Trump Terrible 10: Horseface Caravan Body Slam Edition
While reports of West Wing scuffling exposed Kelly, John, and Corey as the Aryan Three Stooges, and Jared’s favorite monarch continued telling tall tales about the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, POTUS took his own lying, and schoolboy insults, to new lows.
America, if you go to the polls and ratify this vileness, you… Oh America.
Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful people 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 misogyny, 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. Latest White MAGA Lady. Last week’s ranking: –
Holding a countdown spot for all the racist MAGA people who confront and insult people of color just going about their business, this lady yelled at a table of folks at Andy’s restaurant in Lovettsville, VA — some of them visiting from Guatemala — because they were speaking Spanish. Her exact words were, “Go back to your fucking country. You do not fucking come over here and freeload on America.”
I hope this lady takes a tourist jaunt to Spain, speaks English at a restaurant, and gets told to go back to her f***ing country and stop freeloading on Spain.
9. Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce. Last week’s ranking: –
The Supreme Court blocked state attorneys general and civil rights groups from questioning Ross about his decision to add a troubling question about citizenship to the 2020 census. So we might not find out how Ross temporarily forgot, until documents proved it, that he had discussed the issue with Steve Bannon.
8. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education. Last week’s ranking: 9
DeVos’s Department of Education did everything it could to stop a rule allowing students defrauded by for-profit colleges to cancel their federal loans and prohibiting colleges that take federal money from barring student lawsuits. A federal judge declared DeVos’s obstructionism illegal, and now the rule is in effect. Unfortunately, DeVos loves predatory schools and likely will do everything possible to keep obstructing.
7 (tie). Ivanka Trump, Assistant to the President. Last week’s ranking: –
Sure, real estate agents lie sometimes. But this much? And then join the White House staff?
7 (tie). Ted Cruz, United States Senator (R-TX). Last week’s ranking: –
In 2016, Trump labelled Cruz “Lyin’ Ted,” mocked Cruz’s wife’s appearance, and tied Cruz’s father to the JFK assassination. Now that he has felt the heat from Beto, Beautiful Ted has surrendered to King Donald. Sad. Plus, he’s Ted Cruz!
As detailed today by DeSmog, Cruz and a whole bunch of other candidates for office — all Republicans — are perpetuating the lie that human-caused climate change isn’t happening, even as their fellow Americans are suffering from increasingly violent weather. Cruz’s fellow deniers include Clay Higgins (House- LA), Mark Harris (House- NC), Ron DeSantis (Governor- FL), Dana Rohrabacher (House – CA), and Scott Wagner (Governor – PA).
6. Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court. Last week’s ranking: 6
Remember how Kavanaugh was firmly and credibly accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, and also was repeatedly caught lying to the Judiciary Committee about his work in the Bush administration, and then yelled a partisan speech at senators, and then was confirmed by the Senate and warmly welcomed by his collegial Supreme Court colleagues, while made a folk hero by misogynist MAGA culture? That was awesome.
Now Chief Justice John Roberts has taken all the judicial ethics complaints against Kavanaugh and assigned them to Judge Timothy Tymkovich, a hard-line conservative whom Kavanaugh, as a Bush official, lobbied to get confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals. I guess that’s just par for the course at this point, meaning a country club golf course where they serve a lot of beer.
3. John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, 4. John Bolton, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 5. Corey Lewandowski, outside advisor to the President. Last week’s rankings: –
Regarding General Kelly, it’s not so much about the alleged hallway tussles — for the swampy Womp Womp Lewandowski, an assault would have been a taste of his own medicine, and Bolton deserves to be screamed at because he’s an awful policymaker and a blatant presidential sycophant — but Scaramucci is right that Kelly’s endless hissy fits make him the biggest drama queen in a house where he was supposed to babysit. More importantly, it’s now been a full year and Kelly still has not apologized to Representative Frederica Wilson and Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson for his disgraceful and false comments following the death of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson.
2. Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior. Last week’s ranking: –
Maybe, as his spokeswoman claims, Zinke didn’t know about the now-aborted plan to get rid of Interior’s current acting inspector general, Mary Kendall, who has been investigating ethical lapses by Zinke and his lieutenants, and replace her with Suzanne Israel Tufts, a Trump political appointee who has been serving at HUD. Maybe, but I doubt it. What is not disputed is that Kendall just issued a report showing that Zinke sought to make his wife an Interior employee, presumably — although Zinke denies this also — so that the Department could pay for her travel. The report also showed that Zinke took a Park Police security detail on his vacation to Europe and used taxpayer dollars to bring two of his campaign contributors on a trip the Channel Islands in California. Kendall has a lot more allegations about Zinke to probe, at least until Zinke finds a way to get rid of her.
1. Donald J. Trump, President of the United States. Last week’s ranking: Are you serious?
With the election approaching, Trump has ratcheted up the lies to an insane level — Middle Easterners hiding in the Central American caravan; a GOP middle class tax cut by November 1; 500,000, 600,000, no, one million jobs provided by deals with the Saudis.
But lies are just a piece of the inedible pie Trump has baked for us.
Notwithstanding all the vile things the man has already said and done, the idea that a president of the United States, sitting in the White House, would issue a statement referring to a woman as “Horseface” really underscores that he’s the wrong guy for the job.
Switching from Andrew Dice Clay mode to a thoughtful Paulie Walnuts from the Sopranos, Trump mused about how he knows global warming is a hoax, despite the terrible losses of life in recent storms: “I mean, you have scientists on both sides of it. My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years. Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture.”
Asked about an ugly leaked plan by his administration to destroy rights for transgender people, Trump simply claimed, “I’m protecting everybody.”
Always good with money, Trump tried to weasel away from his promise to pay Elizabeth Warren $1 million if a test revealed, which it did, that she has Native American DNA.
Trump told the Associated Press that he’s never visited U.S. troops overseas because he has been “very busy with everything that’s taking place here.” He’s played golf at least 68 times while he was busy.
At a rally in Montana with GOP congressman Greg Gianforte, who notoriously body slammed a Guardian reporter last year for daring to ask a health care question, Trump declared, “Any guy who can do a body slam is my kind of guy.” Amid numerous threats of violence against the media by Trump supporters, and in the wake of the Khashoggi murder, this could not be more vile.
Trump proudly told his Texas rally, “I’m a nationalist. OK? I’m a nationalist… Use that word. Use that word.” I mean, it was good enough for Hitler.
In corruption disgracefulness news, it’s a real possibility that Trump personally stopped the plan to move the FBI headquarters out of DC because he was concerned that a developer could build on the current site a rival to the nearby Trump hotel.
But Trump saved much his most disgraceful disgracefulness this week for trying to help Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman get out of the mess caused by his goons murdering Khashoggi.
Among other things, Trump lied by saying he has no financial interests in Saudi Arabia.
Trump cautioned against a rush to judgment against the Saudis with a great example: “I think we have to find out what happened first. You know, here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh.” Yeah, and we also went through that with the Central Park 5, all Muslims, and almost all Mexicans.
After speaking with King Salman, Trump said basically what he said after he spoke with Putin about hacking the U.S. election. “It wasn’t like there was a question in his mind. The denial was very strong,” Trump said about the Saudi king. “With that being said, the king firmly denied any knowledge of it. He didn’t really know — maybe — I don’t want to get into his mind but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers, who knows. We are going to try to get to the bottom of it very soon. But his was a flat denial.” Yes, rogue killers snuck into the Saudi consulate and killed Khashoggi, and then snuck the body out.
Of course, in the face of a huge amount of damning evidence, the Saudis have now given up on those lies. But Trump is still looking for a way to let the Crown Prince off the hook; he says he hopes MBS wasn’t involved, and he sent Steve Mnuchin to sit across from the young tyrant on matching thrones. After all, there are those hundreds of thousands, or a million jobs, at stake. Who knows? He has a natural instinct for these things.
Trump is again number one — the most disgraceful person in Trump world. Trump is not merely a disgrace; he’s a total and complete disgrace.
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