As news days go, Tuesday was pretty heavy. And while not exactly local in origin, we feel it safe to say that yesterday’s developments reached all of us in one way or another, some more intensely than others depending on your position and focus on the current, slow-moving national calamity.
While much of the country digested the first clear admission of the president’s attempts to silence paramours with hush money and the aid of a man who once famously said he would “take a bullet” for his candidate but who ended up flipping on him like a flapjack at a fireman’s breakfast, the unnamed former candidate carefully steered the attention of his steadfast admirers to breaking news of the murder of an Iowa woman by a Mexican man in this country illegally.
Big stories on any day. But breaking so closely together, actually within hours of each other, developments quickly evolved into a crescendo – our fellow citizens grasping onto the details important to them and, perhaps, shutting out the rest.
Overnight, activist groups not fond of the man in our oval office used projected light and some Banksy-style performance art to re-brand the heavily branded Trump properties in New York with messages of their own – none of them flattering. We do appreciate the fact that they used light, instead of hurled paint, to get their point across as we’ve always been in favor of a more creative approach to civic activism.
It should be said that we rather famously (at least within our own inner circle of friends, reporters, and family) predicted the arrival of a “snowballing” series of developments this week over the weekend. We won’t make too fine a point of this prescience as 1.) it can be argued that anyone following current events could smell something in the wind, and 2.) we already expect to take the usual flak for straying outside the 24/680 and addressing a national issue.
The last time we did that was the morning after our last presidential election, come to think of it, and our observations on the nation’s choice for its leader did not sit well with many of his most ardent fans.
We guess we’ll see if the folks who chided us then are still around, and if their regard and loyalty for their man has changed at all.
A lot has happened in those intervening years. We do believe there’s still more to come. We shall see.