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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.”

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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.

“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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Diplomat testified of fear Rudy wanted ‘grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus’: report

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President Donald Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine testified about fears that Rudy Giuliani was trying to cut a "grand bargain" with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, according to a new report in Axios.

Volker reportedly testified that Bill Taylor was reluctant to take the position of acting ambassador to Ukraine after the firing of Marie Yovanovitch.

"He was just worried [Ukraine] was going to get undermined at some point,” Volker reportedly testified. “Hanging over everyone’s head in the expert community is, is there some grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus?”

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White House ripped for ‘ridiculously misogynistic stereotype’ in attack on Speaker Pelosi

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The White House was harshly criticized for an attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) launched by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Grisham was already under fire for claiming President Donald Trump had been "measured" in a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) when she lashed out at the female speaker.

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Internet laughs off press secretary’s claims of presidential calm: ‘How often has Trump struck you as ‘measured’

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President Donald Trump isn't exactly known for being calm or measured, but that's what his White House is claiming he was during a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders.

"[email protected] was measured & decisive today. @SpeakerPelosi walking out was baffling but not surprising w NO intention of participating in a mtg on nat’l security. Dem “leadership” chose to storm out & whine to cameras, everyone else stayed to work on behalf of our country," tweeted Stephanie Grisham.

It prompted CNN's Chris Cillizza to inquire when Trump ever struck someone as "measured."

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