American Culture

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

North Korea, Charlottesville, and at least 96 other horrible things said or done by Donald and his minions in August 2017.

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In August the President threatened war (likely nuclear) with North Korea. He blamed both sides – Nazis and white supremacists vs. counter-protesters – for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. He threatened to send immigrants who entered the US illegally as small children to foreign countries they’ve never known as home. And his minions supported selling surplus military gear to police, making it harder for minorities to vote, and the rights of rapists over the rights of their victims.

All in all, August was a bad month for American values.

In the month of August, 2017, I identified 97 unique items that met one or more of my 51 categories (see below for a complete list).

Date Link Categories
8/1/17 Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer no business ethics, hypocrisy, authoritarianism
8/1/17 Behind Fox News’ Baseless Seth Rich Story: The Untold Tale authoritarianism, lying, hypocrisy, no business ethics, attacking the media?
8/1/17 Trump on tricky legal ground with ‘Obamacare’ threat strip medical insurance, rule of law, no business ethics, propagandist
8/1/17 GOP House member calls on Mueller to resign rule of law, authoritarianism
8/1/17 White House says Trump ‘weighed in as any father would’ on misleading statement about Donald Jr.’s Russia meeting demagoguery, authoritarianism, narcissism, propagandist
8/1/17 Homeland Security To Waive Environmental Rules On Border Wall Projects anti-environmentalism, rule of law
8/1/17 Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions anti-intellectual, white supremacy, white male privilege, anti-education
8/1/17 Full transcript: Trump’s Wall Street Journal interview TBD
8/2/17 U.S. test-launches ICBM off California to show ability to ‘defend against attacks’ jingoism
8/2/17 Trump backs plan that would curb legal immigration racism, xenophobia, immigrant hating, split up immigrant families
8/2/17 Trump rips Congress, brags about deal-making prowess in Russian sanctions statement Putin-loving, authoritarianism
8/2/17 Tillerson spurns $80 million to counter ISIS, Russian propaganda Putin-loving, anti-intellectual
8/2/17 Trump says Boy Scouts called to tell him his speech was the ‘greatest.’ He appears to have imagined this. lying, narcissism, propagandist
8/3/17 Attorney general threatens to punish Stockton, San Bernardino and other ‘sanctuary cities’ authoritarianism, rule of law, immigrant hating, racism
8/4/17 DOJ warns the media could be targeted in crackdown on leaks attacking the media
8/6/17 ‘This is a war’: Trump goes on offensive to spread distrust of Mueller investigation rule of law, authoritarianism
8/6/17 Kellyanne Conway makes mind-blowing pivot to Benghazi when grilled about Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting hypocrisy, demagoguery, propagandist
8/7/17 Trump says his political base is ‘stronger than ever’ despite polling to the contrary attacking the media, narcissism, lying, hypocrisy, demogoguery
8/7/17 USDA has begun censoring use of the term ‘climate change’, emails reveal climate change denial, anti-environmentalism
8/7/17 Fake News? Trump Launches ‘Real News’ Series narcissism, propagandist, demagoguery, attacking the media, fascism, lying, hypocrisy
8/7/17 Sessions blasts Rahm Emanuel over sanctuary suit rule of law, lying, race baiting, racism, immigrant hating, social Darwinism
8/7/17 The RNC says Trump’s jobs numbers are ‘unprecedented,’ because words don’t matter anymore hypocrisy, narcissism, demagoguery, propagandist, authoritarianism
8/8/17 Justice Department reverses position to support Ohio purging inactive voters in high-profile case Voting, rule of law, racism, whilte supremacy, fascism
8/8/17 Trump warns North Korea will be “met with fire and fury” jingoism, nuclear proliferation, demagoguery, anti-intellectual
8/8/17 Trump says he’ll beat opioid epidemic with law-and-order approach hypocrisy, racism, rule of law, authoritarianism
8/8/17 Sebastian Gorka defends Trump’s silence on Minnesota mosque bombing: It could be a “fake hate crime” hypocrisy, islamophobia, anti-semitism
8/8/17 Trump White House weighs unprecedented plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan fascism, crimes against humanity, jingoism, rule of law
8/8/17 President Trump has sent private messages to Russia special counsel Robert Mueller hypocrisy, rule of law, Putin-loving
8/8/17 Remarks by President Trump Before a Briefing on the Opioid Crisis demagoguery, propagandist, police militarization, racism
8/9/17 Trump Is the ‘Most Gifted Politician’ of Our Time, Says Stephen Miller narcissism, demagoguery, propagandist, attacking the media, lying
8/9/17 ‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,’ evangelical adviser says churches back in politics, white supremacy, dehumanizing Other, hypocrisy, nuclear proliferation,
8/9/17 North Korea warned by Mattis not to invite ‘destruction’ jingoism, nuclear proliferation
8/9/17 Media scholar on Trump TV: “This is Orwellian, and it’s happening right now, right here” authoritarianism, propagandist, demagoguery, fascism, jingoism
8/10/17 President Trump Thanks Putin For Ordering Expulsion Of U.S. Diplomats From Russia Putin/Russia loving, demagoguery
8/10/17 DeVos Has Invested Millions Into Company Claiming To Treat ADHD, Autism no business ethics
8/10/17 Here’s the Memo That Blew Up the NSC authoritarianism, fascism, narcissism
8/11/17 President Trump’s dam-bursting Q&A session, annotated demagoguery, propagandist, jingoism, nuclear proliferation, anti-intellectual, hypocrisy, lying, Putin/Russia-loving,
8/12/17 Trump blames ‘many sides’ after violent white supremacist rally in Virginia fascism, white supremacy, racism, white male privilege, anti-Semitism, misogyny
8/14/17 Trump’s campaign sparks backlash over new ad calling journalists and Democrats the ‘enemies’ authoritarianism, attacking the media
8/14/17 Trump ‘Seriously Considering’ a Pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio attacking hte rule of law, authoritarianism, immigrant-hating, racism
8/14/17 Trump administration demands data on over a million visitors to anti-Trump site authoritarianism, restricting civil liberties, fascism,
8/15/17 Controversial Trump Aide Katharine Gorka Helped End Funding For Group That Fights White Supremacy fascism, racism, white supremacy, authoritarianism
8/15/17 Trump’s retweet storm: A Pizzagate conspiracy theorist, a train hitting CNN, and accusations of fascism fascism, racism, white supremacy
8/15/17 Trump to revoke Obama-era flood risk building standards anti-science, climate change denial
8/15/17 Trump blames ‘both sides’ for Charlottesville violence narcissism, fascism, authoritarianism, racism, white supremacy
8/16/17 Sessions, in Miami, Bashes Chicago’s Sanctuary Policies lying, propagandist, rule of law, immigrant-hating
8/16/17 The Latest: VA secretary defends Trump remarks demagoguery, propagandist, anti-Semitism, racism, white supremacy
8/16/17 U.S. talks tough on trade deficit as NAFTA discussions begin lying, hypocrisy, anti-intellectual, jingoism,
8/16/17 Bannon says US locked in ‘economic war’ with China, slams White House colleagues China-hating, racism, hypocrisy
8/16/17 US Ends Program for Central American Minors Fleeing Violence immigrant-hating, racism, social Darwinism, splitting up immigrant families
8/16/17 President’s lawyer jumps into racial controversy by forwarding inflammatory email lying, racism, white supremacy
8/17/17 Trump mourns loss of ‘beautiful statues and monuments’ in wake of Charlottesville rally over Robert E. Lee statue racism, white supremacy, hypocrisy, lying, anti-intellectual, race baiting
8/20/17 Mnuchin says he’s staying at Treasury, defends Trump after classmates’ call to resign racism, white supremacy, social Darwinism
8/20/17 The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change anti-science, anti-environmentalism, climate change denial, authoritarianism
8/21/17 Full Text And Analysis: Trump’s Address On Afghanistan, Plans For U.S. Engagement jingoism, narcissism, demagoguery, lying
8/21/17 Under Trump Rule, Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able To Sue After Abuse Equal protection under the law, mocking the disabled, social Darwinism
8/21/17 Trump Administration Moves to Expand Deportation Dragnet to Jails immigrant-hating, splitting up immigrant families, authortarianism, fascism, racism
8/21/17 Trump takes in eclipse from White House anti-science
8/21/17 Trump nominee Sam Clovis: ‘As far as we know’ homosexuality’s a choice, ‘logical’ LGBT protections could lead to legalization of pedophilia anti-intellectual, homophobia, anti-gay marriage
8/22/17 Interior Dept. halts study into Appalachian mining technique’s likely health hazards anti-environmentalism, anti-science, polluted air, polluted water
8/22/17 Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump’s frequent travel, large family hypocrisy, narcissism
8/23/17 President Trump Ranted For 77 Minutes in Phoenix. Here’s What He Said narcissism, white supremacy, attacking the rule of law, attacking the media, demagoguery, propagandist, hypocrisy, lying, jingoism, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, immigrant hating, authoritarianism, anti-education, trickle-down economics
8/23/17 After angry rally, Trump calls for healing in Nevada narcissism, hypocrisy, jingoism
8/23/17 Another US agency deletes references to climate change on government website climate change denial
8/23/17 Trump administration calls out Egypt on human rights hypocrisy
8/24/17 Trump retweets image of him covering up Obama in ‘best eclipse ever’ narcissim, white male privilege, racism
8/24/17 Interior secretary recommends Trump alter at least three national monuments, including Bears Ears anti-environmentalism, not honoring contracts
8/24/17 The Trump Administration Just Approved a Dangerous Merger trickle-down economics, hypocrisy
8/24/17 At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally Putin/Russa-loving, authoritarianism
8/25/17 Trump slams another Republican senator, warning Bob Corker that ‘Tennessee not happy!’ authoritarianism, hypocrisy
8/25/17 Critics said Trump’s ‘religious liberty’ order does nothing. The administration’s lawyers seem to agree. lying, hypocrisy, churches back in politics
8/25/17 TVA move toward more NEPA exemptions concerns environmental groups anti-environmentalism, polluted air, polluted water
8/25/17 EPA ends sponsorship of climate leadership program climate change denial, anti-environmentalism
8/26/17 Trump asked Sessions about closing case against Arpaio, an ally since ‘birtherism’ authoritarianism, police militarization, against fair trials, attacking the rule of law, equal protection under the law, immigrant-hating, racism, splitting up immigrant families, xenophobia, dehumanizing the Other, fascism, police brutality
8/27/17 Trump rolling back limits on military gear for police police militarization, authoritarianism, fascism
8/27/17 Exclusive: Trump vents in Oval Office, “I want tariffs. Bring me some tariffs!” jingoism, China-hating, propagandist, authoriarianism
8/28/17 Trump Was Trying to Build a Tower in Moscow During the Campaign no business ethics, hypocrisy, lying, Putin/Russia-loving
8/28/17 Trump’s Judges: A Second Front in the Environmental Onslaught anti-environmentalism, attacking the rule of law, polluted air, polluted water
8/28/17 Accused students find sympathetic ear with Trump administration Misogyny, white male privilege, sexual assault, rape
8/28/17 Scientist asked to remove ‘climate change’ from grant blames ‘the ongoing politicization of science’ climate change denial
8/28/17 Trump Eyed ‘Far Higher’ Ratings in Pardoning Joe Arpaio as Hurricane Hit narcissism, immigrant-hating, racism, splitting up immigrant families, white male privilege, xenophobia, dehumanizing Other
8/28/17 Trump Administration Adds Extra Hurdle for Green Cards immigrant-hating, hypocrisy, authoritarianism, xenophobia
8/28/17 Controversial Culture Warrior Lands Mystery Job in the Trump Administration white male privilege, churches back into politics, abortion restrictions, anti-intellectual, no business ethics, social Darwinism
8/28/17 9th Circuit hears fight over interpretation of Trump travel ban splitting up immigrant families, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, attacking the rule of law, authoritarianism
8/28/17 NRA Official Lands Seat On National Park Foundation Board authoritarianism, anti-environmentalism, anti-science
8/29/17 Trump Fires Longtime Event Organizer Over Sparse Crowd at Phoenix Rally narcissism, propagandist, lying
8/29/17 Trump administration asks judge to dismiss suit filed by Wisconsin atheist group churches back into politics, equal protection under the law
8/29/17 Finnish president denies Trump claim of fighter jets sale narcissism
8/29/17 The Gorka That Matters Isn’t Leaving The Trump Administration Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, xenophobia
8/29/17 After Critical Fox Segment, Trump Claims He Purposefully Left Admin Posts Open narcissism, authoritarianism, propagandist
8/29/17 EPA says climate scientists trying to ‘politicize’ Texas storm climate change denial, anti-science, propaganda
8/30/17 Trump administration halts Obama-era rule to shrink the gender wage gap Misogyny, hypocrisy, white male privilege, social Darwinism
8/30/17 Trump administration selects former DeVry official to lead college enforcement unit anti-education, no business ethics, anti-intellectual
8/30/17 Trump Administration Puts on Hold an Obama-Era Desegregation Effort racism, social Darwinism, white male vrivilege, anti-education, hypocrisy
8/30/17 Trump pitches tax reform to ‘bring back Main Street’ lower taxes on the rich, propagandist
8/31/17 Trump administration to get away with alleged intimidation tactics authoritarianism
8/31/17 Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin just put Harriet Tubman’s role on the $20 bill in question racism, white supremacy, white male privilege

We knew Donald was a horrible human being before the 2016 election. We haven’t forgotten, and we won’t let anyone who voted for Donald pretend that they didn’t know it either.

Horrible categories

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