All Of The Wildest Things Donald Trump Did To Confuse Us In 2019
Like every year since Donald Trump was elected, 2019 has been riddled with SO MANY anxious, horrific, and absurd moments. The number of uncomfortable Trump-related bytes is probably way too high to count, but we’ve somehow managed to narrow down ten of the most notable—and, unsurprisingly, many of them take the form of Tweets. Get ready to shake your head, roll your eyes, sigh uncontrollably, yell obscenities, and maybe even cry a little.
When that partial government shutdown, which started in December 2018, lasted 35 days.
This was the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, and the second shutdown seen during Trump’s presidency. This happened because Congress and Trump could not agree on a bill to outline funding for federal government operations throughout 2019. About 25% of government activities were affected, and about 800,000 employees were furloughed or required to work without being paid.
The time Trump sensationalized the rising number of murders in Mexico from 2017 to 2018 as a reason to “build the wall,” even though it’s been proven that immigrants commit less crime on average than American citizens.
According to research by the CATO Institute—a public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace—illegal immigrants have lower incarceration rates nationwide relative to US-born populations.
The time Trump aimed to require migrants to apply for (and be denied) asylum in at least one country on their way to the border before they could qualify for asylum in the U.S. Oh, and the time the Supreme Court gave that idea the green light.
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In September, The Supreme Court permitted the enforcement of Trump’s new policy, which effectively bars migration across the southwestern U.S. border by Hondurans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans and many others. While migrants will still have access to other forms of protection, these protections will be very tough to acquire, and those who crossed the border after July 16 are subject to deportation.
The time Trump slashed Obama’s maximum limit of refugees (set at 110,000 in the midst of the Syrian Civil War crisis) to 30,000—then reduced it to 18,000 just two months ago.
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In late September, the Trump administration said it would accept only 18,000 refugees during the next 12 months.
The time Trump announced his 2020 re-election campaign.
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When Trump told four congresswomen of color—three of whom are American—to “go back” to where they came from.
Oh yeah, how could we forget this overtly racist declaration against, ahem, American women? In this abhorrent series of Tweets, Trump encouraged the congresswomen— Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan—to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Hmm…ironic, much?
The moment Trump announced that the U.S. was pulling out of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
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If you’re not familiar with this agreement, the IRNFT is a Cold War-era treaty that prohibits the U.S. and Russia from fielding ground-launched cruise missiles with a firing range of 310 to 3,400 miles. Russia failed to comply, so we drew out of it. Many argue that this could lead to an arms race not so far in the future.
The time Trump called himself “The Chosen One.”
Was this a joke? It’s hard to tell with this one. Either way, Trump is referring to the current trade war between the U.S. and China, and he clearly feels like he alone can solve this serious conflict.
The time Trump referred to the impeachment investigation as a “coup.”
A coup is defined as “a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government.” The impeachment inquiry, which was brought about by whistleblower accusations that Trump encouraged Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden (his 2020 running mate) and his family, has been a relatively long, slow, and heavily legal process. With officials from his own administration admitting participation in his exchange with Ukraine—plus Trump himself encouraging China to investigate the Bidens on national TV—a coup it most definitely is not.
When Trump woke up this morning and could still call himself POTUS.
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This really is anxiety-inducing. But on December 3, a 300-page report titled The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report by the House Intelligence Committee accused Trump of trying to “use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.” This is a major step toward impeachment, so dedos cruzados that we will soon be able to call someone else . . . anyone else our president.
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