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CNN panel busts Trump for ‘grotesque’ lynching comment in effort to create chaos before key impeachment hearing

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Moments after Donald Trump fired off a tweet calling his impending impeachment a “lynching” a CNN panel hammered the president for making the horrific comparison — but also pointed out that the president’s use of the word was timed for a very specific reason.

Admitting a reluctance to read Trump’s tweets on the air, “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota nonetheless, recited the president’s tweet, reading, “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” Trump tweeted. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!” with obvious disgust.

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Asked for comment, CNN contributor Jeffrey Toobin was clearly appalled.

“People ought to go to Montgomery, Alabama, where there is a new, national memorial to the victims of lynching and it’s an extraordinary thing,” Toobin lectured. “And lynching is an actual thing that happened in this country. There are thousands of people, virtually all African-Americans, who were lynched. That is, killed without any sort of due process and it’s a tremendous stain on the history of this country. There are people alive who have memories of seeing lynchings back in the ’20s and ’30s, and it’s just grotesque that the president in his self-absorption and ignorance would invoke lynching there.”

“It’s also a pattern,” CNN contributor Abby Phillip added. “Using the most inflammatory possible language to make a point about how things are being unfair to him, but in doing so really trying to get into the country’s deep racial wounds. This is often what he does in an attempt to get people’s attention, to be controversial, to be inflammatory.”

Host John Berman jumped in to explain the specific timing of the tweet which he said was calculated as a distraction from a pivotal impeachment hearing scheduled on Tuesday.

“The why and the when of this tweet to me seem relatively obvious which is that we’re like 40 minutes away from hearing from Ambassador Bill Taylor, the senior diplomat in Ukraine,” Berman explained before noting that Taylor’s texts are key to proving that Donald Trump was holding up foreign aid in an attempt to get dirt on political opponents.

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Donald Trump is no longer president: Robert Reich

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You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.

By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.

He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV, and tweeting.

How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?

He has incited more police violence. Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.

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Trump-loving Minneapolis police union boss calls the cops on a reporter for knocking on his door

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Lt. Bob Kroll, the Trump-loving president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, called the police this week on a Washington Post reporter for the purported offense of knocking on the door of his house.

In an effort to get Kroll to respond to the charges that were filed this week against all four Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death, the Post sent one of its reporter to Krolls house after multiple other requests for comment went unanswered.

"A Washington Post reporter who knocked on Kroll’s door was soon pulled over by a police officer who said that Kroll had reported suspicious activity on his front porch and that 'he doesn’t want any press,'" the paper reports.

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‘I know a dying administration when I see one’: British journalist says brutal crackdown will seal Trump’s doom

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British journalist Ed Luce called out Senate Republicans for covering a dying Trump administration that's threatening U.S. democracy as it gasps for survival.

The Financial Times' chief U.S. commentator told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that President Donald Trump is trying to crack down on dissent and rally his hardcore base as the coronavirus and now nationwide protests against police brutality threaten his re-election chances.

"There are other Republican senators who are keeping silent because they know that what Trump is doing, what Trump is suggesting, is wrong," Luce said. they're scared of a backlash if they speak out."

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