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Reporter ridicules Trump’s embrace of Kanye: ‘Laughable’ to treat him as an ambassador from the black community

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During a Thursday appearance on MSNBC, Washington Post reporter Jonathan Capehart ridiculed President Trump’s “laughable” embrace of Kanye West as a spokesman for the African-American community.

“Kanye West going to the White House is still part of the theater, part of the theater of Trump and part of the theater of Kanye,” scoffed Capehart, reacting to the news of West’s working lunch with Trump, in which the two will discuss prison reform, among other topics. “The idea that he is some ambassador to the African-American community or from the African-American community to President Trump is laughable.”

Capehart said the president was in a hole with black voters, and touting the economy wasn’t going to fix it.

“The president can say whatever he wants to say about black unemployment, but when you talk to African-Americans,” he said, “they will point to the disrespect of black women in congress like Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, his derogatory comments about countries in Africa.”

Capehart also indicated that the president’s rhetoric had poisoned whatever good employment news he had to offer.

“The tenor and tone of this nation right now is something that doesn’t makes African-Americans comfortable or feel at home, regardless of what the unemployment numbers say.”

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Iowa Republican backtracks after hinting Kellyanne Conway is leaving the White House

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) hinted that Kellyanne Conway may be on her way out of the White House for violating federal law.

The Iowa Republican was asked to comment on findings by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that Conway had repeatedly violated the Hatch Act by promoting political campaigns during public TV appearances as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.

"Obviously there has been a commission that has decided that's not appropriate, so she is being removed from that position," Ernst told WHO-TV. "We certainly want to be working towards the good of all Americans. Obviously, she wants to support the president's initiatives. She is an adviser -- or was an adviser -- but she used her position differently."

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We have to prepare for this Trump nightmare scenario as Republican power-grabbers grow bolder

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Polls currently show that all the major Democratic presidential candidates are pulling way ahead of Donald Trump, and while Democrats should take nothing for granted — Trump will run a campaign so nasty it will likely put 2016 to shame — there is at least some reason hope that Americans will turn out in large numbers and that Trump will be soundly defeated in 2020. That victory would be both exciting and an enormous relief, a moment when we all collectively begin to believe that the national nightmare is ending.

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Jon Stewart’s journey from satirist to political advocate is no laughing matter

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When Jon Stewart quit the Daily Show, the satirical news and comedy show he hosted for 16 years until August 2015, he explained to his replacement, Trevor Noah, that he was tired – and angry at the state of politics and political discourse in the US. As Noah reported:

He said ‘I’m leaving because I’m tired.’ And he said, ‘I’m tired of being angry.’ And he said, ’I’m angry all the time. I don’t find any of this funny. I do not know how to make it funny right now, and I don’t think the host of the show, I don’t think the show deserves a host who does not feel that it is funny.‘

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