June 9, 2020
142 Days since first US infection
Global Infected 7,085,894 7,185,573
Increase Infected 132,086 99,679
Global Dead 405,168 408,954
Increase Dead 4,062 3,786
US Infected 1,956,499 1,971,302
Increase Infected 28,405 14,803
US Dead 110,932 111,751
Increase Dead 895 819
Maine infected 2,588 2,606
Increase Infected 18 18
Maine Dead 99 100
Increase Dead 0 1
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I did not vote for or support Donald Trump in the last election, here is why.
1973: The US Department of Justice sued the Trump Management Corporation for violating the Fair Housing Act. Federal officials found evidence that Trump had refused to rent to black tenants and lied to black applicants about whether apartments were available, among other accusations.
1980s: Kip Brown, a former employee at Trump’s Castle; “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor,” Brown said. “It was the eighties, I was a teenager, but I remember it: They put us all in the back.”
1988: In a commencement speech at Lehigh University, Trump spent much of his speech accusing countries like Japan of “stripping the United States of economic dignity.”
1989: The “Central Park Five” — were accused of attacking and raping a jogger in New York City. Trump immediately took charge in the case, running an ad in local papers demanding, “BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE!” The teens’ convictions were later vacated after they spent seven to 13 years in prison, and the city paid $41 million in a settlement to the teens. But Trump in October 2016 said he still believes they’re guilty, despite the DNA evidence to the contrary.
1991: John O’Donnell, former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quoted Trump’s criticism of a black accountant: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”
1991 Esquire magazine profile, Trump said: “You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass. But she’s got to be young and beautiful.”
1992: The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino had to pay a $200,000 fine because it transferred black and women dealers off tables to accommodate a big-time gambler’s prejudices.
1992 in an Entertainment Tonight video Trump is heard objectifying a 10-year-old girl. After talking to a girl who is going up an escalator, Trump says, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”
1993: In congressional testimony, Trump said that some Native American reservations operating casinos shouldn’t be allowed because “they don’t look like Indians to me.”
2000: In opposition to a casino proposed by the St. Regis Mohawk tribe, which he saw as a financial threat to his casinos in Atlantic City, Trump secretly ran a series of ads suggesting the tribe had a “record of criminal activity [that] is well documented.”
2004: In season two of The Apprentice, Trump fired Kevin Allen, a black contestant, for being overeducated. “You’re an unbelievably talented guy in terms of education, and you haven’t done anything,” Trump said on the show. “At some point you have to say, ‘That’s enough.’”
2005: Trump pitched The Apprentice: White People vs. Black People. He said he was considering “an idea that is fairly controversial — creating a team of successful African Americans versus a team of successful Whites. Whether people like that idea or not, it is somewhat reflective of our very vicious world.”
2005 in a radio interview, Trump said he didn’t change diapers because it’s the wife’s job. In fact, he said he wouldn’t marry a woman who expected this of him. “There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife and you know there’s a lot of husbands that listen to that,” Trump said. “So you know, they go for it.”
2010 Trump opposed the “Ground Zero Mosque”, a proposal to build a Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan near the site of the 9/11 attacks. Trump opposed the project, calling it “insensitive,” Trump argued, referring to Muslims, “Well, somebody’s On blowing us up. Somebody’s blowing up buildings, and somebody’s doing lots of bad stuff.”
2011: He insulted Brande Roderick, a contestant on The Apprentice. “It must be a pretty picture,” he said to her. “You dropping to your knees.”
2011: Trump played a big role in pushing false rumors that President Obama was not born in the US. He even sent investigators to Hawaii to look into Obama’s birth certificate. Obama later released his birth certificate, calling Trump a”carnival barker.” (The research has found a strong correlation between “birtherism,” as this conspiracy theory is called, and racism.) Trump has reportedly continued pushing this conspiracy theory in private.
2011: Trump claimed, “I heard he (Obama) was a terrible student. Terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?”
2012: Trump “Robert Patterson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again–just watch. He can do much better!”
2012: Trump “While Bett Milder is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct.”
2012: “Rosie is crude, rude, obnoxious and dumb-other than that I like her very much!”
2012: Trump about a Muslim couple speaking, “Look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
2015: Trump on HRC, “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote, the only thing she’s got going is the women’s card.”
2015: Trump on the potential sexual harassment of his daughter; “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.”
2015: Trump believes that if a woman is harassed, she — not the harasser — should leave the workplace. Trump opined on what his daughter Ivanka should do if sexually harassed. “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,”
2015: Trump believes that women who seek abortions should receive “some form of punishment”.
2015-6: Trump taunts female NBC reporter Katy Tur relentlessly during the 2016 election cycle, calling her “Little Katy” and a “Third-Rate reporter,” even tweeting that she “should be fired.” At one rally in South Carolina, his attacks against her made his supporters so belligerent that Secret Service had to escort Tur back to her car.
2016: When former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields alleged that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski assaulted her at a Trump event, Trump’s campaign assassinated Fields’s character, implying that Fields has exhibited a “a larger pattern of exaggerating incidents.” Trump himself called Fields “terrible” in an interview with Fox & Friend’s Geraldo Rivera, and even suggested that she assaulted him. “Maybe I should file a report, she was grabbing me,” he said.
2015: Trump launched his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” who are “bringing crime” and “bringing drugs” to the US. His campaign was largely built on building a wall to keep these immigrants out of the US.
2015: He insulted Megyn Kelly and, once again, pretty much all women. When talking to CNN’s Don Lemon on Friday, he said this about Kelly: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
2015: As a candidate Trump called for a ban on all Muslims coming into the US. His administration eventually implemented a significantly watered-down version of the policy.
2015: In a deposition when the lawyer, Elizabeth Beck, asked for a medical break, Mr. Trump and his lawyers objected, demanding that the deposition continue. Ms. Beck said it was urgent, she needed to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter, and she took the pump out to make her point. Mr. Trump erupted, “You’re disgusting!” he told Ms. Beck, in a remark that is not disputed by either side. He then walked out of the room, ending the testimony for the day.
2016: When asked at a Republican debate whether all 1.6 billion Muslims hate the US, Trump said, “I mean a lot of them. I mean a lot of them.”
2016: He argued that Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was overseeing the Trump University lawsuit, should recuse himself from the case because of his Mexican heritage and membership in a Latino lawyers association. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who endorsed Trump, later called such comments “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
For all the above, and many, many, more actions and statements; I see Donald Trump as a man with no honor and beneath the office which he now holds. I would never vote for anyone of such a character to hold that office. He has not changed a bit.
He is also well known to be a crook. His stadard operating procedure in construction is to hire contractors, them fire them halfway through and hire other contrators. None of which he pays, instead telling them to sue him for the funds. The he uses his standard legal defense, delay, delay delay; until the lawsuit is costing you so much your buisness is collapsing, then he offers 25 cents on the dollar to ‘settle’. He has done this numerous time to such extent many contractors will never work with him.
So why woiuld anyone expect this leopard to change it’s spots?
2016-2020 Trump has been repeatedly slow to condemn white supremacists who endorse him, and he regularly retweeted messages from white supremacists and neo-Nazis during his presidential campaign.
2016: He tweeted and later deleted an image that showed Hillary Clinton in front of a pile of money and by a Jewish Star of David that said, “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” The tweet had some very obvious anti-Semitic imagery, but Trump insisted that the star was a sheriff’s badge, and said his campaign shouldn’t have deleted it.
2016: In a tape leaked from 2005, he bragged about sexually assaulting women.
2015-2020: Trump has repeatedly referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as “Pocahontas,” using her controversial — and later walked-back — claims to Native American heritage as a punchline.
At the 2016 Republican convention, Trump officially seized the mantle of the “law and order” candidate an obvious dog whistle playing to white fears of black crime, even though crime in the US is historically low. His speeches, comments, and executive actions after he took office have continued this line of messaging even throughout the recent protests he doubles down.
2016: Trump said to black voters, “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
2017: Trump stereotyped a black reporter at a press conference in February
2017. When April Ryan asked him if he plans to meet and work with the Congressional Black Caucus, he repeatedly asked her to set up the meeting, even as she insisted that she’s “just a reporter.”
2017: In the week after white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, Trump repeatedly said that “many sides” and “both sides” were to blame for the violence and chaos that ensued — suggesting that the white supremacist protesters were morally equivalent to counterprotesters that stood against racism. He also said that there were “some very fine people” among the white supremacists. All of this seemed like a dog whistle to white supremacists and many of them took it as one, with white nationalist Richard Spencer praising Trump for “defending the truth.”
2017: Trump repeatedly attacked NFL players who, by kneeling or otherwise silently protesting during the national anthem, demonstrated against systemic racism in America
2017: Trump said that people who came to the US from Haiti “all have AIDS,” and he lamented that people who came to the US from Nigeria would never “go back to their huts” once they saw America. The White House denied that Trump ever made these comments.
2018: Trump asked, in reference to Haiti and African countries, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He then reportedly suggested that the US should take more people from countries like Norway. The implication: Immigrants from predominantly white countries are good, while immigrants from predominantly black countries are bad.
2018: Trump denied making the “shithole” comments, although some senators present at the meeting said they happened. The White House, meanwhile, suggested that the comments, like Trump’s remarks about the NFL protests, will play well to his base. The only connection between Trump’s remarks about the NFL protests and his “shithole” comments is race.
2019: Trump mocked Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, again calling her “Pocahontas” in a tweet before adding, “See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!” The capitalized “TRAIL” is seemingly a reference to the Trail of Tears, a horrific act of ethnic cleansing in the 19th century in which Native Americans suffered a forced death march causing thousands of deaths.
2019: Trump tweeted that several black and brown members of Congress — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) — are “from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and that they should “go back” to those countries. It’s a common racist trope to say that black and brown people, particularly immigrants, should go back to their countries of origin. Three of four of the members of Congress whom Trump targeted were born in the US.
It is quite apparent this is a man without honor, or integrity, or common decency. A man wholly unfit to hold the office he holds. Anyone who votes for him again is either a racist, or a supporter of racism, or they are willing to tolerate racism.
I do not trust this man for all the above, add to that a new civil rights movement and the Coronavirus pandemic and it is impossible to leave that man in office, if we want to survive both personally and as a nation.
His political tactic is divide and conquer when the job of every POTUS is to unite the nation. He will never be able, and has no desire to unite, he is a divider in chief and reelecting him will cost us more than we can bear. He will continue to botch and deny the Coronavirus, he will continue police brutality, hell he encourages it at his rallies.
He is a relic of a bygone age most of us despise in hindsight, but his base views with nostalgia.
“One Day America will elect a President it deserves”—H.L. Menkin
I think we need and deserve better