Trump’s first 10 days in office that have already resulted in three major protests as well as a constitutional crisis. Below, we attempt to recap the unthinkable by day.

By Andrew J Pridgen

Day 1: Steve Bannon and the writers of The Dark Knight Rises penned Donald J. Trump’s inauguration speech…

…which he wanted to model after Andrew Jackson’s inauguration address. Old Hickory was a war hero, a statesman who founded the Democratic party and a candidate who ran as an outsider, fighting against “the aristocracy of the few.”

Instead we got “American Carnage” a loose riff on the doctrine of “America First,” a mantra that first came to the fore in the mid-1930s by isolationists like Charles Lindbergh as they sought to stop the U.S. from helping Europe save itself from the Nazis.

Author Philip Roth wrote a fictitious account of what would have happened to America had Lindbergh defeated Roosevelt at that critical juncture in “The Plot Against America”. “All I do,” he emailed the New Yorker last week “is to defatalize the past—if such a word exists—showing how it might have been different and might have happened here.” …He continued: “As for how Trump threatens us, I would say that, like the anxious and fear-ridden families in my book, what is most terrifying is that he makes any and everything possible, including, of course, the nuclear catastrophe.”

Trump, for his part, had the fourth-lowest inauguration turnout since Nixon. But more on his thoughts on that in a minute.

As he was being sworn in, any mention of Global Warming was removed from the White House web page, as was ACA information, any LGBTQ pages and any Spanish translations.

Trump on day one also rolled back the Federal Housing Administration–backed home loans rate cut of 0.25 percent. By suspending the cut, he eliminated many first-time home buyers from being able to qualify for a mortgage.

That gloomy Friday, Trump also directed agencies to start lifting rules that enforce the ACA. We’ll hear about this more later, but essentially with no alternative plan in place, this puts the onus on insurance companies to dictate the market which they will do…like dictators: raising rates unchecked and killing the program as well as the people it served.

Trump’s team for its part will say that the act was on a collision course with this fate but what they won’t cop to is the fact the ACA stabilized the markets and covered more Americans than any time in history — till they came and crushed it like your little brother’s Lego castle set.

Day 2: On Trump’s behalf, Onion-retweeting (“You nailed it, period” to this tweet) and Dippin’ Dots crusader press secretary Sean Spicer broke from the pack of all of his predecessors and served up more Whoppers than an airport terminal Burger King saying Trump’s was the “Largest audience ever to witness an Inauguration, period.”

This press conference took place in the midst of the Women’s March which, at 3.3 million strong, was the largest protest to ever take place in the U.S., period.

Day 3: On his day of rest, Trump consiliare Kellyanne Conway coined the term “Alternative facts” and the world as you know it would never be the same again. Meaning everything you think you see is fucking wrong.

Day 4-5: All he does is whine… and threaten, and pad his own coffers. At a White House reception Sunday night, Trump took 10 minutes to revel in the 2016 campaign. The commander-in-chief told a bipartisan group of congressional leaders that between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote.

Then he signed into action Keystone XL and DAPL, mostly because he has money tied up in those companies:

Then he threatened to turn Chicago (the 18th worst crime metro in the U.S.) into a police state, because apparently it’s got a lot of black people — and Obama is from there:

Then he promised to build a fucking wall that 1) the U.S. taxpayers will pay for 2) will cost between $14-$20 billion 3) will have giant physical gaps 4) nobody fucking wants 5) pisses off fucking Mexico. There are five additional reasons it is a horrible idea below:

Trump also officially declared his own Inauguration Day as “A National Day of Patriotic Devotion.A proclamation that was actually signed by this fucking mad man and entered into the Federal Register reads: “A new national pride stirs the American soul and inspires the American heart.”

But it’s also the little things. Trump, as the press was shuffling out after a briefing, demoralized by yet another barrage of hyperbole and lies, yelled out, “Hey press, get back in here.” Then he made Doug McCarron of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters to tell everyone what he just told Trump about his inaugural address. “It hit home for the people who have been hurting,” McCarron told the reporters, except this time he said it like there was a gun to his head.

It was fucking weird. This whole thing is getting weird.

Day 6: Trump gives first in-depth interview since taking office. Along with having to show ABC news’ David Muir pictures of his inauguration to prove how, um, big it was, he said a speech from at CIA headquarters, one that was tone-deaf and (again) asserted how big his crowds were in front of the wall that remembers the men and women who have lost their lives for the agency — he received the “biggest standing ovation” since Peyton Manning won Super Bowl 50.” Which makes no sense. No quarterback gets a standing O. Meryl Streep on the other hand…

He also went full blown every psychosis in the book…and in the third-person (x4):

“They showed a field where there was practically nobody standing there,” he said. “And they said, Donald Trump did not draw well. I said, it was almost raining, the rain should have scared them away, but God looked down and he said, we’re not going to let it rain on your speech.”

When, clearly, it started to rain on him as he stumbled through the opening line of the address.

…This was also the day Trump started to call into question the validity of the election and stuck to the narrative that his inauguration was the largest in history. So now he is officially brazenly willing to cast doubt on hard information and our institutions by saying an election overseen by states is fraudulent. While seemingly harmless, a call for an investigation into something that doesn’t exist is simply setting the table for a complete seizure of power through slight of hand.

The inauguration and voter fraud “issues” are also a distraction from the fact that Trump:

  • Began to openly support torture, black sites and rebuked the Geneva Convention with a three-page draft order entitled: ‘Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants’ (it’s also the working title of his children’s book.)
  • Ordered the EPA, Ag Department and multiple other agencies (including the Forest Service) to be muzzled. They were ordered to cease communicating with the public through news releases, official social media accounts and other correspondence. Resulting rogue twitter accounts for government agencies. Again, nothing like this has ever fucking happened. If you pay tax dollars you have a right to hear from your government agencies and know what they’re doing, else it’s taxation without representation. The EPA also received the scariest of all memos noting: “no social media will be going out” and “incoming media requests will carefully screened.”

Also, from the office of the Supreme Ruler of Whatthefuckistan:

  • The EPA’s annual awarding of more than $4 billion in funding for grants is now perma on hold. You know, scientists, universities and even Native American tribes benefit from that money. But who the fuck needs them? Who the fuck needs the earth? Drill baby drill.
  • The White House also ordered the EPA to remove the climate change page from its own website, which contains links to scientific global warming research and detailed data on emissions. Scientists scrambled to 1) protect their work …we’re assuming in a rush to get it on floppy disks like in old ‘90s movies and 2) organize and march.
  • He said he wants to rollback fuel economy standards, because it is, after all 1967 again.
  • A general rollback of government regulations, including ones which require airlines to inspect their airplanes. Because that’s what we fucking need on top of all this shit, more planes falling out of the sky.
  • Trump literally blew kisses across the room at FBI director James Comey whose memo of a “new” investigation on Hillary Clinton’s emails was released 10 days prior to the election. There was no new information. Comey and Putin and Trump then went and wacked a top former KGB whistle blower and left him in his car then had an orgy with Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones and Joe Pesci from JFK. It looked like this:

  • And of course, for good measure, he defunded American programs that help give women healthcare opportunities overseas.

Day 7:

More talk of torture. Conservatives, like John McCain (who was tortured), begin to break away. More talk of building The Wall. Mexico refuses to meet with Trump as a result. A 20 percent tax on all goods from Mexico was floated — which Americans, a-hem, would pay for — was quickly rolled back after Patron CFO says “bad idea hombre.” Twenty other countries set up women’s health fund to make up for US vacuum. Dow goes to 20k = bubble and the assured beginning of the end of casino capitalism. Trump will take credit for the uptick and blame Obama for the eventual collapse.

Washington Post breaks down the troubles with the border wall: 1. The terrain is very rough in some areas. 2. Unlike Arizona, New Mexico and California, most of Texas is privately owned. 3. Most of the border is natural, but a human-made barrier is not. 4. Surveillance makes the barrier effective. 5. Migrants are determined and often have few options.

What would be normally the most offensive day ever for a new president ends up being a relatively quiet one for the Trump administration.

Day 8-10:

All hell fucking breaks loose and country is pitched into Constitutional crisis. A temporary ban of entry into the US for migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries takes effect last Friday. Note, none of these countries hosted a Muslim who has attacked the US (including the 9/11 attackers, the Boston Marathon attackers and the San Bernardino shooters). No terrorist-producing countries where Trump owns businesses i.e. Saudi Arabia, were included in the ban. Those banned are people who have applied to come here, been vetted and are also businessmen, families traveling and those who in some cases have fought alongside of us put their lives on the line to help us.

Also, children.

The ACLU Friday evening got an injunction to stop the order. In the meantime protests broke out at major airports, lawyers got in there churning out writs of habeas corpus on the terminal floor next to an outlet and Trump, for his part after pitching the country into a Constitutional crisis and two days of protest and confusion, tweeted that it was a glitch from Delta Airlines and the “tears” of a political rival that caused it (?)

Really bro? Funny, saw a lot of protest signs…not one of them was about Delta.

In a briefing with reporters Sunday evening he also called the rollout “a massive success story” which is like saying the endings to all the Saw movies were massive happy ones.

Questions Monday remain over the legality of the order and whether the Trump administration will fight the orders from federal judges to temporarily halt the travel ban. In the meantime, ACLU donations skyrocket and a third set of heavy demonstrations against Trump broke out Sunday including outside the gates of the White House, in Boston’s Copley Square and in New York’s Battery Park.

European Union officials denounced Trump’s immigration order and international aid group Doctors Without Borders accused Trump of keeping people “trapped in war zones, directly endangering their lives.”

In Iraq, two lawmakers said the Iraqi parliament has approved a “reciprocity measure” restricting the entry of Americans into Iraq. Britons are planning to protest against Trump’s entry into the country and even other Republican senators are warning Trump to “slow down.”

Ya think?

Sidebar: On Sunday, SEAL Team 6 conducted a raid aimed at al Qaeda militants in Yemen. Trump’s White House is saying al Qaeda leader named Abdulrauf al Dhahab was killed. Yemeni officials claim eight women and seven children were killed. One American was killed and three were wounded.

Oh, also, Steve Bannon is now on the National Security Council, given the job most generals hold. He has already declared war on the press and is about to do so on the rest of the free world.

…So this is the world we live in. We have a leader who lies all the time and every time. He has created a culture of lying so now nobody believes those who are telling the truth. He is putting the worst, most incompetent in charge and his emotional well-being is at a constant state of fragile-to-unstable.

The good news is people are starting to rise. More than a million Brits have signed a petition to ban him from their country. Even hard-line conservatives are beginning to evolve from invertebrates right before our eyes. …But it has not yet been two weeks and people also have to live and make money and take care of children.

Ten days down, 1,373 to go.

Andrew J. Pridgen is the author of the novellaBurgundy Upholstery Sky”. His first full-length novel will be released in late-2017.

 

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  1. Torturous but essential reading. (The torture stemming from the subject matter, not the prose, that is.) Thank you!

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