Born and grew up in the New York City borough of Queens, the 72-year-old President is the oldest and wealthiest person ever to assume the presidency, the first without prior military or government service, and the fifth to have won the election while losing the popular vote.
He earned an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has propelled himself into the limelight ever since he took charge of his family’s real estate business in 1971.
Today, Trump as President has become a magnet for criticisms and has drawn the ire of all and sundry.
Now here are five reasons liberals detest Trump:
- Immigration crackdown
Citing security concerns, one of the first executive orders Trump enacted is a travel ban that barred citizens from several Muslim-majority countries. The order not only halted the U.S. refugee program for 120 days but also barred all Syrian refugees from entering the country. Among other steps taken are, the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as well as the ending of the designation of Temporary Protected Status for nationals from countries such as Haiti, Nicaragua, and others.
- The sabotaging of Obamacare – the Affordable Care Act
From the outset, Trump along with his Republican Party’s administration had vowed that part of their mission is to kill the prized healthcare program left by former President Barack Obama.
So far, under the theme of repeal and replace, the Trump’s administration has butchered and massacred the program to the extent that millions of people are either left without access to health care or have to contend with the exorbitant and crippling cost.
- Tax cuts for the rich
Although Trump’s tax cuts were cast and pedaled as a boom for workers, liberals blasted the proposals by viewing it as not only a big giveaway to large corporations and the rich but also designed to soak the poor.
- “America First” Policy
Trump’s non-interventionist approach to foreign policy has gained him the label American Nationalist. He has driven an “America First,” foreign policy agenda and argued for increasing United States military defense spending.
At the same time, he has pushed for decreasing United States spending on NATO and in the Pacific region and declared that America should look inward, stop “nation-building”, and re-orient its resources toward domestic needs.
- False and misleading claims
According to a Washington Post fact checker report, President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days.
The gamut of his misrepresentation of the truth covers economic issues, trade deals, jobs, and healthcare, among others.
The truth is Trump is not afraid to rile up people even at the expense of losing votes, so here is one of his quotes that have been cited time and again during the 2016 election campaign.
All of the women on ‘The Apprentice’ flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected. A sexual dynamic is always present between people unless you are asexual.
Trump, some will say, you either love or dislike him. Where do you stand?
Barbara Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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