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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.

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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.

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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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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