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John Bolton ally suggests ‘leftists’ sent mail bombs to ‘deflect attention from the left’s mobs’

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An anti-Islam neoconservative conspiracy theorist closely linked to National Security Adviser John Bolton on Wednesday suggested that liberals had sent bombs to themselves to “deflect attention” away from so-called “mobs.”

In a tweet on Wednesday, Frank Gaffney reacted to the news that potentially explosive devices had been sent to the home of two former Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. A potential mail bomb had also targeted the home of liberal billionaire George Soros.

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Gaffney, a far-right foreign policy hawk who worked for President Ronald Reagan and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), argued that “leftists” may be responsible for the suspected bombs as a ruse to distract from what President Donald Trump has called liberal “mobs.”

“None of the leftists ostensibly targeted for pipe-bombs were actually at serious risk, since security details would be screening their mail,” Gaffney wrote. “So let’s determine not only who is responsible for these bombs, but whether they were trying to deflect attention from the Left’s mobs.”

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Other Trump supporters have posited that Soros targeted himself to draw scrutiny away from a caravan of migrants fleeing violence in Central America. The conspiracy theorists believe that Soros is also responsible for financing the caravan.

Like the assertions made by Gaffney, there is no evidence to back up the claims against Soros.

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Nate Silver claps back at right-wing pollster for accusing him of fraud

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One of the worst-performing national pollsters in the 2018 election cycle was Rasmussen Reports, a right-leaning outfit that is consistently the only one to show President Donald Trump with a net positive approval rating. In 2018, Rasmussen showed Republicans leading the generic congressional ballot by 1 point — but Democrats won the popular vote by 8.4 points.

Nonetheless, Rasmussen is proud of its methodology and particularly irritated when polling analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver points out their inaccuracy. Over the past two weeks, they have twice accused him of "fraud" and characterized his analyses as "corrupt."

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Trump told Republicans he didn’t care ‘about terrorists 7,000 miles away’

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President Donald Trump reportedly doesn't care about terrorists, according to sources inside the room after Democrats abandoned the Wednesday meeting with the president.

Washington Post Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis said that the president said "several times" in the meeting that he isn't concerned about terrorists that live 7,000 miles away.

The source said that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had to remind the president that the Sept. 11 terrorists "came from 7,000 away" themselves.

https://twitter.com/mikedebonis/status/1184592170545745920

The president has neglected to understand terrorists can attack the U.S. on North American soil as well as at embassies, military bases, international sporting events, or even Trump's properties. It would be simple for ISIS to use a car bomb to attack Trump's property in Indonesia, as an example.

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Diplomat testified of fear Rudy wanted ‘grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus’: report

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President Donald Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine testified about fears that Rudy Giuliani was trying to cut a "grand bargain" with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, according to a new report in Axios.

Volker reportedly testified that Bill Taylor was reluctant to take the position of acting ambassador to Ukraine after the firing of Marie Yovanovitch.

"He was just worried [Ukraine] was going to get undermined at some point,” Volker reportedly testified. “Hanging over everyone’s head in the expert community is, is there some grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus?”

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