I’m doing my best to ignore the changes which are taking place in the government since Donald Trump’s electoral victory last week, but some of Trump’s supporters are making it difficult to do so.

Since Steve Bannon was named as Donald Trump’s senior White House counselor and strategist, Bannon’s former company Breitbart News has announced plans to sue a “major media company” for calling Breitbart a “white nationalist website.” Breitbart did not name the company to be targeted in its lawsuit, but said it “cannot allow such vicious racial lies to go unchallenged,” calling any attempt to link it to racism “baseless.” Under Bannon, Breitbart News published numerous stories critics called offensive, including one in which the writer, David Horowitz, referred to conservative commentator Bill Kristol as a “renegade Jew.”

In West Virginia, two officials in Clay County lost their jobs on Tuesday over a racist Facebook post about current first lady Michelle Obama. The director of the Clay County Development Corporation, Pamela Taylor, wrote on Facebook in response to president-elect Donald Trump’s victory in last week’s election: “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels.” Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling commented on the post: “Just made my day Pam.” Whaling resigned, and Taylor left her job, too, although it was not immediately clear whether she quit or was fired.

Conservatives and allegedly religious voters have long been seizing on any excuse to criticize Michelle Obama on the basis of how she looks or dresses. She has been criticized for wearing sleeveless dresses to functions, or shorts when she’s on vacation in very hot locales, and she has been criticized for doing push-ups and encouraging Americans to live healthy lifestyles.

Melania Trump, on the other hand, whose husband is the current president-elect, has received no criticism for not being a suitable First Lady based on her appearance or history of racy photoshoots. A recent search on Google of Melania’s modeling portfolio has seen certain strategic blurring (above), and maybe the photos will disappear altogether in time.

Yet this seems to indicate that conservative voters were only criticizing Mrs. Obama—not because she isn’t “First Lady-like” or because she goes against their conservative, religious views—but simply because she is a Democrat and maybe even because she’s African American… and that in itself is not right.

In a related story, there appears to be some interest by the Trump transition team in securing top-secret security clearance for some of the president-elect’s adult children—specifically Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner. On Wednesday, Trump himself appeared to be back-tracking on multiple reports of such requests by his transition team, denying the reports altogether. “I am not trying to get ‘top level security clearance’ for my children. This was a typically false news story,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning.

A source with knowledge of the situation told CNN that Kushner could likely end up with a top national security clearance as a key adviser to his father-in-law, a position he is expected to take. The source said it is likely, but has not happened yet. Regarding security clearance for the other children, a transition source told CNN that an inquiry had been made, but that it had not yet led to any action.
ivanka_trump_nude2With fears of potential nepotism swirling, it is likely the question of security clearances was raised by Trump’s transition team, but it was quickly realized this was a bridge too far—even for the Trump family, who have a history of some pretty outrageous moves. Trump’s daughter Ivanka apparently submitted to very revealing photographs as part of her career as a model. I still have trouble understanding how members of the religious right can justify their votes for such a husband and father.
To my knowledge, this is the first time that the American public has been asked to put so much toothpaste back into the tube. But this is, after all, the first time we have elected such an extreme populist to the Oval Office.
I am no prude, but it seems to me this is a deplorable development to normalize within our society. Yet we had better get used to it. It’s not likely to end here.


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1 Response to “classy”

  1. 1 Erik Roth
    November 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
    And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
    But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see
    A working class hero is something to be
    A working class hero is something to be

    ~ John Lennon

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