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CNN’s Jim Acosta walks through all the times Trump has ‘thrown gasoline’ on racial tension

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On CNN Friday, following President Donald Trump’s abrupt exit from a press conference following a racially charged tweet, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down President Donald Trump’s history of stoking racial tensions during moments of crisis.

“He is trying to clean up this tweet that he posted last night,” said Acosta. “First, just what the president said a few moments ago. He said the looters in Minneapolis should not be able to drown out the voice of so many peaceful protesters. That, obviously, is a very mild version of what he was trying to say or he claims he was trying to say last night when he tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” That obviously is an expression steeped in all kinds of ugliness. The Miami Police chief back in 1967, when there was unrest in that city, used that expression. George Wallace, the segregationist, used words like that in 1968.”

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“The president put out another tweet saying, he didn’t mean, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he meant to say, he says in this tweet, that when looting happens, people can get shot,” continued Acosta. “That just strains credulity. And I think the president knew it. He did not take questions from reporters, including myself, in the Rose Garden. He raced out of there after making some comments about China … and then that was it.”

“After playing the arsonist last night, he’s trying to play the firefighter today, but he’s essentially trying to put out flames that are engulfing his presidency right now,” said Acosta. “This is a president … who plays the racial card, who hits racial hot buttons all the time, going back to Charlottesville, saying there are very fine people on both sides, talking about African-American athletes who take a knee on a football field to protest police brutality and calling them ‘sons of b*tches,’ referring to African nations as ‘sh*thole countries’ and so on. This is a president who time and again throws gasoline on this virus, as Don was talking about, ‘racism-20.'”

“This president is in cleanup mode right now, but he is doing it in a cowardly way,” Acosta added later. “He calls a Rose Garden press conference and then doesn’t take questions from reporters when he knows full well we’re going to ask about “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” And hightails it out of there. It’s not a profile in courage. It’s a profile in cowardice.”

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Internet buries Betsy DeVos for ‘total trainwreck’ CNN interview: ‘Why is she in charge of ANYTHING?’

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos both stunned and appalled Twitter commentators on Sunday morning after she spent nearly 24 minutes sparring with CNN host Dana Bash over reopening the schools during a pandemic while misrepresenting the health risks to children that led the "State of the Union" to fact-check her.

With Bash closing the contentious interview by smirking at another non-answer from the Trump administration official, Twitter commenters flooded the social media platform with comments over what one called a "total trainwreck" cable news appearance.

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Trump melts down over media reporting he’s playing golf: ‘I play VERY fast, get a lot of work done’

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Donald Trump kicked off his Sunday morning complaining about the media reporting on the massive amount of time he spends on the golf course, tweeting that he plays "VERY fast" and he gets "a lot of work done on the golf course."

According to the president, "I know many in business and politics that work out endlessly, in some cases to a point of exhaustion. It is their number one passion in life, but nobody complains. My 'exercise' is playing, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf. Obama played more and much longer rounds, no problem. When I play, Fake News CNN, and others, park themselves anywhere they can to get a picture, then scream 'President Trump is playing golf.' Actually, I play VERY fast, get a lot of work done on the golf course, and also get a 'tiny' bit of exercise. Not bad!"

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Trump fears his base will turn on him if he flips and calls for nationwide mask guidelines: CNN

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On CNN Saturday, analyst Ron Brownstein outlined the key reason President Donald Trump is struggling to adapt his message to proper public health guidance on the coronavirus pandemic.

"Ron, there is a retail trade group that has asked President Trump to institute federal, nationwide mask guidelines at stores across the country as the country continues to re-open," said anchor Alex Marquardt. "Experts are saying that masks could save thousands of lives in the coming months. Do you see a scenario in which — any chance in which he would issue that?"

"I think the short answer is no, and for a revealing reason," said Brownstein. "He is in a trap of his own construction. On coronavirus, we talk all the time about how President Trump's base is bonded to him, immovably. He's also bonded to the base in the other direction, that he is very reluctant to get out crosswise with a base that includes the kind of people that showed up at the Michigan capital to protest lockdown without wearing masks and waving Confederate flags and carrying automatic weapons."

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