When people explain why they voted for Trump they typically say that he is a terrible person but that he gets stuff done and that his policies work, but what has he actually done and what policies?
I am unemployed and have been for a couple of years. I live largely on my savings. This year, for the first time since becoming unemployed, I have had to pay taxes. Amazon and Exxon, which combined made over 200 billion dollars in profits this year did not have to pay any taxes.
Trump has accomplished one of the biggest middle class tax increases in history in a triumphant move to shift even more money from the poor to the rich.
As a result of this, he has more than doubled the last deficit Obama left behind (1.1 trillion dollars for FY2019). To fix the budget deficit he is proposing cuts (what he calls “adjustments”) to Social Security, such that once again it will cause the people who have the least to get less, and the people who will get less will STILL have to contribute to a Social Security fund they will get many fewer benefits from.
That is what Donald Trump has accomplished. He is on track to surpass even Obama’s biggest deficits. And the Republicans are saying nothing. When pressed, their plan is to cut the benefits to people who have paid for them their entire lives and who have much less than the rich who could bail out Social Security without ever missing a meal or putting off a buying a new yacht. Yet Trump is making it so the poor must pay for that next yacht the rich absolutely need.
In addition, Trump has accomplished the biggest rise in hate crimes in decades – nearly 20 percent since he took office. Trump has caused the biggest rise in white nationalism, racism and neo-Nazis since the Civil Rights era began. He supports hate and racism. He gives oxygen to haters. His DoJ barely investigates any race hate crime. He thinks neo-Nazis are fine people. Even Brent Tarrant, the killer of Muslims in Australia, points to Trump as the White Nationalist inspiration. Trump has accomplished reversal of decades of improvements in race relations, and normalized hate.
Trump has also accomplished the elimination of the rule of law. He has tried to undermine investigations and refuses to comply with Congressional demands for records. He has put himself above the law and become the law. Trump has destroyed the justice system. And the Republicans are complicit because they do nothing to check him.
Trump has accomplished the destruction of the EPA. Coal mines routinely dump slag into rivers and valleys. I wonder if that improves the water quality? He has denigrated science and replaced it with ideology. He has given oxygen to the semi-literate anti-vaxxers, the flat earthers, birth truthers, the 9/11 conspirators and the Sandy Hook deniers. He is their God.
Let’s take a look at what he accomplished in Helsinki. Is there anyone on the planet that was proud of Trump’s visit with Putin? Putin made Trump his bitch. He humiliated Trump on the world stage in front of everyone. Was any American proud of Trump that day? And Trump kept no records of the meeting. Who knows what he said, or committed to? He’s doing the work of Putin who makes no bones that he wanted Trump to win. Do you think he did that because it was good for America? No, he did it because it was good for Russia at the expense of America.
One of the first laws Trump passed was one that made it legal for Bar and Restaurant managers to withhold and keep all the tips of servers. And yet, even if they DON’T pay the tips to the servers, they still report them to the IRS. Trump passed a regulation that makes it legal for financial advisers and broker to work AGAINST the interest of their clients, so advisers can purposefully give bad advice and the client STILL has to pay, even if they lose all their money.
Trump consistently builds his image as a racist. It’s no secret to the KKK or the neo-Nazis what Trump is. When the top draft choice for the NFL was chosen and he was Black, Trump called the Number 2, a white guy and avowed racist, to congratulate him. Just recently Trump praised Robert E. Lee, a racist, a traitor and a proponent of Slavery. What do you think that says to the haters in America?
Trump literally gave Syria to the Russians; the Russians are moving on Libya now, which will explode in the next weeks. Trump does nothing. Russian troops have moved in Venezuela; Trump does nothing. Reagan must be spinning in his grave; Trump is essentially giving the Russians free hand in Cuba again, one of the most stupid geo-political moves in the world. The USSR used to call Cuba, “our aircraft carrier off the coast of America; Trump purposefully antagonizes Turkey, the most important nation in Eurasia, and drives them into the arms of Putin; these things go on and on and on and every move he makes benefits the Russians beyond anything that helps America. Trump works for Putin.
Trump has accomplished the elevation of a pedophile, Roy Moore, to near-Saint status. By his endorsement of Moore, he has made his rabid MAGA (Make America White Again – the G is pronounced as a W) hat wearing fans elevate a pedophile to a man, who by screwing a young girl, will bring about the birth of the new Messiah.
I could go on. Trump’s accomplishments in destroying America for the benefit of Putin are legion.