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Trump’s Fox News obsession is destroying his re-election chances: conservative professor

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President Donald Trump seems to be watching more television than ever, and MSNBC’s Tom Nichols thinks it’s killing his re-election chances.

The “Morning Joe” contributor and Naval War College professor argued that Trump’s obsession with Fox News programming had warped his thinking and left him out of step with the majority of voters.

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“What he’s doing is watching too much television,” Nichols said, “and he’s now in a kind of a feedback loop with some of his favorite television hosts, who are playing to the oldest, most conservative, most scared, most angry of viewers in that loop.”

Trump used his 2016 campaign to attack immigrants, which apparently worked, but Nichols argued that his new line of racist attacks targeted actual voters and their friends, family and neighbors.

“In 2016, the president could kind of cleverly fuse some of these issues of race to issues of class. he could say to people in places like Wisconsin, you know, ‘I’m not against African Americans, I’m against the educated white elites in Washington that are giving too much away to African Americans,’ and, you know, making cities bad places to live. ‘You know, I’m not really against immigrants, I’m against those educated elites in D.C. who are letting in too many immigrants and ruining, you know, your community.'”

“All that, the mask is off now, and I think instead of feeling insofar as they ever did, I think some of those voters in the heartland felt reassured by Trump,” Nichols said. “They’re afraid of him now, because he’s made it clear, ‘I will go after American citizens, Black, white, Hispanic, rich, poor, anyone who opposes me, anyone who criticizes me, anybody who makes my life at all difficult is my enemy,’ and that’s different from 2016.”

Trump had assured voters he was on their side in his first election, but his open embrace of racism has pitted him against many voters.

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“Now he’s just draping himself in the Confederate flag, ignoring warnings about bounties being put on U.S. servicemen, defending statues of Confederates,” Nichols said. “I mean, this is really a very different race play from 2016, and I don’t think it’s working very well, because you know, instead of reassuring the people that he’s trying to reach out to, I think now they’re genuinely scared.”


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Trump’s latest attack on Joe Biden is stunningly delusional — even for him

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Few ever accuse President Donald Trump of subtlety. But in a new speech in Cleveland on Thursday, he let loose with a particularly wild rant against his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, that was over-the-top, even for him.

It’s worth just quoting in full:

He’s following the radical left agenda. Take away your guns. Destroy your Second Amendment. No religion! No anything! Hurt the Bible! Hurt God! He’s against God! He’s against guns! He’s against energy, our kind of energy. Uh, I don’t think he’s going to do too well in Ohio.

Many people pointed out that there’s much more evidence that Biden is a committed Christian than there is for Trump. But almost that seems to miss several key points about how wild this is:

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Angst-ridden Republicans should have acted when Trump put his reelection above national security concerns: conservative columnist

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, columnist Jennifer Rubin says that Senate Republicans are in serious trouble, especially in light of the stimulus bill they rolled out this week.

According to Rubin, the Senate GOP is in dire straits because "they have allowed the anti-government, anti-science Trump sycophants to disclaim any interest in the bill, thereby handing the reins to Democrats."

Rubin writes that some Republicans saying they want to see essential workers being taken care of in the bill are speaking up too late. "If only they they had some power in February to remove the unfit and corrupt president from office, instead of leaving him there to purge witnesses from his administration, seek vengeance on foes, force out inspectors general and botch the response to the coronavirus," Rubin writes.

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Facebook removes network of fake accounts that posed as Trump supporters

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Facebook said Thursday it took down accounts running a deceptive campaign out of Romania pretending to be Americans supporting US President Donald Trump ahead of the coming election.

The leading online social network removed 35 Facebook accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts as part of an ongoing fight against "coordinated inauthentic behavior," according to security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher.

"The people behind this network used fake accounts to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage pages including some posing as President Trump fan pages," Gleicher said.

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