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Ratner joins celebrities in video asking Congress to fight Trump

From The Hill, 1/3/17, Celebs call on Congress to 'Stand Up' to Trump:
A slew of high-profile stars — including Sally Field, former "The View" co-host Rosie Perez, “Westworld’s” Jeffrey Wright, Keegan-Michael Key and “Boardwalk Empire” actor Steve Buscemi — are calling on Congress to “vigorously oppose” any of President-elect Donald Trump’s “racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, anti-worker, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-environmental policies.”
...The [video] message — which asks supporters to sign a MoveOn.org petition to be sent to members of Congress — was created by the social media campaign Humanity for Progress, formerly known as the pro-Hillary Clinton group, Humanity for Hillary.
Here's the petition.

Enter Ratner

EW mentions that the video also " features an appearance by New York City developer Bruce Ratner." Indeed, there he is, at 20 seconds, somberly saying "hate crimes are rising" (since Trump won) and at 45 seconds saying "we demand that you vigorously oppose him" (to the extent Trump pursues racist, sexist, anti-immigrant policies, etc.).

Well, credit Ratner for sticking his neck out, expressing sentiments that surely many others in his field share but are unwilling to admit publicly. 

However, Ratner's firm Forest City Ratner and parent Forest City Realty Trust must pursue value for shareholders. So they do developer-y things like require gag orders or just make stuff up.

And if that means lobbying--with Republican Al D'Amato, a Trump ally--in Washington and making deals with the Republican administration, well, don't be surprised. However much a professed liberal Democrat, Ratner worked quite well with Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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