Trump's actions shouldn't be a surprise

It is not like we did not know what was coming when Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States. His brash campaign of insults, lies and alternative reality did not stop the American voters from plucking him from his Fifth Avenue tower to run amok over our precious democracy. Just days into his presidency, the cold facts are descending over our way of life like a flock of crows over a freshly-harvested cornfield. His tweets keep flying around with reckless abandon while his team of billionaires skate through Senate confirmation toward their eventual accessory to murder of our rights, freedoms and health.

His departments are being shut down with gag orders, hiring freezes and regulation changes. The Environmental Protection Agency will be greatly compromised under its new administrator, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who shuttered Oklahoma's Department of Environmental Management and may have been hired to repeat that ignominious task for the Trump government. Similarly, Betsy DeVos poses a serious threat to the Education Department. Former Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has been tabbed to run the Energy Department and supervise the cancelation of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

After claiming that 3-5 million fraudulent voters robbed him of his victory in the popular vote on election day, he signed executive orders to revive the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline projects and to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Keeping one’s promises is looking scary.

Dave Johnson

Michigan City

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