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Influential lawyer who inspired Trump’s Muslim ban claims ‘whites are genetically superior’ to people of color

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David Yerushalmi is, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “the father of the anti-Sharia law movement” — and his legal practices are gaining traction in the wake of the Islamophobia stirred up by President Donald Trump.

In a report for The Daily Beast, Muslim comedian Dean Obeidallah comments on the findings of a new UC Berkeley report titled “Legalizing Othering: The United States of Islamophobia,” in which Yerushalmi figures prominently.

Yerushalmi may not be as “flamboyant” as others within the “movement,” Obeidallah writes, but has been effective all the same in his pairing of a legal background with virulently anti-Muslim writings.

A proponent of the right-wing Israeli settlement movement, Yerushalmi has been condemned by the Anti-Defamation League for his bigoted views about Muslims as well as black people, immigrants and women. He’s argued that white people are “genetically superior” to black people, and provocatively stated that “there is a reason the founding fathers did not give women or black slaves the right to vote.”

His blatant bigotry appears not to be a liability to the Republicans who embrace his ideology and use his legal rhetoric to propose and pass anti-Sharia law bills. He’s senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, a right-wing legal group that represented “national security experts” in a Supreme Court brief in defense of Trump’s Muslim ban. The AFLC also represents the Center for Security Policy, a conservative think tank that Trump cited in his initial calls for a “Muslim ban” while on the campaign trail in 2015.

Yerushalmi could even have been the forefather of the Muslim ban, because, as Obeidallah notes, he’s been “calling for a total ban on Muslim immigration to the United States years before Trump espoused that view.”

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Israel’s Netanyahu just christened a building named after Trump — that doesn’t even exist

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent his Father’s Day dedicating a new Trump Tower-type building that hasn't been built in a town that doesn't exist.

Standing in front of a large sign saying "Trump Heights," Netanyahu, who is being forced back into another election, announced the building before planning even began, Axios reported.

A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949). Happy Birthday Mr. President!! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/fdYWzokFLK

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This graphic explains why Speaker Pelosi is resistant to impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has told her caucus that they can do investigations into the president without impeachment. The difference, however, is that there are fewer legal benefits available to Congress in their oversight role than in impeachment.

Theoretically, it should enable Democrats to do the research they need, but the White House is taking the bold step to defy the oversight the Constitution outlines. The only option open to the Democrats has been to go to court with their case outlining how the White House is breaking the law. Thus far, they've won two lawsuits about their investigations, and they will likely gain more.

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Trump says if GOP paid for Steele dossier ‘there’d be hell to pay’ — Republicans paid for half of it

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President Donald Trump tweeted out once again that he doesn't know the difference between a man hired to do opposition research and an entire country intruding on an election to sway the result.

In a Sunday Twitter rant, Trump proclaimed that if Republicans had done something like that, "there'd be hell to pay."

......If Republicans ever did that to the Democrats, there would be all hell to pay. It would be a scandal like no other!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019

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