Donald Trump uses inflammatory July 4 message to distract from coronavirus threat

Looking to distract the nation from the frightening spike in Covid-19 cases and America’s grim death toll as it surpassed 129,000 people, Trump has plunged deeper into a racially charged strategy meant to bolster his support among White Americans who feel threatened by the cultural change sweeping America after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

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Trump praises, retweets video of supporter shouting ‘white power!’ at anti-Trump demonstrators

The “white power!” cry and hand sign is impossible to miss, happening in the first 15 seconds of the video. The video itself focuses on angry confrontations between pro- and anti-Trump seniors in the retirement community, and can hardly be seen as flattering for the racist idiot-manchild.

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Judge orders the release of children held in ICE detention facilities over risks from COVID-19

As the Times reports, Judge Gee’s order explicitly criticizes ICE over how shelters are not following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The shelters have not made enough space for those being held to practice social distancing, or halted practices that put large numbers of detainees together. Neither the detainees nor staff at the facilities are consistently wearing masks despite CDC recommendations.

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Newly released audio details 911 dispatcher’s concerns watching George Floyd arrest

When alerted to the officer’s troubling behavior, the supervisor responded that the officers did not tell him anything and that he would “find out” what was happening. BuzzFeed News noted that the Minneapolis Police Department’s policy requires officers to notify supervisors when force is being used outside of standard “takedown techniques,” or methods to bring a person to the ground during an arrest.

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Protesters describe the police brutality they’ve faced while protesting police brutality

At demonstration after demonstration, officers have met peaceful protesters, who are condemning the police killing of George Floyd — and police violence more broadly — with disproportionate and brutal force, often for no reason but to “disperse” a crowd. It’s an approach that’s only illustrated how quick police can be to use violent tactics, particularly against black individuals.

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Trump announces plan for return to campaign rallies and ‘racially charged’ doesn’t begin to cover it

ississippi, as Trump’s effort to acknowledge the history of racism and reach out to Black voters. Which seems … unlikely to go well, especially with Trump in front of a rally crowd, the exact environment in which he often goes on his most vicious rants. The plan was also announced the same day Trump ruled out renaming military bases named after Confederate leaders, so it’s not like he was in the mood for a big turnaround on racism.

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Protests in the US: America’s contradictions are breaking wide open

I thought of al-Sahhaf in that moment because Trump’s photo op felt not like a prelude to victory but a weird admission of defeat. I want to be clear: The forces of so-called “law and order” that Trump purported to support still very much run rampant on American streets. But Trump’s actions and demeanor weren’t those of a president convinced he was about to win a great victory. They were those of a political leader doing whatever he could to shore up his base. He didn’t seem assured; he seemed panicky.

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