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Former George W. Bush aide reveals why Republican talking points on Syria are complete crap

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During the weekend news shows, President Donald Trump’s aides and allies took to televisions to justify the United States allowing Turkey to kill U.S. Kurdish allies.

“New Trumpist talking point,” former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum began. “The only way to stop Turkey[‘s] massacre of Kurds is to go to war against Turkey.”

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That’s an inaccurate framing, Frum explained.

“Turkey never believed that: that’s why they asked Trump’s permission to invade,” he said. “All he had to do was say No. He said, Yes. Why? All the plausible answers are corrupt.”

“This unfolding humanitarian catastrophe was completely foreseeable,” he emailed back. “The U.S. green-lighted it,” Retired Gen. John Allen told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “There was no chance Erdogan would keep his promise, and full-blown ethnic cleansing is underway by Turkish-supported militias. This is what happens when Trump follows his instincts and because of his alignment with autocrats. I said there would be blood, but could not have imagined this outcome. There is blood on Trump’s hands for abandoning our Kurdish allies.”

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Allen went on to say that the $50 million in aide from Trump is “hollow” because it’s unclear where it will actually go. Turkey is too busy trying to kill the people the aid is supposed to go to, and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is too corrupt to ensure the funds would get to the people intended.

You can read Tapper’s Twitter thread quoting Allen below:

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George Floyd’s brother leads protest crowd in emotional prayer at the site of his brother’s death

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George Floyd's brother Terrence led protesters in a tearful prayer at the makeshift memorial that has been set up at the site of his brother's death in Minneapolis.

He begged the crowd for calm as protesters around the world have marched in solidarity with those demanding justice.

Linking arms with friends and family, Mr. Floyd shouted down the crowd asking, "what are y'all doing?" Saying that breaking down businesses and setting things on fire isn't going to bring his brother back. He explained that he's more upset than anyone, but "if I'm not wilding out" others shouldn't either.

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Trump-loving Omaha bar owner who fatally shot black protester has lengthy criminal record

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An Omaha bar owner who allegedly killed a black protester has a lengthy criminal record.

Jake Gardner was arrested in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old James Scurlock in a confrontation as police brutality protests raged across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, reported The Daily Beast.

The 38-year-old Gardner, who owns The Hive and The Gatsby, had previously been arrested at least four times.

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Illinois man facing felony hit-and-run charges after driving motorcycle through George Floyd protest march

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According to a report from WGLT, a 21-year-old Bloomington man has been taken into custody and charged with reckless conduct, failure to obey a police officer and felony leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries, after gunning his motorcycle through a crowd of George Floyd protestors on Sunday that injured two people.

The report states that Marshall Blanchard was responsible for injuries sustained by a 22-year old woman who was taken immediately to a hospital and a 28-year old man who went to the emergency room later with an injury to his arm.

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