One Monument to White Supremacy Taken Down
– Following Charlottesville, pressure increased on Trump to take literally the smallest step possible by removing white supremacist enablers from his administration. On Friday, White House advisor and likely Jabba the Hut cosplayer, Steve Bannon, stepped down. While having one less nationalist in the White House is fantastic, don’t celebrate.According to writer Sarah Kendzior
, who has unfortunately been correct about most things in the Trump era, striking Bannon down may make him more powerful than we can possibly imagine. He has returned to head the far right wing media organization Breitbart. Bannon said, “Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt. I built a fucking machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”
Stop, Thought Police – The Department of Justice is demanding the information of 1.3 million visitors to a website that people use to organize protests against Trump. The web host, DreamHost, is fighting Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III’s and the DOJ’s “highly untargeted demand that chills free association.”
New Infrastructure Policy: If The Good Lord’s Willin’ And The Creeks Don’t Rise – This week the Trump administration repealed a federal standard that required public infrastructure design to consider increasing flood risks. Unsure how this will affect what I am sure to be the administration’s eventual plan to combat sea level rise – a giant ark.
One Month Stay of Execution – The Congressional Budget Office reported this week that if Trump followed through on his threat to end Affordable Care Act subsides to insurance companies, premiums would increase 20%. After this report, Trump backed down and agreed to pay August subsidies. Expect September payments to be a hostage in the discussions to between Trump and Congress as they negotiate the debt ceiling, the federal budget, tax reform and whether to revisit health care.
Make America Glow Again – The EPA said it will rewrite limits on toxic waste from fossil fuel power plants. They didn’t say specifically which way they were going to rewrite it, but I’m pretty sure Julia Roberts should clear her schedule for Erin Brockovich 2.
Appeal (to our collective decency) Denied – The Trump administration continues to contort the Statue of Liberty into the shape of the Heisman Trophy. In last week’s TrumpShaker, I profiled two parents in Oakland facing deportation. Senator Feinstein called to give them the final word this week that their appeal was denied. The longstanding U.S. residents, an oncology nurse and a truck driver, were forced to fly to Mexico City with their 12-year-old U.S. citizen son, leaving their 16, 21, and 23-year-old daughters behind.
Real Americans Burn Fossil Fuels Not Calories – Apparently fearing creeping socialism or just trying to increase its carbon footprint, the Trump administration removed the only bikeshare station inside the White House’s security perimeter.
Trump Pulls Out – Arising from a belief system that God doesn’t want us to stop a pregnancy and that we’re doing the Lord’s work by stopping erectile dysfunction, Trump will soon eliminate the requirement that employee health benefits include contraception.