As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week.
1169. Shutdown the government for the third time in a year
1170. Threatened to cut aid to Palestinians
- Further destabilized the markets by threatening to carry the shutdown into the new year, threatening the Federal Reserve and generally sending confused messages
- An 8 year old died in ICE custody
- As a consequence of the shutdown, slashed nearly all food stamp office staff
1174. Moved to appeal a Federal ruling against his asylum ban
1175. Stopped FEMA issued flood insurance policies as a consequence of the shutdown
1176. Attempted to dismiss lawsuits filed by cities over his administration’s attempts to sabotage the ACA
1177. Told a small child Santa Claus isn’t real
1178. Suggested that most unpaid Federal workers are Democrats as some sort of justification for the shutdown
With the Holiday season rolling through a lot of people were out from work with their families, under penalty of law. For the third time this year the government shut down, putting hundreds of thousands of Federal on a mandatory furlough without pay. There were numerous consequences of this, for example food stamp offices are now severely understaffed and FEMA can no longer provide flood insurance, among other things. For their part, Congress was also on vacation, with only a few perfunctory sessions held since the shutdown more or less ensuring that the shutdown will continue on into the new session in 2019. In fact, it seems the only person who wasn’t spending the holidays with family was Trump, who apparently spent Christmas Eve moping around the White House and telling little girls Santa isn’t real.
As always, I don’t expect to catch everything, so let me know if there’s anything you think I’ve missed. The full omnibus is being maintained here (a spreadsheet version can be found here). For an overall summary, click here.