Donald Trump unites country against himself
Only on day three of his presidency Trump already switched to full-on narcissistic personality disorder dictator mode, by denying that not all that many people attended his inauguration. Or at least much fewer than attended Obama’s inauguration. While photographs simply show much, much emptier fields than at Obama’s inauguration:
— Rob D (@BigBlueAddict) January 21, 2017
He even had his press officer Sean Spicer on television rant about that unreliable, lying press, pretty much like any known dictator in the world has been doing for many decades. Ironically, Trump did manage to unite the country, albeit against himself. And at an unbelievable scale at that, because it is starting to become clear that this has been the largest one-day protest rally in US history:
Martin Luther King’s March on Washington DC (1963), where he gave the historic “I Have a Dream” speech: 250,000
Anti-Vietnam war protest in Washington DC (1969) – 500,000-600,000
Anti-Nuclear March in NYC Central Park (1982) – 1 million
March on Washington DC for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation (1993) – Between 800,000 and 1 million
Protest against the Iraq War in cities across America (2003) – 500,000 Women’s March in cities across America (2017) – 3.1 million. (US Uncut)
After the publication of this list, estimates have even risen to 4 million(!) protesters, in the US alone. Outside of the US there have been many large demonstrations as well, so this has been truly gigantic. A map of protests in the US:
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) January 22, 2017
Trump will probably only hide even deeper in his narcissistic fantasy bubble as a result of these numbers, but I could imagine his cabinet and the Republican Party not feeling very comfortable at all about this.
A scenario like Robert Reich – ex-Secretary of Labour under Bill Clinton – sketched on his Facebook page, as he heard it from a Republican ex- congressmember, doesn’t seem unlikely:
“Him (laughing): They like Pence.
Me: What do you mean?
Him: Pence is their guy. They all think Trump is out of his mind.
Me: So what?
Him: So the moment Trump does something really dumb – steps over the line – violates the law in a big stupid clumsy way … and you know he will …
Me: They impeach him?
Him: You bet. They pull the trigger.”
It seems possible to get rid of Trump after a while then, but the first occasion to really inhibit the Republican agenda would be at the mid-term elections for the House, two years from now. But even that won’t be easy, as a result of the heavy Republican gerrymandering that has been taking place at state level over the years.