Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
The Second Week of Trump
There are appointments being made, and policies being rolled out. Everything I am hearing or reading about in the news seems typical of what I would expect from the same Donald Trump who ran for President on the Republican ticket.
There were not any big rallies, but they have been scheduled to return. The President Elect promises a victory tour.
We are hearing from the media that he may not plan on living in the White House, preferring the opulence of his penthouse apartment in New York City, the gilded halls, painted in gold.
He gave an interview to 60 Minutes, his children accompanied him, and sat behind him in a row. His daughter’s PR firm live Tweeted to her followers during the airing, that they could buy the clothes and jewelry Ivanka was wearing “right now” from her website.
The presidency has merged with a shop at home channel. Hurry, buy it now!
The President Elect settled his class action lawsuit for twenty-five million dollars. Putting the civil complaint to rest, and avoiding an admission of any wrongdoing. He will not have to admit to being fraud, to racketeering or anything else in this case. But there are dozens of more law suits he is embroiled in at the moment, including a case in which it is alleged that he raped a twelve-year old girl.
The President Elect is seeking ways around the laws against nepotism, laws which prevent the president from hiring members of his family to work on his staff. One of his arguments suggests that he could appointment them if they were not paid, another of his arguments suggests that the presidency is not in reality the executive branch.
It is sophistry, it is all lies.
He wants his children to whom he says he will turn over the management of his business, he wants them to have security clearances, and to sit in on meetings with the heads of state of other nations, as he did this week with the Prime Minister of Japan. Ivanka joined him, and in the official photos of the event, Trump branded water was prominently on display.
These are the least disturbing developments happening in the burgeoning Trump administration.
He has named an outspoken White Supremecist to be his principle strategic advisor. Steve Bannon of Britebart News.
He named Alabama senator Jeff Sessions to be the Attorney General, a man who once said that he didn’t have a problem with the KKK until he learned that they smoked pot.
He named retired General Mike Flynn to be his National Security Advisor, a man who has said that the Islamic Faith was merely a political ideology disguised as a religion.
It is a sad day for most Americans, as the votes keep being counted and Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote continues to grow, approaching two million.
There is a dramatic spike in the incidences of hate crimes, and intimidation against Jews, against Muslims, against African-Americans and other minorities in the days after the election.
The hypocrisy of the Trump campaign appears to be limitless. They ignore it. They claim that liberals and progressive are staging the events to make Trump look bad. They claim that the hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the street in protest are merely paid actors. They are living in denial, and they would like their followers to be in denial as well.
What is for me a trivial matter, will probably get no play among the right wing Christians who supported Trump, is the fact that White Supremecist Steve Bannon said just yesterday that operating from the darkness is good, he invoked the figures of Darth Vader and even Satan as examples of the kind of power he would seek to wield from the oval office.
Did you hear that Christian conservatives?
President Elect Trump’s chief Strategist has openly invoked the name of Satan, and the powers of darkness to guide him in his advice to the President of the United States.
Are you comfortable with that?
Did you get what you paid for?
Do you still think you will?