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Dan Rather Just Gave The Best Response To Trump’s NFL Remarks

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Dan Rather Just Gave The Best Response To Trump’s NFL Remarks

 

Friday night, President Trump stood before a crowd of his devotees in Alabama and called NFL players “sons of bitches” for their respectful protest of centuries of discrimination against black Americans and said they should be fired for silently kneeling during the National Anthem.

Many have spoken out against the vile display of bigotry but none more eloquently than legendary journalist and anchor, Dan Rather.

He took to Facebook Sunday morning and gave a powerful rebuke of Trump’s vitriol that puts them in the proper historical context. The entirety of his remarks are below.

“It’s football Sunday, and I have a pit in my stomach, and a sickening sense of deja vu. Who knows what the day will bring?

“I do know the source of my disquiet. It is the stench of bigotry as a demagogue stirs the potent cauldron of racial division. I want to say, this is so unnecessary. We have so many other things we should be worrying about. But of course now this is real, and it must be called out. This is an age when no one can be neutral. To remain silent in the face of race-baiting is to be complicit. And I have seen the cost of complicity. It is ugly.

“On Friday night, and then in a chain of tweets (what else) President Trump targeted African American athletes for provocation and ridicule. He has called into question their Americanness, as he called into question the Americanness of his predecessor President Obama. Perhaps what is saddest about this moral cowardice is that Mr. Trump may derive some political gain from these attacks amongst his supporters, but he fails in the test of leadership. Big time. For a President to be doing this – pouring gasoline on the embers of racial resentment – is really unspeakable. Instead of trying to reduce the potentially explosive emotions about race, he is trying to exacerbate them for his own gain.

“I have seen this game plan before. My mind is transported across the decades. I hear the adjective ‘uppity’, and much worse. I see the mouths of authority curl with disdain and mutter ‘what do you think you’re doin’, boy?’ – the last word spit out in disgust.

“I feel time click into rewind, to when African Americans weren’t thought of as being ‘smart’ enough to play quarterback, to when there was a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ amongst college basketball coaches to the total number of African American players on the court. Backwards still to all-white teams, and all-white leagues. I remember Jackie Robinson, and a time before someone of his skin color dared to think he could earn a living as an athlete in the United States.

“I know this history. And so does Donald Trump. He understands how salient the trope of the ‘angry black man’ is. It was said of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other now-revered leaders of the civil rights struggle. It is so ingrained in our history that it can become resonant even in those who say they aren’t bigoted. So Mr. Trump plucks at it. He knows that he can use the American flag as a symbol of division and not unity. So he sows that thought.

“I grant that there are many who are offended by players taking a knee during the National Anthem. That is their right, as it is the right of those who protest to have their speech protected. This is how we discuss our differences peacefully in a democracy. But calling out these players as S.O.B.s (but using the actual profane words) who should be fired, that’s a pointed attack on our Constitutional rights. And it is summoning the dark shadows of centuries of racial stereotyping. Let’s just say I have seen plenty of white S.O.B.s in sports who have been given awards rather than pink slips.

“President Trump is not trying to win over the majority of the American people. He wants to animate his base and bask in its approval. Will his supporters in Congress continue to stand by in tell-tale silence? Will his donors, including some of the owners of professional sports teams?

“We are not a nation of majority bigots. The strident ranks of the intolerant can be overwhelmed by enough people agreeing that this is not who we are, or who we want to be. Mr. Trump’s cheers can be drowned out by a chorus of justice.

“And one final thought, we have seen these distractions before. As Mr. Trump dominates the news cycle over race, as he issues bellicose threats to North Korea, one wonders what bombshells may be brewing in the Russia investigation, which seems to be gaining speed and scope.”

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NRA’s Dana Loesch Warns Trump Foes They’ll Go Down ‘In Their Own Fires’ (VIDEO)

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NRA’s Dana Loesch Warns Trump Foes They’ll Go Down ‘In Their Own Fires’ (VIDEO)

 

It initially appeared that the National Rifle Association had come down from the ceiling at last in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas. The organization that has come to oppose even the most basic reforms to our gun laws signaled its support for a review of the legality of “bump stocks,” the attachment that allows a semi-automatic weapon to fire like an automatic weapon. That was how Stephen Paddock was able to mow down so many people so quickly.

That moment of sanity officially ended on Friday, when the NRA officially went all-in on the far-right effort to bully those opposing Trump into silence. The NRA rolled out a new ad in which its national spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, claimed with a straight face that the opposition to Trump is an insult.

Watch the ad here.

Loesch claimed that we were seeing “the most ruthless attack” on a president and his supporters ever. She claimed that it was “an insult to each of us” to see Trump’s opponents in government, media, academia, and other areas engage in “hateful defiance” of Trump.

But Loesch claimed that those who opposed Trump have another think coming if they think “we’ll let them get away with” the numerous leaks and “phony accusations” against Trump. She claimed that the resistance to Trump has hopes of building a new society “on the ashes of what they burned down.” But Loesch warns that their fate will be somewhat different.

“No, their fate will be failure and they will perish in the political flames of their own fires.”

One has to wonder where Loesch was during Obama’s presidency. After all, if she thinks the day-in, day-out claims that Obama wasn’t born here and that he was a closet radical Mooslim weren’t as outrageous as merely speaking out against Trump and taking to the streets, she really is delusional.

Or perhaps she has a short memory. Back in 2012, Loesch had no problem with fellow right-wing talker Caiden Cowger–at the time, a 14-year-old darling of the conservative talk circuit–saying that Obama made kids gay. As Loesch saw it, Cowger was just being “a conservative teen.” Also in 2012, Loesch peddled the false claim that Obama had spent two years at a radical Muslim madrassa.

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And how, pray tell, is speaking out against Trump and his almost daily outrages an act of “hateful defiance”? Does Loesch expect us to sit on our hands when we have a president who finds it acceptable to tweet and retweet violent GIFs attacking his opponents? And does she expect us to ignore the prospect that his own campaign was willing to collude with Russia? That’s not “hateful defiance,” Dana. That’s being a loyal opposition.

Perhaps Loesch is still trying to convince herself, or someone else, of her bonafides. For those who don’t know, Loesch grew up as a liberal Democrat, but veered sharply to the right after the September 11 attacks. Additionally, she was a staunch never-Trumper for much of the campaign, and went as far as to blast Trump for hiring Steve Bannon as campaign CEO. Now she’s actively helping bludgeon those who dare oppose Trump into silence. Just like her party switch, this morph appears to be total–and opportunistic as all hell.

There’s another plausible explanation–she’s mouthing the words of the men who actually sign her checks. Remember, the NRA is merely the mouthpiece of a gun industry made up mostly of privately-owned companies. So when Loesch, Wayne LaPierre, and any other NRA personality open their mouths, they’re actually speaking for a cabal of faceless men who are not accountable to anyone.

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And now it appears that those faceless men have firmly hitched their wagons to Trump in hopes of keeping their earnings up. In so doing, they have abandoned any claim to be the voice of “honest gun owners.” If any NRA members who actually support sanity in our gun laws are reading this, it’s time to pack up and leave. This latest ad proves the NRA doesn’t speak for you anymore. The NRA in its present form should be rendered as an empty hulk–one of many that deserve to be dragged down when Trump goes down.

Via: LA

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Tax Cuts For The Rich Are Front And Center In The GOP Budget

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Tax Cuts For The Rich Are Front And Center In The GOP Budget

 

Well, they did it.

Thursday, congressional Republicans passed a non-binding budget resolution that threatens to cut $473 billion from Medicare and $1 trillion from Medicaid so the top one percent of the population can enjoy a $1.5 trillion in tax cut.

What this means is the 99 percent of us may expect to see $1.5 trillion added to the deficit, and working families, the elderly, children, the sick, and poor will suffer the most.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), said:

“This nasty and backwards budget green-lights cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in order to give a tax break to big corporations and the wealthiest Americans.”

Only one Republican opposed the resolution: Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), who commented:

 “I could not in good conscience vote for a budget that ignores spending caps that have been the law of the land for years and simply pretend it didn’t matter.”

The bill’s instructions include a provision that Congress needs to pass the tax cuts under budget reconciliation, requiring 51 votes to pass, a process that shuts out Democrats and the possibility of a filibuster.

The House will likely take up the Senate bill, pass it, bypassing a conference between the two congressional chambers.

Budget Committee member Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), retiring this year, said:

“The only thing about this that matters is preparation for the tax reform. Other than that, these amendment votes, everything about this is a hoax. A hoax. It has no impact on anything whatsoever. If I were chairman of the budget committee, I would dismantle it. I would move to end it immediately in its current form. Unless we create a real budget process, which this is not, our country’s fiscal situation will continue to go down the tube, and we have no mechanism to control real spending, 70 percent of which is mandatory, that’s not even covered by this.”

Hoax or no hoax, it didn’t stop Corker from voting for it.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is still insisting middle class families will see significant tax cuts.

He said:

“When we get the numbers, which are going to be finalized in matter of days, then we can put the whole bill out. If this was a tax increase on middle-income taxpayers, we wouldn’t be doing this. This is about lowering people’s taxes in the middle-class, simplifying the tax system and growing this economy.”

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According to a report out of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), though, a $5.4 trillion cut over 10 years that would ratchet up defense spending will do nothing to help working families.

The report states:

Tax cuts provide no durable solution to any genuine economic problem for America’s working families, but do make some genuine problems even worse.”

Under this plan, those already wealthy would see the most significant gains. Low- and middle-income families, however, would receive a pittance.

Overall, the best investment is in low- and middle-income Americans’ financial security, not in the practice of handing more money to those who already literally have too much.

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Maxine Waters Lays A Nasty Burn On The Trump White House (TWEETS)

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Maxine Waters Lays A Nasty Burn On The Trump White House (TWEETS)

 

This week we discovered there are no honorable people in the Trump administration.

It had long been assumed that Chief of Staff John Kelly, a former Marine officer, was the mature, stable center in the White House, but his hateful remarks about Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson proved that he too has lost whatever decency he once had.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), weighed in on the week’s events Saturday, and she made sure she did so on Twitter, since that seems to be the only thing President Trump takes time to read:

Waters specifically called out Kelly and said he should apologize to Congresswoman Wilson:

And Waters also directly challenged Trump, who earlier in the day Saturday had suggested that Wilson was “wacky” and “killing the Democratic party:

To that, Waters replied:

Damn! Now that’s how you take down the Orange Menace: Remind him that his own Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, thinks he’s a complete idiot. Tillerson has yet to deny he said that.

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Trump was back at it Sunday, again attacking Congresswoman Wilson:

In response, Trump got plenty of grief from others in the Twitterverse:

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The Trump administration is nothing but a collection of the biggest scumbags ever assembled in one place. Even the so-called “good” people wind up succumbing to the evil that lies at the center of Donald Trump.

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