Archive for September 2017

New Intel=> Imran Awan Was Banned From House Network After Attempting To Hide ‘Secret Server’

With each passing day, we learn more and more about the dark and murky past of Pakistan IT staffer Imran Awan. The former employee of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is accused of stealing hardware from ranking Democrats and sending sensitive intel to foreign groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. A new report reveals Imran Awan was banned from the House’s network for attempting to hide a secret server.

Daily Caller reports:

Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.

Data was also backed up to Dropbox in huge quantities, the official said. Congressional offices are prohibited from using Dropbox, so an unofficial account was used, meaning Awan could have still had access to the data even though he was banned from the congressional network.

Data was also backed up to Dropbox in huge quantities, the official said. Congressional offices are prohibited from using Dropbox, so an unofficial account was used, meaning Awan could have still had access to the data even though he was banned from the congressional network.

According to the report, Imran Awan “had access to all emails and office computer files of 45 members of Congress who are listed below.”

As TGP reported on Tuesday, we are now hearing rumblings that the Awans could receive immunity in exchange for dirt on Wasserman Schultz, according to Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).

Here is the video from Lou Dobbs Tonight:

Zerohedge reports:

But, at least according to Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) who appeared on Fox News recently, there may be more to Alvi’s return than meets the eye as he predicts that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a “significant” and “pretty disturbing” story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you’re going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound.  The fact that this wife is coming back from Pakistan and is willing to face charges, as it were, I think there is a good chance she is going to reach some type of immunity to tell a larger story here that is going to be pretty disturbing to the American people.”

“I would just predict that this is going to be a very significant story and people should fasten their seat belts on this one.”

IT specialist Imran Awan worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz for thirteen years since she was first elected to national office in 2004 as a Florida representative.

She only fired him after he was arrested and would have kept paying her “IT expert” even after he fled to Pakistan.

The Awan brothers IT ring had access to emails and computer data from an estimated 800 lawmakers and staffers.

Three Pakistani brothers who managed the IT affairs for several Democratic government officials were relieved of their duties in February on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking.

Imran Awan, who started working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, received $164,600 in 2016, with close to $20,000 of that coming from Wasserman Schultz.

His brother Jamal, who started working as a staffer in 2014, was paid $157,350.12 in 2016. Abid, who started working in 2005, was paid $160,943 in 2016.

Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi, who was employed as a staffer since February 2007, was paid 168,300 in 2016. Rao Abbas was paid $85,049 in 2016.

Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives in February.

Most of the House Members fired the Awans subsequently.
Only Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on the pay roll up to the day he got arrest for Bank Fraud after trying to flee the country.

The rest of the family fled since months to Pakistan along with hundreds of thousands of tax-payer money they mysteriously were able to wire.

Democrats were willing or unwillingly compromised by the Awans and Sensitive Information leaked to foreign Enemies!  (Muslim Brotherhood – Yemen Raid with dead soldier for example?) Many of them have Seats on Committees that handle highly sensitive information.

More information is coming out on Imran Awan and his criminal activities.
Awan pretended to be his wife when requesting a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union and got it! He had the credit union wire $165,000 to PAKISTAN – no questions asked.

In public lawsuits in Fairfax County, Va., the brothers have been accused of life insurance fraud as well as fraud involving a car dealership.

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Judge Napolitano Explains Why AG Sessions Is Making “Terrible Decision” Not Prosecuting Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)

During a Tuesday appearance on Fox Business Channel’s “Varney & Co.,” legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano told Stuart Varney that he’s disappointed in his “friend” Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to prosecute Hillary Clinton. 

Napolitano told Varney “there’s ample evidence of her guilt,” in connection to her private email investigation.

The Trump supporting Fox contributor then gave Varney an explanation as to why Sessions refuses to go over Clinton.

Fox Business Channel reports:

A Maryland judge has order an investigation into three lawyers who reportedly helped Hillary Clinton delete her private emails.

[…]

Napolitano sees criminal charges against Clinton as unlikely at this point.

“The government has chosen not to prosecute. [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department, can investigate, indict and prosecute, but they choose not to do so,” he said.

Napolitano disagreed with the decision not to prosecute, telling Varney, “I think it’s a terrible decision not to prosecute. They should prosecute Mrs. Clinton because there’s ample evidence of her guilt, and they should prosecute anybody that destroyed evidence in a criminal investigation.”

[…]

According to Napolitano, the culture in government is holding back Sessions from pursuing an investigation against Clinton.

“It’s an institutional culture in government,” he said. “We don’t want to go after our predecessors because we don’t want our successors to come after us.”

On Monday, the Maryland state bar was ordered by County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. to investigate the lawyers who assisted Hillary Clinton with deleting her private emails.

Washington Times reports:

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the complaints lodged against David E. KendallCheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were egregious and the state bar couldn’t dismiss them as frivolous.

“There are allegations of destroying evidence,” Judge Harris said at a hearing Monday morning.

He said the state’s rules require the bar to conduct investigations no matter who raises the complaint and can’t brush aside accusations.

The judge made the announcement a day before Mrs. Clinton releases her latest book, “What Happened,” and begins a monthslong book tour attempting to explain how she lost an election she thought she had secured.

If Judge James E. Boasberg has his way, details of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation by the FBI will see the light of day. The U.S. District Judge isn’t buying the FBI’s claim that a “lack of public interest” justifies withholding the documents.

Washington Times reports:

A federal judge ordered the FBI on Thursday to disclose more details about how it handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret email account.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers describing the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to compel information from Mrs. Clinton’s internet service providers can be made public.

In doing so, he overruled objections by the Trump administration that had insisted making the information public would violate grand jury secrecy rules.

“After reviewing the document in camera, the court concludes that it largely rehashes information already made public, thus obviating any need for secrecy,” the judge said.

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Hillary Clinton: Breitbart, Headed By Steve Bannon, Giving Fox News A ‘Run For Its Money’


NEW YORK -- Breitbart News, headed by Executive Chairman Steve Bannon, has been giving Fox News a “run for its money,” exclaimed Hillary Clinton in her latest memoir released today.

Charlottesville: Black Lives Matter and Antifa Cover Thomas Jefferson Statue In Black Tarp

Why wouldn’t they do something like this?

The Republican Congress is egging them on. They’re the good guys in Charlottesville.

Bozell & Graham Column: CBS, for Corrupt, Biased Sunday

<p>For anyone who doubts the daily double standard of the news media, just look up CBS on Sunday, September 10. Up first, <em>Sunday Morning</em> host Jane Pauley softly and sweetly served one puffball after another to Hillary Clinton in her book-tour kickoff. That evening, CBS anchor Charlie Rose harshly lectured former Trump strategist Steve Bannon on <em>60 Minutes. </em></p>

Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder Push Climate Change During Telethon; Deniers Are ‘Blind or Unintelligent’

<p>Tuesday night’s telethon <em>Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief</em> was bursting at the seams with celebrities, moving musical performances, and journalists from ABC, CBS, and NBC, so it was all the more disappointing when Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder promoted climate change as having caused Harvey and Irma.</p>

Alt-Right Condemned By Wildly Unpopular Republican Congress

At the urging of the ADL and NAACP, the wildly unpopular Republican Congress has condemned the Alt-Right for the violence in Charlottesville:

“Congress sent a resolution to the White House Tuesday condemning the violence at the white nationalist rally in Virginia last month and urging President Trump to speak out against racist hate groups.

The legislation, which passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Monday and in the House on Tuesday, will be presented to Trump for his signature in an effort by lawmakers to secure a more forceful denunciation of racist extremism from the president. …

It calls Heyer’s killing a “domestic terrorist attack” and denounces “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups” but does not single out left-wing counterprotesting groups such as Antifa for equivalent opprobrium in the way Trump did. …”

If that outrages you, keep in mind that the Republican Congress has a 10 percent approval rating. 80 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of Democrats and 87 percent of Independents disapprove of Congress which hasn’t been in positive territory since 2003.

As things stand today, the public wants Democrats to retake control of Congress in 2018, 52% to 38%. A mere 14% of Republicans approve of the Republican Congress which has been cut in half since January. It is “the lowest for Congress in Quinnipiac’s history of data back to 2003” and “using Gallup data beyond that, it’s the lowest for Congress in data back to 1974.”

So far, the Republican Congress has proven itself incapable of tackling ANY major issue the public cares about in 2017 whether it is immigration, trade, infrastructure, taxes or most famously healthcare. All it has managed to do is condemn the Alt-Right and impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran.

Note: The League of the South has condemned the US Congress as a criminal institution and has demanded that “all members of the US House and Senate immediately resign and the States call new elections to insure that honest and reliable men–statesmen rather than filthy politicians–fill these vacated posts.” Surely, we can do better than this!

South China Morning Post: Bannon Says China Must Stop Using Forced Technology Transfers to Undermine U.S. Competitiveness

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Chow Chung-yan and Nectar Gan report in the South China Morning Post that Breitbart Executive Steve Bannon argued in a speech in Hong Kong on Tuesday that China can avoid a trade war with the United States by stopping its use of forced technology transfers to undermine U.S. competitiveness.

Breitbart News Daily: Why No More ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’?


On the Wednesday edition of Breitbart News Daily, broadcast live on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 from 6AM to 9AM Eastern, Breitbart Editor Raheem Kassam will continue our discussion of the Trump administration and its policies. Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center of Security Policy will discuss the failure of senior administration officials, including the President, to mention “radical Islamic terrorism” in their remarks on the anniversary of 9/11. Adam Andrzejewski of Open the Books will break news of the group’s latest transparency research into New York City public sector spending and its excesses. Stephen Moore, Freedomworks Senior Economics Contributor will discuss the latest push for tax reform. Live from London, Rome, and Jerusalem, Breitbart correspondents will provide updates on the latest international news. Breitbart News Daily is the first live, conservative radio enterprise to air seven days a week. SiriusXM Vice President for news and talk Dave Gorab called the show “the conservative news show of record.” Follow Breitbart News on Twitter for live updates during the show. Listeners may call into the show at: 866-957-2874.

Clean the Swamp=> 68% of GOP Voters Say Dump Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell- Get New Leadership

A new poll by the Center for Security Policy and Eagle Forum found that 63% of voters say it is time to replace Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

49% say Republican leadership in Congress supports the swamp.

63% of voters want new Republican leadership – including 68% of Republican voters.

Paul Ryan opponent Paul Nehlen released a statement following the latest poll.

“Time for new Republican leadership in Congress, which would mean replacing Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan.”

That’s what 63% of voters said in a poll released last week by the Center for Security Policy and the Eagle Forum.

And those who want to maintain current GOP leadership in Congress?

Only 15% of voters surveyed.

2018 is going to be a good election for outsiders.

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ESPN Gives Jemele Hill Wrist Slap After Calling President Donald Trump a ‘White Supremacist’


On Monday, ESPN host Jemele Hill called President Donald Trump a "white supremacist." Today, the cable sports network responded with a meaningless slap on the wrist for their host's outrageous comment.

REPORT: Paul Ryan Says No Chance for Border Wall at Private Dinner

At a private dinner over the summer, Speaker Paul Ryan claimed Congressional support for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico is non-existent. Only “one member” supports President Trump’s core campaign promise to build “the wall,” said Ryan. 

Breitbart News report:

House Speaker Paul Ryan, at a private dinner earlier this year, said he thought only “one member” wanted to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Breitbart News has learned from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the comments, including former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO).

The dinner, sources said, took place on the eve of the House’s passage of two relatively minor immigration bills at the end of June: Kate’s Law and sanctuary city reforms. The far wider reaching Davis-Oliver Act was tabled at the same time.

“Ryan told a group of Republicans he met with … that only one person wants a wall,” Tancredo told Breitbart News shortly after the dinner.

Tancredo took issue with the Speaker’s characterization of support for the wall within the House GOP. “Of course he means only one person in his entourage and of the leadership,” he told Breitbart News. “I know several people in Congress who want a wall and I know that there are millions of Americans who want a wall.”

[…]

“The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want a wall … the pressure is greater from the Chamber of Commerce than it is from the members,” Tancredo, who for years in the House fought a mostly fruitless battle to get Congress to combat the flood of illegal immigration, added.

From the moment Donald Trump stormed the political scene, the real estate billionaire had the GOP establishment shaking in its boots. Since Trump announced he was running for president, Speaker Paul Ryan has been one of the conductors steering the Never Trump train. Everything Ryan does in support of President Trump should be taken with a grain – very large grain – of salt. On August 1st, Ryan released a video advocating for President Trump’s border wall. Has hell frozen over or is Ryan paying lip service to the wall he is secretly trying to kill? It appears the ad was all a lie.

The video begins with Ryan entering a helicopter overseeing the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. “1,954 miles along America’s Souther border. It’s time for the wall”, reads the intro text.

Ryan narrates the ad, saying the following:

“I had the opportunity to travel down to Texas to the Rio Grande Valley to spend time with our border patrol. When you see what they’re up against, it really gives you an even greater respect for what they do. They clearly need more tools, more support to do their job, effectively. That’s why we’re going to get this done, this week.”

Paul Ryan’s primary opponent recently tweeted Ryan is working with Democrats to shut down government over building the proposed Trump border wall.

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Steve Bannon in Hong Kong Speech: ‘To Avoid a Trade War, China Must Cease Its Economic War Against America’


In a speech to the CLSA Investors’ Forum in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon stated that to avoid a trade war, China must cease its economic war on America.

Nancy Pelosi Says GOP Wants To Put Dreamers In Camps, Like Japanese Americans Were Interned By FDR

Nancy, they are to be deported out of the country. Via The Blaze: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) compared the “DREAMer” illegal aliens to the Japanese American citizens who were interned by the U.S. government in camps during World War II. “And they came for me, and now they’re coming for the DREAMers,” she […]

The Swamp Squared: Clinton State Dept. Silenced Security Contractors on Benghazi Terror Attack (Video)

The US State Department hired a UK company with no experience in working hostile climates who operated without weapons in Benghazi.

A US security firm that was denied the contract was told to be silent about it or risk losing future contracts.

This is the Swamp Squared.

US Security expert Jerry Torres, CEO of Torres AES, provides security for US embassies and consulates around the world. Jerry Torres and Brad Owens have first hand knowledge of the security nightmare on the ground in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Torres bid on the Benghazi security detail but State Department Jan Visintainer awarded the contract to a mysterious foreign contractor Blue Mountain Group from the United Kingdom. Blue Mountain had never had a high security contract and had never done any high threat contracts. Its employees were unarmed – in Benghazi!

After the attack Visintainer told Torres and Owens not to talk if they wanted more government contracts.
They have since placed 20 security bids and lost 18.
They call this the “Swamp Squared.”

No one was ever held accountable for the security lapses in Benghazi. The liberal media was uninterested in the story. After all, it was only one dead ambassador.

This is a stunning report by Catherine Herridge:

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Californicate Says It Will Become a “Sanctuary State” for Illegal Shitskins

Sorry, Californicate, but the joke is on you. State laws can’t supersede federal laws [1]. Federal law bans “aiding and abetting” illegal immigrants.

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[1] “The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land. It provides that state courts are bound by the supreme law; in case of conflict between federal and state law, the federal law must be applied.” — Wikipedia

MSNBC Republicans Gush Over Hillary’s Book, Charges of ‘Misogyny’

<p>On Tuesday's <em>Deadline: White House</em> on MSNBC, host Nicolle Wallace led a panel which gushed over and sympathized with Hillary Clinton's complaints about having to face "misogyny" in her presidential campaign. Although Wallace and MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan have a history of being Republicans, they sounded very similar to the rest of the liberal media as they covered for Hillary's involvement in trying to silence women who had been harassed or assaulted by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.</p>

Cupp Mocks Hillary’s Stages of Grief With Dramatic Reading of New Book

<p>The latest memoir of two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was officially released on Tuesday to much acclaim by the liberal media. But on HLN’s <em>S.E. Cupp Unfiltered</em> the conservative host kicked off her show by ridiculing it as Clinton walking the reader through her five stages of grief. And to demonstrate the ridiculousness of the book, her and TV’s Andy Levy performed a dramatic reading for the rest of the panel.</p>

Mexican Diplomat Says US Losses Are Wins For Mexico If It Comes To Young Immigrants Being Deported

Mexico is calling. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mexico’s top diplomat on Tuesday said his country is taking steps to ease the return of young immigrants whose deportation protection is being rescinded by the Trump administration, but he also acknowledged they would prefer to stay in the United States. On a visit to Los Angeles, Foreign […]

Concealed Carry Gets Boost from Black Women on Chicago’s South Side

In this May 27, 2017, photo,Marchelle Tigner, a firearms instructor, teaches a student how to shoot a gun during a class in Lawrenceville, Ga. Tigner's goal is to train 1 million women how to shoot a gun in her lifetime. She is among the nation's black women gun owners who say they are picking up firearms for self-protection. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)
Black women on Chicago's South Side are getting their concealed carry permits and arming up in light of the city's continual violence.

War of Words: Dem Rep. Luis Gutierrez Fires Back at ‘Mean’ John Kelly (VIDEO)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) has responded to John Kelly after being called out for saying the Chief of Staff  is a ‘disgrace to the uniform.’ According to Gutierrez, the retired four-star Marine general isn’t actually a general, rather he’s a politician. 

 

Video Credit: Fox Insider

Fox Insider reports:

Gutierrez said Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, is “a politician, OK, not a general.”

“What could be more mean and more vicious than to say ‘you’ve got six months to pack up…and leave the United States’,” Gutierrez said.

“I don’t see [him wearing] a uniform,” Gutierrez told the Washington Post. “He’s a politician who works for Donald Trump.”

He said that the retired officer “did nothing” when Trump impugned Vietnam War veteran Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last year, saying he preferred soldiers who “weren’t captured.”

In an exclusive email to Fox News, Kelly zinged Gutierrez after the amnesty-loving lawmaker called him a ‘disgrace to the uniform.’

Fox News reports:

In an email to Fox News late Sunday, Kelly responded by saying Congress did “nothing” to help so-called Dreamers when they had the chance.

“As far as the congressman and other irresponsible members of congress are concerned, they have the luxury of saying what they want as they do nothing and have almost no responsibility,” Kelly said. “They can call people liars but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them.  As my blessed mother used to say ‘empty barrels make the most noise.’”

He concluded, “The congressman has a right to his opinion.”

Gutierrez was arrested last month, along with 30 other protesters, outside of the White House during a DACA rally.

The Daily Caller reports:

Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois was arrested along with roughly 30 fellow protesters outside the White House during a gathering commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The protesters were arrested for sitting on the sidewalk outside the White House after attending a rally in Lafayette Square across the street, according to The Hill. Gutierrez, a well-known immigration advocate, defended the protest shortly before his arrest.

“The same values that I inculcated in my daughters, that my wife and I raised them, [Dreamers] are an example and exemplify them. Their dreams are just like my kids’ dreams,” Gutiérrez told The Hill shortly before his arrest.

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Matthews Hails ‘Profound’ Book by ‘Moderate’ Hillary Despite Not Reading the Whole Thing

<p>Seemingly everyone has an opinion about Hillary Clinton’s pity party/book <em>What Happened </em>and so, it was <em>Hardball</em>’s turn on Tuesday. Host Chris Matthews proclaimed it to be “a very profound and candid book” by “moderate” Hillary despite the fact that he hasn’t read the whole book yet.<br />  </p>

Exclusive: Paul Ryan Reportedly Says No Chance for Border Wall at Private Dinner

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Paul Ryan at a private dinner earlier this year said he thought only "one member" wanted to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

Web Exclusive: State Department Dumped Benghazi Security Contractor 12 Days Before Attack


A State Department security contractor says that it was asked to provide security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi after a rival company failed to do the job, just 12 days before the terror attack of Sep. 11, 2012, which claimed the lives of four Americans.

Trump Warns North Korea: UN Sanctions ‘Nothing’ Compared To What’s Next

And that may be coming. Via Fox News: President Trump warned North Korea on Tuesday that the sanctions imposed a day earlier on the regime by the U.N. Security Council are “nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen.” The president’s comments are the latest tough talk against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, […]

ROGER STONE EXCLUSIVE: The Politics of Marijuana and the Bogus Boycott

By Roger Stone

The fate of legalized medicinal marijuana in the United States was in a precarious place last week. Even though every appropriation passed by the House in Congress since 2014 included an amendment that explicitly denied the Department of Justice funding for a crackdown on marijuana in the states where it has been legalized. This amendment has broad bipartisan support in both houses of Congress, essentially a coalition of Liberal Democrats and Libertarians in freedom Caucus minded Republicans.

Suddenly after intense lobbying by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, the House rules committee said they would not allow the amendment to be attached to the current appropriations. Recall that Sessions had actually formally written a letter to Congress asking them to vacate the previously passed amendment by not attaching the rider.

Fortunately, with the support of President Trump and Senator Schumer, the amendment was attached to the emergency appropriation for Hurricane Harvey. I was in Washington, embedded on Capitol Hill, making calls and meeting with pro marijuana confederates. This has the effect of protecting millions of Americans legal access to cannabis for medicinal purposes at least until December.

Sessions’ aggressiveness and his obvious plan to reignite the field war on drugs which has already cost taxpayers billions, destroyed families and lives and had no impact whatsoever on the level of illegal drug activity in the United States. It is clear this is in direct contradiction to the position of candidate and President Donald J Trump who very clearly said he supported state’s rights when it came to the question of legalizing marijuana particularly for medicinal purposes.

Recently I launched a bipartisan effort – the United States Cannabis Coalition -to persuade President Donald Trump to honor this pledge made during the presidential campaign to respect the states’ rights to legalize marijuana. We want the President to order Attorney General Jeff Sessions to continue to honor the ‘Holder Memo” which ordered the feds to stand down on enforcement in the States where cannabis has been legalized under President Obama.

 I am not a newcomer to this cause. I have written, spoken, marched and rallied for drug law reform for 20 years. I spoke at a “Countdown to Justice” rally along with Russell Simmons and Rev. Al Sharpton demanding reform of New York’s draconian Rockefeller drug laws, among the most racist in the nation. I actively wrote and spoke for reforms to the New York law in 2006 and 2008. I am also a witness in a new lawsuit filed against the Federal government to overturn the feds classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug.

Partnering with me in this important endeavor is Orlando trial attorney and major Clinton donor and fundraiser John Morgan, Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano, Congressman Matt Gaetz and HBO’s Bill Maher among others.

I spoke to the Cannabis Business Expo in New York City in June, and the bipartisan approach I outlined including an effort to take Cannabis off the Schedule 1 drug classification so doctors can prescribe it to people who might benefit, was well received. I was scheduled to speak before the LA- based Cannabis Business Expo on Sept 14.

Shortly thereafter, a small group of dissidents announced a boycott and began pressuring the Expo organizers to cancel my scheduled speech. The basis of their objection are things I have tweeted that they deemed to be racist-  but it is vital to know that everything they cite is based on documentation from Media Matters for America. My twitter feed is lively and not for the faint of heart. I comment on many matters. This bogus claim I am a racist, anti-Semite or misogynist is based on old tweets that are either taken out of context, twisted or in some cases simply fabricated. I most certainly never referred to myself as a ‘N*gga with a Nixon Tattoo.”

 Even though this attack on me was both orchestrated and based on a false narrative of who I am in what my motives are I was deeply disappointed in the organizers of the expo who canceled my speech, stampeded by a small but well-organized group of loudmouths more interested in scoring political points than in the future of continued legal access to cannabis.

Taking credit for abridging my First Amendment rights is something called The Minority Cannabis Business Association headed by a woman who calls herself “Mo Money” or something.  In her Facebook posts Ms. Money betrays her stunning ignorance.

They objected to my speaking due to my “deplorable racist, misogynistic and anti- Semitic rhetoric while many of the alleged quotes that offend them are simply fabricated things I never said. I did actually issue a public apology to Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Alan West and Roland Martin for using the word “negro” in an attempt to be sarcastic. Criticism of individual women does not make one a misogynist nor does criticism of an individual Jewish person make you an anti-Semite. This is simply recycled David Brock Bull shit.

 Ironically Ms. Money says she conferred with the Rev. Al Sharpton who is being paid $25,000 to speak at the same World Cannabis Business Expo in Los Angeles while I was speaking pro bono. Perhaps Ms. Monty is unaware of long-standing charges of anti-Semitism against Rev. Sharpton based on things he has said that could be construed as viciously anti-Semitic. Rev. Sharpton has apologized and atoned for many of these utterances and I for one have a forgiven him. Others say that he should be prevented from speaking at the Los Angeles Expo. Does Ms. Money see the hypocrisy of her attack on me while turning a blind eye to Sharpton’s rhetorical excesses?

The Minority Cannabis Business Association said that I “should be prevented from speaking because of my uplifting of some of the worst drug warriors in our country to prominence and Presidency, such as Nixon, Reagan and Trump. Is she kidding?   When it comes to the failed, expensive and racist war on drugs, both political parties are complicit and there’s plenty of blame to go around.

Just in terms of raw numbers of those prosecuted under our archaic Federal drug laws, Obama and Clinton make Reagan and Nixon look like pikers. Let’s not forget that it was Bill and Hillary Clinton who brought us the 1994 crime bill, among the most racist tools of the war on drugs. A close examination of Vice President Joe Biden’s record will show that he is perhaps the greatest drug warrior of all time. Hillary’s vice-presidential candidate, Tim Kaine is also a total prohibitionist. Like I say, there’s plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the nation’s current drug law fiasco.

Despite all of this I am prepared to work with any Democrat, liberal, or socialist who supports legalized cannabis and wants to avert the reigniting of the war on drugs under President Donald Trump.
Not content to malign me, Ms. Money of the Minority Cannabis Business Association goes on to attack the co-chairman of United States Cannabis Coalition Orlando , John Morgan. Morgan selflessly financed and provided the strategy for an effort that was ultimately successful to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in the state of Florida. Morgan is also a prominent trial attorney, Democratic fundraiser and potential Democratic candidate for Governor in 2018.

Ms. Money of the Minority Cannabis association actually said Morgan’s Amendment 2 “was one of the most restrictive cannabis legalization laws for small business growth and minority entrepreneurship in the country.”

Does Ms. Money not realize is that while Morgan successfully passed a Constitutional amendment that mandated the legalization of marijuana he is not responsible for the legislation which the legislature must pass to enact the will of people.  Ms. Money accused me of lobbying for this law when all I did was vote for it like millions of other Floridians. Clearly Ms. Money and her no doubt massive association have no idea what they are talking about.

In fact, Morgan is in court right now trying to overturn a portion of the law which actually says the patient using marijuana legally may not smoke it. John Morgan is a hero who will make not a penny from the legalized marijuana business. He is willing to reach across the aisle and work with anyone who agrees with him on the issue of legal public access to marijuana.

I will not be silenced by a small group of people who have accomplished nothing in the current struggle to preserve the states’ rights to legalize marijuana. I have the ear of the President. Do they?

For those who are looking forward to my speech in Los Angeles on September 14, fear not. I will be speaking at noon at the Alchemy Lounge at 603 W. Pico Blvd, only steps from the Cannabis World Business Exposition in Los Angeles. See you there.

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ESPN’s Jemele Hill Gets Off Light After Nasty Race-Laden Anti-Trump Tweets

<p>Setting the bar at street level, ESPN's Jemele Hill tweeted yesterday that President Donald Trump is a bigot and the worst president of her lifetime. ESPN responded to her unprofessional, unhinged rant with a light, but public, reprimand.</p>

Full SCOTUS Keeps Trump Travel Ban in Place Till October

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At least four more Supreme Court Justices signed on to Justice Anthony Kennedy's stay of the Ninth and Fourth Circuits Tuesday, keeping President Donald Trump's ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries in place until the final case is heard this October.

McConnell Says Dems Are In For A Disappointment With Trump Debt Deal

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Seattle’s Democratic Mayor Ed Murray Finally Resigns, Almost a Decade After Disgraceful Local Press Coverup

<p>The world finally got an answer today to this question: "How many serious allegations of sexual abuse of minors have to be brought forth against Democrat Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle before he'll do the right thing and resign?" Early Tuesday, Murray's fifth accuser came forward. Hours later, he resigned, effective Wednesday afternoon. Thus ends one of the most disgraceful sagas in the history of local media anywhere.</p>

Bernie Has $5M+ Left In His Campaign Account, But Stiffs Multiple CA Cities For $327K In Security Costs

Stiffs all the cities where his leftist buddies live. Via Daily Caller: Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign currently owes a disputed $450,000 to the various municipalities the Vermont lawmaker visited throughout the race. Sanders’ campaign has reportedly failed to make good on hundreds of thousands of dollars in event security costs owed to […]

Hillary: Comey Letter ‘Hurt Me’ Among Women – It Allowed Husbands to Tell Wives ‘She’s Going to be in Jail’

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During an interview with Vox on Tuesday, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton argued that without FBI Director James Comey, she could have picked up a point or two more among white women and that Comey allowed husbands and boyfriends to tell their wives and girlfriends that Clinton would end up in jail. Clinton began by saying that white voters have been leaving the Democratic Party since Lyndon Johnson predicted they would. She added that gender isn’t “the motivating factor that race was for President Obama.” Clinton then cited research that Sheryl Sandberg discussed with her about women become less likeable the more professionally successful they become and women being seen unfavorably when they advocate for themselves. She then stated, “Now, I believe, absent Comey, I might have picked up 1 or 2 points among white women.” Clinton then cited her polling in the Philadelphia suburbs before the Comey letter compared to how she did in the election in those suburbs. She continued, “It stopped my momentum. And it hurt me, particularly among women. And I have so much anecdotal evidence for this. And now, researchers are starting to pull some of this together. You know, all of a sudden, the husband turns to

BREAKING: Gay Seattle Mayor Resigns After Fifth Child Sex-Abuse Allegation Is From A Relative

He stopped persisting. Update to this story. Via Seattle Times: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday, just hours after new allegations that he sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in New York. Murray, a former Democratic state legislator elected mayor in 2013, said in a statement that he is resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday. […]

North Korean Hackers Stealing Bitcoin to Circumvent Sanctions

Pyongyang seeks new revenue streams amid international condemnation

BREAKING: Supreme Court Hands Trump Another Travel Ban Win

More winning! Via Daily Caller: The U.S. Supreme Court stayed a lower court ruling which narrowed enforcement of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, handing the administration another victory on a signature immigration policy initiative. As a result of the order, some 25,000 refugees are temporarily barred from resettlement in the United States. The dispute concerned […]

Gatekeeper of DC Society Sally Quinn Comes Out as Occultist, Used Hex to Kill People


The Queen of Camelot is an occultist, a witch of sorts who honestly believes (according to her own memoir) that she murdered three innocent people through the dark art of the hex.

“Don’t Give a F*ck” Book Outselling Hillary’s “What Happened”

We have a limited amount of f*cks to give, says book beating out Hillary's memoir

The First White President

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates (Credit Image: © Cheriss May/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)

The foundation of Donald Trumpʼs presidency is the negation of Barack Obamaʼs legacy.

It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them.

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His political career began in advocacy of birtherism, that modern recasting of  the old American precept that black people are not fit to be citizens of the country they built. But long before birtherism, Trump had made his worldview clear. He fought to keep blacks out of his buildings, according to the U.S. government; called for the death penalty for the eventually exonerated Central Park Five; and railed against “lazy” black employees. “Black guys counting my money! I hate it,” Trump was once quoted as saying. “The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” After his cabal of conspiracy theorists forced Barack Obama to present his birth certificate, Trump demanded the president’s college grades (offering $5 million in exchange for them), insisting that Obama was not intelligent enough to have gone to an Ivy League school, and that his acclaimed memoir, Dreams From My Father, had been ghostwritten by a white man, Bill Ayers.

It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true—his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power.

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Trump’s rise was shepherded by Steve Bannon, a man who mocks his white male critics as “cucks.” The word, derived from cuckold, is specifically meant to debase by fear and fantasy—the target is so weak that he would submit to the humiliation of having his white wife lie with black men. That the slur cuck casts white men as victims aligns with the dicta of whiteness, which seek to alchemize one’s profligate sins into virtue. So it was with Virginia slaveholders claiming that Britain sought to make slaves of them. So it was with marauding Klansmen organized against alleged rapes and other outrages. So it was with a candidate who called for a foreign power to hack his opponent’s email and who now, as president, is claiming to be the victim of “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”

In Trump, white supremacists see one of their own. Only grudgingly did Trump denounce the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke, one of its former grand wizards— and after the clashes between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, Duke in turn praised Trump’s contentious claim that “both sides” were responsible for the violence.

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Replacing Obama is not enough—Trump has made the negation of Obama’s legacy the foundation of his own. And this too is whiteness. “Race is an idea, not a fact,” the historian Nell Irvin Painter has written, and essential to the construct of a “white race” is the idea of not being a nigger. Before Barack Obama, niggers could be manufactured out of Sister Souljahs, Willie Hortons, and Dusky Sallys. But Donald Trump arrived in the wake of something more potent—an entire nigger presidency with nigger health care, nigger climate accords, and nigger justice reform, all of which could be targeted for destruction or redemption, thus reifying the idea of being white. Trump truly is something new—the first president whose entire political existence hinges on the fact of a black president. And so it will not suffice to say that Trump is a white man like all the others who rose to become president. He must be called by his rightful honorific—America’s first white president.

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“We so obviously despise them, we so obviously condescend to them,” the conservative social scientist Charles Murray, who co-wrote The Bell Curve, recently told The New Yorker, speaking of the white working class. “The only slur you can use at a dinner party and get away with is to call somebody a redneck— that won’t give you any problems in Manhattan.”

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“The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes,” charged the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, “is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we’re seeing now.”

That black people, who have lived for centuries under such derision and condescension, have not yet been driven into the arms of Trump does not trouble these theoreticians. After all, in this analysis, Trump’s racism and the racism of his supporters are incidental to his rise. Indeed, the alleged glee with which liberals call out Trump’s bigotry is assigned even more power than the bigotry itself. Ostensibly assaulted by campus protests, battered by arguments about intersectionality, and oppressed by new bathroom rights, a blameless white working class did the only thing any reasonable polity might: elect an orcish reality-television star who insists on taking his intelligence briefings in picture- book form.

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Speaking in 1848, Senator John C. Calhoun saw slavery as the explicit foundation for a democratic union among whites, working and not:

With us the two great divisions of society are not the rich and poor, but white and black; and all the former, the poor as well as the rich, belong to the upper class, and are respected and treated as equals.

On the eve of secession, Jefferson Davis, the eventual president of the Confederacy, pushed the idea further, arguing that such equality between the white working class and white oligarchs could not exist at all without black slavery:

I say that the lower race of human beings that constitute the substratum of what is termed the slave population of the South, elevates every white man in our community … It is the presence of a lower caste, those lower by their mental and physical organization, controlled by the higher intellect of the white man, that gives this superiority to the white laborer. Menial services are not there performed by the white man. We have none of our brethren sunk to the degradation of being menials. That belongs to the lower race—the descendants of Ham.

Southern intellectuals found a shade of agreement with Northern white reformers who, while not agreeing on slavery, agreed on the nature of the most tragic victim of emerging capitalism. “I was formerly like yourself, sir, a very warm advocate of the abolition of slavery,” the labor reformer George Henry Evans argued in a letter to the abolitionist Gerrit Smith. “This was before I saw that there was white slavery.” Evans was a putative ally of Smith and his fellow abolitionists. But still he asserted that “the landless white” was worse off than the enslaved black, who at least enjoyed “surety of support in sickness and old age.”

Invokers of “white slavery” held that there was nothing unique in the enslavement of blacks when measured against the enslavement of all workers. What evil there was in enslavement resulted from its status as a subsidiary of the broader exploitation better seen among the country’s noble laboring whites.

Once the larger problem of white exploitation was solved, the dependent problem of black exploitation could be confronted or perhaps would fade away. Abolitionists focused on slavery were dismissed as “substitutionists” who wished to trade one form of slavery for another. “If I am less troubled concerning the Slavery prevalent in Charleston or New-Orleans,” wrote the reformer Horace Greeley, “it is because I see so much Slavery in New-York, which appears to claim my first efforts.”

Firsthand reports by white Union soldiers who witnessed actual slavery during the Civil War rendered the “white slavery” argument ridiculous. But its operating premises—white labor as noble archetype, and black labor as something else—lived on. This was a matter of rhetoric, not fact. The noble-white-labor archetype did not give white workers immunity from capitalism. It could not, in itself, break monopolies, alleviate white poverty in Appalachia or the South, or bring a decent wage to immigrant ghettos in the North. But the model for America’s original identity politics was set. Black lives literally did not matter and could be cast aside altogether as the price of even incremental gains for the white masses. It was this juxtaposition that allowed Theodore Bilbo to campaign for the Senate in the 1930s as someone who would “raise the same kind of hell as President Roosevelt” and later endorse lynching black people to keep them from voting.

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It had been only 18 years since the Cicero riots; eight years since Daisy and Bill Myers had been run out of Levittown, Pennsylvania; three years since Martin Luther King Jr. had been stoned while walking through Chicago’s Marquette Park. But as the myth of the virtuous white working class was made central to American identity, its sins needed to be rendered invisible. The fact was, working-class whites had been agents of racist terrorism since at least the draft riots of 1863; terrorism could not be neatly separated from the racist animus found in every class of whites. Indeed, in the era of lynching, the daily newspapers often whipped up the fury of the white masses by invoking the last species of property that all white men held in common—white women. But to conceal the breadth of white racism, these racist outbursts were often disregarded or treated not as racism but as the unfortunate side effect of legitimate grievances against capital. By focusing on that sympathetic laboring class, the sins of whiteness itself were, and are still being, evaded.

When David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, shocked the country in 1990 by almost winning one of Louisiana’s seats in the U.S. Senate, the apologists came out once again. They elided the obvious—that Duke had appealed to the racist instincts of a state whose schools are, at this very moment, still desegregating—and instead decided that something else was afoot. “There is a tremendous amount of anger and frustration among working-class whites, particularly where there is an economic downturn,” a researcher told the Los Angeles Times. “These people feel left out; they feel government is not responsive to them.” By this logic, postwar America—with its booming economy and low unemployment—should have been an egalitarian utopia and not the violently segregated country it actually was.

But this was the past made present. It was not important to the apologists that a large swath of Louisiana’s white population thought it was a good idea to send a white supremacist who once fronted a terrorist organization to the nation’s capital. Nor was it important that blacks in Louisiana had long felt left out. What was important was the fraying of an ancient bargain, and the potential degradation of white workers to the level of “negers.”

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The key, then, is to address those broader patterns that afflict the masses of all races; the people who suffer from those patterns more than others (blacks, for instance) will benefit disproportionately from that which benefits everyone. “These days, what ails working-class and middle-class blacks and Latinos is not fundamentally different from what ails their white counterparts,” Senator Barack Obama wrote in 2006:

Downsizing, outsourcing, automation, wage stagnation, the dismantling of employer-based health-care and pension plans, and schools that fail to teach young people the skills they need to compete in a global economy

Obama allowed that “blacks in particular have been vulnerable to these trends”—but less because of racism than for reasons of geography and job-sector distribution. This notion—raceless antiracism—marks the modern left, from the New Democrat Bill Clinton to the socialist Bernie Sanders. Few national liberal politicians have shown any recognition that there is something systemic and particular in the relationship between black people and their country that might require specific policy solutions.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton acknowledged the existence of systemic racism more explicitly than any of her modern Democratic predecessors. She had to— black voters remembered too well the previous Clinton administration, as well as her previous campaign. While her husband’s administration had touted the rising-tide theory of economic growth, it did so while slashing welfare and getting “tough on crime,” a phrase that stood for specific policies but also served as rhetorical bait for white voters. One is tempted to excuse Hillary Clinton from having to answer for the sins of her husband. But in her 2008 campaign, she evoked the old dichotomy between white workers and loafing blacks, claiming to be the representative of “hardworking Americans, white Americans.” By the end of the 2008 primary campaign against Barack Obama, her advisers were hoping someone would uncover an apocryphal “whitey tape,” in which an angry Michelle Obama was alleged to have used the slur.

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“You can’t eat equality,” asserts Joe Biden—a statement worthy of someone unthreatened by the loss of wages brought on by an unwanted pregnancy, a background-check box at the bottom of a job application, or the deportation of a breadwinner. Within a week of Sanders lambasting Democrats for not speaking to “the people” where he “came from,” he was making an example of a woman who dreamed of representing the people where she came from. Confronted with a young woman who hoped to become the second Latina senator in American history, Sanders responded with a parody of the Clinton campaign: “It is not good enough for someone to say, ‘I’m a woman! Vote for me!’ No, that’s not good enough … One of the struggles that you’re going to be seeing in the Democratic Party is whether we go beyond identity politics.” The upshot—attacking one specimen of identity politics after having invoked another—was unfortunate.

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One can, to some extent, understand politicians’ embracing a self-serving identity politics. Candidates for high office, such as Sanders, have to cobble together a coalition. The white working class is seen, understandably, as a large cache of potential votes, and capturing these votes requires eliding uncomfortable truths. But journalists have no such excuse. Again and again in the past year, Nicholas Kristof could be found pleading with his fellow liberals not to dismiss his old comrades in the white working class as bigots—even when their bigotry was evidenced in his own reporting. A visit to Tulsa, Oklahoma, finds Kristof wondering why Trump voters support a president who threatens to cut the programs they depend on. But the problem, according to Kristof ’s interviewees, isn’t Trump’s attack on benefits so much as an attack on their benefits. “There’s a lot of wasteful spending, so cut other places,” one man tells Kristof. When Kristof pushes his subjects to identify that wasteful spending, a fascinating target is revealed: “Obama phones,” the products of a fevered conspiracy theory that turned a long-standing government program into a scheme through which the then-president gave away free cellphones to undeserving blacks. Kristof doesn’t shift his analysis based on this comment and, aside from a one-sentence fact-check tucked between parentheses, continues on as though it were never said.

Observing a Trump supporter in the act of deploying racism does not much perturb Kristof. That is because his defenses of the innate goodness of Trump voters and of the innate goodness of the white working class are in fact defenses of neither. On the contrary, the white working class functions rhetorically not as a real community of people so much as a tool to quiet the demands of those who want a more inclusive America.

Mark Lilla’s New York Times essay “The End of Identity Liberalism,” published not long after last year’s election, is perhaps the most profound example of this genre. Lilla denounces the perversion of liberalism into “a kind of moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity,” which distorted liberalism’s message “and prevented it from becoming a unifying force capable of governing.” Liberals have turned away from their working-class base, he says, and must look to the “pre-identity liberalism” of Bill Clinton and Franklin D. Roosevelt. You would never know from this essay that Bill Clinton was one of the most skillful identity politicians of his era—flying home to Arkansas to see a black man, the lobotomized Ricky Ray Rector, executed; upstaging Jesse Jackson at his own conference; signing the Defense of Marriage Act. Nor would you know that the “pre-identity” liberal champion Roosevelt depended on the literally lethal identity politics of the white-supremacist “solid South.” The name Barack Obama does not appear in Lilla’s essay, and he never attempts to grapple, one way or another, with the fact that it was identity politics—the possibility of the first black president—that brought a record number of black voters to the polls, winning the election for the Democratic Party, and thus enabling the deliverance of the ancient liberal goal of national health care. “Identity politics … is largely expressive, not persuasive,” Lilla claims. “Which is why it never wins elections— but can lose them.” That Trump ran and won on identity politics is beyond Lilla’s powers of conception. What appeals to the white working class is ennobled.

What appeals to black workers, and all others outside the tribe, is dastardly identitarianism. All politics are identity politics—except the politics of white people, the politics of the bloody heirloom.

White tribalism haunts even more-nuanced writers. George Packer’s New Yorker essay “The Unconnected” is a lengthy plea for liberals to focus more on the white working class, a population that “has succumbed to the ills that used to be associated with the black urban ‘underclass.’ Packer believes that these ills, and the Democratic Party’s failure to respond to them, explain much of Trump’s rise. Packer offers no opinion polls to weigh white workers’ views on “elites,” much less their views on racism. He offers no sense of how their views and their relationship to Trump differ from other workers’ and other whites’.

That is likely because any empirical evaluation of the relationship between Trump and the white working class would reveal that one adjective in that phrase is doing more work than the other. In 2016, Trump enjoyed majority or plurality support among every economic branch of whites. It is true that his strongest support among whites came from those making $50,000 to $99,999. This would be something more than working-class in many nonwhite neighborhoods, but even if one accepts that branch as the working class, the difference between how various groups in this income bracket voted is revealing. Sixty-one percent of whites in this “working class” supported Trump. Only 24 percent of Hispanics and 11 percent of blacks did. Indeed, the plurality of all voters making less than

$100,000 and the majority making less than $50,000 voted for the Democratic candidate. So when Packer laments the fact that “Democrats can no longer really

claim to be the party of working people—not white ones, anyway,” he commits a kind of category error. The real problem is that Democrats aren’t the party of white people—working or otherwise. White workers are not divided by the fact of labor from other white demographics; they are divided from all other laborers by the fact of their whiteness.

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The dent of racism is not hard to detect in West Virginia. In the 2008 Democratic primary there, 95 percent of the voters were white. Twenty percent of those—one in five—openly admitted that race was influencing their vote, and more than 80 percent voted for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. Four years later, the incumbent Obama lost the primary in 10 counties to Keith Judd, a white felon incarcerated in a federal prison; Judd racked up more than 40 percent of the Democratic-primary vote in the state. A simple thought experiment: Can one imagine a black felon in a federal prison running in a primary against an incumbent white president doing so well?

But racism occupies a mostly passive place in Packer’s essay. There’s no attempt to understand why black and brown workers, victimized by the same new economy and cosmopolitan elite that Packer lambastes, did not join the Trump revolution. Like Kristof, Packer is gentle with his subjects. When a woman “exploded” and told Packer, “I want to eat what I want to eat, and for them to tell me I can’t eat French fries or Coca-Cola—no way,” he sees this as a rebellion against “the moral superiority of elites.” In fact, this elite conspiracy dates back to 1894, when the government first began advising Americans on their diets. As recently as 2002, President George W. Bush launched the HealthierUS initiative, urging Americans to exercise and eat healthy food. But Packer never allows himself to wonder whether the explosion he witnessed had anything to do with the fact that similar advice now came from the country’s first black first lady. Packer concludes that Obama was leaving the country “more divided and angrier than most Americans can remember,” a statement that is likely true only because most Americans identify as white. Certainly the men and women forced to live in the wake of the beating of John Lewis, the lynching of Emmett Till, the firebombing of Percy Julian’s home, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers would disagree.

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When Barack Obama came into office, in 2009, he believed that he could work with “sensible” conservatives by embracing aspects of their policy as his own. Instead he found that his very imprimatur made that impossible. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the GOP’s primary goal was not to find common ground but to make Obama a “one-term president.” A health-care plan inspired by Romneycare was, when proposed by Obama, suddenly considered socialist and, not coincidentally, a form of reparations. The first black president found that he was personally toxic to the GOP base. An entire political party was organized around the explicit aim of negating one man. It was thought by Obama and some of his allies that this toxicity was the result of a relentless assault waged by Fox News and right-wing talk radio. Trump’s genius was to see that it was something more, that it was a hunger for revanche so strong that a political novice and accused rapist could topple the leadership of one major party and throttle the heavily favored nominee of the other.

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” Trump bragged in January 2016. This statement should be met with only a modicum of skepticism. Trump has mocked the disabled, withstood multiple accusations of sexual violence (all of which he has denied), fired an FBI director, sent his minions to mislead the public about his motives, personally exposed those lies by boldly stating his aim to scuttle an investigation into his possible collusion with a foreign power, then bragged about that same obstruction to representatives of that same foreign power. It is utterly impossible to conjure a black facsimile of Donald Trump—to imagine Obama, say, implicating an opponent’s father in the assassination of an American president or comparing his physical endowment with that of another candidate and then successfully capturing the presidency. Trump, more than any other politician, understood the valence of the bloody heirloom and the great power in not being a nigger.

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It has long been an axiom among certain black writers and thinkers that while whiteness endangers the bodies of black people in the immediate sense, the larger threat is to white people themselves, the shared country, and even the whole world. There is an impulse to blanch at this sort of grandiosity. When W. E. B. Du Bois claims that slavery was “singularly disastrous for modern civilization” or James Baldwin claims that whites “have brought humanity to the edge of oblivion: because they think they are white,” the instinct is to cry exaggeration. But there really is no other way to read the presidency of Donald Trump. The first white president in American history is also the most dangerous president—and he is made more dangerous still by the fact that those charged with analyzing him cannot name his essential nature, because they too are implicated in it.

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Christopher Columbus Statue in Central Park Defaced

The statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park was vandalized on Tuesday with blood-red paint on his hands and the words ‘Hate will not be tolerated’ on the pedestal.

The defacer also left an ominous note at the bottom of the seven-foot-tall bronze statue that reads: ‘#somethingiscoming’.

A Central Park Conservancy employee came across the painted-on statue around 7am Tuesday and immediately called the police, the New York Post reported.

The statue is located in the southern portion of the park at the foot of The Mall walkway near Center Drive.

A piece of paper was also attacked to the pedestal that said: ‘Save your soul’ – again with the hashtag ‘#somethingiscoming’.

The messages likely refer to the failed explorer’s legacy of rape and murder of native people when he landed in America, thinking he toured the world and reached India.

Shari Berger said the vandalism didn’t surprise her.

‘It reflects a lot of what’s going on in the world right now, it’s about the unrest in the world,’ the 54-year-old told the Post as she was walking her dog.

However, Berger said the graffiti bothered her because ‘it’s not positive, it’s destructive.’

Another New Yorker, Sallyanne said the vandalism didn’t bother her, and that it was an act of free speech.

‘I’d rather see that [free speech] than violence,’ the 35-year-old from Brooklyn explained.

‘We’re reflecting on our past and terrible things that happened.’

But to Lois Hammett, a tourist from Tennessee walking through the park, the sight of vandalism in an otherwise beautiful park was ‘disgraceful.’

‘That’s the first thing I’ve seen in New York that makes me feel saddened and angry,’ Hammet said.

‘We have legal ways of protesting.’

Central Park Conservancy employees quickly removed the graffiti with acetone on Tuesday morning, and one was overheard saying that the red paint on Columbus’ hands might be hard to remove.

The conservancy is a nonprofit that oversees maintenance in the park.

Monuments named after the controversial 15th century explorer have become a topic of contention all around the United States amid a national debate about statues honoring infamous figures.

The debate got even louder in August when a white supremacist ran his car into a crowd of people protesting a white power march in Charlottesville, Virginia. The white power march was in protest of the removal of a statue of the infamous confederate leader Robert E Lee.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio put together a commission to review and recommend removal of any monuments deemed oppressive in light of the protests.

One of those statues is the 76-foot structure honoring the failed explorer in the center of the roundabout at Columbus circle.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has urged for that one to be taken down.

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Justice Department: No Charges for Police Officers in Freddie Gray Case

I Am Freddie Gray T-shirt

May 24, 2015 – Brooklyn – A t-shirt that proclaims ‘I am Freddie Gray’ hangs for sale at the DanceAfrica Festival. (Credit Image: © Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto/ZUMA Wire)

The US Department of Justice won’t bring federal charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray. The African-American man’s death in police custody prompted weeks of protests.

Gray, 25, died from a severe spinal injury in April 2015, after being arrested for having a switchblade and running away from police. He was loaded into a police van without a seat belt, while wearing handcuffs and shackles. The medical examiner found his spinal cord had been severed and ruled his death a homicide.

Federal officials have been looking into the case, to see whether Gray’s civil rights were violated during the arrest.

Billy Murphy, attorney for Gray’s family, said the Justice Department informed him on Tuesday that no charges will be filed.

The six Baltimore PD police officers faced state criminal charges, including manslaughter and second-degree murder. After one mistrial and two acquittals, state attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped all the charges. The officers still face an internal disciplinary trial, which begins October 30.

“We know that spines do not break without cause, and the DOJ and the BPD’s credibility to make change a reality in Baltimore hinges not just on their ability to institute much needed reforms to police training, policies, and practices, but also on their success in bringing to justice officers who abuse their power and take the lives of innocent residents,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president of NAACP’s legal defense fund, told the Baltimore Sun. “The onus is now on the BPD to hold these officers accountable at their disciplinary trials this fall and winter. Baltimore will be watching.”

A 2015 DOJ investigation of the Baltimore PD found the police was conducting unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests disproportionately targeting African-Americans, using excessive force, and retaliating against individuals for engaging in constitutionally-protected expression. The city and the DOJ reached a settlement on police reform in January.

In April, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested a delay in implementing the police reform plan, but a federal judge rejected that request.

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