Spike Cohen on Twitter: “Last day of the Donald Trump presidency. Let’s see where we’re at on those 2016 campaign promises!”
.1. “I will build a great wall, and Mexico will pay for it!”
Only 80 miles of new wall was built where there was none before. Mexico didn’t pay for it… you did.
.2. “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
.3. “I’ll eliminate ‘Department of Environment Protection’ (EPA)”
He did cut the budget, but the EPA is still alive and well. In fact, he felt the EPA was necessary enough to look into his claim of “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once.”
.4. Heavily surveil and close some mosques in the US, and create database of Syrian refugees.
Good news! No mosques were closed on government order. But if you really think mosques weren’t being surveilled before, or that Feds didn’t already have refugees in a database…
.5. Never take a vacation while serving as president.
This one is great. Nearly a third of his presidency was spent golfing, an activity he lambasted Obama for, and ended up golfing more than him.
.6. “LOCK HER UP!” Hillary Clinton will be put in jail!”
Would have been nice to see, as penance for the innocent drone strike victims during her State Department tenure, but… Friends don’t lock up friends.
.7. “I would bring back waterboarding, and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
This is a campaign promise I’m thankful he didn’t come through on. Torture is inhumane, and is ineffective and does not produce actionable intelligence.
.8. “Force Nabisco to once again make Oreos in the United States.”
(they were, and remain a US manufactured item)
.9. “Impose new taxes (tariffs) on many imports into the country.”
He pulled through on this one. Turns out, trade wars aren’t fun! Who could have ever guessed that one?
.10. “Simplify the U.S. tax code and reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to four, and eliminate the “marriage penalty”.”
As of 2021, there are still 7 tax brackets, and if you braved having a wedding in 2020, I have some bad news.
.11. “Reduce the $18 trillion national debt by vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government, ending redundant government programs and growing the economy to increase tax revenues.”
.12. “On my first day in office, I will get rid of gun-free zones at military bases and in schools.”
HA! Complete failure on all fronts. In fact, more gun control measures were passes under the Trump presidency than Obama’s presidency. (and that’s not praise.)
.13. “Deport the almost 11 million immigrants illegally living in the United States, and triple the number of ICE agents.”
The # of interior deportations sits under 1 million, (#NoMoreDeportations) and the # of ICE agents did not even double. (#AbolishICE)
.14. “Bring back the American Dream.”
The American Dream can only be achieved when we stop letting these bastards control our lives and. We have to take our power back and our freedom back. #YouAreThePower
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