A Progress Report—”It Is What It Is”: All the Cards Issued to Donald Trump, January 2017 – January 2021

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September 28th, 2020

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October 18: We’re 96% funded! Just $572 to go! Help us get there!

In the meantime, since this Kickstarter campaign has started Trump has received 424 more cards, breaking his September 29 record on October 7 with 52 cards transgressions. On September 30, Richard devised a crimson card, and Trump has “earned” three more since then. Below are test colors for this new card and Richard’s notations.

October 17: He praises the manner in which law enforcement broke up protests in Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd: “There’s something about that, when you’re watching everybody get pushed around, there’s something very beautiful about it.”

October 6: Trump downplays the Coronavirus (again): “Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” (In fact, he was recorded speaking privately to Bob Woodward saying that Covid is much more dangerous than the flu and yet he has consistently downplayed the seriousness of the virus.

October 5: Trump returns to the White House and immediately goes for a photo opportunity on the Truman Balcony. After holding an absurdly long salute he removes his facemask puts it in his pocket and then turns and walks indoors where there are photographers and staffers present. He then comes back out, apparently to reshoot the picture. He is still contagious and has put the health of all of these people at risk. Numerous health professionals are enraged and point out that his own CDC guidelines say he should remain in isolation for at least ten days after being diagnosed.

September 30: At a campaign rally in Minnesota, Trump launces into a xenophobic attack on refugees and Ilhan Omar: “Another massive issue for Minnesota is the election of Joe Biden’s plan to inundate your state with a historic flood of refugees. Biden and Crazy Bernie Sanders have agreed on a manifesto, did you see last night, “I didn’t agree, I didn’t agree, after the show they said, actually he did, they fact checked, they found out he made a mistake, slight mistake, it’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen but they pledged a 700% increase in refugees, seven hundred percent. Congratulations Minnesota, congratulations, no, and what about Omar, where she gets caught harvesting. What the hell is going on? I hope the U.S. Attorney is involved. What, what is going on with Omar? I’ve been reading these reports for two years about how corrupt and crooked she is. Let’s get with it. Let’s get with it. I mean frankly harvesting is terrible but it’s the least of the things that she has done. How the hell, then she tells us how to run our country. Can you believe it? How the hell did Minnestota elect her? What the hell is wrong with you people? What the hell happened?    

October 11: We’re almost 75% to our goal! Over $10,000! Just $4500 to go by November 4. You can help us get there!

In the meantime, Richard devised another color—crimson—to top the pyramid of red, magenta, and purple when Trump said a couple of weeks ago that he would not commit to a peaceful transfer of power. He’s earned a few of those since then. And last week, after returning home from the hospital he broke his September 29 record with 50 on October 7. Richard’s also considering adding another color to give a card for each person Trump may have infected with COVID-19. For the moment these are the colors, but I’ll update as soon as the crimson has been perfected!

October 4: This was a record-breaking week. The spread below is a rough draft of all the cards Trump earned just on September 29, mostly during the debate—a single day’s record of forty-eight. Since then, Trump—even while in the hospital and off Twitter for a day—earned another ten. “Will you just shut up, man?”

And by the way, just four days in, we’re almost half-way to our goal!

October 1, 2020: Siglio has launched its first Kickstarter campaign to put a substantial down payment on the biggest expenses of publishing—pre-press, paper, printing, binding and freight—for this highly unconventional, unwieldy, and important project by Richard Kraft: “It Is What It Is”: All the Cards Issued to Donald Trump, January 2017 – January 2021. We got a lot of help from designer Martha Ormiston who transformed our layouts into these beautiful 3D renderings (some samples below)! Thanks, Martha!