Dystrumpia: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Dystrumpia: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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Bizarre & Dangerous: Inciting insurrection.

Trump has unleashed the yahoo political era. Governing and policymaking are boring ( what’s my tee-time?). Monetization of lies at the top of one’s voice is much more fun and lucrative.


Peril by Bob Woodward

The Good

Trump trying to

The Bad

abusive, amoral, bad boy, criminal, demagogic, despotic, destructive, disingenuous, greedy, illogical, impulsive, ineffective, liar, manipulative, nepotistic, opportunistic, rogue, short-sighted, unempathetic, unethical, unhinged, uninformed, untrustworthy, untruthful, unwise

Coronavirus Pandemic

many of these people got infected

Trump was attacking the fire department (epidemiologists and public health) while the house was on fire (pandemic).

Donald Trump has totally mismanaged the response to the Coronavirus Pandemic by

Rule of Law, Norms, and Truth

Trump will pay any price, make any deal, bend any law to assure his own survival and success.

John Bolton

  • abused and altered our system of government: The 5 Trump Amendments to the Constitution by Jonathan Rauch
  • Incited insurrection leading to second impeachment.
  • Trying to fraudulently overturn the 2020 Georgia presidential election
  • Pardoned criminals who are loyalists, well-connected or part of his extended his family
  • Violated the Hatch Act by holding election watch party in White House.
  • Muzzling intelligence community’s effort to make Russians accountable for election meddling
  • Trump broke all norms accepting nomination on lawn of Whitehouse
  • Trump pardons Roger Stone as he parades corruption in plan sight
  • Fires Geoffrey Berman of Manhattan US Attorney’s office
  • Abused his power via the Attorney General and Justice Department to tamper with Roger Stone’s verdict
  • Cheated Amazon out of a $10 billion contract
  • Violated War Powers Resolution by assassinating Qassem Soleimani — an act of war against Iran — without consulting with Congress
    • Threatened bombing Iran’s cultural sites in violation of Geneva Convention
  • Violated Federal Protection Laws by exposing the whistleblower
  • Just take the land” to build wall and he’ll pardon staff if jailed
  • 6 WH administrators in jail or indicted
  • Pardoned convicted, undermined military
  • Pathological lying, cover up, obstruction
    • Defended Putin over claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, ignoring our own intelligence community.Quid pro quo dirt from foreigners
  • Abuse of Office for personal gain:
    • Violating emollients law in plain sight (Trump’s properties)
    • Nepotism
      • Trump, his family, cronies, and secret service
        • stay at his properties worldwide, and
        • rack up massive bills charged back to the people
      • Ivanka in China
      • Jared in Saudi Arabia and Israel

Economic Warfare

Alienation of Allies

  • Suddenly pulled U.S. Troops out of Syria
  • Canada, Europe/NATO, Kurds, Mexico
  • But embraced every enemy and dictator


  • Shadow immigration system detaining children in hotels
  • Demonized and weaponized immigration for political purposes.
  • Separated children from their families
  • Southern wall is a boondoggle diverting $billions from military budget

Clean Air and Water and Land

  • During an entire week of RNC speeches, Trump made no mention (not even once) of the world’s 4 major existential threats:
    • climate change and the destruction of planet earth
    • artificial intelligence and the loss of jobs
    • nuclear weapons and apocalyptic war, and
    • biotechnology and its unintended consequences.
  • Opening up drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • Covertly dismantling NEPA and environmental impact guidelines
  • Unchecked expansion of extraction and piping

Dictators, Demagogues, Tyrants, Despots

We fell in love.


Swamp: to drain or not to drain

  • All the President’s Fixers
  • Refilled swamp with cronies, crooks, family
  • Cronyistic revolving door of corrupt/inept appointees
  • Elitist doofas for Education Secretary

Politicization of

No Progress with

  • Climate change
    • Withdrew Paris Accord
  • Critical infrastructure report card is D-
  • Healthcare
    • Cost of prescription drugs
  • Gun control
  • Racism

The Ugly

arrogant, awful, awkward, bizarre, blow hard, bombastic, braggart, buffoonish, bully, cheater, clumsy, conceited, crazy, dirty old man, embarrassing, foolish, imbecile, immoral, maniacal, mean, misguided, moronic, narcissistic, misogynistic, outrageous, perverted, petty, racist, ridiculous, rude, selfish, shameful, sleazy, snarky, stupid, untrustworthy, untruthful, vulgar, wacky, weird

Reality TV every day

Manipulation/Suppression of the Truth 1984-Style

  • Lied
    • about his taxes
    • about the size of his inauguration crowd, and
    • 10,000 other things
  • Tampered/intimidated impeachment witnesses in real time
  • Paid off porn star payoffs: Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
  • Self-predicted Hurricane Dorian’s path with a Sharpie
  • Erased anti-Trump images in National Archive exhibit

Insulted and/or physically mocked and/or bullied

Gangster-in-Training: You’re Fired!

Weirdness (you gotta be kidding me!)

You have good genes, you know that, right? You have good genes. A lot of it is about the genes, isn’t it, don’t you believe? The racehorse theory?


Words Matter, he’s just no good at them

  • I easily win the Presidency of the United States with legal votes cast.”
  • Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”
  • “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic,” but later,
    • “Actually, in many ways, I up-played it, in terms of action.”
  • “I alone can fix it.”
  • Trump says QAnon conspiracy theorists
    • “like me very much,” and
    • “love our country’
  • I wish her well, frankly,” Trump says of Ghislaine Maxwell
  • Re-tweeted “White Power!” and then deleted it
  • Kung flu
  • “Testing should be slowed down.”
  • Trump threatens protesters with “vicious dogs
  • Trump called Governor Inslee (WA) a “snake
  • Trump called the coronavius “a hoax
  • Chinese virus…”
  • Called generals “dopes” and “babies”
  • He has the speech, vocabulary, and principles of a 6th-grader
  • State of the Union speech: lots of lies
  • Trump calls Adam Schiff “a sick man.”
  • “I don’t have racist bone in my body!” (lie)
  • FBI are “scum”
  • “…Trump is calling for a complete shutdown of muslims…”
  • “President Putin just said it’s not Russia.” (interfering in U.S. elections)
  • “They’re rapists, but some are fine people.” (Mexico)
  • “Shithole countries.” (Africa)
  • “I prefer heroes who don’t get caught.” (John McCain)
  • “Mexico will pay for the wall.” (lie)
  • “We fell in love,” with Rocketman.
  • “I’m a stable genius.”
  • “Kurds didn’t help us in Normandy.”
  • “Very fine people on both sides.”
  • “I’m a very smart guy.” (Who says that?)
  • “I know more than the generals.”
  • “I command you to leave China!”
  • “He’s weak, low IQ.”
  • “Republicans are scum.”
  • “I hardly know the man.”
  • “Whistleblower is a traitor.”
  • “Impeachment is like a lynching.”
  • “He died like a dog.” (lie)
  • “She’s not my type.” (misogyny)
  • “You can grab them by the pussy.”
  • “Well, he’s two-faced.” (Trudeau)
  • “My father was born in Germany


Does Character Matter?