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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Dearest Marie

Once upon a time, we were friends. We would email each other, talk on Twitter, comment on each other’s blogs, etc. It was nice. You and I were both diagnosed as Bipolar and it was nice to have someone around my age to talk to about that. You weren’t my only friend with that issue, but for a while there you were one of the closest. When you got your lap-band surgery done, I remember worrying because you couldn’t keep down food, but you didn’t want to tell your doctor because you were finally losing weight. I worried you would have nutritional deficiencies before I realized I had them. 

And you told me you worried about my health issues as well. 
 a year ago I told one person she had harassed thisThat’s why you felt the need when you were diagnosed with “Chronic Lyme Disease” to suggest I might have it as well.1 You told me that it fit my symptoms. You told me I might be able to go off my meds, lose weight, and live a life off without chronic pain if I’d just go to a Lyme specialist.2 And for a split second, I considered it.3 But then I researched it, something that you should have known I would do. When I told you that I didn’t think an infection was causing my hereditary condition,4 you huffed off like a toddler for a while before you came roaring back into my life. 

Our friendship never recovered from that, did it?

Or maybe our friendship was nonexistent from the beginning. That’s what I started thinking tonight as your tirade came in. Well, I did after I described your past behaviors, including that close friendship with a certain blogger that used to write fat-shaming posts pretty regularly, and some people started pointing out that friends don’t really act like you’ve acted. I tried to defend you. You’re bipolar and off your meds…you are just on a Lyme disease kick…you’re just having a bad day or week or month or year. 

But that doesn’t explain it. 

Because the reality is that you’ve always had a shady edge to your behavior. 

Like how you harassed one mutual friend over her past drug issues and how that compared to your Lyme disease. Or the time you harassed another person I know and you know of over her exercising routine and her teeth. Or maybe the time you went after another mutual friend calling her a bad parent for having an autistic child and eating gluten. Or maybe how you treated total strangers should have clued me in. You trolled groups for disabled people on Twitter to promote your “everything is Lyme” mindset. You said people who didn’t buy marijuana5 off the street, not from reputable/regulated dealers, for their epileptic children were bad parents. You would even buy marijuana, in a state where it’s illegal, to make homemade CBD oil & you’d brag about it on social media. You didn’t care who you hurt, whether it was a friend, a family member, a stranger, or yourself. 

 So your nonsensical transphobic tirade fits with the rest of your utter disregard and lack of even basic compassion for other people. And I am so happy my eyes are open to your cruelty. I’m glad that I am no longer having to hope that one day you’ll go back on your medicine and into therapy and be all better. Clearly, this is what the real you is like.

I don’t know why you think the transgender community wants to strip you of your rights any more than I know why you fixated on Lyme. I don’t understand why you think I’m brainwashed when you’re the person actually buying into speculation and denying facts. I don’t know why you think that it’s okay to compare the LGBTQ community to Nazis or why you think there’s a vast conspiracy to brainwash children into being trans.

Do you think that I’m going to molest children because of my past? Would you not trust me to be around children if I didn’t identify as 100% heterosexual? I mean before you determined that I was brainwashed by my trans friends.

Was I a threat then?

Am I one now?

Have you always thought of me as a dangerous person?

Did you really think I was threatening you?

These are things I wanted to ask you.

I don’t usually give people who pick fights with me multiple chances to walk away. I don’t warn them like I did you. You’ve seen me argue and you know this.

You have to at least know I would never beat you up. I’ve slapped one person in my whole life and I still feel bad about that. I mean, come on, this is me. I rant online, but I’m practically a pacifist. 

Identifying as transgender is not a result of child molestation. Being a  non-heterosexual is not the result of child molestation. This is a bullshit belief that even total homophobes and transphobes don’t express that much anymore. And being gay or trans doesn’t mean someone will molest children.

Don’t believe what fear- and hate-mongers want you to believe.

Don’t put your faith in people who won’t be honest with you.

Did you even bother to look for a legitimate source on any of those articles? Ooh. Tabloids. So trust-worthy, especially ones with links to UKIP, BNP, & Tories. But I guess that fits with your fear-mongering and with your love of Trump.6 I always knew you were a Republican, but I never realized how much hatred you carry in your heart.7

You want me to be educated on this issue, but you’re forgetting that I actually am educated. Remember early in our friendship when I was being booted from my college major with one semester left? Or that what that major was in? I know a Social Work degree and a GRE score high enough to get my Master’s is not as impressive as being able to make your own CBD oil, but it’s close, right?

I shouldn’t mock you over a lack of education. Plenty of non-bigoted intelligent people don’t go to college. Some don’t even finish high school. Your ignorance has nothing to do with your level of educational attainment or lack thereof. It really all boils down to a lack of something a little closer to the heart. 

I don’t know why I’m even bothering. 

I guess it’s to give myself closure. 

So, I’ll slam the metaphorical door on this oddity we once called friendship. I’ll bid you adieu. I hope one day you find a way to truly enjoy the world and have a good life. I just want you to know that you’re not welcome back in mine. 


  1. Or that’s how I rationalized it. 

  2. Magic beans. 

  3. Magic beans aren’t real. 

  4. Science! 

  5. Quite frankly, your belief that everything is some sinister plot if you would just take your damn medication. You might feel even better if you would stop smoking marijuana. Bipolar disorder and pot do not always mix well. Even activists for decriminalization and legalization understand that some people with some conditions cannot use it. 

  6. Even amongst Trumplodytes, your hatred is off the chart. And he’s courting actual neo-Nazis. 

  7. There are a lot of good-hearted, well-meaning Republicans out there. They get lumped in with the trash way too often, even by me.