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Trump’s racism denials are actually proof of his ‘extreme’ racism: Best-selling author

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President Donald Trump likes to insist he’s the “least racist person there is anywhere in the world” — but that’s exactly what an extremely racist person would say, according to one best-selling author.

Ibram X. Kendi, the award-winning author of the newly released book “How To Be Antiracist,” has explored the history of racial prejudice and the language that perpetuates bigotry, and he told The Guardian why the president’s denials fall flat.

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“We can distinguish between a racist and an antiracist by how they respond when charged with saying or doing something that is racist,” Kendi explained. “No matter what they say or do when charged with being racist, a racist says, ‘I’m not racist.’”

“But what an antiracist does when charged with being racist is accept that idea or action as the definition of a racist idea and the definition of a racist,” he continued. “‘Did I say something was wrong with black people? Yes, I did. So yes, I was being a racist in that moment. I recognize and admit that now — and I’m going to be different.'”

Trump, on the other hand, doesn’t reflect at all on the possibility that racism has infected his thinking, and instead issues an implausibly sweeping denial.

“A racist, no matter what, they’re going to keep saying, ‘I’m not racist,’” Kendi said, “and the most extreme racists say: ‘I’m the least racist person anywhere in the world.'”

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Trump ignored aides’ advice before first Ukraine call — and it destroyed his impeachment defense: report

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as his own top advisor and a political "genius." But his interactions with Ukraine at the heart of the impeachment inquiry could demonstrate the limitations of such an approach to governing.

Friday's bombshell, behind-closed-door testimony from David Holmes has made White House aides unhappy, but the bad news for the administration did not stop there.

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‘Aides to the president are not happy’ Gordon Sondland held the phone up in restaurant: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported on Friday that White House aides are unhappy with Ambassador Gordon Sondland for holding up a call with Trump in a restaurant for multiple witnesses to listen.

The details were revealed in bombshell closed-door testimony before Congress on Friday.

Acosta noted the administration was trying to downplay the significance of the call.

"But I will tell you, that the aides of the president are not happy that Gordon Sondland apparently held the phone up so other aides could hear what was going on and the words of the source familiar with the conversations inside the White House, the president speaks loudly, Sondland should know that," Acosta reported.

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David Holmes’ opening statement to Congress directly implicated Donald Trump: report

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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

"David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do 'anything you ask him to,' and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to 'do the investigation,'" CNN reported Friday.

""Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes testified. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"

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