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Trump’s former DHS chief: ‘Of course’ racism exists in police departments all over America

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A former top Trump administration official on Friday broke with his former boss and said that police departments across the United States have problems with systemic racism.

Former acting Department of Homeland Security chief Kevin McAleenan writes at CNN that the death of George Floyd has given police departments across the country an opportunity to rethink how they operate.

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However, he says that doing so will require taking a hard look at the issue of racism within law enforcement.

“There is a path for them to galvanize healing while representing and supporting the vast majority of honorable men and women of all races under their command,” he writes. “The demonstrations have also sparked one question that has resonated across the media spectrum: is there systemic racism in American policing? The answers have varied, but the truth is that of course there is.”

He then encourages police chiefs across the country to “identify with the purpose and message of the peaceful protesters” and “embrace the pain of disenfranchised communities and recognize the role that some in their organizations have in causing it.”

McAleenan’s words stand in sharp contrast to President Donald Trump, who has refused to acknowledge that racism plays a role in creating disparities in the American criminal justice system.


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Women are making Trump ‘melt down’ — or turn tail and run: columnist

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President Donald Trump doesn’t like being challenged by any media figures, even if they are conservative white males like Fox News’ Chris Wallace or The Bulwark’s Bill Kristol. But female reporters, in particular, seem to rattle Trump, as journalist Jack Shafer argues in an op-ed published in Politico this week.

Shafer describes a pattern, explaining, “It starts with a reporter, usually a female reporter, asking President Donald Trump hard, tenacious questions at a news conference. Trump’s jaw seizes up, rattled and dumbfounded by the questions that he can’t or won’t answer. He abruptly ends the presser by saying, ‘Thank you very much’ and stalking out of the room.”

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‘Silence is complicity’: GOP condemned for doing nothing as Trump openly touts sabotage of postal service

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"Donald Trump knows that if the people are heard in November, he and Republicans up and down the ballot will lose," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "This is what we're up against—and this is why we have to fight back with all we've got."

Voting rights advocates on Thursday took aim at Republicans in Congress for remaining silent in the face of President Donald Trump's open admission that he is blocking funding for the U.S. Postal Service with the express purpose of stopping an expansion of mail-in ballot access ahead of the November elections.

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Mitch McConnell continues to be haunted by this Confederate flag photo – but he says he has no regrets

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained the origins of an infamous photograph of himself standing in front of a Confederate flag.

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