The Trump Presidency : ‘Law & Order’, Extortion, War Crimes & Islamophobia

by  David Samuels

This column appears in the February 2 – 9 edition of the Hartford News.

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The Meagen Hockaday Act has been officially filed: S.B. No. 440




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Community Update: Luke Bronin’s Neoliberal Agenda


When Luke Bronin was elected Mayor of Hartford in 2015, I said in this space that Gov. Dan Malloy’s former legal counsel was merely setting up a Malloy administration satellite office at City Hall. Like his boss, Bronin is attacking the public sector, the largest employer of Black people and women.

Last week Connecticut Mirror budget analyst Keith Phaneuf reported on a Connecticut Conference of Municipalities plan spearheaded by Bronin to raise revenue through a revamped sales tax, while punishing city workers and undermining their collective bargaining rights.


“To make the sales tax increase more appealing, CCM also unveiled a proposal to demonstrate that this new revenue for towns would not be spent on raises or benefits for municipal workers. Specifically, the proposal would amend collective bargaining rules regarding binding arbitration — a process cities and towns routinely go through each year to settle compensation for teachers, police officers, public works staff and other unionized employees.

Critics of the binding arbitration system — which weighs past compensation levels, decisions in neighboring communities, and a municipality’s wealth and capacity to pay employees — have argued it favors labor and has driven excessive municipal compensation and benefits for decades.

CCM’s plan calls for new sales tax dollars dedicated to communities to be exempted from the arbitration review process. In other words, an arbiter could not weigh those grants when assessing a community’s ability to afford worker raises. Similarly, CCM’s plan also would revise collective bargaining laws to make it easier for neighboring towns to economize and provide services on a regional basis. The plan would exempt new services provided regionally from collective bargaining. And if two or more communities wanted to merge existing services provided by unionized employees, compensation for those workers would have to go through a new collective bargaining effort, rather than being tied to conditions set in previous union contracts.”


The Democrats are doing more to get Republicans elected than the Republicans are. Read on…




Policy Watch – President Trump: The First 100 Days



“Friends and those who knew him online said he had extreme political beliefs, but was not known to be violent. Eric Debroise said he called police after the shooting and told them Bissonnette is ‘very right and (an) ultra nationalist white supremacist,’ the French-language newspaper Le Journal de Quebec reports. ‘He really liked Trump and had a permanent discontent with the left.’ ” ~ report on Canadian terrorist Alexandre Bissonnette, who killed six people and wounded eight in a mass shooting Sunday night at a Quebec City mosque.




*Payment is subject to agreement by the Mexican government, who so far have told President Donald Trump to take a flying leap. In lieu of payment by Mexico, the wall will be paid for by American taxpayers. This claim is only valid at Trump campaign rallies.




I am prepared for eight years of a Trump presidency. I am also expecting the Connecticut Republicans to finish the job in 2018, and take the Senate, House and the governor’s mansion. I have accepted this fate because I see that the words ‘President Trump’, a Republican controlled Congress, losing the Supreme Court for generations, 32 GOP controlled state legislatures and 31 Republican governors have had no effect on the Democrats, or their liberal supporters. President Bill Clinton sowed the seeds of Trump when he repealed the Glass-Stegall Act, which led to Wall Street crashing the economy in 2008. New Democrats neoliberalism led to Trump’s victory – like it or not. 49.6 million people sat out the 2016 election, because they saw no difference between Hillary Clinton, Trump and their two corporate controlled war parties. Both candidates had historically high negative ratings.

The Democrats have responded by continuing their neoliberal agenda: witness the 2017 fiscal policies of Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. Liberals continue to delude themselves with visions of Russia stealing the election. All I can say is, rock on. You’re going to be crying again during the next Trump inauguration. Enjoy. The Community Party is pushing hard to pass whatever legislation we can in the next two years. We’re operating under the assumption that in 2018, the Connecticut Democrats will become the minority party at the State Capitol.




Trump, the “law and order” president, spent his first week trying to extort Mexico and threatening to jack Iraq for their oil, which would be a war crime. Trump postponed signing his executive order to his administration, to investigate the massive voter fraud that only he can see. Next week: Trump signs an executive order authorizing an investigation into Trump’s sighting of Elvis at the Paramus Mall in New Jersey.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked during a press briefing about Trump’s comment, that the U.S. should have “taken the oil” during the invasion of Iraq, and that “we may get another chance”, raising the possibility of sending more U.S. troops to Iraq. Spicer didn’t walk back Trump’s comments, and refused to provide an answer about sending troops. CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto said that Trump’s comment was “ridiculous”, pointing out that the U.S. taking Iraq’s oil would be a violation of military and international law.

One of my co-workers made an excellent point about Trump. He said criminality is a central component of any presidency and that Trump, who is clearly mentally unstable, won’t use political doublespeak to hide it. A sane president would whisper behind closed doors about ‘appropriating Country X’s resources’, while Trump tells the world, ‘Hell yeah, I want to steal Iraq’s oil. Spoils of war. They said it’s illegal? They’re fools. I’m the President. Get down or lay down.’



Activists should pay close attention to Trump’s tweet threatening to send “the feds” into Chicago, to address the murder rate. Trump will use urban gun violence and civil unrest over extrajudicial killings as a pretext to increase police repression of communities of color. Trump hasn’t mentioned education, job skills training or targeted job creation as a part of the solution to gun violence in the city.

Lost in the slew of executive orders from Trump is the racist impact of Trump’s hiring freeze on federal employees. The public sector is the largest employer of Black people and women. Salon reporter Matthew Rosza quoted Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson, who said that federal workers have reported more “racist encounters” on the job since Trump won the election. An NPR pundit said that the Trump administration is looking for ways to fire federal employees more easily. Trump’s backdoor Muslim immigration ban capped off a week of his demonizing Black and Brown people.




Last Saturday CNN reported that 134,000,000 million people have been barred from entering the U.S., as a result of Trump’s ban. A lawsuit was filed after travelers were detained at U.S. airports. Afghanistan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, a country with known ties to terrorism, including the 9/11 terror attacks, aren’t included in the ban. Pakistan, a known training ground for terrorists, isn’t on the list. The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon, the other countries with direct ties to 9/11, aren’t included in the ban.

Foreign policy analyst Phyllis Bennis talked to The Real News Network about another glaring aspect of the Trump ban. “The thing that these seven countries all have in common, besides being countries at which the U.S. is attacking, none of them have Trump Industry projects. None of them have Trump Hotels, for instance. If you look at other Muslim-majority countries where there has been a much more direct link to terrorism, ironically enough, such as either Egypt or Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia, as we know, has long been accused of funneling money in various forms to ISIS and to other terrorist organizations, and, of course, in Egypt, largely because of increasing government repression, you have significant acts of terror being committed on their soil – neither Egypt nor Saudi Arabia is included in the list, and, what a surprise, in both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Trump has significant commercial holdings, hotels, et cetera. So, do we assume that that’s just a coincidence? No, clearly, this is somehow linked here.”

CNN host Poppy Harlow nailed Republican strategist Alice Stewart, for her nonsensical defense of Trump’s ban. Stewart used the San Bernadino mass shooting to defend Trump’s ban. Harlow pointed out that the shooter attended school in Pakistan, where he met his wife, and also spent time in Saudi Arabia. Hillary Clinton denounced Trump’s ban, saying, “This is not who we are.” Days after the 9/11 terror attacks, Clinton, who was a New York senator at the time, told Sam Donaldson of ABC News that she supported racial profiling of Muslims.



892 hate groups are currently active in the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, a CIA asset, blew up Cubana Airlines Flight 455 in 1976 as the plane travelled from Venezuela to Cuba, killing 73 people. Carriles currently lives in Florida. The United States refuses to prosecute Carilles, or extradite him to Venezuela or Cuba.




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