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Morning Joe slams ‘stupid‘ Trump’s attacks on Warren’s heritage: ‘What the hell’s wrong with them?’

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Elizabeth Warren has demonstrated a unique ability to get under Donald Trump’s skin — which she mocks as “thin” and easily permeated — and the Republican candidate has responded the only way he knows how: with obnoxious insults.

Trump repeatedly responds to the Massachusetts senator’s criticism by calling her Pocahontas, a slur against her Native American heritage — and a tactic MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” argued was both lame and insulting.

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Scott Brown, who lost his re-election bid to Warren in 2012, has come to Trump’s aid by calling on the senator to prove her Native American ancestry with a DNA test.

“This is when you know you’re losing a debate,” said host Joe Scarborough. “When your opponent is talking about working class Americans, and fighting hard to bring working class Americans back into the mainstream of American economic life, and you are talking about whether someone is 1/32 Native American and suggesting DNA testing.”

Scarborough said the attacks against Warren’s racial background were a bizarre and ineffective distraction.

“What the hell’s wrong with them — are they stupid?” he wondered. “Are they stupid?”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski said Trump had promised to act more presidential now that his campaign has pivoted to the general election — but that hasn’t happened yet.

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“They say they’re going to turn the page and pivot toward the general election and have a more elegant — but, you know, you can’t if your candidate is releasing ridiculous, cartoon-like, kindergarten-like statements,” Brzezinski said.

“If you’re going to turn the page, you turn the page — and they’re trying to turn the page, especially on the Muslim ban,” Scarborough said. “But you can’t keep turning back. Turn the page, and then keep moving forward. That’s the discipline — they’ve got to be disciplined up and down the line. This ‘Pocahontas’ nonsense, this ‘goofy’ nonsense, they’ve got to stop — it doesn’t work. It makes them look small in the general election.”

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Trump personally asked what ‘tanks’ could be used to break up George Floyd protests

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast detailed how President Donald Trump himself has been behind the push to use the military to control the protests against the police killing of George Floyd — to the extent that he actually asked about specific military equipment that would be available for that purpose.

"[Defense Secretary Mark] Esper, along with other cabinet secretaries, stood next to the president during the remarks in the park after participating in an hour-long call with governors in which he said they needed to 'dominate the battlespace' to quell the protests," reported Erin Banco, Spencer Ackerman, and Asawin Suebsaeng. "But three senior Pentagon officials who spoke with The Daily Beast said they viewed the secretary’s comments on the call as a way to publicly show support for the president. They did not expect the department to actually implement a plan that would reflect the president’s rhetoric and force additional troops upon the states."

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FBI has ‘no intelligence’ Antifa was involved in Sunday’s violence at DC protests: report

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Attorney General Bill Barr and President Donald Trump have tried to blame Antifa -- or anti-fascists -- for violence in the protests against police injustice. But the public data has backed up their case, and even their on intel disputes the argument.

"he FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31, according to an internal FBI situation report obtained exclusively by The Nation. That same day, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would designate Antifa a terrorist organization, even though the government has no existing authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization," Ken Klippenstein reported for the magazine.

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NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."

Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?

Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt

— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020

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