Donald Trump is only seven days into his term, but the new leader of the free world has been hard at work making good on his campaign promises — and throwing in a few curveballs while he’s at it. So how’s it going so far?
Anyone expecting the standard optimistic inauguration speech was probably disappointed by Trump’s downer of a first address. (The same goes for people hoping that Trump would make good on his list of first-day promises.) That said, death metal fans were probably elated by his use of words like “decay,” “carnage” and “tombstones.”
In case you haven’t heard, it’s possible (just possible, mind you) that Trump’s inauguration crowd left something to be desired in the size department. Maybe that’s why he and his surrogates keep insisting that his crowd was the biggest one ever — and even personally accosting people who suggested otherwise. Hey, alternative facts don’t lie.
THE WOMEN’S MARCH
It turns out that there was a reason Trump’s inauguration crowd was so sparse: A lot of people were waiting for the day after, when millions of people in over 30 countries across all seven continents took to the streets as part of the Women’s March. And while Press Secretary Sean Spicer later claimed that the marchers weren’t necessarily “against anything,” the signs the protestors carried seemed to tell a different story.
Trump did get around to doing some actual work, signing a slew of executive orders on everything from making his inauguration a national holiday to banning immigration from a carefully selected list of Muslim-majority countries. As Trevor points out, though, signing a paper is easy. For Trump to actually follow through on actions like eliminating sanctuary cities, he (or more likely, some beleaguered underling) will have to do a lot more.
THE “VOTER FRAUD” FRAUD
The 2016 election may be over, but that doesn’t mean that Trump is done obsessing over it. He even used his first interview as president to draw attention to a completely unsubstantiated belief that millions of people somehow voted illegally. It appears that winning really isn’t everything, especially if you can’t prove that you won by a landslide.