Trump Terrible 10: Turkey Pardon Edition
I got a call from Bernie Bernstein of the Washington Post, offering me $300 to keep writing this feature. I was caught off-guard and blurted that I would probably still write it even without the money. I really regret that.
But I’m thankful this week that we’re at 10 months out of 48 and we haven’t yet all died in a nuclear war.
Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in Trump world.
Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, has met its abusive dream mate with the kleptocratic administration of President Donald J. Trump. Trump and his lieutenants personify how money and greed, mixed with disrespect for constitutional values, know-nothing ignorance, serious bigotry, and an endless capacity for lying, can really, really corrupt democracy.
Permanent spoiler alert: We can’t imagine anyone other than Donald Trump ever occupying the top spot in the rankings. But we won’t get tired of him winning. Believe me.
10. Donald Trump, Jr., Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions, The Trump Organization. Last week’s ranking: 9
Dad’s decision to loosen restrictions on the import of elephant parts from Zimbabwe and Zambia gives wild tweeter / collusion attempter Don Jr. time to kill before he goes to prison.
9. Stephen Bannon, executive chairman, Breitbart, and former Chief Strategist to the President. Last week’s ranking: 8
He must be so proud of Roy Moore.
UPDATE 11-18-17: Sheldon Adelson and even patrons the Mercers are walking away from Bannon’s bigoted, incompetent, Moore-tainted “vanity project.”
8. Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. Last week’s ranking: 6
Weirdo climate change deniers may mimic Pruitt and complain behind closed doors that he’s not sufficiently hard-core, but the EPA director’s real patrons — big oil, gas, coal, and chemical companies — are plenty satisfied with his wholesale abandonment of environmental protections.
7. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education. Last week’s ranking: 7
At the opening session of a series of public meetings to dismantle protections for students and taxpayers against crooked for-profit colleges, it was clear that the DeVos Department has stacked the deck, loading up the panel with people tied to for-profit schools, including some of the worst actors in the industry; limiting discussions to the parameters of shockingly one-sided issue papers drafted by her team; and refusing to allow attendees to record the event.
5 & 6. Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, and Louise Linton, First Lady of Money. Last week’s ranking: —
What’s next for the entitled duo? Will Louise demand that Steve’s face go on the money, or her face?
#adorable #deplorable #shameless
3 & 4. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, and Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House. Last week’s ranking: 2 & 3
The GOP is now entirely a pay-to-play operation, and one that counts on the American people not to notice. Exhibit A: Tax “reform” bill that mostly involves the transfer of money from the middle class to the ultra-rich.
2. Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President. Last week’s ranking:–
How many times can one dog eat your homework? Is it even physically possible to leave so much information out of your federal disclosure forms and responses to investigators? Once again, kudos to Jared’s award-winning ethics lawyer, Jamie Gorelick.
1. Donald J. Trump, President of the United States. Last week’s ranking: duh
Trump has attacked Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, and now Al Franken over sexual abuse charges, but his only response to the sixteen women who have asserted that he abused them — just as he bragged to Billy Bush that he abused them — has been to call them all liars and threaten to sue. That makes Trump the Roy Moore of the East, except much worse.
Although Trump has repeatedly insisted that he has little time to watch TV, he tweeted this week, “While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is. Loser!” Since Trump has little time to watch TV, I guess he did not mean he was “forced” to watch CNN because there was nothing else on TV. He must mean that he was forced at gunpoint to watch by President Duterte’s men. They are tough.
People of good will hoped that, in the holiday spirit, Trump would apologize to Marco Rubio for calling him a “choke artist” after Trump found out this week how hard it is to locate, open, and drink from a bottle of water. Not yet.
Meanwhile, us taxpayers are paying for Justice Department lawyers to defend Trump’s troubling, illegal insistence on continuing to earn big money from his businesses while he’s president.
This article also appears on HuffPost.