Trump dislikes a lot of a people. Women, ethnic minorities, Muslims – there are few groups he hasn’t publicly denigrated in his demagogic path to the white house.
In addition to these demographics, it turns out he despises arts and culture as well. In a budget obtained by The Hill, it appears as if the Trump Administration is gearing up to fully eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), the federal agency tasked with distributing a budget of $146 million nationally to deserving arts organizations. NEA’s budget accounts for just .o12% of the federal budget, yet the Trump transition team views it – along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – as an unnecessary line-item that’s only fit for the chopping block.
Meanwhile, the Department of Defense continues to guzzle a staggering $607 billion annually, much of which goes unaccounted for. Additionally, the federal government is spending an absurd amount of money on Trump’s own luxury, from his obscene charges for the secret service to the protection his eponymous tower in Manhattan receives.
While the rest of us get austerity, Trump gets it all.
With each passing day, there are new reasons to resist the incoming administration. Now, artists, nonprofit professionals, and everyday citizens who see the value in nurturing culture have yet one more.