‘Simply Put, if Thereâ€™s a Chance You Might Get Sick, Get Old, or Start a Family â€“ This Bill Will Do You Harm’
Former President Barack Obama made a rare public entry into the national conversation Thursday afternoon, weighing in onÂ â€“ and againstÂ â€“ the Republican health care bill. President Obama has taken special care to not give the appearance of undermining his successor’s presidency, ignoring most of the near-daily attacks from PresidentÂ Donald Trump and the Trump administration of Obama-era policies and accomplishments.
But Obama also made clear that he would speak out when our democracy needed his voice the most, which should underscore his very public remarks on the GOP’s health care bill via a lengthy 949 word Facebook post.
While calling for “compromise between Democrats and Republicans,” the former president’s thoughts can be summed up in this excerpt from his post:
“Simply put, if thereâ€™s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family â€“ this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”
Obama made clear that the Senate Republicans’ health care bill “is not a health care bill. Itâ€™s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”
But he also made clear that the bill affects all Americans, not just those who get insurance via the ObamaCare exchanges or Medicaid.
“It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again.”
“Millions of families will lose coverage entirely,” he said.
“I hope our Senators ask themselves,” Obama continued, “what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their childâ€™s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?”
Posted to Facebook just one hour ago, it has already gone viral, being shared over 40,000 times receiving nearly 6000 comments and 145,000 likes.
And not that anyone’s counting, but Barack Obama has more than twice as many “likes” and followers on Facebook thanÂ Donald Trump.
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‘Fascism Has Come to America’: Trump Ripped for Gassing Protesters to Hold Awkward Bible Photo-Op
President Donald Trump was harshly criticized on Monday after police fired tear gas on protesters so that he could violate DC’s curfew to hold a photo-op with a Bible at St. John’s church.
Here’s some of what people were saying about Trump’s photo-op:
Police and members of the US military were deployed to clear out a protest so Trump can hold up a Bible outside of church. pic.twitter.com/2i0TFCveNp
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 1, 2020
This is the tear gas Trump had deployed on nonviolent protestors in Lafayette Park so that he could walk across the street to St. John’s Church and awkwardly fondle a bible for a photo op. (via @ellievhall) pic.twitter.com/W14cCcRbaz
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 1, 2020
🚨NEW — CLERGY member who was at St. Johns Church says: “I AM SO [EXPLETIVE] OFFENDED”
They had NO idea President Trump was coming…
“No one knew about this stunt”
A clergy member is telling me right now that President Trump “walked on holy ground””sacrilege” #GeorgeFloyd @WUSA9
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) June 1, 2020
The world just watched a peaceful demonstration, in the capital of the United States of America, get attacked by military police. Really jarring to see on live television.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 1, 2020
As Trump stands outside St. John’s church:
Reporter: “Is that your Bible?”
Trump: “It’s a Bible.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 1, 2020
.@donlemon: “Trump standing in front of a church with a Bible — really? Let’s just be honest here. When was the last time Donald Trump saw a church? … when was the last time he cracked open a Bible … this is all for show. Trump in this moment is pretending to be a president” pic.twitter.com/aPIO2yoABX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 1, 2020
Trump just stands in front of the church and holds up a bible while posing for photos. He does not even go inside for a faux tour of the damage or make a pretense of having any purpose in going there other than to pose for photos.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) June 1, 2020
You see, I’ve spent 4 years studying how Republicans contort themselves to excuse, justify, and enable the behaviors of Donald Trump. It’s become predictable to the point of parody. But this? Tear-gassing citizens to facilitate a photo-op with a Bible? No idea how they spin this.
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) June 2, 2020
Peaceful protesters were gassed and shot with rubber bullets to clear away a space near a church to give Trump a photo-op waving a bible flanked by AG Barr and Sec Def Esper. Monstrous. Anticonstitutional.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) June 1, 2020
Tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protestors outside the White House so Trump can have a photo op at a vandalized church- so he could show everyone he is carrying a Bible. Because nothing says good Christian like gassing and firing on citizens expressing their pain.
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) June 1, 2020
The president of the United States just used tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protestors just so he could take a photo opp at church.
This man knows nothing of God. Nothing of peace.
He knows nothing and our country will continue to burn because of it.
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) June 1, 2020
There is so much wrong w/ this picture, I’m enraged. Using federal troops w/ tear gas & rubber bullets to clear out a peaceful demonstration so Trump can have a photo-op at a church. He desecrates the Bible. He desecrates a Christian church. & he desecrates the presidency. Shame pic.twitter.com/xGNDHiDPL0
— James J. Zogby (@jjz1600) June 1, 2020
Watching Trump preen in front of St. John’s, moments after he threatened to deploy the American military against the American people, with a bible held above his head, I remembered this quote, “when facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross”
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 1, 2020
One terrifying thing about Trump is he’s just an incompetent fascist standing there holding a bible and inciting violence and look at what he’s done. Imagine what a competent authoritarian could do with the full support of a major political party.
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) June 1, 2020
Trump holding a Bible is a direct insult to everything Jesus fought for. https://t.co/5T2qcgVwdS
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) June 1, 2020
In case you missed it, fascism has arrived in America:
Trump ordered the police to tear gas, and shoot with rubber bullets peaceful protesters near the White House — so he could have a photo-op holding a bible.
— Bill Madden (@maddenifico) June 1, 2020
Fascism has come to America. Trump is actually holding a bible while guns are loaded. goodnight America.
— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) June 1, 2020
Donald Trump in front of St. John’s Church proving he has no experience holding a bible. pic.twitter.com/bmua1krpw8
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 1, 2020
Trump holding up a Bible like a man who has never seen one before.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 1, 2020
The Episcopal bishop of DC – who oversees the DC church Trump just stopped at – tells the @washingtonpost she is “outraged” and that neither she nor the rector was asked or told… “that they would be clearing with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop..” 1/3
— Michelle Boorstein (@mboorstein) June 2, 2020
“We so disassociate ourselves from the messages of this president. We hold the teachings of our sacred texts to be so so grounding to our lives and everything we do and it is about love of neighbor and sacrificial love and justice.” @Mebudde Bishop Mariann Budde 3/3
— Michelle Boorstein (@mboorstein) June 2, 2020
‘Trump Has Declared War on America’: Internet Explodes in Anger as President Threatens to ‘Deploy the Military’ in US
Minutes after Military Police used tear gas and flash bangs on peaceful civilians protesting in front of the White House Monday evening President Donald Trump broke two days of silence to threaten the American people. And the American people responded in extreme anger.
In a short speech that was part a campaign rally stump and part totalitarian dictator threat, the President of the United States announced if governors do not call up the National Guard in massive numbers he will “solve the problem” of protests with a tremendous show of force.
“We will end it now,” Trump threatened, referring to the protests against the police killing of George Floyd, protests that have spanned seven days and nights and over 100 cities and towns. He ordered governors to “dominate the streets” with the National Guard.
“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” Trump threatened.
BREAKING: "If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Pres. Trump threatens. https://t.co/n0fWIF4N9X pic.twitter.com/TuhuCaadJE
— ABC News (@ABC) June 1, 2020
Here’s what Americans are saying about Trump’s threats.
Trump isn't giving a speech in the Rose Garden, he's introducing his fascist police state. https://t.co/SWMkqJNYjF
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 1, 2020
For those keeping score at home:
The President refused to invoke the Defense Production Act to mobilize and save lives quickly against COVID-19.
But he didn't hesitate to invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act to deploy the military on American streets against protests.
— Graham Brookie (@GrahamBrookie) June 1, 2020
Trump is all in on the strongman demagoguery: If mayors and governors don't stop the riots, "I will deploy the US military and quickly solve the problem for them." pic.twitter.com/9XGizAbkVE
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) June 1, 2020
I’m speechless. The president called protesters terrorists and threatens to deploy the military on people in pain and crying out for help. People who have been targeted. People the criminal justice system has not protected. This is not leadership. This is racism. This is cruel.
— Robert C. White, Jr. (@RobertWhite_DC) June 1, 2020
Trump goes full-fascist at the Rose Garden as he threatens with unleashing the military on civilians. pic.twitter.com/S9TMBOiOyv
— 𝓞𝔀𝓷𝓡𝓾𝓵𝓮𝓼 (@OwnRules) June 1, 2020
Fuck Donald Trump. Fuck that fascist fuck.
— David Carroll 🦅 (@profcarroll) June 1, 2020
Trump has declared war on America.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) June 1, 2020
Anyone who supported Donald Trump, anyone who enabled him, you own this, too: a pathetic weakling who is trying to become a reality-TV fascist.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) June 1, 2020
Trump just said Antifa was the leading instigator in this violence. He is such a devil birther piece of shit. I hate this man. He is so fucking evil. He’s rotten. He’s the quintessential racist. He would lynch us. Birther filth.
I am anti-fascist. I am anti-Trump.
— Jason Overstreet (@JasonOverstreet) June 1, 2020
The President of the United States just announced he’s mobilizing the military against its own citizens instead of addressing the brutality and systemic racism plagueing our police force…
fuck trump and fuck any of you who still support this fascist piece of shit
— harrison. (@harrison_barron) June 1, 2020
Worth re-stating in light of Trump invoking the Insurrection Act to justify using the military against an imaginary group.
Antifa is a strategy, an idea…& ideas are bulletproof.
People, however, are not. The president is declaring those who oppose fascism to be terrorists. https://t.co/oj1MSQLBYU
— Jess Phoenix 🌋 (@jessphoenix2018) June 1, 2020
There has to be a reckoning. None of this 'look forward not backward' shit. We're going to need tribunals. https://t.co/5wUITsxJkM
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) June 1, 2020
Pentagon Chief Blasted for Telling Governors ‘We Need to Dominate the Battlespace’ to ‘Get Back to the Right Normal’
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is under fire after telling the nation’s governors they need to “dominate the battlespace,” referring to the American cities that are scenes of protests that have gripped the nation now for seven days and nights. He also called for a return to “the right normal.”
Esper (photo, right), who has only been the head of the DoD since late July, made his disturbing remarks on the same video conference call held by President Donald Trump earlier Monday. That call was characterized as “unhinged” by one listener.
“I think the sooner that you mass and dominate the battlespace, the quicker this dissipates and we can get back to the right normal,” Esper told the governors, as The Washington Post reports. “We need to dominate the battlespace.”
Sec. Esper was criticizing the governors for not making broader use of the National Guard.
Many online expressed outrage.
“Dominate the battlespace?” What the actual fuck. Esper sees voters as the enemy, and what do you do to the enemy in a battle? You kill them. https://t.co/mLxBd3Wtwn
— LiberalNavySeal (@LiberalNavySeal) June 1, 2020
"During the call, Esper can be heard urging officials to 'dominate the battlespace.'"
Is this how we want our leaders to describe streets full of mostly peaceful protesters? https://t.co/7kCGjp8BDP
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) June 1, 2020
• Why is SecDef speaking AT ALL re US Cities?
• "Mass & Dominate" (Synonym for "Shock & Awe")
• "The battlespace"?, The battlespace!? These are American citizens in American Cities!
• "this" is Free Speech
• Your "back to the right normal" is NOT right & it's NOT normal. https://t.co/EmYHeu2O5H
— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) June 1, 2020
Former commander of JSOC and SOCOM Tony Thomas on Esper’s “dominate the battlespace” line to governors https://t.co/Mt6MYEexPA
— Wesley Morgan (@wesleysmorgan) June 1, 2020
“Dominate the battlespace”? Aka the cities where Americans live? That language invites violence. How about “provide safety to peaceful demonstrators “? https://t.co/AXuRnsiVGr
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) June 1, 2020
Nothing authoritarian about the Pentagon chief advocating to “dominate the battlespace” of American cities at all https://t.co/zXoFQaK9CM
— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) June 1, 2020
Mr. Secretary, I'd prefer the "battlespace" NOT return back to normal because normal includes the extrajudicial killing of black bodies by police with impunity. If we are going to fail at the whole "mass and dominate" situation, can we please fail FORWARD?! https://t.co/qqrK7Zvhth
— Meg Guliford (@mkguliford) June 1, 2020
“Dominate the battlespace”
Secretary of Defense describes American streets and parks using the language he used in December to describe Syria.
That’s not totally insane. https://t.co/r2Kybcqa9g
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) June 1, 2020
“Dominate the battlespace” aka streets of US cities.
When they tell you that they’re fascists believe them https://t.co/FAMiTmpbMQ
— Andrew Lefebvre at home (@AndrewLefebvre) June 1, 2020
I’m sorry, but to hear the civilian head of the Defense Department talking about “dominate the battlespace” when talking about US protestors is absolutely galling
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) June 1, 2020
I’m sorry, did you say “dominate the battlespace”? Meaning the streets in front of our homes and businesses? https://t.co/jwShvrM7d9
— Amanda Katz (@katzish) June 1, 2020
America's cities are now being referred to as "the battlespace" by the President and our Sec. of Defense — as in, America's governors need to "dominate the battlespace." These people have lost their minds.
— Mark Perry (@markperrydc) June 1, 2020
Defense Secretary Esper on the call with Governors told them that they need to "dominate the battlespace". This is how he referred to protests by (mostly non-violent) American citizens. This regime wants to kill its own people. Welcome to fascism. https://t.co/KgKt5dTsil
— David Wasser (@dwass) June 1, 2020
Vox National security reporter Alex Ward offered this alternative:
“A more powerful approach would be for the National Guard to protect the protestors, to arrange meetings with Governors and protest leadership, and to facilitate the protestors expressions of frustration, distrust, and anger to a wider audience in a meaningful way.” /2
— Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox) June 1, 2020
“Militarized police are just one small factor in the events and circumstances culminating in Floyd's death. A warlike response from the administratiom perpetuates an already broken system.” /4x
— Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox) June 1, 2020
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