Donald Trump: The Facts You Need To Know

Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Here are facts you need to know about his campaign.

What follows is an ongoing, regularly updated catalog of Donald Trump’s positions on the issues, public statements, and reaction to those from others.

Bigotry

Trump Called For Ban On Muslim Immigration To America. “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” [DonaldJTrump.com, 12/7/15]

Trump Wants A Nearly-Complete Ban On Immigration To America. [Washington Post, 8/5/16]

Bizarre Attacks

Trump Attacked Family Of Deceased Army Captain. ” Last Saturday, less than 48 hours after Khizr Khan, the soldier’s father, called him out during an impassioned speech at the DNC, Trump on ABC accused Khan of having read from a Clinton campaign script and compared his own sacrifices (“I work very, very hard”) to those made by the Khan family.” [CNN, 8/6/16]

Trump Claimed That Hillary Clinton Was “Brainwashed.” “Donald Trump is striking hard at Hillary Clinton over her recent remarks that she “short-circuited” when discussing her private email use in media interviews. The GOP presidential nominee implied that Clinton was “brainwashed” and unfit to occupy the Oval Office.” [CBS, 8/6/16]

Views On Women

Trump Couldn’t Name Any Women He Would Appoint To His Cabinet Besides His Daughter. “In an interview with Florida-based ABC affiliate First Coast News on Wednesday, the Republican nominee dodged a question about women he would include in his cabinet, were he to be elected president.” [Fortune, 8/5/16]

Trump’s Economic Team Is All-Male. “Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has revealed his newly formed economic council. All 15 members are men, six are called Steve, one is a hotdog vendor and two are actual economists.” [Guardian, 8/5/16]

Trump Said Women Who Are Sexually Harassed Should Just Leave Their Jobs. “Asked by Fox News contributor and USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers how he thought his daughter might respond to being harassed in the workplace, Trump said: “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.”” [CNN, 8/6/16]

Trump Reportedly Wanted Female Employees To Pose Nude For Playboy. “In his 1991 book, Trump, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, The Downfall, The Reinvention, reporter Wayne Barrett included two short paragraphs on Trump’s “sexual fantasy life,” which apparently included him pitching a spread of his employees to Playboy.” [Jezebel, 8/5/16]

Conspiracy Theories

Trump Is A Birther. “Donald Trump once led a national campaign questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States.” [Huffington Post, 8/6/16]

Trump Pushed Conspiracy That 2016 Election Would Be “Rigged.” “”I’m telling you, November 8, we’d better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged,” he said on Monday night. “And I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.”” [CNN, 8/6/16]

Foreign Policy

50 Top GOP National Security Experts Oppose Trump. “Fifty Republican national security veterans released a letter Monday saying “none of us will vote for Donald Trump,” voicing alarm about the GOP nominee’s views on foreign policy and national security.” [WSJ, 8/8/16]

Trump Didn’t Know That Russia Invaded Ukraine. “In his ABC interview last weekend — the same one in which he attacked the Khans — Trump said of Russian President Vladimir Putin: “He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down.”” [CNN, 8/6/16]

Nuclear Experts Say Trump Should Not Be Entrusted With Nuclear Weapons. “The Hill spoke to more than half-a-dozen nuclear weapons experts for this story. All expressed a level of concern or anxiety about Trump’s control of nuclear weapons and his leadership of global nonproliferation.” [The Hill, 8/6/16]

Trump Insulted Japan, Said They Would Watch “Sony Television.” “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed Japan, an ally of the United States, can “sit home and watch Sony television” if the U.S. is ever attacked.” [Huffington Post, 8/6/16]

Campaign Tactics

Trump Campaign Edited Video Of Clinton To Make It Appear She Supports Middle Class Tax Increase, She Doesnt. “A video sent out by email from the Donald Trump campaign misrepresents Hillary Clinton’s position on taxes by providing incorrect subtitles for a speech given by the Democratic nominee, according to CBS News.” [Talking Points Memo, 8/6/16]

Trump Campaign Website Won’t Let Recurring Donors Opt-out. “Mic writer James Dennin then dug in and confirmed what the frustrated Trump supporter above found — “there is no easy option to stop recurring donations on Trump’s donation site.” Dennin set up a $1 recurring payment and then tried to cancel it. Couldn’t do it. The only option available was switching out one credit card for another.” [New York, 8/5/16]

Racist Support

Numerous racists and white power groups have expressed their support for Trump.

American Nazi Party Chairman Backs Trump. “The chairman of the American Nazi Party, Rocky Suhayda, declared on his radio program last month that a Donald Trump victory would present a great opportunity for white nationalists to build pro-white coalitions.” [Buzzfeed, 8/6/16]

Economic Policy

Trump Wants To Cut Taxes For Giant Corporations. “Trump plans to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, Heritage Foundation chief economist Stephen Moore said Friday in an interview with Bloomberg Television.” [The Hill, 8/6/16]

AP: Trump Lied In Economic Policy Speech. “Donald Trump wrongly accused Hillary Clinton of proposing to increase middle-class taxes and blamed America’s crumbling roads and bridges in part on the money spent on refugees, a minuscule expense in comparison with infrastructure.” [AP, 8/8/16]

Toxic Trump

Latino Florida GOP Chairman Left Party Over Trump. “Gaitan confirmed Monday that he’s leaving the party to avoid helping the Republican nominee’s campaign any further.” [TPM, 8/8/16]

Republican Candidates Are Abandoning Trump. “For Republicans in close races, top strategists say, the issue is no longer in doubt. One House Republican has already started airing an ad vowing to stand up to Mr. Trump if he is elected president, and others are expected to press similar themes in the weeks ahead.” [NY Times, 8/6/16]

Young Republicans Are Rejecting Trump. “For the first time in 128 years, the Harvard Republican Club is refusing to endorse its party’s candidate for president. Similarly, at Trump’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, members of the student Republican organization told ABC News they also will not be supporting Donald Trump.” [ABC News, 8/6/16]

International Reaction

German Foreign Minister: Trump Is A “Hate Preacher.” “Germany’s anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, supporters of Britain leaving the EU, and “the hate preachers, like Donald Trump at the moment in the USA,” are fear-mongers, Steinmeier said, according to broadcaster Deutsche Welle.” [Politico, 8/5/16]

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