Making America Hate Again – Trump: the National Nightmare

Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

Trump made 663 promises on the campaign trail and broke 80 of those promises in the first 100 days. Trump backed down on ALL of his ‘big’ campaign promises and made 1,600 false statements in the first 10 months of his presidency. As of March 1, 2018 Trump has been caught in 2,436 out and out lies, false and misleading statements. A Special Prosecutor is looking into his finances and those of his friends and family. His best advisors have left his cabinet; the House and Senate are refusing to work with him.

Trump hates the U.S. Constitution he swore an oath to protect and defend. The moment he took the Oath of Office and swore to uphold the Constitution he has been in direct and willful violation of the clauses by repeatedly disregarding the 1st, 7th, 9th and 14th Amendment protections. Trump is in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause from which the Constitution bars federal officials from receiving payments from foreign officials, something Trump has been accused of breaching since before he even took office. He’s also in violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause prohibiting a sitting president from accepting compensation beyond that of his salary. Encouraged Law Enforcement to violate the Constitutional Rights of suspects under their control and has undermined the Federal Judiciary by making multiple comments criticizing judges, particularly over their halting of his multiple exclusionary executive orders; obstructing justice in his ousting of Comey while playing an increasing role in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations as well as the unconstitutional and clear violation of the separation of church and state with his 2018 budget deal which sends taxpayer money to churches and other houses of worship.

Trump gave 62% tax cuts to the top 1% of income earners (wealthy and corporations) and dry thin gruel for working class families. Repealed the health law’s individual mandates; is attempting to dismantle environmental protection by reversing at least 60 environmental rules propping up the dirty coal industry “drilling our way to prosperity” without regard for the consequences of killing wildlife, polluting our skies, water and farmlands, and has imposed a 30% tariff on solar panels virtually handicapping the solar industry causing the loss of 23,000 jobs, crippling the economics of renewable energy.

Trump endeavors to undermine the credibility of the courts and intelligence agencies; the media has repeatedly exposed his double-dealing hypocrisy. He has used his office (and Twitter) to target individuals including international leaders. Unceasingly encourages a climate of division and prejudice by attacking the very idea of truth in a daily torrent of despicable lies, and his misogynic demeaning, bulling, intimidating, slut-shaming sexist slurs and derogatory pet names for women and other marginalized groups are thoroughly disgusting.

Trump’s an intellectually shallow and mentally incompetent leader who lacks any kind of moral conscience; an unapologetic promoter of racial bigotry and misogyny; a personality with embarrassing emotional immaturity, consistently incompetent, immorality, hateful divisiveness and alarming instability which threatens disorder in the nation; He’s a leader whose disrespect for the rule of law and our political system of checks and balances can best be described as narcissistic with a pervasive authoritarian paranoia disorder. Trump is a very dangerous threat to democracy and national security.

Trump came in promising to “drain the swamp,” however his lack of political experience has allowed the swamp to thrive. Lobbyists, special interest groups and even foreign nations have been able to find ways into the administration. Trumps campaign promise to eliminate the federal deficit by wiping out the nearly $20 trillion worth of national debt, instead he signed a government funding bill into law increasing the federal deficit an additional $1.3 trillion.

Trump’s a “weaponized autist” who is clearly dysfunctional in every way. So far the only thing Trump’s been somewhat successful at accomplishing is “Making America HATE Again”. Trump is an embarrassing failure characterized by humiliating legislative defeats, unprecedented scandal, and a remarkable amount of loud-mouth ranting in support of White Supremacists.
~ Kristeen T. Hernandez

NEARLY EVERY OUTRIGHT LIE TRUMP HAS TOLD PUBLICLY SINCE TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE… TRUMP TOLD PUBLIC LIES OR FALSEHOODS EVERY DAY FOR HIS FIRST 40 DAYS
1. JAN. 21 “I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.)
2. JAN. 21 “A reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine.” (Trump was on the cover 11 times and Nixon appeared 55 times.)
3. JAN. 23 “Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” (There’s no evidence of illegal voting.)
4. JAN. 25 “Now, the audience was the biggest ever. But this crowd was massive. Look how far back it goes. This crowd was massive.” (Official aerial photos show Obama’s 2009 inauguration was much more heavily attended.)
5. JAN. 25 “Take a look at the Pew reports (which show voter fraud.)” (The report never mentioned voter fraud.)JAN. 25 “You had millions of people that now aren’t insured anymore.” (The real number is less than 1 million, according to the Urban Institute.)
6. JAN. 25 “So, look, when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech. Two people were shot and killed during his speech. You can’t have that.” (There were no gun homicide victims in Chicago that day.)
7. JAN. 26 “We’ve taken in tens of thousands of people. We know nothing about them. They can say they vet them. They didn’t vet them. They have no papers. How can you vet somebody when you don’t know anything about them and you have no papers? How do you vet them? You can’t.” (Vetting lasts up to two years.)
8. JAN. 26 “I cut off hundreds of millions of dollars off one particular plane, hundreds of millions of dollars in a short period of time. It wasn’t like I spent, like, weeks, hours, less than hours, and many, many hundreds of millions of dollars. And the plane’s going to be better.” (Most of the cuts were already planned.)
9. JAN. 28 “The coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost has been so false and angry that the Times actually apologized to its dwindling subscribers and readers.” (It never apologized.)
10. JAN. 29 “The Cuban-Americans, I got 84 percent of that vote.” (There is no support for this.)
11. JAN. 30 “Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage.” (At least 746 people were detained and processed, and the Delta outage happened two days later.)
12. FEB. 3 “Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” (There is no evidence of paid protesters.)
13. FEB. 4 “After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!” (It never apologized.)
14. FEB. 5 “We had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully.” (About 60,000 people were affected.)
15. FEB. 6 “I have already saved more than $700 million when I got involved in the negotiation on the F-35.” (Much of the price drop was projected before Trump took office.)
16. FEB. 6 “It’s gotten to a point where it is not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” (Terrorism has been reported on, often in detail.)
17. FEB. 6 “The failing @nytimes was forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win. Now they are worse!” (It didn’t apologize.)
18. FEB. 6 “And the previous administration allowed it to happen because we shouldn’t have been in Iraq, but we shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out. It created a vacuum, ISIS was formed.” (The group’s origins date to 2004.)
19. FEB. 7 “And yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years.” (It was higher in the 1980s and ’90s.)
20. FEB. 7 “I saved more than $600 million. I got involved in negotiation on a fighter jet, the F-35.” (The Defense Department projected this price drop before Trump took office.)
21. FEB. 9 “Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave ‘service’ in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!” (It was part of Cuomo’s first question.)
22. FEB. 9 Sen. Richard Blumenthal “now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?” (The Gorsuch comments were later corroborated.)
23. FEB. 10 “I don’t know about it. I haven’t seen it. What report is that?” (Trump knew about Flynn’s actions for weeks.)
24. FEB. 12 “Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!” (The media did cover it.)
25. FEB. 16 “We got 306 because people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before so that’s the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all won bigger margins in the Electoral College.)
26. FEB. 16 “That’s the other thing that was wrong with the travel ban. You had Delta with a massive problem with their computer system at the airports.” (Delta’s problems happened two days later.)
27. FEB. 16 “Walmart announced it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States just this year because of our various plans and initiatives.” (The jobs are a result of its investment plans announced in October 2016.)
28. FEB. 16 “When WikiLeaks, which I had nothing to do with, comes out and happens to give, they’re not giving classified information.” (Not always. They have released classified information in the past.)
29. FEB. 16 “We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban. But we had a bad court. Got a bad decision.” (The rollout was chaotic.)
30. FEB. 16 “They’re giving stuff — what was said at an office about Hillary cheating on the debates. Which, by the way, nobody mentions. Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates.” (It was widely covered.)
31. FEB. 18 “And there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing.” (Refugees receive multiple background checks, taking up to two years.)
32. FEB. 18 “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?” (Trump implied there was a terror attack in Sweden, but there was no such attack.)
33. FEB. 24 “By the way, you folks are in here — this place is packed, there are lines that go back six blocks.” (There was no evidence of long lines.)
34. FEB. 24 “ICE came and endorsed me.”(Only its union did.)
35. FEB. 24 “Obamacare covers very few people — and remember, deduct from the number all of the people that had great health care that they loved that was taken away from them — it was taken away from them.” (Obamacare increased coverage by a net of about 20 million.)
36. FEB. 27 “Since Obamacare went into effect, nearly half of the insurers are stopped and have stopped from participating in the Obamacare exchanges.” (Many fewer pulled out.)
37. FEB. 27 “On one plane, on a small order of one plane, I saved $725 million. And I would say I devoted about, if I added it up, all those calls, probably about an hour. So I think that might be my highest and best use.” (Much of the price cut was already projected.)
38. FEB. 28 “And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.” (NATO countries agreed to meet defense spending requirements in 2014.)
39. FEB. 28 “The E.P.A.’s regulators were putting people out of jobs by the hundreds of thousands.” (There’s no evidence that the Waters of the United States rule caused severe job losses.)
40. FEB. 28 “We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials.” (They can’t lobby their former agency but can still become lobbyists.)
41. MARCH 3 “It is so pathetic that the Dems have still not approved my full Cabinet.” (Paperwork for the last two candidates was still not submitted to the Senate.)
42. MARCH 4 “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” (There’s no evidence of a wiretap.)
43. MARCH 4 “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”(There’s no evidence of a wiretap.)
44. MARCH 7 “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” (113 of them were released by President George W. Bush.)
45. MARCH 13 “I saved a lot of money on those jets, didn’t I? Did I do a good job? More than $725 million on them.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.)
46. MARCH 13 “First of all, it covers very few people.” (About 20 million people gained insurance under Obamacare.)
47. MARCH 15 “On the airplanes, I saved $725 million. Probably took me a half an hour if you added up all of the times.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.
48. )MARCH 17
49. “I was in Tennessee — I was just telling the folks — and half of the state has no insurance company, and the other half is going to lose the insurance company.” (There’s at least one insurer in every Tennessee county.)
50. MARCH 20 “With just one negotiation on one set of airplanes, I saved the taxpayers of our country over $700 million.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.)
51. MARCH 21 “To save taxpayer dollars, I’ve already begun negotiating better contracts for the federal government — saving over $700 million on just one set of airplanes of which there are many sets.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.)
52. MARCH 22 “I make the statement, everyone goes crazy. The next day they have a massive riot, and death, and problems.” (Riots in Sweden broke out two days later and there were no deaths.)
53. MARCH 22 “NATO, obsolete, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that.” (It has fought terrorism since the 1980s.)
54. MARCH 22 “Well, now, if you take a look at the votes, when I say that, I mean mostly they register wrong — in other words, for the votes, they register incorrectly and/or illegally. And they then vote. You have tremendous numbers of people.” (There’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud.)
55. MARCH 29 “Remember when the failing @nytimes apologized to its subscribers, right after the election, because their coverage was so wrong. Now worse!” (It didn’t apologize.)
56. MARCH 31 “We have a lot of plants going up now in Michigan that were never going to be there if I — if I didn’t win this election, those plants would never even think about going back. They were gone.” (These investments were already planned.)
57. APRIL 2 “And I was totally opposed to the war in the Middle East which I think finally has been proven, people tried very hard to say I wasn’t but you’ve seen that it is now improving.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.)
58. APRIL 2 “Now, my last tweet — you know, the one that you are talking about, perhaps — was the one about being, in quotes, wiretapped, meaning surveilled. Guess what, it is turning out to be true.” (There is still no evidence.)
59. APRIL 5 “You have many states coming up where they’re going to have no insurance company. O.K.? It’s already happened in Tennessee. It’s happening in Kentucky. Tennessee only has half coverage. Half the state is gone. They left.” (Every marketplace region in Tennessee had at least one insurer.)
60. APRIL 6 “If you look at the kind of cost-cutting we’ve been able to achieve with the military and at the same time ordering vast amounts of equipment — saved hundreds of millions of dollars on airplanes, and really billions, because if you take that out over a period of years it’s many billions of dollars — I think we’ve had a tremendous success.” (Much of the price cuts were already projected.)
61. APRIL 11 “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve.” (He knew Steve Bannon since 2011.)
62. APRIL 12 “You can’t do it faster, because they’re obstructing. They’re obstructionists. So I have people — hundreds of people that we’re trying to get through. I mean you have — you see the backlog. We can’t get them through.” (At this point, he had not nominated anyone for hundreds of positions.)
63. APRIL 12 “The New York Times said the word wiretapped in the headline of the first edition. Then they took it out of there fast when they realized.” (There were separate headlines for print and web, but neither were altered.)
64. APRIL 12 “The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism.” (NATO has been engaged in counterterrorism efforts since the 1980s.)
65. APRIL 12 “Mosul was supposed to last for a week and now they’ve been fighting it for many months and so many more people died.” (The campaign was expected to take months.)
66. APRIL 16 “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!” (There’s no evidence of paid protesters.)
67. APRIL 18 “The fake media goes, ‘Donald Trump changed his stance on China.’ I haven’t changed my stance.” (He did.)
68. APRIL 21 “On 90 planes I saved $725 million. It’s actually a little bit more than that, but it’s $725 million.” (Much of the price cuts were already projected.)
69. APRIL 21 “When WikiLeaks came out … never heard of WikiLeaks, never heard of it.” (He criticized it as early as 2010.)
70. APRIL 27 “I want to help our miners while the Democrats are blocking their healthcare.” (The bill to extend health benefits for certain coal miners was introduced by a Democrat and was co-sponsored by mostly Democrats.)
71. APRIL 28 “The trade deficit with Mexico is close to $70 billion, even with Canada it’s $17 billion trade deficit with Canada.” (The U.S. had an $8.1 billion trade surplus, not deficit, with Canada in 2016.)
72. APRIL 28 “She’s running against someone who’s going to raise your taxes to the sky, destroy your health care, and he’s for open borders — lots of crime.” (Those are not Jon Ossoff’s positions.)
73. APRIL 28 “The F-35 fighter jet program — it was way over budget. I’ve saved $725 million plus, just by getting involved in the negotiation.” (Much of the price cuts were planned before Trump.)
74. APRIL 29 “They’re incompetent, dishonest people who after an election had to apologize because they covered it, us, me, but all of us, they covered it so badly that they felt they were forced to apologize because their predictions were so bad.” (The Times did not apologize.)
75. APRIL 29 “As you know, I’ve been a big critic of China, and I’ve been talking about currency manipulation for a long time. But I have to tell you that during the election, number one, they stopped.” (China stopped years ago.)
76. APRIL 29 “I’ve already saved more than $725 million on a simple order of F-35 planes. I got involved in the negotiation.” (Much of the price cuts were planned before Trump.)
77. APRIL 29 “We’re also getting NATO countries to finally step up and contribute their fair share. They’ve begun to increase their contributions by billions of dollars, but we are not going to be satisfied until everyone pays what they owe.” (The deal was struck in 2014.)
78. APRIL 29 “When they talk about currency manipulation, and I did say I would call China, if they were, a currency manipulator, early in my tenure. And then I get there. Number one, they — as soon as I got elected, they stopped.” (China stopped in 2014.)
79. APRIL 29 “I was negotiating to reduce the price of the big fighter jet contract, the F-35, which was totally out of control. I will save billions and billions and billions of dollars.” (Most of the cuts were planned before Trump.)
80. APRIL 29 “I think our side’s been proven very strongly. And everybody’s talking about it.” (There’s still no evidence Trump’s phones were tapped.)
81. MAY 1 “Well, we are protecting pre-existing conditions. And it’ll be every good — bit as good on pre-existing conditions as Obamacare.” (The bill weakens protections for people with pre-existing conditions.)
82. MAY 1 “The F-35 fighter jet — I saved — I got involved in the negotiation. It’s 2,500 jets. I negotiated for 90 planes, lot 10. I got $725 million off the price.” (Much of the price cuts were planned before Trump.)
83. MAY 1 “First of all, since I started running, they haven’t increased their — you know, they have not manipulated their currency. I think that was out of respect to me and the campaign.” (China stopped years ago.)
84. MAY 2 “I love buying those planes at a reduced price. I have been really — I have cut billions — I have to tell you this, and they can check, right, Martha? I have cut billions and billions of dollars off plane contracts sitting here.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.)
85. MAY 4 “Number two, they’re actually not a currency [manipulator]. You know, since I’ve been talking about currency manipulation with respect to them and other countries, they stopped.” (China stopped years ago.)
86. MAY 4 “We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world.” (We’re not.)
87. MAY 4 “Nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters.” (Polls show most Americans do care.)MAY 8 “You know we’ve gotten billions of dollars more in NATO than we’re getting. All because of me.” (The deal was struck in 2014.)
88. MAY 8 “But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high — highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.” (Colbert’s “Late Show” debut had nearly two million more viewers.)
89. MAY 8 “Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows — there is ‘no evidence’ of collusion w/ Russia and Trump.” (Clapper only said he wasn’t aware of an investigation.)
90. MAY 12 “Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.” (The F.B.I. was investigating before the election.)
91. MAY 12 “When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?” (Clapper said he wouldn’t have been told of an investigation into collusion.)
92. MAY 13 “I’m cutting the price of airplanes with Lockheed.” (The cost cuts were planned before he became president.)
93. MAY 26 “Just arrived in Italy for the G7. Trip has been very successful. We made and saved the USA many billions of dollars and millions of jobs.” (He’s referencing an arms deal that’s not enacted and other apparent deals that weren’t announced on the trip.)
94. JUNE 1 “China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020.” (The agreement doesn’t allow or disallow building coal plants.)
95. JUNE 1 “I’ve just returned from a trip overseas where we concluded nearly $350 billion of military and economic development for the United States, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.” (Trump’s figures are inflated and premature.)
96. JUNE 4 “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” (The mayor was specifically talking about the enlarged police presence on the streets.)
97. JUNE 5 “The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.” (Trump signed this version of the travel ban, not the Justice Department.)
98. JUNE 21 “They all say it’s ‘nonbinding.’ Like hell it’s nonbinding.” (The Paris climate agreement is nonbinding — and Trump said so in his speech announcing the withdrawal.)
99. JUNE 21 “Right now, we are one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.” (We’re not.)

60 ENVIRONMENTAL RULES ON THE WAY OUT UNDER TRUMP

1. Revoked Obama-era flood standards for federal infrastructure projects
2. Rejected a proposed ban on a potentially harmful pesticide
3. Lifted a freeze on new coal leases on public lands
4. Canceled a requirement for oil and gas companies to report methane emissions
5. Revoked a rule that prevented coal companies from dumping mining debris into local streams
6. Approved the Keystone XL pipeline
7. Approved the Dakota Access pipeline
8. Prohibited funding third-party projects through federal lawsuit settlements, which could include environmental programs
9. Repealed a ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans
10. Proposed the use of seismic air guns for gas and oil exploration in the Atlantic
11. Revoked a 2016 order protecting the northern Bering Sea region in Alaska
12. Repealed an Obama-era rule regulating royalties for oil, gas and coal
13. Withdrew guidance for federal agencies to include greenhouse gas emissions in environmental reviews
14. Relaxed the environmental review process for federal infrastructure projects
15. Announced intent to stop payments to the Green Climate Fund
16. Dropped proposed restrictions on mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska
17. Removed a number of species from the endangered list
18. Overturned a ban on the hunting of predators in Alaskan wildlife refuges
19. Withdrew proposed limits on endangered marine mammals caught by fishing nets on the West Coast
20. Stopped discouraging the sale of plastic water bottles in national parks
21. Rescinded an Obama-era order to consider climate change in managing natural resources in national parks
22. Revoked directive for federal agencies to mitigate the environmental impacts of projects they approve
23. Directed agencies to stop using an Obama-era calculation of the “social cost of carbon”
24. Revoked an update to the Bureau of Land Management’s public land use planning process
25. Removed copper filter cake, an electronics manufacturing byproduct, from the “hazardous waste” list
26. Reversed a proposed rule that mines prove they can pay for cleanup
27. Withdrew a proposed rule reducing pollutants at sewage treatment plants
28. Overturned ban on use of lead ammunition on federal lands
29. Amended fishing regulations for a number of species
30. Proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan
31. Announced intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement
32. Proposed rescinding a rule that protected tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act
33. Reopened a review of fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks
34. Recommended shrinking or modifying 10 national monuments
35. Reviewing 12 marine protected areas
36. Reviewing limits on toxic discharge from power plants into public waterways
37. Reviewing rules regulating coal ash waste from power plants
38. Reviewing emissions standards for new, modified and reconstructed power plants
39. Reviewing emissions rules for power plant start-ups, shutdowns and malfunctions
40. Announced plans to review greater sage grouse habitat protections
41. Announced plans to rescind water pollution regulations for fracking on federal and Indian lands
42. Ordered review of regulations on oil and gas drilling in national parks where mineral rights are privately owned
43. Reviewing new safety regulations on offshore drilling
44. Ordered a review of a rule regulating offshore oil and gas exploration by floating vessels in the Arctic
45. Proposed ending a restriction on exploratory drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
46. Ordered a review of federal regulations on hunting methods in Alaska
47. Proposed repeal of a requirement for reporting emissions on federal highways
48. Proposed a repeal of emissions standards for trailers and glider kits
49. Suspended rule limiting methane emissions on public lands
50. Announced plans to review permitting programs for air-polluting plants
51. Reopened outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing plans
52. Overturned a ban on using parts of migratory birds in handicrafts made in Alaska
53. Announced a review of coal dust limits in mines.
54. Reviewing a rule limiting methane emissions at new oil and gas drilling sites
55. Put on hold rules aimed at cutting methane emissions from landfills
56. Delayed a lawsuit over a rule regulating airborne mercury emissions from power plants
57. Delayed a rule aiming to improve safety at facilities that use hazardous chemicals
58. Continuing review of proposed groundwater protections for certain
59. Delayed compliance dates for federal building efficiency standards
60. Withdrew a rule that would help consumers buy more fuel-efficient tires

PEOPLE IN KEY POSITIONS WHO HAVE BEEN FIRED OR FORCED TO RESIGN AS OF MARCH 2, 2018

1. Michael Flynn ~ National Security Adviser
2. Mike Dubke ~ Communications Director
3. Sean Spicer ~ White House Press Secretary and Communications Director
4. Reince Priebus ~ Chief of Staff
5. Anthony Scaramucci ~ Communications Director
6. Steve Bannon ~ Chief Strategist
7. Tom Price ~ Health and Human Services Secretary
8. Omarosa Manigault Newman ~ Director of Communications, Office of Public Liaison
9. Sebastian Gorka ~ Deputy Assistant
10. Rob Porter ~ Staff Secretary
11. Hope Hicks ~ Communications Director (the 4th to vacate that specific role in a little more than a year)
12. Roberta Jacobson ~ U.S. ambassador to Mexico
13. Josh Raffel ~ Deputy Communications Director
14. Dina Powell ~ Deputy National Security Adviser
15. Michael Short ~ Senior Assistant Press Secretary
16. Walter Shaub ~ The Director Office Of Government Ethics
17. James Comey ~ FBI Director
18. Angella Reid ~ Chief Usher
19. Sally Yates ~ Acting Attorney General
20. Gary Cohn – House Economic Adviser
21. Rex Tillerson ~ Secretary of State
22. James Schwab – Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman
23. H.R. McMaster – National Security Advisor
24. Andrew McCabe – Deputy Director FBI
25. Preet Bharara – US Attorney
26. Sam Nunberg – Policy Advisor
27. John McEntee – Trump’s Personal Assistant
28. HR McMaster – National Security Advisor
29. John Dowd – Trump’s lead attorney
30. David Shulkin – Veterans Affairs Secretary
31. Tom Bossert – Homeland Security Adviser
32. Jon Lerner – National Security Aide

#TrumpFires #LetOurVoicesEcho

EXAMPLES OF DONALD TRUMP BEING RACIST, $$$, RELIGION AND SCREWING PEOPLE, FACTS
TR1

Apparently Trumps mom didn’t teach him not to say disparaging things about people, especially women, like:

a) Grabbing women “by the pussy.”
b) Calling Mika Brzezinski dumb, crazy, and criticized her appearance or saying Carly Fiorina shouldn’t be president because of her face.
c) Tweeting sexual assault in the military is simply what happens when men and women work together “What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?” and “women are inherently manipulative”.
d) What about when Trump referred to women as “pieces of ass”
e) Or said “women with small busts are not attractive”.
f) Or how about the time he told a female lawyer she was “disgusting” for pumping breast milk.
g) Telling Rosie O’Donnell, she’s “a very unattractive person, both inside and out. “Rosie’s a person who’s very lucky to have her girlfriend. And she better be careful or I’ll send one of my friends over to pick up her girlfriend, why would she stay with Rosie if she had another choice?
h) He threw the same insult at Arianna Huffington “unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.”
i) Or what he said about pregnant Kim Kardashian “”Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely” “She’s got nothing else to offer”
j) When he said “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that?”
k) Slut-shaming Angelina Jolie “She’s been with so many guys she makes me look like a baby”
l) His remark about Megyn Kelly having “blood coming out of her wherever.”
m) His remarks about female reporters, and their articles “It doesn’t really matter what (they) write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass”
n) How about in 1997 when he said he’d have ‘nailed’ Princess Diana?
o) Trump referred to Afghanistan as a terrorist haven and said 15,000 Haitians who had immigrated to the U.S. “all have AIDS.” Forty-thousand Nigerians who had entered the country would never “go back to their huts”
p) AND MAYBE, JUST MAYBE THE MOST DISGUSTING COMMENT OF ALL “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father… If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps, I would be dating her.

1. 7-20-17~ TRUMP “Insurance is, you’re 20 years old, you just graduated from college, and you start paying $15 a month for the rest of your life and by the time you’re 70, and you really need it, you’re still paying the same amount and that’s really insurance. So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan.” Trump was confusing health insurance with the life insurance from TV ads; he thinks health insurance works like a 401k or a 50 year fixed-rate mortgage when your equity doesn’t vest until you’re old. When you’re 20, you pay $15/month. When you’re 21, you pay $12/yr. or that anyone is paying $12/month for it?

2. Trump is invested in $50k in Energy Transfer Partners stock and has an additional $100k – $250k invested in Phillips 66 Oil Co. which owns 25% of Energy Transfer Partners. Therefore he is directly invested in DAPL which a blatant conflict of interest for him to make any decisions of the Dakota Access Pipeline because he is personally invested. The majority of oil to be pumped from DAPL is for foreign export. Energy Transfer Partners have been quoted as saying “We are just the FedEx, we are just distributing it to the Illinois hub which will then distribute it to Texas and then to other markets across the globe.” AND Energy Transfer Partners donated $100k to Trumps campaign.

3. He attacked Muslim Gold Star parents Ghazala and Khizr Khan of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who died while serving in the Iraq War

4. He claimed Federal Kjudge Gonzalo Curiel was biased because “he’s a Mexican”

5. The Justice Department sued his company ― twice ― for not renting to Black people. Workers at Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have accused him of racism over the years. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A state appeals court upheld the fine.

6. He refused to condemn the White Supremacists who are campaigning for him. Three times in a row on Feb. 28, Trump sidestepped opportunities to renounce white nationalist and former KKK leader David Duke, who told his radio audience last week that voting for any candidate other than Trump is “really treason to your heritage.”

7. He questions whether President Obama was born in the United States and is thus an illegitimate president.

8. He treats racial groups as monolith. Every time Trump mentions a minority group, he uses the definite article the, as in “the Hispanics,” “the Muslims” and “the Blacks.”

9. “The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they’re going to love Trump.”

10. He trashed Native Americans… Trump wanted to open a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that would compete with one owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Nation “Trump wanted to open a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that would compete with one owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Nation”

11. He encouraged the mob justice that resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of the Central Park Five. Trump took out full-page ads in four New York City-area newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty in New York and the expansion of police authority in response to the infamous case of a woman who was beaten and raped while jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park.

12. He condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester at a November campaign rally in Alabama, Trump supporters physically attacked an African-American protester after the man began chanting “Black lives matter.” Video of the incident shows the assailants kicking the man after he has already fallen to the ground. The following day, Trump implied that the attackers were justified. “Maybe [the protester] should have been roughed up,” he mused. “It was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”

13. He stereotyped Jews and shared an anti-Semitic meme created by white supremacists featuring a photo of her over a backdrop of $100 bills with a six-pointed Jewish Star of David next to her face…. At a Jewish rally Trump said “You’re not going to support me, because I don’t want your money,” he said. “You want to control your own politician.”

14. He treats African-American supporters as tokens to dispel the idea he is racist. At a campaign appearance in California in June, Trump boasted that he had a black supporter in the crowd, saying “look at my African American over here.”

15. Trump has endorsed using torture, banning individuals based on their religion and curtailing the freedom of the press

16. Federal conflict-of-interest law does not apply to the president, but most White House occupants in the last few decades have voluntarily placed their assets in a blind trust to avoid any suggestion of impropriety. Typically, a blind trust involves turning over assets to an independent financial manager with no prior relationship to the owner. In addition, a blind trust derives its name from the idea that the owner would no longer know what assets are sold or bought. For instance, someone with extensive stock holdings would have no way of knowing which companies’ shares he or she still owned in a blind trust.

17. TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM IN CRISIS AMID MULTIPLE FIRINGS

18. Donald Trump’s transition team is reportedly in crisis following the firing of former Michigan Congress member Mike Rogers, who had been handling the team’s national security affairs. Lobbyist Matthew Freedman was also fired from the team. This comes after another shake-up last week, when Trump fired New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as head of the transition team and replaced him with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Sources told The New York Times that the firings have been orchestrated by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose father, Charles Kushner, was sent to prison by Christie, when Christie was a New Jersey’s top prosecutor. The New York Times is also reporting world leaders are struggling to reach Donald Trump and are simply calling Trump Tower in efforts to reach him. The Times reports that two of the first two calls Trump took following Tuesday’s election were with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

19. The holocaust didn’t happen because of the actions of just one man; it happened because of the people who condoned the ones who “were just doing their jobs”.

20. Trump’s Cabinet: Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon. Islamophobe, Racist, Anti-Semite. This isn’t a cabinet. It’s a KKKabinet. ~ George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 18, 2016

21. Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy, but his hotel and casino businesses have been declared bankrupt six times between 1991 and 2009. In 2011 saying, “I do play with the bankruptcy laws – they’re very good for me” as a tool for trimming debt. Trump said, “I’ve used the laws of this country to pare debt … We’ll have the company. We’ll throw it into a chapter. We’ll negotiate with the banks. We’ll make a fantastic deal. You know, it’s like on The Apprentice. It’s not personal. It’s just business.”

22. 2006, Trump bought the Menie Estate in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, creating a golf resort in an area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Despite Trump’s promises of 6,000 jobs, in 2016, by his own admission, the golf course created only 200 jobs.

23. In 1973, he and his father drew wide attention when the Justice Department contended his Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio systematically discriminated against African Americans wishing to rent apartments.

24. Trumps is pro-life and generally opposes abortion with some exceptions: rape, incest, and circumstances endangering the health of the mother, and said he is committed to appointing justices who would try to overturn the ruling in Roe v. Wade.

25. He favors capital punishment, as well as the use of waterboarding, which is a form of torture.

26. The Justice Department sued his company ― twice ― for not renting to black people

27. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 in 1992 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A state appeals court upheld the fine.

28. Trump disparaged his Black casino employees as “lazy”

29. Trump rule was for casino bosses to order all Black people off the floor and put them in the back.

30. Trumps white supremacist fan club includes the Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi news site; Richard Spencer, director of the National Policy Institute, which aims to promote the “heritage, identity, and future of European people”; Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, a Virginia-based white nationalist magazine; Michael Hill, head of the League of the South, an Alabama-based white supremacist secessionist group; and Brad Griffin, a member of Hill’s League of the South and author of the popular white supremacist blog Hunter Wallace.

31. In 1989, Trump took out full-page ads in four New York City-area newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty in New York and the expansion of police authority in response to the infamous case of a woman who was beaten and raped while jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park. “They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes,” Trump wrote, referring to the Central Park attackers and other violent criminals. “I want to hate these murderers and I always will.” The men’s convictions were overturned in 2002, after they’d already spent years in prison, when DNA evidence showed they did not commit the crime. Today, their case is considered a cautionary tale about a politicized criminal justice process.

32. Hiring freeze; exceptions are for military, national security and public safety jobs. Although current employees will not be laid off, the administration hopes it will trim the federal workforce through attrition.

33. What made it possible for Trump to ban travelers from certain countries was Obama signing the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act in 2015

34. 2-4-17 ~ Donald Trump Ordered To Pay $5.77 Million To Golf Club Members He Stiffed. Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter violated contracts that members had signed with the previous owner and were assumed by Trump when he bought the club in 2012. The average payment is expected be about $87,000 for each of the 65 members involved in the case. The members were awarded $4.8 million, plus $925,000 in interest.

35. Daughter Invanka’s clothing line is being illegally pedaled like a QVC product from the White House:

36. § 2635.702 Use of public office for private gain.
An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations. The specific prohibitions set forth in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section apply this general standard, but are not intended to be exclusive or to limit the application of this section.

37. Before taking the oath of office as president of the United States, Donald Trump swept aside concerns about conflicts of interest arising from his family business with a clear assertion: “The president can’t have a conflict of interest.” It only took three weeks into the real estate magnate’s presidency for this statement to be proven false. Trump hasn’t yet realized he can’t run the country like he runs a business, there are federal regulations he has to adhere to, he doesn’t have the supreme power he did in the business world. Trump’s attitude has trickled down to members of his staff, which are his family and friends, who now treat his personal business interests as though they were the interests of the American people. Members of the president’s staff appear to believe it is their jobs, as paid representatives of the president, to defend his personal and his family’s private business interests rather than the interests of US citizens. There appears to be no conception in the White House the family business is separate from the business of government.

38. The inner workings of the White House where they say the tension has been intensified by the president’s propensity for knee-jerk micromanaging when faced with disappointment, and jockeying among aides to avoid blame or claim credit when possible. interviews paint a picture of a powder-keg of a workplace where job duties are unclear, morale among some is low, factionalism is rampant and exhaustion is running high. Two visitors to the White House last week said they were struck by how tired the staff looks.

39. The family name, which was formerly spelled Drumpf, was changed to Trump during the Thirty Years’ War 1618 and 1648.

40. He’s a pathological liar, according to Republican Ted Cruz.

41. He’s a fake, a fraud, and a con-man, according to Republican Mitt Romney.

42. Trump convinced 81% of White Evangelical Christian voters to throw Jesus under the bus and vote for a man who bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy.”

43. He fired the acting Attorney General in a Monday Night Massacre because she determined that the president’s executive order on immigration was constitutionally indefensible.

44. He’s created an environment in which a southern white man can shut down a northeastern white woman while she’s reading from the floor of the Senate the cautionary words of a heroic southern black woman about a southern white man, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, who was deemed too racist to be a federal judge in 1986.

45. He disrespects duly-appointed, Senate-confirmed federal magistrates: “so-called judges.”

46. He’s offended our friends and allies, treating the Mexican and Australian governments in much the same way he’s treated John McCain and Megyn Kelly and a disabled reporter and Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz and the Gold Star Khan Family and Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio and Rosie O’Donnell.

47. He hasn’t, as far as we know, paid federal income taxes in years, bragging that it’s smart on his part — meaning it’s dumb on our part to do so, thereby undermining citizen investment in shared governance. Nor has he released federal tax returns, as other presidential candidates have for the last 40 years.

48. His wife in New York City, his weekly trips to Mar-a-Lago, and his gallivanting children are costing us a fortune.

49. He’s sloppy with national security. Proof: Michael Flynn.

50. He’s given us a Secretary of Education who was born into and married into a billionaire family, has never attended a public school or taught in a public school, never taken out a student loan or applied for a Pell Grant, or even much supported our public schools.

51. He nominated a labor secretary (now withdrawn) who took advantage of an undocumented worker, pays his fast-food employees a shitty wage, and wants to replace humans with robots because they don’t take vacation days.

52. He’s put together an administration of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy.

53. He’s not kept his campaign promise to release documents and even hold a press conference to prove that the third Mrs. Trump never worked in the US illegally. (We know she lied about having a college degree and — knowingly or not — plagiarized part of Michelle Obama’s DNC speech.)

54. He said he’d negotiate lower drug prices from pharmaceutical companies. Now he says he won’t — but will give big pharma tax breaks and lift certain regulations on their industry.

55. He turned the nomination of a Supreme Court justice into the finale of a prime-time reality-show.

56. He knows little about the history of the United States, about our constitutional system, or about our institutions of government.

57. He has left millions of Americans who acquired health insurance via the ACA worried sick that this great benefit will be stripped from them.

58. His closest advisers have added to the chaos of the first weeks of the new administration: Kellyanne Conway and her universe of “alternative facts” — like the Bowling Green Massacre; Steve Bannon, who wants to play war with our military; Stephen Miller, who yells at the American people that the president’s views “will not be questioned!”; and Sean Spicer, period.

59. He uses Twitter to harangue and berate and demean individuals and journalists and companies that question his infallibility.

60. He’s rattled and incoherent, unfit and unqualified and unstable.

61. He uses fear and anxiety to bring out the worst impulses that lurk just beneath the surface to pimp for votes and deepen the crevasse between his America and the rest of us.

62. He has not drained the swamp, as he promised. It’s deeper. It’s wider. It’s even more dangerous.

63. Conservative Republicans would have crucified our former philosopher-president, Barack Obama, for behavior that even resembled that of our schoolyard bully president, Donald Trump. Where is their outrage now? President Turmp is not making America great again. He’s making America ugly again. But Republicans, who created this president in their laboratory of anger and resentment, will use President Trump as long as he’ll sign his John Hancock to their legislation.

64. Trump signed legislation 2-22-17 putting the brakes on regulation blocking coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. “In eliminating this rule, I am continuing to keep my promise to the American people to get rid of wasteful regulations that do absolutely nothing but slow down the economy.” Trumps allowing the continued, even encouraging pollution of our water by these companies. I’m fixing his sentence for him “In eliminating this rule, I am continuing, even promoting and encouraging the coal mining companies to get rid of waste by polluting the nations waterways to pad the pockets of the companies I’m invested in.” Trump’s dismantling of environmental protections like these could have a devastating impact on the drinking water sources of millions of Americans.

65. Trump’s election as president has not only made racism acceptable, it has made it popular.

66. Trump loves this country but not the people

67. Former President Barack Obama ordered ten times more drone strikes than the previous president, and estimates late in Obama’s presidency showed 49 out of 50 victims were civilians. In 2015, it was reported up to 90% of drone casualties were not the intended targets. Trump has markedly increased U.S. drone strikes since taking office. Over 26,000 bombs Obama dropped in 2016, summarized the increase: “During President Obama’s two terms in office, he approved 542 such targeted strikes in 2,920 days—one every 5.4 days. From his inauguration through today, President Trump had approved at least 36 drone strikes or raids in 45 days—one every 1.25 days.” That’s an increase of 432 percent.

68. Flint MI still doesn’t have clean water but security at Trump Tower is costing US taxpayers $400,000.00 a day.

69. Is this what Trump has been distracting us from? Over 2,000 new bills have been introduced to Congress; here are the 8 most important ones.

70. White House Claims Killing Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’ – slashes the entirety of that program’s $3 billion budget, which allocates grants to metropolitan areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people for various community programs. One of those programs is Meals on Wheels, which provides meals to shut-ins, brought to their homes by volunteers. With Meals on Wheels losing its federal grants. For reference, $3 billion divided by 137 million tax returns filed in 2015 amounts to an average of $21.80 per taxpayer to make sure elderly shut-ins get meals delivered to them.
H.R.861 – To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency effective 12-31-2018
H.R.610 – To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools effective December 31, 2018.
H.R.899 – To terminate the Department of Education effective December 31, 2018 – No grants budgets or staff
H.J.Res.69 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska” – No concern with declining animal populations
H.R.354 – Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017 – No federal money
H.R.3785 – Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression (CHANGE) Act – Weakens labor unions leading to lower employment and loss of jobs
H.R.83 – Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 – punishing all sanctuary cities (welcomes refugees and illegal immigrants) stripping all federal funding
3-27-17 ~ H.J.Res.44 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations establishing procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. (Trump just signed HJ Resolution 44 into law only minutes ago. This places the Bureau of Land Management control over federal lands into the hands of states. States will now have greater control over decision and planning processes for logging, mining, mineral extraction, and commercial use on federal lands. This law also greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to decide how to use federal lands. This law will have a nasty impact on Native People, their lands, and sovereignty. This will lead to more rapes, sexual trafficking, and missing and murdered Native Women. It will lead to greater drug trafficking on our lands. It will lead to greater pollution and health disparities and deaths. This bill threatens outdoor recreation on 245 million acres of public lands.

71. Presidential Memorandum 7: To Advance the Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
What It Will Do: The Dakota Access pipeline is supposed to cut across the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and was met by massive resistance. Eventually, the Army Corps of Engineers decided not to grant an easement to the company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, blocking the pipeline. The corps then launched an environmental review, leading to the consideration of alternate routes. Trump’s new order instructs the corps to complete its review and approve a route for the pipeline as quickly as the law permits. In other words, the fight is back on. Who It Will Affect: The corps will have to decide how to follow these instructions, but the Standing Rock Sioux were already gearing up to block the pipeline again. Lawsuits, protests, and confrontations are likely to result. (Even if the pipeline gets built, it likely will have a negligible impact on job creation, energy security, and gas costs. Standing Rock residents are concerned it will pollute the water they rely on.)

72. A high ranking unnamed source, who spoke with the Dispatch on the condition of anonymity, has confirmed that President Trump has denied the request on grounds that California and the city of Sacramento in particular, have failed to enforce federal immigration laws and have threatened to succeed from the Union. The source is quoted as saying: “The President has no incentive in helping the state of California. The state harbors more illegal immigrants than any other state and has multiple sanctuary cities that violate federal laws. The state very publicly supported Hillary Clinton throughout the election and the President views the state as being responsible for his loss in the popular vote, something he has had trouble with accepting. They have also recently threatened to leave the Union through their #CalExit campaign, and the President sees this as an opportunity to let them deal with the consequences of their exit. There is a sickness within the liberals in this country that they are not willing to address. Until they understand what ails them can they hope to find the cure. This is a step in the right direction in finding the #CureForWellness. “

73. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego concluded a lengthy and contentious lawsuit and approved a $25 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit claiming fraud against President Donald Trump and his Trump University real estate seminars. Trump University students, paid as much as $35,000 for the seminars, claimed they were lured by false promises they would learn Trump’s investing “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.

74. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appointed by President Trump is allowing Dow and the chemical industry to copiously spray our food crops, fruits and vegetables with a proven neurotoxic pesticide #Chlorpyrifos developed and used by the NAZI’s as a nerve gas for warfare during WW2 and which has been linked to severe and irreversible brain damage in children and autism. So how can President Donald J. Trump condemn the chemical attack against innocent women, children and babies in Syria while allowing the daily mass poisoning of pregnant women, fetuses, children and babies with a proven neurotoxic nerve gas copiously sprayed on food crops, fruits and vegetables in the US linked to severe and irreversible brain damage in children and autism?????

75. The three Mar-a-Lago getaways, combined with the hundreds of thousands of public dollars spent on Secret Service protection during two international trips Trump’s adult sons have taken to promote their father’s business have cost taxpayers approximately $11.3 million over the first months of Trump’s presidency. President Obama, by contrast, spent an average of $12.1 million on travel each year totaling $96.8 MILLION in travel expenses in his 8 years as president. Additionally the cost of security for Melania and son Barron to remain at Trump Tower is $183 million/year. There is also no indication that they will actually move to DC this summer. So in essence the Federal government is giving the Trump family a $183 million annual voucher so Barron can attend the elite private prep school of his choice. The National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA, with an annual budget of only $148 million, is able to provide seed money for arts programming in literally every Congressional district in the country. So, on the one hand you have a $183 million school voucher for a single 10-year-old at an elite private school. On the other hand you have a program that impacts arts and cultural programming throughout the entire nation.

76. 3-28-17 ~ Congresswoman Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) “presidential visits to Palm Beach County have cost $1.7 million in overtime pay and other expenses so far this year. A nearby airport shut down during presidential visits has lost $30,000 every weekend Trump was in town and it missed out on a $440,000 helicopter contract.” “An upcoming visit by Chinese dignitaries is expected to cost the area’s taxpayers an additional $280,000 just to cover the sheriff and fire departments related to the trip.”

77. Taypayers are spending: $1 million per day to protect Trump Tower. 3 million per trip tp Mar-a-Lago. $206,337 per hour to operate Air Force One. A family of four on welfare is eligible to receive approximately $900 per month in assistance. Trump is by far the biggest welfare whore recipient in the United States.

78. Trump is on track to spend more during his first year of office than all eight years of the Obama administration combined. Each trip to Mar-a-Lago costs approximately $3.7 million in security costs alone. And that’s not including the more than $34,000 spent on golf cart rentals the Secret Service orders. In New York City, trips to Trump Tower have already racked up more than $20 million in taxpayer dollars. If that wasn’t troubling enough, the federal government officially promoted Mar-a-Lago when the State Department posted an article crooning over the mansion.

79. Re-election fundraising is already going gangbusters, and so is the income his own businesses are reaping from the contributions. The president’s 2020 campaign has already spent close to $500,000 on Trump’s businesses, from golf resorts to Trump Tower rent. In the single month of May last year, Trump’s campaign spent more than $1 million on catering, rents and utilities at more than a half-dozen Trump-owned companies and properties. The campaign spent $350,000 alone to Trump’s TAG Air for the use of private jets and helicopters. An additional $59,000 was spent on stays at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, and $14,000 went for food and rent to the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.

80. The Federal Government Officially Promoted Mar-A-Lago. Tax dollars pushed Trump’s personal real estate. Chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, lambasted the State Department on Twitter, arguing that it was illegal for the government to essentially advertise the president’s personal property. Former government ethics officials and independent anti-corruption experts have roundly criticized President Trump’s failure to divest his substantial business assets or place them in a blind trust.

81. The 50 Craziest Things Trump Has Done As President. Here are Donald J. Trump’s 50 most insane acts since his inauguration.

82. What Donald Trump means by Make America Great Again is life was sweet for those in the 19th century while Blacks gave Whites 400 years of free labor.

83. Fortune magazine hired an analytics company to comb through Trump’s Twitter history, they found he has retweeted at least 75 users who follow three or more of the top 50 influencers in the “White Genocide Movement”.

84. It seems the fact of a Black President insulted Trump personally.

85. You can’t deny part of what motivates Trump in attacking Obama’s legacy is a personal grudge. We can all think of lots of examples of Trump acting out of personal grudges against lots of people. It is part of his pettiness as a human being.

86. To accept that whiteness brought us Donald Trump is to accept whiteness as an existential danger to the country and the world.

87. This presidency is the result of the same people who made Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty successful

88. “The president of the United States loves to drape himself in the symbols of patriotism, but fails to respect the ideals at the core of our Constitution and national identity. Trump may love the flag, but he doesn’t love anything it’s supposed to stand for. He actively encouraged a hostile foreign power to infiltrate our electoral process. He wants to suppress millions of Americans’ right to vote because they didn’t vote for him. He routinely undermines freedom of religion with his rabid Islamophobia, attacks the free press with disturbing regularity, and is now attacking the rights of the people to peacefully protest.”

89. I’ve decided I hate trump supporters more than the man himself, why can you not accept that you have voted in a corrupt slimeball who’s going to run the country into the ground? He’s proving he cannot be trusted more and more everyday can you not just accept you made a poor decision.

90. Milk may do the body good but at least 60% of the body is composed of water and every living cell in the body needs water to function. A healthy average individual can typically go without water 3-4 days possibly up to a week, is a generous estimate; considerably shorter in difficult conditions. An individual can go approximately 3 weeks without food; however animals, fruits and vegetables need water to grow.

91. Trump’s executive order on DAPL not only violates the law, but it violates tribal treaties.

92. Killing people with environmental waste is not the way to make America great

93. There were 220 ‘Significant’ Pipeline Spills in 2016, more than 176,000 gallons of oil spilled in western North Dakota in Dec. 2016 alone. There are 2.5 million miles of pipe, 55% of the U.S. network i.e. 135,000 miles are more than 45 years old. Based on data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the number of significant pipeline incidents grew 26.8 % from 2006 to 2015. A significant incident is defined as one that results in serious injury or fatality, costs more than $50,000, releases more than five barrels of volatile fluids such as gasoline or 50 barrels of other liquids, or results in a fire or explosion. In 2015, there were 326 such incidents—almost one per day. Of 466 incidents studied only 22 percent, or 105, were detected by advanced detection systems, ALL others were found in different ways, with the public finding 99 of the leaks. Since 2010, over 3,330 incidents of crude oil and liquefied natural gas leaks or ruptures have occurred on U.S. pipelines. These incidents have killed 80 people, injured 389 more, and cost $2.8 billion in damages…. AND on Wed. Jan. 25, 2017 a 12-inch underground initially spotted in a farm field in north-central Worth County, Iowa Pipeline leaked nearly 140,000 gallons of diesel, so don’t attempt to tell me how safe pipeline are…. Creating a second Flint Michigan and killing people with environmental waste is not the way to make America great…. Every time the earth is drilled, she cries a little tear…

94. Map Displays Five Years of Oil Pipeline Spills
http://tinyurl.com/j598jjs

95. America’s Dangerous Pipelines

96. Trump’s Mexican Border Wall Would Be an Ecological Disaster. A barrier would sever animal populations living in the fragile desert ecosystems of the US-Mexico border from food resources, mates, and important migration routes. Such a disruption would deal an irreparable blow to countless species, including extraordinarily rare ones like the Sonoran jaguar and Mexican gray wolf. Plus I’m sure Trump would want his logo embossed on the wall about every hundred feet or so. When most people hear the words “undocumented immigrants” they think Mexicans right? But did you know there’s a lot Americans living illegally in Mexico? Yeah, I didn’t think so. In 2015 the number of Americans living illegally in Mexico has increased 37.8%. According to a study by the National Institute of Geography and Statistics, approximately 739,168 US Citizens and, according to the National Institute of Immigration, of those only 65,302 were legal residents. While Trump’s administration and campaign have been loaded with hateful words and racist slurs concerning “immigrants stealing our jobs,” they failed to even mention the reverse statistics. And just like Emperor Qin Shi Huang who had the the Great Wall of China built, no one will remember Trumps name.

97. ACLU blocks Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban. A federal judge granted an emergency stay to allow detainees with valid visas to remain in the U.S. The American Civil Liberties Union went to court following President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from Muslim countries.

98. Donald Trump already liable to be impeached… The U.S. Constitution prohibits federal office holders from receiving payments from foreign leaders or foreign governments. “U.S. Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause, which provides: “No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” President Trump has chosen to continue owning businesses that receive government subsidies and tax breaks in violation of this provision.

99. Since 1980, Mr. Trump and his businesses have “reaped at least $885 million in tax breaks, grants and other subsidies for luxury apartments, hotels and office buildings in New York.”As President, federal and state subsidies and tax breaks violate the Domestic Emoluments Clause.

100. Trump Organization has licensing deals with two Trump Towers in Istanbul, and has received up to $10 million from developers since 2014

101. Trump Tower Century City (Manila, Philippines) is Century Properties. (Trump is not the developer; he has a brand licensing contract.) The head of Century Properties is Jose Antonio, who was just named special envoy to the United States by the president of the Philippines. Payments from a company owned by a foreign government official are foreign emoluments.

102. China’s state-owned Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is the largest tenant in Trump Tower. It is also a major lender to Trump. Both its regular rent payments, and its ongoing extension of credit, are foreign emoluments.

103. What made it possible for Trump to ban travelers from certain countries was Obama signing the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act in 2015

104. 3-5-17_- Trump Introduced Bills

HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education, kill special ed guarantees, free lunch program, etc
HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
HR 808 Sanctions against Iran.

106. Sound familiar? Our second president John Adams had big shoes to fill. George Washington was popular and beloved across the country, making it even harder for the way less charming Adams. His political tone deafness did him in from the very beginning. As vice president under George Washington, he made a bad impression by suggesting the president should be referred to as “His highness, the President of the United States of America, and Protector of the Rights of the Same.” The people and government considered him an egotistical monarchist, and it only got worse when he became president. John Adams is one of the few presidents to only serve one term. His administration created some of the least popular legislation of all time. They passed the Alien and Sedition Acts, which made criticizing the government illegal. Needless to say, a whole country of people who had just left what they considered to be the clutches of a tyrannical ruler were pissed off by this.

107. Trump is a small man with a fetish for the symbols of democracy and a bottomless hostility for the actual practice of it. He is the greatest example of the law of unintended consequences this side of the Darwin Awards.

108. Here’s the thing — if you’re going to try to condescend us for using the term “fascist” to describe Trump, make sure you’re not totally f*cking uninformed. Since this lady so nicely provided the dictionary definition for us, let’s get the facts straight: We have a lifelong white supremacist President who spends entire weeks dedicated to promoting forced displays of patriotism; who lies more than any U.S. public servant in modern history; who attacks women and people of color with greater ferocity than neo-Nazis; who has eroded all of our government institutions to the point where there are only incompetent “acting heads” of many of the largest agencies; who is bent on militarizing the police to further segregate the white world from the black colonies; who has a whole team dedicated to voter suppression of dissidents; who threatens anyone who questions his authority even within his own party; who constantly berates and undermines the credibility of the free press to eliminate accountability; who destroys scientific data and hide statistics that don’t support his political agenda; who fetishizes military leaders and spending over providing basic services for his constituents; who admires the Russian and Turkish fascist leaders more than any benevolent world leader; who literally has a fascist-sympathizing political philosophy named after him called Trumpism; And yet, WE are the ones being unreasonable by calling his regime “fascist?” Shut the f*ck up and take a whole stadium of seats.

109. Trump gave a lengthy interview to Mike Huckabee, where he slammed San Juan’s mayor and praised the Las Vegas gunman’s intelligence.

110. Michael Symonette was behind Trump in Phoenix and has been seen at other rallies. In the 1990’s Symonette who calls himself ‘Michael the Black Man’ was a member of the anti-white Nation of Yahweh cult, he and 15 others were charged with conspiring to murder two people but was found not guilty. During the trial, his brother claimed Symonette helped beat a man who later died and stuck a stick in another man’s eye. After the trial, Symonette reinvented himself as an anti-gay preacher. He’s supported Rick Santorum as well as Trump and runs a conspiracy site. He claims Bill Clinton and John McCain are secret USA-controlling Cherokees and Oprah Winfrey is the devil.

111. Trump using his executive platform to coerce private citizens of a specific race into forced displays of patriotism is fascist

112. Trump had been sued in federal courts 134 times over topics ranging from sanctuary cities to transgender soldiers.

113. Joe Biden (10-16-17) ~ “Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate. We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants—all who are seen as “the other”—won’t be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this nation.”

114. The U.S. Presidential election was rigged even before the first ballot was cast. Everybody knows Hillary Clinton is the establishment’s candidate of choice, backed by the Rothschilds and the New World Order. What is less well known is that Donald Trump is also a Rothschild creation and actor, playing a part in the great sham. 30 years ago members of the Rothschild family saved Trump from bankruptcy and took him under their wing. They recognized his potential as a “man of use” and “colorful front man”. In the late 1980s, Donald Trump found himself in financial trouble as the real estate market in New York tanked. The three casinos in Atlantic City, like other Trump assets, were under threat from lenders. It was only with the assistance and assurance of Wilbur L. Ross Jr., senior managing director of Rothschild Inc. that Trump was allowed to keep the casinos and rebuild his threatened empire.“

115. The father of a slain U.S. Army corporal says President Donald Trump offered him $25,000 over the phone earlier this year while calling to offer his condolences and then never followed through. 22-year-old son, Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, was gunned down by an Afghan police officer on June 10, he had a 15-minute phone call with the president. Baldridge said he told Trump of “his struggle with the manner in which his son was killed.

116. Trump Supporters: “He didn’t say that, but if he did he didn’t mean it. And if he did, you didn’t understand it. And if you did, it’s not a big deal because, others have said worse”

117. Oct. 2017 ~ FEDERAL JUDGE REINSTSATE OBAMA-ERA RULES, TELLS TRUMP TO SIT DOWN
The move is seen as a major blow to Trump’s powers and the oil and gas industry as a whole, which will now have to ‘scramble’ to make sure they are in compliance. The court also said the Trump administration acted unlawfully when implementing the order. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Trump’s Interior Department ‘misused a provision of the Administrative Procedure Act when it stalled key provisions of a rule aimed at reducing methane venting and flaring on public and tribal lands.’ http://news.groopspeak.com/federal-judge-reinstates-obama-era-rules-tells-trump-to-sit-down/

118. Oct. 2017 ~ 3.5 million more people are without health insurance since Trump was elected. 12.3% of Americans are currently without insurance, an increase of 0.6 percentage points from the second quarter and up 1.4 percentage points from its historic low a year ago when President Donald Trump was elected. According to Gallup, this is the highest the uninsured rate has been since the fourth quarter of 2014. While the increase seems small in terms of percentages, the raw number of people is still tremendous. “However, the 1.4-point increase in the percentage of adults without health insurance since the end of last year represents nearly 3.5 million Americans who have entered the ranks of the uninsured.

119. Trump’s Economic Adviser Gary Cohn is worth $266m and thinks middle-class families make $100,000 annually.

“A typical family that has two children and earns $100,000 per year can expect annual tax savings of about $1,000. If we allow a family to keep another $1,000 of their income, what does that mean? They can renovate their kitchen, they can buy a new car, they can take a family vacation, they can increase their lifestyle.”

The US Census Bureau reports that the median household income was $59,039 in 2016. The average American kitchen remodel costs $21,800 and according to Kelly Blue Book, the average new car goes for nearly $35,000, and per Edmonds the average cost of a used car is about $19,000.

120. 10-30-17 ~ Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had been indicted for conspiracy and money laundering. The Papadopoulos guilty plea goes directly to the heart of the charge of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. It establishes conclusively that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian representatives, although it remains unclear exactly which Trump campaign officials were involved. Unlike the charges against Manafort, which are likely to be contested, the charges against Papadopoulos have been admitted and stand as proven facts. Papadopoulos was informed by Russian contacts that the Russian government had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.” Papadopoulos discussed the Clinton dirt with his Russian contacts on multiple occasions, and attempted to set up meetings between his contacts and high-ranking officials of the Trump campaign.

121. 10-30-17 ~ Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was indicted on 12 counts Monday, including conspiracy against the United States, in connection with lobbying work for Ukraine uncovered by the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work,” the indictment says. “In order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities, from approximately 2006 through at least 2016, Manafort and Gates laundered the money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts.”

122. What Trump’s lawyer is claiming is the framers of the constitution intended the President of the United States to be an imperial monarchy with an infallible emperor and therefore above the law.

123. The Trump Organization ordered dozens of 12-inch replicas of the presidential seal to use as tee markers on Trump International golf courses. Federal law U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 33 › § 713 specifically states:

a) Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the
b) Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. Whoever, except as authorized under regulations promulgated by the President and published in the Federal Register, knowingly manufactures, reproduces, sells, or purchases for resale, either separately or appended to any article manufactured or sold, any likeness of the seals of the President or Vice President, or any substantial part thereof, except for manufacture or sale of the article for the official use of the Government of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund:
Trumps golf trips have cost tax payers at least $31.65 million in 2017. At this rate, Trump’s golf trips will cost nearly $237 million over his first term. Protecting Trump Tower has cost New York City $24 Million and will cost another $4.5 million per year for the New York City Fire Department to continue protecting the building.

Over the course of 18 years, Trump’s companies went into reorganization six times – five times in New Jersey, where he had his casino holdings, and once in New York:
1. Trump Taj Mahal Associates, Atlantic City casino ~ 1991
2. Trump Castle Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City casino ~ 1992
3. Trump Plaza Associates, Atlantic City casino ~ 1992
4. Plaza Operating Partners, Manhattan hotel ~ 1992
5. Trump Casino Holdings, Atlantic City casinos ~ 2004
6. Trump Entertainment Resorts, Atlantic City casinos ~ 2009

Trump took offense at the idea he went bankrupt, always pointing out he never filed personally and he used the bankruptcy laws to get richer. He’s had a string of failures. And not just big investors, we’re talking about bond holders, not big banks…people who invested their retirements. So, you can call it a legal tool that he’s using, but lots of people have been hurt along the way. No major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 more than Trump’s casino empire in the last 30 years.

1. Bankruptcy 6 times
2. Trump University Failed
3. Trump Airlines Failed
4. 4 Trump Hotels, Spa’s and Casinos 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009 $30 Million Fail
5. Trump Steaks Failed
6. GoTrump.com Failed
7. Trump Vodka Failed
8. Trump Mortgage Failed
9. Trump the Game Failed
10. Trump Magazine Failed
11. Trump Ice Failed
12. New Jersey Generals Football Team Failed
13. Tour de Trump Failed
14. Trump on the Ocean Resorts Failed
15. Trump Network Failed
16. Trumped! Radio Network Failed
17. Trump New Media Failed
18. Trump Puerto Rico golf course Failed
19. Hotel at Grand Central Station in the first decade cost taxpayers $60 million.

Yet he’s so smart. How much money have American Taxpayers and Corporate Investors paid to bail him out? How many people have been financially impacted by loss of jobs because of Trump’s bankruptcies? And some people think he’s a genius lol

WOMEN
The release of the audio recording below capturing the candidate bragging about grabbing women’s genitals inspired numerous women to step forward with allegations Trump had groped or kissed them against their will.

DONALD TRUMP AND BILLY BUSH AUDIO ABOUT WOMEN!

Trump: “I moved on her actually. You know she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her. She was married.”
Unidentified man: “That’s huge news there.”
Trump: “No, no. Nancy. No this was— And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’ I took her out furniture– I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
Bush: “Sheesh, your girl’s hot as shit, in the purple.”
Trump: “Whoa! Whoa!”
Bush: “Yes. Yes, the Donald has” (unintelligible)
Unidentified man: “Wait, wait you’ve got to look at me when you get out and be like … will you give me the thumbs up? You’ve got to put the thumbs up.”
(crosstalk)
Trump: “Alright, you and I will walk down.”
(unintelligible)
Trump: “Maybe it’s a different one.”
Bush: “It better not be the publicist. No, it’s her. It’s her.”
Trump: “Yeah, that’s her, with the gold. I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. I just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Unidentified man: “Whatever you want.”
Trump: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Unidentified man: “Yeah, those legs, all I can see is the legs.”
Trump: “Oh, it looks good.”
Unidentified man: “Come on, shorty.”
Trump: “Oh, nice legs, huh?”
Bush: “Oof, get out of the way, honey. Oh, that’s good legs. Go ahead.”
Trump: “It’s always good if you don’t fall out of the bus. Like Ford. Gerald Ford, remember?”
Bush: “Down below. Pull the handle.”
Trump: “Hello. How are you? Hi.”
Arianne Zucker: “Hi, Mr. Trump. How are you? Pleasure to meet you.”
Trump: “Terrific, terrific. You know Billy Bush?”
Bush: “Hello, nice to see you. How are you doing, Arianne?”
Zucker: “I’m doing very well, thank you. (To Trump) Are you ready to be a soap star?”
Trump: “We’re ready, let’s go. Make me a soap star.

Stephanie Clifford a.k.a. porn star Stormy Daniels had an affair with Trump in 2006, the year after he married Melania and a few months after the birth of their son, Barron. Daniels was reportedly paid $130,000 just before the 2016 election to sign a nondisclosure agreement and keep silent. As of Feb. 16, 2018 Stormy says she’s ready to spill the beans about the extramarital sexual encounter with the president now that Michael Cohen, the Trump’s personal attorney, has acknowledged he paid her $130,000 to not discuss the allegations publicly. To make the payment, Mr. Cohen created a Delaware limited liability company called Essential Consultants

2016 former Trump business partner Jill Harth accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen released a statement suggesting Jill Harth, “would acknowledge” the story was false. Ms. Harth said the statement was made without her permission, and she stands by her claims.

Aug. 2016 Former Playboy model Karen McDougal claimed to have had a consensual affair with Trump in the mid-2000s, early in his marriage to Melania Trump. Ms. McDougal attempted to tell her story to media, however Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen prevented her from going public. Ms. McDougal signed a confidential agreement on Aug. 5, 2016

At least two women got money and, in Ms. McDougal’s case, a promise of favorable attention in American Media publications, which include The National Enquirer, Star, Us Weekly and Radar. Trump, of course, benefited the most: avoiding more scrutiny as he struggled to dismiss multiple allegations of groping and unwanted advances that arose during his presidential campaign.

MELANIA

After Melania’s visa expired she stayed in the US illegally, then married Donald for citizenship. Melania’s parents, Amalija and Viktor Knavs, neither of whom are employed, live in the United States because of “chain migration” so why does the White House refuse to answer if Melania’s parents Viktor and Amalija Knavs are illegally living in the U.S. considering the president’s high-profile demand to limit immigration?

Melania Trump’s father, Papa Knavs was an active Communist Party partisan back in the day. This was under the reign of dictator Josip Broz Tito. As a result, Melania wasn’t formally baptized and didn’t participate in communion during her childhood, since Communists banned organized religion. Viktor Knauss’s relationship to the Communist party allowed him to get a job and provide for his family,

The cost of security for Melania and Barron to remain at Trump Tower is $183 million/year. So in essence the Federal government is giving the Trump family a $183 million annual voucher so Barron can attend the elite private prep school of his choice. The National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA, with an annual budget of only $148 million, is able to provide seed money for arts programming in literally every Congressional district in the country. So, on the one hand you have a $183 million school voucher for a single 10-year-old at an elite private school. On the other hand you have a program that impacts arts and cultural programming throughout the entire nation.

The First Family has so much class… Melania’s naked shoots. Hawking her ‘Melania™ Timepieces and Jewelry’ on the White House website. Plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech. Caught lying about having a half-brother. Peddling on-sale campaign merchandise during Hurricane Harvey disaster events. Melania father, Papa Knauss was an active Communist Party partisan under the reign of dictator Josip Broz Tito, his relationship to the Communist party allowed him to get a job. Melania wasn’t formally baptized and didn’t participate in communion during her childhood either. Melania is an immigrant, the 1st First Lady to be born in a communist nation yet she stands behind her orange headed misogynic buffoon husband in his anti-immigration stances, the man who hates military veterans, degrades women, steals from the poor, makes jokes about People of Color and lest we forget just about everything vomiting from his mouth are lies, and his favorite nation is discrimination.

IVANKA TRUMP’s DAUGHTER

a) 3-16-18 ~ South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will meet with Ivanka Trump-Kushner during her visit to the U.S. Why is an unpaid adviser, the daughter of the president, a woman with her own financial interests in the South Korean region meeting with the foreign minister? This is nepotism at its worst. This isn’t a royal family, and Ivanka Trump has no business negotiating on behalf of the United States.

b) “Porn star Stormy Daniels told a magazine six years ago that she had an affair with Donald Trump starting right after his wife Melania gave birth to their son, Barron…He told me once that I was someone to be reckoned with, beautiful and smart just like his daughter,” Daniels said.

c) When asked what he and his daughter both consider their favorite things, Trump answered, “I was going to say sex, but I can relate to [golf]

d) “Ivanka posing for Playboy would be really disappointing… not really. But it would depend on what was inside the magazine…I don’t think Ivanka would [do a nude shoot] inside the magazine, Although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said that if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

e) “You know who’s one of the great beauties of the world, according to everybody? And I helped create her. Ivanka. My daughter, Ivanka. She’s 6 feet tall, she’s got the best body.”

f) “She’s actually always been very voluptuous… she’s tall, she’s almost 6 feet tall… she’s a real beauty.”

g) “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father….”

h) “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

i) “Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?”

DTI

JARED KUSHNER IVANKA’S HUSBAND

a) Jared Kushner has mounting debts, both to himself and his family. He refuses to answer the very simple question from Congress “Did you talk to any foreign nationals 666 Fifth Avenue the family owned property which is heavily in debt.”What we have here is a person who is subject to blackmail risk; is he doing his job with these massive conflicts of interest which anybody who wasn’t the son-in-law of the president, would have been fired long ago. May 2017, his family real estate company received a roughly $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim, one of Israel’s largest financial institutions. Feb. 2018 Kushner lost his interim top secret security clearance.

b) Jared Kushner’s multiple omissions on required financial disclosure forms for his security clearance and frequent revisions to his financial forms to provide information incorrect or missing have caused delays which have held up his security clearance. His application and did not include 100 contacts with foreigners which he later had to go back and include them although he did not include the meeting in Trump Tower with the Russian lawyer and Russian translator. He was forced to add an additional 77 previously undisclosed assets, business interests and more than $10 million in holdings.

c) Kushner is reportedly under investigation by Mueller for a meeting in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign with representatives linked to the Kremlin who purportedly would disclose information harmful to Hillary Clinton. Mueller also questioned Kushner about his interactions concerning Russia with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Mueller is also examining meetings with international leaders Kushner had during the administration transition and afterward, while his family real estate business was seeking global investment

d) The Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, are investigating the Kushner Company’s participation in the EB-5 visa program which provides green cards to well-heeled foreigners who invest a minimum of $500,000 in certain businesses. At least two Kushner real estate projects in New Jersey have benefited from the program.

e) Jared Kushner’s father Charles Kushner is an American real estate developer. He founded Kushner Companies in 1985. He plead guilty to 18 counts and was convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering, fined $508,900 by the Federal Election Commission for contributing to Democratic political campaigns in the names of his partnerships when he lacked authorization to do so. The witness-tampering charge arose from Kushner’s act of retaliation against William Schulder, his sister Esther’s husband, who was cooperating with federal investigators; Kushner hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, arranged to record an encounter between the two, and had the tape sent to his sister. Kushner was sentenced to two years in Federal prison in Montgomery Alabama before being sent to a halfway house in Newark, New Jersey, to complete his sentence. As a result of his convictions, Kushner was disbarred, prohibited from practicing law in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

f) Released court documents during the transition, Kushner instructed Michael Flynn to try to get the Russian ambassador to block a United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements.

g) Jared followed his father-in-law’s lead by doing the bare minimum to disentangle himself from his business interests. He stepped down from his official role at Kushner Companies, but he kept most of his interest in it and his real estate holdings. He did sell some real estate assets, but just to a family trust controlled by his mother. Since then, there have been a seemingly endless array of reports about conflicts and questionable activity from either Jared or Kushner Companies, which is privately held and has opaque finances.

h) The Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, are investigating the Kushner Company’s participation in the EB-5 visa program which provides green cards to well-heeled foreigners who invest a minimum of $500,000 in certain businesses. At least two Kushner real estate projects in New Jersey have benefited from the program.

i) Jared Kushner’s father Charles Kushner is an American real estate developer. He founded Kushner Companies in 1985. He plead guilty to 18 counts and was convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering, fined $508,900 by the Federal Election Commission for contributing to Democratic political campaigns in the names of his partnerships when he lacked authorization to do so. Following an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie negotiated a plea agreement with Kushner, under which he pleaded guilty to 18 counts of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering. The witness-tampering charge arose from Kushner’s act of retaliation against William Schulder, his sister Esther’s husband, who was cooperating with federal investigators; Kushner hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, arranged to record an encounter between the two, and had the tape sent to his sister. Kushner was sentenced to two years in Federal prison in Montgomery Alabama before being sent to a halfway house in Newark, New Jersey, to complete his sentence. As a result of his convictions, Kushner was disbarred, prohibited from practicing law in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

j) Slumlord Jared Kushner bought 3 buildings in New York and then filed at least 80 false documents with the city claiming it had no rent-regulated tenants, when, in fact, tax records showed the company inherited as many as 94 rent-regulated units. Kushner did this so he could raise rents, push tenants out and re-sell the buildings for millions of dollars of profit.
https://apnews.com/002703e70347481cb993027d04f543cc?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP_Politics

k) Donald Trump is “frustrated with Mr. Kushner, whom he now views as a liability” and “another problem to deal with,” and has suggested both he and Ivanka move back to New York.

l) Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year. The White House senior adviser attempted to sway a United Nations Security Council vote against an anti-settlement resolution passed just before Donald Trump took office, which condemned the structure of West Bank settlements. The failure to disclose his role in the foundation at a time when he was being tasked with serving as the president’s Middle East peace envoy follows a pattern of egregious omissions barring any other official from continuing to serve in the West Wing. Kushner demanded future national security adviser Michael Flynn “get on the phone to every member of the Security Council and tell them to delay the vote” on the West Bank settlement resolution. The move may have violated the 200-years-old law called the Logan Act, which bars “unauthorized citizens” from negotiating with “foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.”
https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2017/50-years-illegal-settlements/index.html

m) Jared Kushner’s sister Nicole Meyer was caught making a pitch of the EB-5 visa program to more than 100 Chinese investors gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Beijing, China by the Kushner family to attract $150 million in financing for their Jersey City housing development, known as ‘One Journal Square’.

PUERTO RICO

1. Licensed the Trump name for a fee to a golf course from 2008 until 2015, declared bankruptcy then walked away with more than $600,000 in revenue from the management and licensing deal. Eric Trump said after the bankruptcy filing: “We made many millions of dollars on it but never invested a dime.”

2. Tells a family who showed him their damaged home to “have a good time”, before heading to a community centre distributing aid, where he tossed rolls of toilet paper into the crowd. Or watching people bussed in from shelters having lost their homes leap for toilet paper.

3. Aside from the sloppy optics from Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico, recovery efforts have been hampered by a laundry list of mishandlings at multiple levels, including FEMA’s slow distribution of goods and supplies which were stalled at ports at a crucial time of recovery, the Trump administration’s initial refusal to wave the Jones Act to free up cheaper accessibility of vessels to haul at recovery time, and a frail power grid beyond repair.

4. Trump only toured a wealthy San Juan suburb known for its amenity-driven gated communities which was largely spared when Hurricane Maria hit two weeks ago where high-speed winds had blown out some -second-story windows and knocked over a few trees — but where life seemed to be returning to normal, thanks to assistance from the government. If the president had traveled a little deeper into the island, to the communities that sustained some of the heaviest damage, he would have witnessed a very different Puerto Rico. In Caguas nearly 1 in 10 residents were severely affected by the storm’s destruction. More than 1,200 homes were flattened or suffered major damage. At least one person at a shelter died of diabetes complications after not having access to medical care, and two people killed themselves.

5. A House Committee approved $10 BILLION for Trumps Border Wall but not for Puerto Rico. Not for Healthcare. Not For Veterans. Not for the Disabled.

6. will see their taxes increase at 12.5 percent on intellectual property.

7. Puerto Ricans in the mainland who voted for Trump are now sobering up to the reality that they and their families were never part of Trump’s dream of a great America.

8. Trump is right, we should impeach the president of Puerto Rico; Trump IS the president of Puerto Rico

9. Donald Trump’s promised a government for White America, and he’s fulfilling it. His indifference to isn’t a mistake or an error: It’s fulfilling a promise. And even if the island has many people who identify as white, its association with the Spanish-speaking regions of the Americas marks it and its people as “other” in the eyes of the president. They are, in other words, precisely the kinds of people Trump said he would neglect, and here he is now, neglecting them.”

10. Does he think of what he’s going to say BEFORE he opens his mouth??? The “real catastrophe” occurs EVERYTIME he opens his mouth and EVERYTIME he Tweets!!!

11. In 2012 Donald Trump’s two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., were close to being charged with felony fraud but the Manhattan DA started receiving huge checks from Trump Attorney Marc Kasowitz who twice donated $25,000 to Vance’s reelection campaign. Vance made the case go away. This account is based on interviews with 20 sources familiar with the investigation, court records, public documents and emails.

12. Trump takes 2 weeks to visit Puerto Rico, a disaster zone where 3.5 million AMERICAN Citizens live. He arrives joking and smiling, makes fun of the situation, insults the people, shows no empathy, downplays the severity and compares it to other disasters, lies about how’s he’s helped then throws paper towels at people like he was playing fletch with a dog.

13. Trump was baffled and disgusted by water purification in Puerto Rico. The church is also distributing water purification kits, and a member explained the process to the president. “Wait,” Trump said, “you put it in dirty water?” “And then you can drink it after 10 to 12 hours,” she explained. “Would you do it? Would you drink it?” he asked. “Sure,” she said. “Really?” Trump said, a disgusted look coming across his face. “Really,” she said. “Is this your company or something?” Trump asked the woman, seeming suspicious of the aggressive pitch. “No,” she said, “I’m part of the church.” “This is an interesting thing,” Trump said as he started to hand out the kits. “Try that.”

14. Half of still has no power and a thousand people died largely because of insufficient storm response.

15. Half of Puerto Rico still has no power and a thousand people died largely because of insufficient storm response.

16. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and the island has been within U.S. borders when we took possession October 18, 1898. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens required to pay US federal taxes. In 2016 despite Puerto Rico’s devastation, Puerto Rican citizens paid $3.6 billion into the US Treasury. Whether you like it or not the US is obligated to give as much help as they did to Texas and Florida. FEMA is required to treat Puerto Rico like any other state including but not limited to public assistance grants as well as short-term emergency help and long-term *rebuilding costs*. Disaster relief isn’t based on a state’s financial health or grid maintenance and the federal government doesn’t operate business transactions with each state, giving the best services to the states that pay the most taxes. That’s not how the government works.

17. March 2, 1917, the Jones–Shafroth Act was signed, collectively making Puerto Ricans United States citizens without rescinding their Puerto Rican citizenship and as U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans can freely travel and move to the U.S. mainland without a passport or a visa. Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer indicated they’d consider a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico “natural-born” and eligible to run for president.

Week 42: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.
Stories less covered continue to detail bigotry towards, and stripping away rights and protections of, marginalized communities and women. Another continuing theme is the dismantling of government programs and initiatives, alongside instituting authoritarian measures.
WAPO reported before Trump pardoned Apraio, he had asked Sessions to have the Justice Dept drop their case.

1. Ten days before Hurricane Harvey, Trump revoked Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, an Obama-era set of regulations designed to make federally funded infrastructure less vulnerable to flooding.

2. On Sunday morning, as Houston was flooding, Trump promoted a book by Sheriff David Clarke on Twitter: “great book by a great guy, highly recommended!

3. Former OGE director Shaub noted it is a government ethics violation to use public office to endorse any product, service or enterprise.

4. Clarke, who has been the subject of repeated allegations of mistreating inmates in his jails, abruptly resigned as Sheriff on Thursday. Speculation grew that he would be taking a position in the Trump regime.

5. When asked by Chris Wallace about Charlottesville, Tillerson said, “I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values,” — and when asked on Trump’s response, “The President speaks for himself.”

6. A video emerged on Facebook of Mattis telling troops, “You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.”

7. On Tuesday, again going against Trump, Mattis announced transgender troops will be allowed to remain in the military pending the results of a study by experts.

8. On Wednesday, shortly after Trump tweeted on N. Korea: “Talking is not the answer!” — Mattis contradicted Trump’s statement and told reporters, “We’re never out of diplomatic solutions.”

9. Buzzfeed reported ICE left 50 immigrant women and children stranded at a bus station in San Antonio as Hurricane Harvey approached.

10. On Monday, Trump reversed an Obama-era policy, allowing police to receive surplus military gear.

11. Buried in a bill that Trump signed into law is a provision which allows police warrantless searches in parts of VA, MD and DC. Amidst the chaos, there was almost no media coverage.

12. In Salt Lake City, a nurse was forcibly arrested after she followed hospital protocol and refused to let the police draw blood from an unconscious patient who was not a suspect and faced no charges.

13. Televangelist Jim Bakker said Christians would start a civil war if Trump is impeached. Roger Stone expressed a similar sentiment in Week 41.

14. A group of evangelical leaders in Tennessee released the “Nashville Statement,” which denounced gay marriage and condemned acceptance of “homosexual immorality or transgenderism.”

15. Reuters reported that Confederate flag sales have boomed since Charlottesville. One company said their orders quadrupled.

16. A federal judge in San Antonio temporarily blocked a Texas ban on sanctuary cities from going into effect on Friday.

17. Trump’s HHS cut the advertising budget for Obamacare by 90%. Lowering enrollment is a way to compromise the ACA.

18. The ACLU said it is deeply concerned about reports of abuse and retaliation by ICE of their clients who are participating in a class action suit to stop the immediate deportation of any Iraqi nationals.

19. A decorated marine, George Ybarra, who served in the Persian Gulf War was transferred to an immigration center in AZ. Although a federal judge ruled Ybarra is a citizen, ICE continues to work to deport him to Mexico.

20. The Trump regime said women’s right will not be part of their demands in negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

21. Mnuchin said the Treasury Dept may scrap plans finalized under Obama to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill to replace Andrew Jackson.

22. The Trump WH removed a list of 250+ schools under investigation by the Obama administration for violating Title 9 by mishandling campus sexual assault, signaling an end of enforcement and accountability.

23. Trump ended an Obama-era rule which required companies to collect pay data for workers of different genders, races and ethnic groups.

24. The Trump regime’s Transportation Dept abandoned an Obama-era plan of local-hiring for public workers. The program was meant to help offset longstanding racial and gender imbalances in the construction industry.

25. Sessions’s DOJ will retry the woman who prosecutors say disrupted Session’s Senate confirmation hearing by laughing.

26. USA Today reported anti-protester bills are gaining traction in Republican controlled statehouses. So far, twenty states have proposed bills with restrictions on right to assemble and protest, and six have approved bills.

27. The Interior Dept’s watchdog group dropped its investigation of the threat by Zinke to Murkowski over her vote to repeal Obamacare, after the two senators from Alaska declined to be interviewed.

28. The GSA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is undertaking a formal review of how the agency has handled the Trump hotel DC lease.

29. Trump’s Election Integrity Comm apologized after being chastised by a district judge their failure to disclose documents publicly as required.

30. In addition to his position as vice chair of Trump’s Election Integrity Commission, Kobach will become a regular columnist at Breitbart.

31. On Monday, in a press conference with Finnish President Niinistö, Trump defended his decision to pardon Arpaio. When asked the timing, Trump said, “In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally.”

32. Trump confused two Finnish women journalists with dirty-blond hair of being the same person, saying “Again. You’re going to give her — the same one?” Niinistö responded, “No, they are not the same lady,”

33. Trump also falsely claimed Finland is buying Boeing fighter jets. Niinistö pushed back in a tweet Monday, calling this “ankka,” which translates to a falsehood or fake news.

34. On Tuesday, Trump visited Austin. He did not tour areas heavily hit by Hurricane Harvey or meet with any victims. By Tuesday, Harvey had dumped more rain than any storm in history in parts of Texas.

35. Trump praised FEMA administrator Brock Long, saying he “has really become very famous on television over the last couple of days.”

36. Trump acknowledged the crowd, “What a crowd, what a turnout!” — but failed to mention or acknowledge the 15 casualties, tens of thousands of displaced, or irreversible damage caused by Harvey.

37. Trump wore a USA hat during the visit with a 45 on the side. This merchandise is for sale on Trump’s website for $40.

38. Ari Fleischer, press secretary for W. Bush, said of the visit, there was “something missing” and that was “empathy for the people who suffer.”

39. As Hurricane Harvey continued to devastate, AP reported the Republicans are considering cutting $1bn from disaster accounts to help finance Trump’s wall.

40. NYT reported on voting irregularities in the 2016 election: voters being told they were ineligible to vote, or turned away from polls, or sent to other polling place in several blue counties in swing states.

41. Little digital forensic investigation has been done to examine the impact in at least 21 states whose election systems were targeted by Russia.

42. Academic and private election security experts warn future elections, including next year’s midterms, could be subject to hacking since nothing has been done to improve or build an effective defense.

43. Moyers & Company reported pro-Russian bots have been taking up right-wing causes after Charlottesville. A case study was done their impact on the narrative around Berkeley.

44. Bloomberg reported on the growing sophistication of pro-Russian bots, which are already taking a role in sowing seeds of discord in the US, and taking on Trump critics like McCain.

45. Experts say the Russian bots never left after the 2016 election, and are sharpening their attacks for upcoming elections in 2018 and 2020. The bots are learning to mimic human behavior.

46. WAPO reported during his run for president, in late 2015 to early 2016, Trump was seeking a deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow. Michael Cohentook the lead for Trump. The deal was never publicly disclosed.

47. Felix Sater urged Trump to come to Moscow, and said he could get Putin to say, “great things” about Trump. In late 2015, Trump started to publicly praise Putin. Shortly after, Putin offered praise of Trump in return.

48. Sater said, at Trump’s request, he traveled to Russia with Ivanka and Donald Jr. A lawyer for the Trump Organization said they happened to be there at the same time.

49. NYT reported on emails between Cohen and Sater which were turned over Monday to the House Intel Comm. Sater emailed Cohen, “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it.”

50. Sater said he lined up financing for Trump for the Trump Tower in Moscow through VTB Bank, a bank under US sanctions for its involvement in Russia’s efforts to undermine democracy in Ukraine.

51. VTB is also majority-owned by the Russian government, as are other banks in The Weekly Lists including VEB, Alfa Bank and Sberbank — all of which have ties to Trump and his aides.

52. In an email, Sater bragged about his Russia connections, saying, “I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putin’s private chair at his desk.”

53. Ivanka told WAPO she did not recall sitting in Putin’s chair. She also said she was not involved with Cohen’s discussion on the project, except to recommend architects.

54. ABC reported in October 2015, four months into his presidential campaign, Trump signed a letter of intent for Trump Tower Moscow.

55. Rachel Maddow noted the day Trump signed the term sheet was the same day as the third Republican primary debate. Trump seemed off and had a poor performance that night.

56. WAPO reported in mid-January 2016, Cohen emailed Putin lieutenant Dmitry Peskov to ask for his assistance with the stalled Moscow project and to arrange “meetings with the appropriate individuals.”

57. The email is the first known direct outreach by a senior Trump aide to a senior member of Putin’s government. Cohen told Congressional investigators that he did not receive a response.

58. Peskov confirmed Wednesday that he received Cohen’s email asking for his help in getting the stalled Trump Tower Moscow project moving again, but said he did not respond or share it with Putin.

59. In Week 15, Sater and Cohen were involved in a back-channel plan to get US sanctions against Russia lifted. In Week 17, Alex Orono, a Russian working with them on this plan, died suddenly.

60. Sater has cooperated with US authorities in the past, signing a plea deal with Andrew Weissmann, who is now part of Mueller’s special counsel.

61. Swalwell, a Democrat on the House Intel Comm said the panel may call Trump to testify on the Trump Tower Moscow deal to clear up past conflicting statement.

62. Trump has publicly said of Sater, if he was sitting in the same room, “I really wouldn’t know what he looked like.” It is believed Sater was conducting business for Trump through 2016.

63. NYT reported on an eight page letter from Cohen’s attorney to the House Intel Comm giving a point-by-point rebuttal to the Steele dossier and “vehemently” denying Russian collusion.

64. CNN reported the “WV” referenced in Week 41 was Rick Clay of West Virginia, who tried through Trump aide Dearborn to make contact with Russians, allegedly to discuss their “shared Christian values.”

65. NBC reported Mueller’s team is investigating Trump’s role in crafting Donald Jr.’s response to the June 9 meeting, and whether Trump knew about the meeting and tried to conceal its purposes.

66. FT reported Akhmetshin gave testimony under oath for several hours on August 11, another sign Mueller is looking closely at the June 9 meeting.

67. Guardian reported after news that the Senate Judiciary Comm would interview Donald Jr. on the June 9 meeting, Trump called the committee chair Grassley to offer Iowa federal support for the ethanol industry.

68. Grassley tweeted about Trump’s phone call offering support. Also of note from Week 41, the Senate Judiciary Branch will shortly vote on whether to make the Fusion GPS testimony on the Steele dossier public.

69. CNN reported Mueller’s special counsel has issued subpoenas for Manafort’s former attorney, Melissa Laurenza of Akin Gump, and to his current spokesperson, Jason Maloni.

70. POLITICO reported Mueller is teaming up with NYAG Schneiderman on its investigation into Manafort and his financial transactions. The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks.

71. Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s team has pressured Manafort by approaching his family and former business partners. Several people and firms who have worked with Manafort have been subpoenaed.

72. Trump has privately discussed his pardon powers with aides. State and federal investigators believe potential of a pardon has influenced Manafort’s decision on cooperating. Trump cannot pardon state crimes.

73. WSJ reported on Manafort’s close relationship with Russian oligarch Deripaska. The two worked together from 2004–2015 in counties with Russian political interests including Ukraine, Georgia and Montenegro.

74. As per Week 28, Deripaska has offered to give testimony to Congressional investigators in exchange for immunity. That offer is still being rejected, for not wanting to interfere with Mueller’s probe.

75. NBC reported Manafort turned over notes taken during the June 9 meeting to Congressional investigators and Mueller. The words “donor” and “RNC” appear in close proximity. It is illegal for foreigners to donate to American elections.

76. Daily Beast reported Mueller enlisted help from the IRS’s Criminal Investigations unit, an elite investigative entity that focus exclusively on financial crime, including tax evasion and money laundering.

77. One of Mueller’s top deputies, Andy Weissmann, has worked with the CI unit extensively. The CI unit would have access to Trump’s tax returns.

78. Bloomberg detailed the massive debt Kushner has outstanding against his family’s real estate investment in 666 Fifth Avenue. To pay off looming debt, the family has sold off properties and forgone new deals.

79. Kushner Cos. bought the building near a market high and has tried to get China and sovereign funds to buy the property or refinance part of the debt. These efforts may be influencing US foreign policy as per Week 35.

80. Speculation is Kushner’s outreach to VEB and Kislyak could have been related to real estate financing.

81. WSJ reported lawyers for Trump have met with Mueller and submitted memos arguing Trump didn’t obstruct justice by firing Comey. They also claim Comey is not a reliable witness. Experts say this is highly unusual.

82. Axios reported Russian diplomats continue to die unexpectedly. Russia’s ambassador to Sudan was the seventh diplomat to die since November.

83. Rep DeSantis floated an amendment to end the Mueller probe and stop Mueller from looking into activities prior to June 2015. DeSantis is a Trump loyalist and is considering running for governor of Florida in 2018.

84. WAPO reported on Trump’s WH during a “summer of crisis,” citing Trump’s “dark mood.” Trump is fighting with Kelly, Tillerson and Cohn, and friends say, “He’s turning on people that are very close to him.”

85. WAPO reported Kelly refused to join Trump on stage in Phoenix after Trump prompted, “Where’s General Kelly? Get him out here. He’s great.”

86. WAPO also reported Trump continues to call friends and outside advisers, including Bannon, from his personal phone when Kelly isn’t around.

87. POLITICO reported on the shrinking West Wing, citing three factors: 1) Kelly’s careful review process, 2) five open-ended Russia investigations making it hard to hire, and 3) Trump’s dark mood over the summer.

88. Eight of the 28 members of the Nat’l Infrastructure Advisory Council resigned. In a letter, the cyber-security experts said Trump “threatened the security of the homeland,” citing Charlottesville and withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

89. Trump lashed out at, then fired longtime aide George Gigicos because of the small crowd size at this Phoenix rally last week.

90. Responding to criticism about unfilled key roles in the executive branch, Trump tweeted to @foxandfriends: “We are not looking to fill all of those positions. Don’t need many of them — reduce size of government.”

91. ProPublica reported while Trump continues to leave key executive branch positions which require Senate confirmation unfilled, he has quietly installed more than 1k political staffers.

92. Many of these hires are regulating industries they used to work in. Most names are kept secret. These employees working in the shadows face must less scrutiny, and answer to no one but the WH.

93. The RNC chief of staff, Sara Armstrong resigned. Armstrong is the sixth RNC staffer to leave in the past month.

94. FP reported two top State Dept officials resigned in what was called “Black Friday.” One State Dept official said “Dissatisfaction is a big factor” for why diplomats continues to take early retirement or new jobs.

95. Longtime Trump aide Keith Schiller, best known for hand delivering the letter to Comey about his firing, is leaving the WH.

96. Indictments were issued for 15 security guards of Turkey’s Erdogan, who in Week 31 had attacked protested outside the Turkish embassy in DC.

97. The UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein slammed Trump’s attacks on the media, warning Trump’s rhetoric could provoke violence: “ultimately the sequence is a dangerous one.”

98. Zeid also raised concern about Trump’s “worrying remarks” about women, Mexicans and Muslims, and issue like immigration.

99. NBC reported on a focus group in Pittsburgh, where voters including those who voted for Trump expressed “abject disappointment” in his tone and leadership. Also noted was Trump’s lack of empathy.

100. A Pew Research poll found just 16% of Americans like the way Trump conducts himself. The poll also noted a deterioration in Republican support: a third agree with Trump on only a few or no issues.

101. At Gallup daily tracker, Trump matched his biggest net disapproval of -27 (approve 34, disapprove 61), with the trend continuing lower.

102. A Fox News poll found voter satisfaction with the direction of the country declined to just 35%, and 56% think Trump is tearing the country apart.

103. On Friday, NYT reported Mueller has obtained an early draft of a letter giving Trump’s reasons for firing Comey.

104. WSJ reported an excerpt from the draft. Paraphrasing, Trump wanted to convey: “You’ve told me three times I’m not under investigation but you won’t tell the world, and it’s hampering the country.”

105. POLITICO reported the decision to fire Comey was made in Bedminster, where Trump huddled with Kushner and Miller. McGahn, Priebus and Bannon warned Trump against it, saying it would trigger a firestorm.

106. NYT reported Trump was supposed to golf that weekend, but it rained, so instead he stewed inside about Comey and the Russia investigation. Trump ordered Miller to draft the letter.

107. After returning from Bedminster Monday, May 8, Trump handed copies of the letter to senior officials including McGahn and Pence in the Oval office. McGahn was alarmed and tried to stop the letter.

108. On May 8, Rosenstein got a copy of the letter, and agreed to write a separate memo. May 9, the letter was replaced with a simpler rationale for firing Comey: his handling of the Clinton email investigation.

109. In an op-ed, McCain blasted Trump, saying Congress doesn’t answer to him despite his recent attacks, “We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates.”

110. On Thursday, Sanders said Trump promised to donate $1mm of his “personal money” to Hurricane Harvey victims. On Friday, when pressed on where the money was coming from, Sanders said she wasn’t sure.

111. At a signing ceremony in the Oval office Friday, religious leaders took turns praising and thanking Trump for his response to Hurricane Harvey.

112. NYT reported on Kelly’s unhappiness serving under Trump, telling an associate it was “by far the hardest job he had ever had.” Trump likes to surround himself with former military men from “central casting.”

113. Trump berated Kelly after the Phoenix campaign rally. Kelly told WH staff members “he had never been spoken to like that during 35 years of serving his country,” and he would not let it happen again.

114. Kelly has not been able to get Trump to stop binge-watching Fox News, Trump’s primary source of information. Trump does not have web browser on his phone, despite his frequent retweets of story links.

115. In a radio interview, Eric Trump said the negative media coverage was impacting his father: “It important to keep in context. Otherwise, quite frankly, you’d probably end up killing yourself out of depression.”

116. On Friday, a day after Trump ordered Russia to close three US outposts, a fire was reported at the DC diplomatic annex, and smoke was coming out of the chimney at the consulate in San Francisco on a 100 degree day.

117. Social Security and Medicare are paid for with a separate tax. They add NOTHING to the Nation debt/ Social Security has a 2.5 trillion SURPLUS. Congress has borrowed trillions from Social Security to pay for government spending. So when the GOP says we need to cut Social Security in order to balance the budget, they’re lying.

118. Estimated cost of Trumps military parade is $10 to $30 million

119. The aannualized growth of Federal spending ~ Regan 8.7 – Regan 4.9 – Bush Sr. 5.4 – Clinton 3.2 – Clinton 3.9 – Bush Jr. 7.3 – Bush Jr. 8.1 – Obama 1.4

120. Stephanie Clifford a.k.a. porn star Stormy Daniels had an affair with Trump in 2006, the year after he married Melania and a few months after the birth of their son, Barron. Daniels was reportedly paid $130,000 just before the 2016 election to sign a nondisclosure agreement and keep silent.

121. 1-24-17 ~ Trump signs an executive order to move forward construction of Dakota Access and Keystone XL pi
pelines. Shares of Energy Transfer Partners were up about 4 percent, while TransCanada’s stock rose more than 3.5 percent after Trump signed the orders. Trump also vowed to cancel Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Lessen environmental impact studies and guidelines. Expediting of environmental reviews and approvals for infrastructure projects

122. 1-24-17 ~ Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/24/presidential-memorandum-regarding-construction-dakota-access-pipeline
President Trump just signed a number of executive orders to move ahead on DAPL

123. NoDAPL Trump said “this will create 28,000 construction jobs”. 2,800 TEMPORARY jobs and ONLY 60-80 permanent jobs as opposed to 18 million people who will be DIRECTLY AFFECTED for the rest of their lives as will their children and all future generations WHEN not IF these pipelines burst. More than 176,000 gallons of oil spilled in western North Dakota in Dec. 2016 alone, but I guess it doesn’t matter to Trump… Poison our water sources and eventually we can all just drink the oil right?

124. Actually America will be Losing 250,000 Trucker Jobs, 225,000 Tank Filler Jobs, 50,000 Truck washing Jobs. Truckers will be Happy for this!?! Maybe they will Learn Construction and fill those 28,000 Positions. But what will the other Hungry Truckers do while on Their Permanent Vacation ? Trump just Sold all you Truckers Out !!! Also Trump has Sold all Train Engineers Out as well!!!

10 TRUMP QUOTES

1. Why these cockamamie people love him:
2. “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes”
3. “Laziness is a trait in Blacks”
4. “Who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?”
5. Supporters who beat up a homeless Latino man “I will say that people who are following me are very passionate,” “They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”
6. “It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”
7. “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
8. “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”
9. “The point is, you can never be too greedy.”
10. “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
11. “I want it built, but I want a piece of the profits.” – Donald Trump on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
12. Supported “traditional marriage “but considers the nationwide legality of same-sex marriage a “settled” issue. – Then changed his mind.

SPECIAL COUNCIL – MUELLER

1. Word is it would be “suicide” for the president to fire Mueller.
2. Mueller’s investigation seeks to determine whether Trump and/or his associates bartered America’s interests in exchange for legal or financial help from Russia; and whether Trump abused the power of his office to suppress the truth. But its ultimate purpose is to preserve American democracy by protecting the rule of law.
3. Trump’s defenders deploy a grab bag of contrivances that share three defining characteristics: They are legally threadbare; intellectually shabby; and, in a constitutional democracy, morally bankrupt. Their overarching purpose is to
4. him sabotage our laws and Constitution.
5. “collusion” does not appear in the federal criminal code. But “conspiracy” does. One federal statute outlaws a conspiracy to defraud the United States “for the purpose of impairing, obstructing or defeating [its] lawful functions…” Another covers conspiracies to commit any federal crime ― even if that crime was never committed.
6. Elliott Broidy, a top Republican fundraiser and ally of President Donald Trump, said in a statement he had a relationship with a Playboy Playmate and offered to help her financially after she told him she was pregnant. Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, arranged for the Playmate to be paid $1.6 million in a deal prohibiting her from disclosing the relationship.
7. Andrew McCabe, the fired FBI deputy director, misled investigators multiple times about his role in a news media disclosure about Hillary Clinton just days before the 2016 presidential election and authorized the release of information to “advance his personal interests”. McCabe authorized FBI officials to speak with a Wall Street Journal reporter for a story about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation, in violation of agency rules, and then misled FBI and Justice Department officials when later questioned about it. McCabe could be an important witness for Mueller, who is investigating Trump. McCabe kept personal memos detailing interactions with the president and they have been provided to the special counsel’s office.
8. The same Trump Supporters who insisted on dragging out the pointless Benghazi investigation for 5 years are now complaining Mueller’s 8 month investigation into the possibility that Trump committed treason by colluding with Russian during the 2016 elections is going on too long. Right-Wing hypocrisy.
9. Mueller has made 22 indictments against Trump associates and gotten 3 guilty pleas. Over 100 Charges, 22 People and 3 Companies
10. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a stark warning to Trump “Mueller, a Republican, has uncovered a deep and detailed pattern of Russian interference in our elections that led to indictments and guilty pleas. It also led to the Trump admin itself leveling sanctions against Russian individuals, proof that it’s not a so-called ‘witch-hunt.’”

MICHAEL COHEN

1. Federal agents armed with search warrants have seized emails, tax records and business documents from Trump’s personal attorney and Deputy National Finance Chairperson of the RNC Michael Cohen. The raid on Cohen’s law office, Squire, Patton and Boggs just happen to be lawyers for Cambridge Analytica, the British political consulting firm which combines data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication for the electoral process AND the main lobbyists for Russia’s oil company. Cohen’s home and hotel room by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office and was based, in part, on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller as Cohen has been under heavy public scrutiny for his payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels. Cohen is also being investigated specifically for bank fraud and possible campaign finance violations. Incidentally, the RNC has conveniently taken Cohen’s name off of all their sites.
2. If they decided they had enough evidence to engage in a search warrant, then the likelihood Michael Cohen is going to be charged is high.
3. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, personally signed off on the warrant.
4. The crime-fraud exception can render the privilege moot when communications between an attorney and client are themselves used to further a crime
5. Michael Cohen had a proclivity to make tapes of private conversations. New York is a one-party consent state, meaning Cohen could legally record any phone conversation without the other person’s knowledge. If the seized digital recordings exist they are admissible in court and could prove extremely valuable to prosecutors. Attorney-client protections do not apply to conversations which further a crime or act of fraud,
6. Cohen inherited part of his taxi business from his in-laws, the Shustermans and Cohen’s business dealings and ties to Eastern Europe, the medallions were managed by a Ukrainian cab entrepreneur named Simon Garber, who had been a client of Cohen’s and has a lengthy police record. Cohen family’s partnership with Garber fell apart amid a legal dispute in 2012. Cohen and his wife owe more than $55,000 in unpaid taxes connected to their taxi medallions/business. Evgeny “The Taxi King” Freidman, a close friend and business partner has managed at least 34 taxi medallions for Cohen and his wife, Laura, for more than 16 years. Freidman was arrested for a litany of legal issues including tax fraud and first-degree grand larceny charges allegedly cheating the New York out of $5 million in unpaid taxes. The Russian-born taxi baron is just one of Cohen’s many business connections to the former Soviet Union who boasts a long rap sheet; Cohen also joined up with Felix Sater, a convicted felon and former business partner of Trump’s, to deliver a Ukraine “peace plan” to the Trump administration early in 2018. https://www.yahoo.com/news/yellow-cabs-apartment-houses-fbi-taking-broad-look-michael-cohens-business-152635688.html
7. Cohen’s work behind the scenes of the Trump campaign attracted the FBI’s interest by trying to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, reportedly the brainchild of Felix Sater. Cohen confirmed he reached out to the Kremlin as the Trump Organization pursued the Moscow project as well as paying porn star Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels $130,000 who claimed Trump had an affair with her. The Federal Election Commission alleges the transaction constituted an undeclared campaign contribution to Trump, which would be a violation of campaign finance laws.
8. Cohen’s been under criminal investigation for months, according to court documents prosecutors released on April 13, 2018 in the FBI seized recordings between Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels’. The maximum amount an individual can contribute to a campaign is $2,700 ― obviously, far less than $130,000. If prosecutors are able to build a compelling case against Cohen and possibly Trump around these payments which are campaign finance violations so it’s plausible that the president could find himself facing criminal charges
9. Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer names Sean Hannity after a federal judge overruled his effort to withhold the client’s identity. The then-unnamed client had told Cohen not to disclose his name because he didn’t want connection with an FBI seizure of Cohen’s files.
10. Trump’s new lawyer, Joanna Hendon, wrote “the president should get the first chance to review Cohen’s files to decide which ones related to Trump are exempt from disclosure to prosecutors because of attorney-client privilege.” Prosecutors filed a brief in response to the president’s claim he should get first crack at reviewing Cohen’s files. It says “the president’s proposal would set a dangerous precedent.”
11. Trump’s new lawyer, Joanna Hendon, wrote “the president should get the first chance to review Cohen’s files to decide which ones related to Trump are exempt from disclosure to prosecutors because of attorney-client privilege.” Prosecutors filed a brief in response to the president’s claim he should get first crack at reviewing Cohen’s files. It says “the president’s proposal would set a dangerous precedent.”
12. Although Hannity has spent months defending Cohen on his nightly program, his failure to divulge such information to his viewers or to his bosses has not jeopardized his standing with the network. It does make clearer, however, the extent of Fox News’ corruption as a propaganda mill for the Trump presidency and its dishonesty as a news organization. Corruption was evident in both Hannity’s actions and Fox’s defense of itself, as the network said it was “unaware” and “surprised” to learn of the Hannity-Cohen connection. It’s a shocking admission for what is supposed to be a news outlet. It’s also fully in keeping with an organization that is more devoted to stoking conservative indignation than to carrying out truthful investigations and having a history of turning a blind eye to inconvenient truths.
13. When asked where the $130,000 sent to Daniels’ attorney came from, he repied “the funds were taken from my home equity line and transferred internally to my LLC account in the same bank.”
14. Cohen also confirmed that he used his Trump Organization email account to communicate details of a payment transfer to Stephanie Clifford “Stormey Daniels”. Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, provided an email in which Cohen confirmed the transfer to Daniels’ former attorney, Keith Davidson. In the email, both Cohen’s personal email account and trumporg.com email account were used. The deposit was confirmed to Cohen by a First Republic Bank employee. Cohen’s use of his business email to conduct this transaction could be an indication that he was acting in an official capacity as a legal counsel to Trump when he transferred the money to Clifford.
15. Trump’s 2017 financial disclosures listed an account at First Republic Bank, valued between $15,001 and $50,000. Cohen also regularly used that same email account to negotiate with Clifford before she signed a nondisclosure agreement. Cohen admitted he wired Clifford $130,000 of his own money right before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair.

SYRIA

1. https://leecamp.com/web-exclusive-u-s-bombs-syria-the-truth-lies-lee-camp-max-blumenthal/
2. No proof Assad has done this. You don’t bomb the shit out of a country with no proof. He’s unhinged and obviously terrified about his attorney’s office being raided. He’s lashing out. The thing is he can start WWIII with his toddler tantrums.
3. Trump is always complaining the military talks to much about what they are going to do. Then he goes and posts it all on Twitter? Not only that, the gas attack was in Syria and instead of focusing on and responding to them he is focusing on a pissing match with Russia. A response is one thing. Antagonizing the world on Twitter is just immature and irresponsible.
4. He did it with Kim Jong Un when he called him Rocket Man. I’m convinced that Trump literally doesn’t give a crap. He can’t think farther ahead than what he wants for dinner.
5. He is on Russia’s side. He is warning them and will tell them exactly where and when the response will take place, just like he did last time. That way they can evacuate the base and only leave their non-functioning equipment behind.
6. Trump does his military “planning” via Tweets. Other presidents did it privately with their generals, and got advice BEFORE mouthing off.
7. Appears as though Putin has told Trump he won’t rig any more elections for him if he strikes Syria.
8. Trump is just waiting to get the coordinates for the missiles from his pal Putin. That way no serious damage will be done, and trump can make believe he’s a tough guy.
9. He’s giving time to Putin and Syria to hide and protect everything of value before he send missiles to empty places where none of the equipment will suffer. It’s all just a lot of smoke to make sure Putin doesn’t reveal what he is holding over Trump’s head.
10. Trump has decided, instead of offering shelter or refuge, the best way to help Syrian refugees is by bombing the shit out of their country.
11. Name one personal advantage Putin would get from declaring war on the US.
12. The media was caught lying about a chemical attack in Syria in 2013. A female journalist was killed after she exposed the U.S. government ISIS on live TV. Hillary approved sending Sarin gas to ISIS to frame Assad in 2012 and Putin proved that ISIS funded by several nations. How much more proof you’re being lied to about Syria?
13. Letter signed by 88 Republican and Democratic members of Congress. “No direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers clearly delineated in the Constitution”
14. All the countries that signed up to bomb Syria should also sign up to TAKE IN the refugees THEIR bombs create.
15. REASON’S WHY THE US HATES SYRIA
a) Syria’s Central Bank is state-owned and controlled
b) Has no IMF Debt (International Monetary Fund)
c) Has oil and gas reserves
d) Dropped US dollar
e) Banned GMO seeds
f) Is one of the last secular Muslim Nation in the Middle East
g) Population is well informed about the Petrodollar Empire in the Middle East
h) Dick Chaney has financial interests in an oil company attempting to run a pipeline through Syria.
i)
16. When we invade a nation we ARE NOT defending our nation WE are killing people who ARE DEFENDING THEIR NATION.
17. Estimated cost to fix Flint water crisis $54 million, no money; waste $200 million in one night dropping bombs on Syria, no problem.
18. Don’t forget to respect the flag of the country that finds it easier to bomb countries 6,000 miles away than to help its own citizens 1,000 miles away from the mainland.
19. Every time you watch one of those tomahawk missiles launch, remember, $1.45 million taxpayer dollars. It’s like you’re watching highways, textbooks, teachers’ salaries and medical care fly across the ocean and explode.
20. Let’s be absolutely clear, this is illegal under international law. There has been no internal investigation, This is a crime of aggression violating the charters of the United Nations.
21. Trump won’t let Syrian Refugees enter the US, but claims he’s protecting them by dropping bombs on their neighborhoods.
22. Interesting Syria didn’t bomb the US for poisoning children in Flint or brutalize Indigenous 1st Nation Indigenous at Standing Rock.
23. Oct. 9, 2012 ~ Donald J. Trump Tweeted “Now that Obama’s poll numbrs are in a tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libia or Iran. He is desperate.
24. Aug. 23, 2013 ~ Donald J. Trump Tweeted “What will we get fro bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval”
25. Sept. 5, 2015 ~ Donald J. Trump Tweeted “AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA – IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!
26. April 12, 2018 ~ At the White House dinner, Trump declared the problems in Syria were caused “because Obama did not enforce his red lines”
27. Attacking a foreign nation who has not attacked or threatened America is globalist interventionism. This is not ‘America First’ this is genocide.
28. 2,000 U.S. troops inside Syria
29. Only 11, repeat ELEVEN, Syrian refugees were admitted to the US last year.
30. 112 tomahawk missiles were laughed in Syria at a cost of $224,000,000 11% of Puerto is without power Flint has lead in its water. There are 40,000 homeless vets in poverty.
31. While the U.S. brags it attacked a chemical weapons facility in Syria, witnesses claim it actually destroyed a cancer research center.
32. 8,657 children under the age of SIX have been exposed to chemical poisoning in Flint MI, NOT Syria

1. Rachel Crooks, one of the 21 women have accused him of sexual misconduct.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-running-list-of-the-women-whove-accused-donald-trump-of-sexual-misconduct_us_57ffae1fe4b0162c043a7212

BRIDGET SULLIVAN former Miss Universe contestant. 2000, Trump came backstage to wish all of the contestants good luck. “He walked through the dressing rooms was really shocking. “We were all naked.”

TRUMP’S RESPONSE: Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks told BuzzFeed that some of the stories mentioned in BuzzFeed’s report “are totally false” and pointed to the fact that Trump has tweeted, “Nobody has more respect for women than Donald Trump!”

2. NINNI LAAKSONE July 2006 appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” “Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt” Laaksonen also says that at a party she attended during that time, she was told by another guest that Trump liked her “because [she] looked like Melania when she was younger.”

TRUMP’S RESPONSE: Trump did not dispute this allegation specifically, but has denied the broader accusations that he walked into pageant changing rooms unannounced.

3. JESSICA DRAKE an adult film actor and director, said in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred that Trump grabbed her, kissed her without her consent and offered her $10,000 to have sex with him at a Lake Tahoe golf tournament. She said that she met Trump at a booth for her employer at the time, Wicked Pictures, where Trump flirted with her and asked for her number. According to Drake, later that night he invited her to his penthouse suite. She said she brought along two other women because she “didn’t feel right going alone.” During the press conference, Drake said that Trump “grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking for permission.” Drake said he was wearing pajamas and there was a body guard present. Later that night, Drake said a man called her on Trump’s behalf to ask her to dinner, but she declined. According to Drake, Trump then called her directly and, after she declined again, asked: “What do you want? How much?” Drake said in the press conference that she declined once more, then received a call from a man on behalf of Trump offering her $10,000 and the use of his private jet to “accept his invitation.”

4. TRUMP’S RESPONSE: The campaign issued a statement calling Drake’s allegations “false and ridiculous. The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her,” the campaign said, calling Drake’s announcement “just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election.” Also, during a policy speech on Saturday morning in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump threatened to sue all the women who have accused the candidate of sexual assault.

5. Karena Virginia on a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred that Trump groped her while she was leaving the US Open in 1998. She said that she was waiting for a car to take her home when Trump approached her with a group of a few other men. According to Virginia he said, “Hey look at this one!” and “Look at those legs.” Virginia alleged that he then grabbed her right arm with his right arm, then touched the inside of her right breast before reportedly asking, “Don’t you know who I am?” Virginia said that her shock soon turned to shame and that she changed the way she dressed as a result of the encounter, hoping to avoid unwanted male attention. She was 27 at the time.

TRUMP’S RESPONSE: A Trump campaign spokesperson denied the accusation in a statement to The Washington Post: “Voters are tired of these circuslike antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton.”

6. CATHY HELLER The first and only time she interacted with Trump, “he grabbed her, went for a kiss, and grew angry with her as she twisted away.” This was all while Heller was having Mother’s Day brunch at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, with her husband, in-laws and children. Trump said, “Oh, come on” when she protested and held her still while he kissed her on the side of the mouth before walking away. A relative who was seated at the table that day confirmed Trump was “very forceful” and got “in her face.”

Basically what the Presidents Memorandum on Dakota Access (not an Executive Order) does is tell the Army to do three things :
1) to review and approve the construction and operation of DAPL;
2) consider whether to withdraw the intent to do an EIS and
3) consider prior reviews as meeting the National Environmental Policy Act.
It does NOT grant immediate approval. The question is how fast the Army will act and whether the Tribe acts to block this with a temporary restraining order.

Here is the whole memo for your reading enjoyment.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2017

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
SUBJECT: Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Section 1. Policy. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) under development by Dakota Access, LLC, represents a substantial, multi-billion-dollar private investment in our Nation’s energy infrastructure. This approximately 1,100-mile pipeline is designed to carry approximately 500,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to oil markets in the United States. At this time, the DAPL is more than 90 percent complete across its entire route. Only a limited portion remains to be constructed. I believe that construction and operation of lawfully permitted pipeline infrastructure serve the national interest.

Accordingly, pursuant to the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of
America, I hereby direct as follows:
Sec. 2. Directives. (a) Pipeline Approval Review. The Secretary of the Army shall instruct the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), including the Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, to take all actions necessary and appropriate to: (i) review and approve in an expedited manner, to the extent permitted by law and as warranted, and with such conditions as are necessary or appropriate, requests for approvals to construct and operate the
DAPL, including easements or rights-of-way to cross Federal areas under section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act, as amended, 30 U.S.C. 185; permits or approvals under section 404 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1344; permits or approvals under section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, 33 U.S.C. 408; and such other Federal approvals as may be necessary; (ii) consider, to the extent permitted by law and as warranted, whether to rescind or modify the memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works dated December 4, 2016 (Proposed Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing at Lake Oahe, North Dakota), and whether to withdraw the Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in Connection with Dakota Access, LLC’s Request for an Easement to Cross Lake Oahe, North Dakota, dated January 18, 2017, and published at 82 Fed. Reg. 5543;
(iii) consider, to the extent permitted by law and as warranted, prior reviews and determinations, including the Environmental Assessment issued in July of 2016
January 24, 2017
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for the DAPL, as satisfying all applicable requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., and any other provision of law that requires executive agency consultation or review (including the consultation or review required under section 7(a) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1536(a));
(iv) review and grant, to the extent permitted by law and as warranted, requests for waivers of notice periods arising from or related to USACE real estate policies and regulations; and (v) issue, to the extent permitted by law and as warranted, any approved easements or rights-of-way immediately after notice is provided to the Congress pursuant to section 28(w) of the Mineral Leasing Act,
as amended, 30 U.S.C. 185(w).

(b) Publication. The Secretary of the Army shall promptly provide a copy of this memorandum to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President pro tempore of the Senate, the Majority Leader of the Senate, and the Governors of each State located along the Dakota Access Pipeline route. The Secretary of the Army is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

(c) Private Property. Nothing in this memorandum alters any Federal, State, or local process or condition in effect on
the date of this memorandum that is necessary to secure access from an owner of private property to construct the pipeline and
facilities described herein. Land or an interest in land for the pipeline and facilities described herein may only be acquired consistently with the Constitution and applicable State laws.

Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its
officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
DONALD J. TRUMP

1-20-17 ~ Dan Rather… And so it begins.

Of the nearly 20 inaugurations I can remember, there has never been one that felt like today. Not even close. Never mind the question of the small size of the crowds, or the boycott by dozens of lawmakers, or even the protest marches slated for tomorrow across the country. Those are plays upon the stage. What is truly unprecedented in my mind is the sheer magnitude of quickening heartbeats in millions of Americans, a majority of our country if the polls are to be believed, that face today buffeted within and without by the simmering ache of dread.

1. I have never seen my country on an inauguration day so divided, so anxious, so fearful, so uncertain of its course.
2.I have never seen a transition so divisive with cabinet picks so encumbered by serious questions of qualifications and ethics.
3.I have never seen the specter of a foreign foe cast such a dark shadow over the workings of our democracy.
4.I have never seen an incoming president so preoccupied with responding to the understandable vagaries of dissent and seemingly unwilling to contend with the full weight and responsibilities of the most powerful job in the world.
5.I have never seen such a tangled web of conflicting interests.

Despite the pageantry of unity on display at the Capitol today, there is a piercing sense that we are entering a chapter in our nation’s evolving story unlike one ever yet written. To be sure, there are millions of Donald Trump supporters who are euphoric with their candidate’s rise. Other Trump voters have expressed reservations, having preferred his bluster to his rival’s perceived shortcomings in the last election, but admitting more and more that they are not sure what kind of man they bestowed the keys to the presidency. The rest of America – the majority of voters – would not be – and indeed is not – hesitant in sharing its conclusions on the character and fitness of Donald Trump for the office he now holds.

The hope one hears from even some of Donald Trump’s critics is that this moment might change him. Perhaps, as he stood there on a grey, drab, January day, reciting the solemn oath of office demanded by our Constitution, as he looked out across what Charles Dickens once called the “city of magnificent intentions”, he would somehow grasp the importance of what he was undertaking. Perhaps he would understand that he must be the president of all the United States, in action as well as in word. Perhaps, but there has already been so much past that is prologue.

There is usually much fanfare around inaugural addresses. They are also usually forgotten – with some notable exceptions. I think today will be remembered, not so much for the rhetoric or the turns of phrase but for the man who delivered them and the era they usher us forth.

Mr. Trump’s delivery was staccato and there was very little eye contact as he seemed to be reading carefully from a teleprompter. His words and tone were angry and defiant. He is still in campaign mode and nary a whiff of a unifying spirit. There was little or nothing of uplift – the rhetoric of Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, or Reagan. We heard a cavalcade of slogans and one liners, of huge promises to “bring back” an America – whatever that really means to many who look at our history and see progress in our current society.
The speech started with a message of an establishment in Washington earning riches on the back of struggling families across the country. It was an odd note, considering the background of many of his cabinet picks. President Trump painted a very dark picture of the current state of our nation, beset by gangs and drugs and violence, regardless of what the data shows. His words swelled with his economic populism and the nationalism of “America first.” The applause was sparse, and I imagine many more being turned off, even sickened, rather than inspired by what our new President had to say. President Obama looked on with an opaque poker face. One could only imagine what he was thinking.

It bears remembering that one never can predict the arc of a presidency. It is an office that is far too often shaped by circumstance well beyond its occupant’s control. Those challenges, wherever and however they may rise, now will fall on the desk of President Trump. We can only see what will happen. We hope, for the security and sanctity of our Republic, that Mr. Trump will respond to the challenges with circumspection and wisdom. Today’s rhetoric was not reassuring.

Our democracy demands debate and dissent – fierce, sustained, and unflinching when necessary. I sense that tide is rising amongst an opposition eager to toss aside passivity for action. We are already seeing a more emboldened Democratic party than I have witnessed in ages. It is being fueled by a fervent energy bubbling from the grassroots up, rather than the top down.

These are the swirling currents about our ship of state. We now have a new and untested captain. His power is immense, but it is not bestowed from a divinity on high. It is derived, as the saying goes, from the consent of the governed. That means President Trump now works for us – all of us. And if he forgets that, it will be our duty to remind him.

MAGA (Make America Great Again)

“When was ‘again?” In 1823 when the Supreme Court said “The Indian Nations do not have title to their lands because they weren’t Christians. That the first Christian Nations to discover an area of heathen lands has the absolute title.” Maybe when the US government wanted to destroy the identity of Indians by ripping over 100,000 children from their homes and families and putting them in boarding schools to be “civilized” by beating the native out of them with leather belts, whips and sticks? Or Los Angeles 1850 when the sheriff rounded up inebriated Indians (who were paid with alcohol instead of money) on a Sunday night, sequestering them in a horse corral until Monday morning then auctioning off their services for $3 a week, selling them fifty-two times a year as long as they lived. In 1865 when slavery was abolished after 245 years but segregation continued until the 1960’s? Or was it June 2, 1924 when Congress granted citizenship to Native Americans born in the U.S. Yet even after the Indian Citizenship Act still weren’t allowed to vote until 1957 because the right to vote was governed by White People Law? Or the 1930’s migrant farm workers and their families traveling from farm to farm picking crops for starvation wages, facing dangerous and poor working conditions, basic necessities, i.e. adequate drinking water, forced to work without access to toilet or hand-washing facilities. Or maybe it was in 1935 when 1st Nation Indigenous Native American’s could be fined and sent to prison for practicing certain traditional religious beliefs or in 1978 when natives were not imprisoned any longer for ceremonies and religious practices, but this didn’t go into effect until 1983? Was it back when People of Color were drinking from separate water fountains? Was it when People of Color couldn’t eat in most restaurants? Before People of Color had some equality? Or how about the 1942 Executive Order 9066 ordering Japanese to relocation camps? Was it in 1968 when discrimination was made illegal and the Voting Rights Act put an end to Natives being restricted from voting? Or maybe it was in 1954 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Board of Education which was supposed to mark the end of “separate but equal” in schools and a swarm of angry men openly threatened to use guns if necessary to prevent implementation of the court order, or when Blacks were only offered an education through the eighth grade. Or in 1969 after years of unequal schooling, the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) was formed to fight for equal education for 1st Nation Indigenous Native Americans? Or the hundreds of Black men tricked into volunteering as human guinea pigs in the Tuskegee Syphilis Study? How about when Redlining and segregation was the norm? Or all the public lynching’s taking place until 1981?

Broken treaties, slavery, segregation, bigotry, racism… Again I’m going to ask you “When was again?” ~ Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez

TRUMP JOKES
1. Mark Cuban ~ Trump is like the guy who’ll say anything to get laid. Only this time he’s trying to fuck the country
2. What is Donald Trump telling all his supporters? Orange Is The New Black.
3. Trump: “Foreign Policy?, if you mess with the United States, there will be hell toupee.”
4. How is Donald Trump going to shut down the Department of Education? By renaming it Trump University.
5. What did Donald Trump say to the birthday boy? “Let me see your birth certificate”.
6. If minorities have the race card and women have the gender card, what do rednecks have? The Trump Card
7. Have you seen the new HGTV show about the Whitehouse makeover? It’s called “Trump It or Dump It”.
8. What is Donald Trump “really” trying to do? Make America Hate Again.
9. Why shouldn’t Donald Trump rag on illegal immigrants? Because an undocumented worker has been living on his head for the past 2 decades!
10. El Chapo only escaped from prison to have a “talk” with Trump.
11. If you’re Black you literally have to be a brain surgeon to get a Trump cabinet post.
12. What does Melania see in Donald Trump? “Ten billion dollars and high cholesterol!”
13. Why is Donald Trump always seen with Melania? Because all his other wives support Hillary.
14. What did Donald Trump do before criticizing illegals? He made sure his pools were clean and his lawns were mowed.
15. How does Donald Trump plan on deporting 12 million illegal immigrants? Juan by Juan.
16. What do you call a movie about Donald Trump, Bernie Madoff, and Kenneth Lay? The League of Extraordinary Con Men.
17. What does Donald Trump say when he can’t find his Viagra? “The erection is rigged!”
18. Why doesn’t Melania Trump want to be the first lady? Because she would have to move into a smaller house.
19. What did the Donald tell an illegal immigrant who was trying to put out a fire at Trump Tower? No way Hose A.
20. Why does Donald Trump prefer E.T. to illegal immigrants? Because E.T. eventually went home!
21. What do Donald Trump and a baby have in common? They both whine alot!
22. El Chapo has offered $100 million dollars for Trumps body, dead or alive. I guess that finally answers the question about how much Donald Trump is actually worth.
23. What do you see when you look into Trump’s eyes? Answer: The back of his head.
24. How is Donald Trump going to create middle class jobs? By paying them to cheer for him during campaign events.
25. Why are Muslims worried about Trumps immigration plans? Once you deport Juan you deport Jamal.
26. What’s Donald Trump’s favorite nation? Discrimination.
27. How do you know you’re reading one of Donald Trumps books? It starts on Chapter 11.
28. Why didn’t Republicans attend Trumps inauguration? Because the weatherman told them there was a 70 percent chance of a golden shower.

YOU ELECTED A BILLIONAIRE WHO IS APPOINTING OTHER BILLIONAIRES TO FIX THE SYSTEM THAT MADE THEM BILLIONAIRES.

“It fascinates me how a fat childlike man, failed hotel owner and unsuccessful TV personality; ineffectual policy maker lacking leadership skills with a reputation of being a spoiled brat with no law or military experience became leader of the USA. Trump is an amusing conundrum at best; I’m still trying to figure out how money could “trump” the sanity and intelligence of the beautiful wives he managed to buy! US politics are mysterious, puzzling, and downright comical and the whole world is laughing at the orange headed misogynist demagogue douche bag buffoon’s insane and bizarre absurdities, Trump’s a symptom of a fundamental problem with the US democratic system. He is a narcissistic fraud of a man free of morals, a danger to everyone who doesn’t even possess the requisite intellect nor understand the significance of the office he holds, including but not limited to the US Constitution or the tasks associated with the office. Trump doesn’t read, he has a limited vocabulary, seldom if ever bothers to peruse important files or intelligence reports and knows little if anything about the issues he himself identified as priorities. His decisions are capricious and delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees, he’s the National Nightmare. The only difference I can discern between Trump and Hitler is the mustache has been traded for a toupee.”
~ Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez

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Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez
Researcher/Chronological Archivist/Writer; and member in good standing with the Constitution First Amendment Press Association
(CFAPA.org)

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Cottage #11 – Gabriel Cottage on the North Beach

Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

Cottage 11 #CrystalCove #Let Our Voices Echo

On October 9, 1926, a local segment of Coast Highway connecting Corona del Mar to Laguna Beach was dedicated by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. The new 9.8-mile stretch of highway brought increased public attention and access to the previously isolated Crystal Cove, and by 1928 at least ten permanent structures were established there. Among those early cottages was #11, also known as Gabriel Cottage on the North Beach.

Built incrementally over time by structural engineer Cecil Payne for his Irish wife Biddy, Cottage #11 is identified in the archives of the National Register of Historic Places as “one of the most picturesque in the colony.” Charming roof lines and scalloped exterior shingles give the cottage a “gingerbread effect” and unify the additions Cecil made. Other features include tongue-and-groove knotty pine walls, a round brick fireplace, and detailed woodwork and cabinetry.

The Payne children had their own entrance to the cottage’s upstairs quarters with an external staircase. When Biddy left Crystal Cove in 1969, her friends Laurie and Ken Gabriel moved in and added a spiral staircase inside the cottage to access the upstairs rooms. The Gabriels also installed a redwood hot tub they inherited from Cottage #29 in the enclosed porch, and replaced the porch roof with a corrugated translucent one to add more light.

Biddy Payne was among the first year-round residents at the cove, and witnessed changes over more than four decades, especially during World War II. The Coast Guard patrolled the beach at night and used Crystal Cove for drills. A strict 8pm curfew was observed, and all cottages were required to have regulation black-out curtains. Even during such serious times, Biddy still showed the community spirit of Crystal Cove when one night, during a storm, she invited some of the Coast Guard into Cottage #11 for tea and shelter.

Today, Cottage #11, like the 16 other cottages of the North Beach, is waiting to be restored to host new guests with the same community spirit with which Biddy opened her home. Last March, the California Coastal Commission approved permitting plans for the final phase of restoring the historic cottages for public use, and fundraising is underway to realize this vision.

Gabriel Cottage is featured in the latest edition of the book “Crystal Cove: Islands in Time on the California Coast” which is available for purchase at The Store at Crystal Cove and other special locations and events.

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A New England Thanksgiving

Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

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THE TRADITIONAL PILGRIMS STORY:
September 1620 one hundred and two people seeking religious freedom in the New World set sail from England on the Mayflower. The Mayflower was originally supposed to sail with a sister ship, the Speedwell, but it proved unseaworthy, so the Mayflower made the journey alone. In November 1620 the ship landed on the shores of Cape Cod, in present-day Massachusetts. A scouting party was sent out, and in late December the group landed at Plymouth Harbor, where they formed the first permanent settlement of Europeans in New England. A friendly Indian named Squanto who had learned English from fishermen taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn and other vegetables so the following year on the fourth Thursday in November 1621 Pilgrims in their silver buckled black hats and Indians adorned in buckskin leather and colorful feathers came together sitting down at a long table with a white linen tablecloth for a feast of turkey, vegetables, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and had lots of fun playing games, singing and dancing.

THE REAL STORY:
Not the bullshit fed by the media and politically run educational system… This was land belonging to Indigenous from time immemorial. Native lands and Reservations ARE NOT synonymous, and part of the root of America’s lie begins in history via every Indigenous/1st Nation Peoples’ ever born. This is Native Indigenous land, stolen, returned in 1806 and stolen again.

In order to understand the full scope of Indigenous lands and how this ties to Thanksgiving, let’s go back to 1590 when the Land Bridge Theory, also known as the Bering Strait Theory or Beringia Theory was originally proposed by the Spanish missionary Fray Jose de Acosta who produced the first written record suggesting a land bridge connecting Asia to North America. The Land Bridge Theory contends people migrated from Siberia to Alaska across a land bridge spanning the current day Bering Strait. The first people to populate the Americas were believed to have migrated across the frozen Bering Land Bridge while tracking large game animal herds.

The reemergence of the Land Bridge Theory came up again in 1902… The initial empirical confirmation for the long-held Land Bridge Theory came from the discovery of spear points near Clovis, New Mexico perpetuating the Clovis-First Theory in the early 20th century, between 1929 and 1937 by matching *similar* kinds of artifacts found in Beringia. However, the Land Bridge Theory has been busted in a multitude of ways and proved a myth as per “9 – repeat allele” genetic DNA marker. Due to the propagated lies people have never bothered to learn the truth and are spewing regurgitated sound-bites just as they’ve been trained to do by the media and the educational system. This **theory** was widely adopted by most modern textbooks since the 1930’s.

Getting back to Thanksgiving… As soon as Europeans crossed the Atlantic exploring and colonizing lands and people, epidemics of infectious diseases meant illness, death, and rapid depopulation. Endemic malaria-plagued European immigrants, infections of smallpox, measles, influenza, cholera, yellow fever, and tuberculosis killed some, diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea frequently rendered others infertile, seriously altering patterns of reproduction and population replacement. The massive changes in land use which accompanied European colonization seriously compromised Indigenous people’s health through hunger and starvation unraveling the viability of traditional social and political organization.

The inhabitants of Jamestown VA, the first settlement were starving to death because they didn’t know how to grow their own food. These settlers spent most of their days digging random holes in the ground in search of gold instead of planting crops. By the beginning of 1610, the settlers at Jamestown were dining on “dogs, cats, rats, and mice. Some colonists dug corpses out of their graves to eat them.” One man murdered his pregnant wife and “salted her for his food.” The first Virginians were so desperate they went from taking Native American slaves to offering themselves up as slaves to the Native Americans in exchange for food.

Then came the pilgrims, although they didn’t call themselves Pilgrims, it’s possible nineteenth-century writers started using the term to give the impression the Mayflower’s Puritans were somehow nicer than the Puritans who stayed in England who were a sub sect of the Puritan movement. They came to America to achieve what their Puritan brethren continued to strive for. Now keep in mind, the Pilgrims were not just innocent refugees from religious persecution. They were victims of bigotry in England, some of them were themselves religious and the Puritans and Pilgrims saw themselves as the “Chosen Elect” as mentioned in the book of Revelation. They strove to “purify” first themselves and then everyone else of everything they did not accept in their own interpretation of scripture.

New England Puritans used any means, including deceptions, treachery, torture, war, and genocide to achieve that end. They saw themselves as fighting a holy war against Satan, and everyone who disagreed with them was the enemy. This rigid fundamentalism was transmitted to America by the Plymouth colonists. In the written text of the Thanksgiving sermon delivered at Plymouth in 1623 by ‘Mather the Elder’ who gave special thanks to God for the devastating plague of smallpox which wiped out the majority of the Wampanoag Indians who had been their benefactors. He praised God for destroying “chiefly young men and children, the very seeds of increase, thus clearing the forests to make way for a better growth”, i.e., the Pilgrims. In as much as these Indians were the Pilgrim’s benefactors, and Squanto, in particular, was the instrument of their salvation.

The pilgrims who settled in a land with bountiful natural resources, which was once Patuxet, a Wampanoag village, but it had been abandoned four years prior because of a deadly outbreak of a plague brought by European traders. Before 1616, the Wampanoag numbered 50,000 to 100,000, occupying 69 villages scattered throughout southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island. In fact, the end times began for Massachusetts Indians several years earlier, when British slaving crews introduced smallpox carried by their infected cattle to coastal New England killing over ninety percent of the local population. Many also had been captured and sold as slaves. Thanksgiving enthusiasts view it as a celebration of the boldness, piety, and sacrifices of the first European migrants to American shores but in reality, the appearance of the Pilgrims marks the beginning of the end.

Squanto /Tisquantum, a native living in the area taught the colonists how to survive. Young Squanto had been captured in 1614-15 as a slave by Thomas Hunt, who came to Patuxet as part of a commercial fishing and trading venture commanded by Captain John Smith. After Smith left for England, Hunt, who was to take his dried fish cargo to Spain, kidnapped 27 Natives, including Squanto and sailed to Spain to sell them into slavery. After spending several years laboring as a ship-builder in London Squanto escaped and was finally able to return home only to discover his childhood home, and most of the other settlements along the east coast had been wiped out by the plague leaving a bunch of confused Europeans squatting in the remains of the village with no idea how to survive.

The Wampanoag, members of a widespread confederacy of Algonkian-speaking peoples known as the League of the Delaware. For six hundred years they had been defending themselves from my other ancestors, the Iroquois, and for the last hundred years they had also had encounters with European fishermen and explorers but especially with European slavers, who had been raiding their coastal villages. They knew something of the power of the White people, and they did not fully trust them. But their religion taught they were to give charity to the helpless and hospitality to anyone who came to them with empty hands. To the Pilgrims the Indians were heathens and, therefore, the natural instruments of the Devil. Squanto, as the only educated and baptized Christian among the Wampanoag, was seen as merely an instrument of God, set in the wilderness to provide for the survival of His chosen people, the Pilgrims. The Indians were comparatively powerful and, therefore, dangerous; and they were to be courted until the next ships arrived with more Pilgrim colonists and the balance of power shifted.

Squanto’s importance to the Pilgrims was enormous and it can be said they would not have survived without his help. It was Squanto who taught the Pilgrims how to tap the maple trees for sap, and gather fruit, nuts and berries. He taught them which plants were poisonous and which had medicinal powers, how to plant the Indian corn by heaping several seeds into low mounds and fertilizing with decaying fish in each mound. He also taught them to plant companion crops along corn because the seeds the Pilgrims brought consistently failed. He taught them how to fish for eels, trap for turkey, rabbits and other wild animals and introduced them to the fur trade, teaching them they could reduce their indebtedness to their London financial backers. Squanto mediated and traded on their behalf with local peoples and dealt with other native tribes; creating a peaceful trade system ensuring security against attack by giving them the means to obtain food supplement when their own supplies became insufficient, yet for all he did for them Squanto was accused of cultivating hostilities between the Indigenous and English. A last minute reprieve saved Squanto from being handed over for execution. Squanto was still a hostage to pre-America upon his death of Indian fever i.e. the White man’s plague on November 30, 1622, in Chatham, Massachusetts.

The original inhabitants living in the area now known as Brooklyn New York were Canarsees. They accepted various pieces of pretty colored junk from the Dutchman Peter Minuet in 1626. These trinkets have long since been estimated to be worth no more than 60 Dutch guilders at the time – $24 dollars in modern U.S. money. In exchange, the Canarsees “gave” Peter Minuet the island of Manhattan.

Because the Canarsees were strangers to the idea of “real property” it was common for one tribe to grant permission to another to hunt and fish nearby themselves on a regular basis. Fences, real and imagined, were not a part of their culture. Naturally, it was polite to ask before setting up operations too close to where others lived, but refusal in matters of this sort was considered rude. As a sign of gratitude, small trinkets were usually offered by the tribe seeking temporary admission and cheerfully accepted by those already there. It was clearly understood to be a sort of short-term rental arrangement.

Another Dutchman, Adrian Block, was the first European to come upon them in 1619. Block was also eager to introduce European commercialism and the Christian concept of “real estate”. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain.

Not far from Manhattan, one tribe of about 10,000 Indians lived peacefully in a lovely spot on a peninsula directly along the ocean. There they fished in the open sea and inland bay. They hunted across the pristine shoreline and they were quite happy until they met a man, another Dutchman named Willem Kieft. He was the Governor of New Netherland in 1639. These 1st Nation Peoples’ were called the Rechaweygh (pronounced Rockaway). Soon after meeting Governor Kieft, they became the very first of New York’s homeless.

While the decimated Wampanoag helped the British boat people survive their first grueling year. In return for Indian generosity, Pilgrims stole their grain stores and robbed Wampanoag graves. Unknown author ~

“The next morning we found a place like a grave. We decided to dig it up. We found first a mat and under that a fine bow… We also found bowls, trays, dishes, and things like that. We took several of the prettiest things to carry away with us, and covered the body up again.”

While nature was no friend to the Pilgrims, their troubles were mostly their own doing. Poor planning was their downfall. These mostly city-dwelling Europeans failed to include among them persons with the skills needed in settling the North American wilderness. Having reached the forests and fields of Massachusetts they turned out to be pathetic hunters and incompetent butchers. With game everywhere, they went hungry. First, they couldn’t catch and kill it. Then they couldn’t cut it up, prepare it, preserve it and create a storehouse for those days when fresh supplies would run low. To compensate for their shortage of essential protein they turned to their European ways and their Christian culture. They instituted a series of religious observances. They could not hunt or farm well, but they seemed skilled at praying.

The Colonists developed a taste for something both religious and useful. They called it a ‘Day of Fasting’. Without food, it seemed like a good idea. From necessity, that single day became multiple days. As food supplies dwindled the ‘Days of Fasting’ came in bunches. Each of these episodes was eventually and thankfully followed by a meal. Appropriately enough, the Puritans credited God for this good fortune. They referred to the fact they were allowed to eat again as a “Thanksgiving.” Thus, the first written mention of the word “Thanksgiving”. NOTE: On the first Thanksgiving they were lucky if they got a piece of fish and a potato.

According to the Pilgrim Hall Museum, 53 of the colonists attended the celebration including famous names such as Bradford, Winslow, Miles Standish, and John Alden. True to the modern legend, they did invite the Wampanoag as well for the purpose of negotiating a treaty to secure the lands of the Plymouth Plantation for the Pilgrims. It should also be noted the ‘INDIANS’, possibly out of a sense of charity toward their hosts, ended up bringing the majority of the food for the feast. Winslow recalled:

“And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty. King Massasoit and 90 of his men showed up outnumbering their hosts, and brought with them five deer they had hunted to contribute to the feast.”

The original feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 11. Unlike our modern holiday, it was three days long. The event was based on English harvest festivals, which traditionally occurred around the 29th of September. The Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.

However the first feast wasn’t repeated until 1636, so it wasn’t the beginning of a tradition, in fact, the colonists didn’t even call it Thanksgiving. To them, a thanksgiving was a religious holiday in which they would go to church and thank God for a specific event. The 1621 feast was a secular celebration, so it never would have been considered a thanksgiving in the Pilgrim’s minds; dancing, singing secular songs and playing games wouldn’t have been allowed.

After the first harvest was completed by the Plymouth colonists, Gov. William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer, shared by all the colonists and neighboring Indians. In 1623 a day of fasting and prayer during a period of drought was changed to one of thanksgiving because the rain came during the prayers. Gradually the custom prevailed in New England of annually celebrating Thanksgiving after the harvest.

Interestingly enough the colonists were contemptuous of the Indians, who they regarded as uncivilized and satanic heathens, and the fragile early peace between Native Americans and the early settlers would soon unravel in a horrific manner in what is now Mystic Connecticut. In 1637 the Pequot tribe was celebrating their own Thanksgiving, the Green Corn Festival. In the predawn hours, a band of settler English and Dutch Puritan mercenaries descended on their village longhouse of terrified women and children who huddled inside who were shot, clubbed and burned alive; over 700 native men, woman and children were slaughtered.

In 1636, a White man was found murdered in his boat and the colonists blamed the Pequot Indians. In retaliation English Major John Mason rallied his troops to burn Pequot wigwams then attacked and killed hundreds more men, women and children. According to Mason’s reports:

“We must burn them! Such a dreadful terror let the Almighty fall upon their spirits that they would flee from us and run into the very flames. Thus did the Lord judge the heathen, filling the place with dead bodies.”

The day after the massacre the Governor of Plymouth William Bradford wrote:

“Those that escaped the fire were slain with the sword; some hewed to pieces, others run through with their rapiers, so that they were quickly dispatched and very few escaped. It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire…horrible was the stink and scent thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them. From that day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots.”

Cheered by their “victory”, the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered. Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.

Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of “thanksgiving” to celebrate victory over the heathen savages. During the feasting, the hacked off heads of 1st Nation Indigenous Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls. Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the butchery. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts where it remained on display for 24 years.

For the next 100 years, Indigenous villages were attacked, thousands of men, women, and children were murdered, and for every invasion a Thanksgiving Day was celebrated as ordained by a Governor in honor of each bloody victory, thanking God the battle had been won, but with so many Thanksgiving Days each year and the killings becoming more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre, George Washington finally suggested only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre.

For a brief time beginning in 1668, November 25th was considered the “legal” annual day of Thanksgiving, but the practice lasted only five years. Thursday may have become a tradition in order to distance the event from the Sabbath day among the Puritan Colonists. Thursday was also a typical day for lectures in New England, with ministers giving a religious talk each Thursday afternoon. This practice may have contributed to the Thursday Thanksgiving tradition. Since George Washington’s time, 1789, Thursday has been the day, solidified by Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863 designating the national day of Thanksgiving to be the last Thursday of November, which incidentally was on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota.

Franklin Roosevelt observed Thanksgiving on the second to last Thursday of November for two more years, but the amount of public outrage prompted Congress to pass a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.

Back then most retailers adhered to an unwritten rule that holiday shopping season didn’t start until after Thanksgiving, so no stores would advertise holiday sales or aggressively court customers until the Friday immediately following the holiday. When the floodgates opened on Friday, it became a huge deal.

In 1939, the Retail Dry Goods Association warned Franklin Roosevelt if the holiday season wouldn’t begin until after Americans celebrated Thanksgiving on the traditional final Thursday in November, retail sales would go in the tank. Roosevelt saw an easy solution to this problem: he moved Thanksgiving up by a week. Instead of celebrating the holiday on its traditional day, November 30th Roosevelt declared the next-to-last Thursday in November the new Thanksgiving, instantly tacking an extra week onto the shopping season.

Roosevelt didn’t make the announcement until late October, and by then most Americans had already made their holiday travel plans. Many rebelled and continued to celebrate Thanksgiving on its “real” date while derisively referring to the impostor holiday as “Franksgiving.” State governments didn’t know which Thanksgiving to observe, so some of them took both days off. By 1941, though, the furor had died down, and Congress passed a law making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November, regardless of how it affected the shopping day which would ultimately become known as Black Friday.

According to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Ramona Peters, “It was Abraham Lincoln who used the theme of Pilgrims and Indians eating happily together in an attempt to calm tempers during the Civil War when people were divided. It was a nice unity story but it didn’t change the fact 1st Nation Indigenous Native Americans didn’t hate Europeans just for the clouds of shit-smelling awfulness they dragged around behind them. Missionaries met Indians who thought Europeans were “physically weak, sexually untrustworthy, atrociously ugly” and “possessed little intelligence in comparison to themselves.” The Europeans didn’t do much to debunk the comparison in the physical beauty department. Verrazzano, the sailor who witnessed the densely populated East Coast, called a native who boarded his ship “as beautiful in stature and build as I can possibly describe.” British fisherman William Wood described the Indians in New England as “more amiable to behold, though dressed only in Adam’s finery, than … an English dandy in the newest fashion.”

The idyllic partnership of 17th Century European Pilgrims and New England Indians sharing a celebratory meal appears to be less than 120 years-old. And it was only after the First World War a version of such a Puritan-Indian partnership took hold in elementary schools across the American landscape. We can thank the invention of textbooks and their mass purchase by public schools for embedding this “Thanksgiving” image in our modern minds. It was, of course, a complete invention, a cleverly created slice of cultural propaganda in another long line of inspired nationalistic myths.

James W. Baker, author of Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday, points to Alexander Young, author of an 1841 book about the Pilgrims, which referenced Winslow’s letter mentioning the harvest feast. Young added a footnote describing the event as “the first Thanksgiving,” and this idea apparently resonated with Americans. Today, the image of the Pilgrims in their buckled hats sitting down at the table to a sumptuous dinner with their Native American friends is a tradition imprinted in our minds

White people believe their ancestors won the land by being the superior culture. 1st Nation Indigenous lived in balance with mother earth; father moon, brother coyote and sister bear. One of the best examples of how people got Native Americans all wrong is Cahokia, a massive Native American city located in modern day East St. Louis. In 1250, it was bigger than London, and featured a sophisticated society with an urban center, satellite villages and thatched-roof houses lining the central plazas. While the city was abandoned by the time White people got to it, the evidence they left behind suggests a complex economy with trade routes from the Great Lakes all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. Pilgrims couldn’t believe their luck when they found American forests just naturally contained “an ecological kaleidoscope of garden plots, blackberry rambles, pine barrens and spacious groves of chestnut, hickory and oak.”

The North American Indian population declined from an estimated 12 million in 1500 to barely 237,000 in 1900 represents a ”vast genocide . . . , the most sustained on record.” To date over 400 Pleistocene archeological sites in the western hemisphere older than 11,000 years old have been unearthed. Indigenous 1st Nation people have been here over 60,000 years, likely over 100,000 years, and there is a great deal of evidence to support it.

By the end of the 19th century, writes David E. Stannard, a historian at the University of Hawaii, native Americans had undergone the ”worst human holocaust the world had ever witnessed, roaring across two continents non-stop for five centuries and consuming the lives of countless tens of millions of people and are continuing to kill almost all wildlife, then polluted our water looking for gold, shoved bibles down our throats and refused to consider us until June 2, 1924 when Congress granted us citizenship to OUR OWN LAND.

Everyone wants to be an Indian, those Culture Vultures and counterfeit Buffalo Head Nickel Indians, masquerading around in faux buckskin and dyed turkey feathers proclaiming to be the grandchild of a Cherokee Princess or Chief; a Medicine Wo/men, Spiritual Teacher, Clan Mother, or “Tribal” Leader. Those who’ve read a book, claim to participate in authentic Indian rituals, or used an Indian name generator haven’t gone through Indian shit. Do they know what it feels like to be a real Indian? Real Indian’s, the Indigenous People are impoverished, suppressed, and oppressed.

Babies bounced off rocks, women raped with the barrels of guns, men forced to watch, then scalped and used as trophies. Dogs trained to attack children, then used later to find other tribes. Indigenous 1st Nations were threatened to fight their neighbors while soldiers shot into the fighting. People forced on plots of land with no warmth in freezing conditions then selling their foods while children starved and froze to death.

Thanksgiving is a celebration of all these deeds because they are the original sins this holiday was created on. Pilgrim families were thankful for the free lands and the removal of threat. They were thankful for the new towns and jobs available to them…. Yes, they had a lot to be thankful for, because without our blood, they couldn’t live in a free comfortable environment. For those people who want to take *their* country back, take a DNA test and a history lesson then buy a one-way ticket back to Europe!

Because “No matter where you live in America, you’re living on occupied land that Indigenous peoples’ we’re murdered for.” ~ Frank Waln

IN CONCLUSION: If you’re going to be thankful for something this Thanksgiving Day be thankful Indigenous 1st Nations people only want equality and not White Genocide.

   

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Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez
Researcher/Chronological Archivist/Writer and member in good standing with the Constitution First Amendment Press Association
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Phase 2 Essay

Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

Authored by Peyton Damron

I had a difficult time thinking of where to begin, so I figured I would steal the format from Alcoholics Anonymous and implement it into this letter. What it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now.

I joined the docket about a year and 2 months ago. From as far back as I can remember before that, I had become my own anathema. Social anxiety would later cripple me and I wouldn’t be able to talk to anyone without saying something completely awkward and then going somewhere private so I could slap myself in the face. Normal people don’t act like this. My obsessive-compulsive disorder drove me to behave in different ways and has been a constant in my life since I was born. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Footsteps need to be counted and end in multiples of 3 or 7. But you can’t count out loud or people will think you’re weird for talking to yourself. You can’t space out when counting in your head or people will think you’re autistic and try to get you counseling for the wrong diagnosis. You have to learn to count in your head and speak at the same time. You know, being coherent while counting ad infinitum is harder than you’d think. Don’t step on the sidewalk cracks either, if you do that the entire world will cease to exist around you. If you step on that sidewalk crack every person you’ve ever loved will disappear. If you step on that sidewalk crack there will be a natural disaster in every corner of the Earth’s atmosphere and it will be all your fault. Could you live with that? As I calculate the consequences of stepping on this sidewalk crack, I made an awful mistake. The back left corner of the heel of my right foot hit the crack. I could’ve sworn I pushed my foot far enough to not land there. Quick! You have 13 seconds to get back to the beginning of the block and try again. You get another shot at this, but you’ve got to be on time. Time to go to sleep, better lock the door, the deadbolt goes left, right, left, right, left, right. The regular knob lock just needs to go right, left, right, left.

Sorry, guess I went on a tangent there for a minute. But I figure I basically summed up my daily life for how it was, well that’s just how it was walking to school. On the way home I did the whole thing in reverse. And everywhere else I went the chaos was ceaseless. I felt as if my brain was melting from running on overdrive for so long. I discovered opioids. I had used other substances before but none of them took me out of myself as much as this did. I flooded my head with a cornucopia of opiates and I started to realize, I can step on this sidewalk crack and the world isn’t going to end, I can quit counting now and my family will still love me, I can talk to people now as if I’m one of them. My solution was simple; consume them all of the time.

Then something happened I hadn’t anticipated. I ran out. I became deathly ill and was as close to suicide as one can get without actually following through. “Heroin is cheaper and you get the same high for a fraction of the cost,” someone said to me. So I began consuming that regularly, and when that got expensive I learned that you can get the same feeling with less of it if you inject it, so I started consuming it that way. 1 year later I was living in a Walmart parking lot in a crummy Pontiac Aztec with some guy I barely knew who hadn’t showered in almost a month when I met him. That’s alright though, I only smelled him when I was dope sick.

The reason I’m on the docket is theft. This is how I supported my habit. I had nothing left that I owned that I could sell, so it was the only solution that I could see at the time. By the end of it I had become a shell of a man. The one who used to be the “fat kid” at school was now 6 foot 1 and weighed under 100 pounds. Luckily I was stopped in my tracks by several police officers along the way, and I decided to get signed up at “Recovery and Prevention Resources” aka “RPR” because I thought it would help my case. That’s how I got introduced to the docket. Through the docket and “RPR” I’ve gained a new sense of self. I learned how to deal with some of the things that run through my brain without invitation. I learned how to get over my fear of what others are going to think of me. And most importantly, I learned how to love myself. Thank you.

Columbus NEVER landed on American Soil, NOT in 1492, NOT Ever

Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe


Columbus quite literally landed in what is now known as the Bahamas and later Hispaniola, present-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic. So why do American’s celebrate this abominable man? Let’s just ignore the fact millions of humans already inhabited this land until later and look at the historical facts.

In the first place Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas having been preceded by the Norse expedition led by Leif Ericson; however, Columbus’ voyages led to the first lasting of European contact with America, inaugurating a period of European exploration and colonization of foreign lands until present-day. Therefore Columbus has had an enormous impact on the historical development of the modern Western world.

Forget those myths perpetuated about Columbus attempting to prove the earth is round because he got the math wrong and actually thought the earth was pear-shaped. He saw his accomplishments primarily in the light of the spreading of the Christian religion and finding gold to repay his debt to the crown.

The Nina and Pinta were not the names of two of Columbus’ three ships. In 15th-century Spain, ships were traditionally named after saints. Salty sailors, however, bestowed less-than-sacred nicknames upon their vessels. Mariners dubbed one of the three ships the Pinta, Spanish for “the painted one” or “prostitute.” The Santa Clara was nicknamed the Nina in honor of its owner, Juan Nino. Although the Santa Maria is called by its official name, its nickname was La Gallega, after the province of Galicia in which it was built.

In 1493 when Columbus arrived in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean islands, there were eight million Indigenous Taino residents. That number, within a mere three years, was reduced to just three million.

Upon arrival, Columbus and his expedition met the Arawaks, Tainos and Lucayans, all friendly *Indians*, according to Columbus’ writings. When Columbus first saw the Native Arawaks who came to greet him and his crew he spoke with a peaceful and admiring tone. Impressed with the friendliness of the native people, Columbus seized control of the land in the name of Spain.

Columbus also helped himself to some locals. In his journal he wrote:

“As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts. They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things… They willingly traded everything they owned… They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane. They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

After several months in the Caribbean, on January 13, 1493, two Natives were murdered during trading. Columbus, who had described the Natives as gentle people wrote “(they are) evil and I believe they are from the island of Caribe, and that they eat men.” He also described them as “savage cannibals, with dog-like noses that drink the blood of their victims.”

Columbus introduced syphilis to Europe when he sold Native sex slaves to his men. Columbus wrote to a friend in 1500, “girls from 9-10 … are … in demand.” After Columbus’s first trip to the Caribbean, he returned to Spain and left behind 39 men who went ahead and helped themselves to Native women. Upon his return, the men were all dead.

With 1,200 more soldiers at his disposal, rape and pillaging became rampant as well as tolerated by Columbus. This is supported by a reported close friend of Columbus, Michele de Cuneo who wrote the first disturbing account of a relationship between himself and a Native female gifted to him by Columbus. Cuneo, wrote

“When our caravels … were to leave for Spain, we gathered … 1,600 male and female Indians and these embarked (with us) … on February 17, 1495 he wrote “While I was in the boat I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, whom the said Lord Admiral gave to me, and with whom, having taken her into my cabin, she being naked according to their custom, I conceived desire to take pleasure. I wanted to put my desire into execution but she did not want it and treated me with her fingernails in such a manner that I wished I had never begun. But seeing that (to tell you the end of it all), I took a rope and thrashed her well, for which she raised such unheard-of screams that you would not have believed your ears. Finally, we came to an agreement in such manner that I can tell you that she seemed to have been brought up in a school of harlots.”

Repeated accounts of cruelty and murder included testing the sharpness of blades on Native people by cutting them in half, beheading them in contests and throwing them into vats of boiling soap. Many of these red men, women, and children were

“roasted on spits,”

and the invaders

“hacked the children into pieces.”

Spanish historian and Catholic priest Bartolome de las Casas witnessed much of the carnage and said Columbus ordered his men

“ to cut off the legs of children who ran from them in order to test the sharpness of their blades.” and “Such inhumanities and barbarisms were committed in my sight as no age can parallel. My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature that now I tremble as I write.”

Columbus’s men would make bets as to who would slit a man in two, or cut off his head in one blow. There are also accounts of suckling infants being lifted from their mother’s breasts, only to be dashed headfirst into large rocks. There was also a practice known as the “Montería Infernal”, the infernal chase, or manhunt, in which Natives were hunted by war-dogs. These dogs wore armor and had been fed human flesh, were a fierce match for the Indians. If his crew began running out of meat for their vicious dogs,

“Arawak babies were killed for dog food.”

Live babies were also fed to these war dogs as sport, sometimes in front of horrified parents.

Spaniards removed men from villages to work in gold mines and colonial plantations. This kept the Taíno from planting the crops which had fed them for centuries. They began to starve; many thousands fell prey to smallpox, measles and other European diseases for which they had no immunity; some committed suicide to avoid subjugation; hundreds fell in fighting with the Spaniards, while untold numbers fled to remote regions beyond colonial control. And on his return to Europe Columbus brought back the first Indigenous people as slaves all but wiping out the people to the Caribbean, leaving very few Indigenous Natives after 50 years; as many as three million people, approximately 85 percent of the Taíno population had vanished by the early 1500s

By Columbus’ second voyage to the New World in 1495, he brought cannons and attack dogs. If a native resisted slavery, he would cut off a nose or an ear. If slaves tried to escape, Columbus had them burned alive. Other times, he sent attack dogs to hunt them down, and the dogs would tear off the arms and legs of the screaming natives while they were still alive. He was so desperate for gold to repay the Spanish bankers which financed him Columbus refused to believe there was almost no gold on the island so he forced Natives to work in gold mines until exhaustion. Those who opposed were beheaded or had their ears cut off and he forced the island’s Taino inhabitants to bring him a ‘hawk’s bell’ full of gold dust every three months. Those who complied were given a ‘token’ to wear around their necks. Those who didn’t, as Columbus’s son Fernando reported, were

“punished by having their hands cut off” and were “left to bleed to death.”

In two years’ time, approximately 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead.

In August 1504 Colonists complained to Governor Francisco De Bobadilla of the monarchy about mismanagement and a royal commissioner was dispatched to Hispaniola to arrest Columbus and his two brothers, slapped them into chains, and shipped them off to Spain to answer for their crimes against the Arawaks. But the King and Queen of Spain, their treasury filling up with gold, pardoned Columbus and let him go free, but by then only about 100,000 Taino’s remained alive.

Columbus derived most of his income from slavery, De Las Casas noted. In fact, Columbus was the first slave trader in the Americas. As the native slaves died off, they were replaced with black slaves. Columbus’ son became the first African slave trader in 1505.

Tens of thousands of Indigenous people were killed because they would not convert to a religion completely foreign to them, one of which they understood neither the content nor the language being spoken to them. Columbus was a tyrant, a murderer and nothing short of a pimp and pedophile, he didn’t discover, he invaded, destroyed and conquered. Columbus didn’t just marginalize Indigenous people he mutilated and nearly decimated them because in his eyes 1st Nation Indigenous peoples of the Americas stood in the way of European ‘progress’ hampering western expansion. What followed was rape, murder, destruction and all forms of genocide, land, resource destruction and theft.

The portrayal of the man with 3 ships who came to befriend the Natives is an utter fallacy. The Whitewashed White romantic myth is a complete falsehood because one cannot ‘discover’ what was never lost in the first place! Unlike Christopher Columbus, 1st Nation Native people always knew where they were, right here on Turtle Island.

It has been estimated there were upwards of 100 million Indigenous people living in the area we call the America’s. At the time of the Europeans found hundreds of different culturally, richly textures settled people’s scatters all across the land, most with very complex and sophisticated matriarchal social/political organizations and belief systems. Voyagers showed up, their names are the ones extolled in your White history books, not the names of First Nations people who got the Europeans where they wanted to go!

Winona LaDuke ~ Columbus was a perpetrator of genocide. He was a slave trader, a thief, a pirate and most certainly NOT a hero. To celebrate Columbus is to congratulate the process and the history of invasion.