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50 Reasons Why Donald Trump Could Be the Worst President in History

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Jeff is a computer professional who takes a great interest in politics and tries to always distinguish fact from opinion.


Although still in his first term in office, Donald Trump's presidency has been so tumultuous and unorthodox that people forget—or simply cannot keep track of—what has occurred since he became president. Trump has provided us with so many reasons why he's a horrible president that it was necessary for me to break them down into a few categories:

  • Scandals Involving Trump
  • His Questionable Mental State
  • His Many Outright Lies
  • Collusion With Russian
  • The Federal Investigation Into His Campaign
  • Decisions He's Made That Hurt Americans
  • His Foreign Policy Failures
  • His Sexism and Racism
  • His Crooked Business Dealings

Within these categories, I've outlined 50 reasons why I think Trump could be the worst president ever. Let’s start by looking at the multitude of scandals plaguing his presidency.

Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, and member's of Trump's family are all implicated in the Russia scandal.

Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, and member's of Trump's family are all implicated in the Russia scandal.

The Many Scandals Involving Trump

1. The Russia Scandal

There is overwhelming evidence that Trump’s campaign accepted help from Russia in the 2016 election. Although the Mueller investigation did not conclude that Trump conspired with Russia, it also made it clear that Trump and his campaign knew about Russia's involvement and accepted their help in the 2016 campaign.

Many high-level members of Trump’s presidential campaign have already been investigated, indicted and convicted of crimes in the Russia investigation. This is such a wide-ranging scandal with so many different people and so many different illegal activities, that we will go into much greater detail later in this article.


2. The Moscow Trump Tower Scandal

While running for president, Donald Trump repeatedly lied about his business dealings with Russia. He claimed at the time to have no involvement with Russia, but it has since been revealed that he was negotiating with the Russian government and Russian business interests about developing a Trump Tower in Moscow.

It is a huge conflict of interest for a US president - or presidential candidate - to have such a close financial involvement with a foreign country, especially one like Russia that is often an adversary of the United States.

3. The Trump Foundation Scandal

Trump used his charitable foundation to pay for private and political expenses. For example, the Trump Foundation illegally made a $25,000 contribution to the Florida Attorney General who was investigating Trump’s fraudulent University. To cover up the illegal payment, the Trump Foundation falsely reported the $25,000 contribution on their taxes, claiming that it went to a charity in Kansas which, in fact, never received any money from them.

4. The Trump University Scandal

Thousands of people were scammed out of large sums of money by the fraudulent Trump University. Although Trump repeatedly said he would never pay a dime to the people suing him, he was ultimately forced to pay $25 million to settle the lawsuits and keep it from going to trial.

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5. The Porn Star Scandal

President Trump illegally paid an adult film star to keep quiet about their affair during his presidential campaign. Trump had his personal lawyer write checks totaling $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their affair during the 2016 presidential race. Although Trump has implied that no such affair ever took place, he admits there was a non-disclosure agreement preventing Ms. Daniels from talking about it.


6. The Sexual Harassment Scandal

Trump’s own words indicate he repeatedly committed sexual harassment. Trump bragged about sexually groping women in the Access Hollywood recording. He also bragged about going backstage at beauty pageants and seeing contestants half-naked. When those same women reported that Trump did the very things that he bragged about, Trump suddenly claimed it wasn’t true.

Trump said this to Howard Stern about the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants in 2005:

I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone's getting dressed and ready and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere. And I'm allowed to go in because I'm the owner of the pageant and therefore I'm inspecting it.

‘Is everyone okay?’ You know, they're standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that.


7. The Michael Cohen Scandal

Trump’s strongest defender was his private attorney, Michael Cohen, who testified before Congress on Trump's behalf. That testimony got Cohen convicted of perjury. After his perjury conviction, Cohen again testified before Congress. This time he called Trump a racist, a con man, and a cheat.

According to Cohen’s testimony, Trump routinely made racist remarks, had Cohen threaten people, had Cohen lie about the proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow, and make hush-money payments to silence women with whom Trump had affairs. He also testified that Trump used his charitable foundation to pay for his private expenses.

Cohen said Trump’s friend, Roger Stone, talked with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about the timing of making Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails public.

8. The Trump Inauguration Scandal

The Trump Inauguration committee raised $107 Million. Much of that money is still unaccounted for. Trump’s inaugural committee is being investigated for conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, wire fraud, mail fraud, disclosure violations, and straw donor violations, which enabled people who disguise their donations to the Trump inauguration. Some of those illegal donations are believed to have come from Russian businessmen.


9. The Jared Kushner Security Clearance Scandal

Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner lied on his application for security clearance by not disclosing dozens of contacts he’d had with foreign governments, including Russia. This type of omission is a felony and usually more than enough to get someone’s security clearance denied. However, National Security officials were ordered to give Kushner the clearance anyway, which is an extraordinary national security violation.


10. The Trump Immigration Scandal

In April of 2018, Trump started a policy of separating children from their parents when they seek asylum at the US border. Once separated from their parents, the Trump administration did not maintain a process for reuniting the children with their parents again.

Members of the Trump administration admitted that this horrific policy was intended to discourage people from applying for asylum at the border. Trump lied when he said this policy had been law for many years. The law does not mandate that kids be separated from their parents.

11. Multiple Conflict of Interest Scandals

Unlike every other president, Trump refused to divest himself of his business interests or put his financial holdings in a blind trust. This means he knows how his actions as president have a direct impact on his personal financial investments.

Walter Shaub Jr., the director of the US Office of Government Ethics tried to get President Trump to divest his business interests to avoid such conflicts, but Trump refused. Shaub saw so many ethics violations and conflicts of interest that he ultimately resigned in protest.

Trump has profited greatly from his presidency like no other president before him. After he became president, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort doubled its membership fees. The White House has promoted Melania’s jewelry line and Ivanka’s line of clothing. During the 2016 election, Trump made millions of dollars when he charged his campaign for use of Trump Tower, Trump’s airplane, and Trump’s restaurants.


12. Foreign Influence Buying Scandal

Government officials and businesses from many foreign countries have increasingly chosen to rent office space or stay at Trump-owned hotels since Donald Trump became president. More than 150 Trump tenants—from foreign governments to big banks—throw the president's business some $175 million a year without an accounting of who they are or how much they pay.

Since Trump, unlike previous presidents, has refused to divest himself from his business interests, he financially benefits directly from every foreign country and foreign-owned business that rents his properties. This is the worst possible type of conflict of interest for a president of the United States.