Trump and Europe's Far-Right Fanning Flames of Hate: UN

Naming Trump, Nigel Farage in Britain and Marine Le Pen in France, the UN accused them of employing "fear" tactics similar to those of the Islamic State group.

The United Nations human rights chief on Monday accused U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of spreading "humiliating racial and religious prejudice" and warned of a rise of populist politics that could turn violent.

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In comments at a security and justice conference, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he was addressing Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders and other "populists, demagogues and political fantasists."

Naming Trump, Nigel Farage in Britain and Marine Le Pen in France, among others, he accused them of using "fear" tactics similar to those of the Islamic State group, also known by its Arabic acronym, Daesh.

"Make no mistake, I certainly do not equate the actions of nationalist demagogues with those of Daesh," he said. "But in its mode of communication, its use of half-truths and oversimplification, the propaganda of Daesh uses tactics similar to those of the populists."

In a tweet, Wilders called Zeid "an idiot."

Zeid labelled Wilders' March 2017 election platform, which calls for no Muslim immigrants, the closing of mosques and the banning of the Quran, as "grotesque."

"The U.N. is grotesque," Wilders responded. "Let's get rid of these bureaucrats."

But Zeid said Wilders' rhetoric could have terrible consequences.

"History has perhaps taught Mr. Wilders and his ilk how effectively xenophobia and bigotry can be weaponized," he said.

"The atmosphere will become thick with hate; at this point it can descend rapidly into colossal violence," he warned.

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Clinton camp expects Trump to repackage old policies in big immigration speech

Donald Trump has taken the political world on a rollercoaster ride over the past two weeks on his signature issue of immigration, suggesting last Tuesday he may be “softening” his deport-them-all stance.

He then backtracked on that stance only two days later, saying many would consider his position “hardening.”

In a Wednesday night immigration policy speech in Arizona, Trump could clear up some of this confusion. His remarks are being written by staffer Stephen Miller, a former aide to immigration hardliner Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., according to a Trump adviser.

The Hillary Clinton campaign is not expecting Trump to significantly alter his stance on wanting to deport all undocumented immigrants and is prepared to remind voters of his previous statements if he does. As soon as the speech is over, the Democratic nominee’s team is prepared to deploy numerous surrogates — many on Spanish-language TV and radio — to argue that Trump cannot be trusted and is not “pivoting” on the immigration issue.

A Clinton campaign aide said the fact that Miller is writing the speech, instead of Kellyanne Conway, for example, suggested that Trump would not give much ground on the issue. Conway, Trump’s newly minted campaign manager, has hedged in recent TV interviews on whether Trump still embraces some of his most hard-line proposals. Meanwhile, Miller worked closely with Sessions to block a 2013 comprehensive immigration-reform bill in the Senate. Miller also wrote Trump’s convention speech, in which the GOP nominee darkly warned of a crime-filled America.

Immigration hard-liners agree with the Clinton team’s expectations for Trump’s speech. “Having Stephen Miller working on this immigration speech gives people like us assurance that there’s going to be things in it that we’re going to like,” said Eric Ruark, the director of research for NumbersUSA, a group that advocates for lower legal and illegal immigration levels.

Frank Sharry, the executive director of the pro-immigration reform group America’s Voice, said he believes Trump is likely to stop calling for a “deportation force” or “mass deportations,” since those phrases are unpopular with Republicans and Democrats alike.

But Sharry said he does not think Trump will alter his core position that all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country should leave. Trump hasn’t called for a deportation force since early in the Republican primary, instead saying he would like to end so-called sanctuary cities, rescind President Obama’s executive order shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation, and enforce immigration checks in the workforce.

“I have somewhere between a cynical and a skeptical perspective on this,” Sharry said. “At most, it’s going to be a slight rhetorical shift without a meaningful policy pivot.”

Trump’s language has certainly changed. In a town hall meeting with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last week, Trump said he might be open to “softening” his stance on undocumented immigrants and having the government “work” with them, and he asked the spectators what they thought should be done. Facing fire from conservatives like Ann Coulter, Trump later told CNN there is a “good chance” he would stick to his original plan to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants, after first focusing on immigrants who have committed crimes. Meanwhile, his spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, said he’s just “changed the words” he’s saying, not the policy.

Clinton’s surrogates plan to make that case after Trump’s speech, whether or not he changes his tone. On a Tuesday call with reporters, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., said “no matter what Trump happened to say, into the future, no matter how he plays with his words or who he tries to surround himself with, his one consistent proposal throughout this campaign has been his promise to forcibly remove” immigrants. “That’s always been his agenda,” Becerra said.

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Clinton cranks up Trump-Russia rhetoric as Election Day draws closer

In just over two months, the next US president will have been elected, and the mud-slinging will have finally come to an end. But until then, Hillary Clinton is throwing all the punches she can, continuing to accuse Donald Trump of having ties with Russia.

Clinton's Thursday rally in Reno, Nevada, had a strong theme – and it had nothing to do with the Democratic candidate's political experience, or her plan to fight terrorism. Instead, the nominee focused almost entirely on slamming her opponent...over and over again.

In the 30-minute speech, Clinton mentioned Trump by name 46 times, calling him “simply temperamentally unfit to be president” and accusing him of being “detached from reality.”

 
She went on to accuse Trump – once again – of having ties with Russia and President Vladimir Putin, who she referred to as the “grand godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism.”

“Trump himself heaps praise on Putin and embrace pro-Russian policies,” she said.

But she didn't stop there. She also took the opportunity to attack Nigel Farage – the man behind Britain's historic Brexit campaign – who recently endorsed Trump at a rally.

“Farage has appeared regularly on Russian propaganda programs. Now he's standing on the same stage as the Republican nominee,” she said.

Although the Democratic candidate stopped short of mentioning RT by name, her campaign manager, Robby Mook, had no problem accusing Trump adviser Michael Flynn of being on the payroll of a “propaganda arm of the Kremlin earlier this week,” referring to RT.

But it appears his knowledge of the network is extremely limited, as he referred to RT – which was originally named Russia Today – as the “The Russia Times,” and Trump's adviser is not at all on the channel's payroll.

As for Donald Trump, he's hit back at Clinton, saying she's using the “oldest play in the Democratic playbook.”

“When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument,” he said during a recent rally.

 

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US Survey: Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump by Eight Points

The Democratic candidate for the US presidential elections in November, Hillary Clinton, is eight points ahead (50-42 percent) of her Republican rival, Donald Trump, at the national level, as revealed by a survey published today.

The survey, conducted by NBC News and the consulting firm Survey Monkey Election Online, showed that 87 percent of black voters prefer the former Secretary of State, and just eight percent the real estate mogul.

Moreover, 73 percent of Latino voters said they support the candidate of the blue party, while 22 support Trump.

Among the likely white voters, Trump is nine points ahead of Clinton (50-41). Sixty-five percent of respondents believe that race relations in the United States have worsened in recent years.

According to the survey average published by the website RealClearPolitics, the Democratic candidate has a lead of 5.5 points over Trump nationwide, and is ahead of him in several key states.

Survey: Most US Soldiers Prefer Donald Trump as President

Republican candidate, Donald Trump, exceeds by 10 points (51-41 percent) to Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton, regarding voting intentions of the American soldiers in general and their relatives, a survey released today stated.

However, about 80 percent of African Americans working in the armed forces prefer the former Secretary of State, while 16 percent of them are in favor of the real estate magnate.

The survey, conducted by NBC News and Survey Monkey consulting agency, showed that something similar happens with Spanish soldiers. About 52 percent of them would vote for Clinton in the November election and 37 percent would do it for Trump.

For its part, nearly 58 percent of those soldiers prefer the New York businessman, while 34 percent want the former Secretary of State as a president of the United States. Among women,49 percent would choose Clinton and 43 percent prefer Trump, according to the poll.

Those pollsters state that the Republicans usually have good reception among soldiers and their relatives. Red party candidates triumphed over blue party aspirants by double digits in the last presidential elections.

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Trump to Receive Briefing on US National Security Issues

The Republican presidential candidate to the November elections, Donald Trump, will receive on Wednesday an briefing on secret national security issues at the offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Manhattan, New York.

This will be the first meeting of this type the candidate of the red party will attend, also to be attended by the governor of New Jersey and head of the Trump's transition team, Chris Christie, as well as the retired Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, person close to the tycoon.

The working session takes place just two days after the New York businessman outlined in a speech the main points of view on foreign policy issues.

During this intervention in Youngstown, Ohio, he reiterated his xenophobic ideas, outlined a plan for the fight against terrorism should he assume the leadership of the White House, and promised to keep open the prison at the Guantanamo naval base.

Since 1952 the US intelligence agencies have offered classified reports to the candidate chosen by each party towards the elections, therefore the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will participate in the coming weeks in similar meetings to the one to be held on Wednesday.

According to the program established by law, six months before the day of the presidential elections and eight from the inauguration of the next president, a coordinating council is to be created in the White House and federal agencies to direct the change of command.

Most of these measures were taken after 2002, when the General Office of Oversight of Government, annexed to Congress, indicated in a report some irregularities in the process.

The report revealed that during the transfer of the presidency of William Clinton to George W. Bush in late 2000 and early 2001, there were acts of vandalism, pranks, theft and damage to property in the White House.

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Trump: Americans could be tried in Guantánamo

A President Donald Trump might push for Americans accused of terrorism to be tried in military tribunal at the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the Republican nominee told the Miami Herald on Thursday.

“I would say they could be tried there, that would be fine,” Trump said in a brief interview ahead of his speech to home builders in Miami Beach.

Under current federal law, it’s illegal to try U.S. citizens at military commissions. Changing the law would require an act of Congress.

In the wide-ranging interview focused on key South Florida issues, Trump continued to question climate change caused by humans. He said he plans to soon sit down with Cuban Americans in Miami to hash out a Cuba policy. And for the first time, he said Congress should set aside money to combat the Zika virus.

Asked about Guantánamo in the past, Trump has said he would like to “load it up with bad dudes.” He wouldn’t specify to the Herald whether as president he would again allow terrorism suspects captured abroad to be transferred to the detention center.

“I want to make sure that if we have radical Islamic terrorists, we have a very safe place to keep them,” he said. President Barack Obama, he added, is “allowing people to get out that are terrible people.”

“Would you try to get the military commissions — the trial court there — to try U.S. citizens?” a reporter asked.

“Well, I know that they want to try them in our regular court systems, and I don’t like that at all. I don’t like that at all,” he said. “I would say they could be tried there, that would be fine.”

The Obama administration for a while considered trying five alleged conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in a federal court in New York City, rather than in Guantanamo where they are being held. But the plan was met with such fierce political resistance that the White House chose to prosecute them by military tribunal. No trial date has yet been set for charges filed four years ago.

Trump spoke to the Herald at the Fontainebleau Hotel, steps from the shoreline and not far from streets the city of Miami Beach has spent millions of dollars elevating to fend off rising seas.

“I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change,” Trump said, despite vast scientific evidence to the contrary. “There could be some impact, but I don’t believe it’s a devastating impact.”

In the past, Trump has called climate change a “hoax.”

“I would say that it goes up, it goes down,” he said. “Certainly climate has changed. … The problem we have is our businesses are suffering. Our businesses are unable to compete in this country because other countries aren’t being forced to do what our businesses are being forced to do, and it makes us uncompetitive.”

If cities like Miami Beach want to set local rules to fight the effects of rising seas, though, Trump said he wouldn’t get in their way.

“If the local government feels that way, they should do it,” he said. “If they’re doing the roads, and if they want to make them higher, I think that’s probably not the worst thing I’ve ever heard, if you’re going to do them anyway.”

On Miami’s Zika outbreak, Trump said he would “let some of the funds that they’re asking for come in” to fight the virus.

He would ask Congress to do that?

“Yeah, I would. Absolutely,” he said, in apparent agreement with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and Florida Republicans from both political parties who have urged lawmakers to help fund the Zika response. “They’re fighting for it, and hopefully that’s going to be approved very soon.”

“It’s a tough thing to stop anyway,” he added about the mosquito-borne virus, praising Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Trump supporter. “But they’re spraying all over the place. I see it. And I think it’ll be fine.”

In the next week or two, Trump said he intends to return to Miami to meet with Cuban Americans about U.S. policy toward the island. He has said it’s “fine” for the Obama administration to pursue renewed ties with Cuba but called for a “stronger” deal.

Pressed with what that agreement would look like, Trump offered a single specific detail: The U.S. should bar Cuba from pushing for reparations for losses it claims stemmed from the American trade embargo.

“Any deal you make, you’re going to put a very major paragraph in that deal that under no circumstances can Cuba come back two years later and bring a $3 trillion lawsuit against the United States for reparations,” he said.

The problem with that stance: It would likely also foreclose U.S. efforts — led by the same Cuban Americans Trump will probably hear from — for reparations from Cuba for businesses confiscated by the Castro government.

Trump declined to take a position on the wet-foot, dry-foot policy that allows Cubans who reach U.S. soil to stay in the country. Earlier this year, he questioned the fairness of the Cuban Adjustment Act, which lets Cubans obtain legal status and a path to citizenship.

“I want to listen to what the people are saying,” he said. “And I want to listen specifically to what Cuban people who came to this country and who have lived in this country — Cuban Americans — I want to hear how they feel about it.”

The Herald interview was Trump’s second with a South Florida news outlet in as many weeks. He spoke to Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4 late last month, and he taped another interview Thursday with WJAN-NBC 6. Clinton, who campaigned in Miami and Davie on Tuesday, has not taken questions from local reporters.

Trump got things started by mentioning a new national Rasmussen poll whose results he liked because they showed him virtually tied with Clinton.

His least-focused response came on Venezuela. At a Sunrise rally Wednesday night, he’d warned the U.S., under poor leadership, could “end up being a large version of Venezuela.”

What did he mean?

“Venezuela’s got tremendous problems right now, even for getting food, and when I look at it, I’m so sad, because I know how great the people of Venezuela are. But I use that as an example,” he said. “Certain policies cause that to happen.”

What should the U.S. do about it?

“Their leaders are not very friendly to our leaders,” Trump said. “But, of course, our leaders don’t get along with too many people. But certainly, if we could help in some way, we should help. But, you know, they’ve got some very deep-seated problems.”

Trump claimed ignorance of comparisons, including by international scholars, between his brash political style and that of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. As candidates, both cast themselves as the only ones able to fix their countries, and their underdog campaigns relied on appealing to voters ignored by political elites.

“He had some feelings, some very strong feelings, and he did represent a lot of people, and he represented a lot of people that had been left behind,” Trump said. “We have people that, honestly, they’ve been left behind.”

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MLK's Daughter Slams Trump for 'Assassination'

Bernice King, whose father was assassinated in the 1960s, said that Donald Trump’s Second Amendment comments were disturbing and dangerous.

The daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice King, slammed Donald Trump over comments he made Tuesday that suggested those who oppose gun control should use lethal force—presumably against his rival Hillary Clinton and the judges she appoints—to protect their right to possess arms.     

“As the daughter of a leader who was assassinated, I find #Trump’s comments distasteful, disturbing, dangerous,” King said in a tweet Wednesday. “His words don’t #LiveUp.”

In Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump had said of Clinton: “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” before adding, “Although, the Second Amendment people, maybe there is.”

Clinton said Wednesday that his comments “incited violence." Her secret service detail said it had met with Trump early Wednesday to question him about his comments about the former secretary of state.

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