REALITY CHECK TIME. Let’s take a look at what trump has done just in his first week in office:
Inauguration Day, Jan 20
He signed an executive order to “ease the burden of Obamacare,” the first step in the repeal of Obama’s signature health care mandate.
Big problem: the Republicans have nothing to replace it, so that means 20 million people lose their health insurance and things probably go back to the way they were – sky high premiums, if you have a pre-existing condition, well, sorry, we can’t cover you.
Weekend, Jan. 21 and Jan. 22
Millions of women and men worldwide took the streets for the Women’s March.
“Alternative facts” became the buzzword when trump’s people( Keyllanne Conway) said the media downplayed the numbers at his inauguration. Trump even called the head of the National Park Service about finding aerial photos that proved his inauguration crowd was larger than Obama’s.
Real fact: His crowd fell way short of Obama’s. It hurt trump’s ego.
Monday, Jan. 23
Good-bye TPP –from the platform of Bernie Sanders
Reinstated a gag order on government support for internaitonal aid groups that discuss and perform abortions. These aid groups also give advice on family planning and birth control.
This is, of course, a no-no in the trump/pense admin. For them, the unborn – an embryo – must be defended. But hey, once you’re born, kid, you’re on your own. No health care (unless your framily can afford it), no preschool, no childcare – unless your family can afford it. Yes, you love life until it actually becomes a living human being.
Build the wall and oh, sorry, but Mexico isn’t going to pay for it. You taxpayers are – not the wealthy, who are getting tax breaks, and not corporations, who are also getting more tax breaks, but you middle class chumps.
Withhold money for sanctuary cities.
Tuesday, January 24
For the EPA – Environmental Protection Agency – a freeze on all new contracts and grants.
Media blackout at the EPA and Department of Agriculture. You know, the agencies that are responsible for the air you breathe, the food you eat, the ones who provide data about CLIMATE CHANGE, that phrase that trump and his people claim is a hoax made up by the Chinese.
Defund International Planned Parenthood which provides family planning services, contraception, and women’s health care around the world. And yes, they provide abortions, too. That’s about three percent of what they do.
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Trump’s ego needs to be fed, so today he ordered a major investigation into voter fraud. I mean, how did Clinton win the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes? It had to be VOTER FRAUD. But nothing about the Russian computer hacking.
But, in the voter fraud realm, several members of trump’s team were registered to vote in two states!
Trump gives his first prime-time interview as prez.
Thursday, Jan. 26
Trump proposes 20% import tax on Mexican imports. Mexico is our third largest trading partner. The only thing this tax does is raise the price of foods and goods for American consumers.
He also apparently thinks torture like waterboarding works and said he was in favor of bringing it back, along with black op prisons. He then supposedly deferred to his secretary of defense, who’s opposed to it.
The heated rhetoric between trump and the president of Mexico ratcheted upward.
Friday, Jan. 27
Trump creates chaos at American airports when he signs an executive order that blocks all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and added travel restrictions from Muslim countries – none of which have been responsible for terrorist acts in the U.S. since 9/11
This order caused unimagined chaos at airports, protests, and opened the door for mass deportations. A federal judge banned parts of it.
Oh – this too. On Inauguration day, four journalists covering the protests were arrested on federal riot charges – even though they weren’t involved in the riots – and that carries a ten year prison sentence and a fine of $25,000.
In short, trump’s first week in office has taken the U.S. several steps closer to Fascism.
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