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DOJ Demands Files On Anti-Trump Activists, And A Web Hosting Company Resists

DOJ Demands Files On Anti-Trump Activists, And A Web Hosting Company Resists

Legal experts called the government’s demand for information unusually broad. DreamHost says the warrant would require it to hand over logs of 1.3 million visits to its customer’s website.

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DOJ Demands Files On Anti-Trump Activists, And A Web Hosting Company Resists

Get ready. Things are going to get much, much worse.

Get ready. Things are going to get much, much worse.

Amid the horror of President Donald Trump’s press conference today — his praise for the “fine people” he claimed marched among the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend; the declaration that they had a good point in opposing the removal of statues celebrating Confederate leaders from the public square; the obvious lie that he had needed more time to get all the facts before criticizing the protesters; the cheers for the president that followed from white supremacist leaders — came a moment of unusual clarity.

In a mere 25 words, the president laid out everything you need to know about his view of the media and its role in public life and continued his strategy of convincing his supporters that critical journalists are all acting in bad faith, a political effort that could have dire consequences.

Asked why he had blamed both the white supremacist protestors and the counter-protesters for Saturday’s conflagration, Trump said that he believed both sides were responsible. “I have no doubt about it,” he added, “and you don’t have any doubt about it either.” “And,” he said, gesturing for attention and raising his voice as reporters tried to interject, “if you reported it accurately, you would say it.”

That’s the president’s media analysis in a nutshell: Any time the media’s coverage diverges from the world he describes, he just told the public, the journalists are deliberately lying to the public. There is no possibility that he might be wrong, no room for dissent. There are two types of journalists: The ones who report that what the president believes is true, and the liars.

That’s one of the few constants to the Trump administration, and a key way he’s wrangled the support of a large faction of the conservative press, in spite of his failures and weaknesses. The media stands against me, Trump says again and again. They are the enemy. I am telling you the truth, he tells his flock. They are the liars.

It’s an argument the president needs to make because the world Trump describes does not match the one we inhabit. On issue after issue, large and small, the president lies to us. Only by undermining anyone who provides contrary information — the Democrats, the Republicans, the courts, the bureaucrats, and the media most of all — can he maintain his support.

Meanwhile, the president supports a powerful network of sycophants — from established players like Sean Hannity, who spent last night’s show attacking the press for their criticism of the president’s earlier Charlottesville comments, and Fox & Friends, which laid the groundwork for his defense of the protestors, to rising fringe figures like Alex Jones and Jack Posobiec. All of them are willing to say that reality is whatever Trump says it is.

It’s a dangerous path. Most people now trust the press more than they trust Trump, but he still retains the loyalty of his core supporters — who include, of course, the sorts of people who listen to the president’s propagandists and are overjoyed to hear the president of the United States defend white supremacists and neo-Nazis. As of yet, the president has largely avoided major calamities not of his own making. What happens when one strikes — a war, a large-scale terrorist attack, a natural disaster — and the American people need information from the president? What happens when he tells the truth, and they don’t believe him?

What happens when he lies again, and journalists call him out, and he says they are the real liars?

As of yet, all we’ve lost amid Trump’s lies and hatred and filth are our dignity as a country. Things can still get much worse. And as long as Trump is president, they will.

Source: MM4A
Get ready. Things are going to get much, much worse.

On MSNBC, member of Trump's diversity coalition says "the left-wing media and white supremacists have a synergistic relationship. They feed off of each other." 

On MSNBC, member of Trump's diversity coalition says "the left-wing media and white supremacists have a synergistic relationship. They feed off of each other." 

PASTOR DARRELL SCOTT: Listen, we have Ku Klux Klan rallies for the last umpteen years in different American states every year that don’t get this attention. They got this attention now because Trump is the president. If Hillary Clinton was the president, this wouldn’t of got the attention that it’s getting. We had a Million Man March recently, a year ago, that didn’t get any media coverage. In fact, they complained about it simply because it was a peaceful demonstration. The possibility for violence was there in this one, that’s why the media intensified it. Let me tell you something, I really think the left-wing media and the white supremacists have a synergistic relationship. They feed off of each other. These white supremacist groups are fringe groups with very low, compared to the population — 

KATY TUR (HOST): OK that’s quite a statement, I’m going to stop you right there, the left-wing media does not feed off white supremist (sic) groups.

SCOTT: I think it does. I think it does. I think it does.

TUR: I think that’s absolutely ridiculous. And the second thing I will say to you pastor is that the reason these are getting a lot of attention is because they are marching –

[CROSSTALK]

SCOTT: Because Trump is president. Because Trump is — but let me tell you why, Katy —

TUR: In President Trump’s name. They’re saying they’re fulfilling the president’s promises. They’re saying they believe in the president and that the president is allowing them to do so, partially pastor, because the president himself has not gone out and said, I don’t want your support, don’t march in my name. He had a really good opportunity to do that on Saturday. He had an opportunity to do that yesterday, on Monday, he still hasn’t done it. 

[…]

SCOTT: Here’s my take. The white supremacists gravitated towards President Trump because that was the direction they were pointed at from the outset of this campaign. President Trump had a good time labeling and branding his opponents, “lying Ted,” “crooked Hillary,” “low energy Jeb,” but they branded him as racist Trump. The media has driven the narrative that Trump embraces white supremacy. So the white supremacists said, well, if this candidate embraces us, we’re going to embrace him. But it’s not true, no matter how many times he denies being a racist. No matter how many times he denounces white supremacy, it’s never enough. You know full well he does not embrace Nazism.

[…]

SCOTT: This racial — and the racial issue, this racial climate in America is being fueled by the media as well. Let me tell you something, white people don’t get up in the morning saying I hate all black people. All the black people aren’t getting up in the morning saying that they hate all the white people. Katy, you and I, I believe we have a great relationship, I consider us friends, you’re white, I’m black, that’s never been an issue between us. The media is fueling this only because Trump is president. If Hillary Clinton was president, this whole narrative would not be an issue.

Previously:

A white nationalist website is sponsoring an RNC rally featuring Trump surrogates

How Donald Trump emboldened Charlottesville white supremacists

After praising Trump’s statement on Charlottesville, a neo-Nazi website celebrates murder of counterprotester Heather Heyer

Source: MM4A
On MSNBC, member of Trump's diversity coalition says "the left-wing media and white supremacists have a synergistic relationship. They feed off of each other." 

Charlottesville Rally Aimed To Defend A Confederate Statue. It May Have Doomed Others

Charlottesville Rally Aimed To Defend A Confederate Statue. It May Have Doomed Others

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Va. The "Unite the Right" rally aimed to save the statue, which the city council has voted to remove. But several cities have now reacted to the rally by hastening the removal of their own Confederate monuments.White supremacists gathered near a Confederate monument Saturday with the stated intent of saving it. But after a weekend of violence, other cities are now speeding the removal of their own statues.

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Source: NPR
Charlottesville Rally Aimed To Defend A Confederate Statue. It May Have Doomed Others

Kenya's Odinga Defies Calls To Concede, Urging Supporters To Boycott

Kenya's Odinga Defies Calls To Concede, Urging Supporters To Boycott

Opposition leader Raila Odinga continues to reject results that handed President Uhuru Kenyatta re-election. “There is no work until Tuesday, when we will announce the next step,” Odinga said Sunday.

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Source: NPR
Kenya's Odinga Defies Calls To Concede, Urging Supporters To Boycott

Google Cancels Town Hall After Employee's Controversial Diversity Memo

Google Cancels Town Hall After Employee's Controversial Diversity Memo

Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address of the Google I/O conference, in May.The meeting had been called to discuss fallout from the memo written by a senior software engineer who complained that “biological causes” explained why women were underrepresented at the tech giant.

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Source: NPR
Google Cancels Town Hall After Employee's Controversial Diversity Memo

Echoing Trump, <em>Fox & Friends</em> blasts McConnell for "taking a recess" and "blaming" Trump for health care failure

Echoing Trump, <em>Fox & Friends</em> blasts McConnell for "taking a recess" and "blaming" Trump for health care failure

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Meanwhile, let’s talk a little bit about President Trump kind of sent a missile over toward [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [(R-KY)] yesterday. And it all got started earlier in the week when Mitch McConnell, who was talking to the rotary club out there in Florence, Kentucky, he was talking about, “Eh, this rookie president, he just doesn’t know exactly how Washington works.”

[…]

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): So he feels as though the president put too much pressure on him to speed up things, therefore health care failed. We don’t have anything in terms of a stimulus package, and we don’t have any infrastructure package and we don’t have tax reform yet, but don’t blame him. The president [INAUDIBLE] picked up the phone and said, “Senator, what are you talking about? You’re blaming me for the speed of our agenda because I don’t know what I’m doing?” So he let him have it. And then he tweeted.

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): He said, “Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?”

DOOCY: Sure. So, Brian, you’re right. The reports are that the president called up Mitch McConnell before the tweet went out. I don’t think he called him up to say, “Hey, I’m about to tweet something.” I think he probably chewed on him just a little bit. Because when you look at what he said, Mitch McConnell said that, the president had put an artificial time line out there. But when you look back at what congressional leaders, particularly the Senate, said in the last six months, they were the ones who made the artificial deadline.

[…]

KILMEADE: Isn’t part of the plan for them to execute and not let the president, who’s doing this for the first time, get in the way? The president behind the scenes was picking up the phone, talking to lawmakers. And by the way, Mitch McConnell has a lot to be proud of. He got some never-Trumpers like [Sens.] Ben Sasse [(R-NE)] and Jeff Flake [(R-AZ)] and people that were going to be tough to haul, like [Sen.] Rand Paul [(R-KY)] was a definite no. He flipped a lot of them. He fell short when [Sen. Lisa] Murkowski [(R-AK)] wouldn’t budge, [Sen. Susan] Collins [(R-ME)] wouldn’t budge. And [Sen. John] McCain [(R-AZ)] shocked everybody with a dramatic thumbs down. So he could have said that and said we hope to be better and learn from that for tax reform. Instead he said, “Don’t blame me.”

EARHARDT: Well, the Democratic Party has it right when it comes to loyalty. They stick together. The Republican Party, you just have some that are wayward and they’re [not being loyal to this administration. They’re not being loyal to the people, to the constituents that put them in there who wanted repeal and replace. And they’ve got to all get on board and do this. Meanwhile, he’s on vacation. He’s taking a recess —

KILMEADE: Again, when he promised to work.

EARHARDT: — and saying — and blaming the president for the time frame. Meanwhile, they knew, they’ve been running on this for seven years.

DOOCY: Sure.

EARHARDT: Where is the plan?

DOOCY: Exactly. And the Senate famously a couple of weeks ago said we’re going to stay in session until we get this done. They didn’t get it done. They left town early. You know what? They’re actually going to stay out an extra week.

Related:

NY TimesMitch McConnell’s ‘Excessive Expectations’ Comment Draws Trump’s Ire

Previously:

Right-wing media figures and online bots are going after “weak, spineless” Mitch McConnell

Conservative Media Split On Who To Blame For Trump’s Attempt To Destroy Health Care

GOP Civil War: Conservative Pundit Attacks Mitch McConnell For Not Calling Trump’s Judge Attacks “Racism”

Source: MM4A
Echoing Trump, <em>Fox & Friends</em> blasts McConnell for "taking a recess" and "blaming" Trump for health care failure