Donald Trump Jr.‘s name is being floated as a potential political candidate but the President’s eldest son just lost one constituency Monday night.
Speaking in El Paso, Texas to warm up the crowd for his father’s “Make America Great Again” rally, Trump Jr. decided to attack teachers, and many Americans are outraged.
DJTJ, as Donald Trump Jr. is often called, is closely aligned with Turning Point USA, which bills itself as a conservative organization focused on college students. Its founder, Charlie Kirk, often appears at Trump rallies and DJTJ has spoken at TPUSA rallies. TPUSA’s communications director, Candace Owens, was accused last week of defending Hitler.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that the President’s son would focus his attention on school-age conservatives, but his remarks inspired some to suggest he is the one in need of an education.
“You know what I love?” Trump Jr. asked the crowd in El Paso. “I love seeing some young conservatives, ’cuz I know it’s not easy,” he said, reinforcing the Trump family’s theme that conservatives are marginalized victims.
“Keep up that fight, bring it to your schools. You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth. You don’t have to do it,” he told the audience
.@DonaldJTrumpJr‘s message to young conservatives: “Keep up that fight. Bring it to your schools. You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth.” pic.twitter.com/IGzyK48Ilp
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 12, 2019
Many on social media took offense to the President’s son’s attack on educators, many if not most of whom endure low-salaries, are forced to buy classroom supplies with their own money, and suffer extreme disrespect from the right. As one person on Twitter asked, “The same teachers who we expect to put their bodies in front of our kids if a shooter comes in their classroom?”
At least one teachers’ union responded:
Donald Trump Jr. called teachers “losers” today. Must mean we’re doing something right. https://t.co/uRLJHgWFrP
— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) February 12, 2019
The number of people online citing Trump Jr.’s “loser teachers” remark was massive. Here’s a small sampling:
@DonaldJTrumpJr – I am one of those “loser teachers” and I will do more good in the next five days in my classroom than you will do in the rest of your sorry life. You are the broken progeny of a failure of a father. Try breaking the cycle and being your own man. #beBetter https://t.co/kf1Jp2GfkY
— defnotjennifer (@defnotjennifer) February 12, 2019
-Every single thing he says is an insanity-level lie.
-Don Jr. calling teachers losers is straight heartbreaking.
-SMH right off https://t.co/SRAoxDyJIX
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 12, 2019
Somebody needs to go back to school. Assclown. https://t.co/UFW6nvzB5j
— Craig Newman (@craignewman) February 12, 2019
— Capitol Comments (@CapitolComments) February 12, 2019
Would that he’d paid enough attention to the “loser teachers” to know whether to use ‘who’ or ‘that’.
— Donna Leinwand Leger (@DonnaLeinwand) February 12, 2019
He called them “loser teachers.”
— Jess Phoenix 🌋 (@jessphoenix2018) February 12, 2019
“loser teachers” reveals more about Don Jr. than he realizes https://t.co/29r4dJUwPx
— Mark Follman (@markfollman) February 12, 2019
Loser teachers. Nice.
I am a first year teacher. I have to buy my own supplies for my students to even have the basics to learn. I am too busy trying to get them ready for the next grade and worrying about where we are getting our next box of glue to indoctrinate them.
— ❤️ (@IamAwarriorsFan) February 12, 2019
Sure, call all educators “losers”. You just show what an uneducated prick you are. But of course the @GOP would want their platform to ridicule education. It is much easier to control those that are dumb. Case in point, the dumb inbred idiots cheering his disrespect of teachers. https://t.co/UWz4rqyVTK
— David H Thornton (@DavidHThornton) February 12, 2019
Honestly, the millions of American public school “loser teachers” contribute more to society in one school day than this pathetic sleazeball has in his entire life. https://t.co/aNEoK3W9H1
— Houston (@starkid_wheeler) February 12, 2019
— Tonya Kelley (@TonyaKelleyTK) February 12, 2019
I can’t use the words I want to describe my rage right now, lest I end up in Twitter jail.
Educators pour their whole selves into their profession. They go above & beyond every single day. They don’t deserve this ill treatment from a grifter son of a grifter.💔 https://t.co/FnaE33rGbv
— Kristin (@KristinKarnitz) February 12, 2019
Hi, @DonaldJTrumpJr. I’m a teacher, and most of my friends are teachers. They are intelligent, selfless, innovative, compassionate, and inspiring. The last thing I would call any of us is “loser teachers.” Teachers are heroes. #BeBest https://t.co/hdztoHhrsD
— Erin Parker (@erin_d_parker) February 12, 2019
Loser teacher here.
It’s true I dont make a lot of money, but I earned it on my own (with the help of some loser socialist teachers at the University.)
— Josh McCall (@Mccallforall) February 12, 2019
#LoserTeachers here, being a loser. Teaching about journalism, writing process, marketing, graphic design, literary analysis, rhetoric, suffrage and equality, environmentalism, workers’ rights, local and American history…you know. Loser stuff. 📚📝 pic.twitter.com/UINTTq3wXq
— Angie Smoorenburg Garrett (@fleurdeginger) February 12, 2019
The same teachers who spend their own money, their own time teaching our kids all while making shitty wages?
The same teachers who we expect to put their bodies in front of our kids if a shooter comes in their classroom?
Jr could not be more repulsive https://t.co/UerjIb62sj
— lisastark35 (@lisastark351) February 12, 2019
At the MAGA KKK hate rally yesterday in El Paso, Trash Jr hobbled onto that tacky stage and called teachers losers. The cult cheered it on. Their only message is hate.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) February 12, 2019
@DonaldJTrumpJr As a spouse of one of these so-called loser teachers, maybe your conservatives should consider funding education and school safety rather than pointless walls. Word of advice. Demeaning people that have influence on the future voters of America… Not a good move. https://t.co/O77cHswPlY
— Daniel Romero (@danrom520) February 12, 2019
Hey, @DonaldJTrumpJr– I am one of those “loser teachers” who wears many hats everyday to, not only educate, but also protect, nurture & shape our future. Guess what? I have also NEVER missed voting in any election since turning 18. Way to #BeBest, Jr.
— Freda Hanley (@fredabugga) February 12, 2019
I couldn’t sleep last night. The more I think on this, the angrier I get.@DonaldJTrumpJr tell me, were the teachers that were murdered after they threw themselves over children being shot at at Sandy Hook and Parkland “losers”? https://t.co/FnaE33rGbv
— Kristin (@KristinKarnitz) February 12, 2019
“These loser teachers”…..
You bearded twit. You couldn’t do my job for 5 minutes.
I hate this family. https://t.co/A1ZDckJ5yp
— Abby Boruff (@AbbyBoruff) February 12, 2019
To all my loser teachers out there. Thank you for getting up early, staying late skipping lunch pulling money out of your own pocket so your classroom had supplies. Keep going this administration will end and will be your job to teach how and why it happened. https://t.co/AOJb1XGDQE
— AssCat (@theasscat) February 12, 2019
— Rebecca Pappas #defythename (@RPappas333) February 12, 2019
Hahahaha! Teachers are losers? Your only credential is “Son of Donald Trump,” Junior! Earn something then talk to me. pic.twitter.com/sRmhBoAgqq
— Hambleton (@virtualham) February 12, 2019
I know some “loser teachers” that are going to be happy teaching history when it gets to the part about you and your dad going to prison and when America came together to make our country better than it’s ever been. You’re trash. pic.twitter.com/ABbUrJW1ec
— Jer Johns (@aplacecalledjer) February 12, 2019
“Loser teachers.” Because the GOP hasn’t found enough targets for its hate. Enjoy jail, Jr. https://t.co/QAyJzASls3
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) February 12, 2019
.@DonaldJTrumpJr – I never had “loser teachers” pushing anything on me. But I did have teachers who taught the the Constitution, checks & balances, and civil rights – something your father’s trash administration is hell bent against.
— laney (@misslaneym) February 12, 2019
Teachers don’t indoctrinate students into socialism, @DonaldJTrumpJr. They make sure their students don’t end up ignorant, treasonous losers who care only about themselves and would let the world burn just to make a dollar. You clearly didn’t pay attention in class. Jerk.
— Dina Ley (@dinachka82) February 12, 2019
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Trump Will Likely Follow Giuliani and Sidney Powell Legal Advice About Pardoning Himself: Ex-DOJ Official
According to a former Department of Justice inspector general, Donald Trump is likely to continue to bypass the DOJ for advice on any more pardons as he prepares to leave office, instead relying on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, conspiracy-minded attorney Sidney Powell and other “legal misfits” for guidance.
And that includes whether the president should take the bold and unprecedented step of self-pardoning.
In a Guardian examination of what to expect from acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who took over the DOJ after former AG Bill Barr stepped down last Wednesday, former Justice Department officials expressed fears about what the president might pressure Rosen to do during the president’s final days.
According to Guardian’s Peter Rosen, “Former justice department officials say they are worried Trump will lean on Barr’s less experienced successor, the acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, to push policies which Trump has suggested he backs, including naming special counsels to investigate President-elect Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and using the DoJ to investigate Trump’s baseless charges of widespread election fraud.”
In an interview with former prosecutor Paul Rosenzweig, who worked under Ken Starr on the Bill Clinton investigations, prior to Barr’s leaving the president indicated he wanted an AG who would act on his whims and there are now concerns that Rosen may be deluged by Trump with demands.
“There are many things we might expect Trump to order the department to do in the waning days of his presidency,” Rosenzweig explained. “Most likely, is the appointment of a special counsel to probe Hunter Biden. Another is a new Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion, reversing the Nixon-era decision that presidential self-pardons are illegal.”
Former DOJ Inspector General Michael Bromwich agreed, stating, “I don’t think we can fully imagine the range of inappropriate actions Rosen could be asked to undertake. Unlike Barr, Rosen is an unknown and enigmatic figure to the outside world, with no reputation outside the narrow circle of people he has worked with. I doubt that he wants his legacy to be kowtowing to the whims of a president who has taken leave of his senses.”
However, Bromwich added that it is apparent the president has been skipping over asking the DOJ for pardon advice — based on his controversial pardons over the past week — and may seek the counsel of the attorneys who have spearheading his attacks on the 2020 presidential election results.
“I don’t think an OLC opinion on the issue of self-pardon would be worth the exercise for anyone. If it were to conclude that a self-pardon is constitutional, it would be dismissed as a coerced opinion and would further degrade the reputation of OLC,” Bromwich explained before suggesting, “I doubt whether he [Trump] will feel the need to obtain such an opinion. He will choose instead to rely on the legal advice of Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and the rest of the legal misfits he has surrounded himself with.”
Bromwich also had some advice for new AG Rosen if he has concerns about leaving his temporary new job with his reputation intact.
“If I were Rosen, I would change my phone number and go on an extended vacation,” Bromwich advised. “If that’s not possible, he should make it clear that he won’t do anything that violates his oath to the constitution, or his fundamental sense of right and wrong.”
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Watch: Trump Announces He Will Use the Courts to Stop States From Counting Ballots Past Election Day
President Donald Trump has just announced he will use the federal courts – which he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have packed with hundreds of far right wing extremist judges over the past four years – to block states from counting ballots past Election Day.
On Tuesday, Trump hinted as he often does, his intention – suggesting, falsely, that counting ballots after Election Day is illegal.
“It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on Nov. 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate, and I don’t believe that’s by our laws.” — Trump (In fact tallying all the ballots is consistent with the law.) pic.twitter.com/Dlj7DCiCT1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2020
Vox journalist Aaron Rupar at the time noted, “I don’t know whether he’ll succeed, but it’s very clear that Trump is going to try to prevent states from tallying votes after Election Day.
He just made clear he will.
“We’ll see what happens at the end of the day,” on Election Day, Trump said Wednesday afternoon, according to CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski. “Hopefully it won’t go longer than that. Hopefully the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots, that won’t be allowed by the various courts.”
Heres the video:
Pres. Trump says “hopefully” states counting ballots after Nov. 3 “won’t be allowed by the various courts…Hopefully that won’t be happening.”
— ABC News (@ABC) October 28, 2020
The “various courts,” include the U.S. Supreme Court, which weeks ago Trump made clear had to have nine Justices so it could decide the election in his favor. He got his wish in record time, with Justice Barrett’s Monday night confirmation and swearing in.
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 24, 2020
Top Senate Republican: Plan Is ‘to Move to Immediately Acquit on Friday Night’ if No Witnesses Are Called
U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), the third most-powerful Republican Senator, says the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump could be over by Friday. Barrasso, who serves as the Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, Wednesday afternoon said that it appears no witnesses will be called, which means there would be nothing left for Senators to do except vote on whether or not to convict and remove Donald John Trump as President of the United States.
Reuters reports Barrasso “told reporters on Wednesday that Republicans seemed to have the ‘momentum’ to move to end the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump by Friday, without calling witnesses.”
The NY Daily News reports Barrasso says the “momentum is clearly in the direction of moving too final judgement on Friday. We still have a couple members who said they want to listen to answers to questions, but that’s where the momentum is in the caucus right now.”
NBC News adds that Barrasso says the “plan would be to move to immediately acquit on Friday night if in fact the Senate votes against calling additional witnesses.”
Barrasso could also be doing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bidding, trying to squelch the tremendous momentum among the American people who do want witnesses to be called. Polls show 75% of the public thinks witnesses should testify before Senators vote.
Image: Official White House Photograph by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
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