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‘This is crazy, crazy stuff’: Top Trump aide is desperately backpedaling after report reveals he trashed the president

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CNN uncovered a radio interview from August 2015 on Monday that has put President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser and one of his new picks for the Federal Reserve in an awkward spot.

The recording captures a discussion between Larry Kudlow and Stephen Moore about Trump’s then-early campaign for the presidency. Both men, who now depend on Trump’s favor for their positions of power, trashed Trump’s economic policies and his attitudes toward immigrants.

Moore called Trump’s views “extreme nativist,” “crazy,” and “dangerous.”

“I think it’s a crazy policy,” he said. “I think it’s bad economics and I think it’s even worse politics.”

Kudlow was no less scathing, obliquely comparing Trump’s immigration policies to the Holocaust.

“Donald Trump and his policies are doing damage to the stock market,” Kudlow said. “This is nuts. This is crazy stuff. This is crazy, crazy stuff.”

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Reached for comment by CNN, Kudlow furiously backpedaled:

I should’ve never said it because it was never true. President Trump is actually trying like hell to fix an immigration system that’s been broken for 40 years — hurting American workers, acting as a drain on our economy — and he’s the only one with the guts to call it out and fix it.

Moore just admitted that he has said “a lot of negative things about Donald Trump before I met him.”

Kudlow and Moore have little independent credibility apart from this incident, so their complete lack of integrity in this incident tells us little more about them as people. But it does serve as something of a window into the not-too-distant past that somehow can be forgettable: that Trump was once anathema to many prominent conservative figures, sometimes even for the right reasons. The GOP and the broader conservative movement, such as it is, has been almost entirely consumed by his presidency. But the fact that it was so easily consumed, and with so little whiplash, reveals how hollow it was in the first place.

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Maryland pool stalker says he isn’t racist — he’s autistic

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A Maryland man who called police on two groups of Black women at an apartment complex says that his actions weren't motivated by race, rather it was his autism.

According to WUSA, the man now known as "Poolside Nick," approached the women to complain about using glass bottles, which is against the pool rules at their apartment complex.

Videos were posted by Felecia Soso showing the man telling the women "glassware is not allowed at the pool."

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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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