Today, as part of the transition from Obama’s to Trump’s presidency, Trump’s administration took over whitehouse.gov when he was sworn into office. The transition marked the disappearance of a couple of key issues: climate change, LGBT rights, healthcare, and civil rights.
According to Vice,
“At 11:59 am eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it. At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming. “
— Zoë Schlanger (@zoeschlanger) January 20, 2017
This is what Obama’s Climate Change page looked like:
The only mention of climate change is under Trump’s “America First Energy Plan” page, in which he commits himself to eliminating President Obama’s government-wide plan to reduce carbon emissions.
Similarly, pages on civil and LGBT rights have disappeared. While Obama had a page dedicated to the LGBT community, a search for a similar page on Trump’s website yields the following result:
Note the redirect to the Obama archive for issues related to the LGBT community.
The page on civil rights was replaced by “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community.” The page is mainly concerned with a need for more police rather than how the police interact with citizens. It repeats the also fallaciously claim, “In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent.” However, homicides in Washington, D.C. were down in 2016 over 2015.
None of this particularly surprising. One might, if they were feeling particularly beneficent, excuse the absence of the healthcare page as Trump as still working on his plan to provide “insurance for everybody.” After all, it is going to be ” another plan. But they’ll be beautifully covered.” What more detail could we want than that? No reason to dedicate a page to something that doesn’t exist yet, right?
However, it is odd that immigration, one of Trump’s signature issues during the campaign, is ALSO not on the new website. A search for “immigration” yields no results.
The differences between these two websites are as obvious as they are striking. This is what whitehouse.gov looked like at 11:59 am today.
This is what it looks like now:
What a difference a day makes.