Donald Trump had a tremendously bad week—and you don’t need to ask us.
Just take a look at some of the headlines he’s received in publications across the nation:
Why, exactly, was Trump’s week called the worst in presidential campaign history?
Here’s just a small sample of what he’s said and done since last Monday:
- Lost the first presidential debate of the general election …
- … by defending the time he rooted for the housing crisis (“That’s called business”).
- … by lying about whether he said climate change was a hoax (he did) and 57 other things.
- … by calling the United States a third-world country.
- … by demanding “law and order” but having no plans whatsoever for fixing our criminal justice system or bridge racial divides.
- … by offering word-salad responses like this one on how we fight cyberterrorism.
- … by claiming that “by far” his strongest asset is his temperament—before launching into another attack on Hillary for not having “the look” or “the stamina” to be president.
- … by repeatedly telling the audience to “call Sean Hannity” for proof that he was against the Iraq War.
- Blamed his microphone for losing the debate (though the 80 million people who watched on TV could hear nothing wrong).
- Continued to publicly shame Miss Universe Alicia Machado, calling into Fox and Friends to say, “She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”
- Went on an angry tweetstorm in the early hours of the next morning to continue his attack on the former Miss Universe.
- … and then, that very day, BuzzFeed reported that Trump had a cameo in a softcore Playboy porn video.
- Revealed by Newsweek that his company paid a consultant $68,000 to travel to explore business opportunities, in violation of the U.S. embargo with Cuba—apparently breaking the law.
- Was exposed for not having the certifications necessary to solicit money for the Trump Foundation—when just this year he solicited money for veterans (a group he has a history ofstiffing with charitable donations).
- Faced this Los Angeles Times article about how managers at his golf course were instructed to fire women who were “not pretty enough” and replace them “with more attractive women.”
- Became the first Republican to lose the Arizona Republic’s endorsement in their 120-year history.
- … and has yet to land a newspaper endorsement in the general election. (But Hillary has a whole lot.)
- Became the first presidential candidate that USA Today has ever warned their readers to vote against, after a 34-year record of impartiality:
- Had his estimated net worth downgraded $800 million by Forbes.
- Said, once again, that he is “proud” to have been an advocate for birtherism.
- Claimed—without any evidence whatsoever—that this election will be rigged.
- Mocked Hillary Clinton for having pneumonia with a middle school–style imitation at a campaign rally.
- Told a cheering crowd at that rally that “Hillary belongs in jail” (see No. 8 on his best attribute being his temperament).
- The New York Times dropped the bombshell that Trump might not have paid federal income taxes for 18 years.