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20 Of The Most Uncomfortably Awkward Photos Of Trump Before He Was President

No matter how you feel about the current president, you’ve got to admit that Donald Trump is a bizarre guy. Between late night tweet storms and his obsession with fast food, he’s got some usual habits. Not to mention all the strangeness that has arisen from his time as a reality star and cameos on TV and in movies. Overall, it’s a lot of weirdness associated with Trump.

Even before he became president, Trump was one of the most widely photographed people in the world. For better or for worse, all his past weirdness has resulted in some truly bizarre photos. Thanks to the internet, these pictures have been immortalized forever for future generations to look at and ask, “WTF?”

Here are some of the most baffling pre-president pictures of Trump that the internet has to offer.

1. This pic is more than a little ironic.

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Doves have long been a symbol of hope and peace. Considering Trump has picked fights with world leaders, celebrities, politicians, journalists and random citizens, it’s pretty ironic. This picture was taken for the cover of a 1985 issue of “Manhattan, inc.” Still, there’s no real explanation as to why they felt he needed to be holding a bird.

2. Just plain creepy.

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Even before he became president, people have expressed concern over Trump’s relationship with daughter, Ivanka. He has made several comments saying he would be dating her if he wasn’t her father. The most creepy, though, are the pics of the two together when she was young. Here she is sitting on his lap, gazing at him while caressing his face. Not the father-daughter picture you’ll usually see.

3. A really unlikely pair.

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His long history as a public figure has resulted in Trump making friends with many random celebrities. One such friend was the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. They met in 1988 before Jackson performed a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. Trump has been a staunch defender of Jackson during his most controversial years, which makes sense when you compare Trump’s own problematic past.

4. This photo oozes bad vibes.

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Trump’s time as the host of “Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” also made for strange bedfellows. Gene Simmons, Dennis Rodman and Snooki are just a few candidates the show saw. Former Sandra Bullock spouse, Jesse James also appeared on the show, which led to this cursed image. It should be mentioned that James was exposed for dressing as Adolf Hitler and collecting Nazi paraphernalia while Trump has been extraordinarly sympathetic towards Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists.

5. A photo almost as chaotic as the Trump White House.

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Speaking of “Celebrity Apprentice,” the show was a straight up circus. Considering who the ringleader was, it’s not at all surprising. This promotional picture from 2014’s 14th season of the reality show paints a chaotic scene with Trump un-photogeniclly shouting his catchphrase in the center.

6. Just hanging out with a giant T; nothing weird to see here.

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To put it lightly, Trump is obviously vain. He puts his name on everything he can and erroneously claims that it’s the best, most luxurious and most elite in the world. This 1996 photo of Trump leaning against a giant T might be the most normal picture on this list.

7. This picture gave us nightmares.

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Trump has been quoted as saying that his love of fast food comes from the clean conditions the franchises must maintain. Obviously he’s never worked for a fast food chain but he has starred in a few of their commercials. Which is where this extremely haunted picture of him and Grimace from Mickey D’s. We’ll never look at this friendly purple guy the same way again.

8. Get a load of the ego on this guy.

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Season 14 of “Celebrity Apprentice” seems to have been a banner year for the reality TV show. In another promo pic for the show, Trump plays a conductor of the Apprentice candidates choir. We know how much he likes to be in charge but he’s no better at being a maestro than he is a president.

9. Just a casual photo courtesy of The New Yorker.

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Since he started his campaign for president, Trump has become increasingly anti-media. However, this is very different than his previous relationship with news publications. Before his presidential run, he never turned down the opportunity to be featured on TV or in print. In 1997, a feature in “The New Yorker” of the future president came with this photograph. In it, Trump — dressed in a suit and with hands in pockets — causally hops on a golf course. Totally normal stuff.

10. The man sure does love a cameo.

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You might not know this, but there’s a reason Trump was in do many movies and TV shows during the 90s. It’s not because he’s a good actor but because he negotiated cameos in any piece of media that filmed in one of his properties. This is how we get this bizarre picture of Trump and the flashy girl from Flushing.

11. Greetings from Scotland.

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Golf is one of those sports that is associated with wealth and Trump likes to think of himself as a great golfer. There’s no proof behind his belief but he has played on many around the world. Which brings us to this strange photo of him flanked by two bagpipers in the Scottish countryside. There’s no telling what’s so interesting on the ground, though.

12. Not sure what’s going on here but yikes.

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One victim of Trump’s famous Twitter temper tantrums is the television comedy show “Saturday Night Live.” It’s pretty ironic when you remember that Trump hosted the series twice. During his 2015 hosting gig, he played himself in a sketch about the fictional restuarant Donald Trump’s House of Wings. This is a fictional commercial but could easily be real given all his failed business ventures.

13. An improvement on his usual look.

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His stint hosting “SNL” in 2015 was a ploy to make him seem relatable and good natured. This included a promo commercial with that week’s musical guest, Sia. In the promo, Trump sports a Sia-like two-toned wig and is joined by Kate McKinnon. Despite this promo, we are now very aware that Trump is definitely not relatable or friendly in the least.

14. Trump family photo.

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Trump loves a photo-op, no matter how weird or irrelevant it is. This photo is def both weird and irrelevant. During a 2006 recruiting search for “The Apprentice,” Trump stopped by Universal Studios Hollywood for some strange reason. That appearance led to a picture of him with Eric and Don, Jr. — we mean, Frankenstein’s Monster and a zombie.

15. Don’t show up with these at the next asado.

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As we mentioned before, Trump has had several failed business attempts; which is weird for someone regarded as a business mogul. One such failure was his Trump Steaks. Though promoted as “the world’s greatest steaks,” reviews for the cuts of meat were extremely bad. Jerry Levin, the CEO of Sharper Image where the products were first carried said they “literally sold almost no steaks.” Color us not surprised.

16. Not a good look.

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Rudy Giuliani and Trump have been friends for a long time. Years before Giuliani became his lawyer, he made New York accessible to future president’s construction needs. That’s how this picture was made possible but it doesn’t explain why we’ve been forced to see it.

17. Disturbing on so many levels.

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As we said, the relationship between Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, is pretty… different. We easily could have loaded this list with pictures of them but we could only stomach two. We don’t know if it’s his possessive arm around her, the weird look he’s giving the camera or because she’s practically in his lap while they sit on the bed, but this picture bothers us in a very real way.

18. We’re still waiting on those tax returns.

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Since he claims to be so rich, a picture of Trump with armfuls of cash shouldn’t be very weird. Actually, it is pretty weird when you take into account that it’s not his money. You know the old Trump motto: why use your own cash when you can play with someone else’s.

19. There’s something eerie about this photo.

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Not sure if it’s the focal length of this photo, the weird backlighting or the dead eyes, but this picture is haunting. Taken for the opening of his Taj Mahal Casino, maybe this picture was an omen. After all, the casino closed in 2016 and only sold for 4 cents on the dollar that Trump spent on it.

20. Finally, this work of…uh…art?

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Remember what we said about Trump being vain and egotistical? Yeah, here’s a portrait that proves the point for us. Painted by Ralph Wolfe Cowan, this portrait is titled “The Visionary” and is almost as complimentary of Trump as he is himself. It currently resides in Trump’s residence of Mar-a-Lago because of course, it does.

Here Are The Businesses Supporting A Trump 2020 Reelection

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Here Are The Businesses Supporting A Trump 2020 Reelection

Here in America, capitalism gives us all the opportunity to vote with our dollars. That means individuals can make an impact on seemingly untouchable issues, like animal testing (buy cruelty-free), funding immigrant detention camps (stop buying Microsoft), gay rights (adiós Chik-Fil-A), and another four years of Trump in power. If the connections between these issues and their consequent direct action seem random, por favor, read on.

Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’re constantly voting with our dollars. For example, folks who signed up for SoulCycle classes and Equinox memberships didn’t understand the significance of how the companies’ owner would spend his profits. Stephen M. Ross, the billionaire owner of Equinox and SoulCycle hosted a major fundraiser for Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign at his mansion in the Hamptons. Spokespersons for these wealthy Trump supporters will tell you that the company profits itself are not used to fund politicians. While the corporation itself will not make contributions to Trump 2020 in the company’s name, the company does issue the largest paychecks to its CEOs. Board members and owners of these companies would not attain the power and wealth to influence campaign elections without every single individual’s choice to funnel their dollars through their companies.

Individuals can do whatever they want their money. Ross can donate to Trump 2020. But you don’t have to direct your hard-earned money towards someone who will create a society you don’t want to live in. If you don’t want Trump 2020 to happen, boycott these companies:

1. Estée Lauder (& its subsidiaries)

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Estée Lauder’s board member Ronald Lauder donated $100,000 to the Trump Victory committee in 2017. Estée Lauder also owns Aveda, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone London, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Smashbox, and other subsidiaries. Boycotting Estée Lauder and its subsidiaries is a win for animals, too! The company continues to sell its products in China where they are legally required to subject rabbits and other small animals to painful chemical tests.

2. The Home Depot

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Bernie Marcus and Ken Langone co-founded The Home Depot and have collectively donated over $7 million to PACs seeking Trump’s reelection. Another $100k went directly to Trump’s inaugural committee straight from the founders’ pockets. We also can’t shop at Hobby Lobby anymore because its CEO David Green actually urged Americans to support Donald Trump.

3. CVS Pharmacy

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The Boston-based drugstore chain donated in the company’s name to help get Trump reelected. CVS Health Corp. donated $35,000 to Trump’s Victory PAC and $500,000 to America First Policies, a nonprofit that promotes anti-immigration rhetoric and policies. Once word got out that an official from America First Policies’ had spewed (surprise!) racist and sexist rhetoric, CVS said they would no longer contribute to that particular group. 

4. Las Vegas Sands Group (The Venetian, The Sands, and Marina Bay Sands hotels)

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The biggest donor to Trump’s inauguration was Sheldon Adelson, owner of Las Vegas Sands, which owns The Venetian, The Sands, and Marina Bay Sands hotel resorts in Las Vegas. Adelson donated $5 million to the inaugural fund. He donated $25 million in “soft money” to Super PACS dedicated to getting Trump elected, which are immune to election finance laws that limit the max donation to $360,000.

5. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsAPP, Spotify, Lyft and Airbnb

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Besides the obvious lack of action from Facebook to prevent Russia from fear-mongering and influencing American votes, Facebook board member Peter Theil has donated $250,000 to Trump 2020 and is Trump’s 7th largest donor. Oh, and Theil’s tech company, Palintir, has a $1.5 billion contract to protect ICE’s surveillance network. 

6. Taco Bell

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We all have an opinion on Taco Bell, and apparently Taco Bell franchise owners are highly opinionated, too. Together, they donate to a TACO PAC, which donated $53,625 to Republicans this year alone. According to Food and Wine, t also donated $5,000 to Trump’s re-election bid so far.

7. Marvel Entertainment

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Former CEO and now Chairman of Marvel Entertainment, Isaac Perlmutter, is a long-time friend of Donald Trump. Perlmutter donated $360,000 to Trump’s victory committee in 2017. He wrote another $360,000 check last month that went directly to Trump 2020. That’s not even the half of it. Perlmutter donated $5 million to a Super PAC whose mission it is to re-elect Trump and his comrades.

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Rebellious Women On Twitter Are Gearing Up To Be #FilthyMouthedWives Thanks To Donald Trump’s Latest Attack

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Rebellious Women On Twitter Are Gearing Up To Be #FilthyMouthedWives Thanks To Donald Trump’s Latest Attack

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President Donald Trump’s trigger fingers turned to Twitter fingers once again. This time he attacked Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend on Twitter. Trump felt MSNBC didn’t give him sufficient credit on criminal justice reform.

His “tweetstorm” comes in the wake of a new border crisis: Hurrican Dorian survivors from the Bahamas without visas have been denied entry to the United States. Not only are these survivors fleeing a dangerous situation, but this border rule is completely new. Bahamians were previously allowed to enter the United States with a passport and a clear criminal record. The rule is so new, no one was aware it existed until hundreds of Bahamians were turned away. Moreover, the President is also involved in another financial scandal in which the air force has launched an international investigation after it was discovered crew members stayed at Trump’s luxury Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. 

What do these scandals have to do with Teigen and Legend? Nothing. So why is the President of the United States picking on celebrities, when these two much more pressing issues, amid many more, are at the center of the news cycle? Well, I don’t pretend to know what is in Donald Trump’s heart, but I do have a dictionary and know what the word “deflection” means. 

The President compares himself to Obama — again.

On Sunday night, Trump was watching an MSNBC town hall on criminal justice reform. To his chagrin, he felt he didn’t receive any credit for signing the First Step Act into law. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, who has been a longtime activist appeared on the episode. 

“When all of the people pushing so hard for Criminal Justice Reform were unable to come even close to getting it done, they came to me as a group and asked for my help. I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn’t come close….” he tweeted. 

“musician @johnlegend and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking now about how great it is – but I didn’t see them around when we needed help getting it passed. “Anchor” @LesterHoltNBC doesn’t even bring up the subject of President Trump or the Republicans when talking about….” 

“…..the importance or passage of Criminal Justice Reform. They only talk about the minor players or people that had nothing to do with it…And the people that so desperately sought my help when everyone else had failed, all they talk about now is Impeaching President Trump!”

Don’t come for John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

“Imagine being president of a whole country and spending your Sunday night hate-watching MSNBC hoping somebody–ANYBODY–will praise you.  Melania, please praise this man.  He needs you,” Legend joked. 

However, Teigen wasn’t as nice. Trump didn’t even refer to Teigan by her name, he simply called her John Legend’s “filthy-mouthed wife.” 

Former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci noted that Trump has a penchant for targeting private citizens like no other. 

“Have any of the other presidents in recent history — modern history — gone after their private citizens whether they’re celebrities or not celebrities?” Scaramucci told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on New Day. “(For) the last two and a half years this guy has acted like a bully, crazy person against his fellow citizens.”

Is any of what Trump is saying remotely factual? No, of course not.

While Trump did sign the First Step Act in 2018, a bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice system, many activists, including Latino Justice PRLDEF, do not believe it remotely goes far enough to repair our broken system. Moreover, Trump’s grievance in the first place was factually incorrect. During the Dateline episode, Lester Holt did give Trump credit and showed footage of him signing the bill into law. 

The First Step Act reduces mandatory minimum sentences in certain cases and will result in the release of 3,000 inmates. There are 2.3 million incarcerated people in the United States right now. Of those inmates, roughly 451,000 are nonviolent drug offenders.

John Legend is a real activist.

John Legend has been an activist for years. He is on the advisory board of the Bail Project, which provides free bail assistance to low-come individuals who are legally presumed innocent. He is the founder of the Show Me Campaign, which hopes to provide every child access to education, and #FREEAMERICA, a program to reform the criminal justice system. That’s why he was at the town hall. 

The President is unhinged, and this is another example of how those checks and balance system they taught you about in high school are deeply flawed.