Well, folks, the big day has arrived … the moment we have all been waiting for … that moment when Filosofa awards the highest honour of the entire year, the Idiot of the Year award! And this year, the award, by popular votes, goes to none other than the man who has brought grief to so many for the past 16 months, DONALD J. TRUMP!!! As you can see from the picture above, Mr. Trump was flabbergasted when he learned of the honour!
Mr. Trump has earned this award in so many ways that I cannot possibly cover them all here, and many I have written about at some length throughout the year. Never in the history of this nation has a man risen to such a high level of rancor. And never again, we can only hope! So, one must wonder how this man came to be the absolute sociopath that he is today. Let us take a quick look at the early years. (As always, my own snarky remarks are in blue)
- In elementary school, Donny impressed classmates with his athleticism, shenanigans and refusal to acknowledge mistakes (already, the die was cast)
- At the military academy where he attended high school, Donny tried to push a fellow cadet out a second-floor window.
- According to da man himself, “When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same. The temperament is not that different.” (Oh, those poor little schoolmates)
- According to his 7th grade teacher, “He was headstrong and determined. He would sit with his arms folded with this look on his face — I use the word surly — almost daring you to say one thing or another that wouldn’t settle with him.”
- Trump could erupt in anger, pummeling another boy or smashing a baseball bat.
- According to a former classmate, “He had a reputation for saying anything that came into his head.” (Some things just never change) We would laugh at him and tell him he was wrong, and he’d say he was right. The next time, he would make the same mistake, and it would be the same thing all over again. He was a loudmouth bully.” (I repeat, some things never change)
But what made li’l Donnie this way? I am not a psychologist, but common sense says that his upbringing in a wealthy family, a childhood of private schools, limousines, and a 23-room house, probably contributed to his sense of entitlement. Perhaps DNA explains the rest, as his father, Fred, seems to have had similar traits.
And now let us move on from childhood to his business years.
Trump claims to be a “very successful” business man, but in truth, his success rate is around only 42%, and financial analysts have speculated that with the right investment portfolio, he could have earned as much simply by investing the original $14 million “loan” from his father as he has earned playing with real estate, casinos and the like. Here is an excellent graphic presentation that summarizes quite well Trump’s ventures into the business world. Between his more than 4,000 lawsuits and his six bankruptcies, I am not sure I would call that particularly ‘successful’. But, most disturbing is the way he has treated people along his climb up the ladder.
- Hundreds of current and former Trump Organization employees have accused the company of being less than fair and more than tough. Multiple lawsuits have targeted Trump’s businesses over the years with allegations ranging from anti-union intimidation to hiring undocumented workers. In one case, the Trump Organization paid $475,000 to settle a claim with nearly 300 Los Angeles golf club employees in a class-action suit alleging unpaid wages and age discrimination, among other offenses.
- In yet another lawsuit, workers allegedly “were paid $5 an hour or less when they were paid at all,” and “worked 12-hour shifts, seven days a week with no overtime.”
- “Allegations outlined in at least 20 separate lawsuits accuse Trump and managers at his companies of discriminating against women, ignoring sexual harassment complaints and even participating in the harassment themselves,” according to a story in USA Today.
- At least 60 of the lawsuits against Trump document contractors who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work, according to another USA Today article .
Sorry, Donnie-boy, but a genuinely successful businessman does not make his fortune by demeaning and stiffing hard-working people.
Which brings us to the present, just one day before the election in which Donald Trump is a presidential hopeful. Tomorrow is the big day … the day Trump has been building up to for some 16 months now. Incredibly, there are still people who are not yet convinced that this man truly is an idiot extraordinaire. But, as I am very careful when I choose my idiots, I am convinced he is well-qualified for this award: Let us count just a few of the ways:
- Trump announced his intention to run on June 16th, 2015, with these oft-repeated proclamations which would become the cornerstone of his campaign:
- “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. … They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
- “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”
Since then, Trump has been a constant in the media to the extent that a new word has been invented to replace what we used to refer to as ‘gaffes’ … it is ‘Trumpisms’. Let’s look back at a few:
- “And we won’t be using a man like Secretary Kerry … who … goes into a bicycle race at 72 years old, and falls and breaks his leg. I won’t be doing that. And I promise I will never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you.” (Awww, drat! I’d like to see him break his … well, never mind)
- “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”
- “Jeb Bush has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife.”
- “He’s [John McCain] a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK?” (And I like people with brains, okay?)
- “When these people walk in the room, they don’t say, ‘Oh, hello! How’s the weather?’ They say, ‘We want deal!’” In reference to Asians (Noooo, not a racist bone in his body)
- “I have a great temperament. My temperament is very good, very calm.”
- “Everything I’ve done virtually has been a tremendous success.” (Refer to above section on his business career!)
- “I believe in clean air. Immaculate air. … But I don’t believe in climate change.” (And I believe in finding coloured eggs all over the house on Easter, but I don’t believe in the Easter Bunny)
- “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!” (aspirin anyone?)
- “I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.” (said the spider to the fly)
- “How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?” (Maybe pretty stupid, since Trump is polling at 72.5% in Iowa)
- “He’s [Putin] running his country and at least he’s a leader. You know, unlike what we have in this country.”
- “[Putin] called me a genius, I like him so far, I have to tell you.” (Putin is playing you like a violin, and you’re too stupid to see it)
- “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” (Sadly, this is apparently true, since he has done everything short of shooting someone and still, the lemmings follow)
- “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of ’em, would you? Seriously. OK? Just knock the hell—I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise.”
- “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.” (Pope Francis had this to say about da trumpeter: “A person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,”)
- “Well just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know. I don’t know, did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.” (Reminds me of watching a dog chase its tail)
- “Part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long [to kick out protesters] is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore.” (Right … let’s just do away with kindness and manners)
- “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.” (Granted, you’ve said a lot of things, but where are you keeping your brain hidden?)
- “Europe is a big place, I’m not going to take cards off the table.” (This was in response to a question about whether he would use nuclear weapons in Europe!!! Need I say more?)
- “First of all, you never have to default because you print the money, I hate to tell you, OK? So there’s never a default.” (John Kenneth Galbraith must be doing somersaults in his grave)
- “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.” (WaPo, founded in 1877, is the oldest newspaper in circulation in the U.S. and has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes)
- “I feel like a supermodel except, like, times 10, OK? It’s true. I’m a supermodel.” (Cyanide, please …)
- “That could be a Mexican plane up there. They’re getting ready to attack.”
- “I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election—if I win.” (I don’t ever want to play Monopoly with this guy!)
- “And just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump, right? What are we even having it for? What are we having it for?” (Um … perhaps because it is our right, as guaranteed by the Constitution, Donnie? That short document that you have never read?)
There are many, many more Trumpisms, stupid rhetoric, but frankly, given the media’s fascination with anything that slithers out of his mouth, they have all been repeated ad nauseam, and I tried to narrow it down to the most obnoxious, jaw-dropping moments. Though all of the above is more than enough to qualify him for this award, and dis-qualify him for the office of president, let us just remember a couple more things.
At least 13 women are currently accusing Trump of sexual misconduct. The woman who accused him of raping her when she was 13 years old has dropped the suit, but only because of threats against her person. Trump claims that he plans to sue them all after the election. Surprise.
The lawsuit brought against Donald Trump and Trump University claiming fraud, is scheduled to begin on November 28th. In addition, there are some 70+ other cases pending by or against Trump.
When Donald Trump loses, he lashes out, assigns blame and does whatever it takes to make a defeat look like a win. When that isn’t plausible, he pronounces the system rigged — victory wasn’t possible because someone put in the fix.
He has told more lies than any other candidate in the history of the U.S. He has no conscience, no concern for others. In his world, there is only Donald Trump. He has vowed to renege on our commitments to our allies and others around the globe. He is a bigot, having spoken against African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, women and even the handicapped. The only group he has not offended is white males. And let us not forget …
He has small hands, which has finally been proven by the Hollywood Reporter.
So, without further ado, Mr. Donald J. Trump, I am pleased to present you with this award, for you are truly the biggest Idiot of the Year that I could ever imagine! Tomorrow, you will lose your bid for the office of president, but I hope that this award will be as great an honour! Note that it is even gold, as I am told most of your furnishings and fixtures are, so it should match your décor quite nicely! Congratulations!!!