If this past weekend is any indication of what we can expect from trump and his administration, forgive the language, but we are fucked! I mean, the stupidity of this administration to really believe that they can say whatever they want and the whole world will believe it is amazing.
It began with trump’s shameful performance at the CIA where he complained about coverage of his inauguration and he said how we should have broken international law by “stealing” Iraq’s oil.
Then we have his Justice Administration giving the green light to him hiring his son-in-law to his administration in contrast to the anti-nepotism law. Funny how the law means so much until a Republican breaks it.
Then we have two separate “executive orders” which trump and Republicans claim are “unconstitutional when President Obama” used them. The first was so confusing that no one really understands what it means. Priebus called it reducing financial burden of Obamacare order.
The second was eliminating the reduction in FHA mortgage insurance premiums for first time home buyers. That was intended to help first time home buyers afford their insurance premiums. The mortgage insurance covers the home if something happens and the homebuyers can’t make their payments for any number of reasons. So, he is costing these people $500 per year. You know, the same people he claims he is going to help. Some help.
Then his Justice Department decided that they wanted a judge to delay hearings in the suite against the Texas Voter suppression law, which is the strictest in the country. Arguments were supposed to take place tomorrow.
Then as a final act of, I don’t even know what to call it, Sean Spicer showed up in the Press Briefing Room, one and a half hours later than announced, and virtually scolded the press for not praising trump, especially his inauguration. As Spicer put it, “this inauguration was the most watched inauguration ever, period!” Except it wasn’t and there is photographic evidence to prove it. Plus Nielsen said that 30.8 million people watched on television.
That is far below President Obama’s first inauguration which came in at around 39 million viewers and the 43 million people who watched Reagan’s first inauguration. Spicer also gave a fairytale story about a journalist who tweeted that the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office. He further claimed that the journalist gave a weak excuse for his tweet when he discovered that it was false.
On the contrary, the journalist did make the original tweet. However, as soon as he noticed he had made an error, he tweeted again apologizing to everyone for his mistake. To make matters worse for Spicer, he tweeted back “apology accepted”. That all happened 24 hours before Spicer’s rant in the briefing room.
Yesterday, trying to defend these blatant lies, Kellyanne Conway whose title should not be “counselor to the President” but rather “chief confuser of the facts for the President” said that Spicer was simply using “alternative facts”.
The Sunday Morning talk shows fought back. When one pointed out that “alternatives facts” are not facts they are falsehoods, Conway quickly tried to change the topic. She even threatened the media on air by saying the administration may “rethink [its] relationship with the press if the media continues to criticize Spicer”.
Even Chris Wallace on Fox News was against these alternative facts. He said Trump had made statements that were “flat wrong” and that there needed to be discussion about “the president’s honesty.” He went on to say: “I was there on the Mall. … I am telling you, there were huge empty areas.”
Wallace also challenged Priebus on the comment made at the CIA that trump did not have a grudge or feud with the intelligence community. It was all made up by the media. He said: “It’s not the media, it’s what he was saying”.
At that point Priebus changed the topic and complained about the dossier that was leaked. Even though the intelligence community was not the source of that leak.
Finally, Conway also announced that the promise to “release my tax returns after the audit is complete” by trump was a complete lie. She now says that he will not release his tax returns because people didn’t care. She forgot to mention that there is a petition on whitehouse.gov demanding he release his tax returns and it has over 100,000 signatures on it. Sounds like a lot of people really “do care”.
What this really boils down to is what Hitler called the “Big Lie”. In his world the more you tell a lie, the more people will believe it to be fact. We have also seen this kind of nonsense in George Orwell’s book 1984. In that world, the government changed the facts by changing history. They would actually go back and change stories in newspapers to coincide with today’s happenings.
In the first 72 hours of his administration, trump has managed to tell more lies than most Presidents tell in an entire four-year term. He is setting the stage for falsehoods to become the norm for our country.
I have to tell you, when Spicer went into his rant, I had flashbacks to newsreels of the past showing Joseph Goebbels ranting in front of German Press back in the 20s and 30s. Is that what we can expect from this administration?
In the next 30 days, according to trump’s administration, we can expect a slew of those “unconstitutional executive orders” being signed by the new “law and order” president. I know, that sounds like a conflict, but trump is well-known for his conflicts.
It was once said that you can lie your way into power, but once you try to govern the truth eventually gets its boots on and runs you over. We can only hope that the truth gets its boots on real quick this year.