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Trump Is Clamping Down on White House Protest. Be Very Afraid of What Comes Next

Trump Is Clamping Down on White House Protest. Be Very Afraid of What Comes Next

It hasn't gotten the attention it deserves — almost nothing does anymore — but since July 16, a colorful and boisterous protest has taken place every single night in front of Donald Trump's White House. The crowds — sometimes in the hundreds, sometimes less — try to mix it up and have a little fun. They flash neon signs reading "treason" or don dinosaur suits and welcome a parade of "resistance" celebrities like Hollywood's Alyssa Milano or lawyer Michael Avenatti.

"We don't plan on stopping until Donald Trump is gone," vow the organizers, including longtime activists like Adam Parkhomenko, a former national field director for the National Democratic Committee — who is of Ukrainian ancestry and was inspired by the mass protests in Kiev that ultimately ended an unpopular government over there. In other words, it's a free speech hangout for some of the president's most vocal dissenters.

The apogee of the event arguably came on Aug. 6, when Rosie O'Donnell and some other Broadway performers Amtraked their way down to the White House gates for a rousing night of anti-Trump show tunes. O'Donnell, longtime bęte noire of the 45th president, led the troupe in "America the Beautiful" and told the assembled mass to "stand up against treason, and stop fascism before it takes over the United States."

The very next day, Aug. 7, the Trump administration's National Park Service promulgated rules that threaten protests like the nightly White House demonstrations — as well as any other would-be spontaneous large D.C. protests. The rules would restrict gatherings that now take place on a 25-foot-wide sidewalk in front of the White House to just a 5-foot sliver, severely limiting crowds. The NPS also threatens to hit political protesters on the National Mall with large security and cleanup fees that historically have been waived for such gatherings, and it wants to make it easier to reject a spontaneous protest of the type that might occur, say, if Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller.

"President Trump might not like having protesters on his doorstep, but the First Amendment guarantees their right to be there," Arthur Spitzer, legal codirector of the D.C. chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, wrote in a post opposing the rules. But foes of the measure rallied late and are running out of time: The government's comment period ends on Monday.

The ACLU notes that we've been here before. In 1967, as protests were mounting over the Vietnam War, the ACLU and other free-speech advocates had to go to court against the administration of Democrat Lyndon Johnson, which had tried to implement protest limits similar to what's being proposed in 2018.

That time, the good guys won. The courts ruled that the LBJ-era plan was an undue restriction on our First Amendment guarantees of free speech, and that outcome has allowed for mass protests near the White House ever since, as well as the rules that made it easier for spontaneous demonstrations and required speedy government action on larger rallies that require permits. "Timeliness is essential to effective dissent," Judge J. Skelly Wright wrote in 1967. "Delay may stifle protest as effectively as outright censorship."

The ACLU would likely mount a similar challenge if the new Trump-era restrictions are imposed — but past success is no guarantee of future results. This time, any court challenge will come before a judiciary that Trump and his enabler Mitch McConnell are racing to reshape in their ultra-conservative likeness. And if the issue climbs the judicial ladder all the way to the Supreme Court, the morally tainted Trump-installed Brett Kavanaugh could be the deciding vote.

The big question about the National Park Service rules is: Why now? In the short term, maybe the persistence of the Parkhomenko-led protests (and the appearance of O'Donnell, whom the president has in the past called "a total loser" set off light bulbs over the heads of Trump and his minions. The park service claims it's simply because so many people are protesting Team Trump in Washington that its budget is straining to keep pace.

But something else has changed since August, and that is the Trump strategy for holding onto Congress, which is critical for staving off Mueller's probe and preventing Trump's impeachment in 2019. In a not-so-shocking development, the original idea — that middle-class voters would somehow get excited about a massive tax cut that was skewed toward large corporations and billionaires — wasn't working, with polls showing the Democrats with a double-digit lead in the so-called "generic ballot." So the president and his allies — Republicans candidates, the Fox News Channel, talk radio — instead have amplified divisiveness and, in some cases, unleashed hate.

A judge credibly accused in sworn testimony of sexual assault, whose confirmation hearings revealed a penchant for dishonesty and a poor temperament, was nonetheless rammed onto the Supreme Court — aided by Trump openly mocking Kavanaugh's accuser, cheered on by cult-like supporters. A series of rallies where Trump called journalists "enemies of the American people" took place against the backdrop of the president's close allies, the Saudis, almost certainly killing a critical Washington Post journalist — after which the president's main concern has remained pocketing Saudi petrodollars for his hotel and a billion-dollar arms deal to slaughter more children in Yemen.

In a throwback to the Selma era that many of us naively hoped had been relegated to the dustbin of history, Republicans are now openly and blatantly working to make it harder for nonwhites — blacks in Georgia (where a black woman has a shot at becoming governor), Native Americans in North Dakota — to cast ballots. And now the latest: Team Trump — at the behest of the administration's most fanatical xenophobe, Stephen Miller — is bringing back the much-despised family separation policy at the southern border that will rip migrant babies from their mothers and fathers and dump them into a growing American gulag of detainment camps in the dusty desert.

What do these very not-normal, autocratic moves have in common? They are all making the not-always-silent majority of Americans who strongly disapprove of Trump's presidency madder than they've ever been. In the Kavanaugh caper, women who felt they weren't being heard flooded Capitol Hill, sat in at Senate offices, confronted senators in elevators and pounded on the wooden doors of the high court. The first go-round at migrant family separation sparked sizable protests last summer — so it's likely Round 2 will provoke similar spasms of protests. And when these protests occur, Fox News will highlight them for their audience of angry old men — rebranding legitimate dissent as "mob rule."

"The Democrats are willing to do anything, to hurt anyone, to get the power they so desperately crave," Trump told a Minnesota rally earlier this month. "They want to destroy." That divisive rhetoric is amplified by the essentially state-run media known as Fox News, which has made the supposed threat from left-wing violence into a staple of its prime-time lineup.

In the last 72 hours, the climate of violence has indeed escalated, but with the fisticuffs thrown not by leftists but by pro-Trump goon squads — 21st century brownshirts, essentially — called the Proud Boys, who've been captured on video this weekend inflicting actual "mob rule" mayhem in New York City and in Portland, Ore.

New York City police are still investigating a chaotic scene there on Friday night — but that didn't stop Fox News from blaming violence on the left and anti-fascists. "Antifa strikes again — swords and vandalism at New York GOP office," was the FNC headline, even as video clearly showed the sword was brandished by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes.

Such falsehoods are not a bug, but a feature. This McCarthyite-style "Red Scare" targeting mostly nonexistent left-wing violence has coincided with a seeming uptick in polling for at least some GOP candidates in November midterms, as once ambivalent 2016 Trump voters remember the one thing that united them: Hatred of liberals and the media.

The White House protest restrictions touch the black heart of Trump's divisive crusade. If these rules go into effect, those who are most angry at the president's actions, who see America plunging into an era of authoritarianism, are likely to ignore these rules and protest anyway. And when they do, the government will now have the power to arrest dissenters — in chaotic scenes that will provide miles of new footage for Fox News. And that chaos will rally Trump's base behind even harsher restrictions on First Amendment protest, speech and the free press, until dissent is silenced totally.

This downward spiral has a name: fascism.

And yet there's something else that's equally troubling about the timing of this — coming right before the midterm elections. It's not hard to think that no matter what happens on Nov. 6, we are on the brink of much larger protests than we've seen so far.

If Democrats do recapture the House, as polls and pundits have predicted for much of this year, an impeachment-fearing Trump may move quickly to shut down the Mueller probe by replacing either Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Sessions' aide who oversees Mueller, Rod Rosenstein or by brazenly firing Mueller — assuming his rabid base, Fox News and a firewall of GOP senators will keep him in office. If that happens, some 400,000 people have signed up to take part in rapid-response protests that under new rules would be problematic and possibly now illegal in D.C.

If Republicans do better than expected in November, angry, protest-prone Democrats may look to widespread voter suppression or a renewal of 2016-style Russian interference and demand to speak out. Or Team Trump will be emboldened to step up its roundup of migrant children and their placement in cages or cruel tent cities. Either way, Trump's inclination to be a divider and not a uniter will increase both chaos and state repression.

There's so much going on right now — the elections, the Mueller probe, the Saudi crisis, etc., etc. It's easy to see some National Park Service rules on permit fees and sidewalk restrictions as a back-burner, Page A17 story. It's not. It's at the cruel core of a presidency with a stunning willingness to erode your First Amendment rights to air grievances and protest the government — the principle that has survived, however imperfectly, for 230 years. People should be very afraid — not just of these proposed rules, but about why Team Trump wants this in the first place.

Posted by jodymarie aimee | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 07:13 PM (1 replies)

Obama guy: Why Did Elizabeth Warren Release DNA Test Now, This Close to Midterms?

Former Obama Campaign Manager: Why Did Elizabeth Warren Release DNA Test Now, This Close to Midterms? Dumb move for a brilliant lady....

Posted by jodymarie aimee | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 06:56 PM (17 replies)

Mops, Cleaners, and Trash Bags Delivered to Saudi Consulate Ahead of Khashoggi Murder Probe

'You Couldn't Make This Up': A Bunch of Mops, Cleaners, and Trash Bags Delivered to Saudi Consulate Ahead of Khashoggi Murder Probe

by Jake Johnson, staff writer
What does it say about the credibility of an investigation when a cleaning crew fully equipped with boxes of chemicals, mops, trash bags, and... milk arrives at the scene of the alleged crime right before the probe begins?

Posted by jodymarie aimee | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 05:54 PM (7 replies)

Fuck a Duck..Trump will pay if HE gets to administer DNA test himself....

MSNBC just broke story......to gales of laughter...NOT funny, this is our country....
Posted by jodymarie aimee | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 05:02 PM (41 replies)

Money adds zip to our lives, but that zip is gonna turn to zap. Trump is an elected pickpocket.

In the last 10 years the Rs rose to power here, bragging about lowering taxes....I wanted to rub the Rs faces in Trump's "tariffs"..which ARE Taxes....imbeciles....

My October Letter published Friday. Portage Co Gazette
Stevens Point, WI 54481


Backward counting gets confusing. Think what it must have been like for folks when Baby Jesus was born. They'd been counting backward all their lives and all of a sudden they skid to a halt and had to start counting in the opposite direction. The switch from BC to AD likely caused a few missed dental appointments. Time has no meaning anymore: BC=Before Chaos, AD=After Donald.

Trump's professor William Kelly has said "Donald Trump was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had". He has no MBA from Wharton. Smartypants didn't understand how tariffs work. He thought they were paid for by the exporting country. "Tariffs are working. Making America Great." Trump launched his pudding-brained trade war on America's closest allies: the U.E., Canada, Mexico and there's China, they all announced retaliatary tariffs. Lucky us, we get to pay the price for his bullying. Americans will suffer needlessly all to placate a buffoon's insatiable ego.

And he's just getting warmed up. The $200 billion tariffs hit in July, another 10% was added in September and in December an extra 25% kicks in. Gasoline is set to polevault in March. Next year when your washer starts making a kathump sound and you need a new one, don't blame China, blame Trump. Wear shoes? 98% are made abroad. Cars will jump as much as $7,000. The President wants you to do your part and you've no choice.

Do you use TVs, ACs, appliances, cellphones, toys, candy, pop, candy, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, computers, dairy, tobacco, petfood, clothing, booze? The nincompoop thinks it's like his business deals, but a community of nations isn't a caterer. You can't "win" by taking your business elsewhere. There's not another China, Germany, or Canada in the yellow pages. Trump is a child playing poker with sharks. If China wanted they could destroy the US economy by calling in our debt, or dumping their US stocks. Both would cause our economy to collapse. Just what Putin ordered, bringing the US to its knees, a financial recession. And Trump brags it's his greatest achievement.

GOP candidates are campaigning on babies in the womb, the right to bear arms. Yet not one of them will say the word tariff. You shop at Copp's for oranges and chicken, not a fetus. You may patronize Scaffidi for an automobile, not an AR15. Why do folks vote against their economic issues so gleefully, crowing about their tax cuts? Anyone who thinks Trump is fighting for them is an imbecile.

Money adds zip to our lives, but that zip is gonna turn to zap. Trump is an elected pickpocket. Obama saved the auto industry (20% of US economy) and his low rent replacement decimates it. You are "free" to be tariffed to death.

When Baby Jesus shows up this winter, grab ahold of his coattails and ride them into AD. After Donald.
Posted by jodymarie aimee | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 02:58 PM (3 replies)

Rob Reiner: stop the lying insanity that is the President of the United States

Rob Reiner

Last night the lying insanity that is the President of the United States was on display in full force on 60 Minutes. In 22 days caring Americans can apply a tourniquet to stop the corrupt and heartless bleeding of our Democracy. VOTE!!!
Posted by jodymarie aimee | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 02:52 PM (3 replies)

Palast finds more purged voters..Nevada, Illinois, Indiana..look at these #s...

Greg Palast‏

BREAKING: Today we're releasing the names of the 90,000 residents of #LasVegas and #Reno purged in 2016 and 2017 by #Nevada’s Republican Secretary of State, Barbara K. Cegavske.

BREAKING: Are YOU one of the 550,000 voters on the #Illinois Purge List? Check NOW. You have until Sunday, Oct 21 to register online.

BREAKING: #Indiana has purged no less than 20,000 voters in violation of a federal court order and in total has cancelled the registrations of a mind-boggling 469,000 voters — the majority using suspect methods.
Posted by jodymarie aimee | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 02:45 PM (16 replies)

Black Voters Matter. Seniors board bus to vote. Bus stopped and seniors kicked off....

LOUISVILLE, GEORGIA — Seniors in rural Georgia were dancing in the street, preparing to board Black Voters Matter‘s bus to cast their ballots on the first day of Georgia’s early voting period. But roughly 40 senior citizens were forced off the bus, an act that organizers described as witnessing “live voter suppression.”

As senior citizens boarded the vehicle plastered with photos of African Americans and raised black fists, the Leisure Center in Jefferson County was notified that someone had called the county commissioner and complained that the bus didn’t have the proper registration to take voters to the polls.

LaTosha Brown, one of the co-founders of Black Voters Matters, said there was nothing illegal about the group’s activity. The organization is non-partisan and the bus doesn’t endorse any particular candidate. She said it was a clear-cut case of “voter intimidation.”

“This is voter suppression, Southern style.”

“This is voter suppression, Southern style,” said Brown. “I’m very upset. I’m angry. I’m frustrated. I’ve got a lot of emotions right now.”

There are no laws in Jefferson County or in the state of Georgia prohibiting groups from transporting voters to the polls, and Brown said the elderly citizens “actually requested to ride with us.” Jefferson County is roughly 53 percent black, according to Census data.

Black Voters Matter, an advocacy group launched after Doug Jones’ Senate win in Alabama earlier this year, is currently on a bus tour it has called “The South is Rising.” The group is traveling across seven southern states, undertaking voter outreach and engagement, as well as providing disaster relief in parts of Georgia affected by Hurricane Michael.

The staff of the senior center and the Black Voters Matter organizers said they did not know who called the commissioner, but said it was likely someone who was scared by the sight of black people celebrating and preparing to vote.

“Even in the absence of law, they will use tactics like intimidation and voter suppression,” she said. “Somebody called the county commission, but there was nothing illegal or inappropriate.”

“At the end of the day, every senior that got off that bus, not only are they going to vote, but they’re going to get five to ten people to vote with them,” Brown said.

Once the seniors were back inside the building, Black Voters Matter organizers walked down the street to a historical plaque marking where a slave market once stood. While they planned their next steps, Louisville, Georgia resident Margaret Walker drove by and rolled down her window to offer some words of encouragement. “I just want you to know, y’all are on the right path,” she said. “We have a lot of people here who don’t have transportation and can’t get to the polls.”

Cliff Albright, the group’s other co-founder, said that being confronted by this tactic only fires up the organizers even more.

“They made us even more energized,” he said, to cheers from the seniors. “Can’t stop, won’t stop.”

Posted by jodymarie aimee | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 02:22 PM (56 replies)

On Election Day, Clinton had an 85% chance of winning...page 45 of FEAR..

from FEAR page 45....

"On election nite, it was remarkable to watch the needle on the live forecast dial on the New Your Times website, which started out giving Clinton an 85% chance of winning...."

And DU ladies and gentlemen, this is why I WILL NEVER BELIEVE ANOTHER POLL as long as I live...
Posted by jodymarie aimee | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 12:19 PM (18 replies)

I'm not a baby. I'm President and you're not. From the President of the United States of America

direct quotes from the leader of the free world...60 Minutes interview on the television..we truly live in Hell....
Posted by jodymarie aimee | Mon Oct 15, 2018, 12:04 PM (10 replies)
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