Jeff is a computer professional who takes a great interest in politics and tries to always distinguish fact from opinion.
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.
1. Trump gets his feelings hurt easily and holds a grudge for a long time, often making childish insults for months or years about some perceived insult.
In a Fox News debate, when Megyn Kelly asked Donald Trump a question about his frequent sexist remarks toward women, Trump spent the next six months sending out angry Tweets and making sexist remarks about Megyn Kelly.
2. Trump insisted that a Federal judge should be removed from a case involving him simply because of the Judge’s 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.
3. Trump encouraged supporters at his rallies to physically assault non-violent protesters.
While non-violent protesters were being removed from Trump rallies, Mr. Trump has made these comments:
- “I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher folks.”
- “I’d like to punch him in the face, I tell ya.”
- "Get him out of here. Knock the crap out of him would you? Seriously. I'll pay the legal fees."
4. Trump’s views about guns were more extreme than the NRA.
After the shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub by a Muslim man, Trump said it would be a beautiful thing if patrons of the nightclub had been carrying concealed weapons so they could shoot back. This is a view that even the NRA says is too extreme. They recognize that guns in drinking establishments are a dangerous combination.
5. Trump wanted to stop all Muslims from entering the United States.
Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States". He did not distinguish between Muslims who are refugees, documented workers or even American citizens.He simply said ALL Muslims.
After it was revealed that the Orlando shooter was a lifelong American citizen, Trump said that was why we need to stop all immigration from Muslims.
6. When Trump didn’t like what a reporter wrote about him, he mocked the reporter’s physical handicap.
Watch the YouTube video showing Trump mocking the reporter.
7. Trump falsely claimed that he saw thousands of Arabs in New Jersey cheer when the World Trade Center collapsed
“Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”
“There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down.”
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Police confirmed that there was no truth to Trump’s claim. There were no groups of Arabs in New Jersey seen cheering when the WTC collapsed. Trump could not have seen, as he claims he did, any news video showing Arabs cheering as the buildings collapsed. No such video has ever been found. Despite the fact that this claim has been thoroughly debunked, Trump still stands by his claim.
- Washington Post:Trump claim about 911 is false
There is absolutely no evidence of the celebration cited by Trump.
8. He insulted all American POWs.
Trump, who has never served in the military, insulted the service of all American POWs by first saying that John McCain is not a war hero and then saying he’s just a war hero because he was captured. “I like people who weren’t captured”.
9. Trump has made ridiculous statements about building a wall between the US and Mexico.
After saying that Mexico is sending rapists and murderers to America, Trump said:
“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
Needless to say, the government of Mexico said they would never pay for any such wall.
Trump first said he could build the wall for 4 billion dollars. He now says it will be made for 12 billion dollars. Other building experts estimate that all the costs of building the wall along our border would be 25 billion dollars.
10. Trump repeatedly claimed that President Obama’s birth certificate was fake.
“An extremely credible source called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”. Trump later claimed that his investigators in Hawaii found evidence that is very shocking. “I have people (in Hawaii) that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they are finding”. However, he never revealed this so-called shocking evidence
After President Obama produced his long form birth certificate and it was authenticated by the state of Hawaii, Trump acted as if he had achieved a great victory despite the fact that it proved him to be a liar.
11. Here are some actual quotes from Trump on his brilliant plan to defeat ISIS
- “I’m good at war. I’ve had a lot of wars of my own. I love war in a certain way, but only when we win.”
- “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me”.
- “I do know what to do and I would know how to bring ISIS to the table or, beyond that, defeat ISIS very quickly and I’m not gonna tell you what that is tonight.”
- “I know a way that would absolutely give us guaranteed victory. It’s an idea that in my opinion is foolproof”
- “I would bomb the shit out of them. I would just bomb those suckers. That’s right, I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refin – I’d blow up every single inch. There’d be nothing left. And you know what, you’ll get Exxon to come in there and in two months, you ever see these guys, the great oil companies?”
Of course he offers no details about his plan to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS or how he will avoid civilian casualties. This is another example of how Trump takes a very complex problem and offers a simplistic solution without putting much thought into it.
12. 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 doesn’t 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 you’ll ever know”.
13. 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?
14. Trump falsely claimed that Trump University received an A rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Since Trump University wasn’t really a University it had to change its name to Trump Entrepreneur Institute. In reality, Trump University had a D-minus rating from the Better Business Bureau. Trump is still facing lawsuits from people who were scammed by his fake university.
15. Whenever Trump disagrees with a woman, he feels the need to make sexist remarks about her appearance.
About Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?"
When New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote a story about Trump’s bankruptcies, he sent her a copy of her article with her picture circled and the words “the face of a dog” written across it.
In a Tweet about Bette Midler: “While Bette Midler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct”.
About Rosie O’Donnell, “If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie. I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers and say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired’ ”.
16. 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”.
17. He’s very defensive about the size of his hands.
Many years ago a magazine editor referred to Donald Trump as a “short fingered vulgarian”. After that, Trump would send the editor pictures of himself torn from magazines with circles drawn around his hands and the words “see, not so short” written next to them.
After hearing about Trump’s obsession with the size of his hands, Senator Marco Rubio made a joke about how small Trump’s hands were. Anyone else would have ignored the comment but Trump couldn’t let it go. He had to reassure us that neither his hands nor anything else was small on him. “Look at those hands. Are they small hands? And he referred to my hands – if they’re small something else must be small. I guarantee there’s no problem. I guarantee it.”
- Donald Trumps Short Fingers
Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter reveals Donald Trump’s thin-skinned response to a favorite 25-year-old epithet.
18. Trump lied about opposing the Iraq war.
Trump claims he always opposed the war in Iraq but in 2002 he told Howard Stern that he supported an Iraq invasion. In an interview on Sept. 11, 2002, Stern asked Trump directly if he was for invading Iraq. "Yeah I guess so," Trump responded. "I wish the first time it was done correctly."
There is no record of Trump ever opposing the invasion of Iraq before the war started. Ironically, he now says we never should have left Iraq. We should have, according to Trump, stayed in Iraq so we could take all their oil.
19. 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 don’t 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 shouldn’t have really left.”
- National Review: Donald Trump's Obsession with Seizing Middle Eastern Oil Fields
Trump has endorsed the bizarre fantasy that the U.S. should seize oil fields in Iraq and Libya.
20. Trump claimed to know Vladimir Putin because they had both been on 60 Minutes together.
At a Republican debate, Trump said this about Russian President Vladimir Putin: “I got to know him very well because we were both on 60 Minutes, we were stablemates. We did very well that night.”
In reality, Trump and Putin weren’t on the show together, didn’t meet each other and, in fact, weren’t even on the same continent since they were featured in separate segments of 60 Minutes. Trump never explained how he "got to know" Putin when they had not even met.
- Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin on 60 Minutes: The Real Story
He and Putin weren't on the same continent, and the ratings weren't actually that high
21. Trump implied that running the Miss Universe pageant gave him valuable international experience.
In an interview with Bret Baier on Fox News, Trump was asked if he had ever talked to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Trump responded that he knew Russia well because he had brought the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant to Moscow. He never said whether he had actually spoken to Putin.
22. Trump publicly asked Russia to help his campaign against Hillary Clinton.
In a bizarre press conference, Donald Trump said “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing”. This came shortly after US intelligence agencies reported that the hackers who broke into the computer servers of the Democratic National Committee were very likely working for the Russian government.
In the same news conference, Trump implied that as president, he would consider lifting sanctions that were imposed against Russia for annexing the Crimea region from Ukraine.
Let that sink in for a moment. A candidate for President asked a longtime adversary of our country to reveal stolen information about his political opponent and at the same time suggested that he might lift economic sanctions against that adversary. That comes about as close to treason as I could imagine from a presidential candidate.
Trump later claimed that his comment to Russia was sarcasm.
23. Trump gave hilariously stupid answers to debate questions, proving he doesn’t know the first thing about being president.
In a debate on Fox News, conservative columnist Hugh Hewitt asked Trump a question about our nuclear triad (our land, submarine and aircraft based nuclear weapons).
Trump’s answer made it clear that he didn’t have a clue what the term “nuclear triad” means even though Hewitt’s question referred to bombers, missiles and submarines.
Hewitt tried again, asking the question a different way: "Of the three legs of the triad, though, do you have a priority?"
Trump: "I think—I think, for me, nuclear is just the power, the devastation is very important to me."
24. Trump proposes that we violate US and International law to kill civilians.
Trump said we should kill the families of suspected terrorists even if it means targeting innocent civilians despite the fact that it would violate US and international law. When asked about it later, Trump reaffirmed that he supports going after the families of suspected terrorists.
25. Trump implied that "Second Amendment people" might need to keep Hillary from appointing federal judges.
He falsely claimed that Hillary Clinton wanted to abolish the Second Amendment – something no president has the authority to do. Then he said if she gets to “pick her judges, there’s nothing you can do folks. Although the 2nd Amendment people, maybe there is. I dunno. But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”
26. 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.
27. Trump also said he was just being sarcastic when he said President Obama founded ISIS.
After reconfirming again and again that he really meant it when he said that President Obama was the founder of ISIS, and that they honor him as their founder, Trump said he was just being sarcastic all along. Then he condemned the media for reporting exactly what he said about President Obama.
Nobody’s Perfect, but Trump Wouldn't Acknowledge That
All politicians make verbal gaffs from time to time. Most will admit that they misspoke or even apologize for using inappropriate language. Donald Trump said far more outrageous things, far more often than most politicians and he made it a point to never, ever apologize or acknowledge that his comments were in error.
He Constantly Doubled Down
When Trump clearly misspoke or or was caught in an obvious lie, rather than admit a mistake, he doubled down on the lie and insisted that it was true despite all evidence to the contrary. Case in point, the claim that he saw thousands of Arab Americans in New Jersey cheering as the World Trade Center collapsed. All evidence indicates that this never happened, but Trump still insists that he saw it on TV.
The Bottom Line
From the moment Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President, he made one ridiculous statement after another, statements that would have sunk anyone else’s campaign. His answers to debate questions demonstrated a short temper, a thin skin, and a complete lack of understanding of the issues that face this country.
It is difficult to imagine anyone more horribly unqualified to be President of the United States than Donald Trump.
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