The Fake President shuts down participatory democracy. Of course.

The White House has said it will be shutting down its website for petitions from midnight on Tuesday until a new one is set up in late January….

The petition platform was set up under Barack Obama in 2011 as part of his digital democracy initiative…At the time, the White House said that the platform would “give all Americans a way to create and sign petitions on a range of issues affecting our nation”.

If a petition receives more than 100,000 signatures within a 30-day period, the White House is supposed to issue an official response to it…

However, since the start of the Trump administration, all of the petitions that have met this threshold have gone unanswered.

The Fake President doesn’t keep his promises to the chumps who supported him. Does anyone expect him to support any of the steps towards a greater democracy brought by any previous occupant of the White House?

Picture Worth 1000 Words and a $100 Check

❝ On Tuesday, a group of senators traveled to the White House to have lunch with President Donald Trump. In a classic Trumpian power move, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who has been one of the most outspoken Republican critics of Trump, was seated directly next to the President.

Which brings us to this amazing photo — snapped by AFP’s Saul Loeb…

❝ Trump, in the foreground, is out of focus but it’s clear he is talking. When Trump did talk before lunch with the senators on Tuesday, he defended his decision to endorse controversial Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore of Alabama.

Hours later, Flake cut a $100 check to Moore’s Democratic opponent Doug Jones.

Rare, but, telling, example of a politician choosing to endorse civil decency over regressive, opportunist cowardice.