Community weighs in on Trump presidency

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copyright the Chronicle May 3, 2017

 

Editor’s note: Our staff interviewed people throughout Orleans County over the past week about their views on President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

For the most part, Republicans, while not always unconditional in their support, give the new President the benefit of the doubt. Not surprisingly, Democrats are less generous. We heard some unexpected, and unexpectedly thoughtful, views on the new President’s early days in office.  

 

John Wilson, president of the Newport City Council: “He’s doing pretty well considering that half the country doesn’t support him. This country is so polarized.”

Charlotte Bernarde, Newport: “If I talk about him, I end up mad. Or depressed. Luckily, he isn’t really getting all that much done. He mostly just talks about what he’s going to do. Or rather, Tweets.

“I mean really, what do people who voted for him think? He wants to take away health care that we finally got. And his tax reform is cutting the corporate tax rate? Sorry, but people got conned by a con artist. And we all have to live with it.

“I guess what I focus on is that people are fighting back. I think it’s going to make us stronger in the end.

“I’m taking bets on him resigning before the end of his term because, first, he really didn’t want to be president and didn’t get how hard it was going to be, and two, the heat will get too hot for him on taxes and Russia as long as pressure stays on. Or he’ll get impeached.

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Opinion: Well, maybe it can happen here

 

copyright the Chronicle March 23, 2016

by Chris Braithwaite

If you’ve been as gob smacked as I have by The Donald phenomenon, I have a recommendation: Find a copy of It Can’t Happen Here and give it a read.

It’s the most relevant commentary I’ve encountered on this crazy election year. Surprisingly, it is set in Vermont. More surprisingly, the novel will celebrate its eighty-first birthday in October.

Sinclair Lewis holed up in his second home in Barnard, Vermont, in May of 1935 and in four months wrote and revised his cautionary tale about the coming of fascism to America.

The book is set in 1936 when, in reality, the incumbent president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, would claim the Democratic nomination and go on to win his second of four terms. But that’s not how things work out in Lewis’ version.

In both worlds, the country is still deep in the great Depression and FDR’s controversial new policies have yet to make much of a dent. There are other political models to choose from, and a substantial number of Americans see some promise in Germany and Italy, where Hitler and Mussolini have replaced the uncertainties of democracy with something more robust.

Thus, in the novel’s opening scene, retired General Herbert Y. Edgeways tells his audience on Ladies’ Night at the Fort Beulah Rotary Club that “I don’t altogether admire everything Germany and Italy have done, but you’ve got to hand it to ’em, they’ve been honest enough and realistic enough to say to the other nations, ‘Just tend to your own business, will you? We’ve got strength and will, and for whomever has those divine qualities it’s not only a right, it’s a duty, to use ’em!’”

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The Donald does Vermont

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Trump-protestors-cmykcopyright the Chronicle January 13, 2016

by Tena Starr  

BURLINGTON — Not surprisingly, given the candidate’s career, Donald Trump’s rally here last week resembled a reality TV show as much as a political rally.

Mr. Trump bragged about the 20,000 people who had lined up to see him.

Actually, according to Burlington Police, that number was closer to 2,000.

His campaign had issued 20,000 free tickets, and many ticket holders believed that a ticket translated into entrance to the venue.

It did not. Hundreds of people stood in line outside for hours and many were denied entrance because the 1,400-seat venue was full.

It filled slowly, since everyone who made it to the doors had to go through airport level security, including body scans and bag searches.

“I love my people,” Mr. Trump said shortly after we walked in. “They are the most loyal people.”

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