January 30, 2017…. Day 11
Sally Yates, acting Attorney General, ordered the Department of Justice not to defend Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.
Sally Yates was fired.
Joe Manchin, most conservative Democrat as far as the eye can see, spoke out against the executive order.
Politico says Congressional staffers worked secretly with White House staff to draft the executive order, without their bosses on the Hill knowing.
Rex Tillerson reportedly baffled that he was not consulted about the executive order.
Over one thousand Democratic protesters outside Chuck Schumer’s apartment building in Park Slope today, demanding that he fight back harder, with more conviction, and stop voting for Trump’s cabinet nominees.
Someone says that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will be filibustered, but I can’t remember who said that.
Sean Spicer said a bunch of shitty stuff in his White House press briefing. He compared the experience of the people stopped at airports, to the ordinary inconvenience of travelers having to pass through security on an ordinary day. He also said over and over that it was commons sense measures, and he said over and over that all Trump cares about is the safety of the American people.
Sean Spicer was huffy about criticism regarding leaving any reference to Jews out of Trump’s Holocaust statement (which Priebus said yesterday was an intentional decision). Spicer suggested that Jews ought to be grateful that Trump went out of his way to mention the Holocaust at all. This is recognizable soft Holocaust denial.
No one in my workplace is talking about Trump. There are not even mumblings and grumblings. The markets fell today.
I overheard the women talking about protesters and traffic. They did not say, as they did right after the election, that the protesters were “a bunch of crybabies.”
A lot more happened. It’s getting hard to remember in one day what happened. Every day feels like ten days. That is today as well as I can remember it. Today is still happening. Waves of horror crashing in via Twitter as we go to press. The only way out of this situation might be to dose myself with NyQuil for the night.
P.S. Oh yeah, the State of Washington is suing Trump over the Muslim ban (I’m just going to go ahead and call it that).