153 things Donald Trump has said and done that, in a normal election, would disqualify a nominee
The saddest part is, we could keep going.
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Has any major party nominee for president in history been less qualified to be president of the United States than Donald Trump?
We set out to answer that question.
Here’s our (incomplete, not-at-all-comprehensive-but-still-terrifying) list of 153 things Trump has said or done that prove just how unfit he is to be our next president (and a reminder how important it is that we tell our friends to vote).
Donald Trump literally:
- Said he “could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and … wouldn’t lose any voters.”
- Suggested the mother of a fallen Muslim American soldier did not speak at the DNC because her husband wouldn’t let her: “Maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say—you tell me.” (In reality, she has a hard time discussing her late son in public because she is still grieving the loss)
Spent five years refusing to admit that President Obama was born in the U.S.—and still hasn’t apologized.
- Said, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
- Tried to reach out to Latino voters on Cinco de Mayo by tweeting a picture of a taco bowl, saying, “I love Hispanics.”
- Said that wages in America are already “too high.”
- Said John McCain was “not a war hero” because he “like[s] people who weren’t captured.”
- Pointed at an African American supporter at his rally, and shouted, “Look at my African American over here!”
- Encouraged a foreign country to commit espionage in the U.S., calling on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Called for a ban on an entire group of people based on their religion, advocating for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
- Defended this ban on Muslims by comparing it favorably to Japanese internment camps.
- Refused to disavow white supremacist David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan four times in one interview.
- Would not promise to support a Democrat over former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, because his decision would “[depend] on who the Democrat [was].”
- Repeatedly called the U.S. military a “disaster” and said “the military is in shambles.”
- Suggested that African Americans need to be incentivized to work and need jobs “where they’re making more money than sitting back and doing nothing.”
- Said he got his military advice from “the shows.”
- Claimed that going to prep school at the New York Military Academy left him with “more training militarily than a lot of guys that go into the military,” even though he repeatedly dodged the Vietnam War draft.
- Confused the Kurds, a crucial partner in the Middle East, with the Quds—Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
- Said that Black Lives Matter “ignited” police killings, claiming that “a lot of people” believe the organization is “inherently racist.”
- Didn’t know the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas.
- Admitted he didn’t know who Hezbollah and ISIS leaders, like Hassan Nasrallah and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, were—one time stating that “we don’t even really know who the leader is” of ISIS.
- Had no idea that Russia already invaded Ukraine in 2014, promising that Russia is “not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down.”
Said his No. 1 source for foreign policy advice was himself, because “I have a very good brain, and I’ve said a lot of things.”
- Claimed to know “more about ISIS than the generals do.”
- Lied about having seen “thousands and thousands” of Muslims cheering the 9/11 attacks from New Jersey.
- Took $150,000 from a program designed to help small businesses in the aftermath of 9/11.
- Spent 15 years lying about both his personal attachment to 9/11, and his commitment to helping New York recover.
Bragged about his building becoming the tallest in Lower Manhattan after the collapse of the World Trade Center—on September 11th, 2001.
- Repeatedly used his charity as a front to buy influence—once making an illegal contribution to Pam Bondi, the attorney general of Florida, just before she decided not to investigate allegations of fraud against Trump University.
- Ran a massive scam in the form of Trump University—a “school” that promised to “teach you better than the best business school,” even though it did not confer credit.
- Coerced the people who could least afford it into spending an obscene amount of money on the fraudulent Trump University
Said “you have to treat ‘em [women] like shit.”
- Argued that hosting beauty pageants counted as foreign policy experience, saying: “I know Russia well—I had a major event in Russia two or three years ago. Miss Universe contest, which was a big, big incredible event—an incredible success.”
- Mocked a reporter with a disability.
- Claimed he had more foreign policy experience than “virtually anybody” because he had “made a fortune” in international business deals.
- Essentially blamed students for the student debt crisis, saying “You’ve got to get jobs”
Claimed that he’s “really good at war” and declared, “I love war, in a certain way.”
- Said he’d “always wanted to get a Purple Heart,” even though, once again, he received several draft deferments during the Vietnam War.
- Argued that the reason he doesn’t know who Al-Baghdadi or other terrorist leaders is that he’s never met with them—but implied that if he were president, he certainly would.
- Didn’t realize Belgium was a country, referring to it as a “beautiful city.”
- Claimed the U.S. wouldn’t default on its debt because “you print the money.”
- Said it would be totally fine if we defaulted because “if the economy crashed, you could make a deal.”
- Said he doesn’t view transgender rights as “civil rights.”
- Opposed exceptions for a woman’s health because he thought it would become an excuse to seek an abortion: “You have a cold, and you’re going to end up having an abortion.”
- Regularly praises and defends Vladimir Putin as a “leader” who is “getting an ‘A’,” and has even described him more favorably than President Obama.
- Bragged about Putin calling him a “genius” (actually, Putin simply referred to him as “colorful”).
- Praised Putin—and lauded his approval rating—at the same forum where he insulted America’s generals and suggested he would fire them.
- Defended Russia and attacked U.S. foreign policy on Russia’s state-owned propaganda network.
- Repeatedly lies about opposing the Iraq War (he supported it). In fact, the article he cites as proof of his disagreement with the decision to invade Iraq was written over a year after we deployed troops.
Referred to a paralyzed news commentator as “a guy that can’t buy a pair of pants.”
- Hired Breitbart’s Steve Bannon as his campaign CEO to the delight of the white supremacist alt-right.
- Tripled down on his support for an anti-semitic tweet (featuring Hillary Clinton, the Star of David, and a pile of money), saying his campaign “shouldn’t have taken it down.”
- Wrote a tweet so offensive that the speaker of the House called it “anti-semitic” and said it had “no place in a presidential campaign.”
- Blamed crime in major cities on Hispanics and African Americans, citing “statistics” that “According to Bill O’Reilly, 80 percent of all the shootings in New York City are blacks—if you add Hispanics, that figure goes to 98 percent.”
Kicked off his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists.
- Claimed that “half” of undocumented immigrants are criminals. (False.)
- Insisted on using the offensive term “anchor baby,” dismissing critics as “politically correct.”
- Launched a series of attacks on a federal judge that Paul Ryan referred to as “textbook” racism, saying it was “common sense” that the judge, who was born in Indiana, would be biased because of his “Mexican heritage.”
- Regularly refers to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”
Impersonated Asians at a rally using a stereotypical voice—saying things like, “We want deal.”
- Compared his sacrifices—of working “very, very hard” and “buil[ding] great structures”—to the sacrifices of a Gold Star family.
- Said a Muslim judge “absolutely” might treat him unfairly because of his proposed ban.
- Repeatedly invoked stereotypes about Jewish people in a speech to Jewish leaders, saying that they were “not going to support [him] because [he doesn’t] want [their] money.”
- Told a group of Jewish Republicans: “I’m a negotiator, like you folks.”
- Attacked Ted Cruz’s wife, mocking her appearance and saying he’d “spill the beans” on her.
- Repeatedly propagated a conspiracy theory linking Ted Cruz’s father to President Kennedy’s assassination.
- Said that assaults on protesters at his rallies were “very, very appropriate.”
- Defended the assault of a protester at his rally, saying, “Maybe he should have been roughed up” because he was “so obnoxious.”
- Reminisced about the “old days” when protesters used to be “carried off on a stretcher.”
- Attacked fire marshals for doing their jobs.
- Resorts to calling his opponents names, like “Liddle Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted.”
- Used a charity event for veterans for political gain—then didn’t give the money to the organization until the media called him out on it. (And never gave the $6 million he claimed to have raised.)
Suggested there needed to be “some form of punishment” to women who get abortions.
- Hoped that women who experience sexual harassment at the workplace would “find another career or find another company.”
- Repeatedly makes patronizing comments to female reporters, telling one she was “very beautiful” and another to “be quiet.”
- Attacked Fox News’s Megyn Kelly for her questions during the first Republican debate, saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
- Has said female presidential candidates don’t “look presidential,” exclaiming, “Look at that face!” while criticizing Carly Fiorina.
- Downplayed the gender pay gap, arguing that “you’re going to make the same if you do a good job.”
- Lied about offering child care to his employees (it was a program for resort guests to be given things like child spa services).
- Kicked a baby out of one of his rallies. Seriously.
- Refuses to release his tax returns, breaking a decades-long precedent for presidential nominees.
- Said he doesn’t “invest in the stock market,” even though he owns millions of dollars in stock.
- Claimed that Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve chair, should be “ashamed of herself” because she is manipulating monetary policy for President Obama …
- Then claimed that the general election presidential debates will be “rigged” …
- And then claimed that he is the “king of illegal immigration” (all in one interview).
- Claimed that he is the “king of debt.”
- Said, without evidence, that Iranian soldiers have been making “gestures” at their U.S. counterparts—and that they should “be shot out of the water.”
Threatened that “Second Amendment people” could act against Hillary Clinton.
- Pointed to the tragic shooting of a woman in Chicago as proof that African Americans will vote for him.
- Tweeted “Appreciate the congrats on being right on radical Islamic terrorism”—hours after the largest terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11.
- Said that he was not only OK with waterboarding, but “would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding” as president.
- Promised to “take out” the families of terrorists—regardless of whether they had done anything wrong.
- Got into a Twitter war with the president of Mexico—after choking in his initial negotiation and then lying about it.
- Got into an extended fight with the Pope.
- Repeatedly called President Obama the “founder of ISIS.”
- Said he was “being sarcastic” about President Obama founding ISIS—and then said he was “not that sarcastic.”
- Refuses to “take any … cards off the table” in war, including nuclear weapons.
- Promoted the idea that it would be good for Saudi Arabia to have nuclear weapons.
- Complimented North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un: “You’ve gotta give him credit. … He goes in. He takes over. He’s the boss. It’s incredible.”
- Repeatedly lies about donating to veterans charities.
- Often claims to have donated large amounts of money to charity, even though journalists have repeatedly found him to be lying.
- Used $20,000 from his charity to buy a six-foot-tall painting of himself.
- Threatened to pull the U.S. out of NATO, saying “If we have to walk, we have to walk.”
- Put forward very few policies over the course of his campaign—two of which center around building a wall between the United States and Mexico.
Didn’t know what the nuclear triad was—but offered his personal opinion on atomic weapons: “I think, for me, nuclear is just the power, the devastation is very important to me.”
- Praised Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, saying, “He didn’t do it politically correct.”
Called global warming a “hoax” invented by “the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
- Made his first front-page appearance in the New York Times for a lawsuit alleging he violated the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against African American applicants.
- Took out four full-page ads in New York City newspapers in an effort to bring back the death penalty for five black and Latino teenagers who were accused of raping a jogger. (All five were later exonerated.)
- Runs companies that owe at least $650 million in debt, and has partnership interest in a building that carries a $950 million loan from the likes of Goldman Sachs and the Bank of China.
- Suggested the military’s sexual assault problem was to be expected when men and women serve together, tweeting, “What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together.”
- Then said ^^ was “a correct tweet.”
- Drove his casinos to bankruptcy court four times and hurt small businesses—but still managed to make millions himself.
- Deliberately broke promises to small businesses because they didn’t have as much money for lawsuits as he did.
- Faced over 3,500 lawsuits, largely from ordinary Americans and small business owners who he refused to pay—in spite of promises to the contrary.
- Defrauded buyers of units in Trump SoHo, settling the case with a settlement worth millions of dollars, even though, as Trump says, “I don’t settle lawsuits.”
Repeatedly promises to mass-deport 16 million people, including American citizens who were born here to undocumented parents.
- Ran a scam centered around personally tailored Trump Vitamins—which he promoted even though he had no knowledge of the potentially dangerous effect they could have on people’s health.
- Boasts that he’s a successful businessman, even though, as the New York Times writes, “it is hard to find a project he touched that did not produce allegations of broken promises, blatant lies or outright fraud.”
- Ran countless businesses into the ground, including Trump Steaks, Trump Airlines, Trump Beverages, Trump Vodka, Trump Magazine, Trump Mortgage, and, of course, Trump University.
- Falsely displayed a number of products, including “Trump Steaks” at a press conference in defense of the above failed ventures. The only problem? They weren’t even his products: the steaks, for example, were from a company called “Bush Brothers.”
- Suggested deporting Hillary Clinton, a U.S. citizen.
- Plagiarized 20 pages of lessons from “Real Estate Mastery System” for the Trump Institute book.
- Maintains complicated financial ties to foreign countries—allies and enemies alike. According to Newsweek, these conflicts of interest could put “the foreign policy of the United States of America… [up] for sale” were Trump to be elected.
- Brags about business deals he made with Muammar el-Qaddafi, saying the Libyan terrorist and dictator “paid me a fortune.”
Said, in 2006, that he was rooting for the real estate market to collapse, because “people like me would go in and buy” and “you can make a lot of money.”
- Lost $916 million in one year—at his own casinos …
- … then used that loss to probably avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years.
- … then said “of course I do” when asked if he used his $916 million loss to avoid paying taxes.
- … then said not paying his taxes—which would have gone toward veterans health care, college affordability, and so much more—“makes me smart.”
- Received an order from the state of New York to stop soliciting donations in to his foundation after they were found to have been fundraising without proper certification.
- Used $258,000 from his charity to settle his personal legal problems.
- Promised to donate $10,000 to the Twin Towers fund in late September 2001—but the New York City comptroller found that he never made this donation.
- Purchased steel and aluminum from Chinese manufacturers for two of his last three constructions—even though he promises to bring manufacturing jobs back to America.
Said he rooted for the housing crisis because “that’s called business.”
- Said the U.S. needs to deport undocumented immigrants because some of them are “bad hombres.”
- Reiterated his attacks of a former Miss Universe’s weight—in the middle of a presidential campaign—calling her appearance a “real problem” …
- Slandered an active mission to defeat ISIS—demonstrating a “fundamental lack of understanding of Iraqi politics,” according to military experts.
- Failed to rebut Hillary’s claim that he was doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding—only saying “no puppet, no puppet, you’re the puppet” in response.
- Reportedly ran a company that violated the U.S. embargo against Cuba.
- Did business with an Iranian bank that was later linked to terror.
- Reportedly called a deaf actress on The Apprentice “retarded.”
- Called Hillary a “nasty woman” at a presidential debate.
- Said veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress are not “strong” and “can’t handle” war.
Bragged about groping women without their consent—saying “you can do anything” to women if you are famous …
- … then repeatedly dismissed these comments as “locker room talk.”
- … then attacked the women who have accused him of groping them as being “horrible,” “sick,” and “phony.” He even mocked some of them as not attractive enough for him to assault.
- Refused to acknowledge the existence of implicit bias in the criminal justice system.
- Threatened to jail his opponent after the election …
- Reportedly went into dressing rooms at pageants while contestants were undressing …
- … and bragged about doing so, saying, “I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant.”
- Lied more than once per every minute he spoke during the presidential debates.
Refused to say that he will accept the outcome of the election—calling it rigged.
Is this man fit to the next president of the United States? Our next Commander-in-Chief? The person appointing Supreme Court justices? Representing America to the world?
Think about that—then share this with your friends, and make sure you have a plan to vote.