2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #106-131

Sorry that I fell behind by a few days. I had some stuff come up in my family that took precedence. I have decided that splitting each list up into 21 items is a bit too anal of me. I’ll get as many done in a day as I can. That may mean huge lists some days and really small ones on other days. I have a feeling that if you’re looking for reasons to oppose Donald Trump, no list can be too big or too small.1

I’m also going to begin posting each reason on my Twitter account under #2016Reasons. I’ve already been posting each of these posts to that hashtag.

106. Trump said that you never see thin people drinking Diet Coke. Despite the fact that he drinks the soda, Trump enjoys fat-shaming people who drink the soda. I guess that it’s a case of do as I say, not as I do, also known as typical Donald Trump.

107. Donald Trump talks about women like they’re his property. You should know by now that I’m not joking when I say things like this, so yes, he really uses possessive language about women. Specifically, he said, “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.” And if you’re thinking, “well, at least it’s a compliment,” then I’m going to assume that you’re probably going to vote Republican anyway. People cannot be owned. Now, I know that Trump has a history of trying to get around that by “employing” people who are in forced servitude (slavery) to build things for him, but the statement stands.

108. He thinks he can brag about humility. When Lesley Stahl interviewed him for 60 Minutes after he announced that Pence would be his running mate, he said this about himself:

“I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.”

And it wasn’t the only time he felt the need to brag about how humble he is. He once even compared his humility to that of the Pope. Donald, Donald, Donald. Do you not understand how humility works? It’s not something that you can brag about. Well, obviously, you can brag about anything, but if you’re bragging about being humble, then you are not humble. Know why? It’s what the word means:

Humility: a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.

Bragging about humility is a bit like fat-shaming people for drinking Diet Coke while guzzling a tiny little bottle of Diet Coke on board a private plane.

Yeah, I said it.

109. “The point is, you can never be too greedy.” I shouldn’t be surprised that Donald subscribes to the Gordon Gekko philosophy of wealth acquisition. Maybe, like many, he doesn’t understand that Gekko wasn’t the hero of those movies. He was the villain. Perhaps, he was inspired by the Ferengi in the Star Trek universe; failing to recognize that they too were meant to be antagonists. Or maybe it’s due to growing up in a wealthy family; he never learned that life isn’t about being the wealthiest person in the room or becoming the wealthiest person in the room. He values his bank balance more than he values lives. Is that the kind of person that you want running the United States?

110. Political events are about ratings for him. Whether talking about the debates or the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump obsessed over how many people were watching. I hate to break it to him, but a lot of people who watched those things aren’t even voting for him. At a certain point, watching Trump speak became more about either laughing at him or trying to determine just how out there the man is. But even if people were watching to root him on in his fight against the establishment–aka himself–believing that ratings are the most important part of the events proves how out of touch he is with the importance of the job he’s campaigning to have. Debates and conventions are not just job interviews, they’re part of national conversations where we all start determining where exactly this country should stand on a variety of important issues. Since Trump doesn’t even bother to share his plans for working on those issues, it’s clear that he doesn’t even get the most basic part about it. When he only speaks in incoherent soundbites, it’s easy to see how shallow the man and the campaign really are.

111. He’s opposed to marriage equality. Donald likes to paint himself as a pro-LGBTQ candidate, but he believes in “traditional” marriage. (Apparently, traditional marriage means a union of one man, three women, and a lot of divorce attorneys.) Electing Donald Trump could jeopardize the rights that so many people have fought so hard to win and could prevent future wins in other ongoing fights for equality in America. He has vowed to overturn the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

112. Patronized a woman claiming to be a 9/11 survivor. Trump called Alicia Watkins “sweetie” before giving her a “job interview” and saying he’d hire her because he had a gut feeling about her. Watkins told him that she was a 9/11 survivor and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Watkins has since been described as having falsified her record and having violated federal laws against Stolen Valor by wearing a purple heart that she didn’t earn. Not only did he patronize her, he proved that his gut kinda sucks.

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113. Threatened to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz. During the end of the Republican primaries, things between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump got a bit heated. In a move that Cruz still won’t forgive Trump for, Trump threatened Heidi on Twitter. He followed it up by retweeting an unflattering picture of Heidi–a move he actually regrets.

114. Called 9/11 “7/11”. During a rally, Donald Trump confused a huge national tragedy with the real life inspiration for the Kwik-E-Mart. For any American, that would be a big flub, but for someone who loves to brag about his patriotism and his ties to New York City? That was a major fuck up. Even C. Montgomery Burns would judge him.

115. His wall will have a big fat door. Oh, wait. I’m sorry. His exact quote, from a debate in October 2015, was, “We’re going to do a wall; we’re going to have a big, fat beautiful door on the wall; we’re going to have people come in, but they’re going to come in legally.” I’m guessing that Trump thinks border walls are a lot like medieval castles.

116. Proposed a Starbucks boycott over their Christmas cups. If you needed another example of Donald Trump overreacting to ridiculous stuff, look no further. When Starbucks unveiled their 2015 cup design, Donald couldn’t take it quietly. Apparently, he didn’t understand that the colors red, white, and green are Christmas colors. Becoming a belligerent in the so-called War on Christmas was, as always, unnecessary.

oreos117. Boycotted Oreos over Nabisco plant. But I think this example of him overreacting is even more grotesque. It’s practically un-American to boycott Oreos. They’re America’s favorite cookie for a reason, so boycotting them because Nabisco opened a plant in Mexico is just wrong. Besides, Trump doesn’t mind manufacturing his products in Mexico.

118. Calls himself the worst thing to ever happen to Daesh. Nothing triggers a hate boner for Donald Trump like radical Islamic terrorism. In fact, he’s a bit like the mythological Bloody Mary when it comes to that particular phrase, only he appears if you don’t say the phrase. And in an interview with Barbara Walters, he told her, “I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to ISIS.” It seems he didn’t envision himself as being the perfect propaganda generator for Daesh.

119. “A well educated black.” If you’re cringing just seeing those words in quotation marks, then you may want to go ahead and sit down to see the rest of the quote. In 1989, Trump said:

A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that… I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.

You knew it wasn’t going to be good before you read it, so don’t complain now. But, yeah, Trump thinks that black privilege is a thing. Are you starting to see his accidental racism as being a little less gaffe, a little more actual ignorance?

120. Bragged about “thousands of Hispanics” working for him. In one of his more humble moments, Trump announced proudly how pro-Latino he believes himself to be. His statement read, “I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial.” Poor baby.

121. Talked about “the Japs” in 1989. I feel dirty even quoting his racism. Apparently stuck in World War II era rhetoric, Donald Trump thought it was acceptable to call Japanese people “Japs” in polite conversation. In January 1989, he was quoted in Time magazine as saying, “Who the fuck knows? I mean, really, who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?”

122. John Barron/John Baron. When Donald Trump didn’t get enough press coverage, he would use the alias John Barron to reach out to reporters. They knew it was really him, not an actual spokesperson. His alter ego was born in 1980 and Trump confirmed it as an alias under oath in 1991. When he denied it after a 2016 Washington Post article, but not after a 2015 Vice article, he was lying. Either that, or he publicly admitted to perjury.

123. John Miller. Yet another “spokesperson” The Donald used to talk to the most important people in his life: reporters. Miller was a total gossip and bragged about how Madonna wanted to pursue a romantic relationship with Trump, because that’s totally believable.

124. “You have to treat ’em like shit.” In an interview with New York magazine in 1992, those were the exact words Trump used to explain how he treats women. I guess all that misogyny he spewed at Megyn Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, Carly Fiorina, Heidi Klum, Heidi Cruz, etc. wasn’t a new aspect of his personality. I’m just completely surprised by this.

125. Bette Midler. Donald has been insulting Midler since at least 2012. He’s convinced himself that it’s okay, though. But Midler still isn’t having it. She compared his antics & popularity to Catch-22 and pointed out that there is a double-standard when Twitter will ban Azealia Banks for abuse, but not ban Trump. I’m guessing they won’t be besties any time soon.

126. “When a man leaves a woman…” No, I’m not referring to the Percy Sledge classic “When A Man Loves A Woman”; I’m referring to a quote made in Vanity Fair in September 1990:

“When a man leaves a woman, especially when it was perceived that he has left for a piece of ass—a good one!— there are 50 percent of the population who will love the woman who was left.”

How is this man getting any support from Republicans? I know they’re not known for their love of women, but this is a new low for them.

127. Compared being gay to golf putters. Because what else would Trump compare sexual orientation to? Sandwiches? No, he had to demean LGBTQ people by comparing them to golf putters:

It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.

128. “The problem that I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation. It is like an abortion factory, frankly.” I know that Planned Parenthood is unpopular with the right, especially after the fake videos, but calling it an abortion factory is just…well, it actually makes total sense for Trump. I don’t know how an abortion factory would work, but in the grand scheme of things, it definitely sounds just like some ridiculous thing Trump would say.

129. Blamed 9/11 on Bush. Dammit. He took that from us. If you’re a devout Republican, you know that blaming Bush is basically heretical for you, so don’t vote for Trump. And if you’re not a Republican, then you shouldn’t be voting for him anyway because, well, ew.

130. Said Ben Carson’s temper couldn’t have been cured; compared to child molestation. While I think that Ben Carson’s violent youth was exaggerated, like many of Carson’s claims, I do realize that an individual can make a change in their behavior between youth and adulthood. But comparing childhood rage to child molestation was a bit of a what-the-fuck moment. Why would anyone go there? Seriously, no.

131. Says media is dishonest or out to get him. That’s called paranoia. If anyone has been dishonest or made it their mission to wrongfully attack or accuse other people, it’s been Donald. Sorry if the truth hurts, bub.

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  1. Unlike his hands. 

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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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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“Heading the list of arbitrary barriers that have plagued women seeking equal opportunity is…”

“Heading the list of arbitrary barriers that have plagued women seeking equal opportunity is disadvantaged treatment based on their unique childbearing function. Until very recent years, jurists have regarded any discrimination in the treatment of pregnant women and mothers as “benignly in their favor.” But in fact, restrictive rules, and particularly discharge for pregnancy rules, operate as “built-in headwinds” that drastically curtail women’s opportunities. Decisions of this Court that span a century have contributed to this anomaly: presumably well-meaning exaltation of woman’s unique role in bearing children has, in effect, restrained women from developing their individual talents and capacities and has impelled them to accept a dependent, subordinate status in society.”

Struck v. Secretary of Defense brief by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“The problem the WRP faced in connecting pregnancy to their line of sex-discrimination was this…”

“The problem the WRP faced in connecting pregnancy to their line of sex-discrimination was this: Even if a man could take care of the kids and the elders, and a woman could join the air force and handle the family finances, only one of them could get pregnant and give birth. RBG and her team had to convince the justices that pregnancy too was a matter of equality—or inequality—and not just something special that women indulged in, off on their own. Even more radically, RBG wanted the Supreme Court to recognize that women would never be equal if they could not control their reproductive lives, whether they wanted to be pregnant or not. That meant the right to an abortion, and it meant the right to be free of discrimination for staying pregnant.”

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

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Oh the Doctors You’ll See

Remember a few months ago when I was trying to see my gynecologist for an annual exam & a prescription different form of birth control? There were tears and angsty fits and arguments with the Defund Planned Parenthood trolls12 and Humana and UAB. All of this before I decided to have the annual/prescription done by the family doctor. Good times.3

Well, I may get to look for another doctor soon. 

For several months, my family has received statements from Humana that our routine appointments to the family practice clinic at UAB have been billed incorrectly. Specifically, they were billed as emergencies.4 We have tried getting them resubmitted, but the billing department’s “solution” was that they would contact a nurse in family medicine and have them submit a referral to the doctor. A referral from the family medicine clinic to a doctor within the clinic.5 The real solution could be a lot easier: fix the billing errors & find out who is making them and either teach them how not to make that mistake or fire them. But they’re sticking to the referral solution, which seems like a lot of unnecessary paperwork. 

It’s especially unnecessary since it didn’t stop them from submitting my father’s bill to a collection agency. That was after they spent the year telling him not to pay it. Yeah, after that, my family was like, “We need new doctors.” 

That’s easier said than done for me. Medicaid keeps my options limited. There aren’t many clinics or family doctors in Huntsville who will take it—even fewer if you combine it & the Humana. So I’m a bit concerned about shopping for a new doctor. I don’t think my family realizes just how hard it is to find a doctor who takes both. 

Anyway, I need to get some rest so that I won’t be too exhausted at physical therapy tomorrow.6


  1. #DefundPP can suck it. 

  2. Congrats to them on the “Center for Medical Progress” trolls being indicted in Texas over those shitty videos. It’s rather amusing to me that they’re the ones accused of attempting to purchase human organs—and that’s just what they tried to do in their little scheme. It’s also amusing to see conservatives bend over backwards to prove there was a liberal conspiracy in Texas by a District Attorney appointed by Rick Perry. There are pills for this kind of thinking. But I digress. 

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  4. My UTI appointment. My mom’s blood pressure & post-hospitalization checkups. My dad’s physical. Routine stuff. 

  5. Actually, to different doctors in the clinic since we each have different doctors in charge of our care. 

  6. Two sessions to go. 

Daily Debate: Sept. 30, 2015

Abortion is an issue that a lot of people are very passionate about whether they support it or want to abolish it. How do you feel about the issue? Do you support abortion in all cases? At what point, if any, do you no longer feel it is appropriate? Are you feelings about abortion shaped by religion or personal experiences?