The Deep-Seated Hatred Driving Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Crusade
U.S. President Donald Trump wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, but not for reasons you might think.
Trump has made it clear that he will never back away from his quest to see the law “repealed and replaced.”
Listening to the president make his case for repeal and replace, it is easy to believe his reason is to provide “better” health insurance coverage for millions of Americans but there is a deep dark secret behind his quest to repeal the law.
To understand this deep, dark secret driving Donald Trump, we need to go all the way back to the civil rights era.
The year was 1963 and Donald Trump’s father, Fred C. Trump along with 17-year old Donald was riding high in the New York real estate scene. Together, they were very successful. Except they had a secret – they hated renting their apartments to blacks.
They didn’t want anyone to know how they felt, so they devised a clever way to hide how they truly felt about blacks – hide any housing application by blacks and forbid any rental agents from ever bringing those applications up again.
In 1963, 33-year old nurse, Maxine Brown was successful also. She had a great job, made a decent living and paid next to nothing for a small apartment at the Y.W.C.A. in Harlem. she felt the time was right to move into her own place – a bigger place, so she went to the Wilshire Apartments in the Jamaica Estates in Queens, New York, owned by the Trumps.
She filled out the rental form, just like any other potential tenant. But then someone close to the Trumps noticed something “odd” about the applicant – Maxine was black.
Stanley Leibowitz, the Trump rental agent thought he’d better speak to the Trumps about it so he brought it to Fred C. Trump’s attention.
“I asked him what to do and he says, ‘Take the application and put it in a drawer and leave it there,’” Mr. Leibowitz recalled in an interview last year.
Soon after, Donald Trump enrolled at Fordham University in the Bronx. He lived in Queens with his parents but was increasingly involved in the day-to-day decisions of his family’s companies.
“His father was his idol,” Mr. Leibowitz recalled during the interview. “Anytime he would come into the building, Donald would be by his side.”
Most of these decisions were thoroughly documented by non-profit organizations and activists who were irked that the decisions were based solely on the skin color of the applicants and not on whether they were qualified and met the same criteria as other applicants.
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Soon the information filtered to the Justice Department which undertook its own investigations and decided to sue the Trump Management for housing discrimination. Both company chairman Fred C. Trump and his son Donald Trump, the company president were named as co-defendants.
Donald Trump called the government’s lawsuit “absolutely ridiculous” in what experts believe set the tone for how Donald Trump will react to future adverse situations, including during his campaign for the White House and the presidency.
Rather than doing what many other real estate companies and individuals had done when sued for discrimination – settle – Donald Trump decided to fight. He let go a string of profanities at the government, the attorneys and even the plaintiffs.
He turned the lawsuit into a personal vendetta against anyone who dared to complain that he would not rent to blacks complete with angry denials and character assassinations.
He screamed that the government was trying to force him to rent to ‘welfare recipients,” and filed a $100 million countersuit accusing the government of defaming his character.
At the end, he signed a consent decree without expressly admitting guilt. He declared himself victorious since he was not found guilty of any discrimination.
Years later, asked to speak about the case, Mr. Leibowitz, the real estate agent recalled how Ms. Brown kept inquiring about the apartment before finally realizing she was never going to get an apartment because of the color of her skin.
“Finally, she realized what it was all about,” he said.
Ms. Brown said she was angry when she realized what was going on, and encouraged by her friend Mae Wiggins, who had also been denied housing by the Trumps, decided to file a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
“We knew there was prejudice in renting,” Ms. Wiggins recalled. “It was rampant in New York. It made me feel really bad, and I wanted to do something to right the wrong.”
Testifying later at the New York City Commission on Human Rights’s hearings, Stanley Leibowitz, Trump apartments’ rental agent was asked how many blacks the Trumps rented to. He responded: “To the best of my knowledge, none.”
Another black woman, Agnes Bunn recalled her experience trying to rent from the Trumps. She said she heard of a vacant apartment in a Trump owned property in Queens but when she went to rent it, she was told there were no vacancies.
“The super came out and stood there until I left the property,” Ms. Bunn said.
In 1969, a young black couple Haywood and Rennell Cash, sued Trump after they were denied a home in Cincinnati in one of the projects that Trump, fresh out of college was active in day to day.
After the couple complained about the treatment they received, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Cincinnati sent in “white testers” who posed as couples to see if they were given apartments.
“To this day I have not forgotten the fury in his voice and in his face,” Ms. Durham recalled recently. She also remembered him calling her a “traitor to the race.”
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump traveled to Cincinnati and recalled with fondness his time managing those properties in Cincinnati.
In his famous book, “The Art of the Deal,” Trump also praised Mr. Wolper, without using his surname, calling him a “fabulous man” and “an amazing manager.”
Fast forward to June 2016 when Donald Trump announced his candidacy.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” he told supporters gathered in his hotel for the announcement.
That set the tone for how he ran his campaign and his administration’s policies.
So what is driving Donald Trump in his quest to topple the Affordable Care Act? In one word – hate.
The Affordable Care Act is known as Obamacare, so called because it was signed into law by former President Barack Obama, a black man.
Donald Trump hates that with a passion.
He is bent on destroying Obama’s legacy and the most prominent of them is the law that he is most identified with – Obamacare.
It does not matter what the Republican-party controlled congress passes. It does not matter if the new law takes health insurance away from 60 million Americans. The only thing that matters is that the name Obama is never associated with anything beneficial and meaningful to Americans.
In 2011, Trump called Obamacare a heat-seeking missile that will destroy American jobs. It hasn’t.
“Obamacare can’t be reformed, salvaged, or fixed. It’s that bad. Obamacare has to be killed now before it grows into an even bigger mess, as it inevitably will. Obamacare takes full effect in 2014. If it’s not repealed before then, it will be more than just another failed government entitlement program–it will be the trillion-ton weight that finally takes down our economy forever.”
“Obamacare is a heat-seeking missile that will destroy jobs & small businesses; it will explode health-care costs; and it will lead to health care that is far less innovative than it is today. Every argument that you’d make against socialism you can make against socialized health care, and any candidate who isn’t 100% committed to scrapping Obamacare is not someone America should elect president. Repealing Obamacare may be one of the most important and consequential actions our next president takes.”
That is a lie.
In 2012, writing one of his now famous tweets, Trump called Obamacare “unconstitutional.”
ObamaCare is clearly unconstitutional. Hopefully the USC rules correctly but in the end repealing ObamaCare requires a political solution.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2012
Just a few days ago, he again tweeted.
Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead! Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
He supported “repeal and replace,” then repeal only and finally the “GOP Skinny Bill,” even though the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had said the plans will throw between 16 and 60 million Americans off their healthcare in the next 10 years.
Trump has used every opportunity to insult President Obama starting from the campaign when he said for months that Obama was not born in the United States, only to recant five years later.
He said “an ‘extremely credible source’” had called his office to inform him that Mr. Obama’s birth certificate was “a fraud.”
An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama‘s birth certificate is a fraud.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
Not true! That was an out and out lie.
He also called on Hackers to “please hack Obama’s college records (destroyed?) and check ‘place of birth.’”
“Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate?” Mr. Trump asked on ABC’s “The View.” “I want to see his birth certificate,” he told Fox News’s “On the Record.”
Having lost that argument, he went after Obama on Russia.
“Now, the thing I have to mention is that Barack Obama, when he was president, found out about this, in terms of if it were Russia, found out about it in August,” Trump said during a July 6 press conference in Poland. “Now, the election was in November. That’s a lot of time. He did nothing about it.”
Politifact called that statement a lie.
When news broke that his son Donald Trump Jr., met with Russian attorney and Kremlin insider, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya hoping to get the promised dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump blamed that mess on Obama.
“The lawyer that went to the meeting, I see that she was in the halls of Congress. Also, somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the county was approved by Attorney General Lynch. Now maybe that’s wrong, I just heard that a little while ago, but I was a little surprised to hear that. So she was here because of Lynch,” Trump said while speaking to the media.
So when you hear Donald Trump discuss his desire to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, understand that his goal is not to give Americans better health coverage, his goal is simply to erase the memory and achievements of President Barack Obama, a black man.
For decades, Trump has done everything he could to suppress blacks. This new crusade is just a continuation.
Trump hates the former president with a passion and he doesn’t care who gets hurt in his crusade to destroy President Obama’s legacy.
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