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Donald Trump Coronavirus Timeline and History

Donald J. Trump clearly cares more about his ego, his "brand" and getting reelected president than he does about the lives and health of Americans, including their children. Here is the proof, in the form of a Coronavirus Timeline that shows how Trump repeatedly endangered millions of Americans, including vulnerable children and the elderly, in order to "look strong" and "presidential" in hope of getting reelected.

For months, Trump downplayed the danger posed by the coronavirus, saying the numbers were small and would rapidly go down to zero, that he and his administration had earned a perfect ten for their response, and that the situation was totally under control.

By early April there would be over 270,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and that number would be vastly understated due to the lack of available tests. There would be over 7,000 American deaths, most of which could have been prevented with immediate, decisive actions like those taken by China, Singapore and South Korea. Why are countries so much closer to the outbreak doing so much better than the US, which has now become the global hot spot for infections? They had effective leadership while we had Trump primping, preening and lying. Trump fiddled like an American Nero while the country went up in flames, and the evidence is here, in the timeline.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.―FDR
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.―JFK
The buck stops here.―HST
I don't take responsibility at all!―DJT

Trump said he didn't know that people died from the flu. His grandfather died from the flu! Now this six-times-bankrupted real estate salesman who claims he's "smarter" than scientists and medical experts is managing the coronavirus pandemic, which he's called "fake news" and a "Democratic hoax." In the past Trump advocated nuking hurricanes, water-bombing Notre Dame Cathedral, denying charity to sharks, tilting at windmills, and raking forest "floors" to combat wildfires. What could possibly go wrong?

Is this the face of a man you can trust with the lives and health of your children and grandchildren?

Is this the face of a man we can trust, or is this the face of a con man, a snake-oil salesman, a sham-man and a shaman? Do you trust this man? What does your gut tell you?

President Trump has responded to the coronavirus outbreak by (among other things) promising it would go away by itself, playing golf, blaming China, blaming the media, blaming Democrats, lying about it, attempting to bribe Germany’s vaccine industry and saying he’s responding to it perfectly.―USA Today

"It turns out that in a time of crisis a conman is not up to the task."―Rolling Stone

These are the lies Donald Trump told about the Coronavirus epidemic, when he chose to put his reelection chances above the lives and health of Americans and their children: "We have it totally under control! We're doing a fantastic job! It's a Democratic hoax! It's fake news! We're prepared! We're not prepared and it's Obama's fault! We're doing a great job! We shut it down! It will just go away, like a miracle! It miraculously goes away! I like this stuff [because it makes me look smart]! The tests are "perfect" and "beautiful"! It's very mild! Just stay calm! I give myself a perfect ten! We have very little problem! I don't take responsibility at all! It's really working out! The numbers are going very substantially down, not up! It will go away! We've had very good luck!" I think we're doing an incredible job!"

If the Coronavirus is "fake news" and a "Democratic hoax," why are Americans dying? Why does Trump keep saying that he "shut it down" if it's a hoax? He could simply expose a hoax; there would be no need to shut it down. No one would die if it were a hoax. There would be no need to suspend travel to the United States if it were a hoax. There would be no need to shut down schools, colleges, conventions and professional sports if it were a hoax. There would be no need to quarantine elderly people in nursing homes if it were a hoax. There would be no need to spend two trillion dollars if it were a hoax.

Trump would later say that 2.2 million Americans might die if extreme measures were not taken. Obviously, the coronavirus pandemic is not a hoax. So why all the Trump lies?

As Dan Diamond reported, Trump hasn't pushed for aggressive coronavirus testing because he's "made it clear that the lower the numbers on coronavirus, the better for his potential reelection this fall." Lying about the numbers of Americans suffering and dying is good for Trump's reelection chances. Trump thinks Americans are so gullible their children can die and they'll still vote for him, just as he said he could shoot someone in cold blood and not lose any votes. What seems to make no sense in reality makes perfect sense, when we understand that Trump cares only about himself, his "brand" and his reelection, but nothing about the people who will suffer and die for his dishonesty, no matter how young and innocent. In pandemics it is always the young and the elderly who are most likely to suffer and die. But Trump ignores the suffering and dying to talk about the numbers that matter to him: the price of gas, stock prices, his polls and election numbers, etc.

Trump confirmed what Dan Diamond said in a March 25, 2020 tweet, in which he returned to portraying the coronavirus pandemic as a "hoax" that can be safely ignored, this time starting with his magical timeline of Easter. Trump's motivation is apparent in this tweet: "The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!" Thus the coronavirus, which started out as a next-to-nothing "hoax," then became the pandemic Trump had always seen and recognized, is now back to "hoax" status again. Never mind about Americans who may suffer and die, while putting their loved ones at risk, if they return to work too soon. They are not "real people" to Trump! What really matters to Trump is that Trump gets reelected. To do that he needs everyone to work, whether they live or die, and whether or not they infect their loved ones in the process. Get your priorities straight, Americans, and put your Fearless Leader first, as he does Himself! He is completely fearless as far as you and your families are concerned! Now we know why he's imperially called The Donald. How many Americans will suffer and die, to give Trump a better shot at getting reelected?

A Trump attorney has confirmed that Trump has been "patently false, misleading and deceptive" in a cease-and-desist letter he sent to American TV stations regarding an unflattering campaign ad. "On behalf of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., President Trump’s principal campaign committee, this letter notifies you that your station is airing a patently false, misleading, and deceptive advertisement," wrote Alex Cannon, special counsel to Trump's campaign. The ad simply replays Trump's recorded public statements about the coronavirus, in his own voice, saying things like: "The coronavirus ... is their new hoax," and "We have it totally under control," and "One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear," and "People are surprised that I understand it." The ad ends with the self-damning: "No, I don’t take responsibility at all." Trump obviously doesn't want to be quoted now that the truth has come out. We are reminded of Trump viciously attacking Megyn Kelly when all she did was quote things he had said publicly about women. Even Trump can't stand to hear how awful he sounds.

Here are the lies Donald Trump told about the Coronavirus epidemic, which was never a hoax, and which he never had under control ...

May 2018: Trump dumps and dismantles the White House's National Security Council directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense (GHSB), which had been established after the 2014 Ebola epidemic with the goal of doing "everything possible within the vast powers and resources of the U.S. government to prepare for the next disease outbreak and prevent it from becoming an epidemic or pandemic." The day before news of GHSB senior director R. Timothy Ziemer's ouster became public, one of the officials on his team, Luciana Borio, director of medical and biodefense preparedness at the NSC, spoke at a symposium at Emory University to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic. That event killed an estimated 50 million to 100 million people worldwide. Ziemer, Borio and Tom Bossert, the former Homeland Security adviser who oversaw a since-disbanded global health security team, were all ousted shortly after John Bolton joined the Trump White House. When a PBS reporter, Yamiche Alcindor, later asked Trump why he had eliminated the National Security Council's pandemic response unit, Trump called it a "nasty question." He would take "no responsibility at all" for his decision to leave the coronavirus pandemic to chance.

March 2019: Trump releases his fiscal year 2020 federal budget proposal, which recommends huge cuts of 12 percent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 10 percent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This would leave Americans much more vulnerable to the coming coronavirus pandemic.

Dec. 31, 2019: China announces the first known novel coronavirus cases, in Wuhan. In this context "novel" means "new." The new virus would be identified and given its official designations a week later (see the entry for Jan. 7).

Early January, 2020: According to CNN and The Washington Post, although Trump was warned about the dangers of the coronavirus, he declined to act: "Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government werethey just couldn't get him to do anything about it," one official told the Post. "The system was blinking red." Trump's aides tried in vain to convince him of the virus's seriousness, but two senior administration officials said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was not allowed to discuss the virus with Trump until January 18, at which point the President interrupted him to ask when sales of flavored vaping products would resume!

Jan. 7, 2020: W.H.O. (World Health Organization) officials announce they have identified a new virus, designated 2019-nCoV and identified as belonging to the coronavirus family, which includes SARS and the common cold. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus would later be designated COVID-19. The CO stands for "corona" the VI for "virus" the D for "disease" and the 19 for 2019.

Jan. 11, 2020: China announces the first known novel coronavirus death, in Wuhan.

Jan. 13, 2020: The first novel coronavirus case outside China is reported in Thailand; the patient had been to Wuhan.

Jan. 20, 2020: The W.H.O. reports novel coronavirus cases in China, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.

Jan. 21, 2020: The first confirmed novel coronavirus case in the US is a Washington State man in his 30s who had returned from Wuhan. The W.H.O. says the risk is high globally. Scientists and medical experts have explained that the coronavirus is highly contagious and ten times as lethal as the flu. (From this point forward we will drop the term "novel" but we are talking about the same new, previously unknown, form of the coronavirus.)

Jan. 22, 2020: Trump ignores the experts and lies: "We have it totally under control! ... It's going to be just fine!"

Trump discusses the coronavirus on Jan. 22, in a television interview from Davos with CNBC's Joe Kernen. The first American case had just been announced the day before, and Kernen asks Trump: "Are there worries about a pandemic at this point?" Trump replies: "No. Not at all. We have it totally under control! It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control! It's going to be just fine!"

By early April there would be over 270,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and that number would be vastly understated due to the lack of available tests. There would be over 7,000 deaths, most of which could have been prevented with immediate, decisive actions like those taken by China, Singapore, and South Korea.

"Singapore has done everything right," said David Heymann, who led the World Health Organization’s response to the 2003 SARS outbreak. "They've been openly communicating every day what's going on. And they've made it clear to the population and the population understands that they are not only to protect themselves but protect others." If only Trump had been as proactive and honest!

Jan. 23, 2020: China isolates and closes off Wuhan, a city of around 11 million souls.

Nearly everything Trump says on the subject for months will be either a bald-faced lie or the result of abysmal ignorance.

Jan. 24, 2020: Trump tweets: "It will all work out well!"

Trump tweeted: "China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well! In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!"

Jan. 29, 2020: "Just received a briefing on the Coronavirus in China from all of our GREAT agencies, who are also working closely with China. We will continue to monitor the ongoing developments. We have the best experts anywhere in the world, and they are on top of it 24/7!"

Then why aren't you following the experts' advice?

Jan. 30, 2020: Trump tweets: "We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five. And those people are all recuperating successfully. But we're working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it's going to have a very good ending for it. So that I can assure you."

Yeah, right.

The W.H.O. disagrees, declaring a global health emergency.

Jan. 31, 2020: "Coronavirus," Sean Hannity asks. "How concerned are you?" Trump replies: "Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China."

Sure you did.

Feb. 2, 2020: "Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China. … We can't have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus. So we're gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes."

Why just China, when by this time it was clearly a pandemic, a global nightmare? How many infected people entered the US from other countries? New York would become the global epicenter for the coronavirus. Why? The Trump administration was allowing multitudes of foreign businesspeople and tourists to enter New York in the middle of a global pandemic. Thus New Yorkers had more exposure to the virus. 

Feb. 4, 2020: Over 2,600 passengers and 1,000 crew are quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan.

Feb. 7, 2020: "... [Chinese President Xi Jinping] … will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone."

How did Trump go from "totally under control" to "hopefully" warm weather will weaken the virus, in two weeks?

Dr. Bruce Aylward, an Assistant Director of the W.H.O., isn't counting on warmer weather to stop the spread of the global outbreak. "I would not be betting on Mother Nature here," he said. "I would be betting on case-finding." ABC’s Dr. Ashton stressed that the public needs reliable information in order to make informed decisions. "We don't have a crystal ball here," Ashton said. "I always say, in medicine and science, we have to go based on fact, not fear, and evidence, not emotion."

But Trump always goes with his emotional gut, ignoring the advice of scientists, generals, intelligence analysts, and other experts.

The experts weren't saying the coronavirus would magically weaken and vanish. Only Trump was saying that. And of course he was dead wrong.

Feb. 8, 2020: The first American citizen dies from coronavirus, in Wuhan, China.

Feb. 10, 2020: "I think the virus is going to be — it's going to be fine. ... A lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat—as the heat comes in."

Trump told people at a rally: "Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away." 

White House acting budget director Russell Vought: "Coronavirus is not something that is going to have ripple effects."

Yeah, right. Tell that to the stock market. You say that you have it "totally" under control and are also hoping desperately that warm weather will bail you out. Which one is it?

Feb. 14, 2020: "We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It's like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we're in very good shape."

The numbers are going up everywhere in the world, liar, and they will soon be the highest in the US.

Feb. 19, 2020: "I think it's going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. So let's see what happens, but I think it's going to work out fine."

Trump told a Phoenix television station: "I think the numbers are going to get progressively better as we go along."

The numbers would rapidly get much worse and more lethal.

Feb. 24, 2020: "The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!"

Trump tweeted: "The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!"

That day the stock market dived over a thousand points, the largest drop in two years. And much bigger drops were coming.

Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow: "You should seriously consider buying [on] these [stock market] dips."

The Trump solution: Don't worry about how many Americans will suffer and die, just make sure you profit from their misfortune! With the YUGE caveat that profits will not be in store as the death count rises.

Feb. 25, 2020: "You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They're all getting better. … As far as what we're doing with the new virus, I think that we're doing a great job."

They are not "all" getting better. More and more Americans are dying.

Trump tweeted: "CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus, including the very early closing of our borders to certain areas of the world."

Does Trump foolishly believe that white Europeans traveling to the United States will be immune to the coronavirus? Why didn't he close ALL entrances to the US?

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow toes the Trump party line: "We have contained this. I won't say airtight, but pretty close to airtight. We have done a good job in the United States."

Feb. 26, 2020: "Because of all we've done, the risk to the American people remains very low. … When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That's a pretty good job we've done."

Trump: "[The number of people infected is] going very substantially down, not up."

So according to Trump, only 15 Americans were infected with coronavirus, and that number was going to be close to zero in two days! But just three weeks later, the coronavirus had infected at least 10,000 Americans. That number would rise to over 100,000 by the end of March. And due to the Trump administration's inability to deliver enough functional tests, the actual numbers were undoubtedly much higher. Meanwhile, nations like South Korea were testing 10,000 people per day. But they had leaders who took the pandemic seriously and acted proactively.

Trump: "So we're at the low level. As they get better, we take them off the list, so that we're going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time. So we've had very good luck."

Trump is either lying, off his rocker, or both.

The same day California announces the first case of coronavirus in the U.S. with no clear source of exposure.

Q: This is spreading — or is going to spread, maybe, within communities. That's the expectation.
A: It may. It may.
Q: Does that worry you?
A: No. ... No, because we're ready for it. It is what it is. We're ready for it. We're really prepared. ... We hope it doesn't spread. There's a chance that it won't spread too, and there's a chance that it will, and then it's a question of at what level.

Trump continues to lie here about being "ready," because as the cases mount he will blame the CDC and the Obama administration for his administration being unprepared for a pandemic.

Trump claims the U.S. is "rapidly developing a vaccine" for COVID-19 and "will essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner." Later in the same press conference Trump insisted the coronavirus is like the flu: "We will essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner."

More lies. At the same press conference Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said a vaccine won't be ready for "a year to a year-and-a-half" and won't be available for the current epidemic: "We can't rely on a vaccine over the next several months to a year. However, if this virus, which we have every reason to believe it is quite conceivable that it will happen, will go beyond just a season and come back and recycle next year. If that's the case, we hope to have a vaccine." Fauci went on to explain that even if a possible virus went into testing soon, it would still take a year or longer to be sure the vaccine is safe for healthy people.

Feb. 27, 2020: "Only a very small number in U.S., & China numbers look to be going down. All countries working well together!"

Feb. 28, 2020: "I think it's really going well. We did something very fortunate: we closed up to certain areas of the world very, very early — far earlier than we were supposed to. I took a lot of heat for doing it. It turned out to be the right move, and we only have 15 people and they are getting better, and hopefully they're all better. There's one who is quite sick, but maybe he's gonna be fine. … We're prepared for the worst, but we think we're going to be very fortunate."

Donald Trump: "It's going to disappear. One day, it's like a miracle, it will disappear."

Eric Trump: "In my opinion, it's a great time to buy stocks or into your 401k. I would be all in . . . let's see if I'm right."

Note: The stock market continued to crash and would soon crash even harder.

Coronavirus cases spread across Europe, including Italy, Germany, France, England, Switzerland and Belarus.

Feb. 29, 2020: "We're the number-one travel destination anywhere in the world, yet we have far fewer cases of the disease than even countries with much less travel or a much smaller population."

Trump insists a vaccine will be available "very quickly" and "very rapidly" and praises his administration's actions as "the most aggressive taken by any country."

Trump in a lie-filled speech at the CPAC conference: "Everything is under control. I mean, they're very, very cool. They've done it, and they've done it well. Everything is really under control."

None of these claims are true.

The first American coronavirus death occurs, in Seattle.

March 2, 2020: Donald Trump, on a coronavirus vaccine: "I've heard very quick numbers, that of months."

Donald Trump: "We had a great meeting today with a lot of the great companies and they're going to have vaccines, I think relatively soon."

Trump continues to lie. Immunologist Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has repeatedly said that a vaccine will not be available for a year or more.

March 4, 2020: "It's very mild!"

"Some people will have this at a very light level and won't even go to a doctor or hospital, and they'll get better. There are many people like that."

Yes, some Americans will recover. But what about all the ones who won't, thanks to your lies, deception and incompetence?

In a phone call with Sean Hannity, Trump says he has a "hunch" that the World Health Organization's estimated 3.4 percent death rate for those infected with coronavirus is a "false number."

Who should we trust: the WHO's scientists or Trump's wildly inconsistent gut?

Trump: "We're talking about very small numbers in the United States."

No, we are not, according to the experts.

The House passes an $8.3 billion coronavirus emergency bill. That's a lot of money to spend on a "hoax."

March 5, 2020: "With approximately 100,000 CoronaVirus cases worldwide, and 3,280 deaths, the United States, because of quick action on closing our borders, has, as of now, only 129 cases (40 Americans brought in) and 11 deaths."

March 6, 2020: "We did an interview on Fox last night, a town hall. I think it was very good. And I said, ‘Calm. You have to be calm. It'll go away.'"

Donald Trump: "I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it. . . . Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?' Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president."

Maybe you're full of s**t. The very same day Trump betrayed his abysmal ignorance by saying: "I didn't know people died from the flu."

The ill-informed Trump also said the crisis is "an unforeseen problem" that "came out of nowhere."

More lies. Many medical experts had warned that such a crisis was coming, years in advance.

Vice President Mike Pence announces that 21 people aboard the Grand Princess, a cruise ship being held off the coast of California, have tested positive for coronavirus.

Donald Trump, on whether or not to bring coronavirus patients on the cruise ship to shore: "I like the numbers being where they are."

In other words, Trump doesn't want Americans to come home, if the actual "numbers" will make him look bad. All that matters is how he looks and his reelection chances.

Trump: "Anybody that needs a test, gets a test. They're there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful."

Trump: "Anybody that wants a test can get a test. That's what the bottom line is." 

More lies. The previous day Vice President Mike Pence had admitted: "We don't have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward." According to William Hanage, a Harvard epidemiologist, "We just twiddled our thumbs as the coronavirus waltzed in."

Larry Kudlow: "We stopped it, it was a very early shut down, I would still argue to you that this thing is contained."

Yet another bald-faced lie, or yet another display of unfathomable ignorance. The same day, major events around the United States were canceled, including the SWSX conference, a two-week event that drew more than 417,000 visitors from 106 countries in 2019. Other major events canceled include Miami's Ultra Music Festival, Facebook's F8 Developer Conference and IBM's Think conference.

Donald Trump: "[Holding rallies] doesn't bother me at all."

Another lie. Within a week Trump would cancel rallies in Colorado, Nevada and Wisconsin.

March 7, 2020: Trump told Sean Hannity: "I'm not concerned at all."

"It came out of China, and we heard about it. And made a good move: We closed it down; we stopped it. Otherwise — the head of CDC said last night that you would have thousands of more problems if we didn't shut it down very early. That was a very early shutdown, which is something we got right."

March 8, 2020: Trump retweets a story about Surgeon General Jerome Adams playing down the risk of coronavirus for Trump personally.

Italy quarantines around 16 million people in its northern Lombardy region, where more than 230 people have died from the coronavirus. The area sealed off includes Milan and Venice.

March 9, 2020: "The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, ‘The risk is low to the average American.'"

The real experts are not saying the risk is low. They are warning Americans of the very real risks they face.

Donald Trump: "So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!"

We are thinking about the fact that experts say the coronavirus is ten times more lethal than the common flu. Why aren't you?

Trump has gone from not knowing that anyone ever died from the flu, to using flu deaths to excuse his mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic.

Donald Trump: "Good for the consumer, gasoline prices coming down!"

According to Trump, the prices of stocks and gas are more important than human lives.

Ireland cancels its St. Patrick's Day festivities.

March 10, 2020: "As you know, it's about 600 cases, it's about 26 deaths, within our country. And had we not acted quickly, that number would have been substantially more."

Donald Trump: "And it hit the world. And we're prepared, and we're doing a great job with it! And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away."

Donald Trump: "It's really working out!"

Trump continues to lie like the conman he is. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explains the reality: "The bottom line: It is going to get worse."

March 11, 2020: "I think we're going to get through it very well."

Donald Trump: "If we get rid of the coronavirus problem quickly, we won't need [economic] stimulus."

That's a very big IF. But why all the talk about stocks, gas and stimulus, and no talk at all about the human toll?

Donald Trump insists that testing "has been going very smooth!"

Trump continues to lie. Dr. Anthony Fauci says in a House hearing about coronavirus test kits in the United States, which were initially dogged by technical glitches: "That is a failing. Let's admit it."

CNN's Jim Acosta asks Trump what he would say to Americans who say you are not taking this seriously enough and that some of your statements don't match what health experts are saying.
Trump replies: "That's CNN. Fake news."

Fake news, really? The same day the W.H.O. says the coronavirus outbreak "can be characterized as a pandemic." Meanwhile the NBA suspends all basketball games after a Utah Jazz player, Rudy Gobert, tests positive for COVID-19. Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, announce they have tested positive.

Trump bars travelers from Europe but still allows travelers from Great Britain and Ireland. Why?

Russell Vought, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, doubles down on proposed cuts to health services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), despite the coronavirus pandemic. Why?

Trump continues to lie: "We're having to fix a problem that, four weeks ago, nobody ever thought would be a problem."

But Trump had been warned many times by medical experts that such a problem was coming. He ignored the warnings and now Americans are scared to death, panicking without trustable leadership, and dying as a result. Harvard University epidemiology professor Marc Lipsitch, director of Harvard's Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, refuted Trump: "This was foreseeable, and foreseen, weeks and months ago, and only now is the White House coming out of denial and heading straight into saying it could not have been foreseen. Almost two months ago, experts were saying that the new virus in Wuhan was potentially a global threat. One month ago, experts were saying that it was likely to be pandemic, and the White House's response was that this was under control, despite the fact that the US's lack of testing was demonstrably giving a false picture of the extent of infection."

Trump lies again, saying the health insurance industry has "agreed to waive all co-payments for coronavirus treatments." In reality, treatment would not be covered. 

March 12, 2020: Donald Trump: "It's pretty amazing!"

Trump tweeted: "It's going to go away. ... The United States, because of what I did and what the administration did with China, we have 32 deaths at this point … when you look at the kind of numbers that you're seeing coming out of other countries, it's pretty amazing when you think of it."

What is truly amazing is that anyone can be so cavalier about human suffering and deaths.

The same day Mike Pence said: "We'll have thousands of more cases." Since Trump's deceitful tweet, the deaths have more than doubled.

Trump attacks the CDC and the Obama administration for his administration's unpreparedness for the coronavirus pandemic. However, it was Obama who created an NSC directorate to prepare for and prevent pandemics. It was Trump who cavalierly disbanded the NSC directorate.

Donald Trump: "We have 'em very heavily tested. If an American's coming back, or anybody's coming back, we're testing. We have a tremendous testing setup where people coming in have to be tested. And if they are positive, and if they're able to get through—because, frankly, if they're not, we're not putting them on planes, if it shows positive…" 

This is not true. The experts are telling us that the US is not able to do the testing that needs to be done. One minute Trump is lashing out at the CDC for being unprepared and the next minute he's insisting that things are "tremendous." Which is it?

Major League Baseball suspends spring training and delays the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.

The NHL suspends all hockey games, putting its postseason playoffs and the Stanley Cup in question.

The NCAA cancels both men's and women's college basketball tournaments, known as March Madness, after most conferences had already suspended their postseason tournaments.

Trump claims he didn't shakes any hands while he was in India, but an Indian website publishes pictures of Trump shaking hands seven times.

March 13, 2020: Trump declares a national state of emergency, after all his glib talk about how "smoothly" and "amazingly" things had been going, and how the numbers were "small" and "sure to go down to zero very quickly."

States including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Maryland announce plans to close schools due to the coronavirus.

March 14, 2020: The Trump administration's response to the coronavirus in the area of testing lags far beyond other countries, according to reports. The director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, Dr. Ashish Jha, says: "Our estimates are we should be doing 100-150,000 tests a day in the United States. We're not even doing a tenth of that right now."

"It's something that nobody expected," Trump claims.

More lies. "This was foreseeable, and foreseen, weeks and months ago," said epidemiology professor Marc Lipsitch, director of Harvard's Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.

More major sports cancellations and/or suspensions: the English Premier League, the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix, the PGA Tour's Players Championship, and the Boston Marathon.

March 15, 2020: "Relax," Trump advised anxious shoppers. "We have tremendous control" over the coronavirus.

Trump: "This is a very contagious ... this is a very contagious virus. It's incredible! But it's something that we have tremendous control of."

That, of course, contradicts everything said by the real experts.

Tweety Trump began his press conference by focusing on what really matters: what people are saying about him. He announced that the Federal Reserve was cutting its interest rates to zero: "That's a big step and I'm very happy they did it. And you will not hear anything about me, unless it's about a month or two from now. So I congratulate the Federal Reserve."

Twenty-nine additional states, including New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Hawaii, announce school closures.

March 16, 2020: "I'm a perfect ten!"

Trump told reporters that he would rate his administration's response to the coronavirus a perfect ten, on a scale of one to ten. Trump takes all the credit for anything positive and none of the blame for anything negative, so he is, in effect, saying that he's perfect.

Trump may have engaged in a rare moment of truthfulness when he admitted that President Obama's pandemic team had been disbanded on purpose: "We broke down the system purposefully." But there was no attempt to rebuild or replace what had been broken down. So when the long-predicted pandemic came, there was no one in the Trump administration in a position to deal with the crisis. Trump's personal ignorance on the subject is self-evident in his quotes on this page. And none of his underlings seemed to understand the gravity of the situation. The Trump administration painted a rosy picture: gas prices were falling, it was a good time to buy stocks, it would all be over very quickly, etc.

Wall Street did not agree, plunging yet again as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 3,000 points in a single day.

For a few seconds during a press conference Trump seemed to finally get it, saying: "We have an invisible enemy ... This is a bad one. This is a very bad one." But then he was once again talking about ending the crisis "quickly" and having "a big celebration altogether."

"We don't want everybody taking this test," Trump said. "It's totally unnecessary. And this will pass." But the real experts disagree. The World Health Organization delivered a simple message to all countries: "Test every suspected COVID-19 case," W.H.O. Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. "If they test positive, isolate them and find out who they have been in close contact with up to two days before they developed symptoms and test those people too."

The United States lags far behind other nations in coronavirus testing, thanks to Trump's lies and incompetence. Rather than admitting his and his administration's failings, Trump gives himself a perfect ten. Meanwhile, Americans are suffering and dying and cannot look to their president for truth or responsible behavior.

March 17, 2020: Trump completely reverses course and now claims that he always knew the coronavirus was a pandemic! This comes after months of Trump saying he wasn't worried at all, that the numbers were small and would quickly drop to zero, that reports of a global crisis were "fake news" and a "hoax," etc.

"This is a pandemic," Trump told reporters. "I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic."

Just the day before, on March 16 in the White House briefing room, Trump had predicted that the outbreak would simply "wash" away this summer: "So it could be right in that period of time where it, I say, wash — it washes through. Other people don't like that term. But where it washes through."

Did Trump change his tune, however inconsistently, because coronavirus cases have now been confirmed at Mar-a-Lago?

According to Politico, Mar-a-Lago has become "a gilded petri dish for a global disease." Is this why Trump suddenly changed his tune from the coronavirus being "fake news" and a "Democratic hoax" to finally admitting what it really is: a pandemic? Apparently Trump is unconcerned about ordinary Americans suffering and dying. But when the crown jewel of his real estate empire is threatened, there is suddenly a note of alarm.

Trump says: "We're asking everyone to work at home, if possible, postpone unnecessary travel, and limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people." Trump insists there was "no shift in tone" from the White House.

More lies. Trump has shifted from saying the numbers were going down to zero to saying we're in deep s**t.

March 18, 2020: Why did Trump keep playing down the coronavirus pandemic? According to The New York Times, he was following the advice of Jared Kushner. Kushner repeatedly advised Trump that the media was exaggerating the severity of the coronavirus outbreak. And so Trump downplayed the threat while accusing the "Fake News Media" and Democrats of "inflaming" the situation. Kushner "privately told Trump what the president then repeated publicly."

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has words of comfort for Americans. Johnson very helpfully pointed out that that "no more than 3.4 percent of our population" is in danger of dying from the coronavirus. Armed with this data, Johnson wants Americans to put things in the proper "perspective." With a population of 331 million, this means we face "only" 11.25 million deaths. We only have to worry about 3 to 4 people out of every hundred we know dying, on average. And if others end up on ventilators or otherwise incapacitated, well some of us will still be able to breathe on our own. So toughen up, Americans, and get some "perspective" thanks to Ron Johnson!

March 19, 2020: Trump was photographed reading from notes at the daily coronavirus task force press conference where the word "corona" was crossed out and replaced with "Chinese" to described COVID-19. The photograph, taken by a Washington Post photographer, showed the word crossed out in what appeared to be Sharpie and in the president's own handwriting.

The New York Times reports that "Trump’s own Department of Health and Human Services ran a series of simulations last year about a pandemic respiratory virus originating in China that ultimately infected 110 million Americans. The exercise 'drove home just how underfunded, underprepared and uncoordinated the federal government would be for a life-or-death battle with a virus for which no treatment existed.' Yet there's little evidence of a serious push to increase America’s readiness. ... When the coronavirus emerged in China, Trump's instinct was to treat it as a public relations problem, insisting repeatedly that it would 'go away.' South Korea and the United States announced their first coronavirus cases at around the same time; while South Korea ramped up the production of tests, the United States dithered. As Reuters reported, South Korea, a country of around 51 million, has tested 290,000 people. In the United States, a country of 330 million, only 60,000 tests had been conducted as of Tuesday."

California orders a lockdown for 40 million residents. The U.S. Senate unveils a trillion-dollar-plus coronavirus stimulus package. That's a lot of money to spend on "fake news" and a "hoax"!

March 20, 2020: As Chairman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) received daily briefings about the coronavirus. Publicly he downplayed the danger, saying the US was "better prepared than ever before." Meanwhile, in private Burr unloaded up to $1.72 million in stocks just before they lost huge amounts of market value. According to Forbes the 33 stocks sold by Burr were "in sectors hit hard by the outbreak." Thanks to insider information, Burr and other rich, entitled senators were able to profit while millions of Americans suffered tremendous hits to their retirement savings. Like Trump, these senators knew the truth but lied to the American public, putting their personal interests vastly above the public good. Burr was a vocal opponent of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act and now we know why. Like Trump, he thinks he's above the law and should have special advantages over ordinary Americans. And while their illegal profiting on the misfortunes of other Americans is obscene, what's far worse is that Trump and the senators knew what was coming, but lied to 330 million Americans they had sworn to protect. NPR obtained a recording of Burr warning a group of wealthy constituents about the dire economic impact of the coronavirus and the dangers of traveling, at a time when he and the Trump administration were publicly downplaying the threat. Are only the rich entitled to know the truth? How many citizens will suffer and die because they were not told the truth and given time to prepare for the coming pandemic? No serial killer sent to the electric chair murdered, even remotely, as many people as Trump & Co. undoubtedly will, before it's all over. Lock them up!

Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) reported the first sale of stock jointly owned by her and her husband on Jan. 24, the same day the Senate Health Committee hosted a private coronavirus briefing given by medical experts who included Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. After the briefing Loeffler and her husband, the chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, would sell 29 stocks valued at up to $3.1 million. Meanwhile on Jan. 28 she lied to the American public, tweeting: "Democrats have dangerously and intentionally misled the American people on #Coronavirus readiness. Here’s the truth: @realDonaldTrump & his administration are doing a great job working to keep Americans healthy & safe." Yeah, right. You and your husband had so much confidence in Trump and his administration that you started dumping stocks the minute you heard the truth!

Vultures of a feather, flocking together? Burr and Loeffler sat next to each other during the Senate's impeachment trial in January.

At least two other senators have also been accused of trading on inside information.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo orders all non-essential businesses to keep their workers at home.

March 21, 2020: Trump continues to spew lies and disinformation: vaccines, websites, tests and medical ships are touted as being ready, or nearly ready, when they're not. Trump's lies and exaggerations are repeatedly "walked back" by Mike Pence, other subordinates, and medical experts. According to one senior official, Trump's drive to announce unfinished initiatives created a "need to make good on half-baked promises." The official learned about some initiatives only when the president announced them at the White House podium.

March 22, 2020: Rolling Stone reminds us: "Never forget, Trump played golf as the number of cases surged." Also: "It turns out in a time of crisis a conman is not up for the task."

Shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods? Ron Paul, a former Republican Presidential candidate, recently wrote an article in which he called the coronavirus pandemic a "big hoax." That might come as a surprise to his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who just tested positive for the coronavirus. After years of pandering to a conman, Republicans finally have a reality check they can't ignore. Ironically, Rand Paul was the was the only senator to vote against a bipartisan deal to provide $8 billion in emergency coronavirus funding earlier this month.

Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who had been in contact with Rand Paul, announced that he would self-quarantine. When Trump was informed of this at a presser, the reptilian president replied, "Gee, that's too bad." Romney was, of course, the only Senate Republican who voted to convict Trump on abuse of power after the Senate impeachment trial. As Seth Meyers noted: "Donald Trump never passes up an opportunity to remind us that he is an awful person."

March 23,2020: Dr. Sejal Hathi of Massachusetts General Hospital rips Trump a new one: "We [doctors] are sick and tired and angry at the indifference of a self-obsessed president and the inaction and ineptitude of his dithering administration."

March 24, 2020: The wife of an Arizona man who died after ingesting chloroquine phosphate to protect himself from the novel coronavirus urged the public on Monday not to "believe anything that the president says" and rely on doctors instead. The woman, who is in critical care after taking the drug with her husband, explained: "We saw Trump on TV — every channel — and all of his buddies and [they said] that this was safe. ... Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure." (Trump had repeatedly touted chloroquine as a "very powerful" treatment against the coronavirus and had falsely claimed it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.) Asked for her message to the public, the woman told NBC News: "Oh my God, don't take anything. Don't believe anything that the president says and his people ... call your doctor."

Trump said that he wants the country to be "opened up and just raring to go by Easter." Trump said of the Easter deadline (emphasis on "dead"?) ... "I thought it was a beautiful time. A beautiful timeline. Trump's target date to open the nation for business by April 12 less than three weeks away was quite obviously driven by sentiment and symbolism, not medical data or logic.

Mitch McConnell said the US economy was "ready to soar" thanks to the just-passed coronavirus stimulus plan and, perhaps, a hefty dose of Trumpian wishful thinking.

March 25, 2020: Trump returns to portraying the coronavirus pandemic as a "hoax" that can be safely ignored, this time starting with his magical timeline of Easter. Trump's motivation is apparent in this tweet: "The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!" 

Thus the coronavirus, which started as a next-to-nothing "hoax," then became the pandemic Trump had always seen and recognized, is now back to "hoax" status. Never mind about Americans who may suffer and die, while putting their loved ones at risk, if they return to work too soon. They are not "real people" to Trump! What really matters to Trump is that Trump gets reelected. To do that he needs everyone to work, whether they live or die, and whether or not they infect their loved ones in the process. Get your priorities straight, Americans, and put your Fearless Leader first, as he does Himself! He is completely fearless as far as you and your families are concerned. Now we know why he's imperially called The Donald.

As for the "get back to work" imperative, the Nazis had similar encouragement for slaves to toil regardless of the risks: Arbeit macht frei ("Work makes you free"), which they posted at slave labor camps like Auschwitz. Americans, being a free people, have the right to be safe when they work, or to stay home if they're not. But many Americans look to their president for guidance in such perilous times and unfortunately a large percentage of them believe this deceitful conman despite all the lies he's told. How many Americans will suffer and die, to give Trump a better shot at getting reelected?

March 26, 2020: A Trump attorney just confirmed that Trump has been "patently false, misleading and deceptive" in a cease-and-desist letter he sent to American TV stations regarding an unflattering campaign ad. "On behalf of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., President Trump’s principal campaign committee, this letter notifies you that your station is airing a patently false, misleading, and deceptive advertisement," wrote Alex Cannon, special counsel to Trump's campaign. The ad simply replays Trump's recorded public statements about the coronavirus, in his own voice, saying things like: "The coronavirus ... is their new hoax," and "We have it totally under control," and "One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear," and "People are surprised that I understand it." The ad ends with the self-damning: "No, I don’t take responsibility at all." Trump obviously doesn't want to be quoted now that the truth has come out. We are reminded of Trump viciously attacking Megyn Kelly when all she did was quote things he had said publicly about women. Even Trump can't stand to hear how awful he sounds.

Trump talked to two people and decided the numbers are not so bad, really: "Many people have it. I just spoke to two people that had it. They never went to a doctor, they didn’t report it." Trump used the fact that some cases are mild to justify his rush to reduce  distancing measures and reopen closed businesses. Trump concluded: "The people that actually die, that percentage is much lower than I actually thought." But talking to two people who weren't tested is far from a scientific investigation. Trump's "math" seems to be mostly wishful thinking. But even if he's correct that the fatality rate is lower than projected by experts, if half the US population becomes infected there could still be millions of deaths. The best solution is to vastly reduce the number of new infections, not to engage in wishful thinking and magical math. Is Trump seeing dollar signs while ignoring the human cost?

According to Tone Deaf Trump, "A lot of good things are happening. The mortality rate is, in my opinion, ... way, way down." He said this on a day when more than 200 Americans were reported to have died, with the US having become the world leader in confirmed coronavirus cases.

March 27, 2020: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and heir to the crown Prince Charles both have confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

President Photo-Op announces that he will visit Norfolk to pose and preen while a Navy hospital ship sets sail to aid coronavirus patients.

March 28, 2020: Trump discusses a possible "enforceable" quarantine of the state of New York. Would he use the American military to patrol New York's borders and coasts?

Trump told reporters: "Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hot spot — New York, New Jersey, one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut, quarantined."

New York has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with over 52,000 confirmed cases and still climbing.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo compared Trump's quarantine proposal to "a declaration of war on states."

Is Trump concerned about his precious Mar-a-Lago? He explained his reasoning: "They're having problems down in Florida. A lot of New Yorkers going down, we don't want that, heavily infected."

March 29, 2020: Trump changes his tune again, now saying that 2.2 million Americans might die if extreme measures are not taken. Returning to normalcy by Easter is now just a discarded "aspiration." Trump's new tune is: "Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won." But of course that's what he did for three months himself.

During a Rose Garden press conference, Trump released a barrage of outright lies, misrepresentations and denials of things he had said previously:

An obvious, flat-out lie: "And as you know, even before this development, we've been doing more tests — tests than any other country, anywhere in the world."

Trump suggest hospitals or medical workers are stealing masks: "Even though this is different, something is going on, and you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going? Are they going out the back door? How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000? ... So I think people should check that because there's something going on, whether — it's not — I don't think it's hoarding; I think it's maybe worse than hoarding."

Trump says the states are lying about their needs: "Many of the states are stocked up. Some of them don't admit it, but they have — we have sent just so much — so many things to them and — including ventilators."

And so on ...

March 30, 2020: As the coronavirus threatens to kill more Americans than 9-11 and the Korean and Vietnam wars combined, Mr. Inappropriate boasts that the hair being ruffled by the wind is really his. Trump continues to attack reporters who simply quote what he actually said about the coronavirus, when quicker, more decisive actions could have saved hundreds of thousands or millions of American lives. It seems likely that Trump's failure to act quickly and decisively in the early stages of the pandemic will cause the mobilization to come too late for the peak period of infections, which is rapidly approaching.

A Boston Globe editorial says: "Much of the suffering and death coming was preventable. The president has blood on his hands. ... Catastrophic decisions in the White House have doomed the world’s richest country to a season of untold suffering."

March 31, 2020: For more than two months Trump insisted the numbers were very "low" and were declining rapidly toward zero. He said that all patients were getting better. He said his administration had the coronavirus "totally under control." There are now 161,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States—the most in the world—and the numbers are climbing exponentially, more than tripling in one week. But due to the lack of tests, the real numbers are undoubtedly much higher. And with 3,400 coronavirus deaths, all patients are obviously not getting better. And yet Trump refuses to admit his mistakes, much less apologize for them. According to Trump, he's a perfect ten!

April 1, 2020: Here is something for April Fool's Day:

Big Rocket Man

No one had ever thought of rockets before Trump. He knew about rockets before anyone else. And he knows more about rockets than rocket scientists, who are amazed at how much he knows. It must be a natural gift! Rockets are amazing and beautiful, even when they kill people (which is nothing to worry about, because more people die from the flu). Trump will claim all the credit for everyone saved by rockets, theoretically, while accepting absolutely no responsibility for anyone who actually dies if he fails to protect the nation from incoming missiles, because that's what a Great Leader like Trump does.―Michael R. Burch aka "The Loyal Opposition"

April 2, 2020: Trump says scarves can be "better" than masks. The CDC says scarves are a last resort.

The CDC recommends that Americans wear masks when they go outside. Trump refuses to set a good example and wear a mask. How many lives might he save by setting a good example? How many Americans will emulate Trump and die as a result, while infecting others? Even as Trump announced a new federal recommendation that Americans wear masks in public, he immediately undermined the simple and sane advice by saying: "I am choosing not to do it."

Trump says he cut off Europe "very early." That's two lies in one because he didn't cut off any European countries until March 11, a delay of two-and-a-half months. By that time, New York had already become a hot zone due, no doubt, in large part to people arriving with the virus. New York has the most traffic with the outside world and now it has the most coronavirus cases. Furthermore, Trump didn't cut off all Europe. For instance, he didn't cut off Great Britain. Now Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are infected. How smart was that decision?

April 3, 2020: Trump's latest game plan is quite obvious: He will claim all credit for everything good that happens, while blaming governors, reporters, the media, China, people with darker skin, liberals, Democrats and the Obama administration for everything that goes wrong.

Medical experts have been recommending a national lockdown. Trump wants to limit lockdowns to hot spots like New York. But new hot spots keep popping up. Each new hot spot reduces the number of ventilators that could go to the hardest-hit areas. Once again the experts are correct. Once again Typhoid Don is wrong. Trump has been behind the coronavirus curve for four months. If he had listened to the experts from day one, and followed their advice, how many lives would have been saved?

Trump continues to lead from behind while shirking as much responsibility as possible. For instance, while American hospitals face critical, life-threatening shortages of medical equipment and gear, the Trump administration rewrote the federal government’s stated mission for its stockpile of medical supplies. Where the federal government once said the stockpile "ensures that the right medicines and supplies get to those who need them the most," the revised version says its purpose is merely to "supplement state and local supplies." More Trumpian blame-shifting.

The Top Ten Donald Trump 666 Connections

At a rally in Iowa in 2016, Donald Trump said: "I like money. I'm very greedy. I'm a greedy person. I shouldn't tell you that, I'm a greedy — I've always been greedy. I love money, right?

The Bible says a man cannot serve two masters: If he loves money, he will hate God.

(1)The Trump family bought the most expensive single building ever purchased in the United States, at 666 Fifth Avenue, a street that symbolizes money (Mammon). The Bible says a man cannot serve both God and Mammon, because he will love one and hate the other. Donald Trump obviously loves Mammon because he gold-plates his toilets and lives in opulent splendor. Thus according to the Bible, he cannot love God. The 666 tower appears in the movies Exorcist II: The Heretic and The Wolf of Wall Street. Trump is a Heretic and an avaricious Wolf who has written books about "winning" at any cost. In Exorcist II: The Heretic a sleepwalking Regan risks death atop the 666 building. Does she represent Ronald Reagan followers who chose to follow Trump despite the obvious danger? The Wolf of Wall Street opens in the Top of the Sixes (666), a penthouse restaurant, and the movie about "rampant corruption and fraud" uses the f-word a record 569 times. The 666 skyscraper (a modern Tower of Babel) is home to Lucent (Lucifer) Technologies and its RFID microchip (the Mark of the Beast). Lucent has technologies called Inferno, Styx and Limbo.

The picture above is 666 Fifth Avenue, a street symbolic of money (Mammon), materialism, hubris and power. The most expensive single building in the U.S. was purchased by the Trump family! Furthermore, Trump's other New York City properties form a pentagram around the 666 centerpiece!

(2) The Trump family paid $1.8 billion for the most expensive building on record. And 18 = 3*6 = 666. The 666 tower was purchased through Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. (The Bible tells us that the city of Babylon was founded through Kush by his son Nimrod. The name Jared means "descendent," so his name literally means "son of Kush," which can be interpreted as "son of Babylon.")

The movie The Omen was released on 6-6-6 (June 6, 1976). Many people have mentioned the striking resemblance between Damien Thorn and Jared Kushner.

(3) The Trump family is also in the process of building a $666 million tower at One Journal Square. According to multiple reports the height will be 666 feet.

(4) Another Trump Fifth Avenue property, the famous Trump Tower, is 203 meters tall according to multiple reports. And 203 meters = 666 feet.

The Trumps live in a gold-and-diamond-encrusted penthouse on the Trump Tower's 66th floor, complete with paintings of Apollo and erotic statues of the pagan Greek sex god Eros and his consort Psyche. Trump Tower is a modern Tower of Babel, a pagan Ziggurat complete with hanging gardens like those of Babylon, in the form of an inverted pyramid (pictured above). And please keep in mind that Kush, the son of Ham who was cursed by God, was the founder of Babylon. Of course Jared Kushner is Trump's son-in-law, meaning that his daughter is now Ivanka Kushner.

(5) Donald Trump inherited his grandmother's real estate empire when she died on June 6, 1966 = 6-6-6. Her name was Elizabeth Christ Trump. The family business name at that time was E. Trump & Son. Elizabeth means "oath" so her full name may be interpreted as "oath for Christ to be trumped [i.e., outranked and upstaged through trickery]."

(6) As reported by reputable news services like The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Fortune, in the first fiscal year of Trump's presidency which started in 2016 (666+666+666+6+6+6)  the budget deficit swelled to 666 billion dollars! (Fox Business and CNN Money reported the same figure, so this is something everyone can agree on.)

(7) The Trump surname is an anglicized version of the German name Drumpf ...

In Jewish gematria and English Sumerian gematria the value of the letters in Don Drumpf is 666. (Don being both his abbreviated first name and meaning "powerful ruler.")
Donald John Drumpf in American ASCII computer code is 666.
Donald Trump called himself the Brexit candidate and Don Brexit in American gematria is 666.
Brexit Trump yields 966 in Jewish gematria, 996 in English gematria, and 166 in simple gematria. "I Am guiding you" also yields 966 in Jewish gematria.
Donald Trump said that he should be called "Mr. Brexit" and since his family is German that would be Herr Brexit, which yields 669 in Jewish gematria.
Donald John Trump's real name in German is Donald Johann Drumpf and each name has six letters = 666.
There are multiple reports of Trump flashing the Illuminati triple-six hand sign = 666.
The Trump coat of arms contains three number six symbols = 666.

The Trump coat of arms (on the right below) contains three snakelike number six symbols in mirror images on the left and right. The tails of the three lions in the center shield form a third snakelike 666. There are more snakelike sixes in the branches and leaves. The Trump coat of arms was quite obviously copied from the Davies family coat of arms (on the left). The word Integritas (Integrity) was replaced by Trump (Deceit) and the gaudy golden sixes were added. Joseph Edward Davies was the third husband of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the socialite who built the Mar-a-Lago resort. The Davies family has considered suing Trump over the stolen coat of arms, according to BBC and New York Times articles.

(8) Trump first made racist remarks about Hispanic immigrants on June 6, 2015 = 6+6+(1+5) = 666. His fearmongering comments about "rapists" and "drug dealers" vaulted him to the top of the polls. On the same date, 6-6-6, speaking to a packed room in Raleigh, NC, Trump announced that the "American dream is dead" and only he can resurrect it. Only he, not even God Almighty, can "make America great again."

(9) Trump announced his candidacy for president on June 16, 2015 = 6+(1*6)+(1+5) = 666. On the Ides of March, he had 666 delegates (image below). The Ides of March marked a turning point in Roman history, as the Roman Republic became a Roman Empire ruled by a succession of dictators. On October 28, 2016 the FiveThirtyEight website had Trump with a 66.6 percent chance of winning the election in Utah, the citadel of Mormonism.

The number 666 denotes arrogance, pride, egotism, the love of money and power, and militarism: all things Donald Trump brags about as if they were virtues.

(10) The 2016 election was "all Trump all the time" and 2016 = 666+666+666+6+6+6.

(11) On February 2, 2018, the day Trump allowed the Nunes memo to be publishedin a blatant attempt to smear the FBI and destroy public confidence in the bureau's integritythe Dow Jones stock market index dropped 666 points.

(12) Trump has been praised and endorsed by leading Baptist pastors like Jerry Falwell Jr., David Jeremiah, Robert Jeffress and James F. Linzey. The last hymn in the Baptist Hymnal is hymn number 666.

(13) Donald Trump spends hours watching and being influenced by the Fox network, and the letters in "Fox" add up to 666 according to three different methods! To see how, please click here: FOX 666.

If there are no accidents with God, what is God trying to tell His disciples?

Other indications that Trump is the Antichrist:

There was a total lunar eclipse on the day Donald Trump was born (June 14, 1946). A total lunar eclipse is known as a "blood moon." The Bible prophesies that the moon will turn to blood before "the great and terrible day of the LORD." The eclipse started on 6-14-6 and ended on 6-15-6. Of course 1+5=6, so the blood moon ended on 6-6-6 and that was Trump's first full day on earth! Trump's birthdate has a Julian date of 2431986. Exactly 666 days later, on Julian date 2432652 (April 9, 1948) the horrific Der Yassin massacre took place in Israel, making peace impossible thereafter.

Most Christians are aware of the "budding of the fig tree" as a sign of the end times. The budding of the fig tree is interpreted to be the rebirth of Israel as a nation. Trump was born in 1946, the year the US reversed its position on the establishment of a Jewish state in Israel. On the eve of Yom Kippur, 1946, President Harry S. Truman issued a statement indicating, for the first time, official U.S. support for the creation of a "viable Jewish state." And on the very day that Trump was born (June 14, 1946), the Jewish Haganah blew up eleven bridges that had connected the soon-to-be state of Israel to unfriendly neighboring states, signaling to the British government that further delays in Jewish immigration were not acceptable. (Many Jewish immigrants were fleeing the horrors of the Holocaust, as WWII had recently ended.) That act of defiance, called "The Night of the Bridges" and "Operation Markolet," may be considered the actual beginning of the Jewish state of Israel, and its first major united military offensive. The Palmach Information Center calls Operation Markolet "the largest and most comprehensive of all the Jewish Resistance Movement's operations." And Operation Markolet was successful, because within a few months the British government announced that it would remove all its troops from the region. It was the removal of British troops from Palestine that, more than anything, allowed Israel to become a reality. But Trump's relationship to Israel is extremely doubtful. He has made it clear that all he cares about is "winning" himself and acquiring money and power. He has accepted gifts and accolades from the House of Saud, the rulers of Saudi Arabia, who do not recognize Israel at all. The oil-rich nations surrounding Israel have a lot more money and influence than Israel. Trump has already reneged on his promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Why? And the Bible says that the Antichrist will talk about "peace" while betraying Israel.

The day Trump was born (June 14, 1946) the Baruch Plan was unveiled. The U.S. representative to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, Bernard Baruch, proposed U.N. control of all nuclear weapons. Baruch opened his remarks by saying, "We are here to make a choice between the quick and the dead." One historian later offered the opinion that "the Baruch Plan was the nearest approach to a world government proposal ever offered by the United States."

Before the election, Trump invited Japan, North Korea and Saudi Arabia to develop nukes, so that the U.S. can save money on defense. After Trump became president, ballistic missiles were fired by Iran, North Korea and Russia. Is destabilizing the world in the best interests of Americans, or is it part of the Antichrist's "master plan" to master the planet? After all the hard work Ronald Reagan did to reduce American and Russian nuclear weapons, Trump announced that he wants to "greatly expand" nuclear weaponry. So what will happen if the United States greatly expands its nuclear weapons? Obviously  nations like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea will accelerate their nuclear programs ... and the world will become even more dangerous. Ronald Reagan did not want to "greatly expand" nukes. He wanted the opposite and helped make it happen. Why does Trump want a new, incredibly expensive and dangerous nuclear arms race?

Trump claims to be a Christian but he obviously has never read the Bible and doesn't live by it. The Bible says that a man who loves Mammon cannot serve God, but will hate God.

The Pyramid is one of the most important Illuminati symbols. The large base represent us, the little people at the bottom, while the capstone represent the 0.001% ruling from atop the capstone. Donald Trump is seen making the Illuminati sign twice, which was also made by Adolph Hitler (insert).

Trump conspiracy theory

There are more 666 connections on this page, along with predictions by Nostradamus that sound exactly like Donald Trump, including his "wall" ...


It should come as no surprise that the microchipping of Americans has begun during Trump's watch. This was front-page news in the August 6, 2017 issue of USA Today. The microchips allow employees to be scanned and identified by computers and can be used to authorize or decline purchases and other transactions. Where were such chips originally designed and developed? As explained later on this page, the Trump family purchased the most expensive building in the history of America, at 666 Fifth Avenue, a street symbolic of money (Mammon). Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump paid $1.8 billion for the building, which is 6+6+6 billion. The 666 tower is home to Lucent (Lucifer) Technologies and its RFID microchip (believed by many Christians to be the prophesied Mark of the Beast). Lucent has technologies called Inferno, Styx and Limbo. The 666 building appears in the movies Exorcist II: The Heretic and The Wolf of Wall Street, so these facts are common knowledge. And what about rumors of wars and signs in the heavens? Immediately below the microchipping article was another article about a Perseid meteor shower that was predicted to be the brightest in human history. Since Trump was elected there has been one natural disaster after another, including two thousand-year hurricanes within a few days of each other. In the past, such heavenly events were taken as omens. For instance, the star that led the Magi to the manger where the Christ child lay. But in Trump's case, all omens seem to be dark, and are rapidly getting darker and more nightmarish ...

And please make no mistake that American neo-Nazis who chant "Hail Trump!"just as their German predecessors once chanted "Heil Hitler!"are virulently anti-Jewish and anti-Israel. The Charlottesville neo-Nazis were "obsessed" with Jews, according to reporters. On their antisemitic websites the neo-Nazis posted calls to burn a local synagogue, the Congregation Beth Israel. They stationed men armed with assault weapons across the street from the synagogue as Jews prayed inside. Shades of the Holocaust! These neo-Nazis love Trump. They praise Trump. They worship Trump with cries of "Hail!" which echo the German "Heil!" And they want to burn synagogues to the ground. If that doesn't trouble you, God help us all. If it does trouble you, then it's time to resist the Nazis and their hero of racism and intolerance: TRUMP. Trump did his best to defend the neo-Nazis by saying that both sides were to blame. That's like saying Jews would have been to blame if they had resisted what the Nazis did to them during the Holocaust. It's like saying that our heroic defenders who fought and died in World War II to end the Nazi menace were "just as guilty" as Hitler and his goons. Is this a Christian talking, or is this the logic of the Antichrist? Should Christians support someone who supports Nazis? As Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, explained: "Make no mistake, the extreme right considers many people their threat, but it always, always, always comes back to the Jews." He also observed that "Trump harnessed this movement and also injected energy into it." Why is Trump defending Nazis and acting as if the people who oppose them are equally to blame? Well, his father was arrested at a KKK rally and the KKK is also virulently anti-Jewish. And Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is an admirer of Satan and Lenin:

I'm a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today's establishment.Stephen K. Bannon
Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power.Stephen K. Bannon

Donald Trump and Benito Mussolini: Striking Parallels

Why did Trump go to Saudi Arabia, as his first official visit as the American president? Why did Trump bow down submissively before the Saudi king to accept the golden Collar of al-Saud? (Trump's campaign director Roger Stone tweeted that he wanted to "puke" when he saw Trump bow down to accept the gilded collar.)

The Bible says that the Antichrist will talk about peace, only to betray Israel. Trump is on record saying that Saudi Arabia should be allowed to have nukes. But he also claimed there was "very profound" information that the Saudis were involved in the 9-11 attacks, referring to a 9-11 Commission report that was classified at the time. Trump evidently had inside information, because 28 pages of the report were later declassified and high-ranking Saudis, including Prince Bandar, were implicated. Trump said that he would ban Muslims from entering the United States for security purposes, but not his rich Muslim friends, which include the Saudi royal family! Saudi Arabia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, maintaining a hard-line position. Trump said that he will be "neutral" on Israel and has already weaseled out of his promise to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, while criticizing the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The Bible prophesies that the Antichrist will be a "little horn" who rises up, spouting great words and pretending to offer world peace, only to betray Israel in the end. A trump is a small horn. The ancient Hebrew prophets predicted a "Trump of Doom." Were the prophets speaking literally? The attempted military coup in Turkey is another reason not to let Saudi Arabia obtain nukes. Do we really want unstable Middle Eastern states to have WMDs? Trump has predicted catastrophes at every turn, claiming that he alone can "save" us, as if he is Savior of the World rather than God Almighty. But what are his REAL intentions? Why does he want Saudi Arabia to have nukes, after the 9-11 attacks and considering the Saudi royal family's antagonism toward Israel and its alleged support of radical Islam and ISIS? Why does Trump speak so highly of murderous thugs like Putin, Assad, Saddam, Jong-un and Duterte? And why does the number 666 keep popping up over and over, in relation to The Donald and his family?

More Donald Trump 666 Connections

Here are more Trump 666 connections, including predictions of Nostradamus ...

Trump's first foray into politics was announced in a 1986 New York Times article dated 6-6-6 explaining that The Donald would trump Mayor Koch by building a long-delayed Central Park rink through "sheer force of will."

Trump entered the political world at the biblical age of 40. According to Trump himself, the critical first meeting with New York City officials took place on 6-6-6 in his office.

The Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium, called an "artists' enclave" by Donald Trump, was announced on The Apprentice on June 6, 2016 = 6-6-6. The project raised cries of fraud, deception and mismanagement.
On the same date, 6-6-6, an article in Christian Science Monitor predicted that "Pragmatism May TRUMP Zeal as Iran's Power Grows."

On the same date, 6-6-6, there was a TruthDig article titled "The Eve of Destruction." The opening line of the Barry McGuire song "Eve of Destruction" is "The eastern world it is exploding!" Trump seems intent on making it explode.

In the Heidi Klum video in which she responds to Trump's sexist remark that she is no longer a ten, Klum wears a t-shirt inscribed with the number 9.99. Upside down, that is 666.

In the Sex and the City pilot which aired 6-6-1998 (1998=666+666+666), Mr. Big is based on Donald Trump, Samantha calls Mr. Big a "young Donald Trump," the Twin Towers are prominent, and Carrie says "Self protection and closing the deal are paramount."

The Bible's first 666 reference is the weight in talents of gold that King Solomon collected each year (1 Kings 10:14, 2 Chronicles 9:13, Ezra 2:13); Trump loves gold so much that he gold-plates his toilets.

The number 666 is the sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel; Trump has owned casinos and during his presidential campaign announced his intention to build a new multi-million-dollar casino in Las Vegas.

Richard Rorty's book Achieving Our Country predicted a Trump presidency in 1998, and 1998=666+666+666.

On October 28, 2016 the FiveThirtyEight website had Trump with a 66.6 percent chance of winning the election in Utah, the citadel of Mormonism.

On June 9, 2016 = 696 = Donald Trump sent his infamous tweet about Hillary Clinton's missing 33,000 emails and promised a "major Hillary speech," mere hours after Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort had what appears to have been a treasonous backdoor meeting with Russian government agent Natalia Veselnitskaya. Reince Priebus was also photographed walking into Trump Tower the same day and his appearance was noted by AP reporter Jonathan Lemire in a tweet. This is also the time that Roger Stone predicted that Trump would "destroy" Hillary Clinton.

On March 6, 2009 (the sixth day of the third month = 3*6 = three more sixes), the S&P bottomed out at 666. On that day, Donald Trump told CBS News that he was "gobbling up" properties in Washington D.C. (Little did anyone at the time know that the property he had in mind was the White House!) At that time Trump predicted that the national unemployment rate would rise to over 10%, which didn't happen under the Obama administration. Was Trump predicting what would happen when he became president and started stocking his cabinet with Goldman Sachs donors? Recently an article titled "The Barron's Bomb!" stated: "Last week, BARRON'S magazine suggested the bull market that began March 2009 at 666 will not end until it 'tops out" when the NASDAQ hits 6666." Donald Trump used the name John Barron as an alias, and his youngest son's name is Barron. Is the "bomb" he predicted about to be dropped on the American people?

House Resolution 666 lifted the ban on U.S. oil exports, at a time the earth is overheating, ice caps and glaciers are melting, and untold numbers of innocent animals face extinction. Donald Trump enthuses about the U.S. being an energy exporter, including "beautiful clean coal." But of course no one can burn coal or oil without releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The solution is not to export and burn more coal and oil, but to create "green" energy. But Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris accords, refusing to be responsible about man's responsibility to the earth and its myriad creatures. What on earth can the Creator think about what Trump intends to do to his creation? BTW, HR 666 was later renumbered to HR 702 to disguise its devilish intentions.

Trackdown Trump: Did a 1958 TV Show Predict Trump?


Did Nostradamus predict Donald Trump as a modern-day Antichrist when he spoke of "The false trumpet concealing madness" that will change money and standards?

Nostradamus also predicted: "The trumpet shakes with great discord. An agreement broken: lifting the face to heaven: the bloody mouth will swim with blood; the face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground." Israel is "the land of milk and honey." The Bible predicts that the Antichrist will betray Israel. Did Nostradamus see and predict the same thing? Trump has said that he will be "neutral" regarding Israel. But will he, really?

Did Nostradamus predict Trump's wall as well: "The republic of the great city will not want to consent to the great severity: King summoned by trumpet to go out, the ladder at the wall, the city will repent."

Nostradamus again: "The great Senate will ordain the triumph for one who afterwards will be vanquished, driven out: At the sound of the trumpet of his adherents there will be put up for sale their possessions, enemies expelled."
Matt Haig, a best-selling British writer, wrote a Facebook post about Trump that concludes: "It might be the end of the world. But we still can't switch to another channel." To his surprise, the word count was 666.

Trump goes to church for Easter and Christmas. He collects Bibles but doesn't seem to read them and certainly doesn't live by them. His daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism.

Through his German ancestors named Christ and Trump, Donald inherited millions of dollars and a vast real estate empire. Will he now attempt to "trump" (upstage) Christ and rule by deceiving the very elect?

Trump certainly seems to see himself as everyone's master and ruler: for instance, if anyone protests at one of his rallies, he has them silenced and thrown out, ignoring their constitutional right to freedom of speech.

Trump mocked Ted Cruz, calling him a "pussy," for not being as anxious as Trump to resort to torture (waterboarding). What sort of man mocks and insults other people for not endorsing torture?

Donald called the situation in the Middle East akin to "medieval times" and said "I'd bring back waterboarding, and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding." He sounds anxious to get started.

The anti-Christ is supposed to be a sort of "reverse twin" of Jesus Christ, as if Lucifer became flesh and tried to become the Savior of the world. And Trump is certainly proclaiming himself to be the only possible Savior!

Trump claims to be a Christian but said he never asks God for forgiveness and he denigrated Holy Communion by speaking dismissively of the "little bread" and "little wine," suggesting that HE is much bigger and more important!

And yet Trump is being praised and endorsed by evangelical Christians like Sarah Palin, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Franklin Graham, along with Mr. Putin and many neo-Nazi and KKK types!

According to the Bible, the Antichrist will be a Great Deceiver, misleading even the very elect. Donald Trump is as far from Jesus Christ as a man can be, and yet Christian leaders are embracing him!

What is Trump's plan? He says, "If I'm elected president, we will win, and we will win, and we will win." He seems to care only about winning, not about what is right, or compassion, or justice.

Trump's main claims to fame are insulting people as he fires them, building casinos, gold-plating toilets, bragging about all the "beautiful pieces of ass" that he's bedded, and always doing the opposite of what Jesus Christ would do.
Is something not kosher about this picture?

Trump MAGUS?

Is the mark of the Beast a red cap that identifies its wearer as a follower of Trump, the MAGUS, rather than a follower of Christ? The greatest human occult enemy of early Christianity was Simon Magus, who (like Trump) loved money and power. The sin of simony (selling out the church and its principles for profit) is named after Simon, and now evangelical Christians are pledging their allegiance to MAGA when it's completely obvious that what Trump really loves is money and power. Trump is the opposite of Jesus Christ is every way, and that is what the term "anti-Christ" means. How can a man who gold-plates his toilets claim to be a follower of Christ, when the Bible clearly says that a man cannot serve God and Mammon? Trump's real allegiance is to Mammon, and thus according to the Bible, he must hate God. And indeed he seems to despise every teaching of Christ and always does exactly the opposite of what Jesus would do! Take, for instance, Trump's response to the Puerto Rico disaster:

"I have no reaction. The mayor's living on a cot, and I hope the President has a good day of golf." This was the response of Russel Honoré, the retired general appointed by Bush to take over the federal response to Katrina in 2005. (We think this one is especially worth copying and pasting, sharing and tweeting.)

Would Jesus Christ, or any true Christian, spend hundreds of millions of dollars on extended golf vacations, selling overpriced ball caps and talking hypocritically about "making America great again," when the money could be used to help people suffering and dying in the aftermath of two utterly devastating hurricanes? We all know the answer, and yet millions of evangelical Christians are still supporting Trump. Why?

Trump Would Ban Jesus and the Holy Family!

Is it "Christian" for a nation to turn its back on completely innocent refugee children and their mothers? Is this how "the land of the free and home of the brave" should behave―like the most craven of cowards?
Trump intends to ban all non-Christian refugees from Middle Eastern hot spots. But is Trump wiser than Jesus Christ, who told the Parable of the Good Samaritan (a Palestinian)?
The point of the parable is that Christians cannot limit their compassion and charity to people of their own race and religion. That is what Pharisees do, not Christians.
Trump would have banned the Holy Family, since they came from a "hot spot" of terrorism (Bethlehem is in the Palestinian West Bank) and they were not Christians at the time Jesus was born.
Would you ban Mary and Jesus, joining the heartless people who told them there was "no room"? Well, Jesus said "Whatsoever ye do unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto Me!"
Why are people who claim to be Christians rejecting Jesus when they reject the smallest and most vulnerable of human beings―refugee children and their mothers?
Of course we should not be surprised when the Antichrist does exactly the opposite of what Jesus Christ would do. And Trump constantly says and does things contrary to Jesus and his teachings.


In the Friday, February 22, 1990 issue of the New York Post, Donald Trump said that he didn't think adultery was a sin. "Would you do it?" the reporter asked. "I'll let you guess," The Donald replied coyly. But there's no need to guess, since Trump has paid a porn star, Stormy Daniels, a whopping 130K to buy her silence about their affair, and paid even more money, 150K, to a Playboy bunny, Karen McDougal, to buy her silence.

Lies of the Antichrist?

One attribute of the Antichrist is that he is a liar. According to fact checkers like PolitiFact, Donald Trump very seldom bothers to tell the truth. Now that Trump has won the election, he is proving himself to be a serial liar ...

Trump then: "I will give you everything," Trump actually promised during the campaign. "Every dream you've ever dreamed for your country" will come true!
Trump now: Failure upon failure.

Trump then: He blasted Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton for cozying up to Goldman Sachs financiers, claiming that other candidates were "owned" by big bankers who made them their political "slaves."
Trump now: Rather than "draining the swamp," Trump has stocked it with Goldman Sachs donors and more than 100 former lobbyists, according to a report by USA Today. If Trump told the truth, he is now owned by his donors and has become their slave. If he lied, he is a charlatan and a con man who will say anything to get elected. In either case, what a hypocrite!

Here are Trump's cabinet choices who prove that he is not "draining the swamp," but stocking it with his crocodilian donors: Steve Bannon (Goldman Sachs), Steve Mnuchin (Goldman Sachs hedge fund manager), Gary Cohn  (Goldman Sachs director), Elaine Chao (Wells Fargo board and lobbyist), Todd Ricketts (a Super PAC donor who helped channel millions to Trump), Wilbur Ross (bailed out Trump's Taj Mahal casino), Linda McMahon (WWE founder who donated millions to Trump's campaign), Betsy DeVos (donated millions to Trump), Andrew Puzder (major Trump donor), Rex Tillerson (has spent more than $170 million lobbying).

Trump then: He said that he was "self-funding" his campaign and called the other candidates "slaves" of their donors.
Trump now: He lied when he said that he would donate $100 million of his own money to his campaign to keep himself "pure." Rather, to save his own money, he took millions from big money donors, and he is now appointing non-qualified donors to some of our nation's most important jobs. No president in recent memory has appointed unqualified donors to policy-making cabinet positions. Take, for instance, Linda McMahon of the WWE professional wrestling circus. She and her husband Vince McMahon donated $7.5 million to Trump's campaign and an additional $5 million to his foundation. Now she has been handsomely rewarded with the cabinet position of heading the Small Business Administration. Is there no one in the United States more qualified to head the SBA than Linda McMahon? Of course there are many people more qualified (not to mention less embarrassing than the owner of a company that pays women to run around in their underwear, sometimes ripping each other's clothes off, to sell tickets). Other Trump donors being handed cabinet positions include Betsy DeVos, Andrew Puzder, Wilbur Ross, Todd Ricketts (whose wealthy family helped found and fund the Future45 Super PAC that spent lavishly to help Trump get elected) and Steve Mnuchin (a Goldman Sachs hedge fund managers who served as Trump's national finance chairman and helped organize dozens of high-dollar campaign fundraisers across the country). The bottom line? If Trump was telling the truth about other candidates, he became a slave of his donors when he started taking their money.

Trump then: First, he claimed to be strongly pro-Israel.
Trump now: But when he spoke to the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump inspired rolling eyes and boos by engaging in racial stereotypes of Jews. Trump also informed the audience that he would be "neutral" on Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. He later said that Saudi Arabia should be allowed to develop nukes, but Saudi Arabia refuses to recognize Israel and spawned most of the 9-11 terrorists, including Osama bin Laden. Finally, Trump said that he would ban all Muslims, but later reneged, saying that he would allow his rich Muslim friends to enter the US. Well, who is richer than the House of Saud?

Trump then: First he was strongly pro-choice. Then he was strongly pro-life. Then he was "pro-life with exceptions."
Trump now: No one really knows his position on abortion. Asked if abortion early in a pregnancy is murder, Trump replied: "What I am saying is this: With caveatslife of the mother, incest, rape. That's where I stand. So, I'm pro-life, but with the caveats. You have to have it with the caveats." Asked if a pregnancy happens outside those caveats, Trump stated: "It depends." With Trump everything is "negotiable," and what he said two minutes ago is gone with the wind.

Trump then: When Matt Lauer asked Trump directly: "So, if Caitlyn Jenner were to walk into Trump Tower and wanted to use the bathroom, you would be fine with her using any bathroom she chooses?" Trump replied: "That is correct."
Trump now: His position on "potty parity" is now unclear.

Trump then: "I will get rid of gun-free zones on school, and—you have to—and on military bases. My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There's no more gun-free zones."
Trump now: Trump wants to make schools gun-free zones with an exception for teachers, but not for students, parents or guardians: "She [Hillary Clinton] talked about guns in classrooms. I don't want to have guns in classrooms although, in some cases, teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly. Because, teachers are, you know, things that are going on in our schools are unbelievable."

Trump then: He told the nation that through his personal intervention, he had saved 1,100 jobs at a Carrier plant.
Trump now: Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers 1999, which represents Carrier workers, called Trump a liar: "He got up there, and, for whatever reason, lied his ass off." According to Jones, only 730 jobs were saved and nearly as many (550) were lost. Trump seems to have simply doubled the number of lost jobs, telling the nation they were "saved." Trump then attacked Jones for telling the truth, and the union workers, saying they should have "spent more time working." But that was not the problem, since Jones pointed out that Carrier was moving the plant to save $65 million per year, and the workers would have been forced to work for $5 per hour without benefits to save that much money. The problem was not that they were not working enough hours, but that Carrier was looking for serfs.

Trump then: On the campaign trail he said that hedge fund managers were "getting away with murder."
Trump now: He has appointed Steve Mnuchin, a hedge fund manager and 17-year Goldman Sachs alum, to be Secretary of the Treasury. If confirmed, Mnuchin would be at the helm of any future decisions on bank bailouts or economic stimulus. Previously, Mnuchin was the finance chairman on Trump's campaign, where he was in charge of soliciting political donations. So much for Trump's "self-funding." He is now rewarding his big money donors with our nation's most important jobs.

Trump then: "Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing Obamacare," he said on the eve of the election.
Trump now: Obamacare may merely be "amended" according to what Trump told the Wall Street Journal, as he praised provisions of Obamacare such as coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions and for adults under 26 who would like to stay on their parents' health care plans. "I like those very much," he said. In the past, Trump said: "I'm a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one ... We must have universal healthcare." (Source: Donald Trump, The America We Deserve, 2000.)

Trump now: In October 2015, he said that he believed "100 percent" that Iraq and Libya would be much better off if their respective former dictators Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi were still in power.
Trump then: He was initially FOR the invasions of Iraq and Libya. For instance, in February 2011 Trump said: "I can't believe what our country is doing. Qaddafi in Libya is killing thousands of people, nobody knows how bad it is, and we're sitting around we have soldiers all have the Middle East, and we're not bringing them in to stop this horrible carnage and that's what it is: It's a carnage ... Now we should go in, we should stop this guy, which would be very easy and very quick."

Trump then: "Get it straight: Pakistan is not our friend!" he tweeted in 2011. Then in 2015 Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States"—which would, of course, cover nearly all Pakistanis. Trump later modulated his "total ban" on Muslims to include only "extreme vetting" of any Muslim trying to enter the U.S. from "terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur." Trump promised that this would start on day one of his presidency because he can do this without congressional oversight. Pakistan is the country where Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9-11 terror attacks. This, by definition, puts Pakistan into Trump's "terror-prone regions" category. So even the best and the brightest Pakistanis would, at a minimum, be subject to "extreme vetting" under the emerging Trump foreign policy doctrine.
Trump now: "Mr. Trump said that he would love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people. Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people, said Mr. Donald Trump." Since nearly all Pakistanis are Muslims, does it make any sense to ban all these fantastic people from the US? Once again, Trump has been caught lying and playing the hypocrite.

Trump then: He called climate change a "hoax" invented by the Chinese before launching his presidential campaign. During his campaign, in an interview with the Washington Post editorial board, Trump said: "I think there's a change in weather. I am not a great believer in man-made climate change." Then in May, he said he would "cancel" the Paris climate change accord.
Trump now: "I have an open mind to it," he told the Times on the Paris deal. "We're going to look very carefully. I have a very open mind." Asked about the scientific consensus on a connection between human activity and climate change, he added: "I think there is some connectivity. There is some, something. It depends on how much. It also depends on how much it's going to cost our companies."

Trump then: He repeatedly bashed Clinton's use of a private email server during his campaign, repeatedly arguing that she should be behind bars as his supporters erupted in "Lock her up!" chants. Trump vowed: "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it, and we're going to have a special prosecutor." Trump added that she'd be "in jail" if he were president.
Trump now: "I want to move forward, I don't want to move back. And I don't want to hurt the Clintons. I really don't. She went through a lot. And suffered greatly in many different ways. And I am not looking to hurt them at all," Trump told the New York Times. "It's just not something that I feel very strongly about." Also, Trump is considering David Petraeus for the most important cabinet position, Secretary of State. But Petraeus was convicted and fined for deliberately revealing top secret information to an unauthorized person, his mistress. So once again Trump has played the liar and hypocrite.

Trump then: He called Ben Carson "pathological" and compared him to a child molester who can never be trusted or cured.
Trump now: He called Ben Carson "brilliant" and appointed him to his cabinet as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development!

Trump then: "No media is more corrupt than the failing New York Times."
Trump now: "I will say, The Times is, it's a great, great American jewel. A world jewel."

Trump then: "The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!" he tweeted in March.
Trump now: Trump picked Nikki Haley as his ambassador to the United Nations.

Trump then: "I would bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding ... we have to be pretty vicious."
Trump now: He seems to be changing his mind after talking with retired Gen. James Mattis, a leading candidate to become secretary of defense. "[Mattis] said―I was surprised―he said, 'I've never found it to be useful.' He said, 'I've always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.' And I was very impressed by that answer," Trump told the Times. "Look, we have people that are chopping off heads and drowning people in steel cages and we're not allowed to waterboard. But I'll tell you what, I was impressed by that answer. It certainly does not―it's not going to make the kind of a difference that maybe a lot of people think. If it's so important to the American people, I would go for it. I would be guided by that."

Trump then: "I don't believe in settling cases. I'm not Jamie Dimon, who pays $13 billion to settle a case and then pays $11 billion to settle a case and who I think is the worst banker in the United States."
Trump now: Of course he lied. Trump has settled many cases by paying off plaintiffs. For instance, he just agreed to pay $25 million to settle the case of fraud against his so-called Trump "University."

How can anyone believe anything Trump says?

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