It’s been a failed presidential year. Barack Obama’s presidency was about “hope.” Donald Trump’s presidency is about “fear,” his current approval rating is a low 32 percent.

In a Dec. 28 New York Times interview, Trump revealed he is authoritarian and delusional, falsely claiming he has an "absolute right" to control the Justice Department. Trump is also a ticking time bomb, saying inflammatory, dangerous unhinged things. During sensitive talks with North Korea, he warmongered, calling their leader “Little Rocket Man.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson privately called Trump a “moron.” Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Vladimir Putin is using Trump like “an asset.”

Unlike previous predecessors, Trump was involved in scandal before he was president; 19 women accused him of sexual assault. Now he claims the Access Hollywood video about him groping women isn’t real. Access Hollywood fired back, “It’s very real.”

It takes months to create a good tax bill. Trump’s rushed, slipshod bill is the cruelest piece of domestic legislation in modern American history. It had no public hearings or bipartisan collaboration. Sixty-four percent of Americans opposed it. It adds $1.5 trillion to the national debt. Today’s children will pay that. Thirteen million people will lose their health insurance; it places Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in jeopardy.

We have booming corporate profits, yet workers are getting flat wages, this bill won’t change that. It’s a victory for the failed Reaganomics theory of trickle-down; voodoo economics. Hours after signing the tax bill, Trump boasted to ultra-wealthy members of his Mar-a-Lago resort, “You all just got a lot richer!”

Today’s Republican concept of governing America is to use one-sided, untruthful, dishonest, deceitfulness. Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer supported that. That type of terrible governing only happens when voters allow it to happen.

Larry Larsen, Mandan

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