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'We know he's insane': Former Trump pal claims he's 'shriveling away' as pressure mounts
During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," regular contributor Donnie Deutsch reacted to what co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough called Donald Trump's "day of rage" on Thursday where the former president fired off multiple racist and anti-Semitic attacks at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Just hours after Trump threatened "death and destruction" if he is indicted on misdemeanor charges of making a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, Deutsch, a former longtime friend of Trump's from his New York City days, claimed his former pal is obviously scared to death over his legal problems.
"You someone who has known Donald Trump for a long time," MSNBC Jonathan Lemire prompted. "There is reporting this week about him being arrested this week, how it will be good publicity. You know, smile for the cameras were there to be a perp walk. "
Lemire added, "This is a man who clearly, and these posts show, wants nothing to do with being charged with a crime."
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"I think for his base, they love it," Deutsch began. "I don't think he loses a lot of votes, but he certainly loses the opportunity to get back any of those independents, any of the suburban voters. And I think the Reverend [Al Sharpton] really kind of nailed in the last hour, You're really seeing -- this is a frightened man at this point."
"I'm going to use one of his terms: this is a caged animal who is backed in the corner, " he continued. "He's looking that way and he's acting that way -- and he's unhinged and it is so frightening though, when he went through those disgusting anti-Semitic racial tropes, that 'Soros-backed animal,' you might as well say dirty Jew Black animal, you might as well say those words because that is what he's saying. And the fact that other Republicans, including [Florida Gov. Ron} DeSantis, the number one challenger, does the same thing, does the Soros thing, the same 'Jew-backing' this Black man -- and one used the word 'master' -- I think that was [Rep. Elise] Stefanik and whatnot -- that's the stunning talk."
"We know Trump is insane," he added. "We know he has lost his mind, we know he's just continually, continually shriveling away."
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The Islamic State group killed 15 people foraging for desert truffles in conflict-ravaged central Syria by cutting their throats, while 40 others are missing, a war monitor said Friday.
Since February, at least 150 people -- most of them civilians -- have been killed by IS attacks targeting truffle hunters or by landmines left by the extremists, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Syria's desert truffles fetch high prices in a country battered by 12 years of war and a crushing economic crisis.
"At least 15 people, including seven civilians and eight local pro-regime fighters, were killed by IS fighters who slit their throats while they were collecting truffles on Thursday," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.
Forty others are missing following the attack in Hama province, he added.
Syrian state media did not immediately report the incident.
Between February and April each year, hundreds of impoverished Syrians search for truffles in the vast Syrian Desert, or Badia -- a known hideout for jihadists that is also littered with landmines.
The monitor said that IS was taking advantage of the annual harvest of the desert fungus delicacy to carry out attacks in remote locations.
Foragers risk their lives to collect the delicacies, despite repeated warnings about landmines and IS fighters.
The Syrian Desert is renowned for producing some of the best quality truffles in the world.
The prized fungus can sell for up to $25 per kilo ($11 per pound) depending on size and grade -- in a country where the average monthly wage is around $18.
Earlier this month, IS fighters killed three truffle hunters and kidnapped at least 26 others in northern Syria, according to the monitor, which relies on a vast network of sources inside Syria.
That attack happened near positions held by pro-Iran forces, said the Britain-based Observatory.
In February, IS fighters on motorcycles opened fire on truffle hunters, killing at least 68 people, the war monitor said at the time.
After IS lost their last scraps of territory in March 2019 following a military onslaught backed by a US-led coalition, IS remnants in Syria mostly retreated to hideouts in the desert.
They have since used such hideouts to ambush civilians, Kurdish-led forces, Syrian government troops and pro-Iranian fighters, while also mounting attacks in neighboring Iraq.
Syria's war has claimed the lives of around half a million people and displaced millions since it erupted in March 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
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Melania 'surrounded by people who never talk about reality' to survive Trump scandals: report
Melania Trump is living an unreal existence at Mar-a-Lago apart from her husband, and she "remains angry" at him over the hush money scandal that could land him under criminal indictment.
The former first lady lives in separate quarters from Donald Trump at their private club, and her parents also live there along with son Barron, who turned 17 years old on Monday, but a social source told People that she doesn't dwell much on her husband's legal problems.
"Melania is leading her own life, and still feels happy being at Mar-a-Lago, surrounded by people who love her and who never talk about reality, or bad things about her husband," the source told the magazine.
The ex-president apparently expects to be indicted for falsifying records related to a hush money payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels to hide their alleged affair shortly before the election, and the source said the 52-year-old Melania Trump has been angry since the scheme was first reported five years ago.
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"She remains angry and doesn't want to hear [the alleged hush money payment] mentioned," the source said. "She is aware of who her husband is and keeps her life upbeat with her own family and a few close friends."
Although she doesn't share the same living quarters as her husband, the couple often have dinner together or attend events at the resort club.
"She does very well with all of her socializing duties," the source said. "They still see friends for dinner at the club, but live separately and do what they want on their own. They don't spend that much time together."
Melania has largely stayed out of her husband's legal affairs, which also involve investigations into his incitement of the Jan. 6 insurrection and classified documents improperly stored at Mar-a-Lago.
"[She] wants to ignore it and hopes it will pass," the source said, "but she doesn't sympathize with Donald's plight."