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Trump ‘either wins reelection or goes to jail’: NYT columnist predicts 2020 will be a ‘banana republic-style death match’

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President Donald Trump could wage a brutal battle for survival in 2020 if he is facing the prospect of needing to win re-election to avoid prison time, MSNBC explained on Tuesday.

“Now to the indictment threat looming over Donald Trump and the epic political clash it could produce,” MSNBC anchor Yasmin Vossoughian said. “Trump may also have committed a felony, but Justice Department guidance maintains sitting presidents cannot be indicted, leading some to speculate the indictment will come after trump leaves office.”

Vossoughian cited a column by New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg.

“There’s simply no way around it — as long as Individual-1 is on the ticket, the 2020 election is set to be a banana republic-style death match,” Goldberg wrote.

“Banana republic-style death match?” Vossoughian asked.

“Right,” Goldberg replied. “Granted, I think it was probably going to be something close to that, regardless.”

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“So Donald Trump in 2020 could be facing a situation where he either wins re-election, or goes to jail,” she noted.

“So we have this crazy situation where the president has — again, according to his own Justice Department — committed a felony, he can’t be prosecuted as long as he’s president, if he stops being president, that immunity runs out,” Goldberg explained. “If he wins re-election, he can run out the clock on the statute of limitations.”

“Just imagine, as lawless and unconstrained as this president has been, imagine what he would do when the stakes for him are that high,” she added.

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman noted that “there’s one way the Department of Justice could get around that, and that is by filing a sealed indictment within the statute of limitations.”

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“Now, that doesn’t mean that this would necessarily be announced to the public, sealed indictments normally are not announced,” Ackerman noted.

“We wouldn’t even know if it was going on?” Vossoughian asked.

“That’s right,” Ackerman replied.

Since Trump also might not know if there’s a sealed indictment, it’s possible such a filing would have no impact on Trump’s motivations in the 2020 campaign.

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So there could be a Banana republic-style death match created by Trump assuming he has to win re-election to avoid prison.

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Maryland pool stalker says he isn’t racist — he’s autistic

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A Maryland man who called police on two groups of Black women at an apartment complex says that his actions weren't motivated by race, rather it was his autism.

According to WUSA, the man now known as "Poolside Nick," approached the women to complain about using glass bottles, which is against the pool rules at their apartment complex.

Videos were posted by Felecia Soso showing the man telling the women "glassware is not allowed at the pool."

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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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