By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times of Chester County, Jul 30th, 2018
After each school shooting, our national government essentially says to the survivors and their families: “Just get used to it, it’s the new normal around here.”
Or, as the Republican candidate for governor recently said to Chester County native Rose Strauss, “You’re a little young and naive” —no doubt thinking to himself: “Take that, kid. And what are you going to do about it?”
Her answer: social media. The exchange between the two—the seasoned recipient of fossil fuel industry largesse and the environmental science major—is a hit on the internet, in addition to being featured in the national press.
In 2016, Donald Trump said “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
Our government is now essentially saying the same to us all. National life has become like one of those pain tolerance experiments….
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by Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly, Washington Post, August 1, 2018
Because of summer vacation schedules, we had fallen a month behind in updating The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.
It turns out that’s when the president decided to turn on the spigots of false and misleading claims. As of day 558, he’s made 4,229 Trumpian claims — an increase of 978 in just two months.
That’s an overall average of nearly 7.6 claims a day.
When we first started this project for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day. But the average number of claims per day keeps climbing the longer Trump stays in office. In fact, in June and July, the president averaged 16 claims a day.
Put another way: In his first year as president, Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims. Now, just six months later, he has almost doubled that total….
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by Nathaniel Smith, The Times of Chester County, 6/23/18
The June 16 editorial “For GOP candidates the question is: To Trump or not to Trump?” makes a lot of good points about this year’s enthusiasm gap between the two major parties (see also the recent Pew poll) and the untenable position in which Trumpist extremism has put Republican voters.
The one critique I would make is of the assertion that “Democrats have been disorganized and completely unable to come up with a message beyond ‘Trump, bad.’”
Nationally, Dem politics right now does tend to be reactive, because the Trump game is publicity and power at all costs, however outrageous the issue at hand. Trump locks up small children without their parents… Dems and others react… Trump says he’ll lock up small children with their parents… What next?
At the County level, though, Dems have long been very conscious of the question “What do Democrats stand for?”…
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By Pete Bannan, Daily Local News, 6/24/18
WEST CHESTER >> A large crowd of people turned out Sunday evening on the steps of the historical Chester County Courthouse to hold a protest vigil against the Trump administration’s immigration policies and in support local immigrant communities.
“This started with the separation of children from their families, but Trump’s zero-tolerance policy is a problem,” said event co-organizer Beth Sweet. “We want a clean DACA, a legal process for immigrants to enter the United States and reunification of families. There is no reason to detain families.”
West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin chastised the president for giving the nation little choice.
“This is a humanitarian crisis,” Herrin said. “President Trump is giving us false choices. We need to stand up to his policies….”
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