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does the word "tacky" come to mind here ?

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    This may seem like a small issue, but it's actually symbolic about everything that Trump stands for.

    The morning's New York Times article (about the shutdown) included a picture of Trump sitting in the Oval Office. When I saw the drapes, the first word that came to mind was "tacky", followed closely by "garish"

    Contrast this picture with one of Obama in the Oval Office, when the drapes were a more formal maroon color:

    George W. Bush also had gold drapes, but they were a much more muted shade:

    The drapes were actually a carryover from the Clinton administration, but the carpet then was a dark blue

    When Bush 41 was in office, the drapes were an elegant blue gray:

    Incoming presidents are allowed $100,000 for remodeling, which most of them exceed. The Obamas spent $1.5 million, and most of the overage was covered by money out of their own pockets. Some money also came through donations, or money obtained from the White House Historical Association (which was founded by Jackie Kennedy, who spent a LOT of money on remodeling).

    Trump spent $1.75 million, but it is not clear where the money came from. It's also not clear how much of the cost was actually paid for, since Trump has a decades-long history of not paying his contractors.

    The link below also includes a picture of Trump's apartment in the Trump Tower, which could likely will trigger your gag reflex, since the word "garish" does not do it justice.

    The reason that I doubt all of Trump's remodeling was paid for is that liens in excess of $3 million had been filed against the Trump International Hotel in D.C. for several years of unpaid work:

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    On that last topic, yes, Trump is notorious for stiffing his workers and contractors. From a June 2016 USA Today article (five months before the election):

    USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

    "Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will "protect your job." But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.

    "At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others."

    None of this seemed to make any traction in the campaign as Trump chose the topics to be headlines each day in the media.

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    "Tacky", Trump has no taste or any class; he is only interested in money. You get taste by being educated, read books, analyse history, know about culture, have a feeling for shapes, forms, art and know about warm colors or cold colors. Trump wants only things which "glitter" like gold. Often the "taste" of people tells you a lot about their background and thinking.