Trump has a tremendous ability to distract from the actions of his party and disguise that they have similar intentions, despite their rhetorical differences. Want some proof? Here’s a small sample of the Republican bills introduced in Congress thus far:
HR 861, introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz, would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency. Currently, the United States is in the middle of one of the most dangerous and horrific public health crises in our history: the Flint water crisis. Flint is a majority black city and environmental crises tend to affect the black community particularly adversely in the U.S. historically and today. Trump also has a history of attacking the black community.
Noted racist Rep. Steve King introduced HR 785, which would make the United States right-to-work on a national level. Unions have had a tremendous impact on raising wages and helping working people reach the middle class. This is especially true in the black community, where people have consistently had their standards of living elevated by unions. But as right-to-work has spread, median incomes for minorities have dropped in “real value” terms.
Finally, HR 354 is a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. The healthcare organization overwhelmingly serves poor communities and people and would take away lots of essential preventative services like pap smears, breast cancer screenings and birth control.
So, substantively, how are Republicans and Trump any different? They may differ on foreign policy, particularly when it comes to Russia. But when it comes to how they treat poor people of color, they’re peas in a pod.