April 28, 2017

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss Trump’s first 100 days in office; his daughter, Ivanka; and an organization fighting poverty with a two-generation approach.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Rina Shah, republican strategist; Rose Aguilar, Your Call host; and Anneke E. Green, senior director of the White House Writers Group.

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First 100 Days

How has the country fared over the course of the president’s first 100 days in office? We take a look especially at how women, families, and diverse communities have been impacted. Interviews with Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress and Alveda King of Priests for Life.

  • Del. Norton: “I don’t think there’s any defense to be made for this administration, particularly when it comes to women and children.”

  • Rina Shah: "He wants to put an emphasis back on the American woman instead of women abroad.”

  • Anneke Green: "From a historical perspective, our system of government is doing great. People are speaking up. It’s wonderful that women are running for office.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “It feels like a war. And it feels like the country’s at war.”

  • Rose Aguilar: "Who would have thought that in the year 2017 scientists would be marching for science and facts?”


Ivanka Trump

Why was she jeered at a women’s conference and how much influence does she have in the White House?

  • Del. Norton: "Ivanka can help put women’s issues on Donald Trump’s agenda.”

  • Rina Shah: "She certainly has her father’s ear, but the jury is still out on really, truly what is her influence.”

  • Rose Aguilar: "Her rhetoric does not match what her father is doing.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Her plan is to give just paid maternity leave for a relatively short period of time.”

  • Anneke Green: "Ivanka handled it well. She’s used to people thinking that her father is not great, so she has to defend that.”

Our House

We take a look at an innovative program to alleviate homelessness. Should the Trump administration help find ways to lift people out of poverty? Interview with Georgia Mjartan of Our House.

  • Georgia Mjartan: “One of the things that we worry about at Our House is the impact of a federal budget that might not include national service. While we have a team of 80 people, about 25 to 30 of them at any given time are Americorps or Vista members.”

  • Del. Norton: "The Americorps volunteer are free to nonprofits. What [Our House] is doing is helping to create family life for those who had none. Nothing beats that.”

  • Rina Shah: "This perfectly matches the message of economic opportunity that President Trump would like to leave as his legacy.”

  • Anneke Green: "I personally wouldn’t want to see this program to be cut. But at the same time, we need policymakers and representatives to [acknowledge] our deficit.”

  • Rose Aguilar: "We have a homeless and a poverty crisis in this country. When you look at other wealthy countries, they don’t have this problem. I think that both parties have failed the poor.”


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