Week 4 of Donald Trump’s Presidency: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.published December 11, 2016 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-4-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-af7592406a94#.wjymjly85

This was the week of Trump silencing dissent:

– the arts (comedy) — a tweet attacking Baldwin, and calling SNL “unwatchable.”

– corporate America — Trump sent a false tweet about the cost of Air Force One after Boeing’s CEO spoke out against starting a trade war with China. Boeing stock cratered.

– private citizens — Trump’s tweet at union leader Chuck Jones, after Jones spoke out on the Carrier deal, led to death threats against Jones.

– protest march — Trump tried to squash the Million Women March by changing permitting. A new location was found.

– Variety reported that Trump will continue in his role as Executive Producer of Celebrity Apprentice. 2 days later, Trump called it “fake news” and blamed CNN.

– NBC, host of Celebrity Apprentice, also had refused to release tapes of Trump rumored to be damaging during the election.

– WAPO reported on a CIA report which claimed Putin interfered in our election to help Trump win. Trump’s response amounted to defending Russia, and questioning the CIA’s capabilities.

– According to WAPO, Mitch McConnell had refused to allow the CIA report out before the election. McConnell’s wife was appointed by Trump to a cabinet position.

– The next day, Trump appointed Exxon CEO Tillerson as SoS. Tillerson has no experience with government or diplomacy, but has a close relationship with Putin.

– In responding to why he has availed himself of only 4 of 31 intelligence briefings, Trump responded, “I’m, like, a smart person.”

– Attacks against Muslim Americans were reported nationwide, including a Congresswoman in DC, and a teenager in New York.

– An Atlantic article titled, “Are Jews White,” drew a response by former KKK leader, David Duke.

– Trump is seeking ways to include both his daughter and son-in-law in his administration, despite laws to the contrary.

– Trump appointed 3 generals into leadership positions in his cabinet — a disturbing trend, indicative of authoritarian leadership.

– Trump appointed another Goldman Sachs executive into a major leadership role. GS stock is up 33% since election day, and composes 1/3 of the DJIA’s rise.

– Trump invited celebrity types on the environment — Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio — for well-promoted, reality-tv-like meetings at Trump Tower, while appointing an EPA head who doesn’t believe in climate change.

– The RNC will hold it’s holiday party at a Trump Hotel (and pay him for it). Several GOP appendages are doing the same.

– Trump continues to keep full ownership of his businesses, brushing off the need to explain conflicts of interest.

– Trump economic team is all men and all white. Five of the 13 are named Steven or Stephen.

– Mark Burnett will help Trump plan the inauguration, with a reality-tv type build-up.

– Rudy Giuliani “withdrew” his candidacy for a cabinet position, and the lawyer of “Woman in Gold” fame, filed under the FOIA for Giuliani’s connection to the FBI’s search warrant.

– Trump changed his iconic hat from, “Make America Great Again” to simply “USA.” Said hat is sold exclusively by Trump for $40.

– Trump put out his first policy related post on Facebook.

– Trump continues his Victory Tours in states he won.

– Trump, with the help of the GOP apparatus, shut down the recount efforts in MI, where he won by 10k votes out of 4.8 million cast, with many anomalies. Efforts to do the same in WI, failed. Efforts in PA also have led to recount efforts being stifled.

“Bologny-faced, Banana-brained Man”
“Donaeld The Unready” tweets as if Trump is a mad medieval king
Artist: Orundide

Please keep following this continuing ‘art as expression’ series. Up next: POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 6 

Links to previous posts in the series: https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/07/politiks-of-graffiti-4-dump-trump/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/06/politiks-of-graffiti-3-don-deplorable/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/04/politiks-of-graffiti-2-bad-hombre/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/03/the-politiks-of-graffiti-world-view-of-donald-trump/ 


  1. I am finding it very difficult to understand what is going on in the world Jacqueline. As a Brit living on mainland Europe, I watch with horror as the UK continues its crazy road to destruction through its return to isolationism and empire, based on a referendum during which blatant lies were told, and believed. And then in the States I watch with equal horror how millions of God-fearing, Bible-believing, church-attending whites made a major contribution to putting a President in the White House whom they would never have given even a minor role of responsibility in their own churches. Your list above simply corroborates what we all knew would happen once he gained power. If I had a solution or could see one in sight, I would feel less concerned. But I don’t.

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    1. I know, Denzil, these are very scary times. And all eyes are on France now (if Marie Le Pen gets in, that’s just more of the Brexit/USA isolationism attitude,) and Germany – they’re going after Merkel, but I hope she perseveres.

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