Lacking Policy Vision, President Trump Attacks Barack Obama Accomplishments | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


>>>THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS PASSED NO SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATION MUCH OF ANY KIND. LAST NIGHT WE TALKED ABOUT THE BILL TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS FOR INTERFERING IN OUR ELECTION. THAT BILL WAS PASSED BY BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS WITH GIGANTIC BIPARTISAN MARGINS AND EVEN THOUGH PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS OPPOSED TO THE BILL, HE BE GRUDGINGLY SIGNED IT ANYWAY. I SHOULD MENTI MENTION EVEN THO THAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION DID PASS AND DID GET SIGNED INTO LAW, ONCE IT WAS LAW, THE PRESIDENT IGNORED IT. HE SIGNED IT INTO LAW BUT THEN HE JUST LET THE DEADLINE PASS FOR IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA FOR MESSING IN OUR ELECTION. HE NEVER DID ANYTHING. SO HE DID SIGN ONE SIGNIFICANT LAW BUT THEN HE IGNORED IT. AND THAT’S IT REALLY. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH ALL THAT HAS BEEN DONE WHEN IT COMES TO LEGISLATION AND THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION. AND WHATEVER ANYBODY THOUGHT ABOUT THE NEW PRESIDENT COMING INTO OFFICE, ESPECIALLY WITH ONE PARTY CONTROL OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND SENATE AND HOUSE, I THINK NOBODY EXPECTED THAT HE WOULD HAVE PASSED NOTHING TEN MONTHS INTO HIS TIME IN OFFICE. I THINK IT MAY BE AS MUCH AS OF A SHOCK TO TRUMP SUPPORTER TO SEE THIS PRESIDENCY ONLY ADVANCE ONE IDEA SO FAR, TO ONLY ACTUALLY TAKE ACTION TO ACCOMPLISH ONE CATEGORY OF THINGS SO FAR. THE ONLY THING THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ACTIVELY PURSUED AND DONE ANYTHING ABOUT IS TO UNDO THINGS DONE BY PRESIDENT OBAMA, NO MATTER WHAT THEY WERE. PRESIDENT OBAMA MOVED TO SHIELD THE D.R.E.A.M.ers FROM DEPORTATION, TRUMP IS STOPPING THAT. PRESIDENT OBAMA NEGOTIATED THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE DEAL 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. COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE, KILL THAT. THE OBAMA FLOOD PROTECTION RULE SO WE DON’T BUILD CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE — KILL THAT. IT’S NOT LIKE WE’RE EVER GOING TO HAVE A FLOOD AGAIN. PRESIDENT OBAMA PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN GETTING THE DEAL BETWEEN THE FIVE MEMBERS OF U.N. PLUS GERMANY AND EU TO LIMIT IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. EVERYBODY ELSE IS STILL ON BOARD. TRUMP TODAY STARTED TO PULL US OUT FROM THAT. ALTHOUGH REPUBLICAN CONGRESS HAS NOW GIVEN UP ON TRYING TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, TRUMP LAST NIGHT ANNOUNCED A NEW POLICY TO TRY TO WRECK THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET, TO THROW A MILLION AMERICANS OFF HEALTH INSURANCE. TO MAKE HEALTH COSTS GO UP FOR EVERYONE AND SPEND 200 BILLION TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO DO THAT. AND YOU CAN TAKE APART ANY ONE OF THOSE DECISIONS ON THEIR OWN AT POLICY LEVEL. WHAT I WANT TO KNOW THOUGH, HAVE WE EVER HAD A PRESIDENT WHO PURSUED NOTHING OF HIS OWN LEGISLATIVELY? NOTHING. 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? IS THAT ALSO AN UNPRECEDENTED THING ABOUT THE TRUMP ERA. JOINING US NOW IS MICHAEL BESCHLOSS. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT.>>THANKS, RACHEL. OF COURSE.>>HAS THIS HAPPENED BEFORE?>>NO. IN A WORD, YOU LOOK, ROOSEVELT RAN AGAINST HOOVER AND ROOSEVELT SAID I DISAGREE WITH THE WAY HOOVER IS DEALING WITH THE GREAT DEPRESSION. ROOSEVELT WON AND HE BROUGHT ABOUT THE NEW DEAL, THIS HUGE AMOUNT OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS TO TRY TO IMPROVE PEOPLE’S LIVES. RONALD REAGAN IN 1980 SAID I DISAGREE WITH JIMMY CARTER IN ALL SORTS OF WAYS AND CAME INTO OFFICE, IT WAS A REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE AND TAX AND DEFENSE SPENDING AND OTHER THINGS, BUT IT WASN’T THIS — IT’S ALMOST AS IF DONALD TRUMP WHEN HE WAS RUNNING AND EVEN DURING THIS FIRST YEAR, THE CENTERPIECE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION IS I LOATHE BARACK OBAMA AND ALL HE STANDS FOR AND I’M GOING TO BE THE OPPOSITE.>>I FEEL LIKE IN TRYING TO UNDERSTAND TRUMPISM AND WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP CAME FROM NOT JUST AS AN INDIVIDUAL BUT IN TERMS OF THIS MOMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, I FEEL LIKE THERE HAS BEEN A SORT OF QUASIINTELLECTUAL ARGUMENT THAT MAYBE THE TWO PARTIES WERE NOT SO SIMILAR BUT SO LOCKED IN PLACE IN TERMS OF PARTISAN COMBAT AND AMERICAN POLICY MAKING AND PARTISAN COMBAT HAD BECOME SO PREDICTABLE AND GRIDLOCKED THAT MAYBE HAVING A METEOR STRIKE, MAYBE HAVING SOMEBODY REALLY FROM OUTSIDE THAT SYSTEM, EVEN IF THERE WAS SOMETHING DESTRUCTIVE IN TERMS OF HIS AGENDA AND DEMOCRATIC NORMS, IT WOULD AT LEAST SHAKE THINGS UP AND MAKE THINGS HAPPEN IN A DIFFERENT WAY. WE WOULD START LOOKING AT POLITICS AND POBLGTS OF LEGISLATION WITH A DIFFERENT NUMBER LINE.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THIS FEELS LIKE THE OPPOSITE OF THAT IS HAPPENING.>>RIGHT. THAT WAS HIS ARGUMENT, THAT BRING ME IN AND I’LL GET ALL SORTS OF THINGS DONE BECAUSE I’M GOING TO DO IT A DIFFERENT WAY. REMEMBER WHAT PAUL RYAN SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF ALL OF THIS. HE SAID, WELCOME TO UNITED REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT, LOOK AT ALL OF THE THINGS YOU’LL SEE HAPPEN. THEY HAVEN’T HAPPENED.>>IN TERMS OF THE — I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS PERSONAL. I DO KNOW THAT THERE IS AN UNUSUAL AND SING YOU LAR FOCUS OF WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. THEY HAVE UNDONE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION INITIATIVES FULL STOP, THAT’S REALLY ALL THEY’VE DONE. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S PERSONALLY MOTIVATED. BUT SHOULD WE EXPECT A PERSONAL RESPONSE FROM THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT WHEN OTHER PRESIDENTS HAVE COME IN AND MADE A REAL ISSUE ABOUT THEIR IMMEDIATE PREDECESSOR’S RECORD OR TRIED TO UNDO THINGS CLOSE TO THE LEGACY ISSUES, DO YOU SEE PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS RISE BACK UP AND RESURFACE INTO PUBLIC LIFE?>>SURE, EISENHOWER, FOR INSTANCE, CAMPAIGNED IN THE 1962 MID-TERM ELECTIONS WHEN HE FELT THAT KENNEDY WAS CRITICIING HIM AND TURN BACK THINGS HE HAD DONE. YOU’LL SEE THAT WITH BARACK OBAMA. HE’S GOING TO CAMPAIGN IN VIRGINIA VERY SOON AND I GUARANTEE YOU’LL SEE HIM IN THE MID-TERM ELECTION DOING THE SAME KIND OF THING NEXT YEAR. IF YOU LOOK AT HISTORY, ESPECIALLY THE LAST 100 YEARS, NEVER THE KIND OF PERSONAL ANIMOSITY YOU SEE FROM DONALD TRUMP TOWARDS HIS PREDECESSOR. THERE’S NOTHING LIKE IT.>>MICHAEL BESCHLOSS, NBC NEWS PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN. THANK YOU.

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