Some call it a “dumpster fire.” Others call it “the hurricane.” Ever since Donald Trump became president, he’s caused a ruckus in Washington and launched a slew of attacks on immigrants, women, and LGBTQ people.
But the past couple weeks have been particularly absurd. It started with Trump referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries,” and continues with Trump blaming Democrats for a government shutdown he caused.
Here are — to borrow a phrase — six “very sleazy and dishonest” things the Trump administration has done in the past two weeks. Don’t let them get buried in the dumpster fire.
1. Announced cruel Medicaid work requirements — Jan. 11
Sixty-two percent of people who will lose health care due to Medicaid work requirements are women. People shouldn't be forced to work in exchange for health care.
2. Called Haiti a “shithole” — Jan. 11
In a congressional DACA meeting, Trump suggested that the U.S. welcome immigrants from Norway — a country whose citizens are predominantly white — instead of “shithole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda also includes recently ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Haiti.
3. Created an ENTIRELY NEW OFFICE to promote discrimination — Jan. 18
The creation of the new “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” paves the way for discrimination. It allows doctors to refuse to provide health care to people for any reason — including their gender identity, sexual orientation, or decision to access a safe, legal abortion.
This new division is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services under the Office of Civil Rights. In other words, the government agency in charge of protecting the health of all Americans is now using its resources to deny health care and discriminate.
4. Pushed for a 20-week abortion ban — Jan. 19
Addressing anti-women’s health ideologues, Trump claimed that abortion was “wrong” and urged politicians to pass a 20-week abortion ban, which passed the House last year. This was within hours of House Republicans voting on a different bill that would politicize abortion and criminalize abortion providers.
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5. #TrumpShutdown — Jan. 19
Trump has been pushing racist policies and rhetoric since the campaign trail. So it’s not surprising that Trump’s anti-immigrant priorities resulted in a government shutdown after Republicans refused to pass a clean Dream Act.
On Monday, the government reopened with a short-term funding bill — but hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth and Dreamers remain unprotected.
6. Encouraged states to (illegally) try and prevent patients from coming to Planned Parenthood — Jan. 20
The Trump administration published a letter encouraging states to try and — illegally — block patients from coming to Planned Parenthood and getting the care they need.
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