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‘We’re talking about ethnic cleansing’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe demolishes Lindsey Graham’s horrific defense of Trump’s racism

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough warned that President Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina — and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s defense of the hateful language used there — had opened a dark chapter in U.S. history.

The “Morning Joe” host said the parallels with Nazi Germany were obvious, and he sounded the alarm over Graham’s comment that Trump wouldn’t want to send Somali refugees like Rep. Ilhan Omar back to their home country if they were wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.

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“We are now talking about an ethnic cleansing politically,” Scarborough said, “an ethnic cleansing, politically, of people who do not support our side.”

MSNBC contributor Donny Deutch, who had warned of Trump’s “Nazi tendencies” earlier in the segment, applauded Scarborough’s strong language, and the host warned the president was leading Americans into a dangerous place.

“Nobody’s being killed, nobody’s being put on trains,” Scarborough said, “but there is no doubt that the argument that is coming from Donald Trump — and again, more frighteningly, from the crowd chanting it — is this is a white nation. Who are these black women? Who are these Muslims to tell us how to run our country?”

Scarborough said the president’s attacks on immigrants violated American values and democratic norms, and he said it would only get worse unless Republicans helped push back.

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“It did sound, if not Nuremberg, please help me out — tell me what other countries do this,” he said. “Whatever answer you give me today, it’s not going to be good. This stuff doesn’t happen in Canada, doesn’t happen, you know, in other democracies. It’s only happening here right now. We have got to call it what it is. It’s frightening, it’s undemocratic. It goes against all of our American traditions and it must be called out. It must be stopped.”

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Trump White House tried to stop immigrant kids from attending public schools

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Led by President Donald Trump's xenophobic top adviser Stephen Miller, the White House reportedly spent months attempting to devise a way to stop undocumented immigrant children from attending public schools in the United States.

According to Bloomberg, which first reported on the effort on Saturday, top Trump aides sought to hand states the "power to block undocumented immigrant children from enrolling in public schools."

"Using children like this as political pawns is another low point for the Trump administration."—Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers

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Psychoanalyst Justin Frank on why Trump ‘hates reality’ and must be ‘quarantined’

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Donald Trump is a living, breathing national emergency. Our president has repeatedly encouraged violence against his perceived enemies — and at least some of his supporters are following his lead. These are not isolated incidents. There are dozens of court cases where Donald Trump has been cited for "inspiring" acts of violence and other crimes. There are also the most odious examples such as the recent white supremacist terror attack in El Paso in which the alleged mass murderer wrote an online "manifesto" that almost verbatim channeled Trump's threatening rhetoric towards nonwhite people.

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A little over 20 years ago, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes concocted a profitable way to tap into the white supremacist ideology still bubbling below America’s surface.

They started a “news” network that, instead of providing actual news, gave white, conservative viewers the news they wanted to hear: that they, their families, and their values were under attack by minorities, gays, women, liberals, socialists, Muslims, atheists, the media, etc. — and therefore their biases were justified.

It’s been a lucrative strategy. However, just making a buck wasn’t enough for them. They also wanted to shape the fortunes of the country they were dividing. Here, too, they had tremendous success.

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