We have learned many things about Donald Trump in nearly 14 months; none of them instill confidence that he could be even an average president. One of the things we learned is that his book, “The Art of the Deal,” is a complete lie. Trump has no ability to negotiate. He is a spoiled rich kid who devolved into the ‘schoolyard bully.’ He is far too ignorant to learn that bullying does not work when dealing with the leaders of other nations. It only works when he is speaking to his supporters, or to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.
Last week Trump offered an extremely harmful proposal which was castigated by nearly every corporation, consumer rights group, and labor organization in America. He is seeking a 25 percent tariff on aluminum and steel imports. This would not only harm our efforts to increase trade with multiple nations, it would raise the cost of producing pipelines, solar arrays, motor vehicles, and many other products, which would greatly harm the working class’s ability to purchase items produced by American manufacturers. This is another moronic idea by a man who lacks mental competence.
Today he attempted to bully Mexico and Canada. He announced that he would not impose the tariffs if a new NAFTA agreement was signed. Once more it’s his way or no way.
Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he is opposed to tariffs, but Trump is not listening; he knows more than everyone else about everything.
“We are extremely worried about the consequences of a trade war and are urging the White House to not advance with this plan,” Mr Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong said.
‘Lyin Ryan’ couldn’t resist praising himself for passing Republican’s so-called ‘tax reform,’ which will greatly harm the working class in 2020.
“The new tax reform law has boosted the economy and we certainly don’t want to jeopardize those gains.”
Every action taken or attempted by Trump and his hypocritical party has harmed or would have harmed the majority of Americans. Every action is intended to increase Trump’s personal wealth, and those of his fellow 535 billionaires and 10.7 million millionaires.
Trump is able to make fools of his supporters and his cowardly party, but most Americans are far too intelligent to accept his failed policies.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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