This article first appeared on the Foundation for Economic Education site.
One year ago, Donald Trump thrust his bizarre, erratic and incomprehensible campaign on the world.
Much has been said about Trump’s "rhetoric" during his campaign—the racism, sexism, incivility and much else besides—but rhetoric is not what makes a Trump administration a unique threat to the country. It is his policy proposals that should receive our closest attention and concern.
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Below is a list of nearly 60 “policies,” if you can dignify them with such a title, that Trump has proposed during his campaign. The list drives home how truly frightening a Trump presidency would be for the country and the world.
Skimming the surface of Trump’s stream of consciousness brings out some particularly disturbing aspects of his agenda: notably, the way he singles out specific businesses and individuals for targeting by the government, as well as his obsessions with China, Mexico, Muslims and immigrants.
Perhaps worst of all, Trump’s proposals expose how broad he thinks the powers of the presidency are: virtually infinite. There is never a glimmer of understanding that the government is bound by the Constitution, that the federal government has limited scope and authority, or that the presidency is just one of three equal branches of the federal government.
Instead, it is Trump, and Trump alone, who will transform American laws, government and society from the top down.
Trump will bomb and invade countries. Trump will steal their oil. Trump will kill deserters, torture suspects, bypass courts, ban Muslims, break treaties and have the military do things like mass executions with bullets dipped in pigs' blood—all while getting Americans to say “merry Christmas” again.
Well, all I can say is merry Christmas, America. Here's what the primaries brought us this year.
Make Ford scrap expansion plan in Mexico
Deport 11 million immigrants
Triple number of deportation agents
Force cities and states to help deport immigrants
Force Mexico to pay for wall on U.S. border
Strip U.S. citizenship from babies born to immigrants
Use FCC to fine his critic Rich Lowry
Place 35 percent tariff on Ford cars made in Mexico
"We will break" North American Free Trade Agreement
“Government will pay” for health care for “everyone”
Deport Syrian refugees legally in the U.S.
Soldiers who desert should be shot
Spend tens of billions on border wall
Keep troops in Afghanistan
Kill TPP free trade agreement
Get Americans to say "merry Christmas"
Create special deportation force to remove immigrants
“Bomb the shit” out of Syria
Close mosques in the United States
Create database for Muslims
Bypass courts in mass deportation plan
Restart warrantless surveillance, metadata collection
Kill family members of terrorists
Washington Post is a "tax shelter" for Amazon, Jeff Bezos
Ban all Muslim travel to U.S.
Shut down "parts" of the internet
Issue executive order mandating the death penalty for killing police
Impose 45 percent tariff on Chinese products
Throw Bowe Bergdahl out of a plane in Afghanistan
Tells supporters to knock out protesters
Use eminent domain for economic development
Tax Carrier-brand air conditioners made in Mexico
Force Apple, Tim Cook to break into iPhone for FBI
Keep Obamacare’s individual mandate for health insurance
Praises mass executions of captured soldiers with bullets dipped in pigs' blood
Threatens donor for giving to opponent’s campaign
Prosecute Hillary Clinton
Proposes “trade war” with China
“Open up libel laws” to sue critical press
Force Apple to make iPhones in U.S., not China
Force military to follow illegal orders
Prosecute Ed Snowden for "spying" for Russia
“Torture” terrorism suspects
Increase military spending
Steal Iraqis' oil
“Pause” legal immigration
Send 20,000 or 30,000 troops to Middle East
Trump could envision a nuclear first strike
Appoint Supreme Court justice to investigate Clinton’s email
Raise taxes on the wealthy
Threatens Pfizer, Carrier, Ford and Nabisco with 35 percent tariff
Increase minimum wage
“Go after” Amazon for antitrust and taxes
Threatens “Mexican” federal judge trying his case
“Keep business out of Mexico”
Ban all people from countries with "history of terrorism"
Surveillance of U.S. mosques
Ban guns for people on secret "watch lists"
David Bier is a policy expert in Washington, D.C.