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CNN’s Jim Acosta details ‘disturbing’ reality of Trump’s endorsement of violence against the press

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President Donald Trump continued to press the boundaries of liberal democracy on Thursday night when he endorsed and cheered a lawmaker’s assault on a member of the press that occurred in May 2017. The president praised Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MO) and the fact that he used a bodyslam to silence a reporter who asked him about health care the day before a special election, calling the GOP representative “my kind of guy.”

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Over and above the obvious norm-breaching that a celebration of violence against the press represents, however, CNN’s Jim Acosta provided additional disturbing details revealing the disturbing effect this rhetoric has on Trump’s fans beyond the view of the cameras.

“The disturbing part of Trump’s jokes about Gianforte was the effect on the crowd,” Acosta said on Twitter. “I saw one young man in the crowd making body slam gestures.”

He continued: “He looked at me and ran his thumb across his throat. I talked to him after the rally was over. He couldn’t stop laughing.”

As a candidate, Trump often encouraged violence against protesters at his rallies, even saying that he would cover his supporters’ legal fees if they got in trouble with law for punching an anti-Trump activist. And in office, Trump has engaged in methodical demonization among the press — even as evidence grows that this behavior is encouraging violence and intimidation against the media in authoritarian dictatorships abroad.

His explicit endorsement of violence — and his crowd’s enthusiastic embrace of these authoritarian tactics — is another step in the president’s ratcheting up of his assault on democratic norms.

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C-SPAN caller scorched by Muslim comedian for ignoring Jesus after she rants ‘gays are abomination to God’

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Comedian Dean Obeidallah, who is Muslim, told a C-SPAN caller that Republicans are not following the teachings of Jesus Christ even though they may oppose abortion and other policies advocated by evangelicals.

"I am independent," Pam, who called from Arkansas, told Obeidallah. "I vote according to my conscience of who would Jesus vote for if he were here on Earth. And he would not vote a group of people who believe in murdering children in the womb, on gays, which is an abomination to God, on false gods from other countries."

Obeidallah replied with a lesson on the Christian savior.

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Conservative drops mic on complicit press trying to maintain access to Trump: ‘He’s a raving lunatic … tell it like it is’

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy" conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin excoriated members of the press who -- in the pursuit of appearing "objective" -- refuse to "tell it like it is" when reporting on President Donald Trump.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Rubin -- one of the president's more avid critics -- got right to the point.

"I think there are two things, "Rubin began. "One, I think that this notion of objectivity of balance has been so inculcated into the media that they now don't call it like they see it at all because they are walking on eggshells."

"When the president had that out of control press conference if you could call it that, when he was rambling on and on, they were so restrained, they described it as a celebration," she continued. "No, he was a raving lunatic. You need to use the words, the verbs and correct description so you give the public a feel of how dangerous this guy is. That is not being biased -- that is being accurate and revealing the danger this guy poses."

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Trump belatedly snarls at media for reporting a portion of his wall fell over — two weeks after it happened

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On what must be a slow news day for President Donald Trump, he took to Twitter on Sunday morning to attack the press for reporting that a portion of his wall on the southern border toppled over two weeks ago -- and then blamed the collapse on "soaking wet" concrete and high winds.

Falling back on his stand-by "Fake News," the president tweeted: "Last week the Fake News said that a section of our powerful, under construction, Southern Border Wall 'fell over', trying to make it sound terrible, except the reason was that the concrete foundation was just poured & soaking wet when big winds kicked in. Quickly fixed 'forever'."

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