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WATCH: Robert Reich rips GOP’s Ayn Rand fetishists for their ‘unbridled selfishness and contempt for the public’

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Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich released a new video exposing the risk to society caused by the selfishness spread by far-right writer Ayn Rand.

“Few thinkers have had a more profound influence on conservative ideology than Ayn Rand. Her ideas permeate the highest reaches of the Republican Party and the Trump administration. They’ve provided the justification for unbridled selfishness and contempt for the common good,” the Berkeley professor wrote. “They must be firmly and unequivocally rejected.”

In the video, Reich explains how Rand’s views gained a stranglehold over the Republican Party.

“Starting in the 1970s, Rand’s views gained ground, she became the intellectual godmother of modern-day American conservatism,” Reich explained. “This utter selfishness, this contempt for the public, this win-at-any-cost mentality, is eroding American life.”

“Without adherence to a set of common notions about right and wrong, we’re living in a jungle,” the professor argued. “This is not a society, it’s not even a civilization, because there’s no civility at it’s core. It’s a disaster.”

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“In other words, we have to understand who Ayn Rand is, so we can reject her philosophy,” Reich concluded. “If there is no common good, there is no society.”

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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits

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Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.

Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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