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Charles Blow rips ‘venal’ Trump: He’s ‘playing to racial grievance’ for his own gain

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New York Times columnist Charles Blow told CNN on Sunday that President Donald Trump can’t resist a “venal” urge to exploit racial discord to advance himself, shore up his base and advance his administration’s agenda.

In response to a conservative panelist’s contention that Trump is making a savvy political move by pitting himself against the NFL in order to solidify his support, Blow scoffed.

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“Is he playing to racial grievance and using that to his benefit?” Blow said. “Yes, the venal part of this president who exploits situations to his own benefit.”

“He’s using an anxiety that exists in a large part of white America to his advantage,” he said. “So, is that ‘good?’ This is about how America responds to black people when they protest inequality and oppression.”

Donald Trump has come under fire from players, managers and team owners for his remarks to a rally on Friday night in which he called any player who protests police brutality by going down on one knee during the national anthem a “son of a b*tch.”

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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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