LIVE VIDEO: Trump Speaks In Salt Lake City About His Massive Reductions In Federally Protected Lands

USA Today reports:

President Trump departed for Utah on Monday to announce what could be the largest rollback of federally protected lands in history.

Trump’s decision on the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments would mark an unprecedented use of presidential power to shrink the national monument designations made by two of his predecessors.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended that Trump vastly reduce the size of the monuments, stripping them of federal protections and instead turning over stewardship to state and tribal governments.

“We’re going to be doing something that the state of Utah and others have wanted to be done for many, many years,” Trump said Monday at the White House before leaving for Utah. “So important for states’ rights and so important for the people of Utah.”

  • elvigy

    I hate this man-child so much. Literally everything I believe is important, he does his best to destroy.

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        • Professor Barnhardt

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    • Todd20036

      Trump is just being Trump. Who knew the Bernie Bros hate public lands too?

    • Rex

      Hate is not a strong enough word for how I feel about him.

    • Octoberfurst

      There aren’t enough expletives in the world for me to describe what I think about Trump.

    • Ore Carmi

      For me it’s not so much him as his administration. And all Republicans. Trump is an idiot tool of extremist, bigoted, destructive, asshole shitstains. This is not a decision he made on his own. This is not a decision about which he could have had any thoughts, or of which he could have had any awareness without someone (Zinke, probably) telling him what to do and say. I focus my anger and hatred at the extremists he’s brought into his administration, and at the extremists in charge of Congress.

  • Do Something Nice

    I think this will cause Utah to switch to Democrats.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      …but gayz are ickey … so probably not.

    • Butch

      Nope; there are plenty of locals who think it’s a wonderful idea.

      • Rambie

        And the locals are being sold the (lie) that mining rights will fund education

      • Strepsi

        There’s a surprising contingent in the southwest states who want to ATV in parkland, which is environmentally, archaeologcally and culturally disastrous, but he let’s burn rubber!

    • Rambie

      What Butch says, there are many in Utah who will applaud this move.

      • Butch

        Several were quoted on the evening news. They sounded like absolute idiots, but they supported Trump.

        • Rambie

          Well, I’m not surprised. I live many years in Utah.

    • RobynWatts

      Wish it would, but much of the overwhelming Mormon population that live there has been brainwashed to do anything for the Repedophile Party, so they will go along with it.

    • Tawreos

      But Jebus and Joey Smith said thou shalt not vote for Democrats.

      • jerry

        Yeah, it’s written on those golden plates that were mysteriously misplaced.

      • clay

        Joseph Smith said “don’t vote for President.”
        Brigham Young said “don’t vote for mining interests.”

        But things change.

  • Strepsi

    Fucking hell, they literally just said the public commons is “private interests”.

    I know ignorance was already knowledge and war was peace, but we are fully in the Upside-Down now.

    • Tawreos

      Where is Eleven when you need her?

    • clay

      Trump’s economic advisors have actually argued that the Tragedy of the Commons is an inaccurate portrayal of commonly-held resource use and abuse.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Fully.
      Fully in the Down is Up and Up is Down.
      Fully.

  • Exatron

    As I recall, Trump doesn’t technically have the legal authority to do this.

    • Rambie

      He’ll do it anyway and before the ink dries, the Utah legislature will sell the mining rights and land strippers will show up within weeks to establish the mine before it can be stopped.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      Doesn’t matter. Nothing matters except stripping the country for the oligarchs and enshrining the lickspittle GOP and their policies in power for generations.

  • Lazycrockett

    Die motherfucker die.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      If only I could wake up to that news on JMG.

      • Blake J Butler

        A sign from the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

        • Tawreos

          From your keyboard to His most holy and noodley ears

    • nocadrummer

      “daughterfucker”
      There, fixted it.

    • Ninja0980

      And take the rest of the party with you.

    • Ore Carmi

      You mean Zinke, right?

  • crewman

    This feels so much like what the oligarchs of Russia did when they broke up the Soviet Union. They looted the common goods, and as it turns out, Putin’s pals became multi-billionaires.

    • TimCA

      Ooops. You beat me to it. I just wrote something similar below. You’re right. The parallels between what occurred 20 years ago in Russia and what’s happening here is startling. 🙁

  • Secure

    I went to the Grand Staircase two years ago. Very beautiful area.

    Trump wants to shrink the size of two National Monuments in Utah, when the USGS recently discovered 100 billion barrels worth of shale oil in Texas (worth $1 trillion) and ANWR is going be drilled as well. Ridiculous and Outrageous.

  • Do Something Nice

    Oh, and Trump is with Ryan Zinke, the guy who wanted to allow elephant trophies into the US.

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    If its the State Capitol and not a ‘campaign’ event, how can they insure the audience is 100% pro-Trump? He has proven himself to be a coward that will only speak in front of crowds that guarantee adulation.

    • Rambie

      It’s Utah

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        Yea, but actual Indians might show up. Which also begs the question, will Trump make it through the announcement without a Pocahontas slur?

        • Probably not Pocahontas is the only Native name he knows… therefore he uses it every chance he gets!

        • Rambie

          I’m not in Utah anymore, but I’m pretty sure they would fill up the venue with State legislature & Mormon officials to only have a small space for the common folks.

    • Palmer

      In 1980 the state legislature allowed Jerry Falwell to use the steps of the capitol building as a stage for a religious/political rally. I guarantee that this was approved by the Mormon church.

  • KCMC

    Lawd. The comb-over is taking over

  • bkmn

    How long before they sell this land for pennies on the dollar?

    • DreadPikathulhu

      Tuesday.

    • clay

      Don’t worry, the invisible hand of the free market and existing law will be enough to protect religious and archaeological sites.

      /s

  • Cuberly Deux

    Someone should ask Donnie and socio-path Zinke to define “special Interests”.

  • yep. burn this fucking country down to the base.

    • OdieDenCO

      how about we burn the [donny] base and keep the country

  • Blake J Butler

    If elected, Representative Lujan Grisham would be the first and only Latina Democratic Governor in the United States.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a22e5d9edd27317265277a5c5f981fc61aed02346a9f2e629459a955efc2781d.jpg

  • Natty Enquirer

    YOO-tuh?

    • jerry

      Next to Nev-AH-duh.

      • Natty Enquirer

        He’s back to Yoo-taw now. I guess that was just Trump’s weird trailing-off tic.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Harveyrabbit

    “and so important for the people of Utah.”

    “And by the people of Utah I of course mean those in the mining and natural resource business”

    • Frostbite

      Well look at all the good he’s doing bringing back coal mining! /s

  • TimCA

    The Book of Genesis says that God made man and gave him dominion over the beasts and over all the earth. All means ALL!!! No where does the Good Lord in his infinite wisdom write about some carve out exempting national monuments………..despite what the atheist Demonrats in Washington, DC say!!!!!!!

    s/

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Christopher

    I really wish oxygen would boycott him!

    Fuck! I really hate that piece of shit.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/32606c7e3862f4b1b1667e41fc3df35dee5f9350ecef445ff9258006b35db6eb.gif

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    “our public land is for the public to use and not special interests”

    How the mother fucking hell is a national monument a “special interest.” Jesus fucking christ, they keep showing that they can go lower.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Public = capitalist exploiters
      Special interest = people like you and me

      • nocadrummer

        “Corporations are people, my friend.”

    • clay

      Native Americans = special interest.

    • BobSF_94117

      It sounds like you don’t appreciate mixed use. Who wouldn’t want to hike at night through uranium tailings? Don’t even need a full moon.

  • It’s going to take years to fix the damage that cheeto-faced jackass has done.

    • Christopher

      Generations!

  • Tomcat

    How is it possible for a president to unilaterally undo what is American law?

    • clay

      He can’t, unless he’s allowed to. There is nothing in US law that allows a President to shrink a National Monument.

      • Natty Enquirer

        The President creates a national monument by proclamation under the Antiquities Act. I don’t think any court is going to buy the argument that he cannot make new proclamations which change the boundaries of monuments.

        • clay

          Except that the law that allows creation by proclamation explicitly rejects the opposite. My original post was too weak– it is actively prohibited.

          • Natty Enquirer

            If you’re talking about 16 USC 431-433, I don’t see any such prohibition.

          • clay

            Is Trump arguing that the lines were drawn in the wrong place? That’s how that law allows changes.

        • BobSF_94117

          Of course they are. They have to. They can’t just ignore that the law gives him no such power.

  • clay

    From the White House’s official communique of the day:

    POTUS TODAY
    President Trump is traveling to Utah today, where he will meet with leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before giving remarks at the Utah State Capitol this afternoon.

  • iLoveEggplant

    This is Trump’s oath…

    “Let the name of Obama be stricken from every book and tablet, stricken from all pylons and obelisks, stricken from every monument of America. Let the name of Obama be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of white men for all time.”

    Donald J. Trump

    • kanehau

      I’m surprised he hasn’t tried to stop the Obama presidential library – since he wasn’t REALLY an american – and it would save SO much money.

      • iLoveEggplant

        Now that you said it…trust me he will start…

  • kanehau

    I’m listening to him… I just can’t… I mean… he’s contradicting himself left and right.

  • Tawreos

    I guess he is in desperate need of the Bundy family’s support.

  • Kelly Lape

    Utah voted Republican. Rape the state. I don’t give a fuck. It’s their own fault. Make it a toxic shit hole.

    • No More GOP.

      I don’t care about the self-destructive people there. I do care about the beautiful and fragile land and the ecosystems.

      • Kelly Lape

        Why? The Earth is doomed anyway.

  • TimCA

    Who could possibly object to the government selling off or leasing out public lands for private profit? After all, it worked out so well in modern Russia. s/

  • iLoveEggplant

    Just turned on CNN to hear Trump selling his lies to the people of Utah about conserving the land.

    It turned my stomach.

    Good grief where do all these stupid and amoral Americans come from that show up to hear this American monster sell his lies.

    • Blake J Butler

      The heartland that republicans bitch about so much that can’t vote worth a fuck and thus put their problems onto democrats.

    • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

      Since this is Utah, probably Mormons whose bishops are forcing them to go or lose temple recommends.

    • The_Wretched

      Conserving lands by having them torn up by mining and oil extraction. Polluting the waters for centuries to come. socialized harms, privatized profits. The US is open for looting.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Tomcat

      Why should his lawyers worry, they make a killing either way?

      • Lumpy Gaga

        1. Trump skips out on his legal bills.
        2. Trump’s unpaid lawyers need their own defense fund.

  • No More GOP.

    Greed. Absolute greed and utter disregard for the wider welfare of Americans.

  • Tomcat

    Our country will never get weened from oil dependence as long as republicans keep looking for more oil to pump. Damn, you are killing our country while claiming to be protecting it.

    • Steve Smith

      And the rest of the planet too. So get off your keyboards, sharpen your pitchforks and do something about it before its too late.

  • Bluto

    I have never hated someone as much as I hate trump.

    • Snarkaholic

      I have: Pence(ildick).

      • Tawreos

        True, Pence is a competent evil while Trump seems to have nothing he is competent in besides self promotion.

    • Lizard

      I hope he drops dead.

      • Exatron

        With his diet, disdain for physical activity, and the stress of his current job, I’m surprised he hasn’t already.

        • Octoberfurst

          If and when he does croak—please let it be soon—I will celebrate like never before!

        • ohbear1957

          I want him to die painfully in a squalid prison cell, scared out of his fucking mind, pissing himself, and crying like a baby with a diaper full of fire ants. Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock the motherfucker up!

    • Tomcat

      I hate the entire republican congress and trump and pence equally.
      And I am not real happy with SCOTUS republicans., military republicans, cop republicans, hope I did not slight any republicans by leaving them out.

    • Tawreos

      I don’t know, Hitler was pretty icky, but he is dead. I think it might be a better placed hate if it was put on every enabler and sucker that sees he is fucking them over still support that colossal shithead.

    • StraightGrandmother

      And that is saying a lot because you have had some memorable rants over her on this Joe My God blog thingy.

  • Cuberly Deux

    OT: Because the estate tax repeal equals investing. Talk about a very odd assertion with zero evidence to back it up. But at least he touched on the meaningless GOP trope of taxes equals punishment, right?…. (sigh) I hate these people.

    “Grassley: Estate tax comments were misinterpreted”

    “My point regarding the estate tax, which has been taken out of context, is that the government shouldn’t seize the fruits of someone’s lifetime of labor after they die,” Grassley said in a statement.

    “The question is one of basic fairness, and working to create a tax code that doesn’t penalize frugality, saving and investment,” he said.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/363124-grassley-estate-tax-comments-misinterpreted

    • Lizard

      Was this before or after he said that the estate tax should be repealed because the common rabble would spend it on booze and women?

      • Cuberly Deux

        After, he’s doing damage control by plastering his actual and ambivalent thoughts with GOP talking points.

        • Lizard

          That’s cute.

          There are times when I’m sorry that the internet is an eternal record of every mistake ever made. This is not one of those times.

    • Bluto

      Fuck grassley, fuck trump & fuck everyone who fellates them.

    • Boreal

      ‘Government shouldn’t seize the ̶f̶r̶u̶i̶t̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶o̶n̶e̶’̶s̶ ̶l̶i̶f̶e̶t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶l̶a̶b̶o̶r̶ inheritance that they never worked a day in their life for after they die.’

    • The_Wretched

      The inheritance tax is on huge transfers of inter-generational wealth. The Founders found aristocracy to be a problem and worked to limit it in the US. Grassly was and is an ass and earned the scorn.

  • Paula

    Hey All tribes in that area. Uncivil Disobedience.

    • Taylor Bixler

      I might agree except dear leader would for sure send in troops against non white tribal members. It would make the standing rock police excessive force look almost dainty.

  • Halou

    Federal protection (read: subsidy) for Mar-a-Lago, anyone?

    • Lizard

      Oh Christ, don’t give him ideas.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Would not surprise me if he declared it a national monument…and does anyone really think he wouldn’t if he could? It’s what despots do.

        • Tomcat

          He could not own it if he did,so no he won’t.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            While I get what you’re saying, have you forgotten who we’re talking about and the GOP seems slavishly obedient while paying lip service to legitimate concerns?

          • Lizard

            …got room for one more up in Canada?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    None of this comes as surprise to me. Trump rapes the land the way he….

    Well, you get the idea.

  • danolgb

    Ughh.. They found some token Native Americans to show up. And they’re playing, “You can’t always get what you want.” I think the Stones should be pissed.

    • Natty Enquirer

      They should sue for copyright infringement.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      YCAGWYW was standard campaign-trail musical fare, particularly at the conclusion of an event. They didn’t drag it out for this event. But yeah, his team thinks it’s IN YOUR FACE.

      As for being pissed, that’s all the artists can do. As long as a venue pays its PRO fees, the venue can play that recording for folks inside.

      • danolgb

        Nope.. they can exercise copyright claims. It’s been done before. Venue rights are not guaranteed. And I doubt the Utah State Capitol is paying ASCAP fees.

        https://www.salon.com/2015/09/10/can_r_e_m_demand_donald_trump_cease_and_desist_playing_their_song/

        • Lumpy Gaga

          The Huckabee/Kim Davis striptease was not in a licensed venue. It was a flatbed truck outside the county seat. Which made it a legal piece of cake Survivor wisely gulped down.

          Frankly, I doubt that today’s venue (looks like a capitol or government building of some sort in UT) is licensed, either.

          But the people who would have to make the legal move don’t usually bother when it comes to politics (which is probably mentioned in the Salon article, but tl;dr).

          Lie down with dogs….

  • Tomcat

    Trump = less regulations on all business and more regulations on CITIZENS.

  • Gustav2

    Unless a YUGE percentage of the profits are going into a sovereign wealth fund…it is theft.

    • Tomcat

      Does Russia count?

  • Smokey

    Every day Teapot Dome seems more prescient and less shameless.

    • Lizard

      Teapot Dome is an adorable sideshow compared to the sheer corruption we’re seeing every day with Trump.

  • Tomcat

    How soon until he returns Alaska to Russia?

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Mexico won’t accept Tejas back without a thorough deTrumpification scrubbing.

    • Tawreos

      I hope he tries, I would love to hear the word salad that Palin will put forth in an attempt to justify it

  • Jmdintpa

    damn illegal aliens come over here and tell me what land i can and cant use. trump gonna set em right. this is the munited states and we do what we damn well please. land of the free and all that… dang darn i tell you, guns, bible take back america, make america great again

    • Tomcat

      Exactly what the Indians said. Oh well.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I am SO HAPPY I missed it.
    The comments tell me all I need to know.

  • Moebym of the Returners

    Unnecessarily cruel, just like pretty much every other thing he’s done.

  • Zachary Adams

    “@SecretaryZinke said the president is right to take action because “our public land is for the public to use and not special interests.”

    Yes, it’s being held in national trust so that it is AVAILABLE for public use. This makes me want to scream!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Ninja0980

    How is that both parties are the same theory working out?

  • Tomcat

    Lets make Washington smaller and fire all of congress.

    • Tomcat

      We now have a King.

  • boobert

    So who is he giving the land to ? Secret closed bids?

  • My Sig O called me from Salt Lake on Saturday night. He bought what the locals are selling–a brown knit cap like the pink pussy ones the folks at the Women’s March wore–but with brown “bear” ears. He’s out there with the other protestors. He asked if it was alright for him to wear my beaded fringed and beaded leather coat, since he’s White. I told him if any Native person gave him grief, to tell them he’s wearing my coat because I can’t be there to protest.

    Thousands had been there last week to protest the rip off of the “monumental mistake” and more were expected to day. I’m sure Trump will brush everyone off as being hired protestors, and will ignore the catcalls.

  • andrew

    What do you greenies think about your Jill Stein vote now?

    • Tread

      But Hillary is worse than Trump and Wall Street and free college!!!!!

    • jimbo65

      But Hillary is evil. And we would have been at war right now with her in office. So sayeth Sarandon. /s

  • joe ho

    lol. Yet another big win for the Green Partiers!

    How disgusting they and their leader Kremlin Jill are.

  • BobSF_94117

    States’ rights my ass. That land belongs to the citizens of 50 states.

  • Taylor Bixler

    Most likely violates Antiquities Act.

    And the ethically challenged Zinke, prepping for a governor run, decided to leave land in Montana untouched.
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/zinke-aims-to-shave-national-monuments-except-in-his-home-state_us_5a1b8315e4b0d4906cafab87

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Uhhhhhhhhhh…yeah. Government hands, like, off my Medicare and, like, public lands and stuff. Uhuhuhuhuhuhuh. Huhuhuhuhuh. Cool.

  • jimbo65

    It’s gonna be a long time before we gain back the respect of the world.

  • HZ81

    He’s functionally retarded without the ‘functional’ part.

  • coram nobis

    “our public land is for the public to use and not special interests.”

    The mining and timber industries thank you, Mr. Secretary.
    – – –
    “The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.” – J. Paul Getty

  • thatotherjean

    I can’t. I just can’t. Every damn thing I care about, Trump and his idiots have set out to destroy. They don’t even have decent reasons, just destructive appetite.

  • JackNasty

    Trump doesn’t even know that the lands in question are still owned and managed by we the people of the United States. We owned them before the monuments were designated and we still own them. The state of Utah does not. It’s part of the enabling act that allowed Utah to become a state.

  • djlee

    When Zinke was here (Utah) earlier this year, he only met with republicans and oil and gas mining interest leaders. Hint: It’s NOT for the “people of Utah”.

  • Taylor Bixler
  • Gianni

    Remember MAGA? Donnie didn’t mention the part he left off. The whole phrase is: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN – FOR BIG BUSINESS AND BIG MONEY. Plus the fact that this falls right in with Donnie’s insane need and desire to undo any or all of President Obama’s accomplishments/decisions/directives. The sole purpose of this decision is to allow mining and drilling businesses to dive in and get whatever they can out of these lands and then they will show their gratitude to Donnie by donating mucho bucks to his and Republicant congressional campaigns.

  • JCF