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5 Deeply Obnoxious Things We Learned About Donald Trump This Week

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5 Deeply Obnoxious Things We Learned About Donald Trump This Week

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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. 

Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving week leaking his potential cabinet picks, making Mitt Romney grovel and turning down security briefings. He also made the time to sit down with the New York Times to flatter and lie to them, which seemed to have inexplicably fooled the paper of record into saying look, he’s not that bad. The next day, the Times ran a piece about how Trump was “diversifying” his cabinet appointments because look he gave Nikki Haley a job for which he has no respect and she has no qualifications, U.N. Representative. His appointments ping ponged between know nothings, right-wing ideologues the likes of which would make Dick Cheney blush, and gazillionaires who have gutted the very working class Trump once claimed to champion.

Here are some of the most deeply disturbing things we learned this week about the pussy grabbing birther in chief:

1. He loves the poorly educated so much, he wants to expand their numbers.

You may remember one of the more bizarre campaign statements Donald Trump made when talked about his love for the “poorly educated” after winning the Nevada primary. It was a true headscratcher for the slightly better educated who thought, who the hell says something like that? This week, Trump took steps to expand this demographic this week when he named AmWay heiress, anti-public school zealot Betsey DeVos as his pick for Secretary of Education. “As one of the architects of Detroit’s charter school program, she is partly responsible for what even charter advocates acknowledge is the biggest school reform disaster in the country,” is how an op-ed in the Times put it. Horrible on so many levels, DeVos is notably bad on education.

As an extra added bonus, DeVos is also active in anti-LGBTQ causes including some of her gazillions to fund thoroughly debunked, deeply inhumane, definitely not educational “gay conversion therapy.”

2. He literally does not mean one single thing that he says.

It’s going to be impossible to count Trump’s lies, given that he talks just about every day, rarely sleeps and nothing that he says seems to bare the remotest resemblance to shared reality or be an accurate depiction of what he actually thinks. This is why he has apparently ushered in the “post-truth” world that the rest of us somehow have to figure out how to negotiate. Still, in the sea of lies, there were some notable and disturbing disconnects this week.

A little background: Trump got a lot of mileage on the campaign trail when he ridiculed rival Ben Carson for his autobiographical story about having stabbed a friend in his youth due to some uncontrolled fury that he managed to pray away. Trump reminded his audience that Ben Carson himself said he is pathological.

“He has a pathological disease,” Trump said before launching into a comparison between Carson’s pathology and that of a child molester.

“Can’t be cured,” Trump shrugged. “It’s pathological.”

That pathology turned out not to be bar to, say, holding a high cabinet position in the Trump administration. Carson announced this week that he had been tapped to head up Trump’s Housing and Urban Development Administration, an area in which arguably a big city real estate developer might know some truly knowledgeable people. Carson’s qualifications: “I grew up in the inner city and have spent a lot of time there, and have dealt with a lot of patients from that area and recognize that we cannot have a strong nation if we have weak inner cities,” he told Fox News. Oh, okay.

This development comes amidst the weirdness of Carson’s own post-truth world where just one week ago he said he was not qualified to run a government bureaucracy in regard to another potential appointment. (Arguably one he had some qualifications for, Health and Human Services.)

Trump’s utter mendacity was hardly left behind on the campaign trail. While sitting down with the New York Times, an institution he has reamed for over a year on twitter, usually calling it the “failing New York Times” even this week, Trump fell over himself to flatter the paper. He called it a “great, great American jewel” and talked about the “tremendous respect” he has for it. “The slime factor was overwhelming,” Charles Blow wrote. We may never be able to shower it all off.

He also told the editors that he had an “open mind” about climate change, including the idea that there may be “some linkage” between human activity and climate change. This of course directly contradicted every statement he made on the campaign trail about climate change being a hoax, perhaps one perpetrated by the Chinese. He also directly and terrifyingly contradicted the “open mind” statement the next day when he proposed cutting Nasa funding for climate change research and called it “politicized science”

Why be bound by the truth when you can just way whatever gets you through that particular moment?

3. He sees no barriers to his view that the presidency is an opportunity to expand his wealth and brand.

Trump made abundantly clear this week that he in no way sees the presidency as any bar to his business activities. He met with some Indian business partners, boasted that his win has made his brand “hotter” overnight, and told the New York Times that he will continue to invite business partners to the White House for photo ops.

Having once said (on that silly old campaign trail where there are no records of anything ever being promised) that if he were to win the presidency, he would cease his business activities in order to fully devote himself to running the country, President-elect Trump did a full 180 on that. “The law’s totally on my side” he told the Times, “The president can’t have a conflict of interest.”

This is not correct as numerous lawyers, including Bush’s ethics lawyer, have since stated, but to Trump it is correct anyway, facts be damned. Anyway, it would be really hard to sell off all his real estate, and he does not want to do it. Nor would he trust anyone besides his kids to run the empire and he still needs to talk to them and also include them in high-level matters of state. Apparently, he is also exempt from federal antinepotism laws. He just is.

Just to “cap” off the brand-building exercise the Trump presidency so clearly will be, the Trump campaign put a version of those “Make America Great” red hats on sale for the low-low price of $150 as Christmas tree ornaments. Now that’s class.

4. He is unencumbered by facts, knowledge or the desire to gain more of either.

Being incurious frees up lots of time, thus Trump skipped several national security briefings traditionally attended with interest by presidents-elect. But he did accidentally learn something that surprised him: waterboarding might not work.

Tough-talking candidate Trump bragged about how he would reinstate waterboarding and “a lot worse” during interrogations with terror suspects if he became president. This was as horrifying as it comes, on a par with his promise to kill suspected terrorists’ families and other promised war crimes. This week we learned that it is quite possible that Trump never actually had a conversation with anyone before in his life about waterboarding and whether it works to extract valuable information, never mind the whole torture thing. He told The New York Times that during his conversation with retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, a leading candidate to be secretary of defense, he was “surprised” to learn that Mattis had never found waterboarding “to be useful.” In fact the general suggested a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers were better truth serums. Huh! Trump said. Imagine that! Torture doesn’t work. It’s not as if reams of studies have been published stating this clearly.

5. He’s fine with other people and taxpayers footing his bills.

Melania Trump announced that she and son Barron would not be moving to the White House come January, and will maintain their residence at Trump Tower while Barron finishes the school year at his Upper West Side private school. This move, it has been estimated, will cost New York City taxpayers about a million dollars a day, something Trump-loving New Yorkers were oh-so-delighted to hear. (Trump got a measly 18 percent of the vote citywide, and just 10 percent in Manhattan. He was also loudly booed when he went to cast his own vote.)

It was also revealed that Trump is really good at getting people to pay for walls he built to screw them over. He did this in Scotland near his golf course, where he built a wall blocking the neighbors’ view of the sea. He did this to punish the homeowners for refusing to sell their property to him, according to the Times.Then he sent them to bill for the wall he built, but most are refusing to pay.

IMAGE: U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Delaware, Ohio, U.S. October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst



  1. Mama Bear November 27, 2016

    Instead of actual laws that dictate certain things a President (or presidential candidate) should do and/or not do it seems that honoring tradition and personal integrity is what we have come to expect from our Presidents. Neither of which Trump is the least bit familiar with nor cares about. These things that we care about in a President need to become law…..like revealing tax returns and complete health reports and putting assets in blind trust. I’m sure there are many more we have not even discovered yet since we have become accustomed to a honorable President.

    1. 1standlastword November 27, 2016

      I tend to be conservative assigning the quality “honorable” to our presidents in the collective and I sense you’d agree. Better they have attempted in the collective to desire to have a relationship with the American people that inspires trust by exhibiting and open and transparent policy of ‘self-disclosure.’

      Trump’s opacity, relational inconstancy and mercurial nature flag a character style of a person acting with criminal intent.

      I anticipate his impeachment!

      1. Thoughtopsy November 27, 2016

        I agree… but the Republican’s won’t impeach him. He’s their only hope of hanging on to power. If they impeach him, Mike Pence is President, and all those angry white dumb people will feel screwed over by the GOP.

        They are sort of in a bind.

        The only possible way out is if he does something so unarguably bad as judged by the angry dumb whites that they demand he be impeached. Since admitting he sexually assaults women on tape in his own words was not enough… I can’t foresee anything that would do it.

        I really hope you’re right, though! 🙂

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        2. Beethoven December 1, 2016

          There is a possibility that a jury will rule that Trump raped a 13-year-old girl. If that happens, will that be enough to turn his evangelical supporters against him? Would that be enough to get Congress to impeach him? After all, the Republicans tried to impeach Bill Clinton for having an affair with an adult woman who willingly participated.
          But I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think Trump will pay the woman whatever amount of money she wants to settle the case, so he can claim that he admitted no guilt and that he settled it simply to avoid the distraction of having to defend it while serving as president.

  2. 1standlastword November 27, 2016

    What is going to happen in the country when we find out our POTUS needs rehab?

    1. Mama Bear November 27, 2016

      Rehab suggests that one can be helped, cured, or made better. Trump’s Malignant Narcissistic Personality Disorder unfortunately prevents the patient from admitting that said disorder exists; and if he ever did admit it, there is no rehab or cure available for it. It is quite an unfortunate disorder because both the patient and those around him only find relief when the patient is dead.

  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 27, 2016

    A previous comment below rightly brought up the distinct possibility of the questionable POTUS-To-Be needing rehab. Donald’s personality is so gutted out and filled with love of self and other negative qualities that it is impossible at this late stage in life to expect he’ll recover.
    Everyday a fresh revelation of improper behavior is brought to our attention, another twitter rant is sent out by the eternally angry imperious Donald, a propensity to take advantage of all others including the faithful sycophants that think he’s the greatest thing since a ham sandwich is brought to light, just to name a few of the innumerable flaws that are as plentiful as fleas on goats roaming freely in the wilderness.
    I anticipate, based on his volcanic and diseased emotional state, that he will have to be committed to an institution, provided some physical ailment doesn’t overtake him first.

    1. Mama Bear November 28, 2016

      You have very eloquently described the Malignant Narcissistic Personality Disorder….for which there is no cure or rehab.

    2. Jon November 28, 2016

      It is well past the time he needed to be locked up. One of the things that bothers me is the way many in the MSM in addition to the “NY Times” are normalizing this abnormal creature. It is appalling.

  4. Thoughtopsy November 27, 2016

    Loosely related:

    “Meanwhile, Trump has already sought to leverage the office of the presidency to pressure foreign governments to take actions that would improve his bottom line. Trump admitted that he asked a group of British politicians to kill a proposed wind farm he believed would mar the views at a golf course he owns in Scotland. He reportedly asked the president of Argentina to approve permits for a high-rise in Buenos Aires. (Trump denied the allegation, although his local partner announced the project was moving forward the next day.) Trump has also had his daughter Ivanka, who is supposedly managing his day-to-day business interests, sit in on meetings with heads of state.” – https://thinkprogress.org/electoral-college-trump-top-lawyers-8a8b6e0ca916#.afozug3ss

    That Swamp Draining is going so well!

    I wonder when it’s finally going to dawn on the morons who voted for him?

    1. FireBaron November 28, 2016

      It won’t. They still believe everything Teflon Donnie tells them, even when the proof of the opposite is screaming in their faces. Like him, they have no tolerance for truth or facts. They only want to hear what they want to believe.

      If he said “Hillary is a Crook”, they believe it, even though close to 30 years of Republican-led investigations in Little Rock and Washington have turned up no legal wrong doing on her part. This, in the face of the massive fraud he has committed over the decades. Then when he said he would not order any investigations into her actions, his followers decried it.

      If he said he will build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, they believe it. This in the face of the largest opposition coming from ranchers in Texas who need the Rio Grande waters.

      He claims he will force companies to bring jobs back to the US while still having the products which carry his name made in Asian Sweatshops. Even the initial run of his “Make America Great Again” hats were made in China before someone pointed it out to his staff.

      As for his desire to deport illegal immigrants, I think that’s only so he can forcibly eject the H1B workers at his resorts out of the country without paying them when their visas expire!

      Yep, all class,that guy.

  5. jim muster November 28, 2016

    Hey Trump supporters …….. Careful what you wish for ! We are better then this.

  6. latebloomingrandma November 28, 2016

    I always thought one of the reasons we have the electoral college way of voting for POTUS is to limit, or even prohibit, the possibility of a demagogue being elected. Seems like Trump blew that out of the water along with his other “firsts.”

  7. FT66 November 28, 2016

    So far Trump has proved not to be mentally stable. This has nothing to do with party affiliation. It is all about stating our findings and the reality.

  8. The lucky one November 28, 2016

    ” He literally does not mean one single thing that he says.” Even his own lawyers have stated in a deposition that they always meet with Trump in pairs for that very reason. or as they put it he is a master of reinterpretation of his statements.

  9. jmprint November 28, 2016

    Trump is a two-headed snack.

  10. Jon November 28, 2016

    Trump’s ineptocracy, nepotism, jingoism, use of the office for self-enrichment, and complete lack of trustworthiness should spell doom for his presidency. However MSM is normalizing this sick pedophile. Having a narcissistic buffoon as president embarrasses patriotic Americans while white supremacists celebrate their victory.


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