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Trump emboldens hate groups while lulling Americas into a state of desensitization: columnist

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Over the weekend, acting White House Chief of staff Mick Mulvaney laughed off the idea that President Donald Trump is a white nationalist.

“The President is not a white supremacist,” Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I’m not sure how many times we have to say that.”

“To simply ask the question every time something like this happens overseas, or even domestically, to say, ‘Oh my goodness, it must somehow be the President’s fault,’ speaks to a politicization of everything that I think is undermining sort of the institutions that we have in the country today,” he added, according to CNN.

The questions came in response to a shooting that left over 50 Muslim worshippers dead in New Zealand. Over the weekend, President Donald Trump tweeted about his Democratic rivals.

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Writing in The Washington Post Monday, columnist Greg Sargent argues that Trump’s rhetoric is emboldening hate groups. And it’s time for something to be done.

“President Trump’s extraordinary response to the New Zealand massacre provides an occasion to intensify our scrutiny of a critical question: Are Trump’s words emboldening white-nationalist and white-supremacist activity at home and abroad?” he wonders.

“Trump regularly engages in both veiled incitement of violence and anti-Muslim bigotry with a kind of casual regularity that almost seems designed to lull us into desensitization,” he continues. “That this is losing the power to shock is bad enough. But that’s producing another terrible result: This desensitization leads us to spend too little time focused on the actual consequences these verbal degradations could be having.”

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“This is what the White House wants,” he concludes.

Sargent analyzes Mulvaney’s dismissive response, contesting it negatively to the Obama White House, which sought to unify Americans in the face of tragedy.

“We need to ask why Trump and his advisers are not engaged in any similar debates over his language and what impact it might have on the radical right,” Sargent says.

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The President himself, however, buys into the hateful rhetoric.

“Trump, of course, genuinely believes “Islam hates us,” and wants us to see Islam as a severe threat. But those beliefs do not require Trump to publicly validate the language of right-wing terrorism. Why does he continue doing this? Why isn’t Trump concerned about its impact? Is anyone else inside the administration concerned about that? What do his own national security officials think about it?”


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Trump raked over the coals by WSJ for ‘politically stupid’ racist comments debacle

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In a brutally blunt column from the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, the editors scolded Donald Trump for being "politically stupid" by wading into a dispute between factions within the Democratic Party that has blown up in his face.

Under a headline reading, "Defining Politics Down," the editorial seemed less concerned with Trump's racist attacks and more with the fact that he has made his racism front and center as the country gears up for the 2020 election.

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Dear NeverTrumpers: Either help or STFU

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Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the NeverTrumpers — repentant Republicans and conservatives — have been offering up lots of advice for how the Democrats can win the next election. Their jackhammer advice has basically been limited to urging the party to disavow its activist, progressive members in order to secure the contrarian swing voters who cast ballots for Barack Obama twice, then switched to Donald Trump in 2016.

Before I offer up a come-to-Jesus moment for the NeverTrumpers, let me say that as many of you know, I’ve defended members of this exiled faction in the past, and continue to stand by the idea that we need to form a coalition to close the loopholes exposed by Donald Trump’s malfeasance as a means of preventing another, perhaps more dangerous monster from sashaying through the Trump-shaped hole in the wall. To be clear: I’m not talking about conceding on policy or platform planks. I’m merely suggesting a detente between voices who all agree that Trump is a menace and his presidency is an existential national crisis.

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Morning Joe panel brutally dismantles Lindsey Graham for doubling down and backing Trump’s extreme racism

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was left speechless by Sen. Lindsey Graham's impassioned defense of President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.

The "Morning Joe" host sat in stunned silence after rolling video of the South Carolina Republican defending Trump's tweets, and doubling down by hurling his own slurs against the first-year lawmakers.

"You call Americans in Congress communists?" Scarborough said, after gathering his thoughts, "and you say they hate America? And then your punch line to that is aim higher?"

Scarborough, who served alongside Graham as a Republican congressman, said the episode was a shameful new low for the veteran lawmaker.

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