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Conservative begs GOP to primary Trump: He ‘has already reached his high-water mark in popularity’

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Conservative operative Timothy Miller has written an editorial at The Bulwark that implores Republicans to draft a challenger to run a primary against President Donald Trump in 2020.

The biggest reason that Trump should get a primary challenge, argues Miller, is that it’s simply very hard to imagine him ever getting popular enough to actually get the votes he needs to defeat a Democratic challenger.

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Among other things, Miller points to Trump’s anemic approval rating, which has been cratering even further since the start of the government shutdown.

“There is good reason to believe that Trump has already reached his high-water mark in popularity,” Miller writes. “A Marist/NPR poll this week showed 57 percent of registered voters saying they will definitely not vote for him. Trump is looking down the barrel of two years of investigations into his business practices and ethical issues at the White House.”

Even beyond questions of the results of the 2020 election, Miller says that Republicans should primary Trump as a way to map out the future of their party after the president leaves.

“The Republican party does not have to be a reactionary personality cult forever,” he writes. “There is no reason it can’t be remade as a principled, liberty-minded party that is committed to America as a welcoming, shining city.”

Read the whole piece here.

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Ex-cops indicted in fatal shooting of Black woman and ‘public torture’ of Black man in separate incidents

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Two former Mississippi police officers were indicted in the brutal beating of a Black motorist, and one of them was also charged in an unrelated fatal shooting.

Wade Robertson, 28, and Bryce Gilbert, 27, were charged with aggravated assault in the 2018 beating of James Barnett, and Robertson was also charged with manslaughter in the 2019 shooting death of Dominique Henry, reported The Laurel Leader-Call.

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Andrea Mitchell knocks Biden for virtual convention speech: ‘How much does that damage the campaign?’

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MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell suggested to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden could "damage" his campaign by holding a virtual convention speech.

Mitchell made the remark after President Donald Trump said that he was considering holding his convention speech at the White House.

"Joe Biden is not going to Milwaukee," Mitchell told Pelosi. "How much does this damage the campaign?"

Pelosi disagreed by insisting that Democrats will hold a "great convention."

Mitchell then asked about Trump's plan to hold his convention speech at the White House.

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Trump’s psychiatric disturbance could destroy democracy if he wins a second term: clinical psychologist

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I’m not being hyperbolic or melodramatic when I say that democracy itself is on the line on November 3. Donald Trump has been on a mission to subvert our democracy and to push it toward an autocracy. No president has ever disavowed democracy like Trump. No president has ever wanted to change our democratic way of life like Trump.

Trump has shown little interest or intent in following our Constitution. He is not abiding by the emoluments clause. He breaks norms and rules at will. He does not recognize that the three branches of government are co-equal. He operates as if the executive branch has total power. Our democracy is not based on the executive branch having absolute power. It requires that the three branches have separate powers in a check-and-balances system. Trump impugns democracy because it limits his power and requires him to be held accountable.

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