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The Many (Many) Failures of Donald Trump

A guy named Michael Edmonds compiled the following list, detailing Donald Trump’s failures as president, all of them easily proven and well documented. Trump supporters will either deny them or or approve of them that that group includes the four U.S. Congressmen from our area: Bob Good (whose staff apparently gave Capitol tours to national threats the day before 1/6), Morgan Griffith and Ben Cline, all toadies for the extreme right.

Remember one simple fact: people who support Trump are not conservatives. They are anarchists. Here’s the list:

ELECTIONS

  • lying in public more than 22,500 times according to the Washington Post Fact-Checker
  • letting at least eight associates connect with Russian agents during the 2016 election
  • trusting Putin rather than U.S. intelligence agencies on 2016 election intrusions
  • easing sanctions on Russia after it interfered in the 2016 election
  • pardoning everyone who refused to cooperate with the Mueller investigation
  • trying to make US help for Ukraine contingent on a campaign contribution
  • hiding $600 million in 2020 campaign expenses behind a family shell company
  • trying to sabotage mail-in voting during an epidemic
  • proposing that the 2020 election be postponed when he fell behind in the polls
  • undermining the democratic process with unfounded claims of election fraud
  • contemplating martial law and seizure of voting machines after the 2020 election
  • refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after losing
  • threatening state officials to make them change 2020 vote totals
  • pressuring VP Pence to disobey the Constitution during certification of the vote in 2021
  • inciting terrorists to attack the Capitol and overturn the election on Jan. 6, 2021
  • refusing to call out the National Guard to help police during the Jan. 6th attack
  • telling the Jan. 6th attackers, “We love you, you’re very special.”
  • being impeached twice for high crimes and misdemeanors

PUBLIC HEALTH

  • failing to deliver (or even propose) a promised health care plan “cheaper and better” than Obamacare
  • ignoring and downplaying the Covid-19 pandemic as it killed nearly 400,000 Americans
  • calling Covid-19 a hoax and saying it would go away by itself
  • discouraging local officials from mandating basic safety measures during the pandemic
  • blocking a CDC order requiring masks on public transit
  • removing health data collection from the CDC and centralizing it in the White House
  • instructing agencies to make no reference to Covid without prior administration review
  • ordering federal agencies to distribute misinformation virus treatments
  • endorsing potentially harmful treatments for Covid-19
  • silencing CDC scientists when they contradicted White House marketing spin
  • advocating herd immunity, a strategy that unnecessarily killed thousands
  • canceling health insurance for 2.3 million Americans, causing ~10,000 excess deaths
  • failing to coordinate delivery of the Covid vaccine on a national scale
  • vaccinating only 3 million people by 12/31/20 after promising 20 million

ECONOMY

  • making the wealthiest Americans even richer through the 2017 tax law
  • keeping wages flat for most Americans while corporate profits soared
  • creating the highest number of unemployed workers since the Great Depression
  • generating trillion-dollar budget deficits by cutting taxes
  • increasing the national debt by $7 trillion, or 37%, in four years
  • permitting the trade deficit to rise to an all-time high

ENVIRONMENT

  • reversing 80 environmental regulations that protected land, water, and air
  • blocking efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions
  • weakening rules that limited pollution
  • suppressing federal data on climate change and endangered species
  • opening protected lands and wildlife refuges to gas and oil drilling
  • removing environmental, land management, and public health regulations in order to build the Border Wall
  • removing 30 species per year from the Endangered Species Act regardless of scientific data
  • prohibiting federal scientists from giving congressional testimony
  • firing scientists from federal agencies and replacing them with corporate executives
  • censoring NWS meteorologists who contradicted with White House messaging
  • shutting down multiple programs that collected data on global warming
  • withdrawing the U.S. from 13 international organizations, agreements, and treaties, including the Paris climate accords

SECURITY

  • purging dozens of experts from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency created by Congress in 2018
  • allowing Russian hack of computers in more than 250 federal agencies and businesses
  • vetoing a defense bill because it renamed bases honoring Confederate heroes
  • refusing to share critical defense information with the incoming Biden administration

PARTISAN POLITICS

  • claiming that the Constitution “allows me to do whatever I want”
  • firing two attorneys general and many other high officials who contradicted him
  • creating a turnover rate in top jobs of 92% over four years
  • appointing 220+ judges to the federal bench, 96% of them white
  • appointing more judges rated “not qualified” by the AAA than any other president in 50 years
  • polarizing American political discourse through inflammatory rhetoric and falsehoods
  • praising totalitarian rulers like Putin, Orban, Xi Jinping, and Erdogan
  • legitimizing right-wing extremists like the Michigan Militia, Proud Boys, and QAnon
  • encouraging right-wing militants to seize state capitols governed by his opponents
  • declaring there were good people on both sides of a 2017 white supremacist march
  • threatening to cut federal support to cities governed by his political opponents
  • pressuring the Justice Department to prosecute his enemies and go easy on his friends
  • pardoning supporters convicted of stealing campaign funds, tax evasion, insider trading, witness tampering, and lying to the FBI
  • delaying and hampering the transition to the Biden administration
  • undermining public faith in government institutions, from the FBI to the CDC

SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • destroying sacred American Indian sites to build the Border Wall
  • tear-gassing peaceful demonstrators outside the White House to create a photo op
  • prohibiting collection of employee data showing race, gender, age or other factors that could support discrimination charges
  • prohibiting training of federal workers that included discussion of systemic racism or white supremacy
  • using unmarked federal agents to kidnap and interrogate legal demonstrators
  • gagging doctors from sharing scientific data on family planning with low-income women
  • executing more death row prisoners than all presidents in the last 50 years combined
  • removing worker protections in many industries
  • making it harder for sexual harassment victims to bring complaints
  • pardoning U.S. soldiers and mercenaries convicted of war crimes

IMMIGRATION

  • prohibiting people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S.
  • reducing the annual number of refugees admitted to the U.S. from 85,000 to 12,000
  • erecting 460 miles of barrier to refugees along the southern border
  • separating refugee children from their parents, hundreds of whom still can’t be found
  • housing hundreds of refugee children in chain-link cages

CORRUPTION

  • accepting payments to himself and his family from foreign nations with whom he was negotiating treaties
  • accepting than $8 million from taxpayers and donors in payments to his family businesses
  • hiring family, friends, donors, and business partners into key government positions
  • pardoning a conman who defrauded Medicare of hundreds of millions of dollars

MISCELLANEOUS

  • being accused of sexual assault or harassment by more than 40 women (since 1980)
  • golfing on more than 300 days during the four years he was president
  • watching television an average of 5 to 6 hours daily

 

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.