Hold your nose!
- White nationalism in the White House:
Seen above, Stephen Miller formerly worked for Jeff Sessions, nominee for Attorney-General of the US.
The following is from an essay by Jamelle Bouie, published yesterday in Slate: “Last year, as a key member of Trump’s presidential team, Miller had a strong hand in guiding the Republican nominee’s rhetoric on Muslim immigration. My colleague Ben Mathis-Lilley notes that Miller likely wrote the Trump speech that ‘complained darkly that Muslim communities within the United States were sheltering terrorists’. ‘[I]mmigration is probably the most, in Stephen’s view, one of the most existential issues facing us right now,’ says a former colleague of Miller in an interview with the Atlantic. ‘He is just as instrumental to the direction of the Trump White House as Sessions and Bannon, just as committed to an ideology of exclusion and white hegemony’. Bouie’s article continues: “Now we’re faced with the extraordinary: A White House whose chief thinkers and architects are white nationalists, keepers of a dangerous tradition in our history, with an unprecedented opportunity to pull the United States back a century to an era of unvarnished nativism and prejudice. The past three weeks are likely just the beginning; we are sure to see even more action against immigrants and Muslims, even more tolerance for the worst forces in American life.”
- Bannon’s appointment to the NSC: From Policy.mic, by Ali Gharib:
“Trump didn’t realize what he was signing when he gave Steve Bannon unprecedented power. “
“When President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum taking the unusual step of elevating his chief strategist Stephen Bannon to a permanent seat on the National Security Council, it raised a lot of eyebrows. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said last week, ‘It’s a stunning thing that a white supremacist, Bannon, would be a permanent member of the National Security Council.’
Democrats, though, apparently weren’t the only ones stunned by the move. Among the people caught unaware was one Donald J. Trump. The New York Times reported on Sunday that Trump hadn’t realized what he did when he signed the 2,100-word executive memorandum that elevated Bannon to his position on the NSC. According to the Times story
‘Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council.’
Read that again: The president of the United States, Donald Trump, was ‘not fully briefed’ on a document he signed, a document that carries the force of law. Trump’s signature gave his top White House aide a permanent invitation to sit in on meetings where life-and-death matters of running a country are decided.
When Trump finally realized what happened, he was really ticked off — even more ticked off than after the botched rollout of his executive order to ban travel to the U.S. by refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. The failure to get a full briefing on the memo was, according to the Times, ‘a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.'”
- VP Pence today breaks Senate tie to confirm Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education, thus putting the most voracious fox that could be found into the Education henhouse.
- The Donald continues to assert that the press is dishonest, alleging that the press deliberately under-reports world-wide terrorist attacks.
- The Donald has failed to divest from many of his golf courses and other properties, thus maintaining an unacceptable conflict of interest between his Presidency and his business interests.
- Kellyanne Conway attempts to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear, by arguing that, even though she fraudulently claimed that a “massacre” had occurred in Bowling Green, KY, it brought attention to the problem of Islamic terrorism in the US. As has since been discovered, she had made that claim twice before. Kellyanne Conway is a one-woman horror show.
- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will, tonite, decide whether or not to re-instate the administration’s now infamous travel ban.
What will tomorrow bring??