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Trump defends his infamous Charlottesville remarks by insisting ‘many people’ say Robert E. Lee is their favorite general

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In an unhinged impromptu press conference with reporters on Friday, President Donald Trump responded to a question about Joe Biden’s campaign announcement video -which slammed the president’s reaction to the murderous neo-Nazi riot in Charlottesville Virginia that left a young woman dead- by suggesting the incident was understandable because “many people” had told him Confederate General Robert E. Lee was “their favorite general”.

The 2017 incident was sparked in part by the city’s decision to remove a monument that honored the Confederate officer.

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Trump, who is 72 years old, visibly overweight, and famously addicted to McDonald’s had just taken a moment to insist that he was “a young, vibrant man,” when an unseen reporter shouted a question about his reaction to the riots, in which he referred to the crowd carrying swastika flags and torches as “very fine people.”

“I have answered that question, and if you look at what I said, you will see that that question was answered perfectly,” Trump said. “I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general.” Lee, in fact, took up arms against his own country to defend chattel slavery, was in part responsible for the deaths of thousands of his fellow countrymen, and had his land seized in the aftermath as a national cemetery for those who died fighting him.

“I have spoken to many generals here right at the White House, and many people thought, of the generals, they think he was maybe their favorite general,” Trump continued, praising one of the most famous traitors in US history. “People were there protesting the taking down of the monument of Robert E. Lee. Everybody knows that.”

In fact, the protestors came armed and bearing torches, chanting “Jews will not replace us.” Numerous attacks on minorities and others took place throughout the day, culminating in the murder of Heather Heyer, a peaceful protestor.

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Iowa’s Steve King facing ouster because his campaign is broke and his allies have fled: report

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Iowa Republican Steve King is facing losing his seat representing his district in the U.S. House of Representatives as his campaign finds itself broke and the Republican Party has turned its back on him after his latest round of controversial comments.

According to a report from the Daily Beast, his campaign is struggling to bring donors -- who once wholeheartedly supported him --back into the fold.

Even worse, his colleagues in Congress have also abandoned him.

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

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‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’

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Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."

Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."

Spotted at a Biden event in the Hamptons: Fmr. Trump WH Comms Director Anthony @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/PWVTZ8Qm15

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