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Brenna’s Take on the News: Trump and Columbus have a rough day

*Editors note: This has been edited from its original version.

Welcome back to Brenna’s Take on the News, where I review this week’s headlines and trends. Here’s what is trending Monday, Oct. 12:

“AP Exclusive: Panama condo owners to Trump: You’re fired!”

In a type of irony that only comes by a few times in a lifetime, Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump is getting fired from his own tower.

According to an Associated Press examination, around four years ago condo owners of a 70-story waterfront tower along Panama Bay struck a deal with Trump in an attempt to associate the success of Trump’s name with their building. Unfortunately, a name can only do so much good when the Trump Organization is running up more than $2 million in unauthorized debts and tossing out undisclosed bonuses to executives in the business background.

All this trouble from a man who literally owns only a storage closet on the 15th floor as his stake in the building.

It’s fair to say, however, without Trump it’s safe to say the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower wouldn’t have been able to exist in the first place. Rather vindictively, Trump’s lawyers sent a response to the owners of this building, rejecting getting fired in the most Trump-y way by saying, “Your letter is a sham.”

The worst part of this? Despite all of this, everyone’s opinion of Trump will somehow stay exactly the same.


Ah Columbus Day! The holiday we celebrate by arguing over Twitter about whether or not we should celebrate it.

Let’s summarize this debate in a couple of tweets:

massacrezero white guilt



Or, my personal favorite of the morning: 




All modern-day partisan politics aside for the moment, Columbus Day objectively is a flawed holiday. It was based upon the assumption Christopher Columbus was the first (European) man to discover the “New World.” Even if we ignore the fact that saying someone discovered a place that had be inhabited by peoples for hundreds of years is kind of strange, it’s wrong because he wasn’t even technically the first white European dude to land on North America. Some consider that to be Leif Erickson, who landed almost 500 years before Columbus did (and by the way, has his own holiday on Oct. 9 as well).

Many communities have renamed the day Indigenous People’s Day, including Bellingham, as a way to recognize some of the unthinkable consequences of European settlement hundreds of years prior, which is a start to celebrating a more realistic history.


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