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GOP strategist calls Trump ‘a vile racist’ — who is counting on white voters being just as racist as he is

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Republican strategist Rick Tyler told MSNBC Tuesday that President Donald Trump is clearly doubling-down on his attempts to court an all-white voting bloc for 2020. Tyler called it “vile” and “racist,” noting that he doesn’t say those words lightly.

Citing Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker, Tyler agreed that the Republican Party is trying to twist the issue to make it about ideology and not race. However, Trump never attacked specific issues; he told the women to go back to their countries of origin and called them terrorists.

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“If you have a problem with these four women, tell me what they said and your problem with it,” Tyler said. “That’s not what he’s doing. This is overt racism.”

But Tyler said this is all a piece of the reelection strategy.

“Right now the president is engaged in a very risky strategy because he is actually turning it into a binary, which I don’t think, obviously, most Americans are comfortable with,” he explained. “And that is, you are either with a vile racist, and I don’t say that lightly. The president has demonstrated over and over again, starting with the Central Park Five through birtherism through all of — through the s-hole countries and on and on and on and now we’re supposed to believe that he didn’t mean to say, ‘Go back to Africa?'”

He noted that Trump didn’t say it “literally” but if you look at the women, three of them have African heritage, when only one of them is actually from Africa.

“These are American citizens who are duly elected,” Tyler continued. “I don’t agree with their philosophy or ideology and argue against it strongly, but Trump is making this about race. And that is racism.”

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Trump claimed that this has nothing to do about racism and when Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that it’s clear Trump wants to “make America white Again,” Trump pounced, saying she was the one who was racist for calling him out. It’s become the strategy some of his followers have employed in wake of the accusations.

Peter Nicholas, White House reporter for The Atlantic, agreed, saying that Trump is playing a “risky” game in assuming all white voters are racists. He narrowly won white women voters in 2016 and support for him in that demographic has plummeted, helping elect Democrats to Congress in 2018.

“Trump has run the risk — seeing that coalition shrink and seeing people put off by this rhetoric,” Nicholas went on. “So, I’m seeing, I think, a recalibration.”

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He specifically cited Republican members of Congress, like Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who is trying to make the attack about “ideas” and not the women themselves.

“But as Rick points out, he’s running the risk of appearing an out and out racist,” he closed.

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William Barr made it clear this week that he’d sign off on a sham investigation into the Dems’ 2020 nominee

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

A perfect storm propelled New York's sleaziest real estate developer to an Electoral College victory in 2016 despite winning three million fewer votes than his opponent, but Nate Silver made a compelling argument that the letter James Comey sent to Congress just 11 days before Election Day announcing that the FBI was re-opening its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails was decisive.

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Bill Barr is serving notice to DOJ officials that he’ll ruin them if they investigate Trump: MSNBC host

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An MSNBC discussion about Bill Barr running interference within the Justice Department for Donald Trump ended with "AM Joy" host Joy Reid suggesting that the attorney general's very public "media blitz" over the so-called "Horowitz Report" is a warning shot to anyone in the DOJ who thinks about investigating the president.

As Reid explained it, "He did a whole TV blitz to basically say that his own agency, the FBI, was spying on the Trump campaign, something that the inspector general said did not happen."

Reid took that to its logical conclusion.

"Now he’s saying, ‘Well, I’ve got a different report that’s going to find the motivations’ that he’s basically saying are bad motivations by people in the FBI.  And if you’re that FBI agent and then you hear that Donald Trump may be again looking for foreign help and maybe again getting help from Russia or forcing help from Ukraine, what do you do?" she asked. "Would you then not be concerned that, should you go ahead and investigate foreign interference in our election, that William Barr may come after you?"

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Stefanik voters turning on GOP lawmaker after she threw away her credibility to defend Trump

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Over the course of the impeachment hearings, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has gone from a relative backbencher who sells herself as a moderate to voters in Upstate New York, to a theatrical partisan grandstanding for President Donald Trump and a top target of ire from Democrats.

But according to Politico, at least some of her voters appear turned off by her new stance.

"While Stefanik once able to strike a delicate balance between her Republican identity and her positions on issues like climate change, some think those earlier convictions are gone, like Phillip Paige, a former Stefanik backer and a member of SUNY Potsdam’s College Republicans," wrote Politico's Anna Gronewald. "A native of the 21st district’s Madrid, New York, Paige said he started to lose faith in Stefanik when she began supporting Trump as the party’s nominee in 2016. Paige supported John Kasich’s candidacy in that election. 'A lot of her boots-on-the-ground young Republican crowd has really become quite disillusioned,' he said. 'We saw her as what we thought the future of the Republican Party was and that really has been disproven. Unless, maybe the future of the Republican party is Donald Trump.'"

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