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Trump’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

Was this the worst week in political history? Let’s review.

CREDIT: AP Photo/John Locher
CREDIT: AP Photo/John Locher

Last Monday, Trump was riding high.

National polls showed him in a virtual tie — or even leading — Hillary Clinton. State polls were trending in his direction, showing leads in crucial states like Florida, Ohio and Nevada.

It had been seemingly days since Trump created a major controversy. Had his new staff gotten Trump on track?

Nate Silver, the influential election prognosticator, gave Trump about a 50 percent chance of winning the White House.

There was palpable sense of joy among Trump supporters: Hey, we might actually do this!

And a palpable sense of dread among Trump opponents: Hey, they might actually do this!

What followed was one of the worst weeks in political history.

If Trump loses in November, it will be viewed as the moment the wheels finally came off his campaign. (If he wins, it will be evidence that political gravity does not apply to him.)

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“Political operatives and strategists are going to study this week for generations as the textbook case of self-sabotage,” Mo Elleithee, the director of the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service, told the Washington Post.

When future generations study the last week, here’s what they’ll find.

Monday, September 26

4:45 PM: Washington Post releases report raising questions about the Trump Foundation.

It was the latest in a series of damaging revelations about Trump’s charitable vehicle.

Trump directed $2.3 million owed to him to his tax-exempt foundation insteadDonald Trump’s charitable foundation has received approximately $2.3 million from companies that owed money to Trump or…www.washingtonpost.com

9:00 PM: First presidential debate begins.

9:35 PM: Trump effectively admits paying no federal income taxes, brags about it.

Clinton alleged that Trump pays “nothing in federal taxes.” “That makes me smart,” Trump replied.

10:21 PM: Trump gets cornered after repeating lie that he opposed the Iraq War, begs media to call Sean Hannity.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=YNgM7tOJcsU

10:35 PM: Trump defends calling Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe, “Miss Piggy.”

https://youtube.com/watch?v=7KGj4QuGj58

Trump’s only response was that some of the things he said were for “entertainment.”

11:44 PM: CNN poll shows viewers overwhelmingly thought Clinton won the debate.

Tuesday, September 27

12:34 AM — 2:23 AM: Trump dismisses CNN poll, promotes unscientific internet polls showing him winning the debate.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/780626558176333824

7:09 AM: Trump renews his attack on beauty queen Alicia Machado, says she “gained a massive amount of weight.”

https://youtube.com/watch?v=ihO5KootGjY

11 AM: White Nationalist leader David Duke defends Trump’s debate performance, calls him “our candidate.”

https://youtube.com/watch?v=PpcQt436K0Q

9:07 PM: The Arizona Republic, which has never endorsed a Democrat since it began publishing in 1890, endorses Hillary Clinton.

The paper describes Trump as “not conservative and not qualified.” The state is a must-win for Trump.

Endorsement: Hillary Clinton is the only choice to move America aheadThe Arizona Republic editorial board endorses Hillary Clinton for president. Since The Arizona Republic began…www.azcentral.com

Wednesday, September 28

8:30 AM: Forbes reports that Trump’s net worth has fallen by $800 million in the last year.

Donald Trump’s Fortune Falls $800 MillionFrom depressed real estate prices to new information, a transparent, asset-by-asset breakdown of his empire.www.forbes.com

8:07 PM: Trump continues his attacks on Machado: “It is a beauty contest. They know what they are getting into.”

Trump claimed that he saved Machado’s job because the pageant wanted to “fire her” for gaining so much weight.

9:00 PM: Trump accuses Google of suppressing “bad news” about Hillary Clinton.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=K07S3kCHsdQ

Thursday, September 29

5:42 AM: Newsweek reports that Trump violated the Cuba embargo.

Donald Trump’s company violated the U.S. embargo against CubaUpdated | A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in…www.newsweek.com

8:22 AM: LA Times reports that Trump tried to fire women who worked at his golf club who weren’t pretty enough.

https://twitter.com/mattdpearce/status/781469140280225792

11 AM: Trump’s campaign manager accidentally confirms that Trump did violate the Cuba embargo.

11:15 AM: Marco Rubio, Republican candidate for Senate in the key state of Florida, says he’s “deeply concerned” about reports Trump violated the Cuba embargo.

Rubio ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Possible Trump Cuba BusinessFlorida Sen. Marco Rubio said Donald Trump will have to “answer some questions” about a Newsweek story reporting that a…abcnews.go.com

4 PM: Trump falsely accuses the FBI of giving “immunity” to Hillary Clinton.

https://twitter.com/SopanDeb/status/781588427208794112

7:34 PM: A member of the Wall Street Journal’s notoriously conservative editorial board endorses Hillary Clinton.

Hillary-Hatred Derangement SyndromeShe alone stands between America and the reign of the most unstable, unfit president in U.S. history. There were cheers…www.wsj.com

7:45 PM: Days after renouncing birtherism, Trump tells New Hampshire reporter he’s “very proud” of it.

https://twitter.com/SopanDeb/status/781640434334433280

9:15 PM: Trump says Angela Merkel is the foreign leader he most admires. He’s spent much of the campaign trashing Merkel and comparing her to Hillary.

Friday, September 30

12:54 AM: USA Today’s editorial board, which has never taken sides in a presidential election, declares Trump “unfit to be president.”

The editorial argues that Trump is dishonest and traffics in bigotry.

USA TODAY’s Editorial Board: Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. We’re doing it now. In the 34-year history of USA…www.usatoday.com

5:30 AM: Trump calls Machado “disgusting,” encourages his supporters to search for her “sex tape.”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/781785509639118848

She doesn’t have a sex tape.

2:39 PM: Trump defends early morning tweets, says they show he’s ready to be president.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/781926033159249920

5:39 PM: BuzzFeed reports that Trump appeared in a softcore porn movie.

Donald Trump Appeared In A 2000 Playboy Softcore PornDonald Trump made an appearance in an explicit 2000 Playboy video. Trump’s role in the porn is relatively benign and…www.buzzfeed.com

6:30 PM: Trump says election could be rigged, tells supporters to monitor polling places for voter fraud.

https://twitter.com/SopanDeb/status/781988539458326528

6:45 PM: Trump releases ad featuring Ivanka Trump to appeal to women. It includes the line: “The most important job a woman can have is being a mother.”

https://youtube.com/watch?v=IMLHSPVTMKk

7 PM: Trump demands Obama promise not to pardon Clinton, which would be impossible since Clinton has not been charged or convicted of a crime.

Trump demands Obama promise not to pardon ClintonClinton, however, has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by the FBI and the Justice Department. Trump issued his…www.cnn.com

8:30 PM: Washington Post releases another damaging report about the Trump Foundation.

https://twitter.com/Fahrenthold/status/781652645555699713

9 PM: Trump calls New York Times, promises to get “nasty.”

Donald Trump Opens New Line of Attack on Hillary Clinton: Her Marriage“She’s nasty, but I can be nastier than she ever can be,” Mr. Trump said. “Hillary Clinton was married to the single…www.nytimes.com

Saturday, October 1

9:15 PM: The New York Times reveals Trump’s 1995 tax return, which shows $915 million loss.

Donald Trump Tax Records Show He Could Have Avoided Taxes for Nearly Two DecadesA flaw in the tax software program he used at the time prevented him from being able to print a nine-figure loss on Mr…www.nytimes.com

9:45 PM: Trump mocks Hillary Clinton’s bout with pneumonia, pantomimes her stumbling into her car.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Y_IEFPem5Ss

10:15 PM: Trump says Hillary Clinton “could actually be crazy.”

https://twitter.com/SopanDeb/status/782423337591042048

10:30 PM: Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of cheating on her husband.

Trump on Clinton: ‘I don’t even think she’s loyal to Bill’Donald Trump on Saturday appeared to accuse Hillary Clinton of cheating on her husband, former President Bill Clinton.…www.politico.com

Sunday, October 2

9:06 AM: Trump adviser Chris Christie says the report of him not paying taxes is “a very good story” for Trump.

https://twitter.com/FoxNewsSunday/status/782567423413063684

9:08 AM: Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani calls Trump a “genius” for not paying taxes.

https://twitter.com/ThisWeekABC/status/782567818608779264

He also falsely claims that Trump had a “fiduciary duty” to investors to reduce his taxes. These were his personal tax returns.

8 PM: LeBron James, a hero in the key state of Ohio, endorses Hillary Clinton.

https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/782732001145126912

Monday, October 3

3:26 AM: The AP releases detailed report on Trump’s pattern of sexual harassment while filming The Apprentice.

AP: How Trump’s ‘Apprentice’ moved from capitalism to sexismNEW YORK (AP) – Former contestants, members of the crew and editors on “The Apprentice” tell the Associated Press that…bigstory.ap.org