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Ivanka Trump used Toni Morrison quote to compare herself to a slave in new book

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In her new book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success, President Donald Trump’s elder daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump used a quote from Toni Morrison’s searing novel about slavery Beloved to ask women, “Are you a slave to your time or the master of it?”

According to NPR’s Annalisa Quinn, Trump’s book is “a long simper of a book, full of advice so anodyne (‘I believe that we each get one life and it’s up to us to live it to the fullest’), you could almost scramble the sentences and come out with something just as coherent.”

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But it’s in the book’s tone-deaf use of source material that it truly runs aground.

“Trump’s lack of awareness, plus a habit of skimming from her sources, often results in spectacularly misapplied quotations — like one from Toni Morrison’s Beloved about the brutal psychological scars of slavery,” wrote Quinn.

The quote Trump chose was, “Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

It appears, Quinn said, “in cute faux-handwritten capitals” to introduce a chapter on “working smarter.”

“Are you a slave to your time or the master of it?” Trump breezily asked. “Despite your best intentions, it’s easy to be reactive and get caught up in returning calls, attending meetings, answering e-mails …”

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Beloved, released in 1987, tells the story of Sethe — a freed slave haunted by the infant daughter whose throat she slashed rather than allow the girl to be raised as human chattel on a plantation. The book takes place more than a dozen years after the murder when a mute teenaged girl arrives in Sethe’s life and drives her insane.

Morrison — who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993 — dedicated Beloved to “Sixty Million and more,” a reference to the Africans and their descendants who died on slave ships or were killed as a result of the slave trade.

Trump was at the receiving end of a warning from primatologist, author and anthropologist Jane Goodall this week when Goodall learned that Trump had quoted her in Women Who Work.

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“I sincerely hope she will take the full import of my words to heart. She is in a position to do much good or terrible harm,” Goodall said.


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DC police union buried in mockery after accidentally revealing their own incompetence in stopping crime

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On Friday, the Twitter account for the Washington, D.C. police union posted statistics on a recent upswing in crime rates in the area — trying to imply that police accountability reforms in the wake of the George Floyd killing are preventing officers from doing their jobs.

YoY Crime Stats in DC 6/3 - 7/3

Homicide ⬆️28%Armed Robbery ⬆️33%Shootings ⬆️41%Burglary ⬆️45%Stolen Auto ⬆️45%

This is what ‘knee-jerk’ policies look like in your neighborhood.

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WATCH: Trump advisor trashes Dr. Fauci — while pushing coronavirus conspiracy theories

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White House economic advisor Peter Navarro pushed several conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic as the administration attempts to deflect blame for America responding to coronavirus worse than any other developed country.

At one point in the interview, MSNBC's Ali Velshi had to ask, "What are you talking about?"

Navarro harshly criticized Dr. Tony Fauci, who is one of his colleagues in the administration.

And he tried to blame the "Chinese Communist Party" for the disease, saying "they spawned the virus, they hid virus, they sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationalists over here to seed and spread the virus before we knew."

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Ron DeSantis threw temper tantrum after Trump hired strategist he ‘exiled’ from Florida GOP: report

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On Friday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump has brought back longtime Florida Republican strategist Susie Wiles to try to save his electoral chances in the critical swing state — and that Gov. Ron DeSantis, who worked to cast her out of power in the Florida GOP, is enraged by the move.

"Trump’s decision to reinstate Susie Wiles to his campaign’s good inner circle follows months of behind-the-scenes efforts to bring her back after she was exiled at the demand of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had her cast out of the president’s good graces in September," reported Gary Fineout and Marc Caputo, and it "comes as polls show Trump trailing Democrat Joe Biden in Trump's adopted home state. Trump won Florida four years ago by less than 113,000 votes and a loss in the battleground would likely doom his reelection effort."

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