Trump is Currently Deleting His Tweets that Refer to Immigrant ‘Invasions’ and ‘Invaders’

By Andrea Jefferson
August 4, 2019

A manifesto tied to the alleged El Paso, Texas, shooter included ranting about Hispanic immigrants “replacing” European-American culture and preemptively defended Donald Trump from media criticism.

Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was arrested Saturday without law enforcement firing a single shot after he allegedly gunned down dozens of people, killing at least 20.

The manifesto was posted to the website 8chan about an hour-and-a-half before the El Paso Walmart shooting began. Authorities have not yet definitively said whether the manifesto was written by Crusius and said they were still investigating the hateful screed.

The manifesto has been published in its entirety by conservative website, Drudge Report, and rails against Hispanics, immigrants and Republican Party “inaction” against the country’s so-called destruction.

The manifesto acknowledges inspiration from fellow white supremacist Christchurch, New Zealand, shooter Brenton Tarrant, 28, who killed more than 50 people earlier this year. The manifesto points directly to a shared interest in French white nationalist conspiracy writer Renaud Camus’ The Great Replacement.

Tarrant, like Crusius, attempted to distance himself from Trump, while praising the U.S. president in his March writings. Tarrant lauded Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” before adding, “As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.”

And much like Crusius mimicked the ideas of Camus and Tarrant, he also attempted to offer a pre-emptive defense of the president from the “fake news” media in the rantings released online Saturday.

“My ideology has not changed for several years,” the purported Crusius text reads. “My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I [sic] putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric.”

“The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that,” it continued.

However, Trump’s own words and even reactions to the Christchurch shooting used much of the same language and anti-immigrant fear-mongering regurgitated in the manifesto.

“That’s an invasion. I don’t care what [the Democrats] say. I don’t care what the fake media says. That’s an invasion of our country,” Trump said at a rally last November as supporters chanted, “Build the wall.”

And now, perhaps Trump knows that his words are causing people to lash out, because according to Twitter, Trump is deleting some of his more divisive tweets, particularly ones that use the word “invasion.”

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Americans still support unions — even if they don’t belong to one

By Kate Gibson

August 31, 2018 / 2:03 PM / MoneyWatch
Organized labor has continued to lose members, but still retains the support of a majority of Americans, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. Sixty-two percent of Americans approve of unions, with a majority backing them regardless of gender, education, age or place of residence, the survey shows.

Where opinions divide, not surprisingly, is along party lines: 80 percent of Democrats voice support for collective bargaining rights, versus only 45 percent of Republicans, found the nationwide survey of roughly 1,000 adults, conducted earlier in August.

Support for unions among both Democrats and Republicans fell sharply in 2009 in the aftermath of the recession. But sentiment toward labor has improved as the economy recovered, Gallup noted.

Although most Americans approve of unions, they also remain wary of organized labor, the survey shows: Well under half of respondents, at 39 percent, want unions to exert greater influence in the U.S., while 29 percent think they should have less sway.

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Overall, the American public has supported organized labor since Gallup first started tracking it in 1936, when the labor movement was in its early stages. During the 1950s, U.S. support reached 75 percent, and union membership peaked at 28 percent in 1954, Gallup said. Around a quarter of workers belonged to unions until 1972.

As of 2017, some 34 percent of public-sector employees were unionized, while less than 7 percent of private-sector workers were union members, labor data show.

While American attitudes toward unions are mixed, many experts attribute stagnant worker pay over the last four decades in part to eroding collective-bargaining power.

Speaking last week at a luncheon at the Kansas City Federal Reserve’s annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Princeton University economist Alan Krueger noted that wage growth this year remains tepid despite the low rate of unemployment. He suggested the decline of unions has stripped workers of the leverage they need to negotiate better pay raises from employers.

“My theme is that declining worker bargaining power can help explain the puzzle du jour of relatively weak wage growth despite historically low unemployment in the U.S.,” Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama administration, said in prepared remarks.

Another factor holding down wages is the fact the the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has not changed since 2009, Krueger also said.

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Time asks Trump to take down fake magazine covers

Mike Snider, USA TODAY Published 12:00 p.m. ET June 28, 2017 | Updated 1:51 p.m. ET June 28, 2017

President Trump is being asked to remove a fake Time Magazine cover of himself from his golf clubs. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) has the story. Buzz60

You need a scorecard to keep track of the fake news charges being slung lately.

Among the latest: Time magazine has asked The Trump Organization to take down fake magazine covers featuring a pre-presidential Donald Trump.

The newsweekly made the request after The Washington Post reported Tuesday that at least five Trump properties had hanging a Time magazine cover showing Trump.

But the magazine covers, dated March 1, 2009, were fake. The magazine did not publish on that date; its March 2, 2009 issue featured actress Kate Winslet.

Trump is tweeting about fake news this morning. Speaking of fake news, Time is asking Trump to remove phony covers https://t.co/6tRI2ZRFmN

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) June 28, 2017
The fake cover’s headlines read: “‘The Apprentice’ is a television smash!’ and “Trump Is Hitting On All Fronts … Even TV!”

Two of the headlines used — “Obama’s Next Move: Can He Curb Health-Care Costs?” and “How Stressed Is Your Bank? A Checkup”  — do appear on the real March 2, 2009 issue.

Photojournalist Scott Keller of The Tampa Bay Times posted a photo of the cover hanging at Mar-A-Lago, the Trump property in Palm Beach, Fla.

Fake Time Magazine, cover, right, hung on Mar-a-Lago wall near entrance. @TB_Times@realDonaldTrump@TIMEMagUSApic.twitter.com/xwMs6kisYH

— Scott Keeler (@SKeelerTimes) June 27, 2017
The Post found the cover also hanging at Trump National Doral near Miami and at the Trump National Golf Club outside Washington, D.C. The fake magazine cover also had hung, but were no longer on the walls at Trump golf resorts in Ireland and Scotland.

After The Post’s story ran, NJ.com, which includes news from local papers including The Star Ledger of New Jersey, found another copy of the fake March 2009 magazine cover at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. which hosts the U.S. Women’s Open in two weeks.

https://t.co/gqpj5BRxCE found Trump’s fake TIME cover hanging in another one of his golf clubs — in Bedminster, NJ https://t.co/RYxE6tmTTN

— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 28, 2017
Time has asked The Trump Organization to remove fake magazine covers. The Trump Organization did not respond to request for comment Wednesday.

Overall, Trump has been on the cover of Time 14 times — for real.

The fake Time cover comes at a time when the issue of fake news seems to be hitting another crescendo.

After three CNN journalists resigned Monday over a story on Russian ties to Trump failed to meet the network’s reporting standards, Trump tweeted on Tuesday CNN is looking at “big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down! ”

To that, CNN tweeted that the network had just posted its most-watched second quarter ever.

CNN just posted it’s most-watched second quarter in history. Those are the facts.

— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) June 27, 2017
Also on Tuesday,  a video emerged showing a CNN producer criticizing the network’s aggressive coverage of possible ties between Trump and Russia. On Twitter, Donald Trump Jr., urged people to watch the video. CNN later issued a statement supporting the producer, John Bonifield, who covers the medical beat not politics, saying, “Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong, we welcome it and embrace it.”

On Wednesday, Trump charged that The Post is “FAKE NEWS!” and Amazon — owned by Bezos, as is The Post — is not paying Internet taxes.

The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017
Technically, there is no Internet tax. And as of April 1, the online retailer does collect sales tax on Amazon online purchases in the 45 states that collect sales tax. Also, the EU’s European Commission has been investigating Amazon and several other U.S. multinational corporations over unfair tax advantages earned by subsidiaries in Luxembourg.

Follow USA TODAY reporter Mike Snider on Twitter: @MikeSnider.

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