A Trump Timeline: The First Week in “Trump’s America”
A lot has happened since President Elect Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Race, one that many are already calling one of the most contentious, intense and upsetting in history. Protesters have taken the streets, Hate Crimes have been committed, Bills have been introduced, Cabinet positions have been appointed and Meetings have been had. Looking back on the first week, here are (some) of the key events of the first seven days.
Wednesday Nov. 9
- 2:42 AM – Hillary Clinton concedes to Donald Trump.
- 2:49 AM – Trump projected as President Elect of the United States of America.
- Within the early morning hours Wednesday, Nevada, California and Massachusetts legalize recreational marijuana.
- Republican Party projected to control both the House and Senate.
- Protests across the country begin almost immediately Wednesday morning.
- 11:30 AM – Kaine introduces Clinton’s concession speech, “I feel pride for this wonderful campaign… you represent the best of America.” Going on to speak directly to young girls following the results, “Never doubt that you are valuable… powerful… deserving of every chance and opportunity.”
- 12 PM – Suffolk Students begin protest near Park Street Station that moves to the State House steps.
- 12:20 PM – Obama speaks, “We are all rooting for [Donald Trump’s] success in uniting and leading this country.”
- 5:16 PM – Dem. Maggie Hassan projected Senator of NH.
- 7 PM – Anti-Trump Rally gathers in Boston Common amounting to nearly 10,000 individuals.
Thursday Nov. 10
- 10:30 AM – Trump lands in DC to speak with Obama.
- 12:50 AM – They meet in what is described as a “very positive” conversation.
- Hillary and Bill Clinton spotted walking through the woods by a hiker near their residence in Chappaqua, New York, “”She seemed as well as anybody could be expected after such a crazy, crazy experience,” Margot Gerster recounted to CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” Thursday. “She couldn’t have seemed any nicer or, you know, kinder and gracious to me.”
- News of Hate crimes begin sweeping the nation along with stories of school children chanting “Build the Wall” and informing fellow students of their parents inevitable deportation.
- Howard Dean and Keith Ellison rumoured to be in contention for DNC Chair position following Debbie Wasserman Schultz resignation earlier this year due to accusations of rigging the convention against Bernie Sanders.
- Russian Government contacts both Clinton and Trump Thursday, stating their “clear position that we are ready for cooperation and working together and establishing normal relations,” according to Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
- 8:32 PM – Leonard Cohen, singer of “Hallelujah”, announced dead.
- 7 PM – Town Meeting held in Downtown Boston organized by Boston Socialist Alternative. Hundreds arrive and express feelings of anger and a desire for change.
Friday Nov. 11
- New York Times calls on Trump to denounce Hate following reports of violence and discrimination post-Election.
- LAPD arrests approx. 185 protesters overnight as they block major roadways in Downtown Los Angeles.
- 11:30 AM – President Obama continues business with Veterans Day speech.
- 2:15 PM – Vice President Elect Mike Pence announced leader of Trump’s Transition Team, along with member Peter Thiel.
- 5:53 PM – Wall Street Journal reports Trump thinking of ideas to not repeal Obamacare following talks with the President.
- The Klu Klux Klan announces plans for Victory Parade on Dec. 3, location unspecified.
Saturday Nov. 12
- SNL opens latest episode with Kate McKinnon portraying Clinton as she sang Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.
Sunday Nov. 13
- 9:00 AM – Paul Ryan addresses a necessary replacement for Obamacare.
- Nigel Farage, one of the main figures supporting the controversial “Brexit” movement, has “very productive meeting” at Trump Tower with the President Elect.
- Trump has 60 Minutes interview.
- Explains how “Mexico Border Wall” may just be a fence,
- Tells protesters “don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back. But certainly, don’t be afraid.”
- Addresses those leading hate crimes against minorities “Stop it”, while stating that the hate crimes appear to be a “very small amount” of what is occurring.
- Claims Abortion rights should be left up to the States but still hopes to repeal “Roe v. Wade”.
- Will restrain himself on social media.
- Plans to lower taxes.
- Rejects plan to strip away Marriage Equality for LGBT, “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m fine with that.”
- Spoke on his opposition to the Electoral College post election: “I’m not going to change my mind just because I won… but I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. You know, you get 100 million votes and somebody else gets 90 million votes and you win.”
Monday Nov. 14
- Support for “Calexit” movement (the plan for California to secede from the United States) grows support.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulates Trump on win.
- Trump names GOP chairman Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff and Campaign CEO Steve Bannon (a notable alt-right leader and proclaimed “white nationalist”) as top advisor.
- John Oliver dedicates 30 minutes of Sunday Night broadcast to Election Results, expressing concern and frustration with the country.
- Israel’s right wing celebrates Trump and calls for US Embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
- News of donations to Planned Parenthood made out in Vice President Elect Mike Pence’s name arises.
- 3:00 PM – Obama holds first press conference since election. “When we turn over the keys, the car’s in pretty good shape… Nobody said Democracy is supposed to be easy. It’s hard.”
- Putin and Trump speak over the phone to discuss future US/Russian relations.
- News of divide within Trump’s team as new appointments are made. Insiders refer to the conflict as a “knife fight”.
Tuesday Nov. 15
- DAPL delayed regarding “discussion and analysis” with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
- Obama plans final trip overseas in order to quell foreign fears surrounding election.
- A Memo obtained by CNN regards Trump’s plan to reshape America’s trade policy starting Day 1 of his presidency.
- Mexican government announces it is working to deal with possible mass-deportations from the US.
- Facebook and Google launch plans to prevent fake news sites from using ad space on their websites.
- Obama holds press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
- Paul Ryan welcomes Americans to the “dawn of a new, unified Republican government.”
- Pence meets with the President Elect in Trump tower to discuss cabinet picks.
- House Speaker Paul Ryan nominated by Republican conference to be re-elected.
- Bush: “What needs to drive policy is what’s best for the people who are angry”.
- Barbara Boxer, an outspoken Clinton supporter, is set to introduce a Senate bill aiming to abolish the Electoral College.
- Ben Carson declines role in Trump Cabinet appointments. “He’s never run an agency and it’s a lot to ask. He’s a neophyte and that’s not his strength,” explained Carson confidant Armstrong Williams.
- Rudy Giuliani to be in consideration for Secretary of State.
- Ted Cruz visits Trump Tower to meet with the President Elect.
- West Virginia Mayor resigns following “Ape in Heels” comments on Michelle Obama.
- Trump travelling without press pool sparks criticism from Press Associations and the Public.