United States Iraq veterans against Donald Trump

This video from the USA says about itself:

Iraq War Veteran on Protesting Trump: We Do Not Want to Be Used as Props for Hate

2 June 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is facing scrutiny this week after questions emerged over what happened to millions of dollars he allegedly raised for veterans at a fundraiser in January. Trump held the fundraiser on January 28 after he refused to take part in a debate organized by Fox News.

At the time, Trump claimed he had raised over $6 million, but a recent Washington Post investigation revealed that only about half of the money was actually paid out to veterans groups. Soon after the Post article was published, Trump began cutting more checks. More than a dozen veterans’ groups reported receiving money from Trump over the past week. On Tuesday, Trump held a press conference to defend his actions, and lambasted the press. Outside the press conference, members of the group Vets Vs. Hate protested. We speak to one of them, Iraq War veteran Julio Torres.

Third Veteran Dumped By Trump Because Of Military Service. Col. Charles Beattie served in Vietnam, but was denied a job with Trump Shuttle because of his military service: here.

Last week, our own Jessica Schulberg dove into the strange and scary world of Donald Trump’s neo-Nazi and white nationalist supporters. She found out that those guys and Trump’s Jewish supporters are both convinced that the candidate’s on their side. (They can’t both be right.) Then she wrote a story about it. We asked her about the piece: here.


11 thoughts on “United States Iraq veterans against Donald Trump

  1. On July 18, Republicans will gather in Cleveland to nominate Donald Trump as their Presidential candidate, ignoring his racism, sexism, and xenophobia.

    Why would any corporation want to endorse Trump’s hate speech? Coca-Cola and Microsoft have backed away from their support, but Google, Facebook and Twitter are still all in.

    Please join our friends at CREDO Action in telling these companies to stop bankrolling Trump’s hate.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik


    CREDO action

    Stop bankrolling Trump’s hate

    Tell companies sponsoring or considering sponsorship of the Republican National Convention:
    “Ensure that you do not help provide a platform for Donald Trump’s harmful and bigoted rhetoric by pledging not to sponsor the Republican National Convention if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee.”

    Dear Friend,

    Tell corporations to dump Trump

    Here we are. Donald Trump, whose campaign is rooted in racism, xenophobia and misogyny, is about to become the Republican nominee for president. Trump’s astonishing rise to power can, in part, be attributed to a media establishment that has given him a free pass — by both refusing to label his rhetoric as bigoted, dangerous and hateful and by lavishing him with free media and attention around the clock.

    As we approach the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July, we run the risk that corporate sponsorship of Trump’s coronation will not only give Trump another free pass, but a stamp of approval that will help sanitize and normalize his hate.

    Tell corporations: No stamp of approval for Trump’s hate. Click here to sign the petition.

    CREDO activists have been working with our friends at ColorOfChange, as well as with other progressive allies, to pressure corporations to disassociate their brands from the RNC and Trump’s hate. We’ve already had major progress with Coca-Cola and Microsoft.1, 2 But while there are reports that some corporations are becoming increasingly nervous about sponsoring a Trump-led convention, other companies, like Google, Facebook and Twitter, have decided to put their stamps of approval on Trump’s divisive and bigoted platform.3

    It’s important for companies to be reminded that sponsorship of a Trump-led convention helps legitimize and normalize Trump’s hate. The platform they will be funding and helping to champion includes:

    Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals; Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims, including U.S. citizens, from entering the United States;
    Trump’s rhetoric encouraging his supporters to target protesters at his rallies with violence and his justification and endorsement of the violence his supporters commit;
    Trump’s consistent misogyny and his commitment to end abortion access for women, and
    Trump’s threat that there will be riots if he gets the most votes but does not win the Republican nomination.

    It is irresponsible and dangerous for corporations like Google and Facebook to promote Trump’s hate by sponsoring the Republican convention. We need to ramp up the pressure to get them to reconsider their decisions and to make sure that any company considering supporting the RNC backs away. Can you add your voice today?

    Tell corporations: Pledge not to sponsor a Trump-led Republican convention. Click here to sign the petition.

    CNN recently reported that a number of high profile Republican politicians are considering skipping the convention because they’re “fearful of a potential melee in Cleveland this summer.”4If the Republican convention is too divisive and violent for Republican leaders to show up, then there is no reason corporations should be sponsoring it.

    Now is the right time to make clear that companies have a choice: either stand up for diversity and inclusion and back away from Trump’s hate, or publicly align their brands with Trump’s toxic candidacy. We know that corporate leaders won’t act unless they know that hundreds of thousands of people expect them to do the right thing. Can you help increase the pressure today?

    Tell corporations: Pledge not to sponsor a Trump-led Republican convention. Click the link below to sign the petition:


    Thanks for standing up to Trump’s racism, misogyny and xenophobia,

    Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
    CREDO Action from Working Assets


    Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman, “Corporations Grow Nervous About Participating in Republican Convention,” New York Times, March 30, 2016.
    Nicholas Confessore, “Microsoft Will Not Donate Money to Republicans’ Convention,” New York Times, April 29, 2016.
    Mark Trujillo, “Facebook, Twitter taking part in GOP convention despite anti-Trump pressure,” The Hill, May 5, 2016.
    Manu Raju and Deirdre Walsh, “Top Republicans may skip GOP convention,” CNN, April 12, 2016.


  2. Mon Jun 6, 2016 11:41 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

    “raccoon” redwoodsaurus


    Trump’s campaign continues to defend his racist attacks against a federal judge

    To defend real estate mogul Donald Trump’s claim that a federal judge is biased against him because of his “Mexican heritage,” his campaign spokeswoman argued on Monday that it also would be acceptable to accuse a female judge of bias on the basis of gender. “Well, it would depend on her past and decisions she made as a judge,” Trump’s national spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said. Noting that Trump’s sister is also a federal judge, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Pierson if it would be “awful” to accuse her of bias “in regard to some case because she’s a woman.” But Pierson would not rule it out, adding that “there is no question that there are activist judges in this country.”

    While top Republicans have condemned Trump’s attacks against U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who Trump claims has “an absolute conflict” in presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University because his parents are from Mexico, Pierson insisted her boss is correct to go after Curiel. Trump has pledged that he will continue the attacks, and on Sunday, argued that a Muslim judge could also be biased against him.


  3. Tue Jun 7, 2016 1:32 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
    “raccoon” redwoodsaurus

    Leo W Gerard: The Buck Never Stops at Donald Trump

    Donald Trump

    Way back in January, Donald Trump got himself a ton of prime publicity on the backs of veterans. He organized a benefit that he said was for them. But really he did it because he didn’t feel like debating other GOP presidential candidates that night.

    At the event, he boasted that he’d raised $6 million, including $1 million that would come from his own pocket. Not too shabby, as he would say. But when reporters asked him later where the money went, including whether Donald had, indeed, donated $1 million, he told them he didn’t have to account for the funds.

    This is the way Donald Trump rolls. He takes no responsibility for his actions. He refuses to be held to account. He collects donations for veterans but won’t disclose the money trail. He’s so delinquent on paying his taxes, dozens of municipalities must sue him to get what’s owed. He urges supporters to beat protesters at his rallies, then denies inciting violence. Donald Trump believes he should always be praised and never held liable, no matter what he does.

    And that includes pledging cash to veterans and not actually paying it. It’s great to conduct a fundraiser and promise money. It’s much better to actually fork over the donations to the veterans groups so they can help returning servicemen and women.

    At the fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 28, Trump announced to the crowd, “We just cracked $6 million! Right? $6 million.” That included his gift. He told the gathering, “I don’t want to be called a politician. All talk, no action – I refuse to be called a politician. Donald Trump gave $1 million. Okay?” That made it sound like he’d already written the check.

    But he hadn’t.

    In May, Trump told a Washington Post reporter asking for an accounting of the money, “Why should I give you records? I don’t have to give you records.”

    That was followed by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski lying about it, telling the Washington Post that Trump had ponied up his share.

    “The money is fully spent. Mr. Trump’s money is fully spent,” Lewandowski told the Post on May 21. Though, Lewandowski added, only $4.5 million, not the promised $6 million, was raised.

    Ok, fine. But where did all that money go, the Post wanted to know. Lewandowski said that was nobody’s business.

    “He’s not going to share that information,” the campaign manager said.

    So if Trump is president, maybe he’ll say, “I don’t have to give you records,” or “I am not going to share that information,” about how he spent tax dollars or how he deployed troops or how he failed to force Mexico to pay for that “big, beautiful wall.”

    Unable to find veterans groups that received the money, the Post took to Twitter to seek them out. The question, basically, was: Did any veteran, anywhere get a dime from that fundraiser that Donald used to envelop himself in all that big, beautiful publicity?

    Twitter-azzi Trump took that goad. That very evening, four months after the fundraiser, he called a veterans group that had given him an award and promised them his $1 million. The Trump check is dated the next day, May 24, when he held a press conference to attack reporters who had tried to hold the candidate accountable for distributing to veterans the money he promised them.

    Trump contradicted his own campaign manager who said $4.5 million was raised,contending it was $5.6 million. And he contended that he never promised $6 million.

    “I didn’t say six,” he asserted, despite video evidence in which he clearly says $6 million.

    The presumptive Republican nominee for president doesn’t think he’s responsible to stand behind his words even when he says them to millions of people on national television.

    Not only does Trump refuse to be answerable, he jumps to blame others when things go wrong. That was the conclusion USA Today came to after reviewing the 3,500 legal actions he filed or that were filed against him over the past three decades, an unprecedented number for a presidential candidate.

    “While he is quick to take credit for anything associated with his name, he is just as quick to distance himself from failures and to place responsibility on others,”the paper wrote after analyzing the lawsuits.

    In the mountain of litigation are suits that demonstrate Trump’s refusal to accept responsibility for even the most basic of civic duties ­– paying taxes.

    Trump is a tax shirker. To build his Trump towers and casinos, he uses public highways and bridges and municipal inspectors and licensing agencies that other citizens pay for with their tax dollars, but he doesn’t pay until sued by local governments in courts – also paid for with the tax dollars of the non-delinquent.

    New York placed liens on Trump properties for unpaid taxes at least 36 times. Local governments across the country where Trump owns golf courses and casinos wrangled with Trump over his property taxes, including one case where hespent $45 million to upgrade a 140-acre golf course and 75,000-square-foot clubhouse, then claimed the property was worth only $1.4 million for tax purposes. In addition, his companies have been involved in more than 100 tax disputes.

    Trump wants to run the government but doesn’t feel he’s accountable for paying the taxes necessary to run the government or, for example, to cover the cost of federal benefits for those veterans he claims he loves so much.

    He’s just never responsible. Just like he claims he’s never liable for the violence that keeps breaking out at his rallies. It happened again in San Jose last week.

    When protesters began appearing his speeches, he said things like this on Feb. 1: “Knock the crap out of him, would you? Seriously, okay, just knock the hell, I promise you I will pay your legal fees.”

    Then he denied that inflamed violence. Nope. Not him. He didn’t do it.

    He’s the opposite of the man who was the first Republican president. That was Abraham Lincoln. When confronted with adversity, President Lincoln took responsibility. Lincoln often shouldered blame when others were at fault. The Edwin Stanton incident is a good example.

    After Gen. George B. McClellan’s failure in 1862 to use his greater force to take Richmond, Va., then the Southern capital, the press and public blamed the devastating loss on War Secretary Stanton. Many demanded Stanton’s dismissal. It would have been easy for Lincoln to throw Stanton under the bus and replace him.

    Instead, Lincoln gave a speech saying that as commander in chief, he was responsible for the defeat. Lincoln said he was answerable for all union losses, no one else.

    By contrast, when the union army would win a battle, Lincoln was the first award credit to the troops and the general.

    It’s a measure of the man. In good times, Lincoln generously gave others recognition. In bad, he said the buck stopped at his desk.

    In all times, Trump says he is really, really great, greater than anyone else, and the buck never, ever stops at his big, beautiful desk.

    Leo W. Gerard | June 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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    Tue Jun 7, 2016 3:32 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
    “raccoon” redwoodsaurus
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