Towards an issues-based 2020 election (69)

===2020 Big Picture===
Henry Wallace, FDR’s vice president, argued 75 years ago that Democrats had to go big on economic and social and racial justice. That’s still true. https://t.co/ikRGvkS2iK

 “I am committed and do renounce the support of those who practice hate and preach prejudice;
  of those who would limit the civil rights of others…” – Henry Wallace …
  https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1269621190903181313

  Grassroots Ds wrote a 1972 platform declaring, “We can protect all people without undermining
  liberties – by ceasing to use ‘law & order’ as justification for repression & political persecution.”
  Elite Ds formed “Dems for Nixon.”
  I wrote a book about fights for the party’s soul.
  https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1268520313979101184

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1269405141611868160

 “If you are saying you are going to stand up for people, then do it.” – KY US Senate candidate
  Charles Booker on why Democratic candidates must actively campaign against police brutality
  and structural racism. @Booker4KY is right.
  https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1268586443842228225
  —
  Here’s a superb discussion on my new book, “The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party”
 (Verso) that was featured on Weekends with @AnaKasparian and @_michaelbrooks
 .We begin at the 48 minute mark (video)
  https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1269618646155956224

Elliot Mincberg on the president’s judicial nominations approved by the Republican-controlled Senate…

Alicia Bell on Police Attacks on Journalists, Elliot Mincberg on Trump’s Judges

See chart…
The definitive jobs chart for putting our situation in context

    Compare / Contrast…
    2.5M doesn’t equal 20.5M…
    First ballot bad chart hall of fame (see chart)
    https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/1269017589658853377

  Employment Jumps 2.5 Million in May, as Unemployment Falls to 13.3 Percent
  https://t.co/UN5RYno7oy

  April: Pandemic Causes Loss of 20,500,000 Jobs, Unemployment at 14.7 Percent
  https://www.cepr.net/jobs-2020-05/

“We clearly need another big stimulus,” says @DeanBaker13. “With a big stimulus, we could talk about a horrible story. If we don’t have a big stimulus, total economic wreckage is the story we’re talking about.” https://t.co/eklgJ5wJ9P

  Republican Attacks on State and Local Government Are Yet Another Assault on Black People
  https://bit.ly/2MqlWmE

  Proposals to Ease Covid’s Blow on the Hardest Hit All but Ignored by Corporate Media
  https://bit.ly/3cuMX2T

  Poor Neighborhoods Are Only Getting Poorer
  There are more communities living in poverty across U.S. metropolitan areas than there were
  four decades ago – and the neighborhoods that were already poor have even less now.
  https://www.citylab.com/equity/2020/05/poverty-economic-data-neighborhood-income-research-census/611947/

  Demand the U.S. Senate provide immediate aid to protect state and local services;
  repeal the #MillionairesGiveaway
  https://bit.ly/3cAzOoM
  —
  But now that corporations have been bailed out, the White House / Republicans want austerity…
  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) says he has spoken with a former treasury secretary about
  including mechanisms to reduce the deficit in the long-run in the next spending package.
  OMB’s Russ Vought says WH wants to include these kinds of spending cuts
  https://twitter.com/JStein_WaPo/status/1267909711749361664

    Bipartisan group wants deficits addressed in next virus aid bill
    House lawmakers’ letter doesn’t call for specific spending cuts or tax increases,
    wants ‘rescue committee’ named to tackle rising debt
    https://t.co/vGjsm4WRzN

  Yet…
  One-Third of America’s Record Unemployment Payout Hasn’t Arrived
  https://t.co/f3RXznl8XT

Note: If they want revenue several corporations aren’t paying taxes, they could reverse the GOP tax bill that massively increased the debt and …

  May: US Billionaire Wealth Surges $434 Billion as Unemployment Filers Top 38 Million
  https://ips-dc.org/us-billionaire-wealth-surges-434-billion-as-unemployment-filers-top-38-million/

    Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern
    Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer
    https://t.co/awNfctF4cc

There’s something rotten in the state of economics
Daniel Oosthuizen takes issue with aspects of ‘mainstream economics’ and Cambridge’s curriculum, and calls upon non-economists and economists alike to question and challenge these norms.
https://t.co/zJijeZmi6G

 “As Ha-Joon Chang writes in ’23 Things they don’t tell you about capitalism,’ you don’t actually
  need economists to have good economic policy. ‘Economists were in fact conspicuous by their
  absence in the governments of the East Asian miracle economies…'”
  https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1269630459883008014
  —
  Crisis makes it clearer than ever that we must envision a different economy – less unequal
  and less prone to unsustainable trade-offs against the interests of an elite caste of patent
  monopolies, PE titans, tech moguls, and finance professionals https://t.co/QBWGofUwp9
  https://twitter.com/DmitryFotiyev/status/1269712992003858433

  American Economic Assn…
  This is a historic statement by the AEA Executive Committee. It’s hard to imagine this
  5 or 10 years ago. There is much more to be done. But this is a very good start.
  https://twitter.com/arindube/status/1269024478039810048

Just finished “Trade Wars Are Class Wars” by @M_C_Klein and @michaelxpettis. I’ve encountered very few books that provide more explanatory power-per-page. Essential reading for anyone interested in how the U.S. political economy is shaped by forces beyond its borders and/or, a progressive alternative to neoliberal globalization that is more constructive and internationalist than mere protectionism. Can’t recommend it highly enough. https://t.co/RUYvuJTAtN

Private Equity looking for chunk of $6.2B in workers’ 401(k) accounts. Under cover of pandemic & protests, DOL rolled back protections against undue risk. Unsophisticated investors, self-interested advisors, opaque PE firms-what could go wrong? My take. https://t.co/wuKmM4d4WL

10 Things That the Scholarly Community Can Do to Stand in Solidarity
https://bit.ly/3cCWh4O

 “Fattening” the Curve: Funding Equitable Scientific Research After the Pandemic
  https://blog.ucsusa.org/science-blogger/funding-equitable-scientific-research-after-covid

  Deep Biases Prevent Diverse Talent from Advancing
  A new study indicates that underrepresented students in science-related fields
  are innovating at high rates – but not reaping commensurate rewards.
  https://eos.org/articles/deep-biases-prevent-diverse-talent-from-advancing

Police Reform Stalled In NY As Cash Flowed to Cuomo & Dem Leaders
https://sirota.substack.com/p/news-police-reform-stalled-in-ny

Related: https://twitter.com/DanRiffle/status/1268870327335038982
        https://bit.ly/376l7c6

  Cuomo raked in $600K from police unions & stalled this bill: https://t.co/NTTMZ5Trvo
  Now, facing mass protests, he’s caving.
  This is how democracy is supposed to work – you pressure the politicians, they kick & scream,
  you keep pressuring, and eventually they are forced to act https://bit.ly/2AaHNMl
  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269377252233375744

    Voter registrations, volunteer activity and donations for groups linked to Democratic causes
    are surging in the midst of protests following the death of George Floyd, according to voting
    advocacy groups. https://t.co/BCR3qOLqGB
    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1269282905009856522

  Same day…
  De Blasio Vows for First Time to Cut Funding for the NYPD
  https://t.co/6b6qncs8jN

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269761191334703106

During this ~40 year Republican Age…
NBC-WSJ poll: Eight out of 10 voters believe that things are out of control in the U.S.
Voters by a more than 2-to-1 margin say they’re more worried about the death of George Floyd
and the actions of police than they are by recent protests.

10 Things Dems Could Do Right Now
https://sirota.substack.com/p/10-things-dems-could-do-right-now

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1268204167819964419
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          https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269324498852999170
        https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1268536282969288704
        https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269433423355015168
          https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1268966907652083713

This is an open letter from Shaker Heights High School Principal Eric Juli after discovering racist graffiti on the school walls.

From the Principal’s Office: Shaker Heights’ Eric Juli Speaks Out

  Why I Am Angry
  I’m a Navy officer. I’m a nonprofit CEO. I’m a black man in America.
  https://billmoyers.com/story/opinion-why-i-am-angry/

  After the Floyd killing, we need a truth and reconciliation commission on race and policing
  https://t.co/KNAG9KDPG3

  It’s comical how, without exception, every Democratic politician who boldly drops the phrase
 “systemic” or “institutional racism” becomes absolutely paralyzed when asked about the police.
  So great people are seeing through this. (video)
  https://twitter.com/BMarchetich/status/1269632757283635201

“People are hurting. People are tired. We are done dying.” – WI Lt Governor Mandela Barnes
@TheOtherMandela https://t.co/HNJwb1fQSk

Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice. https://t.co/eO3Z9r7Miv

Obama holds town hall on racial injustice with Rep John Lewis (D-GA05)
https://t.co/8902WbbLuy

If you’re a white person wondering what to do during the George Floyd protests, I have some advice
https://bit.ly/3coJkLJ

  Know your rights while demanding justice for George Floyd. (video)
  https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/1266553313266368518

  How Dangerous Is It to Protest During a Pandemic?
  Large gatherings can spread COVID-19, especially as people shout and confront police –
  but there are ways to mitigate the risk of transmission
  https://bit.ly/2AzNlzF

  Safety During Protest
  https://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/SafeyDuringProtest_F.pdf

In a major reversal, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that their organization was wrong for not allowing NFL players to peacefully protest police brutality against Black people during the national anthem. https://t.co/X2hhiNJq6D

  2017 Flashback…
  VP Pence Walks Out of NFL Game Over Players’ Kneeling Protest
  https://nbcnews.to/3cHkDdv

  The Pence walk-out reportedly cost $800,000 (it takes *a lot* to secure a stadium for a VIP visit)
  and seemed tailor-made for a 2020 ad. Wonder if we’ll get one.
  https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/1269050384749858816

Rhode Island is holding it’s Democratic presidential primary tonight, and @BernieSanders is carrying almost 1/3rd of the vote. He’ll win another group of delegates.

  Monday…
  Since Sunday, backers of @BernieSanders have donated roughly $1.5M to:
  The Bail Project
  Poor People’s Campaign
  NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund
  Movement for Black Lives
  Minnesota Freedom Fund
  Center for Popular Democracy
  Mijente
  The Citizenship Education Fund
  Color of Change
  https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1267877067737178113

“Freedom is never granted: It is won. Justice is never given: It is exacted. Freedom and justice must be struggled for by the oppressed of all lands and races…” –  A. Philip Randolph Chair, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Labor Leader, Socialist (NOT a communist)

===2020 Issues===
I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet
https://t.co/NxGsh7QEwa

#copolitics…
On Monday, @matthewogray @SenadoraJulie @domoreno & I will introduce the Fair Tax Act. The bill closes tax loopholes that enrich the wealthy & corporations – and uses the revenue to preserve school funding & prevent other budget cuts that would devastate our state.

“They are all waiting to access the same thing: the lone A.T.M. inside the only New York City branch for KeyBank, a regional Ohio bank in charge of distributing unemployment benefits to out-of-work New Yorkers.” https://t.co/NhCb2ksS15

  Meanwhile, there’s no line for corporations at the Fed window,
  where they are getting hundreds of billions of dollars
  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269394099745902592

  New York could have a public bank, with thousands of no-fee ATMs across the city and the state
  and a no-fee public Venmo/Cash-type app – but instead we pay huge banks & Wall Street
  to rip off New Yorkers in need
  https://twitter.com/mkink/status/1269580992026738690

    The Public Bank Solution
    https://ellenbrown.com/books/the-public-bank-solution/

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269633893344276482

CBPP: Fighting Hunger at the Store: Retailers’ Important Role in SNAP
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/fighting-hunger-at-the-store-retailers-important-role-in-snap-0

Why Should Anyone Care About Paying Big Bucks for Government-Funded Vaccine?
https://t.co/7lp1ml20KB

  Baker responds to a request for more copyright protectionism…
  https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1268160276928409601

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1268172873933307904

New report from Save EPA documents the Trump administration’s assault on environmental and public health protection. https://t.co/bK8uWtKtHd

Cost of Hiding Energy Supplies

Cost of Hiding Energy Supplies

Like most of you, my heart is heavy. Now more than ever, we must use our voices for change. That’s why I’m proud to announce my new podcast, Hello Somebody! I’ll be talking to some of our fiercest justice warriors! Be ready for some radical truth! https://t.co/gzHTc2a3Jt

===2020 Watch List===
See referenced tweet…
To whomever controls this bot army: accounts that have no photo, that have 8 random digits in the name, that have 1 follower, and that were started less than a month ago — these are not convincingly authentic, mmkay?

Facebook slaps labels on state-controlled media amid anger over Trump’s posts
https://politi.co/2ByxGkG

Question: Is Voice of America “state-controlled” media?

History Will Judge the Complicit
Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president?
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/trumps-collaborators/612250/

The Coal Bailout Everybody Is Talking About
…utilities across 15 states right in the heart of the U.S. exploited power market loopholes, costing customers $350 million in 2018.

The Coal Bailout Everybody Is Talking About

  Used, But How Useful?
  How Electric Utilities Exploit Loopholes,
  Forcing Customers to Bail Out Uneconomic Coal-Fired Power Plants
  https://ucsusa.org/resources/used-how-useful

  Report…
  https://bit.ly/2XziyvY

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
“With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.” – Vice President Henry Wallace, 1944
> Tom Cotton (R-AR): Send in the Troops https://t.co/0uP1dZ9mUb

  First tweet in a thread…
  As a former @nytimes Op-Ed editor I am reluctant to weigh in on my alma mater. But the
  decision to publish @SenTomCotton calling for troop deployments to quell unrest falls short
  of sound journalistic practice
  https://twitter.com/sewellchan/status/1268324215536578561

  See referenced Bari Weiss comment…
  I am a reporter at The New York Times. I’m definitely 40+. I’ve actually covered civil wars. Many.
  This is a baseless, insulting claim.
  https://twitter.com/SominiSengupta/status/1268677229472555009

  …Tom Cotton’s oped is not a “free speech” or “censorship” issue. Everybody has a First
  Amendment right to express their views. Nobody has a First Amendment right to have
  their views normalized & promoted by the world’s largest newspaper.
  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269340699394060289

    And let’s be very clear: the NYT reportedly went out
    and *solicited* the fascist oped from Cotton. https://bit.ly/2UjPWVo …
    https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269341419375693824

   “Open debate” doesn’t mean a newspaper gets to publish fascism & everyone stays silent.
   “Open debate” means when that happens, people can yell at the newspaper editors, and if those
    editors feel shame & lose readership, then that’s just the “free marketplace” of ideas at work.
    https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269343161152724992

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269643131693064192

    Compare / Contrast…
    The White House Coup
    As the Great Depression gripped the US during the 1930s, some of Wall Street’s most
    famous names plotted to replace the new liberal-minded president Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    with a fascist leader.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007tbs0

Related: https://timeline.com/business-plot-overthrow-fdr-9a59a012c32a

  James Bennet Resigns As New York Times Opinion Editor
 “Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes,
  not the first we’ve experienced in recent years,” said AG Sulzberter, the publisher.
  https://t.co/Tt6PwmowZv

With New Manipulation of Benefit-Cost Analysis,
the Trump EPA Attempts to Hide Bodies in the Fine Print
https://bit.ly/2UeXx81

Baker responds to drug lobby

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1269721318309556225
        https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1269721667418222592

(The president’s) Freedom for the Thought *he* Loves
Libel, freedom of speech, limits of an executive order -Trump doesn’t seem to understand any of them

Trump’s Freedom for the Thought HE Loves

Hmm…


  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269457783365054464

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th (Suspended his campaign)
This is an unbelievable, unprecedented moment in American history. Let us demand that Congress act, and act now.

There was a presidential candidate who outlined many criminal justice policies that we could do right now … https://t.co/ZRyLVHX9l2

  Sen Bernie Sanders Speaks at 2019 Action Network Conference (video)
  https://t.co/ZDpbxU7unF

Please internalize this. Don’t rewrite history… again


—–
Joe Biden… April 25th
He’s talking about FDR, floating plans for major government intervention, and building out a 100-day plan.
My latest on Joe Biden, who’s now mapping out a “revolutionary” agenda and reimagining what his presidency amid national upheaval: https://t.co/T6ZeRwXEyv

  He’s being pushed in a good direction – which is both good for the cause of defeating (the
  president), and good for the cause of changing the laws that govern this country.
  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1268535659024678912

Joe Biden: To end systemic racism, no one can stay silent and ignore injustice
https://t.co/mIIIGH6C5h

Note: Block austerity and make everyone / corporation pay their fair share.

Joe Biden during tonight’s livestream: “There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people.” https://t.co/kb8LKRsxBm

  Some of them are those cops you see beating up peaceful protesters
  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1268900814879199233

Note: I didn’t listen to the video. Full stop. This strikes me as a very foolish statement. Talk about  specific actions. Praise good actions and condemn the bad. Instead… people are going to keep asking him what makes someone a member of the 10-15%? How bad is bad?

An audit of thousands of old case files by Ukrainian prosecutors found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hunter Biden, the former prosecutor general, who had launched the audit, told Reuters. https://t.co/gZ9hVO9vv3

When we talk about the Overton Window, this is what it refers to. The right has moved politics so far to the right that we now have a far right president, up against a conservative Democrat who is backed by Bush aides and far-right Washington pundits.
> Bush administration alums form pro-Biden super PAC https://bit.ly/2XDXJ2p

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1269687500349616133

 (The president) has to be defeated, but we should also acknowledge that we are living in the
  culmination of conservatives’ 40 year project to completely eliminate the old center and the
  left from American democracy.
  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1267995072710103042
—–
Donald Trump…
See referenced picture from the president’s campaign site…
What does being “Against the Anti-Fascists” make you? …

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269437926426816513
        https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269439977059790848
        https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269441415529902080
          https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269446225431916544
          https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269452760711192577

  Compare / Contrast…
 “They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all
  Thy people.” – FDR on the Anti-Fascist forces that landed on D-Day
  https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1269407678654304258

  See picture…
  Anti-Fascists. Elbe River. April 25, 1945.
  https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1269245764699672576

  My grandfather was an ANTIFA member. Seventh Army’s 45th Infantry Division, to be specific.
  https://twitter.com/JoshuaHol/status/1267147830868803584

  My grandfather served in the military in WWII, and he snapped this photo just after
  the #DDay invasion, otherwise known as the largest anti-fascist operation in history.
  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269375886505029632

As They Scream Voter Fraud, Trump And His Press Secretary May Have Voted Illegally
Kayleigh McEnany was living in Washington but voted in Florida. Trump used an address he promised Palm Beach officials would not be a residence.
https://t.co/hdEuOamhhA

…Suppose that the 4 pre-election jobs reports all show the same “rocket” gain as yesterday. (It is possible.)

  On election day we will be down 9.5 million jobs from the pre-crisis level. (The president)
   will be running for re-election with 2.7 million fewer jobs than when he took office. …
  https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1269260563135098880

Related: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

United States added to list of most dangerous countries for journalists for first time
https://t.co/v6THafyrBr

(The president) just now said he will be asking for a payroll tax cut and for additional stimulus money. …

  Why is (the president) doing this? To cut Social Security. https://t.co/lTmVCIldmP
  https://twitter.com/AriRabinHavt/status/1268939776775925772

  Republican “plot to gut Social Security behind closed doors” gains steam
  in Senate COVID-19 talks.  “We need to be increasing Social Security’s
  modest benefits – not creating secret commissions to cut them”
  https://t.co/adIYfqjqIz

The Trump administration moved forward Friday with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. https://t.co/CLQaZAvx1d

  Funny (the president) would do this after he has spoken so passionately
  about all the birds that get killed by windmills
  https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1269747894896062464

China Halts Some U.S. Farm Imports, Threatening Trade Deal
– Sinograin, Cofco told to halt soy imports as relations worsen
– Move comes after Trump chastises Beijing over Hong Kong
https://bloom.bg/2XnqkZH

Baker responds to the president…

#Trump claims it is “common sense” to bring #Russia back into #G7.
Britain, Canada, Germany & EU all oppose Russia’s return.
Serious person would have done his homework, prepared ground with other G7 members before publicly inviting Russia. But Trump does not do homework.

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1267818250911354882
        https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/01/uk-would-veto-russias-return-to-g7-293826

New stats from WaPo:
1,226 days in office.
19,127 false or misleading claims from (the president).
That’s an average of 15.6 false claims a day. https://t.co/8gJNPe9iAh

Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short has reportedly attended meetings with executives of companies he holds stock in, including United Health Group, CVS, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Wal-Mart and Disney. We’ve filed a criminal complaint against him. https://t.co/6Lur94Psj3

(The president) Encounters New Legal Challenge for ‘Wildly Broad’ Nondisclosure Agreements.
https://t.co/qV8O2VqDDk

A former housekeeper at Trump’s Las Vegas hotel claims she was fired for refusing to work Sundays so she could attend church. She is now suing over alleged religious discrimination. https://t.co/gtyK4m6Ur7

Hmm…

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Video from before the photo-op…
Police outside the WH just repeatedly bashed a cameraman as they pushed back protestors

Related: https://twitter.com/Urquwill/status/1267618648203689985

 (The president) presents himself as the “ally” of all peaceful protesters just as police are
  violently dispersing what had been an entirely peaceful crowd just a few hundred yards
  from where he speaks.
  https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1267588752731525122

Related: https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1267588822453321729

   “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. http://abcn.ws/3drsPzV
    https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1267591223625351170

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1267589561380528128

    Why did Trump not “mobilize all available federal resources”
    to protect the nation from a pandemic? (video)
    https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/1267603999089471489

  As (the president) prepares to leave the White House for St. John’s Church, a reminder:
  he appears to have just ordered the gassing of peaceful American protesters
  in order to stage a photo op.
  https://twitter.com/sbg1/status/1267591258714841088

  See picture…
  Trump appears to have tear gassed citizens out of a church square so he could do this
  https://twitter.com/AndyBCampbell/status/1267594746899415046

Related: https://twitter.com/ObsoleteDogma/status/1267679003617492992
        https://twitter.com/Malinowski/status/1267598865433333760
        https://twitter.com/D_Blanchflower/status/1267800893283540994

See picture…
Under (the president’s) order, the army in full combat gear is now on the streets of the United States of America. Another seed of fascism takes root.

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1268647137711058944

The people have decided to reject Donald Trump’s “domination” of the streets. https://bit.ly/3h0KL6x

Donald Trump was so afraid of protests outside the White House that he hid in an underground bunker. Elizabeth Warren showed up, with her (husband and) dog Bailey, and walked amid  the crowds, greeting people, answering questions and defending the right to assemble. (video)

  Nixon walked among anti-war protesters in DC in May of 1970, at one of most turbulent
  moments in US history. Yet, Trump fears anti-racist demonstrators getting anywhere
  near the White House.
  Think about it: Trump is dramatically more frightened and paranoid than Richard Nixon.
  https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1268663158312443904

Related: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/dec/03/richard-nixon-tapes

Sen. Tammy Duckworth is demanding investigations by and information from both the Dept of Defense and FAA following reports of low-flying military aircraft intimidating protesters in D.C. after Trump’s threats of military action against protesters on Monday.

  Pentagon Ordered National Guard helicopters’ Aggressive Response in DC
  https://t.co/TB1TsHhlwb

Former Joint Chief Chair Mike Mullen…
I Cannot Remain Silent
Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so.
https://t.co/6ZxfFlpmXi

  James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution
  In an extraordinary condemnation, the former defense secretary backs protesters and says
  the president is trying to turn Americans against one another.
  https://t.co/OUgSWY7oKn

  Ex-Defense Secretary William Perry condemns (the president): The military “was never intended
  to be used for partisan political purposes.” “In the US, those who serve in the government
  and the military swear an oath to support the Constitution, not any individual.”
  https://t.co/Qft11WAxj3
  https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1268867664220499968

  Retired Marine Gen. John Allen: (The president’s) threats of military force may be
 “the beginning of the end of the American experiment.” https://t.co/IuXNb37Eh5
  https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1268636189906440193

  In rare comments, ex-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey condemned (the president’s)
  threat to use military force to suppress protests as “dangerous”. “The idea that the president
  would take charge of the situation using the military was troubling to me.”
  https://t.co/TLh8vjm7nD
  https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1268860118948384770

  Ex-Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers: “I’m glad I don’t have to advise this President.”
  On the police dispersing peaceful protesters in D.C., he says:
 “That should not happen in America … We should all shed tears over that, that particular act.”
  https://t.co/NVx9Gvjon3
  https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1268905416332722178

  Hundreds of Former National Security Officials Condemn Trump’s Response to Protests
  In a letter, more than 200 former senior diplomats and military leaders say there is “no role”
  for the U.S. military to deal with protesters exercising free speech rights.
  https://t.co/dMCwHoTd9L

  Former White House chief of Staff John Kelly: ‘I agree’ with Jim Mattis on Trump
  https://t.co/Cq2Rk1Lptq

  Compare / Contrast…
  Esper Says Military Response to Protests Not Needed …
 “The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used
  as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations.
  We are not in one of those situations now.”
  https://bit.ly/36Xqtqa

The comments came after Esper’s much-criticized statement to NBC News that he was not aware of Trump’s intentions when the Pentagon chief joined the president for a photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Monday after the forcible clearing of peaceful protesters near the White House. The latest remarks suggested that Esper was consciously distancing himself from Trump, even though the New York Times reported on Tuesday that the defense secretary had himself advocated for the invocation of the 1807 Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty forces. Esper also prompted criticism by calling on governors to “mass and dominate the battlespace” in reference to containing rioters. 

    A few hours later…
    Defense Secretary Esper reverses decision to withdraw active-duty troops from DC area
    https://cnb.cx/3cygY1M

Related: https://bit.ly/308fjgG
        https://t.co/nNb5qYWBpL

    A senior Pentagon adviser resigns,
    charging that Esper “violated” his oath to protect and defend the Constitution
    https://wapo.st/3eXmkoG

Four U.S. presidents spoke this week about systemic racism and injustice.
A fifth U.S. president spoke instead this week about using military force to dominate Americans who are protesting racial injustice. https://t.co/vTB0MLDo5I

“Just like @IlhanMN, @RepJayapal & I refuse to let (the president) unilaterally go to war abroad, we refuse to let him unilaterally declare war on the American people.” – @repmarkpocan on why it’s urgently necessary to overhaul the Insurrection Act of 1807 https://t.co/2NkNPJW5yV

CIA veterans who monitored crackdowns abroad
 see troubling parallels in (the president’s) handling of protests.
https://t.co/rbGiOj16VK

Vice President Henry Wallace, writing in 1944, on how American fascists might operate in the future:
“They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.”

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1267601073994436608

Editorial: Let the urgent cry for justice be heard http://dlvr.it/RXnfLh

Our View: To President Trump: You should resign now
He lacks the character, maturity and judgment to lead the country in a perilous time
https://t.co/x3y5VXJNtk

White House Correspondents’ Association…
“The health of the press corps should not be put in jeopardy because the White House wants reporters to be a prop for a ‘news conference’ where the president refused to answer any questions.”

“We all watch in horror and consternation at what is going on in the United States,” Justin Trudeau said. “It is a time to pull people together … a time to listen. It is a time to learn, when injustices continue despite progress over years and decades.” https://t.co/dEIn4LY2wS

[T]he man in the White House
 has taken all the necessary steps toward achieving the despot’s dream of dominance. …
https://bit.ly/30d4J89

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1269041107956043776

Barr personally ordered removal of protesters near White House,
leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd
https://t.co/8nGuftklCr

  A growing number of Reps. have now joined us in demanding the appointment of a special
  prosecutor to investigate AG Barr for unleashing tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash bangs
  on those who were protesting police brutality, racism, and anti-Blackness.
  https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/1268580901304381442

  I said, Get it done.  I didn’t say, Go do it.”
  AG Barr seeking to distance himself from broadly condemned move
  to forcibly remove peaceful protesters near White House  https://t.co/VwBw81uexq
  https://twitter.com/CarolLeonnig/status/1269128489543897089

  Not a single cop at the North East LA protest today (6/6). Couple thousand of us.
  Entirely peaceful. Wonder what did the trick
  https://twitter.com/Rouell3/status/1269427451689500672

    It’s almost as if when you don’t bring in a militarized army of police bros
    to bash people in the face, everything can go a bit better
    https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269458292327112704

  Man being arrested for “Mad Dogging” an officer! This needs to *stop* (video)
  https://twitter.com/monilopez827/status/1269304782902132741

  Trump campaign aide shared praise for racist with chainsaw who assaulted protesters
  https://t.co/jK1ACb9Fvp
  https://twitter.com/theintercept/status/1269457950361423872
  —
  Including out of control police and right-wing intimidators?…
  The DEA Has Been Given Permission To Investigate People Protesting George Floyd’s Death
  The Justice Dept gave the agency the temporary power “to enforce any federal crime
  committed as a result of the protests over the death of George Floyd.”
  https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonleopold/george-floyd-police-brutality-protests-government

    Brooklyn Man Was Arrested for Curfew Violation.
   The FBI Interrogated Him About His Political Beliefs.
    https://theintercept.com/2020/06/04/fbi-nypd-political-spying-antifa-protests/

    The FBI’s War on Civil Rights Leaders
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-fbis-war-on-civil-rights-leaders

      2016: Report: Aide says Nixon’s war on drugs targeted blacks, hippies
      https://cnn.it/3h5w0PS

    Police can track protesters even after the demonstrations end
    https://bit.ly/3h2jeBI

      House to consider amendment blocking warrantless web browsing surveillance
      https://bit.ly/2Ujn7c1

  7 days later and they’re *still* trying to explain Monday debacle (see below)
  https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/1269664769138659334

   “Pepper spray is not a chemical irritant. It’s not chemical” – AG Barr uses painstaking distinctions
    to defend the use of force against protesters near the White House last Monday (video)
    https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1269649093392990208  

How flat-out fascist do you have to go to lose Pat Robertson?
We have the answer. (video)

If (the president) Goes Even Lower, We’d Better Be Prepared
https://t.co/slwgc1F5x2

  Will We Actually Get to Vote in November?
  https://t.co/e6nNAouAFs

Fallout Grows From Trump’s Photo-Op At St. John’s Church
https://www.wwno.org/post/he-did-not-pray-fallout-grows-trumps-photo-op-st-johns-church

 “Rarely have we seen a more blatant example of toxic Christian nationalism.”
  https://act.faithfulamerica.org/sign/blasphemous-stunt

Later that Tuesday night…
Seems to be lost on a lot of folks  that @MayorBowser doesn’t actually control the DC Guard.
(The president) does because we are not a state. Trump delegated that authority to @SecArmy
Yet people criticizing the mayor for Guard helicopters last night.

 “Because D.C. is not a state, it lacks many of the protections against presidential threats,
  and abuses of power, that states enjoy,” @NicholsUprising writes. https://t.co/h6m7Q04avJ
  https://twitter.com/thenation/status/1268358308731240449

Note: Congress has also abused DC.

  White House Forced to Retract Claim Viral Videos Prove Antifa Is Plotting Violence
  https://bit.ly/30gTv2u

  Wednesday
  https://twitter.com/FitzFox5DC/status/1267891143821479937
  https://twitter.com/GarrettHaake/status/1268233764070731778

   (The president) Privately Backs Off From Sending Troops Into States Amid Unrest
    https://bit.ly/30bCZkj

  Thursday…
  More fencing going up around the White House complex early this morning (thread)
  https://twitter.com/betsy_klein/status/1268491075343319041

    Dear Congress: [Find] out and (disclose) who ordered this under what rationale
    and what budget it’s coming from.
    https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1268546693160734721

Related: https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/1268548822076133376

  Friday…
  At least 6 busloads of soldiers were dropped off near the @WhiteHouse. No one would tell me
  anything (unit, numbers, orders) except that they are coming in not going out. A soldier started
  speaking to me and was reprimanded. (video)
  https://twitter.com/pwidakuswara/status/1269032721097076739

   “Previously unidentified officers wore shirts with insignia from at least two federal prisons
    in Texas, one of which includes active coronavirus infections.” https://t.co/v6T2aVNj6z
    https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1269080061531095045

  Saturday…
  Ok besides unmasked police Philly you look lovely today (picture)
  – Video: https://bit.ly/2MFSSHG
  https://twitter.com/sarahljaffe/status/1269300036799791104

Related: https://twitter.com/KatieHill4CA/status/1269630154386608129

    The Jackson, Mississippi, #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd
    and #BlackLivesMattters protest on Saturday was huge!
    https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1269625731635712000

    All across the nation, mayors and governors have pulled back the military and militarized
    police forces. The result? The peaceful protests have remained completely peaceful.
    You seeing this, Fox News? https://bit.ly/3dJ1TM6
    https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1269362202760355840

Related: https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1269366375220498432

  Sunday…
  See picture…
  Am with my son, a DPS student, at the student-led protest in Denver right now. Amazing crowd
  https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269663034600914944

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1269694468732538880

    .@MittRomney is marching with a group of nearly 1,000 Christians to the White House.
    Here he is on video saying why he’s walking: “… to make sure that people understand
    that Black Lives Matter” (video)
    https://twitter.com/hannah_natanson/status/1269742337934217219

Related: https://twitter.com/hannah_natanson/status/1269698056531980291
        https://twitter.com/MittRomney/status/1269276783590989824

Note: Leading by example is always a good thing. Full stop. Lest people get carried away: https://on.msnbc.com/2YfbXGp
First tweet in a thread…
As a former @nytimes Op-Ed editor I am reluctant to weigh in on my alma mater. But the decision to publish @SenTomCotton calling for troop deployments to quell unrest falls short of sound journalistic practice – Sewell Chan https://bit.ly/2UiCdhC

Unthreaded comments…
…Tom Cotton’s oped is not a “free speech” or “censorship” issue. Everybody has a First Amendment right to express their views. Nobody has a First Amendment right to have their views normalized & promoted by the world’s largest newspaper. https://bit.ly/37hrXM8

And let’s be very clear: the NYT reportedly went out and *solicited* the fascist oped from Cotton. https://bit.ly/2UjPWVo … https://bit.ly/37aIT6N

“Open debate” doesn’t mean a newspaper gets to publish fascism & everyone stays silent. “Open debate” means when that happens, people can yell at the newspaper editors, and if those editors feel shame & lose readership, then that’s just the “free marketplace” of ideas at work. https://bit.ly/2MDUyBI – David Sirtoa
   
Today…
James Bennet Resigns As New York Times Opinion Editor
“Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years,” said AG Sulzberter, the publisher.  – NYT  https://t.co/Tt6PwmowZv

Historical Context…
The White House Coup
As the Great Depression gripped the US during the 1930s, some of Wall Street’s most famous names plotted to replace the new liberal-minded president Franklin Delano Roosevelt with a fascist leader. – BBC https://bbc.in/3f4PnGX

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