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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.

Trump Uses His Reelection Campaign To Call For The Mass Deportation Of Millions Of Migrants To Whip Up His Base Since His Record Won’t Get Him Reelected

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Trump Uses His Reelection Campaign To Call For The Mass Deportation Of Millions Of Migrants To Whip Up His Base Since His Record Won’t Get Him Reelected

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President Trump Monday night, less than 24 hours before he officially kicks off his re-election campaign, leaked shocking details of a secret U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that has been in the planning stages for months.

Trump said in a tweet that starting next week, ICE will remove “millions” of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally.

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In a series of tweets Monday night, President Donald Trump threatened mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and said they could happen as soon as next week.

The posts from Trump signaled that a shelved plan for raids in major cities, an idea challenged by former administration officials, could be back on.

This is the first of Trump’s announcements, and like so much else, he made it on Twitter.

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In a report from the Washington Post, Kirsten Nielsen was forced to resign from her post as DHS Secretary because of her hesitancy to move forward with the plan the president announced on Monday.

Last year, the government had already begun processing deportation orders for thousands of undocumented families, but Nielsen and others were worried about the complications of these orders. So Trump replaced them.

Trump, his top immigration adviser Stephen Miller, and other supporters of the plan, which will largely affect families, reportedly want to send a message to any migrants considering crossing the border. Deterrence was also the driving force behind the administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The mass arrests the president says will

begin next week could result in the splitting up of thousands of families who have been living in the United States for years, if not decades.

The consequences of such a plan could have devastating effects on tens of thousands of families.

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The Post paints a grim picture of what the operation could look like: “Should adults be arrested without their children because they are at school, day care, summer camp or a friend’s house, it is possible parents could be deported while their children are left behind.”

In fact, according to some experts family separation is equivalent in trauma to several forms of physical and emotional abuse.

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The government has claimed the deportations would be carried out with “with compassion and humanity.” But promises to carry out deportations in a compassionate way have never come to fruition, despite similar claims from numerous administrations: There’s no kind way to uproot someone’s life against their will, and no nice method for sending a person back to a dangerous situation. And there’s definitely no nice way of tearing children from their mothers and fathers.

Trump’s announcement seems to not only surprise the public but his own government as well.

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The curious thing about the president’s tweets Monday night is that deportation raids typically aren’t announced ahead of time, as the element of surprise is often crucial. ICE officials were reportedly unaware that Trump planned to tweet about the arrests and the agency was “stunned” that Trump announced the plan on Twitter.

Many pointed out that announcement was made on the eve of Trump’s kick-off of his reelection campaign on Tuesday.

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I mean why else would Trump jump the gun and compromise the deportation plan? Look no further than his tweet Tuesday morning — as well as several others from the past few days — teasing his big rally in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday night, during which he will officially relaunch his re-election campaign. Announcing a big crackdown on undocumented immigrants is a pretty juicy piece of red meat for Trump to throw to his supporters. The president apparently couldn’t resist.

The reactions on Twitter have been swift.

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To many, the cruelty is shocking but many realize that the cruelty is the point.

Some have called total BS on many of the government’s supposed ‘pro-life’ stances.

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Like seriously, you can’t call yourself pro-life and then go above and beyond to ruin the lives of thousands of families.

While some on Twitter wanted to point out the shocking levels of hipocrisy coming from the President.

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His own wife would be a target of his new immigration enforcement policies.

Many on Twitter asked “what can we do to help?”

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Many followed up with tips of keeping the pressure on your government representatives on a daily basis. Getting your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.

And one group that provides legal services to immigrants was quick to remind people of their rights during these scary times.

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In what’s sure to be a frightening time for undocumented immigrants, RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants, was quick to remind people of their rights. If ICE raids your workplace, the group noted in a tweet responding to Trump, you don’t have to speak, you do have the right to a lawyer, and you don’t have to sign any documents.

Trump’s Building In Uruguay Is A Bust And It’s Not Even Completed Yet But American Taxpayers Did Pay A Price

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Trump’s Building In Uruguay Is A Bust And It’s Not Even Completed Yet But American Taxpayers Did Pay A Price

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Just because Donald Trump vowed to halt constructions on new projects in the U.S. (you know, conflict of interest since he is the president) — that doesn’t mean the Trump name isn’t extended to other projects overseas. Trump Inc. is still plowing through despite mounting legal issues, and the only one that can oversee the corporation is the youngest Trump (not Barron but Eric) since his elder siblings are either working in the White House or are still in the middle of their own legal issues in regards to the Russia investigation. And, so, the Trump name is still trying to conquer another building in Uruguay even though the project seems futile.

Eric Trump is thrilled to be opening a new Trump building in Uruguay, but it’s not really theirs.

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While Eric visited Uruguay in January, more details about the trip are now public.

“It’s incredible,” Eric said, according to The New York Times. “We have the best building anywhere in Punta del Este, anywhere in South America.”

The building does look to be very luxurious. It will reportedly be a “25-story, 156-condominium waterfront tower, complete with an indoor tennis court, multiple swimming pools and a rooftop helipad.” Fancy, right? Here’s the funny thing, it’s not really a Trump building.

Like most Trump real estate, the buildings that boast the Trump name do not belong to them. They are merely paying to put their name on the building. It’s like an advertisement. Trump Inc. does “take a cut of the revenue from selling units,” The New York Times reports.

The building is supposed to open by 2020 but according to people who work on the construction site, there’s no way that will happen because no one is actually doing the work. The hold up has a lot to do with red-tape due to the Trump name and the presidency.

Eric’s trip to Uruguay also cost U.S. tax payers almost $100,000.

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As the offspring of the president, the Trump kids (even if they’re adults) have the option to have a whole security team and who’d say no to that? Perhaps a civic-minded person who has Americans in their best interest? Not in this case. Eric’s trip cost U.S. taxpayers $97,830 which included travel for his Secret Service and embassy staffers and their hotel rooms.

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