• Christian Hoeger

The Past Week in Politics: It's Been One Hell of a Week

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“Darkness is good….Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power. It only helps us when they (liberals) get it wrong. When they're blind to who we are and what we're doing."

“A black former assistant U.S. Attorney in Alabama named Thomas Figures testified that, during a 1981 murder investigation involving the Ku Klux Klan, Sessions was heard by several colleagues commenting that he "used to think they [the Klan] were OK" until he found out some of them were "pot smokers."

The first quote here is from an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, but not by an upcoming villain in the next summer blockbuster. This actually comes from Steve Bannon, the Chief Executive of the conservative leaning news company and website Breitbart. It might not seem that important coming from the man in charge of a specialty news agency known to cater to the emerging “alt-right” contingent (though not an official ideology, the opposition of political correctness and support of Trump almost always is paramount). However, Steve Bannon is now the Chief Strategist for the president-elect.

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The second quote is from a story on the New Republic in 2002 on Jeff Sessions. Sessions has served as a State Senator for Alabama since 1996, immediately after a two year stint as Attorney General of Alabama and long career in law. He was even nominated to become a federal judge in 1986 by Ronald Reagan, but even a Republican-controlled Senate back then deemed the conservative Session’s previous comments and decisions too unacceptable for the post. Time, however, heals all wounds and in an unsurprising move most likely meant to endear the president-elect to old-school “Reagan Republicans;” Jeff Sessions is the front-runner for the Attorney General of the entire country. Yes, the same man who was once considered too “problematic” for a federal judge appointment will now be making policy decisions on many major legal issues for at least four years.

These announcements both came this week, the same week in which the Trump University case was settled for $25 million. This settlement came as a surprise after the “Master of the Deal” proclaimed many times throughout his public life that he always wins cases and never settles, specifically saying that he (Trump) would not settle out of court with this case on Twitter and when pressed in interviews about it. Some online political observers have observed that by settling the case that the president-elect has now avoided the chance of being found guilty and any calls for impeachment for fraud.

These are rocky times in the transition period between presidents, but yet according to the supporters of the new president-elect, the biggest issue is boycotting Starbucks (by buying their product under the pseudonym “Trump:” their idea, not mine). The man himself is busy tweeting about how smooth everything is going with his transition team and calling for the cast of a Broadway show to apologize for hurting his vice president-elect’s feelings at a show.

These can all be fact-checked and they should be, because in the year 2016, a year that now has earned “post-truth” as its Oxford “Word of the Year,” truth is just a few keyboard clicks away....As are quotes that make the upcoming leaders of our country sound like the council of super-villains in a comic book. Most importantly though, there’s plenty of Biden memes to provide the laughs through the fear. Like the modern philosopher-poets Drake and Future once said, “What a time…to be alive.”

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