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‘A couple of band-aid tweets is not going to fix this’: CNN panel trashes Trump for ducking Charlottesville

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A CNN panel took President Donald Trump to task Monday morning for his inability to separate himself from his white nationalist followers, instead choosing to issue vague disavowals on Twitter.

The President has come under harsh criticism for his speech on Sunday where he addressed the nation over the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville at the hands of neo-Nazi, and claimed the violence came from “many sides.”

Since that time the White House has issued clarifications on the president’s remarks, while Trump himslef has ducked the subject on Twitter, choosing instead to tweet about jobs.

Addressing the White House covering for the president, CNN regular John Avlon stated it wasn’t enough given Trump’s history of catering to white supremacists, after host Poppy Harlow claimed, “He had his moment and he whiffed.”

“He did,” Avlon admitted. “To not call out neo-Nazis and the KKK and instead to try to broaden the criticism with a moral equivalence that even neo-Nazi sites took as validation of their perspective.”

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“There’s a larger problem here that I think the president needs to take ownership if the he wants to be leader of the nation rather than leader of a political faction,” he continued. “Normally the way these things work, is that we have seen a rise in militia movement under a Democratic president under the last 30 years. What’s stunning about what’s happening now is these numbers are rising now with a Republican president who some of them feel have empowered them.”

“You heard David Duke say it from the rally yesterday,” Avoln remarked. “It is never too late to condemn hate, but Trump and his administration can do a lot of soul searching because a couple of band-aid tweets aren’t going to deal with the problem that they have empowered these folks or are seen by these groups as to have been empowered and given them license.”

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Meghan McCain feels victimized by Trump’s attacks on Omar: ‘You’re taking away my agency to criticize her’

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Meghan McCain found a way to make herself the victim of President Donald Trump's racist screed against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

The president has been telling the Minnesota Democrat to return to her home country Sudan, which she fled as a refugee at 10, and accused her of supporting al-Qaeda as his supporters chanted "send her back" at a North Carolina rally.

"It was really dystopian," McCain said. "I was trying to go out to dinner and ignore politics. My family is in town, and came home and saw it on Twitter and then saw it on TV, and look."

After news of Trump's racist rant spoiled her evening out with relatives, McCain said she realized that his remarks had robbed her of something else.

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‘He’s lost his mind’: Lindsey Graham’s latest defense of Trump’s racist attacks leaves Americans sick to their stomach

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was dragged over the coals on Thursday morning for defending Donald Trump's increasingly racist attacks on Somalia-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) saying it was "love it or leave it" 1968 politics having nothing to do with race.

Speaking with reporters the morning after Trump incited rallygoers to chant "send her back" after he launched an ugly attack on the Democratic lawmakers, Graham said the president couldn't be a racist because he would never encourage the repatriation of a Somali immigrant if they were wearing a MAGA hat.

Graham's glib defense outraged Twitter users who had already thought the conservative senator had hit rock bottom when it came to defending the president.

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Jeffrey Epstein denied bail — will stay in jail until sex trafficking trial

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A federal judge denied bail bail to Jeffrey Epstein after his arrest on sex-trafficking charges.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman heard arguments from prosecutors and Epstein's attorneys Monday but waited until Thursday to issue his ruling.

Prosecutors argued that Epstein, who has pleaded not guilty, should remain jailed because he's a danger to the public and a flight risk, pointing to a phony passport listing a Saudi Arabia residence that was found in a safe at his New York home, along with cash and diamonds.

Defense lawyers insisted Epstein would not flee the country and asked for him to be released on house arrest at his Manhattan townhouse and equipped with GPS monitoring.

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