Much of what Donald Trump said and did as president was about him, as if no one else mattered. He is not a big-tent team player. We assert that the same is true of many who opposed him.
There was one on our Facebook page who asserted that they could not support Mike Espy for Senate from Mississippi because he advocated for Medicare for All and not Bernie Saunders’s plan. Well, Saunders lost very badly in the Mississippi primary and subsequently Espy lost badly in the general election. The biggest losers are those who need enough Senate Democrats, like Espy, to put Democrats in control of the Senate and give any push toward universal health care a healthy chance.
Then, there are the “progressive” Facebook threads where posters pridefully proclaim to have voted only “down-ballot” or not for Joe Biden. Yet, Joe Biden won without them and Democrats struggled down ballot, losing House seats, maybe the Senate, and even state legislatures. After witnessing a Republican controlled Senate failing to accept President Obama’s proposals and Supreme Court nominee, one would think these voters would have learned to be more strategic and know it takes a team to oass proposals.
Those who voted against Trump, but not for Biden hopefully realize that Cindy McCain is in the Biden/Harris receiving line, too.
Still others say they voted against Trump, but not for Biden. Now that Biden will be the commander in chief, they want to hold him accountable. Holding him and ourselves accountable is admirable, but holding him to accountable to what is the question.
Those who voted against Trump, but not for Biden hopefully realize that Cindy McCain is in the Biden/Harris receiving line, too. However, McCain proudly voted for Biden. While both votes were needed, the question for those who voted against Trump, but not for Biden, is: Will they model themselves after Trump? More specifically, will they attempt to bulldog their way in front of McCain as Trump did with NATO leaders?
Then, there are those who seem to enjoy posting nitpicking superficial issues such as when and where Biden speaks. Real issues such as him reversing Trump’s Executive 1776 Commission Order to "promote patriotic education" and rebuking the 1619 project are on the table. While it does not affect our business directly, the order is the antithesis of what Port Of Harlem is about and we will celebrate its reversal.
Ric Murphy, Vice President of History at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), predicts that Biden will reverse all of Trump’s Executive Orders. He added, “The (full) effects of Executive Order 1776 will never see the light of day.” He continued by referring to the Georgia Senate races that will determine if Mitch McConnell will continue to control the Senate. He added, “During next 60 days, we will be aggressively working on a get-out-the-vote campaign in Georgia.”
However, if Biden does not reverse that particular executive order in his first 100 days, we won’t be rushing to bash our leader in Port Of Harlem. We trust we have his attention via multiple groups such as AAHGS that will lobby him to make it a priority or at least not forget it.