Donald Trump leaves behind him a legacy of ruin. The conman television star who managed to wriggle his way into the White House will be best remembered for inflaming racial divides, botching the COVID-19 pandemic, and inciting his supporters to rise up in insurrection against the government after he lost a legitimate and fair election to Joe Biden. It’s difficult to imagine anyone ever eclipsing him in terms of the sheer magnitude of damage inflicted on our Republic.
While conservatives will doubtlessly try to rewrite this legacy into something more palatable, sanding off the corners and whitewashing the worst of his crimes, his entire tenure basically amounted to nothing more than a scam to deliver even more unneeded tax breaks to the super-rich. In doing so he skyrocketed our national by roughly $7.8 trillion, something which Republicans always pretend to care about when there’s a Democrat in the White House.
Now, with less than a week left in his presidency, Trump is attempting to resurrect “fiscal conservativism” like some dead-eyed shambling zombie. Trump has sent a demand to Congress for $27.4 billion in budget cuts including reductions for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services (during a pandemic no less), Homeland Security, the Interior, Justice, Labor, State, and Treasury as well as several other crucial federal programs.
As CNN’s Manu Raju pointed out on Twitter, Congress will simply ignore the president’s last-minute request to slash much-needed funding. The Democratically-controlled House just impeached him for inciting last week’s Capitol riot. At this point, they’d ignore a request for a glass of water from this man. His presidency is over, his detestable place in history secured. This Hail Mary to shore up his credentials with deficit hawks will, like his broader presidency, end in failure.
With just six days left in his presidency, Trump proposes $27.4 billion in budget cuts. After toying with vetoing the covid relief and spending package late last year, he said he would take this step as he ultimately signed the measure into law. Congress will ignore this. pic.twitter.com/2KdFSBQhLe
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 14, 2021
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