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1973’s ‘Handy Excuses for Nixon Backers’ Makes Timely Return for Trump Scandals

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“The Democrats Are Sore Because They Lost the Election”

Between Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey, his subsequent threats of potentially recording their conversations and the naming of a special counsel to oversee the probe into Russia’s  meddling in the 2016 presidential election, there’s been no shortage of comparisons between Trump and Richard Nixon.

Now, as the fact-checking site Snopes pointed out, a satirical article written in 1973 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Art Buchwald has taken on new life. In “Here are handy excuses for Nixon backers,” the syndicated Washington Post columnist cheekily advised that “these are difficult times for people who are defending the Nixon administration.”

“No matter where they go they are attacked by pseudo-liberals, McGovern lovers, heterosexual constitutionalists and paranoid John Dean believers,” Buchwald wrote. “As a public service, I am printing instant responses for loyal Nixon-ites when they are attacked at a party. Please cut it out and carry it in your pocket.”

The article offered over 30 responses—some of which could arguably be written today, including:

  • A President can’t keep track of everything his staff does.
  • The press is blowing this whole thing up.
  • The Democrats are sore because they lost the election.
  • Wait till all the facts come out.
  • If you impeach Nixon, you get Agnew.
  • People would be against Nixon no matter what he did.
  • I’d rather have a crook in the White House than a fool.
  • Nixon made a mistake. He’s only human.
  • What about Harry Truman and the deep freeze scandal?
  • I’m sick and tired of hearing about Watergate and so is everybody else.

An archived version of the piece, originally published in July of 1973, can be read here, or via the screenshot below:

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‘A Monumental Fraud and Failure’: Trump Had a Plan to ‘Blow Up’ the G7 and Give the ‘Middle Finger’ to Our Allies: Report

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President Donald Trump’s plan was to bully our G7 allies on a range of issues by touting the strong U.S. economy. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote Friday morning, “Trump will proclaim his ‘America First’ agenda a smashing success, and throw that in the faces of our European allies.”

That plan will have to be changed now that his trade war with China just exploded.

China imposed tariffs of $75 billion of U.S. goods on Friday. Trump launched a tweetstorm causing the DOW to drop more than 600 points (at several times during the day more than 700 points.)

The president apparently found wiping out the value of millions of Americans’ 401(k)s amusing:

And just an hour after the markets closed, Trump once again took to Twitter, announcing he is increasing tariffs against China on $250 billion of goods.

“Trump’s appearance [at the G7] will in reality demonstrate that the very nationalist agenda he will be touting is, thus far, a record of deep fraudulence and failure, covered up with lies,” Sargent added. “Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, particularly the trade war with China, is a key reason the U.S. economy is now at greater risk of tipping into recession.”

“It’s important to appreciate just how heavily Trump’s political mystique relies on the constant middle finger he gives to allies and international leaders. It’s central to the story he told in 2016 and the one he’ll tell in 2020.”

Last year President Trump promised winning trade wars is “easy.”

Read the entire piece at The Washington Post.

 

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Trump Administration Urges US Supreme Court to Declare Firing a Worker for Being Gay Is Legal

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The Trump administration has just urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that firing an employee simply because they are gay is perfectly legal. The request comes in the form of a 34-page amicus brief, which was not required, but voluntary.

The brief, signed by Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco, tells the Court it is the opinion of the administration’s Dept. of Justice that a “plain text” reading of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do9es not protect gay people in the workplace from discrimination, including firing for being gay, as The Washington Blade, which was first to report, notes.

“The question here is not whether Title VII should forbid employment discrimination because of sexual orientation, but whether it already does,” the brief says. “The statute’s plain text makes clear that it does not; discrimination because of ‘sex’ forbids treating members of one sex worse than similarly situated members of the other — and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, standing alone, does not result in such treatment.”

President Trump has also stated he will not sign the Equality Act, which would specify that the Civil Rights of Act of 1964 does protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.

The Supreme Court will hear three cases related to anti-LGBTQ discrimination on October 8.

The move is consistent with the entirety of the Trump administration’s policies and actions.

Just ten days ago the Dept. of Justice tried to strong-arm the Equal Employment opportunity Commission to set aside up to eight years of findings and rulings and support the DOJ’s position firing LGBTQ workers is legal.

One week ago the DOJ in similar fashion urged the Supreme Court to rule that firing transgender workers is legal.

And on August 14 the Trump Dept. of Labor moved to prioritize the rights of so-called “religion-exercising organizations” over those of LGBTQ workers. The DOL offered a new proposal that appears to be a roadmap which faith-based organizations claiming to have religious beliefs or moral convictions can use to protect themselves from charges of discrimination.

As NCRM has reported previously, the Trump administration is the most anti-LGBT administration in modern U.S. history.

 

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Completed More Cancer Treatment

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent outpatient pancreatic cancer radiation therapy and has been declared cancer-free, according MSNBC’s Pete Williams and a statement from the Supreme Court.

“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the SCOTUS statement says. “No further treatment is needed at this time.”

The three-week treatment was completed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Ginsburg, who is 86 and keeps an active schedule, has maintained she will continue to serve as long as she feel capable.

Here’s MSNBC’s report:

 

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