Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the US

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#3125

Never a dull moment. Not a bad summary of the expectations of many online, except I don’t know anyone waiting for a “Q” to do something.

My understanding is Trump supporters are waiting for Trump as POTUS and CIC to do something.

In fairness, the Trump admin has been very very busy since the election, and as many commentators opinion, these actions appear not to be that of someone who is set on leaving anytime soon.

All eyes are on Pence 6th Jan (and his trip to Israel scheduled for that day).

Going back to the $2.3 Trillion signing, if I understand it correctly, congress approve the spending but it is the POTUS who controls the release of the funds, and Trump I believe has 45 days to play with here, yes and I hear you say, “but he’s only got no more than 23 days left in office…”, which is a fair point but there is precedent of inauguration delays, since Abraham Lincoln was not inaugurated until March 4th, 1861


#3126

Interdasing.


#3127

Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

Issued on: December 28, 2020

Today is the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket on December 29, 1170. Thomas Becket was a statesman, a scholar, a chancellor, a priest, an archbishop, and a lion of religious liberty.

Before the Magna Carta was drafted, before the right to free exercise of religion was enshrined as America’s first freedom in our glorious Constitution, Thomas gave his life so that, as he said, “the Church will attain liberty and peace.”

The son of a London sheriff and once described as “a low‑born clerk” by the King who had him killed, Thomas Becket rose to become the leader of the church in England. When the crown attempted to encroach upon the affairs of the house of God through the Constitutions of Clarendon, Thomas refused to sign the offending document. When the furious King Henry II threatened to hold him in contempt of royal authority and questioned why this “poor and humble” priest would dare defy him, Archbishop Becket responded “God is the supreme ruler, above Kings” and “we ought to obey God rather than men.”

Because Thomas would not assent to rendering the church subservient to the state, he was forced to forfeit all his property and flee his own country. Years later, after the intervention of the Pope, Becket was allowed to return — and continued to resist the King’s oppressive interferences into the life of the church. Finally, the King had enough of Thomas Becket’s stalwart defense of religious faith and reportedly exclaimed in consternation: “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”

The King’s knights responded and rode to Canterbury Cathedral to deliver Thomas Becket an ultimatum: give in to the King’s demands or die. Thomas’s reply echoes around the world and across the ages. His last words on this earth were these: “For the name of Jesus and the protection of the Church, I am ready to embrace death.” Dressed in holy robes, Thomas was cut down where he stood inside the walls of his own church.

Thomas Becket’s martyrdom changed the course of history. It eventually brought about numerous constitutional limitations on the power of the state over the Church across the West. In England, Becket’s murder led to the Magna Carta’s declaration 45 years later that: “[T]he English church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished and its liberties unimpaired.”

When the Archbishop refused to allow the King to interfere in the affairs of the Church, Thomas Becket stood at the intersection of church and state. That stand, after centuries of state-sponsored religious oppression and religious wars throughout Europe, eventually led to the establishment of religious liberty in the New World. It is because of great men like Thomas Becket that the first American President George Washington could proclaim more than 600 years later that, in the United States, “All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship” and that “it is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.”

Thomas Becket’s death serves as a powerful and timeless reminder to every American that our freedom from religious persecution is not a mere luxury or accident of history, but rather an essential element of our liberty. It is our priceless treasure and inheritance. And it was bought with the blood of martyrs.

As Americans, we were first united by our belief that “rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God” and that defending liberty is more important than life itself. If we are to continue to be the land of the free, no government official, no governor, no bureaucrat, no judge, and no legislator must be allowed to decree what is orthodox in matters of religion or to require religious believers to violate their consciences. No right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions. As I declared in Krasiński Square in Warsaw, Poland on July 6, 2017, the people of America and the people of the world still cry out: “We want God.”

On this day, we celebrate and revere Thomas Becket’s courageous stand for religious liberty and we reaffirm our call to end religious persecution worldwide. In my historic address to the United Nations last year, I made clear that America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts. I also stated that global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life, reflecting the belief held by the United States and many other countries that every child — born and unborn — is a sacred gift from God. Earlier this year, I signed an Executive Order to prioritize religious freedom as a core dimension of United States foreign policy. We have directed every Ambassador — and the over 13,000 United States Foreign Service officers and specialists — in more than 195 countries to promote, defend, and support religious freedom as a central pillar of American diplomacy.

We pray for religious believers everywhere who suffer persecution for their faith. We especially pray for their brave and inspiring shepherds — like Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong and Pastor Wang Yi of Chengdu — who are tireless witnesses to hope.

To honor Thomas Becket’s memory, the crimes against people of faith must stop, prisoners of conscience must be released, laws restricting freedom of religion and belief must be repealed, and the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the oppressed must be protected. The tyranny and murder that shocked the conscience of the Middle Ages must never be allowed to happen again. As long as America stands, we will always defend religious liberty.

A society without religion cannot prosper. A nation without faith cannot endure — because justice, goodness, and peace cannot prevail without the grace of God.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 29, 2020, as the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket. I invite the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches and customary places of meeting with appropriate ceremonies in commemoration of the life and legacy of Thomas Becket.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

DONALD J. TRUMP


#3128

#3129

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

The BIG Protest Rally in Washington, D.C., will take place at 11.00 A.M. on January 6th. Locational details to follow. StopTheSteal!

7:53 PM · Jan 1, 2021

Src: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1345095714687377418


#3130

Constipators of America, unite! Stop the stool!


#3131

Two heavy defeats for Trump loyalist candidates in the Georgia run-off elections, not only have the Republicans lost the Presidency, but they’re also going to lose the Senate too. This is a humiliation for Trump as he will have fired the elephant gun at Georgia in a big way to try and win. He is obviously not going to go anywhere without a fight, but it will be interesting to see will the Republican knives come out against him.


#3132

Nope. Much too late in the day, to save their skins they decided to back Trump. It failed.


#3133

Some crazy stuff on twitter the last 24 hours :flushed::flushed:

https://twitter.com/rollcall/status/1346480321122824199?s=21

https://twitter.com/codemonkeyz/status/1346750613787316224?s=21

https://twitter.com/codemonkeyz/status/1346779489645121536?s=21


#3134

I guess not many have seen those Pence / Ryan Emails and website story from 2016. Let me see…

Fairly crappy masking and design skillz going on their. :rofl: Makes you wonder.

Linked story from 2017 - https://americandigitalnews.com/index.php/2017/08/19/pence-ryan-2016-emails-and-the-cleveland-deal/

Is pence the real deal.

Or is he a LBJ?


#3136

Back on the wagon… has Trump conceded or not? :ninja:

Video @ Src: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1347334804052844550

Press Release:

Today, President Donald J. Trump released a video address on national healing and unity. You can view the President’s remarks by clicking the

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-010721-2/


#3137

He hadn’t mentioned Biden by name when talking about the next administration, either in this video, or the one from the 6th when he asked that people disperse peacefully and go home.

Also, is that a green screen? There are rumours he’s on a military base in Texas…


#3138

Also, Biden has now been formally confirmed as President-elect, so why the rush to remove Trump (by the 25th, or Impeachment) 2 weeks early?

In addition, AOC is calling for other (duly elected) senators to resign.


#3139

Trump twitter account is suspended. Go see for yourself.

It’s happening.


#3140

Nice that twitter kept a record of the offending tweets all the same.

Permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump

By Twitter Inc.

Friday, 8 January 2021

After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.

However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.

The below is a comprehensive analysis of our policy enforcement approach in this case.

Overview

On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:

“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!

Shortly thereafter, the President tweeted:

To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.

Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks. After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violencepolicy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.

Assessment

We assessed the two Tweets referenced above under our Glorification of Violence policy, which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts and determined that they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

This determination is based on a number of factors, including:

  • President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (1, 2) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20th.
  • The second Tweet may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a “safe” target, as he will not be attending.
  • The use of the words “American Patriots” to describe some of his supporters is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol.
  • The mention of his supporters having a “GIANT VOICE long into the future” and that “They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an “orderly transition” and instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election.
  • Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.

As such, our determination is that the two Tweets above are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and that there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so.

Src: https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2020/suspension.html


#3141

I am not comfortable with censorship, but at the same time Twitter has a terms of service.

Terrorism/violent extremism: You may not threaten or promote terrorism or violent extremism.

I don’t think the Capitol riot was as bad as made out to me, certainly not terrorism, but it was violent and unlawful. Trump did not condemn what happened, so he’s in violation on that rule.

Civic Integrity: You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes. This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress participation or mislead people about when, where, or how to participate in a civic process.

The second violation is more clear cut. Trump has been given a LOT of leeway to state his case with regard to election fraud, but he has completely failed to demonstrate it. It started with the infamous Guiliani speech in between the dildo shop and crematorium, and only went downhill from there. If there’s election fraud, why have hardcore Republicans like Pence and McConnell thrown him overboard?

Even though Trump probably deserves to be banned (he’s told so many outright lies he’s done himself no favours), I am really uncomfortable with the precedent that’s set at banning him.


#3142

That’s extremely tortuous logic. He specifically says they should use their VOICE. Vijaya Gadde probably dreamt this up. She is not very bright.

The main thing is he is the Lion in the fable. Big Tech doesn’t fear him.

It’s just so dumb. They think he caused the hatred for Washington. It predates him. He encourages the rule of law.


#3143

Here is a clue.


#3144

Man you’re posting me a nearly 4 hour video at a time like this, has you no mercy?

Meanwhile… :rofl:

john-bannon

Src: https://twitter.com/barronjohn1946/status/1347694753786200064


#3145

You only need to listen to Vijaya Gadde for 30 seconds to see she’s a not very bright progressive ideologue.