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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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Then Mayor of London Boris Johnson boxes with a trainer during a visit to the Fight for Peace Academy in North Woolwich, London, in 2014 (AFP Photo/Leon Neal)

On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

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First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump’s case it is building the wall, while in Johnson’s case it is implementing Brexit.

Both men also have similar personal controversies. They both have faced outrage for racist and sexist remarks — Trump has questioned President Obama’s birth certificate, called Mexicans “rapists” and Nazi demonstrators “very fine people,” told congresswomen of color to “go back” to other countries, and boasted that he can get away with sexually assaulting women. Johnson, meanwhile, has called black people “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles” and referred to gay men as “bumboys.”

Trump and Johnson are also both broadly described by people who know them as  lazy and unintelligent. And the opening of their tenures were marked with failure — already, Europe is shooting down his proposal for Brexit and there is no indication he has any idea how to get a clean resolution.

It is little wonder, then, that Trump himself has openly hoped for Johnson to become Prime Minister — and that he predicts they will get along nicely.


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White supremacist gang member shot dead after ambushing police in California: report

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Authorities in California on Thursday announced that one man was dead after a shootout with law enforcement.

"A white supremacist gang member was killed in a gun battle with law enforcement after he ambushed and shot a deputy pursuing him Thursday near the Templeton Cemetery, Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a news conference," The Triubune reported Thursday.

"According to Parkinson, a sheriff’s deputy was driving in the Theatre Drive area around 10:20 a.m. when the deputy recognized the car of a wanted felon parked on the side of the road. The deputy made a U-turn and pulled up next to the vehicle, which was unoccupied. The deputy then proceeded north and found the man walking on Cemetery Road off Theatre Drive near the Templeton Cemetery, Parkinson said. He said the deputy tried to make a pedestrian traffic stop, but the man took off running toward the cemetery," the newspaper reported.

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Fox News was forced to make a damning admission in a Tucker Carlson lawsuit

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Fox News got to claim victory on Thursday after a new ruling in a lawsuit brought against the company came out in its favor, but the win arrived at a steep cost. To deflect an allegation of defamation, the network was forced to claim that one of its highest-profile personalities can't reasonably be expected to consistently provide accurate information to viewers.

Here's the background. Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, was paid for her silence about an affair she said she had with Donald Trump during the 2016 election by America Media, Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, on the Republican campaign's behalf these details were exposed and confirmed in the case against former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to participating in the illegal campaign finance scheme. The story became national news, so leading Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed the case.

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Eric Trump: My father will concede to Biden if he gets ‘blown out of the water’

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According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Eric Trump said during a campaign trip in Nevada that President Donald Trump will, in fact, concede to Joe Biden if he decisively loses the race.

“I think my father’s just saying listen, if he got blown out of the water, of course he’d concede,” said Eric Trump. “If he thought there was massive fraud, then he’d go and try and address that.”

This week, the president repeatedly refused outright to commit to honoring the peaceful transition of power — and suggested that he needs to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court ahead of the election to make it easier for him to contest mail-in ballots.

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