Trump is refusing to unveil Obama’s portrait at the White House, breaking a 40-year tradition

For decades, first-term presidents have held ceremonies in the East Room to unveil the portraits of their immediate predecessors. Obama did so for former President George W. Bush in 2012, for example.

-Business Insider; 5/19/2020

A noose, an ax and Trump-inspired insults: Anti-lockdown protesters ratchet up violent rhetoric

Violent rhetoric appears to be increasingly common among people protesting stay-at-home orders amid a coronavirus pandemic that has killed 85,000 and sickened 1.4 million people in the United States. At another Thursday protest in Commack, N.Y., Long Island protesters waved Trump 2020 banners and one held a sign that read, “Hang Fauci. Hang Gates. Open all our states.”

-Washington Post; 5/15/2020

Brenden Dilley Urges His Audience to Harass Reporters and Politicians ‘All the Time’

On his livestream program today, Dilley, an unapologetically amoral right-wing commentator, praised right-wing activists for harassing Vesey while he tried to cover the protest, saying that politicians and members of the media shouldn’t be able to walk down the street without being relentlessly heckled and harangued by Trump supporters.

“I love it,” Dilley said. “That shit felt good. And you know what? It should feel good. That’s exactly what you do. Every time you see him, don’t be in awe, ‘Hey, is that the guy from TV?’ Fuck ’em. Yeah, it is the guy from TV. Get your phone out, hit record, [and shout], ‘Fuck you fake news, enemy of the people’ every time. Every fucking time, all of them, all the time.”

-Right Wing Watch; 5/15/2020