The Trump administration team wasted no time in eliminating pages dedicated to civil rights, climate change, immigration, and LGBT rights from the White House website once Donald Trump had been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States yesterday.
I can’t even right now.
I guess Michelle Obama’s facial expressions really did convey a sense of foreboding.
Looking for info on climate change? You won’t find it. Trump believes it’s a conspiracy created by the Chinese.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Not only was the page removed, but all specific mentions of “climate change” and “global warming” were removed from the website as well. Trump’s America First Energy Plan was added to the website and calls for the elimination of regulations such as Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to combat causes of global warming.
Trump’s White House website has removed all mentions of the phrase “climate change” pic.twitter.com/H501ML98Uo
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) January 20, 2017
Interested in learning about LGBT rights? Happy hunting. The LGBT media advocacy organization GLAAD also noted that the search term returned no results in comparison to the site under Obama:
Want to know about immigration? (We all know what Trump thinks.) You won’t find that either.
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) January 20, 2017
— Hugh Merwin (@hughmerwin) January 20, 2017
No more ACA WH website https://t.co/Fg3zP9UlIs
— Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) January 20, 2017
Curious about civil liberties? That page was replaced by one titled “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community.“ Also, take note that the site states that murders have increased by 50%, which is false, since they were actually down in 2016.
Think about that for a moment. A page dedicated to civil rights was replaced by one dedicated to promoting stricter law enforcement—in other words, more control. Wanting safe neighbourhoods and less violence is reasonable, but it almost feels like a means to obtain more control under the guise of “safety” and “protection,” while spewing out false “facts” about violence in what seems like an attempt to scare the public. Take a look at that page, and read between the lines. Conjures up images of the Republic of Gilead, no?
Actually, everything about Trump and what he stands for reminds me of Gilead. In case you’re not familiar, Gilead is the fictional regime in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, in which a small group of white men hold all the power. People of colour are deported or sent to camps. Gays and lesbians are executed. Those of other religions are tortured until they either die or convert to Christianity. Women hold no rights and are treated as property of men, existing mainly for slavery or reproductive purposes. Even wealthy white women are confined almost entirely to their homes.
This may sound a bit extreme to some people, but in all honesty Trump’s divisive and incendiary stances reflect such a regime and indicate the increased likelihood of one taking place. And I think a lot of people believe that this is a very real possibility and are terrified that it could happen, in one form or another.
To be fair, these omissions from the White House website could be an oversight due to it still being in the process of development, as it is standard protocol for the new administration to replace existing content on the website.
However, it’s really hard to remain positive when day one looks this bleak.
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