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April 10, 2021

DDT Gathers Faithful As Insurrection Reports Continue

With hundreds of his faithful followers gathering at Mar-a-Lago, Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) is playing king for the weekend while reaping the financial benefits at his club, struggling since Joe Biden became president 81 days ago. DDT headlines the closed-door event to raise millions for the GOP in the luxury hotel Four Seasons four miles from DDT’s Florida estate, the location for his own fundraising. Participants can hear more lying rants about a “stolen” election wannabes such as Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Dakota’s Gov. Kristi Noem, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton wait for DDT to give up. He also made the event a feeding frenzy against absent Republicans such as former VP Mike Pence, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Elaine Chao.

Fundraising comes at the end of a week when the media described DDT’s scams to rip off poor constituents. His campaign automatically took regular sums of money from donors, many of them poor, unless the victims rescinded this process after reading through the fine print. Outcries caused the campaign to return $122 million—11 percent of his take last fall—to hundreds of thousands of people who discovered they were duped. Many more not be aware of the their losses. For months DDT used the money interest-free.

Instead of backing down, the site now threatens people with being “reported” to DDT as “defectors” if they don’t donate. The NRCC is participating in DDT’s scamming the Republicans through texting a ten-minute chance to join DDT’s “new social media site”—which doesn’t exist—and then using a default box to double their pledge amount and make it recurring.  DDT’s campaign also sent out over 500 fundraising requests since his election. 

DDT isn’t the only GOP scammer. WinRed, the for-profit collecting a percentage of the donations, is now on the websites of GOP committees and congressional Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and McConnell with the same pre-checked boxes at the end of text-heavy messages. The GOP website is based on ActBlue, a non-profit website where Democrats can donate to candidates.

The relationship between DDT and the RNC became tense last month when his PAC told other Republican groups to “immediately cease and desist the unauthorized use of President Donald J. Trump’s name, image, and/or likeness in all fundraising, persuasion, and/or issue speech.”

Competing with DDT’s event at another of his Florida properties, the Doral golf resort in Miami, is a conference hosted by Women in America First, a group leading the D.C. rally contributing to the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Notable among guests are such GOP rejects as Rep, Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), stripped of all her committee assignments only weeks after being sworn in, and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), investigated for several federal charges including sex-trafficking. Gaetz gave the keynote speech.

As DDT is back to doing what he prefers—giving speeches and taking money–documents show how he was MIA on January 6 as his crowd attacked the U.S. Capitol. The media politely called DDT “disengaged” while insurrectionists beat up police and vandalized the U.S. legislative headquarters. He failed to stop the attacks for hours after VP Mike Pence, his life threatened by DDT’s followers, ordered acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to “clear the Capitol” and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made desperate pleas to military leaders for the deployment of the National Guard.

The Pentagon and DDT wanted to avoid a military presence after ongoing fiascos during the Black Lives movement protests, including the use of helicopters over D.C. attempting to intimidate crowds. The Pentagon didn’t plan to notify Miller until the protesters numbered more than 20,000 at the Ellipse, but participants who went to the Capitol became immediately violent, breaking into the building and assaulting police officers in their way.

Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, now replaced, called the National Guard commanding general William Walker for help at 1:49 pm and repeated his request 20 minutes later. Meanwhile, senators ran from the chamber, and rioters went through their desks while more insurrectionists broke through more Capitol entrances to the House chamber. The troops weren’t activated for at least 75 minutes after the first panicky telephone call from Sund, and they still had to make their way from Andrews to the D.C. Armory before they went to the Capitol. Executing a plan took another two hours, but Pentagon security forces were guarding homes of defense leaders.

Two hours and 28 minutes after the first call, DDT finally tweeted his followers to “go home and go in peace.” Walker didn’t have approval to send the Guard to the Capitol for another 13 minutes. Almost three hours after their first call, Pelosi and Schumer again called Milley and the Pentagon leadership for help. The first contingent of 155 Guard members didn’t arrive for another 50 minutes. The Capitol wasn’t declared safe for over six hours after the Pentagon was told about the insurrection.

Thus far, 377 people have been charged for the Capitol insurrection. Almost 20 percent of them are connected to the military, either currently or in the past, many with dishonorable discharges. A new study of these arrested 377 people by Robert Pape, a specialist in security threats, examines demographics and county characteristics from their homes in 250 counties in 44 states. Some findings about the majority:

  • Most are older and more professional than right-wing protesters from the past.
  • They typically have no ties to current right-wing groups.
  • They are 95 percent White and 85 percent male.
  • Many live near or among Biden supporters in blue and purple counties, 52 percent of them Biden comfortably won.
  • “Counties with the most significant declines in the non-Hispanic White population are the most likely to produce insurrectionists who now face charges.”

Another report reveals law enforcement at the Capitol had expired ammunition, ineffective shields, and warnings from two weeks earlier about a map of the complex’s underground tunnels posted two weeks earlier on a pro-DDT website.  Capitol Police failed to establish standard operating procedures for the Civil Disturbance Unit and had fewer officers at the Capitol day than previously listed. Leadership ordered officers not to use all of its less-lethal options and “operated at a decreased level of readiness.” The intelligence division didn’t require security clearances and had no training program for all employees.

A riot defendant is exchanging a plea for testimony against the far-right extremist Proud Boys, one of the “paramilitary” groups attacking the Capitol.  About two dozen insurrectionists connected with the Proud Boys have been charged with federal crimes. Another rioter is flipping against the Oath Keepers, another extremist group.

After their December attack on a Black church in D.C., the Proud Boys may be short on resources because of a lawsuit for committing acts of terror. The group’s leader, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, has refused to respond, leaving the church close to a default win. Although Tarrio says the group is not a legal entity, leaders are tied to a network of LLCs in Florida and other places, crowdfunding at a Christian site, and at least one online store selling merchandise, some of it on behalf of DDT’s friend Roger Stone.

Documents indicate the violence at the Capitol was orchestrated before January 6 by several groups including the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, and QAnon. Their goal was to stop the counting of the electoral college votes. Deputy to Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and two other members guarding Stone were indicted after the discovery of 19 phone calls over three hours during the January 6 assault on the Capitol. Calls indicated coordination of storming the Capitol, likely by Rhodes, along with a previously organized strategy. The total of indicted Oath Keepers for the event is now 12.

DDT escaped conviction at his impeachment trial for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol, but an investigation of his campaign shows his aides took dark money from campaign shell companies to subsidize the rallies—and riots. Women for America First, supposedly separate from DDT’s campaign, listed its staff members on a permit for the January 6 rally. They were directly paid by DDT’s 2020 campaign, and donations to DDT shelled out over $2.7 million to people and groups paying for the rally, one of them Megan Powers who received $290,000 for the campaign’s director of operations.

Fox network’s Tucker Carlson is spreading the fear of the “Great Replacement,” a theory believed by DDT’s supporters. White nationalists purport that mass migrations and low White birthrates supposedly replace White voters, perhaps why the insurrectionists come from counties with fast-increasing non-White populations. DDT spread the same fear almost four years ago by praising neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville (VA) and chanted “Jews will not replace us” before they beat up their protesters.   

Fox network, promoting the “replacement theory” opposing immigrants is run by immigrants: founder and co-chair Rupert Murdoch, born in Australia and living in the UK and the U.S.; co-chair and CEO Lachlan Murdoch, born in London and living in Australia; chief legal and policy officer Viet Dinh, Vietnamese refugee born in Ho Chi Minh City; lead outside director Jacques Nasser, born in Lebanon and grew up in Australia; and Fox director Anne Dias-Griffin, born and educated in France. And Tucker Carlson’s mother was a Lombardi, Italian people who were lynched by white supremacists in the South during the early 20th century. He has replaced a “White” voter.

December 3, 2020

Biden/Harris Plan, DDT Fails

President/VP-elect Joe Biden/Kamala Harris:

After his inauguration, Biden will address COVID-19 plan by asking all people in the U.S. to wear masks for 100 days and mandate face coverings in federal buildings and on interstate transportation. Biden also said in an interview he had asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to remain as the government’s top infectious disease expert as well as Biden’s chief medical adviser. Many GOP senators are antagonistic toward Biden, refusing to recognize his election, but he plans to work on a coalition with some of the more moderate ones—Mitt Romney (UT), Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rob Portman (OH), and Pat Toomey (PA). A major question is how Biden will work with Mitch McConnell (R-KY); it depends on whether Georgia adds two Democratic senators in five weeks.

VP-elect Kamala Harris is putting together her staff. For her thus far all-female team of chief staffers, Harris started with Tina Flournoy as chief of staff earlier this week along with Symone Sanders (senior adviser) and Ashley Etienne (communications director). Today, Harris added Rohini Kosoglu as her domestic policy adviser and Ambassador Nancy McEldowney for national security adviser. Harris will work on rebuilding small and medium businesses hurt by the pandemic, focusing partly on coronavirus problems for women and people of color. She will also address education, including children without access to the broadband during the pandemic. Harris has a background in intelligence from her four years on the Senate committee and criminal justice and climate justice reform after her experience as California’s AG and San Francisco DA. She plans to draw on Biden’s vice presidency for Barack Obama as a “model” for shaping her own position.

DDT’s Myth of Election Fraud:

Rudy Giuliani’s lawsuit alleging fraudulent votes in Michigan’s election went completely off the rails when his star witness Melissa Carone testified to ballots being smuggled inside food vans. Even Fox host Lou Dobbs, one of DDT’s greatest defenders, didn’t seem able to swallow Carone’s story. A Wayne County judge ruled her tale “simply … not credible,” but Giuliani still put her in front of a Michigan House panel. Giuliani even shushed her as she rudely insisted on her evidence-free claim tens of thousands of votes were counted multiple times. The video, reminiscent of a Saturday Night Live skit, has been watched millions of times, for good reason.  

Lawmakers listened for six hours to testimony about election fraud like that above from Carone. A favorite, however, was the poll watcher who found election fraud when Black Lives Matter supporters wore rhinestones. 

Wisconsin’s high court won’t hear DDT’s request to eliminate over 221,000 ballots in the state’s two largest counties, telling him the case needs to go through lower courts first. DDT paid the state $3 million for a recount in the two counties where Biden picked up 87 votes.

Georgia may actually have a case of election fraud. Former U.S. attorney Michael Moore, serving the Middle District of Georgia from 2010 to 2015, requested the State Board of Elections to investigate Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) alleged criminal interference in Georgia’s election when he pressured the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to trash valid mail-in ballots. Graham wanted ballots tossed out in all counties with a high rate of “signature mismatch” on voters’ registration forms. Georgia permits voters to “cure” a mismatched signature. Georgia prohibits solicitation to commit election fraud by attempting to cause another person to commit an election-related offense as well as interference with the secretary of state’s official election rules, including asking him to falsify records. From Raffensperger’s account, Graham did both.

In another case of Georgia voter fraud, Bill Price, a Florida attorney, announced he will change his residency to Georgia for two months in order to vote in Georgia for Republicans in the Senate runoff. He encouraged others to join him and gave his brother’s address in Hiram (GA) where he planned to register. Asked if others can register at that address to vote, Price said, “Sure.”

Georgia’s Board of Elections told county election supervisors they could challenge anyone registering to vote who didn’t own a car. Forced hearings could delay a voter past the January 5 vote.  New “rules” require a 90-day advance warning so the Board calls the change a “guidance” directive. At first, this restriction seemed like a poll tax for students, seniors, and the poor, but perhaps they were thinking about Floridians flooding the state to vote for Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

The Republicans biggest concern about the Georgia runoff election is DDT’s appearance there on Saturday, supposedly to support Loeffler and Perdue. First, the state voted against DDT. Even more important, however, is that he will likely launch into how all the votes were rigged, discouraging more Republicans from voting. Polls are not reliable, but Perdue is behind by two points and Loeffler by seven points. DDT’s supporters are telling Republicans to boycott the election unless the GOP incumbents denounce the general election as rigged. In a video, Perdue appeared to acknowledge the legality of Biden’s election when he talked about a Senate GOP majority curbing the Biden administration.

Heidi Stirrup (right), an ally of DDT’s racist adviser Stephen Miller, has been banned from the DOJ because she demanded sensitive information about election fraud and other information to take to the White House. She had been put into the DOJ as a liaison a few months ago to get insider information. She also offered job offers to political allies at high DOJ levels without consulting anyone and tried to interfere in hiring career staffers. DDT has made her a member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Earlier, Stirrup was central in DDT’s push for hard-line immigration policies and a deputy HHS liaison at the White House where she argued access to birth control encourages “sexual promiscuity.” 

Furious with AG Bill Barr for claiming no widespread election fraud, DDT is considering firing him. DDT is also angry because Barr’s investigator John Durham failed to issue a public report with damaging information about the Russian investigation before the election. White House aides are trying to convince DDT not to fire Barr, but DDT yelled at him throughout a 150-minute meeting yesterday.

Census:

Last Monday, the Supreme Court heard a case from DDT arguing undocumented immigrants—who several conservative justices called “illegal aliens”—aren’t persons as designated for census-taking in the Constitution. DDT has been pushing the Census forward but hit a roadblock with “high complexity” and incorrect handling problems in data issues. The delay until February means DDT can’t exclude some U.S. residents to divide seats in the U.S. House to be more favorable to Republicans.

Congress:

With seven more days before a government shutdown, the Senate confirmed Christopher Waller to the Federal Reserve, hopefully leaving Judy Shelton out in the cold. The 48-47 vote continued partisan positions on DDT’s appointments; all Democrats and one Republican, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, voted against Waller. He is the first member of the board to be seated during a lame-duck session. DDT has appointed all governors except Democrat Lael Brainard into their Fed posts. The institution is supposed to be independent, but nothing for DDT has been independent.

DDT’s recent power play to control Twitter isn’t going well with Republicans. He threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which has easily passed for 59 years, unless it includes the repeal of the liability shield for social media companies. As always litigious, DDT wants to be able to sue Twitter if it fact-checks him or refuses to give him an account, as it can do on January 21. For almost four years, DDT could spew his vile lies on social media because of his classification as a world leader. That disappears after Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Republicans disagree with DDT’s claim that the law, Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, is “a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity.” Conservative Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) declared there is no connection between Section 230 and the NDAA, and other GOP members of Congress have said they will vote for a veto override. Section 230 protects small startups from frivolous lawsuits. Repealing it stifles innovation. Congress can postpone the NDAA until after January 20 if it acts promptly then.  

Republicans rebuked DDT through a variety of provisions in the NDAA. They laid out specific conditions before a president can reduce the military in South Korea and Germany and ordered the Secretary of State to annually report on Russian-sponsored bounties for attacks against U.S. military personnel. Another provision limits military construction funding transferred to domestic projects such as DDT’s wall and mandates federal officials, military, and National Guard “visibly display” both their names and their agencies in protests. The Pentagon cannot provide state and local law enforcement with bayonets, weaponized tracked combat vehicles, and weaponized drones, and most grenades. It includes the renaming of the Confederate-named bases and much more.

Postponing approval of the NDAA until the next Congress—and the next president—might not be a bad idea. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley, the highest-ranking military official, said the Pentagon needs a “reality check” in future defense budgets with other needs such as the coronavirus pandemic. During an event, Milley said, “We have to tighten up and take a much harder look at priorities.” He predicted that budgets could even “decline significantly, depending on what happens.” Milley suggests the Defense Department question the necessity of overseas deployments and bases. The first step is to “breathe new life into the economy.” Sanity may be returning.

Thanksgiving gatherings were a week ago with millions traveling across the U.S. On December 3, 2020, new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.: 218,572 and deaths, 2,918—another 9/11 with one death every 30 seconds. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his employees to have no gatherings before he invited 900 people to one party in an inside venue. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/01/us/politics/white-house-holiday-parties.html  The 20+ parties planned at the White House also don’t require masks. DDT plans to go out with lots of infections. Watch the coronavirus increase during the next several weeks.

December 2, 2020

Seven Weeks until U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Yesterday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey certified the state’s votes; today, Mark Kelly was sworn in to the Senate, bringing the number of Democrats to 48. The state’s other Democratic senator, Kyrsten Sinema, held the Bible during the ceremony. This election adds another state to the list of formerly red Southwestern states with two Democratic senators. The others are New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado. They join the western block of California, Oregon, and Washington to have complete Democratic representation in the U.S. Senate. 

A major goal for Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) in the next seven weeks is drilling in the Arctic, including its National Wildlife Refuge, but big banks may be a stumbling block. All six refuse funding for fossil fuel extraction, with Bank of America joining the other five against DDT’s push for “irreversible harm” to the local ecosystem and communities. Not even DDT’s proposal last month to stop banks from excluding customers changed the banks’ position. The sale, open to the entire 1.5 million acres of the coastal plain, will be after January 17, three days before the inauguration, but oil wouldn’t be extracted for at least ten years. The area is also sacred to indigenous peoples, but the current Supreme Court recognizes only Christianity and Judaism as “religious.”

According to Mark Becker, former chair of Brown County (WI) GOP, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told him in a private call on November 14 that Republicans refuse to recognize Joe Biden as president-elect because it would be “political suicide.” In an editorial for the conservative Bulwark, Becker wrote:

“Senator Johnson knows that Joe Biden won a free and fair election. He is refusing to admit it publicly and stoking conspiracies that undermine our democracy solely because it would be ‘political suicide’ to oppose Trump.”

Johnson led the conspiracy-theory-laden hearings attempting to smear Biden with lies about his son, Hunter Biden. Johnson, who has not responded to Becker’s editorial, may be vulnerable in a 2022 re-election after his unswerving devotion to DDT in a state returning to blue in the midst of surging cases and deaths from COVID-19.

Another judge, this one in Wisconsin, has scolded a DDT lawyer, Sidney Powell, for her ridiculous argument to eliminate the state’s election results. He had a number of other reasons than her idea; the judge wrote:

“There was no indication that the plaintiffs gave notice to the adverse parties of the morning’s motion. There was no affidavit filed with the motion. The complaint is not verified, and there was no certification from counsel about the efforts made to give notice to the adverse parties or why notice should not be required… This motion indicates that the earlier motion was an inadvertently filed draft and acknowledges that the referenced proposed order had not been attached.”

Brad Heath, reporter on crime and criminal justice for Reuters, tweeted:

“Rocky start continues for Sidney Powell’s election-fraud lawsuit in Wisconsin. The judge assigned to the case says her team filed a draft motion by accident and still hasn’t complied with the basic rules for seeking a temporary restraining order.”

In her Georgia case, Powell cited a well-known QAnon leader, Ron Watkins, to challenge the Dominion voting machines. Watkins, not an expert in voting machines, didn’t directly allege fraud in his affidavit. He may have inspired death threats against a 20-year-old contractor for Dominion which included a noose left outside his home. Watkins uploaded two videos showing a Dominion employee transferring data from a voting machine to a laptop and claimed it proved voter fraud. A county employee explained the report was transferred to a laptop because third-party software cannot be installed on voting machines. The contractor’s name was shared on the QAnon’s message board and then widely shared on Twitter and right-wing sites such as Parler. The act was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” according to Gabriel Sterling, voting systems manager for Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, in his press conference asking DDT to step up and stop the madness. DDT continued with his claims about the “rigged” election and shares the videos with his Twitter followers. Watkins stays on as a regular guest on the Russia-connected One America News Network.

Legal expert Rick Hasen has found Rep. Mike Kelly’s (R-PA) appeal to the Supreme Court also ridiculous. Kelly wants an emergency injunction to block all mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania because he thinks they are unconstitutional. No indication of how mail-in ballots violate the U.S. Constitution because the filing declares states can set up their own rules. Any why did Kelly wait until after the election to make the filing when the law has been on the books for almost a year? It’s as crazy as all other “election fraud” lawsuits. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who claimed the virus would end on November 4, is encouraging the Supreme Court to either reject the 2.5 million mail-in votes or reject the entire election results. He probably lacks standing in the case.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and other groups are suing DDT, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the White House to keep them from destroying documents during the next seven weeks. DDT traditionally destroys his tweets, and Kushner uses “non-official messaging accounts like WhatsApp to conduct official White House business.”

When DDT fired Christopher Maier, Pentagon policy official overseeing the military’s Defeat ISIS Task Force and disbanded his office, he weakened U.S. defenses. Maier’s responsibilities were given to two other offices dealing with special operations and regional policies led by DDT’s new appointees in last month’s purge. One of them, Ezra Cohen-Watnick who served as aide to Michael Flynn, is now the undersecretary for intelligence at the Pentagon, and the other, Anthony Tata, couldn’t even be confirmed by Republicans because of his right-wing conspiracy theories. Now scattered across the bureaucracy throughout other agencies,

Maier’s team had communicated with Biden’s transition regarding terrorist threats, relations with allies, and counterterrorism missions. Their scattering will hurt not only present information but also future counterterrorism information. DDT pretends the ISIS threat is gone, keeps his incompetent loyalists at the Pentagon, and undermines Biden. For DDT it’s a win-win; for the U.S. it’s a lose-lose.

In a fight on another front, DDT has been talking with personal and campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani about not only pardoning his family but also himself. DDT mentioned pardons for son-in-law Jared Kushner and Giuliani. To be pardoned, people must admit guilt to crimes. 

Investigators from the Washington, DC’s AG office deposed DDT’s daughter Ivanka Trump in a lawsuit about misuse of inaugural funds. Last January, the AG’s office opened the case about abuse of over $1 million by “grossly overpaying” for event space at DDT’s Washington hotel for the 2017 inauguration. Tom Barrack, chair of the inaugural committee was deposed on November 17. Other people deposed include first lady Melania Trump and Rick Gates, former inaugural committee deputy chair. Gates had told Ivanka he was “a bit worried about the optics of PIC [Presidential Inaugural Committee] paying Trump Hotel a high fee,” and event planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff advised against the price, at least double the market rate. DDT received $175,000 a day for four days. During the Robert Mueller investigation, Gates pled guilty to lying and conspiracy against the U.S.

Last month, DDT pardoned Michael Flynn, briefly his national security adviser. Flynn, a QAnon member, now demands DDT declare martial law and order the military to oversee a “national re-vote.” He follows Sidney Powell’s call for DDT to suspend the Electoral College vote and investigate voter fraud through a military tribunal by declaring the Insurrection Act. Both cite evidence of voter fraud but have none. A third notable, Lin Wood, urges DDT to combat “Communist China’s … nefarious efforts to take away our freedom” through martial law. In a rally, Wood, an Atlanta lawyer, told Republicans to boycott the runoff election for two U.S. senators from the state on January 5. About GOP incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Wood said:

“They have not earned your vote. Don’t you give it to them. Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election, for god’s sake!”

Wood claimed DDT will be president for another four years and then called for Flynn and Powell to run on a joint ticket in 2024.

In a tweet, Flynn shared a full-page Washington Times ad from We the People Convention with the same plea for martial law. It asks DDT “to temporarily suspend the Constitution” to hold the presidential election re-vote.

DDT may be involved in a pay-for-pardon scheme he gets to keep all the money. Redacted records from the DC District Court reveal a DOJ investigation about money in exchange for a presidential pardon. During a raid on offices, investigators picked up over 50 devices including iPhones, iPads, laptops, thumb drives and computer drives. DDT has commuted 16 people’s sentences and granted 29 pardons since his inauguration, almost all bringing publicity—and perhaps cash.

December 2, 2020: U.S. COVID-19 by the numbers – 203,737 new cases; over 100,000 hospitalizations, and 2,833 deaths—almost as many as on the 9/11 attack. Mike Kel

August 6, 2020

People Defend Rights, Democracy

While Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) and Republican legislators work to destroy people and the United States, good people are fighting back. 

New York Attorney General Letitia James sued the supposedly non-profit charitable National Rifle Association and four top executives, including its CEO Wayne LaPierre, to dissolve the organization. She alleged they spent “years of illegal self-dealings” funding a “lavish lifestyle.” The NRA’s headquarters is in Fairfax County (VA) but chartered in New York. Karl Racine, D.C. AG, also sued the NRA and the NRA Foundation, incorporated in D.C., also for misusing charitable funds. DDT said the NRA should move to Texas where it would be safe, but James said that was impossible, just as DDT couldn’t move his charitable organization after she sued it.

Federal government failures cause states to band together to carry out Union’s responsibilities. Three GOP and four Democratic governors have formed a first-of-its-kind purchasing compact to pressure companies into ramping up production of rapid-detection COVID-19 tests taking 15 minutes. Traditional testing requires private labs and results in long delays, as long as three weeks. Despite DDT’s assertions about states having enough testing availability, governors know the claim is a lie. The group’s organizer, Maryland’s GOP governor Larry Hogan had earlier snuck in 500,000 tests from South Korea for his state while DDT stole supplies ordered by states. States are also counting on support from charitable organizations, and the Rockefeller Foundation may act as the financing entity. 

For the second time this summer, a red state voted in favor of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and rejected the GOP legislatures. Missouri followed Oklahoma so everyone making less than 133 percent of the poverty level will be covered; i.e., $34,846 for a family of four. Refusing the expansion, Texas set its Medicaid eligibility at 15 percent of the federal poverty level—with no Medicaid for a family of four making over $3,930 a year. The Supreme Court decided in 2012 states could opt out, but states gradually expanded Medicaid in all but 12 states.

A federal judge ordered mandatory rapid testing at a detention center with a COVID-19 outbreaks because ICE has “lost the right to be trusted.” He also ordered no new detainees at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility and a dorm for those who test positive.

Bipartisan AGs from 31 states have asked HHS to enact the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act stop Gilead Sciences from price-gouging and causing shortages of its COVID-19 drug remdesivir for COVID-19. The Act allows the government to keep the patent and license the antiviral to other manufacturers if a drug company overcharges or fails to reasonably “alleviate health or safety needs” of consumers. Gilead charges $3,120 for a five-day course of the limited medication. 

DDT’s commutation of Roger Stone could come back to bite him. During AG Bill Barr’s confirmation hearing, he said it would be a “crime” for a president to pardon someone in exchange for a promise not to incriminate the president.  Stone lied, hid communications to protect DDT, promised to campaign for him, and plans to write a pro-DDT book. Michael Cohen was put back into solitary confinement until he signed a document promising not to write a book until a judge released him.

DDT is using the pandemic to block immigrants—engineers, executives, IT experts, doctors, nurses, etc.—from entering the U.S. as well as banning international students and DACA recipients. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is suing him, alleging the economy won’t improve if skilled workers are locked out. First-year international students still cannot get visas to attend colleges and universities not offering in-person instruction. DDT’s new restrictions have created a serious shortage of doctors at a time when the number of hospitalizations from coronavirus is escalating.

Republicans are getting fed up with DDT:

John Kasich, former GOP presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, will be one of GOP’s high-profile pro-Biden speakers for the Democratic convention.  

Pro-DDT supporters are angry about DDT’s reelection campaign text spamming them several times a day whining about supporters “failing” DDT by not donating more money. DDT’s donations were less than Biden’s for two consecutive months. 

When DDT said he might give his nomination acceptance speech from the White House’s South Lawn, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) asked, “Is that even legal?” Even if DDT and VP Mike Pence aren’t bound by the Hatch Act, their staff is. A political acceptance speech at the “house” owned by the people could be, as Thune said, “problematic.” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she didn’t plan any exceptions to her ban on visitors to D.C. from 27 states with elevated cases of COVID-19.

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from House Republicans and led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The suit tried to block a resolution permitting votes by proxy during the pandemic, but the just ruled the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution gave the House “absolute immunity from civil suit.”

While DDT still fights a subpoena to give his financial records to New York prosecutors, the subpoenaed Deutsche Bank has consented to give the prosecutors financial records DDT provided to the bank. Prosecutors want “public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization” and will also investigate potential crimes of bank and insurance fraud. During the past year, DDT’s lender has provided detail records, including those DDT submitted to the bank to seek loans.

The Deutsche Bank has joined five of the biggest U.S. banks rejecting financial support for drilling the Arctic  Climate activists are celebrating Deutsche Bank’s new energy policy banning financial support of new projects for drilling in the Arctic and any tar sand projects or fracking in places with low water supply. The bank will also end business in coal mining by or before 2025.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the $765 million loan from the U.S. government to Eastman Kodak for the purpose of making drugs. Kodak’s shares skyrocketed—as much as 2,757 percent—starting the week before the announcement, suggesting insider trading or other illegal practices. Executives also received stock options before information about the loan was made public, including 1.75 million for the CEO.

Less than three months ago, the State Department watchdog, IG Steve Linick, was fired in DDT’s purging of inspectors general and immediately replaced by Steven Akard. Linick had been investigating possible unethical behavior of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and DDT’s unauthorized sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. After 82 days on the job, Akard has quit. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained, “He left to go back home.” Also Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, Akard recused himself from the investigation of Pompeo and any other issues connected to his former position to avoid conflicts of interest. The abrupt departure of Akard, who said he is returning to the private sector, raises more questions about the independence of the position in the time of DDT. Linick was also investigating DDT’s request of the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain “Woody” Johnson to ask Scotland to put the British Open at DDT’s Turnberry golf resort. The change would have been very lucrative–$130 million for the host town.  

Recently, people with racist or hateful tattoos, including Confederate flags, are flooding specialists to have these removed.

Republicans may have trouble with DDT’s unconstitutional memorandum to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census because it hurts their home states. Over 40 Republicans in the House and four in the Senate represent the three largest states likely to be affected by the memo: California, Texas and Florida. Those states will lose congressional seats or not gain them without counting the 4.5 million undocumented immigrants. Although DDT seems to have dropped that idea, he is cutting the time short for the census to curtail counting minorities.

James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son, resigned from the News Corp board, over “disagreements” over editorial content.

Since 2015, Neil Young has warned DDT not to illegally use his “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” at rallies. Now Young is suing DDT because “in good conscience [he] cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.”

Senate Republicans thought they could bully former acting AG Sally Yates when they asked her to give testimony about Michael Flynn’s conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to “neuter” deterrence in President Obama’s sanctions against Russia for its election intervention after DDT’s election but before his inauguration. Despite rude statements from Sens. Lindsey Graham (D-SC) and John Kennedy (R-LA), she said the administration did not target Flynn for prosecution. “My memory is clear,” Yates asserted. “No such thing happened.” Yates testimony differed greatly from the DOJ’s perspective, stating the investigation of Flynn was illegitimate. Kennedy loudly demanded to know if Yates “despised” DDT. Yates calmly said she didn’t despise anyone and said, “You don’t want a situation where a national security adviser could get blackmailed by the Russians.’’ Republicans failed to get what they wanted from the calm professional Yates. A summary of her testimony.

The complete DC Circuit Court will examine a three-judge panel’s decision agreeing with the DOJ to drop the case against Michael Flynn.

The day after Republicans ignored COVID-19 solutions and abused Sally Yates, trying to smear Democrats by rehashing events from almost four years ago, the U.S. added almost 60,000 new COVID-19 cases to bring the total over five million, and a person died of the virus every 80 seconds as the total hit 162,804.

June 14, 2020

Weekly Good News Begins with Defeating Confederacy

The biggest publicity this past week surrounded the possibly removal of Confederate monuments and other symbols of treason throughout the United States. Last week Marines banned displays of Confederate, followed by a Navy ban. The controversy when the Army considered renaming its bases such as Bragg and Benning, two of at least ten major Army installations named for traitors who led Confederate troops. In a tweet-fit protecting his white supremacist base, Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) wrote

“My Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations.”

For once not every GOP member of Congress fell in line behind DDT. In a voice vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a provision in the Pentagon’s spending bill to rename the Army bases honoring Confederate traitors. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) said:

“If we’re going to have bases throughout the United States, I think it should be with the names of individuals who fought for our country.”

Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus pointed out “most of the Confederate generals for whom our bases are named were undistinguished, if not incompetent, battlefield commanders.” Fort Bragg (NC) is named after the one of the most bumbling commanders in the Civil War who was relieved of command after losing the battle for Chattanooga in 1863. Benning, who lost at Antietam and Gettysburg, complained that abolition would lead to “black governors, black legislatures, black juries, black everything. Is it to be supposed that the white race will stand for that?” The bases got Confederate names because the military needed states to provide the land and allowed locals to pick the names.

House Democrats continued the momentum by pushing to remove the 11 Confederate statues on Capitol Hill. Four of them are being removed, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) introduced legislation to eliminate the rest of them. Most of the Confederate statues came in with the Jim Crow laws in the early twentieth century. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), who chairs the panel overseeing the statues, said even a move to hide them in storage without states’ say “would violate the agreement with the states, which is contractual and legislative in nature.”

Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS), both senior CBC members, introduced legislation giving Congress the ability to remove all of the Confederate statues in the collection within 120 days. States could reclaim their statues, or they could be given to the Smithsonian. Rep. Will Hurd (Texas), the only black Republican in the House, said Capitol Hill is the wrong place to remember the leaders of the Confederacy. He said:

“The bottom line for me is [if] someone didn’t want to be part of this great country, then why would we want to have their statue on the Capitol?”

Many protesters and local governments aren’t waiting for the federal and state governments to take action because they move slowly. For example, a bronze statue of Confederate Edmund Kirby Smith still stares at visitors to the Florida capitol despite the two-year-old law to replace him with civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune. Confederate-backer Uriah Milton Rose and white supremacist James activist Daisy Gatson Bates. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam endorsed removing Confederate army commander Robert E. Lee from the Capitol, but a Richmond (VA) circuit judge temporarily blocked its removal pending a lawsuit against the action. The lawsuit claims Virginia promised to “faithfully guard” and “affectionately protect” the statue in 1890 when the state annexed its location. Fredericksburg (VA) has already taken out an 800-pound slave auction block, and Alexandria (VA) no longer has a statue commemorating Confederate soldiers. Richmond did get rid of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham.

Mississippi, the only remaining state with the Confederate emblem on the flag, requires a two-thirds vote in the GOP legislature for a new flag, and GOP Gov. Tate Reeves wants the people to decide. The most popular design for a new flag was designed by a segregationist senator, producing more controversy.

Although 57 Confederate monuments and another 143 symbols celebrating the Confederacy have been removed from public grounds in five years, another 773 Confederate monuments still stand among almost 1,800 Confederate symbols in the U.S. With Confederate monuments being taken down in states such as Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, and Virginia, activists want systems of white supremacy also taken down—police and judicial systems disproportionately affecting blacks.

In other good news, the former federal judge appointed to review the DOJ’s motion to dismiss criminal charges against Michael Flynn said the request should be denied because of a “gross abuse” of prosecutorial power. John Gleeson said the government “has engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the President.” Flynn twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States while explaining DDT would remove sanctions after he became inaugurated. Gleeson stated prosecutors’ arguments to dismiss the case were “riddled” with legal errors. He also wrote Flynn had clearly committee perjury and should be punished.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who appointed Gleeson for a recommendation, will make the decision that could go to an appeals court. In an argument before the appeals court, the DOJ prosecutor argued the case should be dropped because it would be a political spectacle. Two of the three judges appeared doubtful about dropping the case; the third judge is a DDT appointee.

Peaceful protesters wounded by being violently cleared from the area for DDT’s photo-op at the church are suing AG bill Barr and other federal officials. The lawsuit demands restitution for “trauma and injuries” and a court order blocking officials from repeating the action. DDT first denied any use of tear gas, but officials later used the term in a statement. Reporters collected canisters of tear gas agents at the scene, and Barr is being sued in both his official and his personal capacity.

CBS polling shows an overwhelming bipartisan support for DACA recipients. As the country waits for the Supreme Court to announce its decision regarding the retention of the program, approval comes from 95 percent of Democrats, 84 percent of independents, and 73 percent of Republicans. DDT terminated the program, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refuses to take up legislation regarding the issue.

A coalition of farming and conservation groups asked the 9th Circuit Court to hold EPA chief Andrew Wheeler in contempt for defying its order to immediately suspend use of dicamba, a poisonous weed-killer notorious for its tendency to drift and destroy nearby crops.

After studies showing facial recognition from photos fails the accuracy test with both minorities and women, IBM will stop selling the product, and Amazon declared a one-year pause. For example, Amazon had identified 28 members of Congress with people who had been arrested.

Several White House aides, disturbed by DDT’s tweets, are avoiding them by turning off their notifications.

A book from national security adviser John Bolton is due out on June 23, but the White House claims it still has classified information. Good news is pending.

Another DDT “tell-all” book is due out on August 11, this one from DDT’s niece, his deceased brother’s daughter. Too Much and Never Enough from Mary Trump supposedly includes her part in the NYT revelations about DDT’s taxes, his “fraudulent” tax schemes, and the $400 million in today’s dollars he received from his father’s real-estate empire.

Former Joint Chiefs of Staff James Mattis said, “We can unite without DDT.” Polling agrees.  

  • 53 percent support: Black Lives Matter (up from 37 percent in early 2017).
  • 74 percent support: protests after George Floyd’s killing.
  • 69 percent belief: Floyd’s killing indicative of larger problems in law enforcement (up from 43 percent after 2014 police killings of unarmed black men).

Approval of the Black Lives Matter movement has been shown by the popularity of this photo of the street mural from space.  

Florida’s former top coronavirus data scientist, Rebekah Jones, was fired because she refused to manipulate the data to show fewer COVID-19 infections in the state than fact. She is now publishing the data on her own website, indicating a considerable difference—today’s 83,720 instead of the state’s tally of 75,568 on June 14. Data comes from the state health department, hospitals, and a volunteer organization mapping virus testing sites. She also concluded the 

The state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, is also stuck with 980,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine, assumed not effective to treat COVID-19, after ordering 1 million doses in April. Even with doctoring the figures, Florida hit 1,900 cases last Friday, breaking its previous record.  That number was almost ten percent of all new cases in the U.S. on a day and now total 2,162,144 by June 14. The number of deaths has reached 117,853.

June 13, 2020

Much of GOP Platform Works for Dems

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Although Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) has moved on from dangers about COVID-19, the virus has kept GOP delegates from gathering to draft a new platform. Not all Republicans support the continuation of the current platform. DDT’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, titled White House Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning, wants a one-page platform with bullet points. He tried to rewrite the platform in a closed process but alienated grass-roots activists and probably led to the refusal of an updated platform. Tony Perkins, head of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council, wants a better deal for fundamentalist Christians. He’s worried about the fall of DDT’s approval among white evangelicals from 87 percent to 62 percent since March. White Catholics dropped even more by 27 percentage points.

The most “interesting” parts of the re-tread platform are the almost 40 criticisms of the “current president.” A few of them—which seem accurate for 2020:

“The survival of the internet as we know it is at risk. Its gravest peril originates in the White House, the current occupant of which has launched a campaign, both at home and internationally, to subjugate it to agents of government.”

The “current” president imposes “a social and cultural revolution,” causing a “huge increase in the national debt” and damaging relationships with international partners.

“The Middle East is more dangerous now than at any time since the Second World War [because of] impotent grandstanding on the part of the current President and his Secretaries of State. The results have been ruinous for all parties except Islamic terrorists and their Iranian and other sponsors.”

“The huge increase in the national debt demanded by and incurred during the current Administration has placed a significant burden on future generations.”

“Left unchecked, [the debt] will hit $30 trillion by 2026.” (It’s above $26 trillion in the first half of 2020.) 

“The current Administration has abandoned America’s friends and rewarded its enemies.”

“The current Administration has exceeded its constitutional authority, brazenly and flagrantly violated the separation of powers, sought to divide America into groups and turn citizen against citizen.”

“Our most urgent task as a Party is to restore the American people’s faith in their government by electing a president who will enforce duly enacted laws, honor constitutional limits on executive authority, and return credibility to the Oval Office.”

“The next president must restore the public’s trust in law enforcement and civil order by first adhering to the rule of law himself.”

“The President has refused to defend or enforce laws he does not like, used executive orders to enact national policies in areas constitutionally reserved solely to Congress, made unconstitutional ‘recess’ appointments to Senate-confirmed positions, directed regulatory agencies to overstep their statutory authority, and failed to consult Congress regarding military action overseas.”

“The current President and his allies on Capitol Hill have used [executive] agencies as a superlegislature, disregarding the separation of powers, to declare as law what they could not push through the Congress.”

“We will meet the return of Russian belligerence with the same resolve that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will not accept any territorial change in Eastern Europe imposed by force, in Ukraine, Georgia, or elsewhere, and will use all appropriate constitutional measures to bring to justice the practitioners of aggression and assassination.”

“We call for an objective review of the impact on readiness of the current Administration’s ideology-based personnel policies, and will correct problems with appropriate administrative, legal, or legislative action.”

Other complaints about the “current president” include inability to generate economic growth above 3 percent, undermining the value of government whistleblowers, stagnant wages, “labor force participation rate at or below 63 percent,” cronyism, playing “favorites among energy producers,” and nation’s declining “standing in world affairs.” The platform denounces “bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, ethnic prejudice, and religious intolerance.” All these positions sound good to a Democrat.

A West Virginia RNC member who helped write the 2016 platform, Melody Potter, said:

“The 2016 platform is the best one we’ve had in 40 years, so I’m fine with renewing it and extending it to 2024. As a matter of fact, and you can quote me on this, I think it is a ray of sunshine in this whole messy storm.”

Four years ago, a messy debate in Cleveland led to the retention of anti-LGBTQ language. Four years ago, DDT campaigned on LGBTQ support, but he’s followed the GOP platform in opposing LGBTQ rights: opposition to marriage equality; transgender military ban; conversion therapy; and legality for businesses’ discrimination against same-gender couples. All this and more despite the right of gays and lesbians to marry for five years. In the U.S., 82 percent believe that gays and lesbians should be protected under civil rights laws—including 71 percent of Republicans. 

At the same time, the GOP, wanting LGBTQ votes, falsely claims DDT has “taken unprecedented steps to protect the LGBTQ community.” It lists times DDT “kept his promise to protect the LGBTQ citizens,” omitting the hundreds of discriminations against the LGBTQ community. The only “accomplishments” are not erasing those of previous administrations. Today, in the midst of an epidemic, the DDT administration finalized a rule using “biological sex” to discriminate against transgender people, including in “health programs.” The rule focuses on nondiscrimination protections laid out in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. That federal law established that it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of “race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities.” Because of the “biological sex” mandate, doctors can refuse checkups for transgender people—even treatment for COVID-19—because of “moral or religious beliefs” as well as deny a transgender man treatment for ovarian cancer or hysterectomy.

The platform states, “The cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman.” A few other losses for LGBTQ people because of DDT and the GOP: banning transgender people in the military, policies to eradicate LGBTQ health care protections, allowing shelters to turn away homeless, permitting agencies to stop adoptions for same-gender couples, refusal for embassies’ flying the Pride flag, lack of any statements about LGBTQ achievements, appointments of anti-LGBTQ judges, support of discrimination against LGBTQ people in schools and employment, and more.    

A week ago, DDT started Pride month not with a positive proclamation but with a DOJ brief to the Supreme Court voluntarily stating that cities should not protect same-gender couples from discrimination by religious organizations. The issue deals with Catholic Social Services’ refusal to place children in homes with same-gender couples, an act violating a contract with Philadelphia. Two courts have already denied an injunction for CSS.

The GOP thought they could get away with keeping the 2016 platform by blaming Gov. Roy Cooper for forcing them to comply with social distancing at the conference in the host city of Charlotte (NC) because of COVID-19. DDT, however, is unhappy without a new platform, and he wants the Republicans to write one. RNC rules dictate the party’s business must be carried out within the original convention site or the original convention city. Only a roll call vote for nominating the president or vice president candidate is allowed outside the original site. DDT can offer personal guiding principles for the GOP, but these would be separate from the platform.

Two days ago, the RNC’s executive committee voted to not make changes to the 2016 Republican convention platform and scaled back the 2020 convention business, still held in Charlotte. In-person participation will be limited to 336, far fewer than the over 2,500 who normally attend. Yet the event is over ten weeks away, and revisions to the RNC plan can be made before August 27.

In a rare agreement among people in the United States, 88 percent believe the nation is in crisis under DDT. Of the respondents, 94 percent believe COVID-19 epidemic is a major problem.

Exactly four years after a man killed 49 people in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Florida, DDT is still fomenting hatred. Today, June 12, almost 800 people died of COVID-19–at least in recorded cases–to bring the total to 116,825, tens of thousands of them dying because DDT lacks leadership. Another 27,000+ new cases bring the total of infected people in the United States to 2,116,922. At that rate, the number will hit three million by the end of July, or before. 

[Note: Massive backlash forced DDT to change the date of his campaign rally in Tulsa (OK) to June 20, the day after Juneteenth. The one day change, however, doesn’t fix his problems of holding the rally in a city where white people killed and wounded hundreds of black people in 1921.]  

September 11, 2019

U.S., U.K.—Two World Leaders Focus on Themselves

Eighteen years ago today, 2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 others were injured when 19 men—15 of them from Saudi Arabia—hijacked and crashed four planes on U.S. soil. Since that time, over 1,400 rescuers have died, and toxins at the crash site in New York caused cancer in 1,140 people. Since that time, 24 percent of U.S. population was born, and Republicans started wars costing trillions of dollars and creating chaos that continues to kill people throughout the world.

Dictator Donald Trump (DDT), inaugurated 964 days ago, multiplied the chaos in the U.S. many hundredsfold as he makes every situation—including a speech on 9/11—about himself. To “honor” the solemn occasion, he tweeted a photograph of himself and Melania Trump. Having done his duty for 9/11, he switched to his common theme of “fake news” after new polling shows him abysmally behind the top five Democratic contenders selected for the survey, and only 36 percent think he deserves re-election. In other rants, he tweeted about his trade war with China and praised himself for rejecting the peace talk with the Taliban after he offered to bring them to Camp David this week. Yesterday, he fired John Bolton because the national security adviser opposed DDT’s almost finishing an agreement with the Taliban.

DDT dishonors the memory of 9/11 with the many lies that he’s told about it, all for his own benefit:

  • He lied about seeing “thousands and thousands of people” on rooftops in New Jersey “cheering as that building was coming down” to reinforce his Muslim ban.
  • He lied about seeing bodies falling from his Midtown apartment four miles away.
  • He falsely blamed Bill Clinton during DDT’s campaign for the crash into the World Trade Center because he “didn’t kill Osama bin Laden.”  
  • He blamed George W. Bush for the disaster because “he didn’t listen to the advice of his CIA” and answered the audience’s boos with false claims that he “lost hundreds of friends” in the attacks. After Lawrence O’Donnell ridiculed the statement, he changed his lie to “many, many people.”
  • He lied about giving money to 9/11 charities.
  • He lied about helping to clear rubble and pay for several hundred workers to help clean up in the 9/11 aftermath.
  • He lied about his own building becoming the tallest building in New York City on the morning that the Twin Towers fell.
  • He lied about needing federal recovery money for small businesses and then admitted that his building had no physical damage. He falsely claimed he got the grant because he allowed people to use his building although the application didn’t specify that provision and he didn’t allow people to stay in his building.

Across the pond, DDT’s lookalike, Boris Johnson, whose sole goal is a no-deal Brexit to separate the UK from the EU, has miserably failed during his fewer than seven weeks term as prime minister. His only temporary success was a suspension of Parliament until October 14 to keep lawmakers from working on a Brexit deal, one of the longest suspensions in decades. Lawmakers did not go peacefully, protesting with signs, chants and attempts to physically restrain the speaker from leaving his chair. They finished with putting a sign reading “Silenced” on the speaker’s empty chairs. 

The validity of the suspension is in question. A Scottish court ruled the suspension illegal because Johnson falsified the reasons for the five-week suspension, perhaps even lying to the queen who had to approve it. Johnson plans to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. Courts in England and Wales ruled that Johnson’s move was legal, and another Scottish judge, meanwhile, determined that courts lack the authority to interfere in the suspension.

Since talking office, Johnson lost six key votes in the House of Commons—two of them to force a snap national election that might have given him control over the Brexit decision. Parliament also voted to force the government to publish details of secret preparations for a no-deal departure and prevent a no-deal Brexit by forcing Johnson to ask the EU for a deadline extension. When 21 members of his party voted against him, Johnson banned them from Parliament and running again. Johnson’s brother was so disgusted by the prime minister’s actions that he quit Parliament

The first winning vote, 328-301, against Johnson by a coalition of the Labour Party, the Scottish Nationalist Party, and other Brexit opponents was to take control of the agenda. Johnson expelled the 21 conservatives, including eight former Cabinet ministers,  who voted with the coalition, including Winston Churchill’s grandson. They will not be able to run for office again. 

The next failures for Johnson were two readings to block his no-deal Brexit and 288 abstentions on a failed vote for a snap general election. The bill, which became law after acceptance of the House of Lords, doesn’t stop a no-deal Brexit, but it legally binds the prime minister to ask the EU for an extension without a Parliament agreement for a deal by October 19. A furious Johnson said he’s rather “be dead in a ditch” than follow that law. 

Johnson may also face condemnation for his sexist description of former Prime Minister David Cameron as a “girly swot.” This week, Johnson called Jeremy Corbyn, leader of his opposition, a “great big girl’s blouse” for refusing to back an immediate general election.   He also secretly ordered the Cabinet Office to turn the government’s public internet service into a platform for “targeted and personalized information” for his no-deal Brexit and a digital revolution in public services, raising legal and ethical questions. The PM would have profiles on everyone’s online interactions with government with no protection for the data.

Johnson became prime minister only five weeks ago with 92,153 votes from Conservative Party members (only 0.002 percent of the UK voters), in the third election in five years, after the resignation of Theresa May as prime minister. Voters were primarily white, male, and over 50 years of age. It was the first time that only party membership elected Britain’s prime minister. Almost 109,000 people registered to vote at the start of the week in two days with 58 percent of them under 34 years old. The deadline for registration would be September 27 for a snap election on October 15. A Johnson aide admitted that Johnson wanted an early date for a general election to keep young people from voting.  

Suspension has left Johnson with only bleak choices:

  • Renegotiate a deal with the EU.
  • Ask for a Brexit delay.
  • Resign and run again.
  • Go to jail for not following the law to negotiate with the EU.

DDT has constantly supported Brexit, even telling Johnson to default on the $47 billion that the UK owes the EU. Pence told Ireland how he supports Brexit that would be “deeply disruptive” to peace between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Fed chair Jerome Powell has warned that a no-deal Brexit and “rising tensions in Hong Kong” could unravel U.S. expansion. Brexit could cause the dollar to go even higher and thus make U.S. goods more expensive for foreign buyers and depress U.S. exports. DDT wants open trade with the UK but can’t have it until the end of Brexit. The UK objects to DDT’s demands to open the National Health Service to U.S. drugmakers, allow genetically modified seeds on UK farms, and accept “chlorinated chicken,” as Johnson calls imports from the U.S. EU trade with the UK is over $800 billion compared to the $262 billion commerce with the U.S.

Brits have long been highly concerned about the departure with no agreement to regulate trade, border security, and other critical issues. They could face food and medicine shortages, and farms will fail. After three years of threatened Brexiting, Europeans are getting fed up with the UK’s decisions—or non-decisions. EU leaders might accept a delay beyond the Halloween deadline because a no-deal Brexit would be economically destabilizing, but negotiators worry about consequences of continued uncertainty and the destructive poison of the UK being inside the union. A major advantage of Brexit is that the other 27 countries in the EU, having watched the insanity in UK, have no interest in repeating it.

Like DDT, Johnson wants to break the system for his own purposes. After Parliament consistently voted against him, he’ll tell people that politics are rigged against them. He will question the legitimacy of the judicial system, already insinuating that the Scottish ruling against him is illegitimate. And he plans to break the law for his own means. The country will move farther toward cynicism and gridlock—like in the United States. If Johnson wins with only the Conservative vote, 30 percent of the country, he’ll be backed by under one-third of the country, a catastrophic situation like DDT. The four nations in the United Kingdom may decide to separate, especially with Northern Ireland already isolated and no way to leave except by air or sea. A no-deal Brexit would keep them from freely crossing the border to the Republic of Ireland.

MP Ian Murray wrote:

“Boris Johnson lied about Brexit, lied to the Queen about suspending parliament, politicised the police, derided judges and disregarded the law. Everyone must be concerned that his Government is moving dangerously close to a dictatorship.”

Boris Johnson is blustering, ruthless, racist, homophobic, sexist, boastful, divisive, Islamophobic—consumed with white male privilege. Does that sound familiar?

 

June 2, 2019

Catching Up on the Last Few Weeks

Looking through my files, I see information about events that has fallen through the cracks. Here’s a bit of “catch up” with links for readers who want to read more about the subject. 

Tariffs/Taxes:

Solar energy, responsible in 2016 for 43 percent of employment in electric power and twice as much as the fossil fuel industry, has lost almost 20,000 jobs since DDT’s inauguration, much of the loss from tariffs.

Increasing tariffs to 25 percent on some Chinese goods could annually tax a family of four $767 and destroy over 934,000 jobs. Tariffs on all Chinese imports, as DDT threatens, would annually tax families $2,294. The combined $72 billion for all DDT’s tariffs constitute one of the biggest tax increases since 1993, and that amount doesn’t include his new tax on all goods from Mexico. People, not companies or countries, pay for tariffs making them a tax increase, the equivalent of a ten-percent increase in Social Security tax for an average family. DDT plans to annually cost every family $100 annually and add to health problems and death rates with enhanced pollution by erasing efficiency standards for light bulbs and causing LED bulbs to be much more expensive. Since President Obama’s action, LED bulbs, which last ten years, dropped 90 percent in price to about $1.

According to DDT’s Commerce Department, the $891 billion merchandise trade deficit last year is the largest in U.S. history, and the trade deficit with China hit a record high of $419 billion after DDT’s tariffs. The 19-percent jump from November and December 2018 to $59.8 billion made the highest monthly trade deficit in 10 years.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), ready to declare war on Iran, told farmers that they’re making far less sacrifices by losing their farms from tariffs than soldiers “in Arlington” make. DDT calls farmers losing everything from his tariffs as “patriot farmers.” Did they know that they were signing up for the war by growing food? Meanwhile, GOP senators up for re-election in agricultural states are getting nervous.

DDT’s tariffs are closing down a South Carolina plant that assembles televisions using Chinese parts with a loss of 126 jobs.

Climate/Pollution:

Earth’s concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) has reached 415 parts per million ( ppm). The first 280 ppm took 5,000 years until the Industrial Revolution; the last 5 ppm took two years. Ninety percent of all global fuel emissions have been released in the past 85 years. Excess carbon dioxide is causing men’s testicles to shrink from shortage of sperm. (Chemicals are also shrinking penises.)

The U.S. is one of two nations out of 189 to control movement of its waste across national borders, leaving the U.S. no place to send contaminated and plastic waste without other countries’ consent. 

Of the world’s 425,000 electric buses, China has 421,000. The U.S. has 300.

DDT may be able to escape any climate change penalties on the federal level, but New York is levying millions of dollars against his business because of pollution from DDT’s buildings. Without making improvements, DDT will pay annual fines of $2.1 million from 2030.

Not only has DDT failed to create more coal jobs, but he’s also losing the ones that existed when he was inaugurated. One-thousand jobs are at risk as the third-largest coal company declared bankruptcy because of a weak market, and over 50 coal plants closed under DDT’s leadership. A court ruling voided union contracts for another coal company, and lack of federal funding jeopardizes pensions of $600 a month for almost 100,000 workers. Transition to other jobs is highly problematic because coal workers aren’t well enough to work after leaving the mines.

Data:

DDT’s attempts to control the census by asking about citizenship isn’t the only way that he plans to skew information: poverty and pollution in the U.S. will be less severe once he changes all the numbers. After the EPA reported that DDT’s new energy policy to replace President Obama’s Clean Power Plan kills an additional 1,400 people, DDT ordered the number to be fixed.

DDT will allow oil and gas industry to drill places not within the safe drilling margin through the draft of guidelines that weren’t included for public comment last year.

Legislation:

DDT and the GOP hate net neutrality, which keeps prices lower for internet use, but love the idea of 5G wireless phones to speed up all those tweets. The result may be a 30-percent inaccuracy of weather forecasts because of interference, taking predictions back four decades. That means fewer days to prepare for hurricanes and incorrect tracking of storms’ paths to land. NOAA reported that the proposed 5G system would lose 77 percent data from its satellite’s passive microwave sounders. The FCC continues to auction off wireless spectrum, already making almost $2 billion.

Without legislation, Congressional Republicans will cause these catastrophes: lack of disaster aid; budget caps starting on September 30; not raising the debt ceiling resulting in calamitous financial crisis by the end of summer; government shutdown without passage of 12 appropriation bills by October 1; continued disintegration of infrastructure; no funds for Violence against Women Act which expired three months ago; no defense authorization or flood insurance which depends on the disaster bill; and lack of surveillance from sunsets on gathering metadata on domestic text messages and “roving” wiretaps—which might not be too bad.

DDT doesn’t think his ideas to use public-private relationships for infrastructure improvement “will work.

When the House passed the Equality Act, 173 Republicans voted in favor of discriminating against LGBTQ people. Only 21 states and the District of Columbia explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment and house, and one of those states permits public accommodation discrimination. One Republican legislator compared LGBTQ people to Nazis.

IRS:

Every year, the IRS loses hundreds of auditing agents, so they pursue the poor rather than the wealthy. In 2018, millionaires were 80 percent less likely to be audited than in 2011, but the 43 percent of people receiving the earned income tax credit are audited at a higher rate than anyone except the richest. Highest audit rates are in poor, rural, mostly black, and Southern counties.

 Over 1.3 million college students on scholarships are taxed at higher rates than billionaires, including DDT, thanks to the new GOP “tax cut” law. High tax rates have also hit tribal funds paid to Native American youth for education or living expenses. Republicans have not only fixed the problem but seemed to have deliberately created it.

Education Department:

Republicans plan to renew investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for her emails although she recorded all of them. The GOP will undoubtedly ignore Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s use of personal email accounts for government businesses and her failure to properly save the messages. The practice is common for Republicans, and DDT fails to preserve public records.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported that the Education Department is blocking efforts to police the student loan industry and costing borrowers thousands of dollars for those who owe over $1 trillion in these loans by refusing to share information.

As DDT wants to increase the charter school budget, the Network for Public Education reported how charter schools have scammed the federal government for over $1 billion in nonexistent or short-lived schools. With no adverse consequences, one in three schools that have received $4 billion closed, never opened, or hadn’t yet opened. Other charter schools fall short of the charter program’s promise of “high-quality” schools for disadvantaged students.

Ignorance/Bigotry:

Fifty-six percent of people reject the idea of teaching “Arabic numerals”—like 56.

DDT:

DDT likened himself to Hungary’s far-right authoritarian leader Prime Minister Viktor Orbán because of his being “respected all over Europe” and doing a “tremendous job.” 

At this time, 138 nominees are awaiting confirmation in the Senate, and another 132 positions have no nominees. The reason comes from overwhelming turnover in the past two years.

Condo sales in Trump Tower have plummeted, some of them as much as 20 percent, compared to 0.23 percent of Manhattan homes. Occupancy rates dropped even with lower than average rents; net income is 26 percent below banks’s expectations in 2012. DDT still made $434 million last year, especially from the D.C. hotel.

DDT said that he will not use any campaign dirt on his opponents from foreign companies—if he gets the opponents he wants.

DDT’s trial balloon of getting another two years with no election because he was treated “unfairly” has failed: 77 percent of the people don’t agree. Only seven percent of respondents think that he should ignore the 2020 election if he loses, and 90 percent believe that the “peaceful handover of power after elections” and “both parties respecting the results of elections” were essential for the “healthy functioning of American democracy.” Large majorities agree that DDT “does not respect the customs or traditions of the Presidency” and “the laws of the United States.”

February 9, 2019

Brexit, ‘Executive Time,’ More

The media has not released any jaw-dropping news about Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) today, so it’s time for catch-up with outrageous happenings during the past few weeks.

With the ongoing disasters in the United States, including a 35-day government shutdown, many people ignore events “across the pond.” In 47 days, the United Kingdom is scheduled to separate from the European Union, and, like in many U.S. debacles, the UK has no plan for the separation. In a world-wide promotion of chaos, Russia “encouraged” people to vote in favor of Brexit, a British exit from the EU, a few months before the U.S. chaos resulting from DDT’s election. The deadline for departure, with or without a plan, was scheduled for March 29, 2019—which seemed a long time away in summer of 2016. As the deadline arrives in less than seven weeks, UK has no agreed-upon plan.

The UK has been bleeding industries and jobs since the vote, and the momentum is building. Companies are making up backup plans as well as stockpiling products and looking for new shipping routes, and international banks have shifted thousands of jobs from Britain to the EU. Of 1,200 surveyed business leaders, 16 percent already have relocation plans, and another 13 percent are considering moves. That’s in addition to the ones which have already gone. The Netherlands reported that its government is talking to over 250 companies about moving their operations from the UK before Brexit. Forty-two companies or branch offices moved 1,923 jobs from the UK last year. Britain’s economy is 2.3 percent smaller than if voters had agreed to stay in the EU, and investment in the automobile sector plunged by almost 50 percent in 2018.

The World Travel and Tourism Council warned Britain that leaving the European Union without an agreement could cost 308,000 UK-based jobs and another 399,000 jobs in the EU from loss of tourism. An analysis from the International Monetary Fund also projects a 7.7 percent decline in economic activity with a total cost to Europe of over £40 billion.

Recently, the HM Revenue and Customs told 145,000 businesses that without a deal between UK and EU, it won’t check goods from the European Union. The average trailer has 400 consignments, each requiring ten minutes for the 40-answer declaration, requiring nine people eight hours to process just one trailer. Ferry operators and Eurotunnel were ordered be accept the word of “reasonable belief” customers. To avoid traffic jams at 20 of the busiest ports, haulers can declare the loads later, and companies can postpone paying import duties for up to a year.

Some people envision security problems from this decision. UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid refused to disagree with claims that a no-deal Brexit would make the country less safe. The head of criminals records office, Rob Price said that dangerous criminals might be free in Britain if law enforcement cannot access European conviction records.

An indication of how frightening the Brexit may be for the UK comes from the report about plans for the emergency evacuation of Queen Elizabeth if rioting ensues. People in UK are already stockpiling groceries, medicines, and other supplies, and a possible lack of cash and imports could result in civil unrest. Compounding the problem is that Brexit disagreement is based on “identity politics” from white nationalism instead of economics.

Back in the U.S., DDT is in a rage about a recent White House leak. He raved about how much he liked “doing it” when asked if he would run for a second term, but  a White House leak shows that about 60 percent of DDT’s schedule since the midterm elections was “Executive Time,” even the month when he claimed he was working hard to reopen the government and facing crises in his cabinet and Syria. DDT’s first five hours in the day are “Executive Time” (aka down time) almost always in his residence “watching TV, reading newspapers and responding to what he sees and reads by phoning aides, members of Congress, friends, administration officials and informal advisers.” Salon’s Heather Digby Parton wrote, “Fox has become Trump’s de facto kitchen cabinet and unofficial communications office, creating a tight feedback loop between the far right and the White House.” Compared to this executive time, 77 hours of DDT’s time has been in meetings for policy planning, legislative strategy, and video showings.

Madeleine Westerhout, DDT’s personal secretary, tweeted about “the hundreds of calls and meetings @realDonaldTrump takes everyday [sic].” If she is right, why were all these omitted from an official schedule?

The DDT’s defense from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

“[DDT] has a different leadership style than his predecessors, and the results speak for themselves.”

According to Sanders, DDT’s over 300 hours of unstructured time is “to allow for a more creative environment that has helped make him the most productive president in modern history.” Newt Gingrich went farther to defend DDT by comparing him to Winston Churchill.

Beyond the fact that DDT doesn’t work much—not a new revelation—is that a White House staffer is willing to release this information. DDT is frantically searching for the leaker. DDT’s schedules since the 2018 midterm elections have been published here.

DDT’s aides are also unhappy with their boss. A revolt against DDT’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Pascale, is imminent, especially after he misrepresented the DDT’s polling regarding the shutdown, representing them as a political winner for DDT. Corey Lewandowski, DDT’s first campaign manager in 2016, blames Pascale for the Democratic wins in the 2018 midterms.

Having destroyed two federal agencies and failing at his job as “acting” White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, unhappy with his current gig, wants to move on to ruin something else—either the Commerce Department, which already has a Secretary, or president of the University of South Carolina. Still the Office of Management and Budget director, Mulvaney briefly headed up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which may need to change its name to Corrupt Business Protection Bureau after a few months with Mulvaney. In a complete 180-turn from two years ago, Mulvaney said “nobody cares” about the deficit. Congress will be required to address raising the debt limit in March after over a $1 trillion deficit last year—at the latest in Summer 2019. Perhaps Mulvaney wants to be gone by then.

Deutsche Bank refused to loan money to DDT in 2016 when he was funding his presidential campaign and expanding his business at the same time, specifically asking for a loan against a Miami property to pay for work on the Turnberry golf course in Scotland. DDT still owes at least $130 million to Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, and bank officials are concerned about DDT defaulting on the loan if he is elected as president. The choice would be losing the money or seizing assets of the President of the United States.

The EU is investigating Deutsch Bank for possible money laundering by Danske Bank’s moving cash abroad. Democrats in the U.S. are carefully watching this investigation as they follow the “Trump money trail.” Deutsche Bank has been fined hundreds of millions of dollars for allowing Russian money laundering of massive sums. The bank also sold financial products to the Mercer family who bankrolled DDT’s campaign. The Mercers are now negotiating with the IRS because they used Deutsche Bank to dodge more than $6 billion in taxes to the United States.

Maryland prosecutors have subpoenaed financial documents about DDT’s golf courses in Scotland in their investigation a violation of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution as DDT profits from his businesses. An investigation into expenditures by DDT’s inaugural committee may do the same with the revelation that it paid $700,000 to DDT’s Washington, D.C. hotel for events over four days when other venues donated their premises for the inauguration.

A Russian-born lobbyist at the investigated Trump Tower meeting with Don Trump Jr. and others in June 2016 received half a million dollars in payments before and after the meeting. The large cash deposits to Rinat Akhmetshin were deemed suspicious transactions by bank investigators.

In a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Commander Jonathan White, in charge of overseeing migrant children shelters, said he was unaware of the “zero tolerance” policy causing separation of children and parents until he saw the news on television after being told that the policy didn’t exist. Government officials say that children are still being separated, with situations such as lying to an eight-year-old boy who was told he would see his father at a shelter over 2,000 miles away. ICE gave the wrong baby to a mother who had lost all four of her children.

DDT may think that the border needs another 3,700 soldiers to confine a caravan of about 2,000 at the southern border, but New Mexico’s governor Michelle Lujan ordered the withdrawal of most of the National Guard troops deployed on the border. She declared the “crisis” to be bogus because the state’s border towns are some of the safest in the country. Texas has also sent 500 state troopers to the border. New law enforcement outnumbers the immigrants 2 to 1.

August 9, 2018

Stereotyping Republicans

Conservatives are fond of using one person as a “poster child” of everything wrong with laws and policies that they hate. The anecdotal myth of the “welfare queen” came from one person who supposedly saw food stamps used to purchase lobster. In her rant against “illegals” on her show, Laura Ingraham played a clip from “Travis from Nevada” who reported that her brother was hit and killed on his bicycle by an “illegal alien” who was “doing 60 miles an hour on a side street.” Ingraham responded with appropriate shock and said, “I didn’t see any news coverage of this story and track all of these stories.” When the caller said the news did not cover the story, Ingraham agreed. “He’s right,” she said.” She then played a clip from Dictator Donald Trump (DDT):

“The media doesn’t talk about the American families permanently separated from their loved ones because Democrat policies release violent criminals into our communities.”

Like DDT, Ingraham uses this report to push her ideology that all undocumented immigrants are horrifying, vile people who must be ejected from the United States. The man driving the car was drunk, but Ingraham said nothing  about the problem of drunk drivers. She needed Travis’s claim about the man to support her narrow position.

In accord with this system of vilifying a large group of people by using one example, I choose Steve West, GOP primary winner for the Clay County seat in the Missouri House by almost 25 points, as an example of all Republicans. Hosting a show on KCXL, he raves about “Jewish cabals” that he says are “harvesting baby parts” through Planned Parenthood and other wacko conspiracy theories. On his YouTube channel, he wears a wig and fake beard to become “Jack Justice.” Front-page articles on West’s website include “The Coming Battle with Islam,” and his links to archives of his radio show promote anti-Semitism, anti-vaxxing, the “assassination” of Antonin Scalia, and pedophilia in liberal circles.

“Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it,” West said on his January 23, 2017 show. Asked about this statement, he first denied it and then claimed it had been taken out of context. West stated that he believes all men are created equal, but not all ideologies are equal. He specifically criticized Islam and Judaism, accusing Islam of trying to create an autocratic theocracy in the U.S. West wants Islam stripped of all benefits and rights given religion by the law and the U.S. Constitution.

More of West’s quotes:

“Islam is a problem for America. … It is a political movement masquerading as religion and should not receive the benefits we provide religious institutions as well as access to our prisons.”

“Many parents and students don’t want to have to deal with alternative sex ed, and the LGBT clubs and staff at all the public high schools today.”

The Missouri Republican Party has disavowed connection with West, but he got 1,485 votes, almost as many as the three runner-ups combined. West refused to be interviewed by the Kansas City Star, but he did explain that “Jews today are a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ.” Asked about Jewish people in Missouri, West said, “Well, maybe they shouldn’t vote for me.”

West’s platform can be found on his election website.

If just one person isn’t enough to prove an anecdotal perspective on Republicans, I’ve provided a few more examples of GOP candidates on this year’s ballots:

Arthur “Art” Jones, U.S. representative—Illinois: White supremacist, Holocaust denier, founding member with his wife of the neo-Nazi America First Committee.

John Fitzgerald, U.S. representative—California: Anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, defender of Holocaust deniers, anti-Israel, believer in chem trails poisoning people and FEMA internment camps for U.S. citizens, supporter of falsehood that Planned Parenthood is working in concert with the United Nations to “sexualize” the nation’s public school children.

Joe Arpaio, U.S. Senate—Arizona: convicted of criminal contempt, refused to investigate child abuse while county sheriff, operator of brutal detention camps for undocumented immigrants, interviewed with white supremacist Holocaust denier, birther.

Paul Nehlen, U.S. House of Representatives—Wisconsin: white supremacist, anti-Semite, candidate for House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district.

Corey Stewart, U.S. Senate—Virginia): Admirer of Paul Nehlen (above) for anti-Semitic and white supremacist positions and of Ian MacDonald, supporter of American Nazi Party founder George Lincoln Rockwell.

Seth Grossman, U.S. House of Representatives—New Jersey: White Supremacists with these quotes: “Diversity leads to Muslims killing Christians,” and “Kwanzaa is a fake holiday made by black racists to divide America.” Other positions: faithful Muslims cannot be good Americans; Islam is a cancer; and gay men with HIV should have been quarantined in the 1980s. [His local GOP chairman said, “The man doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”

Russell Walker, North Carolina State House of Representatives: There is “no such thing as equality” because of the “superiority” of white people. Jews are descendants of Satan.

Bryan Feste, Hawaii State House of Representatives: Expelled by the GOP, Feste stays on the ballot after his racist language.

To “prove” with anecdotal evidence that all Republicans are non-patriotic Communist supporters, I provide this photograph of DDT’s rally audience.

[Note: Rationally, I believe that one or a few crazies cannot be used to tar an entire group. Now I would ask that conservatives espouse a rational perspective and look at statistics rather than using a few people to denigrate everyone who fails to fit their ideal sense of humanity.]

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