Hey, we are all hypocrites. If you don’t think you are, you might want to review your life. Much of it we can’t help. You might despise child labor in Malaysia making your clothes but you buy them because they are affordable and it is illegal to walk around naked. Most of us still attempt not to be overly hypocritical because of ethics or social pressure.
Then there are people that don’t see it and just don’t care. This can be explained through several psychological disorders, but narcissism or sociopathy is usually a great reason. Another reason would be the absolute need to believe in something that reaffirms one’s identity, such as party politics or a religion, and be willing to accept hypocrisy to do so.
And here we have Trump. The man is setting records daily. Sure, there have always been promises by candidates that are unfulfilled upon reaching the presidency. It happens and the opposing party uses them extensively. But never has there been anything this obvious, blatant and at this amount.
Last night Trump held a rally in Iowa. Yep, the man needs adoration and cheers from those who believe anything he says. He touted legislative achievements despite having none, the creation of jobs despite no economic policies enacted, a border wall covered in solar panels despite no funding for it and a claim of bringing back coal jobs and a need for a new law was touted even though the law has existed since 1966.
So, let’s list off some of the great hypocrisy of Trump.
While candidate Trump, he frequently referred to President Obama as “the golfer in chief”. According to Newsweek, he has played golf 29 times as president. 19 were during his first 100 days. In his first 100 days, President Obama had 1 visit. Having once said, “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to play golf.” Whoops.
In 2011, Trump tweeted, “The habitual vacationer, @BarackObama, is now in Hawaii” and “This vacation is costing taxpayers $4 million.” On the campaign trail, he vowed to The Hill that he “would not be a president who took vacations.” Ohhh, Donny… more than half of your weekends have been spent away from the Whitehouse at a cost of $3.6 million for each trip to Mar-a-Lago, according to Politifact. By April, his total travel costs had reached $21 million. As Obama’s cost $97 million over 8 years, his costs will be surpassed by the real Golfer in Chief in his first year.
In 2012, Trump tweeted, “Obama is a disaster at foreign policy”. So far, he has mostly infuriated US allies. Among them are Germany, England, China, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Macedonia. Oh, screw it. His pissed off all of NATO when failing to reaffirm Article 5 and presenting them with invoices to pay. Orange One, when you insult the mayor of London and have the Chancellor of Germany saying the country is now on its own, you’ve pretty much fucked up.
In another 2012 tweet, Mr. Furry-Pet-On-My-Head tweeted, “Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority?” Well, he set the record for executive orders in the first 100 days by issuing 30. 11 more than Barack Obama. Currently, the number stands at 37. Additionally, there have been 28 Presidential memoranda, 5 Presidential determinations, and 55 Presidential proclamations. Holy dictator Bat Man.
In our number 5 spot, we highlight the man and his devotees on the religious right. Prior Trump statements have included, “The Bible is the most special thing.”, “First of all, I am a great Christian – and I am – I am. Remember that.” And “I have a great relationship with God.” His followers have touted the man as an answer to their prayers. He has been called the most important man after Jesus Christ and Pat Robertson has stated that his sniffling during the debates “was the Holy Spirit coming out of him”. Got misogyny, racism, gluttony, pride, lust, greed, lack of empathy and general assholishness much? Enough said.
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”, said Trump in an interview with the Washington Post. Additional claims were no cuts to preexisting conditions or Medicare. It would be the cheapest and greatest health care plan ever. The Senate rolled out their health care bill today and a quick read of the New York Times synopsis brings only one word to mind; mean.
Bonus tweet: June 2014, “Obama is, without question, the WORST EVER president”. That deserves a big WHOOPS.