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🤡 Everyone knows Trump is a racist, so why can't the media say it?
« Reply #2040 on: August 07, 2019, 12:30:54 AM »
https://www.salon.com/2019/08/06/everyone-knows-trump-is-a-racist-so-why-cant-the-media-say-it/

Everyone knows Trump is a racist, so why can't the media say it?
The headlines fail again to capture how Trump clearly doesn't mean it when he condemns racism


Amanda Marcotte
August 6, 2019 4:30PM (UTC)

No one actually believes Donald Trump opposes racism. Not his critics. Not his supporters. Not anyone who tries to live in the zone of "objectivity." Trump's racism is a immoveable fact of life, like gravity or the sun.

And yet, somehow, the media continues to struggle to accurately convey to American audiences this reality, which is that when Trump, a racist and a liar, says anti-racist things, he's just a racist who is currently lying.

This problem was illustrated Monday, when the New York Times previewed a headline about Trump's response to two recent mass shootings that read, "Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism", causing an explosion of outrage in response, and causing the newspaper of record to scramble, changing it to "Assailing Hate But Not Guns" in the second print edition and the much more accurate "Shootings Spur Debate on Extremism and Guns, With Trump on Defense" for the online edition.

The furor illustrated a truly difficult struggle for media outlets in the Trump era, which is how to cover Trump statements that everyone knows are lies, but which cannot technically be proven to be false.

This is a classic example. On one hand, it's technically true that Trump gave a speech Monday in which he did mouth the words "our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy". It is also true is that his statement was as believable as if he said, "While many English translations of Proust's 'À la recherche du temps perdu' are beautifully wrought, I myself prefer to read the classic novel in the original French."

It's not just that Trump used body language and a sullen tone of voice — at one point even confusing Dayton, where one shooting happened, with Toledo — in order to clearly communicate how little he believed his own words and how reluctant he was to speak them. It's just that we all know how these things go, after two and a half years of going through this process again and again, most recently last month when Trump's half-hearted denunciations of racist chants at a rally were immediately followed by a lengthy public tantrum in which he made it clear that he was actually on the chanters' sides.

He always follows up anti-racist statements with public tantrums that expose how he really feels. We know this, because it's been his pattern since the 2017 Charlottesville riots, when Trump lashed out in petulant fury over having been asked to condemn a white supremacist murder, and, lying, tried to argue it was "the left" that was "violently attacking the other group."

Trump was already at it on Twitter Tuesday morning, exploding in anger at former president Barack Obama for releasing a statement urging Americans to "soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments." The statement didn't refer to Trump by name, but by ranting on Twitter, Trump made it quite clear that he takes personal affront when racism is being condemned.

Fox News also made it quite clear that when they hear the word "racist," Trump is the man that comes to mind. After reading Obama's statement denouncing "leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us," Fox News host Brian Kilmeade said, "I guess he’s talking about President Trump," and co-host Steve Doocy cracked, "You think?"

So that's one way Trump is unifying the country: Everyone appears to be on the same page when it comes to believing there's no way Trump means it when says racism is bad, m'kay? The actual disagreement is not whether Trump is a racist but whether it's a bad thing that the president is a racist, with many of his cheerleaders obviously landing on the terrifying side of "it's not."

And yet journalists and editors keep falling for it, time and again, running headlines or directly quoting Trump saying nice, conciliatory things without indicating to audiences that there is absolutely no way Trump means it. It's tempting to get paranoid about this, imagining that the reason is journalists are secretly in the tank for Trump and are treating his gaslighting as if it were good faith in order to help him.

The likelier story, in most cases, is that the traditions of journalism leave media sources ill-equipped to deal with Trump. Journalism lives and dies by the quote, and by the assumption that there's a strong correlation between the words people say and the message they are trying to communicate. Someone like Trump, who frequently says things that are not only lies but are meant to be understood as lies, breaks a system that is built on the assumption that most people say what they hope you believe they mean.

After all, it wasn't just the New York Times. CBS, NBC, ABC, and the Washington Post all ran headlines saying Trump condemned racism without noting that he didn't really mean it. Even Salon, which takes a strongly critical stance against Trump, struggles with this issue, running headlines that summarize what Trump said while failing to note that what Trump said was not matched by what Trump was actually communicating.

Why does Trump say anti-racist things that we all know he doesn't mean and that he will be soon walking back in some manner?  While I can't get into his head, I'm guessing the strategy, shaped by obnoxious trolls like Trump advisor Stephen Miller, is about sowing chaos and making it impossible to have anything resembling a coherent discourse at all.

And the reason to sow confusion and create distractions, of course, is that what Trump is doing is indefensible and he and his supporters know it. No one can mount a coherent, plainly stated case defending Trump's habit of stoking white nationalist sentiment that inspires domestic terrorism. Instead, Trump and his supporters toss out a bunch of lies, gaslighting, contradictory statements and distractions, forcing the public discourse into a muddled mess, so that Trump can keep doing what he's doing without anyone actually having to handle the impossible task of actually defending his indefensible actions.

It is the media's job to cut through the lies and confusion and report on the truth. But how to do that is legitimately difficult, since the old strategy of simply quoting people and assuming they mean to be believed is not working. Nor is it particularly helpful to introduce these nuances in the text of articles, as it's well-understood that most people only read the headlines and not the copy.

One exception that points the way for other outlets was the CNN headline that read, "Trump condemns 'racist hate' and white supremacy but does not acknowledge his own rhetoric."

A bit lengthy, but at least there was an attempt to provide context showing that Trump's anti-racist statement contradicts the majority of his rhetoric. Something tighter could read like, "Trump contradicts past racism in sullen speech" or something similar that puts the focus not on the half-hearted statement no one takes seriously,  but where it belongs, which is on Trump's heartier and clearly more sincere statements in support of racism.

The challenge of our era is not minor. The president of the United States regularly communicates that he is a racist who supports white nationalist ideologies, and that message is being heard loud and clear, even on those occasions when his mouth is saying other words. That is the truth the media needs to convey, especially now as the death toll from white nationalism is rising, both as the result of hate crimes and from the inhumane practice of packing migrants into hellish detainment centers that are clearly meant to punish them for daring to apply legally for asylum.

Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon. Her new book, "Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set On Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself," is out now. She's on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte
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Re: 🤡 Everyone knows Trump is a racist, so why can't the media say it?
« Reply #2041 on: August 07, 2019, 01:53:46 AM »
https://www.salon.com/2019/08/06/everyone-knows-trump-is-a-racist-so-why-cant-the-media-say-it/

Everyone knows Trump is a racist, so why can't the media say it?
The headlines fail again to capture how Trump clearly doesn't mean it when he condemns racism


Because the media is filled with careerists whose nice-paying jobs depend upon Republicans picking up the phone when they call so they can be booked on the Sunday talk shows.
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🤡 Trump Visits Dayton and El Paso: Live Updates
« Reply #2042 on: August 07, 2019, 02:24:24 PM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/07/us/politics/trump-el-paso-dayton-visits.html

Trump Visits Dayton and El Paso: Live Updates

The president took sharp aim at opponents even as he visited two cities in mourning after horrific mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.


Protesters in Dayton, Ohio, as President Trump left Miami Valley Hospital for the airport. Credit  Doug Mills/The New York Times

Mitch SmithMichael D. Shear

By Mitch Smith and Michael D. Shear

    Aug. 7, 2019

President Trump on Wednesday visited the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where White House officials said he planned to thank emergency and hospital workers and visit with families and victims of the city’s tragic shooting.

The president was greeted at the airport by the city’s mayor and other officials. His motorcade passed two recreational vehicles adorned with pro-Trump signs and flags as well as one man standing outside of a store advertising survival supplies with a sign that appeared to object to so-called red-flag laws that prevent people with mental illness from getting guns: “Red Flag is Dystopic Future.”

He planned to visit El Paso later in the day.
Protesters gather in Dayton as Trump arrives.

Protesters gathered in Dayton to greet Mr. Trump, waving signs that said “Dump Trump” and “Do Something!” The protesters were met by demonstrators who waved competing signs supportive of Mr. Trump.

The main protest of about a hundred people materialized along a stretch of South Main Street, in a grassy field a few blocks from the hospital where Mr. Trump was visiting some of the shooting victims.
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Michael Prince, 55 — burly, tattooed and bushy-bearded — stood next to Jim Madewell, 71 — burly, tattooed and bushy-bearded — and watched the scene. “I want to give him the finger,” said Mr. Madewell, a retired printing press foreman who said he lives a 100 yards from the house where the Dayton shooter lived.

Mr. Madewell said he believed Mr. Trump’s language “throws gasoline on the fire,” and that leads to violence. “He feeds on negativity and hate and fear,” Mr. Madewell said.

In Dayton’s Oregon District, a politically mixed crowd had gathered by late morning. At one point, a chant of “Do something!” broke out, the same message that drowned out the state’s Republican governor during a Sunday night vigil.

Ken Williams, a Dayton area resident, said he had been planning to visit the Oregon District at the time of the shooting before a last-minute change of plans. Though he does not support Mr. Trump, Mr. Williams said he was hoping the president might stop to speak with him and others who had gathered.

“Are you going to listen to what we have to say?” Mr. Williams asked. “Are you going to respond to what we have to say? Or are you going to blow us off?”

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As noon approached, the crowd in the Oregon District began to thin. At one point, a few supporters of the president started chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump.” Across the street, another woman yelled, “Trump for impeachment.”

But mostly, people just stood on the sidewalk, waiting for a motorcade that did not seem likely to come. Maj. Wendy Stiver of the city police department eventually told demonstrators that the president was not going to stop by.
Trump attacks his critics on Twitter before visiting cities in mourning.
ImageIn El Paso, where Mr. Trump was expected later in the day, tensions flared outside the Walmart where 22 people were killed on Saturday. A crowd chanted for a woman to take off her Make America Great Again hat.
In El Paso, where Mr. Trump was expected later in the day, tensions flared outside the Walmart where 22 people were killed on Saturday. A crowd chanted for a woman to take off her Make America Great Again hat.CreditCelia Talbot Tobin for The New York Times

Mr. Trump began a day set aside for healing by delivering a series of political grievances against liberals and the media, once again using Twitter to exhibit the divisive language that has prompted some in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, to protest his visits after horrific shootings in those cities.

The president’s press secretary said Mr. Trump planned to honor victims, comfort families and thank emergency workers “for their heroic actions.”

That wasn’t the message that Mr. Trump wanted to deliver Wednesday morning as he ignored calls from community leaders and residents to stay away. Around midnight, he attacked Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate, on Twitter, mocking him for having a “phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage” and boasting that he “trounced him” when Mr. Trump held a rally in El Paso in February.

In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump quoted a conservative television news outlet’s reporting that “the Dayton, Ohio, shooter had a history of supporting political figures like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and ANTIFA.”

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But the president’s Twitter outbursts underscored the complaints of Mr. O’Rourke and others who have said Mr. Trump was unwelcome in their communities because his presence would inflame tensions rather than soothe them. If the president has heard those complaints, he declined to change the combative tone he has embraced since the earliest days of his presidency.

On Monday, Mr. Trump delivered a short speech from a teleprompter in which he condemned “racism, bigotry, and white supremacy” and said that “hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.”

Before he departed on Wednesday, he dismissed criticism about his use of divisive language. “I think my rhetoric brings people together,” he said. “Our country is doing really well.”

It is unclear which president will assert himself in Dayton and El Paso — a healer in chief who brings a disciplined embrace of consolation and a rejection of hate, or a politically divisive chief executive who has spent years railing about the dangers from illegal immigrants and stoking fear to rally his supporters.

Before leaving, he lashed out at the mayor of Dayton, calling her a supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders and of antifa, a radical leftist group. The president also rejected calls to abandon the way he talks about immigrants, saying that “illegal immigration is a terrible thing for this country” and insisting that “we have very many people coming in. They are pouring in to this country.”

Mr. Trump also used language that echoed his “both sides” comments after the neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville in 2017, saying on Wednesday that “I’m concerned about the rise of any type of hate. I don’t like it. Any type of supremacy, whether it’s white supremacy or antifa.”
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President Trump departed the White House for Ohio and Texas on Wednesday.CreditAnna Moneymaker/The New York Times
White House invites tech companies to discussion on “violent extremism”

The White House will host an event with tech companies on Friday aimed at discussing how to eradicate violent behavior online, but the president may not be in attendance.

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“The White House has invited internet and technology companies for a discussion on violent extremism online,” Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, said in a statement, adding that senior administration officials and “representatives of a range of companies” would participate.

He did not say which companies or officials would attend, but said that it was a “staff-led” meeting. Facebook, Google and Twitter declined to comment about the meeting.

A person familiar with the event said that administration officials would be focused on violent behavior and not hate speech. In recent days, Mr. Trump has defended himself against widespread scrutiny over the effect his divisive rhetoric has on white supremacists and other extremists online.

The meeting highlights a growing discontent in Washington with technology companies. The White House and other Republicans have accused technology platforms — namely Google, Facebook and Twitter — of tilting the playing field against conservatives. The companies have repeatedly denied that is the case.

The giant technology platforms have also come under greater scrutiny for not doing enough to stamp out extremist and hateful content on their sites, while also failing to prevent the spread of misinformation during the 2016 presidential election.
Biden accuses Trump of “hate, racism and division.”

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday prepared to ratchet up his criticism of Mr. Trump after the El Paso massacre carried out by a suspect who the authorities say wrote a white supremacist screed.

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“In both clear language and in code, this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,” Mr. Biden will say, according to excerpts from remarks he planned to make in Burlington, Iowa.

“We have a president who has aligned himself with the darkest forces in this nation,” Mr. Biden will say. He will also say that Mr. Trump “offers no moral leadership,” has “no interest in unifying the nation” and that there is “no evidence the presidency has awakened his conscience in the least.”

“Instead,” Mr. Biden will say, “we have a president with a toxic tongue who has publicly and unapologetically embraced a political strategy of hate, racism, and division.”

At the White House, Mr. Trump was asked to respond to another comment by Mr. Biden in which he said the president has more in common with George Wallace than George Washington.

“Well, Joe is a pretty incompetent guy,” Mr. Trump said. “I’ve watched his interviews. I’ve watched what he said and how he said it. And I wouldn’t have rated him very high in the first place. But Joe Biden has truly lost his fastball, that I could tell you.”

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, another Democratic candidate vying for the 2020 nomination, also spoke Wednesday morning at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, where a white supremacist killed nine people in 2015.

Mr. Booker urged Americans to embrace “courageous love” and appeared to choke up as he read the names of those who had died in the shooting four years ago. “It’s with faith in God, in one another, and in who we can be that we come here together today,” he said, “not because of hate, but because of love.”

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A memorial for the nine people killed earlier this week in Dayton.CreditMaddie McGarvey for The New York Times
Democrats say “red flag” laws will not be enough.

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said Wednesday that Democrats would insist that legislation to encourage states to adopt so-called “red flag laws” as a response gun violence be accompanied by a House bill requiring background checks on all gun purchasers.

Red flag laws allow authorities to obtain a special type of protective order — known as an extreme risk protection order, or E.R.P.O. — to remove guns from people deemed dangerous. Republicans, including Mr. Trump, are embracing the concept, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, is drafting a bill to develop a federal grant program to help states pass and implement such laws.

“We Democrats are not going to settle for half-measures so Republicans can feel better and try to push the issue of gun violence off to the side,” Mr. Schumer said. “Democrats in the Senate will seek to require that any E.R.P.O. bill that comes to the floor is accompanied by a vote on the House-passed universal background checks legislation.”

Mr. Trump, on his way to Dayton and El Paso, told reporters he was open to expanding background checks for gun purchases. But Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has blocked consideration of the House bills.
The gunman’s motive in Dayton may not be tied to politics, the authorities say.

Although the F.B.I. is investigating “violent ideologies” that the Dayton gunman was exploring, the authorities have said there was no evidence that his rampage had anything to do with his political views, which his friends have described as far-left.

The gunman, Connor Betts, who was killed by the police, espoused leftist views online and in conversations with friends, promoting socialism and the idea that liberals should own guns. And a Twitter account that is believed to be his but has not been confirmed by the authorities showed support for antifa, the loose group of people who call themselves “anti-fascists” and often believe that violence against people they view as “fascists” is justified.

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In the wake of the mass shooting that killed nine and wounded more than two dozen others, conservatives have pointed out that the Twitter account that may be associated with the gunman also expressed support for Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, sharing one post that said they were the only two acceptable candidates in the race for president.

Earlier this week, a federal law enforcement official said the F.B.I. was looking at whether the gunman was associated with incel, or involuntary celibate, groups, which are generally made up of misogynists who disparage women online, in part for refusing to have sex with them.

Reporting was contributed by Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Matt Stevens and Dai Wakabayashi from New York; Katie Rogers and Sheryl Gay Stolberg from Washington; Mitch Smith from Dayton, Ohio.

Mitch Smith covers the Midwest and the Great Plains. Since joining The Times in 2014, he has written extensively about urban violence, oil pipelines, state-level politics and the national debate over police tactics. He is based in Chicago.  @mitchksmith

Michael D. Shear is a White House correspondent. He previously worked at The Washington Post and was a member of their Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. @shearm
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🤡 A NEW Oxymoron is BORN: Peaceful Racists!
« Reply #2043 on: August 10, 2019, 12:46:02 AM »
They are about as "Peaceful" as Christian Crusaders or Islamic Jihadists.  ::)

Next we will learn about "Generous Bankers", "Friendly Lawyers" and "Caring Doctors".

A Newspeak Glossary is in order.

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/were-a-totally-peaceful-racist-group-straight-pride-organizer-tells-modesto-california-city-council-meeting/

"We're a totally peaceful racist group," Straight Pride organizer tells California city council meeting

By Caitlin O'Kane


August 9, 2019 / 5:21 PM / CBS News

A city council meeting in Modesto, California this week turned heated as citizens, business owners and a group calling itself the National Straight Pride Coalition debated the group's plans for a "Straight Pride" event in the city.

During the debate Wednesday, Don Grundmann, founder and director of the National Straight Pride Coalition, tried to make a case for holding the event celebrating heterosexuality. Some in the crowd booed as Grundmann tried to defend his group. Then he made a gaffe that suddenly had the audience laughing out loud.

"We're a peaceful group, we wanted to have a meeting, celebration of life. We're attacked as racists," Grundmann said. Then he declared, "We're a totally peaceful racist group!"
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The entire meeting erupted in laughter at Grundmann's blunder.  Video posted by the Modesto Bee captures the moment.

The video shows one city council member hide her face in her hands and turn her chair around to hide her laughter.

The room had been booing Grundmann, but the gaffe triggered even louder cheers and jeers from the crowd. Grundmann tried to finish his speech as attendees clapped and screamed, but couldn't get much else out.

In June — LGBTQ Pride Month — a group of three men applied for permission to host a "Straight Pride Parade" in Boston. The group's permit application was approved, and the organizers have set their date for August 31, according to CBS Boston.

Now, the city of Modesto is weighing whether or not to give the National Straight Pride Coalition a permit for their event. The proposal no longer includes a parade, the Office of the City Manager's Community and Media Relations Officer Thomas W. Reeves confirmed.

The organizers informed the city of the change, and "are in the process for asking for confirmation with new flyers," Thomas said. The permit for the "Straight Pride" event is, however, still being considered by the city. It would be held August 24 in Graceada Park, pending permit approval, CBS Sacramento reports.

One of Modesto's largest employers and the world's biggest winery, E & J Gallo Wineries, has condemned the proposed event, as have many Modesto residents.

Grundmann said the event is his group's cultural answer to their opponents, who he described as "anyone that supports the LGBTQ lifestyle," according to CBS Sacramento.

Mayor Ted Brandvold and other city officials said allowing the straight pride event would not constitute a city endorsement of hate speech, the Modesto Bee reports. Brandvold assured the crowd of both "straight pride" supporters and protesters that the council would be considering a resolution condemning intolerant rhetoric.

First published on August 9, 2019 / 5:21 PM
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🤡 White Nationalist Righty Violence: Double Standard?
« Reply #2044 on: August 11, 2019, 11:22:46 AM »
A real tough debate question here.  ::)



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The El Paso shooting has reignited a debate over whether the federal government has a double-standard when it comes to white nationalist terrorism
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A protester holds a sign reading "There are not 'many sides', Denounce domestic white terrorism" at a march against white nationalism in Times Square in New York City, the day after the attack on counter-protesters at the "Unite the Right" rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 13, 2017. Joe Penney/Reuters

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    Congress and the FBI are under more pressure than ever to enact and enforce a federal domestic-terrorism statute in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 dead and several injured.
    While authorities haven't determined a motive for the Dayton suspect, they found that the El Paso shooter was driven by white nationalism and anti-immigrant rage.
    The federal government has had broad authority to investigate and prosecute jihadist violence and other foreign terrorism cases since the September 11 attacks.
    But it's been unable to address homegrown extremism as effectively because of civil liberties concerns, and because the US has no domestic terrorism statute.
    "It's a double standard," Daryl Johnson, a former senior domestic terrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, told The Associated Press. "We should be calling all ideologically motivated violence terrorism, whether it comes from the white variety or the Muslim variety."
    But others in the law enforcement community say the problem isn't the lack of a specific domestic terrorism statute, but the FBI's refusal to take white nationalist violence seriously.
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Following the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas by last weekend, right-wing extremists have now killed more people on US soil than jihadists since the 9/11/01 terror attacks.

According to the nonpartisan New America think tank, jihadists have killed 104 people inside the US since 9/11, while far-right terrorism has killed 109 peopole.

In 2018, right-wing extremists killed more people in the US than in any year since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

For years, when Americans hear the word "terrorism," they've likely associated it almost exclusively with jihadism. The federal government was focused on domestic terrorism for much of the 1990s, but after the September 11 attacks, the US national security apparatus pivoted to focus almost exclusively on combating jihadism and other categories of overseas terrorism.

The Patriot Act, passed after 9/11, gave the government broad authority to thwart foreign terrorist plots in this regard.

But the issue of combating far right extremist violence is much thornier given the lack of a specific domestic terrorism law in the federal criminal code, in addition to civil liberties concerns.
A double standard?

Read more: Trump visits El Paso in the wake of mass shooting and praises victims and first responders before launching into tirade against Democratic lawmakers

After a white supremacist in 2015 killed nine black people in a historically African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, activists, media figures, and others criticized the Justice Department for not charging the gunman with domestic terrorism.

Domestic terrorism, as the FBI defines it, is "perpetrated by individuals and/or groups inspired by or associated with primarily US-based movements that espouse extremist ideologies of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature."

Experts said the Charleston church shooter's motive appeared racially or politically motivated. Along these lines, many of the Justice Department's critics contended it was exhibiting a double-standard when it came to violence committed by Muslims versus non-Muslims.

That criticism has increased exponentially in the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, mass shootings over the weekend, and a growing number of experts are calling on Congress to classify domestic terrorism as a federal crime.

"Domestic terrorism is a threat to the American people and our democracy," the FBI Agents Association said in a statement released Tuesday. "Acts of violence intended to intimidate civilian populations or to influence or affect government policy should be prosecuted as domestic terrorism regardless of the ideology behind them."

It continued: "FBIAA continues to urge Congress to make domestic terrorism a federal crime. This would ensure that FBI Agents and prosecutors have the best tools to fight domestic terrorism."

Read more: A Trump campaign ad featured QAnon signs weeks after the FBI warned conspiracy theories are a domestic terrorism threat

Thomas O'Connor, then the president of the FBI Agents Association, wrote an op-ed for The Hill following the deadly white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. In it, O'Connor contended that US law had resulted in "uncertainty for law enforcement officials and the public, as it makes federal officials depend on city codes to prosecute domestic terrorists."

He also suggested Congress pass legislation making it a crime for a person to "commit, attempt, or conspire to commit an act of violence intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence government policy or conduct."
'When you dismiss it as a mass shooting or a hate crime or some crazed gunman, you're minimizing what impact it has'

But there's a significant divide between legal and national security experts on how a domestic terrorism law would work in practice.

Proponents of such a measure say that even naming white supremacist violence for what it is could be a significant step toward combating the problem.

"When you dismiss it as a mass shooting or a hate crime or some crazed gunman, you're minimizing what impact it has," Daryl Johnson, a former senior domestic terrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, told The Associated Press.

"It's a double standard," he added. "We should be calling all ideologically motivated violence terrorism, whether it comes from the white variety or the Muslim variety."

Read more:A former senior FBI official said agents are hamstrung in fighting white nationalist violence because they're 'wary of pissing off the guy in the Oval Office'

Mary McCord, a former national security prosecutor, wrote in Lawfare last year that such a law would provide for better record-keeping and analysis. She added that it would also push back on the widely held view that the federal government didn't care as much about domestic terrorism and white nationalism as it did foreign terrorism, particularly of the kind influenced by radical Islam.
A 'lack of authority' or just an unwillingness to go after white nationalists?

That said, there are significant concerns among civil-liberties advocates that broadening the federal government's powers could test the limits of free speech.

Martin Stolar, a New York civil-rights lawyer, told The New York Times that a sharpened focus on white supremacist violence would also test whether Americans approved of aggressive oversight when the targets were white and not Muslim.

"If they did the same thing that they did with the Muslims, they'd say every white guy is a potential terrorist," Stolar told The Times. "You can't do that with white people. The blowback would be outrageous."

Meanwhile, some in the law enforcement community also say that there's too much emphasis on the lack of a specific domestic terrorism statute, and the real problem is the FBI is refusing take white nationalist violence seriously.

Michael German, a former FBI agent who is now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, wrote in a December 2018 op-ed, "The claim that existing terrorism statutes are insufficient is false ... Congress has given the federal government substantial tools to address far-right violence."

German said that the Justice Department's "inattention to far-right violence" is not due to a "lack of authority," but a product of "longstanding policy and practice."

"Though many hate crimes fit the definition of domestic terrorism under federal law — violence or threats intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population — and can properly be labeled as such, the FBI, as a matter of policy, regards them as lesser crimes," German added.

"Congress has given DOJ officials plenty of tools to attack far-right violence. They just require the will to use them."
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🤡 Trump targets legal migrants who get food aid
« Reply #2045 on: August 12, 2019, 02:42:18 PM »
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49323610

Trump targets legal migrants who get food aid


US President Donald Trump's administration is to make it more difficult for poorer legal migrants to extend their visas or gain permanent resident status (a green card).

The rule targets migrants who rely on public benefits, such as food aid or public housing, for more than a year.

Their applications will be rejected if the government decides they are likely to rely on public assistance in future.

The rule change would reinforce "ideals of self-sufficiency," officials said.

The new regulation, known as a "public charge rule", was published in the Federal Register on Monday and will take effect on 15 October.
Who will be affected?

Immigrants who are already permanent residents in the US are unlikely to be affected by the rule change.

It also does not apply to refugees and asylum applicants.

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But applicants for visa extensions, green cards or US citizenship will be subject to the change.

Those who do not meet income standards or who are deemed likely to rely on benefits such as Medicaid (government-run healthcare) or housing vouchers in future may be blocked from entering the country.

Those already in the US could also have their applications rejected.

An estimated 22 million legal residents in the US are without citizenship, and many of these are likely to be affected.

Civil rights groups have said the move unfairly targets low-income immigrants. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has said it will sue the Trump administration to stop the regulation from taking effect.

But the White House said the current system favours immigrants with family ties rather than those who "are self-sufficient and do not strain our public resources".
A change that fits Trump's larger goal

Although much of Donald Trump's rhetoric during the 2016 presidential campaign was directed at what he saw as the dangers of undocumented immigration, it has been clear for some time that this is just part of a larger goal to reduce US immigration levels in total - both illegal and legal.

Since his inauguration, Mr Trump has cut the number of refugees admitted to the US each year. The White House blocked a Senate compromise immigration proposal in January 2018 in part because it did not include changes to the legal immigration system.

During those negotiations, Mr Trump reportedly made comments about preferring immigrants from places like Norway, rather than "shithole" countries.

Now the administration is making it more difficult for less affluent individuals to obtain legal US residency - or perhaps even enter the country at all.

This sets up an election clash next year between a president sharpening and broadening his immigration rhetoric and Democrats, many of whom have said they believe all immigrants, legal or otherwise, should be eligible for public aid.
Why is the rule change happening?

President Trump has made immigration a central theme of his administration. This latest move is part of his government's efforts to curb legal immigration.

"To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient," a White House statement read after the rule change was announced.

It said two-thirds of immigrants entering the US "do so based on family ties rather than on skill or merit".

More than three-quarters (78%) of households headed by a non-citizen with no more than a secondary school education used at least one welfare programme, it added.

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, announced the regulation at a press conference on Monday.

He said finances, education, age, and the level of an applicant's English-language skills will all be considered in green card applications. "No one factor alone" will decide a case, he added.
Media captionMagdalena's plea for her detained father: "Let my dad be free like everybody else please."

The Trump administration has also cracked down on illegal immigration. Last week, about 680 people were arrested in Mississippi on suspicion of being undocumented migrants.

Pictures emerged of children crying after being separated from their parents. Officials said they took steps to ensure any children were properly cared for.

The number of would-be migrants apprehended at the US southern border with Mexico has been rising over the last two years.

However, the number of undocumented immigrants in the US is falling, according to recent analysis from the Pew Research Center.

In May, President Trump put forward proposals for a new skills-based immigration system, designed to favour younger, better educated, English-speaking workers.
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🤡 Fear vs. Fear
« Reply #2046 on: August 15, 2019, 08:01:23 AM »
" I am certain that if we fail, we are doomed."

Doomed to what though?

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Aug 12, 2019
Fear vs. Fear
by Chris Hedges


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The old rules of politics no longer apply. The only language understood by Donald Trump and his coterie of con artists, billionaires, generals, misfits and Christian fascists—and a Democratic Party that has sold us out—is fear. Calling out Trump’s lies and racism does not matter. Calling out his nepotism and corruption does not matter. Calling out the criminality of his administration does not matter. Calling out its incompetence and idiocy does not matter. Calling out the abject subservience of the ruling elites to corporate power does not matter. Trump and his Democratic Party opponents are immune to moral suasion. The more we engage in this empty kabuki theater with its predictable outlandish outbursts, usually from Trump, and predictable outraged responses, usually from Democrats, the more certain are government paralysis and corporate tyranny. The drivel and invective that passes for political discourse is a giant hamster wheel that goes nowhere. It masks the root causes of our political and economic decline and fractures the population into warring camps that increasingly communicate through violence, which is why the United States has suffered mass shootings with three or more fatalities more than 30 times this year.

We will save ourselves only by pitting power against power. And since our two major political parties slavishly serve corporate power, and have few substantial differences on nearly all major issues from imperialism to unfettered capitalism, we must start from scratch. The political personalities, including those on the left such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar and Elizabeth Warren, are distractions. They have no power within the Democratic Party, as Nancy Pelosi often reminds us. They serve to reduce politics to personal feuds, the currency of the vast reality show perpetrated for profit by corporate media. The daily back and forth by these personalities diverts our attention from the rapid consolidation of wealth and power by the ruling elites, the degradation of the ecosystem into a toxic wasteland and the eradication of basic freedoms and rights. The American political system is not salvageable. It will be overthrown in a mass uprising—a version of which we saw recently in Puerto Rico—or vast swaths of the globe will become uninhabitable and the rich will feed like ghouls off the mounting human misery. These are the two stark options. And we have very little time left.

The Democrats, if they had a functioning political party and were not owned and managed by corporations, could easily displace Trump and demolish the Republican Party in electoral landslide after landslide. From poll after poll, as Charles Derber points out in his book “Welcome to the Revolution,” we know what the majority of Americans want. A whooping 82% think wealthy people have too much power and influence in Washington, with 70% singling out large businesses as having too much power. Nearly 80% support stronger rules and enforcement of regulations on the financial industry. Nearly half of Americans think economic inequality is “very big,” and 34% concede it is “moderately big.” Almost 60% of registered voters and 51% of registered Republicans favor raising to $18,000 from $14,820 the maximum amount that workers can make and still be eligible for the earned income tax credit. A staggering 96% of Americans, including 96% of Republicans, believe money in politics is to blame for the dysfunction of the American system. Close to 80% believe wealthy Americans should pay higher taxes. Nearly 60% favor raising the federal minimum wage requirement to $12 an hour. Sixty-one percent, including 42% of Republicans, approve of labor unions. Sixty percent of Americans think “t is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare,” and 60% of registered voters favor “expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American.” Nearly 60% favor free early-childhood education, and 76% are “very concerned” about climate disruption. Eighty-four percent support requiring background checks for all gun buyers. Fifty-eight percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

A genuine populism and New Deal socialism are the only hope of thwarting the rise of neofascist movements. This, however, will never be permitted by the Democratic Party hierarchy, led by figures such as Pelosi, Joe Biden and Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who are acutely aware they would instantly lose their power without the prop of hundreds of millions of corporate dollars. They, and their corporate sponsors, will block all reform even if it means another four years of Trump and the extinguishing of democracy. The only thing they have to sell us is fear—fear of Trump and the Russians. While Trump sells the fear of immigrants, Muslims, people of color and those he brands as socialists. This is a toxic diet.

The greatest traitors in America are not Trump and his neofascist minions shouting “Lock her up” or “Send her home,” but a decadent, morally bankrupt, self-identified liberal elite consumed by greed. They orchestrated the social inequality that permits Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to control more wealth than the bottom 50% of the American population. They pay lip service to the climate crisis but have not done anything to halt the sixth great mass extinction. The fossil fuel industry, under the Democrats and Republicans, continues to pump carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The polar ice caps disappear. The sea levels rise. The deforestation expands. The clogging of the oceans with floating islands of plastic that poisons our food chain is unchecked. No one among the ruling elites has any intention of restraining a bloated, out-of-control military that consumes half of all discretionary spending while half the country lives in poverty or near poverty, the federal deficit looks set to exceed $1 trillion by the end of this fiscal year and the nation’s infrastructure disintegrates.

All meaningful resistance takes place outside the formal political structures. The 10-day protest in April in London led by Extinction Rebellion—which saw 1,130 people arrested as crowds repeatedly shut down major parts of the city in demonstrating against the failure of the ruling elites to confront the climate catastrophe—is what we must emulate. Extinction Rebellion has called for a strike by workers around the world in October, a strike in which thousands of arrests are anticipated.

We have exceeded the 350 parts per million of atmospheric CO2 that climate scientists said was the level at which we still might have thwarted societal collapse. Last July was the hottest in recorded history. We are currently at 415 ppm of CO2, with enough heat in the system to ensure 450 ppm of CO2 within a decade. A temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-Industrial Age measurement guarantees catastrophic climate disruptions.

“We’re looking at the collapse of the world’s agriculture systems,” Roger Hallam, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, told me when we spoke in London. “Long before the sea level rises, we’re going to have a world economic collapse because we’re not going to be able to feed ourselves. That’s what’s shitting everyone. That’s why people are in a panic. In the U.N., in academia, in the elites, they’re looking at this. They’re pulling their hair out. We have this repressed media space so it’s not obvious to everyone. I think this is the role of Extinction Rebellion—to break through that repression. Once you break through it, people will say, yeah. The whole thing is beyond bad.”

“We need to insulate all housing stock,” he said. “We need to turn over the economy so that it’s completely electrified. We need to have all the energy coming from renewables. We need a social transformation, so the rich are taxed and pay their fair share. We need to organize communities around quality of life so that people can learn to adapt to these changes, these traumatic changes. This is a matter of physics. It’s not a matter of political opinion. These changes are coming. It’s far too late for massive increases in temperature not to happen. What we’re looking at now is whether we’re going to go extinct or not. I know that sounds like science fiction, but it’s true. We need to look at the figures. It’s like going to the doctor. This is cancer. You don’t like it, that’s fine, but it’s not going to stop you from dying. The only option is do you want to accept that this is the situation? Or don’t you? If you don’t, you’re going to die. If you do, there is a chance. But you’re going to have to get a move on it.”

“We’re saying this to everyone in society, not just to progressives,” he said. “Wake up! At the end of the day, we’ve all got kids. We’ve all got young people we know. If we have any empathy or responsibility for the young generation, it’s all hands on deck. The most civilized way of dealing with the situation is to come together as a country, as a world, in citizen assemblies, and allow the ordinary people of the world to decide what to do. After all, it’s their lives.”

By stepping outside the system, including in our voting patterns, we begin to make the ruling elites afraid. Change comes from pressure. But if we are not willingly to become outcasts, that pressure will never happen. It was not the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, for example, led by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, that first proposed the Green New Deal. It was articulated 12 years ago by the Green Party, which called for massive job and public works programs to transition our energy infrastructure to renewable energy. The deal was promoted by Howie Hawkins when he ran for the governorship in New York in 2014 and by Jill Stein during her 2016 presidential run.

The proposal for a Green New Deal by the Green Party has a fundamental difference from what is touted by progressive Democrats. It does not argue that structural change and a transition to renewable energy will come by making alliances with corporate power. Instead, it insists that we bring about a transformational change in our economy by crushing corporate power and establishing a socialist system.

“The Democrats don’t have real solutions,” Hawkins, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for the presidency, told me in New York. “Trump is a racist scapegoater. He is a freeloading leech who doesn’t pay his own employees, contracts, taxes. He lies to the people. He needs to go. But if you replace him with a Democrat, they’re not going to enact ‘Medicare for All.’ They’re not going to do a Green New Deal. They are backing Trump, who now wants a war for oil in Venezuela, while the planet is burning from burning oil. It’s madness.”

“The historic role of third parties in this country is to raise issues that major parties won’t take up,” he went on. “Like the Liberty Party and the question of slavery. They were the abolitionists when the Whigs and the Democrats didn’t want to touch the issue. We can go for 150 years of history and show how that’s the case.”

“We are not going to get to 100 percent clean energy if Exxon gets to reinvest its earnings in more oil exploration extraction and sales,” he said. “The Koch brothers and all their interests in the oil industry, those should be publicly owned. We take the earnings, because we’ll use fossil fuels during the transition, and reinvest it in renewable. That’s the socialist solution. You can get some socialist programs, like Social Security or Medicare for All, which Bernie Sanders champions, but as long as the capitalist oligarchy has power based on their concentrated ownership of the economy, which translates into political power, they can roll it back.”

“When I talk about a Green New Deal, I’m talking about an economic bill of rights like [Franklin] Roosevelt called for at the end of his 1944 State of the Union address,” Hawkins said. “A job. Income. Health care. Housing. Education. The civil rights picked that up with the [1963] March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, with the Freedom Budget, and the [1968] Poor People’s Campaign. But we still don’t have it. The other part is 100 percent clean energy by 2030. We have to reorganize all sectors [of the economy]—agriculture, manufacturing, the military, transportation—toward sustainability. Or we’ll never get to 100 percent clean energy.”

Switch off the electronic images. Ignore the media burlesque. The endless political shows, which turn presidential campaigns into mind-numbing, two-year-long marathons, are entertainment. Do not trust anyone in power. We will save ourselves by building mass movements to overthrow corporate power. I am not certain we will succeed. But I am certain that if we fail, we are doomed.
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Trump tells NH rallygoers 'we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat' -- as Dem rivals gather nearby
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Trump mocks protester during New Hampshire rally

President Trump delivers remarks during Keep America Great rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.

With several of his Democratic rivals hosting competing events down the street, President Trump confidently told raucous rallygoers Thursday evening in New Hampshire, the state that gave him his first presidential primary win, that they have "no choice" but to vote for him again in 2020 -- if they want their 401(k)s to remain intact.

"Are we sure we're in New Hampshire?" Trump asked at one point, as the crowd roared and he discussed the state's soaring economy. "You have a reputation as a very staid, very elegant people, and you're not acting it tonight, and that's a good thing."

And after a protester briefly interrupted the rally, Trump remarked, "That guy has a serious weight problem. Go home, start exercising. Get him outta here."

Responding to recent mass shootings, Trump emphasized the importance of mental health treatment and vowed, to sustained applause, "We will always uphold the Second Amendment."

The president also promised to work more on the opioid epidemic, which, according to The Washington Post, has claimed more lives in 2017 alone than mass shootings have in the past five decades.

    "Now we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat."
    — President Trump

"We have reduced the total amount of opioids prescribed by 34 percent," Trump said, noting that thousands of defendants have been prosecuted federally in opioid-related cases.

A fiery stage was set hours before Thursday's rally, when the president told reporters at a New Jersey airport that Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., were "very anti-Jewish and anti-Israel" -- and said he supported Israel's decision to bar them from entering the country.

"Now we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat," Trump said, as the Manchester crowd jeered. "They're not far away. Does anybody want to pay a 95-percent tax?"

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Trump went on to say that recent episodes in which people threw water on New York City police officers were indicative of a larger trend among progressives.
Supporters cheering at President Trump's campaign rally on Thursday.

Supporters cheering at President Trump's campaign rally on Thursday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

"They view everybody as fascists and Nazis ... They accuse our heroic border agents of running concentration camps," Trump said, in an apparent reference to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "And, they look down upon the hardworking citizens who truly make our country run."

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Less than a month ago, Trump supporters in North Carolina erupted in a chant of "send her back" directed at Omar as Trump spoke, prompting the president to urge future rallygoers not to use that language. At a later rally, Trump avoided mentioning Omar by name -- but, on Thursday, he directly named her and other members of the so-called progressive congressional "Squad."

The president was making the quick trip to Southern New Hampshire University as he spends the week at his New Jersey golf club. The event gave Trump a chance to address the heightened fears about the economy, fueled by a development in the bond market that had predicted previous recessions.

Avoiding an economic slump would be critical to Trump's reelection hopes.

"I think that we're going to have a tremendous time," Trump said in a call-in interview on the "New Hampshire Today" radio show earlier Thursday. "It's going to be a lot of fun."
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During the rally, Trump talked up the economy extensively. "We've created over 6 million new jobs since the election," Trump said, adding that more than 7 million Americans "have been lifted off food stamps."

"America is working again, America is winning again -- and America is respected again, like never before," Trump said.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale told Fox News there were roughly 12,000 in attendance at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena. A small number of empty seats were visible mid-rally in the upper seating areas.

Trump added that China was "eating" the cost of his tariffs, and losing scores of jobs amid the ongoing trade war.

"We had a couple of bad days, but we're going to have some very good days 'cause we had to take on China," Trump said. "I never said China was gonna be easy. ... And again, China's devaluing their currency, they're pouring at money, the prices haven't gone up -- so that means we're taking in" money.

The markets in the early afternoon had clawed back some of their steep losses from the previous day. Trump told rallygoers that the markets would have "crashed" entirely if he were not president, and that they should focus on the big picture, rather than short-term losses.

"You have no choice but to vote for me," Trump said. "Your 401(k)'s gonna be down the tubes" otherwise.

He added: "Whether you like me or hate me, you've got to vote for me."
The crowd at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena on Thursday. (Fox News' Paul Steinhauser)

The crowd at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena on Thursday. (Fox News' Paul Steinhauser)

Trump also criticized Democrats for supporting late-term abortions, saying the governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, had endorsed "executing" infants post-birth.

“The infant would be delivered," Northam said in a radio interview earlier this year. "The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother."

He also said his administration will have appointed nearly 200 federal court judges by the end of the year.

New Hampshire, which Trump lost by about 2,700 votes in the 2016 general election, has been doing very well economically. According to June government figures, New Hampshire had the fourth-lowest jobless rate in the country.

"You have the most successful state in the history of your state, and the history of our country, and you're gonna vote for somebody else?" Trump asked sarcastically. "We have the best numbers we've ever had. Let's vote for somebody else! I don't think that's gonna happen. Only with fixed polls is that gonna happen."

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Despite the rosy numbers, a recent poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll found 42 percent of New Hampshire adults approved of Trump while 53 percent disapproved. The poll also showed 49 percent approved of Trump's handling of the economy and 44 percent disapproved.

And, a national Fox News poll released Thursday showed Trump trailing Joe Biden by 12 points (50-38 percent), Bernie Sanders by 9 (48-39), and Elizabeth Warren by 7 (46-39). Those leads were outside the poll’s margin of error. It was the first Fox News Poll to show a lead for Warren outside the margin of error.

"I saw some fake polls put out by the fake news media," Trump said in New Hampshire, as the crowd booed. "We have taken this big, beautiful ship, and it's being turned around -- very quickly."

Some Democrats' presidential campaigns were holding events to capitalize on Trump's trip. Biden's campaign set up down the street from the arena to talk to voters and enlist volunteers.
Donald Trump on his new campaign slogan
Donald Trump on his new campaign slogan

Responding to reports that Biden was considering scaling back campaign events because of his frequent gaffes, Trump called the former vice president a "disaster" and repeated a frequent attack, labeling his rival "Sleepy Joe Biden."

As Trump spoke, a group for Pete Buttigieg's campaign gathered in nearby Concord to call voters about his support for new gun safety laws.

And, Cory Booker urged Trump to cancel the speech and instead urge Congress to take immediate action to prevent gun violence.

How New Hampshire receives the president on Thursday likely will offer a fresh test of whether voters will give credit to Trump for the state's economy in 2020.

At 2.4 percent, New Hampshire's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was among the lowest in the nation. But, wage growth was significantly below national gains. Average hourly earnings rose a scant 1.1 percent in New Hampshire in 2018, lagging the 3-percent gain nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In other ways, like the homeownership rate — first in the nation — and median household income — seventh in the U.S. — the state has been thriving, according to census data.

New Hampshire's four Electoral College votes are far fewer than what key swing states such as Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan would provide, but its influence has proven powerful in close election years such as 2000, when George W. Bush's victory in the state gave him the edge needed to win the White House.

Meanwhile, Trump on Thursday threw his support behind his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who has been considering a run for Senate in his home state of New Hampshire.

Trump praised Lewandowski as "a very outstanding guy" in the "New Hampshire Today" interview. Trump said he thought Lewandowski would be hard to beat if he decided to challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat.

At Thursday's rally, Trump touted Lewandowski as "tough" and "smart," and predicted he would be "tough to beat" in the Senate. But, the president noted Lewandowski was still mulling a run.

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"Corey, let us know please, if you don't mind," Trump said.

The comments came hours before the House Judiciary Committee announced it was subpoenaing Lewandowski and an ex-White House aide as part of its investigation into Trump's conduct in office. Lewandowski responded in a tweet writing that it was "sad and pathetic" that the committee's chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., "is harassing private citizens."

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser in Manchester, Dana Blanton, Andrew O'Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is a lawyer and editor based in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.
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🤡 Trump has expressed serious interest in buying Greenland: report
« Reply #2048 on: August 16, 2019, 12:26:20 AM »
Maybe he will turn it into a Big Golf Course & Casino!

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Trump has expressed serious interest in buying Greenland: report
By Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Fox News


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President Trump speaks to reporters in Morristown, New Jersey before New Hampshire rally.

President Trump has reportedly expressed interest in acquiring the northern island country of Greenland.

A new report from the Wall Street Journal reveals that Trump has asked his advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, during "meetings, dinners, and passing conversations" because of Greenland's "abundant resources and geopolitical importance," according to White House sources.

While some of Trump's advisers support the idea as a "good economic play," others dismiss the inquiry as a "fleeting fascination that will never come to fruition."

Coincidentally, the president will be making his first visit to Denmark next month, although the sources say the scheduled trip is completely unrelated.

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Greenland, which has a population of roughly 56,000, has welcomed U.S. military personnel to its Thule Air Base as part of a treaty between the U.S. and Denmark that has been used by both U.S. Air Force Space Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and includes a ballistic missile radar station.

The Journal reports that advisers have said Trump sees purchasing Greenland as equivalent to the 1867 U.S. acquisition of Alaska. However, it remains unclear how the president would realistically pursue such a deal.

Trump floated the idea of buying Greenland at a dinner earlier this year after he was told that Denmark was having "financial trouble" with the ice-covered country, but a source suggested the president meant it as a joke.

“What do you guys think about that?” Trump reportedly asked the room, “Do you think it would work?”

The president's reported interest in Greenland is not unprecedented. In 1946, the U.S. offered to buy Greenland from Denmark for $100 million, but the Danish government refused to sell. The Journal also reported that the State Department inquired about purchasing Greenland and Iceland from Denmark in 1867.

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Greenland real-estate agent Kenneth Mortensen told WSJ that no one can "own land" in his country since it is all owned by the government, although "you get a right to use the land where you want to build a house" without buying.

The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.
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🤡 Not for sale: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland
« Reply #2049 on: August 16, 2019, 04:45:08 AM »
WTF do the Danes own Greenland?  Who gave them a deed to that property?

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-greenland/not-for-sale-danish-mps-ridicule-idea-of-trump-buying-greenland-idUSKCN1V60AQ

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Not for sale: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland


COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish politicians on Friday poured scorn on the notion of selling Greenland to the United States following reports that President Donald Trump had privately discussed the idea of buying the world’s biggest island with his advisers.
FILE PHOTO: Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Trump is due to visit Copenhagen in September and the Arctic will be on the agenda during meetings with the prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory.

“It has to be an April Fool’s joke. Totally out of season,” former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Twitter.

The notion of purchasing the territory has been laughed off by some advisers as a joke but was taken more seriously by others in the White House, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday.
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    'We're not for sale', says Greenland's foreign minister

Talk of a Greenland purchase was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad,” foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, Soren Espersen, told broadcaster DR.

“The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous,” he said.

Greenland, a self-ruling part of Denmark located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, is dependant on Danish economic support.

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“I am sure a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long term,” Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Danish MP from Greenland’s second-largest party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA), told Reuters.

“My immediate thought is ‘No, thank you’,” she said.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod were not available for comment but officials said they would respond later on Friday. The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen was also not immediately available for comment.

“Oh dear lord. As someone who loves Greenland, has been there nine times to every corner and loves the people, this is a complete and total catastrophe,” former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, said in on Twitter.

Greenland is gaining attention from global super powers including China, Russia and the United States due to its strategic location and its mineral resources.

In May, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russia was behaving aggressively in the Arctic and China’s actions there had to be watched closely as well.

A defense treaty between Denmark and the United States dating back to 1951 gives the U.S. military rights over the Thule Air Base in northern Greenland.

Greenland is part of Denmark with self-government over domestic affairs, while Copenhagen handles defense and foreign policy.

There has been no indication that a Greenland purchase will be on the agenda for Trump’s talks with Danish officials.

Martin Lidegaard, senior lawmaker of the Danish Social Liberal Party and a former foreign minister, called the idea “a grotesque proposal” which had no basis in reality.
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“We are talking about real people and you can’t just sell Greenland like an old colonial power,” he told Reuters.

“But what we can take seriously is that the U.S. stakes and interest in the Arctic is significantly on the rise and they want a much bigger influence,” he added.

In 1917 Denmark sold off the then Danish West Indies islands for $25 million to the United States, which renamed them the United States Virgin Islands.

(The story is refiled to remove repeated name in paragraph 18.)

Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Andreas Mortensen and Stine Jacobsen; additional reporting by Steve Holland in the United States, Editing by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Angus MacSwan
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Re: 🤡 Not for sale: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland
« Reply #2050 on: August 16, 2019, 04:50:44 AM »
WTF do the Danes own Greenland?  Who gave them a deed to that property?

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Who gave the US the deed to most of North America?

We earned it the old fashioned way: murder, genocide and repeated betrayal.
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Re: 🤡 Not for sale: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland
« Reply #2051 on: August 18, 2019, 01:13:17 AM »

Who gave the US the deed to most of North America?

The Brits.  They claimed North America for the Crown.  Then they fought a war with France over Canada.  Then they fought a war with the colonists, and lost the original 13 states.  Then they systematically eradicated the native population and went coast-to-coast in Manifest Destiny.  Then they fought a war with Mexico over TX.  Then they bought Alaska from the Ruskies, who had claimed it for the Romanoffs.

I think the Danish Crown claimed Greenland and nobody lived there to fight it.  None of the other colonial powers wanted it, it was just a big Ice Cube.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-17/lost-in-trump-s-china-week-was-a-postcard-to-europe-you-re-next

Lost in Trump’s China Week Was a Postcard to Europe: You’re Next
By Brendan Murray
August 17, 2019, 5:03 AM AKDT

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    Revisiting grievances before next weekend’s G-7 summit


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President Donald Trump drew so much attention this past week on matters ranging from wanting to buy Greenland to a supporter’s weight problems, that it was easy to miss some of his more stinging remarks on trade.

While much of the focus was on his plans to divide up implementation of the next round of 10% tariffs on Chinese imports between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15, and on the stock market plunge that followed, comments he made at a rally in New England signaled no backing down from his views about imbalances elsewhere.

“The European Union is worse than China, just smaller. It treats us horribly: barriers, tariffs, taxes,” he told a crowd Thursday in Manchester, New Hampshire, a city originally modeled after its industrial namesake in England. “They treat us really badly."

It’s hardly the first time he’s gone there with the EU. But Eurostat numbers on Friday didn’t help the continent’s case with Trump, who sees a ledger with more exports than imports as winning. The EU’s trade surplus with the U.S. stood at almost 75 billion euros ($83 billion) in the first half of 2019, up more than 11% from a year earlier. Germany’s surplus is by far the largest in the bloc.

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That Trump isn’t softening up his rhetoric on some of the biggest U.S. allies in Europe is important for a couple of reasons -- both coming up fast, and both fuel for more trade war uncertainty. Among them:

    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he’s committed to delivering Britain’s exit from the EU on Oct. 31, without an agreement if necessary -- a scenario economists say would harm the economy amid disruptions in, among other things, cross-border commerce.
    Trump is also in middle of a six-month delay in deciding whether to impose tariffs on auto imports, which would mean that decision could come in mid-November. Doing so would almost certainly spark retaliation from Brussels and likely push Germany’s near-stalled economy closer to a recession.

All this makes for an interesting gathering at the Group of Seven leaders’ summit next weekend. The venue: the seaside town of Biarritz, France. The G-7 summit in Canada last year ended amid trade fights, with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro famously concluding that there’s a “special place in hell” for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau -- comments Navarro later apologized for.

Before the Biarritz gathering, though, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office is holding a hearing Monday on France’s contentious digital tax, which targets 3% of large tech companies’ revenue from digital activities. The tax, which applies retroactively to Jan. 1, targets companies like Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc., and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, likely hitting about 30 companies overall.

Trump, while often at odds with Big Tech, disapproves of France’s move. “If anyone taxes them, it should be their home country,” he tweeted in July.

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It only took a small taste of what a U.S. recession might be like for President Donald Trump to suggest that he wants a trade deal with China after all.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 800 points in its worst rout of the year after the gap between the two-year and 10-year Treasury yields turned negative for the first time since 2007. An inverted yield curve has preceded the last seven recessions in the U.S.

Ever sensitive to stock movements, the president tried to calm the markets after the close. Abandoning his hawkish trade rhetoric, Trump extended an olive branch to Chinese President Xi Jinping in a series of tweets, calling him a “great leader” and a “good man.” He ended his posts with “Personal meeting?,” without specifying whether he was proposing a summit.

The question is how Xi will respond to Trump’s overture. Who’s more desperate for a trade deal right now?
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There’s a direct link between a sociopathic killer in 1927 and the GOP’s willingness to embrace a sociopathic president like Trump. That link runs through the work of Ayn Rand.

When Donald Trump was running for the GOP nomination, he told USA Today’s Kirsten Powers that Ayn Rand’s raped-girl-decides-she-likes-it novel, “The Fountainhead,” was his favorite book.

“It relates to business, beauty, life and inner emotions,” he told Powers. “That book relates to … everything.”
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Trump probably knew that anything by Rand would be the right answer for Republicans; the party has embraced her for decades, to the point that Paul Ryan required interns to read her books as a condition of employment.

Powers added, “He [Trump] identified with Howard Roark, the novel’s idealistic protagonist who designs skyscrapers and rages against the establishment.” Roark raged so much in the novel that he blew up a public housing project with dynamite just to get his way.

Rand was quite clear about the characteristics she wrote into her heroes, and in particular Howard Roark. In her Journals, she writes of the theme of the book, “One puts oneself above all and crushes everything in one’s way to get the best for oneself. Fine!”

On Howard Roark, she writes that he “has learned long ago, with his first consciousness, two things which dominate his entire attitude toward life: his own superiority and the utter worthlessness of the world. He knows what he wants and what he thinks. He needs no other reasons, standards or considerations. His complete selfishness is as natural to him as breathing.”

Roark seems like the kind of man who would brag about grabbing women by the genitals because, “When you’re a star, they let you do it.” But this was long before Donald Trump was on the scene.

Instead, the man who so inspired Ayn Rand’s fictional heroes was a real sociopath named William Edward Hickman, who lived in Los Angeles.

Ten days before Christmas, in 1927, Hickman, a teenager with slicked dark hair and tiny, muted eyes, drove up to Mount Vernon Junior High School in Los Angeles, California, and kidnapped Marion Parker—the daughter of a wealthy banker in town.

Hickman held the girl ransom, demanding $1,500 from her father—back then about a year’s salary. Supremely confident that he would elude capture, Hickman signed his name on the ransom notes, “The Fox.”

After two days, Marion’s father agreed to hand over the ransom in exchange for the safety of his daughter. What Perry Parker didn’t know is that Hickman never intended to live up to his end of the bargain.

The Pittsburgh Press detailed what Hickman, in his own words, did next.

“It was while I was fixing the blindfold that the urge to murder came upon me,” he said. “I just couldn’t help myself. I got a towel and stepped up behind Marion. Then, before she could move, I put it around her neck and twisted it tightly.”

Hickman didn’t hold back on any of these details: he was proud of his cold-bloodedness.

“I held on and she made no outcry except to gurgle. I held on for about two minutes, I guess, and then I let go. When I cut loose the fastenings, she fell to the floor. I knew she was dead.”

But Hickman wasn’t finished. “After she was dead I carried her body into the bathroom and undressed her, all but the underwear, and cut a hole in her throat with a pocket knife to let the blood out.”

Hickman then dismembered the child piece-by-piece, putting her limbs in a cabinet in his apartment, and then wrapped up the carved-up torso, powdered the lifeless face of Marion Parker, set what was left of her stump torso with the head sitting atop it in the passenger seat of his car, and drove to meet her father to collect the ransom money.

He even sewed open her eyelids to make it look like she was alive.

On the way, Hickman dumped body parts out of his car window, before rendezvousing with Marion Parker’s father.

Armed with a shotgun so her father wouldn’t come close enough to Hickman’s car to see that Marion was dead, Hickman collected his $1,500, then kicked open the door and tossed the rest of Marion Parker onto the road. As he sped off, her father fell to his knees, screaming.

Days later, the police caught up with a defiant and unrepentant Hickman in Oregon. His lawyers pleaded insanity, but the jury gave him the gallows.

To nearly everyone, Hickman was a monster. The year of the murder, the Los Angeles Times called it “the most horrible crime of the 1920s.” Hickman was America’s most despicable villain at the time.

But to a young Russian idealist just arriving in America, Hickman was a hero.

And while Hickman the man has, today, been largely forgotten, Hickman the archetype has lived on and influenced our nation in a profound fashion, paving the way for Donald Trump, a man with no empathy or consideration of social norms, to one day occupy the White House.

The kind of man who would pose with a tiny baby, the youngest survivor of a slaughter that he, himself encouraged with his hateful rhetoric, and mug for the camera with a thumbs-up sign.

Two years before William Edward Hickman was sentenced to death, a 21-year-old Russian political science student named Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum arrived in New York Harbor on a French ocean liner. The year was 1926, and she was on the last leg of her dream trip to the Land of Opportunity, scurrying across the Soviet Union, Germany, and France before procuring a first-class cabin aboard the S.S. De Grasse, bound for the United States.

Alissa was a squat five-foot-two with a flapper hairdo and wide sunken dark eyes that gave her a haunting stare. And etched into those brooding eyes was burned the memory of a childhood backlit by the Russian Revolution.

She had just departed Leninist Russia where, almost a decade earlier, there was a harsh backlash against the Russian property owners—the people who were rich with Russian money like Donald Trump—by the Bolsheviks. Alissa’s own family was targeted, and at the age of 12 she witnessed Bolshevik soldiers burst into her father’s pharmacy business, loot the store, and plaster on the doors the red emblem of the state indicating that his private business now belonged to “the people.”

That incident left such a deep and burning wound in young Alissa’s mind, that she went to college to study political science and vowed one day she’d become a famous writer to warn the world of the dangers of Bolshevism.

Starting afresh in Hollywood, she anglicized her name to Ayn Rand, and moved from prop-girl to screenwriter/novelist, basing the heroes of several of her stories on a man she was reading about in the newspapers at the time. A man she wrote effusively about in her diaries. A man she hero-worshipped.

He was the most notorious man in American in 1928, having achieved a level of national fame she craved—William Edward Hickman.

What young Ayn Rand saw in Hickman that would encourage her to base a novel, then her philosophy, then her life’s work, on him was quite straightforward: unfeeling, unpitying selfishness.

He was the kind of man who would revel in the pain parents would feel when their children were ripped from their arms and held in freezing cages for over a year.

In Hickman, Ayn Rand wrote that she had finally found the new model of the Superman (her phrase, likely borrowed from Friedrich Nietzsche). Only a worldview held by a man like Hickman, she believed, could ever prevent an all-powerful state from traumatizing another generation of small businesspeople and their children as the Bolsheviks had her family.

Hickman’s words as recounted by Rand in her Journals, “I am like the state: what is good for me is right,” resonated deeply with her. It was the perfect articulation of her belief that if people pursued their own interests above all else—even above friends, family, or nation—the result would be utopian.

She wrote in her diary that those words of Hickman’s were, “the best and strongest expression of a real man’s psychology I ever heard.”

Hickman—the monster who boasted of how he had hacked up a 12-year-old girl—had Rand’s ear, as well as her heart. She saw a strongman archetype in him, the way that people wearing red MAGA hats see a strongman savior in Donald Trump.

As Hickman’s murder trial unfolded, Rand grew increasingly enraged at how the mediocre American masses had rushed to condemn her Superman, much like today people Trump calls mediocre condemn him and the killings that may have emerged from his rhetoric, from Charleston to Charlottesville to El Paso.

“The first thing that impresses me about the case,” Rand wrote in reference to the Hickman trial in early notes for a book she was working on titled The Little Street, “is the ferocious rage of the whole society against one man.”

Astounded that Americans didn’t recognize the heroism Hickman showed when he proudly rose above simply conforming to society’s rules, Rand wrote, “It is not the crime alone that has raised the fury of public hatred. It is the case of a daring challenge to society. … It is the amazing picture of a man with no regard whatever for all that society holds sacred, with a consciousness all his own.”

In other words, a man who lives exclusively for himself. A narcissistic psychopath. A man who could sell out his own country to foreign powers, tearing apart his nation’s people, just for his own enjoyment.

Rand explained that when the masses are confronted with such a bold actor, they neither understood nor empathized with him. Thus, “a brilliant, unusual, exceptional boy [was] turned [by the media] into a purposeless monster.”

The protagonist of the book that Rand was writing around that time was a boy named Danny Renahan. In her notes for the book, she wrote, “The model for the boy [Renahan] is Hickman.” He would be her ideal man, and the archetype for a philosophical movement that could transform a nation.

“He is born with the spirit of Argon and the nature of a medieval feudal lord,” Rand wrote in her notes describing Renahan. “Imperious. Impatient. Uncompromising. Untamable. Intolerant. Unadaptable. Passionate. Intensely proud. Superior to the mob… an extreme ‘extremist.’ … No respect for anything or anyone.”

The kind of man who would tell over 12,000 lies in two and a half years, who would daily lie to the press and his nation, just because he could—and would revel in it.

Rand wanted capitalism in its most raw form, uncheck by any government that could control the rules of the market or promote the benefits of society. Such good intentions had, after all, caused the hell she’d experienced in the Bolshevik Revolution, just like they’d caused Fred Trump to be arrested and fined for refusing to maintain apartments that black people had moved into.

Ayn Rand, like Hickman, found in the extremes her economic, political, and moral philosophy. Forget about democratic institutions, forget about regulating markets, and forget about pursuing any policies that benefit the majority at the expense of the very rich—the rule-makers and rule-enforcers could never, ever do anything well or good. Only billionaires should rule the world, as Trump has suggested.

Trump personifies this, putting an advocate of destroying public schools in charge of public schools, a coal lobbyist in charge of the EPA, an oil lobbyist in charge of our public lands, and a billionaire described by Forbes as a “grifter” in charge of the Commerce Department. His chief of staff said that putting children in cages (where seven so far have died) would actually be a public good. Don’t just ignore the rules; destroy them.

Welfare and other social safety net programs were, as Rand saw it, “the glorification of mediocrity” in society. Providing a social safety net for the poor, disabled, or unemployed, she believed, were part of a way of thinking that promoted, “satisfaction instead of joy, contentment instead of happiness… a glow-worm instead of a fire.”

She, like Trump, lived a largely joyless life. She mercilessly manipulated people, particularly her husband, and, like Trump, surrounded herself with cult-like followers who were only on the inside so long as they gave her total, unhesitating loyalty.

Like Trump and his billionaire backers, she believed that a government promoting working-class “looters” instead of solely looking out for capitalist “producers” was throwing its “best people” under the bus.

In Rand’s universe, the producers had no obligations to the looters. Providing welfare or sacrificing one nickel of your own money to help a “looter” on welfare, unemployment, or Social Security—particularly if it was “taken at the barrel of a gun” (taxes)—was morally reprehensible.

Like Trump saying, “My whole life I’ve been greedy,” for Rand looking out for numero uno was the singular name of the game—selfishness is next to godliness.

Later in Rand’s life, in 1959, as she gained more notoriety for the moral philosophy of selfishness that she named “Objectivism” and that is today at the core of libertarianism and the GOP, she sat down for an interview with CBS reporter Mike Wallace.

Suggesting that selfishness undermines most American values, Wallace bluntly challenged Rand.

“You are out to destroy almost every edifice in the contemporary American way of life,” Wallace said to Rand. “Our Judeo-Christian religion, our modified government-regulated capitalism, our rule by the majority will… you scorn churches, and the concept of God… are these accurate criticisms?”

As Wallace was reciting the public criticisms of Rand, the CBS television cameras zoomed in closely on her face, as her eyes darted back and forth between the ground and Wallace’s fingers. But the question, with its implied condemnation, didn’t faze her at all. Rand said with confidence in a matter-of-fact tone, “Yes.”

“We’re taught to feel concerned for our fellow man,” Wallace challenged, “to feel responsible for his welfare, to feel that we are, as religious people might put it, children under God and responsible one for the other—now why do you rebel?”

“That is what in fact makes man a sacrificial animal,” Rand answered. She added, “[man’s] highest moral purpose is the achievement of his own happiness.”

Rand’s philosophy, though growing in popularity on college campuses, never did—in her lifetime—achieve the sort of mass appeal she had hoped. It was confined to college coffee shops, intellectual conferences, and true-believer journals, but never hit the halls of Congress, the mainstream television airwaves, or water-cooler political debates. There were the handful of “true believers,” but that was it… until today.

Now, Ayn Rand’s philosophy is a central tenet of today’s Republican Party and the moral code proudly cited and followed by high-profile billionaires and the president of the United States.

Ironically, when she was finally beginning to be taken seriously, Ayn Rand became ill with lung cancer, and went on Social Security and Medicare to make it through her last days. She died a “looter” in 1982, unaware that her sociopathic worldview would one day validate an entire political party’s embrace of a sociopathic narcissist president.

This article was produced by the Independent Media Institute.

Thom Hartmann is a talk-show host and the author of The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment and more than 25 other books in print.
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Who gave the US the deed to most of North America?

The Brits.  They claimed North America for the Crown.  Then they fought a war with France over Canada.  Then they fought a war with the colonists, and lost the original 13 states.  Then they systematically eradicated the native population and went coast-to-coast in Manifest Destiny.  Then they fought a war with Mexico over TX.  Then they bought Alaska from the Ruskies, who had claimed it for the Romanoffs.

I think the Danish Crown claimed Greenland and nobody lived there to fight it.  None of the other colonial powers wanted it, it was just a big Ice Cube.

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As I said, Americans claimed a continent there old fashioned way: genocide, murder and treachery.
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