Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again

By Donald J. Trump

4,402 ratings - 3.45* vote

Look at the state of the world right now. It’s a terrible mess, and that’s putting it mildly. There has never been a more dangerous time. The politicians and special interests in Washington, DC, are directly responsible for the mess we are in. So why should we continue listening to them?It’s time to bring America back to its rightful owners—the American people. I’m not go Look at the state of the world right now. It’s a terrible mess, and that’s putting it mildly. There has

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Book details

Hardcover, 193 pages
2015 by Threshold Editions
ISBN
1501137964 (ISBN13: 9781501137969)
Edition Language
English

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Safa

Can I get some sort of award for actually finishing this book? I put this on my "made me cry" shelf because when I read it I almost cried because of the fact that so many people actually support this guy. ...

Scott Rhee

Post-2020 Election Update 11/10/20: I am, like a little more than half the country, finally breathing a sigh of relief with the announcement that Joe Biden is our new president. Four years of Trump has felt a little like being trapped in an alternate dimension in which all the patients of every insane asylum in the world took over the government. I know, that's my inner Black Lives Matter/pro-choice/pro-science/anti-white supremacist/Socialist talking, but I don't care anymore. I'm hoping (it's a dim hope, but it's there) that Trump's stupid fringe beliefs will go back to being on the fringe again, but the cat's out of the bag now, I think, so all we can do now is pray that saner, smarter minds will prevail in the next four years or more. I wrote this review way back in March 2016. It seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it?


It's been a week into the new Trump administration, and he has proven himself to be far more than just an Asshole. He is something far more dangerous. I sincerely worry (and I doubt that I'm alone in thinking this) that the man is not actually sane, that there is something mentally wrong with him. Intellectually, I don't think the guy is actually stupid (all evidence---including a limited vocabulary and the use of his own made-up word "bigly" ad nauseum---to the contrary), but he is clearly sick. Generally, I feel sympathy towards the mentally ill, but it freaks me out that, as far as I know, there is no real precedent for a situation like this. What do we do---what can we do---when our president is several cards short of a full deck, toys in the attic, loony toons bonkers? This review was meant to be funny; at least, that's what I was aiming for, although re-reading it now, i realize how much can change in such a short time. It's no longer funny. We are living under a fledgling totalitarian dictator. I won't say he's evil---that word gets overused and I'll leave it to future historians to make that call---but his ridiculous number of executive actions, statements, tweets, and behavior are all indicative of an Asshole bordering on the Sociopathic. May God have mercy on all of us…

Donald J. Trump is an Asshole. To clarify, the term “Asshole” refers to the orifice on the human body responsible for defecation, which is the expulsion of shit. “Shit” is the toxic waste-product of the human digestive system, the useless remainders of food which has been broken down and separated into its basic components. “Shit” is those parts which the body deems unnecessary or unhealthy. It is generally considered, in many cultures, uncivilized or uncouth to expose one’s Asshole. It is still considered somewhat taboo to talk about the Asshole in good company, unless one is speaking to a proctologist.

Trump, in biological terms, is the Asshole of America. He is generally considered an embarrassment by many Americans as he, on a regular basis, verbally defecates wherever he goes. The shit that he expels is generally considered to be some of the most toxic and unhealthy shit being expelled. Many feel that this is the reason Trump’s (henceforth referred to simply as the Asshole) very existence should be declared a national health crisis.

The Asshole recently wrote a book called “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again”, which is basically 193 pages of the most vile diarrhea ever unleashed upon the general public. One should absolutely wash hands thoroughly after any reading.

As a public service, I have read and reviewed the Asshole’s book so that you don’t have to. The following is a few quotes from the Asshole himself. Keep in mind as one reads the following quotes that the Asshole is writing at a fourth-grade level. This is actually pretty evolutionarily advanced for Assholes. Also keep in mind that the Asshole may sound like he knows what he is talking about, but he is actually full of shit. Quite literally. I have, along with the quote, attempted to dissect and deconstruct the shit in order to find any nuggets of useful or intelligent parts.

On immigration : “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build it very inexpensively. I will build a great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”

Note how the Asshole does not explain HOW he will build a wall between Mexico and the United States inexpensively. Also note that the Asshole does not explain HOW he will get Mexico to pay for it. Note the Asshole’s repetition of the word “build”, as if he is desperately trying to convince the reader that he is a productive member of society and that he has actually, personally, done anything constructive in his life other than delegate to other people all the actual hard work and simply take credit for it all, which is what Assholes do.

On global climate change : “If you go back in history, you’ll find that the biggest tornadoes we’ve had in this country took place in the 1890s, and the most hurricanes occurred in the 1860s and ‘70s. Violent climate “changes” are nothing new. We have even had ice ages. I just don’t happen to believe they are man-made.”

Note the rather brazen way that the Asshole simply says “I just don’t happen to believe [climate changes] are man-made” and essentially sloughs off all credible scientific evidence that says, undeniably, global climate change has been proven---and continues to be proven---to be caused by humanity’s deleterious effects on the world’s ecosystems. The Asshole can, and does, make such unsupportable statements because Assholes don’t like facts, data, or statistics that contradict or in any way threaten their own way of life. In this case, the Asshole’s way of life is Making Money At The Expense Of A Sustainable Future. This is actually a very common reaction among Assholes, whose sole purpose is to shit on the world.

On gun control : “I worry when our social-policy makers, looking for a “cause”, pick on guns. The Supreme Court has made it clear that the government simply has no business and, in fact, no right to dictate to gun owners what types of firearms law-abiding Americans are allowed to own. Gun owners should be allowed to purchase the best type of weapon for their needs, whether it’s for self-protection, sport-shooting, or any other purpose.”

Here is a case in which the Asshole is simply defending the rights of two types of individuals. The first is the rights of guns themselves. Historically, guns have, until recently, been treated fairly. It has only been recently that guns have started to be treated as second-or even third-class citizens. It may seem odd that the Asshole is defending an inanimate object, but it is actually quite in keeping with the Asshole’s complete lack of logic or intelligence. The second type of individual that the Asshole seems to be defending is anyone that falls under the rather wide demographic of those who purchase weapons for “any other purpose” than self-protection or sport, which I can only assume includes anyone who enjoys shooting people in movie theaters, schools, and military bases.

I could go on and include many more excerpts of the Asshole’s book, but you should, by now, get the point: the book is shit. Were you really expecting anything more?

Manny

Okay, I don't want to go all conspiracy theory on you, but it's hard not to apply cui bono here. Under normal circumstances, you'd expect the Dems to be worried. They've had two terms in office, the US is still not doing so well economically, and Hillary is notoriously unpopular with a large chunk of the electorate. She ought to be having serious problems, and people on the left ought to be starting to shrug their shoulders and say, well, maybe some of those Republicans aren't that bad. Instead, the markets are giving odds of about two to one that Ms Clinton will be the next President.

Why? Um, because Donald Trump has rendered the GOP close to unelectable. I suppose he might have done it by accident, or out of stupidity. But if he'd set out to destroy the party, I don't see that he could have been more effective. He's alienated several key demographics - Hispanics, blacks, women - to such an extent that it's hard to see how any bridge-building exercise is going to work. I suppose a major terrorist attack may make people feel that, even if he's an asshole, he's the kind of asshole the US needs to keep it safe. But, more and more, he's coming across as a loose cannon who doesn't mean anything he says, who changes his story whenever it suits him and then insists that his views have "evolved", who just can't be taken seriously.

Consider for a moment that Trump used to be a Democrat. He used to be pro-choice. He invited the Clintons to his last wedding. And in a book or a movie, you'd know by now that he'd done it on purpose, to trick the far right wing of the Republican Party into coming out in the open and permanently discrediting themselves. It would be the twist that wrapped up the whole narrative. This is how, operating under deep cover, brave Agent Trump infiltrated the bunch of vampires that were sucking the US's life-blood, and put a stake through their collective hearts so that America could be Great Again.

Of course, I don't really believe it. But I just read this article in the National Review - not exactly your typical lying, liberal publication - and when you see their quotes you have to wonder. Here's someone so insanely irresponsible that even Ann Coulter is publicly upset about it. And that ending. I just have to quote it in full:
... barring some miraculous comeback by Ted Cruz, the Trump campaign will have cost the Republican Party the presidency after eight years of Obama, and perhaps the Senate and even the House - and Scalia's replacement on the Court as well. Years of effort spent attempting to dispel the accusations of inherent Republican misogyny, xenophobia, hypocrisy, ignorance and blind rage have been undone by Trump's campaign. And every Trump advocate in front of a camera had a hand in this.

We're not just gonna hug it out.
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Since writing this review a bit more than three weeks ago, I've been regularly checking the odds posted on Betfair for the different Presidential candidates. A pattern has emerged: an improvement in Trump's chances is associated with an improvement in Hillary's chances. After Trump's unsuccessful Wisconsin primary, Hillary was running at around 2-1 on (67% chance of success). Trump has done well since then, and Hillary's improved to around 3-1 on (75%).

Like I said, I'm not hypothesizing a conspiracy. But if I were Hillary, I wouldn't necessarily be unhappy that Trump right now looks like he has a decent shot at getting over half of the Republican delegates ahead of the July convention and locking up the nomination.
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I just have to share the striking graphic I saw earlier this evening on fivethirtyeight.com. Hillary's one lucky woman.

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From another recent article in The National Review:
Donald Trump is unfit for the office.

He is unfit for any office, morally and intellectually.

A man who could suggest, simply because it is convenient, that his opponent’s father had something to do with the assassination of President Kennedy is unfit for any position of public responsibility.

His long litany of lies — which include fabrications about everything from his wealth to self-funding his campaign — is disqualifying.

His low character is disqualifying.

His personal history is disqualifying.

His complete, utter, total, and lifelong lack of honor is disqualifying.

The fact that he is going to have to take time out of the convention to appear in court to hear a pretty convincing fraud case against him is disqualifying.

His time on Jeffrey Epstein’s Pedophile Island, after which he boasted about sharing a taste with Epstein for women “on the younger side,” is disqualifying.

The fact that he knows less about our constitutional order than does a not-especially-bright Rappahannock River oyster is disqualifying.

There isn’t anything one can say about Mrs. Clinton, monster though she is, that changes any of that.

Donald Trump is not fit to serve as president. He is not fit to serve on the Meade County board of commissioners. He is not fit to be the mayor of Muleshoe, Texas.

If he indeed is the Republican nominee, Donald Trump almost certainly will face Hillary Rodham Clinton in the general election. That fact, sobering though it is, does not suddenly make him fit to serve as president, because — to repeat — the problem with Trump isn’t that he is less fit to serve in comparison to Mrs. Clinton, but that he is unfit to serve, period.
Though of course, that's what the conservatives are saying. The liberals aren't going to be as positive.
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The National Review list somehow forgot to include Trump's tax returns, but Mitt Romney has just made good that omission:
It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service. Tax returns provide the public with its sole confirmation of the veracity of a candidate's representations regarding charities, priorities, wealth, tax conformance, and conflicts of interest. Further, while not a likely circumstance, the potential for hidden inappropriate associations with foreign entities, criminal organizations, or other unsavory groups is simply too great a risk to ignore for someone who is seeking to become commander-in-chief.

Mr. Trump says he is being audited. So? There is nothing that prevents releasing tax returns that are being audited. Further, he could release returns for the years immediately prior to the years under audit. There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump's refusal to release his returns: there is a bombshell in them. Given Mr. Trump's equanimity with other flaws in his history, we can only assume it's a bombshell of unusual size.
I must say I'm disappointed. Just because Trump suggested on live TV that Romney would have been happy to give him a blow-job in exchange for his support in the last presidential election, he gets all huffy and starts saying things like the above. Evidently not a team player. Or does he know something we don't?
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It's been a rough few weeks for Agent Trump. He's been trying his damnedest to sink the Republican ship - but whatever he did, somehow it went wrong. He flung racial insults at a judge of unimpeachable character, flirted with the KKK, cozied up to the autocratic leader of an unfriendly foreign state and encouraged a senior Republican to give a speech against him at the RNC. He decided not to hire any campaign staff or buy any TV spots. Things were so desperate that Melania joined in. Great love hath no trophy wife than she plagiarize her rival's lines to help her husband... but even that didn't have any effect. Despite all his efforts to paint himself, in the most garish colors imaginable, as Lyin' Crooked Donald, a character that only a drunk, sleep-deprived halfwit would trust with the nuclear codes, his ratings held steady. They even improved a bit.

As he likes to say, never give up, and after literally dozens of imaginative attempts he seems to have found an idea that works. I'm sure he didn't enjoy gratuitously disrespecting the sick, elderly mother of an American war hero, but desperate times require desperate measures. Finally... FINALLY!... his poll figures seem to heading in the direction he needs. Obviously they don't want to jinx it at this stage, and I bet the entire Trump family are anxiously checking fivethirtyeight's NowCast every ten minutes to see if it's screwed up again. But there's no doubt about it, things are starting to look good at last. Another month of this and they'll be cracking open the champagne at Trump Tower.

Bravo, Agent Trump! You have the hardest job in the world. And you're doing splendidly.

Elaine

I read this book in one day and could not put it down. I already support Trump for president, but this book put all of the reasons why into clear focus. Anyone whose opinion of Trump is based solely on what is reported in the mainstream media needs to read this book. Hear from the horse's mouth what Donald Trump stands for and what he can do to get this country headed in the right direction. This book addresses where he stands on all of the issues, it is written very clearly, and I did not get bored at all. It actually got me even more excited about the future of our country. I loved it, and I am sure the sales will be HUUUUGE!! :)

Dennes Tejada

WOW! Just Wow! What an incredible book! This is a must read and should be required reading in all colleges! I'm a 32 year old male ,Hispanic Democrat, who was leaning toward voting for Trump because I already knew about his great success. It's a fact: Anything Trump touches turns to gold! Imagine if he could do the same for America! After reading this book I'm 100% convinced Mr.Trump is what this country desperately needs. We cant have anymore dynasties with the Bush and Clinton Families. We need great change and we need it from an American who answers to no one except the American people! No more corrupt career politicians bought and paid for by Lobbyist, special interest groups and Super Pacs! I'm officially going to switch and register as a Republican and I will do my duty as an American citizen and vote for Mr.Trump. I want America to be Great Again and you will too after you finish reading this book. Enjoy.

Sleepless Dreamer

Man, I can't believe this guy was president and might actually be one again.

After four years of Trump's presidency, I had envisioned exactly what this book would be. I mean, we all know what Trump is about. And truly, the rhetoric style was exactly like I thought it would be. You can literally hear Trump's voice as you read it, which is not very pleasant. 

However, when it comes down to the content, I was a little surprised. There aren't many solid policy ideas here, admittedly. Trump spends more time talking about his great skills than any feasible plans. It's obnoxious to hear him repeat how great he is. 

That said, the few policy ideas that are here are interesting. For example, Trump talks about placing taxes on the super rich. I didn't realize that's something Trump thought about doing. I'd gotten the impression Trump supports the super-rich people. He also mentions the need for healthcare access for everyone, even acknowledging that we must help those who are too poor to pay for healthcare. I feel like you could quote parts of this book, show it to Trump supporters and they'd all think it was written by a socialist. 

Additionally, his comments about education on the state-level rather than a federal scheme were something I hadn't considered at all. In general, reading this made me wonder about how the US achieves that balance between the federal and state level. I mean, surely the education needs of New York are different than Utah's so perhaps it does make sense to give states more control? And yet, we want to make sure there's a consensus on some things (like imagine the south not learning properly about the civil war).

Political scientists often ask whether Trump's behavior is intentional and to what extent, if so. Is this a political strategy or is this really who he is? How much of his act is planned? 

Reading this convinced me that much of what Trump does is an intentional act with a clear purpose. It's not that our politics have been abducted by an orange old man, it's that Trump has pinpointed a problem and is speaking to those who feel it. And I loathe to admit it, but that's how political strategy works. He's making this work for him. You find the people who feel ignored and speak to them. You have to use the words and behavior that they find appealing. 

The professional word for this is a political cleavage but I am way too immature. Like yep, Trump found a political cleavage and now he's grabbing it. But hey, Trump writes he has a good track record with women so it's all good.  

Unfortunately, this brings us to the end of all the good things I can write about this book.

Trump talks about the entire political system as if it is about winning. And yet, he never brings up that winning implies someone else is losing. And losers in politics get angry. Losers in politics get extreme. Good politics is about agreements and cooperation. It's a team sport and it's just depressing to consider that Trump's rhetoric about winning could actually yield results.
 
I wish I could invite Trump to our State, Morality and Market classes where we spent months talking about market failures in healthcare. The market works great until it doesn't and well, when the market doesn't work, it can't fix itself. Libertarians are so convinced that the government is flawed that they don't see that the market is also flawed. 

For example, insulin is an inelastic good. People will buy insulin no matter what the price is. The sellers have a vested interest to raise the prices. Without government intervention, the prices can grow and sure, there's competition that might push them down but at the end of the day, the entire industry is interested that we perceive healthcare as something expensive. This can't be solved in the marketplace. 

If there is one thing that I simply cannot get about the Republican party, it's the guns. I keep going back to my own bootcamp and how we spent a few days learning by heart how to handle guns. We were told dozens of horror stories to highlight the danger of guns. In the American rallies, I see people behaving so irresponsibly (oh my god, don't aim the gun unless you intend to shoot, don't put your hand on the trigger unless you intend to shoot, don't put the magazine in unless you're preparing to shoot). 

And yet, Americans keep repeating this freedom clause, as if their guns could actually stop a corrupt government. It's surprising there aren't activists in the NRA fighting for the right to have a tank or nuclear weapons. 

Take it from an Israeli, true freedom is giving back your gun because you know you don't need it anymore. True freedom is never needing guns because there are other ways to solve problems, because the situation of killing someone is not one that crosses your mind. A country where people need guns to feel safe is not a free country. 
 
Honestly, I could go on but really, I think Trump's handling of covid says all we need to know. I've seen Israeli right wing people change their minds about Trump after they heard his comment about bleach so perhaps the same will happen in the us. No matter what, the next few weeks in the states are going to be fascinating. 

What I'm Taking With Me
- I despise the fact that Israel is so aligned with Trump. It is remarkably short sighted of our government to amp up this relationship when Trump isn't going to be here forever. Letting Israel be a partisan issue is just such a mistake. 
- Like yay, Republicans are antisemitic but love that we fight wars in the Middle East while Democrats are supportive of Jews but actively trying to hurt Israel's ability to defend itself. This is great, thanks Netanyahu. 
- I felt such an urge to factcheck every single thing he says. 
- If I had the time, I'd go read everything Trump actually achieved in his term and compare to this book but yeah, my reading on tech and economics awaits.
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Reading this book at the end of Trump's term is equally funny as it is sad. Review to come!

☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)

"It’s time to bring America back to its rightful owners"

So... the Native Americans, then?

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edit may 2018: for some reason i looked at the blurb again and "There has never been a more dangerous time" um. have you ever heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis? perhaps World War One. or Two. no? okay.

Leif Denti

This book is a joke. It is foremost a narcissistic biography on how great Donald Trump is (all his major achievements are included as an appendix). That's the bulk of the book. The rest of the book is about how bad things have gotten. Then there is a couple of phrases where Trump injects his "politics", that is, Trump's ideas on how to counter the bad things. These ideas are offered without any analysis or rationale at all. The only reason for why the ideas should be implemented is that Donald Trump is a businessman and politicians are politicians. Being a businessman has endowed upon Trump a special ability to see complex system problems and find easy solutions to them. Solutions like "build a wall" and "make other western countries pay us for our military presence". That's right, Trump actually wants countries like Germany, Poland and Korea to pay protection money to Uncle Sam. Disaster does not as a word fully cover the consequences of having this man elected president.

Ian "Marvin" Graye

I wasn't close enough to the US election to be able to understand exactly what happened and why: why did so few people vote, why did so many women apparently support Trump?

When you live outside the US and you look at the red and blue map of the states, you have to wonder how the Democrats could ever win any election. There's just so much red on that map.

Observed from afar, this election for many voters seems to have been a referendum on free trade and globalisation.

Free trade was a policy promoted by the World Bank, conservative economists and Republicans, only Obama seems to have presided over much of its implementation and its consequences.

One goal of free trade was to reduce poverty in the undeveloped third world. This would obviously benefit third world communities. However, if manufacture was shifted there, whatever was made there would be cheaper to first world purchasers, because the wage component of the price was so much lower than the US. If you bought a small car from Mexico rather than Michigan, then it would cost you less, and theoretically you would have more money left over to save or spend on other needs or wants. Think of all the possessions you regard as vital to your everyday life, and think of how many of them come ultimately from the third world.

The point is things cost less if they're not made in America.

If they're not made in America, the jobs leave America and go to where the wages are cheapest. So the cost of cheaper goods is lower domestic employment.

The problem for the American political system is that the people who have lost their jobs live and vote in America, whereas the people who have obtained work in the third world don't.

The pursuit of free trade has therefore been at the expense of domestic political support.

Hillary Clinton had economic policies that were designed to address the unemployment problem. However, I doubt whether they were framed in such terms that anybody had confidence that they were targeted at them or that they would work.

In Marxist terms, her agenda seemed to be less directed at the economic base than the cultural superstructure.

On the other hand, Trump focused on getting these jobs back, building new factories and protecting American manufacturers from low wage competitors in the third world.

If Ford has just committed to spending $1.6BN on a factory in Mexico, would it turn its back on its investment and return production to the US? Would it expect wages to be comparable to those in Mexico? Who would want these jobs (or these third world wages) in the US? Trump supporters?

The other Trump strategy is to reduce corporate taxes, in the expectation that the funds will be spent on jobs. However, what projects will these funds be invested in? Will they contribute to infrastructure development or maintenance? Will the savings simply be passed onto shareholders in the form of higher profit distributions and dividends? Will the shareholders spend their profits on jobs?

These are the challenges that confront the Trump administration. Whether you voted for him or not, he will be presiding over an economic experiment that might or might not work.

However, internally, he has earned the right to conduct his experiment, because he prioritised domestic American employment over third world poverty.


SOUNDTRACK:

Dream Syndicate - "Gonna Be Alright"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2ljH...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhhBi...

Michael Moore on CNN

https://youtu.be/3WL4jtv3lAI

Bernie Sanders on CNN

https://youtu.be/olILIkiIrM0

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