It’s been quite an…interesting…few weeks for our new president and our country. Every day the news seems to bring some kind of WTF in the form of an assault on decency, safety, logic, and basic critical thinking. At this point checking CNN.com is like this:
And actually reading about what our president is doing is often like this:
Or sometimes like this:
I mean, Trump started out his presidency insisting that he had massive crowds at his inauguration, when any idiot could see the truth.
I take that back. Many, many idiots refused to see it. Not surprising considering a whole lot of his supporters think that the stock market went down under President Obama and that Trump won the popular vote.
Trump has reinstituted the “Global Gag Rule” which will almost certainly lead to more abortions, not fewer. Good job. Way to pay attention to cause and effect.
He instituted a hiring freeze for Federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs. This was a terrible idea given that the VA has more than 2,000 open positions (including many doctor and nurse positions), and that filling those positions is vital to reducing the backlog at the VA. But at some point Trump’s people probably realized that they needed the support of veterans, so they made exceptions for the VA.
Trump also restarted the Dakota Access Pipeline. And while this is essentially meaningless (it doesn’t magically start construction again), it does say loud and clear to the Dakota Sioux that the White House DGAF about them or their water supply, since the EPA has serious concerns about the pipeline’s risk to drinking water.
How, how, how does anyone screw up Holocaust Memorial Day and make it a controversy? It’s like throwing yourself to the floor and missing.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 30, 2017
He picked a fight with the people who handle social media for our national parks, and lost.
He suggested again that millions of people had voted illegally, and then ordered an investigation into voter fraud. Almost immediately it was discovered that several people very close to Trump—and his daughter Tiffany—are registered to vote in more than one place.
He casually mentioned that we should have taken Iraq’s oil when we had the chance, and that we may get another chance.
He stopped people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Even if they had visas. Even if they’d risked their lives helping American soldiers. Even if they already lived here or went to school here. Even if they were babies and were coming here for life-saving surgery.
Because everybody knows that the best way to prevent future terrorist attacks is to get more Muslims furious with us.
And even though many parts of the order have either been rescinded or blocked by judges, it has thrown the lives of many people into complete chaos. Not 109 lives as Sean Spicer repeated ad nauseum, but 100,000 lives.
Trump insulted the Australian Prime Minister and then hung up on him. Because even our staunch allies aren’t immune from toddler temper tantrums.
Trump made a speech in honor of the start of Black History month that was so ridiculous, McSweeney’s—a website that often works very hard for its satire—published the speech word for word.
And while not totally clear, it appears that Trump might not really have known who Frederick Douglass was, and may possibly have even thought that he was still alive and, ya know, doing stuff.
He OKd a raid in Yemen in which a Navy seal and many civilians were killed. And while it’s murky whether or not the botched raid should be blamed on Trump, it definitely shouldn’t be blamed on Obama, who was probably on a beach or something when the decision was made.
Obama’s on vacation with the hat backwards. He’s never coming back. pic.twitter.com/RUakcwwgtT
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 1, 2017
A lot of his mostly-unqualified cabinet got confirmed, including Betsy deVos to head the Department of Education, whose ultimate goal is to make our kids so stupid that they all vote for Trump.
And to end his first three weeks, he all-caps yelled at…the judges who had just ruled against him? His lawyers? The other lawyers? America? Who knows. He’s as easy to understand as an overtired kindergartener, and has the same amount of decorum.
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
Meanwhile, the rest of us are just trying to sleep at night.
But if there’s one person I hope is watching all of this unfold with a beer in her hand and her feet up, it’s this woman:
Can’t wait to see what week four brings!