With a resigned tone, she noted how Trump had started the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. She then went on to note Trump was taking actions against the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, Legal Services and even the Paris accord on climate change.
It pissed me off -- like much of the complaints about Trump.
Not because I like Trump.
I despise him.
But equating the elimination of health care for 18 million Americans with threats to PBS and assorted undertakings, and even legal services and a largely unenforceable climate pact, shows a real lack of empathy and understanding.
Again: 18 million Americans.
Thousands will face imminent death and hundreds of thousands will die sooner as they burn through what's left of their savings to stay alive. They get to die on the streets as they become homeless.
I'm in that latter group.
Without affordable -- and it's just barely that right now -- health care, I won't get the help, including medications, that allow me to walk. I'll be unable to get even the most minimal of jobs -- none with health insurance -- because I won't be able to stay on my feet for more than a few minutes.
What savings I have will be gone in a year or two.
Social Security and Medicare?
That's a decade away.
Sorry to be so melodramatic -- but true: I will be dead before then, succumbing to my own illnesses, each exacerbated by being homeless.
Trump poses a very real threat to my life.
And to millions more who, while still struggling to pay premiums, at least thought their poverty wasn't a death sentence.
But it seems so much of the protests -- including the Women's March -- against Trump only pay lip service to affordable health care and then move on to other issues.
Yes, women should be afraid of Trump -- and all the misogyny and violence he inspires against them.
But the elimination of affordable health care is a direct and immediate threat to millions of women and their children and families.
Perhaps I missed it -- or reporters didn't think it was worth mentioning much.
But there seemed to be a lot of reasons other than health care cited in protests this weekend and the weeks leading up the inauguration and even those before the election.
Hillary Clinton and other supposed progressive politicians were afraid to bring up Obamacare for fear of alienating voters who weren't going to vote for them.
And most protesters can afford health care, either on their own or through their jobs.
For many, apparently whether or not Masterpiece Theater gets funded is as important -- or probably more important -- than condemning thousands to immediate death and hundreds of thousands more to a sooner death and homelessness.
Face it, those who do depend upon Obamacare to stay alive don't have the means or time to join a march or other protest.
You would be right if you consider my complaint self-centered, even selfish.
But how would you act if you were in my position?
There are many reasons to protest Trump, just about all of them posing a real and individual threat.
But let's get our priorities in order.
Many lives directly and immediately depend upon it.