Donald Trump’s convention in the USA, update


This video from the USA says about itself:

Code Pink Protester Mobbed By Trump Supporters For ‘No Hate’ Banner

20 July 2016

Jodie Evans, a member of the activist group “Code Pink,” was holding a peace banner up at the RNC when Trump supporters covered/blocked it with an American flag. Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), John Iadarola (ThinkTank), and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“It’s not a Donald Trump rally without someone getting tossed out, and Tuesday’s vote at the Republican National Convention where Trump received the GOP presidential nomination was no exception.

During a speech by former brain surgeon Ben Carson, Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans attempted to hold up a “No Racism. No Hatred” sign inside Quicken Loans Arena, only to be swarmed by security and Trump supporters.

Trump supporters were quick to jump in, with one older woman seen attempting to rip it from her hands. Others then surrounded her holding up American flags so that the her message, which they apparently found offensive, was not seen by CSPAN’s cameras.

One Trump fan was seen throwing his flag over her face and pulling her head backwards as he attempted to topple her.

Evans was then escorted from the arena by security.”

Read more here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

20 July 2016

LIVE from the YouTube stage The Young Turks panel of Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jimmy Dore break down Ted Cruz getting booed off the stage of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Republican National Convention staggered through its third day Wednesday in increasing political crisis, as Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the runner-up in the primary campaign, was heavily booed during his speech for refusing to endorse Republican nominee Donald Trump. Hanging over the convention was the threat of open violence against political opponents, combined with continued homilies to the police and calls for a vast expansion of war abroad: here.

Michael Moore Gives 5 Scary Reasons Why Trump Will Win: here.

In contrast to most of his speeches, Trump’s remarks on Thursday closely followed a prepared script, eschewing his characteristic stream-of-consciousness rambling. However, this change in form did not improve the logical coherence of Trump’s thought. Rather than laying out a coherent political program, his speech was a series of non-sequiturs, united mainly by their viciousness and the candidate’s own limitless self-obsession: here.

Tennis balls illegal, guns legal at Trump’s convention


This video from the USA says about itself:

Ban Guns, Not Tennis Balls: As NRA Addresses RNC, CodePink Protests Ohio’s Open-Carry Law

20 July 2016

For the first time ever, the National Rifle Association sent its chief lobbyist to the Republican National Convention. According to the NRA, Chris Cox became the group’s first official to ever speak at a political convention. Cox warned that a Hillary Clinton presidency would endanger one’s right to own a gun.

While Cox spoke inside the convention on Tuesday, anti-gun activists held their own protest just outside the security gates against the fact that civilians are being allowed to carry military-grade weapons in downtown Cleveland this week but can’t have items such as tennis balls, cans or umbrellas. Democracy Now! was there when antiwar group CodePink teamed up with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to deliver 500 tennis balls to the front steps of the Republican National Convention.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Activists Highlight the Hypocrisy of Banning Tennis Balls but Allowing Guns at the RNC

19 July 2016

The Brady Campaign and CODEPINK release 500 tennis balls at the gates of the Republican National Convention to draw attention to Ohio’s open carry law.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Meet the RNC Vendors Selling Trump Gear in Cleveland While Hoping He Loses the Election

20 July 2016

“Make America Work Again.” That was the theme Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention here in Cleveland. Well, on Tuesday, Democracy Now!’s Carla Wills went out on the streets of Cleveland to talk to some of the vendors who are selling everything from Make America Great Again hats to a cereal called Trump Flakes.

This video from the USA says about itself:

“Wall Off Trump”: Activists Erect Mock Wall Outside RNC to Protest GOP Border & Immigration Policy

20 July 2016

The Republican Party has officially adopted Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in its official party platform. The new platform states: “The border wall must cover the entirety of the southern border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.” In response, immigrant rights activists have decided to build a wall of their own here in Cleveland around the Republican National Convention. Mijente, the Ruckus Society, Iraq Veterans Against the War, The Other 98% and the Working Families Party are working together to construct the wall.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Debunking Republican Claims Linking Immigration to Crime

20 July 2016

Immigration has been a common theme throughout the first two nights of the Republican National Convention. On Monday, speakers included two mothers whose sons were killed by undocumented immigrants. But a new report by the American Immigration Council, that won’t likely be cited by any speakers at this year’s Republican National Convention, finds immigrants are less likely than the native-born to engage in criminal behavior and that higher immigration is associated with lower crime rates. We speak with its co-author, Walter Ewing, a senior researcher at the American Immigration Council. His recent article is “Republican Party Platform Shows Little Understanding of Immigration Policy.”

This Republican Party convention in Cleveland, which has just officially chosen Donald Trump as its candidate for president, represents something new, ugly and sick: here.

Nearly 800 historians, academics and professionals across the United States have signed an “Open Letter to the American People” warning of the danger, seen from a historical perspective, of Trump and “Trumpism.” The recently formed group, Historians Against Trump, explains in its letter that “The lessons of history compel us to speak out against Trump.” The letter lists as members of the Historians Against Trump Organizing Committee Brian Dolber, Amy Harth, Caroline Luce and David Schlitt: here.

American women protest at Trump’s Republican convention


This video from Ohio in the USA says about itself:

Code Pink Fights Back Against RNC Hate

20 July 2016

Code Pink Activists Alli McCracken and Chelsea Byers were escorted out of the GOP Convention by security after disrupting the first day of the Republican party’s controversial coronation of Donald Trump.

TYT Politics reporter Eric Byler spoke to both women shortly after their expulsion from Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, co-founders of Code Pink spoke with pride and satisfaction about the nonviolent direct action coup achieved by their proteges, refusing to divulge how they got them in. Fox News reporter Mike Tobin is shown interrogating Ms. Byers on the same subject, as well as questioning whether or not their acts of defiance amounted to free speech violations.

This video from the USA says about itself:

What The RNC Really Looks Like. BEHIND THE SCENES

Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks shows the behind the scenes of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Donald Trump, now official US Republican presidential candidate


This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

It is now official. Donald Trump is now the Republican nominee for president. Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), Ana Kasparian, and John Iadarola (ThinkTank), hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee on Tuesday after a roll call vote overshadowed by dissent and apathy atypical of what is traditionally a celebration of the party’s White House candidate.

Trump easily earned the 1,237 delegates needed to capture the nomination. But sporadic boos could be heard as some states attempted to award delegates to Trump’s Republican primary competitors.

Trump‘s home delegation of New York put him over the top, announced on the convention floor with Trump‘s children standing nearby.”

Read more here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Donald Trump seems to have a problem with female voters. Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), Ana Kasparian, and John Iadarola (ThinkTank), hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“Well, Donnie, the women don’t appear to love you anymore. U.S. Uncut reports that only 17 women showed up at a “Women for Trump” event at the RNC today. Yes, 17. As in SEVENTEEN. And a few were probably daughters or grandmothers that were dragged.

Turnout for Women For Trump event. The people in this picture are journalists and one media intern. #RNCinCLE

There were so few people in the audience that the panel had to ask each other questions. Awkward.

In stark contrast, over 100 women protested naked at the RNC, Huffington Post reports.

Seems the only women Trump is winning with are his daughter, his 3rd wife and maybe those 17 who showed up to pretend to support him. Newsflash – that won’t win him the election.”

Read more here.

Since launching his campaign last June, Trump has accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists, called for a blanket ban on Muslims entering the U.S., advocated the use of torture, encouraged supporters to physically attack protesters, praised murderous dictators, threatened U.S. allies and publicly repeated scores of falsehoods, exaggerations and outright lies: here.

IT’S OFFICIAL: TRUMP’S THE PARTY NOMINEE Even though 721 delegates cast their vote for a candidate other than Donald Trump, which is the “most significant expression of party dissent since 1976, when Republicans had a contested convention.” Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan spoke — but not really about Trump. Donald Trump Jr. used lines from a conservative column (he had reportedly been given permission) in his speech the day after Melania Trump came under fire for plagiarism. And here’s what to watch for today. [Christina Wilkie and S.V. Date, HuffPost]

Here’s what George W. Bush’s chief speechwriter said about Melania Trump’s plagiarism.

United States Republican convention in Cleveland update


This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Michael Shure and Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks sat down with reporters Michael Isikoff, and Ryan Grim from Day 1 of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland to discuss this election cycle. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks sat down with Nomiki Konst, Jordan Chariton and Daniel Lippman from the Twitter Data Visualization Wall on Day 2 of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland to discuss the event and the impact of social media on this election cycle.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Did Someone In Trump‘s Campaign Sabotage Melania [Donald Trump’s wife]’s Convention Speech?

19 July 2016

Thom talks about the obvious plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican convention.

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Melania Trump is accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech after speaking at yesterday’s Republican National Convention.

This video from the USA says about itself:

GOP Delegate & Schoolteacher: Melania Trump Gets a “Zero” for Plagiarizing Michelle Obama Speech

19 July 2016

On Monday night, Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump gave the keynote address. But the speech was not without controversy. Many commentators have accused Melania Trump of plagiarizing parts of first lady Michelle Obama’s speech from the 2008 Democratic National Convention. We ask two Republican delegates for their reaction.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Meet Trump VP Pick Mike Pence, Crusader Against Safe Legal Abortion and LGBTQ Rights

19 July 2016

We look at the record of Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on LGBT rights and restricting women’s access to reproductive healthcare with Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

In 2015, Pence signed into law the highly controversial anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which gave businesses license to discriminate against LGBT people. The law caused a nationwide backlash. Dozens of companies and professional sports teams and leagues, including the Indianapolis-headquartered NCAA, threatened to boycott Indiana.

Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed the law, likening it to the Jim Crow laws of the American South. Ultimately, Pence was forced to enact a revision specifying the law does not authorize anti-LGBT discrimination. As governor, Pence also oversaw a cut in Planned Parenthood funding in the state and signed legislation, since blocked, that would have restricted abortion access statewide. In 2011, he threatened to shut down the entire government if Congress didn’t defund Planned Parenthood.

RNC 2016: Republican convention staffers struck down with norovirus. At least a dozen California GOP staffers began showing symptoms over the weekend and have been quarantined in their hotel room: here.

Republican party convention in Cleveland, Ohio, USA


Anti-Trump demonstrators in Cleveland

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Cleveland, a city divided

Tom Moran is a driver from Michigan who in his daily life transports children with disabilities. A few months ago he had already planned to go to Cleveland if Donald Trump would be the Republican presidential candidate. “Trump has openly insulted disabled people. America deserves a better president than him.”

He also worries about freedom of speech. “The First Amendment of our Constitution is a great thing. But Trump wants to change the libel laws, so he will be able to sue those who criticize him.”

Moran is one of the first persons who arrived early in the morning with a large banner in Cleveland, where the Republican party convention began on Monday. Slowly the city center starts to fill with protesters.

One of them is Anita Rios. She is particularly upset about Trump’s remarks about Latinos. “If a candidate calls Mexicans rapists and murderers, and subsequently becomes the presidential candidate of the Republicans, then there is something wrong with the party.”

Not that she is a huge fan of Hillary Clinton. She does not trust her and she will not vote for her in November. But suppose someone would hold a gun to her head to force her to make a choice between the two? “Then I would be dead, because then you would find me with a bullet in my head.”

Illegal items in Cleveland, photo Arjen van der Horst/NOS

Five thousand police officers are supposed to make the city, which has turned into a fortress, safe. Demonstrators are kept far away from the party convention. At a few places in the city they are allowed to demonstrate with limited freedom of movement.

Everywhere are signs with long lists of items that protesters are not allowed to bring to demonstrations. Tennis balls are strictly prohibited, as well as ladders and water pistols. What they can bring indeed are real firearms, thanks to the pro-gun laws of the state of Ohio.

In her first major address before the nation on Monday night, Melania Trump [wife of Donald Trump] appears to have plagiarized a number of lines from first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The plagiarized passages … concerned the importance of hard work and honesty: here.

The first day of the convention was devoted to support for militarism and police repression under the slogan “Make America Safe Again.” The law-and-order rhetoric inside Quicken Loans Arena matched the police state atmosphere outside, as demonstrators were penned in by hundreds of police and the city center was walled off with steel fencing and concrete barriers: here.

The theme of the first day was “Make America Safe Again,” with a focus on attacking immigrants, militarism and expanding the powers of the police. Speeches inside the convention in support of a wall with Mexico, increased police-state measures and an assault on democratic rights were mirrored outside by the deployment of thousands of police, miles of barricades and even the National Guard: here.

Code Pink Protesters Infiltrate RNC, Wave ‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner: here.

Day 2 of the Republican National Convention: All Hell Breaks Loose: here.

Residents closest to Trump’s proposed US-Mexico wall say, ‘No thanks’: here.

Donald Trump’s vice presidential candidate Mike Pence


This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump’s Running Mate: Who Is Mike Pence?

14 July 2016

We may have confirmation of Donald Trump’s Vice Presidential running mate. Spoiler: Mike Pence is not a good guy. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is rumored to have decided on Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Meanwhile, this no longer a rumour, but a fact.

as his potential vice presidential running mate, after much consideration. That could result in a disaster if Pence’s record for PR failures is any indication.

Here are the top five things anyone should know about Mike Pence that could make him a liability on the GOP ticket…

Mike Pence is one of the Koch brothers’ favorite elected leaders. Support from the Koch brothers and conservative donors are a major component in a presidential run, so having the major money people’s favorite guy at your side if you’re new to politics is certainly helpful for campaign cash. Americans for Prosperity has been holding up Mike Pence’s work in Indiana as a paragon of a good governor. Pence’s former chief of staff now runs the Koch’s political group Freedom Partners. Given the fact that the Koch’s have pledged to spend $1 billion in the 2016 election to support conservative candidates, his ties could be an asset to Trump as he realizes his own financial limitations.”

Read more here.

Mike Pence: Sarah Palin Without The Charisma: here.

Mike Pence Once Encouraged Obama Administration To Take Action In Libya. Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick once praised Hillary Clinton for her handling of the chaos in Libya during the early days of civil unrest there and encouraged the Obama administration to take aggressive action in the country: here.

Mike Pence

On April 10, 2015, Mike Pence sent a letter to Indiana’s congressional delegation asking them to vote for trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): here. While Donald Trump in his presidential campaign claimed to be an opponent of TTP and TTIP. Will Trump flip-flop on this, like he has flip-flopped on so many other issues (and like Hillary Clinton has done)?

EIGHT WAYS DONALD TRUMP AND MIKE PENCE HAD TO COORDINATE OVER THE WEEKEND From TPP to the Iraq War, this pair has some differences. [Howard Fineman, Jason Linkins and Lauren Weber, HuffPost]

This video from the USA says about itself:

Why Mike Pence’s Nomination Is TERRIBLE For Women

14 July 2016

Trump’s running mate instituted some of the most restrictive reproductive rights laws in the country. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. …

“When Indiana Governor Mike Pence passed one of the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion bills, Hoosier ladies trolled him by calling him up and talking about women’s health and Auntie Flo.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence could be the next vice president of the United States, if he edges out the other names on Donald Trump’s rapidly-shrinking VP shortlist—but he’s probably not the guy to solve Trump’s “women problem.” That’s because Pence has supported, sponsored, and signed some of the country’s most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the past decade.

In March, Pence signed a bill that, among other restrictions, bans abortion sought because of a fetal anomaly like Down syndrome and requires abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal tissue. Indiana is the only other state besides North Dakota to ban abortion motivated by fetal anomaly—a provision that a federal judge has already deemed unconstitutional.”

Read more here.

Trump chooses right-wing Indiana governor as running mate: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Pastor Would Vote For ‘Strongman’ Trump Over Jesus

14 July 2016

A right-wing Texas megachurch pastor admits he’d vote for Donald Trump over Jesus — who he accused of being weak on terrorism.

Robert Jeffress, pastor at 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, has been a vocal supporter of the presumptive Republican nominee — who he believes is the only candidate who can defeat Hillary Clinton.

Read more here.

Planting Peace, the nonprofit organization behind The Equality House, a rainbow-colored house that sits across the street from Westboro Baptist Church, is calling out Donald Trump and the Republican Party in a massive billboard that went up on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio, where the RNC will take place next week. The billboard, below, shows an illustration of Trump poised to kiss Ted Cruz beside a caption that reads “Love trumps Hate. End homophobia”: here.