All posts tagged: Donald Trump

Election Day 2020

On the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 3, this year, people quietly, wearily went about their business, too exhausted to be excited about the election. Later that night, voters would see the results of this contentious, overly partisan fight between President Donald Trump and the former Vice President Joe Biden for the White House, in this historic election that has been much referred to as a fight for the soul of this country. For more than a year, there have been protests, bumper stickers, yard signs, a screaming, shouting Democratic Party primary, followed by the fears, anxiety and exhaustion resulting from the lockdowns from the coronavirus. But in the end, many people still went about the voting process like normal, rushing to cast their votes before polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. At Hope Valley Baptist Church in Durham, toward the end of the day, voters were still rolling into the parking lot, bringing their kids with them after work. Erin Durkin, a volunteer with Democracy NC, a Morrisville-based nonprofit advocating for voter’s rights, had been …

Election 2020: Trump holds rally in Greenville; some supporters ready to hear more about policy

President Donald Trump made his seventh campaign visit to North Carolina this election year to Greenville on Thursday, where he told about 1,000 supporters at Pitt-Greenville Airport to get out and vote, boasted of the number of votes he got during the 2016 election, and touted Republican plans for the country. “For years, you had a president who apologized for America. Now, you have a president who is standing up for America and standing up for the great people of North Carolina,” Trump said toward the end of his speech. “So again, this is the most important election of our lives, maybe in the history of our country. So get your friends, get your family, get your neighbors, get out and vote! The red wave is coming. The red wave is coming,” Trump said to cheers.   Supporters from Greenville and around the state began filing into the event stage on the tarmac of the airport early Thursday morning, bringing their families and friends, donning MAGA hats and outfits made out of the American flag, …

Election 2020: Trump in Winston-Salem

President Donald Trump was in Winston-Salem on Tuesday for his fourth visit to North Carolina since July, where he drew thousands of supporters from around the state. The campaign rally was held at the Smith Reynolds Regional Airport. Supporters donning Trump T-shirts, Keep America Great hats and holding up signs waited for hours for Air Force One to arrive. Trump’s speech began shortly after 7 p.m. and focused on familiar themes of his campaign this election year: Bringing jobs back to America, tax cuts, and warning the crowd against mail-in ballots. Trump criticized Gov. Roy Cooper for North Carolina’s continued lockdown and gave Lt. Gov. Dan Forest a boost for his run for the state’s top office. Trump was also in Florida on Tuesday. “I just left Florida. We’re going to win Florida,” he said to the North Carolina crowd to cheers. Check out the photo gallery by Karen Tam.

Time to stop being afraid and get to work: My thoughts on the election aftermath

By Monica Chen This was going to be a simple writing exercise. I was going to find the best articles on the election and summarize them. But like so many times these past few years, I saw nothing in the news media that reflected what I know is happening around me. So this time, I’m picking this up and writing something myself. Basically, at the end of the day, I just don’t think half of the U.S. population are bigots. I think what’s going on in this country is more complicated than anyone has been able to say, or want to say. I feel like a lot of people feel unheard and frustrated, myself included at times. And I want to let go of the old liberal v. conservative fight. I’m tired of people shouting and not listening. My hope for Donald Trump’s presidency is that people will have a chance to say the things they have not been able to say, and that people will pause and listen, and out of this genuine communication …

Donald Trump and getting real

By Monica Chen “So many self-righteous hypocrites. Watch their poll numbers – and elections – go down!” Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday morning in response to the leak of a tape of him making lewd comments about women. He needed to come back from that fallout, but for the first time in his campaign, that tweet was flimsy, just bluster, and he knew it. Hurricane Matthew blew through the States this weekend and it seems took Trump’s campaign with it. By Sunday afternoon, when the sun was beaming again through the fresh, cool air, there was a new lightness in the air. It was over. It’s a month out from Election Day, but I’m fairly certain now, Trump will not be president. But honestly, I don’t think he really wants to get there. This election year has been like a hurricane, one exhausting emotional rollercoaster. The most real thing seemed to be the yearning for something real. Now that things are starting to settle, I’m thinking there was never any real alternative to Hillary Clinton …