With Trump’s first natural disaster underway in Texas with Hurricane Harvey, the ever-controversial president has tried his best to appear more presidential. This is no time for scandals and chaos, American lives are threatened from the massive storm bearing down on them.
As such, Trump decided to stick to talking about the hurricane on Twitter, taking time away from the insults and inflammatory statements to focus on the residents of Dallas. What he’s done behind the scenes during what could be one of the worst natural disasters in many years, though, is outrageous.
While all of that seems very focused, Trump has also managed to pull some very nefarious acts in the meantime while enjoying yet another vacation, this time at Camp David.
First, Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man sworn to protect and serve who jailed the people in his state for their nationality without any proof that they had done anything wrong. It is not the job of police to enforce immigration laws, and yet Arpaio threw many Latinos in Arizona into detention camps and even watched one die of thirst in order to make a point. While Trump tried to insist that Arpaio was just “doing his job,” he wasn’t, and that’s why he was convicted of a crime. No matter, though, since he was an outspoken Trump supporter. He has a racist buddy in the White House who can pardon him for torturing people and breaking the law.
Trump also signed a directive to the Pentagon to begin the process of banning transgender military members. As the nation’s eyes were focused on Texas, Trump took the country backwards from the progress that has been made in protecting and recognizing the rights of LGBTQ Americans. What will happen to those trans members already serving in the military is anyone’s guess, but for the president to destroy people’s lives while professing to be concerned about other lives is rage-inducing.
Twitter did not let him off the hook.
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