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Former cult member explains Trump’s terrifying appeal to evangelical white women

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Although President Donald Trump’s overall approval rating among women is in the dumps, his approval among white evangelical Christian women has remained resilient.

Cyndy Etler, a professional life coach who was indoctrinated into a cult as a teenage girl, has written an op-ed for the UK’s Independent newspaper in which she explains why so many evangelical women have continued to stand by Trump, even as he has routinely made sexist comments about women’s appearances.

“The rational mind assumes that any woman, assaulted or not, would reject a man who says he would date his own daughter; would be repulsed by men who are repeatedly accused of violating women,” she writes. “But then, who’s to say Donald Trump’s supporters are rational?”

Etler goes on to detail how she’s seen many evangelical women act as “enforcers” for abusive men to intimidate other women in their communities who might rebel.

She says that once you understand that evangelical doctrine demands that wives submit themselves to their husbands, their ability to overlook Trump’s crude comments about grabbing women’s genitals makes much more sense.

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“Of course Trump can ‘grab them by the pussy,’ because that’s what God created women for: to submit to men,” she writes. “In the words of the Baptist ’19 kids and counting’ Duggar family’s matriarch, women should be ‘joyfully available’ for sex at all times.”

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Trump falsely claims he stopped his supporters from chanting ‘Send her back!’

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On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, where he singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), accusing her and the other Democratic congresswomen known as "the Squad" of not loving America.

In response, the crowd began to shout "Send her back!"

Trump allowed the crowd to continue the chant for a full 12 seconds before continuing his speech.

The next day, amidst criticism that he was riling up his fans to dangerous levels, Trump claimed that he had indeed shut down the chant, in direct contradiction to the video. New York Times journalist Peter Baker reported Trump's claim on Twitter.

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Hope Hicks may have lied under oath that she wasn’t present when Trump and Cohen discussed Stormy Daniels

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Newly unsealed documents in the campaign finance case where Michael Cohen pleaded guilty may provide evidence that Hope Hicks lied to Congress under oath.

According to the court documents, President Donald Trump, Hope Hicks and Cohen were all in communication about the hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Not only did Hicks discuss the payments with both men, she exchanged text messages and emails on the topic.

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White House aides fear Trump believes House vote against impeachment means it’s never going to happen: report

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A proposal to start impeachment hearings that failed in the House on Wednesday led Donald Trump to optimistically proclaim that his presidency is safe at his North Carolina rally last night. But his proclamation has some White House officials worried the president really believes he is out of the woods.

According to a report at Politico, close aides to the president worry that his comment that "we have all this [impeachment] behind us," may be based on an unfounded notion by Trump about how Congress works.

Speaking at his campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., Trump boasted to the crowd, "I just heard that the United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to kill the most ridiculous project I’ve ever been involved in: the resolution -- how stupid is that -- on impeachment. I want to thank those Democrats because many of them voted for us, the vote was a totally lopsided 332-95-1.”

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