1. Donald Trump
Amid the bigger infractions (minimizing a deadly epidemic, threatening to withhold aid from a country if it didn’t dig up dirt on the his opponent, throwing a hissy fit over losing his re-election bid), let’s take a few moments to remember some smaller examples of insanity from Trump’s last full year as President:
-Ordering the pepper-spraying of peaceful demonstrators to clear the area for a photo op
-Responding to the George Floyd demonstrations with a call to violence that earned a rebuke from one of the white nationalist groups he tries to appeal to
-Encouraging his followers to take medical advice from a believer in incubi and alien DNA
2. Xi Jinping
Turns out a secrecy-obsessed dictator can handle an epidemic just a badly as a democratically-elected incompetent.
3. Alexander Lukashenko
Another world leader unwilling to admit he lost a 2020 election. Main difference is that he might actually keep his grip on power.
4. Vladimir Putin
I think he was the last world leader to acknowledge the results of the US Presidential election (besides Trump, that is). But given the time and money he put into reelecting his puppet, you can’t really blame him.
5. Rudy Giuliani
So what was Rudi’s most embarrassing moment of the year? Hitting on a woman young enough to be his granddaughter in the Borat sequel? Delivering a fact-free ‘election fraud’ rant while his hair coloring lost its grip? His audible flatulence attack during Michigan’s post-election hearings? (Although to be fair, in the Michigan incident, he may have decided he had to do something
to distract attention from the lunatics testifying for his side – like the man who explained that voter ID is the only way to stop Chinese people from voting multiple times, because they all look alike.)
6. Mitch McConnell
Moscow Mitch doesn’t understand why some people might consider him a hypocrite for preventing Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing in 2016 and rushing through Amy Comey Barrett in 2020. To be fair, he does have a point: For him, both were mere exercises in power with no underlying principles to be hypocritical about.
7. Lindsay Graham
In his effort to be Trump’s #1 flunky, he not only ignored his previous public statements that he would treat any Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 the way he treated the 2016 one, he also lobbied Georgia officials to throw out pro-Biden election ballots.
8. Jair Bolsonaro
Claimed COVID-19 is no worse than ‘the common flu’ and repeatedly accused political opponents and the press of exaggerating the danger. Thank goodness that kind of insanity only happens in Third World countries.
9-10. Nicolas Maduro, Crown Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia
Neither is causing as much outrage as in previous years, but their baseline levels are bad enough
11. Kim Jong-Un
Spent much of the year out of sight, prompting speculation about his health, making this the least annoying year of his reign so far.
12. Louis DeJoy
The Postmaster General decided that an election with a record number of mail-in ballots would be the perfect time to order massive cutbacks in service. And just in case anyone was naïve enough to think that the cuts weren’t a deliberate attempt to screw with the election: The USPS also ignored a federal court order to sweep its mail processing facilities on Election Day to verify that ballots were delivered on time.
13. Betsy DeVos
Joined the President in demanding that schools reopen ASAP. When it was suggested that her department might offer some sort of guidance or assistance, she carped, ‘The Secretary of Education isn’t the nation’s superintendent.’
14. Sidney Powell
Turns out a person can
be too insane for Rudi Giuliani’s evidence-free lawsuit machine. On the bright side, her experience uncovering voter fraud in Edison County qualifies her to monitor elections in Freedonia.
15. William Barr
Made a last-minute drop of several places on the list when he uncharacteristically declined to cater to Trump’s fantasies and admitted the DOJ had not found evidence of voter fraud that could change the election results. I’m not sure if this is a sign of incipient development of a backbone or if he just figured “I’m hitting the street January 20 regardless, why should I care if I get fired a month ahead of that?”
16. Peter Nygard
Of all the unnecessary sequels, remakes, and reboots out there, this new version of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking scandal has to be the least desired. The people responsible are so unoriginal, they've even included a Prince Andrew cameo.
17. Ghislaine Maxwell
Back to the original production: Jeffrey Epstein’s procurer finally got tracked down and hauled to court.
18. Fox News Channel
Whether they were cropping Donald Trump out of photos of Ghislaine Maxwell or photoshopping scenes of violence into the Seattle police-free zone, this year Fox News gave up the pretense that they’re anything but a propaganda outlet.
19. Steve Bannon
The former Trump advisor got arrested for committing fraud via an organization allegedly raising funds for the border wall and was banned from Twitter for calling for the beheading of Anthony Fauci, yet doesn’t make the top 15. That’s how effed up a year 2020 was.
20. Hunter Biden
Granted the Trump campaign and Russian election interference teams were going to gin up something to slander Joe Biden over no matter what. But that doesn’t excuse providing a certain underlying plausibility to their efforts.
21-24. Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump
But maybe the reason the allegations against Hunter Biden never really took hold was that the public figured that even if true, he would still represent a 75% reduction in the number of Presidential kids/kids-in-law leeching off the government.
25. Kayleigh McEnany
Watching her not just defending Trump’s lies but adding ones of her own, the thought comes to mind: Of all the things you could have sold your soul for, you chose this
26. Alan Dershowitz
For reviving Richard Nixon’s often-mocked statement “If the President does it, that means it is not illegal” as a defense in Trump’s impeachment.
27-76. Senators Richard Shelby, Dan Sullivan, Lis Murkowski, Martha McSally, Tom Cotton, John Boozman, Cory Gardner, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Mike Braun, Todd Young, Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley, Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran, Rand Paul, Bill Cassidy, John Kennedy, Susan Collins, Roger Wicker, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Josh Hawley, Roy Blunt, Deb Fischer, Ben Sasse, Thom Tillis, Richard Burr, Kevin Cramer, John Hoeven, Rob Portman, Jim Inhofe, James Lankford, Pat Toomey, Tim Scott, Mike Rounds, John Thune, Lamar Alexander, Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Mike Lee, Shelley Moore Capito, Ron Johnson, John Barrasso, and Mike Enzi
For buying it. (Hey, remember when we all thought the impeachment would be the big story of the year? Ah, those were the days.)
1. Anthony Fauci
2. Pope Francis
3. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
4. Alexei Navalny
5. Jacinda Ardern
6. Dolly Parton
7. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
8. LeBron James
9. Kristen Welker
10. Patrick Mahomes
11. Kamala Harris
12. Joe Biden
13. Dr. Jill Biden
14. Bong Joon-ho
15. Kim Ng
Honorable mention: the receptionist at the Four Seasons Landscaping business who accepted the Trump legal team's reservation without saying, 'You do realize we're not the hotel, don't you?"
post edited by C. Fishel - 2020/12/17 21:16:54