Vote for Donald Trump

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A recollection of atrocities
that have been normalized

Updated October 13, 2020

Making America #1... in COVID-19 deaths

After months of the Trump administration downplaying the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, America now leads the world in Coronavirus deaths and cases at over 200,000 deaths, and ranks 9th highest in per-capita deaths across all countries.

Hiding Tax Returns

Four years later, Donald Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns, claiming it was impossible because they are under audit. This breaks a decades-long tradition of American presidents releasing their tax returns for transparency, (including President Richard Nixon, whose taxes were also under audit). The IRS has also stated that tax returns can be shared, regardless of an ongoing audit.

Betraying Kurdish Allies

Donald Trump pulls US Troops from Syria, betraying Kurdish allies in the area and drawing bipartisan criticism. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a widely respected general within the United States Marine Corps, resigns, writing that he could not continue to execute Trump's policies.

Demanding "Loyalty" from FBI Director

Donald Trump demands loyalty from FBI Director James Comey, breaking a long-standing principal that the Department of Justice and the FBI remain independent of each other. Comey has since compared Trump's behavior to that of a mob boss.

Expecting Blind Loyalty from Attorney General

Donald Trump admits that he would not have chosen Jeff Sessions for his attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation - raising ethics suspicions that Trump views the attorney general as his personal lawyer to stomp investigations into his alleged corruption. Sessions has since stated that Trump is "damn fortunate" that he recused himself.

Defunding Public Schools

Donald Trump appoints Betsy DeVos as education secretary - DeVos has no government experience, nor any experience working in public schools. She has since proposed billions of dollars of funding cuts to the Department of Education, targeting public schools with class size reductions and cutting after-school programs. DeVos also proposed to cut funding to the Special Olympics.

DeVos has redirected much of the department's funding to private schools, even though public schools are attended by 90% of kids in America - including redirecting coronavirus relief funds from public schools to private schools.

Attacking a War Veteran

Donald Trump attacks Senator John McCain, a veteran who was captured in Vietnam, saying "He's not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

Attacking a War Veteran, Again

Donald Trump attacks Senator John McCain again, saying he "only emboldens the enemy! He's been losing so long he doesn't know how to win anymore".

Mocking a Disabled Reporter

At a campaign trail rally, Donald Trump mocks a disabled reporter, Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis - a condition that limits his joint movement - by performing an impression of Kovaleski and flopping his arms.

Vote Count Insecurity

Donald Trump repeatedly claims that 3 million illegal votes went to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election - a claim without evidence, and which has been debunked.

Rolling Back Workplace Safety Regulations

Donald Trump signs a bill to kill the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulation, signed by Barack Obama, which protected workers against safety hazards and labor law violations in government contracts above $500,000.

Ending White House Visitor Log Disclosures

The White House discontinues the disclosure of visitor logs, allowing White House officials to hold private meetings without oversight on visitor identity or affiliation.

Criticizing Checks and Balances

Donald Trump calls the US government's system of checks and balances, granted by the US constitution, as "archaic".

Blocking VoteVets

Donald Trump blocks VoteVets on Twitter, a group representing 500,000 U.S. military veterans which had been critical of him.

Rolling Back Internet Access Subsidies

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney appointed to the FCC by Donald Trump, rolls back the Lifeline program, which provided subsidies for internet access to low-income communities.

White Supremacists are "fine people"

Responding to a neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a white supremacist deliberately ran over a crowd of counter-protestors, killing one, Trump says, "There were very fine people on both sides".

Swamping his Cabinet

Donald Trump appoints Jim Bridenstine, a former climate change denier, to lead NASA. He later also appoints Kyle Yunaska, Eric Trump's brother in law, to the Chief of Staff position at the Department of Energy. It is later found that half of Trump's appointees will engage in unethical conduct.

Endorsing a Sexual Predator

Donald Trump endorses Roy Moore for an Alabama Senate seat - Moore had multiple allegations of sexually abusing teenage girls, and was known in his community for being a creep.

Using Taxpayer Money at Trump Resorts

Taxpayer money is being used to send business to Trump's businesses - for example, the federal government paid $1,092 for a two-night stay at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

Ending Net Neutrality

FCC chairman Ajit Pai, appointed by Donald Trump, leads the FCC to repeal net-neutrality regulations. This rollback allows Internet Service Providers to prioritize network requests for companies they have agreements with, and throttle others.

Silencing EPA Employees

Donald Trump bars EPA employees from posting on social media or speaking with reporters about their work.

Hiring a Criminal Campaign Manager

Donald Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is convicted of tax fraud, bank fraud, and failure to disclose a foreign bank account. Manafort had lied to investigators about meeting with a suspected Russian intelligence asset.

Separating Migrant Children

Thousands of migrant children are separated from their parents and kept in detention facilities as a result of Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policy. Many of the children suffered from post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues after being separated from their parents.

Holding Federal Workers Hostage

On July 29, 2018, Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government if the Democrats didn't vote to provide funding for his wall. On December 22, the government entered the longest shutdown in history, 34 days, leaving 800,000 federal workers without pay.

Campaign Finance Violations

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations for paying hush money to women who claimed to have had affairs with Donald Trump.

Hiring Undocumented Workers

Contrasting Donald Trump's rhetoric about undocumented workers, it is revealed that the Trump National Golf Club employed undocumented workers for many years - they often worked overtime without pay.

Spending Taxpayer Money on Luxury

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigns after public outrage for spending over $300,000 on private flights.

Then, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spends $40,000 on a flight to Miami, and nearly $1 million for eight other trips using military aircraft.

Later, in 2018, Ben Carson plans to spend $31,000 for a dining set and $165,000 for lounge furniture for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, amidst Donald Trump's $6.8 billion annual funding cut to HUD.

Retaliating against Merck's CEO for Condemning Racism

The CEO of Merck Pharmaceuticals, Kenneth Frazier, resigns from Trump's American Manufacturing Council after Trump hesitates to condemn the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Frazier states, "America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting hatred, bigotry, and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal."

Donald Trump responds on Twitter, saying, "Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

Misrepresenting Renewable Energy

As Donald Trump rolls back environmental protections, he mocks renewable energy at a CPAC speech, and incorrectly suggesting that there would only be energy on windy days: "When the wind stops blowing, that's the end of your electric. Let's hurry up. Darling? Darling, is the wind blowing today? I'd like to watch television, darling".

Witness Tampering

The White House orders four witnesses in his impeachment inquiry to defy their subpoenas to testify in Donald Trump's impeachment hearing.

Asking Ukraine to Investigate Political Rivals

Donald Trump asks the president of Ukraine to investigate conspiracy theories against political rival Joe Biden, in exchange for $400 million in military aid - raising concerns about using presidential powers to solicit foreign intervention in a US presidential election.

Asking China to Investigate Political Rivals

Donald Trump, once again, requests for foreign intervention in a US election, publicly asking China to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.

Boasting about Cognitive Test Results

In a Fox News interview, Donald Trump boasts about his results on a cognitive test. The doctor who developed the test - which is meant to detect Alzheimer's - later explained that the test is supposed to be easy for someone who is not cognitively impaired.

Commuting Prison Sentence for a Personal Friend

Donald Trump commutes the prison sentence for his friend Roger Stone, who was convicted of obstructing a criminal investigation.

Promoting Ivanka Trump's Retail Brand and Violating Ethics Rules

Senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway promotes Ivanka Trump's retail brand on Fox and Friends: "I own some of it. I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody".
Her promotion appears to violate rules prohibiting employees of the executive branch from using their public office to promote products or companies.

Shilling for Goya and Violating Ethics Rules (again)

White House adviser Ivanka Trump posts an image of herself holding up a can of Goya Beans after Goya's CEO praised Trump - violating rules prohibiting employees of the executive branch from using public office to endorse any product, service, or enterprise.

Permitting Oil and Gas Companies to Leak Methane

The Trump administration rolls back a regulation that required oil and gas companies to repair methane leaks. The EPA estimates that this will release 850,000 tons of methane into the atmosphere by 2030.

Defrauding Border Wall Donors

Steve Bannon, a former top aide to Donald Trump, and three other We Build The Wall organizers are charged with defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors while purportedly raising money for the United States border wall. Prosecutors claim that the organizers took money for themselves, although the campaign claimed that 100% of donations would go toward building the border wall.

Promoting Debunked Mail-in Voting Conspiracies

Donald Trump spreads conspiracy theories about mail-in voting being used for election fraud, a myth debunked by members of the U.S. intelligence community. Historically, Democratic voters outnumber Republican voters when requesting absentee ballots in key swing states.

Defunding the USPS

Donald Trump admits to not providing USPS critical funding, to prevent mail-in voting. This has additionally led to delays in prescription medication delivery.

Inciting Bizarre Conspiracy Theories

Donald Trump incites false conspiracy theories about a peaceful protestor in Buffalo, Martin Gugino, who was pushed to the ground by police and left with a fractured skull. Without evidence, Trump accused Gugino of faking the fall and being part of antifa.

Using the Military against US citizens for a Photo Op

The National Guard and Parks Police are called in to Lafayette Square, and used tear gas and concussion grenades against peaceful protestors, so Donald Trump could have a photo op with a Bible in front of a nearby church.

Suggesting to Inject Disinfectants to fight Coronavirus

During a white house briefing, Donald Trump asks, "I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute... Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning?"

After significant backlash from the medical community, Trump later claimed he was being sarcastic.

Retweeting White Power Supporters

Donald Trump retweets a video of a Trump supporter shouting "white power" to anti-Trump protestors at a Florida retirement community, writing "Thank you to the great people of The Villages".

Family Mistrust

In a secretly recorded conversation, Donald Trump's sister a federal judge, Maryann Trump Barry is caught saying about her brother, "His goddammned tweet and lying, oh my God. ... The change of stories, the lack of preparation, the lying. Holy shit".

Downplaying the Pandemic

Audio is released from a February 2020 interview with Bob Woodward, in which Donald Trump admits to downplaying the COVID-19 pandemic, which would later kill over 190,000 Americans.

Failing to Condemn White Supremacists

During the Presidential debate, Donald Trump is once again asked to condemn white supremacists and militia groups, such as The Proud Boys, a known far-right neo-fascist group, and responded with, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by". The Proud Boys have since celebrated Trump's remark as a call to action.

The lack of a full condemnation even drew criticism from Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, who said, "Donald Trump ruined the biggest layup in the history of debates by not condemning white supremacists ... That's like, are you against evil?"

Refuting Election Results

In a Fox News interview, Donald Trump says that he might not accept the results of the 2020 election if he loses.

Ignoring Russian Bounties on American Soldiers

The Trump administration refuses to confront Russia about Russian bounties offered to Taliban militants to kill American troops - a situation which they had known about for months.

Refuting Election Results, Again

In a White House news conference, Donald Trump says that he refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power , referencing debunked conspiracy theories about mail-in voting.

Failed Businesses and Tax Avoidance

Leaked tax returns reveal that Donald Trump had avoided paying income taxes for 10 of the past 15 years, because he reported losing significantly more than he made. Many of Trump's core businesses, such as his golf courses and resorts, have reported losing hundreds of millions of dollars.

Sources were compiled from numerous news outlets, including, yes, Fox News.

Thank you to the folks at McSweeney's for allowing me to draw inspiration from their catalogue of Donald Trump’s cruelties, collusions, corruptions, and crimes.

Their 923-point list is available here.

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