Since I haven’t done one of these in a minute, I will try to sum up my view of recent political events in one of these opinion posts.
The inauguration of Donald Trump has left me speechless. I feel like we’re in an episode of Black Mirror as we’ve literally elected a celebrity and (failed) businessman to run this country. This nation has let me and millions of others down. I have a lot to say about Trump, but I’ll focus on only a few things as I’m trying to limit these posts to 500 words (I have a lot of opinions…):
His appointment choices are abysmal. Betsy DeVos was appointed secretary of education and has zero relevant experience. It’s unfortunate how most university graduates need a higher degree of some sort and five years of experience (okay, I may be exaggerating, but not by much) for an entry-level job, but anyone could be secretary of education or, hell, even the president! Here is a video of the highlights of her hearing. Here is a handy post on why pretty much all of Trump’s appointments are controversial.
His stance on climate change and women and LGBT+ rights is terrifying. Climate change is one of the few things all scientists can agree on and big business people and government officials are being paid to deny it by fossil fuel corporations to advance their business. Not only is this my future livelihood, it’s something very personal to me that I will always stand by. With this new government, young professionals like myself will likely be out of the job and climate change will just get worse thanks to the biggest emitter per capita (the United States) not doing their part. Trump talks about women, including his daughters, in a vile manner. He has already defunded abortion services abroad and it won’t be long until he brings it to our home soil. Bodily autonomy is not a privilege, it’s a necessity. Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, is strongly against LGBT+ rights and has considered implementing gay conversion therapy. Some of these therapy methods include berating and humiliating the patient into submission until they are a shell of a person, then building them up from there. That is, if they don’t kill themselves first. I’m proud to see so many participants all around the world in the Women’s March this weekend. I couldn’t attend because I was working, but I send my solidarity to all those seeking gender equality. This was one of the biggest (if not the biggest) demonstration in American history and it’s amazing to see people still support my rights and the rights of the LGBT+ community in this dark time.
In case all of that isn’t enough: the literal Ku Klux Klan supports him. Now, I’m not saying all Trump supporters are Nazis, but Nazis heard his campaign and thought, “That’s our guy!”
No, I will not be happy with the outcome of this election, “suck it up,” or respect him. Respect is earned, not given. This is a government for the people and the people have spoken with the biggest protest in history and we will not stop or slow down until there is justice.