Trump Focused on Destroying Obama’s Legacy

President Trump has made it a point to undo his predecessor’s work — seemingly just for the sake of doing so.


President Donald Trump has tried — unsuccessfully — to do away with the legacy of former President Barack Obama. Given Trump’s history of attacking his predecessor, his pointedness on demolishing his successes hardly comes as a surprise.

Trump for years pushed the birther movement, his unfounded questioning of the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate and whether Obama was born in the United States. An archive of Trump’s tweets includes 85 where he references the “birther movement,” dating back to 2011. (In 2012 he chose to tweet about it on the anniversary of Sept. 11 — twice.)

Two of Trump’s biggest focuses have been on undoing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 71 percent of Americans would rather try to make Obamacare work than completely upend the current policy. As time goes by, support for Obamacare has only grown, with an April Gallup poll finding that 55 percent of Americans support Obamacare — up by 13 percentage points from November.

The GOP has not been able to muster enough votes in Congress to replace Obamacare with their own law, so Trump has used other avenues to essentially kill Obamacare. Most recently the White House announced that Trump would be ending Obamacare payments to insurance companies.

Trump does not seem to care who he affects in the process of doing away with Obamacare. A report from The Associated Press concluded that of those who would be most impacted by the Republicans undoing Obama’s healthcare plan, about 70 percent are from states that supported Trump during the election.

The AP reported:

“An estimated 4 million people were benefiting from the cost-sharing payments in the 30 states Trump carried, according to an analysis of 2017 enrollment data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Of the 10 states with the highest percentage of consumers benefiting from cost-sharing, all but one — Massachusetts — went for Trump.”

So why has Trump remained so dead set on ridding the U.S. of Obamacare? Despite support for the healthcare law, and how it would adversely affect his own loyal support base, CNN suggested that Trump has focused more on the name rather than the numbers:

“The key to understanding Trump’s motivations here are entirely contained in the ACA’s shorthand nickname: Obamacare. It’s named after the man — former President Barack Obama (duh) — who shepherded it into existence. And that’s exactly why Trump wants to get rid of it.”

Another Obama-era move Trump sought to destroy — and which he ended last month — is DACA. Established in 2012, DACA protected immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. by undocumented parents when they were under sixteen. DACA applicants must have been living in the country since at least June of 2007 and either be enrolled in school, have a high school diploma or equivalent or be an honorably discharged veteran. They cannot have been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor or more than two other misdemeanors.

Nearly 800,000 people have obtained DACA status, according to the most recent statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Trump halted the program in September and then suggested he would be open to a deal, one that includes money to fund his prized wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, to protect DACA recipients, known as Dreamers.

Deporting American residents who entered the country illegally as children could cost the U.S. economy about $280 billion, according to a study by the CATO Institute published in January. “Many Americans believe that the presence of unauthorized immigrants is harmful to the economy and would like to see steps taken to reduce their presence,” wrote economist Ike Brannon, a co-author of the study. “However, a repeal or roll-back of DACA would harm the economy and cost the U.S. government a significant amount of lost tax revenue.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last week on her show highlighted a long list of things, including Obamacare and DACA, that Trump has attempted to change during his first year in office. The one thing they all have in common is that they were policies or achievements reached by Obama — and, seemingly for that reason, Trump is hell bent on eradicating them.

“President Obama negotiated the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal, primarily as a way to try to outmaneuver China economically. Trump is stopping that. President Obama played a key role in negotiating the 195 country Paris Climate Accord. Trump is pulling us out of that. President Obama started normalizing relations with Cuba. Trump is stopping that. President Obama’s clean power plan? Kill it. President Obama’s rule to keep seriously mentally ill people from buying guns? Kill that. The Obama insurance rule to make sure birth control is covered by health insurance? Kill that. The Obama flood protection rule, so we don’t build critical infrastructure where it’s going to … Yeah, kill that. It’s not like we’re ever gonna have a flood again. President Obama played a key role in getting a deal between the five permanent members of the U.N. security council, plus Germany, plus the EU, a historic deal with Iran to limit Iran’s nuclear program. Everybody else on that deal is still on board. Trump today started to pull us out on that.”

“What I wanna know, though, is have we ever had a president who pursued nothing of his own, legislatively, nothing?” Maddow questioned. “Have we ever had a president, whether or not they had complete control of Congress, have we ever had a president whose only action as president, for the first ten months, was only to try to undo everything done by the previous president?”

In response, simply put, Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian, told Maddow: “No.”

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    • You’re absolutely right. These are the kinds of things that need to be brought to light during the next election, which can’t get here fast enough.

  • quite frankly there isn’t much to destroy. he rested his entire administration on the ACA, right/wrong/indifferent. the GOP neutralized any attempt at substantial quantitative and quality legislation bills. i’m not an Obama fan but his situation was like the Black guy holding a management position in the office full of White people. no way White people will give you all the respect as their supervisor versus a White person in the same position.

  • An idea- lets make up something and let him put his name on it. Maybe then he will be happy and go away.

    • He was already asked if healthcare is now TrumpCare and couldn’t run away from that idea fast enough.

  • Can we please start calling the 2nd Amendment the Obama Amendment and let Trump get to work abolishing it?

  • Nothing this individual does, tweets or says surprises me anymore. His actions should not surprise anyone, those that voted for him or continue to support him. The level of unadulterated ignorance of so many is shocking, sometimes. 45 can dismantle everything that 44 did or attempted to do. But here is what will not change: 44 is and was the first Black president of the ENTIRE United States (not just pandering to his base); 44 maintains more class in his discarded shoes than the current, part-time occupant of the WH, will EVER have. 45 has no integrity, scruples or morals.

    America is a global laughingstock and that did not happen because we had a 2 term Black president.

    • In a way, that is exactly how we got 45. He was able to bamboozle enough stupid, racist people who could not stand the fact that our first black president was a dignified, educated, diplomatic commander-in-chief. There were enough hateful ignoramuses to elect an undignified, unpatriotic, bamboozling, slimy, con artist who, with the help of Russia, leaned into their hate.

  • Not surprised. Trump is a joke. He has a serious infatuation with Obama that is sick. Also, in the article one of the words “deadest” I believe should be “dead set”

  • very sad but also shows the true state of this country and the so called patriots stance on race relations. Trump is obsessed with Obama and as much as it pains me to state it is a pigmentation issue, Trump is not alone in this. in the wee hours of the night he realizes he could never be Obama. the establishment resents the success of any person of color. As Lyndon Johnson stated give the lowest white man something to look down on, hell he will allow you to pick his pocket. Hence why they vote against their own interest. his focus on hate will destroy him and this country, once they realize that it may be too late.

  • Judging by the way Democrats nationwide lost about 1000 state and federal elected offices during Obama’s two terms, some might say Trump’s doing just about what his voters desired.

  • When you are busy trying to dig another man’s grave, make sure you don’t fall in it.

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