It’s only been five days and it is already virtually impossible for any individual to assess just how abnormal Trump’s presidency has been. Here are a few ways that I can come up with, some small, some large, in which Trump’s Presidency already breaks all decorum.
Trump’s Inaugural Address was written by White Nationalist and Special Advisor to the President, Steve Bannon and had bits that were oddly similar to Batman Villain Bane from “The Dark Knight Rises”. Also, Trump originally claimed to have written the speech himself.
Alternative Facts became a thing after Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway claimed that Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s first press conference in which he blatantly lied about the Trump Inauguration’s turnout was just providing “alternative facts”. I kid you not.
The Environmental Protection Agency has been ordered to stop making social media updates and has been banned from awarding any new contracts or grants.
The U.S. Embassy in Israel is still being slated to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And in completely unrelated news, Israel has given approval to build 2,500 new buildings in the West Bank. This despite the UN recently calling these settlements in the West Bank and Gaza “a flagrant violation under international law”. Oh, and also, the Trump Foundation donated $10,000 to the West Bank settlement of Beit El, which will get 100 of those new 2,500 homes in the name of his bankruptcy lawyer, David Friedman, who also happens to be Trump’s pick for Ambassador to Israel and is the prime advocate for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Tit for tat.
The total number of Executive Orders signed by Trump stands at nine. That’s over one per day for those counting at home. No word from Republicans or Trump supporters on how horrible this is despite howling about how Obama signed way too many. Expect crickets.
Trump continued to lie about there being millions of people who voted illegally. This time in his first official meeting with congressional leaders. While this would be the largest voter fraud story ever, his administration has not yet lifted a finger to investigate the claims. He also used that meeting to talk about how large his Inaugural crowd was. I kid you not.