US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

Publisher: Greg Palast

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14 Sep 2019

Jim Crow Steals N Carolina 9th CD

Stolen again. Democrat Dan McCready supposedly lost the special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District to Republican Dan Bishop by less than 4,000 votes. However, racially biased vote suppression schemes easily account for the supposed GOP victory margin.
Stolen again. Democrat Dan McCready supposedly lost the special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional...
6 Aug 2019

The Ravages Of Trump: Violent Attacks Carried Out In His Name

Send them back. Hispanic invasion. If our country falls, it will be the fault of traitors. That’s language from the manifesto of Patrick Crusius.  Crusius does not invoke President Trump in his manifesto, or in social media posts uncovered as of this writing. But TPM found some two dozen cases where the perpetrators or planners of far-right violence invoked Trump during their assault, or claimed whatever violent action they intended to commit was somehow aligned with his agenda. Since declaring his run for the Presidency in 2015, President Donald Trump has used racist rhetoric to fan feelings of hatred among those that support him.
Send them back. Hispanic invasion. If our country falls, it will be the fault of traitors. That’s language from the...
5 Aug 2019

We Can No Longer Ignore Trump’s Role in Inspiring Mass Shootings

On Saturday morning, a gunman at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, shot and killed at least 20 people before surrendering to the police. By all accounts, Patrick Crusius, the 21-year-old alleged shooter, is a fan of President Donald Trump and his policies. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “a Twitter account bearing the suspect’s name contains liked tweets that include a ‘BuildTheWall’ hashtag” and “a photo using guns to spell out ‘Trump.’”
On Saturday morning, a gunman at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, shot and killed at least 20 people before surrendering to...
29 Jul 2019

Kushner owns lots of Baltimore-area apartments. Some are infested with mice.

In a now-viral tweetstorm on Saturday, President Trump characterized Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’s Baltimore-based congressional district as a “rodent infested mess” where “no human” would want to live. His criticism rang with a particular irony in Baltimore County, where presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner owns more than a dozen apartment complexes that have been cited for hundreds of code violations and, critics say, provide substandard housing to lower-income tenants.
In a now-viral tweetstorm on Saturday, President Trump characterized Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’s Baltimore-based...

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28 Jul 2019

Trump Assails Elijah Cummings, Calling His Congressional District a Rat-Infested ‘Mess’

President Trump lashed out at a leading African-American congressman on Saturday, calling him “a brutal bully” who represents a Baltimore-based district that has become a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
President Trump lashed out at a leading African-American congressman on Saturday, calling him “a brutal bully” who...
16 Jul 2019

Trump rejects criticism that his weekend tweet about four minority lawmakers was racist, says they ‘hate our country’

President Trump said Monday that he is not concerned by criticism that his tweets suggesting four minority congresswomen return to their home countries were racist, asserting that they hate the United States and are free to leave. His comments at a White House event came as Democratic leaders in the House prepared a resolution condemning tweets over the weekend in which Trump said the liberal lawmakers critical of him should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
President Trump said Monday that he is not concerned by criticism that his tweets suggesting four minority congresswomen...
2 Jul 2019

Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes

Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday and posted a vulgar illustration depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant, according to screenshots of their postings.
Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants,...
1 Jun 2019

New documents on the census confirm: Trump’s raison d’etre is white power

The Trump administration has devised a fundamentally racist policy: adding a question to the 2020 Census that will suppress participation by nonwhite people and, therefore, artificially increase white (and Republican) power in a new round of gerrymandering. To do this, administration officials falsely told the public, the lower courts and the Supreme Court that the disadvantage to nonwhite Americans was statistically questionable and that the Justice Department needed the change to enforce the Voting Rights Act.
The Trump administration has devised a fundamentally racist policy: adding a question to the 2020 Census that will...
14 Dec 2018

DeVos Will Recommend the Removal of Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color

Any day now we’re going to hear the news that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are removing guidance meant to reduce racist discipline practices that run rampant in public schools around the country.
Any day now we’re going to hear the news that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are...

Publisher: Newsweek

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30 Aug 2018

Ron DeSantis Tells Floridians Don’t ‘Monkey This Up’ by Electing Andrew Gillum, First Black Nominee for Governor

Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, warned voters in a Fox News interview not to "monkey this up" by electing Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum. Tuesday night, Gillum made history by becoming the first African-American gubernatorial candidate to secure a nomination in Florida.
Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, warned voters in a Fox News interview not to "monkey this up" by...

Publisher: Vox

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31 May 2018

Trump and Hurricane Maria: the true death toll in Puerto Rico

A highly credible new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that the ultimate fallout from Hurricane Maria was 4,600 “excess deaths” — more than twice the mortality of Hurricane Katrina and the deadliest natural disaster on US soil in more than a century. Suspicion will, of course, linger for years that there’s a connection between Trump’s habit of weaponizing anti-Latino hysteria as the centerpiece of his politics and the unfolding of an essentially unprecedented human tragedy in a Spanish-speaking US territory. The possibility that Trump and his team simply have no idea what they’re doing should not, however, be dismissed out of hand.
A highly credible new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that the ultimate fallout from Hurricane...

Publisher: ThinkProgress

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18 Jan 2018

In epic 9-minute speech, Cory Booker takes on Trump’s racism and white complicity

At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, claimed that she couldn’t remember what word Trump used to describe Haiti and African countries in an Oval Office meeting last week. According to Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin, Trump derided those nations as “shithole countries.”
At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen...
3 Nov 2017

With investors under fire for financing white nationalism, Robert Mercer resigns from hedge fund

Robert Mercer, the billionaire that has funded Breitbart and Milo Yiannopoulos, resigned from his role as CEO of the quant hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, according to the New York Times. Mercer’s resignation came just two weeks after ThinkProgress revealed 12 nonprofits, universities, and public retirement funds had invested millions of dollars into the hedge fund, noting that their investments were helping fund white nationalism.
Robert Mercer, the billionaire that has funded Breitbart and Milo Yiannopoulos, resigned from his role as CEO of the...
27 Sep 2017

The ugliest line in Trump’s NFL attack.

Donald Trump’s frothing critique of Colin Kaepernick and the players, coaches, and teammates who have come to his side has garnered many revelatory reactions. Some of these responses tell us more about ourselves as Americans than do Trump’s initial description of any athlete who chooses to protest systemic  racism and police brutality as being a “son of a bitch.”
Donald Trump’s frothing critique of Colin Kaepernick and the players, coaches, and teammates who...
26 Aug 2017

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, Who Became Face of Crackdown on Illegal Immigration

Mr. Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who built a national reputation for his efforts to hunt and detain undocumented immigrants, had been convicted of criminal contempt.
Mr. Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who built a national reputation for his efforts to hunt and detain undocumented...
17 Aug 2017

False moral equivalency is not a bug of Trumpism. It’s a feature.

Showing that the remarks he delivered from a White House teleprompter  Monday were hollow and insincere, Trump yesterday revived his initial claim that “both sides” are to blame for the horrific violence at a white supremacist rally over the weekend in Charlottesville.
Showing that the remarks he delivered from a White House teleprompter  Monday were hollow and insincere, Trump...
17 Aug 2017

Theresa May condemns far-right views after Trump Charlottesville remarks

Theresa May has joined politicians from the main parties in the UK in criticising Donald Trump for suggesting there was a moral equivalence between the Charlottesville racist protesters and those campaigning against them. But the prime minister has not agreed to requests to cancel Trump’s planned state visit to the UK in the light of his latest comments,  despite renewed calls for the honour to be withdrawn.
Theresa May has joined politicians from the main parties in the UK in criticising Donald Trump for suggesting there...

Publisher: NYTimes

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17 Aug 2017

Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P.

President  Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned by the nation’s top business executives,  contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans outraged by  his defense of white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Va.
President  Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned...

Publisher: The Guardian

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15 Aug 2017

Trump finally condemns Charlottesville racism, days after violence

Donald Trump has bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, two days after violent clashes left one woman dead. “Racism is evil,” the US president said at the White House. “And  those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Donald Trump has bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and...
14 Aug 2017

David Duke: Charlottesville Rally ‘Fulfills The Promises Of Donald Trump’

During a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday,  former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said the event is in line with President Trump’s “promises.” “This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back,” Duke said. “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.”
During a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday,  former Ku Klux Klan leader David...
14 Aug 2017

In his speech on Charlottesville, Donald Trump told the nation exactly what he stands for.

On Saturday afternoon, neo-Nazis; white  nationalists; and open-carrying, camo-wearing militia members combined  forces at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally to “Unite the Right.” This congregation of white people who love the president of the United States and hate racial, ethnic, and religious minorities chanted “blood and soil” and extended their arms in stiff salutes. The rally culminated in the death of at least one person when the driver of a gray Dodge Challenger plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters, seemingly with the intent to maim and injure.
On Saturday afternoon, neo-Nazis; white  nationalists; and open-carrying, camo-wearing militia members combined...
13 Aug 2017

Car Hits Crowd After White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Violence

The city of Charlottesville was engulfed by violence on Saturday as white nationalists and counter protesters clashed in one of the bloodiest fights to date over the removal of Confederate monuments across the South. White nationalists had long planned a demonstration over the city’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. But the rally quickly exploded into racial taunting, shoving and outright brawling, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency and the National Guard to join the police in clearing the area.
The city of Charlottesville was engulfed by violence on Saturday as white nationalists and counter protesters...
9 May 2017

The racist, discredited argument Trump’s DOJ just made in a federal court

Here’s a  pro tip for the lawyers at Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department: If you  want to defend the president’s efforts to lock people out of the nation  because of their religion, you might not want to rely on discredited Supreme Court decisions enabling a racist backlash. Palmer v. Thompsonis one of the great missteps in the Supreme Court’s often unfortunate history on matters of race. This case centered on the city of Jackson, Mississippi’s operation of five racially segregated public swimming pools. After a court ordered the pools integrated, the city closed the pools rather than operating pools where people of all races could swim. And the Supreme Court, in a 5–4 vote, let Jackson get away with this scheme.
Here’s a  pro tip for the lawyers at Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department: If you  want to defend the...
4 Mar 2017

‘Just racist’: EPA cuts will hit black and Hispanic communities the hardest

Planned cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency are set to fall heaviest upon communities of color across the US that already suffer disproportionately from toxic pollution, green groups have warned. Proposal would remove environmental justice office, tasked with bridging gap in pollution in black, Hispanic and low-income areas and wealthier white ones
Planned cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency are set to fall heaviest upon communities of color across the US...

Publisher: The Guardian

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23 Nov 2016

Jeff Sessions accused of retaliation after claims of racism cost him a judgeship

Donald Trump’s nominee for US attorney general has been accused of bringing criminal prosecutions against a pair of black officials in Alabama as retaliation for their roles in derailing his nomination to be a judge. The officials faced federal corruption charges in the southern district of Alabama, where Jeff Sessions was the top federal prosecutor, after their allegations of racism caused the US Senate to deny Sessions the judicial appointment in 1986.
Donald Trump’s nominee for US attorney general has been accused of bringing criminal prosecutions against a pair of...

Publisher: TIME

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14 Nov 2016

Racist Incidents Are Up Since Donald Trump’s Election. These Are Just a Few of Them

In the days since the presidential election, states across the country have seen increased incidents of racist or  anti-Semitic vandalism and violence, many of which have drawn directly on the rhetoric and proposals of President-elect Donald Trump. The Southern Poverty Law Center has counted more than 200 complaints of hate crimes since Election Day, according to USA Today.
In the days since the presidential election, states across the country have seen increased incidents of racist or...

Publisher: Greg Palast

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12 Nov 2016

The Election was stolen – Here’s how

Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP-controlled states.
Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the...

Publisher: NY Daily News

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10 Nov 2016

How Donald Trump is leading the transformation to turn the Republican Party into the new KKK

Yeah, I'm dead serious. No, it's not a stretch in the least bit. This is not a conspiracy theory. It's not about what might happen. It's already a done deal. Let me explain. Just weeks before Stephen Bannon was tapped to become the new CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign last month, he bragged to Sarah Posner of Mother Jones that Breitbart News, the media company he has led for years, "is the platform for the alt-right."
Yeah, I'm dead serious. No, it's not a stretch in the least bit. This is not a conspiracy theory. It's not about what...
5 Oct 2016

Stop Calling Mike Pence Boring. Here’s His Track Record on Gays, Women, Immigrants, and the Planet

Bland on the outside. Terrifying on the inside. Over nearly two decades in political life, first as a congressman and later as Indiana's governor, Pence has been one of the leaders in efforts to push extreme conservative ideas—from limiting abortion access to questioning climate change—into public policy.
Bland on the outside. Terrifying on the inside. Over nearly two decades in political life, first as a congressman and...
28 Aug 2016

‘No Vacancies’ for Blacks: How Donald Trump Got His Start, and Was First Accused of Bias

As Mr. Trump assumed an increasing role in his father’s business, the company’s practice of turning away potential black tenants was painstakingly documented by activist and the government. Donald Trump in response denied the allegations and sued the government for a 100 million.
As Mr. Trump assumed an increasing role in his father’s business, the company’s practice of turning away potential...

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