In less than two weeks in office, President Trump has already proven to be everything #NeverTrump warned about. He has lied, abused his power, implemented unconstitutional policies, disgraced the office and divided the nation.
Trump has lied brazenly
@Cheryl707 @SalenaZito @BradOnMessage That’s a lot of words to use to defend a pathological liar. – @AndyKindler
Just the day after his inauguration, Donald Trump was already brazenly lying to the CIA and the public to appease his narcissism. He told the CIA that he had the largest crowd ever for his inauguration and that maybe 1.5 million people came. He had press secretary Sean Spicer yell at reporters and berate them for accurately reporting the crowd size. Spicer’s first remarks included provably false statements about the number of metro riders at both his and Obama’s inauguration and the use of floor coverings. The next day Kellyanne Conway defended Spicer on the grounds that he was simply using “alternative facts.”
And spread conspiracy theories
But that wasn’t even the worst of it. Trump also said that “3 to 5 million illegal votes” caused him to lose the popular vote, which he lost by 2.8 million votes. Defending his nut job claim, Trump cited random internet person, Gregg Phillips.
Trump has a long track record of affiliating himself with conspiracy theories, including leading the birther crusade against Obama, suggesting Obama is a secret Muslim, believing that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination, being advised by Roger Stone, and appearing on the Alex Jones show.
Trump’s lies about politics spread into much that he says to defend his policies, including stating that, “If you were a Muslim [applying for refugee status in Syria] you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible,” and that his executive order banning everyone including green card holders from seven countries was the same as something Obama did.
Trump abuses his power and violates the Constitution
“When analysts, such as Robert Kagan, raise the specter of fascism, these are the kinds of troubling developments that come to mind. A tyrannical leader can abuse power when the public gives up reasoned thinking and lines up behind a leader instead. When the public supports, without question, anything a leader says and does, then there is nothing to stop that leader from abusing power and doing anything he wants.” – Bombs + Dollars
Trump has gone on a tear signing executive orders to do things that haven’t been approved by Congress. Some of them are almost certainly unconstitutional. Less than 24 hours after Trump signed his executive order on immigration, which resulted in more than 100 people being detained at airports, judges in New York and Massachusetts order parts of the executive order to be blocked. Judge Ann Donnelly of New York said there was a “strong likelihood” that the enforcement “violates their rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”
The Department of Homeland Security still says the executive order is being implemented, however, and Trump advisor Stephen Miller said, “Nothing in the Brooklyn judge’s order in anyway impedes or prevents the implementation of the president’s executive order which remains in full, complete and total effect,” leaving it an open question whether Trump is violating a federal order or whether the representatives of the Trump administration are simply misleading the public.
Trump has surrounded himself with extremists
Bannon Is A Legitimately Sinister Figure. Many former employees of Breitbart News are afraid of Steve Bannon. He is a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies. Bannon is a smarter version of Trump: he’s an aggressive self-promoter who name-drops to heighten his profile and woo bigger names, and then uses those bigger names as stepping stools to his next destination. – Ben Shapiro
After having appointed the leader of Breitbart, the self-proclaimed “platform for the alt-right”, Steve Bannon, as his campaign’s CEO, Trump took him into the White House and put him on the National Security Council. Bannon, according to the New York Times, “oversaw the crafting” of the immigration ban, along with Stephen Miller. Bannon is reportedly running the administration in such a way as to avoid dissent and avoid a paper trail. Trump and Bannon didn’t even consult the agencies responsible before writing and signing their executive orders.
Trump divides the nation and attacks his opponents with hysterical language
I’m disgusted by Trump’s latest tactic. Will not pretend otherwise. Will not remain silent. No mas. – Ann Navarro
Trump, who attacked John McCain as “not a war” for having been captured; who said that an American judge of Mexican dissent was “impartial” because, “He’s a Mexican;” and who said that a female journalist who questioned was bleeding from “where ever”; compared the CIA to Nazis shortly before taking office.
After taking office, a few of his highlights:
Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!
To Republican senators McCain and Lindsey Graham who criticized Trump’s immigration ban:
The two Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III.
Lashing out against the media again:
The failing @nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!
Trump bullies weak-willed Republicans into line
“To understand how such movements take over a democracy, one only has to watch the Republican Party today. … In democracies, at least for politicians, the only thing that matters is what the voters say they want — vox populi vox Dei. A mass political movement is thus a powerful and, to those who would oppose it, frightening weapon. … In such an environment, every political figure confronts a stark choice: Get right with the leader and his mass following or get run over.” – Robert Kagan
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan appeared reluctant to endorse Trump after Trump clinched the Republican nomination. He wasn’t ready he said, until Trump could offer something to conservatives. He didn’t like the bitterness in our politics. Trump attacked him and attacked any other Republicans who were late to get on board. Eventually Ryan endorsed him, but he said Republicans would hold Trump accountable.
Now Ryan, who said in June, “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest,” is supporting Trump’s immigration ban. “President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country,” he said in a statement.
To be sure, this isn’t the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” that Trump promised, which likely would have been even more legally and politically untenable than the order already is, but Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani said on Fox News that it was Trump’s goal to find a legal way to implement a Muslim ban.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, rather than investigating Trump for his ownership of the Trump Organization and its inherent conflicts of interests in domestic and foreign politics, threatened to subpoena an ethics official for speaking out on Trump’s business arrangements.