American Bridge on Jeff Sessions’ Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Jeff Sessions’ nomination hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee this Tuesday, American Bridge president Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“Like Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions is a racist and a bigot in his words and actions. It’s incomprehensible that any senator would vote to put Sessions in charge of the Justice Department where he will weaken civil rights, break up immigrant families, and make it harder for people to vote.

“Rather than hold Trump accountable when he starts profiting from the presidency on day one, Jeff Sessions will work to rig the rules in Trump’s favor. It’s a big win for Trump and his family but a losing proposition for all Americans.”

American Bridge’s research and video on Jeff Sessions is available at www.RiggedCabinet.com. Follow @American_Bridge for rapid response updates during the hearing.


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Senate Holds Hearing On Russia Hacks As Trump Defends Putin (Bring The Mother Russia Trumpus)

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on the Senate Armed Services hearing on the Russian hacks:

“Donald Trump’s relentless support for and defense of Vladimir Putin and Russia’s work to hijack America’s democratic process is dangerous for America and very clearly aimed at protecting Trump’s own self-interest.

“Whether Trump’s pandering to Putin is a result of Trump’s potential ties to Russian investors, impending business deals, or simply gratitude for Russia’s hacking on his behalf  — it’s clear that Trump for some reason feels beholden to Putin. It’s a disgrace that Republicans are capitulating to Trump and standing by Trump’s attacks on the U.S. intelligence community and defense of Putin.”

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It’s no surprise Donald Trump is on a daily basis siding with Vladimir Putin over the U.S. intelligence community. Trump praised Putin throughout the presidential primary and general election. And his Putin admiration stretches back even further: remember when […]

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American Bridge Statement On Trump’s Nomination Of General James Mattis As Secretary of Defense

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Trump’s nomination of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense:“Here’s hoping that General Mattis will be able to talk Trump out of his calls for torture and other war crimes, and keep Trump off the path of becoming like the dictators he so admires.”“It will be on General Mattis and Trump’s other national security and defense advisers to keep Trump from being manipulated by Vladimir Putin, but given future National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s deep Kremlin ties, it’s likely the bulk of that responsibility will fall to Mattis. Hopefully Mattis will be up for the task, even though Trump says our generals ‘haven’t done the job’ lately.“It’s fascinating that Trump is surrounding himself with generals despite claiming to ‘know more than the generals do,’ but perhaps that’s to be expected of someone who says he ‘loves’ war.”

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Trump U Shows Exactly Who Donald Trump Is: A Con Man

From Donald Trump’s overt racism and sexism to his shady business record, Trump is an uniquely disqualified candidate. His ties to Putin’s Kremlin and “legally dubious” efforts to avoid paying taxes for decades have received intense scrutiny this week, but his for-profit school Trump University is equally as disqualifying. With the start of the Trump U trials coming up with jury selection on November 28th, Trump’s sham school deserves another look.

Donald Trump will do just about anything to make a quick buck. His regular practice of stiffing small businesses, or more recently refusing to pay three-quarters of a million dollars to a pollster, is a disdainful tactic that is more fitting for a con-man than a presidential candidate. But that’s what Donald Trump is: a con-man. And his deceitful, sham of a college, Trump University is one of his worst cheats of all.

Trump and his team of “the […]

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American Bridge Launches “#Everything2Lose”

Millennials to Millennial Voters:

“We have everything to lose with Trump”

 

From American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Donald Trump has run an attack campaign since Day 1 against anyone who’s challenged his racist, sexist, and divisive rhetoric, and American Bridge–through our tracking, research, and rapid response operation–has made sure voters know Trump is unfit to be president. When he isn’t name-calling and fingerpointing, the few policies Trump does propose are dangerous, ignorant, and un-American, making people of color the targets of hate and violence. American Bridge is holding Trump and the Republican leadership that has fostered his rise accountable through November 8 and beyond.”

This week, American Bridge 21st Century is launching our newest campaign, #Everything2Lose with partner organizations on the ground in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia and nationwide via social media.

The campaign highlights what’s at stake in this election for millennials and […]

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Trump Dodges Transparency Just Like He Dodges Paying Taxes

Every major party nominee has released his or her tax returns since Gerald Ford, who still released a tax summary in 1976 in lieu of his full returns. Trump is using his unconfirmed IRS audit as a phony excuse to not release his tax returns, but that didn’t stop Richard Nixon, of all people, who voluntarily released his under-audit returns as president in 1973.

There are a number of possibilities why Trump refuses to release his returns. Here are a few:

Trump’s returns would show he dishonestly manipulated–and possibly broke– the law to avoid paying income tax. Documents obtained by the New York Times show that in the early 1990s Trump avoided claiming hundreds of millions in taxable income through a “tax avoidance maneuver so legally dubious his own lawyers advised him that the Internal Revenue Service would most likely declare it improper if he were audited.” Completetax returns from additional years would likely show […]

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Flip-Flop-Flip, Joe Heck Thinks Trump Would Be A “Good Commander In Chief”

Joe Heck will not be remembered for displaying bold leadership after next Tuesday. In a desperate bid to court spurned Donald Trump voters, Heck — in a stunning flip (to add to his previous flop) — described Trump as “qualified to be president” and added he thinks that Trump will make “a good commander in chief.”

“If you meet the constitutional qualifications and you’re selected by the Republican party then you’re qualified to be president.

“I think that Donald Trump will be a good commander in chief.

During Nevada’s only senatorial debate, Heck described his decision to cut ties with Trump as “extremely personal.”  If Heck was so deeply offended by Trump’s description of his proclivity for sexual assault, why is he now returned to praising Trump as qualified to be President and a promising prospect as commander in chief? What happened to Heck’s claim that a […]

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Trump: «Я не русский шпион»

or… “I am not a Russian spy.”

Was Donald Trump in long-term direct communication with a Russian bank using a secret server? Trump’s campaign denies it — but remember that time Donald Trump, Jr. said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” And there’s that other time when Trump asked, with evident enthusiasm, “[W]ill [Putin] become my new best friend?” Also that time Donald Trump and Mike Pence both said that Vladimir Putin is a stronger leader than the sitting President of the United States.

Needless to say, questions remain. All the more so, given former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort — who helped arrange anti-Nato protests for a pro-Putin Ukrainian political party — is under FBI investigation over his ties to Russian interests. The concerns raised by the FBI investigation are intensified by a new Read more after the jump.

Trump’s Dangerous Nuclear “Unpredictability”

To me nuclear is just, the power, the devastation is very important to me.” 

–Donald Trump, 12/15/15

Donald Trump’s campaign has been a series of escalating temper tantrums and dangerous rhetoric that has alienated military leaders and our allies — proving once and for all just how unfit he is to be commander in chief.

Trump’s foreign policy is as simple as “I want to be unpredictable.” It’s his answer for nearly everything, either because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about or it actually encapsulates his dangerous temperament.

He’s argued “you want to be unpredictable” on nuclear policy. He’s bragged that his business record demonstrates he is “so unpredictable.” He’s reverted to being unpredictable when asked about bombing a hypothetical Iranian nuclear site, and again when asked if he would use nuclear weapons against ISIS.

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Trump’s watershed realization that he has no idea what he’s doing

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Donald Trump’s watershed realization that he has no idea what he’s doing:

“Donald Trump got schooled. Anyone watching could tell by the look on his face that he finally realized he’s in over his head. Trump is late to the joke, but he’s now fully aware that he is fundamentally unfit to be commander in chief. Maybe that’s why Donald had yet another meltdown on stage.

“But most alarming tonight, was that Donald Trump indicated he’ll fight the results of November’s election, and is prepared to compromise the integrity of our democracy. Trump is a joke, but his dangerous, un-American rhetoric is as serious a threat to our national and economic security as ever.”

The worst of Donald Trump’s meltdown:

On Roe v. Wade being overturned “automatically”

On building a wall: “We need the wall.” 

Praising Putin.

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