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Diamond and Silk call Democratic congressman racist for mocking Bill Barr with fried chicken

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When Attorney General William Barr threatened to skip testimony at a hearing with House Democrats to explain his misrepresentation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) denounced him as a “chicken.” And when Barr followed through and failed to show up, Cohen drove the point home by bringing a bucket of KFC and snarfing it down in front of Cohen’s vacant seat.

It was a memorable stunt. But to Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, two African-American Trump supporters who go by the social media names “Diamond and Silk,” it was racist.

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“It’s racially insensitive is what I think,” said Hardaway on Friday’s edition of “Fox & Friends.” “And can you just imagine if that was a Republican doing that to a Democrat, I mean just think about that for a moment.”

Consuming too much fried chicken is broadly recognized as an offensive stereotype against African-Americans, who often had to rely on chicken as a staple meat during bondage in the South. But Barr is not black, and the expression “he’s a chicken” to suggest cowardice has completely different roots, dating back to performances by 16th-century Shakespearean comedy actor William Kemp.

Incidentally, Cohen represents Tennessee’s 9th District, which is home to one of the highest black populations of any congressional seat in the United States.

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Harvard psychiatrist exposes why ‘extremely successful sociopath’ Trump seeks Putin’s love and approval

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy" on Sunday morning, retired Harvard clinical psychiatrist Dr. Lance Dodes diagnosed Donald Trump as having a "fundamental psychological problem" that has led him to seek approval from autocratic leaders like Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Dodes got right to the point while admitting that he has not sat down and questioned the the president.

"Donald Trump does have a fundamental psychological problem," he bluntly stated. "He needs to be loved all the time, he needs to have power over everyone all the time. Once you get that idea down, the rest of his behavior and his speech makes sense."

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CNN contributor Rick Santorum said he was personally offended on Sunday after conservative writer Bill Kristol attacked President Donald Trump's trade policy.

During a segment about Trump's trade war with China, Kristol noted that the president seems "demoralized" and "depressed."

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