Where do we even begin? It’s been a quite turbulent past 6 days, to say the least.
Let’s take a minute to review Trump’s biggest moves since his inauguration and why they all go agaisnt logic, evidence, and most importantly, our wellbeing.
Day 1: The Inauguration
- Trump orders all federal departments frozen as his adminstration reviews them.
- Trump’s adminstration asks the Supreme Court to delay their review hearing of the Texas Voter ID Law.
- Trump orders the National Parks Service’s twitter account to stop tweeting after they tweeted photos of the Obama Inauguration next to photos of Trump’s.
Freezing all the departments is a fairly standard move by a new adminstration, so it was expected.
Trump’s administration tried to keep this one under the radar: asking SCOTUS to postpone their review of the Texas Voter ID Law, a law that has been found unconstitutional by federal courts 3 times. It, along with similar voter ID laws, have been found to have “racially discriminatory intent” by numerous courts. Trump’s administration wanted to review the appeal before it was heard by SCOTUS in order to potentially switch sides and defend it. Luckily, SCOTUS has decided to deny the appeal all together. I wrote more on the subject here.
Trump ordering the NPS to stop tweeting because they were tweeting facts that disprove his precious narrative of the Inauguration is particularly scary. It’s censorship at the most basic level. To be fair, the Twitterverse isn’t something any other president, only than Obama, has had to deal with. Where do tweets stand in the realm of public statements, press releases and representation of the institution behind the account? That question is still up in the air. But the scariest part here is that Trump shut them down for tweeting facts, because those facts go agaisnt his narrative and “alternative facts.”
Day 2: The Press Conference
- Sean Spicer’s first press conference as the White House Press Secretary, in which he accuses the press of minimizing the attendance of Trump’s Inauguration. He went on to claim Trump’s Inauguration was the most watched Inauguration in history, in person or on television, “period.”
A bold faced lie. We know, via our own eyes and expert crowd size estimators, that the above claim is simply not true. Our president instructed his Press Secretary to openly lie to the public, while also claiming the press was unreliable as a source.
Day 3: Alternative Facts
- Kellyanne Conway, a White House advisor and the ex-manager of Trump’s campaign, goes on national television to suggest that Sean Spicer simply told “alternative facts” regarding the Inauguration.
“Alternative facts,” straight out of a dystopian science fiction novel.
Alternative: (of one or more things) available as another possibility.
Fact: a thing that is indisputably the case.
Hmm, those two definitions seem to contradict each other, don’t they? “Alternative fact” is an oxymoron.
The scariest thing here is how Trump’s adminstration has set themselves up to discredit the only institution that can call them out on a global level: the media. Many of his followers have already bought it, therefore they brush off any facts the media presents as false. He’s set himself up to never be proved wrong. What happens when there is no one to call out his lies and misinformation? His “alternative facts” become “facts.” To quote author Victoria Aveyard‘s tyrannical character, “the truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.” I think he honestly believes that, and his supporters believe it’s raining.
Facts are facts are facts and this is fire.
- Trump reinstates the Mexico City Policy, aka the Global Gag Order. Reagan created it, Clinton dumped it, Bush reinstated it, Obama nixed it, and Trump has brought it back.
- Trump, again, claimed that millions of people voted illegally, which is why he lost the popular vote.
- Trump proclaims the day of his inauguration was a “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.” Yeah.
The Mexico City Policy puts women’s lives in danger across the globe, as it pulls US funding from any non-governmental family planning agency that offers abortion or even teaches women about the option of abortion. We know women will have abortions with or without it being legal, therefore the only difference is if abortions will be safe or not. I talk more in depth about this issue here.
This is a big one: the claim that millions of people voted illegally. He’s said it before, and apparently still believes it. This week, the New York Times finally dubbed it what it is: a lie. There is absolutely no proof what so ever of massive voter fraud. None. Zero. Zilch. Does he not realize he is undercutting his own victory by discrediting our voting system? If millions of people fraudulently voted for Hillary… it can go both ways. Even the top Republicans are begging him to show up or shut up.
There is however, plenty of proof to disprove his claim. An overwhelming amount. Bush himself ordered a investigation into widespread voter fraud, and after five years, they found virtually no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Trump, now, has called for his own investigation, which will only cost the taxpayers, in the end.
- Sean Spicer repeats Trump’s claim that millions voted illegally.
- The Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture were ordered to cease communication with the public via social media and the press.
- Trump orders the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline to resume via executive order.
- Trump uses Twitter to threaten to send “the feds” into Chicago in response to Chicago violence.
Trump once tweeted, “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Global warming is not a debate. It is a fact. Trump is trying to erase that. In fact, he is requiring all their new work be screened by his adminstration before it is published.
NoDAPL. This one particularly hurts. Thousands of protesters spend months at Standing Rock, and finally, they won. Trump has ripped the floor out from under them. Pipelines infect water. Pipelines burst, pipelines spill, pipelines leak. Here is an unbelievably long list of pipeline spills and bursts (just in the U.S. alone). In fact, there has already been four this month.
Trump loves Twitter: we all know that. But apparently not the Constitution, or in particular, the 10th amendment. As Ronald Allen, a professor of constitutional law at Northwestern University put it, “A military occupation is another matter. The U.S. cannot invade Illinois.” Strangely, the “feds” are already there: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, that is, in the way of firearms and drugs, not homicides. Eddie Johnson, the superintendent of the Chicago PD said, “the statement is so broad, I have no idea what he is talking about.” Same, Eddie, same.
- Trump signs an executive order to build a wall along the Mexico-US boarder.
- Trump signs an executive order to cut funding to “Sanctuary Cities” that will not comply with his deportation efforts.
What can I even say about the wall? It will cost between 12-15 billion to build, and that isn’t even including the future costs of maintenance, which are estimated to add more billions to the total. Might I remind you, 65,000 bridges in America do not pass inspection. Our country is great at building new things without investing into maintaining infrastructure. Quite frankly, our economy would fail without illegal immigrants: they do the work legal citizens won’t do. In fact, in 2012 Alabama passed one of the toughest laws in undocumented immigrants, requiring them to have papers on them at all times, as the cops were allowed to ask for them without any probable cause, and upped the penalties for being illegal, and what do you think happened? All the illegal immigrants fled and there was no one to do the work. The local economy suffered greatly, causing all types of businesses to close. The ridiculousness of building a wall requires an entire article, I think.
WHOOPH. Okay. I think I got through most of what’s happened this week. I can’t even talk about today yet because I’m exhausted just going through the past six days.
What a whirlwind.
May the Force be with us.