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Trump is back to bashing immigrants because he’s losing his racist base: WSJ

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A commentary posted at The Wall Street Journal suggests President Donald Trump is being forced to turn back to the “pugilistic” immigration rhetoric he used during the 2016 presidential campaign because his core base of supporters is “eroding.”

According to the Journal’s Gerald Seib, Trump rode into the White House by emphasizing immigration, trade and infrastructure and the president’s comments lately indicate he is falling back on what got him there as illustrated by his “sh*thole” comments about African nations and Haiti.

“After a year focused more on tax cuts, health care and deregulation—issues that tend to appeal more to traditional Republicans—the focus so far this year has moved decisively back to standard Trump issues,” Seib wrote.

According to the commentator, Trump’s fallback on more extremist red meat issues may be part of a plan to rally voters the president hopes will support Republicans in the 2018 midterm election — thereby assuring him he won’t face a hostile Democratic-majority Congress.

Seib notes that Trump’s support is plummeting after one year in office, with poll numbers showing a precipitous collapse specifically among the people who voted for him in 2016.

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“A dive into Wall Street Journal/NBC News polling suggests that, after Mr. Trump’s tumultuous first year in office, the president’s support among his staunchest proponents has eroded some, though still is pretty solid,” Seib wrote. “Among whites without a college degree—a core Trump support group—approval of the job he is doing as president slipped to 55 percent in December from 59 percent in February. Disapproval has risen to 41 percent from 32 percent.”

“Similarly, the share of whites without a college degree who have a negative image of Mr. Trump personally has risen to 40 percent from 33 percent,” he added.

“A return to the signature Trump issues would seem to be a way to end and perhaps reverse that erosion at the base,” he explained although he admitted that Trump’s promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico seems to only appeal to the most hardcore Trump voters — with only 31 percent putting it at the top of their list.

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“Of course, much of Mr. Trump’s campaign appeal was based not on specific policy positions, but more on his pugilistic attitude—and the simple fact he wasn’t Hillary Clinton, an object of hatred for many Trump voters,” Seib conceded. “More than four in 10 Trump voters said making sure she didn’t become president was the top reason they voted for him.”

Regardless, the commentator added, Trump is “expending a lot of capital and earning a lot of enmity at home and abroad on immigration and building a wall, subjects not as central for his supporters as commonly supposed.”

You can read the whole editorial here.


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Here’s how lawyers enabling Trump’s obstruction can have their livelihoods stripped from them — by anyone

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In a column for the Daily Beast, a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives laid out a simple way to force lawyers advising aides to Donald Trump to defy Congressional subpoenas -- or avoiding one themselves -- to stop giving bad advice by moving to have them disbarred.

According to Brad Miller, who represented North Carolina in Congress between 2003 and 2013, the way in which former President Bill Clinton's impeachment was handled -- and the penalty he eventually received -- is a road map for legal retaliation even if Democrats in Congress won't do it.

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Lara Trump snarls at critics of ‘send her back’ for pushing a ‘biased, racially-charged narrative’

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Lara Trump, the wife of President Donald Trump's son Eric, has accused CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of pushing a "biased, racially-charged narrative" after he criticized her recent defense of the Trump administration over the "send her back" scandal.

This article first appeared on Salon.

"Anyone insinuating that there was some premeditated plan to orchestrate the “send her back” chant is obviously desperate to continue pushing a biased, racially-charged narrative. #FakeNews," Trump posted to her Twitter account on Saturday. She included a link to the Washington Examiner, a right-leaning newspaper which included a quote from Cooper blasting Trump for supposedly "lying" about her role in whipping up a crowd to chant "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

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Trump’s trade war with China has led to foreign investments in the US drying up: report

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Not only are U.S. manufacturers and farmers feeling the devastating brunt of Donald Trump's ongoing trade war with China -- among other countries -- now the New York Times reports that foreign investors no longer see America as a safe bet to park their money.

According to the report, "the once steady flow of Chinese cash into America, with Chinese investment plummeting by nearly 90 percent since President Trump took office."

With the report stating, the drop-off "stems from tougher regulatory scrutiny in the United States and a less hospitable climate toward Chinese investment, as well Beijing’s tightened limits on foreign spending," one analyst blamed the increasingly hostile trade relationship between the two countries.

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