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Here are 6 concealed, backhanded comments targeting people of color in Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech

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Former speechwriter to Barack Obama David Litt noted that the State of the Union address from President Donald Trump Tuesday was a “white-nationalist wish list.” The anger and resentment the president has for people of color in some places was subliminal and in others overt.

Over the course of the lengthy speech, Trump bashed Colin Kaepernick and falsely took credit for the low African-American unemployment. He alluded to the idea immigrants were dangerous and would come to kill Americans and he blamed Black Americans for the opioid crisis killing white people in rural and suburban areas. Finally he embellished the Black homeownership rate and demanded the Black and Latino special guests stand up as if he was trying to prove he had black friends.

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As Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star pointed out, black unemployment has been declining for the last decade. Under Obama, the number dropped from 12.7 percent to 7.8 percent. Under Trump it has dropped just 1 percent. Still, because the rate is so low, Trump is claiming the victory over Obama and taking the victory lap.

At the same time, Dale explained that Trump’s jobs numbers only add up to around 2 million, “probably less,” but not 2.4 million. To get to that number, Trump had to have included the final few months of the Obama administration, before Trump was inaugurated.

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With Colin Kaepernick, Trump made a backhanded comment about “why we stand for the national anthem.” He tried to make it about soldiers, the flag and people of color not having enough respect. He neglected to say that the protest is about police brutality, not soldiers, not the flag and certainly not a little boy who puts flags on the graves of fallen military members.

The notorious DREAMer line was celebrated by white supremacists and denounced by people of color. Equating them with the Mexican gang MS-13 horrified some while others worshiped it.

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“Thank you President Trump. Americans are ‘Dreamers’ too,” founder of the Louisiana-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, tweeted during Trump’s speech.

“Whether or not the president meant it this way, this is how fringe far-right bigots heard that ‘Dreamers’ line last night,” tweeted CNN’s Jake Tapper.

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) called Trump’s equating DREAMers with MS-13 “completely irresponsible.”

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When discussing the opioid epidemic, Trump fell back on language that presumes people of color are pushing opioids on vulnerable whites.

“We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge,” Trump said. Pushers and drug deals in this case are doctors and pharmaceutical companies, but that’s not how Trump said it.

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Finally, Trump demanding the people of color stand up and be recognized. Some said it was as if he wanted to talk about “My African-American.” Others noted special guest Corey Adams didn’t even have a seat.

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Meanwhile, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members appeared at the speech wearing Kente cloth to highlight the fact that Trump allegedly called African nations “sh*hole countries.” They sat mostly in silence.

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GOP leader McCarthy swats aside Fiona Hill’s national security testimony debunking his Ukraine conspiracy theory

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On Thursday, during one of the final scheduled impeachment hearings this week, National Security Council official Fiona Hill demolished President Donald Trump's conspiracy theory that Ukraine, rather than Russia, meddled in the 2016 election, calling it a "fictional narrative" and noting that it originated with the Kremlin itself.

But in conversation with reporters, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) flatly disbelieved Hill's testimony, and insisted he still held onto the theory.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told me that he was not going to lose any GOP votes during impeachment.

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Nicolle Wallace breaks down the impeachment moment ‘women will be talking about for years’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Thursday highlighted one of the key moments from the impeachment inquiry testimony from Dr. Fiona Hill.

"Often when women show anger, it’s not fully appreciated. It’s often, you know, pushed onto emotional issues perhaps, or deflected on other people," Hill testified.

Here's Fiona Hill on why she thinks Sondland misunderstood her anger — and how women's anger is often viewed, more generally: "It's not fully appreciated. It's often pushed off onto emotional issues." pic.twitter.com/AsMR3A9InI

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Mulvaney lawyer denies Mick was ‘so heavily involved’ — despite his White House briefing room confession

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was referenced multiple times during Dr. Fiona Hill's testimony Thursday, but Mulvaney's lawyer said he doesn't understand why.

"We have no idea why Ms. Hill believes Mr. Mulvaney was so heavily involved, especially in light of Ambassador Sondland’s contrary testimony," said Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, quoting a statement from Robert Driscoll.

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram/status/1197633921065930753

As former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance pointed out, Hill recalled during her testimony how angry she was about Sondland not briefing her. She said that after hearing his testimony Wednesday and learning he was briefing Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Mulvaney and President Donald Trump. She then decided he was correct-they had separate missions and Sondland was on a domestic political errand.

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