Opinion: Very real fears about a Trump presidency

In her column for Maryland Reporter on Tuesday, Delegate Trent Kittleman tells Marylanders not to worry about a Trump presidency. She calls his inflammatory and reprehensible statements on the campaign trail “hyperbole.” She states that he is doing “everything possible to bring people together.” Delegate Eric Luedtke writes he is shocked at how thoroughly Delegate Kittleman misunderstands the fear that has gripped many Marylanders since the election. He is also “aghast at her temerity in arguing based on absolutely zero evidence that Trump will be somehow a moderate and reasonable president.:

Opinion: The only thing we have to fear is not President-elect Trump

Dealing with political loss is difficult. I’ve probably had more practice than most, being a Republican in Maryland. Eventually, the pain goes away. The one thing I want to say, here, however, is that you need not harbor “fear” in addition to your pain. I’ve heard a number of people say that they fear what President-elect Trump might do or say as president based on the personality they saw during the campaign. Don’t worry; he won’t.

President Obama meets with President-Elect Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday. Official White House Photo by Peter Souza.

Presidents destroy their own legacies with overreach; will Trump?

Pundits aplenty are dissecting why Hillary Clinton lost and Donald Trump won. Rather than do that, I would caution President Elect Trump against hubris, disrespect, and overreach. President Obama campaigned hard over the past few weeks. He hit the hustings with vigor in minority communities to exhort African Americans to protect his legacy. His legacy is firmly intact: He has destroyed the Democratic Party, as we know it.

Maryland grows more politically polarized, like rest of U.S.

While Maryland voted for the Democratic candidate in 2016 for the seventh straight presidential election, a deepening Republican loyalty in more rural areas of the state indicates increased polarization throughout Maryland. While liberal-leaning urban areas helped Hillary Clinton secure Maryland’s 10 electoral votes and Democratic candidates won all but one U.S. House seat Tuesday, the state’s liberal base didn’t perform according to expectations.

Delaney strikes bipartisan tone in victory speech

Democratic Rep. John Delaney struck a bipartisan tone Tuesday evening as he thanked volunteers, supporters and family for helping him win a third term in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Delaney handily defeated Republican candidate Amie Hoeber 55% to 41%. Delaney spent $1.4 million on the race, and Hoeber spent close to $1 million, plus independent spending by a super PAC funded by her husband.