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If people of color showed up to a Capitol protest heavily armed — Trump would call them terrorists: commentator

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Legal analyst Areva Martin explained in a CNN panel discussion Sunday that the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has historically been a day in which white supremacists rear their ugly heads with racist protests and other public displays of bigotry. Monday’s expected rally of gun supporter at the Virginia capitol is no different, Martin claimed.

Colorblind author Tim Wise said that it’s a whole different level with pro-gun activists. He noted that there was a message from the NRA that former President Barack Obama was going to take everyone’s guns away. Of course, that never happened, but it was part of the narrative to scare sensible gun owners. Now, President Donald Trump is employing the same idea, saying that the rally in Virginia is being spun by the president as another Democratic power-grab. Wise called it a kind of “front-lash” instead of “backlash.”

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Republicans only recently came out against the gun rally, but Wise said it’s too late, but par for the course.

“I want to think about this for a second,” he then pivoted to explain. “I want us to imagine that a group not of right-wing, white people, but a group of black folks, a group of Latino folks, Muslim folk of whatever color, say, ‘we’re going to gather at an American statehouse, maybe in front of Congress, with weapons to protest laws we don’t like.’ Do we think for one second the president of the United States and other leaders and commentators would go, ‘This is a very bold statement of Constitutional liberty? No. They would be calling it insurrection, terrorism. But, when white folks gather with a bunch of guns and essentially threaten civil war, we go back and say, isn’t that funny? Isn’t that interesting? We would never respond the same way if these folks were Black or brown, and anyone who is honest knows it.”

Watch the full panel discussion below:

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Trump is shelling out big time for a law firm that threatens to sue everyone

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President Donald Trump's campaign is spending the greatest portion of its money not on advertising or even defense attorneys, but on a law firm that is threatening to sue the media.

A CNN report Friday explained that Charles Harder's Beverly Hills firm, Harder LLP, is the highest-paid legal bill on the publicly available Trump books. The firm, however, is known for "sending letters to newsrooms alleging defamation and for a lawsuit that gutted the website Gawker."

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‘Prepare for the worst’: CNN’s Avlon skeptical Mike Pence up to coronavirus job

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During his "Reality Check" segment on CNN's "New Day," contributor John Avlon cast a jaundiced eye the appointment of Vice President Mike Pence by Donald Trump to be the administration's point man combating the coronavirus pandemic -- pointing out the veep's history when it comes to health matters is highly suspect.

With the president reportedly admitting that he selected Pence to head the task force because he "doesn't have anything else to do," Avlon began with the age-old advice: "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst."

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CDC employees ‘demoralized’ over Trump interference as they grapple with coronavirus crisis: CNN

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Following a report from CNN Dr. Sanjay Guputa that the U.S. is woefully unprepared to handle a massive outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, "New Day" host John Berman relayed that staffers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have become "demoralized" by the White House response that won't allow them to do their jobs.

The concerned Gupta began by describing problems that will soon become apparent by pointing out, "One is that we may not have enough personal protective gear for our health care workers, and then if they're potentially exposed, they're out of the system. they really can't take care of patients for a while. Who's going to backstop that? Two is this idea of surge capacity. You know, look, we've got about a million hospital beds in the united states. We don't run a hospital system in the United States that is built on redundancy, we have a lot of extra redundancy built into it -- so what happens to these patients?"

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