The Trump Administration's 1st day was deeply troubling to intel agents, journalists and allies. For the sake of all, Day 2 must be better.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) January 22, 2017
Here was the "failing" New York Times (as Trump likes to term it) on how Day One went in a piece entitled With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift:
WASHINGTON — President Trump used his first full day in office on Saturday to unleash a remarkably bitter attack on the news media, falsely accusing journalists of both inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies and deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.In a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency intended to showcase his support for the intelligence community, Mr. Trump ignored his own repeated public statements criticizing the intelligence community, a group he compared to Nazis just over a week ago.He also called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” and he said that up to 1.5 million people had attended his inauguration, a claim that photographs disproved.Later, at the White House, he dispatched Sean Spicer, the press secretary, to the briefing room in the West Wing, where Mr. Spicer scolded reporters and made a series of false statements.He said news organizations had deliberately misstated the size of the crowd at Mr. Trump’s inauguration on Friday in an attempt to sow divisions at a time when Mr. Trump was trying to unify the country, warning that the new administration would hold them to account.The statements from the new president and his spokesman came as hundreds of thousands of people protested against Mr. Trump, a crowd that appeared to dwarf the one that gathered the day before when he was sworn in. It was a striking display of invective and grievance at the dawn of a presidency, usually a time when the White House works to set a tone of national unity and to build confidence in a new leader.Instead, the president and his team appeared embattled and defensive, signaling that the pugnacious style Mr. Trump employed as a candidate will persist now that he has ascended to the nation’s highest office.
Here's what Day One looked like on the Washington Mall as hundreds of thousands protested Trump as part of the Women's March :
Overhead shot in Washington, D.C. shows massive crowds in every direction rallying for Women's March on Washington https://t.co/o3Al1Fo3N4 pic.twitter.com/3MxtAbOTDD— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 21, 2017
Millions across the country (and the world) took to the streets in similar protests:
NYC today. 42nd and 2nd. pic.twitter.com/vgiLljt7Bs— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) January 21, 2017
An aerial view of the Chicago #WomensMarch right now (+150k people). pic.twitter.com/0OufEmSWU2— Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford) January 21, 2017
This is happening at the #WomensMarch in #Denver. Media can air the prayer farce all they want. You won't ignore us! pic.twitter.com/2CBPAZc7mK— sammyemerson (@sammyemerson) January 21, 2017
We’re in a helicopter high over the #WomensMarch in Boston. Watch on Facebook Live https://t.co/6UvxfnW14A pic.twitter.com/HPZgpX9ihL— CNN (@CNN) January 21, 2017
Thank you Los Angeles for marching (and standing 😉) today. #HearOurVoice #WomensMarchLA pic.twitter.com/eSDrJ65Kq5— Women's March LA (@wmnsmarchla) January 22, 2017
Blown away by the crowd sizes https://t.co/RMy9ksWVJN— Andrew Fishman (@AndrewDFish) January 22, 2017
Day Two picked up where Day One left off, with embattled Trump shills still spewing lies, propaganda and horseshit:
"Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods," Chuck Todd tells Pres. Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/Ao005dQ13r— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017
If this is how the beginning of the Trump administration is going, imagine what will happen when there is a real crisis to handle?
Some are worried that Trump has rendered truth and facts moot, that he has inaugurated a post-truth society wherein his deplorables will always believe him over their lying eyes and continue to go to the mattresses to protect him:
Re Spicer's lies, this is from someone who worked in a past administration. Important read. pic.twitter.com/XrjLJHRAGL— Anna Rascouët-Paz (@rascouet) January 22, 2017
There's something to this, of course, but Trump is beyond the campaign now and while there will be a certain percentage of deplorables who stick with him no matter what, there is a level of incompetence and insanity going on here that anybody who isn't completely incompetent and/or insane themselves will eventually see (if they haven't already.)
It's clear from yesterday that Trump is in way over his head, that he is incapable of growing into the job and that he is going to govern abysmally.
It is also clear from yesterday that A) the opposition to Trump is large and growing and B) many in the media are not going to take bullshit from the Trumpsters lying down without calling them on it.
Conservatives and wingers want Trump to get on with the job of gutting the government - but the fatal flaws in Trump's character may be the best defense against that:
@RMConservative @ShannonJoyRadio You understand that w/ Trump, that's what he cares most, yes? Crowd size, ratings, etc— rbe (@perdidostschool) January 22, 2017
@RMConservative @ShannonJoyRadio If you supported DT, you will own the insanity of next 4 yrs. Yesterday was a preview.— rbe (@perdidostschool) January 22, 2017
In sum, Benjamin Dixon on how best to combat Trump:
And would add:The easiest path to Trump's self-destruction is his ego. https://t.co/7KdjbsEcvP— Benjamin Dixon 🌹 (@TheBpDShow) January 22, 2017
This ridiculous whining by Trump and Sean Spicer is a pretty clear sign the pressure is working. Keep it up, everyone.— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) January 21, 2017