Commentary: Ed Gillespie forgot there is more to Trump than racism
After Republican Ed Gillespie lost the race for Virginia governor on Tuesday, the president tweeted: “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!”
That was the problem: Ed Gillespie did not embrace Trump or what he stood for enough.
He forgot that there is more to Trump than just racism: There is also corruption and incompetence.
He did the first part just fine. His MS-13 commercials were exactly the sort of nightmarish dog-horn that is Trump’s specialty. But he forgot: that is not all that “Trumpism” is. Otherwise we would not need a special new -ism for it and could just say “racism.”
No, Gillespie barely even tried. Where was the paranoia? Where were the unhinged rants about wire-tapping? Where were the attacks on the legitimacy of the free press? There was, naturally, some gleeful disregard for fact, and those lines about sanctuary cities were Trump-ish, but there could have been much more. Just to show he was trying. Where were the conspiracy theories? Where was Alex Jones?
At no point in the campaign did Gillespie invite any interference from Russia! And he calls this embracing Trump? Where was the nepotism? Where was the dubiously ethical self-promotion? Where was the total apathy towards governing? Where were the unexpected fits of temper that required constant management? I didn’t see Ed Gillespie out on the road emitting a continuous stream of personal insults that, although spoken aloud, sounded somehow misspelled, but I did miss the debate, so it is possible that it happened. He had a whole campaign to do it, and did he insult a single gold-star widow, or even hint at mocking a disabled reporter? What kind of Trumpism is this, really?
Trump’s Lawyers Just Argued, Again, That A Woman’s Defamation Suit Over Groping Allegations Should Be Dismissed
In response to a defamation lawsuit filed by one of the women who has accused Trump of sexual assault, his lawyers argued that he cannot be sued for expressing his “political opinion” in tweets.
President Donald Trump’s lawyers sought, once again, the dismissal of a defamation suit filed against him by a woman who claims he groped her, arguing that her claims are false and the suit is “politically motivated.” In a court filing Tuesday, his lawyers also argued that when he took to Twitter and the debate stage and called the woman and others who made similar claims liars, it was an expression of political opinion that is protected by the First Amendment.
“Courts consistently recognize that Internet postings — particularly on social media like Twitter — are on forums that an audience would understand to contain ‘vigorous expressions of personal opinion,’ ‘rather than the rigorous and comprehensive presentation of factual matter,’” his lawyer wrote in a brief filed in New York state court.
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice, accused Trump of kissing and grabbing her when she went to his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 to discuss a possible job at the Trump Organization. After Zervos made the accusation last October, Trump called it a lie.
She sued him for defamation just days before his inauguration and in March, Zervos’s lawyers served a subpoena for all documents from his campaign pertaining to “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.”
In yesterday’s filing, Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, reiterated that “what Ms. Zervos alleges occurred never happened.” The brief pointed to instances where she continued to seek employment from Trump and invited him to her restaurant, after the alleged incident.
Trump slams mayors of Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico for wanting ‘everything done for them’
Donald Trump posted a series of tweets this morning slamming Puerto Rico’s mayors, including saying they “want everything to be done for them,” a day after San Juan’s mayor criticized aid delivery to the Hurricane Maria-lashed island.
Trump, who is expected to visit the island Tuesday with his wife Melania Trump, first wrote three tweets Saturday criticizing the “poor leadership” in Puerto Rico, saying local mayors “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
He then retweeted videos from the military and other emergency responders working in Puerto Rico.
On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz told a news conference she was “done being politically correct” because her people were dying in the aftermath of Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years. At least 16 people on the island were killed, and there was widespread damage to homes, roads and infrastructure.
Most of the U.S. territory’s 3.4 million residents remain without power and have struggled to find clean water and fuel 11 days after the hurricane.
“If we don’t get the food and water into people’s hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide,” Cruz said Friday.
Donald Trump posted a series of tweets this morning slamming Puerto Rico’s mayors, including saying they “want everything to be done for them,” a day after San Juan’s mayor criticized aid delivery to the Hurricane Maria-lashed island.Trump, who is expected to visit the island Tuesday with his wife Melania Trump, first wrote three tweets Saturday criticizing the “poor leadership” in Puerto Rico, saying local ma”If we don’t get the food and water into people’s hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide,” Cruz said Friday.yors “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
Trump bristles at criticism his anthem comments are racially motivated
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reiterated his criticism of NFL players who knelt during the national anthem, pushing back against suggestions that race drove his calls for those football players to be fired.
Trump wrote on Twitter that his objection “has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”
With his attacks on activist athletes, Trump again plunged into the middle of his favourite kind of drama — personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making. For four days, the provocateur president has drawn criticism from the worlds of politics and sports for saying that football players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired.
The conflict peaked Sunday with Trump’s remarks, which had the effect of uniting a newly minted opposition coalition that included a growing number of players and coaches, as well as some owners who have backed the president.
On Monday morning, Trump continued to defend the scrap — which prompted about 200 players to stand, kneel or raise their fists during the national anthem at games — writing: “Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!”
NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart on Monday morning in a conference call stood up for the players’ rights to peacefully protest what they view as racial inequality and police brutality.
“Everyone should know, including the president, this is what real locker-room talk is,” Lockhart said, in an apparent reference to the Access Hollywood tapes in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.
Trump returned to the fray Monday night, tweeting, “Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.”
Anti-racism activist ‘spoke with love’ at Trump rally
A Black Lives Matter protester who gave an impassioned speech at a pro-Trump rally told 5 live he had “never seen anything like” the reaction it received on social media.
Hawk Newsome is the president of Black Lives Matter, Greater New York. He was part of an eight-strong group who attended the ‘Mother of all Rallies’ in Washington in protest.
At the rally, he was invited to take the stage. His speech has since been viewed more than 40million times on Facebook.
Some branches of Black Lives Matter have criticised his appearance.
A Black Lives Matter protester who gave an impassioned speech at a pro-Trump rally told 5 live he had “never seen anything like” the reaction it received on social media.Hawk Newsome is the president of Black Lives Matter, Greater New York. He was part of an eight-strong group who attended the ‘Mother of all Rallies’ in Washington in protest.At the rally, he was invited to take the stage. His speech has since been viewed more than 40million times on Facebook.Some branches of Black Lives Matter have criticised his appearance.A Black Lives Matter protester who gave an impassioned speech at a pro-Trump rally told 5 live he had “never seen anything like” the reaction it received on social media.Hawk Newsome is the president of Black Lives Matter, Greater New York. He was part of an eight-strong group who attended the ‘Mother of all Rallies’ in Washington in protest.At the rally, he was invited to take the stage. His speech has since been viewed more than 40million times on Facebook.Some branches of Black Lives Matter have criticised his appearance. ‘Mother of all Rallies’ in Washington in protest.At the rally, he was invited to take the stage. His speech has since been viewed more than 40million times on Facebook.Some branches of Black Lives Matter have criticised his appearance.
New poll: 86 percent of Americans support immigrant youth, 62 percent oppose Trump’s racist wall
With a divider-in-chief who’d rather spend his weekend attacking black athletes than rushing aid to U.S. citizens in a devastated Puerto Rico, it’s hard to get 86 percent of Americans to agree on much of anything these days. But yet:
A staggering 86 percent of Americans say they support a right to residency for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, which indicates support is crossing the political spectrum.
Those who were polled said they support that type of program if the immigrant has completed high school or military service and has not been convicted of a serious crime, which are all elements of DACA, established by former President Barack Obama by executive order in 2012.
Support spanned demographic groups, including three-quarters of Republicans and conservatives, 86 and 87 percent of independents and moderates and 97 and 96 percent of Democrats and liberals.
“Two-thirds back a deal to enact such legislation in tandem with higher funding for border control,” notes ABC News. But, it’s important to note the federal government already spends more on federal immigration enforcement than on all federal law enforcement agencies—including the FBI and Secret Service—combined. And by large numbers, the poll also finds Americans oppose other key planks and deplorable beliefs from Trump’s nativist agenda.
Only 12 percent of those polled believe that undocumented immigrants commit more crime than U.S.-born Americans (they don’t, sorry, Jeff Sessions), 62 percent oppose Donald Trump’s racist border wall that Mexico will never pay for (and that barely 24 percent of congressional Republicans endorse), and 55 percent oppose his proposal to cut legal immigration in half, recently floated by the ghoulish Stephen Miller.
With the clock ticking and 800,000 immigrant youth living in anxiety, there’s no reason why anything as universally agreed upon—allowing immigrant youth to stay in the only country they know as home—should continue being delayed. This is an American and human rights issue, and continuing to delay a vote on a clean, bipartisan DREAM Act reeks of sheer politics. Give them a vote and let them stay.
Nazis Once Published List of Jewish Crimes, Trump Now Pushing to Do the Same for Immigrant Crimes
The Trump administration has announced plans to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants living in so-called sanctuary cities, where local officials and law enforcement are refusing to comply with federal immigration authorities’ efforts to speed up deportations. The plans for the weekly list, to be published by the Department of Homeland Security, were included in Trump’s executive orders signed last week. We speak to Andrea Pitzer. Her upcoming book is called “One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps.”
AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about what President Trump has said he’s going to do: keep a list of, quote, “immigrant crimes”?
ANDREA PITZER: Well, this weekly report that he has called for recalls a number of things from the past that we have seen before, which is this move to isolate and identify and then vilify a vulnerable minority community in order to move against it. When he—I just went back last night and reread his speech from when he declared his candidacy, and the Mexican rapist comment was in from the beginning, and so this has been a theme throughout. And we see back in Nazi Germany there was a paper called—a Nazi paper called Der Stürmer, and they had a department called “Letter Box,” and readers were invited to send in stories of supposed Jewish crimes. And Der Stürmer would publish them, and they would include some pretty horrific graphic illustrations of these crimes, as well. And there was even a sort of a lite version of it, if you will, racism lite, in which the Neues Volk, which was more like a Look or a Life magazine, which normally highlighted beautiful Aryan families and their beautiful homes, would run a feature like “The Criminal Jew,” and they would show photos of “Jewish-looking,” as they called it, people who represented different kinds of crimes that one ought to watch out for from Jews.
Trump must embrace tolerance, reconsider Bannon appointment
The Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass issues a call for tolerance, a rejection of hatred and an embrace of diversity and pluralism.
In recent months, we have seen a spate of incidents of intolerance and prejudice in the U.S. and abroad. Numerous instances of bullying, vandalism, violence, ugly language and name calling targeting ethnic, racial, and religious minorities have led to a climate that both adults and children find unsettling and even frightening.
The appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, especially, as President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor has caused consternation among many Americans, particularly in the Jewish community.
All presidents have the right to make their own choices as to who advises them on strategic and other matters. We respect the latitude necessary for a president to work efficiently and productively on issues of national and global significance.
Yet, Bannon, through his position as chief executive of Breitbart News, has associated himself with a variety of radical views that fall into the categories of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia and misogyny.
For these reasons, white nationalists and neo-Nazis celebrate him as one of their own. No one with these associations should be in the White House, especially among our president’s closest advisers.
It is the responsibility of our federation to support and defend the rights of the Jewish community and all minority communities against all forms of bigotry, racism, hatred and persecution. We understand that prejudice, including anti-Semitism, exists at both ends of the political spectrum. History has taught us that silence is both unacceptable and dangerous.
We urge Trump to demonstrate his commitment to the pluralism, diversity and respect for all Americans he pledged in his victory speech when he promised to “bind the wounds of division” in America.
KKK celebrates Trump victory with brazen parade
Roxboro, North Carolina // First came the rumble of engines. Then the honking of horns invaded Main Street.
Then, as the Kalvacade (as the Klansmen call it) swept through the small North Carolina town of Roxboro, two black-shirted men leaned from the windows of their pickup cab, raised their arms in a Nazi salute and shouted above the roar of engines, “Hail victory.”
This is what passes for the modern face of the Ku Klux Klan.
After 150 years of fighting for a white America, on Saturday some 30-odd vehicles drove through country roads and town streets to show their support for Donald Trump, the right-wing populist who has stunned the world by winning the US election on a ticket marked by prejudice, misogyny and bigotry.
News of the rally brought out hundreds of protesters at dozens of counter-demonstrations held elsewhere in the southern state, dwarfing the size of the KKK’s event.
“No hate, no fear, the KKK’s not welcome here,” chanted protesters in the tiny village Pelham, rumoured at one time to be the site of the pro-Trump rally.
The movement’s brazen display of triumphalism is a symptom of what many in this divided America fear: that Mr Trump’s shock win has unleashed unstoppable forces of hatred.
Gloria Allred won’t rule out defamation suit: Trump accusers now facing ‘world’s most powerful man’
Attorney Gloria Allred is still representing a number of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct during his campaign run, and she announced on Friday that her clients can sue the President-elect for defamation, according to the Guardian.
At a press conference on Friday, Allred said, “Now Mr. Trump has been elected President of the United States. He now has the opportunity to begin his term with a clean slate. I challenge him to seize this opportunity now, to retract his statement that these accusers are liars and that their allegations are fabrications and fiction.”
Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant who accused Trump of sexually harassing her appeared alongside Allred. “He now has the largest bully pulpit in the world, and he has not yet taken back his threat to sue me and the others who came forward,” Zervos said, visibly upset by the matter.
“I want to make it clear that even though it is hard and painful to speak up against the world’s most powerful man, I will continue to speak the truth and I refuse to be intimidated into silence,” she said.