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This ‘cruel’ Trump rant has made Americans sick to their stomach

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During a rambling and lie-filled rally Thursday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, President Donald Trump mocked asylum-seekers fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, suggesting they are not actually afraid for their lives.

“You have people coming up. You know they’re all met by the lawyers,” Trump said. “And they come out, they’re all met by the lawyers, and they say, ‘Say the following phrase: I am very afraid for my life. I am afraid for my life.'”

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“And then I look at the guy. He looks like he just got out of the ring. He’s the heavyweight champion of the world,” the president said to laughter from the crowd. “He’s afraid for his life. It’s a big fat con job, folks.”

Trump’s remarks came amid outrage over migrant treatment in El Paso, Texas, where hundreds of people—including many women and young children—are being detained in what some described as “concentration camps.”

Critics were appalled—though not surprised—by Trump’s mockery of asylum-seekers, condemning the president’s comments as “evil,” “cruel,” and “sickening.”

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One observer pointed to reporting showing that many asylum-seekers who have been turned away at the border have been killed or severely persecuted upon returning to their home countries.

“Literally the single most powerful person on the planet mocking some of the most vulnerable people on the planet,” tweeted Daniel Balson, Europe and Central Asia advocacy director at Amnesty International.

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Trump also used his Michigan rally to launch an insult-laced tirade against Democratic lawmakers—such as “little pencil-necked Adam Schiff“—and lie about the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which have not yet been released to the public.

As Vox‘s Aaron Rupar pointed out, it took the president just 90 seconds to lie about the Mueller report.

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According to the summary of the two-year probe’s conclusions by Attorney General William Barr, Mueller did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice.

Addressing his fans in Michigan Thursday night, Trump asserted that the report did precisely that.

“The special counsel completed its report and found no collusion and no obstruction,” the president said.

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You can expect these 3 authoritarian regimes to help get Trump reelected in 2020

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In the aftermath of the Israeli government’s decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel and Palestine, the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders rallied around the two congresswomen, and the Israeli government discredited its American supporters.

With a blatant show of support for President Trump’s strategy of racial polarization, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu not only signaled his government’s support for Trump in the 2020 election; he also served to unify an often-fractious party around a more anti-Israel message that resonates across the party’s left-center spectrum.

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‘I’ll be darned!’ Rick Perry — who oversees US nukes — fooled by Instagram hoax

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Energy secretary Rick Perry, who oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, fell for an Instagram hoax, along with several celebrities.

The poorly worded "legal" notice is similar to viral hoaxes that have circulated for years on Facebook, which owns Instagram, warning that the social media company will make all its users' photos and messages public.

Instagram isn't changing its privacy policy, according to its chief executive Adam Mosseri.

If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true - learn more here: https://t.co/Qy102zMQCm

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Has anything changed since Burning Man’s sex assault and labor issues were exposed?

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The last weekend in August marks the start of Burning Man, a week-long, festival in the Nevada desert consisting of freewheeling performance art, fanciful costumes, and a lot of drugs. The anarchic party with more than 50,000 attendees constitutes a pilgrimage for many attendees, lured by the promise of leaving the “default world” behind in exchange for a transformative or even spiritual experience.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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