2017-1-30 Smith College Presidential Colloquium (Levi Civjan)

On the 23rd and 24th of January, The Transcript covered both Rachel Maddow and Ana Navarro’s speeches at Smith College. Despite being members of different political parties, they shared a hatred for the president elect. Maddow warned of the reelection of Trump, arguing that populist leaders who silence their critics oftentimes are able to hold onto power. Navarro spoke on how she would’ve “supported a cardboard cut-out over Trump.” Her classic republican values meant that she supported every single other republican candidate over Trump. She also pointed out how there is not a single latino on Trump’s cabinet, a first since Carter. Yet at the same time, a part of her was happy “that there wasn’t a single latino willing to lend themselves to him.” Maddow touched on Trump’s relationship with Russia, Maddow offering the possibility that Trump is nothing more than a Russian puppet. She is also deeply concerned about his personal relationship with Putin. Navarro was hilarious throughout the night, cracking near constant jokes with great delivery. Whether it was advising people to accept peaceful transfer of power even if Trump isn’t your “cup of orange kool-aid.” Or telling the women in the crowd that it’s “very hard to change a sex addict who’s not addicted to you.” She remained hilarious throughout the night. Maddow also had her own jokes, yet there were fewer. When asked what drink represents the election she said a “kimchi old-fashioned.” They both encouraged protest, but possibly the most talked about point by each speaker was to talk to Trump supporters, to make friends with them. Both were speeches encouraging unity as a nation, advice worth following.
2017-1-30 Smith College Presidential Colloquium (Levi Civjan Photos)