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We’re at ‘Stage 2’ of fascism: A historian explains why the GOP’s embrace of right-wing militants is so dangerous

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The Metropolitan Republican Club’s decision to invite the far-right Proud Boys to an event last week may have crossed a dangerous line that puts America one step closer to embracing fascism, according to historian Robert Paxton.

The Daily Beast, in the course of reporting on the Metropolitan Republican Club’s decision to host the group of right-wing militants founded by Gavin McInnes, cites a quote from historian Robert Paxton, who noted in a 2004 book that fascist governments often team up with fringe organizations that promote the use of violence for political ends.

“[American] skinheads, for example, would become functional equivalents of Hitler’s SA and Mussolini’s squadristi only if they aroused support instead of revulsion,” Paxton wrote in The Anatomy of Fascism. “If important elements of the conservative elite begin to cultivate or even tolerate them as weapons against some internal enemy, such as immigrants, we are approaching Stage Two.”

Although the Proud Boys have taken pains to distance themselves from white nationalist organizations like the ones that marched in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, they have gotten increasingly aggressive when it comes to sparking violent confrontations.

For example, the New York Police Department on Monday announced plans to arrest nine members of the Proud Boys for their role in starting a brawl last Friday outside the Metropolitan Republican Club.

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And during his talk at the club, founder McInnes celebrated the assassination of a Japanese socialist politician even as he waved a sword at antifa protesters who were demonstrating against him.

Despite this, the Metropolitan Republican Club has not walked back its decision to invite McInnes and his followers to their event.

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Trump’s ‘craziness’ will drive Mexico to find other sources of soybeans — permanently hurting US farmers: Ex-diplomat

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President Donald Trump believes he has worked out a killer trade deal with Mexico and Canada -- but one former Mexican diplomat tells Storm Lake Times columnist Art Cullen that the damage done to the relationship between the countries will have lasting ramifications for years to come.

Jorge Guajardo, who served for six years as Mexico's ambassador to China, recently explained to Cullen that Trump's erratic behavior has shown his country that it must look for other major trading partners so it doesn't run the risk of getting burned by the United States again.

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Yale psychiatrist: Trump using racism as a coping mechanism as his mental state rapidly deteriorates

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump continued to attack the young congresswomen of color nicknamed "The Squad," after he was criticized for saying the women should go back to their own countries, even though all four are U.S. citizens. Now, he's doubling down.

On Twitter Wednesday he called the women "left-wing cranks." He added that they were free to leave if they don't like America.

Raw Story spoke with Dr. Bandy X. Lee about the President's racist tirades against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-IL).

Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and an expert on violence at Yale School of Medicine. She helped launch a public health approach to global violence prevention as a consultant to the World Health Organization and other United Nations bodies since 2002. She is author of the textbook, “Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Causes, Consequences, and Cures,” president of the World Mental Health Coalition, and editor of the New York Times bestseller, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.”

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This word is the single biggest tipoff that Trump is lying

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President Donald Trump exhibits a verbal tic that gives away some of his biggest whoppers.

The president tells demonstrable lies on a daily basis, but it's a "flashing red light" that he's lying when he recounts someone calling him "sir," according to CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale.

"Trump has told false 'sir' stories on all manner of subjects: health care, the Middle East, the courts, unions and -- just last week -- both tariffs and social media," Dale wrote. "But no genre of Trump story is more reliably sir-heavy than his collection of suspiciously similar tales about macho men breaking into tears of gratitude in his presence."

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