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The North Providence Breeze 11-18-2020

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8 OPINION NOVEMBER 18-24, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION President Donald Trump still has not conceded the election. He has promoted many avenues for lawsuits challenging the results of the election. The federal attor- ney general has taken the unparalleled step of inviting United States attorneys to consider lawsuits around balloting. Ten Republican state attorneys general have also entered the fray by urging the United States Supreme Court to block a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision allowing mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day but deliv- ered through Nov. 6 to be counted. While evidence of widespread fraud continues to be MIA, there still is a chance that Mr. Trump will prevail and end up with a second term. Despite this long shot, even if he loses, Mr. Trump will continue to be president, albeit as a ghost. Here are the reasons why. Mr. Trump has no inten- tion of relinquishing his power. As Citizen Trump his own tax returns show that he has at least $421 million in debt, which he has per- sonally guaranteed due in the next four years. His only leverage to extract favor- able treatment is to raise the specter that he will be back in the president's seat and will take either revenge or favor with his creditors. He has solid reasons for being able to parlay power. Over 71 million people voted for him, close to 9 million more than in 2016. Despite a scandal-ridden government and impeach- ment plus the coronavirus outbreak, his supporters are passionate about him. His power is evident since many Republicans still cower rath- er than challenge him. He still has approximately two months to vent his spleen against his perceived ene- mies. Already he is promot- ing administration appoin- tees into highest civil service status so Joseph Biden can- not get rid of them if they thwart his initiatives. He has established a Political Action Committee so he can control candidates with cam- paign contributions. Just the sheer number of his voters has intimidated Republicans in Congress. He will be their puppeteer with his 88 million-strong Twitter fol- lowing, giving him a bull- horn over policy. Given the tightness of the U.S. Senate control, he will be able to hector the Republicans into resisting any efforts by Mr. Biden to cobble a bipartisan approach to deci- sions. Mr. Trump will whip Republicans into obstruction so that Mr. Biden won't look good and Trump's way will be paved for a comeback. Future candidates or those up for re-election will have to seek his blessing, thereby baptizing his approach to social issues. His database will be up for sale to future candidates. He has already floated the idea that he will run in 2024 if he is ousted from the presidency so those in office already will continue their obeisance in order to curry his favor. Historically, recent first- term-only presidents faded into the woodwork, sub- scribing to a theory that it's untoward to undermine the presidency. Mr. Trump has no such qualms. He is addicted to power and to the adulation of his fol- lowers. His effort to curry sympathy by complaining that he is a victim whose re-election was stolen from him will keep him front stage as he plays the martyr. He will fend off potential fraud charges by his "they're out to get me" rhetoric. In sum, he is here to stay. Violet is an attorney and former state attorney general. One way or another Trump will be president Think Zero Mostel in "Fiddler on the Roof." Tradition ... Tradition! Instead, Transition … Transition! Might as well sing for the next nine weeks. Because this isn't going to be pretty. For most of us, no matter how we voted, it is incom- prehensible to think our sit- ting president won't engage and accept the president- elect and his team. That requires admittance that he might have lost the race (can you believe we have to talk like this? Of course he lost the race!). So, we follow the script. He never loses, so he'll never admit he lost. The election, while reportedly the most secure in history according to the federal government that he directly manages, was stolen by the Democrats. Republican con- gressional members feign support of this allegation and echo Yogi that it ain't over till it's over. While some GOP senators have softly said that the Biden team should have national security briefings, they quickly hook in the caveat that the elec- tion has yet to be decided. COVID is exploding and we learn that the president hasn't been at a virus task force meeting in months. Gee, what a surprise. Tough to lead a meeting on things such as social distancing when you're running around the country sponsoring your own campaign super-spread- er tour. One Rose Garden press conference this week on Operation Warp Speed is the only resemblance of real work. Otherwise he has thrown in the towel, retreat- ing to his safe place, Twitter. And yet, this past week- end, everywhere in the coun- try, Rhode Island included, you have pockets of packed rallies supporting the presi- dent and his election con- spiracy theory. In the pres- ence of a Trump fanatic, you dare to tilt your head as a quiet way of asking why and you hear, well, it's no differ- ent than Hillary Clinton who "never accepted his elec- tion." When you respond that Hillary conceded within 12 hours and that Barack Obama welcomed the first family-elect to the White House with hugs and hand- shakes and a now-famous oval office meeting, a blank stare follows. Back to protest mode. It's exhausting. Meanwhile, governors are panicked and scrambling over the virus. Our Gov. Gina Raimondo just keeps lecturing on "following the rules" and threatening a lockdown. Last week, she once again managed to bury her own weekly meeting lede, threatening us as chil- dren for nearly a half-hour before she finally brought on the star of the show. Dr. Laura Foreman, head of Kent Hospital Emergency, who shared the human tragedy of last life moments shared on cell phones and the burnout of our front-line medical heroes. That is the correct strategy. Rather than crashing the economy, keep bringing out the doctors and nurses in a coordinated public relations plan. The only chance to reach those who deny this virus, the young and old who gather in selfishness and protest, is to hit them in the heart. Constant threats of lockdown may work for some, but will mostly result in anxiety and fear and for the rebels that she targets, the opposite of cooperation. Two overflow medical facilities are near opening, likely to be used on the back end of patient treatment. Seeing this may slow down the social gatherings. The silver lining is the vac- cines are on the way. Well into the warm weather of 2021, we may shop and dine more freely, maybe fill a stadium and hug our family and friends again. But for now, please pass the cranberry sauce to your non-household loved ones, virtually. Dan Yorke is the PM Drive Host on 99.7/AM 630 WPRO, Dan Yorke State of Mind weeknights on MyRITV/Fox Providence and owns commu- nications/crisis consulting firm DYCOMM LLC. He's fiddling while the house is burning DAN YORKE Poli-Ticks ARLENE VIOLET Founded in 1956 by The Burgess Family Volume XXIII, Number 17 November 18, 2020 valleybreeze.com @ Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ABOUT US The Valley Breeze Newspapers are a locally operated group of free weekly newspapers serving the people of Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield, Woonsocket, Smithfield, Scituate, Foster, Glocester, North Providence, Pawtucket, R.I., and Blackstone, Mass. Each Thursday, 58,500+ copies are distributed to retailers, banks, offices, and restaurants and other busy spots. Circulation is audited by the Circulation Verification Council of St. Louis, Mo. and has earned its "Gold Standard Award." OUR MISSION It is the Mission of The Valley Breeze to facilitate a positive sense of community among the res- idents of Northern Rhode Island by providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas, and to provide information of local events and neighbors. It is our further Mission to provide the highest quality advertising at the lowest possible cost to retailers, professionals, tradespersons, and other service providers in order to enhance the economic well-being of our community. James Quinn, Deputy Publisher jquinn@valleybreeze.com Jack Birolini, Director of Sales jack@valleybreeze.com Ethan Shorey, Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Barbara Phinney, Controller accounting@valleybreeze.com

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