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Alex Mohajer

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Bros4Hillary is leading a national grassroots effort to #AuditTheVote, #Recount2016, and #FlipTheElectoralCollege. On November 14th we published our Open Letter to the American People explaining why we are leading this effort. The Daily Digest offers you an up-to-date and comprehensive guide to of all the news, information, and resources you need to help.

  • UPDATE  Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm
    • PA Recount Explained: The state level recount has been blocked by Trump. Stein plans to move forward in federal court.
  • UPDATE  Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
    • Potentially criminal conflict(s) of interest in Donald Trump’s business holdings, including ties to Russia, Vladimir Putin and other foreign entities that run afoul of Article I Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution [*]
    • A systemic failure by the news media to serve as editorial gatekeepers, differentiate false equivalencies, or to report on falsehoods propagated about the Democratic nominee.[*]
    • 100,000 total votes across Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan gave Donald Trump the electoral college victory in an election where 135 million votes were cast. Meanwhile, millions of valid absentee, provisional, and machine-error ballots are disqualified. [8]
  • UPDATE – Monday, November 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

    1. Senator Lindsey Graham’s office at (202) 224-5972, Ext. 2: “I support Senator Graham’s investigation into Russia’s participation in the election of Donald Trump.”

    2. Department of Justice, Voting/Civil Rights Division: 1-800-253-3931, Ext. 5. “Investigate voter fraud or tampering.”

    3. House Oversight Committee at (202) 225-5074. “Bipartisan review Trump financials/conflicts interest.”

    4. House Speaker Paul Ryan at (202) 225-3031. “Trump’s business conflicts of interest, his appointments of racists to his cabinet, voter fraud and Trump repealing Obamacare.”

  • UPDATE – November 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
    • Daily Kos: A Los Angeles-based lawyer has filed a federal law suit seeking an injunction against the Electoral College. He is calling on lawyers in every state to follow suit.
  • UPDATE – November 16, 2016 at 2:40 p.m.
    • For those who are interested in our effort to insist that Electors vote in accordance with the national popular vote and vote for Hillary Clinton, Flip the 37 has compiled a list of individual electors, or a master e-mail list that you can e-mail in one fell swoop. I wonder if the Official Bros4Hillary Call Team still has any bark left on their bite… -AM

Your Updates for Monday, November 20, 2016:

  • Sign a new Change.com petition which seeks an audit of the 2016 presidential election.
  • The movement to petition members of the Electoral College to throw their votes behind Clinton has found a major endorsement by Lady Gaga, ABC News reports.
  • IB Times reports: Trump, Clinton Latest Election Votes 2016: Who Won The Popular Vote? 7 Million Ballots Remain As Gap Widens
  • Use Call to Action – A great call tool for members who want to make calls to their elected officials. Just type in your address, get your Rep’s number, and a simple script www.usecalltoaction.com/
  • Former members of THE OFFICIAL BROS4HILLARY CALL TEAM may take some interest in our compilation of phone calls for you to make today, courtesy of Voices4HIllary:

1. Call Senator Lindsey Graham’s office at (202) 224-5972, push 2 if you get the recording. Tell the staff member “I support Senator Graham’s investigation into Russia’s participation in the election of Donald Trump.”

2. Call the Department of Justice, Voting/Civil Rights Division: 1-800-253-3931. Ext. 5. Tell them you want to make sure the DOJ is investigating any possibility of voter fraud or tampering.

3. Call the House Oversight Committee tell them you support the call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s financials and conflicts of interest. (202) 225-5074.

4. Call Paul Ryan’s office express your concern about Trump’s business conflicts of interest, his appointments of racists to his cabinet, voter fraud and Trump repealing Obamacare call (202) 225-3031.


Alex Mohajer is the political director of Bros4Hillary. You may contact him at alex@bros4hillary.com or tweet him at @alexmohajer.

 

Named one of OUT Magazine's 100 Most Eligible Bachelors of 2017, Alex Mohajer is a controversial up-and-coming political writer and commentator whose unapologetic post-election commentary made him one of the most shared contributors at The Huffington Post. He is the first journalist in America to openly impugn the presidency of Donald Trump in a major publication. Mohajer is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bros4America (formerly Bros4Hillary), a progressive advocacy organization that gained national recognition during the 2016 presidential election for its efforts to elect Hillary Clinton. Named by LGBTQ Nation to their Top 8 People Working to Elect Hillary Clinton. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley where he studied politics with progressive champion Robert Reich, and a Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law, where he studied constitutional law with conservative hero Hugh Hewitt. While in law school, he was awarded "Most Likely To Be Held in Contempt" by his graduating class. He has been interviewed for or featured on The Fox News Channel, PolitiFact, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, LA and NY Times, AfterBuzz TV, OUT and Instinct Magazine(s), Dan Savage Blog, TheWrap, Yahoo News, New York Public Radio, The David Pakman Show, The Ann Walker Show, the Hugh Hewitt Show, and more. Alex is an author, public/motivational speaker, and an award-winning singer, actor, and solo artist who was nominated for a 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Male Cabaret Artist. Alex lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Bruce Wayne. Press inquiries and bookings: press@bros4america.com

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  1. Christopher C. Gagliardi

    November 21, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    A passionate letter to the Electoral College

    To the people of the Electoral College,

    I write today on behalf of all Americans from every walk of life, and especially Americans who have special needs. I write because I am voicing my utmost appeal to you to make a historic decision that can be done, and I write this with the fullest understanding from the depths of my heart.

    I am a 35 year old male loving life indeed to the fullest, enjoying everything that makes America a place that I love very much from going to the movies, just about anything that I absolutely enjoy. But you see, 35 years ago, I wasn’t always like this. Thirty-five years ago, I was born with a challenge, that challenge today is called “Infantile Autism”. At that time, years ago, even though no one really understood autism, my frequent “Tantrums” along with my “Aloof” affect and along with my inability to speak baffled my mother. However, I felt like a caged animal and totally frustrated because I lacked the ability to explain things that were happening. From my perspective, it was overwhelming, too stimulating, anything I touched would have a effect on me. I was very oblivious to the fact that was unable to communicate, as a young boy I didn’t have the normal reactions that a regular person would have, I never cried or showed discomfort when I was hungry or needed a diaper changed I couldn’t tell the difference between mom or a person and a piece of furniture. However, it was my mom who said that my Cherub-like face which kept her going and that it opened the doors to my future in society.

    I was the only one who knew how hard it was to be Autistic, because I lived it. I realized that all my experiences made me feel so alone because I felt that nobody understood and I didn’t realize that I wasn’t talking. My hometown didn’t have the correct special education program in the radius of schools that I could be involved with. As a result, from what I could recall, I was always bused out to other public schools that would accept me, among them were Anna C. Scott Elementary School in Leonia, The W. Arthur Skewes elementary school and as I got older, there was also Ridgefield Memorial High School, the two schools I mentioned are in Ridgefield, New Jersey. There were many things that I had to deal with in being bused-out, among them was the transitioning from home and town environment to the new environment and school system. People with special needs are expected acclimate, even in school, to such things as holidays, decorating the classrooms and many other activities. With no steps to help me transition, to me this was torturous and painful. The other thing that I had to endure as with many with special needs is the horrific pain and torture of Bullying in all forms such as name calling, physical violence, etc. I was called many names such as “Slow” & “Retarded” but because at the time my language abilities were not available to me, I didn’t have the capacity to tell my mom what was happening.

    I had the great fortune to be able to have teachers, friends, and strangers throughout my life to work with my mom side by side to get me to a point where I was able to enjoy the things a “normal” person would enjoy in school from being in music class and in choral groups, to activities like Interactive club, etc in addition, I also had a very good school-to-work program in High School that gave me the opportunities from working in Hospitals to a College Television studio, two hotels and a fast food restaurant, all these things that I wouldn’t have had the pleasure to enjoy if I wasn’t helped to step out of the box to be included in life. My mom also got me involved in my IEP meetings and it helped me be able to speak out to the people who were building the blueprint for my future. This is when I decided to get involved in speaking out to support rights for those who needed them It has helped me develop a great attitude and confidence in which I felt I can do anything, I was very fortunate to have the warmth and the endless and continuous support of people who still believe in me. I had so many breakthroughs in my life, including when I was 16 years old allowing my mom to hug me for the first time after a very bad encounter with Bullying both in school and on the bus (both to school and FROM school). From that time on, I had more realization about what I really wanted to start doing in life. I wanted a little acting, a little musical career, and then I realized also that I CAN DO BOTH by being politically involved and the other was community service and helped me a massive deal. So it was at that moment, I started to shape my life through the political scene by starting my career in High School politics and being involved in the democratic process by doing things to get the message out about the rights of people with special needs as well. I started out as an office representative and then, as time progressed, I ran for Student Council president, now many people thought that it seemed virtually impossible for me to assume the responsibilities of such a large position and some were a bit afraid that I would be disappointed that I wouldn’t be elected because I wasn’t ready and able to do such a feat. However, as if fate, love, the support of every single individual and more were on my side, I transformed the impossible to the possible…AND WON because I had refused to hear the one word that was negative: “Surrender”!

    After completing my term as SC president and high school, I took a chance on college, but because Autism was NOT YET fully addressed properly they did not have the correct transitional program for me to attend it. I am on hold for college as of right now. Because of my work as a community activist, I was honored in 2005 by many of my political peers as a hero and heroine among Bergen County’s residents.

    There is more to my story, dedicating a life to fighting for change through the power of politics is NO SMALL EASY feat; I tried many attempts to do things to bring the issues that affect the citizens with special needs. My first involvement was with working the telephones to get the people out to vote, which made me get more interested in seeing how far I can go on to other things to get my message across. I had been reading horrific reports on the mistreatment and abuse that people with special needs were getting, after I had read them, I got very angry and I was appalled and really said to myself: “Someone has to give the people all across the country a voice now more than ever!” So, after some serious thought, I decided to run for the New Jersey state assembly in the 37th legislative district. At that time, there was NO ONE as far as I was concerned that could really represent the physically and mentally challenged citizens in the state of New Jersey. I wanted and STILL WANT change and I felt that it was THE TIME that I stepped up to make it happen. So, I tested it out to see how and how much I could get the word out and how much more I would need to do in order to participate in the election. I began by finding out how to get onto the ballot, and then after I completed that mission, the next step was to go on the train to bring the signatures of the petition to Trenton, New Jersey. I asked my mother to come along; however she wanted me to try it on my own, so I did do just that, just to prove how serious I was and still am for change in this country that I love so deeply. Mom was a bit afraid for me to try this, yet, somehow, the story of me attempting a run for political office got attention in media outlets and the story reached as far as The Northwest United States.

    As fate would have it, through the support of my friends, family, and the strong desire to get my message across, I won 15% of the vote in the primaries in the summer of 2009. Even my former opponents were very impressed and they appointed me as the 1st special needs outreach advocate and I am also one of the self-advocate advisors to Autism New Jersey. One of the jobs that I had and still have is to promote issues that affect the community of the physically and mentally challenged in our state. We were able to have two piece of legislation passed, one was to remove the word “retarded” from written legislation and the second is one of my most proudest accomplishments, the passage of one of the most toughest anti-bullying laws in the history of The United States. Since then, things happened in my life that made me grow up a bit more than I planned and expected. My mom had gone through breast cancer 3 xs and numerous surgeries in her spine and more. It was scary, but my mom said to me: “You can do this, I have no doubt.” It has taking me time to absorb it all, because at this time, I am developing my independent skills. All these things that I have been able to experience in life, were the result of the support of the people who loved and cared for me and in addition, those who are still there to guide me along the way, every single step and every single mile of my life from the first day that I came upon the earth.

    I am proud of the fact that I am able to enjoy the liberties that have been given to me and that I had to earn very hard for and solemnly take responsibility to keep them with me, there is another word I want to use right now and that is the word: “INCLUSION”. What does it mean you may ask yourselves, I will tell you right now what it has meant to me and still mean to me in my life: Inclusion means to eradicate the exclusion from the minds of those who think still that physically and mentally challenged people cannot enjoy life in school, or in society. To me, that is just plain WRONG. Inclusion absolutely means to be included in academics and in all activities such as music, art, government, science, etc. For me, if it had not been for all those who helped me be able to be included in things, I wouldn’t be able to tell you my story and inspire all of you. A dear friend and great mentor of mine, a teacher by the name of Peter Noonan always told me whenever I had doubts about my abilities or felt like I had failed these words that still ring true especially for this time in our nation’s history: “You create your own destiny!” This now leads me to this next part as to why I ABSOLUTELY MUST remind you all now, of the importance of this election and how will this affect not just me, but millions upon millions of people with special needs in our country. I was absolutely in HORRIFYING SHOCK as Donald J. Trump during one of his campaign stops, mocked a reporter with special needs, when you attacked someone with special needs and mocked him, it is not only a violation of his right to do his job, IT IS A VIOLATION of all rights of every single citizen with special needs and their families, period!

    I cannot and will not allow such a travesty of injustice to be done, not just to those who struggle with special needs day after day, week after week, year after year, as well as against all women, LGBTQPIA citizens, and citizens of every faith, nationality and so forth. They all should be not only must be honored for what they have done for improving this great country, but also to be given the same and historic opportunities that this nation has given to me. This is the 21st century and there is someone with courage, compassion, grace, dignity and more throughout her entire life that has gone above and beyond the call of duty and fighting for every single individual in this great country and the planet we live upon. Who is this person? Hillary Clinton that’s who this person is, she not only has been on the front lines since her early days as one of the attorneys for the children’s defense fund in Massachusetts, to her role as first lady in Arkansas fighting for families who were going through hardships and trials, then as the first lady of this great land and fighting to make healthcare more affordable, then senator of NY fighting for law enforcement to get health aid because of the horrific attacks of 9/11 and as secretary of state standing up for human rights for every single person in this world. You see, Time after time after time again she has proven herself to be VERY MUCH QUALIFIED to be a strong leader not just for America and for the world, she has the power to make a difference in this world and to build a future for the next generation. And that is something I strongly believe in, a future for the next generation to wake up each and every day being able to go to school in peace without being bullied because of our religion, our preference of gender, preference in sexuality, etc. for all people to go to work and get the same pay and raises in our salaries, etc. and recognize women who not only done great things for this nation, but can do more for the world. Donald trump on the other hand DOES NOT represent America, the only thing that he represents is the almighty dollar, and that is what he considers us to him…money in his pocket, and a war-monger. Think about the hardships and the struggles that people like myself who have endured for so long in silence due to Bullying, etc. because of what we have instead what we can achieve and contribute to the progress of America and the world. I am a human being, my life has value, my freedom I do not take lightly, all that my mom and I fought for is something we cherish deeply and yet you do not see us as citizens of America trying to show the greatness of what people with special needs CAN DO AND ACCOMPLISH! It is the fear Donald Trump used to make us feel small, unappreciated and worse. Hillary Clinton though sees us, people with special needs, women who fought very hard to have their voices heard, and more as citizens of a great planet. Ronald Reagan, in his famous speech: “A time for choosing” was correct as to when he said that all of us have a destiny, and he is right.

    Think about the people who didn’t have a voice to speak up or stand up against the evil of the world many years ago. Think about how powerless people with special needs felt, Isolate and alone. Think about those things, and more.

    And now, think about this when you do your electoral collage , ask yourself: “Do I want a president who has abused, dishonored, mistreated, mocked, and harassed many people because of gender, etc. Do I want a president who my kids can look to who says “It is locker room talk”? Do I want a president who cares only about building a wall to isolate and deny those who seek the American dream? Do I want a president who wants to lead our country down a dark path of bigotry, hate, distrust? Do I want a president who has a temperament of a 2 year old?”

    OR…..

    “Do I want a president who will embrace all people and give every single person a chance to live and dream big, to inspire change, to be included in life, no matter what preference of gender, religion, etc.?” “Do I want a president with a iron-clad plan where the mission of America is PROGRESS going #ONWARD #UPWARD #FORWARD and beyond?” “Do I want a president who I can be proud of for taking a risk and WINNING because the people believed strongly enough by taking a chance twice to elect someone, not because of the color of their skin, but the content of their character?” “Do I want a president who as a mother did so much to make sure our children have a future to live and to dream and do?” “Do I want a president who will fight to make sure that FINALLY all people get the fair share of the American Dream and be able to stand on their own two feet and triumph, going to work every day to provide for all families including my own?” and the last and most important question of all:

    “Do I want a President that will make sure that the young man , who fought so hard and is continuing to fight harder for inclusion can finally be embraced by the world so that he can lead the next generation towards a better tomorrow?” Donald Trump “stole” the election from us, the people, and IT IS UP TO YOU now more than ever before in the history of humanity and in the history of The United States for the very first time, to stand up to this man and say: “HATE ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT Belong here nor in the white house, LOVE DOES BELONG in America and the world!

    NOW…is the time!

    NOW….is OUR moment to seize!

    NOW….is our moment to make history!

    NOW….is the opportunity that has been given to us
    for now, we can be Stronger Together and FINALLY heal this land from this divisive moment in history.

    I WANT TO HONOR ALL MOTHERS, ALL WOMEN everywhere who gave so much, who have done so much throughout history and it is time for all of us to say in ONE MIGHTY LOUD VOICE: THANK YOU by MAKING SURE that HILLARY CLINTON IS GIVING THE HIGHEST HONOR, THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT, THE OPPORTUNITY to be President Of The United States of America.

    Now, is your moment to think about it and your chance to do what is right for the future of this country. I pray and ask from my heart that on behalf of “We, the people” you make the right choice for this country, for our planet, for our future. And you can finally hear the cry that “Love Trumps Hate” that “Good Can Win over Evil” and that “We The People Are Still With Her” and to finally say that Mr. Donald Trump is NOT OUR PRESIDENT nor will ever be!

    Please….for the sake of our country and for the people with special needs who fought so hard to be included in society Remember Me! Please….for all those who fought so hard for their right to be heard and seen and that they are making a difference in the world as leaders… Remember The Women! And most of all please…no matter what preference of gender, religion, nationality, etc. for the sake of the people who seriously seek The dream of equality, justice, love, compassion, etc. in the name of the great heroes who gave their all for us to live in peace and freedom to be who we ABSOLUTELY want to be… Remember The People when you do have your College on the 19th of December and think about all these things.

    This country’s future rest with you, it is now, in your hands!

    Very sincerely yours,

    Christopher C. Gagliardi
    A Autistic American

  2. Alex Mohajer

    Alex Mohajer

    November 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Christopher, would you give me permission to post this to our website? If so, please e-mail me at alex@bros4hillary.com with a photo that I may use and your city and state. Thank you!

  3. Rebecca Poage

    December 3, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Christopher is an inspiration and he and his mother are to be commended. Alex, thank you for including this on your site. As a mental health provider with experience in advocacy for special needs children, youth & adults, I strongly echo his message.

  4. Christopher C. Gagliardi

    December 4, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Hello alex, yes, you may indeed post this letter to your website, I also added pics as I e-mailed you, I hope u are well.

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