Monday, January 2, 2017

Week 54: 2017! (January 2, 2017)

Dear Readers,

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Another Week In Trump Tweets

Monday, December 26, 2016

It started off innocently enough, with three statements against Obama “President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! - jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.”

“President Obama campaigned hard (and personally) in the very important swing states, and lost.The voters wanted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

“Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!”

Then this troubling statement: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!”

And another two passive-aggressive “sore winner” statements: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!”

“I thought and felt I would win big, easily over the fabled 270 (306). When they cancelled fireworks, they knew, and so did I.”

From a disgusting pro-Russia approach to a continual taunting of Democrats and President Obama, these tweets have a bit of everything. And they’re a full display of everything worrying about our president-elect.

Gerard Baker’s Interesting Approach to Covering Things Now

Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker has taken a strange approach to his coverage. When asked about Donald Trump’s false statements he remarked, “I’d be careful about using the word ‘lie.’ ‘Lie’ implies much more than just saying something that’s false. It implies a deliberate intent to mislead.” Now, that’d be one thing coming from Kellyanne Conway. But coming from a journalist whose job is to inform the people, this is strange. Now, we know the WSJ is a somewhat conservative publication, but a following answer truly proves that: “This is happening all the time now, people are looking at what Donald Trump’s saying and saying, ‘This is false, it’s a false claim.’ I think people are saying, ‘You know what, Hillary Clinton said a lot things that were false.’ I don’t remember the press being quite so concerned about saying she lied in headlines and stories like that.”

Semi-Bold Political Predictions for 2017:

American politics:
-At least one Trump cabinet official, as well at least one non-cabinet official, will not be confirmed by the Senate
-On January 1, 2018, Donald Trump’s approval rating will be around 37%
-”Calexit” will reach 25% support in polls
-Democrats will hold the Virginia gubernatorial election, and pick up the seat in New Jersey
-Preliminary Democratic primary polling will continue to show Sanders and Warren with leads, but as it becomes clearer neither will run, newer candidates will gain momentum

International politics:
-Maxime Bernier will pull off an upset to win the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race
-Francois Fillon will defeat Marine Le Pen in the French presidential runoff 55-45
-Angela Merkel’s CDU will lead parliament in Germany yet again, albeit with a minority government.
-Jonas Gahr Støre’s Liberals (and coalition) will take a majority in Norway
-There will not be another Scottish independence referendum

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