GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Fighting and Freedom

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Trump supporters make strange bedfellows. With two of the named supporters who allegedly assaulted three protesters at a Trump rally being the leader of a white supremacist group and a member of the Korean War Veterans Association.

Trump supporters make strange bedfellows. With two of the named supporters who allegedly assaulted three protesters at a Trump rally being the leader of a white supremacist group and a member of the Korean War Veterans Association.

Trump himself is the defendant in the case in which the protestors claim he incited violence by telling the crowd to “get ‘em out of here” at a Kentucky rally. Trump will have to defend the charge as Judge Hale, 2014 appointee of President Barack Obama commented that Trump’s speech “stated in the imperative; it was an order, an instruction, a command” in his ruling.

The complainants will have to get in line, as more than 50 lawsuits have been filed against the president; most to do with the ban that media were referring to as the #Muslimban and is now less controversially called a travel ban.

Other suits relate to other immigration issues, civil rights, conflicts of interest and San Francisco sued over federal funds to sanctuary cities.

Trump and his administration will fight them all.

He probably wants to fight Michael Flynn too. Flynn will testify after he was fired by the Trump administration after denying discussing US sanctions against Russian with one of their envoys. There is speculation his testimony will shed light on the allegations that Russia influenced the 2016 American election, effectively installing Trump as president. With a desire for immunity, there may be any number of things Flynn could disclose without putting the current president or administration at risk.

Certainly it goes against his previous statement to NBC news that “When you get given immunity that means you’ve probably committed a crime.”

Then there’s the brawl The L.A.Times has started. In round one the newspaper has come out against Trump in a scathing article that calls his presidency a “train wreck” and the man himself a “demagogue” a “narcissist” “radically wrongheaded” and “dangerous.” I can’t help but agree and personally can’t wait for the bell to ring on the following rounds.

I almost flagged writing this blog post and just left a link to the article entitled “Our Dishonest President.”

It’s not what is being said that is shocking. We all know that Donald Trump is causing terrible upheaval in America and around the world. The second instalment “Why Trump Lies” offers no surprises either. Anyone with any sense of reality is aware he is lying, and only the most deluded of his supporters can believe everything he says or tweets. But it is the source that is shocking.

The L.A. Times, whose reporters have won 44 Pulitzer prizes since 1942, have decided to risk being declared biased and come out against their president. The editorial board has said “He is a stranger to the concept of verification.” and that he is “…a Machiavellian negotiator who lies to manipulate simpler minds- or one of those simpler minds himself…”

The newspaper calls upon us all to “Listen. Speak. Think” and that “To defend freedom, demand fact.”
With Trump and his administration declaring war on the press, one newspaper is fighting back and not pulling their punches.

Expecting the president to have spoken out against the paper with the “fake news” accusation being top of my list of things I’d find, I was surprised to see no mention.

When I check his twitter feed for nuclear meltdowns, both real and emotional, I see he’s still on about the Russian election hacking being fake news and the real story being his completely unfounded allegations against President Obama regarding wire-tapping that only Fox News appears to believe.

My disbelief is centred on his bio. I find myself staring at the single terrible sentence for far too long, “45th President of the United States of America”. After all this time, it still doesn’t seem real, like America just played an enormous practical joke on all of us and any day now Barack Obama is going to appear on the news with his wide smile claiming to have punked us all.

Instead we will get a long litany of litigation followed by ranting tantrums calling out people who know more, have worked harder and have better qualifications for the job they do than he has. Unless the threat of planetary destruction we have all lived under since he was elected occurs.

The next fight Trump is picking is with both North Korea and China as he wants to tackle the problem of North Korea’s nuclear programme alone. Presumably by continuing to be so terrible at diplomacy and foreign policy that he ensures there are no nuclear weapons left after they are all fired, blowing us all into oblivion. That will be a fight no reporter will be delivering bad press about, mostly because there will be no fifth estate, or any estate.

He and Banning will have what they wanted all along, the destruction of all government institutions.

 

Bourke, L., (April 3, 2017). “Newspaper’s vicious take-down of ‘demagogue’ Trump”. Retrieved from www.news.com.au
No byline. (March 31, 2017)”Fired Trump aide Michael Flynn wants immunity to testify on Russia allegations”. Retrieved from www.bbc.com April 3, 2017.
Rose, J., (February 2, 2017). “After 2 weeks in office, Trump faces more than 50 lawsuits”. Retrieved from www.npr.org April 3, 2017.
Samuelsohn, D., (April 2nd, 2017). “Lawsuit claiming Trump incited violence advances”. Retrieved from www.politico.com April 3, 2017.
The Times Editorial Board, (April 2, 2017). “Our Dishonest President”. Retrieved from www.latimes.com April 3, 2017.
The Times Editorial Board, (April 3, 2017). “Why Trump Lies”. Retrieved from www.latimes.com April 3, 2017.
The Times Editorial Board, (April 3, 2017)“Pulitzer prizes for the Los Angeles Times”. Retrieved from www.latimes.com April 3, 2017.

 

Andra Jenkin co-wrote Double-Edged Sword- The Simonne Butler Story, and contributed to New Zealand Anthology of Women’s Comics ‘Three Words.’

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11 Comments

  1. Historian pete says:

    Bloggers on the TDB tend to follow two categories.First you have those that think that the U.S is like a barrel of apples in which there are a few rotten apples.ie Trump and Co.And there is a second category that thinks that we have a barrel of rotten apples with a few good ones.I am in the second Category.The reality is that we have a long list of presidential war criminals going all the way back to 1945.Recently we have had Yugoslavia regime change and cigar pervert Bill Clinton,cuddly Iraq and Afghanistan butcher Bush, and suave Libya ,Yemen ,and Syria destroyer and drone assassinator Obama.All wading up to their armpits in the blood sprayed by their war crimes.Yes,Trump may well rival the disgusting crimes of his predecessors.But he has yet to create a mountain of corpses like the aforementioned.The problem is the American Empire,with its 800+ overseas bases and150,000 overseas troops,its military -industrial complex,its world wide surveillance network,its militaristic culture,and its desire to enforce hegomony over the world!

    • Theodore says:

      “Yes,Trump may well rival the disgusting crimes of his predecessors.But he has yet to create a mountain of corpses like the aforementioned.”

      Really, Pete? How high does Trump’s “mountain of corpses” have to be?
      And when it reaches Everest-like proportions, will you then bleat apologetically, “BUT HILLARY WOULD’VE BEEN WORSE!”

      That’s the thing with apologists like you, you can always find a cliché to minimise your demagogue’s mistakes and crimes.

      I’d like to avoid a mountain of corpses, if you please. But judging from Trump’s actions in Yemen and his sabre-rattling over Iran and North Korea, if I were you I’d start digging a fallout shelter asap.

      • Historian pete says:

        Its as if the war crimes started with president Trump.If Trump expired tomorrow do you really believe the American Empire with its state terrorism would stop? There are apologists on this blogsite,but they are apologists for the blood soaked U.S tyranny.If only Hillary was elected everything would be peachy!Her regime change in Libya was a great success then? In the past you did an excellent job ignoring the mountain of corpses!So,what has changed?

        • Sam Sam says:

          We have had ten weeks of trump and ten weeks of hillary and hillary thinks shes still on the campaign trail with out DNC backing and merica has state elections later this year meaning the republicans have a shot at gaining the nessecary majority to make amendments to the constitution unopposed.

          The wierd thing is I know some of this stuff because Trump tweeted it. And a lot of people want trump to stop tweeting. Its crazy because ordinary people can actually leave a message where the US president may actually read them. This is the purest form of participatory democracy merica has ever had. Now thats a pardox.

    • esoteric pineapples says:

      The author of this blog isn’t discussing the crimes etc of other Presidents etc, but the actions/behaviour etc of the present President Donald Trump. You are not arguing the points but merely trying to muddy the waters.

      • Samwise says:

        Actually, pineapples, Theodore was addressing a point raised by Pete.

        I happen to agree with Theodore, how high does the mountain of bodies have to be?

        Considering that trump has reinvigorated the dirty coal industry, that mountain of bodies may come from coastal cities inundated by melting ice caps. The rich , like trump’s mate, Peter Thiel, will escape to bolt holes like NZ, while the poor will be left to suffer. Think of the poor in New Orleans, just after hurricane katrina.

        Yeah, Theodore raised a good point. Trump’s style of crazy will affect us all, not just Yemenis or Iranians.

      • Samwise says:

        Actually, pineapples, Theodore was addressing a point raised by Pete.

        I happen to agree with Theodore, how high does the mountain of bodies have to be?

        Considering that trump has reinvigorated the dirty coal industry, that mountain of bodies may come from coastal cities inundated by melting ice caps. The rich , like trump’s mate, Peter Thiel, will escape to bolt holes like NZ, while the poor will be left to suffer. Think of the poor in New Orleans, just after hurricane katrina.

        Yeah, Theodore raised a good point. Trump’s style of crazy will affect us all, not just Yemenis or Iranians.

  2. Archonblatter says:

    @Historian Pete. Am in full agreement. The shrieks of faux outrage at the super soap opera scape goat, Donaldus Rex are getting to be a bore. Some well researched essays on U.S. history would be preferable.
    I’m just reading Lewis Lapham’s ‘Age of Folly.’ He quotes from Robert Patton’s ‘Patriot Pirates.’ New England ship’s captains were licensed in 1775 to “plunder, burn or sell at auction British vessels..’ “By 1783 as many as 4,000 investment vehicles had been licensed to practise the art of piracy as far offshore as the West Indies and the Mediterranian.
    ‘ .. like America just played an enormous practical joke on all of us..”
    Boo hoo. America has been doing this since day one.

  3. remo says:

    Of equal interest, now that Mercury is broken, are the new pools gathering and attacking trump. The odious 911 conspirator Cheney ; Clinton /Podesta/epstein/DNC/Obama empires of destruction, in cahoots with McCain and Graham recently back from visiting their fascist jihad brotherhood. Plus an entire republican gang of discontent, seeking place. SOROS and other NGO propaganda networks, aided and abetted by CIA and intelligence manufacturing the russia-gate groupthink purposely leaking like the 6oclock swill – all propped up with no evidence presented ‘r’ US/Britprop fake news media at MSN/NYT’s LATimes WaPo CNN/BEEB alt/media etc etc etc. feeding our very own radNZ [ oh dear. How many US boots on the ground in Syria? How many bombed in MOSUL? sorry…who are the ‘rebels’ again? Was that Victoria Nuland in Maidan?] Quick..another ‘sarin false flag’ and two minutes of hate for ASSAD please][thank you bbc/cnn]
    What are the odds for Trump ?

    [disclaimer: I wouldn’t have voted for either of ’em]

  4. Sally's Husband says:

    Never mind the body count of Trump’s coming wars in Nth Korea and Iran, let’s start setting aside the body bags for the victims of runaway climate change, as coastal cities are inundated buy rising sea levels and higher-energy storm surges. That will be the legacy of Trump enabling the re-start of America’s coal industry. That’ll add a few million to Trump’s “mountain of bodies”.

    Once the Yanks start burning a few billion tonnes of dirty coal, our planet will fry and floods and droughts will displace and kill millions through starvation and disease. The Trump legacy.

    Who the fuck needs wars? Trump can deliver global devastation on a much grander scale!!

    Of course, Trump’s apologists won’t blame Trump. It was someone elses fault. It’s ALWAYS someone elses fault.

  5. remo says:

    @SH. You are quite right of course. And, to the apologists I’d say; If you have been following the malevolent white helmets britprop farce, the pattern of ‘sarin gas’ false flags, this most recent at Khan Sheikhun allows trump to FLIP on his previous ‘easing yankee pressure on President Assad-to-go’ in Syria-the ONLY trump strategy allowing any residual hope.
    AND if he follows the direction now determined by this latest deepstate travesty of all truth [as if they could get any dirtier -the murder of hostages by terrorist entities dressed as hollywood heroes-SYRIA: Another Chemical Weapon False Flag on the Eve of Peace Talks in Brussels April 4, 2017 By 21wire :It is known that about 250 people from Majdal and Khattab were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda terrorists last week. Local sources have claimed that many of those dead from the chemical weapons were those from Majdal and Khattab – exactly the same happened to villagers from Latakia province in the week before the staged Ghouta attack 2013]

    -If trump flops, and ‘goes in’ any further than he already has on Syria, based on this repeat pattern hoax
    he will deserve every fking blame anyone can find to heave at him.