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    Silent Acceptance of Racism: Lance and the Trump Administration

    Last Saturday night, I was headed uptown on the D train, crowded with other passengers heading home after a night out.  As usual, I was struck by the incredible diversity of my fellow passengers. African Americans, Africans, Latinos, South Asians, East Asians, Europeans, chattering, texting, flirting, or just minding their business. No confederate flags, no neoNazis. Just New Yorkers getting along with their lives. Is this so hard? As Rodney King asked, Can’t we all get along?  The question came fresh into my mind after watching Spike Lee’s great new movie, “BlacKkKlansman,” on Sunday, the anniversary of Heather Heyer’s death in Charlottesville.  The movie “fast forwards” to the horrible events of that weekend to ask how far have we come, how far back have we fallen?  Our President is a racist to his fingertips, who managed to find moral equivalence between those who marched under a Nazi flag, and those who chose to protest its presence. A President who a year later could not condemn racism without adding a dog whistle to his supporters who believe whites are the targets of racists. A President whose gesture of reconciliation was to entertain “Bikers for Trump” at his Bedminster golf course.  Those who think the President’s words do not have consequences should ask themselves why is hate speech on the rise, why is anti-semitism resurgent? The President emboldens those who,  once threatened by the election of an African-American President, are now empowered by his successor’s words and actions.  And we don’t have to look far in our district for evidence of a Trump effect. All over Lance country, in Bedminster, Bernardsville, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Chatham, Gladstone, Hillsborough and Morristown, and on campuses at Princeton, Rutgers and Raritan Valley, a racist, white supremacy group has been posting recruiting materials on telegraph poles and street signs.  Just as we can be proud that the “Unite the Right” march in DC yesterday was massively outnumbered, so we should be proud of our citizens who responded here by forming the Community Values Coalition to counter this muck. In NJ07, we know the answer to Rodney King’s question. “Yes we can!”  Congressman Lance recently shared a few forceless words on Twitter on this subject.  Unfortunately, he is consistently unable to directly speak out against the racism in his own party or, more importantly, to this President. His blind eye is how he earned the nickname #WeakStanceLance and this is why our district must vote for CHANGE in November.  #RememberinNovember #NJ07
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    Lies, Damnable lies ... and Lance

    Silence is compliance, Congressman Lance! When your President and his team are caught telling lies, and damnable lies at that, then all Members of Congress, including YOU, Leonard Lance, have an obligation to speak out.  In June 2016 Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met in Trump Tower with five other people, including a Russian lawyer and a Russian-American lobbyist.  When news of that meeting first broke, it was characterized in a statement by Donald Trump Jr. as “a short introductory meeting" during which they "primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children."  First lie.  Then we were told by the President’s lawyer "I do want to be clear -- that the President was not involved in the drafting of the statement." Second lie.  Then the ground started shifting about the statement. "The President weighed in as any father would, based on the limited information that he had," according to Sarah Sanders. Third lie.  But Trump’s legal team sent a note to Robert Mueller indicating that “the President dictated a short but accurate response to The New York Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump, Jr.”  Faced with disclosures by the “failing New York Times,” Trump Jr. admitted that he was promised documents that "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father." Trump Jr. also was told that the documents were "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.”  And the famous reply - “If it’s what you say I love it.”  Whether or not the President knew in advance of the meeting as Michael Cohen asserts, Trump now admits  that “this was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics.”  Actually, federal law prohibits a candidate from asking for or receiving something of value from a foreign national.  And now both the President and his son have admitted that the meeting was set up in the exact expectation of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton. That’s not collusion?    This is not Fake News.  Who really is the Enemy of the American People here??  #RememberinNovember #NJ07.
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    Lance’s Silence is Complicity as Trump Attacks Media

    Their finest hour?   Our President is a pathological liar.  Look it up.  His statements are tracked by multiple fact checking sites, such as Snopes, FactCheck, and WAPO.  All agree that overall, the President has averaged about 6 or 7 false or misleading claims a day; in June and July, the president averaged 16 a day. That is pathological.  His response to being exposed as a liar multiple times a day is to shout “fake news” about any story he does not like and to attack the source.  He has called the media “the enemy of the American People.” He has said that “our country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!” He has described journalists as “the most dishonest human beings on Earth.” On Thursday he called the media “horrible, horrendous people.”“They can make anything bad, because they are the fake, fake disgusting news,” he said.  Why does he do it? Leslie Stahl of CBS said that Trump told her“you know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all, so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.”  Let that sink in.  The President is carrying out a campaign of disinformation. By creating an environment for his supporters where nobody believes anything any more, he makes informed opinion impossible and opens the door for the lunatic fringe of conspiracy theorists, like QAnon.  By casting himself as victim, he invites his supporters to see themselves as victims also. If Trump is being attacked, they are too.  And they will attack the attackers.  This is getting dangerous. Jim Accosta Tweeted frightening scenes from a rally in Tampa.  Bret Stephens has described threatening phone calls he has received. The publisher of The NY Times told Trump, reporters are going to get hurt – here in the U.S. Or overseas where Trump has legitimized attacks on the media by authoritarian regimes.  Reach out and hug a journalist today. And while you are at it, call Leonard Lance and tell him to condemn the President’s attacks on our freedoms. His silence is complicity. NJ 7 deserves a Congressman that defends a free press. Your vote matters in November.   #RememberinNovember #NJ07
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