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Trump is urging his supporters to use violence and ‘brute force’ because investigations are closing in on him: Robert Reich

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White House veteran Robert Reich warned that President Donald Trump is going to lash out worse than we’ve ever seen as investigators continue to close in.

“What does a megalomaniacal president of the United States do when he’s cornered?” Reich mused in a column for The Guardian. “We’ll soon find out.”

While House Democrats prepare a series of investigations into the president’s alleged wrongdoing, Senate Republicans “have begun to desert him” on his border wall emergency declaration, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report being made public and even the war in Yemen.

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“Trump cannot abide losing,” the Clinton-era Labor secretary wrote. “His ego can’t contain humiliation. He is incapable of shame.”

In response to being cornered, Trump raised “the specter of violence against his political opponents” by telling the right-wing Breitbart website that his “tough” backers — police, military and “Bikers for Trump” — are prepared to counter his opponents.

“I actually think that the people on the right are tougher,” the president said in the interview. “But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations] – that’s all they want to do is – you know, they do things that are nasty.”

“In Trump’s mind, congressional investigations that could cause him shame and humiliation, and quite possibly result in a prison sentence, will be countered by forces loyal to him: the police, the military, and vigilante groups like Bikers for Trump,” Reich wrote. “To put it another way, the work of a democratically elected Congress will be met by Trump loyalists who, he asserts, are ‘tougher’ because they have brute force on their side.”

Though nobody knows what “bizarre scenario” Trump has concocted in his mind, hints of it have emerged since the controversial Breitbart interview when, after a terror attack against Muslims at two New Zealand mosques, the president claimed he doesn’t think white nationalism is on the rise.

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“It is hardly the first time Trump has played down white nationalism, or signaled his support for those who might use violence on his behalf,” Reich wrote, noting that the president has on many occasions alluded to and even outright called for violence against political opponents.

“Throughout his campaign and presidency, Trump has given cover to some of the most vile bigots in America,” he concluded. “As he grows more desperate, he is giving them encouragement.”


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‘Modern piracy’: Germany accuses Trump of stealing N95 masks it ordered from factory in China

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The German government is accusing the U.S. government of stealing N95 masks that it had ordered from a factory based in China that's run by American company 3M.

The Guardian reports that the German government claims that "200,000 N95 masks made by the manufacturer 3M were diverted to the U.S. as they were being transferred between planes in Thailand."

Andreas Geisel, the interior minister for Berlin state, said that the American seizure of masks that were set to go to Germany was "an act of modern piracy" and warned that continuing to take such actions could create chaos across the globe.

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Trump busted by own officials for lying about forcing GM to make desperately-needed ventilators as people die

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The report notes that one week ago, the president stated that he would use the powers contained in the Defense Production Act to compel the automaker to start retooling and make the medical devices, however three sources within his own administration, speaking on the condition of anonymity said that "the government is still exploring its options and has not yet placed an order under the Defense Production Act for any of the machines."

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Trump denies there’s a ‘massive recession’ as 10 million or more people lose jobs

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During a Coronavirus Task Force briefing late Thursday following news that 10 million Americans filed jobless claims over just a two-week period last month, President Donald Trump downplayed the intensifying economic downturn as “an artificial closing” and insisted that businesses like restaurants will be “bigger and better” than before once the COVID-19 crisis subsides.

“It’s not like we have a massive recession or worse. It’s artificial because we turned it off,” Trump said, drawing a distinction that makes no difference to those who have lost their jobs—as well as employer-provided health insurance—or seen their hours drastically cut due to the crisis.

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