Anti-Trump movement continues

This video from the USA says about itself:

11 November 2016

Young girl rallies crowd at a Donald J. Trump protest in Austin, Texas. “I am a child, and I cannot vote, but that will not stop me from getting heard!”

By Shannon Jones in the USA:

Anti-Trump protests continue across US for fifth day

14 November 2016

Protests involving tens of thousands continued for a fifth straight day Sunday in cities across the United States, reflecting broad popular outrage at the election of Donald Trump.

The largest demonstration was held Saturday in midtown Manhattan and drew some 25,000 people. Demonstrators began at Union Square in Lower Manhattan and ended up outside Trump Tower in Midtown. As protesters marched along Fifth Avenue they chanted, “We reject the president elect!” Protests continued Sunday with thousands gathering outside Trump Tower again.

Many protesters cited Trump’s statements demeaning woman and Muslims as well as his stated plans for the mass deportation of immigrants and the construction of a wall along the US-Mexican border. Others pointed to the popular vote totals, which showed a substantial plurality for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, although Trump gained a majority of votes in the Electoral College. …

… the protests drew the participation of wide layers of the population including workers, young people and professionals.

In Los Angeles on Saturday about 10,000 people marched from MacArthur Park and ended at the federal building downtown. The size of the crowd forced police to shut down the off ramps of several freeways.

In Las Vegas, Nevada about 1,000 people marched along the Las Vegas strip, with many carrying signs declaring, “Not my president.” Several protesters were arrested after they blocked traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard following a demonstration at the Trump Hotel.

Thousands marched through downtown Chicago Saturday with some heading for Trump Tower Chicago and others marching through the downtown Loop. Police set up barricades to keep marchers from approaching the building.

Police arrested 19 people in Portland, Oregon Saturday night after a huge crowd gathered at Pioneer Square downtown. These arrests bring the total number arrested in the city during protests to 62. A protester was shot in an incident that did not seem to be directly related to the anti-Trump demonstrations. Four were detained in relation to the shooting and two were charged.

All told, several hundred have been arrested in nationwide protests since Trump’s victory in the November 8 US elections.

Protests, some sizeable, also took place in Dallas, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Washington D.C. and other cities.

In Berlin, Germany, hundreds gathered at the Brandenburg Gate, some carrying signs opposing Trump. In Mexico City a group of people gathered outside the Independence Monument.

WSWS reporters spoke to several young people attending an anti-Trump rally at Union Square in Manhattan, New York. …

Zora, age 14, is a high school student. “Although, I am not able to vote, I was for Bernie Sanders in the primaries, as was my whole family,” she said.

“I think a civil war is a real possibility. With Donald Trump in office a lot is unpredictable. He just spews out things that he thinks the population wants to hear because there are a lot of angry people in this country.

“The politicians promise you something and then they don’t give it to you. Trump’s appeal is that he is not a politician and has new views. …

Yuri stated that Trump was falsely posturing as a friend of workers. “Trump is an established capitalist, he doesn’t represent middle class and working class people. He succeeded in deceiving them.”

A WSWS reporting team also spoke with Hamaad, a tech industry worker and a former Bernie Sanders supporter who came to the vigil [in Washington D.C.] with his family. He said he was “embarrassed” at the outcome of the election. “There are some people who had economic reasons, like the promise of jobs, but from my perspective you can’t ignore his ban on Muslims and calling all Mexicans rapists,” he said.

Speaking about the economic reasons behind Trump’s vote, Hamaad said, “Minnesota and Michigan have been Democratic strongholds, but many didn’t come out to vote. The platform Hillary had just wasn’t strong enough and ignored that portion of the community.”

In San Diego at least one thousand marched in Balboa Park to protest Trump’s electoral victory. The city’s proximity to the future “wall” along the US-Mexico border and heavy immigrant population has aroused strong fears.

Cory and Matt came to show their solidarity with the rally, which was organized by the … San Diego ANSWER coalition. Cory said, “It’s never been more apparent that our immigrant brothers and sisters, and those of different religions, need our help now more than ever.”

Cory expressed disgust with the two-party system and did not show any enthusiasm for Clinton, although he did support Sanders in the primaries. He had sympathy for an independent party of the working class and with the ideas of socialism, saying, “I’m ready for a socialist.”

Gisela came to the rally to show her opposition to the selection of Trump, but was also disgusted with the campaign of the Democrats, saying, “I think we didn’t have any real candidates.” When one of the WSWS reporters explained that Clinton’s defeat was the result of mass abstention on the part of the majority of the population, she replied, “It gives you an idea of what the population thinks as a whole.”

Katya and Meagan were both shocked at Trump’s victory, saying, “It was so confusing and baffling.” They both expressed initial support for Sanders but were upset with his eventual endorsement of Clinton, saying, “I was really upset that Sanders lost. I wish Sanders would have said more about WikiLeaks. It’s hard to accept that he stopped halfway on his ‘political revolution.’ I was disillusioned.”

The extreme right-wing character of the incoming US administration came into sharper focus on Sunday when, interviewed on the news program “60 Minutes,” President-elect Donald Trump declared that he intends to imprison and deport 2 to 3 million immigrants. This followed the announcement earlier in the day of his first two administrative appointees—Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff, and, as top White House advisor, the fascist Steve Bannon, previously Trump’s campaign CEO and executive chairman of Breitbart News: here.

Of course this West Virginia official was removed after calling first lady Michelle Obama an “ape in heels.”

Within hours of Donald Trump’s victory in the US, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly became the fourth world leader to hold a teleconference with the president-elect. The pair agreed to meet on November 17 in New York: here.

Edo Conrad – +972 – In the Sheldon Adelson-funded, pro-Netanyahu, free daily newspaper Israel Hayom‘s U.S. correspondent Yoni Hirsch dedicated exactly two sentences of his article to Bannon’s appointment. Not one mention of the conspiracy theories peddled by Bannon, according to which Planned Parenthood has Nazi ties or that Hillary Clinton’s aid Huma Abedin is a spy for Saudi Arabia. Not a word on the fact that he reportedly did not want his twin daughters attending the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles because many Jewish students were enrolled there, and Bannon believes that Jews are raised to be “whiny brats.” Nothing about the fact that he was charged with choking his ex-wife Mary Louise Piccard, or that he called feminist activists a “bunch of dykes”: here.

Ben Sales – Times of Israel – “It is a perhaps growing recognition that [the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] cannot define how American Jews and American Muslims relate to one another,” said Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, the Anti-Defamation League’s director of interreligious engagement. “The shared concerns we have about prejudice, about bias, about threats of violence, about disenfranchisement — these are the kinds of things that can bring us together”: here.

Europeans could think of Donald Trump as a combination of the worst characteristics of Silvio Berlusconi and Marine Le Pen. He is personally rich, egotistic and arrogant. He’s taking an executive office to manage the biggest state budget and the most destructive military machine in the world. Plenty of other capitalist politicians, Republicans and Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, also support reactionary and pro-war politics, which are dangerous for the world. What’s different is that Donald Trump openly gives voice and a platform for anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, racist and anti-women rhetoric and thus his victory promotes a mobilization of the most bigoted segments of U.S. society: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Eyes Bush-Era Torture Architect For CIA Head

13 November 2016

Jose Rodriguez was involved in the CIA’s Bush-era torture program, as well as covering it up. He destroyed 92 video tapes of CIA torture in the name of national security. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore, and Alonzo Bodden, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“Donald Trump may select Jose Rodriguez, one of the primary architects of the George W. Bush torture program, to run the Central Intelligence Agency, according to a law firm with close ties to Trump.

Rodriguez, the former director of the National Clandestine Service, helped developed the CIA black sites, secret prisons operated in foreign countries where interrogators used a range of torture tactics, including the use of “waterboarding,” the simulated drowning technique once used by the Khmer Rouge and Nazi agents to glean information from detainees.

At least 136 individuals were detained and tortured by the CIA. Interrogation tactics also included forced nudity, sleep deprivation while being vertically shackled, and confinement in a small box.

Rodriguez is unapologetic about his role in the program, telling 60 Minutes that “we did the right thing for the right reason,” even if it meant “going to the border of legality.”

The suggestion that Rodriguez may head the CIA was made in a post-election prediction document published by Dentons, a law and lobbying firm where Trump confidant Newt Gingrich erves as a senior advisor. Dentons was also retained by Make American Number 1, one of the primary Super PACs supporting Trump’s candidacy.”

Read more here.

15 thoughts on “Anti-Trump movement continues

  1. Monday 14th
    posted by Morning Star in Features

    Trump’s triumph spells disaster for the US, but the rest of us should try hard not to fall into despair, writes CHARLEY ALLAN

    NOW that we’ve had a few days to snap out of the shock, it’s worth wondering if any good can come from Donald Trump’s victory.

    Of course it’s an absolute disaster, especially for anyone living in the US, where fundamental rights are now under threat and hate crimes have already started to soar.

    But we should try to find meaning in the madness and learn what lessons there are for the left if we don’t want to lose the next election here, which some have predicted to be less than six months away. And despair never does anyone any good.

    So in the spirit of relentless optimism, here’s my first reason to be a bit cheerful: Trump’s victory means it’s marginally less likely we’ll all die amid nuclear armageddon in the next four years.

    Hillary Clinton promised to massively escalate Syria’s civil war, something Trump has no interest in doing.

    Her track record as secretary of state suggests she was deadly serious about regime change, despite the devastating consequences of the “drive-by” mass murder she pushed for in Libya.

    Her “no-fly zones” were a fast track to World War III, as Russia would quite reasonably want to defend its sovereign ally against further US-crafted carnage in the region — already responsible for the birth and rapid growth of terrorist army Isis.

    Trump claims he wants the US to quit playing “world policeman,” though the military-industrial complex might have other ideas. In any case, it’s unlikely he’ll want to stab his most powerful global ally in the back.

    Whether invading defenceless countries, overthrowing progressive governments or just trying to starve its enemies into submission with sanctions and sieges, the US has for decades wielded its military might exactly how you’d expect any other empire to do.

    And by controlling global financial institutions, it’s made sure that its own elite reap the rewards of corporate conquest.

    Despite Trump’s headline pledge to “make America great again,” his presidency is more likely to demonstrate that empires don’t need any help destroying themselves.

    My other glimmer of hope comes from this latest confirmation that Labour was right to re-elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

    If there’s one takeaway from last week’s turnout figures, it’s that the public are fed up with entitled career politicians who show utter contempt for their members.

    Clinton was a historically weak candidate, almost conscously designed to repel as many regular folk as possible.

    There was no swing to the Republicans — over half a million more people voted for Mitt Romney four years ago than did for Trump last Tuesday. The problem is that Clinton appears to have lost over five million of Obama’s supporters, although she still won the popular vote.

    Quite apart from her “warrior queen” act, Clinton was correctly seen as the candidate of Wall Street — not a good look since the crash.

    She’s the ultimate Washington insider at a time when people are crying out for authenticity. And even though Trump is a showman selling fear-and-loathing-flavoured snake oil, he has earned some respect simply for speaking his mind.

    Watching him turn Clinton’s “firewall” of traditionally safe Democratic states to dust, it was hard not to feel some anger towards her dangerously deluded supporters who had insisted that Bernie Sanders was “unelectable.”

    And we’re all going to pay a price for the narrow identity politics of wanting to see a woman in the White House more than a socialist.

    Luckily, Labour members realise that triangulation and spin are no longer enough to win elections — recently rejecting a corporate crony in favour of a true leader who can win hearts and minds, despite their party’s parade of dirty tricks.

    If Democrats had done the same instead of stitching up their primary, Sanders was set to split the “angry white male” vote, mobilise many more activists on the ground and quite possibly win by a landslide.

    At the very least, professional politicos must finally see the need to start taking mass rallies up and down the country a bit more seriously.

    I could be clutching at straws here, but I’m convinced that Trump’s victory makes it more likely that Labour will win the next general election, whenever it comes.

    As with Brexit, the ruling class is irrevocably split over how to deal with “the Donald.”

    Will Theresa May take up his offer of a front-of-the-queue free-trade deal, even if that means making peace with Trump’s chump-in-chief Nigel Farage, or does she realise that cosying up to the far right will prove fatal to her electoral chances?

    It’s an agonising decision for her, because rejecting Trump’s advances would leave Britain politically and economically isolated from both the US and the EU, traditionally Britain’s two largest trading partners (and partners in crime).

    She’s in a lose-lose situation — and a united, effective opposition could quickly capitalise on the increased chaos it will bring.

    The naked class war we’re about to witness stateside will be a constant reminder that right-wing policies can only increase inequality — and watch what happens when Trumpers realise their lives aren’t about to get any better.

    Both Brexit and Trump’s triumph are examples of “game-changing catastrophic events” that canny Conservatives have long predicted could clear Corbyn’s path to No 10.

    Riven by deep-rooted division and dysfunction and led by an unelected political underperformer, it’s the Tories who look set to be punished at the polling booth.

    If Labour MPs can put their bruised egos behind them, the party could be back in power sooner than they think — an unexpected benefit of the inevitable Trump backlash.

    But if any of them choose instead to follow the Democrats into soft-left oblivion and refuse to support their leader, Corbynistas now at least have the perfect excuse to cut them loose once and for all.

    Charley on Twitter: @charleyallan.,-the-left-should-look-for-silver-linings#.WCnGw8mbIdU


  2. 1.A White Nationalist Who Hates Jews Will Be Trump’s Right-Hand Man In The White House Media Matters Blog, November 13, 2016

    2.Major newspapers normalize Trump’s selection of white nationalist as chief strategist ThinkProgress, November 14, 2016

    3.60 Minutes Is Already Helping Normalize Trump’s Presidency Media Matters Blog, November 13, 2016

    4.Normalizing Trump: Why The Washington Media Must Break The Fluff Cycle Forbes, November 12, 2016



    > Warren, Sanders draw new battle lines with Trump | TheHill
    > Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) say they are willing to work with President-elect Trump, but they are also preparing for war.
    > In the aftermath of Trump’s stunning victory, all eyes are turning toward how the two biggest personalities on the left pick up the pieces and navigate a fundamentally remade Washington.
    > For now, both are at least making sounds of compromise toward Trump. But it’s clear that sentiment is heavily layered with skepticism, and a vow to fight hard where they differ.
    > “The way that most progressives feel is similar to what Sanders and Warren have said,” said Neil Sroka, spokesperson for the liberal group Democracy for America. “There is a great deal of skepticism.”
    > Liberals note that the populist message that Trump rode to the White House bears many similarities to their own claims that the nation’s wealthiest and most powerful have benefited over working class Americans. Trump criticized Wall Street on the stump, and his skepticism towards broad trade deals matches up with similar sentiments on the left.
    > Trump has also suggested he wants to protect entitlement programs, raise the minimum wage, and expand support for family leave — all liberal priorities.
    > But there are far more questions than answers about what Washington will look like under President Trump, and liberals like Warren and Sanders are more likely preparing for the worst than hoping for the best.
    > “I don’t trust Donald Trump farther than I can throw him, and that isn’t very far,” said Sroka.
    > In the immediate aftermath of the election, both Sanders and Warren made statements that could be read as olive branches to the incoming Trump administration.
    > Both noted that Trump did indeed win the election. They also acknowledged that he had clearly tapped into a strong vein of anger and discontent among the American public towards the Washington establishment. Both said they were willing to work with him if their interests were ever to overlap.
    > “To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him,” said Sanders in a statement.
    > “When President-Elect Trump wants to take on these issues, when his goal is to increase the economic security of middle class families, then count me in,” said Warren in a speech to labor leaders Thursday. “I will put aside our differences and I will work with him to accomplish that goal.”
    > But both of those nods towards compromise were surrounded by vows to fight hard if Trump pursued many of his top-shelf priorities, such as a mass deportation of illegal immigrants and the building of a border wall.
    > In doing so, Warren and Sanders are positioning themselves as liberal watchdogs in Congress who will not hesitate to hold Trump’s feet to the fire.
    > In the same statement, Sanders said he would fiercely oppose Trump if he pursues “racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies.” And in her speech, Warren decried Trump’s campaign as creating a “toxic stew of hatred and fear.”
    > Effectively, the message from liberals in Congress has been that if Trump wants to pursue policies they believe will aid working Americans, they won’t resist out of purely partisan motives. But they’re not counting on it, particularly since Republicans control both chambers of Congress.
    > In the early going, there is little evidence that Trump will be actively seeking liberal support for his policies.
    > For example, the website for Trump’s transition team makes clear that he intends to “dismantle” the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, placing him squarely in opposition to liberals like Warren that want to strengthen the law.
    > And Trump’s team has identified the repeal of ObamaCare as one of the first priorities of the new Congress, a clear break with Democrats of all stripes.
    > With that in mind, liberals like Warren and Sanders are preparing themselves to serve as spirited opposition to Trump and Republicans, and also to any moderate Democrats that may feel compelled to compromise on some policy goals.
    > Republicans control just 52 seats in the incoming Senate, meaning they will need to convince at least eight Democrats to support any bill they want to pass.
    > Several Democrats up for reelection in 2018 hail from red states and there could be pressure on some lawmakers to work with a GOP-led Senate to find common ground.
    > With Warren and Sanders preparing to be vocal from the left, there’s a clear message of warning to other Democrats.
    > “Any sort of work with Donald Trump…is going to be very dicey political territory,” said Sroka.
    > “The very last thing that any Democrat needs to be doing is aiding and abetting Donald Trump’s stated agenda of bigotry, hate and division.”


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