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5 Trump Abominations This Week

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5 Trump Abominations This Week


Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

While atrocities played out in Syria, Trump visited homegrown tragedies and travesties upon America. The week began with his appointment of Exxon chief Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, continued with wild dissembling about Russia’s hacks on his behalf and ended with him calling his own supporters “vicious and nasty.” It was all completely “unpresidented,” as Trump might say—in fact, as he did say about China’s seizure of a U.S. Naval Underwater Drone.

Here are just 5 of the low points in Trump world this week.

1. He just up and cancelled his big December 15 announcement about how he’ll divest from his businesses.

Shortly after Trump was elected, amid dawning concern that as president he would be riddled with unprecedented conflicts of interests due to his business holdings around the world, he tweeted an important announcement. On December 15, he would hold a press conference about exactly how he would handle this gravely concerning matter. This would be four days before the Electoral College met to vote, and some had suggested Trump needed to be abundantly clear about his plans before then.

With just a few days to go before that much-awaited press conference, the mercurial president-elect cancelled it, tweeting simply that his eldest sons would run the Trump Organization while he runs the country. Also, he said they would not “do any deals” while he is president, and neither will he.

Most business and government ethics types agreed that they have no idea what that means.

Trump gave no new date for this press conference, though there were vague intimation about it being shortly after the new year. But don’t count on it. Trump had plenty of luck dodging, weaving and evading the demands to see his tax returns during the campaign and even now. It was a winning strategy for him then, and in all likelihood, he’s banking on it still.

2. He appointed a cabinet member with white supremacist ties and sympathies the same week that Dylann Roof was convicted of one of the most atrocious hate crimes in recent American history.

The march of idiots, billionaires, oil men and extremists into the Trump cabinet continued apace this week. For the Secretary of the Interior, now that Sarah Palin was no longer in contention due to criticizing Trump’s absurdly Trumped-up Carrier deal, Trump named Montana Freshman Rep. Ryan Zinke.

The former Navy SEAL and early Trump backer has an obsession with homeland security and part of his vision for that seems to entail keeping America as white as possible. He has accepted money from hideous white supremacist Earl Holt, of the Council of Conservative Citizens, whose demented racist screeds found their way onto the manifesto of now-convicted Charleston church killer Dylann Roof. Zinke also backs legislation to make English the official language of the United States and has aligned himself with anti-immigrant groups the Southern Poverty Law Center calls hate groups.

So, maybe hold off on breaking out the bubbly that Sarah Palin did not land that cabinet position.

3. He accused his own crowd of being “nasty, mean and vicious” as if it had nothing to do with anything he’s ever said.

The Trumpster appeared to have entered a dissociative state during his victory, thank-you rally party to rile up his base, in Florida on Friday. The rowdy crowd was there to celebrate, and wanted to revisit Trump’s greatest hits, tunes like “lock her up” and “build the wall.” Trump said he didn’t like those songs anymore and pretended this kind of rhetoric was not of his own making.

Chiding them like a drunk uncle, Trump said their behavior was a little deplorable during the campaign. “You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall? We want the wall.’ Screaming, ‘Prison, Lock her up.’  I mean you were going crazy. You were nasty and mean and vicious.” It was a textbook example of projection. Has Trump not seen the video of his Republican National Convention speech? There was foam coming out of his mouth (and blood coming out of his whatever.)

The man who called protesters at his rallies paid inciters, and promised to pay the legal bills of supporters who might, say, beat the crap out of them, just could not believe how vicious everyone was being.

But that was then, this is now, he might say, or maybe he’ll just deny any of it happened despite all the video evidence the “dishonest media” has at its disposal. He creepily counseled the rowdy chanters. “Now, you’re laid back, you’re cool, you’re mellow, right? You’re basking in the glory of victory.”

Too late. All the violent hateful emotion is out of the (wind) bag.

4. He dumbed down the Department of Energy by appointing the dumbest guy possible.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is famous for being kind of dim witted, and Trump has already told us he loves the poorly educated, so much so, apparently, that he is stocking his cabinet with them. With the appointment of Perry to head the Department of Energy, Trump achieved a pretty stunning act of dumbing down. Under Obama, the department was headed by physicists with PhD’s including one Nobel Prize laureate. Under Trump, you’ve got Perry who barely scraped his way out of Texas A&M with a bachelors in chemistry. So mentally or at least memory-challenged is Perry that he could not even remember the name of the department he will now be heading when he proposed doing away with it in 2011.


It’s a mind boggler, all right, except when you consider that Perry was an early supporter of Trump. And there are even more troubling things about Perry’s appointment, like the fact that he is on the board of the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, deepening the ties between this administration and that Earth-ruining project.

In general, the moves the Trump team has been making when it comes to the nation’s energy policy (and environment) are among the most terrifying signals of what we are in for with the new administration. At every turn, Trump has signaled his commitment to fossil fuels and determination to gut any progress made on clean energy and mitigating climate change. The Trump team even attempted to ferret climate scientists (and just people who believe in science) out of the Department of Energy by sending out a questionnaire about their activities. The Energy Department balked, to its great credit.

According to the New York Times, Perry’s primary responsibility as Energy Secretary “is to protect and manage the nation’s arsenal of nuclear weapons.”

That does not make us feel any better at all.

5. Got into ridiculous fight with Vanity Fair magazine, which he apparently lost.

The problem with Donald Trump is that he doesn’t win anymore. Maybe he got tired of winning. He said that might happen. As the people of Aleppo were being slaughtered, mass killer Dylann Roof was being convicted, and the CIA and FBI came to an agreement about Putin’s interference in our election, Trump had more important things on his mind. He was not going to take that terrible review that Vanity Fair gave Trump Grill lying down.

So he bravely tweeted that Vanity Fair is a bad magazine, and Graydon Carter is a failure as an editor. Both, he predicted would soon be gone.

That’ll fix ‘em.

This made Vanity Fair very sad. So sad that they turned Trump’s attack on them into a subscription pitch and within just 24 hours sold the highest number of subscriptions ever sold in a single day at Conde Nast.

IMAGE: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a USA Thank You Tour event in Mobile, Alabama, U.S., December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson



  1. Thoughtopsy December 18, 2016

    Just wow.

    More like free-wheelingly insane.

    I noticed the people behind him at the “Victory Rally” were less than impressed when he basically said outright that he said all that stuff (The Wall, Lock her up, Drain the Swamp) before the election but that it didn’t matter now…

    How does that feel, Trumptards?
    Do ya get it yet? We’ve been trying to tell you… but apparently you’re too dumb to understand basic facts.

    Now that Trump is telling you he lied DIRECTLY to your face, do you get that you’ve been conned?

    1. Bill Smith 999935 December 18, 2016


      1. JPHALL December 18, 2016

        And that relates to Trump lying to his supporters how?

        1. Bill Smith 999935 December 19, 2016

          No, you libs were the suckers.

          1. I Am Helpy December 19, 2016

            Yeah, imagine us thinking Republicans would have enough borderline patriotism to not sell out the country to a Russian despot.

          2. Bill Smith 999935 December 19, 2016

            Keep your head in the sand. It’s great entertainment.

          3. I Am Helpy December 19, 2016

            Yes, the reason you got conned is because liberals are suckers. That makes lots of sense.

          4. Bill Smith 999935 December 19, 2016


          5. I Am Helpy December 19, 2016

            Yes I’m a sucker because you gave up your job and healthcare just because a Russian puppet told you he’d make racism OK again. Although I got to point out I have already made millions of dollars from your unfortunate stupidity.

          6. Bill Smith 999935 December 19, 2016

            You must be getting your tjreads crissed. BTW, elector vote are in, Trump is the next oresident.

          7. I Am Helpy December 19, 2016

            Yes I get that you and your ilk are traitors. Was there any real question?

          8. Bill Smith 999935 December 19, 2016


          9. I Am Helpy December 19, 2016

            It’s weird that you keep calling Trump president when it’s going to be Putin.

          10. Bill Smith 999935 December 20, 2016

            Did you see that HRC actually lost more electors than Trump?

          11. I Am Helpy December 20, 2016

            What does that have to do with your treason?

          12. Bill Smith 999935 December 20, 2016

            That’s new to me – you know something I don’t know?

          13. I Am Helpy December 20, 2016

            Apparently lots of things, KKKomrade.

          14. Bill Smith 999935 December 20, 2016

            I haven’t been approached by law enforcement. MAGA!!

          15. I Am Helpy December 20, 2016

            Of course! If you haven’t been arrested for a crime it never happened. Thanks for Making Russia Great Again.

    2. Dan S December 19, 2016

      Of course the better educated could tell from day one Trump was playing the long con & it paid off with the help of Russia. Granted he talks down to people at a 4th grade level as it matches his immature behavior. I’m both scared & embarrassed for this country being taken by this shyster. Enough people have drank the kool aid but everyone of us will have to pay the price. Thank you so much to our forefathers giving us the Electoral College ????

    3. Marilyn December 19, 2016

      Apparently, he now agrees with Hillary that his supporters really are deplorable.

  2. Bill Smith 999935 December 18, 2016

    I wonder if the Dow will hit 20,000 before year end?

    1. I Am Helpy December 18, 2016

      Goldman Sachs thanks you for your pension, rube.

      1. Bill Smith 999935 December 19, 2016

        I’m cashing on their market. You should try it.

        1. I Am Helpy December 19, 2016

          I don’t need financial advice from a high-school dropout who got conned by a used car salesman, thanks – I’d like to remain a multi-millionaire.

          1. Bill Smith 999935 December 19, 2016

            Who is that?

          2. I Am Helpy December 19, 2016

            Sorry you’re functionally illiterate! Not my problem.

          3. Bill Smith 999935 December 19, 2016

            You are making no sense, as usual.

          4. I Am Helpy December 19, 2016

            See previous post.

          5. Bill Smith 999935 December 19, 2016

            That’s your go-to response.

          6. I Am Helpy December 19, 2016

            See previous two posts.

    2. JPHALL December 18, 2016

      Enjoy it while it lasts.

      1. Ericachancock December 19, 2016

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      2. Bill Smith 999935 December 19, 2016

        Locking it in.

    3. Bill P December 20, 2016

      It’s ironic that the right wing is now claiming how well the stock market indices are doing. From 2/2009 till today the stock market has soared but it wasn’t anything that President Obama did according to you trolls. Yes I have retirement funds and other investments that have done well during President Obama’s time in office. Thank you President Obama!

      1. Bill Smith 999935 December 20, 2016

        Yesterday’s news.

        1. Bill P December 20, 2016

          Bill that is just a typical bs reply form a troll when they are presented with the facts. Trump is really killing President Obama in how the stock market has done during his administration –
          S&P 500 – Trump up 6% President Obama only 169%,
          Dow Jones – Trump up 9% President Obama up only 141%
          Nasdaq – Trump up 5% President Obama up only 261%.
          It may be yesterday’s news but it’s been a great ride for those of us who were invested in the market back in 2009.
          Your response was so knowing of the stock market.

          1. Bill Smith 999935 December 20, 2016

            Yeah, I just cashed in my S&P stock options today and made a killing. Do tell me how the stock market works. MAGA!!

          2. Bill P December 20, 2016

            Good for you hope you made a lot of money off of the gains in the S&P 500 during President Obama’s time in office. But if Trump is going to be so good for the stock market you have cashed out too soon. If you do want some lessons in the workings of the stock market let me know I will charge you only $150 an hour, Bill Smith or whatever your name is.

          3. Bill Smith 999935 December 20, 2016


          4. Bill P December 22, 2016

            Too bad I know I’m better than you at investing. Since you supposedly cash in your S&P options, you never mention how many you are missing out on the current rise in the market. America has always been great, it can only be made “greater”!
            My offer for training at $150 an hour is good only to 12/31/2016.

          5. Bill Smith 999935 December 22, 2016

            You have no idea what you’re talking abot!!

          6. Bill P December 22, 2016

            I may not know when I’m talking “abot” but I do know what I’m talking “about” regarding the stock market. So how many options did you cash in on?

  3. Dan S December 19, 2016

    Even I was tempted to subscribe to Vanity Fair. Maybe I could make a subscription to it a Christmas gift for my wife

  4. dpaano December 19, 2016

    Am the ONLY one that noticed that Trump told China to keep a drone that he doesn’t even own yet? What an idiot!! He isn’t even the president and he’s already giving orders to China. What’s really a killer is that China and the U.S. had already made arrangements for the drone to be returned…..Trump is so damned impulsive! This is what’s going to happen from now on….he’s going to tweet something ridiculous to a foreign government and NOT allow the proper department to handle it as it should be handled! And this is the guy that people want to have his little fingers on the nuclear button? Seriously?

  5. johninPCFL December 20, 2016

    Do you think Agent Orange knows he just put Dumbshit Perry in charge of the nuclear weapons stockpile?

    Ah, what was I thinking. Of COURSE he knows that Perry is going to decommission all our nuclear weapons. Putin can’t run the country if we have nukes!


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