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Whether he did so intentionally or not, the Mooch ended up serving this purpose. A flamboyant series of distractions and excesses, he was the tweet made flesh. Either side of a cataclysmic defeat on health care, the Mooch relentlessly sucked up attention, as well as unsettling those perceived to be disloyal in the Trump camp.
We have to turn up, and keep turning up, and show that we believe equally as hard as they do, and that respect and acknowledgement of the rights of our fellow humans, no matter their skin colour, country of origin, gender, sexuality or whatever differences we may have, are the core values of the society we want to live in. Democracy is the single most important construct our society has ever developed and, whilst it has flaws like everything else, it's beautiful, and it works when we turn up.
If kids understand that people in positions of mighty power can lie - and lie epicly on a gargantuan scale - what does that mean for their understanding of authority, the law, the concept of trust, and, god help us, integrity?
The people who are being barred from entering the United States as refugees and immigrants or visitors are actually representatives of the frontline warriors against terror. They are the ones who have suffered more than any other group of people and whose brothers and sisters are currently taking arms against the forces of terror from the icy mountains of Afghanistan to the burning deserts of Iraq and the violent plains of Syria.
'De-Globalisation' Or 'Re-globalisation'? The Former Is The New Project Of The Populist Right, The Latter Needs To Be The New Vision Of The Centre-Left
Of course, the reason they are not, simply put, is 'politics', and politics can change. I will therefore come back to the politics of 're-globalisation' in due course, perhaps after allowing a period for the Trump Presidency to begin to show its colours.
As hundreds of thousands of people march against Trump's election, one of the first rebuttals from Trump supporters is that the president was democratically elected, and there is no basis for protesting a democratic result.
If the United States of America has just elected a budding Caligula to lead it then we should be very afraid. Caligula was stabbed by a Praetorian Centurion whom he insulted for having a high voice. Living Gods they may be, but the Emperors of our times are not immortal.
American voters, by electing Donald Trump, thought they were voting for more protection, stricter controls, a harder attitude towards Wall Street and more emphasis on the 'real' economy. Trump's transition plans will deliver precisely the opposite.
It is 2016, we have the power at our fingertips to make our voices heard- we have the power to donate to support women and other groups experiencing hate right now. Trump may have won the election via spreading hate but he will never stop us spreading kindness and supporting vulnerable people.
Donald Trump's LGBT credentials - or, rather, the lack of them - are well known and don't need a further recital here. And whilst they must mean that we fear for both the physical and emotional safety and security of LGBT+ people in the US, his opinions have a far reaching consequence that sits right on our doorstep...