2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #64-84

Only four posts in and I’ve already touched a nerve.

It’s “biast” for me to express my own opinion. Oh my goodness. How dare someone have an actual opinion!

So, if you didn’t read my first, second, or third set of 21 reasons to oppose Trump, consider reading those before you read the next 21 reasons. After today’s post, there will be 95 more posts. If they were bottles of beer, this could be a song.

64. Donald Trump lied about witnessing Muslims celebrating 9/11 on a rooftop in Jersey City, New Jersey. I’ve mentioned Trump’s mocking of Serge Kovaleski, but not how he earned the ire of Trump. Kovaleski had covered a story in 2001 that suggested that there were people in Jersey City partying on rooftops. Donald claimed to see thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating on rooftops after the World Trade Centers collapsed. He claimed there was video of it on television all the time. When he was asked about it by George Stephanopolous, Trump said:

“It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.”

Except it wasn’t, because it didn’t happen. The story was never about thousands of Muslims. There was no video. It’s all in Trump’s head.

65. Trump insulted Seventh-Day Adventists. While speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida in October 2015, Trump, after talking about how he’s a Presbyterian, said, “Boy, that’s down the middle of the road folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just don’t know about.” While Trump’s dig may not sound that vicious, it was meant to be very vicious. You seem, some Christians don’t believe that Seventh-day Adventists are even Christian. This is a group that also refuses to vote for non-Christians. This was a time when Trump was behind Ben Carson by 9 percentage points; Carson is a Seventh-day Adventist. It was personal.

66. Trump hired Manafort. When Donald Trump dumped Corey Lewandowski and replaced him with Paul Manafort, very few people in America knew of the background of Manafort. Most stories touted him as having ties to the Republican Party. A few brought up some recent jobs of of his. Manafort has ties to Viktor Yanukovych, who was the the prime minister of the Ukraine at the time, as well as an ally of Vladimir Putin. In 2010, Yanukovych became the president of Ukraine, but had to flee to Russia during the 2014 revolution. Manafort was also a consultant of Yanukovych, helping Yanukovych’s first run for the Ukrainian presidency in 2004. When Yanukovych hired him after the first results were invalidated, Manafort was meant to improve his images. He was unable to in the time given, but Manafort continued to work within Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. Manafort was still working with the administration when Yanukovych fled and continued working within Ukrainian politics after he’d fled, including his reported involvement in the 2015 election campaign of Vitali Klitschko, who ran for mayor in Kiev. Now, Manafort is working with Donald Trump and was even used on July 27th on CBS This Morning to argue that Donald Trump had no ties to Vladimir Putin’s regime, which may have ties to the hacking of the DNC by Russians and subsequent Wikileaks email release.

67. Trump called Hillary Clinton “shrill” at a rally. A lot of people don’t like Hillary Clinton, but most don’t call her “shrill” at campaign events. Actually, he didn’t just say it once, he said it twice–over-pronouncing it the second time. I guess he wanted to make sure that everyone at his half-empty rally heard him correctly. He tried to suggest he calls men shrill, but if he has, it hasn’t been on Twitter. And he should know that the term “shrill” is meant to shut women up. My guess is: that’s why he said it. Luckily, it didn’t work.

68. Trump mocked Fiorina’s physical appearance. No, really. He did and managed to do it while being interviewed by Rolling Stone.

When the anchor throws to Carly Fiorina for her reaction to Trump’s momentum, Trump’s expression sours in schoolboy disgust as the camera bores in on Fiorina. “Look at that face!” he cries. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

When asked on Fox News if he really said something like that, he confirmed, saying, “Probably I did say something like that about Carly.” But he tried to walk it back with, “I’m talking about persona. I’m not talking about look.” Donald always has an excuse.

69. Donald Trump believes that John McCain shouldn’t be considered a war hero. While speaking at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Trump said of McCain, “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured.”

70. Donald Trump also stated that he doesn’t believe that people who are captured are war heroes. In his words, “I like people who weren’t captured.” He’s walked those comments back, because they didn’t go over very well, but they were still said. And his reframing of his comments (“If somebody’s a prisoner, I consider them a war hero.” and “If a person is captured, they’re a hero as far as I’m concerned. … But you have to do other things also.”) didn’t really explain the difference between McCain’s capture and the POWs who he actually sees as a war hero.

71. Trump comes up with childish and offensive nicknames for opponents. Little Marco. Lyin’ Ted. Crooked Hillary. Crazy Bernie. Goofy Elizabeth Warren. Pocahontas. Donald Trump is less witty and original than a third grade bully.

72. Trump wants to end Freedom of Press as we know it. Conservatives love to talk about how they have First Amendment rights and how they love using them to offend; they “don’t care about your feels” and want to “trigger” people with the words. Well, Donald Trump doesn’t feel the same. He wants to open libel laws up to sue the press for things that upset him.

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73. Trump mocked Ruth Bader Ginsburg. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her distaste for Trump, he responded with “her mind is shot.” Classy to the end, RBG didn’t fire back challenging his mental state.

74. Donald Trump not only wants a wall, he wants Mexico to pay for it. For some very odd reason, Donald Trump believes that his sacred wall should be paid for by another country. I’m fairly certain that the Constitution requires the United States to provide for its common defense, but apparently Trump has gotten a new copy of the Constitution that is missing the Preamble and the First Amendment. His planned wall is one of the best ways to tell that Donald Trump doesn’t know how to be the President of the United States.

75. Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. If ever there was a way to show that Mr. Trump is a bigot, it’s his proposed ban on Muslims. Trump has stated he wants to ban Muslims from traveling and immigrating to the country until we get terrorism under control. Terrorism isn’t something that can be controlled and denying people the ability to get to this country based on their religion or, as he’s also suggested, their country of origin will not stop it. If you look at the most recent “acts of terror” that have been “linked” to people who were born in America decades ago. You cannot define a terrorist based on the country they come from or the religion that they believe in.

76. Donald Trump gave Robert Pattinson dating advice. After Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson, and ended the sacred, beloved ship known as Robsten, Donald Trump, a serial cheater, gave Rob some advice. For almost a month, he gave him unsolicited advice.

77. Donald Trump is a cheater. He holds himself to be a moral man. He considers his beliefs on marriage and its sanctity to be a representation of traditional values. And, like it or not, he is the now standard bearer for a party that obsessed over his opponent’s husband’s adultery to an extreme. His own running mate wanted to make adultery illegal before joining Trump on the ticket. So how do the Republicans justify nominating a man who has never respected marriage vows or women.

78. Trump’s campaign lied about the plagiarism by Melania Trump. When Melania spoke at the Republican National Convention, people were amazed that this brilliant, beautiful woman gave a touching speech. People on the left and right had joked over her brains for months, and had suggested that her modeling career made her unworthy of being the First Lady. Their misogyny towards this woman was grotesque, but, for a moment, it was forgotten, until people realized that they’d heard the speech before. The campaign denied it. They suggested that the words could have come from My Little Pony or John Legend. Eventually, after days of denial, they said it was just a mistake. Why couldn’t they have admitted that earlier? Mistakes are forgivable. Covering them up is less so. The Trump campaign and members of the Republican Party knowingly attempted to deceived the public. Their little, lyin’,crooked, crazy, goofy cover-up was pathetic and deceitful and shows the character, or lack thereof, of the campaign and the Party.

79. Trump said that the Charlie Hebdo victims should have been armed. Donald Trump believed that the victims of the Charlie Hebdo slayings would be alive if France didn’t have strict gun laws. Like with several other mass murders, there was a cop who tried to stop the attack, but couldn’t. Donald Trump didn’t know what he was talking about then and he doesn’t know what he is talking about now.

80. Donald Trump claimed that every woman on The Apprentice flirted with him. Donald Trump wrote in his 2004 book Trump: How to Get Rich, “All the women on The Apprentice flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected. A sexual dynamic is always present between people, unless you are asexual.” No, Mr. Trump, it isn’t to be expected and it isn’t always present.

81. Trump repeatedly suggested that vaccines cause autism. He’s wrong.

He thinks scientists are lying to you about the causes of autism. Maybe he should have picked Jill Stein as a running mate.

Blaming Obama for autism sounds like something that Trump would say, but that’s because it is something he said.

Trump doesn’t understand autism. He doesn’t understand medicine. He doesn’t understand science. Discouraging well-tested medicine that prevents deaths from infectious disease in favor of fear of autism? We don’t need to give him more authority or influence in our lives. It would literally be sickening.

82. Donald Trump praised Saddam Hussein. Trump said of Hussein, “He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights — they didn’t talk, they were a terrorist, it was over.” It wasn’t the first time that Trump appreciated Hussein’s tactics. While he admitted that Hussein was a bad man, it isn’t enough to say that Hussein, a brutal dictator who terrorized his own people, was just a bad guy.

83. Trump said that an airplane above a rally was a Mexican attack. It may have been a joke, but it was a pathetic one meant to scare and incite people to be more xenophobic and angry.

84. After the shooting at the Pulse nightclub, Trump took credit for talking about terrorism. When 49 people died in Orlando, Donald Trump thought that the responsible and respectful reaction to the event was to take credit for having talked about terrorism. Donald Trump claimed credit for the actions of Mateen before Daesh ever had a chance to.

Pathetic, Mr. Trump. Really pathetic.

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2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #85-105

Hello, it’s me. Yes, I’m back on the last day of the Democratic National Convention to give the fifth list of reasons to oppose Donald Trump’s presidency and to oppose him in general. But if this list doesn’t convince you, maybe the previous four (1, 2, 3, 4) will. If that’s not enough, there will be another list of 21 reasons next time, and another the day after that, and the day after that…and so on until there are 2016 reasons to oppose Trump.

85. Trump supported Brexit. Donald Trump viewed Brexit as the British people taking control over their own country and borders, and putting their needs first, or so he suggested. Unfortunately, a man who somehow got a graduate degree from Wharton doesn’t seem to understand much about the economy. Apparently, business degrees don’t require that a person understand economics or global policy. Liam Fox, Trade Secretary for the United Kingdom, explained how woefully inaccurate Trump’s assumption that Brexit is all about focusing on Britain are, “In fact it was the reverse: In my view, it was about Britain becoming a much more outward-looking country.” He also saw Brexit as an opportunity to bilk money out of his supporters. Donald can’t ever miss an opportunity to do a little song and dance for a check from unsuspecting, innocent people. Sad.

86. …But he didn’t know how Scotland had voted in the EU Referendum. How does a man who was raised by a Scottish immigrant not know that one should never confuse the will of the English with the will of the Scottish? Scotland, along with Northern Ireland, voted to remain in the European Union, a decision that could dissolve the United part of the United Kingdom. It would officially change the way that Scotland and England have functioned for over four hundred years. If ever there was proof that total assimilation within a culture was a bad idea, it would be Donald Trump’s inept understanding of how Scotland fits in to the Brexit situation and into the United Kingdom in general. How do people judge this man to be competent enough to vote for?

87. Donald Trump claims that he broke the glass ceiling for women all by himself. I’ll repeat. Donald Trump claims that he broke the glass ceiling for women all by himself. He told Bill O’Reilly, noted White House slavery enthusiast, “Number one, I have great respect for women. I was the one that really broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women, more than anybody in the construction industry.He also told O’Reilly, “My relationship I think is going to end up being very good with women.” I don’t even know where to begin. Taking credit for breaking the glass ceiling? Even if he’s succeeded in helping women in one industry, it is not his place to say that he broke the glass ceiling. I guess if he was asked who gave women the right to vote, he’d claim he wrote the 19th Amendment and got it ratified on his own. I bet he’d even claim he was up in Seneca Falls. He might as well. He is taking credit for the achievement of women and of the hardwork put into giving full-fledged equal opportunities and rights to people regardless of sex or gender, even though he fails to pay women the same as men on his campaign. He is asserting his privilege to deny women the ability to say that they earned their position and that they fought for it. To quote the great philosopher and ethicist Taylor Swift, “I want to say to all the young women out there, there will be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work…you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there. That will be the greatest moment.”

88. Trump called pregnancies of employees an inconvenience for business. Yes, he actually said, “a wonderful thing for the woman, it’s a wonderful thing for the husband, it’s certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business” on video. So there’s proof that he feels this way. To summarize: the pro-life party is now being represented by a man who once called pregnancy an inconvience for business; and he said this after he began identifying as pro-life.

89. Trump has called Elizabeth Warren ineffective. To Trump, ineffective means that Elizabeth Warren pisses him off and doesn’t put up with his bullshit. He’s said she is the least productive Senator, that she gets nothing done, that she is weak. Elizabeth Warren should channel Mean Girls character Regina George and ask Donald, “Why are you so obsessed with me?” Because, clearly, he is.

90. Donald Trump insulted Warren by saying she has a big mouth. Apparently, Trump thinks that women who stand up to his childish behavior are worthy of scorn and deserve to be silenced for it. He’s even said that he wants to shut her up. Way to go, GOP! You’ve nominated a man wanting to silence women. Classy stuff, if you’re in the 1950’s.

91. Trump accused Hillary of only being popular because of the “woman card” and not for any other reason. In yet another example of Trump being an misogynist, he decided that Hillary was somehow getting more support because she’s a woman. He said, in a news conference at Trump Tower in April, “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.” He claims a former United States Senator and Secretary of State is unqualified. You know, unlike a “businessman” who has never served a day in office and who doesn’t know what NATO and the Geneva Conventions are. Oh, but Trump went on, saying, “Look how well I did with women tonight.” Yeah, by saying Hillary only did well because she’s a woman, Trump set a fire underneath the feet of many non-sexists who donated $2.4 million to her campaign within the last three days of April. I’m starting to understand why so many of his business ventures have struggled to succeed or outright failed. He sends people to the competition.

92. Trump’s taco bowl tweet. I’m not sure who advised Trump that it would be a good idea to pose with a taco bowl to show his solidarity with “Hispanics” on Cinco de Mayo, but someone did. And guess what? It inspired Twitter users, including comedienne Samantha Bee, to tell him just how ridiculously horrible the idea was. Even Jeb Bush understood how stupid it was and he had to remind his own supporters to clap for him.

93. Trump accused China of raping America. In what is probably best described as a disgusting foreign policy and economic gaffe of epic proportions, Donald Trump decided to proclaim that “we can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing.” As a man who likes to manipulate people financially, who is endorsed by a convicted rapist, and who has been accused of actually raping people in the “traditional” sense–because he’s all about being traditional–it seems rather odd that Trump would use the term “rape” to describe trade with China. Although, given his past behavior and his association with rapists, it makes sense that he would view the U.S. leaders at fault for the supposed rape; rapists and rape apologists do love to victim-blame.

94. Trump brought up his penis’s size during a debate. After Marco Rubio made a flippant remark about Donald’s hands being small at a rally, suggesting that his penis would be equally small, Donald Trump went full-on dudebro by talking about his penis at a debate. He wasn’t at a campaign rally or even doing an interview. He was at a debate. I can’t believe no one ever told him that you don’t whip it out, figuratively or literally, like that. Actually, with this candidate, I can believe it. He has absolutely no sense of decorum. And when he talks about other countries making fun of America over our political system, he should remember, they’re laughing at us because he’s making a fool of everything this country stands for. He is the joke, not the country, not our politics. Him.

95. Trump is untrustworthy. I know, I know. I called him a liar already, but one can lie and still be somewhat trustworthy. Trump isn’t one of those people. Trump is a con-man. He tries to make himself seem impressive, but he’s actually lacking–completely unfit for office.

96. Donald Trump is notoriously thin-skinned and hot-headed. As Elizabeth Warren told David Muir, calling Trump a “thin-skinned racist” isn’t name-calling, “it’s the fact.” Tom Rosshirt says Trump’s thin-skinned behavior is an example of his biggest weakness. It shows that he’s upset. O’Reilly told him he’s “too thin skinned”, and since conservatives like him–and who wouldn’t like the expert on so many things, like slavery and killing people–O’Reilly’s opinion matters. The National Review even referred to him as the Thin-Skinned Tyrant. But the most important people who think he’s too hot-headed to be the leader of the free world? The voters. I guess the Donald needs to learn to calm his tits.

97. Trump has bad judgment skills. A great example is his decision to “joke” about Russia and others should hack email servers, after hiring a campaign manager with ties to Putin. Or his love of Putin’s leadership skills and his intelligence–he even defended Putin killing political opponents and journalists. Or his insistence on calling people names. Or his decision to insult allies. Or his belief that, despite all actual evidence, torture works.

98. Donald Trump sues and is sued a lot. In three decades, he has amassed at least 4,056 lawsuits. He’s involved in at least 169 federal lawsuits. Just two days ago, the USA Freedom Kids, who performed that very disturbing and bizarre song and dance in January, decided to sue Trump for breaking verbal promises to allow them to perform at more events.

99. Donald Trump has repeatedly bashed Arianna Huffington. In 2012, Donald Trump told Arianna Huffington that her husband left her for a man because she was so unattractive. He’s been attacking Huffington and her website on a regular basis since then.

100. You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” In an Esquire interview from 1991.

101. The cost of his proposed wall negates any benefits. Donald Trump thinks it would cost $8 billion, but it would actually cost upwards of $10 billion, when you take into account things like construction and buying private land to build it on. The wall itself probably wouldn’t work to stop the flow of immigrants or smugglers and Mexico won’t be paying for the wall, so it would be practically useless. Besides, agents of the Border Patrol would actually prefer more equipment and agents to a wall, which they say are more effective than a wall or fence..

102. Trump blamed the riots in Baltimore on Obama’s race. I’m not sure how he made that logic jump, but he is Donald Trump.

103. Donald believes that his wealth is important to the campaign. Trump doesn’t miss an opportunity to bring up his wealth. Even in his announcement, he had to tell people, “I’m really rich.” If he’s constantly bringing it up, doesn’t that mean that he might be, I don’t know, insecure about it.

104. Donald Trump chose to mock climate change during a snowstorm. Actually, he’s done it a few times. He doesn’t understand that climate change works on both ends of the thermometer. That’s not shocking, since he doesn’t understand a lot of things.

When it comes to winter weather, Donald Trump is a dumbass.

105. Donald Trump is completely ignorant about climate change when it’s not impacting his resorts. His golf courses are protected from rising seas. In other words, he publically denies the science, but understands it when it impacts his pockets. Isn’t that kind of crooked behavior?

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Who Am I?

After I got a letter last week telling me that I couldn’t get my replacement Social Security card with the information I provided, I decided I would go in person. I still couldn’t get it. I gave the extremely condescending guy insurance cards, my EBT card, my photo voter ID, my expired permit, a statement from the doctor’s office I had just left, my library card, and most of my credit cards. None of it could be used. They have to “make sure” I’m really me. 

I asked why they couldn’t consult with the ADPH to get proof of my ID from them, since they issue birth certificates. He told me they don’t issue them. Bullshit. He then said that that would basically be completing an errand for me. 

They wanted me to go back to a doctor and get them a certified copy of my medical record because “THAT would be easiest.” I asked how they expected me to pay for it. They shrugged. I asked why they thought buying my medical record so I could prove who I am to get a free card so I could then turn around and prove who I am to get a license.1  I tried to explain why paying $30 to get the record was not a reasonable idea for someone who only receives around $700 a month. I asked him how much he made, but he said I shouldn’t try to make this a personal issue. I don’t think he understood that $30 dollars2 is around 5% of my monthly budget. Expecting me to spend 5% of my monthly budget to get a document so that I can get another document so I can get an ID to prove who I am is personal

I asked to talk to his boss. She was worse. She “explained” that they needed more biographical information—which only includes things that don’t change—including, in their words, name, date of birth, parent names, age, hair color, eye color, and sex; but it doesn’t include address because that can change. Apparently, they are unaware of name changes, adoption or foster care, birthdays, hair dye or aging, contacts or health condition, and being transgender.3

I understand why they restrict what they can take, but they don’t seem to understand that they’re making a vital piece of identification inaccessible for lower income people. They don’t understand that expecting someone who can’t drive and can’t work to provide information from the DMV or from their employer is laughable. Things that may be easy for one person to provide are difficult for people who lack money and access. 

Life isn’t easy for anyone, but it’s harder when you have more obstacles preventing you from accessing even the most simple of things. 

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  1. The guy then suggested I go get a new ID from the DMV. Apparently, he didn’t understand that having a social security card is a basic requirement for the DMV. 

  2. It’s the maximum that UAB will charge for records. If I was only on Medicaid, they couldn’t even do that. 

  3. When I pointed out a person can change their sex, she said that I was misunderstanding her words. 

2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #43-63

Another day, another detailed list of why Trump should not be President. And guess what else happens today? The Democratic National Convention starts. Yay! If you’re surprised that I’m a Democrat, you’re obviously new here. And if you’re new here, then you don’t realize that I’m posting 21 reasons every day for 99 days to show why Donald Trump should never be the President of the United States. I’m not trying to push any of the other candidates in these posts, even if I do prefer one party to all the others.

Now that I’ve gotten through with the disclaimer-esque statement, let’s get on to the discussion of Trump’s failings. Let’s see, we left off with Donald Trump allowing a racist gambler to dictate how he ran his casino, so let’s go to a similar claim about Mr. Trump and his casinos for number 43.

43. When Donald and Ivana would go to the casino, the bosses would order all black employees off the floor. For a man who vehemently denies racism, he’s done a lot of racist stuff. No one knows if it was just the bosses at his Atlantic City properties who made the order or if it was an order from the boss-man himself, but Kip Brown, a former employee, told The New Yorker about the “policy” last summer.

44. Donald Trump called black people lazy and said he only wants Jewish people counting his money. In Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump — His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall by John O’Donnell, one-time president of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, says that Trump once told him:

“Yeah, I never liked the guy. I don’t think he knows what the fuck he’s doing. My accountants up in New York are always complaining about him. He’s not responsive. And isn’t it funny, I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else.” Trump continued with, “Besides that, I’ve got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control…Don’t you agree?”

When interviewed by Mark Bowden for Playboy magazine in 1997, Trump responded that the account was probably true; but in 2016, he said that it was fiction. Are you starting to get the feeling that his claims of not being racist are a little disingenuous?

45. Trump was sued for lack of diverse employees in 1996 at a riverboat casino. Trump was sued by 20 African Americans in Indiana for failing to hire mostly minority workers for a Lake Michigan riverboat casino. Trump had promised that 70% of his workforce at the floating casino would be made of members of the minority community and 52% would be women. The lawsuit also alleged that he hasn’t honored commitments to steer contracts to minority-owned businesses in Gary.

46. Donald Trump is supported by Vojislav Šešelj. Admittedly, in late May 2016, Šešelj was acquitted by the Hague of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia in the 1990s, but that doesn’t make his January endorsement of Trump any more acceptable. His acquittal was blamed by the ICTY’s judges on the prosecution causing confusion over his role in the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia. If Trump is being openly supported by people who are linked to ethnic cleansing and is refusing to disavow their support, then what does that say about Mr. Trump?

47. Trump is also supported by the Daily Stormer, Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor, Michael Hill, and Brad Griffin. If Donald Trump was a shepherd, white supremacists would be his flock. It’s not a coincidence that white supremacists want Trump elected. He “speaks to” them, their hatred, their ignorance. The Daily Stormer’s publisher, Andrew Anglin, announced the support of Trump for his anti-Muslim plan with statements like “Heil Donald Trump — THE ULTIMATE SAVIOR” and “Make America White Again!” Anglin also appreciates that Trump has spoken negatively about Mexicans. Richard Spencer, who is “dedidcated to the heritage, identity and future of people of European descent” sees Trump as the candidate “bringing identity politics for white people into the public sphere in a way no one has.” Spencer said, “Identity is the most important question to answer. Who are we racially? Who are we historically? Who are we in terms of our experience? Who are we in terms of our community?” He appreciated that Trump “seemed to understand and echo many of his group’s ideas intuitively, and take them to a broader audience.” He also pointed out that “there’s no direct object” in Trumps’ statement relased disavowing David Duke’s endorsement. Spencer also believes that Trump will encourage more people to turn toward his beliefs. And while he used to believe that Trump might not share the beliefs himself, he now believes that “Trump thinks like” him and that that’s why people like him love and support Trump.

Jared Taylor was featured in pro-Trump, pro-white, anti-Muslim robocalls in Iowa by a super PAC. Taylor also appreciates Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric and said, “Ordinary white people don’t want the neighborhood to turn Mexican.” Trump failed to distance himself from the calls made on his behalf and even suggested that his supporters had “legitimate anger” behind their actions. Taylor has never supported a presidential candidate before, but he believes in Trump and thinks “someone who wants to send home all illegal immigrants and at least temporarily ban Muslim immigration is acting in the interest of whites, whether consciously or not.” Founder of the hate group League of the South, Michael Hill said, “I love to see somebody like Donald Trump come along. Not that I believe anything that he says. But he is stirring up chaos in the GOP and for us that is good.” Brad Griffin, writing under the name Hunter Wallace, is also a member of the League. In December, Griffin told Politico, “I think he’s doing a lot of this just to signal to people that he’s on their side.”

48. William Johnson was a delegate for Trump in California. For a brief time, Johnson, the head of the American Freedom Party, a white nationalist political party, was a delegate in California for Donald Trump. The campaign claimed Johnson’s name was the result of a database error. He resigned and stated he would not attend the convention.

49. Trump treats racial groups as monoliths. In addition to his taco bowl tweet, Trump has a history of looking at groups as though they’re monolithic. Like that time, in 2011, when he went on Talk 1300 in Albany, NY, and said, “I have a great relationship with the blacks. I have always had a great relationship with the blacks.” Aside from when he made the comment that Mexico was sending its rapists and drug dealers and the time he proved he loved Latinos by eating a taco bowl from the Trump Tower Grill, Trump said that he would take jobs from China and Japan and give them to The Hispanics. His exact words, “I’ll take jobs back from China, I’ll take jobs back from Japan. The Hispanics arae going to get those jobs, and they’re going to love Trump.”

50. Trump claimed that the mafia had infiltrated Indian casinos. In addition to the time that Trump suggested a tribe didn’t look like Native Americans, in 2000, Trump secretly approved of and financed an ad campaign that suggested Mohawks had ties to drugs and the Mafia. He was forced to pay a $250,000 fine after his role in the crime was discovered. It wasn’t the only time Mr. Trump tried the Mafia angle and may not have even been the last.

51. Donald Trump’s behavior surrounding the case of the Central Park Five. In one of his more despicable turns at being a fear-mongering bigot, Trump advocated for bringing back the death penalty as punishment for five minority teenagers who were accused and convicted of raping a woman in Central Park. Yes, he wanted to execute children. And when it was discovered over a decade later that the teens were wrongly convicted, Trump didn’t support letting them out of jail or paying reparations to them for their wrongful imprisonment because they weren’t angels. When the attack happened, Trump’s support of vigilante justice led to people wanting to hang one from a tree in the Park and horsewhip the others. In other words, Trump’s association with encouraging hate and violence is not new. The teens ranged in age from 14 to 16 years old when the attack happened. Members of the Central Park Five were shocked that he was the top candidate for the GOP, but said his unapologetic, vulgar behavior shows his character.

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52. Trump condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester. After a Birmingham rally in November 2015 where supporters beat up a Black Lives Matter protester, Trump suggested they had done the right thing and that “he should have been roughed up”. He considered protesting a “disgusting” thing.

53. Trump described Ferguson, Missouri as one of the most dangerous places in America. In May 2016, defying facts, Trump declared that Ferguson and Oakland are some of the most dangerous places in the country. He’d previously (wrongly) suggested that Ferguson was overrun run with gangs of undocumented immigrants in August 2015. Trump won’t let a little thing like facts get in the way of his fear-mongering.

54. Donald Trump said that Black Lives Matter lacked legitimate grievances. Donald Trump views Black Lives Matter as having “horrible” rhetoric and touts that it is “inherently racist. And it’s a very divisive term. Because all lives matter. It’s a very, very divisive term.” I guess divisive was on his word of the day toilet paper that day. He suggested that the real problems was that black people just don’t have the right spirit. He stated in 2015 that he thought “they’re trouble. I think think they’re looking for trouble. I think it’s disgraceful the way they’re being catered to by the Democrats, and it’s going to end up kicking them you-know-where. I don’t think it’s going to end up good.”

55. Trump called his supporters who had beaten a homeless Latino man in Boston “passionate”. When Steven and Scott Leader urinated on a 58-year-old Mexican immigrant sleeping outside the JFK/UMass MBTA station before beating him with a metal poll, they gave their favorite candidate a shout-out. Scott was quoted as saying, “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.” And what did Trump say? Oh, yeah, he said this: “It would be a shame…I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.” I’m fairly certain that urinating on and beating a man won’t make the country great again, unless your idea of great includes lynchings and other race-based violence.

56. Trump’s speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition in December 2015 was horribly antisemitic. When Trump spoke before the Coalition in December, he drew on old Jewish stereotypes, saying things like, “I’m a negotiator like you folks, we are negotiators.” and “Is there anybody that doesn’t renegotiate deals in this room? This room negotiates them — perhaps more than any other room I’ve ever spoken in.” If that wasn’t bad enough, he said, “You’re not gonna support me because I don’t want your money. You want to control your politicians, that’s fine. Five months ago I was with you.” Though the ADL didn’t feel that he was invoking stereotypes to be antisemitic, his other antisemitic behavior and statements make me question that reality. After Trump made comments which earned him quite a few boos, he still managed to get the Coalition’s endorsement.

57. Donald Trump is a narcissist. Armchair psychologists the world over have made this declaration, but so have some actual mental health professionals. Trump is a very angry man, who happens to be extremely extroverted and not at all agreeable, traits which fuel his aggressive and ambitious personality. People so low in agreeableness are often viewed as untrustworthy and dishonest, which makes sense given Trump’s PolitiFact ratings. Trump is an authoritarian. Developmental psychologist Howard Gardner told Vanity Fair that Trump is “remarkably narcissistic”, while clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis said he was “textbook narcissistic personality disorder.” Clinical psychologist George Simon is so convinced of Trump’s narcissism that he’s archiving video clips as examples of the characteristics of the disorder. Psychotherapist Charlotte Prozan said he was easy to diagnose based on his behavior within the first debate. Trump is dangerous.

58. Trump has encouraged attacks on journalists. Trump’s rallies featured one thing that many journalists seemed to be quite alarmed by: a corral for them where they were verbally assaulted by the candidate and, with his encouragement, his supporters. But it’s not just rallies. He’s incited bullying of journalists on platforms like Twitter as well. His anti-journalist behavior has even alarmed the Committee to Protect Journalists.

59. Trump through Jorge Ramos out for challenging him on his anti-Mexican speeches. When Donald Trump threw Jorge Ramos out of an Iowa press event in August 2015, Ramos remarked, “That’s the real Donald Trump.” And that turned out to be extremely accurate. Trump didn’t like the question that Ramos had answered and chose to have the Univision anchor thrown out of the event.

60. Trump insulted the intelligence of voters in Iowa. After hearing that he wasn’t doing well in the polls in Iowa, Trump rambled on for 95-minutes about how stupid he thought they were. In reality, Iowa is actually one of the smartest states. Anyway, I guess Trump thought that being an asshole would convince people to vote for him. It didn’t work in Iowa.

61. Trump and Mormons don’t mix. I don’t agree with the majority of members of the Church on a lot of things, but disgust for Donald Trump is one of those rare things that unites most Mormons–active and inactive, conservative and liberal. The Church itself has even spoken out against Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims.

62. Trump has advocated surveillance of mosques and shutting some down. He can suggest that it’s all about security, but when the government seeks to intimidate or oppress a religion, there will be problems. Governments have used surveillance and other threats against religious movements to discourage members from practicing their faith. It is often a step toward taking religious liberties away from people.

63. Trump has supported the establishment of a national database of Muslims. There was, as he should have expexted, a backlash. He, then, changed his position to a database of Muslim refugees, but it’s still a disgusting policy to even suggest. Do I need to explain why?

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2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #22-42

And so we begin day two in my almost Herculean task of listing the 2016 reasons why I believe Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency. As I mentioned in the first post, the 2016 reasons will be spread across 99 posts. The posts should be finished a few days before the General Election. As of this writing, I already have 365 reasons written down and have posted 21 prior to today.

22. Trump said he would punish women for having abortions. In an answer to Chris Matthews that caused pro-life groups to cringe and point out the absurdity of such a suggestion, Trump stated that there needed to be some punishment for people seeking abortions, but only for the pregnant individual, not the other “parent” and not the doctor. His campaign had to clarify the statement and, now, supporters of Trump like to say he was pressured into saying there should be a punishment for a person who receives abortion.

23. Trump’s family discriminated against black people and Puerto Ricans in its renting practices. They even denied housing to people who had been in the military. In 1973, their practices included marking non-white applicants as “C”—”colored”. The Justice Department filed a suit against Trump’s firm; it’s one of the largest of its kind from that time period. And when in court, their attorney, who had been an aide to civil rights hater Joseph McCarthy, portrayed them as victims of circumstance.

24. They preferred as tenants who were “Jews & executives.” Apparently being anti-black and anti-Puerto Rican wasn’t enough for the Trumps.

25. Trump has been late on taxes in New York. Multiple times. There have been over 100 lawsuits against Trump’s businesses for late or unpaid taxes. Even since his candidacy began, he’s been involved in five and had a tax warrant filed by the state.

26. Trump defrauded investors in Florida. In addition to more Trump University/Institute issues, and, potentially, a $25,000 payout to Pam Bondi’s campaign to drop her investigation, Trump managed to, along with a group of Tampa real estate developers, scam people into investing in a 52-story condo tower that they were told would be built downtown. The investments were made around 2004 and the condo was never built. Dozens of buyers sued, but only received a fraction of what they’d invested. The land was sold to another buyer less than a year ago. Similar incidents occurred in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Phoenix.

27. Trump has insulted the Chinese government. At the start of his campaign, Trump claimed to “beat China all the time” and that China was destroying America & its currency. He also mocked Asians and degraded them by speaking in broken English.

28. Trump said Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her” after the first Republican debate. He also managed to call Kelly unprofessional by asking him a softball question about his history of insults. I don’t know how anyone would have missed this misogynist debacle, but I guess some people have since it still gets downplayed. It wasn’t his only attack on Kelly—more on that later.

29. Trump repeatedly sparred with Rosie O’Donnell. Ah, yes, the individual who Trump believes is the only woman he ever insulted. In 2006, Rosie questioned why Trump chose to allow Miss USA to keep her title after she abused drugs and drank while underage. She felt it was inappropriate for him to discuss second chances and appropriate behaviors given his background. Trump, of course, felt that he was unjustly attacked and spat back, “Rosie will rue the words she said. I’ll most likely sue her for making those false statements–and it’ll be fun. Rosie’s a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.” In 2011, he felt the need to insult not only Rosie, but her new partner.

30. Trump retweeted a post by the user @WhiteGenocideTM. Twice. For some very strange reason, Donald Trump has yet to master the retweet button. He’s continuing to retweet tweets in the way that users had to prior to its invention. As a result, he ends up quoting white supremacists like @WhiteGenocideTM (twice) and posting racist memes from those users. To not understand the platform’s progress over the years is sad, but dog-whistling the racists? There’s something really screwed up about that.

31. Just a few weeks ago, Trump posted an antisemitic graphic featuring Hillary Clinton. I remember waking up to people talking about Trump’s Hillary tweet. Despite the Trump fan and campaign claims, the people I heard it from were not members of the media. I opened up his Twitter profile and looked at it for myself and figured out it was racist all on my own. (Their tweets had not suggested what was going on.)  But, in case you couldn’t figure it out by looking at it, it wasn’t just the Star of David. There was the claim of corruption and the pile of money behind it. If you’ve ever looked into antisemitism, not just including that perpetrated by the Nazi Party, but the antisemitism that predated it in Europe for over a thousand years, then it’s pretty clear associating corruption and piles of money behind that Star is like a neon sign promoting hatred of Jews. And when it was discovered that the image was made by and promoted by antisemitic individuals, there were lies about it from supporters and the campaign. I mean, sure, your racism is shameful, but you should own it. If he wants to be the new Hitler, then he needs to come out and say it.

32. To defend himself from controversy after the antisemitic Clinton graphic, he used a photo provided by white supremacists of a Frozen coloring/sticker book. Sometimes it feels like Donald Trump is that racist relative on Facebook that everyone has, but no one really likes talking about…because they’re racists.

33. Trump once said that a group of Native Americans wanting to open a casino didn’t look “real” enough for him. In 1993, Donald Trump  talked about how certain tribes that ran casinos didn’t meet his standards of what a Native American should look like.

34. Despite being told it is disrespectful, Donald Trump continues to refer to Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas. Because Elizabeth repeated family lore ,in scholarship applications, that her family had Native American ancestry, some pundits and Trump have been foaming at the mouth at the opportunity to use that against her. Calling her Pocahontas is him using Pocahontas’s name in a derisive way. And I’m fairly certain that the Donald could figure that out if he looked it up or listened to people speaking up about it.

35. For reasons no one understands, he felt the need to say Heidi Klum is no longer a 10. Body-shaming Heidi was something that flummoxed everyone, even Heidi.

36. After the shooting at Pulse in Orlando, he advocated that patrons should have been armed. Even Wayne LaPierre, a man whose judgment when it comes to arming Americans is always in question, realized that arming a bunch of drunk people would be a bad idea. So that’s one gun-free zone that even the NRA wants to keep gun-free. Trump eventually claimed that he meant that security should have been armed, which means he probably didn’t realize that the first person who Mateen ran into was an off-duty cop.

37. The mother of Chris Stevens, the Ambassador killed in Benghazi, had to make a public plea for him to discontinue using her son’s name & death in his campaign. It isn’t the first time that she’s spoken out about her feelings on his Chris’s death, but she has demand that the GOP and Mr. Trump stop politicizing her son’s death. Given his past behavior, I’m guessing Trump won’t be listening to her.

38. Trump felt the need to mock the heritage of Judge Curiel and question his integrity. Despite the fact that Judge Gonzalo Curiel has given Mr. Trump more leeway than many would in his insults and public discussion of the Trump University case, Donald felt the need to smear Curiel as racially biased and having a potential conflict of interest. Apparently, since Curiel’s family has Mexican ancestry he’s supposed to be more opposed to the idea of “The Wall” that Mr. Trump wants to build. But Judge Curiel was born in America, in the state where Trump’s running mate hails from.

39. Donald Trump promoted the rumor that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of JFK. During the Primary season, Donald Trump mentioned that he’d seen a picture of Rafael Cruz with Lee Harvey Oswald in Cuba. He claimed that its inclusion in the National Enquirer was proof that there must be something to his speculation. I don’t like defending members of the Cruz family, but this claim is much more batshit crazy than any claim that any Presidential candidate should make. We don’t quote the National Enquirer as a legitimate news source, k? 

40. Trump admires Vladimir Putin. I guess his subscription to the National Enquirer keeps him so busy that he’s never heard of what a dangerous man Putin is. But I know that a man who is legitimately suspected of killing rivals, has stripped the freedoms of Russians, was involved in acts of mass murder to justify the Chechen War (and frame the Chechen Muslims), and has supported the brutality Al-Assad doles out in Syria is not the kind of person a world leader should admire. If that’s the type of personality he looks up to, then that makes me cringe over what he might want to do here. This is why America can’t have nice things!

41.  Trump wouldn’t disavow David Duke or admit he knew who he was until after he was repeatedly asked to. When told that David Duke was endorsing him, he pretended to not know who that was. Then he claimed he’d already disavowed him based on something he said in 2000 about Duke

42.  Trump was once fined $200,000 by the NJ Casino Control Commisson because black card dealers were removed from the casino floor at the request of a big-spending gambler. No really. It happened. Robert Libutti didn’t want black people and women dealing cards to him. And the casino obliged. Apparently the management there couldn’t refuse to serve racists. Just think of that whenever he tweets about his “successful” businesses. He’s been catering to racist garbage people for decades.

Until next time.  

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2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump — Reasons #1-21

Sometimes in life I feel the urge to rant about things that bother me and, guess what, Trump bothers me. A lot. So I decided since it’s the 2016 election that I would come up with 2016 reasons not to vote for Trump. Of course I realize this may not convince people to not vote for him, but it will allow me to express reasons he should never be the President of the United States. I know 2016 is a lot of reasons to come up with, but I believe I can come up with them. I will try to remember to include links to information backing up reason so that you will see that this isn’t just me making baseless accusations.

There will be 99 posts of 21 reasons each over the next 99 or so days. This will give enough time before the election to get all 2016 reasons out.1

1. Trump is a liar.  As of July 23, 2016, only 29% of statements made by Donald Trump are considered Half True—15%, Mostly True–10%, or True–4% by Politifact. Even during his RNC convention speech, Trump couldn’t avoid lying.2 The Washington Post has accused him of being “pathologically dishonest“; the National Review labeled him the “post-truth candidate“.

2. Trump was accused of raping his first wife, Ivana Trump. During a deposition for their divorce, Ivana described a sexual assault perpetrated by Donald against her in 1989. When the rape was discussed in a 2015 article on The Daily Beast, Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization said:

“You’re talking about the frontrunner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as a private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse…It is true…You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”3


3. Trump was accused of attempting to rape Jill Harth. In 1997, Harth filed a suit against Trump alleging that he sexually assaulted her in 1993. Harth also accused Trump of repeated, unwanted sexual advances. She claims he groped her under the table at a restaurant and he pushed her up against the wall of his daughter’s bedroom and groped her again. The lawsuit was settled, though Trump denied the allegations.

4. Trump was accused of raping a thirteen-year old girl. The girl, publicly refered to as Katie Johnson, filed a lawsuit accusing Trump and Jeffrey Epstein of having solicited sex from her at sex parties at their homes in Manhattan in 1994. She claims Trump “took her virginity in 1994 when she was only 13 and being held by Epstein as a slave.” She said they threatened her family and her with harm if she didn’t comply. The claims were corroberated by a person referred to as Tiffany Doe.

5. Trump was implicated in the rape and disappearance of a twelve-year old girl. Katie Johnson’s lawsuit alleges that she was forced to participate in sex acts with a girl referred to as Maria Doe for the enjoyment of Donald Trump. Johnson claimed that Trump told her she “shouldn’t ever say anything if I didn’t want to disappear like Maria, a 12-year-old female that was forced to be involved in the third incident with Defendant Trump and that I had not seen since that third incident, and that he was capable of having my whole family killed.” These claims were also corroberated by Tiffany Doe.

6. Donald Trump is a birther. Remember when Trump decided to accuse Obama of not being born in Hawaii, meaning he couldn’t be the American president? Yeah, it was quite the story. And guess what? He still identifies as one, despite evidence that Obama was born in the country.4 Birtherism is blatant xenophobia, which has become Trump’s favorite -phobia. Well, aside from Islamophobia. And homophobia.

 7. In his campaign announcement speech, he accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug dealers. Supporters of Trump like to point out that Trump followed that up with the statement that “some, I assume, are good people“—which doesn’t make it any better. It’s like telling someone that the bowl of strawberries they handed you has rotten berries in it, but that some aren’t actually rotten. It’s a xenophobic, good-luck-guessing-who-is-bad statement. It’s fear-mongering. Trump supporters really ate those rotten berries up. And guess what? It’s pretty much bullshit.

8. Trump used slave labor in Dubai. Slave labor was used to build Trump International Golf Course in Dubai. This was supposed to be the “greatest golf course in the world” according to the more-humble-than-you-know Trump. Workers made less than $200 a month and lived in squalorous conditions.

9. Trump has been accused of sexual harassment and humiliation by former employees. This year, Elizabeth Davidson filed a complaint with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission over remarks made by Trump while she was working for his campaign in Iowa. He has been accused by multiple women of mocking or degrading women working for him, using dismissive and sexist language to refer to them.

10. Trump has stated that he is attracted to his daughter, Ivanka Trump. Multiple times. His first caveat with his incestuous attraction is that he’s married, not that she’s his daughter. He joked about how she’s she could be in Playboy and that he could date her.  He only asserts that he’s her father and couldn’t date her as a side note.

11. Trump sexualized Tiffany as an infant. In an interview, Trump stated he’d like his then one-year olds daughter Tiffany to inherit her mom’s breasts.

12. Trump is hypocritical on Clinton’s vs. Pence’s support of the Iraq War. In last week’s 60 Minutes, Trump defended Pence voting for the Iraq War, while simultaneously bashing Hillary Clinton for her vote. Pence is, according to Trump, entitled to make mistakes. Hypocrisy, Party of Don.

13. Trump is hypocritical over receiving money/favors from Saudi Arabia. In another case of “do as I say, not as I do”, Trump likes to imply that Hillary has received money from Saudi Arabia either personally or for her campaign. In actuality, it’s the Clinton Foundation, which Hillary isn’t even in charge of, that received donations. Trump, on the other hand, has been personally bailed out twice by a Saudi prince.

14. Trump encouraged violence throughout the primaries. Though he would try blaming it on supporters of Bernie Sanders, Trump repeatedly incited violence at campaign events. And he hasn’t stopped encouraging it.

15. Trump University was never a university, it was always a scam. Despite the name, it wasn’t a school. In 2011, the New York Attorney General investigated it for illegal business practices and filed a lawsuit alleging them as a result of what was found during investigations.

16. Trump has had not one bankruptcy…

17. Not two bankruptcies…

18. Not three bankruptcies…,

19. But FOUR. Four bankruptcies have been filed as a result of his business dealings.

20. Trump mocked a disabled journalist. In November 2015, Trump went on stage & mocked Serge Kovaleski’s hand movements; Kovaleski has a congenital joint disorder.

21. Donald Trump thinks he owns black people. He’s repeatedly talked about black people belonging to him.

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  1. Yes, I did the math so that it would work out evenly—or, more appropriately, oddly. 

  2. Oddly enough, his first lie that night was about there being a lack of lies at the 2016 convention. 

  3. New York’s law allowing marital rape was struck down in 1984—five years before the rape took place. 

  4. Even if he wasn’t, he’s considered a natural born American because his mom is from Kansas. 

Remembering Jay

If you are feeling extra generous tonight or if you just want a tax credit, send donations to Freeman Recovery Center in Dickson, Tennessee or another rehab/treatment center in memory of Jay Barton. He was good people and a donation is a good way to honor him, his family and his friends.