Make America Great Again: Trump Must Go! #87

9/27/2018, 12:59 p.m.
"This is just another instance of his blather, another moment to command the bully pulpit and spout off about something ...

In his speech at his drug policy event at the United Nations General Assembly Monday, Trump, seeking shelter from a barrage of issues surrounding Brett Kavanaugh, Rod Rosenstein and the ongoing Russian probe, centered his remarks on a global policy in the war on drugs.

Like the war on poverty, the war on drugs is a total failure, and we agree with Hannah Hetzer of the Drug Policy Alliance, when she asserted that Trump “is the last person who should be defining the global debate on drug policy.”

Moreover, she charged, Trump has been unwavering in his support of Rodrigo Duterte’s “brutal drug war” and his insisting on the death penalty for people who sell drugs.

“Trump has shown complete disdain for human rights and international law,” Hetzer added.

As he has done on too many occasions, Trump has waded into a thicket of complexity with no real understanding of the problem, nor in possession of any substantial resolution, to say nothing of a realistic approach.

This is just another instance of his blather, another moment to command the bully pulpit and spout off about something he knows nothing about and for which he has expressed not an iota of sensitivity.

At the same time, he’s asking other countries to follow his example of dealing with the failed drug war, his administration has stepped up its campaign on immigration and issued changes to the Public Charge rule.

“This proposed rule is yet another blatant attack from the Trump administration on poor people and communities of color,” Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California said in a press statement. The rule could deny legal immigrants with U.S. citizen children from using such programs as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Women, Infants and Children program and the Children’s Insurance Program.

If the immigrants are already running scared and seeking refuge from ICE authorities, this proposal is sure to send them scurrying even farther into the shadows.

What the Trump administration has not done in the war on drugs and poverty, and what it has done to make life more miserable for immigrants, are reprehensible policies and it is our sincere hope that Hetzer and other human rights activists concur with our call that to Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!