Donald Trump in our midst: Do you ignore, join or oppose him?

President Donald Trump on Friday. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Donald Trump hasn’t set foot in Atlanta since April, but the president’s insatiable appetite for attention has done what PlayStation hasn’t. At least not yet.

Via Twitter and actual policy, Trump has become a virtual reality in our midst, roiling not just Georgia politics, but the state’s business climate as well.

Decisions abound: Do you engage or avoid, join or oppose? Recent days have brought three case studies to the foreground.

We begin with Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines. Last December, Bastian pronounced himself “very encouraged” by Trump’s emphasis on fair trade. Delta has long pointed at airlines in the Middle East, complaining that government subsidies, and in some cases outright ownership, pose an unfair advantage.

After a White House visit in February, Bastian declared himself still satisfied with the administration’s attitude “on issues important to Delta, our employees and our customers.” Early this month, the Delta CEO praised the White House’s tax reform proposal, sight unseen.

And then.

Last week, Delta found itself on the wrong side of Trump’s “America First” theory of economics. The airline has negotiated to purchase to purchase 75 jets from Bombardier, a Canadian aircraft manufacturer.

The Boeing Co., an American firm, has accused Bombardier of “dumping” its aircraft on the U.S. market. And Delta’s jets now might carry a tariff of nearly 300 percent, courtesy of Trump and the U.S. Commerce Department.

Suddenly, a $25 million jet could cost the corporate giant $100 million. Multiply that times 75, and soon you’re talking real money. As in $5 billion and more.

“We will not pay those tariffs, and that is very clear,” Bastian said Tuesday. “We intend to take the aircraft. I can’t tell you how it’s going to eventually work out.”

As Delta’s relationship with Trump has taken a turn, so has Bastian’s language.

Only a day earlier, the CEO addressed the Hispanic Corporate Council of Atlanta, emphasizing the 49 percent stake that Delta now has in Aeromexico. Bastian never mentioned Trump. Just his wall.

“I don’t know what they’re going to do with the wall they keep talking about, but we’re going to fly over that damn thing, whatever it is,” Bastian said Monday.

“There’s a lot of anxiety, a lot of fear that cuts into the heart of who we are as a society. It’s caused a lot of people to wonder what’s going on and where are we going,” he said.

Case No. 2 involves Councilwoman Mary Norwood. The Atlanta race for mayor is formally nonpartisan. That said, the Atlanta voters who live in Fulton County, arguably more conservative as a group than those who live in DeKalb, gave Democrat Hillary Clinton 86 percent of their votes last November, to 16 percent for Trump.

Clinton won every ward in the city, including GOP-dominated District 8.

Norwood may be the frontrunner in polls, but her lead is slipping. The Democratic Party of Georgia is already attempting to wrap Norwood in Republican cellophane, as it did eight years ago. Should she make it to the run-off, Norwood must know that her rival will try to drape Trump around her neck, too.

And so it was a surprise to see video of a Monday forum in which Norwood bobbled a simple question: What do you think about Donald Trump?

“We have a president,” she said on a second try, careful not to mention names, and indulging in relaxed syntax. “I am telling you that I do not support those policies. I am saying to this audience that I do not support any policies that are bigotry, that are racism, that are in any way related to –“

The crowd cut her off.

Fortunately, forums in the Atlanta race for mayor aren’t hard to come by. On Thursday morning, in a debate hosted by the Atlanta Press Club, Norwood first made sure to say that she voted for Clinton last November. Then she expressed disappointment with Trump, though not by name.

“The first year in office has been disappointing to many citizens in this country. The policies that have come out of this administration have not been policies, for the most part, that I have agreed with at all,” she said. “But I will say this – I will work closely to get the right policies for Atlanta.”

In Case No. 3, we have Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and a dog that hasn’t barked. Not yet.

Cagle, one of several Republicans in the 2018 hunt for governor, would no doubt argue that he’s a strong and faithful supporter of President Trump. But last month, Alabama taught us that this is not necessarily enough.

U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, an incumbent Republican in good standing with both Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was soundly defeated by twice-ousted Supreme Court jurist Roy Moore in the Alabama GOP primary runoff.

Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist who helped orchestrate Moore’s victory, now stalks the land — promising a nationwide pitchfork revolution within the Republican party. On Trump’s behalf.

This week, the Cagle campaign made public an internal poll that it bought and paid for. We don’t normally put much stock in such things, but the survey of 600 GOP primary voters, conducted Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, helps explain why beads of sweat aren’t popping out on the lieutenant governor’s forehead.

Trump scored extremely well, but so did Gov. Nathan Deal. As did Cagle, who was first elected lieutenant governor in 2006. A large majority say the state is on the “right track.”

In other words, at least according to the Cagle campaign, Breitbart fever has yet to infect Georgia.

And none of Cagle’s rivals — Secretary of State Brian Kemp, state Sen. Michael Williams of Cumming, former state senator Hunter Hill of Atlanta, and Clay Tippins of Cobb County — have so far consolidated the pitchfork vote.

But it’s still early. By the time a June runoff rolls around, this race, too, is likely to be as volatile as Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

Perhaps, in part, because of Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

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footballexpt
footballexpt

Support Trump at your peril. He is insane and the chickens will come home to roost.

Re Al A T
Re Al A T

This moron and his ship of fools are going to go down in flames. For those of you who support and continue to follow him you are simply natural born idiots. He may have drained the swamp but replaced it with a cesspool. Good luck swimming with the rest of the brown trout! 

Driving Mrs. Daisy
Driving Mrs. Daisy

Fat Galloway, didn't you predict a Hillary win?  hahahahahahaha!!!  TRUMP 2020!!!!!

yizolamos
yizolamos

Case No. 2 involves Councilwoman Mary Norwood. The Atlanta race for mayor is formally nonpartisan. That said, the Atlanta voters who live in Fulton County, arguably more conservative as a group than those who live in DeKalb, gave Democrat Hillary Clinton 86 percent of their votes last November, to 16 percent for Trump.

Clinton won every ward in the city, including GOP-dominated District 8.

dsmtward
dsmtward

Oppose and then oppose more. Use logic (there's something different), care about all people, not just the wealthy, and fight a well-thought out, strategic agenda issue by issue. The American experiment is too valuable to be destroyed by someone who cares so little for any of the issues facing our country today. He cares only for undoing anything done in the last eight years, regardless of whether the result is better for everyday citizens.

carterjoseph1950
carterjoseph1950

The unyielding obscenity that is Donald Trump exhausts me. But I will never give in to him. He even turns the national anthem into an 'us or them' issue. When I am next at an event where it is played, I will take the knee, put my hand on my heart, and sing out loud, in mourning that our country has elected such a pathetic excuse for a human being.  

Hoo Mee?
Hoo Mee?

I really hope you're prettier than you are smart. Isakson and Perdue are hungry little lap dogs. Do you even realize who the VP is? The Speaker of the House? The little horn from the Book of Daniel has surrounded itself with other demon yes-men. If you try to kill him, his head wound will miraculously heal as told in the Book of Revelation. The only hope for most of us is a complete and total self examination and true Faith and Repentance. The only safe place will be in your own heart with a clear conscience.


Ask. Believe. Give Thanks. Receive!

MLD6861
MLD6861

I can't imagine how anyone at this point can't see with their own eyes that this president is a pathological liar and totally unqualified to be president.  However, I do think it's interesting that Delta is telling their customers to "save American jobs and fly Delta rather than mid-eastern" airlines and wouldn't buy the ones from Boeing instead.

PDPDP8
PDPDP8

Over half of the components in the Bambadier aircraft are manufactured in the US, Canada will eventually apply a tariff on those components and the Trump tariff will backfire in "stupid Trump's lap." Such a Moron!!!!

Mary
Mary

Blah, blah and blah. Given a choice between the AJC's opinion and Jack (my faithful dog) I will side with his opinion.

Perhaps in the meantime, you and bookman the other whinny political blogger can go on a camp retreat with the boy scouts. I understand they are now allowing "lil girls" join them.

NeboSuki1
NeboSuki1

@Mary So, you imply Bookman (and others) are pedophiles?  You are one nasty bit_ch!

JKToole
JKToole

@Mary Only the stupid hate the messenger. Specifically, what part of this isn't true? What opinion do you disagree with?

Do you want some cheese with that whine?

mgunter
mgunter

I'm still fully behind President Trump, inspite of all the daily negative stories. He is th best thing to happen to our country since Regan!

NeboSuki1
NeboSuki1

@mgunter Not sure who "Regan" is.  But it's so sad to see how proud you are to let EVERYONE know just how stupid you are.  

Fansince66
Fansince66

@NeboSuki1 @mgunter Why is it that given the first two comments on this blog, that the same responder to both comments resorted to name calling? "Bit_ch??? "stupid"??? The person with questionable intelligence is the responder who, on the first comment, didn't understand that the comment was meant to imply that Bookman and the other bloggers are a bunch of girly men, who can't deal with the choice the American People made last November. He was referring to them when he said "lil girls".

But that's what the left does when they are upset...they resort to name calling. Quite an effective means of discussing politics! NOT!

BillVol
BillVol

@NeboSuki1 @mgunter  Right in that post, NeboSuki1 has all of the answers to our country's problems!  NeboSuki1 to the rescue!  Great post!

JKToole
JKToole

@Fansince66 @NeboSuki1 @mgunter

"who can't deal with the choice the American People made last November"

The "American People" by a great margin, did not choose the current POTUS. The Electoral College did.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Trump set the California wildfires and sent the hurricanes at PR, he needs to be impeached says Maxine Waters  

cigs
cigs

I wouldn't put it past the moron.

BobtheBiker
BobtheBiker

I'm with Trump. This article is crap. Bombardier issue had nothing to do with the president.

Say No More
Say No More

@BobtheBiker The whole AJC is full of anti-Trump narrative and race baiting. Its not writing and news anymore-its propaganda paper for the left. You have to look hard and long for anything positive about conservatives. I am ashamed a city of 6 million doesn't have a non-partisan newspaper.


boo AJC

Fansince66
Fansince66

@Say No More @BobtheBiker I don't really know when the change happened to the AJC. It seems that in the late 90's the leftist agenda happened. When the AJC merged with the Constitution in the early 2000's, the editorials took a sharp left, which resulted in a huge loss of readership. It's still that way today. Too bad that Atlanta can't have an unbiased newspaper.

PDPDP8
PDPDP8

So the Tariff had nothing to do with Trump? You need to get your facts straight before opening your mouth.

catuskoti
catuskoti

@Say No More Reality, truth, and basic decency aren't kind to Trump. Don't shoot the messenger.

NeboSuki1
NeboSuki1

@Fansince66 @Say No More @BobtheBiker Tsk!  Tsk!  Tsk!  Confirmation bias much??  You say, "editorials took a sharp left, which resulted in a huge loss of readership."  ALL print media have declined markedly since the digital age began, yet you use that fact to support your own twisted and completely erroneous point.  You sound more and more like that effing moron trump.  Could you be him??

JKToole
JKToole

@Fansince66 @Say No More @BobtheBiker Do you recognize the difference between an opinion column and a news story? Apparently not.

If you have been reading the AJC for as long as you say, you'd recognize Jim Galloway wouldn't be making such an asinine statement.

Ever hear of Ralph McGill?

cigs
cigs

The way I remember it the Atlanta Constitution morning paper was liberal ,which I really enjoyed . The Atlanta Journal was business afternoon paper and was conservative. I miss the morning paper but the AJC does show two sides on political page conservative and liberal . I have lived in Georgia for over 50 years and have been swamped by conservatives at work , in-laws , and neighbors. You deal with it. I would think it would be easier to deal with a few liberals than a boatload of conservatives everyday.

DS
DS

@BobtheBiker "Bombardier issue had nothing to do with the president."

No, it had everything to do with Trump. Get your facts straight:

"After slapping Bombardier with a proposed duty of nearly 220 percent, the Trump administration has turned up the heat by adding an anti-dumping duty of nearly 80 percent."

Corey
Corey

@DS @BobtheBiker  Let's remove stupidity and indecency from the White House and replace  them with honor, intelligence, and integrity. Mr. Trump's Secretary of State knows his role is top diplomat for the government. Trump doesn't have a clue what diplomacy means. Nor does he care. 

footballexpt
footballexpt

@Say No More @BobtheBiker True that it is difficult to find something positive to say about Trump and his supporters. They are not conservatives. Conservatives do not elect a self professed abuser of women and adulterer. They do not support irresponsible policies that will blow up the deficit, that is already out of control. I could go on but no Trump supporter will admit they were wrong.;