SO, so much to talk about this Friday. I’m going to keep it local, because you can only take so much Trump. Things like:
Hello Drinking Liberals,
Please join us for regular Friday meetup in the back bar of Piper Down 1492 s. State St starting at 6pm.
I honestly can’t keep up with all of the news this week. We had Trump take a question about antisemitism and respond with a long word salad about his electoral college numbers. We had some confirmations to Trumps cabinet along with some resignations, because you know, treason, no big deal right. Just another day in Trumps America. US intelligence leaks have claimed that multiple Trump campaign aides were in constant contact with Russian intelligence during the campaign. Rather than address these serious accusations Utah’s own Jason Chaffetz says he will instead investigate who is leaking the info rather than the actual info. Meanwhile Trump while announcing his new nomination to be labor secretary today went on a 77 minute tirade blasting the media for not being fair to him and spreading lies and being fake, and of course he again talked about his popularity. We are only 4 weeks in and it just keeps getting worse and worse and Dan Rather is saying the Trump-Russian connection could end up toppling the Watergate scandal.
So much to talk about tomorrow so come on down and have a drink or two of your favorite beverage while we discuss the weeks current events.
See you tomorrow night,
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Join us this week for our regular Friday meetup at the Piper Down. Laura will be bringing supplies so we can send “Valentine messages” to the president. Like, I don’t know…
Roses are red,
The White House is white,
Is Putin your puppetmaster,
Or is it Bannon and the alt-right?
Rep Jason Chaffetz keeps popping up in my feeds and news items. Whether he’s meeting with Trump to talk about repealing the Bears Ears wilderness protection because of the “hardship it creates for Utahns” or co-sponsoring a bill to abolish the Department of Education, so his townhall tonight should be pretty interesting.
Speaking of Bears Ears, Patagonia is abstaining from the Outdoor Retailer convention as long as it’s held in Utah, and OR is shopping around for a new state. Both cite lack of respect for public lands and conservation by Utah’s leaders. Many of our politicians are saying “so what if they leave?”, but it’s a big deal because it pumps millions of dollars into our economy each time it’s here, to say nothing of the jobs it creates. If OR leaves, downtown businesses will suffer. Between decisions like this and our terrible air quality, Salt Lake won’t be in the top 10 places to live for very long.
Join Laura and Jeremiah tomorrow so we talk about all this and more while making our Valentine messages.
Now that Sundance is behind us and there appears to be a couple of days break between organized protests, please join us in the back room at Piper Down (1492 South State Street) from 6:00-9:00 PM tomorrow, Friday February 3rd. We sure have a lot to talk about!
WEEK IN TRUMP
In what may have to become a regular feature of our email, I will try to hit the highlights of the past week’s shenanigans at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
We began with the executive order blocking immigration, including refugees, from seven Muslim countries. But it isn’t a Muslim ban (Yes it is!). Subsequently, there were protests at airports around the world.
Trump managed to find a SCOTUS nominee to the right of Scalia and he revealed his choice with a surreal live prime time reality TV gimmick.
On the National Security Council, Trump demoted the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence while he promoted Steve Bannon, (yes, the Breitbart guy) or as I refer to him, his Minister of Propaganda.
A Navy SEAL and many Yemeni civilians died in what appears to be a botched raid.
On a lighter note, Arnold Swarzenegger trolls Trump pretty hard in response to Trump’s insulting comment.
There is so much more but I don’t have all night to write this!
For more local oriented news I recommend you check in with Utah Political Capitol, run by a few long-time DL members who are keeping track of everything happening during the ongoing legislative session.
Join me, Jason, tomorrow for a couple of drinks and conversation where we can try our best to unpack and work through all of the past week’s craziness!
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