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Chris Matthews: Republicans must think their base voters are ‘wearing sheets’

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Chris Matthews said Republicans must think their base voters are white supremacists.

“Some of these guys talk like they think the base is wearing sheets, though,” Matthews said. “I think they may have underestimated who the Republican voter is.”

Matthews examined recent statements during his MSNBC program Monday by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a likely GOP presidential candidate, and NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, reported Mediaite.

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Huckabee urged Christians to stay out of the military until a more godly president is elected, while LaPierre said “eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) also promoted the right-wing conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was loosening immigration restrictions to “import” Democratic voters.

Matea Gold, national political reporter for the Washington Post, told Matthews that Republicans are trying to fire up evangelical voters ahead of the 2016 election.

“Why do they have a problem with a black president?” Matthews asked.

Gold demurred, saying only that the comments were intended to be “incendiary.”

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David Corn, Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones, said the past eight years had shown a “profound reaction” by Republicans to Obama – who they frequently depict as “the other” in a variety of sometimes conflicting conspiracy theories.

The panel agreed that Republicans had gotten so extreme in their criticism of Obama that their hardcore supporters don’t pay attention to anything less than a direct question of the president’s patriotism.

Matthews said he hoped GOP candidates had underestimated the average Republican voter.

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Trump is ‘a soulless man with a broken mind’: George Conway calls out his wife’s boss in scathing op-ed

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George Conway, the prominent Republican attorney married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, blasted his wife's boss in a new Washington Post op-ed published online on Friday evening.

"Until three brief months ago, President Trump never faced a serious crisis, at least one not of his own making. But now he has faced two, and is failing two, in short order: the covid-19 pandemic, with its concomitant economic devastation; and now social unrest, and rioting, stemming from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody," Conway wrote. "Lacking in humanity, Trump has had no idea how to handle either one."

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Fox News triggers outrage with graphic comparing how much stocks have risen after racist tragedies

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On Friday, Fox News displayed a graph that appeared to compare the amount the stock market has risen in the week after various racial tragedies, including the assassination of Martin Luther King, the beating of Rodney King, the Ferguson incident, and the death of George Floyd.

2. Here’s the video of the graphic as it aired on Fox News this evening. pic.twitter.com/Iww2DnzkkI

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Bill Barr denies giving the order to gas protesters for Trump photo-op

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America's top law enforcement office on Friday denied giving the highly-controversial order to gas protesters prior to a photo-op with President Donald Trump holding a Bible.

"Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give a command to disperse the crowd, though he supported the decision," The Associated Press reports.

"Barr’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday were his most detailed explanation yet of what unfolded outside the White House earlier this week. They come after the White House and others said repeatedly that the attorney general ordered officers to clear the park," the AP reported. "Shortly after officers aggressively pushed back demonstrators, President Donald Trump — accompanied by Barr, Pentagon leaders and other top advisers — walked through Lafayette Park to pose for a photo at a nearby church that had been damaged during the protests."

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