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Trump ‘infuriated’ when officials tell him he can’t break the law — and it led to Kirstjen Nielson firing: NYT

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In a New York Times report, it was revealed President Donald Trump frequently flew into a rage when he was told he couldn’t do something because it was illegal.

In wake of Secretary Kirstjen Nielson’s firing, stories surfaced of their heated exchanges.

“The president berated Ms. Nielsen regularly, calling her at home early in the mornings to demand that she take action to stop migrants from entering the country, including doing things that were clearly illegal, like blocking all migrants from seeking asylum,” the Times wrote. “She repeatedly noted the limitations imposed on her department by federal laws, court settlements and international obligations.

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“Those responses only infuriated Mr. Trump further. The president’s fury erupted in the spring of 2018 as Ms. Nielsen hesitated for weeks about whether to sign a memo ordering the routine separation of migrant children from their families so that the parents could be detained.”

Interestingly, the news comes as former White House Counsel Don McGahn revealed in a GOP lunch that he was one of the president’s punching bags.

“I spent the last couple of years getting yelled at,” McGahn said according to Axios. “And you may soon read about some of the more spirited debates I had with the president.”

According to CNN reports Sunday, Trump was becoming “increasingly unhinged” when it came to Nielsen.

This wasn’t the first time either. Trump regularly berated Nielsen in front of cabinet officials.

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Read the full Times report here.


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‘Malignant’ GOP voters will keep backing ‘dumber and angrier’ candidates no matter what happens in November: Conservative

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Even if the Republican Party suffers crippling losses in November's election, that won't solve the problem of the "malignant Republican voter."

President Donald Trump's conservative opponents have been publicly debating whether the GOP deserves to survive, but The Week columnist Damon Linker says reducing the party to cinders and ash won't root out the party's rotten core.

"The head of the party is a corrupt and malicious imbecile," Linker wrote. "Republicans in Congress are a mix of Trump enablers, obstructionist-demagogues out to maximize the wealth of their donors, know-nothing conspiracist loons, and a few reformers experimenting with the most politically palatable way to blend nationalism with socialism. All of them are primarily motivated by the drive toward self-promotion within the right-wing media complex. And when we move further down the Republican hierarchy to the state and local level, things only get worse."

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‘Survival of organized human society’ at risk: New campaign rallies progressives to vote Trump out

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"As progressives and leftists, we are not going to minimize our disagreements with Joe Biden. But we're also clear-eyed about where things stand. We have a moral responsibility to defeat Trump."

With the goal of boosting progressive voter turnout in swing states that could play a decisive role in November, advocacy group RootsAction.org on Wednesday launched a grassroots campaign aiming to prevent another disastrous four years of President Donald Trump's "war on truth, on decency, on our planet, and on working people."

Organizers of the new "Vote Trump Out" initiative argue that while progressives have major substantive differences with Joe Biden on a number of key issues, "supporting the Democratic nominee in swing states is the only means we have to defeat Trump."

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Another government watchdog resigns — months after Trump fired the old one: report

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On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that the State Department inspector general is resigning — just four months after Trump brought him on to replace the one he previously fired.

"Stephen Akard’s departure, which will be effective Friday, was announced to staff by his deputy, Diana R. Shaw, who told colleagues she would temporarily become the acting inspector general in his stead," reported John Hudson.

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