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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    In response to the deleted post (sorry you deleted it; I thought it was a good question): I don't think it is because a Republican won. Republican and Democrat are really just two ways of addressing a problem, and there have never been protests or upset on this scale before. Sure, Democrats would be disappointed if a Republican won, but Trump is no Republican. He doesn't seem to have a coherent political ideology.

    And I don't think it is hate you are seeing as much as it is fear that this could go so horribly wrong, and I hope you're right in that nobody will lose rights.

    JMO
    I have read on other forums that it's exactly like this. People were upset that W won, both times but especially the first time, but didn't feel remotely the anger and pure terror about what could happen they feel since Orangina got elected.
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    Trump is boasting he will not take the salary of President but then they estimate that Melania staying in NY will cost about 1 Million a day extra in home land security. That is not included how much NY businesses will lose as streets will get closed of and movement will be reduced. I lived in a city where streets where closed, on and off, and it is no joke. Imagine this in NY. They have already closed blocks around the Trump tower. You cannot take hostage of a city like that. That is why there is a presidential home, to keep all this under control.

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    But the kid might be autistic, and Melania didn't choose for Cheeto to run for president, soooooooooo, American taxpayers and NYC taxpayers (get to pay city AND federal tax to accommodate Trump mail order bride and spawn!!) can pay for him to have 2 official residences.

    Fuck him. Why can't the electoral college just not declare him president? This fuckbag refuses to follow any of the rules set out for president, why is everyone else toeing every line where there is a right and CONSTITUTION NOT too?! It's a fucking joke.

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    Technically, they still could, Annie B. The EC doesn't vote until 12/19, so until then it's still not 100% certain. With all this alt-right talk, appointing Bannon, the white power rally in DC today I almost wouldn't be too shocked if some of the electors went rogue. One of the original intentions of the EC was to ensure a demagogue wasn't elected.

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    The Electoral Collage'd better do the right thing, Dec. 19, goddammit!

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    Does anyone know if it is possible to upload a screenshot from my computer to GR? CNN had a very unflattering picture of Donald on the website and quickly replaced it with one of him gesticulating. I made a screenshot of the first version.

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    Try tinypic.com

    It should let you upload the image



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    This is REALLY long for Twitter length anyway but it's important. Trump is already doing business deals that could potentially lead to impeachment.
    I follow a lawyer on Twitter named Susan Simpson and she put it all together, it's fascinating how people on Twitter are doing more in depth reporting and analysis of Trump than the actual press corp.

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    Apologies in advance, because this is going to get long, but we need to talk about the Trump Tower in Argentina for a second.


    Earlier today it was reported that Trump spoke to Argentine Pres. Macri, & during call asked about approval for a TrumpTower in Buenos Aires


    Then Argentina and Trump said "haha jk that never happened," media said "cool, no prob," and now it seems as if the story is being dropped.


    Which, I hope to god I'm wrong about, that this story isn't just being forgotten, because Trump's Argentina deal has all kinds of red flags.


    Backstory: In 2012 TrumpCo and YY Development Group (Argentina) partnered up to build Trump-brand tower in Uruguay


    The partners also had future plans to make a Trump Tower in Buenos Aires (TTBA), but knew they'd have trouble getting lots, imports, etc.


    Eric Trump went to Uruguay a lot to work on deal, and is closely involved with the project. Also is personal friends with YY's execs.


    Trump's Argentina partners include Yaryura & Yellati. They were in "the bunker" on the night of the election, and chilled with Eric Trump.


    In fact, the next morning after election, Yaryura and Yellati had breakfast with Eric.



    But let's get back to Trump Tower Buenos Aires. Around February 2016, YY had submitted plans to Buenos Aires seeking approval for plans.


    Though as of Election Day 2016, YY was "awaiting the City Government's approval to begin the work" on TTBA.


    Relevant side note: approval comes from Horacio Rodríguez Larreta. He's super close bros with President Macri.




    Back to election night, where Trump defies the odds and wins the election. He unexpectedly becomes president elect of the United States.


    President Macri is like, "o shit, this is awkward," because, TL;DR, he and Trump have a history together that's worthy of a soap opera.


    Also Macri had been openly cheering for Clinton's win, sooo yeah. Getting in touch with Trump and patching things up becomes Priority #1.


    "[T]he Argentine government was very worried and occupied in establishing an urgent link with the tycoon."



    President Mauricio Macri asked his entire cabinet for an urgent approach to the team of the president-elect."


    Then they find a solution. Someone remembers that Yaryura, developer behind TTBA, has a direct line to Eric Trump.


    The Argentinian government calls Yaryura, and explains the situation. On Nov. 11, Yaryura connects Chancellor Malcorra with Eric Trump.


    Malcorra & Eric have a "cordial" chat but Macri doesn't get to speak to Trump yet. Eric tells Macri he has to wait.


    "There will be a conversation when Trump's agenda allows it: he has to assemble teams and we do not hurry," says a Trump official.


    On Nov 14, Trump's schedule clears, and he & Macri have chat to catch up on old times. About golf games, Miami/NY business deals, I assume.


    The next day, Nov 15th, YY announces construction on TTBA will commence in June 2017, and will be completed in 2020.


    So the day after this phone call between Trump & Macri, arranged by Yaryura, Trump Tower moves ahead as if all approvals have been obtained


    But there's a problem w/this "phanton tower": there doesn't appear to be any paperwork that's been submitted for it


    No biggie. Despite no permit filings, let alone approvals, YY insists everything is in order for Trump Tower Buenos Aires, full speed ahead!


    Then this morning, someone reads an Argentine news source, and reports on this:


    “Macri called him[,] Trump asked for them to authorize a building he’s constructing in Buenos Aires."


    There is like a one-hour period in which the US media toys with the possibility that Trump may have been using his office for personal gain.


    Then media says,oh nevermind! That was just another example of "the easy spread of thinly sourced or even fake news."


    And this is why I am writing five million tweets. Because I don't want this forgotten like everything else about Trump always seems to be.


    A foreign pres used a US president's business partner to contact him,&that business partner was in need of gov approval on pending project.


    Recap1) Trump and YY Dev want to build Trump Tower in Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires does not approve the permits. (2)Trump becomes president.


    3) Pres Macri goes "oh shit this is bad, someone please get me PEOTUS on the phone now!" (4) Someone goes, "Hey, Yaryura from that Trump


    ower thing has Eric Trump's personal number." (5) Yaryura connects an Argentine official with Eric Trump. (6) Eric Trump says, "Hey, my dad


    is so busy right now, but we'll get back to you." (7) Three days later, Macri and Trump speak on the phone, make polite chit chat.


    (8) YY Development announces it'll be breaking ground in Buenos Aires in June 2017, Trump Tower Buenos Aires will get built.


    Yay team!!



    "When asked about whether the Argentine Government had contacted him to mediate between Trump and Macri," Yaryura said,


    "'The perception I have is that Argentina will always do well if it is close to the United States, more than if it is far away.'" /end


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    Trump Tower to Be Built in Downtown Buenos Aires

    BY: RAQUEL GARCÍA - @VENTURAG79 - NOV 17, 2016, 1:43 PM

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    Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York (El Estímulo)ESPAÑOLA Trump Tower will be built in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Argentinian developer YY Development Group announced that a building owned by President-elect Donald Trump will be built on the emblematic Julio Avenue.
    Negotiations reportedly began in January, according to Executive of Argentinian developer Felipe Yaryura and CEO Juan José Cualgindolo.
    “Trump Offices Buenos Aires” will be 47,000 square meters with a budget of US $100 million. It will have 35 floors of 800 square meters each, with garages and four basements.



    Cugliandolo, the Director of the Trump Tower project in Punta del Este, and who coordinates the paperwork for the building to be deployed in downtown Buenos Aires, said that it will be exclusively office buildings.
    “Just as in Punta del Este we have Ultra Exclusive Residences, here we would have Ultra Exclusive Offices,” he said, “which will have all the finishes of a premium, triple A office.”
    “To be Trump, it has to be very top,” said Yaryura, who returned to Argentina this week from the United States.


    Trump had reportedly been interested in investing in Argentina for several years, but had not done so due to difficulties imposed by the exchange rate block and barriers to imports.
    The real estate tycoon demanded that imported materials be used to build his towers, ranging from fittings and bathrooms, to electrical elements and even paint pigments.
    The foundation is set to be laid June 2017 and finished by 2020.


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    Here's a link to a Storify of the whole Tweet sequence along with newspaper links (most in Spanish because the US press isn't covering this) https://storify.com/pr01etar1at/getting-started



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    1) Scary, and totally expected
    2) The Trump building pictured is in Chicago, not NY
    3) How short are our attention spans that we need important stories written in <140 chunks on Twitter.

    Thanks for sharing. I only see tweets when people copy/paste them because get off my lawn, kids.

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    The worst part about the Trump Tower story is that no one in the press is covering it except some lawyer on Twitter. Twitter people are the new Woodwards and Bernsteins, sad.

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    Sadly I know we can't count on the EC. The Repubs will not want to relinquish the White House no matter the cost. I'm sure they would love for Dump to get impeached then their Trojan Horse can take over. Pence is scarier than any monster real or imagined.
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    You don't get to be an elector unless you're partisan. I'm sure there are plenty that would rather be casting their votes for a different Republican, but I'm not sure what else the clown has to do to turn them away from him.

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    Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on ‘self-dealing,’ new filing to IRS shows

    President-elect Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has admitted to the IRS that it violated a legal prohibition against “self-dealing,” which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity’s money to help themselves, their businesses or their families.

    That admission was contained in the Donald J. Trump Foundation’s IRS tax filings for 2015, which were recently posted online at the nonprofit-tracking site GuideStar. A GuideStar spokesman said the forms were uploaded by the Trump Foundation’s law firm, Morgan, Lewis and Bockius.

    The Post could not immediately confirm if the same forms had actually been sent to the IRS.

    In one section of the form, the IRS asked if the Trump Foundation had transferred “income or assets to a disqualified person.” A disqualified person, in this context, might be Trump — the foundation’s president — or a member of his family, or a Trump-owned business.

    The foundation checked “yes.”


    Another line on the form asked if the Trump Foundation had engaged in any acts of self-dealing in prior years. The Trump Foundation checked “yes” again.

    Such violations can carry penalties including excise taxes, and the charity leaders can be required to repay money that the charity spent on their behalf.

    During the presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported on several instances in which Trump appeared to use the Trump Foundation’s money to buy items for himself or to help one of his for-profit businesses.

    But the new Trump Foundation tax filings provided little detail so it was unclear if these admissions were connected to the instances reported in The Post.

    The Trump Foundation tax forms did not, for instance, describe any specific acts of self-dealing. They also did not say whether Trump had paid any penalties already. That kind of detail would be submitted on a separate IRS form, which was not included in the information posted online Monday.

    Spokesmen for Trump’s presidential campaign did not respond to a request for comment early Tuesday.


    The New York attorney general’s office is investigating Trump’s charity, following up on reports in The Post that described apparent instances of self-dealing going back to 2007. A spokesman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declined to comment, other than to say “our investigation is ongoing.”

    The IRS also did not immediately respond. That agency has not said if it is investigating the president-elect’s charity.

    The Trump Foundation has existed since 1987. This appeared to be the first time that it had admitted committing such a violation.

    Philip Hackney, who formerly worked in the IRS chief counsel’s office and now teaches at Louisiana State University, said he wanted to know why the Trump Foundation was now admitting to self-dealing in prior years — when, in all prior years, it had told the IRS it had done nothing of the kind.

    “What transactions led to the self-dealing that they’re admitting to? Why weren’t they able to recognize them in prior years,” Hackney said. He said that, since the prior years’ returns were signed by Trump, that opened the president-elect to questions about what he had missed and how.


    During the presidential campaign, The Post revealed several instances — worth about $300,000 — where Trump seemed to have used the Trump Foundation to help himself.

    In two cases, The Post reported, the Trump Foundation appeared to pay legal settlements to end lawsuits that involved his for-profit businesses.

    In one case, Trump settled a dispute with the town of Palm Beach, Fla., over a large flagpole he erected at his Mar-a-Lago Club. The town agreed to waive $120,000 in unpaid fines if Trump’s club donated $100,000 to Fisher House, a charity helping wounded veterans and military personnel. The Trump Foundation paid that donation instead — effectively saving his business $100,000.

    In another, Trump’s golf course in New York’s Westchester County was sued by a man who had won a $1 million hole-in-one prize during a tournament at the course. The man was later denied the money because Trump’s course had allegedly made the hole too short for the prize to be valid.

    The lawsuit was settled, and details on that final settlement have not been made public. But on the day that the parties told the court that their lawsuit had been settled, the Trump Foundation donated $158,000 to the unhappy golfer’s charity. Trump’s golf course donated nothing.

    In three other cases, Trump’s foundation paid for items that Trump or his wife purchased at charity auctions. In 2012, Trump bid $12,000 for a football helmet signed by then-Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

    In another case, from 2007, Trump’s wife, Melania, bid $20,000 on a six-foot-tall portrait of Trump painted by “speed painter” Michael Israel during a gala at Mar-a-Lago. And in 2014, Trump bid $10,000 to buy a four-foot painting of himself by artist Havi Schanz at another charity gala.

    In all three cases, the Trump Foundation paid the bill. Tax experts said that, by law, the items had to be put to charitable use. Trump’s spokesmen have not said what became of the helmet or the $20,000 portrait.

    The $10,000 portrait was, however, located by Washington Post readers, following coverage of the Trump Foundation. It was hanging on the wall of the sports bar at Trump’s Doral golf resort, outside Miami.

    In September, a Trump campaign spokesman rejected the idea that Trump had done anything wrong, by using his charity’s money to buy art for his bar. Instead, spokesman Boris Epshteyn said, the sports bar was doing the charity a favor by “storing” its art free of charge.

    Tax experts said that this argument was unlikely to hold water.

    “It’s hard to make an IRS auditor laugh,” Brett Kappel, a lawyer who advises nonprofit groups at the Akerman firm, told The Post then. “But this would do it.”

    In the new 2015 tax filing, the Trump Foundation acknowledged for the first time that it owned these items. But it listed market values far below what the foundation had paid: The helmet was valued at $475. The portrait purchased for $20,000 was valued at $700. And the portrait purchased for $10,000 was valued at $500.

    The tax filing did not give any details about where these items are or what charitable use Trump has in mind for them.

    The Trump Foundation’s tax filing also shows that — for the first time in six years — the foundation received a donation from an entity controlled by Trump himself.

    It lists a donation of $566,370 from the Trump Corporation, an entity 100 percent owned by Trump himself. It also lists a $50,000 gift from Trump Productions, a Trump-owned business that produced “The Apprentice.”

    Previously, the last donation to the Trump Foundation from Trump or one of his businesses had come in 2008. Trump’s spokesmen did not respond to a question about the reason for these new gifts.

    In addition, the Trump Foundation reported a $150,000 gift from the foundation of Viktor Pinchuk, a powerful Ukrainian steel magnate. That was the first such gift from Pinchuk.

    Pinchuk, who supports closer ties between Ukraine and Western nations, had also pledged large donations to the foundation of Trump’s presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton. Those donations, pledged to the Clinton Foundation while Clinton was secretary of state, raised questions about whether she had conflicts of interest when she met with her family foundation’s donors.

    A spokesman for Pinchuk’s foundation said that the gift was made as part of an agreement for Trump to speak — via video link — to a conference Pinchuk organized in September 2015. The conference, called the Yalta European Strategy annual meeting, was held in Kiev. At the time of his 20-minute speech, titled “How New Ukraine’s Fate Affects Europe and the World,” Trump was already a presidential candidate.

    Trump’s spokesmen did not respond to a question about Pinchuk’s gift.

    Marc S. Owens, the former head of the IRS nonprofit division, noted that this was a rare contribution to the rump Foundation from overseas. The only other foreign gifts were small ones from New Zealand and Canada in 2006 and 2008. And it was certainly the first from a foreigner who could seek to influence the foreign-policy agenda of a President Trump.

    “The contribution points out a potential way for foreign donors to align themselves with [Trump],” Owens said.

    The Post was first alerted to the 2015 tax filing by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a liberal watchdog group. In a written statement, CREW spokesman Jordan Libowitz said many questions remained to be answered.

    “Why were the Trumps unable to provide locations of the Foundation’s assets like paintings and football helmets . . . when they clearly remain in the possession of the Foundation? What assets do [they] admit to transferring to a ‘disqualified person?’” Libowitz wrote. “It’s pretty clear at this point that the IRS needs to investigate.”


    An early look at its outgoing grants showed a familiar pattern: Trump gave to a smattering of New York and Florida charities, plus a few connected to friends and business partners. Also, as he entered the presidential race, he gave to several nonprofits connected with conservative causes.

    One of them was Project Veritas, the group run by conservative provocateur James O’Keefe, which has used hidden-camera stings to target liberal groups. Stephen Gordon, of Project Veritas, said that its point of contact had been Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s one-time campaign manager.

    He said they had a brief meeting with Trump in 2015, at Trump Tower. Trump gave $10,000 from his foundation to the group, which is an IRS-certified nonprofit.

    “We showed him a couple of videos. He thought that was really cool. And we walked out with a check. It was a typical donor meeting,” Gordon recalled.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...dd0_story.html



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