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Name: David Allen
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Hometown: Washington, DC
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Woman says Trump reached under her skirt and groped her in early 1990s

Source: Washington Post

Kristin Anderson was deep in conversation with acquaintances at a crowded Manhattan nightspot and did not notice the figure to her right on a red velvet couch — until, she recalls, his fingers slid under her miniskirt, moved up her inner thigh, and touched her vagina through her underwear.

Anderson shoved the hand away, fled the couch and turned to take her first good look at the man who had touched her, she said.

She recognized him as Donald Trump: “He was so distinctive looking — with the hair and the eyebrows. I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows.”

At the time of the incident, which Anderson said took place in the early 1990s, she was in her early twenties, trying to make it as a model. She was paying the bills by working as a makeup artist and restaurant hostess. Trump was a big celebrity whose face was all over the tabloids and a regular presence on the New York club scene.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/woman-says-trump-reached-under-her-skirt-and-groped-her-in-early-1990s/2016/10/14/67e8ff5e-917d-11e6-a6a3-d50061aa9fae_story.html

Watch the faces of the three Fox News anchors as Trump doubles-down on fat-shaming Miss Universe

This is amazing. Trump shows up on Fox news this morning to talk about the debate. They throw him a softball question about how Hillary was trying to get under his skin, and then Trump brings up Miss Universe and proceeds to dig himself into this deep, deep hole. The looks on their faces are priceless. Please stop talking. Please stop talking...

So I was walking my bike along the sidewalk in DC and you'll never guess who I met.

John Oliver! I did not waste his time with small talk. Just asked if I could take a picture and said thank you. He said, "Very nice to meet you," which I thought was gracious considering I had just interrupted him for entirely selfish reasons.

Anyway, thought you all might appreciate this.

In case anyone is wondering who #KhizrKhan's son is, here's who

Found on Twitter

Jonah Blank
Jonah Blank – ‏@JonahBlank

In case anyone is wondering who #KhizrKhan's son is, here's who:

7:18 AM - 29 Jul 2016


The primary-season framing of "Hillary Supporters" vs "Bernie Supporters" is a thing of the past

In the wake of some of the events here at the Democratic convention yesterday, things got a little testy on DU as well. This should come as no surprise -- we are talking about topics that people feel passionately about, and sometimes we all get a little excited. But I think things got a little more contentious than they should have been. I think the reason is because people were posting some pretty inflammatory things about groups of people, but they weren't being careful to clearly identify whom they were talking about.

Over the course of the Democratic primaries, many people got in the habit of referring to "Hillary supporters" and "Bernie supporters" as these broad groups of people that were either heroes or villains and who share common positive or negative traits within each group. This was both intellectually lazy and highly offensive, and to be honest a group of people who purport to be liberal really should have known better than to lump people into groups like this. But the point is that it happened and it became a habit for many people. Unfortunately, some people are having a difficult time breaking this habit even though the primaries are OVER.

Now that the primaries are over, these two phrases -- "Hillary supporters" and "Bernie supporters" -- are not useful or correct to label the two sides of the divide that we have seen here in Philadelphia. The problem is that they do not clearly describe whom we are talking about.

During primary season, the meaning of the phrases was pretty straightforward:

"Hillary supporters" = People who wanted Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic Nominee for president.

"Bernie supporters" = People who wanted Bernie Sanders to be the Democratic Nominee for president.

But now that the primaries are over, there are no longer two mutually exclusive groups of people who can be labeled as "Hillary supporters" and "Bernie supporters."

During general election season, these phrases take on a completely new meaning:

"Hillary supporters" = Everyone who wants Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump in the general election and become president of the United States. **This group now includes people who supported Hillary Clinton during the primaries and people who supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries.** It can even include people who dislike Hillary Clinton but are going to vote for her in November because Donald Trump is worse.

"Bernie supporters" = Pretty much everyone who likes Bernie Sanders. This includes people who are going to vote for Hillary Clinton on November, and people who are not going to vote for her. It can even include people who supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primaries but like Bernie too.

So if you post a message here on DU referring to simply "Hillary supporters" or "Bernie supporters" you are probably going to get into trouble. Because you have a particular meaning in your mind when you post it, but other people reading your post are going to think you are referring to a different group. For example:

Imagine you are someone who will be voting for Hillary Clinton in November (and if you are posting on DU you are supposed to be), and you are watching the convention on TV and you see a bunch of people disrupting the convention by booing loudly whenever someone mentions Hillary Clinton. This makes you angry (as it should). So you log on to Democratic Underground and you post this:

"I am so sick and tired of those fucking Bernie supporters! They can all go to Hell!!!1"

You have failed. But what's worse is that you have now driven a stake into the heart of this community. Your lazy inability to make clear whom you were referring to has caused this community to become polarized when it did not need to be. We have lots and lots of people who consider themselves Bernie supporters who are going to vote for Hillary Clinton in the fall and who do not condone the behavior of a small number of people who are disrupting the Democratic convention. But they feel like you just called them a crude name and said they should go to Hell (and they have reason to feel that way). So one of them decides to post a tit-for-tat response that is just as lazy and awful as what you wrote.

So we all need to be much more careful about what we mean when we are posting. And if you read something that pisses you off, you need to keep in mind that the person who posted it is probably lazy and stupid and didn't realize that the thought they were thinking in their head does not really match the words they put in their post. Don't take the bait.

In an effort to help people who aren't very good at this, here are some suggested phrases that you can use in your posts to clearly identify whom you are referring to and avoid any confusion:

- "People who are voting for Hillary in November"

- "People who supported Hillary during the primaries"

- "People who supported Bernie during the primaries"

- "People who supported Bernie during the primaries and who are voting for Hillary in November"

- "Those assholes in the convention hall who keep disrupting the speakers"

- "Bitter, vindictive dead-enders who call themselves progressives but aren't voting for Hillary in November"

On a similar note, I would advise using caution with phrases referencing Bernie-or-Bust people. I think there is an unfortunate tendency among posters and readers to (intentionally or unintentionally) conflate Bernie-or-Bust people with everyone who supported Bernie during the primaries. So you might think you are fine to post something like "Fuck those Bernie-or-Busters," but keep in mind that some people are going to (fairly or unfairly) jump to the conclusion that you are trying to smear everyone who supported Bernie Sanders during the primaries. The simple fact that the phrase includes the word "Bernie" probably has a sub-conscious biasing effect that will cause people to be upset even if they know you are not specifically referring to them. The bottom line is that you risk being misunderstood. Much better to make the effort to clarify exactly whom you are talking about.

We are posting convention pics in real time on Instagram.

In case anyone is curious.



We're off to Philadelphia and DNC 2016!!!

Found my old shirt from 2008.

We'll be posting regular updates on DU, and also posting pictures in real-time on Instagram for our massive audience of approximately 0 followers.


Clinton/Kaine 2016! Stronger Together! See you in Philly!

EarlG in the driver's seat.

Welcome to PA!

DNC Billboard

Just passed the Wells Fargo center. Check out the DNC signage.

At the designated "selfie spot" by the plastic Liberty Bell.

Oh yeah!

Based on what I'm reading on DU, it sounds like Kaine killed it.

How refreshing to see so many people excited about Democrats here on Democratic Underground. I could get used to this.

Welcome to General Election Season 2016

As promised, General Election season on Democratic Underground starts today. Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee, the Democratic primary voting ended last Tuesday, and you've had nearly a week since then to take your last-minute pot-shots at each other (if you felt so inclined). Whether you like it or not, the time has come to put the acrimonious primary behind us and start looking forward to the General Election fight against Donald Trump.

The good news is that most DU members have already started the transition to General Election season on their own. The tone of discussions has improved significantly over the last couple weeks without any new software or admin intervention. This should come as no surprise -- we have been through two contested primaries on DU before, and each time the members of DU were able to come together for General Election season. Most people understand that this is now a battle between Democrats and Republicans for control of the White House, Congress, and local governments across the country. And most people understand the importance of joining together to support our presidential nominee -- Hillary Clinton -- and defeat their presidential nominee -- Donald Trump. (If you don't understand this, then you weren't supposed to be here in the first place.)

Still, there are likely to be a few people on both sides of the former Clinton-Sanders divide who want to keep fighting the primaries. To ensure that this website does not play host to a never-ending rehash of the 2016 Democratic primaries, we have made some pretty big changes to the way we run it. I posted some useful information about these changes in a previous post here. Here's what you need to know:

DU now has clear posting rules
The biggest change is that the site now has clear posting rules about civility and content, and we will insist that all of our members follow those rules. If you want to know whether something is permitted, check the rules to find out. It is the job of jurors to make sure the rules are followed.

Our focus is on encouraging civility
Most of the discussion on DU about general election season has been focused on what people can say about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But the admins feel a much more important issue is what people can say about other DU members. The civility standards during primary season were awful, and it seemed like most of the discussions were aimed at vilifying other DU members rather than discussing issues. This needs to change. The new rules have a very strong focus on civility.

Your expectations are probably wrong
Judging from some of the discussions among members here, it seems that many people on both sides of the former Clinton-Sanders divide have unrealistic expectations about what is going to be permitted during general election season. In particular, many people seem to be under the mistaken impression that members will not be permitted to criticize Hillary Clinton. This is simply wrong. Constructive criticism of Democratic public figures is always welcome on Democratic Underground, and our rules still permit that. As I said in a previous post: "If you are criticizing Hillary Clinton because you want to help her succeed, then you'll be fine. But if you are criticizing Hillary Clinton because you want to tear her down, then you won't be fine."

We want people to stop bashing Hillary Clinton and also Bernie Sanders
It is going to be much harder for the members of this website to come together if we keep bashing former primary candidates or their supporters. We are Democrats and we are all Clinton supporters now. Our opponents are Donald Trump and the Republican Party. So starting threads to attack Clinton supporters or Sanders supporters makes no sense, and it is also counter-productive.

You are permitted to support Bernie Sanders' efforts to influence the platform and the party
Everyone, including Bernie Sanders, knows that Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination for president. But Bernie Sanders has made clear that he intends to use the leverage he has gained in the primaries in order to effect reforms he supports. This is entirely appropriate for him to do, and DU members are of course permitted to support his efforts. But everyone needs to understand that Bernie Sanders is not going to be the Democratic nominee, and those who support his reform efforts must do so without bashing Hillary Clinton or trying to undermine her candidacy against Donald Trump. The primary contest is over.

There will be some hiccups during this transition
The transition from primary season to general election season is a pretty big change that includes both software changes and rule changes. We have made every effort to smooth the transition, but we fully expect there to be some unexpected problems along the way -- software bugs, rule changes, confusion about expectations, or whatever. We'll be keeping a very close eye on things to make sure that everything is working as it should, so please bear with us as we make this transition, and try to be flexible and understanding.

Thanks again for being here at Democratic Underground as we move forward into an exciting general election campaign and hopefully landslide victories everywhere this November!
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