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Trump speaks out from Florida for the first time since departing the White House

January 23, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

Former President Donald Trump may no longer be in the White House but many are not sure he is completely done with politics. However, when asked about his stance on Friday, Jan. 22, he gave away no indications of what he may do next.

While seated at his usual table at the Grill Room inside his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Washington Examiner asked Trump what’s next on his political agenda. The former president only said, “We’ll do something, but not just yet.”

The brief remarks Trump offered are his first since he left Washington. With the second impeachment trial just days away, his future in politics remains unclear as a conviction in the Senate could bar him from running for office again.

However, he has mulled over a number of possibilities including running for president again in 2024, starting his own news network, and launching his own political party, the Patriot Party. But despite talks of all the possibilities, Trump has not yet finalized anything. Right now, he faces a number of obstacles that likely contribute to the lack of direction.

Without the help of social media, Trump and his allies have faced more difficulties staying connected to the former president’s loyal base.

The latest news comes just days after Trump opted to skip President Joe Biden’s inauguration and depart for Florida. Over the last three months, Trump focused most of his attention on overturning the presidential election as opposed to governing the country. However, an aide for the former president insists he needs a break.

“He needs a break,” one of Trump’s aides said this week, adding, “I think we all hope he just plays golf for a month, but he always has to be on the go.”

With Trump’s heightened level of unpredictability, many are convinced that he is still not done with politics.

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Universities are being urged to vet pro-Trump appointees before hiring them

January 23, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

Political appointees have a long history of moving into higher education after leaving White House administrations. However, universities are being urged to take extra steps to thoroughly vet former Trump administration officials before offering them future employment.

According to The Washington Post, faculty members and students at a number of universities across the United States believe collegiate institutions should “should apply more scrutiny to former Trump officials looking to make similar transitions.”

The first wave of criticism came back in May when former Trump official Richard Grenell was granted a one-year fellowship by Carnegie Mellon University. An open letter was written to the university’s administrators challenged the decision arguing that “a well-documented record of sexism and support for racist political movements.” The criticism leveled at Grenell escalated in November when he publicly supported President Donald Trump’s attempt to undermine the outcome of the presidential election.

At the time, Carnegie Mellon administrators defended its decision to hire Grenell but swiftly established committees to review Grenell’s appointment and the university’s policies in place for hiring. Jonathan Aldrich, a CMU professor and member of the committee put in place to review Grenell’s hiring, offered an opinion from both perspectives.

He noted the difficulties that may arise in trying to vet potential hires in light of possible political disagreements. He also questioned whether or not political views would be held to the same standard as behavior and ethics.

“They’re going to have to do the hard job of figuring out, even if we disagree with this person’s politics, are our issues about politics, or are they about behavior?” Aldrich said, adding, “And maybe if there’s serious doubt, we should give the benefit of the doubt to the person.”

But despite the damaging impact of Trump’s attempted coup, Robert Shibley, executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, argues that attempts to vet former Trump appointees before hiring them to work on college campuses could be akin to “a well with no bottom.”

“I think it’s likely to lead for a tit-for-tat campaign that’s going to lead campuses basically scrambling to find somebody, anybody, who can talk interestingly about an issue without being subject to a de-platform campaign,” he said.

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Palm Beach County rejects Donald Trump's dream of having an airport named after him

January 23, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

Former President Donald Trump has long dreamed of having his name attached to one of the United States’ most prominent international airports. His suggestion: Trump International.

However, Palm Beach County has confirmed that the former president’s dream will not be coming to fruition at its airport.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the idea of renaming the airport in honor of Trump was recently touted by Christian Ziegler, who serves as a Sarasota County commissioner and the vice-chairman of the Florida Republican Party. However, County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has made it clear that she does not support the idea.

During a brief discussion with the publication, McKinlay explained why she, along with five other county commissioners, are not in agreement with the prospect of the airport being renamed after the twice-impeached, one-term president.

“When people hear [Palm Beach], they envision our beaches, our equestrian sports, and in some cases our agricultural contributions,” McKinlay said. “It is a lifestyle.”

McKinlay also noted that she believes the name Trump International is a name “better-suited for his golf courses, not our airport” as she suggested that Ziegler “stick to renaming his own county facilities, not ours.”

The publication notes that Palm Beach County’s swift rejection of the idea could be a foreboding of the difficulties Trump could face attempting to have his name displayed on buildings, schools, street signs, and highways in the Southern region of Florida, which is predominantly Democratic-leaning.

While many past presidents have had the honor of their names being attached to buildings, airports, schools, and roads, Robert Watson, a presidential historian and Lynn University professor, explained why Trump will likely face difficulties in his pursuit to be remembered in the same light as his predecessors. According to Watson, Trump’s heightened attachment to controversy may be a major obstacle for this type of aspiration.

“I imagine in a couple of years when there’s talk about renaming [things] for him — Trump could be the outlier, the anomaly, “Watson said. “He was so controversial. He generates such controversy that it’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to touch it.”

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Trump focus group voters agree: Trump should never serve as an elected official again

January 23, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

One swing-voter focus group insists former President Donald Trump should not be allowed to hold public office ever again.
According to Axios, the first Engagious/Schlesinger focus group, which consisted of voters who do not directly align with either the Democratic or the Republican Party, shared details about their stance on different aspects of the presidential election.
While there were a number of things they expressed different views about, they were mostly in agreement on their stance regarding Trump and his inability to govern on their stance regarding Trump and his inability to govern and Biden’s stimulus package which will include $1,400 stimulus checks.
Most of the group did support the decision to impeach Trump for his role in influencing the deadly riots that erupted at the U.S. Capitol, but only one voter believes that he should face criminal charges for inciting the insurrection.
As for the presidential election, the vast majority of swing voters admitted their vote was more of an anti-Trump decision as opposed to a show of strong support for President Joe Biden. The publication reports, “Ten of the 13 said their vote was more anti-Trump than it was pro-Biden, and nine said Trump should be barred from holding office again.”
Despite Trump’s ongoing claims about the election being rigged and his repeated attempts to invalidate the results of the election, none of the voters in the focus group believe Democrats stole the election from the disgraced president.
So are these voters completely done with the Republican Party? Despite all that has transpired over the last three months, many of the swing voters have admitted they will continue to “make voting decisions on a case-by-case basis.”
“Trump does not represent the entire Republican Party,” said Matthew S. from North Carolina. “Overall, the Republican Party, it’s made up of people who are trying. They make mistakes just like the Democrats make mistakes.”

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Kevin McCarthy admits to pushback against QAnon lawmaker's wild impeachment stunt

January 23, 2021 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

QAnon Congresswoman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) caused quite an uproar when she revealed her plan to file articles of impeachment against newly-elected President Joe Biden just one day after his inauguration. Many of Biden’s Democratic supporters have pushed back against Greene’s efforts, but they are not the only ones who disapprove.

According to The Hill, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has also made it clear he does not agree with Greene’s stance or her effort to move forward with articles of impeachment against Biden.

On Friday, Jan. 23, McCarthy conducted an interview with Greta Van Susteren where he weighed in with his opinion on the newly-elected lawmaker’s plan. While he admitted that he does not agree with her, he also noted that she does have a right to move forward with her agenda.

“I called her. I disagree with that. That’s exactly what the Democrats did with President Trump, and why we disagreed with when they wanted to come after him for purely political reasons,” McCarthy said. “I think Republicans are better than that. That this is one of the arguments we used against the Democrats, and I don’t think we should use it either.”

“She has a right to, as an elected member of Congress to submit those,” he added, “I just don’t think the timing and the case is right at this time, in this moment.”

McCarthy’s remarks come just days after Greene released a statement arguing that Biden is “unfit to hold the office of the presidency.” Less than one day after Biden was elected Greene also charged that Biden displayed a pattern of abusing his powers when he served as Vice President from 2008 to 2016.

“President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the presidency. His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama’s Vice President is lengthy and disturbing,” Greene said in a statement on Thursday, Jan 21. “President Biden has demonstrated that he will do whatever it takes to bail out his son, Hunter, and line his family’s pockets with cash from corrupt foreign energy companies.”

Although Green claimed to have filed the articles of impeachment, she was later trolled on Twitter after admitting that she had not done so …read more

Source: ALTERNET