Dystopian views of
new president rejected
around the world
President Donald Trump’s nose grew about an inch on his first day in office. Click image to enlarge the nose.
On his first day in office, President Donald Trump was exposed as a blatant liar as millions of people around the world rejected his dystopian view of “carnage” in America.
In an unprecedented outpouring of resistance to the new president, huge crowds of marchers in more than 60 cities at home and abroad far exceeded organizers’ expectations.
Meanwhile, Trump’s claims about the size of the crowd at his inauguration the day before (and about his feud with the intelligence community) were called “false” in front-page headlines in The New York Times, The Guardian and in many other media.
It was a refreshing breath of fresh air a day after a gloomy start for America and its 45th president.
Almost as encouraging as the vast crowds at the anti-inauguration events was the widespread calling out of the new president’s blatant, easily disprovable lies he stated as facts on his first full day in office.
The front page of The New York Times print edition on Sunday. Note the word “falsehood” in the headline in the top left corner. Click image to enlarge.
This was most clearly on display on the front page of Sunday’s print edition of The New York Times, which gave almost equal display to the march story and, at the top left, its other lead story With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift
“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,” The Times reported.
At the top of The Guardian web site, the headline was Trump presidency begins with defense of false ‘alternative facts’
“Rattled by the nation’s biggest political demonstrations since the Vietnam war, Trump and his aides spent an extraordinary first weekend in office falsely claiming that record numbers of people had attended his swearing-in on Friday,” The Guardian reported.
It is refreshing indeed to see the two leading US news organizations unafraid to call a lie a lie.
The New York Times elaborated further:
“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.”
The Guardian, among many others, published photographs showing the Obama and Trump inaugurations. The difference is obvious. Click image to enlarge.
The widely published side-by-side photographs showed the National Mall on Friday and the same area viewed from the same vantage point on the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009. Only someone willfully blind would not see the difference.
Furthermore, widely reported ridership figures from the Washington, D.C. transportation system buttressed the visual evidence.
The Washington Post in the story Trump wages war with the media over the size of his inauguration crowd reported the opposite of what Trump claimed:
“The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority compared ridership by 11 a.m. from the past four inaugurations on Friday; Trump’s was the lowest.”
Adding insult to injury, the Post also reported that, based on subway ridership, attendance at the anti-inaugural march on Saturday was much higher than for the previous day’s official event. “(Ridership for those attending Saturday’s anti-Trump rallies, incidentally, was 42 percent higher than by 11 a.m. on Friday.)”
It was, however, the other Post story that was a greater cause for optimism than just calling out the lies of the new dissembler-in-chief.
The most popular story on its web site Sunday morning was
More than one million protesters vow to resist President Trump
“More than 1 million people gathered in Washington and in cities around the country and the world Saturday to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inauguration of President Trump,” the Post reported. “What started as a Facebook post by a Hawaii retiree became an unprecedented international rebuke of a new president that packed cities large and small — from London to Los Angeles, Paris to Park City, Utah, Miami to Melbourne, Australia.
The story in The Washington post about “millions” attending the anti-inauguration marches.
“The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, who originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000, said Saturday that as many as half a million people participated.”
It’s a truly encouraging sign that millions of women (and men) braved frigid winter weather to voice their opposition to the false world view expressed by the “carnage” president as he took over as the most powerful man in the world.
And it is equally portentous that the blatant lies he told on his first official day in office were so prominently labeled as such by the most respected news media we have.
Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope after all that the next four years will not be characterized by one catastrophe after another. It is not too much to hope that we “the people” have finally found our voice.
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