Weekly Rundown: Trump’s Good for Business, Pence Starts Filling the Cabinet With Racist White Dudes, Britney Dropped a Music Video
The situation in our country is serious, and I don’t take it lightly, but because of that, sometimes I think it’s good to start things off with a laugh before they get serious. So, here’s a Joe Biden meme:
In the last week, I’ve actively tried to engage with people who are not like me both online and in-person. “Not like me” meaning that they are comfortable with the thought of Donald Trump being our president, and even more terrifyingly that Mike Pence is our Vice President. I’m sure I’ve offended people, and I’m sorry, but sometimes I genuinely get frustrated when I can’t understand the other side of the coin.
My big challenge this week: coming to grips with the Electoral College and it’s repercussions, but more on that later.
As I promised, every week, I’ll break down some storylines that are important to our country and our culture. Here are a few from this week that you should keep an eye on:
Donald Trump kicked Chris Christie off his Campaign Crew when he realized, “Oh, shit. I’m actually going to maybe win this thing.” So, now Mike Pence — who people have spent 11 days telling me not to worry about because he has no power — is choosing the presidential cabinet. Here a picture of him with the diverse crowd of House Republicans:
And here are some of the people he’s given the nod to join Trump’s team:
Sen. Jeff Sessions — Sessions has a long political career (drain the swamp, amirite?) which includes a previous close call with becoming a federal judge. However, that never happened because Sessions was deemed too racist to hold the position. According to Fortune:
Sessions was criticized for joking in the presence of a Civil Rights Division attorney that the Ku Klux Klan was “OK” until he learned they smoked marijuana. He was also said to have called a black assistant U.S. attorney “boy” and the NAACP “un-American” and “communist-inspired.”
Gerry Hebert, a former Justice Department lawyer who worked with Sessions in the early 1980s, said he remembered Sessions making racially offensive remarks.
“I filed all these things away thinking, ‘God, what a racist this guy is,’” Hebert said.
Steve Bannon — I’ll make this simple: Bannon headed Breitbart News Network. Some stories that were sanctioned under his watch were: “Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer,” “There’s no hiring bias against women in tech, they just suck at interviews,” “Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy,” “ Hoist it high and proud: The Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage,” and a personal favorite “ The solution to online ‘harassment’ is simple: Women should log off.”
Now, did he write these? No, but every company is responsible for the materials that represent them. These are stories Bannon signed off on, and I can not for the life of me figure out how proliferating this way of thinking will make America great again.
Kellyanne Conway — I want to make sure to mention Kellyanne because it’s encouraging that a woman made it into the picture at all, and I want readers to know that it’s recognized and appreciated. I’m guessing she didn’t suck at the interview.
Back to Pence. Last night, he was made aware of how many American people feel about him. He went to see the musical Hamilton where the crowd booed him upon his entrance. The cast said not to boo, and gave him this speech as he tried to hurry out unnoticed:
Then, our president-elect used the opportunity to again shame people for exercising their first amendment right to be heard by our elected officials:
Harassed? Because a group of Americans wanted their Vice President to hear their opinion in a rare moment where they had an audience with him? How is that in-step with American democracy at all?
I have one more question for Mr. Trump: have you ever been to a football game and do you oppose people who boo there too? Some of those players are tremendous fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, cousins, etc. Where is it okay to boo now? Just want to make sure I don’t piss anyone off. OMG wait, why is this starting to sound like I’m catering to a Fascist version of political correctness? MOVING ON…
Over 20,000 donations were made to Planned Parenthood in Pence’s honor. Thank you Mike Pence, because I’d never donated to Planned Parenthood, and now I’m a monthly sponsor. He can expect to keep getting those “In Honor Of” reminders for the next four years. (NOTE: If you are against Planned Parenthood, please talk to me. I used to be, but I didn’t understand it, and I regret all of the things I previously said about it. I’m no genius, but I’m willing to share what I learned.).
What about president-elect Donald Trump, you ask? Well, he had a pretty crazy week too.
After meeting with Obama and realizing he had NO idea how big the scope of being the president was (His camp’s words, not mine), and then handing Pence the reigns to the cabinet selection, Trump returned to Twitter.
He had a bipolar reaction to the protests taking place, which is interesting considering his 2012 stance when Obama was elected:
But that’s okay. People liked him because he’s volatile, right? He’s got that really good temperament. Oh, wait, that wasn’t why? It just came with the package? Hmm…
ANYWAYS then later in the week, Trump tweeted about saving jobs at Ford and keeping them in America! YAY for silver linings!
Only, Mr. Ford came out post-tweet and said Trump lied and they were never planning on moving the jobs to Mexico anyway. According to NPR:
Ford, however, said it neither planned to close the Louisville, Ky., plant nor reduce jobs there. The company said it had considered moving Lincoln production to Mexico to increase production of the Ford Escape in Louisville.
Trump criticized Ford during the campaign for its decision to move small-car production from Michigan to Mexico. Trump suggested he might impose tariffs on Ford cars assembled in Mexico.
Earlier this week, Ford CEO Mark Fields said Trump’s election has not changed the company’s plans. Reuters reports:
“ ‘We’re going forward with our plan to move production of the Ford Focus to Mexico, and importantly that’s to make room for two very important products we’ll be putting back into Michigan plants,’ Fields said in an interview on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show. ‘There will be no job impact whatsoever with this move.’
“Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr. said last month he met with Trump. Ford has countered Trump’s criticism, saying the company, founded by his great-grandfather, makes more cars and trucks in the United States than any other automaker.
“Fields said with U.S. gasoline prices so low, ‘it’s very difficult for us to be able to make money on a vehicle produced in the U.S.’ in the small car segment. If Ford decided to build the Focus small car line in the United States, and had to raise the price, ‘we wouldn’t sell the vehicle.’”
BUT a Trump presidency won’t be all bad — minus the higher number of hate crimes in the last 11 days which he’s barely mentioned outside of a 60 Minutes interview. Blooomberg reported that Trump will be good for business, as the stock markets have uncommonly reacted positively to him. That’s a bright spot, and something we can hope will continue. Though, we’ll have to see how serious he was about his promises in dealing with foreign trade. If he makes good on those, the market could take a big hit.
A Trump Presidency will also be good for his own bank account too. Bloomberg pointed out that Trump stands to make a lot of money off the Secret Service (this is seriously fascinating. If you are worried about politicians siphoning your tax dollars, well, he’s a politician now and these are some substantial tax dollars), which brings me to some required reading that opened my eyes about a few things this week:
Please do not read this first link as me, a Californian, talking about how cool we are. I know no one likes us and is tired of our narcissist hippie shit. THIS is about a culture that was litigiously more racist than other states in modern times — including the institution of freaking internment camps — coming back around and learning to be one of the most inclusive, progressive states in the union. It can be done:
On Election Day, Shervin Pishevar, the multimillionaire Uber investor and Hyperloop One co-founder, promised to…www.nytimes.com
Confused about what a “Muslim Registry” is? Want to know more? I did too. As a white Christian, I have never had to deal with discrimination based on race or religion, so I’m admittedly ignorant to these issues and determined to understand them. Vox put together a comprehensive, easy-to-understand synopsis of the situation. I urge you to give it a read before your next conversation about Muslims:
His administration might revive a Bush-era program that registered thousands of immigrants - most of them Muslim.www.vox.com
Trump’s team has continued to plagiarize things, and we must continue to be vigilant about calling it out. If a 15-year-old high schooler can’t copy things, the President of the United States and his representatives certainly shouldn’t be able to:
President-elect Donald Trump's official government website, GreatAgain.gov, lifts the work of a nonprofit organization…www.politico.com
And finally, in Britney Spears news, she dropped her Slumber Party music video, featuring Tinashe, and continues to be a goddess.
As always, thanks for reading. I’m humbled by you giving me your time. Please disagree with me, please explain your side of things, and please keep an open mind. I promise to do the same.
If you see something that should be covered, tweet it my way. I’ve looked for broadly positive effects of the election this week, but outside of the market stability, struggled to find any.