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Hardcore Trump fans rattled by Mueller disclosures and no longer buying president’s ‘witch hunt’ claims: report

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The bombshell findings linking President Donald Trump to the Russians and campaign law violations presented by special counsel Robert Mueller last week are beginning to sink in as some his most fanatical fans who are starting to believe their man may be in real legal peril.

According to a report at Axios, a Trump loyalist speaking with fans of the president outside of his immediate circle say they are no longer buying the president’s claims of a Justice Department “witchhunt” after seeing some of the charges leveled against “Individual-1,” widely believed to be President Donald Trump.

Addressing the plight of “hardcore MAGA [Make America Great Again] online influencers,” the Axios source said, “These are the people most predisposed to believing the ‘witch hunt’ rhetoric, but they are now expressing real concerns.”

The source added some of Trump’s biggest fans are ” looking at the legal stuff and have a hard time dismissing it all.”

“I think SDNY [the Southern District of New York, where prosecutors said Trump directed Michael Cohen to make hush-money payments to women] has changed people’s perceptions. … That’s viewed as a greater potential threat to Trump directly than Mueller. ‘Collusion’ is still met with eye rolls,” the Trump backer continued. “And even MAGA loyalists are asking why Trump feels the need to go on Twitter with bizarre legal explanations that don’t seem to help.”

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The comments fall in line with a Tuesday CNN report that claims Trump’s base of ardent supporters is starting to crumble which could cost him the midwestern states he swept up in the 2016 election.

You can read more from the Axios report here.

 

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Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today

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On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.

This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.

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Black GOP strategist called on the carpet by Joy Reid for trying to sidestep Trump’s racist rally as ’empowering’ voters

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An "AM Joy" panel on MSNBC descended into talking over each other as host Joy Reid confronted a black GOP consultant over Donald Trump's racist rally in North Carolina.

Presenting the conservative point of view, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister was asked point-blank by the host, "Lenny, hold on a second, because you as a man of color yourself -- do you feel comfortable in a party that does rallies like that?"

McAllister pushed back saying he had walked away from just those type of events, before admitting, "To the greater point. They're using racism as an avenue through which people feel empowered, they lend you the loyalty, they give you the vote. What Republicans need to do is continue to empower people, but not by using racism and not by using phobia."

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Do politicians actually care about your opinions? This researcher says no

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Earlier this month, a New York Times op-ed written by two political science professors, Ethan Porter of George Washington University and Joshua Kalla of Yale, discussed their troubling research findings: State legislators, the two claim, don't much care about the opinions of their constituents, even if they're given detailed data regarding their views.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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