Donald Trump's Legacy: 'Death to America'

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History will regard Donald Trump’s failures in Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, and on healthcare as defining moments of his presidency.

<p><a href="">Donald Trump</a> attends a campaign event in Wilmington, Ohio, U.S. November 4, 2016. </p>

Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Wilmington, Ohio, U.S. November 4, 2016.

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

“Everyone’s dying around me. Everyone’s dying,” cried Alexandria Cheplak, 25, in a telephone call to her father late Sunday night.

The phone call came from the festival grounds of the 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, where a gunman identified as Stephen Paddock opened fire on festival-goers perched from his vantage point across the street on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He killed at least 59 people and left 527 others injured. It was the deadliest shooting in modern American history.

But the call may just as well have come from Puerto Rico, where 3.4 million American citizens have been struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria’s cataclysmic wrath for nearly two weeks, prompting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz to publicly criticize Donald Trump for his administration’s botched handling of the disaster relief efforts.

Cruz blasted the federal government’s inefficient response by comparing it to “genocide.”

“I am begging,” Cruz pleaded in a press conference Friday. “Begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying!”

Meanwhile, back on the mainland, the lives of 8.9 million American children from low-income households were thrust into the balance on Saturday when Congress quietly allowed funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to lapse with nary a peep from the president.

The Clinton-era program was largely influenced by then First Lady Hillary Clinton, a perpetual thorn in Mr. Trump’s side, and provides health care to nearly 4 out of 10 children in the U.S., according to the American Hospital Association. The Association says that cutting the program could result in coverage losses for millions of children.

On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley voted against a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty as a punishment for consensual same-sex relationships, a major affront to the LGBT community and one that could literally lead to the loss of human life.

Donald Trump Doesn’t Care About — Well, Anybody

Let’s not mince words: Donald Trump is a psychopath.

The prevalence of psychopathy in positions of power is a well-documented phenomenon that dates back to the Ancient Greeks, and Trump espouses the trademark lack of empathy universally found in high-powered psychopaths. But the degree to which he demonstrates ambivalence toward human life, and fails to accept any responsibility when lives are lost, is more troubling than even his chief-most critics anticipated.

The Receipts

Just days after his inauguration, this president authorized a botched military operation for no known reason that yielded no actionable intelligence and ultimately resulted in the needless deaths of an American Navy SEAL and 25 local civilians. Of those civilian casualties, nine were children under the age of 13, with the youngest being a 3-month old baby.

In response to pleas that he save an entire island population from death, this president doubled down on his flabbergasting assertions that the government’s disaster response had been a success story in Puerto Rico, and launched into political attacks of the Mayor in the middle of an emerging disaster. On Twitter. While golfing.

“They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” Trump tweeted Saturday from the comfort of a New Jersey golf course, before calling the Mayor a “politically motivated ingrate” and blasting the “fake news” media. It was his 68th day playing golf since his inauguration.

<p>People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. </p>

People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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His response to the Vegas shootings? A speech full of familiar platitudes and lots of thoughts and prayers, while projecting that he does not intend to take any serious steps at enacting gun safety legislation.

And why would he? The NRA endorsed and spent a record-breaking $36.6 million to help elect Mr. Trump. In February, Donald Trump signed into law a bill backed by the National Rifle Association and passed through the House of Representatives which repealed Obama-era restrictions on gun sales to certain individuals with severe mental health illnesses. Those restrictions were born from the Sandy Hook tragedy, where a mass shooter killed 20 first-graders.

The Hard Truth

Of course, this is a president with zero legislative achievements who pushed Congress to spend most of the year on repeated failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, despite Congressional Budget Office reports that it would result in loss of coverage for 22 million Americans and strip away protections from those with pre-existing conditions.

This is a president who has belligerently stoked tensions with North Korea, calling their despotic, unhinged leader “Little Rocket Man,” even as that same leader threatens to test hydrogen bombs over the Pacific Ocean.

This is a president who would see us leave the Paris Climate Deal. Who stokes racial violence and discord in order to better position himself politically, then fails to denounce racists when they kill an American woman protesting white nationalism in Charlottesville.

This is a president who would let 9 million kids silently lose their health insurance.

Ultimately, when history reflects on this president’s legacy — poring over the details of Robert Mueller’s findings, dissecting the white nationalist speeches and the ties to Russian oligarchs, weighing the extent to which he participated and how easily he succeeded in destabilizing our democracy, passing blame back and forth between the media, the hyper-partisan electorate, and the rabid social media culture for the failures that both precipitated and normalized Donald Trump’s rise to power — no one will remember him for draining swamps or making America “great” again.

Donald Trump’s legacy will be “Death to America.”


Alex Mohajer is a contributing Political Writer and Commentator for HuffPost and Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Bros4America. Tweet him @alexmohajer or visit him at his official Facebook page.