Americans love top ten lists, so we looked for lists about Donald Trump’s first year in office. The person best known for top ten lists is David Letterman, who offered a list, including, number ten, “That thing on his head was the gopher from Caddyshack,” and number one, “Thanks to Donald Trump, the Republican mascot is also an ass.”
Meanwhile, if you Google “Trump ten,” you’ll get actress Jane Krakowski, who says “the Trump 10” is the weight gained by people, drowning their sorrows in Twnkies after the election. But Yahoo gives us the top ten promises kept by Trump.
“Bomb the hell out of ISIS.”
“The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles.”
Pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “a potential disaster for our country.”
“Cancel” the Paris climate deal.
“The Trump plan will lower the business tax rate.”
“Repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare.”
Rolling back regulations.
“Drill, baby, drill.”
“By ending catch-and-release on the border, we will stop the cycle of human smuggling and violence. Illegal border crossings will go down.”
Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Meanwhile, here are the top ten items of the Obama legacy that Trump has undone.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Transfer of surplus military equipment to local police
Normalizing relations with Cuba
The Paris climate agreement
Offshore and Arctic oil drilling
The Clean Water Rule
Caps on greenhouse gas emissions at power plants
Scope of national monuments
Bathroom protections for transgender students
Then, the Hill gives us the top ten Trump controversies.
The firing of James Comey
Taking a knee in the NFL
“Little Rocket Man”
A controversial condolence call
Kirsten Gillibrand “would have done anything”
Sean Spicer and the inauguration crowd
The Mooch is loose
The Hill also noted that Trump gave himself a “ten” for his handling of the ongoing disaster in Puerto Rico.
And Forbes Magazine gives us Trump’s ten most offensive tweets:
The hatred that clown @Krauthammer has for me is unbelievable—causes him to lie when many others say Trump easily won debate.
How can a dummy dope like Harry Hurt, who wrote a failed book about me but doesn’t know me or anything about me, be on TV discussing Trump?
My plan will lower taxes for our country, not raise them. Phony @club4growth says I will raise taxes—just another lie.
Lightweight Senator @RandPaul should focus on trying to get elected in Kentucky—a great state which is embarrassed by him
Every Poll has me winning BIT. If you listen to dopey Karl Rove, a Trump hater, on@oreillyfactor, you’d think I’m doing poorly.
Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. He was terrible at DEBATE!
The president of the pathetic Club for Growth came to my office in NYC, and asked for a ridiculous $1,000,000 contribution. I said no way!
@MeghanMcCain was terrble on @TheFive yesteray. Angry and obnoxious, she will never make it on TV. @FoxNews can do so much better!
@FrankLuntz is a low class slob who came to my office for consulting work and I had zero interest. Now he picks anti-Trump panels.
Huma Abedin, the top aide to Hillary Clinton and the wife of perv sleazebag Anthony Weiner, was a major security risk as a collector of info
And, finally, Robert Reich, who served in the administrations of Presidents Ford, Carter, and Clinton, gives us the ten steps Trump uses to turn lies into half-truths.
Step 1: He lies.
Step 2: Experts contradict him, saying his claim is baseless and false. The media report that the claim is false.
Step 3: Trump blasts the experts and condemns the media for being “dishonest.”
Step 4: Trump repeats the lie in tweets and speeches. And asserts that “many people” say he’s right.
Step 5: The mainstream media start to describe the lie as a “disputed fact.“
Step 6: Trump repeats the lie in tweets, interviews, and speeches. His surrogates repeat it on TV and in the right-wing blogosphere.
Step 7: The mainstream media begin to describe Trump’s lie as a “controversy.”
Step 8: Polls show a growing number of Americans (including most Republicans) believing Trump’s lie to be true.
Step 9: The media start describing Trump’s lie as “a claim that reflects a partisan divide in America,” and is “found to be true by many.”
Step 10: The public is confused and disoriented about what the facts are. Trump wins.