Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Donald Trump has apparently decided it is not a good idea to pay the legal fees of violent extremists at his rallies who he encourages to beat protestors. And he's told us this in the form of claiming he never said he wanted to in the first place.

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For all the intensity and escalation of the last 72 hours, the biggest tell isn't the canceled event in Chicago, the protestor rushing the stage in Dayton or the stunning announcement from Trump this morning that he wants to cover the legal bills of the supporter who sucker punched a protestor late last week in Fayetteville. The biggest tell is hiding there in plain sight and yet oddly out of view. Donald Trump realized that he needed to tamp down the heat of his campaign going into last week, not to forestall violence or do the right thing but for a very specific tactical reason. He is on the brink of securing the Republican nomination. But to have a nomination that is worth anything he needs at least the acquiescence of GOP party stakeholders. He told us as much. Thus the repeated calls to unity, the more sedate debate performance and even the rather bizarre invocations of the 'two Donald Trumps.' But that's not how it's ended up. And it's important to consider why.

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Today we appear to be going further and further into uncharted territory. After the cancellation of Trump's event yesterday in Chicago, we had the incident at the rally in Dayton, Ohio in which a protestor, Thomas Dimassimo, jumped the security perimeter surrounding Trump and tried to rush the speaking platform. Dimassimo was charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic and later released on bail. At a subsequent event and on Twitter, Trump claimed that Dimassimo was tied to ISIS, apparently on the basis of a hoax video his staff found on Youtube. At yet another event this evening Trump called for the mass arrest of protestors, noting that arrest records would leave an "arrest mark" and "ruin the rest of their lives." Trump also repeatedly blamed "communist" Bernie Sanders for what now appear to be the almost constant protests and disruptions at his rallies.

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Chilling, surreal video. Trump supporters streaming out of rally. One yells either at a protestor or member of the press (not clear whether this is considered a distinction any more): "Go to Auschwitz. Go to fucking Auschwitz." Video after the jump

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The New York Times is out with a fascinating look at what led to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the years of spadework and, in the Times telling, a night of humiliation in 2011 that helped galvanize Trump's drive for power and respect in the political world. The night is the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, April 30th, 2011. Trump has already begun his bid to put a footprint in the political world by trying to become the leader of the 'birther' movement, which is to say, the tribal leader of idiots. So he's come as a guest to the White House Correspondents Association dinner, which makes sense since it is where celebrity and political power meet up every year.

But Donald gets much more than he bargained for.

For backers of President Obama, watching him deliver a comedic routine - which every president does at this dinner - is a unique treat. Obama has impeccable comedic timing and an uncanny amount of what the French call sang froid - coolness under pressure. As comedy, it is biting.

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