Unfortunately I see Ms. Johnstone chooses not to answer this comment by you.
Overall, Ms. Johnstone chooses to ignore Trump’s harmful domestic policy, like you have mentioned about the LGBTQ+ community. I would add Sessions’ actions in the Justice Department. These are a big deal, not just throwaway to mention in a line or two. The Justice department under Obama was slowly beginning to look at police abuse and stop contracting with private prisons. With Sessions’ recent announcement about cracking down on weed, many more people of color will be locked up for trivial things.
It is also dishonest for her to write this piece and easily dismiss Trump’s recent tweets about North Korea. Obama had a neoliberal international policy, but these antics by Trump are not normal and harm our international relationships in ways we have never seen before.
She also choose to not talk about Trump ending TPS for Haitians living in this country https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status/temporary-protected-status-designated-country-haiti which will affect 59,000 and the administration is considering ending TPS for Salvadorans too. http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/06/politics/el-salvador-tps-immigration/index.html
Yes Obama deported a lot of people. But evidence is showing that Trump is deporting more people already living in the US than Obama’s last fiscal year http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/dec/19/have-deportations-increased-under-donald-trump-her/
Ending DACA is leaving a lot of young people in limbo and will have a massive effect on the US if there is not a new agreement worked out.
Yes, Obama was like W butTrump is in another league all on his own, but Ms. Johnstone chooses to ignore anything that would mess up her nice op-ed.