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Ex-Trump aide laments that his former boss has ‘turned into Mussolini’

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People who call Donald Trump a fascist have often been dismissed as left-wing hysterics — but what happens when it’s a former campaign aide who’s making the accusation?

Ex-Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg, whom Trump is suing for $10 million for allegedly leaking dirt to the press, tells Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins that he’s been horrified watching at how Trump has turned increasingly authoritarian during his presidential campaign. Specifically, he cites Trump’s encouragement of violence at his rallies as particularly troubling.

“He started out as the Republicans’ Obama, and somehow it’s turned into Mussolini,” Nunberg laments.

Of course, this is largely how Trump has always campaigned — remember how he kicked off his presidential run by claiming that Mexico is intentionally sending drug dealers and rapists to create chaos in the United States?

And Nunberg himself resigned from the campaign last year over a controversy over some racist Facebook posts he wrote, so it’s not like he’s some innocent babe in the woods when it comes to race baiting.

At any rate, Nunberg also explains to Coppins that he really fell for the cult of personality surrounding Trump, and he still has moments where he wished things could have ended up differently between the two of them.

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“I loved Donald like an uncle,” Nunberg says. “I’m not telling you this to sound — and I hate saying it like this, but — gay. But maybe that was the problem. Not only was I invested in the idea of him running, but I was too emotionally invested.”

Check out the whole interview at this link.

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LISTEN: Here’s the creepy broadcast at Trump’s rally telling supporters the right way to deal with protesters

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his 2020 re-election campaign in Orlando, Florida.

Those who entered the venue were treated to a pleasant female voice booming out instructions to protestors — and a creepy warning.

"While we all have the rights to free speech, this is a private event paid for and hosted by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., and you came to hear the president," said the voice. "To accommodate the right to free speech and peaceful assembly, while ensuring an orderly rally, we have provided a secure area outside the venue for all protesters, and we ask anyone wishing to demonstrate to please exit to that secure area."

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Ukrainian-Russian developer with Trump Tower Moscow ties suing after getting bilked for $200,000 at inauguration

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It is illegal for foreigners to donate to presidential inaugurations, but a new lawsuit sheds light on how wealthy foreigners attempted to buy access to the Trump administration.

"A Ukrainian-Russian developer who wanted access to President Trump’s inauguration filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying he was bilked out of the $200,000 he paid for what he thought would be V.I.P. tickets to the event," The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"The developer, Pavel Fuks, who once discussed a Moscow real estate project with Mr. Trump, said in the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, that he had paid the money to a firm at the direction of Yuri Vanetik, a prominent Republican fund-raiser and sometime lobbyist," the newspaper explained. "But, the lawsuit said, Mr. Vanetik failed to come through with the promised tickets, and Mr. Fuks ended up watching the inauguration from a Washington hotel bar."

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Indicted Republican gets his passport back — so he can leave the country prior to his bribery trial

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Despite being indicted and waiting to stand trial, a North Carolina judge returned the passport of a top Republican and is allowing him to leave the country.

Former North Carolina GOP Chair Robin Hayes spent a decade in Congress and was once the Republican nominee for governor.

In April, Hayes was indicted on bribery and wire fraud charges.

Despite the seriousness of the charges, a federal judge will temporarily return Hayes' passport for him to travel abroad in July, WSCO-TV correspondent Joe Bruno reported on Tuesday.

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