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WATCH: Seth Meyers explains why Trump is really just a ‘puppet’ beholden to billionaire donors

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With President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon declaring open war on Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Late Night with Seth Meyers went in-depth examining billionaire hedge-fund mogul Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, who are said to be the most influential big donors in the Trump era.

Meyers noted Bannon is “using the help and money of wealthy donors like Robert and Rebekah Mercer to try to push Trump’s agenda by supporting fringe-right congressional and Senate candidates across the country.”

Meyers explained that Robert Mercer made his billions as a hedge fund manager while his daughter Rebekah Mercer was a Wall Street trader.

“The Mercers initially supported Ted Cruz, then — after realizing they were they were literally the only two people on earth who liked him — threw their money behind Trump, and they’ve been influencing the White House ever since,” Meyers suggested.

“Now, with Trump in the White House, it seems the Mercers are feeling more emboldened than ever but their targets aren’t Democrats like Hillary Clinton this time, it’s establishment Republicans,” Meyers noted while introducing a video montage of primary saber-rattling from Steve Bannon.

Meyers noted the Mercer-Bannon support for Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special election for the US Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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“But they’re not stopping in Alabama,” Meyers noted, explaining that Robert Mercer had donated $300,000 to a SuperPAC backing Dr. Kelli Ward’s primary challenge of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). On Tuesday, Flake announced he would not be seeking re-election.

“But Kelli Ward is a doctor so she can’t be all that crazy, right?” Meyers asked, then looked at a picture of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, before remarking, “oh, right.”

“Flake is toxic? Trump’s so toxic when he signs a bill it melts the pen,” Meyers noted.

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Teen brutally attacks Hispanic mother after she got him suspended by school for racist abuse of her son

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A student at New Jersey school has been accused of brutally beating a Hispanic mother after she complained about her son being subjected to racist abuse.

NJ.com reports that 35-year-old Beronica Ruiz, whose son attends the Passaic Gifted and Talented Academy School No. 20 in Passaic, New Jersey, went to complain to administrators after her son had been subjected to bigoted taunts and threats of violence from other students.

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E. Jean Carroll’s rape allegations against Trump exposed a depressing fact about the American public — according to this conservative

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This week, former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll published explosive allegations that President Donald Trump had raped her in a department store in the 1990s. In response, the President tweeted that she was "not his type" and that he'd never met her.

As the Democratic debates begin, media commenters wondered why a credible accusation of rape against a sitting President is not enough to permanently sink his chances at re-election, with some blaming the media for moving on too fast.

Writing in the conservative publication The Bulwark, Jonathan V. Last notes that the media did its job. And that it's the US public that lacks the moral compass to ditch the president, despite multiple allegations of sexual assault.

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Trump lashes out at US women’s soccer player for refusing to visit the White House

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President Donald Trump lashed out at a U.S. women's national soccer team who has publicly criticized him.

Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe, who joined former NFL player Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest during the National Anthem, strongly denied that she would accept the president's invitation to visit the White House if her squad wins the Women’s World Cup now underway.

“I’m not going to the f*cking White House,” Rapinoe told Eight by Eight Magazine, saying she doubted Trump would risk inviting them. “We’re not gonna be invited. I doubt it.”

Trump has canceled visits by other championship teams, such as this year’s Philadelphia Eagles, after most of the players vowed to decline the invitation.

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