The former executive editor of The New York Times is no longer afraid to reveal her political leanings, revealing in a column for The Guardian that she is still struggling to cope with President Donald Trump’s election victory.
After explaining how “thrilling” it is to see “signs of a Trump rebellion” in the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections, the former New York Times editor, Jill Abramson, revealed she actually keeps a “little plastic Obama doll” in her purse:
It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington DC and despair. That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently. Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America.
The candid admission is a far cry from the way she used to address allegations of bias at The New York Times.
In 2012, she told Politico that the Times newsroom was “always conscious that the way we view an issue in New York is not necessarily the way it is viewed in the rest of the country or world” and vowed to keep the news coverage “straight.”
Now, Abramson speculates that Democrats think they can make massive gains in the midterm elections, including possibly beating Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the Lone Star State.
Though winning control of the House of Representatives in 2018 is their focus, my Democratic sources say that there are already 20 credible presidential challengers giving serious thought to opposing Donald Trump in 2020. The list, unsurprisingly, includes a raft of Democratic senators, and, perhaps surprisingly, at least three strong women, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand, Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar and Massachusetts’s Elizabeth Warren.
Of course, it’s very possible Abramson is setting herself up to be disappointed, just like she was in November of 2016 when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton for the presidency.