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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.

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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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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from New Zealand for a new show that aired Monday evening.

"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.

I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"

The host ripped Trump's 71-minute press conference.

"Seventy-one minutes is not a press conference, it's a one man show," he explained. "If you liked 'Fleabag,' you'll love Donald Trump in 'Douchebag,'" he said.

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Texas Republicans are abandoning the state’s GOP Speaker: ‘We no longer support him’

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Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released last week by a hardline conservative activist.

Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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