The Trickle Down is Salute Magazine‘s weekly column by Political Writer Amanda Godula. The Trickle Down is a weekly look into what’s need-to-know, fresh takes on trends, and the inevitable controversies from the political arena. Let’s dig in and see what’s happening this week.
Each week the Trump administration faces a new scandal, or so it seems. With so much scandalous news breaking, it’s easy to forget even some of the most egregious. Here’s the ones to follow.
Make no mistake, the Russia investigation is still happening. Ironically, newsworthy stories break that seem impossible to happen and curiously timed, like the Joe Arpaio Senate bid (which has had no major news coverage since the initial announcement). Stories like the Arpaio one are likely distractions from real stories like Russia. (See Arpaio Is A Distraction From Russia Investigation, with other examples.)
Things like the administration not imposing sanctions on Russia and other affiliates after a near unanimous Congressional approval, or creating chaos in the departments investigating his administration’s connection to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, or a former British intelligence officer’s dossier on possible collusion with Russia, or…or…or…
People were charged for their roles with Russia and two pleaded guilty. There’s more news bound to come out, but Special Counsel Robert Mueller runs a near leak-free investigation.
This is an ever-evolving and updating scandal. This scandal should not be ignored, not matter how repetitive the headlines get.
Advocacy of Women’s Inequality
President Donald Trump has known to back men accused of sexual assault.
On Roy Moore sexual assault: He endorsed alleged sexual assault predator Roy Moore and defended him against allegations saying, “”If you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours. He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen.”
On Roger Ailes after sexually harassing dozens of women: “It’s very sad because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person. And, by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly.”
Need more? Here’s a list.
But let’s not kid ourselves – the president has been accused by nearly 20 women for sexual misconduct. It’s likely he would defend himself.
The trend continues, but his defensive boundaries widen. He now defends domestic abusers in his administration. Two men in his administration resigned amid the newly public allegations.
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
Yet, the White House knew about allegations, knew it could impact his national security clearance, but kept them in the administration. (And encouraged other staffers lie about it. Which lead to leaking it to the media.)
Not only are predator men defended, Trump policies negatively affect women.
Policies like rolling back the birth control mandate to give women easier access for reproductive choices (and no, not meaning abortions), taking away the protections for workplace discrimination which aimed to equalize pay and address workplace sexual assault, and eliminating the Obama-era equal pay rule.
His policies suppress women – politically, professionally, and personally – while supporting predators to thrive. This is a created class system where women can’t be at the top, or equal.
Deportation / “Border Security”
In Trump’s presidential candidacy announcement speech, he had strong words for the type of Mexican finding his/her way to the American side of the border.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
Trump explains that “bad hombres” are who enter America illegally (looking past the glaringly racist overtone) – we need secure a border to create more safety. More safety means more money. Who will funds it?
Mexico will pay for the wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2016
The popular call and response slogan for the Trump campaign. But, let’s be honest: it was never realistic. (Just ask Mexico. And the United States.) Not only will Mexico not pay for it, but it doesn’t solve illegal immigration. Visa overstays create a gaping oversight for immigration – and not necessarily from the south, it’s from the Canadian border.
So, okay, this isn’t technically a scandal – and well, maybe – but, with Trump’s immigration/border security plans, there’s deportation.
Trump paints the picture of the bad apples being deported. (Preference to the American colloquialism versus Trump’s version – it should be obvious why.) That’s not always the case. The people being deported are the business owner described as a “pillar of the community” being sent to a country he doesn’t know, a taxpayer who was brought to America as a child and has an American wife and children, and veterans.
The latter part of the sentence is true. While not illegal, it is deplorable.
Undocumented immigrants who served in the military are being deported after being honorably discharged. They have no access to veterans benefits because they can’t re-enter the country they served. Instead of a citizenship pathway, we target them for deportation. Why? Because they have made themselves known to the government, making an easy target.
Truly, the bad apples are the ones harder to find because they don’t pay taxes, create American businesses, or serve in the U.S. military. They fly under the radar. They are less likely for deportation. But, you know who is? People like immigrant veterans.
Albeit, this is technically not a scandal like Watergate, but deporting veterans after they’ve honorably served? This should be a full-blown scandal.
The real scandal is Americans paying for the wall after asinine promises of Mexico picking up the tab. The real scandal is that the wall provides “border security” not border security. The real scandal is veteran deportation.
These are the scandals that get drowned out amidst the weekly (or daily) OMG moments. Don’t get distracted. Keep reading and educating. Combat the distractions with staying informed.