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Biographer warns ‘dictatorial’ Trump would consider using ‘military to retain power’ in wake of Mueller firing story

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Donald Trump’s biographer David Cay Johnston seemed to be telegraphing that the president is prepared to become a full dictator if he feels threatened.

A Washington Post report added to an earlier New York Times revelation that Trump was so furious at Mueller it “rose to such a level that then-White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon and then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus grew ‘incredibly concerned’ that he was going to fire Mueller and sought to enlist others to intervene with the president, according to a Trump adviser who requested anonymity to describe private conversations.”

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During his Thursday show, Lawrence O’Donnell wondered if it was Bannon or Priebus who gave the quote. Trump made sure both men were removed from the White House and O’Donnell noted it put them both in a position to be available to reporters.

Johnston then explained that leaks like these don’t come from prosecutors — they come from the defense.

“Secondly, these people are not going to go to jail for Donald Trump,” he continued. “…Donald Trump, who speaks in dictatorial terms, will think to himself at some point, ‘do I need the military to retain power?’ And that’s a real possibility if you think about it because the checks and balances in our Constitution are words on paper. It is the deeds of men and women that matter, and the Constitutional crisis we could face at some point is Trump trying to not leave office if he’s impeached or not appear before a grand jury and not obey a contempt citation.”

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Lincoln Project whacks the president: ‘We end COVID when we end Trump’s presidency’

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President Donald Trump on Thursday held a campaign rally in Wisconsin with supporters "packed in like sardines."

At the rally, Trump ridiculed former Vice President Joe Biden for social distancing at campaign appearances with America's death toll over 200,000. Also on Thursday, Biden held a town hall meeting on CNN where he spoke in-depth about the challenges of a coronavirus vaccine.

The Lincoln Project, the group of former top GOP strategists working to defeat Trump, said that "only one candidate will protect your family from coronavirus" in a new video.

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Trump mocked for 95-minute ‘slurring’ campaign speech — before crowd ‘packed in like sardines’ in Wisconsin

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President Donald Trump gave a fear-filled and factually inaccurate campaign rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin on Thursday.

The rally, held in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, featured a large crowd closely packed together.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's speech, which lasted approximately 95 minutes:

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Trump: A Biden presidency would mean ‘no guns, no religion, no energy, no oil’

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At President Donald Trump's rally on Thursday night in Mosinee, Wisconsin, he offered his supporters a dire — and baseless — warning about what a Joe Biden presidency would mean for America, and for their lives.

"Remember this in politics — it's always the thing that they say first. That's what they're going to do," said Trump. "No guns, no religion, no energy, no oil. Remember that, remember."

Contrary to Trump's claim, Biden has not called for eliminating any of those four things in his campaign, or indeed at any point of his career in politics.

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