No, this isn’t satire, and it certainly isn’t a joke.
Donald Trump has issued a proclamation declaring January 20, 2017, the day of his inauguration, a “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.”
The decree was uploaded to the Federal Register on Monday and spotted by journalist Ken Klippenstein.
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) January 23, 2017
The document is scheduled for official publication on Tuesday. “I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2017, as National Day of Patriotic Devotion, in order to strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country—and to renew the duties of Government to the people,” the decree reads.
The document further asserts that “there is no freedom where the people do not believe in it; no law where the people do not follow it; and no peace where the people do not pray for it. There are no greater people than the American citizenry, and as long as we believe in ourselves, and our country, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.”