More than three weeks into his presidency, one thing is becoming glaringly obvious about Donald Trump and his administrative approach: he’s beginning to perpetuate all of the things he criticized former rival Hillary Clinton for.
From promoting the very censorship he accused Clinton and “politically correct” liberals of, using an unsecured Android phone, to the widespread conflict of interests by his global business empire that go far beyond the purported corruption of the Clinton Foundation, the Trump administration is already mired in ironic scandal.
1. Political correctness and free speech
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Despite constantly blaming political correctness, or calls to acknowledge and respect different kinds of people and lifestyles, President Trump has already threatened to take away funding from the University of California, Berkeley after failing to distinguish peaceful student activists protesting alt-right speaker Milo Yiannopoulus, famous for his hate speech against women and people of color, from rioters and anarchists.
But on top of this, Trump almost immediately began censoring communications from government organizations like the National Park Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and others after unsavory tweets were posted about him.
2. Private emails
Multiple reports claim President Trump has continued to use his "old, unsecured Android phone." https://t.co/O35aCOhHZg
— CNNTech (@cnntech) February 13, 2017
While Clinton’s use of a private email server certainly raised questions, the same people who chanted that we should “Lock Her Up” have elected as president a man using an unsecured Android device, with advisers like Breitbart News’ Steve Bannon and other senior advisers continuing to work with unsecured personal emails.
3. Fiscal conservatism
Trump to-do list
Cut health care from 20 million.
Ban Muslims from entering U.S.
Deport of 11 million.
More tax cuts for rich
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) November 11, 2016
One of the biggest criticisms by Trump and other Republicans of Clinton was her purported wasteful economic platform, which would have widened the availability of affordable healthcare and education for all. Now, millions of tax dollars are going to build a wall that research indicates will have virtually zero impact on immigration rates, and as a result of these tax dollars being redirected, more than 20 million Americans are slated to lose access to healthcare.
4. Clinton Foundation and conflicts of interest
The Clinton Foundation certainly could have been better about being transparent. However, while accusing the Clintons of offering unequal treatment to countries that supported their foundation, Trump now appears to be favorably treating countries he has business ties to over those that he does not. For example, his executive order banning immigration from Muslim-majority countries affects Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, but not Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, where he does business.
And until we receive access to his tax returns, it could be impossible to know if any policy decisions he makes as president are to advance his business interests at the expense of the American people. Meanwhile, he and his White House staff, from Kellyanne Conway to Sean Spicer, will continue to use the influence of Trump’s presidency to disproportionately help daughter Ivanka Trump and others in his family.
5. Health insurance
Trump made much of how Obamacare purportedly spiked healthcare expenses and Clinton’s intent to continue and expand on the Affordable Care Act would only further this detriment. Now, with the ACA on the brink of being either repealed outright or dramatically scaled back, roughly 20 million Americans, many of whom voted for Trump, could soon sweepingly lose access to healthcare.
6. Goldman Sachs and big donors
Donald Trump is a fraud. His major financial advisers come from Goldman Sachs. pic.twitter.com/qUg4edCStB
— Right Wing Talk (@RWTQuotes) February 8, 2017
After it was revealed that Clinton had received roughly $650,000 for three speeches to Goldman Sachs, her rivals for the presidency — including Trump — refused to let this go. Now, Goldman Sachs executives will stock Trump’s Cabinet.
Trump has appointed Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council; Steven Mnuchin, who spent 17 years working at Goldman Sachs, as treasury secretary; and Bannon, who started his career as an investment banker at the firm, as Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor.
Additionally, six top donors of Trump and the Republican party, which is more than any previous White House, are now members of Trump’s cabinet, proving that his claims of being too rich to be bought are simply untrue.
7. The press
Despite being critical of Clinton for dodging press conferences, calling her “so dishonest she doesn’t want people peppering her with questions,” Trump has avoided press conferences for months while showing the press unprecedented hostility. Trump has called CNN and all media outlets that criticize him “fake news,” essentially delegitimizing the media as a whole to satiate his ego and invalidate objective facts.
8. National Security
Trump’s attacks on Hillary’s email habits were based on his claims that she was a threat to national security. This Monday, Trump’s National Security Advisor resigned because he was a literal threat to national security, i.e., Michael Flynn‘s backchannel communications with Russia that left him open to blackmail. Additionally, Trump conducted a foreign policy meeting at a Mar-a-Lago dinner table in full view of club members with documents out in the open.
[This post has been updated] Featured image via YouTube