|Vol. 15 No. 21
OCTOBER 19, 2020
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
by Jamala Rogers
by Jonathan Gramling
I am an optimist by nature and see the good in almost everyone I meet, although I must say that I never met
by Jamala Rogers
When Trump was running for office in 2016, I began to see the conservative change coming. In elections past, The Hues would receive
notices from the Republican Party as well as the Democratic Party. But things were pretty quiet relatively speaking in 2016.
Back in 2013, I attended President Obama’s inauguration through the White House Press Corps, in part. I applied for and received credentials. And The Hues was on
the White House press list. We received notifications when the president would be in the Midwest and received copies of his speeches as well as policy
pronouncements. The press of color was treated as a peer recognizing that there is a pecking order among the press beginning with the broadcast networks and
national correspondents. But we were at least in the game.
But after Donald Trump was elected president, all of that went silent. I haven’t received anything from the White House in four years. It was a different ballgame.
And them Trump revealed himself in stages, like the little kid pushing the pencil off the counter, seeing how many times he could do it before the “parent” in the room
would stop tolerating the behavior and push back. He began with the inflated numbers of those who attended his inauguration, exclaiming that it was the biggest
crowd ever. When I saw the U.S. Park Service photos, I knew that Trump was flat out lying. And he has been lying ever since on increasingly bigger and a more
Trump operates the U.S. government like he has run his businesses. His word and wants are primary and those who stand in the way are history sooner or later. We
have seen this through the revolving door at the White House.
And Trump feels that he should be able to hire and fire whomever he wants unilaterally. And so it seems that half of the people who work for him are unconfirmed.
Trump just ignores the rules because, in his mind, he is greater than the rules. Private businesses can be autocratic and Trump has brought that feature to the U.S.
Trump also counts on confusion. Trump’s white supremacist attitude and philosophy is an extension of his world view. Reality is what he makes it. And so there
really is no such thing as science as there are his dictates. And so Trump can say black is white and white is black and the world is flat and he could shoot someone
on a New York street and get away with it. Reality is what Trump says it is and he gets angry at — and will fire — anyone who dares to contradict him.
As the autocratic ruler — king if you will — everything is about Trump and his power. And so he chose to ignore the COVID-19 pandemic because it interfered with
his re-election efforts. He still believes that the end of COVID-19 is right around the corner. And why? Because he says it is and the science and the 220,000 deaths
be damned. -- READ MORE