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Trump’s constant ‘middle-school drama’ behavior is something he learned from Roy Cohn

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If President Donald Trump doesn’t have a fight, he creates one. It’s a tactic he learned from his confrontational mentor Roy Cohn, who managed to stir up Congressional drama with former Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) during a “red scare.”

“If you look at the long, public life of Donald Trump — half a century at this point — what we are looking at right now that’s the current bookend,” said Politico senior staff writer Michael Kruse. “The first bookend goes all the way back to October of 1973. That starts when the Department of Justice sues Donald Trump, Fred Trump, his father and Trump’s management for racist rental statuses and many offices in Staten Island.”

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When that happened, it put Trump in a position where he had to fight, and he hired Roy Cohn to do it.

Cohn, “not only mounts a defense for Donald Trump particularly but kind of gives Donald Trump a young and impressionable Donald Trump a tutorial on how to fight the Department of Justice and how to fight any entity or institution that’s attacking you, that’s getting in your way from going where you want to go and doing what you want to do,” Kruse continued. “So the Cohen’s playbook, deny, delay, counter-attack and shamelessness as a weapon. Here we are 50 years later, we see a lot of Roy Cohn in Donald Trump.”

Kruse went on to say that if Trump doesn’t have someone to fight he will find someone.

“He’s the most effective when he’s fighting and if he does not have a legitimate fight, he creates a fight,” Kruse said. “He does not create a fight here. Now more than ever before, he has been very adept at using fights as fuel and so I think the political calculations are what they are.”

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‘There is great distrust of the entire system’: CNN reporter says protesters want the Hennepin attorney to resign

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On CNN Wednesday, correspondent Miguel Marquez reported that while Minnesota civil rights activists will approve of the upgraded charges against the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, they also want accountability for Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney who initially declined to charge every officer.

"Those protesters will be pleased, absolutely happy to hear these charges have now been brought, but they will want more," said Marquez. "Specifically, they do want the County Attorney, Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney, who initially had this case and then turned it over to the attorney general, they want him to resign. They're also upset with the governor and his handling of it."

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The two black students who were brutalized by police in Atlanta went on CNN Wednesday to demand fundamental change from American police departments.

In an interview on CNN, students Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who were pulled out of their car by Atlanta police and tased earlier this week, said that police behavior toward peaceful demonstrators shows exactly why protesters are taking to the streets in the first place.

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Even evangelical groups were disgusted by Trump’s Bible stunt: former White House faith adviser

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On CNN Tuesday, former Obama White House faith and race adviser Joshua Dubois said President Donald Trump's Bible photo-op in front of the church near the White House could backfire on him with his most critical voting bloc.

"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."

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