I know I have been critical of Trump, but it is only a couple things that that bother me.
President Trump wasn’t that bad, other than when he incited an insurrection against the government, mismanaged a pandemic that killed nearly half a million Americans, separated children from their families, lost those children in the bureaucracy, tear-gassed peaceful protesters on Lafayette Square so he could hold a photo op holding a Bible in front of a church, tried to block all Muslims from entering the country, got impeached, got impeached again, had the worst jobs record of any president in modern history, pressured Ukraine to dig dirt on Joe Biden, fired the FBI director for investigating his ties to Russia, bragged about firing the FBI director on TV, took Vladimir Putin’s word over the US intelligence community, diverted military funding to build his wall, caused the longest government shutdown in US history, called Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate,” lied nearly 30,000 times, banned transgender people from serving in the military, ejected reporters from the White House briefing room who asked tough questions, vetoed the defense funding bill because it renamed military bases named for Confederate soldiers, refused to release his tax returns, increased the national debt by nearly $8 trillion, had three of the highest annual trade deficits in U.S. history, called veterans and soldiers who died in combat losers and suckers, coddled the leader of Saudi Arabia after he ordered the execution and dismembering of a US-based journalist, refused to concede the 2020 election, hired his unqualified daughter and son-in-law to work in the White House, walked out of an interview with Lesley Stahl, called neo-Nazis “very fine people,” suggested that people should inject bleach into their bodies to fight COVID, abandoned our allies the Kurds to Turkey, pushed through massive tax cuts for the wealthiest but balked at helping working Americans, incited anti-lockdown protestors in several states at the height of the pandemic, withdrew the US from the Paris climate accords, withdrew the US from the Iranian nuclear deal, withdrew the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership which was designed to block China’s advances, insulted his own Cabinet members on Twitter, pushed the leader of Montenegro out of the way during a photo op, failed to reiterate US commitment to defending NATO allies, called Haiti and African nations “shithole” countries, called the city of Baltimore the “worst in the nation,” claimed that he single handedly brought back the phrase “Merry Christmas” even though it hadn’t gone anywhere, forced his Cabinet members to praise him publicly like some cult leader, believed he should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, berated and belittled his hand-picked Attorney General when he recused himself from the Russia probe, suggested the US should buy Greenland, colluded with Mitch McConnell to push through federal judges and two Supreme Court justices after supporting efforts to prevent his predecessor from appointing judges, repeatedly called the media “enemies of the people,” claimed that if we tested fewer people for COVID we’d have fewer cases, violated the emoluments clause, thought that Nambia was a country, told Bob Woodward in private that the coronavirus was a big deal but then downplayed it in public, called his exceedingly faithful vice president a “p---y” for following the Constitution, nearly got us into a war with Iran after threatening them by tweet, nominated a corrupt head of the EPA, nominated a corrupt head of HHS, nominated a corrupt head of the Interior Department, nominated a corrupt head of the USDA, praised dictators and authoritarians around the world while criticizing allies, refused to allow the presidential transition to begin, insulted war hero John McCain – even after his death, spent an obscene amount of time playing golf after criticizing Barack Obama for playing (far less) golf while president, falsely claimed that he won the 2016 popular vote, called the Muslim mayor of London a “stone cold loser,” falsely claimed that he turned down being Time’s Man of the Year, considered firing special counsel Robert Mueller on several occasions, mocked wearing face masks to guard against transmitting COVID, locked Congress out of its constitutional duty to confirm Cabinet officials by hiring acting ones, used a racist dog whistle by calling COVID the “China virus,” hired and associated with numerous shady figures that were eventually convicted of federal offenses including his campaign manager and national security adviser, pardoned several of his shady associates, gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two congressman who amplified his batshit crazy conspiracy theories, got into telephone fight with the leader of Australia(!), had a Secretary of State who called him a moron, forced his press secretary to claim without merit that his was the largest inauguration crowd in history, botched the COVID vaccine rollout, tweeted so much dangerous propaganda that Twitter eventually banned him, charged the Secret Service jacked-up rates at his properties, constantly interrupted Joe Biden in their first presidential debate, claimed that COVID would “magically” disappear, called a U.S. Senator “Pocahontas,” used his Twitter account to blast Nordstrom when it stopped selling Ivanka’s merchandise, opened up millions of pristine federal lands to development and drilling, got into a losing tariff war with China that forced US taxpayers to bail out farmers, claimed that his losing tariff war was a win for the US, ignored or didn’t even take part in daily intelligence briefings, blew off honoring American war dead in France because it was raining, redesigned Air Force One to look like the Trump Shuttle, got played by Kim Jung Un and his “love letters,” threatened to go after social media companies in clear violation of the Constitution, botched the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans when he finally visited them, pressured the governor and secretary of state of Georgia to “find” him votes, thought that the Virgin islands had a President, drew on a map with a Sharpie to justify his inaccurate tweet that Alabama was threatened by a hurricane, allowed White House staff to use personal email accounts for official businesses after blasting Hillary Clinton for doing the same thing, rolled back regulations that protected the public from mercury and asbestos, pushed regulators to waste time studying snake-oil remedies for COVID, rolled back regulations that stopped coal companies from dumping waste into rivers, held blatant campaign rallies at the White House, tried to take away millions of Americans’ health insurance because the law was named for a Black man, refused to attend his successors’ inauguration, nominated the worst Education Secretary in history, threatened judges who didn’t do what he wanted, attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci, promised that Mexico would pay for the wall (it didn’t), allowed political hacks to overrule government scientists on major reports on climate change and other issues, struggled navigating a ramp after claiming his opponent was feeble, called an African-American Congresswoman “low IQ,” threatened to withhold federal aid from states and cities with Democratic leaders, went ahead with rallies filled with maskless supporters in the middle of a pandemic, claimed that legitimate investigations of his wrongdoing were “witch hunts,” seemed to demonstrate a belief that there were airports during the American Revolution, demanded “total loyalty” from the FBI director, praised a conspiracy theory that Democrats are Satanic pedophiles, completely gutted the Voice of America, placed a political hack in charge of the Postal Service, claimed without evidence that the Obama administration bugged Trump Tower, suggested that the US should allow more people from places like Norway into the country, suggested that COVID wasn’t that bad because he recovered with the help of top government doctors and treatments not available to the public, overturned energy conservation standards that even industry supported, reduced the number of refugees the US accepts, insulted various members of Congress and the media with infantile nicknames, gave Rush Limbaugh a Presidential medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address, named as head of federal personnel a 29-year old who’d previously been fired from the White House for allegations of financial improprieties, eliminated the White House office of pandemic response, used soldiers as campaign props, fired any advisor who made the mistake of disagreeing with him, demanded the Pentagon throw him a Soviet-style military parade, hired a shit ton of white nationalists, politicized the civil service, did absolutely nothing after Russia hacked the U.S. government, falsely said the Boy Scouts called him to say his bizarre Jamboree speech was the best speech ever given to the Scouts, claimed that Black people would overrun the suburbs if Biden won, insulted reporters of color, insulted women reporters, insulted women reporters of color, suggested he was fine with China’s oppression of the Uighurs, attacked the Supreme Court when it ruled against him, summoned Pennsylvania state legislative leaders to the White House to pressure them to overturn the election, spent countless hours every day watching Fox News, refused to allow his administration to comply with Congressional subpoenas, hired Rudy Giuliani as his lawyer, tried to punish Amazon because the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post wrote negative stories about him, acted as if the Attorney General of the United States was his personal attorney, attempted to get the federal government to defend him in a libel lawsuit from a women who accused him of sexual assault, held private meetings with Vladimir Putin without staff present, didn’t disclose his private meetings with Vladimir Putin so that the US had to find out via Russian media, stopped holding press briefings for months at a time, “ordered” US companies to leave China even though he has no such power, led a political party that couldn’t even be bothered to draft a policy platform, claimed preposterously that Article II of the Constitution gave him absolute powers, tried to pressure the U.K. to hold the British Open at his golf course, suggested that the government nuke hurricanes, suggested that wind turbines cause cancer, said that he had a special aptitude for science, fired the head of election cyber security after he said that the 2020 election was secure, blurted out classified information to Russian officials, tried to force the G7 to hold their meeting at his failing golf resort in Florida, fired the acting attorney general when she refused to go along with his unconstitutional Muslim travel ban, hired Stephen Miller, openly discussed national security issues in the dining room at Mar-a-Lago where everyone could hear them, interfered with plans to relocate the FBI because a new development there might compete with his hotel, abandoned Iraqi refugees who’d helped the U.S. during the war, tried to get Russia back into the G7, held a COVID super spreader event in the Rose Garden, seemed to believe that Frederick Douglass is still alive, lost 60 election fraud cases in court including before judges he had nominated, falsely claimed that factories were reopening when they weren’t, shamelessly exploited terror attacks in Europe to justify his anti-immigrant policies, still hasn’t come up with a healthcare plan, still hasn’t come up with an infrastructure plan despite repeated “Infrastructure Weeks,” forced Secret Service agents to drive him around Walter Reed while contagious with COVID, told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by,” fucked up the Census, withdrew the U.S. from the World Health Organization in the middle of a pandemic, did so few of his duties that his press staff were forced to state on his daily schedule “President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings,” allowed his staff to repeatedly violate the Hatch Act, seemed not to know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, stood before sacred CIA wall of heroes and bragged about his election win, constantly claimed he was treated worse than any president which presumably includes four that were assassinated and his predecessor whose legitimacy and birthplace were challenged by a racist reality TV show star named Donald Trump, claimed Andrew Jackson could’ve stopped the Civil War even though he died 16 years before it happened, said that any opinion poll showing him behind was fake, claimed that other countries laughed at us before he became president when several world leaders were literally laughing at him, claimed that the military was out of ammunition before he became President, created a commission to whitewash American history, retweeted anti-Islam videos from one of the most racist people in Britain, claimed ludicrously that the Pulse nightclub shooting wouldn’t have happened if someone there had a gun even though there was an armed security guard there, hired a senior staffer who cited the non-existent Bowling Green Massacre as a reason to ban Muslims, had a press secretary who claimed that Nazi Germany never used chemical weapons even though every sane human being knows they used gas to kill millions of Jews and others, bilked the Secret Service for higher than market rates when they had to stay at Trump properties, apparently sold pardons on his way out of the White House, stripped protective status from 59,000 Haitians, falsely claimed Biden wanted to defund the police, said that the head of the CDC didn’t know what he was talking about, tried to rescind protection from DREAMers, gave himself an A+ for his handling of the pandemic, tried to start a boycott of Goodyear tires due to an Internet hoax, said U.S. rates of COVID would be lower if you didn’t count blue states, deported U.S. veterans who served their country but were undocumented, claimed he did more for African Americans than any president since Lincoln, touted a “super-duper” secret “hydrosonic” missile which may or may not be a new “hypersonic” missile or may not exist at all, retweeted a gif calling Biden a pedophile, forced through security clearances for his family, suggested that police officers should rough up suspects, suggested that Biden was on performance-enhancing drugs, tried to stop transgender students from being able to use school bathrooms in line with their gender, suggested the US not accept COVID patients from a cruise ship because it would make US numbers look higher, nominated a climate change sceptic to chair the committee advising the White House on environmental policy, retweeted a video doctored to look like Biden had played a song called “Fuck tha Police” at a campaign event, hugged a disturbingly large number of U.S. flags, accused Democrats of “treason” for not applauding his State of the Union address, claimed that the FBI failed to capture the Parkland school shooter because they were “spending too much time” on Russia, mocked the testimony of Dr Christine Blasey Ford when she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, obsessed over low-flow toilets, ordered the rerelease of more COVID vaccines when there weren’t any to release, called for the construction of a bizarre garden of heroes with statutes of famous dead Americans as well as at least one Canadian (Alex Trebek), hijacked Washington’s July 4th celebrations to give a partisan speech, took advice from the MyPillow guy, claimed that migrants seeking a better life in the US were dangerous caravans of drug dealers and rapists, said nothing when Vladimir Putin poisoned a leading opposition figure, never seemed to heed the advice of his wife’s “Be Best” campaign, falsely claimed that mail-in voting is fraudulent, announced a precipitous withdrawal of troops from Syria which not only handed Russia and ISIS a win but also prompted his defense secretary to resign in protest, insulted the leader of Canada, insulted the leader of France, insulted the leader of Britain, insulted the leader of Germany, insulted the leader of Sweden (Sweden!!), falsely claimed credit for getting NATO members to increase their share of dues, blew off two Asia summits even though they were held virtually, continued lying about spending lots of time at Ground Zero with 9/11 responders, said that the Japanese would sit back and watch their “Sony televisions” if the US were ever attacked, left a NATO summit early in a huff, stared directly into an eclipse even though everyone over the age of 5 knows not to do that, called himself a very stable genius despite significant evidence to the contrary, refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and kept his promise, and a whole bunch of other things I can’t remember at the moment.
But other than that. . .”
Wow, so many words!
Its a little intimidating for us forumers, I would surmise.
Maybe, if we take certain parts or random sections at a time,
since there are no actual paragraphs.
On second thought, why bother?
WOW. I applaud your diligence. However, Not all that sure this kind of detestation is healthy.
The man is gone!
Some people can't let go and move forward.
Anyways I'm beginning to like this new President... in his recent town hall meeting when Biden was asked what he was going to do about the student debt, by some woman whining that she needed at least $50k be forgiven he said "I will NOT make that happen."...
I love it, everyone that thought they were going to get free College or all their College debt eliminated or free healthcare, get ready for more taxes, fees/fines for not having health insurance, and more restrictions and regulations than ever before.
I agree, some just won't let go. In my view, many have been brainwashed, and hate has been embedded into their very character. I don't think they will ever be the same psychologically. The evidence is very evident. Hey, that's what I think...
Yes, it's clear when he is off on his own he will say and do all that is Joe. I did catch Chuck Schumer and E. Warren proposing to forgive 50K per student, and Warren hooking it to race. They certainly do their job to give a crowd what they want to hear. And IMO they ecah have their hands on Joe's "strings"...
Did you catch his China statement on the ongoing Genocide of Uighur's?
Biden dismisses Uighur genocide --- as "part of China'sdifferent norms’
"“If you know anything about Chinese history, it has always been, the time when China has been victimized by the outer world is when they haven’t been unified at home,” Biden began. “So the central — well, vastly overstated — the central principle of Xi Jinping is that there must be a united, tightly controlled China. And he uses his rationale for the things he does based on that.” "“I point out to him no American president can be sustained as a president if he doesn’t reflect the values of the United States,” the US president continued. “And so the idea that I am not going to speak out against what he’s doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the Uighurs in western mountains of China and Taiwan — trying to end the one-China policy by making it forceful … [Xi] gets it. Culturally there are different NORMS that each country and their leaders are expected to follow,” he continued.". https://nypost.com/2021/02/17/biden-say … ent-norms/
I almost fell off my chair.
Sorry for all the link's but---- OMG one would think I am making this kind of rhediric up.
Frankly, I don't know what in the world this whole debt forgiveness thing is about. To me, that's over the line. I did listen to an NPR story about how minorities are disproportionately affected by the loans and an inability to earn, but I still can't sympathize much. Sure, student debt is a huge problem, but that has a lot to do with much of college being a waste of time for many who go. Technical school would be a better bet for many with a much better outcome. What's next, mortgage forgiveness?
Before the election, Biden was making some overtures that he would be working on forgiving student loan debt. It was a vote-getter, very simply. I don't think many realistically thought he could do this. Politicians make a lot of promises as you know.
No he is not gone, just ask Trump. He won the election and a 1/3 of America are dumb enough to believe him still.
He has a lot more destruction left him him, which it seems he is focusing on what is left of the Republican Party..
As to who thought those things that Sanders wanted, they were a small minority. Those that knew better put Biden in office. Although I do hope he brings back the fines for those who get free healthcare at the emergency room because they are too cheap and uncaring to buy their own health insurance.
If we were more like Trump's Russia, the emergency rooms would turn away anyone without health insurance who could afford it.
You say the man is gone, yet people are still dying at alarming rates because of his gross incompetency, his narcissism, his gargantuan hubris. He needs to pay a price so that there is justice for the hundreds of thousand of Americans he helped kill.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/26/health/c … index.html
#TimeToMarchAgain to slow down the return to Jim Crow started by Trump's BIG LIE.
Just curious, but will you also hold Biden responsible for bringing in hundreds of cases of COVID into the country via illegal border crossings and the inevitable death toll that those cases will produce? Will you hold him responsible for not deporting millions of illegal aliens, some of which will inevitably have the disease and spread it to others?
Or is only Trump that gets the blame for the grossly inflated (by a factor of at least a hundred thousand) figures you claim?
Actually no, since he is testing them, something Trump was afraid to do because it might "make him look bad",
The rest is deflection and false equivalency.
As to the number, that is what the experts are saying.
I should have known. Allowing people with COVID to remain in the country illegally and spread the disease is "deflection" from a president not doing their job.
Only those "experts" you hand pick and refuse to tell the whole story. But your claim used to be a half million deaths blamed on Trump; what happened to the other 400,000?
I didn't hand-pick any experts, you might do that, but I don't. Just ask any expert on the subject.
I see you are back to your old tricks of making things up, which seems to be your go to position when the facts are against you. Please point out where I ever said "But your claim used to be a half million deaths blamed on Trump". Anybody who reads these comments know that is simply not true.
I am guessing you have arithmetic issues as well - what "other" 400,000?
When are you going to start defending Trump over his latest BIG LIE that violent insurrectionists weren't violent at all, that they "hug and kissed" the cops.
"Hundreds of thousands DIDN'T HAVE TO DIE" from Covid so says Dr. Brix.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/politics … index.html
I find this a fruitless argument, for you always insist that Trump had the authority to do what he could not, that people all over the country would submit graciously to whatever he said was needed, and that between the two it is Trump's fault.
Neither has the slightest bit of truth in it, and neither does your grossly exaggerated claim of the number of deaths attributable to Trump.
1. He had the authority to do what Biden is now doing
a. regarding testing
b. regarding tracing
c. use of DPA to force development of rapid tests
2. He had the power of the bully pulpit to talk people into doing INSTEAD of doing what he did use the bully pulpit for, talk people and governors into doing the wrong thing
3. He had the power to tell the TRUTH about covid, but instead he LIED
4. He had the power to use his great capability of insulting those who don't do the right thing
THE list goes on and on
And you are right, it is fruitless to argue with someone who thinks Trump is the Savior and is Perfect in all regards.
He is directly responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths from covid, and many others. It is not a point of debate anymore, just like Biden won the election. The only people who deny either are Trump supporters.
Most people blame Trump
Most experts blame Trump
Many Republicans blame Trump
Logic points to Trump
The evidence points to Trump
There will always be people who believe Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, was good, there will always be people who believe Un, Xi, Assad, and Erdogan are good, AND their will always be the same type of people who think Trump is good.
Thank you. As I said, you will claim that because people refuse to blindly do anything at all it is Trump's fault so many died. I was right, wasn't I - that IS your complaint.
That is PART of it because people blindly follow Trump AND Trump told them NOT to wear masks or social distance if they don't want to, many people died as a result. HAD HE told his blind followers they need to wear masks and social distance, they would have and fewer people would have died as a result.
Logic says there is a direct nexus between Trump's actions or lack of actions, and hundreds of thousands of people dying from Covid.
Of course there are the other things he could have done to reduce mortality which he refused to do because "it would make him look bad". Why do you keep ignoring these???
1. He had the authority to do what Biden is now doing
a. regarding testing
b. regarding tracing
c. use of DPA to force development of rapid tests
2. He had the power of the bully pulpit to talk people into doing INSTEAD of doing what he did use the bully pulpit for, talk people and governors into doing the wrong thing
3. He had the power to tell the TRUTH about covid, but instead he LIED
4. He had the power to use his great capability of insulting those who don't do the right thing
THE list goes on and on
The reason you don't, of course, is they fly in the face of your narrative that Trump is innocent of ANY wrong doing.
Looks like another Trumper finally saw the light about Trump and condemns him for the insurrection he caused. When will you see the light?
Mick Mulvaney, who stepped down as Trump's special envoy to Northern Ireland after the insurrection, called Trump's comments that his supporters were "hugging and kissing" police officers and posed "zero threat," despite widespread violence, "manifestly false."
Perhaps when you quit exaggerating anything you can twist into a negative about Trump.
You can start by accepting that a riot by a few hundreds of idiots is not an "insurrection" and did not attempt to overthrow the American government.
That is not going to happen, not with him.
I find his posts to be a perfect example of the definition fanatical, he is a zealot in the truest sense, fitting the dictionary definition to a T.
To be a zealot, you need to be fanatical, which generally means setting aside reality in your belief in something. Telling the Truth about something is just that and not zealotry.
[b/The real zealots are Trump Supporters[/b] who set aside reality to keep their faith in Trump and lie incessantly to do so.
You, on the other hand, if you were Chinese, sit back and applaud Xi; North Korean, sit back and applaud Un: Russian, sit back and applaud Putin.
When are you going to understand that Trump is a clear and present danger to America?
A REAL example of true Zealotry is you Trump supporters belief that Trump won the election, lol.
Perhaps you ought to start telling the TRUTH.
If it was not an insurrection, then why are the feds working up sedition charges. and they did overthrow, albeit temporarily, the American government by forcing Congress to abandon its post as well as leading to the death of THREE police officers and the MAIMING of many, many others
A "few hundred" lol. What a lack of sense of proportion you have there. There have been almost, maybe more by now, 400 arrests made, which represents only a fraction of the invaders.
Trump sent over 10,000 protesters to the Capitol to try to overturn the election. That is perfectly fine so long as they kept it peaceful - but they didn't. To breach the police line takes more than your so-called few hundred. Of those thousands who actually got violent and killed/maimed police, you have upwards of a 1,000 who actually violently broke into the Capitol.
To use Ken's word, you are such a zealot, you view that as a walk in the park. SAD.
If it was an "insurrection" then so were the riots all over the country that were not only destroying but attempting to get rid of police - the "civilian military" we use to maintain the country.
One of them in particular DID "overthrow" the local government, kicking them out of the area and making it stick for far longer than the capital protesters did. Others carried out their destruction while police were forced to stand by and watch. Insurrection for sure, right?
Eh, who was Trump again?
I think he was one of our presidents... However, we have a new one now. I guess he is still more fun to talk about or can divert us away from what is going on currently in the Country. There are some positive things going on hospitalizations on COVID are down as well as the infection rate. Texas is getting power back, it looks like the COVID stimulus package is moving alone. Wish we could look at some of the positive, the negative is non-productive and just tends to keep feeding hate.
Guess what? All Presidents end up totally puppets in the end.
For those who can't make it all of the way through this tome, I bulletized it for you:
I know I have been critical of Trump, but it is only a couple things that that bother me. President Trump wasn’t that bad, other than when:
1. he incited an insurrection against the government,
2. mismanaged a pandemic that killed nearly half a million Americans,
3. separated children from their families,]/b]
4.[b] lost those children in the bureaucracy,
5. tear-gassed peaceful protesters on Lafayette Square so he could hold a photo op holding a Bible (upside down) in front of a church,
6. tried to block all Muslims from entering the country, (ended up blocking quite a few who died in the war they were trying to flee)
8. got impeached again,
9. had the worst jobs record of any president in modern history,
10. pressured Ukraine to dig dirt on Joe Biden,
11. fired the FBI director for investigating his ties to Russia,
12. bragged about firing the FBI director on TV,
13. took Vladimir Putin’s word over the US intelligence community (a traitorous act),
14. diverted military funding to build his wall,
15. caused the longest government shutdown in US history,
16. called Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate,”
17. lied nearly 30,000 times,
18. banned transgender people from serving in the military,
19. ejected reporters from the White House briefing room who asked tough questions,
20. vetoed the defense funding bill because it renamed military bases named for Confederate soldiers,
21. refused to release his tax returns,
22. increased the national debt by nearly $8 trillion (for not good reason)
23. had three of the highest annual trade deficits in U.S. history,
24. called veterans and soldiers who died in combat losers and suckers,
25. coddled the leader of Saudi Arabia after he ordered the execution and dismembering of a US-based journalist,
26. refused to concede the 2020 election,
27. hired his unqualified daughter and son-in-law (who couldn't pass a security clearance) to work in the White House,
28. walked out of an interview with Lesley Stahl,
29. called neo-Nazis “very fine people,”
30. suggested that people should inject bleach into their bodies to fight COVID,
31. [/b]abandoned our allies the Kurds to Turkey, [/b]
32. pushed through massive tax cuts for the wealthiest but balked at helping working Americans,
33. incited anti-lockdown protestors in several states at the height of the pandemic,
34. withdrew the US from the Paris climate accords,
35. withdrew the US from the Iranian nuclear deal,
36. withdrew the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership which was designed to block China’s advances,
37. insulted his own Cabinet members on Twitter,
38. pushed the leader of Montenegro out of the way during a photo op,
39. failed to reiterate US commitment to defending NATO allies,
40. called Haiti and African nations “shithole” countries,
41. called the city of Baltimore the “worst in the nation,”
42. claimed that he single handedly brought back the phrase “Merry Christmas” even though it hadn’t gone anywhere,
43. forced his Cabinet members to praise him publicly like some cult leader,
44. believed he should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,
45. berated and belittled his hand-picked Attorney General when he recused himself from the Russia probe,
46. suggested the US should buy Greenland,
47. colluded with Mitch McConnell to push through federal judges and two Supreme Court justices after supporting efforts to prevent his predecessor from appointing judges,
48. repeatedly called the media “enemies of the people,”
49. claimed that if we tested fewer people for COVID we’d have fewer cases,
50. violated the emoluments clause,
51. thought that Nambia was a country,
52. told Bob Woodward in private that the coronavirus was a big deal but then downplayed it in public,
53. called his exceedingly faithful vice president a “p---y” for following the Constitution,
54. nearly got us into a war with Iran after threatening them by tweet,
55. nominated a corrupt head of the EPA,
56. nominated a corrupt head of HHS, nominated a corrupt head of the Interior Department,
57. nominated a corrupt head of the USDA,
58. praised dictators and authoritarians around the world while criticizing allies,
59. refused to allow the presidential transition to begin,
60. insulted war hero John McCain – even after his death,
61. spent an obscene amount of time playing golf after criticizing Barack Obama for playing (far less) golf while president,
62. falsely claimed that he won the 2016 popular vote,
63. called the Muslim mayor of London a “stone cold loser,”
64. falsely claimed that he turned down being Time’s Man of the Year,
65. considered firing special counsel Robert Mueller on several occasions,
66. mocked wearing face masks to guard against transmitting COVID,
67. locked Congress out of its constitutional duty to confirm Cabinet officials by hiring acting ones,
68. used a racist dog whistle by calling COVID the “China virus,”
69. hired and associated with numerous shady figures that were eventually convicted of federal offenses including his campaign manager and national security adviser,
70. pardoned several of his shady associates,
71. gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two congressman who amplified his batshit crazy conspiracy theories,
72. got into telephone fight with the leader of Australia(!),
73. had a Secretary of State who called him a moron,
74. forced his press secretary to claim without merit that his was the largest inauguration crowd in history,
75. botched the COVID vaccine rollout,
76. tweeted so much dangerous propaganda that Twitter eventually banned him,
77. charged the Secret Service jacked-up rates at his properties,
78. constantly interrupted Joe Biden in their first presidential debate,
79. claimed that COVID would “magically” disappear,
80. called a U.S. Senator “Pocahontas,”
81. used his Twitter account to blast Nordstrom when it stopped selling Ivanka’s merchandise,
82. opened up millions of pristine federal lands to development and drilling,
83. got into a losing tariff war with China that forced US taxpayers to bail out farmers,
84. claimed that his losing tariff war was a win for the US,
85. ignored or didn’t even take part in daily intelligence briefings,
86. blew off honoring American war dead in France because it was raining,
87. redesigned Air Force One to look like the Trump Shuttle,
88. got played by Kim Jung Un and his “love letters,”
89. threatened to go after social media companies in clear violation of the Constitution,
90. botched the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico,
91. threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans when he finally visited them,
92. pressured the governor and secretary of state of Georgia to “find” him votes,
93. thought that the Virgin islands had a President,
94. drew on a map with a Sharpie to justify his inaccurate tweet that Alabama was threatened by a hurricane,
95. allowed White House staff to use personal email accounts for official businesses after blasting Hillary Clinton for doing the same thing,
96. rolled back regulations that protected the public from mercury and asbestos,
97. pushed regulators to waste time studying snake-oil remedies for COVID,
98. rolled back regulations that stopped coal companies from dumping waste into rivers,
99. held blatant campaign rallies at the White House,
100. tried to take away millions of Americans’ health insurance because the law was named for a Black man,
101. refused to attend his successors’ inauguration,
102. nominated the worst Education Secretary in history,
103. threatened judges who didn’t do what he wanted,
104. attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci,
105. promised that Mexico would pay for the wall (it didn’t),
106. allowed political hacks to overrule government scientists on major reports on climate change and other issues,
107. struggled navigating a ramp after claiming his opponent was feeble,
108. called an African-American Congresswoman “low IQ,”
109. threatened to withhold federal aid from states and cities with Democratic leaders,
110. went ahead with rallies filled with maskless supporters in the middle of a pandemic,
111. claimed that legitimate investigations of his wrongdoing were “witch hunts,”
112. seemed to demonstrate a belief that there were airports during the American Revolution,
113. demanded “total loyalty” from the FBI director, praised a conspiracy theory that Democrats are Satanic pedophiles,
114. completely gutted the Voice of America,
115. placed a political hack in charge of the Postal Service,
116. claimed without evidence that the Obama administration bugged Trump Tower,
117. suggested that the US should allow more people from places like Norway into the country,
118. suggested that COVID wasn’t that bad because he recovered with the help of top government doctors and treatments not available to the public,
119. overturned energy conservation standards that even industry supported,
120. reduced the number of refugees the US accepts,
121. insulted various members of Congress and the media with infantile nicknames,
122. gave Rush Limbaugh a Presidential medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address,
123. named as head of federal personnel a 29-year old who’d previously been fired from the White House for allegations of financial improprieties,
124 eliminated the White House office of pandemic response,
125. used soldiers as campaign props,
126. fired any advisor who made the mistake of disagreeing with him,
127. demanded the Pentagon throw him a Soviet-style military parade,
128. hired a shit ton of white nationalists,
129. politicized the civil service,
130. did absolutely nothing after Russia hacked the U.S. government/b]
131, falsely said the Boy Scouts called him to say his bizarre Jamboree speech was the best speech ever given to the Scouts,
132. claimed that Black people would overrun the suburbs if Biden won,
133. insulted reporters of color,
134. insulted women reporters,
135. insulted women reporters of color,
136. [b]suggested he was fine with China’s oppression of the Uighurs,
137.attacked the Supreme Court when it ruled against him,
138. summoned Pennsylvania state legislative leaders to the White House to pressure them to overturn the election,
139. spent countless hours every day watching Fox News,
140. refused to allow his administration to comply with Congressional subpoenas,
141. hired Rudy Giuliani as his lawyer,
142. tried to punish Amazon because the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post wrote negative stories about him,
143. acted as if the Attorney General of the United States was his personal attorney,
144. attempted to get the federal government to defend him in a libel lawsuit from a women who accused him of sexual assault,
145. held private meetings with Vladimir Putin without staff present,
146. didn’t disclose his private meetings with Vladimir Putin so that the US had to find out via Russian media,
147. stopped holding press briefings for months at a time,
148. “ordered” US companies to leave China even though he has no such power,
149. led a political party that couldn’t even be bothered to draft a policy platform,
150. claimed preposterously that Article II of the Constitution gave him absolute powers,
151. tried to pressure the U.K. to hold the British Open at his golf course,.
152 suggested that the government nuke hurricanes,
153. suggested that wind turbines cause cancer,
154. said that he had a special aptitude for science,
155. fired the head of election cyber security after he said that the 2020 election was secure,
156. blurted out classified information to Russian officials,
157. tried to force the G7 to hold their meeting at his failing golf resort in Florida,
158. fired the acting attorney general when she refused to go along with his unconstitutional Muslim travel ban,
159. hired Stephen Miller,
160. openly discussed national security issues in the dining room at Mar-a-Lago where everyone could hear them
161. interfered with plans to relocate the FBI because a new development there might compete with his hotel,
162. abandoned Iraqi refugees who’d helped the U.S. during the war,
163. tried to get Russia back into the G7,
164. held a COVID super spreader event in the Rose Garden,
165. seemed to believe that Frederick Douglass is still alive,
166. lost 60 election fraud cases in court including before judges he had nominated,
167. falsely claimed that factories were reopening when they weren’t,
168. shamelessly exploited terror attacks in Europe to justify his anti-immigrant policies,
169. still hasn’t come up with a healthcare plan,
170. still hasn’t come up with an infrastructure plan despite repeated “Infrastructure Weeks,”
171. forced Secret Service agents to drive him around Walter Reed while contagious with COVID,
172. told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by,” (they did, and then attacked on his orders)
173. screw up the Census,
174. withdrew the U.S. from the World Health Organization in the middle of a pandemic,
175. did so few of his duties that his press staff were forced to state on his daily schedule “President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings,”
176. allowed his staff to repeatedly violate the Hatch Act,
177. seemed not to know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican,
178. stood before sacred CIA wall of heroes and bragged about his election win,
179. constantly claimed he was treated worse than any president which presumably includes four that were assassinated and his predecessor whose legitimacy and birthplace were challenged by a racist reality TV show star named Donald Trump,
180. claimed Andrew Jackson could’ve stopped the Civil War even though he died 16 years before it happened,
181. said that any opinion poll showing him behind was fake,
182. claimed that other countries laughed at us before he became president when several world leaders were literally laughing at him,
183. claimed that the military was out of ammunition before he became President,
184. created a commission to whitewash American history,
185. retweeted anti-Islam videos from one of the most racist people in Britain,
186. claimed ludicrously that the Pulse nightclub shooting wouldn’t have happened if someone there had a gun even though there was an armed security guard there,
187. hired a senior staffer who cited the non-existent Bowling Green Massacre as a reason to ban Muslims,
187. had a press secretary who claimed that Nazi Germany never used chemical weapons even though every sane human being knows they used gas to kill millions of Jews and others,
188. bilked the Secret Service for higher than market rates when they had to stay at Trump properties,
189. apparently sold pardons on his way out of the White House,
190. stripped protective status from 59,000 Haitians,
191. falsely claimed Biden wanted to defund the police,
192. said that the head of the CDC didn’t know what he was talking about,
193. tried to rescind protection from DREAMers,
194. gave himself an A+ for his handling of the pandemic,
195. tried to start a boycott of Goodyear tires due to an Internet hoax,
196. said U.S. rates of COVID would be lower if you didn’t count blue states,
197. deported U.S. veterans who served their country but were undocumented,
198. claimed he did more for African Americans than any president since Lincoln,
199. touted a “super-duper” secret “hydrosonic” missile which may or may not be a new “hypersonic” missile or may not exist at all,
200. retweeted a gif calling Biden a pedophile,
201. forced through security clearances for his family,
202. suggested that police officers should rough up suspects,
203. suggested that Biden was on performance-enhancing drugs,
204. tried to stop transgender students from being able to use school bathrooms in line with their gender,
205. suggested the US not accept COVID patients from a cruise ship because it would make US numbers look higher,
207. nominated a climate change sceptic to chair the committee advising the White House on environmental policy,
208. retweeted a video doctored to look like Biden had played a song called “Fuck tha Police” at a campaign event,
209. hugged a disturbingly large number of U.S. flags,
210. accused Democrats of “treason” for not applauding his State of the Union address,
211. claimed that the FBI failed to capture the Parkland school shooter because they were “spending too much time” on Russia,
212. mocked the testimony of Dr Christine Blasey Ford when she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault,
213. obsessed over low-flow toilets,
214. ordered the rerelease of more COVID vaccines when there weren’t any to release,
215.called for the construction of a bizarre garden of heroes with statutes of famous dead Americans as well as at least one Canadian (Alex Trebek),
216. hijacked Washington’s July 4th celebrations to give a partisan speech,
217 took advice from the MyPillow guy,
218. claimed that migrants seeking a better life in the US were dangerous caravans of drug dealers and rapists,
219. said nothing when Vladimir Putin poisoned a leading opposition figure,
220. never seemed to heed the advice of his wife’s “Be Best” campaign,
221. falsely claimed that mail-in voting is fraudulent,
222. announced a precipitous withdrawal of troops from Syria which not only handed Russia and ISIS a win but also prompted his defense secretary to resign in protest,
223. insulted the leader of Canada,
224. insulted the leader of France,
225. insulted the leader of Britain,
226. insulted the leader of Germany,
227. insulted the leader of Sweden (Sweden!!),
228. falsely claimed credit for getting NATO members to increase their share of dues,
229. blew off two Asia summits even though they were held virtually,
230. continued lying about spending lots of time at Ground Zero with 9/11 responders,
231. said that the Japanese would sit back and watch their “Sony televisions” if the US were ever attacked,
232. left a NATO summit early in a huff,
233. stared directly into an eclipse even though everyone over the age of 5 knows not to do that,
234. called himself a very stable genius despite significant evidence to the contrary,
235. refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and kept his promise,
and a whole bunch of other things I can’t remember at the moment.
But other than that. . .”
I hope this helps wade through examples of the worst president in the history of the United States (the bolded ones are particularly egregious, IMO)
Most, if not all of these are true yet Trump supporters 1)see no problem with them, 2) convinced themselves they are not true, 3) defended Trump doing these sometimes despicable things, or 4) simply ignored them as most cult followers often do.
And Trump's Army is embracing his biggest lie of all going into the 2022 election.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/23/politics … index.html
Instead of proving most of your list is incorrect. How about you prove these points true, factual if set in full context. I don't consider a truth an insult.
First, I didn't ask anyone to prove the list incorrect. On their face, they are true because they are all well publicized - except in the right-wing media since they rarely publish anything negative about Trump.
Asking to prove all of those well known and previously verified claims about Trump is like asking me to prove the sky is blue on a sunny, cloudless day or that Trump was elected president in 2016, lol.
"On their face, they are true because they are all well-publicized"
Really? Ever hear the word unidentified source Or 'my source tells me", Then there is the wonderful technique of not presenting complete contents of what was actually said.
If you can't factually prove the statement why post it? Would it not seem bias, without facts?
"The sky was blue today" - so you want me to prove that statement?
"Unidentified source" is rare. Instead, they are often identified in general ways by function or such things. But to put them in front of Trump's firing squad is unconscionable. You see what he does to people who contradicts him or says bad things about him.
Until these protected sources start proving to be unreliable, I take them at their word. Just as you take a proven liar at his.
BTW, why do you except Trump's "someone told" me to be the gospel, while you won't trust a staffer who wants to tell the truth and not get fired?
I have asked that a couple of times, but haven't seen an answer.
Oh yes, I claim 1 + 1 = 2 in base 10. Do you want me to prove that as well?
Or how about one I did prove several decades ago (it took me a few pages), it is 2 to the nth power is greater than or equal to 1 for n greater than or equal to 0.
I read through the piece and was shocked. So much hate, well, no wonder the US will go into eclipse.
The US is going to "go into eclipse" for economic reasons.
Monetary policy of Zero Rates (negative rates) and "money printing".
Deficit Spending out of control, exacerbated by the coming higher taxes and more restrictive regulations.
There are 12 million MORE Americans out of work today than were out of work at this time in Feb 2020.
They can couch the unemployment numbers all they want... the reality is that 12 million people that used to have jobs a year ago are unemployed today, along with all the other people who were already unemployed.
And if there are any more lock downs and restrictions to go along with a Biden Administration that is going to ramp up taxes and regulations, you can bet the economy is on the downturn, with no end in site for how far it can fall.
And China will be there to pick up the pieces and fill in the gap globally.
Let's tell those who voted for Biden: I TOLD YOU SO, I TOLD YOU SO BUT YOU REFUSED TO LISTEN. Remember, a hard head makes a soft...........
We are speeding down a path that will bankrupt the country, and not many are even watching Biden's daily policy changes. Smoke and mirrors. Very soon many will realize the mistake that they made voting in a man that is not qualified to run the country and actually is just taking orders from others.
Ken, do you have an opinion or guess on who is running the show?
While I don't know about the many people recognizing anything, there is little (actually, no) doubt that we will see a bankrupt America. Biden will do his share, but our spend crazy legislator is the primary culprit.
Check out those job numbers this morning? LOL Job's are being lost as I speak No job's no money, no money, live on credit, no credit... need I go on. This country is in trouble just in my opinion. Plus, have you checked out what Biden has done so far? No really
What are you reading that I am not? Also, the laugh was the fact that you called Trump qualified to run a country.
"In January, the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 6.3 percent, and the number of unemployed persons decreased to 10.1 million. Although both measures are much lower than their April 2020 highs, they remain well above their pre-pandemic levels in February 2020 (3.5 percent and 5.7 million, respectively)."
New numbers --- Feb 18, 2021
"WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections.
Applications from laid-off workers rose 13,000 from the previous week, which was revised sharply higher, the Labor Department said Thursday. Before the virus erupted in the United States last March, weekly applications for unemployment benefits had never topped 700,000, even during the Great Recession of 2008-2009.
The figures underscore that the job market has stalled, with employers having added a mere 49,000 jobs in January after cutting workers in December. Nearly 10 million jobs remain lost to the pandemic. Though the unemployment rate fell last month from 6.7%, to 6.3%, it did so in part because some people stopped looking for jobs. People who aren’t actively seeking work aren’t counted as unemployed.
https://apnews.com/article/us-jobless-c … 910cf023f4
The economy is showing true signs of trouble. The next six months should dictate if we head into a true recession. keep in mind this is my opinion. I like you will play a waiting game. I produced the facts I comment on, not willing to predict any further on the downturn.
Noted you did not comment on my question in regards to what Biden has been doing. His EO could have deep repercussions on the economy as well as American's livelyhoods, and well-being. But, I think that should be a thread all its own.
I see. Fair enough. But still, I got to laugh at the comment where Trump was fit to lead. The original post of this thread lists some good examples on why that is not the case. Biden only just got to power, maybe I will laugh when someone says the same about him in a few years or months time.
I will say she put some energy into the long paragraph. I found Trump's job performance good. I found his way of communicating via Twitter somewhat frustrating. But, I did like that he said pretty much what he was thinking --- unfiltered. Wish he could have filtered his statements a bit. Being more conservative, and a capitalist he worked out well for my liking. He certainly made mistakes all along, but in the end, I think he knew how to solve problems. If only he could have articulated a bit better, I think many more may have appreciated him as a president. One thing for sure, he was in no respect a politician. And I just loved that... At any rate, he is gone. so, we must find new subjects here at the Political forum. None will most likely live up to discussing Trump. Looks, like we still have some that hope to rehash the past four years, I can understand that they were turbulent.
Anyone who enhances a rift that was already present is definitely not worthy of being a leader in my opinion. But as you say new topics need to be found.
I see your point. It has been a hard four years emotionally.
New Topic - Republicans bury their head in the sand over the causes of the January 6th Insurrection which most law enforcement and prosecutors think Trump is responsible for.
The only ones that don't think so are those who are brainwashed by or subservient to Trump
Last I heard the FBI, as well as the DOJ, was conducting investigations on the Jan 6th protest. Not sure why we would need congress to waste time and money on a third investigation. I am so pleased to see the Republicans stood firm. Gives me hope they will show some starch in the next 3 and a half years.
Plus, we have lots of problems Congress needs to deal with. We don't need them politicking onTV to please liberals.
Weren't they conducting investigations on the 9/11 terrorist attack? Yet everybody seemed they we needed a bipartisan Congressional investigation for that. The only differences between the two attacks are 1) 9/11 was by foreign terrorists while 1/6 was by domestic terrorists, 2) less people were killed on 9/11, and 3) democracy itself, rather than two buildings, was attacked on 1/6.
Why wouldn't Republicans want to know why (and by whom) democracy was nearly brought to its knees? Why domestic terrorists killed a Republican policeman? Why over 200 capitol policemen and women protecting the seat of government were maimed or injured or driven to suicide? Why Trump supporters wanted to hang the Vice President?
As a war veteran and patriotic American, I sure want to know what drove these domestic terrorists to attack my country.
Am I understanding you correctly, are you comparing a foreign terrorist group attack with airplanes on a few hundred Americans charging the House Of The People? I must say this is a very hyperbolic anology. My gosh, they took down the World Trade Center, in the Jan 6th protest the Congress was back in session by that very evening.
Brought our country to its knees? IMO that is a ridiculous statement that does not deserve a response. I can't answer for the rioter's motives any more than I can justify or answer why the nut jobs last summer looted and burned buildings in Democratic cities. Neither had an excusable cause to commit crimes.
We will know what happened when the appropriate agencies investigate the riot that occurred on Jan 6th. In my view, we don't need a bunch of Congressmen and women on TV politicking.
You hope to know what drove people to attack the capitol --- I would surmise that a bunch of very dissatisfied American citizens were dissatisfied with the election, and felt widespread fraud was committed. I don't think we need three investigations to realize the why of it.
This is just another Trump lynching to please a sector of our society that is just looking for vengeance.
The policeman that died, died of natural causes.
Maybe the policeman's condition was aggravated by the stress he was under. If so, perhaps he should not have been a policeman, but it still does not excuse the situation he was facing on 1/6. It never ceases to amaze me how Republicans can blow off a situation when they are in the wrong, and so far no Democrats were implicated in the march.
And the Republican seat occupiers in the Senate have done it again: they refuse to authorize a commission to investigate Trump's folly on 1/6.
Although this article was published before the Senate vote, it lays out what the options are after the Republicans kill the bill. I simply do not understand why the GOP doesn't want to clean their house. Why do they cling to the hope of a Trump oligarchy or dictatorship? What do they have against our current democratic republic?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions … -ornstein/
II feel you may have taken my comment out of contents. I was in no respect or feel my comment should have left you with the thought I was excusing or taking the Jan 6th riot lightly. I was making an attempt to give my opinion that we have the FBI as well as the DOJ doing extensive investigations into the Capitol protest/riot. I am very much for getting to the bottom of this horrendous crime and holding all that broke the law accountable. I can't answer for all Republicans.
I am very sure Democrats were not involved, and never inferred they.
I am not sure of why or what motivated the no vote other than a few statements from Mitch McConnell.
In my opinion, they thought it was overkill, due to two law enforcement agencies are conducting investigations.
I don't think the party is willing to give up Trumpism, I think they are enjoying their newfound base. I have not noted any Republicans in Congress veering away from democracy. It would seem the opposite they bring up the Constitution Ad nauseam.
The other agencies are part of the Executive Branch, Congress may well want to investigate and take precautions on their own as a separate branch, since this matter is a direct affront against them. I don't find that to be unusual as there was a congressional committee investigating the 9/11 matter even when Congress was not the focal point of those attacks. If anything, based on what happened, there is more reason for Congress to take a hand investigating it members, security procedures to be applied henceforth, etc.
The Republican party is in danger giving its loyalty and support all to one man....
I hope you feel as strongly about the proposed Congressional investigation into COVID and China's part in the pandemic.
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/5559 … -19-origin
We will need to agree to disagree. I see absolutely no reason (put politicking) for Congress to investigate the Jan 6th protest/riot. In my view, I don't find the 9/11 attack in any respect compares to the Jan 6th protest., not in any respect.
So many pressing problems, this Congress needs to address. The COVID investigation should be at the top of the list. This pandemic killed 3 million people and could happen again unless we get some answers, and learn how to prevent another serious pandemic.
Yes, many pressing problems but attempted insurrection by a mob is one of them. With the kind of salary I pay them, I expect them to be able to walk and chew gum and the same time and do both well.
"In my view, I don't find the 9/11 attack in any respect compares to the Jan 6th protest., not in any respect." - Why wouldn't I agree with that? You are right, an attack on our system of government by domestic terrorists (all Trump supporters) IS in no way comparable to foreign terrorists attacking symbols of American success.
It is sad to see you don't see getting to the bottom of why thousands of RINOs attacked the Capitol to stop the government from functioning as a "pressing problem". Given that the RINOs are giving the domestic terrorists a pass, I agree with the intelligence assessments that a repeat of Jan 6 is much more likely now.
I won't disagree that there could be more protests against the current administration. We are a split nation, with lots of very angry people that very well might not use good judgment, or see that we have come to a point in our history where violence is required.
I certainly hope all American's respect our laws and realize violence will not solve problems. We as citizens have functioned well under democracy. Administrations come and go, that is our best problem solver, our right to vote when we are dissatisfied.
"It never ceases to amaze me how Republicans can blow off a situation when they are in the wrong, and so far no Democrats were implicated in the march."
It couldn't have amazed you any more than the months long riot in Portland amazed me, and without any effort to control it to the point that when help was offered it was turned down! The same goes for the fiasco in Seattle when a group was allowed to take over a section of the city without any response and the people affected were offered to help at all from the (liberal) city leaders.
"And the Republican seat occupiers in the Senate have done it again: they refuse to authorize a commission to investigate Trump's folly on 1/6."
You answered your own question here with the term "Trump's folly". No desired democrat investigation into the riot - it is about trying for a third time to remove a political opponent they are afraid of.
"What do they have against our current democratic republic?"
Only that the people running our country are far more concerned with their personal power and pocketbook. We don't need that, don't want it and refuse to sit quietly while it grows ever worse. As far as a " hope of a Trump oligarchy or dictatorship", that exists only in the minds of liberals wishing to avoid confronting Trump in another election. It certainly does not exist in the minds of any Republicans or anyone else.
Don't forget that he was repeatedly physically attacked and Bear Sprayed by these terrorists, that these so called friendly visitors, injured and maimed over 200 brave and massively outnumbered Capitol police. That two other officers committed suicide as a result of the violent insurrection.
I would strongly argue that "but for" being attacked, he would be alive today.
"Am I understanding you correctly, are you comparing a foreign terrorist group attack with airplanes on a few hundred Americans charging the House Of The People? " - YES, you are understanding me correctly.
I am sorry you don't understand how serious an insurrection by a few thousand domestic terrorists against the very fabric of American democracy is. But patriots like me who fought for America and who served America for my whole career absolutely understand what we almost lost that day, Jan 6.
I am sorry that you feel that attacking and maiming the police whose job it was to protect the Capitol and stop these Trump supporters from HANGING Mike Pence, is just a day in the park for some, how did you put it, "dissatisfied American citizens".
Those terrorists were not Americans, they are an organized band of militia led by your hero Donald Trump, dedicated to overthrowing our system of gov't.
It is now my opinion that today's Republican Party should be considered as much a terrorist organization by the DOJ as those terrorists (Proud Boys/Oath Keepers and the like) who they provide material support.
Well, that would be one way to get rid of the political opposition to Democrat grandiose plans...declare them all terrorists and jail them. Actually fits in pretty well with Democrat efforts, over and over, to rid themselves of the opposition of Donald Trump, doesn't it?
Eso, your gross exaggerations do nothing for your arguments.
"I am sorry you don't understand how serious an insurrection by a few thousand domestic terrorists against the very fabric of American democracy is. "
I am sorry you don't see the problem that it was American's that felt our very Democracy was under fire due to a fraudulent election.
I do not agree with their actions or do I agree at this point that there was widespread fraud. However, it is a fact that we have some very dissatisfied citizens in America at this point, mad enough to storm the Capitol. So, maybe that is something you need to realize. Some are most defiantly ready to fight for their beliefs. You don't live on an island, and it may be time you realize many don't agree with you. You accuse me of not realizing how serious an insurrection is. I think it's more important to be concerned about how the hell Americans came to the point that they are so angry that they attacked our Capitol. This is the big picture, it's not the actual attack, it's what possessed citizens to become so disgusted, so angry that they would do such a thing. IMO your opinion in this regard is shallow. You are only considering the attack. The bigger problem is where we are as a people.
To repeat, I in no respect supported the violence that occurred on Jan 6th or the violence that occurred last summer. I take offense at your continued implication that I did support the riot that occurred on Jan 6th. It would seem you don't understand my view, and concern more for what provoked the Jan 6th riot.
My gosh, Not sure saying that the Republican party should be considered a terrorist organization is a rational opinion. At any rate, I have no comment in that regard.
A fraudulent election for which the only substantiation is that Trump lost?
There are ways of registering discontent short of storming the Capitol building.
Patriots? One guy stole Pelosi's computer and urinated in her office. I really don't care what people like this think.
I am not sure how many times I need to repeat this --- I certainly disapproved of the Jan 6th protest. I think we have more of a problem than the day itself. We have American's that were angry enough to attack the Capitol. Does this concern you? It does me.
Yes, there are other ways to show one's discontent, and this kind of rioting should not ever be accepted. I don't care if it is at the Capitol or in Portland. We should not be taking to the streets breaking our laws.
I think the actual damage was little at the Capito. we lost an officer due to natural causes that were provoked by the violence. I won't list all the people that died over our summer of love. Been there done that. The summer riots left millions of dollars in damages. So I could care less about Pelosi's computer. Little damage was done at the Capitol, the Congress was back at work that very evening.
I don't consider the rioters as patriots, I think them lawbreakers, thugs, low lives, as I do the people that rioted in our Dem cities all last summer. I don't distinguish one lawbreaker from another.
As you can see I don't care for lawbreakers period.
"We have American's that were angry enough to attack the Capitol. Does this concern you? It does me." - What makes me concerned is why people don't want to get to the bottom of HOW they became so-called "angry enough".
Why don't RINOs want an investigation into how much of Trump's rhetoric and the BIg Lie was behind that faux anger?
I take it from this statement "I don't consider the rioters as patriots, I think them lawbreakers, thugs, low lives, as I do the people that rioted in our Dem cities all last summer. I don't distinguish one lawbreaker from another." that you make an equivalency between WHY there were so many protests in so many cities (some of which unfortunately turned violent) with paroxysm of violence that Trump supporters PURPOSEFULLY visited on the Capitol due to his rhetoric and Big Lie.
I would bet that if you totaled up the number of people who committed acts of violence using the police murders of Black people as an excuse with the total number of violent Trump supporters on Jan 6th, the insurrectionists would be the greater number.
I think the greater number would be the people killed by criminals on purpose or just in the line of fire would be a number that should sicken all Americans. Yet we don't discuss that aspect of our society, do we?
Actually, you might want to add the historic crime rate since Biden took office. He certainly is piling up some ugly stats on many fronts.
If you need a source --- https://www.ft.com/content/221c9a51-6899-4535-
Defunding the police just is not working out well ---- https://www.wsj.com/articles/cities-rev … 1622066307
"I am sorry you don't see the problem that it was American's that felt our very Democracy was under fire due to a fraudulent election." - Come, give me a break. Those weren't Americans, they were Domestic Terrorists whose intent was to follow Trump's orders to overthrow a free and fair election. They had no legitimate reason to believe otherwise other than falling for the Big Lie.
By simply saying "these people thought it was a fraudulent election" IS, by definition, supporting the violence that occurred on Jan 6th" - whether you understand that or not. If you truly do not support the Jan 6th insurrection, then you would be condemning them, not making excuses for them.
As the RINO Party, what else am I to think when I see them vote against the Capitol Police and refuse to do a comprehensive dive into why the insurrection happened, something only Congress can do in an unbiased manner. When you've got most of the House RINOs who are backers of Qanon and believe hook, line, and sinker into all of those crackpot theories. When I see Ted Cruz trashing the military. When I see Hawley encouraging the insurrectionists on. When they disenfranchise one of the most conservative members of their caucus just because she DARED to criticize Trump. What is a rational person to believe other than they are providing material support to those who want to destroy America?
To bring the violence of the previous Summer into the discussion is simply throwing a red herring to distract from the real issue - a violent assault on American democracy.
You are trying to equate the violence of a few people among the thousands who protested peacefully because they have a REAL problem with a bunch of bad cops killing Blacks at the drop of a hat with well over a thousand Trump supporters violently assaulting and maiming the Capitol Police as they tried to get in and kill the Vice President and congress people. You forget, they did succeed in the goal of insurrection to stop the government from carrying out its constitutional obligations - In THAT, they succeeded in carrying out Trumps orders.
Trump's public persona came straight out of the toilet, while Biden is much more polished, much more the aristocrat we like to see in our leaders.
But Trump's concept of what the country needs was far, far better than Biden's will ever be - that aristocratic, polished persona almost denies any will or ability to even recognize our needs.
What we [/i]need[/i] is the aristocratic, smooth presentation of a professional politician coupled with an understanding of the countries needs...and the willingness to address those needs. Almost by definition we aren't going to get it.
I can't argue your opinion, because it is yours and you have a right to think what you please. But, have a look at my opinion...
If one looks at your statement, which appears to be blaming Trump for the failing economy one would need to consider the many other leaders of the world where COVID spread rapidly and caused illness, death, and failing economies. If one looked at it as it's the president's fault, one must look to all world leaders as pretty much failing to stop COVID and prevent their economies from failing.
But, everyone has a different way of looking at things... In my view, Trump did very well, or at least the best to his ability. He did get us the vaccine in good time. And that vaccine is truly the only thing that can rid us of the virus.
Of the 100 RICHEST entities on planet Earth
More than 75 are Corporations or Financial Institutions.
Of those Nations that make up the other 25 (or less), China is #1.
Our politicians serve the interests of those corporations, financial institutions, and by extension China, which the richest institutions in the world have investments in.
Way way down the list of priorities for our politicians in Congress and the Executive Office are what the people of America need or want.
For all Trump's many faults and flaws, he was still the people's 'hand grenade' that they threw at the Establishment, for what it was worth, it merely delayed the inevitable, only a disaster which cripples Civilization as we know it will alter the course we are on now.
China is, essentially, now the frontrunning nation and controller of the globe, they are the primary nation, with international corporations and financial institutions rounding out those that are really in control.
I have all the same sentiments. Trump's certainly put up a fight, but a day late and a dollar short. If you watched the town hall the other night you may have picked up what I did in regards to Biden bowing to China. His very comment about the
"“If you know anything about Chinese history, it has always been, the time when China has been victimized by the outer world is when they haven’t been unified at home,” Biden began. “So the central — well, vastly overstated — the central principle of Xi Jinping is that there must be a united, tightly controlled China. And he uses his rationale for the things he does based on that.” "“Culturally there are different norms that each country and their leaders are expected to follow,” Joe Biden
We are at this point playing a short waiting game... I guess at some point realistically we should have realized where the country was headed. At no other time have we need a very strong leader, and we have Biden... This scares me beyond scared.
You should put these thoughts into a thread. So pertinent, and would make a good discussion. However, it may not attract comments, due to being something that is hard to fathom that our nation could be close to becoming something we will
no longer recognize.
Exactly, a Trump like effort to save this nation was required during the Clinton/Bush timeframe.
When we had the near collapse in 2008, it was essentially over then, the shift to China being the frontrunning nation began then.
It was clear that during Trump's time, America's ability to seriously impact China was over, China was now dictating to America through financial (economical) influence... they knew they just had to suffer Trump for a few years and he would be gone, and their man put in his place.
But people don't realize just how bad things are for America, if you are not involved in investing and following global affairs it is very easy to be in the dark about what is going on... the "news" certainly doesn't put any light on the real issues.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tatianakof … the-world/
I agree if one is not involved in investing they don't see the relevance of the situation that has been more quickly developing over the past 30 years. My husband is deep into investing, and we start our mornings every day checking out the market. So, I do agree if one is not involved with the market, and how global it has become over the past 30 years, and globalization has been accelerating over the past 10 or so years.
I wonder what Biden will do with respect to Trump's first phase China deal.
The “phase 1” trade deal signed in early 2020 paused a rapidly escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing that had rattled global markets pretty well. and ultimately led to tariffs of billions of dollars on traded goods. Which I think was better than nothing. I think more may have been accomplished if Trump had won. Water under the bridge...
Under the terms of the deal, which was somewhat limited in scope, China did promise to significantly boost its purchasing of US products such as soybeans and energy products. One must wonder how all this would have worked out.
Good article, right to the point.
Exactly! To reiterate, America is going to become a CESSPOOL due to Biden. Let's say together- I TOLD YOU SO.......
Yes, the divide here in America is deep, and as you can see even after Trump is gone, some can't let go, need some form of psychological revenge. So they repeat what they feel were all Trump's sins against humanity. This only works to deepen the hate, the divide. Plus half the country is done with politics as usual.
If Trump had been placed into a better body and personality, his actions would have been appreciated?
It would be funny if people who reveal long lists of lies would grow equally long noses.
I am pretty sure you forgot to mention how he changed the definition of domestic violence.
American nation has to decide whether they want a Ceasar who made Rome great though he was an autocrat or a Nero who is just sat and fiddled and destroyed Rome.
Trump is clearly Nero. But no great president has been an autocrat, they all believed in our representative gov't.
I dunno, Emge,
There is a great deal that I would put on the scale to avoid being ruled by a tyrant or governed in tyranny. A whole lot.....
President Donald Trump accomplished many good things during his time in office.
Unprecedented Economic Boom
Before the China Virus invaded our shores, we built the world’s most prosperous economy.
America gained 7 million new jobs – more than three times government experts’ projections.
Middle-Class family income increased nearly $6,000 – more than five times the gains during the entire previous administration.
The unemployment rate reached 3.5 percent, the lowest in a half-century.
Achieved 40 months in a row with more job openings than job-hirings.
More Americans reported being employed than ever before – nearly 160 million.
Jobless claims hit a nearly 50-year low.
The number of people claiming unemployment insurance as a share of the population hit its lowest on record.
Incomes rose in every single metro area in the United States for the first time in nearly 3 decades.
Delivered a future of greater promise and opportunity for citizens of all backgrounds.
Unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those without a high school diploma all reached record lows.
Unemployment for women hit its lowest rate in nearly 70 years.
Lifted nearly 7 million people off of food stamps.
Poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanic Americans reached record lows.
Income inequality fell for two straight years, and by the largest amount in over a decade.
The bottom 50 percent of American households saw a 40 percent increase in net worth.
Wages rose fastest for low-income and blue collar workers – a 16 percent pay increase.
African American homeownership increased from 41.7 percent to 46.4 percent.
Brought jobs, factories, and industries back to the USA.
Created more than 1.2 million manufacturing and construction jobs.
Put in place policies to bring back supply chains from overseas.
Small business optimism broke a 35-year old record in 2018.
Hit record stock market numbers and record 401ks.
The DOW closed above 20,000 for the first time in 2017 and topped 30,000 in 2020.
The S&P 500 and NASDAQ have repeatedly notched record highs.
Rebuilding and investing in rural America.
Signed an Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products, which is bringing innovative new technologies to market in American farming and agriculture.
Strengthened America’s rural economy by investing over $1.3 billion through the Agriculture Department’s ReConnect Program to bring high-speed broadband infrastructure to rural America.
Achieved a record-setting economic comeback by rejecting blanket lockdowns.
An October 2020 Gallup survey found 56 percent of Americans said they were better off during a pandemic than four years prior.
During the third quarter of 2020, the economy grew at a rate of 33.1 percent – the most rapid GDP growth ever recorded.
Since coronavirus lockdowns ended, the economy has added back over 12 million jobs, more than half the jobs lost.
Jobs have been recovered 23 times faster than the previous administration’s recovery.
Unemployment fell to 6.7 percent in December, from a pandemic peak of 14.7 percent in April – beating expectations of well over 10 percent unemployment through the end of 2020.
Under the previous administration, it took 49 months for the unemployment rate to fall from 10 percent to under 7 percent compared to just 3 months for the Trump Administration.
Since April, the Hispanic unemployment rate has fallen by 9.6 percent, Asian-American unemployment by 8.6 percent, and Black American unemployment by 6.8 percent.
80 percent of small businesses are now open, up from just 53 percent in April.
Small business confidence hit a new high.
Homebuilder confidence reached an all-time high, and home sales hit their highest reading since December 2006.
Manufacturing optimism nearly doubled.
Household net worth rose $7.4 trillion in Q2 2020 to $112 trillion, an all-time high.
Home prices hit an all-time record high.
The United States rejected crippling lockdowns that crush the economy and inflict countless public health harms and instead safely reopened its economy.
Business confidence is higher in America than in any other G7 or European Union country.
Stabilized America’s financial markets with the establishment of a number of Treasury Department supported facilities at the Federal Reserve.
Tax Relief for the Middle Class
Passed $3.2 trillion in historic tax relief and reformed the tax code.
Signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – the largest tax reform package in history.
More than 6 million American workers received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to the tax cuts.
A typical family of four earning $75,000 received an income tax cut of more than $2,000 – slashing their tax bill in half.
Doubled the standard deduction – making the first $24,000 earned by a married couple completely tax-free.
Doubled the child tax credit.
Virtually eliminated the unfair Estate Tax, or Death Tax.
Cut the business tax rate from 35 percent – the highest in the developed world – all the way down to 21 percent.
Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
Businesses can now deduct 100 percent of the cost of their capital investments in the year the investment is made.
Since the passage of tax cuts, the share of total wealth held by the bottom half of households has increased, while the share held by the top 1 percent has decreased.
Over 400 companies have announced bonuses, wage increases, new hires, or new investments in the United States.
Over $1.5 trillion was repatriated into the United States from overseas.
Lower investment cost and higher capital returns led to faster growth in the middle class, real wages, and international competitiveness.
Jobs and investments are pouring into Opportunity Zones.
Created nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones where capital gains on long-term investments are taxed at zero.
Opportunity Zone designations have increased property values within them by 1.1 percent, creating an estimated $11 billion in wealth for the nearly half of Opportunity Zone residents who own their own home.
Opportunity Zones have attracted $75 billion in funds and driven $52 billion of new investment in economically distressed communities, creating at least 500,000 new jobs.
Approximately 1 million Americans will be lifted from poverty as a result of these new investments.
Private equity investments into businesses in Opportunity Zones were nearly 30 percent higher than investments into businesses in similar areas that were not designated Opportunity Zones.
Ended the regulatory assault on American Businesses and Workers.
Instead of 2-for-1, we eliminated 8 old regulations for every 1 new regulation adopted.
Provided the average American household an extra $3,100 every year.
Reduced the direct cost of regulatory compliance by $50 billion, and will reduce costs by an additional $50 billion in FY 2020 alone.
Removed nearly 25,000 pages from the Federal Register – more than any other president. The previous administration added over 16,000 pages.
Established the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation to reduce outdated regulations at the state, local, and tribal levels.
Signed an executive order to make it easier for businesses to offer retirement plans.
Signed two executive orders to increase transparency in Federal agencies and protect Americans and their small businesses from administrative abuse.
Modernized the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the first time in over 40 years.
Reduced approval times for major infrastructure projects from 10 or more years down to 2 years or less.
Helped community banks by signing legislation that rolled back costly provisions of Dodd-Frank.
Established the White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing to bring down housing costs.
Removed regulations that threatened the development of a strong and stable internet.
Eased and simplified restrictions on rocket launches, helping to spur commercial investment in space projects.
Published a whole-of-government strategy focused on ensuring American leadership in automated vehicle technology.
Streamlined energy efficiency regulations for American families and businesses, including preserving affordable lightbulbs, enhancing the utility of showerheads, and enabling greater time savings with dishwashers.
Removed unnecessary regulations that restrict the seafood industry and impede job creation.
Modernized the Department of Agriculture’s biotechnology regulations to put America in the lead to develop new technologies.
Took action to suspend regulations that would have slowed our response to COVID-19, including lifting restrictions on manufacturers to more quickly produce ventilators.
Successfully rolled back burdensome regulatory overreach.
Rescinded the previous administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which would have abolished zoning for single-family housing to build low-income, federally subsidized apartments.
Issued a final rule on the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard.
Eliminated the Waters of the United States Rule and replaced it with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, providing relief and certainty for farmers and property owners.
Repealed the previous administration’s costly fuel economy regulations by finalizing the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule, which will make cars more affordable, and lower the price of new vehicles by an estimated $2,200.
Americans now have more money in their pockets.
Deregulation had an especially beneficial impact on low-income Americans who pay a much higher share of their incomes for overregulation.
Cut red tape in the healthcare industry, providing Americans with more affordable healthcare and saving Americans nearly 10 percent on prescription drugs.
Deregulatory efforts yielded savings to the medical community an estimated $6.6 billion – with a reduction of 42 million hours of regulatory compliance work through 2021.
Removed government barriers to personal freedom and consumer choice in healthcare.
Once fully in effect, 20 major deregulatory actions undertaken by the Trump Administration are expected to save American consumers and businesses over $220 billion per year.
Signed 16 pieces of deregulatory legislation that will result in a $40 billion increase in annual real incomes.
Fair and Reciprocal Trade
Secured historic trade deals to defend American workers.
Immediately withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Ended the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and replaced it with the brand new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The USMCA contains powerful new protections for American manufacturers, auto-makers, farmers, dairy producers, and workers.
The USMCA is expected to generate over $68 billion in economic activity and potentially create over 550,000 new jobs over ten years.
Signed an executive order making it government policy to Buy American and Hire American, and took action to stop the outsourcing of jobs overseas.
Negotiated with Japan to slash tariffs and open its market to $7 billion in American agricultural products and ended its ban on potatoes and lamb.
Over 90 percent of American agricultural exports to Japan now receive preferential treatment, and most are duty-free.
Negotiated another deal with Japan to boost $40 billion worth of digital trade.
Renegotiated the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement, doubling the cap on imports of American vehicles and extending the American light truck tariff.
Reached a written, fully-enforceable Phase One trade agreement with China on confronting pirated and counterfeit goods, and the protection of American ideas, trade secrets, patents, and trademarks.
China agreed to purchase an additional $200 billion worth of United States exports and opened market access for over 4,000 American facilities to exports while all tariffs remained in effect.
Achieved a mutual agreement with the European Union (EU) that addresses unfair trade practices and increases duty-free exports by 180 percent to $420 million.
Secured a pledge from the EU to eliminate tariffs on American lobster – the first United States-European Union negotiated tariff reduction in over 20 years.
Scored a historic victory by overhauling the Universal Postal Union, whose outdated policies were undermining American workers and interests.
Engaged extensively with trade partners like the EU and Japan to advance reforms to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Issued a first-ever comprehensive report on the WTO Appellate Body’s failures to comply with WTO rules and interpret WTO agreements as written.
Blocked nominees to the WTO’s Appellate Body until WTO Members recognize and address longstanding issues with Appellate Body activism.
Submitted 5 papers to the WTO Committee on Agriculture to improve Members’ understanding of how trade policies are implemented, highlight areas for improved transparency, and encourage members to maintain up-to-date notifications on market access and domestic support.
Took strong actions to confront unfair trade practices and put America First.
Imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions worth of Chinese goods to protect American jobs and stop China’s abuses under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.
Directed an all-of-government effort to halt and punish efforts by the Communist Party of China to steal and profit from American innovations and intellectual property.
Imposed tariffs on foreign aluminum and foreign steel to protect our vital industries and support our national security.
Approved tariffs on $1.8 billion in imports of washing machines and $8.5 billion in imports of solar panels.
Blocked illegal timber imports from Peru.
Took action against France for its digital services tax that unfairly targets American technology companies.
Launched investigations into digital services taxes that have been proposed or adopted by 10 other countries.
Historic support for American farmers.
Successfully negotiated more than 50 agreements with countries around the world to increase foreign market access and boost exports of American agriculture products, supporting more than 1 million American jobs.
Authorized $28 billion in aid for farmers who have been subjected to unfair trade practices – fully funded by the tariffs paid by China.
China lifted its ban on poultry, opened its market to beef, and agreed to purchase at least $80 billion of American agricultural products in the next two years.
The European Union agreed to increase beef imports by 180 percent and opened up its market to more imports of soybeans.
South Korea lifted its ban on American poultry and eggs, and agreed to provide market access for record exports of American rice.
Argentina lifted its ban on American pork.
Brazil agreed to increase wheat imports by $180 million a year and raised its quotas for purchases of United States ethanol.
Guatemala and Tunisia opened up their markets to American eggs.
Won tariff exemptions in Ecuador for wheat and soybeans.
Suspended $817 million in trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program due to its failure to adequately provide reasonable market access for American pork products.
The amount of food stamps redeemed at farmers markets increased from $1.4 million in May 2020 to $1.75 million in September 2020 – a 50 percent increase over last year.
Rapidly deployed the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provided $30 billion in support to farmers and ranchers facing decreased prices and market disruption when COVID-19 impacted the food supply chain.
Authorized more than $6 billion for the Farmers to Families Food Box program, which delivered over 128 million boxes of locally sourced, produce, meat, and dairy products to charity and faith-based organizations nationwide.
Delegated authorities via the Defense Production Act to protect breaks in the American food supply chain as a result of COVID-19.
American Energy Independence
Unleashed America’s oil and natural gas potential.
For the first time in nearly 70 years, the United States has become a net energy exporter.
The United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world.
Natural gas production reached a record-high of 34.9 quads in 2019, following record high production in 2018 and in 2017.
The United States has been a net natural gas exporter for three consecutive years and has an export capacity of nearly 10 billion cubic feet per day.
Withdrew from the unfair, one-sided Paris Climate Agreement.
Canceled the previous administration’s Clean Power Plan, and replaced it with the new Affordable Clean Energy rule.
Approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
Opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil and gas leasing.
Repealed the last administration’s Federal Coal Leasing Moratorium, which prohibited coal leasing on Federal lands.
Reformed permitting rules to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy and speed approval for mines.
Fixed the New Source Review permitting program, which punished companies for upgrading or repairing coal power plants.
Fixed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) steam electric and coal ash rules.
The average American family saved $2,500 a year in lower electric bills and lower prices at the gas pump.
Signed legislation repealing the harmful Stream Protection Rule.
Reduced the time to approve drilling permits on public lands by half, increasing permit applications to drill on public lands by 300 percent.
Expedited approval of the NuStar’s New Burgos pipeline to export American gasoline to Mexico.
Streamlined Liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal permitting and allowed long-term LNG export authorizations to be extended through 2050.
The United States is now among the top three LNG exporters in the world.
Increased LNG exports five-fold since January 2017, reaching an all-time high in January 2020.
LNG exports are expected to reduce the American trade deficit by over $10 billion.
Granted more than 20 new long-term approvals for LNG exports to non-free trade agreement countries.
The development of natural gas and LNG infrastructure in the United States is providing tens of thousands of jobs, and has led to the investment of tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure.
There are now 6 LNG export facilities operating in the United States, with 2 additional export projects under construction.
The amount of nuclear energy production in 2019 was the highest on record, through a combination of increased capacity from power plant upgrades and shorter refueling and maintenance cycles.
Prevented Russian energy coercion across Europe through various lines of effort, including the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation, civil nuclear deals with Romania and Poland, and opposition to Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Issued the Presidential Permit for the A2A railroad between Canada and Alaska, providing energy resources to emerging markets.
Increased access to our country’s abundant natural resources in order to achieve energy independence.
Renewable energy production and consumption both reached record highs in 2019.
Enacted policies that helped double the amount of electricity generated by solar and helped increase the amount of wind generation by 32 percent from 2016 through 2019.
Accelerated construction of energy infrastructure to ensure American energy producers can deliver their products to the market.
Cut red tape holding back the construction of new energy infrastructure.
Authorized ethanol producers to sell E15 year-round and allowed higher-ethanol gasoline to be distributed from existing pumps at filling stations.
Ensured greater transparency and certainty in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
Negotiated leasing capacity in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Australia, providing American taxpayers a return on this infrastructure investment.
Signed an executive order directing Federal agencies to work together to diminish the capability of foreign adversaries to target our critical electric infrastructure.
Reformed Section 401 of the Clean Water Act regulation to allow for the curation of interstate infrastructure.
Resolved the OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) oil crisis during COVID-19 by getting OPEC, Russia, and others to cut nearly 10 million barrels of production a day, stabilizing world oil prices.
Directed the Department of Energy to use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to mitigate market volatility caused by COVID-19.
Investing in America’s Workers and Families
Affordable and high-quality Child Care for American workers and their families.
Doubled the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per child and expanded the eligibility for receiving the credit.
Nearly 40 million families benefitted from the child tax credit (CTC), receiving an average benefit of $2,200 – totaling credits of approximately $88 billion.
Signed the largest-ever increase in Child Care and Development Block Grants – expanding access to quality, affordable child care for more than 800,000 low-income families.
Secured an additional $3.5 billion in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help families and first responders with child care needs.
Created the first-ever paid family leave tax credit for employees earning $72,000 or less.
Signed into law 12-weeks of paid parental leave for Federal workers.
Signed into law a provision that enables new parents to withdraw up to $5,000 from their retirement accounts without penalty when they give birth to or adopt a child.
Advanced apprenticeship career pathways to good-paying jobs.
Expanded apprenticeships to more than 850,000 and established the new Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship programs in new and emerging fields.
Established the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board.
Over 460 companies have signed the Pledge to America’s Workers, committing to provide more than 16 million job and training opportunities.
Signed an executive order that directs the Federal government to replace outdated degree-based hiring with skills-based hiring.
Advanced women’s economic empowerment.
Included women’s empowerment for the first time in the President’s 2017 National Security Strategy.
Signed into law key pieces of legislation, including the Women, Peace, and Security Act and the Women Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act.
Launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative – the first-ever whole-of-government approach to women’s economic empowerment that has reached 24 million women worldwide.
Established an innovative new W-GDP Fund at USAID.
Launched the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) with 13 other nations.
Announced a $50 million donation on behalf of the United States to We-Fi providing more capital to women-owned businesses around the world.
Released the first-ever Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security, which focused on increasing women’s participation to prevent and resolve conflicts.
Launched the W-GDP 2x Global Women’s Initiative with the Development Finance Corporation, which has mobilized more than $3 billion in private sector investments over three years.
Ensured American leadership in technology and innovation.
First administration to name artificial intelligence, quantum information science, and 5G communications as national research and development priorities.
Launched the American Broadband Initiative to promote the rapid deployment of broadband internet across rural America.
Made 100 megahertz of crucial mid-band spectrum available for commercial operations, a key factor to driving widespread 5G access across rural America.
Launched the American AI Initiative to ensure American leadership in artificial intelligence (AI), and established the National AI Initiative Office at the White House.
Established the first-ever principles for Federal agency adoption of AI to improve services for the American people.
Signed the National Quantum Initiative Act establishing the National Quantum Coordination Office at the White House to drive breakthroughs in quantum information science.
Signed the Secure 5G and Beyond Act to ensure America leads the world in 5G.
Launched a groundbreaking program to test safe and innovative commercial drone operations nationwide.
Issued new rulemaking to accelerate the return of American civil supersonic aviation.
Committed to doubling investments in AI and quantum information science (QIS) research and development.
Announced the establishment of $1 billion AI and quantum research institutes across America.
Established the largest dual-use 5G test sites in the world to advance 5G commercial and military innovation.
Signed landmark Prague Principles with America’s allies to advance the deployment of secure 5G telecommunications networks.
Signed first-ever bilateral AI cooperation agreement with the United Kingdom.
Built collation among allies to ban Chinese Telecom Company Huawei from their 5G infrastructure.
Preserved American jobs for American workers and rejected the importation of cheap foreign labor.
Pressured the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to reverse their decision to lay off over 200 American workers and replace them with cheaper foreign workers.
Removed the TVA Chairman of the Board and a TVA Board Member.
Life-Saving Response to the China Virus
Restricted travel to the United States from infected regions of the world.
Suspended all travel from China, saving thousands of lives.
Required all American citizens returning home from designated outbreak countries to return through designated airports with enhanced screening measures, and to undergo a self-quarantine.
Announced further travel restrictions on Iran, the Schengen Area of Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil.
Issued travel advisory warnings recommending that American citizens avoid all international travel.
Reached bilateral agreements with Mexico and Canada to suspend non-essential travel and expeditiously return illegal aliens.
Repatriated over 100,000 American citizens stranded abroad on more than 1,140 flights from 136 countries and territories.
Safely transported, evacuated, treated, and returned home trapped passengers on cruise ships.
Took action to authorize visa sanctions on foreign governments who impede our efforts to protect American citizens by refusing or unreasonably delaying the return of their own citizens, subjects, or residents from the United States.
Acted early to combat the China Virus in the United States.
Established the White House Coronavirus Task Force, with leading experts on infectious diseases, to manage the Administration’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to keep workplaces safe.
Pledged in the State of the Union address to “take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from the Virus,” while the Democrats’ response made not a single mention of COVID-19 or even the threat of China.
Declared COVID-19 a National Emergency under the Stafford Act.
Established the 24/7 FEMA National Response Coordination Center.
Released guidance recommending containment measures critical to slowing the spread of the Virus, decompressing peak burden on hospitals and infrastructure, and diminishing health impacts.
Implemented strong community mitigation strategies to sharply reduce the number of lives lost in the United States down from experts’ projection of up to 2.2 million deaths in the United States without mitigation.
Halted American funding to the World Health Organization to counter its egregious bias towards China that jeopardized the safety of Americans.
Announced plans for withdrawal from the World Health Organization and redirected contribution funds to help meet global public health needs.
Called on the United Nations to hold China accountable for their handling of the virus, including refusing to be transparent and failing to contain the virus before it spread.
Re-purposed domestic manufacturing facilities to ensure frontline workers had critical supplies.
Distributed billions of pieces of Personal Protective Equipment, including gloves, masks, gowns, and face shields.
Invoked the Defense Production Act over 100 times to accelerate the development and manufacturing of essential material in the USA.
Made historic investments of more than $3 billion into the industrial base.
Contracted with companies such as Ford, General Motors, Philips, and General Electric to produce ventilators.
Contracted with Honeywell, 3M, O&M Halyard, Moldex, and Lydall to increase our Nation’s production of N-95 masks.
The Army Corps of Engineers built 11,000 beds, distributed 10,000 ventilators, and surged personnel to hospitals.
Converted the Javits Center in New York into a 3,000-bed hospital, and opened medical facilities in Seattle and New Orleans.
Dispatched the USNS Comfort to New York City, and the USNS Mercy to Los Angeles.
Deployed thousands of FEMA employees, National Guard members, and military forces to help in the response.
Provided support to states facing new emergences of the virus, including surging testing sites, deploying medical personnel, and advising on mitigation strategies.
Announced Federal support to governors for use of the National Guard with 100 percent cost-share.
Established the Supply Chain Task Force as a “control tower” to strategically allocate high-demand medical supplies and PPE to areas of greatest need.
Requested critical data elements from states about the status of hospital capacity, ventilators, and PPE.
Executed nearly 250 flights through Project Air Bridge to transport hundreds of millions of surgical masks, N95 respirators, gloves, and gowns from around the world to hospitals and facilities throughout the United States.
Signed an executive order invoking the Defense Production Act to ensure that Americans have a reliable supply of products like beef, pork, and poultry.
Stabilized the food supply chain restoring the Nation’s protein processing capacity through a collaborative approach with Federal, state, and local officials and industry partners.
The continued movement of food and other critical items of daily life distributed to stores and to American homes went unaffected.
Replenished the depleted Strategic National Stockpile.
Increased the number of ventilators nearly ten-fold to more than 153,000.
Despite the grim projections from the media and governors, no American who has needed a ventilator has been denied a ventilator.
Increased the number of N95 masks fourteen-fold to more than 176 million.
Issued an executive order ensuring critical medical supplies are produced in the United States.
Created the largest, most advanced, and most innovative testing system in the world.
Built the world’s leading testing system from scratch, conducting over 200 million tests – more than all of the European Union combined.
Engaged more than 400 test developers to increase testing capacity from less than 100 tests per day to more than 2 million tests per day.
Slashed red tape and approved Emergency Use Authorizations for more than 300 different tests, including 235 molecular tests, 63 antibody tests, and 11 antigen tests.
Delivered state-of-the-art testing devices and millions of tests to every certified nursing home in the country.
Announced more flexibility to Medicare Advantage and Part D plans to waive cost-sharing for tests.
Over 2,000 retail pharmacy stores, including CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens, are providing testing using new regulatory and reimbursement options.
Deployed tens of millions of tests to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribes, disaster relief operations, Home Health/Hospice organizations, and the Veterans Health Administration.
Began shipping 150 million BinaxNOW rapid tests to states, long-term care facilities, the IHS, HBCUs, and other key partners.
Pioneered groundbreaking treatments and therapies that reduced the mortality rate by 85 percent, saving over 2 million lives.
The United States has among the lowest case fatality rates in the entire world.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched the Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program to expedite the regulatory review process for therapeutics in clinical trials, accelerate the development and publication of industry guidance on developing treatments, and utilize regulatory flexibility to help facilitate the scaling-up of manufacturing capacity.
More than 370 therapies are in clinical trials and another 560 are in the planning stages.
Announced $450 million in available funds to support the manufacturing of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail.
Shipped tens of thousands of doses of the Regeneron drug.
Authorized an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for convalescent plasma.
Treated around 100,000 patients with convalescent plasma, which may reduce mortality by 50 percent.
Provided $48 million to fund the Mayo Clinic study that tested the efficacy of convalescent plasma for patients with COVID-19.
Made an agreement to support the large-scale manufacturing of AstraZeneca’s cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies.
Approved Remdesivir as the first COVID-19 treatment, which could reduce hospitalization time by nearly a third.
Secured more than 90 percent of the world’s supply of Remdesivir, enough to treat over 850,000 high-risk patients.
Granted an EUA to Eli Lilly for its anti-body treatments.
Finalized an agreement with Eli Lilly to purchase the first doses of the company’s investigational antibody therapeutic.
Provided up to $270 million to the American Red Cross and America’s Blood Centers to support the collection of up to 360,000 units of plasma.
Launched a nationwide campaign to ask patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma.
Announced Phase 3 clinical trials for varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed with COVID-19.
Issued an EUA for the monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab.
FDA issued an EUA for casirivimab and imdevimab to be administered together.
Launched the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium with private sector and academic leaders unleashing America’s supercomputers to accelerate coronavirus research.
Brought the full power of American medicine and government to produce a safe and effective vaccine in record time.
Launched Operation Warp Speed to initiate an unprecedented drive to develop and make available an effective vaccine by January 2021.
Pfizer and Moderna developed two vaccines in just nine months, five times faster than the fastest prior vaccine development in American history.
Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines are approximately 95 effective – far exceeding all expectations.
AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson also both have promising candidates in the final stage of clinical trials.
The vaccines will be administered within 24 hours of FDA-approval.
Made millions of vaccine doses available before the end of 2020, with hundreds of millions more to quickly follow.
FedEx and UPS will ship doses from warehouses directly to local pharmacies, hospitals, and healthcare providers.
Finalized a partnership with CVS and Walgreens to deliver vaccines directly to residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities as soon as a state requests it, at no cost to America’s seniors.
Signed an executive order to ensure that the United States government prioritizes getting the vaccine to American citizens before sending it to other nations.
Provided approximately $13 billion to accelerate vaccine development and to manufacture all of the top candidates in advance.
Provided critical investments of $4.1 billion to Moderna to support the development, manufacturing, and distribution of their vaccines.
Moderna announced its vaccine is 95 percent effective and is pending FDA approval.
Provided Pfizer up to $1.95 billion to support the mass-manufacturing and nationwide distribution of their vaccine candidate.
Pfizer announced its vaccine is 95 percent effective and is pending FDA approval.
Provided approximately $1 billion to support the manufacturing and distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine candidate.
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine candidate reached the final stage of clinical trials.
Made up to $1.2 billion available to support AstraZeneca’s vaccine candidate.
AstraZeneca’s vaccine candidate reached the final stage of clinical trials.
Made an agreement to support the large-scale manufacturing of Novavax’s vaccine candidate with 100 million doses expected.
Partnered with Sanofi and GSK to support large-scale manufacturing of a COVID-19 investigational vaccine.
Awarded $200 million in funding to support vaccine preparedness and plans for the immediate distribution and administration of vaccines.
Provided $31 million to Cytvia for vaccine-related consumable products.
Under the PREP Act, issued guidance authorizing qualified pharmacy technicians to administer vaccines.
Announced that McKesson Corporation will produce store, and distribute vaccine ancillary supply kits on behalf of the Strategic National Stockpile to help healthcare workers who will administer vaccines.
Announced partnership with large-chain, independent, and regional pharmacies to deliver vaccines.
Prioritized resources for the most vulnerable Americans, including nursing home residents.
Quickly established guidelines for nursing homes and expanded telehealth opportunities to protect vulnerable seniors.
Increased surveillance, oversight, and transparency of all 15,417 Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes by requiring them to report cases of COVID-19 to all residents, their families, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Required that all nursing homes test staff regularly.
Launched an unprecedented national nursing home training curriculum to equip nursing home staff with the knowledge they need to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Delivered $81 million for increased inspections and funded 35,000 members of the Nation Guard to deliver critical supplies to every Medicare-certified nursing homes.
Deployed Federal Task Force Strike Teams to provide onsite technical assistance and education to nursing homes experiencing outbreaks.
Distributed tens of billions of dollars in Provider Relief Funds to protect nursing homes, long-term care facilities, safety-net hospitals, rural hospitals, and communities hardest hit by the virus.
Released 1.5 million N95 respirators from the Strategic National Stockpile for distribution to over 3,000 nursing home facilities.
Directed the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council to refocus on underserved communities impacted by the coronavirus.
Required that testing results reported include data on race, gender, ethnicity, and ZIP code, to ensure that resources were directed to communities disproportionately harmed by the virus.
Ensured testing was offered at 95 percent of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), which serve over 29 million patients in 12,000 communities across the Nation.
Invested an unprecedented $8 billion in tribal communities.
Maintained safe access for Veterans to VA healthcare throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic and supported non-VA hospital systems and private and state-run nursing homes with VA clinical teams.
Signed legislation ensuring no reduction of VA education benefits under the GI Bill for online distance learning.
Supported Americans as they safely return to school and work.
Issued the Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a detailed blueprint to help governors as they began reopening the country. Focused on protecting the most vulnerable and mitigating the risk of any resurgence, while restarting the economy and allowing Americans to safely return to their jobs.
Helped Americans return to work by providing extensive guidance on workplace-safety measures to protect against COVID-19, and investigating over 10,000 coronavirus-related complaints and referrals.
Provided over $31 billion to support elementary and secondary schools.
Distributed 125 million face masks to school districts.
Provided comprehensive guidelines to schools on how to protect and identify high-risk individuals, prevent the spread of COVID-19, and conduct safe in-person teaching.
Brought back the safe return of college athletics, including Big Ten and Pac-12 football.
Rescued the American economy with nearly $3.4 trillion in relief, the largest financial aid package in history.
Secured an initial $8.3 billion Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Act, supporting the development of treatments and vaccines, and to procure critical medical supplies and equipment.
Signed the $100 billion Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, guaranteeing free coronavirus testing, emergency paid sick leave and family leave, Medicaid funding, and food assistance.
Signed the $2.3 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, providing unprecedented and immediate relief to American families, workers, and businesses.
Signed additional legislation providing nearly $900 billion in support for coronavirus emergency response and relief, including critically needed funds to continue the Paycheck Protection Program.
Signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, adding an additional $310 billion to replenish the program.
Delivered approximately 160 million relief payments to hardworking Americans.
Through the Paycheck Protection Program, approved over $525 billion in forgivable loans to more than 5.2 million small businesses, supporting more than 51 million American jobs.
The Treasury Department approved the establishment of the Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility to provide liquidity to the financial system.
The Treasury Department, working with the Federal Reserve, was able to leverage approximately $4 trillion in emergency lending facilities.
Signed an executive order extending expanded unemployment benefits.
Signed an executive order to temporarily suspend student loan payments, evictions, and collection of payroll taxes.
Small Business Administration expanded access to emergency economic assistance for small businesses, faith-based, and religious entities.
Protected jobs for American workers impacted by COVID-19 by temporarily suspending several job-related nonimmigrant visas, including H-1B’s, H-2B’s without a nexus to the food-supply chain, certain H-4’s, as well as L’s and certain J’s.
Great Healthcare for Americans
Empowered American patients by greatly expanding healthcare choice, transparency, and affordability.
Eliminated the Obamacare individual mandate – a financial relief to low and middle-income households that made up nearly 80 percent of the families who paid the penalty for not wanting to purchase health insurance.
Increased choice for consumers by promoting competition in the individual health insurance market leading to lower premiums for three years in a row.
Under the Trump Administration, more than 90 percent of the counties have multiple options on the individual insurance market to choose from.
Offered Association Health Plans, which allow employers to pool together and offer more affordable, quality health coverage to their employees at up to 30 percent lower cost.
Increased availability of short-term, limited-duration health plans, which can cost up to 60 percent less than traditional plans, giving Americans more flexibility to choose plans that suit their needs.
Expanded Health Reimbursement Arrangements, allowing millions of Americans to be able to shop for a plan of their choice on the individual market, and then have their employer cover the cost.
Added 2,100 new Medicare Advantage plan options since 2017, a 76 percent increase.
Lowered Medicare Advantage premiums by 34 percent nationwide to the lowest level in 14 years. Medicare health plan premium savings for beneficiaries have totaled $nearly 1.5 billion since 2017.
Improved access to tax-free health savings accounts for individuals with chronic conditions.
Eliminated costly Obamacare taxes, including the health insurance tax, the medical device tax, and the “Cadillac tax.”
Worked with states to create more flexibility and relief from oppressive Obamacare regulations, including reinsurance waivers to help lower premiums.
Released legislative principles to end surprise medical billing.
Finalized requirements for unprecedented price transparency from hospitals and insurance companies so patients know what the cost is before they receive care.
Took action to require that hospitals make the prices they negotiate with insurers publicly available and easily accessible online.
Improved patients access to their health data by penalizing hospitals and causing clinicians to lose their incentive payments if they do not comply.
Expanded access to telehealth, especially in rural and underserved communities.
Increased Medicare payments to rural hospitals to stem a decade of rising closures and deliver enhanced access to care in rural areas.
Issued unprecedented reforms that dramatically lowered the price of prescription drugs.
Lowered drug prices for the first time in 51 years.
Launched an initiative to stop global freeloading in the drug market.
Finalized a rule to allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada.
Finalized the Most Favored Nation Rule to ensure that pharmaceutical companies offer the same discounts to the United States as they do to other nations, resulting in an estimated $85 billion in savings over seven years and $30 billion in out-of-pocket costs alone.
Proposed a rule requiring federally funded health centers to pass drug company discounts on insulin and Epi-Pens directly to patients.
Ended the gag clauses that prevented pharmacists from informing patients about the best prices for the medications they need.
Ended the costly kickbacks to middlemen and ensured that patients directly benefit from available discounts at the pharmacy counter, saving Americans up to 30 percent on brand name pharmaceuticals.
Enhanced Part D plans to provide many seniors with Medicare access to a broad set of insulins at a maximum $35 copay for a month’s supply of each type of insulin.
Reduced Medicare Part D prescription drug premiums, saving beneficiaries nearly $2 billion in premium costs since 2017.
Ended the Unapproved Drugs Initiative, which provided market exclusivity to generic drugs.
Promoted research and innovation in healthcare to ensure that American patients have access to the best treatment in the world.
Signed first-ever executive order to affirm that it is the official policy of the United States Government to protect patients with pre-existing conditions.
Passed Right To Try to give terminally ill patients access to lifesaving cures.
Signed an executive order to fight kidney disease with more transplants and better treatment.
Signed into law a $1 billion increase in funding for critical Alzheimer’s research.
Accelerated medical breakthroughs in genetic treatments for Sickle Cell disease.
Finalized the interoperability rules that will give American patients access to their electronic health records on their phones.
Initiated an effort to provide $500 million over the next decade to improve pediatric cancer research.
Launched a campaign to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America in the next decade.
Started a program to provide the HIV prevention drug PrEP to uninsured patients for free.
Signed an executive order and awarded new development contracts to modernize the influenza vaccine.
Protected our Nation’s seniors by safeguarding and strengthening Medicare.
Updated the way Medicare pays for innovative medical products to ensure beneficiaries have access to the latest innovation and treatment.
Reduced improper payments for Medicare an estimated $15 billion since 2016 protecting taxpayer dollars and leading to less fraud, waste, and abuse.
Took rapid action to combat antimicrobial resistance and secure access to life-saving new antibiotic drugs for American seniors, by removing several financial disincentives and setting policies to reduce inappropriate use.
Launched new online tools, including eMedicare, Blue Button 2.0, and Care Compare, to help seniors see what is covered, compare costs, streamline data, and compare tools available on Medicare.gov.
Provided new Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits, including modifications to help keep seniors safe in their homes, respite care for caregivers, non-opioid pain management alternatives like therapeutic massages, transportation, and more in-home support services and assistance.
Protected Medicare beneficiaries by removing Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards, a project completed ahead of schedule.
Unleashed unprecedented transparency in Medicare and Medicaid data to spur research and innovation.
Remaking the Federal Judiciary
Appointed a historic number of Federal judges who will interpret the Constitution as written.
Nominated and confirmed over 230 Federal judges.
Confirmed 54 judges to the United States Courts of Appeals, making up nearly a third of the entire appellate bench.
Filled all Court of Appeals vacancies for the first time in four decades.
Flipped the Second, Third, and Eleventh Circuits from Democrat-appointed majorities to Republican-appointed majorities. And dramatically reshaped the long-liberal Ninth Circuit.
Appointed three Supreme Court justices, expanding its conservative-appointed majority to 6-3.
Appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.
Appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Achieving a Secure Border
Secured the Southern Border of the United States.
Built over 400 miles of the world’s most robust and advanced border wall.
Illegal crossings have plummeted over 87 percent where the wall has been constructed.
Deployed nearly 5,000 troops to the Southern border. In addition, Mexico deployed tens of thousands of their own soldiers and national guardsmen to secure their side of the US-Mexico border.
Ended the dangerous practice of Catch-and-Release, which means that instead of aliens getting released into the United States pending future hearings never to be seen again, they are detained pending removal, and then ultimately returned to their home countries.
Entered into three historic asylum cooperation agreements with Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to stop asylum fraud and resettle illegal migrants in third-party nations pending their asylum applications.
Entered into a historic partnership with Mexico, referred to as the “Migrant Protection Protocols,” to safely return asylum-seekers to Mexico while awaiting hearings in the United States.
Fully enforced the immigration laws of the United States.
Signed an executive order to strip discretionary Federal grant funding from deadly sanctuary cities.
Fully enforced and implemented statutorily authorized “expedited removal” of illegal aliens.
The Department of Justice prosecuted a record-breaking number of immigration-related crimes.
Used Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to reduce the number of aliens coming from countries whose governments refuse to accept their nationals who were ordered removed from the United States.
Ended asylum fraud, shut down human smuggling traffickers, and solved the humanitarian crisis across the Western Hemisphere.
Suspended, via regulation, asylum for aliens who had skipped previous countries where they were eligible for asylum but opted to “forum shop” and continue to the United States.
Safeguarded migrant families, and protected migrant safety, by promulgating new regulations under the Flores Settlement Agreement.
Proposed regulations to end the practice of giving free work permits to illegal aliens lodging meritless asylum claims.
Issued “internal relocation” guidance.
Cross-trained United States Border Patrol agents to conduct credible fear screenings alongside USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) adjudication personnel to reduce massive backlogs.
Streamlined and expedited the asylum hearing process through both the Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR) and the Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP).
Launched the Family Fraud Initiative to identify hundreds of individuals who were fraudulently presenting themselves as family units at the border, oftentimes with trafficking children, in order to ensure child welfare.
Improved screening in countries with high overstay rates and reduced visa overstay rates in many of these countries.
Removed bureaucratic constraints on United States consular officers that reduced their ability to appropriately vet visa applicants.
Worked with Mexico and other regional partners to dismantle the human smuggling networks in our hemisphere that profit from human misery and fuel the border crisis by exploiting vulnerable populations.
Secured our Nation’s immigration system against criminals and terrorists.
Instituted national security travel bans to keep out terrorists, jihadists, and violent extremists, and implemented a uniform security and information-sharing baseline all nations must meet in order for their nationals to be able to travel to, and emigrate to, the United States.
Suspended refugee resettlement from the world’s most dangerous and terror-afflicted regions.
Rebalanced refugee assistance to focus on overseas resettlement and burden-sharing.
85 percent reduction in refugee resettlement.
Overhauled badly-broken refugee security screening process.
Required the Department of State to consult with states and localities as part of the Federal government’s refugee resettlement process.
Issued strict sanctions on countries that have failed to take back their own nationals.
Established the National Vetting Center, which is the most advanced and comprehensive visa screening system anywhere in the world.
Protected American workers and taxpayers.
Issued a comprehensive “public charge” regulation to ensure newcomers to the United States are financially self-sufficient and not reliant on welfare.
Created an enforcement mechanism for sponsor repayment and deeming, to ensure that people who are presenting themselves as sponsors are actually responsible for sponsor obligations.
Issued regulations to combat the horrendous practice of “birth tourism.”
Issued a rule with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make illegal aliens ineligible for public housing.
Issued directives requiring Federal agencies to hire United States workers first and prioritizing the hiring of United States workers wherever possible.
Suspended the entry of low-wage workers that threaten American jobs.
Finalized new H-1B regulations to permanently end the displacement of United States workers and modify the administrative tools that are required for H-1B visa issuance.
Defended United States sovereignty by withdrawing from the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration.
Suspended Employment Authorization Documents for aliens who arrive illegally between ports of entry and are ordered removed from the United States.
Restored integrity to the use of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by strictly adhering to the statutory conditions required for TPS.
Restoring American Leadership Abroad
Restored America’s leadership in the world and successfully negotiated to ensure our allies pay their fair share for our military protection.
Secured a $400 billion increase in defense spending from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies by 2024, and the number of members meeting their minimum obligations more than doubled.
Credited by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for strengthening NATO.
Worked to reform and streamline the United Nations (UN) and reduced spending by $1.3 billion.
Allies, including Japan and the Republic of Korea, committed to increase burden-sharing.
Protected our Second Amendment rights by announcing the United States will never ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
Returned 56 hostages and detainees from more than 24 countries.
Worked to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific region, promoting new investments and expanding American partnerships.
Advanced peace through strength.
Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Nuclear Deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the Iranian Regime.
Conducted vigorous enforcement on all sanctions to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero and deny the regime its principal source of revenue.
First president to meet with a leader of North Korea and the first sitting president to cross the demilitarized zone into North Korea.
Maintained a maximum pressure campaign and enforced tough sanctions on North Korea while negotiating de-nuclearization, the release of American hostages, and the return of the remains of American heroes.
Brokered economic normalization between Serbia and Kosovo, bolstering peace in the Balkans.
Signed the Honk Kong Autonomy Act and ended the United States’ preferential treatment with Hong Kong to hold China accountable for its infringement on the autonomy of Hong Kong.
Led allied efforts to defeat the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to control the international telecommunications system.
Renewed our cherished friendship and alliance with Israel and took historic action to promote peace in the Middle East.
Recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel and quickly moved the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Acknowledged Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and declared that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are not inconsistent with international law.
Removed the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to the group’s blatant anti-Israel bias.
Brokered historic peace agreements between Israel and Arab-Muslim countries, including the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Sudan.
In addition, the United States negotiated a normalization agreement between Israel and Morocco, and recognized Moroccan Sovereignty over the entire Western Sahara, a position with long standing bipartisan support.
Brokered a deal for Kosovo to normalize ties and establish diplomatic relations with Israel.
Announced that Serbia would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
First American president to address an assembly of leaders from more than 50 Muslim nations, and reach an agreement to fight terrorism in all its forms.
Established the Etidal Center to combat terrorism in the Middle East in conjunction with the Saudi Arabian Government.
Announced the Vision for Peace Political Plan – a two-state solution that resolves the risks of Palestinian statehood to Israel’s security, and the first time Israel has agreed to a map and a Palestinian state.
Released an economic plan to empower the Palestinian people and enhance Palestinian governance through historic private investment.
Stood up against Communism and Socialism in the Western Hemisphere.
Reversed the previous Administration’s disastrous Cuba policy, canceling the sellout deal with the Communist Castro dictatorship.
Pledged not to lift sanctions until all political prisoners are freed; freedoms of assembly and expression are respected; all political parties are legalized; and free elections are scheduled.
Enacted a new policy aimed at preventing American dollars from funding the Cuban regime, including stricter travel restrictions and restrictions on the importation of Cuban alcohol and tobacco.
Implemented a cap on remittances to Cuba.
Enabled Americans to file lawsuits against persons and entities that traffic in property confiscated by the Cuban regime.
First world leader to recognize Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela and led a diplomatic coalition against the Socialist Dictator of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro.
Blocked all property of the Venezuelan Government in the jurisdiction of the United States.
Cut off the financial resources of the Maduro regime and sanctioned key sectors of the Venezuelan economy exploited by the regime.
Brought criminal charges against Nicolas Maduro for his narco-terrorism.
Imposed stiff sanctions on the Ortega regime in Nicaragua.
Joined together with Mexico and Canada in a successful bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, with 60 matches to be held in the United States.
Won bid to host the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
Colossal Rebuilding of the Military
Rebuilt the military and created the Sixth Branch, the United States Space Force.
Completely rebuilt the United States military with over $2.2 trillion in defense spending, including $738 billion for 2020.
Secured three pay raises for our service members and their families, including the largest raise in a decade.
Established the Space Force, the first new branch of the United States Armed Forces since 1947.
Modernized and recapitalized our nuclear forces and missile defenses to ensure they continue to serve as a strong deterrent.
Upgraded our cyber defenses by elevating the Cyber Command into a major warfighting command and by reducing burdensome procedural restrictions on cyber operations.
Vetoed the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act, which failed to protect our national security, disrespected the history of our veterans and military, and contradicted our efforts to put America first.
Defeated terrorists, held leaders accountable for malign actions, and bolstered peace around the world.
Defeated 100 percent of ISIS’ territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
Freed nearly 8 million civilians from ISIS’ bloodthirsty control, and liberated Mosul, Raqqa, and the final ISIS foothold of Baghuz.
Killed the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and eliminated the world’s top terrorist, Qasem Soleimani.
Created the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) in partnership between the United States and its Gulf partners to combat extremist ideology and threats, and target terrorist financial networks, including over 60 terrorist individuals and entities spanning the globe.
Twice took decisive military action against the Assad regime in Syria for the barbaric use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians, including a successful 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles strike.
Authorized sanctions against bad actors tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
Negotiated an extended ceasefire with Turkey in northeast Syria.
Addressed gaps in American’s defense-industrial base, providing much-needed updates to improve the safety of our country.
Protected America’s defense-industrial base, directing the first whole-of-government assessment of our manufacturing and defense supply chains since the 1950s.
Took decisive steps to secure our information and communications technology and services supply chain, including unsafe mobile applications.
Completed several multi-year nuclear material removal campaigns, securing over 1,000 kilograms of highly enriched uranium and significantly reducing global nuclear threats.
Signed an executive order directing Federal agencies to work together to diminish the capability of foreign adversaries to target our critical electric infrastructure.
Established a whole-of-government strategy addressing the threat posed by China’s malign efforts targeting the United States taxpayer-funded research and development ecosystem.
Advanced missile defense capabilities and regional alliances.
Bolstered the ability of our allies and partners to defend themselves through the sale of aid and military equipment.
Signed the largest arms deal ever, worth nearly $110 billion, with Saudi Arabia.
Serving and Protecting Our Veterans
Reformed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve care, choice, and employee accountability.
Signed and implemented the VA Mission Act, which made permanent Veterans CHOICE, revolutionized the VA community care system, and delivered quality care closer to home for Veterans.
The number of Veterans who say they trust VA services has increased 19 percent to a record 91 percent, an all-time high.
Offered same-day emergency mental health care at every VA medical facility, and secured $9.5 billion for mental health services in 2020.
Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017, which ensured that veterans could continue to see the doctor of their choice and wouldn’t have to wait for care.
During the Trump Administration, millions of veterans have been able to choose a private doctor in their communities.
Expanded Veterans’ ability to access telehealth services, including through the “Anywhere to
NO, "President Donald Trump accomplished very few good things during his time in office"
Now, let's go through your list of mostly false claims:
"Unprecedented Economic Boom" - which was simply a continuation of Obama's 'Unprecedented Economic Boom'
"we built the world’s most prosperous economy." - he didn't BUILD anything, our economy was already the "the world’s most prosperous economy."
"America gained 7 million new jobs" - Obama did better by several million over the same time period. Also, had Trump done a competent job with the pandemic, he wouldn't have lost so many jobs.
"Middle-Class family income increased nearly $6,000 – more than five times the gains during the entire previous administration." - FALSE. 1) there is no such thing as Middle-Class family income and 2) the measure you probably meant is the Real Median Household Income. Measured from the Great Recession's low point to Sep 2019 (the last official data), both Obama and Trump achieved a $5,300 (2015 $) increase. That translates into a 10% increase for Obama and 9% for Trump)
Let's pick up where I left off with Read's alternate universe:
"The unemployment rate reached 3.5 percent, the lowest in a half-century. TRUE, he did extend the steep decline started by Obama
Achieved 40 months in a row with more job openings than job-hiring's [TRUE as well, but it is an extension of the 22 straight months from Obama after he saved us from the Great Recession.[/i].
More Americans reported being employed than ever before – nearly 160 million." A misleading and meaningless statistic so long as the population keeps growing.
"Jobless claims hit a nearly 50-year low." - TRUE, thank you President Obama for getting it started
"The number of people claiming unemployment insurance as a share of the population hit its lowest on record." - AS OF WHAT DATE?
"Incomes rose in every single metro area in the United States for the first time in nearly 3 decades." - FALSE
How come you are not defending your false or misleading claims??
"Delivered a future of greater promise and opportunity for citizens of all backgrounds." - FALSE, what about ALL minorities being left behind as income inequality explodes
"Income inequality fell for two straight years, and by the largest amount in over a decade." - FALSE - it rose
"The bottom 50 percent of American households saw a 40 percent increase in net worth." - FALSE - it declined under Trump
"Wages rose fastest for low-income and blue collar workers – a 16 percent pay increase." - FALSE Under Obama, hourly wage growth averaged 1.5%, under Trump, a measly 0.9%
One of these days you'll learn to tell the truth.
I am proud to say I was aware of most of hat you posted. Too bad so many slept through Trump's term in office. He clearly was a president that was a great problem solver and made most of it look so simple. The media did a superb job leading many around by the nose so to say. Clearly not you, and I can proudly say not me...
LOL, you do well with sarcasm, Sharlee. You make me laugh.
All of what Mike posted is factual... Every word. You just missed four years.
After reading this thread I have to admit, I have enjoyed the Democrat responses. President Donald Trump lives rent free in your head. If you find a therapist offering help with Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), I suggest you invest in the help they are offering. To say that he is an obsession with the left is an understatement. Keep posting. I'm enjoying this. Maybe focus on how your guy Biden is screwing up on an immense level. Now there is a challenge.
And they can line up for treatment right behind Biden... The funny thing, yes Biden is screwing upon an immense level. But the media is keeping it hidden well. It's clear we have American's that care little about the disaster Biden is creating.
Take a good look at this thread. The Democrats worked hard to commit election fraud on an impressive scale to get Joe Biden elected. Now, they can't deal with the fact of what they did to elect someone with dementia and a VP who is a communist. So, what do the Democrats do? They ignore the situation and attack President Donald Trump who has been out of office for months.
It is so sad to see this is all they have. If you take President Donald Trump away from them, they have to deal with what they've done. Neither the Democrats OR the mainstream media can deal with the reality of the Biden administration. I think in the world of psychology this is known as group denial. Sooooo sad.
I think the media can handle what they've done just fine, they worked hard for four years to make it so.
The media is nothing but propaganda for the "establishment" they do not exist other than to make profit and serve the corporate interests that own them. And these days, their making profit was sacrificed to ensure that the "establishment" puppets were put back in control of the country.
As for the people who deluded themselves into thinking Biden was a savior and that he would make their lives better (as opposed to worse) that is another matter entirely.
I agree with every word. But this so-called savior is quickly is demolishing America before our eyes, and those that voted for him are floating around unaware. Unaware of the destructive policies he is and will ram through congress. It's a huge problem. I do realize many want Government overreach and don't strive for anything but a hand out, but what about those that are unwilling to take handouts, but strive for better?
"The media is nothing but propaganda " - you do know you are speaking of Fox, Newsmax, and OAN, don't you, Ken?
Mainstream media does a very good job of reporting the facts.
I bet you will be saying that about Biden after four years of economic growth. It is interesting that Americans think highly of Biden and think Trump is a dangerous fool.
The Democrats have worked hard at voter fraud for years. It took Trump to point the finger. I mean just look at Hillary with the Russian dossier. No nothing new. It was clear Biden had dementia problems throughout his run for the primary. There is no mistake the Dem's now clear they were going to put a shell of a man in the White House. Our society was ripe to vote for anyone other than Trump. Does not say much for our society, does it?
Group denial, groupthink call it what you please, it's clear it is a growing problem. And more than sad --- dangerous.
Then why, Sharlee, are the only ones caught at voter fraud Trump supporters? As to the rest of this comment, it is simply idiotic and untrue.. Now I am starting to think you even think Trump won the election, lol.
One of these days I pray you get your facts straight.
My comment is my opinion. I get my facts straight and as a rule give good proof of the facts I present, unless it's my opinion of course. You are steeped in media mistruths, and just about say anything without any form of proof to back up your claims. It makes it very hard to have any forth of conversation.
There you go proving you live in an alternate reality again since none of what you just said is true.
In my opinion, Biden has made some very serious mistakes in his first months.
Such as? And how are they mistakes, serious or otherwise.
The only one I consider a mistake is not being transparent with the border problem.
Let's start here. Joe has been a busy bee
https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-bid … SL1N2LM26G
https://www.usnews.com/news/business/ar … l-pipeline
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/keystone-p … sue-biden/
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/ … nistration
Epic Blunder ... But that's going to be Bedens' new middle name. Joe Blunder Biden
Three were the about the same topic - protecting the environment from climate change - always a bad move in conservative minds but GREAT for the rest of the world.
The last is about stopping Trump's inhumane immigration policies - of course conservatives are upset about that.
You mean the inhumane immigration laws (not policies) Congress passed? The ones that every president swears to uphold? The ones that are so similar in separating children from criminal parents that we see it done every day to American children?
All of my links offered non-bias information on the subject. Facts as they stand thus far on Biden's latest blunder, and how individual states are suing the Biden administration. The subject being Fourteen U.S. states sue the Biden administration over oil and gas leasing pauses. And yes, the one article was to point out the other big blunder he created on the border. He's the president, not Trump. Biden has created a disaster in my view, and he in no way will be able to control this mess.
It would appear you approve of his halting oil and gas leasing pauses, hoping to please the rest of the world. I would hope you have checked just how other countries are not in any respect keeping up their commitments to the Paris Climate accord. It's nothing but an organization in name and has gotten little results.
"All of my links offered non-bias information on the subject." ???
Yes, as I said, three of your links talked about Biden trying to make a difference with climate change.
Yes, I do approve of pausing and even halting NEW leases on FEDERAL land. You should to to help save the planet. Why not put those resources into now PROVEN renewable energy rather than relying on deadly fossil fuels?
Actually, most other countries are doing a whole lot more than America is in keeping up on their commitments. What is wrong with America in its purposeful failure to do so. ESPECIALLY, since we are the #1 or #2 polluter in the world.
Results from the Paris Climate Accord? How do you get results when the first or second biggest polluter pulls out?? What kind of message does that send to others do you think?
In this unbiased source - https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12 … it-working
If a grade is awarded to the Paris pact “based on whether we have any prospect of meeting a 2°C target, from that point of view, it’s probably a D or an F,” says Michael Oppenheimer, a climate scientist and policy expert at Princeton University. But at the same time, he says, the pact has made a “real difference” by helping make climate change “a top concern of all countries.”
Why do you think he grades it D or F? Could it be because of Trump pulling out and making things worse? I think so.
Also, apparently you agree with Trump's inhumane immigration policies since you think Bidden stopping them is a serious mistake"
BTW, you forgot to mention that is is 14 REPUBLICAN states.
?? Does that mean that Biden is intentionally targeting Republican states to pay the cost of his pie-in-the-sky green initiatives?
Biden is the current president. He SHOULD be the topic of discussions. He actions should be debated.
And so should Trump since he ]b] is still a clear and present danger to the national security of America.[/b]
Yes, and Biden scored impressive gains on the job front today with jobless claims tumbling to a one-year low.
The difference, of course, is that the Biden-haters don't have a good reason since Biden doesn't represent a threat to national security as Trump did and does.
Don't know where you came up with the Most People blurb.
But, Biden did talk about doing --- a. regarding testing
b. regarding tracing'
I can find no evidence he has actually done anything more than talk about it. There will always be people that. blindly listen to words and believe them. There will always be people that want more than words, but actual deeds.
Joe does provide lots of words that are well thought out, and neatly written for him to read -- but so far Zero deeds.
Sharlee, when all you do is listen to Trump's propaganda networks, of course you will not get the TRUTH.
Testing - "In addition, as testing has steadily increased to around 2 million per day, so has the need for tracing. " - Why didn't Trump do that? Because it would make him look bad
Contact Tracing - "Biden proposes hiring 100,000 people nationwide as part of a new public health jobs corps. " (Keep in mind, Biden is not king like Trump wanted to be. He actually has to follow the law and process) - Why didn't Trump do that? Because it would make him look bad
https://khn.org/news/article/as-pandemi … -boost-it/
DEED 1: "Biden directed federal agencies to use “all available legal authorities” to combat supply chain shortages, including invoking the Defense Production Act, which can ramp up production of supplies like personal protective equipment, testing kits and syringes for vaccinations."
DEED 2: "He established a pandemic testing board to increase testing capacity and a Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force to fix imbalances in the populations who are getting vaccinated, and directed federal agencies to accelerate the development of new Covid-19 treatments."
DEED 3: An executive order mandates face masks on interstate public transportation like airplanes and trains, as well as in airports, and requires international travelers to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country.
DEED 4: "Biden increased state reimbursements for the National Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including having FEMA reimburse schools for coronavirus-related expenses like cleaning and PPE, and took action to improve how public health data is collected."
DEED 5: "Biden issued a national security directive aimed at working with global partners on Covid-19, including the World Health Organization (WHO)"
DEED 6: "Biden directed the federal education and health departments to establish guidelines for safely reopening schools, and ordered new guidelines around workplace safety and directed federal agencies to “explore mechanisms” to better protect workers from Covid-19."
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurk … 54391e16b3
Don't you feel silly now sticking with and repeating the false conservative mantra that Biden is all words? They (you) must have gotten use to that from Trump and just assumed Biden would do as poorly as Trump did.
Now, because of what Biden has actually done, we are looking at herd immunity by maybe July. If Trump were still president, it would probably never happen because "it would make him look bad".
I think this bashing of Trump has been going on for too long. It should stop. He was infinitely better than the present incumbent who has sold his soul to China.
Why? Should we stop bashing Hitler even though he is dead? God, I hope not because one ALWAYS has to remember horror so as not to repeat it.
With Trump, the horror he visited on America is multifold ending with coming up just short of destroying our democracy - and he is still trying to destroy it What is worse is that he announced his intentions in 2015 and Trump supporters and Trump enablers like Lindsey Graham, Tom Cotton, Mitch McConnell, Mo Brooks, the idiot from MO. and a host of others all helped him do it.
Why did the Trump Crime Family derive so much money from China??
https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexand … 7471a6ed11
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tommybeer/ … s-elected/
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04 … owned-bank
You should focus on the REAL enemy of the state - Donald J. Trump.
Emge, I'm afraid there are certain people in the left political spectrum who have developed a psychological impairment known as “Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).
This is a actual mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their dislike of Donald Trump. No amount of facts, truth or reality will enable them to see anything positive about the former president.
The sad thing is, it has only gotten worse with many people since he's left office. There is help available if only they would seek it.
It's difficult to have a sane and rational discussion with them.
Ken got me thinking about his zealot comment. Until fanatical Trump supporters such as Read and Wilderness and Ken openly admit that Trump 1) Trump lost the election, 2) Trump has been and still is propagating the BIG LIE about the election, 3) Trump brought all of the pieces together for the insurrection to happen, and 4) Trump lied about where his father was born, then there is no point in engaging with zealots for they have no hold on reality. It is like trying to engage with Neo-Nazi-types who still think Hitler had the right idea or those conservatives who think the 13th Amendment should not have passed, they are simply irrational.
Until fanatical Trump supporters such as Read and Wilderness and Ken openly admit that Trump......
My Esoteric, how long are you prepared to wait until hell freezes over?
Lol, that was my thought. The zealots are those who still think Trump the Lying Insurrectuinist was good for America.
Wilderness writes, speaking of the insurrection: "... most of them were simply there for a good time anyway."
Is it any wonder nobody pays him any mind, LOL?
Didn't care to debate whether CHAZ was "insurrection", eh?
Can't say as I blame you - I wouldn't either after I had claimed the Capital riot was insurrection.
I don't debate nonsense, deflection, and fanatical disbelief of real facts.
Now this is not nonsense, deflection, and fanatical disbelief - TWO Capitol policemen are trying to hold Trump accountable for the insurrection by suing him for inciting the crowd that 'hugged and kissed them" causing physical and emotional harm. One of thousands, I hope.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/politics … index.html
Anything - anything at all - to keep Trump out of the White House in 2024, right?
Two bogus impeachment attempts and one years long bogus investigation didn't do it - perhaps bogus lawsuits from other TDS sufferers will accomplish the goal.
The hate is strong in some.
When you start speaking the truth, I can start responding. But these lies of yours deserve no response.
That's all right - I don't find much use in seeing "TRUMP BAD MAN!" in response to every comment.
The forum is becoming a very quiet place in part I feel due to some can't move on and discuss other political subjects. We have so much going on in the country at this very moment, and some just can't find the fortitude to converse on today's news. It would seem TDS is a disease that is incurable in some cases.
I would agree TDS seems incurable since I know of few die-hard Trump supporters who can look past his lies and deceit. They are forever lost under Trump's spell.
They have POST-TDS, Sharlee. Trump is gone but still the.......OBSESSION.....the OBSESSION with Trump.
More proof from GM they live in a fantasy world believing in a condition they made up to describe people who are worried about the damage Trump has done and will do to America. .
Sounds to me you are successfully equating being a patriot with caring about the health of our nation because we speak out about a clear and present danger to our existence as a democracy - a concept those accuse others of having this fake-TDS don't seem to care about.
Shall I coin a term that describes you BDS or maybe DDS?
You might go back and look at the title of the forum. It is all about Trump, the BAD MAN (which is being kind in my opinion)
Looking at it the other way, since Trump does extremely little that is good, what else is there to discuss other than his latest lie?
Perhaps the relative success/failure of the current vs last administration about border control?
And at this point in time, Biden is doing better than Trump was in 2019 after two years of trying. Further, Biden is not killing people through neglect or taking kids out of mother's arms. In short, Biden is acting humane given the deplorable conditions Trump left him, while Trump was clearly inhumane.
And he's letting anyone in that wants in. You may declare that better than enforcing our laws but I don't. You may also declare that it is good for our country, and it's citizens, to support tens of thousands of illegal aliens but I disagree there, too.
+1000000000000. Wilderness, these illegals will only further immobilize what is left of our economy. As I have stated ad infinitum, Biden is turning our wonderful country into a cesspool. In four years, we won't recognize America. In essence, the Democrats are turning America into one BIG, FAT WELFARE state.
But the Democrat party will be firmly entrenched in the power seat with millions of illegals providing a strong base. That, rather than improving and growing our country and it's citizens seems to be the goal.
As normal, you have things bass-ackwards. It is Trump who HAS turned American into a cesspool and it is Biden who is trying to drain the swamp Trump created.
LOL The swamp was there long before Trump was elected. Long before he announced he would run, and long before Obama took office, for that matter.
The "swamp" was the primary reason he won the election, though. You know; the swamp he created after the election was the reason he was elected. Makes good sense, right?
Yeah, I think someone needs to do some research into the phrase "drain the swamp" and discover it has been around since the late 1800s.
While I agree there was a so-called "swamp" prior to Trump, he made it much deeper and smellier. And no, the so-called "swamp" was NOT the primary reason Trump was elected. Trump was elected because of bad campaigning by Clinton, Comey, and the Russians as well as giving voice to the latent racism and xenophobia that so many Americans still harbor.
If Hillary had listened to Bill rather than her campaign manager OR Comey had kept his mouth shut OR the Russians hadn't attacked us on behalf of Trump, America would be much, much, much better than it is now - even given the pandemic.
OH, BTW - Biden added almost 1,000,000 jobs in his first month as president.
Where does that "1,000,000" come from?
Most sources reference 379,000 new jobs in February. And those were mostly credited to be the result of reduced Covid-19 restrictions for service industry businesses—not any presidential actions.
That would be correct; those jobs were "created" by governors, mayors and local governments. They had nothing at all to do with Biden.
I will grant you, though, that Biden's infrastructure bill will create jobs if it works (unlike the "job ready" projects under Obama). At least it will if you don't mind paying 4T for 1T worth of work.
Steady now. That is a whole 'nother topic. One I hope will come.
I haven't dug into this new bill yet, but if the media blurbs are even near accurate, we are being sold a 2 trillion dollar bill of goods.
Consider this, when folks hear "infrastructure" they think of stuff like roads and bridges, electric grids, etc. But, if the media pundits are right only 5% to 15% of that 2 trillion dollar package is targeted to real infrastructure spending.
I think this will be a very interesting new thread that has good non-partisan possibilities. If we can find a common understanding of what "infrastructure" means.
You have an opinion on why Trump was elected. So do I, and it does NOT include "poor campaigning" by the opposition. Nor did the Russian social media posts swing the tide, for that matter.
Trump was elected, pure and simple, because people in this country are absolutely fed up with the power struggle on Capital Hill - the struggle that has created the swamp there.
The majority of the Job's report numbers are from people returning to work coming off unemployment. The jobs report was really wonderful today... But these are not Job's that Biden can in any respect take credit for. Realistically we have no way of knowing when a person was hired for a job, could have been on any past President's time in office. The job's report should be good for some time due to people returning to their jobs.
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases the Employment Situation Summary, otherwise known as the employment or jobs report, at 8:30 a.m. EST on the first Friday of every month.1 The report is based on the Current Populations Survey of households and the Current Employment Statistics Survey of employers. It estimates the number of people employed and unemployed in the economy, the number of hours they worked (plus a myriad of related figures)." source -- https://www.investopedia.com/articles/04/092204.asp
Didn't you see the gallows, uh, I mean swing set they erected? Get real, man....
They didn't really mean it - after all, these are "patriotic Americans" who invaded the Capitol. You know, the ones police don't harass because of their skin color.
Since these were non-violent whites beating the police over the head with bike racks, flag poles, shields they stole from the police, etc (non-weapons according to the Right-wing), they don't deserve the same sort of retaliation peaceful black protestors get, let alone the criminals that tag along to set a few fires.
No, no - these are peace loving white Americans calling black cops all sorts of despicable names, ones that even Trump won't use in public. These are the people the Right tells us to be Proud of, lol.
Here is another example of a person people like Trump and Hawley and Cotton and Graham and the Trump supporters on this forum think of as a non-violent, patriotic who love and hug the police
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/politics … index.html
Oh, this guy thought it would be cool to lynch (a favorite American past time not that many years ago) black cops.
My, my - a gallows for Pence (at least he was white, so I guess these patriots are color blind), a rope for black cops, and death for a black congresswoman! "Very Fine People" indeed.
Oh, I forgot, another right-wing congresswoman, who is a disciple of that terrorist cult Qanon, wants a bullet in the head of a fellow Democratic congresswoman.
How bad was Trump? A 2021 Pew poll found most Americans think he was pretty bad. Only 37% of Republicans, the most brainwashed ones IMO, thought he was "great" while 36% rated him "good", (Remember, Trump will insult anybody who doesn't think he is "great".)
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/politics … index.html
Further, another 2019 poll of presidential scholars looking at 20 different criteria ranked Trump above Buchanan and Andrew Jackson and below all other presidents.
Finally, a 2018 poll of 170 political scientists ranked Trump dead last. (Among conservatives in that group, Trump did better - 40th)
Here is another example of how Trump has screwed America with his haphazard deregulation. Another Great Recession-type financial meltdown, fortunately on a smaller scale - just billions of dollars.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/investin … index.html
In my book, I show how the combination of 1) greed, 2) easy credit, 3) an asset which people find valuable, 4) uncontrolled speculation in that asset, 5) an over-leveraged financial sector, and 6) lack of central government regulation of the financial sector or unwillingness of government to enforce available regulations. If all of those are in place, then all you need is a hic-up to kick off a recession - a hic-up such as this hedge fund failure.
Yep. It seems they don't understand the term insurrection or sedition. They seem to confuse peaceful protest with insurrection.
On the one hand, you have hundreds to thousands of peaceful protesters crying out for someone to stop the killing of blacks by police*, where a few to a dozen criminals (both left and right-wing) piggy-back on the protest to do harm including killing people, police as well as left and right protesters.
Then you have 10,000+ protesters, albeit mostly peaceful, who were called to arms by the President of the United States to stop the Congress from doing its job in certifying a lawful election. That is allowable and is not an insurrection. It became when several thousand of them broke through the police lines and where almost a 1,000 of those stormed the seat of our government, killing and maiming police officers, building a gallows to hang the Vice President of the United States on and DID JUST THAT - stopped the certification of the election. By definition, that is sedition and insurrection.
Somehow, in their fanatical defense of Trump, these people are incapable of knowing the difference.
In time, these people and those who defend them will be held in the same ill disrepute as the traitors who supported and participated in Shea's Rebellion.
* To be clear, most police officers are good and do their duty properly. Where it all fails and people are forced to revolt is the police refuse, almost to a department, to police their own. They let those few police officers who do kill and maim black and other minorities, get away with it. No one is held accountable and that is what gets people very mad.
And by doing so, they indict the Police as a whole, both good and bad.
Here is something to keep in mind about Shea's Rebellion - "The United States emerged after Shays' Rebellion a stronger nation, with a new Constitution and George Washington as its first President."
While I doubt that Joe Biden will be another George Washington (only time will tell), we did end up with someone who is orders of magnitude better that what squirmed out of the White House before him.
As to a new Constitution, I see a few necessary amendments coming down the pike to protect America from Trump or another Trump.
"They seem to confuse peaceful protest with insurrection."
Right. Do you consider the CHAZ fiasco in Seattle to be "peaceful protest"...or was it insurrection as legal authority was removed from that section of city and it was occupied by those demanding all cops be fired? Sounds remarkably like what happened at the Capital, doesn't it? Except, of course, the rioters at the capital were not successful for more than a few hours and most of them were simply there for a good time anyway.
I finally sat down and started watching CNN's Lincoln, Divided We Stand. It just covered the period where Lincoln and other liberal Republicans fight against the ramifications of the pro-slavery Nebraska-Kansas Act. During this time there were over 70 acts of violence by conservative Democratic congressmen against Republicans opposed to slavery.
It is sort of the same today, isn't it, without the violence by the congressmen, only by Trump supporters?
The other difference, of course, is that instead of liberal Republicans (those having gone distinct today) being attached by conservative Democrats, it is now the other way around, liberal Democrats being attack, verbally at least, by conservative Republicans.
I would like to thank those on left for their responses and proving my point about TDS. As I have said before, there is help available if you seek it.
Yes, they DO have TDS. They are so deliriously happy that the second bumbler Biden is "president". Whoopee doooooo. Biden is clearly $$$#### the country big time. Well, I will just sit in my leather chair with my popcorn & watch the Democratic shenigans. Biden is fumbling. It appears that Biden is WAY OVER his head. This is a sad event for our great America, Mike.
You nailed it with your list. The comments: same song, second verse.
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