I demand that anyone who voted for Donald Trump, who presently holds a job related to the Arts and Humanities, holds a job in a museum or university and teaches art in its many forms – RESIGN! Trump’s budget henchman, Mulvaney, delivered the most chilling speech since the rise of the Nazis and Hitler. He says he can not ask hardworking coal miners to pay for PBS, the National Endowment of the Arts and Humanities. even Hitler could afford a arts program as he built up Germany’s military that would soon rape and pillage all of Europe – and loot much art!
To give the very wealthy tax cuts via the cuts in healthcare, while holding hard working coal miners as an excuse – is an outrage! Add to this, the using of coal minders to loot and destroy funding for the arts – is on par with what ISIS did, and is still doing!
I demand all wealthy Democrats contribute their Coal Miner tax cut – to the NEA! I demand all offshore banks be seized by The People, and the monies distributed to poor artists and writers. The Trumpire Right, hate FDR, who came to the aide of coal miners during the depression, and funded The Arts via the WPA. The PBS series ‘The Civil War’ was of great interest to poor people in the South. We the people do not need more weapons to defend us, for, the enemy is THE TRUMPIRE! Trump is a liar, and the most destructive American ever born!
Jewish organizations called for the resignation of Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, after reports that Gorka has ties to a far-right group in Hungary.
Mulvaney has some very special logic on these cuts:
“When you start looking at places that we reduce spending, one of the questions we asked was can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs? The answer was no,” Mulvaney said Thursday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Jo e.” “We can ask them to pay for defense, and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”
Coal miners’ kids and low-income kids in Detroit don’t need no edumacashunal programmin’, am I right? Except that, as it turns out, “68% of all kids age two to eight watched PBS during the 2015-’16 season” and “PBS stations reach more kids age two to five, more moms with young children and more children from low-income families than any other kids TV network. And, speaking of Detroit, Detroit’s public television station’s “reach to African-American households and its black viewership exceeds that of white audiences,” while West Virginia Public Broadcasting announced in December that it was adding a channel to run children’s programming 24 hours a day. If you’re still laboring under the misapprehension that public television is some kind of coastal liberal affectation, consider that Idaho Public Television has the highest per capita viewership in the United States.
If Mulvaney is so concerned about what he can and can’t ask coal miners in West Virginia to pay for, the slashing of the Appalachian Regional Commission is interesting, considering that it exists to “Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia’s economy,” “Increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia,” and “Invest in critical infrastructure—especially broadband; transportation, including the Appalachian Development Highway System; and water/wastewater systems.”
But defense! Mulvaney and Trump are perfectly comfortable asking coal miners and single moms to pay to fund the military not just at current levels but to increase that budget by $54 billion, an amount that would fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for 121 years or the Legal Services Corporation—which helps low-income people get civil legal aid—for 140 years.
Just about the only thing the Trump budget would help a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit do is go to war—and by the time Trump is done, that might be their only option.
The Forward reported Thursday that Gorka, President Trump’s counter-terrorism adviser, is a formal member of Vitézi Rend, a group that is listed by the State Department as an organization that is under the direction of Nazi Germany.
The group, according to The Forward, was established as a loyalist group by the admiral and nationalist who ruled over Hungary from 1920 to 1944. The ruler, Miklos Horthy, was a Nazi ally.
When contacted about The Forward’s story by Buzzfeed, Gorka referred questions to the White House press office. The White House has not yet issued a statement on the story.
A leader in the Historical Vitézi Rend confirmed to Buzzfeed that Gorka was a current member.
Gorka denied the reports in an interview with Tablet magazine.
“I have never been a member of the Vitez Rend,” he told Tablet. “I have never taken an oath of loyalty to the Vitez Rend. Since childhood, I have occasionally worn my father’s medal and used the ‘v.’ initial to honor his struggle against totalitarianism.'”
Other reports have previously linked Gorka to Vitézi Rend, when he wore a medal said to be associated with the group.
In a video released by Breitbart News in February, Gorka said the medal was awarded to his father in 1979 for “for his resistance to dictatorship.” Wearing the medal reminds him of what his family suffered under the Nazis and under the Communists, he said.
“I wear that medal in remembrance of what my family went through and what it represents today, to me, as an American,” he said in the video.
Prior to the publishing of Gorka’s interview with Tablet, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which has been critical of the Trump administration, said Gorka should resign or be fired.
“Sebastian Gorka must resign — and President Trump must make it happen,” executive director Steven Goldstein said in a statement. “That Sebastian cannot even deny he has links with a Nazi-affiliated organization is symptomatic of the grotesque anti-Semitism that has infected the White House. How many ducks in the Trump White House must walk, talk and quack anti-Semitically before our country wakes up and sees the problem?”
The National Jewish Democratic Council, a political lobbying firm in Washington, said Trump should fire Gorka.
“Donald Trump has repeatedly said that the United States needs to implement, ‘extreme vetting,’ in order to determine if we should allow certain immigrants into our country,” the group said in a statement. “And yet, it seems like he failed to vet one of his most trusted advisers.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., tweeted at the president and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, asking, “What say u?”
“White House & Gorka’s silence in response is deafening,” the Jewish member of Congress said in a tweet.
Prior to joining the Trump administration, Gorka worked for Stephen Bannon at Breitbart. According to his biography on the Institute for World Politics, he was born in the United Kingdom to parents who escaped Hungary during the country’s 1956 revolution.