of the base, it's never been the case that the country has become more progressive, or that 12 years of Bushes was more than enough regime change and Reaganomics than voters ever wanted. Nope, the perception is that McCain, Romney, Bush, Rubio—these candidates all 'choked' in concert with the American people all wanting them to be President but just not knowing it yet. They're all presumed guilty of giving the country two more Democratic terms based on supposed personal and strategic failures, never due to a disconnect between what voters wanted and what these candidates were selling. The RNC propping up Romney (again!) in opposition to Trump shows that they can't even grasp this basic fact about their own voters.

[edit] Seeing stars

Somewhere, in the brimstone-caked cave where the universe weaves the threads of American politics, someone decided to give a Republican base hungry for a return to the 1980s a candidate born of and longing for that decade.
—Phillip Bump[65]

Social conservatism doesn't fly as far as it did in the 90s, and the materialist streak that drove conservatism in the 80s is becoming increasingly radicalized towards welfare chauvinism[wp] (to reflect the growing progressive chorus on the left). More to the point, their core base is dying off, so Republicans need to run more TV/movie stars. Worked with Reagan, Schwarzenegger, and now Trump. It's not irrelevant that Clint Eastwood, of all people, was given a prime-time speaking slot at the last convention.

Meanwhile he's slowly slowly starting to assemble a team of the worst politicians you can imagine. Corrupt shit-bags like Christie, neocons like Jeff Sessions,[66] now Rick Scott[67]—these are the people that will actually be running the place.

[edit] Sound and Fury, signifying Nothing

As we move towards a society which is optimal from the point of view of the business classes—namely, that each individual is an atom, lacking means to communicate with others so that he or she can’t develop independent thought or action and is just a consumer, not a producer—people become deeply alienated, and they may hate what’s going on but have no way to express that hatred constructively. And if a charismatic leader comes along, they may very well follow.

Noam Chomsky[68]

According to Rolling Stone, the guy-at-the-end-of-the-bar theory of Trump is increasingly true,[11] in that he will say whatever is the opinion of Ordinary Americans - you know, idiots - sitting in a sports bar. Some are attracted to the straight talk even if it's the wrong talk. Mixed in with all the rest are people who are just tired of lies and half-truths, folks who promise things to get into office then start backtracking and weaseling out of it. It's part of the reason why Bush was pretty popular. Love him or hate him, there was a sense that you knew where he stood, he took responsibility for his acts, and that attracted its own set of followers. Mind you, that was probably a John Wayne act, but it worked, just like the Trump salt-of-the-earth act is working.

What's fueling the GOP primary is general anger about the state of affairs, and the "Take our country back!" rhetoric (which, make no mistake, was the real driving force behind the Tea Party) has been distilled into "Make America Great Again", which appeals to the dissatisfaction with both major parties. "Make America Great Again" can mean two entirely different things to two people who agree on most issues, let alone millions with varying views. It's a fantastic slogan because "Make America Great" doesn't mean a damn thing. It's like "support our troops." What's the converse of that? How do you rebuke a statement like that? You can't. (That's whole point of a slogan.) He's basically inviting you to pick your own evidence as to how it "isn't great" (tacit agreement) and then to fix your own temporal horizon too as to when it was "great". Naturally people will focus on a time in their own lives when things were great, and so someone who promises to restore them to that position generates a positive reception. Nostalgia is a powerful sales tool; look how many advertisers plug into it.

It's difficult to argue against that sentiment. What's the alternative? A campaign based on Let's Not Make America Great Again. If you confront it directly, you end up having to embrace it as Trump's opponents are doing. "Make America Whole" and "Make America Awesome" doesn't have quite the same ring, though.[69][70]

[edit] Dog-whistling

See the main article on this topic: Dog whistle politics
He's like that right-wing uncle you dread seeing at Thanksgiving, just with a national media profile — and your uncle couldn't be happier about it.
—Paul Waldman[71]

Guys like Rubio can never court his supporters, because Rubio would never come out and refuse to condemn the KKK, even though Rubio knows that KKK-style white supremacists vote Republican. Trump can somehow not condemn the KKK and condemn them in the same day and not alienate anybody in his base.

If Trump came out and said "yeah, I love the KKK, great energy" he'd be toast. What he did was prevaricate when asked in an interview about what he thought about the KKK and David Duke supporting him:

I don't know anything about what you're even talking about...Did he endorse me, or what's going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.[72]

Remember, a Mexican guy was beaten nearly to death in Boston last year by folks that said they did it because of Trump. Trump didn't denounce that behavior, he just said his supporters were passionate.[73]

Just like he has an "out" when people question him about his comments on Mexicans (I'm just talking about the illegals!) and Muslims (I'll only ban Muslim visitors temporarily!). The general election is months away. Trump will rebuke these allegations for a week or so, and then people will be tired of talking about it.

[edit] Idiocracy

We won with the poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.
—The Donald, immediately after winning Nevada[74]

Everyone knows politicians speak in shorthand. Newspapers seldom print whole speeches these days, so speeches are typically anchored around vacuous soundbytes. Trump goes one further by talking on a 3rd grade reading level.[75] Everything is "terrible", "terrific", "loser", "yuge". This is coming from a man who literally uttered the words "I have a very good brain" and "I went to an Ivy League school, I know so many words, I have the best words." In a statement bragging about his vocabulary, he used the word "words" instead of "vocabulary". You can't make this shit up. (Palin again. I read all the best newspapers!)

His followers on Facebook were rated as the least grammatical of any candidate (12.6 mistakes per 100 words), barely squeezing out Santorum (11.5 per 100), pun intended.[76]

Trump is a through-and-through conspiracy theorist. Trump could say the lizard people are behind the climate change hoax and no one outside of Kasich would dare touch him on it.[note 4] This is part of why voters like him, they think he speaks truth to power.

Trump is popular because he appeals to the lowest common denominator. He panders to those who only understand information in the form of "sound bites".

[edit] Trollpublicanism

When compared side-to-side with old Fox News personalities, it's pretty clear Donald is doing something akin to that (You suck America! Now buy my book and I'll tell you why). Trump has mastered the rhetorical technique of False Conviction: you can get away with parodying ultra right-wing opinions if you remain absolutely committed to it. Donald will say things where it's clear he's just being contrarian, but he will sell it like it's his own full name.

Trump is also saying all the things his supporters wish they could say in real life but are too afraid to. People will say the media helped Trump, or that Trump fans are too stupid to listen, etc. But the fact of the matter is the Media blew their load too early. Trump laid the bait and they could not resist: Illegal immigrant rapists, John McCain, disabled reporter, KKK disavowal, Lewandowski, Taco bowl, John Miller, history with women and so much more. Trump has systematically made the media attack him on issues which the public sees as minor or deceiving. He's built the armor himself.

Fame is addictive. These people are famous for playing a personality. They're not going to give up on it; they're no different than the Kardashians, when you get down to it (because of the vulgar public persona they very deliberately cultivate); Trump has managed to build an extremely profitable product line by playing a caricature.[77]

[edit] Wild card

Trump panders and flip-flops so much that he makes Hillary Clinton look as fixed as the North Star; he just hasn't been in politics long enough to get called on it. Ex:

DEBATE TRUMP: “Taxes too high, wages too high. We’re not going to be able to compete against the world.”[78]
GASBAG TRUMP ON THE STUMP: "The influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high, and makes it difficult for poor and working-class Americans . . . to earn a middle-class wage."[79]

Subtext: To those of you working 2-3 jobs at $8.00 per hour, once I deport all the illegals you're still going to be making $8.00 per hour. Fuck you very much. (Then again, Romney and McCain were both notoriously liberal before their nominations. It's not that unusual.)

[edit] We shall overcomb

Trump's ability to blow up Republican sacred cows is pretty remarkable e.g. staunch conservative and shock value until the spotlight hits him, then he switches back to southpaw and blows the right-wingers away. Case in point: the Iraq War was unpopular with most Americans after the fact, but Republican hardliners felt pressured to not get to talk about it, for fear of being RINOed. In comes Trump, blasting the war more harshly than any Democrat would have:

Thousands and thousands of lives, we have nothing. Wounded warriors all over the place who I love, we have nothing for it.[80]

It's like Vietnam. Even though it was an obvious boondoggle by 1969, it wasn't until the late 70s-early 80s that criticizing the war was socially acceptable. And we're going through the same motions now that we did back then: People are claiming it was a fault of execution, not the original decision to go in, which Trump is basically echoing with his We need to go in and take their oil. Even though he now talks as if it was a mistake from the beginning... because we didn't immediately pillage all the oil and their wealth.

[edit] Repetitive speech patterns

Trump's vocabulary is obviously seriously lacking but he knows how to effectively make use of his limited verbal skill-set by employing a peculiar method of padding his messages. He tends to use a particular set of words or one simple talking point which he repeats mostly unchanged multiple times during the same thought. He has taken the argument by repetition (usually with regard to outright falsehoods) to the the point where it becomes the big lie:

I think you'd have riots. I think you'd have riots. I'm representing many, many millions of people. In many cases first-time voters … If you disenfranchise those people? And you say, well, I'm sorry, you're 100 votes short, even though the next one is 500 votes short? I think you'd have problems like you've never seen before. I wouldn't lead it, but I think bad things will happen.[81]
He referred to my hands, if they're small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee it.[82]
Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK? I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don't know. I don't know - did he endorse me, or what's going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.[83]
When I rejuvenate our military, Mexico is not going to be playing with us with war. That I can tell you. Mexico is not playing with us with war.[35]
The press is now going, they're saying, 'Oh but there's such violence.' No violence. You know how many people have been hurt at our rallies? I think, like, basically none except maybe somebody got hit once. It's a love fest. These are love fests. And every once in a while … somebody will stand up and they'll say something.… It’s a little disruption, but there's no violence. There's none whatsoever.[84]
Even a race to Obama, Hillary Clinton was gonna beat Obama. I don't know who would be worse, I don't know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beatshe was favored to win – and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost.[85]
He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.[86]
I know where she went – it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.[87]
The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. When they say they don't care about their lives, you have to take out their families.[41]
I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border.[88]
I don’t think I’ve made mistakes. I mean every time somebody says I made a mistake, I see the polls and the numbers go up. So I guess I haven't made any mistakes.[89]
These are stupid people that say this. 'Oh, didn't Trump declare bankruptcy? Didn't he go bankrupt?' I didn't go bankrupt.[90]
I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.[91]
I’m a very smart guy, I went to the best college, I had good marks. I was a very smart guy, good student. [...] I was a really good student at the best school. I’m like a smart guy [...] If I were a liberal Democrat, people would say I'm the super genius of all time. The super genius of all time.[92]
My whole life is about winning. I always win. I win at golf. I’m a club champion many times at different clubs. I win at golf. I can sink the three-footer on the 18th hole when others can’t. My whole life is about winning. I don't lose often. I almost never lose.[92]

[edit] Sexism

In the future, if you're wondering: "Hillary can't satisfy her husband," is when I decided to kick your ass.
Bartlet Clinton
Tear rolls down William F. Buckley's eye

Trump was accused of paying his female employees less by former staff member Elizabeth Davidson.[93] He openly insulted the looks of his party’s sole female contender, Carly Fiorina,[94] the menstrual cycle of the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly,[95] and suggested Hillary Clinton got “schlonged” in her 2008 Democratic primary loss to Barack Obama.[85] In response, voters live-tweeted their periods to him.[96]

In classic 4Chan fashion, his followers harassed Kelly with unoriginal and disgusting sexism after Trump decided not to partake in the 2016 Fox News debate.[97] As for Donald, he's basically said that his tweets are helping Megyn Kelly's ratings/career.[98] (Bill Maher was right on the money when he said that if Republicans were smart, they would be running Megyn Kelly.[99])

In response to an ad that slut-shamed his wife, that the Make America Awesome Super-PAC released, Trump proceeded to attack Ted Cruz's wife.[70] Yes, Trump attacked someone who had nothing to do with the ad. Yes, he couldn't be bothered to read the fine print on the ad that clearly said "not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee."

[edit] Assault

To add to all the disgusting things he did, he even denies[100] that one of his campaign managers manhandled Michelle Fields when she was a Breitbart reporter. Breitbart News than; in a show of abandoning their own employees; defended Trump over Fields[101][102] and it is alleged that "They [Breitbart News] were thinking that this [her alleged assualt] was a good thing because we [Breitbart News] would get more access to Donald Trump."[103] Despite the evidence of video, audio and an eyewitness account[101] supporting her allegations, Trump fans fervently defend Trump even going so far as to send her death threats[104] then deny that death threats were even sent.[note 5]

Michelle Fields and other editors quit their positions at the news company after Breitbart's response to her alleged assault.[105] Due to her first-hand experience of Trump being Trump, she now is a former Trump supporter.[106]

[edit] Punishing Women Seeking Abortions

On March 30th The Donald was at a campaign event in Appleton, Wisconsin and floated an idea to punish women that seek abortions[107] while speaking with MSNBC host Chris Matthews about how he would enforce his idea of making abortions illegal.[108] He very quickly reversed the statement to say that he would make the procedure illegal and punish doctors who do so since even anti-abortion groups and conservative supporters were horrified.[109] After this exchange, and the exchange where he attacked other candidate Ted Cruz's wife after a pro-Cruz Super PAC showed a modeling photo of Trump's 4th wife, many conservative backers have started to sour on The Donald. With the vocal anti-PC champion Ann Coulter calling Trump "Mental" for his "half-baked tweets at midnight",[110] his former communications director Stephanie Cegielski saying he is using the constituency for his ego,[111] and both Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity mocking his childish antics on Fox.[112]

At the openly conservative website The National Review Online Jim Geraghty lectures those who backed Trump in a scathing reminder that his behavior has been like this the entire time. Those who backed him just had blinders on to his faults:

Donald Trump didn’t suddenly change in the past few days, weeks or months. He’s the same guy he always was, the same guy that most of us in the conservative movement and GOP have been staunchly opposing for the past year. He didn’t abruptly become reckless, obnoxious, ill-informed, erratic, hot-tempered, pathologically dishonest, narcissistic, crude and catastrophically unqualified for the presidency overnight. He’s always been that guy, and you denied it and ignored it and hand-waved it away and made excuses every step of the way because you were convinced that you were so much smarter than the rest of us. You were so certain that you had received some superior wavelength giving you special insight into the Donald; only you could tell that it was all an act. Only you could grasp that his constant courting of controversy was just to get attention from the media. Only you could instinctively sense that his style would play brilliantly in the general election and win over working-class Democrats. (SPOILER ALERT: It isn’t.) You insisted that you could “coach him.”.
—Jim Geraghty - National Review Online - ‘Mental.’ ‘Utterly Stupid.’ ‘Trump Only Cares About Trump.’ March 30, 2016[113]

[edit] Racism

All of Trump's constant bragging about his money and his poll numbers and his virility speak directly to this surprisingly vibrant middle American fantasy about a castrated white America struggling to re-grow its mojo...They're eating up Trump's "Make America Great Again" theme (which one supporter hilariously explained must be his true goal, because "it's on his hat"), because it's a fantasy tale of a once-great culture ruined by an invasion of mongrel criminals.
Matt Taibbi[114]

Donald Trump apparently inherited not just his father's money but also his unrepentant racism. Fred Trump (born Frederick Christ Trump to German immigrants) was arrested at a 1927 hooded KKK rally cum riot in Queens, NY.[115] Fred Trump pretended to be of Swedish descent for most of his life so that he could deceive his Jewish tenants and clients,[116] a lie that was repeated by Donald Trump in his book The Art of the Deal.[117] Fred Trump fought and lost a lawsuit brought by the US Justice Department from 1973-1975 because he did not want to rent to African Americans.[118]

[edit] "Hispanics love me!"

Trump's rallies and press events are magnets for assholes of all varieties. Like the angry supporter who confronted Univision reporter Jorge Ramos and ordered him to "get out of my country" after Trump expelled Ramos from a press conference.[119] Perhaps the most damning of all is Jim Sherota of Alabama, a Walter Mitty type who stumbled into the spotlight at a rally when he told the press that he hoped President Trump would turn the border into a hunting resort and offer citizens a $50 prize for every illegal immigrant they could kill.[120] Jim Gilchrist, head of the Minutemen border posse, has also jumped Trump's bones, thrilled to have finally found a candidate as anti-immigrant as himself.[121]

Trump was invoked by the perpetrators of a hate crime in Boston, in which two brothers assaulted a Hispanic homeless man and urinated on him before leaving him to die. While Trump's first tweet condemned the action, he followed it up with:

I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country. They want this country to be great again. But they are very passionate. I will say that.[73]

His campaign manager followed up in an interview:

We would never condone violence. If that’s what happened in Boston, by no means would that be acceptable in any nature. However, we should not be ashamed to be Americans. We should be proud of our country, proud of our heritage, and continue to be the greatest country in the world.[122]

[edit] "Blacks are going to love me better than Obama!"

Trump used made-up statistics suggesting that a high proportion of murders involve black people killing white people. Trump also cited unscientific statistics based on answers to loaded questions from "a virulently anti-Muslim organization" called the Center for Security Policy to suggest that American Muslims are more violent and more accepting of Sharia than they really are.[123]

Nope, not done yet. During a rally, when his supporters beat up a black protester while chanting "USA!" Trump can be heard demanding "Get him out of here!" while later insisting that the protester "should have been roughed up."[124] True to his word, when Trump next sent his security guards to rough up another protester, one of his stormtroopers supporters let his excitement get the best of him and belted a “Sieg Heil!” as the uppity darkie was dragged away. (You could also hear another one say "Light the motherfucker on fire!")[125] A protester was also put in a headlock at a Trump rally at Oral Roberts University.[126] Another black protester was shoved from the center of the crowd to the door, all on video — meanwhile, Trump bemoans that America is too "nice" and "politically correct".[127]

At another rally, Trump kicked out thirty black students... for being black. Literally no reason other than being black attendees at his rally; they weren't even protesting this time![128]

[edit] "I love the Muslims!"

Trump repeatedly claimed without much evidence that American Muslims celebrated 9/11[129] but what Trump advocates would be much worse. Trump argues we should ban all Muslims from heading to America, including Muslim American citizens,[130] something even Dick Cheney ("Here's a guy who did a rotten job as Vice-President..."[131]) would not advocate.[132] Joe Scarborough had to cut him off on his show.[133]

Trump supports mandatory identification database for Muslim Americans. When asked about the parallel of requiring registration of, well, Jews, Trump's ambiguous answer/non-denial was, "What do you think?"[134]

His "get tough on Muslims" theme apparently has no limits: at a rally in South Carolina, he said he'd "go much further" than waterboarding suspected terrorists, and that dipping the bullets in pigs' blood before shooting Muslim prisoners to death is a cool way to deter terrorism.[135]

In a rally in Wisconsin on March 30th 2016 he clarified these policies to Chris Matthews that his policies wouldn't apply to wealthy Muslims. That the policy only applying to poorer Muslims might make them more disposed to fight ISIS once he made America great again.[136] This portion was overshadowed by the backlash after the comments Trump made about punishing women for having abortions.

[edit] "Beautiful Jewish Baby!"

It's beautiful that Muslims and Jews can come together in their shared opposition to Donald Trump.[38] Maybe Trump is what we need to achieve peace in the Middle East, sort of like Ozymandias' squid creature in Watchmen.

For what it's worth, Trump's daughter has converted to Judaism, so file this one with "Dick Cheney puts votes ahead of his gay daughter".

[edit] "I don't know who David Duke is."

It's not just the crypto-fascists who love him: Real Neo-Nazis of the swastika-waving, Jew-baiting, race war-daydreaming variety have gotten on board, too![137]

  • The chairman of the American Nazi Party loves Trump's racist proposals, but dismisses him as a candidate because he doesn't believe Trump could actually accomplish any of them.[138]
  • He has retweeted user @keksec_org, a white supremacist who quotes such wonderful people as Geert Wilders just as often as he does about Trump, and frequently refers to "the feeble mind of the American Negro" when he is criticised on Twitter.[139]
  • KKK Grand Wizard Emeritus David Duke has praised Trump's supposed fight against "Jewish domination of the media", despite the fact that Trump is professedly pro-Israel and has no problems at all with his daughter converting to Judaism (Trump disavowed Duke, but didn't seem to think association with an actual Brownshirt was that big a deal).[140]
  • Representatives of the Council of Conservative Citizens, an unreconstructed segregationist outfit that helped to incite the 2015 terrorist attack in Charleston, have also endorsed Trump.[141]
  • American ayatollah Pat Buchanan, 2000 Reform Party presidential nominee, has been consistently bullish on Trump's campaign.[142] Oddly, in 2000 Donald Trump refused a nomination from the Reform Party, singling out the presence of "neo-Nazi" Buchanan as a reason for his refusal.[143] (So if we take Donald at his word, he has all but admitted to having at least one important-ish fascist ally.)
  • According to the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer (reminiscent of der Stürmer[wp] in Nazi Germany), "The Donald has once again proven ... that 'make America great again' is code word for 'race war.'"[144] Stormfront founder Don Black has publicly credited him with reviving white nationalism in America, and pledges that the machine set in motion by Trump 2016 will outlast the businessman's candidacy even if he drops out.[145] Thanks, asshole.
  • Ironically, although Trump has compared his rival Ben Carson to a child molester,[146] he himself has won the coveted endorsement of neo-Nazi child molester (and erstwhile al Qaeda supporter) August Kreis III.[147][148]
  • A segment of PBS Newshour showing first-time voter Grace Tilly and her family failed to report on some interesting tattoos on their hands – an 88 tattoo (numerical code for "Heil Hitler" in the neo-Nazi community) and Odin's Cross, a white nationalist symbol.[149] Both symbols are listed as neo-Nazi hate symbols by the Anti-Defamation League.[150][151]
  • Birgitt Peterson, a 69-year-old woman from Yorkville, Illinois, appeared in the Chicago Tribune doing a Nazi salute.[152] Peterson, born in West Berlin, alleged that she took offense to counterprotestors calling her a Nazi; therefore, she said "If you want to do it right, you do it right" and did a Nazi salute. Remarkably, this stunt backfired, with the image circulating on the internet showing alleged neo-Nazis at Trump's rallies (an allegation Peterson denies).[153] Donald Trump Jr decided to weigh in on the debate, retweeting an allegation that this was the work of Bernie Sanders supporter Portia Boulger (despite Peterson being identified in the original Chicago Tribune report[152]) and alleging this was part of a vast left wing conspiracy against Trump Sr, deleting his tweet without apologizing or even acknowledging his mistake. This has led to the hashtag #ApologizeTrumpJr.[154]

[edit] Fascist checklist

[edit] "Putin has been a lot stronger than Obama!"

Deal from strength or get crushed every time.
—Really.[155]
He is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented. He is the absolute leader of the presidential race.
Vladimir Putin on Trump.[156]

Serious commentators in publications as mainstream as Newsweek have made a strong case that Trump is leading—or at the very least inspiring—America's first big, organized, European-style neo-fascist movement.[157][158][159][160] Trump has hardly acknowledged these concerns—he scoffed to one journalist that he would reject David Duke's endorsement "if it would make you feel better"—which suggests that either he really is a fascist, or else he's so narcissistic that he's introduced fascism into American political life and doesn't give a damn. [161]

As for Putin himself, if history is any guide, he's probably trolling us. He could give master classes in trolling Americans. Putin's endorsement [!] is him thinking that he can play Trump and use him to hurt the USA. He's probably right.

[edit] "He should have been roughed up."

There used to be consequences for protesting.
—Yes, really.[162]

In what's becoming common practice in his rallies, Donald Trump ejects protesters,[163] encourages supporters to abuse dissidents, orders security to rough up reporters ("very appropriate"), and threatens violence at his opponents (namely Sanders).[164][165][166] [167][168][169][170] While his campaign is characterized by its all-around nastiness, Trump's belligerence hit a scary new low in March.[171] [172] His rallies are bringing up some uncomfortable flashbacks to the race riots of the 1960s. Even when there's no violence, he expresses disappointment at the peace.[173]

  • In general, Trump's incendiary language has inspired, or outright incited, an uptick in violent and hateful acts from his supporters all over the nation, including from his own security guards and campaign staffers.[174]
  • After a disruption in Chicago, Donald Trump blamed Bernie Sanders supporters for the incident,[175] and actually threatened to send his brownshirts to Sanders' rallies.[176][177] Trump also insists that there's been no violence at his rallies(?).[84]
  • John McGraw, a 78-year old white man, punched a black protester in the face during one of Trump's rallies. McGraw said of the black protester, "We might have to kill him" to the camera's face. McGraw was charged with batter and assault. Characteristically, Trump said he's considering paying legal fees to McGraw.[178]
  • After winning four of five states on March 15th, Trump warned that there will be riots if he doesn't win the nomination. He still insists he wouldn't have anything to do with it, ignoring that he has been actively encouraging violence from his supporters. The cunt.[81]
  • Trump himself threatened to punch a protester in the face for heckling him.[179]
  • When he was confronted with hecklers, he ordered his security guards to confiscate their coats and "throw them out into the cold!"[180]
  • Even worse, during another rally, a government security force assaulted a member of the press for daring to leave the "safe zone" dividing The Press from The Donald.[181]
  • A protester was shoved and kicked at a rally in Tuscon, Arizona. [182] His campaign manager was shown on camera grabbing the collar of a protester in the same rally, during the same incident. [183]
  • When Trump was hosting a rally in California, protesters blocked traffic and started yelling "Racists go home!" after Trump - again - called for a crackdown on immigration; leading to arrests. [184] All throughout California, a female Trump supporter was arrested for antagonizing two Latinos and demanding that they speak English; a man was arrested for yelling "I'm going to kill you all" outside an Islamic Center; and a violent KKK rally ended in three people being stabbed and 13 arrested. A leader of the Loyal White Knights in California and other western states organized the event to decry "illegal immigration and Muslims."

[edit] "Absolutely an assault on Christianity!"

When asked the inevitable leading question, "What is your favorite book?" Trump answered with the usual pandering reply, "The Bible!" ...Though he couldn't provide a favorite verse[185] (The book of Job, now back to work, you!).

Eventually, Trump found one (Second Corinthians), and won a cookie endorsement from Jerry Falwell Jr.[186]

[edit] "You've become very negative."

It's becoming of a bit of a running gag how Trump keeps threatening to sue people who are critical of him.[187][188] (As you may have guessed, Trump rallies tend to be a gold mine for muckraking reporters.) So of course he wants to "open up the libel laws," which would completely undo the First Amendment, to make it easier to sue media outlets that dare to criticize him.[189][190][191][192] Since action matters more, what has he done in the meantime? Ejected journalists at his rallies simply for being journalists.[193]

This is extending towards delegates who don't support him for the nomination. His top advisor, Roger Stone, threatened to release the personal information of all disloyal delegates, a threat many longtime journalists are taking seriously. [194]

[edit] "I could shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any votes!"

A lot of people have laughed at me over the years. Now, they’re not laughing so much.
—Donald Trump.[195]

Following one of his typical rambling speeches at a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, Trump ordered his supporters to raise their right hand, and declare to him that they will vote for him for president. The crowd obliged in a manner that some may find...familiar, and repeated the Trump-led oath. "Don't forget you all raised your hand, you swore," Trump told the crowd. "Bad things happen if you don't live up to what you just did."[196]

[edit] "I am the most militaristic person ever."

They so proudly wear this insignia.

In July 2015, Trump set the tone for the race with an attack on John McCain's military record, declaring;[86]

He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured.

Trump's Vietnam-era record was one of a series of draft-deferments (including studying real estate at the University of Pennsylvania). This was paralleled by a seemingly unusual conversion of his fitness to serve from 1-A (available to serve) before college to 1-Y (only in time of emergency) to 4-F (unfit to serve) after college, citing bonespur in the foot, though he no longer recalls which foot.[197][198] Trump doubled down on his comments, which led to Rupert Murdoch abandoning support for the man, although Roger Ailes still hasn't let up, and McCain himself apologized to Trump for calling his supporters crazies (which provoked this entire exchange).

[edit] Corruption

Even in New York, a city of shining spires to every kind of financial bullshit imaginable, it is illegal for Trump to claim that he can teach you anything.
Cracked[199]

[edit] Teflon Don

He has links to the Mafia and organised crime dating back decades.[200] Trump has dragged his feet over releasing his tax returns and Cruz suggests those returns could show the extent of his dealings with criminals.[201]

In 2015, the details became public of Trump's involvement with Colombo crime family figures during the making of Trump's first name-branded product, a Cadillac limousine in 1988.[202] Trump's connections with mafia figures are extensive according to journalist Wayne Barrett, and are associated with his casino and construction activities.[203] For example Trump met with mafia crime boss Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno[wp] at Roy Cohn's[wp] (their mutual lawyer) townhouse regarding a concrete contract for one of Trump's huge erections.[204]

[edit] Taxes

It's always been a bit of mystery just how much Trump buys into his own bullshit. He estimates his net worth at "over ten billion", which is impossible for him to prove but also impossible for anyone to disprove.[11][205] Which is not just based on his assets minus debts like normal accounting but how he feels about his brand on a daily basis.[206][207]

Trumps' campaign is based on branding himself as an incredible business genius when the record really shows a middling businessman who had a lot of structural advantages. This is relevant to his claim that he can do an exceptional job of running the US government because he hasn't been truly tested in a situation with no fawning yes-men or training wheels.[208] (If it works for wines, steaks, and luxury hotels, of course it will work for foreign policy.)

When Trump and Mark Cuban[wp] were feuding a while back, the remarks that really seemed to get under Trump's skin were when Cuban was saying that most of Trump's net worth was in mortgage-backed real estate, and Cuban had more liquid assets than Trump did. Who has the most passive income? Who has the most liquid assets? This seems to be the kind of thing billionaires battle under the jungle gym over. For what it's worth, nothing seems to bother Trump more than the implication that he isn't as successful as he seems.

[edit] Golf

On the other side of the pond, the real-life Scrooge McDuck has since 2006 been trying to build a golf course in Scotland on what was previously land protected for environmental reasons.[209] He attempted to have several residents of the land evicted, including a local farmer by the name of Michael Forbes who rejected a large amount of money for his land. For this he was awarded "top Scot" award in 2012.[210] His actions were parodied in this song. Since then, the Scottish government's plans to increase wind turbine capacity (his opposition to which even led to a heated discussion over Twitter with the host of the British version of The Apprentice, Lord (formerly Sir Alan) Sugar[211]) has encouraged him to cancel his plans, proving once and for all that they are worth every penny.

[edit] Trumped up university

If the Democratic Party hasn’t recruited a group of disgruntled Trump University students to film a commercial, they should be sued for malpractice.
—Republican Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution[212]

In 2010, Trump University changed its name to Trump Entrepreneur Initiative because the Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education wrote that the use of the word 'university' was misleading and violated New York Education Law and the Rules of the Board of Regents.[213] In 2014, New York state Supreme Court Justice Cynthia S. Kern held that Trump was personally liable for running an unlicensed school and for allegedly making numerous "false promises" through his Trump University Trump Entrepreneur Initiative in the State of New York.[214][215] In addition to the New York Attorney General's lawsuit, about 8000 former students are suing Trump University in two separate class-action lawsuits, claiming breach of contract, false advertising, violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law, and violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.[212]

[edit] Charity

As of 2015, Trump owned 30% of the Bank of America building in San Francisco, location of the "Banker's Heart" statue. Apparently, this is where he left his heart.[216][217]

Donald Trump has been called "the least charitable billionaire in the world",[218][219] though this could be because a thorough search has not been done and "The Ardent Philanthropist" is an easy target due to his publicity-hound tendencies. Trump, however, is definitely a candidate for being the least charitable. Take for example his total donations to 9/11 charities: $1,000 (his own backyard, no less). The donation went to the anti-psychology Scientology front group, "The New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Fund", which was co-founded by Tom Cruise.[220][221] One of Trump's companies that owns 40 Wall Street actually received $150,000 for damages due to 9/11 from a special federal fund earmarked for "small businesses"![221][222]

Many of Trump's larger donations are on their face self-serving, in the form of donations to:[220][223]

  • his sons' schools
  • golf-related charities[224]
  • celebrity-related charities
  • land donations with golf easements
  • asbestos-contaminated land from failed golf-course projects ("Donald J. Trump State Park")[225]

The Donald J. Trump Foundation has actually received more donations from a single other donor (World Wrestling Entertainment) than Trump himself contributed during the period 1990 to 2009 when he gave a paltry $3.7 million.[220] To prove his anti-vaccination bona fides, Trump's foundation gave $10,000 to Jenny McCarthy's antivax charity, "Generation Rescue".[223] In 2014, Trump personally gave $0 to his own foundation.[226]

Despite all this a Saudi prince claims he charitably helped Trump out twice when Trump got into financial difficulties. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bought up a private yacht that Trump was forced to cede to creditors during the 1990's and the prince later helped buy up a NYC hotel when Trump was short of funds a second time. The prince politely described Trump as "a disgrace to the Republican Party and the USA." The prince advised Trump to get out of the presidential campaign because he feels Trump will never win.[227][228]

[edit] "Make Donald Drumpf Again"

In March of 2013, Trump attacked Jon Stewart on Twitter for changing his name from Liebowitz to Stewart, tweeting;[229]

If Jon Stewart is so above it all & legit, why did he change his name from Jonathan Leibowitz? He should be proud of his heritage!

Two years later, while spending a portion of May 31st 2015 embarassingly trying to flame Stewart,[230] the Donald also blatantly insisted that the above quoted Tweet never took place, tweeting;[231]

All the haters and losers must admit that, unlike others, I never attacked dopey Jon Stewart for his phony last name. Would never do that!

He then proceeded to lie again, this time claiming that John Oliver had tried to get Donald to appear on Last Week Tonight,[232] something which Oliver maintains has never happened.[233] Oliver even checked to make sure nobody had accidentally invited him, and nobody had. In response to all of this, on February 28th 2016, John Oliver started the #makedonalddrumpfagain campaign, explaining;[234]

"Trump" does sound rich - it's almost onomatopoeic[wp].

"Trump!" is the sound produced when a mouthy servant is slapped across the face with a wod of thousand dollar bills. "Trump!" is the sound of a cork popping on a couple's champagnniversary, the day the renovations in the wine cellar were finally completed.

The very name Trump is the cornerstone of his brand. If only there were a way to uncouple that magical word from the man he really is. Well, guess what - there is! Because it turns out, the name "Trump" was not always his family's name.

One biographer found that a prescient ancestor had changed it from - and this is true - Drumpf. Yes; fucking Drumpf! And "Drumpf!" is much less magical.

It's the sound produced when a morbidly obese pidgeon flies into the window of the foreclosed Old Navy. "Drumpf!" It's the sound of a bottle of store brand root beer falling off the shelf in a gas station Mini-mart.

And it may seem weird to bring up his ancestral name, but to quote Donald Trump, "he should be proud of his heritage" - because Drumpf is much more reflective of who he actually is.

So, if you are thinking of voting for Donald Trump, the charismatic guy promising to make America great again, stop and take a moment to imagine how you would feel if you just met a guy named Donald Drumpf.

A litigious serial liar, with a string of broken business ventures and the support of a former klan leader who he can't decide whether or not to condemn. Would you think he would make a good president, or is the spell now somewhat broken?

...And that is why tonight, I am asking America to make Donald Drumpf again!

Oliver also revealed that HBO had even filed paperwork to trademark the name Drumpf. HBO has also purchased the domain donaldjdrumpf.com[235] and released an official Chrome browser plugin called the "Drumpfinator", which changes every instance of "Trump" to "Drumpf" in the browser.[236]

The logic of this overtly satirical argument is that Trump's image and persona is based on the Trump brand - and thus, if people instead knew him as Donald Drumpf (the way his family's name was spelt before the Thirty Years' War)[237] then hopefully people would stop automatically associating him with the fame and fortune attached to the Trump brand, and instead see the man for who and what he really is.[238]

The only problem is that, for people who don't know about that little spat, it just looks like they're making fun of his German ancestry - hence, the more people who know, the more people who get the joke.

No word yet on whether or not there's a protest to make "Barack Obama" "Barry Soetoro" again.


[edit] Endorsements

Trump with Dennis Rodman. The BFF of my BFF is my enemy.

Team Trump is a veritable rouges-gallery of bigots, trolls, talent-vacuums, and media loons as unfit to hold public office as the man himself:

  • Ann Coulter hopped on the Trump train early[239]
  • Michael Savage, who called Trump "the Winston Churchill of our time".[240]
  • Charlie "I've Already Got Your Money, Dude" Sheen, who tweeted some incendiary words at Trump, has also seen the light and offered to be his running mate.[241]
  • Willie Robinson, son of Duck Dynasty patriarch and civil rights historian[242] Phil Robertson, is also in Trump's corner.[243]
  • Alex Jones, vaunted anti-government loon, is spreading the Trump Gospel — in essence, becoming a cheerleader for torture, the surveillance state, deportations, and zero-percent corporate taxes — all in exchange for a plug from Donald on his show.[244]
  • Phyllis Schlaflystay-at-home mom marital rape supporter and Equal Rights Amendment opponent[245]
  • And of course, no collection of wingnuts, racists, and plain ol' lunatics would be complete without Ted Nugent.[246]
  • Joe Arpaio, the utterly corrupt sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio, whose department has been sued multiple times for racist policing practices by the federal government, declared "I’m with him to the bitter end".[247]

But lest anyone say that Trump's rump consists of nothing but xenophobic old white folks nostalgic for the 1950s:

  • Tila Tequila (nee Nguyen), who is ethnically Vietnamese or possibly a Martian and respects Hitler more than she does Barack Obama,[248] is also on Team Donald.[249]
  • Michelle Malkin sees which way the wind is blowing and announced she would be "pulling the lever for Donald Trump" (this from the woman who called him a "conservafraud" two years prior); others might have taken offense at Trump calling them "born stupid", but not Malkin — she Couldn't Stump The Trump, and hopefully gained "wisdom" from the experience.[250]
  • Terrell Owens — a real gem who got booted from the San Francisco 49ers for questioning quarterback Jeff Garcia's sexuality — cast his lot in with Trump.[251]
  • Interestingly, both Mike Tyson (a Mahometan who has tattoos of Mao Zedong and Che Guevara)[252] and Dennis Rodman (Kim Jong-un's BFF)[253] have endorsed The Donald. In the case of Rodman, this is especially ironic since Trump later insinuated that China would assassinate Kim for him.[254]
  • Azealia Banks, better known for her homophobic outbursts than her music has admitted she would vote for The Donald. Her endorsement may seem pretty surprising as she usually doesn't shy away from sharing her legitimate displeasure of white privilege with the world. Her reasoning borders on the insane though as she agrees that "Donald trump is evil" but that this "piece of shit" should be put into the White House because as America is just as evil as him, the country rightly deserves him.[255]
  • Milo Yiannopoulos refers to Trump as "Daddy". As a mouth-piece for the Internet's sewer and the racist alt-right movement, Yiannopoulos appears to dream of God-Emporor Trump transforming America into something of a fascist monarchy. While Poe's Law should be invoked when reading much of Yiannopoulos' "work", he appears to be very serious about Trump.

[edit] Possible Vice Presidential Picks

[257]

[edit] See also

  • Silvio Berlusconi: Il Trump italiano. Just subtract a foot of height and add underage Moroccan prostitutes.
  • Carlos Beruff: Florida(-based business)man who called for banning all Muslims from the Middle East while running for Marco Rubio's open Senate seat. He's a billionaire, he's a bombastic narcissist, he's an inflammatory shit-stirrer, he's running on being an "outsider" while being a billionaire, and he's self-funding his own campaign for Senate; only difference is that he's bald.
  • Rodrigo Duterte[wp]: The Philippines' foul-mouthed equivalent.
  • Nigel Farage: Has compared himself to The Don. Take a seat, Enoch. (Trump is UKIP turned up to 11.)
  • Rob Ford: When Canadians look at Trump, this is what they see.
  • Michele Fiore[wp]: Rule 63 is an internet rule which states "For any given male character, there is a female version of that character." Fiore is a Brooklyn transplant and Nevada Assemblywoman who is dangerously close to a Congressional seat. Gold-plated AKs, cigar-chomping, word salad ("ocular cavity"), quack supplements, fraud, shitposting, /pol/ following, this woman's got it all!
  • Boris Johnson: "Wait, I have dumb hair, too! Vote for me!"
  • Sarah Palin: Palin was basically a Nostra-dumbass. She foretold Trump without even knowing it.
  • Geert Wilders: Dat hair, tho.
  • Know Nothing Party: The proto-fascist wingnut movement in the 1800s. Rick Perry publicly called Trump a "Know Nothing" shortly after Trump announced his candidacy.[258] (And when Rick Perry thinks you've gone out to lunch, well...)
  • Narcissistic personality disorder

[edit] External links

[edit] Notes

  1. Did we mention that HE BANKRUPTED A CASINO? Well, we weren't completely accurate. He didn't bankrupt A casino. He bankrupted MULTIPLE CASINOS!!!!! And didn't just bankrupt them once. As of 2011, HE HAD BANKRUPTED HIS CASINOS FOUR TIMES!!!!! Because, if there's any business where the owners can't control income and expenditures, and where cash flow is at a trickle, IT'S A CASINO!!!!!
  2. When asked about the venture, James Levin (former CEO of the Sharper Image) said "we literally sold almost no steaks. If we sold $50,000 of the steaks grand total, I'd be surprised." One food critic described Trump Steaks™ as "edible, but not particularly good." Hardly glowing reviews for a product Trump pitched as "the world's greatest steaks...in every sense of the word." Conan milked it for its seemingly endless [https://twitter.com/conanobrien/status/623524100074409984 comedic value.
  3. If you listen to any employee of Trump being interviewed about the election it sounds like they are either a member of a Scientology-like cult or have guns pointed at their head. Trump has built a cult of personality around himself, and this 'brand' has unfortunately grown much larger as a result of his candidacy.
  4. A great example of this was when he said more British Muslims join ISIS than the British military. The Guardian, in its rush to Stump Trump, reported that 640 Muslims joined the military but only 440 have joined ISIS (if you don't count the ones that died or came back). While they're back-slapping each other for stumping that plastic American celebrity, everyone who reads that is seeing Trump's actual point being reinforced with hard numbers from a paper which clearly hates him, "so it must be true".
  5. Just scroll down to see the denial of Michelle Fields recieving Death Threats along with claims that she made up it. Also Gamergate.

[edit] Footnotes

  1. "The Greek Debt Crisis Explained in Four minutes" Youtube.
  2. Tech Times gives a brief rundown, not to mention the time when "he" wrestled "Rosie O'Donnell" in a painful moment for WWE.
  3. Ryan Kowonowski, "It Snowed Once And Other Things Donald Trump Thinks Prove Global Warming Is A Hoax" ThinkProgress. Global warming is just Mexican climate hopping our border. We need to build a climate wall.
  4. Page, Samantha, "Sanders Blasts Trump on Weird Climate Change Claim", ThinkProgress (1/5/16 1:08 pm ST). Trump is “not a believer” in man-made climate change, an issue he dismisses as something “created by and for the Chinese.” Ahhh, America. Where you've got so much freedom, science is an opinion.
  5. Campbell, Colin, "Donald Trump tries to convince Bill O'Reilly that his Mexican border wall is 'peanuts' compared to the Great Wall of China", Business Insider (8/515, 9:33 AM).
  6. Rory Carroll, "Donald Trump on vaccines: ‘It’s not helpful’, experts say", The Guardian
  7. Trump's flip-flop on abortion, National Journal
  8. Trump Supports National Health Care, Business Insider
  9. Trump has a long history of assisting Democrats, CNN
  10. Ronald Brownstein, "'The Billionaire Candidate and His Blue-Collar Following", National Journal. So he's copying from George W. Bush's playbook.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Paul Solotaroff, "Trump Seriously: On the Trail With the GOP's Tough Guy", Rolling Stone 9.9.15. Gwenda Blair, biographer: "It's all part of what he does, the bragging and the repetition: It's called branding, and he's relentless at it."
  12. Donald Trump Shouts ‘F Word’ Multiple Times In Las Vegas Speech, Wonkette
  13. Trump's actually been very thrifty with his campaign spending, perhaps because it is his own money. He's spent less than any other candidate currently in the race except for Kasich. Clinton and Sanders are on top. Source: FEC (click Trump on the left and expenditures on the right).
  14. Allon, Janet, "Here are the 12 craziest things about Trump’s spokeswoman, Texas Tea Partier Katrina Pierson", Raw Story 1.6.16. (Those Teabaggers are a quick study.)
  15. Listen up, Fives, a Ten is speaking! (He's been at this a while.)
  16. Weiss, Phillip, "Adelson will mold Rubio into ‘perfect little puppet’", Mondoweiss 10.13.15. Remember, Shelly is even richer and crazier than Trump. He wants to nuke Iran, and also wishes he had served in the Israeli military instead of the U.S. Army.
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  22. Trump: Bill Ayers Wrote Obama's Book, TPM
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  42. Tom LoBianco, "Donald Trump on terrorists: 'Take out their families'", CNN.
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  73. 73.0 73.1 Lorenzo Ferrigno, "Donald Trump was right. All these illegals need to be deported.", CNN.
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  75. Shafer, Jack, Is Donald Trump Smarter Than a Third Grader?, Politico 8/13/15. H makes Bushisms look like they were authored by Mark Twain.
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  85. 85.0 85.1 Hensch, Mark, "Trump: Clinton ‘got schlonged’ by Obama", The Hill (December 22, 2015, 08:10 am).
  86. 86.0 86.1 Trump slams McCain for being 'captured' in Vietnam; other Republicans quickly condemn him by Philip Rucker (July 18, 2015) Washington Post. All except for a weaselly, Thank you, Donald, for bringing up my next point stance from Cruz.
  87. Donald Trump says Clinton’s bathroom break during the debate is ‘too disgusting’ to talk about by Jenna Johnson (December 21, 2015) The Washington Post
  88. This is what Trump's border wall could cost US by Kate Drew (October 9, 2015) CNBC
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  91. Trump: Gay People Should Not Be Allowed To Marry Because These New Golf Putters Are Terrible by Jason Linkins (July 03, 2011) Huffington Post
  92. 92.0 92.1 Trump Won’t Prove He Was a ‘Super Genius’ at Wharton by Gideon Resnick (September 21, 2015) The Daily Beast
  93. "A former staffer has accused Trump’s campaign of sexism. Here’s her legal complaint." vox.com.
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  95. Zimmerman, Neetan, "Trump: Megyn Kelly had blood coming out of her 'wherever'", The Hill (August 07, 2015, 09:51 pm).
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  99. Stern, Marlow, "Bill Maher: Forget Trump, Megyn Kelly Should Be the GOP Nominee for President", Daily Beast (01.29.16 7:50 PM ET).
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  103. "Michelle Fields Says After Trump's Campaign Manager Assaulted Her, Breitbart News Wanted To Use The Attack To Get More Access To Trump". Mediamatters.org.
  104. "A screenshot of the death threat that Michelle Fields has recieved". Mediamatters.org.
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  106. "Michelle Fields: I Was a Trump Supporter, but Now His Campaign Frightens Me". Cosmopolitan.com.
  107. in the vague way that Donald has become known for
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  109. Trump reverses statement on women and abortion after outcry
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  116. Fred C. Trump, Postwar Master Builder of Housing for Middle Class, Dies at 93 by Tracie Rozhon (Published: June 26, 1999) New York Times
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  130. "Man Asks Trump: 'When Can We Get Rid' Of All The Muslims In America? His Answer Was Horrifying.". ThinkProgress.
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  208. He received a "small loan of a million dollars" (pocket change, really) from his multi-millionaire real estate developer father who was named — this is a fact — Frederick Christ Trump.
  209. Donald Trump's Golfcourse, Ramblers Scotland
  210. See the Wikipedia article on Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.
  211. Donald Trump blasts Lord Alan Sugar in Twitter wind farm spat, The Telegraph
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  213. State educrats give failing grade to Donald Trump's 'misleading' Trump University by Douglas Feiden (Thursday, April 15, 2010, 11:27 PM) New York Daily News.
  214. New York judge finds Donald Trump liable for unlicensed school by Karen Freifeld (Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:14pm EDT) Reuters.
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  216. "Bankers Heart". Public Art and Architecture from Around the World.
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  224. Donald Trump’s Donations Put Him in Line for Conservation Tax Breaks: Republican front-runner frequently donates development rights for properties, giving him the ability to claim a tax break in return by Richard Rubin (Updated March 10, 2016 10:41 p.m. ET) Wall Street Journal.
  225. Town Board Discusses Trump Park's Dog Park by Plamena Pesheva (June 25, 2010 1:05 am ET) Yorktown-Somers Patch.
  226. Donald Trump Still A Miser, Tax Return Shows: Billionaire's foundation again staked by NYC ticket scalper January 15, 2016 The Smoking Gun.
  227. "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: 'I Bailed You Out Twice'". msn.com.
  228. Emma Graham-Harrison. "Donald Trump is a disgrace to his country, says billionaire Saudi prince". The Guardian.
  229. Donald J. Trump (03 May 2013). "Tweet Number 330360556362018816". Twitter. "If Jon Stewart is so above it all & legit, why did he change his name from Jonathan Leibowitz? He should be proud of his heritage!" 
  230. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/donald-trump-calls-jon-stewart-the-most-overrated-joke-on-television-after-broadcaster-roasts-10287608.html The Independent: "Donald Trump calls Jon Stewart 'the most overrated joke on television' after broadcaster roasts Republican for his Isis claims"
  231. Donald J. Trump (31 May 2015). "Tweet Number 604838076586856448". Twitter. "All the haters and losers must admit that, unlike others, I never attacked dopey Jon Stewart for his phony last name. Would never do that!" 
  232. Donald J. Trump (31 October 2015). "Tweet Number 660597552023228416". Twitter. ".@thehill John Oliver had his people call to ask me to be on his very boring and low rated show. I said "NO THANKS" Waste of time & energy!" 
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  236. "Drumpfinator". google.com.
  237. Gwenda Blair: The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire
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  239. Joshua De Leon, "Coulter Endorses Trump – Says Bush, Rubio and Perry Are Midgets Who Would Doom GOP", Ring of Fire.
  240. Cathy Burke, "Michael Savage: Trump Is the 'Winston Churchill of Our Time'", Newsmax.
  241. "Charlie Sheen Wants to Be Donald Trump's Vice President : People.com". PEOPLE.com.
  242. Drew Magary, "What the Duck?", GQ. ("The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them... They're singing and happy... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.")
  243. Maryalice Parks, Robertson: "I do like me some Trump!", ABC.
  244. Eric Bradner, "Trump praises 9/11 truther's 'amazing' reputation, Jones shares the love", CNN. Trump calls to expand the surveillance state within seconds of being interviewed, and Alex just keeps washing his balls. Can't think of a better VP for kicking the crazy up a notch. ('"BEWARE THE FICTIONAL OVERLORDS! RALLY BEHIND THE REAL ONES!)
  245. Phyllis Schlafly Faces Ouster Attempt Following Trump Endorsement by Brian Tashman (Monday, 4/11/2016 12:15 pm) Right Wing Watch.
  246. Neetzan Zimmerman, "Ted Nugent: President Trump ‘would kick ass and take names’", The Hill.
  247. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/01/26/arizona-sheriff-joe-arpaio-endorses-trump/
  248. Nancy Dillon, "Tila Tequila wears Nazi uniform, praises Hitler in shocking rant", Daily News.
  249. Tila Tequila For Trump 2016
  250. Josiah Ryan, "We Asked Michelle Malkin If Donald Trump Would Make Good President. She Had This to Say", The Blaze.
  251. "Terrell Owens ENDORSING TRUMP 'You're Hired!'", TMZ.
  252. Rahel Gebreyes, "Mike Tyson Just Endorsed Donald Trump", Huffington Post. Tyson: "Let's run America like a business, where no colors matter." (And everybody would have a pony and we'd have ice cream every day!)
  253. Maxwell Tani, "Dennis Rodman Endorses Trump 2016", Business Insider.
  254. Trump on assassinating Kim Jong Un: "I've heard of worse things" (February 10, 2016, 12:58 PM) CBS News.
  255. Ledbetter, Carly, Azealia Banks Endorses Donald Trump Because He’s ‘A Piece of S**t’. The Huffington Post. 01 February 2016
  256. Stephanie Condon, Donald Trump: Oprah would be a "great" vice president, CBS News.
  257. https://www.yahoo.com/news/republican-candidates-donald-trump-vice-000000817.html
  258. "Perry: Defending Conservatism Against Cancer of Trump-ism". Perry for President.
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