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Excerpt: "Angst, fear, and loathing are the overwhelming emotions six months into the disastrous Trump presidency. Just exactly who or what do we have at the helm of the United States Ship of State, and the little red button that could end life as we know it?"

Trump at a campaign rally. (photo: John Sommers II/Getty)
Trump at a campaign rally. (photo: John Sommers II/Getty)

Orange Is the New Orange: Why Trump Must Resign by Nagasaki/Nixon Day

By Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

27 July 17

To prevent nuclear war, ecological collapse, economic ruin and the Jim Crow destruction of our democracy, August 9 has been designated for demonstrations to demand Trump’s resignation.

Flagship rally will be at the world famous CHAIN REACTION sculpture in Santa Monica, California, at 7 pm PST. Demonstrators are encouraged to wear orange jump suits and t-shirts, and yellow wigs or hats, in solemn evocation of the likely upcoming indictments of Trump and his mafia family, Russian and otherwise.

Group photos with “RESIGN” signs are also encouraged.

Please notify us through and about upcoming events.

ngst, fear, and loathing are the overwhelming emotions six months into the disastrous Trump presidency. Just exactly who or what do we have at the helm of the United States Ship of State, and the little red button that could end life as we know it?

The planet and its leaders are watching in horror as the ship appears to be capsizing. Trump and his fools enrich themselves, all the while gleefully decimating domestic social programs, dooming the environment, and destroying our nation’s relationships around the world.

Simply put, what we have is an international criminal hell-bent on continuing his crime spree within and without his corrupt administration. Making the world safe for oligarchy.

Casinos, luxury hotels: Money laundering

Let’s see, casinos, pricey real estate, the Russian mob, the U.S. mafia ... hmmm. One plus one plus one equals money laundering.

The notorious meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and assorted Russian operatives spawned new allegations and suspicions that the Trump family colluded with Russian intelligence to try to gain electoral victory over Hillary Clinton. The details remain murky but the truth is likely more diabolical.

Not that Clinton wasn’t busy demonizing the Russians and using the Clinton Foundation for political payoffs.

The meetings with Putin’s comrades and Trump’s entourage may indicate the president may merely be a bagman and money washer for the Russian mafia.

This perception is magnified by Trump’s unprecedented refusal to release his tax forms, which may indicate his net worth to be largely in rubles.

Trump has a long history of involvement with the Russian government. Trump’s first visit to Russia was in 1987 at Soviet ambassador Yuri Dubin’s invitation.

Craig Unger’s New Republic article, “Trump’s Russian Laundromat,” essentially argues that Trump’s money laundering for Russian mobsters is what propelled his worldwide real estate empire.

Trump’s closely-held private real estate holdings, according to Unger, provide the perfect resources for illegal money laundering. Unger cites “a flow of highly suspicious money from Russia.” He points out, “Over the past three decades at least 13 people with known or alleged links to Russian mobsters or oligarchs have owned, lived in, and even run criminal activities out of the Trump Tower and other Trump properties. Many used his apartments and casinos to launder untold millions in dirty money.”

Business Insider noted that U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice recently settled a major money-laundering case involving a real estate company owned by the son of powerful Russian government official Pyotr Katsyz, former vice governor of the Moscow region. Katsyz’s son Dennis owns the real estate company Prebezon, which was accused of laundering millions of dollars through New York City real estate when the case was “unexpectedly settled two days before going to trial in May,” according to Business Insider.

The attorney representing the Katsyz family was none other than Natalia Beselnitskaya, who met with Donald Trump Jr. on June 9, 2016, to allegedly disclose damaging information concerning Hillary Clinton. She was described as a “Russian government attorney” in Trump Junior’s emails. Democratic House Judiciary Committee members sent a letter to Sessions inquiring about Beselnitskaya’s involvement in the settlement.

Also in attendance on June 9 was Renat Akhmetshin, described by CNN as “a U.S. citizen lobbyist promoting Russian interests and a former Soviet military officer,” and Aras Agalarov, owner of the Crocus Group, a Moscow-based property company.

The mystery man, or the 8th person who emerged at Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians, turned out to be Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze, a Crocus Group vice president accused of laundering more than $1.4 billion into the U.S. from Eastern Europe. Kaveladze allegedly used 2,000 shell companies to launder money into the U.S.

Essentially, Trump Jr.’s meeting was a perfect Russian triumvirate representing an alleged money launderer, the Russian military, and a pro-Putin oligarch.

If Trump is to be impeached and his clumsy cover-up of Russian ties revealed, it will be because the laundered money was easy to follow from the election tampering to Putin meddling.

Forget about the Russians, Trump supports American-made election riggers

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While Trump's apparent law-breaking focuses on the Russians, his primary anti-American assault is his bogus Election Integrity Commission led by Kris Kobach, whose Crosscheck program stripped countless non-millionaire citizens from the voter rolls in at least 30 states, critical to putting Trump in the White House. The man who rigged Ohio’s 2004 election, Ken Blackwell, also serves on the Commission.

As Americans, we cannot allow this high-tech Jim Crow destruction of the electoral process to lead to a permanent, one-party dictatorship.

This official lynch mob must be replaced by a national commission to promote universal hand-counted paper ballots and universal automatic voter registration, with legally protected, transparent voter rolls.

At least now the media and establishment have to admit U.S. election systems can be and have been hacked — a fact the Free Press has investigated and reported for over 15 years.

Resign or be convicted

All of this raises the blackmail issue. Which foreign entities, including crime syndicates, have information to compromise Trump and his close personal entourage?

It’s not just the Russian connections we should be investigating. As The New Yorker pointed out, “Throughout the Presidential campaign, Trump was in business with someone that his company knew was likely a partner with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.”

Trump’s “Trump Tower Baku” was a failed luxury hotel project in Azerbaijan, considered one of the world’s most corrupt nations. His partner was Zaya Mammadov, a billionaire oligarch tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, who worked as the Azerbaijan Transportation Minister for $12,000 a year.

The Guardian reported in mid-June that “Donald Trump – like Richard Nixon” is now “under investigation for obstruction of justice.” There is already speculation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is also investigating Trump’s alleged money laundering.

Trump has questioned Mueller’s impartiality regarding the Russian investigation and has contemplated firing Mueller in perhaps his own version of the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre,” when Nixon fired Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox.

Donald Trump must resign the presidency by August 9, the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki and the resignation of Richard Nixon.

In Trump’s brief tenure, he’s already fired James Comey, the FBI Director, for failing to pledge personal loyalty. Trump went on to try to intimidate Comey by suggesting he might have “tapes” of their conversations. The Washington Post reported that Trump then tried to get CIA director Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats to kill the FBI investigation into Trump’s Russian connections.

Trump’s coverups must stop. If by August 9 he hasn’t resigned, he needs to be convicted, perp-walked, and removed.

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman are co-authors of THE STRIP & FLIP DISASTER OF AMERICA’S STOLEN ELECTIONS ( where Bob’s FITRAKIS FILES are also available. Harvey’s SOLARTOPIA! is at, along with HARVEY WASSERMAN’S HISTORY OF THE US. your social media marketing partner


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+25 # librarian1984 2017-07-27 17:55
Is this where the Women's March was supposed to lead? Is this what Occupy was about?

The establishment has co-opted the Resistance. We should be marching for single payer. A green economy. Immigration. Honest elections. Economic justice. We should be fighting, and advocating for, specific policies. Not this nonsense.

I love Fitrakis and Wasserman but I think this is misguided. This is the time we should be marching for health care.

Just once I'd like to see us act strategically.
+18 # sbessho 2017-07-27 20:00
Fighting for specific policies in a country where the president is a genuine whack job is the perfect exemplification of straightening the deck chairs on the Titanic. Job one is getting rid of the biggest threat to all of those specific policies: DJT.
+3 # lfeuille 2017-07-28 21:11
But the fact is it is not likely to happen. The Republicans won't impeach him, at least at this point and he is too stubborn to resign. So we should be building momentum for what comes after him while he is still here.
+12 # Thomas Martin 2017-07-27 20:28
"Just once I'd like to see us act strategically."

It’s good to think and to act strategically! I’d just add that when everything good we’ve managed to put on the books in US law is being systematically dismantled by the person who’s now our President, thinking and acting strategically should first and foremost focus on him!
+6 # lfeuille 2017-07-28 21:14
There is no legal way to force him out. If any of the myriad investigations against him bear fruit it will not be for a long time. Investigating white collar crime is not quick. We are wasting time that could be used to build support for the Summer of Progress agenda.
+14 # Texas Aggie 2017-07-27 21:26
What can be more strategic the getting rid of drumpf with a message to his followers that they may be next?
+1 # itchyvet 2017-07-27 23:29
Quote, " green economy, Immigration, Honest elections, Economic Justice" Unquote, LOL none of these issues have any meaning at all in the U.S. today. Not a one.
+15 # librarian1984 2017-07-28 12:21
Yeah, you guys are illustrating my point.

Reasonable people can disagree but imo Pence is more dangerous than Trump, who at least is destroying the GOP. Pence will start WW3 to bring on Armaggedon. The GOP would already have repealed ACA, passed tax reform and eliminated SS by now. Be careful what you wish for.

We should not be wasting our time on marches to impeach Trump, get him to resign etc. Mueller's investigation is ongoing and while he does that we should be fighting for, and against, specific policies like healthcare and peace.

How does a march to impeach Trump accomplish anything? It only continues to make us look like unhinged sore losers.

The GOP is falling apart and we should be able to take advantage of that. The Democrats should be focused and vocal on jobs, economic justice and healthcare, and we should be attacking Congress on those specific issues.

The Democrats have been running for years on some vague moral high ground without ever offering actual help to people. Clinton's loss, and the loss of the four special elections, should have convinced any thinking person that running 'against Trump' is not enough. That is exactly what those races show us. The people saying we should stick to this same strategy are pursuing another agenda. We should not listen to them.

It is not enough to be against Trump. He will be gone eventually.

We have to give people something to vote FOR. The real fight is within the DP.
+8 # lfeuille 2017-07-28 21:17
Trump is giving Pense everything he wants. it doesn't matter. We should be talking about other things now because there is no way to force him out as the minority party without something more concrete than the Russiagate fantasy.
+7 # 2017-07-29 05:14
Librarian, the more you write the more I like and respect your views. It is easy to be against. To be for something requires homework. The product of that homework would be a comprehensive party platform detailing how ordinary citizens' needs will be addressed. In a sane system we would vote for the best platform -- not a person -- and let the party leaders name their standard bearer.
+3 # librarian1984 2017-07-29 16:50
Thanks! That is very kind off you. I think you'll find we obey the laws of Newtonian physics here. There are an equal number who find me pretty obnoxious :-D

I agree we need a comprehensive, progressive platform. Many of our problems are systemic and multi-faceted. A platform could address those issues in a more comprehensive way.

Justice Democrats finds and mentors progressive candidates who agree not to take PAC money. They have a People's Platform you might want to check out.

+1 # Robbee 2017-07-29 11:20
Quoting librarian1984:
The establishment has co-opted the Resistance. We should be marching for single payer.

I love Fitrakis and Wasserman but I think this is misguided. This is the time we should be marching for health care.

Just once I'd like to see us act strategically.

… Pence is more dangerous than Trump .... Be careful what you wish for.

We should not be wasting our time on marches to impeach Trump, get him to resign etc.

How does a march to impeach Trump accomplish anything? It only continues to make us look like unhinged sore losers.

It is not enough to be against Trump.

We have to give people something to vote FOR. The real fight is within the DP.

The WSJ has a new poll, What People Care About vs What the Media Covers:

35% of people say their number one worry is healthcare. Media spends 4% of their coverage on the issue.

Democrats should be talking about jobs and healthcare.

- i like to think we can worry about more than healthcare? - like we can walk and chew gum at the same time?

lib is right that we need to act strategically and that to march for single payer is the most important thing we can do now

I will march for more than single payer

i will march for single payer and resist rump too

but i will not march to impeach rump

i will march for mueller to investigate rump and his mob

but i will not march if rump fires sessions

there is much to what lib says - on impeach, lib is right!

+4 # Anonymot 2017-07-30 06:05
As usual, you think clearly. Marching, sloganized protesting, and meetings are but distractions to make those on the outside feel better.

Trump is not about to resign. The Russian nonsense was/is another Clinton/CIA folly. He's not about to be indicted or impeached for that.

Since the 1960s there have been inumerable marches and protests. They didn't stop Vietnam, they didn't make AfroAmericans equal, They didn't stop the occupation of Palestine, they didn't stop the CIA wars under Hillary, they didn't occupy or change Wall Street, etc., etc., etc.

You want to do something realistic? Organize a Progress Party NOW. 2 years from now will be too late. I only see one presidential mind available and possibly electable, Tulsi Gabbard, although Hillary has done her best to bury her with the media, because Tulsi came out for Sanders before he collapsed into Hillary's arms.

There may be a couple of hidden others, but it takes a long time to build a party and the beginning cannot wait while we dabble with more feelgood nonsense like the silly, high school event proposed at Chain Reaction.
+19 # ericlipps 2017-07-27 18:33
Strip away the men in uniform and the mushroom cloud and you've got the perfect picture of Donald Trump channeling his inner Nixon. May he meet a similar fate. (Not that we'd necessarily be better off; a Mike Pence presidency--shu dder--might show us what we'd have gotten if Spiro Agnew hadn't slunk off in disgrace before Nixon did.)
+9 # dbrize 2017-07-27 20:57
Quoting ericlipps:
Strip away the men in uniform and the mushroom cloud and you've got the perfect picture of Donald Trump channeling his inner Nixon. May he meet a similar fate. (Not that we'd necessarily be better off; a Mike Pence presidency--shudder--might show us what we'd have gotten if Spiro Agnew hadn't slunk off in disgrace before Nixon did.)

It's always bemusing ericlipps,when knee jerk liberals revert to form on Nixon. You know, the guy that gave us the EPA, was first to create minority hiring quotas under the Fair Labor Standards revision, promoted national healthcare (rejected by Ted Kennedy), clean air act, raised minimum wage standards by as much as forty percent and became a devoted Keynesian economically.

For those like yourself, he was better for liberal positions than any Democrat we had since. Go figure.
+15 # jussayin 2017-07-27 19:58
Justice, including impeachment, is unlikely with the R's in charge. They'll put large campaign contributions, which keep them in power, ahead of the country's interests in a heartbeat. Their faux patriotism and morals are as transparent as crystal but they have absolutely no shame.

They need to keep the system rigged in order to stay in power.
+15 # Jim Rocket 2017-07-27 20:12
So Trump resigns and then what? Mike Pence will continue the same policies in a quieter, less upsetting, way and people will go back to sleep. I'm not saying Trump shouldn't go but there needs to be plans for what happens after that. Trump's masters are playing a long game.
+3 # Caliban 2017-07-28 11:03
I don't think Pence is criminally insane, but his boss might be.
-3 # lfeuille 2017-07-28 21:22
I don't believe the resistance will evaporate if Pence becomes President. It may even intensify. Trump has a certain skill for political seduction. He dangles a bunch of words that make people think he is a secret liberal and no matter how many times he renigs, too many people keep taking the bait. No chance of that happening with Pence
+10 # Mainiac 2017-07-27 21:03
Fitrakis and Wasserman as well as others who are not part of the MSM need to be careful about implicating Putin in the Trump/Russian oligarchs entanglements. Much of the oligarchs wealth began when Boris Yeltsin was president of Russia in the nineties (with the help of the CIA). Yeltsin left the country wide open to the looters. Putin has succeeded in cleaning up most of this mess but has a way to go. Just because someone claims to be a Russian government official, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is true. Just because Putin knows some people who made a lot of money, it doesn’t mean that he is guilty of hacking our electoral system. The 1% is anxious to get things in place by sufficiently demonizing Putin to the extent that support for a war against Russia will be there when the time is ripe.
+6 # lfeuille 2017-07-28 21:26
Yes exactly. It's somewhat ironic, as Robert Parry has pointed out, that Russiagate resembles the kind of innuendo and guilt for casual association that the right wing used against the Clintons. They were supposedly implicated in every crime that too place in Arkansas while they were there. Some with Putin, but with him it's the entire former Soviet Union.
+10 # Texas Aggie 2017-07-27 21:34
There is an article at Raw Story about the admiral of the US fleet in the Western Pacific who was giving an interview in Australia. He was asked if he would launch a nuclear war on China if drumpf ordered it. His response was essentially "of course" on the grounds that the military must take its orders from the president.

Drumpf is so many bricks shy of a load that he is quite capable of ordering a nuclear hit on China the same way that he ordered the Pentagon to not accept transgenders. There was no thought or discussion that went into his twit (other people do tweets, drumpf does twits) just like there would be no thought or consultation when he decides to start a nuclear war. This is but one of many reasons why he has to go as quickly as possible.
+5 # lfeuille 2017-07-28 21:28
Regardless, we do not have the power to force his removal.
+1 # Cassandra2012 2017-07-30 19:01
But Pence would do it to bring on Armageddon if he could...
He is religiously deranged.
+5 # Jaax88 2017-07-27 21:43
My brother and I talk politics regularly, from diametrically opposite POVs I noticed when the points I make or the facts are against him are difficult for him to answer he immediately switches the subject to have better position to argue from. Granted the green economy, immigration economic justice and honest elections are weighty subjects that need attention, but we should not lose sight of the fact that trump is a bad guy (liar and bully, vicious and unstable) and is doing a number of bad things to America's soul and
flesh. The green economy, immigration and so forth can be dealt with by the democratic processes after trump departs, forceably or on his own. Repairing the soul cannot be done by legislation. Take for example wounds of the Civil War or slavery have not yet healed. Not truly able to be fixed by any legislation or rules of law. trump is a pox, a disease like a cancer, on the soul of America. Fitrakis and Wasserman are to be congratulated for an intelligent and good article. Their opinion should not be shoved aside by silly arguments that some other matters are more important than an existential threat to our country.
+6 # librarian1984 2017-07-28 12:31
The WSJ has a new poll, What People Care About vs What the Media Covers:

35% of people say their number one worry is healthcare. Media spends 4% of their coverage on the issue.

healthcare: 35/4

jobs: 13/1

terrorism: 11/6

climate change: 10/10

taxes: 4/0

Russia: 6/75

Democrats should be talking about jobs and healthcare.
+1 # Larry 2017-07-28 13:30
Lock him up!! Lock him up!! Lock him up!!
+1 # angelfish 2017-07-28 18:36
Unless and UNTIL we get this Moron OUT of our White House we will remain in grave danger. He is worse than a Loose Cannon, he is a LIT fuse just waiting to explode and spew his Toxic Insanity on the World! HOW can the saner heads in our Government let this horrible mistake continue wreaking havoc? I have hope that Mr. Mueller will find enough credible evidence to REMOVE the entire Trump Administration as well as the offending members of our Congress, who aided and abetted them in their Evil, Treasonous actions! All I can say is, Rebel, RePudiate and Resist!
+3 # lfeuille 2017-07-28 21:35
Because they are cowards and not all that sane themselves. You can change that by screaming about it. It is not working. Show people there is a better way so when the time comes they will understand and be ready for it.
+5 # 2017-07-29 05:20
Fine. Rebel and resist. Get the guy out of the White House. But none of that will be enough. We need a party that stands for a program the average person would vote for. Forget the personalities. We must have something to be for regarding health care and all our other unmet needs.
+8 # allanmillard 2017-07-28 23:53
Looking on from outside the USA I see no point or hope in marches for impeachment, resignation, etc. It ain't gonna happen.

I also don't see much hope for fair elections, representative government, or some form of democracy. The USA is so far down the road to fascism that I don't see a way to get on the road back.

Perhaps the only practical course to deal with the dangerous man in the White House is to see if your vaunted checks and balances can work to take away his power. The Congress could start with war-making power: Curb the President and take away the nuclear codes. (Do USians really believe that any nation is suicidal enough to attack the USA? And non-state actors can't be hit with nuclear weapons.) The rest of the world would also feel a tad better if Congress would enact a policy of no-first-strike atomic war.

Then I look at the venal "leadership" in your Congress (with the notable exception of Bernie Sanders) and realize that Congress lacks the will to allow DJT to tweet and strut to his heart's content but to do so to no great effect for another 42 months.
+7 # librarian1984 2017-07-29 08:54
There was a time I felt as hopeless as your post sounds but then .. Bernie. All it took was one person with a vision and millions of us were reawakened.

Sanders didn't end this resurgence with his nomination run. Dozens of activist organizations have been created and hundreds of progressives, following the Tea Party playbook, are running for low level offices, forming policy groups etc. I've seen leftist movements rise and fall in the US for decades but this one has a different feel. Progressives are not going to stand down.

As you say, the executive has accrued many powers in recent decades, some unconstitutiona l. Having them in Trump's tiny hands may lead to corrections. Maybe even conservatives will learn the efficacy of checks and balances.

I think if we live through this administration -- and if we can defeat DP neoliberals -- things will get better. And the US has lost much of its standing as world leader. In the long run that, too, will be good for everyone.
+3 # drew 2017-07-29 07:58
Resignation isn't sufficient. LOCK HIM UP!

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