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MSNBC’s Morning Joe drops the hammer on Trump’s ‘mob’: A ‘new level of racism’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump believes the four Democratic congresswomen he’s been attacking aren’t capable of being fully American because they’re not white.

The “Morning Joe” host said Trump’s recent attacks on those first-year lawmakers had followed a familiar pattern, but Scarborough warned the president had taken those racist provocations to a new level by suggesting that people of color aren’t capable of loving their country.

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“They’re not white,” Scarborough said. “Clearly, (he) is suggesting (because) they’re not white, they’re foreign, even though they’re not, and also, very interesting in that press conference — that presser when the president said, ‘They’re just lucky to be where they are.’ That’s Donald Trump saying, you know what? Given that they’re women and they’re from Somalia or from wherever, Detroit, from Cincinnati, regardless, they’re just lucky to be where they are.”

Scarborough said the president and his “mob” of supporters were feeding off one another’s hatred and fear, and he said things were only getting worse.

“We were predicting what was going to happen,” he said. “Like Charlottesville, he condemns and then he backs up, and then he condemns and then he backs up and backs up. He did exactly what you said he was going to do this weekend. Just like he did with Charlottesville, and it reminds me also of right before Super Tuesday, when he said he would not condemn the Ku Klux Klan because he knew nothing about them, didn’t know David Duke, and then he said it was an earpiece (malfunction).”

“This is what he does all the time,” Scarborough added, “but he usually ends up on the most racist position possible, and that’s what he’s done here, too. By the way, he’s turned it up, he’s turned it up a notch — the racism and the hatred and the nativism and the xenophobia. This isn’t just — this isn’t ‘Groundhog’s Day,’ this is a new level of racism and hatred, brought to you by Donald Trump and the Republicans who enable him.”

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Disturbing video exposes the dangerous message a State Patrol officer told team: ‘Don’t kill them, but hit them hard’

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Krystal Marx, the executive director of Seattle Pride, shared a disturbing video this week revealing the violent message an officer in the Washington State Patrol gave to his team as it prepared to confront protesters.

“Don’t kill them, but hit them hard,” he said as he walked through a group of his colleagues.

“I remember shaking,” Marx told the Seattle Times of the experience filming the patrol from her office window. “Why not say, ‘Restrain them, calmly’?”

Chris Loftis, a spokesperson for the patrol, gave the Times a statement trying to explain away the comment as poor “word choice,” but it was not reassuring:

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Siberia 10C hotter in warmest May on record: EU

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Temperatures soared 10 degrees Celsius above average last month in Siberia, home to much of Earth's permafrost, as the world experienced its hottest May on record, the European Union's climate monitoring network said Friday.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said May 2020 was 0.68C warmer than the average May from 1981 to 2010, with above average temperatures across parts of Alaska, Europe, North America, South America, swathes of Africa and Antarctica.

Globally, "the average temperature for the twelve months to May 2020 is close to 1.3C above the (pre-industrial) level", Copernicus said referring to the benchmark by which global warming is often measured.

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Trump stokes division in Republican Party as he rages at Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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As the Republican Party is struggling to defend him in a moment of nationwide strife, President Donald Trump decided Thursday night to fuel divisions within GOP rather than make nice.

He had already lashed out on Wednesday at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who sharply criticized Trump’s response to the ongoing George Floyd protests. But on Thursday night, Trump took at aim at sitting Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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