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Here’s why we shouldn’t be surprised that a Trump supporter attacked a reporter on Monday

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A supporter of President Donald Trump violently attacked a BBC cameraman during a campaign rally on Monday night in El Paso, Texas, shortly after President Donald Trump whipped up a frenzy of hatred against the news media.

However, multiple scientific studies have shown that this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Trump rallies often lead to increases in violent behavior whenever they occur.

For instance, a study led by researchers at University of Pennsylvania that published last year found that cities that hosted Trump rallies experienced an average of 2.3 more assaults per day than what normally occurred on days when Trump didn’t hold rallies.

Christopher Morrison, the study’s lead author, told the New York Times last year that this violence was not a problem for rallies held by any other presidential candidates.

“It appeared to be a phenomenon that’s unique to Donald Trump’s rally,” he said.

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Similarly, another study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that Trump supporters were much more likely than even supporters of other GOP candidates to display “group-based dominance and authoritarian aggression.”

What this means, the study’s authors write in their abstract, is that “Trump voters were uniquely driven by the desire to dominate out-group members in an aggressive manner.”

Study author Jake Womick of the University of Missouri, Columbia, said last year that the 2016 Republican primary served as a perfect Petri dish that allowed researchers to isolate the most authoritarian Republican voters from the garden-variety authoritarian GOP voters.

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“It was important to conduct our research in a way that facilitated comparisons within each political party,” he said. “So, it was the Trump campaign’s early success that really provided a fruitful opportunity to formally test theoretical relationships between authoritarian personality traits and real-world behavior.”

Trump in 2016 regularly encouraged his supporters to commit acts of violence against protesters, and at one point even encouraged fans to “knock the crap out of” hecklers while pledging to support their legal bills.


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Joy Reid says Trump ‘pulled a full Charlottesville’ by ‘fanning the flames’ of racism and ethno-nationalism

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MSNBC anchor Joy Reid blasted President Donald Trump's racism during her opening segment while hosting "The Last Word" on MSNBC on Friday.

"That didn’t last long. Having read the talking points crammed into his hands by nervous Republicans for almost an entire day, Donald Trump pulled a full Charlottesville, praising his supporters who chanted 'Send Her Back' to attack Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his North Carolina campaign rally as 'incredible patriots,'" Reid reported.

"Yep, 24-hours-ago, Trump -- per those nervous Republican talking points -- claimed that he disapproved of the racist chant about congresswoman Omar and even tried to stop it," she said. "He got nice headlines that claiming he was disavowing the chant from some of the news media who indulged in the false balance tick of pretending whatever the president said is true and it’s a given fact."

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Maddow revolted by child sex trafficking charges against Trump pal George Nader: ‘None of this is normal’

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow connected the dots between the President Donald Trump's administration and George Nader, who served time for child pornography prior to Trump's 2016 campaign and has subsequently been arrested on child sex trafficking charges.

"In what is an astonishingly scandal-ridden presidency, populated by an astonishingly strange cast of characters, he remains one of the most unsettling figures in all of Trump world. Again, to be clear, to disambiguate here, we are not talking about Jeffrey Epstein, seen here with the president, who is also now in custody awaiting child sex trafficking charges," Maddow explained. "No, this is a whole different guy who you can see in this picture with the president who is now in federal custody awaiting a different set of sex trafficking charges as well as serious child porn charges and not for the first time."

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Fox News hires former Trump spokesman as Senior Vice President: report

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The revolving door between the White House and Fox News was spinning on Friday as a former spokesman for President Donald Trump was hired by Fox News.

"A bit of news: Raj Shah, the former spokesman in the White House, is joining Fox as a senior Vice President," Washington Post White House correspondent Josh Dawsey reported on Friday.

https://twitter.com/jdawsey1/status/1152374273522241537

After Hope Hicks left her job as White House communications director, she was hired to lead corporate communications for New Fox, the parent company of Fox News.

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