Protecting Trump Costs NYC $1 Million Per Day

CNN reports:

Protecting President-elect Donald Trump and his family is costing New York City more than $1 million a day, according to three city officials. And those costs won’t necessarily drop significantly once he moves to the White House.

That’s because Melania Trump and their 10-year old son Barron expect to stay at their home at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, at least until the end of the school year. And Donald Trump has indicated he plans to return home regularly, especially while they’re still here.

Adding to the expense is the cost of police assigned to Trump’s adult children and his grandchildren, who are also receiving Secret Service protection, John Miller, NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence & counterterrorism, told WCBS Monday. All of them live in the city, and all are entitled to receive Secret Service protection.

“The number one imperative here is safety and security. We owe that to the president elect, his family and his team,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference on Friday. But he added the city will need help with those costs, particularly police overtime.

“This is a very substantial undertaking. It will take substantial resources,” he said. “We will begin the conversation with the federal government shortly on reimbursement for the NYPD for some of the costs that we are incurring.”

  • Lazycrockett
    • TuuxKabin

      Goddamn it. Goddamn it all to hell.

  • Bared Bear

    Can’t we just get Mexico to build a wall around him? I’ll provide the first brick.

  • Blackfork

    One million bucks per day to protect a clown.

  • Gustav2

    I don’t know what they are worried about, the Trump family seems to do business with all the countries that fund terrorism.

    • Jeffrey

      When he isn’t able to deliver whatever it is that he has promised them, that’s when he had better worry.

  • bkmn

    And that is even when he is not in NY….

  • AW

    I think… why not just let them stop protecting him? I’m sure he’ll be fine.

    • another_steve

      Why not require that his KKK and neo-Nazi fan base protect him? They’re armed to the teeth, after all.

      Think of how much taxpayer money that would save.

      • Todd20036

        and they’d love the job

      • charemor

        And think of the jobs it would create.

  • another_steve

    May a giant reptile, something at least 800 feet tall and out of a 1950s Japanese horror movie, squash his Trump Tower (after all innocents have been evacuated, of course).

  • so….that good will of him not taking the presidential salary doesn’t look so rosey now, does it?

    • TampaDink

      After less than a 5 days, the amount spent protecting his ass & assets exceeded 4 yrs. of presidential salary. Such a bargain for the rest of us. πŸ™

    • LaChatSayWha

      He never met a cent of taxable income he didn’t run from screaming.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Yuge waste of public funds

    • Xuuths

      Yes, but at least it isn’t giving an oil company a tax rebate.

  • TampaDink

    As much as the idea disgusts me, how about the entire klan relocated to the White House, to save a shitload of tax payer’s money.

    • Xuuths

      Well, forcing their kid to change schools isn’t legally required, but providing Secret Service protection is.

      • TampaDink

        As an aging boomer who grew up as an Army brat, I have no sympathy for the “trauma” of being forced to change school in the midst of 4th or 5th grade.

        • John T

          Boo hoo, poor Barron will have to buy a new set of friends πŸ™

          • TampaDink

            I’m not convinced that the kid has ever had a friend in his life.

      • lymis

        Home school him.

  • HZ81

    Lulz, I am sure the right, who thought Sasha and Malia should wear shoes made of erasers and burlap sack dresses to save taxpayer money, are livid!

    • Joe in PA

      Hey, if it was good enough for castrator Joni….

      • HZ81

        Malia wore Brownberry Bread bags? What’s wrong with Wonder bread, racist Obama!!!?

        • Joe in PA

          lolz

  • crewman

    So assuming he makes it to 4 years, that’s about $1.5 billion.

    • dcurlee

      And don’t forget that 25 billion to build that wall….oh I forgot Mexico is going to pay for that. He fooled so many to stupid to see who he really is

    • The_Wretched

      It’s a jobs initiative!

  • dcurlee

    His cost sΓ vings in action

  • Marides48

    I wouldn’t mind this if I knew how much taxes he payed.

  • Captain Jack

    Paid for by taxes that he didn’t pay I presume..

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  • Ray Butlers

    And so it begins….he hasn’t even been inaugurated and already the public is paying all of his personal security expenses. He’s actually MAKING money already.

    • lymis

      I wonder how much he’s going to make on the Inauguration. I’m assuming the parties will be held on Trump properties at five or six times the going rate.

      One of the reasons the New York security is so expensive is that the Secret Service has to rent space from Trump in Trump Tower to protect Trump in Trump Tower. You know they’re not getting any sort of discount on THAT.

  • HanyBaal

    Where’s fiscally conservative Michele Bachmann? wasn’t she nickel and diming Obama for the cost of his travel detail?

  • EweTaw

    What’s the problem? They can take all the money they need away from Social Security.

    • Joe in PA

      Suck it up grandma!

      • EweTaw

        Sell grandma’s walker and orthopedic shoes. She’s just a parasite sucking off of the government tit!

      • another_steve

        The monster Republicans will never touch grandma’s Social Security.

        You don’t mess with a really really pissed senior citizen.

        • Joe in PA

          If you’re white. πŸ™

        • rednekokie

          Don’t count on that. It will be among the first to go — along with Medicare.

      • Christ’s Bone Spur

        Tuck and roll, grandma! Tuck and roll.

  • Joe in PA

    Prepare for hypocrisy overload…all those people who complained about “Moochele” flying all over the place ‘at government expense’ will see nothing wrong with this.

    Just wait till the vacation days start rolling in for the Trumps. I’m sure the trumpets will denounce that just like they did with Prez Obama, right? Right?

  • MT YVR

    I was just telling a friend that I want to pay one of those groups that climb various places, after hours. We had one up here in Vancouver who climbed what was supposed to become a Trump tower.

    But I want to pay them to climb that tower. And put up an Eye of Sauron. Made of gold and LEDs. It would add that missing touch to things.

    • EweTaw

      Can they stick one up that shoots a menacing laser beam?

      • MT YVR

        See, this works for me.

        • MT YVR

          Actually… thinking about it that’s be perfect. I can ENTIRELY see the Trump kids running around the building chasing the red dot all over the sidewalk.

          “Melania, the kids are looking a bit lethargic. They need a run. Hit the switch.”

          (flick)(distant whirrrrr as the Eye brightens and the laser turns on.) (drags kids to window)

          “Hey, look. It’s that damned dot again. Get it! Go get it!”

      • Bob Conti

        Sharks with laser beams.

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  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    It is costing way more than that. The restaurants and retail shops nearby on Fifth and Madison Aves are nearly inaccessible, therefore the sales tax revenue is taking a hit. The building owners will rightly seek a reassessment of their property values in light of the diminished ability to produce income, etc. etc right on down the line.

  • Canadian Observer

    Once the school year is over, how about sending the entire family down to their compound in Florida, digging a moat and filling it with alligators. I am sure the cost of the occasional food drop would be less than trying to safeguard them in NYC.

  • turtle73

    That’s a huge waste of taxpayer dollars.

    If we made a pile of all that money and burned it, at least we could keep a few people warm.

    • Bob Conti

      No problem. It’ll just come out of the VA budget plus some loans from Social Security.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Fuck that shit. The feds should pay for that and once word gets out, if DT was whining about the boos Pence got, he better be prepared for a fucking chorus the second his stupid hair shows up in town. After a few weekends, he’ll stay in the White House.

  • glass

    If he had protection at the tower for 320 days, you could give every citizen in the US one million dollars each and prevent poverty, homelessness and hunger. Instead we have to protect a horrid con man bigot.
    320 days to a better America or 320 days to the beginning of a huge debt.
    His slogan should have been, “Let’s Destroy America”.

    • Xuuths

      No, you could give every citizen one dollar. Not one million dollars.

      • lymis

        That’s if you count the people Democrats consider to be real citizens. If you count the people Trump considers to be real citizens, the math is about right.

    • Trump should be forced to live in the WH.

  • Sam_Handwich

    jesus h christ

    read this …. about a meeting today between Trump and a few dozen media anchors and execs

    http://nypost.com/2016/11/21/donald-trumps-media-summit-was-a-f-ing-firing-squad/

    β€œTrump kept saying, β€˜We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong. He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was network of liars.

    • Xuuths

      Oh, for some faithless electors on December 19th…

    • The_Wretched

      He’s teabagging the media and showing them who is boss.

    • Gustav2

      Preemptive strike against investigative journalists.

    • TampaDink

      I wonder if he’s trying to erode the free press in order to gain a monopoly of news reporting on trump news network.

    • bzrd

      ” dishonest, deceitful and liars” “got it all wrong,” cheatolini got that right when they covered his BS at the expense of Hillary’s platform; when they kept after the dead email story when cheatolini had connections to putin; when his “charity” paid him but the horror of the Clinton charity was actually helping people, who knew ? and on and on

    • Gigi

      And then he gets upset if people are “mean” to him (read: quote him verbatim).

    • coram nobis

      Won’t be the first time the White House would dictate news. Let us turn to the thrilling days of yesteryear and the Committee of Public Information, led by George Creel.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Creel

      Combined with the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917-8, it meant that a) the Feds have helpfully provided what you will say or write, and b) you could face Federal charges if you go off-message.

    • JT

      Fuck the lying Nazi fucker. Now you have every reason to tell the truth about the scumbag.

    • NancyP

      NOW the broadcast media begin to figure things out.
      NO BALLS (or ovaries).

  • Snarkaholic

    I wonder how many people, after seeing a line of armed police at the entrance, will decide not to shop there after all?
    I hope all of the businesses in there take such a financial hit that they decide not to renew their leases.

  • Gigi

    Imagine the hate the Obamas would have received from teabaggers if Michelle and the girls decided not to live at the White House, staying instead in Chicago, and doing so would have cost the taxpayers $1,000,000 per day.

    • TampaDink

      That alone would have provided enough fodder to have prevented his reelection in 2012. My new mantra….Everything’s O.K. if you are republican. EVERY fucking things.

  • coram nobis

    And to follow up an earlier story on TPM, that Donald had asked the president of Argentina to expedite his highrise construction in Buenos Aires, we now have a denial from the Casa Rosada.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/and-now-a-denial-from-macri

    The story includes this little nugget:

    Macri’s father Franco had dealings with Trump in the early 1980s when the elder Macri (a construction tycoon) tried to break into the New York real estate business. Indeed, things got so intense between Franco Macri and Trump that when Mauricio (the current President) was kidnapped and thrown into a coffin by unknown kidnappers, Franco Macri at first thought Trump was responsible for the kidnapping.

    Yes, I’m not kidding about this.

    To be clear, the kidnappers were later captured and there is no evidence whatsoever that Trump was involved …

    So it may not be plausible. It also suggests we should go easy on the Hitler metaphors and reach for The Godfather instead. Don Donald will make you a building you can’t refuse.

  • JT

    Isn’t chicky chicky Drumpf supposed to swagger alone in front of his ugly building because he’s such a big man?

  • JIM W

    They, the trumps, don’t care. They are rich, president-elect and they feel they are entitled. It’s going to be this way for at least the next 4 years.

  • stuckinthewoods

    John Miller, commissioner of intelligence provided the information about protecting his children and grandchildren.
    “John Miller.” Oh sure, that sound plausible.

  • DenCo

    Gee – if lil Donnie has just paid his taxes…

  • Mark_in_MN

    Yeah, they should have Secret Service protection, but leave it to the Secret Service. I’d say the same if Hillary Clinton had been elected. It’s the federal government’s job.

  • Mark_in_MN

    The get up and the weapon from that police officer in front of Trump Tower is way beyond overkill.

    • Mikey

      Oh, that’s not a cop.. that’s Trump’s candidate for Homeland Security chief waiting for a meeting with il Douche.

  • Bill T.

    There goes the deficit.

  • Patricia Garvin Fox

    If Trumple Thinskin is the multibillionaire he claims to be, let him pay. If the Secret Service isn’t enough, that is his problem, not NYC.

  • Paula

    I’m sure there is nothing better NYC could do with $365 million a year.

  • DesertSun59

    Oh, look. Every citizen in the US just bought a $365 million timeshare.

    But they’ll never get to use it.

  • Silver Badger

    Republicans sure like wasting money don’t they!

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Did I miss something? Since when is it the responsibility of a municipality to guard and protect the President Elect and his family and extended family? It seems like that should fall to the feds.

    • Mikey

      Yup, let the poor GOP rednecks who voted for him in those deep red states pay for it.. see how much they appreciate Trump, the common man’s candidate.

      • charemor

        Maybe the GOP rednecks who voted for him could bring their guns and offer him second amendment protection.

      • wmforr

        No, as usual the Federal government that they hate will take from the blue states and give to the red. That’s been going on for a long time.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Srsly, why the hell is the taxpayer paying for this? I hope they bill him. He won’t pay but I hope they bill him.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    If I were the City of NY I would pull his security and let the Secret Service worry about it. That’s their responsibility, not the City of New York.

  • rednekokie

    First of all, there’s no reason the public should pay for the protection of his bed partner and his brat.
    Secondly, they are a family — they should all live in the white house (as much as I am appalled by that).

    Third, should they elect to stay in NYC, the orange haired baboon should foot the bill — he can well afford it.

  • The federal government ought to carry 100% of the cost.

  • let the NYC police respond if there is a crime committed – et the secret service handle protection. If traffic “handling” is required, the bill should go to the feds even if NYC has to handle the actual personpower.

  • Ninja0980

    Gee, where is the Tea Party and other fiscal groups on this?

  • charemor

    Why does he need protection? I thought that everyone loved him. He said so himself.

    • President Trump

      Salty losers are dangerous.

      • Dee

        I think when his alt-right voters discovered that he deceived them. That’s the most dangerous of all.

  • MBear

    Oh, but he’s donating his salary to ‘charity’?!?
    LOLOLOLOL

  • houstonray

    SO….let’s see…..$1,460,000,000 for the four years? Ah heck, let’s round up…

    ONE AND A HALF BILLION DOLLARS….

    smfh

  • President Trump
  • JOHN MAYOR

    LITIGATIONALLY VS PETITIONALLY REMOVING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
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    In even a cursory examination of this outrageous nigh past– though, tentative!– U.S. Election, at the root of the abysmal failure of the U.S. “Electoral System” to achieve a D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-I-C Plurality, is its failure to facilitate the E-S-S-E-N-T-I-A-L D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-I-C R-E-Q-U-I-R-E-M-E-N-T of a “D-I-R-E-C-T E-L-E-C-T-I-O-N”, through a “O-N-E V-O-T-E-R, O-N-E V-O-T-E” Elections System! And due– PRIMARILY!– to the institution of a Republican preferred U-N-D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-I-C “Electoral College”!… with “Electors”, and INDIRECT “Electoral Votes”!
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    Consequently!… given the astounding and P-E-R-V-E-R-S-E Trump “win”, numerous Petitions have now emerged online– at least!– to challenge, and to eliminate, the Electoral College! To many Americans– and I suggest, to MOST Americans!– Trump becoming the “President-elect”… and despite losing the “popular vote”!… was– and still is!– A S-H-O-C-K T-O T-H-E C-O-R-E O-F D-E-M-O-C-R-A-C-Y, A-N-D, T-O R-A-T-I-O-N-A-L P-O-L-I-T-I-C-A-L D-I-S-C-O-U-R-S-E! And the situation is reminiscent of the controversial 2000 Presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore!… in which Gore won the “popular vote”, but, Bush was elected President!
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    Under the U.S Constitution, until the designated Electors of the Electoral College assemble in their state capitals to place in their votes (and in this present process, on December 19th!)… followed, by a meeting of Congress to affirm the result (and in this present process, on January 6th)!… things are still not fully settled! In most of the country, it’s a “winner-takes-all” system: whoever wins a state’s “popular vote” is awarded all the Electoral votes for that state! The catch is, that these votes are based on a state’s number of Senators and House Representatives!… so, they vary from state to state! It’s more important to win states with a high proportion of Electoral Votes– like Trump taking Wisconsin, and Florida!– than to receive the most votes overall! November 8th’s U.S. vote, was– technically!– not to make Trump the next President, but, to determine who the 538 Electors in the various states across the country will be! It is those Electors who will bear the responsibility of casting the votes that will “legally elect” the next U.S. President (i.e…. and presently!… on December 19th!)! And it is for this reason, why millions of Hillary Clinton supporters… and supporters of “democracy”!… are anxious to lobby Electors, in an effort to trump Trump!
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    And so… this “mysterious victory” has reawakened… of course!… interest in, and has revived tactical approaches to, the elimination of the much criticized Electoral College! And, VEHEMENT criticisms!… and which are not only rife today, but, which have flurished for decades!
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    And, for example, David Boise… a lawyer who represented Gore, in Bush v. Gore, in 2000!… told the New York Times, that he considers the Electoral College a “historical anomaly”! A view, that has been echoed by millions online– at least!– since 2000!… and, by millions more, since November the 8th!
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    However!… the S-O-L-U-T-I-O-N to the evils inhere within this nearly completed U.S. Election, is not to place emphasis on merely changing the minds, and votes, of Electors!… as is currently the case with the Lady gaga supported Change.org Petition (among other “Elector Lobby” Petitions!)… but, on challenging CONSTITUTIONALLY (and through TORT!… AND, NOW!), the inherent violation of the “Principles of Democracy (i.e., those respective of one’s Democratic Right to a ‘DIRECT ELECTION’, and, to ‘ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE’!)” through the present UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND TORTIOUS DEFERENCE to the Electoral College in the first place!… and, to the “Colleg(e)al Conventions” that will finally determine who becomes President!
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    Challenging the Electoral College based on a “C-O-N-S-T-I-T-U-T-I-O-N-A-L I-M-P-E-R-A-T-I-V-E” to peg the Electoral College to the “Principles of Democracy”, is as an important consideration for those desiring an end to the Electoral College, as it is for those desiring the beginning of D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-I-C PLURALITIES! If the T-R-U-E “Principles of Democracy” are said (IN A SOUND COURT OF LAW!) to necessitate the B-I-N-D-I-N-G A-D-H-E-R-E-N-C-E of governments to the “popular decisions” of an electorate (R-E A-N-Y E-L-E-M-E-N-T T-H-A-T W-O-U-L-D P-O-R-T-E-N-D A-N E-L-E-C-T-O-R-A-T-E-‘-S G-O-V-E-R-N-A-N-C-E!… and e.g., the Electoral College!)”, then, a CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE (and TORT CHALLENGE!) against an ENTRENCHED MARGINALIZATION of an electorate’s “popular vote” through a “S-L-I-G-H-T O-F H-A-N-D” and “E-N-D R-U-N” around the “Principles of Democracy (e.g., through the Electoral College!)”, would go a long way toward “EXPOSING” what these Electoral mechanisms have been– and are!– all about! And!… MOST IMPORTANTLY!… such a challenge would reveal the veracity (or lack, thereof!) of the claims in support of the Electoral College!
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    The bottom line, is:… ANY ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE B-I-N-D-I-N-G OF THE “POPULAR EXPRESSION” TO A “POPULAR ELECTION” BY WAY OF SOME “POLITICAL CIRCUMLOCUTORY OBFUSCATION (E.G., THE CLAIMS IN SUPPORT OF AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE!)”, SHOULD BE MADE SUBJECT TO “JUDICIOUS” CONSTITUTIONAL (AND TORT!) ADJUDICATION! AND SUCH “COLLEG(E)AL CIRCUMLOCUTORY OBFUSCATION”, SHOULD NOT BE MADE SYNONYMOUS WITH A “REASONED DEFINITION” OF, AND “REASONED APPROACH” TO, WHAT CONSTITUTES THE T-R-U-E “PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY”!
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    In the face of the EVIDENCE that the U.S. Electoral System is a breach of the “Principles of Democracy”!… and, that the process Americans have been about (i.e., involving the Electoral College– at least!) has been a SHAM!… a competent court of jurisdiction could just as easily turn around, and say:… “You know… you guys (Senators and Congresspersons!) have been made WELL AWARE of the CLEAR CONSTITUTIONAL BREACHES inhere within the Electoral College! And so!… YOU ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE!… A-N-D Y-O-U A-R-E N-O-W O-B-L-I-G-E-D T-O A-M-E-N-D T-H-E P-R-O-C-E-S-S, F-O-R-T-H-W-I-T-H (and the stated Conventions of the Amending Formula, N-O-T-W-I-T-H-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G!… and, the present Conventions and obligations of the Electoral College’s Electoral voting process, N-O-T-W-I-T-H-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G!)!!… AND TO INSTITUTE WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED FOR BY COUNTLESS JUDICIAL ADVOCATES AND ADVOCACIES, AND, BY SOUND JURIPRUDENCE!!”
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    Of course, the legal machinations to be pursued, depend on what’s being argued before the court, and on how well this is presented!… and– ultimately!– before the US Supreme Court! But!… and for God’s sake– if for no one else’s sake!… Senators and Congresspersons (and America’s top legal minds!– at least!) have been made FULLY AWARE of the “Principles of Democracy”!… and have been made FULLY AWARE of the need to UPHOLD THE “DEMOCRATIC WILL” of the Electorate! And so… it’s not as if these learned political souls would be “blindsided” by a Court’s decision, that these act… AND ACT NOW!… to remedy a centuries-old injustice! Adherence to a Constitutional Amending Formula is of less importance… as is adhering to the present legislated Electoral College’s Electoral Conventions!… than adherence to the CORNERSTONE OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS!… THE CORNERSTONE OF DEMOCRACY! All a judge need say, is:… “Cut the cr*p!… and get on with it!”
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    And thus!… concerned Americans– I believe!– must refocus their efforts… FULL EFFORTS!– AND FOREMOST!… ON SEEKING (N-O-W!) TO CONSTITUTIONALLY (AND THROUGH TORT!) TO UPHOLD THE “PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY”! And although Americans are free… of course!… to join in on the lesser “Electoral Lobby” Petitions, the “B-E-T-T-E-R R-E-T-U-R-N”, will be from the suggested LEGAL ACTIONS (and through– e.g.– “Crowd Funding”!), and the “Abolitionist Petitions (such as those of MoveOn.org!… and, the like!)”! And!… inasmuch!… as the present ILLEGAL DENIAL of “DIRECT ELECTIONS”, and of “ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE (by way of the very existence of the Electoral College!)”, I-S T-H-E C-E-N-T-R-A-L P-R-O-B-L-E-M!
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    To sum up… the “Equal Protection Clause” is part of the FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT to the United States Constitution! The clause… which took effect in 1868!… provides, that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction, “the equal protection of the laws (and, I’ll add here, Equal Constitutional Protection re the application of the Constitution with respect to the state application of Electoral College Voting, and a state’s elections law that applies to a given Federal Election!)”!
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    A primary motivation for this clause was to validate the “equality provisions” contained in the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which guaranteed that A-L-L P-E-O-P-L-E (and, I’ll add here, ALL AMERICAN VOTERS!… AND REGARDLESS OF THE STATE IN WHICH A VOTER RESIDES!) would have Rights EQUAL to those of A-L-L C-I-T-I-Z-E-N-S (e.g., whatever is afforded in one state pertaining to Electoral College voting, and a state’s elections law that applies to any given Federal Election, SHOULD BE AFFORDED TO A-L-L A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N-S!)! As a whole, the FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT marked a large shift in “American Constitutionalism”, BY APPLYING– SUBSTANTIALLY!– MORE CONSTITUTIONAL RESTRICTIONS AGAINST THE STATES THAN HAD APPLIED BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR!
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    The meaning of the Equal Protection Clause has been the subject of much debate!… and inspired the well-known phrase, “Equal Justice Under Law”! This clause was the basis for Brown v. Board of Education (1954)… the Supreme Court decision that helped to dismantle racial segregation! And!… which also formed the basis for many other Human Rights decisions which/ that REJECTED DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE BELONGING TO VARIOUS GROUPS (and I’ll add here, a “hoped-for” future decision:… a state’s discrimination in its application of Electoral College voting, and in its creation and application of its elections law that applies to any given Federal Election, when compared to the creation and the application of such, state-to-state!… AND, DISCRIMINATION WITH RESPECT TO “DIRECT ELECTIONS”, AND “ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE”!)!
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    And despite the said “fact” that the Equal Protection Clause itself applies only to state and local governments, the Supreme Court held in Bolling v. Sharpe (1954) that Equal Protection requirements within the FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT apply to the Federal Government through the “DUE PROCESS CLAUSE” of the FIFTH AMENDMENT! IN OTHER WORDS, EQUAL PROTECTION AND BENEFIT REQUIREMENTS MUST APPLY STATE-TO-STATE, RE ANY ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTING, THE CREATION AND APPLICATION OF ANY STATE ELECTION LAW THAT WOULD APPLY TO A GIVEN FEDERAL ELECTION, AND, TO “DIRECT ELECTIONS”, AND “ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE”!
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    Well, folks!… and to cut to the chase!… even in adopting the Conventions of the Electoral College (leaving aside– for the moment!– the issue of “DIRECT ELECTIONS”, and “ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE”!), STATE-RUN ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTING, AND STATE-RUN ELECTION LAWS GOVERNING ANY GIVEN FEDERAL ELECTION BY WAY OF THE POWERS GRANTED STATES THROUGH ARTICLE II, SECTION 1 OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION (WHICH GIVES THE STATES EXCLUSIVE CONTROL OVER AWARDING THEIR RESPECTIVE ELECTORAL VOTES!), ARE PRESENTLY IN BREACH OF THE FEDERAL “DUE PROCESS CLAUSE” OF THE FIFTH AMENDMENT OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (AND THEREBY, FEDERAL “EQUAL PROTECTION AND BENEFIT”, STATE-TO-STATE!), IN THAT, THE INDIVIDUAL STATES (BY MERE VIRTUE OF THEIR INDIVIDUAL APPROACH TO ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTING, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE CREATION AND APPLICATION OF STATE ELECTION LAWS THAT WOULD APPLY TO ANY GIVEN FEDERAL ELECTION!) S-Y-S-T-E-M-I-C-A-L-L-Y D-E-N-Y C-O-L-L-E-C-T-I-V-E/ U-N-I-L-A-T-E-R-A-L F-E-D-E-R-A-L D-U-E P-R-O-C-E-S-S A-N-D E-Q-U-A-L P-R-O-T-E-C-T-I-O-N A-N-D B-E-N-E-F-I-T T-O A-L-L A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N C-I-T-I-Z-E-N-S, WHEN THE RESPECTIVE STATES’ ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTING AND ELECTIONS LAWS ARE COMPARED SIDE-BY-SIDE/ STATE-TO-STATE! BUT, MOREOVER, THIS STATE-TO-STATE BREACH OF FEDERAL “DUE PROCESS”… AND THUS, FEDERAL “EQUAL PROTECTION AND BENEFIT”!… WITH RESPECT TO THE STATE-TO-STATE APPARATUS FOR ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTING, AND THE CREATION AND APPLICATION OF STATE-TO-STATE ELECTIONS LAWS, DOESN’T EVEN TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE MORE SERIOUS BREACH OF FEDERAL “DUE PROCESS (AND THUS, FEDERAL ‘EQUAL PROTECTION AND BENEFIT’!)”, IN THE DISCRIMINATORY STATE-TO-STATE FAILURE TO FACILITATE “DIRECT ELECTIONS”, AND “ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE”!
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    THEREFORE!… THE O-N-L-Y S-O-L-U-T-I-O-N THAT WILL END THIS STATE-TO-STATE DISCRIMINATION IN THE APPLICATION OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTING, THE CREATION AND APPLICATION OF RESPECTIVE STATE ELECTION LAWS TO ANY GIVEN FEDERAL ELECTION, AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF “DIRECT ELECTIONS” AND “ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE”, IS THE ABANDONMENT OF BOTH ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTING AND STATE ELECTIONS LAWS, IN FAVOR OF THE CREATION OF ONE FEDERAL “DIRECT ELECTIONS, ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE” LAW!… AND, ELECTIONS PROCESS! BUT!… IN LIEU OF, AND IN ADVANCE OF THE LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING OF ANY SUCH LAW, ADVOCATES AND ADVOCACIES WHO/ WHICH CONTEST THE INEQUALITY OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTING, STATE ELECTIONS LAWS, AND, THE ABSENCE OF “DIRECT ELECTIONS” AND “ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE”, WOULD DO WELL TO E-X-P-E-D-I-T-E T-H-E L-E-G-I-S-L-A-T-I-V-E P-R-O-C-E-S-S THROUGH THE I-M-M-E-D-I-A-T-E I-N-V-O-C-A-T-I-O-N OF THE NECESSARY CONSTITUTIONAL AND TORT MEASURES, T-H-A-T W-O-U-L-D S-E-E T-H-E “J-U-D-I-C-I-O-U-S E-F-F-E-C-T-A-T-I-O-N” O-F S-U-C-H A L-A-W, B-Y W-A-Y O-F A C-O-U-R-T-‘-S R-U-L-I-N-G, T-H-A-T S-U-C-H A L-A-W, I-S “P-A-S-T D-U-E”!!
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    Your courts!… and your communities’ learned legal minds (and Crowd Funding resources!)!… await your calls! And the sooner, the better!
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    Please!!… no emails!

    • GeoffreyPS

      I feel like I just read a post written by a cheerleader.

      • John Mayor

        A cheerleader? Written? Look!… “kitty lover”!… I think the CONSCIONABLE know where YOUR “CHEERLEADING ALLEGIANCES”– AND HABITS!– lay! And so… LEAVE THE KITTENS ALONE!… AND STOP “MANHANDLING”/ “GROPING” FREE EXPRESSION!
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        “MAKING AMERICA GROPE AGAIN!”, is not my idea of American Democratic Reform!… nor, my idea of Social Justice! In other words… HIT THE ROAD!!
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        Please!… no emails!

        • GeoffreyPS

          To rephrase a certain pop singer: Your shit is BANANAS. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Welcome to my killfile.

    • stevenj

      Not you again.

      • John Mayor

        NO!!… not YOU, again!!… NITWIT!!
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        Please!… no emails!

  • Pete

    Well, here in Washington, DC, we get to provide police, fire and ambulance service to a zillion embassies and the federal workforce, with NO VOTE in the House or Senate, and Congress will not let us even tax the incomes of non-residents who work here and use all these services, roads, etc. At least NY has the right to tax the out-of-state work force. Our vote in Congress has been blocked mainly on racial and ethnic grounds, as well as the fact that the city is overwhelmingly democrat.

    • JOHN MAYOR

      Pete!… if I may!… taxing “non-residents” would “legally entrench” their “non-residency”!… i.e., if “non-residents” have a “legal claim” to their respective “non-residency status”! And!… although the City may be “overwhelmingly Democrat”, that doesn’t mean that “Democrats” are– necessarily!– “D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-I-C”!
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      Please!… no emails!

  • wmforr

    Actually, Melania is staying in New York while Trump is in the White House (or the White House South in Mar-a-Lago) because for her–every day without Donald is a day full of sunshine.

  • jdt

    This is not NYC responsibility.