Thursday, March 29, 2018: I woke up to a rainy cold morning but came down to my light, little kitchen, made coffee, and sat down to read the news. There has not been a day since the “election” of Donald J. Trump that his nasty, dirty, narcissist personhood has not spilled all over the headlines with a foul stench. I don’t want to think about Trump today or yesterday or tomorrow, but there he is, vomiting his dangerous, bigoted, vile, and ignorant ideas everywhere.
Today’s headlines in the New York Times (sorry, Trump supporters, not fake news): “Trump’s Lawyer broached idea of pardons for two top ex-aides,” (yes, real evidence of criminal obstruction of justice); “David Shulkin: Trump administration saw me as obstacle to privatization” (Shulkin, formerly of the VA, showing once again that Trump and his administration have not a care for the veterans who have risked and given their lives for their country); “Trump’s heartless transgender military ban gets a second shot,” (for Trump, there is nothing like attacking our military, our country, our intelligence service, and America).
We are still on today’s headlines: “Trump aide spoke in ’16 to person tied to Russian intelligence” (so much for the no contact with Russians and his campaign); “Ecuador again cut off internet access for Julian Assange,” (yes, the Wikileaks’ brain that Trump reached out to hundreds of times during his campaign); “Veterans Affairs chief is out, as Trump shake-up continues,” (Trump’s designed chaos in our government, nicely fulfilling one of the checkmarks on Putin’s wish list) .
Still on today’s headlines: “Carson scales back HUD fair housing enforcement,” (Trump. No one except Trump would have ever appointed the confused and corrupt Ben Carson to head HUD); “A report of vandalism, a police shooting, and fresh rage,” (Trump’s stoking racism and lauding police brutality has real life and death consequences); “How to spot a nuclear bomb program,” (We are all now thinking about nuclear war with a war-mongering John Bolton appointment by Trump); “Trump attacks Amazon,” (since when did a sitting President attack a successful private American company?); “What on earth is going on?” (a climate change update in the age of Trump’s attacks on science).
Today’s headlines continued: “Lawsuit over Trump’s ties to his businesses,” (conflicts of interest beyond conflicts of interest—likely criminal—with Trump in the White House), “Trade deals take years, Trump wants to remake them in months,” and, of course, “Trump rings up Roseann Barr after her show is a ratings’ winner” (because why wouldn’t a President of the United States mired in scandals, world and domestic problems, spend all his time watching Fox, reality shows, Roseann, and golfing?).
Just one day. Just one great American newspaper. Far too much Trump for our mental and physical health.
But we have those students out there protesting, 800,000 in Washington D.C. alone, reminding us that the next generation is worth our effort, our weariness, our resolve to continue to fight this corrupt con man in the Oval Office.
Nancy Avery Dafoe