Republicans and Democrats have been working tirelessly together the past month to pass legislation to keep the economy afloat. Finally last week they reached an agreement. It was far from perfect, giving Americans only $600 stimulus checks apiece as opposed to $1,200 per American in last spring's Cares Act. But the relief package was certainly better than nothing — with $300 weekly payments for unemployed Americans, PPP funding for businesses and renters rights protections.

Last week, however, President Trump tossed a huge wrench in the bipartisan relief agreement when he heavily insinuated he would veto any stimulus bill that didn't include $2,000 relief checks per American.

Astoundingly, Trump had never fought for $2,000 stimulus checks, until after Democrats and Republicans were through negotiating the latest stimulus. Is this purely coincidental, or is Trump threatening to veto the bill for another reason — totally devoid of the $2,000 stimulus checks?

Many politicians, Democrat and Republican alike, have strongly urged Trump to sign the relief bill. "You don't have to get everything you want, even if you're the president of the United States," said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., during an interview with Fox News.

"What the President is doing right now is unbelievably cruel. Many millions of people are losing their extended unemployment benefits. They're going to be evicted from their apartments because the eviction moratorium is ending," said Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., last Sunday.

I believe this is purely spite work on Trump's behalf. If his recent Twitter feed the past few weeks is any indication of his thinking process, you'll see Trump is becoming increasingly sour and bitter over Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's refusal to contest Trump's baseless claims of a rigged election. Trump, ever the narcissist, is simply putting McConnell and the Democrats in a tight spot, while he looks like the hero for advocating $2,000 stimulus checks — checks that he knows would never pass in the Senate in the first place.

Many American's could lose their apartments and go without food due to the president's reckless behavior. Trump's actions are unconscionable and reprehensible.

— Jack Bristow, Tehachapi