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‘This is not normal’: Dan Rather wonders if Trump’s administration is nothing more than a reality show

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In what has become almost daily mini-rants, former anchor Dan Rather railed against President Donald Trump and his White House for conducting the nation’s business like a reality show.

“That is to say, the episodes are staged and the plot twists are scripted to shape a narrative that involves plenty of conflict,” Rather wrote on his Facebook. “We hear this is the ‘new normal’ but this is not a normal Americans should want to get used to accepting.”

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Rather noted that Trump with his chief strategist Steve Bannon “won’t be satisfied until the previous world order is up in flames.” This is consistant with reports that surfaced in the recent TIME magazine cover story that Bannon is attempting to usher in a “Fourth Turning,” that results from a cataclysmic event that upsets the “old ways” of doing things and brings in a new one “in a trial of fire.”

“They’re hell-bent on destroying trade deals, and Bannon was just quoted to the effect that he was itching for a fight against China and in the Middle East,” Rather wrote. “There was a time where the world felt it could count on American stability -economic, social, and political. All that is changing.”

Rather even cited a recent headline from the Washington Post that read “Shock. Outrage. Resistance. Repeat. Is this the new normal in Trump’s America?” According to Rather, it isn’t.

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24 hours of embarrassing incidents culminate in #TrumpIsALaughingStock trending on Twitter

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President Donald Trump has already had a tough week.

It started Monday evening when HBO aired a widely-panned interview with Axios correspondent Jonathan Swan.

Monday morning, Trump appeared entirely unfamiliar with Yosemite National Park.

And then Trump had another one of his lie-filled presidential briefings.

All the fodder circulating resulted in the hashtag for "Trump is a laughing stock" trending on Twitter.

Here's some of what people were saying about the commander-in-chief:

https://twitter.com/jeremynewberger/status/1290833836587311104

https://twitter.com/egheitasean/status/1290768729286963201

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GOP operatives linked to Kayne West’s presidential bid in potential ‘spoiler’ effort: NYT

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There are questions as to whether Kanye West is running a "spoiler" bid for president to help re-elect his friend, Donald Trump, according to a new report by The New York Times.

"At least four people who have been active in Republican politics are linked to Kanye West’s attempt to get on the presidential ballot this year. The connection raises questions about the aims of the entertainer’s effort and whether it is regarded within the G.O.P. as a spoiler campaign that could aid President Trump, even as those close to Mr. West have expressed concerns about his mental health as he enters the political arena," the newspaper reported.

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Kris Kobach ridiculed after losing comeback bid in Kansas: ‘Adios amigo’

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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the projected loser of the state's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Kobach, a longtime crusader against immigration, headed up President Donald Trump's so-called "voter fraud commission" before it was disbanded after failing to identify any widespread instances of fraud.

Kobach unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.

Here's some of what people were saying about Kobach's defeat:

https://twitter.com/LokayFOX5/status/1290832478865952768

https://twitter.com/davematt88/status/1290831071462875136

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