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. 

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?

Mystifying Contraindications

My designer drug came today.1 It’s actually called Pennsaid2 and has the same active ingredient as Voltaren, which the orthopedist didn’t tell me when he prescribed it. Actually, he didn’t even tell me the name of the drug. I have been twiddling my fingers3 since the appointment wondering what this miraculous anti-inflammatory that he assured wouldn’t put my can’t-take-NSAIDs body at risk of going batshit when it encountered the drug.

I knew when I saw the name that this was definitely an NSAID.4 And guess what? It has the same big boxed “fyi-this-could-kill-you” warning that all other NSAIDs have. It even says that if you have asthma5 or have issues with NSAIDs6 that the drug might not be safe to take. It goes on to say that despite being a topical drug and having absolutely nothing to do with the digestive tract at all, it can cause ulcers. Well, that’s just grand.

I was so proud of the orthopedist for finding something that I could take that might help my leg.7 Clearly that pride was misplaced. I know that I’m more prone to adverse reactions than most people.8 I know that it says that it’s not likely to happen, but that doesn’t mean that it is safe to give it to a patient who has clearly told you9 she CANNOT take NSAIDs. When I tell a doctor I can’t take something, I mean that I cannot fucking take it. I’m not playing around. There are some drugs that I don’t like the side effects of, but will take anyway. NSAIDs are not one of those. I list them with my allergies because I know that they are not just unpleasant, they are contraindicated given my history of stomach issues1011 and the gastric bypass surgery.

So now I’m on alert. I’ll try the stuff a couple more times to see if it’s actually safe. If I don’t react, I’ll keep using it, but I will always be on watch. I don’t think that I’ll be taking it long, though, since I’m already having some nausea, acid-filled burps, and some of the most intense upper abdominal pain that I have ever felt.12 I’m hoping that maybe the pain was me psyching myself out and that the nausea/HCl burps were a result of a little too much of my turkey tacos. If it happens again tomorrow13 then I will know that it isn’t the food. I don’t want to stop taking it and realize a long way down the line that it wasn’t actually making me sick. I also don’t want to end up with a perforated ulcer like Jenn, so I’ll be cautious about taking it.

Anyway, I guess I could start blogging more at night. Some of the other medicine I’m on for the knee issue and for other issues has been keeping me up to 4 AM lately. If I’m up, I could do something sort of productive. Of course I’d have to be careful because the meds do make me a little more loopy-brained than I usually am.

Oh, btw, I want to apologize to anyone14 who got annoyed by all of my tweets today. Over the weekend, I saw that #DefundPP supporters were planning a tweetfest to promote their hatred of Planned Parenthood and their related ignorance of abortion, birth control, etc. I decided to join in, except I would post facts, quotes, personal stories, etc. Basically, I was trying to help give people on Twitter some legit information instead of some bullshit propaganda. I also wanted to piss off the #DefundPP supporters. Considering the tweets that they sent me, I’d say it worked. Between being called evil, being compared to Nazis, being compared to Jim Jones/Jonestown, having my head called fat and ugly,15 and some other pleasant remarks, I’d say that the mission to piss them off was one that I clearly accomplished.

There were some real assholes who decided that because I support access to abortions that I must hate babies and that I must have had an abortion. I think people who jump to that conclusion are like homophobic individuals16 who think that if you’re pro-LGBTQ rights that you must be in the LGBTQ community. Anyway, they determined that I was a baby-killer and that they would encourage their followers to harass me for killing this child that I don’t ever remember conceiving let alone aborting. That was the only tweet that I reported to Twitter because people in that movement can go a bit above-and-beyond on that scary, dangerous behavior.

What was I talking about? Oh, yeah. I’m sorry for flooding some of your Twitter feeds with my #DefundPP tweets. It was for a good cause, but if it was annoying to you, and I don’t think that you’re a horrible human being, then I am sorry for my behavior.

If I think you suck: Who the fuck cares what you think about my tweets? I certainly don’t.

I guess that’s all. ‘Night, y’all.17


  1. My dad got me started on calling it a designer drug

  2. I see what you did there, pharmacology people. 

  3. Or, you know, something else that’s fidgety. 

  4. If it hadn’t been, then I would give the company major props for their attempt at trolling. 

  5. Check. 

  6. Double check. 

  7. It doesn’t work well either. 

  8. Yay genetics! 

  9. As I typed this I thought of Willy Wonka–of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film version–in his office at the end of the movie saying, “It’s all there, black and white, clear as crystal!” 

  10. My father also cannot take NSAIDs without having his acid issues flare up. He’s where I get the 80 mg Protonix + maxed out Gaviscon = still bubbling with hydrochloric acid stomach from. He also passed along his caffeine allergy. 

  11. Though it’s worth noting that Nana, mom’s mom, goes into anaphylaxis with anything, including skin creams, containing aspirin. 

  12. Considering that I’ve had GERD for around 20 years, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder failure that led to gallbladder surgery, I have plenty of experience with upper abdominal pain. Hell, it even ranks up there with the cramps from hell that no other woman in my family has. 

  13. technically, later today 

  14. that I don’t dislike 

  15. and some weird comment about homemade yogurt 

  16. They tend to be homophobic as well as “pro-life” so it fits from that perspective, too. 

  17. Heh. That rhymes. 

#DefundPP is Full of Hypocrisy

Last night, a couple of ladies on Twitter had a whine-fest over my blocking them after I favorited and retweeted these:

They thought that I was the friend of PanchoPanucci, but I simply found those tweets after searching through the #DefundPP hashtag. I favorited and retweeted them because I agreed that there is a good deal of hypocrisy within that movement.

When they found out that I had them blocked before even finding their tweets, they had to throw a fit. How could anyone ever want to block them? They’re just too perfect for that. Clearly, I’m doing something awful to decide that I don’t want to interact with people who I think will only cause drama and spread hate.

I figure that they were upset because they feel that they have a right to be heard by every single person on earth. Just because you have the right to share your beliefs and opinions with the world doesn’t mean that the world will listen to you.

They even had to have their friends come to the rescue.1 It was not at all surprising.

And, of course, supporting Planned Parenthood means I don’t understand what racism actually is, or that a lot of old companies and organizations had ties to various racist groups and regimes. Guess what, folks! Margaret Sanger was not the only racist alive in the 20th Century. There were a lot of them and there were some who had a direct hand in actual atrocities.

That tweet seemed to scare most of them off, but I basically warned off any future comments with:

I hope that maybe they’ll get the message, but I really doubt it.


  1. They were actually encouraging their friends to do this.