January 27, 2017

Dear President Trump,

Congratulations for a full week of your presidency. It’s been a bumpy road for you and for those of us who are watching your every move.

I planned to comment about your inauguration speech, but decided against it because it’s been analyzed and annotated by several media outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, Time, Vox, Politico, The Guardian…shall I continue listing the publications?

Saturday, your first full day in office, you went to the CIA and mischaracterized the media as dishonest. The reality is that you don’t like the media because they have pointed to your inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and more recently your deliberate attempts to mislead. In other words, sir, and in plain English, you are a liar.

What unnerves me is your staff has the effrontery to further disguise your lies by spinning it as “alternative facts”. No matter how you spin it, a lie is a lie. And no matter how many times you repeat it, a lie is a lie. But you know that because you’ve lied your entire life. Some of the lies were exaggerations like how many floors exist in Trump Tower or the size of your winery or how wonderful Trump magazine is (we know it folded). Honestly, most of us don’t care about these tall tales.

However, that’s not to say that we shouldn’t be concerned when they turn into delusions that are becoming vendettas. What I mean by that is the delusion you have about illegal voters and losing the popular vote. Of course, given your modus operandi to distract, this could easily be a ruse to create voter suppression laws state by state and eventually to the federal level.

Oh and getting back to numbers, please no more about the crowds who attended the inauguration. There’s proof that it wasn’t as vast, grand, tremendous, huge and so on. And again: WE. DON’T. CARE.

What we care about is the breakdown of diplomatic ties with Mexico. What we care about are the enforcement of gag orders at the EPA, the Interior Department, and the Department of Health and Human Services. What we care about are the highly unqualified people whose credentials make them more likely to dismantle these agencies rather than be caretakers. They have no business running the State Department, the Department of Education, the Treasury, HUD, and on and on and on.

One week after your inauguration, our Democracy is looking bleak, sir. In fact, the Economist Intelligence Unit downgraded it to a “flawed” democracy akin to that of Poland, Mongolia, and Italy. The report predates the election, and you benefitted from it, but you are not improving the situation, and during these past seven days you have made it worse.

I implore you, sir, cast aside your Twitter account, turn off the TV, read books, become more humble, and remember its not all about you and your cronies, but the people of this country who depend on you to wisely govern.


Rebeca Schiller