Trump Freaked Out In Reaction To Protest
If you were wondering whether the anti-Trump protest march of over half a million people in Washington DC and of many millions more in simultaneous protests around the world had any impact, you can stop wondering now.
The Washington Post is reporting, on the basis of over ten interviews with “senior White House officials” and other people who have had access to Trump since the inauguration, that Donald Trump saw the protests on Saturday. When he did, he lost control in a fit of fury.
I would say that Donald Trump blew his cool, but I’m not sure that Donald Trump has a cool.
The Washington Post describes “flashes of anger” as Trump watched the massive march of resistance against him. “Trump turned on the television to see a jarring juxtaposition — massive demonstrations around the globe protesting his day-old presidency and footage of the sparser crowd at his inauguration, with large patches of white empty space on the Mall. As his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was still unpacking boxes in his spacious new West Wing office, Trump grew increasingly and visibly enraged.”
What happened, as a result, is that Trump called an emergency meeting of his advisors. At the end of that meeting, he ordered White House spokesman Sean Spicer, against the wishes of his advisors, to lie to the American people.
Spicer held the briefing Trump had ordered, telling journalists that the Trump Inauguration was the most well attended inauguration ever, with two or three million of his fans in attendance. The facts were already well known by that point. Journalists had been in DC, both on the ground and in rooftop studios with a bird’s eye view of what was really going on. Only around a quarter million people attended Trump’s inauguration, and 60 percent of them were there to protest against Trump.
I can personally confirm this. I was there in DC, both on Inauguration Day and for the march the day after.
The job of the White House spokesman relies on the trust of the reporters in the White House briefing room. By telling an obvious lie, Sean Spicer lost their trust.
Yesterday, in an attempt to control the fallout from the backlash against Spicer’s lies, which had been triggered by Trump’s tantrum, Sean Spicer held another press briefing. It didn’t work out very well. Spicer announced that “I think sometimes we can disagree with the facts.”
Then, Spicer told reporters another blatant lie, claiming that Barack Obama had overseen a “dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.” A quick look at statistics about the number of federal employees shows that the number of federal employees at the end of the Obama Administration was about the same as it was at the beginning of the Obama Administration, even though the US population had increased over that time. Actually, George W. Bush increased the number of federal employees at two times Obama’s pace, and Ronald Reagan grew the federal workforce to a size over 300,000 people larger than it is today.
In response, Twitter erupted into a flurry of #SpicerFacts sarcasm, such as “Yoko Ono broke up the Monkees. Period.- Sean Spicer #SpicerFacts”, and “As true as the sky is blue, you can ALL see that Mr. trump is in FAR better physical shape than President Obama. #SpicerFacts”.
Yesterday, Donald Trump compounded the problem by announcing to a gathering of congressional leaders at the White House that he is standing by the absurd claim, derived from the wild conspiracy theories of Alex Jones of InfoWars, that millions of immigrants illegally cast ballots against him in the 2016 election. It has been repeatedly shown that there is no reliable evidence that anything of the sort ever took place.
All this happened because Donald Trump was knocked off balance by the huge protests against him on Inauguration Day and Saturday.
Trump may formally be in command of the Executive Branch of the U.S. federal government, but in reality, he isn’t even in control of himself.
Trump can’t handle dissent. That is one reason that we must continue to dissent.