Unethical Quote Of The…What, Year? Decade? Millennium?…Donald Trump!

“Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”

—-Former President Donald Trump, simultaneously making a fool of himself and fulfilling Democrats’ most extreme scaremongering regarding his candidacy on his social media platform, Truth Social.

Maybe he reads Ethics Alarms, and sensed that I was beginning to question my hasty designation of him as the 2022 Asshole of the Year after Kanye West’s sudden emergence as a Hitler fanboy and a Holocausr denier. If that was Trump’s objective, he succeeded: that statement laps West, in part because Ye is just a publicity-seeking, unstable rapper with a insatiable thirst for publicity, and nobody should pay much attention to him. Trump is far, far more influential, but is just as reckless in abusing his prominence.

That statement is signature significance and res ipsa loquitur; the latter, because no one should have to have explained to them why it is irresponsible, unhinged, and stupid, and the latter because only a politician who has lost all contact with reality would say something like that, ever, even once. And I’m not going to explain it. If you’re smart enough to come here, you’re smart enough to figure out what wrong with Trump’s quote without assistance.

That statement is so disqualifying that anyone who continues to advocate Trump’s re-election or support him is any way should be shunned, condemned, and never trusted or taken seriously again. It also almost certainly has the effect of dooming Herschel Walker’s chances of winning a Senate seat in Georgia, not that this would be a tragedy.

Nobody should give power to someone who argues for the suspension of the Constitution, whatever the provocation. When I saw the CNN headline “Trump calls for the termination of the Constitution in Truth Social post,” I immediately thought, “Well, there they go again! I wonder what Trump wrote that was distorted like that?” But CNN wasn’t far off.

It shouldn’t matter whether Trump is opposed by Ron DeSantis, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bette Midler or a Pet Rock. He has, finally and utterly, jumped the shark, nuked the fridge, shot himself in the head and set himself on fire. Republicans, conservatives and everyone else who doesn’t want to go down in flames with him needs to get far, far, FAR away.

What an asshole.

38 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The…What, Year? Decade? Millennium?…Donald Trump!

  1. I don’t disagree with your assessment. I would add that calling for the suspension of the Constitutional provisions is no different then what was done in Pennsylvania when the rules of the election were changed, not by the legislature as required, using the pandemic as an excuse by the governor and election officials to violate the state and federal Constitutions.

    I wonder why those outraged at Trump’s statement were not equally outraged by the governors who shuttered businesses by decree with no due process or equal treatment. Mom and pops were decimated while megastores were untouched.

    The election is over and Trump needs to shut up over the past. No one admires a whiner. Nevertheless, we should be calling out all those who stood silent when the proto-totalitarian governors and elected officials ran roughshod over all of our rights over the last two years.

  2. It would have been so easy (so, so SO EASY!) to play the victim:

    “You see, I was right. Democrats coerced Big Tech, who manipulated the Fake News outlets to affect the outcome of the election.

    “They knew they could not win in a fair fight, so they did not fight fair.

    “That’s why I have to run again. They need to beat me fair and square.”

    Something like that would have been defensible.


  3. Then again, wasn’t that (contemplating an overthrow) just precisely what those who installed the current U.S. Constitution were up to and then effected, vis a vis the previous arrangements? And didn’t some of them go on to become presidents, to acclaim from many? For a modern parallel, consider De Gaulle and the Fifth Republic. Junking the old, let alone merely advocating that, is no self-evident bar; consider it as an example of “Treason doth never prosper / What’s the reason? / If it doth, / None dare call it treason”.

    • P.M. Lawrence,

      I do not think that is a good analogy. The people who installed the current Constitution were much more consistent and principled (which may have been what made them consistent).

      They laid out their laundry list of complaints about the King and, after they gained independence, proceeded, eventually, to adopt a Constitution that addressed many of their initial grievances.

      Trump is upset because he lost, fairly or unfairly. But, even if unfairly, the solution is not to scrap the Constitution.

      Now that I think about it, I am surprised Jack did not pull out his Devil quote from A Man for All Seasons.


      • You appear to have read my comment incorrectly. I will attempt to clear away any miconceptions.

        They laid out their laundry list of complaints about the King and, after they gained independence, proceeded, eventually, to adopt a Constitution that addressed many of their initial grievances.

        That’s like saying that Austria laid out its laundry list of complaints about Serbia and, after it merged with Germany, proceeded, eventually, to invade Poland. In each case, the former complaints – sound or unsound – have hardly any direct bearing on events many years later.

        Trump is upset because he lost, fairly or unfairly. But, even if unfairly, the solution is not to scrap the Constitution.

        How not? I cited precedent, both U.S. and other. In the U.S.A., they installed the current constitution precisely because they didn’t like the previous one that was there, that they themselves rested on. It was good enough reason for De Gaulle and de Valera, and many others.

        • “That’s like saying that Austria laid out its laundry list of complaints about Serbia and, after it merged with Germany, proceeded, eventually, to invade Poland. In each case, the former complaints – sound or unsound – have hardly any direct bearing on events many years later.”

          This is even worse reasoning than that time you defended slavery.

    • Quick, what’s the difference between a single blowhard calling to chunk the old order and a body of men popularly representing the larger body of people gathering and declaring a need to change the old order after a great deal of hard deliberation?

      I tried to give a lot of hints in the question.

  4. Trump seems not to be able to get out of his own way. Musk gave him the high ground concerning the 2020 election, but comments like this squander it.

    Every game has its rules. A game without rules, or if the established rules are not followed, inevitably breaks down into chaos. The quote: ‘It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.’ is not simply addressing fairness or sportsmanship. At its heart, it addresses the fundamental need to play-by-the-rules for the integrity of the game. By bending or breaking of the rules, you might win a game you otherwise would have lost, but what happens when the other teams learn that you are willing to corrupt the game to win? How will they react when it is time for the next game? That is why ‘how you play the game’ is vital for the continuation of the game as we know it. To abandon the established rules causes chaos that, if the stakes are high enough, leads to violence.

    When it comes to the ‘game’ of governance in the United States, the ultimate rulebook is the Constitution (Federal and State). It is the foundation for how our country is designed to operate. Over the past several years, the hardcore Progressives (in government, media, and academia) have shed their sheep’s clothing and are openly demonstrating their decades long disdain for the ‘rulebook’ and the traditions that form the foundation of our republic to the point where the rules are in danger of becoming irrelevant. All this in a quest for governing power. They advocate the sweeping away of traditions and rules that have been carefully nurtured from the founding of this nation to protect individual liberty and shield us from the passions of the mob. Without these principles, we are no longer a republic, which, I am forced to believe, is their ultimate goal.

    • The game analogy is very apt. In the 1975 World Series, the closest and, I believe, the best World Series ever, the Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Red Sox by a single run in the final game of a seven game series, five of which were settled by one run margins or in extra-innings. In Game 3, the Reds win was assured because Umpire Larry Burnett completely botched a decisive play, failing to enforce a rule that was applicable. Nobody suggested, after the Series, that the Series was illegitimate, though that misruling may well have changed the outcome. Nobody said that the series result should be over-turned, or that the Series needed to be replayed. Doing such a thing would be chaotic: all contests need finality. Trump suggesting a do-over more than two years after the result had been followed, against all precedent and existing law, would be laughable if it weren’t coming from a former and possibly future POTUS.

      • “Nobody suggested, after the Series, that the Series was illegitimate, though that misruling may well have changed the outcome. Nobody said that the series result should be over-turned, or that the Series needed to be replayed. Doing such a thing would be chaotic: all contests need finality. Trump suggesting a do-over more than two years after the result had been followed, against all precedent and existing law, would be laughable if it weren’t coming from a former and possibly future POTUS.”

        …and because all contests need finality, the Electoral College remains a valuable, useful thing. Trump can rant and rave about the general election all he wants, but Joe Biden is the President of the United States right now because the EC elected him and those results are easily verified. There’s no denying that.

        And I totally agree that suggesting any sort of suspension of the Constitution, for any reason, is a bridge too far–even if one could generously characterize it as a call for tit-for-tat tactics, which doesn’t actually make it any better.


  5. I think the answer is pretty simple: Trump is a narcissist and a complete nutcase. Two two descriptors make for a very dangerous man. Run!

  6. From your desk of ethics this may make perfect sense, from the middle class not college educated not overly sophisticated desk your eloquent words are well taken but.
    Those from the the north east comprehend the rest of the country dislike for blunt, frank, rough around the edges and willingness to engage in a fight when nasty insulting comments are made to your face.
    Your examination of ethics is remarkable even though there is no mention of how the mess developed. Trump is a very nice man who has helped a lot of people and got things done others could not. This rapper and his friends may have set him up to look bad the statement you dissect may have been inappropriate coming from the source was it inaccurate.
    When president nasty and untrue remarks actual million dollar investigations the press insulting the sitting president on live broadcast with applause! Who would put up with that. During debates the current occupant you seem to defend degraded the office of president by insulting the sitting president calling him a clown and fool on global broadcast.
    Of course Trump is not presidential nor a politician therefore the basis of your column is incorrect. Of great importance though is who other than Trump is out there with a chance to win an election is for the people not the WEF, China, Corporations, obviously corrupt politicians??????

    Who ya got??? There ain’t nobody!

  7. It’s a rant, nothing more. I said in 2017 that the Democrats should be concentrating on 2020, not trying to undo 2016, and the same applies here. Trump should be concentrating on 2024 and let Biden run on his record then.

  8. ??

    Trump tried to overturn the last election. He’s been saying things like this his entire political career.

    This is literally what people with “Trump derangement syndrome” have been complaining about since the beginning.

    They realized early on that Trump doesn’t care one iota about America, the law, respect, honor, etc.

    Odd it took you so long to realize this.

    • No, people with Trump Derangement Syndrome have been claiming that when an asshole is elected President, he should have his Presidency cancelled, obstructed and illegally shortened. Ethics Alarms designated Trump as an official asshole in 2011: you can look it up. So you literally don’t know what you’re talking about. I was a leader of the Trump’s and Asshole parade more than a decade ago. I also wrote dozens of post about the problem since then. This is an easy cite to research, so there’s no excuse for making completely unsupportable claims about what I’ve “realized.”

      In addition, the instant episode is, as the title suggested, indicative of a new level of assholery, due to its timing, impossibility and foolishness. Attempting to challenge election results that appear to have been corrupted in a President’s opinion is arguably a POTUS’s duty; apparently defeated candidates have done so before. Claiming after the election is over, certified and final that it was illegitimate is unethical and destructive, but prominent Democrats did this in after 2000, 2004 and 2016. No one, including Trump, has ever before argued for reversing an election that has been final for more than two years.

      Other than that, brilliant comment.

      • Didn’t you vote for Trump in the last election?

        Also, no. Trump is more than just an “asshole”

        People have known how awfully unethical and unfit he is to be President before he even took office.

        If he could be a dictator he would. Millions of Trump “haters” have known this about him, but you’re finally catching on.

        • I don’t “know” that, and neither do you. Thanks for the tell: that’s all I need to see. Yes, all of those who refused to acknowledge his legitimate Presidency just “knew” what he was thinking and what he planned to do.

          And if you bothered to read the over a hundred posts I have put up on Trump’s character, you would know that I have explained in great detail his ethical deficits. Being an asshole is just one of them. You would know this if you had the integrity and good faith to check what has been written here before mis-characterizing it.

          So this is your last comment on this particular matter. And I expect you to do better on any future commentary. In fact, I insist on it.

          • Addendum (and last word): Since you’re not going to get another comment on this post, and I’d at least like you to learn something, having studied Presidential history and character for decades, including writing a treatise on the subject, I can say with some authority that the contention that Trump is more unethical or untrustworthy than previous Presidents can only arise from bias and not knowing beans about those who came before him.

            Trump is no more ethically challenged than Presidents Jackson, Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Kennedy, Nixon, Clinton or Biden. He has his own ethical voids, but all of those men were unethical, several were sociopaths (as is Hillary Clinton), and at least one definitely was capable of seeking to be a dictator. Trump, unlike Jackson, never defied the Supreme Court; unlike Wilson, he never actively and vocally supported white supremacy and manipulated us into a world war; unlike Roosevelt, he never imprisoned American citizens based on race and planned on being President for life; unlike Nixon, he never surreptitiously sabotaged peace talks to get himself elected; unlike Clinton, he never lied under oath in a court of law while President; unlike Biden, he never used the Justice Department as a partisan weapon or gave a speech declaring the other party threats to democracy. I know facts don’t matter to those, like you, who just”know” what officials you oppose are thinking, but in this matter you are flying without navigation.

            End of discussion.

  9. The political left’s new propaganda narrative that’s being parroted far and wide is that, “Trump made clear his desire for the termination of the Constitution’s election provisions…” with this Truth Social post…

    Trump was not making it clear that he desires to terminate the Constitution’s election provisions, he was making it as clear as Trump’s loose cannon mouthed statements usually are (clear as mud) that that is what was already done by the political left to put Joe Biden in the White House.

    I have been saying for a while that “The political left has shown its pattern of propaganda lies within their narratives so many times since 2016 that it’s beyond me why anyone would blindly accept any narrative that the political left and their lapdog media actively push?”

    I’m not a Trump fan or supporter and yes Trump’s loose cannon statement was unethical and poorly worded as usual (applying the Julie Principle), but someone should answer Trump’s question directly. NO Mr. Trump, there is no provisions in the Constitution to throw out the results of the 2020 election, declare a different winner of the 2020 election or have a new election to replace the 2020 election and Donald Trump needs to accept those verifiable FACTS and move on. Joe Biden IS the current President of the United Sates and will remain so until Constitutional conditions are met that puts someone else in that position.

    • It appears that Trump replied to the arguments that he wants to terminate the Constitution’s election provisions…

      I think this sentence, “What I said was that when there is ‘MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION,’ as has been irrefutably proven in the 2020 Presidential Election, steps must be immediately taken to RIGHT THE WRONG.” pours gasoline on the “terminate the Constitution’s election provisions” fire.

      NO Mr. Trump, you cannot right the wrong of the election no matter what they were, to do so would bastardize the constitution like the Democrats have been trying to do since 2016! Trump should have kept his blathering loose cannon mouth shut but this post by Trump does verify the political left’s arguments.

      • Jack wrote, ” “Rigged” implies that the mechanics of the election were illegally manipulated.”

        But election laws were essentially “illegally manipulated”, as in bastardized and broken, in a few swing states, my state included.

        In this context, there are a lot of words that apply to what’s happened…

        Rigged: manipulated or controlled by deceptive or dishonest means.

        Rig: manage or conduct (something) fraudulently so as to produce a result or situation that is advantageous to a particular person or group.

        Fraud: something intended to deceive others.

        Fraudulently: in a way that involves deception.

        Propaganda: The expression of opinions or actions carried out deliberately by individuals or groups with a view to influencing the opinions or actions of other individuals or groups for predetermined ends and through psychological manipulations.

        Indoctrinate: teach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.

        Brainwash: make others adopt radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure.

        Bastardize: change (something) in such a way as to lower its quality or value, typically by adding new elements.

        Systematic: done or acting according to a fixed plan or system; methodical.

        Gaslighting: manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

        Morph: undergo or cause to undergo a gradual process of transformation.

        Culture: the social behaviors and norms found in human societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, customs, capabilities, and habits of the individuals in these groups.

        Rigging (as defined above) is exactly what the political left did to the 2020 election and it started on or before the November 8, 2016 election. They have used innuendo filled, accusatory propaganda and bald-faced lies as their rhetorical rigging tools. There was four years straight of continuous in-your-face anti-Trump and anti-Republican propaganda from the political left and their lapdog media. Their propaganda is straight out of the USSR’s Pravda propaganda playbook. The political left has been actively perpetuating an outright fraud against we the people since just before the 2016 election. The left has been systematically trying to indoctrinate and brainwash we the people with their constant gaslighting which includes bastardizing the language and the United States Constitution to morph our culture into a society that will unquestionably follow whatever the Democratic Party dictates. The political left has brainwashed a huge cross section of we the people and stripped them of their ability to think critically, they have intentionally dumbed-down their followers turning them into a mindless hive minded of sheeple drones. Yes the Democratic Party and their lap dog media rigged (manipulated or controlled by deceptive or dishonest means) the 2020 Presidential election from stem to stern and they haven’t stopped their rigging to this day.

        In my opinion rigged is the right word to use with the 2020 election. Does that mean they didn’t count the votes in the ballot boxes properly, nope I’ve never ever claimed that, however, there were less than legal ballots put in the ballot boxes in some states due to brazen election law bastardizations and illegal rule changes by election officials. Unfortunately there is absolutely no way of knowing which ballots are less than legal or outright illegal once they have been put inside the ballot box to be counted.

        Personally I think the massive four year anti-Trump propaganda campaign was actively rigging the 2020 election and that was the purpose of their unrelenting anti-Trump propaganda and exactly their plan.

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