Saturday, January 21, 2017
Donald Trump and the Inauguration From Hell
It was Donald Trump's big chance to act like a real president, reach out to his defeated opponents, and try to bring his divided nation together.
But he just couldn't do it. He blew it.
Instead of trying to embrace the Americans who didn't vote for him, he clenched his tiny fingers together and gave them the fist.
With a speech that couldn't be darker, or more divisive, or more deranged.
“The American carnage stops right here, right now,” he said. “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first.”
A speech that couldn't have received worse reviews...
One that suggested that America is now at war with the whole world...
And that only he can stop the "carnage" and return power to the people.
Even though Trump now runs a kleptocracy of billionaires, generals, and religious fanatics.
And the first thing he did after he moved into the Oval Office was replace the drapes with gold ones.
And to make matters even worse, as Paul Krugman points out, Trump isn't just corrupt and crazy, he's incompetent.
It was obvious to anyone paying attention that the incoming administration would be blatantly corrupt. But would it at least be efficient in its corruption? Many Trump voters certainly thought they were choosing a smart businessman who would get things done.
But it’s not happening. Mr. Trump hasn’t pivoted, matured, whatever term you prefer. He’s still the insecure, short-attention-span egomaniac he always was. Worse, he is surrounding himself with people who share many of his flaws — perhaps because they’re the sort of people with whom he is comfortable.
This isn’t a team that will compensate for the commander in chief’s weaknesses; on the contrary, it’s a team that will amplify them.
And the good news? That amplified incompetence will be the end of Trump.
Many of the stands along the parade route were empty yesterday...
Polls suggest that as many as 30 per cent of his supporters have deserted him in the short time since the election.
As more realize they've been conned, more will follow.
And while Trump claims he has built a movement "like none ever seen in the world."
What he is really building is the greatest resistance movement the U.S. has ever known.
Today more than 200,000 people are expected to join the Women's March on Washington...
The protests will only get bigger and louder with every day that Trump and his kakistocracy remain in power...
Moves to impeach him are already underway.
A website with the aim of impeaching the new President of the United States has launched at the same time as the White House website takes down information on LGBT people, climate change and posts inaccurate statistics about rising crime.
And in the meantime, here are seven ways to Trump-proof your life...
Yup, don't panic, organize.
The bigot bully may look like a big fish now.
But soon he'll look like dinner...