Donald Trump’s voice won’t be the only one heard at this year’s inauguration. Tens of thousands of people are preparing to hit the streets of Washington D.C. during the 45th president’s inaugural week. While some will march in support of the president or various causes, a growing number will be on hand to show their opposition to the newly elected president and his administration…. The largest protest is expected to come the day after Trump’s inauguration. According to the permit they acquired for 200,000 demonstrators and the responses they’ve received via social media, the Women’s March on Washington is predicted to draw hundreds of thousands of protesters in the nation’s capital on Jan. 21, although there will be corresponding protests across the country. “It’s quite noteworthy. If they get those kinds of numbers, it will far exceed any previous inaugural protest,” said Inaugural Historian Jim Bendat, author of “Democracy’s Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President, 1789-2013.”
There can be little doubt about how Donald Trump won the Presidency. It can be argued that Russian hacking and FBI Director James Comey played a part in queering the election, but Trump undoubtedly emerged victorious because of his “divide and conquer” strategy. By making this election about “enemies”- Muslims, the LGBT community, Liberals, etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseam– Trump convinced angry, undereducated White Christians that THEIR America was under attack. He convinced the demographic I’ve come to call America’s Lowest Common Denominator © that he knew who the enemy is…and that HE ALONE was singularly qualified and equipped to restore America’s “lost” greatness.
It was a case of a (non-existent) problem in search of a solution. He ran a campaign fueled by raw hate. By stoking hatred of Hillary Clinton, of Muslims, of gays, of Liberals, of non-Christians, of [insert name of reviled minority class here], Trump was able to deflect attention away from actual issues to “issues” of his own creation. It worked beautifully; Josef Goebbels would have been proud.
For many years our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
Regardless of the possibly suspicious (some might say potentially treasonous) circumstances of his victory, Trump became President-elect. He convinced White America their values and rightful place at the top of the socioeconomic food chain were threatened by Liberals, Muslims, Hollywood, the LGBT community, etc. Once sufficiently propagandized, it was easy to manipulate them into voting for him. America’s Lowest Common Denominator © may not consider themselves to be racists or bigots, but they supported someone who is, making themselves guilty by association.
The anticipated and predictable protests during Inauguration Week seem the predictable consequence of setting Americans one against another. When a Presidential candidate campaigns on the premise that some are “more American” than others, it’s not exactly a call for unity and peaceful coexistence.
Those who would elevate themselves above those they deem “less than” now feel empowered to pursue their agenda. The inevitable result of such divisiveness is that those who feel their freedom and liberty to be at risk are going to push back. So it will be during the various protests in Washington in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Whether the rage and pushback against a President many feel to be illegitimate will continue over the long term is difficult to say. There seems little doubt but that the immediate aftermath of Trump’s inauguration will be…contentious. If he pursues the agenda he promised during the campaign- killing Obamacare, forcing Muslims to register, etc.- Trump’s tenure as President will be noted primarily for the visceral anger he’s responsible for creating among those who feel being among those who are deemed “less than.”
Though he’s promised to unite America under his leadership, Trump has offered nothing to indicate how, or even if, he plans to follow through on that commitment. When it comes to his promises, words are so cheap as to be meaningless. The proof lies in his actions. Or lack of them.
I have no desire to see President Trump fail, as much as he disgusts me. When a President falls short, so does America. If one believes the past to be prologue, it’s difficult not to envision a showman who’s far more flash than substance succeeding…even if all we’re talking about is bringing America together.