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Ex-Wall Street Journal writer flays Fox News over Trump’s DOJ meddling: ‘This is supposed to be a conservative red line’

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New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, a former writer for the Wall Street Journal, on Monday blasted conservative media outlets like Fox News for backing President Donald Trump as he threatens to interfere with the Department of Justice.

Stephens told MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle that Trump’s demand that the DOJ investigate itself for allegedly spying on the Trump campaign should be a “red line” for Fox News and other right-wing outlets.

“Every single time that Democratic presidents have come anywhere close to this territory, whether it was under President Clinton and Janet Reno’s tenure [as Attorney General], President Obama and Attorney General [Eric Holder], Republicans have screamed bloody murder, ‘The president is trying to politicize the Justice Department,'” Stephens explained. “This is supposed to have been a conservative red line, you can never do this.”

“And now the same conservative media that I know so well that spent years screaming about Obama or Clinton’s alleged attempts to politicize Justice are encouraging the president to take precisely the step that he has,” the Times columnist continued. “To find anything comparable in American history, you probably have to go back to the early 19th century before the bureaucratization of the various departments of government, when all of these jobs were intensely political to find anything analogous.”

According to Stephens, Trump’s actions closely resemble that of strongman leaders in Third World countries.

“It’s a brilliant tactic both at a bureaucratic level as well as at a media level,” he observed. “Because it just throws the whole issue into this sort of mass confusion where people have lots of opinions and people say it’s controversial, it’s not clear cut.”

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“What it is is a clear cut attempt to politicize the Justice Department,” Stephens concluded.

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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