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GOP now panicking about Trump because they’re losing ‘plausible deniability’ for their racist agenda: columnist

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After smearing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as anti-Semitic—-and letting the crowd at his Greenville, North Carolina rally roar “send her back!” for more than 10 seconds — President Donald Trump was forced to distance himself from the chant.

He falsely claimed that he’d continued his speech immediately after the crowd started yelling. On Friday, the New York Times reported that Trump was under intense pressure by his daughter, Ivanka, and Vice President Mike Pence, to disavow the chants.

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Writing in the Washington Post, columnist Greg Sargent lays out why “send her back” makes Republicans so nervous, when they seem perfectly fine with radical immigration policies like zero-tolerance and the separation of kids from their parents, which are applied to non-white asylum seekers.

Even though Trump’s rhetoric and policy specifically target non-white migrants and countries, Republicans have a degree of cover from criticisms that they’re in line behind a racist president.

“You can locate a zone of plausible deniability, in which one can claim support for such policies on pragmatic, economic or “cultural” grounds, and not out of any desire to make the United States whiter,” Sargent writes. “It’s precisely this zone that Republicans now seek to inhabit.”

And that, Sargent says, is why “send her back” is a major liability for the President and his party.

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“That’s why the GOP panic about the “send her back” chant is significant. It shines a floodlight into this zone and reveals why it’s so hard to credibly inhabit it.”

But “send her back” is a turning point.

“Trump’s naked hatred and cruelty was captured on live television, and along with it, so was the seething anger of the hard-core Trump base,” he writes.

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“The whole nation saw in dramatic fashion that Trump voters understood his meaning perfectly well, and watched them not just agree with it but also amplify it with as ugly and hate-curdled a chant as one could imagine.”

It’s a lot harder to pretend Trump’s policies aren’t driven by white nationalism.

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Trump snaps after ‘enemy’ Fed chairman doesn’t drop interest rates — compares him to China’s Xi

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President Donald Trump flipped out on his Federal Reserve chairman after China imposed a new round of tariffs in his ongoing trade war against the economic powerhouse.

The president lashed out at Fed chairman Jerome Powell after he refused to budge on interest rates, and referred to the official he chose as an "enemy" of the United States.

"As usual, the Fed did NOTHING!" Trump raged on Twitter. "It is incredible that they can 'speak' without knowing or asking what I am doing, which will be announced shortly. We have a very strong dollar and a very weak Fed. I will work 'brilliantly' with both, and the U.S. will do great.."

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Trump allies have been reading a bizarre fascist manifesto that encourages young men to prepare for military rule

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Political allies of President Donald Trump have been reading a bizarre fascist manifesto that encourages young right-wing men to join the military and then use the knowledge in combat they gain to prepare for military rule.

Politico reports that former Trump White House officials who have read the book do not approve of its conclusions but they do believe it presents several intriguing ideas and they think it's gained real traction among many of the disaffected young white men who voted for the president in 2016.

"It’s still a cult book,” said a former Trump White House official. "If you’re a young person, intelligent, adjacent in some way to the right, it’s very likely you would have heard of it."

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WATCH: Trump’s trade advisor goes live on Fox Business — and immediately gets blindsided by China’s retaliation

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President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser got a rude welcome on the Fox Business Network on Friday morning as host Maria Bartiromo dropped a bomb on him and informed him that China had just smacked the U.S. with an unexpected round of tariffs.

Assistant to the President, and Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro -- called by some the president's economic Rasputin -- seemed genuinely stunned by the new $75 billion tariffs in retaliation for the president's trade war.

"We have breaking news, China is announcing new tariff rates to apply and as a result, this market has completely reversed course," Bartiromo stated while displaying a ticker showing the stock market plunging.

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