Trump opens his presidency stating a lie that his inauguration was the most attended ever. I think the photo comparing 2009 to 2017 was an unflattering angle but 2009 had a bigger crowd. There’s no shame in saying Trump supporters are usually found far from Washington. This morning we were given “alternative facts” by Kellyanne Conway on “Meet the Press”. This is Trumpland. When it comes to debriefing the people it will be strictly agitprop.
In the opposition, chaos reigns. Organizers and public officials have different numbers on the attendees of the event. Just taking the lower estimate totals still amounts to the largest presidential protest in America. But what were they protesting everything. Some protested Jimmy Fallon as the source of Trump’s win. Demanding he cover their medical bills. I assume in this age they were satirical in nature but that is truly worse. 2.5 million people isn’t close to a percent of the nation. A protest of everything in the sense that yesterday’s gathering amounts to a beginning at best.
I’ve seen today people call for attendees to call their senators and reps. It is a next step. But with such an unending list all considered equal there is no agenda. Just the ever emerging demographic majority. This isn’t to say protests are useless and that the organizers aren’t building on the momentum. In my opinion the first is to save ACA along with the necessary reforms. Especially stopping the now discussed conversion of Medicaid to block state grants. I’m glad to see Charlie Baker the Republican Governor of Massachusetts writing against the notion of cutting back funding. Reach out to people outside the bubble and ask them about their grandparents benefits that they earned through hard work. The pressure must spread.