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She started this list back in November after the election, so week 11 lines up with the first week of the presidency and we are now to week 12-two, if you want the earlier lists before the elections they are in the link below. This is by far the most comprehensive list I have seen that memorial documentation of the issues and events that we have lived through in this troubling time. Cry a little, or a lot, on facebook I am on permanent angry emoticon.
Week 11: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.
published January 28,2017
This week was chaos. Journalist Dan Rather described it as “the Twilight Zone,” and author Stephen King, “The ugliest first week of a presidency in the history of the American republic.” This week, there were numerous articles about Trump transforming America into an authoritarian state (examples, , , , ).
- The revised tally for the Women’s March, came in , making it the largest protest march in US history.
- Hundreds of protestors coming to the Women’s March from Canada, were .
- Trump defensively responded with outright lies about his inaugaration crowd. Spicer said, “ ” When pressed on this lie on NBC, Conway said Spicer’s false claims were, “ .”
- while covering the inauguration protests. , while others were charged.
- In true authoritarian form, Trump declared his inauguration day to be the .
- On the Monday after he was sworn in, a group of Constitutional scholars, Supreme Court litigators and WH ethics lawyers by receiving foreign payments.
- The Boston Globe ran an op-ed titled, “ ” The list mentioned Melania and Baron living in NYC, now apparently Trump is too, and we have normalized this item.
- that Flynn — in addition to Page, Manafort and Stone — is under investigation for links to Russia.
- Days after his inauguration, , reportedly upset about a retweet of a side-by-side photo of his inauguration next to Obama.
- As of the Sunday evening after being sworn in, businesses as promised. After the media caught this, . to his
- The has a person answering the phone.
- Breaking decades of precedent, Conway said Trump would , saying the American public is not focused on this, (ABC poll last week showed 74% of Americans want his returns released).
- Despite having a “great meeting” and “long standing ovations” at a meeting with the CIA, it turned out that Trump’s paid employees were the ones cheering, and his relations with the intelligence .
- Without explanation, the take place in Atlanta. , scheduled to
- Trump’s staff continued to tell , daily, including statements about , crowd size, and voting fraud.
- Massive leaks coming from the WH staff portrayed Trump as , in stories published by the NYT and WAPO.
- The State Department’s statement of apology for past LGBT discrimination was .
- Trump signed an executive order, , the Global Gag rule. He signed the order in the company of all white man (see photo below).
- Days after being sworn in, Trump t him the popular vote. Next day, Spicer .
- Trump .
- Trump to reporters or on social media, about new contracts or grants.
- Later, with members of Congress and the media.
- Trump , citing false claims about crime rates.
- Republican legislators around the country proposed a series of bills, which would make .
- There were public stories of , disapearances and officers for leaks related to Trump’s dossier and interference with US election. There was also news of a possible public trial.
- Trump’s AG nominee, Sessions, said he would not commit to recusing himself from Trump related investigations. This is counter to .
- said they were still struggling to open communications channels with the Trump administration days after the inauguration, and that they have “given up” on him acting “presidential.”
- On Wednesday, the WH released an email to the press, titled, “ .”
- Trump to UN agencies, and took action towards pulling us out of treaties, including Climate Change.
- Mother Jones reported that some of Trump’s foreign business partners attended his inauguration, and were .
- Trump mandated that EPA scientific studies , before being released publicly.
- Trump called for an investigation into voter fraud, then . Media uncovered that are registered to vote in two states.
- Trump said torture “ ,” putting him . For now, Trump said
- At his CIA speech, Trump said of Iraq, “ .” He kept that mantra alive during the week, endangering our troops serving in Iraq.
- Protests continued around the country, including major marches in and .
- In a bizarre interview with ABC, Trump , and also fixated on the crowd size of inauguration, , and also saying, “ .”
- The Economist on its democracy scale, to a “flawed democracy.”
- The taking office. . It was unclear if they resigned or were fired, ahead of Trump’s incoming nominee, Tillerson, who has no diplomatic or government experience,
- Trump signed an executive order to build The Wall. The Mexican President said Mexico would not be paying for The Wall, and to meet with Trump in DC.
- The WSJ Editorial Board slammed Trump for his treatment of Mexico, and for floating a 20% tariff, calling him a “ .”
- should “keep its mouth shut,” and referred to them as “the opposition party.”
- that Trump signed a record number of executive actions in his first week; but unlike his predecessors, none about ethics.
- Trump which overseas the use of Federal land, including the controversial Trump hotel in DC.
- between Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia’s state oil company, and Trump ally, Carter Page, offering a stake in the Russia’s state oil company, in exchange for lifting of US sanctions.
- Trump issued a statement on Holocaust Memorial Day that , breaking a precedent of past Democrat and Republican presidents.
- Same day, Trump signed an from entering the US for the next 90 days. Trump also announced plans to increase the number of countries.
- Trump said , a clear violation of our constitution.
- Trump immigration ban business interests. has
- Trump hinted at dropping US sanction against Russia in the lead up to his first official call with Putin. In response, , Congress will restore them.
- Much of Trump’s foreign policy is be decided and carried out by two men, Bannon and Kushner.
Week 12: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.
published February 4, 2017
An observation on Week 12: several of the most important items in this very long list are the ones not getting coverage: including Ukraine, and the many abuses of power to silence dissent and stomp on ethics. Conflicts of interest abound, unfettered.
- Protests over Trump’s Muslim Ban took place and around the . Thousands protested in major airports and cities, including many red states.
- Trump’s EO was . Christian leaders spoke our voraciously .
- Innumerable horrid stories about the impact of the Muslim ban surfaced during the week. Spicer minimized its impact. wrote a letter of concern about the Ban.
- Trump , under a reorganization of the National Security Council, to a regular seat on the principals committee. Criticism and outrage of this move was widespread. Democrats proposed a bill to .
- A Federal Judge in NY issued a , blocking Trump’s EO from deportation of arrivals. Next morning, that they would not abide by the court order, and would continue to enforce Trump’s EO. Four other Federal Judges issued similar temporary orders.
- The from the WH website. It was later .
- An op-ed, “ ”, which included a diagram showing an almost completely gutted State Department, trended for an entire day.
- In just 12 hours, signed a petition, demanding Trump’s state visit to Britain be canceled.
- Germany’s Merkel, per her spokesperson, had to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds, to Trump. , and the requirement for the international community to
- Books topping the Amazon list included, “1984,” “It Can’t Happen Here,” and “Brave New World.”
- Trump continued to say his Executive Order should not be termed a “Muslim Ban.” Trump insider , Trump had called him seeking advice for a ‘Muslim Ban’ and how to do it legally.
- , the State Department was instructed not to speak to Congress about Trump’s Muslim Ban.
- On a day when the NYT described , Flynn’s Twitter account was taken down.
- the voter fraud expert chosen by Trump to conduct his voter fraud investigation, is registered to vote in three states.
- that several House Judiciary Committee aides secretly worked on Trump’s Muslim Ban. Their bosses were not aware of the EO or their staffs’ involvement.
- the Justice Department not to defend Trump’s Muslim Ban, citing the ban not being legal.
- Hours later, Trump fired her, saying she “named for a similar firing by Nixon, became known as the “ .” ” the DOJ. Her memo was rescinded that same night. Trump’s action,
- that Trump’s tax plan, counter to changes proposed by Congressional Republicans, would preserve millions in tax benefits for Trump companies.
- Days after Trump’s phone conversation with Putin, . Among the chaos of the Muslim Ban, etc., few in the US noticed.
- Six were killed in a . The perpetrator was a white man, who “liked” Trump’s Facebook page. The next day, the Eiffel Tower went dark overnight in support. Trump, however, about the attack.
- The WH publicly stated that with Trump’s Muslim Ban should resign.
- As Trump prepares to name his Supreme Court pick, for the first time in decades, no one is bothering to advocate for diversity anymore.
- In relatiation for their coverage, Trump said he would no longer send his spokespeople to appear on CNN. On reporter noted, “ .”
- Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee in , claiming he had invited both finalist to the prime-time announcement.
- Trump’s sons, who are running his business supposedly walled-off, for the Supreme Court announcement, and mingled with politicians, .
- business trip to Uruguay in January for the Trump Organization, cost tax-payers nearly $100,000 in hotel rooms for Secret Service and embassy staff. that Eric Trump’s
- For a second day in a row, Trump personally attacked Schumer on Twitter: “ .”
- , where he was scheduled to deliver an economic address, due to the threat of protests.
- relating to investigating Trump.
- As part of Black History Month, , who he described as still alive, and Pence .
- Trump’s . Among the dead were a Navy SEAL and 15 women women and children, including an 8 year-old American. Trump has relaxed Obama’s stance on .
- The Yemen raid garnered little media attention for days, until Reuters reported via US military officials that Trump “ .”
- Spicer admitted that Trump was busy . . He issued the green light while at dinner, and during the raid itself, Trump was
- In the third wave of mass disruption in January, 17 Jewish Community Centers (JCC’s) .
- FLOTUS Melania Trump said .
- that their reporters would cover the Trump adminisration as an authoritarian regime.
- On the day Tillerson was confirmed, which required oil companies to report payments to foreign governments. As Exxon CEO, Tillerson had lobbied against this provision.
- The also impacts the ability to trace the owner of a , mentioned in Week 11’s list.
- In a phone call, Trump threatened his Mexican counterpart with sending US military to stop “ .” Next day, Trump said this was just meant to be “ ”
- Trump’s first call with Australia, one of our closest allies, , and ended prematurely after, according to Australian media, .
- Later that night at 10:55 pm, take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia.” This is a lie: Obama accepted 1,250 refugees. Next day, to express US support. a statement of support. Obama had agreed “to
- Trump opened his remarks at the National Prayer Service by . Trump continues to hold the role of Executive Producer of the show.
- Later at the National Prayer Service, Trump promised , which forbids churches from political activity in order to maintain their tax-exempt status.
- Trump , introduced by Obama in December, on Russia’s FSB. A f this to be the start of a formal “anti-terror alliance” in the DUMA.
- over his Muslim Ban, asking the US District Court to make sure that the federal government complied with the temporary restraining order.
- At the hearing, the Justice Department said as part of Trump’s Muslim Ban. The State Department later said the number was closer to 60,000.
- , that emails reveal Ethics officials warned Trump against an ‘unprecendented’ efforts to staff his cabinet without ethics vetting. Trump aides rebuffed OCE efforts.
- As per the Week 11 List, Trump issued a Holocaust statement without mentioning Jews. This week, POLITICO reported the , but Trump team took it out.
- Due to lower sales caused by boycotts, both and announced, they will no longer carry Ivanka Trump’s brand.
- A poll by Public Policy Polling (PPP) revealed that . Polls asking during Nixon years, didn’t reach this level until .
- A former PM of Norway was because his passport showed a visit to Iran in 2014.
- Trump ordered female staffers to “ .” Twitter mocked his words, with a campaign using the hashtag .
- Conway continued telling outright lies, citing a as a rational for Trump’s Muslim Ban.
- Trump said he would be “businesses” are having a hard time borrowing money, because of rules and regulations. ” since his friends with “nice
- NPR reported that — as compared to 5 for Obama, 4 for W. Bush and 5 for Clinton.
- with White House Correspondents’ Dinner parties.
- As the week came to a close, a federal judge appointed by President Bush , immediately.
you’ll remember. Published February 11, 2017
Given that we’re 13 weeks into this tracking exercise, starting this week I’ll be adding a section at the bottom of the list, “Some Things We’ve Already Normalized.” The goal is to remind us of items in the early lists, that at the time were unprecedented and shocking; but have long since been accepted and forgotten. We must remember what normal used to be to resist, and find our way back — and so we begin!
- In a Fox News interview, when O’Reilly referred to Putin as a “killer,” Trump responded, “ ”
- Trump’s comments were condemned by . Putin from Fox News.
- The NYT ran a . Like the WAPO story cited in , Trump is reportedly still isolated — going upstairs alone at 6:30 pm, and maintaining a small inner-circle.
- that Trump wasn’t fully briefed on the EO he signed giving Bannon a National Security Council seat. Trump tweeted that , and referred to the story as fake news.
- that arrests of Russian intelligence officers are likely linked to Russia’s US hacking.
- Pelosi Trump’s personal and financial ties to Russia, to explore whether Russia may be blackmailing him.
- By the end of the week, the Super Bowl celebration ceremony at the White House.
- efforts to silence public opinion: the WH comment line is shut down, signatures aren’t being counted on petitions, and Federal agencies are no longer allowed to respond to requests.
- On SNL, of Spicer. Days later, Trump is , and rumored to be seeking a replacement.
- Spurred into a consideration by a , UK officials announced that during his upcoming visit.
- As of this week, key roles in the Executive Branch are empty. (8 are confirmed, and 27 await confirmation).
- Trump continued to assert that the “very dishonest press” doesn’t report terrorist attacks. At first, . The WH later released a list of attacks, with several misspellings (all attacks on the list had in fact been covered).
- The takes office. . Tours typically resume shortly after the new president
- As part of her lawsuit against Mail Online, Melania mentioned the “ ” merchandising possibilities she envisioned as FLOTUS.
- Republicans in a House committee from being hacked.
- Without explanation or warning, the from it’s website.
- on his Muslim Ban, and questioned the indepence of the judicial branch, saying, “The courts seem to be so political,” and threatening that any terrorist attacks would be the if they don’t rule his way.
- Trump also referred to federal justice Robart, a W. Bush appointee who ruled against Trump’s Muslim Ban, as a “ .”
- Trump nominee for the SCOTUS called Trump’s remarks, .” Trump refuted, saying Gorsuch’s . In response, a .
- During a debate on the confirmation of Sessions, Warren was formerly silenced by McConnell and Republicans for reading a letter by Coretta Scott King, in a refrain that will go into the history books: “ ” The rule cited by McConnell, Rule XIX, was not used on GOP men like Cruz.
- A , citing via leaks that Trump called Flynn at 3 a.m. to ask him about a weak dollar and the economy. A member of W Bush NSC added, “I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president.”
- In response to Trump’s failed raid in Yemen, , Yemenis withdrew permission for US antiterror ground mission. More stories came out on the Yemen raid.
- that Trump’s appointee to acting SEC Chair is seeking to get rid of the requirement under Dodd Frank that companies disclose the pay gap between CEO’s and their employees.
- Trump tweeted, , that Nordstrom has treated his daughter unfairly. He included a veiled threat, “She’s a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing.” Nordstrom cited lagging sales, and their that day.
- Trump’s attack against Nordstrom was widely condemned by ethics experts as a .
- Next day, Conway said on Fox News, “ ” Spicer later that day said Conway was “ .” Trump sided with Conway.
- Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight Committee, , “wrong, wrong, wrong.” Next day, Conway made a snide remark about Chaffetz’s stormy townhall.
- France’s spy agency, the DGSE, said . Le Pen announced that if she wins, if they did not give up their Israeli citizenship.
- A bipartisan group of Senators for Trump to lift sanctions on Russia.
- was handed out by a the College Republicans at Central Michigan University. Nationwide, anti-semitism incidents continue to escalate since Election Day.
- that Trump did not get briefed prior to his phone call with Putin, and had to ask aides about the New START treaty.
- Breaking 7 decades of presidential precedents, .
- Democrats in the House moved to .
- SC business formerly owned by his son, Trump claimed to have no relationship to former owner. in order to shield himself from having to pay for the clean-up of a failed
- Townhalls hosted by Republicans in Utah, Tennessee and others states had huge crowds show up and .
- A national poll conducted by PPP found that — a lie put forward by Conway in Week 12 — is justification for Trump’s Muslim Ban.
- Courts again turned back Trump, this time in designed to avoid conflicts of interests when brokers give retirement advice.
- FLOTUS Trump again broke with tradition, during her tour of Washington DC.
- that despite his earlier denials, Flynn did indeed have conversations with Russia’s ambassador about sanctions while Obama was still in office. Flynn changed his version to having “no recollection.”
- Aids for Pence, who had vouched for Flynn on Sunday tv, , and Flynn was his only source. When asked about this story, , despite WAPO having it on page 1.
- In a meeeting with Senators, , citing alleged buses of Massachusetts people who voted in New Hampshire.
- Trump has over his Trump DC hotel’s violation of lease.
- After a conversation with the leader of Taiwan in , an action not taken by an American president in decades, Trump asserted his bumble was to show strength to China. Unceremoniously this week, Trump changed course, and said .
- Without notice, days after Sessions is confirmed, federal agents started conducting . Citizens reported seeing check-points in several major cities.
- that US intelligence has corroborated some parts of the infamous Russian dossier. Spicer responded .
- Gallup found that . 67% believe he is not.
- Trump . Protests and marches continued nationwide.
Some Things We’ve Already Normalized:
- The first family is not living in the White House.
- Trump is not receiving daily intelligence briefings.
- Trump remains an Executive Producer of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
- Media coverage of Trump includes images of his tweets.
- Our Secretary of State is a former CEO of Exxon, who has close ties to Putin, and no government or diplomatic experience.
As Trump’s Deportation Raids begin, Guadalupe García de Rayos looks out at her son as she is taken away
so you’ll remember. Published February 18, 2017
After a slight reprieve last week, this week was again chaos, and the longest weekly list so far. An overarching theme to watch is the consolidation of power: positions in the executive branch are going unfilled and layoffs continue. Meanwhile, Trump, his children, and his small circle of insiders are making all major decisions domestically and abroad.
- Trump was tested in his first national security incident, as N. Korea launched intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Trump, at Mar-a-Lago hosting PM Abe, , using a . Trump then proceeded to stop by a wedding for a photo-op at his club.
- The public exchange was captured by a member of the Mar-a-Lago club, who .
- After staying mum about Flynn over the weekend, “enjoys the full confidence,” to Trump is “evaluating the situation” on Monday. That evening, Flynn “resigned.”
- Flynn became the third Trump advisor to resign over inappropriate ties to Russia (others are Manafort and Page).
- After firing Flynn, Trump pivoted to blaming the media and intelligence for leaks. He , again. Trump also denied any wrongdoing by Flynn.
- The NYT reported that several Trump campaign aides had . CNN reported in fact, Trump aides were in .
- Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, .
- from investigations into Trump and his regime’s ties to Russia, despite his ties to Trump during the campaign.
- As Trump’s battle with intelligence agencies intensified, he brought in loyalist, billionaire hedge fund manager .
- real estate company in the 1970s. from their race discrimination probe of Trump’s
- The WSJ reported that Flynn’s Russian-TV payment.
- WAPO reported that Trump staffers are so scared of being accused of leaking to the media, that to communicate.
- After her Senate confirmation, D . After outrage by Democratic senators and the public, it was restored.
- A Gallup poll found that . Only 29% think world leaders respect Trump.
- The , citing ‘safety and equity’ concerns.
- Trump picked a longtime friend for the post of
- Democrats in public, and (mostly) voiced concern about Trump’s mental health. also warned about Trump.
- WH senior policy advisor Miller was awarded “ ” for a series of lies told on Sunday talk shows. Pundits compared his tone, demeanor and content to that of propaganda minister.
- In one of his first actions as AG, states that refused to enforce Obama’s transgender policy.
- The continued to grow.
- In joint press conferences with heads of state from Japan, Canada and Israel, Trump took two questions each time from only friendly news sources, and refused to take any from the major media present.
- that while Trump was making calls about the cost of Lookheed’s F-35, the CEO of rival Boeing was in the room.
- SoS Tillerson irked his Russian counterpart in their first meeting, when he made journalists leave the room before his opening remarks. “ ” Lavrov said.
- A against Trump’s Muslim Ban. By the end of the week, Trump said he would not appeal.
- Trump’s efforts to deport immigrants broadened to include , and detaining a . ICE refused to respond to inquiries by Democrats, as deportations escalated.
- The Pentagon may propose in response to Trump’s order to come up with proposals to fight ISIS.
- After meeting with Trump, due to Trump’s isolationist policies.
- The director of the Office of Government Ethics said there was a for her on-air comments to buy Ivanka’s brand.
- In a room of all white men, Trump to disclose foreign payments.
- The Trump to release his tax returns.
- Russia dealt Trump several provocations including: ; , in violation of an arms control treaty; and in the Black Sea.
- Meanwhile, Russian backed forces continued to escalate .
- started to become less flattering.
- that Trump appointee for Commerce, Ross, wants to keep his stake in 11 entities that he would affect as commerce secretary.
- The week after Trump announced he would support China’s “One China” policy, .
- When asked about the during his press conference with Netanyahu, Trump .
- The WSJ reported that , citing concerns that information would be leaked or compromised. The DNI and CIA denied this is happening.
- Sos Tillerson was . Tillerson also did not invite the customary press corp to accompany him on a truncated trip to a Group of 20 meeting.
- on the frustration of Tillerson, Mathis, Kelly and Pompeo for being left out decision making. Kushner is described as a “shadow Secretary of State,” running his own foreign policy.
- The already gutted State Department , a sign that key foreign policies will be made at the WH.
- Mother Jones reported on a classified memo for intelligence on how to prepare Trump’s Daily Brief: “ .”
- Rachel Maddow reported in the Kushners family to desire to buy the Marlins, as .
- Trump hit his lowest approval level in a Pew Research poll: , and in Gallup Daily tracking poll: .
- Six of Trump’s staffers were escorted out of the WH after .
- Newsweek’s Eichenwald reported that US allies in to assess Trump ties to Russia.
- Ten members of Trump’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders resigned citing, “ .”
- Trump hosted an unhinged, lie-ridden, impromptu 80 minute press conference. A GOP Senator texted CNN’s King, ‘ .’
- Also at the press conference, Trump insulted reporter April Ryan when she asked if he planned to arrange a meeting with the CBC. Trump replied, “ ”
- Also when asked by a Jewish reporter about anti-semitism, ”
- that Flynn lied in a January 24 FBI interview, denying sanction discussions with Kislyak. Lying to the FBI is a felony offense.
- Harward turned down the offer to replace Flynn, . According to a friend, Harward described Trump’s offer as a “ .”
- Petraeus also bowed out of consideration for NSA, .
- to complain about CNN’s coverage of Trump. Time Warner has a pending merger with AT&T, which requires governmental approval.
- Trump held his first 2020 campaign event today in Florida. A Craigslist ad, which , was taken down.
- on a which shows Trump is considering using 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.
- warned the US against hurting European cohesion, abandoning core Western values and cozying up to Russia.
- Trump tweeted, then deleted, then expanded his list of media outlets and tweeted, that the media is the “ ” — a .
- After a before leaving for recess, Rubio tweeted, “ .”
- The . Obama averaged $12mm a year, while Trump’s 3 weekend visits to Mar-a-Lago alone cost $10mm, and the guards at NYC Trump Tower $183mm/year.
- urging the removal of Bannon from the NSC.
- in Trump’s preliminary budget.
Some Things We’ve Already Normalized:
- Trump continues to financially benefit from his businesses, AND to gain additional revenues from his position of power (#35, China)
- Very few open positions in the executive branch are getting filled.
- Trump has still not come to agreement on the lease of his DC hotel on federal land.
- Without an official government role, Ivanka Trump continues to attend meetings with heads of state and leaders of corporate America.
Trump’s approval ratings hit a new low (source: Gallup)