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Newspapers across the US blast Trump for ‘unapologetically racist, xenophobic spew’

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All across the country the nation’s local newspapers are blasting President Donald Trump‘s latest round of “anti-American” racism. In Bangor, Maine and Los Angeles, California, in Syracuse, New York, Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, editorial boards are denouncing what is now day three of the President’s blatant racism, nativism, white nationalism, and white supremacist attacks against four duly-elected Democratic progressive U.S. Congresswomen.

“Trump taps the tool kit of racism once again,” decries the Editorial Board of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “The ‘go back where you came from’ message is especially ignorant, hurtful.”

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They classified the President’s remarks as “an unapologetically racist, xenophobic spew,” and said that just like “a true bully, he then demanded an apology from those whom he attacked.”

Calling his attacks “nakedly racist,” and “vile and incendiary,” the Editorial Board at Syracuse.com asked simply, “When will GOP stand up to Trump’s racism?”

The Editorial Board at the New Jersey Star-Ledger held nothing back.

“By now, we all understand that our president is a bigot. He no longer tries to hide it much, and neither do many of those who champion his cause,” they write. “White nationalist messages are broadcast from the White House. Racist memes bleed onto the pages of national websites. White supremacist laments get shouted from cable news, where people like Laura Ingraham wonder how ‘massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people…changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like.'”

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That was just for starters.

Down in North Carolina the Charlotte Observer’s Editorial Board asked straight up, “Are you OK with a racist president, Republicans?

“Go back where you came from” is among the worst of racist tropes. It divides us by ethnicity and skin color. It says that even if someone is a citizen or legal immigrant, they are not part of the rest of us.

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Maine’s Bangor Daily News hit up its embattled GOP Senator Susan Collins, calling her response to Trump’s racist attacks “tepid,” while saying “Trump’s divisive ‘go back’ remarks are anti-American.”

The L.A. Times’ Editorial Board was more blunt: “Trump is truly America’s Bigot-in-Chief.”

Calling Trump’s remarks “xenophobic,” the California paper accused the President of “fanning the flames of disunity, chaos, prejudice and polarization,” saying his words are “all cleverly hidden behind a veneer of rote and thuggish patriotism. He is playing to the lowest, most degraded emotions of his supporters while reveling in the fury of his opponents. This is the definition of demagoguery.”

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At least eight prison officials knew Epstein wasn’t supposed to be left alone — but they did it anyway: report

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On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that at least eight staffers at the Bureau of Prisons were aware that arrested hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein could be a risk to himself if left unsupervised — raising further questions about why exactly guards left him to his own devices on the night that he allegedly hanged himself.

Investigators reportedly believe that at least some of these officials were aware that he had been left alone. It is unclear why nobody intervened, and the Justice Department is continuing with its investigation. Attorney General William Barr recently ordered the removal of the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons.

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A Russian participant in the World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires has been disqualified for violence towards his partner, the organizers said Wednesday.

The incident happened after the duo, a husband and wife, took part in the semi-final of the competition on Tuesday in the Argentine capital.

Organizers condemned the assault plus "assisted the victim and made the decision to disqualify the dancer," said a source with the Championships who declined to be named.

Officials did not name the couple in order "to preserve the identity of the victim who declined to file a complaint."

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," analyst Gloria Borger laid into President Donald Trump for his bizarre press conference anointing himself "the chosen one."

"'I am the chosen one,' and that comes after the president re-tweeted a conspiracy theorist radio host who said that he is like the second coming," said host Brianna Keilar. "So what do you make of all of this?"

"I think maybe his mommy should have told him she loved him a little bit more," said Borger. "I don't know. It is hard — it is hard to know what to make of this. Some people will say, as Trump says, 'Oh, I was only joking when I said all of that stuff.' But the truth of the matter is that he does this all of the time, and talks about how wonderful he is, and if you recall during his speech at the convention when he talked about the problems the country was facing he was saying 'I alone can fix it.'"

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