|The Women's March in Washington DC and many other cities|
Saturday was even bigger than Donald Trump's ego
and he is STILL fuming about it instead of being President
At least for him it was.
Trump could have gotten down to work dismantling Obamacare, throwing people off insurance plans, restricting rights for women and gays, changing regulations to give money to his rich cronies and starting a war with Iraq or something,.
Instead, he had a day-long hissy fit over the size of the crowds at his inauguration. And the much bigger crowds at the Womens' Marches in cities across the nation, including the nation's capital.
We ended the day with the embarrassing spectacle of Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, reading from a prepared statement no doubt ordered by his boss. Spicer yelled at the media for supposedly about the lackluster crowd sizes at Trump's inauguration Friday.
"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the world," Spicer thundered.
Well, no, it wasn't, and the raging Spicer statement was full of lies. But that's besides the point for Trump, who, rather than feeling a sense of accomplishment for getting something done, only feels good if the ratings are yuuge, as he would say, be it crowd size, television ratings, or fan letters or something stupid like that.
I've always noticed it's particularly galling for Trump to be outdone by women. I'm sure Saturday's Womens' Marches really set him off. He was outdone by women! The horrors!
In every city where they were held, attendance was much higher than anyone expected. Half a million in Washington DC. Even where I live in Vermont, a Women's March was held in tiny capital city of Montpelier, population 8,000.
Close to 20,000 people showed up for the rally in Montpelier, such a huge crowd that Vermont State Police had to close off Interstate 89 exits into the city because the area was so overrun with cars and people attending the rally.
Facts don't matter to Trump and his minions, though. Because his mantra is always: "Mine is bigger than yours."
I don't know if his denying of facts is very scary or hilarious. Probably both.
Berating the press for reporting accurately, creating alternative "realities" and demanding the press do their bidding or else is the terrifying stuff of North Korea and the Soviet Union.
On the other hand, this kind of bullcrap is hilarious. Spicer today is being compared to Baghdad Bob, the Iraqi information minister who bombastically declared the during the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 that, among other things, no American troops had successfully invaded while U.S. tanks rolled by in the background.
All this makes Trump looks small and silly, and a passing fad. Too bad he's already President.
Now we know how to shut down anything the Trump administration wants to do. Hit him in the that monstrous ego of his, and he won't get anything done.
But then we get the depressing back and forth that will go on forever. Today's news headlines surely pissed Trump off even more. A couple examples:
The New York Times:
"With False Claims, Trump Attacks Meia on Turnout And Intelligence Rift. "
"White House Press Secretary Attacks Media For Accurately Reporting Inaugural Crowds."
Trump's minions predictably fired back Sunday. The odious Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, had a big fight with Meet The Press host Chuck Todd Sunday morning, in which she said that Spicer didn't lie, but gave "alternative facts."
Todd pointed out that "alternative facts" are falsehoods, and it all went downhill from there. Conway finally sniffed, "If we're going to keep referring to the press secretaty in those types of terms I think we're going to have to rethink our relationship here."
Trump is never as successful as he claims he is, and he's clearly in over his head here. He's too busy massaging his ego to actually do any work, so the future of his presidency is already pretty uncertain.
Unfortunately, so is the rest of the country's future for the next several years.