By Ray Cardello for August 5, 2021 Season 3 / Post 2
I have been looking for an announcement on the location and timing of the President Donald Trump Library. I hoped that it did not end up in New York. It should have with how important Trump was to the Big Apple and vice versa. Liberal New York City turned their backs on Trump, and they do not deserve to host a Presidential library. It would be a coup for Florida, Trump’s new home, to land the library in South Florida. Time will tell if that may happen.
While I was looking for info on the future of the Trump Library, I uncovered an article published in the Washington Post on January 28. The article was written as a hit piece on Donald Trump. The article was written to build a case to prohibit the Trump Library from ever being built anywhere. The article was written by Philip Kennicott, who is an art and architecture critic for the Post. Philip Kennicott is a Pulitzer Prize author. He has been on staff at The Post since 1999, first as classical music critic, then as culture critic. He should stick to suggesting a design for the library, but he went over the edge with this article, and he proves why he is not a political writer. Here is one paragraph to give you a taste for this tasteless article:
So even a privately funded and operated Trump presidential library, which would be devoted to whitewashing his record and rewriting history, is a terrible and even dangerous idea. Further, given Trump’s alleged misuse of charitable funds, including self-dealing, waste and other illegal activities, at his now dissolved New York-based foundation, any intention to start another public entity can only be considered a crime scene waiting to happen.
If it unfortunately does happen, it probably will be in Florida, where state Attorney General Ashley Moody is one of Trump’s top surrogates and a prominent supporter of his false claims of election fraud. So, on this matter, Americans cannot trust the rule of law in Florida, but they can put pressure on corporate and other entities not to donate to any group associated with any effort to build a Trump presidential center. And the FBI can keep a close watch on any national group created to solicit funding for such an endeavor.
Not only does he paint Trump as evil, dangerous, corrupt, but he calls for the public to shame anyone or any company that might get involved in the library project in the future. I believe in the First Amendment and the right of Kennicott to write this article, and also my right to call his work trash. Kennicott goes out of his way to label Trump and anyone associated with him as criminal and, wait for it, the greatest threat to America since the Civil War. I am not making that up. He said it:
It is imperative to the nation’s future that we know how and why authoritarianism became so deeply and pervasively rooted in the Trump administration. Historians, journalists, and biographers need immediate access to this material (with the minimal oversight necessary by professional, nonpartisan archivists) to help educate the American public on the greatest threat to the republic since the Civil War.
People like Kennicott are the real danger. Anyone who feeds into the division between people of different leanings needs to be stopped. Maybe he can go back to writing about classical music and leave news and politics to the adults in the room. I think we might be hard-pressed to find an adult in the newsroom of the Post.