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How Ken Burns built his blistering attack on Donald Trump

“For nearly forty years now, I have diligently practiced and rigorously maintained a conscious neutrality in my work, avoiding the advocacy of many of my colleagues, trying to speak to all of my fellow citizens,” the documentarian Ken Burns told the students, parents and faculty assembled at Stanford University’s commencement Sunday.

Shortly after stating the principles that have made him a wildly popular and influential interpreter of some of the most difficult moments in U.S. history, it became clear that Burns was reiterating this idea because he was about to depart from it. The speech that followed contained plenty of good life advice and affirmations of the communitarian ideals that have informed Burns’s work. And in addition to hitting the requisite marks, Burns launched a sharp and sweeping attack on Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency that placed the GOP front-runner in a tradition that includes some of the ugliest impulses in U.S. political history.


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“As a student of history, I recognize this type. He emerges everywhere and in all eras,” Burns said of Trump. “We see nurtured in his campaign an incipient Proto-fascism, a nativist anti-immigrant Know Nothing-ism, a disrespect for the judiciary, the prospect of women losing authority over their own bodies, African Americans again asked to go to the back of the line, voter suppression gleefully promoted, jingoistic saber rattling, a total lack of historical awareness, a political paranoia that, predictably, points fingers, always making the other wrong.”

But, Burns warned, what makes Trump especially dangerous is the convergence of these tendencies in a single candidate.


Whole Washington Post article by Alyssa Rosenberg here:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2016/06/13/how-ken-burns-built-his-blistering-attack-on-donald-trump/?tid=hybrid_collaborative_1_na

And he almost got away with it...

Did you ever want to be a detective? Here's your chance. Solve this arson puzzle!

Sen Elizabeth Warren just turned in her application for the VP job.

Holy cow. That was a speech. Better go listen if you didn't hear it live.

O'Malley just endorsed HRC. (Edited to add the entire statement)

From his twitter feed:

For the future of the country, I am committing my energies to the election of Secretary Clinton as the next President.


I commend Senator #Sanders for waging an exciting campaign focused on important progressive issues about which so many of us care so deeply.


We must come together to confront the fascist threat to our democracy presented by Donald Trump. #Election2016


The stakes are far too high for the untested hands of @realDonaldTrump. America needs a tried and true leader. Hillary is that leader. #2016


https://twitter.com/martinomalley

"Republicans Cure the Zika Virus" by Brian McFadden

Donald Trump's New RNC Sponsors from Conan O'Brien

http://teamcoco.com/video/donald-trump-new-rnc-sponsors?playlist=featured-videos

O'Malley just retired his campaign debt.

I want to thank everyone who contributed to my campaign for their generosity and tremendous support -- with a special thanks to my good friends in the House of Labor and the Maryland Congressional Delegation. Thanks to your involvement, we were able to run our campaign and quickly retire our small debt.

I also want to thank our amazing volunteers who gave so much of their time and energy to our cause. I'm looking forward to working with all of you to ensure that the Democrats keep the White House out of the hands of Donald Trump and that we take control of Congress and State Houses across the country.

None of this would have been possible without your generosity and friendship; I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Our country and our children's future are at stake and we need to hold strong to our progressive values and never stop fighting for what we believe in.

Look forward to seeing you soon,

Martin


When do the results for PR and VI come in?

TIA

Boing Boing had a good piece on the similarities between Trump and Reagan

Though there are important differences, the parallels between Reagan's political life and Trump's are downright chilling, from their media careers to the way that the press and their own party establishment viewed them.

Both positioned themselves as outsiders (Reagan, absurdly, ran successfully as a political outsider while he was the sitting president of the USA, and painted his opponent as the Beltway insider). Both offered economic platforms that didn't hold up to even the most cursory scrutiny. Both lied like crazy, about everything, and refused to answer any press questions that called them on this. Both are masters of deflection overall, brilliant at moving the focus away from their radioactively obvious shortcomings to the places where they shone.

Of course, both also had careers in forgettable, modestly successful media properties. Both had checkered pasts in which they dabbled in Democratic politics and painted that opportunism as a reason for Conservatives to vote for them. Both managed to court evangelicals despite their divorces.

Reagan's slogan? "Let's make America great again."


Whole article here:
http://boingboing.net/2016/06/02/ronald-reagan-was-donald-trump.html#more-464660
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