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Trump scam got family to pay $400,000 for a literal hole in the ground

CNN’s Erin Burnett this week has blown the lid off a scam involving President Donald Trump that saw a California family fork over $400,000 for what they thought would be a luxury condo at a Trump resort — but that turned out to be a literal hole in the ground.

In her report, Burnett talked with a woman named Sandra Sapol, who in 2006 bought a condo at what was supposed to be a new Trump-branded property called the Trump Ocean Resort Baja Mexico.

Sapol said that a woman selling condos at the resort met with her and showed her brochures of what the resort would look like — and they came complete with an endorsement from Trump himself that guaranteed people would have “the time of their lives” at his new resort.

“Whatever Donald Trump touches turns fantastically gold,” Sapol said in explaining her reason for buying the condo.

But the resort was never built and Sapol lost all the money she invested. On the site of where the hotel was supposed to be constructed is a giant hole in the ground — and nothing more.

“There’s my hole!” Sapol said while choking back tears. “That’s what I bought, my hole!”

Burnett went on to explain how the people selling the condos were using Trump’s brand under a licensing deal under which they misled buyers into believing they were buying property directly from Trump himself.

“In the brochure, it says, ‘Developed by one of the most respected names in real estate, Donald J. Trump,’” Burnett explained. “In fact, here’s a letter from the developer and Donald Trump’s name is at the bottom!”

“This looks deliberately misleading because the president’s signature… is right on the bottom of the letter!” commented CNN host Jim Sciutto.

GRAPHIC: ‘I’m Pregnant!’ Texas Cop Shoots And Kills Unarmed Black Woman

A police officer shot and killed an unarmed Black woman whose last words were “I’m pregnant!” following a physical confrontation in an apartment complex parking lot in suburban Houston Monday night. The woman and the officer were not immediately identified, but a bystander managed to capture the fatal episode on camera in the city of Baytown.

“Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said an officer on patrol saw a 45-year-old woman the officer had had prior encounters with,” CBS News reported. “He knew the woman had outstanding warrants, so he approached her to arrest her.”

That encounter turned into a struggle between the two, with the woman falling to the ground before the officer used his Taser on her. When she got up and pushed the officer away, the cop pulled out his gun and shot her multiple times at very close range.

The video of the shooting went viral overnight and spread quickly across social media. It was the latest instance of an unarmed Black person being killed when standard police training, in theory, should have allowed the officer to de-escalate the situation without resorting to lethal force, at least. At best, the officer could have called for backup since his life did not appear to be in any kind of imminent danger.

Baytown police said they want to speak with the person who recorded the shooting and said it was “unfortunate” that person decided to post the footage to social media.

“It’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved,” Dorris told CBS News. “But that’s the day and age we live in with social media.”

Of course, cellphone video cameras and social media have become the great equalizer surrounding police shootings that many times result in conflicting accounts from law enforcement and shooting victims. The footage can many times offer a truthful and accurate snapshot of the incident in question and serve as critical evidence in the event the officer is charged, which is a rarity.

Wednesday Open Thread | Say Her Name: SANDRA BLAND

We found out yesterday that Sandra Bland recorded her encounter with the police. We find this out THREE YEARS after her death?

THREE YEARS???

HOW could it take THREE YEARS for this tape to come out and be noticed.

I asked SG2 and Ametia this question.

HOW could it take THREE YEARS?

HOW could her family not be told in all this time?

WHAT is going on with the District Attorney’s office?

WHAT level of corruption going on where a key piece of evidence is suppressed like this?

No other way to look at it other than suppression.

It is based like this which make support of District Attorney ‘s that do their job all the more important. It is obvious, with this revelation, that the District Attorney is in bed with the police department, and no one was interested in finding out the truth of what happened to Sandra Bland.

This video is compelling proof that Trooper Encinia lied, that Sandra Bland posed no threat, and that there was no basis for her arrest. This case should be reopened and justice should finally be served.

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 7, 2019

Local authorities kept this cell phone video from Sandra Bland a secret for 4 years. Local journalists @WFAA fought to get it released.

Sandra Bland knew her rights. She never should’ve been arrested and threatened in the first place. A gross abuse of power from this officer. pic.twitter.com/rtVTxQKDye

— Shaun King (@shaunking) May 7, 2019

Turns out Sandra Bland recorded her interaction with police from her 2015 arrest. But even after police discovered the video 2 months after her death, it’s only now being released to the public. Bland’s family are asking for the investigation to be reopened. pic.twitter.com/NvRZR3rV14

— Atlanta Black Star (@ATLBlackStar) May 7, 2019

Monday Open Thread | The real reason the Republicans are suddenly starting to admit Russia rigged Florida for Trump in the 2016 election

Hat tip- Palmer Report
No way Ron DeSantis or Rick Scott won in Florida.  And DeSantis sure as hell didn’t win the Black women vote.

If you’ve been paying attention for the past two and a half years, or if you’ve been awake and conscious during that time, you’re well aware that Russian government hackers took steps to alter the vote totals in Donald Trump’s favor in key swing states in the 2016 election. The only people not willing to acknowledge this are Trump and the Republicans – yet suddenly, the leading Republicans in Florida are acknowledging it.

You don’t have to take our word for it that Russia rigged key swing states in Trump’s favor in 2016. The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee quietly released a bipartisan report in May of 2018 which acknowledged that Russian government hackers penetrated the voter registration databases of these swing states, and were in a position to delete voter registration data. This essentially exposed how Russia managed to alter the outcome: by strategically deleting the voter registrations of people who were most likely to vote for Hillary Clinton.

This crucial Senate report got very little media attention at the time, even though it’s the closest we’ve gotten to a smoking gun when it comes to Russia having rigged the election so that Donald Trump “won” instead of Hillary Clinton. Marco Rubio, a Republican Senator from Florida, is on that committee, so he knows full well what really happened. Finally, a year later, he’s suddenly talking about it.

Mario Rubio admitted in an interview yesterday that Russian hackers were “in a position” to change voter roll data in Florida during the 2016 election. In fairness to Rubio, he has stated multiple times in the past that America should be worried about Russian election interference in general, citing the rationale that for all he knows, next time some other foreign country could try to meddle in the election for the other side. But it’s nonetheless eye popping that Rubio is suddenly putting a focus on the fact that Russian hackers broke in and gained the ability to alter the outcome of the 2016 election.

At first blush, one might suspect that Marco Rubio – who has long had presidential ambitions of his own – has taken a look at the inevitable impeachment of Donald Trump and is now trying to position himself as the 2020 Republican nominee for president. One efficient way to do that would be to help expose that Trump didn’t actually win in 2016. But the kicker is that Rubio isn’t the only prominent Florida Republican who suddenly cares about this issue.

While the 2016 election saw statistically suspicious results in numerous key swing states, the 2018 election was different in that these kinds of suspicious results were largely limited to Florida. In fact Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and Republican Senator Rick Scott both won in Florida in 2018 in bizarre upsets that stood in sharp conflict with the overall voting and polling accuracy trends that played out across the rest of the nation.

Yet suddenly, DeSantis and Scott – two politicians who appear to have directly benefited in 2018 from Russia’s ongoing pro GOP election hacking efforts – are expressing earnest concern about how Russia hacked Florida. These are the last two Republicans, other than Donald Trump, who would want anyone focusing on Russian election interference. So what are they up to?

Generally speaking, you only start to show “concern” about this kind of thing if you think it’s about to get a whole lot uglier, and you’re trying to get out ahead of it. If it’s about to come to light that someone cheated on your behalf, the best thing you can do is try to act like you’re really upset that someone cheated at all. That way you can then claim that you had no idea anyone was trying to meddle in your favor. This whole thing strongly suggests that we’re about to see another shoe drop in the Russian election rigging scandal, specifically with regard to what the Russians did in Florida in 2016 an 2018. Stay tuned.

Trolls and Sexists Prove that Katie Bouman Deserves To Be the Face of the Black Hole Team

By Gaurav Jain

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“Woman Does 6% of the Work but Gets 100% of the Credit”. That’s one of the first videos that pop up when you search for MIT scientist Katie Bouman on YouTube. Another leading video is titled, “Hi my name is Katie Bouman and I’m a fraud.” We can now capture on our screens a swirl of black nothingness trillions of kilometres away, but we still can’t manage to give a woman her due for the achievement.

Twenty-nine-year-old Katie Bouman led the creation of a new algorithm that produced the first-ever iconic image of a black hole released to the world last week. She was the leader of one of four teams that collaborated to turn massive amounts of data on half a ton of hard drives, culled from eight radio telescopes around the world, to produce that one image. But alongside this scientific breakthrough, another photo went viral on the Internet—this one capturing Bouman’s shy triumph of the moment when the black hole image was first processed on her computer screen—and she was heartily congratulated by her alma mater MIT, her peers and science enthusiasts all over the world.

Now, Bouman was part of a team of more than 200 scientists across 60 institutes in 18 countries who cracked the black hole photo, but she accidentally became the face of the whole effort. The media were glad to be able to put one person in the centre of the effort, and we got reports like “Meet Katie Bouman, One Woman Who Helped Make the World’s First Image of a Black Hole” and “Meet Katie Bouman, The Woman Whose Algorithm Helped Crack The First Image Of A Black Hole” and “Meet Katie Bouman, the woman who helped transformed our view of black holes forever”. She was even compared to MIT computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, whose code helped put a man on the moon with the Apollo missions.

The people behind the black hole image. Here are (almost) all the heroes of the @ehtelescope. (From our last collaboration meeting in Nijmegen, Nov. 2018.) #EHTblackhole pic.twitter.com/ixegKTo5Lb

— Heino Falcke (@hfalcke) April 11, 2019

Which was perfectly fine, since the entire effort would never have succeeded without Bouman’s contributions. As one data analyst wrote, it was Bouman’s algorithm that “made the effort of collecting all that [telescopic] data worth it.” She spent five years refining her algorithm and then leading one of the teams to test the data.

But in the last few days, the Internet has exploded with rage at this celebration of Bouman in a hyper-masculine field, and we’ve rapidly witnessed our sexist standards for achievers and who can get credit for what. Many have not been able to swallow that a woman might have led this kind of scientific achievement and have been hunting for a conspiracy theory, or worse. Trolls have repeatedly set up fake Twitter and Instagram accounts in Bouman’s name to malign her, uploaded YouTube videos with misinformation about her work, and spread vitriol about her and attacked her credibility. Someone flagged her Wikipedia page for deletion. Reddit is awash with threads like “The Katie Bouman Phenomena OR How Feminism Invents Inventors,” and “History Being Falsely Written IN Plain Sight to Fit A Narrative.” And in election-crazed India, one meme falsely and hilariously attributed Bouman thanking Narendra Modi and Mission Shakti for blowing away some pesky satellites that were hindering the black hole project.

This is in line to be the best WhatsApp forward this election season. By far. So good! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽pic.twitter.com/DKWfKAVAFA

— Venkat Ananth (@venkatananth) April 12, 2019

Of course, many just wanted to garland a man instead—they finally found one and fervently circulated pictures of one of Bouman’s colleagues, Andrew Chael, named as the primary developer for one of the algorithms that created the black hole image. One meme claimed Chael wrote “850,000 of the 900,000 lines of code that were written in the historic black-hole image algorithm!” One Reddit commented wrote, “Katie has been plastered everywhere as being responsible for the code but if this dude did pretty much all the work, seems kind of crappy he doesn’t get recognized.” Some even created fake accounts to propagate him on social media. The disingenuity rose to the point where Chael had to himself tweet defending Bouman’s immense work and denouncing those with a “sexist vendetta against Katie”, stating baldly that the team’s software “would never have worked without her contributions”.

(1/7) So apparently some (I hope very few) people online are using the fact that I am the primary developer of the eht-imaging software library (https://t.co/n7djw1r9hY) to launch awful and sexist attacks on my colleague and friend Katie Bouman. Stop.

— Andrew Chael (@thisgreyspirit) April 12, 2019

Through it all, Bouman herself gracefully posted on Facebook emphasizing the team effort, saying that “No one algorithm or person made this image, it required the amazing talent of a team of scientists from around the globe and years of hard work to develop the instrument, data processing, imaging methods, and analysis techniques that were necessary to pull off this seemingly impossible feat. It has been truly an honor, and I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with you all.”

The sexism continues to be systemic: women in science are cited less than men, get published less in journals, get paid less, and face more sexual harassment. And this strange phenomenon of how people still can’t accept a woman being brainy, and especially brainier than the men around her, is not just restricted to the uninformed—it’s exhibited by many scientists themselves. In 2015, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Tim Hunt said “when they [women] are in the lab…you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them, they cry.” A Google engineer’s infamous 10-page letter on gender in 2017 claimed, among many unscientific ideas, that “women, on average, have more: Neuroticism (higher anxiety, lower stress tolerance).” And just last year, CERN physicist Alessandro Strumia argued in a lecture that women are not discriminated against in science, but rather they don’t like science or just don’t have the aptitude for it.

Maybe singling Bouman out required more nuance from MIT, the media and everyone who rushed to congratulate her. Maybe every time we celebrate a team effort, we must acknowledge the whole team. But the black hole image also just wouldn’t have happened without Bouman, say the experts. So why can’t she be the human face of this effort rather than some titular male head? It’s time to accept a different model when we think of who is a ‘regular’ scientist out there working on, and often solving, complex problems of the world.

Co-published with Firstpost.

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Tuesday Open Thread | Trump told border patrol agents to defy law, block migrants: CNN

Trump told Customs and Border Patrol agents last week to refuse to allow any migrants through the border in defiance of federal laws and court orders, CNN reported Monday.

On Friday, during a visit to Calexico, Calif., Trump told border patrol agents behind the scenes not to let any migrants in and, if ordered to by a judge, to respond, “Sorry, judge, I can’t do it. We don’t have the room,” two sources told CNN.

When the agents later asked their commanding officers about the remarks, their superiors said policy was to obey the law and that they would face personal liability if they complied with Trump’s orders, according to the network.

The news comes amid the ouster of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen, who has frequently found herself the subject of Trump’s ire over illegal immigration policy.

“Presidents are not allowed to order people to break the law,” @BillKristol says in response to reporting that President Trump pushed to close the US-Mexico border at El Paso, Texas, and told agents not to admit migrants and to resume family separations. https://t.co/6X7OgyXLRm pic.twitter.com/6DvFe1KUqR

— CNN (@CNN) April 8, 2019

During Friday’s trip to the border, Trump reportedly told Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to shut down the port of El Paso on March 22, with plans to close other ports later.

Nielsen pushed back on the idea, arguing that closing down the ports would simply shut down legal commerce and travel while migrants entered between the ports. Trump reportedly responded “I don’t care,” according to two people in the room, CNN reports.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was eventually able to talk Trump out of the plan, leading Trump to pivot to instead refusing entry to asylum seekers. Nielsen allegedly tried in vain to explain to Trump that migrants from Central America are legally allowed to apply for asylum.

Monday’s articles echo earlier reports from NBC News that Nielsen’s resignation Sunday night was largely due to Trump pressuring her to resume the separation of parents from their children at the border. Trump argued family separation was the most effective deterrent, while Nielsen reminded him he had already signed an executive order ending the practice, according to NBC.

The family-separation policy led to sharp and bipartisan backlash last year, with even some of Trump’s strongest allies decrying it before the president backtracked and ended the practice.

Trump adviser Stephen Miller is reportedly pushing him to remove further senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, including Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Lee Cissna, and the department’s general counsel, John Mitnick.

The White House and DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Monday Open Thread | Sean Hannity Appears To Be In Legal Trouble As He Gets Caught In Russia Investigation

As it turns out, the indictment and impending prosecution of Roger Stone doesn’t just mean trouble for Stone himself, or even just for Donald Trump, who it has been said is likely to be the “senior Trump campaign official” named in the charging documents.

Inside the indictment, one passage spells out that Stone’s contact inside WikiLeaks, the primary conduit for releasing the illegally-hacked DNC emails, told him via email on August 2, 2016 to publicly begin focusing on the health of Hillary Clinton as a method of harming her competing campaign for the presidency.

“Would not hurt to start suggesting HRC old, memory bad, has stroke, neither he nor she well. I expect that much of next dump focus.”

Stone, however, had no major outlet through which to release information, and aside from that, could not appear to be getting information from outside sources.

At the time of that instruction, not even the Trump campaign had begun talking about Clinton’s health. Not even WikiLeaks had publicly begun their trickle of information about Hillary’s health yet. But somehow it shortly became a major talking point.

So how did that message start making the rounds? Fox News’ number one anchor, Sean Hannity, started talking about it just days later. And unless you believe that Hannity randomly guessed that her health would become a talking point — and we just don’t give Sean that much credit, honestly — it means that he got the information from somewhere. He certainly didn’t have anyone “inside” the Clinton campaign, or we’d have known it by now. Hell, we’d have known it by the day after the election, because he would have bragged about it.

So it’s likelier than not that WikiLeaks — who started the talk about it to begin with — gave information to Stone, who then passed it on to Sean Hannity, a man who has not just proven to be a mouthpiece for Donald Trump, but who Trump regularly consults with via telephone.

And although it’s a big “if,” the fact remains that this would make Sean Hannity a conspirator with Roger Stone to publish and disseminate illegally harvested private information from WikiLeaks, a group that was designated as a hostile foreign entity by our intelligence agencies before any of this ever happened.

And now that we’re at the end of the article, it’s time to remind you who Michael Cohen’s third client was at his legal practice, and how hard that client — Sean Hannity — worked to keep his name off the record in court.

If Hannity got word from Stone and knew it was from WikiLeaks, two things are true: It’s in the Mueller report, and Hannity is going to prison.

Nationwide protests planned over Mueller report release

WASHINGTON — A coalition of the nation’s biggest progressive grassroots organizations is activating a nationwide protest plan in response to Attorney General William Barr’s expected failure to meet an April 2 deadline set by House Democrats to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full Russia report to Congress.

With hundreds of locations set across the country, Stand Up America, MoveOn.org, Indivisible and Public Citizen are among the groups orchestrating the April 4 “Nationwide Day of Action,” according to a release provided to NBC News.

The plan marks a shift in strategy for the coalition, which had for months been organizing a protest plan in anticipation that the Mueller report might not be released to the public at all. After initially summarizing Mueller’s work in a 4-page document sent to Congress on March 24, Barr has said he’ll release a more substantive version of the report by mid-April.

#BREAKING: @Maddow is FIRST to report on a National Day of Action that will happen this THURSDAY, April 4, if Attorney General Barr does not release the full Mueller report and all underlying evidence to Congress by tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. ET.

WATCH and spread the word: pic.twitter.com/xPuWPq1E3D

— Stand Up America (@StandUpAmerica) April 2, 2019

But the attorney general has indicated he will make several redactions, including classified information Congress has said it needs to see. Barr also would not commit to obtaining court approval to give to Congress grand jury-related materials, according to House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler.

Now, the coalition’s focus is forcing transparency around one of the most politically sensitive documents in modern American history.

“Barr has not committed to releasing the full report and underlying evidence,” the coalition said in its statement. Further, the group said, Barr has given himself “the leeway to redact huge portions of the findings from Congress and the American people.”

It’s unclear how many people will actually turn out at the protests, but thousands have RSVP’d online to attend to TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org, including more than 16,000 who signed up to protest outside the White House.

Monday Open Thread

Hi Everyone. Collected a few videos from the 2019 NAACP Images Awards show. I don’t know when this organization is going to get their act together and get up to speed on decent website and videos. Any wonder some folks don’t show up for their show.

Series of Red carpet videos

Joy Reid gives advice on how to deal with the firehose of negative information in our world, “don’t allow unreality to take over your reality” #ImageAwards50 https://t.co/vtaR24bIgU pic.twitter.com/yThP0cfFPe

— Variety (@Variety) March 31, 2019

Thursday Open Thread | The Administration Continues to Attack Education

Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) Tweeted:
Can’t imagine being someone like Betsy DeVos. She’s worth billions of dollars. She could retire forever on an island somewhere. But she chose to go through a grueling public humiliation just for the opportunity to take education away from poor kids.
Imagine being that depraved. https://twitter.com/MrFilmkritik/status/1110650532987699200?s=17

This Administration is nothing but a cesspool of corruption, and anything that has been done to protect the consumer, they are trying to get rid of it.

Trump proposal to cap student loans would deepen inequality in higher ed

No need to bribe your kid’s way into school if those pesky poors can’t even afford to apply anymore.

ALAN PYKE

MAR 19, 2019, 3:16 PM

A week after federal prosecutors revealed just how brazenly rich families cheat to get their kids into elite colleges, the White House proposed changes to higher education laws that would further widen the college access gap between people born into money and those less fortunate.

On Monday, President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that they want Congress to cap the amounts that students and families can borrow for post-secondary schooling. Though the proposal markets the lending caps as a path to reducing the tuition colleges charge, higher ed experts warned it would actually just make it harder for working-class families to compete with their richer peers on schooling.

If there’s one thing that last week’s bribery scandal — which led to dozens of arrests and thousands of tweets from outraged internet rubberneckers — threw into stark relief, it was that the upper crust is willing and able to spend huge amounts of money to burnish their children’s educational credentials.

“The fact that we have a two-track system for graduate and undergraduate education shows that we treat higher education as a commodity, and the borrowers as consumers, and that’s not how we should treat them,” Student Debt Crisis executive director Natalia Abrams told ThinkProgress. “I think with this whole college bribery scandal, we’re seeing that colleges are brands in their own right. When people are paying an extra million dollars to send their kids to a college on top of the yearly costs,” she said, it’s evidence that government should step in somehow.

They aren’t doing this out of concern for the students. They are doing this because, yes, they want to attack the access to education for non-Whites and non-Rich students.

And, because they want to force students to PRIVATE Borrowers – which President Obama’s Administration had cut down on. And, if they can’t get the money from Private borrowers, then, guess what….they are SOL, and can’t go to school…which, is the entire point. There is absolutely nothing relating to education where the unqualfied Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has done that would consider being beneficial to students. She has done everything she could to harm non-rich, non-White students.

Because…THAT is who they are.

 

And, stopping people from getting an education wasn’t enough for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

We got this information from them on Tuesday:

Betsy DeVos defends Special Olympics budget cuts: ‘We had to make some difficult decisions’

BY OWEN DAUGHERTY – 03/26/19 04:29 PM EDT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended budget cuts to programs including the Special Olympics on Tuesday.

Appearing before a House subcommittee Tuesday to review the department’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, DeVos said, “We had to make some difficult decisions.”

DeVos’s remarks came in response to questions from Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), who pressed her on the amount of kids the budget cut would impact.

“I don’t know the number of kids,” DeVos said before Pocan answered that 272,000 kids would be impacted.

“I think Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is well supported by the philanthropic sector as well,” DeVos said.

Of course, her stupid azz didn’t even know the number of kids that would be affected by the cuts. These folks have a pattern…they don’t seem to know the number of people affected by their cruelty. They can’t be bothered to know…that’s beneath them.

The cuts were difficult decisions?

There are no difficult decisions when it comes to the evil with this group. They can find any reason in the world to blow a hole in the budget deficit to give TRILLIONS to the top 1%, but, can’t find the money for the Special Olympics and cutting $51 million from Autism research?

Phuck Outta Here

Max Burns (@themaxburns) Tweeted:

@SpecialOlympics @realDonaldTrump DeVos wants private charity to make up for the elimination of federal support.

But the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 actually *discourages* charitable giving over prior years.

@TaxPolicyCenter lays it out: https://t.co/NBicrf5HHY https://twitter.com/themaxburns/status/1110715853249675264?s=17

Of course..the answer to everything from Republicans when cutting services….let private charity make up for it.

I can’t even begin to explain how much I loathe these people.

Travis Akers (@travisakers) Tweeted:

President Trump and the GOP gave a massive tax cut to the top 1% most wealthy Americans, but cannot provide funding for Autism programs and the Special Olympics.

Key facts:

-Autism impacts 1 in 40 children.

-Over 5 million athletes participate in the Special Olympics. https://twitter.com/travisakers/status/1110635432121958402?s=17

That they could think that they could find an explanation that’s plausible for cutting these programs….

Just loathesome people.

Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) Tweeted:

Can’t imagine being someone like Betsy DeVos. She’s worth billions of dollars. She could retire forever on an island somewhere. But she chose to go through a grueling public humiliation just for the opportunity to take education away from poor kids.

Imagine being that depraved. https://twitter.com/MrFilmkritik/status/1110650532987699200?s=17