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Re: “Americans—not Russians—elected Trump. Own it.

The Untold Story: How Donald Trump Really Won?
75 percent of America's high-poverty neighborhoods in 1970 still classified that way four decades later. Racial and class inequality is very much alive, "progressive politics" apartheid. Blacks who have voted Democratic for almost 50 years are now being driven from their neighborhoods that have been their home for generations. We gave the Democratic Party our votes and they "took us for granted" leaving us living with social tension, unrest, and the worst GUN VIOLENCE AND VIOLENT CRIME . . . A diminished hope and no opportunities while the Democratic Party's upscale hipster real estate speculators prosper.

President-Elect Donald Trump wants to enable states with dedicated grants and implementation standards related to diversity, inclusion, and targeted hiring the resources necessary to spur investment in underserved black neighborhoods. Stopping gun violence, revitalizing education, creating jobs, replacing substandard housing, and strengthening black families is a mandate we secured for him.

That is, Mr. Trump owes his victory to "predominately black Democratic strongholds" who were convinced to give him more votes than the previous Republican candidates. African Americans convinced hundreds of thousands blacks to boycott the vote and/or voting "straight" Democrat. All across America the black vote "boycott" masterminded by Todd Elliott Koger effectuated an insurmountable obstruction for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. There is correspondence to the Trump campaign that outlined "Koger's Plan." There was a "Thank You for the suggestion" reply. And, President-Elect Donald Trump's verbatim use of Mr. Koger's exact same words during "online videos" and speeches that followed in Michigan, Milwaukee (Wisconsin) and Pennsylvania.

Todd Elliott Koger's writings at one point specifically advised that the "Koger Plan" to target the black vote will changed the destructive conversation and slip in the polls that the "verbal fight" with Khizr Khan, a slain U.S. soldier's father had caused in late August 2016.

When the Trump campaign started to collapse in October 2016, and everyone started to run away . . . Mr. Koger suggested the "need for a new writing" to change the conversation again. He suggested that the campaign needed to move away from the "hot mic incident." Todd Elliott Koger's correspondence suggested a "Treaty with Black America." There's another "thank you" from the campaign. And, Mr. Trump almost immediately announced a "Contract with the American Voter" and a "New Deal for Black America."

Maybe this is just a remarkable concurrence of events. Maybe Mr. Koger's packaging of Mr. Trump's visual optics and his efforts to communicate implementation of the " Koger Plan" had no apparent connection. Maybe it was just "serendipity" in North and West Philadelphia (Eastern Pennsylvania) and Penn Hills, Allegheny County (Western Pennsylvania) where turnout fell 10 percent in the majority-black wards. Happenstance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (District 15), where turnout was down 19.5 percent. Apparent "fluke" in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, where 75,000 "Motown Voters" decided to stay home. One thing for sure, Todd Elliott Koger's correspondence kept reiterating that "Mr. Trump's only path to victory" was the "black vote." Cities like Boston, Massachusetts' "predominately black" wards had their greatest decline in voter turnout this century. And, just 50,000 votes in three states, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin (the focus of "Koger's Plan") decided the election.

The "PLAN" was conceived: Convince hundreds of thousands blacks to "boycott" the vote and/or voting "straight" Democrat.

The "STRATEGY" was organized: Find every conceivable email address, mailing lists, newsgroup, on-line discussion, black organization, local activists, and the like, and send them an endless repetition of talking points.

Mr. Koger's "MESSAGE": 50 Years of failed Democratic inner cities.

There is available representative correspondence (sent to the Trump campaign and others) that demonstrates well how the "electoral college victory" was propelled. That is, Todd Elliott Koger's suggested "THEMES" (We Must Come Together) and persuasive point-helping support is now documented with dates to prove the actual source of things (something no other person has been able to articulate about the black vote in 2016).

The National Diversity Coalition for Trump did finally send a "Thank You." But interestingly, Todd Elliott Koger and his wife don't even have tickets for the Trump inauguration, its events, nor any job offers . . . .

Posted by Todd Elliott Koger on 01/19/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Americans—not Russians—elected Trump. Own it.

jrjr2000, FEDERAL LAW prohibits the disclosure of student information from federally-funded (almost all) schools. Go ahead, look it up, it's the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). So pretty much everyone's records are "sealed." How ironic for someone tossing around the word "stupid" at other people. Please apologize for spreading falsehoods.

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Posted by Barak Nelson on 01/19/2017 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Americans—not Russians—elected Trump. Own it.

Can you imagine if a writer like Brooks had called our first mulatto President (Obama) an asshole just before Inauguration Day?? The liberals would have came unglued and demanded he (the writer) be assassinated. One good thing about this election, it has shown so many liberals for what they really are, and right out in the open for all to see.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 01/19/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Americans—not Russians—elected Trump. Own it.

The Russians didn't give us fake news, and they didn't create the dumbed-down puppet electorate that buys into that anti intellectual, anti anything with a 'D' next to it propaganda, but they did use a type of Russian propaganda (fake news) to misinform those easily fooled minds.

Hillary was not the best candidate, but was a highly qualified candidate. This should not be forgotten: the republicans have been campaigning against Hillary since she was in collage. The republicans spent $136 million of public money in the 90s on political war games trying to make the Clintons look bad. All that money and effort to influence hate of the Clintons on a dumbed-down puppet electorate gave us a dumb asshole for a president.

The puppet masters of right wing propaganda, those who created this puppet electorate, Republicans who gained control of their states through gerrymandering and voter suppression created an Electoral Collage favorable towards voting republican (the democratic usefulness of the EC is another issue), all of this is what created a Trump presidency.

Matt K. Lewis
"Too Dumb to Fail"
In 1963 Richard Hofstadter published his landmark book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Today, Matt Lewis argues, America's inclination toward simplicity and stupidity is stronger than ever, and its greatest victim is the Republican Party.

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Posted by Joe Bear on 01/19/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Americans—not Russians—elected Trump. Own it.

Dan, I wish you wrote for the Des Moines Register. Your article is spot on. I don't think Trump knew anything about John Lewis being a Freedom Rider or all his other participation and work in the Civil Rights Movement when he responded in his tweet. In fact, I bet he hadn't even heard of John Lewis before Lewis' comments went viral.

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Posted by JanieBigSky on 01/19/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Americans—not Russians—elected Trump. Own it.

The hacking language distracts us from the bigger case for charging Trump with illegitimacy (in my opinion) once he actually is president, which is the question of conflicts of interest and the fact that he won't release his tax returns nor divest himself from his business enterprises. This may very well dovetail with the fact of Russian hacking and subsequent leaks. We may find that Trump is uniquely qualified to be blackmailed. But I don't think we need to wait for that to come to light to call him an illegitimate president.

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Posted by Megan McNamer 1 on 01/19/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Obama should close the McKittrick loophole

Public lands and wildlife - even endangered species - are almost always extremely low priorities to the feds. Except when money is involved, or when special interest groups, whose influence usually far exceeds their size or importance scream.

Of course, I'm referring to the hook and bullet gang and the always whining livestock industry.

Spineless government !

Posted by alf on 01/19/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Americans—not Russians—elected Trump. Own it.

And another stupid asshole is Dan Brooks. Can't be any worse than 8 years under Obozo.
And a question for Dan... Why did Obama have ALL of his college and HS school records sealed and hidden by lawyers, so they could never be revealed?? Answer. Even though I assume he was born in Hawaii, he got into those colleges by claiming he was a foreign student (easier to get in at that time and a free ride as a foreigner). And if that had been revealed, the lie would have destroyed his run for president. HMMMMMM

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 01/19/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Americans—not Russians—elected Trump. Own it.

Whether or not Russia "hacked" the election, in the sense that Brooks defined the term ("The phrase "hacked the election" shows how simplistic this narrative has become. Neither Russia nor its agents did anything to alter vote counts or subvert the will of the American people. There is no evidence suggesting they hacked any computer systems related to the election itself."), there's little argument that they did interfere in it, just as the U.S. does in practically every other country on earth's elections.

What goes around, comes around. It's different when the shoe's on the other foot, isn't it, when it's your ox that's getting gored ?

And BTW, don't take this as an attempt to defend either Russia or Drumpf. I despise Drumpf, he's a vile, evil monster, IMO.

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Posted by alf on 01/19/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Obama should close the McKittrick loophole

Oh my God it had a radio collar? Such damning evidence, I'm sure 99 out of 100 Americans can pick out a radio collar at 200 yards, so yes lock them all up!!

especially lock up that dude who shoots a wolf that is in the location of his recently killed livestock, that rancher must be the most evil person I've ever met. A true drain on society, raising grass that converts carbon dioxide to oxygen, and providing you beef.

The #$%@ out of here with your California bull $#!t.

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Posted by Rj Dieken on 01/19/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Obama should close the McKittrick loophole

are you aware that Eagles are often killed by these wind mill electrical generation sites? along with many other bird species? the DOE and USFW allowed a certain number to be killed, since it was inevitable that such happenings occur. However the government revised that allowable number to be Doubled- yes doubled, before punitive action results. Why are you not concerned with the Eagle deaths but yet are worried about wolves?

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Posted by Paul Middleton on 01/19/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Commander Zinke and the great land transfer flip-flop

For more information on federal land transfer issues go to:

Posted by Tom Ribe on 01/16/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Commander Zinke and the great land transfer flip-flop

Zinke is going to find out that being wishy washy will make his life hard. Federal land transfers are a non starter with most people in the West. For more information on federal land transfers go to:

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Posted by Tom Ribe on 01/16/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Commander Zinke and the great land transfer flip-flop

"This is why business interests are so interested in transferring federal lands to the states: State government is easier to buy off."

More on this please.

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Posted by Run DNC on 01/12/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Commander Zinke and the great land transfer flip-flop

What did you expect ? Comandante Zinke is just another egotistical, two- faced, opportunistic liar who's gone to Washington to feather his own nest.

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Posted by alf on 01/12/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Commander Zinke and the great land transfer flip-flop

Just face it... Washington is full of traitors to the people... all of the people except the rich!

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Posted by Dennis Petrak 1 on 01/12/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Commander Zinke and the great land transfer flip-flop

This is a classic "Strawman" - meaningless tripe.

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Posted by Mike Horn on 01/12/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Wondering how to fight Trumpism? Don't buy in.

It's going to take more than consuming less to address the real harm coming to us from the current political Death Star. Finding and supporting new leaders with better ideas begins yesterday.

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Posted by Lucy of Chickasaw on 01/06/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “No comment

The foolish notion that we have the right to know is what gets us in trouble. The right to know what we are paying for has long been dead. We keep complaining about it, but do nothing to demand change. We claim to not be sheep, but are the first ones in line when the shears come out.

Posted by A.J. LaBrosse on 01/06/2017 at 2:13 AM

Re: “Wondering how to fight Trumpism? Don't buy in.

less meat, less heat, more life
You control what goes on your plate multiple times every day. No regulations or elected officials are needed for you to stop putting meat there. Meat production is wasteful, polluting and its consumption is actually not all that good for human health. What do you eat instead? everything else!

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Posted by Mary Katherine Ray on 01/05/2017 at 9:39 PM

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