Westchester Community College holds annual President's forum

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Westchester Community College held its annual President's Forum event Sunday.

The forum focused on the current political climate now that a year has passed since the 2016 presidential election.

Ari Fleisher, former White House press secretary and spokesperson for President George W. Bush, was on the panel at this year's event.

"People hated George Bush in a similar way that people hate Donald Trump and I don't like any of this acrimony. I think we need to be a nation where we can join together and do certain things and I don't like to see that antagonism into our system," he said.

Fleisher, who now lives in Pound Ridge, says he thinks that antagonism is the reason why Republican incumbent Rob Astorino lost the Westchester County executive race to Democrat George Latimer last week.

"And it wasn't just in the countywide race, in my little town of Pound Ridge all the Republicans got swept out of office. The Democrat turnout surged and it's really driven by antagonism to Donald Trump and that's what got Rob thrown out of office," said Fleisher.

At Sunday's event, Fleisher and other panelists examined what the new administration and Congress already accomplished and what still needs to be done.

They also discussed what can be expected in the years ahead.

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