US Republican Gingrich praises Japanese Pearl Harbor attack


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Newt Gingrich accused of praising Japan attackers in bizarrely timed Pearl Harbor tweets

7 December 2016

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich‘s attempt to show off his history knowledge backfired when he was slammed for praising the Japanese fighters who attacked Pearl Harbor.

By Ed Mazza in the USA:

Newt Gingrich Decides To Commemorate Pearl Harbor By Pointing Out Japan’s ‘Professional Brilliance’

Say what?

12/07/2016 09:15 pm ET

Newt Gingrich fired off an unusual series of tweets in commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day in which he noted Japan’s “professional brilliance” in carrying out the surprise attack.

While many marked Wednesday’s 75th anniversary by remembering the more than 2,300 U.S. servicemen killed in battle on Dec. 7, 1941, Gingrich took a different approach.

Apparently, as a sop to right-wing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose government whitewashes World War II crimes, visiting Pearl Harbor. Apparently, according to Gingrich, having Abe as an ally against China and others is worth some whitewashing of history.

Like Australian right-wing Prime Minister Tony Abbott praised the Japanese World War II violent attack on Sydney. And like Abbott helped reviving the notorious Japanese Kempeitai secret police.

US Republican elector not voting for Trump


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Donald Trump on Smiling Protester: ‘I’d Like to Punch Him in the Face’, during Nevada Speech

23 February 2016

After a protester interrupted a Donald Trump speech in Nevada, the presidential candidate told the crowd that he wished he could punch him in the face, and that he yearned for “the old days” when he’d leave in a stretcher.

“I love the old days, you know. You know what I hate?” Trump said as the protester was led away. “There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches, we’re not allowed to punch back anymore.”

“I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out in a stretcher, folks,” he said to applause.

“Here is a guy, throwing punches, nasty as hell, screaming at everything else when we are talking, and we are not allowed — the guards are very gentle with him. He’s walking out, big high fives, smiling, laughing. I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell ya,” Trump said.

By Chris D’Angelo in the USA:

Republican Elector Vows To Vote Against Donald Trump

“I owe no debt to a party. I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust,” he wrote.

12/05/2016 09:30 pm ET | Updated 7 hours ago

A Republican member of the Electoral College from Texas has promised to vote against Donald Trump during the college’s meeting Dec. 19, saying the president-elect “shows daily he is not qualified for office.”

In an op-ed published Monday in The New York TimesChristopher Suprun, a paramedic and first responder to the Pentagon on Sept. 11, laid out a lengthy list of concerns about Trump. He called on fellow electors to “do their job” and unify around an “honorable and qualified” alternative such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.

The Federalist Papers, Suprun wrote, argue that the Electoral College is tasked with ensuring candidates are “qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence.” Trump, he said, does not meet these standards, and should therefore be rejected from the White House.

“Mr. Trump,” Suprun wrote, “lacks the foreign policy experience and demeanor needed to be commander in chief … Mr. Trump urged violence against protesters at his rallies during the campaign. He speaks of retribution against his critics.”

Suprun added that he has “poured countless hours” into serving his party, and will continue to do so. “But I owe no debt to a party,” he wrote. “I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust.”

With his promise, Suprun becomes the Republican party’s first potential “faithless elector” this presidential election, The Guardian reports.

In a speech to a military audience in Florida, the US president twice cited the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal as a warning to the incoming administration of Donald Trump: here.

Donald Trump and US Republican war on women


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Donald Trump Provides Blitzkrieg for GOP’s War on Women

16 October 2016

Nearly every day for the last week we’ve been hit with a new allegation of sexual misconduct or gross indecency from Donald Trump. This is what happens when one political party spends years demonizing and degrading women.

Peter Thiel decided now was a good time to donate over a million dollars to the Trump campaign.

US Republican governor threatens violence if Trump loses election


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Republican Governor Warns Of Bloodshed

14 September 2016

Gov. Matt Bevin used the violent ‘Tree of Liberty’ quote in a speech to Values Voter Summit. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

By Nick Barrickman in the USA:

Republican governor threatens violence if Hillary Clinton is elected

15 September 2016

On Saturday, Republican Governor Matthew Bevin of Kentucky made a threat of violence if Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is elected in November. In an apocalyptic screed at the socially conservative Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., Bevin urged an audience of conservative activists to “fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically. But that may, in fact, be the case.”

“Do you think it’s possible, if Hillary Clinton were to win the election, do you think it’s possible that we’ll be able to survive, that we’d ever be able to recover as a nation?’” Bevin asked rhetorically. “I do think it would be possible, but at what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood of who? The tyrants, to be sure, but who else? The patriots,” Bevin declared, paraphrasing the famous Thomas Jefferson quote. “Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren.”

Continuing, the Republican governor appealed to an array of religion-based social prejudices, stating, “Look at the atrocity of abortion, so many have remained silent. It’s a slippery slope. First we’re killing children, then it’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Now it’s this gender-bending, don’t ask, don’t be a bigot, don’t be unreasonable, don’t be unenlightened, heaven forbid.”

Bevin’s comments follow in the wake of a number of statements made by prominent Republican officials during the presidential elections hinting at violence. Speaking of a future President Hillary Clinton before an audience in North Carolina a month ago, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated, “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks … Although the Second Amendment [gun-owning] people—maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Amid a media backlash over the obvious suggestion that only Clinton’s assassination could prevent her appointing judges after she entered the White House, Trump’s campaign released a statement declaring that the comment regarding the Second Amendment right to bear arms was simply a reference to voting.

Right-wing violence has been a regular occurrence throughout the 2016 elections. In March, two protesters were physically assaulted by audience members at a Trump campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky. News cameras captured one protester, an African American woman, repeatedly hit and called racial slurs by audience members after Trump had stopped his speech to demand that security remove her.

Bevin, who was elected last year as Kentucky’s governor, succeeding Democrat Steve Beshear, is one of the highest-ranking Republican officials to make such threats. The increasingly strident invocations of bloodshed and violence are aimed at whipping up and channeling the anger of deeply disoriented social layers and lay the groundwork for a fascistic movement, whatever the outcome of the November election.

The principal target is not Clinton and the Democrats, who are right-wing representatives of the ruling class, but the working class. It is part of the assault on democratic rights as a whole, as the corporate and financial elite prepares to meet social opposition with repression.

After the Kentucky Governor’s statements received harsh rebuking from local Democratic Party officials, his administration claimed that the “blood of tyrants” comment and others were references to military service. “Today we have thousands of men and women in uniform fighting for us overseas, and they need our full backing,” Bevin said. “We cannot be complacent about the determination of radical Islamic extremists to destroy our freedoms.”

On the face it, such a “clarification” is nonsensical. Bevin was clearly talking about physical resistance to the policies of a future Clinton administration. As for his reference to ISIS, one of the key planks of the Clinton campaign is to extend and deepen the US military’s operations in the Middle East and beyond.

Bevin, a former US Army captain and businessman, began his political career in 2014, challenging Senator Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republicans in the US Senate, from the right, as the candidate of the so-called Tea Party. After a landslide defeat in the primary, he switched his focus to the 2015 gubernatorial race.

In September 2015, Bevin offered full-throated support to Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who went to jail rather than obey a federal court order to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Upon entering the governor’s office last December, Bevin issued an executive order which allowed state law clerks to have their signatures kept off of marriage licenses “to ensure that the sincerely held religious beliefs of all Kentuckians are honored.”

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Donald Trump’s convention in the USA, update


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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.