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Trump’s racist appeal to suburban whites could have a boomerang effect: columnist

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Suburbs in America are filled with white people who claim to support progressive causes, but when it comes concrete local issues as opposed to abstract national ones, “white liberals are often more keen to acknowledge their privileges than to forfeit them,” Eric Levitz writes this Friday in The Daily Beast.

On Wednesday, President Trump vowed to protect “all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream” from being “bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood.” According to Levitz, Trump’s words were designed to appeal to white liberals who share his sentiment privately rather than publicly.

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“NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) liberals want racially exclusionary zoning policies wrapped up in rhetoric about historical preservation, not Trump’s garish branding,” Levitz writes. In fact, when you rip off the NIMBY mask, you’ll find it’s just the classic “old man racism,” Levitz continues.

“Trump likely did more to advance the cause of neighborhood desegregation than that of his own reelection,” write Levitz. “A variety of euphemisms — and the fact that zoning laws are a form of government regulation — have helped liberal NIMBYs reconcile their political identities with their reactionary housing politics.”

But now, according to Levitz, Trump has made that more difficult.

“…among liberal homeowners who’d previously lacked strong views about local housing debates, Trump’s intervention could be a catalyst for pro-inclusive-zoning voting behavior and civic engagement,” which would be another example of Trump mobilizing Democrats against regressive policies they previously tolerated.

Read the full op-ed over at The Daily Beast.

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WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen pranks Pence in upcoming ‘Borat’ sequel

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Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen pranked Vice President Mike Pence as part of a bit in his forthcoming sequel to the 2006 film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."

The long-rumored comedy will premier Oct. 23 on Amazon Prime Video, and features a scene filmed at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference held back in February, just before the coronavirus lockdowns, reported The Daily Beast.

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Court rules the Trump administration policing panel broke the law — and must halt its work

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The law enforcement panel violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act, according to the federal court judge, by only allowing law enforcement on the commission and by holding meetings in secret.

"The commission’s final report was set to go to Attorney General William Barr later this month, but Bates said no recommendations can be submitted until the panel remedies the legal violations," Politico reported.

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany struggled on Thursday to back up President Donald Trump's claims that several ballots had been found floating in a river.

The trouble started when Fox News Radio reporter Jon Decker asked McEnany to justify some of the president's wild claims being thrown around about mail-in ballots.

"The other day he said, 'They found a lot of ballots in a river,'" Decker began. "Who is they?"

McEnany claimed that the president was referring to reports that a bag of mail in Wisconsin, which included some absentee ballots, had ended up in a ditch.

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