You would think that by now, 48 days into the Donald Trump administration, that the scandals and the ongoing resistance to his administration would have died down. Instead, the scandals continue to intensify and the protests have been sustained since he took office. This is, simply, unprecedented in U.S. politics. Yes, there are always small pockets of resistance to any administration, but the continued level of protests against Trump’s administration is completely new, at least for the United States. These types of protests are expected in other countries with weaker democracies. For the United States, the self-proclaimed bastion of democracy, the protests against Trump continue to weaken his administration.
Donald Trump clearly understands that his administration is being weakened each day, as evidenced by his continued attempts to create the illusion that the country is behind him.
Clearly, it is not.
On Tuesday, as I was walking for lunch I came across another protest. This protest was in front of the offices of Marco Rubio, a Republican supporter of the Trump agenda. The protestors were protesting both Marco Rubio and Donald Trump. This protest was on the day before the Day Without Woman scheduled for yesterday
In January, the day after Trump took office, hundreds of women descended upon Washington to protest Donald Trump. It has been estimated that about 5 million people participated in the protest worldwide, while about half-a-million descended on Washington. They agreed to participate in A Day Without Woman to demonstrate the vital part that women play in the economy.
Yesterday’s protest had rallies in many major cities. Many of the protests included signage such as No Wall and No Ban. Obviously, the Trump agenda is still being resisted.
Tuesday’s protest and the women’s one yesterday are a continuation of protests against Trump that included the nationwide airport protests against the Muslim Ban and the Day Without an Immigrant last month. Immigrant supporters protested in at least ten major cities across the United States. There have been smaller protests against Trump as well.
All within his first 48 days in office.
On Saturday, Donald Trump tweeted an allegation that Barack Obama tapped his telephone lines. Forget that the tweet is unprecedented from a sitting U.S. president and that it lacks basic decorum and decency. What is important to note is that it is an act of desperation from Trump.
Donald Trump clearly understand that his image has suffered and thus his presidency is in trouble. Trump understands marketing and he knows that his dismal popularity ratings spell doom for his political agenda.
His followers also understand this. They have resorted to trying to control the narrative through distraction and misdirection. It is clear on the news media outlets and on social media. The narrative they are desperately trying to spin is that protests are Democrats and leftists unable to come to term with losing to Trump.
This may be true to a small extent but there have been other Republican controversial wins before and the protests’ momentum ended within the first few weeks. For example, the loss by Al Gore to George Bush. This is not true for Trump.
The continuing protesting momentum signifies, much to the chagrin of Trump, that his administration is in serious trouble.