Ongoing Resources


Articles

  • Putin's Real Long Game: A thorough explanation of what Russia wants, what Trump is doing, and why there is a war on. (Politico Magazine 1/1/17)
  • What "Drain the Swamp" Means: Liberals think it means one thing, while Trump thinks of it in a different way, and Trump supporters have yet another meaning for it. (Salon 12/21/16)
  • The New Language of American Dystopia: A blog entry that draws striking parallels between George Orwell's 1984 and the new language of American hate and ignorance. (blog entry)
  • Letter to Electors: An 11th hour open letter to the electoral college electors who are set to vote for Trump on December 19, 2016. (File)
  • The Dworkin Report: A comprehensive report on Trump's connections with Russia spanning 30 years. (File)

Oddities

  • Donald and Melania Trump are the first First Family to not have pets in the White House since Andrew Jackson. Only Jackson and Polk have not had pets. (DailyMail)
  • A historical biographer's comparison of Kaiser Wilhelm II (ruler of Germany from 1888 to 1918) to Donald Trump reveals the following (NewYorker):
    • Antagonized leaders of other countries with cruel nicknames
    • Abandoned multi-lateral alliances in favor of one-on-one diplomacy with other leadersCarter Kaiser Wilhelm Trump
    • Did not succeed in most one-on-one relationships with other leaders
    • Had staffers provide newspaper clippings of articles pertaining to him, and flew into rages when the coverage was negative
    • Facilitated the unraveling of the upper echelons of the government, with officials fighting each other in a state of chaos
    • Always went way off script in speeches, constantly straying into insults and gaffs
    • Surrounded himself with his generals but rarely listened to their advice
    • Changed his mind constantly about issues large and small, leading to a state of confusion and resignation with his advisors and foreign ministers
    • Patronized the aggressive, nationalistic right among his countrymen
  • Donald Trump talks like a third grader, according to the Flesch-Kincaid grade-level test. (Politico)
  • The 16th century English word "betrump" means to swindle, deceive or cheat someone. (NPR)(Wiktionary)
  • An episode of the 1950s western TV series 'Trackdown' featured a character named Walter Trump who claimed he would build a wall in order to protect a town from the end of the world. At the end of the episode he is run out of town its residents. (Snopes article with original video)
  • A comparison of Andrew Jackson (9th president) to Donald Trump illustrates the following: (PRI)(TheAtlantic)

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Feature/Trait

Andrew Jackson (7th)

Donald Trump (45th)

Failed first run at presidency 1824 2000
Thin skin with fiery temper Fought in 14 duels Attacks the source of all negative press, et al
Wealthy yet championed the little guy Railed against “the aristocracy of the few” Promised to “drain the swamp” of D.C.
Won election against a political dynasty Beat John Quincy Adams Beat Hillary Clinton
Favored speaking to mobs Was nicknamed “King Mob” Ran countless campaign rallies as president
Had wild hair See 20-dollar bill See this website's logo
Fearful of “outsiders” Indian Removal Act e.g. signed a Muslim ban
Slave owner Owned and trafficked Stiffed thousands of contractors over decades
Questionable real estate mogul Speculated on Indian lands he didn’t own Six high-profile real estate bankruptcies
Traded on triumphs of the past Used old military glories for political gain Traded on purported billionaire status
Bitter and held onto grudges Harbored hate for Brits after the War Never let off of Rosie O’Donnell
Nickname used by supporters “Jackass” became symbol of new Democratic party “Deplorables” became supporter badge of honor
Seen as intemperate, vulgar and stupid by elites  checkmark xxl checkmark xxl 
Self-marketed relentlessly  checkmark xxl checkmark xxl 
Held institutions and international treaties with little regard  checkmark xxl checkmark xxl 
Sloppy attack on financial institution led to catastrophic crash Shut down Second National Bank -> Four-year depression TBD