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So what are we seeing?


After having spent the last nine months surviving cancer, I’ve decided that the last thing I’m going to do is allow the incoming Trump presidential administration to do me in. After all, I’ve lived through Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, and those five took us from ultimate government corruption to the country being bankrupt. Now we potentially have all that in the next Republican president.

C’mon, we’re Black folk, so we’re used to troubled times and folks hatin’ on us. We always knew it would be no time soon that racism would be buried once and for all, and in fact also always knew that it could get worse.

Enter President-elect Donald Trump.

The man hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet, and already we have a glimmer of an idea as to how chaotic and corrupt his four years in the White House are going to be, assuming he lasts that long. By that, I mean that Trump is likely to be impeached, because we all know how much respect for the law and the Constitution he has (can you say “NONE” boys and girls?).

Just look at the public backbiting and infighting happening within his transition team already. Look at some of his appointments – some people with absolutely no clue with how government is supposed to work, and others, like former N.Y. Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who believe war against people of color isn’t “hell,” but home.

Rudy wants to be our U.S. Secretary of State. Probably wants to carry a gun on the job too.

Trump has a billionaire who will serve as U.S. Commerce Secretary. This is like allowing a lion to run the meat locker. Can we really trust a man who will see his main job as attracting foreign business for himself and his boss?

And how about the lady Trump appointed to head up the U.S. Education Dept.? Hear she has absolutely no educational experience at all, unless you call working to actually destroy public schools as a “worthy” goal?

But the king of them all, obviously, is Donald J. Trump, the man many in the White nationalist movement have poured blessings on ever since his earth-shaking election several weeks ago. If fact, at last reports, a whole bunch of Ku Klux Klanners are scheduled to march and rally somewhere in North Carolina this Saturday to celebrate Trump’s victory.

Has he tweeted a message to these people to find something else to march and make noise about? Of course not, and we all know how much that man loves to tweet.

What’s real promising is that major media across the nation are gearing up to follow President Trump’s every move, every misstep. We can all feel how he’s gearing up to turn the federal government into a great big personal piggy bank. I’ll be amazed if he doesn’t plant a big ole’ “TRUMP” sign on the White House with plenty of casino parking.

You know, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the kind of dishonesty and corruption that is coming is a type we’ve never seen before. Well if it is, I can honestly say that I’m ready.

I wonder if I can say the same thing for the racists who put Donald Trump in the Oval Office in the first place.

Cash Michaels is a veteran investigative journalist and editor, who resides in Raleigh, N.C.