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Trump Watch May 28 2017

Day 129:

No It’s Not Going To Be Ok:

Counter punch has an article perfectly summarizing exactly how I have been feeling lately.:

Liberal and other partisan Democrats have spent no small effort trying to evade adult responsibility for Donald Trump’s presence in the White House and Republicans’ control of all three branches of the federal government along with most of the nation’s state governments – this in a nation that loathes the Republican Party.  I’ve written extensively about the remarkable lengths to which Democrats have gone to block honest discussion of how their party’s craven captivity to the corporate and financial elite and their related allegiance to the values and ideology of the professional class have demobilized their “progressive base” and delivered a considerable portion of the white working class over to the arch-plutocratic, white-nationalist Republican Party. Ever since the election they couldn’t lose, the dismal dollar Democrats (DDDs) have been blaming others for their fiasco: the Green Party for running a “spoiler” campaign; Bernie Sanders’ backers, for daring to note and challenge the Goldman Sachs-greased global corporatism of Hillary and the Clinton machine; former FBI Director James Comey’s last-minute e-mail insinuations; Russia, for supposedly intervening in the United States’ supposedly democratic political process.

The entire thing is worth a read, because it gets at an essential truth.  The reason why we have Trump as president is because there wasn’t a party of the working people anymore.  Trump only had to stand on stage a lie, saying HE was for the worker, and people who have been trampled by decades of abuse believed him (even though there was no rational reason to think he was telling the truth).  Just enough people in just the right states and now we have this monster as president.

The fact is this will keep happening until one of the parties stops pandering to the big money interests.  The republicans are basically a lost cause at this point, the democrats are probably as well.  But its possible that a new party could grow out of the democrats, call them justice democrats, democratic socialists, whatever, they can grow within the democratic party and then take it over.  Suborning the power structure already in place for their own purposes.

However that will never happen until we vote in a lot more progressives, who demand we fight for real progressive ideals.  And vote OUT any democrat who doesn’t share in that fight 100%.

That means Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitcamp, Nancy Pelosi, Cory Booker, and so many others have to go.

Further Reading:

It’s Not Gonna Be Okay: the Nauseating Nothingness of Neoliberal Capitalist and Professional Class Politics

Half of 8th grade class from New Jersey refuses to pose with Speaker Ryan

A Shadowy Corporate Lobby Is Quietly Trying To Ban Protesting Across The U.S. – so much for freedom of speech

White Terrorists Killed More Americans This Week Than Refugees Have in 40 Years

The U.S. has a homegrown terrorist problem — and it’s coming from the right

G7 leaders blame US for failure to reach climate change agreement in unusually frank statement

Trump tells confidants U.S. will quit Paris climate deal

Report: Trump Is Saying He Will Pull U.S. Out of Paris Climate Deal

Rex Tillerson Declines To Host Ramadan Event At State Department, Breaking 18 Years Of Tradition

Jared Kushner’s Growing Stench of Treason

Three new undisclosed Kushner-Russia contacts found by Reuters

How Donald Trump Is Ruining America’s Reputation Around The World

GOP Congressman Declines To Say Whether Every American Is Entitled To Eat

R.I.P. Donald Trump’s ‘Big, Beautiful Wall: With its 2018 budget request, the White House begins the process of admitting that the president’s signature promise was a fantasy.

The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack

Senate widens scope of Trump-Russia probe to whole campaign

Kushner may have sought Russian back channel for loans

 

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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:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Call your Attorney General
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

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:

https://www.grassrootspb.com/

Call the White House:

202-456-1111

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:

Check when the next town hall is here

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!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

Upcoming house votes:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/

Upcoming senate bills:

http://www.senateseeker.com/vote.php?upcoming=true

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/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

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Trump Watch May 27 2017

Day 128:

Trump is trying to destroy the planet:

He is throwing a tantrum at the G7, saying he doesn’t want to abide by global warming rules laid out under the Paris accords, and in general showing he doesn’t know anything about anything.

Donald Trump’s views on the Paris climate accord are “evolving,” according to his top economic adviser, who signaled the president may be willing to bow to pressure from European leaders and stay in the agreement if the U.S. wins assurances it can scale back its carbon-cutting commitment.

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Group of Seven leaders pressed the U.S. to remain part of the pact of nearly 200 nations, Trump stressed his commitment to environmental protection.

“We made it clear that we want the U.S. to stick to its commitments,” Merkel told reporters after a closed-door G-7 meeting in Sicily on Friday. “There were very different arguments from us all urging the president to hold to the climate accord.” She said the discussion was conducted in a very “honest” atmosphere, leading to a “very intense exchange.”

Trump’s chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn said Trump “feels much more knowledgeable on the topic today,” following exchanges with world leaders including some who “have been involved with the Paris agreement for many, many years.” (via)

You don’t have to read in between those lines very hard to see the real message “Trump had no idea what he was doing, but the rest of the worlds leaders sat him down and told him to his face how much of a fucking dumb ass he is.”  My big worry is that these other nations will carve out an “american exception” that is big enough that they can all sneak in there as well.

The original U.S. pledge to pare emissions at least 26 percent by 2025 “would be constraining to our economic growth,” Cohn told reporters. “But then you get into the whole discussion on Paris: Is it non-binding, is it not non-binding, can you change your levels, how easy is it to change your levels?”

Fucking hell, we really need to stop pretending like if we just drag our feet global warming will wait around for us.

Meanwhile back home all anyone can talk about is….

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

DNC calls for Kushner to be fired from WH position

Russian Once Tied to Trump Aide Seeks Immunity to Testify Before Congress

Germany’s Top Magazine Just Called For Trump’s Impeachment In A Blistering Editorial

Dem: Kushner ‘should be prosecuted for lying’ on security form

Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy – sources

Jared Kushner trying to secretly talk to the Russians is the biggest billow of smoke yet

Senate Intelligence Committee requests Trump campaign documents

Lawyer: Kushner ‘has no recollection’ of reported undisclosed Russian contacts

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

Shocker: When It Was a Democrat Roughing Up a Reporter, Rush Limbaugh Didn’t Think It Was So Funny

Kushner had three undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy: report

Donald Trump cancels speech to Israeli Parliament because ‘he did not want to be heckled’

Kushner Talked to Russian Envoy About Creating Secret Channel With Kremlin

German minister calls out Ivanka Trump over ‘nepotism’

FBI Russia investigation is ‘now at the door of the Oval office’, says former Obama administration staffer

Kushner Met With Russian Banker Who Is Putin Crony, Spy School Grad

Boehner: Trump has been a ‘complete disaster’

Melania Trump’s $51,500 Coat Reminds Us We Live in an Oligarchy

Report: Jared Kushner Asked Kislyak for Use of Russian Communications Facilities

Ex-CIA Director: CIA would consider Kushner actions ‘espionage’

 

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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:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Call your Attorney General
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

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:

https://www.grassrootspb.com/

Call the White House:

202-456-1111

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:

Check when the next town hall is here

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!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

Upcoming house votes:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/

Upcoming senate bills:

http://www.senateseeker.com/vote.php?upcoming=true

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/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

Join the fight to clean out the democratic party:  Justice Democrats!

Do you want to help me continue to bring you these daily roundups of the Trump news, while also getting great rewards?  Consider supporting me on Patreon!

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Trump Watch May 26 2017

Day 127:

Quick Roundup of the news:

Ted Cruz Failed to Show 2012 Loans From Goldman Sachs, FEC Says

Greg Gianforte wins Montana House seat one day after body-slamming reporter

Preet Bharara on Gianforte: ‘If he were an immigrant, he’d face deportation’

Montana NBC Affiliate Refused to Cover Gianforte ‘Body Slam’

Alleged Reporter Assailant Greg Gianforte Is Going to Congress. Good Job, Montana.

The Era Of Tribal Politics: Excusing The Assault Of A Reporter Because “Liberal Media”

Is It Wrong to Body Slam a Journalist? These Days, Opinions Vary

Fox News Had The Best Reporting On Journalist Attack, But Its Top Hosts Ignored It

(just a note here, I think they are missing the point, a place like Montana shouldn’t really have close call races, but the Dem in this race almost won, showing that the Republicans are in for a really rough ride next year)

Trump ‘complained to Belgian PM of difficulty setting up golf resorts in EU’

Carrier Sends Jobs to Mexico, Workers Say Trump ‘Misled’ Them

The Latest: Trump to review US sanctions on Russia

Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation

Federal appeals court upholds block on Trump’s travel ban

The Fourth Circuit Court told Trump that the real threat to US national security is the president’s attack on liberty

Luxembourg’s openly gay ‘first husband’ joined world leaders’ spouses for a photo and it was perfect

If Net Neutrality Dies, Comcast Can Just Block A Protest Site Instead Of Sending A Bogus Cease-And-Desist

Experts: Trump’s speaking style “raises questions about his brain health”

Trump reportedly told EU officials Germany is ‘very evil’

Trump Shoves NATO Leader, Makes Stupid Speech and Embarrasses America

 

 

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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:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Call your Attorney General
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

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:

https://www.grassrootspb.com/

Call the White House:

202-456-1111

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:

Check when the next town hall is here

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!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

Upcoming house votes:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/

Upcoming senate bills:

http://www.senateseeker.com/vote.php?upcoming=true

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/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

Join the fight to clean out the democratic party:  Justice Democrats!

Do you want to help me continue to bring you these daily roundups of the Trump news, while also getting great rewards?  Consider supporting me on Patreon!

Become a Patron!

Thank you!

Trump Watch May 25 2017

Day 126:

Our National Embarrassment: 

Trump has decided that he is going to go before the world and basically make us the laughing stock of the entire planet (not that we already didn’t have our rightly angry detractors).  America has a very problematic relationship with the rest of the world, managing to hurt even the people we are friendly, and now this orange baffoon is doing harm left and right.

If he isn’t selling (even more) weapons to dictators, he is telling where our nuclear subs are, or shoving other world leaders around.  Throw in a little praise for murder, and some general idiocy and the rest of the world is probably shitting in their pants that the biggest military on earth is being headed up by an utter moron.

Is being totally unable to do the job grounds for impeachment?  I think it is.

Further Reading:

Trump blurts out classified info again, worrying Pentagon officials

Trump appears to shove another leader so he could be in front of NATO group

Trump and Pence hit new low in Fox poll

Trump’s team issues a stunningly dishonest study of Obamacare rate increases

Jeff Sessions says he was advised not to mention Russia meetings

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Failed to Disclose Their Multimillion-Dollar Art Collection

The CBO confirms: The GOP health-care plan is still incredibly cruel

AARP warns Republicans it has ‘strong opposition’ to Obamacare replacement bill

After New Sessions Russia Report, Conyers Calls for Committee Investigation into Sessions Misstatements

Colorado set to use marijuana money to implement opioid treatment program in worst-hit counties.

The GOP Health Bill Would Make Zika the Newest Preexisting Condition

Betsy De Vos – discrimination is okay, no lines in the sand drawn even for intellectual disabilities, etc.

GOP Busted Using Cable Lobbyist Net Neutrality Talking Points

Greg Gianforte: Fox News team witnesses GOP House candidate ‘body slam’ reporter

Manafort advised Trump team on Russia scandal

Make no mistake: Donald Trump has fueled violence against journalists

Gazette opinion: We’re pulling our endorsement of Gianforte

GOP Busted Using Cable Lobbyist Net Neutrality Talking Points: email from GOP leadership… included a “toolkit” (pdf) of misleading or outright false talking points that, among other things, attempted to portray net neutrality as “anti-consumer.”

 

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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:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Call your Attorney General
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

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:

https://www.grassrootspb.com/

Call the White House:

202-456-1111

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:

Check when the next town hall is here

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!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

Upcoming house votes:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/

Upcoming senate bills:

http://www.senateseeker.com/vote.php?upcoming=true

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/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

Join the fight to clean out the democratic party:  Justice Democrats!

Do you want to help me continue to bring you these daily roundups of the Trump news, while also getting great rewards?  Consider supporting me on Patreon!

Become a Patron!

Thank you!

Trump Watch May 24 2017

Day 125:

A little positive news:

The puts the fact to the lie that the south was anything but a slave holding bunch of racist traitors.  There is no such thing as “southern heritage.”  I thought this was a beautiful and brave speech.

Further Reading:

New Orleans mayor: we can’t ignore the death, enslavement, and terror the Confederacy stood for

In upset, Democrat Pellegrino wins 9th District Assembly seat

New Hampshire Democrat flips first state seat since 2016

Single Payer Success in NY as Medicare-for-All Bill Passes State Assembly

Pope Gives Trump Book on Protecting Environment at Vatican Talks

Former CIA Director Brennan: “With every last ounce of devotion to this country, resist”

The FCC’s proposal to kill net neutrality is now out — here’s how to comment

Other Stories:

Jared Kushner didn’t disclose business ties to George Soros, Peter Thiel, and Goldman Sachs, or that he owes $1 billion in loans

Trump Called Rodrigo Duterte To Congratulate Him On His Murderous Drug War: “You Are Doing An Amazing Job”

Manafort turns over hundreds of pages of documents to Senate intel

Infowars granted White House press credentials, promptly smears victims of Manchester bombing

Brennan’s explosive testimony just made it harder for the GOP to protect Trump

Trump’s ‘balanced’ budget relies on $2,062,000,000,000 in mystery money

FCC Will Not Take Action on Stephen Colbert’s Trump Remark

Trump-Russia story is a threat to Fox News’ ratings dominance

Editorial: Trump budget replicates disastrous Kansas approach. This won’t end well.

Senate intelligence committee to subpoena two of former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s businesses

Comcast Is Trying to Censor a Site That Claims Comcast Is Committing Fraud

Lindsey Graham: Trump’s State Department budget could cause ‘a lot of Benghazis’

Bernie Sanders Says Trump Budget Exposes President As Fake Populist

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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:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Call your Attorney General
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

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:

https://www.grassrootspb.com/

Call the White House:

202-456-1111

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:

Check when the next town hall is here

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!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

Upcoming house votes:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/

Upcoming senate bills:

http://www.senateseeker.com/vote.php?upcoming=true

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/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

Join the fight to clean out the democratic party:  Justice Democrats!

Do you want to help me continue to bring you these daily roundups of the Trump news, while also getting great rewards?  Consider supporting me on Patreon!

Become a Patron!

Thank you!