Trump Is Sending Christians to Their Deaths in Iraq

As this column has noted often as of late, no-one likes a liar and it’s seemingly apparent that should particularly apply to Ten Commandment-loving evangelical Christians. Donald Trump certainly has accrued quite a record as a pathological liar, and still, the white evangelical sect flocked to the polls to put the serial liar and corrupt television celebrity in the White House. Trump won the support of the religious right on a solemn pledge that he, and only he, could protect them and bring an immediate halt to the so-called persecution they bitch about ad nauseam.

Trump also pledged to protect Christians in the Middle East and went so far as to exempt Christians living in “travel-banned” majority Muslim nations and allow them to emigrate to America. Silly Christians, you thought that your “orange messiah” would never lie to you, the spiritually devout, but his mendacity is pathological; he lies to everyone including you ignoramus evangelicals.

One of the pledges Trump made repeatedly throughout the campaign for president was that he would “champion the cause of persecuted Christians, especially those from the Middle East.” Now, due to his nasty immigration policy, Trump is sending Christians to their deaths in Iraq; a nation many of the deportees know nothing about.

Many of the Christians Trump is deporting to Iraq, a nation many fled as young children to escape persecution, have lived in America for decades. Apparently, some even have criminal records for such abominable crimes as allowing someone else to drive a car they rented, or were caught with a small amount of marijuana – decades ago. Their real crime, though, is not that they may have an infraction or misdemeanor criminal record, but that they are from the Middle East.

It is noteworthy that Trump actually made “costly” concessions to the Iraqi government to be able to “send Iraqi Christians living in America to their death,” so it must be something near and dear to his black heart. Trump agreed with the Iraqis that if they would grant him “permission” to deport Iraqi expatriates in America, Christian, Catholic, or otherwise, he would remove Iraq from the dreaded “banned nations list.

Ponder that for a minute; Trump must really hate Iraqi Christians if he forfeited the right to ban Iraqis, 99 percent whom are Muslims, from entering America just for the “privilege of deporting” Iraqi Christians out of “his America.

Although it wasn’t always the easiest life for an Iraqi Christian, they faced increased persecution after America invaded Iraq and allowed a sectarian war to begin in earnest. When the Islamic State (ISIS, IS, ISIL, Daesh) emerged as a force in Syria and Iraq, they immediately targeted Christians and other minority religions for instant extermination. It was such an issue that in 2014 the Republican-majority House of Representatives and Obama Administration State Department recognized the Iraqi Christians as “victims of genocide.”

Now Trump is sending them to be victimized further and it should be a signal to America’s religious right that Trump is not only a pathological liar, he is not going to protect Christians in the Middle East from being persecuted. That also means that he conned the faithful again when he promised to give priority to Iraqi and Syrian Christians who wanted to emigrate to America.

It isn’t just Trump who lies at the rate humans draw breath.  Barely a month ago the lying pretend preacher Mike Pence gave a speech at the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians pledging that,

Protecting and promoting religious freedom is a foreign policy priority of the Trump administration.”

Pence promised, specifically, that protecting Christians in the Middle East was of enormous importance to the Trump White House and the administration was all about taking action. 

The suffering of Christians in the Middle East has stirred Americans to action, and it brings me here today.”

The roundups, detentions, and deportations that began this week in Michigan are an indication that Trump has been stirred to action, but it is not to stop the suffering of Christians in the Middle East. It is to increase their numbers with Iraqi Christians who lived peacefully in America, many of them for decades until Trump lied his way to the White House and began deporting them to a country that doesn’t want them.

According to the Huffington Post, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class-action lawsuit to stop the detentions and deportations. The Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan, Kary Moss said:

Not only is it immoral to send people to a country where they are likely to be violently persecuted, it expressly violates United States and international law and treaties. Our immigration policy shouldn’t amount to a death sentence for anyone.”

This latest example of Trump breaking a promise to the faithful should be a wake up call to all of Trump’s supporters that no-one is safe. The promise to protect Christians from persecution, particularly those in the Middle East, was a major reason the religious right flocked to vote for a self-admitted unrepentant sinner.

Trump doesn’t care about protecting Christians any more than Mike Pence does or they would have done precisely what they promised when issuing a ban on immigrants from mostly Muslim Middle East nations; give priority to Iraqi and Syrian Christians. Instead, they are rounding them up in America and sending them back to the Middle East to face serious persecution if they are fortunate enough not to be killed for being Christians.

Creationist Blames Atheists And Media For “Ark Park” Failure

It is always a mystery how the most devout evangelicals who claim their personal god almighty not only created the entire universe in six short days, “he” also maintains control of all things occurring on planet Earth including terrible events and disasters. Such an all-powerful deity, however, certainly fails on many accounts according to the most ardent religious right fanatics; they regularly blame sinners of all stripes and the lack of a god-fearing population for myriad calamities plaguing the nation, particularly during or after a natural disaster.

According to the faithful, as long as they are doing “god’s work” the deity will bless them with spiritual ecstasy, massive material wealth, and complete protection from anything evil. So it was curious that a very zealous evangelical fundamentalist, creationist Ken Ham, recently blamed atheists and secular media for the economic failure of his taxpayer-funded theme park touting the glories of god’s creation, and his wanton destruction of the Earth with a flood. It leads one to ponder exactly how much the faithful really believe in the power of their deity if the existence of some non-believers are able to thwart a mission inspired by the biblical god.

One of the “selling points” creationist cretin Ken Ham touted in seeking taxpayer money to build his Creation Museum and Ark Encounter biblical theme park was that not only would it bring in untold wealth to further spread biblical mythos, it would enrich the surrounding areas beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Since that hasn’t happened, Ken Ham said it is not because his almighty god of the universe is powerless to rain down money on the region, but because atheists and the secular media are “powering the financial failure” of his “Ark Park.”

Ham took to “Answers in Genesis” to “lament” that atheists and “secularist media” are successfully damaging not only the reputation of his “Ark Encounter” theme park, but the local economy and surrounding local business community as well. He wrote:

Recently, a number of articles in the mainstream media, on blogs, and on well-known secularist group websites have attempted to spread propaganda to brainwash the public into thinking our Ark Encounter attraction is a dismal failure.

 Sadly, they (atheists and the secular media) are influencing business investors and others in such a negative way that they may prevent Grant County, Kentucky, from achieving the economic recovery that its officials and residents have been seeking.”

Ham’s remarks are so typical of the religious right, and conservatives in general that refuse to take “personal responsibility” for his, and apparently his god’s, failure to fulfill Ham’s promises – untold wealth for the region because taxpayers paid for Ham’s big boat folly. Ham knows, and so do the local businesses, taxpayers and regional leaders that atheists or the “secularist media” didn’t promise an economic bonanza from an Ark Encounter. Any economic failing is down to Ken Ham which is why he’s blaming atheists for “his broken promises to the citizens and business community of Grant County, Kentucky.”

What likely incited Ham’s blame game was an article in the Lexington Herald Leader that reported on the evangelical malcontent’s “failure to deliver on financial promises he made to community members and local businesses.” In that article, the Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood commented that the agreements between Ham’s Ark Encounter and the city and county were founded on “broken promises made by Ham and his people” after they were gifted with “extremely generous tax breaks.” Mr. Wood said,

 It’s a really bad deal for taxpayers. It was a shock for me because I didn’t really know all the details. Maybe I should have.”

The Mayor of Williamstown Kentucky, Rick Skinner, also complained about the evangelical zealot Ham’s broken promises. After being sold a bill of goods about god’s economic blessing as a result of taxpayer’s gift to Ham, the mayor expressed his “disappointment” that he fell for an evangelical’s swindle. He noted that despite the taxpayer’s largesse and the Christian’s pledge of an economic boom:

“There hasn’t been any commercial development here.”

What Mr. Wood and Mayor Skinner should have done, but clearly didn’t, was put down their King James for a minute and  consider that Ham is an evangelical nut-job of the highest order with no reasonable economic credentials. He also lacked comprehension that not very many (sane) people would rush to “experience” a big boat rumored to hold every living creature on the face of the planet. For dog’s sake; who wouldn’t have considered that a fanatic asking for taxpayer money to build a mythological “wooden ship” was an economic disaster waiting to happen?  The Ark Park did not need any atheists or “secularist media” to hinder its make believe economic success, that failure rests solely on Ken Ham; and god if one believes he blesses “good works in his name.”

Regardless of the criticism from “local business people” who should have known better than to be sucked into a con anyone with a pulse could see coming from across the nation, Ham is sticking to the argument that it isn’t god’s or his fault the Ark Park is an economic boondoggle for the region. He still claims the only reason the biblical theme park has failed to rain down money on the region is because of the “intolerant secularists.” The con man wrote:

“… we are in a spiritual battle, and the intolerant secularists are so upset with such world-class attraction like the Ark (and Creation Museum) that publicly proclaim a Christian message. They will resort to whatever tactics they deem necessary to try to malign the attractions.”

Seriously, Ham is a monumental nut-job on a few counts, but this bovine excrement that any “secularist” gives a rat’s ass about either the Ark Park or the Christian message is just a bit much to absorb, even from Ham. It is true non-believers don’t accept as truth that a homemade boat carried the millions of Earth’s living creatures while it was raining for 40 days, and nights,  but they could not possibly care less about an “attraction” representing the big boat. What many Americans, including believers, opposed was the religious-themed Ark Park being subsidized by taxpayers. And, if “secularists” didn’t swarm to the theme park to hand more of their hard-earned money to see Ham’s big boat, it is not because they are “intolerant;” it’s because they aren’t stupid.

As a religious right conservative, and avowed evangelical strictly adhering to the Christian bible, Ham is not embracing the notorious demand that every American has to take responsibility for their own plight. Of course people are not going to flock to see a big boat from an archaic Jewish religious story, but that is not the fault of atheists or the secular media – it is Ken Ham’s fault. Now that businesses and investors are realizing they were played by a snake oil salesman with a promise of riches from a big boat, Ham does what the religious right zealots always do; blame the atheists.

h/t Patheos

Sessions’ DOJ Defends Trump’s Constitutional Violations

After learning there is another lawsuit against Trump for using the office of the presidency for profit (self-dealing), it is curious whether or not the Trump-Sessions Department of Justice will rush to defend the corrupt swindler again. That is precisely what happened the last time, and if the Sessions-led DOJ repeats what it said just three days ago, it will prove there is a serious malignancy in Trump’s administration, and likely the majority of the Republican movement.

Yesterday the Attorneys General of Maryland and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit asserting that Trump’s well-documented failure to separate himself from his businesses has undermined public trust and violated constitutional bans against self-dealing. The Maryland and D.C lawsuits fairly reiterate the charges in a lawsuit filed a few months ago in New York by a legal watchdog. In fact, the Trump Department of Justice recently filed a motion to dismiss that earlier lawsuit after spending months concocting a defense.

The real outrage in this insidious affair is that Trump’s Department Of Justice is rushing to defend what it knows is a constitutional violation, and likely “illegal.”  DOJ lawyers attempted to prove that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had no “standing” to bring a lawsuit against Donald Trump because its claim of injury is unjustified.

CREW’s lawsuit was only filed to compel Trump to adhere to the U.S. Constitution and “divest” from his business empire and stop profiting from being in the White House. The legal watchdog is not seeking criminal charges or pecuniary damages; it just wants Trump to stop violating the Constitution by profiting from living in the White House.

The Department of Justice motion to dismiss also claimed that even if Trump “illegally” owns and profits from his business empire while in the White House, it is none of the courts’ business. Instead of the Judiciary Branch doing its job in deciding the merits of a lawsuit, the Justice Department lawyers say it is up to the GOP-controlled Congress to work it out.

The Trump DOJ also said that dealing with another lawsuit would be too much of an impediment on Trump’s ability to perform his presidential duties and would distract him from his busy schedule. The DOJ claims that one branch of government cannot force “such an impairment” on another branch.

CREW said it was still going forward despite the DOJ’s sleazy defense of Trump and its refusal to defend the Constitution. The group said:

It’s clear from the government’s response that they don’t believe anyone can go to court to stop the president from systematically violating the constitution. We heartily disagree and look forward to our day in court.

As CREW’s lawsuit noted, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and other countries have held state-sponsored events at Trump’s D.C. hotel, and other entities associated with foreign governments lend money to his businesses or lease space in his properties.

CREW asserted in its lawsuit,”because Trump-owned buildings take in rent, room rentals and other payments from foreign governments which may seek to curry favor with him, the president has breached the emoluments clause.”

It is noteworthy that Trump has indeed been very “favorable” to Kuwait, Turkey and particularly Saudi Arabia as of late;  including keeping them off his “Muslim majority nation” travel bans because there are mutual investments involved.

It is abominable that instead of upholding, supporting or defending the U.S. Constitution, the one Trump violated the day he swore to uphold the Constitution, the Sessions-Trump Justice Department is defending the violator. And it is attempting to interpret the Constitution by claiming the Emolument Clause just doesn’t apply to Donald Trump because he is a businessman.

The cancer in Trump’s administration is endemic in the Republican Congress; they willfully refuse to support, uphold, and defend the U.S. Constitution. One is hard-pressed to identify even one Republican who is defending the Constitution from Trump’s violations and it is particularly disheartening that the Justice Department, the one agency expected to defend the Constitution, is attacking its legitimacy by defending Trump.

Trump Aligns America With ISIS Because They Hate Iran

It is fair to assume at this juncture that nothing Donald Trump utters is the truth or has any foundation is pursuing Americans’ best interests. Over the past couple of days Americans learned that no matter what Trump says about ISIS (ISIL, IS, Daesh), it is likely not true. It became fairly obvious when he praised the Saudi Arabia provocative action against America’s ally Qatar, that there was something untoward going on with the Trump that had everything to do with starting a conflict with Iran.

After ISIS terrorists launched two attacks on Iran this week, instead of calling for a more robust and concerted effort from all the players to crush the radicals in ISIS, Trump issued what Iranian officials rightly called a “repugnantremark. Of course he would find a way to enrage the Iranians; they are a nation Trump’s new BFF Saudi Arabia hates with Wahhabi religious passion nearly as much as the Wahhabists in ISIS hates Iran.

Trump’s perilous embrace of Saudi Arabia, a nation steeped in promoting terror attacks around the world, is fundamentally aligning America with ISIS’ Sunnis. It is a dangerous sign that he is “searching for ways to turn the cold peace [with Iran] into a hot war.”  A hot war with Iran is something Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis are intent on provoking, and one no small number of Republicans and Israel would love to see begin sooner rather than later.

Trump revealed his ‘warming’ on ISIS this week when after going crazy over the ISIS-inspired attacks in Manchester and London, inciting a vicious Twitter rant, he spent time Tweeting his trip to Cincinnati after ISIS launched two attacks in Iran. A pair of attacks that killed 17 and wounded scores of innocent Iranians and tourists. It is noteworthy that Iran has been fighting tooth and nail against ISIS since its inception, but instead of embracing, even tepidly, what should be a “de facto ally” in the effort to stamp out a terror-driven group of maniacs, Trump made a “repugnant” remark implying that Iran got what it deserved from Saudi Arabia’s friend and ally ISIS.

Alternet’s Jefferson Morley explained that what Trump is doing is putting America in the middle of a long-simmering religious civil war among competing Islamic factions to provoke a war with Iran. Morley stated, “His [Trump’s] method – commit the United States to take sides in the long-standing political struggle between the Sunni and Shia traditions of Islam.” Apparently Trump wants America at war with Iran so badly that he is willing to take sides in a Muslim religious conflict not unlike George W. Bush did in Iraq.

For all intent and purposes, Trump is following in George W. Bush’s footsteps that aided in the creation of ISIS in the first place. Saddam Hussein’s regime was aligned with Sunni Muslims that America helped drive out of Iraq into Syria to become ISIS. In doing so, Bush elevated the Iran-backed Shias in Iraq that enraged Saddam’s Baathists to create ISIS in Syria and further disrupt the region in their attempt to take back Iraq. It is never a good idea to become involved in a centuries-old religious war between rival factions and yet Trump is doing just that; all to provoke a conflict with Iran.

In his “repugnant” slight against Iran, Trump implied that every nation that suffers ISIS-inspired terror attacks are “states that sponsor terrorism.” He said in a statement about the two terror attacks in Tehran:

We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”

What Trump is not-so-subtly implying is that the people killed and injured in ISIS-inspired attacks in Manchester, Paris, New York, San Diego  and London all fell victim to “the evil they promote;”  because they are “states that sponsor terrorism?” Seriously, those are Trump’s words, not this author’s.

It is also noteworthy that Iran is not a state sponsoring terrorism, but Saudi Arabia certainly is. In fact, since 2000, over “95 percent of terrorist casualties worldwide have been inflicted by Saudi-influenced militants.” Trump’s reason for a policy embracing Saudi Arabia, and by extension its cohort in ISIS against Iran, is based on a lie that Iran is a terrorist state.

Trump is working hard to instigate another conflict in the Middle East by aligning America with Saudi’s theocratic dictatorship and “its international brigade of Sunni foot soldiers, known as ISIS.” Remember, ISIS militants adhere to, and are devotees of, the Saudi fundamentalist Wahhabist Islamic tradition that “abhors Shiism, hates democracy and forbids women’s rights;” something Iran supports. Experts on Islam claim that “ISIS loathes the [Shia] heretics of Iran even more than it despises the infidels of the West.” And, since Trump wants to start a war with Iran, he is embracing ISIS by supporting its greatest sponsor Saudi Arabia.

Trump claimed, and continues claiming, that his close ties and embrace of Russia is to enlist their aid in a concerted war effort to defeat ISIS; that is a blatant and filthy lie. Iran has been battling ISIS as long as America or the Syrian government, and yet Trump is aligning America with ISIS’ primary sponsors, Saudi Arabia because the Wahhabist Saudis hate the Iranian Shias as ardently as ISIS. This is not a secret and something Trump and his anti-Iran hawks have known for years.

America is already mired in several wars in the Middle East, but none of them involve Iran and it is something Israel, no small number of neo-con Republicans, the military-industrial complex, and Saudi Arabia are hoping Trump can deliver. He took a big step towards handing warmongers the conflict they’ve lusted after since George W. Bush first invaded Afghanistan, and then Iraq, but it is questionable if they believed Trump would embrace ISIS until now.

Whether Trump’s base or his Republican cohort like to hear it or not; when Trump aligned America with the ISIS-sponsoring Saudi Arabia because they both hate Iran, he did more than just “give ISIS a pass.” He embraced them along with their greatest supporter Saudi Arabia and all but guaranteed America’s involvement in yet another Middle East war.

American Diplomat Overrides Trump’s Nasty London Remarks

 

There’s no doubt every American has experienced someone in their social circle, or family, that never fails to act or speak in a manner that is embarrassing. Whether it’s a drunk uncle making a spectacle of themselves at a family gathering, or a foul-mouthed co-worker unleashing a torrent of hate towards a minority, it is always left to someone else to try to fix a socially awkward situation. It isn’t often, however, that in fixing an abominable statement or act one has to contradict, “defy” or correct their boss, unless the boss is dirty Donald Trump.

Either Trump is one of those socially inept people who embarrass other people by their irrepressible idiocy, or he is just plain evil. Although Trump has embarrassed Americans since before his sparsely-attended inauguration, he is not socially inept; he is civilized and effusive with decorum in the company of Russian spies, oligarchs, bankers or the world’s murderous tyrannical leaders. The truth is that an integral component of his “severe malignant narcissism” includes being a sadist; he is just a mean-spirited and evil piece of work with no measurable socially redeeming quality or value to anyone.

Yesterday Trump displayed that moral defect and in what was a very tragic and sad situation, it was left to an American “subordinate” diplomat filling in for a vacant ambassador to try his best to cover a dastardly remark from the man who is technically his boss, Donald J. Trump.

First, the reason a subordinate diplomat had to “sort of” make amends for Trump’s viciousness is because there is no American ambassador to England. Trump has been too busy insulting other world leaders and playing golf to bother to fill one of many, many vacant government positions. To be fair, Trump did just recently dig up a billionaire that contributed heavily to his presidential campaign to be America’s ambassador to England, but like many of Trump’s appointments, the nominee’s only “diplomatic” experience is throwing money at Trump.

After the horrific terror attack in London, instead of doing what every other world leader did, and what every American president in history has done, Trump couldn’t offer any condolences or pledge support for America’s greatest ally. Instead, “Trump accused Mayor Sadiq Khan of not taking the terror attacks and loss of life seriously.” No small number of pundits and commenters have said that by implying London’s Mayor wasn’t serious about the terror attacks, Trump was accusing him of “attempting to enable the terrorists because he himself is a Muslim.

Trump said via Tweets:

We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse.

At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”

Now, whether that “implied slight” contention is true or not isn’t the actual point; although it is hard not to see the Trump bigotry, veiled or otherwise, in his purely vile remark about London’s mayor. What the point is is that Trump took five words out of Mayor Khan’s complete statement to demean him as if he is careless, cold-hearted and incompetent like Trump is. It is a typically vile Trump ploy and humiliating for decent Americans to have to experience. What Mayor Khan actually said was:

Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. No reason to be alarmed.”

Trump knows the Mayor was reassuring Londoners that security is being increased and that citizens shouldn’t to be alarmed by the added police presence. It is also true that at the American embassy in London, the staff knew exactly what Mayor Khan’s statement was and what it meant. So they took immediate steps to contradict the embarrassing Trump remarks. Brits understand that only Trump is insensitive enough to besmirch Mr. Khan at a time of tragedy, sadness, and mourning, but still a “fill-in” diplomat spoke for decent Americans.

The person filling in for the “missing” ambassador, Lewis Lukens, is the United States chargé d’affaires ad interim” who had to override “a deplorable response to the mayor of the capital city of our closest ally.” Mr. Lukens, whose job is likely now in jeopardy, used Trump’s favorite means of official communications to say:

I commend the strong leadership of the @MayorofLondon as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack. – LLukens.”

As noted by many commentators and pundits, Mr. Lukens’ message is one “that makes it clear who the real leader in this situation is;” it isn’t Donald Trump, it is a “subordinate diplomat.” As one Member of Parliament (MP) said after Mr. Lukens’ remarks,

This a very welcome statement, but the President has spoken. He has embarrassed America and offended London. We’re owed an apology.”

Wes Streeting, the MP who acknowledged Mr. Lukens’ statement as “welcomed,” and one becoming of a decent American citizen, is absolutely right: Trump embarrassed America and offended the fine people of London, and its fine Mayor, and its fine police force. But no-one is getting an apology. Trump is “The Ugly American.” He is a punk and he doesn’t do apologies; no matter that he offends America’s greatest ally and makes a veiled Islamophobic remark implying a London mayor lacks concern for the safety of his people.

Mayor Khan’s regard for the people of London is a level of social conscience and concern Donald Trump will never comprehend. Donald Trump is incapable of any form of empathy for, or social conscience regarding, any human being on Earth. In religious terms he is Satan the Devil – evil incarnate. In street parlance he is a seriously sick f*ck.

Taxpayers To Fund Trump’s Global Alt-Right Propaganda Network

 

Of all the things Donald Trump hates about America and particularly the U.S. Constitution, besides a robust system of checks and balances to prevent him becoming emperor he despises freedom of the press. The aspiring tyrant has made little secret that he would imprison any journalist who failed to report on the greatness of Donald Trump or that the entire world didn’t support him; if not for that pesky First Amendment. Trump has stated often that the only news Americans will ever need are whatever lies come out of his mouth or through his Twitter feed. Absolutely anything else, according to Trump, is “fake news.

In an attempt to expand his reach in excess of social media, and to seize control of a large sector of the media, Trump made two moves this week that would impress Adolf Hitler’s Reich Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels (sod off Godwin). The despicable actions are in preparation for a taxpayer-funded Trump propaganda network that will have worldwide coverage as the official alt-right news outlet of the United States of America as presented by the Trump.

First, when Trump provided waivers for his senior staff giving them permission to disregard ethical conflict of interest laws, he made sure Brietbart chief Steve Bannon has free rein to run the alt-right conspiracy site from his White House position funded by taxpayers. As noted In the Washington Post, The waiver gives Bannon “permission to communicate with Breitbart News, the conservative website he used to run.” What the authority to violate ethics and conflict of interest rules really does is give Bannon unchallenged authority to “run a pro-Trump propaganda outlet with a sordid history of white supremacist content, while working in his taxpayer-financed White House position.

It is no surprise that Breitbart championed Trump; there were rumors from Breitbart employees that Trump was paying the alt-right news site to do his campaigning. Breibart is a perfect fit for Trump because Bannon boasted regularly that the conspiracy site was “the platform for the alt-right;” the misogynist, white supremacist, anti-immigration movement that is now a dominant force within the conservative movement and running Trump’s administration.

To accompany Bannon’s new authority to use Brietbart as the official White House domestic media outlet, or use his White House position to set the editorial direction of his and Trump’s alt-right perspective via Brietbart, Trump is preparing to install a Bannon devotee as the CEO of the “taxpayer-funded Broadcasting Board of Governors.” Although that position may seem like just a title and a thank-you gift appointment to Bannon, it is a position with worldwide reach and the implications that it will be Trump’s personal alt-right (Nazi) propaganda network are as certain as the knowledge that the Sun will rise in the East.

The position of CEO of Broadcasting Board of Governors has purview over “the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, and the Middle East Broadcast Network. Those taxpayer-funded networks combined reach over 278 million people around the world and broadcast to 100 different countries in 61 languages.” Now those millions in 100 different countries will experience the world as told by “the voice of Trump;” and it will be regarded as officially the voice of the America.

As one might expect from a government operation, previous CEOs of the Broadcasting Board of Governors had well-founded experience as journalists and with the media; they certainly were not partisan political activists or alt-right fascists.  For example, John Lansing, the current BBG CEO was the president of Scripps Networks and prior to him Andy Lack, the current president of NBC News held the CEO position. Now a Steve Bannon zealot will lead the BBG and if any American thought there was a built in protection against partisanship in taxpayer-funded media, they are going to be disappointed.

As Oliver Willis noted, “In the past the [CEO] position was walled off from directly controlling the output of the network by a bipartisan board. But Republicans in Congress disbanded the board in a provision tucked into the Defense Authorization Act that passed in December.”

One anonymous senior government official fretted to Politico that, “The White House could theoretically use the BBG for any kind of messaging” and there is no doubt in most people’s minds that Trump and Bannon will use the BBG for the same “mendacious messaging” as that seen daily in Trump’s tweets. Another Republican official told Politico a few months ago that “There’s some fear among the folks here that the firewall will get diminished and attacked and fall victim to propaganda.” Apparently that “Republican official” failed to see that his congressional Republicans decimated that firewall in December, possibly to make it easier for Trump’s worldwide propaganda network to operate unimpeded.

To get an idea of the type of person Trump wants spreading his lies and propaganda around the world, besides being a Bannon-Breitbart disciple, Michael Pack has no journalism experience; save being a worshipper of Steve Bannon and Breitbart. Pack is currently the president and CEO of the Claremont Institute, an organization the Chronicle of Higher Education described as the “academic home of Trumpism.” As an aside, use of the words academic and any variant of Trump in the same sentence is the definition of an oxymoron.

Under Pack’s leadership, Claremont Institute has been a staunch supporter of Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic and racist radio show and has been instrumental in keeping it on air via expensive ads sponsoring his program, his racism and his misogyny. In fact, Claremont under Pack’s leadership gave Limbaugh its Winston Churchill Statesmanship Award, and now its CEO will be running the BBG as CEO to spread Trump’s alt-right racism and bigotry around the world; paid for with taxpayer dollars.

During the campaign Trump threatened to start his own media empire, but that was prior to being installed in the White House by the Russians and emoprogs. Now that he has taxpayer money at his disposal, he is starting his own media and news network to spread alt-right propaganda around the world as the official voice of America.

The World Is Laughing At You Trump – Not America

 

Donald Trump is, all at once, a laughingstock, a pathological liar, a dangerous malignant narcissist, and a childish know-nothing bully that is an embarrassment to every decent American. And contrary to his deep-seated belief, Donald Trump is not representative of what Americans stand for as a civilized people. Oh sure, he symbolizes every filthy trait rampant among a certain ‘class’ of his kind of ugly American, but he does not represent, and is not “America.” Collectively, the American people are hundreds-of-orders of magnitude better, smarter, more ethical and moral than Trump and it is a glaring fact he is incapable of comprehending due to his severely “toxic malignant narcissism;”  a diagnosis that literally scores of psychological experts have warned he suffers.

Trump exposed that danger to America and the world when he did as predicted by anyone with a brain and announced that because he considers climate change a Chinese hoax concocted to destroy America’s economy, he was unilaterally pulling America out of the landmark planet-wide effort to combat climate change, the Paris Climate Accord. It is noteworthy that Trump’s imagined Chinese hoax is supported by 194 other nations that signed the “Accord” because they see the results of global warming and understand the value of science; the exact opposite of the imbecile Trump and his 16th Century religious mindset in opposition to science. Trump embraces idiotic conspiracy theories and mythos; it is no wonder the entire world is laughing at Trump.

During his announcement he was withdrawing America from the climate accord, Trump made a statement that belies any claim that he has even a clue about how the rest of the world regards him. Dumb Donnie said:

It would once have been unthinkable that an international agreement could prevent the United States from conducting its own domestic affairs. At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country? We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. And they won’t be.”

According to Trump, it appears he believes 194 nations have joined the “Chinese hoax” to destroy America’s economy and now, through Paris, are attacking the sovereignty of the United States of America. That delusion is part of his belief that the rest of the world is conspiring to hinder his ability to “reshape the nation’s environmental laws” in ways that take America back to the early 20th Century. To answer Trump’s rhetorical query about at what point do they start laughing at us as a country; “they” are already laughing and “they” are all laughing at you, dirty Donald Trump. They are not laughing at “us as a country” and if anything they feel pity for a nation that once had a semblance of respectability.

As the New York Times noted, Trump abandoning the agreement to save Earth’s environment signed by 195 nations “is a remarkable rebuke to heads of state, climate activists, corporate executives and closest advisers in his own staff who all failed to change his mind with an intense, last-minute lobbying blitz.”

The Paris accord had nothing to do with 194 countries “demeaning America” or putting “Paris over Pittsburgh.” Its sole intent was to bind the world community into a force to battle rising temperatures in concert; no doubt the exit of the planet’s second-largest polluter is a major blow. And, it was a blow that didn’t garner support or laughter from world leaders or corporate heads or high-level members of Trump’s administration; even President Barack Obama weighed in:

The [194] nations that remain in the Paris agreement will be the nations that reap the [economic] benefits in jobs and industries created. Even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.

Right on cue, a bevy of business leaders, cities, and states stepped up and assured the rest of the civilized world that they were going forward with their efforts to save the climate. California has already taken up a global leadership role as surrogate for America and is leading the battle against climate change, and waging war against imbecile-in-chief Donald Trump.

Elsewhere around the nation, an as yet unnamed group of 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses is in negotiations with the United Nations to have its submission accepted alongside contributions to the Paris climate deal by other nations. No Trump, the rest of the world isn’t laughing at “us,” they are laughing at and are repulsed by you and everything you stand for.

Three of the nation’s top business leaders stepped up and condemned Trump’s idiotic action as a “decision that will harm the economy.” That was the well-founded assessment of Wall Street’s Lloyd C. Blankfein of Goldman Sachs. Joining President Obama’s claim, Blankfein said Trump’s moronic decision will ultimately harm the economy “by ceding the jobs of the future in clean energy and technology to overseas competitors;” competitors like China that sees its best opportunity ever to be the new global leader as America regresses into a second-rate isolationist state.

Tesla’s Elon Musk, who had at one time agreed to be a member of two business-related councils Trump set up earlier this year, told the world he was leaving both panels after Trump’s announcement. Mr. Musk took to Trump’s favorite media outlet, Twitter, to say right after Trump’s announcement:

Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.

I.B.M released an official company statement after Trump’s announcement reaffirming its ardent support for the Paris agreement; the mammoth corporation also took issue with Trump’s assertion that it was a bad deal for American workers and the American economy. The company said:

This agreement requires all participating countries to put forward their best efforts on climate change as determined by each country. I.B.M. believes that it is easier to lead outcomes by being at the table, as a participant in the agreement, rather than from outside it.”

The chairman and chief executive of General Electric, Jeffrey R. Immelt, also used “the Twitter” to express his “disappointment” with the stupid Trump decision and ‘tweeted’Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.”

Trump is an idiot and the world is laughing at him and loathes everything he stands for – including a decision that will impact the entire world. Although his idiotic base may fall for his conspiracy theory reasoning, the rest of the civilized world and civilized Americans join business leaders, state and city leaders, and “responsible citizens” who understand that climate change is real and that without a concerted world effort, like the Paris Climate Accord, the battle to save the climate is in jeopardy because the second-highest carbon polluter refuses to join a world-wide effort.

To make the point that the world does not either laugh at America or blame them for the idiocy coming out of the White House, French President Emmanuel Macron said what even dimwits have to understand – Trump is making a huge mistake. He then extended an offer to the American people. President Macron said in English:

Tonight, I wish to tell the United States: France believes in you, the world believes in you. I know that you are a great nation. I know your history, our common history. To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second home.”

At a time when every new day brings a new reason to be embarrassed to be an American because the maniac in the White House is a know-nothing laughingstock, it is reassuring to learn that the rest of the world is not, as Trump claims, laughing at “us” Americans. They are laughing at you Donald Trump – you tiny-handed psychotic sadist.

Across America a Majority of Voters Say Republicans Are On the Wrong Track

 

 

Americans are, if nothing else, a strange lot; and it goes far beyond their belief that the Sun only rises because they draw breath as citizens of the United States. One of the strangest behaviors over the past several months was many Americans’ various levels of support for corrupt Trump they claimed was because they wanted the country to go in a different direction. In particularly representative fashion, directly after the election a bevy of professional women said they only voted for Trump because they thought the country had been headed in the wrong direction for eight years; it was time to reverse course. Now, however, a new poll reveals that women and men from every demographic in the population say with Trump and Republicans running the government, the nation is definitely on the wrong track and despite they wanted a change in direction, the country is on the wrong track.

What was, and still is, a monumental mystery to this author is why in dog’s name after several years of record job growth, a healthier population, relative peace, more universal equality, and economic good health a damn large number of voters believed those achievements were wrong for the country. In fact, many voters cognizant of the economic and social justice progress during the Obama Administration still thought that progress signified “America on the wrong track.”

According to a recent Morning Consult/Politico poll, “the majority of voters from virtually every demographic currently believe the United States is ‘on the wrong track’ under Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.” This isn’t a simple case of buyer’s remorse; a majority of the country is terrified at the direction Trump and his Republican facilitators in Congress are taking the nation because everyone is in the GOP’s crosshairs.

One always hears about the Trump and Republicans’ firewall of support in rural areas and the former Confederacy, and constant propaganda that their supporters are overwhelmingly satisfied with the job they’re doing in Washington, but even that group believes that “the United States is on the wrong track” now that Republicans control the entire government. In fact, the dissatisfaction with Trump alone has resulted in a 5-percent rise in nationwide support for his impeachment in the last week.

As an aside, one would inform all those dissatisfied rural and Southern voters that getting Trump out of the White House will not change the direction of the country one iota, or alter the way Republicans want to govern to benefit the rich and corporations. An administration under Pence will be exactly like Trump’s only without daily Twitter crises. Instead there will be a crisis of a never-before-seen crusade to implement evangelical theocracy to accompany massive cuts to government programs and gargantuan tax cuts for the rich.

What the poll revealed is that for the first time in quite a while there is beginning to be “a striking sense of unity” among the population, and it’s not just unity among one socio-economic, regional, gender, or racial demographic. For example, “Americans living in urban areas were only slightly more likely than those living in rural areas to be concerned that Trump and Republicans are leading the nation down the wrong track.” City folk and those living in liberal coastal areas are only slightly more worried (60 percent) about the train wreck the GOP and Trump have the nation on than those in the South and rural areas (57 percent).

A majority of voters across the nation think Republicans are leading them in the wrong direction and it belies conventional wisdom that the GOP and Trump “own the heartland and Confederacy.”  It leads one to reassess the idea that Southern and rural Americans aren’t as savvy as those in urban and left-leaning coastal areas; a majority of all Americans are finally coming to grips with the reality that their beloved nation is headed for a big conservative fail. And that conservative fail is being attributed to Republicans in Congress as much as the idiot in the White House.

What was particularly telling is that dissatisfaction with Republicans and Trump is nearly the same for blue-collar workers as it is white-collar workers. That dissatisfaction with the current government was reflected in the percentage of Americans earning over $100,000 annually (55 percent) and those earning under $50,000 (61 percent). Of course the richest one-percent likely approve of the GOP-Trump agenda, but only if they get their monumental tax cuts as promised. That group’s opinion was not included in the poll.

It was also revealing that the majority of Americans of all racial backgrounds firmly believe the nation is “on the wrong track” under GOP rule and it disproves the mindset that among white Americans Trump and the Republicans can do no wrong in changing the direction of the country. Nationwide, 74 percent of African Americans, 57 percent of white Americans, 52 percent of Hispanic Americans and 64 percent of “other ethnicities” stated the country is headed in the wrong direction after just 5 months of a Republican-controlled government.

No-one should be surprised that the percentage of women (64 percent) claiming the country is on the wrong track is higher than men (54 percent) regardless of income, geographical region, religion or race. The Trump-Republican anti-women policies became evident on day one of the new administration and that was before their religious overlords began applying pressure on the GOP-controlled Congress for theocratic legislation targeting women’s rights as remuneration for evangelical electoral support.

Although there is a majority of the population dissatisfied with Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress “among a wide-ranging and diverse group of Americans,” no-one should be fooled into thinking there is a new sense of unity among the American people. Of course there is universal “resistance to, and dissatisfaction with” the current Republican government, but it is most likely because all Americans save the filthy rich now know that this Republican group is targeting every demographic for some kind of assault.

It may be the case that many Americans are laser-focused on the latest White House scandal, but one suspects it is the administration and Republicans’ harmful policies informing a growing majority of the population that Trump and Republicans are taking the country in the wrong direction. It is something that no small number of liberal opinion writers and pundits spent a year-and-a-half warning was going to happen, but few listened and now everyone is going to suffer.

 

 

Trump Truly Hates His Poorest Supporters in 13 Appalachian States

Although it is errantly attributed to renowned “showman” P.T. Barnum of circus fame, the quote, “There’s a sucker born every minute” is an apropos statement regarding Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters; particularly those in high poverty areas such as Appalachia. The meaning of the “suckers” quote can be better stated:

There is an abundance of stupid people ready and willing to become victims of a master fraudster, cheat and swindler like Donald Trump.”

And ever so true to their renown as the personification of stupid and gullible, Trump’s base believed the lying swindler and are now on the verge of being economically raped by their “god-sent” messiah.

There is no doubt among sane Americans that Trump fully intends to wreak havoc on all Americans not in the richest one percent of income earners, but he is beginning the assault by targeting the 95 percent of his Appalachian supporters who voted for what they foolishly believed was their champion sent from their idea of an economic god.

One of the programs Trump wants abolished immediately is a 52-year old economic recovery program, the Appalachian Regional Commission. ARC was created as part of Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” to aide the poorest people in 420 counties across 13 states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The program has been successful in helping one of the poorest regions in the nation of which Trump won 10 states with 95 percent voter support; that 95 percent of the voters are about to see just how little regard their “messiah” has for them and learn how easily they were conned by a genuine television fraudster. And, that doesn’t include the assault on healthcare and other social safety net cuts Trump and his savage Republican cohort in Congress have in store for “their base.”

Over its 52-year existence ARC has invested a measly $3.8 billion in “economic” aid primarily focused on infrastructure improvements like roads and bridges that benefited the coal industry more than the local populations. But since those improvements are reaching a conclusion, ARC has been shifting its focus to education and training former coal workers to find gainful employment in the 21st Century.

It is noteworthy that even if the dying coal industry were to suddenly experience a boom, American coal workers are still out of luck, and jobs, because of mechanization in the mining industry; a fact even the coal industry leaders confesses is the case. Those poorest Americans in the land reveled in the opportunity to be trained in healthier technology and renewable energy jobs they have found exceedingly helpful to avoid wallowing in a perpetual state of dire poverty; a state of existence Trump intends on maintaining regardless he is punishing his staunchest supporters.

As Nobel Laureate in economics Paul Krugman stated, “The only logical conclusion to be drawn from Trump’s proposals is that he despises the very voters who elected him.” And, Trump intends to demonstrate in action that deep-seated contempt for his “base” by sending them deeper into poverty with no hope for a better future. It is how Trump intends to make America great; but only for the richest one percent who will be the recipients of massive tax breaks funded with massive cuts to social programs.

As an example of how badly Trump detests the people who supported him, Paul Krugman cited just one of the states benefiting immensely from ARC, poverty-ridden West Virginia. West Virginia is one of the 13 states and 420 counties where 95 percent of the people voted for Trump. Krugman said just the assault on health care championed by Trump and Republicans will be “apocalyptic.” That apocalyptic devastation is in addition to Trump wiping out ARC. As Mr. Krugman noted, “Hundreds of thousands would lose health insurance; medical debt and untreated conditions would surge; and there would be an explosion in extreme poverty, including a lot of outright hunger.

An explosion in extreme poverty, like “a lot of outright hunger,” is a condition Republicans have hoped to see with every budget and policy proposal they’ve supported over the past decade. And like Trump, they’ve lied profusely that creating hunger and more poverty is a crucial element of enriching corporations and the wealthy to make America great again. It’s been an important part of their trickle down propaganda campaign since its introduction by Reagan.

Trump’s intent to completely wipe out the ARC didn’t go unnoticed by some Republicans elected by the same 95 percent of voters who voted for Trump. For example, the Republican governor from Kentucky, Matt Bevin registered his complaints to Trump regarding abolishing ARC. Bevin was joined by Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) rumored to be a powerful presence on appropriations who labeled Trump’s wipeout of the ARC and EDA as “draconian, careless, and counterproductive.” Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), no friend of any domestic social program, told a television station that “We’re not going to allow any cuts to the Appalachian Regional Commission; they’re not going to happen.”

It is highly questionable if other Republicans in Congress with no electoral stake in the “Appalachian region” will be interested in saving ARC; particularly when cutting any and all federal domestic programs is their raison d’être. Remember, the Republicans would hardly support the GOP healthcare plan because it was not nearly harsh and draconian enough for their tastes. And, it is noteworthy that their “tastes” are completely in line with Trump’s because their primary goal, like Trump’s, is “deconstructing the administrative state.” A plan founded on wiping out all federal government programs and agencies. The Appalachian Regional Commission epitomizes the typical federal program the Trump and Republicans want eliminated.

It’s possible that Trump’s supporters are so gullible that they actually believed him when he pledged to “make America great” by “draining the swamp” and eliminate special interests from Washington. By now they are learning what any sane person understood Trump’s slogans to really meant throughout the campaign. When he said “drain the swamp” he meant wipe out social and domestic programs Republicans have regarded as just “so much waste” for decades.

It is too late for the idiots that voted for Trump because part and parcel of the “waste” he and the GOP want to eliminate are America’s poor and vulnerable citizens. Ironically, it is the poor and vulnerable that elected the source of their future demise by overwhelming numbers. It is glaringly apparent that in America there was an over abundance of “stupid voters ready and willing to become victims of a master swindler;” so they cheered wildly as they put Trump in the White House.

 

 

Journalists and Protestors Mourn the Death of the Constitution

It is getting to the point that any American who believes they have rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution had better come to grips with the tragic fact that Donald Trump’s election victory put their constitutionally protected personal freedoms at risk. It is beyond refute that as part of the conservative movement, Republicans have demonstrated time and again that they despise any part of the Constitution that ensures American citizens certain “unalienable rights,” and chief among those most hated by the party’s standard bearer Trump are a free press and the people’s right to peaceably protest.

No-one conscious should be surprised that Trump spent the entirety of the presidential campaign demeaning the press and peaceable protests; he idolizes and heaps praise on the worst and most authoritarian tyrants on the planet. It is hard to determine if Trump hates protestors more than journalists, but he has had little reservation calling for both protestors’ and journalists’ arrests and imprisonment for doing what American citizens believe is their Constitutional right; gather peaceably and do the job they’re paid to do. A bevy of Republican states have legislation pending to criminalize the former and journalists can expect a similar fate if Trump gets his way. This is the new America – Trump’s America – and the way Trump intends to make it great.

The reason these two rights are becoming extinct is because on two occasions within a week a journalist was attacked by a Republican politician and then rewarded with a seat in the House of Representatives, and a gang of foreign thugs attacked and injured peaceable protestors and were rewarded with no arrests. This is the new America – this is Trump’s America –  and it’s the kind of America Trump and his acolytes consider great.

The big story late in the week was a Republican House candidate physically assaulting a reporter for the Guardian without being arrested on the spot; because the county sheriff was a contributor to the bully’s candidacy. One can surmise that the sheriff also contributed to Trump’s campaign. And, like Trump, the Montana Republican lied through his teeth that a reporter attacked him first prompting a “self-defense” claim by the man who said he was “sick of this [journalist’s questions]” as he punched the reporter.

The incident was witnessed and reported on as a completely valid story by a team from Fox News who were “stunned” at the assault on a reporter. It may be one of the only times the GOP’s official party network was not reporting “fake news.” And in what is becoming a troubling trend,  like five of Trump’s lying cabinet appointees who committed perjury under oath before the Senate, Montana’s Republican voters rewarded the candidate with an election victory; likely to send a message to Trump to keep up the good work demonizing the media.

There was another bunch of “brutal attacks” last week, but this time it was peaceful protestors who were assaulted, punched, kicked, choked, and slammed to the ground by a foreign authoritarian’s henchmen; all while American police officers stood by observing American citizens being criminally assaulted by a gang of foreigners – some of them carrying firearms. This too is the new America, Trump’s America, and it’s what Trump meant when he promised to “make America great again;” even though for 238 years journalists and peaceful protestors were protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment.

The New York Times displayed and analyzed a multitude of videos and photographs of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail and Turkish police viciously attacking American citizens for exercising their constitutional right to protest. What the videos and images show are 24 agents of a foreign government who outnumbered protestors two to one leaving their official vehicles to charge into a group of American citizens and attack them; likely what they do as a matter of course in Turkey.

It is plain to see, as the NYT notes, the video and still images leave little doubt that the foreign head of state’s “security guards” attacked peaceful protestors in clear view of the police; not one of the foreigners was charged with a crime. And, there is no doubt the foreign thugs attacking Americans were “members of the [Turkish] president’s security detail and Turkish policeaccording to Turkey’s state-owned news wire, Anadolu Agency; the videos the NYT analyzed were provided by the Turkish news agency people who filmed the assaults.

The incident start when three men left their official vehicles and charged at the protesters. One man knocked two women protestors to the ground, and another man repeatedly punched Lucy Usoyan, a protester, as she lay on the ground. One of the attackers actually acknowledged that he participating in kicking one woman thrown to the ground because,  “I wasn’t paying attention. I thought it was a man. I would never kick a woman.” One of the attacker’s accomplices said that by joining three other men in kicking the woman on the ground, the attacker was just defending himself from female protester he said was a “terrorist.” Interestingly, one Republican has proposed legislation equating peaceable protestors to terrorists; a “slightly” watered-down bill is still in committee.

But regardless the Turkish men’s mendacious remarks and pathetically false excuses of combating terrorists, the man did kick an American woman exercising her constitutional right; his excuse that he “thought it was a man” doesn’t justify his actions no matter that the police and Turkey’s president watched as the thugs attacked American citizens.

One of the Turkish guards grabbed and choked 26 year old Ceren Borazan prior to throwing her on the ground. The foreign agent slammed the American citizen, a young woman, to the ground for exercising her Constitutional right to protest as he was saying “You are dead.” Ms. Borazan told New York Times that, “I felt so awful. As a woman, as an American. Right now I don’t even feel safe here.”

Another woman who was thrown to the ground and kicked repeatedly by several men sustained a concussion leading a doctor to authorize six weeks off from work to recover. The woman said  “I’m glad I’m alive.”

Although the State Department allegedly condemned the episode, and some American lawmakers have called for the foreign agents to be prosecuted, it is likely they will never experience even a minute in the American criminal justice system; this is the new America – this is Trump’s America – and it is what Trump meant when he pledged to make America great again. Great like Nazi Germany, Turkey, the Philippines, Egypt and Russia; all 21st Century nations where journalists and protestors have no Constitution go protect their “unalienable rights” as human beings.