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MSNBC panel: Saudis and other autocratic regimes love Trump because he’s ‘like them — but dumber’



On Saturday, an MSNBC panel said that the royal family of Saudi Arabia has President Donald Trump “eating out of their hands” simply by flattering the former reality TV game show host and giving him something shiny and gold to distract him like a baby with a shiny set of keys.

The panel — host Joy Reid, Naveed Jamali, Rosa Brooks and Nayyera Hak — agreed that the Saudi royal family has “absolutely got his number.”

“In a sense, might he actually have his best possible reception in some of these more autocratic countries,” said Reid, “because he’s a lot like them.” His view of foreign policy is transactional. He can build his hotels and condominium complexes in their countries. “He won’t lecture you on human rights, god knows he doesn’t care about that.”

“Absolutely, he’s like them, except he’s sort of dumber,” said Brooks. “And I think the Saudis have absolutely got his number. I see the Saudis have given him a gold medal just for showing up. I think they figured Donald Trump out. Give him a little gold star, treat him like royalty, nod and look respectful, and he’s eating out of their hands. That’s not really good for the rest of the world, but it’s great for the Saudis.”

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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter



President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.

One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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Tongue-tied GOP strategist crashes and burns on-air while trying to deny Trump’s racism



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"I do not believe that the president’s tweets were racist. I do believe they were not well thought out. He needs that extra, 'Are you sure?' button on Twitter," Tarkanian argued.

"I'm a black man, I'm a Republican and a black man," the Rev. Joe Watkins interjected. "My mother's an immigrant, I would be angry if someone said that to my mother."

"Oh, it’s very offensive. But he did not say, because you are this color, go back to where you came from," Tarkanian argued. "I’m not supporting that tweet. Was it racist? No. Was it stupid? Yes."

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Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’



CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.

The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.

"How is it racist?" she asked.

"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"

She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.

"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.

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