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Cornel West: Trump needs to ‘get off the symbolic crack pipe’ and wake up to America’s racial reality

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In discussing President Donald Trump’s “anthem tantrum” comments against athletes who choose to protest police brutality on the field, famed philosopher Dr. Cornel West said the president is acting like he’s on crack.

“I think the president needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe and have a sense of reality,” West told Cooper and former George W. Bush aide Paris Dennard on Tuesday night. 

“The reason why these courageous young people are standing up is because they have a love for black people, justice and fairness and they’re concerned about a racist criminal justice system,” West continued. “It’s a beautiful thing to see this moral and spiritual thing taking place among the athletes.”

West, who was at times a confidante for former President Barack Obama, famously backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last year.

Watch him say the president needs to lay off the pipe below, via CNN.

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Republicans stuck in survival mode after seeing that challenging Trump will end their career: columnist

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The political landscape is littered with former Republican lawmakers who challenged President Donald Trump -- and lost.

Republicans have been silent -- again -- about the president's racist attack on four first-year Democratic congresswomen, following a pattern that has taken hold since Trump first announced his 2016 candidacy, reported the Washington Post.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) have all spoken out against Trump -- and all of them no longer hold elected office.

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Republican strategist shreds party for defending Trump’s racism: ‘The racist side of Nixon is now’ GOP’s ‘official position’

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Monday hammered his own party for defending President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic lawmakers.

Reacting to Trump administration official Marc Short telling Fox News that Trump was tapping into "great frustration" with lawmakers such as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), whom Trump had told to "go back" to the country where she was born, Stevens lamented that his party has embraced the ugliest instincts of former President Richard Nixon, who at least kept his most bigoted thoughts private instead of tweeting them out publicly.

"The Republican Party establishment is openly defending racism in a way it’s never done before," he wrote on Twitter. "The racist side of Nixon heard in the White House tapes is now the official position of the Party."

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Trump bellows about ‘fake polls’ after he falls behind Democrats in survey after survey

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A new NBC poll released on Sunday is the latest to suggest danger for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, suggesting that he would trail in a hypothetical matchup with several of the top Democratic contenders, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

None of this sat well with the President, who, on Monday morning, accused major news outlets of conspiring to create fake "suppression polls" discouraging his supporters from turning out:

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