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Trump taint forever toxic: GOPers wouldn’t even interview someone with ‘Trump 2016’ on their résumé

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Donald Trump and his toxic presidential campaign is driving away staffers from the Republican National Committee because they rightly fear coming into contact with the stench of a potentially historic loser.

“If someone applied for a job and brought in a résumé that had Trump 2016 on it, I wouldn’t give them an interview,” a Republican fundraising consultant told Time.

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Republican lawmakers have spoken out against the party’s nominee, 50 conservative foreign policy experts have signed a letter opposing Trump as a potential threat to national security and more voters would prefer to see him drop out of the race than would cast ballots for him.

Behind the scenes, at least 11 RNC staffers have bolted since March, and many of them have cited Trump as the reason, reported Politico.

The website reported that deputy press secretary James Hewitt, spokesman Fred Brown, director of Hispanic media Ruth Guerra, and research analysts Lars Trautman and Colin Spence have all blamed Trump for their decision to leave the RNC, and at least three other staffers have left over Trump’s candidacy.

Polls show Trump has put reliably red states such as Arizona, Georgia and South Carolina into play for Hillary Clinton, who is courting Mormon voters in surprisingly competitive Utah.

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Those signs are pointing to a potentially disastrous election for Republicans, whose down-ballot candidates are also being tied to the boat anchor of Trump’s campaign.

Trump has established few campaign operations in key swing states such as Ohio, where campaign volunteers aren’t even sure whether they have the backing of local Republican Party officials.

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“If they are against us, we just need to know,” said Missy Mae Walters, Southwest Ohio regional coordinator for Trump’s campaign.

Republican Party operatives working to elect Senate candidates are openly dismissive of the lackadaisical approach to local campaign operations.

“What Trump campaign?” one Senate campaign manager said to a volunteer, according to Time. “We have more offices than they do.”

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Trump’s staff say the candidate doesn’t understand why volunteers should conduct door-to-door campaigns, doesn’t understand basic facts about polls and doesn’t seem interested in raising money.

Reports last week measured staff morale at “suicidal” levels, with campaign manager Paul Manafort reportedly “mailing it in” as Trump continually ignored advice and common sense.

“You’re always afraid of getting fired,” said one staffer. “But it’s his fault, not ours.”

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Workers were ordered not to protest or show any ‘resistance’ at Trump rally in Pennsylvania

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Workers in attendance at President Donald Trump's rally at a Shell plant in Pennsylvania on Tuesday were ordered not to protest or do "anything viewed as resistance" during the event.

That's according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which reported late Friday on the strict instructions employees were given by their bosses ahead of the event.

"No yelling, shouting, protesting, or anything viewed as resistance will be tolerated at the event," read orders from one contractor. "An underlying theme of the event is to promote good will from the unions. Your building trades leaders and jobs stewards have agreed to this."

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Donald Trump and the Republican Party hate America: It’s time to say it out loud

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For most of modern political history, the Republican Party has used patriotism — an odd and obfuscating sentimentality — as a weapon to shame critics of American foreign policy, and turn the general public against dissidents who reject the folly of Empire maintenance through violence. Samuel Johnson’s excoriation — made famous by Bob Dylan — that “patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels” always seemed accurate in both its denunciation of the manipulative emotion itself, and also of those who take advantage of it for political expediency.

America has collapsed into a prone position, however, where the scoundrels are so brazen in their inhumanity, so bold in their indifference to suffering, and so barbaric in their refusal to compromise for the sake of their own country that only their own language can aptly describe them.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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