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Collateral Damage – and the hits keep a comin’

Basically can’t go 24 hours without a significant figure in the Trump administration quitting, resigning, or getting fired.

Ezra Cohen-Watnick is out as National Security Council senior director for intelligence.

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Rush Limbaugh – The Mouth of the Republican Party

I listen in on a.m. conservative talk radio all the time and I have for years. Although painful, it is an important job; it is one of the easiest ways to find out what the Right wing thinks. One of the first things that caught my attention today was that Rush and Trump play golf together. This is not surprising as Trump surrounds himself with the worst humans – Miller, Gorka, Bannon, Alex Jones etc. But it is a good reminder about who exactly Trump gets his information from.

66 year old Missouri native Rush Limbaugh is one of the leaders of the Right. His show is often cited as the “most important talk radio show” (1) and with 14 million weekly listeners it has the largest audience of talk radio shows in the U.S. (2). He is an authentic voice for the Right and is very influential. He is also a college drop out described by his own mother as having “…flunked everything.” (3) He is well known for his disparaging remarks about African-Americans (4), women, LGBT, Liberals- basically everyone that is not a white male. Like Trump, he is a Reality TV star. And the unfortunate fact is that our country loves that about them.

In keeping with Conservative values – Rush has been married four times and divorced three times. In 2003 he was being investigated for “illegally obtaining the prescription drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone.” (5) and in October of 2003 admitted on-air that he was addicted to painkillers. In 2006, he was arrested for having “received about 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by four doctors in six months”.

This morning (March 9th, 2017) I listened in on Seattle talk radio A.M. 770 to the Rush Limbaugh show and was motivated to write about it and him. To set the tone for folks that don’t know much about him, Rush has spent 29 years working to discredit and damage Liberals. “Beating the left has always been what this has been about” (6). He does so by playing into the xenophobia and hatred that Conservatives carry at there core. “…the people I always describe as those who make this country work. The people who define the character and who define the values of this country were the winners [in last night’s presidential election].” (7) And who are the people that voted for Trump that Rush describes as owning the “character” and “values” of this country? White non-college educated men. (8)

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on Limbaugh and point out some of the atrocities that spill out of his mouth hole. Why am I writing this? I want to highlight the things this deplorable says so that we citizens better understand who is influencing the people running our government.

  • “The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”  (9)
  • “This is not a nation of people that are discriminated against.” (10)
  • Referred to the participants in the Woman’s March as ‘feminazis’ (11)
  • “Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.” (12)
  • “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.” (13)
  • “Have you ever noticed how all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?” (14)
  • “I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn’t deserve.” – Rush Limbaugh made this statement about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb during a September 2003 broadcast of ESPN television’s Sunday NFL Countdown program. The controversy generated by the remark prompted Limbaugh’s resignation from his position as a commentator on that show. (15)
  • “Women should not be allowed on juries where the accused is a stud.” (16)
  • “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.” (17)
  • “Let’s say we discover the gene that says the kid’s gonna be gay. How many parents, if they knew before the kid was gonna be born, [that he] was gonna be gay, they would take the pregnancy to term? Well, you don’t know but let’s say half of them said, “Oh, no, I don’t wanna do that to a kid.” [Then the] gay community finds out about this. The gay community would do the fastest 180 and become pro-life faster than anybody you’ve ever seen. … They’d be so against abortion if it was discovered that you could abort what you knew were gonna be gay babies.” (18)
  • “Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?”
    -Rush Limbaugh, while holding up a photograph of 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton on his 1993 television show (19)
  • “They’re out there protesting what they actually wish would happen to them sometimes.”
    – Rush Limbaugh, on women who protest against sexual harassment (20)
  • “What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”
    ~Rush Limbaugh, referring to Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown Law School who was denied the right to speak at a congressional hearing on contraception hearing, in which she planned to discuss a friend of hers who needed contraception to prevent the growth of cysts (21)
  • “Let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do — let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work.” (22)
  • “We’re not sexists, we’re chauvinists — we’re male chauvinist pigs, and we’re happy to be because we think that’s what men were destined to be. We think that’s what women want.” (23)

 

Daniel Cashman, EAMP, MS (AOM), NCCAOM Dipl. Acupuncture

http://www.twitter.com/SAMMA_Dan

  1. http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/03/limbaugh-hannity-lead-talkers-top-100-159206
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/06/politics/gallery/top-radio-hosts/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_Limbaugh#External_links
  4. http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/limbaugh.asp
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_Limbaugh#External_links
  6. Rush Limbaugh Show, 9 Nov 2016
  7. Ibid.
  8. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/09/behind-trumps-victory-divisions-by-race-gender-education/
  9. January 1993 issue of Flush Rush Quarterly
  10. Rush Limbaugh Show, 9 Nov 2016
  11. Ibid.
  12. Rush Limbaugh Show, 19 Jan 2007
  13. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Rush_Limbaugh
  14. http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jun/07/local/me-38153
  15. http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/limbaugh.asp
  16. http://addictinginfo.org/2012/03/08/35-hateful-and-stupid-rush-limbaugh-quotes/
  17. Ibid.
  18. Ibid.
  19. Ibid.
  20. Ibid.
  21. Ibid.
  22. Ibid.
  23. Ibid.
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20 Questions Liberals Need to Ask About Their Reaction to Trump – A Rebuttal (Questions 5-7)

This is a continuation of my rebuttal to Daniel Payne’s article in The Federalist published on 21 Feb 2017.

  1. Do you think threatening to commit acts of domestic terrorism is a good look for American liberalism?

No. Acts of domestic terrorism are to be refuted, and if committed I agree that it is not a “good look for American liberalism”. Seriously though, wtf are you talking about. Instead of trying to demonize liberals, look to your own party and do a little house cleaning. Trump has elevated the art of passively inciting violence to a new level. He admires dictators and strongmen, he praises despots like Putin daily. Not only does he ignore actual terrorist attacks and violence (for example – the recent attack by a Trump-supporting white supremacist on a Quebec City mosque (54)), he and his staff frequently make up acts of violence (Sweden, Atlanta, Bowling Green). Here is a short list of violence associated with Trump:

  • The Secret Service investigated Donald Trump’s butler over a Facebook post saying that President Barack Obama “should be shot as an enemy agent.” (55)
  • Secret Service agents also interviewed a Trump campaign adviser last month, after he said that Hillary Clinton “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.” (56)
  • Refrains of “hang the bitch” and “kill the bitch” have grown increasingly common at Trump rallies. (57)
  • Even before Trump’s Tuesday remark that “Second Amendment people” might stop Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court appointments, his associates and supporters had repeatedly called for violence against Clinton and Obama, while right-wing leaders and militia groups that support Trump speak of an armed response to federal gun control efforts. (58)
  • “…blame Trump for legitimizing talk of violence throughout the campaign, including his jokes about punching and roughing up protesters” (59)
  • Another Trump associate to call for Clinton’s death is his longtime political adviser Roger Stone, who tweeted in July 2014 that Clinton “must be brought to justice — arrested, tried, and executed for murder.” (60)
  • Trump said of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who had recently executed a group of alleged traitors that included his own uncle: “You’ve got to give him credit … this guy doesn’t play games.”(61)
  • Trump has called the 1989 Chinese government crackdown on student-led demonstrations in Tiananmen Square “vicious” and “horrible,” but said it “shows you the power of strength.” (62)
  • Trump – “2nd Amendment people” could stop Hillary Clinton from making judicial nominations sparked outrage from opponents (63)
  • Trump advisor, Representative Al Baldasaro – “Clinton should be shot in a firing squad for treason” (64)

You of course are already well aware of the violence associated with Right-wing politics (65).  In fact, your point with this question/accusation is to demonize and downplay protest; making peaceful demonstrations seem like gangs of roving anarcho-fascist thugs. This is a narrative the Right is oh-so-willing to believe, and Republican lawmakers across the country are on board as well, sponsoring legislation in at least ten states to criminalize peaceful protests and demonstrations (66).

Summary – Of course no sane person believes in committing acts of terrorism. But that’s not really what you are asking. You are trying to equate opposition to terrorism. You are trying to downplay the massive, worldwide protests against Trump as being little more than isolated acts of violence created by what Former Mayor Giuliani calls “…a bunch of crybabies”. (67)

  1. Do you think screaming at and obstructing the secretary of Education as she tries to perform her job is a good look for American liberalism?

I begin my response to this by stating the official mission of the Department of Education – “To promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access” (68).

Keep that in mind as I move into the next part of my rebuttal which is a review of just how unqualified DeVos is for the job she now holds.

DeVos is a life long Republican who has never held an elected office. (Think about the challenges inherent in running a department that has a budget of $70 billion (69) and 4,400 employees (70)). She has no prior experience working in the education field, and her family has a history of supporting anti-gay causes including donating hundreds of thousands to groups that push “conversion therapy” (71). Additionally, DeVos and her husband have given hundreds of thousands to Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian group whose founder called the battle against LGBT rights a “second civil war” (72). But those terrorist liberals, amirite?

I feel like her utter lack of qualifications have been well discussed in the media and in Congress, but here is a quick overview of DeVos from an article in Cosmo that seems germane: she is a billionaire, she is a devout Christian conservative, her primary cause of activism has been school choice, her education reform record in Michigan is seen as poor, she is a powerful Republican donor, she has been open about expecting influence in exchange for campaign donations,  and she may have plagiarized language on her Senate questionnaire. (73) She is also against teachers unions.

One of the most disturbing details about DeVos is her fervent Christian agenda. At a 2001 gathering of conservative Christian philanthropists, she singled out education reform as a way to “advance God’s kingdom.” (74). In an interview, she and her husband, Richard DeVos Jr., said that school choice would lead to “greater kingdom gain.” (75)

Furthermore, her father-in-law is the co-founder of Amway, a multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme. Her brother is the notorious mercenary and founder of Blackwater, who I had the misfortune of coming across in Iraq. You may remember Blackwater from the Nisour Square massacre where they killed 17 civilians. I mention these facts in an attempt to fully describe what she is bringing to the table. But I digress.

Summary – There are many reasons to protest DeVos. The biggest among them are her demonstrated anti-student philosophies, incompetence, and inability to discharge the mission of the Department of Education. Specifically I accuse her of not being able to prepare students for “…global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence” based on her track record and lack of qualifications, and furthermore I question her ability to “ensure equal access” for LGBTQ and non-Christian students. In light of this I believe that resistance to her is a moral imperative.

  1. Do you think Democrats freaking out about a judge they nominated a decade ago is a good look for American liberalism?

I don’t know what you mean by “freaking out”. Honestly, every time I read one of these questions I feel like you are hyperventilating as you write them. If you are referring to how Democrats are accurately representing their base by resisting decisions made by Trump, I guess I will concede this to you. There is a difference though. Ten years ago Gorsuch was nominated for a U.S. Court of Appeals position, not the Supreme Court. When Democrats previously nominated him the circumstances were different. As reported in your own paper, The Federalist, Sen. Schumer has previously blocked Republican nominees to the Supreme Court because he felt that they were too far away from mainstream public opinion. (76) This seems like a very smart decision and one that Republicans would favor as well given their proclivity for screaming about “reactionist judges”. (I would put some citations here but Google wanted to take me to a bunch of white supremacist pages and I couldn’t do it).

Summary – Someone who does something contrary to your beliefs, or someone who takes a principled stand is not “freaking out”. These types of questions you are asking are not a good way to engage folks in dialogue. Of course, as we have previously seen you have no interest in dialogue. No. In fact, you and other Trump supporters are reveling in an orgy of “winning” and instead of celebrating and getting onto the business of unifying the country and moving forward, you continue to lash out. Your anger and hatred combine with feelings of being oppressed by liberals; you want to punish us.

Daniel Cashman, EAMP, MS(AOM), NCCAOM Dipl. Acupuncture

https://twitter.com/SAMMA_Dan

 

  1. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/2/17/1634560/-As-Trump-ignores-white-nationalist-violence-another-would-be-terrorist-is-caught-in-Myrtle-Beach

55.-62 http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-violent-rhetoric-history-226873

  1. http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-campaign-defends-2nd-amendment-comment-n626601
  2. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/clinton-baldasaro/496199/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-wing_terrorism
  4. https://theintercept.com/2017/01/23/lawmakers-in-eight-states-have-proposed-laws-criminalizing-peaceful-protest/
  5. http://nypost.com/2016/11/10/giuliani-disses-anti-trump-protesters-as-crybabies/
  6. https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/fed/role.html
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Education
  8. https://www2.ed.gov/about/landing.jhtml
  9. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/betsy-devos-education-secretary-civil-rights-gay-transgender-students-231837
  10. Ibid.
  11. http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a8580091/betsy-devos-trump-administration-education-secretary/
  12. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/opinion/betsy-devos-and-gods-plan-for-schools.html?_r=0
  13. Ibid.
  14. http://thefederalist.com/2016/02/16/10-times-democrats-vowed-to-block-republican-nominees/

 

 

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The Death of Democracy and Trump’s Rise to Fascism

Fascism is the establishment of far-right authoritarian nationalism. This essay aims to illustrate how Trump is destroying democracy and replacing it with fascism.

Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete (1). You may recall from my previous articles that a core belief of liberalism is equality.  Trump opposes marriage equality (2). He partnered up with Mike Pence “who has become the face of anti-LGBTQ discrimination after signing a bill to allow businesses to discriminate and deny service to LGBTQ people because of who they are or whom they love.” (3) He has also stated that he will remove President Obama’s transgender protections (4). In December of 2016, Trump’s transition team asked the State Department about any programs or jobs being conducted related to gender equality “rattling State Department employees concerned that the incoming administration will roll back a cornerstone project of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.” (5) On January 31st, 2017 Reuters ran an article reporting that advocates are “…bracing for a Trump administration rollback of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, despite a White House statement vowing to uphold protection for LGBT people in the workplace.” (6) Additionally, he espouses racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, and anti-Semitic views.

His racist views are well documented (7) –he attacked Gold Star parents, including mocking Ghazala Khan for being Muslim, In May of 2016 Trump implied that federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, couldn’t preside over Trump’s fraudulent Trump University case because of his Mexican heritage. The Justice Department sued his company twice for not renting to black people. Workers at his casinos have accused him of racism multiple times over the years (8) In a 1991 book by John O’Donnell, the author claims Trump opined that “laziness is a trait in blacks” (9) In that same book O’Donnell accuses Trump of saying “The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” (10) In an interview with Jake Tapper, Trump said “he didn’t know enough about Duke to publicly denounce the former KKK leader.” (11) This list, copied from a Huffington Post article is worth reposting in its entirety – “His white supremacist fan club includes the Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi news site; Richard Spencer, director of the National Policy Institute, which aims to promote the “heritage, identity, and future of European people”; Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, a Virginia-based white nationalist magazine; Michael Hill, head of the League of the South, an Alabama-based white supremacist secessionist group; and Brad Griffin, a member of Hill’s League of the South and author of the popular white supremacist blog Hunter Wallace.” (12) Furthermore, he has called Mexicans “rapists” (13) From this same article “Whether he’s mocking Chinese businesspeople with broken English, contorting his body to make fun of a disabled reporter, or calling out to “my African American,” again and again, Trump has provoked anxiety and played to racial divisions.” (14).

But that’s all like, sooo 2016. On January 30th 2017, Trump put out a statement on the Holocaust where “there was no mention that 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust, or an acknowledgment of the virulent, state-sponsored anti-Semitism that led to their deaths” (15).  On February 1st 2017 in honor of Black History Month, well, I’ll just recommend reading this GQ article (16).

Literally, finding racist statements by Trump is ridiculously easy. The point of this article is not to point out this obvious fact, but to demonstrate how he is a fascist.

  The second tenant of fascism is the complete mobilization of society under a totalitarian one party state. (17) This is in the process of happening as this piece is being written. The Senate Democrats decided to boycott the Senate Finance Committee’s confirmation hearings on two of Trumps nominees. These hearings have rules that require at least one Democrat be present to establish a quorum. While the Democrats were gone, the Senate Republicans simply voted to suspend the committee’s rules and move the two nominees to a full Senate vote. (18) This unprecedented move has essentially brought us to a one party system. The Republicans are now simply using their majority to exclude any dissenting voices.

Equally, if not more troubling, is that there are reports of some agents of Customs and Border Patrol not obeying temporary restraining orders issued by multiple federal judges (19). On top of that, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired for telling Trump’s lawyers to not enforce the recent Executive Order travel ban. (20) This shows a real concern about the Executive Branch eliminating dissenters, but this article goes on to explore some even more troubling information. In the letter firing her, she is accused of betraying Trump. This is a clear warning to anyone that Trump views as an enemy.

At the end of February 2016, I took a screen shot of WhiteHouse.gov that listed the branches of government as being the Executive and the Legislative, with no mention of the Judicial Branch:

white-house

Does that mean anything? Maybe not, but it was listed there on Jan 19th 2017. (21)

These events indicate a consolidation of power and loyalty. These are clear dangerous warning signs of the consolidation of totalitarian power.

The third part of the fascist takeover is to have a strong leader surrounded by members of the governing fascist party. This is done to forge “national unity” and “maintain a stable and ordered society” (22) Fascists refute the idea that violence is automatically negative in nature and views “…political violence, war, and imperialism as means that can achieve national rejuvenation”. (23)

Trumps inaugural address’s theme, which could have been lifted directly from the Fascist Handbook, was “National Unity.” (24) For what its worth, given other circumstances, I acknowledge that mentioning this particular tidbit would be ridiculous. But as I am trying to show the connections to fascism it seems germane.  In his speech he says that “…for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.” (25) He ends this statement with the now famous “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” (26)

Trump has also threatened our own cities, telling Chicago that he will send Federal troops in to “fix the carnage” (27)

On February 1st 2017, Time reports a threat to send troops to Mexico to take care of “bad hombres” (28), Reuters reports putting Iran “on notice” (29), and The Hill reports Trump “lashing out at the Prime Minister of Australia” (30). That all happened TODAY!

The last thing I want to mention here is how Trump surrounds himself with sycophantic white nationalists like Bannon and Miller. Both of whom have expressed neo-nazi and fascist sentiments. His cabinet picks and executive branch nominees and staff are spectacularly unqualified and are truly a “basket of deplorables”. (I will make an exception for General Mattis, who is actually a very qualified appointee).

It would be well worth exploring Trumps violent and imperialistic statements and good Lord there are so many, but that would be an article unto itself and I think I have made my point. Like all fascist leaders, he has no problem with using violence and the threat of violence to “maintain an ordered society”.

  The last major point is that fascists use protectionist and interventionist economic policies. Protectionism is an economic policy that restrains trade between countries through methods such as tariffs on imported goods, restrictive quotas, and other government regulations (31). Trump loves to intervene. He has told pharmaceutical companies he wants them to move their manufacturing to America (32), he told Carrier to not move their factory to Mexico (33), and he told Ford to scrap a plant in Mexico (34).

Trump also loves tariffs. He has threatened China with a 45% tariff (35), German car makers with a 35% tariff (36), and Mexico with a 20% tariff (37).

These are the textbook economic policies of a fascist.

I would say that as long as this essay is, that in fact I have only scratched the surface of the fascist agenda being implemented by Trump. My ignorance of politics and the sheer volume of insults being hurled at the American people make it hard to put everything together as coherent as I would like. It is my hope that I have at least made a reasonable case to be concerned. Or terrified.

Daniel Cashman, EAMP, MS (AOM), NCCAOM Dipl. Acupuncture

https://twitter.com/SAMMA_Dan

 

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism
  2. http://www.hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts/donald-trump-opposes-nationwide-marriage-equality
  3. Ibid
  4. Ibid
  5. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/us/politics/state-department-gender-equality-trump-transition.html?_r=0
  6. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-lgbt-idUSKBN15F1D7
  7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-racist-examples_us_56d47177e4b03260bf777e83
  8. Ibid
  9. http://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/14/books/the-down-side-of-the-donald.html
  10. Ibid
  11. http://time.com/4240268/donald-trump-kkk-david-duke/
  12. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-racist-examples_us_56d47177e4b03260bf777e83
  13. http://fortune.com/2016/06/07/donald-trump-racism-quotes/
  14. Ibid
  15. http://www.vox.com/2017/1/30/14431216/trump-holocaust-statement-6-million-jews
  16. http://www.gq.com/story/donald-trump-black-history-month
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism
  18. http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/02/01/senate-republicans-change-rules-unanimously-approve-trump-nominees-without-democrats/
  19. http://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2017/02/01/us-marshalls-accused-of-not-serving-court-orders-about-immigration-ban/#34cb0ab61747
  20. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/31/donald-trump-firing-sally-yates-isnt-the-big-story-how-he-did-it-is/?utm_term=.5171e4fa14f9
  21. You can find screen shots of both of these on my Facebook page from Jan 29th 2017.
  22. 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism
  23. Ibid
  24. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2017/01/17/donald-trump-inaugural-address/96643974/
  25. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/444101/trumps-inaugural-address-special-unity-edition
  26. Ibid

27 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/us/trump-threatens-federal-intervention-in-chicago-citing-carnage.html?_r=0

  1. http://time.com/4657474/donald-trump-enrique-pena-nieto-mexico-bad-hombres/
  2. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-iran-idUSKBN15G5ED
  3. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/317480-trump-fields-tense-phone-call-with-australian-pm-report
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protectionism
  5. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/31/trump-tells-drugmakers-he-wants-them-to-manufacture-in-the-us.html

33 http://nypost.com/2016/11/24/trump-tries-to-keep-air-conditioning-company-from-moving-to-mexico/

  1. http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/01/03/ford-cancels-plans-for-1-6-billion-mexican-plant.html
  2. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/15/just-how-badly-could-trumps-threatened-45-tariff-hurt-china.html
  3. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-germany-autos-idUSKBN1500VJ
  4. http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2017/01/27/memo-to-trump-20-mexican-import-tariff-means-americans-pay-for-the-wall/&refURL=https://www.google.com/&referrer=https://www.google.com/
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