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Teflon Don

April 6th, 2017

Michael D'Antuono's Wanted Poster of Donald TrumpApril 1, 2017 – Donald Trump, our Criminal-In-Chief, has probably broken more laws than you, I and our families combined. Trump is truly the “Teflon Don.” Fortunately for him, he had the money to settle his fraud case involving Donald Trump University. Our self-proclaimed pussy-grabbing president has been accused of numerous cases of sexual assault, yet he occupies the oval office. While president, He has most probably colluded with a foreign adversary to get elected and already violated the emoluments during his term. While he remains the most unpopular president of our time, too many of the American people and all of the Republicans seem to overlook Trump’s apparent crimes and felonies. Who says crime doesn’t pay?

Wonder Why Republicans Are Rushing To Confirm Gorsuch Before Resolving Russiagate?

April 6th, 2017

Picture of Republicans road to ScotusAfter refusing to even consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee for over a year and vowing to deny Hillary’s nominations had she been elected, now Republicans are rushing to confirm President Trump’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch. So anxious to achieve it, they are even threatening to use the nuclear option, better known as doing away with the filibuster.

So why all of a sudden the big rush?  It’s the same reason Republicans like Devin Nunes and Jason Chaffetz are so reluctant to really investigate Trump’s relationship with Russia – party first. They want to get Trump’s guy in before Trump is forced to leave.

Just think for a moment about the possible consequences if it should be proven that Trump was found guilty of collusion with Russia in influencing the tight 2016 election with fake news and hacked emails. Assuming such a revelation were to come out, it could render the 2016 election illegitimate. That might lead to our nation’s first re-do Presidential election. All of Trump’s executive orders and Supreme Court appointees would run the risk of be considered void. After all, if Trump’s presidency is illegitimate it would follow that any Supreme Court appointee nominated by him would be an illegitimate as well.

The decision to revoke Gorsuch’s confirmation would create the mother of all constitutional crises as the case would ultimately go before the Supreme Court. Gorsuch would have to recuse himself, leaving an eight person Supreme Court to decide. They would most likely be split, leaving the decision to a lower court and rendering the Supreme Court ineffectual.

But all that can be avoided if we just wait and see how things play out with the Russiagate investigations before we rush a Supreme Court confirmation. Republicans have certainly not had a problem with eight justices when they thought Hillary was going to nominate a ninth. Senator John McCain said, “I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up.” Senator Richard Burr, said “If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court.” ”Ted Cruz said,“There is certainly long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer justices. I would note, just recently, that Justice Breyer observed that the vacancy is not impacting the ability of the court to do its job.” Michael Stokes Paulsen wrote in National Review that the Court should be reduced from nine to six justices.

Judging by the actions (or lack of) by Republicans in charge of investigating Trump, too many of them prefer a conservative President seemingly under the thumb of of a foreign adversary than a Democratic one. The question is, “Would Republicans prefer an illegitimately appointed conservative Supreme Court justice on the bench rather than a more liberal one?”

I guess we will find out very soon. — Michael D’Antuono

GOP Investigating Trump Is Like Fredo Investigating The Godfather

April 3rd, 2017

GOP hesitant to investigate Trump/Putin ties

The Only Credible Investigation Is One With An Independent Prosecutor

If you didn’t think so before, you must be at least leaning that way after House Intelligence Chairman and Trump surrogate, Devin Nunes’ clandestine visit to the White House concerning documents he hadn’t shared with the rest of the investigating committee. See, an independent prosecutor, most probably would have  shared the information with the investigating committee, not the party he’s investigating. The key word in that sentence was party. Nunes, like Chaffetz and most of the Republicans are sadly putting party (or at least their own careers) before country by looking the other way when it comes to Trumps’ possible crimes and felonies. These are the same “Lock her up” chanting hypocrites who threatened to start impeachment proceedings on day one if Hillary were elected.

This is not just the everyday partisanship Washington is known for. This is partisanship on steroids. This is about the integrity of our very democracy and the sovereignty of our nation. If it comes out that Trump was colluding with Russia to win the Presidency, that would be treason. I’m an artist, not a lawyer, but it seems to me that any person involved in a cover-up, or not meeting their responsibility to investigate such a crime should also be guilty of something. Perhaps they are concerned that uncovering too much can expose the 2016 election as illegitimate. Trust me, we would all be better off with “Crooked” Hillary as President rather than someone under the thumb of our most powerful adversary. But I fear America’s best interests come in a very distant second to what they perceive to be their own.

This is way too important to be apathetic about. As an artist, I’m doing all I can with my painting, “The Elephant In The Room.” to put pressure on Republicans to appoint an truly independent prosecutor. I hope you will share it with your friends, relatives and people you don’t like in the service of demanding an independent prosector. Use on your social media. I’m taking it to NYC and passing out postcards calling for an independent prosecutor for people to send to their representatives. I will put up a downloadable version of the postcard on my website. It’s free, so print and send it to your congressman. If you don’t see it only site or Facebook page, email me and I’ll send it to you.

I might be wrong, President Trump might be innocent. But we will never know for sure without a partisan free investigation. So let’s demand one!

– Michael D’Antuono

First They Came For Obamacare

March 17th, 2017

Trump, Price and Paul Ryan removing Medicare from patientMarch 17, 2017 – Paul Ryan’s proposed healthcare budget repeals and replaces Obamacare with tax credits that reduces the federal budget by 337 billion dollars, leaves 24 million people uninsured, and gives tax breaks to the rich. He promises better insurance, but how can that be true if the federal government takes that much money out of the healthcare budget. Ryan has stated that healthcare is not a right or the responsibility of the government. That means we are on our own, vulnerable to losing our life savings or life should we need an operation or other medical emergency we can not afford.  Under the Ryan plan, the very rich survive and the rest of us…

With the “fuck ’em” attitude shared by Ryan, Price and Trump towards healthcare, how much longer will it be before they repeal and replace Medicare with a tax credit that will most certainly be a small fraction of Medicare benefits?

Diversity Campaign

March 13th, 2017

Taking It To The Streets: Promoting Diversity In NY, DC And Maryland
protesters holding Michael D'Antuono's Diversity posters.

We launched my “Diversity Makes America Great ” campaign featuring my painting, “What Makes America Great” painting on Presidents’ Day. I was in NY passing out a few hundred posters to protesters at the “Not My President Day” rally, while our 17 foot mobile billboard circled around the White house, Capitol Building, Trump International Hotel and other hot spots around DC.  Howard Dean and Michael D'Antuono holding the artists Diversity posterThe next day we traveled to our nation’s capitol with our banner to see our mobile billboard in action. I met with former Presidential candidate, Howard Dean (pictured above taking a selfie with me holding one of my posters).

I gladly honored his request for me to autograph it for him. We took pictures of people holding the banner at the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and all of the DC hot spots. Our favorite encounter was at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, where we ran into a bunch of civic minded high school students.

From there, I took my posters and spoke at the Diversity protest at Westminster High School, where students protested the removal of the “We The People” posters.

Spend My Taxes On Meds Not Bullets

March 7th, 2017

Our Taxes should go to Meds, not BulletsMarch 4, 2017 The Republican budget increases military spending while reducing healthcare. We already have more than twice the defense budget of Russia & China combined yet we remain the only industrialized country that doesn’t provide it’s citizens with universal healthcare. President Trump says he wants to keep us safe. He doesn’t have to do much research to know that Americans are much more likely to die from a lack of medical coverage than a military attack. What’s being protected aren’t American lives, it’s the profits of the military industrial, insurance and pharmaceutical complexes.

Call your representative and tell them you want meds, not bullets. #MedsNotBullets