One of Sweetpea’s family members sent her the following email, detailing all the alleged successes of the Trump Administration, with smarmy, condescending commentary questioning why she would dislike a man who provided such obvious triumphs. We could see it was a “forward,” not something her relative wrote, and she asked me if I could take a look and come up with some rebuttals. Thankfully, that’s right up my alley. The original email is in red, my comments are in blue.
Because it’s long, I’ll break it up into two parts. Here’s part one; I’ll try to post the rest sometime midweek, which will contain “closing arguments.” I have no intention of merely playing defense.
So, you say you just don’t like him.
Well, tell us — what is it about him that you dislike?
Do you dislike that he directed the brokering of the first meaningful Mideast peace deal in decades?
A peace deal between two countries that weren’t at war (or even in conflict). Not meaningful in the least; all photo op and resume padding.
Do you dislike that he made cruelty to animals a felony? Or don’t you care?
The PACT law
was a bipartisan bill that passed overwhelmingly through Congress. Trump signed
it rather than vetoing it like any reasonable person would. No kudos for doing
the obvious thing. I’m sure this will come up a lot. The President signing a
popular bill that he wasn’t involved with writing or having allies write is not
what I’d call an accomplishment. It’s meeting the minimum expectation of
the job. Not to mention, he is the first President in over 100 years not to
have a dog in
the White House. (The last one was McKinley, who died in office in 1901.) So,
no points for being a warrior for animals.
Do you dislike that he earmarked billions to stop the opioid crisis?
earmark anything. Funding resides with Congress and they included $6 billion in
the 2018 and 2019 fiscal budgets. Deaths caused by opiates continue to rise.
He destroyed ISIS, killed countless terrorists without going to war (even though everyone said we’d be in World War III by now), and kept the peace. Do you dislike that?
against ISIS were ongoing before he took office. The military continued to hunt
ISIS and kill its leaders under his watch. They’ve lost their territory but
are still a threat. Then he pulled troops out of any area that it’s beneficial
to Russia to have us gone and abandoned our allies, the Kurds, leaving them to
be slaughtered by the Turks. This was against the recommendations of the Joint
Does it bother you that we’re now energy independent and the largest producer of energy in the world?
Trump has done nothing to enhance our energy capability, other than put barriers in front of solar and wind power development. Trump, like Bush before him, is beholden to Koch Industries and the fossil-fuel industry. This is a group who is behind Republican’s climate denialism and is catapulting us into the current climate change debacle, in the pursuit of short-term profit. Propping up oil and coal is short-sighted and destructive.
Do you dislike him because he started to build a wall to keep criminals and drugs from coming into our country and because he respects, honors, and defends our country’s borders?
The wall is a joke, a wet-dream for white supremacists and Trump latched onto it as a campaign issue. It's not even an effective barrier. Any wall can be breached, tunneled under, vaulted over, or run
around. Video shows a $100 electric saw cutting through the wall with ease. Sections of the wall he had built or refurbished are already falling down.
We don’t need a wall to defend our borders, just a sane immigration policy that
actually allows people to immigrate. The wall is a national embarrassment, an
emblem of blatant racism for all the world to see. It diminishes us as a
Do you dislike him because he just slashed the price for prescription drugs (In some cases by 50%) which is driving Big Pharma nuts?
Trump signed 3 Executive Orders (EOs)
regarding drug prices, which are meaningless without other bureaucratic steps
and changes to be enacted. There has been no statistical dip, (let alone a 50%
drip) to be seen. (Certainly not in MY maintenance drug bills.)
Do you dislike that he met with the leader of North Korea, averted war with that country, and brought a halt to their aggressive missile testing? Was that wrong?
That would be
great if it were true. But North Korea is still in possession of all the
nuclear tech they had before. Trump gave them the place they craved on the
international stage and got nothing in return but empty promises. Yes, that was wrong.
Do you dislike that he signed a law ending the gag-order on pharmacists that prevented them from sharing money-saving options on prescriptions?
Trump signed a
bill driven by Sen. Susan Collins. The caveat is that the customer has to ask.
The pharmacist still cannot bring it up to the customer. Again, it’s an action
someone else pushed for which he wants to take credit.
Do you dislike that he signed the Save Our Seas Act which funds millions per year to clean tons of plastic and garbage from the ocean?
Another bipartisan bill created in Congress that Trump signed. He didn’t ask for it, he didn’t push it, he just signed it when presented. Again, the minimum expected of a president.
Do you dislike that he signed a bill for airports to provide breast-feeding stations for nursing moms?
the 5-year renewal of the Federal Aviation Administration Act.
The breast-feeding station detail was added by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-IL. Do you like that Trump supporters
consistently seek to give him credit for work done by others? Do you care?
Do you dislike that he signed the biggest wilderness protection and conservation bill in a decade designating 375,000 acres as protected land, making him the most significant conservation president since Teddy Roosevelt?
This is highly misleading.
While he did sign the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and
Recreation Act of 2019, he has stripped protections from far more land than he
has preserved. Most notably, he removed some two million acres in Utah that had
been part of the Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante
in Utah. According to a study published in May 2019 in Science, he is
responsible for the largest reduction in the boundaries of protected land in
Does it irk you that he loves America, and puts Americans first? Is that the problem?
This is a child’s
argument. Loving America isn’t a rarity in either party, even though they may
disagree on how to show it. “Putting America First,” however, is a code for
isolationism, which is popular among those who don’t know how global economies
work and those who hate foreigners. No country can wall itself off from the
world and expect to function efficiently.
Do you dislike that he made a gay man the ambassador to Germany and then asked him to clean up national security, declassifying as much of it as possible for transparency?
This is only
partially true. He did appoint a gay man as ambassador to Germany, but his task
was to lobby countries to eliminate laws persecuting
LGBT people. The “stick” in this instance is that the US may refuse to share
intel with countries that prosecute gays. But it’s funny that when asked about
this very effort, Trump had no idea
what the questioner was talking about. If he doesn’t know what it is, how can
he be given credit for it? Also, add to this that his administration continues
to press for the overturn of the SCOTUS Obergefell ruling that allowed for
same-sex marriage. Plus, he appointed a VP who is personally and professionally
dedicated to discriminating against gays under the guise of “religious liberty.”
Trump gets zero credit for anything that makes gay lives better.
Do you dislike that he works for free, donating his salary to a different charity each quarter?
This is a joke,
a PR stunt. Yes, when pressed, he eventually comes up with a charity to donate
his Presidential salary. That’s $400k per year. Do you know how much it costs
the American people for his golf trips? The estimated cost of his golf trips,
to his own properties I might add, is $103-105 million, as of July 2019. The
$400k is couch-cushion money, compared to traveling on Air Force One and
housing his security detail, with the money going to his own company! If he
were to be reelected, eight years of his golf trips would cost the country $340 million. Donating a dime and
stealing a dollar does not a generous man, make.
Do you dislike that his economic policies have produced the lowest Black unemployment rate ever?
What policies are those? All he’s done on the economy is ride on what Obama started and stay out of the way.
economic policy for which he gets credit is the massive tax cut bill of 2017,
which was overwhelmingly weighted towards the rich. The lower and middle class got
a few crumbs and the rich took the rest. Another reason Black unemployment is
lowering is that people often need several jobs just to make do, because of
Republican wage suppression. The federal minimum
wage is $7.25 and hasn’t changed in 11 years. And of course, his mishandling
of the Coronavirus has resulted in the disappearance of millions of those jobs.
Do you dislike that he produced the lowest Hispanic unemployment rate ever?
See the answer above on Black unemployment.
Do you dislike that he listened to Senator Tim Scott and created opportunity zones to help minorities?
included in his major tax cut bill. Experts disagree on whether it will actually
benefit low-income communities or just developers. Details include huge tax breaks
for real estate developers, just like you’d imagine Trump would
Do you dislike that he passed prison reform, which gives people a second chance and has made quite a huge difference for minorities in particular?
passed by Congress, ushered by
Jared Kushner to his FIL for signature. What you never saw was Trump out there going,
“Damnit, get me a prison reform bill to
sign!” If a Democratic Administration has passed this law, I guarantee
Trump and the Republicans would be posting ads about how the Democrats are
emptying the prisons and endangering innocent lives.
More to follow later this week.