In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I loathe Donald Trump and don’t want the man to be President. I’m in the process of publishing a list of 2016 reasons to oppose him. Trump’s followers have a tendency to ask for reasons why people don’t like them and they tend to dismiss them as having no basis in reality. They even suggest that Mr. Trump has been misunderstood by the media and by people who’ve watched his speeches live. This list will hopefully show that Donald Trump has been advocating for some pretty awful stuff throughout his career as a real-estate-developer-turned-reality-television-star-turned-presidential-candidate. His “gaffes” aren’t new, nor is his bigotry. And alleging a 43 year campaign by the media to smear him and ruin his chance at becoming President is a big clue that he is the one who is saying things that are not based in reality.
132. Opposed to a living wage, then for it, then opposed to it… I don’t even know if Trump knows how he feels about raising the minimum wage at this point. He can’t keep his story straight if asked twice within a twenty-four-to-forty-eight hour period. I wonder if he contemplates raising the minimum wage while sitting on his gold throne.
133. Blamed concept of climate change on China. He now claims his 2012 tweet about China creating a climate change hoax was a joke. You know, like his hacking joke and his “blood coming out of her whatever” joke. It’s a good thing that Donald didn’t go into stand-up comedy because his comedy career would deplete the world of its tomatoes. Anyway, the supposed joke is something that he’s referenced repeatedly, even before he joked about it. If it’s really a “joke”, and “it isn’t, then even he doesn’t get it.
134. Taxing Chinese exports. He wants to put a forty-five percent tariff on Chinese exports. In other news, the zombie form of George III is planning on suing Donald Trump for using his shtick of supporting outrageously high taxes.
135. His claim of beating China in trade deals. He backed it up by saying that he owns part of a Bank of American building that he got from China in a war. Actually, it was a result of a relationship between Hong Kong billionaires and Trump after they helped rescue him from having to file another bankruptcy on a property; when the property was sold without his support, Trump waged a legal battle with them. That chunk of the bank building he bragged about getting was something he had to settle for after he lost the legal battle.
136. Said US leaders would invite El Chapo to become a citizen. Someone in his family or his campaign needs to take his Twitter account away from him.
137. Calls himself the least racist. Considering his lack of understanding of how even the simplest things work, it’s unsurprising that he considers himself to not be a racist.
138. Bragged about a former employee calling him the least sexist boss she’d ever had. Apparently, he didn’t realize that she didn’t say that he wasn’t sexist, just that he was the least sexist.
139. Stacie J. While Trump wants to capitalize on his fame from The Apprentice in this election, it’s important to remember every single time he did something flat-out-wrong on that show. Case in point, his treatment of Stacie J. Other competitors portrayed her as mentally ill because she consulted a Magic 8-Ball toy before her team did their tasks. He called her a “loose cannon” and fired her, violating the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. He fired her simply for behaving in a way that was perceived as being due to mental illness.
140. Trump stigmatizing the mentally ill. This is a continuation of the Stacie J situation. Because of Stacie’s quirky behavior he said, “This comes from two people, Stacie, that don’t like each other at all. The first thing they’ve agreed on is that you’re crazy…Stacie, if you have a problem, I don’t want you running my companies.” This suggests that Trump refuses to hire or continue to employ mentally ill people. This is backed up by his use of ableist terms like “nut job”, “crazy” and “wacko” to demean Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Elizabeth Warren. He conflates mental illness with crime and said that gun-free zones that gun-free zones are “target practice for the sickos and for the mentally ill.” A man who willingly tears down the mentally ill should not be in charge of a country where 25% of the population is believed to have a mental illness; and at least two-thirds are either unaware of it or are going untreated for it.
141. Painted himself as the hero of NYC in New York Times article in 1983. According to Trump, he alone is responsible for Grand Central being renovated and hotel jobs being saved.
142. Doesn’t like compromise. He told Life magazine in January 1989, “I’m not big on compromise. I understand compromise. Sometimes compromise is the right answer, but oftentimes compromise is the equivalent of defeat, and I don’t like being defeated.”
143. He suggested success/deal-making is genetic; that people who don’t succeed are afraid to or are “life’s losers”. In 1984, he told Lois Romano of the Washington Post, “Some people have an ability to negotiate. It’s an art you’re basically born with. You either have it or you don’t.” In The Art of the Deal, Trump said, “Most people think small, because most people are afraid of success, afraid of making decisions, afraid of winning.” He also said, “One of the problems when you become successful is that jealousy and envy inevitably follow. There are people—I categorize them as life’s losers—who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. As far as I’m concerned, if they had any real ability they wouldn’t be fighting me, they’d be doing something constructive themselves.”
144. “I love the poorly educated.” This was an insult to his fanbase, but, for some reason, it didn’t end his campaign.
145. “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Reince, Paul, Mitch, etc., you brought this shit-show on yourselves.
146. Disappointed over his bad marriages, but doesn’t think that they should count against him. You know, the ones where he cheated on his wives with single & married women? Yeah, he’s disappointed that they didn’t work out. I wonder if he even knows how fidelity works. Anyway, he thinks that his past indiscretions shouldn’t be held against him.
147. “I love beautiful women, and beautiful women love me. It has to be both ways.” That’s not how it works.
148. “Now, if your boss is a sadist, then you have a big problem. In that case, fire your boss and get a new job.” And he calls himself a blue-collar billionaire and says other politicians are out-of-touch with issues of the working class. Poor people can’t just quit bad jobs.
149. In 2012, he claimed he had people who could prove birther claims. They have yet to come forward. Even Wolf Blitzer couldn’t get him to show him the proof.
150. He believes there’s a “Muslim problem” in the United Kingdom. If you’re wondering why that makes you feel squicked out, it’s because it’s reminiscent of the “Jewish problem” phrase that was born out of Nazi Germany. It’s no coincidence when you consider that Trump has a lot of supporters who are both Islamophobic and antisemitic.
151. Didn’t believe Obama could go to Columbia or Harvard. His exact quote from an Associated Press interview in 2011 was, “I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.” Obama graduated from Columbia in 1984 and graduated magna cum laude with a Juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1991. So Trump not only doesn’t believe that the country’s first black President was born in this country, he doesn’t believe that he was smart enough to graduate from Harvard or Columbia. Well, I don’t really believe that Trump was smart enough to graduate from Wharton, so maybe he needs to produce his school records…and his taxes.
152. Said America was letting China rip them off because leaders were stupid.
“We have been disrespected, mocked, and ripped off for many, many years by people that were smarter, shrewder, tougher. We were the big bully, but we were not smartly led. And we were the big bully who was the big, stupid bully and we were systematically ripped off by everybody…They’ve done it through monetary manipulation, by devaluations. And very sophisticated. I mean, they’re grand chess players at devaluation…I like China very much, I like Chinese people. I respect the Chinese leaders, but you know China’s been taking advantage of us for many, many years and we can’t allow it to go on.
Why aren’t more Republicans speaking out about him bad-mouthing the USA and its leaders? Didn’t some of those folks threaten the lives of the Dixie Chicks for making a disrespectful comment about Bush?
153. “I’ve made a lot of money with the Chinese. I understand the Chinese mind.” Go away, dude.
154. Called for a Revolution after Obama was re-elected. He deleted the tweets.
155. Wants South Korea to pay for America “protecting” against North Korea. Yeah, another stupid tweet, but he’s also said it other places. He’s wrong. The South Koreans defend themselves, but pay for our assistance. But, guess what, part of why we’re helping is because we’re still engaged in the Korean War because it never ended and has no end in sight. So we’re not leaving because we’re a belligerent in that conflict. The person taking over the presidency should know these things.
156. “Must be a pretty picture you dropping to your knees.” In another The Apprentice “gaffe”, Trump obsessed over how Brande Roderick had begged Brett Michaels to let her keep her job. Hands up for people who think any person ever enjoyed giving Trump a blowjob or thought he was a pretty picture.
157. Mocked Katy Perry for marrying Russell Brand. Multiple times. Donald Trump is that relative that is obsessed with tabloids and celebrity gossip. In fact, he’s sent some rather weird and possibly obsessive tweets and a video on Instagram to her about her relationships–like with John Mayer.
158. Suggested Hillary Clinton couldn’t sexually satisfy Bill and that the lack of satisfaction indicated an inability to lead the country. If that’s his mindset, I guess he blames his ex-wives for his infidelity.