Everyone can now let out a sigh of relief – we have nearly made it through President Donald Trump’s first calendar year as president. For all the childish insults on Twitter, divisive speeches, and fiery rhetoric aimed at our allies as often as our enemies, it turned out to be a year led by an idiot, all sound and fury, signifying nothing.
That isn’t to say nothing changed behind the noise – indeed, his advisors, cabinet members, and legislative allies have spent the last 11 months working feverishly to dismantle anything with President Obama’s signature on it. The ramifications of rolling back environmental protections, worker protections, and the corporation-skewed tax plan will be felt for years to come. Trump has been effectively manipulated with simple platitudes by everyone from the xenophobic Steve Bannon to wealthy cartoon villain and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
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