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Pro-Trump publication claims end of apartheid was ‘betrayal’ of South Africa

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American Greatness, a pro-Trump publication that advocates for the president’s nationalist agenda, has published an editorial that accuses former South African President F. W. de Klerk of “betraying” his country by overseeing the end of apartheid.

The editorial, written by South African-born author Illana Mercer, claims that de Klerk “sold his constituents out for a chance to frolic on the world stage with Nelson Mandela” by ending the apartheid regime that deprived South Africa’s black majority of any political rights.

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According to Mercer, de Klerk failed to protect a “vulnerable minority” of white people and instead handed the entire country over to “radical black nationalist movements.”

Among de Klerk’s sins, Mercer argues, was his guarantee of universal suffrage to all South African citizens.

“Universal suffrage is not to be conflated with freedom,” she writes. “As Iraqis learned after their ‘liberation,’ ink-stained fingers don’t inoculate against bloodstains, or, rather, rivers of blood.”

Mercer also laments the failure of Constand Viljoen, the former South African military commander whom she says “planned on leading a coalition that would have deposed the freelancing De Klerk and negotiated for an Afrikaner ethnic state.”

Read the whole op-ed here.

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Trump suggests Blagojevich was framed by Comey: ‘He did not sell the Senate seat!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday insinuated that disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was set up by former FBI Director James Comey.

"Rod Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat," the president wrote on Twitter. "He served 8 years in prison, with many remaining. He paid a big price. Another Comey and gang deal!"

While Trump is technically correct that Blagojevich did not succeed in selling a Senate seat to the highest bidder, he neglects to mention that it's only because the former Illinois governor was caught in the act of doing so.

Trump this week commuted the prison sentence of Blagojevich, who was convicted in 2011 on 17 different corruption charges that included charges of wire fraud, extortion, and bribery.

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Trump is doing what ‘predators’ do — ‘he’s grooming his victims’: former federal prosecutor

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During a panel discussion on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell this Tuesday night, former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade argued that President Trump's latest round of pardons and commutations is designed to normalize the notion that "corruption is not a big deal."

According to host Lawrence O'Donnell, none of Trump's action make sense now unless it is somehow related to the trial and sentencing of his longtime confidant Roger Stone.

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Trump has plunged $1.9 million in campaign donor cash into his own businesses: Forbes

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If you donate to President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, you might also be helping out his personal businesses.

Fobes reports that the Trump campaign has spent $1.9 million in donor cash at Trump-branded businesses over the past three years, and it appears that total will grow even further once the 2020 election heats up.

"None of Trump’s businesses have accepted more cash from the campaign than Trump Tower Commercial LLC, an entity that holds office and retail space inside the president’s most famous New York City building," Forbes reports. "So far, the re-election effort has paid $1.3 million to Trump Tower Commercial, in which the president maintains a 100% interest."

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