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White House petitions are basically turned off

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Barack Obama set up the “We The People” petitions in 2011 to give Americans a venue to communicate with their president through online petitions; the rule was, if a petition got 100,000 signatures, the Obama administration would release a statement of some kind. It never really held Obama accountable, and the administration outright rejected some of the petitions, but they were a way to signal that a lot of people had concerns on certain topics.

It appears that the Trump administration is doing away with the White House petitions—either through malice or negligence, it doesn’t really matter. Though there’s been no official word from Trump’s people either way, several petitions created in wake of the inauguration have serious “glitches” that simply aren’t counting votes. You can see the pages, but are effectively barred from digitally adding your name. Michael Ian Black’s petition to address why Trump is a “needy little bitch” shows one vote; another petition that gained steam on Twitter to save the National Endowment For The Arts and the National Endowment For The Humanities show far fewer votes than tweets from people who said they’d just signed it.


It’s one drop adding up to the tidal wave of evidence that Trump really isn’t interested in listening to the country he’s supposed to represent. Almost like the majority of Americans who didn’t vote for him or approve of his many actions since entering the White House aren’t being represented at all, and he doesn’t care to listen. Maybe try tweeting at him?

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