People want to be informed about what’s happening w/ the president-elect and his transition but they may not have time to follow all the news or for their own self-care, are limiting their exposure to social media right now. These ICYMI updates will be basic bullet points of the daily happenings with call to actions. I will generally just post the news without my own commentary. I will include essays and thoughts from around the web after the news portion to give perspectives from marginalized folks.
- Jill Stein raised something like $5 Million to file in three states for a recount.The request has been filed in Wisconsin already. PA & MI will be filed this week.
- Hillary’s team supports the recount effort
- Not everyone in the Green Party is thrilled w/ Jill Stein right now
- The recount made Donald Trump kinda lose it on twitter. He stated that millions voted illegally in this election, a conspiracy theory put out there by Alex Jones/Infowars recently. Even People magazine quickly commented that this was false information.
- Here’s a fun thing: Gail Simone pointed out just after the election that if you look at who Trump follows on Twitter, you get a good sense of his access to information and news. It’s not good.
- The Washington Post reported that Trump has been turning away intelligence briefings on global security threats , which is unusual for a president-elect transitioning into the role of President. Meanwhile, Mike Pence has been recieving the briefings.
- Ethics lawyers for the last two presidents say that Trump must sell his businesses
- NYT has a good piece about all of Trump’s potential business conflicts
- As I mentioned along with #NoDAPL actions, Trump has a lot invested in the pipeline
- Sarah Kendzior on Trump and kleptocracy
There were also appointments made.
- KT McFarland appointed as deputy national security advisor and Donald McGahn as general counsel
- More on Trump’s pick for Sec of Ed Betsy DeVos: No actual experience in education, is a billionaire who supports private and for-profit charter schools,is the reason Michigan schools are a mess
- Voice your opposition to Betsy DeVos’ appointment as Secretary of Education. Call your local reps but also, you can call the offices of those on the Senate Education Committee. (I’m sorry I didn’t have time to put all their individual numbers right here. I’m writing this before work and just copy/pasted rep’s links. Will update when I get a few extra minutes)
- Continue to also call your representatives to challenge the appointments of Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, and whomever else is objectionable and will not best serve our interests and country.
- Call the House Oversight Committee. Rep. Elijah Cummings is calling for a bipartisan review of the financial arrangements Trump has made for his businesses to ensure there’s no conflict of interest. 202-225-5074 & can also call Chaffetz directly, (801) 851-2500.
If it’s easier for you, you can use a script like this:
“I’m —- —– , a constituent calling to let the committee know that I support Rep. Elijah Cummings’s call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s “financial arrangements” for potential conflicts of interest before he’s sworn in as president. Please ask Chairman Chaffetz to immediately begin conducting a review to ensure that President-elect Trump does not have any actual or perceived conflicts of interests. I want the Committee to make sure Trump and his advisers comply with all legal and regulatory ethical requirements.”
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