It’s only been six days since Donald Trump was elected president. Choruses of “But he hasn’t even done anything yet!” erupt from every corner of the internet, including whatever fetid swamps Milo Yiannopolous resides in. But for those of you at home keeping score, here are 13 things that Donald Trump has done to earn my fiery ire.
1. Jailed Journalists
While covering the Women’s March in D.C., six journalists from various organizations including RT America and Vocativ were jailed. The journalists could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on felony charges under an anti-rioting D.C. statute.
Though Donald Trump has yet to comment on this specific case, his delegitimization of and “running war” with the media tells us exactly what we should think of these journalists and what he thinks about them, despite the fact that all have denied participating in or urging others to participate in the violence seen on inauguration day.
Shoutout to brave and independent journalists.
2. EPA and Science Agency Gag Order
Donald Trump ordered a “regulatory freeze pending review” on the EPA , as a larger communication clampdown on the agency. According to the New York Times, “emails sent to EPA staff and reviewed by The Associated Press also detailed specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency’s social media accounts.”
He is directly attacking regulations put in place before Barack Obama ended his presidency, a first step toward killing them. He has also, through this action, kneecapped the ability of science agencies to inform the public about the greatest environmental crisis facing us – climate change.
Shoutout to @RogueNasa and @BadlandsNPS for the clapback.
3. Literally all of his cabinet picks
Betsy DeVos knows nothing about banking, education, or government. Steve Mnuchin made a fortune on struggling homeowners through legally dubious methods that earned him the nickname “the foreclosure king.”
Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon with no government experience. Rex Tillerson used to be the CEO of Exxon Mobil, creating an unprecedented level of conflict for a position as Secretary of State. And Jeff Sessions doesn’t know whether or not to protect atheists as Attorney General.
Shoutout to Chuck Schumer for a vicious “No” on DeVos. (Keep it up.)
4. Federal Hiring Freeze
Trump has instituted a hiring freeze on any federal government hiring except for those in national security, public safety, and the military. This hurts many veterans who would benefit from jobs in the public sector, and ensures that every other segment of government is weakened except for the ability to attack abroad and at home.
Speaking of federal employees, shoutout to the Secret Service agent who would rather take jail than protect Donald Trump.
5. Justification For Police State
In a tweet, Donald Trump said that if Chicago couldn’t keep their apparent “carnage” under control, he would “send in the Feds!” Not only does no one know what this really means, but it’s going to be a little difficult to keep a bunch of federal employees on staff after that hiring freeze we talked about.
Donald Trump is laying out the justification for a police state, with the apparent “carnage” as the cited excuse, even though studies show that, largely, crime is currently at its lowest levels ever.
Shoutout to crime for not existing as much.
6. “Immigration Restriction.”
Denying that he would follow-through on his most consistent and wild campaign promise, Donald Trump claims that he is not calling for a muslim ban, but only “immigration restrictions.” However, the executive order shortly restricts travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Iran.
He has also vowed to ramp up the deportation and detention forces regarding immigrants, and publicly publishing a daily list of immigrants that commit crime, reinforcing the idea that immigrants commit a lot of crime, and they don’t. It’s not even close.
Shoutout to my hardworking and disenfranchised illegal immigrants.
7. The Wall
Even the Homeland Security Secretary has admitted that building a wall alone will not work. Some have noted that the wall is not a particularly effective means of reducing illegal immigration. Others still have noted, citing research by the congressional budget office, that here is no economic justification for it, as the cost for the wall will be astronomical – between $12-15 billion for creation – in the low estimates – far more than any monetary gains made by it. The congressional budget office also estimated that upkeep for the wall would exceed the initial construction costs within seven years.
Further research shows that immigrants are less likely to commit crime than their citizen counterparts, and contribute a great deal to our economy in the form of taxes and work. If they all left, we’d be in trouble.
Lastly, despite Donald Trump’s claims, Mexico has repeatedly and steadfastly refused to pay for that wall, guaranteeing that the money Trump needs for it is going to come from robbing us – the taxpayers – blind, and he has changed his position to say that Mexico will “reimburse” us for the funds we spend on the it.
If “reimbursed” isn’t synonymous with “scam”, I just don’t know what is.
Shoutout to the Mexican president for canceling his visit with Trump.
8. Lying About Inauguration Size and Popular Vote Slaughter
Many can’t understand why some of the issues of most apparent urgency to the president appear to be trivial, like the size of his inauguration (which was visibly smaller than Barack Obama’s), or his loss of the popular vote (in which he was gutted like a pig by Hillary “NastyWoman” Clinton).
The facts are there, and anyone who says they’re not is lying.
Shoutout to everyone who skipped attending or watching the inauguration.
9. Dakota Access Pipeline
Trump has issued an executive order to restart construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that Standing Rock, North Dakota had refused, reversing an order by Obama to halt construction on it. Trump has cited the construction jobs that the pipeline will create, but failed to mention the ecological and environmental risks that the residents are rejecting.
Shoutout to Standing Rock and all the protestors. Keep warm.
10. The Affordable Care Act
Through executive order, Trump has taken aim at the first steps of repealing Obamacare. Particularly foolhardy is House and Senate Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, who desperately want to repeal the law but have no clear plan for a replacement, leaving millions without the healthcare that they need for themselves and their families.
Shoutout to everyone who just turned 26.
11. Abortion gag order
Trump has issued another executive order that no federal funding will be allotted to any organizations that perform abortion services. This fulfills on the promise to defund organizations like Planned Parenthood, which provide a range of healthcare services that actually reduce the amount of abortions and teen pregnancies in the US.
Shoutout to all the doctors that perform abortions, and solidarity for the ones who can’t.
12. Support for anti-LGBTQ legislation
Trump pledged to sign the First Amendment Defense Act, if passed by Congress. It allows broad discrimination against LGBTQ folks, including by employers, businesses, landlords, and healthcare providers, provided the discriminator claims to be motivated by deeply held religious beliefs.
This overturns an executive order from Obama in 2014, prohibiting discrimination among federal contractors.
Shoutout to my struggling LGBTQ folks, especially youth. You are valued and important.
13. Elimination Of Arts Funding
Trump’s delegitimization of the arts becomes tangible as he reaches for a budget that would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts entirely. Donald Trump has routinely criticized art in the form of SNL, Hamilton, Meryl Streep, or anyone that says anything that is critical of him or just an impression he doesn’t like.
Let me tell you something. Art is power, and art has always been to agitate and provoke. Shakespeare spent his time criticizing the folly of nobility, Claude McKay and Langston Hughes wrote eloquently about the plight of black Americans in a supposedly gilded age, and one of Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings is about the bombing of a Basque Country village during the Spanish Civil War. No wonder Trump wants to silence that. No wonder he will not succeed.
Shoutout to my fellow artists who just won’t stay quiet.
Democracy is alive right now. That’s the silver lining. I included those shoutouts for a reason, and it’s that you need to know you are not alone.
Every day, I’m seeing people take up the task that is asked of them, even though it’s more than they’ve ever had to carry before. I see people calling their representatives, helping others find out who that is for them, rallies, marches, funding, donations, journalism, research, …and it all comes down to one word: Resistance.
What Donald Trump is doing is not by accident. There’s a method in the madness.
If you don’t know that he lost the popular vote, that his inauguration was smaller, that his approval rating is garbage, or that tens of thousands more people showed up to protest than to celebrate him, then you will think he has more support than he really does.
This means that you won’t know that Democrats, Republicans, gay people, celebrities, journalists, black people, white people, Asian people, Mexican people, women, immigrants, and badass National Park Services are united in rejecting this supposed “leader.” You won’t know you’re not alone.
He doesn’t want you to know, either, because that is what mobilizes you against his agenda. That is what gives you the strength and courage to oppose, because you know that your fellow citizens are with you. He doesn’t have the support, he doesn’t have the numbers, and he doesn’t have the votes.
But you do.
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