The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall
I admit that in my moments of weakness I feel sorry for Donald John Trump. I mean, what will this man do with the rest of his life? After conning his way to the top of the rock, he will wake up on January 21, 2021 empty and alone. I guess he will watch TV, but it won’t be the same. Will Twitter give him the respect of a private user and no longer block his more distasteful and dangerous missives? We’ll see, but that company has already announced the official @Potus handle will be given to President Biden.
Some voters don’t want to swallow the truth pill that “their” president lost the election. They continue to give him credit for vague achievements, which are just empty echoes of the delusional claims found on the back of the sweet elixir bottles Donald has been selling for the last four years. Has Trump actually achieved anything worthwhile? Let’s see.
BusinessInsider.com had this to say: “He’s just the third commander-in-chief to be impeached, one of 11 incumbent presidents to fail to win reelection and even though his accomplishments are not popular with his critics, Trump, for better or for worse, has been a consequential president. But the biggest con has been his handling of COVID-19 and his inaction will go down as one of the worst disasters in US history, with over 255,000 dead and millions unemployed.” Wow, some achievements!
Trump touts his reshaping of the federal judiciary, but he had an accomplice, Senator Mitch McConnell. Any belief that getting those people appointed, some for life, is going to help Republicans is sheer folly. Good judges are good jurists, as we saw during the election challenges. It’s all about how a judge sees the case. A conservative judge is a good thing, until she rules against you. Trump achieved nothing here.
Trump talks with glee about his creation of the Space Force, an outer space military division that I believe conflicts with international law. Strong and almost unanimous opposition to weaponization of space has been expressed in the United Nations Conference on Disarmament. China and Russia have drafted text for a treaty to ban space weapons, but the United States has refused to enter those negotiations. Why? Wouldn’t it be good to have a treaty that kept us from space antics that could knock the planet off its axis to create more global warming, or worse, global freezing? Trump’s Space Farce is a waste of money, not an achievement.
Then there’s our president’s incessant bragging about his tax reform, but did it help the middle class or the owner class? The facts are in, and we see common folks suffering through a pandemic while the stock market is delivering big bucks for rich people. Millions of Americans are out of work, the healthcare system is broken and there is no evidence that the tax cuts helped anyone except the very wealthy. Another Trump failure.
Donald Trump touts the First Step Act as a bold move in reforming the criminal justice system, but there are major questions between its sentences. When COVID hit the prisons, most of the privately run institutions were paralyzed. According to the JAMA network, as of June 6, 2020 there had been 42,107 cases of COVID-19 and 510 deaths among 1,295,285 prisoners. That’s a case rate of 3,251 per 100,000 prisoners, 5.5 times greater than the US population figures. The act Trump signed didn’t help at all.
The administration will claim they defeated the ISIS’s caliphate and killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Okay, I give them that, but they also negotiated the release of college student Otto Warmbier from North Korea who quickly died after being returned to the US. Stamping out ISIS was a multination effort and would have happened regardless of who was the US president. Trump can’t claim this one.
There are many potholes in Trump’s “mission accomplished” list. His handling of the Charlottesville Neo-Nazi demonstrations and his messaging after George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a cop were appalling. He threw raw racism to his base and failed to condemn white supremacists or calm the nation. He literally took the side of the haters. Hardly an achievement.
Our president promised to restore America’s respect to the nations of the world, but the US global image is in shambles and Donald Trump has become the laughingstock of the world. Trump believes Kim, Putin, Erdogan and Xi, respect and like him, but they mock him behind his back. All our allies are happy the Donald is leaving. No achievement here.
Trump will say he got immigration under control. Really? At what cost? The family separations and the deaths of migrant children are blood on his hands. In another time and space, an international court would probably charge him for human rights violations. Total failure.
As for world conflicts, no one with foreign relations experience or knowledge will compliment Trump on his handling of Iran, Syria and Afghanistan. He pulled out, screwed allies and ignored facts. These are not the actions of a worthy leader. He struck out here.
Throughout the four years of his presidency, Donald Trump repeatedly told us about his “great and strong” plan to replace for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He stated we were mere weeks away from a new, amazing healthcare system. While he demanded “his” Justice Department throw out Obamacare, he never delivered an alternative. He had no plan.
Lots of people know Donald Trump as the reality TV star with astonishing quips and wisecracks, but those words were fed to him by producers. When Trump played New York gossip columnists, he used pseudonyms like “John Barron,” “John Miller” and “David Dennison.” By the way, the name “David Dennison” appears on the agreement to silence Stormy Daniels. So perhaps there is an achievement here. Donald Trump got away with that kind of shit for years.
That large crashing sound you will hear on January 20, 2021 will be the Donald colliding with truth. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
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