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Godson of KKK grand wizard explains his successful Trump-like ‘dog whistle’ campaign for GOP seat in Mar-a-Lago area

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CNN’s Van Jones interviewed on Saturday a former white supremacist who successfully used racial “dog whistle” campaign tactics to win elective office in the Mar-a-Lago area.

Derek Black is the son of Stormfront founder Don Black and the godson of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.

“What is behind this appeal for white nationalism in America?” Jones asked.

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“Coming from that background that I do, it’s always been happening. It’s always been — sometimes not on tv — but it’s always been there, there’s always been people who were saying those things you saw at Charlottesville, there’s always been politicians saying the things that Donald Trump says now,” Black explained.

“They didn’t get as much support and I think we didn’t pay as much attention to them as we probably should have,” he noted.

“You actually were able to run for office and win using some of these kind of dog whistles,” Jones noted. “One of the dog whistles that you were part of this movement to mainstream these ideas.”

“Yeah, I ran for this little committee seat, a Republican committee seat in south Florida, right across the water from Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s house there — so he’s always been in my life,” Black explained.

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“And I went door to door, and I said stuff like, ‘don’t you think the signs in Spanish are kind of undermining your culture? So don’t you think that people of color who live in that other neighborhood, don’t you think there needs to be more police for people like that,'” he recalled.

“Like these kind of messages really similar stuff to what Trump said on the campaign trail and people would react to it as long as they didn’t hear the word racist, as long as they didn’t hear, you know, I’m a white nationalist, as long as you didn’t say that sort of stuff, these are things that they viscerally reacted to,” he continued.

“That is what the white nationalist movement was saying. I would just try to figure out ways to say it that didn’t freak them out so much,” he explained.

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“I got 62% of the vote saying that stuff,” Black added.

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Document reveals how the White House cheered up Trump after his meltdown at #MAGA rally in Dallas

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Last week, President Donald Trump sought to shore up political support in Texas by holding a campaign rally in Dallas.

During the rally, Trump told the crowd how he hated it when his children told him what they learned in school.

The president also suffered a meltdown and offered the crowd his impersonations.

Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren on Wednesday revealed a note she'd received from the White House reading, "Tomi, thank you for everything. Best wishes."

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‘Hard to overstate’ how badly Taylor’s testimony damaged Trump: Ex-federal prosecutor

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On Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote for Politico Magazine that the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor was devastating for President Donald Trump — and that if he keeps trying to deny wrongdoing, it will only get worse and maybe even force Senate Republicans' hand against him.

"It’s hard to overstate how much damage the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor inflicted on President Donald Trump’s defense in the ongoing impeachment inquiry," wrote Mariotti. "On its face, Taylor’s testimony Tuesday established the quid pro quo that Trump has denied for weeks. But more importantly, Taylor’s detailed notes of the 'highly irregular' policy-making that he witnessed over the summer provide a roadmap to future testimony that could be even more harmful. Republicans have already begun to retreat from their 'no quid pro quo' line, but they will have to keep retreating because Taylor has almost single-handedly decimated the few witnesses who have provided some testimony that is favorable to Trump."

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‘How much did you get for your soul?’ Internet dogpiles Lindsey Graham after he walks back criticism of SCIF raid

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On Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared to have reached the limit of his capacity to defend his own party when a gang of House Republicans raided a sensitive, compartmented information facility where an impeachment hearing was taking place and illegally bringing in recording equipment. Initially Graham criticized the Republicans behind the stunt, calling it "nuts."

Later, however, he changed his mind and decided the demonstration was fine with him, offering this explanation:

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I was initially told House GOP took the SCIF by force – basically like a GOP version of Occupy Wall Street.

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