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Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ brazenly false attempt to say Trump isn’t racist completely backfired spectacularly

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Faced with the impossible task of defending President Donald Trump from the latest firestorm over his racist comments, Sarah Sanders decided to argue instead that people were missing the big picture. According to her, Trump’s policies have been better for African-Americans than they were under the first African-American president.

“This president since he took office, in the year and a half that he’s been here has created 700,000 new jobs for African-Americans. That’s 700,000 African-Americans that are working now that weren’t working when this president took place,” she said to reporters. “When President Obama left, after eight years in office, he had only created 195,000 jobs for African-Americans.”

Only one problem: this is a lie.

According to Bloomberg’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “While the U.S. economy has added about 700,000 jobs held by black workers since Trump took office, it added about 3 million while Obama was in office.”

Indeed, this claim was so false that Sanders was forced to issue a correction:

Job growth for everyone, including African-Americans, has been somewhat faster in the first two years of Trump’s presidency than the first two years of Obama’s, but that is because Obama spent his early presidency digging the U.S. economy out of a severe recession. The economy he presided over is the same one that has allowed Trump to enjoy steady job growth.

Not only has Trump done little to effect positive job growth for African-American workers personally, but many of his policies are hurting the economy as a whole, from job-killing tariffs to a tax scam for billionaires that is causing stock buybacks to explode while wages stagnate. In many cases, his policies actively stand to threaten black workers’ long-term access to high-wage jobs, including harsh actions against labor unions and attempts to deregulate race in college admissions.

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BUSTED: Ex-GOP state chairman was arrested — for the second time in two weeks

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On Friday, Idaho GOP chairman Jonathan Parker, who stepped down prior to being arrested for stalking, was arrested again. This time Parker was arrested for trespassing.

"Officers made contact with that man and identified him as Parker. Further investigation revealed that there is an active protection order between Parker and a woman living nearby — his estranged wife — and Parker was then arrested and charged with felony stalking. During his arraignment, the judge issued a issued a no-contact order, which bars Parker from getting within 500 feet of his wife," a report from the Idaho Statesman said.

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Impeachment is no longer about ‘registering outrage’ — it’s now about ‘averting an ongoing crisis’: columnist

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President Donald Trump continues to defy presidential norms.

Boston Globe’s Michael A. Cohen wrote that Trump's behavior would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous for Americans. Cohen explained that in one week, President Trump has shown to put his interest above the U.S.

Trump started the week by telling ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he would take dirt on a rival from foreign operatives. He also downplayed the threat of North Korea.

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Trump expert Tony Schwartz reveals ‘all you need to know’ about the president

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The co-author of the president's 1987 autobiography Trump: The Art of the Deal on Friday revealed "all you need to know" about the commander-in-chief.

Tony Schwartz offered advice on how to respond to Trump as his behavior becomes even more erratic.

"As we all know, Trump is shameless and compulsive liar. Here's the solution: ignore everything he says -- everything," Schwartz counseled.

"Don't waste any energy in outrage," he continued.

"Just know nothing he says is ever true," Schwartz said. "That's all you need to know."

https://twitter.com/tonyschwartz/status/1139681718175014912

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