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‘Donald Trump is not above starting a civil war’: Donny Deutsch predicts there won’t be a peaceful transition of power

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President Donald Trump may start a civil war, a longtime acquaintance predicted on MSNBC on Tuesday.

Donny Deutsch, who has known Trump for two decades, explained the dynamics on “Hardball” with Chris Matthews.

“You have known Trump over the years. You’re not his buddy or anything, but you know him. What is his end game?” Matthews asked. “What will he do, run for reelection to protect him from the statute of limitations, hold on to the pardon power, try to get reelected to keep himself out of prison? What’s his end game?”

“We will not have a peaceful transition,” Deutsch predicted.

“Donald Trump, I believe — whether he’s going to be impeached, whether they’re disqualifying him for running for office, even if he gets elected out — he will tell his people to take to the streets,” he continued.

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“I know that sounds extreme — that’s who this man is,” he argued.

“There’s 30 percent of this country he believes he owns — and he does actually own them. The normal things we see, peaceful transition — I believe Donald Trump is not beyond starting a civil war,” Deutsch explained.

“Chris, I have known this man for 20 years and if you watch every one of his plays, he tees off what he is going to do. I think we’re headed for a very ugly time in American history,” Deutsch concluded. “I’m sad to say that.”

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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