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‘Depravity is not depth’ Dan Rather blisters Trump for divisive London attack tweets

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Veteran journalist Dan Rather wants the entire world to know that statements made by President Donald Trump do not represent the sentiments of most Americans.

In a new Facebook post on the London terror attacks, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather said, “we must process and think carefully about how our President publicly responded,” to the London attacks.

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“Understandably, many people around the world viewed his remarks as insensitive and peevish, mixed with flagrant misrepresentations of facts,” Rather concluded. “It is important for the world to know that his statements do not represent the sentiments and reaction of most Americans.”

President Donald Trump’s tweets about this weekend’s terrorist attack in London have “enraged” government officials in the United Kingdom, “especially those who work in counterterrorism.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron called for British Prime Minister Theresa May to ban Trump from the UK for attacking London Mayor Sadiq Khan during the crisis.

Dan Rather explained how Trump’s tweets weren’t the only self-inflicted black eye for America.

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“Besides the President’s outbursts over the London attacks, the damage done by America’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate change is real,” he explained.

“Depravity is not depth, nor is it a strategy,” Rather lectured. “Careless statements that deepen divisions are not leadership.”

The long-time newsman, who was the CBS White House corespondent during Watergate, wondered aloud why Republicans keep enabling Trump to hurt America’s standing in the world.

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“Where are the self-described serious foreign policy minds in the GOP, the ones who often lecture the nation on the meaning of patriotism and leadership on the cable talk shows and Sunday morning public affairs programs?” Rather asked. “The arc of history may very well judge them all with the broad brush of complicity if they do not stand up now and say that this has gone too far.”

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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