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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-13-2021

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12 OPINION JANUARY 13-19, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION No matter what w ay you want to slice or dice it, the attack on the Capitol was an attempted coup encouraged by President Donald Trump and his minion, Rudy Giuliani. Look at the rheto- ric by Mr. Trump himself on Jan. 6 when the Inciter- In-Chief urged the crowd to "fight like hell" to save their country and register their displeasure at the Capitol. Implying that he'd be at the Capitol too, the presi- dent retreated to the White House to watch the fer- ment he precipitated. Even after the destruction com- menced, the president told the "patriots" that he loved them and that they were "very special." At the same gathering Rudy Giuliani chimed in language about being engaged in a battle. The sheep then proceeded to follow these shepherds of anarchy. You didn't need to be a soothsayer to know exactly what was going to hap- pen. A dangerous president unleashed a menacing, primarily white, crowd of terrorists. Without evi- dence of widespread voter fraud, a lack of which 60 judges, including Republican appointed ones, also found lacking, he continued his chant that he was robbed. As despicable as his conduct was in threatening the very foundation of democracy, Mr. Trump's followers blind- ly defend him to this day.In an extremely rare post on Facebook, I expressed my consternation as to what was happening in D.C. Trump supporters proceeded, as I suspected they would, to attack me, cussing and bolstering their antagonism with conspiracy arguments. Some cited the Washington Times article (later retracted by the newspaper) that three people attacking the Capitol had been Antifa members. The quoted source of this assertion repudiated that characterization stating that their face recognition equipment instead identified leaders of white supremacist organizations. That didn't stop the doubling down of those assertions and another conspiracy theory that the rioters were all members of Black Lives Matter trying to make the president look bad, as though that could ever be possible. They drew comparisons between the hoodlums at the Capitol with the Black Lives Matter movement without not- ing that the actions at the Capitol were fueled by lies while Lafayette Square peaceful protesters were bathed with tear gas and shot with rubber bullets in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. Mr. Trump exits office on Jan. 20, but what isn't departing from the country is the army of conspiracy believers, even those here in R.I. With no evidence what- soever, they accuse some Democrats as being a pedo- phile ring, and assert a litany of falsehoods to justify what happened on Jan. 6. Regrettably, the clenched fists at the Capitol and the false equivalencies between Black Lives Matter protest- ers and the mob on Jan. 6 will continue unabated. The Confederate flag-holding rioters who love police officers when they deploy aggression against black protesters no longer love the constables on patrol (COPS) who try to check their tres- pass. The very spectacle of uncovered white faces, including that of the man who sits with his feet up on Speaker Pelosi's desk, per- sonifies white male privilege where the perpetrator thinks he will never be accosted or arrested. White women are not off the hook either as they embrace privilege behind the scenes. Mr. Trump has exited the stage but his acolytes are still stage right. Violet is an attorney and former state attorney general. The shameful day in D.C. was predictable "Rhode Island may be small, but our economy is mighty on the strength of our small businesses and innova- tive technologies. As secretary of commerce, I will harness that same American ingenuity to create good-paying union jobs and build our economy back better than ever before." That was Gov. Gina Raimondo's notice to her constituents, via twitter, that she was leaving her job. What an insult. Next time you decide to leave your current job, the one you repeatedly refer to as your "exclusive 24/7 obses- sion," try it Gina's way. "Boss, got a minute?" "Sure." "Just wanted you to know that in my next opportunity I'm going to do great things." "That's nice. And what opportunity is that?" "The one I just took. Read my tweet." Look, like it or not, politics at this level is a profession. No one should harbor any ill will for the governor for taking her shot in the majors. It's kind of cool that our Gina (sorry, Nellie) will sit around the president's cabinet table. And through the nomination process, the Biden transition team will control her every move. Still, she's in the middle of COVID and she has prac- tically dressed down any reporter who has dared to ask about a move. Unlike a retired CEO or current Washington player, she's a governor with a relationship and responsibility reporting to a million-plus people. She owed it to all of us to make a traditional announce- ment explaining her perspec- tive and motive. Not because we're all going to therapy over her leaving, but because we deserve respect. She could have bargained that arrange- ment with Biden. At Monday's deadline for this column, there was talk that the governor would hold her COVID press conference this week. She likely will be carefully tight-lipped about most things Washington. The Biden team doesn't want any sound bites disrupting the post inauguration Senate approval. Worse, and more impor- tantly, she won't be able to tell us much about the prepa- ration for her successor either. Disgracefully, until this week she hadn't availed herself for a personal conversation with Lt. Gov. Dan McKee in more than a year. New Speaker of the House Joe Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and their respective teams have practically no pro- prietary knowledge of her COVID operation, including vaccine distribution, federal expenditures, and everything else under the government sun. While she's worked hard, her own professional interests have been priority number one. She has shared her intel and the stage with nobody. Meanwhile, we get a new governor in Dan McKee whose political ambition ends here. As a mayor he, along with his peers, elevated the municipal level of govern- ment. He visualized and built the team that brought us the now popular and successful mayoral academies charter schools. As lieutenant gover- nor, he played utility watch- dog and saved taxpayers mil- lions. And, he has relentlessly trolled the governor for small business cash infusion during the COVID crisis despite her absolute refusal to recognize his effort or mere existence. He could be the right per- son at the right time, but the pressure is on and his time is short. For us, these next few months are not going to be easy. Winter doesn't feel like a friend in COVID. Vaccine distribution is scattered and behind schedule. Washington is in chaos and crisis. We will have a new president under extreme duress. And we will have mercenary arm's length transition on Smith Hill. Strap in. Dan Yorke is the PM Drive Host on 99.7/AM 630 WPRO, Dan Yorke State of Mind weekends on MyRITV/Fox Providence and owns communications/crisis con- sulting firm DYCOMM LLC We deserved more respect DAN YORKE Poli-Ticks ARLENE VIOLET 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. Volume XII, Number 21 January 13, 2021 @ Breeze THE VALLEY James Quinn, Deputy Publisher Jack Birolini, Director of Sales Ethan Shorey, Editor Barbara Phinney, Controller

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