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🤡 IRS fails to meet congressional deadline for Trump tax returns
« Reply #1890 on: April 24, 2019, 12:50:25 AM »
Der Fuhrer is above the Law!  You try this sometime and see how long you stay out of jail.

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/irs-fails-meet-congressional-deadline-trump-tax-returns-190423213559830.html

IRS fails to meet congressional deadline for Trump tax returns

The outcome, which was widely expected, sets the stage for a court battle between Congress and the administration.
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House [File: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo]

The US Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday failed to meet a congressional deadline for turning over President Donald Trump's tax returns to politicians in the United States, setting the stage for a court battle between Congress and the administration.

The outcome, which was widely expected, could prompt Democrats who control the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee to subpoena the documents, as an opening salvo in what many expect to be a lengthy court fight that might have to be settled by the US Supreme Court.

The tax returns, which account for six years of returns from eight of Trump's businesses, were initially requested to be handed over by April 10. But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, whose department oversees the IRS, denied that request, citing concerns that the committee's request was unconstitutional.

Earlier on Monday, the White House said Trump was unlikely to hand over his tax returns to politicians, despite the Tuesday deadline.

"As I understand it, the president's pretty clear: Once he's out of audit, he'll think about doing it, but he's not inclined to do so at this time," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News in an interview.

Neal informed IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig in a letter earlier this month that failure to comply with the deadline would be viewed as a denial.

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Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney vowed that Trump's tax returns would "never" be handed over to Democrats.

But Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said he intended to "follow the law" while pledging to keep the IRS from being "weaponised" for political gain.

As the Ways and Means chairman, Neal is the only politician in the House of Representatives authorised to request taxpayer information under a federal law that says the Treasury secretary "shall furnish" the data.

Democrats want Trump's returns as part of their investigations into possible conflicts of interest posed by his continued ownership of extensive business interests, even as he serves the public as president.

Republicans have condemned the request as a political "fishing expedition" by Democrats.
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Trump broke with a decades-old precedent by refusing to release his tax returns as a presidential candidate in 2016 or since being elected, saying he could not do so while his taxes were being audited.

But his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, told a House panel in February that he does not believe Trump's taxes are under audit. Cohen said the president feared that releasing his returns could lead to an audit and IRS tax penalties.
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Dems need to give this up, already, and start doing something that their constituents actually want.

What IYHO is it that Dem constituents want that could actually get done, passed by the Repugnant controlled Senate and then signed into law by the Clown-in-Chief?

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They don't want to hear endless BS about how we are all victims of a Trump-Russia conspiracy. They want somebody to talk about bringing working class jobs and decent wages back. They want someone who understands that real solutions could be worked out if the Dem politicians stopped virtue-signaling for once and focused on incremental policy goals. These things could actually get done if they get their act together and WIN in 2020. Unfortunately I don't think this is likely at all... more likely their asses will be whopped by Trump even worse than before, because they just don't get it.

They DO talk jobs.  You just don't hear it because you are so focused on the social issues and your anti-socialist dogma you spit up every time you post here.

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Bernie has been good about staying away from the whole Trump-Russia witch hunt, unlike you, who keeps posting articles about it. You have fallen hook, line and sinker for that distraction. Bernie is just about the ONLY person on the Democrat side trying to talk about things that matter.

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Dems need to give this up, already, and start doing something that their constituents actually want.

What IYHO is it that Dem constituents want that could actually get done, passed by the Repugnant controlled Senate and then signed into law by the Clown-in-Chief?

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They don't want to hear endless BS about how we are all victims of a Trump-Russia conspiracy. They want somebody to talk about bringing working class jobs and decent wages back. They want someone who understands that real solutions could be worked out if the Dem politicians stopped virtue-signaling for once and focused on incremental policy goals. These things could actually get done if they get their act together and WIN in 2020. Unfortunately I don't think this is likely at all... more likely their asses will be whopped by Trump even worse than before, because they just don't get it.

They DO talk jobs.  You just don't hear it because you are so focused on the social issues and your anti-socialist dogma you spit up every time you post here.

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Bernie has been good about staying away from the whole Trump-Russia witch hunt, unlike you, who keeps posting articles about it. You have fallen hook, line and sinker for that distraction. Bernie is just about the ONLY person on the Democrat side trying to talk about things that matter.

You don't consider the Mueller investigation to be newsworthy?  Just because I post articles on some news event doesn't mean I have "Fallen hook, line & sinker" for anything.  And what precisely does this have to do with talking jobs or your perceptions of what dem voters want?  ???  :icon_scratch:

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Dems need to give this up, already, and start doing something that their constituents actually want.

What IYHO is it that Dem constituents want that could actually get done, passed by the Repugnant controlled Senate and then signed into law by the Clown-in-Chief?

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They don't want to hear endless BS about how we are all victims of a Trump-Russia conspiracy. They want somebody to talk about bringing working class jobs and decent wages back. They want someone who understands that real solutions could be worked out if the Dem politicians stopped virtue-signaling for once and focused on incremental policy goals. These things could actually get done if they get their act together and WIN in 2020. Unfortunately I don't think this is likely at all... more likely their asses will be whopped by Trump even worse than before, because they just don't get it.

They DO talk jobs.  You just don't hear it because you are so focused on the social issues and your anti-socialist dogma you spit up every time you post here.

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Bernie has been good about staying away from the whole Trump-Russia witch hunt, unlike you, who keeps posting articles about it. You have fallen hook, line and sinker for that distraction. Bernie is just about the ONLY person on the Democrat side trying to talk about things that matter.

You don't consider the Mueller investigation to be newsworthy?  Just because I post articles on some news event doesn't mean I have "Fallen hook, line & sinker" for anything.  And what precisely does this have to do with talking jobs or your perceptions of what dem voters want?  ???  :icon_scratch:

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No, I don't... that's the point. It may have been newsworthy if it wasn't surrounded in so much blatant misconduct and had produced solid evidence of collusion. But it didn't, so the Dems should stop harping on it.

The Dem voters made clear what they DON'T want when they elected Trump by refusing to vote for Clinton. They don't want identity politics, PC authoritarianism or a never-ending blame game of Republicans and conservatives. The Mueller investigation has become the epitome of the latter.

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No, I don't... that's the point.

Your opinion of what is newsworthy is not shared by the NYT or even Fox Newz.  If the MSM can report on it, why can't we? Have you written letters to them complaining they are reporting non-newsworthy events?

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The Dem voters made clear what they DON'T want when they elected Trump by refusing to vote for Clinton. They don't want identity politics, PC authoritarianism or a never-ending blame game of Republicans and conservatives. The Mueller investigation has become the epitome of the latter.

The Dem Voters chose Killary Clinton.  The Electoral College chose Trumpovetsky.  Besides that,  I don't see your evidence for establishing what those voters do or do not want when they cast a ballot.  That's just your opinion of what you think they want.  Different voters have different things which are important to them.  Fundy Christians go into a voting boot and vote for anybody who is anti-abortion and thumps the Bible the loudest.  Some voters really do care about identity politics, they all voted for AoC. lol.

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No, I don't... that's the point.

Your opinion of what is newsworthy is not shared by the NYT or even Fox Newz.  If the MSM can report on it, why can't we? Have you written letters to them complaining they are reporting non-newsworthy events?

Everyone knows the MSM channels and publications don't report anything newsworthy anymore. That's Collapse Blog 101. We should be proud not to share their definition of newsworthy.

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The Dem voters made clear what they DON'T want when they elected Trump by refusing to vote for Clinton. They don't want identity politics, PC authoritarianism or a never-ending blame game of Republicans and conservatives. The Mueller investigation has become the epitome of the latter.

The Dem Voters chose Killary Clinton.  The Electoral College chose Trumpovetsky.  Besides that,  I don't see your evidence for establishing what those voters do or do not want when they cast a ballot.  That's just your opinion of what you think they want.  Different voters have different things which are important to them.  Fundy Christians go into a voting boot and vote for anybody who is anti-abortion and thumps the Bible the loudest.  Some voters really do care about identity politics, they all voted for AoC. lol.

We don't have to wait too long to find out who is right here. If AOC or anyone similar gets the nomination, they don't need to hold the general election.

Hillary should have won by a landslide. It was only so close because she did a deep dive into identity politics and most people on both sides hate that stuff.
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No, I don't... that's the point.

Your opinion of what is newsworthy is not shared by the NYT or even Fox Newz.  If the MSM can report on it, why can't we? Have you written letters to them complaining they are reporting non-newsworthy events?

Everyone knows the MSM channels and publications don't report anything newsworthy anymore. That's Collapse Blog 101. We should be proud not to share their definition of newsworthy.

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The Dem voters made clear what they DON'T want when they elected Trump by refusing to vote for Clinton. They don't want identity politics, PC authoritarianism or a never-ending blame game of Republicans and conservatives. The Mueller investigation has become the epitome of the latter.

The Dem Voters chose Killary Clinton.  The Electoral College chose Trumpovetsky.  Besides that,  I don't see your evidence for establishing what those voters do or do not want when they cast a ballot.  That's just your opinion of what you think they want.  Different voters have different things which are important to them.  Fundy Christians go into a voting boot and vote for anybody who is anti-abortion and thumps the Bible the loudest.  Some voters really do care about identity politics, they all voted for AoC. lol.

We don't have to wait too long to find out who is right here. If AOC or anyone similar gets the nomination, they don't need to hold the general election.

Hillary should have won by a landslide. It was only so close because she did a deep dive into identity politics and most people on both sides hate that stuff.

Your opinion has been duly noted and filed.



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Dems need to give this up, already, and start doing something that their constituents actually want.

What IYHO is it that Dem constituents want that could actually get done, passed by the Repugnant controlled Senate and then signed into law by the Clown-in-Chief?

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They don't want to hear endless BS about how we are all victims of a Trump-Russia conspiracy. They want somebody to talk about bringing working class jobs and decent wages back. They want someone who understands that real solutions could be worked out if the Dem politicians stopped virtue-signaling for once and focused on incremental policy goals. These things could actually get done if they get their act together and WIN in 2020. Unfortunately I don't think this is likely at all... more likely their asses will be whopped by Trump even worse than before, because they just don't get it.

They DO talk jobs.  You just don't hear it because you are so focused on the social issues and your anti-socialist dogma you spit up every time you post here.

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Bernie has been good about staying away from the whole Trump-Russia witch hunt, unlike you, who keeps posting articles about it. You have fallen hook, line and sinker for that distraction. Bernie is just about the ONLY person on the Democrat side trying to talk about things that matter.

"Trump-russia witch hunt" is a tell that screams its Trump-taint-nuzzling fealty.

Let's review the bidding. The full list of Mueller indictments and plea deals:

1) George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, was arrested in July 2017 and pleaded guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. He got a 14-day sentence.

2) Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, was indicted on a total of 25 different counts by Mueller’s team, related mainly to his past work for Ukrainian politicians and his finances. He had two trials scheduled, and the first ended in a conviction on eight counts of financial crimes. To avert the second trial, Manafort struck a plea deal with Mueller in September 2018 (though Mueller’s team said in November that he breached that agreement by lying to them). He was sentenced to a combined seven and a half years in prison.

3) Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and Manafort’s longtime junior business partner, was indicted on similar charges to Manafort. But in February 2018 he agreed to a plea deal with Mueller’s team, pleading guilty to just one false statements charge and one conspiracy charge.

4) Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI.

5-20) 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies were indicted on conspiracy charges, with some also being accused of identity theft. The charges related to a Russian propaganda effort designed to interfere with the 2016 campaign. The companies involved are the Internet Research Agency, often described as a “Russian troll farm,” and two other companies that helped finance it. The Russian nationals indicted include 12 of the agency’s employees and its alleged financier, Yevgeny Prigozhin.

21) Richard Pinedo: This California man pleaded guilty to an identity theft charge in connection with the Russian indictments, and has agreed to cooperate with Mueller. He was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 6 months of home detention in October 2018.

22) Alex van der Zwaan: This London lawyer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Rick Gates and another unnamed person based in Ukraine. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and has completed his sentence.

23) Konstantin Kilimnik: This longtime business associate of Manafort and Gates, who’s currently based in Russia, was charged alongside Manafort with attempting to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses in Manafort’s pending case last year.

24-35) 12 Russian GRU officers: These officers of Russia’s military intelligence service were charged with crimes related to the hacking and leaking of leading Democrats’ emails in 2016.

36) Michael Cohen: In August 2018, Trump’s former lawyer pleaded guilty to 8 counts — tax and bank charges, related to his finances and taxi business, and campaign finance violations — related to hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with Donald Trump, as part of a separate investigation in New York (that Mueller had handed off). But in November, he made a plea deal with Mueller too, for lying to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

37) Roger Stone: In January 2019, Mueller indicted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone on 7 counts. He accused Stone of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to get in touch with WikiLeaks during the campaign, and tampering with a witness who could have debunked his story.

Finally, there is one other person Mueller initially investigated, but handed over to others in the Justice Department to charge: Sam Patten. This Republican operative and lobbyist pleaded guilty to not registering as a foreign agent with his work for Ukrainian political bigwigs, and agreed to cooperate with the government.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/20/17031772/mueller-indictments-grand-jury

Also, your moral and ethical lodestar keep chanting "no collusion" as if it were a thing, in a desperate attempt to frame the matter. As you oughtn't to know, "collusion"is not a crime. Mueller handed off much of this to the House for further action. Your exemplar has already weighed in on his response and plans to go full Roy Cohn.

Oh, and five ex-Trump aides who struck plea deals with Mueller. As you know, even as you strike poses that say otherwise. Let's count guilty pleas, shall we?

Here’s the list:

-Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, on one count of lying to the FBI
-Rick Gates, Trump’s former deputy campaign manager and Manafort protégé, on one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of making false statements to FBI agents
-George Papadopoulos, a low-level Trump foreign policy adviser, for making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Russians during the campaign
-Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a possible Trump Organization real estate project in Moscow that was under consideration during the 2016 presidential campaign.
-Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the US and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Much of what Mueller did seems inscrutable to me. I look forward to his upcoming testimony in the House. Here's hoping someone asks him if he was obliged to end his investigation by Trump's acting Roy Cohn.
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🤡 Republican lawmaker in Iowa bolts party over disapproval of Trump
« Reply #1898 on: April 25, 2019, 12:18:45 AM »
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https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/04/23/republican-lawmaker-in-iowa-bolts-party-over-disapproval-of-trump/23716152/

Republican lawmaker in Iowa bolts party over disapproval of Trump


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Apr 23rd 2019 5:29PM

Iowa state Rep. Andy McKean announced Tuesday he is leaving the Republican Party and becoming a Democrat due to his misgivings over President Trump.

“With the 2020 presidential election looming on the horizon, I feel, as a Republican, that I need to be able to support the standard bearer of our party. Unfortunately, that’s something I’m unable to do,” McKean said at a press conference in Des Moines.

McKean, who was first elected to the Iowa Legislature 40 years ago, described Trump as a bully who “creates a breeding ground for hateful rhetoric and actions.” He also criticized Iowa’s GOP as having grown too conservative.

“I think the party has veered very sharply to the right,” McKean said. “That concerns me.”
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While Republicans will still control a majority of 53 seats in the 100-member House, that’s down from a 59-seat majority at the end of the Legislature’s last session.

“We gladly welcome Andy McKean to the Democratic Party,” the state party said in a statement. “His decision to put people over politics shows his commitment to our state.”

Jeff Kaufmann, the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, cast McKean’s move as a betrayal of the voters.
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🤡 Trump's Crusade Against Women Goes Global
« Reply #1899 on: April 26, 2019, 04:28:45 AM »
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/trumps-crusade-against-women-goes-global/

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Trump's Crusade Against Women Goes Global


Protesters gather at the barricades for the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (John Minchillo / AP)

Before he became president, Donald Trump described himself as pro-choice. Now, he can’t do enough to deny women control of their own bodies. Marching in lockstep with Vice President Mike Pence and some of the most anti-choice members of his right-wing coalition, Trump has gone global in his crusade, watering down a United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at stopping rape and sexual violence in war. His acting U.N. ambassador threatened to veto any resolution containing language referring to “reproductive health.” The goal of the demand, most observers agree, is to ensure that women who are raped in war should not receive any help terminating pregnancies. This episode is just the most recent in the accelerating and increasingly successful campaign to criminalize abortion, waged by a vocal, well-funded minority in this country.

For close to half a century, the right to a safe, legal abortion has been guaranteed by the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision. For many years, the divided court consistently reaffirmed Roe v. Wade. With the surprise retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, though, and his replacement with controversial, conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the balance on the court has shifted markedly to the right, and the future of Roe is entirely uncertain.

Confident that the current Supreme Court would now overturn Roe v. Wade if given a chance, anti-choice activists and their allies in Republican-controlled state legislatures are pushing a new wave of anti-abortion bills. This will set the stage, they hope, for a Supreme Court decision eliminating a woman’s right to privacy and to make her own health care decisions, enshrined in Roe v. Wade.

“The extreme nature of this year’s bills is unprecedented,” the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute noted in a recent report. “Legislation under consideration in 28 states would ban abortion in a variety of ways.” Among the slew of strategies employed are trigger bans, which would make abortion completely illegal in a state should Roe be overturned; gestational age bans, which make abortion illegal after a fetus has gestated six, 12 or 18 weeks, or some other length of time (these are often referred to as “fetal heartbeat” bills); reason bans, which bar abortions for reasons of a fetus’s sex, race or disability; and method bans, which bar certain types of abortion procedures.

Add to that the TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws that impose extraordinary, cumbersome regulations, which the majority of small clinics cannot afford to follow. These laws don’t enhance patient safety, but force facilities that provide abortions to meet an array of onerous conditions like having corridors of a certain width and exam rooms of a specific size. The financial costs of meeting these arbitrary regulations often force clinics to shut down.

While over two-thirds of Americans are pro-choice, anti-choice activists have the edge in state governments, with Republicans controlling roughly two-thirds of statehouses and 27 of the country’s 50 governorships. But progressive legislators in some states are pushing bills to protect access to safe, legal abortion, enhance availability of contraception and expand sex education. Likewise, federal courts continue to strike down the most egregious and unconstitutional efforts to control women’s reproductive health decisions.

Recently, Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services issued what pro-choice advocates call the “Title X gag rule,” barring physicians from giving patients the full range of options when considering reproductive health. In Oregon on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane issued a preliminary injunction against the gag rule, calling it a “ham-fisted approach to public health policy.”

Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said of McShane’s ruling: “While this is a victory for patients and doctors, this relief is preliminary, and we will continue to fight the Trump-Pence administration in court and in Congress to ensure our patients’ health and rights are protected.”

Back at the United Nations, the Trump-Pence administration has expanded the anti-choice agenda globally by removing any reference to “sexual and reproductive health” from the U.N. Security Council’s resolution on conflict-related sexual violence. Outraged at the U.S. position, France’s U.N. ambassador said, “It is intolerable and incomprehensible that the Security Council is incapable of acknowledging that women and girls who suffered from sexual violence in conflict, and who obviously didn’t choose to become pregnant, should have the right to terminate their pregnancy.” The U.S. administration also removed the word “gender” from the resolution, and weakened references to the International Criminal Court, making it harder for women and girls to seek justice.

Donald Trump himself has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by no less than 16 women. Is this really the world leader who should be shaping global policy on sexual violence?
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🤡 Trump’s new defense of his Charlottesville comments is incredibly false
« Reply #1900 on: April 27, 2019, 12:14:52 AM »
When he opens his mouth, he's lying.

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https://www.vox.com/2019/4/26/18517980/trump-unite-the-right-racism-defense-charlottesville

Trump’s new defense of his Charlottesville comments is incredibly false
The 2017 “Unite the Right” rally was organized by and intended for white supremacists and white nationalists.
By Jane Coastonjane.coaston@vox.com Apr 26, 2019, 2:30pm EDT


A woman places flowers at an informal memorial to 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, August 13, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Donald Trump is still defending his infamous remarks in the wake of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, when he said, “You also had some very fine people on both sides.”

The latest attempt came Friday: “I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee,” Trump told reporters. “People there were protesting the taking down of the monument to Robert E. Lee. Everybody knows that.”

Trump isn’t alone in attempting to recast his “both sides” Charlottesville remarks; his supporters are, too. Within the past few months, Dilbert creator Scott Adams, Morton Klein, head of Zionists of America, and writers for Breitbart and the Federalist have done the same, as the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reported a few weeks ago.

These writers argue that Trump’s “very fine people on both sides” comments were meant to refer to the protesters in attendance who were attempting to stop the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public square in Charlottesville, not the neo-Nazis and white nationalists who made up the bulk of the event’s attendees.

As RealClearPolitics’ Steve Cortes argued, “Despite the clear evidence of Trump’s statements regarding Charlottesville, major media figures insist on spreading the calumny that Trump called neo-Nazis ‘fine people.’”

But here’s the thing: He did.

Unite the Right was explicitly organized and branded as a far-right, racist, and white supremacist event by far-right racist white supremacists. This was clear for months before the march actually occurred. So by casting the rally instead as a sort of spontaneous outpouring from Confederate statue enthusiasts, Trump is rewriting history.
What Trump should have known about Unite the Right

The Unite the Right rally, which was scheduled to take place on August 12, 2017, was the most visible display of white nationalist and white supremacist hate en masse in the United States in years. And it was branded as such long before it took place.

The Unite the Right rally was the third such event in Charlottesville in 2017 — and each of these rallies was led and supported by self-proclaimed white nationalists and racists, apparently invigorated by an April 2017 decision by the Charlottesville City Council to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from Lee Park.

At the time, Confederate statues and monuments across the country were under increased scrutiny, especially following the murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, by an avowed racist who enjoyed Confederate symbology.

In May 2017, white nationalist Richard Spencer led a rally and torchlit parade through Lee Park, where attendees chanted “You will not replace us” and “Blood and soil.” In response, the chair of the Charlottesville Republican Party released a statement saying, “Whoever these people were, the intolerance and hatred they seek to promote is utterly disgusting and disturbing beyond words.”

In July 2017, members of Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan also protested against the removal of the Lee statue in Charlottesville, with one member telling USA Today that he was protesting the “cultural genocide” of white people he believed was behind the call for the statue’s removal.

So by August 2017, when the Unite the Right rally was scheduled to take place, it was fairly clear that the organizers behind the rallies on behalf of keeping the Lee statue in place had a very specific ideological bent. That was clear in a police affidavit detailing who was expected at Unite the Right — including roughly 250 to 500 Klansmen and more than 150 “Alt-Knights,” the military division of the Proud Boys.

The affiliations of the organizers were also clear. Jason Kessler, a “pro-white” activist, filed the permits for the rally.

On a radio show before the event, Kessler said, “the number one thing is I want to destigmatize Pro-White advocacy. … I want a huge, huge crowd, and that’s what we’re going to have, to come out and support not just the Lee monument but also white people in general, because it is our race which is under attack.”

In fact, going back through the promotional materials for Unite the Right, it is fascinating just how little the statue of Lee, or honoring Confederate veterans, seemed to matter to the organizers and attendees of Unite the Right, an event that, despite its name, had nothing to do with conservatism writ large.

Take, for example, this image created for the rally and approved by both Kessler and Richard Spencer.
A screenshot from court documents pertaining to Richard Spencer’s cellphone records. October 17, 2018.

The names listed here are of prominent white supremacists and alt-right activists: Spencer, Kessler, Holocaust denier and failed Senate candidate Augustus Invictus, Matthew Heimbach (a white nationalist who headed the Traditional Workers Party), and Pax Dickinson, formerly the chief technology officer for Business Insider before he was forced out over misogynistic tweets and became a “neoreactionary.”

Just so we’re extremely clear, here is a video of some of Heimbach’s supporters at a neo-Nazi rally in Pikesville, Kentucky, held after Unite the Right. The man in the foreground giving a fascist salute is wearing a shirt emblazoned with the acronym “RAHOWA,” which means, in white supremacist parlance, “racial holy war.”

Other white nationalists were later added to the program — including Mike “Enoch” Peinovich, an American neo-Nazi and founder of the neo-Nazi podcast The Daily Shoah (an insulting reference to the Holocaust), internet figure and noted anti-Semite Baked Alaska, fellow anti-Semite and Daily Shoah contributor Johnny Monoxide, neo-Nazi Christopher Cantwell, and Michael Hill, co-founder of the League of the South and a slavery proponent who lambasted “organized Jewry” on his group’s Facebook page.

The attendees of Unite the Right were crystal clear as to what the event was supposed to be — not a show of support for history, but a “pro-white” activist event. Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin described the upcoming Unite the Right rally as in a post on the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer on August 8, 2017:

    Although the rally was initially planned in support of the Lee Monument, which the Jew Mayor and his Negroid Deputy have marked for destruction, it has become something much bigger than that. It is now an historic rally, which will serve as a rallying point and battle cry for the rising Alt-Right movement.

His post also includes the 14 Words — a phrase coined by a white supremacist who killed a Jewish radio host in 1984.

The Daily Stormer created a poster touting its involvement in the event.
From the Daily Stormer, summer 2017.

None of this was very subtle.

In Discord chats and discussions revealed by legal proceedings that have taken place since Unite the Right, attendees and organizers stated again and again what the point of the event was: “If you want to defend the South and Western civilization from the Jew and his dark-skinned allies, be at Charlottesville on 12 August.”
How Trump responded

On August 15, 2017, Trump made his third statement on the events of Charlottesville. (On August 12, Trump said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.” National Review called his remarks “vague and equivocal,” while Anglin hailed them.)

You can watch his August 15 remarks below or read them here.

Those wishing to defend Trump on this issue have focused on this part of his remarks:

    Racism is evil, 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.

His supporters have taken that as the totality of his comments on Charlottesville. As Morton Klein said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this month, “In that statement, he condemned neo-Nazis and white nationalists. He did not mean that they are fine people.”

But Trump said a lot more, which his defenders seem strangely unwilling to reckon with. Here is how Trump described what took place at Unite the Right:

    TRUMP: I am not putting anybody on a moral plane, what I’m saying is this: you had a group on one side and a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch, but there is another side. There was a group on this side, you can call them the left. You’ve just called them the left, that came violently attacking the other group. So you can say what you want, but that’s the way it is.

    REPORTER: You said there was hatred and violence on both sides?

    TRUMP: I do think there is blame – yes, I think there is blame on both sides. You look at, you look at both sides. I think there’s blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it either. And, and, and, and if you reported it accurately, you would say.

    REPORTER: The neo-Nazis started this thing. They showed up in Charlottesville.

    TRUMP: Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.

As should be clear by now, there were no “very fine people” who were part of the organizing or promotion of Unite the Right. Unite the Right was an event planned not by traditional conservatives, but by groups and individuals that despise traditional conservatives, like Peinovich, who helped coin the term “cuckservative” to refer to traditional conservatives who spoke out against racism and anti-Semitism.

And during that same press conference, Trump added this:

    No, no. There were people in that rally, and I looked the night before. If you look, they were people protesting very quietly, the taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call ’em. But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know, I don’t know if you know, but they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So I only tell you this: there are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country. Does anybody have a final – does anybody have a final question? You have an infrastructure question.

“The night before” is referring to the Friday night torchlit rally of August 11, where more than 200 attendees held tiki torches on the campus of the University of Virginia and chanted “Jews will not replace us” and “Blood and soil.” Whatever this event may have been, it was certainly not “people protesting very quietly.”

In short, Unite the Right was organized not by individuals who, in Trump’s words, “felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee,” but by ardent white supremacists and white nationalists.

On multiple occasions before Unite the Right, attendees stated that the Confederate memorial that was supposedly their purpose was actually the least of their concerns. We have their statements, their videos, their posters, and their words.

We also have the transcript and video of how Trump responded. He did, indeed, refer to the people who attended Unite the Right, people who were likely well aware of and supportive of its messaging, as “very fine people,” and he downplayed the tiki torch parade as “people protesting very quietly.”

Unite the Right was a horrific event in our nation’s recent history — and to come to terms with it requires doing so in good faith and honesty, something the president and his defenders appear unwilling to do.
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🤡 Trump’s anti-abortion rhetoric is getting out of control
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Trump’s anti-abortion rhetoric is getting out of control
His latest lie is that the mother and the doctor decide whether or not to "execute the baby" after it's born and wrapped up in a blanket.

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President Donald Trump’s anti-abortion rhetoric is getting more extreme by the day.

At a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Saturday night, Trump described a violent scene, claiming that a doctor and mother together decide whether or not to execute a baby after it’s born.

Trump made the claim while criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) for vetoing a Republican-backed bill that could send a doctor to prison for life if they don’t offer medical care to babies born alive after a failed abortion. He went on to describe how he thinks it works:

    The baby is born. The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby. I don’t think so.

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For extra emphasis, Trump repeated it again with hand motions — including a guillotine for the execution.

Of course, none of this is actually true.

Trump’s rhetoric — and his support of the bill he criticized Evers for vetoing — assumes that babies really are regularly born alive after abortions, and the patient and doctor together decide to execute them. Neither is reality.
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This is all part of a bigger debate about abortions later in pregnancy. It’s not just in Wisconsin, either. A bill to protect so-called “abortion survivors” made it all the way to the Senate in February, thanks to the help of Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

In reality, the majority of abortions take place before 12 weeks, and later abortions are relatively rare — with only 1.4% of abortions taking place at 21 weeks or later. As ThinkProgress previously reported, it’s hard to definitively say why most women and gender minorities who get later abortions do so, but some reasons include fetal abnormalities, increasing restrictions that prevent patients from getting an abortion earlier, and serious medical risks to the pregnant person.
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Still, Republicans have focused more and more of their efforts on later abortions in legislation and rhetoric.

Trump has used similar language about later abortions in the past. During his State of the Union speech, for example, he claimed that lawmakers are passing bills to allow “a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.” And in February, he responded to the failure of Sasse’s “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” by claiming on Twitter that Democrats “don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth.”
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TRUMP’S CRUSADERS MARCH TO WAR
by Eric Margolis

April 27, 2019


The world is still reeling in horror from the deadly Sri Lanka bombings that may have been the work of Islamic State madmen. Poor Sri Lanka has suffered so much after three decades of civil war and communal strife. We weep for this beautiful and once gentle nation.

But behind the horror in Sri Lanka, a huge crisis was building up of which the world has so far taken insufficient notice: renewed tensions in the oil-producing Gulf. This is the latest attempt by the United States to crush Iran’s independent-minded government and return it to American tutelage.

The Trump administration has demanded that the principal importers of 1.2 billion barrels of Iranian oil halt purchases almost immediately. This imperial diktat includes China, South Korea, Turkey, India and Japan. The comprehensive embargo is very close to an all-out act of war. In 1941, America’s cut-off of oil to Japan provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The oil embargo not only violates international law, it sets the US on a collision course with some of its most important allies and vassal states. Brazen threats against Iran by Trump’s two main enforcers, National Security advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have reinforced America’s unfortunate image as an imperial power that threatens war against disobedient satraps and independent-minded nations.

Iran, a proud, ancient nation of 80 million, has become, with Turkey, the most effective opposition to America’s imperial domination of the Mideast and a key supporter of Palestinian rights and statehood. This has put Iran on a collision course with Israel and its influential American supporters, notably the Evangelical hard right which somehow believes that Jesus will only return to earth after Israel expands its border and mankind is destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Trump Administration, which has now become indistinguishable from Israel’s hard-line far right ruling coalition, has declared virtual war against Iran.

To benefit Israel, the White House cancelled a $20 billion order from Iran for Boeing aircraft, embargoed trade with Iran, reneged on the internationally backed nuclear deal with Tehran, cut off all aid to Palestinians, and keeps sustaining the savage Saudi/Emirati war against Yemen that has caused mass starvation and epidemics.

Trump has just unilaterally approved Israel’s illegal seizure of Syria’s Golan Heights, an act worthy of the 1916 Sykes-Picot treaty dividing up the Ottoman Mideast between Britain and France. US threats against Venezuela and Cuba grow louder.

Washington plans to use its naval forces massed around Iran to interdict Tehran’s oil exports. Two US aircraft carriers are now on station within striking range of Iran. I went to sea on one, the ‘Abraham Lincoln.’

China faces dire trade punishments for dealing with Iran. Welcome back to 19th century gunboat diplomacy. Even Washington’s European allies may be scourged for buying Iranian oil.

Iran, which has faced similar threats in the past, is digging in and threatens to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz if its oil exports are interdicted. Twenty percent of the world’s oil passes through the Strait. At its narrowest point, this strategic passage is only 21 miles (34 km) wide.

Iran could seriously interfere with oil tankers in the Strait, using armed speedboats, mines and land-based, Chinese-made missiles. Equally important, insurance rates for tankers would skyrocket. Add all this together, and Trump & Co.’s warlike actions will cause the price of gasoline to surge, just as America’s busy summer driving season is getting underway.

America’s satraps Saudi Arabia (which just cut off the heads of 37 of its subjects) and sidekick the Emirates have promised to make up oil shortfalls, but neighbor Iran’s special forces may have very different ideas. Look for missiles and commando attacks on Saudi oil installations.

Adding to this dangerous mess, Beijing may slow down or even abort its trade talks with Washington, which are of vital importance to the US economy. US markets have already factored in a deal being made.

Trump’s irrational quest to crush Iran could very well turn the rest of the world against Washington. But Trump & Co. don’t seem to care. Someone must tell Trump’s out of control administration to stop trying to overthrow governments it does not like around the globe and promoting itself as the Second Coming of Christ.

“Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.” Verily.
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Hilarious!  A Doomed strategy other than as a delaying tactic.

Foreign bank branches are chartered by the states.  If NY or CA pulled DBanks charter to operate, they'll capitulate in a minute, suit or no suit.  You don't think NY or CA would do that?

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Trump team sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to keep them from turning over financial records to Congress
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(CNN)President Donald Trump; his children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka; and his business are suing two banks to block them from turning over financial records to congressional committees that have issued subpoenas for the information. It's the second attempt in court that Trump has made this month to thwart the Democratic-led House of Representatives from investigating his financial history.
The legal action, filed in New York's Southern District, is against Deutsche Bank, one of Trump's lenders, and Capital One. Both banks "have long provided business and personal banking services to Plaintiffs," Trump's attorneys said.
"The subpoenas were issued to harass President Donald J. Trump, to rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses, and the private information of the President and his family, and to ferret about for any material that might be used to cause him political damage. No grounds exist to establish any purpose other than a political one," Trump's attorneys wrote in the complaint filed late Monday.
The lawsuit is the latest salvo by the President in efforts to hold off Democratic scrutiny of his business and personal finances, and is similar in legal strategy to actions brought last week against an accounting firm and a congressional chairman.
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But Monday's lawsuit had a slight difference from the suit last week, in that neither the House itself nor House members are being sued. The other lawsuit, in federal court in Washington against the accounting firm Mazars USA and the House Oversight Committee, is also attempting to prevent the House from getting Trump's financial records.
The lawsuit in New York claims that the subpoenas the House Intelligence Committee and House Financial Services Committee sent to Deutsche Bank and Capital One aren't valid because they violate banking privacy law and they are not for shaping legislation. Yet at least one other court has said previously that claims like those can't stop congressional subpoenas.
In this new case, Trump's team says it couldn't get access to details of the subpoenas through the House committees and instead learned about them through Deutsche Bank on April 17.
Trump's attorneys say the chairs of the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees -- Reps. Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters, both of whom are California Democrats -- confirmed two banks received subpoenas from their committees for information related to Trump's finances but have refused to provide copies of the subpoenas.
The banks described the subpoenas to Trump's attorneys, according the lawsuit.
Based on those conversations, Trump's attorneys claim that the committees are seeking all banking and financial records "not just concerning the individual Plaintiffs, but also their own family members," including children and in some cases grandchildren, according to the lawsuit.
Trump's attorneys -- Will Consovoy, Patrick Strawbridge and Marc Mukasey -- said the lawsuit is meant to protect Trump, his family and his business.
"The subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One by Chairpersons Schiff and Waters are unlawful and illegitimate," the statement read. "They seek information going back decades from anyone with even a tangential connection to the President, including children, minors and spouses. Every citizen should be concerned about this sweeping, lawless, invasion of privacy. We look forward to vindicating our clients' rights in this matter."
Deutsche Bank said in a statement it will comply with all subpoenas and court orders.
"We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations," the statement read.
Last week, CNN reported that the bank was complying with a subpoena from New York Attorney General Letitia James for documents related to loans made to Trump and his business. The bank is in the process of turning over documents, including emails and loan documents, related to Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC; the Trump National Doral Miami; the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago; and the unsuccessful effort to buy the NFL's Buffalo Bills.
CNN has reached out to Capital One for comment.
In a statement, Waters and Schiff called the lawsuit "meritless."
"This lawsuit is not designed to succeed; it is only designed to put off meaningful accountability as long as possible," Waters and Schiff said. "Trump has already said publicly that he is fighting all of the subpoenas from Congress, and that he does not respect Congress' role as a coequal branch of government. This unprecedented stonewalling will not work, and the American people deserve better."
CNN reported the committees issued joint subpoenas for the records early this month. Although the full scope of the subpoenas couldn't be determined, the one to Deutsche Bank is for information about loans the bank made to Trump and the Trump Organization, a person familiar with the matter told CNN.
By declining to provide the copies of the subpoenas to Trump's legal team, the Democrat-led committees are preventing the President and his team "from even knowing, let alone negotiating, the subpoenas' scope or breadth," according to the complaint.

The lawsuit comes one week after Trump sued the Chairman Elijah Cummings, of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, over his panel's subpoena to an accounting firm that prepared several years' worth of Trump's financial statements.
The congressional lawsuits are more evidence that Trump is making good on his promise to aggressively fight or stall Democratic investigations into his personal finances and business. Last week, the Treasury Department missed a deadline to turn over six years of the President's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.
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