The First Two Weeks – A Recap

Yes, All This Happened. Trump’s First 2 Weeks As President

– Jessica Taylor
2/4/17

Excerpt:

President Trump’s first two weeks in office have been a sprint, not the start of a marathon. If the rapid pace and, sometimes, hourly developments of executive orders, news, controversies and more have left you exhausted, you’re not alone. If you’re finding it hard to remember just everything that’s transpired too, we’re here for that, too.

Here’s a quick recap of the highlights — and lowlights — of the first 14 days of Trump’s nascent presidency.

Full article:

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/04/513473827/yes-all-this-happened-trumps-first-2-weeks-as-president

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We’re Sorry, Rest of the World

Dear World, From America

An article by John Pavlovitz
1/28/17

Excerpt:

Dear World,

We felt we needed to say something while saying something is still allowed.

We know many of you have lived under malevolent, unhinged Dictators before, but this is new for us. For its history our nation has been led by men who, despite their varying flaws and deficiencies, some of which were quite disturbing—were by and large, normal human beings. Whatever darkness in them, they had at the very least, a baseline of humanity and decency that more often than not insured rational behavior.

This man is not normal.

He is unstable, malignant, devoid of integrity—and he does not speak for us.

Full article:

http://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/01/28/dear-world-from-america/

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NY Times On Alternative Facts

“White House Pushes ‘Alternative Facts.’ Here Are the Real Ones”

– NICHOLAS FANDOS (NY Times)
1/22/17

Excerpt:

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the White House had put forth “alternative facts” to ones reported by the news media about the size of Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd.

She made this assertion — which quickly went viral on social media — a day after Mr. Trump and Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, had accused the news media of reporting falsehoods about the inauguration and Mr. Trump’s relationship with the intelligence agencies.

In leveling this attack, the president and Mr. Spicer made a series of false statements.

Full article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/22/us/politics/president-trump-inauguration-crowd-white-house.html

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Gag Order For EPA

Trump administration seeks to muzzle U.S. agency employees

– Valerie Volcovici and P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters)
1/24/17

Excerpt:

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has moved since he took office last week to curb the flow of information from several government agencies involved in environmental issues, in actions that may have been designed to discourage dissenting views.

Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have seen directives from the newly minted leadership seeking to limit how they communicate to the public, according to multiple sources.

Full article:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-epa-idUSKBN15822X

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Millions of Illegal Ballots

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Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote

-Donald Trump (not exact quote)
Meeting with congressional leaders
1/23/17

Excerpt:

Days after being sworn in, President Trump insisted to congressional leaders invited to a reception at the White House that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for millions of illegal votes, according to people familiar with the meeting.

Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud caused him to lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, even while he clinched the presidency with an electoral college victory.

Full article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/23/at-white-house-trump-tells-congressional-leaders-3-5-million-illegal-ballots-cost-him-the-popular-vote/

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The First 100 Lies

The Trump Administration’s First 100 Lies Aren’t Accidents But a Deliberate Counter-Reality. The harder the 45th President and his team insist on “alternate facts,” the harder objective reality pushes back.

– MICHAEL TOMASKY
1/2317

Excerpt:

The Trump era started out more creepily than I could have imagined.

From the dystopian inaugural address to that Sean Spicer catastrophe to the Kellyanne Conway “alternate facts” fiasco to the President’s Nero-esque performance at the CIA to Donald Trump’s own lies about the size of his… inaugural crowds and weather, it was a lot scarier than I thought it would be.

What did I expect? I didn’t expect much. But I didn’t expect this. These were not, to use a commonly employed euphemism of mainstream journalism, the “missteps” of a green new administration. These were deliberate acts that fell into two categories.

Full article:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/23/the-trump-administration-s-first-100-lies-aren-t-accidents-but-a-deliberate-counter-reality.html

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Broken Promises

The new president made 36 promises about his first day, but kept only two of them.

– Ryan Koronowski – Research Director at ThinkProgress
thinkprogress.org

Excerpt:

Before being inaugurated president on Friday, Donald Trump promised many things (663, to be exact). Many of those promises are things he said would be done on his first day in office. According to a ThinkProgress analysis of Trump’s public statements, 36 of them, he said, would be done or start on his first day.

Now, 24 hours after Trump took the Oath of Office, he can safely say he kept two of those promises, and broke or ignored 34.

Full article:

https://thinkprogress.org/on-his-first-day-in-office-trump-broke-34-promises-683c957286dc?gi=ab4f5d5fe0c3#.996nl71q9

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Paid Great Respect To The Wall

…paid great respect to the wall

-Donald Trump
Twitter
1/21/17

Trump’s Twitter post referring to an address he gave at CIA Headquarters in front of the Memorial Wall.

Watch for yourself and see. In front of those stars that memorialize people who gave their lives for their country, he ranted about the media, the size of crowds, ratings, it’s about him, it always always always has to be about him.

Is self-aggrandizement respectful behavior?

Full article:

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/01/21/donald-trump-entire-cia-remarks-sot.cnn

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Largest Crowd Ever At An Inauguration

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This was the largest crowd to ever witness an inauguration. Period.”

-Scott Spicer
White House Press Conference
1/21/17

trumpalternativefacts.com website post author’s thoughts:

The size of the crowd at the inauguration and what was being said about it on Twitter and by the media was what Trump chose to focus on in his Press Secretary’s first public media address. Out of all the possible things he could have spoken about, this is what was apparently extremely important. The fate of the world depends on this.
Wow.
Even worse than the subject matter is the blatant lie put forth by this administration. And all the implications thereof. What a start.

Excerpt:

President Trump used his first full day in office on Saturday to unleash a remarkably bitter attack on the news media, falsely accusing journalists of both inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies and deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.

In a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency intended to showcase his support for the intelligence community, Mr. Trump ignored his own repeated public statements criticizing the intelligence community, a group he compared to Nazis just over a week ago.

He also called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” and he said that up to 1.5 million people had attended his inauguration, a claim that photographs disproved.

Later, at the White House, he dispatched Sean Spicer, the press secretary, to the briefing room in the West Wing, where Mr. Spicer scolded reporters and made a series of false statements.

Full article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/us/politics/trump-white-house-briefing-inauguration-crowd-size.html

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