Originally I intended to write a simple article, based on my “Elected Yet Unelectable” series, highlighting (in normal prose form) specific moments and events that prove that Donald J. Trump is completely unelectable and unsuitable for any public office. The problem is that I started the article back in August 2015, and he not only remained in the race, but he won the Republican nomination! And now he is competitive with Hillary Clinton (albeit still somewhat behind) for the general election. And he kept up his horrible proposals, childish behavior, and near-constant lies and slander. A simple article/opinion piece would be out-of-date in weeks. So instead, I waited, and compiled information. This is going to be mostly in list format. A couple other sites have done something similar, but I want to go ahead and jump on the pile, since Trump needs and deserves as many voices opposing him as possible. As of October 2016, here is a list of the worst lies, attacks, falsehoods, bad ideas, flip-flops, and outright bigotry spoken, acted upon, and proposed by the Republican nominee for President of the United States. It is not a complete list, although I provide links to several others. Today, on the eve of the 2nd debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton, with just under a month remaining in the election season, there undoubtedly will be more ways Trump disgraces himself and the nation.
But as his campaign starts to fall apart, I would like to reiterate that Donald Trump cannot and should not be elected President of the United States. This piece is not a specific endorsement of any one candidate, though I will mention I plan to vote for Hillary Clinton, and was a supporter of Martin O’Malley, then Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries.
I’ve divided this piece into sections for easier reading. You can click on the below links to skip to a section, or just scroll on down.
And here we go…
HORRIBLE POLICY PROPOSALS
* Trump promised to deport American citizens if their parents entered the country illegally. This is blatantly unconstitutional.
* Donald Trump has suggested he would use nuclear weapons in combating ISIS. It’s disturbing to see someone so enthusiastic about nuclear weapons when it’s been made abundantly clear he doesn’t remotely understand nuclear policy or even basic history surrounding nuclear weapons. He had no clue what Hugh Hewitt was referring to when he asked Trump about “the nuclear triad.”
* He also described his strategy toward them as “I would bomb the shit out of them. I would just bomb those suckers. And that’s right: I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refineries. I would blow up every single inch. There would be nothing left.” In the same rant, he claimed to “know more about ISIS than the generals do.”
* He has stated he endorses not just waterboarding but “stronger” torture methods. He claims that torture works, even though all evidence points to the contrary.
* Along the war crimes theme, Trump advocated assassinating the families of terror suspects.
* Donald Trump has proposed to build a wall on the border of the United States and Mexico, lied about the cost, and claimed that he would somehow force Mexico to pay for it.
* In a move that blatantly taunts Godwin’s Law, Trump has also suggested requiring a special ID for Muslims.
* Trump has called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States. This would end up requiring the registry mentioned above, in order to work. This would likely be ruled unconstitutional, which makes it all the more disturbing, even beyond the obvious bigotry. Speaking of which, this also would qualify under the “Racism and Bigotry” category.
* Trump even advocated “shutting down mosques.” A clear violation of the First Amendment.
*He has suggested drastically cutting the FDA, or “food police,” as he calls it. Not surprising that he hasn’t read Upton Sinclair.
His more recent revisions to that plan would be less costly, but would still result in nearly 6 trillion dollars of lost revenue from the current tax-and-spending rates. In addition, it would certainly add to issues of inequality that have been largely ignored by Republicans.
* Donald Trump has endorsed implementing a nationwide stop-and-frisk policy for police as a way to deal with crime in black neighborhoods. A heavy-handed policy that was in part responsible for the tensions between police and communities of color around the country. Also, it has been ruled unconstitutional.
In a a rather frightening example of his embrace of blatant authoritarianism, Trump has also implied punishing media outlets and individuals for criticizing him.
* Trump has refused to step away from any of his business ventures if he is elected President, despite the myriad conflicts of interest and ethical issues involved.
Lies are rarely just lies. Lies can be (and often are) truly dangerous.
Here’s a good list to start things off, but let’s delve a little deeper into Trump’s issues with reality.
LIES ABOUT HIMSELF
* Trump has claimed that he wasn’t sure if guns were allowed at his hotels and golf courses, but that they should be. Then his organization claimed they were. Turns out, they aren’t.
* Trump claimed in October 2015 that his campaign was entirely self-funded. In actuality, it was less than half self-funded.
* Trump took credit for the Ford Motor Company moving a factory from Mexico to Ohio. Thing is, they planned the move in 2011, four years before Trump’s claim.
* In 1998, Donald Trump held a meeting with an official in Florida to try to ease restrictions on opening a casino there. Jeb Bush mentioned this in a GOP primary debate, and Trump flatly denied it. Documents prove otherwise.
* Trump has claimed to have given “102 million dollars” to charity. Nobody has been able to locate an amount even close to that.
* Trump lied about donating a million dollars to veterans groups, and only ponied up the cash when shamed into doing so.
* Trump took credit for changes in NATO’s policies on combating terrorism. He had nothing to do with it.
* Herr Trump said that his financial disclosures make up for his lack of tax return disclosure, and that he has given a more extensive financial review than any other candidate. This is false.
* Trump claimed he never planned to “profile Muslims.” Links to his many statements otherwise can be found in this piece.
LIES ABOUT POLICY
* Related to his horrible tax proposals (mentioned above), The Donald claimed that his first tax plan was “revenue neutral.” Not even close.
* Trump claimed the “real unemployment rate is 21 percent.” Then he claimed 42%. He was loosely (very loosely) referring to the U6 unemployment rate, which takes into account underemployed people and people who have dropped out of the workforce. At the time, that rate was around 10%. Trump was counting retirees, the disabled, and full-time students in his “calculation,” which is a deceptive and incorrect way of counting the labor participation rate.
* In November 2015, Trump claimed that the Obama Administration was planning to send 250,000 refugees to red states. The red state claim was incorrect, and the actual number President Obama said he would accept was 10,000. The administration did state that official refugee goal was 185,000, but only the 10k number was Syrian.
* One of his favorite claims is that global warming is a hoax concocted by China. Actually, not only is this a lie, it’s also dangerous. Any presidential candidate should be unelectable automatically if they are a climate change denier. This is a serious threat to humanity and simply cannot be ignored.
More on Trump denying basic climate science, and more explanation of how and why he is so terribly wrong here.
* Trump (and several other Republicans during the primary process) claimed that terror suspects were already prohibited from buying guns. In most cases, they were not.
* In October 2015 (and a few times later), Trump claimed that the United States has “the highest tax rate in the world.” This isn’t even close to true.
* Trump claimed that the United States is the only country in the world without the concept of birthright citizenship, and Mexico in particular doesn’t have that. In truth, 30 countries around the world have birthright citizenship, including Canada, and yes, Mexico.
* Trump blamed the lack of housecalls made by doctors on Obamacare. Even thought housecalls pretty much disappeared 50 years ago, and the ACA has actually been responsible for a small uptick in the practice.
* Trump lied repeatedly when discussing the Iranian nuclear deal back in March 2016. In fact, the claims he made are claims he has continued to repeat, including in the first debate with Hillary Clinton. He stated that when the terms of the deal expires, that “Iran will have an industrial-size military nuclear capability ready to go, and with zero provision for delay no matter how bad Iran’s behavior is.” This is totally false. He also claimed to have “studied the Iranian nuclear deal more than anyone else.”
* Trump claims that illegal immigration costs the US taxpayer 113 billion dollars per year. Because these workers are undocumented, it’s difficult to accurately ascertain the net cost or benefit, but there have been studies that have shown an actual net economic benefit, and virtually no legitimate studies have come anywhere close to the cost that Trump cited.
In addition, he blatantly lied when he stated that Hillary Clinton’s immigration proposals would “create totally open borders.”
* Trump has falsely claimed that President Obama’s energy policies have caused the loss of 50,000 jobs in the coal industry in Michigan alone. Considering that the total number of coal jobs in Michigan has fluctuated between 5000 and 7000 over the last decade, this claim is impossible. As Trump often does, he grabs a number from a different discussion, and shoehorns it into a policy claim. In this instance, the 50,000 figure comes from a discussion of “potential” jobs losses in the future on a nationwide basis. That figure also ignores the fact that a significant percentage of lost coal jobs would be replaced by natural gas production.
This is completely false.
LIES ABOUT EVENTS
* Birtherism. Yeah, this could go in a few other categories, but I’m placing it here, specifically for his recent statements claiming a new, revisionist account of his birther antics. After 5 years of steady attacks on the legitimacy of President Obama’s citizenship, he declared in September 2016 that Hillary Clinton started the “birther” movement, and that he put it to rest in 2011. You can read about why this is complete fiction here, here, here, here, and here. Oh yeah, and here is Trump still talking about it LAST SUMMER. You, know, years after he claimed to stop. Here are the best pieces on this issue here, here, here, here, here, and here.
* He lied about “Muslims celebrating the collapse of the twin towers on 9/11. He says it was “well covered.” This is completely untrue.
* Trump lied about “13 Syrians trying to get into the US.” They simply requested asylum. That’s it.
* Trump stated that ISIS built a luxury hotel in Syria, when they actually occupied an old hotel in Iraq.
* Trump lied about meeting Vladimir Putin while they were both on 60 Minutes – except that they didn’t film their respective segments from the same country, much less the same room.
* In November 2015, Trump claimed that US forces “only started hitting ISIS oil fields two days ago.” Actually, concentrated attacks had already been occurring for a month at that point, and limited attacks on ISIS oil infrastructure had occurred for a year.
* Trump claimed that 300,000 veterans have died waiting for healthcare from the VA. That number is a completely different figure, unrelated to healthcare waiting lists.
* Trump lied about Germany being “riddled with crime” thanks to the influx of refugees.
* In an attack on wind power, Trump greatly exaggerated the number of eagles killed in California by wind turbine blades. While there certainly are environmental repercussions to wind turbines, the number of birds killed each year tends to greatly exaggerated by those who want to downplay the massive advantages conferred by wind power.
* Trump lied during a discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement. He claimed that there were “moments of silence” called for Micah Johnson, the man who killed five police officers in Dallas. There has been no evidence anything like this has taken place.
* Trump recklessly and falsely speculated that an Iranian scientist was executed because of Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails.
* When discussing the 2015 terror attack in San Bernadino, Trump lied, claiming “Many people saw bombs all over the floor” of an apartment before the attack, but chose not to report it due to “political correctness.” This never happened. He also repeated this lie during the second presidential debate.
* Trump has claimed that “inner city crime” is reaching record levels. Actually, the opposite is true. American crime levels are at historic lows. Crime has been dropping fairly steadily for 25 years. This is absolutely disgusting fear-mongering that might be worse than the Willie Horton garbage that hurt Michael Dukakis in 1988.
* Trump has claimed multiple times that there is no good way of estimating the population of undocumented immigrants, and the true number could be as high as 30 million. However, these estimates are actually pretty accurate, and 30 million is virtually impossible.
LIES ABOUT OTHERS
* Trump said that Hillary Clinton’s refugee plan would be more costly than “rebuilding America’s inner cities.”
* Trump has argued that Hillary Clinton was responsible for the growth of ISIS. Sometimes he has also claimed she helped create it. And then, in the first presidential debate, he claimed she’s been fighting ISIS her entire adult life.
* Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party conspired to move the debates to coincide with major NFL games. The debates were actually scheduled a year in advance, before the 2016 NFL schedule had been released, and is run by a nonpartisan commission, unrelated to either major party.
* Trump lied that Hillary Clinton planned to “raise taxes on the middle class.” Actually, there have been solid arguments that suggest we should, but the fact remains she hasn’t proposed any such thing.
* Trump claimed that Clinton was “proposing to print instant work permits for millions of illegal immigrants to come in and take everybody’s jobs, including low-income African-Americans.” This is a complete lie.
* Trump has claimed that Hillary Clinton wants to shut down family farms and impose “radical regulation.” This is completely untrue, and demonstrates a lack of understanding of farm policy.
* Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton “has no childcare plan.” This is so far from the truth, it’s almost a joke.
* He frequently changes the numbers on proposed Syrian refugee acceptance, but he recently stated that Hillary Clinton wanted to admit 620,000. This is untrue.
* Trump blatantly lied when he claimed Hillary Clinton wanted to privatize the VA. In fact, this is much more likely to come from a Republican, than from Clinton.
* He claimed Hillary Clinton changed her stance on the Trans Pacific Partnership because of his influence. There is no evidence of that. All the pressure on her came from the Democratic side.
* In 2011, when he was considering running for president (and eventually chose not to), he claimed he was running even with President Obama in head-to-head polls. This wasn’t remotely true.
* An October 2015 claim by Trump went beyond mere recklessness. He claimed he “heard” and “read in the papers” that President Obama “wants to take away your guns.” This is 100% false. The President has bent over backwards to not make any such claim. He has proposed extremely mild gun control proposals that went nowhere, and had reaffirmed countless times that he has no interest in banning firearms. In addition no newspaper had printed any such claim. This was simply fear-mongering.
* Trump also claimed that President Obama was the “founder of ISIS,” and spent several days defending and justifying that claim before he finally reversed himself and stated it was all a joke.
* Trump claims that Bernie Sanders would have won the Democratic nomination, if it weren’t for superdelegates. This isn’t true.
* Trump claimed that Bob McDonnell, Tim Kaine’s successor as governor of Virginia, accepted “a fraction” of the gifts that Kaine did. Actually, the reverse is true. McDonnell accepted nearly three times as much as Kaine, and only disclosed about half of what he took, unlike Kaine, who disclosed everything.
* Trump falsely accused Elizabeth Warren of lying about his stance on the federal minimum wage. Actually, he’s been all over the map regarding the minimum wage, it’s difficult to tell what he really advocates.
* He referred to Rubio as “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator” on his website, then flatly denied it during an October 2015 debate.
* Following a long trend of reckless accusations of voter fraud, Trump incorrectly claimed Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush rigged Florida’s primary election system.
* Trump claimed that John McCain authored legislation designed to cover up misdeeds with the VA. This is pretty much the opposite of the truth.
* Michelle Fields, a writer for Breitbart, alleged she was assaulted by then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. She stated he grabbed her arm when she attempted to leave a rally. There was video footage that appeared to support her claim. Trump baldly lied when he said that she retracted her accusation when the video was released.
HORRIBLE STATEMENTS, IGNORANCE, ATTACKS, and SLANDER
* Let’s talk about the first major speech of Trump’s campaign. You remember the one, right? He talks about immigrants from Mexico… and he says, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
* Then, in an interview immediately after, he doubled down, “They’re sending us not their finest people. And it’s people from countries other than Mexico also. We have drug dealers coming across, we have rapists, we have killers, we have murderers. I mean, it’s common sense. What do you think they’re going to send us their best people, their finest people? The answer is no.”
* Other statements about who is immigrating to the United States from summer 2015:
“Now the Southern border everybody comes in. You just walk by. So we are taking hundreds of thousands of people. Some good people and some rapists and some killers and drug lords and everyone else and they are flowing through the southern border.”
“We don’t have the best coming in, we have people that are criminals, we have people that are crooks, you can certainly have terrorists, you can certainly have Islamic terrorists, you can have anything coming across the border. We don’t do anything about it. So I would say that if I run and if I win, I would certainly start by building a very, very powerful border.”
* When two men in Boston beat a homeless Mexican man and specifically stated Trump as their inspiration, Trump was asked about it, and he responded with, “I haven’t heard about that. It would be a shame, but I haven’t heard about that. I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate. I will say that, and everybody here has reported it.”
* Trump attacked Hillary Clinton as an “enabler” for Bill Clinton’s sexual misbehaviors… many of which are unproven, and many of which Trump himself has likely engaged in.
* He compared Ben Carson’s temper to the behavior of a child molester, and described Carson as “pathological.”
* He also claimed, “I know more about ISIS than the generals, believe me.”
* In the same speech, he ranted about Carson’s then-popularity in Iowa, and stated, “How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of this country to believe this crap?”
* He bragged about being able to shoot someone and not lose support. This is what he really thinks of his supporters.
* Trump called basic questions about ISIS and foreign policy “gotcha questions.” Then Carly Fiorina, herself no expert on these matters, answered each question without problem.
* Martin O’Malley gave a thoughtful apology for using the phrase “All Lives Matter.” As a response to the apology, Donald Trump referred to the apology as, “And then he apologized like a little baby, like a disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby, and that’s the problem with our country.” Grade school insults from the supposed leader of the Republican Party.
* An adult political figure actually described his future military policy thusly, “I will be so good at the military your head will spin.”
* As a man running on a platform specifically focused on harsh policy toward the Middle East, he remains astoundingly ignorant of even the basics of Middle Eastern politics and events, referring to an interview on foreign policy as just being given “Arab name, Arab name…”
* A physically disabled reporter was mocked by Trump in a childish and cruel manner, and then claimed he was merely imitating someone who acts confused. Anyone who was ever on a playground in America as a youth knows “the retarded guy” act.
* Trump defended the Chinese government’s response to Tianamen Square. He referred to the protesters as “rioters” and said the government response, “shows you the power of strength.”
* Donald Trump bragged about the size of his penis in a nationally televised debate. Seriously, he did that. And I really should be more mature than this, and point out how ridiculous it is for a political figure to do something like that… but I already have. So, I’m going to take the low road – Trump-style – and note that most dudes who brag about their junk tend to be the ones hiding something a bit more modest
* Trump directed odd, and largely incorrect praise toward Saddam Hussein. He also claimed that the “world would be much better off” if Hussein and former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi were still in power.
* Trump’s claims that the electoral system (and the upcoming election) is “rigged” is both false and dangerous. Trump is creating a dangerous and reckless precedent. He has even expanded on this rhetoric, falsely claiming that US Border Patrol agents are “letting people in to vote.” There are plenty of examples of this here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
* In 1989, five teenagers were charged with a rape in Central Park. They were eventually proven innocent. However, during the height of the case, Trump took out full-page newspaper advertisments advocating for the execution of the eventually exonerated teens. Since that point, he has refused to apologize for his actions at the time.
* Trump stated during the second presidential debate with Hillary Clinton that he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her and her emails.
RACISM AND BIGOTRY
* Take a look here and then here for a comprehensive (but far from complete) list of horrible things Trump has said about women, both specific and in general. Not only does he endorse treating them like shit, but he has attacked women for biological needs (using the restroom, menstruation, and pumping breast milk), claimed all the women on his reality show flirted with him, and has bragged repeatedly about his sexual prowess. He has also publicly said vile things about Megyn Kelly, Arianna Huffington, Carly Fiorina, Rosie O’Donnell, Brande Roderick, Bette Midler, Gail Collins, Cher, and of course, Hillary Clinton, to name but a few. He has argued sexual assault in the military should be expected when women serve. He has called women gold-diggers, sneaky, dishonest, and has implied that female journalists must be attractive to be successful.
During the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton described some rather harsh words and behavior Trump directed toward former Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado. Instead of denying his words, or downplaying them, he basically doubled down, and spent the rest of the week attacking Ms. Machado, including lying about a sex tape he claimed she made.
Just a month before the election, a tape leaked from a 2005 conversation Trump had with television host Billy Bush. Trump referenced a married woman he “tried to fuck.” He discussed how he hits on women; “You have to grab them by the pussy.” He also said, “If you’re a star, you can do anything you want with women.” When the story broke, his response was basically a “boys will be boys” excuse. Because apparently bragging about sexual assault is merely locker room humor in the world of The Donald.
* He consistently panders to white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and assorted racist riff-raff. He appears to be fearful of alienating white nationalists, by refusing to condemn or reject their support. The incident where he shared a clearly anti-Semitic meme was made all the more egregious when he denied the obvious anti-Jewish messages. It didn’t take long to discover the meme was pulled off an anti-Semitic message board.
* Further pandering to racists occurred when he took his sweet time in disavowing the endorsement of former KKK leader David Duke, claiming he knew nothing about Duke. However, Trump had openly criticized Duke on at least two occasions in the past.
* More example of pandering to racism happened when a man at a town hall meeting referred to President Obama as a Muslim, and expressed concern about the dangers of Muslims. Faced with a similar questioner in 2008, John McCain gently but firmly pushed back against such a statement. Donald Trump responded with, “We are going to be looking at a lot of different things. And a lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We are going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.”
* Trump tweeted a graphic which made false claims about blacks murdering whites at a ridiculously high rate. The graph was completely incorrect, and actually reversed the numbers which would show a completely opposite issue.
He also stated, in reference to Muslims, that there is “ no assimilation for second and third generation Muslim immigrants.” This is absolutely untrue.
* Trump frequently refers to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas”
* In 1973, Trump Management, Fred Trump, and Donald himself were charged with discrimination against African-Americans by the US government. They eventually settled out of court, but the evidence against Trump was damning.
* Trump started Trump Mortgage in 2006, declaring, “I think it’s a great time to start a mortgage company … who knows about financing better than I do?”
The next year, the housing bubble burst.
* Trump Steaks started in 2007, sold through the Sharper Image catalog. He occasionally still references his steaks, but the actual product was discontinued several years ago. Any steaks he shows off are steaks he bought from someone else.
* Trump Vodka lasted from 2006 through 2011.
* Trump Ice spring water…. yeah….
* Trump the Game. Basically a really dumb Monopoly, it lasted a couple years in the late 80s, and was revived in 2005 when the Apprentice came out. Usually only played for irony.
* GoTrump.com got a nice boost from Travelocity, but still fell apart within a year.
* Trump Magazine was a quarterly lifestyle magazine for rich people that managed to hang on for two years, but 2007 wasn’t a great time to start a magazine discussing luxury items and traveling.
* He owned the New Jersey Generals of the long-defunct USFL.
* Trump Airlines was originally Eastern Air Shuttle. He acquired it in 1988, and attempted to turn it into a luxury brand, which brought the then-27 year old service to financial ruin in 3 short years.
* Trump Entertainment Resorts was the business that ran his casinos… every single one of which failed. That particular arm of his business declared bankruptcy in 1991. And 2004. And 2008 AND 2014. Maybe casinos aren’t a good investment for Donald…
* Then of course, there’s Trump University.
* Trump pretended to be a publicist named John Barron (and sometimes John Miller) and made calls to the press under those names, talking up the greatness that is Donald J. Trump.
CRIME AND ACCUSATIONS OF CRIME
* The Trump Foundation is essentially just a scam operation designed to enrich Trump. The “Foundation” accepted donations, and Trump himself used said donations to purchase a portrait – of himself. He also used the foundation to cover his own legal fees.
* In a lovely bit of irony, Trump’s modeling agency was in violation of multiple immigration laws. His treatment of the models in general was deplorable.
* Trump is infamous for not paying those he employs and hires. He’s stiffed multiple contractors and employees over the years.
* Trump University is currently under investigation for fraud. His response was to publicly name his accusers.
But wait, there’s more!
Donald J. Trump has demonstrated, through 70 years of living, 40 years as a wealthy businessperson, 30 years as a celebrity, a little over a year as a major Republican political figure, and nearly 3 months as the GOP nominee for POTUS, that he is a liar, cheat, fraud, criminal, accused rapist, molester, phony, and all around fucking asshole. Donald Trump is less qualified than I am to be President, and I’m (as of this writing) about 9 months too young to being Constitutionally qualified to be president. A large percentage of Trump’s proposals qualify him for the Hague, should he be elected and attempt to implement them. As an occasional boxing writer, I keep thinking that boxing is less corrupt than Trump.
Nevertheless, Trump is one of the final contenders for President. This needs to be acknowledged. Please take this threat seriously. Donald Trump would inarguably become the least qualified President in American history. The man makes George W. Bush and James Buchanan look Presidential. Please consider what I wrote before considering him as President. And don’t forget that the next President will likely be responsible for dozens of huge decisions (Roe v Wade, Citizens United, Heller vs DC, etc) that will actually impact your lives. Do you want an experienced decision-maker, or a guy who likes to talk about fucking his daughter?
As always, there are those who tell it better than I do: