tags: Donald Trump

2015

November

2015 Nov 20
Doomed

Donald Trump truly and seriously suggested that we should force all Muslims in the U.S. to register with the government.

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December

2015 Dec 9
Japanese American Internment and Muslim Immigrant Bans

If not for the gravity of his xenophobic policies and the fact that so many people in the U.S. take him seriously, it's absurd and hilarious that Donald Trump is citing the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII as justification for banning Muslim immigrants.

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2016

February

2016 Feb 19
Donald Trump vs. the Pope

Donald Trump has decided to pick a fight with the Pope. This should be good.

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2016 Feb 27
Taking America Way Back

There are articles asserting that 1 out of 5 Trump supporters oppose the Emancipation Proclamation.

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March

2016 Mar 2
In Case of Recession, Break Glass

Maybe I'm being totally paranoid, but I'm worried about an October surprise, specifically, the stock market crashing and the economy collapsing again.

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2016 Mar 2
Escaping Donald Trump

Dark thought after last night's results: How ironic would it be that when President Trump gets inaugurated and starts rounding people up, the rest of the world would refuse to accept refugees from the U.S.?

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2016 Mar 2
Chris Christie as Reek

Chris Christie as Theon Greyjoy. Donald Trump as Ramsay Bolton. Perfect.

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2016 Mar 2
Blaming the Victims

It's kind of victim-blaming bullshit that people are more angry with people who want to vote their conscience and choose the most progressive candidate than with the assholes who are hell-bent on installing a fascist dictator in the White House.

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2016 Mar 4
Open Tabs

Trying to close down some of the open tabs in Chrome.

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2016 Mar 7
Trumpism

To be certain, the problem isn't Donald Trump. The problem is that a significant proportion of the population of the U.S. believes fascism and/or theocracy are perfectly cromulent solutions for the woes of our country.

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2016 Mar 9
Trumpism

The L.A. Times asks "Is Donald Trump a fascist?".

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2016 Mar 11
Hitler vs. Stalin

It's interesting how Donald Trump calls for the registering and/or deportation of Muslims and Mexicans, the torture and killing of civilians whose family members are suspected of terrorism, more violence against protestors at his rallies and refuses to disavow white supremacist groups supporting him and people are quick to be apologists and say "He's not Hitler!" while Bernie Sanders calls for universal health care, free higher education, and increased regulation of the financial sector and people seem to immediately jump to "He's just like Stalin!"

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2016 Mar 14
Dreaming of the Rocky Mountain Free States

Even though Philip K Dick totally imagined Nazism in the United States, I think even he would be hard-pressed to believe that in 2016 a fascist and a democratic socialist were viable candidates for POTUS.

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2016 Mar 21
American Despotism

I think the fact that Trump will be a despot if elected and already has an obviously despotic personality is readily apparent to (1) anyone who grew up in a developing country (2) anyone whose parents are from a developing country and quite possibly fled to the U.S. because of despotism (3) anyone who actually paid attention in high school history class.

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2016 Mar 21
Being Realistic about Hitler

Godwin's Law becomes extremely unhelpful when discussing actual fascism and despotism. The Nazis may have committed some of the greatest atrocities known to humanity (although the Communists under Stalin and under Mao killed more people) but Hitler is not some incredibly inhuman evil monster that we'll never see again. He may have been evil and monstrous, but his motivations were akin to the motivations of other politicians.

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2016 Mar 21
Hitler Political Timeline

The typical instinct on the Internet is to recoil at any comparison of a contemporary politician to Hitler (thanks, Godwin!) but sometimes you really can't avoid it when someone decides to run on an ultranationalist authoritarian platform.

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May

2016 May 25
Hate Voting

Historically, has there ever been a general election in the U.S. like this where both (presumptive) nominees were so intensely disliked by significant percentages of their own parties?

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June

2016 Jun 2
Who Needs Data Anyway?

I just came across a headline about how Donald Trump has no apparent interest in utilizing the IT infrastructure the Republic National Committee had built up with $100 million since Romney's failed campaign in 2012.

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2016 Jun 7
Abandon Ship

Looks like Donald Trump is too disgusting for even some Republicans.

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2016 Jun 14
Donald Trump and White Supremacy

The sad thing is that if you think about it, white supremacy has been the concept of what it means to be American since before the beginning. Even in the early 20th century some types of white people were considered unassimilable. This didn't really change until the 1960s which saw the (almost) complete legalization of the citizenship of people of color. But I'm certain lots of Americans still think people of color are unassimilable.

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2016 Jun 14
The Utility of Calling It Radical Islam

Like the POTUS, I would also like to know what people think the utility of calling it "radical Islam" is, other than giving people a shoddy excuse to discriminate against, beat up, or kill Muslims or people they think are Muslims.

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July

2016 Jul 29
Bernie or Busters and Moderate Republicans

It is interesting that there seems to be more venom reserved for Bernie-or-busters compared to moderate Republicans who think Trump is a disaster but can't stand the idea of voting for Clinton. Both these demographics' interests can at least be partially served by voting for Clinton, but for some reason, holding out because you're a Republican is more virtuous than holding out because you're a progressive.

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August

2016 Aug 2
Maybe Trump Isn't Hitler

If you don't like comparing Trump to Hitler, maybe you can just compare Trump to Ferdinand Marcos?

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2016 Aug 5
Wannabe Kleptocrat

Most of Trump's economic advisers run hedge funds or are major figures in the real estate industry. Oh, and he has a couple of actual economists, one of whom advised both Reagan and GHWB. Trump basically wants a group of foxes to watch the henhouse. So maybe I'm wrong. Trump isn't a fascist. It looks like he's just a straight-up wannabe kleptocrat.

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2016 Aug 9
Trump vs. Duterte

After Trump declared the Philippines a terrorist nation, Philippine Congressman Joey Salceda has proposed banning Trump from the Philippines.

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2016 Aug 15
The Demise of the Tea Party

I have always been skeptical that the Tea Party was ever really primarily a grassroots movement. Much like Trump, it always looked like an astroturfing corporate-funded money-making scheme meant to capitalize on populist anger (which manifests mainly as virulent anti-government sentiment, xenophobia, and misogyny).

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