Trump’s Fascist rally this week in North Carolina stirred vast public outrage, at least beyond the right wing bubble. By steering the idiotic hatred of his base toward a set of female, minority representatives, he escalated the risk of violence and managed to top his prior incitements. Meanwhile…
Trump has a history of leveraging inflammatory statements to screen his other actions. Let’s step back for a moment and look at what happened this week while we were distracted.
Trump Child Rape Accusations
Epstein’s arrest has renewed interest in one of the children he trafficked, the one who was raped by Donald Trump. Katie Johnson filed a suit against Trump in November 2016 for repeatedly raping her at Epstein’s New York house when she was 13. Her suit included the affidavit of a witness to the rapes, and lurid, verifiable details of time and setting. She withdrew the suit after death threats.
Federal agents searching Epstein’s home reportedly found a trove of child porn, including disks marked Young [Name] + [Name]. It will be interesting to find out what’s on those disks.
Efforts to Loot the Most Lucrative Government Agency
Rentiers love land and natural resources, and the US Bureau of Land Management is one of the world’s biggest troves of both. Last month, a political appointee at BLM summarily fired William Woody, the head of the agency’s law enforcement arm. Woody is hated by wingnuts for his efforts to protect federal land, particularly the Bundy Ranch standoff and an effort to shut down antiquities looting. His firing was accompanied by unspecific allegations of misuse of a federal vehicle for commuting.
This week the agency announced plans to move its headquarters to Colorado, in an effort to gut the agency’s civilian leadership without triggering civil service protections. The agency, like so many in this administration, has no confirmed leader. BLM is being led by a political hack named Casey Hammond, who was previously just a clerk for a Congressional subcommittee.
In other news, we learned that the Trump Administration is projecting a trillion dollar deficit this year. Another American died rationing their insulin. The manufacturing sector has slipped into recession. Related to the decline of manufacturing and trade, freight volumes for US truck and rail companies are falling. And we saw another major coal company bankruptcy.