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‘Art of the Deal’ writer nails Trump’s LaVar Ball feud: He is ‘half awed and half frightened by black people’

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Two biographers of Donald Trump were questioned by CNN’s John Berman about the latest tweet storm from the president.

“What is it about Lavar Ball that bothers the president…so much? Is it what he said or as some are alleging, how he looks?” Berman asked.

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“Both. First of all, his father is a tall black man and I think Trump is half awed and half frightened by black people and his only way of dealing with them is to attack them,” explained Tony Schwartz, who co-wrote “The Art of The Deal” with Trump.

“And, on the other hand, I think he has a zero tolerance for any criticism of any kind, that’s why he goes after anybody that says virtually anything about him that’s negative,” Schwartz explained.

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“Awed and afraid of black people. That’s a big statement, based on what?” Schwartz asked.

“I watched him. he was unequivocally awed during the many times I saw him with members of the team he owned in the UCFL and when he sponsored prize fights,” Schwartz explained. “I think he had this ambivalent relationship where he wished he could have been an athlete like they were.”

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“And on the other hand, if he felt fear, he always felt aggression and a need to put them down,” Schwartz observed.

Michael D’Antonio, the author of “The Truth About Trump” agreed.

“I think what Tony said was correct, that there are these dual motivations on his part. On the one hand it is racial, on the other hand he has very thin skin,” D’Antonio responded.

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“We have to notice who he responds to, he will go after someone who he can frame perfectly, often for his base,” D’Antonio suggested. “So, in this case, this is yet another member of the black community, also someone connected to the world of sports.”

“There is this desire I think to find the right person to go after who fits a certain template. He doesn’t go after little guys who happen to be white, I’ve noticed that. He kind of leaves those folks alone,” D’Angonio noted. “If he can pick out a target who is different from him and who his base may also resent, that’s the person he’ll go after.

“What I’m actually struck by about Trump is how aggressively he’s moved toward kind of an authoritarian perspective. The biggest fear I have is not whether he tweets about people but it’s about whether he moves in the direction of a dictator,” Schwartz explained. “Trump I think models himself after Putin and the problem is that we don’t have anybody to model ourselves after in this country right now.

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“You need people to idealize, you need role models, and you watch what happens to the male psyche right now and the absence of anything that you can idealize and it’s troubling and scary on frightening,” Schwartz concluded.

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‘They love the meanest parts of him’: Conservative writer explains why evangelical Christians stick with Trump

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Ben Howe, a conservative writer and evangelical Christian who refuses to support Donald Trump, explained why fellow evangelicals continue to back the president despite his decidedly ungodly behavior.

Speaking with the Atlantic’s Emma Green about his new book The Immoral Majority, Howe — whose evangelical bona fides include attending pastor Jerry Falwell’s church as a kid — described evangelicals’ support for Trump, insisting “they love the meanest parts of him.”

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‘Mental midget’ Stephen Miller absolutely demolished in MSNBC blast at Trump’s ‘misfit’ advisers

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Given the opportunity to discuss two profiles on White House adviser Stephen Miller -- published by the Washington Post and the New York Times late Saturday -- Democratic consultant Don Calloway jumped in with both feet to trash the man he called a "mental midget"."

Asked p on MSNBC about the controversial Miller's outsized influence on Donald Trump, Calloway didn't hold back.

"What goes through your head when you hear how much influence Stephen Miller has on immigration policy?" host Alex Witt asked.

"Stephen Miller is a mental midget, that's the best thing I can say," Calloway began to the sounds of laughter offscreen.

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Black woman reveals how Trump is ruining her marriage: ‘My white Republican husband is starting to hate me’

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A black woman revealed over the weekend how President Donald Trump and right-wing media are straining her marriage.

In a Twitter rant on Saturday, a woman going by the name Glass Butterfly hit a nerve by starting a discussion about the challenges of interracial marriage in the age of Trump.

"My white Republican husband is starting to hate me because the longer we live through this administration the 'BLACKER' I become," she revealed. "Any interracially and opposing politically affiliated couples going through this? Like...I have NO idea how to balance who we are..or are becoming."

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