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On election night, Republican Donald Trump claimed victories in battleground states where Democrat Bernie Sanders’s campaign found enthusiastic support during the primary. We speak with The Intercept’s Lee Fang and Linda Sarsour, Muslim Democratic activist and former Bernie Sanders campaign surrogate, on the outcome of Tuesday’s election if Sanders had won the Democratic nomination.
In other campaign news from Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his bid for a seventh term. Arpaio faces the possibility of jail time, after federal prosecutors announced they are charging him with criminal contempt of court over his refusal to end unconstitutional immigration patrols in Arizona. Arpaio was a major supporter of Donald Trump. His policies have included racial profiling and detaining immigrants in a scorching outdoor tent city jail, which Arpaio once referred to as his own "concentration camp." We go to Phoenix, where we are joined by Marisa Franco, director of Mijente, which helped organize the Wall Off Trump protest at the RNC last July.
We speak about the man who is now America’s president-elect with Wayne Barrett, who writes for the New York Daily News and The Daily Beast and has reported on Donald Trump since the 1970s. His 1991 biography of Donald Trump was just republished in paperback with the title of "Trump: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention." He recently wrote a piece for The Daily Beast titled "Meet Donald Trump’s Top FBI Fanboy."
Longtime investigative journalist Allan Nairn responds to FBI Director James Comey’s actions that jolted the presidential race a week and a half ago, when he notified congressional leaders that the agency was investigating more emails as part of its probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system.
"We failed our young people. We failed generations to come," says Linda Sarsour in response to the upset victory of Donald Trump for president after he ran on a campaign to ban all Muslims from the United States. Sarsour is director of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change, and co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York.
Donald Trump repeatedly attacked immigrants during his campaign for president. We get reaction to his victory from Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker. He famously came out of the shadows in 2011 in The New York Times Magazine with his story, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant." He is founder and editor of #EmergingUS, founder of Define American, and producer and director of two documentary films, "Documented" and "White People."
"If one studies history, this is not a surprising outcome," award-winning racial justice reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones says about Donald Trump’s election win. She points to the Reconstruction era that followed President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and Richard Nixon’s use of the "Southern Strategy" to appeal to racial fears of white voters after President Lyndon Baines Johnson passed key civil rights measures. "Whenever there are great strides towards racial progress in this country, there is a white backlash." She concludes, "There’s a lot of soul searching that needs to be done. But I also think this election is very American."
John Nichols, political writer for The Nation, argues Donald Trump’s upset victory to win at least 270 Electoral College votes and become U.S. president is the result of an election process that does not reflect the popular will, as his rival Hillary Clinton appears set to win the popular vote. "America has a lousy, messed-up election system, and we count votes really slow," he notes. "What will turn out to be the reality … is that Hillary Clinton will actually beat Donald Trump by perhaps the largest margin that any loser beat a winner by in the popular vote. It will grow quite a bit." Nichols notes President Obama’s popular vote tally grew from 225,000 on election night to 5 million, and says he expects mass protests. His new article is titled "These Election Results Will Define America."
Donald J. Trump was elected 45th president of the United States on Tuesday, defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton in a stunning upset that reverberated around the world. Trump carried at least 279 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 218, although Trump appears to have narrowly lost the popular vote. Donald Trump has never held elective office. He opened his campaign in 2015 with a speech calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists. Trump has proposed banning all Muslims from entering the United States. He openly mocked his opponents, reporters, Asians, African Americans and the disabled. More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual assault, and he was heard in a 2005 videotape boasting about sexually assaulting women. Throughout the campaign, Trump drew the enthusiastic support of white nationalists and hate groups. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana, cheered the outcome of the election. Duke tweeted, "This is one of the most exciting nights of my life -> make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain."
- Donald Trump Elected 45th President of the United States
- Hillary Clinton Supporters Shocked by Loss to Donald Trump
- Early-Morning Protests Spring Up After Donald Trump Victory
- Republicans Retain House and Senate Majority
- Republican Sweep Likely to Tilt Supreme Court Balance
- Stock Markets in Turmoil as Donald Trump Stages Upset
- Long Lines, Voter ID Laws and Fewer Polling Places Suppress Turnout
- House Speaker Paul Ryan Confident He Will Retain Leadership Role
- Wisconsin: Russ Feingold Loses to GOP Incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson
- Florida: Republican Senator Marco Rubio Re-elected
- Gubernatorial Races Split Between Republicans, Democrats
- California: Kamala Harris Elected as Second-Ever Black Woman U.S. Senator
- Voters Raise Minimum Wage, Support Death Penalty, Legalize Marijuana
- Minnesota: Ilhan Omar Elected as First-Ever Somali-American Legislator
- Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Loses Bid for Seventh Term, May Be Jailed
- California: Gunman Fires Near Polling Place, Killing 1 and Injuring 2
- Orlando, FL Night Club to Become a Memorial to Gun Massacre Victims
- World Meteorological Organization Says Recent Years Hottest on Record
- Trump Climate Denial Threatens U.N. Climate Change Agreement
- Indian Supreme Court Orders Action on Toxic Air Pollution Crisis
- North Dakota: Pipeline Company Says It Will Soon Begin Drilling Despite Lack of Permit
- Puerto Rico: Protesters March Against Federal Oversight Board
We dip into the Democracy Now! archive to revisit Election Day 2000, when Bill Clinton was calling radio stations to get out the vote for Hillary for Senate and Al Gore for president. He did not expect to spend 30 minutes defending his administration’s record on the death penalty, the Middle East and racial profiling, among other issues. But that is exactly what happened when he encountered Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. At one point in the interview, Clinton accuses Goodman of being "hostile and combative." The next day, the president’s aides threatened to ban Amy from the White House. Watch the full interview here.
Beyond the Electoral College: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote
"The path to 270" is the catch phrase used in media coverage of who will win the Electoral College, which raises the question: Will everyone’s vote count equally in determining the next president of the United States? Some analysts argue the 2016 election will come down to the same 11 states that decided the most recent presidential contests. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the general election campaign events in the 2016 presidential race were held in just six states. We discuss campaigns for electoral reform with Rob Richie, co-founder and executive director of the electoral reform organization FairVote. He is co-author of "Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote."
Greg Palast in Ohio on GOP Effort to Remove African Americans from Voter Rolls in Battleground State
In an on-the-ground report from the battleground state of Ohio, investigative reporter Greg Palast has uncovered the latest in vote suppression tactics led by Republicans that could threaten the integrity of the vote in Ohio and North Carolina. On some polling machines, audit protection functions have been shut off, and African Americans and Hispanics are being scrubbed from the voter rolls through a system called Crosscheck. "It’s a brand-new Jim Crow," Palast says. "Today, on Election Day, they’re not going to use white sheets to keep way black voters. Today, they’re using spreadsheets."
As voters in the United States go to the polls, we look at some of the most important decisions they will make—not for president, governor, Senate or congressional races, but on more than 160 ballot initiatives in 35 states, more than in any election in the last decade. Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in nine states, and income inequality and economic insecurity are at the heart of many other measures, along with initiatives on guns, public education, the death penalty and Colorado’s Amendment 69, a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment which would finance universal healthcare. We are joined by Justine Sarver, executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, and Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, whose article in Truthout is titled "Seventeen Ballot Initiatives to Watch If You Care About Inequality."
- Voters Head to the Polls Across U.S. on Election Day
- Democrats Fight to Take Control of the U.S. Senate
- Jill Stein Files Complaint with FEC over Trump & Clinton Super PAC Coordination
- Tim Kaine on Dakota Access Pipeline Reroute: It’s the Right Thing to Do
- Norwegian Bank DNB Considering Cutting Funding of Dakota Access Pipeline
- Iraqi Military: Mass Grave Discovered in Hamam al-Alil, South of Mosul
- Brazil: Police Raid Landless Workers Movement's National School
- India: New Delhi Engulfed in Worst Air Pollution in 20 Years
- Yemen: Less Than Half of Health Facilities Fully Functioning Amid Conflict
- Volkswagen Faces Accusations as Its Longtime Historian Departs
- Philippines Supreme Court Rules Marcos Will Receive Hero's Burial
- Residents Decorate Susan B. Anthony's Tombstone with "I Voted" Stickers
With the presidential election just a day away, we continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, the director of "Roger & Me," "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling for Columbine," "Sicko," "Capitalism: A Love Story" and "Where to Invade Next." He has just released a surprise new film titled "Michael Moore in TrumpLand." On Thursday afternoon, we spoke with Michael Moore about his new film, in which he suggests that the election of Donald Trump will herald the end of the United States.
Across the nation, almost 6 million people are prohibited from voting as a result of state felony disenfranchisement laws. Three-quarters of those now prevented from voting have been released from prison and are living in their communities either under probation, on parole or having completed their sentences. African Americans have been disproportionately impacted by the laws. Florida has the highest number of disenfranchised voters—where nearly one in four black adults is disenfranchised. Meanwhile, in Vermont and Maine, prisoners can vote from jail. How will this impact tomorrow’s election? For more, we speak with Victoria Law, freelance journalist and author of the recent article, "Disenfranchised by Misinformation: Many Americans Are Allowed to Vote But Don’t Know It." We also speak with Malissa Gamble, founder of The Time is Now to Make a Change, a support center for formerly incarcerated women in Philadelphia. She was incarcerated in Muncy, Pennsylvania, and released 13 years ago.
On Saturday, the U.S. Supreme Court restored a Republican-supported law in Arizona banning political campaigners from collecting absentee ballots filled out by voters. In New Jersey, a federal judge decided against the Democratic National Committee in a complaint it brought against the Republican National Committee, ruling that the RNC’s poll monitoring and ballot security activities did not violate a legal settlement. But in a ruling hailed by voting rights advocates, a federal judge late Friday ordered county elections boards in North Carolina to immediately restore registrations wrongfully purged from voter rolls. All of this comes as this year’s presidential election is the first in half a century to take place without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down crucial components in Section 5 of the act in a case called Shelby County v. Holder, when it ruled that states with histories of voting-related racial discrimination no longer had to "pre-clear" changes to their voting laws with the federal government. For more, we’re joined by Ari Berman, author of the recent article, "There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act."
- FBI Clears Clinton in Latest Probe over Emails
- Clinton, Trump Crisscross Nation Ahead of Election Day
- Trump Accuses Democrats of Voter Fraud
- Arizona Anti-Immigrant Sheriff to Deploy Deputies at Polling Places
- Reno, Nevada: Trump Protester Beaten for Holding Sign
- Pennsylvania Neo-Nazi Rally Features Signs of Support for Trump
- Dylann Roof Mass Murder Trial Opens in South Carolina
- Cincinnati, OH: White Police Officer Who Killed Black Motorist Wore Confederate Flag
- Photo Shows White St. Louis Officer Posing with Black Man's Dead Body
- Iraq: U.S.-Backed Forces Advance on Mosul
- Syria: Kurdish Forces Launch Campaign to Capture Raqqa
- Oklahoma: Strong Earthquake Causes Major Damage to Cushing
- Colonial Pipeline Restarted Six Days After Deadly Explosion
- ND Police Tear Gas Native American Protectors Defending Sacred Sites from Dakota Access Pipeline
- U.N. Climate Change Talks Open in Morocco
- NJ Gov. Christie Denies Involvement After Aides Convicted in "Bridgegate"
- Jury Finds Rolling Stone Defamed UVA Administrator in Gang Rape Story
- Hong Kong Pro-Independence Movement Faces Crackdown
- Volkswagen Accused of Cheating on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Nicaragua: Daniel Ortega Wins Third Consecutive Presidential Term
- Janet Reno Dies of Complications from Parkinson's at 78