BREAKING: Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Has Died at 91 https://t.co/xlII4DRGsc
— Variety (@Variety) August 20, 2017
I've protested my whole life. Protests have real power. But realism and long-term thinking about linking them to deeper organizing is key.
— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) August 20, 2017
It's almost like the United States has no President – we are a rudderless ship heading for a major disaster. Good luck everyone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2014
In the week since “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville on Monday:
- Four of the men who marched in defense of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue no longer have jobs: a roofer, a pizza shop employee, a supermarket employee, and a hot dog shop employee.
- 18 year old white supremacist Boston College sophomore-to-be, who marched in Charlottesville, is dropping out of BC after blowback, claiming it would hurt his “brand” to remain
- Last we heard from Christopher Cantwell—the lead subject of Vice‘s chilling report from Charlottesville—he was holed up in a hotel and weeping into his cell phone. The dating site OKCupid has apparently “banned him for life.”
- The Daily Stormer no longer has a home on the open internet: GoDaddy and Google, as well as Cloudflare, have all severed their ties with the site.
- VDare, a more thinky group that advocates racial separatism in order to preserve white civilization/culture, had its Paypal account suspended and lost its booking at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, where it planned to hold its annual conference.
- Milo Yiannopoulos had his MailChimp account shut down.
- In an interview with The American Prospect (of all places), former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon–the alt right’s paladin in the White House— described the marchers in Charlottesville as “a collection of clowns” and “losers”
- All of this is probably insult heaped on injury for the National Policy Institute’s Richard Spencer, whose gym cancelled his membership back in May.
(1) Protest in Durham NC:
Scheduled for noon and 4 pm. I’m following live feeds and the anti-protesters seem to have taken over downtown Durham. Not much of a fascist presence. Looks peaceful at the moment — some minor vandalism of base of statue that once had confederate monument. Basically everything postponed until 4 pm.
(2) By the way, this is Infrastructure Week at the White House, but it’s been overshadowed by racism in the Oval Office of the White House. Being Infrastructure Week, this news is particularly embarrassing:
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) August 17, 2017
(3) BREAKING — Bannon Out:
Yup, it’s true. WaPo:
President Trump has decided to dismiss his embattled chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general election victory, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest, according to two people familiar with the move.
Trump had been under mounting pressure to dispatch with Bannon, who many officials view as a political Svengali but who has drawn scorn as a leading internal force encouraging and amplifying the president’s most controversial nationalist impulses.
Bannon told friends on Friday that he expected to soon be informed whether he is being cut loose from the White House, according to multiple people close to him. One of them said Bannon is resigned to that fate, and has said he is determined to continue to advocate for Trump’s agenda on the outside.
“No matter what happens, Steve is a honey badger,” said this person, who like others interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. “Steve’s in a good place. He doesn’t care. He’s going to support the president and push the agenda, whether he’s on the inside or the outside.”
And this has gotta hurt:
Traders on the NYSE floor cheering after NYT reports Bannon’s departure from Trump’s executive office
— Kirsten Chang (@kirstenchang16) August 18, 2017
Not surprising, since Bannon wanted a trade war with China.
But let’s not kid ourselves. Bannon was not pulling the strings on Trump. Trump was weened on rightwing and fake news, email forwards, and general bullshit. Bannon simply was a kindred spirit in ideology. His removal was good in the sense that he was one of the few who could actually put some of the shit into action.
Ouch. “[Bannon] has no projects or responsibilities to hand off.” https://t.co/ySB0iNdk52
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 18, 2017
CNN is saying that Trump was upset with Bannon over his interview but Axios reports that Bannon resigned two weeks ago. Axios is right.
— digby (@digby56) August 18, 2017
This is about Bannon leaking and getting too much attention and the staff turning on him.It’s not about policy. #TrumpisTrump
— digby (@digby56) August 18, 2017
Remember, Bannon was not a party loyalist or even a Trump loyalist. Trump served Bannon’s interest. But Bannon, the ideologue, is unchained, and he has a mouthpiece in Breitbart News. This could get ugly:
a source close to Bannon says “he’s ready to go full Rambo spaceman rocket launcher”
— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) August 18, 2017
Bannon friend says Breitbart ramping up for war against Trump. “It’s now a Democrat White House,” source says.
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) August 18, 2017
It’s Friday, and it’s still difficult for me to comment on the fallout from Trump’s moral equivalence press conference on Tuesday. Having tucked into his pocket some notes about what he was SUPPOSED to say…
Trump “went rogue” (i.e., was himself) and spoke some of the most upsetting words of any President ever.
The national discussion is all on my Twitter feed and there are so many angles:
(1) Bannon — Does he stay or go?
(2) Trump’s Councils — Mass resignations, including this one today (read the first letter of each paragraph)
(3) Where the hell are Ivanka and Jared (they’re JEWISH for crying out loud)? (They are on vacation in Vermont, but still… they need to weigh in)
(4) The movement to take down confederate statues. Personally, I think this is important, but only in a symbolic way. There are actual neo-nazis in our presence and they have the implicit support of our President. That’s a much bigger deal. However, they are coming down as communities demand it.
(5) The public silence from Republicans. Many Republicans are willing to talk to reporters off-the-record, saying what everyone else says: that Trump has lost it, that he is damaging to the GOP and the country, that he is incapable of executing his duties as President, etc. Butmost (not all) lack the moral courage to go public.
(6) Impeachment? Resignation? Censure?
(7) Trump’s continued lies: his vineyard in Charlottesville, the General Pershing lie….
(8) The terrorist attack in Barcelona — and how Trump can call out terrorists when they are Muslim
(9) Oh those magazine covers
Wow- NBC News is reporting that the mother of Heather Heyer has received death threats since her daughter was murdered.
— Tim Guinee (@TimGuinee) August 18, 2017
A congressional move to denounce Trump's abject moral failure through a formal censure resolution is quickly gaining steam. It's essential.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) August 17, 2017
We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid. Within 10 minutes we banned him for life.
— OkCupid (@okcupid) August 17, 2017
Muslim rams a car into crowd, Trump condemns in less than an hour. When his supporter does it, he needs 72 hours to confirm he had a permit.
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) August 17, 2017
THERE ARE NO MONUMENTS TO HITLER IN GERMANY, EVEN THOUGH THAT'S PART OF THEIR HISTORY. THERE ARE MEMORIALS FOR VICTIMS. THIS IS NOT HARD.
— Sarah (From Here) (@sarahwhelmed) August 16, 2017
On Fox News, Shep Smith said he couldn't get any Republicans to come on his show to defend President Trump.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 16, 2017
In disbanding his once-touted jobs councils, President has, in essence, said he has nothing to learn from those far more successful than him
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) August 16, 2017
This is bullshit! I had tickets to see the Strategy and Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council at Staples Center in September!
— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) August 16, 2017
You can be mad at how Trump has bent the knee to racists. You can even be outraged. But don't you dare fucking act surprised.
— shauna (@goldengateblond) August 15, 2017
The nationalist/populist wing of the White House is openly cheering the end of the CEO Council
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 16, 2017
explosion at FBI headquarters in NYC, 1 injured, spokesperson says no nexus to terror. Stay tuned
— Chris Sampson (@TAPSTRIMEDIA) August 16, 2017