Friday, June 9, 2023

Last Call For Our Little White Supremacist Domestic Terrorism Problem, Con't

A 37-count criminal indictment against Donald Trump was unsealed Friday, revealing allegations that the former president willfully retained hundreds of classified government records and conspired to prevent their return to U.S. officials.

The charging document, which alleges Trump kept records containing national defense information at his Florida home after leaving the White House, was made public a day after a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Miami voted to indict him.

Among other allegations, the indictment says that Trump showed classified documents to other people in the summer of 2021, after leaving office in January of that year.

Follow our live coverage of Donald Trump’s indictment in the classified documents case.

One of those documents was a “plan of attack” that he told a publisher and writer at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club was prepared by the Pentagon.

“As president I could have declassified it,” Trump told them, according to an audio recording of that July 2021 comment which is quoted in the indictment.

“Now I can’t, you know, but this is still a secret,” he added.

A month or so later at Bedminster, Trump showed a representative of a political action committed “a classified map related to a military operation” and told the other man “he should not be showing it to the representative and that the representative should not get to close,” the indictment alleges.

Also charged in the indictment was Trump’s valet, Walter Nauta, who faces several of the same charges as his boss, with whom he allegedly conspired to keep classified records and hide them from a federal grand jury.

The indictment said that Trump was personally involved in packing up boxes of documents as he prepared to vacate the White House to his home at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago last August discovered hundreds of classified documents, which Trump had failed to turn over to U.S. officials after they spent a year or so trying to recover them.
Some 31 of the 37 charges are under the Espionage Act.  Trump is going to prison if our system holds.

In what is becoming a now all-too-familiar trend, former President Donald Trump’s far-right supporters have threatened civil war after news broke Thursday that the former president was indicted for allegedly taking classified documents from the White House without permission.

“We need to start killing these traitorous fuckstains,” wrote one Trump supporter on The Donald, a rabidly pro-Trump message board that played a key role in planning the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Another user added: “It's not gonna stop until bodies start stacking up. We are not civilly represented anymore and they'll come for us next. Some of us, they already have.”

Trump has been indicted on seven counts following an investigation by special counsel Jack Smith into classified documents taken by Trump from the White House in 2021. The indictments have not been released, but Trump’s attorney Jim Trusty told CNN that his client is facing a charge under the Espionage Act, as well as “charges of obstruction of justice, destruction or falsification of records, conspiracy and false statements.”

Trump announced the news himself on Truth Social, writing that he had been indicted in the “Boxes Hoax” case, as he put it, and said he would be arraigned on Tuesday at Florida Southern District Courthouse in Miami. Within minutes, his supporters lit up social media platforms with violent threats and calls for civil war, according to research from VICE News and Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan think tank that tracks online extremism.

Trump supporters are making specific threats too. In one post on The Donald titled, “A little bit about Merrick Garland, his wife, his daughters,” a user shared a link to an article about the attorney general’s children.

Under the post, another user replied: “His children are fair game as far as I’m concerned.”

In a post about the special counsel conducting the probe, one user on The Donald wrote: “Jack Smith should be arrested the minute he steps foot in the red state of Florida.”

In addition to threats of violence against lawmakers and politicians, many were also calling for a civil war.

“Perhaps it’s time for that Civil War that the damn DemoKKKrats have been trying to start for years now,” a member of The Donald wrote. Another, referencing former President Barack Obama and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said: “FACT: OUR FOREFATHERS WOULD HAVE HUNG THESE TWO FOR TREASON…”

Others on similar social media platforms made general calls for an armed uprising. “The entire Republican Party should flood the courthouse and demand real justice here,” one supporter wrote on Truth Social. It wasn’t just anonymous users saying this, however: Right-wing talk show host Charlie Kirk called on all Trump supporters to descend on Miami on Tuesday to protest the indictment.

“This is the JFK assassinaton all over again,” right-wing personality and Pizzagate promoter Michael Cernovich wrote, claiming that the “deep state” had killed JFK and were now using the Justice Department to take down Trump.
The calls for terrorism against the US government are not stochastic or implied anymore.
They are overt and direct.
Most likely, they will be answered. Trump himself, at whatever event he's at next, will make that clear.
Here there be dragons, folks.

The Final Days Of The Blue Bird

Even with new CEO Linda Yaccarino slated to start at the end of the month, Twitter might not even make it that far as owner/manager Elon Musk threw another tantrum over allowing right-wing hate speech yesterday, causing the resignation of several top executives in protest.

Twitter’s head of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, told Reuters on Thursday that she has resigned from the social media company, which has faced criticism for lax protections against harmful content since billionaire Elon Musk acquired it in October.

Irwin, who joined Twitter in June 2022, took over as head of the trust and safety team in November when previous head Yoel Roth resigned. She oversaw content moderation.

An email to Twitter returned an automated reply with a poop emoji. Irwin declined further comment and Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Irwin’s departure comes as the platform has struggled to retain advertisers, with brands wary of appearing next to unsuitable content. 

Twitter staff had decided that a video titled "What is a Woman?" by the Daily Wire's Matt Walsh, a far-right personality who often attacks transgender people, violated the platform's hate-speech rules.

Twitter had recently announced a content deal with the Daily Wire.

When Daily Wire's Jeremy Boreing tweeted a complaint about the decision, saying that the video was barred because it included instances of misgendering, Musk replied: "This was a mistake by many people at Twitter."
Irwin resigned just hours after Musk's response.

And yes, Elon wanted to post, in full, on Twitter, Matt Walsh's hour-plus transphobic and homophobic diatribe attacking June as Pride Month. For free. This on top of Musk freely admitting that he would allow misgendering of folks on Twitter and not enforce any punishment for doing so.

Tales of the Shattered Rainbow, Con't

As Pride Month in 2023 continues, the relentless radicalization of men 18-40 by the right has significantly shifted the opinions of America on trans and non-binary folks, with more acceptance of the LBG but definitely not the QT+ from even two years ago.
In the past several years, views have shifted on gender identities. In 2021, nearly six in ten Americans (59%) said there are only two gender identities, man and woman, and 40% of Americans believed there are many gender identities. The following year, in 2022, 62% of Americans believed that there are only two gender identities, and more than one-third (35%) said there are many gender identities. This divide slightly increased again in 2023, with 65% saying there are two gender identities and 34% saying there are many.

The discourse on the gender binary is highly polarized along partisan lines. Around nine in ten Republicans believe there are only two genders (87% in 2021, 90% in 2023). Democrats, by contrast, are less likely to believe that there are only two genders (38% in 2021, 44% in 2023). Independents have become more likely in the past few years to say that there are only two genders (60% in 2021, 66% in 2023).

Beliefs in a gender binary increased or remained steady from 2021 to 2023 among all religious groups. In 2021, 86% of white evangelical Protestants said there are only two genders, compared with 92% in 2023. In both years, around eight in ten Hispanic Protestants and Latter-day Saints said there are only two genders (79% and 81%, respectively, in 2021, and 82% and 81% in 2023). More than seven in ten Black Protestants (73% in 2021 and 71% in 2023) and around two-thirds of white mainline/non-evangelical Protestants (65% in 2021 and 67% in 2023) say there are only two genders. White Catholics have gone from more than six in ten in 2021 (62%) to nearly seven in ten in 2023 (69%) believing there are only two genders. Other Protestants of color and Hispanic Catholics have had the most drastic changes on this question among the religious groups. In 2021, 52% of other Protestants of color believed there are only two genders, compared with 73% in 2023. Hispanic Catholics went from 48% to 66%.

Like Hispanic Catholics, followers of other non-christian religions went from a minority saying there are only two genders in 2021 (42%) to the majority having that belief in 2023 (55%). Jewish Americans have remained consistent, at 44%, on this question. Religiously unaffiliated Americans who believe in only two genders have increased but remain in the minority, going from 38% in 2021 to 46% in 2023.

Younger generations are significantly less likely to believe that there are only two genders, but belief in a gender binary has increased among both Generation Z and millennials over the past several years. In 2021, Generation Z (43%) and millennials (51%) were more closely aligned with each other on this question than they were with Generation X (65%), baby boomers (62%), and the Silent Generation (68%).

In 2023, Generation Z saw a jump in the belief that there are only two genders (rising to 57%, from 43% in 2021). In 2023, members of Generation Z (57%) and millennials (60%) still hold closer beliefs to each other on this question than they do to Generation X (71%), baby boomers (68%), and the Silent Generation (69%).

There is a significant gender difference in views on the gender binary in every generation except for millennials, with men being more likely than women to believe there is a gender binary (64% of men vs. 50% of women in Generation Z, 61% vs. 59% among millennials, 75% vs. 67% among Generation X, 73% vs. 65% among baby boomers, and 76% vs. 62% among the Silent Generation).
In other words, using trans and non-binary folk as demonic enemies to be destroyed in order to "protect" women and children has worked astonishingly well. In more than a dozen states, in particular Florida and Texas, trans folk are being deliberately targeted for violence, but it's happening across the country.

A brawl broke out Tuesday as hundreds of protesters supporting and opposing LGBTQ rights gathered outside a Southern California school district headquarters where board members were deciding whether to recognize June as Pride Month.

At least three people were arrested outside the Glendale Unified School District’s headquarters as school board administrators discussed whether the district should declare support for Pride Month, the Glendale, Calif., Police Department said in a news release. The school board unanimously voted to recognize Pride Month as it has for the past five years.

Hundreds of demonstrators turned up, many waving rainbow and American flags, and clashed outside of the headquarters. Police said that both sides rallied their supporters on social media to gather at the headquarters before the board meeting. Around 500 people showed up on Tuesday evening, reported KABC in Los Angeles.

Video posted to social media shows people throwing punches, jumping on each other and pulling one another by their hoodies as officers tried to intervene.

“While most of the protest was peaceful, a small group of individuals engaged in behavior deemed unsafe and a risk to public safety,” police said in a statement.
More of this is coming, and people will be hurt or killed. The trans folks you know are being targeted and they need our help. Reach out to them and let them know you are there.
And rein in your friends and family when they start talking about how "Pride month is anti-straight". Your sons, nephews, cousins and grandsons are being taught some heinously violent stuff. Disabuse them of it. 


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