101 REASONS WHY TRUMP IS AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO US ALL

First of all, I stand by every fact in the following list, and I invite any reader to fact check any item. My opinions attached thereunto are exactly that – opinions. I plan to deal with each of  these items in detail in my next book.

More importantly, virtually every elected Republican backed up Trump on almost all of these outrageous behaviors and actions. I agree with several of the most prominent Republicans since World War II when they say that it’s time for all of them to go. Please vote!

Why Donald Trump Is an Existential Threat to Us All

  1. Is utterly unqualified and unfit for office – has no experience and few skills; is ignorant, dishonest, and deceiving; has a horrible temperament; is dangerously impulsive, angry, resentful, vindictive, selfish, uncivil, arrogant, and cruel; has a serious deficit of attention and focus; is heedless and uncompassionate; is a classic, cowardly bully; is illiterate about history, geography, and American government as well as foreign affairs; is a non-reader; is spectacularly lazy; is unfocused; is self-serving; is absolutely corrupt. QUESTION: Would you hire me to repair a Boeing 747? Why not? You hired him for a much more complicated and important job. Forgive my vulgarity, but the Boss wouldn’t have hired him to clean his shitter. But Trump says, “Experts are terrible.” He ought to know about terrible. He’s an expert.
  2. While most politicians are embarrassed when they are caught lying, Trump tries to make major news stories out of the rare times he tells the truth.
  3. Consistently ignores our norms and traditions, any semblance of ethical conduct, the constraints of the Constitution, and the rule of law.
  4. Appears, almost undeniably, to prefer autocracy over democracy – doesn’t understand that we are a constitutional republic and a representative democracy.
  5. Calls one of the pillars of our democracy, the free press, “the enemy of the people.” His favorite quote is from Mussolini, but he got this one from Stalin.
  6. Calls Tony Fauci “an idiot.”
  7. Had no science advisor for 19 months.
  8. A massive number of his appointments are unconfirmed. This is one of  his ways of ignoring the separation of powers as clearly outlined in the Constitution.
  9. Has had four chiefs of staff, four national security advisers, and five Homeland Security secretaries.
  10. Has absolutely gutted the State Department and appointed a partisan liar to lead it.
  11. Many trustworthy observers have called him the most lawless President in our history. I agree.
  12. Few decent people would want him around their children.
  13. Has essentially never set a good example for any man, woman, or child in this country or anywhere else in the world.
  14. Said, for example, “When someone attacks me, I always attack back…except a hundred times more.” Apparently his sons are not prodigal. (Laughed at Michelle when she said, “When they go low, we go high.”)
  15. Committed several impeachable offenses, including the one about which the Founding Fathers were most concerned, using (in this case bribing and extorting)  a foreign power to help him politically. (See # 91.)
  16. Is a pathological narcissist. (“I alone can fix it.”)
  17. Displays all of the clinical characteristics of a psychopath.
  18. Appears to this puppy to be criminally insane. Pressthink says about Trump, “There is no genius there, only a damaged human being playing havoc with our lives.”
  19. Has access to the nuclear codes. This should terrify every human being on Earth. (Read the first chapter of my book.)
  20. Has taken actions that may start a new arms race.
  21. Tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” a tweet that was flagged by Twitter for “glorifying violence.”
  22. Often glorifies violence against those who don’t support him. Calls for them to be arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned. Has specifically asked the police to engage in illegal brutality.
  23. Is supported by The Proud Boys, The KKK, and other racist and Neo-Nazi organizations. To steal a phrase, he may not be a racist, but the racists think he is. (Actually, he is.) Or, if he’s not a racist, he’ll do ‘till one gets here.
  24. Asked the Proud Boys to “stand by.”
  25. Sent unbadged federal thugs to violently clear peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square so he could hold a photo op in which he held a Bible upside down in front of a church whose celebrants were insulted by his actions.
  26. Asked for the innocent children referred to as the Central Park Five to be executed. Never backed off, even after they were proven to be innocent. Cannot admit when he is wrong.   
  27. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is convinced, as Trump is, that blacks are lazy. When discussing a topic having to do with initiative, Kushner said about blacks, “…he (Trump) can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful.” Please read this one again!
  28. Completely mishandled the pandemic response by the federal government, resulting in over 225,00 deaths.
  29. Led a country with about 4.25% of the world’s population to a place where we have averaged about 25% of the world’s deaths. We currently have the most daily new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, even more than China and India, which each have more than four times our population. The clear consensus among experts is that we are undercounting. These facts point to our response as being the worst in the world, even though we have the world’s best medical infrastructure (but an inadequate health care system). We are the ninth worst country in the world in deaths per million, though our population is generally younger and less dense. Most of the countries with more deaths per capita are not places most Americans would choose to live. On the other hand, Cuba, Ethiopia, Venezuela, Greece, the Philippines, Libya, Kazakhstan, El Salvador, Russia, Switzerland, Iraq, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Ukraine, and Denmark, for a few examples, are doing better than we are by this metric. Every country in Europe except Spain is also doing better than we are by the same metric. South Korea, which had its first case the same day we did is doing, per capita, 100 times better than we are. Trump brags about his famous China travel ban, but it may have exacerbated the problem. More importantly, it ignored Europe, the source of most of our infections, until it was too late. After these feeble attempts by Trump, he gave up on anything significant except for actively making things worse. He has been and currently is actively spreading the virus. He has accelerated the outbreak by holding dozens of super spreader events in Washington and around the country with no social distancing and few masks. He has encouraged the breaking of most of his own administration’s guidelines. Yesterday he mocked a reporter for wearing a mask. He has created a cohort of people who will never adhere to guidelines which, if followed, would save thousands of lives. I would need a massive volume to enumerate the ways Trump has made things worse. It’s no stretch for us to call this the Trump Virus. Other than herd immunity (which he calls “herd mentality”), a plan which would probably kill millions, and just like with health care, Trump has no plan. (An extremely comprehensive and intelligent strategy, based on research by multiple administrations, was discarded. At about the same time Trump disbanded the Global Health Security and Biodefense unit. Their mission was to combat outbreaks of infectious disease.)
  30. Inherited the Obama-Biden economy and slowed down its growth slightly before devastating it as a result of his criminally negligent response to the pandemic.
  31. Never took any responsibility for his failure but said that Andrew Cuomo “killed 11,000 people.”
  32. Carl Bernstein calls his response “homicidally negligent.”
  33. His Chief of Staff just said, “We’re not going to control the pandemic.” 
  34. Told a litany of dangerous lies about the pandemic.
  35. Politicized the CDC.
  36. Politicized the FDA.
  37. Vanity Fair reported that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said, “Cuomo didn’t pound the phones hard enough to get PPE for his state… His people are going to suffer and that’s their problem.” (My emphasis.) Kushner soon  lost interest in helping blue states because he began to believe that this wouldn’t be politically advantageous for Trump.
  38. Is anti-science. Says science doesn’t know, but he does. One of hundreds of examples: Found the Economic Research Service of the Department of Agriculture inconvenient to his narrative so he gutted it. Check out what this department does (did). You won’t be happy.
  39. Gave far more money to the obscenely wealthy and to himself than to the people who voted for him.
  40. Set a record for increasing the national debt, even before the pandemic.
  41. Slashed the EPA and scores of environmental regulations.
  42. Has said climate change is a “hoax.” Said the same about the pandemic.
  43. During his tenure greenhouse gas emissions, which had been going down for three years, rose significantly.
  44. Got out of the Paris Agreement on climate which, though flawed, is the world’s best hope for sustaining viable human life on the planet.
  45. Announced our withdrawal from the WHO, another flawed but existentially important organization. Fun facts: 1.) In an almost inconceivably prodigious effort, the WHO eliminated smallpox, which was killing thirty to fifty million people a year. 2.) The WHO is close to eliminating polio, and will struggle to finish the job without our help.
  46. Is the most corrupt President in the history of our country. Has used the Presidency as a cash cow. Grossly overcharges for his entourage, including the Secret Service, to book rooms in his hotels, obtain meals, use golf carts, etc. Funnels money to his and his family’s economic enterprises around the world, regardless of the excess money it costs the taxpayers. What he does with Trump International Hotel in D.C. is an outrage and a subject of extremely serious investigations and litigation. It should be. Finally and obviously, Trump has raised nepotism to a whole new level.
  47. Paid a twenty-five million dollar fraud settlement over Trump University.
  48. Had the Trump Foundation dissolved over “a shocking pattern of illegality.”
  49. The Trump Organization itself faces multiple investigations.
  50. Is currently under legal scrutiny in multiple criminal and civil investigations in multiple jurisdictions, including several relating to his inauguration committee as well as multiple Congressional probes.
  51. Has fired almost everyone who seriously opposed him. In addition to being fired, many were also viciously punished in other ways. Marie Yovanovitch and Alexander Vindman (and his brother), for just two examples.
  52. Regularly tampers with witnesses and obstructs justice. (See # 93.)
  53. Has had an enormous and shocking number of members of his campaign and administration resign in disgust, resign amidst egregious scandal, or face prosecution for felonies. “Drain the swamp!”
  54. Has interfered in the prosecutions of these criminals.
  55. Has talked about delaying the election.
  56. Refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election.
  57. Has made multiple, widespread, often successful attempts to suppress the vote of those inclined to support his opponent. This cheating has been a hallmark of the Republican Party for decades. Currently they have removed hundreds of polling places, overwhelmingly in minority neighborhoods which tend to vote for Democrats. The Postal Service has been corrupted to depress mainly Democratic voters. Republicans in California have put out fake, illegal ballot drop off boxes, taking advantage of what they will litigate as an ambiguity in the law. Even a puppy knows that this is simply cheating.
  58. Has thugs on standby to intimidate voters.
  59. Lied repeatedly about the reliability of mail-in voting, which is literally a long-standing, time-tested American institution.
  60. Lied repeatedly about Hunter Biden and falsely accused him and his father of crimes they never committed. Multiple investigations have turned up no evidence. Trump’s source for his accusations is Russian state propaganda.
  61. Repeatedly parrots Russian state propaganda.
  62. Used the Attorney General of the United States to support his political agenda.
  63. Asked the Attorney General to prosecute his political opponent multiple times, even making such requests weeks before the election.
  64. Has lived a vulgar, promiscuous life during which he has demonstrated extreme misogyny and a gross disrespect for women.
  65. Has been a party buddy and an apparent friend of rapist and sex trader Jeffrey Epstein, one of the most evil humans one can possibly imagine. Recently said of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s procurer (pimp) of female children for abuse, rape, and trafficking, “I wish her well.”
  66. Put children in cages. And NO, people who get their news exclusively from Fox or their crazy uncle, OBAMA DID NOT DO THE SAME. He built some of the cages for legitimate purposes, not for terrorism, abuse, cruelty, and torture. He was, in this puppy’s opinion, too harsh in a number of ways, but to compare what he did to Trump is like comparing a father who shouts at his children to Rodrigo Duterte (someone Trump admires). There are currently 545 children who, years after they were kidnapped and separated from their parents, will probably never see their mothers and fathers again. And this number is a severe undercount, not including those from the largest group of separations. By the way, Trump was warned this would happen, but he didn’t care. He wanted to commit these acts of statutory terror (check the law) against the parents so that others would stop trying to legally seek asylum. Trump broke the law to keep them out, floating pardons for those of his agents who got caught doing any of the illegal things he asked them to do. He began forcing these children into Mexican camps in and from which many of them were and are being abused, raped, and trafficked for sex. And those who entered illegally, often because Trump had closed legal crossings, were just trying to survive. At the debate one of Trump’s lies was that they came with coyotes. No, they came with their parents. They weren’t separated from coyotes, who don’t normally nurse children. (Does Trump understand how stupid his excuses are?) The Physicians for Human Rights called this policy “torture.” The American Academy of Pediatrics called this “government sanctioned child abuse.” Anyone who could support Josef Mengele Trump after this needs to look deeply into his or her soul, if one is there.
  67. Appointed Jeff Sessions, a lifelong racist, to aid and abet him in this abuse.
  68. Appointed the ghoul Steven Miller to cook up these and other cruelties as fast as his twisted mind could turn.
  69. Referred to sanctuary cities as “breeding” places.
  70. Never reads a full daily briefing. Only reads the comic book version a couple of times a week, and ignores whatever is in it that displeases him. Asks for certain vital topics to be avoided because of his anger management problem. This makes him a clear and present threat to our national security.
  71. Has consistently alienated our allies and coddled our adversaries.
  72. Has unwaveringly supported Vladimir Putin, even over our agencies, our interests, and our security.
  73. Opposed, slow walked, or ignored a series of sanctions against Russia.
  74. Has done nothing about Belarus.
  75. Trashed NATO.
  76. Trashed Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Theresa May, and on and on and on. Physically pushed a foreign head of state aside so that he could get into a photo op.
  77. Withdrew troops from Germany, a gift to Putin.
  78. Called Xi Jinping a “brilliant leader” and “a great man.”
  79. Has ignored and even encouraged (!!!) the Chinese oppression of the Uighurs, an indescribable tragedy of brutal genocide.
  80. While coddling China, he and his family have actively pursued economic interests there. (And in other places around the world. A plethora of quid pro quos.)
  81. For a long time failed to speak up on the suppression of Hong Kong’s movement toward democracy.
  82. Has completely ignored China’s harrowing, high tech ( including AI) surveillance, one of the most terrifying tools of repression ever devised.
  83. Pulled CDC observers out of China before the pandemic.
  84. Invited and welcomed Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, Viktor Orban, Jair Bolsonaro, Andrzej Duda, Rodrigo Duterte, and other thugs to the White House. Duterte, a Trump favorite, refused the invitation.
  85. Has fallen in puppy love with Kim Jong-un.
  86. In the meantime, has enabled North Korea to fast track their nuclear program and has spit in the face of South Korea.
  87. In general, he has made us the laughing stock of the world. In many countries that detest Putin, he is nevertheless more popular than Trump.
  88. He got out of the JCPOA with absolutely no plan except risking war with Iran.
  89. Has massively enabled Russian aggression and hegemony.
  90. Has done nothing about Venezuela.
  91. Was impeached for attempting to bribe and extort Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine for illegal and unconstitutional help in the 2020 election.
  92. Clearly and obviously colluded with Russia. However, in large part because he ignored legal Congressional subpoenas and requests for depositions and lied repeatedly, as did those around him, Mueller did not have time to establish any criminal conspiracy or conspiracies. If you are stupid enough to think that he did not collude, read the Mueller report and occasionally the newspaper. Take a break from Trump TV.
  93. Committed multiple counts of obstruction of justice in order to hide his malfeasance. Were he able to be indicted, he would be convicted in any court in America, according to hundreds of formal federal prosecutors who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.
  94. Now, as opposed to the way he felt – no, talked for most of his life, opposes a woman’s right to sovereignty over her own body. Would prefer that he and his old, overwhelmingly white friends and co-conspirators make one of the most personal, intimate, and difficult decisions of someone else’s life, not knowing or caring who they are or what their situation might be. Having shown a complete lack of sympathy, empathy, caring, or compassion, these devious dotards want to pretend that they care about life. I would suggest that their stances on the border, the pandemic,  health care, a social safety net, and prudent policing render these pretensions preposterous.
  95. Put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is a liar. He obviously has an anger management problem. He’s vindictive. He’s whiney. He cried during his confirmation hearing!!! (This was because he couldn’t believe that with all the white, preppy, silver spoon, Ivy League, Georgetown-friendly privilege he brought to the table, there was any question about the confirmation.) Yes, he is very intelligent. Yes, he worked relatively hard. The problem is simple: With all of his lies, misdeeds, alleged crimes, and character flaws, he expected it. He expected it. I know many puppies more intelligent, harder working, and more honest and under control than he is who just hope to pay the bills. They expect nothing. They hope for the best. This is what privilege, white or wealthy, is all about. This is a massive, systemic problem that Trump and the Republicans have chosen and continue to choose not to address. I don’t say the privileged should not have a place at the table. I simply ask for “justice for all.” Mr. Trump and your fellow Republicans, have you seen these words somewhere? Oh, and by the way, Kavanaugh stands more-than-credibly accused of attempted rape. If you didn’t hear all of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, you have no right to an opinion on this.
  96. Added Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The Republicans lied, cheated, and engaged in the most blatant hypocrisy I have ever encountered to steal this seat. Trump and any of the Republicans would cheat their grandmother out of a bowl of Jello. Opinion: Barrett is a sarcastic, cynical, sycophantic, right-wing ideologue who cloaks partisanship in the tarnished, motley garb of “originalism.” She is out of touch with the American people and with the Constitution as the Framers intended it, though she disingenuously claims the opposite. Philosophically, she lives in the 18th century. She sees the Constitution as a stone-chiseled club available to beat Democrats and liberals over the head. She must be William Barr’s sister. Finally, the confirmation process was a breathless, lurid joke. The Supreme Court has little credibility or gravitas left. It needs to be expanded.
  97. As he always does when he believes it will benefit him, Trump broke the agreement with CBS to complete the 60 Minutes interview and to give them exclusive rights to air it.
  98. He and the Republicans are completely out of touch with the majority of American people. Essentially, both Trump and the Republicans work for the obscenely rich and their corporations and enterprises. They work for Wall Street, not Main Street. A few examples:
    1. 65% of Americans support Biden’s climate plan. Trump and the GOP oppose it.
    2. 72% of Americans support a 2 trillion dollar stimulus package. Trump and the GOP have blocked it, but with the election in mind and knowing it wouldn’t pass anyway, Trump recently got squirrely about his opposition.
    3. A majority of voters prefer Biden over Trump and the Republicans on law and order.
    4. By 49% to 43%, more Americans prefer Biden over Trump on selecting Supreme Court justices.
    5. By 55% to 36%, more Americans prefer Biden over Trump on uniting the country.
    6. By large margins more Americans prefer Biden over Trump on the COVID-19 response.
    7. A majority of Americans think climate change is a threat that must be dealt with immediately. The Republicans and Trump have never taken it seriously. For example, since 2016 the Trump administration has removed quarter of all climate change references from government websites.
    8. A majority of Americans support a robust social safety net. The Republicans have a long history of routinely and systematically attempting to weaken it.
    9. A 2016 Republican survey found that “increasing funding for veterans’ mental health services, strengthening and preserving Medicare and Social Security, and reforming the student loan system all scored higher than Trump’s favored subjects of tax cuts, border security, and preserving the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.”
    10. A majority of Americans are not racist.
    11. A majority of Americans support Black Lives Matter
    12. Had I time, I could add many more critical items to this list. The point is that Trump and the Republican party are spectacularly out of touch with the American people. They are the out-of-touch radicals they accuse the progressives of being. At their rallies, instead of shouting, USA!, USA!, USA!, they should be shouting, K Street!, K Street!, K Street!
  99. Because the Republican party has gotten so out of touch with the American people and with the foundations of American Democracy and American values and ideals, droves of former prominent Republicans have voiced their opposition to the party as it currently exists or have, in many cases, even formally left the party. All of these moral heroes utterly oppose Trump. A few examples:
    1. George F. Will
    2. Charlie Sykes
    3. Steve Schmidt
    4. Michael Steele
    5. William Kristol
    6. David Jolly
    7. “Sully” Sullenberger
    8. George Conway
    9. Tom Nichols
    10. Joe Scarborough
    11. Jennifer Ruben
    12. Max Boot
    13. S. E. Cupp
    14. Stuart Stevens
    15. Colin Powell
    16. Meghan McCain
    17. Cindy McCain
    18. Lincoln Chafee
    19. Joe Walsh
    20. John Kasich
    21. Christine Todd Whitman
    22. Rick Wilson
    23. Justin Amash
    24. David Frum
    25. Nicolle Wallace
    26. Rick Tyler
    27. Anthony Scaramucci
    28. Peter Wehner
    29. Ana Navarro
    30. Ray LaHood
    31. William McRaven
    32. Jim Mattis
    33. John Negroponte
    34. Jeff Flake
    35. Charlie Dent
    36. Bill Weld
    37. Mitt Romney, the only Republican Senator who is not a complete coward, voted to remove Trump from office.

100.  Is a damn liar. Barack Obama lied 108 times in eight years. In four years, Trump has lied over 20,000 times. This alone has shredded the moral fabric of America. It is the main reason that true and reliable communication, in all forms and at all public levels, is now nearly if not completely impossible. Even our homes and our schools have been violated. Question to evangelical Christians: Is he the Father of Lies?

101.  None of this is new. I wrote a book about it in 2016. Donald Trump has spent a lifetime bullying, extorting, bribing, employing thugs, benefiting from ties to the American and Russian Mobs, cheating as a way of life, and conning everyone who would listen. He has been described as a “walking crime wave.” He has brought this corruption to the White House. His has injected it into our veins. He has made all of us worse. Including me. Including you.

I could easily double or triple this list but I’m exhausted, and if you’ve read this far you must be also. Take a bow! And if this doesn’t get you to vote, God help us!

Now we must remove Donald Trump and all of his Republican enablers, at all levels, if we are to heal our nearly mortally-wounded nation.

PLEASE VOTE!

Or maybe not. Maybe we like it in the shitter. Maybe we belong there. I don’t know. I’m just a puzzled puppy.

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