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It seems that Jerry Reynolds is upset because someone denigrated President Donald Trump with disrespectful language.
Trump is a cruel, egotistical, racist, narcissistic maniac who tells lies more often than he tells the truth. The Washington Post has documented over 10,000 instances of lies and misinformation that Trump has told since taking office. Trump is known for denigrating almost everyone he knows or even those he doesn’t know, with the exception of the leaders of Russia, Israel, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and China.
Trump acts like a five year-old child in a playground by giving people infantile nicknames. En route to London, he sent out a nasty tweet about the mayor. He insulted Gold Star parents who had lost their son and said he had sacrificed as much as they had by creating jobs and making donations.
He insulted the late John McCain while he was alive and even after his death, because he was a prisoner of war. Meanwhile, Trump was at home dodging the draft with fake bone spurs.
He talks down to and openly criticizes other world leaders who do not agree with him. If you watch televised international meetings that Trump attends, you will see that he is also disrespectful in his actions. He’s been shown pushing others out of his way so he can be up front. He talks down to and criticizes other world leaders with no consideration of how this will affect our relations.
Trump is a wanna-be dictator. According to Psychology Today, some of the traits of a dictator are: charming, charismatic, self-confident, independent, sexually energized, self-absorbed, masterful liar and compassionless, with a boundless appetite for power.
He doesn’t follow the rules of governing. He uses his executive privilege to cover up things he doesn’t want Congress or the public to know. Controlling people by not allowing them to testify, and covering up information not only from the people but also Congress. That is definitely an act of a dictator.
He thinks he should be allowed to do whatever he wants to do, even though he does not have Constitutional authority to do so. He wants to use military funds to build his wall. He wants to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia.
He thinks the treasury department is his own personal bank account to spend however he wants. He has spent over $112 million to play golf at his resort in Florida, and that doesn’t include money wasted on his other golf trips to his other golf clubs. While we taxpayers have been footing this bill, Trump is making a profit by charging his staff, press members and secret service detail for food and lodging while staying there. We pay the tab every time he plays golf at one of his clubs and he makes a profit. This is the man who criticized former President Barack Obama for playing golf!
His latest big waste of taxpayer money was taking his four adult children and their spouses to London. Taxpayers paid $1.3 million for hotel accommodations alone!
He is so jealous of Barack Obama that he has tried to destroy any good that Obama did. One of his first actions was to appoint an individual as secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency who had sued the agency at least three times. That individual rescinded almost all of Obama’s regulations on fossil fuel, coal mining, wastewater and other issues that have a detrimental effect on our environment.
Obama joined a group of 100 nations who agreed to work toward clean air. Trump is the only world leader to withdraw. He backed out of the multi-national pact with Iran on nuclear weapons, and now we are on the verge of war with them.
Trump brags that he has done more to reduce unemployment than any other president. When Obama took office, the unemployment rate was at 7.8 percent. When he left office, it was at 4.7 percent, a 3.1 percent decrease. It is currently 3.8 percent, which is less than a percentage point decrease since Trump took office.
Trump has immigrant families in virtual concentration camps with unsanitary conditions, and doesn’t think we should be providing them with personal hygiene products. He claims to be a Christian, but he certainly doesn’t act like it as far as these people are concerned. Read Leviticus chapter 19, verses 33 and 34 to find out what God says about how to treat strangers living among you.
As for the Mueller report, it was initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine if there was collusion or corruption by Trump and his administration. While collusion could not be confirmed, Trump was not totally exonerated from obstruction of justice. No fewer than five of his associates are now in jail as a result of their criminal activities.
Trump declared that his tax cuts would help lower- and middle-income people the most. However, the plan eliminated many deductions that average working-class people previously used, such as $1,050 per person personal exemption and creating mortgage interest caps, causing millions to pay more taxes than they had previously. Meanwhile, the plan made private airplanes and golf courses tax exempt. Does anyone know how many airplanes and golf courses Trump owns? We’ll probably never know since he refuses to release his tax returns and has directed the Internal Revenue Service to not provide them to Congress, even though there is a law on the books that says they must. More obstruction of justice?
I know Mr. Reynolds and other Trump fans will rant and rave, and say I am lying. All they have to do is check the facts. I did.
Editor’s Note: this op-ed originally appeared in the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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