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Keith Olbermann blasts ‘traitors’ protecting Trump: ‘We are the victims of a bloodless coup’

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Donald Trump has been installed as president by a bloodless coup carried out by Russia and “traitorous” Republicans, according to Keith Olbermann.

“We are at war with Russia,” Olbermann said. “Or perhaps more correctly, we have a lost a war with Russia without a battle. We are no longer a sovereign nation, we are no longer a democracy, we are no longer a free people — we are the victims of a bloodless coup.”

Americans have conceded defeat to Russia’s apparent meddling in the presidential election, Olbermann said — and Trump himself has mocked the CIA’s findings but hasn’t denied them.

“The vast majority of Republicans have said nothing and the vast majority of Democrats have said nothing,” Olbermann said. “The vast majority of the media have said nothing of substance, and the president has said nothing close to enough. The CIA and FBI and Homeland Security — the institutions whose interest in freedom we on the left most frequently distrust — they have said something.”

Intelligence officials warned lawmakers of apparent Russian meddling before the election — but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans were unwilling to pursue an investigation that might have sunk Trump.

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“(CIA officials) said something as the members of the Electoral College prepare to gather next week to finalize this coup, some perhaps unaware that almost half the states they represent permit them by law to vote for someone other than the candidate to whom they are pledged, and that only 38 of them need to do so to prevent this coup,” Olbermann said.

Newspaper reports revealed that Russian hackers had broken into the Republican National Committee’s emails but chose not to release that data — which Olbermann said was a “chilling detail” that had not garnered enough attention.

“It is a short leap from that conclusion, and it is anything but a conspiracy theory, to be wondering if the Russians hacked the RNC and have kept what they found there to make sure Trump and the Republicans obeyed,” he said.

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Olbermann called on President Barack Obama to declassify all the evidence related to Russian interference in the election, and he called on the U.S. attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate what Trump knew about foreign involvement.

“There is no time for a full review or a measured analysis or recommendations to prevent interference in our future elections,” Olbermann said. “Because permitting Donald Trump to assume the office of president reduces the chance that we will have any future elections. The nation and all of our freedoms hang by a thread, and the military apparatus of this country is about to be handed over to scum who are beholden to scum — Russian scum.”

Trump’s inauguration would represent the end of the United States as a sovereign state, Olbermann said.

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“It will not be a peaceful change of power — it will be a usurpation,” Olbermann said. “And the usurper has no validity, no credibility and no authority under the Constitution. This is a reality, and this will be the only reality until this country rids itself of Donald John Trump. He is not a president — he is a puppet.”


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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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