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Trump-loving farmers don’t blame him for the trade war — and instead think the ‘deep state’ is out to get them

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Several farmers who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 are getting hurt by his trade war — but instead of blaming him, they’re concocting conspiracy theories about rogue government agents thwarting his will.

In interviews with Reuters, several Trump-backing farmers refused to believe that the president’s trade war was responsible for their current plight and instead claimed that the United States Department of Agriculture was out to hurt them in order to damage the president’s reelection prospects in 2020.

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Kentucky farmer Byron Heppler, for example, told Reuters that “he believes USDA’s research methods are flawed and he feels its employees want to unseat Trump, although he offered no evidence to back up those views.”

The report claims that other farmers, meanwhile, think “that federal agriculture employees are overestimating corn plantings as part of a plot to hurt Trump in the 2020 election” because “they believe USDA employees are upset the administration is relocating hundreds of economists and other researchers to Kansas City from Washington.” Once again, the report notes, none of these farmers have offered up any evidence to back up their claims.

Trump-supporting corn farmer Wes Hitchcock even went so far as to post a 1,700-word manifesto on Facebook called “USDA vs. Trump” in which he alleges a shadowy conspiracy to unseat the president by hurting farmers in the American heartland.

Read the whole report here.

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Black teens shocked after basketball announcer calls their names ‘disgusting’

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A longtime announcer at high-school basketball games in Oklahoma sparked outrage last week when he said that black players on the Crooked Oak High School lady's basketball team had "disgusting" names.

Local news station KFOR reports that the announcer made the remarks during a game between Crooked Oak and rival Newkirk High School on Friday.

In a video taken at the game, the announcer can be heard saying, "The Crooked Oak Lady Ruff Necks, now their names are pretty disgusting."

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‘Money hungry mannequin’ Ivanka Trump buried for her taxpayer-funded ‘field trip’ to India with her dad

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Ivanka Trump was hammered on Twitter for posting pictures of her trip to India where she praised the "grandeur" of the Taj Mahal -- with herself featured front and center before it.

Donald Trump's daughter, a senior White House adviser, has taken to using her Twitter feed to promote herself (usually via photos or video clips) as she travels the world, presumably representing the United States. Monday morning's tweet was no exception, with the two pictures accompanied by, "The grandeur and beauty of the Taj Mahal is awe inspiring!" followed by emojis of the American flag and India's flag.

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Bill Barr’s former classmates: AG has long been motivated by ruthless ambition and ‘fascist’ instincts

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Attorney General William Barr recently expressed frustration over President Donald Trump’s interference in the criminal case of veteran GOP operative Roger Stone, who on February 20, was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison on charges ranging from jury tampering to lying to Congress. But journalist Adrian Feinberg, in an article for the Independent, expresses great skepticism over the possibility that any real tension is developing between Trump and Barr — whose authoritarian leanings, according to Feinberg, make him make him a perfect attorney general for the president.

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