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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.”

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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.

“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.”

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“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.

“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.

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“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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Trump’s economic ‘brain trust’ ridiculed as America braces for a trade war recession: report

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President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.

"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."

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ICE and Homeland Security busted pushing right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories

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Multiple federal departments have been pushing far-right propaganda to federal employees.

"An arm of the Justice Department regularly sent summaries and links to articles from an online white nationalist publication over the last year, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. In addition, similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD and the Department of Homeland Security, included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

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Trump claimed North Korea missile testing ‘would stop’ — but they just launched again: report

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The upcoming G7 summit meeting in Bairritz, France will have one more issue to grapple with after North Korea reportedly conducted missile tests.

"South Korea's military confirms that North Korea has launched a projectile this morning. From South Hamgyong Province. Japan's government reported it first," Voice of America Seoul bureau chief William Gallo Tweeted Friday.

"North Korea has now conducted nine rounds of launches since early May. But this one's notable because it comes after Trump says Kim promised "this testing would stop when the exercises end." They did end Tuesday. And yet..." he noted.

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