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Trump and the GOP have turned the US into a ‘dysfunctional tinpot dictatorship and self-dealing monarchy’: Foreign policy expert

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President Donald Trump has jumped off the rails in the past couple of weeks — and he’s crossing some bright red lines.

The president and his administration have signaled in recent days that Trump will carry out a threatened assault on the rule of law that has always been embedded in his presidency, according to foreign policy expert David Rothkopf writing for The Daily Beast.

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“Something broke in America in the past week or two,” argued Rothkopf, a professor of international relations, political scientist and journalist. “We have been spiraling downward since Trump’s election, but in these early days of spring 2019, we have crossed a line. The president and his men began asserting that they were above the law — and effectively no one in our system did anything to stop them.”

Attorney General William Barr placed himself above congressional oversight and seems intent to shield special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings from full public view, and then accused U.S. law enforcement of “spying” on the Trump campaign, without offering any evidence, Rothkopf said.

“He disregarded the facts to serve the narrative of his boss but also, shockingly, appallingly, to discredit the work of the law enforcement professionals who undertook the investigation and who, ultimately, report to him,” Rothkopf argued. “It was equally a betrayal of his oath and of his dedicated colleagues at the Department of Justice.”

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig both seem determined to violate a law requiring them to furnish Trump’s tax returns to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rothkopf said, and the White House has begun to purge leadership Department of Homeland Security reportedly out of frustration that officials were not willing to obey illegal orders.

Trump confirmed that he had considered naming his daughter Ivanka Trump to head the World Bank, and he granted her and husband Jared Kushner access to highly classified materials despite career professionals warning they were potential security risks.

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The Senate’s Republican majority have let these abuses go unchallenged, Rothkopf said, in hopes of packing the courts with right-wing partisans — or, in the case of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, landing an aluminum mill in his home state of Kentucky after undoing sanctions against Russian magnate Oleg Deripaska.

“It is the stuff of the world’s most dysfunctional tinpot dictatorships or self-dealing monarchies,” Rothkopf warned. “But rather than generating a response from within our system commensurate with the threat, nothing occurred. The GOP leaders in the Senate circled ’round the president and supported his abuses.”

“In so doing, they sent a message that they would never challenge him,” he added, “much less convict him of the myriad crimes he has committed. The checks and balances our system was built upon are gone.”

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24 hours of embarrassing incidents culminate in #TrumpIsALaughingStock trending on Twitter

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President Donald Trump has already had a tough week.

It started Monday evening when HBO aired a widely-panned interview with Axios correspondent Jonathan Swan.

Monday morning, Trump appeared entirely unfamiliar with Yosemite National Park.

And then Trump had another one of his lie-filled presidential briefings.

All the fodder circulating resulted in the hashtag for "Trump is a laughing stock" trending on Twitter.

Here's some of what people were saying about the commander-in-chief:

https://twitter.com/jeremynewberger/status/1290833836587311104

https://twitter.com/egheitasean/status/1290768729286963201

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GOP operatives linked to Kayne West’s presidential bid in potential ‘spoiler’ effort: NYT

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There are questions as to whether Kanye West is running a "spoiler" bid for president to help re-elect his friend, Donald Trump, according to a new report by The New York Times.

"At least four people who have been active in Republican politics are linked to Kanye West’s attempt to get on the presidential ballot this year. The connection raises questions about the aims of the entertainer’s effort and whether it is regarded within the G.O.P. as a spoiler campaign that could aid President Trump, even as those close to Mr. West have expressed concerns about his mental health as he enters the political arena," the newspaper reported.

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Kris Kobach ridiculed after losing comeback bid in Kansas: ‘Adios amigo’

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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the projected loser of the state's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Kobach, a longtime crusader against immigration, headed up President Donald Trump's so-called "voter fraud commission" before it was disbanded after failing to identify any widespread instances of fraud.

Kobach unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.

Here's some of what people were saying about Kobach's defeat:

https://twitter.com/LokayFOX5/status/1290832478865952768

https://twitter.com/davematt88/status/1290831071462875136

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