Welcome to American Bridge 21st Century's Donald Trump opposition research hub. This website exists to help allies find the research needed to defeat Donald Trump in 2024. It's organized into multiple reports designed to help you tell the full story about Trump's failed presidency - and make the case against his 2024 campaign.
Update: Trump is still a failure
Trump's campaign began by months of breaking the law to collect unlimited funds for his political groups to benefit, who else, himself.
Trump left office after four years of bigotry, chaos, and indisputable harm to the country he inherited. His handling of the pandemic left 400,000 Americans dead. His horrendous handling of the economy cost 2.9 million Americans their jobs. And his work to rig the federal judiciary cost many Americans their most basic rights - including the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the loss of abortion rights for millions.
Trump left office as he came into it - lying and dividing our country. He spent months lying about the election, leading up to a deadly insurrection. And since then, New York's Attorney general has launched a probe into Trump's corrupt business practices.
Simply put: we cannot afford another Trump presidency.
President Trump was a historic failure.
Trump's time in office has been a national embarrassment, weakening America's standing on the world stage. He has shown himself to be fundamentally incapable of and uninterested in being president, exclusively looking out for himself, his businesses, and his family -- no matter the costs to American life, liberty, or happiness. Now, against the backdrop of an unprecedented pandemic and deepening recession, the Trump administration's lies, corruption, and sheer incompetence are directly impacting the lives of millions of Americans.
Bungling a Pandemic
Before coronavirus, Trump had already bungled the federal response to multiple disasters, and as COVID-19 began spreading in China, Trump was warned many times by his intelligence agencies, advisors, and government officials to prepare for a pandemic. But predictably, he did not.
Instead, he downplayed the threat, gave conflicting information, and confused the public. The communication problems were compounded by the damage already done to the White House's credibility throughout his term by an endless stream of misinformation spewing from his Twitter feed, the podium, and on TV. His policy response was almost nonexistent, poorly managed, and fueled by partisan politics.
He utterly failed to marshal the resources of the US government to face the threat, perhaps hindered by a historically corrupt cabinet. He delegated a large portion of this task to his son-in-law who also bungled it -- one of many instances of his nepotism backfiring on the country.
Throughout his crisis response, however, Trump found the resources to make sure his friends were taken care of. He also took the time to praise China's handling of the virus, even taking them at their word. This fealty may be related to his financial exposure to Chinese interests, and other foreign entities, or his personal antipathy towards the American system of government and overt authoritarian tendencies.
Now, as the pandemic rages on with a second wind and the election fast approaching, Trump has sought to demonize the voting system and attack voting rights in the United States.
Failing the American People
Another striking feature of Trump's presidency has been his complete abandonment of senior citizens. Between the isolation and deaths caused by a failed coronavirus response, to promised cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and ever-increasing prescription drug prices, it's hard to pinpoint what motivates his anti-senior agenda other than a devotion to traditional GOP
But the economic destruction resulting from the crisis was no accident, since his policies systematically weakened the ability of everyday workers to weather a health crisis, putting them at risk of bankruptcy and surprise medical bills. Trump even refused to abandon plans for historic cuts to Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid outlined in his election year budget. And to this day, his administration is in court attempting to litigate away the Affordable Care Act that provides health care coverage to millions of Americans.
Trump's missteps have had catastrophic consequences. Countries who took the pandemic seriously did better than the United States,economically and in terms of health outcomes. But while the economy crashes around the American people, Trump's businesses continue to benefit from the presidency and his wealthy friends still have access to their massive tax cuts, at the expense of the middle class.
We cannot afford another four years, let alone another four hours, of a Trump presidency.
This November, Trump and his distinctly cruel, corrupt, and careless brand of politics must be defeated. Our country depends on it.