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Watch author Alice Walker explain Donald Trump’s racist envy of Barack Obama

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Renowned public intellectual Alice Walker explained President Donald Trump’s racially-based envy of President Barack Obama during an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” on Tuesday.

Walker has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction plus the National Book Award and is a longtime feminist and civil rights leader.

“Walker is now confronting the Trump era head-on,” Melber noted.

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The host played a tape of Trump saying, “I went to an Ivy League school, I’m very highly educated. I know words, I have the best words.”

“What does it tell you that it’s important to him to be perceived as so smart?” Melber asked.

“It tells me that he knows he probably is not and he has an inferiority complex,” Walker replied.

“And that’s very sad, but it’s even sadder that we elected him to lead,” she continued. “We definitely need a very different kind of leader, and, in fact, we actually need to lead ourselves, and until we do, we probably won’t get very far.”

“Does a feeling of inferiority or a lack of self-affirmation or love, does that make people more dangerous when they come into contact with power or money?” Melber asked.

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“Yes, because there’s always envy — a need to measure up, you know,” she explained. “I mean, you can see that between him and Barack Obama. I think the envy there was so blatant.”

“That Donald Trump envied Barack Obama even though he started out with more than Barack Obama?” the host asked.

“That’s part of the problem, that he had everything and Barack is a black man who is supposed to have nothing,” she replied. “And it’s very hard to take, but the answer is not to make us all suffer, it’s to go and improve yourself.”

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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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