Scarborough: Trump Has Become President of the White Nationalist Movement

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough argued that President Trump has also become the president of the white nationalist movement. Scarborough said, “The United States is — we’ve — sometimes it’s been painful, but we’ve been in a constant, long march towards equality. And yesterday, it’s almost as if the president held up a stop sign and stopped history in its tracks.” He added, “[N]ot so strange is the fact that you had David Duke and other white nationalists actually praising the president of the United States yesterday for his words. And why not, he has now officially become the president of the white national — not only of America but also of the white nationalist movement. David Duke saying, thank you, Mr. President, for your ‘courage to tell the truth about Charlottesville[.]’ Well, David Duke, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Klan members, they stand on one side, and apparently, the rest of America and the world stands on the other, Willie. The president has chosen sides, and it is very clear, not only morally — especially morally, but also politically, he has chosen the wrong side.” Scarborough concluded that lots of Trump’s voters didn’t want “a Duke
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CNN’s Acosta: Trump Espoused ‘Almost White Nationalist-Lite’ Views, ‘Needs to Go Back to History 101’

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta stated that during his press conference earlier in the day, President Trump took views on Confederate monuments that were “almost white nationalist-lite,” and will be taken as a sign that the president “needs to go back to History 101.” Acosta said, “The president has an issue…when he is challenged on something that he feels deeply personal about. He doesn’t seem to have the ability to reign things in. … And president trump demonstrated here in the lobby of his own building. He couldn’t feel more at home than he could feel here at Trump Tower. He has talked about it time and time again, that this is his home. And yet, he felt very comfortable espousing some views that are — very, I mean, I would say they’re almost white nationalist-lite, in that, he was complaining, bemoaning the removal of Confederate statues across the country and asking whether or not George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are next.” He continued, “You could go to just about any history professor at any college in America, you could go to any history teacher at any high school in America, and
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Chuck Todd: Trump Defended ‘The Cause of White Nationalists’ and Painted Them ‘As Victims’

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On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” host Chuck Todd argued that President Trump painted white nationalists as victims and defended their cause. Todd said, “Folks, what I just saw gave me the wrong kind of chills. Honestly, I’m a bit shaken from what I’ve just heard, and suspect it’s not just me. Moments ago, at Trump Tower, the president of the United States painted white nationalists and members of the alt-right as victims of what he described as club-wielding members of the alt-left. It was a chilling mix of whataboutism, false equivalence, and a total muddying of the waters, after one person was killed and at least 19 people were injured when members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists protested the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville. Where to begin? You might as well start with the president painting these white nationalist protesters as the real victims of a violent left-wing movement.” He added, after playing a clip of Trump’s presser, “Sure, when violence breaks out like what we saw this weekend, there’s usually more than enough blame to go around. But when was the last time you saw a president of the United States defend the
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Black Lives Matter Co-Founder: Hate Speech ‘Is Not Protected Under the First Amendment’

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On Monday’s broadcast of “MSNBCLive,” Black Lives Matter co-founder and Executive Director and Founder of Dignity Now Patrisse Cullors argued that hate speech isn’t protected by the First Amendment and white supremacists are “directly related” to President Trump’s policies. Cullors said, “David Duke and the white supremacists who showed up to Charlottesville, that is Trump’s base. And that base is not isolated. It’s not — it’s directly related to Trump’s policies and the policies that have continued to harm and kill black people and our allies. I think we’re seeing a movement of white nationalists rising up because they’ve been emboldened by trump and his government. And I really want to invite people to be on the right side of history right now.” She added, “I think what’s important in this moment is white nationalists are actually fighting to take away people’s rights. Black Lives Matter and groups like Black Lives Matter are fighting for equality. And hate speech, which is what we’re seeing coming out of white nationalist groups, is not protected under the First Amendment rights.” (h/t WFB) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Eugene Robinson: Trump ‘Invited’ and ‘Welcomed’ the Support of White Supremacists


On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson argued President Trump not only received support from white supremacists, but “invited” and “welcomed” such support. Robinson said, “Donald Trump did not just receive the support of white supremacists. He invited it. He welcomed it. He led the birther movement, which had very, very clear, not just racial overtones, but racial content. He tweeted in 2014 that President Obama was doing such a bad job that we wouldn’t have another black president for decades, which says a lot about how he saw race and how he saw blackness and whiteness. It’s — so, this is not a new Donald Trump. This is who Donald Trump is.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Charlottesville Mayor: Trump ‘Had His Opportunity and He Whiffed’

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On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” Charlottesville, VA Mayor Michael Signer stated that President Trump missed the mark by not specifically condemning white supremacists. Signer said, “I’ve already spent enough time talking about Donald Trump. He is our president, with respect. But, I think it speaks for itself. He had his moment. I mean, these are times for leadership. He already seems — thinking about working families and solutions, which I have to do all the time as a mayor of a city like this, is just kind of put action on the table and get things done. He kind of had his opportunity and he whiffed, and I think that speaks for itself.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Brooks: Using Madman Theory With North Korea ‘Very Dangerous’ Because ‘Both People Could Actually Be Crazy’

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On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks commented on President Trump’s statements about North Korea by saying it’s possible the president believes in the madman theory, but that such a theory is dangerous in a situation both leaders could be crazy. Brooks said, “Listen, there’s been a consensus about how to deal with this extremely knotty problem. And that is, at least on the rhetorical level, the North Korean regime is extremely fiery, extremely insecure, sometimes hysterical. And when you’re around somebody who’s screaming and unstable, the last thing you want to do is add to the instability with your own unstable, hysterical rhetoric. And so, most administrations, Republican and Democrats, when the North Koreans say they’re going to Seoul into a lake of fire, whatever their rhetoric is, have just ignored it, and relied on some underlying sense that the North Koreans don’t want to commit national suicide. Donald Trump has gone the other way. Now, I think that’s still — that sense that neither party wants to go into a war is still there. But the psychological probabilities that you’re going to enter into some August 1914 miscalculation certainly go up when both people are screaming at the
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Maher on Immigration: ‘If You’re Going to Come to the Melting Pot, Melt a Little’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher argued that he doesn’t want questions about Muslim immigration to be seen as inherently racist and that people who come to the US have to assimilate. Maher said, “[I]f we ask questions about Muslim immigration — we would like it to be people like Dr. Dawkins and myself, not to just be looked upon as, well it has to be a racist reason for that. It’s not a — first of all, it’s not a race. It’s a religion. But we’re talking about those shared values.” He added, “[I]f you’re going to come to the melting pot, melt a little. You gotta melt a little. … You can’t take your driver’s license photo in a burqa, we have to see your face.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Maher: ‘My Bigger Fear’ Is That the US Is ‘Becoming North Korea’

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that he’s more worried about the US becoming North Korea under President Trump than North Korea attacking the US. Maher said, “I must tell you, my bigger fear, I am afraid of North Korea attacking us. … My bigger fear is we’re becoming North Korea.” Trump cited Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ press conference on leaks, stating, “When state government is functioning that way, when you’re doing a press conference to be seen by just the Dear Leader.” He continued by citing reports that President Trump gets a folder of flattering media coverage, polling showing half of Republicans would support postponing the 2020 election to guarantee only eligible citizens can vote, news on the quickness with which voting machines can be hacked, Trump thanking Vladimir Putin for expelling US diplomats, and a piece by Fox News’ Chris Stirewalt about Trump entitled, “Would You Even Care if He Was Guilty?” … This is what I worry about, what I have called the slow-moving coup.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Dawkins: Muslims Aren’t Being Oppressed By Critics, ‘Muslims Are Oppressed by Islam’


On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” author Richard Dawkins argued that Muslims aren’t being oppressed by critics of Islam like himself, but that they are oppressed by Islam. Host Bill Maher and Dawkins talked about their mutual dis-invitation from speeches at UC-Berkeley and a radio station canceling an interview with Dawkins. Dawkins said that there is “an epidemic that’s going on of people running scared from open speech,” and terrified of things that might be offensive. He added, “I think that this radio station and these universities, they are on our side. We’re on their side. Now, I was de-platformed specifically because of what I was alleged to have said about Islam. I think that the reason they did it was probably a laudable motive, they are on the side of oppressed minorities. They think that Muslims are an oppressed minority, oppressed by people like us. Actually, of course, Muslims are oppressed by Islam.” He later argued that Muslims who don’t oppress women or gay people are being persecuted by those who do and “That’s where the persecution comes from.” Maher added that “criticism of a religion is not the same thing as bigotry.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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