|Jimmy Margulies, former editorial cartoonist at The Record of Woodland Park, calls President Trump's proposed tax cuts "hush money" for Republican members of Congress.|
"Trump's approval rating has changed little over the past four months, which have included tumultuous events, from hurricanes to legislative setbacks to indictments in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into the role Russia played in the 2016 election.
"The president's disapproval rating has reached 59 percent, with 50 percent saying they strongly disapprove of the job he is doing. While little has changed since the summer, both represent the worst marks of his presidency."
Read the full Washington Post report:
In recent months, our deeply unpopular president has continued to attack or dismantle policies of Barack Obama, often leveling Trumped-up charges against our first black president.
Trump usually lies outright or distorts Obama's record as he attacks the Affordable Care Act, environmental regulation, trade agreements, tax policy and more.
He also takes credit for a healthy economy, even though just about everyone else notes we are in the ninth year of a recovery from the Great Recession of 2008 that Obama initiated.
What is especially strange is the confluence of the name Trump and the phrase "trumped-up charges," which are "fabricated," "spurious" or "fraudulently concocted," according to MerriamWebster.com.
In other words, trumped-up charges or evidence are made up. Yet, the phrase has been traced back to its first known use in 1728.
That anticipates the embodiment of trumped-up charges by nearly 290 years. Astounding.
Today, the front page of The Record explores the growing outrage over sexual harassment of women that began with revelations about Trump, and exploded with charges against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, as first reported by The New York Times (1A, 6A and 7A).
"That, in large part, is because of a simple hashtag that has taken social media by storm: #MeToo.
"The hashtag is tied to a movement started a decade ago," says reporter Melanie Anzidel, "but it exploded on social media on Oct. 15, when actress Alyssa Milano asked her followers to reply to her tweet with 'me too' if they had been sexually harassed or assaulted."
Anzidel also relates the reaction to her own #MeToo experience, which she posted on Facebook (6A).
Election of Trump
The lead story by reporter Svetlana Shkolnikova says women began coming forward several years ago, when the Obama administration "led a national dialogue about sexual violence on college campuses" (6A).
"But it was the election of President Donald Trump, accused by multiple women of sexual assault and caught bragging about grabbing women by the genitals, that mobilized women even more."
The Record makes no attempt to explain why Weinstein's career has crashed and burned, but Trump was elected despite his boasting about sexually harassing and assaulting women.
And a headline on Page 1 says incorrectly:
Both of the stories on sexual harassment of women carry the bylines of reporters over a fictitious publication, "North Jersey Record."