Trump’s road to re-election paved on Democrats’ disconnect with voters

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionPHOENIX — There are now two definitions of truth in the United States.The first is that a truthful statement is one that conforms to facts or reality.By this standard, President Donald Trump is a serial liar.The second is that truth is “telling it like it is,” or speaking in a direct, unvarnished way without regard to political correctness or the offense it may give.By this measure, for millions of supporters, Trump is the most honest president ever.The United States has already become a post-truth society. Telling it like it isn’t has become a form of truth.That’s a nation in which chaos is more plausible because the ability to make rational decisions is diminished.Signal and noise can no longer be distinguished.The center, where it was long held that elections are won, evaporates. Violence becomes more likely because incomprehension grows across hardening lines of fracture.It may well be that elections, as with the last presidential race, are now won at the extremes.In Arizona, where Trump’s presidential campaign went from joke to winning proposition in July 2015 with a speech in which Trump said Mexicans were “taking our money” and “killing us,” the honest-man Trump view resonates.Trump was always about language. It didn’t matter that he was a loose cannon. He connected with widespread disgust at the political class and the media. This was his winning intuition: that he could triumph as the subversive plain-speaking outsider.Trump had that “kind of bluntness and occasionally even crass language which, if nothing else, at least meant authenticity,” said Jay Heiler, a lawyer considering a run against Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a rare Republican critic of Trump.“The president just hit a lot of nerves that a lot of conventional politicians didn’t even know were there.”Those nerves still tingle.Nine months into the presidency, the support of Trump’s base remains fervid. I am often asked whether I believe that Trump will be impeached.I’ve taken to responding that it’s more likely he’ll be a two-term president.I’d put the chances of impeachment at under 10 percent and of his re-election at about 25 percent. Trump winks at white supremacists, thrives on confrontation and debases the Oval Office.But it would be a huge mistake to conclude from this that his defeat is inevitable; or that his supporters do not include millions of decent, smart Americans who just view the world differently.Americans who feel culturally alienated from the globalized metropolis (and sense that their worldview elicits contempt in a Democratic Party that often seems to have lost touch with ordinary Americans).Heiler, the pro-Trump lawyer considering a Senate run, turned to the president’s campaign against football players, most of them black, who refuse to stand for the national anthem.“Many African-Americans are focused on a particular set of facts and circumstances” that “drive that conduct, that protest,” Heiler said. “But when many other Americans see it, and Americans of all races,” they think “gosh, these guys all have it pretty good.“You know they make a really good living, playing football. This country’s been really good to them. And so, even if they have an ax to grind, they shouldn’t grind it against the country or its symbol or its anthem.”Heiler said he wouldn’t condemn the protesting players’ choice, even if he disagreed, but “there’s simply no getting around that when you make that choice you’re going to alienate a lot of Americans.”center_img That’s partly because the Democratic Party has not yet begun a serious reckoning with its defeat last year.It hasn’t grasped the degree to which it lives, still, in a coastal echo chamber of identity politics and Trump-bashing. Just being anti-Trump won’t cut it.As Chuck Coughlin, a Republican political consultant who once worked for Sen. John McCain, put it to me, “Somebody who speaks to common-sense American values — that is what the Democrats need.”I’m not sure who that person, is but I am pretty sure she or he does not reside in New York, Massachusetts or California.Coughlin went on, “A Democratic party that can’t tell me how many genders there are, that ain’t flying in this country.”American fracture is the nation’s overriding condition.It keeps widening. Jeff DeWit, Republican state treasurer of Arizona, picked up Trump at the airport for that 2015 Phoenix rally; he remains an ardent fan of Trump’s “movement of people dying for something different.”His deputy, Mark Swenson, told me, “America was formed by a bunch of people who just wanted to be left alone.” For that, guns help. “Bad guys have guns, so good guys should have guns, too,” DeWit said, rejecting my suggestion that the recent carnage in Las Vegas showed the need for stricter gun laws. Now the vague particular “circumstances” alluded to by Heiler includes gross police brutality against black kids and the history of oppression of African-Americans.Players who protest are exercising a fundamental American right. But yes, they are “going to alienate a lot of Americans.”Trump, at some level, is going to win this argument.An overriding lesson of 2016 for liberals is that without hard-nosed realism about the state of the country and Trump’s talents, you lose.And that’s the truth.Roger Cohen is a longtime foreign correspondent and a columnist for The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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PREMIUMDevelopers vow to provide green management in ITF Sunter amid concerns from activists

first_imgThe developers of Jakarta’s first waste-to-energy (WTE) incinerator in Sunter, North Jakarta have claimed that the facility will apply environmentally sound technology amid concerns from activists over possible health hazards.Once completed, the incinerators would burn garbage and produce electricity amid efforts for the city administration to sort persistent waste issues and decrease reliance on Jakarta’s sole final disposal site in Bantar Gebang, in neighboring satellite city Bekasi, West Java. The plan has long been under scrutiny by environmentalists, who have warned of possible health hazards, including toxic fumes released by the facility.City-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) and Finnish energy company Fortum formed joint venture PT Jakarta Solusi Lestari (JSL) to carry out the construction and operation of the WTE incinerator called the intermedi… Google Log in with your social account Topics : Facebook itf-sunter incinerator waste-to-energy waste-to-energi-power-plant jakpro Jakarta-administration waste Jakarta-waste North-Jakarta LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Linkedinlast_img read more

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Austria reports first two coronavirus cases after Italy outbreak

first_imgBut the situation has worsened elsewhere with nearly 2,700 other cases and more than 40 deaths globally. Topics : Both are suffering a fever but are in a stable condition.Italy, which borders Austria, has seen a huge jump in cases in recent days.Seven people in Italy have so far died after catching the virus, all of whom were either elderly or had pre-existing conditions.According to the World Health Organization, the epidemic has peaked at its epicenter in China, where it has killed more than 2,600 people and infected over 77,000 others.center_img Two people in Austria have tested positive for the new coronavirus, authorities said Tuesday, marking the country’s first cases after an outbreak in northern Italy.The two 24-year-olds have been quarantined in a hospital in Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol province, which borders Italy, according to Tyrol Governor Guenther Platter.One of them is from Lombardy, one of the Italian regions hit with the outbreak, but it is not yet clear how the two contracted the virus.last_img read more

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PREMIUMJokowi congratulates Malaysia’s eighth prime minister

first_imgLog in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Indonesia offered congratulations to Malaysia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, a presidential spokesperson said, after his inauguration on Sunday to replace veteran politician Mahathir Mohammad, who resigned on Feb. 24 during a week of political turmoil.Presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed his sincere good wishes and congratulated Muhyiddin for his inauguration.“God willing, [he will] fulfill his mandate and be successful. Hopefully [God] will continue to bless the good relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia, two countries that share the same roots,” Fadjroel tweeted on behalf of the President on Sunday.Later that day, in a video that aired on Malaysian broadcaster TV3, Muhyiddin was seen receiving a phone call from President Jokowi, who congratulated him on his appoi… Malaysia Indonesia politics leadership successionlast_img read more

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Coronavirus spreading fast but stigma is more dangerous: WHO

first_imgTopics : Yet equity markets surged after their worst plunge since the financial 2008 crisis last week, encouraged by the prospect of government action to stem the economic impact.Finance ministers of the G7 group of leading industrialized democracies were expected to discuss measures in a conference call on Tuesday, sources told Reuters.Oil prices jumped 4% amid hopes of a deeper output cut by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear sanitize a street in front of the city hall after the rapid rise in confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease of (COVID-19) in Daegu, southeast of the capital Seoul, South Korea, March 2, 2020. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon )More than predicted A senior US official said he was concerned about a likely jump in the number of cases in the United States, which has had more than 90, with six deaths.”When you have a number of cases that you’ve identified and they’ve been in the community for a while, you’re going to wind up seeing a lot more cases than you would have predicted,” Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the infectious diseases unit at the US National Institutes of Health, told CNN.South Korea has had 26 deaths and reported another 599 infections on Monday, taking its tally to 4,335.Of the new cases in South Korea, 377 were from the city of Daegu, home to a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, to which most of South Korea’s cases have been traced after some members visited the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the disease emerged.The Seoul government asked prosecutors to launch a murder investigation into leaders of the church. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said that if founder Lee Man-hee and other heads of the church had cooperated, fatalities could have been prevented.Lee knelt and apologized to the country, saying that one church member had infected many others and calling the epidemic a “great calamity”. “We did our best but were not able to stop the spread of the virus,” Lee told reporters.It was not immediately known how many of South Korea’s dead were members of the church.A member of the medical team checks the temperature of a child, following the coronavirus outbreak, at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Duhok, Iraq March 2, 2020. (REUTERS/Ari Jalal )’Outbreaks are curbed’But Wuhan itself, at the center of the epidemic, shut the first of 16 specially built hospitals that were hurriedly put up to treat coronavirus cases, the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said.There was also a steep fall in new cases in Hubei, the province around Wuhan, but China remained on alert for people returning home with the virus from other countries.The virus broke out in Wuhan late last year and has since infected more than 86,500 people, mostly in China.Only eight cases were reported in China beyond Hubei on Sunday, the WHO said.Outside China, meanwhile, more than 60 countries now have cases, with more than 8,700 infected and more than 100 deaths.One of the worst-hit nations, Iran, reported infections rising to 1,501, with 66 deaths, including a senior official. With stocks of gloves and other medical supplies running low in pharmacies, authorities uncovered a hoard of supplies including millions of gloves.In Britain, which has 40 confirmed cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to be prepared for a further spread.Economic damageFactories worldwide took a beating in February from the outbreak, with activity in China shrinking at a record pace, surveys showed, raising the prospect of a coordinated policy response by central banks.The epidemic has forced the postponement of festivals, exhibitions, trade fairs and sports events and damaged tourism, retail sales and global supply chains, especially in China, the world’s second-largest economy.Middle East airlines have lost an estimated $100 million so far due to the outbreak.An official of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said airlines stood to lose $1.5 billion this year due to the virus and urged governments to help them.The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that the outbreak was pitching the world economy into its worst downturn since the global financial crisis, urging governments and central banks to fight back. “Stigma, to be honest, is more dangerous than the virus itself. Let’s really underline that. Stigma is the most dangerous enemy,” he told a news briefing in Geneva.He said the fight against the coronavirus should become a bridge for peace, commending the United States for supporting sending medical aid to Iran despite the tensions between them.”I think we have a common enemy now,” he said.The global death toll exceeded 3,000, with the number of dead in Italy jumping by 18 to 52 and Latvia, Saudi Arabia and Senegal reporting cases for the first time.center_img Coronavirus now appears to be spreading much more rapidly outside China than within but can still be contained, and stigma is more dangerous than the disease itself, the World Health Organization said on Monday.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said almost nine times as many cases had been reported outside China as inside in the previous 24 hours, adding that the risk of coronavirus spreading was now very high at a “global level”.He said outbreaks in South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan were the greatest concern, but that there was evidence that close surveillance was working in South Korea, the worst affected country outside China, and the epidemic could be contained there.last_img read more

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