A fascinating — and detailed — story will be written one day that explains how Donald Trump identified enough people to do his bidding.
As just one example, how did Rudy Giuliani move from being the celebrated mayor of New York City to an enabler in less than two decades?
We know that loonies such as Roger Stone gravitate to oddball Republicans, but how did otherwise seemingly reasonable people become what they’ve become over the past four or so years?
Forget Mitch McConnell. He was a snake long before Trump became president. But what about Vice President Mike Pence? His claim to being an upstanding and morale man flies in the face of his subservience to Trump. Why has Lindsey Graham swooned so hard and so often for the president?
And then there are the millions of voters who opted for a man with zero ethical or moral compass who say they are grounded in these traits.
Perhaps the answer is none of the people mentioned above ever were people of integrity, and Trump allowed their racism, hatred and nationalism to wake from the depths of their vacuous bodies.
As America races closer to 150,000 coronavirus cases each day, a bitter reality descends over America’s colleges and universities: The spring semester is in deep trouble.
Yes, the semester will begin in January. But it seems impossible to believe that even if it starts with a solid number of on-ground classes that such classes will last long.
We need to prepare for many weeks of remote delivery of instruction, with faculty and students at home and our campuses largely empty. For too many students, home is a less-than-perfect place to learn. And, yes, for too many faculty, home is a less-than-perfect place to teach.
It was roughly mid-March when America’s colleges and universities abandoned face-to-face instruction last spring, a policy that lasted for the entirety of the term. Only the most naive of us would accept that our nation’s higher education institutions will make it that far in 2021.
The data are scary: Spikes in coronavirus cases in almost every U.S. state. The federal response is scarier: The outgoing Trump administration is doing nothing to address the pandemic. The calendar is scariest: Flu season has arrived, and the combination of coronavirus and flu numbers will ensure hospital beds all across the country are filled to capacity, stretching health care workers to the breaking point.
America’s college and university leaders will need to make decisions in the coming weeks about the spring term knowing that Washington will offer no meaningful assistance. In addition, state leaders will be under pressure to not shut down businesses or K-12 schools, a decision that was wise in the spring but met with vociferous protest in too many places.
America is heading for a deadly few months. One has to hope that the news from earlier in the week about a coronavirus vaccine is joined with an unexpectedly temperate couple of months from flu.
Hope — however much it brings a sense of optimism — isn’t a policy.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Opa-locka, Florida, Trump expressed frustration that the surging cases of the virus that has killed more than 230,000 Americans so far this year remains prominent in the news, sparking chants of “Fire Fauci” from his supporters.
“Don’t tell anybody but let me wait until a little bit after the election,” Trump replied to thousands of supporters just after midnight Monday, adding he appreciated their “advice.”
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