President Trump on Thursday touted his administration’s deregulation agenda and warned of a “dismal future” if Democrats led by presidential candidate Joe Biden defeat him.
Trump cast himself as a crusader against red tape during remarks in a second-straight stump-like speech at the White House, praising his rollback of vehicle emissions standards, watershed rules and a lightbulb ban.
The president said he repealed almost eight regulations for every new one, and that businesses and property owners would suffer under Biden.
“The American dream would be sniffed out so quickly and replaced with a socialist disaster,” he said.
Democrats want to enact the Green New Deal, either “rename” the Washington Monument or “take it down,” “abolish our beautiful and successful suburbs,” and “get rid of prisons,” he said from the South Lawn.
Trump largely avoided the coronavirus pandemic while promising “very exciting” action on issues including immigration, for which he has pledged help for young illegal immigrants brought to the US as children.
“Nobody’s ever going to see eight weeks like we’re going to have,” Trump said. “We’re taking on so many aspects of things that people were hopelessly tied up in knots in Congress, they’ve been working on some of these things for 25-30 years.”
“We’re going to get things done,” he said. “We’re going into the immigration — the world of immigration, the world of education. We’re going into the world of health care, very complete health care.”
On Tuesday, Trump said he would begin with action on the suburbs addressing the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing initiative, which sought to correct segregation in residential neighborhoods.
Trump said the initiative empowers “far-left Washington bureaucrats” to “eliminate single-family zoning to destroy the value of houses.”
The Thursday event featured large props, including a crane that lifted the metaphorical weights of regulations from a pickup truck parked beneath the Truman Balcony.
“So shower-heads, you take a shower, the water does not come out. You want to wash your hands, the water does not come out. So what do you do? You just stand there longer? Because my hair, I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect,” Trump said.
“Dishwashers, you didn’t have any water, so you – the people that do the dishes, you press it and it goes again. And you do it again and again. So you might as well give them the water because you’ll end up using less water. So we made it so dishwashers now have a lot more water and in many places, in most places of the country, water is not a problem. They don’t know what to do with it. It’s called rain.”
Trump also said he brought back “old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs.”
“I brought them back. They have two nice qualities: they’re cheaper and they’re better. They look better, they make you look so much better. That’s important to all of us,” Trump said in trashing the regulations that have mandated energy efficient fluorescent and LED bulbs.
Speakers touted Trump’s deregulation. A ranch-owner told of how a repealed federal water rule tied up his land due to its usually dry seasonal stream beds.
Trump pointed to a recently released “unity platform” from Biden and his leftwing primary competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as reason to fear future regulations.
“They are proposing to re-enter the job killing unfair Paris Climate Accord, which will cost our country trillions of dollars,” Trump said. “They propose to mandate net zero emissions from all new homes and buildings, skyrocketing the cost of construction and putting the goal of homeownership out of reach for millions [and] destroying the look of the home.”
Trump added: “The Biden-Bernie plan would also use the weapon of federal regulation to tie the hands of our police departments by abolishing cash bail. Think of that: Bail? No problem. They killed somebody — let them out.”
The event was previewed by a senior administration official who told reporters it was a needed “victory lap” on deregulation because the media “is not going to tell our story in a way that it deserves.”
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