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Jeffrey Lord defends comparison between Trump and MLK because both used ‘nonviolent direct action’

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Symone Sanders and Jeffrey Lord had a heated exchange on CNN this afternoon after Lord claimed that “vagina-grabbing” President Donald Trump is exactly like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The internet rained down with attacks on Lord with disgust as did former CNN host and award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien. So, Lord took to CNN.com to defend himself with an editorial.

“Both host Alisyn Camerota and fellow guest Symone Sanders were astonished,” Lord explained. “So, it appears, are others. They shouldn’t be. In fact, I made a comparison between Trump and King deliberately and with reason. Both men used or are threatening to use [a] crisis to pass legislation.”

Lord cited MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which he said is like Trump’s thought that he could withhold payments to insurers to force Democrats to come to the table to discuss a deal on Obamacare.

“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue,” MLK wrote and Lord linked to. “It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored… The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. I, therefore, concur with you in your call for negotiation.”

Lord claimed Trump is using MLK’s own strategy to create a crisis that will ultimately open the door to negotiation. He claimed that King’s objective was to negotiate to pass civil rights laws that would finally make African-Americans equal to white Americans and Trump is using the same tactic to hurt Obamacare so he can “replace Obamacare” with a plan that would take healthcare away from millions.

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Right now Donald Trump thinks he’s winning — and he might not be wrong

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Donald Trump thinks he's winning.

For months, Americans have grown accustomed to Trump in his cornered-rat mode, lashing out defensively and ruminating obsessively over the possibility of impeachment. But his tweets this week have been surprisingly cheerful, suffused with the buoyant spirits of a teenage bully who has successfully swirlied a nerd.

First, like an overexcited child on Christmas Eve who unwraps his presents too soon, Trump — overcome with the pleasures of racist sadism — tweeted on Monday night that "ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens."

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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Rick Wilson hilariously ridicules the ‘formal flip-flops’ and ‘dress cargo pants’ worn by Florida Trump supporters

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Republican strategist Rick Wilson mocked the attire of the Donald Trump supporters who were bused in from around Florida for his official campaign kickoff in Orlando.

Wilson, a Florida man himself, joined MSNBC's Brian Williams for post-rally analysis on "The 11th Hour."

Williams played a clip of a Trump supporter with sleeveless Trump T-shirt identifying her as a "proud member of the basket of deplorables" explaining why she'll vote to re-elect the president in 2020.

"The main reason? Because he’s one of the best presidents we’ve had for a very long time," the woman argued. "Very long time."

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