Trump supporters doing what they do best: Threatening people

Ten times in the last six month, Revolution Books, the far left bookstore in the Telegraph Channing Mall, has found itself under attack from far-right activists.

The latest skirmish was Sat. March 4, the one-year anniversary of the pro-Trump rally in Martin Luther King Jr. Park that saw people on the right and Antifa and BAMN activists duking it out for control. A group of people who called themselves “Berkeley Warriors” on a live Facebook feed came from Sacramento and stormed the store.

“Fucking Commie scum,” one demonstrator, Rob Cantrall, said on a video taken by bookstore staff while Reiko Redmonde, a volunteer manager at the store, tried to prevent him and others from entering. “You are commie scum. We are going to burn down your bookstore. You know that, right?”

Cantrall, who has come to rally in Berkeley on at least three other occasions, was wearing an American flag around his shoulders and a red “Make America Great Again,” hat. He talked into his phone as he continued to berate Redmonde and the other volunteers. “Fuck all you anti-American pieces of shit,” he said. Others demonstrating were also live-streaming their actions.

Cantrell, who is from Los Angeles, was joined by his partner of about two weeks, Lauren White, who also goes by the name Lauren Order. “Infiltrating Berkeley’s Marxist Hive w/ Jacob Ku & Rob Cantrall, ” White wrote on Facebook. Alexandra Davis, Jourdin Davis, and James Ian were also there, according to the group’s Livestream and various Facebook pages.

Redmonde said to Cantrell: “Your hat says, ‘Make America Great Again.’ You can tell what it really means is ‘Make America White Again.’”

Berkeley police showed up, but did not make any arrests.


“David Dennison” = Donald Trump

Porn star “Stormy Daniels” now is suing Trump, claiming their secrecy agreement is void because he never signed it.  Read all about it here.  The “David Dennison” part is my favorite.

Stormy Daniels is not going away quietly.

In a new lawsuit filed in a California court, the adult film star, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, claims her agreement with Donald Trump to keep their alleged affair secret is not binding because Trump never signed it. The lawsuit provides embarrassing new details about the nature of her relationship with Trump and the elaborate effort to keep it under wraps.

Attached to Daniels’ new lawsuit is the full “Hush Agreement” between Daniels, Trump, and a shell company created by Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. The agreement refers to Daniels and Trump by special pseudonyms — Trump goes by David Dennison and Daniels by Peggy Peterson. Daniels also attached the “Side Letter Agreement” between the parties to the lawsuit, which discloses the true identities of the pseudonyms.

” . . . and another one bites the dust . . .”

Courtesy of New York Times:  

Gary D. Cohn, President Trump’s top economic adviser, plans to resign, becoming the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the Trump administration, White House officials said on Tuesday. 

The officials insisted there was no single factor behind the departure of Mr. Cohn, who heads the National Economic Council. But his decision to leave came after he seemed poised to lose an internal struggle amid a Wild West-style process over Mr. Trump’s plan to impose large tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. 

“Gary has been my chief economic adviser and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again,” Mr. Trump said in a statement to The New York Times. “He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people.” 

Mr. Cohn is expected to leave in the coming weeks. He will join a string of recent departures by senior White House officials, including Mr. Trump’s communications director and a powerful staff secretary.


Guy who wants to register strippers is now part of Trump Freak Show

It is not the single biggest problem of the new Trump era, to be sure, but we all long for a future day when we do not have to wake up to headlines like “Trump names notorious anti-porn crusader who wants stripper registry to Health Department.”

“I was two days away from mailing my petitions to seek a 14th term in office when the White House liaison office called me and I had to make a quick decision,” [Pennsylvania State Rep. Matt Baker] said. […]In 2015, Baker made headlines when he proposed a registry for strippers. The small-government Republican from rural Tioga wanted to require strippers to register their name, stage name, address, phone number, date of birth, place of birth, height, weight, hair color, eye color, criminal background information and their photo ID.

Baker, who has been a state representative since 1992, also opposes medical marijuana and advanced a bill to declare pornography a public health crisis, but more importantly he’s willing to praise Trump, declaring him “very serious about improving quality of life and reducing deaths, and so many other issues that I also support.” He has now moved to a new position inside the Trump Department of Health and Human Services.

And in the grand scheme of things, sure, whatever. This is precisely the sort of hardcore social conservative you’d expect the Trump administration, which has been scraping the bottom of the national barrel to fill administration positions for a year and change now, to plop into a government position. But that still doesn’t mean we have to be happy that we live in a universe that produced Trump names notorious anti-porn crusader who wants stripper registry to Health Department as an actual, factual description of a current event.