Following any presidential election (particularly one as divisive as the 2016 race), those who voted for an opposing candidate are always counseled to hope that the victor is successful, because when the president succeeds, the nation succeeds!
Of course, Donald Trump has already proven to be the exception to just about every other nugget of conventional wisdom, and he seems intent of proving that he does not have the best interests of the nation at heart, and that those who oppose him should continue to hope that he's stonewalled at every turn.
Many of those who cast their vote for Hillary Clinton (or Evan McMullin, or Gary Johnson, or Jill Stein, or who simply decided to stay home on Election Day) did so because they objected to the core tenets of Trump's ever-shifting platform:
Now, following a terrifying transition and disastrous Inauguration Day, the opposition remains steadfast in its hope that trump will not be successful in his efforts to deport millions of American families, dismantle life-saving healthcare legislation, waste a fortune on a monument to racism, and allow corporations to destroy our irreplaceable natural resources.
Before today, Trump's cabinet appointees offered perhaps the greatest cause for concern (his secretary of state choice, Rex Tillerson, has a close and long-standing friendship with Vladimir Putin), but this morning, Trump began taking action that could result in his most frightening campaign promises becoming realities.
According to several media outlets, the Department of Homeland Security plans to announce today that Trump will sign multiple executive orders intended to severely restrict access to the US for travelers from predominantly Muslim nations.
The countries whose citizens will likely soon be denied the ability to travel to America (even if they hold a visa, or have family within our borders) include Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The so-called "Muslim ban" is likely the first in a series of actions that are bound to antagonize both tens of millions of Americans, as well as the world at large.
In a series of tweets (of course) posted this morning, Trump also promised to take his first steps to build a wall along the border between the US and Mexico.
(No, it will not be paid for by Mexico, but with US tax dollars.)
He also announced that he'll ask American security agencies to launch an massive investigation into voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election, even though there's no evidence that such fraud took place ... and Trump won the election.
But if you were worried that with so much on his plate, the president had stopped obsessing over the size of his inauguration crowd, fear not.
Trump tweeted this photo yesterday:
"A photo delivered yesterday that will be displayed in the upper/lower press hall. Thank you Abbas!" his caption read.
Yes, Trump plans to display a photo of his own Inauguration Day - even though it's inscribed with the wrong date.
(Trump's inauguration took place on January 20, not January 21.)
As we've said many times already and will say many more times in the years to come: your president, ladies and gentlemen!