PopMuse: US News http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Trump's praise for China over Tiananmen Square years ago was a preview of his support for military crackdowns on the George Floyd protests http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/xVhkv-U-6AQ/trump-praised-china-tiananmen-foreshadowing-response-to-george-floyd-protests-2020-6 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/xVhkv-U-6AQ/trump-praised-china-tiananmen-foreshadowing-response-to-george-floyd-protests-2020-6 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 22:12:11 UTC John Haltiwanger at Politics In 1990, President Donald Trump (then a real estate magnate and private citizen) praised China for showing the "power of strength" via its notorious, bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square the year prior.� Hundreds, possibly thousands, of unarmed protesters were killed in June 1989 when the Chinese military opened fire on them in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.� Trump's praise for China over the Tiananmen Square massacre foreshadowed his support for the use of the military against anti-police brutality protesters in the US in 2020.� The president on Monday told governors they were being too "weak" on the protesters and needed to "dominate" them, and he's repeatedly championed sending in the military to break up the nationwide demonstrations.� The demonstrations were catalyzed by George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes.� Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Thirty years ago, Donald Trump said that China had shown the "power of strength" when its troops massacred pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square the year before. Trump's words foreshadowed his general disposition toward protesters as president, and offered a preview of his support for military crackdowns on anti-police brutality demonstrations in the present day.� It was March 1990, and Trump was being interviewed by Playboy magazine about his life as a real estate mogul. At one point, Trump was asked about a trip he'd taken to Moscow a few years prior.� Trump said he'd been "very unimpressed" with the Soviet Union.� "Their system is a disaster," Trump said. "What you will see there soon is a revolution; the signs are all there with the demonstrations and picketing. Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it. That's my problem with [former Soviet President Mikhail] Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand." Trump was then asked if he meant "firm hand as in China." "When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength," Trump replied. "That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak...as being spit on by the rest of the world." On June 4, 1989, after several weeks of pro-democracy and pro-reform demonstrations, Chinese troops entered Tiananmen Square in Beijing and fired on unarmed people. Hundreds, possibly thousands, were killed.� Fast-forward to 2020, and Trump has called on US governors to use law enforcement to "dominate" protesters who've flooded the streets of cities across America to demonstrate against police brutality. The protests were inspired by George Floyd, a black man who died last week after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for roughly eight minutes. Floyd was unarmed. While many of the protesters have demonstrated peacefully, there has also been rioting and clashes with police. Law enforcement has been widely accused of exacerbating the situation with the use of force, including employing tear gas, batons, and rubber bullets against protesters, demonstrators, and journalists in some cases.� After nearly a week of unrest, and a weekend in which Trump hid in a secure White House bunker (and saw the lights turned off at the presidential residence), Trump on Monday told governors they were being "weak" in response to the demonstrations. He's urged governors to deploy the National Guard, though nearly half of the country has already done so.� Over the course of the past week, Trump has routinely expressed support for the use of the military to quell the protests, and at one pointed tweeted "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." The tweet was flagged by Twitter as "glorifying violence."� ....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020 � The president later walked back on his "shooting" tweet, but has continued to advocate for the use of the military against the demonstrations.� Trump, who as president has repeatedly praised authoritarian leaders, on Saturday threatened to use the "unlimited power" of the US military against protesters, and warned demonstrators at the White House they could be met with the "most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons." On Monday, Trump said GOP Sen. Tom Cotton was "100% Correct" after the Arkansas senator advocated for the use of military force to respond to the protests.� Experts on authoritarianism have warned that Trump's rhetoric has increasingly resembled that of autocratic regimes. Responding to Trump's tweet on shooting protesters last week, New York University historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat told Insider, "This is what American authoritarianism looks like."� Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut on Monday implored his Republican colleagues against allowing their "party's position become pushing for an American Tiananmen Square." "Turning the army on protestors is what dictatorships do. It's literally the antithesis of America," Murphy tweeted.Join the conversation about this story � NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ 14 of the biggest marches and protests in American history http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/vp9chQAQ15M/largest-marches-us-history-2017-1 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/vp9chQAQ15M/largest-marches-us-history-2017-1 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 22:00:00 UTC Leanna Garfield and Zoë Ettinger at Politics Millions of people in US history have protested and marched against injustices in an effort to enact social change. One of the most famous protests in US history was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. The Women's March in 2017 was the largest march in US history, attracting between 3.2 and 5.2 million people. Over the past week, protests sparked by the death of George Floyd have seen tens of thousands march against systemic racism and the killing of black people in America. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Americans across the country are publicly expressing outrage at police brutality and the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others. Protests have occured through US history as a way for Americans to express outrage against hate, inequality, and violence and to enact change. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 successfully pressured the Kennedy administration to pass civil rights bills. The Women's March in 2017 was the largest single-day demonstration in US history, attracting up to 5.2 million protesters.� Here's a look back at some of the biggest�marches in American history.SEE ALSO:�Facebook publicly tears itself apart over Mark Zuckerberg's decision to keep up Trump's posts about the George Floyd protests The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was to protest the systemic disenfranchisement of black Americans and happened on August 28, 1963. Approximately�250,000 people participated in the 1963 civil rights march in Washington, DC, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. After the march, King and other civil rights leaders met with President Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House, where they discussed the need for a strong civil rights bill. The�Civil Rights Act of 1964�and�Voting Rights Act of 1965 were enacted after the march.� An anti-Vietnam War protest in Washington, DC, happened on November 15, 1969. Between 500,000 and 600,000 people demonstrated against the Vietnam War, which had led to thousands�of�deaths by 1969. Coalitions started organizing smaller rallies in 1967, eventually leading up to the large anti-Vietnam march�two years later. The Solidarity Day march in Washington, DC, was on September 19, 1981. Thousands protested President Reagan's budget cuts and tax policies. The Solidarity Day march was a rally�of about 260,000 people in DC in 1981. It was sparked by President Ronald Reagan's decision to fire 12,000 air traffic controllers who went on strike and demanded wage increases and safer working conditions. The Anti-Nuclear March in New York City's Central Park was on June 12, 1982. Protesters sought nuclear disarmament by the US government. In 1982, around a million protesters filled Central Park to protest nuclear weapons during Ronald Reagan's presidency. A New York Times article from 1982 said, "The vast parade and rally, organized by a coalition of peace groups, brought together pacifists and anarchists, children and Buddhist monks, Roman Catholic bishops and Communist Party leaders, university students and union members." The Million Man March was to promote unity and family values in black communities and happened in Washington, DC, on October 16, 1995. In 1995, Washington, DC's Million Man March took place with a stated�aim to unite the black community. Estimates for the number of attendees vary from 400,000 to 1.1 million people. Notable speakers at the march included Jesse Jackson, Rosa Parks, Cornel West, and Maya Angelou. The March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation was on April 25, 1993. Between 800,000 and a million people marched on the National Mall in 1993 for LGBTQ rights. The organizers' primary demands were civil rights bills against discrimination, an increase in AIDS research funding, and reproductive rights. The Million Woman March in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was on October 25, 1997. Its aim was for unity in black communities and among black women. In 1997, two years after the Million Man March, anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million�people convened for the Million Woman March.�The event, which was held on a rainy Saturday in 1997, included prayer, musical performances, and speeches by local organizers and civil rights activists. Protests against the Iraq war in America's largest cities occurred on February 15, 2003. As a protest�to George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq, between 10 to 15 million�people marched�in 600�cities across the world�in 2003. At least 500,000 people protested�in American cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle. It's known as the biggest protest in world history. The March for Women's Lives was in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2004. Protesters advocated for reproductive rights, women's rights, and more. In 2004, the March for Women's Lives was one of the largest protests in American history, with between 500,000 and 1.1 million attendees. Notable attendees included women's rights activists Gloria Steinem, Dolores Huerta, former National Organization for Women presidents Eleanor Smeal and Patricia Ireland, and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. The People's Climate March occurred in New York City on September 21, 2014. The People's Climate March attracted between 311,000 and 400,000 participants. It is regarded as the biggest call-to-action on climate change. Though the largest demonstration was in New York City, there were nearly 2,700 climate-related demonstrations in more than 150 countries.� The March for Science was held in the United States April 22, 2017. Protests advocated for environmental protection and sustainability. The March for Science was held on Earth Day and attracted more than a million protesters around the world.� Participants advocated for a global focus on the International Panel on Climate Change's report on the catastrophic effects of a 1.5 degree Celsius increase in global temperature. Many also protested the Trump administration's budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. The largest Women's Marches occurred on January 21, 2017, and January 20, 2018. They called for women's autonomy over their own bodies. The 2017 Women's March is considered the largest single-day protest in US history, attracting anywhere from 3,267,134 and 5,246,670 people, according to data compiled by The Washington Post. The 2018 Women's March attracted between 1.6 million and 2.5 million. However, even for its gargantuan size, the Women's March has been criticized as having accomplished little more than visibility.� The March for Our Lives was a student-led protest for stricter gun control laws occurring across the United States on March 24, 2018. The protest attracted between 1.2 and 2 million people. It occured a month after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which many referred to as a turning point for gun control legislation. The March for Our Lives mission is "to harness the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives." Protests in response to George Floyd's death began in Minneapolis on May 26, 2020, and remain ongoing in dozens of cities across the US. Tens of thousands of people have protested against police brutality and the systemic racism that contributed to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others.� The protests have been some of the most intense in US history. As Business Insider's Insider Today explained,�"Floyd's murder was a tragic horror. The fact that it was captured on video compelled all Americans to face that horror directly. Black Americans saw themselves or their loved ones in that video. In that and other videos, many white Americans finally saw the racism, brutality, unfairness, and fear black Americans have had to live with forever." Read more: Why are the protests so much more intense? Lights at the White House go dark as protests turn violent in Washington Thousands across the UK, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and Canada condemn racism and demand justice at global Black Lives Matter protests http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz equates protesters with terrorists and asks to 'hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East' http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/1Hg4J5ESY-8/matt-gaetz-george-floyd-protesters-antifa-hunt-them-down-2020-6 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/1Hg4J5ESY-8/matt-gaetz-george-floyd-protesters-antifa-hunt-them-down-2020-6 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 21:55:44 UTC Sonam Sheth at Politics Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz suggested Monday that protesters demonstrating against police brutality are part of Antifa and should be hunted down like terrorists. "Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?" Gaetz tweeted. The Florida congressman is the third Republican official to suggest using violence against demonstrators who have taken to the streets and, in some cases, been subjected to heavy-handed crowd control tactics by law enforcement officials. Earlier Monday, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton advocated for using military force against protesters and indicated that they should be shown no mercy. President Donald Trump also implied that protesters should be forcefully subdued, telling governors and law enforcement officials, "You have to dominate." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida suggested on Monday that protesters demonstrating against police brutality are part of Antifa and should be hunted down like terrorists. "Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?" Gaetz tweeted. The Florida congressman's tweet comes amid nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last month after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Gaetz is the third Republican official to suggest using violence against demonstrators who have taken to the streets and, in some cases, been subjected to heavy-handed crowd control tactics by law enforcement officers. Multiple people replied to his tweet saying that they had reported it to Twitter for inciting violence. Earlier Monday, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton advocated for using military force against protesters and indicated that they should be shown no mercy. "We need to have zero tolerance for this destruction," Cotton wrote,�calling protesters "Antifa terrorists." "And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry — whatever it takes to restore order," he added. "No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters." "No quarter" is a military term that means a commander will not accept the lawful surrender of an enemy combatant and suggests the captive will instead be killed. The practice is a war crime under the Geneva Convention. President Donald Trump also called for forcefully subduing the protests. "If you don't dominate, you're wasting your time," Trump said during a phone call with governors and law enforcement officials on Monday. "They're going to run over you. You're going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate." At one point, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said, "We have to be careful, but we've got to be tough." Trump responded: "You don't have to be too careful, and you have to do the prosecutions." "When someone's throwing a rock, that's like shooting a gun," the president said. "We've had a couple of people badly hurt, with no retribution. You have to do retribution, in my opinion. You have to use your own legal system. But if you want this to stop, you have to prosecute people." Trump did not address the nation over the weekend as protests rocked the country and public unrest continued to build, but he posted several tweets blaming "anarchists" and "Antifa" for the demonstrations. On Friday, the president was reportedly taken to an underground bunker as protests outside the White House escalated. The National Guard was also deployed in Washington over the weekend at the Pentagon's request to help maintain order near the White House. Eliza Relman contributed reporting.Join the conversation about this story � NOW WATCH: Tax Day is now July 15 — this is what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ A Louisville restaurant owner known for feeding police for free died in a police killing — and his body was reportedly left on the street for 12 hours http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/e6rAlRufxq4/louisville-restaurant-owner-david-mcatee-death-body-left-hours-report-2020-6 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/e6rAlRufxq4/louisville-restaurant-owner-david-mcatee-death-body-left-hours-report-2020-6 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 21:26:55 UTC Bryan Pietsch at Politics David McAtee, the owner of a barbecue restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, was killed during a protest early Monday. McAtee was known in the community for giving food away for free, including to police officers, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.� McAtee was killed after police were fired upon and they returned fire, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.� Locals expressed anger over reports that his body was left on the street for 12 hours following the shooting.� Kentucky Gov. Beshear called for an investigation of the incident and said body-cam footage should be released by Monday evening.� Later on Monday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said that the police involved in the shooting did not have their body cameras on, and that the police chief had been fired. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. David McAtee, the owner of a barbecue restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, died in a police killing at a protest over the death of George Floyd.� McAtee was the owner of YaYa's BBQ, according to the Louisville Courier Journal. He was known as a "community pillar," his mother Odessa Riley, told the paper. McAtee, who was 53, often gave food to the community for free, including police officers. "He fed them free," Riley told the paper. "He fed the police and didn't charge them nothing." McAtee died early Monday morning after police and the Kentucky National Guard were sent to disperse a crowd in the city, where protests have continued over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Police said they were shot at, and returned the fire, resulting in McAtee's death, according to a statement from Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.� Members of the community were especially angered by reports that his body was left on the street for 12 hours following the killing. The shooting occurred shortly after midnight and his body appeared to be removed from the scene after noon later that day, according to WFPL, a local radio news station.� Beshear on Monday called for an investigation into the shooting and said that body-camera footage should be released by Monday evening, acknowledging that people may not trust claims made by police over what happened. "I'm not asking people to trust our account," Beshear said. But, later on Monday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said that the police did not have their body cameras turned on. The police chief, Steve Conrad, has been fired, Fischer said, according to the Courier Journal. Disciplinary action for the officers involved is forthcoming, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.� McAtee's death comes as police escalated protests across the country, sometimes turning violent toward unarmed and peaceful protesters. Police in New York rammed cars into a group of protesters and law enforcement officers around the country have shot non-lethal bullets, pepper spray, and tear gas at protesters, bystanders, and journalists. A police officer was seen in Salt Lake City, Utah shoving an elderly person with a cane to the ground.� Protests have erupted across the country, and in some nations around the world, over the killing of George Floyd, who died after a police officer in Minneapolis pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes.Join the conversation about this story � NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Fox News built a secret team led by a former Trump aide to discredit the company's critics http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/7DGE9FS3Dhc/former-trump-aide-raj-shah-leads-secret-fox-team-to-discredit-critics-2020-6 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/7DGE9FS3Dhc/former-trump-aide-raj-shah-leads-secret-fox-team-to-discredit-critics-2020-6 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:55:39 UTC Eliza Relman at Politics Fox Corp has hired a former aide to President Donald Trump to lead a covert team of conservatives with the mission of discrediting Fox's critics, The New York Times reported.� The company hired Raj Shah, a former deputy White House press secretary, last year as a senior vice president. Since then, Shah has hired at least two former conservative media reporters to help him attempt to discredit Fox's critics, including the left-leaning groups Media Matters and Sleeping Giants.� Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fox Corp has hired a former aide to President Donald Trump to lead a covert team of conservatives with the mission of discrediting Fox's critics, The New York Times' media columnist, The New York Times' Ben Smith, reported Sunday.� The company�hired Raj Shah, a former deputy White House press secretary who previously directed opposition research against Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Committee, last year as a senior vice president. This year, Smith reported, Shah has been building a staff that includes two former writers for the right-wing Washington Free Beacon, Elliott Schwartz and Alex Griswold. Schwartz also previously directed Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential campaign war room.�� The team is tasked with attacking and attempting to discredit Fox's critics, including the left-leaning Media Matters, which regularly reports on Fox, and Sleeping Giants, a social media account that's attempted to pressure companies to stop advertising on Fox News.� Smith wrote the team's role is to "defend Fox from criticism from progressive outlets like Media Matters and Sleeping Giants on social media, protect advertising dollars and discredit critics," according to three sources. It's unclear what efforts the team has been involved with.� Neither Schwartz nor Griswold, both of whom are active on Twitter, have publicly identified themselves as Fox employees.� There is a well-established revolving door between Fox and the Trump campaign and administration, and Fox Corp has long employed a robust PR team. But it is unusual for a news organization to have a team responsible for discrediting its critics.� Fox Corp declined Business Insider's request for comment.�SEE ALSO:�Republican Sen. Tom Cotton claims the 101st Airborne could be called to quell 'domestic terrorism' at Black Lives Matter protests Join the conversation about this story � NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ A curfew for New York City will start at 11 p.m. on Monday http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/aHWtgUB_2vU/new-york-city-curfew-details-monday-night-after-protests-cuomo-2020-6 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/aHWtgUB_2vU/new-york-city-curfew-details-monday-night-after-protests-cuomo-2020-6 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:45:00 UTC Graham Rapier at Politics New York City will be under a curfew rule beginning 11 p.m. on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. It's unclear whether essential workers who travel during overnight hours will be exempt. Protests have led to large crowds in Brooklyn and Manhattan in recent days, which in some cases have turned violent. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. New York City will join several other US cities in implementing a curfew Monday from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday as the city headed for a fourth night of unrest. "There is going to be a curfew in New York City that we think will be helpful," he said in a radio interview, adding that the NYPD will be doubling its presence, from 4,000 officers to 8,000, following protests over the weekend that saw hundreds of demonstrators arrested and some businesses vandalized. Immediate details of the curfew's rules were not available. Thousands of workers have still been using the subway system during late-night and early-morning hours, despite its overnight closure beginning at 1 a.m. It's unclear whether those essential workers would be deemed exempt from any curfew, or what the punishment will be for anyone caught out after 11 p.m. "I stand behind the protesters and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment," Cuomo said in a news release. "The violence and the looting has been bad for the city, the state and this entire national movement, undermining and distracting from this righteous cause. While we encourage people to protest peacefully and make their voices heard, the safety of the general public is paramount and cannot be compromised." Cities in more than a dozen states began to implement similar curfews over the weekend in response to massive protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. One officer involved in the arrest was charged, but three others shown on video were not charged. Uber and Lyft said they were also suspending services during curfew hours in cities where such a request is made. In some cases, National Guard troops were deployed by governors, and in Washington DC they aided protection of the White House as fires were set in the district. In a call with state leaders on Monday, President Donald Trump chastised "weak" governors and told them they needed to be tougher on protesters. "You're making a mistake because you're making yourselves look like fools," he said, according to a recording obtained by CBS News. "And some have done a great job. But a lot of you, it's not — it's not a great day for our country." The Washington, DC, curfew will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, much earlier than New York's. Los Angeles will implement a curfew at 6 p.m. Monday, earlier than previous days. Curfews are relatively rare in American cities but are known to pop up amid periods of protest and unrest as well as natural disasters. New York City most recently saw a curfew in 2011 during the Occupy Wall Street protests. During Hurricane Sandy, in 2012, many towns in the New York area implemented curfews similar to those used in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in response to widespread looting.Join the conversation about this story � NOW WATCH: Tax Day is now July 15 — this is what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ A new Republican bill would give people a $1,200 hiring bonus for going back to work after coronavirus lockdowns http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/NwxGtskQC3c/republican-bill-hiring-bonus-workers-trump-administration-economy-coronavirus-return-2020-6 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/NwxGtskQC3c/republican-bill-hiring-bonus-workers-trump-administration-economy-coronavirus-return-2020-6 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:26:03 UTC Joseph Zeballos-Roig at Politics Republican Rep. Kevin Brady unveiled a bill that would offer a $1,200 cash bonus for Americans going back to work. It would be equivalent to collecting two weeks of ramped-up unemployment payments currently in place. Still, some experts say they are wary about a policy that could leave out essential workers who stayed at their positions at great personal risk for low wages. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Republican Rep. Kevin Brady introduced legislation to get Americans back to work with a $1,200 hiring bonus. Under the proposal, workers would be eligible to get the cash, which is equivalent to an unemployed person collecting two weeks of ramped-up unemployment benefits. The $600 federal boost in payments is set to expire on July 31. Brady, the top Republican on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, said the plan represented an "important part in preventing a prolonged recession."� "For us to rebuild our economy, we must make sure Americans can get back to work in a safe, healthy environment," Brady said in a press release. "Through a Return To Work Bonus – which would allow workers to keep up to two weeks of unemployment benefits if they accept a job offer – we can make sure these temporary job losses don't turn into permanent ones."� Congress has recently started debating the idea of paying Americans who go to work, The Washington Post reported. The plan is gaining traction among Republicans. They argue the $600 boost in weekly unemployment benefits disincentivizes workers from going back to their old positions or seeking out new ones. The Trump administration says it's considering offering extra money for people heading back to work, though no specific figures have been offered. Another bill from GOP Senator Rob Portman of Ohio would put the bonus at $450 per week. Democrats, however, want to extend the beefed-up unemployment payments through January, a measure that Republicans fiercely oppose. That's setting the stage for a clash regarding the unemployment payments tiding over millions of Americans and shoring up their finances. Read more: MORGAN STANLEY: The market's hottest stocks are in danger of being disrupted to a degree not seen since the Great Recession. Here's how to adjust your portfolio for the coming shift. But some experts are skeptical of implementing a hiring bonus during the coronavirus pandemic. "This is a public health crisis," Olugbenga Ajilore, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, told Business Insider. "People are not staying home and not going to work because they are lazy bums." "Twelve hundred dollars doesn't mean anything if you're putting your life and health at risk," Ajilore said. He said the policy would lock out�essential workers — such as grocery store workers, warehouse employees, and bus drivers, among others — from receiving the payment since many remained at their positions and kept American society running through the pandemic, often for low wages and at great personal risk. "You're going to have a set of workers who stayed home and now they're going to work and they're going to get $1,200," he said. "And all these people who put their lives on the line to work, what happens to them?" Democrats passed a sweeping plan for $3 trillion in emergency relief spending to mitigate the economic fallout and combat the pandemic, though Republicans refuse to take it up. Its provisions include a $200 billion fund to provide "hazard pay" for front-line workers and essential employees, and allow them to get as much as $25,000 through 2020. Over 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment so far during the pandemic, a figure equivalent to the population of California. The jobless rate surged to nearly 15% in April. There's little prospect of a quick economic recovery, economists say. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects the unemployment rate will hover around 10% for much of 2021.Join the conversation about this story � NOW WATCH: Tax Day is now July 15 — this is what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Police rioted this weekend, justifying the entire point of the protests http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/FJcIZ7vK8W4/police-rioted-george-floyd-riots-justifying-protests-2020-6 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/FJcIZ7vK8W4/police-rioted-george-floyd-riots-justifying-protests-2020-6 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:24:32 UTC Anthony L. Fisher at Politics In cities across America this weekend, many police committed acts of violence, callously violated citizens' rights, and abandoned the rule of law. There's an institutional rot at the heart of policing in this country, which stems from privileges afforded to law enforcement officers that allow them to break the law, abuse their authority, and hurt innocent people.� The Supreme Court has the opportunity to squash "qualified immunity" for police officers, but even that wouldn't be enough. Police unions almost universally resist any measures at transparency and accountability, and it is far too easy for bad cops to either stay on the job or find new law enforcement jobs after they've been fired. Democrats need to get over thir reflexive pro-union posture and Republicans should drop their knee-jerk fealty to armed authority — and defend the civil liberties of Americans.� This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In cities across America over the past several days, many police rioted.� Wanton acts of violence were committed. Rights were callously violated. The rule of law was abandoned.� To be sure, there were plenty of good and noble acts by police this weekend. Some police chiefs marched peacefully with protesters, others made it a point to directly engage in dialogue with their community. Countless officers protected innocent people, their property, and also did their best to ensure as safe an environment as possible for peaceful protesters. No cops deserved to be attacked with projectiles. This shouldn't be controversial. The violence and property damage associated with the ongoing civil unrest is inexcusable, the looting is indefensible. Both do incredible damage to any cause seeking justice, especially ones fighting to end police brutality and reform the criminal justice system. None of that makes analyzing the events of the past few days, the underlying causes, and the motivations of the participants any easier. Far from a binary good versus bad determination, there are myriad issues to unpack. But any conversation focused only on the riots and looting, but which doesn't address law enforcement's penchant for excessive force and institutional resistance to accountability is both disingenuous and unserious.� For the moment, I'm going to focus on the institutional rot at the heart of policing in this country, which the privileges afforded to law enforcement officers allow them to break the law, abuse their authority, and hurt innocent people.� It's these privileges which are codified into police union contracts with governments, and backed up by the conservative interpretation of a 1871 law known as Section 1983, which they believe provides "qualified immunity" to police officers from facing liability in civil courts for violating citizens' civil rights. If a person feels their rights have been violated by a police officer, they need to prove that a nearly identical situation was ruled a violation of civil rights in the same jurisdiction for the courts to even consider revoking qualified immunity from the officer accused. Police rioted� In Minneapolis — the city where the nationwide unrest was sparked by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for over eight excruciating minutes — members of the police and national guard marched through a quiet neighborhood as if it were Fallujah in 2004. Share widely: National guard and MPD sweeping our residential street. Shooting paint canisters at us on our own front porch. Yelling “light em up” #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorge #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/bW48imyt55 — Tanya Kerssen (@tkerssen) May 31, 2020 � The militarized police barked orders at citizens, commanding them to go back into their homes. Even though the city's curfew specifically allows for residents to be outside on their homes on the property, one officer took a look at a small group of women on a front porch and said, "Light 'em up," before one of his colleagues fired paint canisters at them.� They were on their front porch. They were observing curfew rules. The cops were the lawbreakers.� Another Minneapolis officer performed a drive-by pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters and media in broad daylight. As violence erupted in at least two dozen US cities, some of the worst instincts of law enforcement were on display. In Louisville, police seized and destroyed a substantial amount of bottled water being used for the relief of peaceful protesters.� In Salt Lake City, an armored police officer who had no crowd to disperse still felt compelled to walk directly toward an elderly man with a cane and shove him to the ground.� In New York, two NYPD vehicles plowed through a barricade and into a crowd of protesters. A young man with his hands in the air had his mask pulled down by an NYPD officer, who then pepper-sprayed him at point blank range. And at least during one attempt at crowd clearance, officers manhandled and assaulted anyone in their way.� In Charleston, a young man among a group of kneeling protesters gave a tearful speech at the armored cops opposite them. After pleading with their humanity, even telling them the cops he loved them, a group of officers charged toward the protesters and pulled the speaker into custody. He was arrested while peacefully protesting and exercising his freedom speech.� please watch. please listen closely. if anyone has any information on this man / a link to his go fund me please let me know. this is absolutely not okay. we will not be silenced. pic.twitter.com/t2h6FovmoL — (っ'-')╮ (@sweeeetdee_) June 1, 2020 � Police can often face mortal danger and extreme stress in their line of work. But with the government-sanctioned power to deprive citizens of both life and liberty, they are required to swear an oath that they will be responsible, honest, and lawful in the use of such power. Police officers, by and large, try to uphold that oath. Police unions and many police departments do everything in their power to make that oath just empty words by fighting any legitimate attempts at transparency and accountability when it comes to the use-of-force. This has needed to change for decades. Now could be the moment it must. The Supreme Court should squash "qualified immunity" once and for all George Floyd's death won't be in vain if it leads to the Supreme Court finally doing away with the "qualified immunity" interpretation of Section 1983 of the US Code — which essentially provides an armored shield for officers to keep from being held accountable in civil courts for violating citizens' civil rights. Clark Neily, the vice president of criminal justice at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute wrote in The Bulwark that the general conservative interpretation Section 1983 is a rare — and I'd say cynically hypocritical — instance of the right abandoning its "originalist" approach to the Constitution.� As Neily puts it, victims of police violence have little recourse in the court system "unless they can find a pre-existing case in the jurisdiction with nearly identical facts" to their own incident. That puts the onus on the victim to prove that their rights were actually violated, because a basic interpretation of the Constitution won't do. Floyd's family would essentially have to find a case where a cop killed someone by kneeling on their neck for an obscene length of time to get Chuavin's qualified immunity waived. The fact that Chauvin had at least 18 complaints for abuse and inappropriate behavior made against him doesn't factor into the equation at all. Originalists have to contort themselves into pretzels to interpret the statute's language so that it gives law enforcement the exclusive benefit of the doubt in nearly every instance. Essentially, many constitutional conservatives believe in limiting government authority as much as possible, except when it comes to holding police accountable for abusing their authority. And for now, the courts have backed that interpretation. George Floyd's murder could change that.� The Supreme Court has the opportunity this week to decide to take on any of the dozens of cases challenging the qualified immunity interpretation.� But that's not the only systemic issue preventing any meaningful reforms of police accountability.� Police unions all over the country have negotiated into their contracts all kinds of inappropriate and unjust protections from facing justice for their actions.� The Black Lives Matter-associated group Campaign Zero created an incredibly valuable database of police union contracts that shows "72 of the 81 cities' contracts imposed at least one barrier to holding police accountable."� Some of these include a grace period of up to several days after a fatal police-involved shooting before an officer can be interviewed. Others essentially keep disciplinary records from public view permanently.� The militarization of police — fueled by the Department of Defense's "section 1033" program which hands over surplus military equipment to local police departments — was curtailed near the end of the second Obama administration but restarted in force by the Trump administration. And then there's the fact that in this country, it is disturbingly easy for a police officer fired for abuse, corruption or other causes to find another job in law enforcement. In some states, it's harder to get a license to braid hair than it is to be certified as an armed agent of the state. Thanks to a confluence of public sector union power, a federalist system of government, and the unwillingness of many local and state governments to keep and share databases containing the names of bad cops who have been fired for cause, bad cops keep working.� Policing isn't a basketball game According to Teresa Nelson, the ACLU of Minnesota's legal director, the Minneapolis PD's union boss Lt. Bob Kroll told her in 2015 that he saw complaints against officers as similar to fouls in basketball.�� "If you're not getting any fouls, you're not working hard enough," Nelson says Kroll told her, as reported in The New York Times.� Chauvin had at least 18 complaints. That's enough to foul out of three NBA games.� Kroll, according to public records, has had at least 29 complaints made against him.� Lest it needed to be said, policing is not a game and accusations of abuse are not basketball fouls. Policing, when done incorrectly, destroys life and liberty. Kroll cavalier attitude about the community's relationship with police, and the offensively dismissive view of the need for accountability, is a major part of the reason these protests are happening at all.� Throw in all the incidents of heavy-handed to outright criminal behavior by law enforcement during this terrible weekend in American history and it's clear that change is needed. When the dust settles, we don't need a "law and order" bootheel to make things better, we need the political will to demand that the law enforcement community reform itself away from its occupying army posture and make its disciplinary records transparent to the public. If the police won't reform on their own, we need to summon the political will to fight the police unions — protected by Democrats' reflexive pro-union posture and Republicans' knee-jerk fealty to armed authority — and defend the civil liberties of Americans.� Read more: Don't make social media tech bro billionaires the arbiters of truth The accusation against Joe Biden has Democrats rediscovering the value of due process Forget Twitter, the Trump campaign's frivolous lawsuits are next-level threats to the First Amendment Coronavirus hero Cuomo helped create New York's disaster SEE ALSO:�Ahmaud Arbery's murder shows how hard it is to prosecute cops, or even ex-cops Join the conversation about this story � NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ 'That's not going to bring my brother back': Terrence Floyd calls for an end to looting and tells people to vote in a powerful speech http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/rNc0bO5QTmE/terrence-floyd-calls-for-people-to-vote-instead-riot-loot-2020-6 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/rNc0bO5QTmE/terrence-floyd-calls-for-people-to-vote-instead-riot-loot-2020-6 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 19:12:52 UTC Grace Panetta at Politics Terrence Floyd called on people to stop looting and encouraged them to channel their frustration into voting at a makeshift memorial for his brother George Floyd.� "I'm not over here wilding out. If I'm not over here blowing up stuff, if I'm not over here messing with my community, then what are y'all doing?" he said of people engaging in violence and looting.� "Let's stop thinking that our voice don't matter and vote," he said. "Not just for the president, but vote for the preliminaries. Vote for everybody. Educate yourself." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In a moving speech at a makeshift memorial at the spot where George Floyd died in Minneapolis, his brother Terrence Floyd called on community members to stop looting and encouraged them to channel their frustration into voting instead. Over the past week, people have protested in dozens of cities across the US in response to George Floyd's death. While most of the protests were peaceful, some became violent when the police clashed with protesters. Some protests involved smaller groups looting businesses and, in a few cases, setting fire to buildings and cars. Floyd died on May 25 shortly after four police officers arrested him in Minneapolis. On Friday afternoon, prosecutors announced that one of the officers, Derek Chauvin, who was recorded pinning his knee on Floyd's neck for eight minutes, had been arrested and�charged with third-degree murder. All four officers were fired on Tuesday. "I understand y'all are upset. But I doubt y'all are half as upset as I am," Terrence Floyd said at the beginning of his speech on Monday. "So if I'm not over here wilding out, if I'm not over here blowing up stuff, if I'm not over here messing with my community, then what are y'all doing? Y'all doing nothing, but that's not going to bring my brother back at all," he said, adding, "My family is a peaceful family. My family is God-fearing." Floyd told the crowd that while looting and destroying property may feel good or righteous in the moment, it ultimately achieves nothing toward changing the system and ends up hurting the cause of ending police brutality even further.� "In every case of police brutality, the same thing has been happening: Y'all protest; y'all destroy stuff, and they don't move. You know why they don't move? Because it's not their stuff. It's our stuff, so they want us to destroy our stuff. So let's do this another way," he said. He then made an impassioned plea for people to educate themselves on the issues and candidates at hand and vote at every level.� "Let's stop thinking that our voice don't matter and vote," he said. "Not just for the president, but vote for the preliminaries. Vote for everybody. Educate yourself. Don't wait for somebody else to tell you who's who. Educate yourself and know who you're voting for."� "Let's switch it up, y'all. Let's switch it up and do this peacefully, please," he said, adding of his brother, "I know he would not want y'all to be doing this." He then led a chant of "peace on the left, justice on the right."� Watch Terrence Floyd's full speech here:� WATCH: Full speech by George Floyd's brother, Terrence Floyd, at site of George Floyd's death. pic.twitter.com/piEcnilzCb — NBC News (@NBCNews) June 1, 2020 SEE ALSO:�Nearly 60% of people left unconscious from neck restraints used by Minneapolis police officers were black, report finds Join the conversation about this story � NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Sen. Ed Markey calls Trump 'scum' in pointed tweet on 'fueling racist hate and violence in our country' http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/v6c8epRv8eg/sen-ed-markey-calls-trump-scum-george-floyd-protest-comments-2020-6 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/politics/~3/v6c8epRv8eg/sen-ed-markey-calls-trump-scum-george-floyd-protest-comments-2020-6 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 19:09:54 UTC Jake Lahut at Politics US Sen. Ed Markey, called President Donald Trump "scum" in a tweet on Monday. "Donald trump is scum for fueling racist hate and violence in our country," the Democratic Massachusetts senator tweeted. The 73-year-old senator issued one of the harshest condemnations of any sitting federal lawmaker after Trump called on governors to "dominate" protesters and let police use more force in a conference call earlier in the day. Markey is facing a primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy, a fellow Bay State Democrat. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. US Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts issued a firm rebuke to President Trump on Twitter Monday afternoon.� "Donald trump is scum for fueling racist hate and violence in our country," Markey, a 73-year-old Democrat, tweeted. Earlier on Monday, Trump called governors "a bunch of jerks" and "most of you are weak" during a conference call where he called for them to "dominate" protesters and let police use more force. � Donald trump is scum for fueling racist hate and violence in our country. — Ed Markey (@EdMarkey) June 1, 2020 Protests against police violence in the wake of George Floyd's death grew over the weekend, leading to at least seven people being shot and killed in the past few days. Markey called Trump "scum" just a few hours after the audio was obtained by Insider and other news outlets. The comment is perhaps one of the harshest rebukes a sitting senator has issued to President Trump thus far. Several of the top replies to Markey's tweet linked to fundraising pages for his campaign, with the senator facing an upcoming primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy, a fellow Bay State Democrat.SEE ALSO:�Why Rep. Joe Kennedy is mounting a primary challenge to one of the most progressive members of the US Senate Join the conversation about this story � NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/