Hi Robert, thanks so much for reading and responding. I appreciate your tone of civility. I’m always willing to engage with folks, time permitting, and especially when it’s furthering the conversation.
I agree with you that intolerance of ‘ideas’ is frustrating. It sounds like we also agree that tolerance of hate speech (especially from people in positions of power) should never be acceptable. I do know a few Trump supporters who love his hate rhetoric — I just simply cannot understand that, and those were the folks in my mind while writing this.
To answer your question about which of his policies have been intolerable, first I have to address the thing that transcends any policies: his senseless cruelty. Additionally, it’s every ethic that he breaches, every norm that he breaks, every institution he degrades, every conflict of interest he brandishes, every proven truth that he (and his administration) disregard, and so on.
It’s the fact that what’s coming out of Washington D.C. right now is a dizzying, frenetic, smoke & mirror show that nobody can keep up with (nor do they want to). This has always been Trump’s modus operandi — keeping everyone so distracted by the 3-ring circus going on over here, that they forget about the magic show going on over there. He banks on this strategy of distraction, because it will inevitably lead to voter fatigue where nobody is paying attention, all while our democracy is in a slow, gradual freefall towards autocracy.
On actual policies, he really hasn’t accomplished much. In 2017 he signed 96 laws and then lied, repeatedly, that he’d signed historic amounts of legislation, more legislation than any other President in their first year. This is easily fact-checkable. Those who signed more legislation than Trump during their first year? Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, H.W. Bush, Reagan, and Carter. Of Trump’s 96 laws that year, NPR categorized them as such: more than three dozen modify or extend existing law; 16 repeal rules and regulations using a process known as the Congressional Review Act; a dozen commemorate or honor people and organizations such as by renaming federal buildings; and seven provide temporary government funding or one-time disaster relief funds.
Things he has done that I don’t like? Aside from all the immoral stuff, here’s a small list:
- ) Rolling back President Obama’s legacy on basically everything: labor regulations, environmental protections, health, gun control, education, telecommunications, and more broadly tearing down rules across the government.
- ) Rollbacks of civil rights protections.
- ) Immigration reform and the incessant demonizing of undocumented workers and the myth that they steal jobs from American citizens.
- ) His awful trade policy
- ) Zero tolerance and Family Separation policy
There are so many more.
I’m curious… do you feel like Trump posed solid ideas on the campaign trail or during debates? I honestly would like to hear what concrete ideas that other people heard that might’ve resonated. Not abstract things like “make America great again,” because that implies that we must have, at that time, sucked. Which to me was a lie, because even for all our faults, I’ve never felt like America sucked. I see Trump as nothing more than a two-bit con man, and not even a convincing one at that.