The America We Deserve
|Country||United States of America|
|Preceded by||Trump: The Art of the Comeback (1997)|
|Followed by||Trump: How to Get Rich (2004)|
The America We Deserve is a book about public policy written by American businessman and current U.S. President Donald Trump and author Dave Shiflett. It was published in January 2000, while Trump was considering running for president in that year's election on the Reform Party's ticket. The book lists and details a set of policy proposals Trump intended to implement should he ever become president.
Positions and proposals
In the book, Trump expressed anti-illegal-immigration views similar to those that he espoused when he ran for president successfully in 2016. For example, he wrote, "A liberal policy of immigration may seem to reflect confidence and generosity. But our current laxness toward illegal immigration shows a recklessness and disregard for those who live here legally."
Trump also proposed a 14.25% tax on individuals and trusts valued at more than $10 million.
Expectations of terrorism
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump frequently cited the book on the campaign trail as proof that he predicted the September 11 attacks that occurred in 2001. This is because he mentioned Osama Bin Laden in the book; however, Trump did not predict that Bin Laden would commit a terrorist attack against the United States in the book. Trump also incorrectly claimed (e.g. in a 2015 interview with Alex Jones) that Bin Laden was not very well known in 2000, and that in the book, Trump personally called for someone to "take him out".
Trump did, however, predict that a major terror attack (not mentioning Bin Laden or anyone else as a perpetrator) would soon occur in the U.S., writing, "I really am convinced we're in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the  bombing of the [World] Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers." A bit less than two years after its publication, a major terrorist attack occurred, involving another attack on the World Trade Center, this time destroying the buildings, as well as an attack on the Pentagon.
In the February 2000 issue of The American Spectator, Shiflett wrote that the book "will appeal to the established Trump constituency, but also hopes to show the author as worthy of wider support." In a January 2000 review in New York magazine, Walter Kirn wrote that all of the humor in the book was unintentional and described the book's best joke as the fact that "Trump seems to think he's writing out of pity, and campaigning because he cares."
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