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  1. The “great uniter” unites America:

    Trump is ignoring top advisers urging him to dial down his divisive rhetoric as George Floyd protests sweep the US, report says

    –As protests against police brutality sweep through American cities following the death of George Floyd, advisers have urged Trump to moderate his rhetoric, reported The New York Times.
    –The president has been accused of stoking unrest with tweets threatening tough measures against protesters, including one which was screened by Twitter for “glorifying violence.”
    –But the pleas of advisers to promote unity are proving ineffective, said the report, with the president continuing to target Democrats and the “radical left” in messages on Saturday.

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    Trump loathes the free press. All dictators do. Thank God for the free press.

    Journalists Detail Being Hit By Rubber Bullets, Attacked While Covering Nationwide Protests

    MSNBC host Ali Velshi, who has been reporting live from Minneapolis, tweeted Saturday that he had been hit by rubber bullets “but I am fine,” he posted. “State police supported by National Guard fired unprovoked into an entirely peaceful rally.”

    Prominent CNN commentator Keith Boykin posted details of his arrest while covering protests in New York. “The NYPD arrested me at 96th Street and West Side Highway while I was taking photos and video to post to Twitter.

    I told the police I was with the Press, they walked by me and then turned around and arrested me,” he wrote Saturday evening once he was released. “The police locked me in tight zip ties that bruised my wrists. They held me in a van for an hour. Then a hot police bus for an hour. Then they took me to 1 Police Plaza and held me in a jail cell with about 35 others with no social distancing and many of the others unmasked.”

    KCRW’s Cerise Castle tweeted Saturday that she was struck while covering massive protests in Los Angeles, where residents gathered at The Grove for a peaceful gathering until the situation escalated. “LAPD just shot me and protestors gathered at Beverly & Fairfax with rubber bullets.

    I was holding my press badge above my head,” said Castle, whose Twitter bio lists associations with other news outlets including Vice News and The Daily Beast.

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    ‘No Blame?’ ABC News finds 54 cases invoking ‘Trump’ in connection with violence, threats, alleged assaults

    A nationwide review conducted by ABC News has identified at least 54 criminal cases where Trump was invoked in direct connection with violent acts, threats of violence or allegations of assault.

    ABC News could not find a single criminal case filed in federal or state court where an act of violence or threat was made in the name of President Barack Obama or President George W. Bush.

    The 54 cases identified by ABC News are remarkable in that a link to the president is captured in court documents and police statements, under the penalty of perjury or contempt.

    These links are not speculative – they are documented in official records.

    And in the majority of cases identified by ABC News, it was perpetrators themselves who invoked the president in connection with their case, not anyone else.

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