Welcome, dear readers, to a remarkable journey through the annals of the Trump presidency. Get ready to traverse a timeline filled with moments that will make your jaw drop, your eyes roll, and, yes, your blood pressure may skyrocket.
In this chronicle, we’ll be revisiting the 21 most unforgettable, dubious, and downright bewildering actions of President Trump during his tenure in the Oval Office. Our expedition through the Trump era is anything but dull.
Pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord
Despite overwhelming global consensus, Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, leaving the world’s second-largest carbon emitter on the sidelines in the fight against climate change.
Wikipedia records that on June 1, 2017, a monumental decision was made by US President Donald Trump: the United States would no longer participate in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.
Repealed Net Neutrality
In a move that threatened to change the fabric of the internet, the Trump administration repealed Net Neutrality, tilting the balance of power towards big telecom companies and away from consumers.
According to The Free Speech Project, the push to abolish net neutrality laws exposes how the Trump administration injected politics into the very fabric of the internet, profoundly altering its landscape.
Trump attempted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), threatening to deport nearly 700,000 young people brought to the U.S. as children.
Defended White Supremacists
After the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Trump infamously claimed there were “very fine people on both sides.”
Separated Families at the Border
The Trump administration implemented a zero-tolerance policy that resulted in thousands of children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Undermining the Affordable Care Act
Time and again, Trump attempted to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, despite not having a viable replacement.
Rolled-back Environmental Protections
Trump rolled back numerous environmental regulations, threatening air and water quality and exacerbating climate change.
According to The New York Times, the Trump Administration, for four years, undid major climate regulations (over 100) and rolled back numerous rules safeguarding clean air, water, wildlife, and toxic chemicals.
Mismanaged the COVID-19 Pandemic
From downplaying the severity of the virus to promoting unproven treatments, Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has been widely criticized.
Trump made history by being the only U.S. president ever to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives.
CNBC states that in an unprecedented move, Trump made history as the only U.S. president to be impeached not once but twice—just one week before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Trump weakened the Endangered Species Act, increasing the danger for hundreds of species of animals and plants.
The Natural Resources Defense Council stated that the Trump Administration dealt another blow to vulnerable species as they finalized a regulatory change. This change conveniently made abandoning the areas vital for long-term survival and recovery easier.
Pardoned Controversial Figures
Trump used his pardoning power to absolve various controversial figures, including several former aides and associates.
VOX states that, significantly, Trump granted these high-profile pardons of political figures while special counsel Robert Mueller was hot on his trail, investigating him and his aides.
From false claims about voter fraud to unfounded conspiracy theories, Trump repeatedly spread misinformation during his time in office.
Encouraged Political Violence
Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric is widely seen as an encouragement of political roughness, culminating in the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January 2021.
As detailed in the Mueller report, Trump attempted to obstruct justice during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
According to The Guardian, the special counsel uncovered not one, not two, but a staggering 11 instances where Trump and his campaign’s actions teetered on the edge of obstruction of justice.
Trump’s combative relationship with NATO allies strained the alliance and threatened global security. According to the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, the Trump administration’s relentless threats to NATO allies sparked a genuine fear that the United States could withdraw from NATO.
Ignored Human Rights Abuses
From looking the other way to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to ignoring the human rights abuses of the Uighurs in China, Trump often ignored human rights in favor of political expediency.
Reuters recorded that Trump’s jaw-dropping comments on Jamal Khashoggi’s killing revealed that the former U.S. president was willing to ignore the issue, no matter the cost.
Undermined the Postal Service
In the lead-up to the 2020 election, Trump undermined the U.S. Postal Service, causing concern for many who relied on it for voting, medication, and other essential services.
The Guardian noted that the president declared his strong opposition to providing extra funds to the postal service to deliver mail-in ballots.
Relaxed Gun Control Measures
Despite a string of mass shootings, Trump relaxed gun control measures, making it easier for individuals to acquire firearms.
According to NBC News, Trump indeed reacted to the devastating mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, emphasizing that it’s “mental illness that pulls the trigger, not the gun.”
Refused to Concede Election
In an unprecedented move, Trump refused to concede the 2020 presidential election, baselessly claiming it was stolen.
Applied Pressure on Georgia Election Officials
Trump was recorded pressuring Georgia’s Secretary of State to “find” enough votes to overturn the state’s election results.
According to The New York Times, Trump exerted direct pressure on Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, urging him to “unearth” enough votes to overturn the presidential elections.
Inciting an Insurrection
Trump’s rhetoric and actions leading up to January 6, 2021, culminated in a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, representing a grim day in American history.
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