Totalitarian Trump Era Begins

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Here are some disturbing things that have happened since Donald Trump was sworn in as president on Friday:

1. Crowds at the inauguration booed Chuck Schumer when he said, “Today, we celebrate one of democracy’s core attributes, the peaceful transfer of power. And every day, we stand up for core democratic principles enshrined in the Constitution — the rule of law, equal protection for all under law, the freedom of speech, press, religion.”

Apparently Trump supporters don’t much care for these basic American values.

2. The White House website removed almost all references to climate change, except for Trump’s vow to get rid of Obama’s policies. Civil rights also apparently doesn’t make the cut in the Trump White House, at least according to the website.

3. Interior Department Twitter accounts were shut down because they showed the reality that Trump’s inauguration crowds were not as large as Obama’s.

4. Trump took up the subject of these crowds in a speech before the CIA, claiming the dishonest media had misrepresented what had been at least a million people. Not only is that statement patently untrue, Trump used it to once again go after the press when it shows him in an unfavorable light. To quote Trump:  “I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth, right?”

5. In that same CIA speech, after spending several minutes congratulating himself on how many covers of Time Magazine he has been on, he made the ambiguous statement, “There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump,” Trump said. “There is nobody.” That could mean a lot of things, not all of them positive towards the CIA.

During the CIA speech, Trump mentioned all the generals who will be working in his Cabinet. As I listened, I thought to myself, An authoritarian right wing president surrounded by generals: what could go wrong?

Let’s face it, folks. The Bible Donald Trump rested his hand on for his swearing in as our 45th president is still warm, and we are already seeing a man who is concerned almost exclusively with himself and how he appears, who brooks no dissent, and who dismisses our free press out of hand in order to discredit anything that might be reported about him that he doesn’t like.

Trump’s outrageous statements were greeted by laughter and applause at the CIA. How men and women of intelligence and seeming integrity can sit there and give tacit approval to Trump’s lies and demagoguery – especially after he vilified them for their reports on Russian interference in the election – is beyond my comprehension.*

We are in dangerous times, my friends. It is time for our leaders to take a stand against Donald Trump’s mendacity, conflicts of interest, bromance with Vladimir Putin, and general unfitness for the highest office in the land. Four years from now, it may be too late.

*Since writing this post, I have learned that it was not CIA personnel who laughed and applauded President Trump. It was a cadre of his own lackeys.  Yet more evidence that Trump is like a petty dictator who thrives on applause and requires approval, even to the point of paying for it.

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