To The Editor:
After all the clapping Donald Trump did for himself at the State of the Union address, he must’ve hurt his hands. The way he was able to read all those false “record-breaking” statistics off the teleprompter was fascinating, especially with his fourth-grade reading level.
But he forgot to mention these “accomplishments”—hate crimes have gone up by 20 percent in U.S. cities; U.S. coal mine deaths doubled in 2017(is this what he had in mind when he said he had “saved coal”?); U.S. tourism spending is down 3.3 percent, or $4.6 billion, since he took office, costing 40,000 jobs; a third of Puerto Rico remains without power four months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island; climate change websites have been censored, two national monuments were downsized, most of the National Parks advisory board has quit, and the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement as Trump conducted a full-fledged assault on the environment; and Trump m ade at least 2,140 false or misleading statements in just his first year in office.
Also, Trump ignored the emoluments clause, directly benefiting from doing business with foreign governments and officials, and he continues to obstruct justice, including an attempt at firing special counsel Robert Mueller. He passed a tax plan that greatly benefited the wealthy, including himself, over all others. He called certain third-world nations “shithole countries.”
He put Nazis on equal footing with those who protest white supremacy, earning high praise from white nationalists like David Duke, who are thrilled that one of their own is in the White House. He has now spent 91 days on the golf course at a $50 million cost to taxpayers, having previously criticized Barack Obama for golfing a fraction of that amount—and promising he would do no such thing.
He supported a pedophile for the U.S. Senate and still refuses to take any responsibility or acknowledge credible reports, including his own admission, of sexual harassment and assault. Then, there’s his attack on journalism, which is having an impact on the free press all over the world, and his embrace of dictators and authoritarians, including his inexplicable defense of Vladimir Putin.
Last week, he refused to enact Russian sanctions that Congress had overwhelmingly passed in 2017. The State of the Union was given by a narcissistic, bullying, lazy, unintelligent sexual predator, who lost the popular vote by almost three million votes. Our president should be in jail. But this is America in 2018, where a “memo,” written by Republicans, means more than the Constitution.