Bernie Sanders Calls Donald Trump Travel Ban Anti-Islamic And Racist Attempt

Donald Trump’s revised travel ban is here and according to Bernie Sanders, it is a racist and anti-Islamic attempt to divide America. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a long-awaited revised travel order temporarily blocking travel for immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries. The revised executive order imposed a 90-day ban on travelers from Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, Iran and Somalia. Trump’s new immigration ban also suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and subsequently the U.S. will not be accepting more than 50,000 refugees in a year. Only Iraq has been dropped out from the earlier released list. [Image by Erik S. Lesser-Pool/Getty Images] After President Trump signed the revised executive order, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that the administration is continually going to re-evaluate the system in order to protect the nation. Many of the senior politicians have condemned Donald Trump’s latest immigration orders. The veteran senator, Bernie Sanders showed his disdain for the policy and even dismissed the White House’s claims that the travel ban is America’s way to prevent domestic terrorism. “Trump’s Muslim ban isn’t about keeping us safe,” he wrote on Twitter. “A president intent on keeping us safe wouldn’t give ideological ammunition to terrorists. Let’s call Trump’s travel ban what it is: A racist and anti-Islamic attempt to divide us up.” This isn’t about keeping America safe. Let’s call it what it is. This ban is a racist and anti-Islamic attempt to divide us up. https://t.co/nDrGdOUNUs — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 6, 2017 Bernie Sanders went on to say that if the sitting president would have respected America’s tradition of allowing religious freedom then he would not have “resorted to hateful, anti-Islamic rhetoric to justify a ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries.” Apart from Sanders, there are other Democrats who are not pleased with the revised travel ban. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a recent statement that the president’s administration has done absolutely nothing to change the dangerous goals of their Muslim and refugee ban. Similar to Pelosi, Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates said that the Trump administration had “doubled down on anti-Muslim bigotry.” “It’s crystal clear this is a Muslim ban,” she further said. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said that when the White House announced that they are working on a new traveling orders, he expected to see some changes but even the revised orders does not make them protected from any imminent danger. “It is mean-spirited, and un-American. It must be repealed.” However, taking the new orders back to the court would not be easy as it was with the original one. Won Kidane, a Seattle University law professor, stated that Trump’s administration has really worked hard on the revised ban and it will make it difficult to take it back to court. [Image by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images] “The previous executive order was just rushed and it didn’t make sense … Now I think they took their time and took care of many of the offending provisions,” he added. Meanwhile, Telegraph reported that after Trump’s new travel orders, he is facing a new legal threat as FBI investigates around 300 refugees for links to ISIL. According to the publication, New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman has stated that the new ban was immediately met with threats of legal actions. “While the White House may have made changes to the ban, the intent to discriminate against Muslims remains clear,” he said. “This doesn’t just harm the families caught in the chaos of President Trump’s draconian policies – it’s diametrically opposed to our values, and makes us less safe.” In January, when Donald Trump introduced the new executive orders, many called that he has shown his hatred against the Muslim-majority countries. But in a statement released by the White House, Trump stated that the ban is not anti-Muslim, but it is his administration’s way of protecting the country from the future terrorist attacks. [Featured Image by Win McNamee/Getty Images]

Mar-A-Lago Golf Resort Price: How Much Does Membership To The Florida Club Cost?

Donald Trump has made headlines since his inauguration for the considerable amount of time that he’s spent in his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. The president’s three trips to the Florida resort have reportedly cost taxpayers a total of $10 million, with more trips planned in the near future. But how much does membership to the exclusive club cost? According to the New York Times, the managing director of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida has said that Trump’s presidency “enhances” membership at the exclusive club, claiming that more people than ever are interested in joining. However, Bernd Lembcke also expressed that the club will now be even more careful in vetting potential new members, who still need to be introduced by a current member to be considered. Likely because club membership also awards exclusive access to the president. Take a look inside #DonaldTrump’s Mar-a-Lago aka the “Winter White House” https://t.co/Kuzg5OUcts pic.twitter.com/LLQgBc0OOb — Yahoo Celebrity (@YahooCelebrity) February 23, 2017 The annual membership fee for the club was reportedly recently doubled to $200,000 following the presidential inauguration of one of its members, Donald Trump. The considerable hike in membership fees is said to be because of increased interest in the club, where President Trump spent three weekends since his inauguration in January. Whilst the resort has always offered a haven for the rich and powerful to unwind, it’s now become an even more attractive destination following Donald Trump’s inauguration. According to Town and Country, on any given weekend, the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon can be found relaxing by the pool at Mar-a-Lago, whilst remaining completely accessible to members looking voice their opinions to President Trump. Despite the White House’s claims that this isn’t the case. The president’s “winter White House” may start to cause him headaches https://t.co/5sj0SYOGtB pic.twitter.com/EGQ8KJbYAA — Salon (@Salon) February 21, 2017 During his own three trips to the so-called winter White House, President Trump has entertained a foreign head of state, health care industry executives and other presidential guests. That being said, the president also spends a good deal of time talking with fee paying members of the exclusive Florida club. RELATED STORIES ON INQUISITR: Kellyanne Conway Photographed Kneeling On Oval Office Couch, Sparking Outrage ‘Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are The Liberal Elites,’ Says Chris Hedges Donald Trump Reportedly Has Oval Office Meltdown Over Sessions Drama At current, the club is believed to have nearly 500 paying members, comprising of dozens of real estate developers, Wall Street financiers, energy executives, all who own businesses that could be affected by the president’s policies. In fact, three of those members are said to be under consideration for ambassadorships. Some of the club’s members include William I. Koch, who heads up a major mining and fuels company, along with billionaire trader Thomas Peterffy, who once famously spent more than $8 million on ads warning against socialism. That being said, Koch, Peterffy, and many others were members at the club long before Trump’s presidency, however, there are a limited number of memberships still available, which the club obviously believes it won’t have trouble filling after raising membership fees to $200,000. .@realDonaldTrump’s Mar-a-Lago tested amid stiffening security https://t.co/QrsziIOv9H pic.twitter.com/UkyXIICYxP — POLITICO (@politico) March 6, 2017 However, there’s still a key problem for Mar-A-Lago in that it wasn’t designed to be a presidential retreat. According to Politico, after Trump spent his third weekend at the resort, photos surfaced on social media of the president dealing with a North Korean missile crisis on the dining terrace. Subsequently, the club has been forced to issue new rules prohibiting pictures or videos of the president when he’s on the premises, in order to ensure pictures don’t emerge online again of the president dealing with national security matters. That being said, as aforementioned, with nearly 500 members having access to the club, keeping it closed to the outside world whilst the president is in residence is always going to be difficult. [Featured Image by Getty Images/Joe Raedle]

Sean Hannity Is Betting Senator Lindsey Graham Will Turn Democrat Soon

Sean Hannity has been a major supporter of President Donald Trump. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has not. But despite the opposition, Graham still identifies as a Republican. For how much longer? Hannity is starting to take bets. In a Twitter shot across the bow Saturday (March 4), Sean took aim at a recent town hall that Graham had during which he spoke briefly on President Trump’s wiretapping allegations against former President Barack Obama. Before getting into what Sean Hannity said about Graham, here are the comments that started the Fox News host’s speculation. “I’m very worried that our President is suggesting that the former President’s done something illegally,” Graham told the town hall audience in comments reported by CNN. “I would be very worried if, in fact, the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about Trump campaign activity with foreign governments…. So it’s my job as a United States senator to get to the bottom of this. I promise you I will.” Upon hearing the comments, Sean Hannity approached his fellow “deplorables,” stating the following. Attention Irredeemable Deplorable twitter peeps. Should we start a pool on when @LindseyGrahamSC officially becomes a democrat? https://t.co/dhwSNbYjGW — Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 4, 2017 It is not clear if Sean Hannity heard all of Graham’s remarks from the meeting. Later on, he told the audience that he was “going to try to help our president, Donald Trump, be successful as possible because, No. 1, I agree with him mostly…. I’d like to get this country moving again.” Despite the apparent show of support, however, Graham and Trump’s differences with each other are well-documented, thus driving the speculation of Sean Hannity and others responding to the tweet. Graham was an early entrant in the crowded Republican primary and took early shots at the President, calling him a “jackass” twice and prompting one of Trump’s most famous counterpunches of the campaign when he criticized Graham for asking for help to get on the show Fox & Friends. Trump capped off the ridicule by sharing Graham’s actual cellphone number with the public. “Give it a shot,” he said. A spokesperson for Graham’s campaign then issued a statement that said, “Donald Trump continues to show hourly that he is ill-prepared to be‎ commander in chief,” adding that because of Trump’s “bombastic and ridiculous campaign, we aren’t talking about Obama’s horrible deal with Iran or‎ Hillary Clinton’s plans to continue Obama’s failed national security agenda.” Graham also attempted to play down the effects of the cellphone reveal by asking his Twitter followers, “Probably getting a new phone. iPhone or Android?” By the time the Republican primary made it to Graham’s home state, Graham was no longer in the race having suspended his campaign two months prior, and Trump had won all 50 delegates with 33 percent of the vote, according to NBC News. Sean Hannity has been critical of the Senator ever since. Media Matters reports that in December 2016 Hannity called him an “idiot” over his claims that Russia was involved in an election hack. Sean Hannity epically trolls Lindsey Graham — takes bets on when Graham will join Dem Party https://t.co/t9SpLWv5n7 pic.twitter.com/EqM4w8JI1S — Deplorable Emy (@Emy4Trump) March 5, 2017 The bad blood started before then, however. In June 2015, Sean Hannity took issue with remarks from Graham that people like him and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow were polarizing American politics. The Senator told Hannity, in an exchange reported by Politico, that he had “come to conclude that the Republican Party and the country as a whole needs to knock off some of this stuff.” Sean argued that it was okay to be “polarizing,” citing Martin Luther King, Jr., and former President Ronald Reagan as two men who were good for the country precisely because of how polarizing they were. As for Hannity’s Saturday tweet, Graham has yet to respond. Inquisitr will update should he choose to do so. What do you think, readers? Is Sean Hannity right or wrong about the South Carolina Senator’s desire to switch parties? Sound off in the comments section below. [Featured Image by Gage Skidmore/Flickr Creative Commons/Resized and Cropped/CC BY-SA 2.0]

Trump Once Promised 'No Vacations,' Has Now Spent Five Weekends At Mar-A-Lago

Donald Trump famously promised during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would by too busy to ever take a vacation, but now the president just spent his fifth weekend golfing and soaking up the sun at this exclusive Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida — trips that cost taxpayers $3.5 million each. The president has used his exclusive resort as something of a working retreat, taking time to dine at his restaurant and meet with the resort’s members while also hosting state visitors and tweeting accusations against President Barack Obama. But while he may be getting some work done while in Florida, Trump is also racking up criticism for the expensive trips after his constant attacks on Obama for his travel costs. This weekend was the fifth time that President Donald Trump flew down to Mar-A-Lago since his inauguration in January. The Guardian noted that these visits are quite expensive to taxpayers, with airfare and security costs plus the costs of keeping communications and medical staff on hand amounting to $3.5 million. As the report added, travel costs were quite a sore subject for Donald Trump when it was Barack Obama traveling. “President Obama’s vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars—-Unbelievable!” Trump tweeted in 2012. And the visits seem to contradict Donald Trump’s own promises on the campaign trail that he would never be taking a vacation. Trump said on multiple occasions that he would be “too busy” to travel or go golfing as he claimed Obama did. “I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done,” Trump told a reporter in 2015 (via Think Progress). “I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off… You don’t have time to take time off.” The costs of Trump’s travel could already be massive, reports indicate. The Guardian noted that Donald Trump and his family might have a total travel cost more than Barack Obama — all eight years of his presidency. “How is it possible? The complicated receipt involves weekend trips by Trump to Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Palm Beach, Florida; travel by his children and their government security details on Trump family business; and costs associated with protecting Trump’s Manhattan home, the high-rise Trump Tower building, where Trump’s wife and youngest child live but where the real estate mogul himself has not set foot since becoming president.” That is not the only area where Trump might have already passed Obama. Donald Trump was particularly concerned with Barack Obama’s golfing habits. Like nearly all presidents before him, Obama enjoyed some time on the links with both friends and foreign visitors. Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014 But in his first six weeks as president, Donald Trump has already visited his two golf courses a total of six times, People magazine noted, and golfed at least three of the times he was there. Trump’s first month of travel expenses cost taxpayers just less than what Obama spent in a year https://t.co/dgzl1p7tqi pic.twitter.com/8NFfCRSDNT — McSpocky™ ???? (@mcspocky) February 24, 2017 That’s a fact that Donald Trump has tried hard to hide, People added. “The New York Times reported that ‘the White House goes to considerable lengths to keep Mr. Trump’s golf game away from scrutiny,’ which the newspaper said included sequestering reporters to keep them from seeing the president playing golf,” the report noted. jake Tapper nails Trump for claim ‘we must do a lot more with less’ while costing taxpayers $3M at Mar-a-Lago https://t.co/ts8bUAfjES pic.twitter.com/TjGsMHkRC2 — Raw Story (@RawStory) March 4, 2017 Donald Trump’s weekend trips to Mar-A-Lago are generating even more criticism given the president’s calls to slash the federal budget. He has proposed deep cuts to arts programs and the Environmental Protection Agency, while calling on government agencies to be more fiscally responsible. [Featured Image by Joe Raedle/Getty Images]

Poll: Americans Want Trump Administration Russian Ties Investigated

A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that most Americans think Congress should further investigate to learn if the Russian government interfered with the recent presidential election and if there was contact between individuals in the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Roughly 54 percent of people surveyed agreed a more thorough investigation should be conducted on both fronts, with a plurality of respondents (38 percent) now also acknowledging that they feel Trump is “too friendly” with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Despite Trump recently dismissing all the clamor surrounding the two world leaders’ relationship as a “witch hunt,” pollsters also found the percentage of respondents who now feel more needs to be known about it has risen from 31 to 38 percent. At the same time, the percentage of respondents who previously stated they were undecided on the issue has declined from 44 to just 32 percent. Comparatively speaking, only 29 percent of those polled said they don’t feel the Trump/Putin relationship is too friendly. President Donald Trump on his way out after delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. [Image by Jim Lo Scalzo. Getty Images]. Pollsters found nearly two-thirds of Democrats feel Trump is too friendly with Putin, compared to 48 percent of Republicans. When it comes to independents, 35 percent acknowledged they feel the two are too joined at the hip, compared with 27 percent who don’t perceive the relationship to be much of an issue. More recently the intensity surrounding the issue has skyrocketed even more after it was uncovered that newly sworn- in Attorney General Jeff Sessions also had contact with Russian operatives during the time of Trump’s campaign, though he failed to disclose as much during his Senate confirmation hearings and directly answered “no” to the question of if he had engaged in any such dialogue. To date, fifty-seven Congressional Democrats have voiced the opinion Sessions should resign from office, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). In a statement released to Fox News, White House officials have since accused Democrats of stoking the issue and calling for Sessions’ resignation as an effort to derail the positive coverage the president received following his address to Congress. “This is the latest attack against the Trump administration by partisan Democrats,” the statement added. “Attorney General Sessions met with the ambassador in an official capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is entirely consistent with his testimony.” In addition to wanting an investigation of contact between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, a recent Reuters/Ipsos also poll found that Russia’ overall popularity has fallen to Cold War-era levels among Americans, who now overwhelmingly (82 percent) view it as more of a threat to U.S. interests. President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 24, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland[Image by Alex Wong/Getty Images]. Currently, there are three ongoing investigations into Russian involvement in the November election where Trump knocked off Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in stunning fashion. The House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the Department of Justice are all conducting probes, though they are all said to be in conjunction with the White House in an effort to counter negative news stories. Although some Republicans have joined in the chorus of those calling for Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation, Pelosi has insisted that would not enough. “Anything less than resignation or removal from office is unacceptable,” she recently tweeted. After the Washington Post first reported that Sessions had indeed met with a Russian ambassador, his spokeswoman finally confirmed the meeting took place. In a subsequent interview with NBC News, Sessions responded, “I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign.” He added he would recuse from an investigation into contact between Trump surrogates and the Russian government “whenever it’s appropriate.” The former Alabama senator was a Trump surrogate throughout the 2016 election season and was among the first national Republicans to publicly endorse him. [Featured Image by Win McNamee/Getty Images]

International Women's Strike Could Be Next Major Anti-Trump Event

President Donald Trump has faced protests on a nearly constant basis since before he was even officially sworn in. Protests in Washington, D.C., and other cities across America and around the globe started generating headlines in the days leading up to his inauguration on Friday, January 20. The day after his inauguration, the anti-Trump Women’s March on Washington drew hundreds of thousands of participants in D.C., with solidarity marches in other cities attracting hundreds of thousands more protesters. Since then, Trump’s executive order that temporarily banned travel to the U.S. for people from seven predominately Muslim nations inspired mass protests at airports and other locations, and the “Day Without An Immigrant” strike shut down hundreds of businesses on February 16 in response to other executive orders issued by Trump that critics view as anti-immigrant. Now labor and women’s rights groups are organizing a “Day Without A Woman” general strike for Wednesday, March 8. The strike falls on International Women’s Day. The Day Without A Woman event, which is actually a one-day strike and other actions, is being organized and supported by several prominent labor and women’s organizations, including the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington. The Day Without A Woman strike is part of a larger action called The International Women’s Strike. “The International Women’s Strike on March 8th, 2017 is an international day of action, planned and organized by women in more than 30 different countries,” reads a post on the organizations’s website. “In the spirit of solidarity and internationalism, in the United States March 8th will be a day of action organized by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards working women, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women.” The ‘Day Without A Woman’ is causing this entire school district to shut down next week: https://t.co/NnXEFG2ByE pic.twitter.com/IACvwEOQlh — Fusion (@Fusion) March 3, 2017 While the International Women’s Strike is focused on Donald Trump and his policies, the organizers make clear that they are also concerned with broader issues. “March 8th will be the beginning of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad,” the post on the International Women’s Strike website continues. “We celebrate the diversity of the many social groups that have come together for the International Women’s Strike. We come from many political traditions but are united [by] common principles.” Those common principles, according to the International Women’s Strike website, include putting an end to gender violence, promoting reproductive justice for all, supporting labor rights, striving for full social provisioning (such as social services and other public safety nets), fighting for an anti-racist and anti-imperialist feminism, and endeavoring for environmental justice for all. The website lists 10 different ways that people can participate in the strike. 1. Wherever it is possible, help the creation of a large women’s strike social coalition. Check for information about local organizing on our website. If there is no meeting yet for your town, help call one! 2. Organize or participate in local marches, demonstrations and walkouts. 3. Organize or participate in picket lines and direct actions of civil disobedience. This can also be organized in support of already existing campaigns or labor negotiations or controversies, especially if involving working women. 4. Organize a strike in your workplace. If you have a union, get your union on board; if you don’t, discuss with your coworkers what risks you are able to take and organize accordingly. 5. Organize a boycott of companies using sexism in their advertisements or approach to workers. 6. Organize a boycott of chosen local misogynists. 7. If you can, leave care and housework for the day and join your local demonstrations. 8. In case you can’t stop work, get your friends together who support the strike and wear or use the color red that day, for example, red clothes, or a red ribbon. 9. Strike from gender roles. 10, Contact us for more information and organizing help. Additionally, if you intend to strike, please fill out this survey which will help us calculate the impact of the strike! How To Support “Day Without A Woman” Strike If You Can’t Take The Day Off #DS17 https://t.co/rfzijpEzBd — Cheri Lovell (@thestrategicorg) March 5, 2017 It’s difficult to predict how successful the Day Without A Women strike will be compared to the Women’s March on Washington and other protests, but the group has been endorsed by dozens of prominent liberal and progressive organizations. In February several organizers of the International Women’s Strike collectively wrote an op-ed for The Guardian in which they argued that the current political climate is perfect for another mass anti-Trump action led by women. “The massive women’s marches of 21 January may mark the beginning of a new wave of militant feminist struggle,” the op-ed begins. “But what exactly will be its focus? In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies. We also need to target the ongoing neoliberal attack on social provision and labor rights.” [Featured image by Mario Tama/Getty Images]

Sen. Graham Promises Answers On Obama Wiretap: 'Biggest Scandal Since Watergate'

Senator Lindsey Graham held a townhall meeting in his native South Carolina Saturday and addressed the issue of the latest series of Twitter posts where President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of ordering the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the campaign for the presidency. The three-term senator told the audience that if true, such an act would become the “biggest scandal since Watergate.” He also said it was his job, as a senator, to “get to the bottom of this.” As was captured on video by CNN, Lindsey Graham, speaking at a gathering in Clemson, South Carolina, brought up the small flurry of tweets President Trump posted to his Twitter account earlier on Saturday morning haranguing former President Barack Obama for ordering the wiretap of Trump’s campaign phones. After a round of laughter from the decidedly anti-Trump crowd, Graham said, “I don’t know if it’s true or not, but if it is true, illegally, it would be the biggest political scandal since Watergate,” which was met with some boos and a few yells regarding Russia’s hacking of the election. But then Sen. Graham, who had several run-ins with candidate Donald Trump on the campaign trail and publicly announced he would not vote for Trump when it was certain that the New York businessman was going to get the Republican presidential nomination, provided the crowd with another scandal-bigger-than-Watergate scenario, “The other side of the story — just be quiet; be quiet for a second — if the former president of the United States was able to obtain a warrant lawfully to monitor Trump’s campaign for violating a law, that would be the biggest scandal since Watergate.” For emphasis, the Republican senator reiterated, adding his concern for what the Trump accusations of Obama wiretapping entails. “So here’s the deal, as we get ready to talk to each other: I’m very worried. I’m very worried that our president is suggesting that the former president has done something illegally. I would be very worried if in fact the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about Trump campaign activity with a foreign government.” Graham was not done. “So it’s my job as a United States senator to get to the bottom of this,” he concluded, adding, “I promise you I will.” The promise was met with applause. Graham’s words came in response to four tweets posted by President Trump (per the Washington Post) wherein he said he had “just found out Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ at Trump Tower,” labeling the act “McCarthyism.” He then questioned the legality of a sitting president to wiretap a campaign and added, “Turned down by a court earlier” (The Guardian reported that a FISA court had denied a warrant to surveil four of Trump’s campaign team members in the summer of 2016), which is suggestive that the president ordered the wiretap illegally. Trump then made the assumption that a legal case could be made that former President Obama had had his phones tapped in October. He ended the postings commenting on how “low” it was for the president to use a wiretap during the election. He concluded with: “This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse former President Barack Obama of having his campaign phones wiretapped, writing the act was akin to ‘Nixon/Watergate.’ [Image by Scott Eisen/Getty Images] Democratic Congressman Ted Leiu of California is in apparent agreement with Sen. Lindsey Graham on something being done about the accusation on a congressional level. He took to Twitter Saturday, first posting that an admitted wiretap meant that Trump himself was in trouble (the tweet apparently assumed no illegality on the part of then President Obama), noting that a federal judge had to find probable cause to issue a warrant for a wiretap. Lieu then posted that President Trump might be a bit paranoid. Either @realDonaldTrump is paranoid like Nixon, or judge found probable cause of crime for #wiretap. Either way our President is in trouble. — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 4, 2017 A few hours later, the congressman tweeted that the admission of a wiretap would force Congress to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the matter. Trump’s explosive admission of #wiretap at Trump Tower means Congress must appoint special prosecutor to review what was learned from taps. https://t.co/u3eN8Pl3WD — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 4, 2017 President Trump, who is weekending in Florida, did not provide substantiation for his accusation of Obama in his Twitter postings, and it is believed he may have been prompted by an article in Breitbart News, according to the Washington Post. CNN and other conservative media outlets also ran with extrapolated stories that seem to have had their origin with conservative talk show host Mark Levin, who suggested Thursday on his show that the Obama administration might have monitored the Trump campaign. Former President Barack Obama stands accused by President Donald Trump of allegedly illegally wiretapping the Trump campaign phones. [Image by Carsten Koall/Getty Images] As for former President Obama, a spokesman, Kevin Lewis, issued a statement (per NBC News) rejecting Trump’s accusation. “A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.” Several former senior U.S. officials have denied that a wiretap was ordered on Trump’s phones. According to the Washington Post, the Department of Justice and the FBI have declined to comment on the Obama wiretap allegation. [Featured Image by Sean Rayford/Getty Images]

Is Barack Obama Impairing Donald Trump’s Presidency?

Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse Barack Obama of wiretapping his offices even before he became the 45th president of the United States of America. In a series of tweets, the U.S. president said, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017 Not only this, Trump even made efforts to defend Jeff Sessions, the U.S. attorney general who is facing questions over his rumored meetings with the Russian ambassador. He tweeted, “The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs…” How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017 At this moment, there is no additional information that substantiates information about the president’s claims that former President Barack Obama had “wiretapped” Trump Tower, and it is still not clear on what information Donald Trump was basing the said allegations. That being said, Daily Mail reported that according to a close family friend of Barack Obama, the former president’s goal is to “oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment.” It is also reported that Obama has come out in support of the protest opposing President Donald Trump’s executive order to restrict immigration from Muslim-majority countries. A spokesman said Obama thinks they’re “citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.” [Image by Jack Gruber-Pool/Getty Images] Given the light of current incidents, here are a few major actions by Barack Obama and his close associates that may have creating problems for Donald Trump to run a smooth government. Barack Obama is currently living in his new mansion, which is just two miles away from the White House and is using that mansion as his headquarters. A source even revealed that Obama is working from behind the scenes to set up a shadow government that will help in protecting the legacy he created while serving as the president for eight long years. A family friend close to Obamas has said that the former president was reluctant to lead the opposition to Trump because he was burned out. However, his top adviser, Valerie Jarrett convinced him that this was the only way to protect his legacy. The source further added that to guide and advise Obama, Jarrett has moved into his 8,200-square-foot, $5.3 million mansion. According to the New York Post, from the mansion itself, Barack Obama will implement his plans through a network of leftist nonprofits that are led by Organizing For Action, the organization that grew out of his campaign group, Organizing for America. “You’re going to see me early next year,” he told his OFA troops after the election, “and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.” [Image by Kevin Dietsch – Pool/Getty Images] Since the election, Organizing For Action, or OFA, has added staff and accelerated its recruitment of liberal activists. “Obama has circumvented the Democrats with [Organizing for America] and has established a clandestine unaccountable political party taking money from questionable people,” said Martin Armstrong, who provides information about history, global warming, and real estate. Martin further explained that Obama “is deliberately trying to create an uprising and is side-stepping the Democratic Party himself because they will not agree with his agenda.” Apart from this, The Times reported that Obama White House officials have waged a campaign to save classified intelligence regarding Donald Trump’s associates’ contacts with the Russian government. The intelligence was also classified at relatively low levels “to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government.” Barack Obama: from the White House to the Big House. #ObamaGate #Wiretap #FISA pic.twitter.com/Xt8kTnkqKO — Spencer Gullickson (@SRGullickson) March 4, 2017 In the recent news, Barack Obama has officially refuted all the allegations made on him by President Trump. Obama’s spokesman, Kevin Lewis has said that it has been a cardinal rule of the Barack Obama’s administration that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation that was led by the Department of Justice. “Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false,” he added. [Featured Image by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]

VP Mike Pence Says Associated Press Owes Apology For Publishing Wife's Email

Vice President Mike Pence has called for an apology from the Associated Press for publishing his wife’s email address. Publicly releasing a letter addressed to Gary B. Pruitt, President and CEO of the Associated Press, Pence announced that the news organization had refused to remove Karen Pence’s email from a published story, and declared that she is owed an apology. Leaks of information at varying levels of presumed privacy, and varying levels of public interest, has been a recurring theme of the 2016 election and the first weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. There were, of course, the Wikileaks documents during the primaries, which were read by some voters as implicating Hillary Clinton and the DNC in a variety of bad behaviors, from misrepresenting the level of neutrality the committee held for the candidates in the Democratic primary, to leading media coverage. Donald Trump spoke of these leaks, calling for the press and the public to give them more attention. I hope people are looking at the disgraceful behavior of Hillary Clinton as exposed by WikiLeaks. She is unfit to run. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016 Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2016 He has expressed a different view on leaks regarding his own administration. The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017 [Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images] Mike Pence also addressed the information released by Wikileaks, which included not only contact information for those participating in the email exchanges, but, according to Associated Press — the very org with which Pence is currently having a dispute about such information — the names and other private information about …sick children, rape victims and mental health patients. These are the emails about which Mike Pence, then the Republican nominee for vice-president, said, according to a Washington Post report, to “…tell your neighbors and your friends,” advising the public to spread the contents of the emails far and wide. On Saturday, however, Pence again took a different stand on the publication of personal information of individuals who are not elected officials, speaking out about the AP‘s publication of Karen Pence’s personal email address in a story about both Karen and Mike Pence using their private email addresses for government business during Pence’s time as Governor of Indiana. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted an image of a letter to the Associated Press. When we requested they take it down, they refused. The @AP owes my wife an apology. pic.twitter.com/LdMmnewnWF — Vice President Pence (@VP) March 4, 2017 Primary points in the letter from Pence’s legal counsel were that the publication of Mrs. Pence’s private email address had subjected her to “vitriolic and malicious” messages, as well as creating security concerns, and that the news organization had refused to remove Mrs. Pence’s email address from the article, or issue a correction. The sole requests in the letter were for an apology to be issued to Karen Pence, and for the org to “observe the basic tenets of fairness, decency, and journalistic integrity” when covering the Pence family in the future. [Image by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images] Pence’s on commentary, added in the tweet, was a reiteration that the AP refused to remove the email address, and that Mrs. Pence is owed an apology. The Associated Press did respond, assuring that Mrs. Pence’s email address has been removed from ll subsequent stories, but stopping short of an apology, instead stating a stance of standing by the original story. Though Pence defended the use of a private AOL email address while serving as Governor of Indiana, the website he used for his campaign has listed a range of contact options over the course of his time as Governor, including email addresses at that website’s eponymous domain, and a directive to simply visit the official state government site. If it ever listed a contact address for Karen Pence, the Internet Achive‘s snapshots of Pence’s site, which currently redirects to Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign website, do not maintain a record of this. Though both Karen and Mike Pence have official Twitter accounts, social media is a different level of access, and, of course, of privacy, compared to email. [Featured Image by Alex Wong/Getty Images]

Gays For Trump: They Exist, And They Are Rallying Around The Country

A “Gays for Trump” group launched rallies around the country on Saturday (March 4) in support of President Donald Trump. Scott Presler, founder of Gays for Trump, said in comments to Mediaite that the group is a “national organization that is basically educating and mobilizing volunteers across the nation.” While the idea of a Republican president inspiring a widespread LGBTQ following may seem against the grain, Presler insisted his organization has their reasons. “We are talking about how Mr. Trump is going to protect our rights and protect us from terrorists,” Presler said. During the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump spoke out against what he often refers to as “radical Islamic terrorism” and some in the religion’s brutal treatment of LGBTQ persons. The president’s speech at the Republican National Convention urged taking a stand against acts like the one at the Orlando Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured at the gay bar by 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, according to New York Magazine. According to Mediaite, Presler was inspired in part by Trump’s comments to lead a demonstration in Virginia. He told the site the rally drew “about 400 people, a number he boasted far outnumbered those who came to protest,” the site reports. Presler told the site he wished the anti-Trump protesters “would not set things on fire and pepper spray people and bludgeon people.” There was also an event in Washington, D.C., attended by approximately 1,000. During the march, controversial singer and Trump supporter Joy Villa made an appearance. Many will remember Villa for showing up to the 59th Grammy Awards wearing a “Make American Great Again” dress, which she told conservative pundit Steven Crowder was fashioned by a gay designer, in a recent episode of the Louder with Crowder podcast. Narrative busted => Joy Villa’s Pro-Trump Grammy Dress? Designed by Immigrant… https://t.co/VQOp2tqilo pic.twitter.com/qyO88i3BZt — Steven Crowder (@scrowder) February 13, 2017 The Gays for Trump group that Presler oversees is part of the March4Trump umbrella organization, Mediaite notes. On the organization’s website, America is painted as a wasteland of sorts with “cities… being assailed, our police are under attack, and our livelihoods… given away.” The site continues, “From radical Islamic terrorism to our deliberately undermined military, the challenges posed from without are just as dangerous. Come show your support for him, each other, and our country right in the heart of our capital.” According to Reuters, people have been showing up in droves from both sides of the political aisle, and that has led to arrests with a march in California turning violent. The news organization’s Stephen Lam and Tim Branfalt report that an elderly Trump supporter was struck in the head and kicked on the ground by the anti-Trump contingent. In Berkeley — the scene of a previous violent protest over controversial conservative Milo Yiannopoulos, who is the highest profile individual associated with the Gays for Trump movement — Trump supporters shot pepper spray into a crowd as police, wearing riot gear, stood nearby. March 4 Trump Gays #LGBTQ come out in DC in support for President Trump. pic.twitter.com/Y5vtCyJVIi — Michael Delauzon (@MichaelDelauzon) March 4, 2017 While Gays for Trump is on the rise, the overwhelming majority of LGBTQ voters do not support the president. CNN’s exit poll data showed that 5 percent of voters identified as LGBTQ, and of that group, the president secured only 14 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 77 percent. Clinton earned the same percentage that Obama did in 2012, but then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney earned 23 percent, nine percentage points higher than President Trump. But what do you think, readers? Is the Gays for Trump group proof the president is gaining ground with the LGBTQ community? Sound off in the comments section below. [Featured Image by oceanfishing/Shutterstock]