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‘Instead of pardoning some dead black people why not pardon some here now?’ Watch Michael Eric Dyson throw down Real Time with Bill Maher

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On Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson stopped by to talk about his new book What Truth Sounds Like, which tells the story of Bobby Kennedy’s effort to understand race in America.

After detailing several interesting scenes from the book, Maher asked Dyson to use what he’s learned from studying Kennedy that might apply today, which led to a conversation about Trump’s recent spate of pardons, which has freed people like non-violent drug offender Alice Marie Johnson.

“It’s shrewd,” Dyson said.

Why didn’t Obama pardon people like Johnson?

It’s something Maher said he could not understand—Democrats have failed to take potentially wildly popular actions like freeing non-violent offenders serving life sentences.

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“There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit,” Maher said. “[Trump is] just wily enough. What could make you popular? Legalizing pot. He could do that tomorrow. He’d do it just to piss off Jeff Sessions and he’d get a lot of [support]—black and white. I’d be his biggest fan for a day.”

The book also includes a section drawing parallels between Trump to Bernie Sanders.

“They’re both older white men who are cankerous,” he said. “They’re both older white guys who were slow to understand what race was about in America. And after Trump was elected, even Bernie Sanders said ‘You know, we’ve got to do something about this identity politics.'”

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Longtime Trump loyalist warns the president that his racist tweets are about to permanently stain his image

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On Tuesday, former Trump administration official Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Trump for telling four freshman congresswomen to go back to their own countries. All four are American citizens.

Scaramucci accused the president of playing to his base, in a way that has dangerous manifestations: for the president and the country.

“He’s blowing very hard on a dog-whistle that every ethnic group that’s landed in the United States has had to hear,” Scaramucci told the BBC.

“I don’t think the president is a racist, but here’s the thing: if you continue to say and act in that manner, then we all have to look at him and say, ‘OK, well, maybe you weren’t a racist, but now you’re turning into one.'”

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Ted Cruz defends Trump by comparing him to Twitter trolls who tell him to go back to Canada

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday issued an unusual defense of President Donald Trump's racist remarks against four Democratic congresswomen by comparing the president to an internet troll.

According to Politico reporter Burgess Everett, Cruz deflected criticism of Trump's racist tweets against Reps. Rashiba Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) by arguing that "lefties on Twitter every day" tell him to "go back" to Canada, where he was born in 1970.

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Former Trump communications aide admits to hiring prostitutes

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President Donald Trump's former communications aide Jason Miller admitted to hiring prostitutes in 2015 and 2017, an exclusive report revealed Tuesday.

Mediaite broke the news that Miller had hired "multiple" prostitutes for sexual acts at massage parlors. The comments were part of a videotaped deposition, and Miller confessed that he was using the sexual services as recently as "a few months ago" from the deposition he gave on May 30.

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