The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. Random guy Member

    Now there's a waste of time. It's like protesting the tide.

    If the Democratic party and liberal Americans want do something about this, it's time they started working out why electing Clinton as candidate was a bad idea and how to beat Trump the next time around. Protesting election results won't accomplice any of that.
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    Here It Comes: Trump's 100-Day Plan to "Make America Great Again" | Common Dreams


    What now? Brace yourself.

    At the end of October in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump laid out what his campaign called a "100-day plan to Make America Great Again."

    The plan (pdf) came on top of multiple promises Trump made on the campaign trail about what he would do on his "first day in office." Taken together, these vows represent a right-wing agenda that includes:
    • removing "more than two million criminal illegal immigrants from the country;"
    • canceling "every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum, and order issued by President Obama;"
    • suspending immigration "from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur;"
    • repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act;
    • allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to move forward;
    • lifting restrictions on fossil fuel production;
    • selecting a Supreme Court nominee in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia;
    • canceling "billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs;"
    • establishing "a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;" and
    • ending federal funding for sanctuary cities.
    "This is life in the early days of a Trump presidency: economic shock, international instability, and constitutional crisis as Trump makes the presidency his plaything," Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrotelast week.

    Some of Trump's plans, including the infamous border wall with Mexico, may hit some roadblocks. But with the GOP retaining control of both the House and the Senate—and Trump's potential cabinet picks comprised of conservative darlings from Rudy Giuliani to Sarah Palin—the path for implementation for many of these agenda items is clear.

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  5. She won the popular vote, there's a lot of reasons to protest.
  6. The Internet Member

    The world's fossil fuel companies are nuts. Global warming is real and we have only 4-5 years to reverse the trend before we risk runaway warming.

    Used to be a person could live a lifetime with only one species extinction event. Now they happen all the time.
  7. Two results of Trump's win

    Muslim Women Wearing Hijabs Assaulted Just Hours After Trump Win
    The first police reports started trickling in within 10 hours of Donald Trump's victory speech.
    University of Louisiana
    San Jose State University
    San Diego State University
  8. In addition here's an unintended consequence...ObamaCare is booming.
  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Glitch briefly removes 'Muslim ban' proposal from Trump website | Reuters


    Some of the most controversial proposals Donald Trump made while running for U.S. president disappeared from his campaign website on Thursday, but a spokesman said what some observers took as a softening of Trump's policies was due to a technical glitch.

    The link to Trump's Dec. 7 proposal titled: "Donald J. Trump statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration," in which he called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" vanished temporarily from the website but later reappeared.

    So too did a list of Trump's potential Supreme Court justice picks as president and certain details of his economic, defense and regulatory reform plans.

    "The website was temporarily redirecting all specific press release pages to the home page," Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said in an email.


    Despite the temporary glitch, most of Trump's core policy positions had remained on his website, including his central immigration promise to build an "impenetrable physical wall" on the border with Mexico and make Mexico pay for its construction.

    It was not the first time the Trump campaign blamed technical difficulties for changes to its website. The campaign this year also replaced the part of the site describing Trump's healthcare policy with a different version. When contacted about it by Reuters in September, the campaign put the original page back up.
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    Anti-Trump protesters stage second day of election demonstrations | Reuters


    Police put up security fences around U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's new hotel in Washington on Thursday and a line of concrete blocks shielded New York's Trump Tower as students around the country staged a second day of protests over his election.

    A day after thousands of people took to the streets in at least 10 U.S. cities from Boston to Berkeley, California, chanting "not my president" and "no Trump," fresh protests were held in cities from New Orleans to San Francisco.

    About 100 protesters marched from the White House, where Trump had his first transition meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, to the nearby Trump International Hotel, chanting "love Trumps hate."

    "This generation deserves better than Donald Trump," said Lily Morton, 17, marching with about 100 classmates from the Georgetown Day School. "The queer people, colored people, women, girls, everyone that is going to be affected by this, we need to protest to help them. There is still love in this country."

    A Trump campaign representative did not respond to requests for comment on the protests.

    Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and a high-profile Trump supporter, called the demonstrators "a bunch of spoiled cry-babies," in an interview with Fox News.

    Protesters cited a list of objections to Trump, including his campaign rhetoric critical of immigrants and Muslims, as well as allegations that he had sexually abused women and bragged about it. Trump has denied those allegations.

    More than 20 people were arrested for blocking or attempting to block highways in Los Angeles and Richmond, Virginia, early Thursday morning.

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    Russia: "There were contacts" with Donald Trump's campaign before election | CBS News


    A top Russian diplomat and Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Thursday that Russian experts were in contact with some members of President-elect Donald Trump’s staff during the presidential campaign, a period in which the United States accused Russia of hacking into Democratic Party email systems.

    A spokeswoman for Trump denied the assertion, but it raised the ongoing suspicions about the president-elect’s relationship with Putin’s government that had dogged his campaign with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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    U.S. intelligence officials “dread” Donald Trump’s presidency | VICE News


    In August, 50 former senior national security and foreign policy officials who worked in administrations spanning from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush signed a letter vehemently opposing a Donald Trump presidency. He would be, they said, “a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”

    On Thursday, less than two days after Trump beat Hillary Clinton in one of the ugliest and most contentious presidential campaigns in memory, an intelligence analyst will sit down with Trump and begin to share the nation’s most coveted secrets with the president-elect.

    Several U.S. counterterrorism officials told VICE News there’s a sense of dread in the Intelligence Community over Trump’s victory, and disgust over the fact that he has been harshly critical of their assessments on Syria and Russia, particularly the finding that Russia is responsible for cyber attacks in the U.S.

    Deeply troubling for the Intelligence Community is the possibility that Trump will indeed follow through with things he proposed while on the campaign trail, such as “bombing the shit out of ISIS” and perhaps putting boots on the ground in Syria. Policies like this, officials said, will undermine U.S. counterterrorism efforts around the world.

    “We didn’t realize this was a real possibility,” one intelligence official told VICE News. Like others, the official requested anonymity in order to speak candidly about Trump. “There’s a whole slew of things we don’t have a firm sense of at this point.”

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  13. The Internet Member

    Back in the Cold War days, the KGB trolled the CIA by "leaking" info suggesting a mole was working in sensitive areas. Whether a mole was present or not, the worry about a hidden traitor fucked up operations. Good people got axed.

    Trump seems particularly vulnerable to paranoia. And he has given a cold shoulder to US intelligence, saying he doesn't trust them and shrugging off the briefing he got indicating Russia was behind hacks of Democratic Party systems.

    So those 50 intelligence officials will soon be out of work. Hope I am wrong, but Trump.
  14. DeathHamster Member

    50 former senior national security and foreign policy officials.

    However, they might have lucrative private industry deals with the government that could be hurt.
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  16. This is the foreshadowing
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    Nationwide Protests Continue as Obama and Trump Strike Conciliatory Tone | NBC News

    In second day of anti-Trump protests, civil rights a top concern | Reuters

    Protesters Block Interstate in Minneapolis | ABC News

    Anti-Trump protests in Portland for third straight night | KGW Portland

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 58 minutes ago
    Just had a very open and successful presidential election.
    Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!
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    So, What’s Happening in This Photo From the White House? | TIME


    This picture was not taken on Thursday, but rather a day earlier as Obama spoke in a live televised address after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton conceded to Trump. Their expressions reflect how they felt watching their soon-to-be former boss give one of his last major speeches, not their emotions as they saw his successor arrive at the White House for the first time. That may seem minor, but it’s a big distinction, especially for those on Twitter who sought to read a lot into the photo.
  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here are some recent posts from Michael Moore's Facebook page:

    Morning After To-Do List:

    1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably.

    2. Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn't let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on. Those same bloviators will now tell us we must "heal the divide" and "come together." They will pull more hooey like that out of their ass in the days to come. Turn them off.

    3. Any Democratic member of Congress who didn't wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that's about to begin.

    4. Everyone must stop saying they are "stunned" and "shocked". What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren't paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all "You're fired!" Trump's victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him. He is both a creature and a creation of the media and the media will never own that.

    5. You must say this sentence to everyone you meet today: "HILLARY CLINTON WON THE POPULAR VOTE!" The MAJORITY of our fellow Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Period. Fact. If you woke up this morning thinking you live in an effed-up country, you don't. The majority of your fellow Americans wanted Hillary, not Trump. The only reason he's president is because of an arcane, insane 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. Until we change that, we'll continue to have presidents we didn't elect and didn't want. You live in a country where a majority of its citizens have said they believe there's climate change, they believe women should be paid the same as men, they want a debt-free college education, they don't want us invading countries, they want a raise in the minimum wage and they want a single-payer true universal health care system. None of that has changed. We live in a country where the majority agree with the "liberal" position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen (see: #1 above).

    Let's try to get this all done by noon today.

    -- Michael Moore

    Day Two's To-Do List:

    1. Must quickly and decisively form an opposition movement, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the 1960s. I will do my part to help lead this as I'm sure many others (Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, MoveOn, the hip-hop community, DFA, etc.) will, too. The core of this opposition force will be fueled by young people who, as with Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, don't tolerate b.s. and are relentless in their resistance to authority. They have no interest in compromising with racists and misogynists.

    2. Prepare to impeach Trump. Just as the Republicans were already planning to do with President Hillary from Day One, we must organize the apparatus that will bring charges against him when he violates his oath and breaks the law -- and then we must remove him from office.

    3. Must commit right now to a vigorous fight (including civil disobedience, if necessary) which will block any and all Donald Trump Supreme Court nominees who do not meet our approval. We demand the Democrats in the Senate aggressively filibuster any nominees who support Citizens United or who oppose the rights of women, immigrants and the poor. This is non-negotiable.

    4. Demand the DNC apologize to Bernie Sanders for trying to fix the primaries against him, for spinning the press to ignore his historic campaign, for giving Clinton the questions in advance at the Flint debate, for its latent ageism and anti-Semism in trying to turn voters against him because of his age or religious beliefs, and for its anti-democracy system of "superdelegates" who are elected by no one. We all know now had Bernie been given a fair shot, he probably would have been the nominee and he -- as the true outsider and "change" candidate -- would have inspired and fired up the base and soundly defeated Donald Trump. If no apology is soon forthcoming from the DNC, that's ok -- when we take over the Democratic Party (see yesterday's To-Do List, #1), we will issue the apology in person.

    5. Demand that President Obama establish a Special Prosecutor to investigate who and what was behind FBI Director James Comey's illegal interference into the Presidential election 11 days before the vote was held.

    6. Begin a national push while it's fresh in everyone's mind for a constitutional amendment to fix our broken electoral system: 1. Eliminate the Electoral College -- popular vote only. 2. Paper ballots only -- no electronic voting. 3. Election Day must be made a holiday for all -- or held on a weekend so more people vote. 4. All citizens, regardless of any run-ins with the criminal "justice" system, must have the right to vote. (In swing states like Florida and Virginia, 30-40% of all Black men are prohibited by law from voting.)

    7. Convince President Obama to immediately do what he should have done a year ago: Send in the Army Corps of Engineers to Flint to dig up and replace all the poisoned pipes. NOTHING HAS CHANGED; the water in Flint is still unusable.

    Will try to get these done by sundown. More To-Do tomorrow.

    -- Michael Moore
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    • SJSU and SDSU are currently being investigated.
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    Trump is asking to delay his fraud trial until after he is inaugurated, as if he won't be too busy then.
  22. Random guy Member

    Same thing with Gore vs Bush if memory serves me right. Diddly-squatt to do about it, unless you Amerifags decide you want to scrap the most useless bits of the constitution and go for actual representative democracy.
  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    About 150 Anti-Donald Trump Protesters Arrested in Downtown L.A. Early Saturday | KTLA

    Man shot on Morrison Bridge during Portland anti-Trump protest | The Oregonian

    Anti-Trump protesters gear up for weekend demonstrations across the US | The Guardian
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    Surveillance Self-Defense Against the Trump Administration

    By Micah Lee, The Intercept


    On Tuesday, Americans handed the U.S. presidency to a racist, xenophobic, authoritarian, climate-science-denying, misogynistic, revenge-obsessed ego-maniac — and with it control over a vast and all-too-unaccountable intelligence apparatus; and in a speech less than three weeks ago, Trump promised to sue all of the women who have come forward with sexual assault accusations against him.

    Trump has repeatedly shown utter disrespect for the rule of law. He doesn’t believe in freedom of religion. He advocates torture. He has said he’ll instruct his Justice Department to investigate Black Lives Matter activists, and it’s likely he’ll appoint Rudy Giuliani, of New York City’s racist and unconstitutional “stop-and-frisk” fame, as his attorney general to do the investigating. The New York Times also reports that “Mr. Trump still privately muses about all the ways he will punish his enemies after Election Day.”

    With Trump eager to misuse his power and get revenge on his perceived enemies, it’s reasonable to conclude there will be a parallel increase in abuse of power in law enforcement and the intelligence community. Activists who put their bodies on the line trying to protect basic rights — freedom of religion, freedom of speech, civil rights, reproductive rights, voting rights, privacy rights — will face the brunt of it.

    Thanks to 16 years of relentless and illegal expansion of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, Trump is about to have more tools of surveillance at his disposal than any tyrant ever has. Those preparing for the long fight ahead must protect themselves, even if doing so can be technically complicated.

    The best approach varies from situation to situation, but here are some first steps that activists and other concerned citizens should take.

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