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Trump won’t dump Rudy Giuliani because he sees himself in him — a ‘celebrity who can’t shut up’: columnist

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In a biting — but whimsical — opinion piece for the New York Times, columnist Gail Collins attempted to pierce the mystery of why Donald Trump hasn’t fired former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani as a legal adviser after a series of TV appearances that seem to be helping special counsel Robert Mueller more than the president.

Under a headline “Why Trump Likes Rudy,” the longtime Times writer said the men share many similarities –particularly an overwhelming desire to be in the limelight — and that the president sees much of himself in Giuliani.

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“There are a lot of theories about why Rudy Giuliani is still Donald Trump’s lawyer. Maybe his crazed, contradictory rantings are a canny plot to confuse the public about what’s actually going on with the president’s Russia-connection scandal,” Collins wrote. “Or maybe the fact that Giuliani works for free is more attractive than the fact that he does a dreadful job.”

“Or maybe it’s just that he is the one person who makes Trump look good,” she added for good measure.

Noting some of the verifiable similarities between the two men — both have been married three times and have been accused of adultery — Collins wondered, “Other presidents who’ve gotten in trouble have hired private lawyers, but has there ever been anything quite like this?”

“Watch Giuliani on TV and you see a man being devoured by egomania. Lawyers are supposed to serve as a screen between their clients and the outside world. If said client is being accused of a crime, their mission is to make the whole matter sound as boring as humanly possible,” she explained before snarking, “It’s no problem for us that Trump picked an attorney who’s so wildly hungry for attention that he can’t follow the rules.”

Looking at Giuliani’s checkered history as a big city mayor, Collins suggested that he “… had already begun to evolve from competent city official to hapless big-time political candidate before the [9/11] bombing occurred.”

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Pointing out that Giuliani said in an interview last week, “It will be on my gravestone: ‘Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump’,” Collins asked, “What kind of a lawyer says stuff like that? ”

“What we have here is not a skilled strategist trying to find the best way to defend his client, but just another member of the nation’s ever-growing pack of celebrities who can’t shut up,” she pronounced before getting to the punchline: “Another one of them, of course, got himself elected president.”

You can read the whole piece here.

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The few police willing to join in solidarity with protesters

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Reports of the protests across the country are focusing on the violence, clashes and property damage caused by a small few rather than the peaceful protest of those rallying against injustice and the police standing in solidarity with them.

A few captured positive moments of cities where officers support the protests and believe Black lives do actually matter.

There were moments of protesters fist-bumping police, hugs with police, and in one incident in New York City over the weekend, one officer was separated from his unit. Protesters surrounded him with locked arms to protect him from those being violent. In Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington, police joined protesters in kneeling.

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Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist

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In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.

As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."

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Black Londoner explains George Floyd protester support with story of how cops murdered his brother

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In an interview with MSNBC's Molly Hunter, a Black Londoner explained why he turned out for a protest near Trafalgar Square in support of Americans who have hit the streets in the U.S. over the murder of George Floyd by four former Minneapolis police officers.

According to the man -- identified as Daniel and who was wearing a COVID-19 mask and a New York Yankees hat -- his brother was also murdered by police and the cops walked free.

"You've been marching all day," Hunter began. "Look, I have two questions for you: what was it like watching the U.S. this week from London? Does it resonate?

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