Pandemic and human rights in Donald Trump’s USA


This 21 October 2120 video about the USA says about itself:

In the early months of the pandemic, meatpacking plants emerged as deadly hot spots for COVID-19.

In the poultry industry, workers describe conditions that make physical distancing impossible inside plants – above all, the fast line speeds.

Chicken companies have reduced calls to slow the line speeds and space workers further apart. Federal regulators responsible for safety at the plants have issued optional guidance during the pandemic, not enforceable rules.

Fault Lines follows meatpacking workers and families who lost loved ones to the virus and asks what sacrifices have been made to keep poultry plants open.

BORDER HORROR: 500+ KIDS’ PARENTS MISSING UNDER TRUMP Lawyers tasked with identifying and reuniting families separated in 2017 and 2018 under the Trump administration’s so-called zero-tolerance border policy say they still haven’t been able to locate the parents of at least 545 migrant children. “Approximately two-thirds” of these parents, according to an ACLU court filing, are believed to have been deported to Central America without their children, some of whom were “just babies” at the time of the separation, ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said. [HuffPost]

‘WHITE HOUSE KNEW’ OF COVID SPIKE AS TRUMP DOWNPLAYED CRISIS The White House has been aware for more than a month that coronavirus cases have been surging nationwide as Trump has publicly downplayed the virus and held crowded campaign events, according to private documents obtained Tuesday by a key House committee. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), chair of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, released six weekly White House coronavirus task force reports showing that the White House has known since just after Labor Day that COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing and that there is a serious need for more testing and mask mandates. [HuffPost]

BREONNA TAYLOR GRAND JURY NEVER PRESENTED WITH HOMICIDE CHARGES A juror in the Breonna Taylor case said prosecutors never presented the grand jury with homicide charges against the three police officers involved in Taylor’s killing. The new allegations raise additional questions over how prosecutors handled the killing of Taylor, who was shot to death by police in her home during a botched drug raid. Only one detective, Brett Hankison, was ultimately charged, and it wasn’t even for her death; he was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for shots fired into a neighboring apartment. [HuffPost]

IF TRUMP LOSES, HE MAY GO TO PRISON Trump’s activities in recent years ― from paying hush money to a porn star to his claiming of a massive tax refund ― combined with a ticking statute of limitations clock potentially make Election Day far more consequential for him than it had been for his predecessors. If Trump wins a second term, the time limit for starting a prosecution would run out in the next four years for a number of those activities, given Justice Department guidelines not to prosecute a sitting president. If Trump loses, indictments could quickly follow. [HuffPost]

NEW BILL SEEKS TO REDUCE POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS Four years ago, the neighbors of 66-year-old Deborah Danner, a Black woman with schizophrenia, called the police to report that she had been behaving erratically. Minutes after arriving at her New York City apartment, a police officer fatally shot Donner. The officer claimed he acted in self-defense and was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges. A new bill introduced by Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) seeks to reduce the risk disabled people may face in police encounters by allowing trained mental health professionals to respond to such calls instead of law enforcement. [HuffPost]

Donald Trump and United States far-right terrorism


This 13 October 2020 video says about itself:

Was Trump Responsible For Michigan Governor Kidnapping? (w/ Garlin Gilchrist II)

Garlin Gilchrist II joined Thom to discuss how Donald Trump played a pivotal role in the attempted kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The Trump campaign was forced yesterday change the location of a rally scheduled for today with President Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, initially set for Hudson Valley Guns in New Hudson, Michigan, after it became known that one of the 13 men arrested last Thursday for plotting to kidnap and murder Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was a former employee of the store. The store owners blamed Whitmer for the cancellation of the event, scheduled for today: here.

Trump continues far-right appeals as details of Michigan plot emerge: here.

The verdict is in: Trump embraces Fascism: here.

4 YEARS OF MAGA TERROR Last week, 13 men belonging to paramilitary groups were arrested in a horrifying plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Based on what can be gleaned from the men’s social media pages, they fit a familiar profile of far-right vigilantism in America. They are white men. Most appear to be supporters of President Donald Trump. They consume disinformation and conspiracy theories online with abandon. They see a new American civil war on the horizon, and they’re more than eager to fire some of the first shots. [HuffPost]

Democrats silent on Trump’s election coup plans as confirmation hearings begin on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett: here.

GOP TOLD TO REMOVE FAKE BALLOT DROP-OFF BOXES California’s attorney general and secretary of state told Republicans to knock it off after election officials reported the state party had been breaking the law by placing makeshift, unauthorized ballot drop-off boxes around the state and falsely labeling them “official”. The officials issued a cease and desist order following reports of the mysterious ballot collection boxes at gas stations, gun stores, churches and gyms. Republicans maintained the boxes are legal. [HuffPost]

Trump copies Adolf Hitler


This 6 October 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

A video tweeted by President Trump depicting his return to the White House on October 5, 2020 after being hospitalized with COVID-19 was clearly modeled after Hitler‘s arrival at the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in the Nazi film Triumph of the Will.

Donald Trump and coronavirus pandemic


This 4 October 2020 video from the USA is called HOW SICK IS TRUMP?

EXPERTS SUSPICIOUS: TRUMP’S CASE SEVERE? Doctors not involved in treating President Donald Trump for COVID-19 said the fact that he has been started on dexamethasone — a generic steroid used to reduce inflammation — is evidence his case is severe. Trump’s medical team said the president’s condition was improving and he could be discharged from the hospital on Monday. “What I heard in the news conference description suggested the president has more severe illness than the generally upbeat picture painted,” said Dr. Daniel McQuillen, an infectious disease specialist. CNN’s chief medical correspondent meanwhile said it’s “very hard to trust or believe” Trump’s medical team right now. [Reuters]

‘INSANITY’: TRUMP LEAVES HOSPITAL TO WAVE AT SUPPORTERS Despite his sickness and infection, Trump decided to surprise supporters gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Centera decision slammed by an attending physician as reckless “insanity” that subjected Secret Service and other staff in his limousine to extreme risk of exposure. Meanwhile, New Jersey health officials say that hundreds of Trump fundraiser guests were exposed to COVID-19. Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign says the Democratic presidential nominee again tested negative for COVID-19. [HuffPost]

TRUMP ‘DIDN’T DISCLOSE’ FIRST POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST DURING FOX INTERVIEW Trump had already been notified he tested positive for coronavirus by the time he appeared on Fox News for an interview Thursday night, but he didn’t disclose that at the time, according to The Wall Street Journal. During an interview with Sean Hannity, Trump merely confirmed one of his aides, Hope Hicks, had been diagnosed with coronavirus. He said he wouldn’t receive his results until later that night or the following morning. WSJ reports Trump had already received a positive coronavirus test by the time he appeared on Hannity’s show. [HuffPost]

TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE DEFENDS FIRST FAMILY’S REFUSAL TO WEAR MASKS An adviser to Trump’s campaign defended the first family’s decision not to wear masks during last week’s presidential debate, which flouted rules set by the event’s host and agreed to by Trump’s campaign. On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace told Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes that the rules about wearing masks “could not have been more clear.” Though first lady Melania Trump and four of Trump’s children ― Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump ― were seen walking into the debate wearing masks, they removed them after being seated and refused a doctor’s admonition to put them on. [HuffPost]

ALL THE REPUBLICANS IN TRUMP’S ORBIT WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE SO FAR A busy week of travel, public events and private meetings led a shocking number of people around Trump to contract the coronavirus. Trump and first lady Melania Trump revealed their positive diagnoses early Friday, just a few hours after Hope Hicks. Since then, a growing number of other frequent contacts of the president’s have tested positive. Many were linked to Trump’s packed White House Rose Garden event on Sept. 26, when Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Social media posts show people who went to a New Jersey fundraiser with Trump had fanned out across the country, going out in public and not wearing masks. [HuffPost]

NEW YORK WILL AGAIN CLOSE SCHOOLS, SOME BUSINESSES New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced schools and nonessential businesses in nine New York City ZIP codes will have to close temporarily as the areas face worrying spikes in coronavirus cases. The closures, set to begin Oct. 7, mark the first major reversal in the city’s reopening plans since the pandemic forced shutdowns in March. Some of the ZIP codes de Blasio highlighted have coronavirus positivity rates nearing 9%, although he said the city as a whole “continues to have a low positivity level.” [HuffPost]

United States healthcare for Trump, for commoners


This 5 October 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Donald Trump briefly left the hospital where he is being treated for coronavirus to do a drive-by for hundreds of his supporters gathered outside.

One doctor working at the Walter Reed hospital said the irresponsibility of the move was astounding.

Earlier, doctors treating the US president revealed his oxygen levels dropped briefly on both Friday and Saturday.

Despite that, they say he could be discharged from the hospital as early as Monday.

Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports from Bethesda in the US state of Maryland.

By Jacklyn Krol in the USA, October 4, 2020:

“U.S president Trump isn’t staying in any old hospital room,” he tweeted. “Walter Reed Hospital has a six-room presidential suite just for the commander in chief that includes an intensive care unit, a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom, & a dining room with a crystal chandelier.”

The photos show just how luxurious and spacious the suite really is. It has all of the amenities of a high-class hospital and hotel.

Meanwhile, in the same Walter Reed Hospital, for soldiers injured in wars for oil, sent there by Trump and by his predecessors, there are cockroaches, dirt and other misery.

This 30 September 2020 video from the USA is called Teacher Charged With Felony For Getting Healthcare.

‘Trump Hitler-like’, 100-year-old Holocaust survivor says


Ruth Nussbaum with her son, right, and two grandsons. Photo by Ruth Nussbaum

By Steve North in the USA, 30 September 2020:

100-year-old Holocaust survivor compares Trump to Hitler

I’d like to say a few words about Adolf Hitler, Donald Trump, and Ruth Nussbaum.

Let’s start with Ruth, who is marking her 100th birthday on September 30th, and isn’t overly thrilled with the occasion. As she told me a few weeks ago, “I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody”.

Ruth Rozanski was born in Offenbach, Germany, a few miles from Frankfurt. By the age of five she’d learned how to knit, an activity in which she finds enjoyment and meaning to this day. After her father’s untimely death when she was 11, she lived with her mother Henriette and younger sister Ellen in a building owned by an aunt; her mom and aunt managed a small store downstairs from their apartment.

An exceptionally bright teenager, Ruth worked for three years as an apprentice bookkeeper until Kristallnacht in November 1938. During that nationwide anti-Jewish orgy of violence, death and destruction, Nazi thugs ransacked her family’s store and residence.

Several months later, fearing what the ominous future might hold for German Jews, Henriette made the wrenching decision to send Ellen to safety in England on the now-legendary Kindertransport.

Ruth, however, was already past the 17-year age limit; it took another year of desperate attempts – and the help of the refugee organization HIAS – to make her escape from Nazi Germany, leaving her mother behind.

In late 1940, the 20-year-old, with only the clothes on her back, got on a train that rumbled through Russia for days, made her way to Japan, and boarded a ship that eventually docked in Seattle. Literally penniless, it took her some time to raise the one cent needed to send a postcard to relatives in New York City, who arranged through HIAS to bring her east.

In New York, Ruth was reunited with her fiancé Norbert (later Norman) Nussbaum. The couple met at a dancing school in 1935 when he was 17 and she 15; he fled Germany separately, and they married in 1942.

I am familiar with Ruth’s saga because Norman was my mother’s cousin, and our two families lived near each other for decades in Queens, NY.

After World War II ended, Ruth discovered that her 55-year-old mother Henriette had been murdered in Treblinka.

In 1956, tragedy struck again, when the older of Ruth and Norman’s two sons died of leukemia at the age of nine. Although never fully recovered from that heartbreak, the Nussbaums carried on, moving to Delray Beach, Florida in the 1980s; Norman passed away in 1993.

In the years since being widowed, Ruth has kept busy by knitting blankets and hats for hospitalized children with cancer. Still living alone in her own home, she creates a blanket a day, and has been recognized several times for her remarkable charity work. She enjoys visits from her surviving son and two grandsons, as well as the children and grandchildren of her sister Ellen, who died in 2018.

One might think Ruth could look back with some sense of contentment and comfort at a lifetime of triumph over tragedy, but that’s not the case. In our recent conversation, she lamented the nation’s current crises, saying “I’ve seen a lot in my 100 years, but I don’t know why I had to stick around for all of this. It’s awful”.

Her pessimism has grown since 2016, when we met at an Italian restaurant for dinner during the presidential election campaign. After sharing joyful memories of my parents’ wedding and gossip about various relatives, Ruth turned to politics.

The woman who was forced to listen daily to Adolf Hitler’s lunatic rants on the radio for seven years in the 1930s was blunt: “When I hear Trump speak, I hear Hitler again. When I see his rallies, it’s like what I saw in Nazi Germany”.

I pushed back against Ruth’s emotional comments. As a journalist who has interviewed dozens of survivors and reported extensively on Holocaust-related topics, and as the son of a mother who escaped the Nazis and a father whose aunts, uncles and ten first cousins were murdered by them, I have long believed that nobody and nothing can or should be compared to Hitler and Nazism.

The slaughter of six million Jews has been used and abused far too often by those who have no concept of its mechanized magnitude, … to evangelical Christians on the extreme right. Its unfathomable evil has been cheapened by pop culture references to “soup Nazis” and sitcom jokes about Anne Frank.

So I told Ruth in 2016 I thought she was exaggerating, that the Holocaust was an event unique in its horror, that the unhinged diatribes of Donald Trump, as racist and moronic as they might be, were not equivalent to genocide.

Four years later, I’ve come to realize Ruth is right. Donald Trump still is not the Adolf Hitler of 1944. But he legitimately can be compared to the Hitler of 1934 – and that, perhaps, is by design. Legal filings from Trump’s first divorce revealed he owned and studied a book of the Führer’s early speeches. A new analysis by prominent civil liberties attorney Burt Neuborne cites twenty ways Trump’s words and actions are similar to those of Hitler in the early years of the Third Reich, from the attacks on mainstream media and objective truth to huge rallies, mass detention, ultranationalism and demonization of all opponents.

In recent weeks, as early voting begins, Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses in November. This is no surprise to Ruth, who told me earlier this month that “Trump is like a dictator. He’s crazy like Hitler was”.

Despite the barbed wire and caged children, a detention center in Texas is not Dachau in Bavaria. But when an eyewitness such as Ruth Nussbaum with a century of wisdom and lived experience warns us of the similarities, we ignore her at our own peril.

Coronavirus denialist President Trump gets COVID-19


This 2 October 2020 video is called Trump and first lady test positive for coronavirus @BBC News.

After coronavirus denialist supporters of denialist United States President Trump, like this one and this one, have died from COVID-19

By Adam Withnall today:

Trump denounced for claiming ‘coronavirus will be gone by April’

Donald Trump and First Lady Melania test positive for coronavirus

President and First Lady tested after infection of close aide Hope Hicks, who travelled with the Trumps this week

Will he drink bleach now?

From the New Musical Express, 1 October 2020:

John Prine’s wife slams Donald Trump as “idiot” after country legend died from coronavirus “on his watch”

Prine passed away in Nashville earlier this year

OVAL OFFICE OUTBREAK: TRUMP, MELANIA TEST POSITIVE 

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus just days after Hope Hicks, one of his closest advisers, fell ill after traveling with him aboard Air Force One. Hicks was pictured leaving the plane without wearing a mask. Trump, who has spent months downplaying the pandemic and scoffing at face masks and social distancing, cleared his schedule, throwing the final days of the campaign into doubt. At 74 and obese, he faces a high risk of severity. [HuffPost]

Trump falls victim of his own “herd immunity” policy. While the short-term political consequences are highly unpredictable, the Trump diagnosis does not alter the fundamental trajectory of the social and political crisis of American capitalism: here.

TRUMP IS ‘LARGEST DRIVER’ OF COVID-19 CONSPIRACY THEORIES >From using racist rhetoric to promoting dangerous “miracle cures,” Trump is by far the biggest spreader of COVID-19 false claims, according to a new analysis by researchers at Cornell University’s Alliance for Science. The study examined over 38 million English-language news articles about the coronavirus from Jan. 1 to May 26. Of those, just over a million contained misinformation or disinformation. Trump, the researchers concluded, is “likely the largest driver of the COVID-19 misinformation.” Nearly 38% of the articles mentioned the president, the study found. [HuffPost]

MELANIA CAUGHT SWEARING OVER CHILD SEPARATION As her husband’s administration was separating migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border in the summer of 2018, first lady Melania Trump dismissed the gravity of the situation, telling a friend and former aide: “They said, ‘Oh, what about the children that were separated?’ Give me a f**king break.” Her comments were reportedly made in July 2018 to Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who wrote the book “Melania and Me.”  [HuffPost]

“This is not who we are”: Twitter rages over Melania’s comments about migrant children.

Will Trump make the USA a dictatorship?


This 30 September 2020 video from the USA about the debate between presidential candidates Trump and Biden says about itself:

While it was largely a mess, there was one debate moment that warrants a discussion.

By Joseph Kishore and David North in the USA:

Trump’s Operation Dictatorship: What the debate exposed

1 October 2020

The degenerate spectacle of Tuesday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Joseph Biden will be remembered in history as the United States’ moment of truth. The myth of an invulnerable and eternal American democracy has been shattered. Political reality has burst through the countless layers of deceitful propaganda of the corporate-financial oligarchy and exposed the undeniable fact that the White House is the political nerve center of a far-advanced conspiracy to establish a presidential dictatorship and suppress constitutionally guaranteed democratic rights.

The grunts and barks emitted by Trump on Tuesday night leave no doubt about his intentions. Trump is as serious about the threats he made during the debate as Hitler was about those he wrote down in Mein Kampf. Trump views the November election as a continuation of the political coup d’état that began last June in Washington, D.C, when he unleashed military and police forces against peaceful protesters.

Trump’s political strategy is fairly obvious and can be summed up with the infamous phrase: “Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war.” The conspiracy will unfold as follows:

First, during the remaining month of the election campaign, Trump will do everything he can to discredit the voting process with the intention of delegitimizing the counting of the ballots, which, as he fully expects, will show that he lost the election by millions of votes. He will use fabricated allegations of ballot fraud to incite fascist thugs, assisted by police and unidentified federal agents, to intimidate voters and carry out violent acts at polling stations.

Second, on election night Trump will declare that he is the winner, claiming that all ballots cast through the mail are illegitimate. He repeated during the debate his claim that the only way that he can lose is if the election is “rigged,” through the destruction of ballots and other forms of fraud. Even though he trails heavily in the polls, Trump is counting on a delay in the tally of mail-in ballots to give him the opportunity to declare victory in key battleground states.

Third, Trump will use the 10 weeks between Election Day on November 3 and the Inauguration on January 20 to mobilize his followers in the streets, while turning to a stacked Supreme Court to decide the election in his favor. On Tuesday he again said that he was “counting” on the court to “look at the ballots.” He has the full support of the Republican Party, which is pressing forward with the rapid confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, so that she will be in a position to cast a deciding vote in any court decision on the election.

Trump is also counting on support within the police and sections of the military, as well as his control over the Department of Homeland Security. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that DHS acting Secretary Chad Wolf, a Trump crony, is preparing immigration raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in “sanctuary cities,” such as Denver and Philadelphia, this month. Federal paramilitary forces will be mobilized in many major metropolises in advance of the election.

Finally, and most critical of all for the success of his conspiracy, Trump has factored in the spinelessness of the Democratic Party. He fully expects that the Democrats, apart from mouthing a few empty threats, will do nothing to stop him. …

Biden went out of his way to declare that he is not opposed to Supreme Court nominee Amy Barrett. He complimented her as “a very fine person,” even though Barrett, once on the Court, will be one of those who will drive a nail into Biden’s political coffin. …

Biden did not even respond to Trump’s verbal salute to the fascist Proud Boys. He pledged to demand that his own supporters “stay calm” as the election is contested, while Trump urged that they mobilize and challenge the results. …

Third is the staggering concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny layer of society. The 400 richest individuals in the United States now control $3.2 trillion, and the richest one percent have more wealth than the bottom 40 percent. A recent RAND Corporation study calculated that the stagnation of income over the past four decades for the bottom 90 percent of the population created an aggregate net loss of income of $47 trillion. Democracy cannot survive under conditions of such enormous levels of inequality.

All of these underlying conditions have been intensified by the pandemic, which has revealed in the starkest way the dysfunctionality of American society. Trump speaks and acts on behalf of a criminal financial oligarchy that will stop at nothing to protect its wealth. Its response to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated its contempt for the lives and welfare of the population. Its demand for the reopening of schools is an essential component of its program of “herd immunity,” which has already led to the deaths of more than 210,000 people in the United States. While the federal bailout has sent share values on Wall Street soaring, tens of millions are unemployed, and the major corporations are planning mass layoffs.

The ruling class knows that it confronts mass social anger that will take an explosive and potentially revolutionary form. This is what imparts to Trump’s actions their frenzied and reckless character. Terrified of the development of social opposition, he sees in every protest and manifestation of opposition the danger of the “radical left” and “socialism.” The growth of working-class militancy, already apparent in the wave of strikes, has convinced a substantial section of the ruling class that they have no way out except through violence.

The lessons of the rise of fascism in the 1920s and 1930s are of burning contemporary relevance. The examples of Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy and Franco in Spain demonstrate that the turn to fascism and dictatorship comes when the ruling class is no longer able, for reasons embedded in the character of capitalist society, to resolve its crisis through democratic means.

Trump wants even more far-right Supreme Court


This 23 September 2020 United States TV video is called What Amy Coney Barrett said about filling a Supreme Court seat in an election year.

From UltraViolet in the USA today:

News just broke that Donald Trump is going to name Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.

We knew the pick would be bad. But this one is truly awful.

Preapproved by the far-right-wing Federalist Society, Barrett wants to dismantle, if not demolish, Roe v. Wade. She opposes birth control.1 She’s even ruled in favor of “separate but equal” accommodations on the basis of race.2

RBG hasn’t even been buried yet. We’re all still mourning her passing.3 But Trump is pushing forward with a stunningly hypocritical power grab just four years after Republicans blocked President Obama from filling a Supreme Court seat that came open in February of an election year. Let’s be clear, Barrett is a disaster for women’s rights and progress, and it’s an insult to the champion we had in RBG to confirm her to the Court.

Barrett would cement a 6–3 majority on the Court for decades, which would give them a generation or more to tear down RBG’s life’s work and take our nation backward. We can’t let that happen.

This is a five-alarm fire. Will you chip in $5 to help organize a massive outcry and stop Trump from replacing RBG with right-wing extremist Amy Coney Barrett?

Mere hours after learning of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Mitch McConnell promised a vote on Trump’s nominee. It’s no surprise from the man who stole a Supreme Court seat from Barack Obama in 2016.

If McConnell and Trump have their way, a conservative majority deeply out of step with the American people could rule for decades, eliminating the right to choose, climate pollution rules, the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, and civil rights. . . the list is long and horrifying. Women will be especially affected, particularly women of color and transwomen. Our literal lives are on the lines.

Most alarming: Trump said earlier this week that he wants his appointee confirmed before Nov. 3 so they could rule him the winner of the election, no matter what the voters say.4 …

–Shaunna, KaeLyn, Kathy, Melody, Lindsay, Sonja, Kimberly, Maria, Katie, Iris, KD, and Elisa, the UltraViolet team

Sources:

1. Planned Parenthood Condemns Amy Coney Barrett Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Planned Parenthood, October 31, 2017

2. Profile of a potential nominee: Amy Coney Barrett, SCOTUSblog, September 21, 2020

3. All the Details on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Funeral, Town & Country, September 25, 2020

4. Trump says he wants a conservative majority on the Supreme Court in case of an Election Day dispute. The New York Times, September 23, 2020

Violence encouraged in Donald Trump’s USA


This 22 September 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Florida [ruled by Trump’s Republican party] To Legalize Murdering Protesters

This is not an exaggeration. John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland break it down on The Damage Report.

“The American Civil Liberties Union joined Florida Democrats on Monday in condemning a proposed bill by Gov. Ron DeSantis that would newly classify certain forms of protest as felonies and impose harsh penalties on some protesters.

Flanked by Republican lawmakers and law enforcement officials at an afternoon press conference in Winter Haven, DeSantis referred to Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, Oregon as he announced the proposed legislation.

“I look at what goes on in Portland. They’ll have people, they’ll arrest them,” DeSantis said. “They’re all scraggly-looking Antifa-types. They get their mugshot taken, then they get released. It’s like a carousel; on and on it goes.”

“That’s not going to happen in here in Florida,” the governor vowed.”

Read more here.

TRUMP CELEBRATES VIOLENCE AGAINST JOURNALISTS Trump celebrated violence against journalists during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, mocking a reporter who was injured covering this summer’s racial injustice demonstrations and calling the act “actually a beautiful sight.” The president’s comments are the latest of many attacks on the free press but an overt endorsement of members of the media coming under attack. Trump also recounted racial justice demonstrations in Minneapolis following the police killing of George Floyd, saying the city had been “cured” after National Guard troops were deployed. [HuffPost]