While independents have surpassed Republicans, there actually hasn’t been a huge drop in GOP party registration since Trump took office. Since October 2016, GOP registration has dropped by half a percentage point. Democrats have actually declined by nearly a full point over the same span. Independents have benefited from both drops.
And they have been doing so for years. Democrats are more than three points off their peak this century, which was in 2008 when Barack Obama was about to become president. At the time, 43.62 percent of voters were registered Democrats.
He nailed it. Mainstream Democrats keep talking about support the nominee of the party who ever it is. But keep attacking Bernie and how bad it would be if he were nominated. He is enemy #1, not Trump, as they really see it.
Obama put kids in cages and was called the ‘deporter-in-chief.’ But the press and Democrats won’t discuss this. His treatment of refugees at the border was not as bad as Trump. But it was still bad:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported more immigrants this fiscal year than any full fiscal year of Donald Trump’s presidency, but it has yet to reach Barack Obama’s early deportation levels, according to new internal Department of Homeland Security figures obtained by Axios.
Why it matters: With four months left in the fiscal year, it puts Trump’s deportations in perspective and shows the reality behind the anti-immigrant pledges that have come to define his presidency.
By the numbers: Under the Obama administration, total ICE deportations were above 385,000 each year in fiscal years 2009-2011, and hit a high of 409,849 in fiscal 2012. The numbers dropped to below 250,000 in fiscal years 2015 and 2016.
The Watergate Congressional hearings brought down Richard Nixon. And if we want to force Donald Trump from office similar hearings today are the best way to do it. We cannot wait until the 2020 elections in where Trump could win again. And if he wins in the next election it will be with the help of Putin. That is why the focus of these proposed hearings should be Russian interference in our elections.
The Republicans, who agree that the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election, will be forced to support these hearings because to not do so would put them in the uncomfortable position of obstructing an investigation into Russian meddling. Of course from these investigations we will learn that Russian money was laundered into the Republican Party. But the Democrats can argue it will be bipartisan (wink, wink).
Currently there is a pointless debate going on as to whether Democrats should support impeaching Donald Trump. An impeachment would not force the president from office since it would require 2/3rds of Senators to vote for conviction. That ain’t gonna happen. At least not now. Not until we learn that Donald Trump did in fact conspire with the Russians to win the 2016 election. It will also reveal that Trump has close financial ties to the Kremlin. We will also learn that Putin has blackmailed the president. And just like in 1974, we will get that tape(s).
Remember, it was the Watergate hearings that exposed the existence of those oval office tapes. And Nixon’s stonewalling on releasing the tapes is what led to his eventual downfall.
So call your Congressperson and tell them to stop squabbling. Demand they do the logical, legal and right thing: Have hearings that will expose the truth before the American people. And they will demand he be removed. Just like with Nixon.
A confidential IRS memo says that Trump’s tax returns must be turned over unless he claims executive privilege over them.
But, according to the IRS memo, which has not been previously reported, the disclosure of tax returns to the committee “is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.”
The 10-page document says the law “does not allow the Secretary to exercise discretion in disclosing the information provided the statutory conditions are met” and directly rejects the reason that Mnuchin has cited for withholding the information.
CNN’s K-File reported on a YouTube video of the remarks at the Rotary Club in Columbia, South Carolina.
“Folks, I voted for a fence,” the then-senator from Delaware can be heard saying, referencing his backing of the Secure Fence Act. “I voted, unlike most Democrats ― and some of you won’t like it ― I voted for 700 miles of fence. But, let me tell you, we can build a fence 40 stories high ― unless you change the dynamic in Mexico and ― and you will not like this, and ― punish American employers who knowingly violate the law when, in fact, they hire illegals. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing.”
Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton ― both of whom were senators at the time ― also supported the bill.