Authoritarianism: Jan 8–14 2017

Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember

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1. POETUS raging about how little on-air time his spox got.

‘No one can listen to that much bullsh*t’: Internet rips Trump’s gripe that NBC cut Conway’s airtime

‘No one can listen to that much bullsh*t’: Internet rips Trump’s gripe that NBC cut Conway’s airtime

President-elect Donald Trump was not a happy camper Sunday morning after a 10-minute interview with former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was condensed down to just one minute. As is her custom, Conway made the cable show rounds on Sunday morning where she is generally is known for deflecting questions and somehow always turning every conversation into a discussion about Hillary Clinton. Pressed for time to talk about other issues, Meet The Press producers cut Conway’s segment down …

Source: www.rawstory.com/2017/01/no-one-can-listen-to-that-much-bullsht-internet-rips-trumps-gripe-that-nbc-cut-conways-airtime/


2. Murdoch worming his way inside.

Rupert Murdoch Is Turning Fox News Into Trump TV

Rupert Murdoch Is Turning Fox News Into Trump TV

He personally tapped Tucker Carlson as Megyn Kelly’s replacement in service of that goal.

Source: nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/rupert-murdoch-is-turning-fox-news-into-trump-tv.html


3. More sickening realizations as to the consequences possible on Twitter. In other words, online IS REAL LIFE NOW. In case you had any doubts. Was Hannity’s account hacked?


4. Realizing Nixon was small potatoes.


5. POETUS upset at negative attention.

Spicer: Media doesn’t treat Trump with respect, cheers on Democrats

Spicer: Media doesn’t treat Trump with respect, cheers on Democrats

The media doesn’t treat President-elect Donald Trump with the proper respect, the man set to be the next White House spokesman says in an interview with The Hill.

Source: thehill.com/homenews/media/313179-spokesman-media-doesnt-treat-trump-with-respect

Which is not even true, as the media is basically busy normalizing Trump and his authoritarian kleptocracy.


6. Government-sanctioned purging of civil servants being set up.

[T]his kind of purge of civil servants is often one of the first moves of an authoritarian, and, ironically and frighteningly, getting legislation to do so was also one of Hitler’s first moves, upon taking power.

The Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service was passed just two months after Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. It was such a major piece of his plan to ultimately become dictator, that the Holocaust Museum notes it on their timeline of events.

Trump’s Purge Of Non-Loyalists Takes Shape

Trump’s Purge Of Non-Loyalists Takes Shape

And so, the purge takes shape. This week’s move by the GOP Congress to revive an 1876 rule that allows them to cut any federal employee’s pay to $1…

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trumps-purge-of-non-loyalists-takes-shape_us_586f9b3ee4b08052400ee18c


7. Consistently nominating people opposed to the very thing they are running now. Eg. DeVos for Education, and now this:

The Senate just named a supporter of the Dakota pipeline to head its Indian Affairs committee

The Senate just named a supporter of the Dakota pipeline to head its Indian Affairs committee

A chairman of the Indian Affairs committee who opposes key Native American causes.

Source: mic.com/articles/164608/senate-john-hoeven-indian-affairs-committee


8. Blatant nepotism in giving Ivanka Trump’s husband a senior advisor position in WH.

Jared Kushner to be named senior adviser to the president

Jared Kushner to be named senior adviser to the president

Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be senior adviser to the president, a senior transition official told CNN Monday.

Source: www.cnn.com/2017/01/09/politics/jared-kushner-to-be-named-senior-adviser-to-the-president/


9. Leaving no one at the helm while transitioning. First the wholesale recall of all ambassadors, whether or not a replacement was ready by the 20th, but also of the folks in charge of the nuclear arsenal:

Trump Is Letting Go the People in Charge of Maintaining Our Nuclear Arsenal [Updated]

Trump Is Letting Go the People in Charge of Maintaining Our Nuclear Arsenal [Updated]

Between the Trump transition team’s infighting, incompetence, and high-profile resignations, any decisions that signaled even a modicum of stability for the country would come as a relief at this point. Unfortunately, the nascent Trump Administration isn’t inclined to calm anyone’s nerves. According to an official within the Department of Energy, the Trump transition team has declined to ask the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration and his deputy to temporarily stay in their roles after Trump takes office on January 20th.

Source: gizmodo.com/trump-just-dismissed-the-people-in-charge-of-maintainin-1790908093


10. It took Bush six years to reach this level of unpopularity that Trump has achieved before Jan 20 2017

QU Poll Release Detail

QU Poll Release Detail

U.S. Voters Approve Of Obama, Disapprove Of Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Trump Should Stop Tweeting, Voters Say 2-1

Source: poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2415


11. An AG confirmation hearing where senators ask about “grabbing of genitals as described by the President-elect”. And candidate is on record (previously) as saying he didn’t think it’s “sexual assault” but now says sure, yeah.

Jeff Sessions: Behavior Described by Trump in ‘Grab Them by the P—y’ Tape Isn’t Sexual Assault

Jeff Sessions: Behavior Described by Trump in ‘Grab Them by the P—y’ Tape Isn’t Sexual Assault

St. Louis

Source: www.weeklystandard.com/jeff-sessions-behavior-described-by-trump-in-grab-them-by-the-p-y-tape-isnt-sexual-assault/article/2004799


12. Compromising Russian intel on Trump includes “golden showers” with prostitutes and the big question pretty much has to be

And I actually typed this comment in all seriousness:

I only care about the pervy sex insofar as he damn well better not hire prostitutes to piss on any of the WH’s beds.

…and I can’t believe I ever had to seriously type that.

An unverified and salacious 35-page document, a summary of which was presented to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump last week, includes allegations that Russian operatives sought to “exploit Trump’s personal obsessions and sexual perversion” to gain compromising material on him. The document, which has been circulating in media and government circles for months, was published by BuzzFeed on Tuesday night, although the site admitted that many of the allegations had not been verified despite investigation.

These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia

These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia

A dossier, compiled by a person who has claimed to be a former British intelligence official, alleges Russia has compromising information on Trump. The allegations are unverified, and the report conta

Source: www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia

 

And twitter just drowns itself in the jokes. Tinkle, tinkle, little czar. Putin put you where you are. (George Takei)


13. Watching the ex-president of Mexico slam Trump on social media


14. Finding out that Trump and Tillerson (Secretary of State nominee) haven’t even discussed policy yet. Nor John Kelly (DHS pick) on immigration with Trump. o.O

Some Trump Cabinet picks are testifying they’ve never spoken to him about their top issues

Some Trump Cabinet picks are testifying they’ve never spoken to him about their top issues

Trump hasn’t talked about immigration with his pick to run Homeland Security — or talked Russia with his would-be secretary of state.

Source: www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/11/14237590/tillerson-russia-trump


15. Dan Rather weighs in on how crazy it is.

WATCH: Dan Rather is stunned by Trump’s crazy transition: It’s unprecedented on steroids

WATCH: Dan Rather is stunned by Trump’s crazy transition: It’s unprecedented on steroids

On Tuesday, Buzzfeed News released documents claiming Russian intelligence had compromising information about President-elect Donald Trump. Since then, the news organization has been criticized for publishing unconfirmed claims, which other news organizations declined to do. The information is said to have been compiled by a former British intelligence official for a private intelligence firm, reports the New York Times. The gossip website TMZ caught veteran news reporter Dan Rather exiting 30 Rock and asked him for his thoughts on the somewhat …

Source: www.rawstory.com/2017/01/watch-dan-rather-is-stunned-by-trumps-crazy-transition-its-unprecedented-on-steroids/


16. Trump insists he’s exempt from conflict of interest, will run business as usual as prez.

How Trump Misled America About His Plans for His Companies

How Trump Misled America About His Plans for His Companies

President-elect’s press conference showed there will be no blind trust, and there will be new deals

Source: www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/how-trump-misled-america-about-his-plans-for-his-company-w460568


14. Threats to independent government agencies for raising questions and objections.

Republicans threaten to subpoena ethics director for daring to criticize Trump

Republicans threaten to subpoena ethics director for daring to criticize Trump

Following Donald Trump’s flaming circus tent/press conference at which he announced his boys would be keeping his chair warm at the company he would continue to own and continue to profit from while he was gilding the White House, the head of the…

Source: www.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/13/1620077/-Republicans-threaten-to-subpoena-ethics-director-for-daring-to-criticize-Trump


15. Illegal activities by Mike Flynn (who is to be Trump’s selected National Security Advisor) and general WTFery from FBI Director Comey

Something ‘Extremely’ Concerning Happened in a Confidential Briefing to Congress on Russian Hacking

Something ‘Extremely’ Concerning Happened in a Confidential Briefing to Congress on Russian Hacking

This morning, members of Congress had a confidential briefing about suspected Russian hacking. We don’t know what exactly was said, obviously, but Democratic members emerged furiously angry, yelling about FBI director James Comey and darkly promising the public will hear more later. So that’s reassuring!

Source: theslot.jezebel.com/something-extremely-concerning-happened-in-a-confidenti-1791170629?rev=1484331305090


16. Sitting Senator says Trump is “not legitimate President”

Rep. John Lewis: ‘I don’t see Trump as a legitimate president’

Rep. John Lewis: ‘I don’t see Trump as a legitimate president’

Lewis, a Democrat representing Georgia and a civil rights leader, said ‘I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected.’

Source: www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/john-lewis-trump-won-t-be-legitimate-president-n706676


17. Seeing comments like this from mainstream reporters.


18. Elected officials boycotting the Inauguration.

Dem boycotts of inauguration grow

Dem boycotts of inauguration grow

In a sharp break with tradition, a growing number of Democrats are announcing they will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Source: thehill.com/homenews/house/314284-dem-boycotts-of-inauguration-grow


19. Petty, vindicative, racist bickering:


20. Countries start asking Putin to direct Trump to help them.

Abbas also sent letters to other world powers, including Russia, China and the European Union, calling on them to “spare no effort” to prevent the US from making the move, Wafa said.

Abbas warns Trump not to move US embassy to Jerusalem

Abbas warns Trump not to move US embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian leader tells US president-elect that a relocation would have a “disastrous impact on the peace process”.

Source: www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/abbas-warns-trump-move-embassy-jerusalem-170109160103757.html


21. Forcing out people literally “at stroke of midnight.” First it was all the diplomatic posts — whether or not replacement appointments have been made & in most case they haven’t — then it was the announcer guy who just got a curt email punting him. Now this guy is supposed to leave in the middle of the inauguration when Trump becomes the illegitimate successor to President Obama.

Head of D.C. National Guard to be removed from post in middle of inauguration

Head of D.C. National Guard to be removed from post in middle of inauguration

Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz hands over command the moment Trump is sworn in as president.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/commanding-general-of-dc-national-guard-to-be-removed-from-post/2017/01/13/725a0438-d99e-11e6-b8b2-cb5164beba6b_story.html


22. Realizing I will never voluntarily call him a president. The politest thing I will call him is Trump.

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