One of the worst and perhaps longest lasting effects of electing a vile man like Donald Trump to the presidency is the profound damage to the United States’ international standing and moral authority. America has, for all of its myriad faults and mistakes, long stood as the world’s strongest voice against authoritarianism and anti-Democratic sentiment. Trump not only has no interest in such things, his revealed preferences are often the exact opposite of what this country is supposed to stand for. He fetishizes political violence and fawns over foreign dictators.
Recently, Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton revealed in his new book that the president tried to convince brutal Chinese dictator Xi Jinping to help him win the 2020 election. Trump wanted Xi to exploit his country’s economic muscle to boost American agricultural profits and in doing so convince American farmers to vote for Trump.
The stunning revelation shows that all of Trump’s tough talk about China is just hollow rhetoric and that behind closed doors his own self-interest will always take precedence over our country’s best interests. That reality was reinforced further with the news that Trump told reporter Jonathan Swan that he held back on sanctioning Chinese officials over that country’s genocidal internment camps in Xinjiang because he was worried taking action could jeopardize the trade deal he was trying to hammer out with China.
These so-called “reeducation camps” are being used to destroy the Muslim Uighur population and eradicate their culture, religion, and even their lives. There are reports of gang rape and medical experiments being conducted on the innocent prisoners and they’re forced to live in appalling conditions. The horrific treatment of perhaps two million people is one of the world’s most dire ongoing atrocities and the kind of thing a moral president would strongly oppose and work overtime to end. Trump’s betrayal of these victims is a legacy-defining evil.
According to John Bolton, Trump went so far as to actually endorse the camps during a conversation with Xi. “Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do,” claims the former National Security Advisor in his book.
Thankfully, America is not completely without leadership even if our president is failing in almost unimaginable ways. CNN’s Manu Raju reports that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has issued a blistering condemnation of Trump’s cowardice.
“President Trump’s admission that he is looking the other way and enabling one of the worst human rights atrocities in our time in order to ink a trade deal is appalling,” said the Speaker. She is, of course, completely correct.
At this point, it could not be more clear how dangerous Donald Trump is. The world cannot afford another four years of his craven, morally bankrupt leadership and electing Joe Biden in November is the only way to get this country back on track and once again standing up against human rights violations around the world.
Pelosi responds to Trump: “President Trump’s admission that he is looking the other way and enabling one of the worst human rights atrocities of our time in order to ink a trade deal is appalling.” https://t.co/vVqocw2BBL
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 22, 2020
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.