It was a rough Friday. Watching the most unqualified person ever to run for office ACTUALLY be sworn in. Watching the first African American POTUS wave goodbye. The only highlight of Friday’s inauguration event was seeing Michelle Obama look thoroughly unimpressed, and downright disgusted. (Trevor Noah killed it with his commentary here at minute 5:10) Besides that, the rest of the inauguration looked like a funeral. And the speech that crowned the afternoon sounded eerily familiar to some. Hey, at least Twitter offered us some levity.
The depression began to lift the next day when pictures started pouring in from all over the world showing protesters out in full force participating in Women’s Marches.
In stark comparison to what is being called the lowest inauguration turnout since the ’70s, boulevards and city squares amassed with people passionate to show defiance against what is already shaping up to be a dangerous government. Within hours of Trump’s inauguration, the White House website erased pages on climate change and LGBTQ rights. Trump’s new press secretary used his first Q&A session as a vehicle for indirectly threatening the press, and attacking coverage of the inauguration.
But this is a US issue, isn’t it? No. In this globalized world we live in, US domestic policy affects all of us. If the US neglects it’s duty to protect the planet, it affects us all. If the US renegs on NATO, it affects all of us. If the US enters another enormously costly war, it will certainly affect all of us.
What will it take to restore sanity after the roller coaster ride led by a narcissist, misogynistic, orange windbag with a bad comb over? Only the empathy and strength of a bad ass woman.
2020 can’t come soon enough.