Spent the morning with about 30,000 friends at the Women’s March in San Diego. A wonderful experience – good-natured, peaceful and thoughtful people expressing their distress at a variety of policies that have been espoused by the new administration. No rancor or violence, just an expression of concern. It was crowded but everyone seemed to enjoy the moment and felt as if we were sending a message of unity that was notably absent from the inaugural speech yesterday.
We returned home and turned on the television to watch the coverage on some of the other incredibly large demonstrations across the country and around the world. Then, something happened–the coverage switched to our new WhiteHouse occupant telling the CIA employees, in front of their wall of fallen heroes, that his feud with the intelligence community was an invention of the dishonest press – despite the fact that most of it had been recorded in Trump’s own tweets! Then came the really scary part. We watched the first official press briefing from the White House and were absolutely dumbfounded when the new press secretary YELLED at the gathered press and accused them of knowingly and dishonestly reporting on the size of the inauguration crowd (and the far larger protest crowds) in an effort to downplay Trump’s popularity. He even directed the press to look at photos for crowd comparisons to the Obama inaugurals – which clearly show much larger gatherings for President Barack Obama. These two examples of the new administration trying to ignore the facts or change their own written record point to a continuation of the fact-free environment that Trump rode into the White House. His pivot to a more disciplined presidential demeanor and behavior has yet to appear – as has any attempt or action to satisfy his self stated goal of uniting the country.
I hope he enjoyed the prayer service – he must have missed the parts about humility being a virtue.