I have to agree with AP and Clyde and Nightcrawler here. There is ample evidence that Trump is successfully using non-standard methods to get the results he wants. That these results COULD NOT have been obtained by a 'business as usual' approach is never addressed by those who have, a priori, decided to believe he will never be a productive president. Their prejudice, as in the root of the word, to pre-judge before all the evidence is in, is quite plain.
It's actually quite possible to be a supporter of local activist initiatives and still want to be optimistic, and wait and see what happens once our unproven president-elect is in office. He is likely to rewrite the rule book in many ways which make the media and the elites uncomfortable. I kind of like that. But he's also an agent of chaos. I worry about that as well.
So how's about we just do like I recommended before, and take a chill pill?
We'll find out all we need to know in a couple months.
Alarmist articles before inauguration just jazz people up for no good reason.
Wow! Awesome!! Can't wait!!!
I think that is probably not correct. Anyone who has done as well as he has in the business world and has the type of children he has raised knows the value of the truth.
What I think is that Mr. Trump must learn that while hyperbole is useful when you are a billionaire businessman, and extra useful when you are a bombastic showman, it does not do much for you when you are President.
Mr. Trump would be well served if he learned that lesson faster.
Truth is not something that Trump values in his remarks, just throwing fits like an adolescent.
That is one thing else we can agree on. The press has not ever seen anyone who will fight back like Trump. For the last 30 years, he has been fighting against the New York tabloids, and he is experienced at this type of political combat. My opinion is that the press just expected him to sit back and take it and they really don't know what to do when he didn't, except to go ballistic and pile on that much harder.
These next few years are going to be fun to watch.
Especially when they deduce that Trump does not need to use the mainstream media to get his message out.
I'm sure the thousand or so Carrier employees in Indiana, whose jobs were scheduled to be axed soon, could not care less what the president elect and the vice president elect do during their own time.
However, ask those same employees what they think about the aforementioned two saving their jobs and livelihoods BEFORE being officially sworn into office and I'd bet they could talk one's ears off about "caring" (not to mention two Republicans who actually fulfilled a campaign promise).
From where I'm sittin', it's gonna' be real interesting watching the next 1,511 days go by; and it should be very entertaining, too.
The Right poisoned the well for the last 8 years and now they're whining because the water's bad.
You said the claims were baseless. There are plenty of allegations of wrong doing, and the proof is similar to what Jill Stein and Hillary have with their recount efforts. Just another case of liberals holding others to higher standards than themselves. Truth is not something the editor values in his remarks, just throwing fits like an adolescent. GWB sat silent while his liberal critics piled on. That did him no good. Trump will not do that and its causing heads to explode. I like it. Go Trump Go!
Clyde, show evidence they exist. Like I said, IF there were millions, many republicans lost just beacause of this fraud. Wheres the lawsuits? Come on, show one lawsuit. There is fraud yes? Where? What republican has proof? He should sue. REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING THERE'S NO FRAUD THROUGH THEIR ACTIONS. We dont need liberal media to prove it at all
The claims are baseless because liberal politicians and media say so? By all accounts, the Trump transition is going well and Obama will be gone in 49 days. So let's revisit all of the editor's BS in 100 days.
here's his twitter account.
If "millions" were voting illegally, it would have turned the contest in California, Issa and others would be busy with lawsuits. Certainly all of the Republican losers would be. They are not. Why not? It is without fact.
YES, he is is making baseless claims.
His quotes from Twitter.
YES, he is whining and criticizing the media.
"@JoeBowman12: @jeffzeleny just another generic CNN part time wannabe journalist !" @CNN still doesn't get it. They will never learn!
"@HighonHillcrest: @jeffzeleny what PROOF do u have DonaldTrump did not suffer from millions of FRAUD votes? Journalist? Do your job! @CNN"
"@FiIibuster: @jeffzeleny Pathetic - you have no sufficient evidence that Donald Trump did not suffer from voter fraud, shame! Bad reporter
"@sdcritic: @HighonHillcrest @jeffzeleny @CNN There is NO QUESTION THAT #voterfraud did take place, and in favor of #CorruptHillary !"
.@CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don't know what to do
Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
Here's one of many stories on Trump not attending briefings:
here's where the team acknowledged as much too:
"Members of Trump's team say the president-elect has been focused on the transition and selecting the members of the administration's Cabinet and said he still has plenty of time to get up to speed on the international affairs and security threats before he takes office".
Apparently he plans on pulling an all nighter.
YES he is missing briefings
Again, please show the lie. Just ONE
I have to agree here. I don't know how Trump spends his spare time or how much time he spends watching CNN or Fox, either. I also don't know if his business connections can fairly be described as "byzantine" rather than just "extensive", and I don't know how the author could know either. I also have not heard anyone legitimately question his mental stability.
One thing I do know for sure is that 1000 jobs that were going to be shipped to Mexico are going to stay here. I do know that Trump was part of the negotiations that kept them here. I also know that Mr. Obama did not even try. All of which leads me to believe that Mr. Trump is not at all mentally unstable and appears to use at least part of his time wisely.
I also believe that these kind of attacks from the left are not going to stop regardless of any positive benefits the country might see from Trumps' presidency.
"In the past few days, he's spent every spare moment criticizing the media, insulting individual reporters, and baselessly claiming that millions of votes were cast illegally."
There are at least two untruths in this statement.
"We've elected a man who bypasses daily intelligence briefings but doesn't miss a night (or morning) of CNN or Fox News, a man whose byzantine world-wide business connections will present daily conflict-of-interest potential, and a man whose mental stability is clearly questionable."
And lots of questionable claims in this one. I think Mike is correct.
This is a very well written piece by a staff member whose work I hadn't noticed until now. It stands out. Keep up the good work, Micaela.
I have spent time in Chicago and used to ride the Metra. I've seen many of what appear to be upper middle class people using public transportation in Chicago. One thing I find interesting in Memphis as compared to Chicago is the low opinion of public transportation. That is, it is beneath several Memphians to ride a bus.
I don't pretend to know the thought process for designing routes. I'm sure it is very complicated especially factoring in labor and equipment, union rules, etc. However, one thing I would like to propose to MATA is for them to pitch bus cards to large employers. I know some state and county workers are given bus cards to ease parking congestion downtown. MATA could generate steady revenue from the employers, and the employers could free up parking spaces. Firms that immediately enter my mind are FexEx, Bass Pro Shops, Baptist and Methodist Hospitals, Fresh Market and Krogers.
if the middle echelons of workers in Memphis started riding the bus regularly, it would be a win win for everyone.
Finally, as an occasional MATA rider - one thing that drives me bonkers is the unreliability of when a bus is going to show up, especially during the evening rush hours.
Mike, please inform us of the lies that were told about Trump in this article?
Your comment was plural, I'd be satisfied with you showing just one.
In other, obviously unrelated news, Memphis crime rates plunge as criminals, would-be criminals, & criminal enablers enjoy turkey (or a vegan-friendly option) behind bars, care of Restaurant 201.
Thank you for this insightful article. The 31 Crosstown was an equity focused route. It was the only bus that connected the historically segregated areas of North & South Memphis to each other, frequently and without transfers, from 5am to midnight. No other route can replace the 31. Bring it back!
After the way they handled the trolley, we're now in month 31 of a 'temporary 4-6 month shutdown', I have zero confidence in the management of MATA. Will Hudson must still be running things from his recliner in retirement.
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