Misadventures of a minority-elect President 11

More than 1 million sign petition for minority-elect President Trump to release his tax returns, Micheal Moore’s 10 point plan to protest Trump, Trump’s dubious claims of denouncing anti-semitism – regardless of surrounding himself with alt-right wing malicious miscreants, legal questions surround Trump’s new immigration ban, Trump pushes back against progressive activism, speculation that Trump is a weak President, Trump’s fluctuating popularity – depending on who polls and who is asked, more on Trump’s Stalinist actions, Trump’s tax sham, Trump’s EPA Chief is in bed with the fossil fuel industry, Steve Bannon’s legion of alt-right, anti-Semitic miscreants, growing number of American’s noticing Trump’s increasing leadership incompetence, Trump’s ‘so-called’ angry crowds ignorance, the Manchurian President and more.

Resistance Report: More than 1 million sign White House petition for Trump’s tax returns, breaking record article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/resistance-report-more-than-1-million-sign-white-house-petition-for-trumps-tax-returns-breaking-record-145625519.html

What is Trump hiding?

“DON’T MESS WITH TAXES. President Trump has taken to saying that no one cares about his taxes. And it’s true that he was able to win office while thumbing his nose at the transparency norm of releasing his tax returns while running for the White House. But the drumbeat of interest in them is not going away, and now the White House petition site registered a new milestone, the pro-transparency Sunlight Foundation noted Monday: The petition to “Immediately release Donald Trump’s full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance” passed more than 1 million signatures since it was launched on Inauguration Day. White House petitions need to draw more than 100,000 signatures within 30 days to be considered for an official response from the White House. The previous record holder was a 2012 petition to recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group, with more than 387,000 signatures, according to a Pew study of the White House petition site.

That Trump tax release petition is just one of a number of ongoing efforts to create public — and legal — pressure on the president to release his tax returns. “Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have proposed bills to prevent access to the presidential ballot without disclosing federal tax returns,” the AP reported Sunday. These measures are unlikely to succeed in most states where they have been proposed even if they make it through state legislatures, because their Republican governors — such as New Jersey’s Chris Christie — are almost certain not to sign them into law. Only five of the 16 states have Democratic governors. But even if only California and New York adopted the measures, turning what was a campaign norm into a campaign law, that would have some kind of impact in a world where the president needs solid support in those states to have a chance of winning the popular vote…”

NBC Offers Bizarre ‘Congratulations’ to Trump for Not Being Impeached Yet article from the Independent Journal Review. –
http://ijr.com/2017/02/807282-nbc-offers-bizarre-congratulations-to-trump-for-not-being-impeached-yet/

Michael Moore Steps Up With Resistance Calendar and Website Devoted to Stopping President Trump article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/activism/michael-moore-steps-resistance-calendar-and-website-devoted-stopping-president-trump

“Editor’s Note: Filmmaker Michael Moore, one of the most visible and active leaders of the Trump resistance movement, has stepped up with two major contributions to the battle ahead. He has created an easily accessible website—a Resistance Calendar—where people can post news about upcoming resistance activities and find out what is going on in their community and region. Moore writes: “I’ve promised you a one-stop site, a clearinghouse of all actions—a RESISTANCE CALENDAR—where you can find every upcoming action, protest, march, sit-in, town hall, anti-Trump, pro-democracy event in all 50 states!”

Moore has also unleashed “The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump,” published below, which contains Moore’s list of tactics for resisters all over the country. Part of Moore’s plan is to take over the Democratic Party, which to him means getting Congressman Keith Ellison elected to head the DNC when it meets this Saturday, February 25. A key element of Moore’s plan is getting five to 20 of your friends and family members together to create a personal “Rapid Response Team.” Moore also wants thousands of progressives to run for office and make their own media using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media sites to spread news and information. He says, “Make sure all your friends and family are signed up…”

Trump claims he denounces anti-Semitism ‘wherever I get a chance.’ Actually, he doesn’t article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-fails-to-condemn-anti-semitic-threats-e87e09486f10#.ci38d0j7b

If Trump denounced anti-Semitism he wouldn’t surround himself with a cabal of alt-right wing malicious miscreants.

Fake news becomes reality? Swedish suburb descends into riots after Trump’s false claims article from the International Business Times. –
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/fake-news-become-reality-swedish-suburb-descends-into-riots-after-trumps-false-claims-1607852

New immigration ban order will still face legal challenges article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/immigration-ban-order-still-face-legal-challenges-111212512.html

Trump has a problem: Americans increasingly think he’s incompetent article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-problem-americans-increasingly-think-201921252.html

“Donald Trump has already set a record for being the most unpopular new president since the invention of telephone polling. But I don’t think job approval is the poll number Trump should be most worried about.

If I were him, I’d be worrying about the question the Quinnipiac University poll was asking about my leadership skills.

In a new Quinnipiac survey, out on Wednesday, only 42% of voters said they think Trump is a good leader, and 55% said he’s not.

Trump’s big thing is supposed to be leadership — he’s the business guy, he hires the best people, and he knows how to shake things up in Washington and make America great again. Right?

In November, shortly after the election, 56% of respondents told Quinnipiac they thought Trump was a good leader, and only 38% said he wasn’t. That’s not too shabby for a guy who didn’t even get the most votes…”

In one exchange, Sean Spicer demonstrated why there’s skepticism about Trump’s claims of tolerance article from the Washington Post. –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/politics/wp/2017/02/21/in-one-exchange-sean-spicer-demonstrated-why-theres-skepticism-about-trumps-claims-of-tolerance/

Ivanka Trump Tweeted About Religious Tolerance. It Didn’t Go Down Well article from the Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ivanka-trump-religious-tolerance-tweet_us_58ac0cede4b0a855d1d949a2

Oh the irony….

Breitbart Under Bannon: Breitbart’s Comment Section Reflects Alt-Right, Anti-Semitic Language article from the Southern Poverty Law Center. –
https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/02/21/breitbart-under-bannon-breitbarts-comment-section-reflects-alt-right-anti-semitic-language

“As President Trump is pressured to substantively respond to the rise in anti-Semitic incidents since his election, a new analysis reveals that Breitbart News under Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon fostered a comment section — a sample of Breitbart’s readership — that increasingly reflected language specific to the white nationalist “alt-right” movement, including anti-Semitic sentiment.

Comparing the language of Breitbart commenters to the language of the most aggressive far-right extremists online — e.g. language used by Twitter users who advocate for violence against minorities and are openly pro-Nazi — we can see a clear trend of increasing similarity over a three-year period, the bulk of it under Bannon. Bannon left Breitbart to join the Trump campaign in mid-August 2016 but the editorial focus of the site stayed the course he set it on…”

Annoyed by pushback, Trump takes aim at progressive activism article from Rachel Maddow at MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/annoyed-pushback-trump-takes-aim-progressive-activism

“At his White House press conference last week, Donald Trump acknowledged the progressive activists working to protect their health care benefits, but the president quickly added that these Americans don’t really count.

“We’ve begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare,” he said. “Obamacare is a disaster, folks. It’s a disaster. You can say, ‘Oh, Obamacare.’ I mean, they fill up our rallies with people that you wonder how they get there, but they’re not the Republican people that our representatives are representing.”

It was a bizarre peek into the thinking of a president who doesn’t fully understand the basics of our democracy. Elected Republican officials, in Trump’s mind, should focus on representing “Republican people.” Others may speak up and petition the government for redress of grievances, but as far as Trump is concerned, their voices are neither important nor relevant.

Republicans are elected to represent Republicans, the argument goes, not all of their constituents. It’s a zero-sum game: if your side of the political divide isn’t in a position of power, then you might as well sit down, shut up, and stop asking impertinent questions at town-hall forums in which GOP officials want to hear from “the Republican people” – as opposed to, say, the American people…”

Maybe Trump Is Just a Weak President article by Bloomberg from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/maybe-trump-just-weak-president-133007375.html

The Manchurian President article from Common Dreams. –
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/02/22/manchurian-president

Team Trump shares tips on keeping their boss distracted, placated article from Rachel Maddow at MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/team-trump-shares-tips-keeping-their-boss-distracted-placated

HUFFPOLLSTER: What’s Going On With Trump’s Approval Ratings? article from the Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/huffpollster-whats-going-on-with-trumps-approval-ratings_us_58ac3be5e4b0a855d1d99998

It all depends on who is asking and who they ask.

These are the American people Trump calls enemies of the American people article from the Washington Post. –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/these-are-the-american-people-trump-calls-enemies-of-the-american-people/2017/02/21/957b8bbc-f87a-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html

“Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a fourth-generation military man, deployed twice to Afghanistan. The second time, as a 22-year-old Marine corporal in 2010, he led an eight-man infantry team into combat. Two of his men were wounded by enemy sniper fire, and one of his best buddies later died in combat.

Now President Trump says Thomas is an enemy of the American people.

Thomas, a Pentagon correspondent for The Post, was so labeled, along with everybody else in the media, by the commander in chief on Friday. “The FAKE NEWS media,” Trump tweeted, “is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!…”

Robert Reich: Republicans push new corporate tax plan, but it’s a sham article from Salon. –
http://www.salon.com/2017/02/21/robert-reich-republicans-push-new-corporate-tax-plan-but-its-a-sham_partner/

EPA chief Pruitt’s newly released emails show deep ties to fossil fuel interests article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/epa-chief-pruitts-new-emails-show-deep-ties-to-fossil-fuel-interests-184053662.html

Surprise surprise – Trump’s EPA Chief is in bed with the fossil fuel industry.

New emails shed light on EPA chief’s industry ties article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/new-emails-shed-light-epa-chiefs-industry-ties

Sorry, Mr. President, There’s Nothing ‘So-Called’ About These Angry Crowds article from Common Dreams. –
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/22/sorry-mr-president-theres-nothing-so-called-about-these-angry-crowds

Our thin-skinned minority-elect President just can’t seem to face the reality that he’s not that popular at all.

Strategic Thinking and Organizing Resistance article from Counter Punch. –
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/22/strategic-thinking-and-organizing-resistance/

“The first few weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency has seen an amazing explosion of mobilizing to oppose him and his administration on oh-so-many levels. And that has been heartening.

But it is not enough.

The fact is, as things now stand, Trump and his minions can outlast us. And even if we get Trump out of there—which I think is an impossible dream with the Republicans holding both the Senate and House, unless he leaves on his own—we will still have to deal with Mike Pence who, as an ideologue, is arguably even more dangerous than the opportunistic Donald.

In other words, even with this incredible mobilization, it will be extremely difficult to stop them if they really want to do something, and if they come up with a coherent plan to implement it. They have the institutional power to push things through, no matter how much we scream and shout…”

On Killers and Bullshitters article from Counter Punch. –
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/22/90660/

Trump’s blurry line between truth and bullshit.

We’re Only a Few Weeks in and Donald Trump’s Cabinet Is Already Roiling with Petty Infighting article from GQ. –
http://www.gq.com/story/jeff-sessions-vs-betsy-devos-trump-cabinet

RESIST Day #34: What You Can Do Today article from Common Dreams. –
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/22/resist-day-34-what-you-can-do-today

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