Dayenu

Donald Trump

Had Donald Trump only called Mexican-Americans rapists and drug traffickers, it would have been enough. (6/16/15)

Had Donald Trump only said that Mexico was sending its drugs, crime, and rapists to America and not hired paid actors to form his presidential announcement crowd, it would have been enough. (6/17/15)

Had Donald Trump only hired actors for his crowd and not sued the most influential Latino television network over its refusal to air his Miss Universe pageant, it would have been enough. (6/30/15)

Had Donald Trump only sued Univision and not rhetorically asked Don Lemon “who is doing the raping,” if not the Mexicans, it would have been enough. (7/2/15)

Had Donald Trump only accused Mexican immigrants of mass rape and not used the threat of a third-party bid as leverage over the GOP, it would have been enough. (7/8/15)

Had Donald Trump only threatened to run as a third-party candidate and not criticized prisoners of war for getting captured, it would have been enough. (7/18/15)

Had Donald Trump only attacked John McCain’s war record and not publicized Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number, it would have been enough. (7/21/15)

Had Donald Trump only released Sen. Graham’s number and not had his long-time lawyer and campaign surrogate state that one cannot rape their spouse, it would have been enough. (7/28/15)

Had Donald Trump only used a surrogate who condoned marital rape and not claimed he was the victim of tough questioning at a debate because the female moderator was menstruating, it would have been enough. (8/8/15)

Had Donald Trump only hurled misogynistic insults at Megyn Kelly and not advocated ending birthright citizenship due to the supposed threat of “anchor babies,” it would have been enough. (8/19/15)

Had Donald Trump only used a racist term for American-born children of foreigners and not admitted he knew nothing about basic Middle East foreign policy, it would have been enough. (9/3/15)

Had Donald Trump only confused the Quds Force with the Kurds and Hamas with Hezbollah and not insulted a female competitor’s face, it would have been enough. (9/10/15)

Had Donald Trump only ridiculed Carly Fiorina’s looks and not vowed to deport all undocumented immigrants within two years, it would have been enough. (9/11/15)

Had Donald Trump only advocated deporting eleven million immigrants and not agreed with a town-hall questioner that Barack Obama is a foreign-born Muslim, it would have been enough. (9/18/15)

Had Donald Trump only continued spreading his birther conspiracies and not begun intimidating news outlets, it would have been enough. (9/23/15)

Had Donald Trump only blacklisted media outlets and not suggested that George W. Bush’s CIA director knew the World Trade Center would be attacked, it would have been enough. (10/18/15)

Had Donald Trump only blamed the last president from his party for 9/11 and not engaged in juvenile attacks on the GOP’s leaders, it would have been enough. (10/24/15)

Had Donald Trump only made jokes about Marco Rubio’s profuse sweating and not insinuated that Ben Carson’s Seventh-Day Adventist faith was disqualifying, it would have been enough. (10/25/15)

Had Donald Trump only obliquely disparaged an opponent’s religion and not called for a deportation force, it would have been enough. (11/11/15)

Had Donald Trump only vowed to create a deportation force and not called for government surveillance of mosques, it would have been enough. (11/16/15)

Had Donald Trump only advocated surveilling mosques and not left open the possibility of special IDs and databases for Muslims, it would have been enough. (11/19/15)

Had Donald Trump only called for profiling Muslims and not spread falsehoods that they celebrated 9/11 en masse on New Jersey rooftops, it would have been enough. (11/22/15)

Had Donald Trump only lied about American Muslims celebrating 9/11, and not retweeted false, racist crime statistics, it would have been enough. (11/23/15)

Had Donald Trump only endorsed false, racist crime statistics and not told his crowds to spy on their neighbors, it would have been enough. (11/25/15)

Had Donald Trump only urged Americans to keep watch on their neighbors and not mocked a disabled reporter, it would have been enough. (11/26/15)

Had Donald Trump only mimicked Serge Kovaleski’s arthrogryposis and not advocated murdering terrorists’ family members in violation of international law, it would have been enough. (12/6/15)

Had Donald Trump only propounded a policy of killing the families of terrorists and not called for “a total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US, it would have been enough. (12/8/15)

Had Donald Trump only called for a Muslim ban and not condoned violence at his rallies, it would have been enough. (12/15/15)

Had Donald Trump only tolerated violence at his rallies and not lavished praise on Vladimir Putin, it would have been enough. (12/17/15)

Had Donald Trump only called Putin “highly respected” and not directly dismissed the Russian leader’s murder of journalists, it would have been enough. (12/18/15)

Had Donald Trump only praised Putin for being a tough leader when asked about his murder of journalists and not used misogynistic falsehoods to describe Hillary Clinton, it would have been enough. (12/20/15; 12/22/15)

Had Donald Trump only propounded sexist tropes about Clinton and not also called her an enabler of sexual assault, it would have been enough. (12/26/15)

Had Donald Trump only blamed Clinton for her husband’s actions—real and imagined—and not engaged in disingenuous birtherism about Ted Cruz’s Canadian origins, it would have been enough. (1/5/16)

Had Donald Trump only concern-trolled Cruz’s ability to serve as president and not accepted the endorsement of an incoherent, anti-intellectual embarrassment, it would have been enough. (1/19/16; 1/20/16)

Had Donald Trump only proudly touted Sarah Palin’s free-style endorsement and not violently bragged about his supporters’ devotion, it would have been enough. (1/24/16)

Had Donald Trump only flippantly declared he could shoot someone and not lose votes and not withdrawn from a primary debate to further intimidate news outlets, it would have been enough. (1/27/16)

Had Donald Trump only withdrawn from a debate to prevent tough questioning from Megyn Kelly and not used war veterans as a prop to distract from that reality, it would have been enough. (1/28/16)

Had Donald Trump only pretended to help veterans in order to aggrandize himself and not told his supporters to “knock the crap” out of a protester, it would have been enough. (2/1/16)

Had Donald Trump only fomented violence at his rallies and not vowed to use methods of torture “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” it would have been enough. (2/10/16)

Had Donald Trump only promised to bring back torture and not stoked conspiracy theories that Justice Scalia was murdered, it would have been enough. (2/16/16)

Had Donald Trump only given credence to Scalia conspiracy theories and not called the Pope “disgraceful,” it would have been enough. (2/18/16)

Had Donald Trump only threatened the Vatican in response to the Pope’s criticism and not celebrated a story about shooting Muslims with bullets dipped in pig’s blood, it would have been enough. (2/20/16)

Had Donald Trump only repeated apocryphal stories about John Pershing shooting Muslims as an example of toughness and not been endorsed by David Duke, it would have been enough. (2/25/16)

Had Donald Trump only been endorsed by David Duke and not refused to disavow that endorsement, it would have been enough. (2/29/16)

Had Donald Trump only refused to disavow the KKK and not made a crude sexual joke about Mitt Romney, it would have been enough. (3/3/16)

Had Donald Trump only said that Romney would have “dropped to his knees” for him in 2012 and not bragged about the size of his penis at a debate, it would have been enough. (3/4/16)

Had Donald Trump only discussed his penis size at a national debate and not brazenly lied in a post-primary press conference about the existence of certain Trump-brand products, it would have been enough. (3/9/16)

Had Donald Trump only displayed what he falsely called Trump Steaks when he knew that business no longer existed and not employed a campaign manager who assaulted a reporter, it would have been enough. (3/11/16)

Had Donald Trump only refused to fire his top campaign aide for assaulting a reporter and not repeatedly incited violence to the point that a rally in Chicago descended into a riot, it would have been enough. (3/12/16)

Had Donald Trump only used violence as a political tool and not falsely claimed a protestor at his Chicago rally was connected to ISIS, it would have been enough. (3/12/16)

Had Donald Trump only made false claims about protestors and not suggested he would pay the legal fees of a supporter who sucker-punched a protester, it would have been enough. (3/13/16)

Had Donald Trump only suggested he would pay the legal fees of a violent supporter and not also threatened riots at the GOP convention should he be denied the nomination, it would have been enough. (3/16/16)

Had Donald Trump only used the threat of riots as a political tool and not supported a campaign manager who repeatedly sexually harassed female reporters, it would have been enough. (3/21/16)

Had Donald Trump only backed Corey Lewandowski’s sexually inappropriate behavior and not used the fear following terrorist attacks in Europe as a political tool, it would have been enough. (3/22/16)

Had Donald Trump only stoked fear of terrorism for political gain and not threatened to “spill the beans” on Ted Cruz’s wife, it would have been enough. (3/22/16)

Had Donald Trump only threatened Heidi Cruz and not retweeted an attack on her physical appearance, it would have been enough. (3/24/16)

Had Donald Trump only attacked Heidi Cruz’s looks and not planted a story in the National Enquirer (and then spread that story) that Ted Cruz had five extramarital affairs, it would have been enough. (3/25/16; 3/25/16)

Had Donald Trump only spread tabloid trash and not stated, after Corey Lewandowski was charged with criminal battery, that he might press charges against the victim, it would have been enough. (3/29/16; 3/29/16)

Had Donald Trump only victim-blamed instead of holding Lewandowski accountable and not said women should be punished for having an abortion, it would have been enough. (3/30/16)

Had Donald Trump only advocated criminal sanctions for abortion and not hired a top aide with ties to Putin and a history of working for dictators, it would have been enough. (4/27/16)

Had Donald Trump only hired Paul Manafort and not outlined a dangerous and incoherent foreign policy, it would have been enough. (4/27/16)

Had Donald Trump only advocated isolationism, NATO withdrawal, and nuclear proliferation and not dismissed Hillary Clinton as playing the “woman card,” it would have been enough. (4/27/16)

Had Donald Trump only said Clinton would fail to reach even 5% of the vote were she a man and not personally spread an absurdist lie that Ted Cruz’s father helped kill JFK, it would have been enough. (5/3/16)

Had Donald Trump only falsely linked Rafael Cruz to Lee Harvey Oswald and not failed to denounce the rampant anti-Semitism of his online supporters, it would have been enough. (5/6/16; 5/18/16; 5/27/16)

Had Donald Trump only had his wife blame Jewish reporters for the anti-Semitic subtweets sent to them by his fans and not accused Clinton of ruining the lives of her husband’s mistresses, it would have been enough. (5/7/16)

Had Donald Trump only called Clinton “an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler” of her husband and not selected a white nationalist as a California delegate, it would have been enough. (5/10/16)

Had Donald Trump only slated a white nationalist delegate and not openly flouted the universally accepted norm of releasing his tax returns, it would have been enough. (5/11/16)

Had Donald Trump only refused to release his tax returns to hide his financial fibs and shady business past and not lied about pretending to be his own publicist, it would have been enough. (5/13/16)

Had Donald Trump only contradicted his own deposition testimony about pretending to be his own publicist and not threatened to use the power of the presidency against the media, it would have been enough. (5/14/16)

Had Donald Trump only threatened to change the law to hurt unfavorable media outlets and not suggested that Syrian refugees had “ISIS phones” and were plotting 9/11-style attacks, it would have been enough. (5/15/16)

Had Donald Trump only engaged in fearmongering about Syrian refugees and not lied about self-funding his campaign, it would have been enough. (5/21/16)

Had Donald Trump only lied about his central claim to political independence and not lied about giving $1 million to veterans’ groups as part of his Iowa debate-alternative event, it would have been enough. (5/24/16)

Had Donald Trump only failed to give the money he promised to veterans and not pushed a decades old conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton murdered Vince Foster, it would have been enough. (5/26/16)

Had Donald Trump only breathed life into the Foster conspiracy and not attacked a federal judge for granting a routine motion to unseal records in the Trump University suit, it would have been enough. (5/28/16)

Had Donald Trump only threatened the independence of the judiciary and not leveled a full-throated assault on the media for holding him accountable over the veterans lie, it would have been enough. (5/31/16)

Had Donald Trump only referred to a reporter as a “sleaze” and not called a black man at one of his rallies “my African-American over there,” it would have been enough. (6/3/16 )

Had Donald Trump only called a black man “my African-American” and not leveled racist attacks on the American-born Trump University judge by questioning his impartiality as a “Mexican,” it would have been enough. (6/5/16)

Had Donald Trump only attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage and not decided to run a fundamentally unserious and lazy campaign based only on rallies and tweets, it would have been enough. (6/6/16)

Had Donald Trump only eschewed the necessary, hard work of actually building a campaign and not launched a racist attack on Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage, it would have been enough. (6/10/16)

Had Donald Trump only called Warren “Pocahontas” and not congratulated himself for predicting a terrorist attack in the U.S. just hours after the Orlando massacre, it would have been enough. (6/12/16)

Had Donald Trump only used the Orlando massacre for political gain and not suggested that President Obama was involved in the shooting, it would have been enough. (6/13/16)

Had Donald Trump only suggested that Obama was a terrorist co-conspirator and not banned the Washington Post from covering his campaign for accurately reporting that story, it would have been enough. (6/13/16)

Had Donald Trump only banned the Washington Post and not then doubled down on the original point by retweeting an article claiming Obama supports ISIS, it would have been enough. (6/15/16)

For Republican voters, who nominated Donald Trump, it should have been enough to vote against him.

For Paul Ryan, who refuses to disown Donald Trump, it should have been enough to reject him.

For conservatives opposed to Donald Trump, secure enough in the false comfort of their amoral purity to vote for Gary Johnson, it should have been enough to support the one candidate who can stop him.

For Bernie Sanders supporters in denial over the threat of Donald Trump, who will vote for Jill Stein or stay home, it should have been enough to set aside petty differences and support their nominee to oppose him.

For Donald Trump: that’s enough.

 

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2 thoughts on “Dayenu

  1. Your thoughtful blog is always refreshing, especially in the age of tweets, texts and Instagram. I look forward to new entries, knowing that each will provide new material for reflection.

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