a walk down memory lane
August 30, 2017

It has been suggested before that President Trump can be somewhat inconsistent, and CNN's Andrew Kaczynski brought out the receipts for one particularly dramatic U-turn on Wednesday during Trump's tax overhaul speech in Missouri.

Trump was speaking on the topic of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which was signed into law by former President Ronald Reagan. Trump praised the reforms, claiming that afterward "our economy boomed … it just went beautifully right through the roof."

He didn't always feel that way: "I don't want to jolt the country the way [former New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bill] Bradley did with his crazy Tax Reform Act of 1986, which killed real estate, banking, and caused the S&L crisis," Trump wrote in his 1999 book The America We Deserve, as Kaczynski points out. In the same book, he wrote: "Before we make a move on more extensive tax reform, let me warn that we should never forget the experience of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which showed how an abrupt change could throw the whole economy into a tailspin. This brings me to one of my least-favorite subjects: Bill Bradley."

That's not all, as Kaczynski further notes. Watch Trump complain about the Tax Reform of 1986 to Joan Rivers in 1991 here. Jeva Lange

September 21, 2016

Donald Trump has an arch-nemesis. It's not Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz or even Hillary Clinton, nor is it Megyn Kelly or the media or the Academy Awards — although Trump isn't particularly fond of any of them, either. But long before he ever stepped on a debate stage, Trump was locking horns with comedian and television host Rosie O'Donnell, and he has flung insults at her for nearly a decade now.

Thanks to a new website that allows you to search all of Trump's tweets, it's easy to see how far his obsession with O'Donnell goes. Since he first insulted her in December 2011, Trump has either retweeted or composed 56 different messages about Rosie O'Donnell:

By comparison, Trump has only tweeted about his own wife, Melania, 53 times since 2010:

Megyn Kelly also seems to be the object of Trump's focus, with over twice as many tweets about her than Melania Trump — 116 tweets and retweets about her, in fact, since 2011. Trump's daughter, Ivanka, also inspires many of his tweets, appearing in 111 (his younger daughter, Tiffany Trump, not so much — only 10). And of course, Hillary Clinton commands 522 tweets, dating back to his first in 2012:

Search Trump's tweets and marvel at what he hasn't yet deleted at the Trump Twitter Archive, here. Jeva Lange

September 25, 2015

John Boehner, the soon-to-be-former speaker of the House of Representatives, has become an object of contempt among hardcore conservatives in recent years. Indeed, upon the news Friday that Boehner will resign from Congress in October, many conservatives literally cheered.

But it wasn't all that long ago that Boehner was a fiery leader of the conservative movement, perhaps best typified in this rousing and rather profane speech on the House floor during the final debate on ObamaCare in March 2010. Watch below (it starts get really good around the 40-second mark). Ben Frumin

April 6, 2015

In celebration of Disneyland's 60th anniversary this year, Disney released a time-lapse video that shows Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle, and other landmarks as they take shape during the park's construction. Although a lot has changed over the past several decades, the video shows that one thing remains the same: Those incredibly long lines to enter the Happiest Place on Earth. —Catherine Garcia

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