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“”They promised they were going to take on corruption in Washington. Instead, they've racked up enough indictments to field a football team. Nobody in my administration got indicted, which, by the way, is not that high a bar.
|—Barack Obama at a rally for the 2018 midterm elections.|
Donald John "China Created Global Warming" Trump (b. 1946) is an American (un)intentional comedian, honorary Russian Cossack, heel wrestling personality, WWE Hall of Famer,[note 1] demagogue personality-cult leader who governs as a thug and an aspiring strongman, Nobel Prize nominee,[note 2] current false-equivalency. He won the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination, with the slogan of "Make America Great Again" (MAGA). Against all odds, Trump was elected President of the United States. On Inauguration Day, Trump has the dubious honor of having the single largest number of protesters in American history—the Women's March.
Despite his campaign mythologizing around his path to the presidency somehow "coming from outside the system" and being "free of cronyism" (imagining a Democrat-disgruntled working class being the ones to carry him into office), actual Trump supporters generally have above-average incomes, typical of the same voter demographic that have always supported the GOP.[note 3] In American terms, Trump is pretty much styling himself as the second coming of Andrew Jackson, complete with his plan for a new Trail of Tears. In turn, Trump actually appears to have secured the conspiracy theorist vote,[note 4] a demographic which, these days, appears to include both himself and his wife.
Following an escalating series of gaffes and scandals in the run-up to the Presidential election, many Republican leaders have withheld or renounced their support for his candidacy. He has also been condemned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Stung by the results of the 2018 midterm elections, in which Democrats gained control of the House while Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, and the ongoing Russia probe, Trump appears to be distancing himself from the ordinary presidential duties, sending aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, to various events in his stead. In 2019 it was revealed that after Trump removed FBI Director James Comey over investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential Election that the FBI began investigating whether Trump was a knowing or unknowing asset of the Russian government assisted by Russia to act against the interests of the US government. Trump has put forward policies clearly in the favour of the Russian government's interests, most importantly on the matter of the NATO alliance of the US as the leading country of the alliance along with European countries, Turkey, and Canada, with Trump indicating in public statements that the US could abandon the NATO alliance.
- 1 Business ventures
- 2 Pretending to be religious
- 3 Rare moments of sanity
- 4 Presidential candidacy
- 5 Rhetoric
- 6 Stranger things
- 7 Ties with Russia
- 8 Undermining democratic institutions
- 9 Melania Trump's plagiarism scandal
- 10 Cabinet members, or how to create a cesspool
- 11 Policies
- 12 List of nicknames
- 13 Trump supporters
- 14 In all fairness...
- 15 See also
- 16 External links
- 17 Notes
- 18 References
Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate in four decades other than Gerald Ford who has not released his tax returns. Ford published a summary of his instead. Although the chances of the bill passing are low, Democrats are proposing legislation requiring presidential candidates to release ten years of tax returns. In support of forcing Trump to release his tax returns, an organization called Americans for Tax Fairness argued that this would shine light on the various means wealthy people evade taxes in general and Trump's potentially illicit business interests in particular. Trump has been accused of using public office to enhance his private business interests.
According to legal experts, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Trump's ties to Russia, almost certainly has Trump's tax returns. However, he cannot release them unless they are relevant to a criminal case.
“”That may be Trump's one skill – performing so many outrages that he gets us to sideline some of them while we try to deal with the worst/most recent.
Trump's connections with mob figures are old and run deep, according to journalist Wayne Barrett; they're mostly associated with his casino and huge erections, including but not limited to buildings. In 2015, the details became public of Trump's involvement with Colombo crime family figures during the making of Trump's first name-branded product: a Cadillac limousine in 1988. Trump will never willingly release his tax returns, and Ted Cruz suggests those returns could show the extent of his mob dealings. Trump and some of his spawn have been named as material witnesses in a massive tax-avoidance scheme by mob-connected Felix Sater. As an aside, it has been reported that Trump himself paid no income taxes in 1978, 1979, 1984, 1992, and 1994.
The tax schemes have apparently caught up with the Trumps: in 2018, the New York Times reported that Trump and his siblings engaged in vast tax fraud starting in the 1990s; the allegations are based on confidential tax returns and financial records. Following the Times' report, New York state tax officials began their own investigation into the Trumps' alleged tax fraud schemes.
Trump's connections to organized crime go back to shortly after his first forays into Manhattan real estate. Trump made friends with Roy Cohn, formerly Joseph McCarthy's lawyer during the McCarthy Senate hearings, but who by then was a mob lawyer. Cohn likely introduced Trump to Genovese crime boss Anthony Salerno. In his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback, Trump denied that there was any association between asbestos exposure and cancer, stating "I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal. Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented." Ironically, it was Trump's hiring of organized crime-controlled companies that enabled his demolition contractor to hire the illegal workers that were exposed to asbestos. Trump is still pushing asbestos denialism in 2018 via his EPA director Scott Pruitt, who announced that the EPA would cease evaluating asbestos hazards in the environment. This is some four decades after the last known time that the asbestos industry itself engaged in denialism.
In 1979, Trump hired a demolition contractor to take down the building at the future Trump Tower site. The contractor used illegal, non-union Polish workers who were exposed to asbestos. Though the site was a union site, there was no picket because it was a mob-controlled union; Trump knew that the Polish workers were illegal. Trump used overpriced concrete from companies controlled by Salerno and Gambino family crime boss Paul Castellano to build Trump Tower and Trump Plaza.
When Trump sought to build casinos in Atlantic City in 1982, he was able to hide his mob connections by persuading the New Jersey Attorney General John Degnan to only investigate him for the prior six months. At least one Trump company has been exposed as having ties to international money laundering from an ex-Soviet Union state, and it has been speculated that the Trump casinos may have been used for laundering prior to bankruptcy. Trump bought land in Atlantic City at an inflated price from hit men connected to Nicky Scarfo, of the Philadelphia crime family as well as purchasing or leasing other land that likely benefitted the Scarfo mob.
A Saudi prince claims he bailed Trump out twice when the mogul got into financial difficulties. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bought up a private yacht that Trump was forced to cede to creditors during the 1990's, and later helped buy a NYC hotel when Trump was short of funds a second time. Said Saud is now embarrassed by the association.
On January 1, 2017 Trump hosted and appeared on stage with Joey 'No Socks' Cinque at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. Cinque is a Gambino crime family-affiliate who was convicted of felony possession of a trove of stolen artwork.
“”In 1995, when he offered this company, if a monkey had thrown a dart, at the stock page, the monkey on average would've made 150 percent. But the people that believed in him, who listened to his siren song, ended up losing well over 90 cents in the dollar. They got back less than a dime.
|—Warren Buffett on Trump's Atlantic City hotels business|
It's always been a bit of mystery just how much Trump buys into his own bullshit. He estimates his net worth at "OVER TEN BILLION", which is impossible for him to prove but also impossible for anyone to disprove.[note 5] This is not just based on his assets (which are not terribly liquid) but also how he feels about his worth on a daily basis. The record really shows a middling businessman with a lot of structural advantages, who came out on top because of how rigged the system is. It's not hard to make a lot of money in New York real estate, especially when your rich daddy gives you a big head-start. In fact, over time it becomes practically impossible to lose money. This is relevant to his claim that he can do an exceptional job of running the US government, since he hasn't been truly tested in a situation with no fawning yes-men or training wheels.
Really, the reason the Trump Brand still exists and is fiscally solvent is because of his daughter Ivanka. Supposedly his sons are both dumbasses, but she is scarily intelligent. It was her idea to start selling off the name in exchange for royalties without having to put up the capital costs of construction and running a property, something which Donald opposed but is now the cornerstone of the company, since it's effectively free money. Ivanka is obviously worried about damage to the Trump brand, since she's tried to spin out a separate sub-brand; she's the one who staged a family intervention and convinced Dad to fire his campaign manager.
Trump's record on predicting economic recessions is also laughably bad:
- In 1999, he predicted an economic crash greater than the Great Depression.
- Then, in 2001, he reversed his position and claimed the US market was strong right before a minor recession hit.
- In 2005, he claimed the real estate market was strong, and followed this up with the launching of "Trump Mortgage" in 2006. Trump Mortgage subsequently went out of business when the housing market crashed the next year.
- In 2011, he predicted massive inflation, suggesting the price of a loaf of bread would soon be $25.
- And he has been predicting another recession since 2012...though this has been silent since his election.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, the real-life Auric Goldfinger has been trying to build a golf course on (what used to be) a protected wetland habitat. He tried to have several of his Scottish neighbors evicted, including a local farmer by the name of Michael Forbes who refused an offer on his property. For this, Forbes was awarded "top Scot" award in 2012. His actions were parodied in this song.
Since then, the Scottish government's plans to increase wind turbine capacity (his opposition to which even led to a heated discussion over Twitter with the host of the British version of The Apprentice, Lord [formerly Sir Alan] Sugar) has encouraged him to cancel his plans, proving once and for all that they are worth every penny. Trump reported to Scottish authorities that he lost millions on the project, whereas in his US presidential disclosure, he claimed that the project was highly profitable.
Trump University was essentially a diploma mill, a scam in which people were promised an education in real estate by hand-picked experts in exchange for exorbitant "tuition." Salesmen were told to apply high-pressure tactics on vulnerable people. Some were encouraged to max out their credit cards, others had to cough up their disability money, etc. In return, they received bare-bones real estate education from people Trump never even met, though he was very much involved in the marketing aspects. He got a cut in return for these "institutions" being allowed to use his name.
An even bigger issue lies with name Trump University itself and its claims to offer certain degrees: graduate, postgraduate, and doctoral. This is in violation of New York law, which requires you to obtain a charter to call yourself a university. In 2014, the New York Supreme Court held that Trump was personally liable for running an unlicensed school and making false promises through his "university", the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative; this was confirmed by the testimony of a former salesperson and the court-released "Trump University Playbook." About 8000 former students are suing Trump U. in two separate class-action lawsuits, one of which involves the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act. In August 2016, Judge Curiel ruled that Trump must face a civil trial for fraud and racketeering under RICO, which automatically requires triple damages; things are looking very bad for Trump on this front.
This is the case in which Trump attacked a “Mexican” judge’s ancestry (he's actually from Indiana) because he made a judgment Trump didn't like. But all this shows is that Trump is willing to do anything to help us make him realize his American dream, even if it means ruining us financially.
“”Why isn’t this man in jail for fraud? In addition to his phony Trump University, there was also a Trump Institute, that used plagiarized materials to peddle real estate advice.
|—PZ Myers |
The multilevel marketing company
In 2009, Trump "partnered" with the founders of Ideal Health International (est. 1997), a multilevel marketing business, rebranding this pyramid scheme as The Trump Network. "Partnering" in this case is just another Trumpian term of art. It was yet another Trump brand rental where he claimed not to be involved with the company's operations, even though he, company representatives and advertising for the network implied there was an actual partnership "that was certain to lift thousands of people into prosperity"; after the brand rental came to an end in 2012, its assets were bought off by a Canadian and rebranded.
The "business", which consisted of selling a urine test device with customized vitamins, not only made investors lose money buying the highly overpriced products, but also buying customized infomercials in local TV channels.
Donald Trump has been called "the least charitable billionaire in the world". Take, for example, his donations to 9/11 charities: $1,000 (his own backyard, no less). The donation went to the anti-psychology Scientology front group, the "New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Fund", which was co-founded by Tom Cruise. Trump, who owns 40 Wall Street, actually received $150,000 for damages due to 9/11 from a special federal fund earmarked for "small businesses", despite the fact that the building wasn't damaged.
- His sons' schools
- Golf-related charities
- Celebrity-related charities
- Land donations with golf easements
- Asbestos-contaminated land from failed golf-course projects ("Donald J. Trump State Park")
As for real charities, Trump has a pattern of stiffing them: The Donald J. Trump Foundation has actually received more donations from a single other donor (World Wrestling Entertainment) than Trump himself contributed during the period 1990 to 2009 when he gave a paltry $3.7 million. In 2014, Trump personally gave $0 to his own foundation.
The office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was reported to have been considering an investigation of Trump University just before requesting and receiving a $25,000 political donation from Trump himself. The donation allegedly came illegally from a non-profit Trump family foundation, which is not allowed to make political donations because of its tax status. It's also come out that he may not have been donating the proceeds of several business ventures to charity as he had promised to do, which could amount to fraud. This is aside from the veterans' charity snafu. These include Trump U, Trump Vodka, and his new book Crippled America, all high-profile activities with profits supposedly going to benefit charity. The harsh spotlight of a presidential run was suddenly not working out for him. The Trump Foundation has been illegally soliciting money in the State of New York because it is not registered to do so as required by law. On October 3, 2016, the Trump Foundation was ordered to cease and desist fundraising immediately by the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office. The charity did not register properly as it should have and investigations by the Washington Post suggested Trump benefited personally from spending by the charity. Additionally, the New York tax collecting agency opened an investigation in July 2018 into the Trump Foundation, which could result in criminal charges.
Pretending to be religious
“”"[It] was the theo-political equivalent of money laundering. Dobson and his gang are making Trump clean so that he is worthy of evangelical votes.
|—John Fea, history professor at Messiah College|
When asked the inevitable leading question, "What is your favorite book?" Trump answered with the usual pandering reply, "The Bible!", although he couldn't provide a favorite verse. Eventually, Trump found one: "Two Corinthians" (he means Second Corinthians, which incidentally is a book, not a verse), which earned him an endorsement from Falwell Jr.
It also leads one to wonder how frequently he takes holy communion, despite Trump’s claim of "as often as possible" — quite the dedication to drinking red wine for someone who is also a teetotaler.
“”If Christians do vote for the nuclear weapon-loving Trump, they probably have a better chance of meeting God real soon…
Rare moments of sanity
“”Our country is divided and out of control. The world is watching. Our country is totally divided and our enemies are watching.
|—Trump accidentally says something poignant, for once.|
Despite his deplorable reputation, Trump is no exception to the stopped-clock principle. Here is an incomplete list of the right things he has done.
- He regularly calls out the neoconservatives and their hired help. His annihilation of the Club for Growth was also on point.
- Trump's comments on George Bush having advance foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks and the lack of strategy post-9/11 from the Bush administration have led some in the right-wing news media (even including self-confessed truther Alex Jones) to label him a "truther", although this isn't very accurate, as Trump backtracked from some of the advance knowledge comments. He also believes the famous “28 pages” redacted from the official 9/11 report were done so to please the Saudis, which would appear to be partially accurate.
- He once recorded an audio commentary for a film that is regarded as the greatest of all time by several critics. The name of said film? Citizen Kane, of course. You can find it on YouTube.
- On the bureaucracy front, he dropped a requirement that federal government agencies report on their Y2K preparedness 17 years after it came and proved to be a bit pile of nothing.
- His administration sided with South Dakota in a Supreme Court case that allows states to collect sales tax for all online stores, even if they don't have physical establishments in the charging state.
- His claims on the troubles with (unfettered) free trade are largely correct.[note 6][note 7] The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and is working on modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
- Impressed by the Bastille Day parade in Paris, Trump said he wanted to top it in the U.S., but later decided against it citing the tremendous costs involved.
- He signed into law a bill that upgrades the birth place of the famed civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia, into a national historic park. He also signed bills linking historical sites related to the civil rights movement and commemorating the arrival of the first Africans in the English colonies in Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619.
The Presidential candidacy of Donald Trump began years before he actually won the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination. Indeed, Trump has been involved in politics for quite some time.
Donald Trump is notorious for his rabble-rousing and inflammatory, pernicious rhetoric, especially toward his political opponents and journalists that report on the bad things he has said and done. He frequently uses coarse language as well as having the verbal abilities similar to a grade-schooler on a broken record; no big bad words or nuance plus the power of repetition makes for a dangerously convincing combo, especially if he speaks to his audience's racist, xenophobic, or sexist insecurities. This is why people claim that he speaks it "as it is" when this is far from the truth. In fact, the incoherent and often perfidious way he talks (such as labeling news he doesn't like "fake news" and often setting off political fact-checkers like Politifact, FactCheck.org, WashingtonPost, and Snopes) muddies understanding of his real thoughts, being prone to interpretation. For instance, his words on "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best" and "they're animals" set off debate on which group he's really referring to. His poor English is exacerbated when other countries try translating what he's saying.
“”Never has more ignorance been stuffed inside one head.
|—Laurence Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School|
The alarming nature of Trump's continuing behavior has gotten so bad since the election that psychologists have been breaking the so-called Goldwater rule in the American Psychiatric Association's code of ethics against giving a clinical analysis of someone who is not their patient. John D. Gartner, a psychotherapist who formerly taught at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, has explicitly broken the rule without caveat in order to warn the public of Trump's dangerousness. Gartner said, "Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president." Gartner diagnosed that Trump has "malignant narcissism", an extreme mix of narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, aggression, and sadism. Many other mental health professionals have also expressed their concern over Trump's mental state. Dr. Allen Frances, The chair of the DSM-IV taskforce, the one that wrote the definition of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), stated that while Trump "may be a world-class narcissist", he does not have NPD. Dr. Allen went further to state, "He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers."
“”He's like that right-wing uncle you dread seeing at Thanksgiving, just with a national media profile—and your uncle couldn't be happier about it.
The biggest Overton shift this year has been anyone believing that Donald Trump is "anti-establishment."[note 8] Liberals and conservatives are just wired differently. Republicans generally respond better to displays of strength and forthrightness, whereas Democrats generally respond better to bipartisanship and compassion. For better or worse, Trump looks at life like buying a used car. You go in with bluster and threaten to walk if they don't give you what you want.
With that in mind, it's no surprise that the candidate with the best “tell it like it is” game on Twitter and in debates won. It's a strategy in touch with the perceptions of the GOP base. Many still think that Romney had the general election sealed up, but choked. It's why Don's portrayal of his opponents as boring, dumb, nerdy, losers, low-energy, chokers or "choke artists" has been so effective.
In the minds of the base, it's never been the case that the country has become more progressive, or that 12 years of Bushes was more regime change and Reaganomics than voters ever wanted. Nope, the perception is that McCain, Romney, Bush, Rubio—these candidates all “choked”, in concert with the American people wanting them all to be President but just not knowing it yet. They're all presumed guilty of giving the country two more Democratic terms based on supposed personal and strategic failures, never on a disconnect between what voters wanted and what these candidates were selling. The RNC propping up Romney (again!) in opposition to Trump shows that they can't even grasp this basic fact about their own voters.
In Trump's defense however, Trump saved us from another Bush presidency which Hillary probably would have had more trouble opposing.
Donald Trump is neither an intellectual nor someone interested in deep thought or reading, both of which are crucial when running a country.
Unclear yet present danger
“”He’s always been that guy, and you denied it and ignored it and hand-waved it away and made excuses every step of the way because you were convinced that you were so much smarter than the rest of us. You were so certain that you had received some superior wavelength giving you special insight into the Donald; only you could tell that it was all an act. Only you could grasp that his constant courting of controversy was just to get attention from the media. Only you could instinctively sense that his style would play brilliantly in the general election and win over working-class Democrats. (SPOILER ALERT: It isn’t.) You insisted that you could “coach him”.
Trump's ability to blow up Republican sacred cows is pretty remarkable e.g. staunch conservative and shock value until the spotlight hits him, then he switches back to southpaw and blows the right-wingers away. Trump doesn't have a voting record. And human beings are really, really bad at processing information that falls outside of their heuristics and reconciling information that on its surface seems contradictory.
Therefore, if a candidate does not fall squarely into one of the two buckets we associate with politics — "conservatism" and "liberalism" — then he must be in the middle, despite not logically fitting as a "moderate" in any sense. And because many people subconsciously believe in the golden mean, Trump is using the same strategy almost every authoritarian populist has used to craft a successful coalition: pair extreme ideas from one end of the spectrum with ones that either come from the other extreme end or are appealing for their "moderation." For example, pair your extreme views on immigration with opposition to trade, or rhetoric opposing "hedge fund guys" and other selected rich capitalists who are unpopular across the board. This becomes a net win for Trump. He "tells it like it is" or "calls out both sides." Donald is an empty suit and he invites us all to try him on:
Debate Trump: Taxes too high, wages too high. We’re not going to be able to compete against the world.
Gasbag Trump-on-the-stump: The influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high, and makes it difficult for poor and working-class Americans . . . to earn a middle-class wage.
Subtext: To those of you working 2-3 jobs at $8.00 per hour, once I deport all the illegals you're still going to be making $8.00 per hour. F**k you very much.
A stopped clock on Iraq?
In 2002, Trump appeared on Howard Stern's show and voiced his support (such as it was) for the Iraq War based on the "business opportunity" in the region (as Clinton put it) in 2011. However, Trump personally had a financial interest in opposing the war in Iraq, and expressed concerns about the war soon after it had started: by 2004, it was well-known that Trump was an opponent of the Iraq War. In Las Vegas, Trump swerved the entire Republican Party, blasting the war louder than any Democrat would have:
Thousands and thousands of lives, we have nothing. Wounded warriors all over the place who I love, we have nothing for it.
Now, Trump uses the Iraq War as one of the most common sticks to beat Clinton with, even going to far as to suggest Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton were the "founders" of Daesh for leaving a power vacuum in the region: a power vacuum Trump also would have left, as he was calling for the immediate withdrawal of the US from Iraq as early as 2007. When asked about running mate Mike Pence's decision to vote in favor of the Iraq War, Trump rather patronizingly said that Pence was "entitled to a mistake", and as for Hillary, "she's not".
It is clear then, that Trump's views on Iraq are not as well-informed as they initially appear.
Feud with HBO and Last Week Tonight
“”If Jon Stewart is so above it all & legit, why did he change his name from Jonathan Leibowitz? He should be proud of his heritage!
Two years later (in 2015), while spending a portion of May 31 embarrassingly trying too hard to flame Stewart, Trump also insisted that the original tweet quoted above never took place while repeating the accusation, tweeting:
“”All the haters and losers must admit that, unlike others, I never attacked dopey Jon Stewart for his phony last name. Would never do that!
Trump then proceeded to weave the tale that John Oliver (Stewart being the former boss and colleague of Oliver) had tried to get Trump to appear on Last Week Tonight, something which Oliver maintains has never happened. Oliver even checked to make sure nobody had accidentally invited him, and nobody had.
In response to all of this, on February 28 of 2016, Oliver started the #makedonalddrumpfagain campaign, explaining:
"Trump" does sound rich — it's almost onomatopoeic. "Trump!" is the sound produced when a mouthy servant is slapped across the face with a wad of thousand-dollar bills. "Trump!" is the sound of a cork popping on a couple's champagnniversary, the day the renovations in the wine cellar were finally completed.
The very name "Trump" is the cornerstone of his brand. If only there were a way to uncouple that magical word from the man he really is. Well, guess what — there is! Because it turns out, the name "Trump" was not always his family's name. One biographer found that a prescient ancestor had changed it from — and this is true — Drumpf. Yes; fucking Drumpf! And "Drumpf!" is much less magical.
It's the sound produced when a morbidly obese pigeon flies into the window of the foreclosed Old Navy. "Drumpf!" It's the sound of a bottle of store brand root beer falling off the shelf in a gas station mini-mart. And it may seem weird to bring up his ancestral name, but to quote Donald Trump, "he should be proud of his heritage" — because Drumpf is much more reflective of who he actually is.
So if you are thinking of voting for Donald Trump, the charismatic guy promising to make America great again, stop and take a moment to imagine how you would feel if you just met a guy named Donald Drumpf. A litigious serial liar, with a string of broken business ventures and the support of a former Klan leader who he can't decide whether or not to condemn. Would you think he would make a good president, or is the spell now somewhat broken? And that is why tonight, I am asking America to make Donald Drumpf again!
Oliver also revealed that HBO had even officially filed paperwork to trademark the name "Drumpf." HBO has also purchased the domain donaldjdrumpf.com and released an official Chrome browser plugin called the "Drumpfinator," which changes every instance of "Trump" to "Drumpf" in the browser.
Now, for people who don't know about that little spat, the Drumpf meme might come across as Oliver making fun of Trump's German ancestry. Crucially however, the serious thought underlying the (quite overtly satirical) relabeling of Trump to Drumpf is that Trump's image and persona is based on the Trump brand — and thus, if people instead knew him as Donald Drumpf (the way his family's name was spelled before the Thirty Years' War), then hopefully people would stop automatically knee-jerk associating him with the fame and fortune attached to the Trump brand, and instead see the man — Donald — for who he really is as a person. The Trump fortune was in fact predicated upon Fred Trump's lying to Jewish customers about his German ancestry and claiming that he was Swedish, a lie repeated by Donald in The Art of the Deal.
Ties with Russia
“”In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.
|—Michael J. Morell, former director of the CIA|
While Trump's direct and indirect association with certain Russian individuals is hardly a secret, he and members of his circles are being investigated for (aggravated) identity theft, various kinds of frauds, unauthorized computer access (hacking), money laundering, accepting illegal campaign contributions, making false statements to law enforcement, failure to register as foreign agents, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy against the United States of America.
The investigation of the Trump-Russia connection is not limited to the office of the Special Counsel; it has also included a separate criminal investigation by the FBI and may include other as yet unknown investigations. In mid-2018, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein revealed that there is a broad effort by the Department of Justice to combat Russian "information warfare" waged against the United States to undermine her democracy and critical infrastructure. Indeed, the Russian attempt to influence the 2016 Election was "just one tree in a growing forest," he said.
Undermining democratic institutions
How to destroy a democracy
Democracy watchdog Freedom House's report states that Trump's victory was a destabilizing threat to democracy. In 2017, The Democracy Index listed the U.S. as a flawed democracy, but the reduced rank was not caused by Trump. The lower rank was instead caused by the same factors that won Trump the election and contribute to the rise of far-right parties in Europe. That factor is the decline of trust in government. A lack of trust in government may well lead to political apathy, lower voters' turnout, and consequently a government that more poorly represents its people (along with currently anti-democratic measures such as Voter ID laws and gerrymandering; and arguably the first past the post system and the electoral college).
Russia often has a hand in democratic backsliding, namely in the former Soviet sphere and post-communist countries.
Melania Trump's plagiarism scandal
“”You know, the president told me to stop whining, but I really have to say, the media is even more biased this year than ever before — ever. You want the proof? Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it — it’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great. My wife, Melania, gives the exact same speech — and people get on her case.
|—Donald Trump, roasting his wife at the 71st Al Smith dinner in New York|
On July 18, 2016, the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Trump's (current) wife, Melania, gave a speech to talk about why the Donald would be the superior United States presidential candidate. The speech contained a paragraph that was pretty much identical to a paragraph of Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Following Melania's speech, various media outlets reported the similarities, stating that the speech was "awkward", "embarrassing" and "an act of plagiarism". Although it took the Trump campaign a while to do so, and whilst they procrastinated 24 hours in either avoiding the subject altogether or claiming that Melania's speech wasn't really plagiarism (although the fact that it was plagiarism was pretty much obvious to anyone listening to or reading the speech), someone high up essentially said "You're Fired" to Melania's scriptwriters, and that was the end of that one.
Cabinet members, or how to create a cesspool
He ran on a populist platform, pledging to "Drain the swamp," meaning prevent Wall Street from controlling government, not a destructive anti-environmentalist platform. Now that he won, that means all of his supporters (and some former detractors) are lining up for sweet positions in his administration, including Wall Street. Besides promising to "hire the best people" he also promised to "drain the swamp", but his nominations and hiring practices prove that instead of draining or filling the swamp, he's creating a noxious cesspool; the people he chooses tend to be either on a pillage-and-burn mission, or totally unqualified for the job. The worst thing is that his supporters don't care as long as the cesspool monsters are not politicians, whatever that means. The result is possibly the most fervently right-wing cabinet in recent memory, and one that's still filled with quite a few politicians.
And this isn't going to go in how swamps are, in reality, biodiversity-rich hubs that provide a ton of benefits, not like Trump cares a single bit about the environment. Trump may be draining literal swamps, which is hardly a good thing, as he's threatened national parks by trying to allow exploitation and decreasing their sizes.
Starting right on the first week of his presidency, Trump has begun dismantling Obama's legacy. This is indeed one of the guiding principles of the Trump administration.
List of nicknames
Donald Trump is a man of many nicknames: "The Donald", "John Miller", "John Barron", "David Dennison", "Don the Con", "God-Emperor Trump", "Mr. Brexit", and Cadet Bone Spur.
La Familia Trump consists of the usual suspects; a pack of celebrities as unfit to hold office as the man himself. We have dossiers on most of them:
- Joe Arpaio: Cartoonishly-corrupt sheriff of Maricopa County. Arpaio, whose department has been sued multiple times for racist policing practices by the federal government, declared "I’m with him to the bitter end."
- Anti-PC crusader Ann Coulter: Hopped on the Trump Train early but appeared to sour on his ‘half-baked tweets at midnight’. What's that old saying about a speck in your neighbor's eye?
- George Galloway: Here's a tricky one: Who would be a more terrible president, Donald Trump or George Galloway? Fellow Brexiteer Nigel Farage appears to agree with Galloway on this one.
- Sean Hannity: His inner construction worker cannot resist. Compared Trump to King David, who "had five hundred concubines", ffs.
- Alex Jones: Vaunted anti-government loon, is spreading the Trump Gospel—in essence, becoming a cheerleader for torture, the surveillance state, deportations, and zero-percent corporate taxes—all in exchange for a plug from Donald on his show.
- Arthur Laffer: Trickle-down needs to be brutally murdered, because it won't fucking die on its own. (Shouldn't you be wrecking Australia's economy right now?)
- Michelle Malkin: Sees which way the wind is blowing and announced she would be "pulling the lever for Donald Trump." This from the woman who called him a "conservafraud" two years before. Others might have taken offense at Trump calling them "born stupid," but not Malkin: she couldn't Stump The Trump, and hopefully gained "wisdom" from the experience.
- Ted Nugent: Of course, no collection of wingnuts would be complete without Nugent. Political life lessons from him are like filling the seats at the BET awards with KKK members.
- Mehmet Oz - He looks healthy to me! What do you think, studio audience?
- Dennis Prager: Admits he only supports Trump out of hate for the left. One of the most adamantly anti-Trump talk show hosts of the past year was, in fact... Dennis Prager.
- Dan Quayle: The people who know what the job actually entails want nothing to do with Trump. That should tell you everything you need to know. Dan Quayle does, so there's that.
- Donald Rumsfeld: Trump's not doing so well in endorsements; he'll take what he can get. Let's speculate on other stupid endorsements he may get. Lynndie England? Ollie North? Is G. Gordon Liddy dead yet?
- Michael Savage: Called Trump "the Winston Churchill of our time." We live in savage times indeed.
- Phyllis Schlafly:
Marital rape supporterstay-at-home mom and Equal Rights Amendment opponent.
- Ben Stein: Once a flack, always a flack. "He wants a peaceful, calm America."
- Milo Yiannopoulos: Refers to Trump as "Daddy." As the official spokesman for the Internet's sewer, Yiannopoulos half-jokingly yearns for a God-Emperor Trump to transform America into some sort of a fascist monarchy.
- Benito Mussolini, whom Trump has adopted, consciously or not, many of the same gestures, rhetoric, body language, scapegoating tendencies, and authoritarian impulses all the way back when he was first a candidate for president. As President, these parallels are now no longer just parallels, but deeply problematic executive policy.
- The Harvard Republican Club refused to endorse Trump which is the first time in 128 years they would not endorse the Republican candidate. "He isn’t eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency."
- Silvio Berlusconi: Il Trump italiano. Just subtract a foot of height and add underage Moroccan prostitutes.
- Nigel Farage: Has compared himself to The Don. Take a seat, Enoch. (Trump is UKIP turned up to 11.)
- Geert Wilders: Completely adrift from reality. Screams anything necessary to get more votes.
- Boris Johnson: "Wait, I have dumb hair, too! Vote for me!"
- Pauline Hanson: Australia's Most Honest Politician. "I don't believe in halal" is the kind of bilge they can look forward to.
- Rodrigo Duterte: President of the Philippines who's also the oldest to be elected to the highest office of their respective countries. He's been called the "Trump of the East" due to both being "self-professed political outsiders with a penchant for tough talk and shocking turns of phrase." They're known for misogynistic comments, outlandish bombast, impulsive and violent rhetoric, and pro-death penalty to drug users.
- Andrej Babiš: The Czech Prime Minister, who changed the tax system to benefit himself, has fingers all over the media, dominates the agriculture industry, and keeps trying to screw with his political opponents while complaining about entrenched corruption, insulting his critics, and inflaming anti-Muslim/refugee sentiment.
- Jaroslaw Kaczynski: Another uncompromising, divisive, authoritarian strongman who many consider the de facto leader of Poland, as his rabid base scares many supposedly moderate conservatives as he rails against the neoliberal establishment and panders to populists with promises of defeating the media, political, and cultural "elite." 
- Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's most dangerous man who
has a scary chance at becoming presidentended up winning the election, Jair reads like he was bred from a Trump cloning factory: he once said to a woman who accused him of rape, "I would never rape you because you aren't worth it." He's incited violence from his supporters, a notoriously homohpobic racist and misogynist, an incendiary reactionary on every social issue imaginable, praised a dictator (Alberto Fujimori) for strong leadership, paid homage to a fascist colonel who tortured dissidents (including former President Dilma Rousseff), and repeatedly scapegoats society's ills on the weak and vulnerable. He even says "the only difference [between me and Trump] is that I'm richer!"
In all fairness...
This is how American politics worked from the start.
- Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House — Michael Wolff's book about the Trump campaign and Trump's first year in office.
- Conservapedia:Donald Trump achievements — the go to source to prove that little has been achieved since January 20, 2017.
- Know Nothing Party: Rick Perry publicly called Trump a "Know Nothing" shortly after Trump announced his candidacy. (And when Rick Perry thinks you've gone out to lunch, well…)
- Ultracrepidarian. Also, hire ghost writers to write bestseller books in your name about how smart and rich you are.
- Secure the border
- Nepotism — his daughter (Ivanka Trump) and son-in-law (Jared Kushner) are advisors to the President and are unable to get more than temporary security clearances due to being possible blackmail candidates.
- Paradise Papers — offshore money, which may or may not have been used for tax fraud, and happened to have named 12 filthy rich men in Trump's orbit.
- Patrick Buchanan: A failed paleoconservative presidential candidate who shares many of the same nationalistic ideas about free trade, foreign policy, and immigration. Naturally, he was an early and enthusiastic Trump supporter. (Buchanan and Trump were opponents in the 2000 Reform Party presidential primaries.) And what do you know?
- Richard Nixon: Who indirectly led to the bastard even having a chance at the presidency due to Roger Ailes and the Southern Strategy.
- Charles Coughlin: An American Catholic priest who became the granddaddy of right-wing populism, nationalistic demagoguery, and globalist conspiracies.
- Joseph McCarthy: There are at least 40 million illegal immigrants. Some people say there are 30 million illegal immigrants. It's probably somewhere in the middle. 32, 33, 34 million.
- George Wallace: The OG non-PC presidential candidate. At least Wallace didn't use racist dog-whistles. (He told voters exactly what they wanted to hear, regardless of how despicable it was!)
- Ronald Reagan: A B-radio and film personality who completely changed his politics to appease his masters at GE TV theater. He was picked out of a hat because the name had a high recognition value. He didn't actually decide anything, he just read the lines he was given.
- Sarah Palin: Basically a Nostra-dumbass. She foretold Trump without even knowing it.
- Paul LePage: I miss the old LePage, straight from the 'Go LePage, talkin' 'bout the soul LePage, set all his goals LePage, I hate the new LePage, the bad mood LePage, the always-rude LePage, spaz in the news LePage
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- "Donald Trump Campaign Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement", The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Donald Trump: 'I Could ... Shoot Somebody, And I Wouldn't Lose Any Voters'" — We're not sure the world is ready for a mad emperor Gordon Gekko.
- "The End of the World" — a 1958 episode from a TV show featuring a conman named Walter Trump, eerily similar
- Sesame Street mocking Trump: Ronald Grump Builds The Grump Tower, Grouch Apprentice with Donald Grump. Trump is so petty, this is why he wants to destroy the National Endowment for the Arts, which funds Sesame Street.
- Match of the Millennium. Trump Alert!
- Donald Trump sexual misconduct allegations
- His insults toward other candidates, The New York Times.
- The language he uses – is it "bigly" or "big league"? Neither — it's big lie.
- Donald Trump limerick generator
- Donald Trump Insult Generator, TIME.
- Never forget.
- RNC Prays For Democratic Defeat, Trump Victory - The fact that they're literally praying in an empty room is a powerful statement. So alone in their righteous anger.
- Donald Trump is the President!
- Building Trump's Wall. The B1M.
- The Tsar Spangled Banner. Sheet Music Boss.
- Donald, where's your trousers? Performed by Garret Dillahunt (as John Henry) and Mackenzie Smith (as Savannah Weaver) in Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles.
- Tech Times gives a brief rundown, not to mention the time when "Trump" wrestled "Rosie O'Donnell" in a painful moment for WWE.
- But which dictator wasn't a Nobel prize nominee?
- One must, however, take into consideration these facts:
- Trump won the Rust Belt and Appalachia, both impoverished, majority-white areas formerly reliant on unionized blue-collar jobs and both key battleground areas;
- Trump received the highest proportion of the (shrinking) union vote (43% for the Republicans vs 51% for the Democrats) a Republican has ever received since 1976 (38% vs 63%, respectively); such a vote has steadily grown since that year;
- At the same time, the Democratic vote has declined due to them steadily not being able to mobilize their traditional bases, due to a variety of factors from the end of door-to-door canvassing to voter ID laws. ("Who Put Trump in the White House?", Jacobin.)
- Trump's most loyal supporters are small-business owners, who are the demographic more receptive to the kind of racial and economic resentment he rode his coattails to the White House on. ("The Revenge of Joe the Plumber", Jacobin.)
- In fact, quote: "Donald Trump supporters are 4.2 times more likely to tweet about the New World Order than Hillary Clinton supporters. Thirty-nine percent of people who tweeted the hashtag #NewWorldOrder followed Trump's Twitter account. Almost 32 percent who tweeted about #FalseFlag—that shootings and terror attacks like the Sandy Hook or Orlando massacres were staged by the government—followed Trump on social media. About 10 percent of the #FalseFlag tweeters followed Clinton."
- Our favorite is when Romney called him out as a fellow politician and a businessman. Trump put on a freaking infomercial showcasing Trump Magazine, Trump Steaks, and Trump Wine/Vodka—Most of which are fake in one way or another. The steaks were probably bought from a local butcher, since they are no longer sold anywhere. The magazine he referenced was a different one from the one Romney said had failed, and has basically no distribution, existing only as a table decoration for one of his resorts. He's like that Tai Lopez guy in the YouTube ads bragging about his library and his cars; he needs to maintain the illusion to keep his business going.
- For a more in-depth and nuanced look on the deceptive promise of free trade, there is this excellent DW documentary.
- The worst trade deal in the history of trade deals, ever!
- His life's work has been about creating things and spaces exclusively for the wealthy. Trump Tower—the way the interior is laid out—is probably actually a really good illustration of how Trump thinks about politics: he thinks about the American Dream in terms of creating opportunities for people to ride in gold-plated elevators (there are literally gold-plated elevators). This might also explain something about his preoccupation with China.
- http://www.cnn.com/2018/11/04/politics/obama-campaigns-republicans-indictments-football-field/index.html Obama says Republicans have 'racked up enough indictments to field a football team']. CNN. November 4, 2018.
- Trump Named Honorary Russian Cossack (Nov 10, 2016 — 11:00 — Update: Nov. 10 2016 — 09:29) The Moscow Times.
- Bob Corker accused Trump supporters of being 'cultish.' He helped create the cult.by Eugene Scott June 14, 2018) The Washington Post.
- The World’s Worst Nobel Peace Prize Nominees: From Rush Limbaugh to Josef Stalin, we round up a rogue's gallery of the worst Nobel Peace Prize nominees. (10.10.13 5:45 AM ET) The Daily Beast.
- Collins, Eliza, "Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize", Politico (02/03/16 04:05 PM EST).
- "Here's a Timeline of Every Time Donald Trump Ran for President". (July 28, 2015) TV Guide News.
- This week should put the nail in the coffin for 'both sides' journalism by Margaret Sullivan (August 16 at 1:59 PM) The Washington Post.
- News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters by Thomas E. Patterson (December 7, 2016, 5:00 am) Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.
- Erica Chenoweth and Jeremy Pressman (February 7, 2017). This is what we learned by counting the women’s marches. Washington Post. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
- The Mythology Of Trump's 'Working Class' Support
- Ben Collins, "Like Donald Trump? You’ll Love the Illuminati.", The Daily Beast
- Matt Viser and Tracy Jan, "Warnings of conspiracy stoke anger among Trump faithful", The Boston Globe
- Amy Davidson, "Melania Trump, Conspiracy Theorist", The New Yorker
- The New York Times keeps a running list.
- BBC News, "US election: Trump presidency 'dangerous', says UN rights chief", 12 October 2016.
- Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties. Los Angeles Times. November 13, 2018.
- Democrats seize House control, but Trump’s GOP holds Senate. Associated Press. November 7, 2018.
- Дональд на нашей стороне! by ОАО "Ураласбест" (June 24, 2018 at 10:28 PM) Facebook (archived from 11 Jul 2018 10:20:00 UTC).
- 'Approved by Donald Trump': Asbestos sold by Russian company is branded with the president’s face by Eli Rosenberg (July 11, 2018) at 9:00 AM) The Washington Post.
- Did a Russian Asbestos Company Put Trump’s Face on Their Product? A Russian asbestos producer shared a photograph of their product to social media with a seal of Donald Trump’s face and the text "Approved by Donald Trump".] by Alex Kasprak (20 July 2018) Snopes.
- Get Trump's tax returns, progressive group tells House Dems. NBC News. January 3, 2019.
- Until the list of what is unacceptable is short enough to manage
- "Donald Trump and the mob" by Chris Frates (Updated 12:37 PM ET, Fri July 31, 2015) CNN'.
- Blaze Destroyed Trump Testimony For Roy Cohn: Lawyer's disbarment records lost in 2015 fire May 17, 2016 The Smoking Gun.
- Former Mafia-linked figure describes association with Trump by Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger (May 17, 2016) The Washington Post.
- Trump Limos Were Built With A Hood Ornament: Developer's first licensing deal was with New York Mafia figure (September 22, 2015) The Smoking Gun.
- "Cruz suggests Trump has Mafia ties". New York Post. 28 February 2016.
- Trump And Family ‘Material Witnesses’ To Huge Tax Avoidance Scheme By Mobbed-Up Partner. Huh! by Doktor Zoom (July 15, 2016 - 12:20pm) Wonkette.
- New Evidence Donald Trump Didn’t Pay Taxes by David Cay Johnston (06.14.16 10:00 PM ET) The Daily Beast.
- Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father by David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner (Oct. 2, 2018) The New York Times.
- New York state tax department reviewing fraud allegations involving Trump in NYT article by Brian Schwartz (October 2, 2018) CNBC.
- Just What Were Donald Trump's Ties to the Mob? I've spent years investigating, and here's what's known by David Cay Johnston (May 22, 2016) Politico Magazine.
- Donald Trump Called Asbestos Poisoning a Mob-Led Conspiracy, Now His EPA Won’t Evaluate Asbestos Already in Homes by Nicole Goodkind (6/7/18 at 6:10 AM) Newsweek.
- Trump: The Art of the Comeback by Donald J. Trump & Kate Bohner (1997) Times Books. ISBN 0812929640. pp. 83-84.
- The Many Times Donald Trump Has Lied About His Mob Connections: He apparently lied under oath to deny he associated with organized crime figures by David Corn (Sep. 23, 2016 5:00 AM) Mother Jones.
- New Data on Asbestos Indicate Cover-Up of Effects on Workers by Bill Richards (November 12, 1978) Washington Post.
- Donald Trump Denies Dangers of Asbestos, Promotes Its Strength October 9, 2015, Sokolove Law
- Dirty money: Trump and the Kazakh connection: FT probe finds evidence a Trump venture has links to alleged laundering network by Tom Burgis (October 19, 2016) Financial Times.
- Did @RealDonaldTrump engage in extended/massive money laundering? by A Siegel (2017/01/08 · 16:18) Dail Kos.
- "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: 'I Bailed You Out Twice'". msn.com.
- Emma Graham-Harrison. "Donald Trump is a disgrace to his country, says billionaire Saudi prince". The Guardian.
- Trump hosted 'small-time mobster' Joey 'No Socks' Cinque at New Year's party. Joseph Cinque – reportedly a convicted felon who bestows hospitality awards, often to Trump – was seen at president-elect’s New Year’s bash at Mar-a-Lago by Lauren Gambino (Tuesday 3 January 2017 13.52 EST) The Guardian.
- The Many Times Donald Trump Has Lied About His Mob Connections: He apparently lied under oath to deny he associated with organized crime figures by David Corn (Sep. 23, 2016 5:00 AM) Mother Jones.
- Buffett challenges Trump to exchange tax returns, slams GOP nominee's business record August 2, 2016 Reuters.
- Newsweek: How much Trump is worth depends on how he feels.
- Because, if there's any business where the owners can't control income and expenditures, and where cash flow is at a trickle, IT'S A CASINO!
- Campbell, Colin, "DONALD TRUMP: 'My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars'", Business Insider (10/26/15, 9:23 AM). He received "small loan of a million dollars" (pocket change, really) from his multi-millionaire real estate developer father who was named — this is a fact — Frederick Christ Trump.
- D'Antonio, Michael, "The Quiet Power Behind the Trump Throne", 10/15/15.
- Drexler, Peggy, "Lewandowski firing: Power of Ivanka?", CNN (6/20/16, Updated 8:04 PM ET). He obviously resisted firing Corey for a long time. According to CNN his own daughter (the only competent member in the family) had to threaten to leave the campaign in order to get him to do it.
- Andrew Kaczynski and Christopher Massie, "Sad! Money: Trump’s Many Incorrect Predictions On The Economy", Buzzfeed (Apr. 4, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.).
- Donald Trump's Golfcourse, Ramblers Scotland
- See the Wikipedia article on Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.
- Donald Trump blasts Lord Alan Sugar in Twitter wind farm spat, The Telegraph
- Trump’s top example of foreign experience: A Scottish golf course losing millions by Jenna Johnson (June 22 at 2:57 PM) Washington Post.
- Stuart, Tessa, "Meet the Trump University Teacher at Center of Class-Action Suit", Rolling Stones 6.3.16.
- Tales from the Trump University legal vault by Maggie Severns (03/03/16 12:54 PM EST) Politico.
- Zadronsky, Brandy, "What Trump Knew About ‘Kardashian U’", Daily Beast (5/23/16 at 10:13 PM ET).
- State educrats give failing grade to Donald Trump's 'misleading' Trump University by Douglas Feiden (Thursday, April 15, 2010, 11:27 PM) New York Daily News. Congratulations, you've just earned a degree from Trump University. It's just as useless as it sounds.
- New York judge finds Donald Trump liable for unlicensed school by Karen Freifeld (Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:14pm EDT) Reuters.
- Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman and Dalton Bennett, "Donald Trump said ‘university’ was all about education. Actually, its goal was: ‘Sell, sell, sell!’", WaPo (7/4/16 at 4:52 PM).
- Trump University 2010 Playbook.
Ein Volk. Ein Reich. Ein Führer.One Company. One Culture. One Goal.
- Declaration of Ronald Schnackenberg in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification United States District Court, Southern California District, Case 3:13-cv-02519-GPC-WVG.
- Trump University’s ex-students give enterprise a failing grade by Nanette Asimov (March 10, 2016 Updated: March 10, 2016 9:52am) San Francisco Chronicle. "If the Democratic Party hasn't recruited a group of disgruntled Trump University students to film a commercial, they should be sued for malpractice." — Republican Bill Whalen a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
- Judge Curiel Rules Trump Must Face Trial for Racketeering in Trump University Suit by Frank DiPrima (2016/08/02 · 19:34) Daily Kos.
- East, Kristen, "Trump attacks 'Mexican' judge in Trump U lawsuit", Politico (05/28/16 09:55 AM EDT). THEY'RE NOT SENDING THEIR BEST PEOPLE!!... oh wait, they are.
- "Crooked Donald". freethoughtblogs.com. 30 June 2016. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- Donald Trump's pending lawsuits and his presidency
- Law professor: Trump can be impeached for fraud and racketeering before he even takes office
- "Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $25 Million in Trump University Settlement". New York Daily News. November 18, 2016. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/donald-trump-nearing-settlement-trump-university-fraud-case-article-1.2878780. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
- Quackwatch: "The PrivaTest: Another Scheme to Sell You Something"
- Donald Trump’s Naturopathic Vitamin and Diet Pyramid Scheme by Taylor Hermes (25 August 2015) Naturopathic Diaries.
- [http://thetrumpnetworkonline.wordpress.com/ The Trump Network] (May 21, 2009)
- "Bankers Heart". Public Art and Architecture from Around the World.
- Does Trump own Bank of America Building in San Francisco? by Kathleen Pender (June 23, 2015) San Francisco Chronicle.
- Donald Trump: The Least Charitable Billionaire In The World by Ben Davis (2015) NewsExaminer.
- Trump Made No Donations To 9/11 Charities: Billionaire was a zero in aftermath of terror attack (November 3, 2015) The Smoking Gun.
- "When It Came To September 11 Charity, Billionaire Donald Trump Actually Had His Hand Out", The Smoking Gun 2.17.16.
- Feds Gave Donald a Quick Bundle: He's among titans who got 9-11 funds set for small biz by Russ Buettner (Sunday, January 29, 2006, 12:00 AM) New York Daily News.
- Trump: The Least Charitable Billionaire: The Donald is a miser, not an "ardent philanthropist." (April 12, 2011) The Smoking Gun.
- There's something fishy about Donald Trump's charitable donations by Marcia Dunn (Aug. 2, 2015, 11:04 AM) Business Insider.
- Donald Trump’s Donations Put Him in Line for Conservation Tax Breaks: Republican front-runner frequently donates development rights for properties, giving him the ability to claim a tax break in return by Richard Rubin (Updated March 10, 2016 10:41 p.m. ET) Wall Street Journal.
- Town Board Discusses Trump Park's Dog Park by Plamena Pesheva (June 25, 2010 1:05 am ET) Yorktown-Somers Patch.
- Trump's pattern of stiffing charities by Dana Milbank (June 1, 2016) Washington Post.
- Trump promised millions to charity. We found less than $10,000 over 7 years by David A. Fahrenthold (June 28, 2016) Washington Post.
- Donald Trump Still A Miser, Tax Return Shows: Billionaire's foundation again staked by NYC ticket scalper January 15, 2016 The Smoking Gun.
- Florida AG asked Trump for donation before nixing fraud case by Jeff Horwitz et al. June 6, 2016 Associated Press.
- Fahrenthold, David A., "Four months after fundraiser, Trump says he gave $1 million to veterans group", WaPo 5.24.16.
- Ben Schreckinger, "Trump's charity claims could violate fraud laws", Politico (06/20/16 05:18 AM EDT ).
- Trump Foundation lacks the certification required for charities that solicit money by David A. Fahrenthold (September 29 at 8:25 PM) Washington Post.
- Trump Foundation Ordered by New York AG to Stop Fundraising by Katy Tur and Benjy Sarlin (Oct 3 2016, 1:15 pm ET) NBC News.
- End NY fundraising, Trump foundation told
- New York’s tax agency opens own probe of Trump Foundation by David A. Fahrenthold (July 20, 2018) The Washington Post.
- "James Dobson Says of Donald Trump: “I Know the Person Who Led Him to Christ”". patheos.com. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- Trump says Bible is his favorite book, but declines to share favorite verse by Eugene Scott (Updated 12:31 PM ET, Thu August 27, 2015) CNN. The book of Job, now back to work, you!.
- Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Trump by Robert Costa and Jenna Johnson (January 26, 2016) The Washington Post.
- "Donald Trump accidentally put money in the Communion plate at an Iowa church". independent.co.uk. 1 February 2016. Retrieved on 4 August 2016.
- Donald Trump and nine other teetotalling moguls Forbes
- "Christian Liar David Barton: You’ll Have to Answer to God One Day, So Vote for Donald Trump". patheos.com.
- Sinclair, Harriet (July 18, 2016). "Trump to discuss US safety at Republican Convention 2016 in wake of terrorism and gun violence". International Business Times.
- Weiss, Phillip, "Adelson will mold Rubio into ‘perfect little puppet’", Mondoweiss 10.13.15. Remember, Shelly is even richer and crazier than Trump. He wants to nuke Iran, and also wishes he had served in the Israeli military instead of the U.S. Army.
- Strauss, Daniel, "Donald Trump sends Club for Growth cease and desist letter", Politico (09/22/15 03:00 PM EDT, Updated 09/22/15 03:51 PM EDT).
- "Fox News Calls Trump A Truther", via The Young Turks' official YouTube channel. Published October 20, 2015.
- "Donald Trump: The Latest 9/11 Truther", from Alex Jones' official YouTube channel. Published October 20, 2015.
- David Weigel. "Trump's foes say he’s a 9/11 truther. Truthers would disagree.". Washington Post. February 15, 2016.
- Hains, Tim, "Donald Trump on 9/11: 'You Will Find Out Who Really Knocked Down The World Trade Center'", RCP 2.17.16.
- "Congress Releases Secret 9/11 Document Detailing Possible Saudi Ties to Al Qaeda" (16 July 2016). New York Times.
- "Trump Orders Government to Stop Work on Y2K Bug, 17 Years Later", Bloomberg.
- "Supreme court rules states can collect sales tax from online retailers", The Guardian. "The Trump administration had urged the justices to side with South Dakota."
- G7: Fact checking Trump's tweets about trade. BBC News. June 11th, 2018.
- Trump Cancels Washington DC's Military Parade Over High Costs. BBC News. August 17, 2018.
- Trump signs bill to upgrade Martin Luther King's birthplace to national historic park. USA Today. January 8, 2018.
- As @DavidChalian implies, Trump knows nothing at all about what he calls "the plan." Never has more ignorance been stuffed inside one head. by @tribelaw (4:16 AM - 21 Apr 2017) Twitter.
- What we talk about when we talk about Donald Trump and ‘gaslighting’ by Caitlin Gibson (January 27 at 1:25 PM) The Washington Post.
- Trump just proved he’s a pathological liar. Which part is worse: The lying or the pathology? by Tom Toles (November 28, 2016) The Washington Post.
- Bernie Sanders: Donald Trump is 'pathological liar': 'He changes his mind every single day' by Ben Kentish (Friday 9 December 2016) The Independent.
- We Asked a Psychologist Whether Donald Trump Is a Pathological Liar by Celeste Katz (May 04, 2016) Mic.
- Temperament Tantrum: Some say President Donald Trump's personality isn't just flawed, it's dangerous by Olive Murphy (Jan. 27, 2017, at 6:00 a.m.) U.S. News & World Report.
- Harvard professor says there are 'grave concerns' about Donald Trump's mental stability: 'An apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality leads us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office' by Lucy Pasha-Robinson (Sunday 18 December 2016) The Independent.
- 8,000+ mental health professionals tell Sen. Schumer Trump is mentally ill and must be removed by Hal Brown (2017/01/30 · 06:57) Daily Kos.
- Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism
- An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump's Mental State by Allen Frances (February 15, 2017) The New York Times.
- The psychiatrist who wrote the definition of narcissistic personality disorder says Trump doesn't have it: Calling the president 'mentally ill' is an insult to people who have genuine conditions, says Professor Allen Frances by Harry Cockburn (Thursday 16 February 2017 07:43 GMT) The Independent.
- Waldman, Paul, "How Donald Trump fooled the GOP into believing he 'tells it like it is'", The Week 9/11/15. Your racist uncle has been saying the exact same stuff as Trump on Facebook for years. Is he a media master too?
- Sargent, Greg, "Morning Plum: Democrats want compromise. Republicans don’t. That’s bad for Democrats.", WaPo 11.14.14.
- Engel, Pamela, "Donald Trump taunts Jeb Bush for ditching his glasses in favor of contacts", Business Insider (2/17/16, 11:40 AM).
- Bump, Phillip, "Losers: A list by Donald Trump", WaPo 8.8.15.
- Wilstein, Matt, "CNN Helps Trump Brand Jeb Bush as ‘Low Energy'" Mediate (9/8/15 6:26 pm).
- Merda, Chad, "Trump on Romney: ‘He just choked, choked like a dog'", Chicago Sun Times.
- Donald Trump Calls Mitt Romney ‘Irrelevant’ ‘Choke Artist’ by Paola Chavez & Veronica Stracqualursi (Mar 3, 2016, 2:40 PM ET) ABC News.
- Geraghty, "Trump Only Cares About Trump", National Review Online March 30, 2016.
- "Donald Trump on Minimum Wage", TIME
- "Trump Flunks Immigration", WaPo.
- Eugene Kiely. (February 19, 2016). "Donald Trump and the Iraq War".
- Meghashyam Mali "Trump: GOP rivals want to 'start World War III over Syria'", The Hill.
- Juan González, Scott anderson (August 12, 2016). "Donald Trump Claims Obama & Clinton Founded ISIS, But Bush Negotiated U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq". Democracy Now!
- Savransky, Rebbecca, "Trump: Pence entitled to make mistakes, Hillary's not", The Hill (7/17/16 at 7:01 pm).
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*Ran for VP on the "National Union" ticket together with Lincoln but was otherwise a lifelong Democrat