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Black voters see Trump as a ‘threat’ — and that’s partly why Biden isn’t hurt by gaffes: political scientist

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Angry Donald Trump yells at reporters at the White House following Robert Mueller's testimony (screen grab)

Former Vice President Joe Biden made yet another of his trademark gaffes this week when he said that, “unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly diverse attitudes about different things.”

Biden quickly apologized for his remarks, although that didn’t stop President Donald Trump from pouncing to declare that Black voters would feel so insulted by the former vice president that they wouldn’t vote for him in November.

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Christina Greer, a professor of political at Fordham University, writes in The Daily Beast that Trump is assuredly wrong about this prediction, although she says that doesn’t let Biden off the hook entirely.

“Biden is one of those white Democrats that Black people know quite well: sometimes who is at times a bit too familiar, who has made missteps in the past and occasionally says inappropriate things, but who at the end of the day is learning from his mistakes and whose intent is largely not to do harm,” explains Greer, who notes that Biden earned a large amount of goodwill in the Black community for his enduring partnership with former President Barack Obama.

Greer says that this contrasts strongly with how many Black voters see Trump.

“Unlike the current president who traffics in blatant white supremacy and uses Black people as a prop to boast about himself and his accomplishments for ‘the blacks’ (when he actually has none), Biden’s beliefs about Black Americans are sometimes still problematic, but they are not dangerous,” she writes. “Trump is an existential threat to Black people and our overall democracy.”

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Lincoln Project takes out huge ad buy in military publications to highlight Trump’s failures

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On Tuesday, the Lincoln Project issued a press release announcing a massive ad buy on the Stars & Stripes and Military Times network of publications, aiming ads at servicemembers and veterans to remind them of President Donald Trump's lack of respect for the troops.

“It’s a complete disgrace that a Commander-in-Chief who dodged serving in Vietnam and denigrated POW's publicly has the audacity to disrespect the millions of brave men and women who volunteered for military service,” said Lincoln Project veteran's affairs adviser Fred Wellman. “President Trump has allowed Russia to put bounties on the heads of our brave service members and sought favor with our enemies. The Lincoln Project is taking this message directly to the military community so that every service member, veteran, and their families know the truth about Donald Trump’s betrayal of America’s troops.”

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Lindsey Graham rails at Dems after flip-flop on court vacancy: ‘They would do this in a New York minute’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) insisted on Tuesday that Republicans already have the votes needed to confirm President Donald Trump's eventual Supreme Court nominee.

During an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, Graham defended changing his 2016 pledge not to confirm a Supreme Court nomination in an election year.

According to Graham, the Democrats' treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh caused him to rethink his position.

"The whole game has changed," he explained. "If the shoe were on the other foot, [Democrats] would do this in a New York minute."

"It really pissed me off what they would do to Brett," Graham continued. "I've known him for 20 years."

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Chaotic White House made worse by ‘incompetent’ Trump who rarely shows up for work: report

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According to Playboy magazine senior White House correspondent Brian Karem -- who has seen it first hand -- Donald Trump is an absentee president who puts in little time at his job and, when he does, has no idea what he is supposed to be doing.

Writing for the conservative Bulwark, Karem said Trump is more than just "Putin's puppet," he is "incompetent" and therefore dangerous.

As Karem see it, the public is inundated with reports about the president's "bombast, wild claims, misogyny, racism, lies, greed and avarice" but what should be more concerning is his inability to fulfill the basic responsibilities of his office.

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