In a head-spinning piece of political propaganda, President Donald Trump delivered a speech in the Rose Garden…in which he vowed to send the military to contain protestors calling for racial justice. As he spoke, he made an example of the protestors assembled in front of the White House in Lafayette Square, ordering federal agents to attack the crowd with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Then, Trump and his aides walked across the street to St. John’s Church, a historic site also known as the Church of the Presidents, for a photo op. In front of the 200-year-old structure, Trump held up a Bible, using it as a prop, just like he was using the church — all to the consternation of religious leaders…
Trump did not make the White House-documented outing alone. Among the aides who walked with the president was his daughter, Ivanka Trump, the only one wearing a mask despite the still-raging pandemic. Ivanka also, conspicuously, carried a large white leather tote — an accessory that elicited many questions. Because: What was she carrying in there? “Her pride? Her soul? S’mores?” lawyer Asha Rangappa asked on Twitter…
So what was in the handbag? Was it something meant to give aid? If you pause CSPAN’s video of the event at the 4:47 mark, you’ll see, as one eagle-eyed tweeter noticed, a hand-off: Ivanka passing her father the very Bible he abused for a photo op. (“Is that your Bible?” a reporter asked. “It’s a Bible,” Trump responded.)…
That purse holds Ivanka’s keys to the kingdom…The Daily Mail ran an article with the headline “She means business!” breathlessly describing how Ivanka was “dressed to impress” as she left her house…carrying that white bag. “Be beautiful like Ivanka and carry a Max Mara tote bag,” suggests the article, linking to where you can buy it for $1,540.
Like her daddy, Ivanka doesn’t think “Money can buy anything”. She thinks it can buy EVERYTHING!
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“Tiffany Trump enjoyed a ski getaway in Colorado with her mother Marla Maples and friends over the holidays before ringing in the new year at her father’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
The law school grad wore an all black ensemble with a white puffer coat and furry boots.
She added a luxe finish to her look with a black leather Gucci tote — a piece of arm candy that is by no means your ordinary tote.
This roomy piece is the perfect weekender or around town carryall that will cover all your essentials and more without sacrificing style. Head on over to copy Tiff for $3,980.”
“Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson says racism is an insufficient term for the systemic oppression of Black people in America. Instead, she prefers to refer to America as having a “caste” system.
Wilkerson describes caste an artificial hierarchy that helps determine standing and respect, assumptions of beauty and competence, and even who gets benefit of the doubt and access to resources.
“Caste focuses in on the infrastructure of our divisions and the rankings, whereas race is the metric that’s used to determine one’s place in that,” she says.”
Wilkerson’s 2010 book, “The Warmth of Other Suns”, focused on the great migration of African Americans from the South to the North during the 20th century. In her new book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”, Wilkerson says that acknowledging America’s caste system deepens our understanding of what Black people are up against in the United States. https://www.npr.org/2020/08/04/898574852/its-more-than-racism-isabel-wilkerson-explains-america-s-caste-system
Video timeline: “The crackdown before Trump’s photo op : What video and other records show about the clearing of protesters outside the White House” (June 8, 2020) https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2020/06/08/timeline-trump-church-photo-op/?arc404=true
Hours before law enforcement forcibly cleared protesters from Lafayette Square in early June amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd, federal officials began to stockpile ammunition and seek devices that could emit deafening sounds and make anyone within range feel like their skin is on fire, according to an Army National Guard major who was there.
D.C. National Guard Maj. Adam D. DeMarco told lawmakers that defense officials were searching for crowd control technology deemed too unpredictable to use in war zones and had authorized the transfer of about 7,000 rounds of ammunition to the D.C. Armory as protests against police use of force and racial injustice roiled Washington.
In sworn testimony, shared this week with The Washington Post, DeMarco provided his account as part of an ongoing investigation into law enforcement and military officers’ use of force against D.C. protesters.
…DeMarco’s account contradicts the administration’s claims that protesters were violent, tear gas was never used and demonstrators were given ample warning to disperse — a legal requirement before police move to clear a crowd. His testimony also offers a glimpse into the equipment and weaponry federal forces had — and others that they sought — during the early days of protests that have continued for more than 100 days in the nation’s capital.
DeMarco, who provided his account as a whistleblower, was the senior-most D.C. National Guard officer on the ground that day and served as a liaison between the National Guard and U.S. Park Police.” (Washington Post 9/16/20) https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-protest-lafayette-square/2020/09/16/ca0174e4-f788-11ea-89e3-4b9efa36dc64_story.html
YouTube: “video timeline of the crackdown on protesters before Trump’s photo op” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxYmILDya0A
A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed most claims filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of D.C., Black Lives Matter and others in lawsuits that accused the Trump administration of authorizing an unprovoked attack on demonstrators in Lafayette Square last year.
The plaintiffs asserted the government used unnecessary force to enable a photo op of President Donald Trump holding a Bible outside of the historical St. John’s Church. But U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of Washington called allegations that federal officials conspired to make way for the photo too speculative. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/lafayette-square-lawsuit-claims-dismissed/2021/06/21/8c0e8416-d2ce-11eb-ae54-515e2f63d37d_story.html
In a statement, Scott Michelman, legal director for the ACLU of the District of Columbia, said that under the judge’s decision, Lafayette Square is “now a Constitution-free zone” when it comes to the actions of federal officials.
“Today’s ruling essentially gives the federal government a green light to use violence, including lethal force against demonstrators, as long as federal officials claim to be protecting national security,” Michelman said. “Not only is this decision a stunning rejection of our constitutional values and protesters’ First Amendment rights, but it effectively places federal officials above the law.”
The Government Accountability Office has issued a damning report about the implementation of legislation supporting Ivanka Trump’s signature women’s empowerment initiative, from her time as an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/31/ivanka-trump-womens-initiative-gao-478710
GAO report: https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-21-269.pdf
Steven Mnuchin Stepped In to Prevent Ivanka Trump World Bank Appointment https://theintercept.com/2021/10/10/ivanka-trump-steven-mnuchin-world-bank/
7AM MDT, tomorrow morning, 11th
Then-President Donald Trump yelled at his staff to “bust some heads and make some arrests” to clear the streets surrounding the White House of Black Lives Matter protesters on 1 June 2020, the day of his bible photo op outside St John’s Church in downtown Washington DC, according to a book by Mr Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-meadows-black-lives-matter-b1971476.html
We need to restore order’,” Mr Trump added, according to Mr Meadows.
The super-rich live on a different planet. Their thoughts on US salaries prove it
A tweet from a professor at Wharton School reveals students in one class believed the average American makes over six figures. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/22/the-super-rich-live-on-a-different-planet-their-thoughts-on-us-salaries-prove-it
It costs over $100,000 a year to attend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. https://srfs.upenn.edu/costs-budgeting/wharton