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The most racist president in modern history revels in violence – The Washington Post

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“Police brutality, especially the use of excessive force against unarmed black people, is pervasive and a travesty that has existed for generations with the knowledge and toleration of America’s criminal justice system.”

“Police brutality has even been publicly endorsed.”

“Let’s return to a gathering of law enforcement officers at Suffolk County Community College on New York’s Long Island on July 28, 2017, where the main speaker was giving advice to police on how to treat people who’ve been arrested.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-most-racist-president-in-modern-history-revels-in-violence/2020/06/12/c406fee4-ac1d-11ea-a9d9-a81c1a491c52_story.html

The Trump Regime Is Beginning to Topple – The Atlantic

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Updated at 12:04 p.m. on June 6, 2020

“Over the course of his presidency, Donald Trump has indulged his authoritarian instincts—and now he’s meeting the common fate of autocrats whose people turn against them. What the United States is witnessing is less like the chaos of 1968, which further divided a nation, and more like the nonviolent movements that earned broad societal support in places such as Serbia, Ukraine, and Tunisia, and swept away the dictatorial likes of Milošević, Yanukovych, and Ben Ali.”

“And although Trump’s time in office will end with an election and not an ouster, it is only possible to grasp the magnitude of what we’re seeing and to map what comes next by looking to these antecedents from abroad.”

“As in the case of many such revolutions, two battles are being waged in America. One is a long struggle against a brutal and repressive ideology. The other is a narrower fight over the fate of a particular leader. The president rose to power by inflaming racial tensions. He now finds his own fate enmeshed in the struggle against police brutality and racism.”

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/how-regime-change-happens/612739/

Trump’s Plan to End Obama’s Peaceful Police Reform Succeeded

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“Last October, Minneapolis Police Union president Bob Kroll appeared at a Trump rally. Clad in his red “Cops for Trump” T-shirt, Kroll (who has been alleged to be affiliated with white supremacists) gloated that the president had unshackled his officers from the restraints imposed by Trump’s predecessor. “The Obama administration and the handcuffing and oppression of police was despicable,” he told the crowd. “The first thing President Trump did when he took office was turn that around, got rid of the Holder-Loretta Lynch regime and decided to start takin— letting the cops do their job, put the handcuffs on the criminals instead of us.” “

“We will never know if that unshackling emboldened Derek Chauvin to murder George Floyd. But the line between the relief demanded by Kroll on behalf of Minneapolis police, and the naked assassination committed on camera by one of his officers, is quite direct. The world around us, in which the streets of every major American city are filled with protesters, is the result of Trump granting the wishes of the most retrograde police officers. They are getting what they asked for.”

Source: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/trumps-george-floyd-obama-protest-police-violence-kneeling.html

False claims and disinformation are the central feature of Trump’s presidency – The Washington Post

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“For weeks, as the coronavirus silently spread through the United States, President Trump belittled the threat and repeatedly praised China for “transparency” and the World Health Organization for its handling of the outbreak. But when the death toll mounted and the scope of the public health crisis became too difficult to ignore, Trump reversed course.”

” “I always felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic,” he declared — then angrily blamed China for failing to contain the new virus and accused the WHO of helping a coverup. He later withdrew the United States from the WHO.”

“Likewise, when a distraught widower asked Twitter to remove Trump’s tweets insinuating that the man’s wife had been killed by MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough, Trump ignored the plea and repeated the slander.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-fact-checker-book/2020/06/01/c6323b88-a435-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

Trump’s claim that he’s done more for black Americans than any president since Lincoln – The Washington Post

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“But the claim that Trump has exceeded every other president since Lincoln earned only derision from prominent historians. Instead, they said Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, is clearly the president who had the most lasting impact on the lives of African Americans. These legislative victories were not easy, requiring Johnson to build coalitions with moderate Republicans and liberal Democrats to defeat the powerful segregationists in his own party who dominated the South.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/05/trumps-claim-that-hes-done-more-blacks-than-any-president-since-lincoln/

Percentage who say US is on the right track hits record low under Trump: poll | The Hill

“Nearly 70 percent of voters say the U.S. has “pretty seriously” gone off the right track under President Trump, a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found.”

“Of those surveyed in the May 29-June 1 poll, 31 percent said they thought the U.S. was on the right track, making it the lowest mark recorded in Politico/Morning Consult weekly polling since Trump took office in early 2017.”

“The 31 percent figure is a dip from last week’s poll, which found 34 percent of people thought the country was on the right track.”

“The last time their polling found this many voters thought the U.S. was on the wrong track was in November 2016, shortly after Trump was elected. “

Source: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/500879-percentage-of-americans-who-say-us-is-on-the-right-track-at-record

Robert Reich: Trump’s Presidency Is Over | Opinion

“You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States.”

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“By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.”

“He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV and tweeting.”

Source: https://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-trumps-presidency-over-opinion-1507961

False claims and disinformation are the central feature of Trump’s presidency – The Washington Post

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“The president’s technique — refined over half a century in public life — is relentless and unforgiving: Never admit any error, constantly repeat falsehoods, and have no shame about your tactics.”

“From the start of Trump’s presidency, The Fact Checker team has catalogued every false or misleading statement he has made. As of May 29, the count stood at 19,127. That works out to about 15 claims per day. But the pace of deception has quickened exponentially. He averaged about six claims a day in 2017, nearly 16 a day in 2018, and more than 22 a day in 2019 and 2020 so far. Indeed, the president made more false or misleading claims in 2019 than he did in 2017 and 2018 combined.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-fact-checker-book/2020/06/01/c6323b88-a435-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

Episcopal bishop Mariann Budde blasts Trump visit to St. John’s Church – The Washington Post

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“By Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey June 1, 2020 at 8:08 p.m. PDT”

“The Right Rev. Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, was seething.”

“President Trump had just visited St. John’s Episcopal Church, which sits across from the White House. It was a day after a fire was set in the basement of the historic building amid protests over the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police.”

“Before heading to the church, where presidents have worshiped since the days of James Madison, Trump gave a speech at the White House emphasizing the importance of law and order. Federal officers then used force to clear a large crowd of peaceful demonstrators from the street between the White House and the church, apparently so Trump could make the visit.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/bishop-budde-trump-church/2020/06/01/20ca70f8-a466-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

President Trump made 19,127 false or misleading claims in 1,226 days – The Washington Post

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“By Glenn KesslerSalvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly June 1, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. PDT”

“It’s no longer a question as to whether President Trump will exceed 20,000 false or misleading claims by the time his current term is completed. Instead, we have to ask: Will he top 25,000?”

“As of May 29, his 1,226th day in office, Trump had made 19,127 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement he has uttered. That’s almost 16 claims a day over the course of his presidency. So far this year, he’s averaging just over 22 claims a day, similar to the pace he set in 2019.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/01/president-trump-made-19127-false-or-misleading-claims-1226-days/