Larry Bargenquast’s Sept. 3 letter (“Stop ignoring President Donald Trump’s accomplishments,”) lists several Trump accomplishments and claims the president fails to receive proper credit for them. Unfortunately, many so-called “accomplishments” have negative consequences.
He claims Trump has stopped excessive government interference in our lives. However, Trump’s proposed cuts limit funding for science and the environment, leaving us vulnerable to unsafe drinking water, harmful chemicals, pesticides, pollution, etc.
He gives Trump credit for removing 1.1 million from the food stamp rolls, ignoring the fact that 45 percent of those receiving food stamps are children under 18 years. Also included are people with disabilities and the elderly.
Trump is credited for bringing illegal immigration down. Under Trump, Latinos are terrorized. He’s made every unauthorized immigrant a deportation priority, even though one-fourth of those detained in raids are innocent. Even the Dreamers brought to the U.S. as young children are not safe. He’s driving Latinos underground, afraid to even report abuses.
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Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord is no accomplishment. It undermines America’s standing in the world and damages humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis.
Listing the Commission on Voter Fraud as an accomplishment is a stretch. It was a sham attempt to prove Trump won the popular vote.
Beryl Bennett, Morro Bay