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Here’s to a new era

Bye, Don. So long, Pence. And ciao to the rest of Trump’s hideous advisors and Cabinet: snotty son-in-law Jared, spoiled princess Ivanka, public school-wrecker Betsy DeVos, legal lackey Bill Barr, racist Stephen Miller, “rapture” fan Mike Pompeo, munchkin Steve Mnuchin, clueless Ben Carson, shady Elaine Chao, lousy prognosticator Wilbur Ross, polluter’s buddy Andrew Wheeler, “lock up the kids” immigration czar Alex Azar, union foe Eugene Scalia, CIA torturer Gina Haspel … and more. The list is long and sordid.

During this chaotic administration, our federal agencies have been hollowed out, victims of Trump’s obsession to undo all progress made by the Obama administration, including stronger clean air regulations and provision of health care to 22 million previously-unprotected Americans. Although the 2020 presidential election is over, Trump’s effort to destroy Obamacare is still alive before the U.S. Supreme Court.

That, and control of the U.S. Senate, are two major worries on the horizon. But at this moment of celebration after Joe Biden’s victory, we can pause to wave a cheery goodbye to the lackeys, incompetents and enemies of democracy that Trump elevated to high office. We can breathe again as President-elect Biden tackles the coronavirus with the help of Dr. Anthony Fauci and the new task force — a first step toward protecting our nation. Here’s to a new era of decency and competence

Karen Dorn Steele



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