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A New Low For The Trump Presidency, And Other News: Your Prime Week-In-Review

GREENVILLE, NC - JULY 17: President Donald Trump speaks during a Keep America Great rally on July 17, 2019 in Greenville, North Carolina. Trump is speaking in North Carolina only hours after The House of Representati... GREENVILLE, NC - JULY 17: President Donald Trump speaks during a Keep America Great rally on July 17, 2019 in Greenville, North Carolina. Trump is speaking in North Carolina only hours after The House of Representatives voted down an effort from a Texas Democrat to impeach the President. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 20, 2019 9:00 am

This week was defined by a new level of overt racism from the President, and the utter failure of the overwhelming majority of those in his party to respond to it.

Here’s what happened in Prime.

  • A reader, the child of immigrants from India, writes: “I know Trump is a bully, I know he’s trying to rally his racist supporters, I know he’s trying to distract from other issues, but at the end of the day he’s challenging my identity as an American, as someone who BELONGS in this country. That causes real pain and real trauma.”
  • The GOP adopts a herd mentality when one of their own is guilty of racism, Matt Shuham writes.
  • A reader writes in about how a New York Times article changed his opinion of his favorite candidate.
  • Documents unsealed this week show panic in Trumpworld as the deal with Stormy Daniels almost collapsed in 2016.
  • Josh Kovensky digs into the bizarre details of the NRA’s planned giving program.
  • Josh Marshall writes: “I’ve noticed a pattern accelerating in recent days by which the latest outrage from the President — whether it’s a new bad act, suspicious DOJ decision, rape accusation or racist outburst — leads Democrats not to vituperation against the President but a new round of increasingly febrile agitation and attacks against the congressional leaders of their own party.”
  • A reader responds: “What’s missing here is any kind of communication from the party leadership that they feel the same apocalyptic urgency about the threat to democracy that the base does.”
  • The backstory behind that congressional rule that says you can’t call the president racist.
  •  Newly revealed emails show a jaw-dropping level of coziness between a Trump administration political staffer and his former employer, the right-wing advocacy group Texas Public Policy Foundation.
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