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Donald Trump kept book of Hitler speeches on his nightstand, ex-wife claims

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GOP presidential hopeful and real estate billionaire Donald Trump has been under scrutiny for his troubling views on race. Now, Business Insider has dug up a 1990 interview with his former wife, Ivana, in which she says Trump kept a book of Hitler speeches near his bed.

“Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed,” according to the 1990 story.

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Trump, who is of German ancestry, told Vanity Fair at the time that his friend, “who is Jewish” gave him the book. His friend confirmed that he did, but clarified that he is not in fact Jewish. Trump later tried to backpedal and say that if he had the speeches, he would never read them.

Trump announced his run for presidency with overtly racist descriptions of Mexican migrants as drug runners and rapists. He has discussed building a giant wall at the U.S.-Mexico border with a “big beautiful door” in it.

His racially-charged attacks on people aren’t new. In 1989, Trump took out full-page ads in four New York newspapers calling for reinstatement of the death penalty for the five young boys — four black and one Latino — who were convicted in the infamous Central Park jogger case.

The case took on racial overtones, with the boys called the “wolf pack” and accused of “wilding’ by authorities — a term invented to refer to running amok causing damage and harm.

The five accused were later cleared of all wrongdoing after serving their full sentences. Even then, Trump took to the New York Daily News in an op-ed slamming the city of New York for settling a lawsuit with them for $40 million.

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This week, Trump insulted Jorge Ramos, a Mexican-American journalist. Ramos tried to ask Trump a question about his vow to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. when Trump interrupted him, telling him to sit down and go back to Univision.


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GOP senator knows Trump lost but thinks it would be ‘political suicide’ to admit it: report

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is still spouting conspiracy theories about the election being "stolen" from President Donald Trump -- but according to one former Wisconsin Republican official, Johnson understands that Trump lost.

Mark Becker, the former Chairman of the Brown County Republican Party, writes at The Bulwark that he had a conversation with Johnson after the election in which the senator acknowledged Trump's defeat.

However, Johnson said that he was loath to admit it publicly because of the strong support the president had received from Wisconsin GOP voters, despite the fact that the president narrowly lost the state this year.

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‘Dumbest senator ever’: Morning Joe mocks Republican Ron Johnson

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for demanding proof of something that doesn't exist.

Attorney General William Barr announced the Department of Justice had found no evidence of voter fraud, as President Donald Trump has claimed, and Johnson called on Barr to "show everybody" the proof that the election had not been stolen.

"The man Guinness Book of World Records has called the dumbest senator to ever be sworn in in this constitutional republic," Scarborough said. "I'm speaking, of course, of Ron Johnson, who said that William Barr must show his evidence that he has no evidence."

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‘Whiny kid’ Trump’s tantrums over election loss getting ignored by Pennsylvania swing county voters

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President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election are being met with shrugs in a key Pennsylvania swing county that helped deliver the state to President-elect Joe Biden this year.

The New York Times reports that many Biden voters in Bucks County say they aren't worried about Trump's frantic efforts to get hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania votes tossed out.

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