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Trump thinks perception matters more than reality — because he still hasn't learned his lesson: analysis
Former President Donald Trump appears to believe in the power of positive reality more than empirically verifiable reality, according to a new CNN analysis.
CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza noted Trump's advice that Dr. Mehmet Oz "should declare victory" in the race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.
"It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they 'just happened to find," Trump said, as ballots were being counted.
Cillizza said it was a pattern for Trump.
"What Trump's statement makes clear is that he hasn't learned the right (or any) lessons from the 2020 election. (And no, I am not surprised.) For Trump -- in politics and life -- perception is all that matters," he wrote. "When you lose -- whether it's in the 2016 Iowa caucuses or the 2020 general election -- insist that you, in fact, won. Tell everyone you won enough times, and they might start to believe it."
Cillizza noted it was unlikely we would know the outcome for days and that an automatic recount may be triggered.
"Given all of that, the responsible thing to do is wait until all the ballots are counted (or recounted) before declaring victory. Which is the opposite of what Trump wants Oz to do," he noted.
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'Don't question Black people's loyalty to this nation': Michael Eric Dyson goes off during CNN interview
Prof. Michael Eric Dyson explained on CNN on Friday why it makes no sense to blame Black Americans for the problems caused by white nationalists.
CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates interviewed Dyson about Americas racism problem following the shooting massacre in Buffalo.
Coates asked Dyson about bridging the gap in America.
"Well, look," Dyson began, "the great historian Stevland Morse, better known as Stevie Wonder, said the 'First man to die, for the flag we now hold high, was a Black man.' Crispus Attucks. So there he was, a formerly enslaved Black man, was the first to die for the freedom of America."
"Don't be trying to lecture Black people about loyalty to this nation," he said.
"We were loyal to this nation when this nation refused to feed us, treated us like chattal slavery, denounced us, dehumanized us, otherized us, and we stood tall," he reminded.
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Former President George W. Bush confused his 2003 invasion of Iraq with Vladimir Putin's 2022 invasion of Ukraine during remarks on Wednesday at the Bush Center at Southern Methodist University.
Michael Williams reported on Bush's remarks for The Dallas Morning News under the headline, "George W. Bush compares Zelenskyy to Churchill, mistakenly calls Iraq invasion unjustified."
“The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq,” Bush said. “I mean, of Ukraine.”
The newspaper described the moment as "a verbal faux pas."
"The comment left the audience in an awkward silence, until they eventually erupted in laughter after Bush blamed the mistake on his age -- 75," the newspaper reported.
Bush was joined at the event by historian Jon Meachem, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and local election officials.
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