Apparently, Donald John Trump is still obsessed with size.
In 1988, Graydon Carter, then the editor of Spy magazine and currently Vanity Fair’s editor, anointed Trump a, “short-fingered vulgarian.” Trump has been tripping over size ever since (Remember his pathetic exchange with “little” Marco Rubio during the Republican primaries?).
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In the days leading up to his inauguration, Trump allegedly boasted about his belief his inauguration crowd would be the biggest in history, surpassing the 2 million people who came out to witness the first inauguration of Barack Obama. To the contrary, side by side photographs comparing Obama’s 2009 inauguration to Trump’s, empirically demonstrate the 45th president’s inauguration crowd wasn’t even half of Obama’s. I suspect this real fact, versus the “alternative facts,” being promulgated rather hysterically by Sean Spicer, Trump’s spokesperson, is driving the 45th president even further off the deep end into a delusional abyss.
So, can you imagine the impact on Trump’s infamously frail ego and gossamer skin, the sight of millions of people across the nation and around the globe marching in protest against the Trump presidency one day after his inauguration?
While Trump ruminates over size, scores of people, many of them Black women and women of color, continue to organize and implement massive resist to his agenda. “We need to fight for real. It can’t be like the fights in the past where we allow ourselves to be nickeled and dimed and coerced and cudgeled,” said former Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards, during a conversation on, “First Edition,” January 23. Edwards, interrupted an RV trip across the country to fly back to D.C. to participate in the Women’s March on Washington and help organize locally. “I think that it is important for us to draw a very stark line, because the lines are stark for millions of people’s lives, for the rollback of healthcare, which is going to affect millions of people in this country…at the end of the day people want to know that we are prepared to fight for them,” Edwards continued. “As we saw on Saturday with the millions of people gathered in this country and around the world, when they know we are prepared to fight for them, they’ll be prepared to fight right alongside of us,” she added.
Former Prince George’s County Delegate Aisha Braveboy was also a part of the March and the “First Edition” conversation on Jan. 23 (adding urgency to the purpose of the Women’s March, on Jan. 23, Trump signed an anti-abortion executive order, that may have far reaching consequences for women’s reproductive health access worldwide, and he signed it surrounded by five White men). “This administration, so far has done exactly what it said it was going to do and for the most part that is not good for people of color, it’s not good for poor people, it’s not good for women,” Braveboy said. Braveboy also announced she intends to run for Attorney General of Prince George’s County.
Valerie Ervin, senior adviser for the Working Families Party, a group that organizes politically with a focus on issues specifically impacting women and families, echoed Braveboy’s observations. “I think it’s really important for us not to get the message twisted about what happened over the weekend, and that is when people try to marginalize women’s issues I think that is a mistake,” Ervin said. “The march was essentially, in my opinion, about women’s issues as they relate to human rights issues and what this president is already proposing to do in this first 100 days is not just going to impact women and families, it’s going to impact the entire country and maybe even the world,” she added.
So, how do you harness the energy of millions marching in opposition to Trump worldwide and channel that energy into a movement for substantive change?
“What we are saying to this country is…resistance is patriotic. And as patriots of this country we are going to do all that we can to fight against…this show of ignorance (Trump),” Braveboy said. “It is unbelievable… that at this point in our history we have to re-litigate all of these issues that we thought our foremothers had fought for,” she added.
“But… it just reminds us that we have to be forever vigilant and that our gains are very fragile and at any time someone can try to take them away from us. But, we will not be moved, we are going to continue this fight.”
Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO, and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.