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Meet the Trump-loving ex-football player who believes in ‘biblical justice’ — and is likely to replace Rod Rosenstein

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The man who is most likely to be tapped to replace Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is a body-building former football player who reportedly has the president’s vote of confidence.

The New York Times reported that on Monday morning, when it appeared Rosenstein was headed out the door at the Justice Department, President Donald Trump called Matt Whitaker, the chief of staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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According to the report, Trump did not offer Whitaker the deputy AG position at the time — but did want to reiterate that he has “faith” in him.

The Times noted that Whitaker, a Des Moines native who played on the University of Iowa’s Hawkeyes football team, has been called the White House’s “eyes and ears” inside the DOJ.

During an unsuccessful Senate bid in 2014, the chief of staff told the audience at a GOP candidates’ forum that if he were elected, he’d question judicial nominees on whether or not they’re “people of faith” who have a “Biblical view of justice,” the report noted.

In August 2017 — two months prior to joining the DOJ — Whitaker penned a column in CNN where he said the president’s finances should be off limits in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion.

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In that column, the soon-to-be chief of staff mentioned Rosenstein.

“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s letter appointing special counsel Robert Mueller does not give Mueller broad, far-reaching powers in this investigation,” Whitaker wrote. “He is only authorized to investigate matters that involved any potential links to and coordination between two entities — the Trump campaign and the Russian government.”

The Times noted that Whitaker was appointed after being recommended by Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society, an influential conservative legal think tank that also promoted Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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