I watched most of the coverage of yesterday’s inauguration. I think a lot of us who were sick to our stomachs about everything that happened in the last four years needed some catharsis. I won’t rehash much of it here today but I did want to highlight Amanda Gorman’s amazing moment when she recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb”:
And if you want to know a little more about her, here are 10 quick tidbits.
Now, onto the business of putting actual adults in charge of the country.
Biden has already reversed several of Trump’s Executive Orders including the ones where Trump took us out of the Paris Accords, WHO, putting a stop to the silly border wall, and the xenophobic travel ban.
Biden will also be reversing the ban on trans people serving in the military:
President Biden will reverse the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military “in the coming days and weeks,” White House press sec. Jen Psaki says. https://t.co/1iKyTqk0z7
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 20, 2021
The new administration certainly has a lot of pieces to put back together:
900,000 filed for jobless claims last week, a historically high level as Biden inherits worst job market of any modern president https://t.co/CiuNcj6SWX
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 21, 2021
Our daily update is published. States reported 1.8M tests, 186k cases, 122,700 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and a record 4,409 deaths. pic.twitter.com/5WYUdLQoFw
— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) January 21, 2021
So remember when Trump and his merry band of liars would parade big binders around and claim that this was the plan, and SOME of us would just assume that they were nothing short of props with nothing in them but empty paper? Well:
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) January 21, 2021
Again, such a simple gesture, but imagine the impact that seeing the President of the United States wearing a mask *even in his office* could have had on our death toll for the last year. pic.twitter.com/jqdj5mHJa4
— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) January 20, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci is returning to the White House briefing room. He’ll join @PressSec at 4:00 p.m. today, she says.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 21, 2021
The sad people who followed the QAnon idiocy had a very bad day yesterday when they found out that, no, Donald Trump had not been working with them to uncover a satanic pedophile cannibalistic deep state cabal run by the Clintons and the Obamas in underground pizza caves:
But as noon arrived, and a grinning Biden placed his hand on a Bible to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, reality came crashing down.
“I can’t stop crying. Fuck. Why?” one person pleaded. “It’s over,” another conceded. Some wondered how they could possibly mend their broken relationships with the loved ones they’d pushed away over their obsessions with Q.
Like a flipped switch, the attitude inside online QAnon communities shifted from glee to shock and misery: “NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENED!!!”; “So now we have proof Q was total bullshit”; “I feel sick, disgusted and disappointed”; “Have we been duped???”; “You played us all”; “HOW COULD WE BELIEVE THIS FOR SO LONG? ARE WE ALL IDIOTS?”
People who believe baseless conspiracy theories often stay down the rabbit hole because they feel it’s embarrassing to admit that they’ve been misled.
Hopefully tomorrow they will at least open their mind to possibility that they’re mistaken, as this woman from Tik Tok does. pic.twitter.com/eibmNeB1sN
— Travis View (@travis_view) January 20, 2021
Joe Exotic has jumped from the Trump train:
I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump. I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post. Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first. pic.twitter.com/ysGfwnqlHi
— Joe Exotic (@joe_exotic) January 20, 2021
Netflix is adding a shuffle play button soon. Honestly, I love this idea even though I probably won’t ever use it considering how deep my list is already. But every streaming service should have it for those days you just want to give a chance to randomness.
What a wild two weeks for our country but especially for people like Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman.
On Jan 6, he put his life on the line when he lured insurrectionists away from Senators and staff.
Two weeks later, he’s escorting VPE Kamala Harris into the US Capitol pic.twitter.com/zBKzQeJ3lR
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) January 20, 2021
He’s gone. He came into the White House as a terrible joke and is leaving as the most vile, corrupt, ignorant, dishonest, impeached, lazy, incompetent pile of rotting remains of human flesh stuffed into an ill-fitted suit propped behind the resolute desk. After documenting as many of his travesties as I could stomach here on this blog over the last four years, I won’t rehash any now. But I will express my overwhelming sense of relief that I won’t have to wake up to any tweets or news alerts of him pressing his vileness onto the nation every single day. His narcissism was so toxic and his constant need for attention was suffocating.
Is he gone forever? Nah, evil never dies. But he fucked himself over with his failed insurrection. The social media companies got spooked and dropped him like a moldy rotten wormy potato. Twitter was his weapon of choice and without access to that, he can’t channel his inner poisonous monologue. He’ll attempt other ways to make himself heard but without the amplification of the Oval Office, he’ll be much easier to be tuned out. As for Trumpism, I don’t think it will be as easily stamped out. The Republican party took a hard right at the Tea Party and has been devolving ever since. But that’s a worry for tomorrow. Today, we breathe.
Trying to avoid the news as much as possible today to avoid getting into a Trump time warp where one day feels like 2 months. So let’s enjoy this guy building a log cabin by himself.
Eight more days to go before Trump is out of office. I’m so exhausted from the amount of attention he requires. Even in the waning days of his presidency, during a time when most presidents are preparing to leave, wrapping up their terms, he still needs to make everything about himself by sending his followers to murder his vice president and any Democrats they could find. Not having to wonder what kind of disastrous fuck up your president has created every other day is going to be such a mental break. Not that I expect Trump to just slip off to a golf club and never be heard from again. He’ll try to stir up shit. But without the power of being in the Oval Office, and without his Twitter megaphone, he won’t be as effective.
But he can still cause a lot of damage in the next week. Hopefully what happened at the Capitol has scared off most of his enablers. He has psychologically abused this country now for four years with his gaslighting and tantrums. Next Wednesday can’t come quick enough.
There’s really something about Trump’s personality that is adored by the worst fucking people in the world:
Susan Collins is really not that bright is she?
Susan Collins, a member of Senate Intel, thought it was the Iranians https://t.co/ClsSvaaq00
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 11, 2021
The Capitol insurrection also was an opportunity for the anti-maskers in the GOP to infect their colleagues:
I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.https://t.co/wVmgroKsdf
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 12, 2021
While sheltering, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester offered masks to
Republicans Marjorie Taylor Greene, Markwayne Mullin, Andy Biggs & more and they refused.pic.twitter.com/WlbLKiyjwn https://t.co/eQzn7SieaR
— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 11, 2021
Democratic Rep. Lou Correa is yelled at by members of Trump’s cult in Dulles airport. Several of them are also not wearing masks:
.@RepLouCorrea stands his ground against Proud Boy insurrectionists at Washington Dulles Airport.
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) January 12, 2021
I don’t know where to begin with this:
A Republican politician in NYC has apologized for yelling ‘Heil Hitler’ at a rally, explaining that she actually meant to say “mein Führer” https://t.co/ss549fKdgz
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) January 12, 2021
Every single Scandinavian crime drama:
Things fitting perfectly in other things is the oddly satisfying video of the year so far.