It seems that every morning people are waking up to news that makes them ask, “What did he do now?” The he, here, is our President Donald Trump. This past week has proven that Trump is not the only one that makes the American public nervous. This week the American public was introduced to Senate Rule 19, found out that Nordstrom’s was dropping her fashion line, heard the federal appeals court uphold the suspension of President Trump’s travel ban and we were introduced to new cabinet members, DeVos, Price, Sessions and the possible removal of Trump’s national security adviser. It was a week that ended with a Republican tweet to celebrate Abraham Lincoln only to realize the quote used was not something the President ever said.
It was Tuesday night that for many women around the country and even the world, life changed a bit. It came as the Democrats were trying to persuade just one Republican Senator to reject Jefferson Sessions from being confirmed as the new Attorney General of the United States. Tensions had run high as fellow Senators took to the floor to raise their objections to the Southern Senator who had failed in an earlier attempt to be a federal judge. It was then Senator Elizabeth Warren’s turn at the mic and she was charged with the task of finding a reason that would make a Republican turn his head and say, umm, maybe Jeff Sessions isn’t ready for the AG’s office. To help make her point, Warren recited the words of an American patriot and civil rights leader, Coretta Scott King. Mrs. King had written a letter in 1986 to explain her decision not to support Jeff Sessions.
As Senator Warren recited the words, she was interrupted. Interrupted, for speaking Mrs. King’s words? Who could be so rude? Why it is Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who is the rudest of them all. When he first spoke, Warren looked up then continued, like, this has to be some mistake, so she continued on. Mitch, though, was having none of it. No, that is when we first heard the words, Rule 19. McConnell recited the actual rule, “no Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” Then proceeded to ask that Senator Warren be stopped from speaking and the Republican led Senate voted to ban their fellow Senator.
So you would think that would have been enough for one week, wouldn’t you? Well it wasn’t even close to being over. Senator Warren was not to be dismissed, no far from it. Via Facebook Live, the Senator read aloud the letter of Mrs. King. It was then that Senator Mitch McConnell gave women, gave Democrats a rallying cry he never thought about. He stated, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” If Trump and McConnell were aggravated by pink hats, just wait to see what will come of this. In his toxic ability to rein in the words that Senator Warren wanted to speak, he did not bother to tell her brothers in the Senate they were out of line when they did exactly what Senator Warren started. They read the words of Coretta Scott King. Hmm, makes you wonder what kind of man tells a woman, “you were warned, you were given an explanation” yet one who wouldn’t or couldn’t tell a fellow man the same thing.
And this was only Tuesday night. The rest of the week was like one of those bad dreams you wake up from but when you wake yourself expecting it to go away it just keeps coming back. We had Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman still appearing to be confused, angry and in complete denial of what was actually happening in the world. There was Kellyanne Conway, Counsel to the President, asking for and receiving time on cable news to plug the President’s daughter, Ivanka’s fashion brand but this still wasn’t the worse thing. No, not even close.
Thursday night, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled against the Trump administration in their bid to have Trump’s executive order of a travel ban for those trying to visit the U. S from 7 Muslim dominated countries. To say Trump didn’t take it well is kind of an understatement. In bold capitalized letters. Trump vowed to continue on, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Well we knew that, where else would you see Judges again? Now Trump is saying he may just rewrite the whole executive order, which is what GOP members have been saying for the past week. What we learned from this episode of Trump civic lessons, is he really doesn’t like to lose. He went after the Judges, the Judiciary and anyone who disagreed with him. BAD WEEK, TRUMP.
When the American people elect a new President in November it does not mean that new guy (hopefully someday soon, a woman) does not get to actually be the President until January 20th. The new administration does not negotiate with foreign powers. It does not draw up new laws and it is supposed to mind their p’s and q’s. Someone didn’t tell Trump’s National Security adviser that rule. Michael Flynn, retired United States Army lieutenant general, thought it was prudent to be in contract with who else, Russia. So that doesn’t sound too bad? Right? Wrong. Flynn, is it being reported, discussed how the Trump administration would revise or even remove the sanctions that the Obama administration placed on Russia for their role in trying to interfere with the Presidential election. On Sunday, President Trump, when asked about the controversy, said he knew nothing about it.
He also stated earlier in the week, that there had not been any controversy regarding the Dakota Pipeline. At that point, the question became, is he joking, or completely out of touch with reality? Trump has asked the Army Corp of Engineers to complete the process of permits to get this oil pipeline up and running but it runs right through the land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The protests at the site of the pipeline have been ongoing for over a year. There have been multiple arrests, celebrity lending their voices in support of the Native Americans and a large group of American Veterans who are standing up to stop the Trump Administration from completing this pipeline. Sure, there aren’t any controversies surrounding this act. Wake up Mr. President.
So this was the week the third week of the Trump Administration. It ended with Saturday Night Live roasting the administration, again, but with what may become a very large thorn in this President’s side, by women. We had one of the best sketches in years when Melissa McCarthy became White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Thank goodness for those laughs, it helps us as face the new week that begins Monday. Are you ready?