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‘It’s God’s will’: Conservative George Will lays out Mike Pence’s twisted religious justification for serving Trump

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Conservative commentator and ex-Republican George Will appeared on MSNBC with Chris Matthews Monday to discuss the bizarre relationship between Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump.

Will noted that the mind-boggling “love story” between Trump and Pence is notable because it only goes one way. While Pence shows complete admiration and devotion to Trump, the president shows little loyalty in return. Other vice presidents, Will argued, have been able to fulfill their roles without debasing themselves — but not Pence.

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Matthews played a series of clips showing Pence’s relentless subservience and excessive praise of Trump, pointing out how odd the dynamic is given the pair’s divergent histories.

“I think of the culture of these two gentlemen: One is totally secular in his life. And his lifestyle is not pious and religious in any form. The other one seems very pious, very evangelical, I would think moral by his terms. What do they got in common these two guys?”

“Nothing,” said Will, drawing laughter from Matthews. “Nothing whatever. If you believe as Mr. Pence might, and some people say he does believe, that he’s in constant communication with God ask that God wants him to be president. Therefore, anything Mr. Pence does that advances his presidential prospect pleases God. If you have that line of reasoning, then you could see why nothing he does is really degrading. It’s God’s will.”

“Well, his career has been lickety-split,” said Matthews. “He went from U.S. Congress to governor of Indiana to vice president of the United States. It’s almost Nixonian in his speed. Maybe he has something we don’t know, maybe he knows something we don’t know — I’m kidding, George, but he must reasonably believe he’s been selected here?”

“He might have known getting on the ticket with Mr. Trump was a way of avoiding a race in 2016 that he might have lost,” said Will.

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“What do you think the vice president is going to do — stick around for as many terms as he can get?”

Will responded: “Of course.”

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Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report

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On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.

"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."

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Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester

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Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.

Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.

After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.

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Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.

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