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Part of me almost flinched to imagine the lip-smacking glee that reporters got out of pushing Marco Rubio—the son of Cuban immigrants—on the issue of whether or not he supports the 14th amendment. The problem here is that there’s no way to ask the question that doesn’t carry the implication, “How much of your basic dignity are you willing to peddle out to get votes?” Because there’s exactly no chance that there’s enough political momentum going to repeal the 14th amendment, which means the entire issue is one of racist grand-standing. Rachel Maddow explained the issue on her show:

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In sum, asking the question, “Do you wish to repeal the 14th amendment?” is a way of saying, “Is your campaign angling to get the racist vote by taking potshots at the children of immigrants?” And lest any motherfuckers whine that this is just about the children of illegal immigrants, let me point out that without birthright citizenship, there’s a strong possibility that the children of legal immigrants would lose a whole shitload of rights as well. One thing the birthright citizenship does is expedite the process of integrating an immigrant family into the U.S. If that was replaced with a system where the baby also had to go through an onerous citizenship process, then that would not only be an unnecessary headache, but would likely create a bunch of stateless people. I don’t imagine Rubio enjoys having to answer a question that is functionally, “Would you prefer to rewrite the laws of the country so someone like yourself is a second class citizen?”

The terse response from one of Rubio’s campaign aides only reinforces my sense that this whole exercise is basically insulting. By the way, I found this part of the Orlando Sentinel coverage amusing:

The crusade against illegal immigration is interpreted by many Hispanics as a crusade against Hispanics.

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Which is a way of saying, “Many Hispanics perceive reality accurately and adjust their votes accordingly.”

That this election cycle is being dominated by racist resentment is a matter of fact, not opinion. This is all very simple. A lot of loud-mouthed Tea Crackers are spreading racist myths like it’s gonna get them laid, Republican politicians feel this is an issue to demagogue about, and this increases the presence of these myths and stereotypes in the mainstream media. The end result is, I suspect, that none of the racist legislation the Tea Crackers want gets passed, but the Republicans do a bang-up job of establishing themselves as the Party of Racists right when the country as a whole is becoming more racially diverse and less racist.

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’

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Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."

Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."

Spotted at a Biden event in the Hamptons: Fmr. Trump WH Comms Director Anthony @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/PWVTZ8Qm15

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