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The First 100 Horrific Days of a Trump Presidency - Don't Say You Weren't Warned

Dana Milbank - The Moderate Voice
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November 7, 2016
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England's Guy Fawkes Night took an American twist with the burning of giant Donald Trump effigies in Edenbridge and Lewes. (CNN)

In the early hours after this year’s Brexit vote, the top Google searches on the topic by shocked Britons were “what does it mean to leave the EU” and “what is the EU.”

Don’t let this happen here.

Now that James Comey has dedicated the FBI to the election of Donald Trump, a remote possibility is a serious prospect. But we don’t have to wonder what the first 100 days of a Trump presidency would look like. Trump has given a clear picture of what he plans, and the rest would be filled in by events beyond Trump’s control.

Among things you can expect: a trade war with China and Mexico, a restarting of Iran’s nuclear program, millions losing their health insurance, the start of mass deportations, a possible military standoff with China in the South China Sea and North Korea, the resumption of waterboarding, the use of federal agencies to go after Hillary Clinton and other Trump critics, the spectacle of the commander in chief suing women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and a constitutional crisis as the president of the United States attempts to disqualify the federal judge in a fraud suit against him because the judge is Latino.

Oh, and the Federal Reserve would be audited, and guns would once again be allowed in schools.



Trump has said that on his first day in office he will label China “a currency manipulator” — kicking off punitive tariffs. Trump said he will seek a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports. Likewise, he will on his first day announce that he will renegotiate or (more likely) withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. He favors 35 percent tariffs on Mexican imports.

China and Mexico, thrown into recession, will likely retaliate by blocking U.S. business from their markets. In the ensuing trade war, American consumers would be unable to purchase products they rely on, and inflation would soar.

American businesses would lose hundreds of billions of dollars in exports. A Moody’s report done for The Washington Post predicts a net cost to the United States of 7 million jobs. Recession would come within a year — unless further economic shocks bring about a 1930s-style depression.

Trump has said he will ask Congress, also on his first day, to repeal Obamacare. This would mean the loss of health insurance for 24 million Americans, and mass chaos.

At the same time, Trump would deliver a shock to labor markets: He would, on his first day, begin the deportation of more than 2 million “criminal illegal immigrants.” The liberal Center for American Progress calculates this would cost $20.1 billion, and there’s only enough funding currently to deport 400,000 per year.

Simultaneously, Trump pledges to deliver an immediate blow to local-government finances, cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in public safety and other funds to “sanctuary cities.” U.S. universities and laboratories would be hit by Trump’s pledge to cancel payments to U.N. climate-change programs, the Center for American Progress says. Huge tax cuts that Trump pledged would require either massive cuts in government spending (and resulting job loss) or a vast increase in debt.

The backdrop for these economic shocks: international chaos. Many Trump early-days promises — halting immigration from terrorist-prone countries, renegotiating NATO terms and the Iran nuclear accord, pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate-change agreement — will open rifts with allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

As trade wars spread, shocks to the economy mount and allies retreat, the new president will be distracted by legal proceedings. Though “Crooked Hillary” gets the attention, a judge in New Jersey last month ruled that there is probable cause to investigate a complaint of official misconduct against Gov. Chris Christie — the head of Trump’s would-be transition — because of his role in the Bridgegate scandal. Ties to Russia by two Trump loyalists are reportedly under federal examination.

Trump University is facing multiple investigations and class-action suits accusing it of fraud. One such suit is scheduled to go to trial on Nov. 28 before U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Trump called Indiana-born Curiel “Mexican” and said the judge can’t be impartial because of his ethnicity.

Trump has threatened to use the power of the presidency against Curiel, much as he has threatened to use it against Clinton and the media.

This is life in the early days of a Trump presidency: economic shock, international instability and constitutional crisis as Trump makes the presidency his plaything.

Don’t say you weren’t warned.

See the original at The Moderate Voice

Related: One Day Before the Election We Still Have No Idea Where Trump Stands on These 6 Essential Policies (Raw Story)

Related: The Target of Donald Trump's Hatred May Bring About His Downfall (NewStatesman)

Related: After Crushing Trump Pinatas, Mexicans Hope He Will Lose (Agence France-Presse)

Related: World Reaction to the 2016 Presidential Election (The Point News)

Related: Latino Voters Hate ‘Mr. Crazy’ — and They May be About to Boot Him All the Way Back to Trump Tower (Raw Story)

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