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Nothing ‘to lose’: White House officials warn ‘quick-triggered’ Trump will go further off the rails

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If you think the last few days of President Donald Trump’s presidency have been crazy, watch out. You ain’t seen nothing yet.

White House officials expect the increasingly emboldened president to become even more outrageous in the coming months, especially if Republicans manage to pass a major tax reform bill, reported both Axios and the Washington Post.

“Officials tell us Trump seems more self-assured, more prone to confidently indulging wild conspiracies and fantasies, more quick-triggered to fight than he was during the Wild West of the first 100 days in office,” reported Mike Allen for Axios.

Trump, who overcame a never-ending deluge of scandals during his campaign, hasn’t faced any pushback from the GOP congressional majority.

“If there are consequences for his actions, Trump does not seem to feel their burden personally,” reported the Post‘s Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker. “The Republican tax bill appears on track for passage, putting the president on the cusp of his first major legislative achievement. Trump himself remains the ­highest-profile man accused of sexual improprieties to keep his job with no repercussions.”

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The president has this week attacked individual media figures by name, called for the boycott or investigation of others, re-tweeted virulently anti-Muslim videos posted by a British fascist, cast doubts on the “Access Hollywood” tape he has already admitted was real, and again pressured the Department of Justice to bend to his will.

Allen, a longtime Washington insider, suggested the president would become even more unrestrained if Roy Moore, whom he’s endorsed despite multiple allegations of child molestation, wins election to the U.S. Senate in Alabama.

“Trump has internalized the belief that he can largely operate with impunity, people close to him said. His political base cheers him on,” the Post reported. “Fellow Republican leaders largely stand by him. His staff scrambles to explain away his misbehavior — or even to laugh it off. And the White House disciplinarian, chief of staff John F. Kelly, has said it is not his job to control the president.”

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said this week that Trump was “one of the best presidents I’ve served under,” and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) praised the president’s efforts on the tax reform bill.

Alex Castellanos, a GOP campaign consultant, said Trump’s hardcore supporters like his aggressively unhinged behavior.

“A strong daddy bear is what a lot of voters want,” he said. “Right or wrong, at least he’s fighting for us.”

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He said the highly polarized political environment gave Trump plenty of room to operate however he pleases.

“In an intensely polarized world, you can’t burn down the same house twice,” Castellanos added. “What has Donald Trump got to lose at this point?”


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WATCH: Employee at Tim Hortons slurs Muslim couple and tells them ‘go back to your own country’

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According to a report from Deadline Detroit, a Muslim advocacy group has filed a complaint against a local Tim Horton's location after an employee insulted a Muslim couple and told them to "go back to their own country," followed by a sexist slur.

The report states Alaa Kouider and her husband, Ameur Dhaimini, were purchasing coffee at the local fast food location when they got into an argument with the cashier.

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Former New Hampshire GOP chair: Trump is using ‘the worst kind of racism’ to tear America apart

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President Donald Trump this past week ratcheted up racist rhetoric against four Democratic women of color, culminating in chants of "send her back" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) during a Trump rally on Wednesday night.

Jennifer Horn, the former chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, has written an editorial for USA Today in which she laments the fact that the entire Republican Party has been transformed by Trump into a "racist, nationalist movement" that she believes is tearing the country apart.

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Immigration expert explains why Trump’s migrant policy won’t work

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But the incident merely caps years of severe and inhumane rhetoric and policy targeting migrants. Raw Story spoke with Stephen Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law Practice at Cornell Law School, about why Trump and the GOP are enacting inhumane policies that won't even work to accomplish their goals.

Raw Story: In modern history, has anyone actually managed to shut down migration successfully or is Trump enacting all these vicious policies for nothing really? It seems like people who want to migrate really can't be stopped?

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