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Trump’s attack on Ilhan Omar is no surprise — he’s trafficked in racism his whole life: biographer

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In a column for Bloomberg, Tim O’Brien — the author of “TrumpWorld” — said the racist attack that Donald Trump made on four Democratic lawmakers who also all happen to be women of color, should not surprise anyone with a passing familiarity of the president.

According to O’Brien, racism has been a centerpiece of Trump’s life going back to when he was just starting out in his family’s real estate business.

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“Last Sunday, President Donald Trump suggested that four Democratic congresswomen of color, three of whom were born in the U.S., ‘go back’ to their ancestors’ countries. Despite a broad public outcry about the leader of the free world unleashing a timeworn racist trope, Trump refused to apologize or back away from his comments,” O’Brien wrote, before adding, “Trump’s defenders have blamed the media and his political opponents for the backlash, and the president himself tweeted this week that ‘I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!’ If Trump’s racism isn’t in his bones, then it’s likely to be found in his heart because he’s been awash in it for decades.”

With that, O’Brien documented the 14 instances of Trump’s racism, from discriminating against renters based on race, attacking opponents based upon their ethnicity, his infamous attacks on the Central Park Five and, of course, launching his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans “rapists.”

“All this preceded the events of this week and there’s no reason to believe that the president is chastened. Someone who was authentically compassionate and not a racist would be horrified to be accused of racism; an apology would’ve been prompt,” O’Brien wrote. “Yet Trump bridled and has yet to apologize to anyone. That’s because he doesn’t care, because this is who he is.”

He then warned of more to come because Trump can’t help being who he is.

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“The North Carolina rally is a just a taste of how craven the president is prepared to be to retake the White House. The path he’s on will test the country’s morality, decency and ideals,” he lamented.

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Here are the six most absurd things Trump just said in his unhinged Wednesday press conference

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President Donald Trump unloaded a whole lot of crazy during a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Trump attacked America's allies in the Middle East, his own political allies on Capitol Hill and repeated talking points used by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

Here are six of the most absurd things from the press conference.

Trump proved he has no idea what's happening

During the press conference, Trump claimed his decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria was "strategically brilliant."

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Trump’s capitulation cheered on Russian TV: Ambassador McFaul says ‘they are joyous in Moscow’

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America's former ambassador to Russia explained how their state media is celebrating President Donald Trump's capitulation in Ukraine and Syria.

Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed Wednesday by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

"How do you think this should play out, now that they are assembling step-by-step insider accounts with people who are bravely stepping forward, some giving up their careers, Mike McKinley and others having had to quit over this," Mitchell noted. "How do you think this plays out legally or in terms of the politics of impeachment?"

"Well, legally, I’ll defer to others who are more expert. I think what it does underscore is how grossly inept and just broken down the Trump foreign policymaking process is," McFaul replied.

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Feds investigating whether Rudy Giuliani was a victim of foreign spy effort targeting Trump

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President Donald Trump's defense attorney is not only a subject in a criminal investigation, but is also part of a counterintelligence probe into whether he was compromised by a foreign power, CNN reported Wednesday.

This is an investigation that goes far longer and back further than we realized and also that it’s much broader than we initially thought," CNN senior justice correspondent Evan Pérez reported.

"One of the things we’re getting a picture of, a better picture of is this involves not only Giuliani’s financial entanglements with allegedly corrupt Ukrainian figures but also counterintelligence angle is there to this and the idea that perhaps Rudy Giuliani and some of his business dealings were part of essentially an influence operation, a foreign influence operation with a target being the Trump White House," he reported.

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