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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. […]

2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #132-158


A lot of people are freaking out on Twitter right now over the possible 2016 Democratic Platform. Apparently it’s too Republican-esque right now for some progressives. As a very liberal person, and a person who did vote for Bernie Sanders in my state’s primary, I understand that. As a person who has been obsessed with politics since childhood, and even more so after learning some of her own family history, I also understand why the party went the way that it did.  Let me break it down.  The first thing is the main objective, which you’d think is getting Hillary elected, but it isn’t. It’s actually more about keeping Trump from being elected. It’s about swaying anyone who normally votes Republican or Independent, or who simply doesn’t vote, to vote against him. And it’s to suggest to those people that the Democratic Party is open to their beliefs. So that means toning down the party favorites. The Party faithful will stick with the DNC regardless of the platform because we get it. This is the Party making itself look appealing to outsiders.  The second thing is the platform has to appeal to key demographics and key funding sources that have been associated with the party in the past. They also need to appeal to people who typically support, but have never donated. So they go where the money is and the votes are.  The third thing is that the platform has to be realistic. I want single-payer for all right now, but it’s not going to happen that quickly. The same goes for college tuition, living wages/basic income, foreign policy that acknowledges that certain allied countries (Israel, Saudi Arabia) have abused the human rights of people in them, smart gun control policies, better policies with regard to the environment, etc. I want all of these things and more, but it will take years to get to them. Even if Bernie was the nominee, it would take years. Social policy change is never automatic and expecting it to be is childish. Voting for Bernie in the primaries was my way of telling the Party that that’s the direction I want it to move toward, but I know it takes time to get there. And part of why Bernie even stayed in this long is to get it across to the Party and to voters that progress will come.  And honestly it’s still too early to even be tantruming about the platform. The platform itself won’t be released until around the time of the Convention. And it can have changes between now & then. In 2012, part of what led to changes in LGBTQ related platform changes was that more people of all political persuasions started pushing for that. So, if you can get a lot of conservative & moderate folks to start demanding these things, maybe the platform will change to something more progressive. Otherwise, our progress will be slower but no less important.  Photo credit: Stephen D. Melkisethian via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

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