We're also not talking about the nearly 100 environmental and safety rules and laws that Trump and his idiots have repealed, rolled back or placed on track to scuttle — all while he also separated us from the Paris climate accord and while we keep watching California burn and the South flood. Trump has five c… Trump sees it as a checkmate to the "deep state" he believes is out to disrupt his coup. September 20th, 2020 | by Pam Sohn AP Photo by Evan Vucci / President Donald Trump arrives for an ABC News town hall at the National Constitution Center last week in Philadelphia. Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that Russia again is trying to influence the U.S. elections, chiefly through attempts to "denigrate" Democratic candidate Joe Biden. But his cult — Proud Boys and their ilk — are another matter entirely. Or the 545 of those children who are still in U.S. custody because the Trump administration didn't make adequate preparation to relocate their parents, whom the administration deported. We love you, Joe, and we do think you will be in this for all Americans, not just Democrats. And we're not talking about the racial and social unrest Trump repeatedly stoked. Last Thursday during a Constitution Day speech at the White House Conference on American History at the National Archives Museum, Trump criticized what he called "the liberal indoctrination of America's youth" and said he wants to create a "national commission to promote patriotic education.". (Late last week, the administration announced that on Sunday it expected to restrict access to China's TikTok and WeChat communication apps in the U.S. by banning new downloads of the apps.). ", He went on: "We must clear away the web of twisted lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. All rights reserved. This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Times Free Press, Inc. Material from the Associated Press is Copyright © 2020, Associated Press and may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. They are part of the broader Trump family originating from Germany. Wise observers have counted and recounted the ways, but here's a new wrinkle. Sohn: Hope and faith alone will not defeat COVID-19. This is our time. The U.S. intelligence community, however, has assessed that although China and Iran prefer Trump to lose in November, to date neither country is acting on that preference in the same way as Russia. Much more. Yes! Sohn: The real Donald Trump doesn't pay taxes. But what Trump is suggesting — a "national commission to promote patriotic education," called the 1776 Commission — sounds in itself like propaganda — totalitarian propaganda. The result was a blueprint allowing the dictator — er, a president — to "hold employees accountable, sideline their labor unions and give the president more power to hire and fire them," much as he would yesterday's political appointees. Sure, there's no surprise here — Wray's message is an echo of the intelligence community's public assessment on Moscow's meddling efforts issued last month. It's a foregone conclusion. But really, does any of that matter? He has supporters who really are "fine people" taking a wrong side. It was announced in 2006, completed in 2008 and renamed in 2017. No. It — and he — has deeply damaged us. Donald Trump's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, came from the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland. Copyright © 2020, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Inc. Now we wonder how long reversing those changes will take. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former president of Estonia, cited Russia president Vladimir Putin in tweeting: "Putin did the same years ago and now that's what you get in Russia.". Postal Service to reverse its July operational changes that slowed the nation's mail and likely would slow the delivery of ballots in the upcoming presidential election. ", President Trump and top members of his administration, meanwhile, have downplayed the well-founded reports of Russia's newest election interference and tried to play up the theory that China is meddling to get Biden elected. What we're talking about is Donald Trump's vile divisiveness that pits people against one another as though they were his toy lions and gladiators. Why is Trump dangerous? Rallies where his "team" management was so poor that scores of his supporters were left in freezing cold temperatures for hours with no bus rides back to their vehicles. This is where we are now. The family of Donald Trump, the owner of The Trump Organization and 45th president of the United States, is a prominent American family active in real estate, entertainment, business, and politics. This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Times Free Press, Inc. Material from the Associated Press is Copyright © 2020, Associated Press and may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The area is zoned for manufacturing, which precludes permanent residences from being built there. He is just tossing out red meat for his base. The AP will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing. Trump didn't cause America's wounds, but he surely ripped off the scabs. October 31st, 2020 | by Pam Sohn New York Times file photo by Samuel Corum/President Donald Trump leaves the White House on his way to the U.S. Capitol in February of 2018. The White House calls it "labor reforms" and says it will "create a government that serves the people.". No matter the eventual outcome of this election. All rights reserved. You know what we're talking about — labeling all protesters as thugs, railing against racial sensitivity training and dismissing as unpatriotic rewrites of American history all calls for reconsidering established narratives about racism and slavery in the U.S. We're not talking even about his almost strong-armed robbery of our tax dollars while he failed to pay as much in taxes as we do, or the millions he raked in for his resorts and businesses when the Secret Service and other government employees had to follow him around on his golf escapades and his ego-driven, COVID-superspreader rallies. We're not even talking about the obscene tax break Trump pushed through to benefit himself, his family and the other wealthiest people in our country while the rest of us effectively make and keep less money than we did decades ago. Win or lose this week, Donald Trump has already severely crippled this nation. Copyright © 2020, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Inc. Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump's eldest son, has tested positive for the coronavirus, a personal spokesman told CNN on Friday. In an oral bench ruling Thursday, Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley A. Bastian, a Barack Obama appointee, said President Trump and U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy were "involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service." As for these swelling vote totals, please note that for once much of the south is not behind. The Washington Post reports the civil service attack began soon after Trump's inauguration with the hire of a young aide from the Heritage Foundation. And the judge said the 14 states seeking the injunction had "demonstrated that this attack on the Postal Service is likely to irreparably harm the states' ability to administer the 2020 general election. Neither these AP materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and noncommercial use. Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. The election's result is most certainly clear: Donald Trump lost the popular vote and the Electoral College vote — by a lot. In a speech overflowing with race-baiting dog whistles, Trump decried "left-wing mobs," and other themes his campaign and his base have rallied behind for months. Trump's immediate family circle has been the first family of the United States since his inauguration on January 20, 2017. Note that we did not say Trump and his supporters. And it is past time that we Americans stand up and fight back to heal. Floridians had tallied 72%; Kentuckians, 62%; Virginians 55%. ", In a further analysis, the judge wrote: "Although not necessarily apparent on the surface, at the heart of DeJoy's and the Postal Service's action is voter disenfranchisement. It was crafted in such secrecy that senior officials across the government had no idea it was coming, according to The Post. No. More. Wray added that Russia's "malign" efforts include using social media, proxies, state media and online journals to sow "divisiveness and discord" and "primarily to denigrate Vice President Biden and what the Russians see as kind of an anti-Russian establishment. He called The New York Times 1619 Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning project aimed at teaching Americans students about slavery, "toxic propaganda.". In his speech Trump directly blamed school curricula for the violence that resulted from a handful of the protests, saying that "the left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools. A federal judge finally has issued a nationwide injunction to force the U.S. The condo-hotel design … Is there room for those of us with goodwill to come together despite these bitter political differences that Trump both inherited and deliberately stoked? Take, for instance, his recent and extraordinary directive allowing his administration to weed out career federal employees that he views as disloyal. This is evident in President Trump's highly partisan words and tweets, the actual impact of the changes on primary elections that resulted in uncounted ballots, and recent attempts and lawsuits by the Republican National Committee and President Trump's campaign to stop the state's efforts to bypass the Postal Service by utilizing ballot drop boxes, as well as the timing of the changes.". Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. Massive Texas touted 91%. Sohn: Once again the Trumps make the case for electing Joe Biden, Pam's Points: We've much to look forward to this election week. That aide, with other Trumpites, spent the bulk of Trump's term "working from a little-known West Wing policy shop.". Can our nation heal, and how long will it take? These are nonpartisan civil servants we're talking about, and his directive — four years in the making — is an assault on nonpartisan civil service and the worker protections it is supposed to provide against the winds of politics. Sure, historians are rushing of late to tell us we've been here — sort of — before, with other elections and other presidents. Postal Service to reverse its July operational changes that slowed the nation's mail. The Dominick, formerly the Trump SoHo, is a $450 million, 46-story, 391-unit hotel condominium located at 246 Spring Street at the corner of Varick Street in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Neither these AP materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and noncommercial use. Or the more than 5,400 Latino immigrant children he allowed to be separated from their parents and caged at our southern border. In fact, early on both Tennesseans and Georgians had cast 77% of the total votes made in 2016. But merely to suggest that Donald Trump is dangerous — irresponsible is how you put it — is far too mild. FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers, force the U.S. Largely because many of us had long ago unequivocally made up our minds. Also, we are afraid of the COVID-19 virus and nervous of the possible — even threatened — Election Day antics of an unhinged Donald Trump and his "stand-down-and-stand-by" cult. North Carolinians had cast 76% of their 2016 votes. This president has no deep thoughts on critical race theory, and it's a sure bet he has not read the 1619 Project. We have to put some muscle into it. ", Trump claimed that current curriculum is comparable to anti-American propaganda used by foreign adversaries. Clearly, election day will be suspenseful, but many experts are telling us not to expect a full count or answer on Tuesday night. The AP will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing. But there are other questions that need answers. It is a long-overdue recounting of slavery's centrality to America's story. It deepens many Americans understanding of our past, and it is prompting important conversations about our history. With each tweet or executive order or off-hand insult, he edges us closer to another authoritarian state and further from democracy.