Updated: Aug 16, 2020
President Donald Trump likes to think of himself as a doer. Someone who gets things done that no one else has the cojones to accomplish.
As a leader who has a lot of power, one way to get a lot “done” is to wildly swing a wrecking ball, destroying things that took a long time to build.
Here is a short list of things he has damaged or flat-out demolished:
Bounties on American service members that have gone unchallenged
Attempting to use the military to stop domestic protests
Rewarding military criminals (Edward Gallagher), while punishing patriots (Alexander Vindman)
The intelligence community
Continually attacking our own intelligence agencies and reports
Believing our enemies more than career experts with stellar reputations
“Draining the swamp” by weakening environmental regulations, lining the pockets of wealthy donors
Faith in the election system
Attempting to bring the USPS to its knees to be able to question the results of mail-in ballots
Spreading false claims about election fraud
International peace treaties
Pulling out of the Iran Peace Treaty, leaving Iran to go on its merry way enriching uranium
Abandoning the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and the Open Skies Treaty
America’s standing as a beacon of freedom
Giving cover to dictators by acting like one himself
Abandoning our friends, who Russia and China are eager to befriend
The dignity of the office of President
Mocking the disabled
Endless, verifiable, compulsive lying
You could legitimately make the case that a President has a responsibility to get rid of things that are harmful to the American people, in the interest of making this a stronger country. But Trump’s penchant for destroying things is clearly driven by one thing: what’s best for me and my control of power.