Special Bulletin: Donald Trump: Helpful Reminders from The Washington Post

We suspect that there are not a great many supporters of Donald Trump among readers of RINOcracy.com, but we all have friends, neighbors or relatives who may be. If you should engage them in the kind of quiet and civil conversation that RINOs favor, we thought it might be handy to have in your pocket a brief catalog of Trumpian statements that have convinced us that Donald is unfit for the presidency. As it happens, The Washington Post provided just such a catalog, and we reproduce it here in its entirety.                                                     *   *   *   *   *

Softening on Trump? Remember This.

DO YOU remember when Donald Trump crudely mocked the disability of a New York Times reporter, and then lied about having done so?

No? That’s just as the Republican candidate might hope. Now that he is nearing the Republican nomination, he says he will become more “presidential.” After winning the New York primary, he referred to “Senator Cruz” instead of “Lyin’ Ted.” You can expect multitudes of office-seekers and sycophants to follow Chris Christie’s craven path to believing, or pretending to believe, in a presidential Trump.

So it is important to remember.

Remember that Mr. Trump said that Mexicans crossing the border are rapists, though “some, I assume, are good people.”

Remember that Mr. Trump falsely claimed that thousands of American Muslims had celebrated the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Remember that Mr. Trump insulted Carly Fiorina for her appearance: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?”

Remember, now that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has sought to make peace with Mr. Trump, that he insinuated that she had asked him a tough question because she was menstruating: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

Remember that he called her a bimbo, sick, overrated and crazy.

Remember that Mr. Trump lashed out at Ms. Kelly in the first place because she had recited some of the other names he has used for women he disliked: “ ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals.’ . . . You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.”

Remember that Mr. Trump, who never served in the armed forces, said that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was “not a war hero.” Mr. McCain, after being shot down over North Vietnam, endured 5½ years of torture and solitary confinement as he repeatedly refused offers of liberation unless all of his fellow prisoners would also be freed. “I like people who weren’t captured,” Mr. Trump said.

Remember how Mr. Trump threatened a Chicago family who donated to a PAC opposing his candidacy: “They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!”

Remember that Mr. Trump threatened and disparaged not just reporters who angered him but freedom of the press overall with a vow to “open up” the libel laws.

Remember that Mr. Trump vowed to ban Muslims from entering the country, though he never explained how he would enforce this edict.

Remember that Mr. Trump promised to round up 11 million undocumented immigrants and deport them, in what would be the largest forced population movement since Pol Pot’s genocide of the Cambodian people, though he never explained how he would go about doing so.

Remember that he cited “Operation Wetback” as a humane model for such a roundup.

Remember that Mr. Trump promised to order American soldiers and intelligence officers to torture their prisoners.

Remember that Mr. Trump, unlike virtually every scientist in the world, is “not a great believer in man-made climate change.”

Remember Mr. Trump’s answer when asked whether there are racial disparities in law enforcement: “I’ve read where there are and I’ve read where there aren’t. I mean, I’ve read both. And, you know, I have no opinion on that.”

Remember that Mr. Trump said he would like to punch a protester in the face.

Remember that Mr. Trump waxed nostalgic for “the old days,” when protesters would be “carried out on stretchers.”

Remember that Mr. Trump said he would consider paying the legal fees for supporters who attacked protesters at his rally.

Remember that Mr. Trump defended his campaign manager after the campaign manager roughly grabbed a reporter and then denied having touched her and called her “delusional” when she complained.

Remember that Mr. Trump threatened to “spill the beans” on Mr. Cruz’s wife to retaliate for an independent PAC ad that angered him.

Remember that Mr. Trump lied about President Obama’s birth certificate. Remember that he lied about Mr. Obama planning to admit 200,000 Syrian refugees. Remember that he lied about President George W. Bush trying to silence him because he supposedly opposed the Iraq War. Remember that he lied about the unemployment rate, the cost of building a border wall, the amount he could save by changing Medicare’s drug plan and many other things.

Remember that Mr. Trump vowed to kill the innocent children of suspected terrorists.

“Winning is the antidote to a lot of things,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said earlier this year. As Mr. Trump marches toward 1,237 delegates, others will emulate that amoral embrace.

So remember. Winning is not an antidote to bigotry, violence, ignorance, insults and lies.

9 thoughts on “Special Bulletin: Donald Trump: Helpful Reminders from The Washington Post

  • In terms of Obama’s Cameron presser, yes, he was poised and sounded very professorial, very well informed, but that there is the issue – he’s the POTUS. Discretion is the rule of the day. He should have simply said ~ “I said what I said, and David and I have had a free and full discussion of our respective views, and the implications of any decision of this magnitude, and I respect the UK’s process and I respect the decisions to be made by it’s citizens, and you don’t need to hear anymore from me about it. Let’s move on.”

  • Hi Doug,
    Yes, I saw the piece in the Wash Post (I live in DC, so it was delivered to my door), but thanks so much for disseminating it to those on your list who live
    elsewhere. Dana Milbank also wrote a column citing many of the same “Trumpisms,” and asking anyone with more examples to contact him, as he is attempting to amass a full compendium.
    Did you also see the TV interview with one of the Koch bros, in which he hinted that he might find Hillary preferable?
    I know that you and most of your fellow-RINOs are no fans of President Obama (and as a Dem/DINO, I am not without my own criticisms), but the dignified, thoughtful way in which Obama handled the joint press conference with David Cameron in London the other day provided such stark contrast to Trump’s ignorant bombast, took my breath away.
    Alas, poor Kasich.

  • The plot in this movie thickens. What will happen in Cleveland? Don’t plan on pretty!
    Now where is the HillBilly list of offenses?
    Both front runners should get equal scrutiny.

    • My own view is that Trump is unique in the quantity of of false and outrageous statements that he has made. If I find a comparable catalog for Hillary or other candidates, it will be published.

  • Can we anticipate a similar review of the false, irresponsible, self serving,,self aggrandizing statements and possibley illegal actions of the remaining presidential candidates by the Washington Post?
    As the owner publisher and distributor of more than two and one half million magazines and journals annually, our mantra was “full disclosure and fair balanced”.
    Shouldn’t we excpect and demand the same from our presidential candidates.?

    • See my reply to Jake Boyd. RINOcracy.com has been critical, in varying degrees, of all candidates,including ones we have favored (initially Bush, currently Kasich). We do not feel any obligation to be balanced in the sense of being equally critical of all. If readers have a different view, they are free to share it.

  • Good reminders all. Just wish the Post had also given us a list of Ms. Clinton’s fabrications and lies. Nothing for me to choose from here!

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