Donald Trump

Who isn’t disgusted by Trump and his disgusting mob of supporters who attacked and ransacked the Capitol Building in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6? We need to eject this loser from the White House, jail him, and round up all his losers that did this now, and prosecute them to the full extent of the law! This is an insult to our democracy, an embarrassment to this country, and is treason!  Maybe those so-called “deplorables” who posted letters to the editor a few weeks back and love this guy so much and are “proud Republicans” who along with all those enablers of this president, might...
Americans are deeply shocked by the attack on American democracy that occurred in Washington DC on Jan. 6. It was a horrific sight to see armed terrorists swarm up the walls and steps of the United States Capitol, break down doors and windows, and enter the symbolic heart of our democracy while chanting murderous slogans. This was an insurrection, a direct attack on the principles that have guided this country since its founding nearly 250 years ago. Stunned Americans are wondering: “How do we repair our damaged democracy?” A starting point is to recognize that the insurrection of Jan. 6,...
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans, Sheriff Peter Newton, and High Bailiff (-elect) Dave Silberman released the following statement on January 7:   Yesterday, at the urging of President Donald J. Trump, a violent mob attempted to overthrow the United States Congress in order to prevent it from carrying out its Constitutional duty to certify the valid election of President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.   Yesterday’s events were the culmination of a months’-long effort by President Trump and his collaborators to override the will of...
Editor’s note: We are publishing this letter to the editor despite its many false statements and embrace of baseless conspiracy theories, and because it shows the thinking of an Addison County resident who has embraced those views. As the letter writer points out, the United States is divided, and our little part of the country is no exception; this letter should convince readers of that. We don’t seek to embarrass Mr. Bartlett by publishing his name linked to these false and destructive conspiracy theories, in fact he seemed delighted when told we would publish his letter. Typically, we...
MIDDLEBURY — President Donald Trump’s refusal to recognize former Vice President Joe Biden as president-elect has prevented collaboration between his team and Biden’s.  “I would say this is abnormal in the sense that you’re not having active cooperation between the outgoing and the incoming administration,” said Middlebury College political science professor Matt Dickinson.  The traditional cooperation facilitates a smooth transition of power between administrations. Dickinson said the incoming president can benefit from the guidance of the sitting president’s administration and that Trump’s...
“The war for truth is now the war to preserve our democracy,” is how New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman summed up the state of the union in the wake of Trump’s defeat and his willingness to fabricate falsehoods about fraudulent votes and rigged elections. Friedman’s fraught warning has been five years in the making, ever since Trump stepped onto the political stage with a particular aversion to truth, honesty and reality.  Here are the honest facts of this election: Biden is poised to win 306 electoral college votes leaving Trump with 232 — the same margin of victory that Trump beat...
We have to confess we desperately wanted to run the headline in today’s paper that proclaimed, in large type across the front page: “America to Trump: YOUR FIRED!” And we hoped to read versions of that theme in newspapers across the country. It didn’t happen. Not because Biden may not win, but because the repudiation of Trump was not that dramatic. Rather it was close when it shouldn’t have been.  The election can be boiled down into a few words: Democrat Joe Biden will likely win the Electoral College vote and the popular vote, by the thinnest of margins, while Republicans upset Democratic...
It is election season. Many folks have already voted. This letter is written to those who have not yet voted and may be undecided about who to vote for, or who are considering voting for President Trump. There are a number of things that are facts about the current president. •  He is not a truth teller. He lies and misinforms on a daily basis. (ex. Empty promises for a new health care plan… plus many more.) •  He has a low regard for expertise and experience in any area, and also a disregard for science. (Ignoring epidemiologists in dealing with the pandemic. Threw out the pandemic plan that...
This letter is meant to scare you. We all should be scared. There are very credible authorities all across the country, of both political parties, who are deeply concerned that our democracy and the stability of our country are going to be tested in this election in ways that we have not experienced in our lifetimes. The potential is very high that President Trump will contest the election results by any means at his disposal if he should lose, throwing our nation into serious, potentially violent, chaos — essentially retaining power in a coup.  I don’t say this lightly.  Trump has threatened...
When we see something in someone that we cannot stand; that we hate or revolt from; that is so offensive; lies, corruption, vanity, insincerity, mental instability, greed, sour attitude, etc.; it is only because we each can have some of these bad qualities deep in ourselves, and to see someone display those qualities outwardly, “no holds barred,” makes you and me cringe because it reminds us that those horrible desires are ways that we try to repress in ourselves.  Let this man — and we all know who I speak of — remind us of our shortcomings and what we need to address in ourselves— what we...

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