Politics Every Week Of The Trump Administration, Ranked By Insanity  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the weeks where the events make you exclaim WTF the loudest.

If the world is still turning in 100 years, scholars will look back at the presidency of Donald Trump in awe. They won’t admire his accomplishments; they’ll simply be astonished with the American public’s ability to deal with the Donald Trump presidency week by week. The first 100 days of the presidency were certainly something special. There are even political theorists who believe that the Trump administration is piling on tragedies to shock the system of the American people, making it so people grow numb to the irrational choices and systematic stripping of rights enacted by the President until no one notices that America has been gutted of its sovereignty. Once you look at the most eventful weeks of Donald Trump's time as president, you can see that he’s just winging it. 

Rest assured, there are peaks and valleys within Trump’s presidency. Some weeks go by with barely a peep from Sean Spicer, and sometimes the President gives us a respite from his beloved tweet storms – and even those moments are in the running to be the craziest week of the Trump administration. Deciding what WTF week of Trump presidency is the most bonkers is like a Rorschach test where everyone is wrong. What little joy that can be found in it is nothing more than schadenfreude, but the joke is on the country. Even if you voted for Donald Trump, there’s nothing worth beating your chest about to be found in his presidency, just the realization that something has gone terribly wrong. Keep reading, and check back every week to see how low the President can go.

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Week 44, November 27 - December 3: Multiple Acts Of Presidential Racism, A Guilty Michael Flynn, And A Terrible Tax Bill

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Week 44 felt like it both went by too fast and lasted for 10 years at the same time. Trump started the week by throwing out a racial slur and ended it with suggesting that people sue a major news corporation. Oh, and his former national security advisor Michael Flynn was found guilty of meeting with Russian officials during the election.

  • Monday, November 27: The week started off as they all do – with the President tweeting about news networks hosting a fake news contest. Then, at an event honoring Navajo code talkers, Trump made a crack about Senator Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahontas." He then referred to the men and women gathered at the event as "special people." When Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke to the press that evening, she said that “Pocahontas” is not a racial slur and that the person who everyone should be mad at is Elizabeth Warren
  •  Tuesday, November 28: On the 28th, there was meant to be a bipartisan meeting between the President, Senator Chuch Schumer, and Representative Nancy Pelosi to see if an immigration deal could be reached. After Trump tweeted preemptively that he didn't think a deal would happen, Schumer and Pelosi canceled their meeting. Many pundits saw this as an attempt for Trump to appeal to his base rather than to try to create an air of bipartisanship. Trump followed the cancelation by tweeting a photo of himself alone in the Roosevelt Room stating that Schumer and Pelosi are "weak on immigration." That tweet has since been removed. 
  • Wednesday, November 29: The President was extremely online on Wednesday. He began the day by retweeting two videos by noted anti-Muslim extremist Jayda Fransen that appeared to show a Muslim assaulting someone on crutches and another Muslim destroying a small statue of the Virgin Mary. This is a clear attempt to continue to normalize the behavior of the far Right; it's so blatant that even someone at Inforwars referred to the tweets as "not great optics." Following his retweeting of hate speech, the President posted a few smug tweets about Matt Lauer and other members of the media whom he believes have committed awful sexual acts. Keep in mind that this is the guy who was caught on tape discussing all of the awful things he likes to do to women. 
  • Thursday, November 30: After North Korea tested a missile that they claimed could strike anywhere on the US mainland, Trump continued his bullying rhetoric against the country's leader. In a Tweet (where else?), he poked at Kim Jong Un by once again referring to him as "Rocket Man." 
  • Friday, December 1: Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor to President Trump, pleaded guilty to making false statement to the FBI about whether or not he was in contact with Russia at the time of the election. After pleading guilty, Flynn offered to assist the FBI with prosecuting "another person." At the time of writing, it's unknown who the other person is, but you can make an educated guess as to who Flynn is talking about. While the Flynn news was breaking, Trump was busy stumping for the Republican tax plan that had yet to be read by the Senate. He claimed that Democratic Senators didn't want to pass the bill because they thought they wouldn't get "credit." ABC News anchor Brian Ross reported that during Flynn's testimony, Flynn claimed that Trump specifically told him to contact Russian intelligence. As of now, there's no evidence that something like that happened. Unfortunately, when this news came out, the stock market took a dip even though Ross and ABC both issued a clarification. To top this insane day, Trump's lawyer released a statement on Michael Flynn written entirely in comic sans. 

 

 

  • Saturday, December 2: On Saturday, the Senate voted on an awful tax bill that would eliminate personal deductions, cut the corporate tax rate, and change how multinational corporations are taxed. The whole thing is worth reading about if you have time between panic attacks.
     
  • Sunday, December 3: Trump went on a tweet tear on Sunday where he touched on everything from Hillary Clinton, to Comey, and the stock market's dip on Friday. In that case, he suggested that people who lost money in the stock market sue ABC. Classy. 

 

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Week 51, January 15 - 21: In Lieu Of Making America Great Again Trump's Congress Shuts The Government Down

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One year after his inauguration Trump's Republican-led Congress managed to shut down the government. On the bright side, maybe after America comes crumbling down, the President can finally destroy his greatest enemy – all sharks. 

  • Monday, January 15: After signing a proclamation into effect on Friday urging, "all Americans to observe this day with acts of civic work and community service in honor of Dr. King’s extraordinary life," Trump decided to spend the day golfing at Mar-a-Lago. Following claims that Trump referred to some third world nations as "sh*thole countries," his defenders claimed that he actually said, "sh*thouse countries," which is a totally normal thing that people say all the time and a helpful correction.
     
  • Tuesday, January 16: Trump sent out a proclamation naming January 16 “religious freedom day.” How did you celebrate that thing that you were already allowed to have? After declining to answer questions in the investigation into the Trump campaign's connection to Russia, Steve Bannon was subpoenaed by multiple parties and accused of agreeing to a White House "gag order" so the President could exert executive privilege, or the withholding of information in the public interest, at a later date. It's unknown if Bannon will be held in contempt for refusing to answer questions, but that's not likely. Also, the details of Trump’s physical were released, and he supposedly weighs 236 pounds and stands at a height of 6'3". Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters that he has no doubts about the 71 year old's "cognitive ability or his, you know, his neurological function." Even though Trump is dangerously close to being considered obese, Dr. Jackson claims that the President doesn't have anything to worry about because he has "great genes." 
  • Wednesday, January 17: On Wednesday, details from a conversation in which Trump said that he was hoping for a terrorist attack to help the 2018 midterms sway to the Right the same way they did in the 2002 midterms were released. Wednesday also saw the publication of In Touch Magazine's full interview with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whom the President paid off after having a consensual affair with in 2006, one year after he married Melania. In the interview, Daniels claimed that Trump hoped that "all the sharks die" because of his fear of them, that they didn't use protection when they slept together, and that Trump had Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, walk her back to her hotel room.
  • Thursday, January 18: Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump administration's ties with Russia figured out that the NRA prominently figured into the ordeal. Allegedly, Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, met with Trump at a 2016 NRA convention where he set up a meeting between Trump and Putin. 
     
  • Friday, January 19: President Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer to see if they could hammer out a last-minute deal that would keep the government from shutting down. On Twitter, Trump said that the two had an “excellent preliminary meeting in Oval." Supposedly, Schumer offered funding for Trump's wall that no one wants in exchange for a deal on DACA, but that didn't happen. Very cool move Schumer! While on a break from gumming up the Congressional works, Trump addressed pro-life activists at March For Love, the annual pro-life rally held on the National Mall. In his video address, Trump said that the landmark Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade helped create "some of the most permissive abortion laws in the world."
  • Saturday, January 20: After failing to reach an agreement on a spending bill, the government shut down. Trump passed the blame onto the Democrats despite the fact that the Republicans have a majority in the House and the Senate. He also managed to throw shade at the 2018 Women's March. Much of Trump's online chatter had to do with Democrats somehow shutting down the military, even though that's not at all what happens during a government shutdown. During the last government shutdown in 2013, President Obama signed a stopgap measure making sure that all active duty military and many civilian Defense Department employees were paid. Either Trump doesn't know this, or he's banking on the fact that his base doesn't know this so he can keep the MAGA train rolling. 
  • Sunday, January 21: The White House called for the “nuclear option,” which would keep the Republicans in the House from having to find the 60 votes they needed to pass the spending bill. The so-called "nuclear option" makes it so the House only needs to get a majority vote to pass something. In the short run, this makes sense for the GOP, but the moment they're no longer in power, they give the majority voting power to the Dems. A spokesman for Mitch McConnell said that the Senate Republican Conference does not support changing the 60-vote rule.
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Week 82, August 20 - 26: Indictment City

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Trump spent his week watching the Jenga blocks of his presidency crumble around him as his former cohorts bowed to the Cohen investigation. He spent the rest of the week bombarding Twitter with his thoughts about Jeff Sessions and the FBI. 

  • Monday, August 20: Trump's administration scrambled to protect themselves from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. White House Counsel Don McGahn "cooperated extensively" in Mueller's investigation, spending over 30 hours in the interview process
  • The New York Times noted how bizarre it was for a lawyer to willingly scrutinize their own client. The panic is setting in for Trump's lawyers, who are somehow just now realizing they have no idea what McGahn has said, despite the fact he has been interviewing over the past nine months
     
  • Tuesday, August 21: The Justice Department rooted out criminals from nearly every part of President Trump's life. Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, was found guilty on eight financial charges – five for tax fraud, one for hiding foreign bank accounts, and two for bank fraud. The judge declared a mistrial on 10 remaining counts. He's facing a max prison sentence of 80 years.
  • This news broke just as Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud, and campaign finance violations in federal court. Cohen claimed Trump told him to give two women hush money concerning alleged sexual affairs, a violation of campaign finance laws. While all this was going down, Trump was in West Virginia promoting his proposal to roll back Obama-era coal pollution standards.
     
  • Wednesday, August 22: Cohen's felony pleas tie President Trump uncomfortably close to criminal acts as president. Prior to this confession, investigations involving Russian election interference and campaign violations were centered on Trump's staff, not the president himself.
  • Naturally, this sent the President into a tweeting frenzy, during which he slammed his former attorney, called Manafort a "brave man," and referred to Manafort's case as a "Witch Hunt," citing the 10 counts declared as mistrials. Cohen attacked back, saying he is willing to share "all that he knows" with Robert Mueller.
     
  • Thursday, August 23: In an interview with Fox News on Thursday morning, the president created a new legal mess when he claimed that the payments Michael Cohen made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal weren't illegal because they didn't come from his campaign. Trump said that the payments didn't come out of campaign finance, but rather they came from his own pocket. He said, "Did they come out of the campaign? They didn’t come out of the campaign, they came from me.”
     
  • Friday, August 24: After a lack of denuclearization on the part of North Korea, Trump canceled plans for secretary of state Mike Pompeo to visit the hermit country. North Korea responded by decrying America's "double-dealing" attitude." Early on Friday morning, Trump lambasted Jeff Sessions for refusing to investigate Hillary Clinton, the Democratic party, and the false claim of surveillance of the Trump Campaign in the lead up to the election. 
  • Saturday, August 25: Trump's Twitter feed took viewers on a wild ride on Saturday. Beginning at about 6am the president commented on everything from America's relationship with Mexico to Hillary's emails, Jeff Sessions, the FBI, and Vince McMahon. 
  • Sunday, August 26: On Sunday CNN reported that the president refused to issue a statement on the death of Senator John McCain, saying that he'd rather post a tweet than release an official press release. Supposedly the statement was written prior to the Senator's death and underwent a final edit over the weekend, but the president refused to release it. Instead, he posted a short tweet on Saturday night. 

 

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Week 53, January 29 - February 4: Trump Beats The North Korea War Drums, And The Nunes Memo Is A Letdown

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The State of the Union happened this week, and it really seemed like President Trump wanted to go to war with North Korea. 

  • Monday, January 29: Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI, resigned abruptly without giving a reason. Using what's called "terminal leave," McCabe decided to use up his remaining sick days and officially retire once his benefits ran out. In what would be the first of many news stories about the memo, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a classified memo about FBI eavesdropping that claimed their recent work had been “worse than Watergate.”
  • Tuesday, January 30: Suzann Pettersen, LPGA winner and friend of the President, outed Trump as a cheater, but you knew that already. In conversation with a Norwegian tabloid, she said, "I’m pretty sure he pays his caddie well, since no matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there.” The big news on Tuesday was the State of the Union. After Trump's first year, he gave a victory lap where he bragged about gutting Obamacare and claimed that drug "prices will come down" without going into detail about how that's actually going to happen. He also claimed that he was going to put $1.5 trillion into infrastructure, but where is that money coming from? Trump's biggest talking point came about when he got to the subject of North Korea. Many pundits asserted that Trump was beating his war drums the same way that George W. Bush did in the run up to the war in Iraq. 
  • Wednesday, January 31: When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein visited the White House in December, he was trying to curry favor with the President. Instead, Trump asked the DA if he was "on [his] team." In a welcome, although oddly stress-inducing change, Trump didn't post on Twitter all day. It was probably nothing, but it was unsettling nonetheless. 
  • Thursday, February 1: Victor Cha, the nominee for ambassador to South Korea, was pulled after he said that a “bloody nose” attack on North Korea would be ill advised. This led many in the intelligence community to believe that a war on North Korea is imminent.  
  • Friday, February 2: Trump approved the release of a memo on the Russian probe despite the FBI saying that they'd really prefer that he didn't do that. Many pundits said that the memo was underwhelming to say the leastThe highly controversial memo alleged that then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the House Intelligence Committee that no surveillance warrant would have been sought for a Trump campaign aide without a disputed opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia. John McCain commented on the memo's release, insisting that the President was playing into Russia's hand by putting it out. He said, "In 2016, the Russian government engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in an American election and undermine our democracy. I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another."
  • Saturday, February 3: Trump was back on his sh*t on Saturday morning, tweeting about how good of a boy he was and how he would never obstruct justice. Making the tweet even more dystopian was the fact that the President referred to himself in the third person. 
  • Sunday, February 4: After an Amtrak crash early on Sunday morning that saw two deaths, Trump tweeted out thoughts and prayers, which somehow didn't manage to solve anything. Prior to the Super Bowl, Trump refused to give an interview, but he did release a statement where he thanked players who stand for the National Anthem. Anyway, happy Super Bowl.
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