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Ten crimes of Trump that show why you should protest against him on 13 July

Bigot-in-chief Donald Trump will descend on Britain on Friday 13 July. He is a warmonger, racist and sexist who is admired by the far right. Alistair Farrow looks at the reasons to join the protests against this dangerous reactionary

Issue No. 2609

Donald Trump has committed many crimes against ordinary people

Donald Trump has committed many crimes against ordinary people


He’s a warmonger

Donald Trump has brought the world closer to nuclear annihilation than at any other time during the last 50 years.

He boasted that the US could have killed millions of people if he hadn’t signed the deal with North Korea.

“I think you could have lost 20 million people or 30 million people,” he said at a press conference. “This is really an honour for me to do this. I think potentially you could have lost 30 million or 40 million people.

“The city of Seoul.”

Trump has changed his tune—for now—but his posturing over using nuclear weapons is a chilling glimpse of how he views human lives. He had previously threatened to “totally destroy North Korea”.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” he said. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

And Trump remains as much of a warmonger as ever.

Further US involvement in the war in Syria is increasingly likely.

In response to alleged Russian involvement in a chemical weapons attack, Trump threatened a US missile attack. He tweeted, “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart’!”

He backs fascists

A Nazi murdered anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer. Trump said there was “blame on both sides”.

“You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” he said.

It took Trump two days to criticise the fascist mobilisation.

Trump had courted elements of the far right in the US.

White supremacist Steve Bannon was White House chief strategist between January and August 2017. And Trump has retweeted Twitter accounts including @WhiteGenocide and fascist Britain First.

His support boosts the far right and gives them the oxygen they need to grow.

That makes protesting against his visit—and against the resurgent fascist threat in Britain—vitally important.

He boasts of sexual assault

A placard against Trump in Washington during his inauguration in January 2017

A placard against Trump in Washington during his inauguration in January 2017 (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Speaking with TV presenter Billy Bush, Trump boasted that he could treat women however he liked because he was famous.

Trump said he could “grab ’em by the pussy” and “just start kissing them”.

Natasha Stoynoff, Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds and Jill Harth all said that Trump had sexually assaulted them.

“He was relentless,” said Harth. “I didn’t know how to handle it.”

Trump’s record of sexual assault and sexist comments stretches back decades.

He is a homophobe

Trump has frequently spoken out against equal marriage. “I’m not in favour of gay marriage. They should not be able to marry. I just don’t feel good about it. I don’t feel right about it,” he said in 2011.

And Trump has surrounded himself with homophobes in the White House.

Attorney general Jeff Sessions campaigned for legislation to make it easier for bosses to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identification.

Housing secretary Ben Carson described trans people as “abnormal”.

He is a friend of the rich

Trump is a billionaire, ruling class fighter who’s slashed taxes for the rich and corporations.

In 2017 he cut corporation tax by at least 20 percent.

Trump protects the rich

Trump protects the rich (Pic: Socialist Worker)


The US was already more unequal in terms of income than at any time in 150 years, with 41 million US citizens living in poverty. But the tax bill grabbed health insurance from some ­13 ­million people.

And other measures included opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploration.

He attacks workers

When he was campaigning to get elected, Trump said, “The American worker will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”

The opposite has been true.

The Department of Labour announced last month it would roll back limits on 16 and 17 year-olds working in dangerous jobs, such as roofing and chainsaw operating.

This is just one of Trump’s attacks on workplace health and safety regulations. So far 1,579 regulations have been withdrawn.

He backs anti-choice bigots

Trump attended the anti-choice March for Life in Washington DC in January—an unprecedented move for a sitting US president.

“Right now, in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be torn from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month,” he said. “It is wrong. It has to change.”

Anti-abortion vice president Mike Pence introduced Trump to the stage as “the most pro-life president in American history.” “He will restore the sanctity of life,” he said.

In 2016, when asked if he backed punishment for women who had abortion, Trump said, “Yeah, there has to be some form.”

He is a racist

Protesting in Britain against Trump and his Muslim ban

Protesting in Britain against Trump and his Muslim ban (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Trump’s racism goes far back beyond his time in office or when he was campaigning to become president.

When he was a real estate mogul in New York, Trump’s firms were sued twice for discouraging renting apartments to African Americans.

From 1989 Trump took out adverts in newspapers arguing that five black and Latino young men be given the death penalty. They had been accused of raping a white woman in Central Park, New York.

Trump continued to argue for their deaths until 2016—ten years after they had been exonerated by DNA evidence.

More recently, he has described Mexicans as “rapists”. He attacked the mainly black American football players who knelt during the national anthem at the beginning of matches in protest against police violence and killings.

And he has referred to some African and Latin American countries as “shithole countries”.

His immigration crackdowns are brutal

Trump has given border authorities the power to immediately imprison undocumented migrants after they are caught.

And immigration raids are increasing.

His attorney general Jeff Sessions has decided that people fleeing domestic or gang violence are no longer entitled to claim asylum.

Migrants with children are now separated from them once they are picked up. Now many of those children are being housed in a tent city in the Texas town of Tornillo.

The White House chief of staff was asked about what provisions the government had made for the new influx of children the policy would create. He said children “will be taken care of—put into foster care or whatever”

And people already living in the US without documents are facing deportation after Trump got rid of Temporary Protected Status for people from ten countries. In May 90,000 Hondurans lost their status.

He is a climate change denier

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive,” Trump said in 2011.

His views have already had a big impact.

Just this month Harvard university scientists used US government statistics to show that Trump cancelling clean air and water policies will kill an extra 80,000 people every decade.

They described this as an “extremely conservative” estimate.

Before taking office Trump even suggested scrapping the Environmental Protection Agency. He’s already ripped up already limited climate change agreements.

In May the White House cut a NASA space agency programme to monitor the reduction of emissions. It was part of the space programme’s strategy to monitor the effects of climate change. It cost just £8 million.

Tens of thousands protested in London against Trump in February last year

Tens of thousands protested in London against Trump in February last year (Pic: Guy Smallman)

 


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