Brexit Inspires US Separatists, Top Aide Defends Trump’s Improvisation, And The Daily Reality Of Terror

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June 27, 2016

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America’s Own Separatists Are All Kinds Of Fired Up After Brexit

The Gist: Separatists, secessionists and 51st state advocates see Brexit as an opportunity to finally show tepid supporters there is a path forward to revolt against their current borders.

Top Aide: Trump Doesn’t Need To Know What’s Going On To Make Decisions (VIDEO)

The Gist: Trump’s campaign chair highlighted his candidate’s unique ability to make decisions on the fly.

Jan Brewer Lashes Out At Obama: Stop Calling Us ‘Bigots And Racists’ (VIDEO)

The Gist: Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) railed against Obama and complained that Republicans are frequently labeled as bigots.

From The Reporter’s Notebook


The Bundys are back: by association, anyway. As TPM’s Katherine Krueger reported, William Keebler, the leader of the Patriots Defense Force militia group in Utah, was arrested for allegedly trying to detonate homemade bombs at a BLM building in Arizona. According to court documents, Keebler scouted the area he wanted to attack – to go on the “offensive” against the feds – with LaVoy Finicum, the Bundy associate who was killed during the standoff earlier this year in Oregon.

Agree or Disagree?


Josh Marshall: “I see a very different or much more specific pattern in the country whose politics I know best, the USA, and the demographics and the voting parallels seem evident enough in Britain as well. Put simply, Trumpism and the greater arc of rightist politics in the US in recent years seems to follow this pattern. A declining but still very large fraction of the population which feels that it is losing power, wealth and something between ethnic familiarity and dominance to rising segments of the society. To map this on to the specifics of US society this pits a one group that is both older and whiter against another that is generally younger and less white.”

Say What?!


“When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry.”

– When asked about the consequences of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, Trump talked about his own golf resort.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive


From a TPM Prime member: “I wonder how this actually unfolds. I will be curious to see if when it comes time to actually do something, and they’re looking over the edge of the cliff into the abyss, if they perhaps find a way to take a few steps back and toss their hat and shoes into the darkness, in exchange for not throwing the whole body in. In other words, politicians will still be looking to keep their jobs, and when it comes time to actually decouple the UK from the EU, they may look for ways to technically meet the criteria while in practice leaving most valuable elements in place. (At least that’s what I’d be trying to do if I were a politician there.) So, I’ll be looking for half-measures, swapping of comprehensive EU agreements for small a la carte agreements with the EU, long sunset periods for expiring provisions, etc.”

Related: Some American conservatives took a victory lap after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

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What We’re Reading


The daily reality of terror. (Los Angeles Times)

Mental illness and murder. (The Boston Globe)


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