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“”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.
|—Donald Trump, talking like a lobotomy patient whilst trying to assert how intelligent he is|
Donald John "Those Were Some Bad Hombres" Trump (b. 1946), a.k.a. "John Miller", "John Barron", "David Dennison", and "Mr. Brexit", Cadet Bone Spur, is an American (un)intentional comedian, honorary Russian Cossack, heel wrestling personality,[note 1] personality-cult leader,[note 2] Nobel Prize nominee,[note 3] and
potential second coming of Reagan current false-equivalency President of the United States. In the summer of 2015 he commandeered the Republican Clown Car, running on the hazy slogan of "Make America Hate Great Again".
Nowadays, Trump markets himself as a Turbo-Wingnut: he's a climate-change denier, is militantly pro-life, wants to toughen up America by building a Great Wall of Mexico, eliminating the Departments of Education, Commerce, and Energy (respectively), thinks vaccines cause autism, yada yada. His Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, had more sensible policies on all these issues. Regardless, this marks a substantial reversion of his earlier positions: Trump used to be pro-choice, pro-universal health care, and has donated more than half a million dollars to Democrats over the last two decades, including to the Wicked Witch of the East.
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.[note 4] In American terms, Trump is pretty much styling himself as the second coming of Andrew Jackson, complete with his plan for a new Trail of Tears. In turn, Trump actually appears to have secured the conspiracy theorist vote,[note 5] a demographic which, these days, appears to include both himself and his wife.
He's loud and
fleshy flashy. He's brash and a bit of a douchebag. He's a li'l bit sexist, a li'l bit homophobic,[note 6] and a li'l bit racist.[note 7] He has the complexion of a bruised orange.[note 8] That's the essence of his persona, and all that anybody really knows about this "blue-collar billionaire." For those who haven't swallowed his attempts at "branding" himself hook, line and sinker, it's obvious that Trump stopped being a real person sometime around the mid-1980s, around the time he allegedly developed a diet pill addiction. Trump's tendency towards using the hyper-superlative, combined with his severe disconnect from truth, give him one true superlative: he is an unsurpassed bullshit artist, which makes him an exceedingly difficult candidate for winning even a seemingly trivial libel lawsuit about his alleged net worth.
Trump's policies keep changing, but he has a consistent worldview, which is that everything is zero-sum. No, really. Thus — if you are weak, someone else is strong. That's the kind of worldview which abuses patriotism to justify xenophobia, consistently reasoning from false dilemma; if you're not working against other countries, then you're working against ours. If you don't want to torture Muslims, then you must hate your country.[note 9] If you'd seek out cooperation on global problems, then you must hate America by definition. To Trumpites, compromise is admitting defeat. An ideology of dominance swept into power by populism. Does that sound familiar?.
The substance of Trump's candidacy has been making dick jokes and period jokes,[note 10] and giving voice to the dark, hateful side of "took ur jerbs!". He won the most number of votes for (and against) him in Republican primary history, demolishing the previous record held by George W. Bush, and that's without spending much money on the race.[note 11] In a way, his supporters have treated this election as a piece of absurdist theater — politics has become Whose Line Is It Anyway?, where everything's made up and the points don't matter.
Following an escalating series of gaffes and scandals in the run-up to the Presidential election, many Republican leaders have withheld or renounced their support for his candidacy. He has also been condemned by everyone from Tic Tacs to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Despite all this, a convoluted electoral system saw Donald Trump elected President of the United States on November 8th, 2016. You wanted him, you got him.[note 12] Having single-handedly destroyed the Obama administration, the Clinton machine, the Bush dynasty, the Democratic Party, and the Republican Party in the span of 18 months, Trump is now focused on the United States. On Inauguration Day, Trump has the honor of having the single largest number of protesters in American history - the Women's March.
- 1 Listen up, Fives, a Ten is speaking!
- 2 It begins
- 3 2016 Presidential Run
- 3.1 Trust me with donated campaign money
- 3.2 Platform
- 3.3 Where did we go right?
- 3.4 Adults in the room
- 3.5 Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind
- 3.6 "I am the most militaristic person ever."
- 3.7 Stop and frisk
- 3.8 Assassinate Hillary Clinton
- 3.9 Rhetoric begets reaction
- 3.9.1 My demeaning comments towards women were just show business
- 3.9.2 "Hispanics love me!"
- 3.9.3 "Look at my African-American over here!"
- 3.9.4 "I love the Muslims!"
- 3.9.5 "Beautiful Jewish Baby!"
- 3.9.6 "I don't know who David Duke is."
- 3.9.7 "I will never, ever forgive [the voters]"
- 3.9.8 "If I lose, the election must be rigged!"
- 3.10 The victory parade
- 4 Your Mind Is My Puppet
- 5 The Russian connection
- 6 Melania Trump plagiarism controversy
- 7 Becoming the Swamp
- 8 Trumpocalypse
- 9 Trump Mania
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 Videos
- 13 Notes
- 14 References
Listen up, Fives, a Ten is speaking!
“”Trump found the flaw in the American Death Star. It doesn't know how to turn the cameras off, even when it's filming its own demise.
The more we've learned about his businesses this election cycle, the more Americans have come to realize he has some of the worst business instincts of any human being.
“”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.
Trump's connections with mob figures are old and run deep, according to journalist Wayne Barrett; they're mostly associated with his casino and
huge erections construction activities. 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. Trump has dragged his feet over releasing will never willingly release his tax returns, and Ted Cruz suggests those returns could show the extent of his mob dealings. Trump and some of his spawn have been named as material witnesses in a massive tax-avoidance scheme by mob-connected Felix Sater. As an aside, it has been reported that Trump himself paid no income taxes in 1978, 1979, 1984, 1992, and 1994.
Trump's connections to organized crime go back to shortly after his first forays into Manhattan real estate. Trump made friends with Roy Cohn, formerly Joseph McCarthy's lawyer during the McCarthy Senate hearings, but who by then was a mob lawyer. Cohn likely introduced Trump to Genovese crime boss Anthony Salerno.
In 1979, Trump hired a demolition contractor to take down the building at the future Trump Tower site. The contractor used illegal, non-union Polish workers who were exposed to asbestos. Though the site was a union site, there was no picket because it was a mob-controlled union; Trump knew that the Polish workers were illegal. Trump used overpriced concrete from companies controlled by Salerno and Gambino family crime boss Paul Castellano to build Trump Tower and Trump Plaza.
When Trump sought to build casinos in Atlantic City in 1982, he was able to hide his mob connections by persuading the New Jersey Attorney General John Degnan to only investigate him for the prior six months. At least one Trump company has been exposed as having ties to international money laundering from an ex-Soviet Union state, and it has been speculated that the Trump casinos may have been used for laundering prior to bankruptcy. Trump bought land in Atlantic City at an inflated price from hit men connected to Nicky Scarfo, of the Philadelphia crime family as well as purchasing or leasing other land that likely benefitted the Scarfo mob.
A Saudi prince claims he bailed Trump out twice when the mogul got into financial difficulties. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bought up a private yacht that Trump was forced to cede to creditors during the 1990's, and later helped buy a NYC hotel when Trump was short of funds a second time. Said Saud is now embarrassed by the association.
On January 1, 2017 Trump hosted and appeared on stage with Joey 'No Socks' Cinque at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. Cinque is a Gambino crime family-affiliate who was convicted of felony possession of a trove of stolen artwork.
“”He was the original "too big to fail."
|—Harry Hurt III, biographer|
“”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|
It's always been a bit of mystery just how much Trump buys into his own bullshit. He estimates his net worth at "over ten billion", which is impossible for him to prove but also impossible for anyone to disprove.[note 13] This is not just based on his assets (which are not terribly liquid) but also how he feels about his worth on a daily basis. The record really shows a middling businessman with a lot of structural advantages, who came out on top because of how rigged the system is. 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. This is relevant to his claim that he can do an exceptional job of running the US government, since he hasn't been truly tested in a situation with no fawning yes-men or training wheels.
Really, the reason the Trump Brand still exists and is fiscally solvent is because of his daughter Ivanka. Supposedly his sons are both dumbasses, but she is scarily intelligent. It was her idea to start selling off the name in exchange for royalties without having to put up the capital costs of construction and running a property, something which Donald opposed but is now the cornerstone of the company, since it's effectively free money. Ivanka is obviously worried about damage to the Trump brand, since she's tried to spin out a separate sub-brand; she's the one who staged a family intervention and convinced Dad to fire his campaign manager.
Trump's record on predicting economic recessions is also laughably bad:
- In 1999, he predicted an economic crash greater than the Great Depression.
- Then, in 2001, he reversed his position and claimed the US market was strong right before a minor recession hit.
- In 2005, he claimed the real estate market was strong, and followed this up with the launching of "Trump Mortgage" in 2006. Trump Mortgage subsequently went out of business when the housing market crashed the next year.
- In 2011, he predicted massive inflation, suggesting the price of a loaf of bread would soon be $25.
- And he has been predicting another recession since 2012...though this has been silent since his election.
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. He tried to have several of his Scottish neighbors evicted, including a local farmer by the name of Michael Forbes who refused an offer on his property. For this, Forbes was awarded "top Scot" award in 2012. 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) 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.
“”Even in New York, a city of shining spires to every kind of financial bullshit imaginable, it is illegal for Trump to claim that he can teach you anything.
Trump University was essentially a scam in which people were promised an education in real estate, by top experts picked by Trump himself, for an exorbitant "tuition". Salesmen were told to apply high-pressure tactics on vulnerable people. Some were encouraged to max out their credit cards, others had to cough up their disability money, etc. 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. He got a cut in return for these "institutions" being allowed to use his name.
An even bigger issue lies with name Trump University itself and its claims to offer certain degrees: graduate, postgraduate, and doctoral. This is in violation of New York law, which requires you to obtain a charter to call yourself a university. In 2014, the New York Supreme Court held that Trump was personally liable for running an unlicensed school and making "false promises" through his
university Trump Entrepreneur Initiative; this was confirmed by the testimony of a former salesperson and the court-released "Trump University Playbook." About 8000 former students are suing Trump U. in two separate class-action lawsuits, one of which involves the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act. In August 2016, Judge Curiel ruled that Trump must face a civil trial for fraud and racketeering under RICO, which automatically requires triple damages; things are looking very bad for Trump on this front.
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. 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 |
pyramid scheme multilevel marketing company
In 2009, Trump "partnered" with the founders of Ideal Health International (est. 1997), a multilevel marketing business, rebranding it as The Trump Network. "Partnering" in this case is just another Trumpian term of art, as it was yet one more Trump brand rental and he claimed not to be involved with the company's operations, even if what both he, company representatives and advertising for the network stated implied that there was an actual partnership "that was certain to lift thousands of people into prosperity"; after the brand rental came to an end in 2012, its assets were bought off by a Canadian and rebranded.
The "business", which consisted of selling a urine test device with customized vitamins, not only made investors lose money buying the highly overpriced products, but also buying customized infomercials in local TV channels.
Donald Trump has been called "the least charitable billionaire in the world". 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. Trump, who owns 40 Wall Street, actually received $150,000 for damages due to 9/11 from a special federal fund earmarked for "small businesses", despite the fact that the building wasn't damaged.
- His sons' schools
- Golf-related charities
- Celebrity-related charities
- Land donations with golf easements
- Asbestos-contaminated land from failed golf-course projects ("Donald J. Trump State Park")
As for real charities, Trump has a pattern of stiffing them: The Donald J. Trump Foundation has actually received more donations from a single other donor (World Wrestling Entertainment) than Trump himself contributed during the period 1990 to 2009 when he gave a paltry $3.7 million. In 2014, Trump personally gave $0 to his own foundation.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Jesus turns down friend request
“”"[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|
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. Eventually, Trump found one: "Two Corinthians" (he means Second Corinthians), which earned him an endorsement from Falwell Jr.
It also leads one to wonder how frequently he takes holy communion, despite Trump’s claim of "as often as possible" — quite the dedication to drinking red wine for someone who is also a teetotaler.
“”If Christians do vote for the nuclear weapon-loving Trump, they probably have a better chance of meeting God real soon…
“”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.|
Despite his status as a living meme, even Trump is no exception to the stopped-clock principle: he regularly calls out the neoconservatives and their hired help. His annihilation of the Club for Growth was also on point.
- Trump's comments on George Bush having advance foreknowledge 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 (even including self-confessed truther Alex Jones) to label him a "truther", although this isn't very accurate, as Trump backtracked from some of the advance knowledge comments. He also believes the famous “28 pages” redacted from the official 9/11 report were done so to please the Saudis, which would appear to be partially accurate.
- He once recorded an audio commentary for a film that is regarded as the greatest of all time by several critics. The name of said film? Citizen Kane, of course. You can find it on YouTube.
- On the bureaucracy front, he dropped a requirement that federal government agencies report on their Y2K preparedness 17 years after it came and proved to be a bit pile of nothing.
George H.W. Bush started this when he considered Trump for vice president and planted the idea in his head, not realizing that Trump was some kind of Cthulhu in the making and unknowingly screwing his second son out of the chance.
If there is anything this election has taught us, it's that Trump is playing Korean Starcraft while everyone else is playing checkers. He registered the slogan "Make America Great Again" six days into Barack Obama's second term. There has been some (mostly baseless) speculation that Trump's entire candidacy is revenge for Obama's Roast jokes.
Testing the waters
“”My audience, 90% of them, they support you.
|—Alex Jones to Trump, in a 2015 Infowars-exclusive interview|
Trump was a long-shot Republican contender for the 2012 Presidential nomination, so he could have run against Barack Obama. Then as now, Trump had no political experience, though he has a good deal of
bankruptcy business experience. Trump's ongoing activities were hard to reconcile with "conservative" positions: he owes a substantial portion of his wealth to his involvement in the gambling industry, and his apparel line is manufactured in the very country that he wanted to hit with punitive tariffs. In 2011, he also became the first presidential hopeful to use the word "fucking" in a speech.
When compared side-by-side with old Fox News personalities, it's pretty clear Trump was doing something akin to that (You suck, America! Now buy my book and I'll tell you why). Content to surf the media wave and pocket the donations, Trump didn't hesitate to jump on the birther bandwagon, demanding to see Obama’s long-form birth certificate. He also believes Bill Ayers ghostwrote Dreams From My Father.
He dropped out of the race after the aforementioned speech, which went against his work ethic heavily endorsed on The Apprentice. (Don't give up!) It can be speculated that this was an elaborate ruse to pump up the show in ratings. After NBC took The Apprentice off the air in '07, Trump returned to hawking steaks.[note 14]
2016 Presidential Run
“”I built a little empire out of some crazy garbage
Culled the blood of the exploited working class
|—They Might Be Giants|
Much to the dismay of GOP power-brokers and the delight of comedians everywhere, Trump declared in June 2015 that he is again running for POTUS on the 2016 Republican Presidential ticket. Blunders and confusion mark the Trump campaign, with some even going so far as to suggest that Trump may be suffering from Alzheimer's or senile dementia due to his age; since his father suffered from Alzheimer's before his death in 1999, this conspiracy theory isn't as far-fetched as it sounds...
Trust me with donated campaign money
Trump gave $35,000 to an advertising company called Draper-Sterling. Like, from Mad Men. The firm doesn't exist, and this is their address in New Hampshire. So far he has paid $4 million to himself for flying in his own plane, $200K to Trump Tower, and $400K to his
country club campaign headquarters in Palm Beach. Most hilarious is $1.8 million paid to the company making/distributing Trump hats, which is owned indirectly by Trump’s son Eric. Suspiciously much money ($6 million estimate) goes to Trump owned companies and Trump's family. Hillary Clinton joked, "What is Trump spending his meager campaign resources on? Why, himself, of course."
It's like Trump is skimming off the top, except his fundraising is so bad that the "top" is the whole thing. It's also unheard-of for a major party convention to be begging for $6 million at the last minute. These should be
huge yuge red flags to anyone.
“”They don’t really know or care what he stands for, only that he’s an extended middle finger at the hated political class and the national GOP. He FIGHTS!... His appeal to them isn’t so much ideological as it is nihilistic.
|—Rick Wilson, GOP strategist|
So the thing about Donald Trump is, he's full of shit. So the error you've made, as a sane human being, is giving any consideration to his idiotic ideas. The people are being conned and misled, as is so characteristic of Trump's schemes. He has a whole AOTD chapter dedicated to making promises, no matter how grand, by drawing on the emotional side of a person. Because this is when you can start working them.
|National Security||As with most of Trump's positions, the answer is "all of the above". (America can't afford to be the world's policeman. We need to expand the military.)
|Border security||Hispanic people are lazy and come here to get welfare and commit crime. Also they're stealing all our jobs.
|Foreign policy||It's abundantly clear he doesn't know anything about foreign policy.
|Economic plan||Get rid of NAFTA, NATO, NASA, the NAACP, and anything with an N.
|Environment||Jerry Brown tends to be frugal with his endorsements. Hearing Trump say asinine things regarding climate ("there is no drought!") must have pushed him over the edge.
But when it affects Trump's golf course, then climate change IS real, it IS happening, and urgent action must be taken.
|Energy||Trump wants to pull out of all climate agreements, get rid of environmental regulations, and increase the use of coal (which is not surprising, given his statement that "I have friends that own [coal] mines". Standard GOP pandering. He also states that he wants energy independence. He dislikes renewable energy, saying that "wind [turbines] kill all your birds" (a patently false claim — cats kill many times more birds) and that solar power doesn't work well (another absurd statement).
Wait... is he still using "America First"? (He's going with the Third Reich's "worker's party" thing too.) Can't tell if he is intentionally fucking with us, or is actually adopting Goebbels' playbook.[note 15]
|Healthcare||So, pretty much Obamacare except that the insurance |
For all of Trump's macho-man image, this is a remarkably pusillanimous plan. Trump's candidacy is based on ditching GOP orthodoxy, but this healthcare plan is a standard Republican nothingburger that is indistinguishable from what a lot of others have offered up. This indicates that Trump does not feel secure about his position in the nomination process, and is trying to signal to the establishment that he can adopt some of their stances, too.
|First Amendment||It's becoming of a bit of a running gag how Trump keeps threatening to sue people who are critical of him. (As you may have guessed, Trump rallies tend to be a gold mine for muckraking reporters.) So of course he wants to "open up the libel laws," which would completely undo the First Amendment, making it easier to sue media outlets that dare to criticize him.
Khizr Khan's claims at the 2016 Democratic National Convention that Trump had not read the US Constitution seemed to be reinforced by Trump's comments that Khan "had no right" to claim that he had not read the Constitution – clearly not reading the First Amendment, giving him the right to free speech.
Is someone protesting in a way Trump doesn't approve of, such as burning an American flag? The solution is simple: lock them up for a year or strip them of their citizenship - although the Supreme Court might take issue with the legality of such a move. Come to think of it, Trump took issue with this strategy until he got elected
|Abortion||It sounds like the main takeaway from Paul Ryan's sit-down was that Trump agreed to nominate pro-lifers to the Supreme Court. In 1999, Trump said that while he hated the concept of abortion, he viewed himself as "very pro-choice."
At that aforementioned event in Wisconsin, Trump floated an idea to punish women who seek abortions. While speaking with MSNBC host Chris Matthews about how he would enforce it, he very quickly reversed the statement to say that he would make the procedure illegal and punish doctors who do so. The best part was when he said that penalties for abortion should not apply to men. Shhhhh... Trump is pointing out the inherent contradiction in the conservative platform.
|LGBT rights||While lukewarm on LGBT people getting married and serving openly in the military, in 2000 he concluded that “‘Don't ask, don't tell’ has clearly failed,” and even blasted Pat Buchanan for engaging in the sort of chicanery which Trump is now. Flash-forward:
|Second Amendment||In the course of a single convoluted sentence, he managed to say we shouldn't have guns in classrooms, we should have guns in classrooms, switched back to we shouldn't, and then finally wound up saying we should. The secret service had a word with Trump after he claimed that "the second amendment people" should go out and shoot Hillary Clinton.
Trump and Obama/Hillary at least agree on one point: he is against allowing people on the no-fly list to buy guns, even if they have not been convicted of a crime. Weakness on guns combined with anti-Latino rhetoric could possibly open up Texas, so expect this to be backtracked in a few days or hours.
|IRS||With Trump cratering in the polls, he suggested that we repeal the Johnson Amendment of 1954, which prohibits tax-exempt organizations (namely churches) from purchasing and running political ads. Nobody seriously expects the IRS to enforce the law, but it's meat that Trump is throwing to the evangelical wing and they're eating up like fools. He needs them now, because a lot of them are threatening to sit out the election. Voting for a thrice-married adulterer isn't their thing.
Trump wouldn't be able to change the law via executive action (tax law is Congress's domain), but he could order the IRS not to enforce the ban, which would amount to the same thing. That being said, it would be hilarious if American mosques started electing more Muslims to public office.
It has been noted that Trump only complains about lack of due process when it pertains to people that he is supporting. Trump once took out a full-page New York Times advertisement calling for the execution of the Central Park Five, and continued to call them guilty even long after the accused were fully exonerated based on DNA evidence.
... and that, boys and girls, is how a pro-choice liberal in a shitty toupee stole the Republican Presidential Nomination.
Where did we go right?
Trump accumulates a few nuggets of cocktail party knowledge about political topics (7-11 was an inside job!) and sort of freewheels through it while trying to steer the conversation back to the main talking points, which are Building Stuff and Making America
White Great Again®. On Baltimore, he knows that people torched a Rite-Aid. On climate change, he knows the difference between climate and weather, kind of. Someone back at headquarters didn't know there were two different organizations called "La Raza" and sent out orders to use that defense in the Trump U. case. Trump was endorsed by the National Enquirer and has parroted their "journalism" as fact, like the thing about Cruz's father and JFK. (Also, the only person directly quoted in the Enquirer hit piece is Roger Stone, who also wrote a book on how he thinks LBJ killed JFK and regularly makes appearances on Infowars.) His responses on China actually betray a sort of thought process: what he's advocating sounds like an intentional invocation of Nixon's Madman Theory, and Nixon went to China, so we guess in Trump's head those things are somehow directly related. His wife Melania's speech to the Republican National Convention was supposed to cap the RNC with a sincere defense of her husband. Instead, part of it was grabbed from Michelle Obama.
There's actually considerable biographical evidence that Trump is serious about Building Stuff: sources close to him claim that he was deadly serious about the wall; the reason he likes it is that it gives him a physical thing to focus his imagination on, and he is not generally interested in abstractions. As you'll note below, interviewers can get Trump to agree to pretty much anything, as long as they frame it as something novel. He genuinely has no clue how the Executive Branch is run.
Situations keep arising for him to show what kind of leader he would make, and he keeps fumbling them; he lives in the moment and doesn't seem capable of long-term planning. The way he handled the Orlando situation is probably the best example of this. Any credible Republican would spit-roast Clinton over the e-mail server and coast to the White House. Trump, instead, will posit that Bill had a bathroom quickie with Coney while the pair of them giggled about how they faked the moon landing and poisoned the populace with fluoride. Any legitimate criticism of Clinton just gets lumped in with his never-ending miasma of conspiracy theory horseshit ("people are talking about" and "I'm just asking").
Adults in the room
Trump's "short list" for vice president included Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Ivanka Trump,[No, not The Onion] Joni Ernst, Bob Corker,[Who?] Sarah Palin, Donald Trump,
John Kasich, Nikki Haley, Joe Scarborough, and Jan Brewer. On July 15, he announced that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana would be the nominee.
Meanwhile he's been assembling a team of the worst politicians you can imagine. Corrupt shit-bags like Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich, ratfuckers like Roger Stone, and now Rick Scott—though really none of these people made it to the White House.
Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind
“”They've been tailoring the suit for years. It just happens to fit Trump perfectly.
|—Sam Seder, The Majority Report|
“”I’ve got to mow my lawn.
|—Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ) on skipping the Republican National Convention|
Bircher tactics work. If this election is a litmus test, then the entire Republican party failed it. And that really gets to the heart of the problem: The "Silent Majority" has always held these beliefs under the surface. They've not been very politically active; they're too busy hating the world for changing to even bother voting. But now, Trump has re-activated that base. This is right in Trump's own wheelhouse anyway. People forget that Trump joined the Reform Party back in 1999.
So now, left with no Bush or Cruz, they've swallowed hard and endorsed Trump. But you can tell their endorsements are half-hearted. Trump might be a big player in New York real estate, but he's not a team player—the dressage crowd who somehow manage all to be related to one another (yep, even Obama is related to some of our famous political leaders). Adding to that, this is a guy who flaunts his wealth like someone who just won the lottery and has a gold-plated stroller for his kid. It's taking everything the party holds dear—capitalism, family values—and turning it into a reality TV joke.
It was expected to have down-ticket effects that the GOP are not happy with. Not only was Trump capable of fumbling the presidency right into Clinton's hands, he was thought to cost the GOP significantly in the legislature. Polls had Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson getting creamed by Russ Feingold in no small part because Johnson can't step out of the shadow of Trump. And Trump's poisoning of the GOP won't stop after the election. Nobody knows how Paul Ryan is going to rebuild his image after an hour or more of accumulated footage where he weakly endorses Trump while simultaneously disavowing everything he says. And Christie... wow. Where to even start? He went from a contender for the White House to the guy who fetches McDonald's for the blowhard who claims he saw radical Muslims in Christie's own state cheering on 9/11.
The party is already fissured, and if enough people voted Trump in, career politicians would have to adopt platforms more in line with Joe Sixpack if they want to be electorally successful. And with Antonin Scalia's death, the stakes were just too high to let the presidency slip away. But when they thought that they're going to lose the presidency—and suffer serious losses in the fall—the party is finally ready to take their medicine. Like a gangrenous leg you must amputate. They are in for a very unpleasant time in Cleveland (As long as everyone is armed, we'll be fine!), and Trump will run as a zombie, but the party will emerge more-or-less intact.
Trump embodies every stereotype the left has tried to stick Republicans with for years. It will be impossible to deny your party is sexist and racist when he is the standard bearer for it. Actually, not impossible. There are plenty who still deny it. Republican talking heads are half-entertaining rumors that Trump, a longtime friend of the Clintons, is actually one of the most successful political double agents ever planted. It's easy to see the appeal of this theory: it's painful for conservatives to admit the party is getting its just deserts for pandering to cretins; they'd rather just pretend that it's due to Hillary's witchcraft.
"I am the most militaristic person ever."
In July 2015, Trump set the tone for the race with an attack on John McCain's military record, declaring:
“”He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured.
Trump's Vietnam-era record was one of a series of draft deferments (including studying real estate at the University of Pennsylvania). This was parallelled by a seemingly unusual conversion of his fitness to serve from 1-A (available to serve) before college to 1-Y (only in time of emergency) to 4-F (unfit to serve) after college, citing a bone spur in the foot, though he no longer recalls which foot. Trump doubled down on his comments, causing Rupert Murdoch to disavow him, although Roger Ailes hadn't let up (until he was fired). McCain eventually had to apologize to Trump (!) for calling his supporters crazies, which provoked this entire exchange. Whoever bought his soul is going to be disappointed at how tiny it is.
So, according to Republican voters, a Vietnam vet with multiple purple hearts gets swiftboated, but a trust fund kid who mocks prisoners of war for getting caught gets a pass.
Stop and frisk
Nowhere was Trump's ineptitude on greater display then in the first debate when Trump argued in support of New York City's Stop-and-Frisk ordinance. In his rambling policy proposal, Trump showed he didn't understand the difference between local, state, and regional issues, and the limits of federal and presidential power. New York City's Stop-and-Frisk law was an anti-gun measure based on the idea that people don't kill people, guns do. Trump vehemently argued in support of this entirely local issue while campaigning for federal office, after having secured the backing of the National Rifle Association.
Then, in an effort to show understanding of African Americans' issues and concerns, Trump made the statement that Obama's hometown of Chicago had 4000 shootings since Obama came to Washington. In fact, Chicago had 4000 shootings in just the past year, and Trump was arguing for federal legislation to disarm law abiding citizens.
Trump's fellow RINO Rudy Guilliani, who evidently advised Trump on these alleged "facts", defended the stupidity while displaying his own total ignorance of America outside the New York media bubble and the New York City political milleu.
Assassinate Hillary Clinton
Trump made an ambiguous statement which has been interpreted as a call to assassinate Hillary Clinton.
“”"If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people… maybe there is, I don't know. But I'll tell you what, that will be a horrible day."
|—Actually not The Onion|
Another day! Another Trump gaffe! As expected, the usual cadre of Trump sycophants were on-hand to explain why a man who speaks his mind and says what every one is really thinking didn't actually mean what he said.
“”I fear that an unbalanced person hears that in this inflamed environment and, God forbid, thinks that was a threat. I certainly take it as a threat, I really do, and Trump needs to apologise
|—Tony Schwartz, author of [Trump’s book] The Art of the Deal|
And he did it again! Mirroring a Tweet he'd made all the way back in January, Trump once more implied that Hillary Clinton's bodyguards should be disarmed and that she should see what happens to her:
“”She’s very much against the Second Amendment. She wants to destroy your Second Amendment. Guns, guns, guns, right? I think what we should do is, she goes around with armed bodyguards like you have never seen before. I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons, they should disarm. I think they should disarm immediately. Take their guns away. She doesn’t want guns. Let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away, OK, it would be very dangerous.
The above quote is also a great example of the way Donald Trump talks.
Rhetoric begets reaction
“”I’ve got black accountants… Black guys counting my money! I hate that. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.
|—A former-Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino executive quoting Trump|
Trump's problem is his rhetoric. He is continually pushing the Overton window to his advantage, while exhibiting an "alarming willingness to use fascist themes and styles," according to the father of fascism studies. (Most infamously, he retweeted and endorsed a quotation from Benito Mussolini, and when confronted about it, said "What difference does it make?") Extreme rhetoric has consequences: In general, Trump's rallies have inspired, or outright incited, an uptick in violence from his supporters all over the nation, including from his own security guards and campaign staffers. Protesters and journalists are often the intended targets. Even when there's no violence, he expresses disappointment at the peace. It's gotten so bad, Trump actually entertained political assassination of Hillary Clinton to keep her from appointing Supreme Court Justices, prompting the Secret Service to host a private meeting with him over his remarks.
The earliest signs of Trump's racism can be found with his father Fred's management of The Trump Management Corporation (TMC), including violating the Fair Housing Act by preventing African Americans from renting at his properties; for Donald, this began at the time he took control of TMC from his father. When and if this discrimination ceased is a bit murky, but lasted at least until at least 1975, and possibly as late as 1983.
Guys like Marco Rubio are unable to court Trump supporters, because Rubio would never come out and refuse to condemn the KKK—even though he knows that Klansmen vote Republican. Trump can somehow not condemn the KKK and condemn them in the same day and not alienate anybody in his base:
I don't know anything about what you're even talking about... Did he endorse me, or what's going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.
Remember, a Mexican guy was beaten nearly to death in Boston last year by folks who said they did it because of Trump. Trump didn't denounce that behavior, he just said his supporters were passionate. Just as he has an "out" when people question him about his comments on Mexicans (I'm just talking about the illegals!) and Muslims (I'll only ban Muslim visitors temporarily!). The general election is months away. Trump will refute these allegations for a week or so, and then people will be tired of talking about it.
My demeaning comments towards women were just show business
“”In the future, if you're wondering: "Hillary can't satisfy her husband," is when I decided to kick your ass.
In the course of the GOP debates, he openly insulted the looks of his party’s sole female contender, Carly Fiorina, the menstrual cycle of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, and suggested Hillary Clinton got “schlonged” in her 2008 Democratic primary loss to Barack Obama. In response, voters live-tweeted their periods to him.
His followers harassed Kelly with unoriginal and sexist slurs after Trump decided not to partake in the Fox News debate. Even the media have their role to play: when Kelly cut her hair, everyone knew it was in preparation for her rematch with The Don. Bill Maher was right on the money when he said that if Republicans were smart, they would be running Megyn Kelly.
In response to an ad that slut-shamed his wife, that the Make America Awesome Super-PAC released, Trump proceeded to attack Ted Cruz's wife. Yes, Trump attacked someone who had nothing to do with the ad. Yes, he couldn't be bothered to read the fine print on the ad that clearly said "not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee."
“”The thing about the Republican’s words isn’t that they’re explicit or graphic. It’s that they’re misogynistic, coercive, abusive, and dehumanizing. And as my colleague David Graham notes, illegal: The candidate is describing forcing himself on women, bragging that they’re disinclined to object because of a power structure on which he knowingly capitalizes. Framing this as lewd, even extremely so, is a reminder of the frequent reluctance to name sexual assault.
“”So Trump’s position is “I boast about sexually assaulting women, but when women confirm that is true, they are liars, because I was just lying all those times, and you must believe I am telling the truth, because whatever is convenient for me to say in this very moment weighs much more than what they say with witnesses, confirmation, etc., just as I weigh much more than the people I assault.”
One of the women who complained that Trump groped her is suing for defamation and insists she is not a liar. As of 2016, as many as 16 women have accused Trump of sexually assaulting them. Some of these 16 women have corroborating evidence, Trump and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the contrary. How will Americans succeed in respecting the office of president?
"Hispanics love me!"
During his speech in which Trump announced his bid for the presidency, Trump gained notoriety for saying (among other things):
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems ... When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best ... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
Naturally, such comments produced outrage among most decent people worldwide. When asked to retract his statements following protests against him at the US-Mexico border,[note 16] Trump refused, saying that "the Hispanics love me!" and that "they were chanting for me at the airport!" Like the Muslims dancing on 9/11 that Trump keeps talking about, this did not happen.
Ivanka Trump later wrote a letter to Trump in private to "clarify" his position, claiming that "When Mexico sends its people" was referring to illegal immigration and not all Mexicans. When asked what the statement said, Ivanka said that:
... my father has a tremendous relationship with people of Hispanic descent. You know, this is — this is something that personally was very hard for me because I know how many friends my father has who are Hispanics, how many people work at our company who are Hispanic ... He said that, you know, how many Hispanic friends he has and how many — how fortunate we are to have so many great Hispanic people working for us.
Trump was invoked by the perpetrators of a hate crime in Boston, in which two brothers assaulted a Hispanic homeless man and urinated on him before leaving him to die. While Trump's first tweet condemned the action, he followed it up with:
I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country. They want this country to be great again. But they are very passionate. I will say that.
His campaign manager followed up in an interview:
We would never condone violence. If that’s what happened in Boston, by no means would that be acceptable in any nature. However, we should not be ashamed to be Americans. We should be proud of our country, proud of our heritage, and continue to be the greatest country in the world.
"Look at my African-American over here!"
Trump uses made-up statistics from a neo-Nazi group suggesting that a high proportion of murders involve black people killing white people. Trump also cited unfounded statistics based on answers to loaded questions from "a virulently anti-Muslim organization" called the Center for Security Policy to suggest that American Muslims are more violent and more accepting of Sharia than they really are.
Nope, not done yet. During a rally, when his supporters beat up a black protester while chanting "USA!" Trump can be heard demanding "Get him out of here!" while later insisting that the protester "should have been roughed up." True to his word, when Trump next sent his security guards to rough up another protester, one of his
stormtroopers supporters let his excitement get the best of him and belted a “Sieg Heil!” as the uppity negro was dragged away. (You could also hear another one say "Light the motherfucker on fire!")
At another rally, Trump kicked out thirty black students... for being black. Literally no reason other than being black attendees at his rally; they weren't even protesting this time!
"I love the Muslims!"
Trump repeatedly claims without much evidence that American Muslims celebrated 9/11, but what Trump advocates would be much worse. Trump argues we should ban all Muslims from heading to America, including Muslim American citizens, something even Dick Cheney ("Here's a guy who did a rotten job as Vice-President...") would not advocate. Joe Scarborough had to cut him off on his show.
"Beautiful Jewish Baby!"
Even Bibi Netanyahu thinks Trump is out of his tree? It's beautiful that Muslims and Jews can come together in their shared opposition to Donald Trump. Maybe Trump is what we need to achieve peace in the Middle East, sort of like Ozymandias' squid creature in Watchmen.
Trump supports a mandatory identification database for Muslim Americans. When asked about the parallel of requiring registration of, well, Jews, Trump's ambiguous answer/non-denial was, "What do you think?" For what it's worth, Trump's daughter has converted to Judaism, so file this one with "Dick Cheney puts votes ahead of his gay daughter".
"I don't know who David Duke is."
Trump's press events and rallies are magnets for cranks of all varieties. The great thing about Trump is he can be whatever you want him to be: Ronald Reagan for the normal republicans, Pinochet for the libertarians, Hitler for the fascists, Jefferson Davis for the paleocons, and a Prussian despot for the NRx!
- Take Jim Sherota of Alabama, a Walter Mitty-type who stumbled into the spotlight at a rally when he told the press that he hoped President Trump would turn the border into a hunting resort and offer citizens a $50 prize for every illegal immigrant they could kill.
- American ayatollah Pat Buchanan, 2000 Reform Party presidential nominee, has been consistently bullish on Trump's campaign. Oddly, in 2000 Trump refused a nomination from the Reform Party, singling out the presence of "neo-Nazi" Buchanan as a reason for his refusal.
- Jim Gilchrist, head of the Minutemen border posse, has also jumped Trump's bones, thrilled to have finally found a candidate as anti-immigrant as himself.
- Janusz Korwin-Mikke, the Polish politician who supports Brexit and thinks the Holocaust would have been preventable if every Jew had a gun(?), also offers his support for Trump because “Clinton is supported by the Jews.”
- Marine Le Pen: Leading French racist endorses leading American racist. Read all about it. (She took offense at being compared to him last Autumn. Wonder what changed her mind.)
But it's not just the crypto-fascists who love him: Real Neo-Nazis of the swastika-waving, Jew-baiting, race war-daydreaming variety have jumped onboard, too! In a one-week analysis by Twitter analysis firm Little Bird has found out that a whopping 62% of Trump's retweets have been from accounts which believe in white genocide alone, and 58% of the top white supremacist accounts on Twitter follow Donald Trump.
- The chairman of the American Nazi Party loves Trump's racist proposals, but dismisses him as a candidate because he doesn't believe Trump could actually accomplish any of them.
- He has retweeted user @keksec_org, a white supremacist who quotes such wonderful people as Geert Wilders just as often as he does Trump, and frequently refers to "the feeble mind of the American Negro" when he is criticised on Twitter.
- KKK Grand Wizard Emeritus David Duke has praised Trump's supposed fight against "Jewish domination of the media", despite the fact that Trump is professedly pro-Israel and has no problems at all with his daughter converting to Judaism. (Trump disavowed Duke, but didn't seem to think association with an actual Brownshirt was that big a deal.)
- Representatives of the Council of Conservative Citizens, an unreconstructed segregationist outfit that helped to incite the 2015 terrorist attack in Charleston, have also endorsed Trump.
- According Andrew Anglin on the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, "The Donald has once again proven ... that 'make America great again' is code word for 'race war.'" Stormfront founder Don Black has publicly credited him with reviving white nationalism in America, and pledges that the machine set in motion by Trump 2016 will outlast the businessman's candidacy even if he drops out. Thanks, asshole. The Anti-Defamation League also thinks Trump stirred up racism and made ugly types of racism more acceptable.
- Ironically, although Trump has compared his rival Ben Carson to a child molester, he himself has won the coveted endorsement of neo-Nazi child molester (and erstwhile al Qaeda supporter) August Kreis III.
- A segment of PBS Newshour showing first-time voter Grace Tilly and her family failed to report on some interesting tattoos on their hands: an 88 tattoo (numerical code for "Heil Hitler" in the neo-Nazi community) and Odin's Cross, a white nationalist symbol. Both symbols are listed as neo-Nazi hate symbols by the Anti-Defamation League.
- Birgitt Peterson, a 69-year-old woman from Yorkville, Illinois, appeared in the Chicago Tribune doing a Nazi salute. Peterson, born in West Berlin, alleged that she took offense to counterprotestors calling her a Nazi; therefore, she said "If you want to do it right, you do it right" and did a Nazi salute. Remarkably, this stunt backfired, with the image circulating on the internet showing alleged neo-Nazis at Trump's rallies (an allegation Peterson denies). Donald Trump, Jr., decided to weigh in on the debate, retweeting an allegation that this was the work of Bernie Sanders supporter Portia Boulger (despite Peterson being identified in the original Chicago Tribune report) and alleging that this was part of a vast left wing conspiracy against Trump, Sr., deleting his tweet without apologizing or even acknowledging his mistake. This has led to the hashtag #ApologizeTrumpJr. Trump immediately apologized for his mistake... two weeks after he had posted the picture up originally.
- Trump tweeted a picture of Hillary Clinton with what appeared to be a Star of David and a giant pile of cash, accusing Clinton of being the most corrupt politician ever. Trump decided to counter allegations of antisemitism, blaming the "dishonest
Jewish-runmedia" for distortion, and describing the star used as a "basic star", a sheriff's badge, or a label from a Frozen coloring book. The fact that the image originally appeared on 8chan's version of /pol/, and contained the watermark of @FishBoneHead1—whose racist, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic tweets on geopolitics have been in plain sight on Twitter until recently—was just a coincidence.
- Trump's final 2016 campaign ad featured a variety of antisemitic dog whistles, with Hillary Clinton and three powerful Jews (financier George Soros, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein) being the targets.
- To top off the above; as of November 2nd, the official KKK
ragnewspaper — The Crusader — openly endorses Trump for president.
"I will never, ever forgive [the voters]"
“”Can you imagine how badly I'll feel, if I spent all of that money, all of this energy, all of this time — and LOST?
|—Trump, explorer of the impossible|
On August 13th, 2016, Trump coldly stated that he would "never, ever forgive" the voters of Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio if they didn't pull the right levers for him on election day. Sensing the changing mood in the crowd, he quickly blurted out that he loved them anyways and changed the topic; a move that was met with prolonged booing.
"If I lose, the election must be rigged!"
“”If Mr. Trump is suggesting that a conspiracy theory is being propagated across the country, including in places like Texas, where typically it's not Democrats who are in charge of voting booths, that's ridiculous. That doesn't make any sense, and I don't think anyone takes that seriously.
|—Obama, on Trump's accusation that the election is one big scam|
Trump refused to say one way or the other if he would concede the election if he lost. Rick Hasen of the University of California described Trump's comments as, “appalling and unprecedented” and fears there could be "violence in the streets from his supporters if Trump loses."
The victory parade
- Russian President Vladimir Putin
- The KKK
- Prominent Salafist groups (including the Taliban, al-Qaeda and DAESH)
- The European far-right, including Geert Wilders, Golden Dawn Party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris and National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen
- Right-wing Israeli populists
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
- Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey
Your Mind Is My Puppet
“”Never has more ignorance been stuffed inside one head.
|—Laurence Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School|
The alarming nature of Trump's continuing behavior has gotten so bad since the election that psychologists have been breaking the so-called Goldwater rule in the American Psychiatric Association's code of ethics against giving a clinical analysis of someone who is not their patient. John D. Gartner, a psychotherapist who formerly taught at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, has explicitly broken the rule without caveat in order to warn the public of Trump's dangerousness. Gartner said, "Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president." Gartner diagnosed that Trump has "malignant narcissism", an extreme mix of narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, aggression, and sadism. Many other mental health professionals have also expressed their concern over Trump's mental state. 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. Dr. Allen went further to state, "He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers."
In February of 2017, New Republic even (admittedly speculatively) noted that Trump appears to meet certain behavioral signs associated with neurosyphilis.
“”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.
The biggest Overton shift this year has been anyone believing that Donald Trump is "anti-establishment."[note 17] Liberals and conservatives are just wired differently. Republicans generally respond better to displays of strength and forthrightness, whereas Democrats generally respond better to bipartisanship and compassion. For better or worse, Trump looks at life like buying a used car. You go in with bluster and threaten to walk if they don't give you what you want.
With that in mind, it's no surprise that the candidate with the best “tell it like it is” game on Twitter and in debates is pulling ahead. It's a strategy in touch with the perceptions of the GOP base. Many still think that Romney had the general election sealed up, but choked. It's why Don's portrayal of his opponents as boring, dumb, nerdy, losers, low-energy, chokers or "choke artists" have been so effective.
In the minds of the base, it's never been the case that the country has become more progressive, or that 12 years of Bushes was more regime change and Reaganomics than voters ever wanted. Nope, the perception is that McCain, Romney, Bush, Rubio—these candidates all “choked,” in concert with the American people wanting them all to be President but just not knowing it yet. They're all presumed guilty of giving the country two more Democratic terms based on supposed personal and strategic failures, never on a disconnect between what voters wanted and what these candidates were selling. The RNC propping up Romney (again!) in opposition to Trump shows that they can't even grasp this basic fact about their own voters.
In Trump's defense however, Trump saved us from another Bush presidency whom Hillary probably would have had more trouble with.
Sound and fury, signifying nothing
“”Somewhere, in the brimstone-caked cave where the universe weaves the threads of American politics, someone decided to give a Republican base hungry for a return to the 1980s a candidate born of and longing for that decade.
The slogan "Make America Great Again" can mean entirely different things for two people who agree on most issues, let alone for millions of people with much more varied views.
It's a fantastic slogan, because "Make America Great" doesn't mean a damn thing. It's like "support our troops". What's the converse of that? How do you rebuke a statement like that? You can't. (That's the whole point of a slogan.)
Trump's basically inviting you to pick your own evidence as to how it "isn't great" (tacit agreement) and then to fix your own temporal horizon as to when it was "great." Naturally, people will focus on a time in their own lives when things were great, and so someone who promises to restore them to that position generates a positive reception. Nostalgia is a powerful sales tool; look how many advertisers plug into it.
It's difficult to argue against that sentiment. What's the alternative? A campaign based on Let's Not Make America Great Again. If you confront it directly, you end up having to embrace it as Trump's opponents are doing. "Make America Whole" and "Make America Awesome" don't have quite the same ring, though.
“”We won with the poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.
|—The Donald, immediately after winning Nevada|
According to Rolling Stone, the guy-at-the-end-of-the-bar theory of Trump is increasingly true, in that he will say whatever is the opinion of Ordinary Americans—you know, idiots—sitting in a sports bar. His followers on Facebook were rated as the least grammatical of any candidate (12.6 mistakes per 100 words), barely edging out Rick Santorum (11.5 per 100).
Everyone knows politicians speak in shorthand. Newspapers seldom print whole speeches these days, so speeches are typically anchored around vacuous sound bites. Trump goes one step further by talking at a third-grade reading level. Everything is "terrible", "terrific", "fantastic", "horrible", "loser", "yuge", i.e., pure hyperboles. This is coming from a man who literally uttered the words "I have a very good brain" and "I went to an Ivy League school, I know so many words, I have the best words." In a statement bragging about his vocabulary, he used the word "words" instead of "vocabulary". (Palin again. I read all the best newspapers!) He tends to use a particular set of words or one simple talking point which he repeats mostly unchanged multiple times during the same thought:
The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. When they say they don't care about their lives, you have to take out their families.
I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border.
I’m a very smart guy, I went to the best college, I had good marks. I was a very smart guy, good student. [...] I was a really good student at the best school. I’m like a smart guy [...] If I were a liberal Democrat, people would say I’m the super genius of all time. The super genius of all time.
My whole life is about winning. I always win. I win at golf. I’m a club champion many times at different clubs. I win at golf. I can sink the three-footer on the 18th hole when others can’t. My whole life is about winning. I don't lose often. I almost never lose.
“”“I’m not saying that’s a good thing, and in truth it probably says something perverse about the culture we live in. But I’m a businessman, and I learned a lesson from that experience: good publicity is preferable to bad, but from a bottom-line perspective, bad publicity is sometimes better than no publicity at all. Controversy, in short, sells.”
|—The Art of the Deal (1987)|
Trump has mastered the technique of False Conviction: you can get away with parodying ultra right-wing opinions if you remain absolutely committed to it. Donald will say things where it's clear he's being deliberately contrarian, but he will sell it as if it's his own full name.
The fact of the matter is that the media blew their load too early. Trump laid the bait and they could not resist: Illegal immigrant rapists, John McCain, disabled reporter, KKK disavowal, Lewandowski, Taco bowl,[note 18] John Miller, history with women, and so much more. He has systematically made the media attack him on issues which the public sees as minor or deceiving. He's built the armor himself. A great example of this was when he said more British Muslims join ISIS than the British military. The Guardian, in its rush to Stump Trump, reported that 640 Muslims joined the military but only 440 have joined ISIS (if you don't count the ones that died or came back). While they're back-slapping each other for stumping that plastic American celebrity, everyone who reads that is seeing Trump's actual point being reinforced with hard numbers from a paper that clearly hates him, "so it must be true". This is part of why voters like him and think he “speaks truth to power.”
We shall overcomb
“”He’s always been that guy, and you denied it and ignored it and hand-waved it away and made excuses every step of the way because you were convinced that you were so much smarter than the rest of us. You were so certain that you had received some superior wavelength giving you special insight into the Donald; only you could tell that it was all an act. Only you could grasp that his constant courting of controversy was just to get attention from the media. Only you could instinctively sense that his style would play brilliantly in the general election and win over working-class Democrats. (SPOILER ALERT: It isn’t.) You insisted that you could “coach him”.
Trump's ability to blow up Republican sacred cows is pretty remarkable e.g. staunch conservative and shock value until the spotlight hits him, then he switches back to southpaw and blows the right-wingers away. Trump doesn't have a voting record. And human beings are really, really bad at processing information that falls outside of their heuristics and reconciling information that on its surface seems contradictory.
Therefore, if a candidate does not fall squarely into one of the two buckets we associate with politics — "conservatism" and "liberalism" — then he must be in the middle, despite not logically fitting as a "moderate" in any sense. And because many people subconsciously believe in the golden mean, Trump is using the same strategy almost every authoritarian populist has used to craft a successful coalition: pair extreme ideas from one end of the spectrum with ones that either come from the other extreme end or are appealing for their "moderation." For example, pair your extreme views on immigration with opposition to trade, or rhetoric opposing "hedge fund guys" and other selected rich capitalists who are unpopular across the board. This becomes a net win for Trump. He "tells it like it is" or "calls out both sides." Donald is an empty suit and he invites us all to try him on:
Debate Trump: Taxes too high, wages too high. We’re not going to be able to compete against the world.
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.
Subtext: To those of you working 2-3 jobs at $8.00 per hour, once I deport all the illegals you're still going to be making $8.00 per hour. F**k you very much.
A stopped clock on Iraq?
In 2002, Trump appeared on Howard Stern's show and voiced his support (such as it was) for the Iraq War based on the "business opportunity" in the region (as Clinton put it) in 2011. However, Trump personally had a financial interest in opposing the war in Iraq, and expressed concerns about the war soon after it had started: by 2004, it was well-known that Trump was an opponent of the Iraq War. 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.
Now, Trump uses the Iraq War as one of the most common sticks to beat Clinton with, even going to far as to suggest Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton were the "founders" of Daesh for leaving a power vacuum in the region: a power vacuum Trump also would have left, as he was calling for the immediate withdrawal of the US from Iraq as early as 2007. 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".
It's like Vietnam. Even though it was an obvious boondoggle by 1969, it wasn't until the late 70s-early 80s that criticizing the war was socially acceptable. And we're going through the same motions now that we did back then: People are claiming Iraq was a fault of execution, not the original decision to go in, which Trump is basically echoing with his We need to go in and take their oil. Even though he now talks as if it was a mistake from the beginning, because we didn't immediately pillage all the oil and their wealth.
So what are we to believe? This is not a multiverse. You have to do one or the other. Trump's seductive technique is that he establishes himself as a huckster from Day 1, but then winks and nudges you into believing that you and you alone are the one who understands his "true" positions and values. It's a little bit like the playboy who sleeps with a bunch of different girls. They let him get away with it because each of them is convinced that she's the one he really loves and the other girls are just tramps who are easily lured by such a charming guy. And, of course, each one is convinced that in the end he'll come around to his one true love. This is why his supporters cherry-pick through the heaps of manure to prove that he's not really X-Y-Z.[note 19]
Feud with HBO and Last Week Tonight
“”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, Trump also insisted that the original tweet quoted above never took place while repeating the accusation, tweeting:
“”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 Oliver (Stewart being the former boss and colleague of Oliver) had tried to get Trump to appear on Last Week Tonight, something which Oliver maintains has never happened. 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:
"Trump" does sound rich — it's almost onomatopoeic. "Trump!" is the sound produced when a mouthy servant is slapped across the face with a wad of thousand-dollar bills. "Trump!" is the sound of a cork popping on a couple's champagnniversary, the day the renovations in the wine cellar were finally completed.
The very name "Trump" is the cornerstone of his brand. If only there were a way to uncouple that magical word from the man he really is. Well, guess what — there is! Because it turns out, the name "Trump" was not always his family's name. One biographer found that a prescient ancestor had changed it from — and this is true — Drumpf. Yes; fucking Drumpf! And "Drumpf!" is much less magical.
It's the sound produced when a morbidly obese pigeon flies into the window of the foreclosed Old Navy. "Drumpf!" It's the sound of a bottle of store brand root beer falling off the shelf in a gas station mini-mart. And it may seem weird to bring up his ancestral name, but to quote Donald Trump, "he should be proud of his heritage" — because Drumpf is much more reflective of who he actually is.So if you are thinking of voting for Donald Trump, the charismatic guy promising to make America great again, stop and take a moment to imagine how you would feel if you just met a guy named Donald Drumpf. A litigious serial liar, with a string of broken business ventures and the support of a former Klan leader who he can't decide whether or not to condemn. Would you think he would make a good president, or is the spell now somewhat broken? And that is why tonight, I am asking America to make Donald Drumpf again!
Oliver also revealed that HBO had even officially filed paperwork to trademark the name "Drumpf." HBO has also purchased the domain donaldjdrumpf.com and released an official Chrome browser plugin called the "Drumpfinator," which changes every instance of "Trump" to "Drumpf" in the browser.
Now, for people who don't know about that little spat, the Drumpf meme might come across as Oliver making fun of Trump's German ancestry. Crucially however, the serious thought underlying the (quite overtly satirical) relabeling of Trump to Drumpf is that Trump's image and persona is based on the Trump brand — and thus, if people instead knew him as Donald Drumpf (the way his family's name was spelled before the Thirty Years' War), 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. 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.
The Russian connection
“”Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow — if so, will he become my new best friend?
|—Donald Trump, June 18, 2013. Putin didn't go.|
“”In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.
|—Michael J. Morell, former director of the CIA|
Following Trump's harsh criticisms of NATO and calls for Russia to hack into his opponent Hillary Clinton's email server, and his belief that all Crimeans really wanted to be with Mother Russia, many news outlets have been questioning further the links Trump has with Vladimir Putin and Russia. There are even suspicions that Russia may have enough information to blackmail Trump. Impeachment is technically possible, but — considering Republicans control both houses of Congress — unlikely. However, some analysts believe that Russian influence on Trump is easily
misoverestimated, and pointing fingers at Russia is intended to provide a convenient black-and-white image of nefarious external machinations and therefore obscure the disturbing internal processes of the US that actually led to his election.
“”He is a very flamboyant man, very talented, no doubt about that [...] He is the absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it today. He says that he wants to move to another level of relations, to a deeper level of relations with Russia. How can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome it.
|—Vladimir Putin on Donald Trump, before he became the official GOP nominee|
“”He said Donald Trump is a genius and he is going to be the leader of the party and he's going to be the leader of the world or something [...] These characters that I'm running against said, 'We want you to disavow that statement.' I said, 'What, he called me a genius, I'm going to disavow it? Are you crazy?' [...] I think I'd have a good relationship with Putin.
|—Donald Trump, gracefully embellishing his praise|
Trump's Russia adviser Carter Page has made a business on dealings with Russia; Page has had a lifelong fascination of Russia from the days of the Soviet Union and supported Putin in his writings for a while as a staunch defender of Russian intentions, and has accused the U.S. of red-baiting and adopting a Cold War mindset with regards to Russia – that and the fact the economic sanctions imposed on Russia affected his business dealings with Gazprom and other Russian businesses.
hiring recruiting Paul Manafort as a volunteer, former consultant to the pro-Kremlin Victor Yanukovich as his campaign chairman, Trump changed his position on Crimea from demanding stronger Western intervention from "weak", "ineffective", "worst president" Barack Obama. Manafort's lobbying firm (Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly) worked for a number of unsavory dictators and human rights-abusing regimes, earning them a top 5 spot in fees earned from the so-called torturers' lobby in 1991-1992.
Another Trump foreign policy advisor and retired army Lt. General Michael Flynn flew to Moscow in 2015 in order to attend a gala banquet in honor of RT, a channel which he has appeared on regularly, and was seated at the head table, two seats away from Putin. Michael Flynn, now the shortest-serving National Security Adviser in history, was forced to resign after being accused of lying about never talking to the Russians during the election. Since then, Manafort, Page, Jared Kushner, and several other Trump administration officials are receiving flak for their own connections to Russian oligarchs.
“”I couldn’t care less. They do not represent the interest of the Russian state. Maybe they’re not even Russians. Maybe they’re Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship.
|—Vladimir Putin, questioning the statehood of about 17% of Russian citizens as well as that of most of his oligarch buddies|
“”Almost all of the oligarchs were in the room.
|—Donald Trump, excitedly reminiscing about his 2013 Miss Universe contest in Moscow|
While a large number of the Russian oligarchs aren't actually ethnic Russians, this fact does not diminish their close connection to Russia and Putin. Many were born in now-independent former Soviet States and/or are ethnically Jewish. Many of them wield the power of mobsters — for one, a person could easily end up
getting iced having a most unfortunate accident heart attack, simply by reporting something previously unpublished about an oligarch. In fact, this happens quite a lot.
Trump, who's already infamous for his mafia connections, would have no problems doing business with mafia-connected oligarchs. According to TIME magazine, the most obvious example of Trump and his Russian satellite business' interests is Trump SoHo:
A lawsuit claimed that the business group, Bayrock, underpinning Trump Soho was supported by criminal Russian financial interests. While its initial claim absolved Trump of knowledge of those activities, Trump himself later took on the group's principal partner as a senior advisor in the Trump organization.
Bayrock went on to be involved with a number of Trump projects globally. Tevfik Arif, born in Kazakhstan, was the founder of Bayrock Group. Arif was accused of running an underage prostitution ring on his yacht, the Savarona, in 2010 by Turkish authorities; he was acquitted of all charges in 2011. "Turkey deported nine Russian and Ukrainian women, including two under the legal age of consent, after authorities said they broke a prostitution ring aboard the Savarona…"
The other development for Bayrock was the Sapir Organization, whose founder Tamir Sapir was from Georgia (the former Soviet republic, not the U.S. state). A Bayrock official also "brokered a $50 million investment in Trump SoHo and three other Bayrock projects by an Icelandic firm preferred by wealthy Russians 'in favor with' President Vladimir V. Putin", according to The New York Times. The suspicion surrounding the project meant that Bayrock's finance chief Jody Kiss sued Trump for fraud. Russian-born Felix Sater, another important Bayrock figure, has deep business connections to Trump; in 2010, he was his "Senior Advisor". Sater has two felony convictions (assault and racketeering) and organized crime ties (Genovese and Bonanno crime families). Sater as it turns out is a long-time FBI informant who has relationships with six people on special counsel Robert Mueller's team.
Alimzhan "Taiwanchik" Tokhtakhounov, an ethnic Uyghur from Uzbekistan, has been accused of running an illegal gambling operation out of Trump Tower. Tokhtakhounov was also indicted for rigging the 2002 Olympics. Tokhtakhounov was a VIP attendee at Trump's Miss Universe 2013 pagent held in Moscow. He is reportedly now living in Russia and is still wanted by the FBI (at least until January 20, 2016). Aras Agalarov, an ethnic Azeri, was reportedly Trump's liaison to Putin during the 2013 pageant, for which Agalarov and others paid Trump $14 million.
Trump's first real estate venture in Toronto was a partnership with two Russian-Canadian entrepreneurs. "The hotel's developer Talon International is run by Val Levitan and Alex Shnaider, two Russian-Canadian entrepreneurs. Levitan made his fortune manufacturing slot machines and creating bank note validation technology, and Shnaider earned his in the post-glasnost steel trade," wrote Toronto Life in 2013.
When Trump Sr. built a tower in Panama in 2008, Trump Jr. said at a real estate conference: "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia".
Decline of democracy
“”[Blaming Russia for Trump] may be an Iraq-sized mistake, leading to a dangerous failure to recognize that Donald Trump's victory was an American phenomenon, not a Russian-made one.
|—Leonid Bershidsky, Russian-born political analyst and prominent critic of Putin's regime|
Democratic backsliding is how democracies become authoritarian states.
How to destroy a democracy
Democracy watchdog Freedom House's report states that Trump's victory was a destabilizing threat to democracy. In 2017, The Democracy Index listed the U.S. as a flawed democracy, but the reduced rank was not caused by Trump. 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. That factor is the decline of trust in government.
Russia often has a hand in democratic backsliding.
Melania Trump plagiarism controversy
“”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 dinner in New York|
On July 18, 2016, the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Trump's (current) wife, Melania, gave a speech to talk about why the Donald would be the
racially superior United States presidential candidate. The speech contained a paragraph that was pretty much identical to a paragraph of Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Following Melania's speech, various media outlets reported the similarities, stating that the speech was "awkward", "embarrassing" and "an act of plagiarism". Although it took the Trump campaign a while to do so, and whilst they procrastinated 24 hours in either avoiding the subject altogether or claiming that Melania's speech wasn't really plagiarism (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.
Becoming the Swamp
He ran on a populist platform, pledging to "Drain the swamp," meaning prevent Wall Street from controlling government. 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 the contrary; the people he chooses tend to be either on a pillage-and-burn mission, or totally unqualified for the job.
Well-known swamp dwellers
- Steve Bannon (a.k.a., the Grim Reaper) was a US Navy officer in the 1970s, worked as an investment banker in the 1980s in the
Murders and ExecutionsMergers and Acquisitions Department of Goldman Sachs, CEO of Breitbart, and Trump campaign chief, as Chief Strategist to the President.
- Kellyanne Conway, former Frank Luntz propagandist and Trump campaign manager, as
Minister of PropagandaCounselor to the President offering "alternative facts". Bound to the President for the rest of history, the truth will set her free.
- Reince Priebus, Chairman of the RNC, as White House Chief of Staff. He is gone.
- Wilbur Ross, a Wall Street banker and Trump campaign donor, as Secretary of Commerce.
- Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs banker and Trump campaign finance chief, as Secretary of the Treasury.
- Jeff Sessions for United States Attorney General. He has seen some tension with the President recently.
- James "Mad Dog" Mattis, a retired Marine general (I thought you knew more than the generals, Donnie?), as Secretary for Defense. One of the few people in the Administration with the relevant qualifications and expertise.
- Mike Pompeo for Director of the CIA.
- Rex Tillerson, the Exxon Mobile CEO, for Secretary of State (Confirmed as nominee).
- Betsy DeVos, billionaire creationist sister to Erik Prince (the head of Blackwater), for Secretary of Education. Also a major Trump donor an advocate of "school choice".
- Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary. 
- John F Kelly, a retired general, as Secretary of Homeland Security, and Chief of Staff. Another rare case of a person being right for the job.
- Ben Carson — Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: To his credit (if nothing else), Carson atleast admits to being a terrible pick for the job.
- Andrew Puzder, CEO of CFK Restaurants and supporter of automation, as Secretary of Labor.
- Scott Pruitt — Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, who is a climate change denier. Furthermore, he dismissed the theory of evolution, lamented that "minority religions" are pushing Christianity aside, advocated for Constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and abortion, praised the Second Amendment as divinely granted and condemned federal judges as the "judicial monarchy".
More on this story as it develops. This marks the single wealthiest Cabinet in American history, in addition to being the least qualified overall.
Lesser-known worst people
- Victoria Barton — congressional relations for Regions II, V and VI, Department of Housing and Urban Development. Qualifications: office manager, bartender/bar manager.
- Sid Bowdidge — assistant to the secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Qualifications: manager of a Meineke Car Care branch.
- Nick Brusky — confidential assistant at the Agriculture Department. Qualifications: truck driver, no college degree.
- Sam Clovis — ex-nominee for chief scientist at EPA. Qualifications: talk show host, non-economist economics professor. During the campaign, he supervised George Papadopoulos, who plead guilty in the FBI investigation of Russian hacking of the 2016 election.
- Boris Epshteyn — Trump's son Eric's friend from his alma mater, Georgetown University, briefly served as White House spokesman
- Christopher Hagan — confidential assistant at the Agriculture Department. Qualifications: cabana attendant.
- Hope Hicks — ex-fashion model who worked for Ivanka, now the White House communications director, providing hope for Hicks. She admitted to lying for her boss and has resigned.
- Steve Kopec — home improvement contractor who married into the Trump domestic staff, now a special assistant with the Environmental Protection Agency
- David Matthews — confidential assistant at the Agriculture Department. Qualifications: developed scented candles, legal receptionist.
- Linda McMahon — professional wrestling magnate and Trump's close friend, now Small Business Administration chief
- Lynne Patton — wedding planner for Eric, now senior official at the Department of Housing and Urban Developmentr
- Dan Scavino — Trump's ex-golf caddie, now the White House director of social media
- Taylor Weyeneth — 23-year old deputy chief of staff of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Qualifications: lying on his résumé, stopped showing up to work at his previous job as a legal assistant, his "only professional experience after college and before becoming an appointee was working on the Trump campaign and transition."
- Kyle Yunaska — Eric's brother-in-law, now has a senior Energy Department job
In just the first week of his presidency, Trump dismantled Obama's legacy and turned himself into the worst president in history. For starters, he actually enacted the Muslim ban in his first week in office. When Sally Yates, the acting Attorney General, refused to comply, Trump immediately had her fired, leading to the incident being dubbed Monday Night Massacre, after the Sunday Night Massacre when Nixon fired people for not investigating the Watergate investigator. In addition, when six different judges, some of whom were Republican-appointed, ruled against the Muslim travel ban, Trump simply ignored them and ordered his government to keep enforcing the ban anyway. Eventually, he had to back down, and is in the process of revising the Muslim ban. But atheist refugees may jump a few queues to get into the U.S. if they qualify as members of "religious minorities".
Consciousness of guilt
Trump has exhibited consciousness of guilt on several occasions according to some lawyers, indicated that he may very well be guilty of committing a crime or crimes. Examples include:
- "Pathetic groveling" before Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers to state publicly that Trump had not colluded with the Russians.
- Potential witness tampering regarding Trump Jr.
- Claiming that there is a witch hunt after him.
- Repeated attempts to influence the criminal investigation against himself
- The circumstances under which he fired FBI Director James Comey
- Directing his lawyers to explore the pardoning powers of the presidency and ways to undercut the corruption probe, which is proving to be much broader than just election collusion with Russia 
La Familia Trump consists of the usual suspects; a pack of shit-stirrers, talent-vacuums, bigots, and media whores as unfit to hold office as the man himself. We have dossiers on most of them:
- Joe Arpaio: Cartoonishly-corrupt sheriff of Maricopa County. Arpaio, whose department has been sued multiple times for racist policing practices by the federal government, declared "I’m with him to the bitter end."
- Anti-PC crusader Ann Coulter: Hopped on the Trump Train early but appeared to sour on his ‘half-baked tweets at midnight’. What's that old saying about a speck in your neighbor's eye?
- George Galloway: Here's a tricky one: Who would be a more terrible president, Donald Trump or George Galloway? Fellow Brexiteer Nigel Farage appears to agree with Galloway on this one.
- Sean Hannity: His inner construction worker cannot resist. Compared Trump to King David, who "had five hundred concubines", ffs.
- Alex Jones: Vaunted anti-government loon, is spreading the Trump Gospel—in essence, becoming a cheerleader for torture, the surveillance state, deportations, and zero-percent corporate taxes—all in exchange for a plug from Donald on his show.
- Arthur Laffer: Trickle-down needs to be brutally murdered, because it won't fucking die on its own. (Shouldn't you be wrecking Australia's economy right now?)
- Michelle Malkin: Sees which way the wind is blowing and announced she would be "pulling the lever for Donald Trump." This from the woman who called him a "conservafraud" two years before. Others might have taken offense at Trump calling them "born stupid," but not Malkin: she couldn't Stump The Trump, and hopefully gained "wisdom" from the experience.
- Ted Nugent: Of course, no collection of wingnuts would be complete without Nugent. Political life lessons from him are like filling the seats at the BET awards with KKK members.
- Mehmet Oz - He looks healthy to me! What do you think, studio audience?
- Dennis Prager: Admits he only supports Trump out of hate for the left. One of the most adamantly anti-Trump talk show hosts of the past year was, in fact... Dennis Prager.
- Dan Quayle: The people who know what the job actually entails want nothing to do with Trump. That should tell you everything you need to know. Dan Quayle does, so there's that.
- Donald Rumsfeld: Trump's not doing so well in endorsements; he'll take what he can get. Let's speculate on other stupid endorsements he may get. Lynndie England? Ollie North? Is G. Gordon Liddy dead yet?
- Michael Savage: Called Trump "the Winston Churchill of our time."
- Phyllis Schlafly:
Marital rape supporterstay-at-home mom and Equal Rights Amendment opponent.
- Ben Stein: Once a flack, always a flack. "He wants a peaceful, calm America."
- Milo Yiannopoulos: Refers to Trump as "Daddy." As the official spokesman for the Internet's sewer, Yiannopoulos half-jokingly yearns for a God-Emperor Trump to transform America into some sort of a fascist monarchy.
- 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."
- Silvio Berlusconi: Il Trump italiano. Just subtract a foot of height and add underage Moroccan prostitutes.
- Nigel Farage: Has compared himself to The Don. Take a seat, Enoch. (Trump is UKIP turned up to 11.)
- Geert Wilders: Completely adrift from reality. Screams anything necessary to get more votes. Dat hair, tho.
- Boris Johnson: "Wait, I have dumb hair, too! Vote for me!"
- Pauline Hanson: Australia's Most Honest Politician. "I don't believe in halal" is the kind of bilge they can look forward to.
- Rob Ford: R.I.P. He reminded us a lot of Bender when he temporarily became human.
- Michele Fiore: Rule 63 is an Internet rule which states "For any given male character, there is a female version of that character." Gold-plated AKs, cigar-chomping, word salad ("ocular cavity"), quack supplements, fraud, shitposting, /pol/ following, this woman's got it all!
- Rodrigo Duterte: President of the Philippines, known for being as inflammatory and authoritarian as Trump; he dominates the media and parades the same kind of "lemme clean up the establishment" (while ignoring the law) populism as Trump. His nickname is even "The Trump of the East."
- Filip Dewinter: The Flemish equivalent and one that endorsed religious fundamentalists such as Staf De Clerq. He however is rather special in the sense that he went and participated in a meeting organized by Golden Dawn, something even Trump himself or anyone on this list for that matter wouldn't even dare to contemplate.
- Andrej Babiš: 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.  
- Jaroslaw Kaczynski: Another uncompromising, divisive, authoritarian strongman who many consider the de facto leader of Poland, as his rabid base scares many supposedly moderate conservatives as he rails against the neoliberal establishment and panders to populists with promises of defeating the media, political, and cultural "elite." 
- Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's most dangerous man who has a scary chance at becoming president, Jair reads like he was bred from a Trump cloning factory: he once said to a woman who accused him of rape, "I would never rape you because you aren't worth it." He's incited violence from his supporters, a notoriously homohpobic racist and misogynist, an incendiary reactionary on every social issue imaginable, praised a dictator (Alberto Fujimori) for strong leadership, paid homage to a fascist colonel who tortured dissidents (including former President Dilma Rousseff), and repeatedly scapegoats society's ills on the weak and vulnerable. He even says "the only difference [between me and Trump] is that I'm richer!"    
- Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House — Michael Wolff's book about the Trump campaign and Trump's first year in office
- Conservapedia:Donald Trump achievements — the go to source to prove that little has been achieved since January 20, 2017
- Know Nothing Party: Rick Perry publicly called Trump a "Know Nothing" shortly after Trump announced his candidacy. (And when Rick Perry thinks you've gone out to lunch, well…)
Narcissistic personality disorder: Trump isn't the kind of person who would turn down a business model centered on the idea that “Trump is a genius worth emulating.”The guy who wrote the clinical definition of NPD says Trump doesn't have NPD while still being a narcissist; there's a difference here.
- Ultracrepidarian: Also: hire ghost writers to write bestseller books in your name about how smart and rich you are.
- Secure the border
- Dunning-Kruger effect — in extremis
- Great Wall of America
- Policies of Donald Trump
- Nepotism — his daughter (Ivanka Trump) and son-in-law (Jared Kushner) are advisors to the President and are unable to get more than temporary security clearances due to being possible blackmail candidates
- Patrick Buchanan: A failed paleoconservative presidential candidate who shares many of the same nationalistic ideas about free trade, foreign policy, and immigration. Naturally, he was an early and enthusiastic Trump supporter. (Buchanan and Trump were opponents in the 2000 Reform Party presidential primaries.)
- Richard Nixon: Who indirectly led to the bastard even having a chance at the presidency due to Roger Ailes and the Southern Strategy.
- Charles Coughlin: An American Catholic priest who became the granddaddy of right-wing populism, nationalistic demagoguery, and globalist conspiracies.
- Joseph McCarthy: There are at least 40 million illegal immigrants. Some people say there are 30 million illegal immigrants. It's probably somewhere in the middle. 32, 33, 34 million.
- George Wallace: The OG non-PC presidential candidate. At least Wallace didn't use racist dog-whistles. (He told voters exactly what he supported!)
- Ronald Reagan: A B-radio and film personality who completely changed his politics to appease his masters at GE TV theater. He was picked out of a hat because the name had a high recognition value. He didn't actually decide anything, he just read the lines he was given.
- Sarah Palin: Basically a Nostra-dumbass. She foretold Trump without even knowing it.
- Paul LePage: I miss the old LePage, straight from the 'Go LePage, talkin' 'bout the soul LePage, set all his goals LePage, I hate the new LePage, the bad mood LePage, the always-rude LePage, spaz in the news LePage
- Daddy Trump
- Fun:Trump synonym generator
- Fun:Trump Insult Generator
- Fun:Trump Tweet Generator
- Fun:A day in the life of Donald J. Trump
- Factbase — complete searchable transcripts of speeches, tweets, and Howard Stern interviews
- Trump Connections
- Trumpbart - Spoof of Breitbart. Ben Shapiro called Breitbart.com "Pravda for Donald Trump", which is just about right.
- /r/the_donald - In an in-no-way-coincidental mirroring of the idiot they spend their days drooling over, Da_Dawnald are possibly the most thin-skinned, whiny middle-schoolers ever encountered on Reddit. Even the most mild criticism (hey, stop flooding modmail with thousands of harassing insults) triggers them and brings out the Nazi Germany comparisons.
- "Donald Trump Campaign Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement", The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Donald Trump: 'I Could ... Shoot Somebody, And I Wouldn't Lose Any Voters'" — We're not sure the world is ready for a mad emperor Gordon Gekko.
- "The End of the World" — a 1958 episode from a TV show featuring a conman named Walter Trump, eerily similar
- Sesame Street mocking Trump: Ronald Grump Builds The Grump Tower, Grouch Apprentice with Donald Grump. Trump is so petty, this is why he wants to destroy the National Endowment for the Arts, which funds Sesame Street.
- See the Wikipedia article on Donald Trump sexual misconduct allegations.
- His insults toward other candidates, The New York Times.
- The language he uses – is it "bigly" or "big league"? Neither — it's big lie.
- Donald Trump limerick generator
- Donald Trump Insult Generator, TIME.
- Never forget.
- RNC Prays For Democratic Defeat, Trump Victory - The fact that they're literally praying in an empty room is a powerful statement. So alone in their righteous anger.
- Building Trump's Wall. The B1M.
- Tech Times gives a brief rundown, not to mention the time when "Trump" wrestled "Rosie O'Donnell" in a painful moment for WWE.
- Just look at his subreddit.
- But which dictator wasn't a Nobel prize nominee?
- One must, however, take into consideration these facts:
- Trump won the Rust Belt and Appalachia, both impoverished, majority-white areas formerly reliant on unionized blue-collar jobs, and both key battleground areas;
- Trump received the highest proportion of the (shrinking) union vote (43% for the Republicans vs 51% for the Democrats) a Republican has ever received since 1976 (38% vs 63%, respectively); such a vote has steadily grown since that year;
- At the same time, the Democratic vote has declined due to them steadily not being able to mobilize their traditional bases, due to a variety of factors from the end of door-to-door canvassing to voter ID laws. ("Who Put Trump in the White House?", Jacobin.)
- Trump's most loyal supporters are small-business owners, who are the demographic more receptive to the kind of racial and economic resentment he rode his coattails to the White House on. ("The Revenge of Joe the Plumber", Jacobin.)
- 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."
- Though, how homophobic can he really be after making this with Pence?
- Though, assuming everyone is in fact a little racist, then it's safe to assume that Trump is more than just a little racist.
- Though some would argue that he's closer to burnt Sienna — we aren't entirely sure, and more tests will need to be run.
- Sound familiar?
- In fact, searching for the term "vulgarian" on Google images almost exclusively results in pictures of Trump. (That's one heck of a search engine they got going over there!)
- Trump's actually been very thrifty with his campaign spending, perhaps because it is his own money. He's spent less than any other candidate currently in the race except for Kasich. Clinton and Sanders are on top. Source: FEC (click Trump on the left and expenditures on the right).
- "Be careful what you wish for — you might get it!"
- Our favorite is when Romney called him out as a fellow politician and a businessman. Trump put on a freaking infomercial showcasing Trump Magazine, Trump Steaks, and Trump Wine/Vodka—Most of which are fake in one way or another. The steaks were probably bought from a local butcher, since they are no longer sold anywhere. The magazine he referenced was a different one from the one Romney said had failed, and has basically no distribution, existing only as a table decoration for one of his resorts. He's like that Tai Lopez guy in the YouTube ads bragging about his library and his cars; he needs to maintain the illusion to keep his business going.
- When asked about the venture, James Levin (former CEO of the Sharper Image) said "we literally sold almost no steaks. If we sold $50,000 of the steaks grand total, I'd be surprised." One food critic described Trump Steaks™ as "edible, but not particularly good." Hardly glowing reviews for a product Trump pitched as "the world's greatest steaks... in every sense of the word." Conan milked it for its seemingly endless comedic value. Just goes to show you, never write a candidate off this side of Arlington Cemetery.
- Don't say that to him though: He once threatened to sue a Vanity Fair reporter for documenting that he kept a book of Adolf Hitler's speeches by his bed at night. Sweet dreams, mein Führer.
Kascynski, Andrew, "Trump Once Threatened To Sue Over A Report He Owned A Book Of Hitler Speeches", BuzzFeed (Feb. 18, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.).
- Clearly liberal media bias: The Trumpster has told us that "We have no border right now".
- His life's work has been about creating things and spaces exclusively for the wealthy. Trump Tower—the way the interior is laid out—is probably actually a really good illustration of how Trump thinks about politics: he thinks about the American Dream in terms of creating opportunities for people to ride in gold-plated elevators (there are literally gold-plated elevators). This might also explain something about his preoccupation with China.
- Who could hate a man just enjoying his taco salad? He got millions of dollars' worth in publicity from this stunt alone, as media outlets tried to spin it in their own way or provide some opinion on why he made it. For God's sake, he mentioned the name of one of his restaurants in the tweet. He's just hawking his corn muffins on a free, world-sized stage.
- Obama had a similar experience with the left wing, who saw themselves in his reflection only to get embittered when he ended up being, well, the center-left to centrist Democrat he always was.
- Unedited, verbatim— Donald Trump on smart people at his rally in Iowa by Kyle Griffin (12:57 AM - 29 Sep 2016) Twitter.
- Homer J. Trump (Sep 30, 2016) YouTube.
- "Donald Trump's 'John Miller' interview is even crazier than you think" (May 16, 2016), The Washington Post
- Marc Fisher and Will Hobson, "Donald Trump masqueraded as publicist to brag about himself", WaPo 5.13.16.
- https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/03/07/the-7-most-interesting-parts-of-stormy-danielss-lawsuit-against-trump/ The 7 most interesting aspects of Stormy Daniels's lawsuit against Trump] by Aaron Blake (March 7, 2018 at 8:52 AM) The Washington Post.
- McCarthy, Tom (August 18, 2016). "Trump says he'll be known as 'Mr Brexit' despite poor poll showing – politics live". The Guardian.
- Duckworth to Trump: I won't be lectured by a draft dodger. CNN. January 21, 2018.
- Trump Named Honorary Russian Cossack (Nov 10, 2016 — 11:00 — Update: Nov. 10 2016 — 09:29) The Moscow Times.
- The World’s Worst Nobel Peace Prize Nominees: From Rush Limbaugh to Josef Stalin, we round up a rogue's gallery of the worst Nobel Peace Prize nominees. (10.10.13 5:45 AM ET) The Daily Beast.
- Collins, Eliza, "Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize", Politico (02/03/16 04:05 PM EST).
- "Here's a Timeline of Every Time Donald Trump Ran for President". (July 28, 2015) TV Guide News.
- This week should put the nail in the coffin for 'both sides' journalism by Margaret Sullivan (August 16 at 1:59 PM) The Washington Post.
- News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters by Thomas E. Patterson (December 7, 2016, 5:00 am) Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.
- Campbell, Colin, "Donald Trump tries to convince Bill O'Reilly that his Mexican border wall is 'peanuts' compared to the Great Wall of China", Business Insider (8/5/15, 9:33 AM).
- Rory Carroll, "Donald Trump on vaccines: ‘It’s not helpful’, experts say", The Guardian
- How Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Measure Up On Science Issues
- Trump's flip-flop on abortion, National Journal
- Trump Supports National Health Care, Business Insider
- Trump has a long history of assisting Democrats, CNN
- The Mythology Of Trump's 'Working Class' Support
- Ben Collins, "Like Donald Trump? You’ll Love the Illuminati.", The Daily Beast
- Matt Viser and Tracy Jan, "Warnings of conspiracy stoke anger among Trump faithful", The Boston Globe
- Amy Davidson, "Melania Trump, Conspiracy Theorist", The New Yorker
- Ronald Brownstein, "'The Billionaire Candidate and His Blue-Collar Following", National Journal. So he's copying from George W. Bush's playbook.
- Paul Solotaroff, "Trump Seriously: On the Trail With the GOP's Tough Guy", Rolling Stone 9.9.15. Gwenda Blair, biographer: "It's all part of what he does, the bragging and the repetition: It's called branding, and he's relentless at it."
- Kruse, Michael, "1988: The Year Donald Lost His Mind", Politico 3/11/16. Kruse: "The only thing that saved Trump from personal bankruptcy and permanent financial ruin: loans from his rich father and his siblings, and the severity, strangely, of his fiscal straits. The money was so big, the loans so brazen, that not only was he beholden to the banks—the banks were beholden to him... The banks had been just as irresponsible as he had."
- The Best Theory of 1992: Donald Trump Took Amphetamine-Like Diet Pills by Sam Biddle (02/11/16 03:15PM) Gawker.
- Trump: A true story: The mogul, in a 2007 deposition, had to face up to a series of falsehoods and exaggerations. And he did. Sort of. by David A. Fahrenthold & Robert O’Harrow Jr. (August 10, 2016) Washington Post.
- Donald J. Trump vs. Timothy L. O'Brien, Time Warner Book Group Inc., and Warner Books Inc. Superior Court of New Jersey: Camden Division. December 19-20, 2007. No. CAM-L-5r5-06 Two days worth of Donald Trump's court testimony admitting under oath that he repeatedly lied.
- Rachael Rettner, Trump thinks that exercising too much uses up the body’s ‘finite’ energy, Washington Post
- See the Wikipedia article on Splitting.
- Bump, Phillip, "Trump got the most GOP votes ever — both for and against him — and other fun facts", WaPo 6.8.16.
- The New York Times keeps a running list.
- "We find the recent statements and behavior completely inappropriate and unacceptable."
- BBC News, "US election: Trump presidency 'dangerous', says UN rights chief", 12 October 2016.
- Trump team prepares dramatic cuts by Alexander Bolton (01/19/17 06:00 AM EST) The Hill.
- Taibbi, "How America Made Trump Unstoppable", Rolling Stone 20/24/16. "You think the media sucks now? Just wait until reporters have to kiss a brass Trump-sphinx before they enter the White House press room."
- Until the list of what is unacceptable is short enough to manage
- "Donald Trump and the mob" by Chris Frates (Updated 12:37 PM ET, Fri July 31, 2015) CNN'.
- Blaze Destroyed Trump Testimony For Roy Cohn: Lawyer's disbarment records lost in 2015 fire May 17, 2016 The Smoking Gun.
- Former Mafia-linked figure describes association with Trump by Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger (May 17, 2016) The Washington Post.
- Trump Limos Were Built With A Hood Ornament: Developer's first licensing deal was with New York Mafia figure (September 22, 2015) The Smoking Gun.
- "Cruz suggests Trump has Mafia ties". New York Post. 28 February 2016.
- Trump And Family ‘Material Witnesses’ To Huge Tax Avoidance Scheme By Mobbed-Up Partner. Huh! by Doktor Zoom (July 15, 2016 - 12:20pm) Wonkette.
- New Evidence Donald Trump Didn’t Pay Taxes by David Cay Johnston (06.14.16 10:00 PM ET) The Daily Beast.
- Just What Were Donald Trump's Ties to the Mob? I've spent years investigating, and here's what's known by David Cay Johnston (May 22, 2016) Politico Magazine.
- Donald Trump Denies Dangers of Asbestos, Promotes Its Strength October 9, 2015, Sokolove Law
- Dirty money: Trump and the Kazakh connection: FT probe finds evidence a Trump venture has links to alleged laundering network by Tom Burgis (October 19, 2016) Financial Times.
- Did @RealDonaldTrump engage in extended/massive money laundering? by A Siegel (2017/01/08 · 16:18) Dail Kos.
- "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: 'I Bailed You Out Twice'". msn.com.
- Emma Graham-Harrison. "Donald Trump is a disgrace to his country, says billionaire Saudi prince". The Guardian.
- Trump hosted 'small-time mobster' Joey 'No Socks' Cinque at New Year's party. Joseph Cinque – reportedly a convicted felon who bestows hospitality awards, often to Trump – was seen at president-elect’s New Year’s bash at Mar-a-Lago by Lauren Gambino (Tuesday 3 January 2017 13.52 EST) The Guardian.
- The Many Times Donald Trump Has Lied About His Mob Connections: He apparently lied under oath to deny he associated with organized crime figures by David Corn (Sep. 23, 2016 5:00 AM) Mother Jones.
- Susan B. Glasser and Michael Kruse, "Trumpology: A Master Class", Politico, May/June 2016. Being born into millions. Much merit, very self-made.
- Buffett challenges Trump to exchange tax returns, slams GOP nominee's business record August 2, 2016 Reuters.
- Newsweek: How much Trump is worth depends on how he feels.
- Because, if there's any business where the owners can't control income and expenditures, and where cash flow is at a trickle, IT'S A CASINO!
- Campbell, Colin, "DONALD TRUMP: 'My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars'", Business Insider (10/26/15, 9:23 AM). He received "small loan of a million dollars" (pocket change, really) from his multi-millionaire real estate developer father who was named — this is a fact — Frederick Christ Trump.
- D'Antonio, Michael, "The Quiet Power Behind the Trump Throne", 10/15/15.
- Drexler, Peggy, "Lewandowski firing: Power of Ivanka?", CNN (6/20/16, Updated 8:04 PM ET). He obviously resisted firing Corey for a long time. According to CNN his own daughter (the only competent member in the family) had to threaten to leave the campaign in order to get him to do it.
- Andrew Kaczynski and Christopher Massie, "Sad! Money: Trump’s Many Incorrect Predictions On The Economy", Buzzfeed (Apr. 4, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.).
- Donald Trump's Golfcourse, Ramblers Scotland
- See the Wikipedia article on Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.
- Donald Trump blasts Lord Alan Sugar in Twitter wind farm spat, The Telegraph
- Trump’s top example of foreign experience: A Scottish golf course losing millions by Jenna Johnson (June 22 at 2:57 PM) Washington Post.
- Seanbaby, "5 Reasons Why Donald Trump Is the Biggest Troll Alive"
- Stuart, Tessa, "Meet the Trump University Teacher at Center of Class-Action Suit", Rolling Stones 6.3.16.
- Tales from the Trump University legal vault by Maggie Severns (03/03/16 12:54 PM EST) Politico.
- Zadronsky, Brandy, "What Trump Knew About ‘Kardashian U’", Daily Beast (5/23/16 at 10:13 PM ET).
- 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.
- New York judge finds Donald Trump liable for unlicensed school by Karen Freifeld (Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:14pm EDT) Reuters.
- Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman and Dalton Bennett, "Donald Trump said ‘university’ was all about education. Actually, its goal was: ‘Sell, sell, sell!’", WaPo (7/4/16 at 4:52 PM).
- Trump University 2010 Playbook.
Ein Volk. Ein Reich. Ein Führer.One Company. One Culture. One Goal.
- Declaration of Ronald Schnackenberg in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification United States District Court, Southern California District, Case 3:13-cv-02519-GPC-WVG.
- Trump University’s ex-students give enterprise a failing grade by Nanette Asimov (March 10, 2016 Updated: March 10, 2016 9:52am) San Francisco Chronicle. "If the Democratic Party hasn't recruited a group of disgruntled Trump University students to film a commercial, they should be sued for malpractice." — Republican Bill Whalen a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
- Judge Curiel Rules Trump Must Face Trial for Racketeering in Trump University Suit by Frank DiPrima (2016/08/02 · 19:34) Daily Kos.
- East, Kristen, "Trump attacks 'Mexican' judge in Trump U lawsuit", Politico (05/28/16 09:55 AM EDT). THEY'RE NOT SENDING THEIR BEST PEOPLE!!... oh wait, they are.
- "Crooked Donald". freethoughtblogs.com. 30 June 2016. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- Donald Trump's pending lawsuits and his presidency
- Law professor: Trump can be impeached for fraud and racketeering before he even takes office
- "Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $25 Million in Trump University Settlement". New York Daily News. November 18, 2016. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/donald-trump-nearing-settlement-trump-university-fraud-case-article-1.2878780. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
- Quackwatch: "The PrivaTest: Another Scheme to Sell You Something"
- Donald Trump’s Naturopathic Vitamin and Diet Pyramid Scheme by Taylor Hermes (25 August 2015) Naturopathic Diaries.
- [https://thetrumpnetworkonline.wordpress.com/ The Trump Network] (May 21, 2009)
- "Bankers Heart". Public Art and Architecture from Around the World.
- Does Trump own Bank of America Building in San Francisco? by Kathleen Pender (June 23, 2015) San Francisco Chronicle.
- Donald Trump: The Least Charitable Billionaire In The World by Ben Davis (2015) NewsExaminer.
- Trump Made No Donations To 9/11 Charities: Billionaire was a zero in aftermath of terror attack (November 3, 2015) The Smoking Gun.
- "When It Came To September 11 Charity, Billionaire Donald Trump Actually Had His Hand Out", The Smoking Gun 2.17.16.
- Feds Gave Donald a Quick Bundle: He's among titans who got 9-11 funds set for small biz by Russ Buettner (Sunday, January 29, 2006, 12:00 AM) New York Daily News.
- Trump: The Least Charitable Billionaire: The Donald is a miser, not an "ardent philanthropist." (April 12, 2011) The Smoking Gun.
- There's something fishy about Donald Trump's charitable donations by Marcia Dunn (Aug. 2, 2015, 11:04 AM) Business Insider.
- 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.
- Town Board Discusses Trump Park's Dog Park by Plamena Pesheva (June 25, 2010 1:05 am ET) Yorktown-Somers Patch.
- Trump's pattern of stiffing charities by Dana Milbank (June 1, 2016) Washington Post.
- Trump promised millions to charity. We found less than $10,000 over 7 years by David A. Fahrenthold (June 28, 2016) Washington Post.
- Donald Trump Still A Miser, Tax Return Shows: Billionaire's foundation again staked by NYC ticket scalper January 15, 2016 The Smoking Gun.
- Florida AG asked Trump for donation before nixing fraud case by Jeff Horwitz et al. June 6, 2016 Associated Press.
- Fahrenthold, David A., "Four months after fundraiser, Trump says he gave $1 million to veterans group", WaPo 5.24.16.
- Ben Schreckinger, "Trump's charity claims could violate fraud laws", Politico (06/20/16 05:18 AM EDT ).
- Trump Foundation lacks the certification required for charities that solicit money by David A. Fahrenthold (September 29 at 8:25 PM) Washington Post.
- 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.
- End NY fundraising, Trump foundation told
- "James Dobson Says of Donald Trump: “I Know the Person Who Led Him to Christ”". patheos.com. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- 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!.
- Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Trump by Robert Costa and Jenna Johnson (January 26, 2016) The Washington Post.
- "Donald Trump accidentally put money in the Communion plate at an Iowa church". independent.co.uk. 1 February 2016. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- Donald Trump and nine other teetotalling moguls Forbes
- "Christian Liar David Barton: You’ll Have to Answer to God One Day, So Vote for Donald Trump". patheos.com.
- Sinclair, Harriet (July 18, 2016). "Trump to discuss US safety at Republican Convention 2016 in wake of terrorism and gun violence". International Business Times.
- Weiss, Phillip, "Adelson will mold Rubio into ‘perfect little puppet’", Mondoweiss 10.13.15. Remember, Shelly is even richer and crazier than Trump. He wants to nuke Iran, and also wishes he had served in the Israeli military instead of the U.S. Army.
- Strauss, Daniel, "Donald Trump sends Club for Growth cease and desist letter", Politico (09/22/15 03:00 PM EDT, Updated 09/22/15 03:51 PM EDT).
- "Fox News Calls Trump A Truther", via The Young Turks' official YouTube channel. Published October 20, 2015.
- "Donald Trump: The Latest 9/11 Truther", from Alex Jones' official YouTube channel. Published October 20, 2015.
- David Weigel. "Trump's foes say he’s a 9/11 truther. Truthers would disagree.". Washington Post. February 15, 2016.
- Hains, Tim, "Donald Trump on 9/11: 'You Will Find Out Who Really Knocked Down The World Trade Center'", RCP 2.17.16.
- "Congress Releases Secret 9/11 Document Detailing Possible Saudi Ties to Al Qaeda" (16 July 2016). New York Times.
- "Trump Orders Government to Stop Work on Y2K Bug, 17 Years Later", Bloomberg.
- Richardson, Bradford, "Trump as George H.W. Bush’s running mate? 'I was asked that question'", The Hill (November 08, 2015, 10:39 am).
- Gates, Marie-Elise, "Trump Trademarks “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”", Trademarkology 5.16.16.
- Eric Bradner, "Trump praises 9/11 truther's 'amazing' reputation, Jones shares the love", CNN. Trump calls to expand the surveillance state within seconds of being interviewed, and Alex just keeps washing his balls. Can't think of a better VP for kicking the crazy up a notch. ('"BEWARE THE FICTIONAL OVERLORDS! RALLY BEHIND THE REAL ONES!)
- Bankers Dispute Trump's Story of Financial Comeback: Bankers who worked with Trump when he was near bankruptcy say it was not the GOP nominee's deal-making triumph but their intervention that enabled a comeback 7/18/16 at 12:00 AM Reuters.
- Hypocrite of the Week: Donald Trump, Dispatches from the Culture Wars.
- Donald Trump Shouts ‘F Word’ Multiple Times In Las Vegas Speech, Wonkette
- He opposes gay marriage because of new trends in golf putter preference., HuffPo.
- Tea Partiers Rallying in DC Praise Donald Trump's Birther Stance, TPM
- Trump: Bill Ayers Wrote Obama's Book, TPM. Remember when being a Birther was basically the peak of crazy in political discussions? Times have changed, man.
- "'This is what we were thinking about', says screenwriter", Rolling Stone.
- HHH Is My Hero (August 2, 2016). Could It Be Alzheimer's Or Senile Dementia?. ChicagoNow.
- King, Steve (October 1, 2015). "Does Donald Trump have dementia?". Death and Taxes.
- Ishaan Tharoor (17 June 2015). "Top Mexican official blasts Donald Trump’s ‘absurd’ comments on migrants". Washington Post.
- "Univision Drops Miss USA Pageant After Donald Trump's Comments About Mexicans : People.com". PEOPLE.com.
- Jeremy Stahl (29 June 2015). "Donald Trump fired from NBC: Celebrity Apprentice star and Republican presidential hopeful loses his job with NBC for anti-immigrant racism.". Slate Magazine.
- Federal Election Commission, itemized disbursements for Donald J. Trump For President, Inc. He'd better turn those hats upside-down and start asking for handouts...
- Drew Griffin, Paul Murphy and Theodore Schleifer, "Trump directs nearly one-fifth of his money to his own businesses", CNN (Updated 6/22/16 at 10:39 AM ET).
- "Cui bono?". freethoughtblogs.com. 21 June 2016. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- "Trump's campaign spends $6 million with Trump companies". ap.org. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- Alex Isenstadt and Shane Goldmacher, "GOP Cleveland organizers beg Adelson for $6 million", Politico (Updated 07/15/16 11:52 AM EDT).
- RednBlackSalamander, "Fancy talk", DeviantArt (2/15/16).
- Wilson, "How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Donald Trump's Troll Party", Daily Beast (09.15.15 10:15 PM ET).
- Feloni, Robert, "Donald Trump's core business philosophy from his bestselling 1987 book 'The Art of the Deal'", Business Insider (6/16/15, 2:38 PM). Trump: I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular.
- Hongo, Hudson, [Gawker.com: archive.is, web.archive.org "Donald Trump Promises to Build Big, Bad Military "Nobody Will Mess With""], Gawker (4/19/16 10:45pm).
- David Gilbert, "Donald Trump Wants Bill Gates To Turn Off The Internet To Stop ISIS", International Business Times (12/08/15 AT 6:31 AM).
- Trump on the stump: A closer look at The Donald's proposed policies by Eugene Scott (Updated 2:29 PM ET, Sat June 20, 2015) CNN
- David Edwards, "Donald Trump: To defeat ISIS ‘you have to take out their families’", Raw Story.
- Tom LoBianco, "Donald Trump on terrorists: 'Take out their families'", CNN.
- Ben Jacobs, "Donald Trump on waterboarding: 'Even if it doesn't work they deserve it'", The Guardian. Caedite eos! Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius!
- Jeremy Diamond, CNN (20 February 2016). "Donald Trump cites story of general who dipped bullets in pigs' blood to deter Muslims". CNN.
- Where Do the Presidential Wannabes Stand on the Patriot Act? by Ken McIntyre On (5/22/15 at 1:29 PM) Newsweek.
- Trump: 'Err on the side of security' by Eric Bradner (Updated 2106 GMTDecember 1, 2015) CNN.
- Lloyd, Green, "Trump in Phoenix: Mexicans Are Coming to Take Your Jobs And Kill You", Daily Beast (7.11.15 8:48 PM ET).
- Brian Latimer. "Former Mexican President: We're Not Paying for a 'Stupid' Wall". NBC News. In any case, we doubt Mexico would forgive being extorted out of $20 billion dollars.
- Olivio, Antonio, "At Trump hotel site, immigrant workers wary", WaPo 7.6.15.
- Pennacchia, Robyn, "Trump Surrogate: Mexico Border Wall Actually Just Donald Trump’s Imaginary Friend", Wonkette (5/19/16, 12:28pm).
- Nastasha Bertrad, "Donald Trump gave credence to a major right-wing conspiracy theory about Muslim 'training camps'", Business Insider. They're going to be sent to a detention facility were all they can do all day is watch Trump U. videos.
- Steve Holland and Ginger Gibson, "After Florida shooting, Trump hardens stance on Muslims", Reuters (6/14/16 and 10:41pm EDT).
- Sayare, Scott, "http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/05/europe-counterterrorism-failure-khaled-kelkal/481908/", Atlantic 5.9.16. Interestingly, a ban might actually make another Orlando more likely, as many Muslims in the U.S. will rightly feel like they've been targeted, and that's one of the causes of radicalization. For the alt-right, that's the point.
- "Trump says he'd allow 'rich Muslims' to enter U.S.". msn.com. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- Fisher, Max, "We painstakingly annotated Donald Trump's strange and revealing foreign policy interview", Vox (9/4/15, 12:34 p.m. ET).
- Hellman, Jessie, "Trump Would Consider Letting Japan and South Korea Build Nuclear Arsenals, The Hill (3/26/.16, 03:24 pm). Donald handing out nukes like a pedophile handing out candy to kids. Particularly silly in that Japan already has all the technology and know-how to produce both a fission bomb and deliver it, but don't want to, for reasons that are obvious to anybody who's studied history.
- Washington Post, "Why Trump’s threat to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea is extraordinary — even for him"
- Hensch, Mark, "Trump: I’ll be ‘neutral’ on Israel and Palestine", The Hill (2/17/16, 09:41 pm). Well, that's refreshing to hear...
- "Trump: Israeli Settlement Construction in West Bank Should 'Keep Going'", Haaretz (6/24/16 at 9:13pm IDT). −WHAT? But I thought he was going to use his deal-closing skills to negotiate!
- "Trump Would Support Israeli Annexation of Parts of West Bank, Says Adviser", Haaretz (6/23/16 at9:24 PM IDT). Perhaps Israel will be offered more and bigger walls. That'll surely fix it right up.
- Collinson, Stephen, "5 candidates make closing arguments on CNN", CNN (Updated 3/22/16 8:45 AM ET). The US leaving NATO would be like the Pope quitting Catholicism.
- "Mexican media: Trump threatens war with Mexico to collect border wall payment". Fusion. Because crashing the Mexican economy is a good way to decrease illegal immigration into America.
- Calamur, Krishnadev. "Donald Trump's NATO Remarks Stuns U.S. Allies". theatlantic.com. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- Sanger, David E. (21 July 2016). "Envisioning Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy: The U.S. Steps Back". Retrieved on 4 August 2016 – via NYTimes.com.
- "What's Trump's Position on NATO?". The Wire (FactCheck.org). May 11, 2016.
- "#LoserDonald: I Don’t Trust US Intelligence". August 17, 2016. The Young Turks, via YouTube.
- Tani, Maxwell, "'I don't mean just a little bit better': Donald Trump threatens to leave NAFTA if elected", Business Insider 6.29.16.
- Pindell, James, "Trump loves NASA, but backs privatization of outer space", Boston Globe 1.1/11/15.
- Savanskry, Rebecca, "Trump hits Clinton for attacks after '100% wrong' Brexit prediction", The Hill (6/26/16 at 08:13 am).
- Drezner, Daniel D., "Donald Trump’s Big Lie about the global economy", WaPo 8.3.15. It's the establishment versus the working class. The Republicans have catered to low-income voters for quite a while now, and those are the main demographics who are severely affected by free trade. That demographic ("small business") has been voting against their own interest by sending their jobs overseas.
- Krugman, Paul, "Trade, Labor, and Politics", NYT 3.28.16. Republicans oppose trade because protectionism is the only way they know how to deal with the fact that it creates losers as well as winners, whereas believers in a strong safety net can take all sorts of other measures to protect workers without bringing down the country as a whole.
- McKee, Guian, "This is what Trump and Sanders Get Wrong About Free Trade", WaPo 5.17.16.
- Tankersley, Jim, "Donald Trump’s trade war could kill millions of U.S. jobs", WaPo 3.25.16.
- Byrnes, Jesse, "Trump: 'Who the hell cares if there's a trade war?'", The Hill (May 19, 2016, 10:07 pm). Republicans will be all for free trade when their "low low prices" increase by 50% at Wal-Mart.
- Kessler, Glenn, "Donald Trump's Unusual Plan to Lower the National Debt: Sell Off $16 Tril in Assets", WaPo 4.2.16. If it works for wines, steaks, and luxury hotels, of course it will work for foreign policy!
- Barro, Josh, "Donald Trump is floating an insane idea that would tank the American economy", Business Insider (5/6/16, 11:59 AM).
- MJ Lee and Sara Murray, "Donald Trump Slashes Taxes on the Poor — and the Wealthy", CNN (Updated 0/29/15, 11:39 AM ET). Tax Policy Center: "On the corporate side the tax cut is very large. On the individual side it's very large. There just aren't enough tax breaks out there to make this work."
- "Donald Trump's false claim that his tax plan wouldn't increase the deficit" Politifact.com. The ideology of "spend more, tax less, repay debt!" doesn't exist because mathematically it's nonsense.
- "How the candidates' tax plans will affect you, in 4 charts" Vox.com
- Ryan Kowonowski, "It Snowed Once And Other Things Donald Trump Thinks Prove Global Warming Is A Hoax" ThinkProgress. Global warming is just Mexican climate hopping our border. We need to build a climate wall.
- Page, Samantha, "Sanders Blasts Trump on Weird Climate Change Claim", ThinkProgress (1/5/16 1:08 pm ST). Trump is “not a believer” in man-made climate change, an issue he dismisses as something “created by and for the Chinese.” Ahhh, America. Where you've got so much freedom, science is an opinion.
- Jill Colvin and Ellen Knickmeyer, "Trump tells California ‘there is no drought’" , WaPo 5.27.16. No shit, it was sucked dry by the very factory farms that are complaining now.
- Schreckinger, Ben, "Trump acknowledges climate change — at his golf course", Politico. (05/23/16 05:35 AM EDT) Trump applied to build a wall to prevent coastal erosion at his Trump International Golf Links seaside golf resort in Ireland — and has explicitly cited risks posed by climate change in his application.
- The Paris Climate Accord, for example, was quick for the chopping block
- "Trump: Wind power ‘kills all your birds’". The Hill. 2016-08-02. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/290093-trump-wind-power-kills-all-your-birds. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
- Ashley Parker and Coral Davenport, "Donald Trump’s Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules", NYT 5.26.16. Ironically, GOP energy policy doesn't benefit coal anymore. The only way to benefit coal is to provide them subsidies. The rate of return on coal is terrible now.
- Koenig, David, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump's vow to create Appalachian coal jobs", The Big Story (5/5/16 at 3:31 PM EDT).
- Timothy Cama and Devin Henry, "Overnight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota", The Hill (05/26/16 05:54 PM EDT).
- Savransky, Rebecca, "Trump: My GOP will be a 'worker's party'", The Hill (May 26, 2016, 08:59 am).
- "Healthcare Reform". donaldjtrump.com.
- Demko, Paul, "Who is Advising Donald Trump on Health Care?", Politico (02/20/16 11:43 AM EST).
- "For Donald Trump, ‘Get ’Em Out’ Is the New ‘You’re Fired’". The New York Times. 14 March 2016.
- Eugene Scott, CNN (12 February 2016). "Donald Trump threatens to sue Ted Cruz". CNN.
- "Donald Trump Promises To Sue The Media For Negative Stories About Him If He's Elected President". Media Matters for America. February 26, 2016.
- River Clegg (2 March 2016). "Libel Law, Trump-Style". The New Yorker.
- Jose A. DelReal (29 February 2016). "Trump, taking aim at the press, vows again to ‘open libel laws’". Washington Post.
- South Florida Sun-Sentinel (14 March 2016). "Mayo: My choice at Trump rally - Leave or go to jail". Sun-Sentinel.com.
- Lopez, German (July 31, 2016). "Donald Trump proves he hasn't read the Constitution in statement claiming he has". Vox.
- Trump suggests loss of citizenship or jail for those who burn U.S. flags, Washington Post
- Trump had a different take on flag burning when he visited David Letterman last year, Washington Post
- Associated Press, "Paul Ryan's Endorsement of Donald Trump Comes With Caveats", Fortune (6/3/16 at 3:53 AM EDT).
- "Trump in 1999: 'I am Very Pro-Choice'". Meet The Press.
- Gladu, Alex, "Donald Trump's Abortion Punishments Don't Include Men For Whatever Misogynistic Reason", Bustle 3.30.16. I read The Handmaid's Tale and I thought it was a great blueprint for America.
- "READ: Donald Trump's Advocate Interview Where He Defends Gays, Mexicans". advocate.com. 28 September 2015. Retrieved on 26 June 2016. DT "Buchanan actually said gay people had chosen 'Satan and suicide.' Now he says he welcomes gay people into his campaign. The guy is a hypocrite."
- Edwards, David, "CNN host calls out Donald Trump: ‘What’s traditional about being married three times?’", Raw Story (6/28/15 at 09:37 ET).
- Duffy, Nick, "Trump says he’d consider overturning same-sex marriage in shock U-turn". pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved on 26 June 2016.
- Duffy, Nick, "Donald Trump admits opposing equal marriage is ‘dead issue’". pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved on 26 June 2016.
- McCormick, Joesph Patrick, "Donald Trump celebrated Elton John’s marriage in 2005". pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved on 26 June 2016. (Yes, technically this was a civil partnership and not a marriage, but Trump's easiness using the word "marriage" referring to it clearly indicates that he wasn't too bothered.)
- Parker, Ashley, "Donald Trump Says Transgender People Should Use the Bathroom They Want". The New York Times. 21 April 2016. Retrieved on 26 June 2016.
- Duffy, Nick, "Donald Trump reverses his ‘support’ for transgender rights". pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved on 26 June 2016.
- Duffy, Nick, "Donald Trump ‘wouldn’t block’ law to permit homophobic discrimination". pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved on 26 June 2016.
- McCormick, Joseph Patrick, "Donald Trump says he supports ‘the gays’ at a rally – ‘the gays’ respond perfectly". pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved on 26 June 2016. DT: "Ask the gays what they think and what they do, in, not only Saudi Arabia, but many of these countries, and then you tell me – who's your friend, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?"
- Wolf, Leon H., "Trump: I’m not Advocating for Guns in Classrooms, I’m just Advocating for Guns in Classrooms Sometimes", RedState (5/22/16 at 2:26 pm).
- Buncombe, Andrew (August 11, 2016). "Secret Service 'talks to Donald Trump' camp after Second Amendment comments about Hillary Clinton". The Independent.
- MacNeal, Caitlin, "NRA Says It's Willing To Meet With Trump About Guns And The No-Fly List", TPM (6/15/16, 1:32 PM EDT).
- Kapur, Sahil, "Trump Walks Back Remarks on Guns at Orlando Club After NRA Disagrees", Bloomberg (6/20/16 at 10:09 AM PDT).
- Michelle Boorstein and Julie Zauzmer, "Thrilling Christian conservative audience, Trump vows to lift ban on politicking, appoint antiabortion judges", WaPo (6/22/16 at 2:25 PM). When he panders, he panders hard. This is funny because it reads like Trump scrambling to bring in voters who ordinarily be locked-up in November.
- Gettys, Travis, "Trump panders to evangelical leaders by promising to force store clerks to say ‘Merry Christmas’", Raw Story (6/21/16 at 13:48 ET).
- Kelley, Marty, "LOL Hillary Clinton Might Beat Donald Trump In Utah", Wonkette (6/13/16 at 3:01pm).
- Guerra, Daniel, "Actually, Most Evangelicals Don’t Vote Trump", Christianity Today 5.28.16. Turns out there are people who identify as evangelical and those who go to church weekly. The latter went for Cruz.
- President Trump Complains, Laughably, About 'Due Process' by Benjamin Hart (February 10, 2018 11:52 am) New York Magazine.
- Engel, Pamela, "Donald Trump mistakenly invokes '7-Eleven' when talking about 9/11 terror attacks", Business Insider (8/19/16 at 9:30 AM ).
- "A transcript of Donald Trump’s meeting with The Washington Post editorial board", WaPo 3/21/16
- Romm, Joe, "Trump Even Gets Climate Denial Wrong", ThinkProgress Mar 24, 2016 8:00 am
- Trudo, Hannah, "Trump escalates attack on 'Mexican' judge", Politico (6/02/16 10:05 PM EDT, updated 06/02/16 11:27 PM EDT). It's amazing these people manage to tie their shoes in the morning.
- Louis Jacobson and Linda Qiu"Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim linking Ted Cruz's father and JFK assassination", Politifact (5/3/16 at 5:59 p.m.).
- Avlon, John, "Donald Trump Is Running for Richard Nixon’s Third Term", Daily Beast (02.14.16 9:04 PM ET).
- "Lawrence O'Donnell: Portions of Melania Trump's RNC 'pure plagiarism'", MSNBC 7.19.16. O'Donnell: "There is no university in America that wouldn't consider this plagiarism." Not at Trump University. That's A+ work right there!
- McAfee, Tierney, "Two Sides to Trump: His Friends and Foes Speak Out", People (03/30/2016 at 04:35 PM EDT).
- Laughland, Oliver, "Ex-Trump workers describe egocentric micromanager: 'Donald loves Donald'", The Guardian (3/14/16 15.01 EDT).
- Hugh Hewitt and Donald Trump talk 2016. DT: "I think I might be inclined to do that. I don’t think that’s that unusual, though. That’s been done before, hasn’t it, Hugh? (No.) ... Yeah, no, I like that idea very much." No spine or judgement whatsoever.
- Tani, Maxwell, "Donald Trump: 'I don’t want congrats' for 'being right on radical Islamic terrorism,' but I do 'appreciate' it", Business Insider (6/12/16 at 1:06 PM).
- Huppke, Rex, "Donald Trump makes 'tragic situation worse'", Guardian (6.14.16 at 1:18pm.) Nailed it! He sounds unhinged even with a teleprompter.
- Kevin Cirilli, Michael C. Bender, and Jennifer Jacobs, "Trump Holding Meeting With Advisers to Reassess Strategy", Bloomberg (6/20/16 at 2:00 AM PDT). Buried in this piece is Trump mistakenly uploading the wrong speech into his teleprompter.
- Mascaro, Lisa, "Donald Trump, minus teleprompter, is back ", LA Times (6/14/16 at 6:31 p.m.). Screw the nerds, let's go back to what's fun!
- Caldwell, Leigh Ann, "After Orlando, Republican Party Unity Behind Trump Grows More Elusive", NBC (6/15/16 at 10:50 am ET). Republican senators set a new record for “being late to meetings” or gluing cellphones to their ears as they hurry past.
- Jacobs, Ben, "Trump issues statement on Clinton that goes full conspiracy theory on lack of charges", Twitter (7/5/16 at 12:31 PM). The head of the FBI just railed on my opponent for 15 minutes? Better start talking about how untrustworthy the FBI is...
- Chason, Rachel, "House Republican sides with Comey over Trump on Clinton emails", CNN (Updated 7/5/16 at 11:12 PM).
- Lasher, Megan, "Eric Trump Says His Sister’s ‘Looks’ Qualify Her for Vice Presidency", TIME 7.7.16.
- Collins, Eliza, "Trump: I consult myself on foreign policy", Politico (03/16/16 08:24 AM EDT).
- Kevin Cirilli and Jennifer Jacobs, "The Ohio governor's advisers say he remains uninterested in the position", Bloomberg (5/10/16 at 2:00 PM).
- Graham, David A., "The Donald Trump Veepstakes: A Cheat Sheet", Atlantic 7.15.16.
- "Donald Trump introduces Mike Pence as VP. But first, a few words about Donald Trump". yahoo.com. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- Osnos, Evan, "Trump’s Convention Strategy: “The Fix Is In”", New Yorker 4.8.16. Trump's intolerance toward journalist critics also extends towards delegates who don't support him for the nomination. His top advisor, Roger Stone, threatened to release the personal information of all disloyal delegates.
- Schultz, Randy, "Rick Scott on Donald Trump's ticket? Folks, he's already there", Miami Sun-Sentinel (2/26/16 8:36 PM).
- Seung Min Kim and Rachael Bade, "GOP lawmakers skip Cleveland for fly-fishing, farming and haircuts", Politico (Updated 07/17/16 01:13 PM EDT).
- Janet Allon, "Dick Cheney sees threat to his title of most evil living Republican", AlterNet. (GOP:' "You need to be scared of Islamists, no one is doing anything!" Trump: "LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT MUSLIMS!" GOP: "What?? ZOMG no, what are you talking about?")
- "Trump officially joins Reform Party", CNN 10.25.99.
- Breshnahan, Josh, "Vulnerable GOP senators duck and cover from Trump", Politico (05/04/16 05:25 PM EDT).
- Kruger, Katherine, "Report: Trump Uses Chris Christie As ‘Manservant’ To Fetch His McDonald’s", TPM (6/13/16, 12:51 PM EDT).
- Mueller, Mark, "Some Jersey City Muslims did celebrate 9/11, cop and residents say", NJ.com (12/21/15 at 6:00 AM, updated 12/22/15 at 9:27 PM). It's a miracle. And the dozens shall become thousands!
- Tau, Byron, "George Will to Leave Republican Party Over Donald Trump’s Impending Nomination", WSJ (6/25/16 11:26 pm ET ). The George Will? DT: Bye, cuck!
- O'Keefe, Ed, "Dozens of GOP delegates launch new push to halt Donald Trump", WaPo 6.17.16. This is an interesting race tonight. 75% for Hillary Clinton, 22% for Mitt Romney, and we're actually polling a solid 3% for "Donald Trump, Fuck the World." This is fascinating."
- Isenstadt, Alex, "Hardly anybody wants to speak at Trump's convention", Politico (06/27/16 05:10 AM EDT).
- Patrick Healy and Ashley Parker, "Run on a Ticket With Donald Trump? No, Thanks, Many Republicans Say", NYT 4.30.16.
- Savransky, Rebecca, "Cleveland looking to buy riot gear for Republican convention", The Hill (March 03, 2016, 07:26 pm).
- Ferguson, David, "Trump-loving delegate announces he’ll be strapped with a 9mm Glock at RNC in Cleveland", Raw Story (7/1/16 at 10:34 ET ).
- "Republican letter urges party to cut Trump's funding". BBC News.
- Will, George, "Is Donald Trump a Democratic secret agent?", BBC. Donald trump is literally Hillary Clinton in a fat suit. Have you ever seen them in the same room since the election started?
- Lewis, Hunter, "What Populism Is And Isn't", Mises Daily 12.31.15 (Waaaah! Now the media is redefining populism as Trumpism! That's OUR word!)
- Trump slams McCain for being 'captured' in Vietnam; other Republicans quickly condemn him by Philip Rucker (July 18, 2015) Washington Post. All except for a weaselly, Thank you, Donald, for bringing up my next point stance from Cruz.
- Deferments Helped Trump Dodge Vietnam (April 28, 2011; updated July 18, 2015) The Smoking Gun. It never got in the way of his 18-hole golf game.
- Donald Trump's Own Secret: Vietnam Draft Records by Russell Goldman (April 29, 2011) ABC News.
- Killough, Ashley, "Trump: No regret over questioning McCain's heroism"], CNN (Updated 5/11/16 at 1:34 PM ET).
- chat tiest, (20 July 2015). "McCain: 'Term Of Endearment' To Call Trump Supporters 'Crazies'". Retrieved on 4 August 2016 – via YouTube.
- WhatViraling01, (9 August 2016). "Did Donald Trump just suggest "2nd Amendment People" shoot Hillary Clinton?" – via YouTube.
- Kuns, Karoli. "Trump Runs To Hannity To Shrug Off His Threatening Comments". crooksandliars.com.
- "Rudy Giuliani Defends Trump's 2nd Amendment Comments on 'GMA'". August 10, 2016. ABC News.
- Smith, David (10 August 2016). "Donald Trump hints at assassination of Hillary Clinton by gun rights supporters" – via The Guardian.
- Hillary said that guns don't keep you safe. If she really believes that she should demand that her heavily armed bodyguards quickly disarm! by Donald J. Trump (4:27 PM - 3 Jan 2016) Twitter.
- Donald Trump Suggests Hillary Clinton’s Bodyguards Should Stop Protecting Her: "Let's see what happens to her." by Mollie Reilly (09/16/2016 07:33 pm ET | Updated Sep 17, 2016) Huffington Post.
- With both candidates viewed unfavorably, expect a bloodbath by Joe Garofoli and John Wildermuth (June 11, 2016 Updated: June 11, 2016 9:10pm) San Francisco Chronicle.
- Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump-His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall by John R. O'Donnell (1991). Simon & Schuster.
- Interview with Robert Paxton, "Father of Fascism Studies: Donald Trump Shows Alarming Willingness to Use Fascist Terms & Styles", Democracy Now! 3.15.16.
- Lerner, Kira, "How Trump Has Inspired Violence Across The Country, In One Map", ThinkProgress (3/17/16 at 10:01 am).
- "Trump's Recent Behavior Is Even More Terrifying Than You Think". ThinkProgress. Characteristically, Trump said he's considering paying legal fees to McGraw.
- Kate Sommers-Dawes (12 March 2016). "All the times Trump has called for violence at his rallies". Mashable.
- "Black woman repeatedly shoved at Trump rally in KY". 2 March 2016 – via YouTube. Trump bemoans that America is too "nice" and "politically correct".
- Date, S. V. (August 9, 2016). "Trump Suggests Shooting Clinton, Her Supreme Court Picks, Or Both". The Huffington Post.
- "Trump denies conversation with Secret Service". msn.com.
- All the Evidence We Could Find About Fred Trump's Alleged Involvement with the KKK by Mike Pearl (March 10, 2016) Vice.
- Major Landlord Accused of Antiblack Bias in City by Morris Kaplan (October 16, 1973) The New York Times.
- Domonoske, Camila, "Trump Fails To Condemn KKK On Television, Turns To Twitter To Clarify", NPR (Updated 2/29/16 9:34 AM ET).
- Lorenzo Ferrigno, "Donald Trump was right. All these illegals need to be deported.", CNN.
- Zimmerman, Neetan, "Trump mocks Fiorina’s physical appearance: 'Look at that face!'", The Hill (September 09, 2015, 08:25 pm)
- Zimmerman, Neetan, "Trump: Megyn Kelly had blood coming out of her 'wherever'", The Hill (August 07, 2015, 09:51 pm).
- Hensch, Mark, "Trump: Clinton ‘got schlonged’ by Obama", The Hill (December 22, 2015, 08:10 am).
- "#LiveTweetYourPeriod". twitter.com.
- "Donald Trump Fans Attack Megyn Kelly With Sexist Slurs". vocativ.com.
- Jerde, Sara, "Trump: Megyn Kelly Should Give Me 'Half Of Her Salary' For Helping Her Ratings", TPM (3/21/16, 6:35 PM EDT).
- Stern, Marlow, "Bill Maher: Forget Trump, Megyn Kelly Should Be the GOP Nominee for President", Daily Beast (01.29.16 7:50 PM ET).
- "Donald Trump’s new low of attacking Ted Cruz’s wife fits perfectly into his campaign strategy". Vox.com.
- A power structure on which he knowingly capitalizes
- Her people thought she was both crazy and a liar
- Trump sued for defamation by former Apprentice Summer Zervos
- A Running List Of The Women Who’ve Accused Donald Trump Of Sexual Assault: All their stories in one place by Catherine Pearson et al. (10/13/2016 04:24 pm ET Updated Oct 28, 2016) Huffington Post.
- President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete list by Meg Kelly (November 22, 2017 at 3:00 AM) The Washington Post.
- Trump says sex harassment claims are ‘fake news,’ but there are corroborators by Glenn Kessler (October 27 at 6:14 PM) The Washington Post.
- Staff (June 16, 2015). "Full text: Donald Trump announces a presidential bid". Washington Post.
- Saul, Heather (July 24, 2015). "Donald Trump declares 'the Hispanics love me – they were chanting for me' after being met by protesters at US-Mexico border". The Independent.
- Miller, Katherine; McDermott, Nathan; Stanton, John (August 13, 2016). "After Mexican “Rapists” Comment, Ivanka Trump Wrote An Unused Clarification". BuzzFeed.
- Michael Allen, "Trump Campaign Unaware That Man Shouted 'White Power' At Alabama Rally (Video)", Opposing Views.
- "How Corporations and Politicians Use Numbers to Lie — and How Not to Be Fooled". Alternet.
- Aviva Shen, "Donald Trump: My Fans Were Right To Beat Up Black Protester", Thinkprogress.
- Benjy Sarlin. "Trump Audience Member Yells Nazi Salute as Protester Removed From Las Vegas Rally". NBC News.
- "Black college students kicked out of Trump rally in Georgia for no reason". rawstory.com.
- "Donald Trump Keeps Lying About New Jersey 9/11 Celebrations". The Huffington Post. 29 November 2015.
- "Man Asks Trump: 'When Can We Get Rid' Of All The Muslims In America? His Answer Was Horrifying.". ThinkProgress.
- Donald Trump: Dick Cheney’s Book Is ‘Very Very Angry And Nasty’, ThinkProgress. Wouldn't you expect Trump to congratulate this man on his undeserved path to fortune?
- Tierney McAfee, "Speaker Paul Ryan Disavows Trump for Call to Ban Muslims, as White House Says Trump's 'Morally Reprehensible' Plan 'Disqualifies Him' from Being President", People.
- Scott Eric Kaufman, "Watch “Morning Joe” Scarborough cut to commercial in the middle of an interview because someone won’t shut up", Salon.
- LoBianco, Tom, "Trump 'postpones' Israel trip after Netanyahu criticism", CNN (Updated 12/10/15 at 10:39 AM ET).
- Stokols, Eli, "Trump plans AIPAC surprise", Politico (03/20/16 03:52 PM EDT).
- Phillip Bump, "Donald Trump backs a federal database to track Muslims — but not gun sales", Washington Post.
- Peter Suderman, "Donald Trump’s Nativist Campaign is Rallying Racist Supporters", Reason.
- Buchanan: "I'm delighted Trump is in the race."
- Andrew Kaczynski, "Top racists and neo-Nazis back Donald Trump", BuzzFeed. So, if we take Donald at his word, he has all but admitted to having at least one important-ish fascist ally. Good job, Donald. Good job.
- Jim Gilchrist, "Umf and Ted Cruz should run for VP, too. DON'T TREAD ON ME, MAN"
- "'Poland is Dying Under EU Occupation': Warsaw Should Follow British Suit", Sputnik News (5/31/16 at 4:38 pm, updated 4:57 pm).
- Kirkland, Allegra, "French Far-Right Party Leader: Trump’s Muslim Ban Goes Too Far", TPM (12/11/15 at 12:17 PM EST).
- "An Energized White Nationalist Movement Rallies Behind Trump’s Immigration Plan". Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Marshall Kirkpatrick (January 26, 2016). "Data: 62% of the people Donald Trump RTed this week follow multiple White Supremacist accounts". Little Bird.
- "American Nazi Party Chairman: Trump's Muslim Ban Is Unrealistic". BuzzFeed.
- Trump Thanks Self-Described Dutch White Supremacist For His Support by Catherine Thompson (October 8, 2015, 1:57 PM EDT) Talking Points Memo.
- Brianna Ehley, "Trump: I don't want David Duke's endorsement", Politico.
- "White Supremacist Organizations Officially Endorse Donald Trump", Ring of Fire Radio.
- Andrew Anglin. "The Donald Does the Ultimate Evil and Retweets a Hateful Racist" (archived at archive.is) The Daily Stormer. October 9, 2015.
- Ben Schreckinger, "He's sparked an insurgency", Politico.
- "Free to say what they really believe". Butterflies and Wheels. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- Claire Phillips, "Donald Trump likens Ben Carson's 'pathological' temper to child molesting", The Guardian.
- Salinger, Tobias. "Neo-Nazi child molester declares support for Donald Trump as he’s sentenced to 50 years behind bars" New York Daily News. Friday, November 6, 2015, 9:02 PM.
- Husband, Andrew. "Trump Endorsed By Ex-KKK Leader, Convicted Child Molester During Trial" Mediaite. 12:26 pm, November 6th, 2015
- Spargo, Chris. "Donald Trump supporter with multiple white supremacist tattoos on her hands features in news report about the GOP front-runner" Daily Mail (archived 26 March 2016 via archive.is), 17 March 2016.
- Sargent, Jordan. "PBS News Story on First-Time Trump Voters Prominently Displays Longtime White Power Tattoos" Gawker (archived 17 March 2016 via archive.is), 16 March 2016.
- "88" (archived 1 June 2015 via archive.is) and "Celtic Cross" (archived 26 March 2016 via archive.is) on the Hate on Display: Hate Symbols Database at the website of the Anti-Defamation League.
- Jason Wambsgans. "Trump supporter outside UIC" Chicago Tribune.
- Eli Rosenberg. "Trump Supporter Who Made Nazi Salute Explains Why She Made the Gesture" The New York Times.
- Clemence Michallon. "Trump fan defends snap of her doing the Nazi salute - saying she was just showing 'rude' protesters how 'to do it right'" The Daily Mail (archived at archive.is on 29 March 2016), 13 March 2016.
- Silverstein, Jason (March 29, 2016). "Donald Trump Jr. apologizes for incorrectly labeling woman as Bernie Sanders-supporting 'Nazi'". NY Daily News.
- Ruth Ben-Ghiat. "With Trump's Twitter history, latest no surprise". CNN News. July 5, 2016.
- Jeremy Diamond. "Trump campaign defends tweet as a 'basic star' in wake of criticism". CNN News. July 5, 2016.
- Seth Maxon. "Trump Points Out 'Star of David' on Frozen Coloring Book No One Ever Noticed". The Slate. July 7, 2016.
- Trump's campaign team are usually so keen to attribute their lifted Twitter memes – why not this one?
Anthony Smith. "Donald Trump's "Star of David" Hillary Clinton Meme Was Created by White Supremacists". News.Mic. July 3, 2016.
- Trump Rolls Out Anti-Semitic Closing Ad by Josh Marshall (November 5, 2016 8:22 pm) Talking Points Memo.
- Tito Ojo-Medubi, "Is Donald Trump in the KKK? The Crusader newspaper endorses him for president", Inquisitr
- Trump says he'll "never, ever forgive" voters if he loses the election (Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 01:30) Reuters.
- Maxwell Tani, "'That doesn't make any sense': Obama responds to Trump's claim that the November election will be 'rigged' ", Business Insider
- What would happen if Donald Trump refused to concede this election?
- Adam Kelsey, "What Happens if Donald Trump Doesn't Concede the Election?", ABC News
- Islamist extremists celebrate Trump’s election win by Ishaan Tharoor (November 9 at 2:47 PM) The Washington Post.
- Nicole Gaouette, Elise Labott and Angela Dewan, Russia's Putin, others pleased as Trump win shocks world, CNN
- Feliks Garcia, Ku Klux Klan announces Donald Trump victory parade as white supremacists celebrate nationwide, The Independent
- Ishaan Tharoor, Islamist extremists celebrate Trump’s election win, The Washington Post
- Video, Europe's far-right celebrates Trump victory, Reuters
- ‘The era of the Palestinian state is over’ — Israeli right celebrates Trump win Mondoweiss
- Philippines' Duterte says to stop quarrels with U.S. after Trump win (Wed Nov 9, 2016 | 2:52pm EST) Reuters.
- Trump, Turkey's Erdogan discuss boosting ties, fighting terrorism: sources (Wed Nov 9, 2016 | 4:07pm EST) Reuters.
- 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.
- What we talk about when we talk about Donald Trump and ‘gaslighting’ by Caitlin Gibson (January 27 at 1:25 PM) The Washington Post.
- 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.
- Bernie Sanders: Donald Trump is 'pathological liar': 'He changes his mind every single day' by Ben Kentish (Friday 9 December 2016) The Independent.
- We Asked a Psychologist Whether Donald Trump Is a Pathological Liar by Celeste Katz (May 04, 2016) Mic.
- Temperament Tantrum: Some say President Donald Trump's personality isn't just flawed, it's dangerous by Olive Murphy (Jan. 27, 2017, at 6:00 a.m.) U.S. News & World Report.
- 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.
- 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.
- Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism
- An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump's Mental State by Allen Frances (February 15, 2017) The New York Times.
- 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.
- Waldman, Paul, "How Donald Trump fooled the GOP into believing he 'tells it like it is'", The Week 9/11/15. Your racist uncle has been saying the exact same stuff as Trump on Facebook for years. Is he a media master too?
- Sargent, Greg, "Morning Plum: Democrats want compromise. Republicans don’t. That’s bad for Democrats.", WaPo 11.14.14.
- Engel, Pamela, "Donald Trump taunts Jeb Bush for ditching his glasses in favor of contacts", Business Insider (2/17/16, 11:40 AM).
- Bump, Phillip, "Losers: A list by Donald Trump", WaPo 8.8.15.
- Wilstein, Matt, "CNN Helps Trump Brand Jeb Bush as ‘Low Energy'" Mediate (9/8/15 6:26 pm).
- Merda, Chad, "Trump on Romney: ‘He just choked, choked like a dog'", Chicago Sun Times.
- Donald Trump Calls Mitt Romney ‘Irrelevant’ ‘Choke Artist’ by Paola Chavez & Veronica Stracqualursi (Mar 3, 2016, 2:40 PM ET) ABC News.
- Bump, "Donald Trump: The perfect candidate for the Reagan era", WaPo 8.13.15.
- Schwartz, Ian, "Trump to Hillary: I Don't Want To Make America Whole Again, I Want To Make America Great Again", RCP 3.1.16.
- Donald Trump: Conservative group mocking me sought my money by Jake Miller (June 18, 2015, 2:36 AM) CBS News.
- Trump supporters have the worst Facebook grammar, study finds by Justin Wm. Moyer (October 7, 2015). Washington Post.
- Shafer, Jack, Is Donald Trump Smarter Than a Third Grader?, Politico 8/13/15.
- This is what Trump's border wall could cost US by Kate Drew (October 9, 2015) CNBC
- Trump Won’t Prove He Was a ‘Super Genius’ at Wharton by Gideon Resnick (September 21, 2015) The Daily Beast
- This is the most Donald Trump interview Donald Trump has ever given by Chris Cilliza (Decemeber 09, 2015) The Washington Post
- Cudmore, Becca, "How Donald Trump Brainwashes", Brain Decoder 12.8.15.
- Eglot, Jessica, "Is Donald Trump right that more British Muslims fight for Isis than the UK army?", The Guardian (12/11/15 at 09.08 EST).
- Geraghty, "Trump Only Cares About Trump", National Review Online March 30, 2016.
- "Donald Trump on Minimum Wage", TIME
- "Trump Flunks Immigration", WaPo.
- Eugene Kiely. (February 19, 2016). "Donald Trump and the Iraq War".
- Meghashyam Mali "Trump: GOP rivals want to 'start World War III over Syria'", The Hill.
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- Donald J. Trump (October 31, 2015). "Tweet Number 660597552023228416". Twitter. ".@thehill John Oliver had his people call to ask me to be on his very boring and low rated show. I said "NO THANKS" Waste of time & energy!"
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- 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.
- Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All: The Art of the Deal made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it by Jane Mayer (July 25, 2016) The New Yorker.
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- Aston Villa takeover: Business associate of US billionaire Donald Trump current 'front-runner'. Exclusive: Club need owner with deep pockets after annual losses of £52m last year and may have found them in Tevfik Arif by Russell Lynch (Thursday 29 May 2014) The Independent (archived copy from March 26, 2016).
- Trump pal busted for allegedly running hooker ring on yacht by Brian Kates & Rich Schapiro (Friday, October 1, 2010, 4:00 AM) Daily News.
- Kazakh businessman Tevfik Arif denies sex party allegations. Arif describes charges that he bankrolled party on Turkish yacht – once used by Kemal Ataturk – as 'imaginary'. Update: In April 2011, Tevfik Arif was acquitted of all charges Monday 2 April 2012 07.26 EDT) Associated Press' (archived copy from March 30, 2016).
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- Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges 34 Members and Associates of Two Russian-American Organized Crime Enterprises with Operating International Sportsbooks That Laundered More Than $100 Million: Twelve Charged with Racketeering, Others Charged with Money Laundering, Extortion, Fraud, Operating Illegal Poker Rooms in New York City; One Enterprise Allegedly Laundered Money from Russia, Ukraine Through Cyprus Shell Companies, Bank Accounts to U.S. (April 16, 2013) FBI: New York Field Office (archived copy)
- How Did an Alleged Russian Mobster End Up on Trump's Red Carpet? And here's a coincidence: The guy was indicted for being part of a global gambling ring run out of Trump Tower The ring was busted in Trump Tower in 2013 but Tokhtakhounov was not present by David Corn and Hannah Levintova (Sep. 14, 2016 5:00 AM) Mother Jones
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- Definition of Democratic backsliding
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- Declining trust in government is denting democracy
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- The Signal Sent by Picking Jeff Sessions for Attorney General: The United States's top law-enforcement official possesses sweeping discretionary power—and the Alabama senator’s record suggests how he'll use it by Garrett Epps (Nov 21, 2016) The Atlantic.
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- Any connection between Tillerson and Russia is merely a coincidence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6alHr_ZTdQI/
- Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Pick, Has Steered Money From Public Schools by Kate Zernike (Nov. 23, 2016) The New York Times
- Ben Carson made it clear that he was too inexperienced for a Cabinet job. Now Trump says he's considering Carson for one by Evan Halper (Nov. 22, 2016, 9:59 a.m.) Los Angeles Times.
- Pruitt tapes revealed: Evolution's a 'theory,' 'majority' religions under attack. Politico. March 2, 2018.
- The other huge scandal Mueller brought to light this week by Dana Milbank (November 1, 2017 at 9:34 PM) The Washington Post.
- Sam Clovis withdraws his nomination for USDA’s top scientist post after being linked to Russia probe by Juliet Eilperin & Philip Rucker (November 2, 2017 at 11:58 AM) The Washington Post.
- Trump isn’t hiring enough friends and family by Dana Milbank (February 27, 2018 at 7:38 PM) The Washington Post.
- Rep. Stewart: Hope Hicks' white lies answer 'a setup' by intel Dems. CNN. March 2, 2018.
- Trump's 24-year-old drug policy appointee was let go at law firm after he 'just didn't show' by Dalton Bennett (January 20, 2018) The Washington Post.
- "Trump's executive order on refugees closes America to those who need it most". 2017-01-27. http://www.vox.com/2017/1/27/14370854/trump-refugee-ban-order-muslim. "Trump signed an executive order Friday afternoon that bans all immigrants and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US for 90 days [...]. It slashes the US's refugee quota for 2017 to less than half of the level set by President Obama, directs the US to prioritize 'religious minorities' for the remaining slots […]."
- Trump is desperate to protect himself. But from what? by Ruth Marcus (January 5, 2018) The Washington Post.
- So Trump went, MAGA hat in hand, trolling for seals of approval. Pathetic groveling proves consciousness of guilt. by Laurence Tribe (5:33 AM - 23 May 2017) Twitter.
- If Trump knew Jr wd need to testify under oath this cd be witness tampering + evidence of consciousness of guilt by Laurence Tribe (1:09 PM - 1 Aug 2017) Twitter.
- This is beyond just consciousness of guilt by @realDonaldTrump. This is a cover-up. Fun fact: Nixon resigned because of the cover-up. by Ted Lieu (3:01 AM - 1 Aug 2017) Twitter.
- I am a Dem. The evidence shows not just collusion, but also Obstruction of Justice by @POTUS on multiple occasions. The below tweet by @realDonaldTrump again screams CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT. by Ted Lieu (6:17 PM - 10 Jan 2018) Twitter.
- As a former prosecutor, it is clear to me that the repeated attempts by @POTUS to influence the criminal investigation against him, such as this attempt to order AG Jeff Sessions to not recuse, screams CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT. by Ted Lieu (3:20 AM - 5 Jan 2018) Twitter.
- As a former prosecutor, I find Trump's firing of Comey SCREAMS consciousness of guilt and a cover up. We need a special prosecutor NOW. by Ted Lieu (2:49 AM - 10 May 2017) Twitter.
- Article based on 30 sources shows @POTUS fired Comey primarily b/c of the Russia probe. ->CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT!!<- by Ted Lieu (6:42 AM - 11 May 2017) Twitter.
- WaPo: "Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?" by Ted Lieu (5:10 AM - 23 May 2017) Twitter.
- CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT by Ted Lieu (5:08 AM - 21 Jul 2017) Twitter.
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