Trained Liberals: All Quiet When Trump’s Check Arrives
Just before U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao handed over a $225 million check for the Green Line Extension on Monday, she could have asked Rep. Mike Capuano:
“Do you still want to impeach Donald Trump?”
Capuano, a veteran Somerville politician with a Dartmouth degree, would have replied, “Yeah, but not today. I’m gonna wait until the check clears.”
It was a big day for Capuano. Capuano, who has worked on the project for years, and who is being challenged in the primary by Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, was not going to mess up a golden public relations coup by talking about Trump.
But he still wants him impeached.
Chao could have then turned to Gov. Charlie Baker and asked about rail safety in response to a commuter train crash into a trailer-truck in Littleton that morning.
She did not, but had she, Baker would have replied, “It was only a fender-bender; happens all the time. No big deal. Nobody was hurt. Besides, we’re spending $640 million on transit repairs in 2018.
“And, if I may say, while I disagree with the president on many things, you’ve got the wrong guy. I never said he should be impeached. I only said that he was unfit to be president and shouldn’t be elected.”
Those conversations did not, of course, take place, although the multi-million-dollar federal grant from the Trump administration for the Green Line extension, was handed over.
It is part of a $1 billion federal grant for funding the long-awaited extension of the Green Line from Lechmere in Cambridge through Somerville -- which are two Sanctuary Cities -- to Medford.
Despite Trump’s vow to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities, like Cambridge and Somerville, the money is flowing.
Under the plan, though, Somerville and Cambridge are going to kick in to the project, Somerville to the tune of $50 million and Cambridge with $25 million.
The extension project includes seven new light rail stations, replacement or rehabilitation of eight bridges and construction of a pedestrian and bike path.
The line is expected to generate some 40,000 new transit trips a day, and improve access to job opportunities in Boston, Somerville and Medford, where Tufts University is located.
You may have seen the ceremonial ground breaking on television. There were enough politicians and public officials with ceremonial shovels to begin work on the underground North/South Rail Link.
The link is the pipe dream project of former Gov. Mike Dukakis that calls for a $12 billion tunnel in downtown Boston to link North and South stations.
Officials at the Monday event included Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, and U.S. Rep, Katherine Clark, who represents Medford. She said the project will bring about “environmental justice.”
Also attending were state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramirez, Capuano and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the Lenin and Trotsky of Somerville politics.
Some observers were concerned about the potential for an ugly anti-Trump demonstration like the attacks against Trump officials and supporters by crazed, loony left progressives over Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
They had in mind Trump Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her husband being kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia because she worked for Trump; the ugly hounding of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen earlier at another restaurant and later at her home; and the verbal harassment of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who had to be escorted out of a documentary screening.
Chou would have been the fourth female victim of the left-wing mob.
But nothing happened. One reason is that outside of Chou, everybody there was a Trump critic.
Capuano was not going to attack Trump or criticize Chou for working for him while accepting a federal handout. Nor was he going to call on others to do so.
More importantly, Chou is an immigrant. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1953. She was brought to the United States by her mother to join her father who was in New York on a scholarship. The trip by a freight ship took 37 days.
Chou graduated from Mount Holyoke College and has an MBA for Harvard Business School. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen at age 19.
She is a Chinese female immigrant living the American Dream. No wonder the pro-immigrant, anti-Trump bullies were silent. They were afraid to attack, even though she works for Trump. And with good reason. It would have blown up in their face.
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