Year three of the man-child administration was much like his first two, only more so. But before you compel yourself, for the sake of your sanity, to forget so much of what you saw and heard, perhaps you can be tempted to test your smarts on this year’s most memorable rhetorical sewage. Give it a try. Amaze your family and pets. And no peeking at the answers below!

1. Trump frequently opined about wind turbine power (although, in his words, “I never understood wind”). He decreed that wind turbine power is responsible for several terrible things. Which ones?

a) It causes cancer

b) It spews tremendous tremendous amount of fumes

c) It forces us to flush toilets 10 times

d) It shatters our old-fashioned light bulbs

e) It gives us bird graveyards

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2. True or false: Trump said that “there has never been, ever before, an administration that’s been so open and transparent.”

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3. Trump falsely stated (for the fourth time) that a certain someone was “born in a very wonderful place in Germany.” To whom was he referring?

a) Hitler, who was actually born in Austria

b) Melania, who was actually born in Slovenia

c) His own father, who was actually born in New York

d) Hungarian dictator Viktor Orban, who was actually born in Hungary

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4. Trump, referring to the Mueller report, said: “They did a report and there was no obstruction.” But according to the Mueller report, how many times did Trump commit obstruction of justice during the Russia probe?

a) Zero times. For once, Trump was accurate.

b) Three documented times

c) Six documented times

d) Ten documented times

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5. True or false: Trump flunky Devin Nunes, the California congressman, sued a Twitter account called Devin Nunes’ Cow, because Devin Nunes’ cow had “bullied” him for moving his dairy farm from California to Nebraska.

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6. “Crazy Nancy and Shifty Schiff” is...

a) A new hipster rock band in Brooklyn

b) A new cartoon show pitched by Stephen Colbert

c) An improv remark from Trump at a recent rally

d) A new ice cream flavor from Ben and Jerry

e) A trending Twitter hashtag

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7. Trump recently said: “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.” Who does he believe should be executed?

a) The NATO leaders who laughed at him behind his back

b) The patriotic civil servants who fed information to the Ukraine whistleblower

c) The patriotic diplomats who testified at the House impeachment hearings

d) The national security reporters who use anonymous sources

e) The Canadian broadcasters who cut his scene in “Home Alone 2”

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8. Jeff Van Drew, the New Jersey congressman who was elected in ’18 as a Democrat, defected to the GOP and pledged his “undying support” to Trump. When voting on House bills in 2019, how often did he undyingly support Trump?

a) 83.7 percent of the time

b) 53.7 percent of the time

c) 11.7 percent of the time

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9. A judge recently ordered Trump to pay $2 million in restitution. What had he done wrong this time? Which answer is true?

a) He’d stolen money that he fund-raised for military vets and spent it on himself

b) He’d shortchanged plaintiffs in the Trump University settlement

c) He’d screwed small contractors in Atlantic City, and finally had to pay up

d) He’d failed to pay Hachette Book Group after bulk-ordering 50,000 copies of Don Jr’s “Triggered”

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10. True or False: Trump will become the first impeached president to win re-election, losing the popular vote by five million but eking out an Electoral College squeaker, which he will call the greatest landslide victory since the era of ancient Rome.

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ANSWERS: 1. (a,b,e) 2. True 3. (c) 4. (d) 5. True, except that Nunes moved his cows to Iowa. 6. (c) 7. (b) 8. (c) 9. (a) 10. Who the heck knows? That one’s a freebie. Happy New Year!

Dick Polman, a veteran national political columnist based in Philadelphia and a Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, writes at DickPolman.net. Email him at dickpolman7@gmail.com

(30) comments

Putin

Thank you America for your amazing Electoral College. It’s helping me keep Russia Great! (твой президент моя сука!) Most Dictatorships have to manipulate elections to keep themselves in office and you people have a system that does it for you! Keep up the good work suckers! (How did we lose the Cold War? Oh yes, I remember. That was when Reagan lead the Republicans.)

Iman

How many lib's heads will explode when Trump is reelected this year?

a) 5,000

b) 10,000

c) Too many to count

The answer: c . . . too many to count.

E pluribus

Yes, as Putin tells us, the electoral college might give him a win. However, as we look at the House and the Senate, the GOP is mostly fielding old white men. How do Republicans reverse this demographic death spiral after Trump is gone - either next year or at the end of a second term? Do you have it in you to give us a straight opinion, Iman?

Iman

Well, that is actually a good question. I will most likely be gone by the end of Trumps 2nd term so it really doesn't matter to me. I do see some of the younger generations taking a hard look at socialism as seeing what it does to countries and their populations. When you take away "my freedom" you are also "giving away your own freedom" and that is a situation that is not easily corrected. The US has had a great run. The best in history but with the catastrophic population growth and the lack of incentive to work the country and world will fall into chaos. I certainly don't have an answer and won't be around to see the worst of it. History is ignored and as has been said many times . . . . it will repeat itself. The "Big One" will be really big next time. Happy New Year! Be happy everyday because there may not be that many left. I think less that 11 years according to AOC.

antiteaparty

Another Good question? If Dump loses, which is possible despite the Electoral College, will Dump and the members of the MAGA-Sucker Cult openly call for Civil War or will there be a peaceful transition of power? My guess it that the former happens. It will be the ultimate in "sore losers".

Kate70

The "ultimate in sore losers" occurred in 2016 and has continued for over 3 years. Should the Presdent be re-elected this Fall, I must agree with Iman, the exploding heads will be too many to count.

E pluribus

Cool. That was a relatable response, Iman. Thanks. I’m sorry you’re so pessimistic. I actually think things are better than you think. And really, the population growth of the United States continues its decades-long decline. Americans will have to rely on immigration for the power to expand our economy, as we have since the beginning. Also, old-style socialism with the state owning the means of production died with the old Soviet Union. And no country - even “communist“ China is seriously pursuing it anymore. If you’re up for it, I’d like to continue this conversation...

E pluribus

Hi Kate, let me put the same question to you. Iman gave us a straightforward answer, so I’ll try my luck with you: As we look at the House and the Senate, the GOP is mostly fielding old white men. How do Republicans reverse this demographic death spiral after Trump is gone - either next year or at the end of a second term? Can you give us a considered opinion?

Kate70

Honestly? I don't know the answer to that question. I can't begin to imagine how either party will reverse any of the harm that they have done nor the demographics of their parties. If you ever find that answer to that, please shout it out loud and clear so that it can be accomplished.

EPlur: I don't know whether you are for or against the Electoral College so I will put this to all.... What would you put in place of it? If you are for winning by popular vote, then you are giving all of your votes to California and the other two or three most populated states. You will never have a say in national elections again. The founding fathers saw fit to implement it at the time of the Constitution and I do find they have established most constitutional elements brilliantly. However, I am open to hearing how abolishing it would give anyone any further say in who is elected nationally in the future except for the 3-4 most heavily populated states. I am not willing to let those states choose for me. Suggestions? Ideas from those of you who are willing to rid the US of the Electoral College?

antiteaparty

I'm a big fan of one person one vote. I think that a person's vote in New York should be as worth as much as a person's vote in Wyoming. What you like about the electoral college weakens the vote of a person in New York. It's almost like that New York citizen's (also a US citizen) vote is worth 3/5 of a vote...

E pluribus

Seems to me the best way to proceed to a “more perfect Union” is to have membership of America’s political parties reflect our Nation’s demographics. The Dems come close to this benchmark. When the GOP lost to Obama, Republicans vowed to appeal to minorities. (That seemed to be the answer you’re looking for.) But GOP politicians are still mostly old white men. Doesn’t this spell the end for the Republican Party?

E pluribus

Well, the larger states resent that their president keeps being chosen by rural states. Especially since their tax dollars go to support rural states like SD who take more dollars out of federal coffers than they pay in with their own tax dollars. People in populous states feel they get less than a vote - and it costs them more. There’s got to be a better way.

E pluribus

Iman, I’ll assume you’re a fellow capitalist, and I see you’re alarmed about socialism. But no one in our politics is talking about State Ownership of the means of production. Government always takes our money to pay for things - whether it’s highways and airports or farm subsidies and food stamps. Isn't today’s “socialism” just government money spent for things you don’t agree with? And “free money“ to farmers doesn’t seem to make them lazy. They’re some of the hardest workers I know. And food stamps don’t provide enough sustenance that recipients can stop working. The GDP of the USA and in fact the GDP of the whole planet has exploded in our lifetime. So what’s the basis of your concern?

Kate70

EPluribus (and antiteaparty): you might want to review the why and the actual functioning of the Electoral college. https://youtu.be/W9H3gvnN468

Your reasons for Not wanting it and what happens without it are all included. I still think the forefathers were very brilliant to include it in the Constitution. It protects the vote for President and VP from perpetually being decided by No one's vote EXCEPT. CA, TX, and 5 other states. Maybe there is a better way but until it is found, I don't want those 5-7 states deciding for ME every 4 yrs who will lead our country.

PS to Epluribus: I am not a Republican.

antiteaparty

Ahahahahahahaha! I forgot about "Independent Kate". Ahahahahahahahaha! Also, she's totally cool with land, not people, deciding who gets to be President.

ClownsRus

The definition of Socialism: If it’s government money 💰 going to someone else, it’s socialism. If it’s government money 💰 going to you it’s not. 🤑

Justthinking

Fascism is a form of government that is a type of one-party dictatorship. Fascists are against democracy. ... Fascism puts nation and often race above the individual. It stands for a centralized government headed by a dictator. Historically, fascist governments tend to be militaristic, and racist.

Kate70

Antiteaparty: I assume you are also addressing EPluribus re the "land" comment since he,too, spoke of the vote of the larger "states" vs the smaller "states" controlling an election. Nevertheless I will spell it out for you since you seem to understand little. " I don't want (the PEOPLE OF) those 5-7 states deciding for me every 4 yrs who will lead our country."

Additionally, I knew two things about you before you ever responded. That you would not read the real meaning of the Electoral College and that you would never be able to respond to the actual topic being discussed but rather would divert it to criticism and mockery . Nope, I am not psychic. I am merely going back to every other reply you have made to a post that disagrees (or you perceive to disagree) with your opinion. Sad. But I am glad I amuse you with my opinions.

antiteaparty

Oh dear, prescient, independent Kate, the electoral college is obsolete and should no longer be used. It does not allow for one person one vote. It allows for land to have a bigger say in our Presidential election than people. Your argument makes little sense and it's weird that you feel the minority should be declared the "winner" in Presidential elections. I remember the time in history when a black person counted as 3/5th of a white person. It was called oppression. The electoral college is based upon oppression of the will of the majority. I can't spell it out any clearer than that. If you still fail to comprehend that I'm afraid you will have to go to others for help.

Jolly Roger

★ Don’t waste your time, E pluribus. All you’re going to get from these “Fox and Friends” devotees are uninformed, “bumper sticker” slogans. Even the most voluble DLJohnson never engages your attempts to engage in a real discussion of issues. You’re like Charlie Brown. How many times are you going to kick the football and fall on your a*s?★

Justthinking

The ignorance remains unabashed.. Democratic Socialism Isn’t and never has been Communism. That ignorance was fueled by the McCarthyism days. It’s still part of the hate mongers pap today.

Typical Democratic Socialism countries are Norway, Sweden and Norway.

The last great Republican President was Ike. When he died, so did the real Republican Party. With the Tea Party now in control, there’s little chance of another one like him. F.D.R was Democratic Socialism and we in dire need of another president like him.

Jolly Roger

★ Kate are you aware that South Dakota takes in more Tax money from the Feds than it pays in Federal taxes? (Google it.) Yes, if you didn’t have the Electoral College, low population, low tax, beggar states like South Dakota couldn’t make the wealthier states pay to support their life style. I can easily see why you don’t want to give up your “welfare state” status. So much for the hardy, self-reliant fantasy most of us grew up believing. ★

Kate70

One comment only re the original subject: If you want facts on the Electoral College, read the source I posted or any source that you choose (the one I posted is from Ted Talks, supported by all left political agencies) on why it was instituted and entered into the Constitution and what happens with it.

Kate70

EPluribus : Am sorry I didn't make it clearer or that you misunderstood my comments on Ted Talks... if you read again, I was speaking of the SOURCE i used for explaining the Electoral College and how and why it is fair and works... the SOURCE was Ted Talks and TED TALKS is supported by all left political agencies. You can re-research that if you wish. I stand with my support of the founding fathers and the Constitution on the Electoral College. I respect your right to hold a differing opinion.

E pluribus

I enjoy a serious conversation, and I hope you will continue this. But Kate, I didn’t see any suggestion in that “Ted Talks” link that the Electoral College is actually “supported by all left political agencies.” (Can you find the exact words for us?) MOST important, everyone is missing the part where “Ted Talks” mentions the “winner take all” aspect of the Electoral College. This is NOT part of the Constitution. This was voted into existence by 48 of our 50 states and it would not need a Constitutional amendment to set it right. This change was not the intention of the Founders, but it’s very understandable that whenever a particular political party dominated a state legislature they saw their partisan advantage. But Republicans thought the Electoral College results were very unfair when this allowed third party candidate, Ross Perot, to hand the 1992 election to Clinton. Democrats felt the same way when Ralph Nader handed the election to George “W”. Sometimes this help one Party and some time it helps another. Today it helps your man. Tomorrow it may not.

E pluribus

Kate, I don’t know how I’d research that “TED TALKS is supported by all left political agencies.” I suspect that’s an assumption. Besides, I'm more interested in the quality of an opinion than the number of “Likes” it gets. But you’re missing the more important historical point I make, which is that the Founders never established the “winner take all” aspect of the Electoral College that is the source of its unfair and undemocratic mischief which has had Repubs and Dems shifting their opinions of it whenever it has disadvantaged them (see my previous post.) I’m enjoying this dialogue. Hope you continue.

E pluribus

Kate, one more thing: I have as much respect for the Founders as you apparently have. But they didn’t always get things right. (Like ensconcing slavery in that first Constitution they wrote before we fought the Civil War to change it. Or neglecting to give women the right to vote.) But they did have the wisdom to establish a Constitutional process to change the very Constitution itself as needed. That was truly timeless wisdom.

Kate70

EPluribus: I apologize that I have not had the time to respond to your last two posts. My husband was transported to the Heart Hospital for emergency surgery and time and my attention to him and to family has been of utmost importance of course. There have indeed been times when I stop responding to a particular person posting but the reasons have been due to blatant disrespect and name calling and refusing to actually address the issue at hand. You have never done that to me and I,too, have enjoyed our give and take. All family have gone home now that the emergency part of my spouse's stay is hopefully past us, and he is presently napping, so I will try to answer as quickly as I am able with as much coherency as possible. I can't give you an exact website of the Ted Talks article I referred you to as I just googled Electoral College and was given far, far too many sites for me to remember. I picked what I did because I saw it posted and repeated posted by self-proclaimed right, left, and independant people... wanting to keep it as non partisan as possible I picked it for that reason. I am sorry if it is an explanation you do not think is accurate. It did closely reflect what I have always believed to be true about the Electoral College... what I learned in Civics classes and later in political history classes in college. I didn't pick it based on the number of likes or dislikes. As a matter of fact, I don't recall seeing any likes or dislikes on the site but I will review it. I am also not remembering it saying anything about the "winner take all" aspect in or out of the Constitution. You and I do share a similar respect for our Founding Fathers and I most assuredly agree that they were NOT always right in what they determined in all the articles and I,too, am glad they gave us a process to change it if determined necessary or more beneficial to the people, to the maintaining of the Republic. I think you and I just disagree on the outlined process of the Electoral College... I find it very acceptable and fair while you do not. I respect that completely. There is nothing at all wrong in disagreeing and if it needs to be changed, I hope the majority will agree to do so. I was merely curious about how it would replaced, ie: what process would replace it that would be fair ? I am not sure how the bigger states can be so opposed to the smaller states since the smaller states have far, far fewer electoral votes that the large ones........as was the intention- making it fair to all basing the # of votes on the population of each state. South Dakota has 3 electoral votes while the bigger states have 23 or more depending on their population. I am not sure what I am missing on the unfairness of the process so I am happy to have you tell me how you see it. I don't claim to be all knowing about anything except my own feelings on what I personally will tolerate in terms of respectful dialogue and exchange. You have shown nothing but respect and I appreciate that. Thanks for understanding on the lateness of response. Hopefully, we CAN continue the discussion or at least agree that we disagree on the Electoral College. Thanks for your patience and your responses. Feel free to correct anything I may have misinterpreted that you wrote! I am open to discussion as time permits and we maintain the rapport we have enjoyed so far.

ClownsRus

It’s funny how predictable people are. This is vintage Kate. She starts off posing as a serious, objective commentator, makes a statement she can’t support and then goes and hides under her bed. She’ll come out for a different discussion eventually and start the cycle all over again.

Kate70

Thank you , ClownsRus. You and Anti tea have a great deal in common. I'm not sure that you and I have ever exchanged comments but if I ever ceased to respond or did not respond at all I assure you it was for the reasons I confessed to EPluribus ... disrespect or not adhering to the topic that was being discussed. I will continue to adhere to those personal standards.

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