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Trump Now Plans to Call for News Outlets to Fire Reporters, Pundits He Feels Made False Accusations Against Him

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President Donald Trump wants vengeance now that special counsel Robert Mueller has turned in his report, which Attorney General William Barr says shows no evidence of conspiracy or obstruction.

The president is claiming the report exonerates him from allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, and now Trump wants to punish his enemies who reported on the nearly two-year investigation, reported Axios.

Trump called for an investigation of his critics and cast himself as a victim within an hour of learning Mueller’s findings.

“Aides say Trump plans to … call for organizations to fire members of the media and former government officials who he believes made false accusations about him,” the Washington Post reported.

Barr’s summary shows that Mueller did not find evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign or its associates conspired or coordinated with the Russian government, and Mueller wrote that he did not conclude Trump committed a crime, but he made clear his findings did not exonerate the president.

The report represents a huge political win for the president, who will use Mueller’s findings to cast doubt on investigations by House Democrats, and Trump’s allies are already calling for investigations of the investigators.

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Watch: Trump Threatens to ‘Put Down Very Quickly’ Democrats Who Take to the Streets in Protest if He Wins Re-Election

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President Donald Trump promises to “put down” Democrats who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights to protest in the streets if he wins re-election.

“We’ll put them down very quickly if they do that. We have the right to do that. We have the power to do that, if we want,” Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro in a taped interview that will air Saturday, as Politico reports.

“Look, it’s called insurrection,” the president added. “We just send in, and we do it very easy. I mean, it’s very easy. I’d rather not do that because there’s no reason for it, but if we had to, we’d do that and put it down within minutes.”

For months Trump has been deploying into American cities paramilitary SWAT teams of federal secret police with no insignias or name badges, armed with assault weapons, who have been tear gassing U.S. citizens protesting police killings of unarmed Black people.

Included among these highly-armed elite tactical agents are members of the U.S. Border Patrol’s BORTAC unit who receive “enhanced Special Forces-type training, including sniper certification,” The New York Times has reported. These “officers typically conduct high-risk operations targeting individuals who are known to be violent, many of them with extensive criminal records.”

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Claiming ‘Radical Left Indoctrination’ Trump Threatens Tax-Exempt Status of Schools and Universities After Two Sue Him

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Barely days after at least two top universities announced they are suing him, President Donald Trump on Friday attacked America’s universities and school systems and threatened to revoke their tax-exempt status.

Claiming they are engaging in “Radical Left Indoctrination,” “Propaganda,” and “Act[ing] Against Public Policy,” Trump claimed he would order the Treasury Dept. to “re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status.”

This week Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), two venerable institutions of higher learning, announced they are suing the administration after Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) announced students legally in the U.S. on student visas will be deported if their classes go online and they do not switch to schools that require in-person classroom learning.

Trump’s threat is a transparent attempt to force all schools across the nation to re-open in the fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday the president claimed “they” don’t want to let schools re-open, which he called an attempt to hurt his re-election chances.

“We have to get our schools open, and stop this political nonsense,” Trump insisted. “And it’s only political nonsense.”

While it’s unlikely Trump can actually revoke their tax-exempt status, both schools, and many others, are awarded government contracts for research, which could be pulled, as the Trump administration has done in the past.

Ethics expert Walter Shaub responded by calling Trump a “would-be dictator” who “wants to withhold funding based on the content of speech. So much for the Constitution.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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‘Should Be Executed’: Bolton Book Exposes Depth of Trump’s Hatred of Reporters

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President Donald Trump and his entire administration never waste an opportunity to attack reporters, journalists, the mainstream media, and others who deliver Americans the news.

Trump’s former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, is about to release a new book next week, and in it he reveals exactly how much hatred the President of the United States has for reporters.

Bolton, according to The Washington Post, says Trump called reporters “scumbags” during a 2019 meeting in New Jersey.

Trump, in fact, was willing to unilaterally ignore the First Amendment.

Trump, Bolton alleges, according to the Washington Post, said, “journalists should be jailed so they have to divulge their sources.”

The President, who took an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” the U.S. Constitution, did not stop there.

“These people should be executed,” Trump told his National Security Advisor.  “They are scumbags.”

That was not the only attack on the U.S. Constitution Trump made during Bolton’s time in the White House.

“Bolton attributes a litany of shocking statements to the president,” The Post reveals. “Trump said invading Venezuela would be ‘cool’ and that the South American nation was ‘really part of the United States.'”

It is not.

Trump also asked President Xi of China to help him win re-election, an offense so grave it mirrors Trump’s Ukraine quid pro quo for which he was impeached.

And disturbingly, “Trump told Xi that Americans were clamoring for him to change constitutional rules to serve more than two terms,” according to the book.

Americans are not clamoring for Trump to change the U.S. Constitution so he can serve a third term. In fact, according to several polls, Trump is behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by double digits.

 

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