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‘We have to provide an alternative’: Russell Brand makes sense of the Trump disaster

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Russell Brand has put out a new video reflecting on the catastrophe that is Donald Trump’s election as president this week.

One thing that Brand looked at in particular was the sheer amount of fear that Trump’s election has elicited from his opponents.

“What I’m fascinated by is the amount of fear and anger that’s generated by the victory, and how obviously reminiscent it is to Brexit,” Brand says.

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He then points out that both of these phenomena are linked together in an article written by Thomas Frank that explores how globalization has delivered benefits mostly to large urban areas while leaving rural areas feeling isolated and left behind.

“Liberalism, as a political system, is failing so many people that they have lost interest and lost faith,” he says. “People no longer trust the people who say, ‘Hey, we’ll look after you, stay in Europe, it will be all right, vote for Hillary Clinton, it’s going to be better,’ because the people that you’re talking to are already living in a kind of post-apocalyptic world.”

He then asks liberals to look at the economic conditions in many parts of their own countries to make them understand why ordinary people would be drawn to the messages of Trump and Brexit.

“The fact that Donald Trump can be president of the United States is sort of not what’s important,” he said. “The point is the conditions have occurred in which Donald Trump becomes [president].”

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Brand then concludes with a call to action, where he asks liberals to really look at the ways we’ve failed — and not just immediately railing against Donald Trump.

“We have to provide an alternative,” he said. “This is a time where… instead of like after Brexit going, ‘Those bloody racists,’ let’s try to reach out and understand why people feel like this., and be loving and not be presumptuous.”

Check out the whole video below.

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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