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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace calls out Trump for exploiting Kelly’s son — and asks if he can go any lower

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace upbraided President Donald Trump for trying to politically exploit the slain son of his chief of staff as rationalization for the president’s false claims about his Oval Office predecessors.

“I started this show one day by saying that the bottom was calling, it wanted to know if we were there yet,” MSNBC anchor and former George W. Bush White House communications director Nicole Wallace reminded. “It feels like the right time to re-up the question.”

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“Is anything sacred?” Wallace wondered, in disbelief over Trump continuing to question how previous presidents contact families of those who make the ultimate sacrifice.

“Covering a man for who scandals and mistruths are served up in Costco-sized portions overwhelms the circuits, but here are some of the previous moments that we thought represented the bottom at the time they occurred,” Wallace explained, while introducing a video montage of some of Trump’s most embarrassing efforts to find the bottom.

“So it turns out, with this president, there’s always a lower rung from which to swing,” Wallace said angrily, explaining Trump invoked of Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Trump apparently finally called the widow of US Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger.

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Sgt. Johnson’s widow was told, “he knew what he signed up for.” Johnson’s widow is pregnant with their third child.

Watch Nicole Wallace attempt to answer if anything is sacred:

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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