In the era of President Donald Trump and the GOP controlled Congress, every little bit of resistance counts. Although it’s not as though confronting the president over his belligerence will actually put a stop to it, it’s still a start.
Early Tuesday morning, Trump took to Twitter to tout an address he would be giving later in the day about the opioid crisis. This address will be delivered from his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is currently staying for a seventeen day “working vacation.”
‘I will be holding a major briefing on the Opioid crisis, a major problem for our country, today at 3:00 P.M. in Bedminster, N.J.’
Trump has used his Bedminster golf club for “working” excursions in the past, including having held interviews at the property during the transition period while seeking people to fill positions in his Cabinet.
His latest attempt to divert his vacationing into something that is sufficiently “productive” so as to placate his base is strikingly hollow, since he has attempted over and over again since taking office to slash public health programs that provide key addiction treatment programs across the country.
Democratic U.S. Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy is one of those who immediately turned around and pointed this out to the president — although it’s not like anyone expects him to take Sen. Murphy’s words to heart.
Murphy, retweeting Trump’s above cited tweet and adding his own commentary, asked the rhetorical question:
‘Will you be talking about how you spent the last 3 months trying to gut Medicaid, the program that pays for half of all addiction treatment?’
Will you be talking about how you spent the last 3 months trying to gut Medicaid, the program that pays for half of all addiction treatment? https://t.co/nHIMWOfMnn
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 8, 2017
The answer to that question is of course an almost certain no. Trump’s idea for how to confront the problem of widespread opioid addiction in the United States is to clamp down on the border — in other words, he wants to shift all responsibility for dealing with the crisis off the back of his own administration and onto Mexico’s back.
Trump’s priorities simply don’t align with the priorities of the majority of Americans, plain and simple.
Read responses to Murphy’s tweet below.
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