Trump Ignores EPA – Moves Forward With Border Wall Plans Despite Dire Warnings

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New York Daily News columnist, Shaun King, recently asserted that Donald Trump has ushered in the era of “toxic white masculinity.” Citing things ranging from Trump’s decree that he could shoot someone and not lose voters, Trump’s admission that he uses his privilege as license to break the law by sexually assaulting women, and more, King perfectly broke down some of what has played out since Trump began normalizing the abnormal.

Perfectly summing up his point, King argued:

‘No man represents toxic white masculinity more than Donald Trump. Trump’s America means many things, but this much is clear — it means toxic white masculinity is not just permitted, it’s fully empowered — and getting worse.’

In that vein, now that the privilege that being in the D.C. GOP good ol’ boys’ club, didn’t lend itself to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act going there way, Washington Republicans have found themselves almost seven months in to an administration that has cards fully stacked in their favor, but that hasn’t yielded a single notable policy. Since rules don’t seem to apply to them and doing things by the book always seems to reveal their deceptive ways, it appears that they’re now resorting to simply breaking the law to make good on one of Trump’s campaign promises.

With no regard for EPA regulations, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will be waiving its obligation to adhere to policy in order to move forward with construction of Trump’s Mexican Border Wall. Coincidentally, John Kelly was named White House chief of Staff last week after signing the waiver.

The exemption allows projects associated with the wall to be out of compliance with pretty significant laws such as the Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Solid Waste Disposal Act, to name a few. It applies to a 15-mile section of San Diego.

To be reminded as to where Trump stands regarding the wall and penalties for cities that protect undocumented immigrants, watch the clip below:

Featured Image via Getty/Alex Wong/Staff

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