Trust fund tycoon and Republican candidate for the US presidency Donald Trump has given a speech unveiling plans for his first 100 days in the White House – and it’s about as bad as we’d imagined.
1) Sue his sexual assault accusers
What is the number one priority for President Trump? To ease growing tensions with Russia? To end the drone programme which has killed thousands of civilians across the Middle East? To deal with the largest wealth gap America has ever seen?
Every one of these liars will be sued once the election is over. I look so forward to doing that.
Despite being caught on camera bragging about behaviour which would constitute as sexual assault in the mind of any sane, well-balanced human being, Trump finds it outrageous that, for some women, it is not OK for him to “grab ’em by the pussy” (even though he is a celebrity).
2) Deport millions of people
Donald Trump plans to mount the greatest mass deportation in US history if he comes to power, kicking 11 million people out of the country. How he plans to track down, capture and deport people on this scale is entirely unknown. Trump’s new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has spoken of creating a ‘deportation force‘ to manage the unprecedented cleansing of undocumented migrants from the US.
President Trump would also put in place a two-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for anyone who returned to the US after being thrown out in this deportation.
3) End Obamacare
America is alone in the developed world in failing to provide universal healthcare for its citizens. The closest they have come so far is Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. According to the White House:
The law makes healthcare and health insurance more affordable and more available to more Americans. It does this through new consumer protections, new rules and regulations on the healthcare industry, by creating a marketplace for subsidized insurance, and by reforming and expanding public healthcare programs like Medicare and Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act also includes measures to cut the growth in healthcare spending in the US.
The results have seen millions more Americans gain access to health insurance. But problems have persisted, with various charges for care which mean many still can’t afford to actually use that insurance.
For Donald Trump, even this modest attempt towards universal healthcare is a bridge too far. He has committed to repealing the act, and abandoning Americans to the whims of the private healthcare system.
4) Withdraw billions in funding from UN climate change programmes
Trump also announced that he’d scrap the billions of dollars the US government commits to UN climate change programmes. He would unilaterally withdraw the US from the global project that seeks to ensure a sustainable environment, saying:
We’re paying billions of dollars [to the UN]. We’re going to fix our own environment.
What ‘fixing the US environment’ himself would look like is unclear. But judging by his previous comments on climate change, it wouldn’t look good.
You can watch the rest of what Trump has planned in his speech below. But be warned, there’s very little to feel cheery about.
Americans are facing perhaps the saddest election day in their history in November 2016. Millions will have to vote for a candidate they don’t truly believe in (Hillary Clinton) in order to prevent a candidate they believe could be the far greater danger at home and abroad. And worse, millions of Americans are actually planning to vote for Donald Trump, with enthusiasm.
Featured image via YouTube Screengrab
We need your help to keep speaking the truth
Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.
Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.
We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.
In return, you get:
* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop
Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.
With your help we can continue:
* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do
We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?