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Columnist marvels at the ‘remarkable’ optics of Trump’s retreat to the White House bunker

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Writing in the Washington Post this Monday, Aaron Blake points to a recent New York Times report that said President Trump retreated to the White House bunker as protesters swarmed outside the gates this weekend.

While it’s likely that the Secret Service made the bunker decision, Trump nevertheless complied, “and the optics of it are remarkable,” Blake writes.

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“It would be one thing for this to happen after he had been proactively dealing with the crisis and speaking out; it’s quite another for it to come as he has been strongly criticized for his hands-off approach to one of the most serious cases of unrest across the country in recent decades,” Blake continues.

Even some of the most right-wing voices in the pundit-sphere are critical of Trump’s response to the unrest: The Daily Wire, Ann Coulter, radio host Michael Savage — all expressing disappointment that Trump was nowhere to be found as the unrest escalated.

Trump had only one method of response to the unrest: his tweets — but they have expectedly added fuel to the fire. As a result, the White House has apparently decided that him speaking publicly is too volatile.

“But the idea that Trump speaking out wouldn’t help is a very logical conclusion,” Blake writes. “You only need to look at what happened during the last major racial flash point in his administration: the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017.”

Read his full op-ed over at The Washington Post.

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‘It’s freedom of speech’: Trump defends Confederate flag — and compares it to Black Lives Matter

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During an interview with CBS News' Catherine Herridge on Tuesday, President Donald Trump was pressed on whether he stands by his remark in 2015 that the Confederate flag should only be displayed in museums.

Trump replied that he believes the flag "is freedom of speech" just like "Black Lives Matter or anything else you want to talk about." He declined to answer the question specifically.

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The confederate flag “is freedom of speech,” Pres. Trump says when asked whether he still believes the flag belongs in a museum. “Whether it’s confederate flags or Black Lives Matter or anything else you want to talk about. It’s freedom of speech.” pic.twitter.com/WtdESdmCSy

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Trump pal Ron DeSantis blasted as a ‘spoiled child’ for treating Floridians like ‘third-class citizens’

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Local politicians in Florida had harsh words for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis after the mayor of Hialeah was reportedly left out of a meeting on the state's COVID-19 outbreak.

"The mayor of Hialeah, the second-largest city in Miami-Dade County, said Tuesday that he was denied entry to a roundtable that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held with several city mayors to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic," the Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

"Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez said he didn’t receive an invitation, but Miami Mayor Francis Suarez informed him the roundtable was taking place. When Hernandez tried to walk in, he told the Miami Herald, a member of the governor’s staff told him he wasn’t invited and couldn’t enter," the newspaper reported.

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Trump lashes out at reporter after being asked about deaths of Black people from cops

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President Donald Trump lashed out at a CBS News reporter who asked why Black Americans are still being killed by law enforcement.

"So are white people. What a terrible question to ask," Trump replied to CBS's Catherine Herridge. "More White people, by the way. More White people."

A 2016 study showed that a disproportionate amount of people of color are killed by police, nearly three times more (2.8 percent) than Black Americans are killed by police than whites.

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