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American Authoritarianism | Episode 251 (July 24, 2020)

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July 27th 2020

The prospect of authoritarianism in America is no longer a matter of ‘if’ or ‘when’—it’s here. Trump’s ongoing occupation of Portland, and threat to deploy federal agents to more cities, shows how powerful and tyrannical the Executive branch has become. To make matters worse, there’s little hope his rogue and brazenly unconstitutional actions can (or actually will) be reigned in. This is authoritarianism—full stop. On that note we’ll talk about what could happen if he refuses to step down in the event he loses the election in November, his backtracking on COVID-19, and the hilariously clueless attack strategy he’s using against Joe Biden. We’ll close the show by talking to Jessica Scarane, who’s running for the U.S. Senate against Chris Coons in Delaware, and we’ll conclude the episode by remembering the life of the great Michael Brooks. Oregon Suing Federal Agencies: https://www.npr.org/2020/07/18/892617402/oregon-to-sue-federal-agencies-over-protest-enforcement?utm_term=nprnews&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_source=twitter.com Trump’s Charade in Portland Only a Dress Rehearsal: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a33347230/portland-oregon-protesters-detained/ Anonymous Security Abducting Citizens is a Mark of Dictatorship: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/18/opinions/portland-anonymous-security-forces-mark-of-dictatorship-ghitis/index.html John Kasich to Speak at DNC Convention: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/508088-report-john-kasich-to-speak-at-dnc-on-behalf-of-biden AOC Accosted by Republican Lawmaker: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/508259-ocaasio-cortez-accosted-by-gop-lawmaker-over-remarks-that-kind-of Trump to Resume COVID-19 Briefings: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/508106-trump-to-resume-covid-19-briefings Trump Won’t Require Masks, Pushes to Cut Test Funding: https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-trump-funding-covid-19-testing-cdc-20200719-35n6qxrlkvcexo7e4rg6pvbi2u-story.html Republicans Aiming to Rollback Food Stamps: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/20/despite-surging-need-amid-pandemic-gop-moves-rollback-snap-when-food-assistance What Happens if Trump Refuses to Leave Office: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/06/trump-election-refusal-leave.html Get early access to videos by supporting us on Patreon, YouTube or PayPal! Sign up here: http://www.patreon.com/humanistreport or here: http://www.humanistreport.com/support.html or here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Q4rvzJDbHeBHYk5rnvZeA/join ************************ Visit Our Website: http://www.humanistreport.com/ Follow Us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HumanistReport Like Us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/humanistreport Follow Mike on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mike.figueredo/ Audio Available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/humanist-report-podcast-episode/id1012568597?i=345667843&mt=2 ************************ The Humanist Report (THR) is a progressive political podcast that discusses and analyzes current news events and pressing political issues. Our analyses are guided by humanism and political progressivism. Each news story we cover is supplemented with thought-provoking, fact-based commentary that aims for the highest level of objectivity. #HumanistReport #THR #MikeFigueredo


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