Category Donald Trump

Sorry elites. Florida proved again it is Trump Country.

Di Michael Vadon – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51236080 Florida’s 2018 Election confirmed one thing – a closely polarized state it remains, but that Donald Trump can rally the GOP base and carry Republicans through close elections better than any member of his party in this era.  Trump, a part-time resident of the state […]

Trump’s coded antisemitism puts Florida’s Jews at far more risk than Andrew Gillum ever could

Editors note: Portions of this piece are from previous TFS’ articles which have become timely in this moment of tragedy  Donald Trump personally is not antisemitic we are told over and over again. I accept that statement, I suppose – but George Wallace wasn’t a racist personally and yet he conjured up racist anger not […]

Will Trump’s trade policies impact Florida’s electorate?

It’s been fashionable for Democrats to discuss how polarizing and racist President Trump is to justify predicting a “blue wave.” Meanwhile Republicans point to the economy’s apparent strength and the favorability of the tax cuts (don’t Republicans always laser-focus on tax cuts? For all the rhetoric Republicans spew, the party remains largely a single issue […]

Kavanaugh and Trump’s legitimacy problem

If American Democracy were a car, the concept of legitimacy would be the fuel that makes it go. A system without legitimacy gets stranded. Since election night 2016 many have opined about Trump’s ‘crisis of legitimacy,’ but the Kavanaugh confirmation has for the first time exposed a credible legitimacy battle that the Trump Administration will […]

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 […]