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‘I Have My Own Opinions, You Can Have Your Own Opinions’

President Donald Trump abruptly walked away and ended an interview with CBS News‘ John Dickerson Monday morning. Dickerson had just pressed the President on his lie accusing then-President Barack Obama of wiretapping him. 

Dickerson, a highly-regarded journalist known for his unique questioning style, is the news network’s Chief Washington Correspondent and the host of “Face the Nation.”

Discussing his predecessor in the Oval Office, Trump said President Obama “was very nice to me but after that we’ve had some difficulties.”

“Words are less important to me than deeds, and you saw what happened with surveillance,” Trump offered. Back on March 4, Trump falsely claimed that President Obama wiretapped him – for which, nearly two months later, Trump has still provided zero evidence.

President Trump told Dickerson he thought President Obama’s alleged actions were “inappropriate.”

“You can figure that out yourself,” Trump told Dickerson, when asked to explain what he meant.

The CBS News anchor, who had just interviewed Trump for Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” reminded the president he had called Obama “sick” and “bad.” 

“Look, you can figure it out yourself,” Trump repeated. “He was very nice to me with words, and when I was with him, but after that there has been no relationship,” Trump insisted.

“But you stand by that claim?” asked Dickerson.

“I don’t stand by anything,” an increasingly defensive Trump responded. “You can take it any way you want. I think our side’s been proven very strongly,” Trump claimed. He went on to say that it’s “a very big surveillance of our citizens,” it should be the “number one” issue, and “we should find out what the hell is going on.”

Of course, as president, Trump has the tools, resources, and means to move the issue forward, but he has done nothing of worth to do so.

Trump again repeated, “You can take it any way you want.”

“But I’m asking you,” Dickerson said, “because you don’t want it to be fake news. I want to hear it from President Trump.”

“You don’t have to ask me,” Trump interjected.

“Why not?” Dickerson asked.

“Because I have my own opinions,” Trump said. “You can have your own opinions.”

“But I want to hear your opinions. You’re the President of the United States,” Dickerson responded.

“OK, that’s enough. Thank you. Thank you very much.”

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And with that, President Trump waved his hand, walked away, sat at his desk in the Oval office, picked up the few papers on his desk and began to read them, as he appeared to be frustrated and pouting.

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Earlier today Trump had claimed that Andrew Jackson was very upset about the Civil War, which began 16 years after the late President’s death, and asked why no one was able to work it out.

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Trump Says He Will Make SCOTUS Nomination Next Week – Appears He Will Use Seat to Strengthen Where He Is Weak in Polls

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President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “next week.”

He made clear his primary deciding factors will be to help him in the polls.

Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon “most likely” he will choose a woman.

CNN reports he is leaning towards choosing a woman mostly because he is doing poorly in the polls with women.

Trump spoke about two women judges. He talked about Barbara Lagoa, noting she is Hispanic and from Florida. He is struggling in the polls with Hispanics and in Florida.

Reporters also asked about Amy Coney Barrett, a far right wing anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ extremist. Trump spoke positively about her as well. Reports say she is the current frontrunner.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Republican state leaders threaten violence in “coming war” with Black Lives Matter

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Michael Brown, member of the Johnson Country commission

This week, two local Republican leaders published and then deleted social media posts which threatened violence in an imminent right-wing clash against Black Lives Matter and Antifa (anti-fascist) activists.

First, Iron County, Utah commissioner Paul Cozzens published a now-deleted picture showing a soldier with a gun and the words: “Warning to BLM & Antifa—Once you’ve managed to defund & eliminate the police, there’s nobody protecting you from us. Remember that.”

Cozzens later told Newsweek that he never supports violence against protestors but merely wanted to say that “If we defund the police, fathers and mothers will be forced to protect their families and properties which would descend us into anarchy.”

What Cozzens may not realize is that many Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists already believe that police do a terrible job protecting them from right-wing violence. Such activists have sometimes been subject to violence from the police themselves, bringing into doubt the whole question of whether police “protect” them from anything.

Second, Michael Brown — a Republican member of the Johnson County Commission in Kansas City, Missouri — published a now-deleted Facebook message in which he urged his followers to “buy a firearm and ammunition” for “the coming war” that is both “inevitable” and caused by left-wing police reform activists and Democratic leaders who are “silent” and “weak.”

“[This] isn’t a joke or hyperbole,” Brown wrote. “I’d rather fight and die than live in their dictated world.”

In response, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas wrote on Twitter, “At a time when heated rhetoric rarely surprises me, I have to admit shock in seeing something like this from a local elected. Gross distortions; encouraging constituents to prepare for armed war w/political opponents? This is reckless. This is racist. This is wrong. Just stop.”

Brown later said that he had made the post in response to Monday reports of a gunman who opened fire on a parked sheriff’s squad car, killing two officers in Los Angeles. Brown said he was “speaking out against violence and calling on other electeds, community leaders and citizens to do the same.”

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Dept. of Education threatens to withhold $18 million from schools that let transgender athletes compete

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Betsy DeVos at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE), led by Betsy DeVos (pictured above), is threatening to withhold $18 million in federal funds from three Connecticut school districts unless they stop following the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s guidelines allowing transgender athletes to compete in sports.

The DOE’s Office for Civil Rights sent a letter to the Groton, Hartford and New Haven school districts telling them that allowing trans students to compete in sports teams matching their gender identities violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a subsection of the law that requires federally funded institutions not to discriminate on the basis of sex.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong has pledged to “vigorously oppose” defunding efforts, but the state’s Democratic Governor Ned Lamont has said he doesn’t want to lose federal dollars over the policy, potentially placing it at risk.

The anti-LGBTQ legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is currently suing five Connecticut school districts over the same policy for the same reasons. The suit, brought by the parents of three cisgender female track athletes makes the same Title IX claims as the DOE and claims that trans girls have an unfair physical advantage which could prevent their daughters from advancing in competitions and winning college scholarships.

Earlier in her tenure, DeVos rolled back Obama-era protections allowing trans students to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity. She later admitted that she did this even though she knew that it could lead to increased harassment, depression, and possibly suicide among transgender students.

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