Thursday, November 17, 2016

Trump is a disaster for the United States

Trump's election is a disaster for the country.

His campaign featured insults and policy positions that targeted and incited hatred for wide variety of groups, in particular immigrants (especially from Mexico and Syria), women, Muslims, and African-Americans.

He showed contempt for democracy and constitutional rights (such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right of assembly, and the right of privacy).  He claimed that the election was "rigged" and threatened to reject its results.  He threatened to jail his political opponent. He threatened to investigate and reporters and media outlets that wrote negative stories about him.  He encouraged violence against protestors and encouraged his supporters to intimidate voters of color. Meanwhile, his party used a plethora of strategies to suppress voting by people of color.  

He bragged about groping and kissing women without their consent and spying on underage beauty pageant contestants while they showered. A dozen women have accused him of such acts. 

His policy proposals are wildly inconsistent and ever-changing. Jane Timm of NBC News provides a fascinating list of his evolving positions.  Some of his worst proposals were to build a wall at the southern border, deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, prohibit Muslim immigration, launch a first-strike nuclear attack, encourage the spread of nuclear weapons, authorize torture, criminally prosecute women who have abortions, and utilize stop-and-frisk policing techniques. Many of these were later modified in the face of criticism and at this point, it is impossible to know what Trump intends to do. Paul Ryan and the Republican party have many deplorable plans of their own, but again it is impossible to know at this point which of these Trump will embrace or prioritize.

In another post, I'll talk about his plans (if we can call them that) for Obamacare. 

I've no doubt missed many things in this bill of particulars.  James Fallows has compiled a daily list of 152 Trump outrages.  Feel free to add more in the comments. 

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