POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 30: COVFEFE

Week 29 of trump’s presidency: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

June 3, 2017 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-29-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-c9e9f26fc799

This was an abbreviated week with Memorial Day and Congress out of session. Republicans were largely in hiding. Without the background noise in DC, two major themes played out: the spreading Russia crisis, and the shaping of a new world order.

Even before Megyn Kelly’s prime-time interview of Putin, Russia has become a national obsession. Several bombshells on Trump-Russia broke this week, as the collusion puzzle continues to piece together. And seemingly at Putin’s behest, a new world order is shaping with Trump distancing himself from our democratic allies, and cozying up to brutal authoritarian states.

  1. As the Trump-Russia scandal spread, Donald Jr, Eric and Eric’s wife Lara met with GOP leaders to discuss strategy. Donald Jr and Eric were supposed to steer clear from politics while running the family business.
  2. SoS Tillerson, Exxon’s former CEO, was present in Saudi Arabia at the same time Exxon’s current CEO was signing a major deal with state-owned Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).
  3. The Trump regime planned to quietly sell $1.2mm of semiautomatic handguns to Ergodan’s security guards. After these guards beat American protestors at the Turkish embassy in DC, members of Congress objected.
  4. Belgian newspaper Le Soir reported that during his Brussels visit, Trump complained to the Belgian PM about his difficulties in setting up golf courses in the EU.
  5. In the final leg of his trip, Trump continued to ignore US press. Trump was the only G7 leader to not hold a press conference after the summit.
  6. The WH omitted the name of the husband of Luxembourg’s gay PM from the caption of a photo taken at the NATO summit. It was later corrected.
  7. Merkel warned Europeans that the US and Britain are no longer reliable partners, and that Europe “must take its fate into its own hands.
  8. Macron said his prolonged, white-knuckled handshake with Trump was “not innocent,” telling French media, “we must show that we will not make small concessions, even symbolic ones.”
  9. In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Putin it would be a good thing for Moscow if NATO were completely “falling apart.”
  10. In sharp contrast to Trump, on Monday France’s Macron stood on stage next to Putin and called Russian media outlets “organs of influence and propaganda.” France also accepted LGBTQ refugees from Chechnya.
  11. While visiting Australia, McCain sought to reassure our important ally, telling them Trump’s actions have “unsettled many Americans as well.”
  12. CNN reported that Trump’s return from his first foreign trip finds him lonely and angry. One source said, “I see him emotionally withdrawing. He’s gained weight. He doesn’t have anybody whom he trusts.”
  13. A furious Trump threatened a WH shake-up again and again this week amid the broadening Russia crisis; however it also became clear that few are interested in working for Trump.
  14. Trump’s Communications Director quit Tuesday. Other than that, no changes were made this week despite all the drama.
  15. Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George Conway, withdrew his name from consideration to lead the Civil Division of the DOJ.
  16. Reuters reported that Trump FBI director search has become “chaotic,”and said Trump interviewed candidates for 10–20 minutes, and in one case, mostly talked about himself.
  17. AP reported Trump gave his cell number to world leaders and urged them to call him directly, raising concerns about security and secrecy.
  18. Trump’s Twitter account experienced a strange surge of followers in the month of May. Nearly half his new followers are likely fake accounts.
  19. Rolling back 40 years of progress, the Trump regime plans to disband the Labor Department division responsible for policing discrimination among federal contractors.
  20. Also as part of this move, Trump will also roll back protections for the LGBTQ community, and for victims of campus sexual assault.
  21. Amid racial tensions in Portland, OR after a two men were killed by a white supremacist while coming to the aid of Muslims women, a Republican said the party should use militia groups at public events.
  22. Three days after the Portland attack, Trump tweeted attack was “unacceptable;” although he did so through the @POTUS Twitter account, not the personal account he typically uses.
  23. One hundred eighth graders on a field trip to DC refused to pose with Paul Ryan. One student added, “I don’t want to be associated with him.”
  24. WNYC reported Trump SoHo plans layoffs, citing in the past five months room and event bookings are down sharply.
  25. As Trump lost the appeal in federal court on his second Muslim Ban, the regime gave US embassies broad discretion to limit travelers through intensified screening measures for visa applicants.
  26. In another act of violence against US media, several windows at the Lexington Herald-Leader were shattered by bullets.
  27. Texas’s House passed SB 4, which attempts to abolish “sanctuary cities” by making local officials who refuse to enforce the Trump’s regime’s extremist measures liable and subject to removal from office.
  28. A Texas state representation, Matt Rinaldi, called ICE on SB 4 protesters. He also threatened to “put a bullet in one of his colleague’s heads” during a scuffle on the House floor.
  29. A man arrested for failing to pay fare on Minneapolis light rail faces deportation after undergoing inappropriate questioning by a transit officer on his immigration status. The exchange was captured on video.
  30. In Michigan, ICE agents ate breakfast at an Ann Arbor restaurant, complimented the chef on the waffles and bacon and eggs and toast, and then went to the kitchen area and arrested three restaurant workers.
  31. A Guardian article described ICE agents as “out of control” and “getting worse” as arrests of non-violent undocumented immigrants explode across the country. Agents have also been accused of targeting protestors.
  32. The Trump regime filed a petition with the SCOTUS to appeal the second Muslim Ban rulings. Ironically the Ban, marketed as imperative to protecting America, had a 90 day tenor. It is now over 120 days later.
  33. A noose was found at the segregation exhibition of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  34. NYC sculptor Alex Gardena, upset about the Fearless Girl statue looking at the bull, placed a statue of a urinating dog next to the girl.
  35. Signaling his lack of knowledge on governing and his continued authoritarian bent, Trump tweeted the Senate ‘should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved.’
  36. China arrested one activist, and two others disappeared, after investigating alleged labor abuse at a factory that makes Ivanka’s shoes.
  37. Sen Judiciary Comm chair Grassley called for an investigation into a Chinese co marketing investments in a property partly managed by Kushner using EB-5 visas (granting visas for $500k investments).
  38. McCain said Russia is a bigger threat to the US than ISIS, and said “We have done nothing since the election last November to respond to Vladimir Putin’s attempt to change the outcome of our elections.”
  39. POLITICO reported as Mueller ramps up his Russia investigation, Trump aids are responsible for preserving materials, despite many using auto-delete apps. Destroying materials could expose aids to criminal charges.
  40. On Meet the Press, Clapper said of the Kushner-Russia reports his warning light was clearly on, and “all of us in the intelligence community, very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians.”
  41. NYT reported that the FBI is investigating Kushner’s motives for meeting with Gorkov, head of VEB, a Russian state bank, and whether it had to do with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
  42. CNN reported on intercepted conversations during the 2016 election which reveal Russians believed they had “derogatory” information on Trump and some of his tops aides that could be used to influence them.
  43. At a Recode conference, Hillary said the Russians “could not have known how best to weaponize that information” without help from Americans.
  44. Trump’s close confidant and personal attorney, Michael Cohen was asked by House and Senate investigators “to provide information and testimony” on contacts he had with Russia. So far Cohen has declined.
  45. The House Intel Comm sent a preliminary request for information to former Trump aid, Boris Epshteyn.
  46. The New Yorker reported that Trump reached out to ally Roger Stone, who is at the center of congressional and FBI investigations, on May 11th and told him, “good job.”
  47. CNN reported that Congress is investigating a possible third undisclosed meeting between Sessions and Kislyak.
  48. The House Intel Comm issued seven subpoenas Wednesday on the Trump-Russia probe — four subpoenas related to Russia investigation, and three were issued to the NSA, FBI and CIA on “unmasking.”
  49. Schiff said no Democrats were consulted on the “unmasking” subpoenas. Democrats on the House Intel Comm said that Nunes violated his Russian recusal by issuing these subpoenas.
  50. The WH finally disclosed waivers granted. VOX reported that Trump has granted more lobbyist waivers in 4 months than Obama did in 8 years!
  51. The waiver granted to Bannon for communicating with Breitbart may have violated ethics rules, as it was granted retroactively.
  52. WH Office of Management Director Mulvaney said the day of the CBO “has probably come and gone.”
  53. It has been 36 days since the State Dept held a daily press briefing.
  54. POLITICO reported the WH ordered agencies not to comply with Democrat’s oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be used against Trump. None of these requests have been honored so far.
  55. Trump tweeted at 12:06 a.m.: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe…” While Twitter stayed awake lambasting Trump, the tweet remained up until morning, when it was replaced by a humorous version.
  56. When Spicer was asked about the Trump tweet the next day, he refused to admit wrong or a mistake instead saying, “The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.
  57. Amid outrage by corporate CEOs, US and international politicians and experts, and a clear majority of US citizens, Trump formally withdrew from the Paris Accord with another of his hallmark dystopian speeches.
  58. While delivering his speech, Trump referred to a casino robbery in a Manila casino as an “act of terrorism.” This was a false statement.
  59. Trump also bragged in his speech about adding one million jobs. The actual number is closer to 600k. Trump’s top economic adviser Cohn said Trump was using the ADP number, ignoring its own government report.
  60. May’s nonfarm payroll number came in Friday well below expectations (138k actual vs. 185k expected).
  61. After Trump pulled from the Paris Accord, Ivanka sought to recreate her image, tweeting support for the LGBTQ community and being featured as the “most powerful Jewish woman.” Both were met with outrage.
  62. A poll by POLITICO/Morning Consult found support for Trump impeachment is rising: 43% this week, up from 38% last week.
  63. WAPO reported that the Trump regime is moving to return the two US compounds the Obama administration had taken away from Russia as punishment for interfering in the 2016 election.
  64. Yahoo reported that days after taking office, the Trump regime tasked the State Dept with finding ways to lift economic sanctions, to return the two US compounds, and to relieve tensions Russia
  65. As these were the same State Dept employees that helped develop punitive measures, they were alarmed and rallied congressional allies.
  66. WAPO reported that while Kushner and VEB’s Gorkov have given different accounts for why they met, shortly after their meeting, Gorkov met with Putin in Japan.
  67. Congressional investigators are looking into whether Kushner was vulnerable to Russian influence because his real estate holding are over-leveraged, and whether this led to his meeting with Gorkov.
  68. WAPO reported that Kushner financed a luxury skyscraper in Jersey City using federal loans meant to help poor, job-starved areas.
  69. NBC reported that five current and former officials say Trump participated in a private meeting in April 2016 with Kushner, Sessions and Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel.
  70. Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the FBI’s Trump-Russia scandal, in part for meeting with Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in March.
  71. James Comey is scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Intel Comm next Thursday, and is expected to say that Trump asked him to back off the investigation of Flynn.
  72. ABC reported that Comey is angry, saying Rosenstein and Sessions never relayed any concerns about his job performance before firing him.
  73. NYT reported that Trump could try to block Comey’s from testifying citing executive privilege. As of today, Trump has not decided if he will try to block Comey’s testimony.
  74. Going a step further than Trump, Putin said maybe “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers meddled in the US election
  75. DOJ’s Weissman, who oversaw foreign bribery and bank cases, is joining Mueller’s Russia investigation team.
  76. AP reported Mueller has taken over a separate DOJ criminal probe into Manafort, which predates the 2016 election.
  77. Mueller may also expand his inquiry to investigate Sessions’s and Rosenstein’s roles in firing Comey.
  78. Reuters reported special counsel will also probe Flynn’s ties to Turkey.
  79. POLITICO reported the Trump regime is pushing Congress for legislative victories as Trump grows impatient; but as the Trump-Russia scandal heats up, it’s unlikely any legislation will be passed in coming months.
  80. Today, Americans in 150+ cities will participate in the “March for Truth”to demand the urgency and transparency on Trump-Russia.

A closing note: the number of items we have normalized and/or forgotten about from the early lists is astounding. Each week brings new bombshells and scandals – stories that in normal times would be front page news for weeks or months — for example, Pence’s (Week 16) and Tillerson’s (Week 19) email scandals. In the chaos, we have forgotten.

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And to the increasing number of people equating our loathing of this person with being anti-American, I’ll just say that that is the absolute OPPOSITE of what we are. On the other hand, a true measure of being anti-American is actually dodging military service, not three times, not four, but FIVE times (!) when mandated to serve this country like everyone else at the time. Other examples of him being anti-American, hmm…how about…aligning with dictatorships (Russia, Philippines, Turkey) and destroying western relationships. He despises freedom and he’s convincing uninformed people (i.e. Fox News viewers) that if they don’t blindly follow his regime, then they are against our country. FALSE. We are FOR our country. You deserve better. Believe in your ability to THINK.

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POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 29: SUCH A CLOWN

Week 28 of donald trump’s presidency: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

May 27, 2017 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-28-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-b772e6b7f47d

This week the Trump-Russia scandal reached the inner circle of Trump’s WH, as bombshells revealed Kushner is a central focus of the FBI investigation. The Trump regime established a war room as the walls of Trump-Russia cave in on them, with breaking news daily.

Also of note this week is the myriad of examples of Trump distancing our country from our traditional allies, and instead cozying up to brutal authoritarians. Human rights abroad are no longer a priority — the focus seems to have shifted to where the Trump organization has properties.

  1. Trump’s attorney said he wouldn’t sign his 2016 financial disclosure, a major departure from the norm. After OGE pushback, Trump said he would sign, but has yet to do so.
  2. The WH also blocked disclosure of names of former lobbyists who have been granted waivers to work in the WH or for federal agencies. Late Friday, the WH said they would comply, but has yet to do so.
  3. GOP Senators are considering changing rules to make it harder for Democrats to block Trump’s picks for circuit court judges. This follows the “nuclear option” which eased the path for Trump’s SCOTUS pick.
  4. Tillerson held a press conference in Riyadh on a new US-Saudi partnership. US media was excluded.
  5. NPR reported there’s been an unprecedented spike of white supremacist activity on college campuses since Trump was elected.
  6. Shortly after announcing his resignation from Congress, Chaffetz said individuals leaking info to the press should go to jail.
  7. Trump considered vetoing the temporary spending bill. Priebus asked Boehner to talk Trump into signing and keeping the government open.
  8. As the Trump regime’s visited Saudi Arabia, the kingdom announced it would invest $20bn in Blackstone’s new $40bn infrastructure fund.
  9. Saudi Arabia will also invest $100mm in Ivanka’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund. In addition to other human right’s abuses, the kingdom has one of the worst records globally for treatment of its women.
  10. During a photo op with Netanyahu on his visit to Israel, Trump confirmed the source of his leak to Lavrov and Kislyak at the WH by telling the press he “never mentioned the word or the name Israel.”
  11. FP reported that Israel changed its intelligence sharing with the US after Trump’s leak to Russia.
  12. Turkey summoned the US envoy to complain about the treatment of Ergodan’s bodyguards for beating up US protestors.
  13. Amid rising tensions, Turkey signed a $1.5mm contract with longtime Trump lobbyist Brian Ballard. Ballard’s firm has also recently signed contracts with the Dominican Republic and the Socialist Party of Albania.
  14. A leaked transcript prepared by the Philippines government of a phone call between Trump and Duterte described Trump praising the brutal authoritarian: “what a great job you are doing” with the drug problem.
  15. Also on the call with Duterte, Trump revealed the location of two US nuclear submarines.
  16. US officials were chastised for leaking the identity of the Manchester bomber to the press before British police officially named him.
  17. UK officials were also outraged when photos of the debris surfaced in the NYT, and said they would stop sharing information about the attack with their US counterparts. Later that day, sharing reportedly resumed.
  18. Flynn’s lawyer said his client would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights rather than comply with a Senate Intel Comm subpoena. Burr and Warner said they are considering holding Flynn in contempt.
  19. Christie told reporters that as head of Trump’s transition team, he told Trump not to hire Flynn in any capacity. Pence took over as head next.
  20. Sessions canceled his Monday testimony on DOJ funding before Congress scheduled, for fear the hearing would be overtaken by questions are the Trump-Russia scandal.
  21. Cummings said the House Oversight Comm has documents that show Flynn lied to security clearance investigators in 2016. Flynn claimed he was paid by “US companies,” not Russia’s RT, for his 2015 Moscow trip.
  22. CNN reported that Mueller visited FBI headquarters, and was briefed on the contents of Comey’s Trump memos.
  23. WAPO reported Trump asked intel chiefs Coats and Rogers to publicly say there was no collusion between Russia and Trump in the 2016 election. The goal was to “muddy the waters” about the FBI probe.
  24. Like Comey, Rogers was concerned about his conversations with Trump, and kept contemporaneous notes.
  25. WAPO also reported that WH staffers tried to get senior intel officers and members of Congress to push back on the stories that the Trump regime members were in frequent contact with Russian officials.
  26. Sen Duckworth sent a letter to the NSA requesting info on security sweeps of the Oval Office after Trump’s meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak.
  27. A member of the FEC called for an investigation into Russia’s purchase of Facebook ads to possibly boost Trump in the election.
  28. At a House hearing, former CIA director Brennan testified that he was convinced last summer that “the Russians were trying to interfere in the election. And they were very aggressive
  29. Brennan also testified on significant contact between the Trump campaign and Russia, citing Russians efforts to get US persons “to act on their behalf either wittingly or unwittingly.”
  30. Brennan also said he alerted the FBI about the troubling pattern in July, seeming to form the basis for the start of the FBI investigation.
  31. Despite the Trump’s regime efforts to limit the scope of Mueller’s investigation — citing Kushner, Ivanka and Manafort are clients of his former law firm — the DOJ cleared Mueller to lead the Russia probe.
  32. The Senate Intel Comm subpoenaed two Flynn companies. Businesses, if corporations, cannot plead the Fifth.
  33. On Thursday, the Senate Intel Comm voted to give Burr and Warner blanket authority to issue subpoenas in the Trump-Russia probe.
  34. Burr and Warner asked Trump’s political organization to produce all Russia-related documents, emails and phone records going back to his campaign’s launch in June 2015.
  35. STAT reported on experts citing that the deterioration in Trump’s linguistic capabilities could reflect changes in the health of his brain.
  36. Infowars was given WH press credentials.
  37. The NEH chairman resigned amid Trump’s budget rollout which calls for huge cuts to domestic programs.
  38. A top Education Department official resigned after refusing DeVos’s orders to testify before a congressional oversight hearing.
  39. Trump released his budget with a $2tn double-counting error. Larry Summers described it as, “the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in the nearly 40 years I have been tracking them.”
  40. Trump’s Caribbean estate was quietly put on the market at a significantly higher price than he paid in 2013, again raising ethical concerns of potential buyers paying above market to gain access.
  41. NYT reported on ethical concerns over the Trump family golf business, as the PGA comes to Trump National, and access to Trump, who frequents his courses, is being touted as a marketing point for membership.
  42. Demonstrating how Trump’s friends continue to influence policy, Icahn is set to save $60mm for his oil refinery company CVR Energy in the first quarter due to planned easing of regulations.
  43. Giuliani attempted to distance himself from Trump’s Muslim Ban, despite his bragging on Fox News months ago that he was consulted by Trump.
  44. DeVos said states should have the flexibility to discriminate against LGBTQ students, and schools will not be at risk of losing federal funds.
  45. Although before taking office Trump promised to donate all profits earned from foreign governments back to the US Treasury, according to NBC, the Trump Organization is not tracking these payments. The Constitution bans presidents from receiving foreign government gifts.
  46. 93% of key roles in the executive branch remain unfilled.
  47. Buzzfeed reported the guest reception manager at Mar-A-Lago, wife of a twice-convicted felon who likes to brag about his wife’s access, was assigned a WH email and phone and helped with Trump’s overseas plans.
  48. A new study found that tourism to the US has been on the decline since Trump took office, dropping by as much as 16%.
  49. The Carrier plant in Indiana, where to much ballyhoo Trump showcased saving 800 jobs, announced mass layoffs before Christmas.
  50. FP reported NATO countries were frantically preparing for their summit with Trump. One official said, “It’s like they’re preparing to deal with a child — someone with a short attention span and mood who has no knowledge of NATO, no interest in in-depth policy issues, nothing.
  51. At the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump pushed the PM of Montenegro aside, before chastising participants for not paying their share of NATO costs. His behavior was met with uniform disgust by our allies.
  52. Trump also refused to clearly back Article 5, the one-for-all, all-for-one principle of NATO, and remained at odd with our allies over Russia.
  53. Trump also said of Germany, our close ally, “The Germans are bad, very bad.
  54. Aya Hijazi, who Trump had bragged about negotiating her release from an Egyptian prison, told PBS’s Woodruff that Trump did not understand that it was el-Sisi’s regime that held her.
  55. On Wednesday, Greg Gianforte, running for Montana’s open Congressional seat, body slammed a reporter when asked about AHCA CBO scoring. Like Trump, Gianforte has had harsh rhetoric on the media. Gianforte was charged with assault the night before the election.
  56. Weeks before Jacobs had reported on Gianforte’s ownership of Russian index funds, whose holdings include companies like Rosneft which are under US sanctions.
  57. Press advocates cited four incidents between the press and public officials in the past month, saying Trump’s rhetoric has led to a “climate of anger, disrespect and hostility” towards the press.
  58. POLITICO reported that Trump reached out to former campaign staffers Lewandowski and Bossie about becoming crisis managers as the Trump-Russia scandal unfolds.
  59. In a surprising move, Trump hired his longtime personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz to represent him in the special counsel’s Trump-Russia probe.
  60. CNN reported the Trump regime is establishing a war room-type operation aimed at developing a rapid-response to Trump-Russia news.
  61. As the CBO came out with alarming scoring on Trumpcare/AHCA, Trump ally Gingrich called for the abolishment of the CBO.
  62. Trump’s budget targets undocumented immigrants by denying them tax credits and jobs, while significantly beefing up his deportation force.
  63. The Trump regime kept US reporters largely in the dark during his overseas trip this week: delaying readouts, keeping reporters at a distance, and refusing to hold new conferences.
  64. Trump ally Sheriff Clarke directed his staff waiting at the terminal to hassle a plane passenger after a brief exchange. The passenger is suing Clarke and his deputies involved.
  65. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a nationwide injunction against Trump’s second Muslim Ban by a 10–3 vote. The Chief Judge said the ban, “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.
  66. In their efforts to highlight crimes committed by undocumented immigrants through their VOICE program, Trump’s DHS published a database with the personal information of abuse victims.
  67. For the first time in almost two decades, Tillerson declined to host a Ramadan event at the State Dept.
  68. In Portland, OR, a suspect hurled insults at Muslim women on a MAX train, before stabbing men who tried to stop him. Two are dead.
  69. According to the DOJ, Sessions did not disclose his meetings with Kislyakin his security clearance application.
  70. Sessions remains AG despite having lied both to the Senate under oath and on his security clearance application about Russia, as well as playing a role in Comey’s firing despite being recused on Trump-Russia matters.
  71. Members of the House Financial Services Comm asked Deutsche Bank to produce documents on Trump family loans. As mentioned in Week 18’s list, Deutsche has been fined for laundering money for Russia.
  72. NYT reported that US spies collected info last summer that top Russian officials were discussing how to exert influence on Trump through his aides, Manafort and Flynn.
  73. POLITICO reported that despite the Trump spin that Manafort was a minor player and not in touch with his regime, Manafort called Priebus the week before the inauguration to discuss the growing Russia scandal.
  74. WAPO reported that a fake Russian document which claimed assurances from AG Lynch to the Clinton campaign on the email investigation, influenced Comey’s handling of the investigation, including his unusual news conference in July without conferring with the DOJ.
  75. Although Comey had the Russian document for months before the July news conference, the FBI did not take the simple steps needed to prove it to be bad intelligence until after July.
  76. WIRED reported that Russian hackers are weaponizing “tainted” leaks — planting altered materials with disinformation alongside legitimate leaks.
  77. WSJ reported that a GOP political operative, Aaron Nevins, worked with the Russians to hurt Clinton and Democrats during the election — the first direct evidence of collusion.
  78. WAPO reported that the FBI “person of interest” in the WH referenced in their reporting last week is Kushner. The FBI is investigating Kushner for the extent and nature of his contacts with Russian officials.
  79. Further, WAPO reported the FBI is investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 election, as well as possible financial crimes.
  80. The FBI informed House Oversight Comm chair Chaffetz that they will not turn over Comey’s memos, leaving open the prospect that Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.
  81. Lieberman became the fourth candidate under consideration by Trump for FBI director to withdraw from consideration.
  82. After demurring on whether Trump would lift sanctions on Russia Thursday, top Trump adviser, under media scrutiny, said Friday the sanctions would remain in place.
  83. A Quinnipiac poll found that most Americans believe Trump is abusing his power (54–43), and most believe he is not honest (59–36).
  84. WAPO reported at a meeting at Trump Tower in early December, Kushner proposed to Kislyak setting up a secret communication channel between the Kremlin and the Trump regime using Russian diplomatic facilities.
  85. Kislyak was reportedly taken aback by the suggestion, and concerned Kushner’s request would expose Russian communication capabilities.
  86. Kushner’s goal was to avoid US intelligence monitoring. Flynn attended the meeting with Kislyak too.
  87. Of note, both Kislyak and Flynn secretly met with a UAE crown prince around the time that prince was setting up a meeting between Erik Prince and a Russian official in Seychelles (see Week 21’s list). Trump met that same UAE crown prince at the WH last week.
  88. Reuters reported that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.
  89. Reuters reported FBI investigators are examining whether Russians suggested to Kushner or other Trump aides relaxing US sanctions in exchange for making bank financing available to the Trump regime.
  90. In response to the Reuters piece, Kushner’s lawyer issued a statement that Kushner, “has no recollection of the calls as described.
  91. Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has offered to cooperate with Congress in their investigation of Manafort in exchange for immunity. Noted in Week 27, Deripaska is suing AP for libel for reporting his ties to Manafort.
  92. Owners of Russian Alfa Bank sued Buzzfeed Friday in state court in Manhattan for publishing the Steele dossier.
  93. Amidst the Trump-Russia turmoil, Trump canceled his Iowa campaign rally scheduled for next week.

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POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 15: PUPPET & HIS MASTER

Week 14 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 18, 2017 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-14-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-fa64639043b9#.ydms0os51

After a slight reprieve last week, this week was again chaos, and the longest weekly list so far. An overarching theme to watch is the consolidation of power: positions in the executive branch are going unfilled and layoffs continue. Meanwhile, Trump, his children, and his small circle of insiders are making all major decisions domestically and abroad.

Trump was tested in his first national security incident, as N. Korea launched intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Trump, at Mar-a-Lago hosting PM Abe, conferred with a small circle of aides AND Abe, using a flashlight app that could have been compromised. Trump then proceeded to stop by a wedding for a photo-op at his club.

The public exchange was captured by a member of the Mar-a-Lago club, who posted it publicly on his Facebook page.

After staying mum about Flynn over the weekend, Trump spokespeople went from saying Flynn “enjoys the full confidence,” to Trump is “evaluating the situation” on Monday. That evening, Flynn “resigned.”

Flynn became the third Trump advisor to resign over inappropriate ties to Russia (others are Manafort and Page).

After firing Flynn, Trump pivoted to blaming the media and intelligence for leaks. He referred to intelligence in quotes, again. Trump also denied any wrongdoing by Flynn.

The NYT reported that several Trump campaign aides had repeated contact with Russia in the year before the election. CNN reported in fact, Trump aides were in constant contact with Russian officials.

Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, chose to investigate leaks, but not Trump and his regime’s connections to Russia.

AG Sessions refused to recuse himself from investigations into Trump and his regime’s ties to Russia, despite his ties to Trump during the campaign.

As Trump’s battle with intelligence agencies intensified, he brought in loyalist, billionaire hedge fund manager Feinberg to lead a broad review of the intelligence agencies.

The FBI released 400 pages of records from their race discrimination probe of Trump’s real estate company in the 1970s.

The WSJ reported that the Pentagon has no records of approving Flynn’s Russian-TV payment.

WAPO reported that Trump staffers are so scared of being accused of leaking to the media, that they are now using an unsecured secret chat app called Confide to communicate.

After her Senate confirmation, DeVos removed a website for disabled students. After outrage by Democratic senators and the public, it was restored.

A Gallup poll found that Americans see US world standing as the worst in decades. Only 29% think world leaders respect Trump.

The Windsor, Ontario school board cancelled all student trips to the US, citing ‘safety and equity’ concerns.

Trump picked a longtime friend for the post of Ambassador of Austria because Park is a big fan of the ‘Sound of Music.’

Democrats in public, and Republicans in private (mostly) voiced concern about Trump’s mental health. Mental health professionals also warned about Trump.

WH senior policy advisor Miller was awarded “bushels of Pinocchios” for a series of lies told on Sunday talk shows. Pundits compared his tone, demeanor and content to that of propaganda minister.

In one of his first actions as AG, Sessions signaled he would not pursue states that refused to enforce Obama’s transgender policy.

The list of stores dropping Trump lines continued to grow.

In joint press conferences with heads of state from Japan, Canada and Israel, Trump took two questions each time from only friendly news sources, and refused to take any from the major media present.

Bloomberg reported that while Trump was making calls about the cost of Lookheed’s F-35, the CEO of rival Boeing was in the room.

SoS Tillerson irked his Russian counterpart in their first meeting, when he made journalists leave the room before his opening remarks. “Why did you shush them out?” Lavrov said.

A federal judge in Virginia granted an injunction against Trump’s Muslim Ban. By the end of the week, Trump said he would not appeal.

Trump’s efforts to deport immigrants broadened to include a Dreamer, and detaining a woman who was seeking a protective order against an abusive boyfriend. ICE refused to respond to inquiries by Democrats, as deportations escalated.

The Pentagon may propose sending troops to Syria in response to Trump’s order to come up with proposals to fight ISIS.

After meeting with Trump, Canadian PM Trudeau urged deeper EU-Canadian ties due to Trump’s isolationist policies.

The director of the Office of Government Ethics said there was a “strong reason” to think Conway violated rules, and that disciplinary action is warranted for her on-air comments to buy Ivanka’s brand.

In a room of all white men, Trump signed the repeal of transparency rules for oil companies to disclose foreign payments.

The 23 Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee voted not to require Trump to release his tax returns.

Russia dealt Trump several provocations including: placing a ship outfitted with spying equipment 30 miles off Connecticut’s coast; deploying a cruise missile, in violation of an arms control treaty; and buzzing a US warship in the Black Sea.

Meanwhile, Russian backed forces continued to escalate violence in Ukraine.

Russian-TV’s coverage of Trump started to become less flattering.

The WSJ reported that Trump appointee for Commerce, Ross, wants to keep his stake in 11 entities that he would affect as commerce secretary.

The week after Trump announced he would support China’s “One China” policy, China awarded Trump valuable rights to his name in the form of a 10-year trademark for construction services.

When asked about the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in the US during his press conference with Netanyahu, Trump shifted to bragging about his electoral college victory.

The WSJ reported that US intelligence agencies are withholding information from Trump, citing concerns that information would be leaked or compromised. The DNI and CIA denied this is happening.

Sos Tillerson was conspicuously absent from Trump’s meetings with heads of state. Tillerson also did not invite the customary press corp to accompany him on a truncated trip to a Group of 20 meeting.

POLITICO reported on the frustration of Tillerson, Mathis, Kelly and Pompeo for being left out decision making. Kushner is described as a “shadow Secretary of State,” running his own foreign policy.

The already gutted State Department conducted additional layoffs, a sign that key foreign policies will be made at the WH.

Mother Jones reported on a classified memo for intelligence on how to prepare Trump’s Daily Brief: “less material, less nuance, less dissent.”

Rachel Maddow reported in the Kushners family to desire to buy the Marlins, as the owner who is selling the team is considered by Trump for the plum job of Ambassador to France.

Trump hit his lowest approval level in a Pew Research poll: approve 39%, disapprove 56%, and in Gallup Daily tracking poll: approve 38%, disapprove 56%.

Six of Trump’s staffers were escorted out of the WH after failing their FBI background checks.

Newsweek’s Eichenwald reported that US allies in Europe are conducting their own intelligence operations to assess Trump ties to Russia.

Ten members of Trump’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders resigned citing, “portrayal of immigrants, refugees, people of color and people of various faiths as untrustworthy, threatening, and a drain on our nation.”

Trump hosted an unhinged, lie-ridden, impromptu 80 minute press conference. A GOP Senator texted CNN’s King, ‘He should do this with a therapist, not on live television.’

Also at the press conference, Trump insulted reporter April Ryan when she asked if he planned to arrange a meeting with the CBC. Trump replied, “Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?”

Also when asked by a Jewish reporter about anti-semitism, Trump called him a liar, told him to sit down, and said anti-Semitism was coming from “the other side.”

WAPO reported that Flynn lied in a January 24 FBI interview, denying sanction discussions with Kislyak. Lying to the FBI is a felony offense.

Harward turned down the offer to replace Flynn, citing a chaotic WH. According to a friend, Harward described Trump’s offer as a “shit sandwich.”

Petraeus also bowed out of consideration for NSA, citing the inability to pick his own staff.

Kushner met with Time Warner executives to complain about CNN’s coverage of Trump. Time Warner has a pending merger with AT&T, which requires governmental approval.

Trump held his first 2020 campaign event today in Florida. A Craigslist ad, which offered money for enthusiastic attendees, was taken down.

AP reported on a leaked draft memo which shows Trump is considering using 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.

Germany’s Minister of Defense warned the US against hurting European cohesion, abandoning core Western values and cozying up to Russia.

Trump tweeted, then deleted, then expanded his list of media outlets and tweeted, that the media is the “enemy of the American people” — a slogan also used by Lenin and Stalin.

After a closed door meeting between Comey and the Senate Intelligence Committee before leaving for recess, Rubio tweeted, “I am now very confident Senate Intel Comm I serve on will conduct thorough bipartisan investigation of #Putin interference and influence.”

The cost of protecting Trump and his family is staggering. Obama averaged $12mm a year, while Trump’s 3 weekend visits to Mar-a-Lago alone cost $10mm, and the guards at NYC Trump Tower $183mm/year.

Rep Barbara Lee introduced legislation signed by 70+ House Democrats urging the removal of Bannon from the NSC.

PBS, Americorps, Legal Service Corp and the National Endowments for the Arts are all set to be eliminated in Trump’s preliminary budget.

Some Things We’ve Already Normalized:

Trump continues to financially benefit from his businesses, AND to gain additional revenues from his position of power (#35, China)

Very few open positions in the executive branch are getting filled.

Trump has still not come to agreement on the lease of his DC hotel on federal land.

Without an official government role, Ivanka Trump continues to attend meetings with heads of state and leaders of corporate America.

The Puppet & his Master (Trump & Bannon)

Magazine displayed on an Emirates flight as I was deplaning in Dubai.


MADE IN CHINA 🇨🇳

Please stay tuned next week for POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 16! Previous posts this way: https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/17/politiks-of-graffiti-14-lie-lie-land/

POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 10: IMPEACHMINT (ice cream)

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/

POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 9: PUTIN WILL LOVE IT.

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/

POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 8: I DRAWED IT MYSELF, DONY

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/

POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 6: NOT MY PRESIDENT

Week 5 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 17, 2016 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-5-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-da6d2db6c780#.waqcgh6bs

1. CIA fears reprisals from Trump over their findings on Russian interference, while his team threatens to bring in new leadership.

2. Trump press conference, scheduled for 12/15 to discuss dealing with his conflicts of interest, was “postponed” indefinitely.

3. WSJ reporter later reveals Trump will not divest of his businesses — excuse given is the price would be a fire sale.

4. Vanity Fair issues a scathing review of Trump Grill. Trump responds with a Twitter attack, saying of VF, “Way down, big trouble, dead!” Same day, VF picks up a record number of subscriptions.

5. Trump team accounts they plan to change the traditional daily WH briefings.

6. Ivanka will be taking a WH office, typically reserved for first ladies.

7. Conway says Trump is looking at way to get around nepotism rules so he can include Ivanka and Jared in his administration.

8. Trump continues to deny Russian hacking of the election. Says it could have been China or a 400 pound man.

9. The RNC meanwhile says they were not hacked by “Russia.”

10. A battles opens between Obama’s press secretary, and Trump and his team, threatening a smooth transition of power. Conway says Obama would end this feud if he loved “the country enough.”

11. FBI and CIA and all intel reach agreement that Russia interfered with our election, with a goal of getting Trump elected.

12. The GSA told Trump he would violate his DC hotel lease “the moment he takes office.” Word spreads that Trump will replace the leadership of the GSA.

13. Gen Michael Flynn, Trump’s pick for NSA, was found guilty by the Army of sharing classified information. Flynn also deletes his tweet promoting Pizzagate.

14. Ivanka auctions off a coffee date, with a $50k floor. As rumbling of conflict start to stir, the website posting mysteriously disappears.

15. Trump team asks for a list of climate scientists. Request is denied. Scientists are said to be backing up their data, for fear, it too, will disappear.

16. Trump continues his “Thank You” tour to only states he won. He stands before Christmas trees only-no reference to other religions.

17. Trump issues a negative tweet on Lockheed, just before the market open. Like Boeing, the stock craters. It is discovered that traders are starting to anticipate Trump’s tweets, by taking long or short positions.

18. Trump continues to pick white men for his cabinet — many of whom have no experience with the area they are about to lead. His cabinets the least diverse since 1989.

19. Trump holds a meetings with tech leaders at Trump Tower, and includes his three children, but excludes the CEO of Twitter for his unwillingness to produce a “Crooked Hillary” emoji.

20. Huma Abedin joins lawyer, E. Randol Schoenberg’s calls to release the FBI search warrant that led to the Comey letter.

Artist: Virtual Oner, California.
Illustration by Victor Juhasz



Stay tuned to this continuing series. Up next: POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 7

Previous links in this series: https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/08/politiks-of-graffiti-5-donaeld-the-unready/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/07/politiks-of-graffiti-4-dump-trump/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/06/politiks-of-graffiti-3-don-deplorable/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/04/politiks-of-graffiti-2-bad-hombre/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/03/the-politiks-of-graffiti-world-view-of-donald-trump/

POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 4: DUMP TRUMP

Lead-up posts to this one can be found at: https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/03/the-politiks-of-graffiti-world-view-of-donald-trump/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/04/politiks-of-graffiti-2-bad-hombre/ AND https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/06/politiks-of-graffiti-3-don-deplorable/

Written by Amy Siskind: Week 3: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember. published December 3, 2016Source: https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-3-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-ea468ab3eaa7#.a0x202tpx https://catalogadventures.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/written-by-amy-siskind-week-3-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-youll-remember-published-december-3-2016/

Observation: each week the list is getting longer, and more troubling/frightening.

1. SPLC issued a startling report on the profoundly negative impact of the election results on our schools and children. This in addition to 867 cases of hate attacks in the 10 days post election, and 892 active hate groups.

2. Reports nationwide, including our college campuses, of women being grabbed by the genitals, and being told a variation of “it’s no big deal.”

3. Trump continues to be disinteresed in availing himself of daily intelligence briefings.

4. Our news cycles now being led by Trump’s Twitter account. Our media seems unable to do anything but follow along.

5. Trump sent a total of 13 tweets on Jill Stein’s recounts, the most consecutive tweets on any subject. Still not a single tweet condemning nationwide hate crimes carried out in his name.

6. Trump tweets there were “millions of people who voted illegally.” KellyAnne Conway and other loyalists parroted and embellished this false claim during the week.

7. Despite his clams of millions of illegal votes, Trump and the GOP apparatus aggressively filed lawsuits to prevent vote recounts.

8. Trump retweeted a 16 year-old’s tweet attacking a CNN reporter. The 16 year-old complained that Trump edited his tweet.

9. Kellyanne Conway scolded a 17 year-old, in response to the girl’s question about working for a man with a history of sexual asasult.

10. Unprovoked by events or any reason, Trump suggested — again via a tweet – consequences for burning the American flag: “perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

11. Senate Majority leader McConnell awoke from a seeming slumber to condemn this, while Speaker Paul Ryan assured America he was tutoring Trump on the Constitution.

12. Trump’s campaign held a cyber Monday sale on Trump merchandise at its online store.

13. Russia claimed to be in talks with several people on the Trump team regarding Syria, before Trump takes office.

14. After spending the entire general election criticizing Hillary’s email practices, Trump considers Gen Petraeus for SoS- despite a requirement that the General notify his probation officer in order to leave North Carolina (fortunately, there’s no travel entailed in the SoS position).

15. Trump continued to conduct his SoS selection like episodes of The Bachelor. Romney was shamed into a public apology-lite remarks after feasting on frog legs, only to find days later, the current and former CEOs of Exxon had been added to the contestant list.

16. Under continued pressure, Trump tweeted he would leave his businesses, but offered little detail or comfort this would be anything but having his children run things. Hardly arms-length.

17.Eight members of the Senate Intelligence Committee wrote a letter to President Obama, urging him to declassify information related to Russia’s interference with our election. Although 17 intelligence agencies have said Russia was involved in hacking, the public is aware of no response or actions that have been taken.

18. Bahrain — the same Bahrain that Trump falsely chastised Hillary for allegedly accepting donations to the Clinton Foundation — booked space at the Trump International Hotel in DC for a reception.

19. Even Trump loyalists (see image below) rebelled at Trump’s appointment of Goldman Sachs execs to his cabinet and inner circle. Since election day, GS stock has rallied by 23%, or a 347% annualized return.

20. Seemingly unaware or disinterested in the fact the campaign is over, Trump embarked on a “Victory Tour” — later, rebranded as a “Thank You Tour”- visting only the states he won. His first rally in Cinncinatti was half empty.

21. At the Cincinnati rally, after being egged on by Trump, supporters chanted, “Lock her up! Lock her up!” and Trump did nothing to stop them. Same night, Trump loyalist Cory Lewandowski told a panel that NYT editor Dean Baquet should be imprisioned.

22. In kicking off the tour, Trump and Pence engineered a populist saving of 1,000 American jobs, at a cost of $7mm to Indiana taxpayers. A WSJ editorial referred to the ploy as “Trump’s Carrier Shakedown.”

23. In a 48 hour period, Trump did incredible damage to our country’s global standing, conducting conversations with foreign leaders without being briefed by or consulting with the State Department.

24. Pakistan government readout of Trump’s phone conversation with Pakistan PM Sharif: described the PM as “a terrific guy” who made him feel as though “I’m talking to a person I have known for long.”

25. Trump invited Phillipine leader Rodrigo Duterte to the WH, and congratulated him on handling the drug war, the “right way.”

26. Trump became the first US leader to have a phone conversation with Taiwan, since diplomatic ties were cut in 1979. Trump explained it away in 2 tweets. China promptly responded in protest.

From Oner Vertual, “Virtual” in Los Angeles, CA.
By Digitiser2000 on Twitter.
Spotted in Italy. Photo from Oner Vertual FB.
V for Vendetta. Los Angeles, CA.

Photo by Paul Hehn, Portland, Oregon.
Wheatpaste in Los Angeles, CA. Oner Vertual FB.


Jordanian artist Osama Hajjaj for Al Arab Al Yawm doesn’t mention Trump, it makes a clear statement about Trump’s impact on Muslims in and out of the United States.

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POLITIKS OF GRAFFITI 3: DON DEPLORABLE 

A continuing series from TOKIDOKI https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/04/politiks-of-graffiti-2-bad-hombre/ and https://jacquelinemhadel.com/2017/02/03/the-politiks-of-graffiti-world-view-of-donald-trump/ From Amy Siskind here is a rundown of Week 2 of Donald Trump’s presidency. *Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.* – published November 26, 2016 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-2-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-1e03e1c171e#.qezkksbb6
1. The First Family-elect will not be living in the White House.

2. Melania’s Wiki bio changed overnight to reflect she did not go to college.

3. Donald Jr. met with Russia representatives in Paris to discuss Syria during the election.

4. Aleppo has devolved into the worst humanitarian crisis in our lifetimes, and Putin is emboldened to tell the US to get out of the way.

5. Putin has moved missiles into Kaliningrad “in response to NATO aggression” — within striking distance of Germany.

6. Russian propaganda was the source of much of the “fake news” during the campaign.

7. Trump has selectively been meeting with the media and grooming them by yelling at them. They all showed up for this.

8. Next day he met with the NYT at their offices, and their coverage totally normalized his porous positions and outrageous actions so far.

9. Trump has been furthering his business affairs and using his presidency to get licenses and other favors.

10. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared have joined him in meetings and calls with heads of state, and other senior officials from other countries (here and here).

11. Trump openly stated that he doesn’t care about conflicts of interest, and he does not feel compelled in any way to separate his business dealings from his role as president.

12. Trump admitted to breaking the law! He signed off on Trump Foundation’s tax statement and now has admitted the Foundation was in violation of tax laws.

13. In Wisconsin, 5k of Trump’s 27k vote lead have been proven to be fake votes.

14. In true dictatorial form, Trump demands Mitt Romney publicly apologize if he wants the position of Secretary of State.

15. Trump is selling Trump merchandise in Trump Tower and online, including Christmas tree ornaments.

16. CNN airs a segment with subline, “Are Jews People?”

17. Hate crimes continue nationwide against Muslims, Jews, women, Black, LGBTQ and Hispanic Americans. On a Delta flight, one Trump supporter screamed at Hillary bitches, and didn’t get kicked off.

18. Steve Bannon received $376k from a small Foundation in Tallahassee to pay a salary for his work at Breidbart.

Photo: Paul Hehn, Portland, Oregon.

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

Photo by: Paul Hehn, Portland, Oregon.

Artist: Edel Rodriguez. “It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol,” says Rodriguez.

Occupy Democrats

From FB page: Antoine Massiani

Photo by: Paul Hehn, Portland, Oregon.


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