Running a country like the United States is hard. It is especially hard for one who doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground. Donald Trump is so focused on his bigotry-based policies, he can’t see his constant contradictions. Those contradictions are causing him to lose the very voters who helped him to win the electoral college, which will not bode well for him in 2020.
According to Politico, Trump’s immigration push is directly clashing with his policy goals. For example, his attempts to weaken Iran, to strike a trade deal with Mexico and his desire to oust Venezuelan president Maduro are all being weakened by his immigration “policy” (if you can call it that). Many believe that the reason Trump is so focused on immigration is his base. Because they are so anti-immigrant, Trump wants to give them what they want so that he will win reelection. Never mind that much of the country is against his policies. He is a one-dimensional man with a one-track mind.
Politco reports that much of Trump’s support in 2016 came from Iraqi Christians who immigrated to America and voted for Trump because he promised to protect them from their anti-Christian regime. As is typical for Trump, he has broken his promises to the Iraqis, including deporting them back to Iraq, which is the last place on earth they want to be. As a result of Trump’s deportation, Jimmy Aldaoud, a 41-year-old Michigan man who suffered from diabetes, died in Iraq. Aldaoud had been in the U.S. since childhood, and he didn’t speak Arabic. He was basically abandoned in Iraq by the very man who promised to protect him. Aldaoud was merely one of 160,000 Iraqi Christians in Michigan who mostly supported Trump in 2016. They were betrayed in the worst way, and they will remember that when 2020 rolls around.
Trump’s “policies” have always been all over the place. It’s as if he is literally making this up as he goes along. He had no political experience, yet he refuses to rely on those who do. Of course, he’s not always surrounded by the “best and brightest.” Mike Pompeo, for example, believes that if Trump leaves Iranians to fend for themselves, they can revolt against the regime and change the government. Good luck with that. He also issued a travel ban against Iran, another move that many believe to be a big mistake, as is his plan to cut aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, all of which make up the largest group of migrants coming to the United SStates. Trump’s logic (if you can call it that) is that if he cuts off aid, these countries will stop the migrations. I’m no political scholar, but it seems to me that choking these countries will bring more migrants, not less.
Frank Sharry, founder and executive director of America’s Voice, a liberal group that advocates for immigration reform, told Politico, “I don’t think he cares about his legacy as much as he cares about the moment.” The word “legacy” has no place in a sentence with Donald Trump. His legacy will center around how he tried his damndest to ruin this country. He has not done one positive thing, and that will continue until the nightmare of his “presidency” ends.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years