From debating inauguration crowd numbers to investigating voter fraud, President Donald J. Trump immediately had the media in an uproar from his first moments in the White House. President Trump has already fulfilled many of his campaign promises: addressing the border wall, lifting federal regulations on drilling, undoing the Affordable Care Act, issuing a temporary EPA communication ban, and restricting abortion access- and all within his first two weeks in office.
The Women’s March
Donning pink hats with cat ears, women across the world took over the streets with signs and peaceful protesting the day after President Trump was sworn into office. The Women’s March on Washington had demonstrators around the world, estimated at over 5 million participants globally. What started as a Facebook event, created by Teresa Shook of Hawaii, soon led to one of the largest peaceful protests since people came together to protest the Vietnam War. While masses of participants were vocally against President Trump, many declared they were not anti-Trump, but pro-women.
This event had a strong celebrity presence. Angela Davis, Civil Rights activist, is known for authoring Women, Race, and Class. Davis spoke in Washington, proclaiming that “the next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.” Crowds listened to actress Ashley Judd as she recited words written by a 19 year old from Tennessee, referring to “nasty women” and the atrocities of racism and the inequality felt in the world. Many spoke against President Trump, such as feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who touted, “Trump and his handlers have found a fox for every chicken coop in Washington and a Twitter finger must not become a trigger finger.”
While many celebrities joined together in this movement, not all Hollywood faces were seen at these events. Piers Morgan, journalist and television personality, tweeted, “I’m planning a ‘Men’s March’ to protest at the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists. Who’s with me?” Actor Jon Voight felt strongly that celebrities were using their influence negatively, as the march was against the government and president. Voight stated that “…young people are looking at them and what are they teaching? They’re teaching treason. They’re teaching going up against the government [and] not accepting the will of the people on this presidency and it’s a very sad day when I see this.” While the march lasted a day, the people involved wanted their collective unity to continue on. They have started a campaign where every 10 days, for the duration of 100 days, they take action on an issue that they care about. The question that remains is if the Women’s March is a true movement that will continue past the initial days of Trump’s presidency.
A week after the Women’s March, President Trump signed an executive order which bars immigration from 7 countries. Dubbed the “Muslim Ban” by people who are against the order, this ban will keep citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days. At least 218 million people will be barred from entering the United States, but diplomats and members of international organizations are exempt. This order also calls for the implementation of new immigration security measures. The ban has led to protests, anger, and grief- Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer speaking the thoughts of many Democrats when he sadly asserted the ban was “mean-spirited and un-American.” Some are supportive of the order, while many leaders are keeping a neutral stance on the matter. Called a “useful temporary measure on seven nations of concern until we can verify who is entering the United States” by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, many consider this order a step in the right direction to protect the nation from terrorism.
Yates and Gorsuch
There is a definitive changing of the guard as President Trump shakes things up in his first few weeks as the nation’s leader. One of his first acts was the firing of Attorney General Sally Yates on January 30, when she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend the immigration travel ban on the seven Muslim-majority countries. On January 31st, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch, a 49-year-old appellate judge who hails from Colorado, could change the direction of the court for years to come. He has written a majority opinion in a separation of powers case, stating too much deference was allowed to administrative agencies. He also voted that the contraceptive mandate of Obamacare violated the religious beliefs of corporations. Senator Ted Cruz echoes the sentiments of most Republicans, calling Gorsuch “an absolute home run.” Democrats are displeased, with Nancy Pelosi espousing that Gorsuch is “a very bad decision, well outside the mainstream of American legal thought.”
As President Trump finishes his second official week in office, the world is watching closely to see just how many campaign promises will come to fruition. The political landscape has drastically shifted and change is coming this year, for better or for worse.
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