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MSNBC’s Ruhle: The Way White Nationalists Recruit Supporters Sounds Like What ISIS Does


MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle on Tuesday said the way white nationalists are able to recruit supporters "sounds like the same description we hear when we talk about ISIS." Director of the Anti-Defamation League Jonathan Greenblatt said the car-ramming at the Charlotteville protest that left one dead and many injured is the same technique Islamic extremists use. From Velshi's interview with ADL's Jonathan Greenblatt: ALI VELSHI, MSNBC HOST: So to Stephanie [Ruhle]'s point, they are actively recruiting. I guess it's important for us and our viewers to understand what their success looks like in actively recruiting so people know what we're up against here. Who are these recruits? Who do they get? JONATHAN GREENBLATT, ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE: Look, extremism is a problem in any form. Islamic extremists, left-wing extremists. But right-wing extremists, like other fringe groups, they try to exploit disaffected young people at an early stage in their lives in class techniques like — STEPHANIE RUHLE, MSNBC HOST: That sounds like the same description you hear when we talk about ISIS recruiters. Looking for young, male disenfranchised people. VELSHI: Like gang recruiters or the Germans with skin heads. It sounds like the group. GREENBLATT: It's very similar. It's no accident that the car-ramming took place. This young man James Fields who murdered the innocent Heather Heyer, they were using the same technique of car-ramming that has terrorized Tel Aviv, terrorized France, Germany. It's domestic terror. If it quacks like a duck and it walks like a duck, guess what, it's a duck.

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Rep. Gutierrez: Trump Will Give Illegal Immigrant Children Life Of “Hopelessness And Despair”


Rep. Luis Gutierrez warned President Trump will rescind the DACA program, which allows children brought to the U.S. by illegal immigrants to stay, before September 5th. Gutierrez said Trump directing then-FBI director James Comey to "stop" the investigation into Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn is criminal, not "beautiful" DREAMERS who have "come out out of the shadow." "I think he's going to rescind [DACA] before September 5th," Gutierrez lamented. "Those are people, Ari, that registered with the government, went through a background check, paid their taxes, are on the books. And he's going to give them a life of hopelessness and of despair after they've come out of the shadow." "To me, someone, who at the White House says, to the Attorney General, says to the Vice President, and to his son-in-law, 'leave the room' and then tells the head of the FBI, 'I want you to stop an investigation into [Michael] Flynn.' That to me is a criminal act of obstruction of justice; not those young, beautiful people who have come out and we love them. I see them as my own children," Gutierrez said.

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Will “Deep State Coup” Narrative Keep Trump Supporters Paranoid Enough To Stick With Him?


MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid comments on the idea that a 'Deep State' of Obama, Clinton and Bush loyalists in administrative government positions are undermining President Trump from from the inside. She says it is a "Breitbart World" conspiracy theory designed to keep Trump supporters "paranoid enough to stick with him JOY ANN REID: The other issue, the 'Breitbart World' has been using to try to get Trump's numbers back up is this 'Deep State' paranoia, the idea that there is a slow-motion coup going on in the West Wing, that people like Gen. Kelly and McMaster are undermining Trump and trying to push out the Breitbart contigent. Does that work in terms of keeping Donald Trump's base in place? Does it keep them paranoid enough to stick with him, or at some point will that even start to wear thin?

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Dem Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Trump Immigration Plan “Absolutely Racist,” My Parents Would Not Be Allowed In


In a Sunday morning appearance on MSNBC, Illinois Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez denounced the immigration reform bill announced this week by President Trump and Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue as "racist." In a statement last week, Gutierrez said the Republican plan made it clear that "if you are brown, black, Asian, or anything other than an English-speaking, highly-trained technician, the Republican Party doesn't want you here." "You're going to tell me that Senator Rubio's parents wouldn't have made it through this. My parents wouldn't have made it through it. They didn't have a college education, they couldn't speak English and, yet, Rubio went on to the Senate and I went on to the House of Representatives," he said about the move to make English language skills a factor in immigration policy. Gutierrez explained that the effort to get rid of The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is racist. The program makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually to randomly selected individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The Trump plan is to set up a merit-based system which takes into account technical and language abilities. "90% of the 'Diversity Visas' go to who?" Gutierrez asked rhetorically. "Black people. Who live in Africa– Sub-Saharan Africa and the Carribbean. And you're just going to eliminate it?" "I think this is absolutely a racist proposal… Senator Rubio's parents wouldn't have made it through this. My parents wouldn't have made it through it. They didn't have a college education, they couldn't speak English and, yet, Rubio went on to the Senate and I went on to the House of Representatives." "English has always been an important part of our immigration policy," he conceded. "But you know when you pass an English test? You pass it when you become a citizen of the United States. [Not before you arrive]." REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ: I think this is absolutely a racist proposal. If you take diversity visas– Everyone knows they want to eliminate them. 90% of the diversity visas go to who? Black people. Who live in Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa or the Caribbean. And you're just going to eliminate it? You're going to tell me that Senator Rubio's parents wouldn't have made it through this. My parents wouldn't have made it through it. They didn't have a college education, they couldn't speak English and, yet, Rubio went on to the Senate and I went on to the House of Representatives. I think this is an anti-American and it is based — Alex, when you talk about, when you have a President of the United States that walks down those escalators and announce he's running for president and says Mexicans are murderers, rapists, drug dealers and we need to get rid of them, and then you say, let's make English [a requirement]. English has always been an important part of our immigration policy, but you know when you pass an English test, Alex. You pass it when you become a citizen of the United States. When you want to take that ultimate step. That's always been there and I think it always will be.

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Dem Rep. Maxine Waters: “Information That Is Going To Come Out” About Trump And Russia Will Cause GOP Congress To Impeach


In a Sunday morning interview with MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters foreshadowed the release of "information that is going to come out about him, that would cause impeachment" by special counsel Robert Mueller. Waters explains that if the president tries to fire Mueller, Republicans in Congress could be persuaded to impeach President Trump: "I believe that many of our Republicans see themselves as being very patriotic. I think when their patriotism is questioned with facts and information, that Mueller can bring out, they're going to move away from [Trump], and I believe that impeachment is possible." Transcript: JOY ANN REID, MSNBC: I have spoken to you so many times about this question, if your colleagues on the other side of the aisle are prepared to reign this president in, using their Article One powers. You are starting to see that now — you saw the vote to limit his authority to roll back sanctions. Are you starting to see in your Republican colleagues a willingness to stand up to him? REP. MAXINE WATERS: I don't see it being shown by them in any profound way, but I talked with a few of them who are uncomfortable. I think some of them have not known how to handle this unusual situation. Others of them are just waiting to see if he is going to implode. And then they will know what to do. Many of them are not comfortable, and I believe that if Mueller does his job, if he is able to connect the dots, if he is able to show collusion, then we have got him, they will move away from him. REID: If Donald Trump makes a move to fire Rod Rosenstein, and then order the next replacement, or find a way to get… someone to fire Mueller, would the House of Representatives, under Republicans, vote to impeach him? WATERS: I believe that if he if he moves on Mueller, that he has crossed a line. And I think they're going to move away from him. And it is a combination of that kind of thing, and the information that is going to come out about him, that would cause impeachment. I believe that many of our Republicans see themselves as being very patriotic. I think when their patriotism is questioned with facts and information, that Mueller can bring out, they're going to move away from him, I believe that impeachment is possible.

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Dem Rep. Maxine Waters: Leakers “Trying To Tell Us Something,” They Wouldn’t Do That To A Credible President


In a Sunday morning interview with MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid, Rep. Maxine Waters said the need to find out what "not credible" President Trump is up to outweighs the executive's need for confidentiality, when it comes to leaks, including leaks regarding classified and national security matters: "Of course we don't want classified information leaked out," Waters explained. "But I don't think they would do that with a credible president." Trump has been leaked about more than any other president, she says, because: "They're doing that to this president because he defined himself as someone that cannot be trusted. Someone that will get this country in trouble." Waters concludes: "I welcome the leaks. I welcome the information." She added bluntly: "That keeps us focused on him and talking about what is wrong with him." JOY ANN REID: So you don't agree with those who say wait, this is a national security problem, we should not be leaking these conversations? Not really, because the first thing they need to do is start with the president. He gave classified information to Russians in the White House. Our ally, Israel, was very upset with us. So start with him, number one. Number two, if people around you are leaking in the way they're doing, they're trying to tell us something. Of course we don't want classified information leaked out, and I don't think they would do that with a credible president. They're doing that to this president because he defined himself as someone that cannot be trusted. Someone that will get this country in trouble. And so I welcome the leaks. I welcome the information. That keeps us focused on him and talking about what is wrong with him. REID: Were you embarrassed by the content of those communications with Mexico and Australia? WATERS: It was so embarrassing. Can you believe that the President of the United States would call the President of Mexico and try to get him to act against his own best interests, by saying please, don't say that you won't pay, you know, for building this wall. You're getting me in trouble. Why don't we just say we'll work it out. How dishonest can you be?

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Shaffer: Continuing Losing Policies In Afghanistan “Definition Of Insanity”


COL. TONY SCHAFFER: We have refought the war one year at a time. There are three problems here. First: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. That's what we have here. I understand the president's frustration and his point. Let me be blunt. General Eisenhower, the commander of Allied forces during World War II would not have gotten a second chance at D-Day. If he blew the invasion, he wouldn't have remained commander. That's I think the president's point. I think what we have is a belief of doing process and doing the process well is success and that's not the case… Going back and giving me the same strategies and ideas over and over again that haven't worked before, giving them to me nicer package is not the answer.There are ultimate solutions and that's where I think there are things you need to consider.

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Rep. Charlie Dent: “Not Yet Convinced Putin Wants To Invade The Baltics”


Rep. Charlie Dent makes the case that the new sanctions against Russia are designed to "deter" Russian aggression, not to provoke it. "It is pretty rich for Vladimir Putin to say — here they are, those poor wicked Estonians," Dent joked. "We don't want a conflict with the Russians — nobody does, but we didn't enter Ukraine, we didn't enter Georgia, we didn't undermine the Baltics." "I'm not yet convinced that Putin does want to invade the Baltics — I certainly hope he doesn't. But I think the best way to keep Putin out of the Baltics is by showing him that we are serious about Ukraine," he added. "I've been to Ukraine — they are begging us for lethal weapons… to help deter this agresson," he concluded.

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Sen. Markey: Trump Trying To “Delegate Responsibility” For Afghan War; “Scapegoating Generals”


MSNBC's Katy Tur asks Democratic Sen. Ed Markey about President Trump's comments about the war in Afghanistan. The White House downplayed reports Thursday that Trump was considering firing Gen. John Nicholson, the top US military commander in Afghanistan. KATY TUR, MSNBC Does he have a point? Is it time to change things up there? SEN. ED MARKET (D-MA): If he wants to change things up,than he should have a meeting where he announces what the new strategy is. The generals have presented him with his options in Afghanistan. They're there in front of him, for him to make the decision as commander in chief. What he is trying to do is delegate the responsibility down the chain to the generals and those behind him. If he wants to change policy, if he wants to "win" in Afghanistan, he should sit there, bring people in again, because the strategies have been presented to him, and make a decision. But this scapegoating of generals, who are just doing their job and waiting for the commander and chief to do his job, it is just inappropriate and wrong. TUR: How do you define a win in Afghanistan? MARKEY: That's what we're waiting for President Trump to announce. What does he define as a win after 16 years in Afghanistan?

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