Donald Trump is unfit to be president. Here are 230 reasons why.

230 Things Donald Trump Has Said and Done That Make Him Unfit to Be President

230 Things Donald Trump Has Said and Done That Make Him Unfit to Be President

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Nov. 7 2016 3:01 PM

230 Things Donald Trump Has Said and Done That Make Him Unfit to Be President

How many times has Donald Trump disqualified himself from holding the most powerful job in the world? You be the judge.


It has been 13 months since Donald Trump announced his presidential bid and, in the same speech, called Mexican immigrants rapists. The ensuing drip feed of Trumpian absurdities and offenses has had a desensitizing effect. We know that Trump is a racist, a misogynist, an authoritarian, and a narcissist, but we’ve lost track of the many, many specific things he has said and done that disqualify him from the office he seeks.

So we have compiled a list of specific things that make Trump an unacceptable candidate for the presidency. Some are policy proposals that should be outside the bounds of debate, like punitive torture. Some are casual vulgarities, like his description of Rosie O’Donnell. You might not agree that each individual item on the list is disqualifying in isolation—you can vote those down, and vote up the ones you find especially egregious—but the list’s cumulative weight makes its own statement.


Disclaimer: Trump contradicts himself a lot. Not all of the policy positions listed here reflect his current thinking on a given subject. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether you find that reassuring.

Update, Aug. 1, 2016: We originally listed 141 items here. But Trump doesn’t stop saying and doing unpresidential things, so we’ll continue to update the list through Election Day. New items will appear at the top of the list under “Recent Trump Moments” for a while, until they are replaced by fresher instances of self-disqualification.

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Correction, July 18, 2016: This post originally described the Central Park Five as “five black men.” One of the five, Raymond Santana, is Latino, and all were between 14 and 16 at the time of the attack.

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1. Proposed to create a database system to track Muslims in the U.S.

2. Made fun of a reporter’s physical disability

3. Advocated shutting down mosques

4. Claimed he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks

5. Called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

6. Questioned Ben Carson’s Seventh-day Adventism

7. Questioned Ted Cruz’s evangelical faith

8. Called Mexican immigrants rapists

9. Said a U.S.-born judge couldn't be impartial because of his “Mexican heritage”

10. Claimed, falsely, that President Obama “issued a statement for Kwanzaa but failed to issue one for Christmas”

11. Tweeted: “Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

12. Questioned President Obama’s American citizenship, bringing the “birther” campaign into the mainstream

13. Threatened to “spill the beans” about an unspecified scandal concerning Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi

14. Bragged about the size of his penis during a primary debate

15. Said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose voters”

16. Blamed sexual assault in the military on “put[ting] men and women together”

17. Said women should be punished for having abortions

18. Endorsed torture

19. Said he would force the military to commit war crimes

20. Called for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, five teenagers later exonerated of rape and assault*

21. Urged supporters to beat up protesters at his rallies

22. Defended then–campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after he physically grabbed a female reporter

23. Said, “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her”

24. Didn't understand the phrase “nuclear triad” during a primary debate

25. Said of Carly Fiorina, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”

26. Called for the construction of a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent immigration

27. Advocated waterboarding as punishment even if it doesn’t help gain information, because “they deserve it anyway”

28. Called Rosie O’Donnell a “big, fat pig”

29. Founded Trump University, which a salesman called “a fraudulent scheme [that] preyed upon the elderly and uneducated”

30. Named and threatened former students who criticized Trump University

31. Described Fox debate moderator Megyn Kelly as having “blood coming out of her wherever”

32. Said Mitt Romney would have “dropped to his knees” for an endorsement

33. Called an attorney who requested a break to pump breast milk “disgusting”

34. Referred to 9/11 as 7-Eleven

35. Accused Hillary Clinton of “playing the woman card”

36. Tweeted “The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”

37. Suggested that Bill and Hillary Clinton conspired to murder aide Vince Foster

38. Said that the U.S. military should withdraw from Japan and South Korea and allow those countries to defend themselves with nuclear weapons

39. Proposed to charge American allies for military defense

40. Named himself as his primary consultant on foreign policy

41. Disparaged Sen. John McCain's military service because he was captured by the North Vietnamese

42. Proposed a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports

43. Referred to Tiananmen Square demonstrations as a riot and said the Chinese government’s response “shows you the power of strength”

44. Refused to rule out using nuclear weapons against ISIS

45. Didn’t immediately disavow an endorsement from KKK leader David Duke

46. Described global warming as a hoax perpetrated by “the Chinese” for competitive reasons

47. Told his security team to confiscate protesters’ coats and “throw them out into the cold”

48. Said about women, “You have to treat ’em like shit”

49. Proposed to change libel laws to make it easier to sue media organizations

50. Barred reporters from campaign events for unfavorable coverage

51. Said, “It doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass”

52. Pretended to be his own publicist

53. Responded to the murder of 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub with “Appreciate the congrats for being right on Islamic terrorism”

54. Refused to take care of his children, saying that husbands who change diapers are “acting like the wife”

55. Called Elizabeth Warren “the Indian” and “Pocahontas”

56. Suggested that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

57. Advocated assassinating terrorists’ families

58. Told a female contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, “That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees”

59. Greeted a Miss Universe contestant with a kiss on the lips, which she called “gross” and “inappropriate”

60. Directed a female employee not to take lunch orders when visitors came to Trump Tower because he found her insufficiently attractive

61. Publicly shamed a Miss Universe winner for gaining weight

62. Advocated plundering oil from Iraq, Libya, and other oil-rich countries invaded by the U.S., in violation of the Geneva Conventions

63. Launched at least 15 business ventures that went on to fail

64. Filed for corporate bankruptcy four times

65. Sold Trump University and Trump Institute courses that relied on plagiarized materials

66. Hired a suspicious number of advisers who have done work on behalf of Vladimir Putin

67. Attempted to court Jewish voters with anti-Semitic stereotypes about money, influence, and dealmaking

68. Paid campaign money to family members and his own businesses

69. Refused to release his tax returns during the campaign

70. Has repeatedly done business with figures linked to organized crime

71. Included two anti-Sharia cranks on a list of five foreign-policy advisers

72. Praised Saddam Hussein for being good at killing terrorists

73. Refuses to sell any of his more than 500 businesses if he’s elected, potentially creating unprecedented conflicts of interest

74. Claimed he’s donated $102 million to charity, although journalists have been unable to find evidence of any substantial donations

75. Used contributions to the Trump Foundation to buy a helmet and jersey signed by Tim Tebow for $12,000 at a charity auction

76. Claimed he’s donated $1 million to veterans’ groups, although none received any money until reporters began investigating

77. Praised the U.K.’s vote to leave the EU because a falling pound would be good for his Scottish golf course

78. Wished for a housing-market crash

79. Subjected his then-wife Ivana to what she described in a deposition as rape, although she later said she didn’t mean the word literally

80. Suggested that supporters who attacked a homeless Hispanic man were “very passionate” and “love their country”

81. Said, “I think Islam hates us”

82. Pointed out a black supporter and said, “Oh, look at my African American over here”

83. Retweeted bogus crime statistics that wildly inflated the rate at which blacks kill whites

84. Advocated withholding free public education from insuffciently studious kids

85. Proposed to appoint himself U.S. trade representative

86. Kept a collection of Adolf Hitler’s collected speeches in a cabinet by his bed

87. Suggested that he might refuse to serve as president if elected

88. Repeatedly suggested that President Obama might be a Muslim

89. Said, “Refugees are trying to take over our children” by telling them “how wonderful Islam is”

90. Claimed there’s “no real assimilation” of “second- and third-generation” families from the Middle East

91. Tweeted an image that originated on a white-supremacist messageboard containing a star of David over a background of money

92. Took out advertisements alleging that the “Mohawk Indian record of criminal activity is well documented” to fight competition for his casino business

93. Attempted to seize and bulldoze the home of an Atlantic City, New Jersey, widow under eminent domain

94. Called the decision to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill “pure political correctness”

95. Questioned Hillary Clinton’s religion

96. Kept journalists in restrictive “press pens” on the campaign trail

97. Has insulted 239 candidates, journalists, organizations, countries, sitting politicians, and celebrities on Twitter

98. Repeatedly claimed, falsely, to have opposed the Iraq war

99. Posted a link to Facebook promoting the conspiracy theory that the Obama administration actively supported al-Qaida in Iraq

100. Falsely claimed that Ferguson, Missouri, and Oakland, California, were “among the most dangerous [places] in the world”

101. Claimed that American Muslims knew about the Orlando nightclub shooter and San Bernardino terrorists before the attacks

102. Doesn’t know how many articles are in the Constitution

103. Claimed a federal spending bill “funds ISIS”

104. Included the head of the white nationalist American Freedom Party on a list of California delegates

105. Falsely claimed he “100 percent” owns “the largest winery on the East Coast”

106. Has been a plaintiff in at least 1,900 lawsuits and a defendant in 1,450 more

107. Tried to set up an investment partnership with Muammar Qaddafi

108. Threatened Amazon as payback for negative coverage in the Washington Post

109. Defended FDR’s internment of Japanese Americans

110. Promised to deport U.S. citizens whose parents immigrated illegally, in violation of the 14th Amendment

111. Praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un

112. Didn’t know the meaning of the term “Brexit” less than a month before the U.K. referendum on leaving the EU

113. Earned millions from failing casinos by shifting the debt burden to investors

114. Said that “maybe” his employees should feel they have to return quickly from maternity leave or risk being replaced

115. Speculated about his 1-year-old daughter’s future breasts

116. Doesn’t pay his bills

117. Characterized the theme of his administration as “America First”

118. Fraternizes with avowed white supremacists on Twitter

119. Repeated a supporter who called Ted Cruz a pussy

120. Entrusted his health to a doctor who described his test results as “astonishingly excellent”

121. Praised conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, telling him, “I will not let you down”

122. Suggested the U.S. should reduce its debts by partially defaulting on them

123. Argued that the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub could have been prevented if patrons had been armed

124. Proposed a 35 percent tax on Mexican-made cars and trucks, in violation of NAFTA

125. Proposed to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants

126. Proposed to compel Mexico to pay for a border wall

127. Read out Sen. Lindsey Graham’s personal phone number in a campaign speech

128. Believes that he would “get along very well” with Vladimir Putin

129. Said that Black Lives Matter activists are “looking for trouble”

130. Believes the world would be “100 percent” better if Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qaddafi were still in power

131. Proposed to abolish gun-free zones

132. Claimed that the U.S. is being “ripped off” by its fellow members of NATO

133. Approvingly repeated a tall tale about a U.S. commander ordering the execution of Muslim insurgents with bullets dipped in pig’s blood

134. Proposed to have China assassinate Kim Jong-un

135. Said that Hillary Clinton “got schlonged” by Obama in 2008

136. Employed a butler who said President Obama should be “hung for treason”

137. Falsely claimed there have been calls for a moment of silence for Dallas shooter Micah Johnson

138. Said, “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS … the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president”

139. Claimed that “the birther movement was started by Hillary Clinton in 2008”

140. Refused to condemn anti-Semitic attacks on journalists

141. Sued a former campaign aide for $10 million for breaching a confidentiality agreement


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