This man is more concerned with the size of his inauguration crowd than the reason why so few people came to see it. He does not seem to register that by most accounts the demonstration in the Women’s March in DC produced a larger crowd than his own inauguration. However, it being outside his faculties to acknowledge this, he instructed Sean Spicer, his press secretary, to address this national emergency and to state that “this was the largest audience to ever witness and inauguration, period.”
Whatever the true audience Trump’s inauguration was, it has been one of the major stories of the day. This stands in contrast with reports of some of the largest peaceful demonstrations in U.S. history across the country in favor of not rolling back the unfinished progress we have made in this country for the rights for women, racial minorities, religious minorities, the LGBT community and other groups who stand to lose bigly from the Trump administration – not to mention all of those who protested in sister marches around the world, people who cherish these same unalienable rights which brought our nation into being. The point being that Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States, cannot be changed. His attention cannot be diverted from the ego which consumes him.
In truth, the crowds may not have been there because of the rain. Or, they may not have had the same access as in previous years, as press secretary Sean Spicer noted. However, the need for the leader of the free world to inveigh against overwhelmingly truthful media reports that the crowd for his inauguration was not as large as in previous years, juxtaposed with the more extensive protests against his agenda, suggests that we will need our wits about us if we are to hold this man accountable for the next four years.
Trump claimed that a million or a million and a half people were amongst the crowds that attended his swearing-in as Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military on Earth. The number, though the official count is not provided and hence uncertain, seems to be much less than that. What is certain, is that this man cannot allay the urge to strike out against items in the press which, in his mind, sully his overinflated self-image and distract from his obligation to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Regardless of one’s partisanship, one must heed these seeming trivialities. Because, one day they may not merely distract from the core mission of the President as stated in the oath of office he took just yesterday. It is our duty as citizens of this great nation to make sure that we speak loudly and act boldly so that we will never arrive at the times in which the narcissistic actions of President Trump are more than a distraction.