The Trump Administration Quietly Drops All Mention of Civil Rights and Climate Change from White House Website
Donald Trump has been president for less than 24 hours, but he's already begun his assault on America's democratic values and the natural world. Since the inauguration Friday afternoon, WhiteHouse.gov, the official website for the White House, has dropped all reference to civil rights, LGBT rights, health care and climate change. And while it's normal for an incoming administration to have an all-new homepage, the top "issues" for the Trump administration are frequently vague, contradictory and vindictive in tone—much like Trump himself.
Under the heading "America First Energy Policy," the executive office vows to eliminate "harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule." After promising to reignite the country's clean coal industry, which does not exist, it claims the EPA will honor its "essential mission of protecting our air and water."
Under "Making Our Military Strong Again," the White House pledges to get our soldiers the care they need by "firing the corrupt and incompetent VA executives who let our veterans down." Trump is considering privatizing large swaths of the VA office.
A page devoted to civil rights has given way to a screed labeled "Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community." WhiteHouse.gov notes that the homicide rate in Washington, D.C., is up 50 percent, which is demonstrably false. It also promises to increase the country's police presence and provide security for Americans who have "not known safe neighborhoods for a very long time." The words "African American" do not appear in any portion of the text.
Meanwhile, a link for "America First Foreign Policy" promises to destroy Islamic fundamentalism, guaranteeing "peace through strength."
Welcome to Donald Trump's America. This is your country now.
UPDATE: Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks says that more content will be added to WhiteHouse.Gov in the coming weeks and months as the site is in a state of "transition." She makes no mention of whether future iterations will contain pages devoted to the aforementioned subjects.