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PostSubject: Laugh at Trump   Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:17 pm

MoveOn wrote:
Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump is running quite possibly the most hateful and childish campaign in history. So we’re taking him on … with raucous laughter.

As part of our broader United Against Hate campaign to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, MoveOn is launching a nationwide search for the funniest comedians who can harness the power of humor to take on Trump, the GOP's politics of hate, and the pressing issues of bigotry and bullying.

Watch this short video, and if you are (or know!) a professional or amateur comedian, check out our Laughter Trumps Hate contest website and enter by August 11.

Why a comedy contest? Comedy is one of our best tools to take on hate. Comedians can often deliver messages more effectively, pointedly and memorably than politicians. Remember Sarah Palin as portrayed by Tina Fey on "Saturday Night Live"?

Plus, let’s face it—Donald Trump is terrifying, authoritarian, and a real threat to our democracy. We take the threat posed by Trump seriously. But he's also ripe for ridicule that can put that bully on the ropes and maybe help win this election.

That's why, in addition to running a massive grassroots door-to-door voter turnout effort and innovating with a shareable video program to mobilize progressives, we're launching this contest to help expose Trump's bigotry and hate.

So whether you're a comedian, a comedy lover, or just someone who wants to stop Trump from reaching the White House, click here to participate in Laughter Trumps Hate.

MoveOn has a long history of cultural interventions. In 2004, we ran the "Bush In 30 Seconds" video contest and a "Vote for Change" concert tour with Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., and the Dixie Chicks. And in 2008, we collaborated with artist Shepard Fairey, who created the iconic “Hope” poster of Obama. Our cultural campaigns have driven national news cycles and produced award-winning images, television ads, and online videos.

And just this week, we teamed up with more than 100 artists—including Shonda Rhimes, Mark Ruffalo, Kerry Washington, Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris, and Michael Moore—to launch Artists #UnitedAgainstHate, an open letter opposing Trump's candidacy and his hate-filled campaign.

Laughter Trumps Hate builds off these successes—as we capitalize on the comedic superpowers of our members and performers around the country to deliver an engaging, entertaining, and politically critical message that can reach people who often tune out politics.

So get involved—check out the video and then get ready to enter.

Whether you're a seasoned vet or just starting your comedy career, all performers are welcome to enter the competition, doing stand-up, sketch, or impressions. Our panel of comedy pros will select winners, along with an online vote on the crowd favorite.

If you’re one of the lucky winners, you’ll receive a cash prize and a spot on the Laughter Trumps Hate Task Force, a group of comedians and creative politicos tasked with creating compelling and funny content that will send a powerful message to the masses: America is united against hate.

And to be clear, our goal is ultimately to work across our divides, not exacerbate them as Trump and those who've enabled his hateful campaign do. So we're not interested in submissions mocking regular Americans who happen to be Trump supporters—the idea, instead, is to aim our comedy at Trump and the hate and bullying at the heart of his campaign.

Click here to check out the Laughter Trumps Hate website and rules and submit your entry.

Thanks for all you do.

—Ben O., Nik, Erica, Jadzia, and the rest of the team
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:43 am

NYT is reporting this morning that Republican office seekers are running ads promising to block Trump's agenda if he is elected.

Others are assuming Hillary will win by a landslide and are appealing to voters to elect Republicans to block Hillary's effectiveness.

Couple days ago I heard the Koch brothers have publicly stated they're not going to spend any money on the presidential race this year. Everything will be spent on downballot races.

Wow.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 1:24 pm

The Kochs know what they are doing. Those down-ballot races are very important.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 1:46 pm

And the presidential race is increasingly irrelevant. A dog-and-pony show for the rubes.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 1:51 pm

As long as there is a possibility that Trump could get elected, the election is certainly not irrelevant.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:17 pm

Well I wonder.

If Congress was so successful at neutralizing Obama, who a slim majority of Congress opposed, just imagine what they could do against a universally-distrusted demagogue like Trump.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:26 pm

There was more than a slim majority opposing Obama in the House.

In these days of the Unitary Executive, don't ever underestimate the power of the individual in that seat.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:58 pm

Never underestimate the beer hall putsch.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:07 pm

That was a failed coup attempt. What's the connection here?
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:45 pm

Trump's inner circle may contain one or more Tom Cruises.

Just sayin'.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:53 pm

That movie wasn't about the beer hall putsch.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:48 pm

Don't keep spoiling my ill-researched jabs.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:06 am

Briefly on Yahoo News last night, there was a link to a newspaper article. Yahoo summarized that it reported Trump had dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Hillary Clinton. "I've been a Democrat all my life. I just wanted to show how stupid some Republicans are - I never dreamed I could actually win the nomination and get 40% of the vote". When I tried to follow the link, it was 404, so the newspaper had obviously discovered the spoof before Yahoo did.
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PostSubject: Re: Laugh at Trump   Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:11 pm

I have heard the idea that Trump is only running to throw the election to Clinton. Absolutely ridiculous, of course.

As to him being a secret Democrat: I have read that he has changed his party affiliation many times. Probably when someone pisses him of he changes to the other party.
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