Just a day after Trump’s inauguration, The Women’s March was held in Washington which brought forth a much larger audience than the inauguration did.
The city’s public transit service, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, recorded about 275,000 trips as of 11 a.m. Saturday, more than the 193,000 it recorded by 11 a.m. Friday ahead of Trump’s inauguration speech and parade. That’s more than an 80,000 people difference.
And it’s not just numbers that show it, many also tweeted pictures of the turnout and it’s incredible. The difference in numbers just shows that the majority of America didn’t want Donald Trump as president.
The comparison between the two is unbelievable.
This is what America needs to do, stand up for what’s right. Don’t let Donald Trump feel like he has power. We the people have the power.
Donald Trump proved to be as stupid as many think he is by misspelling his first tweet as president.
Trump is known for his tantrums on Twitter, and this is not the first time he misspells a tweet. Back in December he risked endangering U.S.-China relations with an “unpresidented” tweet.
This time he tweeted that he is “honered” to serve as president.
Of course the tweet was deleted as it took trump a few minutes to realize he had made a spelling error.
Trump, by deleting his misspelled tweet might be under violation of the law. If Trump and his staff didn’t archive the deleted tweet, the move raises some serious ethical concerns.
The Presidential Records Act, which mandates the preservation of all presidential records, says nothing explicitly about Twitter, since it was passed in 1978, long before the social media boom. But Obama’s staff considered tweets to be the 21st century version of presidential correspondence.
Donald Trump took over the @POTUS account on Twitter as of yesterday, but has insisted he will continue using his personal account @realDonaldTrump
It’s unclear if Trump’s personal account will now be subject to the archiving standards of the @POTUS handle, but @POTUS has already started retweeting @realDonaldTrump. This suggest that his personal twitter account will in fact be the voice of the president.
Donald Trump’s “record breaking” inauguration didn’t go quite the way he wanted it, at least attendance wise. Multiple pictures show evidence of how many people showed up to Trump’s inauguration compared to Obama’s, and it’s a drastic difference.
Donald Trump had half the turnout Obama had and there’s no surprise there. Obama’s inauguration saw crowds of around 1.8 million people, while Trump only attracted an audience of somewhere between 700,000 and 900,000 people.
A breaking bombshell was released by the New York Times last night explaining that U.S. intelligence has been investigating a case of possible contacts between Trump Associates and Russian Officials.
Trump has taken oath to office and has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, which means that any investigations that intelligence agencies are doing to find out what Trump’s associates have been communicating to Russian officials about could be overseen. And now he has the authority to redirect or stop at least some of these efforts.
David Corn, Reporter for Mother Jones,caught up with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has been one of the few Republicans to call for a special investigation of the Russian hacking that helped Trump, and asked him about this latest development.
Just like a subliminal advertising campaign, the Trump administration inserted a promotional line to the whitehouse.gov website, which can be found on First Lady Melania Trump’s biography, which also functions as a modeling resume and advertisement for her jewelry.
While the first few sentences feature the typical biographical info, the site specifically plugs her jewelry line: “In April 2010, Melania Trump launched her own jewelry collection, “Melania™ Timepieces & Jewelry on QVC.”
Another bizarre feature is the exhaustive list of her many media appearances and magazine cover:
“As a model, Melania has appeared in high-profile ad campaigns and worked with some of the top photographers in the fashion industry, including Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, Arthur Elgort, Ellen Von Unwerth, Peter Arnell, Antoine Verglas and Mario Testino. She has graced the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, British GQ, Ocean Drive, Avenue, In Style, and New York Magazine. Her major layouts include the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Allure, Vogue, Self, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Elle. In addition, Melania has appeared in numerous television commercials and television programs, including co-hosting The View with Barbara Walters.”
This comes on the same day that all mention of climate change and pages that affirm the federal government’s commitment to helping the LGBT community and people with disabilities were removed from all government websites.
The odd development is taking place as two separate campaigns to impeach Donald Trump were launched on the grounds of his refusal to separate his business assets from his new responsibilities as President of the United States.
In less than two hours after being sworn in, Donald Trump ordered the suspension of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) plan that would have cut premium rates for federally backed mortgages.
Genger Charles, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing, announced in a letter that the reduction in premiums that were going to take effect on January 27 would be “suspended indefinitely.”
The letter also stated that “more analysis and research are deemed necessary to assess future adjustments…”
The Federal Housing Administration(FHA), which is part of HUD, protects lenders from default by offering mortgage insurance to first-time homebuyers and those with low incomes.
This brought forth a partisan divide on Capitol Hill. Republicans accused the Obama administration of putting taxpayers at risk of a potential bailout of the FHA.
After the premium cuts were announced, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling said, “Just three years ago the taxpayers had to spend $1.7 billion to bail out the FHA. Playing politics with the FHA through cynical, surprise 11th-hour rule changes is irresponsible.”
Homeowners were projected to have saved $500 this year, but that benefit is no longer available as the Trump administration did away with the plan. That means homeowners will be spending more money in the years to come.
Donald Trump sure seems to be inspired by supervillains. His new slogan is copied verbatim from horror film ‘The Purge’, but just in case our president’s new slogan wasn’t enough of a portent for dark days to come, his inauguration speech on Friday sent social media into overdrive when everyone slowly started to realize it sounded eerily familiar.
Yep, that’s right. Trump’s remarks were strangely similar to those supervillain ‘Bane’ gave in DC’s 2012 film “The Dark Knight Rises” once he had overtaken the city of Gotham.
Now, let’s compare Trump’s and Bane’s speeches side by side, shall we?
Trump: “Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another. But we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you… the people. For too long a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born the cost. Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.”
Bane: “We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you… the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate, and freeing the oppressed! Step forward those who would serve. For and army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. This great city… it will endure. Gotham will survive!”
“We are calling upon Congress to pass a resolution calling for the House Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether sufficient grounds exist for the impeachment of Donald John Trump, President of the United States.”
Their goal is to impeach Trump as soon as possible, but they need your help.
“If we were wait for all the ill effects that could come from this, too much damage to our democracy would occur,” said Ron Fein, organizer of the new movement and legal director for the liberal advocacy group Free Speech for People. “It will undermine faith in basic institutions. If nothing else, it’s important for Americans to trust that the president is doing what he thinks is the right thing … not that it would help jump-start a stalled casino project in another country.”
Trump has refused to part from his company and that should be enough to impeach him. Refusing to divest from his business puts him in violation of the United States Constitution.
America is witnessing a huge corruption far worse than Watergate. Indeed, Nixon White House Counsel John Dean told reporters: “I don’t think Richard Nixon even comes close to the level of corruption we already know about Trump.” He had ten weeks to divest from his business but instead waited till nine days before the inauguration to announce a plan to step away from his business but not give up ownership.
Trump’s impeachable offenses include collecting rent from the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China for residing in space in Trump Tower, as well as money collected from foreign diplomats staying at the Trump International Hotel.
Trump has made a promise that he will donate any profits from foreign clients to the U.S. treasury, but that just isn’t true, as we have yet to see any documentation proving hid claims.
“I think that at a certain point,” Fein said. “The combination of new revelations coming out and, importantly, calls and pressure from constituents in their own districts will be a deciding factor,” he said. “And at some point, they will decide it is in their own interests to support this.”
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President Barrack Obama left the White House with one final message to the American people. He tweeted during his last hours as head of this country that he promises to continue to work with the American people. He also unveiled his new website Obama.org
Obama.org is a website made for the people. It features a request form for scheduling events and a page for fundraising.
“It’s been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man,” he said.
“I won’t stop; I’ll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humor, and love,” Obama also tweeted.
Barrack and Michelle are both determined to work with the people for the people. The president believes in change because he believes in us.
The Obama Administration also tweeted on final tweet for the @WhiteHouse account before having to hand it over. They featured a photo of Obama with civil rights activists in Selma, Alabama, back in 2015.
Obama also left a letter for the American people, thanking them for the past eight years:
“Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th,” he wrote. “Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man.”
It’s not a secret that the Republican party has embraced ignorance and its base is openly at war with facts. And while there is a sizable chunk of voters from both parties that’s often misinformed, Republicans take the cake when it comes to not knowing what the hell is really going on.
For someone to believe some of the absurd things many Republicans believe, they really have to be willfully ignorant. There are numerous examples of this, so I’d run some of them to prove my point:
1. The Economy is Worse Now Than Before President Obama:
When President Obama came into office, we were literally shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs every single month. Now we’re in the midst of the longest streak of private-sector job growth in U.S. history and the president is handing his successor an economy that’s now the envy of the world.
It’s a radically different position from the one President-elect Barack Obama found himself in 2008 with markets crashing, the financial crisis spinning out of control and joblessness headed toward 10 percent.
Trump instead will take office with an economy near full employment and wages and spending rising. The economy is in such strong shape that the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates again later this month to try and cool things off.
Is the economy perfect? Of course not. But to say it’s worse now than it was in January 2009 when Barack Obama became president isn’t just wrong – it’s flat-out stupid.
2. Religious Freedom:
This is a phrase uttered by people who claim their religion is “under attack” because they can’t discriminate against minorities, homosexuals, or women. Not only that, somehow these folks tend to think that their religious beliefs should somehow dictate the private love lives of other people.
I don’t know how Republicans have equated the word “freedom” with bullying and restricting the rights of others. How ignorant is that?!
3. Tax Cuts Create Jobs:
Republicans seem to ignore the fact that big corporations pay little or not taxes, just like their newly-sworn-in president Donald Trump, who they hailed him as “genius” for not paying taxes.
Do they really think big corporations and fat-cat executives are thinking, “Hmm, you know, I’d hire more people if we just got a tax cut.” How many decades is income inequality going to have to get worse before Republicans finally realize tax cuts don’t do anything but make rich people richer?
Jobs are created by one of the simplest rules in economics: Demand. If demand for a certain product or service goes up, a company will then hire the necessary people to meet that demand. If the demand is not there, it doesn’t matter if their tax rate is zero – they’re not going to hire more people. There’s absolutely no link between tax cuts and job creation.
4. Guns Don’t Kill People:
Whenever someone tells me that guns are no more dangerous than a spoon, I always like to ask just how many mass killings have been carried out with that particular utensil?
Can a gun kill on its own? No. It takes a human being firing said gun to kill people. That being said, a rocket-propelled grenade sitting harmlessly in a safe also needs a human being to fire it for it to become deadly.
Now, who here thinks the United States would be safer if we had 300+ million rocket-propelled grenades saturating our neighborhoods?
The fact is, the combination of the ease of access to guns we have in this country thanks in large part to the GOP and the NRA, plus human beings who intend to use them for deadly purposes, combines to make a volatile situation.
As Republicans gear up to repeal Barack Obama’s signature law, many trump supporters are having a rude awakening. But they are getting what they asked for.
Since its passing in 2008, Republicans have hated Obamacare. Influenced by Fox News and other right-wing propaganda, they demanded the law to be repealed. Incredibly, they seem to love the ‘Affordable Care Act.’ There is no difference between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act, but they don’t know they are the same damn thing!
The. Same. Damn. Thing.
A staffer at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” hit the streets to see whether pedestrians preferred the Affordable Care Act, during a 2013 episode that perfectly makes my point: