Today Spanning The Country makes stops in the heartland in Denver & The Des Moines Register. Once again in may newspapers across the country was President Trump making headlines for the wrong reasons. Trump & company completely botched the announcement of a tax involving Mexico, that would be more of a hardships on Americans than Mexico. This all to pay for a wall that Trump claimed we weren’t going to pay for.
Later in the evening Trump sat down with Sean Hannity and had a fairly terrifying interview where he said the majority of news was fake, scary. Trump doubled down on voter fraud, with no evidence & again he discussed the size of his inauguration crowd. Again, with no evidence to support any of his claims. President Obama has only been out of office a week, but it seems like so much longer, and it also seems like Trump has made more bad headlines in a week, than Obama made in 8 years.
More bad news for President Donald Trump.
Trump — obsessed about his ratings — isn’t doing well. A new Quinnipiac University poll out today put his approval rating among American voters at 36 percent overall, 33 percent among women, 35 percent among Independents. In Quinnipiac’s first poll of Barack Obama’s presidency, Obama was approved by almost 60 percent of American voters.
Spanning The Country makes stops at the Los Angeles Times & The Boston Globe. The news of the day in many other newspapers around the country was President Trump’s wild ride of wall’ & voter fraud. The voter fraud comments have thus far blown up in Trump’s face, as it was revealed yesterday his daughter Tiffany, his chief political strategist Steve Bannon & his Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnucin were all in violation & in registered to vote in two states. Something that seems about right for Trump & his fledgling administration.
Trump also doubled down on his promise to build the wall on our southern border with Mexico. What’s extremely unclear is how the wall will be paid for beyond the American people. When pressed neither Paul Ryan, nor Donald Trump has offered any viable or quantifiable fact that Mexico would be paying. Both claim the process would be complex and “hard to explain”. So it goes, another day in Trump’s America.
Today Spanning The Country makes stops in Denver, Colorado at the Denver Post & Orlando, Florida at the Orlando Sentinel. In what seems to be the theme of his early presidency, Trump appears like he wants to undo 8 years of President Obama in his first week in office. Yesterday, Trump signed in more executive orders that effectively revives both the Keystone XL & Dakota Access pipelines. Unfortunately, these were campaign promises it looks as though Trump will keep. It remains to be seen how the Dakota pipeline will move forward without heavy legal action as the Standing Rock Sioux chairman Dave Archambault II said yesterday that Trump was legally required to honor our treaty rights & provide a fair, reasonable process. There will be much more to follow on both of these pipelines.
Taking a look at the Denver Post we find a disturbing story of Trump issuing a media blackout of the EPA, which is highly unusual. Trump barred the EPA from any new contracts or grants. Members of Trump’s team expect the media blackout to lifted by weeks end. The barring of contracts is not unusual for a new administration, but this media blackout is a very scary precedent & one that demands a closer look, if Trump should try doing this in other agencies.
Just another day of undoing good, with bad in Trump’s new AMERICA.
Trump dogged by insecurity over popular vote, media coverage https://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/24/trump-insecurity-popular-vote-media-coverage/
Spanning The Country goes beltway style today with stops in Washington D.C. & Baltimore, Maryland. The big headlines of the day are the round of executive orders signed by President Trump. A quick sidebar, President Obama was largely criticized by conservatives for his usage of the executive order, however Republicans seem fine with Trump using them now. Trump, actually fulfill two campaign promises yesterday by putting a freeze on all federal hiring, excluding the armed forces. Trump, also pulled the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, fulfilling another campaign promise. That move comes with mixed reviews as it will deeply affect farmers on the west coast & California. Trump, also signed back into an older law anti abortion law from the Reagan era, that prevents funding to overseas health organizations. Overall, it was a great day for the far right agenda, and a day that reminds people on the other side of the aisle what they are fighting for in the coming days, weeks & years.
Spanning The Country’s headlines today we go coast-to-coast today, taking a look at Los Angeles & New York City. In both cities the headlines were the combative nature of Trump & his team with the media. On Saturday, in the first press conference of the new administration, Sean Spicer took no questions, and of the five topics he discussed, 4 were total fabrications of truth. It was considered a disaster, especially for a first press conference. Not to be outdone though, Kellyanne Conway on Meet The Press, stonewalled the moderator, Chuck Todd for several minutes, until she finally flubbed her answer & used the phrase, “alternative facts”. With the historical march on Saturday & then the media flubs, the Trump administration is off to a very shaky & embarrassing start.
The Moody Blues famously sang in Knights in White Satin, “red is grey & yellow is white, but we decide which is right & which is an illusion.” There are no doubts about it, we are living in a new media age, the so called post truth era. President Trump changed the rules of the game in a way that the media never saw coming. It’s a virtual catch me if you can that Trump and his many surrogates like Kellyanne Conway & Sean Spicer are playing. They play extremely fast and loose with the truth, and it’s virtually impossible to get straight truths from them. Yesterday on Meet The Press was a perfect example. Chuck Todd ask Kellyanne Conway a very simple & easy question to answer. Instead of answering it she went on blathering about nothing remotely close to questions. Todd held Conway accountable to an answer, which she answered badly with the now famous “alternative facts”. Later in the day though, Conway and company spun this interview as an example of how the media is combative with their administration, though that assertion is far from true.
I have said it before, but we the people have to have this President held to account, and for the length & breath this country has been a nation, the media has been a partner with the American people in doing so. News outlets have to keep reporting the facts, people are listening. Trump has so many ongoing issues I think the task may be too much for the media, but they have to up their game, and change the rules back on Trump & company. Hard questions have to asked each and every opportunity presented. There are questions that need to be investigated & ask, period. The sound & fury method can only hold up for so long now that Trump is the President. He can run only so far, but he can’t hide anymore. There are laws, there are rules, and we the people are the ones that will have the ultimate say on this administration, no matter what Trump says to the contrary.
Today Spanning The Country makes stops in Richmond, Va. & San Francisco, California. Much like yesterday, most of the headlines across the country were the same, the big news of the day was the Woman’s March. All across the country in cities small & big, the marches were extremely large, and successful. It is estimated in Washington D.C. that nearly twice as many turned out for the march, than for the inauguration of Donald Trump. It is being reported that over 500,000 showed up in D.C., amazing. Considering the enormity of the marches, they remained very peaceful, with only sporadic reports of protests turning violent.
Indeed, for members of The Resistance & the opposition party, yesterday was a humongous success. For the newly elected President Trump, yesterday was another embarrassing chapter in his extremely short tenure.
In between trashing the entire political system & talking about how bad the country is, and inauguration balls, President Trump managed to squeeze in an executive order. Yesterday, just a few hours after being inaugurated, Trump made his first visit to the Oval Office. There he took the first steps to ending Obamacare, by effectively gutting it. The only upside for people is it appears the penalty for not having the plan is now lifted. Otherwise, Trump’s Executive Order and its language basically eases the economic and regulatory burdens by federal agencies. Obviously, the move was PR and more symbolic. The biggest effect of this order could be widespread waivers from the individual mandate. That, however could create chaos in the individual market.
What’s still unclear from Trump & Republicans is what alternate they will offer to the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have had six years to come up with a plan, but to date no one including Trump has offered much more than rhetoric.