Mayor Assures New Yorkers He Will Stand up to Trump

Bill De Blasio today promised all New Yorkers to stand up for their rights and against Trump in an hourlong speech at the Cooper Union.

“To all Latinos who heard their culture denigrated, we stand by you. To all the African Americans who have heard their history denied, we stand by you. To all the women who heard their rights being threatened, we stand by you. To all the Muslims who heard their faith belittled, we stand by you. To all those in the Jewish community who heard a resonance from history that gave them real fear and cause, we stand by you. To all those in the LGBT community who heard a message of taking us backward, we will never go backward, we stand by you. To all of you, we will protect you. This is your home.”

We will use all the tools at our disposal to stand up for our people. If all Muslims are required to register, we will take legal action to block it. If the federal government wants our police officers to tear immigrant families apart, we will refuse to do it. If the federal government tries to deport law-abiding New Yorkers who have no representation, we will step in, we will work and build on the work of the City Council to provide these New Yorkers with the lawyers they need to protect them and their families. If the Justice Department orders local police to resume stop and frisk, we will not comply. We won’t trade in neighborhood policing for racial profiling. If there are threats for federal funding for Planned Parenthood in New York City, we will ensure women receive the healthcare they need. If Jews or Muslims or members of the LGBT community or any community are victimized or attacked, we will find their attackers, we will arrest them, we will prosecute them.”

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SNL Breaks Character to Urge Viewers To Vote

Only two more days and – for better or worse – this election will be over.

(And don’t you dare bring up Gore vs. Bush now, I can’t stand the idea of going through a couple more weeks of all this.)

And in an unprecedented sign of how serious things have become, Saturday Night Live broke character yesterday evening to urge viewers to go and vote. And make the right choice.

 

Last Day to Register in New York

Friday, October 14, is the last day to register to vote in New York State.

So if you haven’t done it, go out, and do it now. NOW. 

You can do it online here.

Or if you want to enjoy some good food, while you do your last-minute registration, check out the hashtag #NoshtheVote.

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And if you already fulfilled your civic duty by registering, you can win some cool prizes by reminding your friends to do the same.

Just go to VotePlzand use their referral link to remind people.

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Live-Tweeting the Debate – Round 2

It’s 30 days until election day – or as other countries call it, maybe it’s time to start campaigning.

It’s also round two of the presidential debates – this time as a town hall-style event in St. Louis. Follow Lady Liberty Votes as I live-tweet the debate.

NYT-Timeline of GOP Bigwigs Un-Endorsing Trump

During the summer, the New York Times created an awesome multimedia timeline of Republican leaders denouncing their support for presidential candidate Donald Trump.

It not only lists who doesn’t support Trump (or might even vote for Clinton), but contrasts it with statements by Trump himself, to show what exactly provoked their un-endorsement.

They now extended the timeline and added all the 40+ people who have walked in the last two days.

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Check out the full timeline here.

The Battle of the Frogs: Kermit vs. Pepe

While we all fell asleep during yesterday’s vice-presidential debate, a much more fun fight was going on – the Battle of the Frogs.

You might have heard about Pepe, a cartoon meme that is especially popular among anti-Semitic and racist Twitter trolls. But luckily he isn’t the only green animal on the block, and the opposition has recruited Kermit for their fight. #ImWithKer

To see more examples, check out this article that I just wrote for the Forward.

Live-Tweeting the Veeps

Follow Lady Liberty Votes on Twitter, while I live-tweet the one and only vice-presidential between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine.

Who Said it? Trump or Voldemort?

Daniel Radcliffe recently compared Donald Trump with Voldemort, but attested the Dark Lord a purer ideology. Meanwhile, J.K. Rowling herself said that He Who Must Not Be Named  is  “nowhere near as bad” as the Republican presidential candidate.

If you are still not so sure yourself, Entertainment Weekly created a wonderful quiz that you can take hereWho Said it? Trump or Voldemort?

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[Entertainment Weekly]

Anti-Semitism and the Trump Trolls: A Timeline

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Politico journalist Julia Ioffe gets put into “Camp Trump” in a hateful picture tweeted at her. 

While Donald Trump at times appeared almost poised during last night’s debate, there is no question that he has a history of hateful rhetoric.

And it probably comes at no surprise, that this hateful rhetoric has found  a lot of copy-cats on Twitter.

One favorite target among these Twitter trolls are Jewish journalists. And it didn’t matter if the journalists were liberal, conservative or even really Jewish, the so-called “alt-right” movement attacked them all.

I have recently compiled an interactive timeline of these attacks for the Forward, that you can look at here. For more about the scope of anti-Semitic trolling, click here.

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