Donald Trump’s depravity has been fairly well documented. Without a doubt he’s been the most vile mainstream candidate American politics has seen in quite some time, if not ever. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’m absolutely embarrassed someone like him has managed to ascend to the top of one of our nation’s two largest political parties. It’s not just because I’m a progressive; quite a few Republicans are embarrassed he’s their party’s presidential frontrunner as well.
But as humans we tend to forget things over time. Take for instance how some people have forgotten the catastrophic mess President Obama inherited when he first assumed office thanks to Bush’s disastrous eight years.
So I thought I’d put together a collection of Trump comments he’s made since he declared his candidacy for president in June. I think putting them all in one place helps to fully realize how despicable he truly is.
Clearly it all started at his campaign announcement when he called most Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Then just over a week after degrading Mexicans, he mocked John McCain’s war record. Yes, he mocked a veteran and former POW:
“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
Keep in mind, Trump never served in the military.
Then we can’t forget his sexist comment about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly following the first GOP presidential debate:
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her—wherever.”
Oh, we can’t forget when he called supporters of his who brutally assaulted a homeless Latino man “passionate.”
Then there was that time he mocked fellow GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s appearance:
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
I’m sure the fact that Fiorina is a woman had nothing to do with this blatantly sexist comment.
Who remembers when he said that he doesn’t think the Fourteenth Amendment is Constitutional?:
“Many lawyers are saying that’s not the way it is in terms of this. They are saying it is not going to hold up in court. It will have to be tested but they say it will not hold up in court.”
Just more anti-immigrant rhetoric from the leading GOP presidential candidate.
Then we get to these last few weeks which have seen Trump go even further off the deep end. Twice he’s called for the potential closing of mosques, while suggesting that he might support a registry and national database to track Muslims.
Then he stated that a Black Lives Matter protester who was assaulted at one of his events might have deserved to be “roughed up.” Because nothing says “presidential” quite like advocating for violence against those with whom you disagree.
Apparently to keep his racist theme going, he tweeted out a disgustingly inaccurate graph specifically meant to paint African-Americans as bloodthirsty murderers responsible for nearly all gun-related deaths. But it’s okay, because as he told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, he shouldn’t be expected to fact-check every statistic he shares.
Yeah, we definitely wouldn’t want a presidential candidate to care about ensuring that racially inflammatory rhetoric was actually, you know, factual. How silly of us.
Then last week in an attempt to really ratchet up his anti-Muslim rhetoric, he made the completely ridiculous claim that he witnessed “thousands and thousands” of people celebrating in New Jersey as the World Trade Center buildings came down on September 11. He continues to insist this is true, even though there’s not a single shred of video evidence anywhere to back up his absurd statement.
In fact, his campaign actually accused the media – all of it apparently – of being a part of a giant conspiracy to hide the evidence of the “thousands and thousands” of people he claims to have witnessed celebrating on 9/11.
Then in Trump’s own defense of his 9/11 myth, he proceeded to mock the physical disabilities of a New York Times reporter because he basically said Trump’s claim is unfounded bullshit.
Keep in mind, all of this has happened in just the last few months. I’m not even getting into the seemingly endless list of offensive things he’s said and done throughout the rest of his life.
But when you put them all together like this, I think it helps to paint a more complete picture of just how sick and vile Donald Trump really is.
If that doesn’t do it, this reminder should:
Ladies and gentlemen, your Republican presidential frontrunner openly and brazenly mocking the physical disability of a human being.