Trump’s Daily Horrors

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We will maintain a list of daily horrors committed by the Trump Administration.

The First Week

 1/20/2017 –
Trump inauguration. Immediately after, he signs an executive order urging states and federal agencies to find ways to undermine Obamacare.

 


 1/21/2017 –
At his first official press statement,  Press Secretary Sean Spicer lies about crowd size at the inauguration.

Trump gives a frighteningly bizarre and self-aggrandizing speech at the CIA headquarters. Reports say the CIA people cheered, but Trump brought paid shills to cheer for him.

Tried to negate historic protests happening OUTSIDE HIS HOUSE(S) & around the world (this attempted violation-by-intimidation of the First Amendment was reported by @bethmonster).

 


 1/22/2017 –
Trump proposes dismantling Medicare and replacing it with block grants.

Kellyanne Conway defends Spicer’s lies about inauguration crowds in and interview with Chuck Todd. She calls the lies, “alternative facts.”


1/23/2017 –
Executive orders:
* Withdrawing from TPP
* Freezing all federal hiring except “military, public safety, and public health”
* Reinstating Reagan’s Global Gag Rule, cutting all federal funds for foreign aid going to foreign organizations that perform or even counsel women on family planning options that include abortion.

Leaked Memo Details Trump’s Plans for War on Public Health, Environment and Science. It’s worse than you thought.


1/24/2017 –
Executive orders:
* Greenlighting the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines. Trump owns stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipelines.

Trump bans EPA, HHS and USDA from sharing information with the public, on social media or to reporters. Also bars EPA from awarding new contracts or grants. This will hamper and possibly prevent any further work on environmental cleanups.

At his second daily press briefing, Press Secretary Spicer was asked if Trump believes millions of illegal immigrants voted illegally. He answers, “The president does believe” that very thing, “based on studies and evidence.”

White House Comments switchboard is shut down. Callers are advised to use a non-existent Facebook Messenger account instead.

Trump goes out of his way to hurt America’s veterans. “Millions of Americans are still reeling from the shock and horror of discovering one of Donald Trump’s first actions as President was to scrub the pages dedicated to civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and climate change from the White House website. Now Trump, a man who has sworn allegiance and devotion to veterans but has never actually shown it, has eliminated the Joining Forces page. Joining Forces was a program developed by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden that sought to help veterans find careers, help their spouses more easily move their careers between states, and expand wellness services.”

It is leaked that Trump will sign an executive order restricting immigration from certain countries on religions grounds (this full order was signed on Friday, 1/27–see below).

 


1/25/2017 –
Executive orders:
* Ordering construction of a wall on the Mexican border. This is relatively unimportant, since the wall, while a tremendous waste of money, will have little practical effect.
Stripping federal funds from “sanctuary cities” and states that don’t detain undocumented immigrants. This order also requires detainees to be held indefinitely, and not released pending resolution of deportation proceedings.

Trump calls for “major investigation” into non-existent voter fraud, “including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal, and even, those registered to vote who are dead… Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” There is no evidence any of these factors led to anyone voting illegally. At his daily press briefing, Spicer admits Trump’s “voter fraud” investigation will focus on states where Trump lost; “urban areas” mentioned specifically. The goals is to disenfranchise as many Democratic / minority voters as possible.

Perfect example of corruption — Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Palm Beach resort doubles its membership fee to $200,000 so Trump can personally profiteer from his presidency.

Trump Administration Orders EPA to Remove Its Climate Change Webpage

Trump administration has now required that EPA scientific studies,and data have to undergo review by political staff before public release.

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Contributed by @DustinGiebel on Twitter. Used with permission.

1/26/2017 –
Trump said today it may be better to cancel his upcoming meeting with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto if Mexico is refusing to pay for a wall along the U.S. border. Foreign heads of state are seldom open to bullying and extortion.The Mexican present then promptly called off the meeting. Trump is rapidly turning our allies against us.

nazistojewsIn nomination hearings before Congress, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Besty DeVos,  wouldn’t commit to keeping federal funding intact for public schools.

Trump promises to begin publishing a daily list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. This scapegoating is precisely what the Nazis did to Jews.


 

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17 thoughts on “Trump’s Daily Horrors

  1. Found you on Twitter. Thanks for doing this. It may become a daunting task to maintain this over time, but I hope you will try. For me and I imagine many of us, keeping track of the gaslighting and the headlines (often one and the same) is overwhelming. It is also important as we struggle not to allow ourselves to normalize or be normalized.

    These tactics have been called “The Russian Firehose Technique” of propaganda — high-volume, multi-channel messaging designed to confuse, to compromise and ultimately possess, the truth. A perfect strategy in our social media age. Russia has been utilizing these tactics in Ukraine for more than two years. This article might interest you. http://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE198.html

    This will not cease. But we need to pay attention. A simple daily tally helps immensely. I appreciate it and will share it with my colleagues.

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  2. I absolutely agree with RLM, this is an very important thing you are doing. Please strive to continue.

    These tactics have been called “The Russian Firehose Technique” of propaganda — high-volume, multi-channel messaging designed to confuse, to compromise and ultimately possess, the truth. A perfect strategy in our social media age.

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  3. Trump Hotels, Amid Calls to Divest, Instead Plans U.S. Expansion
    by Hui-Yong Yu and Caleb Melby
    January 25, 2017

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-25/trump-hotels-to-triple-locations-in-u-s-expansion-ceo-says
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    As Trump Hotels Expand, Trump Club Also Raises Fees – And Eyebrows
    January 25, 2017

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/25/511655106/as-trump-hotels-expand-trump-club-also-raises-fees-and-eyebrows
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    Donald Trump’s Hotel Empire Is Set to Expand
    Madeline Farber
    http://fortune.com/2017/01/26/donald-trump-hotel-expansion/

    During an industry conference in Los Angeles, the CEO of Trump’s hotel-management company, Eric Danziger, announced there are plans to “triple the current total” of locations in the United States.

    “There are 26 major metropolitan areas in the US, and we’re in five,” Danziger said, according to Bloomberg. “I don’t see any reason that we couldn’t be in all of them eventually.”

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  4. For those not familiar with the term Gaslighting, here’s some background.
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    From Theater to Therapy to Twitter, the Eerie History of Gaslighting
    By Katy Waldman
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/04/18/the_history_of_gaslighting_from_films_to_psychoanalysis_to_politics.html

    … A match struck; a metaphor flickered to life. Gas Light reminded viewers how uniquely terrifying it can be to mistrust the evidence of your senses. Flame made an evocative figure for Paula’s consciousness—her sense of self guttering when Gregory insisted she hadn’t seen what she saw.

    Today to gaslight means to overwrite someone’s reality, to manipulate her into believing she’s imagining things. Remember the traveling salesman who bade the common folk marvel at the glamorous weeds of their naked emperor? (If they couldn’t see the clothes, it had to be their fault—they were bad at their jobs.) Prototypical gaslighter. The term can attach to anything surreal enough to make you question your sanity, like the political news cycle, but gaslight arose from psychoanalytic literature, where it described a specific “transfer” of psychic conflicts from the perpetrator to the victim. In a 1981 article called “Some Clinical Consequences of Introjection: Gaslighting,” psychologist Edward Weinshel sketched out the dysfunctional dance: One person “externalizes and projects,” while the other “incorporates and assimilates.”* Introjection was Weinshel’s Freudian update to the kindergarten song “I’m rubber, you’re glue,” a name for the process by which a single player absorbs all the fault, irrationality, and madness in a relationship.

    Gaslighting, a hallmark of domestic abuse, has thrown its noxious glow across the field of couples counseling and self-help. Books and relationship blogs and mental hygiene sites will educate you on how to shut down a gaslighting spouse (“You’re trying to tell me what my experience is, and I’m not okay with that”) or find a “counterstory” that more accurately reflects your reality. (This strategy, “narrative repair,” hinges on the victim’s “ability to trust her own judgments” and “reclaim moral agency,” according to researcher Hilde Lindemann.) Recently, though, gaslight’s unnerving radiance has crept into social justice contexts. As Shea Emma Fett wrote on Everyday Feminism, “I believe that gaslighting is happening culturally and interpersonally on an unprecedented scale, and that this is the result of a societal framework where we pretend everyone is equal while trying simultaneously to preserve inequality.” Members of minority groups that face stereotypes about poor mental competence are seen as especially vulnerable.

    Gaslighting identifies a real phenomenon: the way critics of a line of thought sometimes try to discount the perceptions of the person producing that thought. Gaslighting equals misdirection, distraction, and the deliberate denial of reality …

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  5. The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned
    Josh Rogin – By January 26 at 11:02 AM
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/01/26/the-state-departments-entire-senior-management-team-just-resigned

    In addition, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr retired Jan. 20, and the director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Lydia Muniz,
    departed the same day. That amounts to a near-complete housecleaning of all the senior officials that deal with managing the State Department, its overseas posts and its people.

    “It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” said David Wade, who served as
    State Department chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry. “Department expertise in security, management, administrative and consular positions in particular are very
    difficult to replicate and particularly difficult to find in the private sector.” …

    “Diplomatic security, consular affairs, there’s just not a corollary that exists outside the department, and you can least afford a learning curve in these areas where issues can quickly become matters of life and death,” he said. “The muscle memory is critical. These retirements are a big loss. They leave a void. These are very difficult people to replace.”

    Whether Kennedy left on his own volition or was pushed out by the incoming Trump team is a matter of dispute inside the department. …

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  6. Samantha Bee, “Full Frontal” has some pungent straight talk about all this.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18vz5hUUqxbGvym9ghtX_w/videos

    I have nothing much to add. I’m not sure what actions outside of writing and donating to activist organizations and attending local rallys or meetings is useful. Probably personal letters or calls are more useful. I’m delighted to be represented by true stalwarts such as Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Mayor Marty Walsh, and even Republican Governor Charlie Baker is not a climate denier. They don’t need me to tell them what to do (well, Baker, maybe). But if one watches interviews with Trump supporters (and Kellyanne Conway, who seems monstrous because she never lets down her reasonable” affect while saying appalling things) it is hard to know how to get through.

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    1. Susan, the best thing to do is to call your Senators and Representatives, even if they’re on our side. Let them know you have their backs. They’ll be under pressure from Trumpists, and we have to make sure they know we’re watching.

      Phone calls are better than letters or emails. Showing up at their office is better still. Attending rallies and protests matters.

      Here is an indispensable guide for action: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/ It was written by congressional staffers who saw the rise of the Tea Party in 2009 and 2010, and they noted what had impact and what had an effect on the congresspeople they worked for. At that site, you can also find other people in your area, and there are hints for organizing, setting goals, and keeping people engaged.

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  7. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/. Thank you!!!

    Susan,
    Even representatives who know what to do need lots and lots letters, calls, demands, it’s what gives them the “back bone” to do what’s right. I’m think anyone who takes the time to vent in street protests, needs to back it up with a little serious letter writing and phone calls to Federal and State representatives.

    The other thing is to get more involved in the Democratic Party (even if, like me, you think it’s rotten and filty and needs a good flushing out – it really is the only viable tool we have.) so we must wrestling its back from all the ciphers corporate money has installed within the DNC. We need fresh intelligent articulate faces and voices to reinvigorate the DNC.

    We need to start building networks focused on winning local elections and most important win back Congress in two years – but that will require fresh blood and brains and passionate energy of an organized insurgence.
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    Tips on Calling Your Member of Congress
    http://civilrights.org/action_center/resources/calling-congress.html

    When you dial 202-224-3121 you are directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard. This switchboard can direct you to both senators as well as representatives.

    Once the operator answers, ask to be connected to whomever you are trying to reach. They will send you to your senator’s or representative’s office line, and a legislative assistant will answer the phone.

    It is important to let them know why you are calling and what issue you are calling about. You will sometimes be able to speak directly to your senator or representative, but more often you will speak to a staff person in the member’s office. This person keeps track of how many people called and their positions on issues, and provides a summary to the member. Be assured that your call does count, even if you are not able to speak directly to your senator or representative.

    * You can also find the direct number to any member’s office by consulting the
    Senate phone list or House phone list

    http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
    http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/mcapdir.html

    How to be effective about contacting your senator:
    What Really Happens When You Call?
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/2/10/91524/-

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  8. Re: People registered to vote in more than one state & Trumpelthinskin’s insistence that they all voted twice for Hillary

    People registered to vote in 2 or more states include tRump’s adviser Steve Bannon, his Treasury Sec’y nominee Steve Mnuchin & his daughter Tiffany. Did they all vote for Hillary?

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  9. I’m aware of indivisible, and I have contacted my reps, multiple times. But they lead me rather than following me. I do go to rallies and such. I switched from Bernie to Hillary because I didn’t care for the internal attacks, dismissal of pragmatists who have actual done stuff as corrupt, and magic thinking, and especially the repetition of Rovian attacks from my left. And I still don’t like the divisiveness of that side of things. Jill Stein was awful, as well as likely to become what people claimed Hillary was, power hungry and exploitative.

    The one thing I regret is not taking time to try to insert myself into Hillary’s campaign, because I think they made a lot of mistakes that I on the front lines could see more clearly than they; particularly her refusal to respond repeatedly to trolling about emails, open up about how normal her speeches were, how the material in the leaks was actually not evidence of corruption, nor make an effort to promote the good work the Clinton Foundation does. Much of this was the liberal press going along with “fair and balanced” but rolling over and playing dead did not work.

    I personally prefer this recipe: “A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency”
    http://qz.com/846940/a-yale-history-professors-20-point-guide-to-defending-democracy-under-a-trump-presidency/

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  10. Susan, I totally agree with your assessment of Hillary’s failings, the country was desperate to vote for her, but she was too good at turning off people. What gets me is that she proved this with her disastrous handling of Prez Clinton’s Health Plan and in all the years that followed her arrogance and sense of personal entitlement never abated. It would have taken so little for her to get peoples vote’s, but she had her formula figured out and wasn’t go to stray from it, or her comfort zone.
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    Re Muslim ban
    Trump’s Immigration Ban Excludes Countries With Business Ties
    https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-trump-immigration-ban-conflict-of-interest/
    By Caleb Melby, Blacki Migliozzi and Michael Keller
    Updated: January 27, 2017

    President Trump has signed an executive order that bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East from entering the United States for 90 days, according to the White House. His proposed list doesn’t include Muslim-majority countries where his Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals. Properties include golf courses in the United Arab Emirates and two luxury towers operating in Turkey.

    See Trump’s full conflicts of interest →. https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/tracking-trumps-web-of-conflicts/
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    Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous
    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD | JAN. 28, 2017

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  11. Now perhaps the most terrifying news in a week full of frightening and dismaying news.
    Is that Steve Bannon the master of the malicious lie, now sits in on National Security meetings.
    It’s insane Alice in Wonderland topsy turvy.

    Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role
    By Philip Rucker and David Filipov January 28 at 9:08 PM

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-holds-calls-with-putin-leaders-from-europe-and-asia/2017/01/28/42728948-e574-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html

    President Trump on Saturday ordered the Pentagon to devise a strategy to defeat the Islamic State and restructured the National Security Council to include his controversial top political adviser as he forged a partnership with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin in their first official phone call.

    Trump and Putin spoke for one hour and vowed to join forces to fight terrorism in Syria and elsewhere, according to the White House and the Kremlin, signaling a potential shift in U.S.-Russian relations that have been marked by high tension. …

    Counseling Trump in the effort will be Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist whose influence inside the administration is expanding far beyond politics. In a separate presidential memo, Trump reorganized the National Security Council to, along with other changes, give Bannon a regular seat on the principals committee — the meetings of the most senior national security officials, including the secretaries of defense and state.

    That memo also states that the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will sit on the principals committee only when the issues to be discussed pertain to their “responsibilities and expertise.” In the previous two administrations, both were included as regular attendees. …

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  12. Note that I have moved the entry for Friday, 1/27, including information on the Muslim Ban executive order, to a post dealing with Trump’s Week Two. That post will be available shortly.

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