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  • Today Donald Trump claimed not to know anything about David Duke and refused to disavow support from the former KKK leader, even though he’s done so in the past. Here’s the video:

  • Senator Jeff Sessions endorsed Donald Trump, which is unfortunate and stupid, since Sessions will now be answering questions about his support for the KKK.

  • Jean-Marie Le Pen endorsed Donald Trump. Le Pen has been fined by a French court for making racist remarks, so Trump seems to attract this crowd.

  • Walter Hudson believes Donald Trump is a fascist and a tyrant: “Trump exhibits the vindictiveness of an undisciplined child, coupled with an eagerness to satisfy that impulse with force… It wasn’t all that long ago that conservatives were up in arms over Lois Lerner and the Obama administration’s using the IRS to target conservative groups. What do you think Trump will do, given power and the slightest provocation? This is a guy who defines other people by their personal allegiance to him. Question the leader at your peril.” In a 1990 interview with Playboy, Trump said this of Mikhail Gorbachev: “Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it. That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.” In response to a follow-up question on China, Trump said, “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world –”

  • Kevin Williamson explains libel to Donald Trump:

    Because a claim must be false to be libelous, truth is an absolute defense against libel. So, for instance, if I write that Donald Trump is a blazing jackass who has driven his companies into bankruptcy four times, mainly because he doesn’t know how to handle debt, Trump can’t do anything about that, because it is true. If I write that Trump is poorly positioned to take on Wall Street because he owes practically every bank on the street enormous sums of money, I’m golden, because it is true. If I write that Donald J. Trump is a lowlife who has cheated on his wives and betrayed his own family and the families of others through his remarkable personal commitment to adultery, Trump has no recourse, because this is true. If I write that the fact that Melania Trump was a client of Trump’s dopey little modeling agency strikes me as creepy indeed — I advocate the separation of sex and payroll — I’m on solid ground, because the facts of the case are not in dispute. If I write that you credulous yokels who believe that Trump is self-funding his presidential campaign have fallen for an obvious lie, I am protected by the fact that this is documented truth.

    The second issue — whether a claim is defamatory — can get complicated. “Defamation” means damaging someone’s reputation, and if you are a serial adulterer, serial bankrupt, serial liar, an incompetent, and a tangerine-colored buffoon with the worst comb-over in the history of comb-overs, it is difficult to damage your reputation.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he does not accept a constitutional court’s ruling that his government’s arrest of two opposition journalists violated their rights. The journalists published video footage that showed Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization shipping arms to Syria. To my knowledge Erdogan has yet to endorse Donald Trump.

  • The New York Times reported that Marco Rubio was the Gang of Eight’s chief envoy to conservative media, including Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes of Fox News; Fox News subsequently soft-pedaled the Gang of Eight immigration bill. It’s no wonder that Republicans’ perception of Fox News has been trending downward.

  • A Prince William County, Virginia police officer, Ashley Guindon, was killed on her first patrol as she responded to a domestic violence call. Two other police officers were wounded. A U.S. Army staff sergeant named Ronald Williams Hamilton has been arrested and charged; Hamilton murdered his wife (who had called 911) before the police arrived.

  • Two ISIS suicide bombers killed at least 59 people and wounded 95 more at an outdoor market in eastern Baghdad.

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