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No, Donald Trump cannot name Antifa a terrorist group — here’s why

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The White House had no intention of actually doing anything with protesters the right-wing refers to as Antifa — a shorter nickname for “anti-fascism,” those who protest Nazis and white supremacists.

Axios reported Sunday that it took 24 hours from President Donald Trump to see comments from conservative pal Dan Bongino urging action. It wasn’t long after that; Trump tweeted that he would declare Antifa a terrorist group.

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“To explain a little: it’s like calling bird-watching an organization. Yes, there are bird-watching organizations as there are Antifa organizations, but neither bird-watching nor Antifa is an organization,” tweeted historian Mark Bray, who wrote Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.

Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire explained on MSNBC the same sentiment, that Antifa isn’t actually a group or an organization, it’s a belief against fascism.

He explained this is more of the Trump playbook, where the president doesn’t have any real answers, so he decides to fight against an enemy. If he doesn’t have one, he makes one.

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“The president really only has the one playbook,” he explained. “Every crisis he’s encountered including his own making, Russia, Ukraine, the impeachment inquiry, this is what he does. He doesn’t try to unite. He fights, he tries to divide. He plays to his base. He puts out incendiary tweets and divisive messages. We’re seeing that again here. It is obviously entirely too early to know how this will play out politically, and then for most people, that’s not really the point right now. Cities are burning. People are suffering. But in the days ahead, the president will continue to stoke those grievances as a safe bet, we will see if those poll numbers change or not. This is a tight race. Joe Biden is ahead overall, but it’s close. We’ve got a long way to go.”

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Trump continues a conspiracy that never ended as he covers up the cover up of a crime

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It’s hard to know where to begin discussing the president’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence. So let’s start with what it means. It’s not a pardon. Donald Trump’s goombah is still a felon convicted of witness tampering and lying to the US Congress. He plans to appeal the guilty verdict. “Commutation” merely means he won’t go to jail.

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The move was widely expected in Washington. Only the timing was in doubt. The president had hoped to wait until after the election, according to Bloomberg News, but Stone appears to have forced his hand. He feared prison would expose him to the new coronavirus, which can be fatal to people his age (67). Stone told a journalist Thursday that he believed the president would commute his sentence, because he stayed quiet while under pressure to cooperate. That statement, given the day before his 40-month sentence was to begin, was widely interpreted to mean: do it now or I start singing.

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CNN host goes off on Trump as COVID-19 surges: ‘The president is peddling debunked illogical crap’

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During a segment on CNN this Monday, anchor Brianna Keilar had some harsh words for President Trump and his response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, starting out by saying that the U.S. is "losing its battle" against the virus.

"...the people who are supposed to be in charge of the national response to the pandemic instead are escalating their attacks on doctors," she said, pointing out that up to 60,000 Americans are testing positive for the virus, each day.

"They're doing this even though they won't mandate the use of masks which are proven to save lives," she said. "They're doing this because the President is continuing to make claims that the only reason the U.S. has a surge in cases is because of an increase in testing."

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WATCH: White House uses Fauci’s words to praise Trump – hours after trashing him

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Literally hours after providing reporters with a list of what an anonymous White House official called mistakes Dr. Anthony Fauci has made over the year on coronavirus, the White House turned the tables to use the veteran immunologist's words to praise President Donald Trump.

On Sunday in a statement to CNN the White House outlined "the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things."

Calling it a "new campaign of deception," CNN reported Monday morning that "the White House is trying to destroy the reputation of one of America's most respected public servants, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for telling the truth about how bad things are getting."

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