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.
I feel sorry for Rosie ‘s new partner in love whose parents are devastated at the thought of their daughter being with @Rosie–a true loser.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2011
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.
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.