Thursday, June 25, 2015

The most ridiculous man in America

“Donald Trump comes closer than anyone else to being the archetype of the species; crossing genres, he exemplifies all the ways an asshole can capture our attention.” ― Geoffrey Nunberg, Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years

THERE ARE no combination of words I know of to adequately describe how much I abhor Donald Trump. Is there a more absurdly-ridiculous buffoon anywhere? I think not.

(I am apologizing in advance for all the Trump caricatures, but I just can't decide which one I like the best, and with such a rich — but also really creepy — collection of ass[ets] from which to choose, why limit myself.)

Since doing him justice is beyond my power, I must rely on others:

First up, Jon Stewart's Daily Show from June 16, 2015.

Next from The Hollywood Reporter:

Donald Trump Campaign Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement

by Aaron Couch and Emmet McDermott
June 17. 2015

Donald Trump's big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at $50 a pop.

New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list of background actors, seeking extras to beef up attendance at Trump's event.

"We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement," reads the June 12 email, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "We understand this is not a traditional 'background job,' but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought." 

The pay was listed as $50 for less than three hours of work. According to the email, Extra Mile was reaching out to potential extras in partnership with Gotham Government Relations and Communications, a New York-Based political consulting group that has worked with Trump in the past. Gotham GR had no comment.

This from Media Matters:

Trump Says "I Don't Send" Jobs "Overseas," But His Clothing Line Is Made In China

By Melody Johnson
June 6, 2011

On the June 6 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, real-estate mogul and Fox News contributor Donald Trump boasted: "I employ a number of people that happen to work in this country. I don't send it overseas." However, Trump's clothing line is made in China, Mexico and Bangladesh.

Then this from NBC News: (YAY Univision!!)

Univision Ends Miss Universe Business Deal Over Trump Mexico Comments
June 25, 2015

Univision announced it is ending its relationship with the Miss Universe organization, which is part owned by Donald Trump, following his remarks about Mexico sending its criminals and rapists to the U.S.

"At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization," said Univision in a statement released Wednesday morning.

On Thursday afternoon Trump spoke live on Telemundo's "Al Rojo Vivo" with Jose Diaz-Balart, and said he was suing Univision for breaking their substantial, five-year contract. Trump also defended his comments, saying though he "loved the Mexican people" he thought Mexico was taking advantage of the U.S. in trade deals and by not securing the border. "Mexico laughs at the stupidity of our negotiators and our leaders," said Trump, adding that the border is open to terrorists and "not the people we want coming in."

The news surrounding Univision's deal is the latest in what has been a strong reaction from Mexican Americans, Mexico and other U.S. Latinos following Trump's statements about Mexico. On Tuesday night award-winning regaetton star J Balvin, who is Colombian, announced he would not perform at the Miss USA pageant because of Trump's involvement with the organization.

Last week the Mexican rock group Maná denounced Trump during a performance in Los Angeles.

"There is a character named Donald Trump, who made very violent declarations with great hatred of Mexicans and Latin Americans and called us rapists, criminals, drug traffickers. This is all trash," said Fher Olvera, group leader, in a press conference before their "Cama Incendiada" ("Burned Bed") tour at the Staples Center.

In Mexico, news that a craftsman made a Donald Trump piñata following his controversial comments made international headlines.

Trump made his remarks as he announced his bid to run for president. 

In their statement, Univision said that Univision News and the local news division "will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of all candidates, including Mr. Trump, to ensure our audience continues to have access to all points of view."

And last but not least, Trump's familiar and namesake from Discovery News:

Rare Caterpillar Resembles Donald Trump's Hair
By Jennifer Viegas
May 2, 2013 

A recently videotaped caterpillar bears an uncanny resemblance to bigwig Donald Trump‘s hair.

The insect, a rare yellow-colored caterpillar of the flannel moth, now has the nickname “Donald Trump Caterpillar.”

Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer and conservation biologist Phil Torres spotted the caterpillar in an Amazon rainforest, according to a Daily Mail report.


  1. Hahaha! I enjoyed that, more than perhaps a nice person would.

  2. Sometimes I think we — particularly women — put way to much importance on being "nice." Remember what Helen Mirren said!