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The Rebuttal to the Rogue
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Leave it to the GOP to set their priorities! A bill has been introduced to eliminate the EPA and the Department of Education. It seems that the GOP is prioritizing ignorance and pollution as hallmarks of their dominance in Congress.
Senator Elizabeth Warren called upon Senate Republicans to stand up to Donald Trump. It wasn’t a question of whether his ban on Muslim immigrants was unconstitutional. It was. The question was who among the Republican Senators would be willing to defend our constitution. It appears there are almost NO Republicans willing to stand up and defend the American constitution from domestic terrorist. It is Donald Trump who is the terrorist, not the Muslim immigrants who are trying to enter the country.
Trump has been in office 11 days. America is already in crisis. Trump has now fired the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Sally Yates, the acting attorney general. Yates refused to enforce the ban on Muslim immigrants. Instead of getting legal advice or consulting a constitutional scholar, Trump fired Yates. If he had consulted a Constitutional Law Professor he would understand that the Muslim ban violates FIVE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CONSTITUTION. The ban is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, the First Amendment protecting religious freedom, due process under the 5th and 14th Amendments, Habeas Corpus, and Family Reunification Rights.
An intelligence official who spoke to Foreign Policy magazine painted a picture of a White House that was in disarray and being run without checks and balances or even a complete paper trail. Jarred Kushner,the President’s son-in-law, and adviser, is “fucking furious” about the reduction in his role, and the emergence of radically conservative, inexperienced, and dangerous influences having an effect on Donald Trump.
Trump’s executive order to ban citizens of seven countries from entering the US has no parallel in American history, says Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security under Barack Obama.
Kayyem says, usually, there are processes in place to vet executive orders before they’re issued — processes the Trump administration declined to follow in favor of a “disruptive” management style. But that also meant there weren’t any agency officials with advance knowledge of the order who could smooth the implementation hurdles.
From the first 10 days in office, President Trump has shown that our worst fears were well founded. His aides are even concerned. They have acknowledged that there will be a “mutually assured destruction” unless they begin to be more candid with each other. The damage Trump is doing to America, at home, and around the world, may be difficult or impossible to mend. The sooner Congress acts, the better.
NOw that Trump has been called out, he is trying to use Obama as a human shield to deflect the protests and criticism that are coming at him. The difference between Obama’s action and Trump’s is simple.
Obama banned Iraqi refugee applications for six months. Trump’s executive order banned all types of visa applications from seven different countries. The Obama administration did their ban after it was found that al-Qaeda terrorists were trying to use the Iraqi refugee program to infiltrate the United States. The Trump administration has admitted that their measure is proactive. They have no evidence to support the need for the ban at this time.
Trump’s statement is proof that the protests are working. The White House is on the defensive. Obama is no longer the President, Trump is. It was just five days ago that Trevor Noah reminded us that upon the inauguration of Donald Trump, there are no more excuses. Republicans can no longer blame Obama or Democrats for their own failures.
Blaming Obama, or anyone else, for Trump’s own actions as President, demonstrates just how desperate he is.
President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff admitted that Russia was behind last year’s hacking and leaking of internal emails from top officials at the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Reince Priebus acknowledged that Trump “accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia,” but argued that the DNC should be criticized for not taking cyber security more seriously.
“I think he accepts the findings, Chris,” Priebus said of Trump. “But here’s the thing that everyone needs to understand. When this whole thing started, it started from the Russians 50 years ago. In other words, this is something that’s been going on in our elections for many, many years. The Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians — it happens, every election period.”
Trump and Priebus have evidently resolved their differences. Reince Priebus previously was reported to be “furious” with Trump. Priebus was previously livid with Trump over his remarks toward the parents of the soldier, a Muslim U.S. Army captain killed in the Iraq war. Priebus was also reported to have been livid over Trump’s refusal to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain.
Priebus was reported to “ feel like a fool,” as a result of ever trusting Trump.
Priebus feelt “burned” by Trump’s string of self-inflicted wounds and his refusal to observe basic decorum by giving Ryan his support. Now that Trump is President-elect, it seems that Priebus is willing to defend anything Trump says or does. How could any American defend the hacking of information to impact an election by a foreign government by saying that the opposing party had known about hacking in the past and failed to try harder to stop it. It’s like saying that when Russia launches a nuclear weapon, it’s not ideal but Obama knew they had nuclear weapons and didn’t go to war with Russia to force them to relinquish their nuclear arsenal. An attack on the American election system is never O.K. The day we stop fighting to put an end to Russian interference with our elections is the day that we turn over control of our country to Russia….Oh wait, we already did that!
It’s been less than one month since the election, and Sarah Palin is already attacking her candidate, Donald Trump! Trump was the one who said that he was the only one that could fix they system of croney caapitalism.
Many people have heard about Trump negotiating with Carrier. In exchange for allowing United Technologies to continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, Trump will reportedly give the company tax and regulatory favors that the corporation has sought. Just a short few months ago, Trump was pledging to force United Technologies to “pay a damn tax.” He was insisting on very steep tariffs for companies like Carrier that left the United States and wanted to sell their foreign-made products back in the United States. Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. In addition the jobs that Carrier will keep in the U.S. are only HALF of the Carrier jobs in jeopardy. The total jobs that were headed for Mexico was 2100. Less than half, 1000, will stay in the U.S. if the Trump deal goes through.
Sarah Palin has now attacked Trump, before he’s even inaugurated, or appointed her to any cabinet position, suggesting in an op-ed that the Trump deal is an example of the “crony capitalism” which was the very thing she said Trump would get rid of.
“When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent,” Palin wrote in a ‘Young Conservatives’ op-ed. “Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail.”
Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence traveled to the Carrier plant in Indianapolis Thursday to tout the company agreeing to keep a thousand jobs in the city instead of shipping hundreds to Mexico.
Carrier said in a statement the agreement was due in part to the incoming administration’s lobbying as well as state tax incentives. Trump’s transition team has refused to publicly disclose the full details of the deal, but company officials said in a statement Thursday that the state of Indiana, where Pence is governor, offered the company a $7 million package over multiple years, contingent on factors including employment, job retention and capital investment.
Palin’s attack on Trump signals two things:
#1. Palin didn’t see what the rest of us did about Donald Trump. He is a savage who can’t be trusted, and would say or do anything he thought would help him get elected.
#2. Palin must perceive that the Donald has no real intention of appointing her to any position in his cabinet, as she is already attacking him. By attacking him so early, Palin can point to her attack as a reason that Trump didn’t appoint her to any cabinet position, rather than her lack of experience and judgment.