Comparisons Not Far-Fetched
PresidentÂ Donald Trump’s firing of the Acting Attorney General and theÂ Acting DirectorÂ of theÂ Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is causing some, including to congressional Democrats, to compare him to the late, disgraced President Richard Nixon, and some to call his Nixonian actions the “Monday Night Massacre.”
Saturday Night Massacre meet Monday Night Massacre. pic.twitter.com/aaMMc5xWGI
â€” Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 31, 2017
The comparisons are not far-fetched. In October of 1973, Nixon fired the special prosecutor he hired to investigate the Watergate break in, who had issued him a subpoena. In response to Nixon’s firing ofÂ Archibald Cox, the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General resigned.
“President Trump has commenced a course of conduct that is Nixonian in its design and execution and threatens the long-vaunted independence of the Justice Department,” Rep. John Conyers, Democrat of Michigan,Â said in a statement titled “Conyers Condemns Monday Night Massacre.”Â
“If dedicated government officials deem his directives to be unlawful and unconstitutional, he will simply fire them as if government is a reality show,” Conyers, who is the Ranking MemberÂ on the House Judicial Committee, added.Â “I call on my colleagues, regardless of party, to condemn this executive order and the reckless firing of our chief law enforcement officer.”
â€” Chris Larson (@ChrisJLarson) January 31, 2017
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York delivered a speech on the Senate floor Monday night.
“We’ve had a number, a large number of eloquent speeches about the president’s executive order,” Sen. Schumer said. “And while they were going on, of course, we had a ‘Monday Night Massacre.’ Sally Yates, a person of great integrity, who follows the law, was fired by the president. She was fired because she would not enact, pursue the executive order on the belief that it was illegal, perhaps unconstitutional. It was a profile in courage. It was a brave act. And a right act. And I hope the president and his people who are in the White House learn something from this.”
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, while not making the Nixon comparison, called Yates “an American with the courage to say that the law and the Constitution come first.”
Noting that Trump’s executive order “really challenges who we are as Americans and violates important parts of the constitution,”Â Harvard Law professorÂ Laurence Tribe told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow the firing of Yates is “historic. It certainly reminded me immediately of the Saturday night massacre. There are many differences but one is how quickly this has happened in the Trump presidency.”
Laurence Tribe: â€œIt’s as though history is being collapsed into a black hole, and everything is happening faster than the speed of light.â€ pic.twitter.com/rpAuKpGvI2
â€” Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 31, 2017
â€œItâ€™s as if history is being collapsed into a black hole and everything is happening faster than the speed of light,â€ Tribe added, saying this is “an important turning point in our history.”
He later tweeted:
â€” Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 31, 2017
Other responses via Twitter:
An FBI Director of integrity would take on Trump for his Monday Night Massacre or resign in protest. So Comey will do neither.
â€” Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) January 31, 2017
â€” Chris Larson (@ChrisJLarson) January 31, 2017
“Monday night massacre”? After firing of Yates, Nixonâ€™s sordid moment has been repurposed for Trump. https://t.co/oJ3Wc9oSHP
â€” Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 31, 2017
Shout out to whoever updated the Sally Yates Wikipedia page.
â€” Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) January 31, 2017
Monday Night Massacre
Department of Justice supposed to be independent.
USA supposed to be a democracy. #Resist
â€” Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) January 31, 2017
any democrat who does a single thing to aid the sessions nomination should be run out of the party. https://t.co/HN85fBL1kd
â€” Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 31, 2017
I did not have Monday Night Massacre on my Trump’s Presidency bingo card, but holy shit it’s already in play. https://t.co/iD8NrjvBbf
â€” Adam Bonin (@adambonin) January 30, 2017
â€” Nasirujjaman Jisan (@Xis_An) January 31, 2017
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QAnon Sends Death Threats to Gay Senator for Trying to Make Sex Laws Less LGBTQ-phobic
Democratic California State Senator Scott Wiener has received death threats from far-right supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory after he introduced legislation to reform the state’s sex offender registry to be less queerphobic.
Right now, California law allows judges to refuse to list the full names of certain offenders from the sex offender registry if the judge finds a valid reason to do so—let’s say, for example, if an 18-year-old has sex with a 16-year-old. The rule only applies for offenders who have sex with minor ages 15 to 17 and it only applies to penis-in-vagina sex.
As such, in any cases involving digital penetration, anal or oral sex—sexual methods often used by LGBTQ people—the judge has no choice but to list the offender’s full name without exception.
Wiener wanted to change the law to include all types of sex, and that’s when the death threats started pouring in.
“You’re dead. Dead. Dead. Dead. I’ll publicly execute you. I’m gonna embarrass you. Pedophile,” one Instagram user wrote.
Another wrote, “I’ll come cut your head off and deliver it to your mom if you even considering introducing your ‘bill.’ Got it?”
Others messages were anti-Semitic or accused Weiner of being a child rapist. Because it’s against the law for elected officials to block users on social media, all of his social media channels have to remain open to such threats.
The QAnon conspiracy theory believes that the Trump administration will expose a top-secret international child sex trafficking network run by “deep state” senior Democrats who are determined to stop Trump at all costs. Its theories infamously led an armed gunman in 2017 to enter a gay-owned Washington D.C. pizza parlor, Comet Ping Pong, to investigate “Pizzagate,” the claim that the pizzeria had child sex slaves locked in its nonexistent basement.
QAnon conspiracy theorists have become more active during the COVID-19 lockdown and the runup to the November 3 presidential elections as many U.S. residents find themselves at home without jobs.
“Whether its QAnon or Russian troll farms, these are factories of false info designed to undermine democracy and public discourse, and also to send a message to elected officials that if you pursue unpopular progressive change to help marginalized groups like queer kids, ‘We’re going to target you,'” Weiner told Mother Jones.
“I’m Not a Racist” Says Republican Politician Who Repeatedly Uses N-word to Discuss Black Lives Matter
Tom Eckerle—a Republican road commissioner for Leelanau County, Michigan—is reportedly resigning after political pressure for repeatedly using the n-word, an anti-Black racist slur, to describe racial justice protestors.
Before a meeting of the road commission started last Tuesday, Eckerle was asked by a commission member why he wasn’t wearing a mask. He responded, “Well this whole thing is because of them (n-words) down in Detroit.”
When Bob Joyce, the commission’s chair, told Eckerle he couldn’t say that, Eckerle said, “I can say anything I want. Black Lives Matter has everything to do with taking the country away from us.”
Let’s be clear: the social aims listed on the Black Live Matters (BLM) website do not mention white people. According to its website, the BLM movement seeks to unite Black communities worldwide to oppose state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism while also create creating healing, empathetic communities free from prejudice.
When asked about his comments during a Thursday interview with Interlochen Public Radio, Eckerle said didn’t realize the public found out about his comments and said, “No, I don’t regret calling it an (n-word). A( n-word) is a (n-word) is a (n-word). That’s not a person whatsoever.”
Eckerle also told the Associated Press, “I’m not a racist. Black Lives Matter is racist. If I believed in Black Lives Matter, I would be racist. … Black Lives Matter has no heart. And that is as offensive to me as the N-word,” before saying the actual n-word again, just to make his point.
“If I could get a few people that, when they see a Black Lives Matter sign up, to think the N-word, I have accomplished what I’m after,” he added.
Eckerle was elected to his eight-year position in 2018. Of Leelanauhas County’s 21,700 residents about 90 percent are white. Black people are less than 1 percent of its population.
Trump’s Postmaster General Destabilizes Postal Service Just 87 Days Before Presidential Elections
In a memo released yesterday, President Donald Trump ally Louis DeJoy — who was hired by Trump’s handpicked Postal Service Board of Governors — reshuffled two top executives and 21 to 31 other executives and staffers who represent “decades of institutional postal knowledge” out of leadership roles or into new positions in the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
This move, along with other recent “cost-saving” measures which have slowed down mail delivery and threatened to worsen the service, comes as an unprecedented wave of mail-in ballots are expected in the November presidential elections as voters avoid in-person polling stations to reduce possible COVID-19 exposure.
The USPS was already in financial trouble because of a 2006 law requiring it to pre-fund 75 years worth of retirement benefits — a $110 billion cost. Also, like many U.S. businesses, the epidemic significantly harmed the USPS. Many workers fell ill or began quarantining, causing USPS leaders to spend millions on personal protective equipment, plexiglass and social distancing equipment for offices while its reduced workforce began working overtime at increased pay to help continue services.
New measures instated by DeJoy ban employees from working overtime and making extra trips to deliver mail while reducing hours at different branches nationwide. The Friday memo also said the service would implement a hiring freeze, ask for voluntary retirements, and reduce its operating units and service regions.
These moves are allegedly meant to help the USPS stay financially solvent as it’s expected to run out of money anytime between March and October 2021, despite the recent approval of a $10 billion Treasury loan approved in the upcoming coronavirus relief package.
The moves are also eyebrow-raising seeing as DeJoy and his wife have between $30.1 million and $75.3 million in assets in USPS competitors and contracts who might directly benefit from the USPS’s failure.
People suspect Trump of deliberately sabotaging the USPS as a way to try and sway the upcoming November elections in his favor. Trump, who has repeatedly and falsely claimed that mail-in voting increases voting fraud, wants to deny the service billions in federal aid unless USPS quadruples its prices, something that would compel people to use USPS competitors.
The Trump campaign has sued state and local governments nationwide over mail-in ballot rules, and according to Vox.com:
Different states have different laws about how mail-in ballots work. Currently, 34 states — including swing states like Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — require ballots to be received by election authorities by Election Day, so any delay in the mail could lead to untold numbers of votes going uncounted.
“We’ve been doing mail ballots as postal workers for generations,” said Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union. “It’s been increasing in popularity. In the last election, 31 million people voted by mail. There’s virtually no fraud.”
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