Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling
“Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.” -George Bernard Shaw
Donald Trump may be out of time and out of targets as his election campaign stalls, but it does not mean he is out of hatred for Hillary Clinton. During his last campaign stop in Nevada, the president said he can now get more “vicious” since the Democrats are trying to “rig” the election, and then led his supporters in a chant to “lock her (Clinton) up” during a rant on how his political adversaries should be imprisoned. Critics consequently warn his hatred of all things associated with the former Democratic presidential nominee might be putting thousands of Americans at risk, mainly by siphoning $4 million away from a program Clinton spearheaded and treats FDNY firefighters and medics suffering from 9/11 related illnesses.
Trump’s Fixation with Hillary
While there has been a lot of attention about Trump’s fixation on Barack Obama, there is little discussion about the mutual hatred towards Clinton that drove the president to seek Vladimir Putin’s help in 2016. According to Michael Cohen, Trump and Putin were united in their hatred of Hillary. Putin was angry with Clinton for her support of mass protests against him in 2011. Trump hated Clinton because she was a woman and more intelligent.
“What appeared to be collusion was really a confluence of shared interests in harming Hillary Clinton in any way possible, up to and including interfering in the election,”
writes Cohen in “Disloyal: a Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump.”
The Politics of Hatred
That same mutual hatred is now using the Treasury Department to secretly siphon millions of dollars away from a program that tracks and treats FDNY firefighters and medics suffering from 9/11 related illnesses. According to the New York Daily News, the department started withholding parts of payments-nearly four years ago-that was meant to cover medical services for firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics treated by the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program (FDNY-WTCHP). The payments were authorized and made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which oversees the program. But instead of sending the funds to the city, the Treasury started keeping some of the money upon Trump’s request. (1)
The program’s director Dr. David Prezant said, “This (money) was just disappearing. This is the most amazing thing. This was disappearing-without any notification.” (2) Prezant added he was docked about a million dollars each year in 2016 and 2017. Then it crept up to about $630,000 in 2018 and 2019. This year, Treasury has nearly tripled its extractions, diverting $1.447 million through late August, according to Prezant.
“Here we have sick World Trade Center-exposed firefighters and EMS workers, at a time when the city is having difficult financial circumstances due to Covid-19, and we’re not getting the money we need to be able to treat these heroes.”
Others have called the White House’s action “disgraceful.”
The Politics of Revenge
Just as Trump is trying to destroy Obama’s legacy, he is doing the same to Clinton’s. Indeed, and as a senator of New York, Clinton was the one who spearheaded federal aid for the 9/11 responders and their families. In addition to helping to push through several pieces of legislation to insure first responders received the funding and health care they needed, she introduced a bill that became a law and helped first responders get the benefits they earned easier and faster. It included pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency to launch a new task force and led congressional hearings until the EPA admitted the air had not been safe. Her efforts led to the Health and Compensation Act of 2010 and FDNY-WTCHP that is being defunded. (3)
Hatred, Like Elections, Has Consequences
Due to President Trump’s hatred towards Clinton, not only has there been a sharp rise in the deaths of 9/11 first responders, but thousands do not have the funds to visit a doctor or be treated with adequate medicine. The lack of funds also means that there are less physicians and doctors and support staff to treat 9/11 heroes. “This isn’t fair. It’s not fair to our patients,” said Prezant. As for Trump, critics warn that his attacks on Clinton not only have crossed the line of civil decency into the realm of hatred, but his dislike of Clinton’s legacy is crossing the line of law and criminality. To be sure, some critics and lawyers compare his actions to defund the FDNY-WTCHP as nothing more than second-degree murder.
It is not clear how much Trump’s Clinton-bashing is personal and instinctual, or how much worse his fixation with her will get. But what is clear is that it is endangering the lives of thousands of 9/11 first responders.
Dallas Darling (email@example.com)
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