Is Donald Trump president yet? Well, WhiteHouse.gov now directs new visitors to a giant picture of him, so it’s probably safe to say that our nation’s digital infrastructure is now under the new president’s control.
After the introductory page, the rest of the new WhiteHouse.gov looks very similar to the old White House website. Unlike Obama’s complete overhaul of the presidential website when he took office in 2008, Trump’s digital team appears to have simply taken the source code for Obama’s website and done a find and replace to change all the names to those of the new president and his cronies.
Of course, all of the content on the site is completely different now—and by “different,” I mean “hold onto your hats everyone.”
The Trump team has put together a series of pages laying out the president’s positions on the issues, where it is actually possible to nail those positions down. These position papers have the usual rigor we’ve come to expect from Trump, which is to say they are filled with inaccuracies, contradictions and racist dog whistles.
The issue page for “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community,” for instance, repeats many statistics that Trump frequently cited on the campaign trail and that have long since been debunked. They are just as misleading now as they were then. The page also includes the terrifying line, “Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter”—a continuation of Trump’s embrace of Nixonian themes.
The “America First Energy Plan” page announces Trump’s intent to eliminate President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule, before later on the same page pledging to protect clean air and clean water. That’s confusing. Maybe I should check the White House issue page on climate and the environment for more clarity?
Oops. It joins several other White House issue pages that did not make the Obama to Trump transition, such as “Budget” and “LGBT.”
Then there’s the section with biographical information on the executive branch. Trump’s own biography goes to great lengths to cast his win in the election as a landslide victory, rather than a technical loss of the popular vote.
Millions of new Republicans trusted Mr. Trump with their vote because of his focus on delivering prosperity through better trade deals, and as a result there were healthy margins of victory in newly red areas. It is clear that President Trump’s win is one that brought Americans of all backgrounds together, and he is ready to deliver results for the nation on day one and every day of his tenure.
I hope not many people are going to click on “The Cabinet” page and expect to find info on the president’s cabinet. The two paragraph page doesn’t have much information other than a list of all the positions that traditionally make up the cabinet offices.
Much of the rest of the website is clearly unchanged, with information on the history of the executive branch, how to visit the White House and a link to apply for jobs, which takes you to the following page.
Seems like good advice to the rest of the world about America for the next four years.