“Nobody has ever done so much in the first two years of a presidency as this administration,” Donald Trump said at a Mississippi rally last year. Now we know that’s true, but probably not in the way that he imagined. A report by Freedom House—a government funded democracy research organization—says “no president in living memory has shown less respect for its tenets, norms, and principles.”
Trump has assailed essential institutions and traditions, including the separation of powers, a free press, an independent judiciary, the impartial delivery of justice, safeguards against corruption and most disturbingly, the legitimacy of elections.
The annual Freedom In The World report has called Trump out for, among other things, assailing the word of law, demonizing the press, and threatening American ideals abroad.
“There remains little question that President Trump exerts an influence on American politics that is straining our core values and testing the stability of our constitutional system,” writes Freedom House president Mike Abramowitz.
NEW REPORT 📈: Democracy is in retreat around the world, with 2019 marking the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. How free is your country? Read our annual #FreedomInTheWorld report to find out. https://t.co/muL6d4ECpM pic.twitter.com/ttKPcxpclM
— Freedom House (@freedomhouse) February 5, 2019
People weren’t exactly surprised.
That's what his supporters don't seem to get. Who cares if we have a temporary strong economy.. or if employment numbers are up? If at the end of the day we lose the soul of our nation…. who are we?
— Matthew May (@TweetMatthewMay) February 5, 2019
Is anyone really surprised by this? Congress should impeach this criminal! He wants US to become his banana republic!
World Freedom Report Rebukes Trump: 'No President in Living Memory Has Shown Less Respect for Its Tenets, Norms and Principles’ – Newsweek https://t.co/kh6xSiBC1p
— John Rutchland III (@JohnRutchland) February 5, 2019
They noticed too huh?
— Anne Donovan (@tango793_anne) February 5, 2019
— Stamford Winklevoss (@winklevosss) February 5, 2019
Principles ? Donnie has never heard that word
— chuck u farley (@bhiggins42) February 5, 2019
— HoldYourHeadHigh (@Rangerjoe63Dot) February 5, 2019
Freedom and democracy around the world are in decline, says the report. “Just as we have called out foreign leaders for undermining democratic norms in their countries,” Abramowitz says, “we must draw attention to the same sorts of warning signs in our own country.”