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  1. #451

    Re: The Run to the WH

    The list of people attending the White House social media summit is something else
    Attendees are set to include QAnon believers, far-right sympathizers and, of course, Rep. Matt Gaetz.
    JUL 10, 2019, 11:01 AM

    The lineup for President* Donald Trump’s Social Media Summit was already bizarre enough before Ben Garrison got an invite.

    Garrison, for the uninitiated, is one of the far-right’s favorite cartoonists whose work regularly features a buff, all-American Trump caricature standing up to some combination of Democratic lawmakers, the “Deep State,” and whoever the president is angry at on Twitter that week.

    Garrison’s work often takes on a more outright bigoted tone. In 2017, he drew a cartoon featuring George Soros and the Rothschilds using puppet strings to control retired Gen. David Petraeus and then-national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster, which the Anti-Defamation League described as “blatantly anti-Semitic.”

    According to Politico, on Tuesday, after Garrison’s former “artwork” resurfaced over the weekend, his invitation to the Social Media Summit was quietly pulled.

    Man who drew a cartoon the @ADL calls “blatantly anti-Semitic” says he was invited to the White House for a social media summit

    — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 6, 2019
    Garrison would hardly have been out of place at the summit. Scheduled for Thursday, the lineup features a hodgepodge of conspiracy theorists, pro-Trump meme posters, disgraced “investigative journalist” James O’Keefe, and legislative trolls Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

    Perhaps one of the more amusing invitees is Bill Mitchell, a fringe broadcaster from Florida who regularly praises Trump and is a big fan of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which holds that top Democrats and, conveniently, all of Trump’s rivals are engaged in a massive worldwide plot to control the planet and sacrifice children to Satan. Mitchell has also regularly taken aim at George Soros, describing him as “guilty of seditious conspiracy,” and a “danger to America and the world.”

    Mitchell, along with Gaetz and invitees from conservative groups like Turning Points USA and PragerU, will all likely use the summit to reiterate their baseless claims that they are being “censored” by Big Tech platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, and point to the belated efforts of these tech companies to crack down on hate speech from the likes of Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and other white nationalist-friendly posters who were previously allowed to spread their bile unabated.

    As The Verge noted, there is precisely zero evidence that conservatives are actually being censored online. That hasn’t stopped Trump from repeatedly claiming otherwise, of course. In an interview with Fox Business as recently as June, Trump claimed that the U.S. government “should be suing Google and Facebook and all that,” and that Twitter was making it “very hard” for users to follow him.

    In April, Trump also met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, where he reportedly complained about his follower count. The President has nearly 62 million followers on Twitter currently.

    It would be easy to dismiss the summit as just another presidential stunt, following closely on the heels of Trump’s largely rained-out Fourth of July celebration. But giving trolls full-fledged White House attention in the run-up to the 2020 election could become a serious problem, as it would further encourage them and others to spread the same sort of misinformation that thrived during 2016.

    Last October, for instance, Gaetz falsely claimed on Twitter that a migrant caravan in Guatemala was being financed by Soros, who was later targeted for assassination by a Trump supporter. That same month, an accused gunman used similar logic (that Jewish financiers were supposedly bankrolling illegal immigration to the United States) as justification for attacking the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Eleven people were killed in that attack, and seven others were injured after the alleged gunman opened fire on congregants attending morning services and a Torah study session.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  2. #452

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Bernie Sanders targets Trump, Biden in an interview with The Post

    By Sean Sullivan and Robert Costa July 16 at 10:45 AM

    Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took aim at President Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden in an hour-long interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, in which he sought to lay out his vision for the presidency at a precarious moment for his campaign.

    The independent senator from Vermont, who is running for the Democratic Party’s nomination, sharply criticized Trump’s racist remarks about four minority members of Congress, and he accused Trump of making a calculated political decision to sow division across the country to benefit his reelection campaign.

    “Trump may be crazy, but he’s not stupid,” Sanders said. “I think what he believes is it is a good strategy to divide people up.”

    Sanders also took on Biden, offering one of the most comprehensive policy and political critiques of his Democratic presidential rival to date. He confronted Biden over his health-care plan, his foreign policy record and his ability to win crucial voters in Upper Midwest states Trump carried.

    He called Biden’s criticisms of Sanders’s Medicare-for-all proposal “absurd” and attacked the less sweeping health-care alternative Biden has put forward. “Times change, and we have got to go further,” Sanders said.

    The interview, which was broadcast live online, came at a moment Sanders has shown signs of struggling to adapt to a fast-changing race in which others candidates in the crowded Democratic field have seized momentum.

    Sanders’s second run for president got off to a fast start February and March, drawing massive and raucous crowds, strong polling numbers and gobs of cash into his campaign coffers.

    But recent surveys show that his once clear grip on second place to Biden has disappeared — and one poll this week showed him slipping to fifth place in New Hampshire, a state he won decisively over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary. Sanders on Tuesday dismissed that poll, conducted by Saint Anselm College, as an outlier.

    After leading the Democratic pack in fundraising during the first quarter of the year, Sanders was outraised by three competitors in the second quarter. Among those who outpaced him was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), whose appeal to left-leaning voters poses a unique threat to Sanders.

    In the interview, Sanders sought to underscore his ability to defeat Trump in the general election, although he conceded Biden also runs strongly against the president. When it comes to Trump’s rhetoric, Sanders stated his oft-repeated assertion that Trump has used racist language like no other president in modern history.

    “Can anyone imagine a conservative president like Bush bringing forth these racist comments?” Sanders asked. He then slammed Republicans for their largely muted response to Trump’s comments. “Look, if there’s anything sadder than having a racist, bigoted President, it is seeing the collapse of the Republican Party, in terms of suddenly becoming the Trump party and living in fear of Trump,” he said.

    Congressional Democrats, Sanders said, should proceed with an impeachment inquiry against the president, but he warned that impeaching Trump could play into the president’s hands politically.

    Sanders declined to weigh in deeply on the recent racially-charged infighting among Democratic House members and aides that preceded Trump’s racist remarks. “You’re getting inside, inside the Beltway,” he said. But he added that he does not think House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is a racist.

    When the discussion turned to Biden, Sanders was much more willing to engage in a policy-minded critique. The interview came as tensions between Sanders and Biden are rising amid clashes over health care. Biden released a plan this week that would expand the Affordable Care Act with an optional public insurance program and warned that shifting to a more sweeping Medicare-for-all initiative like Sanders is pushing would be risky.

    “Of course he’s wrong,” said Sanders of Biden’s health-care pitch. He said he welcomed a chance to continue debating the topic with the former vice president.

    Sanders and his top aides have strongly rebutted Biden and argued that the former vice president’s plan would not go far enough in ensuring Americans have the coverage they need. Sanders is scheduled to deliver a speech in Washington on Wednesday defending Medicare-for-all against critics. The single-payer program has long been one of his signature policy proposals.

    Biden’s campaign says his plan would cost about $750 billion over 10 years. Asked what his own plan would cost, Sanders said it would be somewhere between $30 trillion and $40 trillion over 10 years. He stressed that his plan would also offer huge cost savings in health care, even if it would result in a tax hike on middle-class Americans. He declined to offer specifics of what the tax impact might be.

    Sanders also sought to sharpen the contrast between himself and Biden on foreign policy and trade, noting the former vice president’s vote authorizing the Iraq War and far-reaching trade deals he opposed.

    “How is that going to play in the Midwest?” asked Sanders, speaking of Biden’s trade record.

    At times in Tuesday’s interview, Sanders was brusque. At other moments, he was jocular.

    Some voters have said Sanders’s age — 77 — is a factor that makes him less appealing to them as a candidate. He took on this critique, saying that is only one of many factors voters ought to consider.

    He said he is in good health and could not remember the last time he missed work because of illness. He jokingly challenged Trump to a mile run.

    The Vermont senator has campaigned much as he did in 2016 — railing against foes in both parties, playing up his independent steak and focusing mostly on transformative ideas such as increasing the minimum wage, providing universal health care and reining in the power of wealthy corporations.

    In the interview, Sanders was critical at large corporations, saying Amazon “is moving very rapidly to be a monopoly.” If elected president, Sanders said, his Department of Justice would move to break up big companies like Amazon and Facebook.

    (Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

    He declined to weigh in on the recent dispute between Biden and Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) over Biden’s comments about busing and working with segregationist senators. But Sanders defended his own comments about busing from decades ago.

    Sanders plans to return to Iowa this weekend, a state where he nearly defeated Clinton in 2016 but where polls show him trailing behind other candidates this time around. He is scheduled to attend an AARP candidate forum, several campaign office openings, a picnic and a county fair, among other stops.

    Much as he did in 2016, Sanders has often cast has himself as a target of the political establishment. He did so again on Tuesday.

    “I don’t say it’s aligned against me in a paranoid way,” he said, adding, “We are taking on Wall Street, we are taking on the insurance companies.”
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  3. #453

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Since this has to do with the election I'll put this here.

    NBC News
    “What’s your ethnicity?” Kellyanne Conway asks a reporter when the reporter asks her about the intent of the president’s tweets.

    “A lot of us are sick and tired of this country – of America coming last, to people who swore an oath of office.”

    Video is HERE

    Mikel Jollett
    Replying to
    The journalist is Jewish and this is dangerous shit. She has crossed the ****ing line. This has NO PLACE in the halls of government. This racist woman must be fired.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  4. #454

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Kellyanne Conway
    This was meant with no disrespect.

    We are all from somewhere else “originally”. I asked the question to answer the question and volunteered my own ethnicity: Italian and Irish.

    Like many, I am proud of my ethnicity, love the USA & grateful to God to be an American
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  5. #455

    Re: The Run to the WH

    The Republicans have started a floor fight in the House because the Speaker called Tiny a racist.

    Jake Sherman

    Much of the consternation among Democrats on the floor seems to be that there is a rule that prevents calling someone a racist. Lots of chatter between the parliamentarians office and Dems about this.

    (Notice the dates when these rules were put on the record and remember who was in control of the House.)

    Quite the scene on the house floor as Democrats await a ruling on whether
    ’s speech about trump was improper

    On the floor: swalwell, nadler, Raskin, butterfield.

    On the gop side,
    McCarthy has just arrived.

    Doug Sovern

    GOP in Congress demanded that
    's remarks be "taken down," which is Congress-speak for "stricken from the record." She insists it was not inappropriate to call Trump's words "racist." But parliamentary rules do prohibit calling the president or his comments "racist."
    Jake Sherman

    Hoyer is now huddling with Jerry nadler, Cedric Richmond and Eric swalwell as they try to find a way to proceed with legislative business — this is all incredibly, incredibly rare.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  6. #456

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Since this has to do with the election I'll put this here.

    NBC News
    “What’s your ethnicity?” Kellyanne Conway asks a reporter when the reporter asks her about the intent of the president’s tweets.

    “A lot of us are sick and tired of this country – of America coming last, to people who swore an oath of office.”

    Video is HERE
    If Kellyanne and her crowd are sick and tired of the country, they can leave. :/
    Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug.

  7. #457

    Re: The Run to the WH

    a year ago

    Interesting moment on CNN: After Rob Astorino defends Trump’s post-conviction praise of Paul Manafort, Poppy Harlow notes Astorino is on Trump’s 2020 advisory cmte. He says yes. So he’s signed an NDA, she adds. He nods. Which has a non-disparagement clause. He sits frozen still.

    “So you can’t really tell me, then,” Harlow concludes. Astorino silently shakes his head no. Then they just go on with the conversation! Like they haven’t just revealed it all to be a farce.
    Here’s that minute:

    Something to keep in mind when listening to Republicans on any network.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  8. #458

    Re: The Run to the WH

    More on the floor fight in the House:

    John Bresnahan

    Parliamentarian likely to rule against Pelosi here, then Dems will request a vote & override that ruling

    /2 As predicted, the parliamentarian ruled against Pelosi and said her comments "were not in order." Republicans then asked for her words to be stricken from the record. Democrats objected. House is now voting.

    /3 If the Democrats win - and they will - Pelosi's comments will be allowed. And members then can call Trump a racist.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  9. #459

    Re: The Run to the WH

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  10. #460

    Re: The Run to the WH

    David Jolly

    Amash voting with the Dems on procedural motion to insulate Pelosi.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  11. #461

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Kyle Griffin

    The House has voted to restore Nancy Pelosi's speaking privileges on the House floor.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  12. #462

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Mitch McConnell refuses to say if it’s racist to say his wife should ‘go back’ to Taiwan
    JUL 16, 2019 | 5:00 PM

    Elaine Chao listens to her husband Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) during her confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. secretary of transportation before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Mitch McConnell dodged questions Tuesday about whether it would be racist to suggest his Taiwanese immigrant wife should “go back to where she came from” — like President Trump told four Democratic women of color.

    The Senate Majority Leader ducked a question by CNN reporter Manu Raju if he would “consider that a racist attack” on Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, a naturalized American citizen who came to this country as a child.

    “(Chao) has realized the American dream, and I think all of us think that this is a process of renewal that’s gone on in this country," McConnell said, pointedly avoiding the question. "And it’s good for America and we ought to continue it.”

    Here's the back-and-forth with Mitch McConnell today when asked about racism and the president's "go back" remarks, in the context of his wife Elaine Chao, an American who immigrated from Taiwan.

    — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 16, 2019
    The confrontation was a rare instance of McConnell being confronted in very personal terms about a lightning rod issue.

    Trump has spent the past several days attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens) and her progressive allies as “anti-America” and suggested they can leave the country if they don’t support his policies. All four are American citizens and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is a naturalized citizen like Chao.

    McConnell defended Trump, suggesting Democrats were to blame for the controversy and calling for all sides to “lower the temperature.”

    Raju followed up by rephrasing his question about racism and Chao — but McConnell stuck to his non-answer.

    “The new people who come here have a lot of ambition, a lot of energy, tend to do very well and invigorate our country," McConnell said. "My wife’s a good example of that.”
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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