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Ben Carson calls Obama a psychopath in GQ interview because he looks ‘elegant’

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Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson called President Barack Obama a “psychopath,” a moment captured in a GQ Magazine profile of him published online on Tuesday.

According to correspondent Jason Zengerle, Carson insulted the president while watching this year’s State of the Union address with his business manager, Armstrong Williams. Zengerle wrote:

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As the two men turned to the TV, they began dissecting Obama’s performance.

“He looks good,” Williams said. “He looks clean. Shirt’s white. The tie. He looks elegant.”

“Like most psychopaths,” Carson grumbled. “That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.”

Zengerle also quoted Williams telling Carson, “We don’t have to call him a psychopath. I don’t want you to go to CNN with that kind of mood” before CNN interviewed Carson following Obama’s speech. The story also quotes Carson comparing foreign combatants in the Syrian civil war to “the troublemakers in Ferguson” during a visit to Israel a month earlier.

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“He’s taken the same sincere up-by-the-bootstraps message that he once preached to black children and grafted it onto a worldview promulgated largely on conservative talk radio, validating many of the most provocative sentiments popular on the far right by repeating them in his mellifluous tone,” Zengerle wrote of Carson. “He’s that rarest of breeds: a soft-spoken demagogue.”

Carson announced on March 3 that he was forming an exploratory committee for a possible presidential campaign. Zengerle reported that two political action committees supporting the former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon have raised $19 million between them.

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Two weeks later, Buzzfeed reported that one of his committee members, Jim Dornan, scrubbed a Twitter account filled with insults toward Obama, including one post in which Dornan called him “a complete sociopath.”

Carson finished fourth in this year’s straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), one percentage point behind Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who announced his candidacy for the presidency on Monday.

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Democrats have a plan to weaponize Trump’s Twitter freakouts — and turn his base against him

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According to a report at the Daily Beast, Democratic strategists appear to have found a way to take one of Donald Trump's greatest strengths -- his rampant tweeting to his fans to keep them fired up -- and turn it into a campaign issue that strips away some of those same followers.

Taking aim at Trump's tweets that often dictate the news cycles while also floating policy trial balloons, Democrats hope to match Trump's words with his accomplishments to show that he is all talk -- and no action.

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Trump freezes out longtime friend over alleged inauguration scams: ‘The president doesn’t get any of that money’

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One of President Donald Trump's longest true friends is Los Angeles-based private equity real estate investor Tom Barrack. Their relationship goes back decades, with Barrack helping Trump sell New York's Plaza Hotel in the 1980s, pitching in to fund Trump's father's funeral, and serving as chairman of Trump's inaugural committee.

It is this last point, according to Politico, that has reportedly wrecked the two men's friendship and caused Trump to cut Barrack out of his inner circle.

Federal prosecutors are looking into how funds from the Trump inaugural fund may have been misspent or used to sell favors or influence in the fledgling Trump White House. Barrack has also come under scrutiny for pushing the Trump administration to approve a nuclear power expansion in Saudi Arabia that would have benefited his own businesses.

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Trump ‘puppet master’ Stephen Miller: 21 things you need to know

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Even among the right-wing ideologues doing the actual presidenting in this administration, Stephen Miller stands out for the copious amounts of Kool-Aid he mainlines. Speaking to the New York Times, a Trump team colleague described Miller as “fiercely loyal” to the president, “a true believer in every sense of the word.” Though he joined the campaign in its early days, penning many of the apocalyptic speeches that won fear-drunk Republican hearts and minds, Miller recently got a lot more visibility after a string of television appearances in defense of the Muslim ban. At each stop, Miller showed a flair for the dramatic: he lied, he dodged, he put on his best tyrant’s voice and proclaimed the executive branch above the law. It seemed contrived and forced, like a politically precocious, weasley teenager’s idea of how to command a crowd. According to those who know Miller’s history, that’s not so far off the mark.

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