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Last night, nearly a week’s worth of Republican National Convention speeches by the likes of Ted Cruz, Newt Gingrich, Indiana governor Mike Pence and most notably, Melania Trump, who flat-out plagiarized parts of First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech, culminated in Donald Trump’s acceptance of the Republican party’s presidential nomination. Introduced by his eldest daughter, Ivanka, who described her father as a fighter who is “colorblind” and also “gender neutral,” Trump spoke about his so-called love for this country and his desire to “Make America Great Again,” as his campaign slogan boasts. But not only was Trump’s speech completely void of any policy plans, it was riddled with inaccuracies, empty statements, bold threats and flat-out lies. Though we can break down and refute his speech paragraph by paragraph, sentence by sentence, here are just some of the most questionable moments from Donald Trump’s nearly hour-long RNC speech.
You know, very little has been said or written about the other candidate running for president.
Her name is Jill Stein and she is leading the ticket for the Green Party’s bid for the White House.
According to her campaign’s website, Stein is a “mother, an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate.”
She has helped lead initiatives to fight environmental racism and injustice, to promote healthy communities, to strengthen local green economies and to revitalize democracy. She has helped win victories in campaign finance reform, racially-just redistricting, green jobs, and the cleanup of incinerators, coal plants, and toxic threats. She was a principal organizer for the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit.
Her platform includes such agenda items as addressing climate change (including creating a green New Deal that will allegedly “turn the tide on climate change, revive the economy & make wars for oil obsolete”); creating a minimum and livable wage of $15 an hour; ending poverty through a guarantee that everyone has the right to food, water, shelter and utilities; establishing health care as a right, which includes free for all single-payer health care; establishing education as a right with free schooling from pre-K to university; expanding, protecting and defending indigenous, LGBTQ and women’s rights; and creating a fair tax, which focuses on increasing revenue for social programs and decreasing money for the military.
She is also the only candidate remaining in the race with a clear objective on addressing mass incarceration and police brutality. Among her criminal justice reform platforms are goals that include ending the war on drugs, releasing non-violent offenders from jail, establishing independent police review boards, and demilitarizing local police departments.
And did I mention that she is the only candidate to have marched in a Black Lives Matter protest?
In short, she is basically everything progressive that Hillary Clinton is not and everything decent about humanity that Donald Trump will never be.
She even has the endorsement of civil rights activist and Princeton professor Cornel West, who in an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! said the following about why he supports her:
Well, one, in the language of Coltrane, she’s a major force for good, accenting the role of poor and working people being center stage. She’s green in terms of trying to save the planet in the face of corporate greed. She’s fundamentally concerned with issues of racial justice, legacies of white supremacy as well as male supremacy. She’s concerned about empowering working people. She opposes TPP, trying to make sure we don’t have the corporate reshaping of the world economy—the kind of policies, of course, Democratic Party has supported, President Obama has supported. It’s hard to find somebody at the national level who provides a certain kind of hope, given the unbelievable spiritual decline and moral decay. And by spiritual decline and moral decay, I mean greed and indifference and contempt in the driver seat among our elites vis-à-vis all working people and poor people. It’s just sad to see so many fellow working people and fellow citizens supporting a pseudo-populist and neofascist like Donald Trump. They’re in pain. The pain is very real, but they’re moving in a right-wing direction.
She seems legit, right?
Yet her candidacy has its naysayers. Like sex advice columnist and occasional media pundit Dan Savage. On one of his recent podcasts, he had this to say (as reported by The Stranger):
I have a problem with the Greens, I have a problem with the Libertarians. I have a problem with these fake, attention seeking, grandstanding Green/Libertarian party candidates who pop up every four years, like mushrooms in sh-t, saying that they’re building a third party. And those of us who don’t have a home in the Republican Party, don’t have a home in the Democratic Party, can’t get behind every Democratic position or Republican position, should gravitate toward these third parties. And help build a third party movement by every four f–king years voting for one of these a–holes like Jill f–king Stein, who I’m sure is a lovely person, she’s only an a–hole in this aspect.
If you’re interested in building a third party, a viable third party, you don’t start with president. You don’t start by running someone for f–king president.
Where are the Green Party candidates for city councils? For county councils? For state legislatures? For state assessor? For state insurance commissioner? For governor? For f–king dogcatcher? I would be SO willing to vote for Green Party candidates who are starting at the bottom, grassroots, bottom up, building a third party, a viable third party.
Solid point, if not for the fact that the Green Party has been known to run candidates in many local municipal and statewide elections. And according to the Party’s website, at least 100 Green Party candidates found their way onto the ballots during the November 2015 general election. And out of the 100, 18 of them actually won their office. The website also notes that since the beginning of 2015, at least 28 Green Party candidates have been elected as members of school boards, city councils, fire districts and planning commissions nationwide.
Not bad for a bunch of attention seekers.
But in spite of its small incremental successes, the Green Party continues to suffer from a credibility problem. Many progressive voters still blame the party, in particular, its then-presidential candidate Ralph Nader, for why the Democrats, particularly former Vice President Al Gore, lost the 2000 election. And while there have been many articles and studies that have disputed this popular belief, that hasn’t silenced many folks like Savage who see a vote for the Green Party as a wedge vote for the Republicans.
Ironically, it won’t be until the Green Party gets a win on the national level that the masses will begin to take it seriously as a viable alternative to the two-party system. And unfortunately, the only way it can do that is if the Party, which was founded on the principals of social justice, grassroots democracy and responsible capitalism, will compromise on a lot of its values, including accepting corporate donations and using super PACs.
It will also have to get sexy.
As messed up as it is to say, if the Green Party ever stands a chance of winning, or even having a real impact on the national level (and being seen as anything other than a fringe left group), it will have to run a candidate who is more celebrity than substance. It will have to run a candidate who can compete with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump, who both proved to be masters at dominating our 24-hour news cycles and our conscious minds.
In politics, image matters. So far, Stein is pretty underexposed. While her platform hits all of the right marks, she suffers from the lack of name recognition – and overall personality – that has become pretty standard in our current political climate. And while I wouldn’t go as far as to suggest that a vote for Stein is a wasted vote, as Savage asserted, I will say that I just don’t see her campaign – or her – being a major factor in this upcoming presidential election.
Charing Ball is a writer, cultural critic, free-thinker, slick-mouth feminist and queen of unpopular opinions from Philadelphia. To learn more, visit NineteenSeventy-Seven.com.
It is absolutely astounding the number of people who are willing to stand out and claim their allegiance for Republican nominee Donald Trump. One of those people is actor Scott Baio, best known for his role as Chichi Arcola in the popular series “Happy Days” and then the sitcom “Charles in Charge.”
I never thought much about Scott Baio but I am surprised and saddened to learn that he’s such an unprincipled man. Thankfully, MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall called him out and questioned him on a few things, throwing his hypocrisy back into his face, during the Republican National Convention.
First, she asked him about an image he tweeted. It featured Hillary Clinton standing in front of the word “Count.” Whether the image was real or doctored, Clinton was positioned directly in front of the “O” sending a very clear message. Baio captioned the image: “This may be the best meme out there. #NeverHillary @realDonaldTrump.”
Baio has come out trying to assert himself and Trump as men with morals, wanting to make America great again and restore the country’s moral barometer.
Hall asked him, “Did you think about that in church when you tweeted it out?”
Baio: “That’s just offered up without commentary.”
Hall: “Yeah but you know what it meant when you tweeted it out.”
Baio: “I just put it up there.”
Hall: I guess I’m asking—you’re writing your speech in church —you talk about religion coming back to this country and us having a moral barometer. Where was your moral compass when you put a photo of a woman— who you disagree with politically, and that’s fine…
Baio: Tamron you can look at that any way you want…There’s no commentary attached to it. I didn’t call her anything. And the fact that you question my faith because I put up a picture is not nice.
Hall: Well, you question other people’s faith. When you say we need to bring back religion, implying that somehow the moral compass of people you don’t know is fake.
Then Hall presented Baio with an unflattering picture he tweeted of Michelle Obama, where he captioned it, “Wow, he wakes up to this every morning.”
Tamron challenged him on this as well. “Does joking about a woman that way make America great again?”
Baio said he jokes about women yelling at their husbands. It’s his sense of humor as a boy from Brooklyn.
Hall: “I agree with you we should all want to be better people, to teach our children to be better people. But I see how this may or may not affect our divisiveness—there are White people here, Black people here—when we tweet things out that are so ugly and then we say, ‘Oh it was a joke.’”
Baio: “That had nothing to do with race.”
Hall: “I didn’t say that.”
Baio: “Yeah you did, you said Black people and White people were being divisive.”
Hall: “I said we’re all here together. Let me tell you something, I do this for a living. You can’t chop my words up.”
Baio had to back down at that point.
You can watch the entire exchange in the video below.
A recent article in the Washington Post stated that Donald Trump has less than one percent of the Black vote in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. It goes on to assert that only six percent of Black people support Trump nationally. Whether you’re into Hillary Clinton or not, the lack of Black support for Trump probably makes you sigh with relief. You might think to yourself, of course! No self-respecting black person I know would vote for Trump. Except maybe Uncle Freddy, but Freddy is crazy. Then, if you’re like me, you’d go outside, sit on the stoop with your wine glass and strike up a conversation with your neighbor.
And you’d discover that you’ve found an anomaly: They support Donald Trump .
So there we were, sitting on our stoop, my neighbor and I. There were kids across the street playing basketball, and the local bootlegger had just come by with some movies. All was well. The sun was setting and our conversation flowed easily from movies, to music, to current events, and finally politics.
Why don’t I sit out here more often? I thought to myself, as my neighbor was bringing up the 2016 election.
“That’s why I mess with Trump,” he said.
At first, it didn’t register. My neighbor is pretty chill, but sometimes he flirts with me, so conversations always require me to filter out half of what he says. I was about to file his comment in the same place I put his unwanted compliments when he added, “Well, I really support Bernie, but if not Bernie than Trump.”
“Wait,” I turned to him, “Trump over Hillary?”
“Yeah,” he replied. “Of course.”
It took me a second, but I finally fixed my side-eye to ask him why. Under what circumstance could he possibly “mess with Trump”? I expected him to rail against the amorality of the Clinton administration or the rise of political dynasties. I expected him to extol the virtues of Bernie Sanders (a.k.a., the unsullied), the brokenness of our electoral system, or point to Clinton legislation that fostered the mass incarceration of Black people. Did he do that? No. No, he did not.
“Trump is going to bring our jobs back,” he stated.
There was a look of determination and triumph in his eyes. When I tried to explain why it was economically impossible for any president to overturn the tide of globalization, he silenced me.
“You clearly never needed a low-paying job before.”
I didn’t tell him I could use one right now.
This conversation with my neighbor isn’t an isolated instance. In the wake of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s deaths, a good friend of mine was trying to make sense of the wreckage.
“I just feel like Trump can turn all this around.”
“Huh?” I wrote back. “You think Trump will crack down on police brutality?”
“Yeah,” he said. “Trumpknows what’s up.”
Now, despite Trump’s insistence that “the system is rigged against him too,” and that we Black folks aren’t wrong for thinking that, most of us can admit that easing systemic racism isn’t The Donald’s primary political agenda. And based on his past comments, it doesn’t even register as a concern.
I chalked my friend’s ramblings up to those of a person who has just endured the trauma of seeing two police shootings in less than 24 hours, but I was shocked. I don’t live in the South. I don’t roll with conservative Christians, and I consider most of my friends to be well-informed citizens, yet there are Black Trump supporters in my own backyard.
“How will having Donald Trump really impact your daily life,” my neighbor asked me the night we hung out on the stoop. “What are you so afraid of?”
I rattled off xenophobia, economic turmoil, and the danger of Trump’s potential Supreme Court appointments, but his question struck a nerve. The truth is that state and local elections have far greater impact than federal ones, and I’m not actually registered to vote in the district where I sleep. After I went upstairs, his question stayed with me.
What are you so afraid of?
There are tons of reasons why Trump is unfit to be president. Beyond the legislative and economic implications of a Trump administration (which are scary enough), what scares me most is the possibility that if he’s elected, it could embolden racists to act out their hateful ideations. Just as #Brexit was met with a surge of idiots bigots harassing people in the streets, a Trump election could turn anti-immigration rhetoric into full-blown hate crimes. To be a Black person in this country is to understand the effects of bigotry, hatred, and fear on a visceral level. To support Trump would be an act of radical amnesia — increasingly hard to do given the current state of affairs.
What scares you most about a Trump administration? Any Black Trump supporters want to defend the man?
Bernie Sanders hasn’t thrown in the towel just yet on the race to the election, but the Democratic presidential candidate has made it known that his chances for becoming the Democratic nominee are a bit slim.
In an interview with C-SPAN earlier this week, Sanders said, “It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee, so I’m not going to determine the scope of the convention.”
Two days later, on MSNBC, when asked if he planned to vote for Clinton, he offered, “Yes. Yeah, I think the issue right here is, I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. I think Trump, in so many ways, will be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president.”
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 24, 2016
In addition, when asked why he wouldn’t withdraw from the race, given that he’s accepted that Clinton will be the nominee, he explained that he wanted to continue fighting for the “strongest possible platform.”
“My job right now as a candidate is to fight to make sure that the Democratic Party not only has the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party, but that that platform is actually implemented by elected officials,” Sanders said on CNN.
And while he won’t come out as the candidate that won the Democratic nominee, he did explain that it’s still his goal to see the party embrace free public college tuition, a $15 minimum wage and an aggressive battle with climate change. “What I am trying to do right now is to make sure that the Democratic Party becomes a party that represents working people, not Wall Street.” he concluded.
Before Barack Obama was elected president, I was apathetic about an electoral system I felt never works in Black folks’ favor. I also didn’t have to be heavily invested in politics since I was too young to cast a vote before his campaign anyway. In 2008, however, with the arrival of President Obama, the political narrative shifted not necessarily in favor of Black America, but in favor of hope as he stood as a symbol that better (racial) times were ahead. Or so we hoped.
That fateful night, when my college campus erupted in celebration and students blasted “My President Is Black” by Young Jeezy from every corner of the yard, was one of the first times I ever felt extremely American, like maybe the country cared about us.
But now that Obama and his beautiful family spend their final months in the White House, that optimistic light he once inspired in me is dimming. In fact, because the current presidential race is so weak, to be quite frank, I don’t even want to waste my time voting.
In case you’ve haven’t been paying attention, on one side of the aisle is Donald Trump, GOP frontrunner and professional bigot. Again, to be frank, he is trash but is still considered the candidate to beat thanks to a scary amount of people in this country. His Republican opponents, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor John Kasich, are less nauseating, so I’d bet on them over Trump. But that’s not saying much.
Alternatively, in an idealistic dream world lives Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. They’re pretty neck and neck in terms of popularity on the Democratic side, but I’m Young Metro to Clinton’s bullsh-t. Her newfound interest in the Black community is worthy of a side-eye. And though Sanders is the one candidate I wouldn’t mind seeing sitting in the Oval Office since his campaign seems the most fair and sound, he’s a little too impractical at times with his plans.
I’ll tell you what’s real: As a whole, the Black community is still largely underserved and devalued. The system doesn’t defend us as seen by the fallen Black bodies that haven’t received justice and the stereotypical tropes still pumping throughout media. In turn, we’ve created movements like Black Girls Rock!, Black Lives Matter and #BlackGirlMagic to bring about our own systems of inspiration and appreciation. We needed to revive our sense of community and purpose in the face of laws and policies that fail us every day. I have more hope in DeRay, in “Netta,” in Bomani Jones, and in the activism I finally feel and see moving within our community to stop accepting BS treatment in this country.
Because I’ve found solace in this activism, when I watch these debates play out in the political circus, I’m simply underwhelmed. I’m weary of all the talking.
Still, I can’t forget the countless Black men and women who fought tirelessly and died for our right to vote. Their resilience in the face of hoses and White supremacist rage is the only reason I’m still considering rocking an “I voted” sticker this time around, even though I don’t want to step foot in a voting booth. But at the end of the day, I never want to take their spilled blood for granted.
I just don’t feel fired up or have much faith in our system. I don’t hang on to every word Clinton says as I clung to Obama’s witty and thoughtful eloquence. If I do vote, I know I’ll simply be doing so as if I was making a rushed lunch decision. Literally, it’ll be like choosing between a pig or a cow. No matter what decision I make on the ballot, it might eventually kill me. So sometimes you can’t help but wonder, why make a choice at all?
Donald Trump and his never-ending antics seem to make the news on a daily basis. Most Americans have very strong and highly negative opinions about Trump and his problematic presidential bid, as evidenced by the commentary of his fellow candidates, campaigns like Stop Hate Dump Trump, and the numerous people who have protested at his rallies.
Not that we needed confirmation, but a recent Associated Press poll shows that 7 out of 10 Americans view Trump unfavorably. And yet, he’s still leading Republican presidential candidates. All that despite his disrespectful comments about women and abortions, Mexicans, Muslims and more. The harsher his stances become (and the less clear his plans are), the better he seems to do with Republican voters.
But what does the rest of the world think about the controversial man who wants to be the 45th president of the United States? Click through to find out where officials and politicians stand on the Donald.
If 2016 looks and feels strangely familiar in a déjà vu sort of way, there’s a reason. We’re still in the first quarter of 2016 and yet so much of this new year (can we still call it a new year?) is filled with the same old antics we hoped and prayed would be left in the past where they belong. Here’s a list of things we’re still tired of in 2016.
Zendaya’s ultimate retort to Giuliana Rancic is starving herself down to the size of one of her elbowz
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) March 13, 2016
You don’t have to have an eating disorder to attend the Kids’ Choice Awards….but it helps!
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) March 13, 2016
Attacking Young Black Celebs
“Comedian” Julie Klausner straight up attacked Zendaya Coleman by publicly body-shaming the young star’s weight. In proper fashion, Coleman clapped back at Klausner, asking if she wants to be next to be set straight (remember, Zendaya schooled Giuliana Rancic after she made disrespectful comments about her faux locs).
And a New York Post writer recently trashed siblings Jaden and Willow Smith, saying “any reasonable parent would be ashamed of them.” What’s shameful is these grown adults thinking it’s okay to behave in this manner. If the tables were turned and someone came after their children in the same way, they’d be up in arms.
Today we all get to feel a little smarter than Neil deGrasse Tyson – just by a hair.
Still, he is the sexist astrophysicist alive. How is this even possible?
Well, it all started with this tweet:
People who are anti-Trump are actually anti-Trump supporters — they oppose free citizens voting for the @realDonaldTrump.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 13, 2016
Exactly. What are you talking about Tyson?
I mean, how could the man who proved to the world that Pluto wasn’t even a real planet, be so…well, confused.
Naturally his tweet would spark a lot of outrage – and tons of head-scratching – across the blogosphere including many folks who wondered if this was Tyson’s sly way of endorsing Trump.
Well, late last night Tyson took to his Facebook page and, in a note, offered this clarification:
“Dear Facebook Universe,
On March 12, 2016 I posted a tweet that made reference to Donald Trump. I’ve come to learn that my intended meaning was not accurately received by many, possibly most, people who read it. I think hard about word usage before I post any tweet, so when grammar or punctuation errors slip by that confuse the meaning of my intended message, my only reaction is embarrassment, forcing me to resort to Facebook Notes to confess, clarify, and correct.
“The tweet was this:
People who are anti-Trump are actually anti-Trump supporters — they oppose free citizens voting for the @realDonaldTrump.
But should have been this:
People who are anti-Trump are actually anti Trump-supporters — they oppose free citizens voting for the @realDonaldTrump.”
For those of you who are having trouble seeing the clarification, it is the shift in hyphen from “anti-Trump” to “anti Trump-supporters.”
Still confused? Well Tyson has a response for that too.
“In spite of that barely-perceptible hyphen-shift, if you are still confused, then it’s just a badly worded tweet.
My simple point is that if Donald Trump were not a front-runner then his views would be more than footnotes in a day’s news cycle, and nobody would be investing so much ink (electrons) and air (cable) time debating his views — the international press and the British Parliament included. So the real issue for those who are anti-Trump is the strong support he has garnered from fellow citizens – fellow voters. Beyond being “Pro” your favorite candidate, if you are also anti-Trump, then in practical terms you are against the decision exercised by citizens of a free democracy to vote for this particular candidate of their choice.
In the end, for me, it’s all about education — not so much what you know, but how you think about and see the world.
For these reasons, I have not made it a past-time to attack or otherwise criticize elected officials. They presumably represent the views of people who voted for them. (Of course,if that’s not the case, one should ask how they got elected in the first place.) Regardless of whether a politician lies or cheats or deceives the electorate, or is under-informed on matters that may influence legislation, my responsibility as an educator, particularly as a science educator, is not to tell people who to vote for, but to empower people how to think about and analyze information that may affect their lives and livelihood. This especially includes knowing what science is, and how and why it works.
Then I step away, while you formulate your own opinions in our glorious, free, pluralistic society.
As always, keep looking up.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Washington, DC.”
Okay, I have to say the clarification helped a little but I still have to call shenanigans on both the tweet and his follow-up explanation.
First, there has been speculation that a number of delegates will refuse to endorse Trump at the convention and instead throw their support behind a spoiler. If that happens I could certainly see Tyson’s point about folks being “against the decision exercised by citizens of a free democracy to vote for this particular candidate of their choice.”
But that hasn’t happened yet. He has run and won each of his elections free and clear. In fact, the only obstruction to his campaign that has happened is a lot of protesting and belly-aching at Trump campaign rallies. And since there is no proof that these anti-folks are actually conspiring to block citizens from the ballot box, where the actual voting in this country takes place (and not at campaign rallies), it is a little presumptuous to say that all of the anti- folks – just by the nature of being against Trump or his supporters – are actively denying Trump and his supporters their right to participate in the democratic process.
Secondly, I disagree with the idea that what we have been participating in is at all a “free democracy.” Not when we have Party conventions where delegates and super-delegates get the final say in how our votes should be interpreted. Not when Citizens United is a thing. And not when there is enough PAC money floating around that third party candidates barely breaching the fourth estate for coverage of their campaigns. What I’m saying is that the days of one-man, one-vote are long gone – if those days ever existed to begin with.
Not to mention, Trump is not some Joe-Schmo off the street who decided one day he could be president. He is not The Rent is Too Damn High guy. He is a captain of industry, a media mogul who has both connections and access to people and spaces that the rest of us will never have. His press announcement got more press coverage than all of Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign rallies have gotten combined. So even if folks are actively working against Trump getting the nod, that does not make them in contrast to the very democratic system that got Trump to be seen as a viable candidate to begin with. If anything, it makes them participants.
And finally, who cares? Amirite?
Like really, who cares if the folks who are protesting are anti-Trump or his supporters when it is the ideas, beliefs and attitudes behind the two is what have us worried? I mean, we can anti-both, right?
So, the idea that Tyson is trying to enlighten us on how free democracy works when the American voting system mirrors nothing like a free democracy is just reductive, to say the least.
But what do you folks think? Should Tyson stick to mapping the constellation and the stars or does he have a point?
Recently, the campaign for presidential candidate Donald Trump said that it had intentions of getting 100 percent of the Black vote.
We all know that’s crazy talk, but he does have his supporters within the community.
And in the interest of airing them out, here is a list of the 10 Black folks who are #TeamTrump2016. Please note that Omarosa, Dr. Ben Carson, the National Black Republican Association and Tootsie Roll and Blow Pop, also known as Diamond and Silk did not make the list. As that’s like saying water is wet.