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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.

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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.

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.”

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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.

“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.”

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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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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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