Week 13 of Donald Trump’s presidency: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.published February 11, 2017 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-13-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-26b5f975afeb#.lpea5mkq8

Given that we’re 13 weeks into this tracking exercise, starting this week I’ll be adding a section at the bottom of the list, “Some Things We’ve Already Normalized.” The goal is to remind us of items in the early lists, that at the time were unprecedented and shocking; but have long since been accepted and forgotten. We must remember what normal used to be to resist, and find our way back — and so we begin!

In a Fox News interview, when O’Reilly referred to Putin as a “killer,” Trump responded, “Well, you think our country is so innocent?”

Trump’s comments were condemned by leaders and voices on both sides. Putin demanded an apology from Fox News.

The NYT ran a disturbing story describing Trump first two weeks. Like the WAPO story cited in Week 10, Trump is reportedly still isolated — going upstairs alone at 6:30 pm, and maintaining a small inner-circle.

The NYT also reported that Trump wasn’t fully briefed on the EO he signed giving Bannon a National Security Council seat. Trump tweeted that he calls his own shots, and referred to the story as fake news.

The WSJ reported that arrests of Russian intelligence officers are likely linked to Russia’s US hacking.

Pelosi called on the FBI to probe Trump’s personal and financial ties to Russia, to explore whether Russia may be blackmailing him.

By the end of the week, 6 NE Patriots said they would not attend the Super Bowl celebration ceremony at the White House.

McClatchy reported on efforts to silence public opinion: the WH comment line is shut down, signatures aren’t being counted on petitions, and Federal agencies are no longer allowed to respond to requests.

On SNL, Melissa McCarthy delivered a devasting portrayal of Spicer. Days later, Trump is reportedly rattled, and rumored to be seeking a replacement.

Spurred into a consideration by a petition signed by 1.5 million citizens, UK officials announced that Trump would not be allowed to address the UK Parliament during his upcoming visit.

As of this week, key roles in the Executive Branch are empty. Of the 658 positions that are open and require Senate confirmation, Trump has appointed only 35 (8 are confirmed, and 27 await confirmation).

Trump continued to assert that the “very dishonest press” doesn’t report terrorist attacks. At first, the source of his claim appeared to be InfoWars. The WH later released a list of attacks, with several misspellings (all attacks on the list had in fact been covered).

The White House is still not open to the public. Tours typically resume shortly after the new president takes office.

As part of her lawsuit against Mail Online, Melania mentioned the “once-in-a-lifetime” merchandising possibilities she envisioned as FLOTUS.

Republicans in a House committee voted to eliminate the agency charged with protecting voting machines from being hacked.

Without explanation or warning, the USDA purged a page on animal welfare from it’s website.

Trump attacked the federal judges ruling on his Muslim Ban, and questioned the indepence of the judicial branch, saying, “The courts seem to be so political,” and threatening that any terrorist attacks would be the fault of these judges if they don’t rule his way.

Trump also referred to federal justice Robart, a W. Bush appointee who ruled against Trump’s Muslim Ban, as a “so-called judge.”

Trump nominee for the SCOTUS called Trump’s remarks, “demoralizing” and “disheartening.” Trump refuted, saying Gorsuch’s comments were misrepresented. In response, a spokesperson for Gorsuch said it was true.

During a debate on the confirmation of Sessions, Warren was formerly silenced by McConnell and Republicans for reading a letter by Coretta Scott King, in a refrain that will go into the history books: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” The rule cited by McConnell, Rule XIX, was not used on GOP men like Cruz.

A HuffPost story seemed to call Trump’s mental health into question, citing via leaks that Trump called Flynn at 3 a.m. to ask him about a weak dollar and the economy. A member of W Bush NSC added, “I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president.”

In response to Trump’s failed raid in Yemen, according to the NYT, Yemenis withdrew permission for US antiterror ground mission. More stories came out questioning Trump’s decision-making process and truthfulness on the Yemen raid.

WSJ reported that Trump’s appointee to acting SEC Chair is seeking to get rid of the requirement under Dodd Frank that companies disclose the pay gap between CEO’s and their employees.

Trump tweeted, from both his personal account and the POTUS account, that Nordstrom has treated his daughter unfairly. He included a veiled threat, “She’s a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing.” Nordstrom cited lagging sales, and their stock rose 4.1% that day.

Trump’s attack against Nordstrom was widely condemned by ethics experts as a clear violation of federal ethics rules.

Next day, Conway said on Fox News, “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would say.” Spicer later that day said Conway was “counseled.” Trump sided with Conway.

Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight Committee, called Conway’s statement, “wrong, wrong, wrong.” Next day, Conway made a snide remark about Chaffetz’s stormy townhall.

France’s spy agency, the DGSE, said Russia is actively working to get Le Pen elected. Le Pen announced that if she wins, Jews would have to leave France if they did not give up their Israeli citizenship.

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill that would require congressional approval for Trump to lift sanctions on Russia.

A Hitler’s Valentine’s Day card was handed out by a the College Republicans at Central Michigan University. Nationwide, anti-semitism incidents continue to escalate since Election Day.

Reuters reported that Trump did not get briefed prior to his phone call with Putin, and had to ask aides about the New START treaty.

Breaking 7 decades of presidential precedents, Trump said he will not rely on White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Democrats in the House moved to force a debate on Trump’s Russia business conflicts and ties.

Rachel Maddow reported in order to shield himself from having to pay for the clean-up of a failed SC business formerly owned by his son, Trump claimed to have no relationship to former owner.

Townhalls hosted by Republicans in Utah, Tennessee and others states had huge crowds show up and vociferously show their displeasure.

A national poll conducted by PPP found that 51% of Trump supporters think the “Bowling Green massacre” — a lie put forward by Conway in Week 12 — is justification for Trump’s Muslim Ban.

Courts again turned back Trump, this time in his efforts to scale back an Obama-era consumer protection designed to avoid conflicts of interests when brokers give retirement advice.

FLOTUS Trump again broke with tradition, not hosting the FL of Japan during her tour of Washington DC.

WAPO broke that despite his earlier denials, Flynn did indeed have conversations with Russia’s ambassador about sanctions while Obama was still in office. Flynn changed his version to having “no recollection.”

Aids for Pence, who had vouched for Flynn on Sunday tv, said Flynn had lied to Pence, and Flynn was his only source. When asked about this story, Trump feigned ignorance, despite WAPO having it on page 1.

In a meeeting with Senators, Trump again asserted voter fraud, citing alleged buses of Massachusetts people who voted in New Hampshire.

Trump has still not come to an agreement with Federal officials over his Trump DC hotel’s violation of lease.

After a conversation with the leader of Taiwan in Week 3, an action not taken by an American president in decades, Trump asserted his bumble was to show strength to China. Unceremoniously this week, Trump changed course, and said he would honor the ‘One China’ policy.

Without notice, days after Sessions is confirmed, federal agents started conducting mass immigration raids in at least six states. Citizens reported seeing check-points in several major cities.

CNN broke that US intelligence has corroborated some parts of the infamous Russian dossier. Spicer responded by attacking CNN for fake news reporting.

Gallup found that only 29% of Americans think Trump is respected in the world. 67% believe he is not.

Trump continued to actively lie this week. Protests and marches continued nationwide.

Some Things We’ve Already Normalized:

The first family is not living in the White House.

Trump is not receiving daily intelligence briefings.

Trump remains an Executive Producer of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

Media coverage of Trump includes images of his tweets.

Our Secretary of State is a former CEO of Exxon, who has close ties to Putin, and no government or diplomatic experience.

Theresa May and Donald Trump by UK artist Bambi

Photo: Ocean Morisset, New York City

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Week 12 of Donald Trump’s presidency: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.published February 4, 2017 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-12-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-1dd061886793#.l82fi9v15

An observation on Week 12: several of the most important items in this very long list are the ones not getting coverage: including Ukraine, and the many abuses of power to silence dissent and stomp on ethics. Conflicts of interest abound, unfettered.

Protests over Trump’s Muslim Ban took place all over the country and around the world. Thousands protested in major airports and cities, including many red states.

Trump’s EO was criticized by many, and supported by few. Christian leaders spoke our voraciously against prioritizing Christian refugees.

Innumerable horrid stories about the impact of the Muslim ban surfaced during the week. Spicer minimized its impact. Presidents of 598 colleges and universities wrote a letter of concern about the Ban.

Trump promoted Bannon, under a reorganization of the National Security Council, to a regular seat on the principals committee. Criticism and outrage of this move was widespread. Democrats proposed a bill to remove Bannon from the NSC.

A Federal Judge in NY issued a temporary order, blocking Trump’s EO from deportation of arrivals. Next morning, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement that they would not abide by the court order, and would continue to enforce Trump’s EO. Four other Federal Judges issued similar temporary orders.

The Judicial Branch was removed from the WH website. It was later restored.

An op-ed, “Trial Ballon for a Coup?”, which included a diagram showing an almost completely gutted State Department, trended for an entire day.

In just 12 hours, more than 875k people in the UK signed a petition, demanding Trump’s state visit to Britain be canceled.

Germany’s Merkel, per her spokesperson, had to explain the Geneva Convention, and the requirement for the international community to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds, to Trump.

Books topping the Amazon list included, “1984,” “It Can’t Happen Here,” and “Brave New World.”

Trump continued to say his Executive Order should not be termed a “Muslim Ban.” Trump insider Rudy Giuliana told Fox News, Trump had called him seeking advice for a ‘Muslim Ban’ and how to do it legally.

According the Sen Rubio, the State Department was instructed not to speak to Congress about Trump’s Muslim Ban.

On a day when the NYT described Bannon’s elevation and Michael Flynn stumbling, Flynn’s Twitter account was taken down.

AP reported the voter fraud expert chosen by Trump to conduct his voter fraud investigation, is registered to vote in three states.

POLITICO reported that several House Judiciary Committee aides secretly worked on Trump’s Muslim Ban. Their bosses were not aware of the EO or their staffs’ involvement.

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates directed the Justice Department not to defend Trump’s Muslim Ban, citing the ban not being legal.

Hours later, Trump fired her, saying she “betrayed” the DOJ. Her memo was rescinded that same night. Trump’s action, named for a similar firing by Nixon, became known as the “Monday Night Massacre.”

WSJ reported that Trump’s tax plan, counter to changes proposed by Congressional Republicans, would preserve millions in tax benefits for Trump companies.

Days after Trump’s phone conversation with Putin, Russia escalated hostilities in the Ukraine. Among the chaos of the Muslim Ban, etc., few in the US noticed.

Six were killed in a mosque shooting in Quebec. The perpetrator was a white man, who “liked” Trump’s Facebook page. The next day, the Eiffel Tower went dark overnight in support. Trump, however, said nothing publicly about the attack.

The WH publicly stated that any State Department employees who disagree with Trump’s Muslim Ban should resign.

As Trump prepares to name his Supreme Court pick, for the first time in decades, no one is bothering to advocate for diversity anymore.

In relatiation for their coverage, Trump said he would no longer send his spokespeople to appear on CNN. On reporter noted, “They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd.”

Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee in reality-tv show type format, claiming he had invited both finalist to the prime-time announcement.

Trump’s sons, who are running his business supposedly walled-off, sat in the front row for the Supreme Court announcement, and mingled with politicians, including the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

WAPO reported that Eric Trump’s business trip to Uruguay in January for the Trump Organization, cost tax-payers nearly $100,000 in hotel rooms for Secret Service and embassy staff.

For a second day in a row, Trump personally attacked Schumer on Twitter: “Fake Tears Chuck Schumer.”

Trump canceled a trip to Milwaukee, where he was scheduled to deliver an economic address, due to the threat of protests.

The House Oversight Committee stopped accepting calls relating to investigating Trump.

As part of Black History Month, Trump cited Frederick Douglass, who he described as still alive, and Pence tweeted about a white man.

Trump’s first overseas raid ended in failure. Among the dead were a Navy SEAL and 15 women women and children, including an 8 year-old American. Trump has relaxed Obama’s stance on protecting civilians.

The Yemen raid garnered little media attention for days, until Reuters reported via US military officials that Trump “approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.”

Spicer admitted that Trump was not in the Situation Room during the Yemen raid. He issued the green light while at dinner, and during the raid itself, Trump was busy sending unrelated, incendiary tweets.

In the third wave of mass disruption in January, 17 Jewish Community Centers (JCC’s) received bomb threats.

FLOTUS Melania Trump said she and Barron may never move to the WH.

Reuters’ Editor-in-Chief announced that their reporters would cover the Trump adminisration as an authoritarian regime.

On the day Tillerson was confirmed, the House killed a transparency rules which required oil companies to report payments to foreign governments. As Exxon CEO, Tillerson had lobbied against this provision.

The House’s move on transparency also impacts the ability to trace the owner of a 19% stake of Roseneft, mentioned in Week 11’s list.

In a phone call, Trump threatened his Mexican counterpart with sending US military to stop “bad hombres down there.” Next day, Trump said this was just meant to be “lighthearted.”

Trump’s first call with Australia, one of our closest allies, went terribly, and ended prematurely after, according to Australian media, Trump berated PM Turnbull.

Later that night at 10:55 pm, Trump tweeted Obama had agreed “to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia.” This is a lie: Obama accepted 1,250 refugees. Next day, McCain called Turnbull to express US support. Hoyer also issued a statement of support.

Trump opened his remarks at the National Prayer Service by attacking Arnold Schwarzenegger for “The Apprentice” getting low ratings. Trump continues to hold the role of Executive Producer of the show.

Later at the National Prayer Service, Trump promised to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which forbids churches from political activity in order to maintain their tax-exempt status.

Trump lifted sanctions, introduced by Obama in December, on Russia’s FSB. A former head of Russia’s FSB claimed this to be the start of a formal “anti-terror alliance” in the DUMA.

Virginia filed a contempt motion against Trump over his Muslim Ban, asking the US District Court to make sure that the federal government complied with the temporary restraining order.

At the hearing, the Justice Department said over 100,000 visas have been revoked as part of Trump’s Muslim Ban. The State Department later said the number was closer to 60,000.

NBC reported, via a FOIA request, that emails reveal Ethics officials warned Trump against an ‘unprecendented’ efforts to staff his cabinet without ethics vetting. Trump aides rebuffed OCE efforts.

As per the Week 11 List, Trump issued a Holocaust statement without mentioning Jews. This week, POLITICO reported the State Department’s draft statement did reference Jewish victims, but Trump team took it out.

Due to lower sales caused by boycotts, both Nordstroms and Neiman Marcus announced, they will no longer carry Ivanka Trump’s brand.

A poll by Public Policy Polling (PPP) revealed that 40% of registered voters support impeaching Trump. Polls asking during Nixon years, didn’t reach this level until 16 weeks into the Watergate scandal.

A former PM of Norway was detained for hours at Dulles Airport because his passport showed a visit to Iran in 2014.

Trump ordered female staffers to “dress like women.” Twitter mocked his words, with a campaign using the hashtag #DressLikeAWoman.

Conway continued telling outright lies, citing a fabricated Bowling Green Massacre as a rational for Trump’s Muslim Ban.

Trump said he would be “cutting a lot out of Dodd Frank” since his friends with “nice businesses” are having a hard time borrowing money, because of rules and regulations.

NPR reported that Trump faces 55 lawsuits in his first two weeks— as compared to 5 for Obama, 4 for W. Bush and 5 for Clinton.

The New Yorker and Vanity Fair canceled their involvement with White House Correspondents’ Dinner parties.

As the week came to a close, a federal judge appointed by President Bush ruled that Trump’s Muslim Ban EO be halted, nationwide, immediately.

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Week 11 of Donald Trump’s presidency: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.published January 28,2017 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-11-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-cc791d22d7b5#.e5wjnonrx

This week was chaos. Journalist Dan Rather described it as “the Twilight Zone,” and author Stephen King, “The ugliest first week of a presidency in the history of the American republic.” This week, there were numerous articles about Trump transforming America into an authoritarian state (examples here, here, here, here, here).

The revised tally for the Women’s March, came in between 3 and 4 million, making it the largest protest march in US history.

Hundreds of protestors coming to the Women’s March from Canada, were turned away at the US border.

Trump defensively responded with outright lies about his inaugaration crowd. Spicer said, “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inaugaration — period.” When pressed on this lie on NBC, Conway said Spicer’s false claims were, “alternative facts.”

Numerous reporters were arrested while covering the inauguration protests. NBC reporters were released, while others were charged.

In true authoritarian form, Trump declared his inauguration day to be the National Day Patriotic Devotion.

On the Monday after he was sworn in, a group of Constitutional scholars, Supreme Court litigators and WH ethics lawyers filed a suit claiming Trump violated the Constitution by receiving foreign payments.

The Boston Globe ran an op-ed titled, “The President’s House Is Empty.” The Week 2 list mentioned Melania and Baron living in NYC, now apparently Trump is too, and we have normalized this item.

The WSJ reported that Flynn — in addition to Page, Manafort and Stone — is under investigation for links to Russia.

Days after his inauguration, Trump called the National Park Security, reportedly upset about a retweet of a side-by-side photo of his inauguration next to Obama.

As of the Sunday evening after being sworn in, Trump still hadn’t severed his ties to his businesses as promised. After the media caught this, documents were filed later that day.

The WH comment line switchboard no longer has a person answering the phone.

Breaking decades of precedent, Conway said Trump would never release his tax returns, saying the American public is not focused on this, (ABC poll last week showed 74% of Americans want his returns released).

Despite Trump’s proclamation of having a “great meeting” and “long standing ovations” at a meeting with the CIA, it turned out that Trump’s paid employees were the ones cheering, and his relations with the intelligence may be getting worse.

Without explanation, the CDC cancelled a Climate and Health Summit, scheduled to take place in Atlanta.

Trump’s staff continued to tell multiple outright lies, daily, including statements about the size of the federal workforce, crowd size, and voting fraud.

Massive leaks coming from the WH staff portrayed Trump as impulsive and childish, in stories published by the NYT and WAPO.

The State Department’s statement of apology for past LGBT discrimination was scrubbed from the official website.

Trump signed an executive order, reinstating AND expanding to an unprecedented degree, the Global Gag rule. He signed the order in the company of all white man (see photo below).

Days after being sworn in, Trump told lawmakers that 3–5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote. Next day, Spicer repeated the same lie.

Trump froze EPA grants.

Trump banned EPA employees from providing infomation to reporters or on social media, about new contracts or grants.

Later, Trump banned multiple federal agencies from communications with members of Congress and the media.

Trump threatened to send Federal Troops to Chicago, citing false claims about crime rates.

Republican legislators around the country proposed a series of bills, which would make criminalize peaceful protests.

There were public stories of multiple arrests, disapearances and deaths of Russian intelligence agency officers for leaks related to Trump’s dossier and interference with US election. There was also news of a possible public trial.

Trump’s AG nominee, Sessions, said he would not commit to recusing himself from Trump related investigations. This is counter to requirements of DOJ rules.

Advisors for Germany’s Merkel said they were still struggling to open communications channels with the Trump administration days after the inauguration, and that they have “given up” on him acting “presidential.”

On Wednesday, the WH released an email to the press, titled, “Praise for President Trump’s Bold Action.”

Trump ordered billions of funding cuts to UN agencies, and took action towards pulling us out of treaties, including Climate Change.

Mother Jones reported that some of Trump’s foreign business partners attended his inauguration, and were given VIP treatment.

Trump mandated that EPA scientific studies undergo a review by his political staff, before being released publicly.

Trump called for an investigation into voter fraud, then delayed signing the executive order. Media uncovered that several Trump insiders are registered to vote in two states.

Trump said torture “absolutely works,” putting him at odds with his staff on a draft torture order. For now, Trump said Mattis could override him.

At his CIA speech, Trump said of Iraq, “We should’ve kept the oil. But, okay, maybe we’ll have another chance.” He kept that mantra alive during the week, endangering our troops serving in Iraq.

Protests continued around the country, including major marches in Philadelphia and NYC.

In a bizarre interview with ABC, Trump continued his false claim about voter fraud, and also fixated on the crowd size of inauguration, showing David Muir a photo, and also saying, “We had the biggest audience in the history of inaugural speeches.”

The Economist downgraded the US on its democracy scale, to a “flawed democracy.”

The entire senior staff of the State Department left. It was unclear if they resigned or were fired, ahead of Trump’s incoming nominee, Tillerson, who has no diplomatic or government experience, taking office.

Trump signed an executive order to build The Wall. The Mexican President said Mexico would not be paying for The Wall, and canceled a previously scheduled trip to meet with Trump in DC.

The WSJ Editorial Board slammed Trump for his treatment of Mexico, and for floating a 20% tariff, calling him a “foreign-affairs neophyte.”

Bannon said the media should “keep its mouth shut,” and referred to them as “the opposition party.”

NPR reported that Trump signed a record number of executive actions in his first week; but unlike his predecessors, none about ethics.

Trump replaced the leader of a federal agency which overseas the use of Federal land, including the controversial Trump hotel in DC.

Business Insider reported on a memo between Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia’s state oil company, and Trump ally, Carter Page, offering a stake in the Russia’s state oil company, in exchange for lifting of US sanctions.

Trump issued a statement on Holocaust Memorial Day that did not mention Jews, breaking a precedent of past Democrat and Republican presidents.

Same day, Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for the next 90 days. Trump also announced plans to increase the number of countries.

Trump said Christian refugees would be given preference, a clear violation of our constitution.

Trump immigration ban did not include countries in which Trump has business interests.

Trump hinted at dropping US sanction against Russia in the lead up to his first official call with Putin. In response, McCain said if Trump lifts sanction, Congress will restore them.

Much of Trump’s foreign policy is be decided and carried out by two men, Bannon and Kushner.

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Week 10 of Donald Trump’s presidency: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.published January 21, 2017 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-10-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-7b0dc11fa8c#.hrl9jjqyi

An observation: this week’s list includes two articles, one by McClatchy and one by the NYT, with breaking news on Russian interference in our election, including possible Trump team complicity. Both articles are shocking and disturbing, yet garnered little attention. It’s as if the American people are losing faith and trust in our institutions, and giving up that there will be accountability and consequences.

The Sunday Times reported that Trump’s first meeting, as president, will be with Putin.

In interviews with the Times of London and Germany’s Bild, Trump referred to NATO as “obsolete.”

Next day, the front page of Le Monde showed Trump standing with his back turned, and a title, “Trump Contre L’Europe” (translates, Trump Against Europe).

The Trump transition team is considering a plan to evict the press corps from the White House. Trump later clarified, saying he won’t evict all press, but he will pick who is allowed to come.

Trump’s war of words with Rep Lewis continued for four days.

Trump canceled his plan to visit Museum of African American History on MLK Day. Spicer said Monday, Trump never planned to be in DC, after Conway said the prior Friday, Trump was going.

A dossier provided to US Intelligence alleges that Trump agreed to sideline the issue of Russian intervention in Ukraine after Russia promised to feed the emails it stole from prominent Democrats’ inboxes to WikiLeaks.

Trump ally Rep Rokita is considering legislation that would allow Trump to fire federal employees for no cause.

Trump publicly traded barbs with outgoing CIA Director John Brennan. Brennan said Trump,”does not yet” fully appreciate what embracing Russia might mean, and called Trump’s response, “repugnant.”

After saying that the American people don’t care about his tax returns at his press conference, an ABC poll found 74% of Americans want Trump to release his returns.

In a 2014 interview, Trump identified Russia as the US’s “biggest problem” and greatest geopolitical foe.

On Sunday talk shows, Preibus and Rep Chaffetz warned and attacked the director of the Office of Governmental Ethics, who has publicly challenged Trump’s conflicts of interests.

In a speech, Putin defended Trump, and said the Obama administration was trying to undermine Trump’s legitimacy.

Trump’s cabinet level appointees are the least diverse in decades: 18 of 23 are white men, and none are Latino. Trump defended this, saying his cabinet has the highest IQ of any cabinet ever.

Michael Flynn’s son tweeted an article from a Kremlin-funded website which said Flynn should take control of the 16 US Intelligence agencies.

A disturbing WAPO article detailed Trump’s isolation at Trump Tower, including his leaving the building only once over several days, and interacting with very few people.

NBC and WSJ reported that jobs at GM and Bayer, which Trump took credit for, were in the works for years; and that corporate leaders are crediting him to avoid his Twitter wrath.

In Greenwich, CT, a Republican official grabbed a woman by her genitals, bragging “I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct.” He was caught on tape, and later arrested.

Trump was sued for defamation by one of the woman who accused him of unwanted sexual advances. Attorney Gloria Alfred said she will subpoena unseen “The Apprentice” footage.

SOS nominee Tillerson’s disclosure says he intends to stay away from State decisions benefiting Exxon for only one year.

Media was banned from Trump’s DC hotel in the days leading up to his inauguration. Trump did, however, stop by his DC hotel, and Spicer told the press, “I encourage you to go there, if you haven’t been.” Trump still benefits financially from the hotel.

Passwords used by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s incoming cybersecurity advisor, and 13 other Trump team staff, were leaked in a mass hack.

A CBS News poll found Trump’s favorably had fallen to 32%. Similarly, a Fox News poll had him at 37% favorability. Trump is the first incoming president to have a net-negative approval rating.

Trump bragged about “displaying our military,” including possible military parades in major US cities.

Trump also had tried to include tank and missile launchers in his inaugural parade.

McClatchy reported that the FBI and 5 other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been investigating how money may have covertly moved from Kremlin to help Trump win.

Nearly 70 members of Congress and SOS Kerry boycotted Trump’s Inauguration.

Rep Cummings who did attend, explained, “members of Congress have a lot of information that the public does not have,” and eventually the American people would understand the boycotts.

As Trump takes office, he has the fewest cabinet members approved of any modern day president. Trump has nominated only 28 of 690 Senate-confirmable jobs in the Executive Branch.

The day before his inauguration, Trump asked 50 Obama administration officials to stay on in their roles.

As Trump takes office, the State Department says they have not been instructed on whether to attend upcoming peace talks.

The Trump team tried an additional form of suppressing the media, serving CNN with a retraction request, which the network is forced to responds to, for a routine story.

In a parting interview, VP Biden told Vanity Fair, he is worried Trump might destroy Western civilization.

The NYT reported law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining communications and financial transactions between Russian officials and Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Roger Stone.

Despite his efforts to promote ticket sales through a heavily advertised online video, Trump Inauguration and events were poorly attended, and no well known celebrities agreed to perform.

The Guardian’s Editorial Board described Trump’s Inaugural speech as, “bitter, blowhard and banal,” and said, in contrast to FDR’s speech of overcome fear, Trump “told the world to be very afraid.”

The streets along with Inaugural parade had thin crowds, and the entire stands were empty (see video below).

Trump team banned the Department of Interior from Twitter, after the department retweeted photos of small crowds on Inauguration Day. A National Park Spokesperson apologized.

Within hours of Trump being sworn in, all mention of climate change, civil rights and LGBT were removed from the White House webpage.

Upon taking office, Trump was likely already in violation of the federal lease with his Trump hotel DC property.

An estimated 2.5 million Americans marched in the Women March, ten times more than showed for Trump inauguration. AP reported that 500,000 marched in DC alone, doubling the expected attendance.

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Week 9 of Donald Trump’s presidency: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.published January 14, 2017 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-9-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-4bc574668100#.s4wt3slsv

This was not a good week for our country: this is the longest, and most troubling list. I want to note that the purpose of the authoritarian list is to highlight subtle changes, and so business as usual, as upsetting as it may be — like the GOP’s attempt to repeal the ACA — are not covered. Again, this is a list that is not meant to be partisan, but rather to capture changes in the fabric of our country, so we can refer back, and recall what used to be normal and acceptable.

1. The Office of Government Ethics director publicly lamented, “we seem to have lost contact with the Trump-Pence transition since the election.”

2. Three vendors have placed liens on the Trump hotel in DC for unpaid bills of over $5 million, in total.

3. The OGE similarly said they had not completed ethics reviews of Trump’s cabinet nominees. Leader McConnell said the Democrats need to “grow up” on Trump’s desire for speedy confirmations.

4. Sean Hannity endorsed a tweet which said “Make Russia Great Again” with the word, “Amen.” Hannity later deleted his tweet.

5. Meryl Streep used her Golden Globes lifetime of notable work speech to eloquently attack Trump, without mentioning his name.

6. Trump responded via a tweet that Streep is an “over-rated” actress, and denied he had mocked a disabled reporter.

7. Trump took credit for a Fiat Chrysler plant and jobs in MI and OH. Fiat Chrysler responded that Trump had nothing to do with it.

8. Trump appointed Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, to a top WH post, possibly violating the 1967 federal anti-nepotism statute.

9. Trump told the NYT that all the dress shops in DC are sold out for his inauguration. This was a lie.

10. Trump team dismissed the National Nuclear Security Administration and his deputy, responsible for maintaining our nuclear arsenal, as of January 20. Trump also dismissed the commanding general of the DC national guard.

11. Cory Booker became the first US Senator to speak out against a fellow sitting senator at a confirmation hearing (Sessions for AG).

12. CNN reported a bombshell — Intelligence chiefs had briefed Trump that Russia had gathered information to blackmail him (the dossier).

13. Same day, BuzzFeed published contents of the dossier, which apparently had been in the hands of the FBI and some in the media since the summer. Contents include the infamous golden shower.

14. Trump denied having been briefed, and said the contents of the dossier were confirmed by intelligence to be fake. DNI Clapper issued a public statement indicating the dossier’s contents are still being verified (not fake), and media reported that Comey met with Trump one-on-one to review the dossier the prior Friday.

15. Trump held his first press conference since July. Trump packed the room with paid employees, who applauded him, and jeered at reporters.

16. At presser, Trump said he had no plans to release his tax returns, or resolve conflicts of interest, saying, “I have no-conflict situation because I’m president.”

17. Trump bullied reporters at two news outlets, calling them “fake news,” and used other news outlets as evidence.

18. The director of the OGE publicly blasted Trump’s non-plan for dealing with conflicts of interest. Next day, Rep Jason Chaffetz threatened to investigate the OGE.

19. Next day, while meeting with CEO of AT&T at Trump Tower (AT&T needs approval for their merger with Time Warner, parent company of CNN) Trump tweeted CNN is “FAKE NEWS” and tanking.

20. Rep Barbara Lee said she would not attend Trump’s inauguration. During the week, the list grew to 12 members of Congress.

21. Trump encouraged his followers in a tweet to “buy L.L. Bean,” in violation of a WH policy prohibiting the endorsement of products.

22. The Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation into allegations of misconduct by the FBI and Comey, leading up to the election.

23. C-Span’s online broadcast was interrupted by Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT, while Rep Maxine Waters was speaking. Waters has said she will not meet with Trump. The broadcast was also interrupted that morning when a Senator discussed Russian hacking.

24. WAPO reported that Michael Flynn, Trump’s NSA, spoke to Russia’s envoy on Dec 29th, the day Obama announced sanctions on Russia. Trump team initially denied this, then later, said they spoke only once that day. Reuters reports they spoke 5 times that day.

25. Trump continued to deny Russian hacking, and to use quotes around Intelligence in his tweets.

26. Trump appointed Rudy Giuliani to a cybersecurity role — albeit though a private company, despite Giuliani’s lack of experience.

27. Trump appointed a sixth Goldman Sachs (past or present) employees to a major role in his administration.

28. After Congress was briefed by Intelligence chiefs, Rep John Lewis said, “I don’t see Trump as a legitimate president.”

29. Next morning, Trump tweeted a disparaging attack on Lewis, on MLK weekend, saying he was all talk.

30. Democrats in Congress were furious with FBI director Comey’s unwillingness to answer their questions and fully brief them.

31. UK media broke that the former agent who gathered the info in the dossier, had shared his findings with the FBI, starting in the summer, and had become concerned that a cabal within the FBI was compromised and attempting to cover-up information.

32. The Senate announced hearings on possible Russia-Trump ties, and said subpoenas would be issued if necessary.

33. The FEC sent Trump a letter listing 247 pages of illegal contributions to his campaign.

34. In the wake of the Trump dossier becoming public, Russia’s cybersecurity head is out of a job.

35. Human Rights Watch issued its annual report of threats to human rights around the world. For the first time in 27 years, the US is listed as a top threat because of the rise of Trump.

36. A Quinnipiac poll showed Trump’s favorability ratings continuing to slide to historic lows for modern day presidents: only 37% of Americans view Trump favorably.

  • Just to note, the pictorials I share in this series are organic; organic in the sense that I don’t seek the art out. I have to either take the photos myself (haven’t been many of them since I’ve been relaxing in Cocoa Beach, but I’m flying out soon) or they have to show up on my Facebook feed (the person has some type of relationship to me, no matter how far removed) OR they have to be sent to me by friends who have taken them in some part of the world (this has happened quite a bit.)

It’s the end of the world (as we know it).

Please stay tuned to this continuing series (soon to become weekly once I catch up to Amy Siskind’s weekly list.)

Links to previous posts: https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/12/politiks-of-graffiti-9-putin-will-love-it/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/11/politiks-of-graffiti-8-i-drawed-it-myself-dony/


Week 8 of Donald Trump’s presidency: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.published January 7, 2017 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-8-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-edba316c17b3#.c1y25rr8v

(although the bar is high, this week was the most devastating for our country).

1. Trump announced he will make major policy announcements via Twitter.

2. Trump’s executive producer credit appeared in the “Celebrity Apprentice” premiere.

3. Trump sent a divisive, incendiary New Year’s tweet — as opposed to departing President Obama’s warm and generous version.

4. On New Year’s Day, Trump promised a revelation on hacking, either Tuesday or Wednesday. This was a lie — it never came.

5. In a puzzling exchange, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough tweeted that he spent New Year’s Eve watching tv with his children, until a photo showed he and Mika chatting up Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

6. Trump appointed yet another Goldman Sachs executive to an economic leadership position, this one overseeing markets (SEC Chair). GS stock is up 35% since Election Day.

7. WSJ Editor Gerard Baker said his paper would not refer to Trump’s lies, as “lies.”

8. Trump aligned himself with Assange/Wikileaks, repeatedly — despite at one point, saying the media was making this up. Trump ally Sean Hannity interviewed Assange for his show.

9. Trump repeatedly dismissed US Intelligence agencies’ findings on Russian hacking, and referred to them in quotes: “Intelligence.”

10. Trump announced his will appoint Pam Bondi, the former Florida AG who received an illegal payment of $25k from Trump Foundation in exchange for not investigating Trump University, to a top White House spot.

11. Senator McCain held a publicly televised Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Russian hacking of our election. For the first time, Americans got to hear from intelligence leadership.

12. Sen McCain and Graham said they had given up on efforts to push Leader McConnell for a special panel on Russia interference.

13. Trump lashed out in tweets at General Motor and Toyota, causing both stocks to plummet. In the case of Toyota, allegations were false.

14. Trump falsely took credit for jobs at a Ford plant. Ford CEO publicly stated the rationale for choosing the US over Mexico was not related to Trump.

15. WAPO announced the launch of a weekly column on what Trump got wrong on Twitter each week.

16. House GOP took a secret vote to take power over the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. After public outcry and calls to representatives by voters, the plan was scuttled. Trump had tweeted he was for the change, but against the timing.

17. Trump started referring to Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer as a “clown.”

18. House GOP revived an obscure 1876 rule that allows them cut the pay of federal workers to $1.

19. Trump said he would ask the American taxpayers to pay for his infamous Wall on the Mexican border.

20. Trump promised to downsize intelligence agencies, including the CIA and Office of DNI, saying both were politicized.

21. Ex CIA-director James Woolsey resigned from Trump’s transition team, saying he did not want to “fly under false colors” any longer.

22. Breaking decades of precedent, Trump said he would recall all Obama overseas envoys immediately on Jan 20th, before their replacements have been appointed.

23. Trump tweeted his apparent displeasure with the rating of “Celebrity Apprentice” under Arnold Schwarzenegger, saying he got “swamped” compared to when Trump hosted the show.

24. Report cited that 50 Trump electors were allegedly illegally seated. Rep Maxine Waters and other Democratic representatives, stood to protest, but couldn’t find a single Senator to join them.

25. After meeting with the heads of the DNI, CIA and FBI, Trump continued to deny the Russian hacking, and instead pressed for a congressional investigation of leaks to NBC (something congress doesn’t investigate). Trump said there was no impact on the election.

26. Later that day, an Intelligence report was made public detailing Putin’s desire to hurt Clinton and help Trump, and the many ways Russia interfered. The report did not assess if there was an impact on the election (another Trump lie).

27. Trump blamed the DNC and Democrats for being hacked. The Intelligence report also indicates Republicans were hacked, although that info was not leaked.

28. Trump continued to side with Wikileaks and Russian, and against Intelligence. Even after learning Russia had hacked our election, he called intelligence a “political witch hunt,” and next day tweeted only “stupid” people or fools would think having a good relationship with Russia was a bad thing.

Please stay tuned for POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 10!

previous posts: https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/10/politiks-of-graffiti-7-stop-trump/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/09/politiks-of-graffiti-6-not-my-president/


I’m doing daily posts in this series right now just in order to catch up with Amy Siskind and her weekly list. Once I do, these will become weekly posts. Thank you for following along!

Week 7 of Donald Trump’s Presidency: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember. published December 31, 2016 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-7-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-ebdab8e3e9fd#.w6mn7y4p2

(please note this was a holiday week, but nonetheless busy)

1. Trump continues to take credit for jobs he didn’t create — this week with Sprint’s 5,000 jobs. Companies looking for things — like Sprint with an upcoming merger — have started to play into this for favor.

2. Obama announces sanctions of Russia. Trump tweets in support of Putin, and pins that tweet. Trump also uses “V. Putin,” which is the Russian convention for writing names.

3. Same day Putin says Russia will not expel US diplomats, Russia hacks the U.S. power grid through an electric utility in Vermont.

4. Trump continues to deny Russian hacking, saying we should “get on with our lives,” and dismissing it with, “I think the computers have complicated lives very greatly.”

5. 157 days since Trump held a press conference (the one where he encouraged Russia to hack more American emails).

6. Trump sends a congratulatory tweet to himself for higher consumer confidence numbers, he had nothing to do with.

7. Paul Ryan introduced rules banning lawmakers from taking pictures or videos of procedures on the House floor.

8. Trump announces on Christmas Eve that he will be shutting down Trump Foundation. The NY Attorney General says no, the Foundation is still under investigation.

9. Mar-a-Lago sold hundreds of tickets at $500+ for a New Year’s celebration attended by Trump and his family.

10. My friend Kevin Sessums, a prominent author and writer, had his FB account suspended, and post scrubbed, for calling Trump supporters “fascists.”

11. Simon & Schuster gave a $250k advance for a book by alt-right author and troll Milo Yiannopoulos. In reaction, the Chicago Review of Books said they would not review any S&S books during 2017.

12. The RNC sent out a Christmas message, comparing Trump to Jesus.

13. John McCain announced he would hold hearings during the first week of January, before Trump takes office, on Russian hacking — which Trump denies.

14. A second round of FOIA were filed to gain access to FBI emails relating to Comey letter, to see if there were ties to Giuliani or Flynn.

15. Neo-nazis in Whitefish, Montana — hometown of alt-right leader Richard Spencer — plan an armed march to harass Jews.

16 Trump sent out a bizarre New Year’s tweet, chastising his enemies.

17. After a morning tweet about Obama not cooperating on transition, Trump appeared with Don King that evening, and said the opposite.

Photo by Oddo Personnosrep. Artist is SubDude. London, England.

Paul Hehn. Portland, Oregon.

Stay tuned for the next posting in the series: POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 9 and Amy Siskind’s Week 8 list…

Previous links: https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/08/politiks-of-graffiti-5-donaeld-the-unready/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/09/politiks-of-graffiti-6-not-my-president/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/10/politiks-of-graffiti-7-stop-trump/