‘The Attorney General Does Not Get to Make Law, but He Should at Least Read It’
Many are outraged after news broke that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy protecting transgender people in the workplace. Late Thursday morning BuzzfeedÂ reported Sessions issued a memo declaring Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender workers, despite many federal courts and the EEOC ruling that it does. In 2014 Attorney General Eric Holder, under President Barack Obama, declared that the “best reading” of the law makes clear it protects transgender persons.
Many on social media are expressing anger and outrage, and many are retweeting this 2016 tweet from then-candidateÂ Donald Trump that clearly was a lie:
Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016
â€œToday marks another low point for a Department of Justice, which has been cruelly consistent in its hostility towards the LGBT community and in particular its inability to treat transgender people with basic dignity and respect,â€ the ACLU said on a statement. â€œThis Department of Justice under Jeff Sessions has time and time again made it clear that its explicit agenda is to attack and undermine the civil rights of our most vulnerable communities, rather than standing up for them as they should be doing.â€
Other LGBT civil rights groups have also expressed anger and outrage:
â€œThe Trump/Pence Administration is determined to promote discrimination through a false view of the law that has been rejected again and again by the courts. According to Sessions, an employer is free to hang a â€˜Transgender Need Not Applyâ€™ sign in their window. Fortunately, he is dead wrong on the law. Neither President Trump nor Jeff Sessions can change the law, but they are determined to sow confusion and put their seal of approval on discrimination,”Â National Center for Transgender EqualityÂ Executive Director Mara Keisling said in a statement.Â
â€œThe Attorney General does not get to make law, but he should at least read it,” Keisling added.Â “Simply: he is once again abdicating his responsibilities to enforce the law. Courts have repeatedly ruled that transgender people are protected by sex discrimination laws in employment, education, housing and healthcare. Weâ€™ll see him in court.â€
To be clear —
Since day one, this administration has continually attacked LGBTQ people. https://t.co/zUY4zyg9AK
â€” GLAAD (@glaad) October 5, 2017
Here’s what people on Twitter are saying:
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle:
â€” Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) October 5, 2017
President of The New Agenda:
â€” Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 5, 2017
Nationâ€™s oldest & largest civil rights coalition, led by former head of Obama DOJ civil rights division, Vanita Gupta:
Another reprehensible move by DOJ under Jeff Sessions, who continues trying to roll back the clock on civil rights. https://t.co/1rP2PC7o0o
â€” Civil Rights (@civilrightsorg) October 5, 2017
Jeff Sessions is going out of his way to harm people. But we will fight back. He is on the wrong side of history. https://t.co/46FHaR4pND
â€” Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) October 5, 2017
Head of HRC:
Appalling assault on Title VII protections for trans workers. Trump admin will stop at nothing to drag us backwards. https://t.co/xf2QQpRcDr
â€” Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) October 5, 2017
Discrimination against transgender people is sex discrimination, just as DOJ recognized years ago. We are confident the courts will continue to agree.
â€” ACLU (@ACLU) October 5, 2017
NYT bestselling author and transgender activist:
Sessions interprets law to mirror his prejudices, fulfilling Trump adminâ€™s agenda to do nothing but undo progress. https://t.co/HIBh5lCpQb
â€” Janet Mock (@janetmock) October 5, 2017
Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights:
â€” Shannon Minter (@shannonminter5) October 5, 2017
Chair, US Commission on Civil Rights:
The dismantling continues. This position is out of step with US Supreme Court, law, common sense. & it harms us all https://t.co/gHellFEXmR
â€” Catherine E. Lhamon (@CatherineLhamon) October 5, 2017
Virginia Democratic Congressman:
â€” Rep. Bobby Scott (@BobbyScott) October 5, 2017
Every ten damn minutes they turn back the clocks. https://t.co/3o0tp2l1Vo
â€” Michael Urie (@michaelurie) October 5, 2017
just hateful. https://t.co/SKacRIbXwX
â€” deray mckesson (@deray) October 5, 2017
What kind of attorney general is he? Making it legal for transgender people to be discriminated against? He does not deserve that office.
â€” Michael Miller (@mikestriker18) October 5, 2017
Transgender workers report unemployment at twice the rate of the population as a whole; 4 times more likely to live in poverty. https://t.co/MubU4sgNxr
â€” Alexandra Halaby (@iskandrah) October 5, 2017
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Trump ‘Honors’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Visiting His DC Memorial – for 30 Seconds
President Donald Trump decided to “honor” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. late Monday afternoon by dragging his vice president to Washington, D.C.’s MLK Memorial. The two top executives spent all of 30 seconds there, on Martin Luther King Day, without saying a word. They then left. Both were back in the White House ten minutes later.
CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins documented the curious event:
President Trump and Vice President Pence just made an unannounced trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington. They stood in front of it for approximately 30 seconds with their heads bowed before turning and leaving without making remarks.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 20, 2020
Reuters’ Steve Holland posted this photo of Trump and Pence:
President Trump and Vice President Pence at the MLK Memorial pic.twitter.com/lH4vzsKTOg
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) January 20, 2020
The Hill posted video of Trump and Pence getting booed and cheered.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 20, 2020
By any standard Monday’s visit was astonishingly short. Last year Trump and Pence made the same visit – and stayed just 94 seconds.
Trump and Pence spent a whopping 94 seconds at the MLK memorial on MLK day in 2019 — and never uttered his name pic.twitter.com/GqOVbqcIHn
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 20, 2020
Earlier Monday Trump “honored” the civil rights icon by posting a tweet making the holiday all about himself. Trump suggested his own inauguration was a more important event than the celebration of Dr. King’s life, while Kellyanne Conway claimed his impeachment was akin to the battles Dr. King fought.
McConnell’s Impeachment Rules Package Fails by His ‘Own Standard’: CNN Legal Analyst
On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” national security and legal analyst Susan Hennessey excoriated the rules proposal for the Senate impeachment trial put forward by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“Look, Mitch McConnell has gone all in on the notion that this is going to be the same as the Clinton impeachment, that that was sort of the standard of fairness here,” said Hennessey.
This fails pretty plainly by McConnell’s own standard, forcing the presentation of the House managers’ case in 12 marathon hours that are going to stretch well into the middle of the night.”
“The American people are going to understand exactly what is going on here, which is that Mitch McConnell is hoping to exhaust the House managers, to exhaust the Senate, such that whenever it actually gets to the point that they have the choice to maybe call witnesses, there are going to be incentives against that,” continued Hennessey. “He’s also racing against other witnesses and other information that might come out.”
‘Racist White Man’ Donald Trump Destroyed for Making MLK Day About Himself
President Donald Trump supposedly was “preparing for Davos” on Monday but spent an extraordinary amount of time tweeting. It was bound to happen: he made Martin Luther King Day about himself.
Although King’s actual birthday is January 15, the federal holiday falls on the third Monday in January of each year, which this year happens to be January 20, when America’s presidents are sworn in to office every four years.
Trump couldn’t resist.
“It was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office,” he tweeted. “So appropriate that today is also MLK jr DAY. African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our Country, by far. Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever. Great!”
Note how not only did Trump make the day about himself, he made his inauguration more important than honoring Dr. King’s birth.
Earlier in the day Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway linked Trump being impeached to the injustices Dr. King fought.
We’re not going to challenge Trump’s economic assertions, but many took a moment to challenge how offensive it is to equate one’s self with the American civil rights icon.
And of course, Trump makes MLK Day about himself.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 20, 2020
hey remember when you and your Klansman father were fined by the federal government in 1973 for refusing to rent any of your crappy apartments to black people? good times, right? now what were you saying about Martin Luther King my dude
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) January 20, 2020
You’ve got to laugh when Donald Trump makes a play for the Black and Hispanic vote with employment statistics. President Obama took black unemployment from 17% to 7% and Hispanic unemployment from 13% to 5% but Donald Trump tries to fool everyone and take credit
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) January 20, 2020
“How can I make MLK Jr. Day about me, a racist white man? I’VE GOT IT” https://t.co/1My26oDHqa
— Wesley Moncrief (@wrmoncrief) January 20, 2020
Only Trump could make MLK day all about him.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) January 20, 2020
Your inauguration crowd was *tiny* compared with Obama’s. #MLKDay
— Adrian Wapcaplet (@AdrianWapcapIet) January 20, 2020
Alexa, show me an example of narcissism: https://t.co/qBMfmEYVU2
— Jim (@JimmyHumps) January 20, 2020
A tale of two Presidents. pic.twitter.com/W9AP3OR9dz
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) January 20, 2020
Florida man makes day commemorating the life of Civil Rights leader about himself. https://t.co/9LM7vCISXW
— x – Michael Welchans (@mwelchanshfa) January 20, 2020
Extremely inappropriate, even by the standards of this imbecile https://t.co/H37vWzTeft
— Carl Ritter (@CarlWRitter) January 20, 2020
“Today is also MLK Day” https://t.co/hS53g1v3JS
— Francesco Fontemaggi (@ffontemaggi) January 20, 2020
Racist birther who lost the popular vote couldn't help himself today. https://t.co/FG9YfUwPvC
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) January 20, 2020
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