I follow politics closely. I have for probably 30 years. A common rightwing propaganda tactic is to accuse their enemies of doing that which they themselves are guilty of doing.
So if a Republican president says some horrific racist stuff, like calling African countries “shitholes,” the response could be to say that it’s actually Democrats who are the racists.
It’s an old tactic of the fascist.
In 1934, Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels spoke about it in Nuremberg.
The cleverest trick used in propaganda against Germany during the war was to accuse Germany of what our enemies themselves were doing.
Goebbels was talking about attacks against Germany, but the Nazis used this propaganda trick often.
The effect of this technique is that even though not everyone will believe that Democrats are racists too, this tactic leaves the general sense that both sides are doing it and no one can really be trusted.
This bolsters this notion that everyone is lying and everyone is engaged in political shenanigans and all politicians are crooks. It gives those people actually engaged in bad behavior room to operate. And it turns off millions of voters who might not vote Republican.
I don’t know why liberals don’t do it. I’m guessing because it’s just too intellectually dishonest.
I don’t understand people, particularly white people. NOW that Donald Trump has reportedly referred to countries like Haiti and El Salvador as “shit holes” – now he’s a racist.
FFS, Trump has been a racist his entire life. Of course, this is just one more example of it, but come on people. Pick up the pace in calling out obvious shit, FFS.
In 1989, Trump took out this full page ad in the New York Daily News.
The ad was about five brown kids who were arrested and convicted of brutally raping a white woman in Central Park. They were kids, Yusef Salaam and Antron McCray were 15. Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson were 14. Korey Wise was 16 years old.
Trump ran this ad before the trial even began. It cost him $85,000.
After serving from between seven and 13 years, DNA exonerated these innocent men.
Trump still thinks they should be executed. He told CNN, “They admitted they were guilty. The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.”
The case wasn’t “settled” like some sort of civil case. This was a criminal rape case. There was no settling jack shit. The DNA proves these men didn’t do the crime. It proves that the police beat confessions out of these teenagers without lawyers present. They violated their fundamental rights. All of those cops should be in prison.
But not for Trump, oh no, he was right all along. Even though the actual perpetrator was never brought to justice and innocent lives ruined, Trump stands by his belief that they did it and he was right.
FFS, the GOP chose him to be president of the United States of America. This travesty can not go unpunished. We must destroy the Republican Party for this outrageous abomination that they have inflicted on us.
I haven’t studied the Christopher Steele Fusion GPS memos too extensively, but this sentence stands out as the most compelling and incriminating.
“However, the Kremlin official close to S. IVANOV added that s/he believed DIVEYKIN also had hinted (or indicated more strongly) that the Russian leadership also had ‘kompromat’ on TRUMP which the latter should bear in his dealings with them.”
It is THIS more than anything that motivates Trump, his campaign and his feeble administration.
Here’s the full transcript by Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS. He was interviewed by US Senate Judiciary Committee on August 22, 2017.
Glenn Simpson Fusion GPS Testimony US Senate August 22, 2017
I don’t know who John Moscow is, but he has a cool name. Glenn Simpson referred to him in his Fusion GPS testimony to Congress in August.
These are notes I took while reading the Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson testimony released by Senator Feinstein. The testimony took place on August 22, 2017 in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
I’m just publishing this here for my reference, and maybe it helps someone else find information about these people. You can check out the testimony here.
Mark Cymrot partner page 28
Baker Hostetler page 28
Peter Fritsch page 30
Edward Baumgartner page 33
Demetri Baranovsky (Solntsevo Brotherhood) page 39
William Browder page 40
Natalia Veselnitskaya page 114
Demetri Baranovsky page 115
Ed Lieberman page 119 (this might not be the first reference to Lieberman)
Robert Arakelian page 121
Denis Katsyv page 121
Howard Schweitzer page 122
Chris Cooper page 124
Lanny Wiles page 128
Paul Behrends page 130
Paul Levine, a lawyer at Baker Hostetler page 135
Irakle Kaveladze page 135
Boris Goldstein page 136
Anatoli Samochornov page 136 (this isn’t the first time referenced “Antoli” was referenced earlier).
Paul Mannafort page 151
John McCain page 151
Oleg Deripaska page 152
Victor Yanukovych page 152
Emin Agalarov page 180
Aras Agalarov page 180
Rob Goldstone page 181
Christopher Burrows page 192
Sir Andrew Wood page 192
Carter Page page 94, 170, 236
Igor Sechin page 236
Sergei Ivanov page 236
Igor Divyekin page 236
Mark Galeotti page 248
Yudkovich Mogilebich page 294
Tevfik Arif page 298
Pyotr Aven page 304
Mikhail Fridman page 304
German Khan page 304
Sergei Millian page 305
Michael Cohen page 306
Nearly one-fifth of Americans live in a state where smoking weed is legal. Voters in 8 states, and the District of Columbia have in recent years voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
US Attorney General Jefferson Sessions has attempted to throw a thick blanket over the burgeoning marijuana industry and the expansion of these citizens’ right to smoke pot. Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era rule in the Department of Justice that reprioritizes marijuana cases to the bottom of the list – don’t bother with weed at the federal level.
But this was a tepid response by President Obama.
This is what happens when our elected leaders fail. Obama should have worked to have marijuana removed from the list of scheduled drugs like heroin. Keeping marijuana on the scheduled drug list keeps the attorney general’s Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency in the business of busting pot smokers and dealers.
Marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol. Research is showing that where marijuana is legalized, the use of alcohol and prescription drugs has gone down. Early reports are showing a reduction in crime in communities with legal weed. Even setting aside the tax revenue, providing a safe, regulated legal product on the market, with the opportunity to educate people about marijuana is worth it.
I urge Congress take up this issue of marijuana prohibition.
Congress must take action to remove the federal government’s ability to pursue marijuana criminal cases.
Congress must act by putting the power to regulate marijuana where it belongs, at the state level.
I like to tell my congressional representatives what I think about issues. I call. I email. I ping them on social media. I’m represented by Democrats, so I’m generally just letting them know I support their support on a given issue.
Chris Van Hollen
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