Trump’s First Days in Office

Nationalist Rhetoric, Website Cleansing, and Lies

Liar In Chief: Mr. Grab-Them-By-The-Pussy

The inaugural address delivered by Mr. Grab-Them-By-Pussy on January 20th was loaded with nationalistic, divisive messages.  Normally these speeches take on a tone of national unity and healing but Trump seized the opportunity to paint a grim picture of the state of the country and rub salt in the wounds.  One might expect a different approach given that he lost the popular vote by nearly three million.  One might expect that of someone else, but not this greedy, lying, corrupt, swine.  On the day after he was sworn into office, millions of people around the world took to the streets in protest.  Most major US cities had demonstrations, the size of which shattered records.  In Washington DC three times as many people turned out to protest Trump as those who attended his inauguration.

The new administration also wasted no time updating the White House website, quickly removing all references to health care, climate change, and LGBT rights.  New information was added pushing Trump’s “law and order” agenda.  You got it.  They removed civil rights and replaced it with crap about standing up for the cops being so important because there is a “dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America” and a “tide of lawlessness associated with illegal immigration”.

Right away the lies starting flying out of the mouths of Trump and his staff, almost faster than one can count.  Demonstrating his extreme dishonest and delusional personality, the executive branch bullshit  machine went into action.   Against overwhelming evidence, including photographs, they claimed record attendance at the inauguration, as if nobody would notice the empty stands on the parade route and the clearly much smaller crowds on the Mall.

Some of the Shocking Lies

  • Denial of his clear record of harsh criticism of the intelligence community

Trump said the media “made it sound like I had a ‘feud’ with the intelligence community…it is exactly the opposite”.  His recent comments completely contradict this.

  • Grossly overstating the size of the crowd at the inauguration

Trump:  “It looked honestly like a million and a half people, whatever it was, it was, but it went all the way back to the Washington Monument.”  In fact, it fell far short of reaching the Monument.  About one-third as many people show up as those in attendance for Obama’s first inaugural in 2009.  Later his PR lackeys made intentionally misleading apples to oranges comparisons to Obama’s second inaugural.

  • Press secretary Sean Spicer continues crowd size lying streak

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration…” Bullshit!  More bullshit: “This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual.”  The floor coverings were used in 2013 when Barack was sworn in.  Spencer continued to spin the facts on this topic with nonsense about the capacity of the Washington Mall, disregarding the fact that a good part of it was essentially unoccupied.

  • Spicer also lied about D.C. Metro public transit figures

“We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama’s last inaugural.”
FALSE! There were 1.1 million trips for Obama in 2009, more than any other day in history.  The first Obama inauguration would have been the proper comparison, not the second.  Even so, the number for the second was 783,000, not 317,00.

  • The press secretary’s nose continues to grow

“This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.”

TOTAL BULLSHIT!  There is no evidence that people were not able to get in or were even delayed.  Also, the Secret Service said magnetometers were not in place.

  • Trump even lied about the weather!

Implying he was blessed with some kind of devise umbrella, he lied about the rain.

  • Trump’s deception about TV ratings

“Wow, television ratings just out: 31 million people watched the Inauguration, 11 million more than the very good ratings from 4 years ago!”, tweeted Mr. Grab-Them-By-Pussy on January 22nd.  Standing alone, this is a true statement but deceptive.  The proper comparison would be to Obama’s first inauguration.  In 2009, when 38 million viewers tuned in to watch that.

  • Lies about Trump writing his own speech

Mr. Grab-Them-By-Pussy was said to have written his own inaugural address.  It has since been revealed that mostly written by Stephen Miller and Breitbart “news” wanker Steve Bannon.

  • Trump lied about releasing tax returns

After repeatedly promising to make his tax returns public, Trump’s staff has now said that he will not.  But wait… top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway set the record straight on this one.  It wasn’t a lie, just “alternative facts”!

  • Donny visits CIA —  Lies to them then lies to public

The day after being sworn in, the Liar in Chief delivered a rambling speech to hundreds of CIA personnel.  He was trying to make up for talking shit about them but wondered off topic after lying about what everyone knows he said about them.  Later he cranked up the tweet-lie machine with, “Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, amazing people. WIN!”  Why is that a lie?  Because he never asked them to sit down!  Military and intelligence WILL NOT SIT until the Commander in Chief tells the to sit.

  • Liar in Chief repeats his November lie in first official visit with congressional leaders

On January 23rd Trump repeated his false claim that he only lost the popular vote because of massive voter fraud (implied or stated to be committed by unauthorized aliens).  So here he is, in his first meeting with congress, and he is lying (an impeachable offense).  He again revealed his fragile insecurities regarding the inauguration crowd stating, “It was a huge crowd, a magnificent crowd.  I haven’t seen such a crowd as big as this”, according to one congressman.

On January 21 Robert Reich posted on Facebook:
Trump is such a liar that in coming days and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press — reporting the truth, and holding Trump accountable. But Trump’s strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press in the public’s mind — seeking to convince the public that the press is engaged in a conspiracy against him — and use his tweets, rallies, and videos to make himself the only credible source of public information about what he’s doing. It is the strategy of despots.

Dump Trump!

January 20, 2017 Portland, OR

Donald J. Trump’s horrifying election to the office of the President of The United States is widely regarded as the most unbelievable event in the history of American politics.  There is simply no comparison.  Few people took the asshole seriously.  Why would they?  A notorious lying, tax evading, crass, arrogant, bigoted, megalomaniacal, braggart, sexual molester couldn’t possibly get elected, right?  But it happened. Now he is staffing up the White House with white nationalist bigots.

Throughout the campaign his outrageous lies, bigotry, misogynism, nationalist rhetoric, and hate speech, and even advocacy of war crimes only seemed to increase his popularity among disenfranchised lesser-educated whites.  As the election grew closer, more moderate Republicans eventually got behind President-elect Grab-them-by-pussy.  Somehow, even with much of the conservative establishment, business, the military and intelligence communities remarking on what a disaster this would be for the whole country, it happened.

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Anti-Trump protesters march in Portland, Oregon in the days immediately following the 2016 election.

Few took the threat as real.  Few acknowledged the pitiful weakness of the Democratic Party establishment.  They could have supported a pro working-class alternative candidate like Bernie Sanders.  Bernie spoke to working people.  All indications are that he would have beaten Trump had he been the Democratic Party nominee.

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Now we’re screwed.  The most obstructionist Congress in US history managed to avoid their duty to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.  Even if Mr. Grab-them-by-pussy does not last, the damage certainly will continue for decades.

Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post was one of the few to sound the alarm, but the country did not listen.  Kagan explained, “This is how fascism comes to America, not with jackboots and salutes (although there have been salutes, and a whiff of violence) but with a television huckster, a phony billionaire, a textbook egomaniac “tapping into” popular resentments and insecurities, and with an entire national political party — out of ambition or blind party loyalty, or simply out of fear — falling into line behind him.”