A Trumptastic Timeline

This morning I woke to the news that Donald J. Trump had won the Nevada primary, and as I scrolled through the newsfeed, I ran across this headline:

It’s over; Trump is going to be the Republican nominee.

American voters: have you lost your ever-loving minds?

In his victory speech, Trump indicated “We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated. … And you know what I’m really happy about? No. 1 with Hispanics; I’m really happy about that.”

The man who’s threatened to build a wall to curb the advance of southern immigration has won Nevada’s Hispanic population. I have no words for this lunacy. 

I get it–Trump speaks his mind, and in this double-speak era of American politics, it’s refreshing to hear an unfiltered opinion. What’s more, when combined with manufactured drama and jingoistic slogans like Make America Great Again!, unfiltered opinions make for good entertainment. And if anyone knows entertainment, it’s Donald J. Trump.

The gears of Donald J. Trump’s mint are greased with the sort of manufactured drama and unfiltered opinions we’ve become accustomed to in this primary season. His is a ship that has risen on the tide of exploitation, drama, bombastic comments, legal threats, and intimidation. And somehow, the great people of this great country keep falling for his schtick.

But let’s put an end to this foolishness, shall we? Let’s consider this Trumptastic timeline; let’s educate ourselves. Get to know his record, and with a cooler head ask yourself, is this the man we want as our next president?

A Trumptastic Timeline*

1973: After amassing real estate holdings in the mid to late 60s, the United States Justice Department catches wind of Donald Trump. In 1973, the federal government levies charges against Trump, alleging a pattern of discrimination against potential black buyers. (Source)

1986: Under Trump, the United States Football League, competitor to the National Football League, sues the NFL for antitrust violations. The USFL is awarded $1.00 in damages, which is ultimately trebled by the jury to $3.00. (Source)

1989: After the rape of a Central Park jogger, Trump purchases advertisements in New York City newspapers calling for the death penalty for the five non-white teenagers accused of the crime. A decade later, the teenagers were cleared of all charges. (Source)

1991: Trump, businessman extraordinaire, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection relating to the Trump Taj Mahal. As a result, Trump is forced to sell his personal yacht. (Source) In that same year, in his book Trumped, John R. O’Donnell writes that Trump said, “laziness is a trait in blacks.” O’Donnell further attributes this gem to Trump “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” (Source)

1992: Trump files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection relating to Trump Plaza hotel. (Source) Trump divorces his wife, Ivana and immediately takes up with Marla Maples, eventually marrying her in 1993.

1996: Trump purchases the Miss Universe Organization, an organization known for its non-exploitation of women in swimsuits.

1999: Trump divorces Marla Maples.

2003: Trump files a lawsuit against a Native Americans tribe, the Easter Pequot Nation. Although the details of the lawsuit are complicated, news outlets reported the following:

“In separate interviews with the local press, Rosow said the Eastern Pequots had no desire to work with Trump, both because of insulting comments he once made about the related Mashantucket Pequot tribe and because of doubts about the financial soundness of his casino empire. (Source.)

2004: Trump files for bankruptcy protection relating Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts. (Source) Showcasing his business acumen, Trump debuts “The Apprentice,” in which contestants compete for a career opportunity within one of Trump’s non-bankrupt companies. About the women contestants, Trump famously comments, “It’s certainly not groundbreaking news that the early victories by the women on ‘The Apprentice’ were, to a very large extent, dependent on their sex appeal.” (Source.)

2005: Trump opens “Trump University,” which is eventually shut down due to complaints that it was a scam. (Source) Trump marries Melania Knauss, a model 25 years Trump’s junior.

2006: Trump’s son Barron is born. Unconfirmed rumors indicate the boy’s middle name is Tycoon, and though I fabricated this rumor from whole cloth, would it surprise you? Where’s the birth certificate?

2009: Trump places Trump Entertainment Resorts in bankruptcy, and resigns as the company’s chairman of the board. (Source)

2011: Tump becomes the leader of the “birther” movement, challenging Barack Obama’s citizenship and eligibility to serve as the President of the United States.

2012: Trump offers President Obama $5 million to provide a copy of his birth certificate, and thus end speculation regarding his citizenship.

2015: Trump announces his candidacy for Presidency.

June, 2015: Trump lambasts hispanic immigrants, saying Mexico was “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.” Silver-lining guy that he is, Trump throws a bone to a minority of the immigrant population, saying “And some, I assume, are good people.” (Source)

August, 2015: Trump makes reference to Megyn Kelly’s monthly cycle on national television. (Source)

November, 2015: Trump mocks a disabled reporter.

December, 2015: Trump threatens to sue a Jeb Bush donor for running negative campaign ads. (Source) Trump calls for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on….” (Source)

February, 2016: Trump threatens to sue Ted Cruz, calling him an “absolute disgusting liar.” Trump raises questions about whether Cruz is a naturalized citizen eligible to run for the presidency.

February, 2016: Trump retweets a supporter, who raises concerns about Marco Rubio’s eligibility to serve as president. (Source)

February, 2016: Trump threatens to prosecute Hillary Clinton if he becomes the President of the United States.

February 23, 2016: Trump wins the Nevada primary, stating “We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.”

“Who doesn’t have a thing or two they wish they’d have done differently over the course of their lives?” you might be asking. But Trump’s record is an unquenchable dumpster fire fueled by misogyny, xenophobia, legal shenanigans, and hubris. This isn’t about a few regretful mistakes; this is about willful jackholery.

His record speaks volumes. And even if you don’t like Hillary, or can’t get behind Marco or Ted, would you rather put your fate in the hands of this real-estate tycoon who rose to fame on an elevator of insults and broken obligations? Would you give him unfettered access to the NSA apparatus, or the nuclear codes? Would you trust him with your wife or business, much less your country?

I wouldn’t.

*For a more detailed timeline, visit the Rolling Stone Magazine.

Photo by Michael Vaden; licensed under Creative Commons via Flickr.



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  • Marisa C. Hall

    You had me hooked, right up until the notation about how he plans to prosecute Hillary if he becomes president. He absolutely SHOULD! That’s something that should have ALREADY BEEN DONE! How can that be a strike against him?

    • sethhaines

      Thanks for reading along.

      I see your point. But to be clear, I have no opinion relating to whether Hillary should be prosecuted. My broader point is, no matter what the situation, he defaults to dismissive comments or threats of legal action. The Hillary comment is just a further indication of this kind of behavior.

      Hope that makes sense, and thanks again!

  • Thank you for all this work, Seth. Because yeah, even most of my very conservative friends are a bit appalled at the thought of Trump actually winning.

    • sethhaines


      • Lynn D. Morrissey

        Oh you would be surprised. I can’t believe it when I see Evangelical leaders endorsing him or strong Christian friends liking him on FB, etc. It’s oppressive.

  • Lisa

    Shout it from the roof tops! The terms narcism and despicable also apply.

    • sethhaines

      Thanks for reading along, Lisa. I’m trying to do my part.

  • Grace Holt

    I’m completely baffled…. I guess I’ve just managed to surround myself with sane people, because despite my group of friends being from every and any political affiliation, I know NO ONE who is actually supporting Trump. I mean, really, who is supporting this man?!?! Ugh.

    Grace @ http://livingwithaholts.blogspot.com/

  • Jody Ohlsen Collins

    Duly posted and tweeted (tweaked…too many characters 🙂
    Thank you for this succinct wrap up Seth.

  • pastordt

    I feel slightly sick to my stomach just almost all the time lately. And it gets worse whenever I see or hear that unsavory man. My mind is BOGGLED.

  • Sally

    Litigation, divorce, and bankruptcies. What’s not to like :/ ? Obviously he’s a man of high standing and of good repute. (Cough. Cough. Cough)

  • Lynn D. Morrissey

    Thank you for being sane, Seth. Admittedly, I have real problems with the Democrats (just do a Hillary timeline as an example), but I can’t abide Trump . . . simply cannot! I honestly don’t know what to do. I want to be good citizen. I may have to write in a name. More than even fearing Trump, I am grieving that the ever-loving Evangelicals have lost their ever-loving minds. God help us all.
    Bless you for speaking out.