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Sen. Sanders: GOP’s function in life is to protect the wealthy

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday insisted it was important that the Senate rejected the extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, even though the legislation had no chance of passing the GOP-led House.

“I think what today is about is educating the American people,” he explained on Viewpoint. “And the American people are going to sit home and say, ‘Really, at a time when the wealthy are doing phenomenally well, do we really need to give them huge tax breaks?’ So I just think this helps educate the American people to understand what is going on in Congress. I think the vast majority of the people support our position.”

Sanders said the Republican Party’s only “function in life” was to protect the wealthy. He added that the United States could cut the federal deficit without cutting safety-net programs, but “the wealthiest people and large corporations are going to have to start paying their fair share.”

Sanders also said there was progress being made on efforts to override the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling, which gave rise to Super PACs. He noted that six states and more than 200 cities had called on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling.

“We have one individual who can spend $400 million — the Koch brothers — on a campaign,” he noted. “This is not what American democracy is supposed to be about.”

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Even neo-Nazis think Trump’s racism ‘goes too far sometimes’: Investigative reporter

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An investigative reporter that has embedded with neo-Nazis and Klan members explained Monday that President Donald Trump’s language echoes what these far-right groups have been saying for years.

In an MSNBC panel discussion, Vegas Tenold explained that when Trump says things like this it's almost expected at this point because he's been saying racist things since the birther campaign.

"He’s a racist; we have known for a long time that he is a racist," Tenold said. "'Go back to where you came from,' it’s peak racism, it’s, you know, the original form of racism. He’s been on this thing for a long time."

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Republican slams Trump for eroding ‘the very basis of what America is all about’

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On Monday, President Donald Trump doubled down on comments that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) should leave America if they're so unhappy with the status quo.

He posted a series of tweets making the same point over the weekend. In response, former Ohio Governor John Kasich tweeted his displeasure at the President's behavior.

What @realDonaldTrump said about Democrat women in Congress is deplorable and beneath the dignity of the office. We all, including Republicans, need to speak out against these kinds of comments that do nothing more than divide us and create deep animosity - maybe even hatred.

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Damning CNN timeline shows how Trump ‘thinks white people matter more than nonwhite people’

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CNN's Brianna Keilar on Monday delivered a damning verdict on President Donald Trump's racist attacks on Democratic lawmakers -- and she backed it up with a timeline of the president's bigoted words and actions.

During a segment about Trump’s weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Keilar argued that the president's racism is part of a pattern of bigotry that's followed him throughout his life.

"This fits a pattern to the president who has long made it clear that he thinks white people matter more than nonwhite people, even if they're American," she said. "30 years ago he called for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, five minority youths who were falsely accused of rape. Trump [is] still refusing to believe their innocence 16 years after they were exonerated."

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