A Complete Breakdown Of Donald Trump’s 51st Racist Week As POTUS

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington — Jan. 9, 2018 file photo (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A Complete Breakdown Of Donald Trump’s 51st Racist Week As POTUS

America: Land of the shitholers

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” — Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter From Birmingham Jail. ” April 16, 1963

This week, Donald Trump didn’t just insult dozens of countries and the Americans who descended from them, he insulted America.

America isn’t just a country; it’s an ideal. America is the notion that regardless of your past, ethnicity, age, or the amount of money you are born into, you can become something greater. America has a checkered past, but the defining principle that makes America great is the fact we are constantly pursuing a more perfect union. We strive to learn from our mistakes, not go back to a time where those mistakes were made. The beauty of America is in its imperfection and our collective pursuit of perfection.

It was this ideal that moved America from being a country that once enslaved and labeled black people as three-fifths of a person, to one that elected Barack Hussein Obama to become leader of the free world.

It was this ideal that struck my own parents when they were just teenagers in Sierra Leone. They saw America as a house on a hill, beaming with limitless opportunity. Anyone can make it there, no matter where they’re from, they thought. And they were right.

Despite Donald Trump’s distinct ignorance of what makes America great, the ideal that is America lives on. Yes, the President of the United States is racist, but that doesn’t mean we have to be.

So next time you hear someone say “America is racist for electing Donald Trump,” tell them they’re wrong. Because America is whatever each new generation decides it will be. And I’ll be damned if this next generation of leaders doesn’t make America inclusive.

I’ve heard people ask, “so, the President is racist, what now?” Now, we make a choice. Will we be remembered as a generation that dropped the ball or one that rose to the occasion? Will we be remembered as a generation who perpetuated inequality or one that works diligently to dismantle systemic racism, sexism, and all forms of inequality? Will we be remembered as a generation that stayed home while Republican congressmen passed oppressive policies or will we be remembered as one that flips the House and the Senate while electing the most diverse members of Congress in U.S. history?

The question we must ask ourselves as Americans, and as decent and human beings, is this: Will we choose to stand idly by and let injustice and intolerance run rampant or will we rise and stop it in its tracks?

I believe we will rise.

Here’s a complete breakdown of Donald Trump’s 51st week as POTUS:

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51st Weekend (January 6–7)

“Stable Genius”

As questions of Trump’s mental health dominated headlines, President Trump took to Twitter to claim that he is in fact, not stupid or, like, unstable.

Trump continued the following day.

Comparing himself to Reagan in this instance isn’t very “genius” of him, given the fact questions about Reagan’s mental health were later validated when his family revealed that he had Alzheimer’s disease.

This was a rough end to an unstable week, but at least it ended with good memes.

Meanwhile…

  • White House Adviser Stephen Miller was taken off the air by CNN’s Jake Taper and was later escorted out of the building after refusing to leave.

Trump chimed in, asking us to ignore what our eyes and ears just heard and believe his version of reality.

  • Oprah gave a powerful speech about the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes that created some Oprah 2020 buzz.

  • Steve Bannon expressed regret for his comments on the Michael Wolff book and apologized. But it was too late, Donald Trump had already lambasted him.
  • Trump moved the date of his Authoritarian awards…

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51st Week (January 8–12)

Monday, January 8

Mueller Time?

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before speaking with members of the armed forces via video conference at his private club, Mar-a-Lago, on Thanksgiving in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before speaking with members of the armed forces via video conference at his private club, Mar-a-Lago, on Thanksgiving in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

NBC News reported that Donald Trump’s legal team is preparing for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inevitable request to interview the President. The questions will likely center on Trump’s potential obstruction of justice while at the same time inquiring into questions of potential collusion with Russia.

Trump’s lawyers are expecting that the request could come in a matter of weeks. Taking into consideration the President’s non-existent relationship with the truth and unhinged nature, Trump’s lawyers are exploring a way to ensure the President offers a written statement as opposed to an interview. If Trump is interviewed one-on-one by Mueller, one can only imagine how susceptible to perjury the President will be.

Meanwhile…

  • After already ending the protection status for hundreds of thousands of people from Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua, President Trump did the same for 200,000 Salvadorans. They have until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the country or get a green card.
  • After the Los Angeles Times reported that Mueller had taken interest in an interaction between Ivanka Trump and Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower the day of the “Clinton dirt” June 9, 2016, meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, NBC News confirmed it.

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Tuesday, January 9

White Nationalist Icarus

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon stares at President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington — Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon stares at President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington — Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Steve Bannon flew too close to the sun. During his Roy Moore campaigning days, you could tell that he carried himself with a hubris that would be his downfall. And on Tuesday, that day came.

It was the end of an era. Steve Bannon may have thought he had more of a hold on Trump’s base than he really did. Perhaps he gave those interviews with Michael Wolff under the impression that the candidates he was going to back would win, and he’d have the leverage to survive the fallout. Whatever the case was, Bannon was entirely too overconfident. Now without his platform at Breitbart or the backing of the Mercer MAGA-donors, his future is uncertain.

Meanwhile…

  • After multiple calls for her GOP colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to release the transcripts to the Fusion GPS congressional testimony, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) decided to release it herself.

It is beyond troubling that after being aware of this testimony, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R- IA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made a criminal referral to the DOJ for the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, rather than dig deeper into the potential money laundering or evidence of collusion that the Fusion GPS founder testified to.

You can check out more of the highlights of the transcript here, but I want to touch on one more troubling detail that stood out out out to me. It involves The New York Times.

They have some explaining to do.

  • As the Trump administration plans to loosen the constraints on the use of nuclear weapons, multiple sources reported that national security adviser H.R. McMaster is advocating for a “bloody nose” strike on North Korea, while Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are trying to advise President Trump against it.
  • The Trump administration waived fines for five international banks that were convicted of manipulating global interest rates. Among those relieved of punishment? Deutsche Bank.

  • After announcing an expansion of coastal drilling the previous week, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made an exception for Florida. People took notice.

  • Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was pardoned by President Trump after a federal conviction for contempt of court and who has a history of inhumane treatment of immigrants at his proclaimed “concentration camps,” is running for Senate.
  • Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen filed a defamation suit against Fusion GPS for the development of the Christopher Steele dossier and Buzzfeed for the public release.
  • In a huge ruling, North Carolina’s congressional map was ordered to be redrawn. Federal judges deemed their map unconstitutional because “Republicans had drawn the map seeking a political advantage.”
  • Some positive diversity news.

  • Some “Trump is Putin’s puppet” news.

  • President Trump continued to use the DREAMERS as bargaining chips.

By the end of the night, he faced a legal setback.

The fight is far from over. It was merely a temporary injunction while the case is being litigated. Congress still has to pass a permanent solution for these 800,000 people who are uncertain about their future.

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Wednesday, January 10

Business As Usual

President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington — Thursday, June 1, 2017 (AP/Rantt News Edits)

President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington — Thursday, June 1, 2017 (AP/Rantt News Edits)

On Wednesday, Trump continued to show us the steady resolve we’re used to from this President (that was sarcasm). Trump took to Twitter to complain about the DACA ruling and Senator Feinstein’s release of the Fusion GPS transcripts.

Trump then made a very authoritarian comment that also doubled as a decent piece of evidence in Mueller’s obstruction of justice case.

Meanwhile…

  • ICE began raiding 7-Elevens.

  • Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) made an important release of documents about Russia’s interference in democracies in Europe.

  • California Rep. Darrell Issa is yet another in a series of Republican congressmen who won’t seek reelection in 2018.
  • Is this what Trump meant by extreme vetting?

  • The Washington Post reported, “Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has added a veteran cyber prosecutor to his team, filling what has long been a gap in expertise and potentially signaling a recent focus on computer crimes.”
  • A USA TODAY review found that:

“President Trump’s companies sold more than $35 million in real estate in 2017, mostly to secretive shell companies that obscure buyers’ identities, continuing a dramatic shift in his customers’ behavior that began during the election…In the two years before the nomination, 4% of Trump buyers utilized the tactic. In the year after, the rate skyrocketed to about 70%. USA TODAY’s tracking of sales shows the trend held firm through Trump’s first year in office.

Thursday, January 11

The President Of The United States Is Racist

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

On Thursday, we received further confirmation that the President of the United States has a racist misunderstanding of what America stands for. This news would dominate headlines and spark a national conversation about the fact that the leader of the free world is a bigot.

First reported by The Washington Post, and later confirmed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and all but confirmed by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Trump asked in an Oval Office meeting: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” This was during a conversation about the temporary protection status of immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and African nations. Trump then said we should accept more people from Norway.

Now, that wasn’t just attacking those African nations; it was attacking the people who come from those nations. Trump asked “Why are we having all these people” like they aren’t worthy. Some tried to claim that Trump was right about the countries being shitholes, but to act as if the people aren’t worthy was a direct shot at my parents who came there when they were teenagers. It also insulted the millions of immigrants and children of immigrants (the entire US population) who once came from countries that America didn’t deem worthy.

Not to mention, the attack on these immigrants was completely unjustified.

Trump’s comments received universal backlash, and many in the media finally began to call the President out for who he really is.

Don Lemon spoke the bluntest truth and really set the standard for zero tolerance of racism that night.

Reporters claimed that in the White House, President Trump loved this controversy thinking it was playing to his base.

Trump clearly does not care about the millions of people he hurt. There are international students here who hail from those countries, now wondering whether or not they are welcome.

Just like clockwork, by the end of the night, our inherently indecent President was back to tweeting about how Mexicans are bringing drugs over our border.

A sad, but unsurprising, day in America.

Meanwhile…

  • Ahead of the vote for the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), President Trump contradicted his own administrations stance on the bill. His admin was pushing for no additional privacy restrictions. But Trump, triggered once again by a Fox and Friends segment, sent out a different stance.

After Speaker Paul Ryan (D-WI) had a phone call with Trump, he then sent out a follow-up tweet, clarifying his stance.

  • Trump tweeted out additional easily provable deflections.

  • The Trump administration is now allowing states to require work for Medicaid recipients.
  • President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had an oddly timed praise of Kim Jon-un.

  • Steve Bannon has prepared for his interview in the Trump-Russia probe and planned to “fully cooperate.”

Friday, January 12

The Fallout

Donald Trump, seen in reflection, poses for a portrait following an interview with the Associated Press at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump, seen in reflection, poses for a portrait following an interview with the Associated Press at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump began is morning, like every other morning, watching Fox and Friends. It appeared he did exactly as they advised.

As the day moved on, more people spoke out against Trump’s comments. Even Paul Ryan, in his own cowardly way.

What an embarrassment.

Meanwhile…

  • News broke of how a month before the 2016 election, President Trump paid off a pornstar named Stormy Daniels who was about go public about a sexual encounter they had while Trump was married to Melania Trump.

  • Yet another racist Trump conversation leaked.

It’s clear that the President of the United States holds bigoted views. It is also clear that the American people won’t stand for it.

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