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‘Racist filth and toxic racist bile’: CNN panel eviscerates Trump’s appalling ‘sh*thole’ comments about immigrants

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As  might be expected, Friday morning’s panel on CNN’s New Day was all over President Donald Trump’s “racist rant” about immigrants where he referred to their home countries as “sh*tholes.”

CNN commentator Errol Lewis delivered a brutal attack on the President after New Day host Alisyn Camerota noted that Trump’s comments were so offensive that members of his own party who attended the meeting leaked them to the press, and her co-host, John Berman added, “Sh*thole in and of itself, I’m sorry, isn’t what’s offensive here. It is adding Norway is the distinction between the two that makes crystal a clear what’s going on.”

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“The senators who were shocked and offended, but not enough to open their mumbling mouths at the moment of truth or to come forward and stand in front of a camera and say ‘I disassociate myself from that racist filth,'”Lewis began. “Those people people who have no courage and can’t do that, they should be where we focus our attention.”

“The president is a lost cause as far as I’m concerned,” he continued. “We have an unbroken history. You can go all the way back to housing discrimination, birtherism, Central Park Five, his history. He has told us over and over who he is, what he thinks and has brought to the Oval Office. He is who he is. The question is what are the rest of us going to do?”

“It starts with the senators who are in the room,” Lewis explained. “If you’re an elected senator, there are millions in many cases of people who elected you. If the president is going to go on a racist rampage, surely you can open your mouth and say, ‘maybe I don’t need to be in this meeting,’ or I disassociate myself from this.”

Lewis went on to add that Trump’s comments will affect ongoing negotiations with Congress.

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“I don’t think Chuck Schumer (D) from New York, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), any of these folks will have any bit on of wiggle room once they hear from the Black Caucus, their pro-immigrant base in these big cities,” Lewis cautioned. “They’re not going to let them sort of look the other way and just kind of go past this. when you throw a toxic racial bile into the middle of all of this the way the president did, it makes it that much harder.”

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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‘There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there’: Joe Biden at Cape Cod fundraiser

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Former Vice President Joe Biden defended Republican lawmakers in DC as "decent people" during a campaign fundraiser held at Cape Cod.

"There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there," Biden argued, according to Washington Post reporter Matt Viser.

"I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats, but...every time we ever got in trouble with our administration, remember who got sent up to Capitol Hill to fix it? Me," he said.

”Because they know I respect the other team. I do. They’re decent people," Biden claimed. "They ran because they care about things, but they’re intimidated right now.”

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Neo-Nazi ‘Atomwaffen Division’ holding live-fire militia training exercises at ‘The Base’: report

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One sign of the growing white nationalist crisis in America is a new outreach effort for paramilitary training.

"A neo-Nazi group focused on providing paramilitary-style training to far-right extremists has been conducting a massive recruitment drive and claims to have already conducted live-fire training with its members," Vice News reports.

"The Base, which is connected to extreme-right groups the Atomwaffen Division and the Feuerkrieg Division, has been promoting its growth on social media with photos announcing its presence in major cities across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and in Europe, South Africa, and Australia," Vice reported. "The images often include a small contingent (typically one to three) of masked, camo-clad men holding weapons standing in front of The Base's flag, a black flag with three white lines running down the centre."

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