Trump Watch May 10 2017

Day 111:

 

A long time ago Nixon tried to get out getting impeached by firing a Archibald Cox, a special prosecutor investigating him.  And because people still had some sense of duty to the country back then, it precipitated the resignations of a bunch of people.  Including the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, and A General.

Last night Trump fired FBI director James Comey.  The reasons given were that he didn’t do a good job investigating Clinton’s emails.  If you think this passes the smell test, then you need to get your nose looked at.  Comey had already done what he could to throw a monkey wrench into Clinton’s campaign.  I think the real threat was that Comey was coming for Trump next.

History will sort this out, but what is for sure is that this has kicked off a hornets nest of calls for an independent investigation into Trump, his ties to Russia, his nepotism, his corruption, and in general has kicked off a shit storm.  Trump like Nixon seems to think he is more powerful than he is, and Jeff Sessions is probably going to go down with the ship as well for his part in recommending Comey be fired, even though he is supposed to recuse himself from anything to do with Russia.  One can only hope that like Nixon, Trump overestimates just how clever he is (he is not clever) and thinks he can bully his way out of this (he can not).

If the American people don’t rise up in the 2018 elections and replace just about everyone, then this country is doomed.  If they do however go to the polls and make some serious course corrections we still might get out of this without another economic or environmental disaster.

Further Reading:

Trump dismisses FBI director Comey.

AP: Comey is fired

F.B.I. Director Comey Is Fired by Trump

FBI director James Comey fired by Trump Administration

President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI’s Russia investigation

DNC vice chair Ellison: ‘We are witnessing a Constitutional crisis’

The Latest: Dems call for special prosecutor on Russia probe

Rep. Schiff: Sessions was supposed to recuse himself

More Than 100 Lawmakers Respond to Comey Firing by Calling for Independent Russia Probe

First on CNN: Senate Russia investigators ask Treasury for Trump team financial information

All of Trump’s campaign statements just vanished from his website. So let’s remember them.

Franken rips Sessions for encouraging Comey firing

Senate Democratic leader Schumer calls for special prosecutor in Trump-Russia probe

GOP congressman wants independent Russia probe after “bizarre” Trump letter

Reporter arrested after repeatedly questioning Health secretary

James Comey reportedly learned of his firing from TV news coverage while he was addressing employees

Toobin: Firing Comey grotesque abuse of power

Jimmy Kimmel on Comey firing: ‘This is the kind of thing dictators do’

Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI Russia probe: report

Sanders Statement on James Comey

James Comey literally thought his firing was a joke

Is This a Constitutional Crisis?

Schumer Says Comey Firing Could Be ‘Part Of A Cover Up’

 

The Earth, It’s The Only Planet We Can Live On:

Are you fucking kidding me?  If we don’t stop Trump soon, the environment we literally need to live will be destroyed and we will have no future.

Further reading:

Ex-Military Brass Back Tillerson, Mattis in Climate Fight – “A group of retired senior military officers is urging U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis to remain firm in their support for combating global warming”

E.P.A. Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board- replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate

White House Postpones Paris Climate Agreement Meeting—Again

The Dismissed EPA Advisers Had Nothing to Do With Regulation: “‘The work [we were] doing is very, very technical. What do you do with Ebola waste?” “Doing this has no effect on regulatory reform, but it may send some message to the administration’s base that, ‘We’re getting rid of these scientists.”

Can This 36-Year-Old Unseat the Biggest Climate Denier in Congress?

China has warned Trump that leaving the Paris climate agreement would mean bad deals between the two countries in the future

Trump to nominate Clean Power Plan opponents to federal energy commission: One nominee accused anti-pipeline activists of waging a ‘jihad’ against the natural gas industry.

The Doomsday Glacier [ Rolling Stone ]

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Upcoming Action Against Trump:

June 9 – 11, Peoples Summit 2.0

June 11 – LGBTQA+ March on DC

Tools of change:

Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?

Calling your government representative:

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Tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.  You can also call other states congress people and threaten to donate to their opponent if they don’t do what you want.

Phone Bank for Progressive Candidates:

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Call the White House:

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Call the “White House”:

Use this  website to call one of Trump’s many properties he has not put into a blind trust yet, and let them know how you feel (be polite, they are workers just like us, but be firm).

Do a little Slacktivism:

Send Some Text Messages for progressive causes (I know it says textforbernie, but its for a range of progressive candidates)  Or you can have your texts turned into faxes by the ResistBot

Go to a town hall and talk to your congress person in person:

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Monitor your congressperson:

Keep track of how your senator is voting on cabinet picks here, so you can call them up and give them hell if they vote for any of these worthless fuckers.

See how your elected representatives are voting for or against Trump.

Elections!

Also be sure to keep track if you live in a district with an upcoming flip-able seat (flip to the left that is)

See if you have a special election in your area!

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Upcoming house votes:

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Upcoming senate bills:

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Monitor Trumps Conflict of Interests:

From CNN of all people.

The Atlantic

General Guides:

Guidelines by former Congress staffers on how to get Congress to listen. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

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