Trump Will Go Down in Infamy

  • December 4, 2020
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Trump Will Go Down in Infamy – Democratic Article

For me, the legacy of Trump will be a combination of George Bush’s and Ronald Reagan’s legacies; two deeply conservative anti-intellectuals who left America worse than they found it.

While they are all similar in many respects, it is Trump’s narcissism that sets him apart. It has caused him to undermine American democracy, it has caused him to embrace conspiracy theories, and it has also caused him to attack his predecessor’s health care bill leaving millions uninsured in the middle of a pandemic.

Trump has deeply damaged the United States of America, its institutions, and its global alliances.

Just like George Bush, Trump has repeatedly put America in a weaker position on the global stage, whether that be through his brash and whiny personality or through his incompetence. Trump is an embarrassment and laughingstock, which makes working with him undesirable.

Trump has strained relationships with many of our key allies. He has railed against NATO, even threatening to withdraw from the organization of allies that “don’t pay their fair share”. He even slapped tariffs on our closest ally, Canada. There is no need to ruin the relationship we have with our closest ally and largest trading partner. Ruining the special relationship we have with Canada would be disastrous. He campaigned on getting out of wars in the Middle East, but he nearly started a new one when he had Qassim Soleimani assassinated, in that regard he resembles George Bush.

Trump also ripped up the Iran nuclear deal. This is a disaster for two reasons: not only did it ruin years of diplomatic work with Iran, but they can also now build nuclear weapons, free of punishment. He also increased arms sales to Saudi Arabia, further entrenching the Middle East in conflict. Trump refroze diplomacy with Cuba after President Obama opened relations with the island nation.

While Trump ripped up his predecessor’s diplomatic deals, he tried to craft some of his own. While it is commendable to further global diplomacy, especially between Israel and the Arab world, his Middle East deals largely don’t change anything. Relations between Israel and Bahrain, and Israel and the UAE had already been thawing. These deals also do nothing to address the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As usual with Trump, he just stamped his name on something that was already built.

Again, like Bush, Trump has mismanaged a domestic crisis. While for Bush it was Hurricane Katrina, for Trump it is the raging coronavirus pandemic. They reacted in very similar manners, as Katrina made landfall on 29 August 2005, Bush was enjoying his 27th day of vacation at his Texas ranch. Trump golfed over 25 times as over 200,000 Americans died.

Both disasters have had disproportionate effects on America’s black population. Katrina decimated the New Orleans black middle class and the covid pandemic has so far killed 1/1000 of all black people in the United States. In this respect Bush, Reagan and Trump are frighteningly similar; they have made life even more difficult for black people.

But Trump’s response to covid might even be worse than Bush’s response to Katrina. Over one hundred times more people have died because of the coronavirus than hurricane Katrina. Trump also passed only one economic stimulus package, even though his party maintains control of the senate, and the house has passed multiple stimulus bills. He even openly went against medical advice, downplaying the virus, which has led to millions of Americans getting infected and hundreds of thousands dying.

The pandemic is also taking a great toll on the economy. 40 million Americans are on the verge of eviction and thousands of small businesses are going bankrupt – as many politicians like to say they are the backbone of the nation’s economy. Trump’s supporters would rebuke this by saying that before the pandemic the economy was booming, but as a president, you don’t get a mulligan. I’m sure Obama would have loved it if the financial crisis didn’t happen, but it did, and he dealt with it.

That being said, the pre-pandemic economy was not all that strong. Like Reagan and Bush, Trump cut taxes for the rich and doubled down on trickle down. More jobs were offshored in Trump’s first four years than Obama’s last four years, even though Trump campaigned on ending it. Another claim to support Trump’s booming economy would be the sky-high stock market. While that is good for some, it doesn’t mean much for the vast majority of Americans as  78% of workers live paycheck to paycheck. They don’t have the money or time to invest in the stock market. Trump has only exacerbated the growing trends of wealth inequality that Reagan and Bush set in motion.

Not only has Trump wrecked the economy, but he is also actively damaging the environment. Trump is attempting to sell drilling rights in the Arctic. This is a disaster because it ruins some of the world’s most pristine and untouched wildlife, only to drill for oil, a dying industry. He also pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, putting the world at a greater risk of climate change. Trump has also allowed companies to pollute more and he is actively trying to repeal over 100 EPA regulations that protect us and the environment. These regulation cuts actively put our health at risk.

In addition to harming our health, Trump is making it harder to get healthcare. Trump has repeatedly attacked Obamacare, leaving tens of millions of Americans uninsured and facing higher healthcare costs. This is similar to Reagan who cut public health funding, leading to decreasing life expectancies for minority groups. Trump has continually promised a healthcare plan but never delivered.

But Trump’s empty promises leads to something that separates him from Reagan and Bush, his disgusting personality and behavior.

While Reagan was a good orator and Bush had a folksy appeal, Trump has no redeeming qualities. Over a quarter of his statements are false; he has peddled conspiracy theories; he has embraced white nationalists, calling them very fine people and telling them to stand back and stand by. His rhetoric is also vile. He called members of the US military suckers and losers. He has repeatedly called for the jailing of his opponents.

To continue his authoritarian streak, he brought back the term “fake news”. This term comes from the German “lugenpresse”, meaning lying press. I’ll let you guess when “lugenpresse” was most popular. He has also made a litany of racist comments; calling Mexicans rapists, saying that “Islam hates us” and saying that “laziness is a trait in blacks”, just to name a few.

In addition to saying these heinous things, he is a criminal. He avoided paying federal taxes for years and maybe even made so illegal write-offs. He has also violated the hatch act innumerable times, as well as the emolument’s clause. Jimmy Carter had to sell his peanut farm because of the emolument’s clause. Trump also withheld $400 million in aid from Ukraine in order to find dirt on Joe Biden, it didn’t work. He has also pardoned members of his administration or close friends that should be behind bars. He also engaged in obstruction of justice, when firing James Comey.

Overall, Trump will go down as one of the worst presidents in United States history. His policies were deeply harmful, and some of the worst damage is yet to be seen. His character has been even worse. It has deeply divided the American public, further driving a wedge between an already profoundly polarized nation. He has poisoned the American mind, making everything about him. He has also gravely injured American institutions and their ability to do their jobs.

It will take a long time and an enormous effort to recover from the damage the 45th President has caused. Trump’s legacy is one of destruction and failure.

Written By Democratic Writer, Ali Lahrech

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Grasping at Straws – A Republican Response

Ali’s article was as biased as it gets. Frankly, I don’t even know where to start.

Even though I believe that Trump should concede and leave the White House with some scraps of dignity, it doesn’t change the fact that Trump isn’t doing anything illegal. He is exploiting a loophole that can very well be challenged, although it rarely is. Just like in the past, the left couldn’t accept their defeat, Trump is playing the same game. Why is this suddenly wrong?

The accusation of Trump embracing conspiracy theories is the most mundane claim. If you watch the video for yourself, other than reading the CNN headline, you can see that he chose to avoid a proper comment on this other than explaining that he doesn’t know much about them. I would not call this ‘embracing’.

The funniest part of the article was Ali bringing up Trump undermining Obamacare. Obamacare was the biggest failure of Obama’s administration. It hiked the prices of the insurance for a lot of people, leaving them unable to afford it. It was economically deranged. Trump did well to condemn it. And naturally many people lost insurance, as many of the states decided to put people under lockdown. Could Trump do more? Sure, but any such decision would still have to be put through the Congress.

I’d partly agree with Ali’s opinion that Trump has ruined his opinion globally, but this doesn’t present the other side of the issue. As we all know, he looked favourably at Brexit and he would be a much easier trade partner. On top of that, he brokered a lot of peace deals between Israel and other countries. And even though he did threaten to do a lot of things, he never actually did them. Comparing him to Bush is far-fetched.

Trump, despite having some control over the pandemic, wasn’t responsible for it. So why care whether he’s golfing? I like playing Skyrim in my spare time, that doesn’t mean that my deadlines are not met. Also, considering that Trump did get even a higher share of Black votes this time round proves that maybe this whole talk about the Black people hating him isn’t entirely true.

Written by Republican Writer, Dinah Kolka

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Ali Lahrech
Democratic Writer | Website

Hi, I’m Ali and I’m in my third year at the University of Toronto. I’m studying International Relations as my major and Spanish as my minor.

 

I was born and raised in Washington DC to Moroccan parents. This gave me a unique lens with which to observe the country I was raised in. While I am an American citizen, I often have a different perspective than my friends and peers whose families have been in the United States for much longer than mine. Growing up in around DC also gave the unique opportunity of being at the heart of American politics. Ever since President Barrack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009 I was hooked.

 

I have always been left of the American center and most closely aligned myself with the Democratic party. While I vote for the Democratic party, like many Americans I’m starting to feel more and more disillusioned with them and the two-party system. The 2016 election is was the catalyst for my dissatisfaction with the American political parties. I had seen the Republican party move further and further right while the Democrats hadn’t really moved left. They had essentially implemented a policy of appeasement towards the Republicans. In summation I was disappointed that the Democrats had bent the knee to Republicans rather than proposing and implementing bold and forward-thinking policies that would help Americans.

 

This disappointment and disillusionment started to transform into optimism after the 2018 midterms. I saw that there was still hope for a bright future for America. The Democratic party had started to shift leftwards, albeit at a snail’s pace. After the 2018 midterms I became a man possessed by American politics. As I dove deeper and deeper into American politics, I realized that we don’t know enough about it. This fact is why I think it is key for all of us, no matter our perspectives, to have a conversation with each other and most importantly listen to one another; so, we better understand one another and where we’re coming from.

 

Therefore, I look forward to sharing my perspective with POI and reading others’ with great enthusiasm.

 

 

Dinah Kolka
Junior Conservative writer at | Website

My name is Dinah Kolka and I am going into the first year of Journalism at Napier University in Edinburgh. Recently, I graduated from Edinburgh College with an HNC in Media and Communications. This ignited my interest in politics and journalism.

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