Baker Still Not a Fan of Trump

Given how much a former governor of Massachusetts has been in the media lately, it’s interesting to note how the current governor has been acting regarding Trump.

While Mitt Romney seems to be cozying up with Trump for a spot in his cabinet as Secretary of State, Charlie Baker is cutting off the option before it can even materialize. While being interviewed for a WGBH radio show, a caller asked him if Trump were to offer him a job, would he accept?

According to the Boston Globe article, Baker responded, “I would have said I was flattered but I really like the job I have. I’m incredibly grateful that the voters of Massachusetts on my second try gave it to me, and I plan to continue to do it to the best of my ability.”

Baker made headlines a month or so ago when he said he planned to not vote in the election due to his distaste for the candidates.

While I was not a super fan of Baker for advocating against voting, especially in an election as contested at this one, it’s refreshing to see someone not baking down against Trump.

The Boston Globe article cast Baker in a cordial light, while still maintaining a distance given Trumps past comments and history. Trump hasn’t come close to being inaugurated, his cabinet picks have made headlines almost every day for the past week. Given how much Romney campaigned against Trump, I see it as slightly embarrassing for him to go crawling for a job. Fingers crossed.

 

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Trumps vs. Sanctuary Cities (and How This Affects Boston!)

There’s been lots of discussion lately surrounding potential changes that might happen under President-elect Trump. A popular topic is regarding illegal immigrants.

Trump has stated that once he takes office, he will stop federal funding to sanctuary cities, those that welcome all immigrants, regardless if they are in the country legally or not. This action would affect Somerville and Chelsea. According to a Boson Globe article, this would cost millions in aid. In addition to the “sanctuary city” status, Somerville also has an additional executive order in place, called the “Trust Act”. This shields immigrants with minor or no criminal records from deportation. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone hopes Trump will reconsider his threats, however, said he not change the status.

“We are not going to stand voiceless and in silence and let a Gestapo-like atmosphere be cultivated in this nation and come to our communities and break families apart,” he said. “That will not be tolerated.” The federal funds that Somerville will forfeit are 3% of the current cities budget.

City Councilor Tito Jackson is current pushing to make Boston a sanctuary city in response to Trump’s statements according to the Boston Herald.

“[It is] critical that we remain steadfast in ensuring that immigrants who are undocumented actually have a path to citizenship, versus further victimizing people in these communities, who are often the victims of violent crimes as well as taken advantage of in the shadows,” said Jackson.

Boston already passed a Trust Act similar to Somerville’s in 2014. At stake for Boston would be over $250 million in federal funding if Trump uses this order against them.

One Final Push of Hate

Tomorrow is the day we’ve all been waiting for (or dreading, rather) for almost two years. We will finally know which direction we, as a country, will head in.

There is still time for craziness however. Over the weekend, anti-Donald Trump graffiti was found on the side of a building at 170 St. Alphonsus Street according to a Boston Globe article. This part of Mission Hill is a common area for Northeastern students to live. The building in question belongs to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

It was reported to police on Sunday morning, but was quickly covered. While the Boston Globe did not confirm what the graffiti said, the Boston Herald did, with a photo. The graffiti in question said “Kill Your Local Trump Supporter”.

Hateful rhetoric is par for the course this election cycle, however its unusual for something like this around Boston. Around the country, Trump campaign offices and signs have been repeatedly vandalized. There is little chance that Massachusetts with vote Republican tomorrow, with or without the threatening message. The unfortunate thing is that, even when the election is finally over, this type of speech is likely to linger, inspired by Trump’s non-PC/polite attitude.

Athlete Turned Politician?? Probably Not…

His bloody sock performance in the 2001 American League Championship Series and the Red Sox historic win (and later world series title) was a great legacy for the pitcher.

Fast-forward to 2016, and his name is now used in a completely different way (mostly used with “crazy”, in my personal opinion.)

In April of this year, Schilling was fired by ESPN for an offensive insensitive Facebook post regarding the North Carolina bathroom laws.

“ESPN in an inclusive company,” ESPN said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.” Schilling later said he didn’t post it, however there was ample screenshots showing otherwise. I won’t get into the whole issue since it can be lengthy given the amount of times Schilling spoke about it, and the outrage the general public had.

Fast-forward again to the fall, and Schilling is voicing his opinions as a staunch Trump supporter. More recently, he held a rally on City Hall Plaza Saturday regarding the “Clinton crime family”. This follows a comment he made last month regarding him running against Elizabeth Warren for her senator seat.

Photo courtesy of Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Photo courtesy of Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Not necessarily a politics post, but also not necessary a sports post (where Schilling should probably stay). Just an interesting life path by a once household name.