Next week, Donald Trump will issue his own Fake News Awards, going to the “most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media.”
Ahead of Trump’s stunt attacking the press this week, HRC is sharing 37 stories Donald Trump probably hopes you’ve missed from 2017 — the stories that outline his disastrous, dangerous first year.
Why 37 you ask? Because it aligns perfectly with his record-low 37 percent approval rating.
1. Washington Post: After Trump bans words including ‘transgender’ at CDC, gay rights activists predict consequences for GOP
“Vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.” The Trump administration banned these words from multiple divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services’ budget documents, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2. NBC News: 15 Attorneys General Oppose Trump Transgender Military Ban
The group, led by Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, filed a brief in federal court in support of transgender service members. The brief argues “that banning transgender individuals from the military is unconstitutional, against the interest of national defense and harms the transgender community.”
3. Wall Street Journal: Top General’s View of Transgender Troops Is at Odds With Trump’s
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee he believes “that any individual who meets the physical and mental standards… should be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve.”
4. The Hill: Mattis appalled by Trump tweets announcing transgender ban: report
Defense Secretary “Mattis, who was on vacation at the time of Trump’s decision, only had one day’s worth of notice before Trump tweeted his announcement of the policy.”
5. Huffington Post: White House: States Should Get To Decide Whether To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students
During a press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer invoked “states’ rights” when questioned about whether the guidance on transgender students would be revoked. (Spoiler alert: It was revoked).
6. CNN: Tensions escalate after Tillerson calls Trump ‘moron’
An NBC News report in October found that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron” in a Pentagon meeting.
7. Washington Times: President Trump cancels sexual orientation questions on 2020 Census
The Census Bureau issued an alarming corrective statement, asserting it had “inadvertently listed sexual orientation and gender identity as a proposed topic in the appendix” of a bureau report. The correction suggests that plans for data collection for the 2020 census had included LGBTQ people, but the Trump administration has removed them.
8. CNN: Proposed budget cuts for 2017 include AIDS, AmeriCorps programs
The proposed budget cut $292 million from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR.
9. USA Today: Trump’s Army secretary nominee withdraws over gay comments
Army Secretary Mark Green removed himself from consideration after HRC worked diligently to expose Mark Green’s shameful anti-LGBTQ record and rhetoric.
10. BuzzFeed: Why Didn’t Trump Mention Pride Month? We Asked 30 Times.
The Trump-Pence administration refused to acknowledge Pride Month, which previous presidents have embraced.
11. New York Times: Justice Department Says Rights Law Doesn’t Protect Gays
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed a brief seeking to undermine a growing legal consensus that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
12. Politifact: Donald Trump had biggest inaugural crowd ever? Metrics don’t show it
Liar. Liar. Sean Spicer’s pants are on fire.
13. NJ.com: Senate panel dumps Trump nominee Scott Garrett
The Senate Banking Committee rejected Scott Garrett’s nomination on a bipartisan vote of 10-13.
14. Huffington Post: Trump Judicial Nominee Drops Out After Embarrassing Hearing
Matthew Petersen dropped out after a video of him failing to answer basic law questions went viral.
15. New York Times Editorial: Mr. Trump’s Paper Towels Aren’t Helping Puerto Rico
16. ThinkProgress: Meet the 8 transgender candidates who won elections on Tuesday
In an incredible turnout of pro-equality voters, Americans across the country elected at least eight out transgender people to office in November.
17. NBC: Obamacare Repeal Fails: Three GOP Senators Rebel in 49-51 Vote
The Trump-Pence-McConnell plan would have caused insurance premiums to drastically rise and leave millions of Americans uninsured, with a particularly devastating impact on low-income senior citizens, women, children, LGBTQ people and people living with HIV.
18. The Atlantic: Trump Defends White-Nationalist Protesters: ‘Some Very Fine People on Both Sides’
Trump proved once again that he stands with “alt-right” racists and anti-Semites.
19. The New Yorker: Trump Abandons the Human-Rights Agenda
Just months into his presidency, it was clear that Trump was abandoning America’s long-standing legacy of defending and promoting human rights around the globe.
20. CNN: Women detail sexual allegations against Trump
Several woman publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment and assault.
21. US News: Trump Administration Rescinds Obama-Era Campus Sexual Assault Guidance
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era Title IX guidance related to schools’ obligations to address sexual harassment, including sexual violence–a move that will disproportionately impact LGBTQ people.
22. New York Times: Suburbs Rebel Against Trump, Threatening Republicans in Congress
Victories on Election Day 2017 spell trouble for Republicans.
23. Los Angeles Times: Military poised to accept transgender troops, despite Trump tweets, as courts block ban
Qualified transgender people who want to serve their country in the military were finally allowed to sign up openly after the Department of Justice decided not to appeal federal court rulings blocking Trump’s discriminatory transgender military ban.
24. CNN Analysis: Trump’s Russia defense in disarray
“President Donald Trump’s legal defense against Robert Mueller’s unrelenting special counsel investigation is beginning to look as chaotic as his early days in the White House.”
25. The Hill: Trump watches up to eight hours of TV per day: report
Who needs eight hours of work when you can watch eight hours of TV instead?
26. NBC: Trump’s Presidency Is Bad for Business — His Own
Trump’s presidency isn’t working out too well for his businesses around the globe.
27. Washington Post: Trump celebrates solar eclipse by looking up without special viewing glasses
28. New York Times: Trump Attacks Warriors’ Curry. LeBron James’s Retort: ‘U Bum.’
Trump used the power of his office to advocate for the suppression of voices of those fighting systemic racial injustice and inequality.
29. NBC: Manafort Notes From Russian Meet Refer to Political Contributions
“Paul Manafort’s notes from a controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign included a mention of political contributions near a reference to the Republican National Committee.”
30. NPR: The ‘Missed Opportunity’ Of Trump’s Asia Trip
According to David Shambaugh, a professor of political science and international affairs at the Elliott School at George Washington University, “”It was all fluff.”
31. CNN: Trump nominee Sam Clovis: ‘As far as we know’ homosexuality’s a choice, ‘logical’ LGBT protections could lead to legalization of pedophilia
Sam Clovis withdrew from consideration to serve as chief scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
32. New York Times: Republican Shadow Campaign for 2020 Takes Shape as Trump Doubts Grow
“In interviews with more than 75 Republicans at every level of the party, elected officials, donors and strategists expressed widespread uncertainty about whether Mr. Trump would be on the ballot in 2020 and little doubt that others in the party are engaged in barely veiled contingency planning.”
33. Washington Post: Three former Trump campaign officials charged by special counsel
Rick Gates. Paul Manafort. George Papadopoulos. Remember those names.
34. CNN: Trump says he considered ‘this Russia thing’ before firing FBI Director Comey
“The president’s interview with Lester Holt exposed White House obfuscation, unethical interactions with James Comey, and circumstantial evidence that the FBI director’s termination was improper.”
35. The Atlantic: Donald Trump’s Own Words Become ‘Exhibit A’ Against Him
Trump shared in detail about the process of firing FBI Director James Comey in an interview with NBC.
36. Texas Tribune: Report: Trump’s judicial nominee from Texas called transgender kids part of “Satan’s plan”
Jeff Mateer objected to a transgender student using a restroom consistent with her gender identity, saying “I mean it just really shows you how Satan’s plan is working and the destruction that’s going on.”
37. Vox: The political lesson of 2017: resistance works
Despite the Trump-Pence’s administration hateful and bigoted policies, we mobilized against their discriminatory agenda to ensure full equality and justice is achieved for everyone, everywhere.