We’d so love to end this article at “yes”, but in the spirit of journalism & making sure Donald Trump is never normalized, we’ll continue on.
According to a Business Insider article written by Kevin Loria there’s many reasons to truly believe that our president is a con. Con artists are motivated both by a desire to be the center of attention and the power that comes with that ability to manipulate others, psychologist Maria Konnikova, author of “The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It … Every Time,” explained to me earlier this year.
“[They’re] addicted to that sense of power, that rush of being able to pull one over on people and get away with it,” Konnikova explained.
Along the way, they’ll deceive people in order to get that attention and power.
As for deception, Pulitzer-prize winning fact-checking organization Politifact awarded Trump’s statements the 2015 “Lie of the Year” award. Of 298 Trump statements assessed at time of publication, Politifact rated only 4% as “true” and 11% as “mostly true;” 19% of Trump statements earned a “mostly false,” 35% a “false,” and 17% a “pants on fire.” (Of 272 Clinton statements assessed, 24% earned a “true,” 27% a “mostly true,” 15% a “mostly false,” 10% a “false,” and 3% a “pants on fire.”)
But being a con artist isn’t just about deception — it’s about intent. After all, many politicians deceive people. They’re not all practitioners of the confidence game; many truly believe what they are saying or believe it’s worth it to stretch the truth to accomplish their political goals.
being a con artist isn’t just about deception — it’s about intent
“If Trump were a con artist, he would be interested in politics only as a means to some other end,” Konnikova writes in The New Yorker. “He wouldn’t believe in his political opinions; instead, he would see those opinions as convenient tools for gaining what he actually desires.”
Power and being at the center of attention would fit as a con artist’s goal. “Trump, as a con artist, would give up on politics the moment it stopped serving his purposes, moving on to the next thing that gave him the same level of attention and adulation,” Konnikova wrote.
In a brilliant NewYork Times piece by Charles M. Blow called, “Disciples of a false Prophet” Charles writes: The con Donald Trump committed on his voters is slowly coming undone. He is not honest. He is not a brilliant deal maker. He is not even competent.
His entire life, Trump has sold shimmer and called it silver. It was and is all an illusion, a brand built on selling banality with braggadocio. He shaped vapors into dreams and delivered them to those hungry for a taste of the showy, hollow form of the high life he came to represent. He was successful at exploiting those with an ostentatious appetite for the air of success. Trump’s life story is a pyramid scheme of ambitions.
His entire life, Trump has sold shimmer and called it silver
He took that history to a people struggling through a drought of opportunity and he exploited their weaknesses: a shrinking sense of economic security and growing nativist tendencies.
But Trump doesn’t speak so much from facts as from feelings. For him, the truth is malleable and a lie is valuable. He creates his own reality rather than living in the reality of others. Deception is just a tool; betrayal is just an inconvenience.
We’ll keep you posted if his con ever becomes honest work for the American people. (Don’t hold your breath)
Milwaukee Housing Authority Welcomes Dr. Ben Carson as HUD Secretary
MILWAUKEE (March 2017) – The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) looks
forward to working with Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. as the new Secretary of the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Earlier today the U.S. Senate
confirmed the nomination of Dr. Carson as the 17th HUD Secretary since the creation of the
agency in 1965.
HACM shares with Dr. Carson and HUD the mission to fight poverty by providing quality
affordable housing to the most vulnerable members of our community and by connecting
housing resources to other vital services, such as education, health care, and employment
opportunities, that can help people move beyond poverty to self-sufficiency.
“Stable housing is necessary to allow individuals to build healthy and productive lives, and
we are hopeful that Dr. Carson will be a strong advocate for adequate funding to address
our nation’s affordable housing needs,” said Mayor Tom Barrett.
“We encourage Dr. Carson to look to local housing agencies for examples of innovative,
evidence-based programs that strengthen their communities and provide opportunities for
low-income Americans to thrive,” said Tony Pérez, HACM Secretary-Executive Director.
For example, in Milwaukee:
* The Housing Authority’s Education Initiative has achieved a 91% graduation rate among
high school seniors who live in two HACM neighborhoods.
* The Lapham Park Venture established a nationally-recognized partnership between
government and non-profit agencies to provide low-income seniors with continuing care
within their community and delaying the move into much more expensive long-term
nursing care. The Venture is estimated to save $1 million in annual Medicaid costs.
* The Make Your Money Talk financial education and asset-building program has provided
nearly 1,900 low-income individuals with the education to manage tight budgets, avoid
credit problems, and save money for future goals. Over 230 individuals have used the
program to save hard-earned income for life-changing assets, such as the purchase of a
home, education or starting a business.
Additional information about HACM programs and services can be found at www.hacm.org.
The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) works to foster strong, resilient and
inclusive communities by providing a continuum of high-quality housing options that support
self-sufficiency, good quality of life, and the opportunity to thrive. HACM provides affordable
housing options to over 11,000 families, older adults and adults with disabilities.
Steve Harvey is getting a lot of heat from the Black community regarding his recent meeting with Donald Trump, but he recently told reporters that he will not be attending the presidential inauguration. He says that his wife has other plans for him on that day.
The comedian, author, and TV/radio personality recently made headlines when the cameras captured him just as he was leaving a meeting with Trump. He reportedly made a brief stop to speak with journalists and then posed for what many are calling “an awkward photo-op” with Trump.
Afterwards, Harvey he told them that he and Trump had a “really cool meeting” on how to help inner cities and “bring about positive change”. He also added that Trump introduced him to Dr. Ben Carson, who is now the new director of Housing and Urban Development.
Harvey added that Trump realizes that there are serious problems in areas problems, and that he wants to do something about it… and that Chicago would be one of many cities that they want to help.
Despite this meeting, however, Harvey insists that he won’t be attending the inauguration.
“I’ll be turning 60 on Tuesday and my wife is taking me far away,” he said. “So, I won’t be at anybody’s inauguration because my wife said no.”
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WASHINGTON ― U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies agree that Russia hacked Democratic National Committee emails with the intention of tipping the election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.
The FBI, which previously told lawmakers it could not be sure of the motive behind the Russian cyberattack, now agrees with the CIA assessment that Moscow intended to boost Trump’s chance of winning, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
The intelligence community first publicly accused Russia of orchestrating the attack in October, but declined to ascribe a motive at the time. As the November election neared, Democrats, frustrated by what they saw as clear and negative effects the leaked emails were having on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign, pressed the Obama administration for a stronger response.
President Barack Obama on Friday declined to confirm the Post’s report, but staunchly defended his administration’s handling of the Russian cyberattack. If the White House had explicitly warned voters of Moscow’s effort to boost Trump’s chances of winning, it would have looked like a political play on Clinton’s behalf, Obama said at what is likely his final press conference as president.
“In this hyper-partisan atmosphere, at a time when my primary concern was making sure that the integrity of the election process was not in any way damaged, at a time when anything that was said by me or anybody in the White House would immediately be seen through a partisan lens ― I wanted to make sure that everybody understood we were playing this thing straight,” Obama said.
During his nearly 20-minute response to a question on Russian hacking, Obama chided journalists in the briefing room for reporting extensively on the leaked DNC emails. “This was an obsession that dominated the news coverage,” he said.
“The truth of the matter is that everyone had the information,” Obama continued. “It was out there. And we handled it the way we should have.”
Earlier on Friday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) announced that his panel will review what led U.S. intelligence officials to make the October accusation against Russia. The committee will interview government officials from the outgoing Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration, using subpoenas if necessary, Burr said in a statement.
Burr notably did not mention reports of the CIA’s assessment that Moscow acted deliberately to help Trump win the election. Burr’s office did not respond to a question about whether the committee would also review the intelligence that led to that conclusion.
Burr’s announcement comes a week after the White House ordered the intelligence community to conduct a full review into “malicious cyber activity” tied to U.S. elections before the president leaves office next month. Congressional Democrats pushed for separate probes into Russia’s role, but Republicans, following the lead of their president-elect, downplayed the need for additional investigations.
Trump has repeatedly challenged the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia played a role in muddying the electoral process ― if not directly swinging the election in his favor. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) rejected calls for a special congressional panel to investigate the hacks, and deferred instead to the House and Senate intelligence committees.
Congressional Republicans, including Burr, have been caught in a bizarre political situation since allegations about Russian hacking emerged several months ago. The party is typically hawkish on Russian interference abroad, and GOP lawmakers repeatedly pounded Obama for not responding more aggressively to Russian incursions into Ukrainian territory in 2014. Republicans on Capitol Hill became notably more cautious in their criticism of Russia since Trump, who has said he will to steer the U.S. closer to Moscow, became their party’s nominee.
Russian President Vladimir Putin played a direct role in his country’s covert effort to interfere with the U.S. elections, NBC reported on Thursday. Obama wouldn’t explicitly confirm Putin’s involvement, but added, “Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin.”
Obama suggested a counterattack against Russia could be in the works.
“Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia or others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you,” he said. “But it is also important for us to do that in a thoughtful, methodical way. Some of it we do publicly, some of it we will do in a way that they know, but not everybody will.”
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In the weeks following his victory, President-elect Donald Trump has not backed away from the racism upon which he built both his campaign and his real estate business.
Throughout his campaign, The Huffington Post kept a running list of examples of Trump’s racism dating as far back as the 1970s. We’ll continue to document those incidents here as they happen. If his decisions as president-elect are any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be updating this list often.
Some of his top advisers and cabinet picks have histories of prejudice
Since winning the election, Trump has picked top advisers and cabinet officials whose careers are checkered by accusations of racially biased behavior.
Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor, was executive chairman of Breitbart, a news site that Bannon dubbed the “home of the alt-right” ― a euphemism that describes a loose coalition of white supremacists and aligned groups. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart increased its accommodation of openly racist and anti-Semitic writing, capitalizing on the rise of white nationalism prompted by Trump’s campaign.
Retired General Mike Flynn, who Trump chose as his national security adviser, has drawn scrutiny for anti-Muslim comments he has made over the years. In February, Flynn tweeted that “fear of Muslims is rational.” Over the summer, he said that there is a “diseased component inside the Islamic world” that is like a “cancer.” Flynn has defended Trump’s past proposal of banning Muslim immigration and suggested he would be open to reviving torture techniques like waterboarding.
In addition, Trump has nominated Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general of the United States. The Senate refused to confirm Sessions as a federal judge in 1986 amid accusations that he’d made racially insensitive comments, including that the only reason he hadn’t joined the Ku Klux Klan was because members of the extremist group smoked marijuana. Civil rights groups condemned Trump’s nomination of Sessions, while leading white nationalists celebrated it.
And Steve Mnuchin, who Trump tapped to serve as Treasury secretary, faces allegations of profiting from racial discrimination. As a hedge fund manager, Mnuchin purchased a troubled mortgage bank, sped up its foreclosure rate and sold it for a killing several years later. Along the way, Mnuchin’s bank came under fire from housing rights groups for racist practices like lending to very few people of color and maintaining foreclosed-upon properties in neighborhoods that were predominantly black and brown less than in white neighborhoods.
Trump denied responsibility for the racist incidents that followed his election
While the hate speech and racist violence emboldened by his campaign only escalated after his win, Trump downplayed the incidents and half-heartedly denounced them.
There were nearly 900 hate incidents across the U.S. in the 10 days following the election, a report released last month by the Southern Poverty Law Center found. Those attacks include vandals drawing swastikas on a synagogue, schools, cars and driveways; an assailant beating a gay man while saying the “president says we can kill all you faggots now”; and children telling their black classmates to sit in the back of the school bus.
In nearly 40 percent of those incidents, the SPLC found, people explicitly invoked the president-elect’s name or his campaign slogans.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Anti-Defamation League have also tracked significant growth in racist and bigoted attacks.
“We’ve seen a great deal of really troubling stuff in the last week, a spike in harassment, a spike in vandalism, physical assaults. Something is happening that was not happening before,” ADL national director Jonathan Greenblatt told The New Yorker.
Despite those findings, Trump insisted on CBS’ “60 Minutes” the Sunday after his election that there had only been “a very small amount” of racist incidents.
“I am so saddened to hear that,” Trump said when asked about the racist incidents. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the camera: ‘Stop it.’”
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On December 19th, the members of the Electoral College will cast their ballots for the President of the United States. Although this vote is usually considered a formality, with the expectation being that the Electors will rubberstamp the outcome of the November election, this year it has taken on a new significance after the results in November sparked the biggest social conversation about the electoral college that I’ve seen in my lifetime. Many people didn’t seem to know prior to voting that Hillary winning the popular vote did not mean that she would win the presidency.
Another thing that most Americans didn’t know at the time of casting their vote was the fact that the American spy and law enforcement agencies had reason to believe, weeks before the presidential election took place, that Russia had allegedly made plans to have computer hackers interfere with the outcome. Problem was, they didn’t know precisely what the goal of the interference was or how it would be carried out.
Recently, the C.I.A. divulged their findings, stating that Russia had intervened to make Trump president. And although nobody knows why the C.I.A. didn’t divulge this information before the election, the news has left all of us dumbfounded, with many media outlets demanding that the December 19th Electoral vote be delayed until they get to the bottom of the confusion.
In the aftermath of Trump’s election, our country has seen a rise in hate crimes and public displays of racism. And amongst those affected by this ugliness the most, the overwhelming message has been to rise above it, to be the bigger person, to forgive. Forgiveness in the face of racial injustice is a familiar hallmark of the Black church’s influence on how Black people handle sociopolitical issues.
Even as recently as July 22, 2015, in the aftermath of the Charleston church massacre, while most of us were still trembling from outrage, the families of the victims as well as the church were expressing forgiveness for the murderer.
I understand that forgiveness is an important part of letting go of something painful. But at what point does the expectation to forgive become self suppression?
In the Black community, the damaging affects of self suppression show up time and time again. The expectation that a person will stay silent or quickly recover from something traumatic creates room for mental illness to thrive. It’s only been about 150 years since slavery ended in this country. The road Black people walk is very different from people who were never subject to institutionalized racism.
For this reason, it is important to remember that a person’s race and upbringing play a huge role in their mental health needs. This is why “culturally competent care,” which is the ability to provide care to people with diverse values, cultures, and beliefs, is so important for mental health. It’s something I never even thought about, until I needed help myself.
The Electoral College was founded 83 years before Black people got the right to vote. It was created as a way to deter the masses from electing a demagogue, which is a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.
Now, on December 19, the Electoral College is expected to vote in a man whose popularity is due, in part, to his tenure as a reality TV star. And although some electors have publicly stated that they will snub their state’s “faithless elector” laws that prohibit them from voting against their party, it is quite probable that Trump will be inaugurated and the emboldening of overt racists will continue.
I don’t know if Russia impacted the results of our election. I don’t know if it makes sense to hold Trump personally responsible for racists acting out on the streets. But what I do know is that it’s not healthy to pretend you’re okay with it if you’re not, all in the name of forgiveness.
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President-elect Donald Trump has nominated a man for secretary of Housing and Urban Development who thinks Islam isn’t a religion and has argued that there’s a covert Muslim plot to destroy the U.S. from within.
It’s concerning that Ben Carson is set to fill a seat in Trump’s Cabinet, a Muslim civil liberties group said Monday.
“Based on his past Islamophobic statements and policy positions, all Americans should be very concerned on how Dr. Carson would treat Muslim HUD employees or Muslims seeking agency services,” Robert McCaw, government affairs director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate who has never held public office, has made many blatantly incorrect ― not to mention deeply disparaging ― remarks about Islam.
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Black children being told by classmates to sit in the back of school buses. Muslims called “terrorist” and told to go back to “your country with ISIS.” Swastikas drawn on a synagogue, schools, cars and driveways. A gay man being beaten by an assailant who said the “president says we can kill all you faggots now.” Plus “Trump Nation” and “Whites Only” spray-painted on a church attended largely by immigrants.
Those are some of the nearly 900 hate incidents across the U.S. in the 10 days immediately following President-elect Donald Trump’s surprise victory earlier this month, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Blacks, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ people, women and other groups were all targeted, according to the report, which attributes this “outbreak” of hate to Trump’s win.
“Both the harassment since the election and the energy on the radical right are the predictable results of the campaign that Trump waged for the presidency — a campaign marked by incendiary racial statements, the stoking of white racial resentment, and attacks on so-called ‘political correctness,’” states the report, titled “Ten Days After.”
The SPLC, which tracks hate groups and hate crimes, documented 867 hate incidents using media reports and submissions to the #ReportHate page on its website.
The report does not include incidents of online harassment, and excluded incidents determined to be hoaxes by authorities. While the SPLC cautions it couldn’t “confirm the veracity of all reports,” it also states that hate incidents it documented “almost certainly represent a small fraction of the actual number of election-related hate incidents that have occurred since November 8.”
The report cites the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimate that two-thirds of hate crimes go unreported to law enforcement.
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Add another accolade to Hamilton‘s gigantic trophy case.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical has set a Broadway record for the most money earned in a single week, according to The New York Times. The production raked in $3.3 million for eight shows and is the first show to surpass $3 million in revenues for an eight-show week. (Wicked earned $3.2 million for a nine-performance week in 2013, The Times reports.)
The success comes the week after President-elect Donald Trump criticized the cast for reading a statement to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who attended a show on Nov. 18 and was booed by some audience members.
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