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The Day After

| November 9, 2016

Goodbye. (Hillary for America)

Goodbye. (Hillary for America)

The odd thing about clarity is that it doesn’t strike in the best of times. It’s usually the reverse. Our judgment is most clouded at our happiest, when we tend to be more complacent or self-deluded. A bad marriage starts in the most exhilarating throes. Every losing bet is placed in the happy certainty of a jackpot. Wile E. Coyote cascaded down canyon walls on thermals of optimism. Conversely, trauma sharpens judgment. Soldiers speak of an unmatched command of their faculties during combat. Dostoevsky repeatedly emerged out of his epileptic fits primed to write masterpieces. Lincoln delivered America’s most redemptive speech on the still-loamy graves of 50,000 men.

pierre tristam column flaglerlive.com flaglerlive The problem with this morning is that it’s more of a Dickensian best-of-times-worst-of-times sort of thing, depending on the vote you cast. That’s assuming you don’t follow that two-city classic to the end, when alternatives end and the guillotine drops. In my paralysis this morning I’ve come across a reference or two to the revolutionary nature of yesterday’s vote. A circuit judge I know in Polk County even texted me at 2:58 a.m.: “Sire, the peasants have stormed the Bastille.”

It feels less like 1789 than it does 1793, when the Jacobins unleashed their guillotines on the elites of the times. It’s been good to hear the talk of conciliation and peaceful succession. But whatever has been said about Donald Trump, he wears his designs on his sleeves, and those sleeves are not monogramed with smiley faces. Heads are going to roll. Sixty million Americans, half of them wearing hard-hats, didn’t elect him to play nice.


I remember the clarity of 9/11, moments after the second plane hit the towers and it was obvious by then the nation was under attack–the clarity of the months and years or wars to come, the nation’s pivot against itself, its willingness to compromise civil liberties and constitutional rights in the name of an abstract security, its surrender of moral authority around the world, its further transformation into a police state where domestic surveillance would become routine, its blank-check to jingoism. I saw it all as if the billows from the towers were writing that future in the September sky. I’m not inventing 20-20 hindsight. I’m summarizing what I wrote the day after the attacks when I was an editorial writer at the News-Journal. It’s not the sort of clarity to be proud of, but to dread. It took about six years for the nation to begin righting itself from those errors, but a lot of damage was done by then, some of it enshrined in law that even President Obama ratified.

There’s dreadful clarity this morning, too. Trump doesn’t need a 9/11 for his blank check. He just created a political one, with legislative and soon-to-be judicial unanimity on his coattails. So we’ll see a period of merciless reaction, of demolition and repeals rather than rebuilding. He promises to end the Affordable Care Act, scrap global warming initiatives, scrap the nuclear weapons treaty with Iran, stop trade treaties, all in his first days. He won’t mind bringing back torture, hounding Muslims or going to war on ISIS alongside Russia. And civil liberties? Journalists should not be the only ones panicking about press freedoms after a campaign that treated reporters as the enemy. His presidency, the Committee To Protect Journalists wrote, “represents a threat to press freedom unknown in modern history.”

His promises to jail Clinton, build a wall, deport immigrants, retreat from NATO and be a  more aggressive nuke-toter can’t be taken seriously because he can’t get that done, but that’s what was said of his primary run, then his presidential run. He does make things happen. That’s his appeal. But what things. I am reminded of the curse: “May you live in interesting times.” There’ll be no let-up of interesting. I’m exhausted already. We all are, after the past year. I bought a bottle of champagne for last night. I felt a touch waterboarded instead.

I am not shocked so much as shell-shocked (mere shock would assume that I didn’t see this coming, though I started seeing it in September and did as late as in yesterday’s column). My confidence in the country, the closest thing I have to a faith outside my wife and children, is shattered. I’d like to say that I’m discouraged. That would be the easy way out, as are facile notions of hopping over to Canada or wishing to be in a deep-blue state. But nothing would bore me more nor would seem more false than to be in a self-segregated liberal enclave right now.

We’re living the culmination of years of mass- and social-media atomizing into echo chambers, as if differences of opinion are the plague rather than the salve of a democratic society. Yesterday’s electoral map mirrors the atomization. Trump won with echoes of his taunts more than with votes for any kind of coherent or communal nation-building. The local echo was a historic transformation of Flagler government into a one-party county, with just one token Democrat left in any of our major elected positions. Absent Republicans who’ll put county ahead of party it’ll make for poorer, more arrogant and self-indulgent government, not better government.

But it’s still my government. As unreservedly as I voted for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump is unreservedly, unquestionably my president. That he’s a nut case doesn’t make him less so. A government changed hands, but no one took anything back yesterday. There was nothing to take back, nor to give, unless some of us don’t belong here while others do. I don’t think that’s the case, and if you do, I’m pretty sure you’re the one who doesn’t belong. That said, there are interesting times to cover. Dissidence is not dishonorable, and for some of us it’s a more suited role than groupthink.

So I’m looking at the next four years with eyes wide open and keyboard primed, hopefully without epileptic fits, though I think I’ll re-paste a line from Faulkner’s “Absalom, Absalom!” on the rim of my computer screen for the duration, as I had immediately after 9/11. It sums up that unwanted clarity I’ve felt all day, “that dream state in which you run without moving from a terror in which you cannot believe, toward a safety in which you have no faith.”

Pierre Tristam is FlaglerLive’s editor. Reach him by email here or follow him @PierreTristam.

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43 Responses for “The Day After”

  1. Merrill Shapiro says:

    Well put! Time to gird our loins and hold our noses. There are more elections coming our way. Is the divide in our community and in our nation one between Republican and Democrat? Or is it between Conservative and Liberal? Or is it between those who respond to the intellectual argument and those who respond to the emotional argument?

  2. Ron says:

    Bottom line. The DNC was corrupt. They rigged the primary in favor of a women that should have been charge for her crimes against this country. Not given the opportunity to run for president. The American people recognized this and voted for Donald Trump. He is a leader and a doer. He is not a political puppet that is controlled by special interest. Our new President will put this country and its values first.

    If you feel that he will not represent all the people of this country than leave with the rest of the Hollywood elightiest.

    Hillary was for sale to the highest bidder and did not deserve to be President of the United States. In addition the Clinton foundation should be shut down. Less than 10 percent of all proceeds where being used to do charity work while the rest was being used for salaries and other expenses.

    Our payers where answered last night. God bless the USA and our new president Donald Trump!

  3. PCer says:

    Time to expand Pierre. How about some video interviews for our next round of local candidates?

  4. Veteran says:

    Nut case? Are you a psychiatrist Pierre?

  5. D. Ploy says:

    I’m feeling REALLY good tonight, as a DEPLOYABLE !!!!

  6. Barry Hartmann says:

    So sorry your girl lost Pierre. I am sure you will grow to love the new president as we make America great again. Even you know it’s time we ALL come together and stand with President Trump.

  7. Concerned Citizen says:

    I did not vote for either candidate as i felt that neither were qualified with the various ethics and legal troubles they battled. And yes that should matter when running for POTUS.

    I have voted as much as I could with my conscience over the years and hoped that the best candidate for the job would get the position. Regardless of party affiliation. This year has seen a reversal in almost everything established by the system. And maybe that is a warning sign.

    What amazes me most is the adversity and divisiveness this election year has caused. The hate spewing from folks when discussing politics was unreal at times.

    I have seen discussions in person and on social media turn immediately into insults name calling and outright threats. And most of these people are in the same age range I am in. It seems you can no longer have a valid opinion that opposes someone else and still be mature about it.

    I wonder if now is not a clear sign of the need to overhaul the Presidential election process. I have heard from many folks that the Electoral College process is antiquated. Why do we even vote if someone else decides who is going to win? It’s quite obvious the popular vote doesn’t matter.

    I truly hope that this country can start healing it’s political wounds and coming back together again. Life is to short to dislike someone for their political beliefs.

    I have to wonder though if we would see these types of protests going on if Clinton Had won. Seems to me things were relatively calm as long as one party was in power.

  8. Anonymus says:

    Spoken like a true left wing journalist. Hillary would have brought a 3rd world war & left all of Obama’s policies in place with people being “fined” for healthcare they cannot afford. WAKE UP!!

  9. The people have spoken, the choice was loud and clear. America wants change. No more lies, misleading or corruption. I guess they put their heads out he window and said…”We’re Mad as Hell and Not going to take it anymore”.no one listenened. “Those PEASANTS came in the hundred thousands”. Although some of us dont like change, People are taking a stand and not being lead around like sheep. to survive in politics today,you will have to treat citizans like humans and not dumb animals, alfter all they are putting their life in your hands. Now, lets sit back and see what happens. who nows maybe the next president will be a “peasant”? eyes wide open.

  10. r&r says:

    The best thing is the witch is gone. Now we can move this country into a better future and maybe justice can be served and put her prison for a long time. Maybe Bill could go along and they can have adjoining cells.

  11. Tired of it says:

    The divide is not between one Republican and one Democrat, it is the fact that we have seen 8 years of the Obama administration just giving away the farm to illegal immigrants and those that won’t get off their collective asses and get jobs. Oh and the reason the jobs may not be there is because so many of them have been shipped overseas by crappy trade deals that bleed our country of good paying jobs. Then factor in the great Obama Care plan which has ruined small businesses and driven health care costs up considerably. The people as a whole are tired of seeing our country go down the crapper. Is The Donald the best pick? Time will tell, but it was a certainty that Hillary Clinton was not the candidate to fix our country no mind that fact that there is an abundance of proof that she used her position in our govt. to further her and slick Willies personal wealth. The thing I am most grateful for is that no liberal judge will be appointed to the Supreme Court and our Constitution will be protected for years to come. God Bless America and all the good it stands for!

  12. Fredrick says:

    Pierre we have different views but this was a very well written piece.

    The quote bellow is exactly how I felt for the last 8 years and how I would have felt if HRC would have won. We are all Americans first and for most (assuming you are here legally). This is our country, we all love our country and we want the best for it and our families. We just disagree how we do that and think the other side is wrong and a bunch of idiots (and you are :-) ).

    ” But it’s still my government. As unreservedly as I voted for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump is unreservedly, unquestionably my president. That he’s a nut case doesn’t make him less so. A government changed hands, but no one took anything back yesterday. There was nothing to take back, nor to give, unless some of us don’t belong here while others do. I don’t think that’s the case, and if you do, I’m pretty sure you’re the one who doesn’t belong. That said, there are interesting times to cover. Dissidence is not dishonorable, and for some of us it’s a more suited role than groupthink.”

    Keep up the good work Pierre. You will have lots and lots of material for the next 4 years.

  13. Now Pierre knows how I felt eight years ago.

  14. Than you Pierre, you have so perfectly put into words the feelings and thoughts that have come to rest in my head and my very sick feeling being. I only hope that those who voted for the man based only on their desire for change whatever that change might be are not surprised by the changes even they are going to have to endure.

  15. Ray says:

    All I can say is you Democrats deserve this outcome. Us Trump supporters were called deplorables, and many other names, but did you see even 1 hillary sign vandalized by us? I myself a retired Navy Seal had over 140, yes 140 signs stolen, vandalized etc. from various areas of Palm coast. Funny they never touched the ones in my yard though. Enough is enough with this politically correct crap, disrespect of law enforcement and the list goes on. If you actually listened to a full speech you would see Donald Trump is a great man. I love how people twist everything he says. He wants Illegals removed from here not legal immigrants. Trump has only talk against him. Ive worked for the clintons and they are scum. Murderers, liars, cheaters, and that list goes on as well. Trump hates women? Did you ever see a rally? Some even had a 3 to 1 female to male ratio. Cry all you want but the simple fact is you didnt show up to vote. You had a chance and as fact shows, even a rigged one, but True American Trump supporters showed up and said its time to Make America Great Again for ALL.

  16. footballen says:

    I am truly sorry you have so much fear and angst over the election. I really am sorry for that. I just hope that people, ALL people decide to look into WHY things happened the way they did. When Obama was first elected I heard so many people react the same way, much more privately albeit. I tried to convince those I care about to stop and ask themselves why things happen. At first I kept getting the same answer. Because Democrats are stupid. I tried for a while to continue to converse on the matter and eventually some people began to give it some thought. I hope everyone who is disappointed in the election decides to stop calling the opposing side stupid further widening the gap, and chooses to figure out why things actually happened the way they did. Why did people make this decision. I can promise you this, calling them stupid and shouting at the roof tops about what an atrocity this was will not bring you any closer to understanding it nor will it help in any way.

  17. DaveT says:

    I disagree with the comparison of sorts to 9/11. I lost a good friend in the towers a fireman trying to save people trapped from the hateful act of terrorism. The election is no terrorist plot no one died. Maybe changes will come, but its “to soon to call it”. Sure there are some sore losers, the media that lost their chance to get Hillary elected and now the press will print all sorts of what ifs. Again sore losers looking for a story in a story that is not there. Trump won because America is sick and tired of the crap our establishment of politicians and the media have been preaching for years. The workers and the middle class had enough and they voted. I don’t like either one, but we elected, those of us that did vote the best of the worst America had to offer. Trump can’t do any worst than Obama or George W Bush. I look at this election as , will it be the same old same old worthless congressional mess with the old time demos and repubs playing their “its all about me card” or will these people do what they are supposed to do and work to fix America ?

    In the end, its still about Congress, Presidents come and go. My take anyone that has been a Senator or a Representatives with time over 12 years should be removed from office, its time for a change there as well. These people have destroyed America for a long time and one man or woman residing in that TOP Chair is not going to change that.

  18. RayD says:

    It be okay. Breath deep, enjoy the day. This is cyclical and it will pass. Checks and balances are still in effect. What is troubling is that the House, the Senate and the presidency are now all in Republican hands. Maybe it was time for this? We ‘ll see. It should be interesting as it unfolds.

  19. stjohnspatriot says:

    I am pulling for Trump today like too many never could for President Obama. As Obama said so eloquently Wednesday, “Everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we are actually all on one team…This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first; we’re not Republicans first. We’re Americans first. We’re patriots first.” Thanks Obama.

  20. Brian says:

    Poor Pierre – you want some cheese with that whine? Just relax, you’re going to be fine – relax and take a deep breath. when it gets too tough, you can vacation in Canada with Whoopi, Joy, George, Al, Wesley, and all of the left-wing goofballs that promised to move (have they left yet?). It may be a good time – I hear that Springsteen, Bon-Jovi, Jay Z and Lady GaGa are having a Farewell Tour in Toronto. Farewell HILLARY, that is!

  21. jadobi says:

    Regardless of whom anyone voted for, I find it ridiculous that people are rioting in the streets over this election. Eight years ago, there were just as many unhappy citizens who accepted Obama as the President. We have gotten way too sensitive during that period. This is part of the checks and balances. Btw, I was for neither Clinton nor Trump.

  22. Makeitso1701 says:

    I know exactly why trump won. We Democrats under estimated the power of the KKK, NRA and all of their followers that came out of the woodwork. trumps supporters are so racist and blind, they are willing to vote against their own best interest. The terrorist must have been celebrating trump’s victory on Tuesday, along with the millionaires,billionaires.
    God help us!

    • Pierre Tristam says:

      No Makeitso, Trump won for many reasons, but one of the most glaring is that Democrats did not vote: the election drew 1 million fewer votes than in 2004, when there were 30 million fewer people in the country (yes of course that 30 million difference is made up of 29.9 million undocumented immigrants who’d have all voted three times in three time zones each had it not been for voter ID laws, but still), and 6 million fewer than in 2012. This loss is squarely on Democrats, and on Clinton taking too much for granted.

  23. TylerDurden says:

    Phase 1 is now complete but we have much work ahead. 32% of this country still believes media to be unbiased, they must be awoken. Everyone needs to cancel cable tv / cancel all newspapers/magazines nor spend money on biased films, and use ad blockers for all biased news sites and begin to bankrupt them all , YES WE CAN!

    We need to remove the UN and leave NATO, cut ties with the EU. And begin the removal of biased colleges and universities and Indoctrination in public schools. We need to begin removal of the 30 mega rich parasites who own 95% of all wealth to make the lives of billions better.

    FORWARD!

  24. TylerDurden says:

    Remember Trump ran against both republicans and democrats and won. So there is still check and balances RayD

  25. Freddy says:

    When Obama won did the Republicans riot in the streets? Why do people steal Trump signs but not Hillary signs? Who is backing Black live matter movement Republicans or Democrats. It show how Democrats are more violent then Republicans.

  26. Terminus says:

    People don’t understand why this election was so important and why people are so upset. The words of a man, an elected leader targeting minority groups with hateful rhetoric, hate filled promises of building a wall, deporting immigrants, banning Muslims, attacking women’s rights, LGBT rights, destroying families with votes and the swipe of a pen. He will replace a conservative justice on the Supreme Court with a conservative justice but therein lies the wrinkle, what if Ruth Bader Ginsberg cannot continue throughout Trump’s presidency? He will replace her with another conservative justice. That is why many people are up in arms. A conservative court WILL rescind women’s rights, WILL rescind the rights of LGBT people, WILL rescind all of the progress this country has made over the last twenty to thirty years and flip it around, erasing gains in equality, justice, and common sense.

    The words of a man set this fear in motion, created this panic and people have every right to fear what’s coming. Build a wall, throw out the immigrants from Mexico and stop Muslims from entering the country. Does it stop there? It’s Pandora’s Box and once opened, people will appeal to their congressional leaders – go after Asians, go after Cubans, go after Canadians, go after Europeans, go after Jews, go after Indians. Think that’s crazy? Far fetched? It’s not. He’s already targeting two groups of people with his hateful rhetoric what’s stopping him from targeting more?

    Want to know another reason some people are so afraid? Conversion Therapy. Ever hear of it? Maybe. Maybe not. It’s part of the official GOP platform and something Mike Pence, the Vice President, advocated public spending on in Indiana. What is Conversion Therapy? Conversion Therapy is a forceful and traumatic process of forcing someone from gay to straight. The methods can include exorcism, electroshock therapy, inducing nausea and if administered can lead to depression, drug use, anxiety, and suicide. It’s not effective. It’s inhumane. It’s banned in five states and yet, Mike Pence and the GOP feel the need to include this as part of their platform. Why? Why include it if it’s not something that will be entertained? People want to pretend to be something they aren’t, that’s their choice. They want to elect to go through this, again, their choice. But to have it as part of the party platform and knowing that people that voted for Trump are fine with this is scary. If you don’t like LGBT people then don’t be one, don’t befriend them and don’t talk to them. Your voice was heard this election. In fact the voices of all those that hate women, think women shouldn’t have any rights or say over their bodies, that people of color don’t matter, that immigrants and their families don’t matter, that Muslims should be banned, that Mexicans should be deported, that a wall should be built, that LGBT people aren’t people, all you’re voices have been heard, loud and clear but you know what? I will not be silenced. I will not let men dictate what I can do with my body. I will not let people treat me like I’m not a human being because I don’t fit into their perfect mold. I will not go down without a fight. I’m stronger today than I was yesterday and I’ll be even stronger tomorrow.

    This is the reality of a Trump world. People were “afraid” of Obama because of the color of his skin, because they were afraid of the “camps”, gun grabs, “urban way of life” and where was all of that? Huh? Eight years and he did nothing of the sort. You know why? Because he wasn’t evil. Was he perfect? Far from it but he never once used the words that Donald Trump used about human beings. That’s the fear and comparing Trump to Obama and the “fear” of eight years is misplaced, misguided and uninformed. Straight, white men have nothing to fear. This is their world, as it always has been but even more so now because of a Trump victory. The fear for minority groups, for women that care about their rights, for people that are different, is very real. Don’t you dare tell me or any one of us to get over this. It is my right, our right to fight for ourselves and be heard because our rights and the threat of removing those rights will not be taken away so easily. The day hope died – November 8, 2016. The day an activist was born – November 8, 2016.

  27. John says:

    Democrats simply chose the wrong candidate. The Clintons have way too much baggage.

    I am not a Republican or a Democrat, but it is easy to see why Trump won. I worked for DT back in the late 90’s, and he is brilliant…which led to his victory. I saw this quote today:

    “Conservatives and people of faith have been hounded from their jobs, silenced, and punished for refusing to go along with the left’s agenda. The left demanded cultural homogeneity and is outraged that Americans refuse to go along with their anti-Christian secular agenda.” Erick Erickson

    He knows people, and he knows strategy.

    Democrats, next time chose a candidate that is more moderate, and maybe you will have a better chance.

  28. I am with Mr. Tristam says:

    Erase all of the egregious commentary… despite the fact you in your natural state openly solicit the input of one and all…

    whether metaphoric or in actuality… rid yourself and us all of the NOISE.

    You are not alone.

    Words will never equal the justice owed and owned in defense of your ability to always being the VOICE.

    Never Stop.

    Always Love.

    Continue to BE

  29. Sherry says:

    A Great Article Pierre and wonderful comments Merrill. . . right on!

    Regarding the expected, divisive “gloating” comments. . . that is precisely why millions are protesting in the streets!

    Take 7 minutes for this video that has gone viral:

  30. Sherry says:

    We should all remember that Secretary Clinton WON the popular vote. So perhaps there really is something to the rigging of the election.

    Rather than focusing on the politicians (now including Trump) who often do NOT represent anyone but their own self interests and MONEY. . . we should rise up and demand political reform:

    1. An END to accepting MONEY, beyond the salary for the position. Right now, we have the corruption of legal bribery in the form of campaign contributions and lobbying. We should fund each candidate with exactly the same amount of money and require that they account for their spending of every penny.

    2. END the Electoral College. . . we certainly have the ability to have accurate, direct elections, nationwide.

    3. END Gerrymandering!

    4. Implement Term Limits for every political position

    5. Implement a Mandatory Retirement age for every judge, including the Supreme Court

  31. Sherry says:

    Thank you Terminus. . . very valid points! Unfortunately, they will be lost on many who comment here.

  32. Greg says:

    Yes Sherry, Hilary did win the popular vote – by about 200,000. However, she had a plurality of over 2.6 million in CA and 1.5 million in NY. In other words – 4 million in two states. If you take the total California vote it equates to 156000 people per electoral vote. The next most populous state, TX was 234000 per electoral vote.
    Are you getting this? The electoral college actually helped Clinton’s 228 total. In FL, it was 323000 per vote. WHO the hell is voting in California??? 3 guesses and the first 2 don’t count.

    Give me a break

  33. Veteran says:

    Sherry, she won the popular vote because of the two very democratic most heavily populated states, CA and NY, both were lopsided victories.

  34. Rich Mikola says:

    Thank God!! the Supreme Court is saved from the liberals. Let the left whine and riot in the streets because things didn’t go their way. Ding dong the witch is dead!! Can’t wait for all the Hollywood types to leave the country, as promised, Semper Fi!

  35. Greg says:

    And just to put further clarification on the subject, California issues drivers licenses to “undocumented” aliens. The state also allows voting WITH only a drivers license.

  36. Sherry says:

    @Greg. . . please check Snopes . . . your “conspiracy theory” about California voting rules is false!

    A quick visit to the DMV’s website reveals that besides passing written and road tests, recipients of new legal-resident drivers licenses must show a Social Security card and prove their “legal presence” in California and the nation.

    That proof can be a birth certificate, passport, immigration green card or even Border Patrol crossing cards and Mexican consular IDs. Only those whose identification proves they are eligible to vote will automatically be registered.

    That’s why Padilla could confidently say after Brown signed the new law: “We’ve built the protocols and the firewalls to not register people that aren’t eligible. We’re going to keep those firewalls in place.”

    But the Tea Party and other conservative organizations that oppose making voting easier for eligible citizens ignore all this.

  37. Common Sense says:

    What a very terrible and dangerous outcome.

    No, he is not my President and I will spend the next four years working to make sure he is never elected again.
    Already the persecution has begun:

    “Just hours after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, his black-outreach director Omarosa Manigault told reporters “it’s so great our enemies are making themselves clear” because her boss “has a long memory and we’re keeping a list.”

  38. anon2 says:

    The day after:….

    Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2 million votes. In 2000, when Gore won the popular vote, the Supreme Court appointed George Bush. Other than that, except two times in the 1800s, thus has never happened before. I hope that Trump/Pence govern accordingly.

  39. Anonymous says:

    We should all be learning a lot more about Pence and Preibus since they will be the ones governing. Trump is a glorified Carnival Barker. The thing that distinguishes Narcissists is that think of themselves as the most important and powerful beings on the planet. The American electorate has just justified that feeling in Trump. It will be interesting (and, hopefully, not too terrifying) to watch how the powers that REALLY intend to be propose to reign him in, on the occasions that it is not in the best interests of their agendas to unleash him on the rest of us.

  40. Carol Scott says:

    Scott says:
    Thank you, Pierre, for once again, reminding us of your true value as a journalist and good human being. Thank you for helping us through a very difficult time after the uninformed electorate voted for an uninformed person to lead (?) the country we love. Thank you, Terminus, for voicing what millions of us feel about what such a hateful man can do to influence throngs of uninformed persons to embrace the hate he spews. Pray for our wounded country after the hate in the White House produces a right wing SCOUS, suppresses more voting rights, environmental rights, gun rights, LBGT rights, women’s rights, human rights.

  41. Knightwatch says:

    He’s not president of all. He is merely a degenerate sociopath that awakened the vile underbelly of this nation and now leads that underbelly. Our nation is diminished and disgraced before the entire world.

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