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The Daily BeastJul 06, 2020
Trump Is Only Going to Become a Worse Version of Himself Before Election Day
Chip Somodevilla/GettyThat Mt. Rushmore speech will go down as one of the sickest, most debased moments in the history of the presidency. First of all, it was officially not a campaign speech, but a presidential speech, meaning that we the taxpayers paid for it. More importantly Donald Trump was delivering this address not as a political candidate but as the servant of the whole people, those who voted for him and those who did not. And what he gave us was a Goebbels-esque piece of propaganda quite literally intended to foment as much division and hatred as possible.

If you think this distinction between campaign speaking and official speaking is quaint or trite or unimportant, you are wrong. You are overly cynical. Politicians actually do make such distinctions. Especially presidents—of both parties.

Out of curiosity, I went back and looked at Ronald Reagan's 1984 Independence Day address—from the year in which he, like Trump now, was seeking re-election. I do not like Reagan. Never did, never will. But compared to Trump, he was a moral giant. His speech did not touch on the dark aspects of our history that we are finally, belatedly confronting in earnest today. Republicans have a very hard time admitting imperfection in our union, not least Republicans who made a point of giving a major campaign address—about states' rights, no less—in a town in Mississippi where three civil rights workers had been viciously murdered 16 years before, as Reagan did in 1980.



The Daily BeastJul 06, 2020
Trump Advisers Wonder: ‘Is the Statue Shit Going to Work?'
Saul Loeb/AFP/GettyWith four months left to salvage his re-election campaign against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, President Donald Trump has decided to pivot heavily to culture war bluster and hard-right posturing. A major part of that pivot appears to be turning his anger on people who don't like the same statues he does and comparing those enemies to Nazi "fascists."

Shockingly, there are some in Trump's political orbit who aren't convinced this tactic will move voters as much as the president seems to think it will. They see the "pivot" as Trump simply continuing to rile up a conservative base that will not, by itself, deliver him a second term.

But for now, Trump isn't listening, telling a crowd at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota on Friday night, "This left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution."

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Drudge ReportJul 06, 2020
'Is the Statue Shit Going to Work?'




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Drudge ReportJul 05, 2020
BIDEN: I pledge to rebuild America's foundation...




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The Daily BeastJul 05, 2020
Charles Sumner Is the Heroic Yankee Senator Who Deserves a Statue
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Library of CongressWhile the rebels were defeated more than 155 years ago, it's clear from Donald Trump and his GOP cult that the Confederacy has survived. Watching Trump's hate-filled presidency—preventable mass death, raging indecency, and incitement of violence—has been a reality check. 

Trump's deadly pandemic neglect and his project of disunion in America are treason metastasized yet again in an America that exists halfway between Jefferson Davis and George Wallace. In a devastating rebuke on Twitter, Trump was recently asked to pick a flag: Old Glory or the Stars and Bars—the "very fine people" whose bigoted hate crimes Trump has egged on.

This is the right question, and, unfortunately, America has still not extinguished the influence of the Confederacy now inbred in a hateful minority of bigots.Abraham Lincoln's legacy looms monumentally large as a moral vision for national unity.

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