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1/15
Voting is personal for me. I grew up in Canada, a country to which my family and I immigrated. I’ve joked that unlike Barack Obama, I actually AM a Kenyan-born Muslim. But that’s not the whole story—and the whole story shows why voting matters so much to me. #velshi
2/15
In 1981, 10 years after my family arrived in Canada, and having just recently become citizens, my father ran for office. I was 11 at the time, and maybe the hardest working campaign volunteer he had. #velshi
3/15
Late on election day, when all was done but the counting, my dad and I drove home to get ready for the big night. He was going to make history, becoming the first person of South Asian descent to be elected to any major office in Canada. #velshi
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Why aren't we talking more about violence over Trump's border wall construction between the Border Patrol, U.S. Park Police and Indigenous protestors? Because too few are willing to do what @AliVelshi did today: go see what's happening with your own eyes. #Velshi @VelshiMSNBC
Here’s our complete report — which I’m grateful @AliVelshi played some of — on border wall construction and the profound impact it is having.
For the latest on fallout from wall construction, start with this reporting from @AlisaReznick at @azpmnews — and for real-time updates follow @LaikenJordahl, @PeccaryNotPig and their colleagues at @CenterForBioDiv.
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1/10
COVID has killed more than 220,000 Americans & infected more than 8 million in the past 10 months. Since day 1, Trump has downplayed both the seriousness & science of it. That's neither new or refutable since he said as much to Bob Woodward on tape. Multiple times. #velshi
2/10
While there are moments in which Trump grudgingly acknowledges the severity of it all, saying things like “even ONE death is too many,” his consistent message to Americans has been socially-distant from reality, from science & from good public health. #velshi
3/10
Trump said the virus would disappear when warmer weather arrives & that portions of the population are “virtually immune.” If words don’t capture his recklessness, then remember his actions after leaving Walter Reed: shedding his mask & resuming in-person events. #velshi
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1/8
Mike Pence is the 48th Vice President, the 2nd highest office in the U.S. executive branch. He’s also the Senate president, with the authority to cast the tie-breaking vote. That’s what made his response to a vital question during this week’s debate so feckless. #velshi
2/8
Just before the debate ended, the moderator reminded Pence that Trump has, several times, refused to commit himself to a peaceful transfer of power after the election. She asked, if Joe Biden won the election and Trump refused to leave office, what would he do as VP? #velshi
3/8
In his roughly 2-min. answer, Pence talked about Hillary Clinton, spying, the Mueller report, Trump’s impeachment, mail-in voting & the FBI. One of the only thing Pence didn’t mention was what he would do if Trump refused to accept a peaceful transfer of power. #velshi
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“They are Domestic or American Terrorists.”
@MalcolmNance #Velshi
“Where it starts swaying into terrorism is the intent...They wanted, in Michigan, not just to take #GovernorWhitmer, they intended to kill her.”
@MalcolmNance #Velshi
“They believe they are in a state of readiness to support Donald Trump. He is their al-Baghdadi. And this particular strain of #VanillaISIS...they are arming themselves.”
@MalcolmNance #Velshi
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1/9
Thomas Jefferson called his election the “Revolution of 1800.” Jefferson’s victory marked the first time that power in America passed from one party to another. Despite the use of the word “revolution,” that transfer, while steeped in bitter conflict, was peaceful. #velshi
2/9
John Adams seamlessly handed the presidency to his number one political rival, Thomas Jefferson, without incident. In his inaugural address, Jefferson, with an interest in national unity, declared, “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.” #velshi
3/9
Thomas Jefferson had a way with words and knew the country needed healing: a stark contrast from what we heard and saw this week, when Trump, once again, refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. #velshi
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1/12
“It is high time that we all stopped being tools and victims of totalitarian techniques that, if continued here unchecked, will surely end what we have come to cherish as the American way of life.” –Margaret Chase Smith

#velshi
2/12
Those were the stinging words of Margaret Chase Smith, Republican Senator from Maine on June 1, 1950, rebuking her colleague, WI Sen. Joseph McCarthy, while confirming her commitment to the rights of all Americans to criticize, hold unpopular beliefs and protest. #velshi
3/12
Smith’s words remind us that we have, indeed, seen this all before. Trumpism is McCarthyism with a Twitter account. And like all leaders who put their self-interests above democracy and the rule of law, Trump exploits fear to maintain and expand his power. #velshi
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1/10
On Monday, VP Mike Pence & RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel are scheduled to attend a campaign fundraiser in Bozeman, MT. Nothing unusual about that, right? Except this part: The event is being hosted by a couple—Caryn & Michael Borland—who are QAnon sympathizers. #velshi
2/10
QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory, alleges a cabal of Satan-worshiping Democrats are working to bring down Trump’s presidency while running a global child sex-trafficking ring. The Borlands regularly post QAnon material online, incl. sharing QAnon memes & tweets. #velshi
3/10
QAnon rejects facts surrounding the assassination of JFK & the attacks of 9/11. It throws racism, anti-Semitism & Islamophobia in for good measure. #velshi
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1/11
Three months after the killing of George Floyd, which triggered a racial awakening & unprecedented protests across America, we are back where we started. The shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, WI police is an all too familiar installment in a long running series. #velshi
2/11
As the fight against the brutalization of Black Americans continues, we're seeing professional athletes once again using their visibility & platforms to create change. NBA players made the first move last week, in response to Jacob Blake’s shooting. #velshi
3/11
The NBA, whose players are predominantly Black, has made sure the "Black Lives Matter" message has figured prominently on the court & on their jerseys since games restarted this month. On Wednesday, 3 playoff games were postponed due to player strikes. #velshi
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1/13
The First Amendment of the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law... abridging... the right of the people peaceably to assemble.”
This right has been the subject of controversy throughout American history & in this election, protest is becoming pivotal. #velshi
2/13
This summer’s protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd, are really a continuation of a years-long effort to end police violence against Black people. The demonstrations have been violent at times. At other times met with unprovoked violence from authorities. #velshi
3/13
In Minneapolis, I was shot by a rubber bullet during an entirely peaceful protest. At Lafayette Square in DC, the President had federal forces clear out protesters, spraying them with an irritant & beating civilians with batons. These are only recent examples. #velshi
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1/10
Last week, Americans witnessed inspiring speeches from countless Democrats & a few Republicans at the Democratic National Convention. The prevailing themes seemed to be kindness & inclusion: “our better angels” & the nation they would create. #velshi
2/10
I’m not that into the party conventions, even under normal circumstances. They tend to be insider events that are notoriously light on policy. But I acknowledge these gatherings are an opportunity for the party to put its best foot forward. #velshi
3/10
Tomorrow, the Republican National Convention begins. I’m legitimately curious as to how this is going to play out. Never mind putting their best foot forward, but does the Republican Party have anything left that even resembles a foot? #velshi
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1/10
Trump is going to save the world from a satanic cult of pedophiles? The only thing more improbable than QAnon’s beliefs is its incredible rise. Trump & the GOP are now cozying up to far-right, racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic conspiracy theorists. #velshi
2/10
QAnon has quickly leapt out of the deepest, darkest corners of the web into the political mainstream, with both QAnon members & regular old racists winning Republican Congressional primaries in recent weeks. #velshi
3/10
It’s not just conspiracy theorists seeking shelter under the umbrella of the GOP. Laura Loomer—a self-described “proud Islamophobe” banned from multiple social media platforms—won the Republican nomination for Florida's 21st Congressional District. #velshi
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1/9
Why isn't Election Day a national holiday? A majority of Americans support the idea: 71% of Democrats & 59% of Republicans are in favor, according to @pewresearch. #velshi
@pewresearch 2/9
I’m not looking for another day off—if you watch MSNBC a lot, you’ll know that vacation isn’t really my thing. But I AM looking for ways to make voting easier. Voting is literally the most democratic thing we do, yet it can be uniquely difficult. #velshi
@pewresearch 3/9
A study from @pewresearch shows that the U.S. ranks near the bottom of industrialized countries in terms of voter turnout. As you’d expect, hourly wage earners have the lowest turnout, whereas salaried workers—who might set their own schedule—have the highest turnout. #velshi
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1/9
Do you ever get reminded of something you think could be true, but doesn’t SEEM true? That happened to me recently when my colleague asked me if I knew that President Trump had a science advisor. In fact, he does—every president since FDR has had one. #velshi
2/9
Think about it: the President has a scientist on-hand. Someone on call to provide knowledge, facts & figures. So the President can take advice on important measures like the climate crisis, or how to properly observe an eclipse, or how to handle a pandemic. #velshi
3/9
Right now, as the world grapples with the biggest health crisis in 100 years, science & expertise should be THE WHOLE BALLGAME. Yet here in the U.S, as cases rise & more Americans die, Donald Trump shuns science. #velshi
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1/9
Unlike many nations, America has only had men as presidents. Major world powers including Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, South Korea & the UK have all had women as presidents or prime ministers. The list goes on & spans every continent. But not the U.S. #velshi
2/9
Shirley Chisholm, a Black woman, sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972 . Members of the media literally laughed when she announced. Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman to run on a major party ticket when she paired with Walter Mondale in 1984. #velshi
3/9
Then-gov. of Alaska Sarah Palin ran with John McCain in 2008, losing to Barack Obama, who became the country's first BLACK president, something many thought would never happen. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but we all know how that turned out. #velshi
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1/9
We're in the worst recession since the Great Depression, but the S&P 500 is within striking distance of its ALL TIME HIGH. 25 years ago, as a young reporter, I’d have called this good news because, back then, markets served as a barometer for the broader economy. #velshi
2/9
Almost half of Americans surveyed in 2020 say they DO NOT own stock. Among the 55% who DO own stock, >80% of all stocks are owned by the country's wealthiest 10%. That’s just the math. #velshi
3/9
The real problem is that U.S. economic policies overwhelmingly favor the wealthy. We’re facing the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression. The walls are closing in on middle-to-low income Americans. Yet, somehow, the rich have found a way to get richer. #velshi
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1/8
The last recession ended 12 years ago. I covered that recession full-time & my takeaway was that if you went into it in good financial shape, you came out of it richer. But if you went into it stumbling financially, you emerged substantially worse. #velshi
2/8
In the years after the Great Recession, the American economic tide rose, but it didn't lift all boats. It lifted the yachts & submerged the dinghies. #velshi
3/8
Measured by the unemployment rate, GDP growth & average wages, America in between the recessions of 2008 & 2020 LOOKED great. But what so many missed was the growing wealth gap between the rich & everyone else. #velshi
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1/9
This week, Republican Rep. @Jim_Jordan of Ohio used a tightly edited clip of my reporting as part of the Bill Barr hearing. He made it an example of the media condoning chaos & indiscriminate violence. Here’s a longer version of the video for context. #velshi
@Jim_Jordan 2/9
I’ve been honest about the violence. The truth remains that the protests have been largely peaceful. As night falls, law enforcement & demonstrators often clash. But it’s important to remember that the escalation hasn’t been solely at the hands of the protesters. #velshi
@Jim_Jordan 3/9
As we saw in Portland, federal troops used teargas on peaceful veterans & mothers. In Minneapolis, the police shot rubber bullets at protesters & journalists, myself included. People then, as one would expect, reacted. #velshi
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1/10
Abraham Lincoln described America’s government as being “of the people, by the people & for the people.” But the federal government today—the parts we can see in Portland, OR—doesn’t look like a government of the people, or one for the people. #velshi
2/10
One cannot witness federal agents in Portland & arrive at any conclusion other than what Trump’s administration is doing is unconstitutional. Even parts of the government seem to know it's wrong… the DOJ Inspector general is investigating the agency's own response. #velshi
3/10
The 1st Amendment of the Constitution explicitly prevents the government from “prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” That’s the right to protest. #velshi
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1/9
Everything good that Donald Trump has, he inherited. He is not a self-made man, as he likes to profess. He was given $60.7 million by his father to get him started in life. You'd have to be pretty foolish to squander that. #velshi
2/9
Wealth is not the only thing Donald Trump inherited. He inherited a growing economy with low unemployment, strong job growth & the fewest number of uninsured Americans in a decade. You'd be pretty foolish to squander that, too. Yet squander it Trump did. #velshi
3/9
When Trump ran for office, he promised tax cuts, a doubling of economic growth to levels not seen since the 1980s & 25 million new manufacturing jobs. In Donald Trump's lie lay the promise that even the poorest would thrive under his administration. #velshi
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1/6
Today began with news of the loss of a TRUE American leader. John Lewis was born the son of sharecroppers in Alabama & went on to become a fearless leader of the Civil Rights movement, a towering figure in Congress. #velshi
2/6
Lewis’ fight for justice began early in life: as a student, he would organize sit-ins, eventually becoming one of the 13 Freedom Riders & the founder & early leader of SNCC: the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. #velshi
3/6
Lewis' fight against injustice & for his beliefs was not easy. He endured remarkable violence at the hands of authorities as a Freedom Rider & had his skull broken in Selma after leading a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, named for a KKK member. #velshi
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1/8
Trump has made an herculean effort to close the U.S. off to immigrants & refugees with draconian laws & executive orders, and is now using the pandemic as a pretext. This is based on a flawed notion that immigrants reduce wages & hurt American workers. #velshi
2/8
While it’s hard for some to fathom, America NEEDS immigrants. We not only have an aging workforce, but something called a “negative replacement rate”: like most developed nations, we don’t have enough children to replace those who pass away. We are short of people. #velshi
3/8
Donald Trump has talked about doubling or tripling America’s GDP. But GDP is a function of how many people you have working & how much those people create. We are severely constrained on one side of that equation. We have been for decades. #velshi
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1/7
As we inch closer to September, parents, principals & politicians are weighing options for America’s students. Donald Trump has complicated the discussion further by again ignoring warnings from public health officials & pushing for schools to re-open. #velshi
2/7
Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, has even threatened to withhold funding for schools that don’t offer in-person classes. The goal seems to be getting parents back to work—whatever it takes to improve Trump’s flagging re-election prospects. #velshi
3/7
America has used public education as a political football: punishing certain communities while rewarding others. Budgets have been brutally slashed. Teachers have often seen their wages, adjusted for inflation, shrink. So let’s consider NOT returning to normal. #velshi
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1/7
“The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity & independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me… This 4th [of] July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn,” Fredrick Douglass wrote in 1852, when slavery was still going strong.
2/7
Today, 152 years later, we don't have slavery, yet Douglass’ words about the “rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity & independence” sadly still resonate with so many Black Americans. The holiday highlights the depth of inequality in a way not felt since the 1960s.
3/7
We are in unprecedented time of social upheaval, where even our longest-standing institutions face a moment of reckoning. Some see that reckoning as a threat to America’s traditions & way of life. I think it’s a rare opportunity to create a more perfect union. #velshi
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