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Conservative Amanda Carpenter: ‘The RNC may be being used as a hush-money slush fund’

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Conservative commentator Amanda Carpenter said the Republican National Committee is being used as an ATM machine to cover up all of White House “hush-money payments.”

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman’s claimed that she was offered $15,000 to keep silent about what she experienced while working for President Donald Trump. In addition, the president’s bodyguard, Keith Schiller, will receive $15,000 a month for advising the RNC’s security for the 2020 convention.

“I think there are very legitimate questions between pairing the prospect of a nondisclosure agreement with a very high paying job that may not require very much work,” Carpenter told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday.

“That seems to me that the RNC may be being used as a hush money slush fund, and there should be questions about what Michael Cohen’s role was as deputy finance chair,” she said.

Carpenter continued: “It is absolutely appalling not only that the president would ask taxpayer-funded employees to sign nondisclosure agreements, but that anyone in the West Wing would sign them because they work for the United States of America, not as personal brand ambassadors for the president.”

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WATCH: Civil rights icon John Lewis drops the hammer on Trump — and has no qualms about calling his remarks racist

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On Tuesday, the fallout continued from remarks President Trump made telling four freshman congresswomen -- and women of color -- that they should go back to their own countries.

While some prominent Republicans criticized the president, they stopped short of calling his comments racist.

MSNBC reported Tuesday that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) -- a civil rights icon -- deemed Trump's remarks racist.

"This is not any, any way for the president of the United States of America to be attacking to be saying what he's saying about these young women," Lewis said.

"It's just dead wrong. We must use everything in a nonviolent way to say that it's wrong."

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Trump believes white nationalism is a winning strategy — because Fox News tells him so

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Donald Trump thinks white nationalism is going to win him the 2020 election. This much is clear. Trump's racist Twitter rant on Sunday — in which he suggested that four nonwhite congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, are "originally" from somewhere else and should therefore "go back" — might have seemed at first like a spontaneous eruption of racist rage from the simmering bigot in the White House.

Soon, however, it became clear that this was strategic. Trump thinks it's a winning move to echo the claims of David Duke and other white nationalists who believe the United States is for white people. He justified his racism by saying that "many people agree with me," and by continuing to rave on Twitter about how the real purveyors of "racist hatred" are those who look askance at his embracing the rhetoric of Stormfront and the KKK.

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‘White supremacy is a hell of a drug’: columnist explains the GOP’s garbled response to Trump

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed comments he'd made telling four freshman congresswomen -- all American citizens and women of color -- to go back to their countries.

The comments set off a furor that the president was being outwardly racist.

“It's up to them. They can do what they want. They can leave, they can stay, but they should love our country,” the president told reporters Tuesday when he was asked about his remarks.

On CNN Tuesday, New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali explained how Donald Trump's comments -- and his Republican counterparts' refusal to call them racist -- is rooted in a dangerous white supremacy, or terror at the "browning of America."

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