Donald Trump and his administration are dangerous for America

Some things you just can’t sugarcoat. Some issues don’t have “two sides” that should be equally respected. Some issues are so clear, that you have to speak the truth about them.

Donald Trump and his administration are dangerous for America on so many levels: from the erosion of justice to flagrant corruption to trampling on human rights to the disregard for human life, the Trump administration has been an abject failure. Not only that, but they have flown in the face of every norm and scientific fact that has held the nation together until the crisis moment we find ourselves in.

In this video, I go on an extended rant about the unique dangers that Trump poses to the United States. Yes, it’s an opinion, but it’s an informed one. I’d also like to dedicate this video to Michael Brooks, a cherished YouTube commentator who was taken too early on July 20, 2020, and has been a huge influence on me and the beginning this channel.

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Links to reporting I relied on for this video:

Mike Flynn worked for Turkey and didn’t disclose

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/what-mike-flynn-did-for-turkey

Pompeo Saudia arms deal

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/18/politics/state-department-inspector-general-investigating-pompeo-saudi-arms-deal/index.html

Trump fires inspector generals

https://www.politifact.com/article/2020/may/19/trump-has-pushed-out-5-inspectors-general-april-he/

Bill Barr and Iran Contra

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/14/684553791/william-barr-supported-pardons-in-an-earlier-d-c-witch-hunt-iran-contra

Geoffrey Berman fired from New York’s second district

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/20/881148365/geoffrey-berman-u-s-attorney-who-prosecuted-trump-allies-says-he-wont-quit

Trump commutes Roger Stone’s sentence

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-says-hes-looking-at-pardoning-roger-stone-ahead-of-prison-term/2020/07/10/d1a1e5ea-c2b7-11ea-b4f6-cb39cd8940fb_story.html

Mueller Report on Russian interference in the 2016 election

Trump family promotes Goya brand products

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/ivanka-trump-says-she-had-every-right-to-promote-goya-foods-products-on-social-media-2020-07-20

Trump attacks Joe Biden from Rose Garden address

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-uses-rose-garden-event-for-extended-campaign-like-attack-on-biden/2020/07/14/cba91838-c600-11ea-a99f-3bbdffb1af38_story.html

Childhood detention and the Trump administration

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/a-trump-administration-strategy-led-to-the-child-migrant-backup-crisis-at-the-border/2019/11/12/85d4f18c-c9ae-11e9-a1fe-ca46e8d573c0_story.html

“Secret Police” in Washington:

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/06/05/protests-washington-dc-federal-agents-law-enforcement-302551

Bill Bar orders attack on peaceful protestors:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/barr-again-defends-police-move-on-demonstrators-outside-lafayette-square-in-an-account-that-belies-what-happened/2020/06/07/31a0833a-a8d6-11ea-a9d9-a81c1a491c52_story.html

Federal Law enforcement use unmarked vehicles to grab protestors off Portland Streets

https://www.opb.org/news/article/federal-law-enforcement-unmarked-vehicles-portland-protesters/

Acting DHS Secretary justifies arrests with photos of graffiti

https://www.newsbreak.com/new-york/new-york/news/1602256496144/dhs-secretary-justifies-unmarked-federal-agents-snatching-people-in-portland-with-photos-of-graffiti

Trump labels Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA a “fascist movement”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-mount-rushmore.html

Coronavirus case numbers 

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-u-s-map-where-virus-has-been-confirmed-across-n1124546

Texas man attended “COVID party”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/12/us/30-year-old-covid-party-death.html

Santa Maria Valley farmworkers suffering from coronavirus

https://politicalpayne.com/2020/07/10/advocates-call-for-regulation-as-santa-maria-farmworkers-suffer-most-from-coronavirus-infection/

Betsy DeVos interview on CNN:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b8Kg_a4Omo

Republican governor says Trump didn’t help his state with coronavirus response

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/07/16/larry-hogan-trump-coronavirus/?arc404=true

New Zealand reports zero active cases

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000007180666/new-zealand-reports-no-new-active-coronavirus-cases.html

Trump profiting off of presidency

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/20/trump-businesses-empire-tied-presidency-100496

Catholic Church coronavirus aid:

https://apnews.com/dab8261c68c93f24c0bfc1876518b3f6

Trump accused of raping 13-year-old girl

https://www.newsweek.com/trump-teen-rape-allegation-national-enquirer-ronan-farrow-jane-doe-1465652

Black Lives Matter organizer targeted with cross burning

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-teen-led-a-black-lives-matter-protest-in-his-small-town-a-cross-was-burned-in-his-yard/2020/07/15/6ea6e3d2-c1ef-11ea-b178-bb7b05b94af1_story.html

Trump blames COVID numbers on testing

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/23/trump-blames-rise-in-coronavirus-cases-on-testing-despite-signs-of-spread.html

Nancy Pelosi “yearns for past Republican presidents”

https://www.axios.com/pelosi-trump-coronavirus-stimulus-congress-c662773c-e773-4d90-ae2c-7f02e2676fd7.html

Harpers Letter

https://harpers.org/a-letter-on-justice-and-open-debate/

Ruth Bader Ginsberg has cancer again

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/us/justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg-cancer.html

Published by Joe Payne

Joe Payne is a lifelong resident of the Santa Maria Valley who teaches music, performs, and tunes pianos (pianopayne.com). He's also a seasoned journalist who shares his own reporting and opinion on matters local and national (politicalpayne.com).

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