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MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan doesn't understand why people are confused that Donald Trump hasn't apologized for hanging out with Nazis and white supremacists at Mar-a-Lago.
Speaking to authoritarianism expert, Ruth Ben-Ghait began her conversation with Hasan by saying that it's the latest example of the "pivot myth," which came from Republicans who claimed Trump would "pivot" to being reasonable and rational in the general election. Then it became Trump would "pivot" after taking office. Then it changed to he would pivot after being impeached. Trump is never going to be normal.
"And among the GOP doing this, this is their very bad faith attempt to pretend that they didn't know that their white nationalist Bannon and Miller and the administration -- and also, that this is very important, just a week after they all took over after the inauguration in 2017, they issued a statement for Holocaust remembrance day that did not include Jews," she recalled. "It left out Jews. Which was a gift to Holocaust deniers, right? And then, when the chief of staff, Reince Priebus, explained this, he refused to, you know, he refused to denounce it, and he said, oh, well everyone's suffering is important. So, he was both sides-ing the Holocaust. Another gift to neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers. So, they have a long history of taking positions that are sympathetic to white nationalists and neo-Nazis."
Hasan noted that he was old enough to remember when Sean Spicer falsely claimed Hitler didn't use chemical weapons against his own people.
Historian Eric Alterman noted the long history of Trump and his allies pushing pro-Nazi rhetoric and violent antisemitism.
"Yet, the mainstream media and also American Jewish organizations and pro-Israel organizations consistently are trying, well, those both sides. There's Trump, and there is Ye, and there are these horrible antisemitic advertisements that Republicans run, but Ilham Omar once said something that we find objectionable. Or some kid and some college says something that we don't like. They're addicted to this both-sided ideology. But also, it's true: people just can't believe how awful Donald Trump is. This is one aspect of it. It's a very important aspect, and as a Jew, I take it quite seriously. But there's just -- it's been a consistent refusal to own up to who Donald Trump really is. He's an antisemite, He's a racist, I could go on for 15 minutes."
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Russian Media Monitor and Daily Beast reporter Julia Davis revealed a startling moment on Russian state television that says a lot about the state of the Vladimir Putin empire.
As the Russian leader continues to wage his war against the people of Ukraine, more and more Russian soldiers are dying and public support is turning against him.
The head of RT, Margarita Simonyan, joined The Evening With Vladimir Solovyov to admit that the Kremlin's elite are starting to worry about being tried for war crimes.
Simonyan claimed that no one in the Russian leadership and state media propagandists like her wanted air strikes against Ukraine and its critical infrastructure.
“I am amazed by our people—and I unfortunately know many of them—including those in very high circles, who are afraid of this and are scared to call things by their proper names because of what people over there may think," said Simonyan, according to Davis. “We could spit on what they think over there! People who are afraid of the Hague—listen, you should be afraid to lose, to be humiliated and be afraid to betray your people. Let me tell you that if we manage to lose, the Hague—whether real or hypothetical—will come even for a street cleaner who is sweeping the cobblestones behind the Kremlin.”
Davis noted that Simonyan also got mixed up saying that Russian forces weren't trying to go after civilian infrastructures like apartment buildings, parks, monuments, and hospitals that have been bombed. So her later comments appeared a bit of a slip from the required text.
Host Vladimir Solovyov closed the interview by threatening nuclear strikes, which he has been doing for months.
They were together for five years and she experienced a lot of abuse. Speaking to Vaughn Hillyard, Cheryl Parsa explained that she came forward to the Daily Beast last week because she felt like there was fraud being perpetrated against the American people by Georgia Senate Candidate Herschel Walker.
In her first on-camera interview just 48 hours before the election, she talked about her relationship with Walker.
"I believe the deception now is on the American people," said Parsa. "And I have to say what I know. I have to tell the Herschel I know."
She isn't the only one to describe a violent relationship. Walker's ex-wife, Sidney Grossman, spoke out in 2008 about a moment he put a gun to her head and told her, "I'm going to blow your f*cking brains out."
"He said, 'You want to see a man? I'll show you a man,'" Parsa recalled, as Walker pressed his forehead against hers while she was against the wall. His saliva dripped all over her face as he spat at her because he was talking with such force. "He had his hand on my throat, my chest, and then he leaned back to throw a punch, and luckily I was able to avoid that. And the punch landed on the wall instead of me."
Georgia voters have not had a problem with an abusive man who came one trigger away from murder.
After initially supporting him, Walker's son, Christian, had a very public breakup in which he revealed that Walker had "threatened to kill us."
"I never really thought I would be in this situation today. Who would have ever thought he would be running for Senate? And I feel compelled to come forward," said Parsa. "But it was the women. It was for me because I had lived in silence for so long, carrying the shame of what I allowed."
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