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‘It has gotten way worse’: Racist bullies increasingly quote Trump while tormenting minority kids

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President Donald Trump’s election has coincided with a surge in racist bullying in which white children often invoke the president while tormenting minority students.

The Washington Post reports that Trump has been invoked by racist school bullies hundreds of times over the past four years — and those are just the times that have been documented by local news stories.

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“Although many hateful episodes garnered coverage just after the election, The Post found that Trump-connected persecution of children has never stopped,” the publication writes. “Even without the huge total from November 2016, an average of nearly two incidents per school week have been publicly reported over the past four years.”

Ashanty Bonilla, a 17-year-old Mexican American high school student from Idaho, tells the Post that students at her school frequently invoke the president to justify bullying her.

“It’s gotten way worse since Trump got elected,” she said. “They hear it. They think it’s okay. The president says it… Why can’t they?”

The Post also interviewed a Mexican-American student named Cielo Castor, who had to put up with Trump supporting classmates chanting “Build that wall!” at her during a football game.

“I felt like I was personally attacked,” she tells the Post. “And it wasn’t like they were attacking my character. They were attacking my ethnicity, and it’s not like I can do anything about that.”

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Attorney Daniel Santiago, who represents a woman who was savagely beaten by a Trump supporter, tells the Post that the president’s racist attacks are being repeated all over the country.

“When the president goes on TV and is saying things like Mexicans are rapists, Mexicans are criminals — these children don’t have the cognitive ability to say, ‘He’s just playing the role of a politician,'” Santiago said. “The language that he’s using matters.”

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GOP senator: I may not support more stimulus because of the ‘great’ 11 percent unemployment

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On Friday, NBC News reported that although President Donald Trump remains interested in a second round of stimulus payments, many Senate Republicans are not.

One of these skeptical Republicans is Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who told reporters that he wanted to wait and see in light of the "great" new unemployment numbers.

"Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said the 'direct stimulus checks are going to depend on how the economy is doing' and noted the 'great unemployment numbers' of June, when the rate fell to 11.1 percent," reported Sahil Kapur and Haley Talbot. "'So if it turns out the economy is recovering, that's a good thing and direct stimulus checks may not be necessary,' he added."

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The nation’s first reparations package to survivors of police torture included a memorial — survivors are sill waiting

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ProPublica Illinois is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. Sign up for The ProPublica Illinois newsletter for weekly updates.

It took some time for Vincent Wade-Robinson to come around to the idea of having his name inscribed on a memorial. His experience had been painful. He didn’t want to dwell upon it.

“How can you describe torture?” he asked me. “Every day I look in the mirror I have that scar across my nose. That’s my reminder of what happened to me.”

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Republicans handed a road map for dumping ‘dangerous’ Trump before the GOP convention

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In an appeal to fellow Republicans who have not yet turned their backs on Donald Trump after a disastrous three and a half years, longtime conservative gadfly Bill Kristol made the case that it is still possible for the GOP to salvage the 2020 election by dumping the president from the top of the ticket before it is too late.

With multiple polls showing the president falling farther and farther behind presumptive 2020 presidential opponent Joe Biden, and the president under siege over reports he knew and remained silent about Russia placing a bounty on the lives of American military personnel in Afghanistan, Kristol, writing at the Bulwark, suggested two approaches that would take Trump out of the mix -- voluntarily or not.

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