Ladies and gentlemen, we have President Trump

The Dark Days of Mordor have begun, for my CNN news feed tells me this:

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States during a historic transfer of power.

Trump took the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol, swearing to preserve, protect and defend the US Constitution. That moment marks the culmination of a stunning upset victory in last year’s bitter presidential election.

From over in England, Matthew, equally dispirited, wrote me this:

Trrump’s first act has been to take down the energy pages.

And to threaten the Climate Action Plan.

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92 Comments

  1. Dominic
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    New slogan for WEIT – Make Evolution Great Again!

  2. veroxitatis
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I listened to the speech and the thoughts which first came into my mind were by someone else – “Ein Volk. Ein Reich. Ein Fuhrer”. Something also about “heart and blood and land” was in there, but I could not remember the derivation.
    Alas!

    • busterggi
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      The Bellamy salute will soon be back.

    • Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

      Godwin’s Law? Already?

    • Sarah
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      “Blood and soil”? Bismarck? No wait, that was “blood and iron”. A better precedent might have been “With malice toward none, with charity for all…”

      • David Coxill
        Posted January 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

        Blood and Soil was the work of Walter Darre ,i think ,without looking it up ,yes it was ,thank you google .

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

  3. ploubere
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    We’re all gonna die.

    • ploubere
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      • rickflick
        Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

        Pretty depressing prognostication. I’m going to try to think something will happen to get him tangled in law suits and drag him down before too much damage is done.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted January 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

          Hoping for something good to come out of lawyers? You must be depressed. Keep away from high places, sharp implements and potent drugs.

  4. Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Personally I think in his speech, as in his campaign, his mouth wrote a lot of checks that his ass can’t cash.

  5. zoolady
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Today..we’re entitled to grief. Tomorrow…women will march, plans will be made and we WILL resist!

  6. Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    ITV News just said — and I quote — “Donald Trump is the oldest person ever to be elected President; so, Mike Pence may well have to fill the role if something happened; like an assassination…” I cannot have been the only person to notice that.

    • barriejohn
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      What’s the betting that he has a heart attack soon? How on earth he had the gall to attack Hillary over physical fitness is beyond me; just imagine that tub of lard without his clothes on (if you dare!).

      • Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

        I’d be reaching for the bucket if I saw him, Hillary, Bill, Nancy or many others of that age nude. Come on, let’s keep it to policy.

        • eric
          Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

          The policy worry is that we’ve just sworn in a right-wing, authoritarian maniac…and his boss (no prize either) is 70 years old.

          • Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

            I have no objection to policy attacks on Trump and his people. It’s the banal comparisons with Hitler that are irritating.

            • Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

              How about intellect? In 90 seconds, we transitioned from a President who reads Emerson to one who has to get naked to count to 21…

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

                Trump recently claimed his cabinet will have the highest IQ of any in history. I guess he never heard of Jefferson, Hamilton, Henry Knox, Edmund Rudolph, or the rest of the first cabinet.

                For that matter, Rick “Oops” Perry is Trump’s pick to replace a Stanford PhD in theoretical physics at the Energy Department. That’s a tough IQ-deficit gap to climb out of.

            • Dan
              Posted January 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

              In the case of Trump, the Hitler parallel is not a puerile regurgitation of Godwins Law. It is a valid observation. I have read several books on Hitler’s ascent to power and the most frightening aspect is how readily a demagogue ‘leader’ can dismantle the democratic apparatus. Rather than considering such horrors as consigned to history you realise that this can happen today just as easily as it did in Germany in the 1930’s. We do not take the lessons of history seriously. Hitler played on fears of the day and portrayed himself as the only one who could ensure law and order. He enacted emergency powers, abolished freedom of the press and anti jewish laws amongst other things. After Hidenburgs death in 1934 there was no election, Hitler had abrogated such trifling democratic traditions. Hitler showed how fragile democracy really is in the face of an unscrupulous leader willing to feed anger and exploit fear. Sure, all politicians are somewhat chameleonic but Trump is on a whole different level and is the most terrifying threat to democracy and freedom since, I dunno…..Hitler?

              • Stephen Mynett
                Posted January 21, 2017 at 2:42 am | Permalink

                I have also read a lot on that subject Dan and you make some good points. Perhaps another useful lesson on the danger of how democracy can quickly be dismantled is a look at Turkey and how Erdogan has destroyed the secular state set up by Atatürk.

              • Dan
                Posted January 21, 2017 at 3:37 am | Permalink

                Stephen – Yes, agreed, the Turkish political developments are very sad – naturally religion is very much a factor. Whilst I doubt Trump is particularly religious, the people he is surrounding himself with are certainly of an evangelical mindset, evangelicals represent a significant proportion of his voter base and the potential for future parallels with Turkey can’t be ignored . Also the likely Supreme Court appointments (potentially four) during Trumps tenure (assuming he lasts 4 years) are also a depressing prospect. The enshrined separation of church and state in the U.S is under threat like never before.

              • Posted January 21, 2017 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

                +1

        • barriejohn
          Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

          I am not making ad hominem attacks on the man because of his size; I am referring to the fact that he appears to be seriously overweight. I am almost exactly the same age as him, eat very healthily, and am very active and in reasonable shape, yet I have already had a stent fitted. I assume that he has been thoroughly checked out medically, but he certainly doesn’t appear to fit the profile of a healthy mature male!

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted January 20, 2017 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

          You’d get something out of him worth keeping in a bucket? Tell us more!

      • rickflick
        Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

        goo.gl/W2RgxY

        • rickflick
          Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

          woops. I tried to link to “trump nude sculpture”. You can Google it.

          • Lars
            Posted January 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

            No, that’s OK.

    • David Coxill
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      Pence ,here mr president have some of this Puffer fish it’s to die for .

  7. Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    “Ladies and gentlemen, we have President Trump”

    Stop reminding me. :p

    • Posted January 20, 2017 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      Discounting the at least 67 nasty permutations of Obama’s name, for eight years, I heard *most* of the right-wing media refer to President Obama as “Mr Obama,” “Obama,” or just “The President. Happy to do the same with this guy.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    “It is finished.”

    Unto whose hands shall we now commit the nation’s spirit?

  9. Mobius
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    …swearing to preserve, protect and defend the US Constitution.

    And Trump tells one more lie.

  10. J.Baldwin
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I heard Sam Harris say of Trump’s ascension to power, effectively dethroning Mr. Obama: “Only Shakespeare could explain it” (my paraphrase). I think he’s right.

  11. yiamcross
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    The only way this could get any worse is if something happens to Drumpf and Pence gets his finger on the big red button. Trump is a muppet who doesn’t seem to have the aptitude to get his batshit crazy ideas through the legislature. Even the dumbest most bigoted hicks are going to eventually tealise he can’t deliver and you don’t want someone who knows how to game the system in a position to start ww3 to take the heat off theor own ass.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

      you don’t want someone who knows how to game the system in a position to start ww3 to take the heat off theor own ass.

      I have more confidence in the competence and self-control of Putin and Jinping than to fear that outcome. On the other hand, Trump versus Kim Jong-un has the potential to go to detonation. Which isn’t going to have more than 30-40 megadeaths (depending largely on how fast DPRK can increase their strike-back capability). Maybe 50 megadeaths if you add in the fallout deaths – but Trump won’t count them, being mostly in China, South Korea and Japan and not containing many voters.

      • Posted January 21, 2017 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        And North Korea can reportedly hit California and Hawaii, which do not contain a lot (proportionally) of Trump voters either.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted January 21, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

          Well, there was anticipation of Pyongyang celebrating the inauguration with a launch. Whether they’d be able to hit Hawaii or California remains an open question. that they’re trying isn’t an open question.
          Of course, they can probably deliver a nuke to New york tomorrow. By boat. The difficulty is obfuscating the origin, not doing the delivery.

  12. eric
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    “The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever.”

    “But that’s impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?”

    “The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line…”

  13. Geoff Toscano
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I keep being told to give him a chance, hope for the best, and maybe he’ll be a great president.

    That’s from people who said Obama wasn’t a Christian, but that Trump is. And squealed for years that Obama was going to take away guns, tax bullets, let 100m Muslims into the country, set up death camps, implement Sharia Law, and introduce an Ebola epidemic.

    I don’t think they understand irony.

    • eric
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Yes, it’s ‘give him a chance’ from the party of ‘our goal from day 1 is to stop Obama from being successful at all costs.’

    • colnago80
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      I’ll give him two chances, slim and none and slim is on the bus headed out of town.

  14. Debra Coplan
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    A very sickening day today…

  15. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I imagine the spotlight dance at Trump’s inaugural ball will be to Non, Je ne regrette rien.”

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

      Hey, there’ll be none of that furrin stuff, just all American freedom songs. And fries. Big-ass freedom fries.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

        Is poutine too furry?

        • Posted January 23, 2017 at 11:39 am | Permalink

          No doubt there are places beyond ski resorts where one can get “Americanized” poutine now, like with any other food from around the world …

  16. Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Are you still holding to the title of your blog? This does make for a pretty strong argument against evolution!

    • Geoff Toscano
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Evolution doesn’t necessarily confer what most would describe as beneficial change.

    • ploubere
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      Yes, natural selection holds no obligations to homo sapiens.

  17. Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Here is what Trump says he wants to do in his first 100 days:

    “http://www.npr.org/2016/11/09/501451368/here-is-what-donald-trump-wants-to-do-in-his-first-100-days”

    I can’t find the article right now that lists some of the federal agencies, including Energy, that Trump wants to close to save money. NPR will not be public. ACA goes away. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will be altered, and probably privatized. Internet and communications companies will be controlled by business interests to the detriment of the public.

    National parks will be turned over to the states (as they are considered to have no value despite the millions in revenue they bring into government coffers and the 2,000,000+ employees they provide jobs for.)That will permit the states to lease oil and mineral rights on all the affected land,
    not just large portions as occurs now. Camping, hunting, hiking, communing with nature will likely be further limited in these areas henceforth.

    We will probably have more fracking, more pipelines, more trainloads of oil and chemicals hauled cross-country to western and southern ports for shipment overseas endangering our country. The federal government does not provide financial aid to our rail companies nor help with infrastructure as they currently do with the highway system (likely to be decreased or go away.)They do not monitor these companies in an ongoing manner.

    Welcome to the Chinese version of the curse, “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

      “Internet and communications companies will be controlled by business interests to the detriment of the public.”

      In other words, without federal oversight and protection,

      • ploubere
        Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

        Yes, the net neutrality ruling that found the internet to be a public utility and under the jurisdiction of the FCC will probably be overturned. The ISP’s will be freed from government regulation, allowing them to control access and content on the web.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

          FCC

          That’s got “Federal” in it. That’ll have to go.
          Come to think of it, there’s no need for that “FAA” thing too – it just gets in the way of the average plane-owning tycoon.

    • Kevin
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      Most of the NPS and National Forest Service employees I know (~ 10) voted for Trump. I guess that might be a blessing. They would be upset if they thought they were getting a raw deal. Either Trump will do something that will make him immensely unpopular or he might do something that could actually work. I am guessing the former.

      • Karen Bartelt
        Posted January 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

        I’m not questioning your number, but I’m totally blown away by this. Parks are going to suffer. I guess it’s just like the people on Obamacare who voted for Trump. I’ll be the one watching them piss and moan and eventually swing in the wind.

        • Kevin
          Posted January 21, 2017 at 8:50 am | Permalink

          All of the NPS people I know are previously military, which, I think, tends to give them a more conservative stance.

          • Posted January 23, 2017 at 11:41 am | Permalink

            How is wanting to gut institutions willy-nilly that have existed for 100 years and were created by a republican (Teddy Roosevelt, right?) conservative?? US federal republicans now are *radical and revolutionary*, just of an authoritarian semi-populist sort (think Peron?).

  18. Jonathan Smith
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Only listened to parts of the inauguration So much for the separation of church and state. If you were not a Christian tough luck buddy I expected Trump to say “So help me Me”

  19. Linda Calhoun
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    The eagle picture at the end of this post made me cry. L

    • veroxitatis
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      I think I can understand that. This particular rendition of the bald eagle seemed to me to accentuate the layout of the feathers so that in my mind they appeared to represent the black gown of a judge. A judge with head bowed at the pending destruction of the Constitution.

    • Karen Bartelt
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

      I googled this photo. Ironically (for this site anyway), it’s known as the “Praying Eagle”. And if you really want to upchuck, google “Praying Eagle” and look at the images.

  20. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m relieved my parents and grandparent aren’t alive to see this character inaugurated, and to know that it was their people — the white working-class of the old industrial belt — who put him in office.

    The working class of their generations knew that when a rich Republican headed up a presidential ticket, his entire raison d’être was to screw the working stiff. Rich Republicans were the ones who owned the company store, who negotiated for management when the union contract was up, who hired the goons and scabs to bust heads and cross picket lines.

    That’s the ilk Trump and his cabinet come from, and the working stiffs who voted them in are in for an updated, 21st-century-style screwing.

    • veroxitatis
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      No doubt very true. However, as I watched I could not but feel that Dubya and Obama had more in common with each other than either had with Trump. Of course, as a Britisher I accept that I may be well off the mark.

      • ploubere
        Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        No, you are correct. Trump manages to make Bush look presidential and competent. And Romney too. The joke is that Bush is delighted now that he won’t be the worst president.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

          Move over Dubya and Warren Harding and Andrew Johnson, there’s a new “worst ever” kid in town.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      an updated, 21st-century-style screwing.

      Are we back to Goatse and the “vaginal eggs”?

  21. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Good news – @POTUS just became @POTUS44, so no need to unfollow on Tw^##er – though it would’ve felt good.

    • Posted January 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Trump has already stated that he will continue use his own account rather than @potus.

  22. nickswearsky
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    David Corn sums it up very well: illegitimate!

    Today, as of noon, the president of the United States is a man who boasted of sexually assaulting woman. The nation’s leader is a purveyor of fake news and conspiracy theories who led the racist birther campaign. The commander in chief in charge of the US nuclear arsenal is a fellow who was unfamiliar with the nuclear triad but who is obsessed with revenge. The head of the federal government is a businessman who vowed to “drain the swamp” but who has taken office loaded with troubling conflicts of interest and flouting multiple ethics norms. The defender of the Constitution is a record-setting prevaricator and fabulist who has repeatedly attacked journalists who challenge his false assertions. The guy who oversees national law enforcement is a dishonest developer who was sued for racially based housing discrimination and who lied about his mob ties. The person in charge of US national security is a foreign policy novice who has called for enhancing relations with a foreign power that covertly worked to subvert American democracy in order to benefit him and whose associates are under investigation by agencies he now oversees for possible contacts with that foreign power. The most powerful man in the world is a thin-skinned, arrogant, name-calling, bullying, narcissistic hotelier.

    Thank you, America. Or, that is, the 46 percent of the electorate who voted for Donald Trump.

    • colnago80
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      It’s Germany in 1933 redux.

  23. Posted January 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Though it is a rather minor consolation, it is good to hear a President talk about Islamic terrorism.

    • Posted January 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      And, to me, also to hear leftists denounce Russia.

      • Posted January 21, 2017 at 11:41 am | Permalink

        Leftists haven’t been in love with Russia for decades, ever since it stopped being a communist heaven and became just one of resource-based economies headed by a near-dictator. What’s shocking is that conservatives are now getting warm feelings towards it.

        • Posted January 21, 2017 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

          After the fall of communism, Western leftists indeed did not exactly love Russia, but at least some of them kept questioning information about Russian atrocities as propaganda to obscure the US atrocities (always presumed to be worse); and they thought that even if Russia is bad, it is nice that there is someone to balance the warmongering America. (The latter view is popular also among Indians, whose culture seems to value balance.)
          I agree that the sudden Russophilia of US conservatives is shocking. Reagan must be spinning in his grave.

  24. bric
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    This administration has more than a whiff of nostalgie de la boue about it

    welcome to the Dark Ages The U S missed out on the first time round

    rogue state
    n
    (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a state that conducts its policy in a dangerously unpredictable way, disregarding international law or diplomacy – Collins Dictionary

  25. mordacious1
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Did everyone remember to set their clocks back 300 years last night? (stole that from Chris Rock).

  26. W.Benson
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    All mention of climate change has been removed from the Trump White House web site.
    https://motherboard.vice.com/read/all-references-to-climate-change-have-been-deleted-from-the-white-house-website

    • Harrison
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      This is actually not true:

      http://www.snopes.com/white-house-web-site-trump-changes/

      What’s happening is that the Obama white house website is being migrated wholesale to its own domain (essentially archived) and the Trump administration site barely has anything up yet. But they didn’t go through and deliberately take down specific pages.

  27. W.Benson
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    As I watch Trump’s parade, Brazilian TV is showing many (10%?) in the crowd giving Trump the Nazi salute. Is this being shown on TV elsewhere.

    • W.Benson
      Posted January 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      Correction, mostly cell phones raised high.

  28. Sarah
    Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Looking on the bright side, I am hoping that the innate dignity of the presidency will cause Trump to rise to mediocrity. I know, I know, but I am a habitual optimist.

  29. Posted January 21, 2017 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    So important to write about it. How sad…. Thanks!


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