"Their hate and lack of integrity is as common as their greed and incompetence." she said of her Republican colleagues.
democracy is based on a shared reality. Avoid narrow news silos of proTrump disinformation. Shun people who have a warped acceptance of conspiracy rather than reality.
far-right terrorism has significantly outpaced terrorism from other types of perpetrators, including from far-left networks and individuals inspired by the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
the big lie
Trump knew he had lost and he was willfully misleading his supporters.
Trump incited the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. He provoked his supporters with the big lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, and the "stop the steal" campaign of lies, an his demands to "fight like hell" to stop the steal.
after action report on the siege of the Capitol,
(a detailed retrospective analysis of a past event, created to re-assess decisions and consider possible alternatives for future scenarios).
Investigate groups, funding, and enablers.
Impeach and convict for
"willful incitement of insurrection"
and leading a deadly mob siege of the Capitol.
There has never been a greater betrayal by a president to provoke a riot. Violent rhetoric can foment a violent insurrection.
This was a direct criminal act of sedition meant to subvert the peaceful transition of power.
The coup attempt was instigated by Trump, and the responsibility for the violence rests with him.
Ms. Pelosi described the events as "horrors that will forever stain our nation's history, instigated by the president of the United States."
Senate can vote to disqualify him from holding future office.
we spend $716b on defense, yet insurrectionists walked into the U.S. Capitol.
fascist extremists, domestic terrorists.
Disinfo. Violent rhetoric has consequences.
Online chatter was organized to storm the Capitol and included threats to kidnap and kill congressional leaders.
broke barriers, ransacked offices and stopped Congress. Officer Sicknick was killed by a fire extinguisher to the head.
Zip-tie guys intended to use those plastic double restraint flex cuffs on someone.
The actions of the police leadership were despicable. Was there a stand down order?
Why didn't they make a proper threat assessment? Why was there not a wider perimeter set up?
Jan 6 insurrection.
A proximate cause was the incendiary speech that set the violence,
calling the mob of vial supporters to rebel against the state.
On the Ellipse near the WH, speakers provoked their supporters into a frenzy. Rep. Mo Brooks said it is time to "kick ass." Giuliani told the crowd "let's have trial by combat ... I'll be darned if they're going to take our free and fair vote." Don Jr. and Trump commanded the angry crowd to "fight like hell." Trump perpetuated baseless and false conspiracies, calling loyalists to march to the Capitol and overturn the election results.
Trump manipulated the mob in the name of power, fomented revolution, instigated insurrection, directly leading to the deadly Capitol riot.
Trump is a deluded deranged psychopath. He is a racist, a liar, a conman and a fraud. Humpty Trumpty has only images and illusions behind which he hides his true motives. we can do better
Trump pardon list, egregious pardon spree, incl. Philip Esformes $1b Medicare fraud, the four Blackwater guards who massacred 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007, Flynn who was convicted of lying to Congress, along with Stone and Manafort.
the country is less secure because of Trump's
incompetence, corruption and malice and malfeasance.
malice: the intention or desire to do evil.
malfeasance: wrongdoing by a public official.
Trump has been repudiated by the righteous anger of the American people.
repudiate: reject with disapproval or condemnation.
voters stopped an authoritarian populist from destroying the country's democratic institutions.
Trump's taxes show he's a National Security threat
Trump's taxes raise massive security concerns. Conflicts of interest make him beholden to foreign entities. Who does he owe money to? $420 million. I'm not Russian to any conclusions, but why is Trump attacking U.S. national security intelligence, while taking the side of Putin.
Trump wants to overturn ACA (Affordable Care Act), leaving 23 million Americans without healthcare, in a pandemic. We see Trump's reckless disregard for human life.
Trump said the pandemic would just go away. Where is the national control of the pandemic? Trump is in denial and his administration is dysfunctional. Why won't he do what the science advisors are recommending?
Trump said the investigation was a hoax, yet the U.S. Senate concluded Russia hacked the 2016 election.
Trump inherited the economic trends of the Obama administration and proceeded to wreck the place through his incompetence, corruption and malice.
Trump has tarnished America's reputation and turned our allies against us.
Trump opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, and is expanding development in Alaska's Tongass National Forest.
Trump is hostile to social regulation, especially environmental regulation. He denies that global warming is a problem while cheerleading for fossil fuels and deregulation favoritism for the oil industries.
Trump said he'd bring back coal, yet coal miners lost 900 jobs.
The federal government ran a deficit of $3.1 trillion in fiscal year 2020, more than triple the deficit for fiscal year 2019.
Trump blew up the TPP, levied tariffs on China, ripped up NAFTA, and the U.S. was left out of the new Asian trade deal.
China and 14 other countries agreed Sunday (Nov 15, 2020) to set up the world's largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity. RCEP is the largest free trade agreement in the world. It is a victory for multilateralism and free trade. The agreement affirms ASEAN's role in supporting the multilateral trading system, creating a new trading structure, enabling sustainable trade facilitation, revitalizing the supply chains, and assisting the post-pandemic recovery. ASEAN ten nation Assoc of SE Asian Nations Apart from the 10 ASEAN members, it includes China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. China is the champion of globalization and multilateral cooperation. 1.3 billion people.
"Refusing to condemn white supremacy is shameful, and encouraging white supremacists to 'stand by' for possible violence is blatantly threatening," CAIR deputy executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell.
corrupt pos abusing his power
mail Trump is f***ing with the election and mail-in ballots. He tries to defund the USPS and slow the mail. Prescriptions, social security checks and tax refunds, and over 900,000 prescriptions in this country are delivered by mail, primarily to veterans and senior citizens. Small businesses do business by mail. Plan your vote, complete your mail-in ballot early.
mil police Trump is politicizing Homeland Security and undermining our democracy. His inflammatory political rhetoric and egregious intervention in demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality has contributed to growing public distrust.
militarized policing often only serves to exacerbate tensions, and opens the door to more police misconduct and violence. The response to protesters over police brutality cannot be even more brutality.
authoritarianism is a form of government characterized by strong central power and limited political freedoms. We are concerned about the militarized posture of our Nation.
dystopia and tear gas
Trump is using federal agents to suppress free assembly, which is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Portland, Chicago, Albuquerque. People are gathering to protest against police brutality. The Border Patrol Tactical Unit, BORTAC, is a part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, which is subsidiary of the Department of Homeland Security. They see themselves as a military unit. Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.
Australian media get bashed reporting from Washington, D.C.
police crush peaceful protestors in Washington, DC, June 1, 2020. The police are being used as violent fascist tools of an authoritarian military state.
"it's troubling," says David Kelley, fmr U.S. Attorney for the SDNY, on Trump's firing of Berman in trying to subvert the independence of the Southern District of NY.
Trump's racist rhetoric is encouraging violence in America. Data demonstrates that anti-immigrant sentiment, racism and sexism are strongly related to support for Trump.
Trump's photo op
the police made way for Trump, brutally crushing a crowd of peaceful protestors.
Obama considered and pursued pattern and practice lawsuits against police departments who were chronically abusing people, and initiated the 21st century policing effort to try to reform policing. The Trump administration abandoned Obama's reforms.
Trump isn't thinking of this all by himself; SecState Pompeo, AG Barr, SecDef Esper, SecDHS Wolf, SecHHS Azar, and Senior advisors Kushner, Steven Miller, Ivanka, Hassett.
rest of the World thinks
tear gas is a pain nerve gas deployed by federal agents to disperse rioting protestors or crowds of peaceful demonstrators. Tear gas is the generic term for a class of compounds that cause a burning sensation. LE use a chemical called CS, 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile. CS activates a specific pain receptor, and it is 100,000 times stronger than the sting from wasabi. When inhaled, the pain induces people to cough.
John Lewis knew that we have to be vigilant against the darker currents of this country's history. Of our own history. Where there are whirlpools of violence and hatred and despair that can always rise again. Bull Connor may be gone, but today we witness with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.
we are not asking for special treatment, just equal treatment.
corporate sexism, racism and fascism
Trump is a racist. He talks like a racist. He behaves like a racist. His policies hurt communities of color.
Trump is a liar. He is the most mendacious president in U.S. history. We can handle the truth. He's not telling the truth.
"And he lies incessantly." Robert Reich robertreich.org
"This is not what competency looks like. Trump lacks every quality necessary for leadership at a national level." Steve Schmidt
"We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution." Genl James Mattis, who resigned as secretary of defense in Dec 2018, who is denouncing Trump's attempt to divide us.
fp Barack Obama delivered a blistering attack on Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling it "an absolute chaotic disaster" as well as "anemic."
Trump lies about coronavirus
Trump's behavior is reprehensible and he lies to us on TV.
WH spreads misinformation, propaganda and lies.
In January he ignored intelligence on covid-19 and withheld updates from the public. Deny and delay, while people die. Trump is despicable, morally repulsive and dangerously irresponsible.
open, transparent, democratic nation
advanced warnings by the WHO, the CDC, and Obama were downplayed and the WH did not make preparations or take action. Trump could have mitigated the crisis but he failed miserably, opting first for denial, declaring the covid-19 warnings a "hoax."
WHO: early real-time information about coronavirus Americans at WHO warned WH while Trump denied
Trump tells a damnable and murderous lie WHO/China alerted while Trump disregarded
there is enough information to accuse Trump of a crime against humanity for cutting WHO funding during a pandemic.
in times of crisis, and without an independent media, it is easier for the government to hide the danger of the virus, putting many more people, especially health care workers, at risk.
rather than reassuring Americans during daily WH briefings,
he lies and attacks reporters who ask probing questions.
CBS WH correspondent "What did you do in the month of February?" Paula Reid
Google: NBC News Peter Alexander softball question Mar 20, 2020.
Google: PBS NewsHour reporter repeating his own words Mar 30, 2020 or Yamiche Alcindor
Trump lies about climate change
Stop fossil fuels
build 100% renewables
Trump is a climate denier. WH propaganda dismisses climate science. Solar employs twice as many people as does coal.
Humpty Trumpty is openly doing the bidding of the oil, gas and coal industries while cities around the world are choked by air pollution, and our land and water are poisoned by industrial toxic waste. Drilling for oil in the Arctic is cray cray. Keystone XL pipeline spilled 383,000 gallons of oil - 31 Oct 2019.
Trump to weaken Obama's environmental laws in favor of the oil and gas industries
and allow pipeline companies to bulldoze without environmental review,
impact assessments, or regard for clean water safeguards.
The changes to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
will increase greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the climate change.
Learn more Politico
Tracking deregulation Brookings
Google: protections for waterways
Trump to remove protections for waterways Axios
Civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance. Consider a Guardia Civil as in Spain. and duties that include guarding the environment, environmental police.
we can do better
"We have the money to make health care a right in this country. What we need is the political will." Robert Reich Aug 5 2020
how to pay for Medicare for All:
- repeal the $1.9 Trillion tax scam for corporations and the 1%
- pass a wealth tax
- shrink our bloated military
review the 2021 Pentagon budget of $740 Trillion.
only what is good for him
Trump is only interested in what is good for him, how does any policy change or legislation benefit him rather than the United States?
the economy had been on an upward trajectory since June 2009, when it began its long crawl out the Great Recession (Dec 2007 to Jun 2009) Trump was simply enjoying the momentum created under the Obama-Biden administration.
then Trump started slapping significant tariffs on Chinese goods. the downward trend was the result of tariffs increasing the costs of imported raw materials for some US businesses, and the negative effect retaliation from trading partners had on US exports, a study by the Federal Reserve found.
then the TCJA, the largest overhaul to the federal tax code since 1986, slashing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, and revising business tax deductions and international tax rules. Corporations used their windfall to purchase their own stock - driving up wealth for shareholders while doing little to create jobs and boost workers' wages.
it's all staged
Humpty Trumpty has only images and illusions behind which he hides his true motives.
evil will be defeated by hope and righteous anger. The way we will defeat Trump is by voting in 2020. We are winning through victories of popular resistance and nonviolent actions and civil disobedience.
serious and persistent abuses of power. Open corruption. Self-dealing schemes. Shadow shakedown. Rogue emissaries. Corrupt dealings with foreign officials. Disregarding Russian interference in 2016 US election. Seeking foreign influence over 2020 US election. Withholding foreign aid to Ukraine. Climate denier. Regressive policies against current environmental regulations. Hateful speech. Terrible tweets. Incompetent raging narcissist.
U.S. foreign policy and influence around the world. Middle East policy and Syria and the Kurds. Saudi government owns the 45th floor of the Trump World Tower in NY. There is a Trump Towers Istanbul, Turkey.
CIA sent a US MQ-9 Reaper UAV, $16.2M drone with a Honeywell turboprop engine driving a rear-mounted 3-blade propeller, ops at 25,000 feet with a wingspan of 66 feet, and fired 2 air-to-ground Hellfire R9X missiles, $115,000 per rocket, at vehicles carrying Iranian General Soleimani and al-Muhandis and their entourage upon arrival at Baghdad Intl Airport on 03 Jan 2020. see AUMF authorization of the use of military force.
it's not America first, it's the united nations. peace and stability can rise through Western unity and deepening of the alliance structure.
grossly immoral, incompetent
"It kept getting more insidious." top US diplomat testifying in House impeachment investigation
Impeached on 18 Dec 2019, Abuse of power and Obstruction of Congress.
Presidents shall not use the people's tax dollars for personal political gain. Trump had no authority to withhold congressionally approved aid, military aid, from a U.S. ally, Ukraine. Trump prevented the House from obtaining documents and testimony from important witnesses, including acting White House Chief of Staff Mulvaney and Secretary of State Pompeo.
State Dept. is responsible for promoting U.S. foreign policy and international relations through diplomacy and is prohibited from advancing domestic political objectives.
Open corruption. Self-dealing slimy schemes. Corrupt operations for political gain. Withholding foreign aid to an ally for a corrupt political motive. Official foreign security aid is tax-payer money that is authorized by Congress to Ukraine to help Ukraine defend itself in a hot war against Russian aggression. We now have corroborated testimony of criminal bribery by Trump.
Progressives embrace concepts such as environmentalism and social justice. Supports the freedom of private enterprise and the lowering of taxes. Regulating large corporations. The progressive left has made progress, elevating issues like the $15 minimum wage, expanded Medicare and free college. Bernie Sanders, AOC.
Centrists or Moderates support social liberalism and economic liberalism, or business freedom, an economic system organized on individual lines rather than organizations. Biden, Clinton, Obama, supporting free and fair trade, as it expands markets for U.S. exports.
Anarchism is an anti-authoritarian political and social philosophy that advocates self-managed societies, and opposes the authority of illegitimate structures of hierarchy. Anarchists oppose private tyrannies. Anarchy from the Greek word anarkhia meaning without a ruler.
corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. Trump is corrupt, indecent and immoral. Trump is manifestly unfit for office. He committed obstruction of justice to obscure his crimes and collusion. Trump is openly doing the bidding of the oil, gas and coal industries.
China - U.S. "mistrust dominates."
Twitter: presidential tweets should not be used to set policy.
he is fostering racial animus and assailing his political rivals with racist or crass insults.
let's consider personality disorders in particular what the DSM calls narcisstic personality disorder, or NPD - pathological narcissism. It touches directly upon whether Trump has the capacity to put anyone's interests - including the country's and the Constitution's - above his own.
the blatantly racist tweet against four congresswomen, all of whom are women of color, " ... is simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous, chaotic and corrupt culture of this administration." This is the agenda of white nationalists. " ... playing to the country's racial divisions and stoking anti-immigration fervor."
this is who he is
he is a vial racist, a pathological liar, and a sociopathic narcissist with fascist tendencies. Trump is historically illiterate, morally obtuse and willfully misleading.
is there a better way to talk about his racism and not call him a racist? Say that he tears America apart by race and threatens our democracy. Say that he pits Americans against each other by color and religion to distract from his cruelty. Say that he enables and encourages white supremacists.
a cruel and ignorant liar, so completely incompetent that he is a danger to the nation, a bigot and a bully, a vile racist through his speech, behavior and policies, a misogynist and a xenophobe, a dangerous demagogue who is dividing our Nation.
we apologize to the rest of the world because his disgusting bigoted language does not represent America. bigot: a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions. demagogue: a president who seeks support by appealing to the desires and prejudices of people rather than by using rational argument. xenophobe: a person hating against people from other countries.
G7: French President Emmanuel Macron, Egyptian President and Chairman of the African Union Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, Chilian President Sebastian Pinera and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a working session on the climate in Biarritz, southwestern France, Monday, August 26, 2019, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. The empty seat at third right was for Trump, who according to Macron had skipped it.
G7, minus Trump, working session on climate, Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019
Trump did not show up for the meeting, G7 France 2019.
fascism is a radical right-wing, authoritarian nationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy which is militaristic, with a central government headed by a dictator.
Rachel Bitecofer Jul 2019 negative partisanship predicts the 2020 presidential election
84 environmental rules rolled back under Trump New York Times
guns: 2018 Trump makes it easier for crazy people to get guns by overturning President Obama's 2016 mental health regulation on gun purchases. And Trump blocks funding for federal mental health and addiction programs.
business spending is lower because of the uncertainty over trade. note slower growth in China and Germany.
recession warnings. Last week, the U.S. bond yield curve inverted, a sign that many investors say presages a recession. 2-10 year part of the Treasury yield curve. In a normal yield curve, the short-term bills yield less than the long-term bonds. Lower long-term bond yields signals that economic conditions are going to get worse.
2017 tax cut for the 1% was not a long-term stimulus. Companies did stock buybacks to increase the relative ownership stake of each investor. Business investment is already slowing. Growth slowed to 2.1% with further softening.
federal deficit Trump thinks it's ok to spend, and keep spending.
2019 the federal budget deficit is over $1 trillion this year. limiting the ability of gov to pump more stimulus into the economy through higher federal spending. Trade dispute is biggest drag on the economy. Farmers are hurt by the loss of the Chinese market.
2017 Trump ends programs designed to counter violent extremism. US agencies should be protecting citizens from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
racism: 2016 Trump spews divisive immigration rhetoric. Trump is a racist who stokes racism in this country. There needs to be responsible action by all politicians.
denying the facts: Trump's opposition to the science of climate change is a crime against humanity.
oil drilling: Trump is trying to open up Alaska and revoke Obama-era protections to federal waters. So far federal judges declare that oil and gas drilling is illegal in Alaska.
oil vs. nature: 2019 Trump weakens the Endangered Species Act to make commercial use of federal land easier for the gas, mining and oil industry.
Trump has proposed eliminating subsidies for EV purchases and sought to cancel planned improvements to mileage standards. China is leading in advanced technologies and execution.
parade: military spending is because we don't want to see tanks rolling on our streets.
Trump is out of sync with World Leaders.
outrage over the U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria. Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops is an order acquiescing to Turkey's incursion against the Kurds, American allies. Russia fills the gap in Syria, and gains influence in the Middle East.
NATO harshly criticized Turkey's incursion into Syria and apparent U.S. acquiescence.
Syria stands at the center of conflicts that have convulsed the Middle East. To the north lies Turkey, which has battled for decades against Kurdish separatists and is loath to allow the rise of a Kurdish proto-state from the chaos of Syria's war. To the east is Iraq, whose own long-running conflict contributed to the rise of Islamic State. Syria also borders Israel, with which it technically remains at war, and Lebanon, long a center of instability. Assad's alliance with Iran and its Lebanon-based Hezbollah proxy have provided a further layer of volatility.
the Russians attacked the 2016 presidental election of the United States. The Special Counsel investigation was an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and suspicious links between Trump associates and Russian officials from May 2017 to March 2019.
Robert Mueller submitted his report on links between the Trump campaign and Russians as well as Donald Trump's attempts to obstruct the probe. Four days later AG Barr mislead Congress by releasing his summary of the report which was favorable to Trump, and later released the redacted report. Mueller objected about the handling of his report which led to misunderstandings of his team's work. And it was later revealed, and we now know, that he had twice raised concerns to Barr about the handling of his report.
'enemy of the people'
the phrase 'enemy of the people' is not just false, it's dangerous. It is wielded by dictators and tyrants who seek to control public information. Hate speech remains unregulated in the U.S.
Federal judge overrules Trump order to open Arctic to offshore drilling,
restores Obama-era drilling ban in the Arctic. -March 2019.
Trump overstepped his constitutional authority and violated federal law.
Judge ruling Earthjustice -March 30, 2019
violated federal law Earthjustice -April 5, 2019
Montana Judge stops mining at Yellowstone National Park.
A giant mining project is now entirely off the table.
mining Yellowstone Earthjustice -April 22, 2019
"Democratic socialism to me is creating a government and an economy and a society which works for all, rather than just the top 1 percent. It means ending the absurd inequalities that exist today." Bernie Sanders April 14, 2019
- Donors give huge sums to elect politicians to office
- Elected officials rewrite the rules in the donors' favor
- Donors make a huge profit
ethics? conflict of interest?
- EPA - Senate confirms former oil and gas lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as EPA Chief. This guy is in charge of protecting the environment, think toxic pollution from oil and gas.
- Interior Dept - Senate confirms former oil and gas lobbyist David Bernhardt as interior secretary. This guy is in charge of America's public lands, think toxic pollution from coal mining.
as the Trump administration continues its assault on environmental regulations, state officials are establishing legal barriers to save our air, land and water. We must change the corrupt EPA and stop them from doing the bidding of the oil industry.
it's all hype
there is no truth in his words. This is a guy who believes Truth is anything you can get away with.
we are for an open internet and the principle of net neutrality, and we oppose Trump's repeal of net neutrality.
autocracy noun a system of government by one person with absolute power. a.k.a. dictatorship.
autocratic adjective relating to a ruler who has absolute power. Autocratic rulers use fear and control to gain total power over their people.
a racist, a psychopath, and a liar walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Hello Donald."
"... it is now unmistakably clear that we can change these disastrous, divisive policies only by changing the men who are now making them." Robert Kennedy, 1968
"It's about who we are as a people - and who we want to be." Barack Obama, 2018
"Your future and fortune depend on your neighbor. This is more evident today than ever before." The Dalai Lama
we will oppose the regressive policies of the regime, and instead promote civility, tolerance and respect.
Enter the Dragon
"Now, you must remember,
the enemy has only images and illusions behind which he hides his true motives.
Destroy the image and you will break the enemy."
Shaolin Abbott, "Enter the Dragon" 1973