American Culture

Horrible things said and done by Donald and his Administration – July 2017

American voters knew Donald was a horrible person before he was elected, yet he was elected anyway. In July 2017, he or his Administration showed how horrible they are at least 77 times.

Donald Trump mocking reporter Serge Kovaleski’s disability (Image Credit: DiversityInc.com)

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In October 2016, before Donald was elected president, I wrote a post about how any Donald voter had to accept a lot of awful stuff to vote for Donald. For example, I wrote:

You don’t have to be a misogynist to vote for Donald Trump, you just have to be ok with misogyny.

You don’t have to be a sexual assaulter to vote for Donald Trump, you just have to be ok with sexual assault.

You don’t have to be a rapist to vote for Donald Trump, you just have to be ok with rape.

You don’t have to be a racist to vote for Donald Trump, you just have to be OK with racism.

The list of things you had to be OK with was 51 items long, and since Donald’s election, it’s become clear that it should have had several dozen more items.

On June 29, I announced that I was going to start keeping track of all the creepy, unethical, immoral, illegal, or otherwise unAmerican things that Donald was doing, and then compare them to my original list of items from October. This article marks the first installment of what will become a monthly update.

Please note that I’ve broadened some of my original 51 terms somewhat and that I’ve included the statements and actions of Donald’s cabinet and key administration members.

Horrible things said and done by Donald and his minions in July 2017

Summary
In the month of July, 2017, I identified 77 unique items that met one or more of my 51 categories (see below for a complete list).

Date Link Categories
7/1/17 EPA chief pushing governmentwide effort to question climate change science anti-environmentalism, anti-science
7/1/17 Trump’s tweets are “modern day presidential” demagoguery, narcissism
7/2/17 Trump vows to support and defend religious freedom in U.S. Jingoism, Islamophobia, attacking the media
7/2/17 CNN video tweet Attacking the media
7/2/17 Kaspersky willing to turn over source code to US government authoritarianism
7/3/17 Corporate Crime Watchdog Resigns Lying, no business ethics
7/3/17 Trump family conflicts of interest Lying, no business ethics
7/3/17 Donald Trump’s voting fraud panel: What you need to know authoritarianism, fascism (nearly)
7/5/17 Donald Trump Sold Son Eric Two Condos at Half-Price, Avoided Major Taxes no business ethics
7/5/17 Trump Considers Hard Line on Chinese Steel in Advance of G20 Summit China-hating
7/6/17 Western values increasingly endangered by terrorism and extremism, Trump warns Europe Attacking the media, xenophobia, shades of fascism
7/6/17 Trump’s speech in Warsaw Islamophobia, jingoism, anti-NATO, shades of fascism
7/6/17 Trump took a question from a reporter he considered hiring and used it to bash the media attacking the media
7/7/17 Rick Perry flubs supply and demand anti-intellectual
7/8/17 NASA sign said ‘DO NOT TOUCH.’ Pence touched it anyway white male privilege
7/8/17 Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists (appointments to DoE) anti-environmentalism
7/10/17 Battle emerging inside Trump administration over who controls immigration and refugees authoritarianism
7/10/17 Trump extends his feud with former FBI Director Comey authoritarianism
7/10/17 Trump administration officially delays ‘startup visa’ rule xenophobia, anti-intellectual, failed businessman
7/10/17 Smoke Gives Way to Fire in the Trump-Russia Saga (Russian lawyer meeting) Putin/Russia-loving, lying
7/10/17 Trump’s ‘Impenetrable’ Cyber Unit That Never Was Putin/Russia-loving
7/10/17 Comey Lawyer: No memos given to me were marked classified authoritarianism, propagandist, hypocrisy
7/11/17 Trump Jr. Was Told in Email of Russian Effort to Aid Campaign Putin/Russia-loving, authoritarianism
7/11/17 This Is ‘What Political Campaigns Do,’ Sebastian Gorka Says (Russia campaign collusion) Putin/Russia-loving, authoritarianism, fascism
7/11/17 Betsy DeVos meets with ‘men’s rights’ activists Misogyny, homophobia, restricting civil liberties, sexual assault, rape, anti-education
7/11/17 Susan Combs, Fierce Critic of Endangered Species Act, Tapped for Agency in Charge of its Implementation anti-environmentalism
7/11/17 Trump sued for blocking some of his critics on Twitter restricting civil liberties
7/11/17 Boston hospital protests Iranian researcher’s airport detention immigrant hating, Islamophobia
7/11/17 EPA chief wants scientists to debate climate on TV anti-environmentalism, anti-science, climate change denial
7/12/17 Trump and Trump Jr. defend the Russia meeting demagoguery, lying, hypocrisy, attacking the media, narcissism
7/12/17 Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks at the 30th DARE Training Conference racism, attacking equal protection under the law, propagandist
7/12/17 Trump Tax Cuts Cost $7.8 Trillion, Aid Top Earners, Study Finds Trickle-down economics/lower taxes on wealthy, lying
7/12/17 Photo surfaces of evangelical pastors laying hands on Trump in the Oval Office churches in politics, narcissism
7/12/17 Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks homophobia, anti-gay marriage
7/13/17 Trump official apologizes for saying most campus sexual assault accusations come after drunken sex, breakups sexual assault, rape, anti-education, misogyny
7/13/17 Trump: ‘Most people’ would have taken Russian lawyer meeting Putin/Russia-loving, narcissism
7/13/17 Here’s The Speech Jeff Sessions Delivered To Christian First Amendment Lawyers churches back into politics, anti-gay marriage, homophobia
7/13/17 An Analysis of the President’s 2018 Budget trickle-down economics, failed businessman
7/13/17 Trump’s budget would reduce deficit but wouldn’t balance like White House promised, CBO says trickle-down economics
7/13/17 Trump says Mexico wall doesn’t need to cover the whole border lying, demagoguery, propagandist, immigrant hating
7/13/17 DREAMer protections face demise soon by federal courts immigrant hating
7/14/17 Trump: ‘Republican Senators must come through’ on health care bill strip medical insurance
7/14/17 Trump revels in French military pomp far from White House turmoil narcissism
7/14/17 Conway: Hillary Clinton ‘one of the only people’ who believes in Russia collusion lying, propagandist, Putin/Russia-loving, hypocrisy
7/14/17 Vote Fraud Commission Releases Public Comments, Email Addresses And All authoritarianism, fascism, no business ethics
7/15/17 White House launches aggressive push to flip GOP governors opposed to Senate health bill strip medical insurance, authoritarianism
7/16/17 White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week, though many Trump products are made overseas hypocrisy, jingoism
7/17/17 Trump: ‘Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended’ propagandist, hypocrisy
7/17/17 Trump administration suddenly pulls plug on teen pregnancy programs abortion restrictions, strip medical insurance, anti-science, anti-education, misogyny
7/17/17 Trump Says He Has Signed More Bills Than Any President, Ever. He Hasn’t. lying, propagandist
7/17/17 Mitch McConnell Says Senate Will Vote To Repeal Obamacare And Replace It Later strip medical insurance, abortion restrictions
7/17/17 Cameras turned off again for White House press briefing attacking the media
7/18/17 Trump calls for letting Obamacare fail after pushing repeal hours before lying, propagandist, demagoguery, strip medical insurance
7/18/17 Tillerson to shutter war crimes focused State Dept. office: report crimes against humanity, authoritarianism
7/18/17 Trump Just Came Very Close to Killing the Iran Deal nuclear proliferation
7/18/17 Trump: ‘Let Obamacare fail, it will be a lot easier’ strip medical insurance, propagandist, mocking the disabled, social darwinism
7/18/17 Jeff Sessions wants police to take more cash from American citizens restricting civil liberties, racism, against fair trials
7/19/17 Trump had undisclosed second meeting with Putin, White House confirms Putin/Russia-loving, lying, attacking the media, narcissism
7/19/17 I’m a scientist. I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration. anti-science, authoritarianism, equal protection, climate change denial, anti-environmentalism, no business ethics
7/19/17 Trump plays hardball on ObamaCare repeal strip medical insurance, authoritarianism, abortion restrictions, social darwinism
7/19/17 Trump just nominated a climate skeptic to USDA’s top science post anti-science, anti-environmentalism, climate change denial
7/19/17 Hillary, A-Rod, Kate Middleton: The people Trump has knocked for refusing to ‘own it’ hypocrisy
7/19/17 Election commission’s Kris Kobach: ‘We may never know’ who won 2016 popular vote lying, demagoguery, propagandist, voting
7/19/17 Pro-Trump TV pundit’s firm took undisclosed payments from Trump campaign hypocrisy, no business ethics, voting
7/20/17 Foreign-born recruits, promised citizenship by the Pentagon, flee the country to avoid deportation immigrant hating, xenophobia, racism
7/20/17 Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions rule of law, narcissism
7/20/17 Syria war: Trump ‘ends CIA arms programme for rebels’ Putin/Russia-loving
7/20/17 Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation authoritarianism, fascism, hypocrisy, narcissism, Putin/Russia-loving, rule of law, no business ethics
7/22/17 Donald Trump insists he has ‘complete power’ to pardon authoritarianism, narcissism, attacking the media
7/25/17 Trump: ‘I won’t say’ that I should be on Mount Rushmore narcissism
7/25/17 The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump’s hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts fascism, narcissism, hypocrisy, demagoguery, churches in politics
7/26/17 Trump: Transgender people will not be allowed to serve ‘in any capacity’ in the U.S. military restricting civil liberties, equal protection, homophobia
7/26/17 op White House aides press Trump to pull back on Sessions criticism rule of law, authoritarianism, narcissism
7/26/17 Apple Declines to Comment on Donald Trump’s Claim Tim Cook ‘Promised Me 3 Big Plants—Big, Big, Big’ no business ethics, narcissism
7/27/17 Justice Department Says Rights Law Doesn’t Protect Gays homophobia, anti-gay marriage
7/28/17 Trump’s speech encouraging police to be ‘rough,’ annotated fascism, police brutality, demagoguery, restricting civil liberties, rule of law, racism, social Darwinism, narcissism, lying, immigrant hating, xenophobia, dehumanizing, strip medical insurance, hypocrisy, white supremacy,
7/30/17 China must decide on further action against North Korea: U.S. ambassador to U.N. China-hating, jingoism

I’m sure that not everyone will agree with my categories, or that every news article I mention clearly and explicitly contains the category I identified. That’s fine, because that’s not the point of the list.

The point is to remind everyone who voted for Donald that yes, we actually did know he would be this bad before the 2016 election. That he hasn’t “grown into the presidency” or matured in any way (although why anyone would think a 70+ year old man could “mature” is beyond me).

And that the rest of us won’t let Donald’s voters forget it.

Categories of awfulness

Personal morality

  • Adultery
  • Hypocrisy
  • Lying
  • Mocking the disabled
  • Narcissism
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault

Miscellaneous bigotry

  • Anti-gay marriage
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Homophobia
  • Immigrant-hating
  • Islamophobia
  • Misogyny
  • Race baiting
  • Racism
  • Social Darwinism
  • Splitting up immigrant families
  • White male privilege
  • White supremacy
  • Xenophobia (or more broadly, Dehumanizing the Other)

Economic and educational views

  • Anti-Common Core (or more broadly, anti-education)
  • Failed businessman
  • Not honoring contracts (or more broadly, No business ethics)
  • Trickle-down economics/lower taxes on the rich

Anti-scientific views

  • Anti-environmentalism
  • Anti-intellectual
  • Anti-science
  • Anti-vaccination
  • Climate change denial
  • Polluted air (or more broadly, polluted air and water)
  • Rejects GMO foods

Social Policy

  • Abortion restrictions
  • Authoritarianism
  • Churches back into politics
  • Demagoguery
  • Police militarization (or more broadly, police brutality)
  • Propagandist
  • School shootings
  • Strip medical insurance

Anti-civil rights

  • Against fair trials (or more broadly, attacking the rule of law)
  • Easing lawsuits against the media for libel (or more broadly, attacking the media)
  • Eliminating birthright citizenship and equal protection under the law
  • Restricting civil liberties (especially voting restrictions)

Foreign policy and nationalism

  • China-hating
  • Crimes against humanity
  • Fascism
  • Jingoism
  • NATO-hating
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • Putin/Russia-loving

1 reply »

  1. Thought provoking. Everyday I get up and wonder what Trump did while I was sleeping. Then I fully wake and decide I don’t really care. I can’t change Trump or politics or any issues. No amount of Trump bashing will convince his followers or hangers on what a pathetic excuse for a human being they elected. Still, this will catch up to him. Soon. But then we’re stuck dealing with the remainder of his WH staff, including Pence. Ugh!

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