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Kellyanne Conway: Trump and White House staffers are the victims in synagogue massacre

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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway took to Fox News Monday morning to defend President Donald Trump after many across the nation have been expressing outrage over his handling of two national tragedies last week.

In response to 14 bombs being sent to a dozen of the President’s top critics, including two former U.S. Presidents in a clear assassination attempt, followed by the massacre of 11 Jews praying in a synagogue – the deadliest attack on the Jewish people in American history – Conway declared that White House staffers are the real victims.

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“The kind of rhetoric that is said day in and day out about this White House, the people who work here, the President, the Vice President, their families – it’s got to stop,” Conway demanded, after attacking the “comments that are made on other cable networks.”

“You’ve got people constantly making comments about Nazism, Nazi Germany, somebody from CNN tweeted out a picture of concentration camps when the migrants were trying to come over the border,” she accused. “That’s got to stop!”

Comparisons to concentration camps are actually being made, but not because migrants are trying to come over the border, but because the Trump administration has been separating children from their families and putting them in cages and desert tent cities in 110 degree weather.

“The president is leading the country to heal,” Conway also insisted, which is demonstrably false.

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“Cut it out,” she repeated. “And listen carefully – because everybody else is listening,” she demanded.

The segment began with “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy pointing out that many people are blaming President Trump’s hate-filled rhetoric for the bombs and for the mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.

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Americans are also furious with how President Trump is not only not interested in but incapable of being the Consoler-in-Chief, and literally takes national tragedies and politicizes them while refusing to back down on his dangerous rhetoric.

On Saturday night, just hours after the slaughter of 11 Jews, Trump started tweeting about baseball. Some, including MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, saw his tweet as a message of support to white nationalists.

On Sunday Trump attacked Tom Steyer, who has been waging a campaign against Trump, during Americans to support impeachment. Despite – or because – Steyer was one of the targets of the 14 bombs last week, Trump singled him out and attacked him over the weekend.

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Monday morning, despite two bombs being sent to CNN on Wednesday, Trump called the media “the true enemy of the people.”

Conway, however, decided to claim that after every national crisis or disaster, Trump “has always called on us to unify.”

That’s not only disingenuous, it’s false. And when he has, it’s been a call to unify, meaning to support him and his policies.

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Thanks to Aaron Rupar of ThinkProgress for posting the video.

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Trump’s Labor Department wants to ‘weaponize’ right-wing discrimination and bigotry

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Just in case you wanted to believe that the Trump administration isn’t on a campaign to trample rights for Americans, here comes the Labor Department to shove a grapefruit in your face.

Labor officials have made public a new rule—no Congress, needed, thank you—to allow companies contracting with the federal government who are “religion-exercising organizations” to ignore federal laws protecting the rights of gays, transsexuals, and who knows who else in hiring or workplace practices. Religious employers and companies with “closely held” religious ties now will be shielded from claims of bias in court or other law enforcement actions, says the rule.

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Has Trump really built a ‘movement’? Be afraid — it will outlast his presidency

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Last Thursday, Donald Trump took his political rodeo to New Hampshire. As usual, he told lies about the Democratic Party being dominated by "socialists" and "hating" America, bragged about the size of the crowd, and threatened that if he is not re-elected in 2020 the United States will face economic ruin. The Trumpian faithful were greatly entertained.

The "highlight" of the event was when Trump taunted a "protester":

But while the Democrats rage and rages — that guy has got a serious weight problem. Go home, start exercising. Get him out of here, please. Got a bigger problem than I do. Got a bigger problem than all of us. Now he goes home and his mom says, what the hell have you just done?

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Trump will turn to these secret weapons in desperation if the economy collapses before the 2020 election

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President Donald Trump, in recent weeks, has been stressing both economic themes and culture war themes. The economic themes were evident during a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire on August 15, when Trump tried to frighten 401(k) owners into reelecting him and insisted, “You have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes (under a Democratic president). So whether you love me or hate me, you’ve got to vote for me.” But if the U.S. does go into a recession in the months ahead, Trump will have a harder time selling himself as the salvation of the American economy — in which case, he would likely become even more aggressive in pushing divisive culture war themes.

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