It hasn’t even been a week
“Let’s give him a chance,” you said. “Maybe he’ll surprise you.”
Six days in, consider me not surprised. Our new president hasn’t done one single thing to make anyone’s life any better anywhere. If you’re a woman, veteran, minority, poor, immigrant, refugee, live in a city, believe in facts and science, rely on breathing air to survive, and/or are a friend of any of the above, your life is demonstrably worse today than it was a week ago (even if you don’t realize it yet).
A quick rundown, primarily via Deadspin:
Imposed a federal hiring freeze that affects thousands of open jobs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, despite the half-million veterans still waiting longer than a month for VA appointments.
WASHINGTON - A federal hiring freeze imposed by President Trump Monday affects thousands of open jobs at the Department…www.usatoday.com
Put a gag order on wide and vitally important swaths of the federal bureaucracy, choking off the public’s access to information about what its government is doing.
Employees at several federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture have been barred by the Trump…fortune.com
Reinstated the Global Gag Rule withholding foreign aid and federal funding from organizations that so much as mention abortion as part of their reproductive health or family planning services.
On Monday, Donald Trump, halfway digested circus peanut and our new president, signed an executive order reinstating…theslot.jezebel.com
Ordered the diverting of resources to the construction of Trump’s insane and utterly pointless border wall project.
President Trump is planning to sign executive orders on Wednesday toughening immigration enforcement along the U.S…www.washingtonpost.com
Begun systematically starving federally-funded research into climate change and environment science.
"This is exactly what we were concerned about in the beginning," said Wenonah Hauter, head of Food & Water Watch. "Its…www.cnn.com
Made clear that the new president will not be divesting from the private business interests that compromise his relationships with multiple foreign powers.
Donald Trump will not divest from his business empire and will instead hand over control of his companies to sons Eric…www.forbes.com
Next up is a de facto ban on Muslims and refugees entering the country.
If you thought, or perhaps just hoped, Donald Trump's gnarled nastiness on the campaign trail would be softened by…www.slate.com
Threatened one of America’s largest cities with martial law.
He tweeted about the shootings there in early January, saying at the time as President-elect: "If Mayor can't do it he…www.cnn.com
Meanwhile, Congress appears ready to rubber-stamp into office all of Trump’s cabinet appointments, without exception a collection of obscenely unqualified stooges and lunatics chosen all but explicitly to both indicate and enact the administration’s hostility to the very concept of responsible governance.