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Democracy Now! broadcasts from Marrakech, Morocco, where the second week of the United Nations climate talks have just begun. The conference was jolted last week by Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election, as he has vowed to "cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs." We feature the voices of some of the thousands who marched Sunday for climate justice.
Over the weekend, protests around the world voiced opposition to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises to restrict immigration and register Muslims, and allegations that he sexually abused women. Demonstrations in the United States took place in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, Springfield, Massachusetts, Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, several cities in Florida, New York and Philadelphia, where a Mexican immigrant who is the father of three U.S.-born children entered sanctuary in a church on Sunday and called on President Obama to stop his deportation and others’. We feature voices from Sunday’s march of an estimated 10,000 people in New York, which marked the fifth straight day of protests against Trump in his home town.
As the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center are slamming President-elect Donald Trump for naming Stephen Bannon to become his chief strategist, we speak with SPLC President Richard Cohen about Bannon’s role as former head of the right-wing news outlet Breitbart Media and as Trump’s campaign manager. "Two weeks after the Charleston massacre, [Breitbart News] ran an article talking about how people should proudly fly the Confederate flag," Cohen says. He argues that the alt-right that Breitbart is associated with "is nothing more than the rebranding of white supremacy, white nationalism, for the digital age," and calls on President-elect Trump to "speak out forcefully against all forms of bigotry, and then he has to follow talk with the walk."
- Trump Picks Breitbart's Stephen Bannon as Chief Strategist
- In "60 Minutes" Interview, Trump Pledges to Deport Up to 3 Million People
- Philadelphia: Mexican Father of U.S.-Born Children Seeks Sanctuary from Deportation in Church
- From Coast to Coast, Anti-Trump Protests Declare: "Not My President"
- Millions Call on Electors to Support Clinton, Who Is Winning Popular Vote by 2 Million
- Top Democrats Support Rep. Keith Ellison to Head Democratic National Committee
- 200+ Cases of Harassment & Abuse of People of Color Since Trump Election
- Morocco: Thousands March for Climate Ahead of Second Week of COP 22
- Afghanistan: 2 U.S. Soldiers & 2 U.S. Contractors Killed at Bagram Air Base
- John Kerry Arrives in Oman for Talks to End Conflict in Yemen
- South Korea: Up to 1 Million Call for President Park’s Resignation
- Colombian Gov't & FARC Reach New Peace Agreement
- Ohio: Mistrial Declared for White Officer Ray Tensing, Who Killed Sam DuBose
- ND: 1 Injured After Armed Man Drives Truck Through Dakota Access Pipeline Protest
- Protests Against Dakota Access Pipeline Planned for Nov. 15 in 100+ Cities Worldwide
- Nevada: Activists Attempt Citizen's Arrest of Creech AFB Commander
- Virginia: Transgender Woman Noony Norwood Fatally Shot
- Automobile Safety Champion Clarence Ditlow Dies at 72
Allan Nairn Returns to East Timor on 25th Anniversary of Dili Massacre When U.S. Weapons Killed 270+
Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre on November 12, 1991. Journalists Allan Nairn and Amy Goodman were there when Indonesian troops opened fire on a peaceful memorial procession at the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili. The soldiers were armed with U.S. M16s and killed more than 270 East Timorese. We go to East Timor to speak with investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who has returned to the scene of the massacre, where young people re-enacted what occurred. "There was crying, but it was like a celebration of power," Nairn notes, because the Timorese response to the attack sparked an international movement that led the U.S. to cut off military aid, and East Timor eventually won its independence. "People here are not underestimating their power. Americans, we shouldn’t underestimate ours, either."
By now, global markets have rebounded after plummeting upon the news of Trump’s victory. Stocks of some companies surged, including the largest private prison contractor, Corrections Corporation of America—which recently changed its name to CoreCivic—whose shares are up 43 percent since Trump’s victory. GEO Group, another private prison contractor, is up 21 percent. Meanwhile, stocks also surged for many military contractors, including Raytheon, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. We speak with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, and Seth Freed Wessler, reporter with The Investigative Fund who has been following private detention centers.
Where Do We Go from Here? Former Bernie Sanders Adviser & Chicana Organizer Call for Mass Organizing
As protests against President-elect Trump continued for a second night in cities across the United States, there are increasing reports of threats against Latinos, Muslims, African Americans and members of the LGBTQ community, that many feel are a result of Trump’s rhetoric. We discuss the reaction by activists and organizers to Trump’s victory with Becky Bond, longtime progressive activist and former senior adviser on volunteer mobilization for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Her new book is "Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything." We also go to the Facing Race conference in Atlanta, Georgia, where we are joined by Chicana feminist Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, social movement strategist and vice president at Demos. She helped organize protests here in New York at Trump Tower. She has helped organize protests in New York City leading up to and after the election, and helped to coordinate the #Our100 campaign’s letter to the nation with the co-founders of Black Lives Matter.
Millions Sign Onto Call for Electoral College to Award the Presidency to Popular Vote Winner Clinton
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads the popular vote by hundreds of thousands of ballots, but she lost the Electoral College to Republican Donald Trump. The last time this type of outcome occurred was in the 2000 Bush vs. Gore presidential race. Meanwhile, electoral reform initiatives are underway to get states to adopt the National Popular Vote bill. The legislation could transform the way we elect the president of the United States. Under the compact for a national popular vote, states across the country have pledged to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote. If enough states sign on, it would guarantee the presidency goes to the candidate who wins the most votes across the country. The compact will kick in only when enough states have signed on to reach a threshold of 270 electoral votes. We are joined by John Koza, chair of National Popular Vote.
"Fewer people voted in this election than voted in 2012," notes Juan González, journalist and Democracy Now! co-host, but he argues that data from Latino Decisions shows the Latino turnout was actually higher than 2012 in Florida and other key states. Many precincts, including Miami-Dade, saw almost twice the turnout for Clinton than Obama. "They knew exactly what was at stake," González says.
- Nationwide Protests Continue for 2nd Night After Trump Election
- Paul Ryan Says He's Excited to Work with Donald Trump
- Trump Bucks Tradition, Refusing to Let Press Travel with Him to D.C.
- Anti-Immigrant Lawmaker Kris Kobach Joins Trump's Transition Team
- Hundreds of Reports of Racist Attacks in Wake of Trump Victory
- Trump Will Take Stand Nov. 28 in Trial over Trump University
- Fmr. Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Indicted by Federal Jury
- Turkey: CEO of Award-Winning Newspaper Cumhuriyet Detained
- Afghanistan: 6 Killed After Attack at German Consulate
- India: 13 People Die in Fire at Garment Factory
- Legendary Singer and Songwriter Leonard Cohen Dies at 82
On the same day Donald Trump was elected, the World Meteorological Organization reported that the five years from 2011 to 2015 were the hottest on record, with hundreds of thousands of deaths likely due to global warming from human activity. The report found human-induced climate change was directly linked to extreme events, including an East African drought and famine in 2011 that claimed over a quarter-million lives, and "Superstorm" Sandy in the U.S. that caused $67 billion of damage in 2012. Delegates at the United Nations climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, are expressing panic over Tuesday’s election results, saying President-elect Donald Trump may threaten the future of any international agreement to slow catastrophic climate change. Trump has said he will "cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs." Trump has also promised to promote coal power and fracking, and says he will allow for oil and gas drilling on federal lands. He has also promised to ask TransCanada to renew its permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline. For more, we’re joined by Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. He’s the author of several books, including "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet." His recent article for The New York Times is titled "Why Dakota is the New Keystone."
As Trump heads to the White House, Trump’s transition team has assembled a shortlist of who could make up Trump’s Cabinet. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are among those in consideration for attorney general. Christie is also being considered for homeland security secretary, as is Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke. Secretary of the interior might go to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin or oil executive Forrest Lucas. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are in the running for secretary of state. Donald Trump is also expected to quickly nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia.
Early Wednesday morning, the shock of Donald Trump’s victory spread across the world, sending stock markets tumbling and media organizations scrambling to cover an outcome to the presidential election that most had predicted was impossible. But was a Trump victory really so hard to foresee? We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, whose recent piece is headlined "Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit."
On Wednesday, hours after Donald Trump won the presidency, Senator Bernie Sanders issued this statement on Trump’s election: "Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids—all while the very rich become much richer." In his statement, Senator Sanders also said he would work with Trump "to the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country." But he said that he would oppose Trump "to the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies." For more, we’re joined by Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
As President-elect Donald Trump heads to the White House to meet with President Obama today, many in the media establishment are wondering how data journalism’s predictions of this election were so wrong. As early as Tuesday morning, many media outlets, including The New York Times, were predicting Hillary Clinton had over an 80 percent chance of winning the presidency. Those predictions evaporated as soon as the poll numbers began rolling in Tuesday night. For more on the failures of data journalism and the Democratic Party, we speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His most recent piece is headlined "Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit."
"Not My President"—that was the chant at protests across the country Wednesday as tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the election of Donald Trump, who surged to victory over Hillary Clinton. In California, at least 13 people were arrested as hundreds blocked traffic on two major highways. Thousands more gathered at Los Angeles City Hall, waving Mexican flags and burning a giant effigy of Donald Trump. In nearby Santa Ana, police fired rubber bullets and pepper spray at hundreds of protesters after the crowds took over major intersections. In Oakland, police also deployed tear gas and flashbang grenades against crowds of thousands of protesters. In Seattle, thousands took to the streets for a protest called by Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, while in Chicago thousands rallied outside Trump Tower. where at least five people were arrested. Protests were also held in Portland, Oregon; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Richmond, Virginia; Austin, Texas; Boston and Philadelphia. Here in New York, as many as 10,000 people surged through streets and surrounded the barricaded-off Trump Tower, where Donald Trump lives. At least 65 people were arrested. Here are some of the voices from the protest in New York.
- "Not My President": Tens of Thousands Nationwide Protest Trump's Election
- Students Stage Anti-Trump Walkouts from Coast to Coast
- Clinton Concedes to Trump: "This is Painful & Will Be for a Long Time"
- Exit Polls: Majority of White Female Voters Supported Donald Trump
- Trump Cabinet Shortlist: Christie, Giuliani, Sessions & Gingrich
- Private Prison Companies' & Military Contractors' Stocks Surge After Trump Wins
- New Hampshire Senate Race: Maggie Hassan Beats Kelly Ayotte
- Maine Votes for Ranked-Choice Voting, Opening Door for More 3rd-Party Candidates
- Report: U.S.-Led Airstrikes Kill 20 Civilians North of Raqqa
- Amnesty Calls on Iraqi Gov't to Probe Torture of Civilians by U.S.-Backed Forces
- U.N. Launches Probe of U.S. Airstrike in Afghanistan That Killed 30
- Expert: Army Corps Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline was "Seriously Deficient"
According to The New York Times, Donald Trump’s son called John Kasich’s adviser before the Republican National Convention asking if the governor wanted to be "the most powerful vice president in history.” Kasich was told he would be in charge of both domestic and foreign policy. As for Donald Trump’s role, his son reportedly said he would be simply "making America great again." What does this mean for Mike Pence’s role as VP? We look at his record as Indiana governor.
Donald Trump may have run as an economic populist, but journalist Lee Fang examines how he has surrounded himself by corporate lobbyists. Fang reports in The Intercept that Trump’s transition team includes Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist for Koch Industries and the Walt Disney Company; Eric Ueland, who previously lobbied for Goldman Sachs; and William Palatucci, whose lobbying firm represents Aetna and Verizon.
Earlier this year, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves openly bragged that the network is getting rich off Donald Trump’s run for the White House. "It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS. … [T]he money’s rolling in … [T]his is going to be a very good year for us." Moonves went on to say, "It’s a terrible thing to say, but bring it on, Donald. Go ahead. Keep going." We look at the media’s role in propping up Donald Trump over the past 18 months with three journalists: Lee Fang, John Nichols and Jose Antonio Vargas.