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Donald Trump’s Presidency Is a Nightmare

America needs a president who tells the truth, keeps people safe, and puts the public interest first.

We need a president who can unite the country, not divide it with destructive, racist provocations.

President Trump has been a disaster for Americans’ health and rights. His insensitivity and ignorance have spawned attempts to take away access to health coverage and care — including attacks on Planned Parenthood and other sexual and reproductive care providers; racist and fear-mongering comments; and a failure to heed scientific advice and prepare federal agencies for an orderly response to COVID-19. His bigoted policies and incompetence in office have cost lives and plunged many into uncertainty and misery.

America needs a president who tells the truth, keeps people safe, and puts the public interest first. We need a president who will fight to expand access to health care, not take it away. 

People in the United States have suffered under Trump’s flailing, cruel, chaotic administration for more than three years.

Here’s what his actions have confirmed:

Trump has never cared about you, and he never will. Trump is out for only one person: himself. He’s beholden to special-interest groups — such as those that want to take away our health care to support their bottom line, and those that would end safe, legal abortion at home and abroad. 

Trump weakened our public health programs — not only hindering our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but actively making it worse. The Trump administration has sabotaged the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — landmark legislation thanks to which 20 million more people are insured than would have been without it — and doubled down on efforts to overturn it, a move that would cause millions to lose their health insurance and eliminate protections for tens of millions of people with pre-existing conditions.

Trump has attacked the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (commonly known as ‘Food Stamps’), Medicaid, and other programs that keep people healthy, blocked access to Planned Parenthood health centers and other critical providers, and dismantled vital public health operations such as the White House global health security office.

With the stakes this high, we can’t afford another four years. For more than three years, Trump has used every tool at his disposal to undermine our democracy, nominate judges with records that are hostile to reproductive rights, target communities of color and people with low incomes, and stack the federal government with officials devoted to taking away reproductive health services, including abortion access, and people’s health coverage and care.

Trump v. Biden

When it comes to the two major presidential candidates, the comparison is stark.

Trump has been a nightmare. He and the administration he leads have brazenly undermined policies and programs we care about, and undone protections for the people we care about. His policies have hurt Planned Parenthood patients, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, people of color, and everyone who needs affordable health care. 

In comparison, Joe Biden has championed our health and rights throughout his political career, and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Barack Obama during the creation of the historic Affordable Care Act. Biden supports access to sex education and reproductive health care — including birth control, safe and legal abortion, and care at Planned Parenthood health centers. We can count on Biden to continue fighting for what's right.

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Donald Trump’s Record

Eroding Access to Abortion

Trump’s vision of the United States is one where abortion is no longer safe and legal.

I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life judges.

– Donald Trump, Oct. 20, 2016

Source: POLITICO

Trump, who has bragged for a decade about being “pro-life,” called for a nationwide abortion ban while campaigning for president in 2016 — and even said that pregnant people who obtain abortions should be subject to “some form of punishment.” 

After taking office, Trump hired numerous anti-abortion ideologues and activists to help him realize that agenda — and became the first sitting president in U.S. history to address the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally. On the campaign trail and in office, he has repeatedly engaged in fear-mongering, and spread medically inaccurate information about abortion later in pregnancy.

Reshaping the Courts

As president, Trump has done everything in his power to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that affirms the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion. Trump has asserted that the case was wrongly decided, and has packed the Supreme Court and lower federal courts with justices and judges who he hopes will gut constitutional protections for abortion.

The implications for reproductive rights are grave: Trump has placed more than 200 new judges on federal courts across the country. Scores of his appointees — including Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — have records opposed to reproductive rights and abortion.

Gagging International Public Health Organizations

In one of his first acts in office, Trump also reinstated and strengthened the “global gag rule,” which prevents foreign organizations that rely on U.S. global health assistance from providing information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or advocating for access to abortion services in their country — even with their own money.

This policy jeopardizes the health and well-being of millions of people around the world, and disproportionately hurts women and girls.

Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth....This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.

@realDonaldTrump

Twitter, Feb 25, 2019

Undermining Access to Birth Control

During its first year, the Trump administration issued rules to allow employers and health insurers to refuse to cover birth control on the basis of religious or “moral” objections — which sought to reverse ACA protections designed to guarantee access to contraception at no out of pocket cost.

Those rules reflect the extreme beliefs of key Trump administration staffers, many of whom have spread misinformation about birth control throughout their careers. Before joining the Trump administration, an appointee to run family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) groundlessly claimed that “incidents of contraception use and the incidents of abortion go hand in hand” — and falsely claimed there were “new abortion-inducing drugs disguised as contraceptives.” Another official baselessly wrote that birth control causes “miscarriages of already-conceived children,” and “ruin[s] your uterus for baby-hosting.” 

Staunch opposition to birth control also characterizes the records of several of Trump’s nearly 200 appointees to the federal courts. One judicial nominee outlandishly mischaracterized regulations that protect patient access to emergency contraception as “government’s mandate to kill, cut, or medicate another human being.” Another nominee once promoted fake science, suggesting that women who use birth control pills are more likely to die violent deaths.

Sabotaging Health Coverage, Undermining Health Equity

After Trump and his congressional allies repeatedly tried and failed to repeal the ACA — a move that would have wrecked access to health care for tens of millions of Americans — his administration set off on a campaign to sabotage the ACA that continues to this day, even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the country. Trump has made it harder for people to get health care through the ACA by drastically curbing enrollment assistance, slashing the length of the enrollment window, and allowing junk health insurance plans on the marketplaces. As a result, the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance is climbing again — and as COVID-19 sickens millions of Americans, the administration refuses to reopen the federal marketplace to help people without insurance get covered.

In fact, while he continues to botch the federal effort to control the pandemic, Trump has redoubled his support for a lawsuit that, if successful, would entirely repeal the ACA, eliminating the coverage and protections it established — including health coverage for youth up to 26, guaranteed birth control coverage and maternity coverage, and protections for people with preexisting conditions.

Hurting People with Low Incomes

State politicians across the country have refused to expand Medicaid under the ACA, leaving millions of people without coverage in the middle of a deadly pandemic while contributing to the closure of hospitals that serve rural, low-income communities.

Instead of striving to cover more people under Medicaid, Trump has fought to make Medicaid harder to access. His administration has encouraged states to impose work requirements on people, with the proven effect of causing tens of thousands of people to lose their coverage. Medicaid is the biggest source of coverage for reproductive health care in the country.

Because of centuries of systemic racism and barriers to care, women of color have been disproportionately harmed by reductions in access to Medicaid.

 

Targeting Immigrants

From the first moment of his presidential campaign through the present day, Trump has made clear his animus toward immigrants — especially those from countries largely populated by people of color. Now backed by the powers of his office, his bigotry against immigrants has exacted a grim cost in health and lives. His infamous policy of family separation inflicted cruelty on parents and children seeking refuge in the United States, and caused lasting, foreseeable harm to children in a malicious effort to impose “consequences” on parents.

Under Trump, the federal government has neglected its duty to care for undocumented immigrants in its custody. Multiple detainees, including young children, have died from the lack of timely medical attention. Asylum seekers have been held in crowded, unsanitary, freezing cold and scorching hot conditions. The Department of Homeland Security has refused to vaccinate detainees against the flu, and rejected offers by outside doctors to give vaccinations for free. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, the U.S. government has accelerated the spread of the virus into Central America by maintaining a breakneck pace of deportations. 

Fighting the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 requires securing access to health care for every person in the United States. The Trump administration, however, has pursued an opposite course. Through his cruel public charge rule, Trump has intimidated families with non-citizen members into forgoing health care through public programs such as Medicaid — for fear of compromising relatives’ ability to become American citizens or permanent residents. Public health officials believe Trump’s rule could weaken America’s response to COVID-19 by preventing immigrant families from seeking health care. Indeed, in communities of color hard-hit by COVID-19, reports indicate that people vulnerable to the virus feel reluctant to seek treatment because they fear that getting care would put their status in the U.S. in jeopardy.

Endangering Black Lives

The health and safety of those who seek care at Planned Parenthood is a top priority. Racial profiling and lethal state-sanctioned mistreatment of Black people by police is a public health crisis — one that has claimed the lives of George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Atatiana Jefferson, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others. Inequality and over-policing are the antithesis of the standards envisioned by Planned Parenthood for our bodies and lives.

Trump, who first made headlines in the 1970s over federal accusations that he discriminated against Black apartment seekers, has done nothing to address this crisis of racial injustice. Instead, he’s made it worse. His former attorney general, Jeff Sessions, took repeated action to end federal oversight of local police departments — asserting that scrutiny of pervasive civil rights violations “undermine[s] the respect for police officers.” William Barr, the current attorney general, went even further — insinuating that “communities [that] don’t give that support and respect” to local police “might find themselves without … protection.” 

Trump has heaped insult after insult onto those injuries: denouncing peaceful demonstrations against police violence, restarting the flow of military equipment to local police, and blatantly encouraging government violence against demonstrators after the death of George Floyd. Trump’s words and actions make clear that there will be no justice for violations of Black people’s civil rights — and no peace from police violence — as long as he remains president.

....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!

@realDonaldTrump

Twitter, May 29, 2020

Undermining Public Health

Since taking office, President Trump has repeatedly proposed cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from core federal health care programs such as Medicaid — cuts of such a magnitude that millions of people in the United States would lose health coverage. Even now, the Trump administration presses on with its cruel agenda; its proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 would cut, over the next 10 years, $900 billion from Medicaid and about $500 billion from Medicare. The same budget would also slash funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by 16%, even as the nation remains in the throes of a deadly pandemic. 

Without access to coverage through public programs, many people with low incomes or people who live in rural areas would have no options to cover the cost of their health care, leading to delayed testing and care for treatable, survivable conditions.

Debasing Sex Education

Quality sex education, taught by trained educators who cover topics such as relationships, consent, decision making, gender identity, birth control, and more, had federal support before Trump became president — but his administration quickly moved to undermine funding for those programs. The ideologues who surround Trump have used their positions in the U.S. government to steer money away from quality, evidence-based approaches to sex education and toward abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. 

In budget after budget, Trump has sought to eliminate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP). Those efforts have failed — but the Trump administration also attempted to end five-year TPPP grants two years early, even though the program was set to provide 1.2 million young people with evidence-based sex education. When those efforts were blocked by the courts, the administration then tried to remake the TPPP into an abstinence-only program through its grant-making process — but that attempt, too, was largely blocked by the courts

Redirecting millions to abstinence-only programs that research shows don’t work, while draining money from programs with a proven record of increasing safer sex and helping young people prevent unintended pregnancy, denies young people opportunities to explore their values and beliefs about sex and relationships while gaining skills to navigate relationships and manage their own sexual health.

Appointing Unqualified Ideologues to Top Government Roles

Diane Foley, the Trump administration official who oversees birth control and sex education programs, is an opponent of safe, legal abortion and evidence-based sex education. Foley formerly ran Life Network, a group of fake women's health clinics also known as so-called “crisis pregnancy centers.” Life Network offered an abstinence-only curriculum to Colorado public schools that omitted instruction on obvious health protections such as condom use — because, Foley insisted, demonstrating how to use a condom could be considered sexual harassment.

Before working for Trump, Foley repeatedly advanced misinformation with no basis in science — such as the debunked claim that “post-abortion syndrome” leads to mental health problems, as well as demonstrably false claims about abortion’s complication rate, despite the fact that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the country. 

As Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) warned when the Trump administration moved to place TPPP under Foley’s control: “It is difficult to understand how this reorganization does anything other than … prioritize ideology over the needs of the women, teenagers, and children the affected programs serve.” 

Attacking Access to Care at Planned Parenthood Health Centers

Since coming to power, Trump has tried to cut off people’s access to Planned Parenthood in every way possible — in presidential budgets, ACA repeal plans, tax reform legislation, federal resolutions and regulations, nominations of judges with records that are hostile to reproductive health and rights, and appointments of anti-Planned Parenthood government officials. Trump has repeatedly and consistently targeted Planned Parenthood with disinformation in speeches, ads, and in the platform of his political party. 

All these attacks have one goal: close Planned Parenthood health centers, and block access to care for roughly 2.4 million Planned Parenthood patients — many of whom would be left with nowhere else to turn for health care. 

Trump’s efforts have not shut down Planned Parenthood health centers; their doors are still open. Planned Parenthood continues to serve as the nation’s largest provider of sex education, and continues to be a leading provider of high-quality, affordable health care. But Trump remains bent on ending that.

Obstructing Affordable Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care

In 2019, Trump issued an unethical “gag rule” on Title X, the bipartisan federal program that provides affordable birth control and sexual and reproductive health care to people with low incomes, including people who couldn’t otherwise afford health care services on their own. The rule banned health care providers from telling people how they can safely and legally access abortion, forcing Planned Parenthood health centers and numerous others out of the program — and made clear that the administration is more interested in pushing Trump's ideology on the American people than it is in protecting their health, livelihoods, and freedoms.

Prior to being forced out of the program, Planned Parenthood health centers served over 40% of the 4 million patients who get preventive, reproductive health care through Title X. Now, 1.5 million people who used Title X at Planned Parenthood are unable to go to Planned Parenthood for free or reduced-cost preventive care through Title X — which may cause them to delay or forego care altogether. In some communities, Planned Parenthood is the only provider of affordable reproductive health care — which means that the gag rule may leave many patients cut off from access to free or low-cost birth control, STI screenings and treatment, and other basic care. 

Undermining the Title X program makes it harder for millions of people to get the care they need. To name just one example, 40% of Black women between ages 18 and 44 say they can only afford to pay up to $10 per month for birth control out of pocket. Research shows that when people have access to birth control, they can take better care of themselves and their families, support themselves financially, complete their education, and advance in their careers.

Emboldening States to Exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

Under Trump’s direction, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinded Obama-era guidance that made clear that people have the right to use their Medicaid coverage to access preventive care at the provider of their choice, including Planned Parenthood health centers.

The move threatens to embolden state officials to try to exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid reimbursement for preventive care services.

Greenlighting Texas’s Backdoor “Defund”

Following its move to embolden states to “defund” Planned Parenthood, the Trump administration allowed Texas to get millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funding while blocking patients who use the Medicaid program at issue from getting preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Other states could follow suit.

Singling Out Planned Parenthood in the Budget

In his first year in office, Trump was the first U.S. president to propose a federal budget that singled out Planned Parenthood for "defunding" from all federal funding streams — and he has continued to do this in all of his presidential budgets. 

Targeting Planned Parenthood in ACA Repeal Efforts

The administration supported measures to block patients from care at Planned Parenthood health centers within its many efforts to repeal the ACA.

We Decide 2020

Trump isn’t slowing his attacks on health care access. In fact, he’s doubling down on putting people's rights, health, and lives in danger, even during a global public health crisis. We can’t let him keep doing it. Lives are at stake. 

Abortion, birth control, and affordable heath care access are all in grave jeopardy. Those who stand to lose the most are those already excluded, by legacies of discrimination and systemic racism, from opportunities to thrive: Black people and other people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and women. 

We won’t let Trump decide how to run our country anymore. We won’t let Trump decide our future. With our votes this year, we — not Donald Trump — decide what is best for our health and our communities.