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.
1786. Blocked witnesses in the impeachment trial
1787. Mocked a reporter's transgender parent
1788. Expanded the travel ban to include 6 new countries
1789. Denied California the right to collect taxes on managed care organizations
1790. Withheld $1bn in funding for renewable energy
1791. Systematically ignored science in policy decisions
1792. Gave Rush Limbaugh the Medal of Freedom
1793. The Republican Senate voted to acquit Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of justice in a near party line vote
1794. Suspended programs to help New York travelers
1795. Opened his post impeachment “victory speech” by admitting he obstructed justice
It was a pretty big week. The impeachment trial wrapped up, first with Republicans knee capping the proceedings by refusing to accept witnesses, then voting to acquit Trump in a strictly partisan vote. Meanwhile, Trump continued to systematically undermine America’s science and energy policies, took putative actions against states he doesn’t like, and gave Rush Limbaugh the medal of freedom.
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.