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Trump surrogate accuses Obama of ‘otherness’ — and then scrambles to walk it back

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Just as conservatives felt they had deep-sixed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s five years of questioning President Barack Obama’s place of birth, the head of a super PAC boosting Trump’s candidacy opened a new can of worms by calling out the black president’s “Otherness.”

In an interview on NBC on Friday (video below), political consultant Alex Castellanos tried to set aside Trump’s birther conspiracies only to use a common racist dog-whistle in the process.

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“I think the big question about Obama is not where he was born or his faith. The big question about Obama is has he been — has he considered himself more of a globalist than an American,” Alex Castellanos told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, before adding, “There is an otherness to this president. And people have tried to exploit that politically in different way.”

Conservative use of “otherness” dates back to Obama’s first term when he was accused of being a Kenyan Muslim and harboring “anti-colonial” feelings towards the U.S.

Faced with criticism over his comment, Castellanos – the head of the pro-Trump Rebuilding America Now super PAC — took to Twitter to try and explain away his terminology.

“otherness: not faith or race but his cool detachment, intellectual distance + oblig to global v. US responsibilities,” tweeted the GOP messaging guru, making the case for saying he meant Obama was too “cool” and detached.

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Not everyone was buying it, with Daily Beast editor Goldie Taylor speaking for many on Twitter:

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Castellanos was undeterred and continued to tweet throughout Sunday morning using other people’s words– and receiving fewer and fewer “likes” with each Tweet.

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If Democrats fight right-wing ‘fake news’ fire with fire, we all lose

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Democrats are increasingly worried about losing the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump. The party is in seeming disarray from the botched Iowa caucuses and the failure of an "electable" frontrunner to emerge early in the primary season. Trump's fundraising and digital operations are humming, buoyed in part by his acquittal at the Senate trial which refused to remove him from office for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 elections and obstructing the House's investigation of it.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Soledad O’Brien shames 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team for photo-op with Trump while wearing MAGA hats

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In an early Sunday morning tweet, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien expressed her dismay with members of the 1980 Gold Medal-winning Olympic hockey team for celebrating their historic win over the then-Soviet Union -- dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" -- with Donald Trump while wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

According to O'Brien, seeing them hand Trump a photo-op filled her with "disappointment."

Taking to Twitter, she wrote, " Ugh.... so disappointed by the @1980MiracleTeam . I loved watching that game as a kid with my dad. Loved watching the movie with my kids. To see them on a stage, in maga hats—kinda crushing I have to say."

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‘Nice deflection, Mr President’: Adam Schiff busts Trump for trying to blame him for his leaky administration

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took a shot at President Donald Trump on Sunday morning after the president tried to blame him for the leak describing a classified meeting lawmakers had with an intelligence official who warned the bipartisan group that the Kremlin is trying to help the president get re-elected.

As the president prepared to leave the White House for India, he told reporters that Schiff was to blame for the leaked meeting story, with the president insisting he personally had not been briefed on the report explosive report.

Responding to a 'Meet the Press" clip of the president making his accusation, Schiff tweeted back: "Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again."

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