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CNN’s Toobin torches Trump for bigoted attacks on Ilhan Omar: ‘He’s always after people of color’

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin on Monday slammed President Donald Trump for making incendiary attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that have led to a surge of death threats against the congresswoman.

During a panel discussion about Trump’s campaign to demonize Omar, Toobin said the president seems to relish attacking religious and ethnic minorities as a way to fire up his base of supporters.

“What do all the people that he’s vilifying have in common?” Toobin asked rhetorically. “They are all people of color. You know, AOC, Omar, whether it is the basketball players or the football players, he’s always after people of color, and that is not a coincidence.”

Earlier in the panel, political analyst David Gregory similarly called out the president for posting a video linking Omar to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“This is beyond the pale, that she should be targeted with death threats because of something the president said is completely wrong,” he said. “That is completely out of context and beyond the pale in terms of a political attack.”

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‘White nationalists will never love you’: Hispanic Trump supporter goes down in flames during CNN debate

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CNN's Anderson Cooper struggled to control a segment about President Donald Trump's racism while interviewing a former member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.

Cooper interviewed Steve Cortes about the president's racists outburts at the four young women of color in Congress that are known collectively as "The Squad."

The host read the dictionary definition of a demagogue.

"A leader that makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises to gain power," Merrian-Webster published.

"Is Donald Trump a demagogue? Isn’t this exactly what he is doing here?" Cooper asked.

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Gold Star father blasts Trump for failure to govern while refusing to ‘defend and protect’ America

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Gold Star father Khizr Khan eviscerated President Donald Trump for his latest racist attack on congresswomen of color.

"To Donald Trump I say, sir, have you no sense of decency with this racism and division for political purposes?" Khan told anchor Anderson Cooper. "Donald Trump has nothing to offer. Therefore, he is going to create division and hate for political expedience. I am saddened but not surprised because, as you explained, he is a demagogue and will continue to use hate and division for his political expediency purpose."

"This is a man without any shame," agreed Cooper. "He doesn't have a health care policy. He doesn't have — he's not able to make progress on immigration in any sort of policy that actually solves the problem long term. And so he does these things and it is largely in times to distract, but it's not just distracting people, it's distracting people in the worst possible, bigoted, divisive way. It's distracting us by turning us against each other and viewing each other as other."

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Racism drives Trump ‘like rocket fuel’ — but even for him, this is ‘shocking and disgraceful’: WaPo journalist

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post reporter David Swerdlick told anchor Wolf Blitzer that there's nothing truly new about President Donald Trump's racist social media assaults on Democratic congresswomen of color — but that there is something uniquely horrible about the latest episode.

"People are suggesting what the president has said in the past day or two represents a new low," said Blitzer. "But when you look at the president's history ... the president claiming Barack Obama wasn't born here in the United States, his comments about Charlottesville. This clearly isn't a one-off."

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