The Politex Report #1215


While the billionaire Trump family in their designer clothes worth thousands danced on the bones of the poor, his white, male billionaire cabinet began dismantling 80 years of citizen protections: the safety net, justice, economic equality, trade, religious diversity, gender equality, the environment, racial equality, education, immigration, culture, ethics, even voting, itself. While his rank and file watched on TV, Mr. Me danced to "My Way"; they should have listened to "Only a Pawn in the Game." --- JP

Note: Nancy Sinatra has tweeted that her father would not have sat still for a "bigot" using "My Way" like this. --- GM

ALSO: The Women's March


More Than Three Hundred Million Americans Now Enrolled in Trump University -Borowitz

Donald Trump’s first Twitter background as president was a photo from the inauguration of Barack Obama:


On the Inauguration of Donald Trump: Preserve, Protect, and Defend - NY

Donald Trump, the impulsive demagogue in the White House:


The day democracy died: An epitaph - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

The stunt presidency: How Trump will replace governing with gimmickry —


Trump's New Budget Slashes Funding for Arts, Women's Safety and Civil Rights

Trump redecorates Oval Office with gold drapes. (When will he put in the pole, asks Pierce.) Hill


President Trump takes bold first day action, raises fees on FHA mortgages


Trump signs executive order that could effectively gut Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate with no replacement.

In first Oval Office appearance, Trump takes symbolic step on Obamacare with meaningless executive order. LAT

Trump Obamacare repeal is a stealth tax break only for millionaires - NC

New poll shows Obamacare is more popular than Donald Trump


The GSA Canceled a Planned Statement on Trump's Hotel Lease Which He Is Now Violating. WP

Unethical: White House website touts Melania Trump’s modeling and jewelry line - WP

Trump's failure of moral imagination


Fact-checking President Trump’s inaugural address: Wrong on 8 out of 8 major points. WP

Sould Read: Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech, Annotated - NYT

Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural Address was notable for its disconnect from reality


Billionaire Trump Delivers Anti-Establishment Speech to Crowd of Billionaires

The new president’s populist speech might’ve come off better if he wasn’t flanked by fellow billionaires

Me First! Donald Trump’s “America first” economic plan hinges on tax cuts to the rich. - Salon

Donald Trump’s administration: “Government by the worst men.”


You’ll learn more about Trump by looking at his new website than listening to his speech: His policies will not work

President Trump’s White House announces “America first,” then takes down climate change page

Al Gore’s "Inconvenient Truth" sequel shows he’s hopeful on climate change despite Trump


NYT ED: What President Trump Doesn’t Get About America: Graceless and disturbing speech removes all future hope.

George Will: Trump Delivered ‘The Most Dreadful Inaugural Address in History'

Trump’s Mean Spirited Message: Ask What Your Government Has Done to You

Trump’s inaugural address offers nothing to soothe the worst fears about him - WP

Analysis: He's no Abe Lincoln. Trump delivers pugnacious inaugural address that offers little to bind 2016 wounds

Donald Trump today declared war against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

With Echoes of the ’30s, Trump Resurrects a Hard-Line Vision of ‘America First’ NYT

Trump seems to think that poor neighborhoods are terror zones and public schools are something out of “Oliver Twist”

Obamaism sought strength in unity. Trumpism finds power through division. - Vox


Donald Trump presented a dark vision of a nation afflicted by division and dislocation, exploited and forgotten

President Trump’s “American Carnage” inauguration speech made Twitter cringe

Soaring rhetoric from your new president on inauguration day .... no, not this day

Trump delivered what historians and speechwriters said was one of the most ominous inaugural addresses ever


After Trump pledges "America first," the world responds with protests and dismay

World jittery about Trump’s ‘America first’ inaugural speech - WP

Overseas, Some React With Alarm to Trump’s ‘America First’ Pledge: Duterte liked it; Merkel did not. NYT

Trumpet PM Theresa May’s ‘Global Britain’ Is Baloney. Cohen

From Obama’s pivot to Trump’s bashing: What today's inauguration means for Asia: Foolhardy. Asian Correspondent

Trump the straight-talking dealmaker has increasingly been eclipsed by Trump the trade bully and nationalist


NYT ED: What the Women’s March Stands For: Protecting the Constitution and the safety net.

The Women's March on Washington is expected to be the largest inauguration-related demonstration in U.S. history

Maps: Women’s Marches Are Happening Around Our Nation and the World -NYT

Here's the official Women’s March route and list of speakers:

Woman’s March now expected to be wonderfully, embarrassingly, yuuuugely bigger than @POTUS’ pathetic inauguration.

Thousands protest Trump as 'sister marches' begin in Australia and New Zealand

20,000 expected for Women's March on Saturday in St. Paul

Hillary Clinton wore white — a symbol of women's suffrage — to Trump's inauguration


Americans are losing a first lady who told men to “be better”, but gaining a President who is not. VOX

Trump: Decision to Consider Women Humans Should Be Left to States. Borowitz

The rape-denying, misogynist harassers that make up Trump's "alt-right" alliance:

Trump officially becomes first president to have appeared in soft-core porn videos:


The song Trump picked for his first inaugural dance is a favorite at funerals: