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Trump’s new plan to win over black voters: A nationwide ‘stop-and-frisk’ program

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Donald Trump often asks black voters what they “have to lose” by voting for him.

The answer, it turns out, is civil liberties.

NBC News reporter Alexandra Jaffe has gotten a look at a transcript of Trump’s town hall event that’s due to air tonight on Fox News, and she notices that Trump thinks one way to stop crime would be to deploy a nationwide “stop-and-frisk” program like the one New York City implemented in the 1990s.

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“I would do stop-and-frisk, I think you have to,” Trump will say during the event, which was pre-taped earlier on Wednesday. “We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well, and you have to be proactive.”

In reality, stop-and-frisk policies have been a civil liberties nightmare, as police have been found to repeatedly use it as an excuse to harass people who have done nothing wrong.

In 2012, for instance, an audio recording revealed and NYPD officers stop-and-frisked a young black man and threatened to arrest him for “being a fucking mutt.” In 2013, two officers in Philadelphia were caught on camera stopping and frisking two men whose only “crime” was saying hello to people in the neighborhood.

“You don’t say ‘Hi’ to strangers,” one of the officers said.

That same year, two NYPD officers testified in court that their supervisors implemented a strict quota system that mandated targeting black males between the ages of 14 and 21. In fact, a judge subsequently ruled the NYPD’s implementation of the program unconstitutional.

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At any rate, these kinds of programs have proven to be very controversial and often resented by people who get stopped by police officers despite having done nothing wrong. That Trump thinks they should be implemented on a nationwide basis will likely set off alarm bells among civil liberties activists.


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Trump supporter complains about being socially toxic: ‘People unfriend you’

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Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro on Saturday complained about being judged by the content of her character.

"People unfriend you!' Pirro complained. "They don't want you to be a -- they don't want to communicate with you."

"People I've had at my wedding don't talk -- my children's weddings actually, they don't talk to me anymore," she explained.

"It's not usually the right or the left, I mean, the intolerance is on the left," she argued.

The longtime Trump friend was harshly criticized for her complaints. Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1282132522332282880

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Trump disappointed conservative media isn’t praising him enough for letting Roger Stone walk: report

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President Donald Trump has been disappointed in right-wing media for not giving him more credit for pardoning longtime advisor Roger Stone.

"A senior administration official said there were serious divisions among Trump’s aides and allies over Stone’s case, with some cautioning that keeping him out of prison could be politically risky. Among those opposed was Attorney General William P. Barr, who called the prosecution 'righteous' in an interview Wednesday with ABC News, the official said, adding that those pushing Trump to show loyalty to Stone included Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is close to the president," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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Lincoln Project takes on the ‘Trump crime spree’ in new ad: ‘It’s a billion-dollar criminal enterprise’

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Disgruntled former top Republican strategists took on President Donald Trump's "law and order" message in a new 2020 video posted on Saturday.

The ad, by the Lincoln Project, recounts how many top former Trump officials have been convicted of felonies.

"It's not a campaign, it's a billion-dollar criminal enterprise," the narrator begins.

The ad noted the criminal convictions of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Mike Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen and Roger Stone.

"Nixon was bad, Trump is worse," the narrator declares.

"Trump is the most corrupt president in U.S. history. There's only one way to end the Trump crime spree -- throw him and his crooks out of office," the ad concludes.

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