February 2017

Trump was supposed to talk abut Black history, instead he talked about himself. 
Whats Trending With Em is my take on the things you see trending on your social media dashboards. Sometimes it will be political, but you will also be reading about my take on sports, entertainment, and most definitely whats going on in The Bachelor world. For this weeks edition it was inevitable what I was going to write about. As someone with a political science background the past two weeks of Trumps Presidency have been fascinating. Scratch that, as a living breathing human, the past two weeks of Trumps Presidency have been fascinating.

Two Weeks Under Trump

  • Gave the go-ahead to beginning construction on a wall  along the U.S. border with Mexico.
  • Reinstated the so-called Mexico City policy, which bars federal money from going to foreign nonprofits which promote or perform abortions.
  • Obamacare is already in the process of being repealed.
  • Moved forward on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.
  • Signed an executive order that bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days.
  • Fired attorney general Sally Yates after she refused to defend the President’s order on refugees, saying its legality was unclear.

Trump’s latest scandal (can we call it a scandal when acts like this have become an everyday occurrence?) is over his speech surrounding Black History Month. #TrumpBlackHistory trended on twitter shortly after.

This is because he used his speech for Black History Month to talk about himself, his relationship with black voters, and his views on CNN. February 1st was the first day of Black History Month. A month in which people in both the US and Canada celebrate and honour the important people and events in the history of African Americans/Canadians. Usually Presidents commemorate this month with a speech that recognizes this and they talk about people who have changed the course of history; Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman etc.

But not Trump.

While he did mention some of these names- he focused more on attacking the media rather than focus on the importance of these figures. In his opening remarks Trump used Martin Luther King Jr as a segue to talk about his war with the media:

“Last month, we celebrated the life of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., whose incredible example is unique in American history. You read all about Dr. Martin Luther King a week ago when somebody said I took the statue out of my office. It turned out that that was fake news. Fake news.”

Trump sure does have the uncanny ability of bringing any kind of story back to him.

He then continued his tirade against the so called “fake news.”

“But I don’t watch CNN, so I don’t get to see you as much as I used to. I don’t like watching fake news. But Fox has treated me very nice. Wherever Fox is, thank you.”

Oh yes, thank you SO much Fox for your factual reporting.

Trump then diverted the speech back to HIS relationship with the black community.

“If you remember I wasn’t going to do well with the African-American community, and after they heard me speaking and talking about the inner city and lots of other things, we ended up getting—and I won’t go into details—but we ended up getting substantially more than other candidates who had run in the past years.”

Well this part is confusing. He lost the black vote by quite a bit: According to exit polls, Clinton got 89 percent of the black vote, and Trump got 8 percent of it. He was also in pretty hot water with the black community (and everyone else) just a few weeks ago when he tweeted that Rep. John Lewis (who is a civil rights hero and marched in Selma) is all talk and no action. So I’d say Trump ISN’T doing well with the African- American community.

And that was basically the end of his speech. It’s BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Yet Trump has seemingly turned something else into a conversation about him.

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This isn’t the first time Trump has taken a moment that should be reserved for something special and turned it into an attack on the media. When he visited the CIA for an official visit that was intended to commemorate the work they have done he instead turned his focus to the media. He used his time there to describe journalists as the most “dishonest human beings” while complaining about the way crowds at his inauguration were portrayed by the media.

This is the new normal people.

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