Embarrassing Chapters in US History, Part 5 (2011-2018)

See how much you know about the most embarrassing parts of this most embarrassing chapter in US history.
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Last updated: September 17, 2018
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In 2016, this reality TV star is elected US president
Donald Trump
He launched his presidential bid in 2011, by endorsing this conspiracy theory "ism"
Birtherism
He officially announced his candidacy in a speech calling people from this country rapists
Mexico
He confesses he'd like to be dating this woman, his daughter
Ivanka Trump
His campaign catch phrases include
Build the wall
Lock her up
Drain the swamp
Make America great again
A tape from this TV show includes him bragging about serial sexual assault
Access Hollywood
During a debate, he boasts about the size of
His "hands"
This press secretary makes his first address by falsely claiming the inauguration crowd was the biggest in history
Sean Spicer
This former Exxon CEO is made Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson
The above, in private, allegedly and correctly calls the president
a (expletive) moron
The president travels to this neglected and disaster-struck island to toss paper towels into a crowd, then claim problem solved
Puerto Rico
He says "he's being recognized more and more," about this African-American reformer, deceased 120 years ago
Frederick Douglass
Numerous women come forth alleging sexual impropriety including this busty porn star
Stormy Daniels
He fires this FBI director and admits it was to obstruct investigation into his campaign
James Comey
After the above's firing, this special counsel is appointed, leading to numerous indictments and guilty pleas
Robert Mueller
He makes major concessions to this dictator at a summit in Singapore, receiving nothing in return
Kim Jong Un
In a 2018 APSA poll, he is ranked worst president in history, unseating this president
James Buchanan
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Level 80
Jun 18, 2018
This could be so much longer...
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Level 83
Jun 18, 2018
And can continue growing with each passing day.
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Level 62
Jul 27, 2018
Wait, I live in that country... shoot...
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Level 62
Jun 18, 2018
I'm afraid you'll be able to make at least 10 by the end of this year. These 'embarrassments' seem to be accelerating exponentially. ..
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Level 80
Jun 18, 2018
I could make 10 already. Though most of what I thought of doesn't make very good material for a quiz on a trivia site and would be hard to put into "hint" and "answer" form- did my best with that.
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Level 72
Jun 18, 2018
Good job, Kalbahamut! I‘m already looking forward to seeing the November 2020 elections. (If No. 18 doesn‘t find out anything new). Midterm elections will be very interesting
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Level 67
Jun 18, 2018
Just a counter argument to some of these claims:

- He didn't call all Mexicans rapists, he was referring to the criminals who have been causing problems crossing the border illegally, not ordinary Mexicans or law abiding, legal residing Mexicans.

- I don't see how North Korea taking steps to disarm their nuclear weapons is a 'concession'.

- Hillary Clinton and her campaign team in 2008 raised concerns about Obama's certificate long before Trump. (For the record I think he was born in The U.S.).

- His approval rating is higher, or at the very least the same, as President Obama's at the same time during his presidency.

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Level 80
Jun 18, 2018
These aren't arguments.

I didn't say he called all Mexicans rapists. The last part of this quiz series was criticized for having overlong clues. What he *did* do is state that Mexico was sending criminals, drug dealers/users, and rapists to the US. This is an incredibly ignorant thing to say. Mexico isn't sending anyone to the US, first of all. Normal people are coming by their own choice to try and make a better life for themselves. Statistics show that they end up being more law abiding than non-immigrants, once they arrive. Trump's statement was stupid, racist, embarrassing demagoguery. (and then he said, "some, I assume, are good people"- to underline his appalling ignorance and make it clear that he's saying that majority of Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug dealers)

What steps did North Korea take? Name one.

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Level 67
Jun 19, 2018
https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/north-korea-reportedly-makes-a-major-denuclearization-step-for-trump-2018-6
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Level 80
Jun 19, 2018
I think the key take away from that article is the admission that the joint statement released from the summit outlined zero concrete steps that would be taken toward denuclearization. Trump himself said that the destruction of the of the engine testing site was not part of it, an afterthought, a personal favor that Trump requested. I would say, "okay, that's a start, let's see if he follows through on the rest of the promises made in the statement"- except that there's nothing else to follow through on. All Kim agreed to was the same vague ambition of denuclearization that North Korea has offered repeatedly over the past 25 years. Unlike "the worst deal ever," which Trump has called the Iran deal secured by Secretary Kerry under Obama, the agreement with Kim has no clear timetable, has no specifics of any kind actually, doesn't allow in international inspectors at all... we got bupkis. This engine testing site might be a good sign, but it was not part of the agreement.
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Level 80
Jun 19, 2018
Meanwhile, after legitimizing Kim's regime by praising it endlessly, Trump blindsided both vital US allies South Korea and Japan, as well as the US itself, by announcing his intention to end joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula- the thing that North Korea most wanted (and something Russia would like very much as well). He gave this up without securing anything in return. It might have all been bluster and bullshitting, that remains to be seen, but if it was, where does that get us? There are two possible outcomes here: either we give up our single biggest bargaining chip in exchange for nothing that we didn't have already, or we back out of the commitment that Trump made and end up right back where we started only with a North Korean leadership that feels even more like they can't trust Americans.
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Level 80
Jun 18, 2018
Google "Hillary Clinton birtherism" and see what Politifact has to say about this. Even if this wasn't another Trump lie, it would be irrelevant. If Hillary did something bad, that doesn't make Trump doing the same thing okay. It's embarrassing how often the president resorts to this tactic, even now, a year and a half after Hillary lost the election, he's still talking about her stupid e-mails. But anyway, Hillary's campaign had nothing to do with birtherism nonsense. And it's especially rich that Trump would try to blame her for it when he also tried to take credit for starting it all himself at other times, first saying it was his idea, and then later that Hillary started it but Trump managed to get Obama to produce his birth certificate. All of these statements are false and none of them are something to feel proud of. The man is so ridiculous it's painful to talk about.
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Level 80
Jun 18, 2018
Finally, job approval? While it's impressive Trump's approval rating is not at 0 - impressive that people are so blind, if we're comparing approval "at the same time during his presidency," so from Inauguration Day through June of the next year, it's not even close. Trump set records for his historic low approval. From day 1, his disapproval rating has always been higher than his approval rating. He started with 44% and peaked at 46% 5 days in to taking office. Since then he dipped to 37% and currently sits at 44.

Obama started his first term with 65% approval and the first year his approval was never lower than disapproval. It started to dip around June of 2010, but by June 19th it had never been as low as 44%.

Even if it had, who cares? People are morons. If 40% of the country was dumb enough to vote for Trump I don't particularly care what those same people think of his job performance. But so far the polls have not been favorable. But that has nothing to do with this quiz.

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Level 37
Jun 18, 2018
Great quiz, Kalbahamut. I didn't do very well (I remember all of the incidents, but blanked on the names) but I am not upset, the less I focus on this moron, the more peaceful I can be.
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Level 80
Jun 18, 2018
I have to take periodic breaks from the news, as well.
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Level 74
Jun 19, 2018
Thanks for explaining Why America Isn't Great Right Now in 20 straightforward questions.
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Level 80
Jun 19, 2018
It's in the process of rebecoming the greatness it never wasn't.
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Level 71
Jun 25, 2018
This is the best comment ever.
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Level 74
Jun 19, 2018
Also accept Stephanie Clifford?
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Level 67
Jun 19, 2018
Whilst I’m not as deluded as other Trump supporters, (I don’t know if ‘supporter’ is the word for me), who think Trump is the greatest President ever, I still think surely George W. Bush was far worse. You talk about Trump’s response to Puerto Rico, but that was nothing on the aberration that was Bush’s response to Katrina.
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Level 80
Jun 19, 2018
I don't see how Bush's response was worse. The difference was that Katrina was a much bigger disaster. Bush had bigger problems to deal with than Trump has had so far. Both Bush and Trump inherited booming economies and nations in fairly good condition from their predecessors. Bush pushed through a massive short-sighted tax cut for the wealthy same as Trump and Paul Ryan did, but Trump's is probably going to have a bigger negative impact in the long run. Aside from that tax bill, and signing some things about abortion funding, Bush didn't spend his first year in office furtively trying to undo every good thing that Clinton did. Bush actually managed to fill the job vacancies in the state department; he wasn't trying to pilot the executive branch with a skeleton crew. Bush took his job seriously and called upon capable advisors; he didn't spend most of his time tweeting and watching Fox News, getting advice from Steve Bannon and his son in law.
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Level 80
Jun 19, 2018
Bush had a bit of a problem with nepotism and giving jobs to unqualified friends (which he backed off on a bit after Harriet Miers and Michael Brown), but he didn't appoint to lead every agency people who overtly wanted to destroy or dismantle those agencies or undermine everything they were supposed to do. Bush failed to act on intelligence that could have possibly prevented terrorist attacks in the United States, but he wasn't actively working to strengthen the position of American enemies while at the same time undermining vital historical alliances.

If Trump had to deal with his own Katrina or his own 9/11... based on his performance so far, we have every reason to believe that he would handle those situations even worse than Bush did. Bush made a huge mistake by squandering massive global goodwill following 9/11 by invading Iraq against the wishes of some key allies. Trump has managed to alienate allies worse without any such crisis occurring.

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Level 80
Jun 19, 2018
And mind you I think George W. Bush was a horrible president. I just think that next to Donald Trump he's practically Augustus Caesar.
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Level 80
Sep 16, 2018
And now it has come out that the total death toll in Puerto Rico has exceeded the death toll of Katrina. Bush did have that whole embarrassing "heckuva job Brownie!" moment, but he wasn't claiming that Katrina was an unsung tremendous victory for his administration months after the fact, nor did he go to social media to claim that the 1800+ dead were simply fabricated by Democrats.
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Level 65
Sep 27, 2018
That is (at least today) the most horrifying thing about Trump to me. He genuinely believes if he just shows up somewhere, it's a success. He really thinks his two days in Puerto Rico solved that crisis. He was genuinely surprised today at the UN when he called his administration the most productive and the audience laughed. He genuinely believes everyone but the media is in awe of his greatness. It's the kind of delusion that screams "psychological disorder of the highest order."
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Level 80
Sep 28, 2018
I don't know if he genuinely believes it. He talks about how great and successful he is endlessly, but this is common with people who suffer inferiority complexes. I think he might actually be deeply insecure. If he doesn't know that his entire life is a complete sham, though, then you're right, he has to be delusional.
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Level 37
Feb 18, 2019
Quizwhizz: You have GOT to be kidding! (or are wearing rose colored glasses when it comes to Trump) when, in his eight year incumbency did Bush throw ANYTHING at people suffering devastating losses? - Your idol has no empathy and that makes him a self- aggrandizing blowhard.
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Level 37
Sep 3, 2019
^ Bush did not throw paper towels at the people who suffered through Katrina. I may be hypersensitive, but I would interpret having anything thrown at me as not only highly offensive but uncouth and a disgusting display of specious superiority; particularly if the person indulging this atrocity is the President of my country.
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Level 74
Jun 19, 2018
Please accept "Drumph" as a type-in for "Trump"
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Level 80
Jun 19, 2018
I think you probably mean "Drumpf," but Donald's grandfather changed the name.
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Level 62
Nov 7, 2018
LOL
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Level 50
Jul 23, 2019
what, no covfefe?
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Level 80
Jul 23, 2019
On the long list of embarrassing things this president has done I'd rank that tweet somewhere in the mid-10,000s
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Level 83
Jun 1, 2020
I'm surprised this is the only quiz in this series that doesn't have at least one person complaining about political bias. I'd have thought this one would have the most.
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Level 80
Jun 1, 2020
maybe because they thought the others were trying to appear impartial and this one is openly biased so they didn't need to point it out?

Though, in truth, this one is impartial, too. Trump is horrible and embarrassing from any objective or subjective point of view aside from a delusional one. I keep bringing this up to my dad who thinks that I must be "liberal" to not like Trump. I'll say, uh, yeah... tell that to George Will, George W Bush, George HW Bush, Jeb Bush, John McCain, Michael Steele, George Conway, James Comey, Robert Mueller, Mitt Romney, Lindsey Graham (of 2016), Ted Cruz (of 2016), Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, Bill Kristol, David Frum, Joe Scarborough, Justin Amash, Bill Weld, Joe Walsh, Shep Smith, Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, Neil Cavuto, Glenn Beck, and even flippin' Anne Coulter? Anne Coulter is a liberal now? And all these other people who have called out Trump for being incompetent, stupid, amoral, or a disaster as president? riiiight.

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Level 48
Jun 10, 2020
Call me crazy, but I find Trump far more competent than any of them except maybe George HW Bush and John McCain. George W Bush: I became president because Florida wasn't allowed to recount votes, and now I'll invade Iraq for the sake of invading a dictatorship country and because I am totally 100% absolutely positively sure Saddam has WMD's! Yeah, no. Mitt Romney was the only Republican Senator to convict Trump. Bill Weld had a very unsuccessful run against Trump this year. IMHO, these guys would've handled the situation even worse than Trump. All he's doing is letting people know that any riots or destruction of property will be met with an appropriate action. What's he supposed to do, let them steal literally everything from every business in America? No.
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Level 80
Jun 11, 2020
You're crazy.
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Level 48
Jun 11, 2020
Not that Trump is competent, of course. His behavior is terrible, he may or may not have gotten into the presidency with Russian assistance, and he is not a politician. But what should he do? I know that his handling of the coronavirus sucked, and that's a separate issue we can discuss all day. However, his handling of the riots and looting is completely appropriate. He can't let thousands of businesses suffer and innocent (INNOCENT) policemen be harmed. And the excuse that the looters have? Oh, we're not bad, we're just supporting Black Lives Matter! Yeah? What does stealing from corporations have anything to do with racial discrimination? If you are so upset that one guy died, which I agree, was unfair and motivated by racism, then why do you want even more anarchy? The policemen are humans too. They are scared as well. Trump can't just sit back and let billions of dollars of goods get stolen and perhaps even more lives lost.
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Level 80
Jun 11, 2020
Well for starters maybe don't tweet out "when the looting starts, the shooting starts"... and idiotic conspiracy theories about 75 year old men who were pushed to the ground faking their injuries and being agents of AntiFa? That would be one thing. Also not calling in unidentified and unmarked paramilitary troops to the capital where they served to agitate peaceful protesters and make the situation worse would have been a good thing. And not shooting tear gas and flash bangs into another group of journalists and peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square so that he could walk to a church for an obscene photo op, that would have been good.

Seriously, what has he actually done to prevent any looting or riots? He has only poured gasoline on the fire. The most destructive rioting took place in Minneapolis. That eventually died down. Trump had nothing to do with ending those riots. That was in the hands of the city of Minneapolis and state of Minnesota.

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Level 80
Jun 11, 2020
and... while I'm not going to argue for the validity of Bush's 2000 election (though he did get more of the popular vote than Trump did), nor am I going to argue for the invasion of Iraq, I am absolutely positive that Bush, as inept and inarticulate as he was, would have done a far better job of handling this situation than Trump. He would have been conciliatory and tried to be comforting. He would have shown (probably genuine) grief for the death of Floyd and empathy toward the mourners, things Trump is incapable of. He would have called for calm on the part of the protesters, for restraint on the part of the police, and unity on the part of the American people - the exact opposite of what Trump has done which was threaten, anger, and antagonize protesters, encourage police to be more brutal, and sow disunity and division in the country. Bush would not have tweeted out insane conspiracy theories. And he would not have militarized the capital for no reason.
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Level 80
Jun 11, 2020
In other words he would have done the bare minimum that we would expect from literally any other president who wasn't a completely insane out-of-touch nincompoop. It's almost impossible to imagine a president worse than Trump. It's as if, in any situation, he asks himself what the worst possible thing he could do would be, and then does that. I am just very thankful that he is, in addition to his other very many character flaws, a total wimp and coward, or else I am sure he'd probably have gotten us involved in a full-scale war by now, too. We can be thankful that he is *only* going to completely tank the economy, destroy the environment, create an atmosphere of irreconcilable political and racial animosity that will last for generations, strengthen all of our international enemies, allow hundreds of thousands if not millions to die to a pandemic, and perhaps forever destroy the core of American democracy. But it's doubtful he will ever send us to an actual war. So that's something.
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Level 52
Jun 18, 2020
We can add a LOT more thanks to the treatment of the pandemic and the murdering of innocent black lives. I’ve never thought that I would be ashamed to be an American.
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Level 80
Jun 18, 2020
No doubt, the last 3 years have been by far the most embarrassing in United States history. Not necessarily the worst... Slavery and the genocide of indigenous Americans was far worse than anything that has happened recently... but those were also happening in times when racism, colonialism, genocide and slavery were prevalent around the world. Today, America is uniquely awful, and has no excuse for it.
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Level 33
Jun 24, 2020
I’m pretty sure there’s a hyphen in Kim Jong-un; good quiz by the way!