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The articles on this site were written by Fed Up New Yorkers’ founder Neil Fabricant. All are based on published reports including news stories, investigative magazine articles, books, and public records.
TRUMP'S EVANGELICAL ENABLERS
1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition and a key member of Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board: “There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump. No one!” American evangelicals “have a moral obligation to enthusiastically back the President.” READ MORE.
Ralph Reed’s mother once told “USA Today”, “I used to tell people he was going to be either President of the United States or Al Capone.” In Donald Trump’s America that’s no longer an either/or proposition. Before getting deeper into the Ralph Reed story, I hope it’s instructive to talk a bit about the political ecosystem he inhabits, at least as I see it. I’ll try my best to make it entertaining. But maybe you have to be a political junkie like me to find it so. READ MORE.
Recall that evangelical con-artist and hardliner Ralph Reed was stashed on Enron’s payroll until the time was ripe to take him out of the closet. His new mission? To help deliver evangelicals for the “compassionate conservative.” It was 2000 and John McCain was leading Bush the Younger in the Republican Presidential primary. He had beaten Bush in New Hampshire. The Confederacy was Bush’s firewall: if he lost South Carolina that would be it. Reed was now the Southeast regional coordinator for the Bush campaign. His responsibility was to deliver Florida, South Carolina and three other Southern states. Evangelicals would be key. READ MORE.
Paula White, Queen of the “Prosperity Gospel” preachers, heads Trump’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative. She’s at the top of the pecking order of about thirty evangelical preachers that make up the inner core of Trump’s white evangelical base. READ MORE.
When Donald Trump dispatched militarized police to sweep peaceful protesters out of Lafayette Park, it was in the service of a photo op, in which he held up a Bible. Upside-down. The many evangelical pastors who enable Trump have also turned the Bible upside down, ignoring what it says about false prophets and about disdaining and disregarding the truth. READ MORE.
TRUMP'S RUSSIAN CONNECTIONS
Despite the Republican denials, the narrative that led to Donald Trump’s impeachment has been beyond doubt. But as illegal and impeachable as it was to strong-arm Ukraine for help in his reelection campaign, and as laughable as the rationale that Trump was “concerned about corruption in Ukraine,” the full story behind this is likely even worse. READ MORE.
Put aside all the obvious negatives. The “I can do anything I want” lawlessness, the vulgarity and vindictiveness of the juvenile delinquent who performs a palsied mockery of a handicapped reporter, the sexual predator, the racist birther, the pathological liar. READ MORE.
One important Russian money laundering scheme is known as a “mirror trade.” Here, a Russian agent on behalf of legal entity (“X”), whose owner is anonymous, directs the equities desk of Deutsche Bank’s Moscow branch to place two trades simultaneously. In one, using rubles, the agent buys for Company X ten million dollars of a blue-chip Russian stock, such as Lukoil. READ MORE.
It’s not just the Putin Gang that Trump launders money for. He also works for Colombian drug dealers, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, and terrorist organizations wherever they are. It’s just business. READ MORE.
Our world tour of Trump properties now takes us to Baku, Azerbaijan, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower. In March 2017, The New Yorker published an in-depth piece by contributing writer Adam Davidson: “Donald Trump’s Worst Deal.” Trump made millions from the deal; rather than indicating profitability, “worst” may have signified the most depraved of Trump’s criminal schemes that have come to light thus far. READ MORE.
FOr our children's sake
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words . . . . You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.” So said the teenage Swedish global-warming activist Greta Thunberg at the Climate Action Summit 2019. To give our children a chance at a livable planet, we must remove Trump. READ MORE.
We Americans can learn from how other places have addressed the pandemic. This video shows what Amsterdam looked like when the shutdowns began early this year. Let me appeal to those of you who remain Trump supporters: please, please put aside the politics and take three minutes to watch this video. In March and April, Amsterdam was locked down. People wore masks, socially distanced, and didn’t leave their homes for anything but what they needed, including long, solitary walks. READ MORE.
The words “Nasty, Brutish and Short” refer to our children’s lives if, on January 21, 2021, Trump is still in the White House and Mitch McConnell is still Senate Majority Leader. This famous phrase is from “Leviathan,” written by the seventeenth-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes. It’s how he describes life in a lawless society that pits “every man against every man.” Not only nasty, brutish and short but “solitary and poor.” That is almost certainly our future unless we the people can remove Trump from the White House and the Republican Party from its grip on the U.S. Senate. READ MORE.
“Twenty Republicans bolted from their leadership to vote no,” “The New York Times” told its readers about the 2017 House vote to repeal Obamacare in 2017. This isn’t what really happened. By misleading its readers about how Congress really works, this report qualified as fake news. READ MORE.
HOW POLITICS REALLY WORKS
Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general, announced in 2013 that she was considering an investigation into the fraudulent scheme called “Trump University,” a scam that defrauded dozens of Florida residents who had filed complaints with her office. Soon afterward, Bondi asked Donald Trump for a campaign “donation.” First came daughter Ivanka’s check for $500. Then, a pro-Bondi political action committee got a $25,000 check drawn on the Trump Foundation’s account. And the state attorney general promptly announced that she was no longer investigating the fraud. READ MORE.
Bribery is one angle of vision from which to view and understand our president and politics more broadly. Politics and politics alone is the domain that matters. Corrupt politics brought us to this point and getting our politics to a healthier place is the only path that can lead us out of the multiple disasters that threaten to destroy our country. READ MORE.