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Trump laments removal of 'beautiful statues and monuments' celebrating fight for human enslavement (kerry Eleveld) · Thursday, August 17, 2017, 9:58 am

The hole isn’t big enough yet, folks. Trump’s back for a second round on Thursday morning…
Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
He added two more tweets to that thread:
...can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also... ...the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!
Because no one has a firmer grasp on historical context than Trump, especially when he’s parroting the talking the points of racists and neo-Nazis—as it appears the Daily Stormer site bragged about him doing:

Trump "uses our talking points - that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are next after the Confederate monuments and that they're trying to destroy our history."

Once again, tearing down monuments of people who have no real accomplishments other than to go to war for slavery is not the same thing as tearing down tributes to the Founding Fathers who, while not perfect, actually had accomplishments worthy of note besides owning slaves.

This was Trump’s second round of deep thoughts Thursday morning. In the first, he endeavored to use the term “moral equivalency,” as if he knew what it meant. The problem there is that you have to have some vague sense of morality to understand the turn of phrase.

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Donald Trump's lawyer equates Lee and Washington, says FBI and BLM are run by terrorists (mark Sumner) · Thursday, August 17, 2017, 9:58 am

John Dowd, the head of Donald Trump’s legal team, forwarded a letter on Wednesday that was filled with neo-Confederate distortions, racist justifications, and accusations that both the FBI and Black Lives Matters have been infiltrated by terrorists. The letter was not a random note floating through Dowd’s email stream. It was specifically titled “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville” and addresses Trump’s giving moral equivalency to murderous Nazis and those standing up to Nazis, by tossing on more more equivalency. In particular, the letter includes a list of items asserting that Robert E. Lee and George Washington were exactly the same.

Both owned slaves.

Both rebelled against the ruling government. …

Neither man is any different than Napoleon, Shaka Zulu, Alexander the Great, Ramses II, etc.

You cannot be against General Lee and for General Washington, there literally is no difference between the two men.

No difference. Once you ignore motive, morality, and how one of these two men was at the head of an army that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans in the name of owning other Americans. How, exactly, Washington is supposed to be similar to Napoleon, Ramses II, or any other member of the list within the list is unclear.

The letter forwarded by Dowd was actually written by Jerome Almon. Whose positions go a step beyond the statements Donald Trump has already made demaning the FBI and and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The email’s author, Jerome Almon, runs several websites alleging government conspiracies and arguing that the F.B.I. has been infiltrated by Islamic terrorists.

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Republicans Have A New Plot To Gut Medicaid And They Don't Need Congress

Alice Ollstein · Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:10 am

A wave of Republican-controlled states are petitioning the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for permission to enact measures that will knock more people off Medicaid and the Trump administration has signaled they will give a green light to these efforts.

After the collapse of Obamacare repeal in Congress, which would have cut hundreds of billions of dollars and millions of people from Medicaid–the public health insurance program for the poor–red states and their allies in the Trump administration are preparing to use a powerful administrative tool as a backdoor route to that same goal.

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Family Says FBI Knew Alleged Oklahoma Bomb Plotter Had Mental Health Issues

Allegra Kirkland · Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 4:08 pm

The family of the 23-year-old man arrested this weekend for allegedly trying to set off what he thought was a large car bomb outside an Oklahoma City bank has accused the FBI of knowingly entrapping an individual who suffers from severe mental health issues.

In the culmination of a months-long FBI sting operation, Jerry Drake Varnell, a 23-year-old Sayre, Oklahoma resident, was charged with planning to blow up the BancFirst building in an anti-government plot modeled after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing attack that killed dozens.

A federal criminal complaint against Varnell does not reference his history of mental illness, which is documented in state records related to a 2013 assault against his then-wife.

Varnell was charged with one felony count of domestic assault and battery by strangulation after sexually and physically assaulting his then-wife in the apartment they shared in February 2013, when he was a student at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

The woman told police that Varnell had a “schizophrenic episode” that caused him to believe “he would die at midnight and needed to impregnate her,” according to a probable cause affidavit. She told police that when she declined, Varnell smothered her face with a pillow until she passed out, and that when she awoke, he was “raping her.”

Varnell ultimately pleaded no contest and received a five-year deferred sentence. Plea documents show that he had received a diagnosis for schizophrenic affective disorder the month of his arrest on the assault and battery charge.

Varnell’s attorney, Terri Coulter, did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment from TPM. Melonie Varnell, the suspect’s mother, and Cade Varnell, the suspect’s brother, also did not immediately respond to Facebook messages seeking comment.

In a Monday interview with the Daily Beast, Melonie Varnell said that her son had been hospitalized six times since age 16 as a result of his schizophrenia, and that his alleged involvement in the bombing plot was brought on by the paranoia and conspiracies inherent to his illness.

“Without the Haldol, he thinks he’s Jesus, he’s tried to make gold before, he’s chased trolls. He’s very mentally ill,” Melonie Varnell told the Daily Beast, referring to the medication her son takes.

“I consider this entrapment,” she added. “They got him to do this. We live two hours from Oklahoma City.”

In a statement to HuffPost, Varnell’s mother noted that the well-equipped “bunker” the FBI said her son maintained in the backyard was just a “storm shelter” that the family used for storage.

Varnell faces between five and 20 years in prison for the alleged bomb plot, which came about after a confidential informant and an undercover FBI agent helped him gain access to what he believed were explosive materials, according to the complaint. He also allegedly made comments in support of the anti-government “III %” movement and repeatedly said he wanted to destroy federal property.

His detention hearing is set for Aug. 22.


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