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Donald Trump

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Women's March in Washington, D.C., 2017. Don't forget to vote next time, please!
Not to be confused with his old man.
They promised they were going to take on corruption in Washington. Instead, they've racked up enough indictments to field a football team. Nobody in my administration got indicted, which, by the way, is not that high a bar.
—Barack Obama at a rally for the 2018 midterm elections.[1]


Donald John "Dotard" Trump (b. 1946), a.k.a. "John Miller",[2] "John Barron",[3] "David Dennison",[4] "Don the Con",[5] "Mr. Brexit",[6] and Cadet Bone Spur,[7] is an American (un)intentional comedian, honorary Russian Cossack,[8] heelWikipedia's W.svg wrestling personality, WWE Hall of Famer,[note 1] fascist personality-cult leader,[note 2][9] Nobel Prize nominee,[note 3][11][12] potential second coming of Reagan current false-equivalency[13][14] and witch-hunt victim puppet President of the United States. In the summer of 2015, he commandeered the Republican Clown Car, running on the hazy slogan of "Make America Hate Great Again" (MAGA).

Despite his campaign mythologizing around his path to the presidency somehow "coming from outside the system" and being "free of cronyism" (imagining a Democrat-disgruntled working class being the ones to carry him into office), actual Trump supporters generally have above-average incomes, typical of the same voter demographic that have always supported the GOP.[15][note 4] In American terms, Trump is pretty much styling himself as the second coming of Andrew Jackson, complete with his plan for a new Trail of Tears. In turn, Trump actually appears to have secured the conspiracy theorist vote,[16][note 5] a demographic which, these days, appears to include both himself[17] and his wife.[18]

Following an escalating series of gaffes and scandals in the run-up to the Presidential election, many Republican leaders have withheld or renounced their support for his candidacy.[19] He has also been condemned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.[20]

Despite all this, a convoluted electoral system saw Donald Trump elected President of the United States on November 8th, 2016. You wanted him, you got him.[note 6] Having single-handedly destroyed the Obama administration, the Clinton machine, the Bush dynasty, the Democratic Party, and the Republican Party in the span of 18 months, Trump is now focused on the United States.[21] On Inauguration Day, Trump has the honor of having the single largest number of protesters in American history—the Women's March.[22]

Business ventures

"Одобрено Дональдом Трампом, 45-м президентом США" (Approved by Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States), according to the Ураласбест (Uralasbest) company[23][24][25]

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 person.

Teflon Don

That may be Trump's one skill – performing so many outrages that he gets us to sideline some of them while we try to deal with the worst/most recent.
Ophelia BensonWikipedia's W.svg[26]

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, including but not limited to buildings.[27][28][29] 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.[30] Trump has dragged his feet over releasing will never willingly release his tax returns, and Ted Cruz suggests those returns could show the extent of his mob dealings.[31] Trump and some of his spawn have been named as material witnesses in a massive tax-avoidance scheme by mob-connected Felix Sater.[32] As an aside, it has been reported that Trump himself paid no income taxes in 1978, 1979, 1984, 1992, and 1994.[33]

The tax schemes have apparently caught up with the Trumps: in 2018, the New York Times reported that Trump and his siblings engaged in vast tax fraud starting in the 1990s; the allegations are based on confidential tax returns and financial records.[34] Following the Times' report, New York state tax officials began their own investigation into the Trumps' alleged tax fraud schemes.[35]

Trump's connections to organized crime go back to shortly after his first forays into Manhattan real estate.[36] Trump made friends with Roy Cohn, formerly Joseph McCarthy's lawyer during the McCarthy Senate hearings, but who by then was a mob lawyer.[36] Cohn likely introduced Trump to Genovese crime boss Anthony Salerno.Wikipedia's W.svg[36] In his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback, Trump denied that there was any association between asbestos exposure and cancer, stating "I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal. Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented."[37][38] Ironically, it was Trump's hiring of organized crime-controlled companies that enabled his demolition contractor to hire the illegal workers that were exposed to asbestos.[36][39] Trump is still pushing asbestos denialism in 2018 via his EPA director Scott Pruitt, who announced that the EPA would cease evaluating asbestos hazards in the environment.[37] This is some four decades after the last known time that the asbestos industry itself engaged in denialism.[40]

In 1979, Trump hired a demolition contractor to take down the building at the future Trump Tower site.[36] The contractor used illegal, non-union Polish workers who were exposed to asbestos.[36][41] Though the site was a union site, there was no picket because it was a mob-controlled union; Trump knew that the Polish workers were illegal.[36] Trump used overpriced concrete from companies controlled by Salerno and Gambino family crime boss Paul CastellanoWikipedia's W.svg to build Trump Tower and Trump Plaza.[36]

When Trump sought to build casinos in Atlantic City in 1982, he was able to hide his mob connections by persuading the New Jersey Attorney General John Degnan to only investigate him for the prior six months.[36] At least one Trump company has been exposed as having ties to international money laundering from an ex-Soviet Union state,[42] and it has been speculated that the Trump casinos may have been used for laundering prior to bankruptcy.[43] Trump bought land in Atlantic City at an inflated price from hit men connected to Nicky Scarfo,Wikipedia's W.svg of the Philadelphia crime familyWikipedia's W.svg as well as purchasing or leasing other land that likely benefitted the Scarfo mob.[36]

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 a NYC hotel when Trump was short of funds a second time. Said Saud is now embarrassed by the association.[44][45]

On January 1, 2017 Trump hosted and appeared on stage with Joey 'No Socks' CinqueWikipedia's W.svg at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.[46] Cinque is a Gambino crime family-affiliate who was convicted of felony possession of a trove of stolen artwork.[46]

Trump has lied on numerous occasions about his connections to organized crime, including under oath.[36][47]

Business acumen

Farewell, Trump Mortgage. We hardly knew ye.
In 1995, when he offered this company, if a monkey had thrown a dart, at the stock page, the monkey on average would've made 150 percent. But the people that believed in him, who listened to his siren song, ended up losing well over 90 cents in the dollar. They got back less than a dime.
—Warren Buffett on Trump's Atlantic City hotels business[48]

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 7] 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.[49] 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.[50] 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.[51] This is relevant to his claim that he can do an exceptional job of running the US government, since 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 his daughter Ivanka.[52] 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.[53]

Trump's record on predicting economic recessions is also laughably bad:[54]

  • 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...though this has been silent since his election.

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.[55] 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, Forbes was awarded "top Scot" award in 2012.[56] 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[57]) 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.[58]

Trump University

No one has more scorn for the victims of a con man than the con man himself.

Trump University was essentially a diploma mill, that is, a scam in which people were promised an education in real estate by hand-picked experts in exchange for 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.[59] 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.[60] He got a cut in return for these "institutions" being allowed to use his name.[61]

An even bigger issue lies with name Trump University itself and its claims to offer certain degrees: graduate, postgraduate, 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;[62][63] this was confirmed by the testimony of a former salesperson and the court-released "Trump University Playbook."[64][65][66] About 8000 former students are suing Trump U. in two separate class-action lawsuits, one of which involves the RICOWikipedia's W.svg (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act.[67] In August 2016, Judge Curiel ruled that Trump must face a civil trial for fraud and racketeering under RICO, which automatically requires triple damages; things are looking very bad for Trump on this front.[68]

This is the case in which Trump attacked a “Mexican” judge’s ancestry (he's actually from Indiana) because he made a judgment Trump didn't like.[69] 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.

Why isn’t this man in jail for fraud? In addition to his phony Trump University, there was also a Trump Institute, that used plagiarized materials to peddle real estate advice.
PZ Myers [70]

Trump faces law suits over this.[71] Trump may be liable for impeachment over this[72], but somehow managed to settle for a fraction of the damages.[73] No, we're not sure how this works.

The multilevel marketing company

In 2009, Trump "partnered" with the founders of Ideal Health International (est. 1997), a multilevel marketing business, rebranding this pyramid scheme as The Trump Network.[74] "Partnering" in this case is just another Trumpian term of art, as it was yet one more Trump brand rental and he claimed not to be involved with the company's operations, even if what both he, company representatives and advertising for the network stated implied that there was an actual partnership "that was certain to lift thousands of people into prosperity"; after the brand rental came to an end in 2012, its assets were bought off by a Canadian and rebranded.[74]

The "business", which consisted of selling a urine test device with customized vitamins,[75][76] not only made investors lose money buying the highly overpriced products, but also buying customized infomercials in local TV channels.[74]

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.[77][78]

Donald Trump has been called "the least charitable billionaire in the world".[79] 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.[80][81] 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", despite the fact that the building wasn't damaged.[82]

Many of Trump's larger donations are on their face self-serving, in the form of donations to:[83][84]

To prove his anti-vaxx bona fides, Trump's foundation gave $10,000 to Jenny McCarthy's "charity" Generation Rescue.[84]

As for real charities, Trump has a pattern of stiffing them:[87][88] 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.[80] In 2014, Trump personally gave $0 to his own foundation.[89]

The office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was reported to have been considering an investigation of Trump University just before requesting and receiving a $25,000 political donation from Trump himself.[90] 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.[90] It's also come out that he may not have been donating the proceeds of several business ventures to charity as he had promised to do, which could amount to fraud. This is aside from the veterans' charity snafu.[91] 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 was suddenly not working out for him.[92] The Trump Foundation has been illegally soliciting money in the State of New York because it is not registered to do so as required by law.[93] On October 3, 2016, the Trump Foundation was ordered to cease and desist fundraising immediately by the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office.[94] The charity did not register properly as it should have and investigations by the Washington Post suggested Trump benefited personally from spending by the charity.[95] Additionally, the New York tax collecting agency opened an investigation in July 2018 into the Trump Foundation, which could result in criminal charges.[96]

Pretending to be religious

"[It] was the theo-political equivalent of money laundering. Dobson and his gang are making Trump clean so that he is worthy of evangelical votes.
—John Fea, history professor at Messiah College[97]

James Dobson of Focus on the Family believes that Trump was recently born again, but not everyone agrees.

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.[98] Eventually, Trump found one: "Two Corinthians" (he means Second Corinthians, which incidentally is a book, not a verse), which earned him an endorsement from Falwell Jr.[99]

It also leads one to wonder how frequently he takes holy communion, despite Trump’s claim of "as often as possible"[100] — quite the dedication to drinking red wine for someone who is also a teetotaler.[101]

Regarding the prospects of electing a hypothetical born-again Trump prone to fiddling with the nuclear football when bored or intoxicated, Hemant Mehta remarked that:[102]

If Christians do vote for the nuclear weapon-loving Trump, they probably have a better chance of meeting God real soon…

Rare moments of sanity

See the main article on this topic: Stopped clock
Our country is divided and out of control. The world is watching. Our country is totally divided and our enemies are watching.
—Trump accidentally says something poignant, for once.[103]

Despite his deplorable reputation, Trump is no exception to the stopped-clock principle. Here is an incomplete list of the right things he has done.

  • Trump's comments on George Bush having advance foreknowledgeWikipedia's W.svg of the September 11 attacks and the lack of strategy post-9/11 from the Bush administration have led some in the right-wing news media[106] (even including self-confessed truther Alex Jones[107]) to label him a "truther", although this isn't very accurate, as Trump backtracked from some of the advance knowledge comments.[108] He also believes the famous “28 pages” redacted from the official 9/11 report were done so to please the Saudis,[109] which would appear to be partially accurate.[110]
  • 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.
  • On the bureaucracy front, he dropped a requirement that federal government agencies report on their Y2K preparedness 17 years after it came and proved to be a bit pile of nothing.[111]
  • His administration sided with South Dakota in a Supreme Court case that allows states to collect sales tax for all online stores, even if they don't have physical establishments in the charging state.[112]
  • His claims on the troubles with (unfettered) free trade are largely correct.[113][note 8][note 9] The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and is working on modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • Impressed by the Bastille Day parade in Paris, Trump said he wanted to top it in the U.S., but later decided against it citing the tremendous costs involved.[114]
  • He signed into law a bill that upgrades the birth place of the famed civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.Wikipedia's W.svg in Atlanta, Georgia, into a national historic park. He also signed bills linking historical sites related to the civil rights movement and commemorating the arrival of the first Africans in the English colonies in Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619.[115]

The Donald begins

George H.W. Bush started this when he considered Trump for vice president 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.[116]

If there is anything this election has taught us, it's that Trump is playing Korean Starcraft while everyone else is playing checkers. He registered the slogan My Attorney Got Arrested "Make America Great Again" six days into Barack Obama's second term.[117] There has been some (mostly baseless) speculation that Trump's entire candidacy is revenge for Obama's Roast jokes.

Testing the waters

My audience, 90% of them, they support you.
Alex Jones to Trump, in a 2015 Infowars-exclusive interview[118]

Trump 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[119] 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.[120] In 2011, he also became the first presidential hopeful to use the word "fucking" in a speech.[121]

When compared side-by-side with old Fox News personalities, it's pretty clear Trump 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,[122] Trump didn't hesitate to jump on the birther bandwagon, demanding to see Obama’s long-form birth certificate. He also believes Bill Ayers ghostwrote Dreams From My Father.[123][124]

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!) It can be speculated that this was an elaborate ruse to pump up the show in ratings. After NBC took The Apprentice off the air in '07, Trump returned to hawking steaks.[note 10]

2016 Presidential Run

The nostalgic days of 2015 when no one thought he was going anywhere.

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. Blunders and confusion mark the Trump campaign, with some even going so far as to suggest that Trump may be suffering from Alzheimer's or senile dementia due to his age;[125] since his father suffered from Alzheimer's before his death in 1999, this conspiracy theory isn't as far-fetched as it sounds...[126]

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.[127][128][129]

Trust me with donated campaign money

Trump gave $35,000 to an advertising company called Draper-Sterling. Like, from Mad Men.[130] 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. Most hilarious is $1.8 million paid to the company making/distributing Trump hats, which is owned indirectly by Trump’s son Eric.[131] Suspiciously much money ($6 million estimate) goes to Trump owned companies and Trump's family.[132] Hillary Clinton joked, "What is Trump spending his meager campaign resources on? Why, himself, of course."[133]

It's like Trump is skimming off the top, except his fundraising is so bad that the "top" is the whole thing. It's also unheard-of for a major party convention to be begging for $6 million at the last minute. These should be huge yuge red flags to anyone.[134]

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[135]

Donald Trump has plenty of bad 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.[136]

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.[137])
  • Trump 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.[138]
  • 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.[139]
  • He advocates for civilian deaths in war, saying we should "take out their families." Further, he's talking the whole family: grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, half-siblings, children, siblings-in-law, and their children. Whoever has a familial connection to the terrorist, he wants to wipe them out, regardless of their culpability.[140][141] (Clue Brick: It's also a war crime under Article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention.)
  • He'll bring back torture, though he knows it doesn't work, since "they deserve it anyway."[142] He'd also "go much further" than waterboarding suspected terrorists, and thinks that dipping the bullets in pigs' blood before shooting Muslim prisoners is a cool way to deter terrorism, and certainty not a recruiting bonanza.[143]
  • Trump supports the ability of the NSA to be able to collect bulk metadata and has enjoyed himself at the idea of the surveillance of mosques.[144][145]
Border security Hispanic people are lazy and come here to get welfare and commit crime. Also they're stealing all our jobs.[146]
  • 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.[147] Moreover, the majority of US construction workers are undocumented Mexican immigrants. D'oh.[148]
  • He's talked about the materials the wall will be built of. He's talked about putting his name on it. Metaphorically, of course.[149] The wall is about his only concrete idea (pun intended) that he has consistently campaigned on, and he's already waffling on it.
  • He has since doubled down, explicitly calling for a national database that registers and identifies all Muslim Americans. (We really need more Inquisitions.[150][151]) 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![152][153] 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 It's abundantly clear he doesn't know anything about foreign policy.[154]
  • You get a nuke! You get a nuke! Everybody gets a nuke![155]
  • In response to further military provocations by North Korea that apparently failed to alert him to the fact that North Korea probably wanted him to overreact like this, Trump gave a speech at the United Nations on September 19th, 2017 that can be considered quite batshit with some justice, especially considering a singularly odd reference to a mid-70's song by Elton John.[156]
  • Trump has begun to pivot away from his earlier statements[157] ("sorta neutral") about Israel. But that's just evidence of his famous "flexibility."[158][159]
  • 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.[160]
  • Trump has hinted he may go to war if Mexico refuses to pay for nonsensical building projects.[161]
  • Trump said, in interviews with The Atlantic[162] and the New York Times,[163] that he would ignore NATO's defense policy if NATO members do not pay their membership fees. This completely goes against NATO's longstanding policy of providing security to all of its members, and its pledge to defend their members if those members are attacked. He has however stopped short of saying the US should actually leave NATO;[164] in effect, he wants to extort NATO allies for money.
  • Trump is also lukewarm on the idea of actually going to war to defend fellow NATO member states, using tiny Montenegro as a particularly surreal example - because, as he put it,"They're very strong people, they're very aggressive people. They may get aggressive and, congratulations, you're in World War Three." [165]
  • Trump does "not so much" trust intelligence (presumably because he doesn't have any of his own), because Iraq.[166]
Economic plan Get rid of NAFTA, NATO, NASA, the NAACP, and anything with an N.[167][168]
  • It's dizzying how quickly Trump has hitched himself to the Brexit campaign (right down to NAFTA's equivalent of "Article 50"). He argued that Hillary Clinton is "100% wrong" because her view of the referendum differed from the outcome, whereas Trump wisely chose the side that "won." Trump is doing the media's work for them by branding Brexit a dry run of what a Trump presidency would be like.[169] He has even gone so far as to call himself "Mr. Brexit", claiming that as the crooked media kept skewering those damn polls for the remoaners, the crooked media is skewering these damn polls over in the US for Clinton.[6]
  • What is his position on jobs? He's going to "bring them back!"[170] Republicans and Democrats have already dropped the ball on helping those most affected by outsourcing; Trump wants to roll back free trade and raise tariffs, but that won't necessarily fix the problem.[171][172] On the contrary, it's a threat to eliminate hundreds and thousands of American jobs.[173] Their paychecks wouldn't even keep up with inflation if they get what they want.[174] But the average voter won't look a whole lot deeper than that free trade is "killing us!"
  • Trump's 18th century economic plan (aka mercantilism) sounds like the work of a businessman who's made strategic use of bankruptcy. [175] It would wreak 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.[176]
  • 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 beneficiaries of his cuts are the very wealthy.[177][178][179]
Environment
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
Jerry Brown tends to be frugal with his endorsements. Hearing Trump say asinine things regarding climate[180][181] ("there is no drought!"[182]) 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.[183]

Energy Trump wants to pull out of all climate agreements,[note 11] get rid of environmental regulations, and increase the use of coal (which is not surprising, given his statement that "I have friends that own [coal] mines".[184][185] Standard GOP pandering.[186] He also states that he wants energy independence. He dislikes renewable energy, saying that "wind [turbines] kill all your birds" (a patently false claim — cats kill many times more birds) and that solar power doesn't work well (another absurd statement).[184]

Wait... is he still using "America First"?[187] (He's going with the Third Reich's "worker's party" thing too.[188]) Can't tell if he is intentionally fucking with us, or is actually adopting Goebbels' playbook.[note 12]

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.[189]

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 that 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.[190]

First Amendment It's becoming of a bit of a running gag how Trump keeps threatening to sue people who are critical of him.[191][192][193] (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, making it easier to sue media outlets that dare to criticize him.[194][195]

Since actions speak loudest, especially where Trump is concerned, what has he done in the meantime? Ejected journalists at his rallies simply for being journalists.[196] No person, no problem!

Khizr Khan's claims at the 2016 Democratic National Convention that Trump had not read the US Constitution seemed to be reinforced by Trump's comments that Khan "had no right" to claim that he had not read the Constitution – clearly not reading the First Amendment, giving him the right to free speech.[197]

Is someone protesting in a way Trump doesn't approve of, such as burning an American flag? The solution is simple: lock them up for a year or strip them of their citizenship - although the Supreme Court might take issue with the legality of such a move.[198] Come to think of it, Trump took issue with this strategy until he got elected King of the Universe President.[199]

Abortion It sounds like the main takeaway from Paul Ryan's sit-down was that Trump agreed to nominate pro-lifers to the Supreme Court.[200] In 1999, Trump said that while he hated the concept of abortion, he viewed himself as "very pro-choice."[201]

At that aforementioned event in Wisconsin, Trump floated an idea to punish women who 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 was when he said that penalties for abortion should not apply to men.[202] Shhhhh... Trump is pointing out the inherent contradiction in the conservative platform.

LGBT rights
A polygamous relationship gone wrong
While lukewarm on LGBT people getting married and serving openly in the military,[201] in 2000 he concluded that “‘Don't ask, don't tell’ has clearly failed,” and even blasted Pat Buchanan for engaging in the sort of chicanery which Trump is now.[203] Flash-forward:
  • Now he's touting "traditional marriage"—a concept he grudgingly admits is totally alien to him.[204] He has promised to appoint judges to overturn same-sex marriage if need be,[205] despite dismissing traditional marriage as a "dead issue" in the past,[206] and attending the wedding of David Furnish and Elton John.[207]
  • In the Prime Universe, Trump opposed the transgender "bathroom bill," saying trans people should be free to "use the bathroom they feel is appropriate."[208] Mirror!Trump, on the other hand, says it should be up to the states,[209] and is actively working to remove all protection and rights for transgender people.[210]
  • He's stated that he "wouldn't block laws" that permit discrimination based on sexual orientation.[211] But at least he won't behead anybody.[212]
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, switched back to we shouldn't, and then finally wound up saying we should.[213] The secret service had a word with Trump after he claimed that "the second amendment people" should go out and shoot Hillary Clinton.[214]

Trump and Obama/Hillary at least agree on one point: he is against allowing people on the no-fly list to buy guns, even if they have not been convicted of a crime.[215] Weakness on guns combined with anti-Latino rhetoric could possibly open up Texas, so expect this to be backtracked in a few days or hours.[216]

IRS With Trump cratering in the polls, he suggested that we repeal the Johnson Amendment of 1954, which prohibits tax-exempt organizations (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.[217][218] 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.[219][220]

Trump wouldn't be able to change the law via executive action (tax law is Congress's 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.

#Metoo movement
People[']s lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused — life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
—Donald Trump[221]

It has been noted that Trump only complains about lack of due process when it pertains to people that he is supporting. Trump once took out a full-page New York Times advertisement calling for the execution of the Central Park Five,Wikipedia's W.svg and continued to call them guilty even long after the accused were fully exonerated based on DNA evidence.[222]

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

Where did we go right?

Trump accumulates a few nuggets of cocktail party knowledge about political topics (7-11 was an inside job![223]) 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 White Great Again®. On Baltimore, he knows that people torched a Rite-Aid.[224] On climate change, he knows the difference between climate and weather, kind of.[225] 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.[226] Trump was endorsed by the National Enquirer and has parroted their "journalism" as fact, like the thing about Cruz's father and JFK.[227] (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.[228] His wife Melania's speech to the Republican National Convention was supposed to cap the RNC with a sincere defense of her husband. Instead, part of it was grabbed from Michelle Obama.[229]

There's actually considerable biographical evidence that Trump is serious about Building Stuff: sources close to him claim that he was deadly serious about the wall; the reason he likes it is that it gives him a physical thing to focus his imagination on, and he is not generally interested in abstractions.[230][231] As you'll note below, interviewers can get Trump to agree to pretty much anything, as long as they frame it as something novel.[232] He genuinely has no clue how the Executive Branch is run.

Situations keep arising for him to show what kind of leader he would make, and he keeps fumbling them; he lives in the moment and doesn't seem capable of long-term planning. The way he handled the Orlando situation is probably the best example of this.[233][234][235][236][237] Any credible Republican would spit-roast Clinton over the e-mail server and coast to the White House. Trump, instead, will posit that Bill had a bathroom quickie with Coney while the pair of them giggled about how they faked the moon landing and poisoned the populace with fluoride.[238][239] Any legitimate criticism of Clinton just gets lumped in with his never-ending miasma of conspiracy theory horseshit ("people are talking about" and "I'm just asking").

Adults in the room

Trump's "short list" for vice president included Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Ivanka Trump,[No, not The Onion] Joni Ernst, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, John Kasich, Nikki Haley, Joe Scarborough, and Jan Brewer. On July 15, he announced that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana would be the nominee.[240][241][242][243][244]

Meanwhile he's been assembling a team of the worst politicians you can imagine. Corrupt shit-bags like Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich, ratfuckers like Roger Stone,[245] and now Rick Scott[246]—though really none of these people made it to the White House.

Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind

Bircher tactics work. If this election is a litmus test, then the entire Republican party failed it.[247] 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.[248]

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 New York 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 was expected to have down-ticket effects that the GOP are not happy with. Not only was Trump capable of fumbling the presidency right into Clinton's hands, he was thought to cost the GOP significantly in the legislature. Polls had Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson getting creamed by Russ Feingold in no small part because Johnson can't step out of the shadow of Trump.[249] 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[250] for the blowhard who claims he saw radical Muslims in Christie's own state cheering on 9/11.[251]

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 Antonin Scalia's death, the stakes were just too high to let the presidency slip away. But when they thought that they're going to lose the presidency—and suffer serious losses in the fall—the party is finally ready to take their medicine. Like a gangrenous leg you must amputate.[252][253][254][255] They are in for a very unpleasant time in Cleveland (As long as everyone is armed, we'll be fine![256][257]), and Trump will run as a zombie, but the party will emerge more-or-less intact.

Some were openly calling for the Republican Party to refuse funding to Trump and give money to other vulnerable candidates instead.[258] Serious.

Trump embodies every stereotype the left has tried to stick Republicans with for years. It will be impossible to deny your party is sexist and racist when he is the standard bearer for it. Actually, not impossible. There are plenty who still deny it. Republican talking heads are half-entertaining rumors that Trump, a longtime friend of the Clintons, is actually one of the most successful political double agents ever planted.[259] 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.[260]

Stop and frisk

Nowhere was Trump's ineptitude on greater display then in the first debate when Trump argued in support of New York City's Stop-and-Frisk ordinance. In his rambling policy proposal, Trump showed he didn't understand the difference between local, state, and regional issues, and the limits of federal and presidential power. New York City's Stop-and-Frisk law was an anti-gun measure based on the idea that people don't kill people, guns do. Trump vehemently argued in support of this entirely local issue while campaigning for federal office, after having secured the backing of the National Rifle Association.[citation needed]

Then, in an effort to show understanding of African Americans' issues and concerns, Trump made the statement that Obama's hometown of Chicago had 4000 shootings since Obama came to Washington. In fact, Chicago had 4000 shootings in just the past year, and Trump was arguing for federal legislation to disarm law abiding citizens.[citation needed]

Trump's fellow RINO Rudy Giuliani, who evidently advised Trump on these alleged "facts", defended the stupidity while displaying his own total ignorance of America outside the New York media bubble and the New York City political milleu.[citation needed]

The victory parade

After a win that contradicted most pre-election polls, the celebrants include a motley crew of dictators, theocrats, and extremists (horseshoe theory anyone?):[261]

Rhetoric

See the main article on this topic: Rhetoric of Donald Trump

Donald Trump is notorious for his rabble-rousing and inflammatory, pernicious rhetoric, especially toward his political opponents and journalists that report on the bad things he has said and done. He frequently uses coarse language as well as having the verbal abilities similar to a grade-schooler on a broken record; no big bad words or nuance plus the power of repetition makes for a dangerously convincing combo, especially if he speaks to his audience's racist, xenophobic, or sexist insecurities. This is why people claim that he speaks it "as it is" when this is far from the truth. In fact, the incoherent and often perfidious way he talks (such as labeling news he doesn't like "fake news" and often setting off political fact-checkers like Politifact, FactCheck.org, WashingtonPost, and Snopes) muddies understanding of his real thoughts, being prone to interpretation. For instance, his words on "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best" and "they're animals" set off debate on which group he's really referring to. His poor English is exacerbated when other countries try translating what he's saying.

Stranger things

Never has more ignorance been stuffed inside one head.
—Laurence Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School[269]

Trump's near-total disdain for the truth has been characterized as either gaslighting everyone he speaks to,[270] or as pathological lying,[271][272] though not in a clinical sense.[273]

The alarming nature of Trump's continuing behavior has gotten so bad since the election that psychologists have been breaking the so-called Goldwater rule in the American Psychiatric Association's code of ethics against giving a clinical analysis of someone who is not their patient. John D. Gartner, a psychotherapist who formerly taught at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, has explicitly broken the rule without caveat in order to warn the public of Trump's dangerousness.[274] Gartner said, "Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president."[274] Gartner diagnosed that Trump has "malignant narcissism",Wikipedia's W.svg an extreme mix of narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, aggression, and sadism.[274] Many other mental health professionals have also expressed their concern over Trump's mental state.[275][276][277] Dr. Allen Frances, The chair of the DSM-IV taskforce, the one that wrote the definition of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), stated that while Trump "may be a world-class narcissist", he does not have NPD.[278][279] Dr. Allen went further to state, "He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers."[278]

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[280]

The biggest Overton shift this year has been anyone believing that Donald Trump is "anti-establishment."[note 13] 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.[281] 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 won. 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,[282] losers,[283] low-energy,[284] chokers[285] or "choke artists"[286] has 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 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 wanting them all 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 on 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.

In Trump's defense however, Trump saved us from another Bush presidency which Hillary probably would have had more trouble opposing.

Idiocracy

See the main articles on this topic: IdiocracyRhetoric of Donald Trump, and Dunning-Kruger effect

Donald Trump is neither an intellectual nor someone interested in deep thought or reading, both of which are crucial when running a country.

Unclear yet present danger

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[287]

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 their 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 — "conservatism" and "liberalism" — then he 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:

Debate Trump: Taxes too high, wages too high. We’re not going to be able to compete against the world.[288]

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.[289]

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. F**k you very much.

A stopped clock on Iraq?

In 2002, Trump appeared on Howard Stern's show and voiced his support (such as it was) for the Iraq War based on the "business opportunity" in the region (as Clinton put it) in 2011. However, Trump personally had a financial interest in opposing the war in Iraq, and expressed concerns about the war soon after it had started: by 2004, it was well-known that Trump was an opponent of the Iraq War.[290] In Las Vegas, Trump swerved the entire Republican Party, blasting the war louder 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.[291]

Now, Trump uses the Iraq War as one of the most common sticks to beat Clinton with, even going to far as to suggest Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton were the "founders" of Daesh for leaving a power vacuum in the region: a power vacuum Trump also would have left, as he was calling for the immediate withdrawal of the US from Iraq as early as 2007.[292] When asked about running mate Mike Pence's decision to vote in favor of the Iraq War, Trump rather patronizingly said that Pence was "entitled to a mistake", and as for Hillary, "she's not".[293]

It is clear then, that Trump's views on Iraq are not as well-informed as they initially appear.

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:[294]

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 (in 2015), while spending a portion of May 31 embarrassingly trying too hard to flame Stewart,[295] Trump also insisted that the original tweet quoted above never took place while repeating the accusation, tweeting:[296]

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!

Trump then proceeded to weave the tale that John OliverWikipedia's W.svg (Stewart being the former boss and colleague of Oliver) had tried to get Trump to appear on Last Week Tonight,[297] something which Oliver maintains has never happened.[298] Oliver even checked to make sure nobody had accidentally invited him, and nobody had.

In response to all of this, on February 28 of 2016, Oliver started the #makedonalddrumpfagain campaign, explaining:[299]

"Trump" does sound rich — it's almost onomatopoeicWikipedia's W.svg. "Trump!" is the sound produced when a mouthy servant is slapped across the face with a wad 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 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 officially filed paperwork to trademark the name "Drumpf." HBO has also purchased the domain donaldjdrumpf.com and released an official Chrome browser plugin called the "Drumpfinator," which changes every instance of "Trump" to "Drumpf" in the browser.[300]

Now, for people who don't know about that little spat, the Drumpf meme might come across as Oliver making fun of Trump's German ancestry. Crucially however, the serious 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 spelled before the Thirty Years' War),[301] 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 — Donald — for who he really is as a person.[302] The Trump fortune was in fact predicated upon Fred Trump's lying to Jewish customers about his German ancestry and claiming that he was Swedish, a lie repeated by Donald in The Art of the Deal.[303][304][305]

Ties with Russia

See the main article on this topic: Trump-Russia connection
In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.
—Michael J. Morell, former director of the CIA[306]

While Trump's direct and indirect association with certain Russian individuals is hardly a secret, he and members of his circles are being investigated for (aggravated) identity theft, various kinds of frauds, unauthorized computer access (hacking), money laundering, accepting illegal campaign contributions, making false statements to law enforcement, failure to register as foreign agents, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy against the United States of America.

The investigation of the Trump-Russia connection is not limited to the office of the Special Counsel; it has also included a separate criminal investigation by the FBI[307] and may include other as yet unknown investigations. In mid-2018, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein revealed that there is a broad effort by the Department of Justice to combat Russian "information warfare" waged against the United States to undermine her democracy and critical infrastructure. Indeed, the Russian attempt to influence the 2016 Election was "just one tree in a growing forest," he said.[308]

Undermining democratic institutions

Democratic backsliding is how democracies become authoritarian states.[309]

How to destroy a democracy

  • Attack the watchdogs ☑
  • Attack the media ☑
  • Attack the law ☑
  • Post-truth alt-right rhetoric ☑

Democracy watchdog Freedom House's report states that Trump's victory was a destabilizing threat to democracy.[310] In 2017, The Democracy Index listed the U.S. as a flawed democracy, but the reduced rank was not caused by Trump.[311] The lower rank was instead caused by the same factors that won Trump the election and contribute to the rise of far-right parties in Europe.[311] That factor is the decline of trust in government.[311] A lack of trust in government may well lead to political apathy, lower voters' turnout, and consequently a government that more poorly represents its people (along with currently anti-democratic measures such as Voter ID laws and gerrymandering; and arguably the first past the post system and the electoral college).

Russia often has a hand in democratic backsliding, namely in the former Soviet sphere and post-communist countries.[312]

Melania Trump's plagiarism scandal

Suspiciously similar.
You know, the president told me to stop whining, but I really have to say, the media is even more biased this year than ever before — ever. You want the proof? Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it — it’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great. My wife, Melania, gives the exact same speech — and people get on her case.
—Donald Trump, roasting his wife at the 71st Al Smith dinnerWikipedia's W.svg in New York[313]

On July 18, 2016, the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Trump's (current) wife, Melania, gave a speech to talk about why the Donald would be the racially superior United States presidential candidate. The speech contained a paragraph that was pretty much identical to a paragraph of Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[314][315][316]

Following Melania's speech, various media outlets reported the similarities, stating that the speech was "awkward", "embarrassing" and "an act of plagiarism".[317][318] Although it took the Trump campaign a while to do so, and whilst they procrastinated 24 hours in either avoiding the subject altogether[319] or claiming that Melania's speech wasn't really plagiarism[320] (although the fact that it was plagiarism was pretty much obvious to anyone listening to or reading the speech), someone high up essentially said "You're Fired" to Melania's scriptwriters, and that was the end of that one.[321]

Cabinet members, or how to create a cesspool

He ran on a populist platform, pledging to "Drain the swamp," meaning prevent Wall Street from controlling government, not a destructive anti-environmentalist platform. Now that he won, that means all of his supporters (and some former detractors) are lining up for sweet positions in his administration, including Wall Street. Besides promising to "hire the best people" he also promised to "drain the swamp", but his nominations and hiring practices prove that instead of draining or filling the swamp, he's creating a noxious cesspool; the people he chooses tend to be either on a pillage-and-burn mission, or totally unqualified for the job. The worst thing is that his supporters don't care[322] as long as the cesspool monsters are not politicians, whatever that means.

And this isn't going to go in how swamps are, in reality, biodiversity-rich hubs that provide a ton of benefits, not like Trump cares a single bit about the environment. Trump may be draining literal swamps, which is hardly a good thing, as he's threatened national parks by trying to allow exploitation and decreasing their sizes.[323]

Swamp things

  • Steve Bannon (a.k.a., the Grim Reaper[324]) was a US Navy officer in the 1970s, worked as an investment banker in the 1980s in the Murders and Executions[325] Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Goldman Sachs,[326] CEO of Breitbart, and Trump campaign chief, as Chief Strategist to the President. He quit.
  • James BridenstineWikipedia's W.svg, former Congressional Representative, non-scientist and climate change denier, is now the head of NASA[327]
  • Kellyanne ConwayWikipedia's W.svg, former Frank Luntz propagandist and Trump campaign manager, as Minister of Propaganda Counselor to the President offering "alternative facts". Bound to the President for the rest of history, the truth will set her free.
  • Reince PriebusWikipedia's W.svg, Chairman of the RNC, as White House Chief of Staff. He is gone.
  • Wilbur RossWikipedia's W.svg, a Wall Street banker and Trump campaign donor, as Secretary of Commerce. As Secretary, he's been busy conducting insider trading by short-selling stocks based on his personal knowledge of forthcoming negative news stories.[328][329] He even profited from a short sale based on his own corruption investigation.[330]
  • Steven MnuchinWikipedia's W.svg, a Goldman Sachs banker, film producer,[3] and Trump campaign finance chief, as Secretary of the Treasury.
  • Jeff Sessions for United States Attorney GeneralWikipedia's W.svg.[331] He has seen some tension with the President recently, especially after recusing himself from the Russia probe. In November 2018, he resigned at the request of President.[332]
  • Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' former chief of staff, as acting Attorney General. Whitaker is a GOP loyalist and Trump supporter[333] who worked for a company that was shut down and fined for scamming.[334] Whitaker is openly critical of the Trump-Russia investigation and asserted there was no evidence for collusion or Russian interference in 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.[335] He believes that the Special Counsel has overstepped his mandate by investigating Trump's finances.[336]
  • James "Mad Dog" Mattis, a retired Marine general, as Secretary for Defense (I thought you knew more than the generals, Donnie?). One of the few people in the Administration with the relevant qualifications and expertise.
  • Mike PompeoWikipedia's W.svg for Director of the CIA.[337]
  • Rex Tillerson, the Exxon Mobile CEO, for Secretary of State (Confirmed as nominee).[338] However, he is gone.
  • Betsy DeVos, billionaire creationist sister to Erik Prince (the head of Blackwater), for Secretary of Education.[339] Also a major Trump donor an advocate of "school choice".
  • Ryan ZinkeWikipedia's W.svg as Interior Secretary. [340]
  • John F. KellyWikipedia's W.svg, a retired general, as Secretary of Homeland Security, and Chief of Staff.[337] Another rare case of a person being right for the job.
  • Ben Carson — Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: To his credit (if nothing else), Carson at least admits to being a terrible pick for the job.[341]
  • Andrew PuzderWikipedia's W.svg, CEO of CFK Restaurants and supporter of automation, as Secretary of Labor.
  • Andrew WheelerWikipedia's W.svg, former coal lobbyist who has worked more quietly, thus staying out of the limelight.

More on this story as it develops. This marks the single wealthiest Cabinet in American history, in addition to being the least qualified overall.

Other creatures of the cesspool

  • Victoria Barton — congressional relations for Regions II, V and VI, Department of Housing and Urban Development. Qualifications: office manager, bartender/bar manager.[344]
  • Sid Bowdidge — assistant to the secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Qualifications: manager of a Meineke Car Care branch.[344]
  • Nick Brusky — confidential assistant at the Agriculture Department. Qualifications: truck driver, no college degree.[344]
  • Sam Clovis — ex-nominee for chief scientist at EPA. Qualifications: talk show host, non-economist economics professor. During the campaign, he supervised George Papadopoulos, who plead guilty in the FBI investigation of Russian hacking of the 2016 election.[344][345]
  • Joe diGenova — one of Trump's lawyers, and a deep state conspiracy theorist[346]
  • Boris Epshteyn — Trump's son Eric's friend from his alma mater, Georgetown University, briefly served as White House spokesman[347]
  • Christopher Hagan — confidential assistant at the Agriculture Department. Qualifications: cabana attendant.[344]
  • Hope Hicks — ex-fashion model who worked for Ivanka, now the White House communications director[347], providing hope for hicks. She admitted to lying for her boss and has resigned.[348]
  • Steve Kopec — home improvement contractor who married into the Trump domestic staff, now a special assistant with the Environmental Protection Agency[347]
  • David Matthews — confidential assistant at the Agriculture Department. Qualifications: developed scented candles, legal receptionist.[344]
  • Linda McMahon — professional wrestling magnate and Trump's close friend, now Small Business Administration chief[347]
  • Lynne Patton — wedding planner for Eric, now senior official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development[347]
  • Dan Scavino — Trump's ex-golf caddie, now the White House director of social media[347]
  • Taylor Weyeneth — 23-year old deputy chief of staff of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Qualifications: lying on his résumé, stopped showing up to work at his previous job as a legal assistant, his "only professional experience after college and before becoming an appointee was working on the Trump campaign and transition."[349]
  • Kyle Yunaska — Eric's brother-in-law, now has a senior Energy Department job[347]

Policies

See the main article on this topic: Policies of Donald Trump

Starting right on the first week of his presidency, Trump has begun dismantling Obama's legacy. This is indeed one of the guiding principles of the Trump administration.

Trump supporters

Well, let's give Denny his due: when has he ever given us any bad advice or led us in the wrong direction?[350]

La Familia Trump consists of the usual suspects; a pack of celebrities 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."[351]
  • Anti-PC crusader Ann Coulter: Hopped on the Trump Train early[352] but appeared to sour on his ‘half-baked tweets at midnight’. What's that old saying about a speck in your neighbor's eye?
  • George Galloway: Here's a tricky one: Who would be a more terrible president, Donald Trump or George Galloway?[353][354] Fellow Brexiteer Nigel Farage appears to agree with Galloway on this one.[355]
  • Sean Hannity: His inner construction worker cannot resist.[356] Compared Trump to King David, who "had five hundred concubines", ffs.[357]
  • 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.[118]
  • Arthur Laffer: Trickle-down needs to be brutally murdered, because it won't fucking die on its own.[358] (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 before. 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.[359]
  • Ted Nugent: Of course, no collection of wingnuts would be complete without Nugent.[360] Political life lessons from him are like filling the seats at the BET awards with KKK members.
  • Mehmet Oz - He looks healthy to me! What do you think, studio audience?
  • Dennis Prager: 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.[361]
  • Dan Quayle: The people who know what the job actually entails want nothing to do with Trump.[362] That should tell you everything you need to know. Dan Quayle does, so there's that.[363]
  • Donald Rumsfeld: Trump's not doing so well in endorsements; he'll take what he can get.[364] Let's speculate on other stupid endorsements he may get. Lynndie England? Ollie North? Is G. Gordon Liddy dead yet?
  • Michael Savage: Called Trump "the Winston Churchill of our time."[365] We live in savage times indeed.
  • Phyllis Schlafly: Marital rape supporter stay-at-home mom and Equal Rights Amendment opponent.[366]
  • Ben Stein: Once a flack, always a flack. "He wants a peaceful, calm America."[367]
  • Milo Yiannopoulos: Refers to Trump as "Daddy."[368] As the official spokesman for the Internet's sewer, Yiannopoulos half-jokingly yearns for a God-Emperor Trump to transform America into some sort of a fascist monarchy.[369]

Similar people

  • Benito Mussolini, whom Trump has adopted, consciously or not, many of the same gestures, rhetoric, body language, scapegoating tendencies, and authoritarian impulses all the way back when he was first a candidate for president.[370] As President, these parallels are now no longer just parallels, but deeply problematic executive policy.[371]
  • The Harvard Republican Club refused to endorse Trump which is the first time in 128 years they would not endorse the Republican candidate. "He isn’t eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency."[372]
  • 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.
  • Boris Johnson: "Wait, I have dumb hair, too! Vote for me!"
  • Pauline Hanson: Australia's Most Honest Politician. "I don't believe in halal" is the kind of bilge they can look forward to.
  • Rodrigo Duterte: President of the Philippines who's also the oldest to be elected to the highest office of their respective countries. He's been called the "Trump of the East" due to both being "self-professed political outsiders with a penchant for tough talk and shocking turns of phrase." They're known for misogynistic comments, outlandish bombast, impulsive and violent rhetoric, and pro-death penalty to drug users.[373]
  • Andrej Babiš:Wikipedia's W.svg The Czech Prime Minister, who changed the tax system to benefit himself, has fingers all over the media, dominates the agriculture industry, and keeps trying to screw with his political opponents while complaining about entrenched corruption, insulting his critics, and inflaming anti-Muslim/refugee sentiment.[374][375]
  • Jaroslaw Kaczynski:Wikipedia's W.svg Another uncompromising, divisive, authoritarian strongman who many consider the de facto leader of Poland, as his rabid base scares many supposedly moderate conservatives as he rails against the neoliberal establishment and panders to populists with promises of defeating the media, political, and cultural "elite." [376]
  • Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's most dangerous man who has a scary chance at becoming president ended up winning the election, Jair reads like he was bred from a Trump cloning factory: he once said to a woman who accused him of rape, "I would never rape you because you aren't worth it." He's incited violence from his supporters, a notoriously homohpobic racist and misogynist, an incendiary reactionary on every social issue imaginable, praised a dictator (Alberto Fujimori) for strong leadership, paid homage to a fascist colonel who tortured dissidents (including former President Dilma Rousseff), and repeatedly scapegoats society's ills on the weak and vulnerable. He even says "the only difference [between me and Trump] is that I'm richer!"[377][378][379][380]

In all fairness...

This is how American politics worked from the start.

See also

Icon fun.svg For those of you in the mood, RationalWiki has a fun article about Trump tweet generator.

People

  • Patrick Buchanan: A failed paleoconservative presidential candidate who shares many of the same nationalistic ideas about free trade, foreign policy, and immigration.[384] Naturally, he was an early and enthusiastic Trump supporter.[385] (Buchanan and Trump were opponents in the 2000 Reform Party presidential primaries.)
  • Richard Nixon: Who indirectly led to the bastard even having a chance at the presidency due to Roger Ailes and the Southern Strategy.
  • Charles Coughlin: An American Catholic priest who became the granddaddy of right-wing populism, nationalistic demagoguery, and globalist conspiracies.
  • Joseph McCarthy: There are at least 40 million illegal immigrants. Some people say there are 30 million illegal immigrants. It's probably somewhere in the middle. 32, 33, 34 million.[386]
  • George Wallace: The OG non-PC presidential candidate. At least Wallace didn't use racist dog-whistles. (He told voters exactly what they wanted to hear, regardless of how despicable it was!)
  • 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: Basically a Nostra-dumbass. She foretold Trump without even knowing it.
  • Paul LePage: I miss the old LePage, straight from the 'Go LePage, talkin' 'bout the soul LePage, set all his goals LePage,[387][388] I hate the new LePage, the bad mood LePage, the always-rude LePage, spaz in the news LePage[389][390][391][392]

Goat

External links

Trump language

Videos

Notes

  1. Tech Times gives a brief rundown, not to mention the time when "Trump" wrestled "Rosie O'Donnell" in a painful moment for WWE.
  2. Just look at his subreddit.
  3. But which dictator wasn't a Nobel prize nominee?[10]
  4. One must, however, take into consideration these facts:
    • Trump won the Rust Belt and Appalachia, both impoverished, majority-white areas formerly reliant on unionized blue-collar jobs and both key battleground areas;
    • Trump received the highest proportion of the (shrinking) union vote (43% for the Republicans vs 51% for the Democrats) a Republican has ever received since 1976 (38% vs 63%, respectively); such a vote has steadily grown since that year;
    • At the same time, the Democratic vote has declined due to them steadily not being able to mobilize their traditional bases, due to a variety of factors from the end of door-to-door canvassing to voter ID laws. ("Who Put Trump in the White House?", Jacobin.)
    • Trump's most loyal supporters are small-business owners, who are the demographic more receptive to the kind of racial and economic resentment he rode his coattails to the White House on. ("The Revenge of Joe the Plumber", Jacobin.)
  5. In fact, quote: "Donald Trump supporters are 4.2 times more likely to tweet about the New World Order than Hillary Clinton supporters. Thirty-nine percent of people who tweeted the hashtag #NewWorldOrder followed Trump's Twitter account. Almost 32 percent who tweeted about #FalseFlag—that shootings and terror attacks like the Sandy Hook or Orlando massacres were staged by the government—followed Trump on social media. About 10 percent of the #FalseFlag tweeters followed Clinton."
  6. "Be careful what you wish for — you might get it!"
  7. 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.
  8. For a more in-depth and nuanced look on the deceptive promise of free trade, there is this excellent DW documentary.
  9. The worst trade deal in the history of trade deals, ever!
  10. 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.
  11. The Paris Climate Accord, for example, was quick for the chopping block.
  12. Don't say that to him though: He once threatened to sue a Vanity Fair reporter for documenting that he kept a book of Adolf Hitler's speeches by his bed at night. Sweet dreams, mein Führer.
    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.).
  13. 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.

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  50. 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!
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  147. Brian Latimer. "Former Mexican President: We're Not Paying for a 'Stupid' Wall". NBC News. In any case, we doubt Mexico would forgive being extorted out of $20 billion dollars.
  148. Olivio, Antonio, "At Trump hotel site, immigrant workers wary", WaPo 7.6.15.
  149. Pennacchia, Robyn, "Trump Surrogate: Mexico Border Wall Actually Just Donald Trump’s Imaginary Friend", Wonkette (5/19/16, 12:28pm).
  150. 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.
  151. Steve Holland and Ginger Gibson, "After Florida shooting, Trump hardens stance on Muslims", Reuters (6/14/16 and 10:41pm EDT).
  152. Sayare, Scott, "http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/05/europe-counterterrorism-failure-khaled-kelkal/481908/", Atlantic 5.9.16. Interestingly, a ban might actually make another Orlando more likely, as many Muslims in the U.S. will rightly feel like they've been targeted, and that's one of the causes of radicalization. For the alt-right, that's the point.
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  155. 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. Particularly silly in that Japan already has all the technology and know-how to produce both a fission bomb and deliver it, but don't want to, for reasons that are obvious to anybody who's studied history.
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  157. 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...
  158. "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!
  159. "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.
  160. 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.
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  168. Pindell, James, "Trump loves NASA, but backs privatization of outer space", Boston Globe 1.1/11/15.
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  171. 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.
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  174. 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.
  175. 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!
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  177. 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."
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  181. 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.
  182. 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.
  183. 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.
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  329. Wilbur Ross Denies Insider Trade in Shorting Russia-Linked Firm by Bill Allison (June 19, 2018, 8:42 AM PDT; Updated on June 19, 2018, 4:01 PM PDT) Bloomberg.
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  333. New acting attorney general is a GOP loyalist from Iowa. Associated Press. November 7, 2018.
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  338. Any connection between Tillerson and Russia is merely a coincidence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6alHr_ZTdQI/
  339. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Pick, Has Steered Money From Public Schools by Kate Zernike (Nov. 23, 2016) The New York Times
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  343. Scott Pruitt Quits As Head of US Environment Agency. BBC News. July 6th, 2018.
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