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Letter: Try to determine success of Trump's policies

Letter to the Editor

In his recent opinion article, Tom Treece states that he voted for the orange-haired one twice due to his “policies.” Not sure which policies he meant, but I’ll cite some I’m aware of.

Build the wall and make Mexico pay? Nope. Ban Muslims? Nope, ruled illegal. Big tax break? Yep, costs the government $2 trillion over 10 years, but corporations and the rich loved it. Separate asylum seekers from their children and then lose track of their location? Yep, did that.

Abandon the Iran nuclear deal and renegotiate? Nope. Cancel Obamacare and replace it with market-based health care? Nope. Bring manufacturing jobs back to United States? Nope. As of January 2021, there were less manufacturing jobs than when Trump took office.

Dismantle NATO? Luckily, nope. Infrastructure improvements to roads, bridges, internet? Nope. Gas, oil and coal at the expense of the environment? Yep. Tariffs on China and Mexico paid for by U.S. consumers, helped fuel inflation, a loss to U.S. economy of $7.8 billion in 2018 alone? Yep, he did that.

To give him credit, he did push for drug companies to develop a vaccine for COVID, but most of his supporters thought it was a conspiracy and didn’t trust the vaccine, which helped fuel the pandemic.

Tom believes in a conspiracy surrounding the election and Jan. 6 insurrection. I believe there was a conspiracy, but it involved law enforcement and Homeland Security personnel; they ignored all the internet traffic promising a bloody insurrection. Secret Service did nothing to prevent this and destroyed text messages on the day of the insurrection.

There were some police on site who invited protesters to enter the Capitol. Do you think that would have happened if the protesters were Muslim? FBI and other relevant agencies knew of the possibility of violence, but never showed a presence until well into the insurrection. The protesters numbered approximately 10,000 with at least 700 actually entering the Capitol Building. They came armed with guns, knives, flagpoles and bear spray, and if they had breached the Speaker’s Lobby where Ashli Babbitt was shot, there would have been some dead Congress members and Mike Pence as well.

Thank goodness the Capitol security personnel made a stand where they did.

Kirk Heller

Monroe

This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Letter: Try to determine success of Trump’s policies