Trump is the definition of one particular idiom: “If his lips are moving, he’s lying.” In his case it also applies to his tiny thumbs. Trump has failed to tell the truth once in 23 months and six days. To list them all would require hundreds of pages. Here are just a few of his most egregious fallacies.
“WE’VE GOTTEN MORE DONE THAN ANY OTHER ADMINISTRATION.”
The truth is that only a single accomplishment can be claimed as his own. In December Trump signed a bipartisan ‘criminal justice reform bill.’ The remainder of his “accomplishments;” accomplishments which were the result of efforts begun long before his illegitimate election, involved deregulation of necessary controls over the banking industry and the environment, just to name a couple. His other “successes” include ending trade agreements and making the world less safe by repealing a nuclear arms agreement with Iran.
“STEEL AND AUTOMAKER INVESTMENTS ARE SKYROCKETING.”
“Big steel is opening and renovating plants all over the country. Auto companies are pouring into the U.S., including BMW, which just announced a major new plant,” Trump tweeted in November. This is untrue. Not a single auto-maker has opened a plant in America or announced their intention to. In fact, General Motors has announced possible closings; moving their plants to foreign nations, and forcing thousands of layoffs because of Trump’s ill-advised tariffs.
“TARIFFS ARE MAKING AMERICA RICH.”
Once again, although he was advised not to, Trump implemented tariffs against Canada, Mexico, Europe, and China. He claimed that this would reduce the trade deficit. The truth is that many small businesses have laid-off employees or shutdown completely. Soy bean farmers have been forced to plough their crops back into the soil.
As for the trade deficit, it rose seven percent in the last quarter, the largest increase in decades.
“WE PASSED THE BIGGEST TAX CUT AND REFORM IN AMERICAN HISTORY.”
This claim is not only a lie, it’s a whopper! This has been proven to be a gift to the one-percent and corporations. The effect will reduce taxes for the wealthy alone, and with corporations not paying their fair share, the national debt will rise by approximately two-trillion dollars.
“DEMOCRATS ARE ‘RADICAL SOCIALISTS’ WHO WANT TO TURN AMERICA INTO VENEZUELA.”
Today’s Democrats are the ‘Republicans’ of the 1970’s and 80’s. They have moved to the right and reneged their progressive agenda. On January 3, 2019, Trump may finally tell a small segment of the truth. Many members of the 116th congress are determined to both renew and protect the principles and ideals of the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This will save America from destruction by extremists in the Republican Party.
“WE PULLED OFF AN ECONOMIC TURNAROUND OF HISTORIC PROPORTIONS.”
This is false. The economy wasn’t hurting when Trump took office, and it hasn’t turned around in just two short years. The economic turnaround Trump refers to is actually credited to his predecessor, President Barack Obama, who steered the country from a devastating recession into booming growth.
“OBAMA SEPARATED CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILIES AT THE BORDER.”
This is an attempt to cover-up his policies which are immoral and inhumane. President Obama detained families together; he never separated them.
“THE RUSSIA PROBE IS A WITCH HUNT.”
The facts prove that Trump first met Vladimir Putin in 1987 when he was a high-ranking officer in the KGB. They continue to be co-conspirators on many levels. Although we do not have Mueller’s final report, the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming.
“REPUBLICANS SUPPORT PROTECTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS.”
Facts prove that Republicans have attempted to repeal Obamacare multiple times without creating a replacement. Republican politicians believe that they have a right to healthcare, but you do not. As for pre-existing conditions, Republicans claimed to support insuring millions of men and women prior to the midterms, but this was merely a ploy in a feeble attempt to win elections.
“WE’RE BUILDING THE WALL.”
“We’re building a wall, and Mexico will pay for it.” We know this is a complete lie. Let’s tell the truth, and not focus on his foolish and unnecessary ‘wall.’
Immigration reform is mandatory; but it’s complicated. Anyone who believes that a wall will solve all of our problems is uninformed and chooses to be ignorant. More than 50 percent of all illegal residents in America arrived from Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe on commercial flights with visitor’s visas. These men, women, and children simply stay here illegally. You will never hear this fact from the mainstream media.
Trump’s illegitimate presidency has been an abject failure. A president’s purpose is to protect and increase the quality of life for all Americans. Trump has harmed our nation and its future. Many of his policies are so egregious they may never be reversed.
Republicans are the enemy.
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Op-ed by this “Wise Old Fart,” James Turnage
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