How Do We Number The Outrages Imposed By President’s Adminitration On Most Americans

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There are so many outrages perpetrated on the American peoples by the republican President Donald Trump’s administration that it is mission impossible to keep track.

The following are just a three examples out of many. First there was the couple visiting their daughter and son-in-law in a military base where they were picked up by ICE agents.

Then the other news report that caught my eye is about a 91 year old man from Mexico who was visiting his family in the USA which he does a couple times in a year. He was beaten up and told to “go back home.” These kind of cruel hate crimes have been on the rise since President Trump moved into the White House.

The third faux pas by President Trump exemplifies what he is infamous for, failing to pay what is owed to employees, contractors. In this case, he failed to compensate a former driver for overtime pay to where the driver has been forced to file a lawsuit.

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Here is the rest of the story…

On July 10, 2018, Samantha Schmidt of the Washington Post penned the following report, “A couple visited their soldier son-in-law on July 4. The Army turned them over to ICE.” 

Excerpts:

“It was the Fourth of July, and longtime Brooklyn residents Margarito Silva, 60, and  Concepción Barrios, 50, wanted to celebrate the holiday with their daughter and son-in-law, a sergeant in the Army.”

Instead, while visiting the Fort Drum military base in Upstate New York, the parents were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Silva and Barrios had visited several military bases in the past, in Brooklyn, Colorado and Hawaii, with no problems, their daughter Perla Silva wrote on Facebook over the weekend. While the husband and wife acknowledge living in the country illegally, they both have valid New York City-issued identification cards, which are available to New Yorkers regardless of immigration status.”

“During the couple’s previous visits to military bases, these ID cards were enough to gain entry, Perla Silva said. But during last week’s trip to Fort Drum, military authorities at the base stopped them.”

“Fort Drum Military Police called U.S. Border Patrol, which soon arrived to arrest the couple, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said in a statement to The Washington Post.”

“Perla Silva was there with her 5-year-old daughter, who watched, weeping, as her grandparents were taken into ICE custody.”

Link to entire report: A couple visited their soldier son-in-law on July 4. 

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Rodolfo Rodriguez

On July 10, 2018, Paul Vercammen of CNN has penned the following report, “91-year-old man beaten with brick, told ‘go back to Mexico’

Excerpts:

“Tears glistened on the black and purple bruises covering 91-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez’s face as he described being attacked by a group of people while going for a walk on the Fourth of July.”

“I can’t walk anymore,” Rodriguez said in Spanish. “I’m in so much pain.”
“He’ll be turning 92 in September, Rodriguez said, and he’s never been hurt like this before, in a life working the fields with cattle and corn.”
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“He had traveled from Michoacan, Mexico, to visit his family in Willowbrook, California, a city in Los Angeles County, his grandson Erik Mendoza said.”
“He makes the trip about twice a year, and takes a walk through the neighborhood every day after lunch, Mendoza said. “Everyone in the neighborhood knows him already,” he said.
Rodriguez said he was walking to a nearby park on Wednesday when he passed a woman and a little girl. Without warning, the woman assaulted him, he said, hitting him with a concrete block and enlisting a group of men to join in beating him.”
“I didn’t even bump into her kid,” Rodriguez said. “I just passed her and she pushed me and she hit me until she was done.”
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(LAPD) Police are looking for “a female suspect and three to four male suspects” in the assault.”
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“We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed,” Sheriff’s Deputy D’Angelo Robinson told CNN affiliate KTLA. “There was what appears to be a 4-year-old child there who witnessed the entire thing. We can’t have these kind of people like that out in the streets.”
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“Misbel Borjas was driving by when she saw the woman hitting Rodriguez repeatedly in the head with a concrete block, she said.”
“I heard her saying, go back to your country, go back to Mexico,” she told CNN by phone. “When I tried to videotape her with my cell phone, she threw that same concrete block, tried to hit my car.”
“Rodriguez said he doesn’t remember when the woman picked up the concrete block, but he remembers being hit repeatedly. At one point, he says, the woman ran up to a group of men nearby and told them Rodriguez was trying to take her daughter away from her — so the men joined her and started kicking him as he lay bleeding on the sidewalk, Rodriguez said.
“But that’s not true,” he said, through tears. “In the years I have been alive I have never offended anyone.”

“Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years says the billionaire real estate developer didn’t pay him overtime and raised his salary only twice in 15 years, clawing back the second raise by cutting off his health benefits.”

“Noel Cintron, who is listed in public records as a registered Republican, sued the Trump Organization for about 3,300 hours of overtime that he says he worked in the past six years. He’s not allowed to sue for overtime prior to that due to the statute of limitations.”

“In an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige,” Trump and his businesses exploited the driver, Cintron says in the complaint.”

“The driver’s allegations echo those of other Trump employees or contractors who have sued the president or his businesses over the years claiming he has underpaid them or failed to honor promises to compensate them for their work. They have included mortgage brokers, landscapers and electricians who say they were stiffed on commissions or fees.”

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“Last year, one of Trump’s luxury golf resorts in Florida was ordered by an appeals court to pay more than $32,000 to a supply company that claimed it wasn’t paid for paint that was used to spruce up the property.”

“Mr. Cintron was at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law,” Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller said in a statement. “Once the facts come out we expect to be fully vindicated in court.”

“Cintron says he was required to be on duty for Trump starting at 7 a.m. each day until whenever Trump, his family or business associates no longer required his services. He worked as long as 55 hours per week, but was paid a fixed salary of $62,700 in 2003, $68,000 in 2006, and $75,000 in 2010, according to the complaint.”

This blog was updated on July 10, 2018.

16 comments

  1. Heartbreaking. President Trump should really address this illegal behavior and assuage both sides of the political spectrum from escalating tensions. Of course this would not appeal to his precious base… so nothing will be done. Sadly we’ll have to wait till he’s out of office before we can enjoy semblance of normalcy again.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      President Trump is the first president I know of in my lifetime that consistently caters to his base only. President Trump’s poll numbers are down again.

      He did win in 2016 with the minority of voters because of the electoral college paradigm but this will not exist in the 2018 November elections.

      Eventually his base will wake up to smell the roses.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. The roses are fake, made of plastic. There is nothing to smell but the cowpoop they are planted in so as to try to look real. And the Trum-Pets will not even notice.

    • Dear Rawgod,

      Frankly, I’m a bit confused about what you are trying to say. If you’re saying everything that the President does is part of a con job, a reality show where the only thing that really counts is looking good, then I am in total agreement.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Sorry, Gronda. When I wrote the comment, it was right after your reply to 1earthunited about smelling the roses. But he/she snuck another comment in-between, and it lost its flow. It followed “Eventually his base will wake up to smell the roses.”

  3. I don’t think his base will ever wake up. They are driven, not by common sense, rational thought and decency, but by racism, religious fanaticism, personal greed and an anti-science fervor.

    • Dear Mary Plumbago,

      Some of the president’s base will always stick to him like glue, like the racists, Xenophobes, religious zealots; however, the business community republicans will be leaving as they have their tax cuts, less regulations but they are not happy with the imposition of tariffs on our neighbors and allies; as well as his cutting back of legal immigration.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Usfman,

      As long as folks get out to vote like it’s a presidential election this November 2018, the democrats can win the majority of seats tn the US Congress to where we can better constrain the president’s power to do harm.

      If his base sans (without the hard-line racists, Xenophobes and religious zealots) dwindles down to about 35%, we are in business to oust him. I would vote for anyone of any party who is decent, reasonable, sane, competent to where he represents the interests of all Americans.

      Hugs, Gronda

  4. Gronda … these are terrible stories, (great post, though) and the worst part is that these are not isolated incidents, but are happening on a near-daily basis around the nation. The woman who was harassed by a man for wearing a T-shirt that said “Puerto Rico” in a public park, while a police officer stood by and did nothing … We certainly are NOT becoming a kinder, gentler society, are we? As for Trump … I hope Cintron wins his case and gets not only his back pay, but with interest compounded daily!

    Hugs!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      I’ve started on a post about the woman wearing the Puerto Rican shirt as this story has so upset me because there was a police officer present who did absolutely nothing while she was being accosted by an idiot.

      As you know, hate crimes are on the rise because the haters think they have a license to act out by President Trump.

      Frankly, I can’t keep up with all the outrages, I became sidetracked by his atrocious behavior at the NATO summit. I am so embarrassed by his lack of any sense of decency.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Yes, I watched that video and it literally sickened me. What are we becoming??? There are so many stories of in-your-face bigotry and racism that I cannot even keep up with them. I don’t recognize our country any more. I will be looking for your post about the woman with the Puerto Rico shirt. Many hugs, my friend! ❤

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