The morning after Stephanie Clifford, AKA Stormy Daniels the “stripper porn star” appeared on 60 Minutes giving rise to their highest rating in ten years, a group of women, steadfast Trump supporters shared their own views with CNN on who Americans should believe. These women have vowed to stand by their president.
In spite of Trump’s usual rhetoric ranging fromNFL players kneelingto Amazon needing to be reigned in, it is the Stormy Daniels debacle that has given way to the president’s first seemingly self-imposed vow of silence, not having tweeted a single character in regard to the allegations of infidelity that took place over a decade ago. At the time, Trump was already into his third marriage and a new father. Infidelity is not so much the issue, even if we ignore the moral implications, but where the president’s exposure is buried is in the allegation that he tried to buy Daniels’ silence for $130,000 just days before the 2016 election. This act may be tantamount to an illegal contribution to the Trump campaign. Political repercussions abound.
Trump is like a wrecking ball leaving children in his wake. A president is supposed to care about all people, not just the ones of voting age who agree with his agenda. On March 24, 2018, when the kids came to Washington the president ran away. The trip to his resort in Florida suddenly became the moral imperative rather than the responsibilities of the office to which he had been elected.
Some weeks earlier he had held listening sessions but when he had an opportunity to apply what he had learned, the president ran away. Trump seemed to run as fast as his Chicken Little legs could take him. The sky is falling, has fallen on the victims of gun violence. Arguably, a committed leader would be running to help those kids and all Americans. And yet, when their collective voices were raised, the president ran away.
Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland shooting spree, ran toward the falling sky.
The first time I heard the sound of gunfire, it sounded like firecrackers, until the people around me ran for their lives. Bright lights from a passing car and the sound of firecrackers, that’s all I really remember.
Chances are on February 14th the teenagers, children really, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas didn’t know what those sounds were at first, nor did the elementary school children at Sandy Hook in 2012. Not at first. Canada is not without its gun violence. Although not on the same par as American mass shootings, nonetheless, gun violence continues to spread, scattering like buckshot. Things are different in Canada, and of course, Canada didn’t have a leader who boasted he could stand in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and not lose any voters. The real question is, if someone else committed this unspeakable act, could Trump still not lose voters? 26 days later, the messages are still mixed.
“All of this has happened before and will happen again.”
As the 60’s rock group, Buffalo Springfield once sang, “There’s something happening here…There’s battle lines being drawn.” The devastation at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the most recent mass shooting involving an assault-type rifle. The debate over gun control has been fueled by a combination of enraged and engaged students, a town hall meeting gone bad for politicians, and a White House listening session that resulted in crude and dangerous recommendations by President Trump. Add to the mix a CPAC meeting, where the NRA’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre, gave a defiant speech warning that a perceived socialist agenda would strip away 2nd Amendment rights.Continue reading “Opinion | Buffalo Springfield, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and The Hour of the Gun”→
On January 20, 2017, the world changed, and the fight for Democracy began.
“As a writer living so close to our American neighbour, the country’s pulse beats so loudly, its sound is heard around the world, but never clearer than here in Canada. During Trump’s first 365 days in office, that pulse was, and still is erratic but remains strong. This was the year that Americans fought for America, unlike any other struggle in their recent history.”
In his first work of non-fiction, Canadian novelist and poet, k.g. Sambrano keenly observes and scribes the phenomenon known as Donald J. Trump, and America’s struggle against his policies, his history, and often the man himself during his first 365 days in office. This is a collection of twenty-two carefully selected essays written contemporaneously spanning from the time of Trump’s Muslim ban and firing of James Comey, to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and eventually culminating in the arrest of a Louisiana school teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, in the examination of violence and intolerance under the Trump banner. Click here for more information.
On some level, Donald Trump really does see himself as the hero—white hat, steed and all. As a one-time newbie candidate without a platform, it was not coincidental that Trump adopted the Populist approach, one that appealed to the “average” American. His stance on immigration, transgender persons in the military, and most recently his Tax Reform Bill, remains unpopular with the majority of Americans, yet these policies are the white horse upon which Trump believes himself to ride. And the platform that allows him to maintain his political base.
In the New Times interview of July 2017, reporter Maggie Haberman shared a quaint anecdote where Trump’s granddaughter, Arabella, visited the Oval Office during the interview. The interaction between grandfather and granddaughter became a defining moment far beyond anything else he has done, not so much as president, but as a person.
Let me be clear, Trump does not want to be the villain. This is not surprising, as the most poignant villains in literature, film and history, always believe they are fighting for a noble cause.
Marshall McLuhan’s 1960’s mantra, “the medium is the message” could be a vital key to understanding both Donald Trump’s presidency and the seemingly mystical following he has cultivated. Focusing on the impact of the internet and Twitter, rather than the content, provides insight into a baffling political and social phenomenon.