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JAMES MCLEOD: Trump is president; we’re all going to die

It's official - Donald Trump is President of the United States.
It's official - Donald Trump is President of the United States.

Donald Trump is now president of the United States of America. Frankly, I can’t wrap my head around it. It’s all just too much.

In the months since the American election, I keep thinking about the ways he could destroy the world.

Trump has the nuclear codes now, and hopefully Hillary Clinton’s election catchphrase doesn’t prove to be prophetic — "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

Trump also appears to be generally hostile to taking action to prevent climate change — remember, he once claimed global warming was a conspiracy cooked up by the Chinese. Best-case scenario, it looks like four years of inaction on carbon emissions from the world’s largest economy, at a time when we’re careening towards a tipping point that could cause global disaster.

If there’s an Atlantic Canada angle to the story, that’s it: Atlantic Canada is on planet Earth, and therefore this guy’s fatal flaws might screw us.

And even if we don’t all die, there are the lesser outrages — still awful, but hopefully confined mostly to the United States.

In the months since the American election, I keep thinking about the ways he could destroy the world.

Trump has the nuclear codes now, and hopefully Hillary Clinton’s election catchphrase doesn’t prove to be prophetic — "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

Trump also appears to be generally hostile to taking action to prevent climate change — remember, he once claimed global warming was a conspiracy cooked up by the Chinese. Best-case scenario, it looks like four years of inaction on carbon emissions from the world’s largest economy, at a time when we’re careening towards a tipping point that could cause global disaster.

If there’s an Atlantic Canada angle to the story, that’s it: Atlantic Canada is on planet Earth, and therefore this guy’s fatal flaws might screw us.

And even if we don’t all die, there are the lesser outrages — still awful, but hopefully confined mostly to the United States.

 

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I saw a photo on twitter of the KKK — in hoods and robes — in Washington DC.

There was a headline in Forbes indicating that repealing former-president Barack Obama’s health care plan will cost women $1.4 billion in birth control costs alone.

Not a day goes by when I don’t see a headline about one of Trump’s nominees being shockingly unqualified for the post they will hold.

And there’s the Russia stuff, with dark geopolitical overtones, and a general distrust

It goes on, and on, and on.

As the kids say, I can’t even.

There was a time when I couldn’t get enough of it.

I flew down to Pennsylvania back in August to go to a Trump rally. I got within about five metres of the man.

I bought a souvenir hat that still sits on a side-table in my bedroom.

At the time, I was following American politics sort of the same way I follow the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since November the Leafs have been more fun to watch.

In hindsight, that sort of politics-as-entertainment gawking was part of the problem.

Going to the rally was a sort of unseemly disaster tourism; at the time I felt like an actual modern-day fascist was running for president, and I wanted to see one of the fascist rallies first-hand.

At the time, I thought there was zero chance that Trump would win.

And now here we are.

There’s Trump himself, and already the sad little Trump clones here in Canada, gleefully trying to ape his slogans and tactics, thirsty for power.

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Trump’s inaugural speech was nothing short of terrifying — it rolled over you like a dystopian caricature. He was bitter, spiteful, angry and dark.

He talked about his country in terms of “American carnage” and he cast a suspicious eye on everybody living outside America’s borders.

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First. America First,” Trump said.

“Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries.”

All of this is bad.

James Mcleod is the politics reporter for TC Media’s Telegram in St. John's, NL.

James.mcleod@tc.tc

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