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Yesterday was a memorable day, even if you were too distraught to watch the Donald take the oath of office and become our 45th President. The nightmare of the Donald Trump presidency has already begun. The White House web site is the perfect example of Trump’s misguided and unethical priorities. He’s not even clever enough to pretend that he will be a great leader, unencumbered by conflicts of interest.
The minute Trump became President, he wasn’t focused on the many positions in the administration that remain unfilled. In what has been described as a ” chaotic transition” Trump “has left critical parts of the government dangerously short-handed.”
On Thursday Trump announced last-minute plans to retain 50 essential State Department and national security officials currently working in the Obama administration to ensure “continuity of government.”
As of Thursday, only two of Mr. Trump’s 15 cabinet nominees — John F. Kelly, to head the Department of Homeland Security, and his nominee for defense secretary, Gen. James N. Mattis — had been approved by congressional committees and were close to assuming their posts.
Trump has named only 29 of his 660 executive department appointments. That is a pace far slower than recent predecessors, falling far short of the schedule originally outlined by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who was Mr. Trump’s transition director before Mr. Trump ousted him 10 weeks ago.
None of this seemed to bother Mr. Trump. After arriving from New York, the president-elect trod solemnly down red-carpeted stairs from a government plane at Joint Base Andrews with his wife, Melania, then sped off to deliver a speech at a reception held at his ornate new hotel near the White House. There, he declared, with typical bluster, that his cabinet nominees had “by far the highest I.Q. of any cabinet assembled.” Thus the first day in office he takes time out of his busy schedule as President to promote his new hotel, an obvious conflict of interest!
In a conference call with incoming staff this week, Mr. Priebus informed midlevel aides that they should avoid interacting with Mr. Trump without his permission, that they were prohibited from talking to the news media, and that they should carefully restrict their social media posts, according to two people with knowledge of the call.
On Thursday, aides released names of more than a dozen appointments to the White House staff. Most of them had worked for Mr. Priebus at the R.N.C. Mr. Trump also named a friend, Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, to be ambassador to Britain.
Trump’s focus has clearly NOT been on ensuring a smooth transition of power. It seems that his focus has been on changing the White House web site. References on the website to civil rights issues, climate change , and LGBT rights has magically disappeared. The White House web site now paints black inner cities as shooting galleries.
Paul Krugman of the New York times does a masterful job explaining why the average uneducated white supporters of Donald Trump feel “Seduced and Betrayed”.
I expect you will recognize some of the people in these videos as Trump supporters:
The combination of Tina Fey’s talent and Sarah Palin’s stupidity were priceless!
This one has over 8 million views on you tube alone.
This one has over 2 million views.
Here’s the complete list of all 10 segments Tina Fey did. Thank you Tina Fey for helping us laugh about the most dangerous person to get close to the White House, until Donald Trump!
It is just possible that Donald Trump will Make America Great Again.
However he may not do it by getting elected. He may bring America together by uniting people in a common effort to defeat him. Many Republicans, independents, and Democrats agree that a Donald Trump presidency would ensure the end of our country. From nuclear war to evisceration of the U.S. Constitution, a Trump Presidency is the greatest threat to our country since the Civil War. The outrage of millennials in the election season is a measure of the danger of a Trump presidency. Young people are notorious for being “all throat and no vote.” However Trump may inspire them to turn out and vote. If so Trump’s loss will be epic. Young people tend to be liberal. More than 80% of voters under age 30, voted for Bernie Sanders.
Millennials are the most educated generation in American history, by both total degrees and share of college graduates.
It is Trump’s unbridled bigotry that is most offensive to millennials. One young voter explained: “I get worried about the bigoted element of our country, and that they will stick with Trump regardless of his stupidity.” If the trend continues, the Democratic Party will have scored double-digit victories among younger voters in three consecutive elections, the first time that has happened since such data became readily available in 1952. That could shape the political affiliations of the largest generation in American history for years to follow.
In the new survey, half of those under 35 say they identify with or lean toward the Democrats; just 20% identify with or lean toward the Republicans. Seventeen percent are independents, and another 12% either identify with another party or don’t know. Trump’s weakness among younger voters is unprecedented, lower even than the 32% of the vote that the Gallup Organization calculates Richard Nixon received among 18-to-29-year-old voters in 1972, an era of youthful protests against the Vietnam War.
Thus Donald Trump may inspire young people to vote in numbers we haven’t ever seen. Current estimates are that there are 75.4 Million Millennials in America. In 2012 an estimated 126 million people voted. Thus the Millennial vote could account for over half of the voters in the 2016 election, and could determine the outcome. However the gender gap in this election may be the greatest ever. Some would say that it is because a woman is on the ticket. However that wasn’t enough in 2008 to carry the election for Hillary. The fact is that Trump is so offensive to women, that most women would vote for anyone opposing Donald Trump. It is speculated that at least 56% of the overall vote in 2016 will be female. It is estimated that over 14 million more women will vote than will men. Only 29% of women have even a “somewhat favorable opinion of Trump.”
The combination of Millennials and women voting should be a clear indication that the loss of Donald Trump in 2016 will be unprecedented. It is therefore not surprising that Trump is already starting to make excuses for his loss. It doesn’t take a political expert to see that Donald Trump has proceeded to alienate women, Millenials, Blacks, Hispanics, the Disabled, the Military, and Muslim Americans. Trump will be left with only a few old white men voting for him.
They might stay home for fear their spouse will poison their dinner if they vote for Trump!
For some time many readers have declared that Sarah Palin is delusional. Sarah has suggested that she is often a victim of the “lamestream” media taking her words out of context. Thus to be fair, here is the entire Facebook post of Sarah Palin:
So Hillary’s campaign stylist apparently leaked to the NYT she wore a white pantsuit to her convention as homage to the democrat female politician, Geraldine Ferraro, who’d also worn white. I was asked why I wore white, too. For the record – I wore it in ’08 because it was the outfit with no baby barf encrusted on the shoulder.
From other appearances, I thought Palin could identify colors. I thought she was particularly fond of black and white.
I remembered John McCain wearing a white shirt. However Sarah was NOT wearing white. She was wearing a champagne colored top, black skirt, and black shoes. Yet in her mind she was dressed like Clinton: