Fusfoo Five: Politics (Post-Election)

POST ELECTION PROTESTS CONTINUE

More than a week after the presidential election, American anti-Trump protests remain in full force, further energized by his recent appointment of reported white-nationalist Steve Bannon as Chief White House Strategist. Public demonstrators continue to gather in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and New York, and online, a petition urging the Electoral College to choose Hillary Clinton over Trump has garnered 4.3 million signatures in less than a week. Even three NBA teams have chosen to protest, though in a less vocal manner. Reports from league insiders indicate that the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks, all of whom typically book Trump hotels in New York City and Chicago, have chosen to change their accommodations to avoid any implied association with the President-elect. 

LA High School Student Walkout Protest

#FreedomOfSpeech #FindPeace #OneLove

TRUMP CHOOSES TOP ADVISORS

Donald Trump’s highly anticipated administrative appointment process has begun, as the President-elect has unveiled picks for his two top advisory positions. Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus is set to become new chief of staff, and Steve Bannon, head of controversial alt-right website Breitbart News, will serve as Chief White House Strategist and Senior Counselor. While Priebus represents a more traditional style of Republican governance, Bannon embodies an unabashed conservatism that many are concerned may further the white nationalist, anti-Semitic and misogynist agendas of certain Trump supporters. In a press release, the President-elect commented, ”Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders…I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again.”

Concerns Arise Over Bannon Appointment

http://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/trump-picks-reince-priebus-steve-bannon-as-top-advisers/

#PriebusBannon #TrumpAdmins #AltRightOn?


THE POPULAR VOTE GETS BIGGER FOR HILLARY

Hillary Clinton has already claimed the popular vote, and as final counts continue throughout California, Washington and New York (all traditionally Democratic states), her win margin is predicted to widen even further. The New York Times reports that if current count patterns continue, the race will conclude with Clinton holding a nearly 2% popular vote lead—such a lead would give Clinton a larger margin of victory than the margins John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon won presidencies with. Clinton’s defeat marks the second time in twenty years that the electoral college system has resulted in the election of president not chosen by the majority of voters. The other involved Al Gore, who won the popular vote in 2000 against George W. Bush, but lost the election due to state electoral numbers. Calls to abolish this system in favor of a popular vote electoral process have only grown louder after Trump’s recent win.  

Electoral College Explanation

#PopularChoice #ElectoralCollegeControversy #TheyreWithHer

DEMS DISCUSS NEW DNC HEAD

Though Representative Keith Ellison (Minnesota), has not yet announced plans to seek the Democratic National Committee chair, many top party figures have already announced their endorsement of him, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (of Nevada), and senators Chuck Schumer (New York), Bernie Sanders (Vermont) and Elizabeth Warren (Massaschusets). Ellison, the current co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has become an embodiment of modern progressive values and an outspoken foe of corporate-interest politics, commenting recently, “You’ve got to have a vision to strengthen the grass-roots…make the voters first, not the donors first.” Should Ellison be named DNC chair, he would become the first Muslim, as well the third African-American, to ever hold the position. 

Keith Ellison Discusses Trump

#DNCChair #DemsStandUp #ProgressiveSeat

TRUMP WON'T TAKE SALARY 

During his first interview as President-elect, Donald Trump told CBS’ 60 Minutes that he will forgo the traditional $400,000 salary given to Presidents of the United States. Despite this laudable gesture, questions regarding the ethics of Trump’s future financial management strategies have begun to arise. Presidents are traditionally asked to place all personal financial assets that may generate conflict with their administrative duties into a “blind trust”, a fund managed by a non-familial, independent party who sells these assets, then uses the funds to purchase undisclosed investments. Trump has announced his plans to ignore this precedent, and instead allow his children to guide his corporate interests, while he retains ownership. Should he proceed with this plan, it could become a source of substantial controversy, even within his own party. 

Trump Proposes No Salary

#OneDollarDonald #SalaryFree #TrumpChange

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