Actions speak louder than words. We’ve all been told that a million times. It’s a truism because it’s actually true. When our words and our deeds conflict with one another, the words are meaningless. Donald Trump has never learned this lesson, apparently. Example #1:
Today on Earth Day, we celebrate our beautiful forests, lakes and land. We stand committed to preserving the natural beauty of our nation.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017
He tweets this out while simultaneously gutting the EPA and shutting down every single program in every federal agency that even hints at trying to respond to the threat of global warming. Example #2:
Young immigrants protected by executive action from deportation say they won’t ‘‘rest easy,’’ even if President Donald Trump says they should.
Several ‘‘dreamers’’ told The Associated Press on Friday that they were not comforted by Trump’s pledge, in an AP interview, that he wouldn’t target the almost 800,000 people brought to the U.S. as children and living in the country illegally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program enacted by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Trump told the AP that his administration is ‘‘not after the ‘dreamers,’ we are after the criminals.’’
‘‘Here is what they can hear: The ‘dreamers’ should rest easy,’’ Trump said. ‘‘OK? I’ll give you that. The ‘dreamers’ should rest easy.’’
And yet his administration just last week deported a DREAMer to Mexico, where he has not lived since he was 9 years old (he’s now in his 20s), literally hours after arresting him — for not committing any crime, mind you, but merely because he didn’t have his DACA paperwork with him. And there are about a dozen other DREAMers who are in custody right now facing deportation. Actions and words, Donald. Actions and words.