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I’m assembling a post full of anti-Trump resources. Can you help?

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So I’m putting together a page (or possibly two) of anti-Trump resources, and I could use your help over the next few days. (No need think about any of this stuff today, obviously!)

I’m looking for a bunch of different things:

Information and graphics to help make the case that Trump’s victory is illegitimate, based on:

Hillary’s big win the popular vote; the ways in which the electoral college effectively overcounts the votes of rural whites and those in swing states and undercounts those of minorities; dirty tricks, from Russian hacking and wikileaks to the machinations of Comey and pro-Trump FBI agents (I’m especially interested in stuff talking about Trump’s connections to the dirty tricksters, as well as his public encouragement and exploitation of leaked emails and the like).

Information on protests and other anti-Trump activism:

Both local and national (and on the internet). Links to help people who want to get involved.

Information and resources to help people deal with Trump-related anxiety, etc. 

Information on Trump’s massive conflicts of interest, and whether or not this could rise to the level of an impeachable offense

Information on his worldwide business dealings. Examples of the conflicts that have already become an issue even though he’s not yet in the White House. The issues raised by his plan to have his kids run his business — despite their continued involvement in the transition and their attendance at meetings with foreign leaders.

Information on Trump’s connections to white supremacists

The possibility that he engaged in “pay to play” for favorable coverage in Breitbart. Connections to far-right parties and activists in Europe. Examples of horrible stuff said and done by his white supremacist supporters. His refusal to clearly and specifically distance himself from these people — in person, on camera.

Trump’s compulsive lying; his vanity; his obsession with revenge; his encouragement of violence at his rallies; his flip-flops, mood swings, erratic behavior; his susceptibility to flattery; his promulgation of fake news and discredited claims

Trump’s racism and misogyny

Trump’s attacks on Muslims and Latinos. His record of discrimination against black tenants. His long history of misogyny. The accusations of sexual assault raised against him.

Historical parallels between Trump and fascist/authoritarian leaders in the past

Information about Trump’s unwillingness to follow traditional norms of presidential behavior and/or do his job

His massive ignorance about this country and the world and unwillingness/inability to learn. His attempts to dodge the press and threats against press freedom. His refusal to attend daily intelligence briefings. His refusal to make his tax returns public.

Trump’s terrible advisors and allies; the Russian connections

Further reading on Trump

Ranging from the terrible things he’s said about women, to his bankruptcies and sleazy business practices, to his embrace of assorted conspiracy theories over the years. I’m generally looking for longer articles here, but short primers on some issues are welcome as well.

Further reading on fascism. authoritarianism, right-wing movements and media

Information about Pence, particularly his anti-LGBT policies

Funny stuff

Recommended publications, writers, podcasters, etc to help make sense of Trump

Anything else you can think of that I’m forgetting

Thanks!

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Shartheheretic
Shartheheretic
4 years ago

All I can say is: Zumahzoomzoom or whatever your name is, if Scildfreja felt the need to respond to you in that way, you need to consider how you are coming across. Normally, Scildfreja is all about being polite and emulating MLP in responses, so you are obviously doing something wrong if you get that response you received.

In other words, I’m always impressed with how civil and nice Scildfreja is, so you basically really came across in an unflattering manner there to get that response, Zumadumadindong.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
4 years ago

Aw, thank you, @Shartheheretic. I was pretty cranky yesterday though, so it could be that too! I leave it to the court to decide my fate.

SpukiKitty
SpukiKitty
4 years ago

PreuxFox
November 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm

@SpukiKitty hi! I didn’t read your post as trolling, but I can see why people would be feeling cautious. I suppose that’s neither here nor there but I just thought it might help to know that not everyone read it the same way.

I also just want to caution you to be careful about suggesting techniques like hacking, etc. for your own safety. Neither the U.S. nor the Russian governments are known for taking words like that casually, even from someone like yourself who (as you said) does not have the skills required to carry out a plan like that on your own. And they both have eyes just about everywhere.

It’s clear you’re very action-oriented which is a respectable quality in any person. I’m just honestly worried about you getting put on some kind of list (or worse) by making suggestions like that, and because your comments come across as you being very high-energy or as others have said, intense; and because those of us with mental illnesses are more likely to find ourselves in a bad position when caught on the wrong side of the law.
Carrie
November 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Protest/activism : There’s a #GrabYourWallet group that is boycotting stores that sell anything by Ivanka or Donald Trump. Started by Shannon Coulter.
Ooglyboggles
November 25, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Look we’re not going to commit criminal activity. That would further legitimize the fascists. Instead we’ll pursue legal and constitutional methods in order to remove Trump from office, or what is seeming to be more likely, push back harder against institutional dismantling of human rights.

Agreed 100% on all counts. It’s always better to take the high road.

We need to heed the wisdom of Michelle Obama; “When they go low, we go high!”. We need to apply that to both our strategy, how we conduct ourselves and how we retort to the Trumpsters. You can speak out and speak the Truth to Power while being tactful.

We must also study the U.S. Constitution so we can use it should certain folks in the U.S. Govt. decide to pull something shady against us.

All things must be legal. Any act that is illegal or against the Constitution on our part would be a detriment.

They can fudge things, right now, because they have money and power so we have to do double-duty at being law-abiding.

The only laws worth fighting and breaking are the ones that go against the Constitution and the true American ideals of Freedom, Equality, Opportunity.

So; No hacking. Hacking is stupid.

That said; It’s wise to still be savvy, shrewd and not naive. We need to learn from past failures and learn to unite as a Nation and do our best to put away our differences.

The U.S. Constitution is the U.S.A.’s best barrier against the worst, most Hitler/Mussolini/Pol-Pot/Stalin/etc.-esque abuses. As long as it’s still considered “The Law of the Land”, the country won’t become exactly like Nazi Germany (as long as we stay diligent).

I also love the idea of creating lists of stuff/establishments to boycott (be it Trump stuff or Koch stuff or whatever). In fact; There should be a bright, easy-to-read guide that not only tells you what to boycott but also, SHOW ALTERNATIVES. It’s important that people are shown easy-to-find, relatively inexpensive alternatives. You can tell folks to boycott all you want but that often means boycotting everything (since these are big business conglomerates and monopolies and alternatives are often hard to find).

Since someone shared Trump stuff to avoid. Here’s a bunch of Koch stuff to avoid as well….
http://oi64.tinypic.com/2rbz6dl.jpg
….These guys may seem like old news but we should never take the heat off for a minute!

Places for alternatives that I know of….
http://www.greenpages.org/ (All Sorts of Stuff be it Home, Fashion, Health, Food, etc.)
http://www.ecomall.com/ (All Sorts of Stuff be it Home, Fashion, Health, Food, etc.)
http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ (Fair Trade)
http://www.localharvest.org (Home, Health, Food from Local Farmers and Craftspeople in the States).
….Finally; Buy stuff second-hand and, if you can, grow some produce (you don’t even need a big garden. You can keep a mini-garden in some big pots on your apartment balcony). The finest tomatoes I’ve eaten are the ones grown at home.

Eva Vavoom
Eva Vavoom
4 years ago

Slowly making it through this post and comments.

In my vehement opposition to Trump, I have tried to concentrate on his conflicts of interest. On Tuesday he said to the New York Times “The president can’t have conflicts of interest Okay?” Now, if he was a presidential man, that would mean “The president shouldn’t give everybody the impression that he has conflicts of interests up the wazoo, this would halt his ability to do his job.” But what Trump was referring to is that there is no specific law against the president having conflicts of interests. He therefore talked about running the country and his businesses “perfectly” at the same time, citing that it has never been done.

So Trump is involved in a few dozen of what he calls joint ventures. Simply put, Trump selling international business men the ability to put his name on the buildings they are constructing. Trump gets a fat check, that is it.

So who is responsible for protecting these two dozen sites (prominent ones in Qatar and Saudi Arabia) from vandalism or attack? Because, these buildings have a huge target on them. Remember that the World Trade Center was attacked because its name identifies it as the epicenter of globalization. Obviously, the owners of these buildings could remove the gold letters from the facade. But then they will sue Trump in order to get out of paying him money to display the name. And most of these projects are already mired by lawsuits and criminal investigations!

This completely invalidates Trump’s ability to do his new job.

I could run into a lobby of a Trump building screaming anything ominous or scary… And the “OMG Trump Assasination Attempt!” crew would ramp this up to make it a world incident of grave danger to the supreme leader. And then Trump must provide security to all his interests, at great cost to Americans. (Keep track of the expense of Trump)

Next. Marines protect Embassies. Kitchy TRUMP properties cannot be protected by the army. So the old Private Armies have to be brought in to secure these properties. What happens with secret armies? Not only are they terrifyingly scary men projecting TERRIBLE OPTICS about Americans all over the world, they have been known to… shoot people. Again, I could run into a hotel lobby screaming (that my dog got run over) and probably be shot on site by one of these goons. And, again, it would be a terrible incident of terrorism used to increase the budget for security. This is incredibly expensive and, as we have seen with the Iraq war, an excellent method of sneakily stealing billions from the US public.

Okay, so there are a million awful things that Trump can do like round up brown people suspected of “immigration” but the kleptocracy of Americans to protect his own business interests is possible the easiest to quantify and watchdog.

USA is a nation of laws and money. So hold him accountable to the law (decry his luxurious brand of corruption) and count the money.

Christopher Winter
Christopher Winter
4 years ago

I’ve assembled a set of references to stories about various shortcomings of the President-elect. Perhaps it will be of interest. Note that it is still a work in progress.

The capital letter enclosed in square brackets are keys to the references — not active links, because I figure to add more and changing all those links would be too tedious.

URL: http://www.chris-winter.com/Digressions/Election_2016/Trump_Strikes.html

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago

Question. Since it’s looking more likely by the hour that, yes, Trump did rig the election (holy fucktabulous shitsicles)… Exactly what would happen to him and his co-conspirators, legally speaking, if they’re ever brought to trial for it? Potential charges, prison terms, etc. I just can’t think of any precedent for this outside of spy thrillers and action movies.

Yamara
4 years ago

@Moocow
@LG

Re Electoral College

(Apologies in advance for any splaining. Trying to be thorough.)

Right now the main pushback on the election results are Jill Stein’s effort for recounts in WI, MI and PA https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/recount ; and the #HamiltonElectors, a group of Demoractic Electors trying to convince their GOP counterparts in other states to “unite behind an alternative Republican Candidate” http://www.hamiltonelectors.com .

There are, of course, many many more. Beware of sites that ask you to blanket-contact Electors: Some states have laws against that, and/or laws against Electors changing their EV. I’ve seen at least one site where people have contacted Florida Electors, and one has gloatingly responded back with “I have turned your email request over to the proper legal authorities for their handling as to a legal disposition.”

The Electors names’ are mostly known (they have a Wikipedia page), but some sites have been posting their contact info. Yeah, doxxing, though many are public officials outside their position as Electors.

I have in my possession one unconfirmed file of GOP Electors that has since been taken down from one of these sites, which I will not share, as it is very doxxing. However, one field suggests as many as nine GOP Electors reported to be against Trump as of last week. With Art Sisneros of TX, mentioned in Moocow’s link, that would be ten.

The Electoral College votes at the state capitols on December 19th. We must still prepare for Trumpocalypse, but up through that date, we should find the best ways to petition the Electors.

Yamara
4 years ago

(Moooore electoral splain ahead…)

The issue with the Electors that gets muddied online is that 37 GOP Electors have to not vote for Trump to change the outcome of the reported election. (Though if a Stein recount flips a state, this margin would be narrowed.)

The likelihood of Republican Electors to switch their vote to Hillary Clinton, even with all Trump is known for and currently up to, is vanishingly small.

Smaller than the already extremely outside chance of getting GOP Electors to go “faithless” and vote for a different Republican, as the #HamiltonElectors are proposing.

The most likely outcome of a successful disruption of the Electoral College is a reduction of Trump’s EV below 270 with no one else rising above it either. This puts the top three candidates into the House for a vote, with Trump, Clinton, and whoever gets the thirdmost EVs.

Since the House is Republican, this still precludes Clinton from the Oval Office. But it would hold the GOP directly accountable, and even give them an option to replace Trump with another, presumably saner, Republican.

Again, this is the most likely scenario in this highly unlikely scenario. The longest of long odds.

Duty pays no mind to the odds.

Yamara
4 years ago

Also, Dave? Our enormous gratitude for everything you’ve done, and continue to do.

…Because you are now an anti-fascist leader.

Kat Knitt
Kat Knitt
4 years ago

Here is an idea for action: Tweet at companies whose ads are appearing on Breitbart to reduce Breitbart’s ad funding. Here is a spreadsheet I created listing the companies and their Twitter handles:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSasxLNF5-ogapZm_ueEd20Leddq5JI9NmaSEN9ymGwYrGLbrBoEiMcet4kLxdxIrhUfu72S0hO-7o0/pubhtml

Rhuu
Rhuu
4 years ago

@Yamara:

replace Trump with another, presumably saner, Republican.

You might want to check out the comments policy.

Interesting stuff on the electoral college, something that still baffles me!

History Nerd
History Nerd
4 years ago

A big issue that will come up is that Trump promised he would protect Social Security and Medicare. Republicans and centrist Democrats both support various forms of privatization, and there’s a possibility the Republicans will try to push through Paul Ryan’s “Better Way” program. Ryan’s program for Medicare involves replacing Medicare with a voucher program for buying private insurance. Some progressive analysts say it makes Medicare more like Obamacare and it would be less efficient and hugely unpopular. It would be a huge scandal if Trump doesn’t follow through and veto privatization bills.

Yamara
4 years ago

@Rhuu

Ergh! I thought I caught everything before cutting & pasting from Notepad. I of course meant political sanity, but you’re right. My sincere apologies to any and all.

SpukiKitty
SpukiKitty
4 years ago

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
November 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

Question. Since it’s looking more likely by the hour that, yes, Trump did rig the election (holy fucktabulous shitsicles)… Exactly what would happen to him and his co-conspirators, legally speaking, if they’re ever brought to trial for it? Potential charges, prison terms, etc. I just can’t think of any precedent for this outside of spy thrillers and action movies.

WOWZERS! TIME TO MAKE A NOISE!

We gotta get things goin’! Time to petition and all that stuff and make a “YUGE” case that Trumpy has been rigging the votes!

Also; Time to demand all sorts of investigations and charges of TREASON!

Fortunately; There have been a lot of GOPers that were against Trump, that’s a good sign. Many might be wingnuts as well but at least they’re decent enough to see Trump for what he is. Perhaps a bipartisan coalition of Democrats, Sympathetic GOPers and other Parties may be in order.

Yamara
4 years ago

On the Russian Front, Josh Marshall encapsulates the issue all too well in this essay from yesterday:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/don-t-forget-it-happened

And the links he provides to exposés in the Washington Post and Buzzfeed:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/russian-propaganda-effort-helped-spread-fake-news-during-election-experts-say/2016/11/24/793903b6-8a40-4ca9-b712-716af66098fe_story.html?postshare=7411480039958022&tid=ss_tw

https://www.buzzfeed.com/albertonardelli/german-spies-are-alarmed-over-threat-to-election-from-fake-n?utm_term=.fy8NlqQw3D#.jhNnOGg3QV

How bad is it? Well, the BBC today posted this video of Putin explaining to a geography student, “Russia’s border doesn’t end anywhere.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38099842

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
4 years ago

Two more to add to the list; I haven’t fully looked into the first. Both are from this Twitter feed:

1.

Breaking: Trump Foundation admits to violating federal law by using funds to support Trump’s campaign, including Iowa and NH

2.

Millionaire Betsy DeVos wants to end child labor laws so children can work in mines. Trump’s Education Secretary is so detached #Recount2016

According to DeVos, it’s not mines, precisely – more like Walmart and Chick-Fil-A (seriously, who comes up with these names?). And abolishing compulsory education will make it easier, yay! 😐

Imperator Kahlo
Imperator Kahlo
4 years ago

Hi David, your plans for these pages sound great. I’m looking forward to reading them and think they’ll be an invaluable resource going forwards. You do such wonderful and largely thankless work here!

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
4 years ago

The problem with the electoral college is the same as the problem with impeachment, to my understanding. Electors are chosen by the party who won the state, so it’s very unlikely for them to vote against their party. Likewise, to my understanding, Impeachment is done in the House/Senate, which are both Republican-dominated. They won’t impeach him for collusion, because it’d implicate a number of people in their own party :\ At the best, I see the Republicans losing a huge number of congresspeoples in 2018, and then impeachment might be viable. I can’t see it happening otherwise.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
4 years ago

@David F.,

The plan looks fab. I’m on semi-holiday for a few weeks, so let me know if I can help (chasing stuff up, etc.).

As Imperator Kahlo said above, your work is very, very much appreciated.

Vucodlak
Vucodlak
4 years ago

@ Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger

Sorry for my slow response, and thanks for the confirmation.

I’m not really certain about the pronunciation of Vucodlak. I came across it in an occult text. Such things really ought to have a pronunciation guides, though I suppose that would rather run counter to the “occult” part.

I’m pretty sure Vuc- rhymes with Luke, and Lac- rhymes with, well, Lack, but I’m not sure if the O- is long or short. I’m sure it would sound very weird if I spoke it anyway, given how slowly I speak. You should hear me say Piggly Wiggly (a local-ish grocery chain).

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

@Vukodlak
After some rudimentary research, I think it’s meant to be pronounced like voo-CODE-lock in the original Serbian. Or, at least I’m pretty sure that’s a Serbo-Croat word…

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
4 years ago

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/vukodlak

Pronunciation
IPA(key): /ʋukǒdlak/

If someone could translate the IPA symbols…

Snowolf
Snowolf
4 years ago

http://quantum-displacement.tumblr.com/post/153384982664/trumps-cabinet

Tumblr post (not mine) with a long list of information about Trumps cabinet. While you can say but these aren’t him there are several proverbs that all boil down to if you want to know someone, look at his friends.

http://quantum-displacement.tumblr.com/post/146015554444/anti-trump-masterpost

Link to Tumblr post (by person above) with information about who endorsed him and his supporters etc. Really long with lots of interesting information.

http://copperbadge.tumblr.com/post/153173245371/history-may-not-repeat-itself-but-it-sure-does

Another (not mine) tumblr post which talks about the rise of hitler and links it to trump slightly.

Bethd
Bethd
4 years ago

Hey sorry for being a dick. I didn’t mean to be a dick. I’m really bad at expressing myself to any degree really, and I don’t think I’m a special snowflake or whatever.

And I’m sorry for trolling here… It was years ago, but it was still really shitty to do. I was a dumb, immature kid with no social life. Not that that’s an excuse, but that is why.

For the record I hate trump and I cried when he got elected (which may or may not be stupid) because I am actually part of a vulnerable minority, so I’m sorry if you think I’m some sort of trump supporter troll who delurked just to stir shit. I’m really not, but then again you got no reason to believe me.

It’s very clear I’m not welcome here, and perhaps for good reason. I’ll keep my opinions to myself. I honestly don’t get it. I just always notice that anyone who isn’t following the very strict set of opinions that the commentors have here gets pounced on, and its so tiresome… I’ve seen actual trolls here who deserve it, but I just think you were way too dismissive of that guy earlier in the thread.

But who the hell am I to say anything?

Again, I’m sorry. Sorry isn’t enough, I know…. But it’s all I got.

Keep up the good work, David.

iskadrow
iskadrow
4 years ago

@Vukodlak

The big bad in an old game (Vampire: The Masquerade: Redemption) is named just so! And if the game can be trusted, it’s pretty much spoken as written: Vu-cot-luck, or close to that. Obviously, I wouldn’t just trust the game, nor my recollection, especially since I’m not sure if I played the game in English or German. *coughs and falls silent*

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

@Beth

I honestly don’t get it

We know…

Vucodlak
Vucodlak
4 years ago

@ Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger and Fishy Goat

Heh, I should have thought to look it up. I did when I first started using the name, to be sure I wasn’t taking a name used by someone else, but that was 7-8 years ago. All I found back then was a game account that hadn’t been used in some time, so I adopted it.

I’d actually intended to use a different name, a Russian name with a similar meaning (sort of in honor of my mentor), but I got rather mixed up. Both words start with “V,” both (in the texts I’ve read) refer to shamans/sorcerers, and both are derived from words for wolf.

By the time I realized I’d made an error, I’d already be using the name for a while, and I decided I preferred it to the name I’d intended to use anyway. However you pronounce it, “Vucodlak” sounds almost musical when compared to my original choice (which sounds like a cough… or a fake cough used to cover a fart, which ain’t fooling anyone). Not as nice as Vorvolaka, which I also considered, but the meaning of Vucodlak is closer to what I was going for. A “vorvolaka” is a type of vampire, from Greek folklore. It’s also my favorite Die So Fluid song, which is the real reason I considered it.

Today’s ramble brought to you by the letter “V,” the favorite letter of vengeful terrorists and anti-reptilian resistance forces.

@ iskadrow

I didn’t know that! I never played Redemption, but Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines is my favorite colon-abusing game. I mean punctuation-wise. I haven’t tried eating it. Or… nope, not going there.

Playing a Malkavian seemed to suit me, for some reason.

mildlymagnificent
mildlymagnificent
4 years ago

Conflicts of interest

what Trump was referring to is that there is no specific law against the president having conflicts of interests. He therefore talked about running the country and his businesses “perfectly” at the same time, citing that it has never been done.

Turns out there doesn’t need to be a specific provision about what presidents can and can’t do. There’s a blanket prohibition for any and all officials of the government in the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Joy-Ann Reid explains:- http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-risks-violating-constitution-with-foreign-business-815781955539

As it turns out, those Argentina building approvals came through within 3 days.
(I really love the idea that lawyers for Bush’s administration wouldn’t allow his name to be used even on a public school until after his presidency was over.)

mildlymagnificent
mildlymagnificent
4 years ago

As for the When they go low, we go high notion, I think there are other larger cultural issues here. It’s about politics as a serious subject of public thought and discussion.

Issue 1. Thinking.

From that article about fake news. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/11/23/503146770/npr-finds-the-head-of-a-covert-fake-news-operation-in-the-suburbs

He was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it. He wrote one fake story for NationalReport.net about how customers in Colorado marijuana shops were using food stamps to buy pot.

“What that turned into was a state representative in the House in Colorado proposing actual legislation to prevent people from using their food stamps to buy marijuana based on something that had just never happened,” Coler says.
… “It was just anybody with a blog can get on there and find a big, huge Facebook group of kind of rabid Trump supporters just waiting to eat up this red meat that they’re about to get served,”
… Coler says his writers have tried to write fake news for liberals — but they just never take the bait.

That’s a serious problem for the country as a whole. One substantial group of voters, conservatives but especially far rightwingers, is pre-identified as being much more susceptible to manipulation by lies and distortions that happen to accord with their existing views. (And I’m not overly impressed with the morality of the bloke doing it “as a joke”.)

How do we deal with that susceptibility? Calling people stupid – as is done routinely in places like The Guardian comment sections – is counter-productive apart from being rude.

Issue 2. Politics.

A couple of the comments on the link about Hillary’s popular vote. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/11/hillary-clinton-is-going-to-win-the-popular-vote-by-a-margin-greater-than-the-total-population-of-40-of-the-states

Clinton ran as the conscientious nominee of a conscientious political movement. She takes this entire business of governing much too seriously for a profession that combines pretensions of ennui with a staggering ignorance about the things they are supposedly meant to explain to the public.
The press took one long look at the prospect of eight more years of discussing CBO estimates and congressional procedure and decided they’d rather roll the dice on Armageddon than pretend to care for one more second.
… I’ve come to think this is really an important part of it.
Their love of Ryan fits in. He acts as though he’s a wonk, but he never bothers them with real complicated data, and he never, ever talks about the demands of conscience and shared humanity. Whew! He’s never going to say things about how they really ought to do something.

This was something that annoyed me all the way through the campaign. There were people bleating about Hillary as warmonger – who nevertheless now, and obviously then, supported Republicans who were openly enthusiastic in voting for the Iraq war and have never once even considered apologising for doing so in the way that Hillary has.

Why were these people not criticising Hillary as a boring do-gooder policy wonk? I know some of the press did that, briefly and only as an aside, before getting on with the real news, usually some half-baked, juiced-up scandal or another. (Being a card-carrying member of the 2nd wave feminist crew, I reckon that that’s part of the anti-woman stuff. They couldn’t put too much emphasis on her 40 years of work for children, healthcare, education and the rest because that would re-legitimise her womanly, now grandmotherly – and therefore admirable – qualities. Can’t allow a feminist upstart like her to gather any fraction of the credit she’s actually due.)

These are more about context than the specifics of what David’s looking for, but they’re worth bearing in mind.

Neveragaine (got lost in the Iron Republic)
Neveragaine (got lost in the Iron Republic)
4 years ago

Slightly OT but can someone tell me how is it becoming more obvious that the election was rigged? Is it just (well, “just”) voter suppression, hacking and fake news, or is there more? I’ve been a bit out of loop for the last few days (calculus midterms, I don’t want to see another surface integral in my life).

Thanks!

mildlymagnificent
mildlymagnificent
4 years ago

Two things. One, which seems to get very little attention more recently is the closing of polling booths and the reduction of hours of early opening.

There were almost 700 fewer polling places available this year compared to 2012. And a whole lot of states/ counties reduced the numbers of places/ days/ hours available for early voting. I haven’t yet seen much reference, far less analysis, of the possible impacts of this, but it would be worthwhile to find out.

Two, the electoral college. Trump made a yuuuuge commotion about the EC “rigging” the election in Obama’s favour back in 2012 when it looked, for a couple of hours, as though Romney might have had a majority in the popular vote when Obama had already earned 270+ EC votes.

Kevin
Kevin
4 years ago

This might provide a schadenfreude moment if true – I heard a report that the current Mrs Trump is filing for divorce…

Imperator Kahlo
Imperator Kahlo
4 years ago

@Kevin: Snopes has an article up about a fake news site claiming Melania had filed for divorce, but that was two weeks ago so hard to say whether yours is a new rumour – with the potential for truth – or echoes of that old one.

The schadenfreude would truly, however, be delicious.

Schnookums Von Fancypants, Purveyor of Misandrist Klondike Bars
Schnookums Von Fancypants, Purveyor of Misandrist Klondike Bars
4 years ago

I’m at the point right now where I’m so goddamn sick and tired of “It was the economy!” from so-called liberal news sources. Especially the “Hillary didn’t address the Rust Belt!” Not only is it kinda bullshit, but it’s racist as fuck. They don’t have the guts to say what they really mean, which is “Hillary didn’t sufficiently address WHITE PEOPLES economic concern.” and basically treating minorities like they’re some sort of special interest group or something.

Andreas
Andreas
4 years ago

Hi everyone. First post here.

My favorite scholar on the subject of fascism is Robert O Paxton, whose book “The Anatomy of Fascism” is an excellent analysis of the internal dynamics of the German Nazis, the Italian fascists and other totalitarian rightwing movements. The parts of the book that is most relevant in the present situation is probably the chapters on how these movements gained access to the political mainstream by playing on resentment against the existing political elite and the fear of leftist conspiracies, and how they took power by cooperating with, and then sidelining, traditional conservatives. The description of the passions which formed the basis of the fascist ideologies is also chillingly similar to what we see now.
The book is available as pdf here: https://libcom.org/files/Robert%20O.%20Paxton-The%20Anatomy%20of%20Fascism%20%20-Knopf%20%282004%29.pdf
A shorter essay by Paxton on the same subject is also available: http://theleder.com/docs/Misc/Paxton_Five%20Stages%20of%20Fascism.pdf

Paxton was interviewed about the similarities and differences between Trump and the interwar fascists a few times earlier this year: http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2016/05/31/yes-a-trump-presidency-would-bring-fascism-to-america/#757c761e2a75
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-neiwert/trump-may-not-be-a-fascist-but_b_8973768.html
https://www.democracynow.org/2016/3/15/father_of_fascism_studies_donald_trump, https://www.democracynow.org/2016/3/15/is_donald_trump_a_fascist_part
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/interrogation/2016/02/is_donald_trump_a_fascist_an_expert_on_fascism_weighs_in.html
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-patt-morrison-asks-robert-paxton-trump-fascism-20160308-story.html
http://www.salon.com/2016/03/11/trumps_not_hitler_hes_mussolini_how_gop_anti_intellectualism_created_a_modern_fascist_movement_in_america/
Unfraternally these are all form before Trump cemented his love affair with alt-right by hiring Bannon. I would like to hear what Paxton thinks of that.
Googeling “Robert Paxton trump” also yields dozens of other links, that may or may not be of interest.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
4 years ago

When left with a vague and unclear statement, it’s often good to expand it until it becomes clear.

“It was the economy!”

“Hillary didn’t address the Rust Belt! (as a critical factor of the economy)”

“Hillary didn’t sufficiently address WHITE PEOPLES economic concern.”

“Hillary didn’t sufficiently address WHITE PEOPLES economic concerns in a manner which they thought would address the problem.”

“Hillary didn’t sufficiently address WHITE PEOPLES economic concerns in a manner which they thought would address the problem, despite writing a book on how to address the problem.”

“Hillary didn’t provide the dog whistles which would appeal to WHITE PEOPLES economic concerns.”

I think that gets us there.

Yamara
4 years ago

I’d be remiss if I didn’t add this counter-valence to the Russian Question from Max Blumenthal:

http://www.alternet.org/media/washington-post-promotes-shadowy-website-accuses-200-publications-russian-propaganda-plants

Blumenthal seems to think that this is *just* a ploy to shut down left-leaning sites. But there’s no reason to think that fake news and witchhunts can’t operate simultaneously…

nparker
nparker
4 years ago

Has anyone noticed that Breitbart seems to have a new enemy to hate- the BBC?

They got massively offended because Frankie Boyle and other comedians dared to mock Trump on ‘American Autopsy’? They can dish it out but they sure can’t take it.

Is this new uptick in anti-BBC articles there just my personal illusion, or has anyone else noticed?

(I don’t go onto the site directly, so they won’t get traffic from me!)

nparker
nparker
4 years ago

@Neveragaine

Apparently Hillary did less well in states that had voting machines compared to where they had paper ballots and other methods. That’s something to do with it.

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

I’ve been trying to put together a list of resources for a while now, but there’s so much out there that I hope you’ll be able to organize it better than I have! For my part, I want to share with you some movements/petitions that I think can make a big difference against Trump! Please sign and share these if you can – we’re definitely stronger together!

1.) First is regarding the ELECTORAL COLLEGE and asking them to change their votes. Some have asked them to switch to Hillary Clinton, while others feel that any other Republican candidate would be fine, so long as it’s not Trump. Providing the resources below:

—a.) Petition to Electoral College (4.6 million signatures and counting)

—b.) Guide for contacting Electors

—c.) The Hamilton Electors (actual Electors who are trying to change the votes of their fellow Electors – they will need much more support!)

—d.) A piece found on Twitter including methods for contacting Electors (seems factually correct from my own research using it)

2.) Next I wanted to provide some of the links for having votes recounted/audited in states where results seemed more than a bit…sketchy. Jill Stein of the Green Party is already leading the effort in some states (with Clinton having just hopped on-board today), but here’s to hoping that more people will hop in and do their parts to get more states involved. We’re entitled to being sure of a fair election process, after all.

—a.) Jill Stein’s Fund-raising Page (for doing a recount in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin)

—b.) Petition requesting recount in Florida (because Florida law doesn’t allow losing candidates to request a recount – only the Secretary of State has the power to request this)

—c.) Petition asking Jill Stein to include more states in her Recount request

3.) One last point with some information I thought you might be interested in! The Women’s March on Washington come the day of the inauguration. It has multiple chapters around the country, but this is the page for the National Movement.

Some of this stuff might have already been shared, but it’s important enough that I want to be sure it reaches you. Might comment again with more information if I can fit in the time to spare to gather it up. Best of luck in your search, and thanks for doing this! Let’s hope word can be spread!

Neveragaine (got lost in the Iron Republic)
Neveragaine (got lost in the Iron Republic)
4 years ago

What If Trump Wanted More Illegal Immigration? Wait, He’s On It!
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-11-22/what-if-trump-wanted-more-illegal-immigration-wait-he-s-on-it

I laughed a lot reading this (it was not very funny, but at this point it’s laughter or crying). Unintended consequences at their finest. Apologies if it was already shared by someone.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago

@Neveragaine

A county in Wisconsin got caught with more votes for president than votes total, all for Trump. They flat-out invented votes when the result didn’t go their way.

Christopher Winter
Christopher Winter
4 years ago

The comment was made that it might be useful to cite right-leaning sources that point out problems with Trump. Here are two (Personal Liberty, and Reason’s Hit and Run) that argue he would not be a respecter of the Constitution.

Trump is no constitutional scholar
8 July 2016

Constitutional Originalists Against Trump
17 October 2016

rugbyyogi
rugbyyogi
4 years ago

As deplorable as Trump’s racism, misogyny and xenophobia and the tolerance of the homophobia* it’s his complete disrespect of certain “traditional conservative values**” that shock and frighten me the most. His lack of respect for the constitution, for rule of law – including equality under the law that will do the most lasting damage to the constitutional democracy. The US has had racist and sexist Presidents in the past but has managed to move on and even progress, because even if you don’t like a group if you believe that people have certain inalienable rights and that those rights must be protected then society can move on and individuals will be able to assert their rights…

But where rights are chipped away at then we humans become rats in a sack – and even if a tyrant wasn’t sexist or racist then those attitudes will flourish. It becomes a perfect storm for minorities when hate is cultivated and rights are not respected – and I’m afraid that’s Trump.

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*I actually think this might be the one type of hate Trump may not be guilty of – but he’s more than happy to allow it to happen and cultivate an environment where it can flourish – hence Pence.
**I don’t think you have to be a conservative to have these values.

SpukiKitty
SpukiKitty
4 years ago

Hey, guys! I’ve been hearing that there’s a bunch of recounts happening. Who knows? We MIGHT have a Hillary/Kaine Presidency after all! There’s recounts underway in three KEY swing-states….Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania….and Trumpy is HAVING A CONNIPTION!….
* http://addictinginfo.org/2016/11/27/keith-olbermann-buries-trump-for-whining-about-recount-efforts/

Dork a l’Orange been yammerin’ against the recount and even lies about winning the Popular vote. Then he yammers about “voter fraud”. If he was so concerned about “voter fraud”, he would be fine with the recount! He’s just lying his face off!….
* http://addictinginfo.org/2016/11/27/trump-makes-wild-accusation-that-3-million-people-voted-illegally-to-make-him-lose-popular-vote/
* http://addictinginfo.org/2016/11/27/george-takei-just-btch-slapped-trump-after-he-claimed-he-won-the-popular-vote-tweets/

And there’s even some Republicans who may actually help the Democrats in regards to Annoying Orange Jr….
* http://addictinginfo.org/2016/11/27/meet-the-republicans-who-may-actually-help-democrats-control-the-senate-and-thwart-trump/
….even with a GOP majority, some GOPers are as much against Trumpypants as the Dems!

Oh; I admit that Addicting Info is my fave Left-leaning news source.

Pho with Beef and Basil
Pho with Beef and Basil
4 years ago

Thank you David and all contributors; I’ve been enjoying the comments to this post so far, especially the Spy Magazine compilation. I haven’t finished reading all the comments/recommendations yet, but I would like to drop two links for a topic I find personally important: Trump’s influence on the establishment of a democratic system in China.

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7572627/china-reaction-donald-trump-election

http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2016-11-22/how-china-could-emerge-as-the-worlds-global-leader-during-the-trump-administration