Robert Reich: Trump is trying to distract you from these 5 major stories with his ‘gutter’ tweets
Writing on Facebook, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich noted that, while the media has been obsessed by President Donald Trump attacking them as “fake news” and insulting MSNBC host Mika Brezinski, there are serious topics that are being shoved off the front page — and that is the way the president likes it.
“If you’re like me, it can be hard to keep up with everything that’s going on with the Trump administration,” Reich wrote before ticking off what he calls a “resistance recap on the week’s biggest stories.”
In order, Reich claims the big topics were…
- Trumpcare stalling in the Senate:
“The details of the bill were even too much for Republicans to stomach. When Mitch McConnell finally released his version of the bill from behind closed doors, many Republicans balked at the deep cuts to Medicaid. Estimates released on Monday by the Congressional Budget Office that 22 million Americans would lose coverage under the proposal only furthered doubts,” Reich wrote.
- Trump’s voter fraud commission facing serious opposition.
Trump’s commission to investigate his trumped-up claims of voter fraud in the 2016 election requested states turn over personal information about everyone who has voted since 2006 — names, addresses, birthdates, political party, criminal history, and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers,” he wrote. “The request came from commission co-chair Kris Kobach, the secretary of state in Kansas and a fervent believer that voter fraud is widespread despite decades of evidence to the contrary. Democratic and Republican election officials in nearly 30 states have already pushed back, questioning the legality of the request.”
- The “smoking gun” in the Russia investigation may have been uncovered.
“Last fall, Republican financier Peter W. Smith assembled a team of computer experts to contact hackers connected with the Russian government, in order to get emails Smith believed had been hacked from Hillary Clinton’s private server, according to the Wall Street Journal,” according to Reich Smith told multiple people he was working with Trump campaign advisor Michael Flynn.”
- Those “gutter” tweets the president can’t seem to stop writing.
“It’s bad enough that Trump dumps on media that criticize him, and even on specific journalists. But he’s also adding to the coarsening of America — the harsh personal attacks now poisoning how we talk to and about one another,” Reich explained. “Trump is President of the United States, a position we used to hope and expect would set the norm for civility. Instead, he’s dragging the nation into the gutter of his own crude, vindictive, acrid mind.”
- And, finally, Trump’s Muslim travel ban that got a partial go-ahead from the Supreme Court.
“It’s a bad omen for the final decision that the Court is allowing the ban to go into effect now. It suggests 5 justices aren’t likely to be moved by what led the lower courts to reject the ban: (1) Trump’s statements revealing his bigoted intent to ban Muslims, and (2) the Trump administration’s failure to show a sufficient national security interest in banning travel from these 6 countries. Trump’s travel ban is religious discrimination, plain and simple,” he concluded.
You can read the whole thing here.