Yesterday afternoon, the good people of Michigan braved the cold to welcome President Trump, who, for some reason, had chosen Ypsilanti as the backdrop for his announcement that he’d be eliminating fuel efficiency standards passed into law during the Obama administration in order to address global climate change, essentially saying “fuck you” to future generations. [I’d like to say I’m surprised, but, really, what did we think was going to happen? He is, after all, the same many who once tweeted that global warming is a Chinese hoax.] While I couldn’t make it, as something had suddenly come up, several good people were kind enough to share their photos with me. Here are just a few.[The last three come by way of our friend Steve Neavling, who covered the protest for the Motor City Muckraker. I’m sorry, but I can’t recall where I got all the other ones, as over a dozen people sent me images and links.]
Ironically, Trump’s Ypsilanti speech, which was apparently made in front of an audience of about three thousand people, came a day before his budget was to be released… a budget which, according to this morning’s Detroit Free Press, proposes “altogether eliminating funding for Great Lakes restoration efforts, eradicating tens of millions of dollars in annual funding for Detroit and slashing job training funds, heating assistance for the poor and a vast array of other long-standing programs.”
Here, for those of you who were outside protesting, is video of what Trump said inside the Willow Run Airport hanger, beneath a “Buy American – Hire American” banner, which, by the way, I found incredibly ironic given yesterday’s “Ivanka Trump was importing 50 tonnes of Chinese clothing as her father was saying ‘buy American’” headline in the Independent.
And here, from MLive, is video from outside the invitation-only event, where about one dozen Trump supporters faced off against a few hundred protestors. [My favorite part is the Trump supporter on the motorcycle who keeps revving his engine in an attempt to drown out the protestors.]