What strikes me the most about Donald Trump’s recent executive orders (EOs) is how badly implemented they are. For example, Trump’s ban on Muslims — definitely illegal (already stayed by four separate federal judges) and almost certainly unconstitutional. And mass confusion with even members of the Trump administration contradicting each other on what the EO meant.
Many other EOs have been walked back, like his hiring freeze — taken back after veteran’s groups erupted in anger that the VA hospitals were not allowed to hire the additional doctors they were promised. The remaining EOs seem to be things that are meaningless, like saying we are going to increase funding for our military when only Congress can do that, or ordering a plan to defeat ISIS (like, what does he think the military has been doing?).
Even Republicans recognize how clumsy Trump has been. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) said “You have an extreme vetting proposal that didn’t get the vetting it should have.”
After a federal judge issued a stay on Trump’s Muslim ban and even said that the ACLU’s lawsuit against it had a “strong likelihood of success”, the ACLU put it more bluntly, saying “I hope Trump enjoys losing. He’s going to lose so much we’re going to get sick and tired of his losing.”
It is almost as if Trump just wants to make a big show for his most rabid supporters and either doesn’t care when these orders fail or turn out to be meaningless.
But it isn’t just Trump who is losing. What’s really sad is that while putting on a big show, he doesn’t care how many lives he destroys (like the Iraqi man who worked as an interpreter for the US Army, who was detained at JFK airport, until a Democratic congressman intervened to free him). Or the students who won’t be able to attend classes. Or the families torn apart.
He also doesn’t care that the terrorists are already using Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric as a recruiting tool. Or that Trump’s actions will actually hurt our efforts to fight terrorism. According to two Republican senators, “Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.”
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