MoJo Blogs and Articles | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/rss/blogs_and_articles/favicon http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Trump Has No Idea What's In His Health Care Bill http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/04/trump-has-no-idea-whats-his-health-care-bill <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>I'm going to go out and throw some frisbees around. In the meantime, enjoy John Dickerson's interview with Donald Trump <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-interview-full-transcript-face-the-nation/" target="_blank">about his health care bill:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>JOHN DICKERSON: So but in the bill, as it was analyzed, there were two problems. One, and you talked about this with Congressman Robert Aderholt, who brought you the example of the 64-year-old who under Obamacare the premiums--</p> <p>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: But that was a long time ago, John.</p> <p>JOHN DICKERSON: But has that been fixed?</p> <p>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: <strong>Totally fixed.</strong></p> <p>JOHN DICKERSON: How?</p> <p>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: <strong>How? We've made many changes to the bill.</strong> You know, this bill is--</p> <p>JOHN DICKERSON: What kind though?</p> <p>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: --very much different than it was three weeks ago.</p> <p>JOHN DICKERSON: Help us explain because there are people--</p> <p>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The bill--</p> <p>JOHN DICKERSON: --out there wondering what kind of changes.</p> <p>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: <strong>Let me explain. Let me explain it to you.</strong></p> <p>JOHN DICKERSON: Okay.</p> <p>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: <strong>This bill is much different than it was a little while ago, okay? This bill has evolved.</strong> And we didn't have a failure on the bill. You know, it was reported like a failure. Now, the one thing I wouldn't have done again is put a timeline. That's why on the second iteration, I didn't put a timeline.</p> <p>But we have now pre-existing conditions in the bill. We have -- we've set up a pool for the pre-existing conditions so that the premiums can be allowed to fall. <strong>We're taking across all of the borders or the lines so that insurance companies can compete--</strong></p> <p>JOHN DICKERSON: But that's not in--</p> <p>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: --nationwide.</p> <p>JOHN DICKERSON: --this bill. The borders are not in--</p> <p>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: <strong>Of course, it's in.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Needless to say, it's not in. It might be in a future bill, but it's not in the current bill. On the bright side, I'm impressed that Trump even knows about the high-risk pool, even if he doesn't quite know what it's called.</p> <p>We also learned that Trump's response to North Korea's missile test is that he's not happy. What does that mean? "I would not be happy. If he does a nuclear test, I will not be happy."</p> <p>Roger that.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:48:38 +0000 Kevin Drum 331631 at http://www.motherjones.com Ayelet Waldman's Resistance Reading http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/ayelet-waldman-lsd-good-day-bad-mother-resistance-reading-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/WaldmanInline.jpg"><div class="caption">Claire Lewis</div> </div> <p>We asked a range of authors, artists, and poets to name books that bring solace or understanding in this age of rancor. Two dozen or so responded. Here are picks from the witty and thoughtful Ayelet Waldman, whose recent book about microdosing with LSD caused a bit of a stir in the straight world.</p> <p><strong>Latest book:</strong> <em><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/01/ayelet-waldman-lsd-microdose-everyday" target="_blank">A Really Good Day</a></em><br><strong>Also known for: </strong><a href="http://www.ayeletwaldman.com/books-projects/bad-mother/" target="_blank"><em>Bad Mother</em></a><br><strong>Reading recommendations: </strong>It was as if <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/03/moshin-hamid-exit-west-refugee-love-story" target="_blank">Mohsin Hamid</a> knew exactly what would convulse the world when he wrote <a href="http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/549017/exit-west-by-mohsin-hamid/9780735212176/" target="_blank"><strong><em>Exit West</em></strong></a>. It's a novel about refugees, about cruelty and empathy and compassion, and in the end&mdash;oddly&mdash;about the possibility of an odd kind of redemption.&nbsp;I am surely not going to be the only one who recommends <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/01/author-george-saunders-willie-lincoln-bardo-donald-trump-supporters" target="_blank">George Saunders</a>'<strong> <a href="http://www.georgesaundersbooks.com/lincoln-in-the-bardo/" target="_blank"><em>Lincoln in the Bardo</em></a></strong>, but listening to the audiobook (something I don't normally do) was one of the most transporting literary experiences of my life. It was both a refuge (I'd put in my earbuds and hide from the horrors of the news) and an inspiration. Led by a brave, brilliant, and indeed tormented man, this nation rejected slavery. It is at least possible that we will one day reject racism, xenophobia, misogyny and all the various tyrannies of this foul administration and the vicious moron who leads it.&nbsp;<br> ______________</p> <p><strong>So far in this series: </strong><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/03/trump-era-resistance-reading-kwame-alexander" target="_blank">Kwame Alexander</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/03/margaret-atwood-donald-trump-resistance-reading" target="_blank">Margaret Atwood</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/03/w-kamau-bell-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">W. Kamau Bell</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/03/jeff-chang-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Jeff Chang</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/03/resistance-reading-donald-trump-t-cooper" target="_blank">T Cooper</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/03/dave-eggers-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Dave Eggers</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/03/poorly-drawn-lines-reza-farazmand-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Reza Farazmand</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/piper-kerman-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Piper Kerman</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/phil-klay-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Phil Klay</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/alex-kotlowitz-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Alex Kotlowitz</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/bill-mckibben-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Bill McKibben</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/rabbi-jack-moline-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Rabbi Jack Moline</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/siddhartha-mukherjee-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Siddhartha Mukherjee</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/peggy-orenstein-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Peggy Orenstein</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/wendy-c-ortiz-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Wendy C. Ortiz</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/karen-russell-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Karen Russell</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/tracy-k-smith-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Tracy K. Smith</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/ayelet-waldman-lsd-bad-mother-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Ayelet Waldman</a>, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/gene-luen-yang-resistance-reading-donald-trump" target="_blank">Gene Luen Yang</a>. (New posts daily.)</p></body></html> Media Books Immigration Race and Ethnicity Sex and Gender Top Stories Resistance Reading Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:00:11 +0000 Mother Jones 330006 at http://www.motherjones.com This Year's May Day Protests Aren't Just About Labor http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/may-day-protests-coalition-black-lives <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Following the election of Donald Trump, groups affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/black-lives-matter-versus-trump" target="_blank">set out to expand</a> their focus beyond criminal justice issues and build partnerships with outside advocacy groups. May Day will be the first big test. On May 1, International Workers' Day, a coalition of nearly 40&nbsp;advocacy groups, is holding actions across the nation related to workers' rights, police brutality and incarceration, immigrants' rights, environmental justice, indigenous sovereignty, and LGBT issues&mdash;and more broadly railing against a Trump agenda organizers say puts them all at risk.&nbsp;</p> <p>This massive effort, dubbed <a href="https://beyondthemoment.org" target="_blank">Beyond the Movement</a>, is led by a collective of racial-justice groups known as the <a href="https://policy.m4bl.org" target="_blank">Movement for Black Lives.</a> Monday's actions will include protests, marches, and strikes in <a href="https://beyondthemoment.org/may-day/" target="_blank">more than 50 cities, </a>adding to the <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/coralewis/hundreds-of-thousands-of-workers-will-strike-may-1?utm_term=.kaYp8B8dM#.buoz0k0WD" target="_blank">efforts</a> of the labor organizers who are leading the usual May Day protests.</p> <p>Beyond the Moment <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/fight-15-movement-black-lives-unite-national-actions-april-4" target="_blank">kicked off</a> officially on April 4, the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "<a href="http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_beyond_vietnam/" target="_blank">Beyond Vietnam</a>"&nbsp;speech. In that speech, delivered in New York City in 1967, King addressed what he saw as the connection between the war in Vietnam and the racial and economic oppression of black Americans. Both, King argued, were driven by materialism, racism, and militarization&mdash;and he called upon the era's diverse social movements to work together to resist them. (Exactly one year later, King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, where he'd traveled to meet with black sanitation workers organizing for higher wages and better conditions.)</p> <p>Beyond the Movement adopted King's tactics. Organizers intend to build a lasting coalition of marginalized groups that can be brought together for future actions. This past April 4, the Movement for Black Lives <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/fight-15-movement-black-lives-unite-national-actions-april-4" target="_blank">collaborated</a> with Fight for $15, a national movement led by low-wage workers, for a series of marches, protests, and educational efforts. On Monday, they will be joined by countless other groups.</p> <p>"We understand that it's going to take all of our movements in order to fight and win right now," said Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of one of the Black Lives Matter groups involved. Beyond the Moment, she says, is "a reminder to this administration that you're going to have to contend with us" over the long term. In Los Angeles, where Cullors will be on May 1, a march is <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/307725276325708/" target="_blank">planned</a> from the city's historic MacArthur Park to City Hall. More than 100 organizations will participate, Cullors says.</p> <p>Black Lives Matter groups have long collaborated with other groups locally, but only fairly recently have they sought to do so at the national level. Last summer, they sent organizers and supplies to assist the Native American protesters at <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/12/dakota-access-pipeline-standing-rock-oil-water-protest" target="_blank">Standing Rock</a>. In January, in advance of Trump's inauguration, the groups led a series of protests and educational efforts highlighting aspects of the Trump agenda that target immigrants, Muslims, and people of color.</p> <p>Monday's actions will follow a series of national <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/march-for-science-earth-day-events-thousands" target="_blank">marches</a> defending the value of scientific research and evidence-based policy (a response, in part, to the administration's efforts to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/03/trump-epa-budget-cuts" target="_blank">gut the Environmental Protection Agency</a>, slash federally funded <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/trumps-pick-budget-director-isnt-sure-government-should-fund-scientific-research" target="_blank">research</a>, and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/trumps-pick-budget-director-isnt-sure-government-should-fund-scientific-research" target="_blank">eliminate</a> science advisers in government.</p> <p>"We're going to have to undo a lot of the policies that this administration is putting on us. And in four years, we don't want another Trump. We don't want another Jeff Sessions." The organizers are laying the groundwork for a Trump-free world, Cullors said.&nbsp;"What you're seeing is natural allies coming together to organize, to grow bigger, to get stronger, and to build power&hellip;This is a very dangerous time, and we're taking it very seriously."</p></body></html> Politics Crime and Justice Donald Trump Race and Ethnicity Top Stories Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:00:11 +0000 Brandon E. Patterson 331396 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Just Tweeted the Worst Tweet in the History of Tweets http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/worst-tweet-ever <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Every day, according to <em>Business Insider</em>, Twitter users send about <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/tweets-on-twitter-is-in-serious-decline-2016-2" target="_blank">300 million tweets.</a> Most of those tweets are bad. This one is the worst. Ever.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Jobless rate after first 3 months: Trump vs. Obama vs. Bush vs. Clinton. <a href="https://t.co/EUTEseJyTj">pic.twitter.com/EUTEseJyTj</a></p> &mdash; Fox News (@FoxNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/858419293599477762">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Politics Media Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:42:12 +0000 Jeremy Schulman 331626 at http://www.motherjones.com Kevin's Photography Tip O' the Day http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/04/kevins-photography-tip-o-day-0 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Here's a useful tip. Suppose you do something stupid and crack the body of your camera. This happened to, um, a friend of mine recently, who quickly learned that ordinary superglue is useless. It works about as well as kindergarten paste. What you need is glue that's specifically designed to work on polypropylene and similar plastics. Allow the Glue Guy to explain:<sup>1</sup></p> <p><iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aZlKvxBRNsA?start=0" style="margin: 15px 0px 15px 0px;" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>My friend stupidly left his camera on the roof of his car before pulling out of a parking lot. What an idiot! The camera fell off at the first stop sign, producing a nasty crack in one corner. The two sides of the crack were pulling away from each other with considerable force, but this Loctite stuff worked great anyway. It wasn't especially pretty when it was done, but it's stayed solidly glued together for over a month now.</p> <p><sup>1</sup>I have not been paid for this endorsement. As far as you know, anyway.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:45:07 +0000 Kevin Drum 331611 at http://www.motherjones.com Wednesday Was the Most Dangerous Day So Far of the Trump Presidency http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/04/wednesday-was-most-dangerous-day-so-far-trump-presidency <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>By now we all know the story of President Trump's sudden U-turn on NAFTA earlier this week. But just to refresh your memories, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/i-was-all-set-to-terminate-inside-trumps-sudden-shift-on-nafta/2017/04/27/0452a3fa-2b65-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html?utm_term=.a55589fd275e" target="_blank">here is the <em>Washington Post</em>:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I was all set to terminate,&rdquo; Trump said in an Oval Office interview Thursday night. &ldquo;I looked forward to terminating. I was going to do it.&rdquo;...At one point, he turned to Kushner, who was standing near his desk, and asked, &ldquo;Was I ready to terminate NAFTA?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Yeah,&rdquo; Kushner said, before explaining the case he made to the president: &ldquo;I said, &lsquo;Look, there&rsquo;s plusses and minuses to doing it,&rsquo; and either way he would have ended up in a good place.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>The basic story here is that Trump is a child. He was all ready to pull the trigger, but then his advisors <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-says-nafta-partners-persuaded-him-to-keep-u-s-in-trade-pact-1493320127" target="_blank">brought in a colorful map</a> showing that lots of red states and counties would be harmed by pulling out of NAFTA. Eventually Trump calmed down and normalcy reigned for another day.</p> <p><img align="middle" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_map_saved_nafta.jpg" style="margin: 15px 0px 15px 0px;" width="630"></p> <p>But here's the part of the story I still don't understand: what happened on Wednesday that suddenly put a burr up Trump's ass to pull out of NAFTA? Just a few weeks ago he sent a <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/donald-trump-nafta-changes-reality-236712" target="_blank">list of negotiating points</a> to Congress, and both Mexico and Canada have agreed the treaty needs some updating. Things were moving along fairly normally, and then suddenly Trump woke up one morning and decided to light off a nuclear bomb.</p> <p>What was that all about? Was it really because of Trump's obsession over having some kind of accomplishment to show for his first hundred days? Did he eat a taco that didn't agree with him? Did Steve Bannon have a late-night talk with him?</p> <p>This was the reason all along that Trump was a far more dangerous candidate than Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio. From a liberal point of view, his incompetence was a bonus that might restrict the short-term damage he could do. But Trump also brought to the table a noxious racist appeal, an ugly nationalism, an appalling level of ignorance, and a mercurial temperament. All of these were on display Wednesday. Apparently out of nowhere, and for no particular reason, he just strolled into the Oval Office and decided he wanted to formally withdraw from NAFTA.</p> <p>Why? And what are the odds he's going to do this again on something more important? Something that, for whatever reason, his aides can't talk him out of with a colorful map and another diet Coke?</p> <p>I'm not sure everyone realizes that this is the most dangerous thing Trump has done so far. It was a close-run thing, but next time it might not be. And we still have 1,361 days left to go of Trump's presidency.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:49:41 +0000 Kevin Drum 331621 at http://www.motherjones.com Happy 100 Day Trumpiversary, Everyone. Here Are His First 100 Days in 100 Seconds. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/trump-100-days-100-seconds-video-facebook <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="345" scrolling="no" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmotherjones%2Fvideos%2F10154721128382144%2F&amp;width=630&amp;show_text=false&amp;height=345&amp;appId" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Small crowds. Millions march. "Alternative facts." Hiring freeze. Pipelines revived. Tiny desk. Bannon unleashed.</p> <p>And that was just the first week.</p> <p>After that? Well, lots of golf. How have the first 100 days of Trump's presidency played out in the news? <em>Mother Jones</em> put together a definitive day-by-day guide. Judge for yourselves.</p></body></html> Politics Video Donald Trump Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:50:26 +0000 James West 331616 at http://www.motherjones.com Trump's War on "Fake News" Is Chillingly Real http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/trump-real-war-fake-news-media <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>By now America mostly yawns when Donald Trump declares reporting from the <em>New York Times</em>, CNN, and other top media outlets to be phony. The president of the United States scornfully calling out "fake news" has essentially become normal. And that is exactly the point.</p> <p>As a legion of pundits takes measure of how little Trump has accomplished during his first 100 days, the facts don't lie about his quantifiable efforts to undermine the press. The Oval Office may require a bunch more work <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/donald-trump-100-days-interview-easier" target="_blank">than Trump anticipated</a>, but when it comes to weakening the immune system of our democracy he has given it the college try. To date Trump has used one of his biggest presidential megaphones&mdash;his <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump" target="_blank">Twitter</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS" target="_blank">accounts</a>&mdash;to attack the media no fewer than 45 times. His railing against "fake news" to his more than 45 million followers caught the most attention in mid-February, when <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/832708293516632065" target="_blank">he declared</a>, "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"</p> <p>That's just the social-media sum of his <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/world/europe/trump-enemy-of-the-people-stalin.html?_r=0" target="_blank">authoritarian</a> invective on this front. Trump has also used press conferences and campaign-style rallies to go on the offensive against journalists whose critical coverage he didn't like, as he often did <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/11/14238768/trump-fake-news-press-conference-buzzfeed-cnn" target="_blank">on the road to the White House</a>. He has made ominous <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/847455180912181249" target="_blank">threats</a> about cracking down on press freedom, in particular <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/creeping-authoritarianism-trump-trumpocracy#w10" target="_blank">singling out the <em>New York Times</em></a>&nbsp;when he suggested changing libel laws. His burn-it-all-down chief strategist Steve Bannon famously labeled the media "the opposition party" and demanded it "<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/business/media/stephen-bannon-trump-news-media.html" target="_blank">keep its mouth shut</a>." And, as the White House has worked vigorously to distract from a widening Russia investigation that could hobble or perhaps even bring down Trump's presidency, Trump and his allies have focused on <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/conaway-gowdy-rooney-nunes-trump-house-russia-investigation" target="_blank">going after leakers to the press</a>.</p> <p>Recently, <em>Politico</em>'s Ben Schreckinger and Hadas Gold <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/23/trump-loves-media-reporters-white-house-215043" target="_blank">made the case</a> that Trump's war on "fake news" is itself fake. The current occupants of the White House know they can't in reality control the media, and moreover they've engaged in <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/04/jared-kushner-steve-bannon-white-house-civil-war" target="_blank">prodigious infighting</a> through their own rash of leaks. (The <em>Politico</em> piece also informed us that White House officials have been <a href="https://twitter.com/markfollman/status/856907294818181120" target="_blank">lying to reporters for sport</a>.)</p> <p>But over the long term, Trump's war on the media could have real consequences. Public confidence in the press <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/195542/americans-trust-mass-media-sinks-new-low.aspx" target="_blank">flatlined last year</a>. Add to that a White House repeating week after week that the most accomplished media institutions in our country are phony&mdash;while at the same time embracing <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/02/13/dangerous-troll-now-reporting-white-house/215320" target="_blank">actual purveyors</a> of <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/white-house-grants-infowars-preview-of-trumps-congressional-address/" target="_blank">fake news</a>&mdash;and the danger requires no fact-checking to be evident.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/TrumpFakeNewsTweets-630.jpg"></div> <p>The good news is that many in the Fourth Estate have been rising to the challenge. Not too long ago, it was about as interesting and informative to tune into CNN as it was to watch a home shopping channel. But even though the cable network has shamelessly used <a href="http://www.vox.com/videos/2017/4/17/15325172/strikethrough-cnn-espn-trump-surrogates" target="_blank">duplicitous Trump surrogates</a> to juice conflict and thereby ratings for its commentary shows, CNN reporters and anchors have come alive in the face of Trump, especially Jim Sciutto, Dana Bash, Jim Acosta, Jake Tapper, and Brian Stelter. The <em>New York Times</em>' tough-minded Maggie Haberman has provided a stellar window into <a href="http://www.npr.org/2017/04/20/524873266/journalist-describes-the-loneliness-and-leakiness-of-trumps-white-house" target="_blank">how the neophyte president operates</a>. The <em>Washington Post</em>'s David Farenholdt won a much deserved Pulitzer Prize for his investigations of Trump's bogus philanthropic claims (notwithstanding Donald Trump Jr.'s own <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/04/donald-trump-jr-mike-cernovich" target="_blank">risible pick</a> for the prize). And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention <em>Mother Jones</em>' own leading investigative work on <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/veteran-spy-gave-fbi-info-alleging-russian-operation-cultivate-donald-trump" target="_blank">the Russia scandal</a> and Trump's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-german-loan-deutsche-bank" target="_blank">unprecedented financial conflicts of interest</a>.</p> <p>As Trump's attacks against the press go on, and they will, the American news media should take nothing for granted. But journalists can also keep the faith given what history <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon_Papers" target="_blank">has shown</a> about this battle. "Four hostile newspapers," as Napoleon once said, "are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets."</p></body></html> Politics Donald Trump Film and TV Media The Right Top Stories Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:07:28 +0000 Mark Follman 331576 at http://www.motherjones.com Climate March Brings Thousands of People to Protest Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/04/climate-march-2017-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The latest version of organized protest against President Donald Trump is officially underway with the third annual <a href="https://peoplesclimate.org/" target="_blank">People's Climate March</a> in Washington, D.C. The event is expected to draw thousands of participants both in the nation's capital and sister marches nationwide, where demonstrators plan to speak out against the Trump administration's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/03/trump-executive-order-climate" target="_blank">plans to undo the federal regulations</a> that are in place to fight climate change.</p> <p>Coincidentally, Saturday's march also marks the first 100 days of Trump's presidency. During that period, the president has stacked his administration with <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/01/climate-deniers-coming-next-epa-chief-rescue" target="_blank">prominent climate deniers</a>, proposed eliminating billions in scientific research, and threatened to withdraw from the Paris climate treaty.</p> <p><em>Mother Jones </em>has three reporters on the scene in DC. Be sure to follow <a href="https://twitter.com/rebleber" target="_blank">Rebecca Leber</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste" target="_blank">Nathalie Baptiste</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/timothypmurphy" target="_blank">Tim Murphy</a> in DC, <a href="https://twitter.com/Jaelynn_Alexis" style='color: black; text-decoration: none; background-position: 0% 90%; background-image: url("/sites/all/assets/orange-border.png"); background-repeat: repeat-x; text-shadow: white -1px 0px 0px, white 0px 1px 0px, white 1px 0px 0px, white 0px -1px 0px, white -1px -1px 0px, white 1px 1px 0px, white 1px -1px 0px, white -1px 1px 0px; font-family: Calluna; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);' target="_blank">Jaelynn Grisso </a>in New York, <a href="https://twitter.com/_KarenHao" target="_blank">Karen Hao</a> in Oakland, along with our rolling collection of updates below:</p> <p><strong>3:20 pm ET </strong>As we get ready to finish our coverage, here is something to think about.</p> <p>During the march, Trump tweeted this.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Looking forward to RALLY in the Great State of Pennsylvania tonight at 7:30. Big crowd, big energy!</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/858343980823703553">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>He might want to check out what happened in his own back yard today, as thousands of people chanted, "The oceans are rising and so are we."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Check this out: this is one BIG <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> in DC! <a href="https://t.co/ZgEe8wZqRU">pic.twitter.com/ZgEe8wZqRU</a></p> &mdash; Peoples Climate (@Peoples_Climate) <a href="https://twitter.com/Peoples_Climate/status/858366705105547265">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>3:10 pm ET </strong>In Los Angeles, marchers are also starting to gather.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hey Los Angeles <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a>!Since we're worst polluted city in the USA, be 'eco-friendly'and keep your 1,000's of polluted cars home today <a href="https://t.co/tFtDsdwGfO">pic.twitter.com/tFtDsdwGfO</a></p> &mdash; Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/KamVTV/status/858336725134745600">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3:05 pm ET </strong>A report from Oakland, where an idigenous leader sings some songs for the climate marchers.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">California indigenous leader sings song for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/peoplesclimatemarch?src=hash">#peoplesclimatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/0vAbkm7uNE">pic.twitter.com/0vAbkm7uNE</a></p> &mdash; Karen Hao (@_KarenHao) <a href="https://twitter.com/_KarenHao/status/858395623028019205">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>3:03 pm ET </strong>Leonardo DiCaprio is all in on the climate march.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Honored to join Indigenous leaders and native peoples as they fight for climate justice. Join me in standing with them. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateMarch?src=hash">#ClimateMarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/Zrgt090lI6">pic.twitter.com/Zrgt090lI6</a></p> &mdash; Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) <a href="https://twitter.com/LeoDiCaprio/status/858360898368524288">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Heading into this weekend's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateMarch?src=hash">#ClimateMarch</a> it&rsquo;s important to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KnowYourGHGs?src=hash">#KnowYourGHGs</a> and their sources. Learn more. <a href="https://t.co/NkMz1a0nW9">https://t.co/NkMz1a0nW9</a> <a href="https://t.co/giUV7QELb8">pic.twitter.com/giUV7QELb8</a></p> &mdash; Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) <a href="https://twitter.com/LeoDiCaprio/status/858113156354367488">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>2:50 pm ET </strong>This is what is happening at the Bay Area march.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Mom: Why are we marching today?<br> Son: Forgot.<br> M: What'd you write on your sign? Boo trash! Right?<br> -Teresa &amp; Tegan Friedheim<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesClimate?src=hash">#PeoplesClimate</a> <a href="https://t.co/urq5amjDld">pic.twitter.com/urq5amjDld</a></p> &mdash; Karen Hao (@_KarenHao) <a href="https://twitter.com/_KarenHao/status/858393525322260480">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Yes these bikes are literally generating all the energy necessary to power the stage and music.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/peoplesclimatemarch?src=hash">#peoplesclimatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/tsG1WeClvo">pic.twitter.com/tsG1WeClvo</a></p> &mdash; Karen Hao (@_KarenHao) <a href="https://twitter.com/_KarenHao/status/858389758648565760">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2:45 pm ET </strong>Here are some conversations Rebecca Leber had at the march in DC.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">There was worry having two marches in two weeks would dilute both causes. But I've talked to a fair number of people today who were at both.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I asked some climate marchers what's worried them most about Trump:</p> &mdash; Rebecca Leber (@rebleber) <a href="https://twitter.com/rebleber/status/858380953869320192">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Annie, a Catholic from Virginia cites the "routing of the EPA" &amp; rollback of monuments &amp; Antiquities Act</p> &mdash; Rebecca Leber (@rebleber) <a href="https://twitter.com/rebleber/status/858381144395534336">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/MWMullowney">@MWMullowney</a> a researcher at Northwestern whose grants come from NIH, is worried a destabilized climate will spread infectious diseases.</p> &mdash; Rebecca Leber (@rebleber) <a href="https://twitter.com/rebleber/status/858382226903511040">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Andrew Potts, an archeologist, says the worst thing about Trump is federal government is leaving frontline communities behind.</p> &mdash; Rebecca Leber (@rebleber) <a href="https://twitter.com/rebleber/status/858382795017736195">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>2:40 pm ET&nbsp; </strong>Despite the heat, the crowds in DC aren't thinning.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">And people are still streaming in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/oWduoCscaZ">pic.twitter.com/oWduoCscaZ</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858384295278333952">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I would love to know what's going through the minds of the White House staffers who've come out to observe the marchers <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/iARgsm9EKq">pic.twitter.com/iARgsm9EKq</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858382007721742336">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>2:33 pm ET</strong> Marchers are starting to gather in Oakland, Calif.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesClimateMarch?src=hash">#PeoplesClimateMarch</a> Bay Area kicking off! <a href="https://t.co/edjvQwZ1PV">pic.twitter.com/edjvQwZ1PV</a></p> &mdash; Karen Hao (@_KarenHao) <a href="https://twitter.com/_KarenHao/status/858386012233388032">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"Why are you marching today?"<br> "Isn't it obvious?"<br> -Barbara Rhine and Marie Mintz with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/1000grandmothers?src=hash">#1000grandmothers</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/peoplesclimatemarch?src=hash">#peoplesclimatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/Cp66rzTwYd">pic.twitter.com/Cp66rzTwYd</a></p> &mdash; Karen Hao (@_KarenHao) <a href="https://twitter.com/_KarenHao/status/858387846494691329">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>2:20 pm ET </strong>Some more images from DC.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">there is a band <a href="https://t.co/Cv5lbmPRtV">pic.twitter.com/Cv5lbmPRtV</a></p> &mdash; Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) <a href="https://twitter.com/timothypmurphy/status/858345339081904132">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://t.co/WRePBzjR4V">pic.twitter.com/WRePBzjR4V</a></p> &mdash; Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) <a href="https://twitter.com/timothypmurphy/status/858345794931490817">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">&nbsp;</blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>2:15 pm ET </strong><a href="https://twitter.com/timothypmurphy" target="_blank">Tim Murphy</a> catches up with a man who wants to be the next governor of Virginia.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Tom Perriello is here, eating a roasted apple <a href="https://t.co/4cKGexji0N">pic.twitter.com/4cKGexji0N</a></p> &mdash; Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) <a href="https://twitter.com/timothypmurphy/status/858369425300488192">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>2:10 pm ET </strong>Marchers have arrived at the White House. Wonder who is at home?</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Crowds of people sit in front. Hard to see but folks from inside the White House have come out to watch. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/JaJSx4hPvy">pic.twitter.com/JaJSx4hPvy</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858381078356209664">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>2:05 pm ET </strong>Here are some reports from New York, where there are celebrity sightings, and Chicago, where it's raining.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo at the People's Climate March in New York City (2014) <a href="https://t.co/LMdAH5UBx7">pic.twitter.com/LMdAH5UBx7</a></p> &mdash; Leo Doing Things (@LeoActivities) <a href="https://twitter.com/LeoActivities/status/762319435692666880">August 7, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">At the People's Climate March Chicago! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateMarchChi?src=hash">#ClimateMarchChi</a> <a href="https://t.co/C8YkaToqOx">pic.twitter.com/C8YkaToqOx</a></p> &mdash; JTS (@jamestschwartz) <a href="https://twitter.com/jamestschwartz/status/858378130301624320">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Meanwhile, back in DC, scientists and educators at the march are calling themselves "<a href="https://peoplesclimate.org/lineup/#defenders" target="_blank">defenders of truth</a>." According to the march website, they "defend the facts and promote scientific learning in service of humanity."</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/defenders630.jpg"><div class="caption">Rebecca Leber/Mother Jones</div> </div> <p><strong>1:45 pm ET&nbsp; </strong>And look who Rebecca Leber just saw. Bill Nye, who also marched for science last weekend, tells her, "Science is political but we don't want it to be partisan."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I walked up to a chart and found <a href="https://twitter.com/BillNye">@BillNye</a> there. <a href="https://t.co/sZn467sfYu">pic.twitter.com/sZn467sfYu</a></p> &mdash; Rebecca Leber (@rebleber) <a href="https://twitter.com/rebleber/status/858376127466876934">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>1:39 pm ET </strong>Marches all over.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateMarch?src=hash">#ClimateMarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/NTXXNkpaPQ">https://t.co/NTXXNkpaPQ</a></p> &mdash; Ladybug #DemForce (@Ladybug014) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ladybug014/status/858374693304156161">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Rally &amp; march to empower children <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesClimate?src=hash">#PeoplesClimate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Greenwich?src=hash">#Greenwich</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/connecticut?src=hash">#connecticut</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/kidsecomarch?src=hash">#kidsecomarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/UMlQz692No">pic.twitter.com/UMlQz692No</a></p> &mdash; Leon Levine (@ecothinkgroup) <a href="https://twitter.com/ecothinkgroup/status/858374819389243392">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This is beautiful. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateMarch?src=hash">#ClimateMarch</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Peoples_Climate">@peoples_climate</a> <a href="https://t.co/RDlMfL6tMT">pic.twitter.com/RDlMfL6tMT</a></p> &mdash; Ethan Buckner (@ethanbuckner) <a href="https://twitter.com/ethanbuckner/status/858369824837292032">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1:30 pm ET </strong></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I'm told Senators Cantwell, Whitehouse, and Markey showed up to the climate march</p> &mdash; Rebecca Leber (@rebleber) <a href="https://twitter.com/rebleber/status/858372018856742912">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">What do we want? Climate justice. When do we want it? Now! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/peoplesclimate?src=hash">#peoplesclimate</a> <a href="https://t.co/JGlv7xsU3s">pic.twitter.com/JGlv7xsU3s</a></p> &mdash; ClimateTruth (@climatetruth) <a href="https://twitter.com/climatetruth/status/858372501604368386">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">&nbsp;</blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><strong>1:25 pm ET </strong>Big crowds marching in DC.</blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">that...is not a small crowd. Just a week after a fairly similar themed march, pretty astounding really <a href="https://t.co/XxwkG88hWV">https://t.co/XxwkG88hWV</a></p> &mdash; Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClaraJeffery/status/858365876394905600">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Check this out: this is one BIG <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> in DC! <a href="https://t.co/ZgEe8wZqRU">pic.twitter.com/ZgEe8wZqRU</a></p> &mdash; Peoples Climate (@Peoples_Climate) <a href="https://twitter.com/Peoples_Climate/status/858366705105547265">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>1:16 pm ET </strong>The marchers are now going past a particular hotel. They have something to say about its owner.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Folks start chanting "shame" as the March moves past Trump's hotel <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/ToFS9L94rf">pic.twitter.com/ToFS9L94rf</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858368247833522176">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>1:12 pm ET </strong>Our environmental reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/rebleber" target="_blank">Rebecca Leber</a> is on the scene.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">women w/ St Elizabeth Catholic Church: "faith tells me this is really important." The church got more involved post Pope Francis encyclical <a href="https://t.co/EFfPKGVhD0">pic.twitter.com/EFfPKGVhD0</a></p> &mdash; Rebecca Leber (@rebleber) <a href="https://twitter.com/rebleber/status/858367848636403714">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1:10 pm ET </strong>Despite the heat, this dog persisted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This doggo has a few things to say <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/WRVTbSuVft">pic.twitter.com/WRVTbSuVft</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858366920415948801">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>1:07 pm ET </strong>The DC march has begun!</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">And they're on the move! Atmosphere is just like a parade <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ddi5GgvP0e">pic.twitter.com/Ddi5GgvP0e</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858364498150817792">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>12:41 pm ET </strong>Here are some participants from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="da">HBCUs <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/4hTHhNF1wo">pic.twitter.com/4hTHhNF1wo</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858354632338407425">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>12:35 pm ET </strong><a href="http://twitter.com/nhbaptiste" target="_blank">Nathalie Baptiste</a> captures the mood on the mall.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Anti-Trump sentiment is strong today <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/x8rF03gNix">pic.twitter.com/x8rF03gNix</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858358857902456832">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>12:32 pm ET </strong>While you are waiting for the march to begin, take a look at some of our great <a href="http://www.climatedesk.org/" target="_blank">Climate Desk</a> coverage.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ahead of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesClimateMarch?src=hash">#PeoplesClimateMarch</a>, catch up with <a href="https://twitter.com/ClimateDesk">@ClimateDesk</a>'s coverage of environmental policy in Trump's America <a href="https://t.co/EkyfoPyqN0">https://t.co/EkyfoPyqN0</a></p> &mdash; Climate Desk (@ClimateDesk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClimateDesk/status/858305554778869761">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12:25 pm ET </strong>The crowds are growing and the temperature is rising&mdash;and that's the point.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Made it! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/mDNbAD0Yl9">pic.twitter.com/mDNbAD0Yl9</a></p> &mdash; Jeffrey M. Sullivan (@JSulliv12) <a href="https://twitter.com/JSulliv12/status/858354848298934272">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Happening now! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateMarch?src=hash">#ClimateMarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/IRmlEV5jcz">https://t.co/IRmlEV5jcz</a></p> &mdash; Ines Hoffmann (@Nina_Ella_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Nina_Ella_/status/858354840858238976">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>12:14 pm ET </strong>Marchers came to DC from all over the country.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Wally from upstate NY has a very science-y sign but if you don't understand it, the other side makes it simple <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/TCG6ewLTSQ">pic.twitter.com/TCG6ewLTSQ</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858352747770413056">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>11:57 am ET </strong>More marchers in DC.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Cheryl says "I'm terrified. I've never seen such evil." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/ayLZ0lK3xi">pic.twitter.com/ayLZ0lK3xi</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858349038445494272">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11:50 am ET </strong><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/04/100-days-environmental-justice" target="_blank">Environmental justice</a> is a crucial part of this conversation&mdash;so are broken promises.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">A direct rebuttal to all the promises Trump has made to coal miners <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/VYNcVX1xYy">pic.twitter.com/VYNcVX1xYy</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858347894398693378">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Speaker says environmental justice is economic justice <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesClimate?src=hash">#PeoplesClimate</a> RI <a href="https://t.co/wlIMHSQFty">pic.twitter.com/wlIMHSQFty</a></p> &mdash; Avory Brookins (@avory_brookins) <a href="https://twitter.com/avory_brookins/status/858347287055126528">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11:47 am ET </strong>Switzerland also joined in&mdash;this from Geneva.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="fr">A la <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateMarch?src=hash">#ClimateMarch</a> de Gen&egrave;ve, les &eacute;nergies fossiles tuent : d&eacute;sinvestissons pour prot&eacute;ger le climat ! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENR?src=hash">#ENR</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Divest?src=hash">#Divest</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/peoplesmarch?src=hash">#peoplesmarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/H2Pi6B2Noc">pic.twitter.com/H2Pi6B2Noc</a></p> &mdash; ANV-COP21 (@AnvCop21) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnvCop21/status/858322037449928704">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11:32 am ET </strong>From DC where the weather is clearing. Temps supposed to rise above 90 today.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Remy on the colonialism wagon: POTUS isn't being shy about being racist so "our message needs to be equally as strong" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> <a href="https://t.co/TL6UW6jPbF">pic.twitter.com/TL6UW6jPbF</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858343007392849920">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Feeling inspired by the <a href="https://twitter.com/World_Wildlife">@World_Wildlife</a> activists &amp; members who are marching w/ us at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesClimate?src=hash">#PeoplesClimate</a> <a href="https://t.co/6UA3N3vMZN">pic.twitter.com/6UA3N3vMZN</a></p> &mdash; Sara Thomas (@saracatherinet) <a href="https://twitter.com/saracatherinet/status/858325087413555201">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>11:25 am ET </strong>This is what is happening in Pittsburgh right now.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">At work today <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesClimate?src=hash">#PeoplesClimate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pittsburgh?src=hash">#Pittsburgh</a> <a href="https://t.co/TGJAMFGWwV">pic.twitter.com/TGJAMFGWwV</a></p> &mdash; Marty Nwachukwu (@marti_mcflyest) <a href="https://twitter.com/marti_mcflyest/status/858321801822298112">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>10:30 am ET </strong>We will be sharing a few of the signs that appear.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">DC People's Climate March <a href="https://t.co/QGaFMV4ZuK">pic.twitter.com/QGaFMV4ZuK</a></p> &mdash; Alison Bateman-House (@ABatemanHouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABatemanHouse/status/858325951377281024">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong>10:09 am ET </strong>People are still gathering under overcast skies for the Climate March in Washington, D.C. but even before it began, the EPA tweaked its website.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Before the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesClimateMarch?src=hash">#PeoplesClimateMarch</a>, the EPA removes its climate website in order to change it to better reflect Trump <a href="https://t.co/dEwQp2Estm">https://t.co/dEwQp2Estm</a></p> &mdash; Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) <a href="https://twitter.com/nhbaptiste/status/858306814324203523">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Meanwhile, in Denmark, things have already started:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> is underway in Denmark! <a href="https://t.co/ohh2mrj0T0">https://t.co/ohh2mrj0T0</a> &hellip; <a href="https://t.co/SoICjfcra1">https://t.co/SoICjfcra1</a><br><br> The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climatemarch?src=hash">#climatemarch</a> is underway in Denmark! &hellip;</p> &mdash; Ciudad Sostenible (@City_Sostenible) <a href="https://twitter.com/City_Sostenible/status/858292931693875201">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p dir="ltr" lang="en"><br> &nbsp;</p></body></html> Environment Climate Change Donald Trump Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:18:32 +0000 Mother Jones 331431 at http://www.motherjones.com Trump Brought the War on Women Mainstream in His First 100 Days http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/first-100-days-reproductive-rights-abortion-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>When a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/donald-trump-access-hollywood-vulgar-comments-hot-mic">video</a> of Donald Trump boasting about grabbing women "by the pussy" leaked a month before the 2016 presidential election and his party seemed on the cusp of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/republicans-list-trump-disavowal-groping-tape">rejecting him</a>, onlookers wondered whether his apparent admission of sexual assault might have finally crossed a line with voters. But conservatives who were reassured by his promises to roll back reproductive rights turned a blind eye to the sexual-assault claims.</p> <p>With those concerns about his electability far behind him, as president Trump has made good on his assurances. He may have <a href="http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a3356886/ivanka-trump-child-care-maternity-leave-policy/" target="_blank">discussed</a> child care and other so-called family-friendly policies, but in the first 100 days of the Trump administration, the country has seen an unprecedented rollback of many hard-won reproductive rights. Trump has pushed to defund Planned Parenthood, appointed a Supreme Court justice who he promised would vote to overturn <em>Roe v. Wade, </em>and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/trump-global-gag-rule">cut off</a> US aide for family-planning services globally. States have also ridden the Trump wave: 1,053 measures&mdash;both restrictive and proactive&mdash;have been introduced in state legislatures in 2017 alone.</p> <p>Women have not been passive in the face of these setbacks. They came out in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/womens-march-trump-updates-2">droves</a> to protest Trump's inauguration during the Women's March the day after his inauguration. Eleven-thousand women have <a href="http://www.glamour.com/story/emilys-list-more-than-11000-democratic-women-are-interested-in-running-for-office">told</a> Emily's List, an organization that gets pro-choice women elected to office, that they want to run for something next year, compared with 900 last year. And <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/01/four_female_judges_were_the_heroes_of_the_fight_against_trump_s_executive.html">women</a> <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/us/politics/trump-immigration-ban-memo.html?_r=0">already</a> <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/whos-voting-for-donald-trumps-nominees/515943/">in positions</a> <a href="http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/01/12/oakland-congresswoman-barbara-lee-to-boycott-trump-inauguration">of power</a> have taken Trump to task on his Cabinet nominees, his travel ban, and his environmental policies.</p> <p>But if his first 100 days as president are any indication, the three-plus years ahead will be grueling for women in the United States and abroad. Here's what's happened so far.</p> <h3 class="subhed"><strong>Planned Parenthood</strong></h3> <p>In the weeks following Trump's January 2017 inauguration, his daughter Ivanka took the unexpected step of <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/ivanka-trump-planned-parenthood-outreach-236940">reaching out</a> to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/ivanka-trump-planned-parenthood-outreach-236940">request a meeting</a>. On the campaign trail, her father had promised to "defund" the women's health care provider by prohibiting low-income patients from using their Medicaid coverage for care at Planned Parenthood clinics because the group also performs abortions.</p> <p>Richards sought to explain to Ivanka Trump that Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood don't fund abortions, but instead go to other forms of reproductive health care&mdash;cancer screenings, pap smears, contraception, and more&mdash;because of the Hyde Amendment, which has prohibited the use of federal funds for almost all abortions for more than 40 years.</p> <p>But in the months following the meeting, the Trump administration and the GOP-controlled Congress launched an offensive against Planned Parenthood. Bills proposing to prohibit the use of Medicaid by patients at Planned Parenthood were introduced in both the <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/354">House</a> and the <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/241/text">Senate</a> and are still awaiting a vote. A week after Trump's inauguration, audio <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/behind-closed-doors-republican-lawmakers-fret-about-how-to-repeal-obamacare/2017/01/27/deabdafa-e491-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html?utm_term=.3b7d37b81d14" target="_blank">was leaked</a> of a closed-door meeting where Republicans voiced concerns about the political repercussions of defunding a women's health organization that's popular <a href="https://twitter.com/teemoneyusa/status/844581661618659329">even among Trump voters</a>. A month later, Trump tried to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/trump-offers-keep-planned-parenthood-funding-if-they-cut-abortion-care">cut an informal deal</a> with Planned Parenthood: keep your funding, maybe even increase it, if you stop providing abortions. The women's health organization rejected the idea. Soon after, the Trump administration's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/house-gop-finally-reveal-their-secret-bill-repeal-obamacare">Obamacare repeal bill</a> was introduced, including a provision to defund Planned Parenthood. That bill failed, but the revised version of the repeal bill, introduced by Republicans this week, contains the same provision and is still awaiting a vote.</p> <p>Another administration effort to kneecap Planned Parenthood's funding, however, was more successful. <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/republicans-just-took-first-step-defund-planned-parenthood" target="_blank">A bill</a> allowing states to withhold Title X family-planning funds from health care providers that offer abortion, like Planned Parenthood, passed both chambers of Congress in February and March. Title X grants help fund nonabortion services such as contraception for low-income women, and <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/planned-parenthood-abortion-defunding-title-x-medicaid-583832">more than one-third</a> of the 4 million patients who use Title X each year receive care at Planned Parenthood.</p> <p>Vice President Mike Pence was essential to that bill's passage. After two GOP senators voted against the bill, Republicans were forced <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/mike-pence-senate-bill-planned-parenthood">to whisk in</a> the vice president to cast a tie-breaking Senate vote to advance the legislation. In April, Trump <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/mike-pence-senate-bill-planned-parenthood">signed the bill</a> into law in a private ceremony, an uncharacteristically publicity-shy moment for a president who has seemed to relish in the public spectacle of his other<strong> </strong>signings.</p> <h3 class="subhed"><strong>State restrictions</strong></h3> <p>Trump's election greatly emboldened anti-abortion state legislatures to propose measures that restrict women's access to the medical procedure. His win came months after the Supreme Court ruled last June on the biggest abortion rights case since <em>Planned Parenthood v. Casey</em>. <em>Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt </em>reaffirmed a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, a ruling that made restricting access through TRAP laws&mdash;or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers&mdash;a violation of a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.</p> <p>It was hailed <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/supreme-court-abortion-texas-undue-burden-requirements-unconstitutional" target="_blank">as a massive win</a> for reproductive rights advocates, but Trump's victory and Republican-dominated statehouses reinvigorated both abortion opponents and abortion rights advocates who collectively <a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2017/04/laws-affecting-reproductive-health-and-rights-state-policy-trends-first-quarter-2017" target="_blank">have proposed</a> 1,053 state-level provisions regarding women's reproductive health in 2017. Thus far, 18 abortion restrictions have been enacted at the state level, according to the <a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy-resources" target="_blank">Guttmacher Institute</a>, a reproductive rights think tank. Twenty-two states have potential legislation on deck to ban abortion in most cases outright&mdash;four of these are bans known as <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/abortion-law-youve-never-heard-could-be-threat-during-trump-era" target="_blank">"trigger laws,"</a> meaning they would automatically become state law should <em>Roe v. Wade</em> be overturned in the Supreme Court. And despite the Supreme Court ruling just last year, 30 states have introduced TRAP legislation in the hopes that a new justice would tip the scales should another challenge to the constitutionality of those laws arise.</p> <p>Also trending in anti-abortion state legislatures this year are fetal burial laws, which require tissue extracted from the uterus after an abortion to be buried rather than disposed of as medical waste, creating additional costs and burdens for providers; religious liberty protections for crisis pregnancy centers&mdash;in Oklahoma; counseling that relies on anti-scientific information to persuade women that medication abortion can be reversed&mdash;in Indiana; personhood bills that endow a fetus or an embryo as a person with full rights under the Constitution&mdash;in Iowa and North Carolina; and waiting periods between the initial medical evaluation and the actual abortion procedure&mdash;in Colorado. Ohio and Kentucky passed laws banning abortions after 20 weeks, and Pennsylvania and Montana are considering similar bills, as are others.</p> <h3 class="subhed"><strong>Weakening <em>Roe v. Wade</em></strong></h3> <p>Years before running for president, Trump said that, despite his personal dislike of abortion, he was "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsOlXidHXRE" target="_blank">pro-choice in every respect</a>" and that abortion "is <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/05/politics/evangelicals-donald-trump-questions/" target="_blank">a personal decision that</a> should be left to women and their doctors." But in recent years, the reality TV star turned politician has said he no longer supports abortion access. During his presidential campaign, Trump's stance remained anti-abortion with the then-candidate saying that the overturning of <em>Roe v. Wade</em>, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that women had a constitutional right to an abortion under the 14th Amendment,<strong> </strong>"<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/19/trump-ill-appoint-supreme-court-justices-to-overturn-roe-v-wade-abortion-case.html" target="_blank">will happen, automatically</a>," should he be elected and have the chance to appoint justices to the<strong> </strong>nation's highest court. In the months after his election, anti-abortion advocates have argued that he will make good on that promise. &nbsp;</p> <p>But overturning <em>Roe</em> will be a complicated task and is likely <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/11/abortion-rights-trump-repeal-roe-heres-damage-he-can-do" target="_blank">one of the hardest goals</a> for Trump to actually achieve. The Supreme Court recently affirmed women's constitutional right to abortion without undue burden in its <em>Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt</em> decision last June, and it will likely take years before another challenge makes its way to the Supreme Court. For the court to decide to completely overturn <em>Roe</em>, it would need to reject more than four decades of settled precedent.</p> <p>Still, there are ways that Trump can begin laying the groundwork for overturning the landmark ruling. He has consistently <a href="https://www.sba-list.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Trump-Letter-on-ProLife-Coalition.pdf" target="_blank">promised</a> to place "pro-life justices on the US Supreme Court," and while some anti-abortion advocates argued that his pool of potential picks <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/anti-abortion-activists-reject-trump-high-court-picks" target="_blank">weren't sufficiently conservative</a>, there is <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/gorsuch-supreme-court-roe-wade-abortion" target="_blank">still plenty for them to like</a> about Trump's first Supreme Court appointment, Neil Gorsuch. Since being appointed to the circuit court by George W. Bush in 2006, Gorsuch has taken <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/donald-trump-picks-neil-gorsuch-supreme-court" target="_blank">conservative stances </a>on reproductive issues&mdash;recently he wrote the dissenting opinion in a ruling that blocked Utah from defunding Planned Parenthood.</p> <p>During his time on the appellate court, Gorsuch ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby's effort to fight against the Obamacare rule requiring companies to include contraception coverage in their health insurance plans. While Gorsuch is likely to be a strong voice in favor of pro-life advocates, as a successor to Antonin Scalia, he will not drastically shift the balance of the court. But if Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote, or a more liberal justice like Ruth Bader Ginsburg vacates their seat in the next few years, Trump would have an opportunity to move the Supreme Court in a decidedly anti-<em>Roe</em> direction.</p> <p>States also play a large role in determining what will happen. While the Supreme Court's newest member adjusts to being on the bench, conservative-led legislatures have remained undaunted in their efforts to get another abortion rights case before the courts. Abortion restrictions, particularly the emergence of bans before fetal viability, have become some of the biggest sources of a potential court challenge. As Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, said in a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/guttmacher-report-abortion-restrictions-proactive-legislation-first-quarter-2017" target="_blank">recent interview</a> with <em>Mother Jones</em>, some states "are thinking about being the state that overturns <em>Roe v. Wade</em>, and the way to do that is to adopt something like a 6-week abortion ban or a 20-week abortion ban and then send that up through the courts."</p></body></html> Politics Reproductive Rights Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:50:31 +0000 Becca Andrews, Hannah Levintova, Nina Liss-Schultz, and P.R. Lockhart 331446 at http://www.motherjones.com