I watched Trump’s press conference last night only because at this point I’m working on paying attention and listening to as much as I can from all people even if the person I’m listing to clearly has deep ideological differences from my own. I kept my mouth shut during the election, only because I didn’t want to get caught in the emotion that came with 2016. I deleted my Facebook, only because I knew that in the coming months my feed was going to be filled with a plethora of opinions, I also decided that Facebook stopped being what it was and become something else: a daily part of our lives that enforces our beliefs to the point of making them extreme convictions.

I won’t be silent about my political opinions for the next four years. I’ll try to be as vigilant as possible but with open ears only because as I get older I begin to believe more in reason, especially after all the unreasonable BS that occurred in the 2016 elections.

That being said, Trump’s press conference did have moments which I think might are of value only because to beat one’s enemy, you should know the enemy.

You’re going to pay a very large border tax. So if you want to move to another country and if you want to fire all of our great American workers that got you there in the first place, you can move from Michigan to Tennessee and to North Carolina and South Carolina. You can move from South Carolina back to Michigan.

This quote comes from Trump’s bold claims that he is going to bring back jobs into the United States by increasing taxes on companies that decide to take labor outside the country, do I think he will actually do this, no, but if in theory, he does, the next step is for workers to unionize and continue the fight for fair wages all over the country, this won’t happen at the national stage in the next four years for obvious reasons, I mean by now we all know the views on labor Andy Puzder has, but it doesn’t mean that worker rights can’t be fought at the workplace or state level. Regardless, I still firmly believe that the fourth industrial revolution will be the main cause of the middle-class job loss, and the protection of workers might depend on the limitation of automation.

The second quote comes from during a brief exchange between Trump and a reporter.

QUESTION: Since you’re attacking us, can you give us a question? Mr. President-elect —

TRUMP: Go ahead.

QUESTION: Mr. President-elect, since you are attacking our news organization…

TRUMP: Not you.

QUESTION: Can you give us a chance?

TRUMP: Your organization is terrible.

QUESTION: You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir? Sir, can you…

TRUMP: Quiet.

QUESTION: Mr. President-elect, can you say…

TRUMP: He’s asking a question, don’t be rude. Don’t be rude.

QUESTION: Can you give us a question since you’re attacking us? Can you give us a question?

TRUMP: Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. I’m not going to give you a question.

QUESTION: Can you state…

TRUMP: You are fake news. Go ahead.

QUESTION: Sir, can you state categorically that nobody — no, Mr. President-elect, that’s not appropriate.

This exchange is utterly disappointing. There are no words that I can use to describe the immaturity of this transaction, but as the next four years unfold expect more of this.

retired philosopher and a lover of the written word

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