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Reporter Olivia Nuzzi: Trump’s bullying inspired his supporter’s rape threats

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Daily Beast reporter Olivia Nuzzi argued in an op-ed on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s campaign style paved the way for one of his supporters — who is also running for office — to harass her saying he “hoped” she would be raped.

“When a former reality TV star can become the Republican nominee while offending and belittling entire genders, races and religions, why wouldn’t a man seeking local office think that encouraging the rape of a woman he hates is OK?” Nuzzi wrote.

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Nuzzi revealed on Monday that Mike Krawitz hit her with a series of belligerent Facebook comments after she posted a story regarding Trump’s second wife, Marla Maples.

“F*ck. You. Olivia, I. Hope. Somebody. Rapes. You. Today. :)” Krawitz wrote, adding, “Hope. You. Get. Raped. By. A. Syrian. Refugee. :)”

That outburst, she said, was part of a pattern of abuse dating back to December 2014, including one post this past August when he called her an “Ugly. Stupid. C*nt.”

“In the age of Trump, bullying has been rebranded as telling it like it is,” Nuzzi stated. “Using obscene or threatening language is a point of pride, proof that you’re beholden to nothing but the truth. And anyone who can’t handle that? Well, they’re just a politically correct loser.”

Krawitz’s admiration for Trump is evident on his Facebook page, which is riddled with pictures of the Republican presidential nominee. At one point, he had support from local party members in Gloucester County, New Jersey during his latest run for the West Deptford Township Committee.

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But according to Nuzzi, that backing has vanished in the wake of her revealing his threats. The chair of the county’s GOP executive committee, Jim Philbin, said in an email that he called for Krawitz to resign, while the West Deptford Executive Board said in a statement, “We have been informed he is resigning.”

The Cherry Hill Courier-Post reported that someone claiming to be Krawitz stated in a “crudely scribbled” letter that he would withdraw from the election. However, Gloucester County officials have yet to confirm whether the handwriting matches Krawitz’s.


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Congress petitions Supreme Court over their ‘urgent’ investigations into Donald Trump: report

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The House of Representatives is reviving efforts to obtain financial documents from Donald Trump as part of multiple investigations, Politico reported Monday.

"The House is planning to quickly revisit its effort to obtain President Donald Trump’s personal financial records, urging the Supreme Court on Monday night to take its final formal steps on the matter so lawmakers can reignite the issue in the lower courts," Politico reported.

"In a filing late Monday, the House’s top lawyer, Douglas Letter, urged the justices to immediately effectuate their July 9 ruling on the House’s subpoena for Trump’s records. Once the ruling is in force, the House can return to the U.S. District Court judge who initially heard the case and ask for renewed consideration," Politico explained. "But Supreme Court rulings typically don’t go into force immediately, and Letter noted that the Mazars ruling would normally take effect on Aug. 3 without the intervention of the justices. The lower courts can’t begin to take up the effort until the Supreme Court ruling takes hold, and the House is urging the justices to make that happen as quickly as possible."

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White House poised to ask governors to consider National Guard deployment for coronavirus data crisis: report

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Donald Trump's White House believes that National Guard troops could hold the solution to the COVID-19 data crisis, according to a new report.

"The Trump administration is poised to ask governors to consider sending in the National Guard to hospitals to help improve data collection about coronavirus patients, supplies and capacity, according to draft letters, internal emails and hospital industry officials familiar with the plans," The Washington Post reported Monday.

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Tucker Carlson announces ‘long-planned’ vacation following his top writer’s resignation for racism

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Minutes after Fox News was called out on MSNBC, the embattled host of The Tucker Carlson Show announced that he would be going on a "long-planned" vacation.

The announcement came after Blake Neff, the show's top writer, was exposed for his history of racist, homophobic and misogynistic social media posts.

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