Of Course We’re Not Surprised
Are you shocked? Don’t be.
The segment of America I chronicled “Trump Nation” once had a compelling story of a political world that did not serve them, of an economy that did not connect to their lives, of an education system that left them without guideposts and hope. Now far too many members of that clan seemed mired in an even deeper bitterness.
Their hero is gone, voted out of office because of his failings, banned from Twitter and Facebook for his falsehoods and exiled to his Florida mansion as he plots a comeback or a court fight. Whats left for many is a narrative of self-proclaimed victimhood fueled by a litany of new hurts and self-perceived scars. As one wrote in trying to criticize Biden: How about the border crisis or making us energy dependent or kissing China’s butt or stifling free speech or destroying opportunities for female athletes or the lack of support for law and order? And lets not leave out race baiting.
For a few moments, Trump Nation seemed on the verge of actually focusing attention on something important. Now they seem to be angrily searching for something else.
The truth is that America hasnt left them behind.
I fear they have left America.
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Here Are The Top 10 Stupidest Things Trump Did As President
We’re tentatively starting to emerge from the four year-long national nightmare of Donald Trump’s presidency, but the reckoning of what the nation endured will take years to really understand. Trump was terrible in so many ways that it’s hard to catalog them all: His sociopathic lack of regard for others. His towering narcissism. His utter ease with lying. His cruelty and sadism. The glee he took in cheating and stomping on anything good and decent. His misogyny and racism. His love of encouraging violence, only equaled by his personal cowardice.
But of all the repulsive character traits in a man so wholly lacking in any redeemable qualities, perhaps the most perplexing to his opponents was Trump’s incredible stupidity. On one hand, it was maddening that a man so painfully dumb, a man who clearly could barely read even on those rare occasions when he deigned to wear glasses still had the low cunning necessary to take over the Republican Party and then the White House.
On the other hand, it was the one aspect of Trump’s personality that kept hope alive. Surely a man so stupid, his opponents believed, will one day blunder so badly he can’t be saved, even by his most powerful sycophants. That has proved to be the case as Trump fumbles his way through a failed coup, unable and unwilling to see that stealing the election from Joe Biden is a lost cause.
He then pointed at his head, and said, “I’m, like, a person who has a good you-know-what.”
Religion And Lgbt Rights
On March 26, 2015, Pence signed , also known as the Indiana “religious objections” bill , into law. The move was praised by , but criticized by people and groups who felt the law was carefully worded in a way that would permit discrimination against persons. Such organizations as the , the gamer convention , and the spoke out against the law. Apple CEO and Salesforce.com CEO condemned the law, with saying it would halt its plans to expand in the state. announced that they would cancel a $40 million expansion of their Indianapolis-based headquarters over concerns with the law. The expansion would have moved 1000 jobs into the state. Thousands protested against the policy. Five Republican state representatives voted against the bill, and , the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, criticized it as sending the “wrong signal” about the state.
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Hilariously Stupid Sexist Childish Or Egotistical Things Donald Trump Has Said
Jeff is a computer professional who takes a great interest in politics and tries to always distinguish fact from opinion.
To prove how much he likes Hispanics, Donald Trump Tweeted this picture of himself eating a taco salad on Cinco de Mayo. .
We all have different opinions of what qualities we want to see in the President of the United States. We usually want someone with meaningful experience in government or at least the military. Most of us tend to believe a president should be, among other things, tactful, civil, diplomatic, calm and level-headed.
In the case of Donald Trump, he had no experience in government, diplomacy or the military. Since first declaring his candidacy for President in 2015, Trump has demonstrated a tendency to be extremely thin-skinned, crude and tactless with a fondness for hurling childish insults.
Trump Equated His Time In A Military School To Actual Military Service
Donald Trump was sent to a New York Military Academy when he was young to correct poor behavior. He later said I always felt like I was in the military due to his education at the military academy. He even said his time in the Military Academy gave him more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.
Trump Wants To Fight More Wars For Oil
He has repeatedly said we should keep US troops in Middle Eastern countries like Iraq and Libya for the purpose of seizing their oilfields and taking their oil. On April 11, 2011, he told the Wall Street Journal, I always heard that when we went into Iraq we went in for the oil. I said, oh, that sounds smart. But, we never did. I would take the oil.
So you would keep troops in Iraq after this year? asked Wall Street Journal reporter Kelly Evans. I would take the oil, Trump responded. A confused Evans responded, I dont understand how you would take does that mean keeping troops there, or staying involved in Iraq?You heard me, I would take the oil, Trump insisted. I would not leave Iraq and let Iran take the oil.
And I said, take the oil when we leave. But we shouldnt have really left.
- Trump has endorsed the bizarre fantasy that the U.S. should seize oil fields in Iraq and Libya.
Presidential Campaign And 2011 Hints At Presidential Run
In 2000, Trump ran in the California and Michigan primaries for nomination as the Reform Party candidate for the 2000 United States presidential election but withdrew from the race in February 2000. A July 1999 poll matching him against likely Republican nominee George W. Bush and likely Democratic nominee Al Gore showed Trump with seven percent support.
In 2011, Trump speculated about running against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, making his first speaking appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2011 and giving speeches in early primary states. In May 2011, he announced he would not run, and he endorsed Mitt Romney in February 2012. Trump’s presidential ambitions were generally not taken seriously at the time.
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Trump Told A Reporter His Biggest Secret: That He Is A Danger To The American People
Trump is a particularly stupid man who thinks he is very smart. Perhaps this lies at the root of his monumentally dumb decision to grant Bob Woodward 18 interviews
The Inuit are supposed to have dozens of words to describe snow. The Brits have endless ways to talk about rain. Now its time for Americans to delineate all the many ways that Donald Trump is dumb.
If Bob Woodwards new blockbuster teaches us anything new about the character of the 45th president, its that we dont yet have the words to describe the multiple variants of the vacuum inside his head.
Theres the stupidity of arrogance, the stupidity of ignorance and his old friend: the stupidity of blatant duplicity. Theres his homicidal stupidity, his traitorous stupidity, his criminally corrupt stupidity and his plain old infantile stupidity.
Lets start with the top of this taxonomy: the domain of Donalds dumbness. At his core, the former reality TV star is a particularly stupid man who thinks he is very smart. Or as he prefers to call his own character, a very stable genius.
Perhaps, just maybe, this lies at the root of his monumentally dumb decision to grant Woodward 18 interviews, on the record and on tape.
Instead, our very stupid genius vomited up all manner of secrets that collectively prove beyond all reasonable doubt that he represents the greatest single danger to the fate of both the American people and to himself.
Trump On Syrian Refugees
“What I won’t do is take in two hundred thousand Syrians who could be ISIS… I have been watching this migration. And I see the people. I mean, they’re men. They’re mostly men, and they’re strong men. These are physically young, strong men. They look like prime-time soldiers. Now it’s probably not true, but where are the women?… So, you ask two things. Number one, why aren’t they fighting for their country? And number two, I don’t want these people coming over here.”
Face the Nation, 11/10/15
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At Multiple Campaign Events Donald Trump Said President Obama Founded The Terrorist Group Isis And That They Honor Him As Their Founder
After Trump repeatedly claimed that President Obama founded ISIS, he was asked if he meant that the President of the United States was literally the founder of a terrorist group that wants to kill Americans. Trump was given many opportunities to say he didn’t mean it literally, yet he repeatedly said again that Obama truly founded ISIS and that ISIS honors him as its founder.
Storming Of The Capitol
On January 6, 2021, while congressional certification of the presidential election results was taking place in the United States Capitol, Trump held a rally at the Ellipse, where he called for the election result to be overturned and urged his supporters to “take back our country” by marching to the Capitol to “show strength” and “fight like hell.” Trump’s speech started at noon. By 12:30 p.m., rally attendees had gathered outside the Capitol, and at 1 p.m, his supporters pushed past police barriers onto Capitol grounds. Trump’s speech ended at 1:10 p.m., the crowd grew larger as more supporters marched on the Capitol. Around 2:15 p.m. the mob broke into the building, disrupting certification and causing the evacuation of Congress. During the violence, Trump posted mixed messages on Twitter and Facebook, eventually tweeting to the rioters at 6 p.m, “go home with love & in peace”, but describing them as “great patriots” and “very special”, while still complaining that the election was stolen. After the mob was removed from the Capitol, Congress reconvened and confirmed the Biden election win in the early hours of the following morning. There were many injuries, and five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died.
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Trump Insisted That A Federal Judge Should Be Removed From A Case Involving Him Simply Because Of The Judges Ethnic Background
When federal judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled against Donald Trump in a lawsuit regarding Trump University, Mr. Trump said judge Curiel was biased against him because he was Mexican. Judge Curiel has Mexican heritage but he was born in Indiana. Trump repeatedly said that because Judge Curiel has Mexican ancestry, he cannot be unbiased against Trump.
Trump could not grasp that there was anything racist about what he said. When asked in an interview to explain how his remarks about Judge Curiel were not racist, Trump dodged the question over 20 times.
Best Results In Major Races
- Direct election of the United States President by popular vote and other election system reforms
- Federal elections held on weekends or Election Day made a national holiday
A noticeable absence from the Reform Party platform has been social issues, including abortion and gay rights. Reform Party representatives had long stated beliefs that their party could bring together people from both sides of these issues, which they consider divisive, to address what they considered to be more vital concerns as expressed in their platform. The idea was to form a large coalition of moderates that intention was overridden in 2001 by the Buchanan takeover which rewrote the RPUSA Constitution to include platform planks opposed to any form of abortion. The Buchananists, in turn, were overridden by the 2002 Convention which reverted the Constitution to its 1996 version and the party’s original stated goals.
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Activities Of The Party In 2005
In 2005, a dispute arose: the number of National Committee members required under the party’s by-laws to call meetings of the National Committee, and the Executive Committee did so. These members came from several states including , , and . At both meetings, it was determined that a national convention would be called and held in . The Chairman at the time and National Committee members from , , and boycotted the National and Executive Committee meetings, claiming the meetings were illegitimate. As a result, those states held a second convention in Yuma, Arizona.
In response to a suit filed by the group that met in Tampa, leaders of the Reform Party filed a complaint claiming the Tampa group were extremists and guilty of conspiracy.
Trump Said Declaring Bankruptcy Four Times Was Evidence Of His Brilliant Business Skills
When Donald Trump was asked in one of the Republican debates about why four of his businesses declared bankruptcy, thus causing lenders to his companies to lose billions of dollars, he said he simply took advantage of the laws of the country to benefit himself and his companies. According to Trump, declaring bankruptcy was a very smart way to maximize his profits.
I wonder, how is Trump’s use of the bankruptcy laws to “maximize his profits” any different from a Welfare queen who drains every dollar they can out of the Welfare system to maximize their profits?
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Trump Didn’t Want To Take The Time To Learn What He Needs To Know About Being President Until After He Became President
Often when asked for details about any issue a president needs to deal with, Trump demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge about the issues and no desire to learn.
In an interview with conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Trump insisted that he doesnt need to know the names of militant Islamic groups or their leaders. He complained that any questions about topics like that are unfair gotcha questions.
But Trump said the day after he becomes president, then he will know more about it than youll ever know.