Suzan eraslan is a theater director and designer on a temporary hiatus and a reluctant political activist and documentarian living in new york city.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2017

(Source for news item: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-exclusive-idUSKBN1582XQ Source 2: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/08/where-donald-trump-does-business-in-muslim-countries/?utm_term=.f5613d7291b8 Source 3: http://money.cnn.com/2015/12/08/news/donald-trump-muslim-countries-business/ Source 4: https://mic.com/articles/130070/here-are-some-of-donald-trump-s-middle-east-business-ventures#.tln4BPvaQ)

  • On January 25th, 2017, after announcing that the White House would investigate “voter fraud” in large metropolitan areas, Spicer declared, officially, without any investigation whatsoever, that no voter fraud existed in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, or Detroit. All three cities are in states DT won by small margins, had previously gone to democrat candidates, and were subject to recount efforts by Jill Stein and the Green Party shortly after the upset election.  (Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/25/sean-spicer-makes-it-official-no-voter-fraud-in-philadelphia-milwaukee-or-detroit/?utm_term=.399f71897b91)

  • On January 25th, 2017, Newsweek reported that several high level DT administration staffers, among them Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, and Sean Spicer, have private RNC email addresses, despite repeated insistence by DT, his campaign, his supporters, several press outlets, and even DT detractors claiming that use of a private email server by candidate Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State was grounds for disqualifying her from office. (Source: http://www.newsweek.com/trump-emails-rnc-reince-priebus-white-house-server-548191)

  • On January 25th, 2017, as an aside in an article about DT’s love of the White House phone system, the New York Times reported that DT is still using his unsecured Android phone, despite repeated insistence by DT, his campaign, his supporters, several press outlets, and even DT detractors claiming that use of a Blackberry by candidate Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State was grounds for disqualifying her from office. (Source 1: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/us/politics/president-trump-white-house.html?_r=2 Source 2: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanwhitwam/2017/01/25/trump-reportedly-still-uses-an-unsecured-android-phone-heres-why-thats-a-problem/#5a9849592304)

  • On January 25th, 2017, the New York Times reported that DT gathered congressional leaders in the State Dining Room to discuss, among other things, his belief that he lost the popular vote because of voter fraud. Provided as “proof” was an anecdote he says was from a friend of his, ‘“the very famous golfer, Bernhard Langer,” whom he described as a friend, according to three staff members who were in the room for the meeting.’ DT went on to say that Langer was in line to vote in Florida, when he was informed that he could not vote. “Ahead of and behind Mr. Langer were voters who did not look as if they should be allowed to vote, Mr. Trump said, according to the staff members — but they were nonetheless permitted to cast provisional ballots. The president threw out the names of Latin American countries that the voters might have come from.” Langer is a German citizen who is a permanent resident of the United States and would not be eligible to vote. His daughter has denied that he is friends with DT. (Source: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/us/politics/trump-bernhard-langer-voting-fraud.html)

  • On January 25th, 2017, DT gave an absolutely unhinged and generally nonsensical interview with ABC television, in which he continuously avoided answering questions, denied saying things he is on record as saying, stated that the CIA loved his speech and gave him “the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl,” talked over the interviewer, repeatedly told the interviewer that he and his network were demeaning DT, called Chicago a war zone worse than Afghanistan and said, “I will send in what we have to send in. Maybe they're not gonna have to be so politically correct. Maybe they're being overly political correct. Maybe there's something going on,” and, once again, emphasized that he had a very large crowd at his inauguration, which, again, he did not. He continued to insist on this even when the interviewer stated, unequivocally, that he was not interested in the crowd size and tried to change the subject. While every bit of this interview is absolutely horrifying, the major takeaway for me, at the moment, is this:

DAVID MUIR: Mr. President, it does strike me though that we're relitigating the presidential campaign, the election ...

(OVERTALK)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, no. We're looking at it for the next time.

DT essentially came out and explained that they are “looking at it” (voter fraud) for next time… obviously, to increase voter suppression laws to ensure his victory in the next election. This is EXTREMELY worrying. The entire interview is extremely worrying. (Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/transcript-abc-news-anchor-david-muir-interviews-president/story?id=45047602)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 2017

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 2017