ROTHENBURGER – Trump’s blessed defeat, Noble Creek, and poppies in food stores

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IT’S A SAFE BET Donald Trump has never heard of Kamloops. If he had, he’d probably mispronounce it, then make fun of it.

But we know him. I can’t think of a single way in which the U.S. election has any serious impact on the Loops, and certainly not me personally except for one thing — the vow I made never to set foot on American soil as long as Trump is president, and now I’ll be released from that vow. I’ll be more than happy to visit Biden’s America and spend some money there once the pandemic is manageable.

If Trump had been re-elected, though, life would have gone on pretty much as usual other than travel. But today, Nov. 7, 2020, Biden has thankfully been declared the winner.

Stand on Victoria Street and talk to people about Trump. Of a thousand, 999 of them would have have trouble finding anything good to say about the man.

Step across the border and talk to two people — one of them will think he’s the greatest thing since Abraham Lincoln.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Trump’s blessed defeat, Noble Creek, and poppies in food stores

  1. Sorry to burst your bubble but the election is not over. There has been fraud and Trump right now is filing lawsuits. Trump knew this would happen and that’s why he swore in Amy Barrett to the Supreme Court before election. He has majority in the Supreme Court now. He will be the president for another four years!

  2. Sean McGuinness // November 7, 2020 at 11:03 AM // Reply

    I think not travelling to the U.S. because of Trump is a good example of the damage Trump has done. He has separated people. I’ve travelled plenty in the U.S in recent years and the thing I find, even in Trump country, is that people are invariably nice and hospitable. I just don’t talk politics there because, let’s face it, politics is not the most important thing in our daily lives. I know people close to me who are (or were) Trump supporters. I decided that the worst Trump could do is ruin a friendship. So I didn’t hold it against them. What people should understand is that Trump supporters largely come from a disenfranchised sector of the population. For many, their vote is a protest. If you look at the poverty in rural, neglected areas, you can hardly blame them. If anyone is to blame, it’s Mr. Trump for taking advantage. Leave it at that.

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