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White House historian schools Sarah Sanders for refusing to criticize ‘authoritarian thug’ Putin’s ‘sham election’

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Despite the agreement of the president’s intelligence chiefs, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday continued her refusal to criticize Russia, this time over their seemingly undemocratic elections that resulted in another win for President Vladimir Putin.

“It’s bad enough that Donald Trump has already, essentially, unilaterally disarmed in the face of Russian attacks on our election,” White House historian Chris Whipple, whose book “The Gatekeepers” chronicles the history of presidential chiefs of staff, said during a Tuesday afternoon CNN segment. “But then to congratulate Vladimir Putin, who is a thug and an authoritarian, for a sham election?”

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Wipple then criticized the crux of the press secretary’s remarks, which claimed that Americans should not intervene overseas in the matters of other countries.

“When Sarah Huckabee Sanders says we don’t get to dictate how other countries run their own elections, forgive me, but we do get to express our outrage when dictators run sham elections,” he said.

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Trump’s ‘full-on racism’ will ‘go way uglier’ as election nears: Ex-White House official

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On MSNBC Saturday, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci warned that President Donald Trump's toxicity on race relations will only worsen in the run-up to the election in November.

"You were in charge, for a brief time, but for communications from this White House, and it does seem that Trump is going there because that's where he thinks he has to go," said host Joy Reid. "92 percent of African-Americans, not surprisingly, disapprove of Donald Trump's handling of race. But even 57 percent of white Americans disapprove of his handling of race relations. There's a lot of white marchers out there, marching for Black Lives Matter. Has he miscalculated and misread white people, at least the majority of them, in this moment?"

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Trump leveled in brutal Never-Trumper Republican ad accusing him of turning US into a ‘banana republic’

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In an ad released by Republicans Voter Against Trump, the president was accused of turning the U.S. into a "banana republic" after he commuted the sentence of Roger Stone who was convicted of multiple felonies.

Coming just hours after the president handed Stone a get-out-of-jail-card that kept him from turning himself into jail later this month, the dissident Republican group posted their new ad to Twitter which accused Stone of "lying under to oath" to protect Trump, while also noting that Stone was looking at three years in jail.

The ad also notes that a "criminal who lies to protect Trump goes free."

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‘Donald Trump is going to get indicted’ when New York gets his tax returns: David Cay Johnston

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On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "AM Joy," Pulitzer Prize-winning Trump biographer David Cay Johnston predicted that the Supreme Court's decision on President Donald Trump's tax returns will lead to an indictment from New York prosecutors.

"What do you think might be out there?" asked host Joy Reid.

"Well, Donald Trump has already had two income tax fraud trials by the state of New York and the city of New York," said Johnston. "They were civil fraud, not criminal fraud. The New York Times in October of 2018, in this brilliant project on Trump's taxes based on records we know came from his niece — without question, he and his siblings are major-league tax cheats."

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