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Trump found the flaw in the American Death Star. It doesn't know how to turn the cameras off, even when it's filming its own demise.
Matt Taibbi[1]

Donald J. Trump (b. 1946), aka The Donald™, "John Miller", or "John Barron",[2] is a heel wrestling personality,[3] lifestyle enthusiast, and owner of the worst comb-over in history. This man has the complexion of a bruised orange. There's nothing natural left in him.

Nowadays, he markets himself as a Turbo-Wingnut: he's a climate change denier, is militantly pro-life, wants to toughen up America by building a Great Wall of Mexico[4] and eliminating the Department of Education, thinks vaccines cause autism[5] and that 9/11 was an inside job,[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 the 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 stopped being a real person sometime around the mid-eighties.[11][12] (A casino mogul and TV executive would never do cocaine.)

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!". He won the most number of votes for (and against) him in Republican primary history, demolishing the previous record held by George W. Bush),[13] and that's without spending much money on the race.[14] Everything we know about U.S. elections is no longer valid.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.

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

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.


[edit] Listen up, Fives, a Ten is speaking!

The more we've learned about his businesses this election cycle, the more Americans have come to realize he has some of the worst business instincts of any human being.

[edit] Teflon Don

Trump's connections with mob figures are old and run deep, according to journalist Wayne Barrett; they're mostly associated with his casino and huge erections construction activities.[17][18][19] 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.[20] Trump has dragged his feet over releasing his tax returns and Cruz suggests those returns could show the extent of his mob dealings.[21]

A Saudi prince claims he bailed Trump out twice when the mogul 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 later helped buy up a NYC hotel when Trump was short of funds a second time. Said Saud is now embarrassed by the association.[22][23]

[edit] Business acumen

He was the original "too big to fail."
—Harry Hurt III, biographer[24]

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.[note 1] This is not just based on his assets (which are not terribly liquid) but also how he feels about his worth on a daily basis.[25] The record really shows a middling businessman with a lot of structural advantages, who came out on top because of how rigged the system is.[26] It's not hard to make a lot of money in New York real estate, especially when your rich daddy gives you a big head-start. In fact, over time it becomes practically impossible to lose money.[12][27] 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.

Really, the reason the Trump Brand still exists and is fiscally solvent is because of Ivanka.[28] Supposedly his sons are both dumbasses, but she is scarily intelligent. It was her idea to start selling off the name in exchange for royalties, without having to put up the capital costs of construction and running a property, something which Donald opposed but is now the cornerstone of the company since it's effectively free money. Ivanka is obviously worried about damage to the Trump brand since she's tried to spin out a separate sub-brand; she's the one who staged a family intervention and convinced Dad to fire his campaign manager.[29]

Trump's record on predicting economic recessions is also laughably bad:[30]

  • In 1999 he predicted an economic crash greater than the Great Depression.
  • Then, in 2001, he reversed his position and claimed the US market was strong right before a minor recession hit.
  • In 2005, he claimed the real estate market was strong, and followed this up with the launching of "Trump mortgage" in 2006. Trump mortgage subsequently went out of business when the housing market crashed the next year.
  • In 2011 he predicted massive inflation, suggesting the price of a loaf of bread would soon be $25.
  • And he has been predicting another recession since 2012.

[edit] Golf

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, the real-life Auric Goldfinger has been trying to build a golf course on (what used to be) a protected wetland habitat.[31] He tried to have several of his Scottish neighbors evicted, including a local farmer by the name of Michael Forbes who refused an offer on his property. For this he was awarded "top Scot" award in 2012.[32] 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[33]) has encouraged him to cancel his plans, proving once and for all that they are worth every penny. Trump reported to Scottish authorities that he lost millions on the project, whereas in his US presidential disclosure, he claimed that the project was highly profitable.[34]

[edit] Trumped-up university

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.

Trump University was essentially a scam where people were promised an education in real estate by top experts Trump picked himself for an exorbitant "tuition". Salesmen were told to apply high-pressure tactics on vulnerable people. Some were encouraged to max out their credit cards, others had to cough up their disability money, etc.[36] And in return they received bare-bones real estate education from people Trump never even met, though he was very much involved in the marketing aspects.[37] He got a cut in return for these "institutions" being allowed to use his name.[38]

An even bigger issue lies with name Trump University itself and its claims to offer certain degrees: graduate, post graduate and doctoral. This is in violation of New York law, which requires you to obtain a charter to call yourself a University. In 2014, the New York Supreme Court held that Trump was personally liable for running an unlicensed school and making "false promises" through his university Trump Entrepreneur Initiative;[39][40] this was confirmed by the testimony of a former salesperson and the court-released "Trump University Playbook."[41][42][43] About 8000 former students are suing Trump U. in two separate class-action lawsuits, one of which involves the RICO[wp] (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) act.[44]

This is the case where Trump attacked a jurist's ancestry (he's from Indiana) because he made a judgement Trump didn't like.[45] But all this shows is that Trump is willing to do anything to help us make him realize his American dream, even if it means ruining us financially.

[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.[46][47]

Donald Trump has been called "the least charitable billionaire in the world".[48] Take for example his 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.[49][50] Trump, who owns 40 Wall Street, actually received $150,000 for damages due to 9/11 from a special federal fund earmarked for "small businesses".[51]

Many of Trump's larger donations are on their face self-serving, in the form of donations to:[52][53]

  • His sons' schools
  • Golf-related charities[54]
  • Celebrity-related charities
  • Land donations with golf easements
  • Asbestos-contaminated land from failed golf-course projects ("Donald J. Trump State Park")[55]
  • To prove his anti-vax bona fides, Trump's foundation gave $10,000 to Jenny McCarthy's "charity" Generation Rescue.[53]

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.[49] In 2014, Trump personally gave $0 to his own foundation.[56]

The office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was reported to have been considering an investigation of Trump University just prior to requesting and receiving a $25,000 political donation from Trump himself.[57] The donation allegedly came illegally from a non-profit Trump family foundation, which is not allowed to make political donations because of its tax status.[57] It's also come out that he may not have been donating the proceeds of several business ventures to charity like he has promised to do, which could amount to fraud. This is aside from the veterans' charity snafu.[58] These include Trump U, Trump Vodka, and his new book Crippled America, all high-profile activities with profits supposedly going to benefit charity. The harsh spotlight of a presidential run is not working out for him all of a sudden.[59]

[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.[60]

If there is anything this election taught us, it's that Trump is playing Korean Starcraft while everyone else is playing checkers. He registered "Make America Great Again" 6 days into Obama's second term.[61] There has been some (mostly baseless) speculation that Trump's entire candidacy is revenge for Obama's Roast jokes.

[edit] Testing the waters

My audience, 90% of them, they support you.
Alex Jones to Trump, in a 2015 Infowars-exclusive interview[62]

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 business 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.[63] In 2011, he also became the first presidential hopeful to use the word "fucking" in a speech.[64]

When compared side-to-side with old Fox News personalities, it's pretty clear Donald was doing something akin to that (You suck America! Now buy my book and I'll tell you why). Content to surf the media wave and pocket the donations,[65] Trump didn't hesitate to jump on the birther bandwagon, demanding to see the President's long-form birth certificate. He also believes Bill Ayers ghostwrote Dreams From My Father.[66][67]

He dropped out of the race after the aforementioned speech, which went 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]

[edit] 2016 Presidential Run

The upcoming new look for the White House. No kidding.[68]
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 again running for POTUS 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.[69][70][71]

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. He has a whole AOTD chapter dedicated to making promises, no matter how grand, by drawing on the emotional side of a person. Because this is when you can start working them.[72] Trump gave thirty-five thousand dollars to an advertising company called Draper-Sterling. Like, from Mad Men.[73] The firm doesn't exist, and this is their address in New Hampshire. So far he has paid $4 million to himself for flying in his own plane, 200K to Trump Tower, and 400k to his country club campaign headquarters in Palm Beach. The most hilarious one is $1.8 million being paid to the company making/distributing Trump hats, which is owned indirectly by Eric Trump.[74] It's like Trump is skimming off the top, except his fundraising is so bad that the "top" is the whole thing.

The woman brought on in the beginning to help run his campaign wrote an insightful little piece. Basically, she was told that Trump intended to place a strong 2nd, that the campaign was about money only. Then he found himself winning.[75] That's when her and other respectable campaign vets jumped ship. (Good career moves in hindsight, considering of how insanely disorganized this campaign is from top to bottom.)

[edit] Platform

They don’t really know or care what he stands for, only that he’s an extended middle finger at the hated political class and the national GOP. He FIGHTS!... His appeal to them isn’t so much ideological as it is nihilistic.
—Rick Wilson, GOP strategist[76]

Trump accumulates a few nuggets of cocktail party knowledge about political topics and sort of freewheels through it while trying to steer the conversation back to the main talking points, which are Building Stuff and Making America Great Again®. On Baltimore, he knows that people torched a Rite-Aid.[77] On Climate change, he knows the difference between climate and weather, kind of.[78] Someone back at headquarters didn't know there were two different organizations called "La Raza" and sent out orders to use that defense in the Trump U. case.[79] Trump was endorsed by the National Enquirer and has parroted their "journalism" as fact, like with the thing about Cruz's dad and JFK.[80] (Also, the only person directly quoted in the Enquirer hit piece is Roger Stone, who also wrote a book on how he thinks LBJ killed JFK and regularly makes appearances on Infowars.) His responses on China actually betray a sort of thought process: what he's advocating sounds like an intentional invocation of Nixon's Madman Theory, and Nixon went to China, so we guess in Trump's head those things are somehow directly related.[81] As you will see below, pretty much any interviewer can get Trump to agree to anything if they frame it as something novel.[82] He genuinely has no clue how the Executive Branch is run.

Meanwhile he's slowly starting to assemble a team of the worst politicians you can imagine. Corrupt shit-bags like Chris Christie and Jeff Sessions,[83] ratfuckers like Roger Stone,[84] and now Rick Scott[85]—these are the people that will actually be running the place.

Issue "Solution"
National Security As with most of Trump's positions, the answer is "all of the above". (America can't afford to be the world's policeman. We need to expand the military.[86])

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.[87] 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.[88][89] He'll also bring back torture, though he knows it doesn't work, since "they deserve it anyway."[90] He'd also "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, and not a recruiting bonanza.[91]

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.[92]

Border security The monorail 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.[93] In any case, we doubt Mexico would ever forgive being extorted out of $20 billion dollars. Moreover, the majority of US construction workers are undocumented Mexican immigrants. D'oh.[94]

He's talked about the materials the wall will be built of. He's talked about putting his name on it. Metaphorically, of course.[95] The wall is about his only concrete idea (pun intended) that he has consistently campaigned on, and he's already waffling on it. There's actually considerable biographical evidence that Trump is serious about Building Stuff: sources close to Trump claim that he was deadly serious about the wall; the reasons he likes it is that it gives him a physical thing that he can focus his imagination on, and because he is not generally interested in abstractions.[96][97]

He has since doubled down, explicitly calling for a national database that registers and identifies all Muslim Americans. (We really need more inquisitions.[98][99]) In a rally in Wisconsin, he clarified to Chris Matthews that the register wouldn't apply to wealthy Muslims. That the policy only applies to poorer Muslims might make them more disposed to fight ISIS and help MAGA![100] He's like the kid that just read the back of the book before writing a book report, and will literally fight you if you tell him he got the whole general plot wrong.

Foreign policy You get a nuke! You get a nuke! Everybody gets a nuke! /Oprah[101]

It's abundantly clear he doesn't know anything about foreign policy.[102] Trump has begun to pivot away from his earlier statements[103] ("sorta neutral") about Israel. But that's just evidence of his famous "flexibility."[104][105]

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.[106] Trump also hinted he may go to war if Mexico refuses to pay for nonsensical building projects.[107]

Economic plan Get rid of NATO, of NASA, the NAACP, and any other orgs with an N.[108][109]

His economic plan sounds like the work of a businessman who's made strategic use of bankruptcy. It wreck havoc on the dollar and turn US Treasury Bonds from the safest place to put your money into a risky proposition which investors would stay away from. You can't unring the bell on his plan; just ask any country that ruined their currency long term for a short term benefit.[110]

What is his position on jobs? He's going to "bring them back!"[111] Republicans and Democrats dropped the ball on helping those who are most effected by those outsourcing; Trump just wants to roll back free trade and raise tariffs, but that won't necessarily fix the problem.[112][113] On the contrary, it's a threat to eliminate hundreds and thousands of American jobs.[114] Their paychecks wouldn't even keep up with inflation if they get what they want.[115] But the average voter won't look a whole lot deeper than free trade is "killing us!"

The Trump Tax Cuts aren't just right-wing, they're crazy-wing. They've been criticized by conservatives for the huge deficits that would result, and by liberals since the main beneficiary of his cuts is the very wealthy.[116][117][118]

Environment Brown tends to be frugal with his endorsements. Hearing Trump say asinine things regarding climate[119][120] ("there is no drought!"[121]) must have pushed him over the edge.

But when it affects Trump's golf course, then climate change IS real, it IS happening, and urgent action must be taken.[122]

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.[123]

For all of Trump's macho-man image, this is a remarkably pusillanimous plan. Trump's candidacy is based on ditching GOP orthodoxy, but this healthcare plan is a standard Republican nothingburger which is indistinguishable from what a lot of others 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 establishment that he can adopt some of their stances, too.[124]

First Amendment It's becoming of a bit of a running gag how Trump keeps threatening to sue people who are critical of him.[125][126][127] (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.[128][129]

Since action speaks loudest, especially where Trump is concerned, what has he done in the meantime? Ejected journalists at his rallies simply for being journalists.[130] No person, no problem!

Abortion It sounds like the main takeaway from Ryan's sit-down was that Trump agreed to nominate pro-lifers to SCOTUS.[131]

At that aforementioned event in Wisconsin, Donald floated an idea to punish women that seek abortions. While speaking with MSNBC host Chris Matthews about how he would enforce it, he very quickly reversed the statement to say that he would make the procedure illegal and punish doctors who do so. The best part is when he said that penalties for abortion should not apply to men.[132] shhhhh Trump is pointing out the inherit contradiction in the conservative platform

Energy TL;DR He wants to pull out of all climate agreements, get rid of environmental regulations and increase the use of coal.[133] Standard GOP pandering. He also states that he wants energy independence. The lack of mention of nuclear is likely due to the fact that we don't have any uranium deposits in our country.

Wait... is he still using "America First"?[134] (He's going with the Third Reich's "worker's party" thing too.[135]) Can't tell if he is intentionally fucking with us, or is actually adopting Goebbels' playbook.[136]

Second Amendment In the course of a single convoluted sentence, he managed to say we shouldn't have guns in classrooms, we should have guns in classrooms, switches back to we shouldn't, and then finally winds up at we should.[137]

Trump and Obama/Hillary at least agree on one point: he is against allowing people on the No-Fly List to buy guns.[138] Weakness on guns combined with anti-Latino rhetoric could possibly open up TX, so expect this to be backtracked in a few days or hours.[139]

IRS With Trump cratering in the polls, he has suggested repealing the Johnson Amendment of 1954, which prohibits tax-exempt orgs (namely churches) from purchasing and running political ads. Nobody seriously expects the IRS to enforce the law, but it's meat that Trump is throwing to the evangelical wing and they're eating up like fools.[140][141] He needs them now, because a lot of them are threatening to sit out the election. Voting for a thrice-married adulterer isn't their thing.[142]

Trump wouldn't be able to change the law via executive action (tax law is Congress' domain), but he could order the IRS not to enforce the ban, which would amount to the same thing. That being said, it would be hilarious if American mosques started electing more Muslims to public office. Isn't Trump arguing to make Sharia Law legal in the United States...?

... and that, boys and girls, is how a pro-choice liberal in a shitty toupee stole the Republican Presidential Nomination.

[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
Official position of the leadership of the Republican Party: Trump is an inexcusable bigot, and Trump must be our next president.
Bill Kristol[143]

Bircher tactics work. If this election is a litmus test, then the entire Republican party failed it.[144] And that really gets to the heart of the problem: 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. This is right in Trump's own wheelhouse anyway. People forget that Trump joined the Reform Party back in 1999.[145]

So now, left with no Bush or Cruz, they've swallowed hard and endorsed Trump. But you can tell their endorsements are half-hearted. 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). Adding to that, 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.

It's having downticket effects that the GOP is not happy with. Not only is Trump capable of fumbling the presidency right into Clinton's hands, he may cost the GOP significantly in the legislature. Polls have WI senator Ron Johnson getting creamed by Russ Feingold in no small part because Johnson can't step out of the shadow of Trump.[146] And Trump's poisoning of the GOP won't stop after the election. Nobody knows how Paul Ryan is going to rebuild his image after an hour or more of accumulated footage where he weakly endorses Trump while simultaneously disavowing everything he says. And Christie ... wow. Where to even start? He went from a contender for the White House to the guy who fetches McDonald's[147] for the blowhard who claims he saw radical Muslims in Christie's own state cheering on 9/11.[148]

The party is already fissured and if enough people voted Trump in, career politicians would have to adopt platforms more in line with Joe Sixpack if they want to be electorally successful. And with Scalia's death the stakes were just too high to let the presidency slip away. But now that they've accepted that they're going to lose the presidency anyway—and suffer some serious losses in the fall—the party is finally ready to take their medicine. Like a gangrenous leg you must amputate.[149] They are in for a very unpleasant time in Cleveland (As long as everyone is armed we'll be fine![150]), and Trump will run as a zombie, but the party will emerge more-or-less intact.

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.[151] It's easy to see the appeal of this theory: It's painful for conservatives to admit the party is getting its just deserts for pandering to cretins; they'd rather just pretend that it's due to Hillary's witchcraft.[152]

[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:

He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured.[153]

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.[154][155] Trump doubled down on his comments, which led Rupert Murdoch to disavow him, 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] My demeaning comments towards women were just show business

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

In the course of the GOP debates, he openly insulted the looks of his party’s sole female contender, Carly Fiorina,[156] the menstrual cycle of the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly,[157] and suggested Hillary Clinton got “schlonged” in her 2008 Democratic primary loss to Barack Obama.[158] In response, voters live-tweeted their periods to him.[159]

His followers harassed Kelly with unoriginal and sexist slurs after Trump decided not to partake in the Fox News debate.[160] Even the media has their role to play: When Kelly cut her hair, everyone knew it was in preparation for her rematch with The Don.[161] Bill Maher was right on the money when he said that if Republicans were smart, they would be running Megyn Kelly.[162]

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.[163] 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] Rhetoric begets reaction

I’ve got black accountants… Black guys counting my money! I hate that. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.
—A former-Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino executive quoting Trump[164][165]

Trump's problem is his rhetoric. He is constantly pushing the Overton window[wp] to his advantage, including an "alarming willingness to use fascist themes and styles," according to the father of fascism studies.[166] (Most infamously, he retweeted and endorsed a quote from Benito Mussolini, and when confronted about it, said "What differences does it make?" ) Extreme rhetoric has consequences: In general, Trump's rallies have inspired, or outright incited, an uptick in violence from his supporters all over the nation, including from his own security guards and campaign staffers. Protesters and journalists are often the intended targets.[167][168] Even when there's no violence, he expresses disappointment at the peace.[169][170]

Guys like Marco Rubio are unable to court Trump supporters, because Rubio would never come out and refuse to condemn the KKK—even though Rubio knows that Klansmen vote Republican. Trump can somehow not condemn the KKK and condemn them in the same day and not alienate anybody in his base:

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.[171]

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.[172] 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 refute these allegations for a week or so, and then people will be tired of talking about it.

[edit] "Hispanics love me!"

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.[172]

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.[173]

[edit] "Look at my African-American over here!"

Trump uses made-up statistics from a neo-Nazi group 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.[174]

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."[175] 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 negro was dragged away. (You could also hear another one say "Light the motherfucker on fire!")[176]

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![177]

[edit] "I love the Muslims!"

Trump repeatedly claims without much evidence that American Muslims celebrated 9/11[178] but what Trump advocates would be much worse. Trump argues we should ban all Muslims from heading to America, including Muslim American citizens,[179] something even Dick Cheney ("Here's a guy who did a rotten job as Vice-President..."[180]) would not advocate.[181] Joe Scarborough had to cut him off on his show.[182]

[edit] "Beautiful Jewish Baby!"

It's beautiful that Muslims and Jews can come together in their shared opposition to Donald Trump.[183] Maybe Trump is what we need to achieve peace in the Middle East, sort of like Ozymandias' squid creature in Watchmen.

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?"[184] 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."

Trump's rallies and press events are magnets for freaks of all varieties.

  • Like 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.[185]
  • 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.[186]

But it's not just the crypto-fascists who love him: Real Neo-Nazis of the swastika-waving, Jew-baiting, race war-daydreaming variety have jumped onboard, too![187]

  • 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.[188]
  • 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.[189]
  • 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).[190]
  • 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.[191]
  • American ayatollah Pat Buchanan, 2000 Reform Party presidential nominee, has been consistently bullish on Trump's campaign.[192] 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.[193] (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.'"[194] 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.[195] Thanks, asshole.
  • Ironically, although Trump has compared his rival Ben Carson to a child molester,[196] he himself has won the coveted endorsement of neo-Nazi child molester (and erstwhile al Qaeda supporter) August Kreis III.[197][198]
  • 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.[199] Both symbols are listed as neo-Nazi hate symbols by the Anti-Defamation League.[200][201]
  • Birgitt Peterson, a 69-year-old woman from Yorkville, Illinois, appeared in the Chicago Tribune doing a Nazi salute.[202] 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).[203] 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[202]) 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.[204]

[edit] Your Mind Is My Puppet

[edit] HS quarterback

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[205]

The biggest Overton shift this year has been anyone believing that Donald Trump is "anti-establishment."[note 3] 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.[206] 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.

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. 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,[207] losers,[208] low-energy,[209] chokers[210] or "choke artists"[211] 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] Sound and Fury, signifying Nothing

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[212]

"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 the 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 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.[213][163]

[edit] Idiocracy

We won with the poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.
—The Donald, immediately after winning Nevada[214]

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. 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.[215]

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.[216] 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". (Palin again. I read all the best newspapers!) 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:

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.[88]
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.[217]
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.[218]
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.[218]

This sort of stuff is outlined in Art of the Deal, not to mention they are well-known persuasive techniques (repetition persuasion, social proof persuasion, anecdotes persuasion[219]).

[edit] Trollpublicanism

See the main article on this topic: Proll
“I’m not saying that’s a good thing, and in truth it probably says something perverse about the culture we live in. But I’m a businessman, and I learned a lesson from that experience: good publicity is preferable to bad, but from a bottom-line perspective, bad publicity is sometimes better than no publicity at all. Controversy, in short, sells.”
The Art of the Deal (1987)

Trump has mastered the technique of False Conviction: you can get away with parodying ultra right-wing opinions if you remain absolutely committed to it. Donald will says things where it's clear he's being deliberately contrarian, but he will sell it as if it's his own full name.

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,[note 4] 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. 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[220] 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". This is part of why voters like him, they think he speaks truth to power.

[edit] We shall overcomb

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[221]

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. Trump doesn't have a voting record. And human beings are really, really bad at processing information that falls outside of our heuristics and reconciling information that on its surface seems contradictory.

Therefore, if a candidate does not fall squarely into one of the two buckets we associate with politics, I.e. "conservatism" and "liberalism," then they must be in the middle, despite not logically fitting as a "moderate" in any sense. And because many people subconsciously believe in the golden mean, Trump is using the same strategy almost every authoritarian populist has used to craft a successful coalition: pair extreme ideas from one end of the spectrum with ones that either come from the other extreme end or are appealing for their "moderation." For example, pair your extreme views on immigration with opposition to trade, or rhetoric opposing "hedge fund guys" and other selected rich capitalists who are unpopular across the board. This becomes a net win for Trump. He "tells it like it is" or "calls out both sides".

Donald is an empty suit and he invites us all to try him on:

Thousands and thousands of lives, we have nothing. Wounded warriors all over the place who I love, we have nothing for it.[222]

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 Iraq 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. But wait, there's more!

DEBATE TRUMP: “Taxes too high, wages too high. We’re not going to be able to compete against the world.”[223]
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."[224]
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.

So what are we to believe? This is not a multiverse. Trump's seductive technique is that he establishes himself as a huckster from Day 1, but then winks and nudges you into believing that you and you, and you alone, are the one who understands his "true" positions and values. It's a little bit like the playboy who sleeps with a bunch of different girls. They let him get away with it because each of them is convinced that she's the one he really loves and the other girls are just tramps who are easily lured by such a charming guy. And, of course, each one is convinced that in the end he'll come around to his one true love. This is why his supporters cherry-pick through the heaps of manure to prove that he's not really X-Y-Z.[note 5]

His former communications director, Stephanie Cegielski, admits he is just toying with the constituency to sate his ego.[75]

[edit] Feud with HBO and Last Week Tonight

In March of 2013, Trump attacked Jon Stewart on Twitter for changing his name from Liebowitz to Stewart, tweeting:[225]

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,[226] Trump also blatantly insisted that the above quoted Tweet never took place, tweeting:[227]

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 that John Oliver[wp] (Stewart being the former boss and colleague of Oliver) had tried to get Trump to appear on Last Week Tonight,[228] something which Oliver maintains has never happened.[229] Oliver even checked to make sure nobody had accidentally invited him, and nobody had.

[edit] "Make Donald Drumpf Again"

In response to all of this, on February 28th 2016, John Oliver started the #makedonalddrumpfagain campaign, explaining;[230]

"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 pigeon 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 wierd 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 officially filed paperwork to trademark the name "Drumpf". HBO has also purchased the domain[231] and released an official Chrome browser plugin called the "Drumpfinator", which changes every instance of "Trump" to "Drumpf" in the browser.[232]

The thought underlying the quite overtly satirical relabeling of Trump to Drumpf 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)[233] then hopefully people would stop automatically knee jerk-associating him with the fame and fortune attached to the Trump brand, and instead see the man for who and what he really is.[234]

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, our coverage of it here helps set the record straight and avoid any confusion regarding the "Drumpf" meme.

[edit] See also

  • Joseph McCarthy: "There are at least 11 million illegal immigrants." "Some people say there are 31 million illegal immigrants." "It's probably somewhere in the middle. 12, 13, 14 million."[235]
  • Ronald Reagan: A B-radio and film personality who completely changed his politics to appease his masters at GE TV theater. He was picked out of a hat because the name had a high recognition value. He didn't actually decide anything, he just read the lines he was given.
  • Sarah Palin: Palin was basically a Nostra-dumbass. She foretold Trump without even knowing it.
  • Know Nothing Party: Rick Perry publicly called Trump a "Know Nothing" shortly after Trump announced his candidacy.[236] (And when Rick Perry thinks you've gone out to lunch, well...)
  • Narcissistic personality disorder: Trump isn't the kind of person who would turn down a business model centered on the idea that 'Trump is a genius worth emulating.'
  • Dunning-Kruger effect: (Also: hire ghost writers to write bestseller books in your name about how smart & rich you are.[237])

[edit] Trump Mania

Well, let's give Denny his due: when has he EVER given us any bad advice or led us in the wrong direction?[238]

La Familia Trump consists of the usual suspects; a pack of shit-stirrers, talent-vacuums, bigots, and media whores as unfit to hold office as the man himself. We have dossiers on most of them.

  • Joe Arpaio, cartoonishly-corrupt sheriff of Maricopa County. 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".[239]
  • Anti-PC crusader Ann Coulter hopped on the Trump Train early[240] but appeared to sour on his ‘half-baked tweets at midnight’. What's that old saying about a speck in your neighbor's eye?
  • Sean Hannity - His inner construction worker cannot resist.[241]
  • Art Laffer - Trickle down needs to be brutally murdered, because it won't fucking die on its own.[242] Shouldn't you be wrecking Australia's economy right now?
  • 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.[243]
  • Jerry Fallwell Jr. - When asked the inevitable leading question, "What is your favorite book?" Trump answered with the usual pandering reply, "The Bible!", although he couldn't provide a favorite verse[244] (The book of Job, now back to work, you!). Eventually, Trump found one; "Two Corinthians" (Second Corinthians), and earned a cookie endorsement from Falwell.[245]
  • 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.[62]
  • Of course, no collection of wingnuts would be complete without Ted Nugent.[246] Political life lessons from him is like filling the seats at the BET awards with KKK members.
  • Dennis Prager - He admits he only supports Trump out of hate for the left. One of the most adamantly anti-Trump talk show hosts of the past year was, in fact ... Dennis Prager.[247]
  • Michael Savage, who called Trump "the Winston Churchill of our time".[248]
  • Phyllis Schlafly - marital rape supporter 90-year-old stay-at-home mom and ERA opponent[249]
  • Ben Stein - Once a flack, always a flack. "He wants a peaceful, calm America."[250]
  • Milo Yiannopoulos refers to Trump as "Daddy". As the official spokesman for the Internet's sewer, Yiannopoulos half-jokingly yearns for a God-Emporor Trump to transform America into some sort of a fascist monarchy.

[edit] Patient Zeroes

  • Silvio Berlusconi: Il Trump italiano. Just subtract a foot of height and add underage Moroccan prostitutes.
  • Nigel Farage: Has compared himself to The Don. Take a seat, Enoch. (Trump is UKIP turned up to 11.)
  • Geert Wilders: Completely adrift from reality. Screams anything necessary to get more votes. Dat hair, tho.
  • Boris Johnson: "Wait, I have dumb hair, too! Vote for me!"
  • Michele Fiore[wp]: Rule 63 is an internet rule which states "For any given male character, there is a female version of that character." Gold-plated AKs, cigar-chomping, word salad ("ocular cavity"), quack supplements, fraud, shitposting, /pol/ following, this woman's got it all!
  • Rob Ford[wp]: R.I.P. He reminded us a lot of Bender when he temporarily became human.
  • Hugo Chavez: Why should the Reds feel left out? A very similar rhetorician, with endless insults but a strong ability to manipulate the media and make people laugh.
  • Carlos Beruff[wp]: Florida(-based business)man who called for banning all Muslims from the Middle East. He's running on being an "outsider" while being a billionaire, and he's self-funding a grab for Rubio's Senate seat; only difference is that he's bald.
  • Rodrigo Duterte[wp]: The Philippines' foul-mouthed equivalent. He advocates for the death penalty to petty criminals and corrupt politicians, and infamously allowed vigilante killings to occur on his watch as Mayor of Davao City.

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[edit] Notes

  1. Our favorite is when Romney called him out as a fellow politician and a businessman. Trump put on a freaking infomercial showcasing Trump Magazine, Trump Steaks, and Trump Wine/Vodka—Most of which are fake in one way or another. The steaks were probably bought from a local butcher, since they are no longer sold anywhere. The magazine he referenced was a different one from the one Romney said had failed, and has basically no distribution, existing only as a table decoration for one of his resorts. He's like that Tai Lopez guy in the YouTube ads bragging about his library and his cars; he needs to maintain the illusion to keep his business going.
  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 comedic value. Just goes to show you, never write a candidate off this side of Arlington Cemetery.
  3. His life's work has been about creating things and spaces exclusively for the wealthy. Trump Tower—the way the interior is laid out—is probably actually a really good illustration of how Trump thinks about politics: he thinks about the American Dream in terms of creating opportunities for people to ride in gold-plated elevators (there are literally gold-plated elevators). This might also explain something about his preoccupation with China.
  4. Who could hate a man just enjoying his taco salad? He got millions of dollars' worth in publicity from this stunt alone, as media outlets tried to spin it in their own way or provide some opinion on why he made it. For God's sake, he mentioned the name of one of his restaurants in the tweet. He's just hawking his corn muffins on a free, world-sized stage.
  5. Obama had a similar experience with the left wing, who saw themselves in his reflection only to get embittered when he ended up being, well, the center-left to centrist Democrat he always was.

[edit] Footnotes

  1. Taibbi, "How America Made Trump Unstoppable", Rolling Stone 20/24/16. "You think the media sucks now? Just wait until reporters have to kiss a brass Trump-sphinx before they enter the White House press room."
  2. Marc Fisher and Will Hobson, "Donald Trump masqueraded as publicist to brag about himself", WaPo 5.13.16.
  3. Tech Times gives a brief rundown, not to mention the time when "he" wrestled "Rosie O'Donnell" in a painful moment for WWE.
  4. 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 (8/5/15, 9:33 AM).
  5. 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 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. 12.0 12.1 Kruse, Michael, "1988: The Year Donald Lost His Mind", Politico 3/11/16. Kruse: "The only thing that saved Trump from personal bankruptcy and permanent financial ruin: loans from his rich father and his siblings, and the severity, strangely, of his fiscal straits. The money was so big, the loans so brazen, that not only was he beholden to the banks—the banks were beholden to him...The banks had been just as irresponsible as he had."
  13. Bump, Phillip, "Trump got the most GOP votes ever — both for and against him — and other fun facts", WaPo 6.8.16.
  14. 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).
  15. 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.
  16. Strauss, Daniel, "Donald Trump sends Club for Growth cease and desist letter", Politico (09/22/15 03:00 PM EDT, Updated 09/22/15 03:51 PM EDT).
  17. "Donald Trump and the mob" by Chris Frates (Updated 12:37 PM ET, Fri July 31, 2015) CNN'.
  18. Blaze Destroyed Trump Testimony For Roy Cohn: Lawyer's disbarment records lost in 2015 fire May 17, 2016 The Smoking Gun.
  19. Former Mafia-linked figure describes association with Trump by Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger (May 17, 2016) The Washington Post.
  20. Trump Limos Were Built With A Hood Ornament: Developer's first licensing deal was with New York Mafia figure (September 22, 2015) The Smoking Gun.
  21. "Cruz suggests Trump has Mafia ties". New York Post. 28 February 2016.
  22. "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: 'I Bailed You Out Twice'".
  23. Emma Graham-Harrison. "Donald Trump is a disgrace to his country, says billionaire Saudi prince". The Guardian.
  24. Susan B. Glasser and Michael Kruse, "Trumpology: A Master Class", Politico, May/June 2016. Being born into millions. Much merit, very self-made.
  25. Newsweek: How much Trump is worth depends on how he feels.
  26. 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!
  27. 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.
  28. D'Antonio, Michael, "The Quiet Power Behind the Trump Throne", 10/15/15.
  29. Drexler, Peggy, "Lewandowski firing: Power of Ivanka?", CNN (6/20/16, Updated 8:04 PM ET). He obviously resisted firing Corey for a long time. According to CNN his own daughter (the only competent member in the family) had to threaten to leave the campaign in order to get him to do it.
  30. Andrew Kaczynski and Christopher Massie, "Sad! Money: Trump’s Many Incorrect Predictions On The Economy", Buzzfeed (Apr. 4, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.).
  31. Donald Trump's Golfcourse, Ramblers Scotland
  32. See the Wikipedia article on Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.
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  37. Tales from the Trump University legal vault by Maggie Severns (03/03/16 12:54 PM EST) Politico.
  38. Zadronsky, Brandy, "What Trump Knew About ‘Kardashian U’", Daily Beast (5/23/16 at 10:13 PM ET).
  39. 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. Congratulations, you've just earned a degree from Trump University. It's just as useless as it sounds.
  40. New York judge finds Donald Trump liable for unlicensed school by Karen Freifeld (Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:14pm EDT) Reuters.
  41. Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman and Dalton Bennett, "Donald Trump said ‘university’ was all about education. Actually, its goal was: ‘Sell, sell, sell!’", WaPo (7/4/16 at 4:52 PM).
  42. Trump University 2010 Playbook. Ein Volk. Ein Reich. Ein Führer. One Company. One Culture. One Goal.
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  45. East, Kristen, "Trump attacks 'Mexican' judge in Trump U lawsuit", Politico (05/28/16 09:55 AM EDT). THEY'RE NOT SENDING THEIR BEST PEOPLE!!... oh wait, they are.
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  49. 49.0 49.1 Trump Made No Donations To 9/11 Charities: Billionaire was a zero in aftermath of terror attack (November 3, 2015) The Smoking Gun.
  50. "When It Came To September 11 Charity, Billionaire Donald Trump Actually Had His Hand Out", The Smoking Gun 2.17.16.
  51. Feds Gave Donald a Quick Bundle: He's among titans who got 9-11 funds set for small biz by Russ Buettner (Sunday, January 29, 2006, 12:00 AM) New York Daily News.
  52. Trump: The Least Charitable Billionaire: The Donald is a miser, not an "ardent philanthropist." (April 12, 2011) The Smoking Gun.
  53. 53.0 53.1 There's something fishy about Donald Trump's charitable donations by Marcia Dunn (Aug. 2, 2015, 11:04 AM) Business Insider.
  54. 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.
  55. Town Board Discusses Trump Park's Dog Park by Plamena Pesheva (June 25, 2010 1:05 am ET) Yorktown-Somers Patch.
  56. Donald Trump Still A Miser, Tax Return Shows: Billionaire's foundation again staked by NYC ticket scalper January 15, 2016 The Smoking Gun.
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  61. Gates, Marie-Elise, "Trump Trademarks “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”", Trademarkology 5.16.16.
  62. 62.0 62.1 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!)
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  64. Donald Trump Shouts ‘F Word’ Multiple Times In Las Vegas Speech, Wonkette
  65. He opposes gay marriage because of new trends in golf putter preference., HuffPo.
  66. Tea Partiers Rallying in DC Praise Donald Trump's Birther Stance, TPM
  67. Trump: Bill Ayers Wrote Obama's Book, TPM. Remember when being a Birther was basically the peak of crazy in political discussions? Times have changed, man.
  68. "'This is what we were thinking about', says screenwriter", Rolling Stone.
  69. Ishaan Tharoor (17 June 2015). "Top Mexican official blasts Donald Trump’s ‘absurd’ comments on migrants". Washington Post.
  70. "Univision Drops Miss USA Pageant After Donald Trump's Comments About Mexicans :".
  71. Jeremy Stahl (29 June 2015). "Donald Trump fired from NBC: Celebrity Apprentice star and Republican presidential hopeful loses his job with NBC for anti-immigrant racism.". Slate Magazine.
  72. Feloni, Robert, "Donald Trump's core business philosophy from his bestselling 1987 book 'The Art of the Deal'", Business Insider (6/16/15, 2:38 PM). Trump: I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular.
  73. Federal Election Commission, itemized disbursements for Donald J. Trump For President, Inc. He'd better turn those hats upside-down and start asking for handouts....
  74. Drew Griffin, Paul Murphy and Theodore Schleifer, "Trump directs nearly one-fifth of his money to his own businesses", CNN (Updated 6/22/16 at 10:39 AM ET).
  75. 75.0 75.1 Ceglielski, Stephanie, "An Open Letter to Trump Voters from His Top Strategist-Turned-Defector", XOJane 3.28.16. The other stuff she mentions, which at the time people did not find credible, have been out in the open for some time now, like the "Let Trump be Trump" slogan stolen from The West Wing.
  76. Wilson, "How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Donald Trump's Troll Party", Daily Beast (09.15.15 10:15 PM ET).
  77. "A transcript of Donald Trump’s meeting with The Washington Post editorial board", WaPo 3/21/16
  78. Romm, Joe, "Trump Even Gets Climate Denial Wrong", ThinkProgress Mar 24, 2016 8:00 am
  79. Trudo, Hannah, "Trump escalates attack on 'Mexican' judge", Politico (6/02/16 10:05 PM EDT, updated 06/02/16 11:27 PM EDT). It's amazing these people manage to tie their shoes in the morning.
  80. Louis Jacobson and Linda Qiu"Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim linking Ted Cruz's father and JFK assassination", Politifact (5/3/16 at 5:59 p.m.).
  81. Avlon, John, "Donald Trump Is Running for Richard Nixon’s Third Term", Daily Beast (02.14.16 9:04 PM ET).
  82. Hugh Hewitt and Donald Trump talk 2016. DT: "I think I might be inclined to do that. I don’t think that’s that unusual, though. That’s been done before, hasn’t it, Hugh? (No.) ...Yeah, no, I like that idea very much." No spine or judgement whatsoever.
  83. Ferris, Sarah, "Trump gets first Senate endorsement", The Hill (2/28/16, 05:07 pm).
  84. Osnos, Evan, "Trump’s Convention Strategy: “The Fix Is In”", New Yorker 4.8.16. Trump's intolerance toward journalist critics also extends 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.
  85. Schultz, Randy, "Rick Scott on Donald Trump's ticket? Folks, he's already there", Miami Sun-Sentinel (2/26/16 8:36 PM).
  86. Hongo, Hudson, "Donald Trump Promises to Build Big, Bad Military "Nobody Will Mess With"", Gawker (4/19/16 10:45pm).
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  88. 88.0 88.1 David Edwards, "Donald Trump: To defeat ISIS ‘you have to take out their families’", Raw Story.
  89. Tom LoBianco, "Donald Trump on terrorists: 'Take out their families'", CNN.
  90. Ben Jacobs, "Donald Trump on waterboarding: 'Even if it doesn't work they deserve it'", The Guardian. Caedite eos! Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius![wp]
  91. Jeremy Diamond, CNN (20 February 2016). "Donald Trump cites story of general who dipped bullets in pigs' blood to deter Muslims". CNN.
  92. David Gilbert, "Donald Trump Wants Bill Gates To Turn Off The Internet To Stop ISIS", International Business Times (12/08/15 AT 6:31 AM).
  93. Brian Latimer. "Former Mexican President: We're Not Paying for a 'Stupid' Wall". NBC News.
  94. Olivio, Antonio, "At Trump hotel site, immigrant workers wary", WaPo 7.6.15.
  95. Pennacchia, Robyn, "Trump Surrogate: Mexico Border Wall Actually Just Donald Trump’s Imaginary Friend", Wonkette (5/19/16, 12:28pm).
  96. McAfee, Tierney, "Two Sides to Trump: His Friends and Foes Speak Out", People (03/30/2016 at 04:35 PM EDT).
  97. Laughland, Oliver, "Ex-Trump workers describe egocentric micromanager: 'Donald loves Donald'", The Guardian (3/14/16 15.01 EDT).
  98. Nastasha Bertrad, "Donald Trump gave credence to a major right-wing conspiracy theory about Muslim 'training camps'", Business Insider. They're going to be sent to a detention facility were all they can do all day is watch Trump U. videos.
  99. Steve Holland and Ginger Gibson, "After Florida shooting, Trump hardens stance on Muslims", Reuters (6/14/16 and 10:41pm EDT).
  100. Trump says he'd allow 'rich Muslims' to enter U.S.
  101. Hellman, Jessie, "Trump Would Consider Letting Japan and South Korea Build Nuclear Arsenals, The Hill (3/26/.16, 03:24 pm). Donald handing out nukes like a pedophile handing out candy to kids.
  102. Fisher, Max, "We painstakingly annotated Donald Trump's strange and revealing foreign policy interview", Vox (9/4/15, 12:34 p.m. ET).
  103. Hensch, Mark, "Trump: I’ll be ‘neutral’ on Israel and Palestine", The Hill (2/17/16, 09:41 pm). Well, that's refreshing to hear...
  104. "Trump: Israeli Settlement Construction in West Bank Should 'Keep Going'", Haaretz (6/24/16 at 9:13pm IDT). −What? But I thought he was going to use his deal-closing skills to negotiate!
  105. "Trump Would Support Israeli Annexation of Parts of West Bank, Says Adviser", Haaretz (6/23/16 at9:24 PM IDT). Perhaps Israel will be offered more and bigger walls. That'll surely fix it right up.
  106. Collinson, Stephen, "5 candidates make closing arguments on CNN", CNN (Updated 3/22/16 8:45 AM ET). The US leaving NATO would be like the Pope quitting Catholicism.
  107. "Mexican media: Trump threatens war with Mexico to collect border wall payment". Fusion. Because crashing the Mexican economy is a good way to decrease illegal immigration into America.
  108. Pindell, James, "Trump loves NASA, but backs privatization of outer space", Boston Globe 1.1/11/15.
  109. Kessler, Glenn, "Donald Trump's Unusual Plan to Lower the National Debt: Sell Off $16 Tril in Assets", WaPo 4.2.16. If it works for wines, steaks, and luxury hotels, of course it will work for foreign policy!
  110. Barro, Josh, "Donald Trump is floating an insane idea that would tank the American economy", Business Insider (5/6/16, 11:59 AM).
  111. Drezner, Daniel D., "Donald Trump’s Big Lie about the global economy", WaPo 8.3.15. It's the establishment versus the working class. The Republicans have catered to low-income voters for quite a while now, and those are the main demographics who are severely effected by free trade. That demographic ("small business") has been voting against their own interest by sending their jobs overseas.
  112. Krugman, Paul, "Trade, Labor, and Politics", NYT 3.28.16. Republicans oppose trade because protectionism is the only way they know how to deal with the fact that it creates losers as well as winners, whereas believers in a strong safety net can take all sorts of other measures to protect workers without bringing down the country as a whole.
  113. McKee, Guian, "This is what Trump and Sanders Get Wrong About Free Trade", WaPo 5.17.16.
  114. Tankersley, Jim, "Donald Trump’s trade war could kill millions of U.S. jobs", WaPo 3.25.16.
  115. Byrnes, Jesse, "Trump: 'Who the hell cares if there's a trade war?'", The Hill (May 19, 2016, 10:07 pm). Republicans will be all for free trade when their "low low prices" increase by 50% at Wal-Mart.
  116. MJ Lee and Sara Murray, "Donald Trump Slashes Taxes on the Poor — and the Wealthy", CNN (Updated 0/29/15, 11:39 AM ET). Tax Policy Center: "On the corporate side the tax cut is very large. On the individual side it's very large. There just aren't enough tax breaks out there to make this work."
  117. "Donald Trump's false claim that his tax plan wouldn't increase the deficit" The ideology of "spend more, tax less, repay debt!" doesn't exist because mathematically it's nonsense.
  118. "How the candidates' tax plans will affect you, in 4 charts"
  119. 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.
  120. 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.
  121. Jill Colvin and Ellen Knickmeyer, "Trump tells California ‘there is no drought’" , WaPo 5.27.16. No shit, it was sucked dry by the very factory farms that are complaining now.
  122. Schreckinger, Ben, "Trump acknowledges climate change — at his golf course", Politico. (05/23/16 05:35 AM EDT) Trump applied to build a wall to prevent coastal erosion at his Trump International Golf Links seaside golf resort in Ireland — and has explicitly cited risks posed by climate change in his application.
  123. "Healthcare Reform".
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  125. "For Donald Trump, ‘Get ’Em Out’ Is the New ‘You’re Fired’". The New York Times. 14 March 2016.
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  130. South Florida Sun-Sentinel (14 March 2016). "Mayo: My choice at Trump rally - Leave or go to jail".
  131. Associated Press, "Paul Ryan's Endorsement of Donald Trump Comes With Caveats", Fortune (6/3/16 at 3:53 AM EDT).
  132. Gladu, Alex, "Donald Trump's Abortion Punishments Don't Include Men For Whatever Misogynistic Reason", Bustle 3.30.16. 'I read The Handmaid's Tale and I thought it was a great blueprint for America.
  133. Ashley Parker and Coral Davenport, "Donald Trump’s Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules", NYT 5.26.16. Ironically, GOP energy policy doesn't benefit coal anymore. The only way to benefit coal is to provide them subsidies. The rate of return on coal is terrible now.
  134. Timothy Cama and Devin Henry, "Overnight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota", The Hill (05/26/16 05:54 PM EDT).
  135. Savransky, Rebecca, "Trump: My GOP will be a 'worker's party'", The Hill (May 26, 2016, 08:59 am).
  136. Kascynski, Andrew, "Trump Once Threatened To Sue Over A Report He Owned A Book Of Hitler Speeches", Buzzfeed (Feb. 18, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.).
  137. Wolf, Leon H., "Trump: I’m not Advocating for Guns in Classrooms, I’m just Advocating for Guns in Classrooms Sometimes", RedState (5/22/16 at 2:26 pm).
  138. MacNeal, Caitlin, "NRA Says It's Willing To Meet With Trump About Guns And The No-Fly List", TPM (6/15/16, 1:32 PM EDT).
  139. Kapur, Sahil, "Trump Walks Back Remarks on Guns at Orlando Club After NRA Disagrees", Bloomberg (6/20/16 at 10:09 AM PDT).
  140. Michelle Boorstein and Julie Zauzmer, "Thrilling Christian conservative audience, Trump vows to lift ban on politicking, appoint antiabortion judges", WaPo (6/22/16 at 2:25 PM). When he panders he panders hard. This is funny because it reads like Trump scrambling to bring in voters who ordinarily be locked-up in November.
  141. Gettys, Travis, "Trump panders to evangelical leaders by promising to force store clerks to say ‘Merry Christmas’", Raw Story (6/21/16 at 13:48 ET).
  142. Guerra, Daniel, "Actually, Most Evangelicals Don’t Vote Trump", Christianity Today 5.28.16. Turns out there are people who identify as evangelical and those who go to church weekly. The latter went for Cruz.
  143. 6.7.16 Tweet.
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  145. "Trump officially joins Reform Party", CNN 10.25.99.
  146. Breshnahan, Josh, "Vulnerable GOP senators duck and cover from Trump", Politico (05/04/16 05:25 PM EDT).
  147. Kruger, Katherine, "Report: Trump Uses Chris Christie As ‘Manservant’ To Fetch His McDonald’s", TPM (6/13/16, 12:51 PM EDT).
  148. Mueller, Mark, "Some Jersey City Muslims did celebrate 9/11, cop and residents say", (12/21/15 at 6:00 AM, updated 12/22/15 at 9:27 PM). It's a miracle. And the dozens shall become thousands!
  149. O'Keefe, Ed, "Dozens of GOP delegates launch new push to halt Donald Trump", WaPo 6.17.16. This is an interesting race tonight. 75% for Hillary Clinton, 22% for Mitt Romney, and we're actually polling a solid 3% for "Donald Trump, Fuck the World." This is fascinating."
  150. Savransky, Rebecca, "Cleveland looking to buy riot gear for Republican convention", The Hill (March 03, 2016, 07:26 pm).
  151. Will, George, "Is Donald Trump a Democratic secret agent?", BBC. Donald trump is literally Hillary Clinton in a fat suit. Have you ever seen them in the same room since the election started?
  152. Lewis, Hunter, "What Populism Is And Isn't", Mises Daily 12.31.15 (Waaaah! Now the media is redefining populism as Trumpism! That's OUR word!)
  153. 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.
  154. Deferments Helped Trump Dodge Vietnam (April 28, 2011; updated July 18, 2015) The Smoking Gun. It never got in the way of his 18-hole golf game.
  155. Donald Trump's Own Secret: Vietnam Draft Records by Russell Goldman (April 29, 2011) ABC News.
  156. Zimmerman, Neetan, "Trump mocks Fiorina’s physical appearance: 'Look at that face!'", The Hill (September 09, 2015, 08:25 pm)
  157. Zimmerman, Neetan, "Trump: Megyn Kelly had blood coming out of her 'wherever'", The Hill (August 07, 2015, 09:51 pm).
  158. Hensch, Mark, "Trump: Clinton ‘got schlonged’ by Obama", The Hill (December 22, 2015, 08:10 am).
  159. "#LiveTweetYourPeriod".
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  161. Jerde, Sara, "Trump: Megyn Kelly Should Give Me 'Half Of Her Salary' For Helping Her Ratings", TPM (3/21/16, 6:35 PM EDT).
  162. Stern, Marlow, "Bill Maher: Forget Trump, Megyn Kelly Should Be the GOP Nominee for President", Daily Beast (01.29.16 7:50 PM ET).
  163. 163.0 163.1 "Donald Trump’s new low of attacking Ted Cruz’s wife fits perfectly into his campaign strategy".
  164. With both candidates viewed unfavorably, expect a bloodbath by Joe Garofoli and John Wildermuth (June 11, 2016 Updated: June 11, 2016 9:10pm) San Francisco Chronicle.
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  168. "Trump's Recent Behavior Is Even More Terrifying Than You Think". ThinkProgress. Characteristically, Trump said he's considering paying legal fees to McGraw.
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  171. Domonoske, Camila, "Trump Fails To Condemn KKK On Television, Turns To Twitter To Clarify", NPR (Updated 2/29/16 9:34 AM ET).
  172. 172.0 172.1 Lorenzo Ferrigno, "Donald Trump was right. All these illegals need to be deported.", CNN.
  173. Michael Allen, "Trump Campaign Unaware That Man Shouted 'White Power' At Alabama Rally (Video)", Opposing Views.
  174. "How Corporations and Politicians Use Numbers to Lie — and How Not to Be Fooled". Alternet.
  175. Aviva Shen, "Donald Trump: My Fans Were Right To Beat Up Black Protester", Thinkprogress.
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  177. "Black college students kicked out of Trump rally in Georgia for no reason".
  178. "Donald Trump Keeps Lying About New Jersey 9/11 Celebrations". The Huffington Post. 29 November 2015.
  179. "Man Asks Trump: 'When Can We Get Rid' Of All The Muslims In America? His Answer Was Horrifying.". ThinkProgress.
  180. Donald Trump: Dick Cheney’s Book Is ‘Very Very Angry And Nasty’, ThinkProgress. Wouldn't you expect Trump to congratulate this man on his undeserved path to fortune?
  181. Tierney McAfee, "Speaker Paul Ryan Disavows Trump for Call to Ban Muslims, as White House Says Trump's 'Morally Reprehensible' Plan 'Disqualifies Him' from Being President", People.
  182. Scott Eric Kaufman, "Watch “Morning Joe” Scarborough cut to commercial in the middle of an interview because someone won’t shut up", Salon.
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  184. Phillip Bump, "Donald Trump backs a federal database to track Muslims — but not gun sales", Washington Post.
  185. Peter Suderman, "Donald Trump’s Nativist Campaign is Rallying Racist Supporters", Reason.
  186. Jim Gilchrist, "Umf and Ted Cruz should run for VP, too. DON'T TREAD ON ME, MAN"
  187. "An Energized White Nationalist Movement Rallies Behind Trump’s Immigration Plan". Southern Poverty Law Center.
  188. "American Nazi Party Chairman: Trump's Muslim Ban Is Unrealistic". BuzzFeed.
  189. Trump Thanks Self-Described Dutch White Supremacist For His Support by Catherine Thompson (October 8, 2015, 1:57 PM EDT) Talking Points Memo.
  190. Brianna Ehley, "Trump: I don't want David Duke's endorsement", Politico.
  191. "White Supremacist Organizations Officially Endorse Donald Trump", Ring of Fire Radio.
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  195. Ben Schreckinger, "He's sparked an insurgency", Politico.
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  203. Eli Rosenberg. "Trump Supporter Who Made Nazi Salute Explains Why She Made the Gesture" The New York Times.
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  206. Sargent, Greg, "Morning Plum: Democrats want compromise. Republicans don’t. That’s bad for Democrats.", WaPo 11.14.14.
  207. Engel, Pamela, "Donald Trump taunts Jeb Bush for ditching his glasses in favor of contacts", Business Insider (2/17/16, 11:40 AM).
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  209. Wilstein, Matt, "CNN Helps Trump Brand Jeb Bush as ‘Low Energy'" Mediate (9/8/15 6:26 pm).
  210. Merda, Chad, "Trump on Romney: ‘He just choked, choked like a dog'", Chicago Sun Times.
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  214. Donald Trump: Conservative group mocking me sought my money by Jake Miller (June 18, 2015, 2:36 AM) CBS News.
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  217. This is what Trump's border wall could cost US by Kate Drew (October 9, 2015) CNBC
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  220. Eglot, Jessica, "Is Donald Trump right that more British Muslims fight for Isis than the UK army?", The Guardian (12/11/15 at 09.08 EST).
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