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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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‘Comparing yourself to terrorists?’ Internet cracks up at Trump saying dead 9-11 hijackers got more justice than him

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President Donald Trump quoted Fox News host Mark Levin that left many scratching their heads. Levin, who has a show on Sunday evenings, claimed that the terrorists from Sept. 11 got more due process than the president.

The claim was a curious one because, as many on Twitter noted, it's not often that the president of the United States compares himself to a terrorist. Secondly, the 9-11 hijackers all died in the attack, as they were on the planes that crashed into the buildings and into a Pennsylvania field.

Trump is known to quote Levin frequently, though the citations often make the president look worse.

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MLK was ‘gravely disappointed’ with white moderates — whom he believed were responsible for impeding civil rights

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"We also realize that the problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power."

—Martin Luther King Jr., 1967

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day comes as moderate Democrats, falling in line behind former vice president Joe Biden, are warning that the party risks re-electing Donald Trump if it nominates too radical a candidate for president — by which they mean someone like Senators Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.

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Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe catches Alan Dershowitz in humiliating hypocrisy: ‘He’s not to be trusted’

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Harvard Constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe called out President Donald Trump's lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, Sunday on Twitter, noting that his opinions seem to evolve depending on who he's defending.

Dershowitz is on a kind of press junket for the president, defending him in various media appearances. The former lawyer to Jeffrey Epstein is handling Trump's defense as it pertains to the abuse of power. Dershowitz thinks that charge has no basis in law. In fact, impeachment trials aren't actually legal proceedings, they're political proceedings, because the Justice Department claimed that Trump can't be indicted under the law while he's president.

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