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Trump is more afraid of his base than government shutdown: Columnist

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President Donald Trump wasn’t afraid to shut down the government thus risking millions of Americans live, but he is afraid of losing his far-right base over an empty campaign promise to build a wall at the US-Mexico border.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote that Trump’s border wall promise was more of a “rallying cry than a serious proposal.”

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Robinson said that the thought of the president losing his base is “keeping him up at night.”

“Trump is afraid of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, Laura Ingraham and the rest of the far-right echo chamber,” he wrote.

Robinson added, “He’s afraid of his shrunken but loyal base, which could abandon him if he doesn’t give them a wall. He’s afraid of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and the federal, state and local prosecutors in New York who are investigating various Trump enterprises.”

Trump is not holding the government “hostage” just for a border wall, but because he knows it symbolizes his presidency and could cost him 2020 if he does not get it.

“And he’s afraid of losing his coercive hold over the Republican senators who one day could sit in judgment of his fate,” Robinson wrote.

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Confederate battle flag banned — Marine Corps declares it a ‘threat to our core values’

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The United States Marine Corps banned the public display of the Confederate battle flag on Friday.

"Depictions of the Confederate battle flag are unauthorized in public and work spaces aboard an installation," the Marine Corps wrote in guidance to the troops.

The ban applies to bumper stickers, clothing and flags among other items.

"The Confederate battle flag has all too often been co-opted by violent extremist and racist groups whose divisive beliefs have no place in our Corps," the Marines explained.

"Our history as a nation, and events like the violence in Charlottesville in 2017, highlight the divisiveness the use of the Confederate battle flag has had on our society," the continued. "The presents a threat to our core values, unit cohesion, security, and good order and discipline."

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Trump is ‘a soulless man with a broken mind’: George Conway calls out his wife’s boss in scathing op-ed

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George Conway, the prominent Republican attorney married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, blasted his wife's boss in a new Washington Post op-ed published online on Friday evening.

"Until three brief months ago, President Trump never faced a serious crisis, at least one not of his own making. But now he has faced two, and is failing two, in short order: the covid-19 pandemic, with its concomitant economic devastation; and now social unrest, and rioting, stemming from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody," Conway wrote. "Lacking in humanity, Trump has had no idea how to handle either one."

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