Yesterday, Sunday June 23, 2019, I listened to Donald Trump tell Chuck Todd on Meet The Press about all the wonderful things he has done since becoming president. Trump also blamed president Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton and/or the Democrats for every short coming or failures of his administration.
Trump stated that “we are in the process of completing 400 -FOUR HUNDRED- miles of wall on the southern most border. This of course is a blatant lie. Any work being done on the border is only much needed repairs for which the money had already been allocated in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection budget.
While Trump was on Meet The Press, his sidekick Mike Pence, was on Face The Nation (CBS) blaming the conditions within the border “detention facilities” on the Democrats. Pence stated that the conditions within these facilities are “heart breaking” and “unacceptable”.
“We’re doing a lot with what the Congress has given us, but again Congress refused to increase the bed space in the last appropriations bill…”
On November 16, 2016 (a day that will go down in infamy) Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States of America. As soon as he was inaugurated trouble at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, in Washington, DC began. The very first issue had to do with the size of the turnout for his swearing in. All media outlets reported that at most there were 200,000 (two hundred thousand) people in attendance. The Trump administration, and Trump himself, called the media fake news and insisted that there were more than 1,000,000 (one million) people in attendance. As Trump would have you believe, it was the largest inauguration crowd in history. Trump was highly perturbed because a woman’s march that took place in DC the day after his swearing in ceremony had over 500,000 (five hundred thousand) women protesting against him.
- Size of crowd during the inauguration of Presidents going back to Ronald Reagan:
- Barack Obama, 2013: 1 million
- Barack Obama, 2009: 1.8 million (generally considered a record for people on the National Mall)
- George W. Bush, 2005: 400,000
- George W. Bush, 2001: 300,000
- Bill Clinton, 1997: 250,000
- Bill Clinton, 1993: 800,000
- George H.W. Bush, 1989: 300,000
- Ronald Reagan, 1985: 140,000 tickets sold, but record cold (weather) moved the swearing-in ceremony indoors
- Ronald Reagan, 1981: 10,000, according to the New York Times. This was the first year the ceremony was performed on the west side of the Capitol.
During Trump’s first two years in office (24 months) Republicans controlled both houses. It was a Republican government. Republicans blocked every proposal, etc. that Democrats requested. The Trump administration, rather than using his first 100 days in office to set a really meaningful agenda, he chose to squander them on meaningless issues. The first of which was a travel ban on people going to, but especially, coming from 7 (seven) Muslim countries.
While the Republicans controlled the Executive and the Legislative branches of government they did nothing toward building Trumps border wall. They did nothing to curb “the immigrant invasion” nor did they do anything to fix the immigrant detention facilities. In fact, there was really not much that got accomplished during the first two years (with a few exceptions of course) but nothing of real significance that would make America great, again.
Fast forward to the mid term election of November 2018. Trump, and his Republican minions,did what they do best, they went on a fear campaign. They insisted that there was an invasion of Latino immigrants heading toward the southern US border. As the day of the election got closer the Republican rhetoric grew more frequent and louder. After the election the Trump administration and Republican party was ecstatic. They insisted that the so-called blue wave had been defeated and that the Republicans has retained and even gotten more Republicans elected. Throughout the country several elections were being contested. When all was said and done, the truth was finally known. There was, in fact, a blue wave and the Democrats had taken control of the House of Representatives.
Where Trump was ruling willy-nilly when the Republicans controlled Congress, they (Republicans) knew that the jig was up. Trump would no longer be able to force his policies down our throats. Finally there was check and balance. This is where the Trump saga takes a new turn. Now that he can no longer push through his agenda without checks, the Democrats had the power of the purse, the power to question and stop this Republican madness.
This leads me back to the topic I began this article with, Trumps lack of empathy and change in the border detention facilities. During the summer of 2018, heading toward the midterm elections in November, it was revealed that trumps policy on immigration had reverted to gestapo like practices. Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, implemented a no tolerance policy. Immigrant families were separated at the border and their children were put in cages. The country revolted against these policies and their will was shown at the ballet box that following November. Now, Trump, Pence, McConnell, and the rest of the Republicans want to lay blame on the Democrats.
The nation was coming eerily close toward fascism. Before the midterm elections there was heated debate about one of Trumps nominations for the Supreme Court. After all was said and done Trump got his way. Bret Kavenough completed the Republican dream, they now had a majority on the Supreme Court. Had the blue wave not happened, Trump and his evil doers would have controlled all of government, the executive, the legislative and the judiciary. Trump would have emerged as the equivalent of Adolph Hitler. Trump would have slowly began the minimization of civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, Latino and any other brown groups rights. Who knows, if they had the gall to sperate families and put children in cages – this when they controlled two branches of government, maybe we would have seen military and tanks rolling down our main streets. Perhaps internment camps would have been set up. Perhaps all NONE WHITE (those not belonging to the Arian Nation) would have been rounded up and exterminated. Many of those reading this will think this is far fatched, I’m pretty sure the German people did not think Hitler wopuld do what he did. Someone said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Just think about this, Trump insists that the media is the enemy of the state calling it all fake news (so did the Nazi’s, they took away the right of free speech and had only one news outlet).
Trump mocked/made fun of handicapped (Hitler had the handicapped put into incinerators.
What Trump and his cronies had almost successfully achieved was a coup d’état. If the Republicans had succeeded and they controlled the three branches of government the scenario of a Hitler like Trump leading this nation would have been possible very easily. With complete control of our government they (Republi cans) would have forced there agenda of White supremacy.
Since Trump became president, White supremacy has been on the rise. Latino’s have been vilified, the news media has been victimized and gays have been brutalized.
If the Republicans had succeeded and they controlled the three branches of government Trump would have been the Man in the high castle.
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