“If Trump thinks he can get away with playing king, he’s got another thought coming.”
Developments on Day 86 of the Trump Administration:
1000s Call on Trump to Release Tax Returns
Thousands of protesters rallied across the US on Saturday, demanding that Donald Trump release his tax returns so Americans can consider his business ties and potential conflicts of interest.
The demonstrations were largely peaceful, although there were fistfights among pro- and anti-Trump group in Berkeley, California, wehre police arrested 13 people.
Trump was the first major-party nominee in more than 40 years to refuse to release his tax returns, wrongly saying that it was because he was under audit. He later said that voters do not care about the records.
Democrats are pushing for a vote on a bill tabled by Representative Anna Eshoo, which would require the President and all major-party nominees to publicly disclose their previous three years of tax returns through the Office of Government Ethics or the Federal Election Commission.
Republicans have blocked any consideration of action by House or Senate committees.
In Washington, DC, Democratic Representative Maxine Waters told marchers as they set off for the National Mall, “The simple truth is he’s got a lot to hide. “If he thinks he can get away with playing king, he’s got another thought coming.”
Playing golf in Florida, Donald Trump took a longer route back to his Mar-a-Lago resort to avoid hundreds of protestors chanting, “No More Secrets, No More Lies”:
— George Bennett (@gbennettpost) April 15, 2017
The march in New York City:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 15, 2017
TOP PHOTO: Protesters in Washington, DC, on Saturday (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
Trump Rolls Back Protections for Women Workers
The Trump Administration has rolled back protection for women in the workplace.
Trump’s revocation of the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order — put in place after a 2010 Government Accountability Office investigation showed that companies with rampant violations were being awarded millions in federal contracts — includes the abolition of two rules affecting women workers: paycheck transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment, sexual assault, or discrimination claims.
Forced arbitration clauses are commonly used to keep sex discrimination claims out of the courts and off the public record.
The clause was highlighted last year when Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson bypassed her contract’s arbitration clause by directly suing former CEO Roger Ailes rather than the company. Ailes’ lawyers accused Carlson of breaching her contract, and pressed for private arbitration to try to keep the story from public view.
Trump’s revocation also lifted the mandate for employers to detail earnings, pay scales, salaries, and other details. The Fair Pay order sought to ensure companies were paying women workers on an equal basis to male colleagues.
The median wage for women is about 16.8% less than the median for men.
Breitbart’s Latest Pro-Bannon Attack v. Kushner in White House Feud
Breitbart, the former outlet of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, has launched another attack on Bannon’s rival for power, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner.
The right-wing site uses the use of PR consultant Rita Heller, enlisted by Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump, for its assault. They draw on Heller’s work for former Congressman Anthony Weiner, forced to resign over his sexting of young women, to proclaim, “Weiner Rising in White House“.
The article then jumps into the wider allegations and insinuations about Kusher and his purported ally against Bannon, Gary Cohn:
Members of the Kushner family itself donated large sums to Democratic causes until a few years ago, and Jared has reportedly been accused of being “a Democrat” by more nationalist and populist factions within the White House. Another oft-cited member of this NYC-clique is the Director of Trump’s National Economic Council, registered Democrat and former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn.
Tension between Kushner and Bannon has broken into the open with the chief strategist’s dismissal from the National Security Council’s Principal Committee, a move seeking to insulate foreign and military policy from politicization by Bannon.
The strategist has reportedly labelled Kushner and Cohn “West Wing Democrats” and “cucks” — cuckolded conservatives — while Kushner is said to be concerned the Bannon’s hard-right ideology brings out the worst in Donald Trump.