Artist, Alex Gardena, who created the Wall Street “Charging Bull” statue was not happy when the “Fearless Girl” was installed. She was placed in celebration of Women’s International Day and due to her popularity was granted an extended stay by Mayor Blasio. She stands tall despite her short stature facing the “Charging Bull” down. A girl standing against oppression is what many see. Her fearlessness and strength are symbolic of the struggles of the everyday girl/woman and particularly poignant in today’s political climate, in this Trump-Era. Alex, unfortunately does not see or understand the strong connection people feel with that fearless girl and publicly opposed her placement from the get-go.
He decided to display his objection yesterday by placing a statue of a pug peeing on the fearless girl. The peeing dog statue has since been removed but not before a very public outcry was heard. Alex claimed, “most people were amused or perplexed by it (1)”.
No, Alex, most people were insulted by it. It was well-known by most that you objected to the instillation of the “Fearless Girl” statue and although you claim the “Fearless Girl” was “made by a billion-dollar financial firm trying to promote an index fund (1)” that is not what the rest of the world saw in her. You, as an artist, should be able to look past your ego and see the art through the eyes of those who are there to appreciate it. That fearless girl is all of us, all women, and I for one love her. To me she is THE RESISTER and every time I see her she fills me with hope.
Alex, you want to degrade that girl, shame her with the urine of a dog as if she is no more meaningful than a fire-hydrant. Well, guess what, a little pee never hurt anyone—unless you are talking about Trump, because in that case that pee, that urine tape, is likely the reason why Trump is being blackmailed by Russia and the reason why we are all in this mess.
Trump’s International Tour is an embarrassment. When he first got started it seemed like he was on his best behavior; he let his entourage provide the embarrassment. Wilbur Ross marveled over the lack of protestors in Saudi Arabia as a sign of acceptance and good will for Trump. He received a public smack-down on twitter for that one (1).
When Trump arrived in Israel he talked about his great trip to the Middle East…yup, an excellent example of his intelligence and I am sure it was much appreciated in Israel.
He made a quick stop in Rome to meet the Pope and he made our happy loving Pope sad.
The Pope gave him a special gift—God, I love this Pope:
During an initially awkward meeting in Vatican City, Francis presented President Trump with a signed copy of “Laudato Si” — the pontiff’s 192-page work calling for a new partnership between science and religion to combat human-driven climate change. In doing so, the pope seemed to make a clear statement to a president who once called climate change a Chinese plot and is on the cusp of deciding whether to honor the Paris agreement on addressing global warming (2).
He then headed to NATO where world leaders were warned ahead of time to dump-down speeches and keep them short due to Trump’s well known short attention span (3).
While there Trump pushes past Montenegro Prime Minister so he could get in front for a photo opt. “Me first, me first–let me through, important man coming through.” His smug expression and suit adjusting say it all.
His speech at NATO where he scolds world leaders for not paying their share went over like a lead balloon and cemented the impression of his ignorance.
European leaders gazed unsmilingly at Trump while he said that “23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying,” and that they owe “massive amounts” from past years — a misstatement of NATO’s spending targets, which guide individual nations’ own domestic spending decisions (4).
His speech was met with laughter and awkward silence…
Then he was caught calling Germans very bad and threatened to back out of deals with Germany. Smart foreign policy move? I think not. Merkel will best this buffoon.
According to Der Spiegel, Trump told EU leaders Thursday that the Germans “are bad, very bad” as he singled out the country’s automotive industry for criticism. “See the millions of cars they are selling in the U.S,” Trump said. “Terrible. We will stop this.” The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, reportedly responded by defending Germany (5).
Last night my husband and I had one of our many discussions about Trump, the theme is typically, “How did we get here? How was this man elected?” For those who follow Ms. Momocracy you know that I struggle with the idea that so many fellow Americans, friends and neighbors would be willing to overlook Trump’s severe character flaws or that they bought into his campaign rhetoric built on a policy of hate.
“Lock her up”—I have family members who believed that one. In fact, I remember during the early stages of the campaign saying to a family member that I believed Trump could never be elected and their response was that Hillary would be indicted before the election. They truly believed she had done something illegal. The emails! The EMAILS! National Security violations.
Yes, not using a secured server was dumb and should be scrutinized BUT isn’t the bigger issue that Russia hacked these emails with the intention of influencing the US election, discrediting Hillary, and electing their Putin Patsy, Trump. And that Russia planted stories about said emails, to keep the story “hot” so that Americans would buy into their manipulative-calculated scandal. AND stories about the scandal were feed to areas of the country where people were more likely to buy into the conspiracy theory, and more likely to be Trumpsters. Trumpsters, YOU WERE DUPED and the worst thing about the email scandal is that you will still not admit it was a Russian made scandal and you were influenced by it. #FarcicalFoxNews and Trumpsters are still focused on Hillary’s emails, which by the way REVEALED NOTHING.
Trump did more damage in ONE meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak, then the entire Russian Hillary Email scheme.
That meeting was a total $hit show:
The meeting was arranged only after firing Comey the night before
It was rumored to only have been arranged at Putin’s request
Trump banned US press from the room but not the Russian press
Trump divulged classified “CODEWORD” security information; security so sensitive you have to use code words to talk about it
The security leak was a result of a ego brag, “My security is so good, it is the best…”
The security was from an international ally [Israel–Trump later reveals this breach on his visit to Israel]
Trump also bragged [theme emerging] about firing the “Nut Job” Comey and in the same breath provided evidence against himself for obstruction of justice in the FBI investigation into Russian/Trump collusion.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Still don’t believe he is a threat to national security? Maybe this meeting was just a “bad day” moment or you buy into the fact that as President he can do whatever he wants, that this was not illegal and he is a smart man that would never put the US in harm because of his incompetence….well, if you believe that you must be a die-hard Trumpster and nothing short an earth implosion will likely get you to change your mind.
Trump is on a international tour this week and his security breaches continue. When he meet with Israel this week, he publicly drove home the point that he can’t be trusted. Saying something like this, “I did not say it was Israel who provided the classified information that I then passed on to the Russians, see I can keep a secret.” Do you think Israel is going to share highly classified intel with the US, with Trump, now—if you think so, you just may be a Trump supporter.
Or how about when he brags [yup, the bragging is definitely a problem] to the Philippine President on Wednesday about two nuclear submarines of the coast of North Korea–cover blown, folks.This man is a danger to himself, a danger to Americans, and a danger to the world.Mother of 3NurseColts Neck, NJResources:
I will admit that there is a strong voice in my head wanting to shout at the top of my lungs: “I TOLD YOU SO!!!” So many of us shared that same pit in our stomachs when we watched the tv on election night and again on Inauguration Day. Contrary to what many Trump supporters claimed, this was never about Clinton losing and Trump winning. This feeling of dread was always about Trump, who he is, what he represents, and the damage we feared he would do to our society and our government. I don’t know a single person who would have felt this way had Kasich, Carson, Bush, Christie, Rubio, Cruz, or any of the others had won. We may not have agreed with them on policy, but none of them brought fear into our hearts the same way that Trump did. We saw the way he encouraged the Alt-Right. We heard the racist things he said. We cringed when we heard him talk about women. We knew who he surrounded himself with and we knew what the cost would be to the things we hold dear: healthcare, the environment, equal rights for ALL, the integrity of our government, and the security of our Democracy. Never before had a U.S. President been met with protests throughout the country. Never have before had so many calls been made to representatives asking them to take action against Trump’s appointments or his actions.
As the news has unfolded the last several weeks, I know many of us have experienced the same twinge to say, “I told you so,” but, if you’re like me, anger and sadness are the overriding emotions. I’m pissed that Trump and his associates and whoever else is involved put our country in this position!! I’m furious to find out that it looks like several prominent Republicans suspected that Russia was involved months before the election and chose to keep it quiet. I’m seeing red over the fact that they continued to support Trump even when the need for an independent counsel became obvious in order to retain Americans’ faith in our system.
But mainly, I think I’m sad. I still can’t believe that this country elected Trump. I can’t believe that someone so heinous sat in the Presidential chair for even one minute. He has tainted the position and brought forth a lot of negativity in this country that I never knew existed to that extent. He made it very apparent that racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia are still very much a part of our society and that we have a long way to go for equality for all. Trump’s election and Presidency have also made it obvious that wealth and power can easily threaten our democracy and way of life. Our system of checks and balances is not as infallible as we had hoped.
We are ordinary citizens who united to protest against the injustice we saw in the Trump administration. We’re not politicians. We’re not reporters. We are normal, everyday moms from different parts of the country who came together with a common goal: to not be silent; to stand up for what is right; to support one another and whoever we could reach…and we will continue to do so in the coming months. We are thankful for each other and for all of the people “out there” reading our posts. We hope we have given you an outlet for your feelings and helped you feel like you’re not alone in your outrage with this administration.
Stay strong, keep being loud and stand up for what you believe in!!
Trump administration’s vision was to “Make America Great Again (MAGA)”. How? Draining the Swamp, Building a Wall…Locking Her Up—-oh, those are not real policies? Those are just racist, elitist, fascist-propoganda chants. There are many problems with Trump’s MAGA vision, the first being that America was already great, the second is hate based agenda will NEVER make anything great and the third is you would be hard pressed to find a reasonable person who finds anything great about Trump at this point.
For those who saw Trump as he was long ago, none of this is a surprise. The surprise is how long it is taking for everyone else to see this man has severe character flaws that make him ineligible and incompetent to serve in the role of President of the US. If someone shows you they are morally bankrupt, not to be trusted, a liar, a misogynist, a racist, a xenophobe, a poor business man, etc—at some point you have to believe them.
Trump’s latest scandal is the Russia/Comey/Russia debacle. Trump and his administration are under FBI investigation for Russian collusion and Russian interference in the US election process. We know Russia hacked our election process and worked to help get Trump elected but we don’t know what role Trump or any of his cronies played in the process; hence, the FBI investigation.
So last week Trump fired FBI director James Comey. He had his press team publicly state that Comey was fired for his handling of the hacked email issue and that the firing was based on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, who is rumored to have threatened to quit over the whole debacle—-but he did not and is still working there, now he is helping his boss, Dirty Jeff Sessions, find Comey’s replacement. Does it bother them that Sessions was forced to recuse himself from all investigations into TrumpRussia because he himself LIED UNDER OATH during his confirmation hearing? or that Trump originally stated it was Rosenstein’s and Sessions’ recommendation that Comey be fired and Sessions was not supposed to be involved in the TrumpRussia scandal——OR is the bigger $hit Show the fact that Trump came out days later in an interview with Lester Holt and claimed that he knew all along he was going to fire Comey–basically proving his staff to be liars—-or that they are lead by an incompetent buffoon.
Last night the Washington Post broke a story that Trump discussed highly sensitive intel regarding ISIS during his impromptu meeting with Lavrov and Kslyak. Yes, the same meeting that took place the day after Comey’s firing, the same meeting that it was reported the US press was banned from attending, the same meeting that a photo leaked from the Russian team….the stench of all of this is overwhelming.
Trump’s response to the Washington Post’s article about Trump leaking highly classified intel to the Russians….well here is his tweet (yup, we are still talking about his tweets) from this morning:
“President Donald J. Trump said early Tuesday that he had an “absolute right” to share with top Russian officials information about an Islamic State threat during a White House meeting last week. (3)”
The President can declassify intel but at what point does national security become an issue–NOW—the time is NOW. Our President is illegitimate and incompetent. He is working to remove all checks and balances. When will Republicans rise up for their Country and put their Country over their party?
“The F.B.I. is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Mr. Trump said in the statement.”
He will likely claim it is because he lied about how classified emails were sent to Anthony Weiner when questioned under oath but this is truly unprecedented and is either the beginning of the end of Trump or the beginning of the end of our Democracy—you must decide what side of history you stand on.
Yesterday, Sally Yates, testified in a Senate hearing. Like Comey, it was understood that Yates would likely not be able to go into detail and divulge what we all so desperately want to hear—that Trump and his admin colluded with the Russian government regarding the US election and Russian sanctions –and that they are guilty of treason. We have to wait for the FBI investigation to conclude before we get that prize.
What we do know:
#1 Russia interfered in our election and Russia helped elect Trump. THIS IS NOT FAKE NEWS!
2. Obama cautioned Trump against hiring Flynn as National Security Advisor. Guess what, he did it anyway.
3. Yates in her role as acting Attorney General met with WH counsel Don McGahn in person on 2 occasions as early as January 26th and spoke with them via a phone call about her concerns with Flynn. She brought an intelligence agent with her to the meetings. They warned the WH that Flynn was compromised, that he had lied to VP Pence and that he was vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.
“Yates explained that any official publicly repeating the lie that Flynn had not discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, was increasing the chance Flynn would be blackmailed.”
3. Yates was fired the day after she publicly declared she would not defend Trump’s travel ban–4 days after she met with the WH counsel regarding Flynn. Flynn was not fired for 18 days, not until the Washington Post published a report of Flynn’s interaction with Russian ambassador Kislyak. One could argue if it were not for the leak, Flynn may still be our national security advisor. I think it is also important to remember that it was first announced that Flynn resigned (he actually submitted a resignation letter) and Trump publicly defended his character after the announcement.
What I hoped would happen during yesterday’s Senate hearing is that Yates and Clapper would shine the light on Russia again and get more Americans to pay attention. Clapper’s opening testimony summarized Russian interference in our election and it is enough for any reasonable person to surmise that the legitimacy of Trump’s Presidency is seriously questionable.
One of the biggest concerns here is why doesn’t the sitting President care that Russia attacked the very fabric of our democracy? or care about their motive for doing so? Why doesn’t he care—-Well, because then Trump would have to admit that he was not fairly elected.
Here is some exerts from Jim Clapper’s testimony:
“..concern about the egregious Russian interference in our election process is so critically serious as to merit focus, hopefully bipartisan focus by the Congress and the American people.
Last year, the intelligence community conducted an exhaustive review of Russian interference into our presidential election process resulting in a special intelligence community assessment or ICA as we call it. I’m here today to provide whatever information I can now as a private citizen on how the intelligence community conducted its analysis, came up with its findings, and communicated them to the Obama administration, to the Trump transition team, to the Congress and in unclassified form to the American public.
As you know, the I.C. was a coordinated product from three agencies; CIA, NSA, and the FBI not all 17 components of the intelligence community. Those three under the aegis of my former office. Following an extensive intelligence reporting about many Russian efforts to collect on and influence the outcome of the presidential election, President Obama asked us to do this in early December and have it completed before the end of his term.
The two dozen or so analysts for this task were hand-picked, seasoned experts from each of the contributing agencies. They were given complete, unfettered mutual access to all sensitive raw intelligence data, and importantly, complete independence to reach their findings. They found that the Russian government pursued a multifaceted influence campaign in the run-up to the election, including aggressive use of cyber capabilities.
The Russians used cyber operations against both political parties, including hacking into servers used by the Democratic National Committee and releasing stolen data to WikiLeaks and other media outlets. Russia also collected on certain Republican Party- affiliated targets, but did not release any Republican-related data. The Intelligence Community Assessment concluded first that President Putin directed and influenced campaign to erode the faith and confidence of the American people in our presidential election process. Second, that he did so to demean Secretary Clinton, and third, that he sought to advantage Mr. Trump. These conclusions were reached based on the richness of the information gathered and analyzed and were thoroughly vetted and then approved by the directors of the three agencies and me.”
Pretty strong opening, especially convincing for the many Americans who still buy into Trump’s fake news claim. Clapper goes on to define “unmasking” for Trump and the other bozos who don’t understand the idea, concept and appropriateness of government officials requesting certain names be unmasked in an effort to do their jobs (see Susan Rice).
You don’t understand the concept of gas lighting? Well, this is a great example. Trump claiming you did not hear what you just heard, that you do not see what is so clearly evident, trying to convince you that reality is not real. He is a master at this type of manipulation.
Clapper declared earlier that he was unaware of the FBI investigation and Yates could not comment on collusion—-so the collusion claim is still under investigation…
Clapper ended his opening remarks with a plea:
“I hope the American people recognize the severity of this threat and that we collectively counter it before it further erodes the fabric of our democracy.”
I don’t think Don the Con heard him or cares.
Sally Yates demonstrated pose and intelligence when questioned about the issue at hand, Russia, but Republicans decided to focus on the travel ban, her firing, leaks and Hillary emails.
Here is Yates’ exchange with Cornyn and she is brilliant:
“YATES: I appreciate that, Senator, and let me make one thing clear. It is not purely as a policy matter. In fact, I’ll remember my confirmation hearing. In an exchange that I had with you and others of your colleagues where you specifically asked me in that hearing that if the president asked me to do something that was unlawful or unconstitutional and one of your colleagues said or even just that would reflect poorly on the Department of Justice, would I say no? And I looked at this, I made a determination that I believed that it was unlawful. I also thought that it was inconsistent with principles of the Department of Justice and I said no. And that’s what I promised you I would do and that’s what I did.”
Then there were questions about the leaks. Yes, instead of focusing on Russian interference, Flynn, collusion, etc—–Gassley jumped right into leaks and guess what, under oath both Clapper and Yates stated they were not involved in leaking confidential information. It appeared as if Gassley did not care about what was leaked only how—-he definitely does not have his priorities straight.
Cruz, equally as ignorant, jumps into Hillary’s emails but when he questioned Yates about the legality of her actions regarding the travel ban, he got schooled.
We may not know whether Trump and his cronies colluded with Russia—-YET–but we do know that this election was a sham. Why isn’t EVERYONE questioning the legitimacy of this president?