Web Developer Says Donald Trump's Media Survey Might Really Be Fake News

Those who have been amusing themselves by gaming Donald Trump’s media survey might be wasting their time. According to at least one web developer, it’s quite possibly ‘fake news’ in a very real way: he believes the site may not actually be recording input at all, merely presenting a narrative that will encourage Trump supporters to donate. As previously reported, the survey, which was described as a questionnaire to determine how Americans feel about media honesty, included questions that many read as very agenda-driven and leading. Many who opposed Trump began experimenting with the survey, learning that it could also be accessed by people outside the U.S., and that it could be done multiple times. In fact, Trump actually released two separate media surveys, explaining to subscribers in an email that the first one had been ‘attacked’ by Democrats who took the survey to try to sabotage the results. Apparently too many people “sabotaged” Trump’s media survey by…taking it. So he scrapped the results/started over. https://t.co/XVfR2ZWbwN pic.twitter.com/34iduFMCSp — Melanie Gillman (@melgillman) February 22, 2017 It’s not clear what the results were in either poll, but after completing the survey, the user is taken to a page asking for donations. [Image By:Alex Wong/Getty Images] NPR assessed the poll early on, declaring it ‘phenomonally biased,’ but ‘also useful.’ Here, the poll is described as committing ‘a variety of polling sins’ including using leading questions, relying on incomplete data, and being directed at a self-selected group for biased results. However, NPR posited that the media survey was designed to help Donald Trump in a different way: leading questions that would plant ideas in a reader’s mind. Those biased questions can plant ideas in people’s heads. If Jane Doe happens to be a Trump supporter and a Christian, she might not think that she’s being particularly hurt by news organizations — until she sees a question like, “Do you believe that people of faith have been unfairly characterized by the media?” [Image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images] Of course, this has no bearing on those who see Donald Trump as a man with a fragile ego, who they hope to thwart by hurting his feelings with unfavorable survey responses. These voters dove in, ready to prevent Trump — whose administration, according to Deadline just this weekend prevented press access to several networks Trump has derided as ‘fake news’ — from using the results of the media survey as a basis for further action. For these survey-takers, the results were the point. They were determined to create results that would neither boost the President’s self-esteem, nor drive an anti-media agenda. The Trump survey showing him fuming and crying about how the media is treating him helps me sleep at night knowing he’s mad and upset. — ryan (@artangeIs) February 17, 2017 Just took this Trump media accountability survey to let them know that I value a critical and vocal free press. https://t.co/S9pGODHqNP — Stuart Fraser (@swfraser4) February 17, 2017 However, Devin Pike on Hacker Noon spoke to a web developer who said that, as far as he could tell, the media survey isn’t actually recording responses. Instead, the developer described it as a ‘fraud’ that existed only to raise money, not to collect input. Pike gets a lot more technical, but the essence is that the web developer looked into the site’s code while filling out the survey, and found that it didn’t appear to actually record the submitted data. Following up with other coders, Pike got mixed reviews, with several reporting the same findings, and others sending screenshots that appeared to show the data transmitting to the server normally. Yet another reported that he saw data transmitting to the server, but not being recorded. While the theory was posited that perhaps the coding had been messed up by honest accident when moving the survey from the GOP website to the Donald J. Trump campaign site, yet another developer told Pike it had worked fine for him on both websites. The final conclusion regarding Donald Trump’s media survey? It may or may not be recording the data users are filling in. At least four coders or developers say that it doesn’t appear to do so — and others disagree. [Featured Image by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images]

Huckabee Says Group Aims To 'Ban Whites;' Students Say Demand Was Misrepresented

Mike Huckabee asserted on Sunday that a student group is calling for the University of Michigan to segregate campus spaces, sharing a story whose headline further asserts the group is moving to ‘completely ban whites’ from a certain location. However, the group, Students4Justice, says their request has been misrepresented — and a look at the letter from the University of Michigan President shows no request for any sort of ban. The Conservative Tribune reports that a group called Students4Justice is demanding safe spaces for black students. The story quotes a small portion of the actual demand letter from the student group. …a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work However, the small quoted portion doesn’t establish firmly what that means, and the conservative outlet goes on to extrapolate a ban as a possible meaning, asserting that students are demanding “…their own non-white safe space,” and that this was an example of “…black students spearheading a movement to bring back segregation.” Sharing the story on Sunday, Mike Huckabee, former candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination, added his own twist. There, self-proclaimed “justice” warriors against racism are demanding segregated, “whites only” and “blacks only” spaces He goes on to suggest that these students need more history classes to teach them about the Civil Rights movement’s heroes… …who risked their lives to desegregate schools and end “whites only/blacks only” facilities. [Image by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images] While Huckabee’s share of the story bears the headline, “Libs Move To Completely Ban Whites From THIS Location,” the current headline has slightly softer wording, mentioning instead a “separate space on campus where no whites can go. However, neither segregated campuses nor an attempt to ‘ban whites,’ or even a “separate space where no whites can go” are included in the actual request from the student group. Students4Justice referred to the ‘ban whites’ claim on Friday, saying that it is a …misrepresentation of our work and our demands for the University of Michigan. In the response letter [PDF] from University of Michigan to these students, the demands that have been interpreted as a call to “ban whites” are quoted — showing that the specific demand in question was truncated, cutting off relevant clarifying information that shows the request not as calling for a ban of any group, but for a place to focus on activism. The first sentence of this demand is as quoted by conservative news pieces. Create a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work. However, while this line has been interpreted as a call to ‘ban whites,’ nothing in it explicitly says that anyone would be banned. Further, the second line of the demand makes it clearer that this isn’t a space to ban whites from, but for activism focused on social justice for people of color. This is not the same as Trotter Multicultural Center, because we want a space solely dedicated to community organizing and social justice work specifically for people of color. The demand does not describe a place to avoid or ban other cultures or groups — it describes instead a place with a specific activist focus. Other, separate demands include a request for a more diverse campus staff, and for the staff to address police brutality. [December 2015 protest over Tamir Rice death, Grand Jury decision to bring no indictment.
Image By: Angelo Merendino/Getty Images] Further, in a YouCaring fundraiser dedicated to the same project, Students4Life is even more explicit: the goal is to (emphasis added) …create an activist center at the University for students of color and allies to organize Who is welcome as an ally? Well, back in November, Students4Justice actually shared a link inviting white people to be allies, and discussing the contributions to be made. Rather than ‘ban whites,’ the link describes ways that whites can be a part of the activism in question. University of Michigan’s response letter, in fact, does not show any sign of reading this demand as a request to ban whites; instead the response describes the multicultural spaces already present, including the aforementioned Trotter Multicultural Center, which is described not as a location for activist work but for events, education, and activities. The letter goes on to recognize a social justice center for activist work on campus as a possible future endeavor. Neither the demand nor the response ever mentions a ‘ban’ of whites or any other group, only two widely differing views on what is necessary for the campus to support all students. [Featured Image By: Spencer Platt/Getty Images]

Donald Trump Skipping White House Correspondents' Dinner As Media Feud Boils

Donald Trump’s growing feud with the media has hit a fever-pitch, with the newly elected Republican president announcing he plans to become the first commander-in-chief in nearly four decades to skip out on the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. CNN reports Trump will be the first sitting president since a still recovering Ronald Reagan missed the black-tie dinner that raises money for journalism scholarships in 1981 following an assassination attempt. Even then, Reagan delivered remarks by phone. According to NPR, the last president to outright bypass the event was the beleaguered and ultimately impeached Richard Nixon. “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,” Trump recently tweeted. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening.” Just weeks into his administration, Trump has been embroiled in a nasty dispute with mainstream media, leading him to recently brand the fourth estate the “enemy of the people” and ban such traditional publications as CNN and the New York Times from a recent White House media event.
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] Even before the president’s announcement, several media outlets had already withdrawn from taking part in the April 29, Washington D.C.-based event and Vanity Fair and Bloomberg news had pulled the plug on their annual star-studded after-party. White House Correspondents Association President Jeff Mason recently told CNN’s Brianna Keilar that Trump’s decision is not surprising given all the negative things he has proclaimed about the media over the last several weeks. “That of course is something that the correspondents’ association and journalists reject,” he said of the notion of news organizations being an enemy of the people. “The media is an incredibly important part of a vibrant republic, and we celebrate that at that dinner.” No matter what the president decides, Mason insisted journalists will continue to truthfully report the news as the situation dictates. Not long before then, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon referred to the press as the “opposition party” at a Conservative Political Action Conference gathering. Later, Trump himself dedicated a great deal of his speech to that same audience, castigating the “fake news” media. Since its inception in 1921, the dinner has been a time when the president and the media have typically buried the hatchet with the two sides taking on one another in a light-hearted way before acknowledging the important role a vibrant media plays in a democracy. In recent times, not much has been light about the nature of the discord between the president and members of the media. President Donald Trump will not attend the White House correspondents’ dinner. [Image by Alex Brandon/AP Images] CBS anchor and former Correspondents’ Association board member Major Garrett doesn’t think the solution lies in skipping the event altogether. “If Trump represents a genuine threat to press freedoms, then foregoing the dinner doesn’t change a thing,” he wrote in a recent Washington Post opinion piece. “The right response, instead, is for reporters and news organizations to redouble their commitment to a WHCA dinner built around the journalism of the present and of the future.” That a president is at odds with the media at the time the calendar turns to mark the annual event comes as nothing new. For example, Reagan took part in the event at a time when there was increased media scrutiny being dedicated to the Iran-Contra weapons scandal in the 1980s, and Bill Clinton attended the event in the years before and after he was impeached following the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Almost from the day he took office, Trump has derided the media with talk of “fake news” reporting. He has also routinely referred to the media as “dishonest” and chastised journalists as being bias anytime they have reported stories from a lens that in any way differs from his. [Featured Image by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images]

Former Richard Nixon Counsel John Dean Says President Trump Engaging In Cover-Up

John Dean, who was at one time the former counsel for President Richard Nixon, believes that President Donald Trump is engaging in a cover-up of the Russia scandal which is similar to Watergate. In a Twitter post yesterday, Dean acknowledged that he has plenty of experience when it comes to cover-ups and he is of the belief that Trump and the White House are fighting against an FBI investigation because they are engaged in a lie about their dealings with Russia, the Daily Kos has reported. “I have expertise on this matter. Push back on an FBI investigation of the White House is better known as a COVER UP.” Included in John Dean’s tweet was a link to an opinion piece written by Greg Sargent for The Washington Post. In Sargent’s article, he notes that President Trump has just unleashed more fury on the FBI through his recent Twitter posts and has again blamed the agency for not being able to stop national security leaks coming from the American government. “They can’t even find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S.” Richard Nixon with Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger on October 13, 1973. John Dean has compared Trump’s Russia scandal with Nixon’s Watergate. [Image by Harvey W. Georges/AP Images] Greg Sargent believes that President Trump’s anger is “misdirected.” He suggests that a better target for Trump’s wrath should be the White House instead. This comes after Reince Priebus, the White House Chief of Staff, requested that the FBI publicly announce to the media that there was no contact between the White House and Russia during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. This request was refused by the FBI. The way the Trump presidency is beginning it is safe to say it will end in calamity. It is almost a certainty. Even Republicans know this! — John Dean (@JohnWDean) January 31, 2017 John Dean has written numerous books on President Richard Nixon and the American government and explains the similarities he sees between President Trump and President Nixon when it comes to Watergate compared with the Russia scandal in an interview with Democracy Now. As the counsel to Nixon, Dean recalled that Watergate ran for a full 900 days, while President Trump’s alleged dealings with Russia have come to light much faster, due in part to how quickly news travels today. While we are not currently in the full-blown stages of an affair like Watergate, John Dean does believe that things could very quickly escalate. “Well, what I see and hear, in following it, are echoes of Watergate. If you recall, Watergate ran about 900 days. In other words, it went on for years, starting with a bungled burglary at the Democratic National Committee and right up to Richard Nixon’s resignation, followed by the conviction of his top aides. So it ran a long time. What we’re seeing is very accelerated. It’s partially responsible because of the media and the technology today, but it’s also the behavior of Trump and his aides, as well as the media’s vigilance on this. So we’re seeing things accelerated. And what I see or hear are echoes of Watergate. We don’t have Watergate 2.0 yet, but we have something that is beginning to look like it could go there.” Face masks of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia on February 20, 2017. [Image by Dmitri Lovetsky/AP Images] With regard to the start of Donald Trump’s presidency, John Dean likens Trump career in the White House to a skyscraper which has been built on top of a very fragile foundation that will have to give way at some time. Dean believes that if President Trump is able to stay on top of Republicans that he may be able to win this battle, but he strongly feels that with Trump’s attitude this will not be possible. “Like Nixon, he’s a slave to his own worst instincts.” While John Dean has numerous comparisons between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, his own personal feeling is that President Trump is “more volatile” than Nixon ever was and believes his administration is headed in the wrong direction. Do you agree with John Dean’s words and do you think that the similarities between Nixon’s Watergate and Trump’s Russia scandal will bring down Donald Trump’s presidency? [Featured Image by Alex Brandon/AP Images]

Bernie Sanders Says Republican Opponents Need To Face Their Constituents

Senator Bernie Sanders has expressed his dissatisfaction over Republicans skipping their town hall meetings, warning them that they must have the guts to face tough questions from their constituents. Speaking with CNN, the Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate told that people who don’t have the guts to face their own constituents don’t belong in Congress, Independent reports. “If you don’t have the guts to face your constituents, then you shouldn’t be in the United States Congress.” Bernie Sanders: “If you don’t have the guts to face your constituents, then you shouldn’t be” in Congress https://t.co/TySrkSyNcT — CNN (@CNN) February 24, 2017 Sanders further expressed his dissatisfaction over the matter, pointing out that fear of protests should be no reason to skip on these meetings, and the lawmakers should instead opt to increase security during these meetings if necessary. “And if you need police at the meetings, that’s fine, have police at the meetings, have security at the meetings. But don’t use that as an excuse to run away from your constituents after you support repealing the Affordable Care Act, throwing 20 million people off of health insurance, doing away with preexisting conditions.” Sanders remained resolute on his belief that people who make and change rules and laws ought to have the guts to justify their decisions to their constituents. “If you are going to do all those things, answer the questions that your constituents have.” These comments from Sanders follow a recent revelation that during the first recess a large number of republican lawmakers (more than 200) skipped their respective town halls in their home states in order to avoid the wrath and questions from angry voters. Most of the questions the GOP lawmakers are trying to avoid concern Trump’s conflict of interest, his alleged ties to Russia, jobs, and healthcare. [Image by Win McNamee/Getty Images] Republicans who did attend their respective town hall meetings, including Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, were widely criticized and scrutinized during their respective meetings. They were booed and shouted down at. Outside the town hall, they had to face thousands of angry protesters who had been denied entry into the venue. President Donald Trump discounted these protesters as “thugs” and “liberal activists.” Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, had issued a statement regarding these protests, noting that these people were clearly upset about a few things, but also arguing that most of them had no idea why there were upset about them. He further added that the manner in which the protests were being carried out seemed suspiciously well organized, saying that the protests seemed to have a “bit of a professional, manufactured base” in them. Spicer added that President Trump’s new healthcare plan would give the voters the assurance they seek, and it will help them see that “help is on its way.” But a backing from the president himself wasn’t enough to encourage the more than 200 GOP lawmakers who skipped on their town halls, fearing the wrath of angry voters. Surprisingly, during the first two months of the new congress, which consists of 292 Republican representatives, there have been only 88 in-person events with Republicans lawmakers. In contrast, in 2015, during the same period of time, 222 in-person town hall events with Republicans had been organized. Sanders lost the democratic primary to Hillary Clinton. [Image by Darren McCollester/Getty Images] Sanders has been vocally criticizing Trump’s decisions and actions. Earlier this month, he called Trump a “fraud” for working with Wall Street to roll back some banking regulations that would help the rich become richer at the expense of the working class. He has also called Trump a “pathological liar.” Sanders, a presidential candidate himself, lost the democratic primary to Hillary Clinton, who eventually lost the presidential race to Donald Trump. [Featured Image by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]

New Details Finally Emerge On The GOP's Obamacare Replacement Plan

Ever since Republicans saw Obamacare take place, they have attempted to remove it and replace it with something new, and now President Donald Trump has repealed it, so what is the Trump administration expected to replace it with? Details have been scarce since Trump repealed the Affordable Care Act earlier this month, but after he pushed the executive order out to do so, Americans were assured a replacement was coming. Now it appears that new details have emerged regarding what Republicans are expected to replace Obamacare with. While Republicans have yet to agree on a detailed policy to replace Obamacare with, there is an interesting update regarding Medicaid. It of course expanded in more than 30 states under the Obama administration. Republicans have also been talking about how the new healthcare law would be funded. The reason that Obamacare is disliked by many Americans has to do with its monthly tax for those uninsured and the high premiums. Americans certainly would want to remove both problems under the new healthcare law. According to the Washington Post, one popular idea among Republicans is that millions who get healthcare coverage through the expansion of Medicaid would be “grandfathered in.” [Image by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Images] In addition to this, the states that did not expand Medicaid could get more money through an increased federal disproportionate share payments. This would be used to help hospitals that see a large number of uninsured people. Politico reports that there would be a cap on the amount of money given to states for Medicaid. The plan is to also end tax subsidies that are based on income for the purchase of the individual plans in 2020. Ed Haislmaier, a senior research fellow and healthcare policy expert for the Heritage Foundation, claimed that the new plan “addresses the major issues and is a serious proposal for transitioning out of Obamacare. Clearly the details will continue to evolve and we’ll be watching as they do.” Health insurance executives within the United States are expected to meet with Donald Trump on Monday according to a report out of Bloomberg. Blue Cross Blue Shield confirmed they would be at the meeting through their spokeswoman, meaning one of the top insurance companies in the country will be there to meet with the president. Many of these companies lost millions under Obamacare, so the new plan is expected to help them as much as it is to help Americans. [Image by Carolyn Kaster/AP Images] Some experts assume that if insurance companies are helped out, they may charge less for their coverage. This would, in turn, help every American who needs coverage that does not get it through their place of work. On top of this, employers who had to stop offering insurance may now have the ability to add insurance back with the possible lower cost. Obamacare has helped millions nationwide, which made many Americans worry they may lose their healthcare coverage due to the removal of their help from Obamacare. Republicans know of this issue, which is why they have repeatedly pledged they would not take healthcare away from those who currently get help with their individual coverage through the health market that Obamacare helped establish. Democrats claim the opposite is true, which has been their message since Democratic candidates went out for office. It will be interesting to see which is true, but according to Bloomberg‘s Zach Tracer, older people may be the ones at the most risk to lose their coverage or pay more for it without Obamacare’s help. United States Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat out of Washington, said in a statement, “The deeply harmful path House Republicans have laid out would spell disaster for families nationwide. President Trump, who promised families he would provide insurance for everyone, should be the first to oppose it.” [Image by Brennan Linsley/AP Images The plan by the Republicans has yet to actually be finished as of now, with no concrete proposal being made by the Trump administration to replace Obamacare. That said, it does appear that there are many people still in favor of the Obamacare system, despite some of the pitfalls it has on other Americans. In a survey released on Friday, The Kaiser Family Foundation found a lot of bipartisan support for keeping federal funding for Medicaid expansion, which was done through Obamacare. Eighty-four percent of people who took part in the poll felt it was important to do so. The poll shows that there is major support for the Obamacare law at this point, with many Americans now viewing it favorably due to the help it has provided many Americans nationwide according to the poll. Despite this, many healthcare organizations are in favor of a change from Obamacare with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services being one of them. Spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley claimed, “Obamacare has failed. We welcome any and all efforts to repeal and replace it that put patients first.” The situation at hand at this point is if Donald Trump and his administration will end up keeping the base of Obamacare around with changes to help, which is what John Boehner, former house speaker, claimed might happen recently. With Obamacare being loved and hated across the nation, it will be interesting to see what it is replaced with. [Featured Image By J. Scott Applewhite/AP Images]

Witches To Conjure Spells Against Trump Every Waning Crescent Moon At Midnight

Witches around the world have been invited to take part in a mass spell-casting ritual that will begin at midnight tonight and will continue over each waning crescent moon at midnight until the time that President Donald Trump is removed from office. Elle reports that while many people are protesting Trump by speaking up in town halls, phoning their representatives and attending protests, witches have now decided to take part in their own way by casting spells on President Donald Trump in order to force him out of office. While there have been murmurs for quite some time about witches organizing to partake in spells against President Trump, it was Michael M. Hughes who publicized the most recent series of events. Hughes has been quick to explain that his intention and that of other witches is not to physically harm Donald Trump, but to simply stop what he is doing by hopefully having him removed from office. “We’re not wishing harm on anyone, we’re just trying to stop the harm they’re doing. It’s not the equivalent of punching a Nazi in the face, it’s the equivalent of tying him up and taking his bullhorn away.” President Donald Trump on July 21, 2016. Witches performing a magic binding ritual will need a photograph of President Donald Trump to burn with an orange candle. [Image by Alex Wong/Getty Images] There will be magic rituals performed by many covens tonight and also by others who may practice voodoo, shamanism, or just consider themselves occultists. This “mass binding” will not end tonight, however, but will continue with each month’s waning moon. Other dates when witches will be partaking in spells to remove Trump from office include March 26, April 24 and May 23. The Daily Mail has provided a list of items which can be used for these magic rituals, and they can be found on other news sites as well. These items include a photo of President Donald Trump (as unflattering as possible), an orange candle, bowls of salt and water and a Tower card from the tarot set. While tools and spells among witches may vary, the above is a general list of items for one particular spell. After all of the above items are in place, witches will be carving President Trump’s name into the orange candle. Those that are performing this spell will need to ask for protection before they begin their proceedings. They will then chant a refrain that seeks to remove Donald Trump from the White House and also speaks about binding his supporters also. “I call upon you to bind Donald J. Trump so that he may fail utterly. That he may do no harm to any human soul. Bind him so that he shall not break our polity, usurp our liberty, or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair. Bind them in chains, bind their tongues, bind their works, bind their wickedness.” Witches hope to make President Donald Trump leave the White House with their magic binding ritual. [Image by Alex Wong/Getty Images] Once this refrain has been chanted, participants involved in this spell should take their orange candle and set fire to the photograph that they have chosen of President Trump. While the candle is being blown out, witches are supposed to be visualizing President Trump also “blowing out” and turning into heaps of ashes. After Donald Trump’s photo has been completely burned and is disintegrated, witches will then say, “So mote it be,” three times. Witches will then need to ground themselves when they have finished performing this binding ritual. It has been suggested that the singer Lana Del Rey will also be taking part in these binding rituals against President Trump as she tweeted some of the days of the waning crescent moon when these magic spells will be performed. At the stroke of midnight
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???? pic.twitter.com/PsjNpIODZE — Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) February 24, 2017 What do you think about tonight’s ritual binding spell at midnight against President Donald Trump and will you be partaking in any of the future magic events held monthly with the waning crescent moon? [Featured Image by Scott Olson/Getty Images]

Janet Nguyen Kicked Out Of California Senate Chamber [Video]

California State Senator Janet Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant, was silenced and physically removed from the legislative chamber in Sacramento on Thursday after attempting to voice criticism of the late Tom Hayden. Nguyen, a Republican who represents the 34th district in the Orange County area, is the first Vietnamese-American state senator in the U.S. and the country’s first Vietnamese-American woman state legislator. Jane Fonda’s ex-husband, a former state senator, and anti-Vietnam war activist, Hayden passed away in October. According to Sen. Nguyen, she was attempting to provide a different historical perspective than what was presented two days earlier during a senate memorial for Hayden. Nguyen added that she withheld making any comments on Tuesday out of respect for the Hayden family. “Nguyen attempted to make her comments during the adjourn-in-memory portion of the Senate floor session, when members typically offer tributes to constituents who have recently died,” the Sacramento Bee noted. The senator prefaced her remarks that were short circuited by remembering hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees who tragically perished in the quest for freedom. Sen. Nugyen, 40, and her family became refugee boat people when they fled Vietnam after the fall of Saigon when the communists took control of the entire country as U.S. forces withdrew. They later resettled in California. Approximately 500,00 Vietnamese Americans reside in the Golden State. [Image by Rich Pedroncelli/AP Images] Beginning her speech in Vietnamese, the senator who was born in Saigon switched to English after which Democrats raised objections as shown in the video embedded below. The Democrat-controlled chamber then interrupted her and cut off her microphone, and security escorted her out in an encounter that might perhaps remind some of the final courtroom scene in the Al Pacino movie And Justice for All. Democrat lawmakers claimed that she was out of order and her remarks were inappropriate because Nugyen had violated certain parliamentary rules governing the state senate, CBS News reported. Nguyen claims that she notified the leadership in advance that she intended to speak out about Hayden, LA West noted. On her website, Sen. Nugyen posted the speech that she attempted to deliver before being removed. “I and the children of the former South Vietnam soldiers will never forget the support of former Senator Tom Hayden for the Communist government of Vietnam and the oppression by the Communist Government of Vietnam for the people of Vietnam…As you may be aware, Tom Hayden chose to work directly with the Communist North Vietnamese Government to oppose the efforts of United States forces in South Vietnam. Mr. Hayden sided with a communist government that enslaved and/or killed millions of Vietnamese, including members of my own family. Mr. Hayden’s actions are viewed by many as harmful to democratic values and hateful towards those who sought the very freedoms on which this nation is founded…” Nguyen also took to Twitter to protest when she described as a violation of her First Amendment freedom-of-speech rights. Extremely grateful for the support for my #1stAmendment right to speak for the memory of those who fled persecution after the Vietnam War. — Senator Janet Nguyen (@SenJanetNguyen) February 23, 2017 I refuse to be silenced or have my #FreedomofSpeech infringed when speaking out for those who are victims of tyrannical regimes! — Senator Janet Nguyen (@SenJanetNguyen) February 24, 2017 The Republican Party of California collectively also expressed outrage about how the senator was forcibly expelled from the senate chamber. @SenJanetNguyen 1st amnd silenced as she was removed from Sen chamber while speaking #caleg #shepersisted pic.twitter.com/EJBAqK96Fw — CA Senate GOP Caucus (@SenateRepCaucus) February 23, 2017 Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, a Los Angeles Democrat, subsequently announced that his office would conduct a review of the incident and that removing Sen. Nguyen while she was trying to speak should have been done as a last resort, the San Jose Mercury News detailed. [Image by Jonathan Cooper/AP Images] Reacting to this incident, the Gateway Pundit website wondered about a possible double standard in connection with the coverage or lack thereof. “Will the mainstream media make Republican California state Senator Janet Nguyen a star like they did with Democrat Texas state Senator Wendy Davis or Democrat U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for speaking truth to power as those liberal woman politicians were lionized by the media?” [Featured Image by Rich Pedroncelli/AP Images]

Donald Trump Impeachment: Nixon Counsel Sees 'Echoes Of Watergate' In Trump

Donald Trump could be headed for impeachment, with the former counsel to President Richard Nixon saying he sees “echoes of Watergate” in Trump’s quickly expanding Russia scandal. In an appearance this week, former Nixon counsel John Dean compared Trump’s scandal to the one that ultimately led to Richard Nixon’s downfall — although on a much more accelerated scale than the scandal that took years to sink Nixon. His comparison also comes as a number of other voices have spoken out against Donald Trump, calling for his impeachment. Even before he took the oath of office, Donald Trump was dogged by allegations that his team worked closely with Russian intelligence officials during the campaign. American intelligence officials had determined that groups working on behalf of the Russian government had hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, and leaked it through WikiLeaks for the purpose of damaging Clinton’s campaign and helping elect Donald Trump. That was followed by the publishing of a long-circulated dossier from a former MI6 British intelligence officer claiming that Russia had been cultivating Donald Trump for years, collecting damaging material to be used for blackmail and offering him profitable deals. The scandal has continued to deepen in recent weeks. Last week, the New York Times reported that during the campaign, American intelligence officials intercepted calls between members of Trump’s campaign and senior Russian intelligence officials. The calls came at the same time as Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee, leading officials to investigate whether there was coordination between Trump’s team and Russian intelligence. [Image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images] There is no evidence of cooperation so far, officials told the New York Times, but they remained interested at the strange timing. “But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin,” the report went on to add. “At one point last summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.” That report was followed this week by a report from CNN that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and later to FBI Director James Comey to speak to reporters and quash reports of the Russia investigation. That request broke long-established rules separating the White House and FBI, the report noted. [Image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images] The revelations have increased the calls for Donald Trump to be impeached. In an interview with Democracy Now!, John Dean said he saw striking similarities between Trump’s burgeoning scandal and the Watergate cover-up that led Richard Nixon to resign. The former White House counsel, who authored the book The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It, said Trump’s scandal appears to be an accelerated version of Watergate. “Well, what I see and hear, in following it, are echoes of Watergate. If you recall, Watergate ran about 900 days. In other words, it went on for years, starting with a bungled burglary at the Democratic National Committee and right up to Richard Nixon’s resignation, followed by the conviction of his top aides. So it ran a long time. What we’re seeing is very accelerated. It’s partially responsible because of the media and the technology today, but it’s also the behavior of Trump and his aides, as well as the media’s vigilance on this. So we’re seeing things accelerated. And what I see or hear are echoes of Watergate. We don’t have Watergate 2.0 yet, but we have something that is beginning to look like it could go there.” There are already several groups an individuals calling for Donald Trump to be impeached. The city council of Richmond, California, voted this week to approve a resolution calling for his impeachment, and a recent poll from Public Religion Research Institute found that 58 percent of Democrats supported impeachment proceedings. [Featured Image by Olivier Douliery – Pool/Getty Images]

Donald Trump Approval Rating: Why Is It So Low, And Why Does It Keeps Dropping?

President Donald Trump’s approval rating appears to be on a downward trajectory. But why is this the case, and why are more and more Americans seemingly disenchanted with the newly-inaugurated president? According to a report from CBS, one of the reasons for Trump’s approval rating drop is the ongoing controversy regarding some of the President’s officials and their contacts with Russian agents. Slightly more than half (51 percent) of Americans polled said that they are more bothered about the possibility Trump officials had talks with Russia, while 38 percent said their main concern is the chance U.S. intelligence agencies had leaked the data on the alleged communications. CBS noted that the chances of people saying they’re more bothered by “possible improper communications with Russia” or “leaking by the intelligence community” largely depend on their party. Seventy-nine percent of Democrats admitted to the former, while 72 percent of Republicans said that the latter bothered them more. Generally speaking, 57 percent of Americans have no issue with the leaks, as they feel that it offers a bit of transparency regarding need-to-know information for the country as a whole. Only 37 percent said that the leaks aren’t a good thing because they jeopardize the U.S.’ national security. Like it was with the above question, 75 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independents approved of the leaks, while 58 percent of Republicans disapproved. [Image by Timothy D. Easley/AP Images] When talking about Trump’s alleged friendly relations with Russia, 43 percent of respondents believe that the President is indeed too friendly, while 44 percent have no issue with his approach. About 80 percent of Republicans see no issue in how Trump deals with Russia, while about 75 percent of Democrats think that he’s being too friendly. Even before his inauguration as president, Donald Trump has been perceived as being combative toward media, and one of the many questions asked in the CBS poll was how often Americans believe media is telling the truth. Only a combined 38 percent see media as being always or mostly truthful, with 13 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of Democrats feeling this way. As far as Trump’s approval rating goes, the CBS poll has it at a rather low 39 percent, which is similar to the previous month’s rating. Close to half of respondents said that the Trump administration is “more disorganized” than previous administrations, which is contrary to how the President referred to his administration – a “fine-tuned machine.” A recent NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll also had Trump’s approval rating at a rather low level, as a combined 43 percent of respondents are, on some level, impressed with his job performance thus far. A combined 54 percent said that they somewhat, or strongly disapprove of his performance, with an overwhelming 43 percent answering to the latter effect. Again, there was a noticeable trend based on the political affiliation of the respondents – close to 90 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners thought positively of Trump as U.S. President, while a similar percentage of Democrats and Democrat-leaners had a negative view. ‘Not My President’s Day': Thousands Protest President Trump in Rallies Across US https://t.co/bWLH2NCnNR #DonaldTrump #Fem2 #Fracking pic.twitter.com/iAHS14ePU9 — We Resist (@ProtestWatch) February 21, 2017 Although Trump’s controversial words and actions as U.S. President may be among the reasons why his popularity is slipping, other surveys suggest that it’s more about what he is or isn’t as a person and as a leader. Yesterday, The Inquisitr reported on another poll, this time from Quinnipiac University, where Donald Trump’s approval rating was shown to have declined to 38 percent. Unlike the others, this poll had focused on how people see Trump’s personal traits, and it was revealed that many people do not see him as being honest or having the leadership skills required to unite a nation. [Image by Ron Sachs/MediaPunch/IPx/AP Images] In a statement quoted by UPI, Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Tim Malloy explained why the survey points to Trump gradually losing the support of Americans. “President Donald Trump’s popularity is sinking like a rock. He gets slammed on honesty, empathy, level-headedness, and the ability to unite. And two of his strong points, leadership and intelligence, are sinking to new lows. This is a terrible survey one month in.” In little more than a month since his inauguration, Donald Trump has been in all sorts of controversies, from White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” becoming a buzzword, to the recent resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the above-mentioned allegations of “improper” talks with Russia. As such, Trump’s approval rating leaves a lot to be desired based on what most polls say, though there are still some, such as this one from Politico, that suggest Americans in general think his performance is at least satisfactory in some areas. [Featured Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images]