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What Matters: Trump just showed us what he was like after the election – whatever happened



Fact-checking Trump's claims on tear gas used against protesters

Our Q-and-A, lightly edited, are below.

What if he loses?

Why do we wait for months to inaugurate the President and how Trump entered

CNN: We held presidential elections on the first Tuesday after after the first Monday in November. But the new President will not take office until January. What is the reason for this gap and is it still necessary?

KAB: The reason for this gap is to provide a peaceful transfer of power and is absolutely necessary. Maybe now more than before.

I interviewed more than two dozen people who worked for Barack Obama and George W. Bush and on both sides I was told that they had a smooth transition that was important at a time when the country was experiencing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. . Michelle Obama’s first chief of staff, Jackie Norris, told me that she “will never forget the intense friendship and loyalty that the first women and the first female staff members had for each other.” The same applies to the West Wing.

The gratuitous way of the Trump campaign is approaching a dangerous transition. What is certain is that no one on his campaign team has even taken the time to compile an acceptance speech. They don’t think they will win.

Trump won the partial election by saying he would “drain the swamp” but there is a basic responsibility of the federal government that he would be better prepared to manage if he had some level of institutional knowledge (Joe Biden is the opposite). And that takes time which means it takes several months to make an appointment and learn how to work.

I wrote in my book “Team Five” that Obama’s aides were told to prepare a “how to” draft manual on how their offices function, including the smallest breakdown of voice mail passwords.

This is from the book:

But Obama’s aides don’t have anyone to hand over the carefully curated briefing book.

Government employees whose careers are waiting in the Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, and all bureaucracy that is widespread. They want guidance – they want to know who their new boss is and how their work will change in Trump’s presidency – but they get nothing. In fact, some high-level employees waited and waited until, after weeks of silence, they assumed they were no longer working, and packed their offices.

How Trump got out

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CNN: After witnessing Trump’s first term, what are the things we should look for in a post-defeat transition?

KAB: I think Trump should have lost to Joe Biden (who was a symbol of career politicians after spending eight years as vice president and nearly 40 years in the Senate) he would not feel obliged to do what George W. Bush did for him. Barack Obama. I don’t think there will be genuine surrender, or the transfer of power peacefully. I think it’s impossible in defeat that Trump will behave very differently from what he does in the office. I would be surprised if Trump shows up to Biden’s inauguration ceremony at the Capitol if he wins.

Peaceful transfer

CNN: The US is known for its peaceful transfer of power. Is there a precedent for a defeated president or his government wreaking havoc on the way out the door?

KAB: Historically there have been some bitter defeats (see John Adams and Thomas Jefferson) but in modern times both parties have been touting their ability to peacefully transfer power. During the 2008 campaign, Bush’s national intelligence director, John Michael McConnell, had arranged for Obama and his Republican rival, Senator John McCain, to get a report with thirteen of the most important national security issues. Once, during the last two months of the 2008 campaign, Obama and McCain found themselves sitting at the same table in the Roosevelt Room, with Bush sitting between them, when they discussed the authorization of $ 700 billion by Congress to save a sinking market.

Bush and Obama respect each other. At the May 2012 opening of the official portrait of George W. and Laura Bush at the White House, Obama said, “President Bush understands that saving our economy is not just a matter of Democrats or Republicans, it is an American priority. I will always be grateful for that.” Contrast with President Trump reportedly did not invite President Obama to his portrait at the White House.

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There’s no way Trump would somehow refuse to leave

CNN: Trump is not the type to quietly leave. What things can he do if he wants to throw a gear into a government machine?

KAB: He could refuse to go, but I didn’t see that happen. There is a discussion on the left, especially Bill Maher, so that is something that is on people’s minds. I have trouble imagining

Trump sat on the steps of the Capitol with hundreds of thousands of people cheering for his departure.

Former presidents have traditionally admired each other, even after being forced out of the office. After Ronald Reagan spoke at the opening of the library Jimmy Carter Carter said, “I now understand more clearly than I ever have before why you won.”

Jimmy Carter apologized to George W. Bush for the dedication of the Bush library for being too harsh on him, especially for his outspoken criticism of the war in Iraq. “Oh, shut up,” Bush answered. Can you imagine that happening with Trump and whoever replaced him, whenever that happened?

What if he wins?

Encouraging bold

CNN: No President has been impeached, released and reelected. You can imagine that if he wins, Trump will feel braver than anyone in history. How does Trump treat offices in the second period as the final winners?

KAB: I think he would feel brave to take whatever action he wants. When I interviewed him for my book, it was not long after the release of Mueller’s report and he felt like he had been released. He was frankly excited and wanted to talk about how he thought he had done more than any president in history. So I can only imagine his reaction being reelected after being impeached. Much of what he spends his time doing is arranging only with his supporters in mind and if he is re-elected that will prove the overwhelming power of his electorate. I think he will criticize journalists and the so-called “deep state” even more than he does today. That won’t be a good sight.

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There is no historical precedent for Trump

CNN: Is there another president who came to the unpopular White House and then won the unpopular re-election? Are there divisive presidents like Trump?

KAB: I think George W. Bush is very divisive but not so far. His approval rating has jumped since leaving office. And like Trump, he was elected without popular vote. Bush followed in his father’s footsteps and remained largely on the sidelines. He watched his approval rank jump because the absence actually made the heart grow. I can’t see Trump staying on the sidelines.

President unpopular and second term

CNN: What can we learn from the terms of the two unpopular presidents during their re-election and winning against hope (I’m thinking of Harry Truman here or Richard Nixon)?

KAB: If you see Nixon and Watergate, winning by a narrow margin only makes it more paranoid and irrational and causes his resignation. That example is not a good sign.

Trump and the successor to the GOP

CNN: We are far into allegations here, but I wonder if Trump wins, how will he treat Mike Pence, who has been a loyal soldier during this first term. It’s hard to imagine someone with Trump’s reality show sensibility just handing a stick to someone like Pence, who no doubt doesn’t have Trump’s talent for drama, as the next logical GOP candidate. What does history tell us?

KAB: Trump is not loyal to people just because they are loyal to him. I think he would treat Mike Pence well if he was re-elected because Pence would logically help him convince evangelical voters to stay with him. But I don’t think that loyalty will last long and Trump can support others if Pence runs for 2024. That won’t translate into long-term support unless it’s in his favor.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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