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Boy Scouts of America apologizes for Trump’s ‘political rhetoric’

NEW YORK, July 27 (Reuters) – The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized to members of the youth organization on Thursday for the “political rhetoric that was inserted” into its national gathering this week by U.S. President Donald Trump.

“I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree,” Michael Surbaugh wrote in an open letter published on the Scouts’ website. “That was never our intent.”

 

He said that every U.S. president, who serves as the Scouts’ honorary president, has been invited to speak at the national jamborees held every four years since 1937, but that the Scouts were nonetheless “steadfastly” non-partisan.

“We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program,” Surbaugh wrote.

He said there were 40,000 participants, including Boy Scouts, volunteers, staff and visitors.

Trump, a Republican, started his speech before thousands of boys aged 12 to 18 in a West Virginia field on Monday evening lauding hard work and perseverance, then quickly turned to partisan attacks and ridicule of “fake media.”

He attacked Democratic rivals, lambasted the current healthcare law and reminisced about a cocktail party he went to decades ago filled with “the hottest people in New York.

Trump’s speech drew intense criticism from former Scouts, parents of Scouts and others, with many saying the speech was not in keeping with Scout values and inappropriate.

While many Scouting families expressed outrage, a few said the reaction was overblown, arguing that exposure to political speech in all forms was an important part of a Scout’s development.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

WHM: Apparently Trump wanted to relate to the young Scouts more and he talked that he was young once and he knows what they are thinking about and it is not politics and it is girls.  Trump also talked about having an older friend with a yacht (Epstein the convicted underage girl rapist in New York State) and meeting a lot of young girls on the yacht.  “Lots of action.”  According the federal law the contents of this “Presidential” speech must be maintained permanently at the National Archives.  Please as a nation do we have to?

 

 

Trump wants to know if he has power to pardon himself, family, aides

Ray S. Cline

Washington, DC

JUL 21, 2017 — The Washington Post

Some of President Donald Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.

Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.

Trump’s legal team declined to comment on the issue. But one adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller’s investigation.

“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,'” a close adviser said.

With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers.

A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.

The president is also irritated by the notion that Mueller’s probe could reach into his and his family’s finances, advisers said.

Trump has been fuming about the probe in recent weeks as he has been informed about the legal questions that he and his family could face.

His primary frustration centers on why allegations that his campaign coordinated with Russia should spread into scrutinizing many years of Trump dealmaking.

He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns.

Breaking a tradition that began with President Jimmy Carter, Trump has repeatedly refused to make his tax returns public after first claiming he could not do so because he was under audit or after promising to release them after an IRS audit was completed.

Further adding to the challenges facing Trump’s outside lawyers, the team’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, resigned on Thursday, according to two people familiar with his departure. Corallo did not respond to immediate requests for comment.

“If you’re looking at Russian collusion, the president’s tax returns would be outside that investigation,” said a close adviser to the president.

Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s private lawyers, said in an interview Thursday that the president and his legal team are intent on making sure Mueller stays within the boundaries of his assignment as special counsel. He said they will complain directly to Mueller if necessary.

“The fact is that the president is concerned about conflicts that exist within the special counsel’s office and any changes in the scope of the investigation,” Sekulow said. “The scope is going to have to stay within his mandate. If there’s drifting, we’re going to object.”

Sekulow cited Bloomberg News reports that Mueller is scrutinizing some of Trump’s business dealings, including a Russian oligarch who purchased a Palm Beach mansion from Trump for $95 million in 2008.

“They’re talking about real estate transactions in Palm Beach several years ago,” Sekulow said. “In our view, this is far outside the scope of a legitimate investigation.”

The president has long called the FBI investigation into his campaign’s possible coordination with the Russians a “witch hunt.” But now, the president is coming face-to-face with a powerful investigative team that is able to study evidence of any crime they encounter in the probe – including tax fraud, lying to federal agents and interference in the investigation.

“This is Ken Starr times 1,000,” said one lawyer involved in the case, referring to the independent counsel who oversaw an investigation that eventually led to House impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton. “Of course, it’s going to go into his finances.”

Following Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey – in part because of his displeasure with the FBI’s Russia investigation – Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel in a written order.

That order gave Mueller broad authority to investigate links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” and any crimes committed in response to the investigation, such as perjury or obstruction of justice.

Mueller’s probe has already expanded to include an examination of whether Trump obstructed justice in his dealings with Comey, as well as the business activities of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.

Trump’s team could potentially challenge whether a broad probe of Trump’s finances prior to his candidacy could be considered a matter that arose “directly” from an inquiry into possible collusion with a foreign government.

The president’s legal team has also identified what they allege are several conflicts of interest facing Mueller, such as donations to Democrats by some of his prosecutors.

Another potential conflict claim is an allegation that Mueller and Trump National Golf Club in northern Virginia had a dispute over membership fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011, two White House advisers said.

A spokesman for Mueller said there was no dispute when Mueller, who was FBI director at the time, left the club.

Trump also took public aim on Wednesday at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein, whose actions led to Mueller’s appointment. In an interview with the New York Times Wednesday, the president said he never would have hired Sessions if he knew he was going to recuse himself from the cases.

Some Republicans in frequent touch with the White House said they viewed the president’s decision to publicly air his disappointment with Sessions as a warning sign that the attorney general’s days were numbered.

Several senior aides were described as “stunned” when Sessions announced Thursday morning he would stay on at the Justice Department.

Another Republican in touch with the administration described the public steps as part of a broader effort aimed at “laying the groundwork to fire” Mueller.

“Who attacks their entire Justice Department?” this person said. “It’s insane.”

Law enforcement officials described Sessions as increasingly distant from the White House and the FBI because of the strains of the Russia investigation.

Traditionally, Justice Department leaders have sought to maintain a certain degree of autonomy from the White House as a means of ensuring prosecutorial independence.

But Sessions’ situation is more unusual, law enforcement officials said, because he has angered the president for apparently being too independent while also angering many at the FBI for his role in the president’s firing of Comey.

As a result, there is far less communication among those three key parts of the government than in years past, several officials said.

Currently, the discussions of pardoning authority by Trump’s legal team is purely theoretical, according to two people familiar with the ongoing conversations. But if Trump pardoned himself in the face of the ongoing Mueller investigation, it would set off a legal and political firestorm, first around the question of whether a president can use the constitutional pardon power in that way.

“This is a fiercely debated but unresolved legal question,” said Brian Kalt, a constitutional law expert at Michigan State University who has written extensively on the question.

The power to pardon is granted to the president in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, which gives the commander in chief the power to “grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

That means pardon authority extends to federal criminal prosecution but not to state level or impeachment inquiries.

No president has sought to pardon himself, so no courts have reviewed it. Although Kalt says the weight of the law argues against a president pardoning himself, he says the question is open and predicts such an action would move through the courts all the way to the Supreme Court.

“There is no predicting what would happen,” said Kalt, author of the book, “Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies.” It includes chapters on the ongoing debate over whether presidents can be prosecuted while in office and on whether a president can issue a pardon to himself.

Other White House advisers have tried to temper Trump, urging him to simply cooperate with the probe and stay silent on his feelings about the investigation.

On Monday, lawyer Ty Cobb, newly brought into the White House to handle responses to the Russian probe, convened a meeting with the president and his team of lawyers, according to two people briefed on the meeting. Cobb, who is not yet on the White House payroll, was described as attempting to instill some discipline in how the White House handles queries about the case. But Trump surprised many of his aides by speaking at length about the probe to the New York Times two days later.

Some note that the Constitution does not explicitly prohibit a president from pardoning himself. On the other side, experts say that by definition a pardon is something you can only give to someone else. There is also a common-law canon that prohibits individuals from serving as a judge in their own case. “For example, we would not allow a judge to preside over his or her own trial,” Kalt said.

A president can pardon an individual at any point, including before being charged with a crime, and the scope of a presidential pardon can be very broad. President Gerald Ford pardoned former president Richard M. Nixon preemptively for offenses he “committed or may have committed” while in office.Trump

Think 2016 was a bad election?  Just wait.

Jason Kander the former Missouri Secretary of State, and of Help America Vote, calls The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the “Presidential Commission on Implemented Disenfranchisement for the Election Committee of the President.”  He has worked personally with vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach at the National Association of Secretary of States and saw where he called Obama’s Presidential Commission on Election Integrity a joke and that he would never serve on such a commission.  Ohhh, how the pot calls the kettle black.  Kander feels that the marching orders of the group are to make voting more difficult for people of color.

President Donald Trump is asking for voter names, addresses, party affiliation and voting records, and more from all 50 states, part of an investigation into voter fraud by a commission he launched last month.  49 states refused to comply with that request: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/30/politics/kris-kobach-voter-commission-rolls/index.html.

 

Thom Hartman on his May 25th, 2017 radio show said that our country will not be destroyed by Donald Trump but we shall simply return to a 1920’s America—the roaring twenties of the history books that vastly benefitted the rich and set up an inevitable complete failure of the economic system.  Behind the good times of the 20’s was an extreme poverty and inequality.  Civil unrest started and political parties like communists, socialists and trade unionists spread up everywhere.  Out of this and the Republican Great Depression of 1929 came FDR’s New Deal.  So maybe a New New Deal will result from the decline of Trump….

In historical America times have been very hard, despite being the “land of opportunity” and having an “American Dream;” our country has been ruled by an evil elite that makes money by holding all others down.  We need to think back that Slavery only ended in 1865, and that then a whole system of discrimination keeping Blacks out of prosperity was then instituted which officially ruled the South until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and then went “underground.”   The Irish and Italians were subjected to being indentured servants to pay for their passage to this country from their home countries until just before 1900.

Life was a very hard proposition back in the 1800’s: https://williamhenrymee.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/historical-way-of-life-suited-the-anti-liberal/

We just need to remember back to the Concessions won by  coal miners in their strikes in Pennsylvania in the 1880’s (the 80 hour work week, which was 7-12 hour days and 8 hours on Sunday so miners could attend church with their families; and a minimum wage to be negotiated and paid—previous to this a wage was offered but tool usage, shoring and explosives were charged against the miners salary).  After the loss of some 364 miners’ lives from strike-busting and the loss of 2,703 lives from mine accidents in the decade 1876-1887; miners struck again across the state in 1887.  Additional safety concessions were won including using more expensive hard woods for mine shoring instead of cheaper and weaker woods.

So things were much worse back then and enabled the Ultra-Rich in this country to become the famed Robber Barons of the history books.  Modern elites long for a return to these days and fund the GOP to deliver on this (Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, etc.).  Trump seems to be delivering on a number of their wishes.

There was a nationwide strike called in 1881 for a national minimum wage; however, it did not achieve anything.  When the federal minimum wage first became law in 1938, it was 25 cents.  Adjusted for inflation, that would be worth $4.19 today.

So under Trump we are going back to the way things were.

In a month, a year, or two years, into the future—there will be a list of people, politicians specifically, who stood “On the Right Side of History” and abandoned the priority of holding campaign funders first, and the hopes of being elected again; and chose to put the needs of the nation against their own.    This list will be a moral list that shall come due at the time these people meet their maker.  A final accounting of them as public servants and not as self-serving hypocrites.  It is only a matter of time.

I was driving today, May 17, 2017, and on NPR radio I heard the 1974 speech by Texas U.S, Senator Barbara Jordan saying that we all need to put country ahead of Party:   http://watergate.info/1974/07/25/barbara-jordan-speech-on-impeachment.html.  Man could we use a strong woman like that today.

Yesterday, Representative Adam Shift, Democratic Party member, of California said that we have to put common sense before politics, and patriotism above party.   That the Russia-gate hearings and a possible impeachment, must take into account all the business Congress must do now and into the future.  That lining up behind D and R will do the nation no good now and into the future.  Lining up behind the rule of Law and what is right and not wrong has to be the guidepost.  If a partisan witch hunt is perceived as a way to overturn the results of an unpopular or unfair election then the whole democracy is at risk.   Because after a vote, partisans will hold other bills and issues hostage.  The time in our nation’s history could not be more difficult.  http://www.msnbc.com/for-the-record-with-greta/watch/schiff-responds-to-new-trump-bombshell-enough-is-enough-945516611735

From U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (The Eerie Parallels to Watergate):

William –

I hold the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by Lowell Weicker Jr. He turned 86 yesterday, and I’ve been thinking about him a lot this week.

Weicker was around the same age as I am today when he was appointed to the Senate committee investigating the Watergate break-in during his first term in the Senate. Weicker stood out on the committee as one of the few Republicans willing to press the case in public and pursue the truth no matter the cost. He drew the ire of his fellow Republicans, but the hindsight of history looked kindly on him as a man who was willing to speak truth to power at a fulcrum moment in our nation’s history.

We need a Lowell Weicker right now. Badly.

Sign my petition urging Republicans to put country ahead of party and support an independent prosecutor to get to the bottom of President Trump’s relationship with Russia.

The unfolding story of President Trump’s apparent attempts to scuttle the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election is beginning to eerily parallel that Watergate story. The firing of FBI Director James Comey looks an awful lot like the Saturday night massacre. And while I cannot independently confirm yesterday’s New York Times story about Trump’s alleged plea to Comey to stop the Flynn investigation, it’s worth remembering that the “smoking gun” that brought down Nixon, after two years of crisis, was a tape in which Nixon admitted to pressuring the FBI to end the investigation of the break-in.

These are serious times, and I want you to know where I stand given yesterday’s bombshell report. First, it is more important now than ever that an independent prosecutor, like the one appointed to investigate Watergate, be chosen immediately. Enough is enough. The investigations currently occurring in the House and Senate Intelligence Committees will continue, but ultimately an inquiry that is led by Republican partisans cannot be trusted to dig vigorously for the truth. A congressional committee is little better, as the panel would only be as strong as the Republican chairman selected to lead it. We need a prosecutor, and we need one now.

Furthermore, we need James Comey to come forward and tell his story. If indeed Trump pressed him for a pledge of loyalty, or asked him to stop an investigation connected to the Trump campaign’s wrongdoing, then we need to hear this directly from the former FBI Director, not from secondhand news reports. And we need to ask Comey why he didn’t resign or come forward with this information when it happened if his interactions with the President are as serious as these news stories represent.

But if Congress does get confirmation that the President was actively and consistently trying to scuttle the Russia investigation, the questions presented to us get even graver. “Obstruction of justice” is a complicated concept to apply to a chief executive who heads a branch of government under which the FBI falls. During this time of crisis, I will approach this issue carefully and methodically–but do not mistake that for a lack of outrage over the circumstances in which we now find our nation. I will take the time to learn the law and the precedent, and make a thoughtful decision about how I and the Congress should proceed. And I will not stop speaking out for what is right.

Ultimately, I do hope Republicans realize that we are at another fulcrum in American political history, like we were in 1974. Rarely does a moment come in your political career in which a choice must be made between your party and the republic. This is one of those moments, and just as history judged kindly the actions of a 43 year-old freshman Senator from Connecticut in 1974, so will history look upon Republicans today who choose to step out from their partisan shell and do the right thing.

Sign my petition urging Republicans to put country ahead of party and support an independent prosecutor to get to the bottom of President Trump’s relationship with Russia.

Thank you for reading.  Every best wish,

Chris Murphy

 

With Russia-gate happening about ten times faster than Watergate and having International implications instead of domestic ones; we are witnesses to history.

So why the title: “The GOP Wants To Keep You From Being Rich“?, well, isn’t this the reason you went for them in 2016?  The chance that you too might be a millionaire.  The political party picked a populist to lead their charge; a political neophyte that had a ghostwriter write up his book Art of the Deal to celebrate his supposed business acumen and his brilliant take no prisoner’s style.  This was able to launch his reality star television career of the Apprentice where he could say one very simple phrase: “you’re fired.”  When you look at it all in retrospect it is a very shallow persona they fell for.

Millions who voted for Trump thought that they would be given a chance in the economic game that has dealt them out of the game for so long.  Especially, those in the Rust Belt which soundly rejected Democrats in 2016.  The meme “Draining the Swamp” sounded like a way to restore a level playing field.

The GOP has for years taught you to hate the word Democrats and even used subliminal television advertising (mind control) to label them as “Rats.”  Further, they corrupted the term “Liberal” to mean it the exact opposite off what it is.  All people should aspire to be liberals—this is the ultimate highest form of human achievement (See my Blog Definition of Liberal: https://williamhenrymee.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/the-definition-of-liberal/). In fact, Jesus Christ was a liberal.  So the entire “brand” of the Republican Party is wrapped around misleading ordinary people to get them to vote against their own best interests.  To this end they employ Frank Luntz who convenes focus groups and tests out the GOP message for months and even years before it is ready for primetime.  So it is all very phony and developed very secretively.  For example, instead of estate tax (the exact name in the tax code), it is rebranded as the evil Death Tax.  People are manipulated beyond their own recognition or capacity to see they are being used against their own best interests.

Why?

Because the GOP goals are so very sinister, deeply self-serving, and deliberately malice against the very people they intend to defraud by accepting their vote; in fact it is so bad and wrong—legal actions should be taken against the Republican Party.  Let’s look at the issues of: Health Care, Housing, Pensions, Education and Jobs (usually the primary issues of a campaign and how the Democratic Party has aligned itself with its base), the GOP rigs all of these against the non-rich—say the 1%.  The GOP must pass laws and budgets and create slogans that will take away the average person’s ability to achieve these things or to work to change things for the better and the common good of our society.   For example:

1. Health Care: the insurance industries are really an unnecessary cog getting in between a doctor and a patient.  But this is a huge financial industry that makes huge campaign contributions to the GOP.  Let everyone have free health care like the top forty countries of the developed world do (at lower cost than our system—and at better quality—yes, we have slipped from the number one status of the 1980’s to 35th or so), and let insurance companies issue policies on preferred care and private rooms, and air service, etc.  Those premium services that drive up costs and separate the ultra-rich from the rest of us.  I would prefer to nationalize it but that is a fight…..

2. Housing: as in The Big Short

    • is another snake pit where the American Dream is turned over to the wolves of Wall Street. You are at their mercy in the complications of financing and dealing with the banksters. Where ownership of housing is difficult for a population of people (like minorities or the poor); renting tends to totally attack the assets of this class. The connection to the GOP monster is of course through campaign contributions. Fox News/Rush Limbaugh and right wing hate radio will say that the Dems also get the money but it is a 80% GOP to 20% Dems split. These same listeners say: “

see there is no difference between the parties

    • ;” to which I and all of us must respond:

    No, the GOP is four times as bad

      .”

3. Pensions:Pensions are a target of Wall Street—the wolves are ready to pounce privatized government pensions (maybe through the Pension Guarantee Agency), which were the most secure in the past. This is termed by Wall Street as Trump’s biggest disappointment to them (that he didn’t turn over the money of these funds and security security to them). The stock market rally to 21,000 was fueled by this shark feeding frenzy—smelling the blood in the water of the average person.

4. Education: the system is being destroyed by the “freedom of choice” that the GOP invokes: charter schools, vouchers, restrictive teacher evaluations, class size, and testing—all things that seem designed to improve the overall system—bit are actually intended to divert the best and brightest teachers and students to leave a cesspool of failure. Union busting, as at the U.S. Postal Service, is a main goal of the GOP because unions mainly vote for Democrats. No Child Left Behind a GOP plan done with Senator Ted Kennedy was good until the GOP cut out all the funding. It became a Vouchers take away the ever increasingly limited funding. Salaries became less competitive but maybe it is because this is primarily a woman’s field….

5. Jobs:This topic is probably the primary driver of voting but the GOP talks about this but really wants you to be fearful about holding or obtaining a job—they do things to drive wages down in a cycle of the “race to the bottom.” Immigrants are a favorite target of the GOP but in fact are a secret mechanism to drive the wages they pay down further.

Reagan in 1981 invented terms like Supply-Side Economics to bamboozle you.

These guys in the GOP are liars and cruel to the bone, they purport to care about you but actually your death puts your assets into play for them.

We need to remember just who the GOP are:

1. The billionaires who met in Miami in 2009 to debate whether they should sometimes support Obama or totally work against him at every turn. To accomplish the later plan they used Koch Brothers money to start the Tea Party.

2. etc.

Maybe this really should of been titled: “The GOP wants you Dead”—because this would serve their goals the best.

We’ve still got our work cut out for us. But today, let’s celebrate one another. Here are 100 ways the resistance has fought back against Trump — and won:

http://act.standupamerica.com/100-Wins

Thank you for being a part of our movement, William. I hope you’ll read this list, share it with your friends, and stand with us in the fights ahead.

Sean Eldridge
Founder and President, Stand Up America

Since his election on November 8, 2016, there have been a lot of pockets of resistance forming.  At the Women’s March it was formally deemed THE RESISTANCE.  Like in occupied France of 1940.

THE RESISTANCE IS WINNING: 100 WAYS WE’VE FOUGHT BACK AND WON

While Trump has been failing, embarrassing, and harming the American people, an unprecedented resistance has risen to fight back. Here are 100 ways we’ve resisted and won during Trump’s first 100 days.

  1. Trump’s first full day in office is met with the largest demonstration in American history, with millions participating in the Women’s March.
  2. Hundreds of sister marches are held across the world, from New York City to Stanley, Idaho.
  3. Even people in Antarctica (!!) participate in the Women’s March.
  4. So many people knit “pussy hats” that there is a nationwide shortage of pink yarn.
  5. Scientists confirm that three times as many people attend the Women’s March on Washington than Trump’s inauguration.
  6. The estimated 3 to 4 million Americans who participated in the Women’s March are honored with the Freedom of Expression of Courage prize from PEN America.
  7. Activists hang a giant 70ft “Resist” banner above the White House.
  8. Al Gore revives a climate summit that Trump’s administration tried to abruptly cancel.
  9. FEC commissioner stands up to Trump’s voter fraud lie: “Allegations of this magnitude cannot be ignored.”
  10. Ethics groups immediately sue Trump for profiting from the presidency and violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

“I AM A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER…I [RESIST] FOR THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.” — NANCY, PENNSYLVANIA

  1. Senator Elizabeth Warren introduces the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act to force Trump to divest and release his tax returns. Over 250,000 Stand Up America members sign on as citizen co-sponsors!
  2. Two Republicans break with their party and join Democratic efforts to use Congress’s power to release Trump’s tax returns.
  3. Trump hits 50 percent disapproval rating after only 8 days in office.
  4. Malia Obama joins the resistance by protesting the Keystone XL pipeline at Sundance
  5. Americans shatter a record by calling Congress to oppose Betsy DeVos, doubling the number of calls ever made to the Capitol switchboard.
  6. Stand Up America members alone make over 30,000 calls to oppose the DeVos nomination!
  7. Senator Al Franken demonstrates that Betsy DeVos does not understand basic education policy or principles.
  8. Undeterred by busy phone lines, Americans get creative, sending pizza to their senators with notes to oppose DeVos.
  9. Two Republican senators cross party lines to oppose DeVos’ nomination and every single Democratic Senator opposes her.
  10. For the first time in history, the vice president is forced to cast a tie-breaking vote for a cabinet nominee.

“TRUMP IS RICH AND SELF ABSORBED…HE IS NOT INTERESTED IN THE NEEDS OF THE POOR OR MIDDLE CLASS.” — JUDY, NORTH CAROLINA

  1. Andrew Pudzer, the CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., withdraws his nomination for Labor secretary amid allegations of unfair labor practices and sexual harassment.
  2. Billionaire Vince Viola withdraws his nomination for secretary of the Army, citing financial ties.
  3. Trump appoints Monica Crowley to the National Security Council, who then withdraws amid public outcry about her plagiarism in her book and dissertation.
  4. Hundreds of thousands of Americans call their senators to oppose Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general.
  5. “Nevertheless, she persisted.”
  6. Hundreds of protestors stand with Senator Warren and read Coretta Scott King’s letter outside McConnell’s home.
  7. Billionaire Todd Ricketts withdraws his nomination for deputy commerce secretary after he is unable to resolve his financial entanglements.
  8. Thousands demonstrate in support of Planned Parenthood across the country.
  9. Public outcry to Ivanka taking an unofficial position in the White House with no ethics oversight leads to her registering as a formal employee with required ethics disclosures.
  10. A boycott of Ivanka Trump’s products leads to Nordstrom, Sears, K-Mart and several other retailers dropping her products.

“THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN MY LIFE IS A MUSLIM AND I [RESIST BECAUSE] I AM WORRIED FOR THEIR SAFETY.” — ROD, TEXAS

  1. Muslim community leaders raise tens of thousands of dollars to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery.
  2. After Trump signs his Muslim ban, thousands of Americans protest at airports across the country and demand the release of refugees being detained.
  3. Grassroots protests to Trump’s Muslim ban spread to more than 30 cities across the country — and around the world!
  4. Hundreds of lawyers set up makeshift offices in airport terminals to advise travelers (for free!) and file emergency motions against Trump’s Muslim ban.
  5. Taxi drivers join protests in New York by striking and refusing to stop at JFK airport.
  6. When Uber attempts to capitalize on taxi drivers’ Muslim ban boycott, a nationwide “Delete Uber” boycott begins.
  7. AirBnB offers free accommodation to refugees impacted by Trump’s Muslim ban.
  8. Madeline Albright pledges to register as a Muslim in solidarity if a Muslim registry is created.
  9. In response to a growing boycott, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick leaves Trump’s economic advisory board.
  10. In his first comments since leaving office, President Obama issues a statement in support of those protesting Trump’s Muslim Ban.

“I RESIST IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER, A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR…SHE TAUGHT ME TO TAKE A STAND FOR TRUTH.” — MARSHA, NEW YORK

Stand up for the truth.
Share this list with your friends.

  1. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates refuses to defend Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim Ban.
  2. In New York, grocery store owners, many of Yemeni descent, organize a massive strike to protest Trump’s Muslim ban.
  3. Judges across the country issue injunctions blocking the Muslim ban from taking effect.
  4. Recognizing the critical work of civil liberties litigation, grassroots donations to the ACLU break records.
  5. After Trump issues a revised Muslim ban 2.0, it is quickly blocked by the courts.
  6. A four-month-old Iranian baby, who had been blocked by Trump’s Muslim ban, enters the U.S. and receives free life-saving heart surgery.
  7. After Mike Pence attends a performance of Hamilton, the cast issues an on-stage statement in support of refugees and immigrants, which is shared online by millions.
  8. Trump’s tirade against the media by is met by the resistance with a surge in subscriptions for The New York Times and other publications.
  9. Trump’s “religious freedom” executive order leaks to the press, sparking protests and pushing Trump to backdown.
  10. San Francisco sues Trump after he issues an unconstitutional order attempting to block federal funding for sanctuary cities.

“I JOINED THE RESISTANCE BECAUSE UNITING NOT DIVIDING AMERICA IS IMPORTANT TO ME.” — MICHELLE, GEORGIA

We’re united in our opposition.
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  1. A federal judge rules in favor of San Francisco and blocks Trump’s attempts to defend sanctuary cities.
  2. Communities, large and small, across America become sanctuary cities to protect their immigrant communities and stand up to Trump.
  3. Tom Brady and several other New England Patriots decline Trump’s invitation to visit the White House.
  4. Stand Up America grows to over a million members in all 50 states!
  5. Attendance at town halls explodes across the country, with constituents demanding lawmakers resist Trump and protect health care.
  6. Indivisible, a Stand Up America partner, powers townhalls by mobilizing grassroots activists in communities across America.
  7. When hundreds of Republican representatives refuse to hold town halls, constituents hold them anyway, drawing widespread media attention.
  8. The People’s Defense, a resistance coalition, hand-delivers more than a million signatures to senators demanding they reject Gorsuch.
  9. Thanks to progressive pressure across the country, Democrats stand up and filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch.
  10. Democrats send an important message by inviting immigrants, DREAMers, and refugees to Trump’s first congressional address.

“AS A PEDIATRICIAN AND A MOTHER, MY GOAL IS TO PROTECT THE ACA.” — BRONWYN, OREGON

What are you fighting for?
Tell us.

  1. Rep. Joe Kennedy’s floor remarks go viral after he calls  out Paul Ryan on health care and points  out that Trumpcare is “malice — not mercy.”
  2. The Stand Up America community makes tens of thousands of calls to protect the Affordable Care Act.
  3. Trump and Republicans fail to repeal Obamacare, a huge win for the resistance!
  4. Paul Ryan admits that the Affordable Care Act will be the “law of the land” for the foreseeable future.
  5. Ann Romney says she’ll be the first to lobby against Trump’s proposed cuts to health care research.
  6. Republicans pull a bill to sell off millions of acres of public land, after public outcry.
  7. Damning evidence and public pressure spur the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
  8. The House Intelligence Committee also announces an investigation into Russian interference.
  9. Jeff Sessions is forced to recuse himself from Russia investigation when it is revealed that he met with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, contradicting his statement under oath.
  10. Despite the administration’s attempts to block her, Sally Yates will testify on Trump and Russia in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“I STRONGLY OPPOSE DONALD TRUMP AND MOST OF THE REPUBLICANS BECAUSE THEY ALL PUT PARTY BEFORE COUNTRY.” — KIMBERLY, ILLINOIS

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  1. When it is revealed that Nunes was backchanneling with the Trump administration about the Russia investigation, public outcry forces hims to recuse himself.
  2. Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice calls Trump’s changes to the National Security Council “stone cold crazy.”
  3. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen saysTrump’s chief strategist and white nationalist Steve Bannon should be removed from NSC.
  4. After massive public pressure, Steve Bannon is removed from the National Security Council.
  5. Michael Flynn resigns from his post as National Security Advisor when it is revealed that he concealed meetings with the Russians.
  6. Army veterans return to Standing Rock and create a human shield to protect protesters.
  7. A federal judge allows a case to move forward against Trump for inciting violence at his campaign rallies.
  8. An appeals court rules that the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination against LGBT Americans in the workplace.
  9. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz announces he’s not running for reelection in 2018 and may quit before his term is over.
  10. Preet Bharara refuses to resign and forces Trump (who had asked him to stay on) to fire him.

“I AM NOT A POLITICAL ACTIVIST. I AM A GRANDMOTHER OF 12 BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PEOPLE…I WANT MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO LIVE IN A SAFE, COMPASSIONATE WORLD.” — CAROL, MICHIGAN

This is a grassroots movement.
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  1. Reporter David Fahrenthold, who Trump called a “nasty guy,” wins a Pulitzer Prize.
  2. Public outcry forces Trump to backpedal on federal firing freeze.
  3. Democrats win a special election for a critical seat in Delaware’s state senate.
  4. Democrats in Illinois win local seats that were held by Republicans for over 100 years and the city of Kankakee elects its first African-American, Democratic mayor.
  5. Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat, heads to a runoff this summer in a Georgia special election, fueled by massive grassroots enthusiasm.
  6. 11,000 women tell EMILY’s List they want to run for office.
  7. The LA County Board of Supervisors now has a supermajority of female members for the first time ever.
  8. Professional right-wing troll, Milo Yiannopoulos, loses his book deal and his job at Breitbart after public outcry about his inappropriate statements.
  9. Departing EPA staffer blasts Trump’s policies in an open letter that goes viral.
  10. When several sexual harassment lawsuits against Bill O’Reilly are revealed, activists across the country pressure advertisers to pull their spending on his primetime news program.

“I AM A STAND UP AMERICA COMMUNITY MEMBER BECAUSE I AM FED UP…WITH [TRUMP’S] LIES.” — JEAN, KANSAS

Fighting for what’s right is worth it.
Share these resistance wins.

  1. Bill O’Reilly is fired from Fox News after a successful months-long campaign orchestrated by Color of Change, Ultraviolet, and others.
  2. Three good-government organizations sue Trump for rolling back precedent and refusing to release White House visitor logs.
  3. More than 120,000 Americans join the nationwide Tax March to demand the release of Trump’s tax returns.
  4. Grassroots organizers hold 200 sister tax marches nationwide with hundreds of thousands of participants coast to coast.
  5. Hundreds of “Tax March-A-Lago” protesters near Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort cause a headache for Trump’s motorcade, forcing them to reroute.
  6. Thousands participate in an Earth Day Science March in  Washington, D.C., with hundreds of sister marches around the world.
  7. A massive People’s Climate March is planned for Trump’s 100th Day to advocate for action on climate change.
  8. States across the country introduce bills that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot.
  9. House Democrats refuse to consider tax reform unless Trump releases his tax returns, so the American people know how he would benefit.
  10. The resistance has stopped Trump from passing a single major piece of legislation from his dangerous agenda.

“YOU’RE GOING TO GET TIRED OF WINNING.” — TRUMP IN 2016

We’re just getting started.
Stand with us in the fights ahead.

What a organized RESISTANCE to be proud of!