After Trump's immigration order: “Liberty’s Flameout” https://t.co/LXdCb3ZVl9 pic.twitter.com/IjYb6JFAlQ
— Andrew Katz (@katz) February 3, 2017
Trump Clashes Early With Courts, Portending Years of Legal Battles
Late in the day, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to pre-emptively blame the judge and the judiciary for what the president suggested would be a future terrorist attack.
“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril,” Mr. Trump wrote, a day after referring to the “so-called judge” in the case. “If something happens blame him and court system.”
This is Trump telegraphing an intent to weaken or abolish judicial power if (when) there is a terrorist attack:https://t.co/rsCuZWaj8b
— 🗽 (@leahmcelrath) February 5, 2017
Appeals Court Rejects DOJ Request to Immediately Restore Travel Ban
Inside the White House-Cabinet battle over Trump’s immigration order
The disagreement between Bannon and Kelly pitted a political operator against a military disciplinarian. Two administration officials gave the following account of their exchange: Respectfully but firmly, the retired general told Bannon that despite his high position in the White House and close relationship with President Trump, the former Breitbart chief was not in Kelly’s chain of command. If the president wanted Kelly to back off from issuing the waiver, Kelly would have to hear it from the president directly, he told Bannon.
Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles
But for the moment, 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, a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.
He does not read the orders he signs.
Trump tells Fox News California is ‘out of control’ and he may strip its federal funding
Pence suggests a path to end Russian sanctions
Trump is targeting up to 8 million people for deportation
Cabinet & Federal Appointees
Trump’s F.D.A. pick “has argued that companies should not have to prove that their drugs work in clinical trials before selling them to consumers.”
Jeff Sessions, vile human being, blamed disabled children for ‘decline in civility’ in schools
Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Has a Troubling History When Ruling on Disability Rights Cases
Vincent Viola has dropped out of the running for Army Secretary because he could not divest himself of his business interests to the Pentagon’s standards.
How The Fast-Food Chain Led By Trump’s Labor Nominee Stiffed Workers Again And Again “Hardee’s workers in Pennsylvania were required to pay 10 cents per hour for the privilege of wearing a Hardee’s uniform.”
What You Can Do
Keep calling your representatives (and only your representatives), even if you have phone anxiety. Check It’s Time to Fight or 5calls.org for your call list and scripts.
I don’t think it’s entirely fair to call Mr. Trump a fascist. Admittedly many of his supporters define right and wrong by Mr. Trump’s changing behavior and promises. Given the same supporters advocated violence before the election I would argue that they are by definition fascists. Mr. Trump is drawn to fascism, as seen in his admiration of Vladimir Putin and similar leaders, but has not at this point fully embraced all of the elements of fascism.
Stephanie Leary says
I think that, much like the question of whether or not Hitler actually hated Jews, it’s academic. Trump has surrounded himself with advisers who are absolutely fascist. That’s probably because he’s a narcissist whom nobody likes and the fascists are the only ones saying nice things about him (because he’s useful to them), but the end result is the same: he’s behaving like an autocrat, signing his name to racist policies written by white supremacists.