2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #172-184

Just a few more reasons to oppose the Talking Piece of Candy Corn Trump.


172. Didn’t correct audience member who called Obama Muslim before ranting about Muslims. Right after an audience member stated, “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. You know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.”, Trump said, “We need this question. This is the first question.” The audience member went on to ask, “When can we get rid of them?” Instead of correcting the audience member on both the ethnic cleansing idea and the Obama’s religion and nationality, Trump gave a vague answer about how he would look at and do plenty of things. After receiving a lot of backlash, Trump said he wasn’t “morally obligated” to defend Obama. Okay. How about being morally obligated to say that ethnic cleansing is awful? How about that?

173. Tweets sound like an adolescent. If you haven’t noticed, you haven’t been paying attention. It’s even become a joke.

174. Would shut borders on Day 1. During a Twitter question and answer session in September 2015, Trump said, “The first thing I’d do in my first day as president is close up our borders so that illegal immigrants cannot come into our country.” This was before his “total and complete shutdown” of borders to Muslims proposal after San Bernardino and the renewed call after Brussels.

175. “Why aren’t we letting ISIS go and fight Assad and then we pick up the remnants?” On 60 Minutes

Scott Pelley: We’re at war with ISIS as we sit here. How do you end it?

Donald Trump: I would end ISIS forcefully. I think ISIS, what they did, was unbelievable what they did with James Foley and with the cutting off of heads of everybody, I mean these people are totally a disaster. Now, let me just say this, ISIS in Syria, Assad in Syria, Assad and ISIS are mortal enemies. We go in to fight ISIS. Why aren’t we letting ISIS go and fight Assad and then we pick up the remnants? Why are we doing this? We’re fighting ISIS and Assad has to be saying to himself, “They have the nicest or dumbest people that I’ve ever imagined.”

Scott Pelley: Let me get this right, so we lay off ISIS for now?

Donald Trump: Excuse me, let —

Scott Pelley: Lay off in Syria, let them destroy Assad. And then we go in behind that?

Donald Trump: –that’s what I would say. Yes, that’s what I would say.


Donald Trump: If you look at Syria. Russia wants to get rid of ISIS. We want to get rid of ISIS. Maybe let Russia do it. Let ’em get rid of ISIS. What the hell do we care?

Scott Pelley: OK, that’s Syria. What do you–do in Iraq–

Donald Trump: With that–

Scott Pelley: –with ISIS?

Donald Trump: Look with ISIS in Iraq, you gotta knock ’em out. You gotta knock ’em out. You gotta fight ’em. You gotta fight ’em. You have to stand–

Scott Pelley: On the ground?

Donald Trump: –if you need, you’re going to have to do that, yes.

Scott Pelley: Troops on the ground.

Donald Trump: Yes.

176. Says Muslims believe America should be governed by shariah. Trump cited a highly flawed poll that found that 51% of American Muslims should have the choice of being governed according to shariah. That poll had come from an organization known for dubious claims and studies about the threat of shariah and used unreliable methodology. Trump used the poll’s findings to base his ban on Muslims entering the United States. Trump has also allied with individuals like Roger Stone, who accused Khizr Khan of wanting to initiate shariah and oppress women & gays, and kill Christians. If elected, Trump would be the first Facebook meme to be elected President of the United States.

177. “We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives. We have to be very smart and very vigilant.” London’s Metropolitan police responded, “We would not normally dignify such comments with a response, however, on this occasion we think it’s important to state to Londoners that Mr Trump could not be more wrong.” The Met thought that Trump’s claim was also potentially damaging, and Downing Street also criticized his message. Even Boris Johnson, who is basically a British Trump, thought the comments were “complete and utter nonsense” and remarked that “crime has been falling steadily both in London and in New York–the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.” Apparently British Trump occasionally has better sense than Donald Trump.

178. Did not say anything about Jo Cox’s death, but comments every time a story of murder linked to Muslim extremists breaks. When Jo Cox was assassinated by a man yelling “Britain first” who had supported far-right groups with similar ideologies to Trump, Trump said nothing. When fans of his celebrated her death, he said nothing. She’s been dead for over a month and he still hasn’t commented. But whenever there’s even a slight possibility that a crime has been committed by someone he thinks is Muslim, he’s won’t stop talking about it. Gee. I wonder if he’s only seeing one group as actual terrorists. What would he do if far-right terrorists here attacked left-wing advocates & politicians?

179. Called Libya Hillary’s baby, and wasn’t referring to Benghazi. On Face the Nation in January, Trump said, “She has caused death. She has caused tremendous death with incompetent decisions. I was against the war in Iraq. I wasn’t a politician, but I was against the war in Iraq. She voted for the war in Iraq…Look at Libya. That was her baby. Look. I mean, I’m not even talking about the ambassador and the people with the ambassador.” I wish someone would explain to him that his opinions on Libya don’t matter, especially since he wants to raid it for oil.

180. But he hates her for Benghazi, too. Six days after Mary Stevens, mother of Ambassador Chris Stevens, told Trump and the GOP to stop using her son’s name & death in their Benghazi witchhunt, and a month and two days after Dr. Anne Stevens said that the family doesn’t blame Clinton & requested the investigations stop, Trump said this in a written statement about Khizr Khan, “Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for her central role in destabilizing the Middle East. She voted to send the United States to war against Iraq, helped lead the disastrous withdrawal of American troops years later that created the vacuum allowing the rise of ISIS, and has never met a regime change she didn’t like (which have all been disasters) – not to mention her invasion of Libya and her abandonment of American personnel in Benghazi. The loss of these lives in Libya is directly traceable to Clinton, but their families’ testimonials were rejected by the media.” He had already used the Republican Convention as a blame-Hillary-for-Benghazi fest. Any time that he can find a way to blame her for Benghazi, he will. He doesn’t care who he hurts or ignores in the process. And he will even do so while defending his own callousness and xenophobia.

181. Once said that he loved predicting violence because you “need somebody with vision” at a rally for his campaign. “Remember this, I’m pretty good at signals and I see a lot of things happenin. One thing I see out there, just happened today, in Tehran, they’re burning down the Saudi embassy, you see that? Now, what that is — is Iran wants to take over Saudi Arabia, they always have. They want the oil, okay, they’ve always wanted that. You watch, I predicted a lot of things, you have to say, including, get the oil, take the oil, keep the oil. Right? I’ve been saying that for three years, and everyone said, ‘Oh, I can’t do that, this is a sovereign country.’ There is no country, they have a bunch of dishonest people, “>they’ve created ISIS. Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama; created with Obama. But I love predicting because you know, ultimately, you need somebody with vision.” Not only is his statement on the creation of Daesh incorrect, his love of predicting violence is disgusting and he sounds like a cult leader when he talks about the signals that he can see. Or, he’s just an asshole. Either way, don’t vote for this guy.

182. Says Hillary & Obama created Daesh. Long before Katrina Pierson re-wrote history and blamed Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama for the death of Humayun Khan as well as the creation of Daesh, Trump himself was touting it. The quote from the previous reason was all the way back in January. He’s blamed one or both: herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here.

The third person stuff he does must stop.

183. Wants Hillary to disarm bodyguards. He’s repeatedly stated that he wants her Secret Service detail to be unarmed based on her gun control stance. A statement that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Clinton could easily say that since he actually doesn’t believe in Freedom of Speech, Press, or Religion, he shouldn’t talk, do interviews, or go to church. I bet he wouldn’t like that.

184. Calls Mexico the new China. One of the lesser known Netflix shows. No, wait. It’s just a Trump claim.

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2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #159-171

And now the post-Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics edition of 2016 Reasons–I actually did stop the previous post to get ready to watch the Opening Ceremonies.

At this point, you know the drill about how I’m doing this to show all of the reasons to oppose Donald Trump for President of the United States and just about any other position he could ever want. He deserves nothing but shame for these things.

159. Calls undocumented people “illegals” and American-born children of undocumented people “anchor babies”, thus diminishing their humanity and allowing people to feel better about mistreating them. He also claims that no one was talking about immigration by undocumented people before his campaign, which is completely false. He’s called protesters “thugs” and accused them of being here illegally. When referring to himself by his full name, such a douche-tastic thing to do, he said he will strengthen the military and borders and get rid of “illegals”. He’s linked undocumented immigrants and and Syrians. He’s questioned the vaccination status of “illegals”, while defending white people who are anti-vaccination–a blatant for of racism and hypocrisy that has plagued the vaccine movement since its early days. His description of American-born children of immigrants as “anchor babies” is cruel and encourages racism against children of immigrants–something that is odd considering his mother is an immigrant and four of his five children have immigrant mothers. The statement was, of course, applauded by Fox and Friends. He has also called Ted Cruz an “anchor baby in Canada”. He claimed that “many” scholars say that these individuals aren’t covered by the 14th Amendment and vowed to continue calling people by the term. There is no question why he wants to use these slurs to talk about immigrants. He wants people to view them as enemies of the country; he wants them to beg the country to get rid of them. Despicable.

160. Claimed undocumented immigrants and women being raped were by criminals coming to the country “somebody’s doing the raping”. Donald Trump misread a Fusion article about migrant women being raped. He was called out on this online and by Don Lemon on CNN. He told Lemon:

“Well if you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally into this country it’s mind-boggling! If you go to Fusion, you will see a story: About 80% of the women coming in, you know who owns Fusion? Univision! Go to Fusion and pick up the stories on rape. It’s unbelievable when you look at what’s going on. So all I’m doing is telling the truth.”

When Lemon tried correcting him, he responded with, “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody’s doing it! Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?”

Completely. Out. Of. Touch.

161. Exploited death of Kate Steinle. Brad Steinle, Kate’s brother, accused Trump of sensationalizing his sister’s murder when Trump’s campaign began. Trump used Steinle as an example of why we shouldn’t allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States; he didn’t reach out to the family beforehand and the family was upset about it.

162. Calls his followers the Silent Majority. It’s a bit odd since they aren’t silent and who wants to co-opt things from Richard Nixon?

163. Wants to get rid of gun-free zones. In January, Trump declared that he would get rid of gun-free zones at schools & military bases on his first day if elected. He continued to speak in favor of ending gun-free zones in May, though many of his properties don’t allow guns on them. He also claimed in May that he thought he’d get rid of gun-free zones in schools “in some cases”, with only trained teachers and resource officers carrying them. So he’s opposed to them, if they don’t impact him personally and if he’s not asked to clarify how he really feels about them. Getting rid of gun free zones would not increase the safety of those places, and encouraging more guns could actually lead to an increase in violence.

164. “If you can’t get rich dealing with politicians, there’s something wrong with you.” If you’ve ever wondered if Donald Trump has engaged in corruption, there’s your answer.

165. Sees himself as a uniter. Unless Trump means that he’s united Republicans and Democrats against him, then he’s definitely not a “uniter” of anyone. But he’s claimed it multiple times, like in 2015, when he said, “I think that I would be a great uniter. I think that I would have great diplomatic skills. I think that I would be able to get along with people very well. I’ve had a great success in my life. I think the world would unite if I were the leader of the United States.” Yeah, no.

166. Opposes treating people with respect. At the Republican National Convention, he said, “We cannot afford to be so respectful anymore.” At Liberty University in January 2016, he said, “We’re going to protect Christianity, and I can say that. I don’t have to be respectful.” In 2015, he told Jake Tapper, “You can be respectful if you want, but are you trying to say we don’t have a problem?…Most Muslims, like most everything, I mean, these are fabulous people…But we certainly do have a problem, I mean, you have a problem throughout the world…It wasn’t people from Sweden that blew up the World Trade Center.” He told David Brody of The Brody File, “They’re tired of respectful stuff. I mean I could have said, ‘Oh absolutely not Bill, there’s no Muslim problem, everything is wonderful, just forget about the World Trade Center.’ But you have to speak the truth. We’re so respectful that this country is falling apart.”

167. Claims Clinton was worst Secretary of State ever. In 2015, he said Clinton “is easily the worst Secretary of State in the history of the country. She’s going to be beaten and I’m the one to beat her.” That’s a pretty big clue that he doesn’t know American history very well.

168. Believes military is weak. He thinks reductions in funding show weakness. He suggested that we roll over and deal because of weakness. Trump doesn’t respect the American military or American leaders.

169. Thinks everyone should speak English. He “joked” that Spanish-speaking people couldn’t hit Google translate while viewing the Obamacare website because it was too complicated. He told Tom Llamas, “Well, I think that when you get right down to it, we’re a nation that speaks English. I think that, while we’re in this nation, we should be speaking English.” He’s said it at debates. He’s even retweeted fans who think Jeb Bush “speaks Mexican”. Nope.

170. Thinks migrants aren’t assimilating. He’s accused Muslims of not assimilating and suggested that non-English speaking people don’t assimilate. He’s pushing a perspective that is actually making immigrants less safe by encouraging Americans to otherize them; opening up the risk that they will be discriminated against, attacked or even killed. Immigrants feel they’re no longer being respected if they don’t act American enough. Ignoring facts and promoting an ideology of intolerance is the kind of thing that we need to be moving away from.

171. “I don’t think it’s [going to] end up good. The fact is all lives matter — that includes black and it includes white and it includes everybody else, and we have people, Democrats, that are afraid to even say that. They’re apologizing because they say, ‘White lives matter and all lives matter.’ These are people that are unfit to run for office, in my opinion.”  There are no words.

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2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #132-158

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.

Trump talking about a revolution

Trump talking about a revolution

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.

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