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Donald Trump is a Contradiction, Just Like His Tweets

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

Calling Donald Trump a contradiction would be one of the nicer ways to describe someone whose existence, not to mention current standing as President of the United States, makes many people emotionally distraught.

But along with President Trump’s contradictory and often gibberish-filled verbal remarks are his tweets.

Here are some of the most galling…

Trump bashes protesters and then praises them

 

First, the contradiction. Trump’s first tweet suggested that the protests were offensive because no one has the right to speak out over the results of an election. His next tweet, less than two hours later, said peaceful protests are a “hallmark” of our democracy — the same democracy he had just criticized.

Just as scary as the tweets is the fact that Trump seemingly has two personalities or someone physically taking his phone and correcting his mistakes. Which is worse?

No one has more respect for women?

Here’s a lovely tweet from Trump from 2012:

After many sexist remarks while campaigning, including comments made toward reporter Megyn Kelly claiming her period impacting her demeanor, Trump said no one has more respect for women than he does. Really? It would seem that someone who uses a tweet to criticize a woman’s appearance (not to mention all of the other horrific comments he’s made about women) has a lot of work to do when it comes to respect for women. And that brings us to…

Perverts shouldn’t hold office

Trump’s campaign was thought to be done in when video emerged of him saying he would forcibly touch women, going as far as to say he would “grab ’em by the pussy.” He was also accused of rape by his ex-wife, accused of statutory rape by another woman and accused of walking through dressing rooms filled with teenage girls during his beauty pageants and staring at them in various states of undress. Trump also reportedly once cornered a reporter and propositioned her for sex. But he thinks sexual perverts shouldn’t be able to hold public office.

Anthony Weiner disgraced himself by sexting multiple women while married. Trump? He’s done far worse. But thanks for the wisdom, Donald!

Anyway, this list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Trump’s VP, Mike Pence.

Speaking of that Muslim Ban

Hey, Mike Pence, what do you think of potentially banning Muslims from entering the country?

Wow. What a level-headed and firm statement. Wait. What’s that? The Trump administration, with the full support of Pence, attempted to implement a travel ban that would target Muslims based solely on their religion?

I’m shocked.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

The Right Hand Man Went to the Theatre

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Current Events/Politics

By now I’m sure you’ve heard all about VP-elect Mike Pence’s appearance in the audience of Hamilton – yes, the Broadway show you and I can’t get tickets for.

Pence was walking out of the theatre prior to the curtain call when the cast took the opportunity to share their collective sentiment toward Pence’s (and Donald Trump’s) policies, with the following statement from lead actor Brandon Victor Dixon, according to CNN:

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do,” Dixon said. “We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”

Here’s what happened before and after:

  • Upon Pence’s arrival at the theatre, the majority of the audience greeted him with boos.
  • Trump (true to form…) took to Twitter and demanded an apology from the cast of Hamilton for its collective “harassment” of the VP-elect.

Regardless of your political affiliation, I see a few problems with the entirety of the situation.

  • Even Pence deserves a break from politics. He is, just like you and I, allowed to attend a performance of a musical without having to hear about work.
  • That said, he is the VP-elect and is constantly in the public eye and under perpetual scrutiny. He took the job, and to say that he should expect to discuss his policies (or even Trump’s policies and campaign promises) wherever he goes is an understatement.
  • As the head of Trump’s transition team, Pence could have picked a different time to see Hamilton other than right in the middle of the transition. He doesn’t have to wait to see Hamilton like we all do; he could wait until after January 20.
  • If the above transcript is correct, Dixon and the cast were perfectly respectful in their address to Pence, even urging the audience to not “boo” him. For Trump to claim harassment on the part of the cast is absurd.
  • And finally, a note to the audience: to echo the words of our soon to be former POTUS – while “Don’t boo, vote” doesn’t apply anymore, “Don’t boo, work toward change” does.

 

Disclaimer: The political views expressed in this article do not necessarily express the views of Not Another Millennial Blog. 

To My Fellow American Millennials

Author: Alli Jean, Current Events/Politics

To My Fellow American Millennials,

This is the blog post I really hoped I wouldn’t have to write, yet sadly am not surprised to find myself confronted with.

First, Donald Trump, Mike Pence and their supporters are to be congratulated. You won. You proved so many people wrong and you inspired millions of people to unite in supporting you. So, congratulations. I may not agree with a single one of your policies but I can acknowledge what you have accomplished. You will be our President. That’s how Democracy works.

While we have every right to fight every last policy you put forth, part of the privilege of being American citizens is respecting the process we have set forth. Unless we work together to change how the electoral process works, the reality is that America chose to elect Donald Trump Tuesday night.

So, I think we need to be honest about the varied but fervent emotions that are reverberating among us right now.

Those who opposed and voted against Trump are fearful. Fearful of what is to come, of the idea that the progress that has been made prior to and over the last eight years will be eliminated, fear for the livelihood of our neighbors, friends and family, fear that the rights we treasure will be taken away, fear that diversity will be overcome by oppression and fear that our global relationships will be tarnished by the decision we have just made.

But, those who support Trump have been living in fear too. For many, the past eight years have not brought as much economic improvement as they had hoped. ISIS and other terrorist and extremist groups around the world have either formed or gotten stronger, and many fear imminent danger in terms of our National Security. Many feel that this fear is compounded by the fact that their second amendment rights could be taken away, and that society is becoming too open-minded in terms of accepting those of different backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities and cultural interests.

The idea that everything must be politically correct has created a backlash and inevitable protest that elected someone who has and will say anything he believes, no matter the consequence.

Regardless of if you fit into one of the above categories or you don’t, we need to recognize that while we may vehemently disagree and even argue that one of the two sentiments above have been constructed from outright lies, it doesn’t mean they aren’t real to those who believe them. Fear is how we got here, and understanding that might hopefully lead us to work with one another differently now. We need to heal.

Throughout history, we revere those who have stood up to injustice. Now it’s our turn…again. We built this country by standing up to oppression, by fighting for religious liberty, and by declaring that this will be a land where all people are created equal. However, it wasn’t perfect then, was it? And we find ourselves standing at a similar precipice now.

The future depends on where we go from here. Maybe Trump won’t fulfill his campaign promises, and I truly hope he will do as he said he would do in his victory speech Tuesday night and be the President and advocate for every American. But if Trump and Pence do what they have built their campaign upon, the well-being of anyone who is not a wealthy, white male is in jeopardy.

If you are not Christian (especially if you are Muslim or Jewish), if you are Hispanic or any other race, if you are disabled, if you are a member of the LGBT+ Community, if you are a woman, if you are from a working-class family, if you are living in poverty or close to it, if you are undocumented. The list goes on and on.

Here’s why I have hope: Americans thrive in the face of adversity. It is our life blood. Traditionally, we have made progress very slowly, with one group paving the way for the next group of crusaders to take up their cause.

But perhaps the fact that so many have so much to lose under our next President will mean that we will rise up together to prevent the unthinkable. We know the rhetoric that has been spread throughout this election season, by many of the candidates, but it is now up to us to prevent these thoughts of bigotry from becoming an oppressive reality.

If we’re being honest, a lot of us were disappointed with a lot of the choices this election. Maybe we needed this to motivate ourselves to do better. If there’s one thing everyone learned from this campaign, it’s that passion for a candidate and his or her ideas is a much stronger motivator than disdain of a candidate’s opponent. So, let’s use that to our advantage.

Now is the time to become politically aware. To run for office. To stand up for the environment, for all people facing prejudice. To learn to articulate your views with poise, compassion and finally to be willing to compromise when needed. Now is the time when we should examine the electoral process and reform the metrics within it that are obsolete, to explore the idea that a two party system may not be the best way to govern, to write to our elected officials and demand that they serve those who elected them and not their special interests.

We also need to remember that contradictorily, the GOP took control of the House and the Senate while simultaneously, a number of progressive Democrats won congressional seats across the United States. Both parties are ready for change and new blood within our congress gives us the opportunity to do so.

It would be so easy right now to give in to both the fear and bigotry that have been omnipresent throughout this election. But that’s not who we are as Americans. Let’s remind those around the world who are watching our next move that Americans always win against tyranny, and we’re not about to stop now.

Love, peace and understanding to all of you,

Alli

Disclaimer: The political views expressed in this article do not necessarily express the views of Not Another Millennial Blog. 

2016 VEEP Debate Recap

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence faced off Tuesday night in the first and only VEEP debate of election season.

It came with a shred of the fanfare of Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s first debate, but was quite amusing in its own right – if not enlightening…

Were there any crazy moments?
Not a specific one, but the entire debate was a series of the two of them talking over one another, Pence making faces and shaking his head, Kaine nodding at nothing in particular, and moderator Elaine Quijano interrupting and admonishing them as if they were children misbehaving in class. The self-awareness of the candidates was mildly amusing, as they knew they were making a mockery of the debate but smiled and shrugged it off the whole time.

How much time was actually spent on their own records?
Virtually none. Pence dodged nearly every question about his record, and Kaine wasn’t really asked about his. One of these men could eventually lead the free world, and while it’s understandable that Vice Presidential debates focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates at the top of the ticket, it would’ve been good to have at least one portion dedicated to their own record and policy – especially since so much of what Pence has done is alarming.

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What was Kaine’s best moment?
After Pence accused the Clinton campaign of being more insult-driven than the Trump campaign (which was hysterical), Kaine laid out a bunch of Trump’s insults, such as women being slobs, his comments about women’s weight, his degrading comments about African Americans and more. Kaine also quoted Ronald Reagan – a favorite of the GOP establishment – saying “some fool or maniac could trigger a catastrophic (nuclear) event,” while citing Trump as the type of person Reagan was thinking of.

Campaign 2016 VP Debate

What was Pence’s best moment?
No specific moment stood out, but his ability to deflect questions and defend everything Trump has done and said was impressive. His policies weren’t brought up, so the danger of him wasn’t exposed. But compared to Trump’s infantile debate performance that was arguably the worst since debates were first televised in 1960, he was great. But again, it would’ve been nice if Quijano brought up the fact that he’s opposed to so many things Trump has been in favor of, such as preventing Muslims from entering the country.

With this debate in the rearview mirror, the focus will now switch to the final two Presidential debates – October 9 from Washington University in St. Louis and October 19 from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

Mike Pence is Almost as Scary as Donald Trump

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

I’ve already told you why Donald Trump is unfit to be President, a distinction he’s added to over the last few days while picking a fight with the Muslim parents of a deceased war hero.

And while Trump ascending to the White House is something all Americans should be fearful of, you should also be scared of his running mate, Mike Pence.

Pence, the 57-year-old Governor of Indiana, seems like a perfectly rational and thoughtful human being when juxtaposed with Trump. A deeper dive reveals the truth…

Pence is anti-gay
As Governor of Indiana in 2014, Pence attempted to amend the state’s constitution in order to ban same-sex marriage, but his effort was defeated.

In 2015, Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would’ve allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers if they claimed allowing them to be patrons went against their religious beliefs.After a nationwide outcry – including pushback from the NCAA – Pence eventually changed the language in the legislation while claiming the original bill was misunderstood.

He began the crusade to defund Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit that provides women with access to safe abortions, but 96 percent of their services revolve around birth control, emergency contraception, sex education, LGBT services, cervical cancer screening, pregnancy testing, STD treatment, breast cancer screening, and more.

For most conservatives, though, the above facts are ignored while their party fights to defund Planned Parenthood entirely — a crusade that was started by Pence. While Pence and other republicans have been unsuccessful in their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood nationally, Pence has cut funding in Indiana, which led the only HIV testing center in Scott County, Indiana (a Planned Parenthood center that did not offer access to abortions), to close.

He signed an anti-abortion law that was later overturned
In March, Pence’s anti-abortion stance led him to sign a law that would’ve prevented women from getting abortions because of the “race, gender, or disability” of the fetus.

The law, which caused another major public backlash for Pence, could’ve forced women to endure high-risk pregnancies, but was blocked by a federal judge in June.

He’s as pro-gun as it gets
Most Republicans side with the NRA in order to easily solicit their support when running for election or re-election, but Pence — who has an A+ rating from the NRA — takes it a step further.He recently signed into law a measure that allows people to keep firearms locked in their vehicles while parked on school property.

In addition to teachers, parents and visitors, students are also allowed to have guns locked in their cars as long as they have permission from their principal. What could possibly go wrong?

Passing anti-gun laws won’t prevent every shooting, but politicians should be doing everything they can to prevent even one senseless death. Instead, Republicans like Pence not only block laws that would prevent those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns, they pass new ones that put Americans in even more danger.

He doesn’t believe in global warming or evolution
It’s hard to know if denying evolution or global warming are things Pence actually believes or things he wants people to think he believes. But it’s awful either way.

Global warming is real and the potential consequences terrifying. Having someone in the White House who isn’t ready to counter it would be quite scary.

When it comes down to it, Pence isn’t temperamentally unfit to hold the office of the President. However, nearly everything else about him leads you to believe that he’d use the power of the office to attempt to impose a radical agenda that would set the country back.

Donald Trump being in possession of the nuclear codes is a terrifying thought, but so is the idea of Mike Pence holding the highest office in the land. Vote wisely.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.