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Trump has turned Jews into his ‘whipping boys’ — and proven the GOP is now a ‘cesspool’: conservative columnist

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In an op-ed for The Washington Post this Monday, Jennifer Rubin highlighted President Trump’s recent speech before the far-right Israeli American Council, where he unwittingly belted out various antisemitic tropes before the largely Jewish audience.

“You have people — Jewish people — and they are great people and they don’t love Israel enough,” Trump said — a comment that Rubin says uses American Jews “as whipping boys for insufficient loyalty to him and his policies.”

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Rubin then cited another quote from Trump’s speech:

“You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax. Let’s take 100 percent of your wealth away. No, no. Even if you don’t like me — and some of you don’t; some of you, I don’t like at all, actually — and you’re going to be my biggest supporters because you’ll be out of business in about 15 minutes,” Trump said, which, according to Rubin, is an age-old antisemitic trope that claims all Jews are rich and only care about money.

According to Rubin, Trump’s rhetoric when it comes to US Jews and Israel achieves two aims: to cater to the ears of evangelical Christians and to send a “dog whistle” to the alt-right “who see in Trump confirmation of their negative stereotypes about Jews.”

Despite being admonished by various Jewish leaders, Trump “will not stop,” Rubin writes.

“He continues to single out Jewish lawmakers (e.g., House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) is “shifty”) and his Republican Party routinely invokes Jewish billionaire George Soros as a maniacal force behind progressive Democrats,” writes Rubin, adding that Trump’s antisemitism is just another reflection of “today’s Republican Party.”

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“…a cesspool of right-wing nationalist rhetoric, anti-Semitic tropes that find favor in certain circles (since America is a white, Christian nation in their eyes, Jews are “outsiders), as well as anti-immigrant screeds and conspiracy theories.”

Read her full piece over at The Washington Post.


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Prince Harry and Meghan to start non-profit in US

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are planning to launch a wide-ranging non-profit organisation named Archewell, reports on Tuesday said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who formally stepped down as senior members of the British royal family last week, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper they were establishing the organization in the United States, where they are now based.

The charitable organization will include emotional support groups, a multimedia educational empire and a wellbeing website among other things.

They said they wanted "to do something of meaning, to do something that matters".

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‘One failure after another’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe busts tragic COVID-19 mistakes Trump keeps trying to deny

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough lamented the repeated failures and missed opportunities by President Donald Trump as he faced the coronavirus outbreak.

The "Morning Joe" host criticized the president for claiming it was not the federal government's job to test Americans for the virus, and instead shifted responsibility to the states and their governors.

"This is a perfect 'the buck stops here' contrast with Donald Trump, saying, 'I am not responsible,'" Scarborough said. "What we can talk about is ventilators, the national Defense Production Act. We could talk about all the ways that Donald Trump keeps trying to pass the buck, keeps trying to say, 'I'm not responsible.'"

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Watch: Dr. Fauci says ‘pre-coronavirus’ America may never return – at least not until there’s a vaccine

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Dr. Anthony Fauci told America Monday evening that the nation they knew just weeks and months ago may never be seen again, or at least not for quite some time.

Asked if a "return-to-normal" will be possible before a coronavirus vaccine is found and mass-produced, Dr. Fauci replied that may never happen – until the entire population can be protected with a vaccine.

"If 'back-to-normal' means acting like there never was a coronavirus problem, I don't think that's going to happen until we do have a situation where you can completely protect the population," Dr. Fauci said. "But when we say 'getting back-to-normal' we mean something very different from what we're going through right now – 'cause right now we are in a very intense mitigation."

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