We will maintain a list of daily horrors committed by the Trump Administration.
The First Week
Trump inauguration. Immediately after, he signs an executive order urging states and federal agencies to find ways to undermine Obamacare.
At his first official press statement, Press Secretary Sean Spicer lies about crowd size at the inauguration.
Trump gives a frighteningly bizarre and self-aggrandizing speech at the CIA headquarters. Reports say the CIA people cheered, but Trump brought paid shills to cheer for him.
Tried to negate historic protests happening OUTSIDE HIS HOUSE(S) & around the world (this attempted violation-by-intimidation of the First Amendment was reported by @bethmonster).
Trump proposes dismantling Medicare and replacing it with block grants.
Kellyanne Conway defends Spicer’s lies about inauguration crowds in and interview with Chuck Todd. She calls the lies, “alternative facts.”
* Withdrawing from TPP
* Freezing all federal hiring except “military, public safety, and public health”
* Reinstating Reagan’s Global Gag Rule, cutting all federal funds for foreign aid going to foreign organizations that perform or even counsel women on family planning options that include abortion.
Leaked Memo Details Trump’s Plans for War on Public Health, Environment and Science. It’s worse than you thought.
* Greenlighting the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines. Trump owns stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipelines.
Trump bans EPA, HHS and USDA from sharing information with the public, on social media or to reporters. Also bars EPA from awarding new contracts or grants. This will hamper and possibly prevent any further work on environmental cleanups.
At his second daily press briefing, Press Secretary Spicer was asked if Trump believes millions of illegal immigrants voted illegally. He answers, “The president does believe” that very thing, “based on studies and evidence.”
White House Comments switchboard is shut down. Callers are advised to use a non-existent Facebook Messenger account instead.
Trump goes out of his way to hurt America’s veterans. “Millions of Americans are still reeling from the shock and horror of discovering one of Donald Trump’s first actions as President was to scrub the pages dedicated to civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and climate change from the White House website. Now Trump, a man who has sworn allegiance and devotion to veterans but has never actually shown it, has eliminated the Joining Forces page. Joining Forces was a program developed by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden that sought to help veterans find careers, help their spouses more easily move their careers between states, and expand wellness services.”
It is leaked that Trump will sign an executive order restricting immigration from certain countries on religions grounds (this full order was signed on Friday, 1/27–see below).
* Ordering construction of a wall on the Mexican border. This is relatively unimportant, since the wall, while a tremendous waste of money, will have little practical effect.
* Stripping federal funds from “sanctuary cities” and states that don’t detain undocumented immigrants. This order also requires detainees to be held indefinitely, and not released pending resolution of deportation proceedings.
Trump calls for “major investigation” into non-existent voter fraud, “including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal, and even, those registered to vote who are dead… Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” There is no evidence any of these factors led to anyone voting illegally. At his daily press briefing, Spicer admits Trump’s “voter fraud” investigation will focus on states where Trump lost; “urban areas” mentioned specifically. The goals is to disenfranchise as many Democratic / minority voters as possible.
Perfect example of corruption — Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Palm Beach resort doubles its membership fee to $200,000 so Trump can personally profiteer from his presidency.
Trump Administration Orders EPA to Remove Its Climate Change Webpage
Trump administration has now required that EPA scientific studies,and data have to undergo review by political staff before public release.
Trump said today it may be better to cancel his upcoming meeting with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto if Mexico is refusing to pay for a wall along the U.S. border. Foreign heads of state are seldom open to bullying and extortion.The Mexican present then promptly called off the meeting. Trump is rapidly turning our allies against us.
In nomination hearings before Congress, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Besty DeVos, wouldn’t commit to keeping federal funding intact for public schools.
Trump promises to begin publishing a daily list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. This scapegoating is precisely what the Nazis did to Jews.
For the second week of Trump’s Daily Horrors, click here.