The biggest moves in the Trump administration thus far

It has only been ten days since Trump’s inauguration, but some sinister moves have already been made. The rhetoric first brought on by Kellyanne Conway with her so-called “alternative facts”, is infiltrating communication lines and proving to be a damaging distraction. While we’ve all been laughing at “alternative facts” and Sean Spicer’s blatant lying about inauguration turnout, Trump has been busy signing executive orders that are will impact Americans of all shapes and forms.

Before discussing the events of the past week, I would like to address something. I won’t be sugarcoating the truth. Journalistic integrity means many things to many different people, but to me it means sharing the truth without creating false balance. This platform is one of advocacy, but that doesn’t mean we are inclined to lie or create false ideas. Our mission is to report through a feminist lens and benefit women. So instead of giving into the rhetoric of “alternative truth”, I will be calling it what it is. Lying. Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway lied about provable facts. Period. Full Stop.

So since we’ve cleared that up, let’s take a look at some of the terrible violations on human rights that Donald Trump has committed since inauguration, shall we?

The first, and most recent, is Trump’s executive order to close American borders to refugees and citizens from 7 Muslim-majority countries. This includes those who already had green cards, as well as individuals with dual citizenship. There is seemingly no reason for this, except for scapegoating purposes and continuing the fallacy that “Muslims are terrorists”. The Trump administration has provided no evidence that the current process has in any way failed up to this point, according to New York Magazine.

Trump signed memoranda, inviting TransCanada to resubmit an application for a permit to build the pipelines. Although he did say he wanted it to happen under the condition that the pipes are manufactured in the United States. The project going forward brings glee to some Canadians and Americans hoping to grow the economy, and despair to environmentalists who worked very hard to influence the Obama administration against the project. One of the reasons many people voted from Trump was because they wanted a “business man” running the country, and his go ahead for the project reinforces the idea that business is mainly concerned with the financial bottom line.  

CBS News wrote a piece on Trump’s executive orders so far, stating the following:

During a visit to the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday, Mr. Trump signed an executive order that calls on the department’s secretary to “take all appropriate steps to immediately plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.”

This included planning a meeting with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto only to have it promptly cancelled due to Nieto’s refusal to pay for the wall (surprise, surprise). The two have recently discussed and come to an agreement on some issues, but stand their ground on the issue of the wall.

It is important to remember that in this past week Trump also took control of the nuclear codes, signed an executive order beginning the rollback of Obamacare, withdrew the USA from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, banned women from using federal funding or private health care toward abortions, and stated he would publish propaganda in the form of a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants.

It is also worth pointing out that while we are Canadians, the hatred has already created waves that have reached our doorsteps. The shooting at a mosque in Quebec reminds us that those people with privilege have a responsibility to not ignore what is happening and make sure to stand up against racism and xenophobia.

These are only some of the executive orders and memoranda that have been issues since Trump’s inauguration. Trying to stay up to date and accountable can be exhausting, but it’s important to be aware of the issues that are affecting our neighbours to the south, and how they could potentially affect us. What has Trump done so far that’s got you riled up, or you want to discuss? Let us know in the comments.