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CNN analyst: GOP’s reluctance to speak out on Trump recalls the Soviet Union’s dictatorship

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On Tuesday, CNN analyst Brianna Golodryga noted the significance of the criticism of President Donald Trump by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).

During her analysis, she compared the Republican Party’s inability to stand up to President Donald Trump’s worst impulses with the fear that people felt criticizing the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union — noting that even though we enjoy numerous political freedoms that the Soviets lacked, Republicans are acting as if they don’t.

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“[Amash] clearly took his time in reading the Mueller report,” said Golodryga. “It’s not as if he came out with the day or two or a week after the report came out. It speaks volumes to where the country is right now when you get a standing ovation for speaking your mind in a free democratic country.”

“This isn’t Soviet Russia, the Soviet Union, where you have a dictatorship and people are afraid to speak out against their leader,” Golodryga continued. “Yet we find ourselves in a position where many people in the president’s party, at least, publicly, will not say what every reporter at this network can confirm hearing when they speak to many of them behind closed doors. That they disagree with the president on his rhetoric. They disagree with the president on certain policy issues.”

“They disagree with the president’s behavior as outlined in the Mueller report, yet, as divided as we are as a nation, it is very difficult for them or they feel to speak out publicly that way,” said Golodryga.

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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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Former NBA player overcomes ‘crippling anxiety’ for protests: ‘We are tired of the tyranny of police’ and Donald Trump

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Former NBA player Royce White overcame his anxiety to lead protests over the weekend in Minneapolis.

Speaking to CNN Tuesday, White noted that if only people listened to football star Colin Kaepernick, who peacefully protested by taking a knee during the "National Anthem" sung at games, this would not have happened. He was trying to raise awareness about police brutality and the disproportionate attacks on people of color at the hands of police. At the time, conservatives, including President Donald Trump, blasted him for the protest, ignoring the reason for doing it and focusing instead on how he refused to stand for the song.

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1960s segregationist George Wallace would ‘smile’ at seeing Trump teargas protesters for a photo op: CNN’s Bakari Sellers

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CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers said on Tuesday that watching President Donald Trump teargas a group of peaceful protesters so that he could have a photo opportunity reminded him of something he'd see segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace do.

"Yesterday, the president of the United States used teargas, he used the military against peaceful protesters," Sellers said. "The the only thing I could think of is George Wallace is looking over him with a smile."

Sellers then said he was "thoroughly pissed off" at conservative evangelicals who are remaining silent even as Trump continues to pour gasoline on the fire of racism while wrapping himself in the flag and the cross.

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