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CNN’s Costello lauds Trump’s dad as working class hero — and forgets he was a horrible slumlord

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Viewers of CNN Newsroom may have been shocked to find out this morning that Fred Trump was a friend of the working man — or he was, at least according to Carol Costello, anchor during the 9:00 a.m. (EDT) news hour. While speaking with Larry Sabato — director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics — and Trump surrogate Boris Epshteyn, viewers may have found themselves wondering if the three were mixing up the phrases “blue collar” with “blue blood” in their analyses of how Trump “resonates.”

Costello’s tone became treacly when she broached the concept of unification. “Let’s talk about unifying. One demographic he is unifying is blue collar Americans. That term ‘blue collar billionaire’ came up again.”

Sabato responded: “Fact. When Donald Trump was talking about his father, Fred, he talked about how his father would mingle with the people who worked with him.”

After playing a clip of the acceptance speech where Trump referred to the elder Trump’s love for bricklayers and electricians (Trump’s history as a slumlord is well-documented), Costello reacted to the speech clip as if Trump had been speaking of his father as a working class hero. Fred Trump gave his son a sizable inheritance from the millions he earned from ripping off the FHA and enforcing the color line against black renters. Costello’s elision of any of those facts was shocking given what she was about to say.

“He went on to say, Larry, that that group of people have been the forgotten people in America. and I think that does really resonate with that particular demographic.”

“His base is non-college blue collar,” Sabato agreed.  “And that’s why if he breaks through anywhere with Republicans, it will be in the Rust Belt States. So, I think that’s absolutely true. That’s where he draws this support. Where he loses support …  is among the college educated. He is drawing a lower percentage among college-educated Americans than any modern Republican.”

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At that point, Sabato and Epshteyn got into an argument about whether pointing out that Trump is not supported by the college-educated is a “liberal narrative,” but the “fact” of Fred Trump turning into the “working man’s friend” was allowed to stand.

 

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Donald Trump whines: ‘My life has always been a fight’

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The full interview with President Donald Trump finally aired on ABC Sunday, revealing the shocking way that he views his life.

Trump lamented that he's had such a hard life, as the son of multi-millionaires who paid to get him out of trouble multiple times.

"You're a fighter. You, you, it feels like you're in a constant kind of churn--" host George Stephanopoulos began.

"Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight," Trump said. "And I enjoy that I guess, I don't know if I enjoy it or not, I guess -- sometimes I have false fights like the Russian witch hunt. That's a false fight. That's a made-up, uh, hoax. And I had to fight that."

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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Israel’s Netanyahu just christened a building named after Trump — that doesn’t even exist

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent his Father’s Day dedicating a new Trump Tower-type building that hasn't been built in a town that doesn't exist.

Standing in front of a large sign saying "Trump Heights," Netanyahu, who is being forced back into another election, announced the building before planning even began, Axios reported.

A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949). Happy Birthday Mr. President!! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/fdYWzokFLK

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