There were, as I pointed out earlier, an unprecedented number of protests not just all across the nation, which I don't believe ever occurred before, but all across the world, as well, and on all 7 continents.
So here we are, one week later and he's done it again. First, across the nation.
It's important we both know and keep in mind that all of these protests are, in fact, not just unprecedented for even a US President but especially a just-inaugurated President. Two weekends in a row of protests in the home nation and across the globe and we're only 9 days in to the administration.
Lots of us across the nation predicted a Trump Presidency would be turbulent. None of us, I think it's safe to say, thought it would be this much. It seems clear it's going to be a far wilder ride with this man, this Mr. Donald J. Trump than we would have ever imagined.
I saw a late edition of KCPT's "Week in Review" last night and as I said, thank goodness we have KCPT and their 2 very usually lily white and nearly completely all male talk shows, "Ruckus" and "Week in Review."
On last night's show, it was, yet one more time, all men--except one token woman--and all bleached white.
Ain't it great?
I mean, who else is going to tell us how things are? Who else should tell us how things should be?
Well, middle-aged and elderly white, largely Right Wing--at least on "Ruckus"--males, men, of course!
It's just the way it should be, isn't it?
Heck, on "Week in Review" they even imported the panel leader from England! How fantastic is that?
None of those pesky "people of color" or minorities!
Ain't nobody got time for that!
Besides, there was that one segment last evening toward the end of the show where they squeezed in a very brief story and mentioned now-deceased Royals player Yordana Ventura.
Who says they don't have minorities on KCPT's news programs?
Even the headline itself but it is, apparently, an actual quote. They seem to be emphasizing how simple the new President is and how simply he thinks. Some examples, I believe (italics and bolding added for emphasis):
“These are the most beautiful phones I’ve ever used in my life,” Mr. Trump said in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.
“The world’s most secure system,” he added, laughing. “The words just explode in the air.” What he meant was that no one was listening in and recording his words...
His mornings, he said, are spent as they were in Trump Tower. He rises before 6 a.m., watches television tuned to a cable channel first in the residence, and later in a small dining room in the West Wing, and looks through the morning newspapers: The New York Times, The New York Post and now The Washington Post.
But his meetings now begin at 9 a.m., earlier than they used to, which significantly curtails his television time. Still, Mr. Trump, who does not read books, is able to end his evenings with plenty of television.
I love this, on the Times part:
“They have a lot of board rooms,” he said of the White House, an apparent reference to the Cabinet Room and the Roosevelt Room... (So, a "lot of board rooms" is two. Two. Kudos, Times).
His preference during the day is to work in the Oval Office. And to stare at it, still...
Among modern American presidents, Mr. Trump may be best situated to work where he lives. For decades, he has lived in a penthouse apartment on the 58th floor of Trump Tower and taken an elevator down to the 26th floor, where he has a corner office with views of Central Park. Many presidents have complained of being cooped up inside the White House — George W. Bush in particular said he missed the outdoors — but Mr. Trump can go for days without breathing in fresh outside air...
“It’s a beautiful residence, it’s very elegant,” Mr. Trump said, deploying one of his highest forms of praise. (Some of their critique is, I think, more subtle than others, as with this one. Fair, also, but subtle).
They finished up in, I think, again, the subtlest of ways but still critical and even stinging. Stinging, that is, if you get it.
“There’s something very special when you know that Abraham Lincoln slept there,” Mr. Trump said. “The Lincoln Bedroom, you know, was his office, and the suite where I’m staying is actually where he slept.”
Mr. Trump was referring to the White House master bedroom, which is now his own.
“Knowing all of that, it’s different, than, you know, just pure elegance and room size,” Mr. Trump said. “There’s a lot of history.”
So at least if we're all going to Hell, at least we can laugh, along with the Times, on our way. Funny thing is, too, he'll never get it unless one of his staff, maybe, tells him.
What isn't to loathe about the man and what he intends is to enjoy for the humor, guffaws and laughter.
Our new President (it still stuns me to say that), Mr. Trump is still, still, to this day, pushing the outrageous and proven untrue idea that millions of illegal immigrants voted against him, else he'd have won the popular vote.
We're only less than one week into this Administration and already he's inflicting turmoil in Washington, across the nation and world, in fact, with his paranoia and insecurities.
Meanwhile, just as we both feared and, in worst cases, predicted, Mr. Trump and his family are, in fact, trying to capitalize on his being in the White House, on his being President. They're prostituting the White House itself and the office of the Presidency.
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, fellow citizens of America. The first 48 hours of the Trump Presidency. Only the first 48 hours and the lies and lying and misrepresenting and hell, even the prostitution and hustling of the nation has begun.
So here's the question. Let's put this in perspective.
When was the last time a newly-elected world leader, let alone our own newly inaugurated president, just put into office, was protested around the nation? More to the point, when was the last time a newly-elected national leader was ever protested across the globe, around the world?
Would that be never?
Isn't that instructive? Doesn't that tell us something?
Yes, Republicans and all who supported and voted for Donald J. Trump for president, after today, he and all he does and all the ramifications are all, every one of them, on you.
Sure, Mr. Trump is already taking us down his deep, dark "rabbit hole" and we'll all suffer but his actions? The blame for what he does and says and tweets and all the ramifications? Even the ones from the election to today, while he was only president-elect, everything from November 8 to today and for as long as he is president, it's all on you. We have you and your vote and your actions to blame.
The economy? On you.
The nation's international standings?
Any debt or debts he accrues?
And believe me, if he should do anything right and/or well and good, sure, you absolutely get any credit there.
Should that occur.
Same for Mike Pence, as Vice President or, God also forbid, President.
You get all the blame. It's all on you, to repeat.
You wanted this. You voted for it. You supported him and all he represented then and represents since.
Yes, he's all our President, the nation's President but not because we voted for him, not because a majority of us voted for him. You did this.
So buck up and suck it up, kids, because Mr. Trump has already shown us all, since that fateful November election day last year that this is going to be a bumpy, bumpy, unpredictable ride.
Any debt. Any wars. Any bloodshed. Any diplomatic and/or international political mistakes and/or miscues.