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Presidential campaign adviser | Lebanese Civil War survivor | Chart-topping remixer/keyboardist | @LeelaDaou's husband | More: https://t.co/ZxMURuhleQ
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Dec 6 4 tweets 2 min read
HUNTER BIDEN: FOLLOW THE MONEY 🧵

I'm writing this thread as a former Democratic insider who is sick of double standards.

The #HunterBiden story is REAL.

He leveraged his father's high rank in the duopoly to rake in millions. Pure corruption.

Same goes for the Trump kids... HUNTER BIDEN 🧵

Hunter used his proximity to Joe Biden's power to secure millions in foreign $. It defies logic his father was unaware.

And how about the Trump family grift:

"Donald Trump exploited loopholes to build a White House rife with nepotism."

apps.bostonglobe.com/opinion/graphi…
Dec 2 5 tweets 2 min read
Hey Elon -

Extremists on far right:

"KILL BLACK PEOPLE, GAY PEOPLE AND JEWS!"

'Extremists' on far left:

"GIVE EVERYONE HEALTH CARE AND A HOME!" To elaborate.

Musk is repeating the tired corporate media trope, "If I'm pissing both sides off, I'm doing something right."

Here's why that's a moral cop-out:

The extreme right in U.S. politics controls the GOP and has significant influence. It is violent and racist.
Nov 8 6 tweets 3 min read
THE DIRTY SECRET 🧵

As a former adviser in the belly of the establishment, I can tell you that Democratic leaders prefer a Republican Congress.

Allow me to explain...

#ElectionDay #Election2022 Dem party leaders have one overarching job:

Uphold the current system -- which keeps them funded and reelected.

That involves enriching and protecting their big donors.

But they have to maintain the appearance of "fighting" the GOP to appease their voters...
Mar 5 4 tweets 1 min read
PLEASE NOTE: I've renamed my newsletter Direct Daou from Direct Left.

In all honesty, the Ukraine situation has made me realize I just don't know enough to understand/define leftism.

Going forward, I'll identify as 'independent' so that I don't contribute to leftist divisions. I welcome your feedback.

With all sincerity, I thought I could get a handle on defining leftism enough to self-identify as a leftist.

But I realize I'm just adding to the confusion rather than helping.

As I've said recently, I'm probably closest to anarchism in my views...
Feb 28 5 tweets 2 min read
How would the world react if the U.S. whipped #Ukrainian refugees from horses and locked their children in cages? Spare me the bullshit "they weren't whips, they were reins" retort.

I know exactly what I'm looking at.

Do this to a blond, blue-eyed asylum seeker and see how the world reacts.
Feb 26 4 tweets 2 min read
FOR THE CHILDREN OF #UKRAINE

I just wrote and played this as a prayer for peace and healing.

thesanctuary.substack.com/p/innocence MUSIC HEALS

Playing piano is what helped me recover from the emotional scars of a childhood in war. (And the Yamaha piano I learned to play on doubled as a barricade during the war.)

Here's another piano meditation I wrote and played for you...

thesanctuary.substack.com/p/illumination
Feb 24 7 tweets 2 min read
I was Jake Sullivan's colleague at the Clinton campaign. And I know half the senior people around Biden and Harris.

And I'm concerned as fuck tonight.

Interpret that as you will.

#Ukraine #RussianInvasion I'm not trying to be cagey. I don't trust these people to handle a crisis like this.
Feb 10 4 tweets 2 min read
BREAKING: Nancy Pelosi calls for a strong Republican Party.

Pelosi says America "needs a strong Republican Party. They've made great contributions to our country."

Here are previous quotes from Democratic leaders supporting the GOP instead of a leftist party.

directleft.com/p/joe-biden-pr…
Feb 8 5 tweets 2 min read
PIANO FOR YOU - THE SANCTUARY

As part of @DirectLeft, I've created a peaceful space where you can get a break from politics. It features my original piano meditations + @leeladaou's beautiful photos.

May it bring you some tranquility and healing 🙏🏽❤️

thesanctuary.substack.com/p/reflection-1 thesanctuary.substack.com/p/simplicity
Feb 2 4 tweets 2 min read
THREAD - Money Over Lives: America's Deadly Pandemic Policy

#COVID19 is killing Americans at much higher rates than citizens of other wealthy nations. Blame the capitalist criminals of the ruling parties.

directleft.com/p/money-over-l… Democratic propaganda calls this a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” to conceal the Biden administration’s horribly inadequate vaccine-only strategy and its reckless claim that the pandemic would end by July 4th, 2021.
Jan 30 5 tweets 2 min read
Nazis on the streets in Florida.

REMINDER:

#ANTIFA = ANTI-FASCIST

directleft.com/p/antifa-means…
Jan 23 4 tweets 2 min read
Was doing a show with my band in Paris (part backing track, part live). Lost power on all the gear except the piano so had to play solo until it was fixed.

#musicianstories Played one of the first ever raves in LA, at the Shrine. Late 80s or early 90s.

#musicianstories
Jan 11 8 tweets 2 min read
THREAD - What's a Leftist?

My working definition:

"A leftist strives to eradicate existing systems of oppression, discrimination, and exploitation by fundamentally restructuring how humans coexist and cooperate."

peterdaou.substack.com/p/whats-a-left… What's a Leftist? (cont.)

"It’s strange to be a leftist in America. You’re attacked as an 'extremist' for wanting everyone to have health care. You’re called a 'Republican enabler' by liberals who unironically support the Lincoln Project and admire Bush and Cheney."
Nov 3, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
Why Democrats Lose (THREAD)

As a former Dem insider, hear me out:

After 20 years of waking up to yet another miserable Dem defeat, I realized this is the DESIRED outcome. By watering down real progress, Biden, Pelosi, etc. actively preserve the system and keep the GOP strong. Why Democrats Lose (cont.)

For too long, I subscribed to the common myth that Democrats lose because they "bring a knife to a gunfight," i.e. that they are well-meaning but ineffectual in the face of the fascist GOP.

But the facts say otherwise...
Nov 2, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
💵***CHALLENGE TO MUSK & BEZOS***

GIFT $10K TO EVERY HOMELESS PERSON IN AMERICA.

Dear @ElonMusk and @JeffBezos - your combined net worth is more than half a trillion💲.

A little more than 1% of that could give every U.S. homeless person $10,000.

WILL YOU DO IT TODAY? 💵***CHALLENGE TO MUSK & BEZOS***

BACKGROUND:

In 2020, Jeff Bezos tacked on $75B to his net worth. Elon Musk has added more than $50B to his wealth in just the past few months. Musk recently said he'd consider selling $6 billion of Tesla stock to address global hunger...
Oct 28, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
If you're blaming only Manchin and Sinema, Biden and Pelosi thank you for being their dupes. Allow me to explain.

This, my friends, is Biden/Pelosi's actual agenda:

NO MINIMUM WAGE HIKE

NO STUDENT DEBT RELIEF

NO KILLING THE FILIBUSTER

NO MEDICARE FOR ALL

NO SCOTUS EXPANSION

NO ABOLISHING ICE

NO SHUTTING CHILD CAGES

NO END TO DRONING KIDS

NO REAL CLIMATE ACTION
Oct 27, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
MANCHIN

IS

DOING

BIDEN

AND

PELOSI'S

BIDDING.

How do people still not see this????????? I mean, really, the truth is staring us in the face:

Oct 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Irregardless.
I could care less.
Disorientated.
Speciality.
Ekcetera.
Begs the question (used incorrectly).

Any others? Another:

"If I would have" instead of "If I had..."
Oct 3, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Well, there it is.

@AOC praises Biden as a "good faith partner" and says, "I am fighting for HIS agenda with the #BuildBackBetter act."

This is effectively an endorsement of the corporate Dem establishment.

Here is Biden's full agenda:

◼️Kids in cages
◼️Migrants whipped
◼️Racist policing
◼️Huge military budget
◼️More oil drilling
◼️No minimum wage hike
◼️No filibuster reform
◼️No court expansion
◼️No medicare for all
◼️No green new deal
◼️No abolishing ICE
◼️No student debt help
Sep 22, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
NO MORAL COMPASS

"President Biden has deployed some of the most aggressive approaches to immigration put in place by former President Donald J. Trump."

nytimes.com/2021/09/22/us/… HEINOUS:

"The Biden administration has kept in place a Trump-era policy that allows them to expel some immigrants and asylum-seekers at the border without the opportunity to request protection."

buzzfeednews.com/article/adolfo…
Sep 21, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Another day under Dem Party rule.

◼️Black asylum-seekers being whipped.

◼️Migrant children locked in cages.

◼️2,000+ people dying of COVID daily.

◼️Oil drilling rampant as the earth burns.

◼️US still droning babies to death.

◼️Billionaires getting richer by the minute. Meanwhile...

◼️No minimum wage hike

◼️No filibuster reform

◼️No court expansion

◼️No medicare for all

◼️No green new deal

◼️No student debt help

◼️No consequences for Trump's thugs