A Complete Analysis Of Trump’s 132nd Unpresidented Week As POTUS
Trump’s first major typo after winning the election was spelling Unprecedented incorrectly. He infamously tweeted “Unpresidented.” This typo is emblematic of his administration: An impulsive, frantically thrown together group of characters with virtually no oversight. After Trump was sworn in, I started writing the weekly “Unpresidented” column, analyzing his every move. This is week 132.
Here we are again, in the midst of a national tragedy. This weekend, over the course of 13 hours, 29 lives were lost and dozens were injured in two mass shootings. We have now had 250 mass shootings in the first 215 days of 2019.
On Saturday, a 21-year-old suspected white supremacist terrorist killed 20 people and injured 26 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Before he launched the assault with a semi-automatic weapon, he published a white supremacist, anti-immigrant essay on 8chan (which we won’t link to). Early Sunday morning, there was another shooting in Dayton, Ohio that killed 9 people, and injured 27 – we don’t yet know the motive of that shooter.
We won’t post much of what was said in the El Paso terrorist’s essay, but it began with this statement: “…I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This is a response to the Hispanic invasion in Texas.” The terrorist went on to tout European identity, repeatedly cite an invasion of Hispanics over the southern border, claim his future job opportunities were being automated away, and spoke about how white culture is being replaced. Sound familiar?
If you look at President Trump’s Twitter feed or the evening programming on Fox News, you’ll see this exact same white supremacist language. They’ve dehumanized and fear-mongered about a migrant “invasion” and “infestation” in which these migrants seek to replace white American culture. All of this is occurring while the Trump Administration detains migrant families in inhumane conditions.
We’ve highlighted the fact Trump’s presidency led to a spike in hate crimes and discussed his white nationalist rhetoric on many occasions. But we need the rest of the media and Democratic lawmakers to be brutally honest about what is happening here. President Trump’s rhetoric is radicalizing terrorists while he cuts programs that combat white supremacy and the Republican Party blocks any legislation that would make it more difficult for them to obtain assault weapons.
Meanwhile, President Trump and Republicans claim it’s all a mental health issue while not only trying to take healthcare away from millions, they are labeling any efforts to expand healthcare coverage as “socialism.”
No more mincing words. Trump and the Republican Party have blood on their hands and they must be held accountable in the next election. In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) must end the Senate’s August recess and call an emergency session to pass the House’s gun control legislation they passed months ago.
President Trump is set to speak about the shooting on Monday morning. Trump must not have another “very fine people” moment like he did after the neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville. Trump must stop using his white supremacist language of an “invasion” or “infestation” and needs to stop downplaying the threat of white supremacist terrorism.
I end this intro with a question: How many white supremacist terrorists have to be radicalized by Donald Trump’s rhetoric, and how many people have to die, until his occupation of the presidency is considered a national security threat?
Let’s dive into yet another Unpresidented week.
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Day 921: Monday, July 29
We were heading into another two night, 20 candidate bonanza, and after the Mueller testimony and a bevy of racism from President Trump, it promised to be just as chaotic and out of control as the last time around.
We waited until the dust settled on the June debates to update our standings, and did so for a few reasons. First, we wanted the post-debate pundit storm of useless hot takes to die down. Second, we wanted to see new polls and fundraising numbers from Q2 to see how voters are feeling heading into these second round of debates and how campaigns are capitalizing (or not) on their candidates’ performances.
In other news…
- Vox: How Trump used a centuries-old racist trope to attack Baltimore
- The Bulwark: Republicans Can Defend Elijah Cummings Any Time Now
- ABC News: Trump aide submitted drafts of ‘America First’ energy speech to UAE for edits: Emails
- The New York Times: Dan Coats to Step Down as Intelligence Chief; Trump Picks Loyalist for Job
- The Daily Beast: Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting Suspect Posted About Far-Right Book Moments Before Shooting
- Vox: Trump commemorates 9/11 first responders by making it all about him
- USA TODAY: Trump fundraiser Thomas Barrack Jr. lobbied for Saudi nuclear deal, new report alleges
- The Hill: Senate fails to override Trump veto on Saudi arms sale
- The New York Times: Jared Kushner’s Other Real Estate Empire in Baltimore
- USA TODAY: Massive data breach hits Capital One affecting more than 100 million customers
- Rantt Media: Trump Wraps Himself In The Flag For Partisan Advantage
Where Do House Democrats Stand On Impeachment?
Day 922: Tuesday, July 30
There were 114 members of the House of Representatives calling for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s corrupt conduct. 113 are Democrats and 1 is an Independent – Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03). While the House Judiciary Committee has said they have launched an impeachment investigation, they have yet to formally open an impeachment inquiry.
To begin an impeachment inquiry, the House Judiciary Committee must vote on a resolution to open one, and then the full House must vote on it. Once passed, the House Judiciary Committee would then be endowed with grand jury powers which would strengthen their ability to compel witness testimony and documents currently being withheld by the Trump Administration. In order to launch the inquiry, House Democrats will need to reach the 218 vote threshold.
This is why it’s so important to track what members of Congress support launching an impeachment inquiry. After former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s July 24 testimony highlighting President Trump’s potential obstruction of justice, the number of Democrats calling for impeachment increased.
Below we have compiled a list of every House Democrats, and Rep. Amash, and whether they are for or against launching an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. We use ActBlue as a reference. We’ve also listed the phone numbers of your lawmakers so you can contact them and let them know how you feel about their position.
If you’re not sure who your representative is, you can look them up using your address and then check back here to see where they stand on impeachment.
In other news…
- The New York Times: More Than 900 Migrant Children Have Been Separated From Their Families Over Past Year
- CBS News: North Korea fires multiple projectiles, South Korea says
- Los Angeles Times: Trump’s tax returns required under new California election law
- The Daily Beast: Trump Intel Pick John Ratcliffe Started Theory of FBI Anti-Trump ‘Secret Society’
- NBC News: Stephen Miller wants Border Patrol, not asylum officers, to determine migrant asylum claims
- The Hill: Trump tags QAnon account in calling for voter ID law
- CNN Fact Check: No, African Americans are not happy with Trump
- CNN: Donald Trump made 78 false claims last week
- AP: US presidential envoy sent to Sweden for A$AP Rocky’s trial
Debunking The GOP’s “Socialism” Fear Mongering
Day 923: Wednesday, July 31
One of the several narratives you’ve likely heard pushed by the right, and perpetuated by the mainstream media, is that Democrats are moving too far to the left. And you’ll definitely hear more of it at the debate tonight. The reality is quite different.
Democrats are offering proposals that guarantee healthcare as a human right, make education accessible, tackle climate change, and cut taxes for the middle class.
The GOP attacks those policies that help people as socialism while serving the 1%. They’ve destroyed countless attempts to fix the problems they’re exacerbating.
In other news…
- Bloomberg: Trump Says ‘Powell Let Us Down’ After Fed’s Quarter-Point Cut
- The Washington Post: U.S. sanctions Iran’s foreign minister amid escalating tensions
- NBC News: Osama bin Laden’s son and heir, Hamza, is dead, U.S. officials say
- The Washington Post: Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein partied together. Then an oceanfront Palm Beach mansion came between them.
- The New York Times: Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA
- Politico: Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied on Russian-backed Kentucky project
- CNN: More voters think Donald Trump is a racist than thought George Wallace was in 1968
- The Daily Beast: Nunes Ally Kash Patel Who Fought Russia Probe Gets Senior White House National Security Job
- Bloomberg: U.K. Allocates Extra $2.6 Billion to Prepare for No-Deal Brexit
- Politico: DOJ investigating Zinke’s use of personal email, inspector tells lawmakers
- The Daily Beast: Baltimore Church Boots Ben Carson Press Conference From Property
- HuffPost: Charlotte Is Starting To Regret Hosting Trump’s Renomination Convention
- CNBC: Judge tosses Democratic Party lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks
Voters Were The Biggest Losers Of CNN’s Democratic Debates
Day 924: Thursday, August 1
CNN headed into this week with an agenda, and it wasn’t to inform the American people. The two-night Democratic debates on Tuesday and Wednesday were clearly organized with the objective of obtaining soundbites and to depict a divide within the Democratic Party. While some candidates were deemed winners and losers, a real disservice was done to serious voters who were seeking nuanced discussions on the issues they care about.
The debate format incentivized candidates to launch personal attacks and didn’t leave much room for substantive debates. The candidates had 60 seconds to respond to questions from the CNN moderators (Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, and Don Lemon), 30 seconds to respond to another candidates’ remarks, and 15 seconds to clarify their statements if asked. While it’s arguable that this format may have been necessary in order to compensate for the 10 candidates on stage each night, the questions did nothing to make the most of that time.
CNN moderators, especially Jake Tapper, framed multiple questions with GOP talking points. Night one’s questions included “Do you believe Medicare for All is political suicide?” and one to Senator Amy Klobuchar trying to spark a personal attack: “Who are you referring to when you say candidates are making promises just to get elected?” It also included questions about whether their immigration plans would encourage illegal immigration, essentially trying to validate Trump’s false “open borders” attack line.
In night one, CNN moderators repeatedly questioned John Delaney and Montana Governor Steve Bullock, who are polling at 1%, about Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) plans in order to try and showcase a stark divide in the party between moderates and progressive. It became hard to recognize that Democrats are actually on the same page on a lot of goals and merely differ on how to get there.
Night one really tried to push the idea that Democrats are moving too far to the left, another GOP talking point. When you poll most progressive policies on their own merit, Americans love them. Can we, for once, talk about how far-right the nationalist Republicans have moved?
We didn’t really get a very substantive debate until the first part of night two, where former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) began to get into the weeds of their healthcare plans. Both nights, CNN moderators continued to press the candidates into personal attacks rather than letting them unfold naturally, unfortunately, the candidates played into it. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Joe Biden got into it over criminal justice. While the CNN moderators seemed prepped with research on most candidates, none seemed to question the Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) on her defense of the murderous Syrian despot Assad when asking her about foreign policy.
During night two, bolstered by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D), a few of the Democratic candidates leaned into critiques of President Barak Obama’s legacy after a CNN question about his deportations. The candidates spent far too much time critiquing the policies of the most popular Democrat alive rather than pivoting to the threats the Trump Administration poses today with their inhumane immigration policies, which are far worse than Obama’s. When pressed by former Obama HUD Secretary Julian Castro about Obama’s immigration policies, Biden failed to mention that Obama prioritized deporting criminals and signed the DACA executive order.
When it comes to the biggest issue humanity is facing, CNN moderators peppered Democrats with questions on how realistic their plans were to fight climate change rather than highlighting the threat itself.
Both Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker pointed to the bigger picture and broader threat of the GOP’s efforts to repeal healthcare from tens of millions of Americans when discussing the topic. The other candidates also launched some here and there, but there weren’t as many attacks on the Republican Party and President Trump as there should’ve been.
Moving forward, one can only hope the field of candidates dwindles down so we can have more time allotted to real debate, and one can also hope that the Democratic candidates themselves maintain focus. This is only the friendly battle ahead of a war with much higher stakes.
In other news…
- MarketWatch: Dow ends 280 points lower as Trump announces additional tariffs on China
- Bloomberg: Senate Clears Two-Year Debt, Budget Plan for Trump’s Signature
- American Military News: Trump orders Navy to rescind medals ‘ridiculously’ awarded to SEAL Gallagher trial prosecutors
- The Hill: #LeningradLindsey trends after Graham forces asylum bill through Senate committee
- ABC News: North Korea launches another projectile: US official
- NBC News: Justice Department won’t prosecute Comey over leak of his memos after referral from internal watchdog
- Axios: Trump Organization subpoenaed by Manhattan prosecutors over hush money payments
- The Washington Post: After Trump cites Amazon concerns, Pentagon reexamines $10 billion JEDI cloud contract process
- CNN: Judge blocks New York from turning over Trump’s tax information to Democrats
- The Washington Post: Texas Rep. Hurd, lone black Republican in House, won’t seek reelection
Voters Were The Biggest Losers Of CNN’s Democratic Debates
Day 925: Friday, August 2
There are now 121 members of the House of Representatives calling for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s corrupt conduct. 120 are Democrats and 1 is an Independent – Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03).
There is now a majority of House Democrats who support impeachment. House Democrats will need to reach the 218 vote threshold in order to officially launch an impeachment inquiry.
In other news…
- ABC News: Trump says his pick for top intelligence role is out after questions over his record
- The New York Times: Trump Won’t Let No. 2 Spy Chief Take Over When Coats Leaves
- Yahoo News: ‘Too bad!’: Trump jokes about 3 a.m. break-in at Elijah Cummings’s home
- Bloomberg: U.S. Jobs Data Show Trade Pressure Points in Trump’s Tariff War
- CNN: Trump asylum ban is illegal, federal judge rules
- CNN Fact check: Trump makes more than 20 false claims at Cincinnati rally
- Politico: Emails show Stephen Miller pressed hard to limit green cards
- NBC News: Trump casts doubt on Russian interference in 2020 election
- NBC News: Trump wants to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by 2020 election
- NBC News: Earthquake hits off the coast of Indonesia
- Stereogum: A$AP Rocky Released From Jail
Over the weekend…
On Saturday, a 21-year-old suspected white supremacist terrorist has killed at least 20 people and injured 26 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Before he launched the assault with a semi-automatic weapon, he reportedly published a white supremacist, anti-immigrant essay on 8chan (which we won’t link to). Early Sunday morning, there was another shooting in Dayton, Ohio that killed 9 people. It’s unclear whether that was white supremacy related.
Trump’s bigoted rhetoric is radicalizing white supremacist terrorists.
We won’t post it, but the El Paso suspect’s alleged essay begins with:
“…I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This is a response to the Hispanic invasion in Texas.” https://t.co/0CUtjIpAAr
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) August 4, 2019
Democrats: We need #GunControlNow
Republicans: No. 2nd Amendment, NRA, yadda yadda. This is a mental health issue.
Democrats: Ok… well here are healthcare policies that would guarantee Americans access to mental healthcare.
Republicans: NO! That’s socialism!
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) August 3, 2019
If there were Muslims murdering people with automatic weapons weekly, Trump would never stop highlighting the threat.
But after every #massshooting, white supremacist terrorism or otherwise, Trump does nothing.
Trump does not care about our security, only political expediency.
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) August 3, 2019
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