Progressive Breakfast for August 23

Morning Message Jacob Swenson-Lengyel

Talking Necessary Trouble with Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe has spent years traversing the country, covering protest movements in the wake of the financial crisis. In her new book, Necessary Trouble, Jaffe distills what’s she’s learned, taking her readers on a tour of today’s most powerful social movements and introducing us to the people on the frontlines leading them. It’s a must-read for anyone seeking to understand contemporary social movements and their power to reshape American politics.

Trump And The Alt-Right

Clinton to target Trump’s ‘alt-right’ embrace in Thursday speech. Politico: “Campaigning in Reno, Nevada, on Thursday, Hillary Clinton will address Donald Trump’s recent campaign hires and what her campaign termed in an announcement as ‘his advisors’ embrace of the disturbing ‘alt-right’ political philosophy.’ ‘This ‘alt-right’ brand is embracing extremism and presenting a divisive and dystopian view of America which should concern all Americans, regardless of party,’ the campaign said in a statement.”

Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff’s online posts. CBS News: “Donald Trump’s paid campaign staffers have declared on their personal social media accounts that Muslims are unfit to be U.S. citizens, ridiculed Mexican accents, called for Secretary of State John Kerry to be hanged and stated their readiness for a possible civil war, according to a review by The Associated Press of their postings. … The campaign has employed a mix of veteran political operatives and outsiders. Most come across as dedicated, enthusiastic partisans, but at least seven expressed views that were overtly racially charged, supportive of violent actions or broadly hostile to Muslims.”

Waco’s David Weigel explains the alt-right “race realist” theory of how Trump can win: “In this wing of the conservative movement, Trump is seen as a frustrating messenger who is nonetheless more aware of the problems facing civilization than anyone else in politics. … The alt-right, in other words, is constantly focusing on the trees and not the forest. And their theory of how 2016 can be won, or how the Republican Party could save itself, is that a supermajority of white voters can be moved by the Democrats’ support of mass legalization of immigrants and greater Syrian refugee acceptance.”

Election 2016

The new birthers: Debunking the Hillary Clinton health conspiracy. CNN Politics: “From Donald Trump and his top surrogates to the right-wing media and its engine rooms of outrage in the blogosphere, Hillary Clinton’s opponents are ramping up efforts to sow doubt over the candidate’s health. … Much in the way ”birthers“ (Trump was among the most prominent) sought similar ends by questioning President Barack Obama’s citizenship, the ‘healthers’ are using junk science and conspiracy theories to argue that Clinton is suffering from a series of debilitating brain injuries. ”

Trump’s stamina attack on Clinton stirs talk of gender bias. US News & World Report: “Donald Trump and his Republican allies say Hillary Clinton is weak, lacks stamina and doesn’t look presidential. Intent on undermining his Democratic rival, Trump and GOP backers are increasingly relying on rhetoric that academics and even some Republican strategists say has an undeniable edge focused on gender. His criticism of Clinton goes beyond ”Crooked Hillary,“ and complaints about her use of a private email server as secretary of state and her foreign policy decisions. Clinton, Trump said in a speech last week, ‘lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS and all the many adversaries we face.’”

Donald Trump Still Supports Mass Deportation For Undocumented Immigrants. Huffington Post: “After reports emerged over the weekend that he might soften his stance on immigration, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump confirmed Monday that he will not back down on what has become his campaign’s signature issue. Speaking to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump reiterated that he would deport undocumented immigrants en masse if elected president. ‘The first thing we are going to do, if and when I win, we are going to get rid of all of the bad ones. We have gang members, we have killers. We have a lot of bad people that have to get out of this country. We are going to get them out,’ he said. ‘They are going to be out of this country so fast your head will spin.’”

Breakfast Sides

Deutsche Bank Whistle-Blower Spurns $8 Million SEC Reward. Bloomberg: “A former Deutsche Bank AG risk officer said he was refusing an $8.25 million reward from the Securities and Exchange Commission for blowing the whistle on the lender overvaluing a derivatives portfolio, because of his concern that the SEC didn’t go after senior executives. … Ben-Artzi, a mathematician who formerly worked for Goldman Sachs Group Inc., said he didn’t want his share of a $16.5 million payout because “I will not join the looting of the very people I was hired to protect.” He said his ex-wife and his lawyers had claims to a “portion” of the money, without being more specific.”

Donald Trump backs return of military weaponry to police forces. The Guardian: “Donald Trump said on Monday that, if elected president, he would give back to police departments the controversial military equipment the Obama administration forced them to return. Speaking with police officers in Ohio, the Republican presidential nominee indicated he would reverse a recall of tanks, heavy weaponry and other equipment carried out by the federal government after the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.”