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The real threats to American law and order are Trump's craven enablers

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Robert Reich

Sun 30 Aug 2020 01.00 EDT  Last modified on Sun 30 Aug 2020 11.53 EDT

The president railed against ‘violent anarchists, agitators and criminals’ but he surrounds himself with lawless lackeys

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‘Trump’s above-the-law, race-baiting, me-first presidency’ was on display at the Republican national convention, staged at the White House. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

One week ago, Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha, Wisconsin, police department, fired at least seven shots at the back of a Black man named Jacob Blake as he opened his car door, leaving the 29-year-old father of five probably paralyzed from the waist down.

After protests erupted, self-appointed armed militia or vigilante-type individuals rushed to Kenosha, including Kyle Rittenhouse, a white 17-year-old who traveled there and then, appearing on the streets with an AR-15 assault rifle, allegedly killed two people and wounded a third.

This is pure gold for a president without a plan, a party without a platform, and a cult without a purpose other than the abject worship of Donald J Trump.

To be re-elected Trump knows he has to distract the nation from the coronavirus pandemic that he has flagrantly failed to control – leaving more than 180,000 Americans dead, tens of millions jobless and at least 30 million reportedly hungry.

So he’s counting on the reliable Republican dog-whistle. “Your vote,” Trump said in his speech closing the Republican convention Thursday night, “will decide whether we protect law-abiding Americans, or whether we give free rein to violent anarchists, agitators and criminals who threaten our citizens.”

“We will have law and order on the streets of this country,” Vice-President Mike Pence declared the previous evening, warning “you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”

Neither Trump nor Pence mentioned the real threats to law and order in America today, such as gun-toting agitators like Rittenhouse, who, perhaps not coincidentally, occupied a front-row seat at a Trump rally in Des Moines in January.

Pence lamented the death of federal officer Dave Patrick Underwood, “shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California”, earlier this year, implying he was killed by protesters. In fact, Underwood was shot and killed by an adherent of the boogaloo boys, an online extremist movement that’s trying to ignite a race war.

Such groups have found encouragement in a president who sees “very fine people” supporting white supremacy.

The threat also comes from conspiracy theorists like Marjorie Taylor Greene, the recently nominated Republican candidate for Georgia’s 14th congressional district and promoter of QAnon, whose adherents believe Trump is battling a cabal of “deep state” saboteurs who worship Satan and traffic children for sex. Trump has praised Greene as a “future Republican star” and claimed that QAnon followers “love our country”.

And from people like Mary Ann Mendoza, a member of Trump’s campaign advisory board, who was scheduled to speak at the Republican convention until she retweeted an antisemitic rant about a supposed Jewish plan to enslave the world’s peoples and steal their land.

Clearly the threat also comes from hotheaded, often racist police officers who fire bullets into the backs of Black men and women or kneel on their necks so they can’t breathe. Needless to say, there was little mention at the Republican convention of Jacob Blake, and none of George Floyd or Breonna Taylor.

And the threat comes from Trump’s own lackeys who have brazenly broken laws to help him attain and keep power. Since Trump promised he would only hire “the best people”, 14 Trump aides, donors and advisers have been indicted or imprisoned.

Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W Giuliani – who ranted at the Republican convention about rioting and looting in cities with Democratic mayors – has repeatedly met with the pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach, whom American intelligence has determined is “spreading claims about corruption … to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party”.

In addition, federal prosecutors are investigating Giuliani’s business dealings in Ukraine with two men arrested in an alleged campaign finance scheme.

Trump’s new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, who had been a major Trump campaign donor before taking over the post office, is being sued by six states and the District of Columbia for allegedly seeking to “undermine” the postal service as millions of Americans plan to vote by mail during the pandemic.

Not to forget the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who spoke to the Republican convention while on an official trip to the Middle East, in apparent violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits officials of the executive branch other than the president and vice-president from engaging in partisan politics.

You want the real threat to American law and order? It’s found in these Trump enablers and bottom-dwellers. They are the inevitable excrescence of Trump’s above-the-law, race-baiting, me-first presidency. It is from the likes of them that the rest of America is in serious need of protection.


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OpEdNews Op Eds 9/3/2020 at 18:56:46    H1'ed 9/3/20

Do You Believe The Numbers and Claims?

By Rob Kall

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The Guardian reports, US jobless claims drop sharply as government changes counting method.

That was all I needed to be inspired to write this article. It's based on a really simple premise. There is good reason NOT to believe any of the numbers that come out of a government agency with a Trump appointee.

Trump cult members might call my observation Trump Derangement Syndrome. But I'd argue that it takes a cult member to believe a chronic serial, psychopathic liar like Donald Trump-- or the agencies run by people he's appointed.

We know that by the end of the first year of his presidency he had purged people who were not totally "loyal" sycophants, or was on the way to purging them. We know that people who took appointments from him sold their souls and made a decision to throw away their integrity and reputation to take a job in his administration.

So it comes as no surprise that the Labor Department changed the way they do the numbers. This is one case among many. Why should we believe any of the numbers that Trump's agencies report? The CDC reports Coronavirus statistics. Why should we believe them when the CDC has clearly been corrupted, rushing vaccines to market before the vote in November, announcing that people exposed to Covid-19 no longer need to be tested unless they have symptoms.

Why should we believe any economic numbers, any numbers relating to the military, to health, to the Census? Why should we believe claims of safety and efficacy for a vaccine that's been rushed to market in a fraction of the time it normally takes to test for efficacy and safety? Why should you believe anything his lackey Attorney General, William Barr says? Why should you believe anything.

The list goes on and on.

Why believe Dept of Agriculture appointee Sonny Perdue ? Wikipedia reports that he " hired 22 former Trump campaign workers, many of which had no significant agricultural knowledge or experience with federal policies" and under his leadership, "the USDA has been accused of suppressing scientific publications for political reasons. Economists in the USDA's research branch were told to include disclaimers in their peer-reviewed publications stating that the findings were "preliminary" and "should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy"

Then there's Defense Secretary Mark_Esper, a former defense industry lobbyist. and Secretary of Education billionairess Betsy DeVos , Wikipedia reports she told Roll Call, " My family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican Party. I have decided to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence," she wrote. "Now I simply concede the point. They are right."

How about former hedge fund manager and Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin?

Trump is a mass-murdering psychopathic POSPOTUS who will go down in history as (a) monster. His supporters will be put in the same category as Hitler's, Mussolini's, Pol Pot's and Calagari's supporters.

What I don't understand is how the stenographic mainstream media can report on the numbers Trump's agencies supply, without questioning or challenging them EVERY time.

Joe Biden should be questioning and planting doubts about every number Trump uses. His ads should juxtapose Trump's pathetically obvious lies with the claims his appointees and their agencies make.

Who believes Trump's lies? The people who treat him like the leader of a cult. Not all of Trump's supporters are like cult members. There are some who support Trump, not because they believe him but because his despicable behavior serves their interests.



Trump's taking exactly the wrong approach to fixing the violence in the streets, and it's partially because he's trying to appease his idiotic base.

When people protest -- or riot, which some of the protests have turned into -- it's because they have a grievance and they want to be heard. If they're not being heard peacefully, then the level of violence will increase because they're being shown that's the only thing that works. If you give people no other recourse, they'll become more forceful because they are gonna be heard. And they have a legitimate grievance -- even a lot of conservatives are starting to admit that, yeah, George Floyd was murdered, and the police are going too far in a whole lot of cases.

Trump's base, though, has been whittled down to pretty much just white supremacists of one degree or another at this point. Anyone with a sense of decency or a limit to how much idiocy they're going to put up with have bailed by now (many can be found here: ) and all Trump has left to play to are the bigots and the "us poor white folks are the REAL victims!" dead-enders... so, he really can't listen to the protesters or he'll alienate what little base he still has. If he admits they have legitimate grievances and that there is systemic racism, then his bigoty-ass base are gonna feel like he's selling them out. Most will probably still stick around because they want to maintain their membership in their cult, and they also think they're fighting "Communism" or some horseshit, but it'll sure dampen their enthusiasm and Trump can't afford to do that when he's probably the most hated American figure in decades. Hell, I can't remember anybody more despised that this guy. Charles Manson ranks higher for likeability.

So, given that listening is off the table, what does Trump want to use to stop protests against police brutality? MORE POLICE BRUTALITY!

Ain't that some brilliant? :p

Trump will never stop the problem because, even if he understood it (and he doesn't), he can't afford to do what it would take to remedy it. Trump's emotional neediness, and fear of being a "loser," makes him a slave to the worst people in America. And he will always cater to them, and will always get the terrible results he's getting now. And he'll just blame it on someone else...

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