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Mercedes Schlapp

Mercedes Schlapp

Mercedes Schlapp is a columnist for The Washington Times.

Articles by Mercedes Schlapp

Demonstrators protest outside of the Trump Hotel during a march in downtown Washington in opposition of President-elect Donald Trump, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Trump demonstrators demonstrate their own inability to move on

The protesters trying to spoil the inauguration celebrations are only exposing themselves as emotionally incapable of coping with a Trump presidency, determined to do whatever they can to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. Published January 19, 2017

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and National Security Adviser Adm. Michael Rogers testified Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing "Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States." (Associated Press)

Donald Trump needs to build trust with the intel pros

President-elect Donald Trump should focus on building trust with the country's intelligence professionals, but so far he seems to be sending mixed signals on his future relationship, at times criticizing their past failures and questioning their current capabilities. There has even been talk of the Trump administration streamlining our intelligence bureaucracy, which may be needed. Published January 5, 2017

Protesters demonstrate against the new Bears Ear National Monument in Montecello, Utah, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monument designations on lands in Utah and Nevada that have become flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West.  The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover over 1 million acres in the Four Corners region, the White House announced Wednesday.  (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Dawdling Obama charts last-minute rush of mischief

Our procrastinator-in-chief is frantically trying to make up for lost time, as President Obama uses his final days in office to issue last-minute regulations and play political games at the United Nations that harm and insult one of our best allies. Published December 29, 2016

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is lit up during a ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Capitol Christmas Tree is an 80-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Payette National Forest in Idaho. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A Christmas wish list for our president-elect

I warned the Schlapp children that their Christmas lists were due no later than this Friday to give "Santa" enough time to organize his workshop schedule. In thinking of what my girls might ask for, I couldn't help but wonder what President-elect Donald Trump's list would look like. If he needs any help, I have some recommendations for him. Published December 8, 2016

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR OCEAN SPRAY - Emmy nominated singer/songwriter Regina Spektor celebrated America's favorite fall fruit and waved to spectators on Ocean Spray's® Cranberry Cooperative float during the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Ocean Spray/AP Images)

Don't take the argument bait at holiday dinners

Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner kicked off the annual holiday season of family get-togethers, visits with the relatives and fellowship around the dinner table. Published November 24, 2016

FILE -  In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 file photo, Kathryn McDonough breaks down crying, when asked how she felt after telling jurors how she pushed Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott's body into the water and covered it with seaweed during testimony in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. McDonough testified against her former boyfriend Seth Mazzaglia, who was convicted of killing Marriott and sentenced to life without parole. McDonough's three-year prison sentence comes to an end Saturday, July 16, 2016, when she will be released. (AP Photo Jim Cole, File)

Students moping over Trump need to get a grip

Call it "election depression." College professors have postponed exams and canceled classes. Universities are offering hug therapy, coloring-book therapy, even pet-a-dog therapy to help stunned students cope with last week's election results. These schools are not helping their charges, they're coddling them, raising and molding a generation of wimpy kids incapable of coping with reality. Seriously? Published November 17, 2016

Donald Trump and Mike Pence won the historic election of 2016. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

What I will tell my children about an amazing election

The elitists thought that they were morally justified in criticizing millions of Americans for supporting a candidate who was an outsider. They might have the platform, but on Tuesday Americans exercised both their right to vote and their power to change the course of their nation's history. Published November 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Delaware County Fair, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Delaware, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump's voter fraud concerns should not be ignored

Donald Trump created a media firestorm when he gave an unconventional and surprising response on whether he would accept the election results. He said that he would "look at" it and ended "I'll keep you in suspense." Hillary Clinton called his response "horrifying," despite other Democrats who have questioned our election results and systemic fraud in the past. Published October 20, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after speaking at a fundraiser at the Civic Center Auditorium in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Public piety, private contempt for Hillary Clinton and aides

In public, Hillary Clinton talks about how she would represent all Americans and pushes the "Stronger Together" campaign theme. But behind closed doors, there is no room for people of faith in her America. Published October 13, 2016

Protesters block an intersection near the Transit Center as they march uptown in Charlotte, N.C. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer vigil turned into a second night of violence, with police firing tear gas at angry protesters and a man being critically wounded by gunfire. North Carolina's governor declared a state of emergency in the city. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

A failure of leadership, empathy as America's cities burn

Why are American cities continuing to burn? Agitators and rioters are taking over peaceful protests in Charlotte and causing chaos and destruction, while lives are lost, police officers and innocent citizens are injured, and no solution is in sight. Published September 22, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after speaking at a rally at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton's trust deficit proving to be a glaring flaw

Both the president and Mrs. Clinton's strategy of lecturing the American people is becoming less palatable as they fail to convince voters that the nation is moving in the right direction under their leadership. Published September 8, 2016