He has promised that things are not going to be the way they were, that the practices of the past eight years under President Barack Obama will have an end, that it will be a new era taking us away from the American Carnage we have experienced. Anyone who watched the inauguration, and there must have been a few glued to the television and not out on the streets protesting, would have seen how this change is taking place.
We watched an inauguration ceremony unlike any other: more police than spectators; empty viewing stands; a total lack of jubilant crowds greeting the new man at the helm. At times it seemed as if there were more people in the marching bands than on the stands, and the aerial photographs tend to confirm this: the streets along the parade route were empty, the whole was a shambles. Each person makes their own choice, on which side of the barricade they wish to stand. I stayed home and witnessed the whole on Twitter.
And it was here on Twitter that I first experienced – aside from the shambles, the inauguration speech, the rain and disconsolate faces of those taking part, forced or otherwise – the real truth behind this idea that Trump is going to do things differently, and for that I must thank ABC News.
Screenshot Source: Twitter / ABC News
Here we have Trump at a surprisingly clear desk – compared to his own in Trump Tower which, for those looking closely, mainly seems to be covered with large piles of photographs of himself, books and magazines about or by him and a few trophies – signing the first of many Executive Orders which will take away what has been granted during the last eight years. EOs which will increase costs for the average or poorer person – such as rolling back the Affordable Care Act and increasing the mortgage costs for first time buyers – and put money back into the pockets of the richest in the land.
But here, thanks to ABC News, we see that Trump is indeed doing things differently; he’s not just signing the EO, he is singing it. Or, perhaps, humming at the moment because he doesn’t know the words. But I can see the future now, as Trump changes and destroys all our benefits and gains from eight years hard work, and Sings and Dances around the Oval Office, sharpie in hand, gleefully noting each and every landslide coming his way.
- Viktoria Michaelis.