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I’m loving everyone’s photos of the women’s marches today. It’s particularly awesome to see that so many older women are there - it speaks both to how widespread the sentiment is, and to everyone’s confidence that the protests are and will remain peaceful. (There will likely be a small patch or two of broken windows, as there were yesterday. Some people love to make trouble for its own sake. Ignore them.) The protests are officially happening on all seven continents. (Though sadly I have yet to see photos from Antarctica.) I wish I could be there with y’all.

I predict - with 100% confidence - that the orange muppet will do or say something outrageous in an attempt to get the headlines back on himself. It’ll probably happen as soon as the march is done, maaaybe as late as tomorrow, but I doubt it.

Don’t be scared. Expect it, know that it’s deliberately as dramatic and extreme as possible. He’s had a while to plan it, it’ll be the first major thing he does in office. It’ll also set the tone for everything that comes afterwards, both in terms of what he does and how people will react to him. The wise choice in his shoes would be to do something showy, but entirely positive - announce that he’s saved more jobs or some such. Make it look like he’s already doing good things and the protestors are all fools to not be supportive of him. But I have money that says that he doesn’t.

It’s a great example of how easily he’s manipulated - he can’t stand not being praised, or barring that at least being the center of attention, so one protest will make him start his administration by being vitriolic instead of unifying.

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