Category Donald Trump

Will Trump’s bombastic barbs toward Canada hurt Florida?

President Trump’s insistence on a war of words and deeds with Canada, our neighbor to the north has created a political theater that is consuming both sides of the border. But the stakes for us in Florida might be even higher than that for much of the rest of this nation. Florida is heavily dependent […]

Trump’s 2026 Tweet – unpacking a loaded message

US President Donald Trump waded into the debate over hosting rights for the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Thursday, in a manner than only the current occupant of the White House can. The interpretation of and fallout from this tweet has dominated much of the global (non-US) news cycle the last 48 hours. For example, […]

John Bolton appointment a capstone on 15 years of declining American influence abroad

Donald Trump’s decision to ungracefully usher out soldier-scholar General H.R. McMaster (whom Trump never really fancied and represented a consensus-backed face-saving choice after the Michael Flynn debacle ) as his National Security Adviser in favor of  arguably the most dangerous man in the western world, John Bolton is an appropriate capstone on 15 years of […]

Review of David Frum’s Trumpocracy and what it all means

David Frum is a contradictory character in my world. From my favorite intellectual conservative in the 1990’s to George W. Bush neoconservative propagandist in the 2000’s, back to a more intellectual conservative in the eras of Obama and Trump. Since the election of Trump, he’s been an indispensable read, far more detailed and logical than […]

Could Trump’s wrong track budget regarding Amtrak be an opportunity from a Florida perspective?

A lot of consternation has been thrown out there about President Trump’s new budget proposals – one of the most damaging portions of the budget included the proposal to cut funding for most long-distance and money-losing routes of Amtrak. To this point Florida politicians have mostly been silent about the proposal which would cut all […]

Guest Column: The Resistance, coming to a town near you?

 Dr.Rachel Sutz Pienta I think I knew what was going to happen around 11 pm on election night. President Trump was really going to happen. I live in a small town south of Tallahassee. During the 2000 election recount, I lived inside Tallahassee city limits. Then, like now, the Democratic candidate won Leon County but […]

Memorial Day – We beat fascism once. Time to beat it again at home and abroad

Today we honor those who have fallen in the name of preserving our way of life. This includes but is not limited to the greatest generation that kept us safe – those who fought and destroyed fascism in the 1930’s beginning with those who volunteered against future right-wing US ally the fascist Franco in the […]

What we are reading: WSJ on Broward County GOP connection to Russian hacking (UPDATED)

The Wall Street Journal is behind a paywall these days but do what you have to do to read this piece. It discusses the alleged connection between a Russian hacker  and Broward County-based GOP consultant Aaron Nevins which then led to Fort Lauderdale-based Roger Stone. It is worth noting Nevins has publicly stated he DID […]

Is Trump’s supervillain-crush on Philippine president Duterte greased by real estate deal?

The Intercept is reporting on an apparent leaked phone call of Donald Trump to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, praising him for an “unbelievable job” on Duterte’s claimed war on drugs, which has reportedly amounted to the extra-judicial killings of some 7,000 citizens. Trump initiated the call, gushing approval at Duterte, telling him, “You are a good man,” “Keep up […]

How often has your member of Congress voted with Donald Trump the first 100 days?

How much has your congressperson voted with Donald Trump during the first 100 days of his administration? Note the numbers below from FiveThirtyEight only score votes where the President has taken a public position.  The pattern for members of the Florida delegation with the exception of the retiring GOPer Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the newly elected Democrat […]