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Trump Threatens Countries Over 2026 World Cup

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President Donald Trump Thursday night literally threatened countries around the world voting over who will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer games.

“The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup,” Trump said on Twitter. “It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”

According to World Cup rules, countries in Europe and Asia, including Russia, are not eligible to host the 2026 Games. The only other official bid is from Morocco.

Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl last month wrote, “we should not be surprised if the 53 African countries vote for Morocco, in part because Morocco is an African country. But also because I think it’s pretty natural that a lot of these countries would not want to vote for the U.S. when it has a leader who has called African countries “s**thole” countries.”

Voting is next month.

Trump has never before shown an interest in the World Cup, at least on Twitter.

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Presidential Advisor Pierson: Was Lincoln Racist?

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Katrina Pierson

Senior advisor for President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, Katrina Pierson, has pushed back on criticism about the low number of Black peoplein the administration by comparing the Trump administration to that of President Lincoln more than 150 years prior. 

The comments came up on “Politics Nation” on MSNBC this Saturday, as host Reverend Al Sharpton attempted to get Pierson and panelist David Brock of Media Matters fo America to name a single black staff member of the President. 

“Historically, Republicans and Democrats have had major figures of the black community in the West Wing as part of their senior staff and administration,” said Sharpton. “Who are the blacks in the West Wing under President Trump?”

Pierson countered, “You mean those who took the job or those who were offered? Because those are two entirely different questions.” 

“Everything has to be made about race, reverend… I’m not going to participate if you’re going to continue to paint this president as racist.” 

Sharpton tried to move away from the discussion to a point, turning to Brock to ask how Trump could really ask for black votes without having black people in the West Wing. 

Pierson jumped in, “there’s plenty of black people in the West Wing.”

“Well, I asked you to name them,” replied Sharpton.

“I’m not going to participate in the attempt to make this all about race,” said Pierson. “It is ridiculous. How many black people were in Abraham Lincoln’s West Wing?”

“Is Abraham Lincoln a racist because he didn’t have a black person in his White House? This is insane. This is an insane discussion,” added Pierson.

“You can’t name a black in the West Wing because we can’t find one, Katrina,” responded Sharpton. “I pity you. I’d sympathize with you, but telling me you applied, and other people? Come on. It’s unthinkable in the 21st century that even a spokesperson for President Trump can’t name a black in the West Wing.”

There was not, technically a “west wing” staff under Abraham Lincoln, That did not start in its modern configuration until the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.

View the exchange below:

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Trump Sings a Familiar Tune in Rage Against ‘Voter Fraud’

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Donald Trump at an October 2018 rally in Arizona

Donald trump took to his “bully pulpit” on Twitter to speak out about voter fraud.

This echoes statements made by the president prior to the 2016 election, and is stoking fears that he is attempting to pave the way to declare the elections in question if they do not go his way.

After the 2016 race, Trump claimed that voter fraud affected the outcome, stating that he actually won the popular vote, “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

The president’s assertion led to a Presidential Commission on Election Integrity in 2017, led by Kris Kobach. Kobach is now running for Governor in Kansas.

The commission was disbanded in January of this year, unable to prove the president’s assertions.

Voter fraud, in spite of claims by Trump, has not shown itself to be an issue of significance. Voter suppression, however, is a growing issue.

Officials in many states and localities have sought to curtail voting rights, most notably Brian Kemp, the Secretary of State for Georgia, who has purged over 300,000 votes from the state’s rolls in a move viewed by many as voter suppression.

Kemp is running for Governor in Georgia, and is in a tight race against opponent Stacey Abrams.

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Lindsey Graham Decides to Stick With Kavanaugh, Regardless of Testimony

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Lindsey Graham on Fox News Sunday

Lindsey Graham has decided in advance of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that he will not change his mind on Kavanaugh, no matter what she brings to the table.

On Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Graham laid out his opinion on the Ford accusation, saying “you can’t bring it in a criminal court, you would never sue civilly, you couldn’t even get a warrant. What am I supposed to do? Go ahead and ruin this guy’s life based on an accusation?

“I don’t know when it happened, I don’t know where it happened, and everybody named in regard to being there said it didn’t happen,” said Graham.

Ford’s testimony would seem to be the perfect time to get answers to the questions Graham doesn’t seem to have an answer to, but he doesn’t seem that interested.

“Unless there’s something more, no I’m not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh’s life over this,” Graham said.

In spite of his unwillingness to address the accusations, Graham claims that Ford would be treated “respectfully.”

“She should come forward, she should have her say, she will be respectfully treated,” He said, adding, “I’m not going to play a game here and tell you this will wipe out his entire life,” Graham added, “Because if nothing changes, it won’t with me.”

Graham also feels that Ford is simply being “used” by Democrats, claiming they have an “agenda” against Kavanaugh.

Ford is scheduled to testify on Thursday.

Watch the exchange below:

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