The fantasy of the normalization of Donald Trump—the idea that a demagogic candidate would somehow be transformed into a statesman of poise and deliberation after his Election Day victory—should now be a distant memory, an illusion shattered.
And this just makes my brain hurt and my blood boil: Hillary running a child abuse ring out of a D.C. pizza place.
ETA: For those of us who can’t bear to watch, here is the transcript of Trumps video address. Notice the use of “Homeland.”
DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENT-ELECT: Today, I would like to provide the American people with an update on the White House transition and our policy plans for the first 100 days. Our transition team is working smoothly, efficiently and effectively. Truly great and talented men and women, patriots, indeed, are being brought in and many will soon be a part of our government, helping us to make America great begin.
My agenda will be based on a simple core principle, putting America first. Whether it’s producing steel, building cars or curing disease, I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here on our great homeland, America, creating wealth and jobs for American workers. As part of this plan, I’ve asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs. It’s about time.
These include the following. On trade, I’m going to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country. Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores.
On energy, I will cancel job-killing restriction on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal, creating many millions of high-paying jobs. That’s what we want. That’s what we’ve been waiting for.
On regulation, I will formulate a rule which says for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. So important.
On national security, I will ask the Department of Defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyber attacks and all other form of attacks.
On immigration, I will direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.
On ethics reform, as part of our plan to drain the swamp, we will impose a five-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the administration and a lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
These are just a few of the steps we will take to reform Washington and rebuild our middle class. I will provide more updates in the coming days as we work together to make America great again for everyone. And I mean everyone.
Drop off what you’re reading, watching or listening to.