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Donald J. Trump, August 19, 2015
Cadet Bone Spurs, not reporting for duty. (In case you're curious, he is wearing the uniform of the New York Military Academy, 1964.)
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Women's March in Washington, D.C., 2017. Thank Goat for the nearly 82 million who voted Democratic in 2020 ...
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Not to be confused with his equally racist father or his even dumber sonWikipedia.
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.[2]
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.
Thomas Jefferson, with a quote that applies quite well to his eventual successor as president, Mr. Trump.[3]
Yet when the difference between the public and the private collapses, democracy is placed under unsustainable pressure. In such a situation, only the shameless politician can survive, one who cannot be exposed. A work of fiction such as "Donald Trump, successful businessman" cannot be shamed because it feels no sense of responisibility for the real world. A work of fiction responds to revelation by demanding more. As a candidate, Trump did just this, calling on Moscow to keep searching and exposing.
—Timothy Snyder.[4]:232-233

Donald John "Grab 'em By The Pussy" Trump, Sr. (1946–) is an American reality TV host and conspiracy theorist who was the forty-fifth President of the United States from 2017 to 2021. He is a "poleetical geenyus", honored as the first president in US history to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives,[5] with the most bipartisan impeachment standing in US history.[6][note 1] More proof of his mentioned political genius comes from the fact that he is the first one-term president since the failed reelection bid of George H. W. Bush in 1992.

His career reads like a Greatest Hits album of everything wrong with American society, business, culture, and politics. Take his Republican predecessors. Richard Nixon can be summed up as "Hate is good," Ronald Reagan "Greed is good," and George W. Bush "Dumb is good." Trump takes all of that and adds "Cruel is good." For many, Trump's presidency was summed up by a very simple phrase: "the cruelty is the point."[7] Nothing mattered to Trump or his supporters more than crushing everyone they hated. Nothing else mattered, not pride, not convenience, not practicality, not pragmatism, nothing but pure unadulterated suffering inflicted upon everyone else. Such viciousness and unremitting hostility would lead to predictable results.[7]

His public life reads like a self-parody that lost the plot. Once calling himself the "Chosen One and the King of Israel",[8] he is infamous for being a bizarrely unsuccessful American businessman,[9][10] brash television personality,[11] neo-Nazi sympathizer,[12][13][14] honorary Russian Cossack,[15] heelWikipedia wrestling personality,[note 2] sexual-assault enthusiast,[16][note 3] demagogue,Wikipedia[17] fascist personality-cult leader[18][19] who governs as a thug and an aspiring strongman,Wikipedia[20] Nobel Peace Prize nominee,[note 4][22] and current false equivalency.[23][24] Thanks to the ill-starred confluence of his legendary narcissism and propensity for self-promotion at any cost, minimal to no attempts on the part of his Republican supporters to moderate his malignant impulsivity, and four years at the tiller of perhaps the world's most influential public platform with a permanently itchy Twitter finger, he holds the remarkable distinction of having very likely told more public (and publicly-disprovable) lies and falsehoods than any other person in the history of the human race.[25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33]

Elected against all odds to the presidency of the United States of America, Trump's presidency was an unmitigated disaster. Responsible for numerous human rights violations and outright crimes against humanity, he was condemned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,[34] for implementing a punitive policy to deliberately separate migrant children from their parents at the Mexican border and have them placed in literal cages.[35][36] His inflammatory rhetoric, direct incitement of violence, defense of his antagonistic or outright homicidal supporters,[37] endorsement of police killings on leftists,[38] bragging that his government assassinated leftists and antifascists (and heavily implying under his direct orders),[39][40][41][42][43][44][45] and vicious scapegoating of minorities directly inspired multiple acts of violence,[46][47] even actual politically-motivated murders by his supporters.[48][49][50]

Trump's policies are about as vicious and far-right as you can possibly muster, focusing on warmonger foreign policy that puts emphasis on cozying up to dictators, enriching himself at the cost of the most vulnerable, endangering the planet through climate inaction (at the benefit of fossil fuel executives he's close chums with), and totally bypassing civil rights, all with flavourings of heartless authoritarianism, and doing everything he possibly could to have absolute power in his words. Despite all attempts on his part to be a dictator, Trump got torn a new one in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, where his cruelty was his downfall. Despite professions to great intelligence, he stupidly chose to end his presidency by instigating an attempted self-coup to stay in power, which killed all of his social media presence, cemented a legacy that was undeniably fascist in nature, and proved once and for all to the United States that American fascism was very, very real, and really, really goddamn scary. With a record that indicates zero concern for anyone but himself, Trump has caused shocking amounts of suffering for people in the United States, given colossal headaches to all of its allies, and has left deep scars that will take decades at the very least to heal from.

But first...

Of course, saying all of that doesn't really explain "how?" You may be keen to peer into Trump's past for some insight. Indeed, he was raised by a literal sociopath[51]:24,26,43 and complete racist, but that doesn't answer the full question. Trump couldn't just sail into power in a hypothetical America that was fully politically stable. And at the same time, if Trump did not exist, someone like him perhaps would. Of course, there is some history to the far right in the United States, which paints a much clearer picture:

Going back a few decades

See the main articles on this topic: Southern Strategy and Ronald Reagan
G'day racists!

You remember how Abraham Lincoln nobly led the Republican Party and the Union through the Civil War, to abolish slavery once and for all? Yeah, well, about a century later, Republicans decided that they could snare in a few extra votes by getting the South under their belts. Barry Goldwater was the first one to accomplish this task, by sweeping the Deep South.[52] He did this primarily because of his record voting against anti-racism legislation, whereas incumbent Johnson campained for civil rights expansion. Indeed, this proved to the Republican Party that they indeed can win the South, and when your next nominee is the Tricky Dick himself, anything for votes! While Richard Nixon failed at first to win the Deep South (only because George Wallace was running on a batshit openly racist third-party platform), he succeeded in 1972 when he destroyed George McGovernWikipedia. After Jimmy Carter, no Democrat could ever again win a single Deep South state, unless you are from Arkansas and your name is Bill Clinton. However, this was only the beginning of the Republican Party's rapid descent.

Enter Ronald Reagan, who worked alongside racist and ratfucker Lee Atwater, who started his campaign in fucking Mississippi. Yes, THAT state.[53] There was no real reason to start the campaign here, since it only had seven votes, other than it coincidentally being one of the most racist states in the USA. His Reaganomics genius to help those suffering millionaires,[note 5] anti-fact pro-social conservative mentality, and the absolute perfection of dog whistle politics[54] massively accelerated the rightward shift already imposed by Nixon's Southern Strategy, of which Reagan himself used to get elected.

The Bush connection

See the main article on this topic: George W. Bush

George W. Bush owes his entire bid for president to Reagan. Not only did he prop up his father, but created the perfect brand of Republican for Bush to sail in on. As president, Dubya did amazing things like pushing deregulation to a whole new level, and quite crucially making anti-intellectualism a trend, and anti-science by extension. Despite how unpopular Bush was upon leaving office, it has alas completed the Republican Party transformation into a dog whistling, fact ignoring demon dangerously over to the right. Add in eight years of Obama, and you've just unlocked a) the perfect scapegoat for America's "issues" (which has taken on a life of its own as a "thanks Obama" meme)[55][56] and b) a population primed and ready for a strongman who will solve these issues.

You likely will see a very strong pattern here, with the rightward lurch of the Republican Party culminating in a Trump presidency. Still, there's a few things that appear to be missing, such as the stunted left wing in current American politics. Yet again though, we can find a clear connection.

Even further?

See the main articles on this topic: Woodrow Wilson and Joseph McCarthy
Ted Cruz not only looks like McCarthy, he frequently partakes in modern-style red-baiting.

If you want the answers to how the left wing got stunted in the US, look no further than not one, but two red scares. The first one was perpetrated by none other than the democracy spreadingWikipedia scratch that, Latin America-invading racist and outrageous authoritarian, Woodrow Wilson. Not even long after World War I, anti-left hysteria was triggered by Seattle dock workers went on strike for higher wages. Of course, off the back of a Bolshevik victory in Russia, the media demonized it as the work of anti-American leftists, and the first red scare exploded like a nuke. In the midst of the chaos, mass arrests were conducted via the Palmer RaidsWikipedia with mass arrests of suspected foreign anarchists and communists,[57] which was pointless because a socialist coup never occcured in the United States.[note 6]

If you say that the asshole Wilson had already beat down the left-wing with his fists, Joseph McCarthy gave it a proper stomping into the mud. With his brand of red scare, known now as McCarthyism, he went on a crusade to accuse just about anyone even slightly supportive of anything progressive as a dirty commie, no accusations of which were actually true.[58] Even when McCarthy was censured after getting verbally murdered by Edward R. Murrow,[59] it had already severely damaged the left-wing, and, surprise, surprise, the Republican Party would begin it's march towards rightist extremism, with nothing left to moderate it. Indeed, Ronald Reagan continued the anti-left tirade coming to the end of the Cold War, by talking about those REDS a lot. And sure enough, we got more fearmongering o'plenty regarding the "radical left" during Trump's tenure as president, and even with Obama (who is no doubt a centrist).

On the contrary, there remains debate about the fundamental characteristics that have shaped the current Trump-Republican model, of which have been frequently cited here: Authoritarianism and pure, cold racism. Again, all you need to do is take the link even further back.

Further than that??

The dynamic duo, aligned by racial hatred and inane authoritarianism.
See the main articles on this topic: Andrew JacksonJames Buchanan, and American Civil War

Yes, if you really want to look to the first signs of raw malice in American politics, look no further than the birth of the Democratic Party. Back when the party first came to being, they were led by Andrew Jackson, a populist who was an absolutely filthy racist, even for the time, mixed with an overdose on authoritarianism. He kicked off the Trail of TearsWikipedia in the first example of American ethnic cleansing which seems scarily familiar in many key ways to Trump's own methods versus immigrants and partially so for anybody not a WASP. When slavery became a country dividing issue, the USA elected the worst fucking president ever, ever, ever, ever, ever: James Buchanan. Like Trump, Buchanan was ridiculously racist, arguably more so than Jackson, and cared not a shred for civil unity, blaming the North for politicising slavery and everything elseWikipedia. Buchanan's authoritarianism was also fucking jaw-dropping, hijacking a supreme court case, vetoing Republican bills on a constant basis,[note 7] attempting to meddle in a rival's senate election, dividing his own party along abolitionist lines, and messing about with territories he had not one right to stick his nose in. When all was said and done, he continued to blame the North for secession and literally said the government couldn't prevent secession, despite his previous authoritarianism.[60] This all culminated in a civil war he could have prevented, where over 600,000 died. AND, since Reconstruction was a botched operation, such wounds remained wide open.

Domestic extremism in the US has nearly always started with racism, and backboned by authoritarianism. Considering the sheer power of the president's office, and the social influence imposed by a sitting president and those who campaign for the position, it's no wonder that this all adds up. Jackson, Buchanan, Wilson, Nixon, Reagan and Bush II. With apparent public tolerance for authoritarianism, near-constant issues in politics on racial lines, and an election strategy relying on tugging onto these bigoted insecurities, anti-leftist sentiment embedded in by two red scares, a disdain for facts and science, all contributing to a severe lurch to the right and one party to carry it all in.

All of that. That is how you get a far-right autocrat like Donald John Trump.

Scummy business

Yes, this is real.
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[61]

Complete Incompetence

Farewell, Trump Mortgage. We hardly knew ye.
When it comes to great steaks, I've just raised the stakes! Trump Steaks are by far the best tasting, most flavorful beef you've ever had. Truly in a league of their own.
—Donald Trump on his Trump Steaks™ partnership with Sharper Image (an electronics store).[62]
The net of all that was we literally sold almost no steaks. If we sold $50,000 of steaks grand total, I'd be surprised.
—Jerry Levin, CEO of Sharper Image, Trump Steaks™ post-mortem.[62]

It's always been a bit of a 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 8] This is not just based on his assets (which are not terribly liquid) but also how he feels about his worth daily.[63] The record really shows a middling businessman with many structural advantages, who came out on top because of how rigged the system is.[64] 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.[65] 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. Oh fuck.

Really, the Trump Brand still exists and is fiscally solvent because of his daughter Ivanka.[66] 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 putting 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.[67]

Trump's record on predicting economic recessions is also laughably lousy:[68]

  • In 1999, he predicted an economic crash worse 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.

Criminal connections

"Одобрено Дональдом Трампом, 45-м президентом США" (Approved by Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States), according to the Ураласбест (Uralasbest) asbestos company[69][70][71]
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[72]

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.[73][74][75] 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.[76] Trump will never willingly release his tax returns, and Ted Cruz suggests those returns could show the extent of his mob dealings.[77] Trump and some of his spawn have been named as material witnesses in a massive tax-avoidance scheme by mob-connected Felix Sater.[78] As an aside, it has been reported that Trump himself paid no income taxes in 1978, 1979, 1984, 1992, and 1994.[79]

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.[80] Following the Times' report, New York state tax officials began their own investigation into the Trumps' alleged tax fraud schemes.[81]

The house that Donald built with illegal immigrant labor

Trump's connections to organized crime go back to shortly after his first forays into Manhattan real estate.[82] Trump made friends with Roy Cohn, formerly Joseph McCarthy's lawyer during the McCarthy Senate hearings, but who by then was a mob lawyer.[82] Cohn likely introduced Trump to Genovese crime boss Anthony Salerno.Wikipedia[82] 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."[83][84] 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.[82][85] 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.[83] This is some four decades after the last known time that the asbestos industry itself engaged in denialism.[86]

Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, prior to its bankruptcy and sale

In 1979, Trump hired a demolition contractor to take down the building at the future Trump Tower site.[82] The contractor used undocumented, non-union Polish workers who were exposed to asbestos.[82][87] Though the site was a union site, there was no picket because it was a mob-controlled union; Trump was fully aware that the Polish workers were in the country illegally.[82] It came out in 2017 after a judge released the documents that Trump paid $1.4 million to settle the resulting class-action lawsuit.[88] Trump used overpriced concrete from companies controlled by Salerno and Gambino family crime boss Paul CastellanoWikipedia to build Trump Tower and Trump Plaza.[82]

When Trump sought to build casinos in Atlantic City in 1982, he could hide his mob connections by persuading the New Jersey Attorney General John Degnan to only investigate him for the prior six months.[82] At least one Trump company has been exposed as having ties to international money laundering from an ex-Soviet Union state,[89] and it has been speculated that the Trump casinos may have been used for laundering before bankruptcy.[90] Trump bought land in Atlantic City at an inflated price from hitmen connected to Nicky Scarfo,Wikipedia of the Philadelphia crime family,Wikipedia as well as purchasing or leasing other land that likely benefitted the Scarfo mob.[82]

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 1990s and later helped buy a NYC hotel when Trump was short of funds a second time. Said Saud is now embarrassed by the association.[91][92]

On January 1, 2017, Trump hosted and appeared on stage with Joey 'No Socks' CinqueWikipedia at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.[93] Cinque is a Gambino crime family affiliate who was convicted of felony possession of a trove of stolen artwork.[93]

Trump has lied on numerous occasions about his connections to organized crime, including under oath.[82][94]

To summarise the summary and return to this section's opening quote: Donald Trump's life and career have essentially been one decades-long Gish Gallop through the ethical badlands.

Golf

The President at his own golf club with Rush Limbaugh

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.[95] 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 the "Top Scot" award in 2012.[96] 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)[97] 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.[98]

Trump University

People don't know how great you are. People don't know how smart you are. These are the smart people. These are the smart people. These are really the smart people. And they never like to say it, but I say it and I'm a smart person. These are the smart; we have the smartest people. We have the smartest people. And they know it. And some say it, but they hate to say it. But we have the smartest people. Government will start working again. Fixing things.
—Giving people hope[99]
No one has more scorn for the victims of a con-man than the con-man himself.

Trump University was essentially a diploma mill, 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.[100] 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.[101] He got a cut in return for these "institutions" being allowed to use his name.[102]

An even bigger issue lies with the 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", the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative;[103][104] this was confirmed by the testimony of a former salesperson and the court-released "Trump University Playbook".[105][106][107] About 8000 former students are suing Trump U. in two separate class-action lawsuits, one of which involves the RICOWikipedia (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act.[108] 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 terrible for Trump on this front.[109]

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.[110] 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[111]

Trump faces lawsuits over this.[112] Trump may be liable for impeachment over this,[113] but somehow managed to settle for a fraction of the damages.[114] 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.[115] "Partnering" in this case is just another Trumpian term of art. It was yet another Trump brand rental where he claimed not to be involved with the company's operations, even though he, company representatives and advertising for the network implied 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.[115]

The "business", which consisted of selling a urine test device with customized vitamins,[116][117] not only made investors lose money buying the highly overpriced products, but also buying customized infomercials in local TV channels.[115]

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.[118][119]

Donald Trump has been called "the least charitable billionaire in the world".[120] 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.[121][122] 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", even though the building wasn't damaged.[123]

Many of Trump's larger donations are on their face self-serving, in the form of donations to:[124][125]

To prove his anti-vaxx bona fides, Trump's foundation gave $10,000 to Jenny McCarthy's "charity" Generation Rescue.[125]

As for real charities, Trump has a pattern of stiffing them:[128][129] The Donald J. Trump Foundation had 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.[121] In 2014, Trump personally gave $0 to his own foundation.[130]

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.[131] 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.[131] 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.[132] 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.[133] 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.[134] 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.[135] 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.[136] Additionally, the New York tax-collecting agency opened an investigation in July 2018 into the Trump Foundation, which could result in criminal charges.[137]

Become president, give nothing back

You may have the additional question: Does this have anything to do with his presidency?

Yes! Trump used his office to enrich himself and his associates, retaining ownership of his businesses in violation of the US Constitution,[138]. He had the gall to charge the Secret Service for the "privilege" of protecting him,[139] golfed more than 500 times at his own clubs on taxpayer money,[140] and raking in cash from foreign governments through the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC.[141] Trump's businesses brought in $1.9 billion in revenue in just the first three years of his presidency.[142] Perhaps not the most intellectually inspired choice voting for a person who is completely out of touch with ordinary people, but Trump himself hasn't cared about intellectual matters; he is a master in conning people, a skill he frequently operated on during his tenure as president.

Tax returns

Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate in four decades other than Gerald Ford who has not released his tax returns. Ford published a summary of his instead. Although the chances of the bill passing are low, Democrats are proposing legislation requiring presidential candidates to release ten years of tax returns. In support of forcing Trump to release his tax returns, an organization called Americans for Tax Fairness argued that this would shine a light on the various means wealthy people evade taxes in general and Trump's potentially illicit business interests in particular. Trump has been accused of using public office to enhance his private business interests,[143] which we can easily see as valid given the above evidence.

According to legal experts, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating Trump's ties to Russia, almost certainly had Trump's tax returns. However, he cannot release them unless they are relevant to a criminal case.[143]

Rhetoric, deceit and overall behaviour

See the main article on this topic: Rhetoric of Donald Trump
Trump's most recent book

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 and has the verbal ability of 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 says it "as it is" when he does nothing of the sort. In fact, the incoherent and often perfidious way he talks (such as labeling news he doesn't like "fake news"[144] 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 a debate on which group he's really referring to. His poor English is exacerbated when other countries try translating what he's saying.

Psychologists at the University of Texas and Princeton University studied over three million texts dating back to 1789, belonging to political leaders of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus news stories, books, movie subtitles, and cable news transcript. They noticed a clear trend of politicians speaking more simply but with greater confidence. Donald Trump accelerated that trend. In fact, he ranks first on confidence but last on analytical thinking compared to all other U.S. presidents. John Quincy Adams topped the U.S. chart with just under 99 points in analytical speech while Trump scored only 16 in a 2015 debate. The average for U.S. presidents is 90, with everyone other than Trump and Barack Obama scoring above 70. In speaking with confidence, Trump's score is 89; the average for U.S. presidents is 64.[145]

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."[146]

Trump thinks that slurs are "just words".[147]

Compulsion to lie

Trump typo. Or was it?
Never has more ignorance been stuffed inside one head.
—Laurence Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School[148]

Trump's near-total disdain for the truth has been characterized as either gaslighting everyone he speaks to,[149] or as pathological lying,[150][151][152] though not in a clinical sense.[153]

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. In 2017, John D. Gartner, a psychotherapist who formerly taught at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, has explicitly broken the rule without caveat to warn the public of Trump's dangerousness.[154] Gartner said, "Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president."[154] Gartner diagnosed that Trump has "malignant narcissism",Wikipedia an extreme mix of narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, aggression, and sadism.[154] Many other mental health professionals have also expressed their concern over Trump's mental state.[155][156][157] 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.[158][159] Dr. Allen went further to state, "He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers."[158]

Possible medical issues

By 2019, Gartner has called for a professional examination of Trump's mental health because of apparent worsening of Trump's speech patterns that could indicate dementia: confusing people and generations, semantic paraphasia, and tangential speech.[160]

Later, he totally did not have a series of mini-strokes before his unexpected visit to Walter Reed Medical Center.[161]

HS quarterback

He wins bigly every time!
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[162]

The most significant Overton window shift this year has been anyone believing that Donald Trump is "anti-establishment".[note 9] Liberals and conservatives are just wired differently. Republicans generally respond better to displays of strength and forthrightness, whereas Democrats typically respond better to bipartisanship and compassion.[163] 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,[164] losers,[165] low-energy,[166] chokers[167] or "choke artists"[168] 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 were 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.

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. Indeed, he has been accused by many of being the Dunning–Kruger effect incarnate,[169][170][171][172] and it becomes rather hard to argue when David Dunning himself tends to agree.[173]

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[174]

Trump's ability to blow up Republican sacred cows is pretty remarkable e.g. staunch conservative and shock value until the spotlight hits him. He then switches back to southpaw and blows the right-wingers away. Trump doesn't have a voting record. And human beings are really bad at processing information that falls outside of their heuristics and reconciling information that seems contradictory on the surface-level.

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 radical 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 wealthy 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.[175]

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.[176]

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.

Feud with HBO and Last Week Tonight

In March of 2013, Trump attacked Jon Stewart on Twitter for changing his name from Leibowitz to Stewart, tweeting:[177]

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,[178] Trump also insisted that the original tweet quoted above never took place while repeating the accusation, tweeting:[179]

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 (Stewart being the former boss and colleague of Oliver) had tried to get Trump to appear on Last Week Tonight,[180] something which Oliver maintains has never happened.[181] 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:[182]

"Trump" does sound rich – it's almost onomatopoeic.Wikipedia "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 champagne-iversary, 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.[183]

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 (entirely overtly satirical) relabeling of Trump to Drumpf is that Trump's image and persona are 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),[184] 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.[185] 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.[186][187][188]

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 in New York[189]

On July 18, 2016, the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Trump's (current) wife, Melania, gave a speech discussing why the Donald would be the 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.[190][191][192]

Following Melania's speech, various media outlets reported the similarities, stating that the speech was "awkward", "embarrassing" and "an act of plagiarism".[193][194] Although it took the Trump campaign a while to do so, and whilst they procrastinated 24 hours in either avoiding the subject altogether[195] or claiming that Melania's speech wasn't really plagiarism[196] (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.[197]

Credentialism

See the main article on this topic: Credentialism

During his 2016 campaign, Donald Trump frequently referred to his degree from the University of Pennsylvania's as "super genius stuff", and that it was difficult to get admitted to Wharton.[198] At the time of Donald's admission (1966), the admission rate at Wharton was 40% of applicants, fairly high.[198] James Nolan, an admissions officer and friend of Trump's brother Fred Jr., was leaned on by Trump's father to get him admitted.[198] Nolan was unimpressed by Donald, stating later, "I certainly was not struck by any sense that I'm sitting before a genius. Certainly not a super genius."[198] Later, it was alleged by Donald's elder sister Maryanne, that Donald's friend Joe Shapiro was paid to take his college entrance exam (SAT).[199] Elsewhere, SAT fraud has resulted in criminal charges,[200] and could result in the rescinding of a degree.[201] But no worries, Donald has rightfully earned a B.S. in B.S.!

Pretending to be religious

Trump signing an executive order to slacken offshore oil drilling safety standards. Perhaps he needed help figuring out where to sign? (We're told he reads very little.)
Can you believe that bullshit? Can you believe people believe that bullshit?”
—Trump, in private after a laying on of hands by evangelical leaders[202]
"[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[203]

Of course, winning votes and popularity among the US conservatives requires you at least masquerading as a religious person. He pulled in Mike Pence to give him a hand there.[note 10]

It should not have surprised anyone that Trump embraced prosperity gospel-types, particularly heretic/charlatan Paula White.Wikipedia Both the Trump family preacher, Norman Vincent Peale,Wikipedia and the prosperity gospel concept were rooted in the 19th-century New Thought movement.[204] Trump has frequently cited Peale, who was described as a 'Christian libertarian', as an influence.[204] James Dobson of Focus on the Family believes that Trump was recently born again, but not everyone agrees.[205]

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.[206] Eventually, Trump found one: "Two Corinthians" (he meant Second Corinthians, which incidentally is a book, not a verse), which earned him an endorsement from Jerry Falwell Jr.[207] With a bar that low, who needs legs to get across? It also leads one to wonder how frequently he takes holy communion, despite Trump's claim of "as often as possible"[208] – quite the dedication to drinking wine for someone who is also a teetotaler.[209]

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:[210]

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

Presidency

Trump taking the oath of office (which apparently meant very little to him)

The presidential candidacy of Donald Trump began years before he actually won the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination. Indeed, Trump has been involved in politics for quite some time beforehand.

Following an escalating series of gaffes and scandals in the run-up to the 2016 Presidential election, at least 160 Republican leaders withheld or renounced their support for his candidacy.[211] Despite significant backlash from the public and his own party, he won the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination, and against all odds,Wikipedia was elected President of the United States.[note 11] On Inauguration Day, Trump had the dubious honor of having the single largest number of protesters in American history – the Women's March.[213]

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.[214][note 12] In American terms, Trump is pretty much styled himself as the second coming of Richard Nixon, complete with his enemies lists and paranoia. In turn, Trump actually appears to have secured the conspiracy theorist vote,[215][216][note 13] a demographic which, these days, appears to include both himself[217] and his trophy wife.[218]

A 2021 informal and unscientific poll of 142 presidential historians rated Trump 4th last among all of the 41 presidents who had completed a term, followed by Franklin Pierce (appeased The South to no avail), Andrew Johnson (first to be impeached), and James Buchanan (His incompetence and pro-slavery sympathies brought about the Civil War).[219] Not to be underperformed, Trump came in dead last for moral authority and administrative skills.[219]

Trump-Russia connection

See the main article on this topic: Trump-Russia connection
Republican Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel who chose not to prosecute Trump.
While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.
—William Barr quoting the Mueller report in his summary.[220]

Despite its popular name, the Trump-Russia investigation or the Russia probe examines more than ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Other countries with potentially illegal connection to Trump and his associates include China, Israel, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. In particular, Trump, his daughter Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner have business interests in Qatar, the UAE, Israel, and China.[221] Nor is it limited to the office of the Special Counsel; there is a separate criminal investigation by the FBI.[222] In fact, by December 2018, investigators have begun scrutinizing virtually all aspects of Trump's public life, his presidential campaign, his inaugural committee, his charity, his business dealings, and his presidency itself.[note 14][223] Meanwhile, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the House Oversight Committee are conducting their own investigations on alleged Russian meddling and any collusion with Trump aides. These are arguably some of the most high-profile criminal cases in United States history.[224]

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[222] and may include other as yet unknown investigations. In mid-2018, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein revealed 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.[225]

On March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr. Barr informed Congress in writing he would brief them on the "principal conclusions" and restated his commitment to "as much transparency as possible." Polls show that Americans would like to see the report. Earlier in the month, the House voted unanimously in favor of a non-binding resolution urging the Justice Department to make the report public.[226] According to Barr's summary of the report's findings, Mueller found no evidence of any collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. Because Mueller did not really answer the question of whether or not Trump obstructed justice, Barr asserted there was no concrete evidence for it. However, Barr acknowledged that Russian officials had offered to assist the Trump campaign. The end of the Special Counsel probe does not mean the end of legal troubles for Donald Trump, who still faces investigations from New York state prosecutors and from Congress.[227] During the Special Counsel investigation, FBI agents traveled across the United States and to numerous other countries. Some witnesses were interviewed immediately after they had landed at an American airport. Charges were brought against dozens of individuals. However, no Americans were charged with conspiring with Russia.[228]

Even then, in 2019, just two months earlier it was revealed that after Trump removed FBI Director James Comey over the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the FBI began investigating whether Trump was a knowing or unknowing asset of the Russian government assisted by Russia to act against the interests of the US government.[229] And yes, Trump has put forward policies clearly in favor of the Russian government's interests, most importantly on the matter of the NATO alliance of the US as the leading country of the alliance along with European countries, Turkey, and Canada, with Trump indicating in public statements that the US could abandon the NATO alliance.[229] And that's just brilliant for all of us, right?

Undermining democratic institutions

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

Democratic backsliding is how democracies become authoritarian states.[230]

How to destroy a democracy

  • Centralise power ☑ Trump made it a mission to hollow out all functions of government that aren't his direct word. Start with a brutal budget that shows a narcissistic level of discontent for the poor and those in need,[231] then cripple the non-elected civil service,[232] and then weaken the state department monetarily[233] and kill its diplomacy.[234] Job done, the military-industrial complex has never been stronger.
  • Empower the junta ☑ Naturally, Trump's autocratic nature repays the police unions who endorsed him in the first place, and this pays himself to give even more methods to abuse authoritarian tactics. Mass arrests occurred on the literal day he was inagurated.[235] If that wasn't enough of a statement, Trump handed back police access to excessive military equipment,[236] used his rhetoric to destabilise the law itself,[237] made mass crackdowns and arrests a normal part of the day,[citation NOT needed] and using secret police tactics to kidnap and terrorise protesters.[238] Even in this brief summary, it poses terrifying similarities to how other tyrants used the police to enforce their agenda.
  • Attack the media ☑ Once you have empowered the police to be your personal weapon, the next step is to terrorise the press. Trump implemented a massive crackdown against reporters so they couldn't report on his actions,[239] allowed the police to repeatedly arrest reporters for doing their jobs, outright ordered police to tear-gas reporters,[240] and loathes American journalism so much that he directly ordered violence against journalists.[241] Again, this is exactly what tyrants do.
  • Post-truth alt-right rhetoric ☑ As discussed extensively before, Trump's rhetoric has the power to cause violence and instability, by it's sheer power to manipulate the truth, and then repeated ad infinitum. His massive personality cult relies on the ability to cling to the insecurities of his followers.

Democracy watchdog Freedom House's report states that Trump's victory was a destabilizing threat to democracy.[242] In 2017, The Democracy Index listed the U.S. as a flawed democracy, but the reduced rank was not caused by Trump.[243] 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.[243] That factor is the decline of trust in government.[243] A lack of confidence in government may well lead to political apathy, lower voter 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). And it's equally worth noting that Russia often has a hand in democratic backsliding, namely in the former Soviet sphere and post-communist countries.[244]

Of course, you would expect Donald Trump to find a way to get himself impeached due to his complete ignorance of democratic principles. And whaddya know? On December 18, 2019, Trump became just the third President in United States history to be impeached, in this case due to a coordinated campaign within his administration to pressure Ukraine for dirt on his potential political rival, Joe Biden, in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. The US Senate almost immediately voted to acquit President Trump on February 5, with Mitt Romney being the only member of Trump's party to vote for removal on either count.[245]

Cabinet members, or how to create a cesspool

See the main article on this topic: Cabinet of Donald Trump
Trump's cabinet in August 2017. Can you count how many of these people aren't there anymore?

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[246] as long as the cesspool monsters are not "politicians", whatever that means. The result is possibly the most fervently right-wing cabinet in recent memory and one that's still filled with quite a few politicians.

And this isn't going to go into 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.[247]

The Trump team was actually well-prepared to fill the cabinet just before the election. Chris Christie, who had run against Trump in the primary but then joined the campaign, had prepared a 30-volume set of dossiers on possible cabinet picks that was ready one day before the general election.[248] Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, had a grudge against Christie; Christie as a US Attorney had previously sent Kushner's father (Charles KushnerWikipedia) to prison for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering. The 30 volumes were summarily thrown out, and Christie was fired two days after the election at the behest of Kushner and Steve Bannon.[248] The vetting process was then led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who hired overwhelmed 20-year RNC staffers to do the vetting from scratch.[249] Said one vetter:[249]

You know, I'm like, 'Oh gentle Ben [Carson] is unqualified and thinks that pyramids store grain or whatever. Great. At least he's not beating his wife and his wife's not appearing on Oprah [a reference to Andrew Puzder].

Another vetter said:[249]

I think I truly understood what less than half of the people were being vetted for. Totally inadequate resources for the overall process. ... We would probably run through dozens [of contenders] a day.

Policies

See the main article on this topic: Policies of Donald Trump
Overcrowded conditions in a Texas Border Patrol station

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.

Donald Trump's policies prove that elections do have consequences. Policies have virtually always ranged from ignorant to borderline, or outright, cruelty. It's the USA's consequence for letting their political spectrum stunt on the left-wing while creeping ever further to the right. There is a lot of history behind this, but here are some highlights of far-right policy in full blow:

  • Kids in cages: Immigration policies of Donald Trump reach a level of callous that defies reality. The most infamous of which was separating Mexican families at the border and placing children in literal cages,[250] as well as pretty much leaving immigrants to commit suicide in ICE detention.[251] Even elsewhere, in Virginia reports emerged of children being stripped and forcibly injected with drugs without their consent,[252] and with pregnant women being left to miscarry courtesy of ICE torture.[253] Such savage and vicious policies look more like a Soviet gulag than anything, but rest assured that this is all the work of Donald Trump; a man so willing to ignore common decency for his own gain, with followers either completely blind or equally as heartless.
  • Reversing civil rights: As well as scapegoating and torturing immigrants, don't think you're off the hook unless you are white, straight, protestant Christian, male and a "true American conservative".[note 15] He cut or outright removed federal government agencies and budget relating to civil rights,[254][255] banned Muslim-majority countries entry to the US[256] among other relgious discrimination under the "religious freedom guise",[257] dozens among dozens of anti-LGBT actions which empowered homophobia,[258][259][260][261][262][263] and hosility to women including cutting funding for many organisations,[264] ramping up the abortion gag rule to absurdity,[265] pushing abstinence-only education,[266] and inadvertently worsening the college campus sexual assault epidemic.[267] Remember, "the cruelty is the point". Even after succeeding President Biden's mountains of work to undo the damage, the ripples are still felt.
  • Drain the swamp, literally: Earlier we mentioned "draining the swamp". Again, it works both ways because Trump couldn't give one shit about the environment. Eager to boost the coal industry,[268] Trump crippled the EPA to a shell,[269][270] which has caused uneccesary suffering and death elsewhere.[271][272] This is not all; Trump squeezed down national parks and monuments,[273] made massive price increases to renewable energy with cuts to federal funding of such,[274][275] left Puerto Rico to rot after a hurricane,[276] and most crucially, left the Paris agreement until Biden brought it back.[277] This obviously had disastrous effects over the four years, and a pattern with many of these is Trump's pattern to intentionally cut policies and relief that will help people, putting his far-right narcissism in full display.
    • ... and fuck the animals too: And to rub some more salt in, Trump removed regulations on animal food and let puppy mills and experiment labs go on with extreme animal cruetly, since reporting of such incidents was demolished.[278][279]
  • "Edyucayshaun": Because making America great again is such an important thing, Trump appointed the Secretary of Education as someone married to Amway fortune and anti-public education activist: Betsy DeVos. Having no qualifications to her name and being a fucking fundamentalist is a lethal combo, as she campaigned for a voucher system that doesn't work,[280] reinstated ACICS despite them propping up diploma mills,[281], lied to the Senate,[282][note 16] and definitely had not visited struggling public schools on purpose.[283] In an already deeply flawed education system, it's nice to see Trump not concerned about US education sliding into Eastern Europe tiers.
  • Foreign policy chaos: Trump is, as you may expect, a warmonger and a seasoned chickenhawk. While predecessor Barack Obama was criticised for foreign policy especially regarding human rights, Trump took this beyond defensible bounds, with his administration ordering record numbers of bombings and airstrikes on Afghanistan,[284][285] Yemen,[286] and Somalia,[287] at a horrific civilian cost. He did this with almost no accountability, as he revoked an Obama-era rule on reporting civilian deaths in drone strikes.[288] While he wasn't "bombing the shit out of" people, Trump pretty much caused instability anywhere you found him, moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem,[289] which obviously reignited civil unrest,[290] viciously sanctioned Iran beyond the bounds of safety,[291] successfully alienated the United fucking Kingdom of all countries by lying about them imposing surveillance of Trump Tower,[292] and— oh, screw it. Just read our page about it and watch the madness unravel further.
  • Blatant authoritarianism: Just see above ...

The first post falls

See the main article on this topic: 2018 midterm elections

Stung by the results of the 2018 midterm elections[293] — when Democrats gained control of the House[294] — Donald Trump got a bit angry about the lack of funding for his border wall, and shut down the federal government for the longest period in US history.[295] It really stuns even the most staunchy idealist looking at Trump's sheer inability to learn and childish abuses of power on full belt. This loss, and the ongoing Russia probe, made the Donald distance himself from the ordinary presidential duties, or so it seems, sending aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, to various events in his stead.[293]

Such behaviour, and the shift seen in the voting population, would prove an omen for Trump's catastrophic loss in 2020.

American carnage

A bloodied protester is hauled away by unidentified federal police in Portland.

When George Floyd was killed by a police officer named Derek Chauvin, protests broke out nationwide, with hundreds of cities hosting thousands of people speaking out against police brutality, white supremacy, and authoritarianism. Trump, having given the police and himself far too much extra power by this point, responded by calling on the military to "dominate" the protesters.[296][297] He lived up to his word by calling in hundreds of out-of-state National Guards to patrol the streets of D.C. against the mayor's wishes. This led to numerous instances of police-driven and police-instigated violence against even reporters and journalists, with a grand total of 140 attacks on journalists from May 28th, 2020 to June 1st, 2020.[298][299][300] Anchored by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Trump and Attorney General William Barr ordered the police to teargas peaceful protesters so Trump could walk across the street and take a picture with an upside down Bible in front of a church, in a perfect encapsulation of his presidency.[301][302][303] He would later use Homeland Security to continue cracking down on protesters, including kidnapping and detaining people for questioning in unmarked vehicles,[304][305][306] and teargassing the fucking mayor of Portland,[307] unmistakable hallmarks of authoritarianism.

White House Outbreak of COVID-19

President Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for COVID treatment.

Throughout 2020, Trump refused to take adequate action against coronavirus,[308][309] downplayed and lied about the severity of the virus,[310] outright hindered efforts to get masks delivered to people,[311][312][313][314] ignored expert advice to wear masks and socially distance,[315][316] while politicizing mask-wearing nationwide despite their effectiveness against the virus,[317] purged anyone who dared to speak out against his orders,[318][319][320][321] repeatedly held "super-spreader" rallies without masks,[322] threw out the idea of injecting disinfectant to stop the virus,[323][324][325] and pushed to reopen businesses, schools, and the rest of the economy while suppressing warnings against doing so by scientists and doctors.[326][327]o On the day it was reported over 200,000 people died by October 2020, you had Trump claiming "it affects virtually nobody,"[328][329][330] while the US fell into economic and humanitarian ruin.[331]

By January 20th, 2021, his last day as president, Trump presided over a grand total of 400,000 deaths from COVID, and one estimate in October 2020 of worst-case total US deaths from COVID was 620,029[332] has essentially come to pass by June 2021. Given that initial disease response (lockdowns and mask-wearing) is critical in reducing total deaths,[332] a large proportion of the total US deaths would be attributable to Trump regardless of whether the deaths occur after he is out of office. A post-Trump analysis by a Lancet commission report in February 2021 estimated that 40% of the 470,000 US COVID deaths (188,000 deaths) could have been averted if Trump had taken the pandemic seriously; the study compared death rates among G7 countries.[333][334]

Oh, and it was found later he intentionally[335] botched the public response, claiming he "didn't want to cause panic", yet stuck on spitting invectives against Asian-Americans,[336] leading to catastrophic spikes in anti-Asian racism across America, which has lasted even through 2021.[337] Even after his departure from the White House, many of his federal judges were blocking federal and state government agencies from enforcing policies intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Not only is this leading to more cases and deaths, but it is preventing the government from responding to future pandemics. This goes all the way up to the Supreme Court, where three of six conservative justices were appointed by Trump, because they ruled in favor of allowing churches and other places of worship to be exempted from pandemic restrictions on account of "religious liberty."[338] [339] [340]

In late September, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of cancer, and her last wish was for her not to be replaced until a new president was inaugurated the next year. Despite the Republican party arguing the opposite approach when the exact same thing happend back with Antonin Scalia's death under Obama, Trump ignored her wishes and immediately nominated Amy Coney Barret, Ginsburg's exact ideological opposite, and held a Rose Garden event announcing Barret's nomination.[341] Within days, it was revealed that Hope Hicks, a White House aide, contracted COVID. First Lady Melania Trump tested positive, but Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. all tested negative. Campaign manager Bill Stepien tested positive, as well as Ronna Romney McDaniel, the RNC Chairwoman. Senators Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, and Thom Tillis all tested positive. Former Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie were also tested positive.[342]

Trump revealed he tested positive for coronavirus and was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as he was said to have trouble breathing. Doctors revealed that he had exhibited symptoms on October 1, including a "mild cough, and some nasal congestion and fatigue."[343] Evidence suggests Trump actually had the infection on September 30 but proceeded with his plans for a public rally that evening and a fund-raiser on October 1.[344]

"Yes, you! Box your stuff! Out the front door!"

See the main article on this topic: 2020 U.S. presidential election
What Trump gets against insanely large voting numbers he inadvertently inspired
Make America Decent Again.

Sure enough, tens of millions of Americans were utterly sick and tired of Trump's incompetence at leading America,[citation NOT needed] and subsequently decided to get rid of him. On the morning of November 7th, 2020, everyone was relieved to know that President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr, the gaffe-shooting Amtrak machine who surprisingly hasn't been MeTooed yet himself, had won,[345] and was set to be sworn in come January 2021. In fact, Trump lost his reelection bid by a simply staggering margin against the Democratic nominee, losing no less than five states that he won in 2016[346] and losing the popular vote by at least seven million.[347] Worse? Trump got taken out in Georgia and Arizona. Two Republican strongholds collapsing like 20th century empires, and all can be faulted to Donald Trump's incompetence, contempt for civil unity, and need we again mention the cruelty.

In the upcoming months, the most watchful observers braced themselves for the biggest, yuugest, most beautiful meltdown in Trump's entire lifetime; already he had tweeted:

—Actual tweet by @RealDonaldTrump on November 7th!

It was difficult to tell what the Donald might have done next. His most loyal supporters broke into utter hysteria, either on Twitter screams or have literally said nothing. It was shaping up to be a hilarious and shocking period. Consistent with Trump's spoiled and immature nature, he still refused to accept the results and eventually filed dozens of frivolous lawsuits while spreading baseless claims of election fraud.[349] In 2021, only weeks before Biden's inauguration, the recording of a secret tape was leaked, showing Trump attempting to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R-GA), whose home state went for Biden, to "find" enough votes to flip the state.[350] Despite the already established insanity of Trump and his presidency, not one person expected his final attempt to hold onto power to go as far as it did ...

Coup attempt and second impeachment

See the main article on this topic: 2021 U.S. Capitol riot
The Beer Hall Putsch No, sorry, this is actually the 2021 riots at the US Capitol.

While the aforementioned phone call certainly qualifies as an impeachable offence, on January 6th, 2021, in perhaps the single most infamous and dangerous thing he has ever done, Trump instigated an attempted self-coup by egging his armed supporters into storming the fucking Capitol, so they could stop Congress from certifying Biden's win in 2020.[351] Said supporters were actively trying to assassinate multiple members of Congress, including Vice President Mike Pence, who refused to reject Biden's certification (which isn't even in his powers as VP, for obvious reasons), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; and it's quite easy to infer that they likely would not have stopped there. The ensuing mob violence killed five people[352] and nearly led to the slaughter of an entire branch of government, as the entire Congress fled underground and evacuated the building, leaving the Capitol at the whims of Trump's mob until the National Guard came in to retake the building.[351] In the midst of this chaos, Trump refused to deploy the National Guard (Pence did it instead), ignored panicked calls from his fellow Republicans, and reportedly relished in the violence being done in his name and by his words (read: cruelty).[353]

After basically trying to slaughter an entire branch of the government, refusing to resign, and Pence declining to invoke the 25th amendment, Donald Trump became the first President ever to be impeached twice, once Congress reconvened. He is also the only one to have instigated insurrection, and the only one to have incited an attack on the Capitol. While Trump was acquitted after leaving office,[note 17] the damage was done already done; Trump's legacy is marked forever by this event, and it can be brought up at any time to paint him as the extremist that he truly is. This mark will be hard to scrub off, as Trump was permabanned from most of his social media accounts right after this event, due to the very real fear of more violence incited by his dangerous rhetoric.[354][355] Gone is his ability to incessantly babble his way out of a bad situation, and people are left with this final memory of his presidency.

Rare moments of sanity

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.[356]

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

  • Trump's comments on George Bush having advance foreknowledgeWikipedia 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[359] (even confessed truther Alex Jones[360]) to label him a "truther", although this isn't very accurate, as Trump backtracked from some of the advance knowledge comments, and he is not known for his truthiness.[361] He also believes the famous “28 pages” redacted from the official 9/11 report were done to please the Saudis,[362] which would appear to be partially accurate.[363]
  • 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 big pile of nothing.[364]
  • 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.[365]
  • His claims on the troubles with (unfettered) free trade are largely correct.[366][note 18][note 19] The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and worked 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.[367][note 20]
  • He signed into law a bill that upgrades the birthplace of the famed civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.Wikipedia in Atlanta, Georgia, into a national historical park. He also signed bills linking historical sites related to the civil rights movement and commemorating the first Africans' arrival in the English colonies in Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619.[368]
  • His administration banned bump stocks by defining them as "machineguns", which are illegal under the National Firearms Act.[369]
  • During the 2016 Presidential Campaign, he advocated for allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines. However, he has not so far implemented this plan.[note 21]
  • He supports paper backup ballots.[370]
  • On March 16th 2021, in a blow to Trump-worshipping anti-vaccination conspiracy theory movements such as QAnon, Donald Trump urged America to get vaccinated for COVID-19, calling it "safe" and "something that works".[371]

Iraq War?

See the main article on this topic: Iraq War

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.[372] 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.[373]

Then, during the election, Trump used 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.[374] 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".[375]

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

List of nicknames

Long live Emperor Trump!
—A Chinese fan on social media[376]

Donald Trump is a man of many nicknames: "The Donald",[377] "John Miller",[378] "John Barron",[379] "David Dennison",[380] "Don the Con",[381] "God-Emperor Trump",[382] "Mr. Brexit",[383] and Cadet Bone Spur.[384] One might also add "The Waanald", in light of his constant whining on Twitter and elsewhere whenever someone says something about him he doesn't like.

In China, he is also known as "Donald the Strong", "Grand Commander", and "Uncle Trump". Many Chinese despise the political correctness in Western societies and see themselves in Trump, whom they consider genuine, which is unusual for a politician. Another reason for their fondness of the head-of-state of a geopolitical rival is that Trump, unlike his predecessors, has no appetites for discussing human rights and democracy with China and prefers to discuss trade. Moreover, Trump seems to recognize that China, as well as its president Xi Jinping, as an equal.[376]

During the George Floyd protests, Trump hid in the White House basement and turned off the lights, a feat that earned him the nickname "Bunker Boy".[385]

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?[386]

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:

Similar people

  • Benito Mussolini: Trump has adopted from him, 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.[413] As President, these parallels are now no longer just parallels, but profoundly problematic executive policy.[414]
  • Silvio Berlusconi: Il Trump Italiano. Just subtract a foot of height and add underage Moroccan prostitutes.
  • Boris Johnson: British Trump, from the anti-Obama racism and anti-immigrant stances to the terrible hair and larger-than-life image as a media personality. As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris also caught flak for his less than stellar response to the coronavirus pandemic and tested positive for COVID-19.[415] He also purges members of his own party for disagreeing with his policies, causing some of his ministers to also resign in protest.[416][417] He also ran afoul of the Supreme Court, which unanimously found he illegally dismissed parliament to prevent them from scrutinizing his no-deal Brexit plan.[418]
  • Rodrigo Duterte: President of the Philippines who's also the oldest to be elected to their respective countries' highest office. 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 being in favor of the death penalty for drug users.[419]
  • Andrej Babiš:Wikipedia 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.[420][421]
  • Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's most dangerous man who 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, and he is a notoriously homophobic racist and misogynist, an incendiary reactionary on every social issue imaginable; he 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!"[422][423][424][425]
  • Doug Ford: Canadian premier of Ontario, a "businessman turned anti-establishment politician", a "son of a wealthy entrepreneur" who "rails against elites" and "often shuns expertise". But similar to Boris,[426][427] He also awards family friends and political allies with patronage,[428] and also attacks basic democracy by willfully ignoring court rulings in defiance of what the people say, as he changed the size of the Toronto city council to prevent them from voting against his policies in defiance of the courts saying such a thing was unconstitutional.[429]
  • Sebastián Piñera: President of Chile, another businessman-turned-chief of state, who resembles 2020-stage Trump, as an outright authoritarian who ordered the deployment of the military against peaceful protesters.
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan: President of Turkey, another bloviating, loud-mouth racist authoritarian who ushered in a rise in xenophobia, racism against minorities (Kurds), violence against leftists (mostly Kurds and Turks), and attempts to overturn election results that didn't go his way (i.e. redoing the mayoral election of Istanbul only to then have his party lose by an even bigger margin).
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Prime Minister of Israel, who used fearmongering tactics against Arabs and Muslims to get elected, conducted a sterilization programme against minorities (Ethiopian Jews for Bibi, ICE detainees for Trump), antagonized Iran to help his reelection efforts, caused a political crisis that reached downright authoritarian levels (Bibi trying not to get indicted for corruption while navigating Israel's parliamentary politics; just about every major policy for Trump), refused to vaccinate a huge segment of the population (Palestine for Bibi, all of America for Trump), and dealt with a corruption investigation while in office.
  • Narendra Modi: Prime Minister of India, infamous for presiding over thousands of race-related murders as Chief Minister of Gujarat, with many criticizing his inaction at best and his outright hateful language as escalating the crisis at worst. Just like Trump, he has deep ties to fascist thinkers and policymakers, his party is known for courting fascists (the BJP even came into being from a group that was actively inspired by Nazis), he inspired many of his followers towards racial violence, he dabbles in dehumanizing rhetoric that treats minorities like they're aliens, and he presided over a horrendous COVID policy of doing nothing to actually stop people from getting sick or dying.

See also

Spawn of Trump

Trump shell companies

Trump, the game

So, sue me.

Trump subsidiaries

  • Patrick Buchanan: A failed paleoconservative presidential candidate who shares many of the same nationalistic ideas about free trade, foreign policy, and immigration.[433] Naturally, he was an early and enthusiastic Trump supporter.[434] (Buchanan and Trump were opponents in the 2000 Reform Party presidential primaries.) And what do you know?[435]
  • Charles Coughlin: An American Catholic priest who became the granddaddy of right-wing populism, nationalistic demagoguery, and globalist conspiracies.
  • Paul LePage: I miss the old LePage, straight from the 'Go LePage, talkin' 'bout the soul LePage, set all his goals LePage,[436][437] I hate the new LePage, the bad mood LePage, the always-rude LePage, spaz in the news LePage[438][439][440][441]
  • Ron DeSantisWikipedia: Governor of Florida, who goes beyond just being a blowhard. He actively prevents masks and vaccines from being distributed, he refuses to lock the state down, he punishes government employees for accurately reporting on COVID deaths, and he dabbles in outright authoritarianism every time he feels threatened by regular people. He is the closest thing to a "Smarter Trump" that we can see.
  • 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.[442]
  • Richard Nixon: Who indirectly led to the bastard even having a chance at the presidency due to Roger Ailes and the Southern Strategy.
  • Sarah Palin: Basically a Nostra-dumbass. She foretold Trump without even knowing it.
  • 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.
  • Shinzō Abe: He is a far-right nationalist and former prime minister in Japan. He is often referred to as "Trump before Trump".
  • 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!)

External links

Trump language

Videos

Notes

  1. In the Senate, the vote to convict him was 57–43. While annoyingly not enough for rightful conviction, it still had the largest proportion of opposition voting to convict than ever before. Damn.
  2. Tech Times gives a brief rundown, not to mention the time when "Trump" wrestled "Rosie O'Donnell" in a painful moment for WWE.
  3. [...] I'm automatically attracted to beautiful [women] ... I just start kissing them, it's like a magnet. Just kiss ... I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything [to women] ... grab them by the pussy ... You can do anything.
    —Donald Trump
  4. But which dictator wasn't a Nobel prize nominee?[21]
  5. He actually did raise taxes a few times after, but don't tell the Republicans that. Either they won't believe you or deny it ... Actually, Reps forget a lot of things Reagan did, such as actually working with Mikhail Gorbachev
  6. Instead, an attempted fascist coup did over 100 years later![citation NOT needed]
  7. Remember, the Republicans used to be the abolitionist party.
  8. 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. It 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.
  9. 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 perfect 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.
  10. For I was an hungred, and ye sold me Trump Steak®: I was thirsty, and ye sold me Trump Water®: I was a stranger, and ye put me in a cage ... (paraphrased from Matthew 35:25).
  11. Although Trump did not win the popular vote.[212]
  12. 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 various 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.)
  13. 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."
  14. He faces lawsuits for possible violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
  15. In modern terms, synonym for reactionary
  16. That, or she is illiterate. Which isn't even out of the question, she may be that stupid ...
  17. Insane from the Republican party, who were on the edge of being slaughtered by a fascist mob.
  18. For a more in-depth and nuanced look on the deceptive promise of free trade, there is this excellent DW documentary.
  19. The worst trade deal in the history of trade deals, ever!
  20. Although on July 4th, 2019, he finally did get his parade – during which he made a speech where he strangely claimed that the US military "took over airports" during the War of 1812 ...
  21. It should be noted that this isn't necessarily a good idea. First off, the "state lines" thing isn't due to federal law – it's a state issue. Each state has its own rules and regulations for what it considers acceptable insurance policy levels; this is the cause of the so-called "state lines". Second, forcing a state to follow another state's lower policy levels could cause problems--this document summarizes these issues.
  22. Although the truthfulness of Tarrant's manifesto is disputed and some have claimed he was simply trying to cause division.

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  103. 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.
  104. New York judge finds Donald Trump liable for unlicensed school by Karen Freifeld (Thu Oct 16, 2014, 4:14 pm EDT) Reuters.
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  122. "When It Came To September 11 Charity, Billionaire Donald Trump Actually Had His Hand Out", The Smoking Gun 2.17.16.
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  126. 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.
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  129. Trump promised millions to charity. We found less than $10,000 over 7 years by David A. Fahrenthold (June 28, 2016) Washington Post.
  130. 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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  135. Trump Foundation Ordered by New York AG to Stop Fundraising by Katy Tur and Benjy Sarlin (Oct 3, 2016, 1:15 pm ET) NBC News.
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  148. As @DavidChalian implies, Trump knows nothing at all about what he calls "the plan". Never has more ignorance been stuffed inside one head. by @tribelaw (4:16 AM - 21 Apr 2017) Twitter.
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  150. Trump just proved he's a pathological liar. Which part is worse: The lying or the pathology? by Tom Toles (November 28, 2016) The Washington Post.
  151. Bernie Sanders: Donald Trump is 'pathological liar': 'He changes his mind every single day' by Ben Kentish (Friday 9 December 2016) The Independent.
  152. Trump made 30,573 false or misleading claims as president. Nearly half came in his final year. by Glenn Kessler (Jan. 23, 2021 at 3:35 p.m. PST) The Washington Post.
  153. We Asked a Psychologist Whether Donald Trump Is a Pathological Liar by Celeste Katz (May 04, 2016) Mic.
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  155. Harvard professor says there are 'grave concerns' about Donald Trump's mental stability: 'An apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality leads us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office' by Lucy Pasha-Robinson (Sunday 18 December 2016) The Independent.
  156. 8,000+ mental health professionals tell Sen. Schumer Trump is mentally ill and must be removed by Hal Brown (2017/01/30 · 06:57) Daily Kos.
  157. Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism
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  159. The psychiatrist who wrote the definition of narcissistic personality disorder says Trump doesn't have it: Calling the president 'mentally ill' is an insult to people who have genuine conditions, says Professor Allen Frances by Harry Cockburn (Thursday 16 February 2017 07:43 GMT) The Independent.
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  187. Donald Trump Even Lies About Being Swedish (He's Actually German): A Swedish website teases the world's most famous comb-over for continuing to peddle his grandfather's fake origin story by Michael Daly (03.24.16 10:02 PM ET) The Daily Beast.
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  202. In a new book, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen describes alleged episodes of racism and says president likes how Putin runs Russia by Ashley Parker & Rosalind S. Helderman (September 5, 2020, at 5:26 p.m. PDT) The Washington Post.
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  205. A Born-Again Donald Trump? Believe It, Evangelical Leader Says, The New York Times
  206. Trump says Bible is his favorite book but declines to share favorite verse by Eugene Scott (Updated 12:31 PM ET, Thu August 27, 2015) CNN. The book of Job, now back to work, you!.
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  212. It's official: Clinton swamps Trump in popular vote by Gregory Krieg (Updated 1034 GMT (1834 HKT) December 22, 2016) CNN.
  213. This is what we learned by counting the women's marches by Erica Chenoweth & Jeremy Pressman (Feb. 7, 2017, at 2:00 a.m. PST) The Washington Post.
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  233. Cuts to State will be reduced in final Trump proposal, Politico
  234. Rex Tillerson Is Running the State Department Into the Ground, Politico
  235. Trials for violent protest framed as Trump vs the resistance, AP
  236. Why are some US police forces equipped like military units?, The Guardian
  237. Trump's 'alarming' death penalty call threatens suspect's chance of fair trial, experts warn, The Guardian
  238. Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets, OPB
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  250. Trump migrant separation policy: Children 'in cages' in Texas, BBC
  251. ICE DETAINEE DIAGNOSED WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA SPENT 21 DAYS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, THEN TOOK HIS OWN LIFE, The Intercept
  252. Opinion: Migrant kids were stripped, drugged, locked away. So much for compassion. The Washington Post
  253. Pregnant women in ICE custody claim they miscarried due to ‘inhumane’ practices, New York Post
  254. Trump asked what black Americans have to lose by voting for him. His budget gives a clear answer. Vox
  255. Trump administration plans to minimize civil rights efforts in agencies
  256. Who Trump is banning from the US, illustrated, Vox
  257. Sessions outlines broad exemptions for religious freedom, POLITICO
  258. White House won’t let a pride flag fly on federal land for National Coming Out Day, LGBTQNATION
  259. Trump fires his HIV/AIDS council without warning & won’t explain why he did it, LGBTQNATION
  260. Donald Trump to become first president to speak at anti-LGBT hate group's annual summit, The Independent
  261. This Is Why The Erasing of LGBT Americans On The 2020 Census Matters, The Daily Beast
  262. Trump promised to be LGBTQ-friendly. His first year in office proved it was a giant con. Vox
  263. Trump administration amasses striking anti-LGBT record in first year, The Hill
  264. Trump funding cuts would imperil tens of thousands of women, activists warn, The Guardian
  265. Trump Escalates War on Women, Common Dreams
  266. Trump Administration Pushes Abstinence in Teen Pregnancy Programs, The New York Times
  267. Amid 'Epidemic' of Campus Sexual Assault, Women's Groups Decry Rollback of Protections by 'See No Evil Betsy Devos', Common Dreams
  268. EPA rolls back Obama-era coal pollution rules as Trump heads to West Virginia, CNN
  269. Trump administration seeks to muzzle U.S. agency employees, Reuters
  270. 6 Ways President Trump Wants to Hamstring the EPA, Mother Jones
  271. Trump’s Order May Foul U.S. Drinking Water Supply, Scientific American
  272. EPA analysis of its own new climate proposal: thousands of people will die, Vox
  273. Is Congress about to wreck America's natural treasures?, The Guardian
  274. Trump’s Job-Killing Plan to Kneecap the Solar Industry, Mother Jones
  275. White House to ask for 72 percent cut in renewable energy programs: report, The Hill
  276. Trump tried to illegally withhold disaster relief money from Puerto Rico, Vox
  277. Will Paris pull-out hurt Trump? BBC
  278. The Trump Administration Is Making It Easier for Puppy Mills to Hide Animal Abuse, GLAMOUR
  279. How Trump’s USDA Could Hurt Puppies, Mother Jones
  280. Goodbye, American education, Freethought Blogs
  281. Agency saved by DeVos appears to have accredited a college with no students, faculty or classrooms, salon
  282. TRUMP EDUCATION NOMINEE BETSY DEVOS LIED TO THE SENATE, The Intercept
  283. DeVos Has Not ‘Intentionally’ Visited a Struggling Michigan Public School, The New York Times
  284. Bombs, missiles falling at record pace in long-running Afghanistan war. USA Today.
  285. US airstrikes in Afghanistan near record high after Trump vows to hit enemy hard. Stars and Stripes.
  286. Trump, the War President, Leaves a Trail of Civilians Dead in Yemen. The Intercept.
  287. The Trump Administration's Air Strikes in Somalia Are On the Rise Again – and Civilians Are Paying the Price. TIME.
  288. Trump revokes Obama rule on reporting drone strike deaths. BBC News.
  289. Moving The US Embassy To Jerusalem: The Good, The Bad And The Unpredictable
  290. Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks, BBC
  291. Trump administration to impose crushing sanctions on Iran in defiance of European humanitarian concerns, The Washington Post
  292. White House-GCHQ row reveals a leader willing to alienate allies to save face, The Guardian
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  294. Democrats seize House control, but Trump's GOP holds Senate. Associated Press. November 7, 2018.
  295. This is the longest shutdown in US history, CNN
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  298. More than 140 journalists have been arrested or attacked by law enforcement during US protests, The Observers
  299. "Journalists Become Targets While Covering America’s Unraveling," Charlotte Klein, Vanity Fair
  300. "Trump revels in "beautiful sight" of law enforcement grabbing journalist," Kathryn Watson, CBS News
  301. "Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op," Tom Gjelten, NPR
  302. "The White House Tear-Gassed Protesters So Trump Could Have a Photo Op," Alison Durkee, Vanity Fair
  303. "Trump campaign demands story retractions on tear gas use," Al Jazeera
  304. "‘It was like being preyed upon’: Portland protesters say federal officers in unmarked vans are detaining them," Katie Shepherd and Mark Berman, Washington Post
  305. "Federal Officers Deployed By Trump Admin Are “Kidnapping” Protesters In Portland," Johanna Silver and Matty Greene, Now This News
  306. "Trump Sent Cops to Portland and They're ‘Kidnapping People off the Streets," Paul Blest, Vice News
  307. "Portland mayor tear-gassed by federal agents as protests continue," Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBCNews
  308. "A new investigation reveals Trump ignored experts on Covid-19 for months", Aja Romano, Vox
  309. "Trump officials ignored coronavirus warnings, ousted scientist says in complaint", Noam N. Levey and David S. Cloud
  310. "Trump attacked Fauci's advice and boasted of ignoring government experts in his coronavirus response", Mia Jankowicz, Business Insider
  311. "White House abandoned plan to send 650 million face masks across the U.S. in April, report says", Hannah Miao, CNBC
  312. "Federal Program to Supply Coronavirus Tests to Nursing Homes Led to Unexpected Costs and Testing Hell", Andrew Jacobs, New York Times
  313. "Of Course Trump Nixed a Masks Plan That Could've Eradicated COVID-19 in April", Bess Levin, Vanity Fair.
  314. "The White House Stopped the Post Office From Sending Out Free Masks", Claire Lampen, The Cut
  315. "An Oral History of the Pandemic Warnings Trump Ignored", Garrett M. Graff, Wired
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  317. Trump’s refusal to wear a mask is helping politicize a crucial tool for fighting virus. Boston Globe.
  318. "White House spokesperson confirms Trump is purging people: If we find them, we'll take appropriate action", John Haltiwanger, Business Insider.
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  321. "Trump Proceeds With Post-Impeachment Purge Amid Pandemic", New York Times
  322. "Trump held six indoor rallies after acknowledging the coronavirus was airborne", by Grace Segers and Nicole Sganga, CBSNews.
  323. "Please don't inject bleach": Trump's wild coronavirus claims prompt disbelief", Poppy Noor, The Guardian
  324. "It's irresponsible and it's dangerous': Experts rip Trump's idea of injecting disinfectant to treat COVID-19", Jane C. Timm, NBCNews.
  325. "Coronavirus: Outcry after Trump suggests injecting disinfectant as treatment", BBC
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  327. "Trump threatens to cut funding for schools, slams CDC reopening guidelines as too tough and expensive", Christina Wilkie, CNBC
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