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Trump pardons Charlottesville truther and convicted white-collar criminal who wrote glowing book about him

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump pardoned Conrad Black, a Canadian-born newspaper publisher and member of the British House of Lords who was convicted amid allegations he stole $60 million from investors and sentenced to 42 months in prison.

Black published a book last May entitled Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other, full of glowing praise for his “friend” Trump. The president, in turn, praised Black as an “entrepreneur and scholar” and stated that the Supreme Court “overturned almost all charges in his case.”

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Additionally, Black is noted for coming heavily to Trump’s defense in the aftermath of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the president was broadly panned for insisting that there were some “very fine people” in with the neo-Nazis. In a heavily revisionist blog post in 2017, Black insisted Trump was correct, insinuating that most the neo-Nazis were really just there to peacefully celebrate Southern heritage and violent left-wing agitators from Antifa and Black Lives Matter instigated the violence. Robert E. Lee, he wrote, “would have been as disgusted as we are by the extremists of both sides.”

Black is the latest in a series of deeply political pardons issued by the president, who has come to relish his use of the one presidential power that neither Congress nor the courts has any authority to review.

He has also pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a notorious racist who housed prisoners in self-described “concentration camps” and was convicted of contempt of court for profiling Hispanics; far-right author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who pled guilty to a fraudulent campaign finance scheme; and Army Lt. Col. Michael Behenna, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering a detainee.


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Trump’s ‘herd immunity’ advisor has been spreading his quackery behind the scenes for quite a while

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This is not Dr. Scott Atlas’ first rodeo.

It might seem like Atlas came out of nowhere after getting recruited by Stephen Miller at a QAnon meeting. Or you might have him confused with the Atlas who tried to kill Superman in #677 of the superhero series.

Atlas wasn’t famous until he got plucked by Trump from the farthest right reaches of the universe as a pandemic adviser carrying the flag for herd immunity. That, of course, is the theory that says, in effect, that saving the economy in an election year is certainly worth losing a few million lives.

But it turns out Atlas has been on the political scene as a foe of government health care for quite a while. As a creature of the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank uneasily affiliated with Stanford University, Atlas has left a bit of a paper trail.

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WATCH: Trump supporter cries discrimination during Starbucks mask meltdown

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An argument that erupted between a barista and her customer at a Santee, Calif. Starbucks has gone viral.

The incident occurred when the barista, Alex Beckom, 19, asked her customer to pull her mask up from her chin. The customer was a White woman wearing a Trump 2020 mask. The customer's response was that she was being discriminated against because of her support of President Donald J. Trump.

“F— Black Lives Matter,” the customer told Beckom, who is Black.

The woman then asked for a straw and sugar packets before they parted ways.

Watch the video below.

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You are part of Trump’s callous and covert science experiment — you just don’t know it yet

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It’s understood the president has not done nearly enough to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. It’s understood he’s gotten in the way of states trying to protect residents. What’s not understood, however, is the United States government, under Donald Trump’s leadership, seems to be conducting a science experiment on the American people without telling us, one informed by ideology, not medicine. All things being equal, a second term for the president will not only coincide with a permanent pandemic; it will cause hundreds of thousands more people to die.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

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