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Trump’s ‘not smart’ attacks on Kamala Harris as an angry Black woman will backfire: CNN’s Van Jones

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CNN’s Van Jones on Thursday said that President Donald Trump’s decision to attack presumptive Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as an “angry” Black woman would backfire.

Reacting to the president’s remarks about Harris during a Fox Business interview, in which he called her “a mad woman” who is “so angry,” Jones said that Trump would only work to make the California senator more of a sympathetic figure.

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“They do not know how to deal with Kamala Harris,” he said of Trump and his campaign. “I mean, bottom line, that is just not effective, calling her a mad woman when you saw yesterday she was anything but that. It definitely — what they’re about to do is create a backlash of support for Kamala. Once you go down the ‘angry Black woman’ [path]… now you’re creating a wave of sympathy and empathy and solidarity for her.”

He then said that Harris’s cheerful demeanor and empathy would help shield her against the president’s claims that she is “angry.”

“He’s going to offend an awful lot of of people and consolidate more support for her than mobilize against her,” he said. “It’s not a smart strategy. Yes, there’s a lot of anxiety in the country as you have just pointed out. But what you need is somebody who can come on the stage and who can reassure people that they understand and begin to move us in a positive direction.”

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‘Good German genes’: Trump’s ‘racehorse theory’ of genetics is profoundly racist — it’s also why he thinks he’s a natural-born genius

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Over the past five years or so, I've had no problem using the "F" word (fascism) to describe what's been happening under President Trump and the Republican Party. I wrote about it here in Salon all the way back in 2015, noting that I wasn't the only one. In fact, it was his fellow Republicans who were the first to use the term to describe him. All you have to do is go back and read that full-page newspaper ad Trump took out in 1989, headlined "Bring Back the Death Penalty, Bring Back Our Police," to understand his fundamental authoritarian nature.
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Health care group sponsoring South Dakota indoor country music festival that doesn’t require masks: report

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that South Dakota is poised to hold an indoor country music festival that won't require face masks and has not yet confirmed whether they will require social distancing — and it's being sponsored by a local nonprofit health care organization.

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Top Mueller deputy reveals why he chickened out of forcing Donald Trump Jr. to testify

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One of the mysteries left in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was why Donald Trump Jr., who infamously met with Russian agents to discuss the hacking of Hillary Clinton's stolen emails, was never forced to testify.

Andrew Weissmann, who served as one of Mueller's top deputies during the probe, has now given an answer.

In an excerpt of Weismann's upcoming book on the investigation obtained by The Atlantic, Weissmann claims that Mueller was too worried about the president shutting down the entire probe if they subpoenaed his family members to testify.

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