Donald Trump's cruel policies are in direct opposition to the words on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
Not even six months into his presidency, Donald Trump seems more intent on creating tired, poor, huddled masses than welcoming and helping them.
And his war on the poor and the vulnerable is an all-encompassing, global venture that is already tarnishing the reputation of America in the eyes of the world.
While Trump’s approval ratings hover below 40 percent at home, his numbers are starkly lower with some of our most valued allies.
When asked about their confidence in the U.S. president to “do the right thing” regarding world affairs, Pew research shows a stark contrast between responses regarding Trump compared to those about President Barack Obama:
Germany: 86 percent (Obama) vs. 11 percent (Trump)
France: 84 percent (Obama) vs. 14 percent (Trump)
South Korea: 86 percent (Obama) vs. 17 percent (Trump)
United Kingdom: 79 percent (Obama) vs. 22 percent (Trump)
Japan: 78 percent (Obama) vs. 24 percent (Trump)
According to Pew, “In the eyes of most people surveyed around the world, the White House’s new occupant is arrogant, intolerant, and even dangerous.”
If America was once a shining beacon on a hill, Trump is doing all in his power to extinguish it. But millions of people, both here and abroad, are raging against the dying of the light.
In response to the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule, countries have pledged more than $100 million to help fill the gap left by the Trump for women’s reproductive health. Their responses mirror the sentiments of their residents towards America’s president.
“This should not be a moment where we are taking steps back into the dark ages,” said Belgium’s deputy prime minister, Alexander De Croo, describing the unified reaction from European countries.
Countries in Europe are also banding together to make up for Trump’s malicious cuts to international aid in favor of over-militarization. And they are not hiding their outrage.
“To abandon the vulnerable for armaments would not make America greater but would make her smaller,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
On the domestic front, Democratic mayors and governors are refusing to give the Trump administration the last word on climate change. Leaders are banding together and letting the world know that Trump’s retrograde ideas are not the way of the future.
And Americans across the country are standing up and fighting against Trumpcare. From phone calls to town halls, millions of Americans are determined to fight for expanding health care to more people, not ripping it away from the poor and most vulnerable.
Those fighting for justice here should know that there are millions around the world joining the struggle against Trump’s arrogance, intolerance, and danger.