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Historian Timothy Snyder "Its pretty much inevitable" that Trump will stage a coup

...and overthrow Democracy.
American democracy is in crisis. The election of Donald Trump feels like a state of emergency made normal.

Trump has threatened violence against his political enemies. He has made clear he does not believe in the norms and traditions of American democracy — unless they serve his interests. Trump and his advisers consider a free press to be enemies of his regime. Trump repeatedly lies and has a profoundly estranged relationship with empirical reality. He uses obvious and naked racism, nativism and bigotry to mobilize his voters and to disparage entire groups of people such as Latinos and Muslims.

Trump is threatening to eliminate an independent judiciary and wants to punish judges who dare to stand against his illegal and unconstitutional mandates. In what appears to be a violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, Trump is using the office of the presidency to enrich himself, his family and his inner circle by peddling influence and access to corporations, foreign countries and wealthy individuals. Trump and his representatives also believe that he is above the law and cannot be prosecuted for any crimes while in office.

What can the American people do to resist Donald Trump? What lessons can history teach about the rise of authoritarianism and fascism and how democracies collapse? Are there ways that individuals can fight back on a daily basis and in their own personal lives against the political and cultural forces that gave rise to Trump’s movement? How long does American democracy have before the poison that Donald Trump and the Republican Party injected into the country’s body politic becomes lethal?

In an effort to answer these questions, I recently spoke with Timothy Snyder, a professor of history at Yale University. He is the award-winning author of numerous books including the recent “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning” and “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.” Snyder’s new book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” explores, among other things, how the American people can fight back against Donald Trump’s incipient authoritarian regime.

Read the interview here

Jimmy Dore, Fuck. You.

If you have been a viewer of The Young Turks and TYT Network shows as long as I have, you probably know Jimmy Dore. I first got a good glimpse of what Jimmy's all about in 2014. I liked him, up until 2016. His fiery anti-establishment attitude was attractive to me. In 2015, when the 2016 primary elections began, Jimmy's hatred for Hillary Clinton was obvious and while almost all other TYT hosts are extremely critical of Hillary Clinton, Jimmy was the only one with such clear utter and complete hatred for her. It caught my attention, but didn't bother me very much then, as I was, and still consider myself, a diehard Bernie Sanders supporter. I had my qualms about Hillary Clinton's positions on certain issues and I always considered myself quite far to the left of her, though I alway knew in the back of my head, that Hillary's nomination was very possible and in fact likely and I knew that as the nominee she would have my support. As time went on and it became obvious that Bernie's path to the nomination was shrinking, I was devastated yes, but that wasn't because of any disdain for Hillary, but love for Berne. When last summer came around and Bernie suspended his campaign to endorse Hillary, I officially became a Clinton supporter. While not being super enthusiastic about Clinton, I was committed to doing everything I could to make her President, and to stop this disaster that we see taking place now. As time went on the majority of TYT's hosts came to grips with their options and, though quite reluctantly, rooted for Hillary Clinton to win. At the same time though, Jimmy Dore's hatred for Hillary was still as alive as ever. So much so, in fact, that TYT network created a new show, to be hosted by Jimmy, called Aggressive Progressives a show dedicated, almost entirely, to trashing Hillary Clinton and not the republicans. Election day came and we found out the Jimmy voted for Jill Stein, the selfish, opportunistic, narcissist who doesn't give half a shit about the issues she talks about that runs a spoiler campaign almost every election. After the thing who must not be named became President and unveiled his monstrous plans to wreck the environment, destroy our healthcare system, and quite possibly start a nuclear war in Korea, Jimmy said, with a smug look on his face, "well I voted for the candidate with the Green New Deal so I'm pretty proud of myself." Jimmy, you are a self centered, ignorant, smart-assed, moron. You are just as responsible for the disasters to come between now and 2020 as someone who voted directly for them. Recently, Jimmy actually had the balls to say, that Progressives should be happy that Trump won, because he is an incompetent who can't get anything done. Are you blind, Jimmy? After all that has already happened since January, you really think Trump can't "Do anything"? Fuck you, Jimmy. Fuck you for helping create the disaster that we all see unfolding before our eyes today. Fuck you for abandoning the Progressive agenda, because of your purist attitude. Fuck you for remaining smug and unashamed after all this. FUCK YOU JIMMY DORE! Fuck you.


Democrats go badass with this new t shirt!


BRILLIANT Response to O'Lielly by Don Lemon

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