Dean M. Chriss
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Trump - The Despicable
Saturday November 24, 2018

Radioactive Waste, Superfund Site, Moab, Utah
Radioactive Waste, Moab Utah Superfund Site

I never expected Donald Trump to be a good President but I thought he might not be the worst in history. At nearly two years into his presidency Trump has proven to be the most divisive, hateful, immature, incompetent, vile, and arrogant liar to ever hold the office. With no substance, no core values, and no integrity, Trump has dragged the Presidency and America's prestige into the sewer. When Trump won the election in 2016 he promised "I will be president for all Americans". Instead he divided Americans and pitted them against one another. Worst of all, his constant stream of lies and outrageous actions has desensitized people to that kind of behavior, making it seem normal. Trump's conduct is abnormal for anyone by any standard. People everywhere should recognize that, and Americans should demand more from a President.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, said Trump's decision to shrug off the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi "took our nation to a very low level. In essence what the President was saying is if you lavish praise on me and spend a lot of money with our country, we will turn our head as it relates to you killing journalists and doing other things." For Trump it is always about praise and money, even if it means protecting a brutal murderer. On Thanksgiving day in 2018 Trump said he was thankful for what he has done in this country. This conceited buffoon is always lavish with self praise and always has something derogatory to say about others. He has insulted Gold Star families, war heroes, prisoners of war, and uses America's military to score partisan political points. I suppose none of this is surprising from a man who bragged on video about being able to grab women's genitals because he is famous, stands accused by 19 women of doing exactly that, paid $130,000 for a porn star's silence about her alleged relationship with him, and appointed another sexual predator to the Supreme Court. Trump must think all Americans are as dumb as those who are willing to overlook all of this. His supporters claim the moral high ground while supporting a pathological liar who averaged between 5 and 6 verifiably false statements (lies) per day during his first year in office. That could be funny if it was not true.

Taxpayers are now funding a $12 billion bailout for soy bean farmers hurt by Trump's trade war with China. China is finding different sources for these and other products so they may never buy them from America in the future. That's just one small reason that America's budget deficit ballooned 21% under Trump. Massive spending increases and dramatic cuts in revenue have combined to produce the largest deficit since 2012, and it is still growing. Trump's business record shows he is expert at spending money he does not have, defaulting on debts, and leaving others with the consequences.

Trump appointed the logging and mining industry advocate Ryan Zinke, to head America's Interior Department and destroy it from within. The goal is industrial exploitation of America's National Parks and public lands. Trump and his lackeys have made considerable "progress" toward that goal. Similarly, Trump appointed Scott Pruitt, who spent his career suing the EPA, to head that agency. Pruitt replaced nearly all EPA scientists with shills from industry before resigning amid ethics scandals. This along with "administration priorities" has changed EPA's role to that of protecting industry over people and the environment. Trump and his party have also blocked studies of global warming for ideological reasons. It is dangerous for everyone when politicians control what Americans can discover and know. In Trump-world scientific "facts" are determined by politics and profit. Trump is the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to not have a science advisor, perhaps because real facts might get in the way of his goals. Or perhaps because he is just stupid. Regarding climate change Trump stated "One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence, but we're not necessarily such believers. You look at our air and our water, and it's right now at a record clean." Huh? Is Trump such a super being that he can see clear and odorless gases like carbon dioxide that fuel climate change? Does Trump really think clean looking air and water are somehow related to climate change? (Hint: they are not.) Scientists are finding microscopic bits of plastic, from tap water and bottled drinking water, in the brains of people. Is that clean looking water actually clean? DoesTrump not know the central Pacific is a soup of microplastic particles? Did Trump flunk English class? Trump has also said "I have a gut and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell me." Not only is that sentence worthy of a solid C- in any second grade English class, it also gives us great insight into how Trump operates. He does not know anything and does not listen to anyone who might. The only thing that is clear from any of this is that Trump is a a true ignoramus.

On the Friday after Thanksgiving the Trump administration released a mandated US government report on climate change that delivers a dire warning about our future. That day was chosen for the report's release because everyone is distracted by Black Friday shopping and holiday festivities. Among many other things the report states:
- Crop production will decline.
- Milk production will decline due to heat stress on cows.
- Meat production will decline due to heat stress and lack of plants to graze on.
- Food sources from the sea will decline.
- Food and water borne illnesses will spread.
- Insects like mosquitoes and ticks will thrive, spreading West Nile and Lyme disease.
- As temperatures rise and people are able to spend less time outdoors, mental health issues like PTSD, anxiety, and depression will increase.
- Higher temperatures will kill more people, increasing premature deaths in the Midwest alone by 2000 per year.
- The Southeast alone will lose 570 million labor hours by 2090.
- In the Southeast infrastructure failures caused by increasing temperatures and rains will make it harder to get around.
- Increasing droughts and extreme rains will challenge drinking water and storm water systems.
- There will be more frequent flooding. In Charleston SC tidal flooding events will increase from 11 per year in 2014 to 180 per year in 2050.
- Where will be more wildfires that are more severe.

With no scientific knowledge or evidence Trump says he does not believe the report prepared by 1000 people, including 300 leading scientists, roughly half of whom are from outside the government. This scientifically illiterate dinosaur actually thinks a record cold day, week, or month on the east coast means there is no climate problem. References to things like clean and renewable energy and climate change have been wiped from the government vocabulary and websites. As the rest of the world progresses to shape the future and avert catastrophe America regresses into the past, propping up antiquated industries and trashing any notion of sustainability. Trump has "drained the swamp" and filled it with his own brand of slime from the world of crony capitalism. He and his administration are selling America's soul for pure and unbridled greed. Even if one believes that Trump is a good businessman in spite of all his bankruptcies, he is certainly a complete failure as President and as a decent human being.

Dean