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  • Everyone Is Noticing Trump's Newest Immigration Comments Mirror The Jeb Bush Plan He Mocked

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    Media figures promptly began calling out the similarities between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s newest immigration policy suggestions and policies Trump previously criticized Jeb Bush for pushing during the Republican primaries.

    During an August 24 town hall with Fox host Sean Hannity, Trump appeared to shift from his previous plan to “deport all undocumented immigrants,” as CNN put it. Trump told Hannity’s town hall that he would not grant undocumented immigrants citizenship, but that he would “work with them” if they “pay back taxes.”

    On the August 25 edition of Good Morning America, ABC’s Jon Karl remarked that Trump’s newfound position on immigration “sounds a heck of a lot like what Jeb Bush proposed during the Republican primaries,” which Karl said Trump attacked at the time as “amnesty.”

    The core of Trump’s newfound immigration policy bears strong resemblance to Bush’s prior proposals. In August 2015, Bush published a plan that would have required undocumented immigrants to “pass a thorough criminal background check, pay fines, pay taxes, learn English, obtain a provisional work permit and work, [and] not receive federal government assistance” in order to eventually earn “legal status” but not citizenship.

    At a Republican primary debate, Trump told moderators that Jeb Bush was “the weakest person on this stage by far on illegal immigration,” adding, “He is so weak on illegal immigration it’s laughable, and everybody knows it.” Additionally, on August 22, 2015, Trump tweeted:

    Other outlets have also noted the similarities between Trump’s newest position and Bush’s policy proposal. While discussing Trump’s most recent stance on immigration, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough remarked, “Jeb Bush, your immigration stand has prevailed in the Republican Party.” NBC News reported that Trump’s new rhetoric is “not too different from Jeb Bush's rhetoric during the 2016 primary season.” Conservative website RedState announced, “That's right folks. Trump has adopted the very position he chastised Jeb Bush for having.” And CNN played a video montage comparing the two positions and noting “how similar Trump sounds” to Bush. 

  • Media Hype “Optics” In AP Report On Clinton Foundation, While Admitting There Is No Evidence Of Ethics Breaches


    Media are attempting to scandalize a report from The Associated Press that revealed that “[m]ore than half the people outside the government who met with now-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money ... to the Clinton Foundation,” calling the report “breathtaking” and “disturbing,” because it “looks bad,” and the “optics” and “perceptions” are problematic, despite the fact that their programs also note that “it wasn’t illegal,” and there was no quid pro quo. The focus on the “optics” of the situation rather than the facts has led some in media to criticize the reporting, and explain that “consumers of the media [should] think twice about whether or not the narrative” media are pushing “fits ALL of the facts.”

  • Trump Campaign’s New Chief Executive Is Roger Stone’s Huma Abedin Conspiracy Enabler

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    Breitbart News executive and new chief executive of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign Stephen Bannon has a history of helping conspiracy theorist and Trump ally Roger Stone smear Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her Islamic faith.

    The Wall Street Journal reported August 17 that Republican nominee Donald Trump hired Bannon to be chief executive of his campaign. Media called the hire “insanity” that made “official” Trump’s relationship to Breitbart News, which embraced “extremist fringe” and “racist ideas” under Bannon.

    During the July 5 edition of SirusXM’s Breitbart News Daily Bannon invited Stone to discuss “more breaking news” about Abedin. Stone used the platform to push conspiracy theories about Abedin’s ties to terrorism and her Islamic faith, claiming that it “is a fact” that Abedin is involved with a group that funded the 9/11 attack:

    STEPHEN BANNON (HOST): You’ve got more breaking news on Huma Abedin. By the way, Roger, I still can’t figure out how she got the security clearance. Can you help me out here?

    ROGER STONE: It’s very, very hard to understand because of her ties to the Muslim World League, and the league’s ties to extremism and to terrorism, to an organization, a trust, which funded the actual attack on America on 9/11 are inexorable. This is a fact; this isn’t fiction. 

    Previously, in a June 15 interview on Bannon’s program, Stone claimed that Abedin “is most likely a Saudi spy.” Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart News regularly provided Stone a platform to smear Abedin, despite the fact that other media personalities condemned his attacks on Abedin as a “McCarthy-Style witch hunt” and that GOP leaders defended Abedin against similar accusations in 2012.

    Stone, a longtime friend and ally of Trump, has a history that includeds calling for the execution of public officials, giving racist commentary, making sexist remarks against media figures, and peddling conspiracy theories that suggest the JFK assassination and 9/11 terrorist attacks were carried out by United States leaders.

  • “Insanity”: Media Appalled After Trump Campaign Hires Breitbart Executive And Political Commentator

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    Media figures across the political spectrum expressed shock after reports that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hired Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon and political commentator Kellyanne Conway to head his campaign. Media said the hire makes the relationship between Trump and Breitbart “official” and labeled the move “insanity.”

  • Bloomberg's Mark Halperin: Bonafide Trump Apologist

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    Bloomberg host Mark Halperin repeatedly defended Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after his remark that “Second Amendment people” could retaliate against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appointing liberal Supreme Court judges by equating Trump’s statement to remarks Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden made in previous elections.

    Following Trump’s widely criticized comments, Halperin immediately defended Trump, suggesting a “parallel” between Trump’s remarks and comments made by Biden and Clinton on the 2008 campaign trail, ignoring that neither Biden or Clinton’s statement could be reasonably interpreted to suggest inciting violence.

    Halperin has previously defended Trump against criticism for his controversial remarks. In June, Halperin claimed that Trump’s racial attack on a Hispanic-American judge wasn’t “racial” because “Mexico isn’t a race.” Halperin also criticized Democrats after Trump called on Russia to spy on the U.S., claiming that “both sides” were behaving badly.”

  • Right-Wing Media Outraged That Border Patrol Won’t Arrest Immigrants In Schools, Churches, And Hospitals 

    ICE “Sensitive Locations” Immigration Policy Forbids Arrests In Locations That May Hurt Public Safety 

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    Right-wing media attacked the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s “sensitive location” policy, which forbids border patrol officers from surveilling and arresting immigrants in locations such as churches, hospitals, and schools, without prior authorization as “lawlessness” and accused the agency of “advising” illegal immigrants on how to avoid arrest.

  • Right-Wing Media Attempt To Hide Trump’s Attacks On Family Of Fallen Soldier With Bogus Benghazi Comparison

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    Right-wing media criticized the coverage Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, comparing it to the lack of coverage  given to Patricia Smith’s speech at the Republican National Convention. But Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump directly attacked Khizr and Ghazala Khan with anti-Muslim and personal attacks, fueling widespread outrage and blacklash.

  • Trump Campaign Adopts Right-Wing Media’s Clinton Server Canard To Deflect From Trump’s Alleged Russian Ties

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    Right-wing media pushed the idea that the supposed Russian hack and release of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails also means that Russians hacked Hillary Clinton’s server and stole information. Eventually, Paul Manafort, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign chair, repeated the claim to deflect attention from Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.