Marches and Alternative Facts

We’re giving our takes on a couple of things that happened during Trump’s first week in office.

Alternative Facts: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claims that over a million and a half people attended and streamed Trump’s inauguration, thus making it the most popular inauguration in history. The media is being accused of purposely under estimating the number of attendees even with confirmation that the Trump administration’s estimation is way off. When confronted about Spicer’s version of the truth, Counselor to the President Kellyann Conway stated in an interview that he did not give falsehoods they were just “alternative facts.” Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of this administration’s version of reality.   *Some brilliant soul has purchased the URL alternativefacts.com. You have to click on this! 

Kat’s Take: I’m actually blown away by this situation. Spicer’s alternative facts or falsehoods as the media called them, are lies no matter how you try to dress it up. The term gaslighting has been used to describe what’s been happening this past week. We are all caught in the middle of an ongoing war between Trump and the press that includes chaos, manipulation and confusion. I’m just truly annoyed by the whole thing. My message to Trump and the media: be honest with us! 

Matt’s Take: Hey, have you read George Orwell’s classic novel 1984?  Well if you haven’t, just come on over to America because IT’S PRETTY MUCH HAPPENING TO US RIGHT NOW. Alternative facts aren’t facts.  They’re lies. Period. I can only hope that the mainstream news media will do their jobs and continue to call out this administration every time they try to feed us this nonsense.

Women’s March on Washington: Last Saturday, January 21st, marked what was likely the largest protest in American history.  The Women’s March on Washington began as a Facebook event to show support for women’s rights in light of Donald Trump’s inauguration, and quickly grew to a worldwide day of action.  Millions protested in the U.S. alone, and officials behind the event reported that 673 marches took place across the globe, with at least one on each continent.  Yes, even Antartica had one!  Hundreds of celebrities also took part in the event, including Madonna, Cher, Miley Cyrus, John Legend, and Ian McKellan.

Matt’s Take: While I was scrolling through my feeds on Saturday, it occurred to me that it was the first time in months I hadn’t gotten angry while reading social media. This march may have been called a protest, but it felt more like a community rally — like people wanted to show each other they still believed in basic human dignity. It’s important now that we follow this up with action and continue to stand up and speak out for what we believe: that everyone deserves to be treated fairly and with respect.

Kat’s Take: While watching live feeds of the march, I couldn’t help thinking that Obama was smiling like a proud father. During his farewell speech he reminded us that we have a voice & this march showed that people listened to what he said. I was so happy to see this show of universal unity and from what I’ve seen, we are just getting started. 

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