Sunday, January 22, 2017
Donald Trump and the Rise of the Resistance
It was Donald Trump's first full day in office. He was standing in front of a memorial to dead CIA officers.
He was speaking to members of the intelligence community he had recently called Nazis.
He desperately needed to look presidential after delivering a dark and menacing inauguration speech that had even more people questioning his sanity.
But instead Trump ended up looking and sounding crazier and more dangerous than ever.
By using the occasion to praise himself extravagantly, claim that he may be 70 but he feels like 39. Lucky Melania.
And launch yet another deranged assault on the media and The Truth.
On his first full day in office, Donald Trump sought to end his long-running feud with the CIA — and to escalate his war against objective reality, and the people tasked with describing it.
Claiming reports that he had called the intelligence community Nazis were just fake news.
“They sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community,” Trump said, referring to the press. “I just want to let you know, the reason you’re the number one stop is it is exactly the opposite.”
Blasting the "dishonest media" for daring to suggest that his inauguration day crowds were smaller than Obama's...
In the manner of a maniac.
Who even though the pictures tell the story...
Would claim that God was on his side. And even lie about the weather.
In fact, a light rain fell through the first few minutes of Trump’s speech, and no downpour followed its conclusion.
Before sending out his White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to make an absolute fool out of himself...
By also threatening the media, and lying over and over again.
"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Spicer said, contradicting all available data.
Spicer said, without any evidence, that some photos were "intentionally framed" to downplay Trump's crowd. He also expressed objections to specific Twitter posts from journalists.
And he said, "we're going to hold the press accountable," partly by reaching the public through social networking sites.
Before running for cover.
Spicer, at times almost yelling while reading a prepared statement, took no questions. CNNMoney called his cell phone a few minutes later; he did not answer.
Leaving reporters gasping.
Some longtime White House correspondents were stunned by the tirade. Glenn Thrush of The New York Times wrote on Twitter, "Jaw meet floor." "I've run out of adjectives," wrote Chuck Todd, the moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press."
And the rest of us to wonder where Trump is taking his country...
For he may be a bloated buffoon, but he is dangerous, and he is clearly a threat to American democracy.
And the good news?
The resistance is rising.
More than a million people took to the streets across the United States and around the world on Saturday in a historic show of opposition to the new American president, Donald Trump.
The peaceful women’s marches marked the largest post-inauguration protests ever and overwhelmed organizers’ estimates for turnout.
It couldn't be more inspiring, and this woman couldn't be more right.
“I’m one of those people who believe there is a reason for everything,” said Jane Lesser, 65, who lives in Reston, Va., and had never before attended a demonstration. “Maybe the reason Trump got elected is to make the rest of us wake up.”
The shock of Trump's victory has forced progressives to unite like never before.
The resistance will be massive...
It will be beautiful...
And as for Donald Trump he must be screaming with frustration.
The women’s march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration, crowd counting experts said Saturday.
Having been shown to be a liar. Again.
And on his first first full day on the job having once again demonstrated that he is unfit to be president.
And must be impeached, or removed from office for mental health reasons.
As soon as is humanly possible...