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Trump's Achievements For 2017
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Climate Change Deniers Need To Die
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10. He has made no effort at bipartisanship. Both Bill Clinton and George
W. Bush reached across the aisle in their first year in office, but Barack
Obama told Republicans that “elections have consequences” and “I won.”
Instead of repeating Obama’s mistake, Trump should have reached out across
party lines. Perhaps the “Resistance” would have refused, but Trump would
have gotten credit for trying.


9. He has spent more time attacking Republicans than Democrats. Trump
needs to expand his Senate majority if he wants to pass his agenda. Yet he
spent an inordinate amount of time in his first year at war with members
of his own party.

8. He is empowering al-Qaida in Syria. By forging a de facto alliance with
Russia and Iran to defeat the Islamic State, Trump is driving Sunni Arabs
into the waiting arms of al-Qaida — which is preparing to replace the
Islamic State and is much more dangerous.

7. He is giving Miranda rights to captured terrorists. Trump promised to
start treating captured terrorists as enemy combatants again, but instead
of intelligence-driven interrogation and sending terrorists to Guantanamo
Bay, he has continued Obama’s criminal-justice approach to terrorist
detention.

6. He has attacked the FBI and the intelligence community. Trump is right
to be angry about leaks of private conversations with foreign leaders and
the political bias of some individuals involved in the Russia probe. But
the vast majority of those in the FBI, the Justice Department and the CIA
are good, decent and honorable patriots who deserve the president’s
respect. Trump should not undermine our institutions because of the
corrupt or illegal actions of some individuals.

5. His noxious tweets undermine his presidency. He overshadowed his policy
achievements, his excellent address to Congress and speeches in Saudi
Arabia, Warsaw and South Korea by tweeting about Obama “wiretapping” him,
gloating over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s failure on “The Apprentice” and
attacking the hosts of “Morning Joe.” Trump fails to understand that the
power and grandeur of the presidency are greater than any of the smash-
mouth tactics that got him into the office.

4. He fired James Comey. If he wanted a change in FBI leadership, he
should have announced it the day after the election. Comey’s belated
firing led directly to the Mueller probe, which hangs over the Trump
presidency like the Sword of Damocles.

3. He has dismissed Russian interference in the 2016 election. During his
trip to Asia, Trump said he really believes that when Vladimir Putin tells
him Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, Putin believes it. This
is patently absurd. Putin directed Russia’s meddling. It is possible to
accept that Russia sought to influence our election without accepting that
there was any collusion. The fact that a foreign government tried to
undermine our democracy should outrage all Americans, regardless of party
— including the president.

2. He stood by Roy Moore. His endorsement of an alleged sex predator was
morally indefensible and sent a message to women everywhere that
Republicans do not believe that credible allegations of a grown man
molesting teenage girls are disqualifying. And that message has been
received. Polls show a significant increase in the percentage of women who
favor Democrats over Republicans in 2018.

1. He has failed to condemn the alt-right. His “many sides” response to
Charlottesville, Virginia, was shameful. There a lot of things about the
presidency that are hard, but condemning neo-Nazis isn’t one of them.
While Trump eventually did so, as white nationalist Richard Spencer
pointed out, “Trump has never denounced the Alt-Right. Nor will he.”
Sadly, Spencer is right. Trump’s failure to condemn the right’s fever
swamps hurts his presidency and the conservative movement.

Trump should be celebrating a year of achievement, but instead his
administration is hemorrhaging public support. When Trump took office, he
had 45 percent approval. Yet today — despite policy successes at home and
abroad, economic growth exceeding 3 percent and unemployment at a 17-year
low — his approval has dropped 10 points to 35 percent, the lowest of any
modern president at this time in his administration. If Trump wants to
understand why, he can start with this list.
John Baker
2018-01-06 19:11:55 UTC
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On Thu, 4 Jan 2018 03:42:53 +0000 (UTC), Climate Change Deniers Need
Post by Climate Change Deniers Need To Die
10. He has made no effort at bipartisanship. Both Bill Clinton and George
W. Bush reached across the aisle in their first year in office, but Barack
Obama told Republicans that “elections have consequences” and “I won.”
A lie. Obama wasted much of his first term trying to reach accross the
aisle, even long after it became apparent that the Republicans weren't
interested in compromise.
Post by Climate Change Deniers Need To Die
Instead of repeating Obama’s mistake, Trump should have reached out across
party lines. Perhaps the “Resistance” would have refused, but Trump would
have gotten credit for trying.
9. He has spent more time attacking Republicans than Democrats. Trump
needs to expand his Senate majority if he wants to pass his agenda. Yet he
spent an inordinate amount of time in his first year at war with members
of his own party.
8. He is empowering al-Qaida in Syria. By forging a de facto alliance with
Russia and Iran to defeat the Islamic State, Trump is driving Sunni Arabs
into the waiting arms of al-Qaida — which is preparing to replace the
Islamic State and is much more dangerous.
7. He is giving Miranda rights to captured terrorists. Trump promised to
start treating captured terrorists as enemy combatants again, but instead
of intelligence-driven interrogation and sending terrorists to Guantanamo
Bay, he has continued Obama’s criminal-justice approach to terrorist
detention.
6. He has attacked the FBI and the intelligence community. Trump is right
to be angry about leaks of private conversations with foreign leaders and
the political bias of some individuals involved in the Russia probe. But
the vast majority of those in the FBI, the Justice Department and the CIA
are good, decent and honorable patriots who deserve the president’s
respect. Trump should not undermine our institutions because of the
corrupt or illegal actions of some individuals.
5. His noxious tweets undermine his presidency. He overshadowed his policy
achievements, his excellent address to Congress and speeches in Saudi
Arabia, Warsaw and South Korea by tweeting about Obama “wiretapping” him,
gloating over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s failure on “The Apprentice” and
attacking the hosts of “Morning Joe.” Trump fails to understand that the
power and grandeur of the presidency are greater than any of the smash-
mouth tactics that got him into the office.
4. He fired James Comey. If he wanted a change in FBI leadership, he
should have announced it the day after the election. Comey’s belated
firing led directly to the Mueller probe, which hangs over the Trump
presidency like the Sword of Damocles.
3. He has dismissed Russian interference in the 2016 election. During his
trip to Asia, Trump said he really believes that when Vladimir Putin tells
him Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, Putin believes it. This
is patently absurd. Putin directed Russia’s meddling. It is possible to
accept that Russia sought to influence our election without accepting that
there was any collusion. The fact that a foreign government tried to
undermine our democracy should outrage all Americans, regardless of party
— including the president.
2. He stood by Roy Moore. His endorsement of an alleged sex predator was
morally indefensible and sent a message to women everywhere that
Republicans do not believe that credible allegations of a grown man
molesting teenage girls are disqualifying. And that message has been
received. Polls show a significant increase in the percentage of women who
favor Democrats over Republicans in 2018.
1. He has failed to condemn the alt-right. His “many sides” response to
Charlottesville, Virginia, was shameful. There a lot of things about the
presidency that are hard, but condemning neo-Nazis isn’t one of them.
While Trump eventually did so, as white nationalist Richard Spencer
pointed out, “Trump has never denounced the Alt-Right. Nor will he.”
Sadly, Spencer is right. Trump’s failure to condemn the right’s fever
swamps hurts his presidency and the conservative movement.
Trump should be celebrating a year of achievement, but instead his
administration is hemorrhaging public support. When Trump took office, he
had 45 percent approval. Yet today — despite policy successes at home and
abroad, economic growth exceeding 3 percent and unemployment at a 17-year
low — his approval has dropped 10 points to 35 percent, the lowest of any
modern president at this time in his administration. If Trump wants to
understand why, he can start with this list.
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