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‘Dictator Playbook 101’: NYT writer warns Trump’s ‘conspiracy theories’ will lead to violence

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President Donald Trump’s right-wing conspiracy theories will lead to more violence, a New York Times contributing op-ed writer explained on Monday.

CNN anchor played a clip of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) repeating conspiracy theories pushed by the White House on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

“He is parroting conspiracy theories that have been cultivated on Fox News, many of them debunked. Does truth just not matter anymore?” Lemon asked.

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“What is happening?” the host asked Wajahat Ali.

“As Rudy Giuliani said, truth isn’t truth, right?” Ali reminded.

“This is like a Dictator Playbook 101. You first attack the truth, Don Lemon. You attack all the institutions. You say, I am your leader, trust me and only me,” he explained. “Whoever is critical against me, they are the enemy. Does that sound familiar? Because he says that the press is the enemy of the people.”

“You just saw Ron Johnson, senator, Republican — who by the way knows better because he sits on the Senate Homeland security committee, and in 2016, he’s the one who wrote a bi-partisan letter asking then-president of Ukraine to crack down on corruption,” he continued. “So actually that senator has actually bolstered Biden and the Democrats and debunked the conspiracy theory, because he has himself said that Biden and western allies were putting pressure on Ukraine to go against the prosecutor general, who was not going against corruption, right? But then you saw the Faustian bargain right there. How so many Republican men and women have sold out their honor, their dignity, and I will say their country for Trump.”

“He is repeating a deep state conspiracy theory. That’s QAnon. By the way — and this is what is really serious — the FBI, according to a Yahoo document, that they uncovered, is saying QAnon and conspiracy theories like the one mentioned by senator Johnson, about this deep state, about law enforcement against Trump, is now a domestic terror threat. They’re saying leading up to 2020, they feared that these conspiracy theories will mobilize individuals and groups to violence like the pizza-gate conspiracy theory of 2016. Remember that when that guy showed up with a gun in D.C. because he thought Hillary Clinton and Democrats had a child sex ring in a D.C. Pizzeria? That’s what we’re dealing with, and QAnon now is at Trump rallies and deep state conspiracies are spouted by Republican senators,” Ali concluded.

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“It’s serious business,” he warned.

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White House turmoil as Trump aides Mnuchin and Navarro get in ‘knockdown, drag-out’ yelling match: report

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According to a report from the Washington Post, a discussion in the Oval Office over social media platform TikTok collapsed into a shouting match between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and trade advisor Peter Navarro while Donald Trump sat and watched.

One spectator described it as “knockdown, drag-out” brawl.

The Post reports Mnuchin was under the understanding that he had convinced Trump to allow a sale of TikTok to Microsoft, only to run into a roadblock put up by Navarro arguing for a total ban.

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WATCH: CNN uses video to bust Trump for lying and stealing credit for veterans program signed by Obama

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Reacting to Donald Trump's abrupt departure from his Saturday press conference after he was pressed by a CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid for lying and taking credit for a veterans bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama, CNN's Victor Blackwell shared clips of the former president announcing the signing in 2014 and Trump attempting to steal credit yesterday.

According to Blackwell, "One of President Trump's go-to lies is his role in passing Veterans Choice. You saw it at the end of the news conference when he walked away. Well that was when he was faced with a question why he said that he passed Choice and Accountability for the V.A."

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Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing

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The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.

Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima -- twin nuclear attacks that rang in the nuclear age and gave Japan the bleak distinction of being the only country to be struck by atomic weapons.

Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.

Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.

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