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Twitter CEO claims Trump is no worse than Obama on Joe Rogan podcast

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared on the podcast run by  comedian Joe Rogan and as the Daily Beast characterized it, claimed “Trump Is No Worse Than Obama.”

In the podcast, which was posted Saturday, Dorsey echoed previous comments in which he said that he would “talk about” what to do if Trump asked his followers to murder a specific journalist on his platform, though also said he would “take action.”

“Public figures might be in violation of our terms of service, but the tweet itself is of public interest,” Dorsey said “But the tweet itself is of public interest. It should be talked about. That is probably the thing people disagree with the most, and where we have a lot of internal debate. If we had a public leader, like the president of the United States, make a violent threat against a private individual, we would take action.”

Rogan asked if Trump tweets that could be seen as encouraging violence might be seen as violating Twitter’s terms of service and Dorsey said Trump’s tweets should be seen in “context.”

Specifically, he claimed that former President Barack Obama also made threats to other countries, such as North Korea, on Twitter.

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“It was the context that presidents of this country have used similar language on different mediums,” Dorsey told Rogan. “They say it on radio, they say it on television. If you were to look at President Obama, it wasn’t the exact same tone, but there were threats surrounding the same country. We have to take that context into consideration.”

You can watch the podcast below.

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Trump’s racism isn’t a grand plan to win in 2020 — he’s just a ‘blithering idiot’: GOP strategist

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President Donald Trump over the last week has made overtly racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, which has led to speculation that the president believes using racism is the key to winning reelection in 2020.

However, Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, who is currently working for Trump primary challenger Bill Weld, says it would be a mistake to confuse Trump's bigoted impulses with a well thought out battle plan.

"There is always this need to attribute this master plan to Trump because otherwise, you have to come to terms with the fact that he’s a blithering idiot," Stevens said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

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Here is why Nancy Pelosi allowed a House impeachment vote

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Admitting that he isn't privy to insider knowledge from the Democratic leadership, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Bernstein suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be playing a much longer game on the possibility of impeachment hearings on Donald Trump than her detractors believe.

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Trump falsely claims he stopped his supporters from chanting ‘Send her back!’

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On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, where he singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), accusing her and the other Democratic congresswomen known as "the Squad" of not loving America.

In response, the crowd began to shout "Send her back!"

Trump allowed the crowd to continue the chant for a full 12 seconds before continuing his speech.

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