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Donald Trump was old enough to participate in the Civil Rights movement. In summer of 1964 he was 18 years old, just the perfect age. Other New Yorkers participated in Freedom Summer and died for their efforts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Summer. If Donald Trump didn’t consider Civil Rights his problem or if he was too frightened to work in the Civil Rights movement, he can at least show civility and respect to those like John Lewis who did, rather than engage in defamatory lies by calling Lewis “All Talk… no actions or results“, simply because Lewis said that he “doesn’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” (http://youtu.be/Y_hbDoJFzIU) which is his opinion. Why does Trump care anyway?
[Update: After dissing King’s colleague, Congressman Lewis, Trump sent tweet today praising Martin Luther King.]
Trump’s Idea of No Action or Results!
“John Lewis was the youngest of the Big Six civil rights leaders as chairman of SNCC from 1963 to 1966, some of the most tumultuous years of the Civil Rights Movement. During his tenure, SNCC opened Freedom Schools, launched the Mississippi Freedom Summer, and organized some of the voter registration efforts during the 1965 Selma voting rights campaign… In 1964, Lewis coordinated SNCC’s efforts for “Mississippi Freedom Summer,” a campaign to register black voters across the South… Lewis became nationally known during his prominent role in the Selma to Montgomery marches when, on March 7, 1965 – a day that would become known as “Bloody Sunday” – Lewis and fellow activist Hosea Williams led over 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. At the end of the bridge, they were met by Alabama State Troopers who ordered them to disperse. When the marchers stopped to pray, the police discharged tear gas and mounted troopers charged the demonstrators, beating them with night sticks. Lewis’s skull was fractured, but he escaped across the bridge to Brown Chapel, the movement’s headquarter church in Selma. Before Lewis could be taken to the hospital, he appeared before the television cameras calling on President Johnson to intervene in Alabama. Lewis bears scars from the incident on his head that are still visible today.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lewis_(Georgia_politician)
“The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks–and three events–that represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement. On “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, some 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local lawmen attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma. Two days later on March 9, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a “symbolic” march to the bridge. Then civil rights leaders sought court protection for a third, full-scale march from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery. Federal District Court Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., weighed the right of mobility against the right to march and ruled in favor of the demonstrators. “The law is clear that the right to petition one’s government for the redress of grievances may be exercised in large groups…,” said Judge Johnson, “and these rights may be exercised by marching, even along public highways.” On Sunday, March 21, about 3,200 marchers set out for Montgomery, walking 12 miles a day and sleeping in fields. By the time they reached the capitol on Thursday, March 25, they were 25,000-strong. Less than five months after the last of the three marches, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965–the best possible redress of grievances.“. https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/al4.htm
A few more of the results of the Civil Rights movement were: “Outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin in hotels, motels, restaurants, theaters, and all other public accommodations engaged in interstate commerce; exempted private clubs… Prohibited state and municipal governments from denying access to public facilities on grounds of race, color, religion or national origin. Encouraged the desegregation of public schools and authorized the U.S. Attorney General to file suits to enforce said act.” Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964
Why would Trump care if John Lewis thinks he is a legitimate president or goes to his inaugaration anyway? And, why would non-Trump supporters attend? Has Trump been tested for early Alzheimer’s? Is he irritable from male menopause? http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Male-menopause/Pages/Introduction.aspx Should they check his hormone levels? His blood sugar levels? Trump appears to have been mannerly and even compassionate in interviews from a couple of decades ago. What happened? Several medical opinions are needed and pronto! Perhaps Trump became a scripted marionette? Who is pulling his strings then? Robert Mercer via Steve Bannon of Breitbart? [Update note: Since this was written we have learned that Trump was apparently a jerk for a very long time, it’s just he was sometimes better at hiding it, and he is apparently run by the Russian mafia-oligarchs, apparently linked to Putin. ]
The Republican Congress is Apparently Trying to Undermine Free Speech in Congress Itself!
Above is a screenshot. Link to video is here: http://youtu.be/f-PocIiB8AU
Americans take their freedom of speech for granted. In most countries of the world free speech is restricted, and increasingly so.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript
US Congressman John Lewis said that he “doesn’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” which is an opinion. In the US one is still supposed to have a right to free speech and opinion, though if people don’t watch out this may not be the case much longer. Apparently in response, Donald Trump called Representative John Lewis “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!“, which appears go beyond free speech and to fall under libel law, because it is “so ridiculous as to be patently false,” given John Lewis’ role in the Civil Rights protest movement. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_defamation_law However, most real Americans believe so strongly in free speech that they wouldn’t pursue a defamation case, even where they can. Trump, on the other hand, has a frightening history of lawsuits for defamation: Donald Trump’s lawsuits for defamation, insults, etc., are worrisome, because they appear to indicate an allergy to free speech by individuals not named Trump. American presidents need to act thick-skinned. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/trump-as-litigation-bully-and-free-speech-concerns
One can but wonder if it is really Trump sending out his tweets? It’s totally bizarre that a 70 year old president-elect acts like this. His youngest son looks too mannerly to be the culprit. And, in fact, in interviews from a couple of decades ago, Trump seems both mannerly and compassionate. For that reason we held out hope that this intelligent, mannerly and compassionate man was still hiding in there somewhere, but these hopes have faded. So, what happened to Donald Trump? Has he gone addled? Is he having erratic moods from male menopause? Is someone else writing the tweets? These tweets are making him, and by extension the United States, an international embarrassment. They could have written his campaign speeches too. Since at least last summer he had financial backing of Robert Mercer who owns Renaissance Technologies Quant Hedge Fund which could use Trump tweets as well as Breitbart to make money and to tweak its mathematical models. There are other donors who can benefit too. Some speculate that Putin might be involved.
If we thought that Trump was at all aware of anything south of greater New York City, we might suspect that his “All Talk…No results” was a nasty comment regarding the very recent undermining of voter rights, in the south, half a century after there were results. Trump may think deeply about a few things but what goes on below the Mason Dixon line is probably not among them. He probably knows more about his mother’s birthplace of Scotland.
Is Trump a Marionette?
Marionette makers in Washington, D.C., between 1935 and 1939. Photograph. Federal Theatre Project Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (085.00.00) Digital ID # ftp0085: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/federal-theatre-project/childrens-theater.html#obj8
A Piaf song speaking of pulling on a marionette’s strings, dedicated to soon President Trump – http://youtu.be/QDeYVRgGznQ
It’s so bad that someone started a twitter account re-writing Trump’s tweets to sound like an adult!
“Just read @repjohnlewis comments, and this is what’s great about America. Freedom of speech, differing opinion & opportunities to”
From: by Common Dreams
“Outrage After Trump Insults Civil Rights Icon John Lewis
Published on Saturday, January 14, 2017
“I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Rep. John Lewis says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
On the Saturday morning of a holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., President-elect Donald Trump trashed civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), after Lewis said he would not attend next week’s inauguration ceremony.
The Georgia lawmaker—who has served in Congress since 1987; is the last living speaker of the 1963 March on Washington; and was severely beaten after leading civil rights demonstrators across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965—told NBC News on Friday that he does not plan to attend Trump’s inauguration.
“It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress,” Lewis said. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.” Lewis is one of a handful of Democratic lawmakers who have announced this week that they’ll be skipping the ceremony.
“I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis said, citing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
On Saturday morning, thin-skinned Trump struck back in a series of tweets.
“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” he wrote. “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
ThinkProgress joined other news outlets in pointing out:
Trump’s assertion that Lewis is presiding over a failing and crime-ridden district is not true.The predominantly black district represented by Lewis includes very nice parts of Atlanta and its suburbs that can hardly be described as in “horrible shape.” Since 2009, crime has fallen by 30 percent.
The Hill reported:
More than 87 percent of adults in the district are high school graduates, and more than 40 percent are college graduates, according to Census data. The median household income is just over $48,000.
This isn’t the first time Trump has wrongly linked majority African-American areas to crime and poverty. He did so multiple times on the campaign trail, including during the second presidential debate.
Lewis’s colleagues and others expressed outrage and ridicule online:…” See tweets and the rest of the article here: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/14/outrage-after-trump-insults-civil-rights-icon-john-lewis. Commons Dreams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License
A few tweet quotations, mostly from members of the US Congress. Some are from the Common Dreams article above, others found elsewhere.
Congressman Keith Ellison:
”@repjohnlewis knows true sacrifice. @realDonaldTrump has no clue. When cluelessness collides with power oppression results. Resistance!“https://twitter.com/keithellison
“One result John Lewis achieved as an activist was the Fair Housing Act of 1968, targeting racist landlords. The one Trump was sued under.” https://twitter.com/KateMaltby
”@repjohnlewis is a hero who has given his life to equal rights. He’s been locked up, beaten up, spit on and still never lost his fight Trump’s tweets are repulsive” https://twitter.com/GerryConnolly
Congressman David Cicilline:
“You’re a fake billionaire who won’t release his taxes.
Put down Twitter and get serious about governing.
Is this really happening? The incoming President is attacking an American civil rights icon during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend?” https://twitter.com/davidcicilline?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Congressman Jerry Nadler:
”@realDonaldTrump stands with V. Putin. I stand with @repjohnlewis.“https://twitter.com/RepJerryNadler
“My good friend @repjohnlewis has dedicated his life to fighting for freedom & equality in his district & across this nation. (1/3)
Very concerned that Trump would spend time attacking John Lewis instead of preparing to start his Presidency. (2/3)
Agree with VP Biden that it’s time for Trump to grow up. Being POTUS is a serious matter – not child’s play. I stand w/ @repjohnlewis (3/3)“https://twitter.com/RepJohnConyers
More from Congressman David Cicilline:
“As @RepJohnLewis says, sometimes you have to get into #goodtrouble.
That’s why I’ll be walking in the Women’s March on Washington.”
“Civil rights leaders meet with President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office of the White House after the March on Washington, D.C..
* Left to Right — Willard Wirtz, Matthew Ahmann, Martin Luther King, Jr (SCLC), John Lewis, Rabbi Joachin Prinz, Eugene Carson Blake, A. Philip Randolph, President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, Walter Reuther (UAW), Whitney Young, Floyd McKissick.
* Others not in order: Roy Wilkins (NAACP).
Date 28 August 1963”
Articles relating to undermining of voting rights act
“After SCOTUS Gutted Voting Rights, An Explosion of Democratic Suppression Millions of minority voters remain ‘vulnerable to voter suppression schemes in towns, counties, and states across the country,’ NAACP analysis shows” by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
“Supreme Court effectively blocked Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act—which requires certain jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination against voters to submit proposed voting changes to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) or a federal court in Washington, D.C. for pre-clearance—in its 2013 ruling on Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/06/09/after-scotus-gutted-voting-rights-explosion-democratic-suppression
“With Voting Rights Protections Gutted, Polling Places Shuttered on ‘Massive Scale’” Published on Friday, November 04, 2016 “Polling place closures are a particularly common and pernicious tactic for disenfranchising voters of color,’ says civil rights group” by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/11/04/voting-rights-protections-gutted-polling-places-shuttered-massive-scale