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Ivanka and Jared are too ignorant about how the real world works to realize how incompetent they are: NYT columnist

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In a harsh New York Times opinion piece, columnist Michelle Goldberg used a new book on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to make the case that they are the privileged children of the rich whose cushy lives never prepared them intellectually for the demands of the jobs handed to them by President Donald Trump.

“Many high achievers, particularly women and people of color, suffer from impostor syndrome, the fear that they don’t belong in the rarefied realm to which they’ve ascended and that they will soon be found out,” Goldberg began while noting that the first daughter and her husband have ever expressed any doubts about being up to the task.

This led the columnist to ask, “Why don’t they have impostor syndrome, given that their total lack of qualifications for the jobs they are doing makes them actual impostors?”

According to Goldberg, Ivanka and her husband are classic examples of the Dunning-Kruger effect, which states: “People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains. The authors suggest that this overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it.”

As the columnist puts it, “Partly, the Jared and Ivanka story is about the ‘reality distortion field’ — a term one of [author Vicky] Ward’s sources uses about Kushner — created by great family wealth. She quotes a member of Trump’s legal team saying that the two ‘have no idea how normal people perceive, understand, intuit.’ Privilege, in them, has been raised to the level of near sociopathy.”

“Even if you assume that the couple are amoral climbers, their behavior still doesn’t quite make sense. Ward writes that Ivanka’s chief concern is her personal brand, but that brand has been trashed,” Goldberg explained adding, “A leading real estate developer tells Ward that Kushner, now caught up in multiple state and federal investigations, has become radioactive: ‘No one will want to do business with him’.”

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Trump’s ‘no collusion’ lie is finally falling apart — but will Americans actually notice?

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Although the Mueller Report has been in the public domain for nearly two months, there’s still a ton of confusion and disinformation around it. The confusion is specifically due to two things: Very few voters have actually read it, and Donald Trump is delighted to exploit that fact. It doesn’t help that Robert Mueller has been more than a little cryptic about his findings — refusing to answer questions or to appear for congressional testimony to clear the air.

Consequently, the president and his Red Hat loyalists continue to repeat the “NO COLLUSION!' lie with very little push-back. The all-caps falsehood gains momentum every time Trump repeats it. Likewise, Bill Barr’s March 24 letter and his subsequent public remarks erroneously confirmed Trump’s lie before anyone, including Congress, was allowed to actually read the report.

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Trump calls himself a rock star as he tries to drum up interest in his Orlando rally: ‘Going to be wild!’

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President Donald Trump compared himself to a rock star ahead of his campaign kickoff rally in Orlando, where hundreds of supporters camped out a day ahead of the Florida event.

Supporters waited in line more than 40 hours before Tuesday night's rally at the Amway Center, and the president claimed that showed he was as popular as musicians who pack arenas for rock concerts.

"The Fake News doesn’t report it," Trump tweeted, "but Republican enthusiasm is at an all time high. Look what is going on in Orlando, Florida, right now! People have never seen anything like it (unless you play a guitar). Going to be wild - See you later!"

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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