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Rising GOP star abruptly quits Republican party over Trump’s ‘appalling comments’ about immigrants

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Kyle McDaniel, a young rising GOP star from Viginia, abruptly quit the Republican party on Tuesday citing Donald Trump’s “appalling comments” about Haitian immigrants coming to the United States, the Washington Post reports.

McDaniel, a 28-year-old former top aide to Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity, has grown increasingly disillusioned by the nativist undertones of his former political party, as well as the rhetoric coming from party leaders–including the President of the United States.

Tuesday, McDaniel penned a letter to state party chairman John Whitbeck claiming he “could no longer stomach” some of the recent events that have transpired, including Trump’s now-infamous “sh*thole” comments and and his sluggish disavowal of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I have, on more occasions than I care to recall, been forced to ‘bite my tongue’ when in conversation with other party leaders about the issues of the day,” McDaniel wrote to Whitbeck. “I cannot in good faith continue to do that.”

As the Post reports, McDaniel and his wife Katie have previously travelled to Haiti to assist in relief work, and even thought about adopting a child from the Caribbean country.

“I’m totally out,” McDaniel told the Post. “I’ll support candidates I agree with, but as far as any party affiliation, I’m out. I’m independent.”

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In a statement, Virginia party chairman Whitebeck accused his former ally of parroting anti-Trump taking points.

“We wish Mr. McDaniel the best in his future endeavors but he owes every member of his party an apology for repeating the Democrat talking points that Republicans are a bunch of racists,” Whitbeck said.

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Conservative columnist tells Trump make good on his threats with Iran or ‘shut up’

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President Donald Trump appeared to back down last week when it came to an attack on Iran after an oil tanker was allegedly fired upon and the country shot down a U.S. drone during surveillance.

Republicans and even Trump himself has mocked former President Barack Obama for drawing a "red line" for Syria but being unwilling to act further. In Obama's case, the president saw the country cross the red line and asked Congress to give him a declaration of war. Republicans refused at the time.

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Social network for knitting banned Trump talk and white supremacists — making other sites look cowardly

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Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers, the website says. It is, however, no longer a place where commentary about President Donald Trump is welcome. While other websites struggle to navigate fake accounts, Russian bots and troll accounts, Ravelry simply drew a line.

"We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry," the social media site posted Sunday.

"This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content," the post continued. "Note that your project data will never be deleted. We will never delete your Ravelry project data for any reason and if a project needs to be removed from the site, we will make sure that you have access to your data. If you are permanently banned from Ravelry, you will still be able to access any patterns that you purchased. Also, we will make sure that you receive a copy of your data."

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If Trump wants to go after Iran he’ll need allies — but he doesn’t have many left

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President Donald Trump's style of politics and "deals" has been more about fighting, creating animosity or publicly attacking international partners. Now that there is a conflict with Iran, Trump is short on allies who can join forces.

In a Politico piece, reporter Anita Kumar harkened back to Trump's tired phrase "America First," noting that now it has become synonymous with "America alone."

After violating the Iran nuclear treaty, things have gotten worse in the relations between the two countries. Meanwhile, Trump cozying up to Kim Jong Un has only resulted in a short pause of weapons tests before beginning again. Trump is in a trade war with China, and the two have reached an impasse in the negotiations. Most of Europe can't stand Trump.

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