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100 good reasons your Republican relatives shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump

By Oliver Staley & Neha Thirani Bagri

Although there’s less than a week before the election, there’s still time to convince your wavering family members not to vote for US presidential nominee Donald Trump. And if they say they can’t vote for Hillary Clinton because of the FBI email investigation, here are 100 disqualifying things Donald Trump has done that may help them make up their minds.

His racism

1. In 2011, Trump questioned whether president Obama was born in the US, beginning his years-long obsession with “birtherism.”

2. After the San Bernardino shooting, Trump promised “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” He later called for more scrutiny of Muslims in the US and surveillance of US mosques.

3. At his campaign kickoff event in June 2015, Trump called Mexicans rapists and criminals. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” he said.

4. He accused immigrants of being murderers. “You have people come in and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over, that are killers and rapists and they’re coming to this country.”

5. He accused US Judge Gonzalo Curiel of potential bias in a fraud case against Trump University because of the Curiel’s Mexican heritage. “I’m building a wall,” Trump said. “It’s an inherent conflict of interest.” Curiel was born in Indiana.

6. “The blacks.”

7. Trump said the exonerated Central Park Five were guilty of rape, despite DNA evidence proving their innocence.

8. He claimed Obama was admitted into Columbia and Harvard because of affirmative action.

9. After his supporters assaulted a Hispanic man in Boston, Trump defended them as “passionate.”

10. In November, Trump tweeted statistics claiming that 81% of white murder victims are killed by African Americans. According to the FBI, the figure is 15%.

His sexism and sexual assault

11. In an infamous video from 2005 unearthed by the Washington Post, Trump was heard boasting to Billy Bush, then of Access Hollywood, about the things he could get away with doing to women. As a star, he said, he could, “grab them by the pussy–you can do anything.”

12. Since the airing of the Access Hollywood tape, at least 12 women have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual assault.

13. Among them is makeup artist Jill Harth, who says that at Trump’s Florida estate Mar-a-Lago in 1997, he groped her under a table at dinner. He later pulled her into a children’s room, pushed her up against a wall and reached under her dress, she said.

14. Trump is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl at billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s house in 1994. The first court date in her civil suit is scheduled for next month. Trump has denied the allegations.

15. As owner of the Miss Universe pageant, Trump would walk unannounced into dressing rooms where girls as young as 15 were changing. On the Howard Stern Show, he joked about sleeping with the contestants.

16. Trump publicly badgered Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe, into losing weight, calling her “Miss Piggy.” After Clinton mentioned Machado in a debate, Trump tweeted “check out the sex tape.” No such tape exists.

17. Trump has a long history of insulting women who criticize him. One of his favorite targets is Rosie O’Donnell, whom he has called “a slob” and “disgusting,”  with a “fat, ugly face.”

18. On the stump, he ridiculed the appearance of Republican primary candidate Carly Fiorina. “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” he said.

19. Trump has spent months attacking Fox News host Megyn Kelly, including the claim that she had been menstruating while moderating a debate. “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” he said.

20. Trump angrily called a lawyer “disgusting” for wanting to pump breast milk after she says he refused to allow her a break to pump in private.

21. Trump said he would support “some form of punishment” for women who got illegal abortions, later backtracking on his comment.

His temperament

22. Trump dismissed Sen. John McCain’s war record, which included spending five years as North Vietnamese prisoner of war. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “I like people that weren’t captured.”

23. After Khizr Khan, the father of a soldier killed in Iraq, spoke at the Democratic National Convention and accused Trump of never having sacrificed anything for the country, Trump shot back. He speculated that the Clinton campaign wrote Khan’s speech and that Ghazala Khan, the soldier’s mother, was silent on stage because she wasn’t allowed to speak. “If you look at his wife, she was standing there,” he said. “She had nothing to say… Maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

24. Trump had Univision anchor Jorge Ramos ejected from a press conference for asking a question without being called on. “Go back to Univision,” Trump said in a heated exchange with the news anchor, adding later that Ramos was “a very emotional person” and was “ranting and raving like a madman.”

25. During a fight with Ted Cruz, Trump threatened to “spill the beans” on his wife, Heidi Cruz. Later he tweeted an unflattering photograph of Heidi Cruz alongside his supermodel wife, Melania Trump, with a caption that read “No need to spill the beans, the images are worth a thousand words.”

26. Donald Trump revived an old conspiracy theory from a story in the National Enquirer that Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, was with John F. Kennedy’s assassin shortly before he murdered the president. Though the claim was discredited, Trump defended his claim, saying, “Ted never denied that it was his father.”

27. At a rally in South Carolina last November, Trump mocked reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis, a congenital joint condition that limits movement in his arms. Trump contorted his arms, pretending to impersonate Kovaleski, and said, “Now, the poor guy—you ought to see the guy”. He later said that he would never mock a disabled person because he built wheelchair ramps for his buildings, as is required by law.

28. At the third presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton said that she would raise taxes on wealthy people, including Donald Trump, unless he found a way to get out of paying them, Trump angrily interrupted, calling Clinton a “nasty woman.”

29. Trump has encouraged and condoned violence at his rallies, where protesters are routinely punched, beaten and kicked out of the room. “There may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience,” Trump said at a rally in Iowa. “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay?” In one instance, Trump offered to pay the legal fees of a man charged with hitting a protester in the face at his rally. In another, he said he would like to physically attack a protester, saying, “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you that.”

30. Speaking in Colorado last week, Trump stoked fear that the election would be rigged and came very close to directly encouraging voter fraud. While Colorado voters automatically get mail-in ballots, they are only meant to get a new ballot if they have not submitted their mail-in ballots. Once submitted, their vote cannot be voided. Yet, Trump said, “They’ll give you a ballot, a new ballot. They’ll void your old ballot, they will give you a new ballot. And you can go out and make sure it gets in.”

31. After the Democratic National Convention, Trump said he wanted to “hit” some of the speakers who disparaged him “so hard, their heads would spin, they’d never recover.” “The things that were said about me,” he said. “You know what, I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard.”

His business failings

32. Trump has been a party to at least 3,500 lawsuits over the last 30 years—according to an analysis by USA Today, more than five other high-profile real estate developers combined.

33. In 1973, the Justice Department sued the Trump organization for racial discrimination, accusing them of turning away black applicants and labeling their paperwork with a C, for “colored.” Trump was serving as president of his father’s company at the time.

34. To fight the lawsuit, the Trumps hired notorious attorney Roy Cohn, a former special counsel to Sen. Joseph McCarthy, and counter-sued the government and prosecutor. The Trumps later settled and signed a consent decree permitting outside monitoring of their rental practices.

35. Trump built his casinos by relying on junk bonds, despite assuring regulators he wouldn’t use them. High debt levels forced him into bankruptcy court four times, costing investors $1.5 billion, according to the New York Times.

36. Trump’s executives appeared to have violated the US trade embargo with Cuba in pursuit of a golf resort there.

37. Trump’s Las Vegas hotel settled with two employees to avoid going to trial over complaints that the property was union busting.

38. Trump faces two class action lawsuits for his involvement in Trump University, his for-profit college that allegedly scammed students.

39. The Trump University “playbook” revealed it used high-pressure sales tactics to enroll students, encouraging them to max out their credit cards and find others sources of money to pay for the courses.

40. A similar scheme, Trump Institute, a series of real-estate seminars that licensed the Trump name, relied on plagiarized materials that claimed to draw from Trump’s unique wisdom.

41. To construct a golf course in Scotland, Trump lobbied the government to overlook its environmental regulations and let him build on protected sand dunes. He then sued the Scottish government over a proposed wind farm off the coast, and battled local land owners over their property rights.

42. Trump stiffed dozens of contractors who helped build his casinos or ran concessions in his properties. One jeweler spent $1 million in legal fees fighting Trump, who wanted to remove his kiosk from Trump Tower. “I tried to stand up to him everywhere I could but it’s exhausting, and it’s silly,” Nat Hyman said. “To him, it’s a sport. To him, it’s fun.”

His lies

43. Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton started the Obama birther controversy during her 2008 campaign, and he “finished it.” There has been no evidence tying Clinton or her campaign to the theory.

44. Trump claimed that that Barack Obama’s grandmother is on record saying she witnessed his birth in Kenya. This theory comes from a telephone call between Bishop Ron McRae of the Anabaptist Churches of North America and Obama’s elderly step-grandmother Sarah Obama. In the call, Sarah Obama, speaking Swahili and using a translator, initially agrees to a leading question about her being present when Obama was born, but then immediately clarifies that she was in Kenya while Obama was born in Hawaii.

45. Trump said on the campaign trail that he “never” settles lawsuits, for fear that it would prompt others to sue. Yet he has done so in at least 100 cases, most involving people who were hurt at Trump properties.

46. Trump claimed that he never called for profiling Muslims as a security measure in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Yet earlier in that same interview, he said that America had “no choice” but to profile Arab or Muslim men.

47. During a presidential debate, Trump said that he had never called global warming a Chinese hoax. Yet, in a 2012 tweet, he said, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

48. Trump claimed that Barack Obama spent $4 million in legal fees to make sure that no one saw his college records. Federal Election Commission filings show that the campaign paid $7.2 million to a legal firm from from 2007 to 2015. However, experts say campaigns use lawyers to vet a wide range of issues, and Trump has not provided any proof of his claim.  

49. Trump has claimed that America’s “real unemployment rate is 42%.” This is a distortion of a different measurement, the labor underutilization rate, which was 10.8% at the time of his claim. Today that rate is 9.5%. The unemployment rate is 4.9%.

50. Trump has claimed that Hillary Clinton “lost as much as $6 billion in taxpayer money while she was running the State Department.” A management alert issued by the Office of the Inspector General had found that there was paperwork missing, not money.

51. Trump claimed that during 9/11 in New Jersey, “thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down”. He added that this took place in areas where there were “large Arab populations.” There are no reports of this, and the police say it did not happen.

52. At the first presidential debate, Trump repeated his claims that he was against the war in Iraq prior to the invasion. However, he is on the record in 2002 saying that he supported the war.  

His taxes and charity scams

53. Trump has refused to make his tax returns public, a practice followed by every candidate since 1980. When accused by Clinton at the first debate of not paying federal taxes, Trump responded, “That makes me smart.” 

54. He falsely claimed he couldn’t release his return while under audit, despite Richard Nixon doing just that toward the end of his presidency.

55. Records obtained by the New York Times show that he declared a $916 million loss in 1995, which meant he could avoid paying any income tax for 18 years.

56. Trump exploited a tax loophole to avoid paying taxes on canceled debt, using a maneuver his lawyers advised him against and is now illegal, the Times also reported.

57. Trump hasn’t donated to his own foundation since 2008 and instead relies on donations from others, unheard of for family charities, according to the Washington Post.

58. He used the money from the charity to buy himself gifts, including a six-foot painting of himself.

59. After Trump was sued for cheating a participant at a charity golf tournament held on his course out of $1 million, he settled the suit by issuing a check for $158,000 from his charity.

60. He also donated $25,000 of foundation funds to the campaign of Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, in violation of the tax code prohibiting charities from donating to political candidates. He paid a fine as a penalty.

61. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into Trump’s foundation. Trump’s campaign has responded by calling Schneiderman “a partisan hack.”  

His infatuation with Russia

62. Trump invited Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s email. “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” the Republican nominee said at a news conference in July. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

63. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, resigned from the presidential campaign after allegations surfaced over his past work for pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarchs. In Ukraine, investigators have found ledgers showing Manafort received $12.7 million in cash from a pro-Russia political party, the New York Times reported. He is being probed by the FBI, according to NBC News.

64. Trump has repeatedly praised the Russian president Vladimir Putin. In an December 2015 interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe,  he said, “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.” On other occasions he has said that they would “get along very well” and that Putin has “outsmarted” the United States.

65. The Trump family has deep business ties to Russia. The Washington Post reported that Trump and his family have made several business trips to the country and rely heavily on Russian investors to buy their real estate properties.  “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

66. At a campaign rally in August, Trump reaffirmed his support for a warmer stance toward Russia and Putin. “If we could get along with Russia, wouldn’t that be a good thing, instead of a bad thing?” he said.

67. When asked whether, as president, he would recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea and lift sanctions imposed on Moscow in 2014, he said, “Yes. We would be looking at that.”

68. In 2013, Donald Trump held the Miss Universe Pageant in Russia and invited Vladimir Putin, tweeting, “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow—if so, will he become my new best friend?”

69. He said that he was pleased to be praised by Putin. “When people call you “brilliant” it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia,” he said.

His policy ideas

70. He has insisted that he will build an “impenetrable, tall, powerful, beautiful” wall between the United States and Mexico, and that Mexico will pay for it. Despite the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto expressly saying that his country will not pay for a wall, Trump said in an immigration speech in Arizona, “We will build a great wall along the southern border, and Mexico will pay for the wall, 100%. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for it.”

71. Trump has said on multiple occasions that trade is a losing bet for the United States. “We don’t win at trade, China, everybody, Japan, Mexico, Vietnam, India, name the country,” he said. “Anybody we do business with beats us. We don’t win at trade.”

72. He has said that he would reconsider the historic NATO alliance and would not unconditionally defend the United States’ allies. Asked whether he would come to the aid of NATO allies under attack, he said, “If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes.”

73. Trump has expressed praise for Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “The coup never took place—the coup was not successful, and based on the fact, and I give great credit to him for being able to turn that around,” he said, adding that he would not push him to ensure civil liberties were protected in Turkey.

74. At the first presidential debate, Trump called the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada the “worst trade deal maybe ever.” Speaking of Bill Clinton’s presidency, he said, “He approved NAFTA, which is the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country.”

75. He suggested that Japan and South Korea should consider developing their own nuclear arsenal. In an interview with The New York Times, he said, “Every time North Korea raises its head, you know, we get calls from Japan and we get calls from everybody else, and ‘Do something.’ And there’ll be a point at which we’re just not going to be able to do it anymore. Now, does that mean nuclear? It could mean nuclear.”

76. Trump has declared that president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were the founders of ISIS. When given a chance to clarify by conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, he said, “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”

77. He mixed up Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Forces with the Kurds, a Middle Eastern ethnic group. When radio show host Hugh Hewitt asked him if he was familiar with General Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, Trump said that the Kurds have been “horribly mistreated.”

78. At an event organized by the Republican Hindu Coalition, Trump mixed up two separate terror attacks in India—one in Mumbai; one in New Delhi—and implied that the parliament was located in Mumbai. “For all of the people in Mumbai, the attack on the parliament was outrageous and terrible,” he said. “We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism.”

79. In an interview with Fox and Friends, he said that he would defeat ISIS by killing the friends and families of terrorists. “When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families! They care about their lives, don’t kid yourselves,” he said. “They say they don’t care about their lives. But you have to take out their families.”

80. He has said that he would consider using nuclear weapons to defeat ISIS. When asked about the use of nuclear weapons at a town hall on MSNBC, he said, “I would never take any of my cards off the table.”

His supporters, staff, and surrogates

81. Trump’s current campaign manager, Steve Bannon, is a former Goldman Sachs banker turned documentary filmmaker, whose movies praised Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman. As chairman of Brietbart News, he insulted and threatened employees while turning the website into a Trump mouthpiece, according to Politico.

82. Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was seen grabbing and yanking a reporter at a Trump rally, and had a reputation for crude and intimidating behavior, according to Politico.

83. Former Trump advisor Roger Ailes was forced from his position as head of Fox News after Fox’s parent settled a sexual harassment lawsuit aimed at him. Numerous women came forward after Gretchen Carlson’s suit, with one claiming in New York Magazine that Ailes ran Fox News “like a sex-­fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny.”

84. Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich has a long history of questionable behavior, including cheating on two wives while both were seriously ill, and most recently accused Fox anchor Megyn Kelly of being “fascinated by sex” when she asked questions about Trump’s alleged sexual assaults.

85. Trump’s longtime butler Anthony Senecal called for the assassination of President Obama. “This prick needs to be hung for treason!!!” Senecal posted on his Facebook page.

86. Trump is endorsed by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, whom Trump was initially slow to disavow. Duke has since recorded a robocall urging voters to turn out for both Trump and Duke, who was running for the senate in Louisiana.

87. A Ohio county chairwoman for the Trump campaign resigned after she said there was no racism before Obama.

88. Betsy McCaughey, a former New York lieutenant governor, blamed Trump’s vulgarities on Beyonce.

Him

89. His favorite McDonald’s food: Filet O’Fish. Even worse, he calls it the Fish Delight.

90. Reporters covering Trump’s early career would get calls from uncharacteristically helpful and boastful public-relations people called “John Barron” or “John Miller.” Not only did the voice on the phone sound like Trump, it was actually Trump, pretending to be an imaginary spokesperson.

91. He did not just masquerade as John Barron, a fake spokesperson, to hide from reporters and give the impression of an important person, he may have named his third son Barron after his alter ego.

92. He tweeted a picture of Hillary Clinton with a Star of David on top of a pile of money, that read “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” Even worse, he had retweeted it from the account of a white supremacist. This was not the only time that he has retweeted something from a white supremacist.  

93. The Ku Klux Klan endorsed Donald Trump, saying that they thought he would “Make America Great Again.” The endorsement appeared on the front page of their newspaper The Crusader.

94. Following Trump’s remarks calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the US,” the Scottish government stripped him of his status as a GlobalScot ambassador, saying that he was “no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland.”

95. His frequent and liberal use of the (actual but odd) word “bigly.” Some say he is saying “big league,” but who really knows.

96. He kicked a crying baby out of a rally, saying, “You can get that baby out of here.”

97. He ate his Kentucky Fried Chicken with a knife and fork on his luxurious private jet. Or at least, he posed for the picture and tweeted it.

98. He got into a fight with the Pope. Pope Francis commented on Trump’s immigration policy saying, “A person, who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.” Trump angrily shot back at the pontiff, “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President.”

99. This guy:

100. Only six newspapers have endorsed Trump, compared to more than 200 supporting Clinton. Many papers that have never endorsed a Democrat are doing so now, and USA Today broke with its tradition of not endorsing candidates to specifically un-endorse Trump, calling him “unfit for the presidency.”