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‘You know you’re being conned, right?’: Bill Maher grills working-class Trump supporters on ‘tax reform’

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In a recent blog postReal Time host Bill Maher asked the simple but provocative question that’s been on left-leaning minds since before the election — do supporters of President Donald Trump know they’re being “conned?”

Maher cites a tweet from Trump’s daughter Ivanka, featuring herself, her father, and Goldman Sachs alum-turned Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The subject of the tweet is tax reform.

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“What do they have in common?” Maher asks. “They’re all rich. They all worked for their dads, who were rich. And they all inherited (or will inherit) vast family fortunes.”

Trump, he continues, “is the first President in 40 years who won’t show the voters his taxes, but we know, for a fact, some years his federal tax payments totaled zero point zero f*ck all.”

Trump and Mnuchin’s idea of “tax reform” includes a cut of corporate tax rates from 35 to 15 percent, “even though most Americans – six out of ten – think corporations already pay too little.”

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“At his rally in Phoenix a few weeks ago, President Trump looked out over the sea of white faces, stretch pants, and plastic shoes and told them that the economy was rigged,” Maher continued. “This drew a fair amount of cheers for their mentally-addled, ill-informed champion of the working man.”

One problem remained, however –“the only prescription Trump has for unrigging the economy is tax cuts. And not just tax cuts. Tax cuts that almost exclusively benefit the people who are doing the rigging.”

“Most of the people in Trump’s audience don’t make enough to pay income tax at all, don’t own corporations, and the closest they’ve ever been to an estate was when they visited Graceland,” he wrote.

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“I know telling a Trump voter they’re being conned by a con man will only make their belief in the con man stronger, so I hesitate to even ask the question,” Maher wrote in conclusion. “But seriously, Trump supporters: you know you’re being conned, right?”

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Trump’s economic ‘brain trust’ ridiculed as America braces for a trade war recession: report

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President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.

"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."

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ICE and Homeland Security busted pushing right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories

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Multiple federal departments have been pushing far-right propaganda to federal employees.

"An arm of the Justice Department regularly sent summaries and links to articles from an online white nationalist publication over the last year, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. In addition, similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD and the Department of Homeland Security, included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

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Trump claimed North Korea missile testing ‘would stop’ — but they just launched again: report

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The upcoming G7 summit meeting in Bairritz, France will have one more issue to grapple with after North Korea reportedly conducted missile tests.

"South Korea's military confirms that North Korea has launched a projectile this morning. From South Hamgyong Province. Japan's government reported it first," Voice of America Seoul bureau chief William Gallo Tweeted Friday.

"North Korea has now conducted nine rounds of launches since early May. But this one's notable because it comes after Trump says Kim promised "this testing would stop when the exercises end." They did end Tuesday. And yet..." he noted.

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