Three days in office and Donald Trump is already the worst President in the history of America. I have no qualms about making this assessment about a man who loves to tout superlatives about himself and everything he does. It is time for Trump’s supporters and backers to wake up and burn away the fog that is hindering them from seeing Trump for who he is and what he represents. Since Trump first descended the escalators at Trump Tower in New York City and promptly began castigating Mexicans and Mexican Americans, pundits have been saying Trump will change for the next chapter. I constantly heard that he will begin to look more presidential. Over and over it was stated that after the primary he would pivot to look more presidential. This was the argument after the first debate. It was said that he would pivot after the second debate. Observer began to say that the bar has been set so low for Donald Trump to look presidential. Irrespective of the bar being set extremely low, Trump still could not look presidential. The third debate came and went. The campaign was even given a new phrase introduced by Trump. He called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman.”
Unfortunately Donald Trump went on to actually win the Office of President. Yet, he has yet to pivot to a dignified political stance. He has yet to look presidential. With only a few hours before his inaugural, the Washington Mall looked like a ghost town. By anyone’s standards, the Inauguration was sparsely attended. Trump’s address was dark and divisive. The address was void of hope. In short, it was not presidential. The following parade was also sparsely attended. Along the parade route one could see large gaps in the crowd that assembled to watch the new President. The following day brought the Women’s March on Washington and sister marches around the nation. There were also sister marches around the world. These marches were definitely in defense of women’s rights. These marches were definitely against Donald Trump. Some even argue that Trump’s inaugural address only added fuel to the fire that energized millions of women, men, and children to march around the world and let their moderation be known.
On the first full day of the Trump Administration, the euphoria of the Women’s March had to share the media stage with the darkness and lies emanating from that same administration. First, Trump attended an interfaith ceremony at the National Cathedral where there was a push back from a message given by an Imam. While visiting CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia Trump lied about his position on the intelligence community. Trump stated that the media distorted his position. Yet, we have his actual words and “tweets” berating the intelligence community. The President also lied about reporting on the crowd that attended his inaugural. Trump’s inaugural attendance estimate was 250,000 people. Obama’s inaugural estimate for his first inaugural was 1.8 million people. I have previously written that Trump could not handle having a Black man in the White House. Currently, he is seething that his numbers do not even come close to Obama’s numbers. That is why his administration has resorted to attacking the media and lying about what is actually happening. On a Sunday morning news program a Trump spokesperson actually admitted to having “alternative facts.” Alternate facts are nothing but lies. Congressman John Lewis questioned the legitimacy of Trump as President. Many have adopted the phrase “Not my President.” Despite our system of elections, the truth remains that three million more people voted for Hillary Clinton for President than voted for Donald Trump. His inaugural was sparsely attended. A-list celebrities are not going anywhere near Trump. More than four million people worldwide marched against Trump on his first full day in office. The bottom is that the people are just not into Donald Trump.
Despite the anti-Trump fervor, when we wake up Monday morning and when we good to bed Friday night, Donald Trump is President. Political power is in his hands. No sooner than he had be sworn in as President, he issued directives to the bureaucracy to begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). He also removed safeguards that assisted low-income mortgage holders. This will cause their interest rates to increase. There is no demarcation between Trump’s campaign and his administration’s governing style. The pivot to presidential has not materialized. It will never materialize. Saturday’s march must be sustained over time. Saturday’s march must translate into electoral victories. The people must be of good courage, keep on their marching shoes, fight against “alternative facts,” and continue to speak truth to power.
Anthony Neal earned his Ph.D. in political science at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). Dr. Neal is an associate professor at State University College, Buffalo. The author of numerous book reviews and journal articles, he has had his work published in the Western Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Black Studies, and Black Issues in Higher Education. In 2014 Dr. Neal received the university’s Faculty Appreciation Award, was named Instructor of the Year by the university’s United Student Government, and Professor of the Year by the Student Political Society in the Department of Political Science. In 2015, he published The American Political Narrative which is a succinct yet poignant narrative about the development of the American political system and what is needed to maintain it. In 2016, he will publish a book of poetry entitled “Love Agnostic | from 9/11 to Charleston”