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Trump volunteer: ‘He sounds like a fourth-grader’ but I’ll vote for him anyway

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Seeking to understand the enduring appeal of  billionaire businessman Donald Trump’s front-running presidential campaign, Trump supporters and volunteers pointed to his simple — yet vague — campaign promise to “make America great again.”

According to the Washington Post, the slogan, emblazoned on hats sold and given away by the candidate, has a powerful appeal for voters who believe the country has lost its way despite improvements during the Obama administration.

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Holly Martin, a 57-year-old freelance technology writer who is doing volunteer work for the Trump campaign in Winchester, Virginia, admits her favorite candidate has his faults, but that hasn’t stopped her from supporting him.

“The way he talks is just silly sometimes — he sounds like a fourth-grader,” she said before adding that Trump, “… talks like a regular guy, and he actually loves this country. He’s not afraid to say that we’ve lost our good character.”

Martin’s comment about Trump’s choice of words when describing complex issues echoes linguistic analysis conducted on the texts of his speeches, with another placing him in the third grade.

According to long time Republican Martin, she recently grew disenchanted with the GOP and –surprisingly — compared Trump’s style to President Obama.

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“They [the GOP] did nothing on Obamacare, nothing on cutting spending, nothing on restoring honesty. They hate us, so now I’m done with Republicans,” she explained. “Trump is not one of them. He doesn’t hate us. He really believes we can make America great again, and I’m not an optimistic person, but I think he can, because he’s got a built-in ability to use the media, just like Obama.”

Saying he first began “laughing at this Trump guy like everyone else,” Joe McCoy said he has come around to appreciating Trump, going so far as to describe him as a “moderate,” despite the candidate’s  anti-immigrant views.

“I’m not a rigid tea partier,” the 31-year-old explained. “I’m in favor of government paying for roads and the fire department. Social Security is a great thing. But I don’t think Trump is really much of a conservative; he’s definitely more moderate than the others.”

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What makes a candidate “moderate” may be in the eyes of the beholder, with McCoy complaining about undocumented immigrants and “letting kids go into whichever bathroom they want to in school.”

For 70-year-old Steve Trivett, Trump’s promise to “make America great again” warrants a “‘Hallelujah!”

“When America was great, our economy was strong. Our economy’s been shipped off to other countries. Can Donald Trump solve that? Hell, I don’t know. Somebody not as flamboyant or egomaniacal might be more effective, but I’m not sure anybody can bring us back.  At least Trump gets things done,” Trivett rationalized. “The last Democrat I voted for was Jimmy Carter. He was a good, honest man, and the system ate him up. So maybe we need a guy like Trump.”

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‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience

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The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.

The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."

Photos from the protest:

1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.

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Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.

"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."

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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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