Thursday, November 10, 2016

As protesters take to the streets, Trump's conciliatory acceptance speech hides plans for a right-wing agenda

Political cartoonist Dave Granlund on Democrat Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential election, above. 

Cartoonist Bob Englehart sees Donald J. Trump's victory as a pact with the devil.


The deep racial and political divisions that tore the country apart during the Obama administration won't be going away any time soon.

President-elect Donald J. Trump exploited all of those angry white people to win his White House campaign, and his claim on Wednesday that "we will all come together as never before" rings hollow.

Ending her historic campaign, Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote, noted:

"We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America and always will."

Today's banner headline on Page 1 of The Record is merely a pipe dream:

"A bold new chapter"

Protesters in New York City chanted "Not our president," and gathered near the Republican president-elect's home in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, The New York Times reported.

Similar rallies took place in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Oakland; Portland, Ore.; Seattle and Washington, as well on some college campuses.

The Record's story on the protests carries an Oakland, Calif., dateline, and runs on A-6 today.

I can't recall another president-elect who touched off demonstrations over his racially divisive campaign and unsuitability to serve as commander-in-chief -- or in Trump's case, Dictator-In-Chief.

More bad news

Before the election on Tuesday, political satirist Bill Maher warned Trump had put into motion "a slow-moving right-wing coup."

According to The Huffington Post, Maher shouted: "Media, do your fucking job! Report on it!"

Well, I guess that's the purpose of The Record's A-3 story on what a Trump victory means for Governor Christie, who has laid ruin to New Jersey since he took office in early 2010.

Besides Jersey's GOP thug, who heads the president-elect's transition team, Trump reportedly will be offering positions to Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and other right-wing crackpots.

And today's editorial in The Record calls the white racist backlash against President Obama "a pent-up longing for change" (A-18) without mentioning "change" was the 2008 campaign theme of our first black president.

Letters to editors

Most of the letters to the editor today react negatively to Trump's victory (A-3).

"The leading enabler of this disastrous election outcome was the media, especially cable television news," Elisha Gurfein of Englewood says.

"In the name of audience and profits, free airtime was afforded to an unqualified, unstable, and know-noting candidate.


But the print media are equally to blame, especially small dailies like The Record, which printed hysterical Associated Press stories day after day legitimizing all of Trump's lies and his distortions of Obama's record.

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