Trump’s advisors and cabinet members are likewise scornful of all who would dare stand in the way of the president. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, of all people, recently criticized a judge in Hawaii for blocking Trump’s travel ban for people from majority Muslim countries. “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific – translation: It’s not really Merican! – can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Sessions said. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said simply that William Orrick and his court were “going bananas.” Trump and his team can feel encouraged by the results of a February survey which found that 51 percent of the president’s supporters believe he should be able to override judicial rulings he doesn’t agree with. When both the government and its people are united in their disdain for democratic institutions, it represents a clear danger.
Earlier this year, the Newtown school board sent Trump a letter, asking him to denounce Alex Jones and the other Sandy Hook hoaxers, and to state definitively that Sandy Hook happened: “Jones repeatedly tells his listeners and viewers that he has your ears and your respect. He brags about how you called him after your victory in November. He continues to hurt the memories of those lost, the ability of those left behind to heal,” the school’s board wrote. Two months on, they have yet to receive a response.
From now on, my energy, my source of light, my power and strength will remain solely in me. I will still reach out and help care for you, listen when you need someone to talk to, hold you if you need to cry, and share in laughter that makes our sides hurt. But that is where it is going to end. I am not going to worry about your comments, second glances, critical words or looks.
I am not going to take on your problems as mine, or your goals and dreams as mine.I’m taking my power back. I’m going to bottle up all of my strength and energy, and focus internally until I can remember all of the dreams that I let disappear. Until I can feel my own talents bubbling up out of my fingertips. Until I feel like I am choking on love, beauty, and happiness when I can feel the love for me rise up in my chest.
I have given you enough of my strength to help you shine, but I’m going to take it back now so I can become my own sun.
Green has come under fire for comments he has made about transgender people. He stated on record that “transgender is a disease” and that the duty of government is to “crush evil” by working against transgender rights. In these recordings, Green went on to describe why he believes in creationism, saying, “I look at the world around me and I draw the conclusion that it was made. I know God that the next step for me is to pursue you and figure out what it is and why you made me, but before all that, I can’t get away from the fact that you created me, it is intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer.” He also dismissed the theory of relativity, saying, “The theory of relativity is a theory and some people accept it, but that requires somewhat of a degree of faith.” Many people have called on President Trump to rescind Green’s appointment. Stated Democratic congressional whip Steny Hoyer, “I strongly urge President Trump to withdraw Mark Green as his nominee for Army Secretary. Appointing someone with a clear record of homophobia and transphobia, who has made disgusting statements demeaning toward groups of Americans, would send the absolute wrong signal about the values for which our military service members are risking their lives.” Commented Columbia Law School’s Nathaniel Frank, “Green’s political ambitions reveal a full-scale messianic complex that manifests itself as a dangerous willingness to exploit the military to advance an unvarnished view of straight, white Christian supremacy. Green seems poised to substitute his own theology for fact-based, professional judgment of how to run a diverse military in twenty-first century America.” Do you think Mark Green is the wrong person to serve as Army secretary?
The trial will continue at the Superior Court in DC this week. If convicted, Fairooz faces a fine up to $500 and up to six months’ imprisonment for the laugh-related charge. She is also charged with another misdemeanor for “allegedly parading, demonstrating or picketing within a Capitol, evidently for her actions after she was being escorted from the room,” Reilly reported.Fairooz has a history of disruptive protests. During protests over the Iraq War, she put fake blood on her hands and confronted then–Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.This time, however, Fairooz claims she was not trying to be disruptive — but merely laughing.These details are all salient for the legal case, but it’s important not to lose sight of the big picture here: The federal government is literally prosecuting someone for laughing. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Justice Department — which Sessions now leads as attorney general — is doing the prosecuting when the laughter was directed at its leader. At the very least, it’s not a good look for the top law enforcement agency in the country.