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Paris Dennard defends Trump’s Memorial Day self-praise: Soldiers died ‘so we can live in a free enterprise system’

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Republican strategist Paris Dennard on Monday suggested that soldiers had died to give President Donald Trump the right to praise himself on Twitter.

In a tweet on Monday, Trump marked Memorial Day morning by asserting that dead soldiers would be proud of his presidential accomplishments.

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Dennard later told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that “the soldiers who fought, bled and died did so for the freedoms of America.”

“They did so so we can have the opportunity to live in a free enterprise system, where we do have a strong economy,” he continued. “They did so so that we would live under American rule and law and not under rule of communism or socialism or under the Islamic state.”

“And so because of their sacrifices and because of people who serve right now, fighting for us and protecting us, we have had the freedoms and free enterprise system and capitalist system that allows us to have an amazing economy,” Dennard said. “So the president’s remarks via Twitter and his remarks there at Arlington were heartfelt and were appropriate.”

Baldwin pressed Dennard over Trump’s decision to tweet about “this spy conspiracy and Russia before going to Arlington and laying that wreath.”

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“Why go there, today of all days?” Baldwin asked.

“The president is able to tweet and talk about multiple things,” Dennard insisted. “I think the president has a right — we all have freedom of speech, which is one of those things that those soldiers protect us for the Constitution — for us to be able to tweet and speak how we want to freely.”

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Even evangelical groups were disgusted by Trump’s Bible stunt: former White House faith adviser

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On CNN Tuesday, former Obama White House faith and race adviser Joshua Dubois said President Donald Trump's Bible photo-op in front of the church near the White House could backfire on him with his most critical voting bloc.

"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."

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Former NBA player overcomes ‘crippling anxiety’ for protests: ‘We are tired of the tyranny of police’ and Donald Trump

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Former NBA player Royce White overcame his anxiety to lead protests over the weekend in Minneapolis.

Speaking to CNN Tuesday, White noted that if only people listened to football star Colin Kaepernick, who peacefully protested by taking a knee during the "National Anthem" sung at games, this would not have happened. He was trying to raise awareness about police brutality and the disproportionate attacks on people of color at the hands of police. At the time, conservatives, including President Donald Trump, blasted him for the protest, ignoring the reason for doing it and focusing instead on how he refused to stand for the song.

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1960s segregationist George Wallace would ‘smile’ at seeing Trump teargas protesters for a photo op: CNN’s Bakari Sellers

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CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers said on Tuesday that watching President Donald Trump teargas a group of peaceful protesters so that he could have a photo opportunity reminded him of something he'd see segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace do.

"Yesterday, the president of the United States used teargas, he used the military against peaceful protesters," Sellers said. "The the only thing I could think of is George Wallace is looking over him with a smile."

Sellers then said he was "thoroughly pissed off" at conservative evangelicals who are remaining silent even as Trump continues to pour gasoline on the fire of racism while wrapping himself in the flag and the cross.

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